LAMB OR LAMBKIN?
BY: CHARLES W. WELLER
KEYS TO REVELATION
John wrote 5 books of the Bible. In the gospel of John, chapter 1 verse 29, he writes, “Behold the Lamb of God.” Jesus was the Lamb of God. Peter writes that Jesus was the Passover lamb without spot or blemish and thereby was sacrificed as the perfect Son of God in order to be the propitiation of our sins.
In the Old Testament the pattern was set where the High priest would offer a lamb, the firstling of a flock, without spot or blemish for the sins of the nation. The appearance of Christ did away with the annual sacrifice that was required, because He became the once-and-for-all sacrifice. Therefore, there is no longer a need for the ordinances of sacrifice to be continued.
Now this word “Lamb” used in 1:29 is only used three more times in the New Testament. The other occurrences are found in John 1:36, Acts 8:32 and 1 Peter 1:19. All the other 31 times where “lamb” is used (thirty times in Revelation) the word does not refer to Jesus specifically, but possibly could by implication.
The Greek in all these other occurrences means “lambkin.” In other words, the “lambkin” means a company or group of lambs or a diminutive term for lamb. The many places where this occurs in the book of Revelation causes a tremor in the normal interpretation of the book, but also enlivens the true meaning.
“Then I looked and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with Him 144,000 having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1
Mount Zion is the location used in Psalms for describing the highest realm in God. In relation to it we see Israel as a type of feast of Passover or first time experience with God in salvation. The city of Jerusalem in Israel represents in type and shadow the feast of Pentecost or the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. Within Israel and within Jerusalem is Zion or the feast of Tabernacles which represents the third experience of union with God.
The 144,000 which some interpretations take literally, is an allegorical number – a square of the number 12. Throughout the scriptures, the number 12 refers to divine government: 12 tribes, 12 gates in the city, 12 disciples. So in this verse we see that these were those who are governed by the laws of the kingdom of God and not subservient to the laws of men.
The verse further states that they had the name of the Father in their forehead. This also is important. Jesus is the way to God, salvation. He came that He might send the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. (John 16:13) Jesus baptizes us in the Spirit with the gifts of the Spirit. But the Father’s name refers to the third experience, entering into a relationship with the Father.
This means that these 144,000 have become fathers in the Lord. They in their own way are able to produce life on the spiritual plane because of the union that they have with the Father. We are not just talking about leading someone to the Lord, although that is part of it, but rather these people are able to birth people into all three feasts – Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.
Now the Father’s name was written on their foreheads because this signifies that each saint has the mind of Christ, even as the priest in the Old Testament had the golden name plate held on the forefront of the turban by twine that was made of blue thread and written on it was “Holiness to the Lord.” (Exodus 28:36-38) The blue speaks of a heavenly order. These who have the seal of God are those that have entered into the nature of God and have become the “huios”, the sons of God.
As we look at this verse we note that there is a lambkin standing on Mount Zion with Him (Him is referring to Jesus). As we noted earlier the word lambkin means a diminutive or lesser in the sense of smaller lamb. While many have been conformed to His image over the years, none will be like Him because He is the only Begotten of the Father. Nevertheless, He is our Elder brother, which means we are like Him. Confusing but true!
“But I saw no temple in it for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple… and the Lamb is the Light” Revelation 21:23
The New Jerusalem is what is being discussed here. You are the temple of the Lord. The lambkin is the Light. The truth of this verse is magnificent. I would that all could search the depth of this verse.
The lambkin is, as discussed already, a smaller, lesser but the same as those who have come into His image. The City as discussed earlier is the bride of Christ, the church corporately and individually
There are many firstfruits in Scripture, even as Christ was a firstfruit, and there will be those who will be a firstfruit in His image also. These are those who have been beheaded, losing their Adamic identity for the government, the headship of Christ and the kingdom of God. These firstfruits then become the habitation of the Most High and He illuminates out of them. Effectively, they become the lambkin.
But it goes even further if one can grasp the beauty of the Lord. 1 John 4:20 states: “If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” If you cannot see God in the other person, you only see the Adamic nature, that fallen nature and you cannot love God.
But if you do see everyone in Christ, then the nature of Christ that you find in everyone can minister through you and to you. So, when it states that the lambkin is the light, it is referring to the whole body of Christ, corporately but more importantly individually. For each individual is to be so joined to the Lord that each person is one. (1 Corinthians 6:17) Now, if I am totally in union with God and you are totally in union with God yet maintaining our own personalities, then we are one, are we not? Therefore you light my city and I can light yours. We can flow from vessel to vessel because it is His Spirit that makes us one.
Lest any would fear that I am talking about evil spirits, or even allow evil spirits to flow through me, please lay the book aside and pray. What I am stating, if one can hear it and some cannot, is that God flowing through each individual can also flow through you at the same time with the cloud of witnesses to empower you with His nature. This union of purpose, this oneness of Spirit through our savior Jesus Christ which can only be done through Him, is an apocalypse of His coming.
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” Revelation 5:6
Scripture declares that we have sat down in heavenly places with Christ. Even as He sat down with His Father on His throne, we have sat on the throne with Christ. (Rev. 3:21) The word “lamb” here again, as in all of Revelation is lambkin. Note it was not slain. Jesus was slain from before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8), but this lamb appeared to be slain. There is a vast difference. So, this is not Jesus here who was the sacrifice for us and the only one needed, but the ones conformed to His image make up this lambkin.
The seven spirits of God listed in Isaiah 11:2 are: Spirit of the Lord, wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Note that these spirits are sent out into all the earth – the Adam man, not the planet earth. Horns speak of authority and power. Seven speaks of completeness. Thus, this lamb looked as though it had been slain because it identified itself with Jesus and had the fullness of Him within its vessel.
It is the corporate expression of God found in the lambkin. There is nothing more pleasing or beautiful to God then when the brethren dwell together in unity because it manifests the glory of God. The individual must possess his own reins, but also must be able to flow with God’s other vessels to bring the full manifestation of God in the earth. Life flowed out of Jesus because He was in perfect harmony with the will of the Father. The sons of God must also be in perfect harmony for the life of God to manifest through them. Praise God for the lambkin company.
“These will make war with the Lamb and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Rev. 17:14
The people who have not yet experienced Christ as their savior still reside in their Adamic nature, that fallen nature. They make war with the lambkin – the individual members and the body of Christ as a group. But it takes the company of the brethren to overcome them; we cannot stand alone in the face of a trial. It takes the body of Christ to encourage us. Even in the natural, when the toe is cut by a sharp rock, the pain is excruciating, but the brain is consoled because it knows that it will pass. The toe, however, has no concept of that! It takes the whole body to bring balance and support when another is under attack.
The strength in numbers offers encouragement to the individual to accomplish the task set before him. Many in the first century were persecuted unto death, and they finished the faith because they drew strength from the other brethren. We have fellowship with one another as we walk in the Light – which you are. It is time that the lambkin recognizes its brethren rather than dividing within itself creating a cancer rather than life.
“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” states Christ in John 16:33. Since we are alive in Him we too can manifest the overcoming nature multiplied many times as we find our identity in others – in the Christ in others. Be not dismayed, for we have overcome through Christ Jesus our Lord and it is experiential.
ONE LIKE UNTO
“And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” Revelation 14:14
The word “one” does not exist in the Greek as a word but is implied within the context. The concept of “one” is a corporate concept, not an individual. The question then is who is the “one”? Careful study will reveal to the individual that it is the true body of Christ, the church (not a building but those who walk after the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus).
This “one” is located in the heavens which the cloud represents. They key here is that there is no identification with the earth nature, the nature of Adam but a complete identification with the heavenly man, Christ Jesus our ascended Lord whose image we are now putting on. (1 Corinthians 15:47-49) Flowing with life from the heavenlies this “one” now becomes the appearance of the “Son of Man.”
The key word in this verse is “like unto.” Not that the “one” is the Son of Man because there was only one, Jesus. But this corporate expression of the body of Christ appears “like unto” the Son of Man. The Greek means “similar to, but not the same as.” We can never be Jesus simply because He is always revealing a greater depth of Himself to us, but we are forever growing into His nature and consequently can reveal Him to others.
This “one” is a corporate Son of Man. Each person comprises a part of the whole. In essence, each person must come into the depth of the revelation personally which causes the manifestation of the corporate expression of the Son of Man. This is one way that we shall do “greater works” than Jesus did.
Note that this “son of Man” had a golden crown on his head. This again ties back into Revelation 14:1 where the Father’s name was written on their foreheads. The golden crown speaks of divinity, purity, holiness, righteousness. The miter set on the head of the “son of Man” is a confirmation that the body it is set on has come under the full divine government of the Lord. The kingdom order rules their own personal lives as well because they submit one to another in love.
I might interject here that this is occurring today in two ways. In every generation since Christ there has always been a remnant that has seen and possessed this (Hebrews 11) but they are waiting for a critical mass to occur so that they might join with those of the 42nd generation who manifest this. If enough do not participate, then the current day remnant will pass on and await in the spirit for those who will manifest it. The cloud of witnesses enjoins us to press our way into the “Son of Man.” Secondly, if you can see by the Spirit the truth of discerning the Lord’s body (we have a small booklet on that subject), you can join with others that might manifest the day of the Son of Man.
It is important to note that the “Son of Man” refers to Jesus before the cross; when He revealed His “Son of God” nature was at the resurrection. Many are familiar with the concept expressed in Hebrews that Jesus was prophet, priest and king. Up to the time of the cross, Jesus was considered a prophet, a carpenter’s son, etc. He revealed His priestly ministry on the cross. He was not considered the Son of God because the people could not discern it. Thus, this “Son of Man” ministry is a heavenly ministry even as Jesus’ was a heavenly ministry, but it is a ministry where people do not recognize you as a son of the Most High. (Romans 8:19-20) It is a hidden but profitable ministry, for the kingdom and God knows who you are, even if the people do not. Selah (Sit and ponder that).
“and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like unto the Son of Man clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.” (Rev. 1:13)
Here again the “one” does not refer to Christ Jesus but rather to those who have been conformed to the image of the Son of Man. In fact, a close scrutiny of the difference between the “Son of God” and the “Son of Man” can be enlightening. Basically, the difference is that Jesus walked as a man, hidden until He revealed His sonship on the cross and in the resurrection. For thirty-three and one-half years Jesus walked as a man. People considered Him a prophet. He revealed Himself as a prophet during His ministry. He was revealed as a priest while on the cross and then manifested his kingship in the resurrection.
The “Son of Man” ministry is what the “one” reveals. In other words, these particular saints who formed the corporate expression of Christ in the earth have died to the Adamic nature. They now know that their life is hid with God in Christ and serve a risen Savior. They know this experientially and not just with cognitive ability.
Jesus walked the earth without ever yielding His members to anything that was carnal or of the Adamic nature. These who have come to know that truth fulfill 1 John 5:18, 20b. There is no longer a battle within their vessel between good and evil, right and wrong, or as the Eastern religions call it – yin and yang. The corporate expression of Christ walks within the confines of His nature and is not frustrated about what is going on in the natural because their desire is to fulfill the plan of God, even as Jesus did.
The “Son of Man” ministry is one that leads to the manifestation of the cross. But if one did not have the life before the cross occurs, death would reign. Thanks be to God, that we can live in Him and yet, though we go to the cross for others sakes, follow His pattern (Philippians 3:17, 1 Peter 2:21), We are victorious because we do not live in the outer man who is perishing. We use the outer man as a seed so that the inner man, a heavenly creation, can be revealed. This “one” is a group of saints who have recognized that they are alive unto Christ and freed from the law of sin and death.
This “one” is within the seven lampstands. The lampstands, all theologians agree, represent the seven churches. The discussion between theologians is whether the churches are past or future. We shall not consider that but rather apply the verse spiritually. We, the saints, are the church. It is not some building at some historical or futuristic time. The “one” stands in the middle of the church. With the body of Christ there are many levels of Christianity. Some are babes, some adolescents, some adults. Within this body is a remnant called to the “center.” These are those who have been conformed to His nature. Not all Christians have such an aspiration.
Not everyone is a David Brainerd, John Huss, Mother Theresa, Smith Wigglesworth, etc. Not everyone will lay down all that they are in Christ so that they can be a bridge for someone else to walk over into the realm of life. Within the body of Christ is a remnant. These are those, disguised by the frailties of the flesh, who like Jesus are not discerned for who they are. These saints, like Jesus walk undisclosed before people. People cannot discern who they are just as they could not discern Jesus. In fact, this fulfills 1 John 4:2-3. The Lord has come in the flesh of the saints to be glorified in them – 2 Thessalonians 1:10.
This “one” in the center of the lampstands is Christ in His corporate manifestation. He is the head and we are the body. It is when the body of Christ discerns who they are rather than believing the lie that they are in Adam and hope to have a change when they get to “heaven”, then and only then will the bones of Ezekiel 37 get sinews on them and the Lord arises from the ashes of those dead in Christ.
“Immediately, I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:2
Heaven is where God is. Our small booklet (The Real Location of Heaven and Earth) tries to explain that scripture clearly shows that God dwells in heaven and He is within the individual. Heaven is not a geographical location but rather a spiritual realm. The “one”, that corporate expression of Christ, is in heaven and therefore within the breast of the saint. Paul was encompassed about with a great cloud of witnesses. He saw them as a support group because he was in the same realm as they. The three disciples discerned Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration with Christ because they had their spiritual eyes open. Elisha opened the eyes of Gehazi so that Gehazi could see that they were protected. All these leaders entered a realm and became one with the living Host.
Christ has called us to become one with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17) Such union brings us into union with the body of Christ. Through Christ we become one with another. We no longer walk with the eyes of Adam but walk through the eyes of Spirit, seeing things as though they are. It is only as I see you as a manifestation of Christ, that I can love God. Consider 1 John 4:20 which states: “If a man say, I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” Christ gave Himself for the church, even as we give our life for God by laying it down for the brethren. As I love my brother, I love Christ who in reality is my brother.
We only begin to sit on the throne as part of the “one” because we understand the principle of our Father. Our God is one and we are called to see all things in Christ that “in the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are in the earth, even in Him.” Philippians 2:10 adds “and under the earth.” Only as we see the oneness of purpose can the body become one with the head of all things.
A throne is a position of authority. Such a position has authority only because the one in the position realizes that he is a servant of all and has one purpose. That purpose is to bring all in the kingdom into harmony where peace reigns. This can only occur when there is a firstfruits company who has defeated the enemy of death and walks in the realm of life, who is the Lord. (John 14:6) This corporate expression of “one” has not only entered into who He is, but have partaken of His life and rules by the laying down of Him who is their life in them. In effect they cut themselves off from the one they love by giving their life for others. This is oneness with Christ!
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