22nd of the 2nd month 2017/2018
Ḥazon/Revelation 15:2 “And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim.”
Among the visions that Yoḥanan was given we see here a very comforting and encouraging one concerning those who overcome the wickedness of the enemy. This vision of seeing overcomers standing victoriously in the Master was after he saw another sign in the heaven, where he saw seven messengers having the seven last plagues that were about to be poured out, for in them the wrath of Elohim was ended.
Before he is shown these plagues being poured out he is shown this vision of those who had overcome the beast and his image and who were standing on the sea of glass holding harps of Elohim! The sang the song of Mosheh and the song of the Lamb, as they sang the great song of deliverance before יהוה. It is this image of overcomers standing on the sea of glass that I want us to carefully consider here as we are able to glean a great deal of encouragement in equipping us to keep standing firm in our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah, always being ready to offer up continual praise and esteem unto His Name, amidst a chaotic and crooked world! While the world is getting progressively worse, at an alarmingly rapid rate, and all we may see around us on a day to day basis is the chaos of lawlessness, we can be securely comforted in our ability to overcome the chaos as we continue to stand in the Master, armed in His Truth, and after having done all, keep standing!!! In a message called, ‘FROM CHAOS TO STABILITY!’ I would like to remind you and encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on our Master and Elohim and recognise the stability of being able to keep standing in the Truth, despite the chaos that rages around us all on a continual basis!
This picture of overcomers standing on the seas of glass, holding harps and singing praise unto יהוה our Elohim, ought to strengthen us in recognising that we can overcome the chaos and offer up the proper praise, even while knowing what is still to come. Yoḥanan was given this image or vision of overcomers standing firm and singing before the wrath of Elohim was about to be poured out and therefore we can be encouraged to keep holding fast to our Master as we remain standing in Him by guarding His commands and in doing so be faithful in our ability to praise Him amidst the trouble that is already in, and is coming, upon the world!
Yoḥanan/John 16:33 “These words I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you have pressure, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
The Greek root word that is translated here in Ḥazon/Revelation 15:2 as ‘overcoming’, and as ‘overcome’ in Yoḥanan/John 16:33 is νικάω nikaō – Strong’s G3528 which means, ‘to conquer, prevail, overcome, victorious’. As we stay in our Master and Elohim by guarding His commands and walking in set-apartness, we are equipped with courage to overcome! The promises given to those who overcome in the messages given to the assemblies in Ḥazon/Revelation give us a boost of encouragement to hold fast to the Truth and endure!
To those in Ephesos:
Ḥazon/Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Elohim.””
To those in Smurna:
Ḥazon/Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes shall by no means be harmed by the second death.”
To those in Pergamos:
Ḥazon/Revelation 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I shall give him a white stone, and on the stone a renewed Name written which no one knows except him who receives it.””
To those in Thyatira:
Ḥazon/Revelation 2:26 “And he who overcomes, and guards My works until the end, to him I shall give authority over the nations”
To those in Sardis:
Ḥazon/Revelation 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be dressed in white robes, and I shall by no means blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I shall confess his name before My Father and before His messengers.”
To those in Philadelphia:
Ḥazon/Revelation 3:12 “He who overcomes, I shall make him a supporting post in the Dwelling Place of My Elohim, and he shall by no means go out. And I shall write on him the Name of My Elohim and the name of the city of My Elohim, the renewed Yerushalayim, which comes down out of the heaven from My Elohim, and My renewed Name.”
To those in Laodikeia:
Ḥazon/Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
One can be greatly encouraged as we see the collective blessing of overcoming the pressures and trials that we face, for those who overcome will get to eat of the tree of life and the second death will have no power over them as they have access back to the tree of life! Overcomers get to eat of the hidden manna and authority over the nations will be given to them for they will be able to rightly rule with proper discernment! Overcomers shall be dressed in white robes and have assurance that their names will never be blotted out and will become supporting posts in the Dwelling Place of Elohim and be given to sit with the Master on His Throne!
This in itself ought to be sufficient encouragement to endure and overcome!
Romiyim/Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 5:3-5 “For this is the love for Elohim, that we guard His commands, and His commands are not heavy, 4 because everyone having been born of Elohim overcomes the world. And this is the overcoming that has overcome the world: our belief. 5 Who is the one who overcomes the world but he who believes that יהושע is the Son of Elohim?”
The reason for me highlighting this picture of overcoming is to simply emphasise our need to be a people who are not hindered by the chaos of a corrupt and wicked world but are rather equipped in being able to reflect a proper stability that true standing and staying in the Master entails.
Coming back to this image of stability, as represented by the overcomers standing on a sea of glass, I want to take a closer look at this image and the progression of this image as seen in Scripture from the beginning to the end, highlighting for us a clear picture of redemption and deliverance for all who call upon the Name of our Master and Elohim, יהושע Messiah, for He is יהוה who saves/delivers!
The image of a sea of glass carries a couple of very significant pictures that can teach us a great deal of the work of deliverance from the chaos of sin that Elohim has brought to us.
The image given to us in Ḥazon/Revelation 15:2 of a sea of glass mixed with fire and those who have overcome the beast standing on the sea of glass in a picture of those who have been refined and cleansed through the Word of Elohim, as we know that fire is that which refines and water (as represented by the sea) cleanses.
The Greek word that is translated as ‘glass’ in Ḥazon/Revelation 15:2 comes from the root word ὑάλινος hualinos – Strong’s G5193 which means, ‘glass, glassy, transparent like glass, water or crystal’ and is only used 3 times in the Renewed Writings (N.T.) – twice in Ḥazon/Revelation 15:2 and once in:
Ḥazon/Revelation 4:6 “And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and in back.”
This Greek word ὑάλινος hualinos – Strong’s G5193 comes from the root word ὕαλος hualos – Strong’s G5194 which means, ‘a clear transparent stone, like glass or ice or even crystal’. This Greek word is used once in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak – O.T.) in Iyoḇ/Job 28:17 where it is used to translate the word ‘crystal’, which is translated from the Hebrew word זָכָה zaḵah – Strong’s H2135 which means ‘to be clear, clean or pure, to be blameless, cleansed, make yourself clean and be kept pure’. This word is only used 8 times in Scripture and also gives us the meaning of being clear and pure and free from any foreign substances; being flawless and in a perfect state, being free of guilt and able to stand before the throne of Elohim which we can, by the blood of Messiah, come boldly to in order to find favour in time of need!
In Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:16 we see a very clear call given to a corrupted Yisra’ěl to wash themselves and make themselves clean:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Stop doing evil!”
Wash and make yourself clean – put away and stop doing evil! Those who take heed to these words and take their stand in the Master shall overcome and be equipped to properly praise Elohim with their all!
This image of the sea of glass, like crystal, which is also used to also describe that which is before the throne of Elohim, is a clear picture of stability and that which is established and firm forever and that which has no spot or blemish or any fragment of corruption, for it represents the perfection of the set-apartness of Elohim and that which is before His throne! The concept or picture of an established sea that is firm, upon which overcomers can stand before Elohim, helps us recognise the powerful work of redemption that Elohim has done for those who are in Messiah, for He has delivers us from sin and corruption and has drawn us out of the chaotic waters of the world, as pictured through a chaotic and raging sea! A raging sea was certainly a clear picture of death and destruction to the ancients and we are able to glean some understanding as to why this was, when we take a look at the beginning of Creation where we see the following:
Berěshith/Genesis 1:2 “And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters.”
Elohim created the heavens and the earth and before light came to be the earth was without form and function and His Spirit moved on the face of the waters. This first picture of creation represents for us a picture of chaos, where there is no light and no form and no function! It is by His Spirit that He brings function and form into our lives as His light dwells in us and shapes us according to His Word that washes and cleanses away the dysfunction and lack of proper form! The light brings separation and order!
Elohim let the waters be gathered together and let the dry land appear and then we see that he called the collection of waters ‘seas’:
Berěshith/Genesis 1:10 “And Elohim called the dry land ‘earth,’ and the collection of the waters He called ‘seas.’ And Elohim saw that it was good.”
We know that is was from the ground that Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground and crated man in His image. In a way, we can already see a picture of ‘man’ being drawn out of the waters and shaped into the image and likeness of Elohim. In Hebrew, the word for ‘sea’ is יָם yam – Strong’s H3220 and I find this a very fitting word when looking at it in the ancient script, as it looks as follows:
Yod – י:
The ancient script has this letter as which is ‘an arm and hand’, and carries the meaning of ‘work, make, throw’, from the primary functions of the arm and hand, and it also represents worship or giving thanks in the extending of hands as a gesture of this. The work of one’s hands is the basic meaning of this letter! And this letter also pictures for us the outstretched Arm and working Hand of Elohim that is not too short to save!
Mem – ם:
The ancient script has this letter as and is pictured as ‘water’, and also carries the meaning of ‘chaos’ (from the storms of the sea) and can also picture that which is mighty or massive as well as the unknown. We are also able to understand this letter as representing the nations, for the nations are often likened to the seas in Scripture. Water is also a very clear picture for us of that which washes or cleanses us, as we understand from the picture of the bronze laver in the Tabernacle that was used to clean the priests, and was made from the bronze mirrors that was used by the women who worshipped at the Door of the Tabernacle. As we look into the mirror of the Word of Elohim, we are to allow it to cleanse us and cause us to remember how we are to look, speak and act, in complete adherence to His clear words of instructions contained therein!
From these two pictographic letters, we can see the clear picture of redemption as we can see that:
THE OUTSTRETCHED ARM AND HAND (OF ELOHIM) DRAWS OUT OF THE WATERS
THE ARM AND HAND THAT CLEANSES AND REDEEMS
The concept of being drawn out of waters is a picture of deliverance, as we take note of the following words of Dawiḏ that are recorded in Shemuʼěl Bět/2 Samuel 22:17 as well as in Tehillah/Psalm 18:16, which is a Psalm of praise that was sung on the day that יהוה delivered Dawiḏ from all his enemies and from the hand of Sha’ul:
Tehillah/Psalm 18:16 “He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.”
In another couple of psalms, we see the cry for help that Dawiḏ gives unto יהוה:
Tehillah/Psalm 69:14 “Rescue me out of the mire, and let me not sink. Let me be rescued from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.”
Tehillah/Psalm 144:7 “Send forth Your hand from above; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of foreigners”
The words of this verse from Tehillah/Psalm 144:7 fit perfectly in terms of understanding the picture of the Hand of Elohim coming forth from above to draw our and deliver us from the deep waters of chaos!
This cry to be delivered from deep waters is a cry for deliverance from chaos and distress and the increasing pressures of a corrupt world and in Ḥazon we are given a clear picture of how the whore sits on the waters where the nations are:
Ḥazon/Revelation 17:15 “And he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and crowds, and nations, and tongues.”
It is only by the outstretched arm and hand of Elohim that we can be delivered from the deep waters of sin and chaos, which the whore sits upon and oppresses mankind.
The call to come out and be separate is a call to come out of the wicked waters of the whore and it is יהוה who delivers us from the waters of chaos and sets our feet firmly on Him, our Rock!
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 53:1 “Who has believed our report? And to whom was the arm of יהוה revealed?”
The arm of יהוה has been revealed and many did not believe that יהושע Messiah was the outstretched arm and hand of יהוה, despite having done many signs before them and they were unable to believe as prophesied through Yeshayahu (Yoḥanan/John 12:37-39)
The Torah and the Prophets reveal the Master as they speak clearly of Him yet many do not believe and are therefore unable to be drawn out of chaos to a place of stability in the Master. As one studies the design of the Tabernacle and Temple we are able to see many valuable lessons on the clear redemptive work of deliverance that our Master and Elohim has brought us through His own blood that cleanses away all sin and chaos and enables us to live a life of stability in standing firm in the Truth as we stay in the Master and guard His commands!
In the Tabernacle the basin of bronze/bronze laver, which was used for the priests to take water from and wash their hands and feet before entering in to the set-apart place to do service, was made from the bronze mirrors of the women who did servant at the door of the Tent of Appointment, and this helps us understand the picture of us having our hands (works) and feet (walk) cleansed through the proper meditation and application of the Word, which are to look intently into:
Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:23-25 “Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, 24 for he looks at himself, and goes away, and immediately forgets what he was like. 25 But he that looked into the perfect Torah, that of freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer that forgets, but a doer of work, this one shall be blessed in his doing of the Torah.”
In the Temple that Shelomoh built we see that he built a ‘Sea of cast metal’ (Melaḵim Aleph/1 Kings 7:23)
As we consider the pictures of the sea, chaos and stability that the Word of Elohim brings to those who are drawn out of sin and are washed, we are able to recognise the powerful lesson of how Elohim is in complete control and those who are in Him and overcome are caused to stand in His presence and not be affected by the threats of chaotic waters, for He stills the waters and walks on them!
When the 70 elders, Mosheh, Aharon and his sons ate a covenant meal with יהוה they saw under His feet that which was like a paved work of sapphire stone and the Hebrew word for ‘sapphire’ is סַפִּיר sappiyr – Strong’s H5601 which is a sapphire gemstone and this word comes from the verb סָפַר saphar – Strong’s H5608 which means, ‘to score with a mark as a tally or record, to inscribe, to count, declare, number, tell’.
סָפַר saphar is the denominative root verb of the word סֵפֶר sepher – Strong’s H5612 which means, ‘a missive, document, writing, book, scroll, letters’, and is used to describe the Book of the Torah!
What is also worth taking note of is that the sapphire stone that was on the breastplate of the High Priest, was the middle stone of the second row, which represented the Tribe of Dan; and as most of you will know, the name of Dan means ‘judge’. We have One judge and One lawgiver who is able to save and destroy and it is through His Word that we are able to have His firm foundation of righteousness and justice established in our lives.
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 54:11 “O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted, see, I am setting your stones in antimony, and shall lay your foundations with sapphires”
The Hebrew root word that is used here for ‘afflicted one’ is עָנִי aniy – Strong’s H6041 meaning, ‘poor, afflicted, humble, oppressed’ and primarily refers to a person who suffering some kind of disability or distress, and the one who is afflicted and literally lives day to day, and is often socially defenceless, being subject to constant oppression. Herein we are able to see the promise of deliverance from chaos to a position of stability through a proper judgement that is righteous!
We are able to see many verses that highlight the promise of deliverance and stability from chaos given to those who call on the Master and guard His commands, while with the wrong it is not so as they are described as being like a raging sea that never rests:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 57:20-21 “But the wrong are like the troubled sea, for it is unable to rest, and its waters cast up mud and dirt. 21 “There is no peace,” said my Elohim, “for the wrong.””
The Hebrew word that is translated here as ‘troubled’ is גָּרַשׁ garash – Strong’s H1644 meaning, ‘drive out, cast away, thrust out, divorce, expel’.
The first time we see this word being used is in:
Berěshith/Genesis 3:24 “and He drove the man out. And He placed keruḇim at the east of the garden of Ěḏen, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Aḏam was driven out for disobedience and we also see how Yonah too was driven out:
Yonah/Jonah 2:4 “So I said, ‘I have been driven away from Your eyes. Would I ever look again toward Your set-apart Hěḵal?”
Yonah cries out from the belly of a fish and declares that he had been cast out into the heart of the seas that raged! There is not stillness for a troubled and raging sea! Sadly, we see this being true for so many today as there is no stillness but chaos for many who refuse to call upon the Name of יהוה and guard His Word!
It is only the Master who can calm the sea:
Tehillah/Psalm 89:9 “You rule the swelling of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”
Tehillah/Psalm 65:7 “Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the uproar of the peoples.”
Marqos/Mark 4:39-41 “And having been awakened He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 And He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you not yet belief?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and asked each other, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Tehillah/Psalm 29:10 “יהוה sat enthroned at the flood, and יהוה sits as Sovereign forever.”
He is in complete control over the chaos of troubled waters, for He sits and Judge and King forever!
A continual picture that we see being threaded throughout Scripture is one of being made to stand firm in the Master as we are dressed in His complete armour, which is His Torah, through the washing of the Word! He is the One who causes us to have stability and overcome the chaos that surrounds us on a daily basis, while the wrong are tossed about by every storm!
As we consider the clear picture that we can see in Scripture, of how the sea represents chaos, storms and the unknown, we are also able to clearly see the promise of deliverance from the chaos of deep and troubled waters so that we can have our feet firmly planted in the Truth and have stability as we walk in the Master and stay in Him!
Those who overcome the beast and the whore who sits on the waters will stand on the sea of glass and praise Elohim.
The ability to be delivered from chaos to stability is one that is available for anyone who has ears to hear and obey the Word of Elohim, as the Word of Truth that washes away the filth of the muddied waters of chaos and sin equips us to stand in the sure stability of our Coming King!
As we consider just some of these clear pictures of the stability of the righteous versus the chaos of the wrong may we all be encouraged and remanded to hold firm to our Master and give thanks to Him who causes us to overcome!
We have been redeemed from chaos to stability and therefore we must live like it!!! Does your life reflect the stability of the Word or has the chaos of this world got you all tossed with storm? If chaos is evident in your life then let the Word wash you and cause you to stand in the Master and be delivered from chaos to stability in Him!
We are to bring the continual praise and thanks that is due to our Elohim as we are daily armed with His Truth and walk in perfect love as we pursue set-apartness with our all and be overcomers that give abundant praise unto Elohim!
As you reflect on the gift of deliverance that has drawn you out of the chaos of sin and lawlessness so that your feet can stand firm on the Rock, having a joy filled stability in the Master, give Him all praise and esteem and never stop!!!
I will close with the words of Sha’ul:
Qorintiyim Aleph/1 Corinthians 15:57-58 “But thanks to Elohim who gives us the overcoming through our Master יהושע Messiah. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Master, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Master.”
FROM CHAOS TO STABILITY!
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you shalom!