“The Dark Glass And The Eye Of The Spirit”
(Just as relevant today as it was in March 18, 2013)
The Lord has been downloading incredible revelation during this season of transition. While He’s downloading I confidently say there are few who understand the season we are in.
Those few who are presently seeing through a dark glass dimly (Matt.20:16; 1 Cor.15:12) are walking attentively and carefully through the shadows while yielding to the Lord’s silent leading (Ps.96:7; 1 K.8:12; 2 Chr.6:1). Only those who abide in Christ will have their understanding illuminated by the Divine light through dark sayings (Ps.78:2).
The Bible is written in symbols, types and shadows. It is impossible to properly interpret the symbols and types without Holy Spirit. In Mark 4:11 the Lord says that those who seek after Him and not the traditions of man, to them it has been given the mystery of the Kingdom, but to those who are outside, all things come in parables (Prov.25:2).
Those who are outside only see the surface of Scripture. They remain externally focused. The secret things belong to the Lord and those who seek the Giver rather than the gifts. Yes, that is an old phrase, but it is rich and true.
It is not my intention to insult anyone, though I must say it is of great concern seeing the spiritually immature thumbing their noses at the fathers of faith during one of the most serious and momentous times in Church history.
There are diverse illustrations commonly used throughout the Bible that symbolically use animals when referring to people:
* Sheep are referred to as God’s people, and so are goats. Sheep are gently and easily led; goats are pushy and headstrong. (Matt.9:36; 10:16; Heb.13:20; 1 Pet.2:25).
* Wolf is symbolic of evil and false teachers. (Jn.10:12; Matt.7:15; 10:16; Lk.10:3; Acts. 20:29).
* Lion is symbolic of kingship, royalty, boldness of good or evil. (1 Pet.5:8; Rev.5:5)
* Donkey and Mule is symbolic of stubbornness and rebellion. Jesus made His entry into Jerusalem on a donkey (a un-broke colt) which is symbolic of a stiff neck and stubborn people. (Ps.32:9; Matt.21:5)
* Horse is symbolic of power, strength and conquest. (Job 39:19; Is.14:18; Ps.66:12; Zech.10:3; Rev.19:19).
MULES IN DISGUISE
Years ago while working at a Pack Station in Eastern Oregon I rode my first mule. I fell in love with the breed and purchased one and leased another. Boy, did I have a lot to learn about this headstrong animal. Although we worked through our issues and came to a compromise of the wills, there is still from time to time a battle with who is the master.
Over the years of riding mules there were many times when people thought they were a horse. While admiring they would thoughtfully consider the ears, then they would raise one eyebrow then the other and say, “Is he part donkey?”
The Mule is a cross between a donkey stallion (called a jack) and a horse mare. Both male and female mules have all the “correct parts” but they are sterile and cannot reproduce. A very few (about 1 in 1million) mare mules have had foals, but these are very rare. No male mule has ever sired a foal. So if you cross a mule to a mule you get nothing! Mules must be bred by crossing a donkey and horse every time.
My point here is you can cross stubbornness (donkey), with power, strength and conquest (symbolic of a horse) and come out spiritually sterile and unable to reproduce anything substantial in the sight of God.
In our spiritual walk we can try to mask stubbornness and rebellion with power, strength, conquest and what some consider beauty, but in the end it I still a mule in the eyes of the Lord.
The Lord chose to ride a donkey through the streets of Jerusalem. This prophetic act was powerful as He was demonstrating submission to His Lordship as the only way to navigate into the New Jerusalem. He is not returning on a donkey or a mule, He is returning on an obedient majestic horse.
In Revelation 19:11 we read where the heavens opened up and He who is Faithful, True and in Righteousness, who also judges and makes war is sitting upon a white horse. White is symbolic of purity, righteousness and holiness. The horse is symbolic of power, strength and conquest. He is returning in and through and upon a people who are holy, pure and righteous (in His righteousness). They abide in Him and not themselves. They are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, therefore being conquerors (2 Thess.1:10; Is. 60:1-7; Zec.10:3).
The New Jerusalem which is above and is free (Gal.4:26), and where we come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…to the general assembly and church of the firstborn (Heb.12:22-23). The first Jerusalem (which is natural) was in bondage, but the second (spiritual Jerusalem) is not – Praise Jesus!
In Song of Solomon 1:9, the Bridegroom says to His bride, “I have compared you to a horse in Pharaoh’s chariot.”
The Holy Spirit presents Himself to His people in the arena of life (Ps.32:8-9). When we come to Him and allow His Spirit to break our independence it is then we begin seeing the true demonstration of a Christ-like nature (Heb.5:7-14). If we constantly fight against His workings and process we will find ourselves continually in the spiritual arena worked in circles.
You will never see a mule hitched to the chariot of the King no matter how beautiful, powerful or smart they are.