By Apostle Aje Pelser, preached at Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town, June 2022.
Continuing our study of Jesus in revelation, have a look around and see some of the spiritual beings that will stimulate your faith and give you access to more understanding.
Rev 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
If it is scientific notation, the easiest way to think of it is the 'E' stands for 'times 10 raised to the … power', so this would be 1 times 10 raised to the 14th power (or 1 followed by 10 zeros) Thus 1E14 is The Format of 1e14 is 100,000,000,000,00
1e14 = 1*1014 = 1 followed by 14 0s = 100 trillion.
If you are hoping to see angels one day in heaven, consider this scripture that states your spiritual position as a present reality:
Heb 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
What function do the Angels perform?
Apostle Andre Pelser writes about angels
Our Angel is here: Last night I had a wonderful dream (16th July 2020)
I dreamt we were at a building site with rooms that belonged to us and I had to give a piano recital. Nola was with me. When I finished the caretaker came to me and said: ‘there is a room open if you want to stay open. You do not have to lock the door. It is safe here.’
I saw the storeroom doors were also unlocked. The caretaker saw that I was worried and reminded me: ‘our Angel is here with us. He keeps us safely. He is also over our other properties.’
Then I remembered when the Angel appeared to me in 1986 and told me, ‘we have seen your struggles. I have been sent to help you. From now on I will go before you and make your way smooth.’
I have forgotten about our Angel. This dream reminded me.
What I realized in the dream is that our Angel has deployed a company of Angels over all that is ours, over all our children and grandchildren, over all our houses and over our church and all those who relate to us, over all the Harvester Churches, the Pastors and their families! I realized something Elisha and Gehazi experienced: they were surrounded by a heavenly host of Angels and Elisha proclaimed: ‘those who are for us are more than those who are against us!’
Angels only appear when there is nothing else you can do. An Angel appeared to Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Dan. 6:22), to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace (Dan. 3:28). An Angel appeared to Gideon to tell him he would destroy the Midianites who stole and plundered their crops. (Judges 6:12) When Gideon remonstrated and said, ‘if God is with us, why did they steal from us and destroy our crops?’ Then the Angel said, ‘you are a mighty man of valour, and you will defeat them’ and the Angel gave him a sign.
Two Angels appeared to roll away the stone from Jesus’ grave. (John 20:12) They appeared to open the prison for Peter. (Acts 12:7) An Angel appeared to John on the island of Patmos. (Rev. 1:1)
Who are the living creatures?
Rev 4:7 The first living creature was like a lion,
The governmental authority of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
The second living creature like a calf,
The nature of an ox, to do the work. Ezekiel had similar visions and he saw an ox.
The third living creature had a face like a man,
The reason of a man – “come let us reason together, your sins are like scarlet, but they will be white as snow” Isaiah 1:18
The fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
Representing the deity of Christ – gospel of John associated to this… the spiritual side of a believer that soars above the storms.
Refer to Ezekiel for a confirmation: (MBTC Subject Major Prophets 2: https://miraclebibletc.org/bible-2/
Pray that God will open up the heavens for you and that you will see visions of God.
Eze 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
Eze 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.
Eze 10:9 And when I looked, there were four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a beryl stone.
Eze 10:10 As for their appearance, all four looked alike—as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Eze 10:11 When they went, they went toward any of their four directions; they did not turn aside when they went, but followed in the direction the head was facing. They did not turn aside when they went.
Eze 10:12 And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were full of eyes all around.
Eze 10:13 As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, "Wheel."
Eze 10:14 Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
What you need to see is that the prophet was explaining what he saw with the vocabulary that he had at the time. I will take a moment to explain what the Lord has shown me regarding the wheels and the creatures practically when I preach this message live – it will take up too much space to describe it completely here, but perhaps needs more attention at another time.
Who are the elders?
Paul, the apostle who wrote a large part of the New Testament, encouraged his disciples in Corinth:
1Co 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
We also learn in Hebrews:
Heb 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
Heb 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
In our famous definition of faith, the elders are present:
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
Then there is the cloud of witnesses
Heb 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
It denotes certain persons appointed to hold office in the Christian church, and to exercise spiritual oversight over the flock entrusted to them. From the references in Acts (Act_14:23; Act_20:17) (international bible encyclopaedia.)
In the spiritual realm, the elders are the ones who obtained a good testimony by faith.
We can see groups of elders that represent different phases of God’s plans, the patriarchs of our faith in the Old Testament, like Abraham and Sarah, Enoch, Joseph, the prophets, Moses and Elijah, David, Solomon and selected Kings who served God, as well as other faith heroes like Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Vashti.
When you get to heaven, will you Methuselah? Will you recognize the dance of Miriam? Will you be able to prophesy with Samuel? Could you recount the miracles of Elijah and Elisha?
The reason we have those scriptures, are not just to tell us stories of the past, but to learn how to do what they did in our time, and further, to give them some feedback when we meet them one day!
Don’t be the person that walks into the throne room in heaven and goes: “Who’s that guy in the camel hair gown?” (John the Baptist!) Ok maybe John has a new wardrobe.
Then there are the elders of the New Testament, the apostles and their friends. We are all part of them. Those of you who are taking a stand for God in your lifetime and showing faithfulness in church will be elders in your own right and your faith and spirits will be added and uploaded to the cloud of witnesses. I am practising this already by uploading all your testimonies to the cloud every month from al the good news we receive from the areas of Cape Town. I do the same of the orbital network of Harvester and its affiliate ministries and partners. There is a great cloud of witnesses with us all the time and its growing weekly! Spend a bit of time with me and you’ll see. I have multiple groups and networks on WhatsApp and Teams that you have never met, that we still have to write about in our Magazine – people that have already shown eldership in their time. Wonderful new friends and networks to explore and serve. God is great! You have come to Mount Zion! See the angels, see the spirits of just men made perfect, the elders of the throne room John saw. Open your eyes and realize how big this really is for you today, you’re a part of it now. Welcome!