THE EPHOD

ISRAEL

The Ephod could only be worn by the High Priest of the Lord God.  It signified the authority, power, and anointing that God had placed upon the one who wore it.  It was also seamless, however it was of two pieces (front & back) and it was sleeveless. It was a cunning work and was made of Gold (real), Blue, Purple, Scarlet, and fine linen.

GOLD...the gold that was used was that of real gold thereby signifying the reality of God.  It speaks of the nature of God, His deity, and His glory.  Pure gold comes as a result of fire, and God is a consuming fire, therefore His nature cannot be altered nor affected.  The nature of gold cannot be altered by the air, nor can it be altered if it is buried in the ground.  Gold signifies a substance that is rich beyond measure, changeless through a purified state which cannot be altered.  It also bespeaks of a God kind of faith.

BLUE...this color always speaks of Grace, Divinity, and Anointing.  Gold and Blue intertwined together reveals the unification of Deity and Divinity.  Blue also bespeaks of INFINITE GRACE!!!  Something that is without ending and given without merit.  When we look to the heavens, we see them spread with blue and we cannot see where they begin, nor where they end.  As we behold the sunset in the evening time, we see the handiwork of God subtlety revealing the unity of Gold (His Nature & Deity) and Blue (His Divinity & Grace).

SCARLET...is the color which signifies the man/Adam of the earth.  It bespeaks of man and the earth being as one, for man came from the dust of the ground.  Scarlet is also a declaration of the love of God which brought forth the eternal sacrifice of blood which would unite God and man once again. 

PURPLE...is a blending of the colors of blue (divinity) and red (man) and spoke of God and man coming together once again.  It was the color which denoted Kingship, Royalty, and Redemption. 

WHITE…always represents holiness, purity, and righteousness and represented how the one wearing it stood before the Lord.  It spoke of the work that was coming and was to come through the ministry.

The Ephod was made the same way as the Veil in the Tabernacle which was unrendable.  All of the colors were interwoven together, yet each color was very apparent.  This garment verified the authority and anointing of the one which wore it. 

According to folklore, the High Priest would turn one way, it would be solid blue; another way, it was solid red; another, it was solid purple, another it would be solid gold; and another way it was white according to different times of the day.   As the sun would reach the high noon and be directly overhead, this ephod would illuminate all of the colors in it at once and it truly was a garment of glory and of beauty.

This garment was only worn by the High Priest and spoke of the Most Holy Place which could only be entered by the High Priest.  It represented both judgment and resurrection.  It was the first of four pieces (cross) of the vesture (outer garment) and spoke of a gathering together (culmination) of all things. This outer vesture consisted of: The Ephod, The Breastplate, The Shoulder Stones & The Curious Girdle and was worn over the Robe of the Ephod.  The EPHOD was worn by Aaron (Priest), Samuel (Prophet), and David (King). (Exodus 28; 1 Samuel 2:18; 2 Samuel 6:14).It bespeaks that Eph. 4:12 is being restored and fulfilled in the Church! (See below)

JESUS (The Life)

In the Lord Jesus Christ was the culmination of all things and full representation of God and man. In Jesus, Gold(Deity), Blue (Grace/Divinity) came together in one man and the Red (Blood/Love) was poured out upon the earth bringing man out of his fallen state redeeming Purple (Redemption/Royalty) him back to God thereby imputing White (Righteousness/Holiness/Purity) to him. "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Corintians 2:7-9

Although Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, he humbled himself and became a man and came to serve and not be served.  He established the true role of ministry and walked in the King/Priest anointing.  "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Phillipians 2:6-11

As the Great High Priest of the Lord, Jesus took his own blood and presented it to the Father and sprinkled the mercy seat ONCE for ALL!  Never again was there to be another sacrifice.  He has obtained a more excellent ministry and is the mediator of a new covenant forever sealed by His blood and Spirit. "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.  Hebrews 9:24-26

     "(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) Hebrews 7:21

GOLD:  Jesus was fully vested with the nature of God  He was God in the flesh! "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  2Corinthians 5:19

BLUE:  He was grace personified and it is through Him that we are saved!  He was anointed to destroy the works of the devil. "And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  John 1:16-17

     "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  Hebrews 1:9

     "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.  Acts 10:38

SCARLET:  He was a man full of love and compassion for all who were under sin and was their eternal sacrifice.  In Psalms 22:6, he describes himself as a worm!  This word worm is 'lowla'.  In the nation of Israel, the blood of the Lowla worm was used to dye fabric and used in cosmetics.  The blood was scarlet in color and once applied to something, it would not come off.  It permanently changed the original state of whatever it touched. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

     "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

     "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

     "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  1John 2:2

PURPLE:  The Redeemer and mediator of all mankind.  Royalty and redemption was wrought in the bringing together of divinity (blue) and man (red).  "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Timothy I 2:5

     "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Hebrews 8:6

     "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  Hebrews 9:15

     "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.  Revelation 17:14

     "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Hebrews 1:8

WHITE:  Jesus was holy, righteous, and pure.  He was the spotless lamb of God. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1Corinthians 1:30

     "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1John 2:1

     "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

     "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  1Peter 1:19

CHURCH

Jesus is our Great High Priest and we are now kings and priests unto our God.  Because the veil of temple has been rent, we can now go into the Holy of Holies and proceed to the throne of grace.  Jesus is not only our Ephod, but He has clothed us with the Ephod, giving us full authority before the throne.  REDEMPTION:  We are now back in fellowship with God, The divine (BLUE) touched the sin (SCARLET) and brought forth the redemption (PURPLE). Our garments are now fine linen (WHITE) which has the Godhead/Divine Nature (GOLD) intertwined with the fabric. Rev. 7:14Jesus is our Great High Priest (Heb. 4;15-16) who is interceding for us and was tempted in all points even as we are. (Heb. 2:18) Jesus, our mediator, was one with the Father (Gold).  Jesus (Blue) the eternal Godman, has commissioned us as the redeemed (Purple) to mediate between the gospel and the world (Scarlet) as seen in Mark 16:14-20; Matt. 28:16-20; & Luke 24:44-53.  Just as the Ephod was two pieces and yet one, so we are one with Him. (See John 17). We are to walk in: FINE LINEN........Purity, Righteousness, & Holiness with: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  2Corinthians 5:21     "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24

      "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Revelation 7:14

     "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.  Hebrews 10:14

GOLD...............Sonship, Wisdom, Faith Tested by Fire     "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  Revelation 3:18

     "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Peter 1:7

BLUE................Grace, Anointing of the Holy Spirit "Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  2Corinthians 1:21

PURPLE...........Authority, Prayer, Kingship, Royalty  "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  1Peter 2:9

     "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  Revelation 1:6

SCARLET.........Love, Blood (Cleansing)  "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1John 1:7

     "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  1John 2:5      "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Ephesians 4:12-13

The Linen Breeches, Linen Coat, and the Robe of the Ephod were put on before the Ephod could be put on.  In the restoration of the Church and the foundational principles of Hebrews 6:1-2.

The Linen Coat was put back on with Martin Luther (repentance and faith).  Then came the Robe of the Ephod with John Wesley & others (baptisms and laying on of hands).  The Ephod is 1950 to the present time (resurrection & judgment).