Jesus’ revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 11

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Tamuz 16, 5,780; 7/9/2020……    The book of Genesis’ opening words are about God’s creations. – In the beginning. These truths written prominently in Gen 1: are also found in John’s prologue: -life- John 1:4; -light- and –darkness-. Genesis 1, describes the first –physical- Re-creation. In John 1 the emphasis is describing the new Re-creation. But this is not to play off a false dichotomy -a difference- between -creation and re-creation-. Re-creation seems to have been both physical and spiritual.

     God’s first physical creation became void and without order, so, the new creation is actually a re-creation. God made the point of saying; -the physical comes before the spiritual-. In spite of the common understanding of John’s spiritual emphases, the -physical re-creation- should not be overlooked. Jesus the Creator is also the Re-Creator, this is revealed in John 2 where Jesus re-created - changing water into aged wine-. At John 11, Jesus resurrected Lazarus. At John 20-21 -God the Father resurrecting God the Son-. Jesus resurrected others to physical life through His apostles, -Dorcas through His apostle Peter-. See Acts 9:39-41…..   God’s physical re-creation should be apparent when we consider Genesis 1:2; “Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.” The earth was,-past tense- without shape, empty and darkness prevailed…….    The holy scriptures teach that God creates from nothing. God told Job that He hung the earth on nothing. Regarding re-creation; two things seem to be obvious.

a.    There are signs of more than one, massive -worldwide flooding all about us. The rebellion of Lucifer, whose name God changed to Satan and the apparent conflict. (Luke 10:18; So Jesus said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.) In Jesus’ revelations to John, He showed John the following vision.

b.    (Rev 12:7-9; Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.

c.     God is presently re-creating mankind in His own spiritual image by imputing His spirit. It’s the mystery to the world. God is miraculously giving His chosen a new nature - outlook, -a rebirth- and a new covenant. Consider: When Jesus resurrected to life after four days, Lazarus became a physical re-creation. Lazarus came forth in physical body at Jesus’ command. Lazarus lived some time longer and apparently died another physical death. A second and physical resurrection is certain, if there’s to be a second death.

The holy scriptures teach a first and spiritual resurrection for the Elect, at Jesus’ second coming Jesus gave John a revealed vision of the first and a future physical resurrection, the timing and its conclusion.

 (Rev 20:5-15; The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who takes part in the first resurrection. The SECOND death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with Him for a thousand years. Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil that deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

    Then I saw a large white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. So the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds.

    The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades -the grave- gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the SECOND death – the lake of fire……     If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, that person was thrown into the lake of fire……..After graves and the sea gives up their dead, after some living, judgment for the unrepentant will be their destruction in the lake of fire. All whose names aren’t written in, God’s Lamb book of life. A future re-creation –resurrection- to physical life, judgment for those refusing repentance, will bring about the pureness of God dominating.

    The present world including professing Christian, don’t know Jesus as He’s manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. He’s the Alpha and Omega that was with God His Father planning the future. Much is revealed in, ‘Jesus’ Revelations to John.’  Jesus recommends that we read the book of Revelations OUT LOUD and often. Revelations to John is understood by most called Believers IN. We need to understand that ‘Revelations to John’ aren’t necessarily in chronological order and some chapters are insets. An example is revelations 11, where Jesus reveals that His two witnesses will be teaching His message to an unbelieving world. Let’s consider this chapter.

     (Rev 11:1-3; Then a measuring rod like a staff was given to me, ‘John’ and I was told, “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. But do not measure the outer courtyard of the temple; leave it out, because it has been given to the Gentiles and they will trample on the Holy City for forty-two months.)

    (Rev 11:3-6; And I will grant My two witnesses authority to prophesy ‘teach’ for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. (These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths, and completely consumes their enemies. If anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. These two have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time they are prophesying. They have power to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want.)

     (Rev 11:7-9; When they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them, conquer, and kill them. Their corpses will lie in the street of the great city that is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. For three and a half days those from every people, tribe, nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb.)

    (Rev 11:10-13; And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized those who were watching them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies stared at them. Just then a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.)

     This is apparently when Jesus’ good news will go out to the whole world with power. We believe their message will include more prophecy. Apparently after the time allotted, Jesus will return, the first resurrection, judgment and Satan bound in the order of God’s choosing.

    Israelites are to be miraculously delivered back to the borders promised Abraham, and live in harmony God‘s Way. (See Isaiah 22, 35, 51, 53, 65, Jeremiah 31, and Amos 9:11-15 for starters.

    After one thousand years, Satan will be released to go out and deceive before his final demise.

    (Rev 21:1-8; Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, -a re-creation!- for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city – New Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God ‘The Father’ is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am MAKING all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. The one who CONQUERS will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

     But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.)

     MAKE all things new? We have no need to understand it all, just that God the Son ‘Jesus’ is Re-creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Savior, Mediator and coming King of Kings. He sustains the sun’s temperature, heavenly planetary order, this earth’s molten core, its physical condition and individuals of His choosing.

     Believers IN are destined to become literal children of God, gifted with desire and effort by God. People being fathered, -born from above- is a re-creation from the old to a new nature. Only then are people gifted with immortality.

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