The Crown of the High Priest Foreshadowed...
"When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little (while) lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet; all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the sea. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth."
We may, like the psalmist, wonder... "What is man? Why is God interested in sinful mankind?" Note, that God is not only concerned about man, but He has made ‘all things’ to be subject and lower in importance to mankind. We are a "‘little’ (word indicates talking of time, not distance) lower than the angels." Mankind has been crowned with glory and honor by the Lord. God has stationed mankind very high in this creation.
‘Crowned’ means that authority, ability to rule, and to lead... has been given mankind. God has placed all of creation in Adam’s dominion. Adam was king of the earth and his crown was the glory of God. Something spoiled Adam’s place, satan took the crown that belonged to Adam. The moment Adam failed, he committed high treason against God, and satan became the ‘god of this world’. (II Corinthians 4:4).
"Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods.?"
This is a quote from Psalms 82:6
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High."
It is not that we are equal with God, but we are created to be ‘sons of God’, children of God, and as His children, we have a godly nature, glory, and authority. We live far below our privileges, and many have lost our crowns.
Job felt stripped of his crown.
"He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head."
Satan tries to wear the crown meant for you and I. Jesus kept His crown... but the devil tempted Him, and attempted to get the crown of Jesus.
"The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me."
Jesus called the devil, ‘prince’ because satan wore the crown meant for man. But satan could not get the crown of Jesus. Jesus resisted the devil in the wilderness and retained His crown. Jesus had authority, dominion, and exercised such rule over sickness, elements, etc. God intends for mankind to have this authority and dominion also. Jesus is called the ‘second Adam’, for the first had lost his crown, and Jesus came and reclaimed it.
"For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying ‘What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownest him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.... that though death, He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil, and to deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage..."
Thus, Jesus came and took from the devil, the crowns he had claimed from us. We need no longer subject to death, but should be eternal beings, and should rule... being no longer in bondage.
Crowns are available to us...
"The glory that Thou gavest Me, I have given them."
The sin that took our crowns, is made nil, by Jesus Christ. If sin left your head bare of the crown, then repent, and let Jesus put the crown back upon your head.
Jesus has His crown, and offers it back to :
"All power is given Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore..."
The power and glory that Jesus exhibited in His first coming are promised to be available to us. But we ‘hold fast’ that crown... or we can be without it...
"Behold, I come quickly, hold that fast that thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
Satan wants to strip your crown from you... He will instigate men to try to get you to yield your crown.
The wise will wear the crown...
‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she (wisdom) shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."
The unwise and the unlearned will miss the crown.
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Not many talk about this crown... Some who do, pervert its teaching by ‘carnal-prosperity seeking’... Many are struggling saints, without the wisdom to wear the crown. Religious traditions, and faulty teaching, trains many saints to not wear the crown.
"Thus have ye made the commandments of God of none effect by your traditions."
Satan would like us to yield our authority and glory. Through many of the "doctrines of demons" the faith of many is simply form, ‘denying the power.’ The church of many is just cushioned pews, where ‘hearers only’ do not have training to be ‘doers of the Word." The church, without its crown, is helpless.
There is no need to stay helpless.
"For if by one man’s offence, death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ."
In heaven, all saints will finally realize that God wants them to reign. Look at the song the saints sing in heaven;
"And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God, kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth."
We are a royal priesthood... We are made priests, like unto the tribe of Levi... but we reign, like unto the tribe of Judah,... so, we are a royal priesthood. We are a priesthood, that wears a crown... The High Priest pre-figured Jesus, with a crown on the mitre... and now that Jesus has come, we can wear a crown too.
I Peter 2:5, 9
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable unto God by Jesus Christ.
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into marvelous light."
The world may call us fanatics, extremists... but we are just claiming what God wants us to have. We are a royal priesthood, and we are to be wearing the ‘crown’.
The mitre of the High Priest was linen, and rolled, or wound around the head.
"And thou shalt make the mitre of fine linen."
A golden plate (Hebrew word was ‘tzeetz’ meaning ‘flower’) was upon the mitre.
"And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave on it, like the engravings of the signet- ‘HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD’. And thou shalt put on it a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre, upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things... shall always be upon his forehead, that he may be accepted before the Lord."
The crown on the mitre represents the glory and honor and power given to the children of God. We do not deserve it, we have not earned it.. It is ours, due to the ‘holiness of the Lord.’ As High Priests, we claim the crown to wear.
In the New Jerusalem, the children of God wear the crown. For it says of such ones... ‘His name shall be in their foreheads’
(Revelation 22:4) The name on the golden plate, i.e. the crown, is God’s name.
We need to preach this as a renewed doctrine. It has been lost over the ages. We need to know there is power in the faith... we have authority over the demons, the sicknesses, the battles of life... Many have a ‘form of godliness’ but are ‘denying the power thereof..." The power and authority of Christ Jesus is offered to us... and it is our crown to wear. We are not defeated, we are beggars, fools, paupers... No, in truth, we reign. No matter what the devil throws at you, you still have that crown... Exercise your authority.... do not give the crown away.
Kings issue decrees, settle things.... bind and loose... We too can decree the will of God... and see things happen!