The Song of The Lamb #8 Revelation 15 Lessons for us today

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Lessons for us today from the songs of the Lamb:

Revelation is a very difficult book for us to understand. It is a visual and a cartoon which looks at events that are going to lead up to the return of Christ and the Kingdom of God.

It emphasises that Christ is worthy and is our saviour.

Rev 5:5
Weep no more, behold, the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so He can open the scroll and the seven seals.

The song to the Lamb from the elders:

Rev 5 ; 9-10 – Elders

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals;
For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood –
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on earth.

There is also the second song which is the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb

Rev 15V; 3-4
“Great and marvellous are  your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and brings glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

This should be our song to God.

Steven Robinson

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The Lamb with the Book with Seven Seals

The Lamb with the Book with Seven Seals (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Previous articles on this subject:

  1. Contents of the Book of Revelation
  2. The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings
  3. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  4. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  5. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation
  6. The song of the lamb #5 Revelation 5
  7. The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14
  8. The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15
  9. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  10. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  11. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  12. 144 000 following the Lamb
  13. An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown
  14. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  15. Songs of Moses and the servants of God

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  • Behold the Lamb (3) (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    The Lamb of God took away the sins of the world by His death. Now, in resurrection, He is still our Redeemer and is also revealed as much more in Revelation.
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    We overcome the accuser “because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of our testimony” (12:10-11).
  • The Emerging of the Anti Christ 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    There will be a stirring among the nations (sea) that will result in the emergence of the most evil global leader in history known as the Anti-Christ.
  • Baby,priest,teacher,prophet,lamb of God,son of God,king,lord (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    The Rise of Anti-Christ, (Anti-Messiah who opposes the real Messiah) is different from the other nations that ruled the earth. Some believe the Anti-Messiah will serve as a false Messiah for the Jewish People. This is not the case. He is the one world leader who takes over the Jewish Temple and claims himself as God. The Anti-Christ is of Roman origin, the prince of the people who destroyed the city. Daniel 7:24b
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    the purpose of the tribulation is to bring people to faith by means of God’s wrath, and cause them to cry out the Messiah.
  • Behold the Lamb (4) (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    The center of New Jerusalem is “the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1, 3) from which flows the river of water of life with the tree of life.
  • When My Spirit Grows Faint Within Me, It Is You Who Watch Over My Way (smritidisaac.wordpress.com)
    Nations and armies and wealth and power are of no match whatsoever to the Spirit of the Lord.
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    Imagine tens of thousands of these spirit beings following the Lamb of God.  Just like that nursery rhyme “Mary had a little lamb”, only here it was Mary and all her tens of thousands of chosen brothers and sisters who were following the Lamb!
  • Be the Light…. (christianconnect.wordpress.com)
    The nation does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is the light.The nations will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring splendor to it.
  • Revelation 21/Today’s reading 12-30-12 (hispassioninme.wordpress.com)
    He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
  • Behold the Lamb (2) (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    The Lamb is our Shepherd (7:17). As the Shepherd, He is our Guide (7:17). He is all we need! The emphasis in His guiding is not what to do in details of our daily life; rather the emphasis is to guide us “to springs of waters of life.”
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Songs of Moses and the servants of God

Posted on December 31, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

 

And the Master said, “Who then is the trustworthy and wise manager, whom his master shall appoint over his household, to give the portion of food in due season? “Blessed is that servant whom his master shall find so doing when he comes. “Truly, I say to you that he shall appoint him over all his possessions.
(Luke 12:42-44 The Scriptures 1998+)

After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying,
“Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim, saying,
“Amĕn! The blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. Amĕn! And one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me,
“These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them.
“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(Revelation 7:9-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim. And they sing the song of Mosheh the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and marvellous are Your works, יהוה {Jehovah} Ěl Shaddai! Righteous and true are Your ways, O Sovereign of the set-apart ones! “Who shall not fear You, O יהוה {Jehovah}, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses have been made manifest.”
And after this I looked and saw the Dwelling Place of the Tent of Witness in the heaven was opened.
(Revelation 15:2-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.” {1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27.}
And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders.
And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!”
And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying,
“To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!”
(Revelation 5:9-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim,
(Revelation 7:10-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders.
And no one was able to learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
(Revelation 14:3 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Mosheh said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the deliverance of יהוה, which He does for you today.
For the Mitsrites whom you see today, you are never, never to see again.
14  “יהוה does fight for you, and you keep still.”
(Exodus 14:13-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

1  Then Mosheh and the children of Yisra’ĕl sang this song to יהוה, and spoke, saying, “I sing to יהוה {Jehovah}, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! 2  “Yah is my strength and song, and He has become my deliverance. He is my Ěl, and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.

3  “יהוה is a man of battle, יהוה is His Name.
4  “He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea, and his chosen officers are drowned in the Sea of Reeds.
5  “The depths covered them, they went down to the bottom like a stone.
6  “Your right hand, O יהוה, has become great in power. Your right hand, O יהוה, has crushed the enemy.
7  “And in the greatness of Your excellence You pulled down those who rose up against You. You sent forth Your wrath, it consumed them like stubble.
8  “And with the wind of Your nostrils the waters were heaped up, the floods stood like a wall, the depths became stiff in the heart of the sea.
9  “The enemy said, ‘I pursue, I overtake, I divide the spoil, my being is satisfied on them. I draw out my sword, my hand destroys them.’
10  “You did blow with Your wind, the sea covered them, they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11  “Who is like You, O יהוה, among the mighty ones? Who is like You, great in set-apartness, awesome in praises, working wonders?
12  “You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13  “In Your kindness You led the people whom You have redeemed, in Your strength You guided them to Your set-apart dwelling.
14  “Peoples heard, they trembled, anguish gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15  “Then the chiefs of Eḏom were troubled, the mighty men of Mo’aḇ, trembling grips them, all the inhabitants of Kenaʽan melted.
16  “Fear and dread fell on them, by the greatness of Your arm they are as silent as a stone, until Your people pass over, O יהוה, until the people, whom You have bought, pass over.
17  “You bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O יהוה, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the set-apart place, O יהוה, which Your hands have prepared.
18  “יהוה reigns forever and ever.”
(Exodus 15:1-18 The Scriptures 1998+)

And on that day Deḇorah and Baraq son of Aḇinoʽam sang, saying,
2  “For leaders leading in Yisra’ĕl, for the people volunteering, bless יהוה!
3  “Hear, O sovereigns! Give ear, O princes! I, I do sing to יהוה; I sing praise to יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.
(Judges 5:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Miryam answered them, “Sing to יהוה, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
(Exodus 15:21 The Scriptures 1998+)

Please let me sing to the One I love, a song for my loved One regarding His vineyard: my loved One has a vineyard on a fertile hill.
(Isaiah 5:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

And the lyre and the harp, the tambourine and flute, and wine are in their feasts; but they do not regard the deeds of יהוה, nor see the work of His hands.
(Isaiah 5:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

And man is bowed down, and mortal man humbled, and the eyes of the proud are humbled. But יהוה of hosts is exalted in judgment, and the set-apart is set-apart in righteousness.
(Isaiah 5:15-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore, as a tongue of fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, their root is as rottenness, and their blossom goes up like dust – because they have rejected the Torah of יהוה of hosts, and despised the Word1 of the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl. {Footnote: 1“Word” and “teaching” are used as synonyms.} Therefore the displeasure of יהוה has burned against His people, and He stretches out His hand against them and smites them, and the mountains tremble. And their carcass is as filth in the middle of the streets. With all this His displeasure has not turned back, and His hand is still stretched out! And He shall lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and shall whistle to them from the end of the earth. And see, they come with speed, swiftly!
(Isaiah 5:24-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

And after this I heard a loud voice of a great crowd in the heaven, saying, “Halleluyah! Deliverance and esteem and respect and power to יהוה our Elohim!
2  “Because true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her whoring. And He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.”
3  And a second time they said, “Halleluyah! And her smoke rises up forever and ever!”
4  And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped Elohim who sat on the throne, saying, “Amĕn! Halleluyah!”
5  And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our Elohim, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6  And I heard as the voice of a great crowd, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunders, saying, “Halleluyah, for יהוה Ěl Shaddai reigns!
7  “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.”
(Revelation 19:1-7 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And now write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Yisra’ĕl. Put it in their mouths, so that this song is to Me for a witness against the children of Yisra’ĕl.
20  “And I shall bring them to the land flowing with milk and honey, of which I swore to their fathers, and they shall eat and be satisfied and be fat, then they shall turn to other mighty ones, and they shall serve them, and scorn Me and break My covenant.
21  “And it shall be, when many evils and distresses come upon them, that this song shall answer before them as a witness. For it is not to be forgotten in the mouths of their seed, for I know their thoughts which they are forming today, even before I bring them to the land of which I swore to give them.”
22  And Mosheh wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Yisra’ĕl.
23  And He commanded Yehoshua son of Nun, and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you are to bring the children of Yisra’ĕl into the land of which I swore to them, and I Myself am with you.”
24  And it came to be, when Mosheh had completed writing the Words of this Torah in a book, until their completion, 25  that Mosheh commanded the Lĕwites, who bore the ark of the covenant of יהוה, saying,
26  “Take this Book of the Torah, and you shall place it beside the ark of the covenant of יהוה your Elohim, and it shall be there as a witness against you,  27  for I myself know your rebellion and your stiff neck. See, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against יהוה, then how much more after my death?
28  “Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, so that I speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them.
29  “For I know that after my death you shall do very corruptly and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil shall come to you in the latter days, because you do what is evil in the eyes of יהוה, to provoke Him through the work of your hands.”
30  So Mosheh spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Yisra’ĕl the words of this song till their completion:
(Deuteronomy 31:19-30 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And hear, O earth, The words of my mouth.
2  “Let my instruction fall as rain, My speech drop down as dew, As fine rain on the tender plants, And as showers on the grass.
3  “For I proclaim the Name of יהוה, Ascribe greatness to our Elohim.
4  “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are right-ruling, An Ěl of truth and without unrighteousness, Righteous and straight is He.
5  “A twisted and crooked generation has corrupted itself, Their blemish, they are not His children.
6  “Do you do this to יהוה, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you, Who created you and established you?
7  “Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father and let him show you, Your elders, and let them say to you:
8  “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance When He separated the sons of Aḏam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Yisra’ĕl.
9  “For the portion of יהוה is His people, Yaʽaqoḇ His allotted inheritance.
(Deuteronomy 32:1-9 The Scriptures 1998+)

 “For יהוה rightly rules His people And has compassion on His servants, When He sees that their power is gone, And there is no one remaining, Shut up or at large.
37  “And He shall say, ‘Where are their mighty ones, The rock in whom they sought refuge?
38  ‘Who ate the fat of their slaughterings, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them arise and help you, Let it be a hiding-place for you!
39  ‘See now that I, I am He, And there is no Elohim besides Me. I put to death and I make alive. I have wounded, and I heal. And from My hand no one delivers!
40  ‘For I lift My hand to the heavens, And shall say: As I live forever,
41  ‘If I have sharpened My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I shall return vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me.
42  ‘I make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword devours flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the long-haired enemy chiefs.’
43  “O nations, acclaim His people! For He avenges the blood of His servants, And returns vengeance to His adversaries, And shall pardon His land, His people.”
Deu 32:44  Then Mosheh came, with Yehoshua son of Nun, and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people.
45  And when Mosheh ended speaking all these words to all Yisra’ĕl,
46  he said to them, “Set your heart on all the words with which I warn you today, so that you command your children to guard to do all the Words of this Torah.
47  “For it is not a worthless Word for you, because it is your life, and by this Word you prolong your days on the soil which you pass over the Yardĕn to possess.”
(Deuteronomy 32:36-47 The Scriptures 1998+)

and said, ‘See, יהוה our Elohim has shown us His esteem and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire.
Today we have seen that Elohim speaks with man – and he lives!
(Deuteronomy 5:24 The Scriptures 1998+)

“O יהוה, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all these great matters.
(1 Chronicles 17:19 The Scriptures 1998+)

“See, My Servant whom I uphold, My Chosen One My being has delighted in! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He brings forth right-ruling to the nations.
(Isaiah 42:1 The Scriptures 1998+)

“You are My witnesses,” declares יהוה, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no formed, nor after Me there is none.
(Isaiah 43:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

For, let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah יהושע{Jeshua}, who, being in the form of Elohim, did not regard equality with Elohim a matter to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and came to be in the likeness of men. And having been found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, death even of a stake. Elohim, therefore, has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of יהושע every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that יהושע Messiah is Master, to the esteem of Elohim the Father. So that, my beloved, as you always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much rather in my absence – work out your own deliverance with fear and trembling, for it is Elohim who is working in you1 both to desire and to work for His good pleasure. {Footnote: 1See Messiah in you in the Explanatory Notes.}
(Philippians 2:5-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

 Revelation of יהושע Messiah, which Elohim gave Him to show His servants what has to take place with speed. And He signified it by sending His messenger to His servant Yoḥanan,
2  who bore witness to the Word of Elohim, and the witness of יהושע Messiah – to all he saw.
3  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near.
(Revelation 1:1-3 The Scriptures 1998+)

Yoḥanan, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Favour to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is coming, and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne,
5  and from יהושע Messiah, the trustworthy witness, the first-born from the dead, and the ruler of the sovereigns of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6  and has made us sovereigns and priests to His Elohim and Father, to Him be esteem and rule forever and ever. Amĕn.
(Revelation 1:4-6 The Scriptures 1998+)

 “See, My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My being did delight. I shall put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall declare right-ruling to the nations.
19  “He shall not strive nor cry out, nor shall anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20  “A crushed reed He shall not break, and smoking flax He shall not quench, till He brings forth right-ruling forever. {1 Footnote: 1This is according to the Shem-Tob Hebrew text. However, this passage is a quote from Isa. 42:1-3 where it reads right-ruling unto truth. }
21  “And the nations shall trust in His Name.”
(Matthew 12:18-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but through a revelation of יהושע Messiah.
(Galatians 1:12 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15

144 000 following the Lamb

To be continued:

The Song of The Lamb #8 Revelation 15 Lessons for us today

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Please do find as well:

Exodus 15 – The Song of Moses (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)
The victory over the Egyptians was a really big deal! The victory over Pharaoh’s stubbornness was a big deal, too, but finally God won over him and led his people out of Egypt.
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The Israelites were thankful to God for His blessings. Just like the Israelites, we can do this too. Praise God with a song for the blessings He gives you. Be thankful to God for everything and His power and mercy. Praise God that we still live today.

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The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15

Posted on December 29, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

3             The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 15

 

Seven angels with seven plagues

 

1 John sees in heaven another great and marvellous sign: seven angels with seven last plagues – last because with them God’s wrath is completed.
2 Saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God
3 And sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and marvellous are  your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and brings glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
5 After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened.
6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues.
They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.
7 One of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

 

And they sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:

 

English: The Sarejevo Hagadah, 15th century Sp...

The Sarejevo Hagadah, 15th century Spain   (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
Verses 3-4
“Great and marvellous are  your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and brings glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

 

In Elpis Israel Dr Thomas sees that this song refers back to the Song of Moses recorded in Exodus 14 after the defeat of Pharaoh after the crossing of the Red Sea.
They had been saved by the Angel of God and now this salvation is from the Lamb of God.

 

He writes – (page 293) that this song: “Celebrates his future triumph over all the nations in his deliverance of the twelve tribes from their tyranny; a redemption which will result in the submission of all nations to his sovereignty, as predicted in the song. And it is to be observed that the Lamb’s victory being the accomplishment of the prophecy in Moses’ song, and a victory gained on a similar occasion, and in connection with the same nation, the Lamb’s song is styled, in the Apocalypse, “The song of Moses and the song of the Lamb”.

 

The context of this song is that the last seven plagues were about to be released on to the earth. The implication is that these indeed are the last seven plagues …

 

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them is the wrath of God complete.

 

In the next chapter – they are referred to as the bowls of God’s wrath

 

  1. Loathsome sores
  2. Sea turns to blood
  3. Waters turn to blood
  4. Men are scorched
  5. Darkness and pain
  6. Euphrates dried up
  7. The earth is shaken by an earth quake.

 

There are a number of songs of Moses recorded for us (Exodus 15, Deuteronomium 31:30, 32;3 + Psalms)
The context of Moses bring the people out of Egypt – surely an excellent parable for the time when the saved are brought out from their service to sin into a new relationship with God.

 

The song is more of a focus on the power of God rather than directed to the Lamb.

 

It is praising God for what He has done for us in bringing about redemption for His saints and those that have been true to Him.

 

- Steven Robinson

 

English: Marmorkirken ( Copenhagen ). High alt...

Marmorkirken ( Copenhagen ). High altar ( 1894 ) – Angel pointing at the lamb of god. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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Preceding articles:

 

The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

 

The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15

 

144 000 following the Lamb

 

To be continued:

 

The Song of The Lamb #8 Revelation 15 Lessons for us today

 

Songs of Moses and the servants of God

 

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  • Revelation 15 (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
  • Sermon: Wonders of Heaven (Part 2) (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
    Most people believe singing is the primary activity of heaven, but the text I just read to you, is the only passage in the Book of Revelation that pictures us singing.
  • The Exodus-Do You Have the Blood of the Lamb On Your Door Post? (lynleahz.com)
    God commanded the Israelites put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost so that when the death angel came (Abaddon) he would pass over their house and no person in their home would be harmed.If they did not have the blood of that lamb on their doorpost, then the fate of the Egyptians would also come upon them.

    Friends, we are living in the days spoken of in Revelation.  Our King is holding God’s people in bondage, and God is mad!  We are going to witness some nasty things.  We will not be exempt from all the suffering.  However, I believe God showed us something very important in the Exodus account:  We are His people living in bondage to an evil government…an evil world!  His judgment is beginning to pour out because of the sin of the nations!

  • Exodus 15 – The Song of Moses (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)
    The victory over the Egyptians was a really big deal! The victory over Pharaoh’s stubbornness was a big deal, too, but finally God won over him and led his people out of Egypt.
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    The Israelites were thankful to God for His blessings. Just like the Israelites, we can do this too. Praise God with a song for the blessings He gives you. Be thankful to God for everything and His power and mercy. Praise God that we still live today.
  • MikaMocha (burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com)
    When the Lord opened the Red Sea, enabling the Israelites to cross to safety, and then closed them, putting to death their enemies who sought to devour them, Moses, the servant of God sang a song of praise and worship to the Lord…
  • Did the exodus of moses and his people happen? (whas11.com)
    there was another figure in the ancient world who gave up everything to answer the call from what he believed was the one and only true God.
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    The Bible says that after Moses accepted his dangerous mission to get the Israelites out of Egypt, he confronted the pharaoh. The pharaoh refused to let his people go until God unleashed a series of unnatural disasters known as the 10 plagues. Jews commemorate this event and the Exodus on Passover.

    “The evening before the 10th plague, Moses instructed the Jews to sacrifice a lamb and to paint its blood on their doors so that the angel of death would know who was Jewish and who wasn’t. This is where the term ‘Passover’ comes from,” said Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of “New American Haggadah.”

  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
  • The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation (christadelphians.wordpress.com)

 

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The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

Posted on December 22, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2             The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 14

The Lamb and the 144,000

1 John looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with Him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2 John hears a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. A sound of harpists playing their harps.
3 They sang a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn that new song except the 144,000 who were redeemed from the world.
4 Not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 In their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God
6 Another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to all those who dwell on earth – on every nation, tribe, tongue and people
7 With a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs if water.
8 Another angel followed saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 A third angel, saying with a loud voice If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead or on his hand.
10 He himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
Yes” says the spirit “that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them,”
14 John saw a white cloud and on the white cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His Head a golden crown, and His hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe”.
16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 Another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”
19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God
20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of winepress, up to the horses bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

Verses 3-4

John hears a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. A sound of harpists playing their harps.
They sang a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn that new song except the 144,000 who were redeemed from the world.

So this is a bit of trick Song to the Lamb in that the words are not actually written for us, as so we can only speculate on the words of this new song.

It is outside the scope of our talk this evening to discuss about what the 144,000 means. But I hope what is being shown to us in the book is the use of symbols which really is almost presenting this lead up to the time of the end. It therefore is difficult to believe that this is a literal number, particularly given its precise nature.

Also, as Wrested Scriptures points out, looking at the context of the chapter – this must surely be visionary and symbolic.

Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him on hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads……

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Page 287r: John’s Vision of Heaven, Revelation 4:1-11, 5:1-14 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking at the description of the Lamb from chapter 5, this is described v 6 and 7.

And I looked, and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God are sent out into all the earth.
Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

I am not really sure how we could image or draw this description of the vision.

It is interesting that this song is before the last battle and the defeat of the false religion. This song is a celebration of this multitude being the redeemed of the world. The song of thanksgiving surely is one of thanks for this redemption and what has been done by Christ for us in the giving of His life and the terrible death He suffered for the redeemed.

It is important for us to be part of that great number of those which will be redeemed and saved.

Our own song for the Lamb should also show how worthy we feel He is as He has redeemed us by His life and death. This should be our continual song as we wait for Him to return to the earth and set up His kingdom.

- Steven Robinson

Preceding articles:

The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

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144 000 following the Lamb

The Song of The Lamb #7 Revelation 15

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Find also:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  3. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  4. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation
  5. The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5
  6. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  7. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  8. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  9. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings

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  • Behold the Lamb (1) (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). John the apostle’s writing about the Lamb concludes with “the throne of God and of the Lamb” in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1, 3). The Lamb of God is mentioned in John 1:29, 36 and 1 Peter 1:19, then twenty-five times in Revelation.
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
  • Armageddon Campaign: The Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The centerpiece of God’s eternal purpose is for Jesus to come back to fully establish His Kingdom rule over all the earth as He joins the heavenly and earthly realms together. God’s purpose has always been for God and His people to live together in this way. This is the interpretive key to understanding the End-Times. Without this foundational revelation, confusion is inevitable when studying the End-Times.
  • My Favorite Version of the Christmas Story (spurgeon.wordpress.com)
    … is of course the version with the dragon in it — Revelation 12:1–6.
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    the triumph of Jesus has already been spectacularly introduced in Revelation 4–5. The great vision of Revelation 4–5 controls the entire book. There we learn that Christ, this male child, is the only one who is fit to open the scroll in God’s right hand to bring about all of God’s purposes for judgment and blessing. He is the Lion and the Lamb, the reigning king and the bloody sacrifice, the heir to David’s throne yet the one who appears from God’s throne. Because of his struggle, men and women from every tongue and tribe and people and nation are redeemed. Countless millions gather around him who sits on the throne and the Lamb and sing a new song of adoring, grateful, praise.
  • Revelation 19-20 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
  • Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Week 13 (girlfriendscoffeehour.com)
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An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

Posted on December 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , |

 

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?” And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yehuḏah {1} the Root of Dawid {2} overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.” {Footnotes: 1Heb. 7:14 2Isa. 11:1 & 10.} (Revelation 5:1-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27. }
(Revelation 5:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

And Yitsḥaq spoke to Aḇraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “See, the fire and the wood! But where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Aḇraham said, “My son, Elohim does provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” And the two of them went together.
(Genesis 22:7-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares יהוה {Jehovah}, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, that I shall certainly bless you, and I shall certainly increase your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore, and let your seed possess the gate of their enemies. “And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
(Genesis 22:16-18 The Scriptures 1998+)

On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע {Jeshua} coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!{1 Footnote: 1Mt. 1:21, Titus 2:14, 1 John 3:5 & 8.} “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has become before me, for He was before me.’{1 Footnote: 1See v. 15.} “And I did not know Him, but that He might be revealed to Yisra’ĕl,  therefore I came immersing in water.” And Yoḥanan bore witness, saying, “I have seen the Spirit coming down from heaven like a dove and remain on Him. “And I did not know Him, but He who sent me to immerse in water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit coming down and remaining on Him, this is He who immerses in the Set-apart Spirit.’ “And I have seen and have witnessed that this is the Son of Elohim.” Again the following day, Yoḥanan was standing with two of his taught ones, and looking at יהושע walking, he said, “See the Lamb of Elohim!”
(John 1:29-36 The Scriptures 1998+)

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim.
(1 Peter 1:17-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of Elohim, to those believing in His Name, who were born, not of blood nor of the desire of flesh nor of the desire of man, but of Elohim. And the Word became flesh and pitched His tent {1} among us, and we saw His esteem, esteem as of an only brought-forth of a father, complete in favour and truth. {Footnote: 1An indication that His birth was during the Festival of Booths}. Yoḥanan bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has become before me, because He was before me.’ ” And out of His completeness we all did receive, and favour upon favour, for the Torah was given through Mosheh – the favour and the truth came through יהושע Messiah.
(John 1:12-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectation perfectly upon the favour that is to be brought to you at the revelation of יהושע Messiah, as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.”
(1 Peter 1:13-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

‘For I am יהוה your Elohim, and you shall set yourselves apart. And you shall be set-apart, for I am set-apart. And do not defile yourselves with any creeping creature that creeps on the earth. ‘For I am יהוה who is bringing you up out of the land of Mitsrayim, to be your Elohim. And you shall be set-apart, for I am set-apart.
(Leviticus 11:44-45 The Scriptures 1998+)

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, foreknown, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for your sakes, who through Him believe in Elohim who raised Him from the dead and gave Him esteem, so that your belief and expectation are in Elohim.
(1 Peter 1:17-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘Be set-apart, for I יהוה your Elohim am set-apart.
(Leviticus 19:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27. }
(Revelation 5:9-10 The Scriptures 1998+)

saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!”
(Revelation 5:12-13 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
(Revelation 14:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim.
(Revelation 15:2 The Scriptures 1998+)

Let all that have breath praise Yah. Praise Yah!
(Psalms 150:6 The Scriptures 1998+)

My mouth speaks the praise of יהוה, And let all flesh bless His set-apart Name, Forever and ever.
(Psalms 145:21 The Scriptures 1998+)

But you have drawn near to Mount Tsiyon and to the city of the living Elohim, to the heavenly Yerushalayim, to myriads of messengers, to the entire gathering and assembly of the first-born having been enrolled in heaven, and to Elohim the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, and to יהושע the Mediator {1} of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling which speaks better than the blood of Heḇel. {Footnote: 1See 8:6. }
(Hebrews 12:22-24 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But you, Dani’ĕl, hide the words, and seal the book until the time of the end {1}. Many shall diligently search and knowledge shall increase.” {Footnote: 1See v. 9. }
(Daniel 12:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

And when the living creatures give esteem and respect and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and bow before Him who lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “You are worthy, O יהוה, to receive esteem and respect and power, for You have created all, and because of Your desire they are, and were created.” (Revelation 4:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

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The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

Posted on December 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Previously we have seen that the nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus. John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals”  Everything is moving towards the end of God His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.

The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 5

The first of these songs sung to the Lamb, which I think is the correct way of looking at this.
We have already looked at the context of chapter 5 in terms of Revelation.
The letters to the first seven ecclesia end with the letter to Laodicea at the end of chapter three. The visions then start in chapter 4 when we start to read about the throne in Heaven

4             The throne in heaven
5
1-7         The Lamb takes the scroll
8-11      Worthy is the Lamb
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1-2         First Seal: The Conqueror
3-4         Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
5-6         Third Seal: Scarcity on earth
7-8         Fourth seal: Widespread Death on Earth
9-11      Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs
12-17   Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

1 In the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals
2 A mighty angel proclaimed with a loud voice “who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll”
3 No one in heaven and earth was worthy
4 John wept because no one found worthy
5 One of the elders said – do not weep, the Lion of the tribe Judah, the root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals
6 John sees a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain. Standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four creatures and the elders. Seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 He took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8 When he had taken it, the four creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 10 They sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood – Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on earth.
11 Heard a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them of them was 10,000 x 10,000
12 Saying with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. To receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!
13 Every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying Blessing and honour and glory and power Be to Him who sits in the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever.
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever and ever.

Verse 9/10 They sang a new song:

I think we would all recognize that the Lamb referred to refers to Christ. I think it is still worthwhile reminding ourselves of some of the principles relating to Jesus and the Lamb of God.

The Lamb has been associated with sacrifice since Genesis 22; 7/8 when Abraham offered a lamb as a burn offering on mount Moriah in place of Isaac when the angel intervened.

Abraham names the place Jehovah-Jireh, or “the Lord will provide” and of course we can see the significance of these words to us and God’s plan of salvation for us and there was apt as a symbol.

We know this chapter looks forward to when Abraham’s seed (verse 18-19) who we are told would possess the gate of his enemy / defeat his enemies. Verse 19:

In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

English: Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,...

Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We know the significance of the Lamb in the Passover service (Exodus 12) where it was importance to select a Lamb without spot. Although this referred to the physical characteristic, Jesus fulfilled this in the spiritual sense as he was without sin in his life.

John, in his Gospel, mentions how John the Baptist refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God in the first chapter verses 29-36, the context being , from verse 19 – John denying being the Christ.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for He was before me,” I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God,.”
Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”.

Another time when Jesus is directly associated as being the Lamb of God is found in 1 Peter 1:19, if we please could turn to this.

The context of this passage is a call to be holy, verses 13/16 set this context and end in verse 16 “Be holy, for I am holy” – an Old Testament quotation taken from Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2.

V17/21
since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.
But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Verses 9-10 – Elders

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals;
For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood –
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on earth.

Verse 12 Saying with a loud voice: – Angels

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honour and glory and blessing!

Verse 13 every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying

Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be to Him who sits in the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever.

The song or chant was made by the four creatures and the twenty four elders that fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and they were holding the golden bowls full of the incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

We will see that from 14.2 and 15.2 that the harp was the common instrument.
This would imply that there is music being played and that there is an actual song being sung.
We read about harps being used to accompany the singing of Psalms.
This was one of those most ancient of instruments.

Could we please turn to Psalm 33 which talks about singing a new song to the Lord.

Psalm 150:6     Let everything that has breath please the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Psalm 145: 21  My flesh shall speak of the praise of the LORD, and all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

Hebrews 12: 22-24

Daniel 12: 4
But you, Daniel. Shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

Compare this is chapter 4 where the Lamb is worthy to open the scroll.

- Steven Robinson

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Contents of the Book of Revelation

The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Next:

An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

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  • He is worthy (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    the Father shares His glory with His Son, and no one apart from Him.  The Son is worthy to receive the glory received by the Father.
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    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,
    “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)
  • Friday, December 7, 2012 @ Revelation 1-6 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
    Through revelation, John was to give a report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ!  What a daunting task!  Yet, while our witnessing is not the recorded Word of God, we are representing the testimony of Jesus Christ in part as we share the good news and what he has done for us.  We, too, have been given a task.
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    Jesus came as a sacrificial lamb, pure and spotless, to remove the stain of sin from our lives.  Yet, He is the Lion, our resurrected King, whose victorious reign is worthy of all praise.
  • Jesus You Are Worthy! (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    You have 100 billion angels along with the church of the
    living God from all time-old and new, all generations, all centuries-in
    front of the throne of God with a huge rainbow. Jesus, standing in the
    midst with the book in His hands, is about to unleash seven judgments.
    Thank God that the true church is not going to be on earth for those
    judgments!
  • Christ The Lamb Of The New Testament – An Outline Study (ptl2010.com)
    When the Word of God calls Christ the Lamb, it is teaching us many different truths about Christ.
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    The redeemed are firstfruits dedicated to God and Lamb
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    Lamb oversees judgment of Lost
    Rev 15:3-4 – Song of Praise sung to both Father and Lamb
    Rev 17:14 – He overcomes wicked because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Rev 21:9-26 – He possesses an eternal city where He dwells with His people.
    Rev 22:1 – He shares throne with Father
  • Morning 5am lesson from the Holy Spirit of Truth: What will you wear on that day? (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
    The word of testimony of an overcomer must agree with the testimony of God. God has testified His Son. Surely there is no other testimony greater than that of God. What testimony can an overcomer give that is worthy of mention? The same testimony: The Son of God – Jesus Christ.
  • Worthy – The Savior’s, Sinner’s and Saint’s position (thepauls.wordpress.com)
    while listening on the radio, the song “When the stars burn down (Blessing and Honor)” by Philips, Craig & Dean, I started describing to Reuben, our beloved six year old son, that it is highly likely that the song is based on the events that transpire in heaven as described in book the Revelation in the Bible. Revelation chapter 5 records the account of how Jesus, the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29), was the only one, worthy to open the book that was sealed and in the hands of God who sat on the throne. Jesus takes the book from the hand of God and the 24 elders that sat around him fell down and worshiped him.
  • Revelation 7 (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
  • Carols: A Christmas Devotional – Do You Hear What I Hear? (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
    If Jesus was born today the news would be all over Twitter, Facebook, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and who knows where else.  The point is, there wasn’t any news or social networks when Jesus was born.  So, God used a star and word of mouth.  You know, God really does think of absolutely everything…doesn’t He?
  • Hymn. Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs With Angels Round The Throne (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs With Angels Round The ThroneCome, let us join our cheerful songs
    with angels round the throne.
    ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
    but all their joys are one.

“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry,
“to be exalted thus!”
“Worthy the Lamb,” our hearts reply,
“for he was slain for us!”

 

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Contents of the Book of Revelation

Posted on December 18, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I. Prolog (1:1-8)

A. Preface (1:1-3)

B. Greeting to churches in Asia (1:4-6)

C. Prophetic sayings (1:7-8)

II. Call vision (1:9-20)

III. Letters to the seven churches in Asia (2:1-3:22)

IV. Seven seals (4:1-8:5)

A. Vision of God’s throne (4:1-11)

B. Vision of the enthroned Lamb with the scroll (5:1-14)

C. Seals #1-4: Four horsemen (6:1-8)

D. Seals #5: Martyrs crying out for judgment (6:9-11)

E. Seal #6: Earthquake, proleptic judgment (6:12-17)

F. Sealing of servants from the twelve tribes (7:1-17)

G. Seal #7: Silence and preparation of the trumpets (8:1-5)

V. Seven trumpets (8:2, 6-11:19)

A. Trumpets #1-4: Plagues fall from the heavens (8:6-13)

B. Trumpet #5: Falling star opens abyss, locust plague led by angel of the abyss (9:1-11)

C. Trumpet #6: Deadly cavalry from Euphrates released(9:13-21)

D. Seer eats the little scroll from the hand of angel: commissioning to prophecy again (10:1-11)

E. Seer measures the temple and the altar (11:1-3)

F. Testimony of the two witnesses in Jerusalem; martyred by the beast; taken to heaven; deadly earthquake in the city (11:4-13) [End of second woe, third to come, v. 14]

G. Trumpet #7: Heavenly acclamation of Christ who rules for ever; vision of the ark with lightening, voices, thunder, earthquake, hail (11:15-19)

VI. Unnumbered visions: Followers of Lamb vs. the beast (12:1-15:4)

A. Woman and her offspring vs. the dragon (12:1-17)

B. Beast from the sea (13:1-10)

C. Beast from the earth (13:11-18)

D. On Mount Zion: song of the 144,000 (14:1-7; cf. 7:1-17)

E. Angelic heralds: warning and the promise to the saints (14:8-13)

F. Son of Man and angels harvest the earth (14:14-20)

G. Sea of glass: those who have conquered the beast (15:2-4)

VII. Seven bowls of wrath (15:1, 5-16:21)

A. Introduction: bowls are end of wrath of God (15:1)

B. Angels given the seven bowls by throne creature (15:5-8)

C. Bowl #1: poured on earth: sores on those worship the beast (16:1-2)

D. Bowl #2: in sea: becomes like blood, everything in it dies (16:3)

E. Bowl #3: rivers and fountains: become blood, just judgment for blood of martyrs acclaimed (16:4-7)

F. Bowl #4: on sun: it scorches humans, who blaspheme god and do not repent (16:8-9)

G. Bowl #5: on throne beast: kingdom darkened; humans curse God for sores, do not repent (16:10-11)

H. Bowl #6: on Euphrates: demonic spirits from mouths of dragon, beast and false prophet assemble armies at Armageddon (16:12-16; c.f. 9:13-21)

I. Bowl #7: in air: voice sounds from temple, thunder, quakes, cities split, island and mountains vanish, hail (16;17-21)

VIII. Babylon and her destruction (17:1-19:10)

A. “Babylon the Great,” harlot to the kings of the earth, drunk with the blood of the saints (17:1-6)

B. Angelic interpretation of the vision: Rome, her rulers, client kings and wars (17:1-6)

C. Heavenly announcement: the hour of judgment on Babylon has come (18:1-8)

D. Laments for the fate of Babylon by kings of the earth, merchants, captains and sailors (18:9-20)

E. Angelic announcement: Babylon and all who dwell in her to be thrown down (18:21-24)

F. Heavenly praise to God for judgment against Babylon (19:`1-4)

G. Praise to Lamb: Celebration of divine marriage feast (19:5-10)

IX. Unnumbered visions: Judgment of the earth (19:11-21:8)

A. Rider on the white horse (19:11-16)

B. Victory feast on bodies of the slain (19:17-21)

C. Angel binds Satan for a thousand years (20:1-3)

D. Victorious martyrs reign with Christ a thousand years (20:4-6)

E. Fire from heaven consumes the Satanic hosts (20:7-10)

F. Judgment of all humanity: Book of life (20:11-15)

G. New heaven and earth: Righteous to dwell with God (21:1-8)

X. Bride of the Lamb: The heavenly Jerusalem (21:9-22:5)

A. Jewels which adorn the bride (21:2, 9-21)

B. God’s presence in the heavenly city (21:22-27)

C. River of water, tree of life and God as its light (22:1-5)

XI. Epilogue: Transmission of the prophecy and beatitudes (22:6-21)

Content of The Book of The Revelation, by Dennis Bratcher

The Beast from the sea with seven heads

The Beast from the sea with seven heads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  3. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  4. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  5. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  6. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation
  7. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  8. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Next: The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

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  • An Overview of the Book of Revelation (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
  • The Three Angels (ghettoscorner.wordpress.com)
  • The Anti-Church – Great Falling Away (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    At center stage of the coming global crisis will be a demonized world leader called the Antichrist (1 Jn. 2:18) who develops and then rules over a worldwide system including government, finances and religion. There is much information on this in the scripture.
  • Revelation 9-13 (westminsterreads.org)
    Revelation, Introduction and Outline
    Apocalyptic literature uses a standard set of symbols that include numerology, catastrophes of cosmic proportions and odd and amazing animals. The purpose of apocalyptic literature was to encourage the faithful to hold firm in their beliefs, to endure, to assure the reader that faithfulness would be rewarded and that ultimately justice would be done.
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    Even though it looks as if evil is in control, this is somehow part of God’s plan. The faithful, who persevere thorough suffering and trials, will receive eternal life with God. God is in control.
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    Between the seventh trumpet and the six bowls will be three distinct visionary “digressions”
  • “Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
  • The Antichrist and the Second Coming
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The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Posted on December 15, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, History, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Methods of Interpretation

The book of Revelation has also fascinated Bible students, and there have many attempts have been made to understand its message.

FUTURISTIC: Sees the book as a description of events immediately surrounding the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, probably all occurring during a period of intense activity lasting three-and-half years.

PRETERIST: much of the material as referring to the events occurring around the lifetime of the Apostle John (from Latin, praetor, past).

HISTORIC: see Revelation filling in the details of significant events that affect believers, starting in John’s day and continuing until Jesus returns. This is the traditional Christadelphian view.

English: Illustration to Book of Revelation Ру...

English: Illustration to Book of Revelation Русский: Иллюстрация к Откровению Иоанна Богослова (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steven Robinson

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  2. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings

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  1. Contents of the Book of Revelation
  2. The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

Find also other views:

  1. The Idealist View:
    This view uses the allegorical method to interpret the Book of Revelation. The allegorical approach to Revelation was introduced by ancient church father Origen (AD 185-254) and made prominent by Augustine (AD 354-420).
    The symbols in Revelation are not tied to specific events but point to themes throughout church history. The battles in Revelation are viewed as spiritual warfare manifested in the persecution of Christians or wars in general that have occurred in history. The beast from the sea may be identified as the satanically-inspired political opposition to the church in any age. The beast from the land represents pagan, or corrupt, religion to Christianity.

    Icon Apocalypse

    Icon Apocalypse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  2. The Preterist View:
    Preter, which means “past,” is derived from the Latin. There are two major views among preterists: full preterism and partial preterism. Both views believe that the prophecies of the Olivet discourse of Matthew 24 and Revelation were fulfilled in the first century with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. Chapters 1-3 describe the conditions in the seven churches of Asia Minor prior to the Jewish war (AD 66-70). The remaining chapters of Revelation and Jesus’ Olivet Discourse describe the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans.
    Since it is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, preterists hold to a pre-AD 70 date of writing. According to this view, John was writing specifically to the church of his day and had only its situation in mind.
  3. The Historicist View:
    This view teaches that Revelation is a symbolic representation that presents the course of history from the apostle’s life through the end of the age. The symbols in the apocalypse correspond to events in the history of Western Europe, including various popes, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution, and rulers such as Charlemagne. Most interpreters place the events of their day in the later chapters of Revelation.
  4. The Futurist View:
    This view teaches that the events of the Olivet Discourse and Revelation chapters 4-22 will occur in the future.
  1. Symbolic or allegorical approach:
    anti-millennium view which taught a literal millennium reign of Christ on earth.
  2. Preterist (Past) Interpretation:
    views the Church as the “New Israel” and thereby fulfilling verses applied to Israel in scripture.
  3. Historic Interpretation:
    References to  Babylon and the Beast are associated with the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope. Other symbols are viewed as referring to Islamic and Napoleonic wars. The historical approach, like the Preterists, substitute the church for Israel in verses referring to national Israel.
  4. Futurist Interpretation:
    Words mean what they say unless otherwise defined within the context of scripture.
    Since the futurist view looks to a future Millennium, the view is Pre-millennial.
    The futurist view holds to a dispensational understanding of scripture, allowing for the distinction of Israel and the church in God’s end time program.

Find also:

1. Interpreting The Book of Revelation
While there is only one OT apocalyptic book (Daniel) and one NT book that demonstrates some features of this type (Revelation), it was a common form of writing in the two centuries before and after the birth of Christ.
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Because the Book of Revelation is written in John’s own name, it is related to OT prophecy, perhaps more closely than it is to apocalyptic.

2. Views of the  Time Frame of the Book of Revelation by Dennis Bratcher:

  1. Futurist: A Blueprint of the End Times
  2. Historicist: The Road Map of World History + Church Historical: The History of the Church
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    Some hold that the book deals more with the period prior to the present, some see it as unfolding in the present, and some emphasize the future more. All of the book is a symbolic account of the whole scope of world history, with the “beast” identified with various historical figures or peoples, from the Saracens, to Mohammed, to the Pope, to Adolph Hitler. This view arose in the Middle Ages, and was adopted by most of the Reformers in the 16th century, including Martin Luther who popularized the idea that the “beast” was the Roman Catholic Pope. In turn, Catholic theologians were convinced that Luther was the “beast.”
  3. Preterist: The First Century Church
  4. Idealist: Eternal Principles + Theological: An Incarnated Message

3. By which method should we interpret the Book of Revelation? Mike F Blume
“I propose interpretations should be made by comparing scripture with scripture. And that John knew perfectly well what the visions meant. John was not given unknown sights if God did not seal the book from his understanding. He gave John visions that John would immediately recognize as being similar to many, many Old Testament stories and events. And John was directed to recall those similarities and apply the main point of those stories to the visions and figure how they relate to the Church and to Christ crucified for our salvation, and then new Kingdom of a spiritual temple and so on.”

4. Methods of Interpreting Revelation
Determinism was a prominent feature of such literature, which is the idea that any event is determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. In the case of apocalyptic literature, this meant that God has already determined the future by his own counsels, for which reason it was likely viewed as fixed and unalterable.
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events predicted can be lined up with real matching events evident in history. The matched events will show a movement of time and events from John’s time to some future time, usually the Second Coming of Jesus, but some may also extend to the end of the coming millennium.
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The ultimate purpose of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation is to build faith in God and explain, through the events of history, that God will ultimately triumph over evil and sin will be destroyed someday, along with death, disease, and war.

5. ApproAching hoofbeAts – The Book of RevelaTion

The historical method of interpreting the prophecies of the New Testament is based on the belief that these prophecies are concerning the unfolding of events in the whole of the Church age.
According to this method, the seals of Revelation 6 are events in history. The reformation is symbolised by the discovery of the little book in Revelation chapter 10 and by the death and resurrection of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11.
This method of interpretation is fascinating and its proponents are convincing. But this method requires a vast knowledge of history which has only been available to few of the generations of Bible readers since the Bible was written! The breadth of information needed to develop this interpretation is not available to most readers in developing nations and so is irrelevant to such readers.
This method of Bible interpretation has fewer proponents in the 20th and 21st centuries, but was quite popular in the 19th century. Whether or not the symbols of Revelation can be tied to specific events in world history, there is no doubt that the Book of Revelation teaches the ways of God in history. Hence, we know that there are changes in the course of  history, not merely because men have made a political decision, but rather because Christ opened a seal in heaven.

6. Five Ways to Interpret Revelation by Steve Adler:

1. Preterist;
2. Futurist;
3. Historicist;
4. Idealist: Reluctant to identify anything in Revelation with particular events or people, this approach is perhaps the most different. To the Idealist, John’s visions are symbolic of the all the struggles the church faces between Christ’s first and second comings;
5. Eclectic – This last method is an incorporation of the strengths of the other four approaches. Acknowledging Revelation may be written about specific past and future events, but allowing that the interpretation of some events may apply to the church in all circumstances, this approach seems the easiest and most logical to take – however, the interpreter ends up being able to ascribe many different meanings to the same vision.

English: Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,...

Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  • Idealists, Preterists, And Futurists (lynleahz.com)
    When you boil it all down there are only three schools of thought for interpreting prophecy. There are idealists, who interpret prophecy symbolically and don’t expect any of it to be fulfilled in the literal sense. Then there are preterists, who see the complete fulfillment of prophecy in past events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. And there are futurists who see the fulfillment of prophecy in events still to come. All the major views fit under one of these headings.
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    Futurists who adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture accuse preterists of spiritualizing some prophecies in order to give them a historical fulfillment. For example, most preterists cling to the opinion that God is finished with Israel. They say prophecies that futurists see as pertaining to Israel’s future have been inherited by and fulfilled in the Church. In this they are like others who embrace replacement theology.
  • Revelation: The Way it Happened (A Review) (davehershey.wordpress.com)
    Studying Revelation with Dr. Lowery opened my eyes to a different way of understanding Revelation, a way that was much more historically grounded, recognizing the book had to mean something to those who first read it, as well as much more challenging, in that it has a message for us today, right now, and not just about the future.
  • A Readable Commentary on Revelation (reformedreader.wordpress.com)
    Poythress keeps the main point the main point: “God rules history and will bring it to its consummation in Christ.  If you read it with that main point in mind, you will be able to understand it.  You will not necessarily understand every detail – neither do I.  But it is not necessary to understand every detail in order to profit spiritually from it”
  • An Overview of the Book of Revelation (godsbreath.wordpress.com)
  • The Anti-Church – Great Falling Away (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    At center stage of the coming global crisis will be a demonized world leader called the Antichrist (1 Jn. 2:18) who develops and then rules over a worldwide system including government, finances and religion. There is much information on this in the scripture.
  • LOVE GOD LOVE PEOPLE (Sunday, 25/11/2012) (sionnunukan.wordpress.com)
    Revelation is shown in the presence of various forms of vision. The vision presented especially concerning the time of the last days terakhir.Pada this, the powers of evil will oppress the faithful to the teachings of religion, but in the end evil will be destroyed and the believers would be saved through Christ which liberates all human persons.
  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    We can tell from the seven seals that the writer of this scroll wants to keep its contents well guarded.  John was told at the beginning of chapter 4 that he would be shown what would be coming in the future (4:1), so we assume this scroll contains the future destiny of someone or even the whole world.
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
  • Revelation – Historical and Prophetic (Part 4) (revpodcast.org)
    Revelation is actually written as much as a study of church history as it is about the end times. As with the entire Bible, each book was written for the benefit of the original recipients, and for each age of the church thereafter.
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    There are different schools of thought on Revelation and all share some good points about both the end times and our own personal journeys of faith throughout Church history. I believe we just have to be discerning and weed out the good from the bad. Some people believe that all the events in Revelation occurred in the past and I think that is heresy as well. We are still waiting on the ultimate culmination of God’s plan of redemption with His faithful believers.
  • Revelation 12: Victory by Faithfulness (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    Behind the persecutions of the Roman government, the economic embargoes on Christians and their businesses, the ways in which people are making their Christian neighbors feel ostracized and unwanted, behind all of this is the fury of Satan who has been cast out of heaven and is on his way down to the pit of fire.  In this cryptic book, this may be the clearest John gets as to why this is happening.  For that reason, some commentators have called it the center of the book, which it pretty much is chronologically too.
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English: Illustration to Book of Revelation Русский: Иллюстрация к Откровению Иоанна Богослова (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

Posted on December 12, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Prophecy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Daniel and Revelation

  • An angel helped Daniel understand the information he was given.
  • Daniel was told that “the message was true but the appointed time was long (10;1). The information given to John explained events that started in his own day and continued through to the return of Christ and the establishment of the kingdom.
  • Daniel was a man greatly beloved (Daniel 10:11) and John was a disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2)
  • At the end of the prophecy Daniel was told to shut the words and seal the book until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4). At the beginning or Revelation, John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals” (Rev 5:1),
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the metallic image representing the kingdoms of men (Dan 2)
  • Daniel’s visions:

The four beasts (chapter 7)
Of the Ram and the He-Goat (chapter 8)
Of the One Man (chapter 10)
Of the kings of North and South (chapter 11)

The sealed scroll of the Lamb

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

The Sealed Book of Daniel Revealed: The Linear Bible Code

Daniel is the not the own prophesy about a scroll written on both sides: Ezekiel 2:10
Zechariah 5: 2,3 – he also saw four coloured horses: red, black, white and dappled, like the horses John saw unleashed in Rev 6.

Zechariah prophesied to the captives returning from exile in Babylon. He spoke of the restoration of true worship after the idolatry they experienced in Babylon and he looked forward to the coming of the “the man whose name is the BRANCH! From his place he shall branch out, and he shall build the temple of the LORD” Zechariah 6:12. This is a prophecy about that Jesus that is still to be fulfilled.

Zechariah also saw a vision of a woman called “wickedness” being carried from Jerusalem to a house built for in her in the land of Shinar (5:5-11) – Shinar was the site of ancient Babylon (Genesis 10;10), and Zechariah’s prophecy explained how a false religious system would develop with a Babylonian-like character. Since earliest times, Babylon has always resisted the truth of God’s word and so the symbol of rebellion of man against God.

Cherubim are mentioned in Genesis 3:24 and appeared in a vision seen by the prophet Ezekiel, who was concerned that God’s glory had departed from Jerusalem and the temple. He was concerned lest the true worship should be overcome by false worship.

Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah naturally asked about the outcome of the revelations they received. Daniel said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” Dan 12:8. He received the answer that leads us back to Revelation – “Blessed is he who waits” (verse 12).

Seven blessings

1 The Blessing of the Message 1:3
2 The Blessing of the Hope 14:13
3 The Blessing of Watching 16:15
4 The Blessing of the Call 19:9
5 The Blessing of Immortality 20:6
6 The Blessing of Obedience 22:7
7 The Blessing of the Kingdom 22:14

The last blessing in Revelation mentions God’s faithful people entering into “the city”. The book deals with two cities: one is the city of God; the other is the city of man. Because of the connection with Daniel and other OT passages, the city of man called Babylon. God’s city is called New Jerusalem!

Rev 22; 12-15
Behold, I come soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Blessed are those who wash their robes. So that they have the right to the tree of life and they enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs, sorcerers, and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Steven Robinson

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  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Next:

  1. Seals, a flying scroll, a statue and blessings
  2. The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

Editorial notes:

Shinar () was the Hebrew name of a land which included both Babylon and Erech, i.e., both northern and southern Babylonia.

Cherub, cherubim: Hebrew masculine plural for a word borrowed from the Assyrian kirubu, from karâbu, “to be near”, hence it means near ones, familiars, personal servants, bodyguards, courtiers. It was commonly used of those heavenly spirits, who closely surrounded the Majesty of God and paid Him intimate service.

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  1. Revelation: Last Book of the Bible: Chapters 1-11
  2. Sealed Biblical Books: In pictures: Biblical bounty
  3. The Revelation Revealed
  4. Heavenly creatures do they exist 

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  • Zechariah 9,10; Revelation 1 (66books.wordpress.com)
    Not only do prophesies help build our faith in the truth of the Bible, but they give us vital information to read and heed
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    Zechariah 11,12; Revelation 2 + Zechariah 13, 14; Revelation 3, 4
  • Eric: Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation : The New Yorker (newyorker.com)
    In a new book on those end pages, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation” (Viking), Elaine Pagels sets out gently to bring their portents back to earth.

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    This all leads to the millennium—not the end of all things but the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth—which, in turn, finally leads to Satan’s end in a lake of fire and the true climax. The Heaven and Earth we know are destroyed, and replaced by better ones.

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    Pagels shows persuasively that the Jew/non-Jew argument over the future of the Jesus movement, the real subject of Revelation, was much fiercer than later Christianity wanted to admit.

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    Pagels turns away from the canonic texts to look at the alternative, long-lost “Gnostic” texts of the period that have turned up over the past sixty years or so, most notably in the buried Coptic library of Nag Hammadi. As in her earlier books (“The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis”; “The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters”; “The Gnostic Gospels”), she shows us that revelations in the period were not limited to John’s militant, vengeful-minded one, and that mystic visions more provocative and many-sided were widespread in the early Jesus movement.

  • ‘Pre-trib Rapture a Solid Teaching’ (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
    Scripture clearly teaches there is coming a time when God will pour out His wrath against those on this earth. Both the Old Testament prophets and much writing in the New Testament cover the subject. In the time since Jesus left this earth, it was not talked about or preached much until the 1800′s.
  • Israel: Delivered, Blessed, and Regathered (Zech. 9-10) (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    After the visions in Zechariah 1-6, the question arises, what about the Gentile nations who oppressed Israel?
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    Judgment and salvation will come to the nations surrounding Israel (9:1-8). Zechariah specifies three cities in Syria (Hadrach, Damascus, and Hamath; 9:1-2a), two in Phoenicia (Tyre and Sidon; 9:2b-4) and four cities in Philistia (Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod; 9:5-8). The order of the cities mentioned is from north to south.
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    When Jesus returns He will liberate, empower, defend, and save Israel (9:11-17). He will destroy the Antichrist armies surrounding Jerusalem and liberate Jewish prisoners (12:2-3; 14:2; Joel 3:2, 12). He will empower the Israeli army as His agents for this before He returns (10:3-7; 12:5-8).
  • Alchemy Geometry in the New World (wed-gie.com)
    In the book of Ezekiel, the Prophecy of New Jerusalem (or City (where) God (is) there (יְהוָה שָׁמָּה, Jehovah-shammah), also titled.
    +Many traditions based on biblical scripture and other writings in the Jewish and Christian religions, such as ProtestantismOrthodox Christianity, and Orthodox Judaism, expect the literal renewal of Jerusalem to some day take place at the Temple Mount in accordance with various propheciesDispensationalists believe in a literal New Jerusalem that will come down out of Heaven, which will be an entirely new city of incredible dimensions. Other sects, such as various Protestant denominationsmodernist branches of Christianity, Mormonism and Reform Judaism, view the New Jerusalem as figurative, or believe that such a renewal may have already taken place, or that it will take place at some other location besides the Temple Mount.
    +The surviving New Jerusalem texts in Qumran literature focus specifically on the twelve city gates, and on the dimensions of the entire new city.
  • Gog As Antichrist: A Historical Survey (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
    The primary purpose of this article is to catalogue a partial list of historians, Bible scholars, commentators and teachers, both Jewish, Christian, and secular, whose interpretations of ‘Gog of Magog’ of Ezekiel 38-39 support the view that Gog is one and the same with the Antichrist / Beast of the New Testament.
  • Zechariah Chapter 1: Introduction and the Prophet’s Introductory Address (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Luther calls Zechariah Ausbund der Propheten—the quintessence of Old Testament prophecy—and this is especially true in reference to Messianic prophecy. Indeed it seems to be the special aim and mission of Zechariah to condense and concentrate in small compass, and in his own peculiar terse style, almost all that has been revealed to the “former prophets” about the person and mission of Messiah—about His Divine and yet truly human character, and of His sufferings and of the glory that should follow.
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    Zechariah (Zekharyah, “he whom Jehovah remembers”) is the central figure in the group of the three post-exilic prophets, and his voice was the last but one of that unique and wonderful succession of men who were, indeed, the oracles of God, and through whom “in divers portions and in different ways” He Himself “spake unto the fathers,” revealing His eternal counsels to men.
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Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion

Posted on December 7, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rainbowed angel

And I saw another strong messenger coming down from the heaven, robed in a cloud, and a rainbow on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like columns of fire, and having in his hand a little book opened. And he placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, seven thunders spoke their sounds. And when the seven thunders spoke their sounds, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from the heaven saying to me, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them.” And the messenger whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to the heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there shall be no further delay, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard out of the heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is opened in the hand of the messenger standing on the sea and on the earth.” And I went to the messenger and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it,{1} and it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” {Footnote: 1Eze. chs. 2 & 3}. This is a Hebraism which means to receive knowledge. And I took the little book out of the messenger’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And he said to me, “You have to prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and sovereigns.”
(Revelation 10:1-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Lamb in Mount Zion

And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name {1} written upon their foreheads. {Footnote: 1Some texts read: having His Name and His Father’s Name.} And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a renewed song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders. And no one was able to learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. They are those who were not defiled with women, for they are maidens. They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no falsehood, for they are blameless before the throne of Elohim. And I saw another messenger flying in mid-heaven, holding the everlasting Good News to announce to those dwelling on the earth, even to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim and give esteem to Him, because the hour of His judgment has come. And worship Him who made the heaven and the earth, and sea, and fountains of water.” And another messenger followed, saying, “Babis fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her whoring.” And a third messenger followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark upon his forehead or upon his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tortured with fire and sulphur before the set-apart messengers and before the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast and his image, also if anyone receives the mark of his name.” Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones,  here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. And I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “in order that they rest from their labours, and their works follow with them.” And I looked and saw a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was One like the Son of Adhaving on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place, crying with a loud voice to the One sitting on the cloud, “Send Your sickle and reap, because the hour has come for You to reap, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” And the One sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place which is in the heaven, and he too held a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out from the altar, having authority over the fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him having the sharp sickle, saying, “Send your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” And the messenger thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Elohim. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the bridles of the horses, for about three hundred kilometres.
(Revelation 14:1-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd

Next:

  1. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  2. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
  • The great delusion (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    When the first six seals on the scroll belonging to the Lamb (Rev. 5:1-2) are opened (6:1ff), the Lamb’s wrath is poured out (and don’t overlook the fact that the One who is pictured as a defenseless lamb is also capable of sovereign judgment over all created beings).
  • The Message of the Manger (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The Birth of Jesus was more than the entrance into the world of another Jewish baby. It marked the beginning of the fulfillment of prophetic promises that would lead to the redemption of the world and the restoration of all things.
  • “Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    The Lord will establish a house in Zion: Micah 4:1-5
    And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
    And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (not heaven). And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
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Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Son of Man

And I turned to see the voice which spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Addressed in a robe down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. And His head and hair were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,1 and His face was as the sun shining in its strength. {Footnote: 1See 2:16, Isa.49:2, Heb. 4:12}. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead, and He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last, and the living One. And I became dead, and see, I am living forever and ever. AmAnd I possess the keys of the grave and of death. “Write therefore what you have seen, both what is now and what shall take place after these: “The secret of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lampstands which you saw are seven assemblies.
(Revelation 1:12-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Throne in heaven

After this I looked and saw a door having been opened in the heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here and I shall show you what has to take place after this.” And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw a throne set in the heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a ruby stone in appearance. And there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. And around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white robes. And they had crowns of gold on their heads. And out of the throne came lightnings, and thunders, and voices. And seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim. And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and in back. And the first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature like a calf, and the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each having six wings, were covered with eyes around and within. And they do not cease, day or night, saying, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart, יהוה Shaddai, who was, and who is, and who is coming!” And when the living creatures give esteem and respect and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and bow before Him who lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “You are worthy, O יהוה, to receive esteem and respect and power, for You have created all, and because of Your desire they are, and were created.” And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?” And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yehud1 the Root of Dawid2 overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.” Footnotes: 1Heb. 7:14 2Isa. 11:1 & 10. And I looked and saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne. And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the set-apart ones. And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27.} And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “AmAnd the twenty-four elders fell down and bowed before Him who lives forever and ever.
(Revelation 4:1-5:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

A great crowd of people from every nation

After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim, saying, “AmThe blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. AmAnd one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them. “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(Revelation 7:9-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Next: The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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  • The Saints In White Robes (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)
    Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the lamb.
  • The “Who” of Thanksgiving (gracedigest.com)
    Today our local newspaper was splattered with Thanksgiving messages, some mentioning God, but many with no mention of God. To whom are we thankful? Upon reflection, it is really odd to be thankful to…nothing, or no one. If you are really thankful for your family, who do you thank? Fate, nature?
  • Edification From Revelation: “Worthy Are You…” (Chapters 4-5) (preacheroftruth.com)
    when we seek to understand Revelation so that we can teach it to others, we must go first to the rest of Scripture to find the meanings behind the symbolism.  Keeping this in mind when we study John’s epistle from Patmos will help us see the many parallels between the physical events and people of the Old Testament and the spiritual truths presented in Revelation (cf. Heb. 8:1-5; 10:1; Rom. 5:14; Col. 2:16-17), and will lead us to a scriptural and logical explanation of its symbols.
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    The “twenty-four elders” who are seated on the twenty-four thrones” around God’s throne (Rev. 4:4) also remind me of the covenants God has made with man, specifically the old covenant made with the twelve tribes of Israel (Deut. 5:1-2) and the new covenant taught by the Spirit-inspired twelve apostles (Acts 2:42; Eph. 3:3-5).
  • On the third day after the superstorm: they have washed their robes (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
    What qualified them to wear white robes?

    1. The blood of the Lamb.
    2. They have not soiled their garments by sins.
    3. They are considered worthy by the Lord.
    4. The one who conquers (overcomes sins)
  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes the best thing to do in life is just to stop and praise before the moment gets away.
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    As the Lamb comes into the light emanating from God we see it possesses all power (horns) and wisdom (eyes) but that it also has the wounds of death on it.  As surreal as it seems, the Lamb has died and is now lamb-that-was_slainalive again.  In fact, this is precisely what has made the Lamb worthy to take the scroll.
  • Revelation 4-6 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • How we know there are Saints (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
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The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the previous chapter we saw that the symbols in the book of Revelation are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Another feature of the book of Revelation is the seven fold structure of the book. This also follows examples elsewhere in the Bible.

Sevens in Revelation

7 churches
7 spirits
7 golden candlesticks
7 stars
7 lamps of fire
7 horns and 7 eyes on the Lamb
7 angels with 7 thunders
7 thunders
7 heads with 7 crowns on the Dragon
7 angels with 7 bowls containing 7 last plagues
7 mountains and 7 kings
7 blessings

The Jericho pattern: The heart of the message of Revelation there are three sequences of sevens, seven seals, seven trumpets and seven plagues. The seventh seal opens up into the seven trumpets; and the seventh trumpet sounds the start of the seven plagues. These great sequences of important events divide into three successive sections of the period of time between John receiving the message of Revelation and Jesus returning to earth to establish the kingdom.

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Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and the First Four Sounding Trumpets, Revelation 8:1-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three main periods described in Revelation

Seals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kingdom
Trumpets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Plagues 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Each sevenfold sequence always looks forward to the completion of God’s purpose. This is emphasised by the fact that every section starts with a vision of the kingdom, and is completed when the kingdom is established. The kingdom visions are a very important focus of this book:

The sevenfold construction of Revelation

Opening Vision Chp Development of God’s purpose Chp
1 One like the Son of Man 1 Letters to the Seven Ecclesias in Asia 2, 3
2 Throne in Heaven 4, 5 Seven-sealed Scroll 6
3 Multitude no man can number 7 Seven trumpets 8, 9
4 Rainbowed Angel 10 Development of Apostasy 11-13, 17,18
5 Lamb on Mount Zion 14 Seven Last Plagues 16
6 God’s judgement 15 Seven Thunders 10: 3,4
7 Marriage of the Lamb 19 Establishment of the Kingdom 20,22

A direct comparison can be made with the siege of Jericho by the Hebrews at the time of Joshua.

Seven Kingdom Visions:

1 One like the Son of Man. A symbolic figure representing Jesus and his faithful disciples encourage John to write down everything he is shown in visions.
Introduction to the letters to the seven groups of believers in Asia
1: 12-20
2 Throne in heaven – a vision of Jesus sitting on God’s throne in the kingdom. The nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus.
The vision explains how God foresees future events and they occur only at His will.Whatever happens – everything is moving towards the end of His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.
4:1 – 5:14
3 Multitude no man can number. A great crowd of people from every nation stand before Jesus’ kingdom throne.
They are clothed in white after coming through great tribulation and persecution. This is the introduction to the seven trumpet judgements – they reveal the troubles through which God’s faithful people are preserved for His kingdom.
7:9-17
4 Rainbowed angel. A mighty angel descends from heaven clothed in a cloud and a rainbow, and roaring like a lion – it is a vision of Jesus and the saints establishing peace on the earth.
The urgency of the vision expresses Jesus’ reaction to the corruption of the Gospel, and the difficulties faced by true disciples.
Introduces a section in Revelation where the development of and dangers of false religion are graphically described.
10:1-11
5 The Lamb in Mount Zion. Jesus and the saints stand on Mount Zion, and the saints sing for joy because they have been redeemed from the rest of mankind.
This is the introduction to the seven last plagues, which occur before Jesus returns to set up his kingdom.
Despite the fierceness of the plagues – God will ensure than none of Jesus’ true disciples are lost.
14:1-20
6 God’s judgements. The saints are singing – their song is the Song of Moses and of the Lamb, and they stand on the sea of nations, which has been stilled by the work of Jesus.The stilling of the nations and exactly how it will occur is only briefly mentioned in Revelation. It is a work symbolised by seven thunders, which John was told not to describe. (10;4) 15: 1-8
7 Marriage of the Lamb, the saints rejoice because Jesus is finally united with his disciples – the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready (19;7)Together, Jesus and the saints rule over the nations of the world, teaching them God’s ways and putting down all opposition, so that the kingdom can be handed back to God and He will be “all in all”. 19: 1-9

Steven Robinson

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  1. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  2. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  3. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  4. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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Also of interest:

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai”
End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows, Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7 Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement, State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem.
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The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.
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The  Great Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Seven, Seven Year Period Of Judgement And Wrath Of God, Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 –  Seventy Sevens

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  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    the Lion has become the Lamb.  Let there be no mistake, the Lamb is powerful like a lion, but his work up until now has always been more like a lamb.  One must be a lamb before they can be a lion.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    Beginning in chapter 4, the author’s vision starts. The scene shifts from earth to heaven and we enter another world. John’s visions have been the subject of nearly endless discussion and speculation by readers.
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • Sunday (December 2): “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
    The people of Jesus’ time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extraordinary signs and wonders. Jesus’ first coming was clouded in mystery and surprising wonderment: Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne of King David, he was born in obscurity in a cave at Bethlehem, near the place where David had watched over his father’s sheep some 1000 years before. A choir of mighty angels chose to announce the good news to a small band of lowly shepherds keeping their night watch nearby.
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The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Song of The Lamb                            Revelation 5, 14 & 15                             Bible Songs

Revelation is a very difficult book to read and interpret.

It is going to be necessary to fill some brief context of these songs – and in a book that, as you know, due to its very figurative language, is not straight forward, there being also a number of views on its interpretation.

Breakdown by Revelation, by chapter to give the context of our thoughts this evening.

1: 1-8 Introduction
1: 9-20 Vision of man among lamp stands
2:1 – 3:22 Seven Letters
4:1 – 5:14 Vision of the throne in heaven and the Lamb
6:1 –17 Six Seals
7:1 – 8:5 Vision of multitude no man can number
8:6 – 9:21 Six trumpets
10: 1-11 Vision of the rain-bowed angel
11:1-14 Two Witnesses
11: 15-19 The seventh seal
12: 1-17 The Woman and her child
13: 1-18 The Beast
14: 1-20 Vision of the redeemed with the Lamb on Mount Zion
15: 1-8 Vision of the final judgements
16: 1-21 Seven plagues
17:1 – 18:24 Judgement of the great Babylon Harlot
19:1-10 Vision of the Lamb’s Bride
19:11-21 Victory over the Beast
20: 1-15 Subduing of the nations
21:1 – 22:21 Vision of the new heaven and the new earth

Revelation has been rightly described as different to any of the books in the New Testament and also different to most of the books in the Old Testament. The style of the book is more comparable to that of the prophecies of Daniel and Zechariah.

It is primarily a book about visions. The Apostle John describes what he saw, what was revealed to him while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, but did not always describe what the vision means. The Greek word for this book is Apocalypse and we can see from the summary that is contains visions of angels, beasts, living creatures, horsemen, armies, rainbows, stars, thunders, lightning and great earthquakes.

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelat...

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is uncertain when the book was written, John was exciled on Patmos for his faith –this implies must have been a period of persecution. In John’s lifetime there were two periods of extreme persecution in the reigns of Nero (AD54-68) and Domitan (AD81-96).

If the early date – then some of the prophecies could have had an immediate fulfilment in the overthrow of Jerusalem in AD70 by Rome.

The start of the book opens with the words:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants – things which must shortly take place.  And he sent and signified it by his anger to his servant John.

Therefore everything that written, as far as John was concerned, was to be fulfilled in the future. He was shown the development of God’s purpose from his own times, right through to the times when Jesus was to return to establish God’s kingdom, and beyond.

Some symbols and suggested meanings

Lampstand Congregation of believers
Two-edged sword Word of God
White robes Righteousness
Burnished brass Man’s nature perfected
Heaven Government
Sea All nations
Living creatures Saints
Elders Saints
Lion of Judah Jesus as King
Lamb Jesus as Saviour
Horse Military power
Altar Jesus’ sacrifice
Earthquake Political upheaval
Sun King or emperor
Moon Religious powers, priesthood
Stars Princes, rulers
Trumpets Judgements to come
Censers Prayers
Rainbow God’s glorious covenant
Temple Jesus and his faithful disciples
Court Those who claim to be Christ’s
Bottomless pit Out of bounds
Woman Religious community

Throughout the book of Revelation there is an extensive use of symbolic language. The keys to their interpretation can be found either in Revelation or elsewhere is scripture. Another important principle about the is that they tend to be in pairs. They represent something that can develop either in a Godly way or a worldly way. The symbol of the woman for example can either be faith and become the bride of Christ – but also can be shown to be a fallen woman, a prostitute which represents those people who do not remain faithful to Jesus, corrupt and perverting his teaching.

The symbols therefore are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Steven Robinson

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To be Continued: The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

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Also of interest:

Revelation 1:8 – Who is Speaking?

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  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us that Christ has the total victory already wrapped up.
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    The Majority of modern scholars place the date of the composition of the Book of Revelation between 90-110 AD. There are good reasons for this, not the least of which is the testimony of several Fathers of the Church. Irenaeus places the work at 96 AD. Victorinus places the writing in the context of the persecution of Domitian, and indicates it was thus that John was imprisoned on Patmos. Jerome and Eusebius say the same. This date of composition (90-110) also flows well with modern theories of biblical dating which tend to favor later dates as a general rule.
  • BONUS: An Introduction to Revelation (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    They avoid Revelation out of fear, confusion, or intimidation.  Some so neglect the book they don’t even realize the book is called Revelation (singular), not Revelations (plural).
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    There is too many stylistic and theological differences to suggest these were all written by the same author.  Many scholars are content to simple say this is a different John, maybe “John the Revelator,” writing from exile on the island of Patmos just off the coast of Asia Minor near Ephesus.
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    John was speaking in symbols and by nature symbolism is much more timeless and malleable to situation.  We press the images too far when we come up with singular, specific, time-bound fulfillments.  John is speaking of evil in its many faces and forms, all throughout time.  Thus, John is talking about Rome but also our world today and the Middle Ages and the age to come.
  • “The Secret Revealed”; scripture and questions for Nov. 4 (plymouthspirit.wordpress.com)
    Today apocalypse conjures images of disaster and the end of the world but the writer of Revelation meant and act of apocalypse is an act of disclosure. In that vein, what is the secret to be revealed from the Book of Revelations?
  • “I Saw New Jerusalem” (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    Revelation 1:2 tells us that the apostle John “testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.” In our understanding, much of what is described in Revelation is in the future but this verse says that John “saw”—past tense.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    You will find an introduction and outline of Revelation, here. > Revelation, Introduction and Outline
    For modern Western readers, Revelation can be a difficult book to read. It is an apocalypse, a type of literature we do not typically read. Revelation does not lend itself to the fact and information oriented method of reading that most of us use when we read. Reading Revelation takes some effort on our part. It is not an “easy read”.
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    Apocalyptic literature uses a standard set of symbols that include numerology, catastrophes of cosmic proportions and odd and amazing animals. The purpose of apocalyptic literature was to encourage the faithful to hold firm in their beliefs, to endure, to assure the reader
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    Human history has a goal, ultimately suffering will end and God’s rule will be established. The wicked will be judged.
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    5:1-14 There is a search for someone worthy to open the scroll. No one, except the Messiah (Lion of the tribe of Judah Gen. 49:9, the Root of David Isaiah 11:1,10) is able.  John does not see a lion but a Lamb (v6).
  • Messianic Prophecy Number 18: Exo 12.5 – An Unblemished Lamb (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
    While all the sacrifices in some way typified the sacrifice of Christ, the New Testament focuses upon Christ being the sacrificial lamb.
  • Sermon – All Saints’ Sunday Revelation 7:9-17 (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    the saints in heaven know.  They shout “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  They are looking at the lamb who was slain, who died like the Passover lamb so that His blood might paint the doors of our houses (Exodus 14); they see the Lamb who makes atonement by His death for our desecration of God’s Holy Name, and Whose blood cleanses us (Leviticus 14: 10, 13-14) from the leprosy and uncleanness of our flesh so that we may come near to God.  His blood which was poured out on the altar (Leviticus 8:30) is also taken from the altar of God and sprinkled on us so that our robes are white and we may enter God’s presence as priests.  The saints in heaven see the reality.  What we ask for when we say “Hosanna!”—the saints in heaven see clearly what the crowd in Jerusalem did not see, and what we see only darkly.  They see that “save us, forgive us,” means, “shed your blood for us”.   And they see the Lamb who was slain, and can say not “save us!” but “He who sits on the throne and the lamb who was slain have saved us.”
  • Jesus as the Judge of All the Earth in Revelation (the-scarlet-thread.com)
    The images of the end of the age are awesome, with horrible judgments poured out on the earth, and a vision of God on His throne so terrible, it says the earth and heaven fled away, and there was no place for them. (Rev. 20:11) People will be so terrified, they will prefer to hide in caves and ask the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. “For the day of His wrath has come, and who can stand?” Rev.6:14-17
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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    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. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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