Janet Weaver Smith Â© 9-26-2015 gardenministries.org
We have been invited, chosen, and prepared to be an integral part of God’s execution of His end-time plans and purposes in the earth. Just like Daniel, we too can study the end-time prophecies of Scripture, ask to enter the Revelation 4:1 open Throne Room door and, like Daniel and John and Ezekiel, we can be shown from heaven’s perspective, how to pray and release God’s divine purposes in the earth. By entering into Throne Room intercession and praise, we are directly participating in and releasing on the earth in our time, the prophecies of ages past that we have found in scripture. In some cases, like Daniel and Esther, we will literally be saving people’s lives because of our prayers, and in other cases, we will see the impact of God’s judgments lessened in certain places in the earth.
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
In praying like Daniel, we are not seeking to stop what is prophesied that “must be.” We are, however, praying for people to receive the grace and divine awareness of God’s truth so that they can “reposition” themselves and align correctly with God and His Word, and thus, lessen the impact of how they experience the released judgments of God against the enemy. The less we have of the world, the flesh, and the devil in us, the less there will be in us that will be judged by God with appropriate consequences for rejecting Him. Aligning with God’s Word is our sure protection. God’s mercy always has precedence and place throughout His judgments and we are a part of releasing that “repositioning” opportunity in the earth through our prayers and by shifting the spiritual environment through praise and worship of the Lamb, Jesus.
Our Sovereign God has chosen to release His authority in the earth to a people He has prepared and anointed to pray and petition Him about His heart and desire for the nations. There is a Sovereign Head. And there is a Team that He heads up! Amazingly, the God of the universe has chosen to move in response to His sovereign vessel’s prophetic prayers and petitions. These end time servants, who know their God, and know the times and seasons, are constantly searching the scriptures and are engaging in Throne Room prayer, establishing heaven’s Golden Altar on earth, as it is in heaven.
Revelation 8:1-5 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Psalm 141:2 May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Daniel 9:2-3, 17-18 … in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. … 16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. … 17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name.
When the Golden Altar is filled with the prayers of the saints, heaven makes a contribution of “much incense” that combines with these prayers and then an angel prepares it all to “go up in smoke” to God. It should be noted that “much incense” implies that there is “much prayer” that fills the Golden Altar. And until it is full, not-good-stuff [i.e. much evil] will be allowed to happen because we are not engaged in our place of prophetically inspired, of-one-heart, personal and corporate prayer. Once this incense/prayer offering finally finishes and goes up to God, then we see in scripture how good things begin to happen. This is when the Ancient of Days responds and sits down and rules on behalf of the saints (Daniel 7:21-22) and the judgments of God against “the horn” (the murderous spirit of antichrist) that is destroying God’s people will be swiftly dealt.
Revelation 13:7 It [the beast] was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.
Daniel 12:1 At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people everyone whose name is found written in the book [not just Israel] will be delivered.
Daniel 7:21-22 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
This divine intervention by the Ancient of Days reconciles the apparent contradiction of Revelation 13:7 with Daniel 12:1. For a time, bad stuff happens (Revelation 13:7) but then it is stopped in certain places (Daniel 7:22 & 12:1) because the Golden Altar prayer-and-incense offering has been completed, the Ancient of Days has responded to His people’s fervent cries (even Jesus had to cry out!), and justice against the enemy has been swiftly dealt. What seemed to be going in a very bad direction has stopped, and is now reversed because Daniel assures us that a time comes “when the saints possess the kingdom!” Just like Daniel’s prayers affected outcomes and released global revelation, our engaged Throne Room prayers and worship have direct cause and effect! James 5:16 confirms that effective, fervent prayer of faith-filled, righteous people has great impact.
Now when we read the sequence of events described by Jesus in Matthew 24, they make more sense because He told us about all of this stuff and said, “Don’t be alarmed by it!” When we are tuned in the heavenly counsels within the Throne Room’s Golden Altar intercession and worship, we will prophetically see much of it before it happens and be sent as witnesses of the Gospel of hope to the nations right in the midst of all of the chaos, fully empowered in God’s love. Isaiah 43.
Haggai’s prophetic promise is another end-time scripture to activate as we engage in Throne Room, Golden Altar harp-and-bowl worship and prayer. This beautiful prophecy belongs to our generation to personally and corporately take responsibility for it, and to actively and aggressively believe and pray for its fulfillment!
Haggai 2’s message was addressed to three “types”: 1.) Zerubbabel 2.) Joshua 3.) The Remnant. Zerubbabel symbolizes the apostolic kings who are anointed to build the end-time House of God as wise master builders with plumb line revelation. Joshua represents the Golden Altar high priestly worship and prayer anointing. The Remnant represents the end-time prophetic bride of Christ who sees through the eyes of the LORD and serves Him faithfully as His kings and priests unto God. Together, these three “types” form the capstone that finishes the bridal Mountain of God. Zechariah 4:10 “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel, these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth.” Zecharaiah 4:7 tell us what Zerubbabel brings to the building process, “What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!'”
Haggai 2:1-9 …on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel … governor of Judah, to Joshua … the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua … high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.‘ [i.e., do not fear the shaking!] 6 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, ‘ says the LORD Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace, ‘ declares the LORD Almighty.”
Mountains in scripture can symbolize kingdom authority and cultural influence. The Zechariah 4 capstone is the top of the Mountain of God. This Mountain rises above all other mountain’s as the Micah 4 governmental center of the world from which Jesus and His bride rule and reign together. The capstone on this mountain is now being placed in our generation! Fulfilling Jesus’ prayer in John 17 for complete union, this glorious remnant forms the Bride-and-Bridegroom capstone in which the Psalm 24:1 / Micah 4:1 “Mountain of the House of the Lord” is completed and makes way for Father God to come and dwell in His house with His people and grant them peace. You, the Bride of Jesus Christ, are the set-apart remnant called to work to this end. The Cloud of Witnesses are pouring into the earth to actively witness this crowning day. Will you perceive them?
1 Peter 2:9 tells us why a royal priesthood is formed and chosen. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” We are chosen to offer up heaven-on-earth, one-with-Jesus, Golden Altar praise and prayer to the One who called us out of darkness (Who extracted a remnant) … into His wonderful light.
This is not a time to procrastinate, be lazy or self-centered. Our assigned angels are ready to get to work and fight the greatest battle of all time right along our side. This is the time for the REMNANT to RISE AND SHINE and get to work.
Let’s enter the Revelation 4:1 Throne Room door and fill the Golden Altar with our prayers and praise and stop evil. Let’s join the great worship scene of heaven and build a house on earth for Father that He’s excited to come and fill with His glory!