High Places; a mystery found in biblical patterns and a prophetic warning to those that have an ear to hear.
Before we dig in, I recommend a short prayer to you…
Father, in the mighty name of Jesus, you are exalted above the heaven of heavens. You have ordained for me to be born in such a time as this. Now Father, reveal your perfect will to your servant. Hide me under the shadow of your wings and guide me into your strong tower!
Before we skim the surface of the profound mystery of high places, allow me to introduce two reoccurring patterns found in scripture.
Ground of Consecration
The first is the fact that God established the pattern of establishing a specific geographic location that serves as the capital of a people, group or nation. This is seen clearly in the truth that God gave the land of Israel to the chosen people of God. There are numerous examples of this found in scripture, so we won’t spend time elaborating on each one. We also see man made structures erected on these specific geographic locations to identify the area as the focal point of a people group, city or nation. The man made structure is a symbol that broadcasts the prevailing dominion of the group that controls the area. When we examine scripture, it’s clear that God Himself established this pattern. We see this clearly through the life of Noah on Mount Ararat, through the life of Abraham on Mount Moriah, which is also the same location of the Tabernacle of Moses. Mount Sanai, Mount Carmel, Mount Zion and so on. So here we see God beginning to reveal the mystery of high places.
Divine Order, Manifested Glory & Judgement
The second pattern I want to touch on is the biblical cyclical pattern of divine order, the manifestation of God’s Glory and eminent judgement that follows the manifested Glory of God. It’s a three part play if you will. Act 1, as a result of gross darkness, chaos and destruction covering a circumstance, people or nation, God, the only one capable of seeing perfectly and judging righteously assess the situation and establishes divine order, which always scatters solves the gross darkness, chaos and destruction. Act 2, with divine order in place, the Glory of the Lord manifests to meet the needs brought on by the gross darkness, chaos and destruction in Act 1. Act 3, everything not repelled by the manifested Glory of God experiences His judgement.
The Mystery of High Places
We begin our exploration into this mystery in the book of beginnings, Genesis.
Gross Darkness – The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. Genesis 6:11-12 (KJV)
**High Place – And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:4 (KJV)
Divine Order – And God spake unto Noah, saying Genesis 8:15 (KJV). And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. Genesis 8:20 (KJV)
Manifested Glory – And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Genesis 9:1 (KJV)
Judgement – And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Genesis 9:25 (KJV)
In the passages above we see God establishing the profound mystery of the high place. God’s dealing with the corruptness of man’s heart reaches it’s peak. After the worldwide flood, in mercy, God sends winds to dry up the water from the earth and causes the ark to settle on the very first ground of consecration. This ground of consecration, the high place, will forever be known as the ground of the Noahic Covenant. God has no problem with Noah dwelling in this high place because, according to Genesis 8:20, Noah makes it his business to honor God first…before he plants his vineyard, before enjoys the fruit thereof, etc… In other words, Noah acknowledges that he is not the one who dwells in the high of highest place, he willing humbles himself in worship of the one who occupies the only true high place.
So we see God with aspirations of a covenant family in the earth through Noah’s lineage. God establishes His authority as the Almighty in the life of Noah on Mount Ararat; a high place. However, from this same ground of holy consecration, we see the genesis of mankind seeking to establish a ground of consecration and a high place apart from God. Consider the passage below.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:3-4 (KJV)
Illegitimate High Places
Here we see the descendants of Ham, the son Noah cursed, as a unified nation. Multiple times in scripture Ham is referred to as the Father of Canaan. The title “the Father of Canaan” is profoundly critical as we seek to explore the mystery of high places. The Hebrew root of the word Canaan means to humiliate, to bring low, to subdue, to bring down or to bring under subjection. This is critical because the first time we see this manifesting is when Ham attempts to humiliate his father in the presence of his older brothers. As we saw above, the result of this attempt to bring down his father, Ham and all that he gave birth to were put under a curse by Noah.
Now let’s look closely at the first biblical account of what I call a contrary high place. A contrary high place is any attempt to increase in influence, power or dominion apart from the God that raises up and brings down people and nations. Not only does God Himself occupy the ultimate high place, God is also the one who determines which person, people group, Church or nation ascends to high places see Psalm 47:8.
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