Message One: The Dream of Bethel
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 28:10-22; John 1:51
Gen 28:10      And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11      And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:13      And there was Jehovah, standing above it; and He said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and to your seed.
Gen 28:14      And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15      And, behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will cause you to return to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Gen 28:16      And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:18      And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head, and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Gen 28:19      And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
Gen 28:20      And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and garments to put on,
Gen 28:21      So that I return to my father's house in peace, then Jehovah will be my God,
Gen 28:22      And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
John 1:51       And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
 
 
I.     Jacob’s dream was a dream of God’s goal, the dream of Bethel, the dream of the house of God (Gen. 28:10-22), which is the church today (1 Tim. 3:15) and which will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the eternal dwelling place of God and His redeemed elect (Rev. 21:3, 22):
Gen 28:10      And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11      And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:13      And there was Jehovah, standing above it; and He said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and to your seed.
Gen 28:14      And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15      And, behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will cause you to return to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Gen 28:16      And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:18      And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head, and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Gen 28:19      And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
Gen 28:20      And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and garments to put on,
Gen 28:21      So that I return to my father's house in peace, then Jehovah will be my God,
Gen 28:22      And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
1 Tim 3:15      But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
A.     God had a dream, and that dream was to have the New Jerusalem, a built-up city, as the consummation of His economy; this building is the building of God into man and of man into God—God’s building is a God-man, a building in which God is man’s home (Psa. 90:1; 91:1, 9) and man is God’s home (Isa. 66:1-2; 57:15; John 14:20, 23; 15:5; Rev. 21:3, 22).
Psa 90:1        O Lord, You have been our dwelling place / In all generations.
Psa 91:1        He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High / Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:9        For You have made Jehovah, who is my refuge, / Even the Most High, Your habitation;
Isa 66:1          Thus says Jehovah, / Heaven is My throne, / And the earth the footstool for My feet. / Where then is the house that you will build for Me, / And where is the place of My rest?
Isa 66:2          For all these things My hand has made, / And so all these things have come into being, declares Jehovah. / But to this kind of man will I look, to him who is poor / And of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Isa 57:15        For thus says the high and exalted One, / Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: / I will dwell in the high and holy place, / And with the contrite and lowly of spirit, / To revive the spirit of the lowly / And to revive the heart of the contrite.
John 14:20     In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
John 15:5       I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
B.     Our dream is to become the New Jerusalem as the consummation of God’s economy—vv. 9-10.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
C.     The principle of a dream is that in it something impossible happens to us—cf. Luke 1:37; 18:27; Job 42:2-3; Psa. 126:1; Jer. 32:27:
Luke 1:37       Because no word will be impossible with God.
Luke 18:27     But He said, The things that are impossible with men are possible with God.
Job 42:2        I know that You can do all things / And that no purpose of Yours can be restrained.
Job 42:3        Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge? / Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, / Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Psa 126:1      When Jehovah turned again the captivity of Zion, / We were like those who dream.
Jer 32:27        Indeed, I am Jehovah, the God of all flesh. Is anything too wonderful for Me?
1.      Every spiritual vision is a dream; every spiritual experience is a dream.
2.      Most heavenly visions come in times of suffering, when we are cut off from what is of man and put our trust in what is of God—cf. Gen. 28:10-12.
Gen 28:10      And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11      And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
3.      The first dream of our spiritual life is our salvation; coming into the church life is a dream; knowing the practicality of the church is also a dream.
4.      The center of every spiritual dream is Christ as the ladder, as the One who brings heaven to earth and joins earth to heaven—John 1:51.
John 1:51       And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
 
II.   Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28 is the most crucial point in the whole book of Genesis and the most crucial word in the revelation of God:
Gen 28           ( be omitted. )
A.     Christ, in His being the heavenly ladder at Bethel, speaks to us concerning how God desires to have a house on the earth constituted with His redeemed and transformed elect so that He may bring heaven (God) to earth (man) and join earth (man) to heaven (God), to make the two as one for eternity—John 1:51; Gen. 28:10-22.
John 1:51       And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
Gen 28:10      And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11      And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:13      And there was Jehovah, standing above it; and He said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and to your seed.
Gen 28:14      And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15      And, behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will cause you to return to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Gen 28:16      And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:18      And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head, and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Gen 28:19      And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
Gen 28:20      And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and garments to put on,
Gen 28:21      So that I return to my father's house in peace, then Jehovah will be my God,
Gen 28:22      And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
B.     In the account of Jacob’s dream, the stone (vv. 11, 18, 22), the pillar (v. 18), the house of God (vv. 17, 19, 22), and the oil (v. 18) are outstanding items and are the basic factors with which the Bible is composed:
Gen 28:11      And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:18      And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put under his head, and he set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
Gen 28:22      And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:19      And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
1.      The stone symbolizes Christ as the foundation stone, the topstone, and the cornerstone for God’s building, His spiritual house—Isa. 28:16; Zech. 4:7; Acts 4:10-12.
Isa 28:16        Therefore thus says / The Lord Jehovah: / Indeed I lay a stone in Zion as a foundation, / A tested stone, / A precious cornerstone as a foundation firmly established; / He who believes will not hasten away.
Zech 4:7        Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain, and he will bring forth the topstone with shouts of Grace, grace to it.
Acts 4:10       Let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified and whom God has raised from the dead, in this name this man stands before you in good health.
Acts 4:11       This is the stone which was considered as nothing by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.
Acts 4:12       And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another name under heaven given among men in which we must be saved.
2.      It also symbolizes the transformed man, who has been constituted with Christ as the transforming element to be the material for the building of God’s house (Gen. 2:12; Matt. 16:18; John 1:42; 1 Cor. 3:12; 1 Pet. 2:5; Rev. 21:11, 18-20), which is the church today (1 Tim. 3:15) and which will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the eternal dwelling place of God and His redeemed elect (Rev. 21:3, 22; John 14:23).
Gen 2:12        And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
Matt 16:18      And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
John 1:42       He led him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, Peter).
1 Cor 3:12      But if anyone builds upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, stubble,
1 Pet 2:5        You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Rev 21:11      Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.
Rev 21:18      And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
Rev 21:19      The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;
Rev 21:20      The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.
1 Tim 3:15      But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
3.      Jacob used a stone for a pillow, signifying that the divine element of Christ constituted into our being through our subjective experience of Him becomes a pillow for our rest (which includes satisfaction), the solid support within us—cf. Matt. 11:28.
Matt 11:28      Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
4.      After awaking from his dream, Jacob set up the pillow-stone as a pillar, signifying that the Christ whom we have experienced, who has been wrought into us, and on whom we rest becomes the material and the support for God’s building, God’s house—cf. 1 Kings 7:17, 21; Gal. 2:9; Rev. 3:12.
1 Kings 7:17   There were nets of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals that were at the top of the pillars, seven for the one capital, and seven for the second capital.
1 Kings 7:21   And he erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. When he erected the right pillar, he called its name Jachin; and when he erected the left pillar, he called its name Boaz.
Gal 2:9           And perceiving the grace given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and to Barnabas the right hand of fellowship that we should go to the Gentiles, and they, to the circumcision.
Rev 3:12        He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name.
5.      Eventually, Jacob poured oil, a symbol of the Spirit as the consummation of the Triune God reaching man (Exo. 30:23-30; Luke 4:18), on the pillar, symbolizing that the transformed man is one with the Triune God and expresses Him.
Exo 30:23      You also take the finest spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred fifty shekels, and of fragrant calamus two hundred fifty shekels,
Exo 30:24      And of cassia five hundred shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
Exo 30:25      And you shall make it a holy anointing oil, a fragrant ointment compounded according to the work of a compounder; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
Exo 30:26      And with it you shall anoint the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of the Testimony,
Exo 30:27      And the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
Exo 30:28      And the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the laver and its base.
Exo 30:29      Thus you shall sanctify them that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy.
Exo 30:30      And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons and sanctify them that they may serve Me as priests.
Luke 4:18       "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to announce the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away in release those who are oppressed,
6.      That stone became Bethel, the house of God (Gen. 28:17, 19, 22):
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:19      And he called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz previously.
Gen 28:22      And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house; and of all that You give me I will surely give one tenth to You.
a.      God’s house is the mutual dwelling place of God and His redeemed (John 14:2, 23)—man as God’s dwelling place (Isa. 66:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:22; Heb. 3:6; Rev. 21:3) and God as man’s dwelling place (Psa. 90:1; 91:1; John 15:5; Rev. 21:22).
John 14:2       In My Father's house are many abodes; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
Isa 66:1          Thus says Jehovah, / Heaven is My throne, / And the earth the footstool for My feet. / Where then is the house that you will build for Me, / And where is the place of My rest?
Isa 66:2          For all these things My hand has made, / And so all these things have come into being, declares Jehovah. / But to this kind of man will I look, to him who is poor / And of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.
1 Cor 3:16      Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Eph 2:22        In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
Heb 3:6          But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Psa 90:1        O Lord, You have been our dwelling place / In all generations.
Psa 91:1        He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High / Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
John 15:5       I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
b.      Hence, the house of God is constituted of God and man mingled together as one; in God’s house God expresses Himself in humanity, and both God and man find mutual and eternal satisfaction and rest—Psa. 132:13-14.
Psa 132:13     For Jehovah has chosen Zion; / He has desired it for His habitation.
Psa 132:14     This is My resting place forever; / Here will I dwell, for I have desired it.
7.      Today in the church life we are in the reality of Bethel, in the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream with the heavenly ladder, the stone, the pillar, God’s house, and the oil; this will consummate in the New Jerusalem as the eternal Bethel, the eternal house of God—1 Tim. 3:15; Rev. 21:3, 22:
1 Tim 3:15      But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
Rev 21:3        And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:22      And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
8.      The house of God is constituted of God and man united, mingled, and incorporated together as one—John 14:23; 1 John 4:15-16; cf. Acts 17:24.
John 14:23     Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.
1 John 4:15    Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God.
1 John 4:16    And we know and have believed the love which God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him.
Acts 17:24     The God who made the world and all things in it, this One, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
 
III.  “And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Gen. 28:12); “and He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51):
A.     The ladder is the center, the focus, of Jacob’s dream; this dream is a revelation of Christ, for Christ is the reality of the ladder that Jacob saw.
B.     Christ as the Son of Man, in His humanity, is the ladder set up on earth that brings heaven (God) to earth (man) and joins earth and heaven as one—cf. 14:6:
John 14:6       Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
1.      By His coming through incarnation, the Lord Jesus brought God into man—1:14.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
2.      By His going through death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus brought man into God—14:6, 20.
John 14:6       Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:20     In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
C.     Our regenerated spirit, which is God’s dwelling place today (Eph. 2:22), is the base on earth where Christ as the heavenly ladder has been set up (Gen. 28:12; 2 Tim. 4:22); hence, whenever we turn to our spirit, we experience Christ as the ladder bringing God to us and us to God:
Eph 2:22        In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
2 Tim 4:22      The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
1.      “Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies in the blood of Jesus”—Heb. 10:19:
a.      The Holy of Holies today is in heaven, where the Lord Jesus is (9:12, 24); how, then, can we enter the Holy of Holies while we are still on earth?
Heb 9:12        And not through the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood, entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, obtaining an eternal redemption.
Heb 9:24        For Christ did not enter into a holy place made by hands, a figure of the true, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God for us;
b.      The secret is our spirit, referred to in Hebrews 4:12; the very Christ who is in heaven is now also in our spirit—2 Tim. 4:22.
Heb 4:12        For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
2 Tim 4:22      The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
c.      As the heavenly ladder (Gen. 28:12; John 1:51), He joins our spirit to heaven and brings heaven into our spirit; hence, whenever we turn to our spirit, we enter into the Holy of Holies; there we meet with God, who is on the throne of grace.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
John 1:51       And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
2.      “Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help”—Heb. 4:16:
a.      Undoubtedly, the throne mentioned here is the throne of God, which is in heaven (Rev. 4:2); the throne of God is the throne of authority toward all the universe (Dan. 7:9; Rev. 5:1).
Rev 4:2          Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting;
Dan 7:9          I watched / Until thrones were set, / And the Ancient of Days sat down. / His clothing was like white snow, / And the hair of His head was like pure wool; / His throne was flames of fire, / Its wheels, burning fire.
Rev 5:1          And I saw on the right hand of Him who sits upon the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
b.      But toward us, the believers, it becomes the throne of grace, signified by the expiation cover (the mercy seat) within the Holy of Holies (Exo. 25:17, 21); this throne is the throne of both God and the Lamb (Rev. 22:1).
Exo 25:17      And you shall make an expiation cover of pure gold: two and a half cubits shall be its length, and one and a half cubits, its width.
Exo 25:21      And you shall put the expiation cover upon the Ark above it, and into the Ark you shall put the Testimony that I shall give you.
Rev 22:1        And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.
c.      How can we come to the throne of God and of the Lamb, Christ, in heaven while we still live on earth? The secret is our spirit, referred to in Hebrews 4:12.
Heb 4:12        For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
d.      The very Christ who is sitting on the throne in heaven (Rom. 8:34) is also now in us (v. 10), that is, in our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22), where the habitation of God is (Eph. 2:22).
Rom 8:34       Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
2 Tim 4:22      The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Eph 2:22        In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
e.      At Bethel, the house of God, the habitation of God, which is the gate of heaven, Christ is the ladder that joins earth to heaven and brings heaven to earth (Gen. 28:12-17; John 1:51); since today our spirit is the place of God’s habitation, it is now the gate of heaven, where Christ is the ladder that joins us, the people on earth, to heaven and brings heaven to us.
Gen 28:12      And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:13      And there was Jehovah, standing above it; and He said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie, I will give to you and to your seed.
Gen 28:14      And your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 28:15      And, behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will cause you to return to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
Gen 28:16      And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it.
Gen 28:17      And he was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
John 1:51       And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
f.       Hence, whenever we turn to our spirit, we enter through the gate of heaven and touch the throne of grace in heaven through Christ as the heavenly ladder.
D.     Where this ladder is, there are an open heaven, the transformed man, the anointing upon this man, and the building up of the house of God with this man.
E.      The issue of Christ as the heavenly ladder is Bethel, the church, the Body of Christ; and the consummation of this ladder is the New Jerusalem.
 
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