“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” – Isaiah 6:1
The death of king Uzziah is a significant precursor to Isaiah’s awesome experience. You can read about Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26. He had controlled the nation economically and politically but he was unsatisfied and wanted to run the temple as well. But he was struck by the Lord. Uzziah in his pride represents that carnal man and yes he has made his way even into the church system, teaching and preaching. Read the seven churches in Revelation and you will see him manifested in various forms. But when Uzziah dies, Isaiah sees the Lord sitting on His throne and the train of His robe filling the temple.
Which throne and which temple? This is not a celestial throne in heaven nor the temple in Jerusalem or a church building. God does not dwell in temples made with hands. It refers to the throne in his heart and the temple that is his body. “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…” (1 Cornth. 6:19). Heaven is not some geographic or astral location, it’s the realm where God is. Heaven is a state of being where we become God conscious. So if God is in you and me, then heaven is near. Paul says we are seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:6). Already, not one day going to. “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. (Heb12:22).
Uzziah represents the Adamic nature which resides in each man, yes even in those who are redeemed and have yet to press on to regeneration in their experience. Adama is that one who is religious and in his misguided zeal even offers to God worship and prayer; soulish worship and soulish prayer. Worship centred on external activity and emotionalism and prayer heavily positioned on self and often, if not always, involving only him talking. But like Isaiah’s experience, when Adam dies and Christ is manifest and takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts and fills this temple, all that we are and do becomes rooted in the One: Christ. Only then will worship be genuine; in spirit and in truth. “For the Father seeks such to worship Him.” (John 4:23). The Father is not seeking worship, per say, in the form of songs and lifted hands, He is seeking worshipers. This points to being and nature. Whatever does not emanate from the indwelling Christ is a counterfeit and has no value before the Father, call it worship or prayer.
When we come to the measure the stature the fullness of Christ, our very life becomes worship. Jesus Christ in His earthly ministry operated out of this fullness. He didn’t offer healing, He was healing. He ministered not in the gifts of the spirit but in the fullness of the seven Spirits of God. “These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God” (Rev. 3:1). The gifts of the Spirit are in part: “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away” (1 Cornth. 13:9-10). Christ in the fullness of the seven Spirits of God is ‘that which is perfect.’ That’s why Jesus Christ never uttered a word that did not produce or prayed for a healing that did not manifest. He operated out of fullness: “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God: for God does not give the Spirit by measure unto Him.” (John 3:34). We too are called to this quality of God life.
In Isiaha’s experience, after the Lord was lifted up and took His rightful place on the throne, a commissioning came. When Christ manifests in His fullness, we too will hear the voice of commissioning and we will answer the call of the Lord and carry it out with great effect. “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God…because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:19, 21). This commission reaches not just to all men but extends even to creation until God becomes All in All (1 Cornth. 15:28, Eph. 1:10). Glory! How ill equipped we are in our humanity, in our Adamic consciousness and in the realm of Pentecost; the in-part, to fulfill this commission. But Christ manifested in a many membered body can and He will.
It’s important to note how Uzziah is driven out from the temple and how he dies. Eight priests were unable to keep him from burning incense (trespassing to carry out religious practice, the absurdity) but as soon as the leprosy came on him, he himself was eager to leave the temple. He dies isolated and a leper by the Lord’s doing. In us too, the death of this carnal man comes by the hand of the Lord, it’s not by our own effort and zeal. “For if you live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom. 8:13). It’s not by might nor by power but by His Spirit.