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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |
ARISE ZION, YOU’RE THE LIGHT
When God spoke to Moses, He took him to a high mountain (Exodus 17-35), and every time there was a cloud filled with God’s glory and smoke. God met with Moses, inside the cloud, face to face. In Numbers 14 we read that God spoke to the other prophets through visions and dreams, but to Moses, He spoke face to face. In 2 Corinthians 3:7, 13 Moses came from the mountain and the glory shone from his face so that the people could not look on him and he had to put a veil over his face. Moses went right into the cloud. Fire appeared on top of the mountain and the smoke went up into the heaven.
Hebrews 12:18-21 For YOU HAVE NOT COME [as did the Israelites in the wilderness] TO A [material] MOUNTAINS that can be touched, [a mountain] that is ABLAZE WITH FIRE, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm, and to the blast of a trumpet and a voice whose words make the listeners beg that nothing more be said to them. [Exodus 19:12-22; 20:18-21; Deuteronomy 4:11, 12; 5:22-27]. For they could not bear the command that was given: If even a wild animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to death. [Exodus 19:12, 13]. In fact, so awful and terrifying was the [phenomenal] sight that Moses said I am terrified (aghast and trembling with fear). [Deuteronomy 9:19]
Hebrews 12:22-27 But rather, YOU HAVE COME TO MOUNT ZION… (We have now also come to a mountain, not the one where God met Moses, but to another mountain.) …even to the CITY OF THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to COUNTLESS MULTITUDES OF ANGELS in festal gathering, and to the CHURCH (assembly) of the FIRSTBORN… Jesus was the only begotten Son of God, the Father and He was the firstborn from the dead. … who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the GOD Who is JUDGE OF ALL, and to the SPIRITS OF THE RIGHTEOUS (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect, and to JESUS, the MEDIATOR (Go-between, Agent) OF A NEW COVENANT, and to the SPRINKLED BLOOD which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance]. [Genesis 4:10]. So see to it that you do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking [to you now]. For if they [the Israelites] did not escape when they refused to listen and heed Him Who warned and divinely instructed them [here] on earth [revealing with heavenly warnings His will], how much less shall we escape if we reject and turn our backs on Him Who cautions and admonishes [us] from heaven? Then [at Mount Sinai] His voice shook the earth, but now He has given a promise: Yet once more I will shake and make tremble not only the earth but also the [starry] heavens. [Haggai 2:6]. Now this expression, Yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all [that can be] shaken-that is, of that which has been created-in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue.
MOUNTAIN OF MERCY
We have not come to the mountain Sinai (in Arabia), we have come to the mountain of the LORD, Mount Zion. God explains this mountain as the heavenly Jerusalem with countless angels, and it is where Jesus is. We have now come to this mountain where there is mercy.
Isaiah 8:13 The Lord of hosts – regard Him as holy and honour His holy name [by regarding Him as your only hope of safety], and let HIM BE YOUR FEAR and let Him be your dread [lest you offend Him by your fear of man and distrust of Him].
At the mountain of Sinai, the fear of the LORD was so great that anything or any person that touched that mountain should have died. They had to be stoned if they should touch the mountain, but now we’ve come to another mountain, that is the city of the LORD. There, Jesus is the Mediator or the Advocate, standing before the Judge, who is God. Jesus is pleading and interceding before God. The blood is sprinkled there and we must come to realize that we are Zion. When we arrive there, we’ll have a fear of God that exceeds the fear of man. The fear of God makes you obedient and accept the mercy and grace that He has for you, trusting Him as your only Hope and Safety.
Isaiah 8:14-18 And He shall be a SANCTUARY [a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him]; but He shall be a Stone of stumbling and a ROCK OF OFFENCE to BOTH THE HOUSES OF ISRAEL, a trap and a snare to the inhabitance of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble. They shall fall and be broken, Be snared and taken.”
Bind up the testimony; seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; and I will hope in Him. Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for SIGNS AND WONDERS in Israel from the LORD of hosts, Who DWELLS IN MOUNT ZION.
There are people that are going to be a sign and wonder and a mouthpiece to all the people of the earth and they’ll dwell on mount Zion. There on the mountain they will hear from God.
The time has come
For the church to get on the mountain
Seek God for answers
And not the books and directories and conferences.
Find out from God what He wants to do
with the church and the country.
It is not right to go to a book
where someone broke through in the seventies
and find out what they did then.
We have to God and find out what He wants to do now.
We must come to where we are supposed to be in Zion
and see that there is a Judge
standing and listening to the voice of the Advocate,
Who brings us all the blessings.
MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they DO NOT SPEAK according to this WORD, it is because THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.
People who do not have light inside if them mislead us. The proof lies in the fact that they do not SPEAK according to the Word of the LORD. Psalm 119:130 says that the ENTRANCE of the Word gives light.
It is the entrance into the Word of God that gives light.
Psalm 119:105 says that the Word is the Lamp unto thy feet and the Light on thy path. When you enter the Word and when the Word enters you, it becomes Light inside and you will be enlightened.
Isaiah 8:21-22 They will pass through it hard pressed and hungry; and it shall happen, when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God, and look upward. Then they will look to the earth, and see trouble and darkness, gloom of anguish; and they will be DRIVEN INTO DARKNESS.
He is talking about the two houses of Israel that were disobedient all their lives and did not listen to God.
They still do not listen to God and because of this they’re driven all the more into darkness.
Their advisories were not men of God.
They killed the prophets and the priests who had to advise them.
JESUS IS THE LIGHT
Isaiah 9:1-2 Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed. The land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who WALKED IN DARKNESS have seen A GREAT LIGHT. Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a LIGHT HAVE SHINED.
In Matthew 4:15-16 John says that he is not the Light, but the One after him is the Light Who comes to the people in darkness.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace.
He is talking about Jesus coming into the world as the Light, all the way. The people of Israel, because of their disobedience, were driven more and more into darkness. They, the Jews, are the people who reject Jesus and they that sat in that darkness saw a great Light. He describes the Light as a CHILD, Who is born and a SON that is given to us. In John 1:7-9 it is said that John the Baptist was not that Light, but he testified about that true Light that was coming into the world. This true Light would enlighten every person.
How will it come to be?
Psalm 18:28-29 For You will LIGHT MY LAMP; The LORD my God will ENLIGHTEN my darkness. For by You I can RUN AGAINST A TROOP, By my God I can LEAP OVER A WALL.
You may feel inadequate, but when you can find the Light, you’ll come to a place where you can achieve anything.
John 1:11-12 He came to that which BELONGED TO HIM [to His own-His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own DID NOT RECEIVE HIM and did not welcome Him. But to as many as DID RECEIVE and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to BECOME THE CHILDREN OF GOD, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.
When you receive the Light, you become one of His own. You receive the Light when you receive Him and then you become a sign and a wonder to bring Light into the world. When you receive this Light, you can run through a troop and jump over walls.
In the Bible times the cities were walled around with huge walls and the army troops sat on the walls with their spears and arrows. When you have that Light, you alone can jump over that wall and run through that troop and nothing will get you under.
In Luke 10:18-20 the seventy disciples returned, from casting out the devils and healing the sick, in ecstasy that the devils are subjected to them, but reporting that to Jesus, He gave them a rather blunt answer and told them that they should rejoice because their names are written in heaven. He then continued by telling them that He saw the devil fall like lightning out of heaven. He referred to Isaiah 14 where Lucifer, the morning star fell and became dark, the earth became a wilderness and darkness filled the earth. The devil’s name is no longer Lucifer, but Accuser and Satan. He was light and when he fell he lost his light, he can now only pretend to be the light. He disguises himself as an angel of the light, because he knows how it works. He was the angel of light and his ministers can also disguise themselves as angels of light, but their words are not powerful, because they do not have the light inside.
Satan is now a dark spirit and by understanding it, you have the power and the might over all the power or abilities of the enemy. You shall trample on scorpions and serpents and nothing shall hurt or harm you. When you receive the Light, you’ll run through a troop and jump over a wall, because He saw Satan falling like a lightning out of heaven. You must realize that you have the Light, then you have the authority over the enemy and you’ll put him under your foot.
God rejects the people who do not receive the Light. They that do receive Him, become children of the Light, they are overcomers.
THE LAMB IS THE LIGHT
Remember we have not come to the mountain that burned with fire, but to mount Zion. Jesus is there and He is the Mediator, the Lamb that was slain and He shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The Lamb is the Light. Isaiah 1:18 says that though your sins may be as scarlet, it shall become white as snow and as wool. Jesus washed us in His blood and cleansed us from all the sin and unrighteousness. Though your sins be like scarlet, it shall be washed white as snow. He illuminates us and gives us Light when we receive Him and that makes us children of the Light.
Revelation 21:23 And the CITY has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendour and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the LAMB IS ITS LAMP.
We have come to Zion, the city, which is Light, because the Lamb is its Light. Many people expect a city that will come out of heaven to fall on the earth in Israel, but the heavenly Jerusalem is very long and wide and high and it will not fit into Israel or on Africa.
Revelation 21:24-27 The nations (they that are saved) shall WALK BY ITS LIGHT and the rulers and leaders of the earth (they that are not saved) shall bring into it their glory. And its GATES shall NEVER BE CLOSED by day, and there shall be NO NIGHT there. [Isaiah 60:11]. They shall bring the glory (the splendour and majesty) and the honour of the nations into it. But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, or anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
The mountain of the LORD
is the city
it carries the Light of the LORD,
which is the Lamb.
As soon as we realize that, the kings of the earth will come to the city. The gates will not be shut and it implies that nothing good and pleasant will be kept away from it. When you believe that the blood of Jesus washed away your sins and receive Jesus as your LORD and your Saviour, you are the light. Then you are more than a conqueror and you rule and reign and nothing can hurt or harm you.
Israel rejected Jesus and therefore they are not enlightened. They are living in darkness. There is no more Jew or Gentile, but in Christ there is now just one new man. There is no ethnic group above the other. God has no special people, but He favours obedient people. All, who come and drink of the water of Life freely, are now His people. On the cross Jesus finished with an ethnic group called Israel. They can now be saved the same way every one else can be saved and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as their Saviour and LORD. When you realize this, you’ll receive the harvest of souls that should come in. A Jew is no more special than a Zulu or any other group. All must come through Jesus and then they are all new creations called Christians and not Messianic Jews or Christian Zulu’s. They are all just Christians. No one is above or better than the other. When they receive Jesus, they become children of the Light. Matthew 5:14 says that all of them that receive Jesus are now the light of the world, a city set on a hill. That is mount Zion.
WE ARE NOW THE LIGHT
Isaiah 60:1-7 Arise, shine; for YOUR LIGHT HAS COME! And THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS RISEN UPON YOU. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people; but THE LORD WILL ARISE OVER YOU, and HIS GLORY will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to YOUR LIGHT, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, THEY COME TO YOU; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you. The WEALTH OF THE GENTILES SHALL COME TO YOU. The multitude of camels shall cover your land. The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come and they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you. The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you. They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.
The wealth of the nations will come to those who realize that they are the Light and arise to their responsibility of who they are supposed to be. God’s glory rises upon those who receive Him. Then they become the Light of the world, a city set on a hill and must let their Light shine. It must not be hidden it, but put it on a candlestick.
Isaiah 60:11 Therefore YOUR GATES SHALL BE OPEN continually. They shall not be shut day or night that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations…
You must be open to receive. It is not someday in heaven. The city is right down here on the earth. It is here that we need money and here people are saved.
Isaiah 60:13-14 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary. And I will make the place of My feet glorious. Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they SHALL CALL YOU THE CITY OF THE LORD, ZION OF THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.
There are two words and it is “Arise, shine!” When you realize that Jesus is your LORD and Saviour, you are called Zion. When you do not believe it, your doors are shut. When you believe it, your doors will open up. You must then Arise and let your Light shine!
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