"EYES THAT CAN SEE GLORY"
February 13, 2000 pm
Gene 3:24 So he drove out the man;
and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims,
and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree
Exod 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail [of]
blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with
shall it be made:
Ezek 10:3 Now the cherubims
stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud
filled the inner court.
Ezek 10:12 And their whole body, and their
backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, [were] full
of eyes round about, [even] the wheels that they four had.
Ezek 10:14 And every one had four faces:
the first face [was] the face of a cherub, and the second face [was] the
face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face
of an eagle.
Reve 4:6-7 And before the throne [there
was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne,
and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before
and behind. And the first beast [was] like a lion, and the second
beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth
beast [was] like a flying eagle.
Before I say anything else, let me say that the entire Bible points
to one grand point.
So when we read of points plainly made, or symbols, as in the scriptures
we read, the point is still the same.
The cross of Jesus Christ.
From genesis to revelation, the cross is the main theme.
God is not concerned with us discovering whether there is life on other planets
These things will not be in the Bible.
The Bible is concerned with man's eternal salvation.
God is saying something about salvation through the cross.
We do not need to think that we will never understand certain passages.
God would not have given them to us if we were to never find out their
He wants us to understand their meanings.
He does not tantalize us with strange mysteries and then mocks us, saying,
"Try to figure that out."
There is really nothing fanciful about the Bible's symbols.
The point that caught my mind in this series of scriptures we read was
that the cherubims were covered completely with "eyes."
They simply point, in some way, to the cross.
Read the Word of God with that in mind, and the Lord will reveal to you
He wants us to stop and take notice so He can then show us something.
When God wants to get our attention, He will present to us some seemingly
Moses saw a strange sight, and turned to look at the bush that was on fire,
but not being burned up.
You might ask why does He not simply say it in plain language? Why
Jesus told the disciples that it is not for the Pharisees to know the things
of the Kingdom. But it was for the disciples to know. And as
we said earlier, intellectualism is not the key, for the Pharisees were
the intellects of their day. It is a matter of the heart, not the
God does not cast His pearls before swine.
The Bible is symbolized in certain places for this reason.
God reveals it only to those who are sincerely seeking Him.
Last week we spoke of the seven-sealed book in the right hand of God in
Then God was able to talk to him.
John turned to see a strange sight in a vision, and then saw Jesus in candlesticks
as Jesus then proceeded to talk with Him.
The eyes of the Cherubims were seemingly "fitted" to see the contents of
the sealed book.
And Jeremiah 32 showed the prophet directed by God to buy a field that
would soon be in the hands of their enemy, leaving the field worthless.
But one day the field would be valuable again, as the enemy would be removed
and Israel brought out of captivity.
Mankind was taken captive, and worthless in the enemies' hands.
But God chose to redeem mankind again.
And the sealed title deed of the property was kept for that day in the
right hand of God, as Jeremiah's deed was sealed and stored away.
Reve 4:6 And before the throne
[there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne,
and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before
Their eyes were before and behind, to enable them to read within and on
Reve 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of
him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals.
Throughout the Bible, "eyes" speak of "understanding."
There is a definite link between these two thoughts here.
Ephe 1:18 The eyes of your
understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints,
Paul wrote about his understanding in the "mystery" of the Gospel.
Colo 1:25-27 Whereof I am made
a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for
you, to fulfill the word of God; [Even] the mystery which
hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is
manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known
what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which
is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
The sealed book is this mystery.
There is nothing like seeing "the light."
Now it has been opened, or made manifest, to his saints.
Christ in you the hope of glory.
There are those who struggle to live right before God.
I recall first coming into Pentecost and seeing the worship.
Part of me thought it was odd, but another part so much wanted to be free
and worship God like that.
But I was so self-conscious.
Then, I saw it!!
God opened my understanding, and my eyes saw glory!
From that point on I did not care what anybody else thought.
I worshipped unreservedly.
I let go!
I saw such glory until people's opinions of me did not matter any more.
Paul had eyes to see.
They need to see the light.
Their eyes need to be opened.
When their eyes get opened, it will not be a problem to serve God properly.
Paul was struck blind as he went about to persecute the Church of God.
God opened the mystery up to him.
And it all began one day in Acts 9.
Acts 9:1-6 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings
and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found
any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound
unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly
there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth,
and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling
and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said]
unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou
Acts 9:9 And he was three
days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
What does three days represent in the Bible?
It took three days from Jesus' death until His resurrection occurred.
We may have thought we could see, but we were actually blind before salvation.
We are all BLIND until we go through the death, burial and resurrection
We die with Him, and are buried with Him and are raised with Him.
Acts 9:17-18 And Ananias went his
way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother
Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou
camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight,
be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell
from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith,
and arose, and was baptized.
Paul was baptized into Jesus' death.
Since Paul spoke of EYES OF UNDERSTANDING, it is the MIND that is BLINDED.
Scales came off his eyes.
2Cor 3:14 But their minds were blinded:
for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in
the reading of the old testament; which [vail] is done away in Christ.
The serpent from Eden blinded the minds of mankind with his lies.
There is a vail over the eyes of understanding, the mind.
2Cor 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid,
it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of
this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest
the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
shine unto them.
Jesus sent Ananias for the distinct purpose of having Paul's eyes receive
Serpents have scales.
Scales fell away from Paul's eyes when his sight was restored.
And those scales fell away after the three day period.
The Gospel of Jesus broke through to Paul, and the truth of the death,
burial and resurrection caused Paul to see the light.
His eyes were opened to see glory!
Paul was never the same again!
Preachers are sent by God to help you see the light.
hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy
Jesus referred to Pharisees having eyes to see that could not see.
To help you see glory.
To have your eyes opened.
But its more than sitting and hearing a preacher preach.
You need to turn your heart to the Lord, and the veil will be removed and
you will see.
When we see we will want everyone to see.
He spoke of this veiled understanding.
They have a heart that had the potential to perceive, but didn't due to
their hearts' hardness and veiling.
They refused to turn to Christ.
Acts 9:18-20 And immediately there
fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith,
and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.
Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And
straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the
Son of God.
When we see, we want everyone else to see.
The Cherubim had eyes all over them.
We wonder why they cannot see.
But we must remember when we could not see either.
In Ezekiel 1:26, the Cherubims stood beneath the throne of Christ (It is
Christ on the throne if you compare Ezek. 1:26 with Rev. 1:13-15).
They represent Christians who can SEE.
Filled with understanding.
We are the PRIESTS today.
And the same picture is seen with the PRIESTS carrying the Ark of the covenant
over their heads.
The ark had a mercy seat, corresponding to the THRONE OF GOD.
So the PRIESTS and the CHERUBIMS are related.
Reve 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests
unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever.
And the cherubims with eyes all over them represent the saints of God
to whom the mystery has been made manifest.
What did Paul say happened to him?
And as the priests and cherubims carried the GLORY OF GOD aloft (the
ark represented the GLORY), those who have eyes to see carry Christ's glory
all around for others to see.
When the ARK was stolen by the Philistines, a child was born, named ICHABOD,
because the stealing of the ark meant that the GLORY HAD DEPARTED.
Do you have eyes that can see the glory?
2Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded
the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give]
the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
The veil came off his heart, when it turned to the Lord, and the light
of the knowledge of GLORY shone into his newly-unveiled heart.
When Jesus died, the veil in the temple, which had cherubims with
eyes all over them embroidered on it, ripped from top to bottom (Matthew
The veil was the ENTRANCE into the Holiest place, where the glory
of God, the Ark, dwelt.
Hebrews 10:20 says the veil represents Christ's flesh.
Why would cherubims be ripped with the veil that represents Jesus' flesh?
Cherubims with eyes speak of the saints who can see.
The only ones who are included in the death of Jesus Christ (the rent veil)
are those whose eyes were opened to the Gospel and who, by faith, were
joined to His death, burial and resurrection.
They saw that it was AS THEM that Jesus died and was buried and resurrected.
They died, therefore, WITH HIM.
The cherubim were rent when the veil was rent.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto
him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
I can see God's glory.
We SEE and then ENTER only when we are born again.
The very beasts with EYES all over them, directed John to COME AND SEE,
My ministry and purpose is to help you see, too.
But I must tell that you have to turn your heart to Jesus, or my ministry
will do you no good.
Reve 6:1-2 And I saw when the Lamb opened
one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of
the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, ...
Its not just preachers who help people see, but all of you believers, who
have seen, are helping people to see when you speak about Jesus Christ
and what He did for you.
Anybody with eyes that can see glory desires that others see, too.
Let me close by saying, that you must die, be buried and resurrect again
with Jesus after hearing about that Gospel.
Acts 2:23-24 Him, being delivered
by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and
by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having
loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be
holden of it.
What do you do?
Acts 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up,
whereof we all are witnesses.
Some say this passage only refers to the Jews who literally crucified
the Lord in Israel 2,00o years ago.
Friend, every human on earth crucified the Lord.
Why was He crucified?
Because of your sin and my sin.
That means we all crucified Him.
And Peter told those who wanted to know what to do since they realized
they crucified the Messiah...
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Repent and die with Christ.
Be baptized and experience burial with Christ.
Receive the Holy Ghost and resurrect with Christ!