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The priesthood

When we talk about the priesthood, first, we’ve got to know of the change that took place, that the old was done away with so he could establish the new.

The old priesthood required that priests should only belong to the tribe of Levi but Christ came not belonging to Levi but was from the tribe of Judah. For not to confuse us God removed the levitical priesthood and all it's requirements. I said all it's requirements, to include "also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary" (Heb 9:1). All were done away with.

There is no way you can understand the new priesthood from the old; whether it's about sacrifices and/or serving God. "Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation." Hebre…

THE WRITTEN BOOKS

John says in Revelation 10:1-4, "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."

New Testament writers would have liked to write more, but the Holy Spirit would not let them, why? They were led to write only certain things.

In the scripture, John wanted to write down the message of the seven thunders, but was told not to do so. The writer of the letter to the Hebrews wanted to write about Melchisedec, Hebrews 5:11, but was he…

The First Resurrection

"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6

Who will take part?

I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus, for proclaiming the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the Creature or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They had come to life again and now they reigned with Christ for a thousand years, vs 4these had also been given the right to judge, vs 4
 "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Revelation 20:5-6

Just about the same time Satan is also bound for 1000 …

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war." Revelation 19:11

Is  none other than Christ himself; "His name is called The Word of God." (vs 13).

"...the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" vs 10. Know this;  Jesus Christ is the purpose for or of all prophecy. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell..." Colossians 1:16-19

 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he sh…

The fall of Babylon

"Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.” Revelation 18:21,24

We witness two things;

1. The finality of Babylon’s Fall, and
2. God avenging the blood of martyrs on her!

Babylon is fallen because like Sodom and Gomorra the city had become "a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!" vs 2.

all the nations of the earth had  drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, vs 3the kings of the earth had committed fornication with her, andthe merchants of the earth had also become rich through the abundance of her luxury.
Like Lot, the people of God had to walk away from her so that God would punish her; "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, a…

Who will worship this Beast?

Two things will happen first before that great day of the Lord comes;

there will be a time of falling away, (a great rebellion against God) and the man of sin, the son of perdition, that Wicked One whose coming is after the working of Satan will also be revealed. 
In 2 Thessalonians 2 we hear that he;

will defy everything about God and tear down every object of adoration and worship, vs 4will go in and sit as God in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God, vs 4will come as Satan’s tool, with all power and signs and lying wonders, vs 9will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, vs 10
Those who shall be fooled; God will let them believe lies with all their hearts, and all of them will justly be judged for believing falsehood, refusing the Truth, and enjoying their sins vs 11-12

Now let's turn to Revelation 13;

The Beast from the Sea

 "Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a …

The Vial Judgments

"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. Revelation 15:1,6-7; 16:1

First Vial: Loathsome Sores

"And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Revelation 16:2

The first vial is poured out on the earth.
Second Vial: The Sea Turns to Blood

"And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it b…

The Lamb and the 144,000

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

The 144,000 still confuse many believers but who are they?

We first hear about them in Revelation 7:3, the Angel "saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."

Note - "there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."

In Chapter 14 we are told what seal it was and the reason why they were sealed.

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." Revelation 14:1 The reason why th…

Two great signs

There appeared in heaven two great signs;

a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve starsa great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Here is how the story goes;

The woman was pregnant and was in pain of her Labour, awaiting her delivery. At the time of her giving birth the red Dragon had rebelled in heaven and drew behind him a third of the stars or angels, (ref. vs 4). So there was war in heaven; "Michael and the angels under his command fought the Dragon and his hosts of fallen angels. And the Dragon lost the battle and was forced from heaven." (Revelation 12:7-8). Where did they go? On Earth, probably in the land of Nod. Anyway in the story, the great dragon was then cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. This happened at the time the woman was giving birth t…

The Two Witnesses

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." Revelation 11:4These will prophesy 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth, vs 3

They have power to shut the skies so that no rain will fall during the three and a half years they prophesy, and to turn rivers and oceans to blood, and to send every kind of plague upon the earth as often as they wish, vs 6Anyone trying to harm them will be killed by bursts of fire shooting from their mouths, vs 5When they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them, vs 7Their bodies will be exposed in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, vs 8People everywhere will rejoice and give presents to each other and throw parties to celebrate the death of the two prophets who had tormented them so much, vs 10After three and a half days, the spirit of life from God will enter them, and they will ri…

Judgement of the woman upon a scarlet Beast

"I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." Revelation 17:5

The mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carried her is revealed;

The Woman

"And this woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18

I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration, vs 6
 "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Revelation 17:5

That's the reason it was built;

"The kings of the world have had immoral relations with her, and the people of the earth have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality." Revelation 17:2
Scarlet Beast

A seat of idolatry and cruel oppressive governments, will deceive people except the remnant of the elect.
"The beas…

The Trumpet Judgements

"Then the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to blow their mighty blasts." Revelation 8:6

God's wrath is here!

As horrible as the seal judgments were, the trumpet judgments will be worse. The first 4 announce destruction of earth’s ecology, while the final 3 concerns great devastation of the earth’s inhabitants.

The first angel blew his trumpet

 "The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up." Revelation 8:7

hail and fire mixed with blood were thrown down upon the earth.one-third of the earth was set on fire one-third of the trees were burned, and all the green grass.
The second angel blew his trumpet

 "And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and…

The four horses

The Lamb, Christ opened the first seal and John looked and  saw;

1. A white horse. (6 vs 2)
Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed upon his head; he rode out to conquer in many battles and win the war.
a time of peace, progress and victory and success in every way, be it evangelism, everything going as intended.  2. A Red horse. (6 vs 4)
Times of desolation, judgment, war and persecution.
- All happening to "...take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another..."

3.  A black horse (6 vs 5)
woe, mourning and darkness and ignorance. "For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:2  He that sat on it had a pair of balances in his hand meaning;
the knowledge and practice of true religion will became scarce. famine of the word of God and of true religionthe necessities of life will be at excessive prices, and more costly. 4. Pale…

The Little Open Book

Another powerful Angel (probably the Lord) had a little book open in his hand, when he called out - the Seven Thunders also called back.

We do not know what was echoed by the seven thunders, nor was the reason for suppressing them.  All we know is John was told to "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." Revelation 10:4
 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." (Revelation 10:7). At the end of the prophecies, time should be no more. John eats the little book
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth." Revelation 10:8  He took the little book out of the hand of the angel, and ate it up; and lo, it was in his mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as he had eaten it, …

Things which must be hereafter - Part 2

The vision of the seals
These seals express events to be fulfilled;

1st Seal: The Conquerer
 "… the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer…" Revelation 6:1-2

The Four beasts
We saw them in Revelation 4:7, "And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle."

Lion - the prophecy of victory, (the first seal).
Calf - a symbol of slaughter, war and persecution, (the second seal).
Man - a symbol of heresy and false opinions, (the third seal).
Eagle - a symbol of resurrection and the forerunner of the final victory of the just over the death and Hades, (the fourth seal).

2nd Seal: Conflict on Earth
 "And when he had opened the second seal, I h…

Who is worthy to open the book?

"And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" Revelation 5:2

The book was written on the inside and on the back, and sealed with seven seals. This book was sealed, i.e. made under seal and so was treated differently from other written books. A seal is an emblem used as a means of authentication.
No one in all heaven or earth or from among the dead was permitted to open and read this book expect the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, who has conquered, and has proved himself worthy to open the book and to break its seven seals.

The Lamb

"...beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." Revelation 5:6

stood a Lamb as it had been slain, "for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by t…

Things which must be hereafter - Part 1

Heaven is revealed

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." Revelation 4:1-2

John was in the spirit, and in heaven he saw;

1. A throne and someone sitting on it, vs 2

he that sat upon it (God) looked like a jasper and a sardine stone, (God's perfection and eternity) a rainbow (type of God's consolatory promises or covenant) glowing like an emerald encircled his throne, lightning and thunder (judgement) were issued from the throne, and there were voices in the thunder, vs 5
2. Twenty-four smaller thrones with twenty-four Elders sitting on them, were round about the throne, vs 4

the elders (well known people who are representatives of God's people) were all clothed in white, with gol…

The church of Laodicea

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16

Jesus identifies Himself as: “The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” These titles emphasize the Lord’s faithfulness, sovereignty, and power to bring all things to their proper completion - He is the “Amen."

Sometimes we ask ourselves; what happened to this early church, how come it dwindled? Here is the answer, Jesus said, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Jesus would expect us to be hot. Remember how he approached this fig tree expecting fruit; "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found not…

The Church in Philadelphia

"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee." Revelation 3:8-9

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, vs 8

What a tremendous promise from "...he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth." Revelation 3:7

I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it!

First, he has the key to heaven itself, that which David had, "he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth."

In John 13:12-16 He says,

"...Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye…

The Church in Sardis

"...This message is sent to you by the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars. "I know your reputation as a live and active church, but you are dead."" Revelation 3:1 TLB

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead, vs 1

When God looks at us he's happy seeing us holy just as he's holy. 1 Peter 1:15 says, "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." It does not empress him at all to say, Lord I'm trying! But the calling is, "be ye holy; for I am holy."

The problem with this church was pretence; they had a reputation as a live and active church but their works were not perfect before God, they were spiritually dead.

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, vs 2

True believers should always be on the lookout, if their works are perfect before God. If that’s the cas…

The church in Thyatira

“I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.” Revelation 2:19 KJV

Christ commended their charity, their service, their ministration, their faith, their patience and their growing fruitfulness that they were growing wiser and better.

It should be your desire as christians that your last works may be your best works, that you may be better and better every day, and be best at last.

However something not so direct was amiss, and they got reproved for it;

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” Revelation 2:20-21

Some wicked seducers were among them; the church’s fault was that they allowed wicked people to take advantage of them. Jezebel was a per…