Jesus’ Revelations to John, apostles and His church, chapter 4

To: “His Church” People desiring to be atOne with God. Israelites Abroad. (1/26/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 20, until sunset.

Truth Gem

Many who might otherwise seek God’s truth are led to a religious comfort zones by clergy people with agendas, some deceived by denominations who make merchandise of people, some inherit positions, for others it’s a chosen feel good vocation. Generally these have two or more things in common. (1) They aren’t aware “we can’t keep pagan times and serve God” “we can’t serve two masters.” (2) They teach “folks can be saved by choice. through a methodology of steps and exercises. (3) They lean heavy toward changing popular tradition, “rather than seek the unchanging ways of God.” (4) Generally they see nothing wrong with practices what’s abominable to God, “that in part is because they don’t know, “Father and Son are as one” and in part “not knowing the Father has allocated all things to the Son.) Once led to a religious comfort zone and socializing with like minded; “ a miraculous calling is the only way out.

Six seals represent hardships caused by Satan. The fifth is the dead in Christ asking “how long? The sixth is about end age difficult times “the tribulation.” It’s time we pray for “shortening of time for the Elect’s sake.”

(Rev 7:1-8; “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, who had the seal of the living God. He shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission to damage the earth and the sea: (3) “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Now I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all the tribes of the people of Israel: (5) From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand, (6) from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand, (7) from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.”)

God’s promises to Abraham, Moses and prophets are many and perpetual. Physical Israelites will yet inhabit the territory allotted to Abraham’s descendents. Many are called to become spiritual Israelites, gifted with a circumcision of the heart. Kingdom of God established on earth with “His followers” serving with Jesus. People judged by Jesus’ word. New Jerusalem’s coming down with its twelve gates named for the twelve tribes of Israel and its twelve foundations named for Jesus’ twelve apostles. All people belonging to Jesus are spiritual Israelites and Abraham’s heirs.” (See Gal 3:29) The 144,000 are Israelites and Saints prayers remembered.

Resurrected to a spiritual life. (Rev 7:9-12; “After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (11) And all the angels stood there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground before the throne and worshiped God, saying, (“Amen! Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”)

Our Creator’s Way, characteristics, planning, righteousness, holiness and merciful, “reveals His identify in part.” God the Father and God the Son, “Jesus” are atOne. From our perspective we may say, they‘re “as One,” as a husband - wife relationship should be. (AtOne as Jesus’ relationship to His church mimics His relationship with the Father.) Thus, “Father and Son are One” “Jesus and His church are One” “Members of His church are One.” (Now we’ll see the example of His last being first as revealed to John. (Overcoming people during the turbulent tribulation are special because of their perseverance.)

Saints. (Rev 7:13-16; “Then one of the elders asked me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from?” So I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” Then He said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! (15) For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve Him day and night in His temple, and the One seated on the throne will shelter them. They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”)

Except there be repentance “likened to Nineveh’s after Jonah’s message was preached to them” a Great Tribulation period is coming on this demonically led world. We aren’t setting dates, “even if it’s two hundred plus years, that’s soon on God’s time table.” Jesus revealed to His prophets and they to us, “this world’s populous will mirror Sodom and Gomorrah’s way” before Jesus’ return. Jesus’ prophesied Great Tribulation time is punishment for disobedience to His Way and a testing time for many.

Think of Nineveh’s repentance after Jonah preached, “abominable to God and He planned their destruction. God was making the pronouncement through Jonah. (study Jonah) But the people repented and God changed His mind. (Perhaps getting His message out with much prayer, many will turn and God shorten time more than planned.) (Jesus said; “for the Elect’s sake” time will be shortened. see Matthew 24:22) In Jesus’ Revelations to John, He prophesies that worldly minded people would harden their hearts, rather than repent. Rather than turn from their evil ways. May we each turn to God and pray, “for even more shortening of the time, for the Elect‘s sake.”.

Seventh seal, Prayers of the Saints. (Rev 8:1-5; “Now when the Lamb opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel holding a golden censer came and was stationed at the altar. A large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the Saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. The smoke coming from the incense, along with the prayers of the Saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”) Seventh seal is also judgment, “foreshadowed by the seventh annual Sabbath, ‘The Last Great Day.’ Some think this is God’s releasing the warring demonic nations and John describing modern warfare. Perhaps we don’t need to take a stand on these issues. Perhaps we don’t need to understand it all.

First Angel. (Rev 8:6-7; “Now the seven angels holding the seven trumpets prepared to blow them. The first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.”)

Second Angel (8-9; “Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, and a third of the creatures living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed.”)

Third Angel. (Rev 8:10-11; “Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; it landed on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. (Now the name of the star is Wormwood.) So a third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned.”)

Fourth Angel. (Rev 8:12- “Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day and for a third of the night likewise. Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying directly overhead, proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!”) Note the division between the first four and the last three. Consider the significance of the number seven, to our Creator. Is God allowing John to visualize the effect of modern warfare?

Fifth Angel. (Rev 9:1-11; “Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star “angelic being” that had fallen from the sky to the earth, and he the star was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. He opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it like smoke from a giant furnace. The sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. Then out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power like that of the scorpions of the earth. They were told not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their forehead. The locusts were not given permission to kill them, but only to torture them for five months, and their torture was like that of a scorpion when it stings a person. In those days people will seek death, but will not be able to find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them. Now the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, and their faces looked like men’s faces. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. They have tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability to injure people for five months is in their tails. They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.” (The Hebrew Abaddon and the Greek Apollyon mean “Destroyer.”)

Some think Jesus is allowing John to see, jets, rockets etc. The angel of the abyss is likely Satan, “persons or beings he controls.” These plagues are because the world‘s god is Satan, “all but God’s Elect” are deceived. Divided by Satan and demonically led people thinking as Cain, “who said to himself, surely God will be pleased with this other way.” NOW, what if we aren’t understanding to the degree God would have us to? We have the latitude to speculate “but not to teach our speculation as truth.”

In chapter nine, “Jesus reveals that God’s Elect will be protected while many suffer five months.” The destroyer is released. “Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying directly overhead, proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!” Two more are about to sound.

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