Christian's Handbook 4

Handbook 4 highlights God's appointed times and appointed works while emphasizing their importance and urgency for His people throughout their generations.

A Priest's Apparel

Handbook 4: Article 41 - Part 4: An Appointed Time, an Appointed Work: Renewing the Kingdom

Zechariah's Vision

"Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

And the Lord said to Satan, 'The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?'

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel.. And he spoke and said to those who were standing before him saying, 'See, I have taken your iniquity away from you to clothe you with festal robes.'

Then I said, 'Let them put a clean turban on his head.' So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.

And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua saying, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, "If you will walk in My ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will govern My house and have charge of My courts, and I will grant you goings among those who are standing here."'"

Zechariah 3:1-7

"Let us go into His dwelling places;
Let us worship at His footstool.
Arise, O Lord, to Thy resting place;
Thou and the ark of Thy strength.
Let her priests be clothed with righteousness;
And let Thy godly ones sing for joy."

Psalm 132:7-9

"I put on righteousness and it clothed me..."

Job 29:14

"Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship in holy attire;
Tremble before Him all the earth.
Say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns...'"

Psalm 96:8-10

A Priest Is Dressed for the Wedding Feast

"And he said to me, 'Write, "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb."' And he said to me, 'These are the true words of God.'"

Revelation 19:9

"...Give praise to our God, all you bond servants who fear Him, the small and the great... Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the holy ones."

Revelation 19:5-8

"I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."

Isaiah 61: 10, 11

A Measurement
(Handbook 3, Article 15)

A Priest Is Dressed for War

"...and I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war... And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses."

Revelation 19:11, 14

Again: The Tale of Two Mountains

"Lift up a standard on the windswept mountain,
Raise your voice to them,
Wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles,
I have commanded My consecrated ones,
I have called My might warriors,
My proudly exulting one, to execute My anger.

A sound of tumult on the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A sound of the uproar of kingdoms,
Of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle."

Isaiah 13:2-4

"You are my war-club, my weapon of war..."

(Handbook 3, Article 49)


"And I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, 'Come!' And I looked and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering and to conquer."

Revelation 6:1, 2

"I saw at night, and behold a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing...with red, sorrel, and white horses behind him. Then I said, 'My Lord, what are these?'.... and the man... answered... 'These are those whom the Lord has sent to walk around through the earth.'"

Zechariah 8-10

A Priest Is Dressed for Prayer

The Full Armor of God

"Finally be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God..."

Ephesians: 6:10-13
(Handbook 3, Article 50)

"He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness..."

Isaiah 61:10

Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

"My covenant with him was one of life and peace..."

Malachi 2:5

"How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'

Listen! Your watchman lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion."

Isaiah 52:7, 8

Take the shield of faith.

" not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what has been promised. For yet in a little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if He shrinks back, My soul will have no pleasure in him."

Hebrews 10:35-38

"...for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day."

2 Timothy 1:12

Faith and Prayer
(Handbook 3, Article 54)

Take the helmet of salvation.

"For He has clothed me with garments of salvation..."

Isaiah 61:10

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

"...I have put My words in your mouth...
everywhere I send you, you shall go,
and all that I command you, you shall speak....

Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth...

Behold I have put My word in your mouth. See I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."

Jeremiah 1:7, 9, 10

"For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure."

John 3:34

The Measure of a Perfect Man
(Handbook 3, Article 39)

With all prayer and petition, pray in the Spirit.

Prayer in the Spirit
(Handbook 3, Article 53)

Thoughts on Prayer
(Handbook 3, Article 21)

"...and with this is view, being on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the holy ones..."

Ephesians 6:10-19

A Priest Is God's House of Prayer

"Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and that you are not your own?"

1 Corinthians 6:20

"My house shall be called a house of prayer."

A House of Prayer
(Handbook 3, Article 45)

A priest's prayer in the spirit becomes prophecy.

"And of Levi He said... They shall put incense before Thee..."

Deuteronomy 33:10

God's Choice of Weapons
(Handbook 3, Article 51)

"He sends forth His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly."

Psalm 147:15

Priests Are Witnesses

"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood... that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."

1 Peter 2:9

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  1. A Tale of Two Mountains
  2. The Kingdom Is a Kingdom of Priests
  3. The Priesthood
  4. A Portrait of a Priest
  5. A Priest's Apparel
  6. Priests and the Greater Works
  7. A Postscript: 9/24/12

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