Digging the Wells of Revival
Kingly Priestly Intercessors
To be effective in prayer in our lands and nations we need to grasp a revelation and
understanding of the role of the Melchizadek priesthood.
The prayer movement needs to move from not only priestly intercession but also to kingly
intercession as well. We need to understand the role of the Angelic realm in intercession.
1) Melchizadek order, Jesus - both King and Priest.
2) We are a Royal Priesthood
3) King Cyrus anointing
4) Angelic partners in intercession and executing God's plans on Earth.
1) Melchizadek order, Jesus - both King and Priest.
Melchizedek was first mentioned in Genesis 14 :18-20
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”,
And again in Psalm 110,
The Lord has sworn and will not relent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
5 The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
6 He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.
And then once more in the book of Hebrews.
Heb 2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a GREAT HIGH PRIEST who has ascended into heaven. Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Also Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
An example of the priestly role. Jesus our Intercessor:
“Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-35
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
5:1 For every HIGH PRIEST taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. 3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. 4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
A Priest Forever
5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” 6 As He also says in another place:
“You are a PRIEST forever according to the order of MELCHIZADEK”;
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
10 called by God as HIGH PRIEST “according to the order of MELCHIZADEK,”
He was a "type" or picture of Jesus in several ways, one of which was that he was both a King and a Priest.
At the time, this was unheard of. Zechariah 6:13, a messianic verse describing Christ, refers to Him in His King-Priest role, "...Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices."
The function of a king was to rule, representing God's authority to people; the role of priests was to serve, representing the people to God.
As our High Priest, Jesus represents our needs and desires to God.
As the King, Christ represents and releases the rule, authority and will of God from Heaven to earth.
His Kingly role is God-centered, while His Priestly responsibility is human-centered; one releases power and authority - king, the other love, mercy and grace - priest. The priestly role is petition or intercession-oriented; the kingly role is to declare and decree God's word and will.
As co-laborers, partners with and representatives of Jesus Christ, we have become extensions of His King-Priest role. Most Christians, though they may or may not think of it as priestly activity, realize that we are to offer up worship and prayer (petitions) from earth to Heaven.
Almost none, however, have understanding or involvement in God's plan concerning our kingly representation of Christ (decrees).
We are not only priests, we are a "royal (kingly) priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9), who have been given the keys of Kingdom authority in which to bind and loose, forbid and allow, close and open, release from every binding demonic contract and to restore to a binding marriage contract with the Lord.
I believe that the Holy Spirit His ekklesia (body - council - assembly) to step fully into our responsibility for kingly intercession.
The Lord is calling us to shift from merely petitioning the Father, but to also make decrees (official orders, edicts or decisions), declarations (announcements or formal statements) and proclamations (the process of binding and loosing) as we are prophetically inspired by Holy Spirit to do so.
The power of God's decreed Word is extraordinary!
It releases His creativity, His salvation, and yes, His judgments! He rules through His Words, and so must we.
Look at the following scriptures:-
"You will also decree a thing and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways." Job 22:28
"Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant." Jeremiah 1:9-10
"So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army." Ezekiel 37:10
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
Nehemiah chapter 1 displays the roll of a Kingly priestly intercessor. He repents not only of his own sins and that of his family, but of the sins of all of the people in the land.
Nehemiah 1:3 ''They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
5 Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.
I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.
7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
Nehemiah showed so much concern for the temple at Jerusalem that he repented for himself and family and as a kingly priestly intercessor for the people's sins.
Rev 5:10 10 And He has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
2) A Royal Priesthood
1 Peter 2:4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a Holy Nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
If we study the responsibilities of Old Testament Levitical priests, one of their main duties was to stand before the Lord and represent the people of Israel, particularly by making sacrifices for sin. In addition to this, we see prophets (such as Isaiah or Jeremiah) who "stood in the gap" for the Jewish nation as well.
Old Testament priests were chosen by God, not self-appointed; and they were chosen for a purpose: to serve God with their lives by offering up sacrifices. The priesthood served as a picture or "type" of the coming ministry of Jesus Christ, a picture that was then no longer needed once His sacrifice on the cross was completed. When the thick temple veil that covered the doorway to the Holy of Holies was torn in two by God at the time of Christ's death (Matthew 27:51), God was indicating that the Old Testament priesthood was no longer necessary. Now people could come directly to God through the great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). There are now no earthly mediators between God and man as existed in the Old Testament priesthood (1 Timothy 2:5).
Christ our High Priest has made one sacrifice for sin for all time (Hebrews 10:12), and there is no more sacrifice for sin that can be made (Hebrews 10:26).
But as priests once offered other kinds of sacrifices in the temple, so it is clear from 1 Peter 2:5,9 that God has chosen Christians "to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 2:5-9 speaks of two aspects of the priesthood of the believer.
The first is that believers are privileged.
To be chosen by God to be a priest was a privilege. All believers have been chosen by God: a "chosen generation...His own special people" (verse 9). In the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, there were places where only the priests could go. Into the Holy of Holies, behind a thick veil, only the High Priest could go, and that only once a year on the Day of Atonement when he made a sin offering on behalf of all of the people. But as mentioned above, because of Jesus' death upon the cross of Calvary, all believers now have direct access to the throne of God through Jesus Christ our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). What a privilege to be able to access the very throne of God directly, not through any earthly priest.
When Christ returns and the New Jerusalem comes to earth (Revelation 21), believers will see God face-to-face and will serve Him there (Revelation 22:3-4) Again, what a privilege especially for us who were once "not a people" ... "without hope" ... destined for destruction because of our sin.
The second aspect of the believer's priesthood is that we are chosen for a purpose:
To offer up spiritual sacrifices (see Hebrews 13:15-16 for example), and to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Therefore, by both life (1 Peter 2:5; Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:10) and by word (1 Peter 2:9; 3:15), our purpose is to serve God.
As the believer's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), so God has called us to serve Him from our hearts by first of all offering our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).
One day we will be serving God in eternity (Revelation 22:3-4), but not in any temple, for "the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple" (Revelation 21:22). As the Old Testament priesthood was to be free of defilement, as symbolized by being ceremonially clean, so has Christ made us holy positionally before the Father.
He calls on us to live holy lives that we might also be a "holy priesthood" (1 Peter 2:5).
So what does this mean for us now in this age? What are the responsibilities now involved in being part of a '”royal priesthood”?
Intercession—acting or pleading on someone else’s behalf
plays a key role in fulfilling the duties of our priesthood. The Lord looks to us to stand in the gap through prayer for others, watching and praying, being alert to His voice and to the wounds of the world that need healing by His blood.
Just as the Levitical priests applied the blood sacrifice of animals, we are privileged to carry the more precious blood of Christ, which was shed only once for the cleansing of all sin and iniquity.
We have but one plea - The blood of Jesus but the blood must still be applied" (1). This is why there is a need for "pleading the blood" over our friends, family, cities, nations and governments. We understand that although Christ's sacrifice on the cross gives new life, it is up to each of us to individually respond and receive what Jesus made available.
Intercession is not just prayer. It's gap-standing,
taking on the authority of the new priesthood and applying the blood where it is needed. In keeping with another definition for interceding—to attempt to reconcile the differences between two people or groups—
we are praying for the reconciliation of people to God. We are crying out for mercy for those who have not known Christ, praying fervently for their eyes to be opened to the Lord.
What about interceding for nations? Its the same thing! When we intercede for a nation or city and cover it with the blood of Christ, we are providing a covering of mercy and creating yet another opportunity for God’s will to be done in that place.
In summary, believers are called "kings and priests" and a "royal priesthood" as a reflection of their privileged status as heirs to the kingdom of the Almighty God and of the Lamb. Because of this privileged closeness with God, no other earthly mediator is necessary.
Secondly, believers are called priests because salvation is not merely “fire insurance,” escape from hell. Rather, believers are called by God to serve Him by offering up spiritual sacrifices, i.e., being a people zealous for good works.
As priests of the living God, we are all to give praise to the One who has given us the great gift of His Son's sacrifice on our behalf, and in response, to share this wonderful grace with others.
3) King Cyrus anointing
Isaiah 45: 1 “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
2 I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.
3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, THOUGH YOU DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE ME.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, THOUGH YOU HAVE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED ME.
6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.
Cyrus is a king mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible and is identified as Cyrus the Great (also Cyrus II or Cyrus the Elder) who reigned over Persia between 539—530 BC. This pagan king is important in Jewish history because it was under his rule that Jews were first allowed to return to Israel after 70 years of captivity.
In one of the most amazing prophecies of the Bible, Isaiah predicts Cyrus’ decree to free the Jews. One hundred fifty years before Cyrus lived, the prophet calls him by name and gives details of Cyrus’ benevolence to the Jews: “THIS IS WHAT THER LORD SAYS TO HIS ANOINTED, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him . . . ‘I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me’” (Isaiah 45:1, 4; see also 41:2-25; 42:6). Evincing His sovereignty over all nations, God says of Cyrus, “He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please” (Isaiah 44:28).
Cyrus’s decree releasing the Jewish people, in fulfillment of prophecy, is recorded in 2 Chronicles 36:22–23: “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: ‘Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, “The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may the LORD his God be with him. Let him go up.”' Other Old Testament books that mention Cyrus include Ezra and Daniel.
King Cyrus actively assisted the Jews in rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem under Ezra and Zerubbabel. Cyrus restored the temple treasures to Jerusalem and allowed building expenses to be paid from the royal treasury (Ezra 1:4–11; 6:4–5). Cyrus’s beneficence helped to restart the temple worship practices that had languished during the 70 years of the Jews’ captivity. Some commentators point to Cyrus’s decree to rebuild Jerusalem as the official beginning of Judaism.
Among the Jews deported from Judah and later placed under the rule of Cyrus include the prophet Daniel. In fact, we are told Daniel served until at least the third year of King Cyrus, approximately 536 BC (Daniel 10:1). That being the case, Daniel likely had some personal involvement in the decree that was made in support of the Jews. The historian Josephus says that Cyrus was informed of the biblical prophecies written about him (Antiquities of the Jews, XI.1.2). The natural person to have shown Cyrus the scrolls was Daniel, a high-ranking official in Persia (Daniel 6:28).
Besides his dealings with the Jews, Cyrus is known for his advancement of human rights, his brilliant military strategy, and his bridging of Eastern and Western cultures. He was a king of tremendous influence and a person God used to help fulfill an important Old Testament prophecy.
God’s use of Cyrus as a “shepherd” for His people illustrates the truth of Proverbs 21:1, “The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”
Take heart from this. How much more will God anoint us to do exploits now that we know him and have fellowship with the Saviour.
4) Angelic partners in intercession and executing God's plans on Earth.
A very clear commision for angels is seen in psalm 103:19-22
19The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul. From Your right hand came a fiery law for them.
3 Yes, He loves the people; all His saints are in Your hand; they sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.
When God hears prayers from His people, He responds.
What happens is that He dispatches His angels before, during, and after our prayers. It’s a dynamic, living sequence, repeated over and over:
1.Angels usher in God’s presence and declare His intentions to people.
2.As a result, Spirit-inspired intercession rises from believers.
3.In response to the prayers, God releases His angels to deliver, protect, heal, and strengthen people, to execute His judgments, to reap and to gather, and to do whatever else He wants them to do.
Do you think about this when you pray? That prayer you prayed this morning may be the one that God used to mobilize an army of angels. This means your intercessory prayers are important! It also means that it may have been angels who helped you know what to pray before the word was on your lips.
Angels can come to prepare the way for your prayers, to convey your prayers to heaven, and to execute the answers to those prayers.
How Are Angels’ Assignments Related to our Intercession?
We don’t hear as much about the relationship of angels to our intercession as we do about the intercession itself. I want to take the three points above and relate them to some specific types of angelic assignments:
1.Angels usher in God’s presence and declare His intentions to people.
By definition, angels are assigned to minister the presence of the Lord. They usher in His glory. They connect heaven and earth. Sometimes we feel God’s glory and usually we don’t, but they never stop ushering it in.
Another one of their stated functions is to be messengers pronouncing God’s will, although they’re not always as dramatic as they were in the skies over Bethlehem when Jesus was born: “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11).
Angels may simply pronounce God’s will in the silence of our prayer time, dropping into our minds and hearts the very thing that God wants to do—and that our inspired prayers can subsequently bring about. Angels sometimes release wisdom and understanding in dreams or visions. In a variety of ways, angels help to give guidance and direction to human beings, who are their fellow servants, earthbound and in need of heavenly assistance.
2.As a result of having been ushered into God’s presence and learning His will, intercession now rises from believers.
Angels are involved in our responses to God’s guidance. They are involved in our praise and worship. They come from the Throne Room, after all, where worship ascends perpetually. Angels worship with us, and they enhance our praises. Without their help to cultivate grateful, expectant, worshipful hearts, we cannot carry out our function as intercessors.
Angels are divine watchers. They look into the historical affairs of humans. They mentor us in alert and prayerful watching. They tip us off when they see something. (See Daniel 4:13-17; Acts 12:20-23; 1 Timothy 5:21.) They also tip each other off, and they go to battle whenever the need arises. Angels are definitely involved in our spiritual warfare. We can’t stand against the devil without them.
3.In response to our prayers, God releases His angels.
Angels bring the answers to our prayers. They carry God’s provision from His storeroom. The angels bring deliverance and they bind demonic powers. They provide protection and strength to people. God uses them as His healing instruments. They execute His judgments. They are His reapers and gatherers. They stand ready to do whatever He wants them to do.
Five Foundational Premises involving angels in intercession:-
(1) Believers are co-workers with Christ;
(2) God hears and answers prayers;
(3) An innumerable company of angels is available;
(4) Angels are involved in both the spiritual and practical affairs of humankind; and
(5) Angels deliver God’s answers to people’s prayers.
1.Believers are co-workers with Christ.
Here is a phrase for you to remember: God’s resources are released by man’s invitation of intercession. We do not have a passive role to play. We are actively inviting God to get involved in human affairs, both small and sweeping. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (Jas. 5:16b, KJV).
2.God hears and answers prayers.
This is very basic; we absolutely must operate on this premise. God does not turn a deaf ear to our prayers. In fact, our prayerful intercession influences Him to advance direction and destinies of individuals and entire nations.
3.An innumerable company of angels are available.
Heaven’s army of the angelic host is waiting for its next assignment. Each angel is ready to be dispatched. Angels, in a manner of speaking, are unemployed—at least between assignments. They are waiting for our invitation in order to be released to most of their assignments.
Nobody can count them, there are so many: “The host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured” (Jer. 33:22, NASV).
4.Angels are involved in both the spiritual and practical affairs of humankind.
Sometimes we think that angels are only involved in the hyper-spiritual stuff such as at Bethlehem, or at least protection from imminent danger. We are under the impression that angelic assistance happens only once in a while. Angels are involved with us every day.
Angels are servants, and they do practical tasks. Remember the story of Peter and the angel who came into his jail cell to let him go free? The angel woke him up and said, “‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so. ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,’ the angel told him” (Acts 12:8, NIV).
5.Angels deliver God’s answers to people’s prayers.
I don’t think we can differentiate between God’s direct answers to our prayers and His “indirect” answers, conveyed by angels. The angels are often His best option, and they are direct. They’re obedient; they’re fast; they’re powerfully efficient. They carry God’s love and His character. What more could you want?
Finally Hebrews 1 mentions angels.
6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Let us therefore embrace them in our daily intercessions.