Revelation 5: The Seven Sealed Scroll

Revelation 5

God held in his hand a scroll. It was written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Who on earth could take it and open it? No-one.

“Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” proclaimed a strong angel in a loud voice. The silence was deafening. All that could be heard was the weeping of a man.

John wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll. “Do not weep,” said one of the elders as Jesus stepped forward.

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. Revelation 5:5

John dried his tears.

Standing at the centre of the throne, in the midst of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders, was the dual natured Lamb of God, His body bearing the marks of the crucifixion.

Approaching the throne, the Lamb took the scroll as Lion of God.

A new song resounded from Heaven all the way to Earth, when, falling down before Jesus, the Cherubim and Twenty-four Elders sang:

“You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you 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 the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

Planet earth’s redemption was about to begin.

Angels numbering thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand joined in, encircling the throne, the Cherubim and the elders, singing;

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:12

Hearing it, all the creatures in heaven and on earth joined the thunderous praise;

“Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Rev 5:13

“Amen,” said the four living creatures, and the elders fell down and worshipped.

The Scroll

The scroll in Jesus’ hands is a title deed. The Cherubim and the Twenty-four elders also mention a purchase when they said in Revelation 5:9 that Jesus purchased the earth with His blood.

According to Jeremiah the purchase deed was both open and sealed according to the law and custom. The details are written on the inside of the scroll and the summary of the document is written on the outside.

There’s an example in Jeremiah 32:6-15 where the prophet Jeremiah bought a field from his nearest relative for seventeen shekels of silver;

So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open…”

This property law is like a lease.

In Leviticus 25:23-28 the land returned into the owner’s possession in the year of Jubilee, the fiftieth year: The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land. If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold…

God intended the nation of Israel to understand that the Promised Land was His property, and if the land goes out of a family, the closest male relative can redeem the land. So in God’s eyes, Jesus must be Israel’s closest male relative.

The gift of the use of the land was established by the Covenant of Abraham. The land granted to the various tribes was intended to remain under their stewardship, so genealogies were essential for maintaining their property rights.

But it has a much wider application than Israel. Jesus has purchased the whole earth as ‘the Son of Man.’

And Jesus is about to open the sealed deed!

The seals must be broken in order to set in motion the events that must take place and the conditions that must be met in order for Jesus to reclaim the earth.

The Lion and the Lamb

The gentle lamb and fierce lion represent Jesus’ dual nature. His role as high priest dealing with us is going to change to that of an avenger dealing with Satan.

There’s going to be a war. And when Jesus returns to earth, it will be as King.

From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?

From Jacob’s blessing to Judah – “the lion’s whelp.”
Genesis 49:8-12

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Through the Word: the Twelve tribes and Jacob’s blessing

The return of the King

The Gate

There is a gate in the old walls of Jerusalem that is known as the Lion Gate, also known as the Sheep Gate.  It is one of seven gates located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem.

Five hundred years ago a Moslem ruler named Selim 1 captured Jerusalem and all of Israel.  He had plans to level the city of Jerusalem but changed his mind after dreaming of lions coming to devour him.  To be spared he promised to protect Jerusalem by building a wall around the city.

The return of the King, part 2

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Revelation 5

Through the Word: the Twelve tribes and Jacob’s blessing

Genesis 49

Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days,” said Israel who is about to die.

Calling together his twelve sons, he blessed them. He’s already blessed Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Adopting them as his sons, they will become part of the tribes of Israel.

It doesn’t start well. The first three sons are cursed rather than blessed.

Reuben, the first born:

In Genesis 35:22 Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. It was after Rachel’s death. Perhaps he did it to secure his mother Leah’s position in the household, but now it’s payback time. Reuben is described as being as unstable as water and told he will not excel. He has lost his position and double portion as the firstborn. Genesis 49:3-4

Simeon and Levi

It’s payback time for Simeon and Levi too, they lost their position as the second and third sons for their cruelty killing the men of Shechem in Genesis 34. They will be divided in Jacob and scattered in Israel. Genesis 49:5-7

Judah

Judah, the fourth son, is prominent in the blessing of the sons, as Jacob prophesied the others will bow down to him. The sceptre, a staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch means royal or imperial authority or sovereignty. Genesis 49:8-12

Judah is described as a lion’s whelp. Who then, is the lion? Kings are going to come from Judah, the greatest of who will be Jesus Christ, “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” Revelation 5:4-5

Zebulun

Zebulun was prophesied to dwell by the sea and become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon. Genesis 49:13

It’s hard to see that as the territory of Zebulun on the maps of the tribes is landlocked.

But Josephus, a Jewish historian from the first century, reported “The tribe of Zebulon’s lot included the land which lay as far as the Lake of Genesareth, [Sea of Galilee] and that which belonged to Carmel and the [Mediterranean] sea” (Josephus 1992: 131-2 [Ant. 5.1.22]). Josephus, as leader of the Jewish forces in the Galilee in their fight against the Romans in the first Jewish war (AD 66-73), was certainly familiar with the history of the area he was defending so he’s speaking with authority.

The Shiloh Excavations: Zebulun by the Sea? Zebulun’s Mysterious Borders

Isaachar

Issachar is next to be blessed. Described as a strong donkey, lying down between two burdens or sheepfolds, Issachar is a burden bearer. Genesis 49:14

Donkeys can be used to guard sheep.

A Self-Assured Donkey Leads a Willing Herd of Sheep Down a Dusty Road in Winnemucca, Nevada

Isaachar also understood the times. The men of Issachar are described in 1 Chronicles 12:32 as men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. We all need the Isaachar anointing.

Dan

Dan is complicated. Jacob prophesied that Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel but he will be as a serpent by the way and a viper by the path that bites the horse’s heels. Genesis 49:16-17

This is what Jacob prophesied for Gad, Asher and Naphtali. Genesis 49:19-21

Gad

Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph at last.

Asher

Bread from Asher shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties.”

Naphtali

Naphtali is a deer let loose; he uses beautiful words.

Joseph

Jacob noted that even though Joseph had been hated and bitterly grieved, he had remained strong. The prince among his brothers, he was blessed the most; “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.”

It appears Joseph’s family tree would prosper and spread; “Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.” Genesis 49:22-26

Finally,

Benjamin

Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil.”

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing. Genesis 49:27

The twelve tribes of Israel

And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

Genesis 50

In accordance with his wishes, Jacob was taken back to Canaan and buried in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Leah.

After Jacob’s death his brothers worried that Joseph would hate them, but Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Death of Joseph

So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father’s household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. When he died they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. And before he died Joseph obtained a promise from the children of Israel that when they went to the promised land they would carry his bones from Egypt.

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The Lion of Judah

The Lion of the tribe of Judah is a symbol found in Genesis and Revelation.

It is better to experience the help and protection of the Lion than to deny His kingship and face His fierceness.

Who/what is the Lion of the tribe of Judah?

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Revelation 5: The Seven Sealed Scroll

Through the Word: Sarah’s Death and Burial

Through the Word: Ephraim and Manasseh

The Lion of God

The return of the King

The return of the King, part 2

Through the Word: A Father’s Sacrifice

Most parents, out of love for their children, would do anything, give anything for them – they’d sacrifice themselves if they had to.

Does God see us as his children and would he do that for us?

Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice his promised son? “Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Genesis 22:2

Did God do it to test Abraham? Abraham trusted God. The ancient believers knew about the resurrection and no doubt Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac.

One reason as to why God would ask Abraham to offer his son might have been the repugnant Canaanite practice of child sacrifice. God was showing he didn’t want children sacrificed! He hated the practice. God was the one who was going to make a supreme sacrifice.

One clue pointing to God’s ultimate sacrifice is the location: Mount Moriah. It would be the site of the Jewish Temple and nearly 2,000 years into the future, Jesus would die on a cross near that mountain.

Isaac didn’t die there that day because God stayed Abraham’s hand.

God provided the sacrifice.

Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.  And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22

These promises, “The LORD will provide;” and “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided” point to the far off, future sacrifice of Jesus Christ, “The Lamb of God.”

When, about 2000 years later, John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he said; “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

Jehovah Jireh

“Jehovah jireh” appears only once in the entire Bible—in Genesis 22:14. It means “God provides.”

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What Does Jehovah Jireh Mean?

Aries, the sign of the Lamb of God

The Mount of the Lord

Mount Moriah

Mount Moriah

Today the top of Mount Moriah lies somewhere beneath the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock. The area remains a focal point of tensions between Jews and Muslims.

The Jews’ holiest site is not, as is often ignorantly supposed, the Western Wall. It is the hill behind that wall: Mount Moriah. Like a claw-footed dragon, Islam squats on Mount Moriah, forbidding Jewish and Christian prayer anywhere on the Herodian platform; lashing its tail at the very thought of our presence. And yet, this is the Mountain of the LORD God of Israel — His holy hill.

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2020 vision

Hello from second lock down.  Yes, I am deprived of my liberty again.  What a year.  There are lots of jokes about 2020.  I’m sure we’ve all got some.  Here are my favourites …

All jokes aside, I see 2020 as the dawning of a new era – the day of world government which must come before Jesus returns.

It’s an evil day.  The world government is being aided and abetted by the World Health Organisation.  Did you notice it has for its logo a snake on a pole?  It signifies Asclepius, a son of Apollo.

In Revelation 12:9 the snake is defined as that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

The serpent has different names according to the culture where it was worshipped.  In Egypt it was Uraeus, the sacred serpent.  In 2018 a sculpture called Uraeus was installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York.  It consists of a gigantic open book with eagle’s wings 30 feet in span, both made of lead, on top of a 20-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column. Clustered around the base of the column are further outsize lead books, while a large snake coils up the column.

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Does it remind you of anything?

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I see that serpent wrapping it’s coils like a python around each country, constricting us in the name of health, and choking the life out of our economies and our livelihoods.

After this vision, I learned that Satan is written with three Hebrew letters: The letter Shin, which means to consume or destroy, the letter Tet which means a snake, or to surround, twist, entwine and ensnare, and the letter Nun, which means life. So Satan means ‘the snake which surrounds, consumes and destroys life’.

It’s time to put on our armour and make a stand.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12-13

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Therefore put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:10-13

We are up against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world.  The principality making itself felt worldwide is in Geneva, where the headquarters of the World Health Organisation and GAVI are.

GAVI is the Global Vaccine Alliance that Bill Gates started in 1999.  It’s a mix of private-public partnerships, i.e. government and big pharmaceutical companies.

The WHO is a United Nations organisation.  Bill Gates is the second biggest donor, which gives him an inordinate amount of influence. Neither he nor the head of the WHO are doctors. Gates wants to marry a universal biometric ID with vaccines, as part of Agenda 2030.  The initiative is called ID2020.  You can check it out on my other blog, the one I use for warning people.  I began warning about this in November last year, and again in January, before the Covid thing kicked off.

The UN has an agenda for us all.  As part of Agenda 2030 the World Health Organisation intends to use vaccines to replace our God-given immune system with theirs.  The goal is called Immunisation Agenda 2030.  That’s why you’re now hearing about “global health.”

Who is behind the WHO?  Satan is described in the Bible as the god of this world, or of this age.  I believe it’s his symbol on the WHO logo.

The serpent on the pole is a counterfeit healer.  The devil can also perform miracles, but Jesus was the one who was lifted up on a pole; And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:14

The account is in Numbers 21, where the Lord sent venomous snakes among the people who spoke against God and Moses.  The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”  Numbers 21:8

The snake god is ancient, and the Lord took it on in Egypt.  The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.” 

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.  Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:  Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Exodus 7:8-12

As God’s ambassador, Moses staff was more powerful than those in the court of Pharaoh.

The magicians’ names were Jannes and Jambres.  Their names crop up again in the last days, when Paul warned there will be perilous times in the last days.

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:1-9

Society is going to be very divided.  There are churches who have abandoned God’s eternal truth in favour of a social justice gospel.  Their ministers are false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Do you think they’ll help if people are forced to take mandatory vaccines?  Will they warn about not-so hidden agendas if people start trusting the World Health Organisation for their health and healing?  When people put their faith in a counterfeit, it’s called idolatry.

How do we stand?  How do we battle this thing?

First, we should submit to the government as far as we can.  Now that’s a radical idea, but in Romans 13:1-2 we’re commanded to be subject to the governing authorities, unless their laws demand that we disobey the Lord.  When that happens we can practice civil disobedience.

In the name of Covid-19, we’ve been forced to put a Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracking app sign on the entrance to our business.  Do I like it?  No – but I have to obey the government.

Second, we need to pray for discernment.

The image of the serpent on the pole that Moses had made was supposed to prepare Israel for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – but when the people turned away from God and started worshipping the image instead, it was destroyed.

You can read it in 2 Kings 18:4:  Hezekiah the king of Judah broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. 

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Nehustan

The serpent on the pole was called Nehushtan, which in Hebrew meant “a worthless thing of brass.”

Third, we need to turn away from the worthless thing, stand on the Word of God and shield ourselves with faith in His Word.

Psalm 91 promises that “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  In verse 3-6 we read, Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler (small shield.)  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” 

Verse 9 promises, Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” 

The shield of faith is one of the six pieces of the armour of light.  So put your faith in Jesus, be wise, and don’t listen to those who employ deception.  Turn off the TV if you have to, it’s broadcasting fear.

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Jesus said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Third, we need to remember this while making our stand, “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

In New Zealand, our Socialist prime minister Jacinda Adern urged us to be kind in the so-called Covid-19 pandemic, while setting up a police line to dob in our neighbours if they were seen to be breaking the government’s restrictions.

Teddy bears in windows aren’t a substitute for kindness.  Jordan Peterson said that “Kindness is the excuse that social justice warriors use when they want to exercise control over what other people think and say.”

The snitch line is another thing I chose not to use, because we’re told in 1 Thessalonians 4:11 to make it our ambition to lead a quiet life: we should mind our own business and work with our hands, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that we will not be dependent on anybody.

So what do we have to do to make a stand?

#1 Submit to the authorities, but not if they contradict what God says,  #2  Pray for discernment, #3 Turn away from the snake on the pole and trust Jesus instead, and #4 Love one another.


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People will betray each other in the last days.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-4

New Zealanders begin to devour each other while Jacinda Ardern smiles and waves at the nation she’s put under house arrest

Ardern minions have filed “4,200 reports to police”, reporting on their neighbours who breach New Zealand’s house arrest rules. As The N.Z Herald quipped, “curtain-twitchers outing members of the public crashed the new police reporting site within an hour of it going live yesterday.” Neighbour devouring neighbour under a cloud of suspicion and fear, in an eerie echo of the kind of public denouncing, carried out by Soviet Stasi, and Nazi Gestapo, collaborators.


And, more about Jannes & Jambres: Watch Out For Jannes & Jambres


The serpent: Satan – Hebrew Word Study

The imposter: Satan is out to counterfeit what Jesus did.  My book “The End, The Wayfarers Guide To The Apocalypse” describes how the devil does it.


Know that we have the power of Christ’s blood, and in his blood is immunity: “Did you know there is proof for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  We even know his blood type, from the cloth wrapped around his head. 

The cloth, called the ‘Sudarium’ is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.   And here’s something from the evidence room:  The blood stains match those on the Turin shroud … 

from AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

Trust Jesus. He is Jehovah Rapha, our healer.  

What we need

With the world troubled by the Coronavirus at the moment, I thought it’s important to remember who Jesus is and what we need.  Right now, I’m reading the book of John, and John contains seven “I AM” statements.

I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51); I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12); I AM the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7, 9); I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14); I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25); I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6); and I AM the True Vine (John 15:1, 5).

The world needs Jesus – not hand sanitiser, face masks or toilet paper.

I found this on Facebook, I don’t know who wrote it – but it sums up four of Jesus’ I AM statements.

I AM

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The Bread of Life.  Are you hungry?  Here is Bread.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence

Have you ever read the verse about the kingdom of heaven suffering violence and the violent taking it by force, and wondered what it meant?

"And from the days of John the Baptist 
until now the kingdom of heaven suffers 
violence,  
and the violent take it by force."  
Matthew 11:12

John the BaptistThe context for the verse is “the days of John the Baptist.”

“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord. Make His paths straight.’ ” 
Matthew 3:1-3

After hearing him preach, what do you think the Jews were looking forward to?

They wondered if John was the Messiah, or Elijah – who Malachi prophesied would be sent before the day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5.)

The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem asked who he was: “Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.  He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.””  John 1:19-21

Jesus indicated John was a type for Elijah when He said, “And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.” Matthew 11:14 

The Day of the Lord is yet to come and so is Elijah.  He may be one of the two witnesses described in Revelation 11.

Elijah will explain both Testaments and unite Jews and Christians, as he shows how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Malachi 4:6

Elijah will probably also heal a generational divide which I fear will happen as our children are being taught a different version of end-times after receiving an Agenda 2030 based green gospel at school.  Imagine being a climate skeptic with a child like Greta Thunberg.

Hitler said, “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”  It doesn’t bear thinking about.  If it’s uncomfortable now – what will it be like in the future?

But getting back to Jesus’ day, the Jews believed John the Baptist when he announced the Kingdom of God was at hand.  When Jesus fed the crowd of 5000 bread, they intended to make Jesus king by force. (John 6:14-15)

Were these people violent or enthusiastic and desperate?  I don’t know, but Jesus separated Himself from the the crowd.  Their idea of the kingdom of God was not His or His Father’s.

Before the Kingdom of Heaven can come, a false messiah and a false kingdom headed by ten kings will come first.  Jesus warned us not to be deceived.

Will we have to go against the crowd at a time when truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey?
(Isaiah 59:14-15)

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I’ve written about the Kingdom to come in my second book “The Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse.”  It’s a unique peek at the happenings in Heaven and on earth as the world lurches through the apocalypse.   Book link: https://books2read.com/u/3RaOvG

The Light of the Heavens

“Do you see those stars?”  my father asked, pointing skyward as we walked across the Middle paddock. It was a dark evening in winter. We must have been coming back from the cowshed. The sky looked like an inky blue-black curtain overlaid with splotches and pin pricks of light, indigo with a hem of orange and pink.

I stopped and looked up.

“They’re angels” he said.

I was at the age to believe him. Since then, I’ve loved the night sky.  That sense of wonder has lingered on since childhood when I’m in a place where I can see the stars.

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When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5

Later on in life I pointed at the Pleiades, a dim cluster of stars I saw in the winter sky and asked God what they were.  It took a while for God to answer because he had to wait for me to grow up and read my Bible.  I learned that group of seven stars represented the angels of the churches.  I wish I could tell my father.

I wrote about those in my last blog post, The mystery of the seven stars where I wrote about Matariki, a Maori festival.

God said in his word to “seek the one who made the seven stars and Orion,Amos 5:8. 

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The Sheepfolds

There are two other groups of seven stars.  Ursa Minor and Ursa Major are constellations in the northern hemisphere which represent sheepfolds.  I can’t see them from down here in NZ.  They dominate the northern sky and are always visible.   

The meaning of Ursa Major is The Sheepfold and the Sheep, and Ursa Minor is the Lesser Flock.  The star meanings correspond with the Sheepfolds.  In Hebrew Dohver, a fold, and Dohv, a bear, were confused, hence the Bear instead of the Sheep.

I’ve written about the star names here: The Sheepfolds.

Polaris, the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor sits at top of the Ursa Major, the big sheepfold.  It’s been positioned there for the last 2,000 years – since the time of Christ.  It reminds me of Psalm 119:89-91 about God’s word being settled in heaven.

The Good Shepherd

Jesus is in charge of sheepfolds.  He said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me — just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
John 10:1-16

Is it any surprise that the birth of Jesus was first announced to the shepherds guarding the sheepfolds?

The Good Shepherd said, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  Luke 12:32-34

What does it mean, that it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom?

The big picture is that we will take our place in a nation, a kingdom that God will create on Earth as He has created in Heaven, a Kingdom that will have no end and will be under the rulership of the Lord Jesus Christ.

What did Jesus say about the Kingdom?

The Coming of the Kingdom

Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say,  ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The Kingdom Within

What did He mean, “the Kingdom of God is within?”

Did Jesus mean it was because He was in their midst?

Or did He mean that as His followers our place, our role within the Kingdom of God is there for us to discover?

He probably meant both things.

In the beginning was the Word – the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.  Astro-Logos is the story about the King, the Word of God in the stars.

When you look up, remember we’re made of the same stuff as the stars … and stars shine brightest in the darkness.

Earth and Stars

With the Word of God in the Stars, and the Word of God in the Bible, that’s two witnesses.  That’s the truth, that’s the big picture.  I’m a details person, not so much big picture.  I could not find any books about the Kingdom of God on a personal level.  So I wrote my own account as a memoir.  My conversations with the King mainly take place in the Kingdom.

Very early on in my book, the King appeared as a Shepherd, after I moved at the age of eleven to a sheep farm called ‘Glenoch.’  The farm was on a narrow gravel road that shared a boundary with ‘Mount Zion,’ a neighbouring sheep farm.

Jesus identified Himself with seven “I AM” statements and the roles he takes in my book reflect that.

I invite you to read all about him.  The book has had very good reviews.  I am always on the lookout for reviews so please contact me if you can help.


Notes

With the constellations, don’t be confused by the Crab and the Bears.  Our home in Heaven is pictured in the stars.

The constellations are in the sign of Cancer.  The ancient Akkadian name of the month of Cancer is Su-kul-na, the seizer or possessor of seed.
Source: Bullinger’s “Witness of the Stars.”

In the centre of the sign of Cancer, there is a remarkably bright cluster of stars, so bright that they can be sometimes seen with the naked eye. It looks like a comet, and is made up of a great multitude of stars. Modern astronomers call it the Beehive but its ancient name has come down to us as Praesepe, which means a multitude, offspring.


Links

These 2 Constellations Remind Us of Jesus’ Incredible John 10 Promises

Ursa Minor

Polaris has been getting brighter during the past couple of decades, for reasons that are still poorly understood.  As of 2014 a group of scientists estimated that Polaris could be about 4.6 times brighter today than it was in ancient times.


The river

About ten years ago I had a memorable dream.  I was wading into a clear river holding my Bible in one hand and the Kingdom story in the other.  The river got deeper and deeper until I was waist deep. 

I’m not sure what it meant, but I know when God wants to tell me something.  Looking in my Bible, I was reminded of the river in Ezekiel which seemed to fit my dream.

Ezekiel 47 describes a river that flows from a future Temple in the Millenial Kingdom that goes from ankle deep, to knee deep, to waist deep, to a river deep enough to swim in.  A real river, a future river, the river of life.  A river where the trees on both banks will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Ezekiel writes, “where the river flows everything will live.”

I have heard revival being compared to a river.  I think it’s great that people want more of God, they want this river.  But be discerning.

NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) author Rick Joiner wrote about a river in ‘Epic Battles of the Last Days,’ saying “This River of Life is coming to His church.  This River is going to overflow all of its present banks.  None of the dikes erected to keep it in place will be able to restrain what is coming,  No stronghold can stand before this River.  You are called to be a part of it, and no evil will stand before you as you flow with Him.”

That’s a bold claim.  His statement is at odds with the Assemblies of God Statement on RevivalThey compare the Holy Spirit to a mighty river, and the Scriptures to the banks of that river. Great harm occurs when the river overruns the banks, but that the river does great good when it stays within the banks.

My advice is come to the river, but test the water.  Is the river flowing within the banks of Scripture? 

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  1 John 4:1

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

Ezekiel 47-9

The Te Waihou River, NZ


Related posts:

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Come to the River

 

 

What happened when Jesus rose from the dead …

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Weeping broke the early morning silence.  It was the first day of the week.  While the world woke up, an uncomprehending woman cried her heart out beside a tomb. 

It was a world stricken with death.  It came to them all, sooner or later.  But this was a day unlike any other.  Resurrected feet trod the earth.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” the King asked, approaching her.

Standing at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise him.  With the light and the tears blinding her eyes, she cried “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Mary,” the King said.

“Teacher!” she cried in recognition, turning to him.

The risen Lord had been in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah.  Now, he had returned from death.  (1 Peter 3:19)

He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)

Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.

Ascending to his Kingdom, the King was greeted with songs, shouts, and cries of joy.  Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him.

All of Heaven rejoiced.  The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour.  All bowed down as he passed.

A throne awaited him.

But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.

Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”

All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.

The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. (Hebrews 8)

The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.

Now all of Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18


This story is taken from Mark 16 and Luke 24.

Kernels of truth

Here are some interesting facts I found while writing The Lord of the Harvest. I wrote it to clear up some confusion over the end times harvests known as the rapture. 

Did you know Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat?  There are fifty grains in a stalk of wheat and the Church began on the fiftieth day, a day which the Jews celebrated as the “Beginning of Harvest.”

  • Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Bread of Life.”
  • Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born, means “House of Bread.” 
  • Unleavened bread is eaten for seven days from Passover.  The bread is striped and pierced.  These stripes were seen by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ; “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5
  • Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat.  A stalk of wheat has fifty grains. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24

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  • The Church began on the fiftieth day after the Feast of First Fruits which was called “the Beginning of Harvest.”the-wave-sheaf-offeringIt was when the very first sheaf of the harvest was offered and waved before the Lord north, south, east, and west.
  • The fiftieth day is also celebrated by Israel as the Feast of Shavuot when seven lots of seven weeks are marked off after the first three spring festivals of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Feast of First Fruits.  Shavuot marks the all-important wheat harvest.
  • The distinguishing feature of Shavuot is the offering of two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour.  The Greek word for leavened bread is ‘artos,’  meaning a raised loaf of normal, natural regular bread.  With the leaven, it’s sure to rise.
  • The temple at Jerusalem was built on Araunah’s threshing floor.  Araunah means ‘ark.’  David paid Araunah fifty shekels of silver for it, denoting a full price and a full purchase.  (2 Sam. 24:24)
  • Jesus mentioned the First Fruits, the Beginning of the Harvest when he was in Sychar, a Gentile area.

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35.

  • Sychar means ‘end.’

As for the end, there has been much speculation about when this will be.  Jesus said it’s not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:7

But we can know the season.  Jesus did leave a clue about it when he said in Matthew 24; “no man knows the day or the hour.”  The autumn Feast of Trumpets was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon.

Paul wrote about the Church being gathered at the last trumpet; “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51

Two loaves, two harvests

  • The autumn festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles marks the ingathering.  These are people from the Great Tribulation who have responded to the worldwide preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists.  They show up in Revelation 7, waving lulavs – a closed frond of the date palm tree waved at Sukkot.

The Autumn harvest will begin when the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

First fruits


These facts are summed up from my story The Lord of the Harvest.

Here’s another interesting site:  The Biblical Feast of Firstfruits, How It Explains a Great Mystery