"SEAT OF RECKONING"
Michael F. Blume
And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of
a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness
of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon
it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about
within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance
of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and
it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in
the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round
about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.
And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that
We spoke much of the glory of God in the
When the ark of the covenant was taken by
the Philistines, Phinehas' wife went into labour for her child's birth
when she heard that her husband and her father-in-law dies, and the ark
of the covenant was taken.
Man is God's glory. (1 Cor 11:7).
So, the Ark depicted God's glory.
She called her newborn baby, "Ichabod."
THE GLORY IS DEPARTED (1 Sam. 4:21-22).
But the ark returned after destroying Dagon's
idol in three days, and plaguing all Philistia.
Notice what happened when the ark was taken:
Contrast those events with the following:
Phinehas died (Phinehas means "serpent mouth")
Hophni died (Hophni means "fist fighter")
Eli died, a fat man and an old man.
Dagon was destroyed.
Christ was taken by the enemy and crucified.
And the Ark returned to Israel just like Jesus
resurrected from the grave!
When he died, my old sinful life died with
Him -- the "serpent mouth" sinner I used to be.
I was also carnal when in sin and like a fist-fighter,
My old man died with Him (Ro. 6:6), and all
that fleshliness of ungodliness died.
Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death,
that is, the devil.
The ark was to be carried royally on the
shoulders of priests using poles or staves to uphold it.
Ezekiel saw a vision of what the ark symbolized,
in our opening text that we read.
And this is another reason indicates why God
was upset with David when David had it pushed on an ox-cart.
God smote one of the servants who pushed it,
named Uzzah, when the ark slipped and uzzah reached to hold it.
That which indicates something royal is not
be pushed on an ox cart!
An additional reason for God's anger is that
the ark having been transported back to Israel to later enter the temple
indicated Christ resurrected and on His way into the Holiest of Heaven
to present His blood. No Human could touch Jesus on His way there.
We cannot HELP save ourselves. This work is God's work alone.
The human touch must never be considered!
The ark and the "glory of God" are representative
of the same thing.
Ezekiel saw a throne above the heads of
living creatures, or cherubims, as the ark was carried on the shoulders
One sat on the throne dressed with amber and
In Ezekiel's visions, the throne of the glory
of God was SAPPHIRE stone.
Jesus is clothed in gold and fiery brass in
I researched what the Hebrew word for SAPPHIRE
is derived from, and found a fascinating truth.
Keep that in mind as we proceed.
The Hebrew word is CAPPIYR ("sap-peer")
It is derived from the word CAPHAR ("saw-far").
Caphar means "to score with a mark as a tally
or a record."
The terms, "count," "number" and "reckon"
are translated from the term Caphar.
The throne of the chariot of Ezekiel parallels
the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
The blood that was sprinkled on the ark was
foreshadowing the blood Jesus would shed to save mankind from sin.
Blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat to atone
for Israel's sins.
Where the blood was sprinkled on the ark we
see a connection with the sapphire throne.
Since Caphar means to RECKON, we see a beautiful
picture of salvation here.
Christ is the one seated on the throne of
And this salvation involves our need TO RECKON
OURSELVES DEAD WITH CHRIST.
Roma 6:10-11 For
in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth
unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto
sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
He will judge us on the seat of reckoning.
And Paul told us to reckon ourselves dead
to sin through Jesus Christ OUR LORD.
He is Our Lord.
And he sits on a throne of reckoning.
To reckon ourselves dead with Him, means
that we must realize that God only saves those who see that Christ died
No wonder sacrificial blood was put on something
that represented the SAPPHIRE THRONE!
Not many have ever come to see this in the
Gospel, but it is what the Gospel is all about!
Christ died as me.
Therefore I can say I am dead.
I reckon myself dead with Christ.
He died because I HAD TO DIE.
And the only way He could die to deal with
the need for my death was to be reckoned as me dying.
That is how God sees it and that is how I
must see it.
The very foundation of Christ's KINGDOM is
a SAPPHIRE THRONE-- reckoning.
This death of Christ is our death!
The ark was first mentioned in Ezekiel
25:10 when God gave Moses instructions to build it.
But before this, we read:
Exod 24:1 And
he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and
Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.
Exod 24:9-11 Then
went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of
Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and [there was] under his feet
as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of
heaven in [his] clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel
he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
Moses saw the spiritual realm somehow, and
there was a paved work of sapphire stone there!
One day we are going to enter that actual
place Moses saw.
The very pavement was made of sapphire.
Our entire basis for an eternity with God
is RECKONING OURSELVES DEAD WITH CHRIST.
And the reason Moses saw it as sapphire, is
due to the fact that the only people who will enter this glorious realm
and walk there are those who reckoned themselves dead with Christ!
Sapphire is derived from the term meaning
Your good works will not save you.
Your lack of murdering anybody will not save
Even your church attendance will not save
ONLY BY RECKONING YOURSELF DEAD WITH CHRIST
WILL YOU BE SAVED.
We will stand forever BECAUSE OF THIS RECKONING.
Moses saw God and we read they did eat
Let's go ahead in time long past Ezekiel and
Meat and drink refer to the blood and body
of Jesus' crucifixion.
Are you feasting tonight?
John 19:13-16 When
Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down
in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but
in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and
about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But
they cried out, Away with [him], away with [him], crucify him. Pilate saith
unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have
no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
And they took Jesus, and led [him] away.
Jesus final judgment was carried out in a
place called the PAVEMENT.
I will never be judged for my sinful life
before I found Christ again!
That was the place of the final verdict to
God had that in mind as far back as Moses'
day, for he had pavement in glory and had it made of sapphire to indicate
that when Christ would be tried at THE PAVEMENT, we would be saved by reckoning
ourselves condemned and judged in Christ's judgment.
Why do we sing how the blood of Jesus is against
I was already judged and crucified with Christ.
I reckon that to be so.
My faith in that saved me.
When I was baptized into His death, His death
became my death.
I reckoned His death to be my own.
Where the blood was sprinkled we read this:
Satan's defeat was foreshadowed by Pharaoh's
Put yourself in Pharaoh's shoes after the
Israel was set free from your kingdom and
loosed from their slavery all due to a little lamb's blood on their homes,
freeing them from your bondage while your own firstborn died.
And to hear reference to that blood again
is the worst nightmare you had being relived again and again.
That is a bit of why the devil hates us to
speak of the blood of Jesus.
Satan lost his hold on us and his power when
Christ died and we reckoned ourselves dead to sin by Christ's death.
Satan cannot stand to hear of the blood of
Christ any more.
That is why the GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN Bible
has removed the BLOOD OF JESUS 15 times from its pages.
Satan does not want us reading about the power
of the Blood.
Without the shedding of blood there is no
remission of sins.
Exod 25:21-22 And
thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt
put the testimony that I shall give thee. And there I will meet with
thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from
between the two cherubims which [are] upon the ark of the testimony, of
all [things] which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of
THERE GOD WILL MEET WITH US.
If you want to see God one day and be with
Him for eternity, there's only one way.
Where the blood was sprinkled between the
Where the mercy seat corresponds with the
sapphire throne of the Glory of God.
At the place of reckoning.
Buddha won't get you there.
Hare Krishna won't get you there.
Mohammed won't get you there.
Jesus said, "I AM THE WAY." (Jn. 14:6)
He said, "NO MAN COMETH TO THE FATHER BUT
BY ME." (Jn. 14:6)
He said, "ALL THAT CAME BEFORE ME ARE THIEVES
AND ROBBERS." (Jn. 10:8)