The Great Council of God on Mount Zion

I want to introduce to you the concept of the Great Heavenly Council of God. I do this because it is critically important for you to understand this concept to understand how the Kingdom of God is administered and it will help you to understand how to function as a priest before God.

I want to describe to you the setting given to us in a number of scriptures of the throne room of God ("room" being a very poor way to describe it!), who is there, how it is arranged and what happens there.

My reason is that you and I have been invited by the Lord to participate in this great court room of heaven.  You are invited by the Lord to be a participant in His great work of bringing all things under the dominion of Jesus Christ. As such the Bible tells us He has made us to be "kings and priests unto God." (Rev.1:6)

I am going to be doing some important future teachings on the process of being made into a king and priest by God. In your priestly role God invites you to enter into His presence in the great city of God and take your place in the great council of heaven and participate in its proceedings. To have the legal right to do that He clothes you in the garments of the High Priest, one who has legal access to the Holy of Holies and invites you to act as intercessor to present cases in need of attention by the high council.

On earth He has crowned you with authority as a king. You are given territory within which to exercise His authority to carry out the mandates of the Divine Council to establish His Kingdom on earth.

Learning how to act as both a priest in heaven and a king on earth is a process of discipleship.  But lets begin with giving you an understanding of how the government of God works.

God's Theocratic Republic

Christians are fond to describe God's rulership in terms of an autocratic theocracy. God decrees and all rush to obey. Actually that is only partially correct. So lets peek into some activities in heaven as revealed by scripture to see how things actually work.

It is a family affair...
Job 1:6 "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan was among them."
This is not a government of Ruler and subjects. It is a relationship of Father and His family of children.  Right now we here on earth are in training and are subjected to discipline of strict obedience. But this is so we can one day take our rightful place as kings and priests.

The Constitutional Monarchy of His Kingdom

God's government is not a democracy.  That is law and what is right and wrong is not decided by a majority vote. It is in its essence a Republic. A Republic is the idea of the rule of law.  In a republic people are not subjects, they are citizens.  We are citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem and operate under the law of God.  The laws by which the creation of God operates is the Constitution of the Heavens.  It was drawn up from the foundations of the earth by His divine decree. That is why scripture says "In the beginning was the Word" (Jn1:1).

All those who wish to be part of His family must sign up to obey the rules of the Constitution of Heaven.  God Himself does all things by His decreed Constitution. There are some who do not wish to be ruled by God's Constitutional order. Satan and his fallen angels are among those.

The Great Governing Council of God

The scene in heaven of the composition and order of the Great Council of God is described in a number of scriptures.

In psalm 82 we read: "God stands in the assembly of the mighty ("the El") He judges among the gods (the elohim".....I have said you are gods and all of you children of the most High."
In Revelations and Isaiah we see glimpses of the composition of this great assembly around the throne of God.
We have the great Cherubim who represent the various powers around the throne along with the seven Spirits of God being the great 7 angels. Then there are thrones around His throne of very powerful beings called "the elders" who are crowned with principalities and then around that the worshipping Seraphim and around that an angelic host that are so great that they cannot be numbered.

This great assembly is called the "Host of Heaven" which at the same time are the sons of the Most High.  All love and adore their heavenly Father, all worship Him and all have tasks and work to do in the endless multiverses of the various orders of creation.

The Assembly on Mount Zion

This great assembly comes together in a place the Bible calls The New Jerusalem, the City of God, Mount Zion in the sides of the North (meaning in the heavens).  This great city of God is situated in what Paul describes as the third heaven. 

The first heaven is our physical universe. All indications are that it is endless and endlessly expanding at a quickening pace according to the latest satellite data.  There also seems to be indications of parallel universes and that means that our physical universe is not only endless put also eternal. This is God's nursery for an endless supply of new children for His family. This first heaven with its severe limitations is our discipling place where we learn obedience and how to become kings and priests.

The second heaven is the realm of paradise and the great and vast expanse of the principalities of the endless reaches of the spirit world. These are the abode of the heavenly angels who are not allowed to trespass into the first heavens without God's permission.  This is what Jude describes as the angels who left their abode and mingled with men. When we "die" here on earth we enter this endless realm of paradise.

The third heaven is the throne of God, His heavenly city of habitation and the gathering place of all His children when it is time to report back on what everyone is doing and where decisions concerning the family realms are decided upon.

Our invitation to participation in the great council of God...

All of God's sons whether they by part of the angelic order or the human order have been given tasks to do.  All tasks in both the heavens and on earth are discussed in the great council of God.  Anyone of God's children may bring a request before the Great Council to ask for a decision for action.

Hebrews 12:22 describes this great assembly and our invitation to join in its deliberations:
"But you are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first born which are written in heaven and to God the judge of all and to the spirits of just men made perfect."

You have been invited to attend "the general assembly".

You are invited to participate in its deliberations.

When Job was complaining to God about how bad things have turned out in his life and how ill treated he has been there came an interesting reply from God:
Job 15:8, "Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?"

If Job had made the effort to enquire before the Lord for his troubles he would have been told that a council decision was taken that Satan may take away his prized possessions as a test of Job's faith.  Instead Job was relying on his own wisdom to try to figure out what was happening in his life.

In Jeremiah's day the prophet was confronted by the false prophets of his day telling the people, "Don't worry about Babylon, God will never allow them to defeat us and take Jerusalem. We are a special people. We are Abraham's descendants. We have a special relationship to God. This is what God prophesied through Jeremiah...

Jer. 23:16-18 "This is what the Lord says, Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise me The Lord says You will have peace. And to all those who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and say No harm will come to you. But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or hear his word. Who has listened and heard his word?'

Before a prophet can prophecy he is required to stand in the great assembly on Mount Zion and hear the decision of the great council.  There are a lot of so called prophets today who do not get their visions and voices from the assembly on Mount Zion in the third heaven. They have all sorts of techniques for accessing the second heavens to see and hear the strange gods who are in rebellion against the great Lord on high.

Jeremiah knew how to enter the great assembly and hear the Lord.  The religious leaders of his day were deceived by their perceived favourites of God deception. That by the way is the same false prophecies happening today. The modern evangelical prophets telling those same people who Jeremiah describes as those who despise the Lord (Jesus) and who follow the stubbornness of their hearts saying Don't worry, be at peace, the Lord is with you because of your special genetic relationship to Abraham, no evil will befall you. Instead of declaring the command of God they should repent, accept Christ as saviour and trust in Him for salvation and the blessings of Abraham.

Here is how the Heavenly Council operated in the past to destroy a rebellious Israel with Ahab and Jezebel at its head:  2 Chronicles 18:18-22:

"The Micaiah said Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne and all the hosts of heaven standing on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, Who will persuade Ahab of Israel to go up that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead? So one spoke in this manner and another spoke in that manner. The a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said I will persuade him. The Lord said In what way? So he said I will go  out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of his prophets. And the Lord said You will persuade him and also prevail, go out and do so. Therefore look! The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these prophets of yours and the Lord has declared disaster against you."

This is the great council in action. Everyone participates. A decision is made: Israel is to be destroyed for their sins. Now who has ideas on how this decision is going to be carried out?  Someone volunteers the assignment and goes forth to do the desire of the Lord and His council.

Here is my teaching to you:

You are called to be a priest who is a participant in the activities of the great council of God on Zion. As a priest you have the right of authority to enter the council chamber. You have the right to place an issue for decision before the council.  We call this intercessory prayer. You do not need to cry, or plead, or beg. You have rights of standing in the court of heaven.  You have rights to present cases before the court.

If you have been given divine authority over a family or business or been placed in company where you must be a blessing or have an extended family you have legal standing before the great council to petition for those for whom you are responsible.

In future blogs I will be covering areas on teaching you how to train as a priest before God. How to dress your self. How to enter the council with praise and worship. How to bless and pronounce judgment. How to forgive sins. How to bind and loose. How to restrict Satanic activity. How to release blessings.

Training to be a priest in the great council of heaven is very much like training to be an advocate able to present cases before the Supreme Court. You will need a thorough understanding of the laws of God as revealed in His word as well as the case laws of scripture on how they are to be applied. This will take dedication and a willing heart to present the needs of earth to heaven and the decrees of heaven to earth.

In the meantime Psalm 100:4 "Enter into his gates (of His city) with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him and bless his name."

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