If you make me an altar of stone, you are not to build it of cut stones; for if you use a tool on it, you profane it. Ex. 20:22
Moses received an instruction from YHWH to build up an altar to HIM. The requirement was following: The stones needed to be original, not touched by a man, not cut by a man. The material used needed to be created by YHWH Himself. He uses the same principle even today for building of His spiritual altars.
As you come to him, the living stone, rejected by people but chosen by God and precious to him, you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be cohanim (priests) set apart for God to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to him through Yeshua the Messiah. 1. Peter. 2:4,5
Altar of Yahweh is always build by living stones. Living stones are His anointed ones. Altar is not a materialistic thing! Yahweh is not pleased of man-made altars and will not confirm them by His presence and anointing. He is only pleased with the altar, He has established in the Spirit, Ruah HaKodesh.
There you are to erect an altar to Adonai your God, an altar made of stones. You are not to use any iron tool on them, 6 but are to build the altar of Adonai your God of uncut stones; and you are to offer burnt offerings on it to Adonai your God. 7 Also you are to sacrifice peace offerings, eat there and be joyful in the presence of Adonai your God. Deut. 27:5-7
Altar is a living thing. YHWH has made it out of living stones. He does not ask permission to build His altar, but seeks pure hearted servants who are willing to be used. Altar is not bound to a physical place. It is a holy place He is manifesting! It is established in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) upon the earth. It is connected to His anointed ones, His set-apart servants. It is movable and following His set-apart servants. It is not a materialistic thing, but a spiritual thing. It is following His anointed divinely chosen and ordained servants. Altar of YHWH is involved in their ministry and revealing itself by fire and glory. It is born out of the Father.
I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. Rom. 12:1
His altar is kadosh (holy). His presence appears there. You will notice His altar by the holy fire burning upon that altar. Holy fire both burns away things He is not pleased with and blesses us over our imagination. That altar is not to be drawn near without respect and reverence. Those who have a pure heart will see HIM (Math.5:8). Without purity we are not able to see Him and what He is doing. Without purity we are not able to walk in the spirit. Without purity we are not able to hear Him speaking. Without purity we are not building His Kingdom.
Purity is one of the most important things in our lives. Let us work for our purity and holiness by repenting from all kind of unholy habits, heart`s wickedness and unclean motives, in the Mighty Name of Yeshua! We can never highlight repentance too much!
I have also sent you all my servants the prophets, sent them frequently, with the message, “Every one of you should turn back now from his evil way, improve your actions and not follow other gods in order to serve them. Then you will live in the land I gave you and your ancestors. Jer.35:15
Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place? Those with clean hands and pure hearts, who don’t make vanities the purpose of their lives or swear oaths just to deceive. Ps.24:3,4 How good God is to Isra’el, to those who are pure in heart! Ps.71:1
Man-made altars vs. spiritual altars
Flesh loves religion, because then God is in a box. Flesh desires to have a religion. Flesh enjoys having fruitless religious discussions, without any personal relationship with the Creator. When believers remain in the flesh, religion is built before or later. Religiosity can be found in almost every denomination. The question is, what kingdom are they building? The kingdom of YHWH or their own Babylon with mixture of God`s name without His true power?
Spiritual altar is not an altar we are bowing below in a church, but a spiritual altar is a spiritual place, where YHWH reveals Himself. It is all about a Ruach-born (Spirit-born) thing. YHWH establishes an altar by His fire where the Fivefold ministers of His Kingdom serves Him in Holiness and Purity. To start a congregation or a church is not a guarantee of His altar being involved.
Many Christian churches and denominations has been started without any commandment from Our Heavenly Father. Ruach has not been breathing out those churches. Those has been born out of the religious mind and fleshly ideas to do something spiritual in the name of God. Often it is an unclean desire of the leaders to be somebody, shining as stars before men. There is sometimes also willingness to reign and rule over others. But congregation is not a man-made thing, but it should be a God-made thing. Just starting a congregation does not make the thing holy. There needs to be a heavenly commandment and call to build an assembly for YHWH.
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely. James 3:1
Isn’t my word like fire, asks Adonai, like a hammer shattering rocks? So, I am against the prophets, says Adonai, who steal my words from each other. Yes, I am against the prophets, says Adonai, who speak their own words, then add, ‘He says.` Jer. 23:29-31
Reverence & Submission
Submission requires respect. And respect requires humility. And humility comes out of purity and the right character. Reverence & Respect towards his servants are raised from the fear of YHWH. That is a deep reverence, not the spirit of fear. That is understanding His Kingdom rules of leadership. How He is organizing everything in His Kingdom by divine orders.
Our submission is one of the most important thing towards an altar. To be submissive to YHWH`s altar requires that you have understand the importance of an altar. You are not able to be submissive if you do not understand the substance of an altar. Submission means that the altar has a permission to speak to your life, and you will receive it.
To be connected to Yahweh`s Living Altar you are to sacrifice upon it. Sacrifices connect you with the source of the altar`s Initiator. Through your offerings you connect with something bigger, making YHWH your source of life. We are not living out of the principles and rules of this world, but out of the principles and rules of His Heavenly Kingdom. By prioritizing His Kingdom, you will seek it first!
Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Math.6:33
The right priorities cause willingness to offer. We are the living sacrifices, He wants. Understand this right now! When you have understood the powerful facts of His altar and how is it working, then you should be willing to make a sacrifice. The greatest sacrifice you can give, is yourself. YHWH is willing to get your heart. He is interested of you! He wants to see, if you are willing to sow your life into His Kingdom, without reservations. He is willing to get a greatest sacrifice, you can give; your life and heart out of pure love to HIM. That is the greatest sacrifice. Everybody can give an offering in between times, that does not even require a heart. But totally different issue is losing and sowing your life for the bigger purpose. Out of that submission you will understand that you do not have nothing that YHWH has not given to you! When you have given yourself, you do not have any problem to give what you have! That is not even a big deal for you!
Tithing, and giving in general, is not a money issue, it is actually about the HEART! The condition of our hearts will always manifest in the way we give, as Archbishop Dominiquae says in her excellent teaching about tithing and finances.
She continues: “Whatever you value, whatever you LOVE, you will spend your money on. For example, if you treasure family time, you will spend your money on family and family vacations. If you love fashion, you will spend your money on clothing. If you love missions or if you love Israel you will spend your money for those causes and so on. The way you spend your money denotes the condition of your heart.” Read more, click here.
Whoever finds his own life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for my sake will find it. Math. 10:39
Kingdom Principle of giving is this: You receive the spiritual blessing and seed from us and we receive the material blessing and seed from you according to 1. Cor 9:11: If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?
Yahweh will provide you with every gracious gift in abundance, so that always in every way you will have all you need yourselves and be able to provide abundantly for every good cause. 2. Cor. 9:8
Altar is an amazing thing. When you have reverence and submission to it, are connected and make sacrifices on it, YHWH serves you mightily through it. That is a place of miracles and breakthroughs. Everything can be given to you through His altar. It is a spiritual place your needs are filled and your spiritual desires towards God are fulfilled.
by Prophet Sanna Enroos