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Spiritual Warfare & The Book of Revelation

Who Is Jesus of The Revelation?: Snapshot #4 - Whose Eyes Are A Flame Of Fire And Feet As Brass

In the arena of the spirit world, it may surprise many that there is an order.

Within this order, and the order established works accordingly whether we are dealing with elements whose power of influence is good or whether it is evil, power works along clear lines.

These established lines deal with spirit powers, some considered to be in relation to others as higher and greater and some considered to be lower and lesser.

There is a hierarchy in other words with a structure, the structure having been established by God long ago among the entities (in some cases referred to as angels, principalities and powers, etc) even before human kind was inserted as the solution of God for the healing and restoration of the earth to full integration with His incredible love, infinite life and glory.

In this context the various powers are designated by names.

What happens within any sphere of influence, from the smallest sphere of influence to the very greatest sphere of influence is directly related to the power that is dominant over that sphere of influence. That power, whatever it might be, has a name and intrinsic to its name is the power that it yields over the designated realm.

Within this scenario, here is the secret. When two powers meet within any sphere of influence, the greater name (greater power) carries the authority by the structured right of names to displace a lesser name. The lesser name then must bow to the greater name.

As The Book of Revelation opens, which book pulls back the curtain on the whole subject of spiritual warfare and what is happening and is to happen in the ethereal realm of spirit powers (the heavens), we are first confronted with critical points of preparation for engaging things at this level and these points of preparation have to do with the conditions of our heart in union with Jesus Christ and most important of all, our understanding of who this Jesus is in the mix of powers, for he has been given a name by God that supersedes every other name.

So we come to the 4th state of revelation regarding Jesus as expressed to the 'ekklesia' (those persons echoing the image and likeness of God) in the geopolitical sphere of Thyatira.

Important things are being said here whose message is to us too.

Thyatira - These things are being said by the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and feet like fine brass...(Revelation 2:18).

The One speaking is engaged head to foot.

His eyes are like a flame of fire, fire being one of the symbols of passion. His vision, that which burns within him, is both passionate and penetrating.

Fire is a source of light and as we read about it we remember one of Jesus teachings spoke of the ‘eye that is singularly focused filling the whole body with light’ (Luke 11:34). On the other hand, if your eye is divided, if it is not singularly focused, then the body is full of darkness.

In the divided life, there is a magnitude of susceptibility to darkness.

The One speaking here is passionate about his mission and therefore, all he does is full of light with no darkness or confusion or wondering (wandering) back and forth.

Total focus is his way.

But the flame of fire not only is within him, but if you look into his eyes of fire it penetrates and probes into every eye he looks into as well, measuring each one's focus, each one's passion, each one's singleness of heart or division of heart from the purposes of the calling.

His feet, remember we are talking about being ‘all in’ from head to foot, are like fine brass. What does this mean? Is there a pattern we can follow in the scriptures? The answer of course is, yes.

The feet are the foundation of the body, the base upon which it moves, on which it stands and upon which its movements are directed. Proverbs speaks of feet that move to the right hand or the left (see Proverbs 4:26-27) encouraging us to ponder the path of our feet and to remove our foot from things that trouble our path and direction.

Feet of brass are mentioned a number of times.

But there is another element to feet and brass and it has to do with power over enemies, the power to tread them down to be specific.

Brass itself speaks of power over the poison of the serpent as you might remember, Moses, when Israel succumbed to impatience, becoming discouraged and began murmuring against God and the Deliverer sent to them, their complaint opened a channel for fiery serpents to begin biting the people, injecting their serpent poison into their veins.

As a remedy against the poison of the serpents, Moses was directed to put a brass serpent on a pole and everyone who looked at the brass serpent on the pole lived, the power of the poison dematerializing from their blood.

Ezekiel when describing the beasts around the throne of God said their feet were ‘straight feet’ meaning they were correct and in line with the appropriate direction, and not only that, but their feet sparkled, glittered and glared like fine polished brass (see Ezekiel 1:7).

Feet of brass are feet that cannot be harmed as they go. Remember that it is said of Jesus that every enemy will be brought under his feet in a state of total triumph over them.

As one of many examples in the Psalms and Prophets we hear these words or ones like them quite often, “Through You will we push down our enemies: through your name will we tread them under that rise up against us." (Psalm 44:5) and “Through God we will do valiantly for He is the one that will tread down our enemies” (Psalm 108:13).

The prophet Malachi said, “But to you that fear My name will the Sun of Righteousness rise up with healing in his wings and you will then go forth and spring about like young frisky, strong and well fed bulls. And you will tread down the wicked ones who are hostile towards God, and they will be like ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I will do this, says the LORD” (Malachi 4:2-3).

Now one of the important things for us to remember is, he who has the power, the experience and the skill, also has the power to transfer that power, experience and skill.

Jesus is the one who said to his apprentices, “Look carefully and see. I am the one who gives you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all of the power of the enemy, and nothing will by any means harm you” (Luke 10:19) and along the exact same line of thought the apostle Paul said, ”And the God of peace will bruise satan under your feet shortly” (Romans 16:20).

It is this man, this Jesus, who possesses the full power to tread down every enemy.

He has feet of brass. No evil snake, no spiritual scorpion, can possibly deter him.

He crushes their heads.

But there is one more thing here and that is, the one who is speaking is the Son of God.

This one is the Firstborn and the Firstborn has a place no other son or daughter holds for this one is the beginning of the Father’s power (see Genesis 49:3). This one is the excellence of the Father’s might.This one leads the way for all the children. This one is the ‘brightness of His glory and the express image of His person’ and is set down at the right hand of God, all angels and principalities and powers being made subject to him.

The base of all power resides in this one.

Only the power of all power can and will reign over all power that is lesser than the power of all power.

Why is this important for us to grasp?

It is in his name we will act.

Next Topic: Snapshot #5 – Sardis: He who has the Seven Spirits of God and the Seven Stars

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