Set It Off
Recently, I was in preparation for something and found a new zeal in the Word. Actually I was seeking something after reading one the earlier articles that I had written, “Who’s Going To The Altar?” The preparation led me to meditate on the two altars of the Tabernacle, the Brazen Altar and the Altar of Increase, from a perspective of prayer and approaching the Holy of Holies. The Brazen Altar is the first place after entering in through the gate, Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6). It was at the Brazen Altar that the flesh of animals was sacrificed and burned. It was a place of death for the flesh prior to entering into the inner court. Truth is that our flesh as we are existing in the world system does not want to die, but keep us in bondage. For example, God wakes you up to pray. Your spirit is ready and willing, but your flesh says lay down. Who is not guilty of this?”
The Laver, the basin filled with the water, provides cleansing before approaching the Father. The Word will wash us daily, if we spend time. The Word will change your mind and heart to pursue a new direction. “I will plant a new heart and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, stony heart and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 The Voice). Even though the heart is flesh, but it is the spirit that lives within that is important. Our hearts and mind become willing and eager with excitement and readiness to serve the Lord in any capacity that He wills for us.
Upon entering the Holy Place, the menorah, the candlestick is the only source of light. We are the light of the world and we must keep oil in our lamps to provide the way out of darkness of the world. The Table of Showbread is a place of communion and fellowship with Jesus, who is the Bread of Life. Though the enemy may be raging, it is in His presence that “The Lord prepares a table in the presence of your enemies.” (Psalm 23:5). You have been anointed to come behind the veil, into the sacred place, into a place that the enemy cannot enter.
Sitting in front of the Holy of Holies is the Altar of Incense, where the prayers of intercession are to be a sweet fragrance before the Lord. Our prayers are to be fervent and fiery, coming from the spirit within, removed of all impurities of the flesh, to become the sweet fragrance. “And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail:” (Leviticus 16:12).
“And another angel came and stood over the altar. He had a golden censer, and he was given very much incense fragrant spices and gums which exhale perfume when burned, that he might mingle it with the prayers of all the people of God, the saints,upon the golden altar before the throne.(Revelation 8:3-4 AMP).”Then the Angel filled the censer with fire from the Altar and heaved it to earth. It set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:5 MSG). Many would argue that this passage is for the end times because it is in the book of Revelation. But as I read, the Word opened my eyes to a different view and caused me to think differently. And the smoke of the incense the perfume arose in the presence of God, with the prayers of the people of God, the saints, from the hand of the angel.”
Notice that the angel filled the censer with the fire off of the altar and cast it down to the earth and “it set off thunders, voices, lightnings, and an earthquake.To set off means that the prayer that has come before the Father has been released with His approval to ignite sudden change in the atmosphere. These are prayers that are in accordance with His will. Remember that God is a spirit and He needs us in the earth to be vessels for His use. Thunder is a loud, explosive and violent noise that is heard. Could the voices be the distinctive expression of the Word of God that is within the prayer? What about the lightning, the brilliance of an electronic spark that is discharged to expose that which in the dark as a result of the storm cloud? The earthquake severely disrupts with sudden vibrations of energy which can devastate. Is this what our prayers can do to the atmospheric conditions on earth after ascending into the Holy Place? ”
I thought about the physical manifestations of thunder and voices, which are heard. The enemy can hear our prayers and also know the authority in our voice which is result of our faith and knowledge of we are in the Kingdom. Lightning indicates that the light of the Word is coming to reveal truth to dispel the darkness of the storm cloud that appears and is contrary to the Word of God. The earthquake is felt which means it is tangible. Now one could say that the levels of effect are a result of persistence to obtain the end result, the breakthrough. It is written in the book of Acts the account of Paul and Silas, who prayed while they were in jail and without any warning there was an earthquake that opened every door of every prisoner. The enemy may think that he has you as a permanent prisoner as he uses the element of time against you. Reverse it and PUSH - pray until something happens! The foundations and walls that the enemy has built against you will be destroyed. Even the chains become unfastened. Now is the time to “Set It Off” and expect the sudden manifestation.
And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. (Matthew 21:22 AMP).
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