The Amethyst And The Divine Shift
24.11.2017, Daniel Glimm
The Twelve Gemstones On The High Priest's Breastplate
In the Word of God we are told that the High Priest in the Old Testament had the names of the twelve sons or tribes of Israel engraved on twelve precious stones on a golden square breast plate, the Choshen. The gemstones were set in gold (see Exodus 28:15-21).
15 “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions – the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen.
16 It is to be square – a span long and a span wide – and folded double.
17 Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; 18 the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; 19 the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst; 20 the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper. Mount them in gold filigree settings.
21 There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
The Amethyst And The Messianic Jerusalem
In this context, the Holy Spirit emphasized the amethyst, which is also mentioned in the foundation of the Messianic (note: anointed) Jerusalem, which is also square in shape and is in twelfth position (see Revelation 21:10.16.19-20).
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. …
16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia3 in length, and as wide and high as it is long. …
17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick.
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.
19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
In Hebrew, the word "amethyst" is “'aḥlāmāh” and is derived from the root word “ḥālam“, which means “to become strong, to heal, to dream”. (excerpt of the Elberfelder Study Bible on the words “'aḥlāmāh” and “ḥālam“ with the word key numbers 312*, 2552 and Strong's concordance with the word key numbers 306,2492)
The Purple Color
The color of the gemstone is violet and it is the color of the apostle and the bishop. Interestingly, throughout the Old Testament the stones were carried by the priests on the breastplate. The amethyst was placed in the third row as a ninth stone in the breastplate at that time. After the service of Jesus, the amethyst was raised to the position of the twelfth stone which is the highest level of God's new seat of creation. This divine repositioning is also an indication of God's grace and love for us human beings (see Colossians 3:1.4).
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. …
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The Amethyst And The Tribe Of Naphtali
According to the biblical Jewish tradition, the amethyst is assigned to the tribe of Naphtali. It is the tribe that understands the power of the end of a time and the power of the beginning of a new time in Jesus Christ by moving at these fixed points that function as a mountain peak (see Revelation 22:13).
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Naphtali speaks or prophesies from this place the plans of God. In this way, he releases confidence into the new time.
The reason for this is because Naphtali has the qualities of a gazelle and speaks beautiful words, among other things, and because he is the last-mentioned tribe of Israel which moves under the leadership of the tribe of Dan (see Genesis 49:21 i.c.w. Habakkuk 3:19; Numbers 10:25.27-28).
21 “Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns (note: words).
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
25 Finally, as the rear guard for all the units, the divisions of the camp of Dan set out under their standard. Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai was in command. …
27 and Ahira son of Enan was over the division of the tribe of Naphtali.
28 This was the order of march for the Israelite divisions as they set out.
The Wealth Of Faith
If we look at the position of the amethyst which was in ninth position on the golden breastplate of the high priest in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ, according to the letter of Hebrews is the eternal high priest according to the Order of Melchizedek, which means the eternal kingship and priesthood, it becomes clear that it is about our personal positioning in the abundance of His faith.
Through His faith we are fixed in His order (note: symbolic of the square) and thus able to have a proper relationship in the Holy Spirit with God the Father, so that the fruits of the Spirit (note: nine fruits) become apparent (see John 17:22-23 i.c.w. Galatians 5:22-23).
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – 23 I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
If we have recognized and cultivate our personal relationship with the Lord, it is important that we give Him permission to shift us as living stones in order to place us in His government realm (note: messianic Jerusalem that descends from Heaven) where His common order reigns, which knows no competition (note: the length, breadth and height of the city are equal; see Revelation 21:16).
16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
This also means that we must be fully aware of the fact that we are washed completely clean by the blood of the Lamb and therefore move in holy transparency (note: transparent gold; see Revelation 21:18b) before him and with one another (see Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:7 i.c.w. 1 Peter 2:5).
… 18b and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, …
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace …
1 Peter 2:5:
… 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house (note: temple) to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
The Golden Transparency
This holy golden transparency means the wrapping with His glory without any cause for shame. That is the way Adam and his wife lived before the sin fall. They were clothed in the glory of God (see Genesis 2:25)!
25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
This nakedness doesn't mean a fleshly nakedness but a life in a surrendered and incorruptible sincerity before God and men.
If we live as saints in the united formation of the seat of God's government, this results in His glory penetrating from the heavenly realm into the earthly realm so that the creation is released from its groaning because of the manifestation of the sons of God (see Romans 8:19).
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children (note: sons) of God to be revealed.
The Coming Down Of The City From Heaven
The coming down of the messianic Jerusalem from heaven is nothing more than the manifestation of God's government authority by the Bride of Christ who carries in her the mature sonship in Jesus Christ (see Revelation 21:2.9-11).
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. …
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
The manifestation of the mature sonship is similar to the structure of the morning star which is accompanied by the prophetic anointing (see Job 38:7 i.c.w. 2 Peter 1:19).
… 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
2 Peter 1:19:
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
The Shift Of The Amethyst
In connection with the shift of the amethyst from the ninth position of the high priest's chest to the twelfth position of the wall of the messianic city of Jerusalem, the Lord revealed to me that it is connected with the resurrection power of Jesus because the difference between the numbers 9 and 12 is the number 3 (see Mark 8:31).
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
In order to be able to live in the resurrection power of Jesus, it is necessary to lay down our own life, which means that we no longer live according to our own will but according to the will of God (see Galatians 2:20).
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
As already mentioned, the amethyst is associated with “healing and dreaming”.
The King Abimelech And The Dream
Concerning “dreaming”, the Word of God mentions it the first time in Genesis 20:3 where the king Abimelech (note: means “My father is king.”) received a dream from God in the night.
If one studies the word “night” in Hebrew, it becomes clear that it is related to “something to fold” and a “winding stair” (note: hebr. “night” => “lajĕlāh/lajil”; hebr. root word of “night” is “lûl”; excerpt of the Elberfelder Study Bible with the word key number 3997, 3966* and the Strong's concordance with the word key number 3915, 3883).
This explanation makes it clear that if we acknowledge through Jesus Christ the rulership of the Heavenly Father and His order, we haven't to fear the increasing darkness on earth. Rather, we allow Him to live in close relationship with us to be positioned in the governmental alliance of His presence through our obedience and thus to unite His glory on earth.
Let us therefore allow the Holy Spirit to change the character of our dreams by bringing them to a higher spiritual level in order to experience a great change in our personal life. At the point where we need health and strength in our life, we should receive it from Him in faith. All for the glory of the Lamb of God whose wife we are!
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,