There are two words I want to talk about now. The first one that came into my spirit is from Zechariah, although it is out of context, but the Lord does that sometimes.
Zechariah 6 v. 1-8
“I looked up again – and there before me were 4 chariots coming out from between two mountains – mountains of bronze! The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled – all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?” The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world. The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses towards the west, and the one with the dappled horses towards the south.” When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth. Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
Those words really quicken me. I believe in these days that this part of the globe – Europe – is the land of the north. It is were the political/social action, the ferment is going to be. And I believe it is the place where the Holy Spirit is going to work for an out-pouring on the nations in the last days. As I read those words, aware that it is out of context, I see this horse that went to the north and has taken the Spirit. It is the only one of which it is said, “it has given my Spirit rest in the lands of the north.” I know the Holy Spirit is working everywhere, but I have felt that powerfully, although I cannot prove it. I would name Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany and Britain as nations that are being touched or are going to be touched by God or where there are movements coming up that are going to be an overflow into Europe and into the World.
Lets go to Zechariah again. We are going to look at 5 or 6 sections of scripture in this time. The points I wish to make are very clear and definitive and are like a capstone on all that we have been doing so far.
The first thing I talked about was that anointing was an anointing of holiness. We have talked about all different dimensions of the anointing and we have left that up there in a little window and said we would come back to it. I want us to see that this idea of holiness comes especially from the Old Testament. Without the Old Testament we would not know what it was. The New Testament speaks of holiness and gives us moral guidelines of holiness, but it never explains holiness. It is in the Old Testament that you see holiness being in example and occasion explained. Not explained in words, so much, but explained in example and illustration. We all know that the root word in Hebrew means ‘to be separate, to be cut-off or to be separated unto something’. That is the dynamic movement of holiness, not the ‘from’, but the ‘to’. It is about being dedicated to the Lord, as we will see in a moment.
Zechariah has one of the most amazing finishes of all the books of the minor prophets. The fourteenth chapter relates to Jerusalem and the great vision of the end times.
Zechariah 14 v.1
“A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by ny mountain valley for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Jordan. Then the Lord my God will come and all the holy ones with him.
On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime – a day known to the Lord. When evening comes, there will be light.”
Is that not interesting? We analyse a day by whether it is light or dark. God doesn’t! The Day of the Lord is something that is looked for throughout Scripture, and the more urgent the prophetic voice becomes in the Old Testament, the more the Day of the Lord takes precedence. When you get to the real cutting-edge prophesies of the Old Testament it speaks of the Day of the Lord and the question of course is raised elsewhere;
“Who shall stand on the day of His appearing?”
You don’t sum it up as to whether it is dark or light. The Day of the Lord is summed up by event. The essence if it is what happens, not the timescale, nor the nature of whether it is physically dark or light, although in the great triumphal Day of the Lord there is no darkness. It is the presence of the Lord that makes it the Day of the Lord. The prophetic fulfilment of the divine purposes on earth.
The essence of the Day of the Lord is Holiness, because it is about the fullness of God’s person. Holiness is not about the absence of darkness – that is the result of holiness. That is to do with righteousness, what is good or not good, moral rectitude. Holiness is what God is; who God is; holiness is the dynamic presence of God which produces righteousness, because wherever God is you cannot have darkness.
“God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”
Where God is you cannot have sin.
“God is holy and his eye will not behold iniquity.”
Where God is you cannot have pain and suffering because he has swept all that away and has brought the healing power of his own nature. You cannot have darkness, and so forth…
God is holy and his holiness is a dynamic powerful reality: an anointing from God. We only get to know the holiness of God if he pours himself out, and that pouring-out of God we describe as Glory.
John 1 v. 14
“We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
II Cor 3 v. 18
“And we, with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into the likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
We can never participate in God’s holiness unless he initiates a movement which captures us in what he is. Unless God takes the initiative to touch us in some way that changes us and draws us into the reality of his being. The essence of holiness is the reality of the being of God. That is why the great name is given 36 times in the book of Isaiah;
“I am the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer.”
It is because he is the Holy One that he stretches into the sinfulness and lostness of his people and puts something in there that pulls them out of that into the essence of what he is.
I Peter 2 v. 9
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
It is to do with the anointing of God. If the anointing is God’s presence, the dynamic reality of God, then the thing that happens is that God stands in the midst and we get to know who he is. That has two effects, as we said at the beginning; it attracts many and repulses a multitude. Zechariah gets a hold of that;
Zechariah 14 v. 8
“On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or nighttime – a day known to the Lord. When evening comes there will be light.”
The book of Revelation says;
Revelation 21 v. 23
“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its light.”
When the clock goes around, taking a human image, you will discover it isn’t dark because of this holiness. The presence of God has overpowered everything; darkness, sorrow, sighing, sin, mourning, limitation of vision and all the things that belong to the old way of doing it outside of the anointing will vanish away.
If that is true eternally, if we can get to know something of the holiness of God today, do you think it would be true in measure? I think so. I am putting in a nutshell all the Bible says about holiness. That which is going to govern for eternity and submerge everything negative and limited. If today we can receive the anointing of that n measure, then it has the same effect. Holiness is holiness is holiness. If the effect of holiness is that when it is unfettered and unlimited, if today by the Holy Spirit we can have that anointing of holiness, the effect of that in us and through us will be to do the same to the powers of darkness as it will do perfectly in a day to come.
Many people have never thought like this in their lives. It is an outflow, an overflow, the reality of God empowering people and driving away that which is the opposite in God’s creation. This is why some of us do not understand the Old Testament.
Zechariah 14 v. 8
“On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.”
It is a picture of the overflow of God like in Ezekiel 47 from under the threshold of the temple, but there it flowed east. Zechariah has it going east and west to the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea because there is going to be such an overflow that it will never be contained. Never mind the wadis full of the former rain and the latter rain, this is going to be a continual overflowing right from the heart of God!
Zechariah 14 v. 9
“The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.”
Never mind pluralistic views and one-world truths! “There will be one Lord, and his name the only name.” These are the proclamations we are to make in the anointing. They are the proclamations of holiness. It is not about “many”, it is about “one”.
Holiness is not an opinion, it is a declaration, a revelation.
Holiness is not an option, it is a command.
We could go into other scriptures in the Old and New Testaments and discover that on the day that Jesus reigns supreme there will be no other power that raises its head. He is the King of king and the Lord of lords, and that will be manifested in the fullness of his splendour. Well, if we can have an anointing of this today, these things come true in us right now.
Zechariah 14 v. 20-21
“On that day ‘HOLY UNTO THE LORD’ will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no-longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord Almighty.”
There will be no religion without power. There will be no un-believer in religious guise. There will be no-one who lifts the name of the Lord but does not mean it in their heart. There will be no-one who calls upon the name of the Lord but does not draw near to him;
Isaiah 29 v. 13
“These people draw near with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”
There will be no Canaanite. There will be no-one in the house of God erecting false gods, no-one bowing down to false images. The heart of Canaanite religion was self-satisfaction, but there will be no-one indulging in it just for themselves. It will be to the Lord. Our motives will be unmixed and the direction of our worship will be unmistakeable. It will be to the Lord.
“The bride eyes not her garment, but her dear bridegroom’s face.
I will not gaze at glory, but on the King of grace.
Nor at the crown he gives me, but on his pierced hand.
The Lamb is all the glory of Emmanuel’s land.”
On that day it will be holy to the Lord. Do you know the result of that holiness to the Lord? There will be eternal healing and absolute satisfaction. Everyone will be so consumed with the reality of God that they will no-longer be concerned about themselves, their blessing and their need, and will no-longer focus on things like that. It will be to the Lord and we will be completely satisfied because we will discover again what we were made for. We were made to be touched by God.
The idea of holiness used to either bore me or scare me. When you get into a legalistic view of holiness you come away from grace, and that used to bore me because I cannot keep the law. That was Paul’s problem, and it is yours. If holiness equates to keeping the law so that I become ‘good’ it is an awful bondage. Holiness is going to make me good, but through the power of righteousness, which is a different thing.
Romans 8 v. 2
“Because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.”
We fulfil the requirements, even go beyond them, because we do not live according to the dictates of our old nature, but under the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8 v. 14
“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.”
That is the dynamic power of holiness, but I used to think that holiness was legalism. It used to scare me because I felt as I often do today that I am not holy.
“In myself there is no good thing.”
I feel it differently today and the difference is that I know how to come to the Lord now in a way that I didn’t know before. I have come to understand this tremendous truth that under the cleansing of the blood of Jesus “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ”.
Prophetically the Holy Spirit releases these insights into our hearts and we see the tremendous overpowering reality of what is in God.