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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Touch The Mountain

1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 2) And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  [Revelations 14:1-3].

When reading this passage, one should wonder, "How can I touch the mountain of God?"  I say this because touching the mountain is not a trivial thing.  In the old testament Israel was commanded that if a man or even a beast touch the mountain of God, that it should be killed. {12) And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 13) There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. [Exodus 19:12-13]}  Paul clarifies what it means to be shot through in Hebrews 12 by saying that they should be stoned or thrust through with a spear.

You may be wondering, but how can I touch the mountain or how can a lamb stand on mount Zion without being killed?  Well, this isn't a typical lamb, this is the Lamb of God; Jesus Christ, who took away the sins of the world.  This lamb was thrust though with a spear and raised from the dead on the third day by Jehovah God.  Also, let's not forget that the people of Jerusalem attempted to stone Jesus at one point [John 8:59].  So the people attempted to stone Jesus before they finally thrust him through; wow, look how the scriptures are fulfilled in Christ.  We have the opportunity today to touch the mountain if we accept the sacrifice the lamb made for us.  Paul spells out how to accept the gift of God in Romans 10.  You must first hear the word of God and accept the truth of it, that everlasting life is gifted by the Father through Jesus Christ [John 6:40].  Don't be like Israel was; when they heard the word of salvation, they asked that it not be spoken unto them .  This is the type of person that cannot touch the mountain  of God. [Hebrews 12:19]

My goal here is not to argue whether or not we are part of the 144,000; my goal here is to tell you that nothing unclean or profane can touch the mountain of God.  The blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can usher you into the presence of God; you must be saved and covered with the blood of Christ if you hope to touch the mountain.  Jesus said, no man cometh to the father but by me [John 14:6]; he is the only way to God, you must go through him.  Through the veil of his flesh [Hebrews 10:20].  We must come to God, not of our flesh, but as spirits, after we have given up our lives; after we have sacrificed the physical life for a spiritual one.  [John 4:24].  The lamb has set the example for us.  

Come touch the mountain:

22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  25) See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: [Hebrews 12:22-25].