IN BOOK OF REVELATION
While most everyone recognizes Revelation as symbolic, some folks
argue it as being actual and non-symbolic, to the point of one man proposing
that an actual red dragon with seven heads lurks in outer space! (It's
true!). However, it's an indictment against modern Christianity's lack
of biblical study to not immediately recognize the myriad of symbols
in the Revelation that were taken from other internal biblical references.
BIBLE INTERPRETS ITSELF
The symbols CAN NEVER be haphazardly concocted. The interpretation
is NOT UP FOR GRABS! It is filled with references to Hebrew customs,
noted in the same Bible, which I will endeavour to
show in a limited fashion here.
But one should be suspicious of futuristic slants on the book
immediately upon considering what impression the futurist interpretation
puts upon its adherents. What, in their mind, is stressed in the Revelation?
The answer to that question is never what the Revelation actually
stresses, in my opinion.
As a former futurist, and other honest futurists must admit,
I was conscious of the Revelation being about "The end of the world."
It was about evil rising up. It was about horror coming. And I later
realized it was precisely the opposite arena as to what the book said
of it's own self! It reads that it is a Revelation of Jesus Christ.
But that is nothing like the impression I was getting from futurist teaching,
and the impression I was GIVING people when I taught with a futuristic
Think of it. What is the MESSAGE'S POINT in the futurist sermon
from Revelation? What is their main point of emphasis that you arrive
at when you hear their message? In my opinion, and I know they will
argue against it, the futurist message leaves you focused on anything
other the revelation of Jesus Christ!
This book shows how Christ is Lord over everything! When I started
preaching from the perspective of the REVELATION OF JESUS aspect, people
began coming to me by the numbers saying how they really are suddenly
BLESSED by reading the book, just as 1:3 says we should be -- if we read
it with the thoughts of verses 1-3 in mind! And they WANTED to read it,
rather than cast it aside as futurism has led so many to do, making them
think the book is not AS important as the rest. And they were NOT AFRAID
to read it any more. THAT was the most common reaction. They were amazed
at the referencing through the rest of the Bible that is found in Revelation.
I hope I can share part of my own amazement and wonder in this
thread by showing the referencing made.
OR SECRET CODE?
The key to interpreting
the Revelation is, for the most part, the Old Testament. Period.
you apply these symbols used in Revelation that were taken from the Old
Testament to the life of Jesus and the early church. You find the stories
of the Old Testament, from which Revelation takes references, actually
PARALLEL Jesus and the early church!
guarantee, that if you were to start recognizing this, you would wonder
in absolute glory at the wisdom of God in ending the Bible with this
book! (And I might add you would chuckle at the literal interpretation).
all, Revelation begins using TEMPLE SYMBOLS. Candlesticks mentioned
as being BEHIND JOHN, who has to TURN and see where the voice comes.
When he TURNS, he sees the seven candlesticks (the seven-branched menorah).
If he had to TURN, then where in the tabernacle would he have faced if
the candlesticks were directly BEHIND HIM? They were SOUTH in the holy
place. That means, John faced NORTH.
what was NORTH? THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD!
was truly FEASTING in the Spirit on the bread and wine!
tells us that the spirit of prophecy is the TESTIMONY OF JESUS. What
is the testimony of Jesus? Why, none other than the DEATH, BURIAL AND
RESURRECTION, and His ascendant glory!
is speaking about THAT. Its NOT the end of the world that is in mind.
Its a REVELATION of Jesus, and HIS COVENANT!
how is a two hundred million membered army from China, according to futurist
Hal Lindsay, going to glorify Christ and His covenant?
about a computer chip?
FATE OF ISRAEL is throughout Revelation. If we can see this covenantal
aspect in the book, showing how the cross ended Law in a spiritual and
internal manner, and how God THEN dealt with externally removing every
OLD COVENANT ASPECTS, which we rendered empty and futile at the cross,
we would bound forth a million mile in progress in studying this book.
greater change took place on earth since Adam was cast out of Eden and
God gave law to Moses, than the cross that ended law and the immediate
generation years that followed which removed all traces of law's ritual,
and ONLY CONFIRMED, not actualized, the New Testament precedence!
more VERY important note we must see. REVELATION PARALLELS EZEKIEL PERFECTLY!
is the Old Testament version of Revelation. You start in Ezekiel with
the chariot of Cherubims, and Christ seated atop on a sapphire throne.
Christ is seen as golden or amber from his loins upward, and fire from
his loins downward (see last few verses of Ezek. 1). And this is Christ
all over again in Rev 1, where he is girt about the paps with gold and his
legs like brass burning in a furnace!
the throne of Rev 4 is identical to the throne He sits upon in Ezekiel.
A rainbow is around it.
even the sealed book is noted in EZEKIEL 3! Written within and on the
backside. And Ezekiel is told to eat the ROLL, while John eats the unsealed
book in Revelation 10!
book of Ezekiel follows Revelation all the way through... AND DEALS WITH
JERUSALEM!! Ezekiel 16 calls Jerusalem the whore, just Like Revelation
does in chapter 17 and 18. And Rev 18:24 matches Jesus words about Jerusalem
in Matthew 23:35.
do not have time to note every single parallel. The two books identify
with each other all the way through! Even to Ezekiel 5 where the city
is divided three ways by representation of Ezekiel's HAIR that is 1/3
burnt, 1/3 cast to the wind and 1/3 part smitten with a knife. Ever
read of a CITY divided into THREE PARTS during an earthquake in Revelation?
ends with a HUGE TEMPLE with a river coming out of it, with trees on
either side whose leaves are medicine for the nations and the fruit comes
forth in her months. (Read Ezekiel 47). Revelation has ONE TREE, with
leaves and fruit in the precise same manner.
the City in Revelation is ONE HUGE MOST HOLY PLACE. It is a cube, just
as the ORACLE, or most holy place was in 1 Kings 6:20. And the river
is there with the tree of life and the fruit.
many trees in Ezekiel 47, and only one tree in Rev 22:1? Because it is
Christ. The tree has many branches. ,Psalm 1:3 speaks about saints as
trees planted BY THE WATER (the river of life in Rev 22), whose leaf does
not whither, and fruit is always there. Note that leaves and fruit were
distinctly noted in Rev 22:1 and Ezek 47:12?
Christ and the church. Isaiah calls us trees of righteousness. This
is analogous to John 15's Vine and branches.
this out to me:
AND REVELATION PARALLEL
1. THRONE VISION - (Rev 4./Ezek 1).
2. THE BOOK (Rev 5/Ezek 2-3)
3. THE PLAGUES (Rev 6:1-8/Ezek 5).
4. Slain Beneath the Altar (Rev. 6:9-11/Ezek. 6)
5. WRATH OF GOD (Rev 6:12-17/Ezek 7).
6. SEAL ON SAINTS' FOREHEADS (Rev 7/Ezek 9)
7. COALS FROM ALTAR (Rev. 8/Ezek 10).
8. NO MORE DELAY (Rev. 10:1-7/Ezek 12).
9. EATING THE BOOK (Rev 10:8-11/Ezek. 2)
11. MEASURING THE TEMPLE (Rev. 11:1-2/Ezek. 40-43)
11. JERUSALEM AND SODOM (Rev. 11:8/Ezek 16)
12. CUP OF WRATH (Rev. 14/Ezek. 23).
13. VINE OF THE LAND (Rev. 14:18-20/Ezek 15)
14. GREAT HARLOT (Rev 17-18/Ezek. 16, 23).
15. LAMENT OVER THE CITY (Rev. 18/Ezek 27)
16. SCAVENGER'S FEAST (Rev. 19/Ezek 39)
17. FIRST RESURRECTION (Rev 20:4-6/Ezek 37).
18 BATTLE WITH GOG AND MAGOG (Rev. 20:7-9/Ezek 38-39)
19. NEW JERUSALEM (Rev 21/Ezek 40-48)
20. RIVER OF LIFE (Rev 22/Ezek 47)
I learned that there were pagan apocalyptist “preachers” in the second
century who would concoct all sorts of nonsensically vague symbols, that
they really did not even intend to be understood. And they always proposed
doom and gloom. They proposed evil ruled the day and God would sit back
until the end and intervene. These guys would go wild in their speculations!
There was nothing they said that would give people an answer of what
to do. Just bear the evil until the end. This is identical to the emphasis
we find as the resulting feeling saints are given by futurist teachings.
Revelation is totally different. It is ROOTED FIRMLY in the Old Testament.
People who do not understand it’s symbols simply do not know the Bible
quite well. Do we think we know the bible today? What were phylacteries?
The early church knew more of the entire bible more than most believers
know one book of the bible today. So the symbols in Revelation are not
even recognized as biblical symbols!
of there being evil ruling, we read of God’s people overcoming the devil
by the blood of the lamb! Where do you hear that stressed in futurism?
For the most part, a fear to get out of this world in a pre-trib rapture
is what is stressed, before an end-time tribulation comes.
was not given this information to simply satisfy our curiosity as to what
will happen later on. He told us these things to get to work and do
the Lord’s will and OVERCOME THE DEVIL! REVEAL JESUS!
reading the bible to see if you can find the latest reported technology
of today hinted at in there, rather than reading it to get stirred as
to what you should be doing for the kingdom!
about Jesus. And if you do not get that impression, you are reading
it through stained glasses tinted with false doctrine.
in the bible is not just predicting the future. It is a message to God’s
people that is always written in a covenant form. For example, Isaiah
spoke of the people of Israel becoming God’s people using terms borrowed
from the accounts of creation.
51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have
covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens,
and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
cultural issues in their day were used to figuratively give a message
to the people in VERY plain terms. That is why familiar references were
made! It was not Gnostic! It was not secret messages! It was plain references
that were VERY familiar to the people to whom it was written. Since
the early church was comprised of people who very much were familiar with
the Old Covenant, for example, there abounds references to the Old Testament
writings that were borrowed and used as allegories of the message for the
people of the New Testament early church.
we believe God makes the Christian today lie down in green pastures in
a very literal sense? Of course not! Psalms abound with literary figures
of speech. It is the style of writing used in such books. Acts is a
history book for the most part. Revelation is not future history. It
is written in the STYLE of the Psalms and other such books. David wrote
of God being seen riding wings of the wind coming in thick clouds of darkness
in wrath Against David’s enemies. Revelation is written in PRECISELY
THE SAME MANNER.
the prophets always spoke in this way! There are images of creation in
Genesis that were referenced repeatedly by the prophets. Rev 1:1 said
the book was written in SIGNIFYING manner. Symbolic. Just like Psalm
23. But what mockers always and consistently throw their heads beneath
the sand to avoid seeing, is that these symbols are TAKEN FROM THE BIBLE
ITSELF. That is a far cry from one brother who takes Daniel’s references
to a Leopard kingdom from a "confirmation" in a newspaper where Germany
was said to have Leopard tanks!
get the symbols from the Bible itself!
never made up the images. And we cannot interpret them using our own
ingenuity. They are carefully taken from the rest of the Bible. Christ
is a Lamb because a LAMB was sacrificed in Exodus’ Passover , and not
because Lambs are gentle, loving creatures.
IF FILLED WITH OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCES
One man studied and found 348 allusions (not illusions, Light) in
Revelation from the Old Testament. You see the similarity in wording
and the context mirrored in Revelation and the particular Old Testament story, and immediately can recognize the reference source! That’s, IF
you know the bible well enough to even notice that.
95 of the 348 plain references used in Revelation as taken from
the Old Testament are repeated in Revelation. That makes about 250 Old
Testament passages are cited. How many chapters are in Revelation?
22. That makes about TEN OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCES FOR EVERY CHAPTER!
One man saw 235 references in Revelation from the writings of
57 from the Pentateuch.
56 from historical and poetic books of the Bible.
So anyone can see that Revelation is founded upon the Old Testament
more than any other New Testament book! God is not going to give visions
to His people using unknown references and symbols. The whole point is
REVELATION! It is REVEALING!
MAKES REVELATION IRRELEVANT FOR THE FIRST 2,000 YEARS OF THE CHURCH AGE
Futurism contends that the church could never know what Revelation’s
mark of the beast really was until thousands of years after it was written,
when we now have computer technology. Think about it! What relevance
did the book have to the early church to whom it was first given? NONE,
if futurism is right! Not only that, but NOTHING in Revelation was of
any value to the early church, because none of those events listed would
ever take place in their lifetimes, nor for the lifetimes of the next
2000 years of believers.
However, John wrote to the very people who were in persecution
beneath Jerusalem’s jewish assaults against the church, of which John
himself was a victim and exiled on a prison island.
Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother,
and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus
Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and
for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
This is a book written about a time of tribulation when the church
will never be on this earth, according to pretrib futurists, and is
introduced by a man who writes of being COMPANION in tribulation that
his readers were also experiencing every day of their lives! That first
chapter flies in the face of the entire pretrib rapture theory!
gospel was first preached to Jews and gentiles who were proselytes to
Judaism. The very seven churches of Asia were actually congregations of
the church that formed from the people who formerly belonged to Synagogues!
2:9 speaks of Jewish people from Asia.
mostly preached to Jews as well.
2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed
to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to
me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the
heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
it would be clear that the seven churches of Asia Minor, who were formerly
jewish proselyte believers, were given writings predominantly filled with
Judaic covenant references!
churches in that day who did not even have Hebrew members, always used
Old Testament scriptures in teaching and in worship.
WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT "THE MARK"
Think of the seals and marks that Revelation mentions as being put on
people. Revelation 7 has the 144,000 sealed on their foreheads. Revelation
9:4 mentions the seal and mark of God. Rev 14 mentions the 144,000 with
the Father’s name on their foreheads. Rev 22:4 notes God’s name on the
foreheads of the people of the New Jerusalem.
13 mentions the mark of the beast on forehead and hand.
the tripe of sensational interpretation. Think about what you would have
thought, had you known the bible backwards and forwards, and were living
in the early church who first received this book.
would sweat in his brow due to a curse. The high priest had a plate on
his forehead reading HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD. Deut 6:6-8 and Ezekiel 9:4-6
mentions God sealing people in their foreheads and being blessed and protected.
PHYLACTERIES (Mat 23:5) were the scriptures actually put in little boxes
and strapped to the foreheads of the people in Deut 6:6-8, and the term
actually means DEFENSES and PROTECTIONS.
the seal in Rev 7 PROTECTED the 144,000 from the destruction of the “four
every case, the positive SEAL (while here was a bad one, as in Adam’s
forehead bearing sweat), on the forehead in the Old Testament scriptures
denoted an OWNERSHIP of God and His provided protection because of it.
This is identical to the use in Revelation 7!!! And the devil’s OWNERSHIP
of a person would obviously be indicated by a similar, and counterfeit,
seal. This is not haphazardly concocting interpretations. It is looking
at the CONTEXT of the similar references in the Old Testament, and noticing
a COMMON THREAD OF THOUGHT! THAT is how you interpret the symbols in Revelation!!
What a hoot! It's obvious symbolism, or else symbols taken from the Old
Song of Solomon is
clearly a story showing the relationship of the church with Jesus Christ,
the Bridegroom. Is it gnostic to say that? Does someone needs a secret
code to interpret Song of Solomon? Of course not! Yet this is exactly
how I propose we interpret Revelation. Everyone who preaches that Song
of Solomon is symbolic of the church knows that we are not literally
in a sexual relationship with God, about which the book speaks in abundance!!!!
(William Branham might think that way, though). But the intimate relationship
that is found in Song of Solomon represents the spiritual union of the
church and Jesus.
about Jesus’ words concerning a man with a BEAM – a piece of wood the
size of a tree trunk – stuck in his eye? Is that realistic? Of course
not. It stresses a message.
in Revelation are never isolated symbols. They are part of an entire
system of symbolism in the entire bible that is there in plain view.
There’s nothing Gnostic about this idea, any more than its Gnostic to say
that Jesus never intended us to look for actual trees in people’s eyes
who are critical of others. In other words, if someone accuses this
of Gnostic spiritualization of Revelation, then, by necessity, such critics
must say that Jesus was a GNOSTIC, if they do not believe Jesus spoke
in metaphors at times.
More on the term SIGNIFIED:
John wrote Revelation, and the term SIGNIFIED in Rev 1:1, meaning
to symbolize, is found in John's Gospel as well, giving the same sense.
Joh 12:30-33 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because
of me, but for your sakes. (31) Now is the judgment of this world:
now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (32) And I, if I be
lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (33) This he said,
signifying what death he should die.
(The next verse refers to the above one.)
Joh 18:32 That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which
he spake, signifying what death he should die.
Joh 21:18-19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast
young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but
when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another
shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. (19) This
spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And
when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
In each case, Jesus did not speak plainly about death, but SIGNIFIED
death using poetic language.
One man wrote that Rev 1:1 makes it clear that God is not showing
photographs of Heaven in this book!
were written about a day 2000 years later – today – then John would have
been no less than a mocker who spoke to Christians suffering in his day
in this letter to the seven churches of Asia minor, referring to glimpses
of a future generation of the earth.
One man wrote that Rev 1:1 makes it clear that God is not showing
photographs of Heaven in this book.
Jesus is seen coming in clouds in Rev 1. This is not the coming
for the church in resurrection. Coming in clouds was a judgmental picture,
commonly used in the Old Testament.
Gen 15:17; Ex 13:21-22; 14:19-20, 24; 19:9, 16-19; Ps. 18:8-14;
104:3; Isa 19:1; Ezek. 32:7-8; Matt 24:30; Mark 14:62; Acts 2:19.
He comes in this cloud to protect His people and destroy the
Nah 1:2-8 God is jealous, and the LORD
revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance
on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. (3) The
LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the
wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and
the clouds are the dust of his feet. (4) He rebuketh the sea,
and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and
Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. (5) The mountains quake
at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea,
the world, and all that dwell therein. (6) Who can stand before his indignation?
and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out
like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. (7) The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
(8) But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place
thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.
Notice that He comes in clouds bringing wrath and deliverance.
ROUND ABOUT THE THRONE
is wonderful. Its very significant.
Green means life, in the Word. And a rainbow was first given
to show that God would not more destroy by a flood. And floods always
spoke of death, so we can say NO MORE DEATH. LIFE is the opposite of
When the lamb went to the throne in Revelation 5, that throne
had the emerald rainbow round about it. The place of the rainbow was
across the sea of glass as well, that formed a watery barrier, much like
Noah's ark had to come and land on Ararat. Imagine Ararat when
the waters first started receding. It would have looked like an island.
And it was there on that "island" that Noah arrived and God gave a covenant,
and showed the rainbow.
Well, John saw the throne as a sort of island across the sea
of glass. And He saw the Lord walk on water over there, as a lamb, like
the ark, and took the sealed covenant book. And there was where the rainbow
stood as well!
Jesus is our ark!
We have to get to the rainbow! We do it IN CHRIST.
And because Jesus was seen as a lamb as though it had been slain,
and was standing, we see RESURRECTION. He crossed the flood of DEATH
and made it to the other side where the rainbow covenant was. And that
covenant represented NO MORE FLOODS. NO MORE DEATH.
We are baptized into Christ's death, and therefore are resurrected
with Him, and IN HIM, as He went to the throne and the rainbow covenant.
And THAT is the reason that although the LAMB PREVAILED to be
able to open the covenant, we read that the believers were made kings
Part of God's covenant to Noah was to have dominion over the
earth, much like He told Adam to multiply, subdue and replenish the
Jesus told the Laodicaeans that if they would overcome AS HE
DID, then they would sit on His throne with Him as HE OVERCAME and sat
We read how He overcame in Rev 5! But why do we read that HE
overcame and the believers are kings (obviously sitting on a throne)?
Because HIS OVERCOMING is reckoned to us by FAITH that we died with Him.
He overcame by His death and resurrection. Since He died AS
US, then we overcame the way he did, more perfectly than mere imitation
of His victory!
Its all the RAINBOW COVENANT!
Christ went to the throne AS US. Just as He died and arose again
if we can get this revelation, WE WILL REIGN AS KINGS IN THE
EARTH AS WELL! What can overcome us if we are seated with Him in heavenly
WITH NOTHING TO DO WITH NATURAL ISSUES?
I do not at all look at Revelation as simply natural consequences that
result from spiritual violations. I think that is PART of it, though.
But its more a mopping up and removal of leftover insistences on sticking
to the ritual from the old covenant after Christ finished it on the cross.
it is also a picture of how Satan, in futility, had attempted to beat down
and out the church using God's former bride turned whore with the devil.
And the Revelation shows such irony as Jerusalem being tagged with epithets
that were originally given to ancient Babylon, Jerusalem's greatest foe
and captor in centuries gone by, as Jerusalem, herself, became a Babylon.
Pharisees and religious leaders became the worst enemies of the New spiritual
Generation of the church.
it is the church's conquest and successful overcoming to haul down every
opponent, using the faith that overcomes the world that is centred upon
the blood of the lamb and their union testimony derived from that lamb's
death. And that will ever be the church's manner to overcome anything in
our day and the days to come.
the church's first greatest battle was with Jerusalem turned
into Babylon, that battle is dealt with in Revelation, since that was
the battle of the day in which the book was first given to the church.
And it forms a spiritual pattern by which the church will always overcome
the establishment of the spiritual temple and Jerusalem. And it ends
by showing the church going forth and conquering with the Gospel.
is a HUGE issue to see changeover from Law to Grace. It occurred on
the cross, (BILL!), but confirmed in Jerusalem's destruction and removal.
The issue of that change and that difference is just as much stressed
in the entire book of Hebrews, and Romans, and Galatians. So it is in Revelation.
from Law to Grace is a MAJOR issue in the entire New testament teaching.
Jerusalem's demise may not figure as a great issue in our minds, but
it certainly did in God's mind. Jerusalem was His bride! It was no little
thing for her to turn as she did against Him, and to persecute His new Bride,
the church. Her destruction was long-awaited, even as Christ said she was
found guilty of all righteous blood shed on earth! NEVER WAS ANYBODY accused
of such guilt!
Old Testament references of Revelation: (garnered from research).
John was in the spirit on the Lord's Day.
THe original Hebrew language for "cool of the day," in Genesis
3, when God's voice was heard, actually is "spirit of the day". And
this was a day of judgment for Adam!
The reason Adam HID in the Garden when he heard that VOICE, is
because it was not just a sound of talking. It was THUNDEROUS! The
Hebrew is rendered NOISE.
Ezekiel 1 tells us what the noise of the Lord sounded like.
Rushing waters, thunder, an host. No wonder Adam hid! And the picture
we see that the Garden entrance of cherubims and a flaming sword is again
what Ezekiel saw -- God's glory cloud with cheurbims and his throne above.
Fire enfolded in the midst.
Anyway, Adam was judged on this day of the Lord -- that spirit
of the day.
And John hears His voice like a trumpet blasting, just as Adam
would have heard it that day. There are scores of references in Revelation
from Genesis first three chapters.
The sword from Jesus mouth is a common reference from Isaiah.
Isa 11:4; 2:16.
Christ appears with white hair, gold chest wrapping, brazen legs
burning in a furnace, eyes of fire. Its like Christ is a flaming glorious
presence. The high priest wore reds, and blues and whites and golds,
which would be the very appearance of fiery flames.
John falls down as if he is dead. And the Lord touches him with
his right hand, telling him not to fear. Daniel experienced the same
thing in 10:9-11.
When God appeared in a glory cloud in the Exodus, the Egyptians
were getting the brunt of judgment, while Israel was safe. Jesus tells
John, in effect, that He is come in judgment, but John ought not fear.
He is on John's side.
John is resurrected, as it were, when the Lord touches Him, because
John fell like a dead man!
And Jesus holds seven stars in his right hand -- the same hand
that touched John and "resurrected" him, although John did not actually
die. The idea of resurrection life is there.
The stars always symbolized governing powers. That is why flags,
to this day, use stars and suns and moons on them. Genesis' 4th day
had the sun and moon called RULERS. The stars are the angels of the churches
because they RULE and GOVERN the churches.
These stars are responsible for the church's actions.
It is interesting that John writes to seven churches.
Paul wrote to exactly seven churches in the New Testament, named
ROMANS, CORINTHIANS, GALATIANS, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS,
OF OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY IN LETTERS TO SEVEN CHURCHES
And the seven churches and their letters show a parallel to the entire
Old Testament period. So we see how the Old was a shadow of the New.
This is the GARDEN PICTURE.
Jesus is in the midst of the candlesticks as in the Garden trees.
And The angel is commended for guarding the church against error, as
Adam was to guard or keep the Garden. But the angel left his first love,
as Adam had fallen. And the candlestick would be removed, as Adam was removed
from the Garden, if they did not repent. And the Garden remains open to
theovercomer, as Jesus tells the overcomers that they may eat of the fruit
This is the period following the Garden when the Patriarchs lived.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph up to Moses.
Isaac and Joseph both experienced a sort of death come to life
again. Isaac was resurrected in a sense from the altar, since Abraham
fully intended to slay him and have God resurrect him to fulfill the
promise of having seed from Isaac. Josephwas left as dead, in Jacob's
mind, when the boys sold him, and he "arose" to rule in Egypt. Smyrna's
church was poor yet rich, like the "fathers' who lived as strangers in
the land. They would be imprisoned as Joseph was. And in Moses' day
Aaron wore a crown of life as high priest. And the tribulation paralleled
the plagues in Egypt they endured.
Wilderness journey from Egypt.
The wilderness is likened to an abode of devils, just as Pergamos'
believers were where satan's seat was. During the Exodus, Balaam and
Balak were resisting, just as is mentioned to this church. The angel
of the Lord stood ready to smite Balaam with a sword. Balaam was slain
with the sword by Phinehas the priest in Numbers 31. The enemies of
this church would be smitten with the sword of God's mouth. And the overcomers
are the ones who go into the most holy place to eat the hidden manna from
the ark inside there!!
This corresponds to the age after the exodus when Israel had
a monarchy and brings in David's kingdom.
Jesus calls himself Son of God, as is parallel in David (Read
Psalm 2:7, and many more Psalms, where David speaks of himself in foreshadow
of Son of God). The church tolerated Jezebel, a wicked queen in the time
of the monarchs of Israel. 3.5 years of tribulation occurred in her day
due to backsliding, and this is parallel, of course, with the 3.5 years
mentioned throughout Revelation. Then it ends with ruling with a rod
of iron, which is a Psalm of David (2:9).
End of the monarchy in Israel.
The people of God were defeated and taken captive into Babylon.
Church thinks its alive but really dead. A few people are faithful.
Like a remnant that would come out of Babylon.
Return from Exile in Babylon with Ezra and Nehemiah.
They rebuilt the temple, which is noted in this letter to this
church. But there is a synagogue of satan. False Jews fought Ezra
and Nehemiah in Ezra 4 and Neh. 4, 6 and 13. An hour of testing would
come paralleled by Antiochus Epiphanes who came after the old testament
period as prophesied in Dan 8 and 11, witnessed by the historical,
but uninspired, book called Maccabees. New Jerusalem was the reward
of the overcomers... a new temple!
Last Days from time of Jesus when Pharisees and scribes ruled.
They bragged of self-sufficiency. They were naked and poor! Jesus
said they bwoulde spewed out, just as God would devastate Jerusalem 40
years after killing Jesus. They must repent and sup with Jesus, as in
the communion supper of bread and wine. They would rule with Jesus on
his throne, as indicated by the entire church age.
In the letter
to the church at Ephesus, which did exist in the days John wrote the
book of Revelation, Jesus tells this specific church:
Rev 2:5 Remember
therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;
or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove
thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
we know that this would not be THE second coming. But its like many
other references to His coming. He said He'd come AGAINST THEM. He'd
remove the candlestick from its place.
the coming of the Lord in Matthew 24 is not the great second coming.
It is a coming against Jerusalem alone, as in the Ephesus example. This
is a common biblical thought, never to be confused with the second coming.
In Rev 4, we read a series
of sights which parallel perfectly the sights Moses saw, and made pattern
after for the tabernacle.
Moses was told the following:
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be
there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments
which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
John was told something very similar:
Not only that,
but look at the events of the day Moses would see these things:
Rev 4:1 After
this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first
voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which
said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
It was the
THIRD DAY!!! John saw this:
And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will
come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.
Exo 19:16-19 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning,
that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the
mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the
people that was in the camp trembled. (17) And Moses brought forth
the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether
part of the mount. (18) And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke,
because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended
as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. (19) And
when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder,
Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Rev 4:5 And
out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices:
and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are
the seven Spirits of God.
Then John saw a series of sights that Moses spoke about in type:
The first thing Moses was told to make was an ARK OF THE COVENANT.
This is God's throne.
And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a
half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth
thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
What did John see first?
Rev 4:2 And
immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set
in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Then Moses was told make the table of shewbread:
John then saw...
Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall
be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and
a half the height thereof.
Moses saw the
table and John saw the chairs!
Rev 4:4 And
round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the
seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment;
and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Then Moses was told...
And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work
shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls,
his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
Rev 4:5 And
out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and
there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which
are the seven Spirits of God.
Then Moses heard:
John saw a
barrier of sorts as similar to the curtains and veil.
Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of
fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims
of cunning work shalt thou make them.
Exo 26:31 And thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple,
and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall
it be made:
that the veil had cherubims sewn into it. John saw the four beasts/cherubims
associated with the sea barrier.
Rev 4:6 And
before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:
and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four
beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And
the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the
third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Then Revelation 5 comes into play. The sealed book is written
on the front and backside. JUST LIKE MOSES' TABLES.
I noted earlier
that Moses saw all of this ON A THIRD DAY, and John saw the same sensational
sights. Well, it must have spiritually been the third day of Christ's
resurrection, because we read:
And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the
testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides;
on the one side and on the other were they written.
Rev 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne
a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven
Jesus is standing
after having been slain! Resurrection occurred on the third day!
Rev 5:6 And
I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts,
and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having
seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth
into all the earth.
God showed John what transpired in heaven the day Christ resurrected!
The NEW COVENANT was presented before John's eyes in the form
of the sealed book, the mystery hidden from ages, just as Moses was given
the tables written on both sides, the Old Testament.
THAT REFUTE FUTURISM
The following points seal the issue, in my opinion.
(1) The disciples equate
the SIGN OF HIS COMING in Matthew 24 with the
SIGN WHEN THESE THINGS (temple destruction)
come to pass in Mark and Luke.
Jesus speaks to "this generation", meaning
the period of time in which the people of His day would live, in both Matthew
23:36, and Matthew 24:33-34.
Jesus said Jerusalem was guilty of all blood shed
on earth in Mat 23:35, and the whore had all the blood shed on earth in
her in Rev 18:24. more than one party cannot be guilty of all blood.
Jesus said Jerusalem's women and their children
would cry for the rocks and mountains to cover them in Luke 23:28-30, and
that is the sixth seal in Rev. 6:16.
The same generation that would see the temple destroyed,
which occurred in 70 AD, would see all the other signs listed in Matthew
24. (Matt 24:33-34). You cannot split up the chapter into 70
AD fulfillment, plus our future fulfillment. Jesus said ALL the events
would occur in one generation.
Rev 11:2 says Jerusalem would be trodden by the gentiles (ROMANS - 4th
GENTILE KINGDOM IN NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S VISION) for 3.5 years - which is exactly how long it took Rome to smash the city.
Jesus spoke of the same events in Luke 21:24.
Jesus said the events of tribulation and wrath against Jerusalem, in
Luke 21, were the days of vengeance. Revelation's
fifth seal shows the souls of those slain demanding vengeance for their blood. And Jesus said Jerusalem
would come good for all blood shed on earth since Abel. Those souls are
pre-cross souls, because they did not get their white robes until after
their deaths. We already have white robes of righteousness as soon as
we are saved.
Jesus said people standing before Him would NOT TASTE
OF DEATH before they see Him coming in Matthew 16:28. This cannot
refer to the next chapter and the transfiguration, because that was only
a week later! The only way that would make sense for Him to speak about
the following week, is if the people were so old it would be some who would
barely survive the week, or so sick they would barely make the week.
The stress was upon some still being alive when that occurred - shall not
taste death. This cannot refer to saints being dead and yet in a state
of life thousands of years later, as if the coming was thousands of years
later, because Jesus said the High Priest would also see that coming -
Mat 26:63-64. He would not be in a state of spiritual life thousands of
Jesus said the very followers He spoke to would not be able to cover Israel
before the Son of man be come in Mat 10:23. This is not referring to
the church in general, but to the very men He spoke to, because verse 5 distinguishes the words to the 12 He sent forth.
Jesus said, "YOU." (The same "YOU" as is throughout Matthew 24:6-28).
Since Matthew 24:2's sign of His coming is the sign when the temple
would be destroyed in Mark and Luke, the context restricts the sun and moon
changing appearance to that time period. And research into Old Testament
references of the same picture show this to have been fulfilled many
times, showing us it is figurative of a kingdom collapsing. It was said to have happened when Babylon, Edom and Egypt were
The Greek term translated as WORLD in "end of the world" of Matthew 24:3,
is AION, from whence we derive the term EON, meaning
an AGE -- not the planet.
The greek term for WORLD in Matthew 24:14, "this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come," is oikoumene,
meaning LAND, or the Roman Empire. We know that it is restricted ot the
then-known world, because Paul said this was fulfilled
in his day.
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before
in the word of the truth of the gospel; (6) Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world;
and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard
of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Some say Luke 21 speaks of both 70 AD and our future. Luke's own words
You have to
go clear back to Luke 21:6 to know what "THESE THINGS" involves. And
they would all occur in one generation. It is not a spiritual generation,
as though the entire church age is one generation. Jesus distinguished
the generation of Jerusalem in His day from the people's past generations
who slew the prophets, by saying THIS generation would be guilty of ALL
BLOOD SHED, unlike the past peoples.
So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that
the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. (32) Verily I say unto you, This
generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
rendered the same words as, "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these
things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you,
This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
Same conversation -- same intention -- same references.
my opinion. Can people who disagree at least see WHY I interpret the scriptures
in this fashion?
manner interprets Revelation BY JESUS' OWN WORDS.
What could be worse than Jesus' own Bride, Jerusalem (Ezekiel
16), crucifying Him and calling for Caesar to be her King? In order for
the greatest tribulation of all earth's experience to occur in our future,
there is going to have to be a worse crime than the cross to yet occur.
That is IMPOSSIBLE. Even if an antichrist sits on the throne in a temple
in our future, and calls himself GOD, that still would not be worse
than what the Jews did in rejecting and crucifying my Lord. The greatest
blessing came from the worst crime and sin imaginable. Is God going to
judge such an antichrist WORSE than His judgment upon Jerusalem for what
THEY did? The punishment of the worst tribulation must fit the crime.
work of the cross is the CENTRAL POINT of it all! Even all prophecy!
Revelation 5 shows Jesus as High Priest and sacrifice, BOTH, as a lamb
carrying His own blood to the throne. The ark's mercyseat depicted this
throne. And the four beasts were about the throne as they were on the mercyseat,
covering it. They're the seraphim of Isa. 6.
Heaven, that John saw, was the true Most Holy Place! No man could go in
to take the book, just as only the high priest could go into the most
holy place. And This goes all the way back to the Garden, where Man was
cast out due to sin. the most Holy Place represented the Garden!
veil covering the most holy place had cherubims embroidered into it, just
as the entrance the Garden was blocked by cherubims and a flaming sword.
We know the flaming sword was by the veil in the tabernacle and temple,
because Lev. 10 shows Nadab and Abihu trying to enter and fire slaying
the lamb appears BETWEEN THE THRONE AND THE FOUR BEASTS.
If the four
beasts, cherubims, were positioned as guardians here, in the same manner
that they were in theGarden, then standing BETWEEN the throne and
the cherubims would be like STANDING INSIDE THE GARDEN, that nobody could
Rev 5:6 And
I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and
of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb
as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the
seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Lord sat on the Throne with a the book in his right hand. Just like
the tree of life with the fruit of life in its branches.
John is told to eat the book in Revelation 10, as though we now have access
back into the Garden again! The LAMB OPENED THE WAY! WE CAN EAT THE
FRUIT OF LIFE, which is THE GOSPEL WORD OF SALVATION! Acts 2:38!