One of the most famous prayers in history is the Lord’s prayer.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
The part that I want to talk about is the second line: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” We as Christians ought to pray for God’s will to be accomplished here on earth, just like it is accomplished in Heaven. What does that mean? How do things get accomplished in Heaven? The naïve thought is that God wills it and it simply happens, much as one would simply move their arm. How does your arm move? It is a mystery. We will it to move and it responds. Can we even know how God’s will operates in Heaven? I say we can.
Revelation gives us a glimpse into how things happen in Heaven. Rev 4 mentions a throne with One who lives forever and ever sitting upon it. Surrounding Him are four living creatures (Rev 4:6-8) and 24 elders (Rev 4:4). We can see in the next chapter that God has a plan which He wants to bring to pass, a will as it were. God’s will was for someone to open the scroll. The only one who could open the scroll was the Lamb of God, who came and took the scroll from God’s right hand. (Rev 5:1-7). So now what happens? The 4 creatures and the 24 elders fall on their faces and sing a new song about the Lamb being worthy to take the scroll. (Rev 5:8-10) Then many angels joined with them and declare the worth of the Lamb (Rev 5:11-12). Then every creature in heaven, earth, under the earth and in the sea join in and sing the chorus (Rev 5:13). Revelation 6 then tells about the lamb proceeding to actually open the scroll.
I want to focus in on this process. God announces His will to a select few. These have two items: harps and bowls with incense. They sing back to the Lord what He is going to do, and then they declare with a loud voice what He is going to do, and then God does it. The harps are music and the bowls of incense are the prayers of the saints. This is not conjecture, but is plainly stated in Rev 5:8. “…which are the prayers of the saints.” This is interesting. But before we make a full conclusion, let’s jump to Genesis.
In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over… all the earth…” At the very beginning, before God even created humans, He decided to give dominion of the earth and all that is in it to mankind. Nowhere does God ever withdraw that offer. After Adam & Eve fall, abdicating this dominion to Satan, God never reneges on His covenant. When Noah enters the ark, God does not reclaim dominion. God knew there had to be redemption, and He saw that there was no intercessor; none could stand in the gap (Isaiah 59:16). So He came Himself as a man. (Col 2:9) He took on flesh, and became that intercessor. Through His death He suffered the full wrath of God and legitimately reclaimed the dominion over the Earth, as a man. Jesus is forever a man, and according to Hebrews 7:25 Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us.
So how does that relate to Revelation? God has set it up so that He will not do anything excepting He first partner with a man. He has decided to get man to agree with Him before He moves. Adam broke covenant, deciding he would not agree and partner with God. So God took on the form of a man forever and will never break covenant. The Father has a man who will always make intercession. Jesus will forever agree with the Father. We can join Jesus in this intercession. This is the great mystery and privilege of the church.
In heaven, the Lord makes known His will, the elders sing it back and declare it back to Him, then the Lord moves forward and accomplishes His will. We can mirror this on earth. God will make known His will to us, and we get to partner with Him by singing it back to Him, then by praying it to Him, then God will do it. This is the harp and bowl ministry.
“What? This is crazy talk! This has never been done before! How can you extrapolate all this from a few verses in Revelation?” is the cry of the skeptic. It is fortunate, however, that we have a well-defined template for this. It is called the Tabernacle of David.
David’s first order of business was to find and bring the ark of the covenant to the tabernacle. He then hired 288 singers, 4,000 musicians, and 4,000 gatekeeper to work full-time in the tabernacle. These 8,288 people were the “veil” surrounding the glory of God. They worked 24/7 in the priestly ministry before the glory of God. This Jewish expression of Godly governance has been given to the Gentiles. Malachi 1:11 says,
For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great among the Gentiles;
In every place incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure offering;
For My name shall be great among the nations,
Says the Lord of hosts.
In Acts 15:13-21, James declared this was happening among the Gentiles, that the tabernacle of David was being rebuilt.
Friends, this continues today. This ancient and divine order of governance is being reinstituted throughout the world. Houses of Prayer are being established throughout the world. People are gathering in homes, churches, old supermarkets and tents to offer musical incense to the throne of God. This present generation of Christians alive on the earth today are recognizing that it is no waste to abandon all to partner with God. To agree with Him in this fashion is what we were made to do.
We were made to bring the ways of Heaven to Earth.