A Tongue of Gold

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“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

This passage (or pericope?) retraces the Covenant pattern, which is also played out in the flow of the history of Israel. We’ll have a look at the structure of the passage and then I want to discuss the significance of the literary placement of “every tongue.”

WARNING: Weird ahead.

TRANSCENDENCE
Day 1 – Mind of God/Robbery from God (Genesis)
HIERARCHY
Day 2 – Bondservant (Exodus)
ETHICS
Day 3 – Leviticus – Obedience to death (Law given)
…….Day 4 – Numbers – Exaltation (Law opened)
Day 5 – Deuteronomy – Investiture (Law received)
SANCTIONS (OATH)
Day 6 – Every tongue (Joshua)
SUCCESSION
Day 7 – The Father’s Glory (Judges – Rule)

The cycle begins with the Son’s rest in the Father (Sabbath), and His delegation as our Passover.  Leviticus concerns the ascension offering, the Firstfruits Man. Numbers is a book of Testing in the wilderness, with Israel as stars, ruling lights, in the darkness. It’s a book-long Pentecost, as the Law is “opened” upon Israel, threshing out the unfaithful.

What is the importance of the strange phrase at “Trumpets“? Heaven, Land, and under Land (Sea) is an allusion to Exodus 20:4: …

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

These are the three levels of the cosmic Temple, miniatures of which were the ark of Noah and the Tabernacle of Moses. What was the context of Exodus 20:4? Recreations of the Creation in precious metals as false doorways to God, Mediators. Day 5 summons a New Israel, the purified Resurrection Body, in whom is no guile.

The context of the passage is first century, a new three-decker Temple, so now it was

angels, (Heaven)
Jews (Land)
and Gentiles (Sea)

This is exactly as it was after Jesus’ birth: angels, shepherds, wise men.

There was plenty of bronze, silver and gold in the Tabernacle and Temple, but mediation for the nation was by flesh and blood: the animals and the Man of Day 6. Day 6 concerns her Covenant oath: Sanctions.

The Bridal Response

This is where the “tongue” comes in, and the Bible Matrix enables us to line up and verify (systematic typology) things that would be invisible otherwise. At Step 6, Conquest, Atonement (coverings), we have the High Priest, the Covenant Oath, we have the Lord requesting a “confession” from Adam (and later from Cain). Then we have God scattering the tongues at Babel, and Achan’s stealing of devoted plunder — literally a “tongue” of gold (Joshua 7:21, 24, with 200 shekels of silver and a Babylonian robe) — from Jericho, a city “devoted” to God as Firstfruits of the Land. In the Revelation, the “loud voice” appears at Step 6 frequently. So does the image of Jesus with the sword coming from His mouth.

At each stage of maturity, and indeed every week in our worship, God requires a “unity of tongue” before He will allow us to enter into His rest (Booths).

“Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued…”

Just as there was an empowering “unity of lip” at Babel (for evil), so there was no double-mindedness in Christ. He possessed “integrity of tongue,” that is, no serpentine guile. He sent His Spirit who enabled a unity of confession in the Firstfruits Church so that nothing could be withheld from her (John 17). It was impossible for the elect, Greater Eve, to be deceived by the promises of the false prophets of post-Pentecostal Judaism. Silver is bridal, but the silver bride is united, integrated, in her golden tongue.

Tongue and Robe

At the old Pentecost, Israel was punished. 3000 perished after drinking gold (the powdered idol). We see the same thing in Adam, who listened to the “golden tongue” of the “shining one,” the false Lampstand/Law in the Garden. Adam stole from God. Symbolically, he hid the (false) tongue of gold and the (Babelic) robe of a false unity, a false kingdom.

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.”

Achan’s tongue and robe are false Word and stolen Government, with the rebellious Man unwilling to be Sacrament (Mediator-Veil) in between. At Pentecost, it is the fiery tongue of Moses/the Law executing the Sanctions upon Israel and purifying her. At Atonement, it is the fiery tongues of a newly-purified, newly robed (baptized) Israel executing the Sanctions upon the nations. [1] As with all prophets, all mediators, Israel gets tongue-lashed in the wilderness, then Israel becomes the tongue-lasher in the Land. Revelation pictures the apostolic witness as fire coming from holy warriors. The fiery tongues of Pentecost were always a warning of greater fires to come. Word, Sacrament (martyrdom), Government.

We see this in Israel, over and again, and finally in the first century: the Herodian line—the “Man of sin”—manufacturing their own Pentecost. It was the celebration in 64 of the completion of the gilded Temple, an image of the beast crafted by Aaron, an idol which was miraculously made to speak with golden tongue. Judaizers of all stripes became the line of Achan. They had to be executed under the Covenant curses for the conquest of the Church to continue. The context of the Revelation is Mosaic.

Every Knee

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

The idea of a golden tongue is related to holiness. Gold is the holiest metal. It is pliable, heavy (“glorious”), and it doesn’t corrode. Holiness is the only thing which brings true unity, true integrity, a correspondence between confession and life. It seems the tongue of gold and the Babylonian robe are symbols of a unity manufactured without reference to God—the kingdoms of the world for the price of the knee bowed to Satan.

Unclean Lips

The golden “tongues of fire” of the prophets and of the apostolic church correspond to the purifying coal of fire on the lips of the prophet. Such coals were used to set “devoted” cities alight in holy war. The “raw” Isaiah represents the Firstfruits of an Israel who has not kept her vow. By the Spirit, he becomes a human “fiery one” (seraphim) come to wage holy war against a city robed as Babel who has falsified her Covenant oath. Hers is not the unity of the Holy Spirit. Revelation is the story of the apostolic holy war against an Israel united, “drinking into”, the wrong spirit.

Tabernacle Tongues

So, we have the relationship of the “tongue of gold” to the Covenant process. It is the Law of God coming out of our mouths as purified and glorified (metal) men and women, [2] or it is the Word of God manipulated into an idol that cannot speak, cannot bring death to the flesh. How does this apply to us today?

The ministry of the Church post AD70 is to conquer the World in the way the apostles conquered the Land, uniting all nations in a single “Covenantal” confession of faith. How can we carry this out when the Church herself is so divided?

The execution of the Sanctions upon Israel divided those who kept the vow from those who didn’t. It could only bring death, constant division, whittling Israel down to the family of Achan. The New Covenant has better promises. The only possible “united nations” is under the gospel, the good news of Christ. Our salvation rests in the fact that Jesus kept the Covenant oath (His mission in Philippians 2:5-11) on our behalf, and thus we can go and do likewise—in the power of the Spirit.

Pentecostal (international) unity is Jesus’ “tongue of gold”, a spring which can only bring forth blessing upon the elect of God (James 3:12; Numbers 22:18 ). The fiery tongue has only blessing for the Church because He took the curse. Now we are to be blessing the nations with the gospel, taking the curse as a witness to them. We need no Babelic tongue of gold because we are tongues of gold, the new cosmic language, calling a new world out of the grave. [3]

“Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more.’”

A World of Iniquity

Finally, what is the significance of the placement of “every tongue” in the literary structure of Philippians 2:5-11?

In the end, through the witness of the saints, no one will be able to deny the faithfulness of Jesus Christ the righteous. Every tongue — every language — will confess that He is Lord. The scarlet Veil of Babylon (the long list of man’s “-isms”) will be torn away forever and the seamless robe of Christ will be the unity of all nations.

The context of Jesus’ words is always Covenantal:

“The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

And so is the context of James’ warnings concerning the tongue:

“See how great a forest a little fire kindles!”

A bridled tongue is a circumcised tongue, a bound sacrifice. We mortify our tongues from cursing our brethren that they might only bless, only bring new life. Sometimes hard words are necessary, but the motive is always love.

New Israel’s faithfulness to her Covenant oath under Joshua is a glossy “golden tongue” that quite literally sets the world on fire. [4]

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[1] See Bible Matrix II: The Covenant Key p.195 for a diagram demonstrating how the 5-fold Pentateuch relates to the 7-fold Dominion pattern — and also how this sets the pattern for the Canon being completed before AD70!
[2] See Metal Man.
[3] See Cosmic Language.
[4] See Bible Matrix II: The Covenant Key concerning the “liberating curse.”

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2 Responses to “A Tongue of Gold”

  • Ethan Russell Says:

    ‘By the Spirit, he becomes a human “fiery one” (seraphim) come to wage holy war against a city robed as Babel who has falsified her Covenant oath. Hers is not the unity of the Holy Spirit.’

    Reminds me of the wayward wife who feigns piety and calls in the fool saying she has purified herself.

    Is this a solid connection here with “brazen face” and “sounding brass or a clanging cymbal”?

    13 So she seizes him and kisses him
    And with a BRAZEN face she says to him:
    14 “I was due to offer peace offerings;
    Today I have paid my vows.
    15 “Therefore I have come out to meet you,
    To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.
    16 “I have spread my couch with COVERINGS,
    With colored linens of Egypt.

    Every time the world pursues peace without God disaster ensues.

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Interesting. I would say a “brazen” face would be more like a shield — a bold-faced lie. When Solomon’s golden shields were taken by Egyptian invaders, they were replaced with bronze look-alikes. Bronze seems to be “natural” (earthy) and gold “spiritual” (heavenly).