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REVELATION CHAPTER 4 - 6

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1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."

 

Rev 4,1-11

(28b) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects us through our faith – It seems that the antichrist has modeled his kingdom after the four living creatures "full of eyes in front and behind" with the one exception that he is obviously the opposite of these heavenly creatures. The antichrist will even release counterfeit anointings into the world to mimic the seven Spirits of God. Look on the back of a one-dollar bill and note the all-seeing-eye at the pinnacle of the pyramid-shaped stack of gold bars, and see the handy work of Satan counterfeiting the very throne of God! This eye on the back of every one-dollar bill represents the antichrist guarding his kingdom from disloyalty, those who will refuse to take the mark of the beast. One purpose of these four living creatures is, they have wings and are able to move and act to resolve the issues. They will play a part in the last days to protect and save God’s people from their enemies. 

(224b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the ascension – It says in Rev 12-14 that the wings of the great eagle were given to them and they flew to their place in the wilderness from the serpent. The wings of the great eagle belonged to one of these four living creatures. God will send one of His cherubim of glory to rescue the Church from the antichrist. So the job of His cherubim is to protect God’s worshipers. While their enemies are closing on them, the wings of the great eagle will come to their rescue and whisks them into the wilderness, where they will be safe. The antichrist is a beast that thrives in urban civilization, but has an aversion to the wilderness. This beast represents the epitome of man, who was cast out of the Garden of Eden and into the wilderness, and from it man has created civilization, which is the new Eden and considers the wilderness to be a threat. For this reason the beast cannot leave the civilization of man, meaning the mark of the beast does not work in the wilderness, since it is a computerized system. This is why God sends His people into the wilderness.

(224l) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The throne room of heaven – These four living creatures are cherubim, of whom God highly honored by prominently displaying them on the Ark of the Covenant, located in the Most Holy Place of the old covenant Jewish temple of worship. All we really know about these cherubim is that they are similar to angels, but then we don’t know that much about angels. We don’t know their origin or their history or how long they’ve lived. We only know what they were made to do, at least these particular four; they remain at God's throne in continual worship. We must turn to the ancient world of Israel to know more about the cherubim, for Ezekiel wrote about these heavenly beings. The cherubim, though fewer in number, might collectively have more authority than all the angels combined. It is possible that the cherubim were created before the angels. However, the fact that they are called creatures suggests that they were not made in the image of God, though one side of them (they have four sides) bears the image of man. This scene in heaven where everyone is worshipping God around His throne (see also: Rev 5,10-14), most Christians consider to be a glimpse into eternity, as though this is all we will ever do, but that is not the case. These worshipful, heavenly scenes depict special moments, and in eternity there will be annual celebrations, but eventually everybody disperses to their jobs as mayors of cities, leaders of countries and adjudicators of entire planets, managing God’s people that He has yet to create. There are living creatures that remain forever around the throne and, and all they do is worship God; it is a good thing He didn’t call us to do that. They have been given grace for this, just as He will give us grace to do our jobs. All the different animals in the world do different things; if we lived like squirrels, for instance, our lives would be very unsatisfying. Every creature that God creates, He gives a purpose and abilities for which they were created. The same goes for us, we will be doing things that no other creature could imagine doing.

Rev 4-1,2

(50h) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The saints flee into the wilderness - spiritual warfare  (Pre-rapture ascension) – This door standing open is the same open door a few verses earlier in Rev 3-8. Then in these verses the same door is standing open, being made available to John the revelator, who acts as a microcosm for the Church around the globe who are faithful in Christ, who have not denied His name, but sought truth by faith. This door stands open for all those who believe and know the truth. This door represents the anointing. God intends to bestow a profound anointing on His people like no other time in history, one that will be unique to the last days. There are many pre-tribulation Rapture advocates who say that this door, standing open and God speaking through it to John, is referring to the Rapture. Actually, they are close. Instead of the Rapture that takes place in this scene, it is a spiritual ascension. Just as God tells John to “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things,” so He speaks to all those faithful in Christ who worship Him in Spirit and truth. Walking through this door gives a prophetic anointing, so we will no longer be fooled by false interpretations and false doctrines and by the false church that preaches and teaches lies and deceptions. Through this open door God will give us revelation knowledge about the events that will soon take place in the last days.

(162c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by the Holy Spirit

(237i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The ascension >> Believers’ spiritual ascension – John walked through this open door, and immediately he was in the Spirit. Obviously John was still in the body, because he was writing these things, but his spirit went to heaven. He walked through this open door into a prophetic anointing where God revealed to him all the things that would transpire in their proper sequence. If the Church knew the sequence of events in the last days, they would also comprehend the rest of Scripture in a much richer sense. We must have a revelation of God’s word instead of simply knowing a set of facts if we are going to have a proper understanding of endtime prophecy and an abiding knowledge of God’s word that enters within the veil, and if we are going to have an accurate, well-rounded understanding of His overall plan for the Church. Since the Holy Spirit teaches us the truth, then we will learn it through the Spirit, which is by revelation. The difference between knowing a set of facts about the Bible and possessing revelation knowledge from God, is the difference between the ministry of Moses and the ministry of Christ (Heb 3,1-6). It is easy to tell when a person has a mere mental ascent of the Bible and when he actually knows it by revelation through the Spirit. We need a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures if we are going to survive the last days. 

Rev 4-1 

(106g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Hearing His voice

(118a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Making spiritual observations

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life

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2-4 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

 

Rev 4,2-11

(88i) Thy kingdom come >> Fearing the power of God is the beginning of wisdom – We don’t know these elders. They may be angelic or possibly of a totally different creation of which we are completely unaware. It is very possible they are human and Moses is one of them along with others of his caliber. Around the throne came flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder, making the throne of God seem a terrifying place, yet it is the safest place in all creation for those of His children. To the unbeliever, it would be a horrifying place indeed. An unbeliever would feel more terrified and out of place in the presence of God and in the presence of the holy angels, and among righteous souls made perfect than he would in hell, and for this reason God created this place for him, an environment that is completely outside the presence of God.

Rev 4,2-4

(253cc) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Outward appearance of Jesus Christ – According to John’s description of heaven, it it is an unimaginably beautiful place. Therefore, hell, being the antithesis of heaven is an unimaginably terrible and horrible place, putrid and full of madness, where the unforgiven filth of mankind is throne into a pit and left there to rot. There are dead souls living a conscious existence down there, and they cannot die. Heaven is just the opposite; it is beautiful and wonderful and full of splendor. It is a place that everyone in their right mind wants to go, meaning that those who are not trusting Christ for their eternal salvation are not thinking right.

Rev 4-2

(55g) Paradox >> Opposites >> God sits on a throne that is standing

(215i) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> God brings His kingdom to pass in its time – A throne suddenly appeared in front of John and he suddenly realized that God has all power and authority in heaven and on earth. This is the foremost revelation God wants to give us in the last days, that He is reigning from His throne and that His kingdom is about to burst into the natural realm as the Millennium, but there are things that must first take place before that happens. 

Rev 4,3-11

(50g) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> Heavenly ceremony prior to the spiritual ascension – The cherubim were full of wings and eyes, meaning they are highly mobile and see everything. They are like birds in that sense. God has given these four living creatures a ministry at his throne as perhaps the closest creatures to Him besides man, who has been invited to sin on Christ’s right-hand, who sits on His Father’s throne. It says in Rev 12-14, “The two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent,” suggesting that in the last days God will give authority to the cherubim to defend the Church from the dragon (Satan). The creature that helped the Church had attributes of an eagle, making it no surprise that we find this in Ezekiel 10-14, “Each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.” Jewish believers, namely the 144,000, are considered the woman, and her children (gentile believers) collectively are the Church (Rev 12-17).

Rev 4-4

(32k) Gift of God >> Father will honor your devotion to Him >> Honor a fruitful life

(72h) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> More Authority The More Responsibility >> Closer we get to Jesus the more authority we have

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

(226b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> God crowns us with glory for sharing our rewards >> The reward of a crown

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5-7 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.

 

Rev 4,5-11

(234e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Set your mind on the glory of God – In the center of this sea of glass before the throne are “four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.” They are not human; they are not angels; they are called living creatures because there is nothing else like them. They are not just creatures, but living, suggestive of the life of God that is in them, and for this reason they never cease to glorify His name. Unlike the angels that number in the myriads and mankind that also number in the myriads, there are only four of these living creatures. They all have six wings, suggesting they are the cherubim of glory often mentioned in the Old Testament. Images of two are prominently displayed on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant located in the holy of holies. They are possibly one of the first of God’s creation, since they stand closest to His throne. 

Rev 4-5

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing – Jesus never taught that there were seven Holy Spirits; He taught that there was only one, and so did Paul, “There is one body and one Spirit-...” (Eph 4,4-6, emphasis added; see also: 1Cor 12,7-12). This should make it clear that we are not talking about seven Holy Spirits, but as it says, “and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God,” these are seven anointings of fire as John the Baptist also spoke, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Mat 3-11). So, we have John the Baptist associating the Spirit with fire, and we know He was referring to a baptism of anointing, meaning we will be immersed in fire, which has the power to destroy. These seven spirits of God are seven anointings that He has reserved for the last days, intended to destroy the flesh while it frees the spirit from its carnal restraints. John didn’t teach the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; on the contrary, the water remains outside the body, suggesting a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, which is delineated as the anointing.

Rev 4,6-11

(244e) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Father is the source of eternal life – There were world empires that came and went, each having a name as Daniel assigned an animal to each, except one, simply calling it the beast (Dan 7,1-8), because it was so different from any other kingdom, so that there was not even a frame of reference to which we may compare it, just like the four living creatures in heaven are different from anything that God has created. It would seem, then, that Satan is counterfeiting his last day’s world empire after those four living creatures. Moreover, according to the pattern of Satan’s counterfeiting ways, always being the opposite of God, the essential characteristic of his empire will be death (Rev 6-8), in stark contrast to the four living creatures, who epitomize the life of God.

Rev 4,6-8

(117j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Acknowledging the presence of God

Rev 4-6

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people – We know nothing about the rich history that these four living creatures must have shared with God over the eons, but we do know their purpose is to stay alert and keep watch over the Kingdom of God that no unclean thing should enter through the perpetually open doors, even as Jesus has commanded us to stay vigilant and keep watch over our souls that no unclean thing enter our hearts.

(84b) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Remain on duty >> Keep watch – The purpose of the four living creatures “full of eyes in front and behind” is to guard God’s throne from intruders who would seek entrance into the gates of the city without permission. Nothing escapes their notice; they are watching for anything that might come through the door with the intent to destroy. Being omnipotent, God would obviously be able to protect His own throne, and being omniscient, He would obviously know from all eternity the very hour and moment anyone would attempt to challenge His authority, but He prefers to delegate authority to His creation. 

(125k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> God is at peace >> The God of peace – We are familiar with the ocean that seemingly goes on forever. When he says a sea of glass, John is alluding to a sea that was completely placid, no wild waves casting up its shame like foam (Jd-13); instead, it looks like glass with no wind breaking its surface, wind suggestive of the prince of the power of the air. This sea is a sea of people, God’s worshipers, who are at absolute peace, one of the fruits of the Spirit, who number in the millions, and as the eons transpire perhaps that number will indeed reach infinity. In the midst of all this would-be terror, flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder, no one causes a ripple, but all are at peace with God around His throne. All the myriads of people who worship God are in absolute and total peace, a peace that surpasses all comprehension (Phi 4-7), because they know they are safe at their Masters' throne.

(136i) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ is the Church

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8&9 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME." 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 

 

Rev 4,8-11

(73f) Authority >> Respect Positions Of Authority >> Respect the Father’s Authority

(81l) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church >> Anointing to pray

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

(109a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Spirit reveals the Father – There is much debate what it means to be created in the image of God. One thing we know, it doesn’t refer to His appearance; whether or not we look like God is irrelevant. We are made in His image in terms of His internal attributes; therefore, He teaches us to love, because that is His primary attribute. He also has the attribute of judgment and many other internal attributes. We know that Jesus was a man; He looks just like one of us, which will not change; He will forever remain in appearance as a man for all eternity, but whether the Father has the appearance of a man is doubtful. When we look in a mirror, we see the physical attributes of our form, but if the Father were to look in a mirror, what He would see is the epitome of faith, which is the very substance of God, and whatever form that takes is anybody’s guess. We know that the Father is more than just a Spirit, because the Holy Spirit has that role. Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit and He also talked about the Father as separate entities. Although God is Spirit (Jn 4-24), He is also the origin of faith. We can say that the Holy Spirit and faith are one and the same, but then that is the language of the trinity; all three members are one and the same, yet each is unique. Jesus promised that He would come to us (Jn 14-18), and so He sent the Holy Spirit, meaning He and the Holy Spirit are one and the same, so also is the Father and the Son. We understand Jesus through the Spirit, and we understand the Father through Christ. 

(133a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> The Father is holy

(150i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God has spoken to you

(244b) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Father is eternally glorified – When these four living creatures give glory to God, they are glorifying the Father. They are worshipping the one from which all things originate, and the Son is in subjection to Him. In the beginning, when God said in Genesis 1-26, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,” that was the Father speaking to the Son, and we didn’t hear a retort; Jesus didn’t say, ‘I have a better idea.’ It was the Father’s will that He should create man in His image, and He involved His Son and the Holy Spirit in the creation of all things. We know this by the general term “God” which refers to the Father by default. He doesn’t need these four living creatures full of eyes to guard His throne, but He created them and gave them this authority simply because He delegates His authority to his creation, yet He retains it, for the more authority He delegates, the more authority He exercises as the creator and the final authority of all things. Many people don’t understand this; instead, they try to retain their authority and do everything themselves, thinking they have more authority because they are the ones in control, but if they delegated their authority, it would increase. The One who is the cause of all things takes credit for the victories and accomplishments that happen under Him. So God delegates His authority to all His creatures and takes credit for what they do. He has lost nothing by giving away His authority but instead it exponentially increases.

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God – These four living creatures, the cherubim of glory, lead the course of God’s worship. This chapter depicts the absolute and total worship of God in heaven. Compare that with people who refuse to hear the gospel message or want anything to do with God. The last place they would want to be is in heaven, yet it is home to us who believe. God’s creation worships Him because we are amazed at His creative ability. There are a lot of people in the world who think God is the ultimate narcissist as though He needs all attention on Himself, for man and angel alike to sing His praises; however, it is not He who needs our worship, but we who need to worship Him. In fact He proved that by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die at the hands of hostile men on a rugged cross. He was anything but worshipped. Rather, God is first and foremost a servant, and He can’t be the ultimate servant and crave our worship at the same time. The reason His creation worships Him is because if we don’t, we will worship ourselves; we have proven that throughout history. The creation needs to worship someone because we exist! “Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Lk 19-39,40). We exist and for this reason we want to give thanks to someone for our existence, and who better to give thanks than the one who created us? If we worship ourselves we will be destroyed, but if we worship God we will be saved and live forever with Him.

Rev 4,9-11

(77m) Thy kingdom come >> Being Humble Before God >> Exalting God through humility

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10&11 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."

 

Rev 4-10,11

(98g) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory of Christ) >> The resurrection – These twenty-four elders were human. They were people who were delivered from their sins, washed clean by the blood of the lamb and placed before His throne, people like Moses and Elijah. We know the struggle they experienced because we are going through it too, but we don’t know what the four living creatures had to experience to receive their place before the throne (Vs 6-8). We are like butterflies that go through metamorphosis; currently we are the caterpillar (or maybe better stated a worm); death is like the chrysalis; and the resurrection is the butterfly. We don’t know if the four living creatures had to go through a metamorphosis as we must; there is no mention of it. We are the only creatures who must die to be resurrected. The angels who sinned with Lucifer essentially died with no hope of being redeemed; they dwell in the angelic realm of the undead, and mankind will follow them to eternal damnation who reject the salvation of Christ.

Rev 4-11

(151i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> No other source but God can explain the creation – These four living creatures are full of eyes, and they see everything, and God placed them around His throne as it were so nobody could sneak up on Him. At the same time, God is all-knowing; He knows the end from the beginning, if someone were to sneak up on Him, He would have known about it a billion eons beforehand and would be ready for him. These four living creatures therefore in a sense emulate God’s foreknowledge. The fact that nobody can sneak up on God’s throne because of them is a simulation of His preeminence. He uses His creation to emulate Himself. He has done the same thing to the human brain, the most organized structure in the known universe. The brain is a highly complex organ that houses all our thoughts on a physical basis. We know that the brain consists of nothing more than tissue, yet it is able to emulate our soul. We know that mere tissue is not our identity, but it can represent us. God is doing the same thing throughout His entire creation; He makes things to represent Himself. The four living creatures full of eyes who are watching God’s throne would warn Him of any would-be intruders, but the real purpose for these four living creatures is to give the inhabitants of heaven one more layer of security and one more reason they need never look over their shoulder.

(212a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> The creation exemplifies God’s sovereignty – Anyone who does not want to know God essentially wants to be a god unto himself, since that is the nature of everyone who will not worship Him. God created us to be His worshipers, and if we don’t worship Him, we will worship someone, and that “someone” invariably is ourselves. If we worship another person, it is just another form of self-adulation regarding our humanity, known as humanism. The worship of man is comparable to homosexuality in that people who worship themselves are fascinated with things of their own nature, whereas God's worshippers are fascinated with things that are unique only to Him, such as the fact that He never had a beginning, that He is the creator of all things and that he is owner of everything and has all power and authority over His creation, living and non-living. For this reason the worship of man is unnatural and depraved. The number one reason people don’t want to worship God is that they have aspirations of being god. Since these people are so adamant against anything to do with Him, God has honored their wishes, and has prepared a place for them outside His presence where they can live out their eternal existence. He has given them a place of their own, stripped of every attribute of His character. James 1-16,17 says, “Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." Subtract God and all His good and perfect gifts from His creation and you get hell. Sadly, most people would rather worship themselves in hell than worship God in heaven. It may be a place of misery and horror and fear and torment, but to them it is better then the presence of God. Hence, the throne of God is worse than hell if your heart is not with Him.

(248b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> God exercises His will

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 5

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1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.

 

Rev 5,1-14

(50ea) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> Heavenly ceremony prior to the seals – The book was sealed with seven seals, but there was writing on the back, which was not sealed, and it tells how the story ends, speaking about the new heavens and the new earth. The Old Testament has already told us about this Millennium that is coming, this thousand-year reign of Messiah, who is Jesus, after which eternity will resume. These things have already been detailed by their ancient prophets, but the great tribulation is a system of events that God wants to keep somewhat of a mystery, though it has been written in the book of Daniel about some of these things (Dan 12-4), but now that the New Testament has come, those seven seals have been broken, and now we can open up the book and read for ourselves what takes place during the great tribulation prior to this millennial kingdom that is coming. Each seal represents a divine judgment greater than the last.

(71i) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Jesus is ordained by God – All these things are the result of the cross, which was the purpose and calling of Christ. He was ordained for the cross, and the cross ordained Him to judge the world, because nobody else was worthy. That is, the only one who was worthy to judge the world was the one who spilled His blood to save it. The Father ordained Christ to shed His blood for the sins of mankind, and after they rebelled and rejected His grace, He ordained the Son to judge the world. His judgment is coming as a direct result of the cross. Last time God judged the world was through Noah; the water represented the Holy Spirit, and much later God released a flood of his grace upon the earth in the form of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Soon God will recompense the world with fire, according to the words of John the Baptist (Mat 3-11); he meant that spiritually first, then literally at the end of the age. Jesus was God in human flesh, the very creator of the universe, the king of heaven and of angels; He had the highest authority of all creation, and this exponentially increased the grace that He released into the world by the sacrificed of Himself. This selfless act by the highest authority of all creation also constitutes His right to judge the world.

(223k) Description Of Heaven (Key verse)

(230h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did

Rev 5,1-5

(11e) Servant >> Jesus is our standard – We will never have authority to be judgmental, because this has no power to heal or bless anyone; it only has the power to destroy. Judgmental people have no choice but to be their own standard, because if they used Christ as their standard, they would have to judge themselves first. God has given Christ authority to execute judgment by first judging the sin in His own flesh and overcoming it. Jn 5-27 says “[the Father] gave [Christ] authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.” Heb 5,7-9 also says “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”

(16d) Sin >> Man’s nature is instinctively evil >> Disobedient to the will of God – John the revelator began to weep because he was afraid the judgment of God would never be accomplished, yet there are many people in the world who do not know God, who are on the receiving end of God’s judgment, who have a different view; they hope His judgments will never be accomplished. Prov 10-29 says, “The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.” The righteous consider the judgment of God to be good, analogous to a surgeon’s knife that injures the patient in the process of healing him, whereas the wicked man looks at God through a heart of evil and sees only evil, and he projects his own wickedness onto God. The wicked think that God should leave them alone and let them do whatever they want; meanwhile, the people they afflict by their sin blame God for allowing their evil to assail them. The very next day these same people switch roles, but the end result is the same; they both see God as evil, because they refuse to worship Him. God does not judge mankind to vindicate people in the world, but to vindicate His worshippers, who are afflicted by the sin of the wicked.

(63a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Jesus deceives His people

(111f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Word in obedience cannot evade the power of God – To the degree that we have overcome sin is the degree to which we have spiritual authority to execute judgment in this life. We have authority to preach the gospel and we have authority to be the world’s conscience toward God. That is, when we overcome sin in our personal lives, we have authority to be the salt of the earth. Likewise, after Jesus overcame sin in His personal life, God gave Him authority to execute judgment in the world, and as a result He will come on a white horse with all His servants behind Him, and will take dominion over the earth, and destroy those who oppose His righteousness. This is the administration of Christ’s judgment, but our administration is against the demons of hell, a war that Christ won in His own flesh for us by never yielding to sin. We preach the victory of Christ to people that they might be unshackled, and we pray for them that they might be set free from the darkness of evil. This is the right that God gives us when we overcome sin in our personal lives. Without this victory we have no power over Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren. Without this personal victory, we are just as guilty as the people we are trying to help. In fact, without personal victory over sin, we are not much better than the devil himself. Although his motives may be wrong in condemning us, yet on an empirical level the devil’s estimation of us would be right, and whenever the devil is right, the ramifications are never good. God wants to see a contrast between us and the world, and that contrast is made by our faith. Nothing else has the power to overcome the demonic forces in our flesh pulling us into their darkness and placing us under bondage to their addictions. Nothing but faith can do this, as it says in 1Jn 5-4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith.”

(227j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Dependence on Jesus >> Depending on Jesus to fulfill His purpose in us

(253f) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Holy Spirit honors the Son through the Father >> Father honors the Son who honors the Father

Rev 5-1

(40h) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the world >> It does not obey Him – Once the book of Revelation gets going in the following chapters, it talks about the seals. The first five seals are the tortures that man inflicts upon himself; the sixth seal is a giant earthquake, but then the seventh seal contains the seven trumpets of God's judgment. Note, however, that the seventh trumpet does not contain the seven bowls of God’s wrath. This suggest that there are two categories of God's judgment, one that occurs when the saints are still here on the earth, and the other that occurs when they are not here. The book of seals isn't even opened until the seventh seal is broken, suggesting that before it can be opened the first six seals must first take place. So, if the seals of Satan's wrath are performed while the book is closed, then they cannot be written within the pages, but must have been a blurb that was sketched on the back of the book. Man's wickedness against himself is not permitted on the pages of God's book, because what is written inside the book is holy. What is written on the back is how Satan leads the human race on a mass campaign of martyring the saints, and written on the inside the book on its pages is primarily God’s response in judgment against the world for martyring His saints, but also for rejecting His offer of eternal life and for continuing in sin.

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2-5 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals."

 

Rev 5,2-9

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death – The woman caught in adultery that the religious leaders brought to Jesus and asked Him if they should stone her, and He answered them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn 8-7), and of course He was talking about Himself. The one who was without sin, who was worthy to pronounce sentence against her, refrained from executing judgment. In the days of His flesh He judged no one, but in the last days the circumstances will have changed, so that He will become the judge of all the earth. He will open the seals of God’s mighty wrath and pour them upon the earth. It is possible that the last days would have never come had the world not martyred the saints, but they touched the apple of God’s eye and martyred them by the thousands. This is what inspired endtime prophecy in the first place. Take martyrdom from the picture (the fifth seal), and all of endtime prophecy goes away. Man has performed enormous atrocities since Jesus gave His life for the sins of the world, and God has overlooked them all, because He has given people freedom to do whatever they want, but He draws the line at the systematic martyrdom of His saints. Many people have been martyred over the centuries, but their death always resulted in promoting the Kingdom of God with more souls converted to Christianity than ever, but the last days promises wholesale martyrdom while the world hardens its heart against God, thus etching a definite line between the saints and heathen. The antichrist will establish a system of mass genocide against Christianity with the people’s full backing. They will cast their vote against Christians by receiving the mark of the beast. By taking this mark, they will have fully endorsed the antichrist’s agenda to martyr the saints.

Rev 5-2

(15h) Servant >> Angels have authority >> They have the power to decree an order – It is because of the victory of Christ that we have endtime prophecy at our disposal and can read it for ourselves as to what takes place after these things, for the whole point of endtime prophecy is to know what will happen so we can prepare. The fact that there was no one found worthy to open the book and its seven seals means that no one was worthy to proclaim these judgments against the world. Although the world will have grown wicked by then, yet not even the most righteous person or angel has authority to pronounce judgment against sinners, except Jesus, who came to save the world, and it is against Him and His salvation that they have rebelled, and so it is only fitting that He should also judge them. He came and poured his grace upon the world using his own blood and sacrificed his flesh for the sake of the world and the world has rejected His grace and His forgiveness, so God has found Him worthy to open the book and break its seals and to judge the world after He has saved it. Although he died for everyone, His whole ministry was to merely save some, and although everyone is welcome to His salvation and welcome to the gift of eternal life, not everyone will receive it.

Rev 5-4,5

(41d) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus overcame sin – No one in heaven but Christ was worthy to open the book, not even the angels were worthy. That is not to say that heaven is full of sinners, but that God’s creation is imperfect, according to Job 4-18, “He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.” That doesn't mean angels are sinners, but they do things that are less than perfect in the eyes of God. There was no one in heaven worthy to open the book, except the Son of God, who lived in a body of sinful flesh for thirty-three years without ever sinning. We have all done things that have caused God to frown. The only reason Adam and Eve sinned was because of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Had the tree not been there, they could not have sinned even if they tried. Without the tree they could have done things wrong and it still would not have been sin, because they wouldn’t have acted against the command of God, for the only command imposed on them was to avoid the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Likewise, the angels may have done things wrong without committing sin, because no opportunity was given to sin, except the option to follow Lucifer in the angelic rebellion. This was the event that God used to cull the angelic host of those whose hearts were not fully trained on Him, a way to separate the sheep from the goats. God didn’t make his creatures to be perfect, but free to be imperfect. God gives an opportunity for his creation to prove their hearts to be wholly devoted to Him, and by this they do not become perfect; rather, they become perfected. Jesus was given the opportunity to prove His heart wholly devoted to His Father, and He always demonstrated this fact without fail. He has never done anything wrong in heaven, and He never did anything wrong on earth; the Father raised Him from the dead and set Him at His right-hand, and He has never done anything wrong since then, and He never will, because He is utterly perfect, unlike His creation. He is the only one worthy to open the seals in the eyes of God.

(188i) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Sorrow >> Grieving over your own loss >> Grieving over your circumstances – It says that John began to weep, because there was no one found worthy to open the book and its seals. Why did it sadden him to think there was no one worthy to open the book of judgments and bring upon the world the death of hundreds of millions of people? It goes back to Proverbs 21-15, “The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the workers of iniquity.” If the exercise of justice brings joy to the righteous, then it must sadden them when it is put aside. Heaven considers God’s judgment to be righteous, whereas the world considers it to be evil. The world disagrees with God’s justice and therefore laments its execution. The world’s idea of justice is that God should let them continue to oppress their fellow man and suppress the truth, distaining God and destroying the earth, whereas those who live in heaven see His judgment as correcting evil in the world, analogous to nature that sometimes makes corrections, such as when man over-populates the earth and a tsunami follows an earthquake and wipes out an entire seaboard. With so many people, catastrophes take millions in its wake. The judgment of God is very much the same; it is a correction of the wrongs.

Rev 5,5-14

(32m) Gift of God >> Father will honor you >> Father honors His Son

Rev 5-5,6

(64h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Weaknesses of God >> God subjects himself to human frailty >> His weakness is stronger than men

Rev 5-5

(87c) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Jesus obeyed all the Father’s will -- This verse goes with verse 9

(123b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Being bold in the position God has given you

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6&7 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures ) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

 

Rev 5,6-14

(56d) Paradox >> Opposites >> humble yourself to be used of God

(224l) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The holy of holies >> The throne room of heaven – Jesus came and took the book from the right-hand of the Father, meaning that these judgments have originated from the Father, from the highest authority of all creation, and there is no anger and no rage mentioned here; the anger is contained in the book itself, the wrath of God in whatever is written will be fulfilled. We would think that if God is all-knowing and all-seeing that there would be no cause to be angry at all. If He knows the end from the beginning and it makes Him angry, why did He allow it then? Perhaps He should have done something other than creating man if man is so frustrating to Him. “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles” (Rom 9,22-24).

Rev 5,6-10

(153b) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Jesus bears witness of the Father

Rev 5,6-9

(187g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Dying to self precedes the resurrection – These seven spirits are in relation to the seven churches that He visited in the first three chapters, and horns represent power, like a bull that proudly displays his horns as lethal weapons. The thing about God is He knows all and He sees all through the power of the seven horns, for it is the power of God that He sees an knows all things. These are the seven eyes that belong to the seven spirits, and it talks about the four living creatures, who also are important, in that they too have this same attribute with eyes everywhere, and the Old Testament has written of these things as though they were angels, but they are Cherubim, also known as living creatures, who never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” They are stationed at the throne of God to protect it and His kingdom from intruders; though God Himself knows all things, He has delegated every drop of His authority.

Rev 5-6

(13a) Servant >> Jesus is a servant of mankind >> He is smaller than any man

(37h) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction -- This verse goes with verse 9

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God – Going forward for a moment, Rev 13-1 says that the beast has ten horns (and seven heads). Now, these horns represent power like the horns of a bull (while the heads represent authority). These seven horns are associated with the seven eyes, “which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” These seven Spirits are seven anointings that God has prepared for the Church in the last days that are given to open our eyes to the power and authority of Christ. Remember, chapters two and three spoke of seven churches, most of which were having problems serving the Lord. These seven anointings are sent into all the earth to guide the seven churches into repentance if needed and into a revelation of Jesus Christ that will open their eyes to the power of God’s kingdom that is will be manifested on the earth for a thousand years. God will give His people a profound ability to see through the eyes of their spirit as Paul said in Eph 1,18-23, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." God earnestly wants His people to know this truth by revelation of the Spirit to help them see the glory and power of the Kingdom of God that is coming upon them.

(118b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Everything you can see you can have – If God's people could just suffer for a little while, they would inherit the Kingdom of God along with the entire creation, and God would give them authority over the nations of the earth throughout all eternity. He wants us to comprehend the glory He is given us, that it might give us hope to persevere, because Satan is coming to deceive mankind into believing that he has all power and authority in heaven and on earth, and God wants His church to be ready for him. Just as He defeated him through the weakness of human flesh in His Son, so He intends to defeat the devil again, this time through the weakness of human flesh in His church. God will deliver us from all our enemies, even if He must deliver us through death.

(209ja) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> He was the Passover lamb -- This verse goes with verse 12

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8&9 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

 

Rev 5,8-14

(252c) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for what God made Him through suffering – One of the holiest moments in heaven will take place before the tribulation on earth, the ceremony of choosing the only man worthy to open the book and break its seals. So here we see all of creation worshipping Jesus Christ. Worshipping Him would have broken the first commandment if Jesus were not God, and heaven itself would have done this right in front of the Father at His very throne. Was entire creation committing idolatry around God's throne, breaking the first commandment that says, “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only?” Jesus is indeed God, and if anyone wants to think otherwise, he is in an uphill battle against Scripture, which speaks against every view other than the fact that Jesus is God. This ceremony may be happening at this very moment, because the time is near and judgment is about to fall on the earth.

Rev 5-8

(82k) Thy kingdom come >> Power of prayer >> Prayer prepares you to meet Jesus – These golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, take us back to old covenant temple worship with the golden altar of incense that was placed before the veil leading into the Holy of Holies, illustrating the truth that prayer acts as a pass that allows us access into the Most Holy Place. Moses taught in Exodus 30-6 to place the golden altar of incense in front of the veil outside the Most Holy Place, whereas Heb 9-4 placed the golden altar of incense inside the Holy of Holies. So, which one was it, inside our outside the Most Holy Place? The writer of Hebrews was an authority on the subject of temple worship, and since the theme of Hebrews centered on the subject, it is unlikely he was confused about the location of the golden altar of incense. Rather, on a practical basis, the golden altar of perpetual incense required constant attention to keep the incense burning, but no one was allowed in the Most Holy Place except the high priest, and that only once a year to perform the annual sacrifice for the propitiation of sin. However, from a spiritual standpoint, the golden altar of incense was actually an article of the Most Holy Place, suggesting that our prayers are Most Holy to the Lord, in that it ushers us into the presence of God! Unlike the high priest who was allowed into the Holy of Holies only once a year, we new covenant worshippers have access into His presents is often as we wish through prayer. However, we much first pass the table of showbread, representing the word of God, and the seven candle lampstand that illumines His word in us prior to entering the Holy of Holies. Thus, the four living creatures and the 24 elders, each having a golden bowl full of incense, refers to one of the seven horns that will endow us with an anointing to pray, and since the lamb has “seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent out into all the earth,” the objective for this anointing is given to the saints in order to pray holding the office of a priest that we should intercede for the people using a divine unction to open their eyes to the greatness and power and glory of Christ that is manifesting on the earth as His millennial kingdom.

Rev 5-9 

(37h) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood delivered us from destruction -- This verse goes with verse 6. It says in Rom 5-9 that the blood of Jesus has saved us from the wrath of God, yet here we see in the book of Revelation God using the blood of Jesus to judge the world. Jesus opens the seals, representing the judgment of God; the very grace of God has become the judge of all the world; those who received Him were saved and the rest are condemned; that’s the book of Revelation, and that’s the Bible going back to Genesis. The book of Revelation is about the revelation of Jesus Christ, and it is also a revelation of God’s judgment. Knowing that hell is the ultimate judgment of God against the enemies of Christ, the book of Revelation is a revelation of hell becoming anxious to receive its inhabitants, unable to wait any longer, it reaches to the surface of the earth and pulls its children into the abyss of its dark judgment. Note that heaven has made this into a song, suggesting that the judgment of God is just another blessing, but a curse to those who dwell in hell. The fact that Jesus went to the cross and paid a ransom for mankind, and especially for the children of God who belong in heaven, has made Him worthy to judge the world, who alone is worthy because of His great mercy that the world has rejected. The very object of grace that would have saved them has now become the object of their condemnation; their savior has become their judge.

(87c) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Jesus obeyed all the Father’s will -- This verse goes with verse 5

(114h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus exercises His will through the will of His Father

(209i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus paid our ransom with His own blood

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

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10-14 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." 13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, "Amen." And the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

Rev 5-10

(81a) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> We are a type of Jesus’ priesthood – Jesus purchased for God with His blood men from every tribe and tongue and people, and He has made them to become a nation of priests to their God, and they will reign upon the earth. Just as our lives in the flesh are a microcosm of the age to come in the Millennium, so the Millennium will prove to be a microcosm of eternity. That is, what we do in this life will make a difference to us in the Millennium, and what we do in the Millennium will make a difference to us in eternity. We decide how we experience eternity by our level of commitment and faithfulness to God, both in our ministry toward Him and toward people. We have the role of priests and will intercede for the people whom God will create after us in the age to come throughout eternity. Christ is our intercessor to the Father, and we will be their intercessors. Although there is no sin in heaven, they will need an intercessor because they will make mistakes and need correction. If God personally found fault with them, they would be right back where we started in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve rebelling against the Lord, but if they rebelled against us, it would not be sin. Therefore, God created us to be priests so we can intercede for the people to minimize the consequences of their mistakes.

(231j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> We are the body of His kingdom

Rev 5,11-14

(144c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church Bears Witness of Jesus >> Having fellowship with Him

(151i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> No other source but God can explain the creation

(224g) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> Rejoicing in heaven – People in hell will hear the commotion of heaven in the praise and worship directed at Christ with the exultation of God Almighty. Hell itself will hear this joy and join the chorus and celebration. This is a depiction of heaven before the children of God fill its streets, before God conquers sin and death and before He creates a new heavens and a new earth. Every created thing will worship God, including the rocks, according to Lk 19,37-40, “As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples." But Jesus answered, "I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

(233i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through obedience – This scene in heaven describes all the things that Lucifer was seeking when he fell into transgression. Every living thing worshipped Jesus Christ, ascribing to Him: power, riches, wisdom, might, honor, glory, blessing and dominion forever and ever. Lucifer sought all the things that are on this list, and he would have received it all up-to God’s throne had he pursued it through faith and love. To us, though, God has even offered us to sit on His throne with Christ! God has withheld nothing from us. Lucifer received all things barring God’s throne without a mediator, while we with a mediator have received all things, including His throne.

Rev 5-11,12

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority This is the song of angels. These “living beings” are cherubim and seraphim; Lucifer was a Cherubim, one of the highest forms of angels. They are closest to His throne in proximity, and that is also their position with God. However, man's position with God is closer than cherubim and seraphim, God having invited him to sit next to Christ on His throne, who Himself is seated at the right-hand of the Father. Not just some of mankind but all who are in heaven have a place of authority. Our position with Christ has been determined by the way we lived on earth in this life, and so we partly decide our position in the hierarchy of heavenly authority.

(130b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one voice – Jesus said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6-10). If the inhabitants of heaven can worship God in a state of unity, then this is God’s expectation for us in this life. He has called us to act in one accord and have one voice to preach the gospel of Christ. Jesus taught that unity is key to the Church’s ability to do the will of God. Without unity (faith) it is impossible to please Him (Heb 11-6). There are certain individuals who can accomplish a few things, but the Church as a whole cannot fulfill the great commission apart from unity. Some people work hard, spending hours in the ministry, both pastors and lay people all the way down to those who vacuum the rug and clean the bathrooms. Nobody doubts they work very hard, but without unity all our work will come to nothing. The Church will need to be cleaned again next week, and that is all that will come of it, but with unity our labors will be rewarded. More is accomplished by everything we do through synergy, which is defined as “The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements” (Dictionary.com). Another way to describe the effects of unity is through exponents. We can get out our Cartesian Coordinate system and plot a line following the value of an exponential equation (i.e. x2 = y), and it will generate a curve leading to infinity. Comparing that with a non-exponential equation (such as x + 2 = y), it generates a straight line that is almost horizontal. Unity is synergistic by the effect of our labors increasing exponentially, so that the product of unity is greater than the sum of its parts. If we attempt to establish the Kingdom of God in a way that our effect is equal to our work, we will get nowhere, but unity’s effect is greater than the sum of our work, so now we can accomplish things, and to do this we must have one voice. It is nice to have one voice in a church, but it is better to have one voice in many churches, so the more churches unite, the more we will unite as a church. The more synergy between us, the more we can exponentially accomplish as God works through our unity. The inhabitants of heaven demonstrate this in their worship of God with one voice, and God is glorified, but just because we sing songs doesn’t mean God is glorified, and just because we offer up a sacrifice of praise doesn’t mean God is exalted. What glorifies God is our unity, not so much our labors, our songs and our praise apart from unity.

Rev 5-11

(118a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Making spiritual observations

Rev 5-12

(209ja) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> He was the Passover lamb -- This verse goes with verse 6

Rev 5-13,14

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for who He is >> Worship God for being God – Every created being confesses these words, even the dammed in hell are forced to admit the truth. In heaven there is a lot of worship of God; those who stand in His presence cannot help but worship Him. When they see His glory, there is only one appropriate response; God's presence invokes a knee-jerk reaction of worship within His creation. Worshipping God in His presence is the only natural and normal response. 

Rev 5-13

(151j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> Living things reflect the nature of God

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

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 6

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1&2 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, "Come." 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

 

Rev 6,1-17

(49c) Judgment >> Enemies of God’s righteousness are destroyed

Rev 6,1-8

(39j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated Satan in the world -- These verses go with verses 12-17. One of the four living creatures said “come.” That is significant in that it implies these four living creatures around the throne play part in the last days. We have never heard the term “living creatures” until the book of Revelation, but we have heard the word “cherubim” often stated in the Old Testament. The fact that a cherubim is mounted on the Ark of the Covenant, which resides in the Holy of Holies, suggests that the purpose of the living creatures will be to lead the Church into a Most Holy Place with God during the tumultuous times of the last days.

(64k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> God’s judgments accomplish the devil’s will The beast is always in the process of development through constant change and mutation, so that there are actually four antichrists in all throughout the fulfillment of endtime prophecy. Each one of these antichrists is labeled a beast, and in each instance there are two entities involved. In one case there is the false prophet and the beast, and in another case there is the beast and the harlot, so these names keep changing like a virus mutates to accommodate the different antichrists that emerge. These are in reference to the first four seals described in Revelation chapter six. The first antichrist manages the controlled demolition of the world economic system; the second antichrist takes peace from the earth in reference to rioting and war; the third antichrist depicts the result of the first two, which is absolute global desolation and poverty; and the fourth antichrist is the one the Bible most describes, because he institutes the mark of the beast and targets Christians for martyrdom. This is the one that most concerns God, because he slaughters the saints in an organized fashion resembling Hitler’s holocaust. The seals depict a total collapse of the economic system, followed by riots and war, followed by unimaginable poverty and starvation, followed by death and martyrdom. The fourth horseman will require the world to receive a mark, and by receiving it will in effect be casting their vote to persecute the saints, thus sealing their fate in the lake of fire, which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. So these are the names of the four antichrists: economic collapse, murder, poverty and hell.

Rev 6-1,2

(50e) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> First seal - collapse of the global economy  Who is this rider on the white horse, and what does the first seal represent? It signifies the total collapse of the global economy, and the result becomes the second seal. The most deceitful words spoken by a man since the fall of Adam were recently spoken, “We are too big to fail.” Perhaps the only thing rivaling this deception was the government actually giving them the money they requested! The federal government implicated itself in this worldwide economic deception when it agreed to bailout the banks. The global economy is a giant Ponzi scheme; when money stops flowing into it, it will immediately collapse! 

(85d) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Powerful when spoken by the Spirit >> The spoken word of God

(160a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit Christ – The first five seals depict Satan’s wrath. The very first seal portrayed a white horse that had a rider with a bow in his hand and a crown on his head. Everything about this description is a skillfully crafted satanic deception. In fact, deception is the main point of the first seal. The fact that his horse was white denotes righteousness, implying that the rider portrayed himself as having good intensions, but in fact he was the epitome of evil, making his white horse a counterfeit of the horse Jesus rides. The fact that the rider had a bow but made no mention of arrows implies that he had no power to kill, yet his bow still suggested war, not a conventional war, but a war of economics. Therefore, the power of his bow is deception. He goes to war with lies, fraud and deceit, and a crown, representing authority. His crown is another lie, “and he went out conquering, and to conquer.” That part is true. He successfully conquered his enemies using only lies and deception, but had no real power or authority. 

(175c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Wealth gives a false sense of godliness – A white horse marshaling a false righteousness is emblematic of monetary wealth. People with big money give the impression of having favor with God solely by virtue of their financial success, and by their lavish lifestyles that others envy. It makes them appear to have God’s blessing, but nothing could be further from the truth in the vast majority of cases, including and especially this one. 

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3-5 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come." 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. 5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.

 

Rev 6-3,4

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers – Taking peace from the earth doesn’t refer to war between nations, but war within nations. It refers to anarchy, national unrest, rioting in the streets, lawlessness, gang warfare that controls whole neighborhoods without fear of reprisal, until people take sides, and after they do, the mindless mayhem in the streets will transform into civil war within virtually every developed nation of the world. This will be the result of the total collapse of the global economy. People will no longer be able to buy the things they need to live, such as food and a simple roof over their heads. People will slay one another instead of helping each other as they did through the great depression of 1929. God has given us the great depression as a testimony against us to show that what will take place in the last days is inexcusable. During the great depression there were few reports of rioting in the streets and the madness we will see when the seals are broken. Instead, the coming days will be similar to the atrocities that took place during World War II in Europe, only on a much grander scale. Germany was oppressed and desperate; they were charged with the entire war and with its reparations. Man is destined to demonstrate just how low he is willing to stoop. So much personal character has been bred out of the human gene pool since the days of the great depression (see: Rise of Psychopathy), not that people were so wonderful back then, but we have replaced what remained of a common sense of decency with an attitude of personal supremacy and social isolationism. Man has grown unreachable in his heart. It will be like a skirmish between two men, but instead of breaking it up, Satan will slide a sword between them that they might fight over it to slay his fellow man. In the coming days a man will murder his neighbor, not for a cause, but out of bitterness and anger and out of frustration, or perhaps for a Twinkie. Since all government-financed systems and programs, including welfare, will not be feasible, the police will no longer be in force, so lawlessness will abound. Grocery stores and homes will be raided for the last morsels of sustenance; people will be shot right on the street for a pair of shoes or the coat they are wearing. Law cannot exist in a collapsed economy. It will suddenly become crystal clear that the monetary system we have taken for granted has been the kingpin to our civilization, and since it can be manipulated, people have taken its reigns and pulled back hard on them and halted everything, so that when they restart the economy they will establish it according to their specifications, so they are in absolute control of who buys, who sells and who doesn’t.

(50e) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Second seal - WWIII

Rev 6-5,6

(23j) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> The cause of poverty – A denarius represents a day’s wages, a loaf of bread for a day’s wages. This is the level of inflation that our failed global economy will cause. It will make living in developed nations virtually impossible. The more developed a nation, the harder it will be hit by the seals. Civilization will no longer be feasible, proving that money is at its core. When money fails, civilization fails; it is just that simple, and those who are in control know it. Put so many psychopaths in charge of the money supply, they will naturally abuse their power to control everything and everyone. The average wage today is about a hundred dollars, which can buy groceries for about a week, but the coming day’s wages won’t buy a sack lunch to take to work. What’s the point of working under those conditions? If people still have jobs, they will probably quit, seeing it as a waste of time and calories. That will give time to more people to slay one another, to steal, kill and destroy in order to live another day of their wasted lives. We can point up at the bad guys in control and shake our fingers at them, but don’t forget, they couldn’t have accomplished their objectives without our help. We can remember a day when money was for sale, and technically it wasn’t even necessary to pay it back, just go bankrupt or default on your mortgage. That was the late 1990’s. We did them a big favor by walking into their trap, believing all the while they were walking into ours. Even the little guy took advantage of the exorbitant money supply and abused it, but these were mere mosquito bites compared to what the giant financial firms did to manipulate the money system with their multi-billion dollar derivatives, making short-term gains, always thinking short term. Finally the money system caved from a lack of inner substance, which is iconic to Satan, and it would have collapsed had it not been for the government bailing them out. We should have allowed the economy to collapse, so we could put it back together in a way that would benefit the common man. As it is, the economy is destined to fail again, and when a bailout is not feasible next time, the collapse will be a freefall, and when they put it back together, the powers that be will institute the mark of the beast. We are talking about people not being able to provide for their own families to the point of starving to death. This will create a level of desperation that will cause people who would not have otherwise to take the mark. As before, the events that result from the third seal will become the cause of forth seal.

(50e) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Third seal - Rioting, social unrest, famine and disease

(108e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Balance >> God's sovereignty balances good from evil

(249l) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world’s wealth has no value >> The world’s idea of wealth opposes the truth – When it says, “do not harm the oil and the wine,” it is talking about the very wealthy, who will seem immune to the seals, not because they have so much money that inflation can’t kill it, but because they will have amassed mountains of gold and silver, which rises in value with inflation. Gold could easily climb to $65,000 an ounce, during the days of the seals, making it worth over a million dollars a pound, and a pound of gold isn’t much to look at because it is so heavy. Silver could rise to $10,000 an ounce. They will literally have tons of it, and they will be able to live luxuriously, just like they always have. So, what are the wealthy preaching about finances today? We hear a lot of negative rhetoric about gold and silver, discouraging people from investing in it, especially from owning it in-hand—why? They are buying it up for themselves. For this reason they will be able to afford oil and wine during the worst depression in human history. The very wealthy will be unaffected by the very economic disasters they caused. The top echelon, the multi-billionaires, are controlling the economy, intentionally directing it into shallow waters and running it aground on purpose as a way of culling the populations of the world. Their plan is for millions and even billions of people to die. With the populations diminished, they will establish a new economy with themselves at the helm, one that is totally unique to any economy that has ever existed in the history of man, one that will be completely computerized, one that will require a mark on the hand or on the forehead in order to buy or sell. They want to be as it were gods. They want to become filthy rich to control not just money, but people. They want to literally be in control of everything. They want man to actually fall on their knees and worship them, which most will do.

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6-8 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine." 7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come." 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

 

Rev 6-6

(28h) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects His people

Rev 6-7,8

(26b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell >> Sin has the sentence of hell

(47e) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of the dead – It says, “Authority will be given to them over a fourth of the earth.” Who is “them?” John is referring to the horses and their riders over the first four seals. Thus, the fourth seal is a summery of the first three seals, adding death and hell to a fallen economy ravaged by inflation. Everyone’s wealth has been effectively dissolved; people will have no means to buy food. They will have run the course of rioting, and the gangs will have run their course, and they will have taken the last morsel of food from the stores and robbed everybody of everything that could be construed as valuable in times of desperation, until no one has anything, then starvation and death will set-in as the fourth seal. It says that hell followed after death, suggesting that these were not times when the gospel of Christ had a place in many people's hearts; people were not being saved, but dying without God. It will be the darkest time in human history, and with the two world wars over the last century setting the standard, that is saying a lot. However, the fact that hell was mentioned, indicates that revival is coming. Bodies will be stacked wherever they can find a place for them; the stench will be unbearable; rats will multiply by the billions, which will gorge on the corpses and spread disease, ravaging the living, dramatically increasing their mortality rate. What kind of an animal are the wild beasts of the earth? They are mostly feral dogs. People's pets will turn against them, banding together, forming large packs and carousing the broken-down neighborhoods reeking havoc, savagely mauling people and killing them.

(50e) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Forth seal - Massive human die-off

Rev 6-8

(245k) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of sin


9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

 

Rev 6,9-17

(98m) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the judgment of God

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Rev 6,9-11

(44c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> Fulfill the requirements

(48b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment – If Satan tries to push himself on the saints, they have authority over him to subdue his efforts in their personal lives, but that doesn’t stop him from inciting the multitudes against the saints to have them martyred, which he will do in the last days, just as he incited the people to kill Jesus. Before Satan had Jesus crucified, he tried other means, such as Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. Had he defeated Christ in the wilderness of temptation, it would have been a much easier, quieter and safer way to dispose of Him, but the temptation to worship Satan instead of His Father ultimately failed. This would have been an egregious sin, which would have eternally separated Christ from His Father, but Satan was destined to fail, simply because the Father and Son are destined to succeed. Had Satan succeeded in quietly overcoming the Son of God in His temptations, then he would have done the same to the saints. In the last days during the Great Endtime Revival Satan will attempt to quietly silence the saints without shedding their blood, for this revival will expose Satan as the ruler of this world and as a spiritual force of wickedness that mankind has been worshipping for millennia. Satan will attempt to quell this revival as the pope, entering Jerusalem’s temple under the guise of Israel’s Messiah. The Jews will reject him and his plan will fail. The Two Witnesses will be there to defend the truth from Satan’s lies, exposing him as the antichrist. After this event, Satan’s rage will turn to bloodshed against the saints by the thousands.

(50f) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Fifth seal - Mark of the beast -- Martyrdom – 200 years after Paul died Catholicism was born, and it was a demonic replica of the true Christian faith. Instead of being like Paul who loved the saints, Catholicism martyred them just like Paul did before he knew the Lord. Catholicism murdered more saints than any other institution in the world. This is a historical fact, and they don’t like to be reminded of it. In confronting a Catholic priest, he would probably send us away before he talked to us about their spotted past, yet the religion as a whole has not openly repented of it, suggesting that it is still in the hearts of its leaders to continue martyring the saints if given reason and opportunity, and in the last days they will be given both.

(84ca) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Be faithful until Jesus comes >> Endure to the end

(85g) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Testify of God’s works

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

(116l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Rest in His yoke by dying to self >> Relax as God kills you – The language of this passage says that these martyrs grew impatient and asked God how much longer they must wait for judgment to fall on those who martyred them, but this was mostly figurative, not that martyrs can’t talk, but that martyrs probably wouldn’t have said this, since they have entered eternity and time is no longer an issue with them, and those who are martyred trust in God’s judgment, including His timing. They trust everything about God; that is why they were martyred. Jesus answer to them was to wait and relax and rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow martyrs is completed. It speaks in this way as though they were in a holding tank underneath the altar, but these martyrs didn’t go anywhere different from the location of all Christians who have died; they found paradise in the presence of God.

(126m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> Be patient in your circumstances

(148b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Solemnly testify against unbelief

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God – The fifth seal holds the key to understanding the rest of endtime prophecy. If it weren’t for the fact that the world decided to martyr the saints, God would have allowed man to continue on his murderous rampage without lifting a finger. He has given man the freedom to do whatever he wants. That was the deal he made with Adam when he made man and gave him this earth. However, there is an exception clause: 'Do not martyr My saints!' Once they started martyring His people on a grand scale, they stepped over a line, and now God has stood from His glorious throne and is terminating man’s multi-millennial reign of terror. Had the world left God’s people alone, this age would have continued, but martyrdom has dropped the curtain on man’s age, precipitating the trumpets of God’s judgment and ultimately the bowls of His wrath. God will not idly sit and watch His people martyred for their faith. 

(192b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Life for life >> Losing your life to gain God’s purpose – Martyrs in the last days do not have a special calling, except to be martyred, for each of us are called to Die to Self, which is a type of sacrifice. Paul coined the phrase in the book of Romans. There are certain denominations in Christendom that believe Jesus was sacrificed so we don’t have to die to self, that we can enjoy our lives even richer and fuller because of Him. However, we are all called to sacrifice the evil passions and desires of our sinful nature, which is tantamount to sacrificing our lives in this world, for the way God sees it, the sinful nature is this world. Forces of evil power the world system as gasoline fuels an engine, so for us to sacrifice our sinful passions and desires is comparable to removing fuel from a fire. To deny ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Jesus is part of every person’s calling from God, so these martyrs are no different from us; they literally manifested their calling to die to self, which is essentially the definition of martyrdom.

(201g) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> The Church offends the world

(209g) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with casualties – These souls were underneath God’s altar of sacrifice. Some might say that this is blasphemous, that these martyrs oppose the blood sacrifice of Jesus, that it is a sacrilege to think anyone would be called to give his life for Christ. If anyone tried to replace the blood of Christ with their own blood sacrifice, then that would be blasphemous, but they didn’t sacrifice themselves; somebody else sacrificed them, and God received their death as martyrs. “They did not love their life even when faced with death” (Rev 12-11). They would not concede to the antichrist or take his mark or follow his ways or be part of his New World Order; they would rather die than to take one step in his direction. 

(213a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about everything

(214h) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s time is soon >> Relatively soon

(220b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the sovereignty of God – These martyr’s complaint was figurative for the purpose of bringing across the point that God’s judgment is sure to come on those who martyred them, and that He had predestined them to be martyred. God’s answer to His martyrs included a comment about predestination as a way to comfort them, suggesting that predestination is a comfort to the righteous, but ruin to the workers of inequity (Proverbs 10-29). This indicates that God is in absolute control, even though it appeared on the ground as they were being killed that God was nowhere to be found. When it appears that God is not in control, these are the times that God has given us to believe in Him. God controls the apparent randomness that occurs all around us and allows whatever happens to us, and He has all the power in the universe to act on that randomness to make whatever changes He wants for an outcome that He has specifically designed from all eternity. This is the mindset of the Father; He exclusively thinks and acts in terms of predestination and foreknowledge. He doesn’t think any other way; He knows the end from the beginning. He literally exists at the beginning, and He literally exists at the end, and He literally exists at all points in-between. He doesn’t just go back and fourth from the past to the future; He's already there, continually and perpetually there. The name He gave to Moses at the burning bush was I AM (Exodus 3-14), I AM meaning: I was, I AM, and I always will be. He has always existed, and He will always exist; He will never die. The name I AM suggests that He exists in the past, present and future simultaneously everywhere and at all times. God has divested Himself from this creation because of sin, but the next creation that He makes will be heavenly throughout both time and space, and He will dwell within the fabric of it, just like He dwells in the believer, calling us the first fruits of His new creation (Rom 8,19-23).

(242b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Martyrs – Martyrdom on a scale grand as this is the ultimate sign of the times, for it signifies the mark of the beast. By the fifth seal, the leaders of a dawning new age will be busy rounding up the saints and systematically eliminating those who refuse to take the mark, which will become a world economic system designed to quell dissonance. They will ultimately murder hundreds of thousands of Christians, and God will take an extremely dim view of it. There are essentially two signs to God's decision to pull the curtain on man's multi-millennial reign on earth and use this time to establish His own kingdom on the earth for a thousand years. The first sign is martyrdom of the saints, and the second, “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood-idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts” (Rev 9-20,21). 

(251b) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Making plans >> Making plans according to the will of God >> Making plans according to the counsel of His will

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10-17 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. 12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

 

Rev 6-10

(107e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Truth of the trinity >> Jesus is truth

(133a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> God is holy >> The Father is holy

Rev 6-11

(219j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> God’s calling is our destiny – “It is written,” said Jesus to the devil during His temptations in the wilderness. The fact that the seals have been written and the book of Revelation has also been written is double proof that what will transpire in the last days is a reproduction of God’s foreknowledge. The fact that these things have been predestined to occur dictates a certain number of martyrs that must be killed before He will act, and that number ranges into the hundreds of thousands. This is a testimony of God’s patience for the lost that He would wait so long, but once He initiates the sequence of endtime events, there is no stopping the unfolding of prophecy like a set of dominoes, and the earthquake that follows is the very trigger that will start the process. 

Rev 6,12-17

(39j) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated Satan in the world -- These verses go with verses 1-8

(40b) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s disobedience – God hates rebellion in ways that we probably will never comprehend. An eternity will not be enough time for us to fully understand how God feels about rebellion. Much as He hates it is how much He knows that His ways are the only ways that work in eternity. For us to come under submission to Him is the only way to live with God in peace and harmony forever. With rebellion we can live for maybe six thousand years, a mere season, for rebellion will eventually lead to self-annihilation. Either God destroys it along with those who cause it or they destroy themselves. In both cases death is the result, which the Bible teaches is the consequence of sin.

(50f) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Sixth seal - A colossal earthquake

(51a) Judgment >> World & church >> Warning of wrath >> Consequences of sin – If an avalanche occurred and they were killed and buried under giant boulders, it would be better than the fate that was coming their way. There is no way to reverse direction or repent; they had already taken the mark. Even with the most vivid imagination, they could never conceive their impending fate to be cast into a lake of fire where they will be tormented day and night for all eternity. This shows the level of hatred that God has for sin. It is a hatred that transcends any human wrath. Much as Satan is capable of anger and wrath, God’s wrath is infinitely greater. The Father is incomprehensible to us, even though Jesus said to Philip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jn 14-9). Jesus was referring to His grace and mercy, but there is another side to God that Jesus did not show us, His wrath against sin that He took out on His Son while He hung on the cross. He takes man’s sin personally, because He has given him a free will to choose between good and evil, and He knows our minds and thoughts and the intensions of the heart.

(175i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Dodging the issue (willful ignorance) >> Dodging the issue to get out of trouble

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence – It is true that the presence of God is more excruciating to the wicked than the prospect of hell. They would rather the mountains fall on them to escape Him who is coming to judge them for sins and for the martyrdom of the saints. They would rather run to their place that God has prepared for them than to face the wrath of the lamb. His presence is far worse to the wicked than any torment of hell, and for this reason God has made them a hell, that the wicked might find reprieve from His presence.

(218c) 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 persecution

(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

(232d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Count the cost >> If Jesus cost too much, then you aren’t worth much

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice – This earthquake marks the beginning of God’s judgment, acting as a trigger that causes the rest of endtime prophecy to unfold. An earthquake that blocks out the sun indicates that it serves as a trigger to ignite various volcanoes around the globe that coughs up plums of smoke and ash that in turn were responsible for blocking out the sun. The stars fell from the sky, means the earth shook so violently that it made the stars appear to shake, but in fact it was the earth that was shaking; for the earth is our frame of reference that we use to observe the universe. This earthquake will be felt around the world, the first of a series of increasing magnitudes, so people who live on the earth where it is night will see the stars darting in and out of their places in the sky. This earthquake will serve as confirmation that God’s judgment has officially begun, and will serve as a frame of reference for our place in the sequence of endtime prophecy. It says that all the mountains and islands moved from their places. Note that they were not re-moved. Such an earthquake is reserved as God’s final touch on the earth. It says the last earthquake will level the mountains and remove the islands, whereas this one will only move them around a little. The entire crust of the earth will move; the ring of fire will explode from a gigantic change that takes place near the core of the earth, causing all kinds of volcanoes spewing out huge volumes of lava to make room for the vast number of souls that hell is about to receive.

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Rev 6,15-17

(51k) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality with God’s justice

(221b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from man’s ignorance >> God hides from those who are looking for Him

Rev 6-16,17

(105f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Lacking a pure heart – People in the last days who do not believe in Jesus, who have taken the mark of the beast have lost their ability to repent. They have already made their commitment to Satan to slaughter the saints in a systematized genocide, and their souls will become evil as the devil himself. By taking the mark, they will agree with the devil to rid the world of Christianity; the mark will double as their vote to rid the world of Christianity and to slaughter the saints. Hitler had the goal of eliminating all Jews. He wasn’t real happy with Christians, but they weren’t automatically funneled into a concentration camp for believing in Jesus, so one of the few differences between Hitler’s insane regime and the last days will be who gets targeted for elimination.

(209ja) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> He was the Passover lamb – What the people saw that frightened those who hid in the mountains from the presence of the Lamb was the difference between themselves and God. They realized that Jesus was without sin to the point that if God were to place Him in a body that craved sin for 33 years, He still wouldn’t choose to rebel against His Father. This was His greatest miracle. No one else in creation could have accomplished this feat. He proved to the world that He was a perfect soul, not just in theory but also in practice. The Bible says that when we get to heaven, God will give us a resurrected body that no longer craves sin and will perfect our minds so we are incapable of sin (Heb 12-23). We will never be tempted again. He will not make robots of us, for these are the things we want even now. We get weary of our sin and long for the day of our freedom from all our temptations and oppressive thoughts. Being made perfect is incomprehensible to us, because we are always tempted with evil in one way or another, and the imperfection often manifests in words and deeds, but Jesus, though He was “tempted in all things as we are, yet [He was] without sin” (Heb 4-15).

Rev 6-16

(111e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >>

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