What are Kingly Garments? In order to answer that I will need to explain the difference between ministering as a priest and ministering as a king (and of course, they overlap.). When we dance as priests for the Lord, or as some call it "liturgical" dancing, we are ministering in the capacity of priests. Priest means "bridge." As a ministers of the Gospel in priestly format, we are bridging the people to God. We lead the people in praise and worship to the Lord. We prepare the atmosphere for worship and we prepare the people to receive from God. Then we lead them in worship in the throne room. We also dance our dances to bring the people to repentance and salvation. We dance as priests to bring peace and hope. We dance our dances to change the atmosphere, and to bring the presence of the Lord to the people so that they may experience His holiness and be drawn to Him. We do all of these things as priests of the Lord.
But we are not just priests. We are also kings. I Peter 2:9 says that we are a
"chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God" and that we declare "the praises of him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light." Romas 8:17 says, "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ..." Rev. 1:6 says, "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;" Rev. 5:10 says, "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." In our authority as kings, we bind the enemy and set the captives free. By using our kingly authority, we truly minister prophetically to the people.
(By the way, also, take note that the High Priest's garments were very elaborate, lovely, and expensive.)
Now let us look at a king's garments as described in the scriptures.
Judges 8:26 ... not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings....
II Sam. 13:18 She was wearing a richly ornamented robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.
Psalm 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel...
Esther 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear...
Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple
Luke 7:25 ...Behold, they which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in king's courts.
So we understand that the kings, their families, and their representatives were all clothed in royal apparel. As prophetic people ministering in dance, we use our garments to speak a message to the people and into the spirit realm.
When we are doing warfare, we will attire ourselves in "strong" clothing. We may use black; we may use camouflage; we may even choose royal colors and fabric choices. When we are ministering deliverance, we may choose red garments identifying with the blood, or perhaps wear green identifying with healing. Our kingly garments are bright and colorful, quite often with sequins and sparkling trim.
Our kingly garments are different because the message of a king is different. A king has dominion and authority. As believers, we all have dominion and authority over the enemy. As prophetic dancers we dress and represent in the natural what we want to convey in the spirit realm. Please see my link on the Meaning of Colors.
We should treat our kingly ministry garments with respect.
We should never treat them with disrespect such as throwing them on the floor (even when dirty) or letting them get soiled and stay soiled. We should treat them gently and lovingly when we wash them, and even wash them separately from other garments; again, treating them as holy unto the Lord. We should mend them carefully and promptly and set them aside in a special place or garment bag, protected until our next ministry appointment.
As much as is possible, we should not wear them outside of ministry. This includes in the car to and from ministry. I believe this is wisdom in several areas: Why would we want to be seen in public dressed the way we dress for ministry and why would we want to lower the perception of our garments to everyday wear? Why would we want to drag our skirts across the car seat or through the parking lot? Okay, well, we also have to realize that this cannot become bondage and we live in the real world! There are situations where you will have to wear certain garments to your ministry location and then add to or modify them when you dance. However, just remember your ministry garments are ministry garments and they should be treated as holy and set apart for God.
When we are transporting our ministry garments, they should be properly protected from coming into contact with the elements. If you do not have a garment bag, then at least hang your garments covered with plastic bag from a dry cleaner or fold them neatly and place them in a bag or box.
Copyright by Jeanine Lynch, owner Judah Dancewear
She was wearing a richly ornamented robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.
II Samuel 13:18
All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in the king's courts...