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The 4 war fronts (Part 1)

First posted: October 29, 2006

 

In this series of articles, we will study the 4 different types of spiritual fronts that God's remnant believers will be called to fight on, often concurrently. These 4 fronts (mentioned by God in Revelation 10:11) are made manifest as you progress in your spiritual walk in God.

 

Index

The latter-day mighty angel

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The latter-day mighty angel

In Revelation 10, the Spirit of God declares the following:

 

"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:" (Revelation 10:1)

 

Notice that the mighty angel that comes down from heaven appears "clothed with a cloud". This points to the "cloud of witnesses" of Hebrews 12:1, which, as we have said before, refers to the believers who have shed their lives in green-horse sacrifice, and, who like Elisha, died without seeing the fulfilment of God's Promise. These are the believers who have understood the "dark and cloudy side" of the anointing, i.e.- the side of the anointing that calls you to die and experience Sheol for the sake of others. The word "clothed" in verse 1 above was translated from the Greek word periballo, which literally means "to throw around", as when you "throw" a robe around you; periballo appears in verse 43 of the following passage, translated as "cast ... about":

 

"41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." (Luke 19:41-44)

 

Notice how the Lord uses the word periballo to denote someone who has been handed over to his enemies to be surrounded by them. Therefore, periballo has the connotation of a "violent" act where you are thrown into an inhospitable situation that envelops you and leads to your death; thus, it points to the "blue prayer shawl" that green-horse prophetic riders are willing to be wrapped in as they are taken to their sacrificial deaths.

 

The mighty angel had a "rainbow on his head". The "head" speaks of "kingship" and "head authority", which is most directly related to the evangelistic ministry, since that is the ministry of spiritual conquest that establishes God's kingdom on Earth. The rainbow, on the other hand, points to the galloping of the 4 horses of the Apocalypse and to the full-blown manifestation of the 7 Spirits of God on Earth. As we have said before, the last colour in the rainbow ("violet") correlates with the Peace & Prosperity Spirit of Laodicea. Therefore, the "mighty angel" of Revelation 10 shall be (and is being) manifested as the time comes for God's remnant to enter into the fullness of their prosperity inheritance.

 

The mighty angel's "face was as it were the sun". This points to the Sun of Righteousness that imparts God's apostolic judgements on Earth. As we have shared before, beholding God's face is related to the green horse of the Apocalypse and to a soul that is wiling to tithe its own life unto God. Therefore, the mighty angel of Revelation 10 shall be (and is being) manifested as God finds willing conduits of His judgements on Earth. These conduits will be the ones who are willing to behold the death-causing Face of God, and who then "resurrect" out of their Face-to-face encounters with God in order to irradiate the bright glow of God's face on Earth, a glow that will shine forth from their own faces.

 

"7But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 11For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious." (2 Corinthians 3:7-11)

 

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

The mighty angel had "his feet as pillars of fire". The "pillars of fire" point to the following passage:

 

"19Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go." (Nehemiah 9:19-20)

 

Therefore, the "pillar of fire" speaks of a shepherd (i.e.- pastor) guiding sheep. The fact that the pillar of fire appears by night speaks of nameless pastors who work in the anonymous darkness of night (Luke 2:8-12). These are the spiritual pastors who are not interested in having the pastoral ministry overshadowing the other ministries, and whose shepherding will enable (rather than hinder) the manifestation of God's Spirit nature in their brethren. These are pastors who are not according to the pastoral matriarchy but who are according to the priesthood of Melchizedek.

 

As we have said before, fire speaks of God's purifying judgements. Therefore, the pillars of fire speak of pastors who allow God's judgements to act as guiding parameters for their brethren. Unlike the Canaanite pastors of the pastoral matriarchy, these pastors do not abhor God's judgements, knowing that a guidance without God's judgements is a guidance that leads to Sheol holes of spiritual suicide. A spiritual pastoring that guides fellow believers in God's judgements requires a strong teacher endowment, as shown by the following passages:

 

"13Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing." (Isaiah 40:13-15)

 

"8Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way." (Psalm 25:8-9)

 

"66Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word." (Psalm 119:66-67)

 

"According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left" (Deuteronomy 17:11)

 

From all of the above, we can say that angel's feet that were "as pillars of fire" are a figure of the 2 "female" ministries (pastor and teacher) operating in submission to the Spirit. When the soul is submitted to the spirit, the 2 "female" ministries of pastor and teacher operate in seamless synchronicity. By contrast, when the soul is allowed to rule, these 2 ministries become artificially separated; pastors turn into ranting fools dominated by emotionalism who teach nothing solid, and teachers turn into stale and bureaucratic traditionalists who teach nothing transcendent; pastors turn into teachers of fluff, and teachers turn into pastors who take people nowhere new. When the soul rules, pastors turn into an "elite" caste that rule over God's people "just because" they feel it must be so, and teachers turn into an intermediate caste that uphold the pastor's kingship and help keep an external facade of "order" in the pastor's emotion-based kingdom, a kingdom in which the true spiritual laws of God are banned from operating.

 

In conclusion, we can say that the 4 characteristics of the mighty angel mentioned in Revelation 10:1 are related to the 5 ministries of Ephesians 4:11. As we have studied before, the 5 ministries are also related to the 4 spiritual faces of Ezekiel 1:10. Thus, the angel's characteristics, the ministries, and the spiritual faces are interrelated as follows:

 

# Characteristic

(Rev 10:1)

Ministries Face Meaning
1 Clothed with a cloud Prophet Eagle Believers willing to be wrapped and taken to Golgotha
2 Rainbow on his head Evangelist Ox Believers whose time has come to enter into the fullness of their inheritance as the 4 horses of the Apocalypse gallop across the Earth
3 Face as it were the sun Apostle Lion Believers who act as conduits of God's wrathful judgements on Earth
4 Feet as pillars of fire Pastor Man Believers who pastorally guide their brethren in righteous judgements, teaching and enabling them to manifest God's Spirit nature
Teacher

 

Interestingly enough, these 4 characteristics correlate with the last 4 Apocalyptic seals described in Revelation chapters 6 and 7 and verse 8:1. As we saw above, the 1st characteristic points to the green horse, which is the 4th seal (Revelation 6:7-8). The 2nd characteristic speaks of believers waiting to enter into their rest, which points to the 5th seal of "restless" souls (Revelation 6:9-11). The 3rd characteristic points to the unleashing of God's vindicating vengeance against those who killed His green-horse riders, which points to the 6th seal of God's judgements (Revelation 6:12-7:17). The 4th characteristic points to the end of the soul matriarchy on Earth, the time when the soul of man will, for once, silently listen and submit to the Spirit of God; this correlates with the 7th seal in which a 30-minute silence in the heavens takes place (Revelation 8:1).

 

# Characteristic Ministries Face Apocalypse seal
1 Clothed with a cloud Prophet Eagle #4: The green horse (Rev 6:7-8)
2 Rainbow on his head Evangelist Ox #5: The souls in Paradise crying out for vindication (Rev 6:9-11)
3 Face as it were the sun Apostle Lion #6: God's vindicating revenge (Rev 6:12-7:17)
4 Feet as pillars of fire Pastor/Teacher Man #7: Half an hour of silence in the heavens (Rev 8:1)

 

 

As we have said before, the 1st seal of the Apocalypse (the white horse) acts as a spiritual "umbrella" for the next 3 seals (the other 3 horses). In the same way, the 4th seal (the green horse) acts as a spiritual "umbrella" for the last 3 seals (the post-horses seals). In that sense, we could say that the first 4 seals are "white" seals, and the last 4 seals are "green" seals. Thus, we can also say that the mighty angel of Revelation 10 is a comprehensive figure of the believers who complete their green-horse course and who by their sacrifice unleash the 4 green seals and the restoration of all things on Earth. Revelation 10 is a "green" chapter, and the mighty angel described in it represents all of you who are faithful green-horse believers. Through you, the Earth's spiritual atmosphere is being conquered back unto God, releasing it from the Korah-induced satanic grip. In your invisible green-horse sacrifice, you are transforming the entire Earth, preparing it for the Glory of Almighty God.

 

From above

As shown in the table above, the mighty angel's 4 characteristics are related to the 4 spiritual faces of Ezekiel 1:10. As we have studied before, Ezekiel 1:10 portrays the 4 faces in the following arrangement:

 

 

Therefore, the order of the faces in Revelation 10:1 (Eagle at #1, Ox at #2, Lion at#3, and Man at #4) can be portrayed in the following way:

 

 

Notice how the order of the faces involves 2 arrows that go right-to-left and top-down, with the arrow related to the grace ministries (prophetic eagle and evangelistic ox) going first. Therefore, the order of the spiritual faces in Revelation 10:1 is the Spirit's way of saying the following:

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Right to left

As we have said before, the right side is the side of truth and judgements, and the left side is the side of grace and freedom. Therefore, those with the mighty-angel spirit of Revelation 10:1 are those who "write from right to left", i.e.- those who build on an enduring foundation of truth and judgements rather than on a foundation of fading "grace" and "blessings". Those who abhor God's judgements, relegating them to a distant and schizophrenic "Old-Testament" past, cannot operate in the Revelation 10:1 mighty-angel spirit. Grace must be added only after the foundation of righteousness has been laid. This is the reason why the 2 arrows above go from right to left.

 

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From the top down

Those with the Revelation 10:1 mighty-angel spirit are those through whom God's kingship in Heaven above shall be made manifest on Earth below. Through those of you who are willing to act as green-horse riders, the things from above shall be made manifest on Earth below. You will open the "green" seals of the Apocalypse that will make this come to pass.

 

In order to act as a green-horse rider, you must be willing to descend to Sheol in order to be raised up unto God. After that, you will come down from Heaven with Him in the spirit to restore all things, bringing about the age of "Heaven on Earth". In other words, you must go all the way down in order to ascend all the way up before coming back down again.

 

"14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. 16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. 18But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:14-21)

 

"14And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." (Jude 1:14-15)

[Notice that the Lord does not come with the ten thousands of His saints to "do acts of mercy upon all". The Lord of Hosts comes on a "green tank" to execute judgements (v14). Some might argue that this is referring to an "appendix" event that will happen after "human history" is over. If that were the case, why do the Lord's hosts come to "convince all that are ungodly ... of all their ungodly deeds" (v15)? Trekkie "Christians" who do not understand what the "end of the world" is all about will never be able to answer that question because their understanding of the "end" is fundamentally different from what the Lord has declared in Scripture.]

 

"17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come" (Ephesians 1:17-21)

 

The word "world" near the end of verse 21 is a mistranslation of the Greek word aion, which literally means "age" and can also mean "eternity". The phrase "to come" at the end of verse 21 was translated from the Greek word mello, which is derived from the word melo meaning "to care about"; in other words, mello has the connotation of expectantly waiting for something, caring about it by constantly acting in the Spirit and "looking out the window" until it comes, the way Elijah did as he prayed for the rain to come over Israel.

 

"41And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 42So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 44And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a manís hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 45And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 46And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel." (1 Kings 18:41-46)

 

There is a coming eternal age we are called to bring about, an age that will invade this Earth through God's warrior Church, the Church of believers willing to die with Christ in green-horse sacrifice. You must be willing to go through Sheol in order to bring that age to pass.

 

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Grace ministries first

The fact that the grace-ministries arrow appears first speaks of the cloud of God's grace that envelops those who are willing to die in voluntary green-horse sacrifice. Because they have been willing to die in God's will, God smiles upon them, and His grace is multiplied upon them. Because they have an impartation of His selfless nature, they use their endowed grace to bring about God's purposes on Earth, not their own.

 

There is more to say regarding this subject, but we will do so in the next article...