Picture your prayers, your wishes, your supplications, your sounds of exaltation, as fragrant powder. Picture it spooned into a wide flat golden bowl. A few hot coals from the altar, and you have a pleasurable aromatic smoke which pervades the Heavenly Throne-room of the Creator of the Universe.
He knows our needs, though He wants us to finally turn to Him with all requests, concerns and thanksgiving. We do not receive because we do not ask, as Y’shua said. So we must ask. One, preferably at least two people in agreement, bringing a unified expression of need comes before the Throne, as a lovely aroma before Father Yahweh.
As the time of need, and there will be great need, intensifies, the worldly, counterfeit, default saviors will be unavailable to the Saints. Indeed, we should have rejected them by now, regardless of the penalty against the non-compliant. Forget Romans 13, it is now a weapon set against us, we have nothing resembling righteous rule at this time. An antidote for the misuse or misinterpretation of Romans 13 is found in the book of Daniel.
One of my earliest and most favorite teaching tools is Daniel’s testimony of courageous resistance. We know it best by these three, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They proclaimed, be it known to thee O king, we will not! We’re all familiar with this heroic account. There are times in which we are required to say, “no.” As a prefigure, it is also important to note that the three were in custody. They did not resist arrest. Rather, they resisted the king’s command to worship, as worthy of reverence, a substitute, a pretender. Their certainty in Yah was a most powerful witness, they were thrown, bound into the fiery furnace. Their resulting miraculous deliverance changed the king, and everyone who was present. We can’t provide this kind of powerful testimony before men if we’re cowering in a bunker somewhere. We’re talking saints, present your bodies a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1. This is what it means to be a saint. Centuries of repetition have delivered an instant image in the mind as to what a saint is. Vetted, approved, finally canonized, and venerated by the faithful, complete with pious looking iconography. Selected by human beings and unattainable it would seem. Not so.
We now live in two realms. We must still live in this world while we are connected to and contribute to the Heavenly. We look forward to the glorified eternal body, while we are in a body susceptible to decay.
The term, a reasonable service, appears only once in the Bible and it pertains to this living sacrifice. It is logical, in other words, for us to become this pure, modest (and as we come near to the Fall Feasts 2016, a chag) sacrifice.
The pleasant odors described in Revelation 5:8 are these prayers, the prayers of the Saints, they who keep the commandments of Yahweh and have the testimony, the faith of Y’shua.the Messiah. It is these who’s prayers are the incense as they are lifted up, perfuming the Heavenly Throne Room.