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    The Book of Revelation – Part 5

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    Rev.1: 1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”

     

    We have indicated that this Book is written in prophetic symbols for it was ..sent and signified.., We can see that The book of Revelation falls into a form of writing called “Apocalyptic literature”. This was developed as a distinctly Jewish genre. It began with them and developed with them and then the Christians continued to use it. It is a form of writing that is highly symbolic and yet prophetic.

     

    It was commonly employed by the prophets in their writings, especially Books like Ezekiel etc. They were more or less like parables, and you found that Jesus employed similar manner of teachings, such that he will tell the disciples, for you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom but for those without these are done in parables. And anytime he finishes teaching like this he will say,

    “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mat. 11:15). Same thing he said to the seven Churches in Asia..“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;”

     

    Now , the very nature of a symbol is that it means something else other than what is being said on the surface, otherwise it would not be a symbol! For instance, in the Greek language the word angel means a messenger and so in the book of Revelation the angel stands for a message and the messenger! Not necessarily a wing creature like we have been made to believe. In Luke 7: 24, we are told of the messengers of John.

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    The Book of Revelation – Part 4

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    Rev.1: 1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”

     

    In continuing with these thoughts on the Book of Revelation, let it be noted that am only here to highlight a few things that will enable us do a thorough study of what the Book is all about Endeavouring to ensure that, we have to see beyond the letters of the word here written, and that which is called historical fulfillment into the reality of what the Father is conveying to us through the Son in the spirit of truth.

     

    For those of us who say this Book should be interpreted literally or that it is already a fulfilled Book. What do we do with passages like this..

     

    Rev.14: 1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads”.

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    The Book of Revelation – Part 3

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    Rev.1: 1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”

     

    Again we emphasis what we are dealing here in these studies, and that is this none fact, the Book is about the person of Jesus Christ therefore it cannot just be relegated to past history and claimed to have been fulfilled. While it is true that Jesus life has a fulfilled aspect in his redemption work in human history, even so there are fulfilled statements, verses and portions of the Book that really can be seen from historical perspective. Bu the overall concern is the Revelation of a person and his dealing with his Church and humanity and so cannot be said to be fulfilled ultimately, rather it is a progressive fulfilling Book with prophetic insight. It is the work, life of the Anointed Saviour, Jesus Christ.

     

    Furthermore, in speaking of himself in Luke , he said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor: He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

     

    We have people who say that Christ is the anointing,

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    The Book of Revelation – Part 2

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    Rev.1: 1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”

     

    Now, what is this Book all about going by this simple introduction in verse 1? It is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”. So it’s not the Revelation about some other things but of a person like we said earlier on. But now, let’s get it right, It is not the revelation of “Jesus” — neither is it the revelation of “Christ.” But, and very important please! It is the revelation of JESUS CHRIST! It is a revelation of a compound name if you will. Although you may not be able to separate both Jesus and Christ ultimately forever, but here is a revelation and manifestation of JESUS distinct from that of CHRIST.

     

    The name Jesus simply means Saviour. “Thou shalt call His name Jesus (Yashua, Yahweh is Salvation), for He shall save His people from their sins” (Mat. 1:21). The word says!. So we found that the name Jesus reveals His ‘Saviourship’.

     

    When Jesus asked his disciples,

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    The Book of Revelation – Part 1

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    What is this Book really all about? Is it some dragon and the Antichrist? Is it all just about Israel of old? Almost all phases of Christianity have one thing or the other to say about this Book. There are some who say the Book is already fulfilled in AD 70 because Israel is the Babylon the great mentioned therein, therefore it’s already a fulfilled Book and so we have nothing to do with it. Yes! The word says “ the things that shortly come to pass” surely for the seven churches that he was writing to, he sure visited them, but does that exclude the fact that the Book is an ongoing continuous fulfilling Book,?

     

    For the author himself is ever living and knowing that he was writing to his Body the Church? Is it not possible to have a repeat of these things that happened in those seven churches today, therefore having a repeat of what he promised them then? The promise of giving the tree of life to the overcomer, must it end with those Churches in Asia? Is the tree of life an old tree that has passed away or that is it Christ himself? Is it not true that all that the seven churches overcome could be our

    Christian Journeying to maturity as we overcome them and so receiving the promise therein?

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    THE 3RD WORLD – A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH 2 PET 3:13 – Part 13

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    “…We, according to His promise; look for new heaven and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness “2 Pet 3:13.

    So what is this new Heaven and New earth that we expecting or supposed to be looking forward to, that is the world that is to come.

    Let us first of all understand that, the coming into being of the New heavens and Earth is as a result of the dissolution of the former heaven – the elements thereof and the earth and the works therein through the revelation of the day of the Lord. Verses 11-12.

     

    Now, Peter took his quotation in the Scripture above about the “New heaven and earth” from Isa 65:17; 66:22. And Miclintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia (Vol.. 10 PP 122-127) commenting on this verse indicates that a new heaven and new earth signify “a new government, new kingdom and new people”.

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    “THE THREE WORLDS AND THE THREE HEAVENS” 2 PET. 3:6-13 – Part 12

    “…Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleths righteousness..”

    We have just seen previously what is meant by the shaken of the heavens, so what do we mean by “THE DARKENING OF THE HEAVEN”?

    It is simply the failure, of all sources of life and power that man relied upon instead of God. As a matter of fact, in the Bible language, it is often used to represent the removal of prosperous favourable conditions and their replacement by adverse, gloomy prospects and conditions.

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    “THE THREE WORLDS AND THE THREE HEAVENS” 2 PET. 3:6-13 – Part 11

    “…Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleths righteousness..”

    THE SHAKING OF THE HEAVENS AND EARTH. HEB 12:26-27

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    “..Yet once more I shake not the EARTH only but also HEAVEN, … The word, .. Yet once more signified THE REMOVING OF THOSE THINGS THAT ARE SHAKEN, as of THINGS THAT ARE MADE (rudiments, elementary principles and man’s ways of life, principalities and powers), that those THINGS WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN (principles of true spiritual worship through the leadership of the spirit Jon 4:24, Rom 8:1-2,14) may remain, wherefore we receive a kingdom which cannot be moved,..” Heb 12:26-28.

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    “THE THREE WORLDS AND THE THREE HEAVENS” 2 PET. 3:6-13 – Part 10

    “..Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleths righteousness..”

    “HEAVENS AND THE EARTH SHALL PASS AWAY”. 2PET 3:10 Part 10

     

    “But that day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the HEAVENS shall pass away with a great noise; and THE ELEMENTS SHALL MELT WITH FERVENT HEAT….” 2PET 3:10

     

    From this passage, we can see that the Elements that shall be melted with fervent heat are in the heavens and not in the Earth. . Please keep this in mind as we progress.

    One of the confusing aspects of the teaching of the church, in relation to the application of the word “Last Days” as it connects the so called ‘rapture’ is the belief that the PLANET EARTH will one day go up in SMOKE and the ELEMENTS in it such as Gold, Silver, Precious stones, Crude oil in our thinking will have to melt with fervent heat. But may I quickly draw your reverent attention to the fact, that the scripture just quoted above never say the Elements to be melted are in the Earth, but “IN THE HEAVENS”, and this fact makes a whole world of difference, to the meaning and thoughts revealed in the scripture.

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    “THE THREE WORLDS AND THE THREE HEAVENS” 2 PET. 3:6-13 – Part 9

    HEAVEN, A RULING POWER OVER A PEOPLE
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    “…Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleths righteousness..”

    Further definition of heaven.
    In Daniel chapter four, is the account of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar wherein he saw a “tree that reached up to heaven”, but eventually was commanded to be “hewn down” leaving only “the stump”, furthermore that the tree be given the heart of a beast for seven years until he acknowledges that “the most high ruleth in the kingdom of men…”.

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