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REVELATION CHAPTERS 14 & 15

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1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

 

Rev 14,1-5

(12h) Servant >> Bond servant >> Their indifference to the world – Most people believe the 144,000 will be virgins because of what it says in verse 4, “They have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste.” On the one hand, it doesn’t actually say they never had relations with women; it says they have never been defiled with women. Remember what Heb 13-4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge,” otherwise the Scripture would sound as though sex within marriage defiles a person. According to this verse sex within the confines of marriage does not defile a person; what defiles a person is fornication and adultery. On the other hand, Paul taught in 1Corinthians chapter seven that it was better to remain single in order to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. This point proves that the 144,000 are single, because their devotion to the Lord is complete, which brings us full-circle to the probability that these men are indeed virgins. What does this say about God’s view on sex for the Christian even within the confines of marriage? It doesn’t defile the person’s body, but it defiles the person’s devotion to Christ! This does not mean that the Christian marriage bed is defiled or that anything at all is wrong with it, but again what did Paul say? “Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control" (1Cor 7-5). He is saying that a lack of self-control is about the only reason a Christian should get married, which implies that the 144,000 do not have a problem with self-control, but are disciplined.

(50g) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> Sealing the 144,000 Jews – The 144,000 will not remain in Jerusalem but will flee into the wilderness from the presence of the dragon. This is symbolic, for there is nowhere particularly to hide around Jerusalem; therefore the wilderness refers to places throughout the world that are located outside city limits of large metropolitan areas. The name of Jesus and His Father were written on the foreheads of the 144,000, depicting God’s ownership of them. This is also symbolic, for no one really knows the name of His Father, except that He told Moses His name was “I AM”, though it was assumed at the time that this was more a title than a name. Since we only know the Father through Jesus, and since their names were not literally written on their foreheads, suggests that something else was written there, not in letters but in countenance. Ecclesiastes 8-1 says, “Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.” The world will know by sight that these men are from God by the appearance of great wisdom, their countenance betraying them, in contrast to the world’s impression of folly. No one will be able to look at them without seeing a reflection of God on their faces, delineating perfection, glory, judgment and faith, all rolled into one expression, including the hope of Christ's kingdom that is coming to fruition. Their ministry is to expedite the manifestation of His kingdom on the earth.

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience The 144,000 had a relationship with the Father through obedience to the Holy Spirit. The fact that they have the name of their Father written on their foreheads suggests they have a very deep and intimate relationship with God, and this relationship is His very plan of escape. Jn 12-26 says, “If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” Jn 16-26,27 also says, “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.” These passages depict a high level of spiritual maturity, suggesting that the purpose of Christ was to lead us to the Father, for it is the Father’s approval that we need before we can be accepted in heaven, not the approval of Christ; for this reason Jesus is our mediator. This acceptance is achieved by our faith in Jesus’ blood sacrifice as our great high priest, but striving for the Father’s full blessing does not stop there, but continues into maturity in the fulfillment of God’s purpose that we can only accomplish by walking the path that God has prepared for us from all eternity, and doing so will achieve a relationship with the Father through Christ. The day we were born-again we were introduced to Jesus, and from there it is a lifelong process of various stages of maturity through obedience. The names written on their foreheads were a special anointing of true knowledge that God will give only to the 144,000 Jews. When they sing this song that no one else could learn, they were given a revelation of being in the presence of God. This anointing will in essence spiritually rapture them preceding the literal one, and the gentile church will follow them into a spiritual ascension.

(210h) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> The Jew first >> Jews lead the world to faith in Jesus – Keep in mind that the two witnesses that were mentioned in chapter 11 are the first two of the 144,000 Jewish witnesses. The fact that the two witnesses rise from the dead first indicates that they are the first fruits of the resurrection. Jesus was actually the first fruit of the resurrection, then the two witnesses, then the rest of those who have died in faith from Adam to the First Resurrection in that order. Maintaining context, if the 144,000 are a first fruits, then there must be a second fruits, and that would refer to the gentile church. God’s Jewish church are first fruits of God’s endtime anointing, the first fruits of God’s word spoken to those who have ears to hear, the first fruits of His glory, the first to be persecuted and first to enter God’s protection in the wilderness and the first to be raptured (or resurrected if martyred).

Rev 14-1

(67l) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Name of Jesus is above every name – Jesus was standing on Mount Zion, its location known as the Eastern Hill, also known as: the City of David and the Temple Mount and finally the western hill, being in close proximity with each other, just outside the old city walls in north-east Jerusalem. Jesus was not literally standing on Mount Zion, for the Bible says that Jesus will physically return to earth after the war of Armageddon, touching down on the Mount of Olives. However, the episode of the 144,000 comes before this, prior to the trumpet judgments. Jesus is called the word of God a few chapters later; it doesn’t say the word of God was written on their foreheads but His name. The name of Jesus encompasses every word that God has ever spoken, so these Jewish witnesses will be filled with the word of God, not just the knowledge of the Bible but the word that God is currently speaking. We call the Bible the word of God, but it is shorthand for, ‘the words that God has previously spoken,’ and though it is highly valuable to us and eternal, yet what is more valuable and relevant are the words that God is speaking right now, and this is what the 144,000 will know. They have God’s plan stamped on their foreheads that will enable Christians (Jews and Gentiles alike) to escape from the antichrist, though there will be martyrs.

(253a) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son has equal authority with the Father

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2-5 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.

 

Rev 14-2

(55i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Sounded either like thunder or harps

(106a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light

(111g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Circumstances cannot evade the voice of the Spirit – There can hardly be a better description of the voice of God, one that shakes the hearer to his core yet the most beautiful sound he had ever heard. It is like standing next to Niagara Falls and hearing the violent water falling off the cliff face, plunging into the basin like crashing thunder. The lightning brightens the sky for a split second, and immediately the clap of thunder reports, yet the sound was like the music of harps. It is not one or the other but both at the same time inspiring and dreadful, the water boisterous, the thunder instantaneous and the harpists melodic, bringing the soul to peace and setting him at ease. This voice has come at the heels of the 144,000 whom God will use in the last days to lead a Great Endtime Revival. those who open their hearts to the voice of God will forever change, and they will inherit eternal life and be counted among the faithful, and their names will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and they will worship God in His temple blessed above all creation.

Rev 14-3,4

(213k) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> We are bought with a price

Rev 14-3

(168i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> Deaf to the word of God from a lack of understanding

(208j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> Sharing intimacy with Him

Rev 14-4

(3j) Responsibility to the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Evil women

(3k) Responsibility >> To the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Good men

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last

(93f) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Leaving everything behind to follow Him

(105c) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Being a slave to a pure heart – These 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each tribe of Israel, are bondservants to the Lamb; they are slaves of a pure body being virgins, having never been defiled with women, having never been married, having never had sex; they are pure in heart. Why does God feel this way about virgins? He gave us sex and then rewards those who never indulge in it, denying themselves the status of marriage and the benefits that go along with it. God values these things because they have devoted themselves to God instead of getting married, which was Paul’s advice in 1Cor 7-1. His advice was to be like one of these 144,000 Jewish witnesses. He wanted everyone to copy after them, though he knew not everyone would accept it. Not everyone was called to celibacy; not everyone would make a full commitment to Christ. Their call is so steep and so high that God cannot expect everyone to do it, but there are some who are called to a special relationship with God with a special ability to devote themselves to Him, and for that they should receive a special ministry and a special anointing to accomplish their objective that will culminate in the last days. Throughout the ages God has called men and women to dedicate themselves in this way to the cause of Christ, and Paul was one of these men and other apostles were wholly dedicated to God. These 144,000 were in essence apostles similar to Paul who will be called in the last days to lead God’s Church in triumph over the antichrist, the dragon and the false prophet, over the Mark of the Beast and over his kingdom that he will attempt to establish at the end of this age. These days are fast approaching, which means that these 144,000 are alive today; they are in the world somewhere. The Bible teaches that the events of endtime prophecy will suddenly occur without notice; that is why Jesus said to be on the alert, because we don’t know the day or the hour. We don’t know when these things will happen, but we do know that when they begin, if we have not readied ourselves we will not have time to prepare but will be swept away in the flood of events that will occur in rapid succession. So the best way to prepare for the last days is to model after these 144,000 Jewish witnesses, who first and foremost were slaves of a pure heart. If we dedicated our lives and became bondservants of the Most High, maintaining a clear conscience, the events of the last days will not catch us off-guard.

(115l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through Good Works >> Works that God prepared for you

(234i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Relinquishing your assets to Christ >> Dispose of every asset except Christ

Rev 14-5

(41l) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Blameless before God >> Prepare to enter His presence

(85i) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> That are spoken in faith >> Will justify you – God perceives blamelessness by the words we speak, how much we lie. The less we lie the less we sin in every other way, for the root of sin is found in our mouths. If we root out the sin of our lips we will go far in rooting out all other sins that we practice, and the end result is that our lives will change for the glory of God. Read the epistle of James, particularly chapter 3.

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6-8 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7 and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters." 8 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality."

 

Rev 14,6-13

(50k) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> bowls of God's judgment >> Angelic warning not to take the mark of the beast – When we combine verse 2 with verses 6-8 we get a very interesting result. In verse 2 there were three descriptions given, one was the sound of many waters, one was the sound of thunder and one was the sound of harpists playing on their harps. Then in verse six, there were three angels who had three gospel messages to preach to the world, corresponding to the voices from heaven. The first angel that sounded like many waters, ringing throughout eternity said, “Fear God and give Him glory….” He is not preaching to reprobates, but to the remnant who have not taken the mark of the beast, nor did not believe so as to be raptured. The angels are telling the world to repent because there is still hope. The angels are preaching the gospel in the last days for two reasons: the world has already heard the gospel, so maybe it would be more authoritative coming from angels, and the Church has gone underground and is no longer able to preach the gospel. The second angel, sounding like thunder said, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great….” This second angel sounds like thunder and is proclaiming judgment against Babylon. And the third angel, sounding like harpists playing on their harps warns of receiving the mark of the beast, that they will be tormented day and night in the presence of God and His holy angels. That doesn’t sound like harps, nor will it sound like harps to the world, especially not to those who have already received the mark of the beast, but it will sound like harps to the saints, to those who fear God, to those who have been martyred and to those who have suffered from this demonic endtime regime. This judgment against their enemies will sound like harpists playing on their harps; it will sound like justice, like music to their ears, but those who have already received the mark will not even hear the angels' messages of God, for they do not have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying.

Rev 14,6-11

(40h) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the world >> It does not obey Him – The angels are drawing a distinct line between the righteous and the wicked, between those who receive the mark of God’s anointing on their foreheads (Rev 7-3) and those who receive the mark of the beast, between those who know and love the truth and the reprobate mind. They’re all going to know that they are damning their souls to hell, all the while mocking God as they put out their hand to have it stamped under the skin, but when the day of God’s judgment comes, they will be without knowledge and understanding and they will die in ignorance and obscurity. They will experience an eternity of bitterness and hatred toward God because they will never understand His ways.

(162e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an inability to believe – There are many who don’t believe there is an eternal hell, and there are many more who believe the fire will burn them up marking the end of their existence, but few who believe what the Bible says, “and the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night.” Most people who don't believe this are going there; they don't believe it because they don't want to believe it, but what we believe has no effect on the truth. The truth is true whether we believe it or not. This passage incorporates every aspect of hell that would strike the fear of God into anyone with enough sense to recognize the truth, especially when it is expressly preached by God’s angelic magistrates. Many who dwell on the earth by this time will become hardened to the truth, whose hearts are set in stone and whose ways are set on a course of destruction. Nothing is capable of turning them away, not even an angel preaching in mid-heaven, just like Jesus said in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, “Send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. Abraham replied, they have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them. No, father Abraham, he said, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” Jesus then made one of His most amazing statements, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

(164f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan’s system of authority >> He is the prince of the power of the air – An angel of God hovering over the earth commanding the world to refuse the mark of the beast has no effect on many who will receive it anyway. Keep in mind that this chapter is a summary of the entire tribulation period, spanning from the seals of Satan’s wrath through the bowls of God’s judgment, focusing on the mark of the beast and how it plays a role in endtime prophecy. Also keep in mind that when the angel preached a gospel in mid-heaven, he is using the same airspace that once belonged to the prince of the power of the air (Satan) before he lost his place in heaven, by analogy the earth’s atmosphere, symbolizing social consciousness. God has taken over this airspace, so everybody knows in their hearts that taking the mark of the beast will condemn them to hell, but many will take it anyway. This is the concept of knowing the truth without believing it. This fact seals their fate as it relates to the mark of the beast, because now when they take the mark, they will receive it in full knowledge of the truth.

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Rev 14,6-9

(15e) Servant >> Angels are messengers from God >> They are sent to impart information

Rev 14,6-8

(111b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit and evangelism

Rev 14-6,7

(149f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the gospel to the world >> Preach "Thy kingdom come"

Rev 14-6

(244h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The word of God is eternal >> The word of God transcends the creation

Rev 14-7

(41a) Judgment >> God glorifies Himself by being the judge of all – Something has happened to the Church at some point in its theological development; it has determined for itself that we do not need to fear God. We have come to this conclusion based on the fact that God loves us. Go to most churches and all we will ever hear is the love of God; this brings people into the church and the pastor needs to get paid. He’s pulling down a salary and there are many bills to pay, and so he can’t preach the whole truth, otherwise people won’t fill his pews but will go somewhere else that preaches a more flattering gospel. They preach the most important aspect of the gospel, which is God's love, but if we preached that man should fear God, people might ask why, since He loves us. Remember, we all had parents that loved us, hopefully, and we feared them, so if there was room to fear our parents who disciplined us as seemed best to them, how much more should we fear God (Heb 12-9,10). Somebody else may raise the question that the Rapture has already occurred, according to their timeline when this verse was uttered, and so they say that this is talking about unbelievers. However, the world doesn’t fear God, and if an angel from heaven came and told them to fear God, they still wouldn’t fear Him. The angel is telling those who are capable of fearing God to fear Him, who are God’s own people. Judgment is coming, and we need to be on the right side of His judgment, so we’re not judged along with the world (1Cor 11-31,32). We say God would never do that, but Paul said He would. God is the judge of all creation, and we need to respect that about Him, because if we don’t, He will judge us just to prove that He is the judge.

(88h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life

(212a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> The creation exemplifies God’s sovereignty

(214c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time line gives the wicked just enough rope to hang himself -- This verse goes with verses 14&15

(234b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of His favor

(252e) Worship God (Key verse)

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God

Rev 14,8-11

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son

Rev 14-8

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery

 

9-11 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 "And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." 

 

Rev 14,9-12

(207c) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into His heaven if you overcome >> Overcome temptation to give up the faith – The perseverance of the saints is to avoid the mark of the beast and to avoid worshipping him and his image. A person who believes in eternal security might say, ‘If they are saints, then they won’t receive the mark,’ and some might go as far as to say, ‘If they are saints then they can’t receive the mark,’ but this is false reasoning. Those who believe in eternal security say they are predestined for heaven. That is true only according to God’s perspective who knows the end from the beginning; He knows those who are His (2Tim 2-19). Predestination is based on God’s knowledge of the future, not ours; from our flimsy point of view the future is not cast in stone. We can’t change the past, but we can change the future into anything we want. The mark of the beast therefore proves that the doctrine of eternal security is a farce. It is possible for Christians to receive the mark of the beast and to thus lose their salvation. In fact, many who call themselves Christians today will be pressured into falling away from the faith and receiving the mark. If it were impossible for Christians to receive the mark, then God would not have sent His angel to warn us. This is the perseverance of the saints! The worst thing you could do as a Christian is assume the mark of the beast has no powers of temptation over you. 

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Rev 14,9-11

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire – To be thrown into the lake of fire for receiving the mark of the beast and to be unable to rescue themselves from it, but to forever burn is the most catastrophic event that could ever happen to anybody. This proves that God values the freedom that He has given man more than man values it himself. People will take the mark vainly hoping there won’t be any serious consequences, even though they had just witnessed an angel flying overhead warning them not to receive it, as though a sign from angels were not explicit enough. They will take the mark because they value the freedom that humanity offers over their God-given freedom. They would prefer the freedom to enter a human economy by taking the mark, giving them the ability to buy and sell in hope of resuming their lives, so they were promised. They consider this freedom more important than the freedom to choose the will of God and take on His attributes.

(51b) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> Warning about hell – Whether they claim to be Christian or not, those who take the mark of the beast will find their place in the lake of fire. To say they believe in God or don't believe in God is ridiculous either way, because God has by that time revealed Himself in many ways including and especially through His people. The question is not whether they believe in God, but whether they will serve Him who has demonstrated His power in their presence through the fulfillment of endtime prophecy and through angels warning them from midair that if they take the mark, there will be hell to pay. Yet, they take none of these signs to heart, because they don’t take their God-given freedom seriously to choose good over evil. They know God exists, but they don’t believe that choosing God over Satan is a better choice. They don't believe they were created in the image of the one true God; instead, they seek to identify with the image of the beast. Satan did not give mankind freedom; rather, he takes freedom from us, replacing it with bondage. Freedom defines man as being made in the image of God more than any other trait, yet those who take the mark of the beast seek bondage. They want to believe they were created by Satan and not by the God who is warning them from heaven.

(64f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot directly violate the will of man – 2Pet 3-9 says the Lord is “patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance,” yet this passage says that people will take the mark, even after they have been warned by angels (v6-8), and God refuses to stop them. It’s not that He can’t but that He won’t, creating as it were a law unto Himself that He would not violate the will of man, and in that sense He cannot stop them. In fact, this is one of the stipulations of man being created in the image of God in the first place, that he has a sovereign will. Man not only has the image of God in himself, but that image is also partially expressed in relation to God, in the sense that He refuses to violate man’s will, so man is free to do whatever He wants with his eternal soul and the earth itself. It is absolutely necessary for man to have his freedom in order to meet the definition of being made in the image of God. Hell represents God’s commitment to creating a human race that is completely and utterly free. Those who have chosen not to take the mark, to instead serve the living God, will be escorted to heaven because of their decision. In that day there will be only two choices: take the mark or not, just like Adam and Eve had to decide whether to eat the forbidden fruit, only instead of it determining between life and death, the mark will decide between heaven and hell. However, refusing the mark does not automatically guarantee heaven, for they must also believe in Jesus. We might ask, ‘What unbeliever would refuse the mark?’ There will be some who will neither take the mark nor believe in Jesus, but they will believe after the Rapture, and these will become the seed that God uses to replenish the earth at the Millennium.

(104e) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Hell is an eternal purifying process – There is a burnt offering in Rev 14-11, “And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.” The smoke of those who writhe in perpetual torment in hell is in reference to the old covenant animal sacrifices for the remission of sin. Since they would not receive the remission of sin in Christ’s blood, He will no less require it of them to make full restitution for their sin in hell, and the smoke of their torment will be a sweet aroma of perpetual incense that will rise in the nostrils of God forever and ever. Many people think that an eternal hell is unjust, but God obviously thinks it is a punishment that fits the crime, or He would not have made it the eternal resting place of the dead. He perfectly understands disobedience and unbelief. He did not create it, and for that reason it is the mystery of lawlessness; it is apart from Him, hence it is evil. God is not evil for creating hell; He merely created an environment that is conductive for evil. Sin is something that is so vile that it destroys everything that tries to contain it, so God made a hell which is the epitome of destruction as the only vessel that can contain evil without itself being destroyed.

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind – What infuriates God is not that people have a sinful nature but that they revel in it. They believe in Satan, not because it is reasonable, but because they have consistently rejected the true God throughout their lives. They develop a reprobate mind so they cannot believe in Him regardless of the evidence. They create ruts in their minds that translate even to the physical structure of the brain. Every time they think of God, they follow this rut they have hollowed. They have essentially worked with the demons to fashion their minds to believe a lie. Every step along the way was done deliberately and in full knowledge of what they were doing. In the case of receiving the mark of the beast they will take it in full knowledge of the truth.

(186h) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> Being unable to repent – Why don’t they give up their disobedience and believe in God? That would solve everything. They are absolutely mortified by these creatures that are coming out of the ground and hunting them like dogs (read Revelation chapter nine). They know why it is happening to them, and they even know the solution, which is to repent of their unbelief and beg God’s forgiveness and believe in Jesus for the salvation of their souls, so why don’t they do it? Mankind by that time has been reduced to a society of reprobates, so they can’t repent and be saved. They made their decision when they took the mark of the beast, and it is irreversible. Jesus said, “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell” (Mat 5-30). He gave the solution for the mark of the beast; if somebody received the mark, he could always cut off his hand and still be saved. The problem is, nobody will do it, because they will be unable to believe in God or repent.

(189c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Acceptable sacrifice

(196b) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping the devil

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin

Rev 14-10

(69d) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Righteous anger >> God is angry at sin

Rev 14-11 

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death

(81i) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> Sinning from a lack of prayer

(189aa) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> The smell of death >> Stench of the dead

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm

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12&13 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."

 

Rev 14-12,13

(87j) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Being a slave to obedience

(156e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their endurance – This passage of Scripture is referring to post-Rapture saints. These saints will be stuck on earth during the bowls of God’s judgment, stuck among a lot of murderous unbelievers who hate them for being Christians. They will hate the remnant for not taking the mark. This passage is not referring to the beginning of the trumpets, because those will be the most glorious days of the Church’s existence on earth, a time of protection through the two witnesses and direction through the 144,000. It will be a wilderness experience, but a cakewalk compared to the times after the trumpets and after the Rapture when God unleashes His fury against the face of the whole earth with nowhere to hide. These saints few in number will have to make the dangerous migration to Jerusalem, and if they make it, they will wait for Christ’s arrival there when He comes to destroy His enemies and set up His millennial kingdom at the end of the bowls. Jerusalem will be the only place on earth that God promises to protect from His plagues and from man’s wrath. To show faith they will be required to journey to Jerusalem as Abraham did, only with the whole world against them. They will become stowaways under the holy city in the catacombs, right under the antichrist, waiting for Jesus to deliver them from their enemies. They are the remnant spoken in the Old Testament, their numbers ranging only in the thousands. Look up the word “remnant” in a word concordance and view the various contexts in which it is used. One example you will find is the remnant who returned from Babylon. Many will not make it, yet they will be blessed, “for their deeds follow with them.” Those who survive, God has a special blessing waiting for them. They will be the ones whom God will use as the seed of His millennial kingdom to repopulate the earth. They will be the fathers of Christ’s millennial age and go down in history as great men and women of faith, for they will rely heavily on the Holy Spirit for their survival.

(209g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with casualties

Rev 14-12

(6a) Responsibility >> Jesus’ yoke of obedience >> Our obligation to keep His commandments – See: Rev 12-17 and Rev 13,7-10 for commentary.

(90j) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> We do not nullify the law through faith; we fulfill it

(99n) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in faith

Rev 14-13

(53b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Of life and death >> Death cannot hurt you – God says to them not to be afraid of death, ‘For it will only bring you to Me, you will be released from the misery of your life that is compounded by the wicked, who search for you like zombies seeking after the life of God within you.’ However, there is reward for those who desire to save their lives and migrate to Jerusalem; though the city is ironically held captive by the antichrist, they will become the seed that Christ will use to repopulate the earth during the age of Millennium. Finding their way will be fraught with peril. The safest place on earth will be the city of antichrist, Jerusalem, for God will protect them there.

(116m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Dying to self by the Spirit – Jesus commanded us to live this life like we will in heaven. In some ways we can't do that, but in other ways we can and should. For example, this passage is in reference to post-Rapture saints. The will be called to die to self in ways that will stagger the imagination, and they are going to need help from God, thus the topic, "Dying to self by the Spirit." This category of Christian in the last days are actually a strange bunch in that they didn’t receive the mark and they didn’t accept Christ as their savior until the Rapture occurred, and then they realized the error of their ways and got saved. We would think that if they refused the mark of the beast that they would ask Jesus in their hearts and be constituents of the Rapture, but they were apparently undecided. Now they are still in the world after the Rapture with the bowls of God’s judgment about to fall on the earth, which will be far worse than any of the other judgments before this, worse than the first six seals, and even worse than the six trumpet judgments. Now in order to save their lives, they must migrate to Jerusalem, which is the only place in the world that will receive God’s protection from his horrible bowls of judgment, and not even God promises they will make it. They will find safe haven in the catacombs underneath the holy city in places where archeologists are currently disallowed to excavate. Their numbers will not be great, but there will be some.

(137j) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Stages of maturity are levels of accountability >> Maturity is working with God – It says they will rest from their labors, contrasting the difference between our current situation and heaven. Instead of constantly having to replenish our energy resources: gasoline in the tank, natural gas to heat the house in winter and eating food to replenish the resources of our bodies—the energy of God will forever propel us. Just like the sun shines on the grass and causes it to grow, so God will shine on us and we will never need a thing again, because of Him. We won’t have to go to work in order to make money to replace the things we spend. We will live in houses as a place to hang our hat, not as a place to escape from any hostile elements. In heaven we will have jobs for the fulfillment of the soul and for the perpetuation of God’s kingdom, not for survival. He will give each of us a job and authority, and we will reign over His kingdom, for He will create a people after us, who will forever multiply, and the increase of His glory and authority will never end (Isaiah 9-7).

(148d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Natural advantage as an evangelist regarding the flesh

(189e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Tested for faithfulness to the death – This chapter encapsulates the trumpets and the bowls, and this particular statement dates the sequence of this chapter and pinpoints where it fits with the rest of endtime prophecy, “Bless are those who die in the Lord from now on,” because their troubles are over. The Rapture has already occurred, and John the revelator is speaking to those who remain faithful on earth who have seen the error of their ways. There will be those who have not taken the mark of the beast, yet did not believe in Jesus and consequently missed the Rapture and then repented of their unbelief. Those who die in the Lord during this time will be considered martyrs, who die under special promises. 

(218j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest in eternity – The fact that our deeds follow us into death is a blessing to the righteous but ruin to the workers of iniquity (Proverbs 10-29). The works of the righteous follow them into eternity as rewards for their service to God, and the works of the wicked follow them as judgment that will be appended to their person for all eternity. Of all the dumb zombie images we see on TV and the Internet, the ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge's partner in Charles Dicken's movie, "A Christmas Carol" should scare those who have not yet given their hearts to Jesus, because it is based on biblical fact. Of the wicked, their works follow them into eternity as an anchor of the soul, or as Jesus said, as a millstone hung around his neck and cast in the abyss (Mat 18-6). As for the righteous, their works will follow them into death, being appended to their resurrected bodies as a level of glory by which they will shine as the stars of heaven.

(226i) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> God rewards us to the degree of our labors – Those who die in the Lord any time during the tribulation period, when they are resurrected, will reign with Christ in his millennial kingdom (Rev 20,4-6). It doesn’t say everyone who participates in the First Resurrection will reign with Christ in His millennial kingdom; that would involve hundreds of millions of people. Instead, only Jesus’ tribulation martyrs will reign with Christ during the millennium. 

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14-20 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

 

Rev 14,14-20

(15h) Servant >> Angels have authority >> They have the power to decree an order

(40a) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s unbelief

(48e) Judgment >> Levels of judgment >> Judged according to your deeds >> In the day of judgment

(50l) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church >> Armageddon – This war of God is the very last thing that happens before Jesus touches his foot to Mount Olivet and sets up His kingdom in Jerusalem. This depicts Jesus coming in the clouds and melting the unbelieving people with a burst of radiation. They are congregated in one place and located in a terrain that funnels their blood, a canyon perchance, such that when their blood begins to flow it doesn’t stop for 200 miles.

(55i) Paradox >> Opposites >> If you trample on the cross, He who hung on it will trample on you – These words are sharp, steely and to the point. The angel swinging a sickle in the way of mankind and gathering the clusters of the earth is an analogy for Armageddon, the war that man picks with God and is fought just outside Jerusalem on the Plains of Megiddo. God sent his Son to die for the sins of all mankind, but most have rejected His love for them. Now He is digging His sharp sickle into their flesh, and everybody thinks He is evil for it. Those who feel that way will feel His sickle piercing their own skin, because they have rejected the love of God as though sending Jesus was the lest He could have done for them. The angel, mind you, was described as Jesus Christ, the son of man. It is not a surprise that John the revelator would call Him the son of man as opposed to the Son of God, which is a title of authority, whereas son of man references Jesus as the youngest and servant of all, and He’s the one with the sickle in His hand about to reap the harvest of human flesh. Jesus didn’t gain His authority to judge mankind based on his equality with God; instead, He gained it based on submission and obedience to His Father's will, which the world does not accept as a mode of strength. The Scriptures paint the picture that the youngest and the smallest and the servant of all is the one with the greatest authority. Those wielding the greatest authority on earth mean nothing to God; rather, those who humble themselves and seek the lowest place, the place of a servant, these are the ones whom God exalts above those who exalt themselves.

(60f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> The blood of Jesus was trodden outside the city / The world substituted their own blood in place of Christ – This is spoken in reference to Jesus suffering outside the city of Jerusalem as it says in Heb 13,11-14, suggesting that this scenario will take place again just outside the same city limits. We are seeing a substitution of Jesus’ blood for the blood of the wicked who have rejected the sacrifice of Christ as propitiation for their sins, so now their own blood is being sacrificed, and once it has been made, God will send them all to hell where they will suffer for eternity, "and the smoke of their torment rises up forever and ever" (Rev 14-11), in the same way that God commanded Israel to maintain a perpetual fire on His altar of sacrifice outside the old covenant temple, and as God commanded Aaron to offer perpetual incense in the temple of worship. This is depicting the war of Armageddon; some call it the last war that men fight against themselves, but actually Armageddon gets its notoriety from the bizarre circumstance that man has become so arrogant as to pick a fight with God Himself. This is when all the armies of the world surround Jerusalem and are about to pulverize it trying to destroy the antichrist who has set up his kingdom in Jerusalem during the ministry of the two witnesses. He has betrayed the world in so many ways, none of his promises having ever come true, that people who once loved him and served him now hate him and want to kill him.

(218d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> God controls the consequences of our actions

Rev 14-14,15

(214c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time line gives the wicked just enough rope to hang himself -- These verses go with verse 18. Chapter fourteen is a summary of the trumpets and of the bowls, the back-to-back periods of God’s personally hand-delivered punishments against mankind. The book of Revelation outlines three levels of judgment: the seals, the trumpets and the bowls. The seals pertained to Satan’s wrath. The trumpets, which affected 1/3 of the earth’s surface, were retributions against the world for martyring the saints, and the bowls were designed to be a blood bath. God has imposed these plagues on the inhabitants of the earth as a consequence for adopting the reprobate mind resulting from taking the mark of the beast, which doubled as a vote to exterminate the saints. There are very few people being saved in the days following the Rapture. In fact, only those who have not taken the mark of the beast are even eligible for salvation, and for this reason God has scheduled a series of plagues designed not to chastise the human race as the trumpets did, but to rid the world of unbelief by eliminating the unbelievers. The bowls of God’s final judgment on mankind represents the worst period of endtime prophecy, hence of human history. Only the bowls fit with the description that John the revelator has given in this passage of Scripture.

(220a) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined before the foundation of the world – The language that John the revelator is that of predestination, talking about the ripening of time sort-a speak, as it were a season. A farmer plants his seed; he tills the ground, adds fertilizer, and then waits for the harvest at the end of the year. He knows when the moment has come. The months tick-by until the time of harvest; then he takes his tractor and harvests what is his. By analogy the harvest is is human bodies. There is a definite time to the fulfillment of endtime prophecy. Time is a funny thing; God doesn’t act like He cares how long we have to wait for Him, as though time meant nothing to Him, but at the same time He bases all of endtime prophecy on it and refuses to give us the smallest hint as to when things will happen as though time were some kind of sacred resource, being the only thing He is unwilling to share with us. It is as though he wasn’t looking at the earth to see what activities have been transpiring; it only matters what time it is. Instead of looking upon the earth and seeing the travesty and injustice taking place, He looks at the clock to determine when He should plunge His sharp sickle into the flesh of man, for God has already seen what men have done to deserve such judgment long before the foundation of the earth. Time is all that matters.

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(101d) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal does not count the cost >> Zeal of God has consumed me

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment

(214c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time line gives the wicked just enough rope to hang himself -- This verse goes with verse 7

Rev 14-20

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit Christ

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 15

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1&2 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished. 2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.

 

Rev 15,1-8

(50k) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> bowls of God's judgment >> Heavenly ceremony prior to the bowls

Rev 15-1

(15j) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> In regard to the world – This verse goes with verses 6-8

(38f) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> The Resurrection >> God judged the world, the flesh and the devil – It says, “In them [the bowls] the wrath of God is finished.” The words, “It is finished” have been echoed in the past in a similar context, with Jesus hanging on a cross having completed the blood sacrifice for the propitiation for sin said, "It is finished." In the same way, the bowls of God’s judgment are a way of exacting justice due to the penalty of sin that the people have charged to themselves by rejecting the blood sacrifice of Christ as forgiveness for their sins, but instead followed and obeyed the antichrist, who led them into martyrdom of the saints and ultimately into the judgment of God. 

(49c) Judgment >> Enemies of God’s righteousness are destroyed -- This verse goes with verses 5-8. John the revelator, along with all those who love God and possess His wisdom, view God’s justice from the vantage point of heaven as great and marvelous, but the people on earth for whom the plagues are intended, who think they have the right to do whatever they want even if it turns them into monsters, will not consider this heavenly sign as marvelous, but will consider the bowls of God’s wrath an abomination, even as God considers them an abomination.

Rev 15,2-4

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world – This sea of glass in the book of Revelation represents people in a state of absolute peace, just as you would expect to see a placid ocean with no wind churning up waves, reminiscent of satanic unrest. These people were forced to go through the dragon’s tribulation, but now they are victorious over the beast and his image, even though martyred. Martyrdom goes against the grain of the world’s definition of victory, which is usually based on who gets killed and who gets to have their way. Being martyred is certainly no sign of victory in their eyes, but we are not looking through their eyes, but through the eyes of Christ. He is infinite and eternal and the very epitome of life, He doesn’t go by the world’s definitions or standards, and nor should we. He defines victory in terms of obedience and faithfulness. We can be murdered, butchered, sawed in half; it doesn’t matter what they do to us, so long as we are faithful to Jesus and maintain our trust in God. We will find ourselves on the shores of heaven, where we will enjoy the prosperities of eternal life in the presence of Christ and of all His holy angels. This is victory, especially in view of our enemies eternal destiny who have taken the mark of the beast. 

(153a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Church bears witness of the Father through Christ

(237g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> The Church in heaven – This sea of people residing in heaven victorious over the dragon were born from the last trumpet; that is, they are the participants of the Rapture. Note that John the revelator speaks of this sea of glass prior to the bowls being executed, indicating that the Church is now safe in heaven, so that God can release a barrage of terror on the earth, though there will be a remnant that God will miraculously protect while horror is transpiring around the globe. For those interested in watching a movie that is prophetic to this post Rapture remnant, watch The Road or read the book written by Cormac McCarthy. It was not his intension to illustrate the fate of these people, but really, that is what makes it all the more prophetic. 

Rev 15-2

(53b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Of life and death >> Death cannot hurt you

(101d) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal does not count the cost >> Zeal of God has consumed me

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing

(115j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through determination >> Determined to obey Christ

(116l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Relax as God kills you

(125k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> God is at peace >> The God of peace

(137e) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Bearing fruit is the foundation of being in the Spirit

(191j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from the world

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3-5 And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, " Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! 4 "Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED." 5 After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened,

 

Rev 15-3,4

(151d) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> Moses – If they sang the song of Moses, then they must have gone through an experience similar to Moses and the Israelites, and God delivered them just as He delivered Moses and his people from the pharaoh of Egypt, suggesting that the antichrist is a type of pharaoh. Consequently that makes the two witnesses, the 144,000 and the gentile church a type of Moses, Aaron and the Israelites respectively. Although the 144,000 are obviously more numerous than the two witnesses, their anointing collectively is approximately the same strength, indicating just how very concentrated and powerful their anointing will be that God entrusted to them.

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God

Rev 15-3

(12k) Servant >> Bond servants the prophets

Rev 15-4

(88h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life

(108j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of His righteousness

(133k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> Having an awareness of God’s holiness >> The fear of God makes us aware of His holiness

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple – It has been written throughout the Old Testament that the nations will gather to worship God in Jerusalem (Is 2-2,3; Is 18-7; Is 60-3,5,10,11,14; Is 66-12,18; Jr 3-17; Mc 4-2; Zc 8-22,23; Zc 14,16-19). Each instance is referring both to the age of millennium and to the New Jerusalem in eternity. All these instances are primarily referring to an annual custom. The fact that this has been reiterated so many times shows its significance. We don’t particularly know what God has in store for us in eternity, but we do know it will be truly marvelous. One of the few things we know about eternity is that the nations will come to Jerusalem on a routine basis to worship God in His temple, suggesting that in eternity there will be nations that will continue growing populations, further suggesting that God’s kingdom will continually increase throughout eternity, suggesting ever further that this annual festival will also continually increase in significance and celebration and joy in the Holy Spirit as a time when all of God’s creatures come together around His throne in celebration and worship of our loving King and Master.

Rev 15,5-8

(40c) Judgment >> Father gave authority to the son to judge the world through His blood – In the Old Testament a tabernacle was prepared and a specific form of perpetual worship was required of Moses and the children of Israel throughout the generations. There were many instruments that were used in the temple to celebrate God’s forgiveness from year to year that merely simulated the propitiation of sin, which Christ would eventually fulfill using His own blood. There was an annual sacrifice using the blood of a bull, sacrificed on an altar located outside the temple in the outer court, consisting of a fence surrounding the tabernacle made of porpoise skin. They led the bull into the courtyard and slit its throat, collecting the blood in a golden bowl and burned its flesh with fire. They took this golden bowl into the tabernacle filled with blood and sprinkled it on all the vessels of the sanctuary in preparation to cleanse the people. The high priest entered the Most Holy Place and sprinkled also the Ark of the Covenant. God used the ceremony to literally forgive the sins of Israel until Christ would come to fulfill the sacrifice with His own blood. His sacrifice was no longer a representation of anything, but was the very substance of Israel's hope reenacted from year to year in gaining God’s ultimate favor, the absolute forgiveness of sin. Now, 2000 years later, not through the infinite wisdom of man but through his infinite capacity for sin, he has ignored and rejected the blood of Christ to their own undoing. As it is written, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10,26-31). Note, this passage even mentions the two witnesses! The burning flesh of the sacrifice on God's fiery altar represents hell, the final destination for those who have taken the mark of the beast and worshipped his image.

(49c) Judgment >> Enemies of God’s righteousness are destroyed -- These verses go with verse 1. There was a temple within the tabernacle in heaven. In other words, there was a room within a room. This is referring to the Holy of Holies; the curtain was pushed aside, and God is about to reveal Himself to the world, only instead of revealing the side of Himself that He has so gracefully shown to His beloved children, He is ready to show a side of Himself that His children will never see. God is about to reveal Himself to the world as the judge of all the earth, because it is what men deserve who have spilled the blood of the saints and taken the mark of the beast and worshipped his image.

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God – The result of rejecting God so completely, having rejected Christ as their righteousness, the people of the world have literally invited Satan to rule over them (if they don’t literally elect him as their next Hitler). Satan’s total absence of mercy dictates him to be more ruthless than any dictator before him. He spares no one, being determined to destroy every living thing on earth, because it is all he knows. He is like a virus that kills its host in its effort to survive. He is not benefiting himself when he does this, but he can't help himself, just like the virus in its haste to multiply and divide overwhelms its host, forcing the virus to find a new body to invade and conquer. People have become so profuse and so complete in sin that God has no choice but to destroy mankind, save a remnant. This depiction of God pouring His bowls upon the earth embodies some of the most vicious plagues he has unleashed against mankind. These bowls contain the blood of the saints, and God is pouring their blood back upon the earth in the form of judgment. God has already done this once with the blood of Christ resulting in man’s forgiveness, but sacrificing the saints as a result of rejecting Christ translates into the world's destruction.

(231i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> To be in Christ is to be in the great city – This scene in heaven suggests that a temple resides there. It says in regard to the New Jerusalem, “Behold the tabernacle of God is among men” (Rev 21-3), and “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple” (Rev 21-22). The New Jerusalem is the temple of God, but there is no other temple in it except God, who plays the role of the Holy of Holies. It speaks about the inhabitants of heaven worshipping God in His temple, suggesting that this is what it means to be in Christ, because Christ is the temple. You could go even further and say that the people of God are the body of Christ, which is the temple of God. This metaphor is elucidating the glorious indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is the opposite of being in Christ. We are in Him and He is in us at the same time. Generally, most of us understand the indwelling of the Holy Spirit a little better than we understand being in Christ. Paul often spoke about being "in Christ." It said that no one was allowed in the temple while God was executing His judgment upon the world of the ungodly. In other words, no one could be in Christ during this time of judgment. God had to break fellowship with His people in a similar manner that He broke fellowship with Jesus on the cross while He judged the sin of mankind through the body of Christ. God had moved from a mode of loving kindness that He continually showed His beloved people to a state of wrath and indignation that He didn’t want his children to see.

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6&8 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

 

Rev 15,6-8

(15j) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> In regard to the world – These verses go with verse 1. Again, one of the four living creatures was involved in this judgment by giving these seven bowls containing judgment to the seven angels. Last time a golden bowl appeared in heaven it contained the blood of Christ, representing the wrath of God against His own Son, in which Jesus Himself went into heaven in the presence of the Father to make propitiation for the sins of all mankind. Now these seven golden bowls also contain human blood, only it is the blood of His beloved people who serve Him in Spirit and truth, whom mankind has murdered on a mass scale during the seals of Satan’s wrath, and their blood is about to be poured on the inhabitants of the earth. Thus, they have the blood of the saints on their hands, and God will force mankind to make propitiation for their own sins. 

Rev 15-6

(113d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of power

Rev 15-7

(244b) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Father is eternally glorified

Rev 15-8

(61g) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Temple of the Holy Spirit from which God judges the world—God’s temple in heaven / Temple of our bodies

(133a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> The Father is holy – God poured out His bowls on the world for martyring His saints during the seals of Satan’s wrath. According to this passage, no one was allowed in the temple while He was passing judgment against mankind. When you think of the sin of murder (in this case martyr), you think of terrorist taking other people’s lives. No one has authority to do this. God is the only one who can righteously judge. However, He has ordained that man should establish a justice system that "does not bear the sword for nothing" (Rom 13,1-4), and since the sword is a weapon designed to end a man’s life and not to just punish him, capital punishment is condoned in the New Testament. Murder has always been a grievous sin in the eyes of God. If He has given man a right to execute a man for murder, how much more of a right does God have to execute those who have martyred His saints? 

(221h) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> He hides behind the veil

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