The Holy One of Israel Banner.
…I saw a rainbow the day the Lord revealed to me what was on His heart for this banner. The rainbow I saw was like looking at it so you could see the colours vertically in the colour spectrum, not a horizontal bow shape like usual. They also had a shimmering quality to them, like looking through a heat haze…
I saw this as I was driving and actually was driving into the end of the rainbow! (at least that was what it felt like!) I knew the Lord was showing me His Holiness is like ALL colours imaginable, not just the colours we can visibly see. The key here is that His Holiness is seen, yet unseen. So the colours were there in the rainbow, yet I could see behind them and see the landscape and trees etc through the colours, as if the colours were OVERLAID over it all. The shimmering, heat haze quality I could see that day was evocative of a hidden power or strength, only seen or experienced / sensed as you get right up close…
I continued to pray into this colour and shimmering idea some more, as God has been revealing a lot to me this year regarding colour and sound. The concept I believed God showed me was that HIS HOLINESS is colourful and BEAUTIFUL like the scripture says to:
Worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Ps 96
This made me realise maybe the shimmering quality I could see, was actually me trembling before HIS HOLINESS and not the colour shimmering at all! What a revelation and sense of awesome fear this thought brought to me!
As I continued to pray into this banner I became aware of particular aspects of God’s character which stood out much more than they ever had before. Aspects of God’s Holiness, which became much more significant: it was colourful, it was beautiful, supernaturally so, it made me tremble with fear, it was transparent and able to be applied over anything, it has power and strength, it is able to be seen yet still be unseen….
So I began the banner and struggled to complete it, it sat on my worktable for a few weeks, I even completed another banner in the middle of making this banner, (mmm…maybe that other banner begins and ends with His Holiness?..) it felt like such a struggle , then finally I had completed it! Yay, or so I thought! Yet, I knew it wasn’t right. I completed it, steamed washed etc, and even now it sits on my sewing table, incomplete as I knew it was, something was missing, so I waited and waited.
Shortly after this, I held a banner making workshop in Romsey, and the Lord showed that for the worship on Friday night we were to celebrate the Sabbath feast and to dance at the foot of His Holy Mountain. It was wonderful, yet I knew we would journey to the top and see God face to face…
As we soaked and sought God for designs and revelation for the banners he showed me a picture of His hand, on it written clearly in Hebrew was The Holy One of Israel, as I watched this picture, the hand faded into nothing and what was left were His fingerprints… and His name… as I prayed into this some more, then and the following week the Lord showed me HOW PERSONAL HIS HOLINESS IS TO HIM! Just so uniquely God, just like a fingerprint is so uniquely ours and ours alone.
It is this Holiness which transcends every other religion and it’s ‘idea’ of holiness. Nothing else comes close to this Holiness which only the Lord Almighty as the Holy One of Israel carries, because of Jesus’ obedience to death on the cross. Our Redeemer—the LORD Almighty is his name— is the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 47:4
The Lord showed me the name “the Holy One of Israel” was such a PERSONAL HOLINESS, it is as if this aspect of God carries so much more weight than the concept of holiness as applied to just anything.
In the OT in Exodus 29, the Lord instructs Moses to anoint Aaron and his sons and their clothes with anointing oil and the blood of the sacrifice which will ‘consecrate’ them (Ex 29:19-21) in other words set them apart as special and holy to the Lord.
It is interesting to note that there are many THINGS which are able to; by a certain process or act, be made HOLY TO THE LORD. The ephod, the priests clothes, people’s homes, the sacrificial goat for Yom Kippur, the Temple was Holy as were all the objects associated with it…the list goes on.
What I understood God showing me, was that GOD’S PERSONAL HOLINESS is brought from heaven into the earth realm by the use of HIS NAME : “THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL”. In Old Testament ideas the focus of Holiness (qadosh) is upon God. He is holy (Ps. 99:9); His name is holy (Ps. 99:3; 111:9) and may not be profaned (Lev. 20:3). Since God exists in the realm of the holy (heaven) rather than the profane, all that pertains to Him must come into that same realm of holiness. This involves time, space, objects, and people. But by the use of HIS NAME as the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, God descends in HIS PERSONAL HOLINESS to the earth realm and affects all around with HIS PERSONAL HOLINESS. It is to do with visitation / dwelling place of God.
The difference between Holiness and the Holy one of Israel, has to do with the descent, from heaven of God, into our space (visitation) by the Holy One of Israel which affects us in such a dramatic way, as if the very hand of God is upon us… but we must be of the attitude which allows God to affect us in this way. We can understand holiness, yet never really allow God to affect us with HIS PERSONAL HOLINESS in such a life transforming way.
The NT allows us to enter into the Holiness of God through the cross of Christ. Hebrews also emphasizes certain aspects of sanctification. Sanctification/holiness is to be pursued as an essential aspect of the believer’s life (Heb. 12:14); the blood of sanctification must not be defiled by sinful conduct (10:26-31). Believer’s need to make a commitment to holy living (Rom. 6:19-22; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; 2 Cor. 7:1) and require the enabling power of God for it (1 Thess. 3:13; 4:8).
Even with this knowledge from the Word of God, this sense of God having a personal Holiness which we must allow Him to affect us with, is about obedience in allowing Him to dwell with us (His dwelling place) so personally we can do nothing but become Holy because of HIS personal manifestation as the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL in our very beings / lives. Isaiah used the term HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL over 25 times in the OT, we know Isaiah had a startling relationship with the Lord, beginning with God opening his eyes and ears! I would say Isaiah had a very personal relationship, and had allowed God to invade his space with God’s own Personal Holiness.
In the OT also there is a commandment of Leviticus 11:44; 4I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.
This banner is also about having the hand of God upon us which enables us to action, for His cause. There are over 35 references to the hand of God or the hand of the Lord in the Bible.
The Hand of the Lord when on us, causes us to succumb to the fear of the lord, yet it gives us courage, makes us leaders, it gives us unity of mind, and it can strike us. From this place we are humbled, obedient and enabled by God’s power to enact that which he calls us to. It is a humbling reminder that God has reached down from heaven to earth and chosen man to do His will on earth…
The scriptures on this banner are:
so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Our Redeemer—the LORD Almighty is his name— is the Holy One of Israel.
I believe the Lord gave me these passages for this banner, as they speak of God’s character and our response to this aspect of His character. He is creator, He is the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, He is our redeemer, the Lord Almighty. Our response is to rejoice and glory in who He is as the HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.