The four faces
The four faces on the four angelic escorts are quite revealing. They each had the face of a lion, an ox, a man and an eagle. These are the universal symbols of government, wealth, culture and spirituality as follows:
- The lion is the king of the jungle and is the universal symbol of Kingship and rule.
- The Ox was the economic engine of the ancient agricultural world and represents economic prosperity
- The man – represents humanity, humanitarian works and the culure of societies
- The eagle – is lord of the sky and is used as the universal symbol of spirituality
In this sense the mobile throne of God is always escorted by angelic beings who simultaneously represent God’s political, economic, cultural and spiritual agenda. This is important because it means that God won’t reign over your city or nation without political, economic, social and spiritual presence, expression and impact.
We are all very familiar with God’s spiritual presence but not so familiar with His political presence. In some cases we have experienced His economic presence but not his cultural presence. The truth is that God is not reigning over a city until his presence is manifest in all four corners.
The four Facets of Dominion
These four faces are the facets of government, the facets of dominion and the facets of God’s throne. That is why there are four gospels of Christ in the New Testament. They represent the four facets of his ministry. Mathew, mark, Luke and John each show a different face or facet of Christ. The reason that God wants you to see Jesus from four distinct perspectives is because the Jesus you see is the Jesus you will aspire to be. If you only see Jesus as a religious leader then you will only aspire to be a religious leader. But if we could also see Jesus as a political, economic and social leader as well, then more of us would aspire to leadership in these areas.
The shoulders of the Levites
God warned Moses not to breach the type when constructing the tabernacle and the ark for all the reasons we have stated. The ark itself was a replica of the throne and was therefore mobile but it had to be transported in a very particular way. It didn’t transport itself; instead four Levitical priests carried it! The ark moved in an entourage of four just like the throne of God does in heaven.
It would appear that this mode of transportation for the seat of God’s government, gold, grace and glory was non-negotiable. It wasn’t simply a good idea. It was a royal protocol to be observed by all who seek to entertain the King.
Transporting the throne
For example we know that David breached this protocol when he attempted to bring the ark to Jerusalem on a new cart instead of in the entourage of four.
And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:7-10
In this passage, a relatively good man dies while in the process of breaching a Divine protocol. Uzzah represents the many ministries that have died or burned out trying to build a church or save a city while breaching the protocol of Divine transportation.
In the end, the ark had to be parked until David discovered and executed the correct mode of transportation i.e. on the shoulders of four priests. Each priest had to carry a corner of the ark.
Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 15:13-15
Four types of leadership
This is a major key to the move of God in your city and mine. It takes the shoulders of four types of leadership to establish God’s throne in a city. A religious leader alone cannot do it. You must also have political leadership, economic leadership and cultural leadership as well in order to bring the glory of God to your city or nation. If, as religious leaders, we attempt to do it alone, we will eventually commit the breach of Uzzah and then break under the pressure.
If you’ve never met a burnt out preacher, then pray that you never do. It’s a horrible sight to say the least. In almost every case, they were carrying too much. They carried the cares of the church including the building project and maintenance, the finance, the operations, the congregants and the leadership teams. They then launched projects for outreach and community engagement and found themselves carrying it all at the expense of their health, families and eventually their faith. Uzzah died because he was put in a position he should never have been in and preachers are dying out for exactly the same reasons.
Esther needs Mordecai
Believers who work in the political arena or in the commercial world or in the arts and entertainment are like Esther in the Palace of Ahasurus. They are often oblivious to what’s going on outside until someone informs them. Even when they are informed they can display apathy or indifference with their response, just as Esther did initially. It was Mordecai who alerted Esther to a crisis in her community. It was Mordecai who awakened Esther to the purpose of her position in the palace. It was Mordecai that encouraged Esther to play her role.
In much the same way, those believers who are already positioned in the market place are often oblivious or indifferent to what’s happening outside. That is until a preacher wakes them up to the purpose of their position. In this respect, our great responsibility is not to carry the ark alone but rather it is to wake up and equip the believers for their own works of ministry.
This is not a call for preachers to go into politics but it is a call for preachers to raise up political activists who will. Likewise we are not saying that every preacher should be a businessperson. Instead we are saying that your pulpit can inspire entrepreneurship and if you celebrate the entrepreneurs and business owners around you, then others will aspire to the same. Again this is not a call for preachers to become cultural icons in entertainment, sports and the media. Instead it is a call to encourage and support those are. In this way we will become Mordecai to the Esthers who are destined to become marketplace leaders.