Author: Clara Huset
Many people of the Christian church see the use of incense as a part of various occults practices, the Buddhist, or New Age movements and not to be a part of the Christian church.
Why did the Holy Bible scriptures I found referred to the incense as Holy? Has the Christian church missed something? What was the truth? Who was right?
I decided to find out. In my search the first thing I did was go to a Bible computer program and put in the word “incense”. I was amazed to see there were 132 references in the scriptures to incense. As I glanced over them I noticed they all seemed to refer to idols of the day. This seemed to go to the side of the people believing the incense were not for the Church. But then I felt a prompting to look further.
I decided to print in order all of the scriptures on incense so I could really look at them. As I read down the page an amazing fact jumped out at me. The vast majority of them were telling how not to use the incense. They were showing how the incense was being used in the wrong way. They also told the consequences of using the incense the wrong way was to cause God’s wrath to come upon us. This really caught my attention so I looked further. Here are just a couple verses I found:
Leviticus 10: 1 – 2 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He (God) had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
I King 22: 43, 50 – 53 …..and he (Jehoshaphat) walked in all the ways of his father Asa. He did not turn aside from them, doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord, Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for the people offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places……
(The high places were where the people who worshiped other gods would burn incense to those gods.)
Here is God’s response –
What about room fragrance? Use those things which are not incense for the purpose of fragrances. Use sprays, perfumes, essential oils even. But stop using His Holy Incense.
Example: Would we use the baptism tank at the church for a bathtub? How about the church for a nightclub during the week with all the drinking and drugging that goes on? This may sound extreme and I may be stepping on some toes. But please hear my heart. Through this study I have found God’s things are Holy. Our ways are not His Ways. Until we separate ourselves and begin to walk in Holiness we cannot come into a deep intimacy with Him.
Isaiah 55:8-9For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thought than your thoughts.
So what does the incense truly represent? Here are the Bible scriptures the Lord led me to.
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors (incense), which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer [it] with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
What happens when we use the Incense the right way? Remember our Strong’s definition:
Incense: Strong’s # 6999 – Fumigation in a close place and perhaps thus driving out the occupants.
Types of Incense:
a) Frankincense: used for the sin offerings
b) Hyssop: used for the sin offerings
c) Rose of Sharon: fragrant of our Lord
d) Cedar: woods used in the temple
e) Pine: woods used in the temple
f) Cinnamon: purity of the Bride of Christ
I don’t know about you but I think I have found my answer.
Blessings to each of you.
About the Author:
Since Clara’s learning about the Anointing Oils and incense of the Christian church she continues to study and teach on their various uses. To help others in their research she continues to write articles for more in depth Christian Bible Study for those who wish to study deeper into this topic.
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