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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Men Whose Eyes Have Seen the King # 54

"The Throne - The Living Ones and the Wheels" (continued)

The Throne Intimately Concerned with This World

Lastly, notice that these wheels occupy a place between Heaven and earth. They are not wholly of the earth - they do not remain earth-bound, held by an "earth touch"; there is a kind of suspendedness; they touch the earth, but they are not of it. They bound along in their energy in relation to Heaven, but also in relation to earth, as the embodiment of the Divine energies. What that says, among other things, is this: that God's interests and activities, and God's Throne, are not remote from things here on this earth. He is not just reigning on His Throne in remote isolation, somewhere away there in the undefined heavens. His energies relate to things here: His mighty interests are near, are imminent: they are concerned with this world, with this earth, and with what is on it. He wants this earth, and all that is here, to be holy. In Isaiah's vision there is that phrase: "the whole earth is full of His glory" (Isaiah 6:3). That is the conception; that is what the Lord desires. He is working to that. And we know, from the description of the end, that that is how it will be when "knowledge of the glory of God fills the earth as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14). Holiness everywhere!

The fact is, God is ultimately, closely, and intelligently associated with the state of things here, both in the Church, and in the churches. He is cognizant of everything that we do not see or do not realize. His eyes see it, and He is active concerning this state, to have it holy, and to be able to bring back THE GLORY.

The Throne is not far away after all - it is here, in representation. If the first section (chapters 1-3) of the Book of Revelation means anything at all, it means that this very God-Man, this Man of the glory, is here; He is imminent, moving among the churches, the lampstands. The Throne is fully cognizant of everything; it is not blind; it is never deceived by anything at all. The Throne is active and its activity may be found in many,if not all, of the experiences into which we come. The Throne is determined to have one end, everywhere, in all things, and that is GLORY.

This wonderful symbolism of the "living ones" and "wheels" is but a declaration of this activity of the Throne. That Throne has not given things up because they are so bad; it is still pursuing its goal, to have a state that can be filled with glory. May the Lord interpret this to us, and write it deeply in our hearts, and keep it every day in our consciousness. This message is intended to be "not unto death, but for THE GLORY OF GOD."

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 55- "He Must Reign")

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