19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 19

Episode 5

Prologue

Message

Part 1

Please take note that we have come to Mount Zion. Hebrews chapter 4 reads, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,” (Hebrews 4:16) “Draw near” in this verse also means drawing near to God. Hebrews 7:25 uses the same words. It reads, “…those who draw near to God through him…”

Hebrews 10:22 reads, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” This verse also uses “draw near.” Therefore, appearing before God in Mount Zion shows an attitude of drawing near to God. This passage helps us greatly in drawing near to God. It helps us to use our spirit and the truth to draw near to Him. These truths are very precious and inclusive. These are not merely simple statements when it says “innumerable angels,” “the assembly of the firstborn” and “the sprinkled blood.”

Part 2

I’d like to explain to you one by one, because these truths are much treasured and very important. How do you look at the Lord now? When you behold the Lord, you should be able to see much more with your faith, because the scripture has told you in great detail. Heaven is filled with joy. Innumerable angels are in festal gathering. They are celebrating. Should you be rejoicing as well? Should the assembly of the firstborn be joyful? Definitely! You see, the joy of the angels is exceedingly great, beyond our imagination, and no words can describe it.

Part 3

The Lord clearly said, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7) How wonderful it is! How many people repent every day in this world? Throughout the day, a good number of people repent. When it’s nighttime for us, it’s daytime in other parts of the world. Therefore, throughout the day, regardless of whether there are other celebrations, there is a celebration for those who believe in the Lord. The joy in heaven is exceedingly great! Will they ignore a person who returns to the Lord, thinking that it’s just one more person coming to heaven? Who is this person? He is more honourable than the angels. He is one of the firstborn. Surely he is welcomed! If you know the person and you go to heaven before him, won’t you be happy to see him when he arrives? Of course, you will celebrate! Therefore, the joy in heaven will increase whenever a brother or sister sleeps in the Lord. The joy in heaven is immense. Because they know God, everyone would deeply experience God according to the capacity in their spirit. My experiences in drawing near to the Lord during my lifetime are very precious, but when I return to heaven, I believe the preciousness will definitely surpass the sum of my experiences on earth. Nevertheless, our experiences on earth, where we face the enemies and challenges, are much treasured and irreplaceable.

Part 4

Psalm 84 talks about Zion and Jerusalem. Appearing before God in Zion has special meaning. God chose Zion as His eternal resting place, and each one appears before God in Zion. The first and foremost purpose of coming to Zion is to appear before God. We come before God in His mercy and loving-kindness. From these scriptures, we know that the Lord welcomes us the most. Heaven is very inviting. Brothers and sisters, we are most cherished in God’s heart!

Part 5

The conclusion of Hebrews is to bring us to this truth. Hebrews uses “better” or “more excellent” twelve times. This passage is the last mention of “more excellent.” It’s also the last mention of “draw near to God.” We appear before God in Zion. We have come to the most precious place that God prepares for us. He loves us so much that He wants to bring us to this destination, New Jerusalem. This is the joy ahead when the Lord was on the cross. It is also the glory into which God will bring His sons. The utmost importance of this glory is to be face to face with Him, and to deeply enjoy Him. Eternal life is the first thing that the Lord mentioned in His prayer on the night before His crucifixion. This is God’s enjoyment as well as ours. To know Him through experience is very different from just hearing about Him. Even Paul counted everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus in experience.

Part 6

Psalm 84 reads, “…appears before God in Zion.” (Psalm 84:7) When we come to Zion, the most important is to have fellowship with Him, come before Him face to face. This can be considered the utmost of God’s purpose. We need to draw near to Him, experience Him deeply, worship Him, enjoy Him, and have love-fellowship with Him. The greatest blessing is to have love interflow with Him, live in His embrace, and enjoy His many kisses. God’s purpose is for us to be very close to Him. It’s more than a relationship; He wants us to have real experience in our spirit, to have fellowship with Him, love Him, and enjoy Him. When you deeply enjoy Him and His love, you will love Him more. This is the most important. The entire New Jerusalem is surrounded by great glory, and countless love expressions from the Lord. The whole city is a design of His love, manifesting His love in every detail.

Part 7

The most important thing on earth is to draw near to Him. I introduce to you the two “diamond songs” to help you meditate on the scenes. Of course, my songs cannot replace the Bible. But most of my songs illustrate the biblical truth. Singing these songs helps you to remember the truth. You should ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes, so that you could better understand the true meaning of these things, and how precious they are. When you meditate and consider them, you will enjoy even more, thus influencing your attitude towards drawing near to Him. You will feel great joy!

Part 8

There are innumerable angels in the city. They are very happy. How can I not rejoice right now? You should be more joyful than them. Therefore, the truth will affect you. The Lord commands us to rejoice always. He wants us to relish in the fullness of joy. Psalm 16 is an account of the Lord. He says, “…in your presence there is fullness of joy.” (Psalm 16:11) The Lord has the fullest of joy. His joy is beyond words can describe, a glorious joy. He sees many firstborn, who by His precious blood and the anguish of His soul, can come close to Him. No wonder Paul considered being with Christ far better. (Philippians 1:23) The Lord truly enjoys being with us! Drawing near to Him in heaven will be far better than on earth, though we shouldn’t despise the time when we draw near to Him on earth. Today on earth, drawing near to Him is the most important. 

Series 19

Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

Message Date: 2020-03-22

The Lord is the way, the truth and the life. It’s so precious that we can go to the Father through Him. Hebrews 12 mentions that today we have not come to Mount Sinai (symbolizing law), but to Mount Zion (symbolizing grace). We live in grace, and enjoy deeply drawing near to the Father and the Lord. In the book of Colossians, some brothers and sisters turned back to the law, so Paul reminded them to mind the things above. Hebrews 12 tells us what are above: the heavenly Jerusalem, the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, innumerable angels, Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, the sprinkled blood, the spirits of the righteous made perfect, etc. Each of these is very abundant, essential and immeasurable. They also express God’s love, welcome and acceptance to us, and they help us to draw near to God. Psalm 84 tells us that in those times, Israel appeared before God in Zion; they longed to draw near to God. As for us, we have received grace even more tremendously and wonderfully. So, we should come before God and draw close to Him all the more.
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19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life

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19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord

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19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)

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19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)

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19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)