Jesus’ Revelations to John, chapter 3

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 A Truth Gem: Many who might otherwise seek God’s truth are led to a religious comfort zone by a clergy with agendas. Some are deceived by a denomination of choice who make them merchandise, others inherit positions, and for others it’s a chosen feel good vocation. Generally, these have two or more things in common. (1) They aren’t aware the degree of paganism that existing because of a pagan calendar: people can’t serve two masters. (2) Most clergy teach folks can be saved by a method of steps exercised. (3) Clergy leans heavy toward changing popular traditions, rather than seek the unchanging God. (4) They see nothing wrong with practices that are abominable to God; in part because they don’t know God is One, that He has allocated all things to the Son until the time of New Jerusalem’s coming down. Once people are led to a religious comfort zone and socialize with like-minded folks, they become self-righteous which is not what Abraham nor David was.

    Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David believed in their Lord God and obeyed out of loving respect. (Rev 6:1-14; I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, “Come!”  So I looked, and here came a white horse! The one who rode it had a bow, and he was given a crown, and as a conqueror he rode out to conquer. Then when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” And another horse, fiery red, came out, and the one who rode it was granted permission to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher one another, and he was given a huge sword. Then when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So I looked, and here came a black horse! The one who rode it had a balance scale in his hand. Then I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat will cost a day’s pay and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil and the wine!” (Inflation caused by greed.) Then when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” So I looked and here came a pale green horse! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and Hades followed right behind. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, famine, and disease, and by the wild animals of the earth. Now when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had givenThey cried out with a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Master, holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” Each of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached of both their fellow servants and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been. Then I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, and the full moon became blood red; and the stars in the sky fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when shaken by a fierce wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the very important people, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?)  The fifth seal is the dead in Christ asking “how long? The sixth is about the end this age’s difficult times “the tribulation. A time we pray for a 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: “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: From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand, 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 are yet to inhabit the territory allotted to Abraham’s descendants. Followers of Jesus are called to become spiritual Israelites, and gifted with ‘circumcision of the heart.’  It’s the Kingdom of God established on earth, Jesus’ followers serving as priest of God. (Not the parallels of 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 all Israelites.)

  (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!” 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 mercy reveals His identify in part. God the Father and God the Son, are At-One. From our human perspective we may say, “they‘re as One.” “As a husband & wife relationship should be.” (At-One as Jesus’ relationship to His church & mimics His relationship with His 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 being persevering 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! 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 before Jesus’ return. Jesus’ prophesied Great Tribulation time is punishment for the disobedience to His commands and a testing time for many.

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