Revelation 21 and 22, The New Heaven and Earth

Revelation 21

I think the thousand years is going to fly by for people in the millenium and I know it will be like a day to God.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:8-10

At the end of the thousand years the old will be replaced by the new. It sounds scary but I’d rather have God’s version of “building back better” than that of Klaus and his unelected billionaires at the World Economic Forum. Their vision is already causing grief but these narcissists won’t be allowed in the world to come. Whoever loves and practices a lie will be gone with their master the father of lies. And God Himself will wipe the tears from our eyes.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.” Revelation 21:1

I don’t like the idea of “no sea” as I live in an island nation. For me it’s unthinkable not to be near the coast. In the west we have the Tasman Sea between us and Australia and in the east we have the Pacific Ocean.

In our current world the oceans provide natural barriers between nations and people groups, which is a good thing, but the sea as a barrier won’t be needed on the new earth. According to John’s vision humanity won’t be separated anymore.

There won’t be vast areas of salt water spanning the globe. The current earth is mostly covered by water, but the new earth will have a different geography and therefore a different climate.

Got Questions: What does Revelation mean when it says, “There was no longer any sea”?

Imagine the road trips we could have. Although there’s no sea I imagine there will be lakes. We know a river will flow from the throne of God and it has to go somewhere. Whatever we get will be better than what we have now. The former earth shall not be remembered or come to mind. Isaiah 65:17

Earth is governed by the laws of Thermodynamics but in this world there will be different laws with no entropy. Things aren’t going to wear out or run out of energy.

The City, New Jerusalem, will come down out of the sky and settle on the new earth.

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:2-4

Jesus said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:12-17

The water of Life will be so much better than the Kool-Aid we’re being given to drink right now.

The promises that Jesus made to the churches of Ephesus in Revelation 2:7 and Thyatira in Revelation 2:28 are fulfilled here. Ephesus has the right to eat from the Tree of Life and Thyatira is given the Morning Star.

I wrote about the reward for Thyatira in Revelation 2, The Letter from Jesus to Corrupt Thyatira, Venus is typically called the Morning Star. From a fixed location over an eight-year period the planet Venus travels a unique celestial pathway that exactly describes a pentagram.

As I wrote in Revelation 1:1, What does 8,88,888, and 8888 Signify, the number eight is associated with Jesus and the resurrection. It takes Venus eight years and one day to make this circuit. No longer will the pentagram be used as a symbol by Christ’s enemy. And this is a new day.

Jesus will give a reward to each person according to his or her work. This work was prepared in advance for us to do; For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:11

Jesus does not disclose the reward for Pergamum for whom he made this promise; “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Revelation 2:17

In Revelation 2: The Letter From Jesus to Compromising Pergamos I wrote that the Olympic games began at Pergamum. It hearkens back to the ancient Roman custom of awarding a white stone to the victors in athletic games with their name inscribed on it. This served as their ‘ticket’ to a special awards banquet.

As for the hidden manna given to Pergamum – the word manna literally means “what is it?”

Some things are left a mystery.

The Thousand Years

For a thousand years the earth will have peace. The shattered earth took a pounding but now it will be rebuilt, repaired, rejuvenated, reinvigorated and renovated.

The clean-up will begin after Armageddon and will continue for seven months. All the people of the land will be involved in cleaning up the bodies of the army of Gog. They’ll gain a special commendation for this work from Jesus on the day He is glorified; Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 39:12-13

It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea (the former Dead Sea); and it will obstruct travellers because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog.

At the end of seven months, they will make a search. The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. The name of the city will also be Hamonah, (meaning multitude.) Thus they shall cleanse the land.” Ezekiel 39:11-16

The weapons will be burned for seven years; “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.

They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests because they will make fires with the weapons, and they will plunder those who plundered them and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God. Ezekiel 39:9-10

The clean-up couldn’t have happened before Armageddon because the people would have kept the weapons. Also, there would have been no time for burial during the Tribulation. But now weapons will no longer be needed.

With perfect justice, there’ll be no need for a war to end disputes. Swords will be beaten into ploughshares;

He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4

While the nations are subject to Jesus, they will also receive justice from Him, for God says; “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, my Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” Isaiah 42:1

The River of Life

In Jerusalem the blood and filth from the Winepress will be cleansed by a river of sparkling clear water that will flow from the sanctuary on Zion.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1

Jerusalem will be rebuilt on a plain at the base of a very high mountain. The temple will be on the mountain. Water will tumble down the western and eastern slopes of the Mountain of the Lord, casting rainbows on the air as it falls.

Above the mountain of the Lord there will be a covering of cloud by day and fire by night. The cloud will be above every dwelling and place of assembly, a canopy that provides shade from the heat and shelter from the wind and rain.

On the mountain the Tree of Life will be in the middle of the street. Large and bursting with life, it will overhang the street and grow on both sides of the river which will flow from the temple to Jerusalem.

And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter, it shall occur. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. Zechariah 14:8

Beginning at the Temple compound, the river will flow to Jerusalem and the eastern branch will eventually make its way south to the Dead Sea.

Water will flow from the front of the temple that faces east. Every half a kilometre the water will gradually deepen from ankle-deep to knee-deep. After one kilometre the river will be waist deep and at two kilometres the water will be too deep to wade.

Lush, fruit-laden trees will line the banks. They will bear fruit every month, refreshed by the water flowing from the sanctuary.

The prophet Ezekiel described the river that will flow east to the Dead Sea;

This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.” Ezekiel 47:8-11

The western branch will flow down the mountain to empty into the Mediterranean.

Wherever the river goes, everything will live. The leaves of the trees will be used by the nations for healing, not that there will be much illness. People will live for hundreds of years, as they did before the flood.

For God promises in Isaiah 65:22, “As the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people.”

The Thousand Years

The LORD promised, “I will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.'” Zechariah 8:3

Jesus will live in Zion, the city on the mountain above Jerusalem. Zion can’t be accessed by sinners, only the righteous;

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” Revelation 22:14-15

The land on the plain below the mountain will be safely inhabited. No one will have to watch their back or lock their doors; Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid. Micah 4:4

Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand because of great age. The streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Zechariah 8:3-5

It will be a joyous place where children will laugh and play in the streets. As for the creatures, it will be like a large petting zoo where they live blissful lives.

Peace and harmony between man and the creatures will be restored as the prophet Isaiah foretold;

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

The rule of tooth and claw shall be abolished and the creatures will no longer eat flesh.

Topheth

That’s inside the city. Outside Jerusalem are the bodies from the judgement at Jehoshaphat. They’re left unburied in Topheth, that evil place outside the city where in ancient times children were sacrificed to Baal.

The bodies will be left in an unburied state to serve as a warning. People don’t fear God when Hell is hidden. Jesus knows that people can be ghoulish, and He wants the children of the survivors to fear God so they’ll pass the Great White Throne judgement at the end of the millennium. The morbidly curious will want to go and have a look.

And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh. Isaiah 66:18-24

Jesus must reign for the 1000 years until He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

The Desolate Areas

The renovated world will be replaced at the end of the thousand years, after the war of Gog and Magog, when Jesus hands the kingdom over to God the Father. The old earth will have to be replaced because of the pollution from sin.

Although the world will be returned to the condition it enjoyed in Eden, there will be two desolate areas: Babylon, the former world capital of the Antichrist and Edom, south-east of Israel. These lands will be like Sodom and Gomorrah.

While Satan is locked up in the Abyss this is where his demons will be confined. Here will be dragons, burning pitch and satyrs.

The smoke from these areas will rise and be visible for the entire Millennium.

Babylon shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures, and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged. Isaiah 13:20-22 KJV

As for Edom, God’s judgement will come on southern Jordan because of the way it treated Israel. The land shall become burning hot pitch that burns for the entire thousand years. God will stretch upon it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.

And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles, and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be a habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. Isaiah 34:8-15 KJV

Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed

As for the surrounding nations, for the first forty years of the Millennium Egypt will be desolate and the Egyptians will be dispersed into various countries. But afterwards Egypt will become a kingdom again. Egypt will be at peace with Israel and they will be called “His people.”

Assyria (now Iraq) will be at peace and will be called “the work of His hands.” These three nations shall be a blessing among the lands of the Middle East:

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.” Isaiah 19:18-25

The Seventh Feast

The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine. Isaiah 25:6

Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe. It marks the Ingathering, the completion of the harvest and the feast begins five days after the Day of Atonement.

Sometimes the Feast of Tabernacles is called ‘the Feast of Ingathering,’ or ‘the Feast to the Lord’ or ‘the Feast of Booths.’

And the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labours which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labours from the field. Exodus 23:16

You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. Deuteronomy 16:13

It’s a time of joyous celebration when the Israelites celebrate God’s continued provision for them in the current harvest, and they will remember His provision and protection during their years in the wilderness.

All nations will have to keep this festival by sending representatives to Jerusalem for it, or they will experience drought;

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.  And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. Zechariah 14:16-19


Links

The River, Ezekiel 47:1-12

The land, Ezekiel 34:20-30

Christina Perri – Thousand Years (Lyrics Video)

Revelation 2: Letters From Jesus, to Loveless Ephesus and Persecuted Smyrna

Revelation 2:1-7

Here’s the first two letters that Jesus wrote to the congregations on earth, starting with Ephesus.

Ephesus, the Loveless Church

Jesus introduced himself to the church at Ephesus as ‘He who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.’

In other words, Jesus has authority over the seven congregations.

The commendation: “And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”   Rev 2:2-3

The problem:Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”

The Nicolaitans are false apostles. That much we can gather. Jesus hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans. It’s uncertain what they were teaching. The word ‘Nico’ means ‘rule’ or ‘conquer’ and ‘laity’ means ‘non-ordained members of the church or religious community.’

Together the words mean ‘rule or conquer by clergy.’ If they were lording it over the people it would have been against Christ as he was a servant leader. He never intended His followers to be cogs in the wheel of an authoritarian man-made power structure, a structure which totally misrepresents him and his rule.

To combat false teachers you have to know your Bible. They profit from those who don’t. We thought we knew our Bible and even we nearly got taken for a ride, when the church we were attending at the time merged with a big, flashy mega church.

Crying wolf

Don’t be exploited.

2 Peter 2 False Teachers and Their Destruction

Combating power structures is never going to stop as long as the devil remains. Ephesus was so worn out from battling false teachers and false apostles that they became dogmatic and unloving.

Love is not a romantic feeling, it’s an action. Jesus gave two commandments, which pretty much sum up the ten commandments; ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:34-40

The reward: To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rev 2:7

We know Paradise was lost when Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan. They gained the knowledge of good and evil and became sinners. God in His mercy could not permit them to live forever in that fallen condition so he put cherubim on the east side of the Garden to bar the way to the Tree of Life.

For those who overcome, access to Paradise and the Tree of Life is granted.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2

Smyrna, the Persecuted Church

Jesus addressed the Church at Smyrna, referring to himself as ‘The First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life.’ Rev 2:8

He identified himself as such to John in the last chapter, who’d fainted after seeing him; “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Rev 1:17

The commendation: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:9-10

Jesus finds no fault with this church.

The Crown of Life is mentioned in James 1:12; “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Smyrna is associated with persecution as Jewish hatred for the early Christians was particularly fierce there. It’s the city where Polycarp, an early disciple of John was martyred. Smyrna hung on through the Ottoman Empire until 1922, when it was crushed by the Muslim ruler Mustapha Kemal Ataturk.

The Synagogue of Satan

Sabbatai Zevi, a Jewish mystic who was born in Smyrna followed the Kabbalah and claimed to be Messiah. In 1666, upon arriving in Constantinople (now Istanbul) Sabbatai was imprisoned and given the choice of death or converting to Islam. He and some 300 of his followers converted and became known as the Donmeh which is Turkish for ‘convert.’ They went underground. Not much is known about them but various groups called Donmeh continue to follow Sabbatai Zevi, mostly in Turkey. Nowadays they are Jews who follow the Kabbalah. They say they’re Jews, but they’re not.

The meaning of Smyrna

Smyrna means Myrrh which means bitterness, but it’s also associated with the oil of joy. When crushed and mixed with oil, it emits a beautiful fragrance. God anoints Jesus to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.

The reward, besides the Crown of Life: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

The Second Death

Those born once will die twice. Those born twice (born again) will die once. Jesus said in John 3:3 that we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Then our names will go into the Book of Life.

Those not in the Book of Life will be consigned to the Lake of Fire. This is the second death and it will happen at the Great White Throne judgement. Rev 20:11-15

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Rev 21:8

Please, hell is no joke. The unbelieving will end up in the Lake of Fire. If you believe and you’re wrong what have you lost? Nothing. If you go to hell because of unbelief, what have you lost? Everything! Choose life.

Through the Word: Joseph in Slavery

Genesis 39

Despised by his brothers and sold into slavery, Joseph ended up in Egypt working as a slave for Potiphar, a captain of the guard of Pharaoh.

You probably know the story. The Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man. Potiphar made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. Joseph was a handsome man and Potiphar’s wife wanted him. Joseph resisted her advances until the day came when they were alone inside the house. She caught him by his garment and he fled, leaving his garment behind.

Joseph’s struggles remind me of Job’s, who complained to the Lord that even his own clothes would detest him. Job 9:31

Here, Joseph’s clothes are being used against him. Back in Canaan, Joseph’s brothers kept his garment as ‘proof’ he’d died when he was sold into slavery. Now in Egypt, Potiphar’s wife kept his garment as ‘proof’ of attempted rape and he was sent to prison.

 Picture from FreeBibleImages.org

First he’s dead and now he’s a rapist? Joseph is not having a happy time of it, but the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21

I believe Satan knew Jesus was going to descend from Jacob but didn’t know from which tribe. The other brothers weren’t amounting to much so he pegged Joseph as the one to attack. He never factored Judah and Tamar from the previous chapter into the equation.

The level of warfare over a life reflects the Devil’s measure of a person. Think of that if you’ve been given what-for!

Through the Word: Types

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

Genesis 21:1-21

Isaac, the son of promise, was born. Sarah was 90 and Abraham 100. Abraham threw a feast on the day he was weaned, and Sarah, seeing Ishmael scoffing, said, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.” Genesis 21:9

Abraham was displeased but God reassured him that he would make a nation from Ishmael, as Ishmael was his seed. But he said, “Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.”

Why did God choose the younger brother over the older?

Adam: the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

I prayed about this, and the answer I got was it’s because of Adam. What has happened here is a type. One is the son of the flesh, the other the son of the spirit.

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

We read in 1 Corinthians 15:46 that the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.  The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.  As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.  And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

When Jesus referred to himself as “the Son of Man,” he was identifying with us as “the second Adam.”

Adam was the first son of God, Jesus the second, THE begotten Son of God. Jesus did for us what Adam could never do, resurrect us;  “So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.  It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.  It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.  And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-45

Hagar and Sarah: the women represent two covenants.

George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987. Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Hagar and Sarah were also a type, explained in Galatians 4.

For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.  Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. Galatians 4:21-27

Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.  At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.  But what does Scripture say? “ Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. Galatians 4:28-31

Note, this is not supposed to demean Hagar and Ishmael, for God cared about them and saved them out of the desert wilderness, promising he would make Ishmael into a great nation.

Links

Hagar and Ishmael: Genesis 21:14-21

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Through the Word: Esau and Jacob

Through the Word: Ephraim and Manasseh

Beware Apollo’s Priests

What strange days we’re in. Who would have thought 18 months ago we’d be facing these trials?

This year, 2021, is “the year of the vaccine.” I warn you not to take it. The reasons based on science and data are on my other blog. I recommend you read the testimony from Dr Sucharit Bhakdi and Dr Michael Yeadon. I’ve spent months looking into the heart of darkness to get the information out to people. Fortunately, or unfortunately I’ve had the time to do this evidence based study while I’ve been going through cancer treatment.

Recently I learned of the sad death of my healthy, 36 year old dentist from a massive brain haemorrhage after taking the vaccine. He died on the 23rd June 2021. The worst part is it was a needless waste of life. There’s no Covid in my country and the so-called vaccine doesn’t prevent you from catching or spreading it.

Be aware, this is not a conventional vaccine – mRNA is injected into the human body to tell the cells to create spike proteins, and it’s competing with the immune systems that God gave us. The spikes are not staying in the arm, they’re getting into the bloodstream creating things like blood clots, strokes, uncontrolled shaking, bleeding under the skin, and myocarditis.

This is genetic manipulation and it’s going to become the norm for vaccines. I did wonder why some people are fine after having the shots and others like my dentist not?

Dr Michael Yeadon explains the process. It’s a multi-step thing like an Apollo rocket. There’s four or five steps involved. Some will not be affected very much, but some may get loads of the vaccine taken up in large quantities, expressed at high amounts, in dangerous parts of the body. And he thinks that’s why some people are fine, and other people get blood clots.

As for our governments, they are appointed by God and they’re supposed to be God’s ministers to us for good. This genetic manipulation was presented to us as a vaccine with the words “safe and effective.” We weren’t given an informed choice by our leaders. It’s their crime. Those who have sinned are the ones with the agenda who knowingly put us in harm’s way.

If you’ve had the vaccines, just be thankful you haven’t been harmed. Dr Sucharit Bhakdi warned against booster shots. He said if you get a third shot, write your will.

I believe in medicine. Chemo was used in my cancer treatment and it didn’t do me any harm, apart from losing my hair. People everywhere prayed for me. But this gene editing is playing God, and we’re not being warned about their practices. Right now the whole world is undergoing an mRNA experiment and no-one knows how it’s going to end up.

Will those who refuse the vaccine be persecuted for their choice?

I was praying about what to do if the Covid vax becomes mandatory and God replied with this Bible verse; “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

The temptation which is common to man is to follow the crowd, to fit in, to be a team player. Our prime minister even mistakenly calls us New Zealanders her “team of 5,000,000.”

The temptation with the Covid vax is to take it so we can be free to travel again. We may be required to take it for work. We’re promised that if we take it life will go back to normal.

Do you really think we’ll be going back to normal?

Let’s turn our TVs off and look at this thing. Do you see the serpent that’s wrapped itself around the pole? Thanks to globalism, the World Health Organisation and GAVI (the powerful Global Vaccine Alliance), that serpent is now wrapped around the world, choking the life out of our freedoms, our economies and our livelihoods.

Do you feel constricted yet?

The name 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, ensnares, consumes and destroys life.’

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

Yes the snake on the pole is a medical symbol. It’s commonplace, we’re used to seeing it. It relates to Asclepius, a son of Apollo. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether it’s from him or mediated through his son Asclepius. The mother of Asclepius is Coronis.

Apollo is a god of plagues. He delivered people from epidemics, yet he is also a god who caused them. Apollo could bring ill-health and deadly plague with his arrows. The invention of archery itself is credited to Apollo. He’s usually described as carrying a bow and a quiver of silver arrows.

He is a high ranking demonic prince.

In Revelation 6:2 we see the first horsemen to ride out in the seal judgements. He’s carrying a bow and it’s unusual – in that the Greek word for bow is ‘toxon’ and it’s only mentioned once in the Bible. The word toxon has its origins in the Greek “toxikon pharmakon” – the lethal poison that the ancient Greeks would smear on the points of their arrows.  Toxicon was the arrow and pharmacon, poison.  In today’s usage pharmacon is defined as a medicine or drug; also, a poison.

Does this signify the beginning of the apocalypse? No I don’t believe so, but we can hear the hoof beats.

Second Thessalonians 2:3 warns: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [Apoleia; Apollyon, Apollo]”

Beware of Apollo’s priests. I believe this so-called pandemic was caused by people in league with the devil, and they promise to deliver us from it. They created the problem, caused a reaction, and now they’re offering a solution. Are they into the occult? In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of the word occult means to shut off from view or exposure : cover, eclipse. It’s not revealed, it’s secret, hidden from view. There’s a hidden agenda.

Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!  Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:24-29

I wish people had a fear of God rather Covid. The fear of the Lord leads to wisdom. That’s what we need right now with this so-called vaccine. Who are you going to put your trust in?

The devil has a counterfeit for everything that God has provided for us. Before the invention of Asclepius, God provided the symbol of the snake on the pole for the Israelites in the desert who were bitten by the serpents sent among them. If they looked at this symbol, they would live. Numbers 21:8-9

After the Israelites reached the promised land, it became an idol called ‘Nehustan,’ meaning “a worthless thing.”

Jesus referred to it when He said, “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

In the face of temptation, remain faithful. This is a test.

James the brother of Jesus wrote, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

Jesus wrote to the church of Smyrna saying, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10

To the church of Philadelphia He wrote, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Revelation 3:10

So hold on tight to your genes. And keep the faith.


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Apollo, Apollyon, Abaddon is a high-ranking Satanic prince. His name means “to destroy.” The Greeks most often associated Apollo’s name with the Greek verb ἀπόλλυμι (apollymi), ‘to destroy’.” And “Apollyon is the active participle of apollymi (ἀπόλλυμι, ‘to destroy’)”.

Dr Michael Yeadon, former chief scientist of Pfizer research division speaks out : “I’m not a religious person, but I decided I was looking into the face of evil.

Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, Blood Clots and Beyond : “What is happening now, I fear is the immune system is being trained to do something that it would do very well on it’s own – and now if the real virus comes in, or a virus that is related, it is ready to attack.”

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.

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

 

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

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The Te Waihou River, NZ


Related posts:

Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Come to the River

 

 

A story of faith rewarded

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“Why me?” most people ask. It’s a question you can ask God.  He promises wisdom if we ask and don’t doubt.

Job certainly asked,”why me?”  Job was a man the devil was allowed to attack after his hedge of protection was removed.

The latest five-star review of “The Kingdom, Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams” by Wyborn Senna likened my struggles to that of Job.
A Moving Journey Reminiscent of The Book of Job.

Why did Job get attacked?  God held Job in high esteem, pointing him out to Satan, “the dragon” in my story.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied, pointing out how God had blessed Job.  “stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face,” Satan promised.

God then allowed Job to go into Satan’s power to be tested.

Job, although he questioned God, ultimately passed the test and God rewarded him.  Unlike Job, Peter underwent testing and failed, but Jesus restored him, giving him another chance.

Like Peter, we are all to be tested, sifted like wheat.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 (NIV)

James, the brother of Jesus said, “consider it all joy whenever you face trials”

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:2-4

What would you feel if you gained fatherly wisdom from a trial, knowing the wisdom was from God?  Would you feel joy knowing you had a purpose, knowing there was a reason for the trial?

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In my book, you’ll see me asking God the reason for the trials that befell me, and you will read God’s answers.  I hope it will encourage other people when they see how God answered.

Job said, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”  Job 23:10 

Like the Book of Job, mine is a story of faith rewarded. I recommend my book to those who are struggling, who are being tested in various ways.

Taking a stand

How essential is it for a nation to know their identity, their DNA, who they are and what they stand for?  What have we been taught about our origins from the academic and scientific establishment?

God says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”, Hosea 4:6.  It’s followed by a solemn warning about the consequences of rejecting knowledge.  Again, he says “people without knowledge will come to ruin.”  In Proverbs he urges us “Whatever you do, get knowledge, get wisdom.”

I’ve just finished reading for the second time a book “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper, an English historian.  This book shows how European history can be traced right back to the flood and the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, through contemporary accounts and the table of nations.

The third chapter opens with a quotation from Nennius, a Welsh monk from the 9th Century;  “I Nennius, pupil of the holy Elvodug, have undertaken to write down some extracts that the stupidity of the British cast out; for the scholars of the Island of Britain had no skill … I have therefore made a heap of all that I have found …”‘

Bill Cooper suggested the word Nennius used for stupidity would have been better translated as “complacency” or “lethargy,” the mood of the Britons that followed in the wake of the massacre of the monks at Bangor.

You see, their knowledge had been taken away from them.

“The profound cultural shock of seeing their finest scholars and spiritual leaders massacred by supposedly fellow Christians at the instigation of a Roman Bishop no less, would have left a very deep wound indeed, and it is this state of mind amongst the British or Welsh that Nennius laments and which lead to the neglect and loss of many records and books.”

Christianity was already established in Britain before Rome arrived.  “That Christianity was firmly established in even remote parts of Britain at the close of the second century is shown by Tertullian stating “the Britons in parts inaccessible to the Romans, Christ has truly subdued.”

British Bishops attended the Council of Arles in 314AD, before the Roman Catholic church was formed.  When Augustine went to Britain in 601AD as a representative of Rome, he could not get them to convert.  The Welsh already had the true faith, given to them by the early church, and they did not need any new innovations from Rome.

When the monks refused to accept the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, he instigated the Saxon army to attack the monastery at Bangor-is-y-coed, killing 1200 monks and scholars.

Much was lost, including the history of the early British kings.  To regain what was lost, I recommend you read the book “After the Flood.”

And now here we are at the end of the age.  Has Britain abandoned its Christian heritage?  Is Britain again in the grip of a culture shock following political correctness and imposed multiculturalism, with the resultant Islamic attacks in its cities?

Dunkirk70th AnniversaryDid you know that in World War 2 the nation, led by its King, prayed?  When Britain stood on the brink of invasion, with 330,000 men trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, King George VI called for an unprecedented week of prayer.  Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May 1940 for a miraculous delivery.

May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk.  We know what happened.  On the 28 May a storm of unprecedented fury grounded the German Luftwaffe – while the English channel became as still as a millpond, despite the storm in Flanders, enabling a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to get the men off the beach.

The Queen has the title “Defender of the Faith.” Does she defend it?  In 2014 she gave into political correctness, signing into law same-sex marriage, a law that the nation never gave the government a mandate for.  Following that, Britain had a series of storms that were described by the British prime minister as “biblical.”

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The flooded crypt at Winchester Cathedral, 2014

Who is going to the defend the faith now?  British people, you do have a King … the same King as the Polish people.

Here is Poland the following year.  In November of 2015 Poland marched in the streets and took a stand for Christianity. They declared boldly to the world “here, Jesus Christ is our King!”  It was the biggest march in Poland’s history.  The media were silent.

Is it time for the spirit of the nations to rise, to go to war again through intercessory prayer?

John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said “The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.”

Britain, as the sun sets in the west, may you remember who you are.

Bregret


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Battles in the spiritual realm
Massacre at Bangor
After the Flood

Nennius and the Table of European Nations