All that Jesus did in condescension through a single body in His first coming, He will again do through a corporate Body in preparation for His second coming.
At this present time, those who will be this "corporate Body" are being "made ready" to function in manifest glory, as being a living martyr, so only Jesus will be seen. We are very close to the time in which Jesus will come to these "overcomers" (saints), to be glorified.
"And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:7-10
This passage of Scripture describes the "glory" which will be manifested through those whom the Lord has prepared for this purpose.
"And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire." Ezekiel 1:4
This is a picture of the corporate Body of Christ functioning in end-time glory, which will lead to the establishing of the Millennial government of God in the earth.
The "Wheel Within a Wheel" - Our Lives Merged Into His Life
"The appearance of the wheels and their work was like to the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." Ezekiel 1:16
We are living at the end of the "sixth day," during the time in which Jesus is beginning to reveal His manifest glory in order to prepare "overcomers" for His end-time purposes. This is the "wheel within a wheel" – our lives merged into His life, in order to become the expression of His life, which will greatly affect the nations and all mankind.
"Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces." Ezekiel 1:15
This represents our lives as being "fully submitted" and "moving" with Jesus – "one wheel upon the earth" – Jesus coming to be glorified in His saints. Thus, the wheel, and the will of God can be thought of as being synonymous, as each speaks of our moving together with Him in glory, harmony, and obedience.
This glory is a moving glory in which we are being made aware of His manifested presence in glory, and in which we are learning how to function under this high level of anointing and enabling end-time power.
Four Faces: Our Identity with the Lord as Overcomer, Bride, Son and Man-Child
"Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings... Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward." Ezekiel 1:5-6, 9
"And every one had four faces." This speaks of our identity with the Lord as being spiritually mature – overcomer, Bride, son, and man-child. Each of us has a different part and function within this "wheel." Having "one likeness," is our lives being so yielded that we become the manifest expression of His life, so we can function as being the corporate Body of Jesus.
"And every one had four wings." Each of us has built within us the ability to move in the realms of the Spirit.
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
"They turned not when they went." This act of obedient submission begins within us (wheel), and then it will expand outwardly from us (wheel within a wheel) until it fills all the earth.
"And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning." Ezekiel 1:14
This speaks of total commitment and obedience with a single eye, and also of "spirit-transportation," which will increasingly take place in the end-time.
Functioning with Jesus in His Manifested Glory, Through Holy Spirit Fire
"As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning." Ezekiel 1:13
Not only are we cleansed and purified in glory (Isaiah 6:5), but we are also being changed "from glory to glory." Our appearance being as "burning coals of fire" speaks of our being under a heavy anointing, and experiencing clear spirit-perception and direction by our relating to, and functioning through, the seven spirits of God – seeing and understanding what others neither see nor understand.
"...I have ordained a lamp for Mine anointed." Psalm 132:17
The Lord is establishing special "hot spots" in specific locations throughout the earth. These are places in which His glory will be manifested and function through intense Holy Spirit fire. Those who are being prepared to participate in His end-time purposes will recognize these "set-apart places" and gather there to be sent out to the nations under an intensified anointing and enabling.
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire." Daniel 7:9
"A fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled." Psalm 97:3-4
This speaks of the "word with consequence" – the rule of a "rod of iron," in a relationship of functioning with Jesus in His manifested glory, through Holy Spirit fire, which requires a high level of spiritual hearing and obedience.
One With One Another and With Jesus, Becoming the Expression of His Life and Ministry
"Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go... When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels." Ezekiel 1:20-21
The "wheel" is the Lord (Head) coming in His glory - manifesting Himself through the wheel that is within this wheel - our lives within His life, to accomplish His end-time visitation in which multitudes will be saved, the tribulation judgments completed, and the Millennial Kingdom established. As a result, "every eye shall see Him" (Revelation 1:7).
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints..." II Thessalonians 1:10
The "wheel in the middle of a wheel" speaks of the Lord sovereignly coming into our lives through divine intervention, to move through us to accomplish His end-time purposes. This transcends any faith or ability that we may have. Because this is a very high calling, a commitment and purity of life is required that is beyond that which is required of others.
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." Isaiah 60:1-3
This speaks of our being caught up through a specific act of intervention (a part of His second coming), into His manifested glory, in which we will be given the ability to function with authority in the purposes of God. We are living in the last days, in the final time of preparation, in which those who respond will be brought into this high level of corporate unity, becoming so one with one another and with Jesus that we become the expression of His life and ministry.
The Greatest Visitation this World has Ever Experienced is Yet to Take Place
The greatest visitation this world has ever experienced is yet to take place with a two-fold purpose. First, the out-calling of a people into an end-time cooperative relationship with the Lord. Second, the judgments on the nations, which will take place through the corporate functioning of this "wheel within a wheel."
At this present time, the Lord is beginning to lift "forerunners" into His presence – those who are beginning to experience a "taste" of the age to come.
"And have tasted...the powers of the world to come." Hebrews 6:5
After our rightly responding to this process as forerunners, we will be enabled to function in power, having a foretaste of Kingdom authority with consequence.
"And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father." Revelation 2:26-27
This relates to the functioning of this "wheel within a wheel" moving in His manifested glory to establish the Millennial government of God in the earth.
"And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up." Ezekiel 1:19
The Lord is preparing a corporate Bride that is "clothed with the sun" (Son), who, through direct personal revelation, will be "caught up" to have a part in the visitation and judgments that will come to mankind during the Millennial Kingdom (the wheels were lifted up).
The Heart of God is Reaching Out For a People Who are "Willing" to Birth the Purpose of the Lord into the Earth
"And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Revelation 12:1-2
She being "with child, travailing in birth" speaks of intercession. Just as Mary became impregnated to birth our redemption through Jesus, so also today, there is a body of intercessors who are being "impregnated" to birth the coming time of transition (end-time intervention). As Mary, we do not need to understand how or why. Rather, we simply need to "present our bodies as a living sacrifice" and obey.
We will not come into this overnight, but there is a progression that will bring us into this higher level of intercession. Our part is to make ourselves available and then allow the birthing process to have its full work within us. Our effectiveness in this birthing process will increase through experience.
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne." Revelation 12:5
The Word tells us that both the "man-child" and those who are "overcomers," will rule all nations with a "rod of iron." These are one and the same, and are seen by Ezekiel as being the "wheel within a wheel, which moved on its four sides."
These "four sides" function in harmony and unity. As an "overcomer," I am being qualified. As a "bride," I am totally submitted to the Lord. As a "son," I enter into a cooperative relationship with the Lord in the outworking of His purposes. As a "man-child," I move in delegated authority. Since there is neither male nor female in the Body of Christ, these are representative types.
The heart of God is reaching out for a people who are "willing" (as Mary was) in the day of His power, who as "intercessors" (a corporate Mary), will birth the purpose of the Lord into the earth in this day. The Lord always moves through and accomplishes His purpose through human agency.
Experientially, we must go through a gradual unfolding progression of the workings of God to bring us to the place where, as overcomers, we are ready to be caught up into this "wheel within a wheel."
Only then can the Lord say to us:
"Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." Matthew 25:23
Wade E. Taylor
Wade Taylor Ministries