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“The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” – Jesus
“The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” – Paul
“How I Iong for you to grow more certain in your knowledge and more sure in your grasp of God Himself. May
your spiritual experience become richer as you see more and more fully God’s great secret, Christ Himself!
For it is in Him, and in Him alone, that men will find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians
2:2- 3, Phillips Translation)
“And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath
spoken it. (Isaiah 40:5)
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
(Habakkuk 2:14)
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in
the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened…” (Ephesians 1:17- 18) This is the
on- going prayer of our heart, both for ourselves, and for all who read this book. It is written with the hope that
it will serve as a confirmation to that which God sovereignly reveals to you. May you ever BEHOLD HIM!
That which we have shared is but a glimpse into truths, which thrill the heart as we turn from the negative
approach that is normally taken in the study of the book of Revelation. Having read books that have tried to
set forth chronologically a fulfillment in natural events, and found that such did not minister life within, we now
share from a different perspective. We argue not with other men, we simply share of the spirit and character of
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that which has been quickened to our understanding. It is not a running commentary upon every verse, nor a
definitive study of the Book as a whole – rather, we offer only those insights which He has given us from those
passages which He has quickened. Surely, “In the ages to come He will shew the exceeding riches of His
grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7) There is a progressive walk in
coming to KNOW HIM more, indeed, “The path of the just is as the shining (morning) light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18) Bless His name!
This book through this website can be printed. It is given free, as a ministry of love. The truths contained
therein cannot be valued in terms of material goods, but they are shared with others because they have
become life and light to us. Now it is our sincere desire that they might also serve for inspiration and
confirmation to those who read them. May they be received in the same spirit of love in which they are shared.
If there be any thoughts expressed that seem to be the result of only natural thinking, we trust that a little
breath of kindness shall blow the chaff away, that the kernel of truth might remain to bless. Ray and Doris
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto His servants things which must
shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: Who bare record of the
Word of God, and of the Testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth,
and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things, which are written therein: for the time is
at hand.” (Revelation 1:1- 3)
Blessed is he that reads, hears, and keeps the message of this Book. There is a special blessing reserved for
those who do so, yet so often people have shunned the Book, either because it was veiled to their
understanding (though it is declared to be a revelation), or else they thought it was too negative – filled with
images of beasts, woes, and the various judgments of God. But as the Holy Spirit causes His light to shine
upon the truth, again and again we find it to be a positive message of hope and victory.
Furthermore, note the phrase, “For the time is at hand…” He does not relegate this to a far- off future series of
events, but it becomes experientially worked out in each of us as He draws us to Himself, conforming us to His
image. As Jesus stated, “The hour cometh, and now is…” (John 4:23) For those whom He is drawing to
Himself as the firstfruits of His new creation order, it is not only coming, but already begun. The in working
process has started, and must continue until it is fully consummated, to His glory. So, for the multitudes it is
coming, for the firstfruits it is on now, as they “taste the good Word of God, and the powers of the world (age)
to come.” (Hebrews 6:5)
It has been said, there are five ways to interpret the Book:
1) Historically, it all happened a long time ago.
2) Present, in our now, but mostly negative, as people try to fit the events of their day into its pages,
wondering if these certain happenings fulfill the judgment and doom they have been told is to come, to signify
times end, though they hope they can escape from it all.
3) Futuristically, it will all happen out there some time.
4) Idealistically, poetically, using mental images from which to form your ideals and values, etc.
5) All of the above, practicing parts of each. Perhaps that is how many view it today. Some of it is viewed
historically, some of it is viewed prophetically, and betimes men look to see if it verifies the time table that “the
end is upon us.” While occasionally passages are used to draw images and pictures that men apply to their
day, as they interpret various points and fit them together.
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Now we would present a different approach, as the Holy Spirit quickens various passages, and gives us a
POSITIVE VIEW, with our Lord Jesus Christ as the Center of our focus, for this is declared to be, “A
REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.” This phrase tells it all. The book was written for one purpose, to be the
revelation of a Person, not of historical events, nor of future doom and negativism. Every woe, every vial, every
thunder, etc. has but one purpose, TO BRING FORTH THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. All that is
written of beasts, images, marks, Babylon, etc. are simply issues that are exposed because of the Light. Every
revelation of Him will expose the darkness, not to bring terror, but to swallow it up into the Light. “For God sent
not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world though Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
SALVATION IN FULL is the ultimate victory to be brought forth. “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation
21:5) Amen!
Furthermore, God “sent and signified it,” that is, He revealed the message through signs and symbols. They
are not literal, HE IS THE REALITY! The signs and symbols are but a means to an end, not an end in
themselves – they point to Him, revealing more of His nature, His character, His purpose, that He might be
glorified, for the fulfillment is found in HIM. This is a book of positive spiritual realities communicated by the
means of these picturesque scenes and events. You will not read of their fulfillment in the Daily News, because
they are not speaking of world events. This is the unveiling of a Person who has not yet been seen in all His
power and majesty. But as He is revealed TO US, and IN US, you will see these things fulfilled in a people
who are becoming ONE IN HIM – thus it is a revelation of Him, albeit also being in a people who share and
manifest His glory.
Significant that twice in the first chapter (1:8,1:11), and twice in the ending chapters, (21:6, 22:13) emphasis is
given, “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty.” It is this fact which makes this such a positive Book. From the Center to the
Circumference, from the Beginning to the Ending, it is GOD ALL THE WAY. The more He becomes the Alpha
and Omega of all things in our own life, the more our eyes are single unto Him to see Him in all the happenings
that unfold in our pathway, the more we rejoice in the positive outworking of the will of God in us. However
negative an event in our life might first appear, because HE IS THE OMEGA we know that all is secure – His
will is being done “on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Hear again the words of the prophet, “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the
beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My
righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:4, 10)
Because He is so totally and sovereignly in control, being the Beginning, and the Ending, and all the way in
between, then it rightly follows – “FEAR NOT!” Regardless of what happens, He will work it into your good, and
for His praise. The only question that remains, is – “Is He the Alpha and Omega of our life?” When we have
this confidence in Him, the results have to be positive.
Job made the confession, “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the
LORD.” (Job 1:21) And the very next statement tells us, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”
It was the truth! This was no error! THE LORD DID IT ALL – being fully responsible for the giving, and the
taking away. Job did not blame some intermediate agency of Satan, who had, as God’s servant, brought
about the destruction, for he saw that the Hand of God was in control, and Satan could do no more than God
allowed him to do – used him to do. To see GOD in it all – Job did not sin, i.e. miss the mark with his
confession. Actually, he spoke a vital truth, right on target, when he saw it as the sovereign handiwork of the
We note that the word “LORD” used here is in capital letters, signifying that it is the Hebrew tetragram YHWH,
and is given in Exodus 3:13 as “I AM THAT I AM.” Rotherham, in his God- given revelation, reads: “And God
said unto Moses, I will become whatsoever I please.” Since Divine resources are infinite, God will please to
become to His people only what is wisest and best. THIS NAME is at once a revelation, a memorial, a pledge
or PROMISE. In all the compound redemptive names, which are given in the Word – Jehovah- Rapha,
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Jehovah- Shalom, etc. He is saying, by His very name, “I am pleased to become your healer,” or, “I am
pleased to become your peace,” etc. However, Rotherham points out, more exactly it could be rendered, “I will
become whatsoever I please to become.” Thus the verb runs forward into a reduplication of itself. THIS IS A
PROMISE – for He is BECOMING IN A PEOPLE, a reduplication of Himself. And He is the Alpha and Omega
of the entire process, “in bringing many sons unto glory.” (Hebrews 2:10) Every one conformed to His image,
being a partaker of His divine nature – so that while you retain your individuality /personality, yet it is all so IN
UNION WITH HIM that you become an expression of Him, manifesting His life.
So, while it is “A revelation of Jesus Christ,” it expands into the revelation of the “himself creatures” of which
He is the Head. For, “Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits
of His creatures.” (James 1:18) His creatures – literally, “certain kind of creatures of Himself.” It is truly a
reduplication of Himself in a people. “This people have I formed for Myself; they shall shew forth My praise.”
(Isaiah 43:21)
“And Enoch also, the seventy from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten
thousand of His saints.” (Jude 14) The Greek text more literally reads, “Lo, comes the Lord in holy myriads of
Himself.” Every one that becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus thus becomes a further manifestation of Him

  • expanding the revelation of Jesus Christ. And all of this by the sovereign handiwork of His love and grace.
    Our destiny is to find our identity within the circumference of His identity – to express His nature, character,
    etc. ever revealing more of Him.
    “Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven
    spirits which are before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness, and the Prince of the
    kings of the earth.” (Revelation 1:4- 5)
    PEACE and GRACE in abundance coming from Him who is in control of all the past, present, and future.
    “Which was, which is, and which is to come.” “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”
    (Psalm 90:1) He is God over all ages, and He is the bountiful Supplier of all the GRACE and PEACE which is
    needed to make this a most POSITIVE experience of victory. GRACE has underwritten the entire purpose of
    the ages, making the end secure. And PEACE, synonymous with COMPLETENESS, assures us that there
    shall be nothing lacking when He has finished the outworking of His purpose. Alpha and Omega, Author and
    Finisher – because of His GRACE and PEACE He will bring forth in all creation a revelation of Himself!
    “And from the seven spirits which are before the throne.” Reference is made to “the seven spirits of God” in
    three books. Besides being spoken of here in Revelation, we read to them in Isaiah, the Old Testament Book
    of Redemption, which speaks much of the Christ – the Redeemer who would come; and then of those who will
    be redeemed, from the firstfruits right on down to the totality of the nations. Also in Zechariah, the book that
    deals with Restoration, prefigured in a Zerubbabel company; that remnant which brings forth the “Headstone
    with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it,” knowing full well that it is “not by might, nor by power, but by My
    Spirit, saith the Lord.” Thus a work that is wrought “with those seven.” (Zechariah 4:3- 7,10).
    Redemption, restoration, and revelation – the seven Spirits of God are always connected with these. The
    fullness of the Spirit fully equipped to bring about the redemption, restoration which God has purposed. No
    wonder a positive victory is assured, for when the full orbed ministry of the seven Spirits of God are effective in
    our lives, their message is GRACE AND PEACE. Grace, because it emphasizes the fact that it is the
    sovereign handiwork of God, and nothing by the works of the flesh. All that unfolds throughout this Book in the
    bringing forth of the revelation of Jesus Christ in the lives of men, is the positive action of the grace of God.
    And the outworking of His grace is to bring forth PEACE – in the COMPLETENESS of our redemption. And
    the ultimate result of this revelation of Jesus Christ is that every creature might experience His grace and
    There are also three very descriptive expressions, which help to reveal the nature of the seven Spirits of God.
    Revelation 4:5, and 5:6, “And out of the throne proceedeth lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there
    were SEVEN LAMPS OF FIRE burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And I beheld,
    and, lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it
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    had been, slain, having SEVEN HORNS and SEVEN EYES, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into
    all the earth.”
    Seven lamps, seven eyes, seven horns, each of these is highly symbolic, and all referring to the seven Spirits
    of God. Complete illumination – complete insight – complete power to accomplish. “And the SPIRIT OF THE
    LORD shall rest upon Him, the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, the SPIRIT OF COUNSEL and
    MIGHT, the SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE and of THE FEAR OF THE LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2) All of this is to be
    seen in the revelation of our LORD, and ultimately in the corporate body of which He is the Head.
    Certainly “All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:13)
    Certainly it is in Him “In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:3)
    Certainly “The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliver; my God, my Strength, in Whom I will trust;
    my Buckler, and THE HORN OF MY SALVATION.” (Psalm 18:2)
    Every symbol, every adjective, every, phrase of description, is but a further revelation of our Lord, our
    Redeemer. And it is by our UNION WITH HIM, being filled with His Spirit, that all of these will become
    operative in us, to the glory of God. But ever more HE has the pre-eminence, and only as we abide in Him will
    we have this enrichment, “For without Me ye can do nothing.”
    UNION WITH HIM is the qualifying word. “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor. 6:17) Joined –
    the Greek word is “kollao” meaning: to glue, and has been used of that union between a man and a woman –
    joined together in marriage. So also, there is a MERGING INTO ONENESS WITH HIM so that we become one
    spirit. Then the seven Spirits of God can flow through us – to reveal HIS LIFE in and through us.
    “And from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness…” There is no witness as faithful and true as His. He is the
    Living Word, the declaration of the heart of the Father. He bore witness of such GRACE AND PEACE that to
    this day man can scarcely believe what He said. “Never man spake like this Man.” (John 7:46) His was a
    witness of LIFE, a witness of the love of the Father for His creation. And as this Book begins, we are reminded
    that He is a Faithful and True Witness. He speaks a message of GRACE AND PEACE, which can be traced
    all the way through the Book, till He has made “all things new.”
    “And the First Begotten of the dead…” Here is a credential unparalleled in all history. The message, which He
    is about to declare, is backed up by an experience of RESURRECTION, of conquering death and coming forth
    in the fullness of life. When He says there will be GRACE AND PEACE, there is nought that can disannul it.
    For in Him the last enemy death) has been conquered, and now He reigns to bring forth that victory in us.
    “And the Prince of the kings of the earth.” In deed He will be revealed as “Lord of lords, and King of kings.”
    (Revelation 17:14) But for now we would emphasize that He is THE PRINCE, from the Greek “archon”
    meaning first in rank and power. Paul brings this all into perspective when he writes of “The mighty power
    which He (God) wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set (positioned) at His own right
    hand in the heavenlies, FAR ABOVE ALL principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name
    that is named, not only ion this world, but also in that which is to come.” (Ephesians 1:20-21)
    From the position of this lofty height – first in rank and power, comes the message to undergird all the
    revelation which follows, and that word is “grace and peace.” Furthermore, this is demonstrated in the fact that
    He “loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” (Revelation 1:5) He loved us, and washed us!
    Highly exalted, yet He reaches down to where we are and ministers that unconditional love that receives us
    into Himself. And with His own blood He washes – cleanses us from our sins.
    Washed – the Greek word is “louo” and means: to bathe the whole person. It is akin to the word ‘luo” meaning:
    to loose. This is a total cleansing – a loosing from all our sins, that He might “present you faultless before the
    presence of His glory…” (Jude 24) To this end He will “sanctify you wholly; (that) your whole spirit and soul and
    body be preserved blameless unto he coming (appearing) of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
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    “Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
    Such love – such grace – such a cleansing that we are WHOLLY loosed from all sin – purged from the old sinnature
    which had a propensity for sin, and made partakers of His divine nature which cannot sin. “How much
    more shall the blood of Christ… purge your conscience from dead works to ser e the living God.” (Hebrews
    “Having made peace by the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say,
    whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:20)
    Yes, we are LOVED and WASHED, redeemed, reconciled to Himself, and however long the PROCESS to
    bring this to completion in us, He will not only finish what He has begun, but He will have fitted us to share whit
    Him positions of glory and honor. For, He “Hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father.”
    Again, Revelation 5:10, “And hath made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
    Let it be clearly pointed out, He is King of kings, Lord of lords, but He is not Worm of worms. However low our
    estate in our humanity, man is not destined to remain there. We read, “Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men
    of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and that Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:14) Yes, He
    condescended to men of low estate, and “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He
    also Himself likewise took part of the same…” (Hebrews 2:14) And while He walked out that realm of
    humanity, He fulfilled that Word, “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the
    people.” (Psalm 22:6) But while He shared with us of or low estate, it was with a view that we should share
    with Him of His high estate. “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all things, that He
    might fill all things. (Ephesians 4:10) And He prayed, “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me,
    BE WITH ME WHERE I AM.” (John 17:24) Forgotten as a dream of the night, no more lowly as worms, but
    WITH HIM to reign as kings and Priests. HIS REVELATION is not as a worm, but as PRINCE of all the kings of
    the earth. And it rightly follows that His being REVEALED IN A PEOPLE they would be “as He is,” therefore –
    as kings and priests, praise God!
    A priest is a go-between, a reconciler; not a barricade, but a bridge. The word “pontiff” comes from the Latin
    word “pontifex,” “pontis” meaning: bridge; and “facere” meaning: to do. Thus it combines to be pathfinder, a
    way maker, a bridge-builder. What a tremendous calling, that He “Hath committed into us the word of
    reconciliation. That we might be – ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech by us: we pray in
    Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:19- 20)
    Called to be participators in blessing all men, for “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8). Bless –
    from the Greek word “eulogeo” meaning: to speak well of. It is the word from which we get our English word
    “eulogize,” but a eulogy is a retrospective word, speaking well of a life that has been lived. In Christ the
    BLESSING INITIATES THE PROCESS, to declare a good thing and then bring it to pass. He can speak well of
    us – “And call those things which be not as though they were,” (Romans 4:17) and then bring to pass all that
    He has foretold. Likewise, those who, IN HIM, become part of the corporate blesser company, shall by His
    seven- fold Spirit be able to declare the will of the Father, speaking the GOOD NEWS, and then see that Word
    come to pass – fulfilled to the glory of God.
    Take Gideon for an example. “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is
    with thee, thou mighty man of valor.” (Judges 6:12) Gideon immediately challenges both statements. “If the
    Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all His miracles…?” Furthermore, on what
    grounds do You call me mighty? “Where within shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and
    I am the least in my father’s house.” But the answer came back, “And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be
    with thee…” (Judges 6:16). GOD GAVE THE WORD, AND HE ALSO FULFILLED IT. Truly, he was blessed!
    And by the enablement of God he did become a mighty man of valor, and he saw the miracles of the Lord.
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    We long for such manifestations of the Christ, and well He hath promised, “He that believeth on Me, as the
    Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) Flow, from the Greek word
    “rheo,” literally, to flow, TO SPEAK. From this word comes our English word “rhetoric,” or, expressive speech.
    Out of our spirit we will speak – quickening streams of divine life. Not a self- proclamation, but the inner Christ,
    who is the Living Word, is able to speak the word of life, and bring it to pass. It is in union with Him that this
    “kingdom of priests” will herald forth the good news which shall reconcile men to God. They shall “reign in life
    by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1). Right here on the earth, to demonstrate to all mankind that HE IS LORD!
    God’s working is not just an euphoric, ethereal, mystic matter, but He purposes that man, coming into his
    destiny, in realization, as the image of God, will enable the world to see God projecting Himself through
    redeemed men and women, to the everlasting praise of His glory. And what is first wrought in these “firstfruits”
    of the new creation species” shall ultimately be wrought in every man, until He has truly “made all things new.”
    “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all the
    kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7)
    It is “A revelation of Jesus Christ,” to a people, in a people, with a people. The purpose of our seeing Him is
    that we might be “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord.” (2
    Corinthians 3:18). And while “It doth not yet appear what we shall be: we know that, when He shall appear; we
    shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) And the reason He would “reveal His Son in me,
    (is) that I might preach Him among the heathen…” (Galatians 1:16) To become the display vessels of His
    grace, to become expressions of His love and mercy, to have Him REVEAL HIS SON IN ME so that the world
    might see Him ever more clearly – what a tremendous high, holy, heavenly calling is this!
    Preach Him – The Greek word is “euaggelizo” and while it means: to announce good news, it is made up of two
    parts, “eu” (good) and “aggelos” (messenger). Of a truth, the message, and the messenger become one. “How
    beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth
    good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth.” (Isaiah 52:7) The
    message is GOOD, it is of PEACE, it is of SALVATION, reaffirming that our God reigns. Such also is this
    positive message of the book of Revelation. It is of grace and peace, it is of the final triumph of Christ in a
    people, and ultimately in all the universe.
    Every coming of Christ is a further revelation of Himself, and the outworking of redemption in His people. Lo,
    He comes! He has come, He is here dwelling within us by His Spirit, and He is yet to come in further
    revelations and manifestations of Himself.
    “He cometh…” the Greek word is “erchomai,” meaning: to come from one place to another. He “Whom the
    heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things…” (Acts 3:21) is coming forth in new dimensions
    of revelation, to be seen, to be experienced. Out of the invisible, into the visible, to be known more clearly,
    more fully, as He is revealed to man. “HE comes!” Though it will also be in and with a people, the emphasis is
    upon HIS coming. He is more than just an Omnipresent Spirit, He has an identity, a Being – for He is “Jesus
    Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for the ages.” (Hebrews 13:8) Saviour, Redeemer, The Anointed
    One, He comes in further revelations of Himself.
    “With clouds…” Immediately we have before us a beautiful symbol of the saints in whom He dwells, and
    through whom He shall be revealed, and with whom He is coming in glory. “Lo, the Lord did come in His saintly
    myriads.” (Jude 14, Young’s Literal)
    Daniel writes (7:13-14), “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came WITH THE
    CLOUDS of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was
    given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His
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    dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be
    Mark 13:26, “And then shall they see the Son of man coming IN THE CLOUDS with great power and glory.”
    A definition of the spiritual nature of the “clouds” is needful, lest we be entangled in tradition’s confusion, and
    spend our time looking for some “natural cloud” and fail to grasp the import of the truth before us. Literally, a
    cloud is a visible mass of moisture suspended in the air above the ground. Spiritually, it bespeaks of a people
    who have been lifted out of the debris of earth’s corruption, to dwell with Him in the heavenlies – partaking of
    His Spirit, living and walking in the Spirit. “And hath raised us up together; and made us sit together in the
    heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)
    Underscoring the symbolism of people as clouds, we read, Hebrews 12:1-2, “Wherefore seeing we are
    compassed about with so great a CLOUD OF WITNESSES, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which
    doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the
    Author and the Finisher of our faith.”
    Cloud of witnesses – clearly defined as all of those mentioned in the previous chapter, precious men and
    women of faith who have been gathered unto Him in the realms beyond. Yet the focus of attention is not on the
    clouds that surround Him, but upon HIM who is both the Author and the Finisher of our faith, knowing that HE
    alone is the Source of our life and victory. There is a vast host of witnesses which already are WITH HIM, they
    are not yet visibly manifested, for the hour of the redemption of the physical body has not yet come, but IN
    SPIRIT they are with us. “Ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.”
    (Hebrews 1:14) We pray not to these saints, we pray to Him who is our Saviour. Yet the fact that He is
    surrounded with clouds, and can dispense their refreshing at any time, is a precious truth to comfort and
    consider the formation of the clouds, as through the process of evaporation the water is lifted up from the earth
    and gathered into a mass suspended in the heavens. The filth and corruption, which polluted the water, is left
    behind, and it rises pure and clean to be gathered in the heavenlies. We are in a process of being raised – or
    shall we say, spiritized, ascending from the realms of flesh, earthiness, to rise in spirit and become one IN and
    WITH the Christ.
    “He causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.” (Psalm 137:7)
    “When He uttereth His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and He causeth the vapours to
    ascend from the ends of the earth.” (Jeremiah 10:13)
    Obviously before He can “COME WITH CLOUDS,” (Editor’s note: as translated by G. M. Lamsa, IDIOMS IN
    note). He must first come TO each one – be revealed to each heart, and then He forms and gathers those
    droplets of moisture/spirit into clouds unto Himself. This is the process which has been going on through the
    ages as He draws to Himself that firstfruits of each generation, to become that “innumerable company of
    messengers, the general assembly and church of the Firstborn… the spirits of just men made perfect.” as
    spoken of in Hebrews 12:22-23. Yes, “He causeth the vapours to ascend…” as He irresistibly draws us to
    Himself, “one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.” (Jeremiah 3:14)
    The Hebrew word translated here as “vapors” is “nasi” and has been used 127 times in the Scripture. Three
    times given as “vapors,” once as “clouds,” and 123 times as “princes, governor, ruler, and chiefs.” This
    immediately indicates to us that the vapors are people. Thus we could correctly read the verse, “He causes His
    princes to ascend.” The earthly type bespeaks of a greater spiritual reality. Indeed, we have already seen that
    we are to be “kings and priests,” to rule and reign with Him. Thus this symbol but further emphasizes that fact.
    He gathers unto Himself a people, that He might be “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”
    Significant also, that the word “nasi” comes from the root: to lift. It is not a self-exaltation. God is the Uplifter.
    We are not self-proclaimed princes, or rulers. “Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased.” (Matthew
    23:12) “He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory.” (John 7:18) With deep in workings God would
    purge us of all self- aggrandizement. For, “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind
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    without rain.” (Proverbs 25:14) Or, as Jude writes, verse 12, “Clouds they are without water, carried about of
    winds.” Every wind of doctrine blows them about, there is no water of life in them – for self cannot produce
    spiritual reality. Negative clouds are they.
    In no way does the minute drop of water lift itself up from the muddy pool, it is a sovereign action from without.
    There are no vapors ascending without warmth or heat – God’s FIRE. It is the warmth of His love that draws us
    upward. It is the fiery trial that looses us from the debris of the flesh, so that our spirit can arise to higher
    heights. Purged, sterilized, fired, so that our growth progress can be free of the malice, wickedness, idleness,
    unbelief, hypocrisy, etc. It is in the furnace of affliction that our souls are turned heavenward in the rising
    flames of His purging. All the mundane becomes as ashes when His vapors begin their ascent.
    The process is initiated by God Himself, His will, His action. “He uttereth His voice, there is a multitude of
    waters in the heavens.” It is the VOICE OF GOD WITHIN that kindles the flame of change within us. Not the
    voice of church tradition, not the voice of the doctrinaire. Rather, “The voice of the Lord is UPON THE
    WATERS…” (Psalm 29:3) And out of the mass of humanity He draws to Himself a people – firstfruits of the
    new creation. He speaks light into the darkened heavens of our understanding. A still small voice in the quiet of
    our isolation. A song in the night, the dark night of the soul. And “from the ends of the earth,” begins to arise a
    people that are to be joined unto Him. Then, indeed, it can be said, “He cometh with clouds!” For, “When
    Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)
    “And every eye shall see Him…” “In Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in His own order.” (1
    Corinthians 15:22- 23) HE “gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:6) It is a
    revelation of Him – He is Lord, He is the Saviour of all men, and thus every man in his own appointed time shall
    SEE HIM – receive of His love and grace, and be saved. So great is the outreach of His mercy, He says, “I am
    sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not: I said, Behold Me, behold Me,
    unto a nation that was not called by My name.” (Isaiah 65:1)
    “And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread
    over all nations.” (Isaiah 25:7). Darkness, unbelief has been upon all men. “For God hath concluded them all in
    unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.” (Romans 11:32) Yet when He is REVEALED to them, “it shall be
    said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we will be
    glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
    “And they also which pierced Him…” So all-encompassing is His GRACE that He will reveal Himself even to
    those who crucified Him – including those who in their rebellion have “crucified to themselves the Son of God
    afresh, and put Him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:6) Indeed, every one who claims an interest in the
    Saviour’s sacrifice, must confess a share in the guilt for which He suffered, for we all have sinned and come
    short of the glory of God. Yet HIS LOVE COVERS ALL. “Father; forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
    (Luke 23:34)
    “And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.” Wail – literally, to beat the breast. It is an expression
    of grief, but even more, it becomes an expression of REPENTANCE, as we acknowledge our guilt, and then
    receive of His salvation. All the tribes of the earth shall come to this place of submission before Him – “That at
    the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians
    2:10- 11)
    “Even so, Amen.” What more can be said? He is “the Faithful Witness,” and He declares GRACE AND PEACE
  • manifested first in a remnant firstfruits, but ultimately in the whole world – every eye, every kindred, for “The
    God of the whole earth shall He be called.” (Isaiah 54:5) Totally positive, totally victorious, such is the
    revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!
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    “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus
    Christ, was in the Isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in
    the Spirit in the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice…” (Rev. 1:9-10)
    The name John comes from the Hebrew “Jehovah is gracious.” This emphasizes again the fact that it is His
    GRACE, which undergirds all of our processing, while He brings forth a revelation of Jesus Christ within us.
    The revelation was first given to John – but it was to be shared with us, “to shew unto His servants things which
    must shortly come to pass.” These are things, which must come to pass in us, HIS PROCESSINGS IN US until
    He shall be revealed through us, to His glory and praise. And while we might feel ever so alone as we tread out
    our winepress, yet the grace which sustained John, shall also sustain all those who are his “brother, and
    companion” in this walk.
    “Brother…” The very word bespeaks of family relationship, and that we share the same Father, even “The
    Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is named.” (Ephesians
    3:14- 15) Jesus Christ is “the firstborn among many brethen.” (Romans 8:29) For He is “bringing many sons
    unto glory.” (Hebrews 2:10) While at all times HE must have the preeminence, yet we praise God also for our
    brethren, for truly, “A brother is born for the day of adversity.” (Proverbs 17:17)
    Adversity – tightness, tribulation, distress, affliction. While some might condemn you for getting into a tight
    place, a true brother will squeeze right in there with you, sharing your burden, comfort and stand with you till
    God has worked out His purpose.
    “And companion…” literally, a co-sharer. Although it is wrought in each of us individually, yet it is also a
    corporate working, as we all share in the processings – “Knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in
    your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ
    Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:9- 10)
    And it is this “togetherness” which brings us confirmation as we share one with another of His in workings. The
    personal application may vary, but the principles being wrought in each of us are the same.
    John goes on to list five “ins” that we share together – five is the number of grace, reaffirming that it is purely
    and sovereignly God’s grace at work in us. This is truly the death of the self- life and its ambitions, nullifying
    every ego trip, and we say with Paul, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
    “Companion IN tribulation…” Tribulation – the Greek word is “thlipsis” and means: pressures, straitness,
    affliction. Its primary meaning is TO PRESS. So much of Paul’s ministry involved “Confirming the souls of the
    disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much TRIBULATION
    (pressure) enter into the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22) It is a God-appointed route, but the victory is sure,
    because GRACE much more abounds.
    Writing about marriage, Paul said, “Nevertheless such shall have trouble (pressure, tribulation) in the flesh…”
    (1 Corinthians 7:28) In this day when there is such an attack against the home and family, this is a very
    present day statement. The pressure of personality clashes, pressure of differences of ideals and goals. The
    necessity to lay down one’s life for the sake of another. Pressure of home finances. Pressure of raising a
    family. All of these can be used by God in our processing, for they are unique pressures that accomplish in us
    things that shall help shape and mold us into His image. So while God has not called every one to marriage –
    and for sure a single life has its own pressures, yet let us see the Lord in all of our daily travails and learn to
    submit and rejoice as God uses all of these tribulations for our good.
    In John 16:33, Jesus states, “In the world ye shall have TRIBULATION: but be of good cheer; I have
    overcome the world.” The word “world” comes from the Greek “kosmos” meaning: the arrangement of this
    present world system. Ah, how it presses against us. Economically people are pressed and burdened with
    financial troubles that make it a day by day struggle. The political system vexes people to no end with its
    inequities and injustices. The educational system is overwhelming in its liberality, which wears away at the
    moral fiber of our youth. The medical system is filled with fraud, greed, out- of- control rising costs, etc. While
    perhaps the religious system is the most distressing of all, as we see its superficiality, personal kingdom
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    building, carnality, error of doctrine, etc. Yet it is in the midst of all this TRIBULATION, PRESSURE, that God is
    maturing His first fruits, to bring forth in them a revelation of Himself. And so we are to “be of good cheer; He
    has overcome the world,” and by His grace we shall also be partakers of that victory.
    In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus mentioned that some are offended “when tribulation or
    persecution ariseth because of the Word (the Logos of God).” (Matthew 13:21) There is nothing that will bring
    pressure upon us like His Word. You can quote Scripture, hang it as a plaque on the wall, wear emblems of the
    cross around your neck – but when the Spirit begins to lead you past “the letter which killeth,” and into the
    reality of its meaning, it will produce pressure and persecution. Truth causes division because it severs
    between light and darkness. But this only makes the truth all the more precious, and we can rejoice in that He
    reveals the mysteries of God, and gives us the privilege of suffering for it.
    Then 2 Corinthians 7:5 reads, “For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were
    troubled (in pressure, tribulation) on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.” Here is a dual
    onslaught – fightings without, all the intense warfare against the truth, whether by the bestial, carnal nature of
    men, or by negative spirit forces. And fears within – causing you to wish you could flee the whole thing. But
    God holds one steady, and all the “fightings and fears” are pressures for our perfection, even if presently they
    do not appear that way, for we cease to rely on our own strength and resources, and learn to cast ourselves all
    the more upon Him who is our life.
    Paul further writes in 2 Corinthians 1:8- 9, “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our TROUBLE
    (pressure) which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we
    despaired even of life: but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but
    in God which raiseth the dead.” Pressures of death against God’s own, that is tribulation indeed, and only one
    who has been through it really understands. Whether it takes the form of physical accidents and disabilities in
    yourself or those around you, or be it in the mind where one battles for sanity and normalcy, yet even this
    works for our good as we keep our eyes single to Him who hath “the keys of hell and of death.”
    “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the affiliations (pressures,
    tribulation) of Christ on my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church.” (Colossians 1:24) Here is a COSHARING
    OF TRIBULATION of a depth, which almost defies comprehension. We are so recognized as a vital
    part of HIS BODY that He can “fill up” in us that suffering which becomes a part of the corporate suffering for
    all the called out ones. TO SHARE “in the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death,”
    (Philippians 3:10), that He may use it as a part of His deliverance for others. He bore the thirty-nine stripes,
    but we share corporately in the fortieth. The mystery of this suffering is a part of the TRIBULATION, which
    works for positive ends.
    Then John 16:21 describes another kind of pressure. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her
    hour is come: but as soon as she is deliver ed of the child, she remembereth no more the ANGUISH (pressure,
    tribulation), for joy that a man is born into the world.” Here travail is included in the pressure. It is closely
    aligned to the fullness of time, for a mother does not bring forth until the time of deliverance is come. Now we
    are co- sharing in the travail of spirit, crying out for that deliverance which is so desperately needed. Also a
    travail of soul (mind) that presses in until our thoughts reel under the groaning for release. And perhaps, for
    some, it even becomes a pressure in body as their whole being awaits the fullness of the hour of redemption.
    Such pressure cannot be self-induced, but only comes because the inward growth has come to the hour of
    release – to be birthed into new realms in Christ.
    Yes – “companions in tribulation…” Pressures in marriage and home. Pressure from the world’s system.
    Pressure because of the Word. Pressures of fightings without, fears within. Pressures of death. Pressures of
    Christ’s sufferings. Pressures of travail. All of this is preparatory for our entrance into the Kingdom. “Not only
    so, but we glory in TRIBULATIONS also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience;
    and experience hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by
    the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5) Thus we see that tribulation is a necessity in the
    economy of God to make us overcomers – and having experienced the “IN tribulation” we are ready for the
    next “IN.”
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    “IN the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” This “IN” is dual, containing the Kingdom and also Patience.
    There is much that could be said about the Kingdom, but we’ll limit comments to the nature of the kingdom, for
    the nature of that kingdom is being worked into us. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but
    righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) Pressed into the kingdom – knowing
    that we have no righteousness but HIS, for all of our self- righteousness is as filthy rags. We have no peace
    but HIS. And we have no joy but HIS.
    Pressed out of our self- works, to know that “Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us
    wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) For He hath purposed
    “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We are not only to have His
    righteousness IN US, but we are to BE IN IT – surrounded by it, upheld by it, in a realm of being right with God.
    Pressed into the realm of peace or unity where we are one with God, yes, and even pressed into being at
    peace with all things, having no quarrel with anything that comes our way – because truly, “He is our peace.”
    (Ephesians 2:14)
    Pressed into a state of joy which in truth is the realm where our attitude is right, where we can “rejoice always,”
    for His Joy, which is the fruit of the Spirit, abides within us, and we are IN IT. Thus, righteousness is a proper
    standing, peace is a proper relationship to God and all things, and joy is a proper attitude in everything.
    “And in the patience of Jesus Christ.” This is significant, because it is not talking about our patience, but His.
    The Greek word is “hupomone” meaning: to remain under. Not to run away from any situation that God allows
    in your life, but you stay there until He fulfills His plan therein. Be reminded, not only do we enter the kingdom
    through much tribulation, but also tribulation worketh patience – works the patience of Christ in us.
    Luke 2:43 gives us insight into the patience of Jesus. Here the word is translated as “tarried behind.” “And
    when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus TARRIED BEHIND (was patient or remained
    under) in Jerusalem; and Joseph and His mother knew not of it.” Here we have His PATIENCE OF TIMING.
    He knew He must be about His Father’s business, and He was patient in His discourse with the doctors of the
    law, and did not dash off before it was finished. He was willing to abide the Father’s timing all through His life –
    He could say, “My time is not yet come…” (John 7:6) and patiently wait for all things to be fulfilled, and the
    conditions made ready for the next step. God has a perfect timing for everything – “For the vision is yet for an
    appointed time… though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come.” (Habakkuk 2:3) It takes a lot of
    tribulation to condition us to remain IN His patience, particularly in regards to time.
    “The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the PATIENT WAITING for (of) Christ.” (2
    Thessalonians 3:5). It is much more that just our patient waiting “for” Him, but of partaking of THE PATIENCE
    OF CHRIST. Christ means: anointed or anointing. Thus this bespeaks of the PATIENCE OF ANOINTING. Too
    many want to rush about to heal the sick, raise the dead, force confessions of salvation, preach, perform
    miracles, etc. All of which are good in their place – but we need to abide IN the patience of the anointing. Jesus
    said, “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do.” (John 5:19) He was not needconscious,
    but the all-of-the-Father-conscious. He could pass by the Pool of Bethesda and though there were
    multitudes, He healed but one. He could leave the multitudes and minister to just a few. Only the will of the
    Father counted – and He had patience to wait for it.
    “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him ENDURED
    the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2) Patience under the sufferings of the cross. For sure the shadow of the cross was
    upon Him from the beginning. Though He agonized in the garden of Gethsemane, yet His prayer remained,
    “Not My will, but Thine, be done.” Truly, “He took the cup, and gave thanks…” (Matthew 26:27) knowing full
    well all that it contained. He did not try to come down off the cross, though certainly He had the power to do so.
    He came, not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and give His life a ransom for many, thus HE ENDURED
    the cross. Yes, it takes the patience of Christ to do so!
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    Then, “Consider Him that ENDURED such contradiction of sinners against Himself.” (Hebrews 12:3) Against
    HIMSELF – Himself speaks of identity. He knew who He was, and could say, “I know whence I came, and
    whither I go…” (John 8:14) He knew He was the Son of God, and that “I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30)
    Yet “In His humiliation His judgment was taken away: and who shall declare His generation?” (Acts 8:33) So
    He patiently endured all the contradiction against Himself, and the world knew Him not – nor did He fight for an
    identity among them. And if we are IN the patience of Christ, can we not also be patient with our own identity in
    Him, and not proclaim ourselves? At the appointed time, our Father will say, “My sons in whom I am well
    “Because thou hast kept the Word of MY PATIENCE, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which
    shall come upon all the world…” (Revelation 3:10) Word – Logos, bespeaking of the whole will, mind, intent
    and purpose of God behind the spoken Word. The WORD of His Patience. The more the plan and purpose,
    will of God is made known unto you, the more you will need HIS PATIENCE – for His plan spans the ages. As
    the True Husbandman He has long patience for the ultimate harvest, knowing that the forces have been set in
    motion, and His Word will not return to Him void. He reveals to us a small portion of His plan, and we think it
    must be done right now – ah, we need to be IN the patience of Christ, and HE will KEEP US through all the
    “IN the isle that is called Patmos.” We are told that the Isle of Patmos was a rocky, barren, desolate island.
    According to tradition the Romans used it as a place of exile, and John was sent there, where he lived at hard
    labor for eighteen months. But it was here that he also received this tremendous “revelation.” All of this holds
    special meaning for us – for an island is a “cut off” place, and how many ways God works this into us –
    separations, aloneness, cut off of fellowship, but exactly where HE ordained for us to be, while He furthers a
    work within us – removing us from all other images, that we might be conformed to His image.
    It is also to be noted that the “Isle of Patmos” was a place of forced, hard labor. While certainly there are times
    when we are able to have a separated, quiet time to wait upon the Lord, often we find He subjects us to the
    tyranny of “hard labor” wherein we are forced to concentrate upon the job, the many tasks to be done, etc. and
    we wonder how we’ll ever find time to “read the Word” or wait before Him. Ah, such times of “the hard labor
    syndrome” can serve as a prelude to His sovereign visitation, and through it all He is working into us a
    surrender and submission to His will – even in the nitty-gritty of every day living. It was God who subjected the
    creature to this bondage of vanity, but with hope, hope for the ultimate redemption/release into the glorious
    liberty of the sons of God. To some the thought of hard physical labor, and receiving spiritual revelation at the
    same time, might be incompatible, but God is not limited by any circumstance. We read that Moses was busy
    tending the sheep when God appeared unto him “in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush,” (Exodus 3:2) So
    also in the midst of all your grueling hard labor God can both speak into your spirit revelations of His truth, and
    work into you more of His will and purpose. Have no fear, being “IN the Isle of Patmos,” can be a precious
    blessing in disguise, and we need to keep our eye single to Him, knowing He is WITH US.
    We read that it was “For the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Methinks there is a dual
    application here. Perhaps, in part, it was because of the Word he already possessed that they cast him out of
    their presence. But it was also FOR the Word he was about to receive. “I will stand upon my watch, and set me
    upon the tower (Hebrew, fenced place), and will watch to see what He will say unto me (literally, IN ME).”
    (Habakkuk 2:1) God has a further revelation to impart to His people, and don’t be surprised if He separates
    you unto Himself that He might speak His Word INTO YOU. Bless His name!
    “I was IN the Spirit on (in) the Lord’s day…” We note that the word “WAS” in the Greek text does not use the
    verb of being, but the word “ginomai” meaning: TO BECOME, and it signifies entrance into a different state or
    condition. Literally, it reads, “I became in the sphere of the Spirit.” It bespeaks of going from the more relative
    control of the Spirit in his daily life, into His absolute control – one in which the control of the Spirit superseded
    any action of John’s will in the matter. Peter had a like experience when we read, “He fell into a trance…” (Acts
    10:10) Beyond himself, he was taken over by the Spirit to receive a revelation from God, which would change
    the whole course of his ministry. Likewise, John, coming under the absolute control of the Spirit, received a
    revelation of Jesus Christ, which was far beyond what He might have dreamed or known heretofore.
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    We know the joy of walking day by day with Christ, assured that our steps are ordered by the Lord, and there is
    a peace within. But there are also those rare moments when it is all “beyond us” as a sovereign work of the
    Spirit within – you feel “out of control” and yet you know ever more clearly that HE IS IN CONTROL. How we
    long to be more and more “IN THE SPIRIT” where He has absolute control of our being and we are lifted into
    the higher dimensions of His reality and life. In the processings of the Spirit, as He brings forth the revelation of
    His Son IN US, be assured there will be these times when His Spirit envelops us, overshadows us, and we
    know in a much deeper way of our union, of being one Spirit in Him.
    Furthermore, Paul writes, “He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17) We are being
    processed until there is a ONENESS OF SPIRIT – and we live out of this “spirit realm.” “Ye are not in the flesh,
    but in the Spirit, is so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” (Romans 8:9) His INDWELLING, His being AT
    HOME IN US, bespeaks of a UNION, a oneness of Spirit, and we are to be “IN” this realm – living out of this
    sphere. Then we will not judge by the seeing of the eye, or hearing of the ear, but we will have that INNER
    KNOWING of His will and way. Oneness of spirit requires total submission to His Lordship, “he that is joined to
    THE LORD…” then out of this union comes a spirit- filled, spirit- led life.
    “IN the Lord’s day.” While King James Version reads “on” the Greek text reads IN. Some would say he was in
    spirit on the Lord’s Day, or the first day of the week. But there is no scripture saying that the first day of the
    week is the Lord’s Day. Actually, if any day of the week is the Lord’s Day, it is the seventh day, for the Lord set
    aside that day as a day of rest and hallowed it. But in truth, EVERY DAY IS HIS DAY! Even the Psalmist
    declared, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
    But when it reads that John was “IN the Lord’s day,” it bespeaks of a period of time often spoken of as “the
    Day of the Lord,” and “in that day…” etc. There are two aspects to the Day of the Lord, one of judgment and
    one of glory. The judgments are essential for they bespeak of the correctional chastening of God, which are
    used to bring man into alignment with His will. The LORD’S DAY bespeaks of the sovereignty of His will and
    control in manifestation. Yes, He is Lord NOW – ruling now, but there is also “the hiding of His power,”
    (Habakkuk 3:4) But “It shall be said IN THAT DAY, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will
    save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
    So, when John was “IN” this Day, he was in the timelessness of the Spirit, without loss of time, transported into
    the Day of the Lord – with a revelation of His triumph and victory. O what a foretaste of glory divine! And being
    in this STATE of victory, John “heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega,
    the First and the Last.” Here the revelation unfolds – the “I AM” as both Author and Finisher. If ever we come
    into the reality of HIS REVELATION IN US, and through us, it will be because we see and know Him as both
    the Alpha and the Omega – THE ALL of our life. But specifically note where he heard the voice – for it was
    “BEHIND ME.” Why this location? Because before we can truly see God in all our future, in the positive
    unfolding of His plan and purpose, we must also see Him in all of our past. How we need Christ to come
    between us and our past, so that we can only see the past THROUGH HIM, and know that He had control over
    all our yesterdays, as well as of our future. Even as long ago it was said to Israel, “Thou shalt remember all the
    way which THE LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee,
    and to know what was in thine heart.” (Deuteronomy 8:2) THE LORD was leading! You must see all of your
    past through Him – knowing that all the negatives shall be worked into good, all the sorrow shall be turned into
    joy, and all shall be to His praise. The Alpha and Omega has been there all the time, “working all things after
    the counsel of His own will.” (Ephesians 1:11) When you know that He is ALPHA, GOD OF YOUR
    YESTERDAYS, then you can face whatever lies ahead in the deep processings of God in your future, in the
    woes, vials, thunders, etc. And because you know He is also THE OMEGA, you are assured that all is secure
    in His grace.
    As the revelation of Jesus Christ unfolded, John, who had known Him when they walked together on the
    shores of Galilee, now saw Him in a new way – “His eyes were as a flame of fire… His voice as the sound of
    many waters… out of His mouth went a sharp two- edged sword…” Everything about Him was awesome, and
    truly magnificent, till words cannot convey the reality of who He is. Every word and phrase describing Him is so
    full of meaning – detailing His work in us, His power to accomplish – until, John says, “when I saw Him, I fell at
    His feet as dead.” This same disciple that once “was leaning on Jesus’ bosom,” (John 13:23) in sweet intimate
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    fellowship, knowing Him as “the man Christ Jesus,” now saw Him in His divinity, as Alpha and Omega, Lord of
    all, and he fell down before Him, to worship Him. And ever the Merciful One, immediately Jesus said to him,
    “Fear not; I am the First and the Last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold” I am alive for ever more,
    Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
    Here is a revelation of the All- Conquering One! “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that
    He might be Lord both of the dead and living.” (Romans 14:9) He alone now holds the “keys of hell and of
    death.” “Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it
    (literally, in Himself).” (Colossians 2:15) IN HIM the victory is complete, and now “He must reign, till He hath
    put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:25) The victory that is IN HIM, now must become
    experiential IN US. Thus He reigns – reigns in us until all the enemies in us (self-will, pride, etc.) are subdued
    under His feet. Then shall the revelation of Christ be seen IN US.
    There is no need to search far and wide to find a “key” for our transformation, as if by any self- effort we could
    effect a change in ourselves. HE HAS THE KEYS of hell and of death, so that “if I make my bed in hell, behold,
    Thou art there.” (Psalm 139:8) Why is He there? Because He stands ready with THE KEY to open the way out
    of every hellish situation, and bring you into realms of His joy and peace. “Because I live, ye shall live also.”
    (John 14:19) He alone knows how best to apply the cross so as to bring death to our self life, that His life
    might fill us to overflowing. All that He first wrought IN HIMSELF, is now to be wrought in us, as “IN CHRIST
    shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order.”
    O, to behold Him as the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last – yea, and in total control of our present.
    To see Him between us and our past, that He might “wipe away all tears from their eyes.” To see Him between
    us and our future, so that only His will, plan, purpose, might be fulfilled in us, to His glory and praise. To know
    that IN HIM, “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for
    the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”
    (Revelation 21:4- 5) Such is the victory that is on the horizon for all those who are now “companions in the
    processing.” Praise His wonderful name!
    “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to
    eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
    There is One “who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks,” who waits to be revealed in a
    people – a people who hear His message, surrender to Him for its in working, and emerge through all the
    tribulation/processing as overcomers. Certainly all the power for our overcoming flows from Christ, thus all the
    victory which we gain is actually a further revelation of Him – of what HE can do and become in the life of the
    believer. “In all these things we are more than conquerors (overcomers) through Him that loved us.” (Romans
    “Through Him…” All that we are, or ever shall be, is because of Him! “For without Me ye can do nothing.” (John
    15:5). “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8) Power – the Greek
    word is “dunamis.” From this word comes our English word “dynamite,” which bespeaks of an explosive energy
    force to accomplish. But we also have the word “dynamo,” which bespeaks of a controlled energy force that is
    constantly being generated to meet the need. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    (Philippians 4:13) The Greek word for “strengtheneth” literally means: to make powerful inwardly. Thus, in a
    footnote to his translation, Williams gives, “Through Him who puts a dynamo in me.” He, in us, is that dynamo.
    “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
    In all things He has the pre-eminence! He is the Original Overcomer, “the Captain of our salvation.” (Hebrews
    2:10) He is the Trail-blazer, the Pioneer, the Firstborn of this new creation species. “Having spoiled
    principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15) IN
    IT – the Greek text reads, “IN HIMSELF.” This victory was first wrought in Himself. “I overcame, and am set
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    down with My Father in His throne.” (Revelation 3:21) Now “He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under
    His feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:2) And where does He reign? In us. By His Spirit He comes to dwell within us, rule
    within us, until everything within us is subjugated unto Him, and it can be said of us, as it was of Him, “The
    prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” (John 14:30) That is overcoming! It means we must
    FIRST BE OVERCOME BY CHRIST, before we become overcomers with Christ. It is His victory, the same
    victory which was wrought “IN HIMSELF,” that is now wrought IN US. Thus all of our overcoming becomes a
    further revelation of Jesus Christ – expanding the glory of His overcoming.
    How triumphant is His declaration, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
    overcome the world.” (John 16:33) All of its negativity, all of its pressures, all of that which appeals to the lust
    of the flesh and is transitory and vanity, He overcame it all! Now He would share that victory with us.
    It is also significant that He prayed, “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou
    shouldest keep them from the evil.” (John 17:15) He did not pray for an escapism for us, because HE
    PURPOSES TO HAVE OVERCOMERS. To be “taken out” would cause us to miss the very purpose for being
    here, which is to be trained, developed, exercised, learning to OVERCOME it, and not give way to an overdesire
    for the world, but to find in Him the satisfaction for every inward desire. Truly, “He also hath planted
    eternity in men’s heart and mind (a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which
    nothing under the sun, but only God can satisfy).” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Amplified). Only God can satisfy the
    desire HE has placed deep into every man. Yet, for the purpose of our processing, He also places the world
    before us, and then gives us the grace to overcome it. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:
    and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4) Praise God, because He “was in
    all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,” (Hebrews 4:15) He is now able to empower us to likewise
    face all testings, and through Him to prevail, overcome, and not sin, i.e. not miss the mark.
    “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) We already noted that He prayed
    “That Thou shouldest KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL.” And now He reveals how we are to overcome evil – with
    good. Interesting to note that in the Scriptures, apart from God Himself, Who we know is GOOD, there is only
    one realm which is spoken of as good.
    It is GOOD to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High.” (Psalm 92:1)
    Young’s Literal translation for Psalm 106:1, “Give thanks to Jehovah, FOR GOOD.”
    Praise, giving thanks, is the realm of GOOD! This is the positive realm, and just the opposite from the
    negatives of complaining, grumbling, etc. The situation may be bleak, dark, a severe trial, but as one begins to
    praise and thank the Lord for all things, assured of the fact that since He allowed it, He will use it, then work it
    into good, such praising God works for overcoming.
    “Giving thanks ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    (Ephesians 5:20)
    “IN EVERY THING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
    Much overcoming is wrought just by learning to give thanks IN and FOR all things, for in this very act we learn
    submission to the will of God, and worship Him rather than rebelling against Him, and what He is doing in our
    There are two Greek words for “evil.”
    1) kakon, speaking of evil in the abstract sense.
    2) poneros, referring to evil in the concrete sense.
    That which is abstract is that which is generalized, while that which is in the concrete sense is that which is
    specific, names the thing. In the generalized term we all have had evil in our nature, for we “were by nature the
    children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2:3) The cure for this is to be “born again” and receive the new
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    Christ- nature. Then in an active participation with Christ now dwelling within, there is an overcoming of all the
    evil around us – facing up to these things, and gaining a victory over them.
    “I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked.” (1 John 2:13) What victory! Not only
    overcoming all the generalized evil, rising above the circumstances and pressures of the times, but then also
    overcome those evil things which we face specifically – openly identified as evil, things which can rightly be
    termed as “the wicked.”
    The concrete evils, which we face, differ according to our various circumstances and are meted out to us for
    our development. Inwardly we may battle jealousy, temper, envy, resentment, pride, etc. all of which are evil in
    a concrete sense, and only Christ can enable us to overcome them, by yielding to the in workings of His cross.
    And outwardly we face the expressions of evil from other men – cruelties, back-stabbing, cursing, etc. But while
    they may “do us wrong,” yet through Christ we can forgive and have victory in spite of these negatives. “And
    the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked.” (1 John 2:14)
    How desperately we need the inflow of the Word of God, not in our heads as a mental knowledge, but
    DWELLING IN US. Not just quoting it by rote, but it becomes our life, enabling us to overcome the wickedness
    that may surround us. And then, regardless of the spirit- forces of evil which may challenge us, we can stand
    firm, knowing, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you,
    than he that is in the world.” (John 4:4)
    “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
    There are rewards – blessings – privileges – promises – which are linked to a definite state of being, which
    cannot be fulfilled until that condition has been attained. OVERCOMING is not always a popular word, because
    it speaks of testings and trials, obstacles arranged for our coming OVER them. Yet concurrent with overcoming
    is also an active participation in receiving of His life. There is both an “in part” of present time, and a “fullness”
    which shall be realized as His purpose is fulfilled in us. Thus “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the
    man that getteth understanding. – She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one
    that retaineth her.” (Proverbs 3:13, 18)
    Wisdom has been defined as: the proper, good, and excellent use of knowledge. It is that, and more, so
    another definition goes: “Knowing the proper and right end of a thing, and also knowing the means to get to
    that end.”
    The WISE will eat of the tree of life, for they know that the end is secure in Him who is both Alpha and Omega.
    They will not try to escape the way of the cross, but accept it as part of the means to an end, and in their
    overcoming they find Christ to be “The Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) Ah, to KNOW HIM – “This is
    age- abiding life, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” (John
    “And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.” (Proverbs 8:13) This is an attitude, not
    just some thing we learn, but a disposition of mind, a settled behavior that governs our action. “The fear of the
    Lord is to hate evil.” (Proverbs 8:13) To hate evil is to love righteousness. No wonder this is a part of the tree
    of life promised to the overcomers.
    Fearing God is not a superstitious fear, which is born out of ignorance, such as taught in the doctrines of a
    “boogie-man devil,” that many believe in. Nor is it a servile fear, which holds one in terror of punishment. The
    wise know that all of God’s actions are wrought out of His NATURE OF LOVE, purposed for our good, to bring
    us into His life. Thus, the real “fear of the Lord,” is an awe and respect – reverence for God, which brings us
    into a relationship and fellowship with Him. We are compelled to seek Him, that He might fill us with Himself.
    Furthermore, “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of
    mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) The first thing we note is its
    purity – this is a condition. The wages of sin is death, but where there is no sin, there is no death. No wonder
    this wisdom, which is pure, is a tree of life, which the overcomers need to lay hold of, and be filled with it.
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    Peaceable – no warfare, no contention, not argumentative, for truth needs no defense, it just IS. Follow through
    with all the seven- fold characteristics of wisdom mentioned here, and you find they are all a further revelation
    of the indwelling Christ-life. For, of a truth, wisdom is not only an attitude, and a right condition, but also a
    person. “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom…” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
    “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life” (Proverbs 11:30)
    “The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.” (Proverbs 10:16) Fruit – the result of
    one’s life-force, can either tend towards life, or towards death. Fruit is produced according to the inherent
    quality and life within. When Christ is that indwelling life, all that is brought forth will be an expansion and
    further revelation of that indwelling life. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Christ Jesus.”
    (Philippians 1:11)
    “When the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) Desire signifies that you feel a lack. When all of
    our desires are directed God- ward, to be filled BY and WITH Him, surely this is a fulfillment of the tree of life.
    “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.” Proverbs 15:4) Ah, when all that flows forth from our tongue is
    wholesome, that is both evidence that we are truly overcoming, and that He is in control of all that is within us,
    with even our speech revealing Him, for “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able
    also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2) Amen!
    Since the overcomer partakes of the tree of life, it rightly follows – “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the
    second death.” (Revelation 2:11) The death process is a transition, as we die to one form of living, and come
    alive to another. When Adam turned from God to follow his own will, he died out to righteousness and life, and
    entered into the realm of death. In the spiritual aspect, “To be carnally minded (i.e. minding of the flesh) is
    death.” (Romans 8:6) While deterioration into complete corruption and decay is death in the physical, natural
    The offence of the first Adam brought all men under the sentence of death for sin. Hence presently our mortal
    bodies are in a state of dying, and our minds need to be freed from minding the things of the flesh, to mind the
    things of the Spirit. The act of disobedience of Adam brought forth death.
    Now, one great act of obedience by the last Adam also brings forth a death for every man. The question arises,
    however, is this second death the same kind as the first? Many people think that it is a repetition of the first,
    and that the results are the same, while its action is more severe and cruel and destructive, being by fire. But
    God’s seconds are never duplicates of the first, they are always better, higher, and used to counter- balance all
    the action of the firsts. Thus, by our identification with Christ, “being made conformable unto His death,”
    (Philippians 3:10), we find that it is a dying out to our own self- will, and coming forth in HIS LIFE. And since
    the overcomers are participating NOW in the process of His cross, any future action of the second death
    processings will not hurt them, will not cause them to suffer loss.
    Paul writes of those who “are hurt” when he says, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but
    he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:15) Thus we have a tremendous challenge for
    overcoming now – that we lose nothing of the rewards and blessings which we ought to enjoy in Christ.
    “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the
    stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17) How
    progressive are the unfolding blessings to the overcomer. Partaking of that tree of life – life which cannot be
    hurt by any future second death process, but it remains full and abundant, because there is an eating, a
    partaking of the HIDDEN MANNA. Hidden – Greek, “krupto,” meaning: to conceal, hide, keep secret. There is a
    realm which He hath hidden “from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” (Matthew
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    Paul wrote, “May your spiritual experience become richer as you see more and more fully God’s great secret,
    Christ Himself! For it is in Him and in Him alone, that men will find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
    (Colossians 2:2- 3, Phillips)
    Man is so prone to look for the visible, earthy realm. They said to Jesus, “Our fathers did eat manna in the
    desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” But Jesus replied, “Moses gave you not that
    bread from heaven;” (literally, not the bread of heaven), which is quite obvious, because “Your fathers did eat
    manna in the wilderness, and are dead.” But “The bread of God IS HE which cometh down from heaven, and
    giveth His life unto the world. – I AM the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this
    bread, he shall live for ever.” (John 6:51)
    Truly, the hidden manna is CHRIST – “the hidden, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which
    none of the princes of this world knew…” (1 Corinthians 2:7- 8) Not to be received to satisfy the lusts of the
    flesh, nor for personal gain, so He is HIDDEN – yet revealed to those whom He apprehends for overcoming,
    who become one in Him, to share of His life and glory.
    “And will give him a white stone.” Biblical history gives some interesting insight, five things of which we would
    make mention. Five is the number of grace, and GRACE stands out all the way, enabling us to gain the victory,
    and freely giving us all things.
    1) The white stone bespeaks of acquittal. In their judicial process, coming to a decision, if they handed the
    individual a black stone, it meant condemnation; and sometimes the Greek word “theta” was engraved upon
    the stone, implying death. But if handed a white stone, it meant that he was judged not guilty. Thus to be
    handed a white stone, the overcomer has instant confirmation that he is fully justified, acquitted of all sin.
    “Therefore being justified by faith…” (Romans 5:1)
    Justified – NOT “just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned,” as some teach, that holds the implication that you did sin, but we’ll
    say you didn’t. The Greek word does not allow such a doctrine, it literally means: NOT GUILTY, NEVER BEEN
    GUILTY. Yet we know that “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) How then
    can we be given a white stone? Because there is ONE LIFE that never did sin, He knew no sin, and He comes
    to dwell within us to BE OUR NEW LIFE. “No more I, but Christ liveth in me.” Just as He is the hidden manna,
    He also is the sinlessness of the white stone. All of this is more of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
    2) The white stone was given to the winner of a race, or contest. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run
    all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24) HE RAN! HE WON! And
    now in union with Him the overcomer shares the victory. “Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to
    triumph in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
    White stones are also said to have been given to the victors in the Olympic games, with their names (or initials)
    engraved on them. “And in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
    The name bespeaks of the nature, the character, and thus again it is a revelation of Him in us.
    3) The white stone was used in the casting of lots in election, with the black stone for “nay” and the white stone
    for “yea.” Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” (John 15:16) “According as He hath
    chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in
    love.” (Ephesians 1:4) And if He be for us, who can be against us?
    4) The white stone was betimes handed to a guest, as a token of hospitality, a right to all that is in the house.
    He said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions (rooms)… I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) We
    are well aware that this is figurative language, but when He hands us that white stone, it is a word of
    WELCOME, your place is ready, you are joyfully received into Him, to share all the blessings of Father’s
    5) White stones were used in the allotting of an inheritance. We separated these points to examine them, but
    they all blend together. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, and he shall be My
    son.” (Revelation 21:7) What tremendous love is revealed to us in the receiving of a white stone.
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    “He that overcometh, and keepeth My words unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he
    shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received
    of My Father. And I will give him the morning star.” (Revelation 2:26-28)
    How beautifully the revelation unfolds, step by step, as we come into this intimate relationship with our Lord.
    So one in Him, so overcome BY Him, that He can now share His power with us, literally, AUTHORITY to rule
    over the nations. This privilege comes after we have learned to fully yield ourselves to His authority. Thus we
    become a manifestation of His will and purpose in action – an extension of His life in the earth.
    Rule – the Greek word means “to shepherd.” This is no action of a tyrannical despot, but it is the tenderness of
    a shepherd, guiding in love, corrective when necessary, yet always the welfare of those in his care are his first
    concern. The subduing in all men shall be complete, even as it must be in us, but the end result is the total
    restoration of every man in Christ. “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all
    wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 1:28) Thus shall he truly
    become “All in all.”
    “And I will give him the morning star.” The morning star means the first, early, foremost one, given as the
    messenger to announce the new day that is coming – that the greater light of God shall soon spread over the
    earth. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
    (Habakkuk 2:14) Light- bearers! What a glorious calling! Not a message of gloom and despair, but of the
    victory of Christ, that He is “the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)
    “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.” (Revelation 3:5) No wonder they can bear a
    message of light, of purity, of holiness, for they share out of a state of being. God has clothed them! “He hath
    clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” (Isaiah 61:10)
    “That we might be made (become) the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Not an imputed
    righteousness, but that internal possession of the Righteous One, so that it becomes a STATE OF BEING –
    even as it is written, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) Holiness is not something brought about by our
    works, it is inherent in His nature of which we are made partakers. One will DO holy things because they ARE
    holy. It bespeaks of wholeness, of the completed process of the new birth, so that spirit, soul, and body we
    shew forth the Christ-life.
    “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out…”
    (Revelation 3:12) It bespeaks of permanency, of a union with Him that abides. “Ye are the temple of the Living
    God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
    people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16) No more to be plagued with the restlessness of desire, for they find in Him an
    eternal satisfaction, hence they “go no more out.” Nor is it an up and down, on again off again possession, but
    it is pillarized – to stand firm and strong in Him, ready to give support to the glory of His kingdom.
    “And I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem,
    which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name.” (Revelation 3:12)
    Jesus Christ fully overcame. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is
    above every name.” (Philippians 2:9) The Greek text reads, “THE NAME.” While the actual name is not
    revealed, it indicates that a high title was conferred upon Him who bespoke of His glorious rank and office,
    authority and power. Now He would share HIS OWN CONQUEROR’S NAME with us. So glorious, we can only
    say, “Whatever God means by this, may He fulfill it in us.” To find our identity in His identity, and to bear His
    name, how awesome!
    “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down
    with My Father in His throne.” (Revelation 3:21) While it symbolizes the authority and position granted to the
    overcomer, there is much more, for truly, “Righteousness and judgment are the habitation (establishment) of
    His throne.” (Psalm 97:2) Righteousness – and then the process whereby all is brought into that state of
    rightness, this is what establishes and upholds the integrity of the throne.
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    It is a shared throne – the Father, the Son, and all who are “made perfect in one,” in Him. (John 17:23) So fully
    does the Father share the throne with His Son, that we read, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath
    committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.”
    (John 5:22- 23) And then that the Son shares this throne with His corporate brethren company, we read, “Let
    the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon
    the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of
    iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all His saints.” (Psalm 149:6- 9)
    While “Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne:” it is equally true that “mercy and truth shall go
    before Thy face.” (Psalm 89:14) “Merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) Ah, no one dare call
    themselves genuine overcomers until they learn to be merciful as He is merciful, to “overcome evil with good.”
    But “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) How desirable is this throne of
    “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre.” (Psalm 45:6) “Of the
    increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7) Thus, in the very fullest sense of
    the word, in Him is ETERNAL LIFE.
    To the overcomer is given “to eat of the tree of life.” They shall suffer no loss, shall not be hurt by this process
    of the second death, for in Christ all loss has been turned to gain. They eat of that hidden manna – that Living
    Bread which fully satisfies. And they are enriched with all the blessings symbolized by the white stone. They
    are given authority and privileged to shepherd the nations, that “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” Clothed
    with His righteousness, identified in His name- identity, and blessed to share His throne. All of this reveals ever
    more what Christ has become IN them, and THROUGH them. It all redounds to His praise. To share His glory
    does not rob Him of glory, but only expands it yet the more, and thus HE is exalted. “My soul doth magnify the
    Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:46-47)
    “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.”
    (Revelation 4:1)
    The verse begins, “after this…” and then proceeds with the further revelation of Christ, but in order to have an
    “after this” you have to hold in consideration the preceding chapters with their messages to the “overcomer.”
    The foundational truth found in the phrase “to him that overcometh,” is the pre- requisite for whatever is to
    follow in the joys and victories that come into the life of the believer. It is a self- evident fact that in order to be
    an overcomer there must needs be obstacles in our path for us to come over. And it is one of the blessed
    truths which undergirds the faith of the called out, that God sovereignly controls all the interplay of good and
    evil as it touches our life. With this firmly implanted in our hearts, there can be A GOING ON, an OPEN DOOR
    into the heavenly realms. There cannot be an upward progression as long as we seek to escape from the
    things which God purposes for our growth and development. However, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to
    know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning.” (Hosea 6:3) We shall know, but only in the
    measure that we FOLLOW ON TO KNOW.
    “His going forth is prepared as the morning (Hebrew, dawn).” The dawning of the day is a progressive
    illumination, from the beginning of the first rays, until in due time the sun shines brightly overhead, eliminating
    all shadows. In our impatience we cry out for the bright light, to have an experience like Paul’s. “At midday, O
    king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me.” (Acts
    26:13)Yet with this tremendous illumination, there also came a blindness upon Saul, “and he was three days
    without sight.” (Acts 9:9) A significant fact, were it to be considered, for it would be on the fourth day that light
    came – which corresponds to the re-creation process in Genesis 1:14, when God said, “Let there be lights in
    the firmament of the heaven…” So there is a light that blinds, until we are prepared for its shining. But as we
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    receive Him, in each degree that He comes to us, and we are established in that present truth revealed, He will
    lead us ” from strength to strength, (until we) in Zion appear before God.” (Psalm 84:7)
    It has been well stated that “truth in undisciplined vessels is tragedy,” for man is prone to use it for his own
    selfish ends, and in the process often uses truth to wound others. But the more we accept HIS DISCIPLINES,
    and the in working of the cross, in the process of overcoming, then self will no longer mis-use the truth, nor
    seek to consume it upon its own lusts. Thus, “The path of the uncompromisingly just and righteous is like the
    light of dawn, that shines more and more – brighter and clearer – until it reaches its full strength and glory in the
    perfect (to be prepared) day.” (Proverbs 4:18, Amplified).
    “I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven.” To the overcomer free access is given to ascend into
    higher realms of divine revelation. A new awareness was about to burst upon his consciousness, but John was
    ready, and the voice urged him upward. It was the same voice which he had heard before, “a great voice, as of
    a trumpet,” focusing attention upon “the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last,” (Revelation 1:10-11), but
    now, with this truth firmly established in the heart of the overcomer, the call can be given, “COME UP
    In all of the “Come up hither (higher),” there is a constant transition, which directs our attention beyond former
    things that we might enter into new things. Furthermore, salvation is to be “to the uttermost,” (Hebrews 7:25),
    therefore God will not be satisfied with anything less in us, nor will He allow us to be satisfied with anything
    less. We are not called to recite and re- live the past over and over again, nor just maintain a status quo.
    Therefore He saith, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a
    new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
    Remember not – the Hebrew word is “zakar” and means: to imprint, make a memorial. It is more than just a
    recalling to mind, but has the thought of re-living it, to participate in it again. The more you recite the past the
    more you are in danger of building it into a structure against the future – it becomes an obstruction. There are
    many precious things, which we once enjoyed – we were blessed by them, yet suddenly they begin to fade
    away. Others may yet be blessed by them, be thrilled by them, but for you personally He removes the life from
    it, that He might urge you to “Come up higher.” If we hear that call, and then turn back to former things, we
    fulfill again that word – “If therefore the light in thee be darkness, how great that darkness.” (Matthew 6:23)
    Therefore, by the grace of God, let us hasten to be obedient to the heavenly vision, and follow on step by step
  • for there is much glory that awaits us!
    John heard the voice, “And immediately I was in the Spirit…” Beyond the natural use of his faculties, his mind
    was under the control of the Spirit, and visionary emblems, suited to give him instruction, were employed to
    give him a further revelation of God. It strongly resembles the vision given to Isaiah, when he “saw also the
    Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1) Likewise, Ezekiel
    declared, “The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.” (Ezekiel 1:1) Now we pray that God would
    “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things…” (Psalm 119:18) Obviously the qualifying prerequisite
    is to be “in the Spirit” for it must be His revealing to us, not some conjuring up of an image of our own.
    It is to be a ”revelation of Jesus Christ,” to us, in us, and then through us!
    ”And, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He that sat was to look upon like a
    jasper and a sardine stone…” (Revelation 4:2- 3) Here is glory indescribable. The precious stones – jasper,
    which according to some scholars, was clear, bright, transparent as the light, though variously colored; and the
    sardine, as brilliant as the flame, a fiery tinge; and thus, emblematically reveal that God is Light without a
    shade of darkness, “The Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,” (James
    1:17) and a Flame purer than the radiant sun, for “Our God s a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 2:29)
    “And there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” (Rev. 4:3) The emerald is of a
    green hue, symbolizing life. While the rainbow has long been the symbol of the everlasting covenant which
    God has given to man. “This is the token of the covenant which I make between Me and you and every living
    creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a
    covenant between Me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-13) Progressively through the ages, God has revealed
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    that His covenant with man is a “covenant of My peace,” (Isaiah 54:10), a covenant of life, yes, and ultimate
    reconciliation for all of His creation.
    “And out of the throne proceeded lightings and thunderings and voices…” Resounding calls from the throne, to
    reverberate through our inner being – “o earth, earth, earth, hear the Word of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 22:29) God
    has always had a message for His people, though man has not always been prepared to listen and receive
    that Word. Long ago God thus spoke to Israel, and “there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon
    the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud…” (Exodus 19:16) Yet man, in his carnality, has been
    afraid of the voice of God, and often turns away – preferring to have another hear from God for him. “And they
    said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus
    20:19) And so for a long time God did speak to the people through His prophets, priests, and chosen ones –
    yet they listened not to the voice of God through these messengers.
    But the challenge to us remains, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the called-out.”
    For God continues to speak to those who will listen to that Voice within. “My sheep hear My voice.” (John
    Indeed, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
    hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1- 2) Not only does the Son have a message
    for us, HE IS THE MESSAGE – and the more the “revelation of Jesus Christ,” comes to us, the more we will
    become ONE WITH THE MESSAGE, that He might speak through us that word of life which will bless all
    nations. O to hear that living Word from the throne, quickened to us by “the seven lamps of fire burning before
    the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” (see Chapter 1, paragraph “And from the seven spirits which
    are before the throne.”)
    Let us be reminded, all the signs, symbols, figures, etc. serve but one purpose, to either directly, or indirectly
    bring forth “A revelation of Jesus Christ.” One view, one precious stone, one figure cannot fully express Him. It
    has been well stated that in Eden the river of water of life flowed in one full stream, but when it left the garden,
    and went forth into the world, it was parted into several channels. “And a river went out of Eden to water the
    garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.” (Genesis 2:10) Could we comprehend
    Him as He is, we would not need many streams, but finite creatures that we are, in love He ministers to us that
    “which is in part,” until “that which is perfect is come.” (1 Corinthians 13:10) His perfections are many, and
    every new glimpse of Him leaves us in awe, to bow low in worship.
    John continues his narration: “And in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, four beasts full of
    eyes before and behind.” (Revelation 4:6)
    Ezekiel had seen them – “Four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
    And every one had four faces. Full of eyes round about.” (Ezekiel 1:5-6, 10:12)
    We are more interested in the TRUTH REVEALED, than in just the symbol, so we pray that He open our eyes
    to see in the Cherubim, the living creatures, a further revelation of Him. It is also significant that the word
    “cherubim” literally means: “those grasped, held fast.” This fits with the statement by Andrew Jukes that, “The
    Cherubim are always the Divine in creature form, the vessel in or by which the Lord reveals His glory. If He
    shows Himself in angels, then so far angels may be Cherubim. If He shows Himself in ‘living creatures full of
    eyes,’ who say, ‘Thou hast redeemed us,’ then the redeemed are Cherubim.”
    Personally, without pretending to fully explain “the living creatures,” we are persuaded that they are “grasped”
    to reveal the Lord’s glory, and in due time find their fulfillment in His mystic body, the Church of the redeemed
    firstborn. For truly, as the type is fulfilled in reality, the one foreshadows the other.
    Paul stated, “I follow after; if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”
    (Philippians 3:12) He knew he was apprehended – laid hold of – GRASPED BY GOD. Whatever else he was
    called for, this much he knew, “It pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by
    His grace, TO REVEAL HIS SON IN ME.” (Galatians 1:15-16) This, above all else, was why God GRASPED
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    him. He was to become an expression of the revelation of Christ. It is from this point of consideration that we
    view the cherubim – they are used to reveal more of His glory, thus we behold more of Him.
    “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.” (Revelation 4:7)
    These figures were first seen in the camps of Israel in the wilderness. Jewish tradition tells us that these four
    figures were on the respective standards – on the east side the standard of Judah, the lion; on the south side
    the standard of Reuben, the man; on the west side the standard of Ephraim, the ox; and on the north side the
    standard of Dan, the eagle. Numbers, chapter 2, gives a limited insight into this camp arrangement. Thus even
    then Israel was reckoned to be an elect vessel in which the Lord would be seen – a figure of that which in due
    time would be seen in the true Israel, the Israel of God. And in every age these figures have been seen in the
    camp of His saints, revealing not so much of what they were in themselves, but of what HE WAS and IS in and
    through them.
    “Like a lion…” Indeed, we know Him to be “The Lion of the tribe of Judah.” (Revelation 5:5) Furthermore,
    “Judah is my lawgiver:” (Psalm 108:8) This symbol speaks of KINGDOM AUTHORITY. He said, “If I with the
    finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” (Luke 11:20) Wherever the
    King went, He demonstrated the manner of the Kingdom, the principles of the Kingdom, the power of the
    Kingdom. Surely every further “Revelation of Jesus Christ,” also reveals more of His Kingdom Authority, that
    He is Lord of all. As He is revealed IN US, more of His Kingdom shall be seen, for truly, the new creation is His
    kingdom comet
    “Like a calf (ox)…” This symbol has long stood for the patient servant, as the ox was used in service for men.
    Nowhere is the role of the servant more gloriously demonstrated, than as revealed in our Lord. “He made
    Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
    (Philippians 2:7) In holy humility He revealed the blessedness of subjection to our true and heavenly Lord, our
    Master who truly serves all. He said, “For whether is greater; he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not
    he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth.” (Luke 22:27)
    Not only did He teach and feed the multitudes, heal the sick, and freely minister to the needy, He even “Laid
    aside His garments; and took a towel, and girded Himself. After that He poureth water into a basin, and began
    to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.” (John 13:4-5) In word
    and deed He exemplified the spirit of servitude. “As the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
    minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:27-28)
    “The third had a face as a man.” His position was most unique, for He was to be the Mediator of a new
    covenant, the GO- BETWEEN. Well He could represent the Divine. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it
    not robbery to be equal with God.” (Philippians 2:6) “I and My Father are one.” But it was equally essential
    that He be fully conversant with, intimately acquainted with the needs of mankind. Total identification with our
    humanity. And so “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise
    took part of the same… In all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a
    merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.” (Hebrews 2:14, 17)
    Volumes could be written concerning His identification with our humanity. “Ye know the grace of our Lord
    Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might
    be rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) Thus even the living creature with a face as a man is but a further revelation of
    Him, in His love, His grace, His mercy toward us.
    “And the fourth like a flying eagle.” The eagle mounts up and “makes her nest on high. She dwelleth and
    abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. From thence she seeketh the prey, and
    her eyes behold afar off.” (Job 39:27- 29)
    “The way of an eagle in the air,” (Proverbs 30:19) has long been recognized as a beautiful type of that which
    ascends into the heavenlies, able to ride upon the storm, fearlessly conquering the energy of the air currents
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    and using them to lift – soar ever higher, and in majesty to ride in peace, unruffled by the negatives of the lower
    realm. The upward look, far beyond the reach of the human eye, into the Spirit realm – beholding “Him who is
    invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27)
    Christ is that Royal Eagle, dwelling on high, “dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto.” (1 Timothy
    6:16). For His “kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36). As that trail blazing Overcomer He has sat down
    “with My Father in His throne.” Gone before us, He has become “The Way, The Truth, and The Life.” And He
    calls us to “COME UP HITHER.”
    With tremendous love He purposes to share this glory with His own, and “They that wait upon the Lord shall
    renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.” (Isaiah 40:31) Leaving the realm of the
    earthy, its bestial passion and pride, its self-will and self-centeredness, to rise up in the Spirit and partake of
    that life from above.
    Such a revelation of the Christ – the Lion, possessing kingdom authority; the ox, faithful servant, giving His life
    for all; the man, sharing in our humanity, that we might share in the riches of the divine; the eagle, leading us
    into realms of glory hitherto unknown. No wonder it is written that His worshipers fall down before Him, and
    “cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power:
    for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:10-11)
    “And I saw in the right of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with
    seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1)
    The word “book” that is used here, literally means: a scroll. It did not in any degree resemble our modern book,
    for the books of that time were generally, as this was in particular, composed of skins of parchment rolled
    together. Whether it was, as some believe, seven skins, each with its own seal, so that with the opening of
    each seal there would be an added depth of revelation brought forth, or, all seven seals in a row upon the
    scroll, as others believe, is really quite immaterial to the subject at hand. The book was of vital importance, as
    we shall see, and the opening thereof would bring great joy to man, for it bespeaks that the message contained
    therein could now be freely shared, and its reality become experiential.
    Many Bible Scholars feel that the scroll must be one of future events that were to be unfolded. We personally
    have come to the conclusion that this is not necessarily so, but rather that it was written long ago concerning
    the awesome mystery of our REDEMPTION, of the inheritance lost, and the requirements for its restoration, in
    which the Redeemer is the pre- eminent figure.
    While it is true that the letter of the law cannot be explained but by the gospel, it is no less true that the gospel
    in its breadth and depth cannot be set forth except by the figures of the law, each jot of which covers some
    blessed mystery. Hence the statement that is often quoted: “The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the
    New revealed,” referring to the figures of the Old Testament which are given rich, spiritual meaning in the New
    Testament. Obscure and mystical phrases become clearly understood with the quickening of the Holy Spirit as
    we read the Gospel in the New Testament. Furthermore, the Word of God is its own best interpreter, and
    therefore we do well to look elsewhere in the Book to find the meaning for these SIGN expressions, with their
    specific language terms. And it is on this basis that we set forth the premise that this scroll spoken of is indeed
    a scroll of redemption.
    In type and shadow, God set forth in the law the principles for the redemption of their land of inheritance, if per
    chance they lost it. When the land was divided into estates for each tribe, according to their families, it was to
    be a perpetual ownership of the original families and their seed, passed on from generation to generation. So
    the rule was established, “The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and
    sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.” (Leviticus
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    The inheritance could never be lost permanently, there was a plan of redemption which secured that fact. In
    this GOD ORDAINED PRINCIPLE, placed into the laws of Israel concerning their land-inheritance, we have
    the fact and the PROMISE for the totality of redemption, for God said, “the land is mine.” What is spoken of in
    regards to one-minute parcel of land foreshadows what God purposes for the whole of His creation.
    “If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to
    redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold.” (Leviticus 25:25)
    Whatever the cause, whether hard times fell upon the man, or he wasted his substance until he acquired debts
    which needed to be satisfied, or whatever, if any of the estate was sold to settle the accounts, the title deed
    would pass to the purchaser for only a limited time – either until it could be redeemed, or else until the year of
    Jubilee when all lands were returned to their original owners. “In the year of Jubilee (every fiftieth year) the
    field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong.”
    (Leviticus 27:24)
    Transfer all of this symbol unto man, who is the earthen vessel, the field, which is the Lord’s. And when man
    sells himself to sin, “yielding your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity…” (Romans 6:19), yet man
    is never brought into perpetual servitude to sin and unrighteousness, because, God says, “ALL the land is
    Mine, ” and He will bring to pass a total redemption, so that by the year of jubilee all the land (every creature)
    shall return unto Him, “even to Him to whom the possession of the land did belong.” This, in itself, is one of the
    most glorious mysteries of our God tucked into the figures of the law, in the Old Testament.
    How wonderful is the truth, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He shall gather together in one all
    things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.” (Ephesians 1:10)
    It is to be noted that the words “gather together,” are the translation of the Greek word “anakephalaioo”
    meaning: “to bring back to and gather round the main point.” The compounded preposition “ana” signifies
    “AGAIN,” pointing back to a previous condition where no separation existed. He is going to restore ALL things!
    God has purposed a re-gathering, a restoration to that former condition when all things were in perfect unity,
    when “the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the
    children of God.” (Romans 8:21)
    Precious as this truth is, might we say, it is too far away – in the far distant future of that age of ages, the
    Jubilee, when all things are fully restored unto Him, and God shall be all in all. And so, there is this other part of
    REDEMPTION, that which is designed for our NOW, when the Kinsman-Redeemer comes on the scene, and
    redeems the inheritance lost, so that it can be enjoyed NOW. We see that the life, which has been sold into the
    bondage of sin, can be redeemed NOW. The nearest of kin was able to buy back the inheritance lost.
    Again the Old Testament gives us the beautiful example. When Ruth was come with her mother- in- law
    Naomi, back to the land of Israel, her land by right of her Israelite husband now dead, was in need of
    redemption. By the arrangement of God, as He directed her steps, Ruth went to glean in the fields of Boaz,
    and so came to meet him. At the end of the day she told Naomi all about this encounter, and Naomi said,
    “Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off His kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said
    unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.” (Ruth 2:20) What a cause for rejoicing!
    Ruth had met up with one that had the right to redeem. So the events were set in motion whereby Ruth would
    gain the favor of Boaz, and he would be willing to exercise his rights of kinship. In due time it all worked out,
    the inheritance was redeemed – God had purposed it so.
    Another Old Testament passage adds to this unfolding mystery of the scroll, and illustrates how the sealing
    and unsealing goes. Jeremiah’s cousin, “Ha-nam-e-el my uncle’s son came to me,” and said, “Buy my field, I
    pray thee – for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that
    this was the word of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 32:8)
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    Jeremiah goes on with the transaction, “I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses. So I took
    the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was
    open.” (Jeremiah 32:10-11)
    Here we find they had two scrolls, instruments of writing, one was open, which stated the right of the
    purchaser, a public record of the transaction, and the other one was sealed for future use. The sealed scroll
    contained both the details of the sale, and the terms of the redemption. The cause, the specifics of who sold
    what, and why. The terms of redemption were fully noted and established at the time of the sale – both as to
    the cause, and the cost to redeem. Then they had the signatures of witness written on the backside, it was
    rolled up, and sealed. When the kinsman who would redeem it would come on the scene, they would bring out
    this sealed scroll, and he would have to be qualified to fulfill all the terms written therein.
    When Jeremiah had finished the transaction, we read that “I prayed unto the Lord, saying, Ah Lord God!
    behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, there is nothing
    too hard for Thee: Thou shewest loving kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers
    into the bosom of the children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts is His name. Great in
    counsel, and mighty in work…” (Jeremiah 32:16-19)
    The message is clear: Jeremiah recognized that the inheritance was in need of redemption, for what he had
    just concluded in that little type and shadow transaction, needed to be done for his nation. There was only one
    Source to whom appeal could be made, THE GREAT, The Mighty God, for He is both “Great in counsel, and
    mighty in work,” and He alone could provide the redemption. Here before us is the sealed scroll, it pre-figures
    the need of all mankind. Lord, God, become our Kinsman-Redeemer, we desperately need You!
    Returning to Revelation 5:1, we read again, “a scroll written within and on the backside, sealed with seven
    seals.” As long as the scroll remained sealed, it was a sign that someone had lost the inheritance, and it still
    waited to be redeemed.
    Little do we yet know what all Adam lost in Eden, inasmuch as we have the fallen Adam nature in us from the
    moment of our birth. The mystery of “I will” and “iniquity” are already at work in us. Not until the fullness of our
    redemption is brought forth, will we begin to comprehend the extent and the seriousness of the fall. A child
    born in captivity does not realize what he is missing of the glory of freedom. Therefore it will be an on-going
    revelation as our redemption is brought to the full, and we realize the depth of the pit from which we have been
    lifted. Yea, what awe, what worship will fill our hearts, as we bow before our Redeemer.
    Neither do we yet comprehend the full extent of redemption’s cost, of what it meant for our Lord to come and
    be our Redeemer. So much is sealed up in the scroll – the cause of our lost inheritance, and the price for its
    total redemption.
    We need not write at length concerning our lost inheritance, for we all are deeply aware that strangers have
    come and dwelt in our land, even in our earthen vessels. Disease, germs; ideologies and carnal concepts;
    defiling spirits of the world; all of which causes us to groan within ourselves, waiting for redemption.
    Another point for serious consideration: the scroll is “in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne.” Far too
    long men have accepted religious Babylon’s lie, and the Satanic bluff, that when Adam forsook and abdicated
    his God- given inheritance, that Satan took it over, that the “legal title deed” went into Satan’s control. It even
    appears that there are some who consider Satan to be equal with God, and that some awful struggle is now
    going on, the outcome of which is still not sure. That is blasphemy! God is not in an eternal struggle with Satan.
    Christianity is not a dualism, with God and Satan in an eternal warfare. God alone is GOD! He is sovereign! He
    is in total control of the universe, “working all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Ephesians 1:11)
    When Adam forfeited the inheritance, Satan did not get it. God took it out of Adam’s hand, and He keeps it till
    One comes who can handle it. Thus John said, “I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a scroll…”
    The scroll, written within of the cause of the forfeiture, and the terms of its redemption, on the backside were
    the names of the witnesses, and then it was sealed – all this evidence was KEPT BY GOD. Thus Peter writes
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    that we have “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, RESERVED IN HEAVEN
    for you.” (1 Peter 1:4)
    It is in God’s right hand, held in the highest place and authority. On the veracity of God’s Word, we firmly
    declare that this is not the devil’s world, and never has been. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;
    the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)
    But, you ask, “What about the scriptures that speak of ‘the god of this world,’ and ‘the prince of the power of
    the air,’ and such like?” And we reply, what world is he prince and power over? Over moral intelligences who
    submit to his lying reign, and “those taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26) The phrase “god of this
    world,” does not confer on him any title of honor, any more than our Lord’s calling him the “prince of this world”
    conferred on him a rightful dominion. As a prince he is a usurper, as a deity AN IDOL, he is a prince without
    right, a god without divinity.
    We are in a world that BELONGS TO GOD. Satan is not our god, nor is he our prince. “For whether we live,
    we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, WE ARE
    THE LORD’S.” (Romans 14:8)
    Now we note that the scroll was “sealed with seven seals.” Seven is the number of completeness, and thus
    speaks of the completeness of the loss, of the deprivation, until a competent Redeemer comes who is equal to
    the task of redemption. And it also speaks of the completeness of that glorious redemption. A complete loss,
    and a complete victory!
    “And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to loose the
    seals thereof?” This gives us a clear indication that it was the will of the One who sat upon the throne, for this
    scroll to be opened, its terms be made known, and the redemption process be carried out. The initiative action
    is always God’s, He is the First cause of all causes. Redemption begins in the heart of the Father – so great is
    His love toward us.
    But a profound silence ensues, for “no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open
    the scroll, neither to look thereon.” It was totally beyond the qualification of the angels. Principalities and
    powers of the celestial realm knew that they were not worthy, for whoever would take the scroll and open it,
    would have to also meet all the requirements for its manifold outworking.
    And no man was found, not even among the saints who “by faith” were among “the spirits of just men made
    perfect.” (Hebrews 12:23). None was found in heaven, and certainly none was found on earth. From the time
    when Adam and Eve sewed their fig leaves together for a covering, man has tried to work out his own
    redemption, and failed. All of man’s righteousness is as filthy rags. Once any man has lost his first estate of
    innocence and purity, he cannot place himself back into that state again.
    No wonder it reads on, “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the scroll,
    neither to look thereon.” Perhaps John could have stood in awe and reverence when he first beheld the scroll
    in the right hand of Him who sat upon the throne, for full well he knew what that document was, evidence of an
    inheritance lost, yet with a promise of redemption. Perhaps he waited with bated breath when the call went out
    for one to come and open the scroll, and fulfill its requirements. But when none was found worthy to open the
    scroll, his emotions could be held in restraint no longer, and “I wept much.” If none was found worthy, then the
    promise of the prophets, the hope of all the saints, yea, of all creation, was dashed to despair. Failure at this
    point and people would remain in corruption, forever subject to the tyranny of change and decay. This was a
    crucial moment! As goes the words of the beautiful Christmas carol: “The hopes and fears of all the years are
    met in thee…” Faith that held mankind through his trials would be meaningless. The Word, which has
    sustained them through deep processings, would become as a fable. Redemption was the only answer, and if
    there be none to redeem, what then? So John went on weeping.
    “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath
    prevailed to open the scroll, and to loose the seals thereof.”
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    Good news! Here is the beginning declaration of the Gospel. There is One who hath prevailed to open the
    scroll, there is a Redeemer! We note that the word “prevailed” is the Greek word “nikao” meaning: to conquer,
    to gain the victory, to overcome. Jesus Christ declared, “I OVERCAME, and am set down with My Father in His
    throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
    The Pre- eminent Overcomer! The Root of David, born of the royal line. Yes, The Lion of the tribe of Judah. We
    look to see one striding into the scene in royal apparel, personification of might and power, the very image of
    authority, the One of whom Jeremiah spoke, “THE GREAT, THE MIGHTY GOD,” and what do we see?
    “I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood A
    LAMB as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth
    What tremendous truth lies hidden under the veil of this symbolical transaction. Once again omnipotent God
    could commit the title deed of the inheritance back into the hand of a Man – the Man Christ Jesus. With
    awesome wonder we see the Father handing over the scroll – affirming that the Son is WORTHY to open it,
    and execute it fully. “He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies, far
    above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this
    world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head
    over all…” (Ephesians 1:20-22)
    “Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew
    28:18). All the resources of the universe were placed at His disposal. So great is the challenge caused by the
    degeneration, that to bring about the regeneration – “the restitution of all things,” (Acts 3:21) the Father has
    invested in the Son total power and authority.
    “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son; that all men should honor the
    son, even as they honor the Father. For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the son to have
    life in Himself; and hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.” (John
    5:22- 23, 26-27)
    Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of man, the Beginning of the NEW CREATION, now has the full right, power,
    authority, title deed of the inheritance. We do not yet see in ourselves the fullness of this victory, “BUT WE
    SEE JESUS,” (Hebrews 2:9) and in Him is the security for the fullness of redemption.
    “And when He had taken the scroll, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
    having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints.”
    Immediate worship is forthcoming with adoration because of His exaltation. And golden vials full of odors –
    prayers! Not the idle petitions of “give me this, and give me that,” nor the recitations offered by rote, but here
    are the intercessions of the saints, distilled and purified until they are the deep heart- felt prayers for
    redemption of man, and they are offered as sweet incense to Him because He has become the Redeemer.
    “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:” (and
    here is how we know that You qualify) “for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of
    every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. And Thou hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
    and we shall reign on the earth.”
    Worthy – the Greek word is “axios” meaning: to be deserving, to merit. There is a depth contained in this
    expression, and some scholars give it to mean: worthy by rank, by character, by ability, and by action.
    Certainly Christ’s merits were equal to the honor, and His abilities to the task. His character was without
    blemish and without spot. In rank He was the very Son of God. All that He did now causes us to bow low
    before Him, and sing, “Thou art worthy!”
    Were some carnal man to have loosed the seals, not as a Lamb, but as a proud pretender, a naive maker of
    chaos, trying to change the human heart, it would have been total disaster. For, as Jesus said, “Ye compass
    sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than
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    yourselves.” (Matthew 23:15) Such is the effort of the flesh, bringing forth after its own kind. But here is The
    One who truly qualifies, bringing forth a new creation species by the Spirit, to bear the image of the heavenly.
    Christ has just the right process to bring about a total cleansing, redemptive work in us, bringing us into His life.
    And how victorious is the outworking of His redemptive process? As if surveying the whole through the
    telescope of time, John declares that HE who has taken the scroll and opened the seals thereof, shall bring to
    a successful conclusion His work of redeeming all mankind, until “Every creature which is in heaven, and on
    the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing,
    and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
    Redemption for all! “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6) Amen!
    “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and 1 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.” (Revelation 6:1-2)
    The vision of the scroll, and the qualifying of the Lamb to take that scroll and loose the seals thereof, has been
    awesome. It is a “scroll of redemption,” that is its message, its purpose; and in its outworking we see a further
    “revelation of Jesus Christ.” He is truly revealed as “The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the
    world.” (John 1:29)
    Now it is time to begin opening the seals, the invitation to further revelation is given, “Come and see.” See – the
    Greek word is “blepo” meaning: to see, perceive, and understand. May the Lord give us understanding, for this
    is an outworking of the process of redemption – that must be clearly understood – every seal that is loosed from
    the scroll is vitally linked to the redemption process.
    While the Redeemer, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, was also portrayed as a Lamb, now again the figure
    changes, and with the opening of the seals we have the figures of the horse and Rider. This, again, is rooted
    deep in Old Testament symbolism. The Psalmist cries out, “Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O Most Mighty,
    with Thy glory and Thy majesty. And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and
    righteousness.” (Psalm 45:3-4)
    RIDE PROSPEROUSLY! Indeed, though “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when
    Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the
    pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) So says the prophet in his prophetic account of
    our Redeemer, as He “redeems us to God by His blood.”
    The PLEASURE of the Lord, literally, HIS PURPOSE, concerns our redemption. “To everything there is a
    season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Now it is TIME for the
    OUTWORKING OF REDEMPTION, and whatever step is to be wrought out next – He truly prospers in that
    working, for it is “according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”
    (Ephesians 1:11)
    Any gospel that does not acknowledge that our Lord, our Redeemer, has already “spoiled principalities and
    powers, making a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it,” (Colossians 2:15), would be “another
    gospel,” and is a lie. He is riding prosperously NOW! Change the metaphor, the message is the same, “He
    must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:25) HE IS REIGNING NOW! HE IS
    “In Christ shall all be made alive.” That is the purpose, and it shall be accomplished. However, it is “every man
    in his own order.” (1 Corinthians 15:22- 23) So, while we do not see Him reigning/riding in every man at this
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    time, nevertheless there are those who are daily feeling the impact of His in working, being called out of the
    world, and unto Himself. He is prospering in His redemptive process, changing His firstfruits from glory to glory.
    “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first BEGIN AT US, what shall the
    end be of them that obey not the gospel of God.” (1 Peter 4:17)
    Judgment – Greek, “krima, or krisis,” meaning: the correctional in workings of the Lord used to bring about a
    “Behold My Servant, whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit
    upon Him, and He shall SHEW JUDGMENT to the nations. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man
    hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He
    send forth JUDGMENT UNTO VICTORY. And in His name shall the nations trust.” (Matthew 12:18-21)
    Unto victory – nikos, from same root as prevail, overcome. He is the Prevailing One, Victorious, riding
    prosperously. First the victory was wrought IN HIMSELF, “In all points tempted (tested) like as we are, YET
    WITHOUT SIN.” (Hebrews 4:15) Now He is able to walk us through all our processing, bringing us into the
    same OVERCOMING victory. “Because I live, ye shall live also.”
    Again the Old Testament establishes the fact that events have often been represented by different colored
    horses. This is seen in Zechariah 1:8-11, and 6:2-7, where four colored horses are said to be “The four spirits
    (or, winds) of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.” Sent by God to
    accomplish their specific purpose. So it is not strange that we see the symbol used again in the opening of the
    The horse has long been a symbol of strength and fearlessness. “He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his
    strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he
    back from the sword.” (Job 39:21-22)
    Again we read, “The horse is prepared against the day of battle.” (Proverbs 21:31) GOD IS PREPARED TO
    DO BATTLE IN YOU! Whatever warfare is necessary, still He purposes to redeem you, to cleanse, purify,
    transform, until IN YOU He hath “made all things new.” He who wrestled with Jacob “Until the breaking of the
    day,” (Genesis 32:24) will wrestle with you for however long it is necessary, until HE WINS. Yet it is in His
    winning that you ultimately win. Sin brings you loss, self-will brings you loss, but being overcome by Christ
    brings you eternal gain.
    If, for a moment, we take a quick peep into events much later in the Book, John writes that “I saw the 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. – And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white
    horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” (Revelation 19:11, 14)
    It is essential that first He RIDES IN YOU, before you ride WITH Him. The time will come when the overcomer
    shares His throne – and the time comes when a vast company follows Him upon white horses, but that is when
    He has finished His in workings of grace, and they have become partakers of His divine nature, conformed to
    His image, to be ONE IN HIM. Christ must RIDE TO VICTORY IN US before we ever ride in His triumphal
    “I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.” (Song of Solomon 1:9)
    History records that every one of Pharaoh’s horses was a thoroughbred. There was no mixed stock they were
    pure. No intermingling of other natures, characteristics, weaknesses – pure, bred stock. And such is the
    qualification of those who will follow Him on white horses. Pure as He is pure, holy as He is holy, with no
    mixture of self or the world in them – born again, spirit, soul, and body.
    “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.”
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    The color “white” bespeaks of light, illumination, purity, holiness. The color reveals what He is doing TO you, or
    producing IN you. As important as the color is, do not let it distract you from remembering Who it is that is
    riding this horse, and the purpose of His riding, for He is riding it with a view toward REDEMPTION. The scroll
    is a scroll of redemption, and that which is now unsealed is furthering that work in you.
    The conquest is His! And the reason He is RIDING WITHIN YOU is to bring you to that place where from every
    atom of your being you cry out, “not my will, but Thine, be done.” The fullness of your redemption will require
    that every thing within you becomes one IN and WITH the will of God. This is not some substitute working –
    ALL that He does is FOR us, but not instead of us. He died for us – not to absolve us from dying, but to ensure
    the fact that ultimately we would all face the cross, the death process, and come through victoriously, even as
    He triumphed. “We thus judge, that if One died FOR all, then were all dead.” (2 Corinthians 5:14) “That He by
    the grace of God should taste death FOR every man.” (Hebrews 2:9) He blazed the trail through the entire
    process, and conquered, and now He rides in us to make us experiential partakers of that process which
    results in our being “partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:14)
    His death guarantees that all men shall die out to sin and self. And His resurrection guarantees that all men
    shall LIVE by His life. “Being made conformable unto His death,” is followed by our participation in “the
    resurrection of the dead.” And in this death and resurrection process HE RIDES PROSPEROUSLY, for “in
    Christ shall all be made alive.” It is a process which guarantees that we shall BE AS PURE AS HE IS PURE!
    You have a day all planned, and then everything starts to unravel, nothing goes as planned, everybody else’s
    will and way are superimposed upon yours, until by the end of the day you are either fully frustrated, or quite
    subdued. What was happening? The white horse was riding – “conquering and to conquer.”
    Ah, you thought it would be a great spiritual experience, Christ rides in upon a beautiful white horse with glory
    all around, and you bow and say, “I am all Yours, Lord,” in a show of humility and allegiance. But it doesn’t
    work that way! It is in the nitty- gritty of every day living that – “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and
    sitting upon an ass…” (Matthew 21:5) Where He finds all these critters, I don’t know, but HE RIDES ON
    THEM, right into the middle of your life – in the most mundane circumstances. He says, “If you SEE ME, I am
    riding through all this circumstance to bring your will into oneness with My will.” And however camouflaged it
    might appear, yet it is THE WHITE HORSE riding prosperously, to bring you into the fullness of His life, light,
    purity, and victory.
    He has a bow – “Thy bow was made quite naked… EVEN THY WORD.” (Habakkuk 3:9) It is the WORD OF
    GOD, quickened by the Spirit that pierces into our hearts to work a transformation. “Thine arrows are sharp in
    the heart of the King’s enemies; whereby the people fall under Thee.” (Psalm 45:5) He will subdue and
    conquer – “He shall not fall nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait
    for His law.” (Isaiah 42:4)
    “Conquered by the Christ who died to set me free,
    Conquered by the Christ who rose to live in me,
    Sovereign, and supreme, He rules eternally,
    Rule my spirit, Lord, and master me.”
    (author unknown).
    All of this is working to bring forth “a revelation of Jesus Christ” to us, in us, and through us. “It pleased God…
    to reveal His Son in me…” (Galatians 1:15- 16) And the reason we have this all- conquering White Horse
    riding in us, is to bring us into the fullness of the purity wherein He can be revealed. Praise God!
    “And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out
    another horse that was red: and power was given to Him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and
    that they should kill one another: and there was given unto Him a great sword.” (Revelation 6:3-4)
    Now the process intensifies. Not only has He invaded our life with His light and divine illumination, and begun a
    conquering work of bringing us one into His will, but the process is BY FIRE. Here we have the symbol of a
    fiery force burning with energy. The word “red” is the Greek word “purrhos” meaning: fire like, or, flame
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    colored. It comes from the root word “pur” meaning: fire. “Our God is a consuming fire,” (Hebrews 12:29), and
    He consumes all our dross. “Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor; and gather His
    wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)
    “Behold the Lord will come WITH FIRE, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury,
    and His rebuke with flames of fire. For BY FIRE and by His sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the
    slain of the Lord shall be many.” (Isaiah 66:15- 16)
    When Adam was expelled from the Garden of Eden, God “placed at the east of the garden of Eden
    Cherubims, and A FLAMING SWORD which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis
    3:24) This was not meant as a blockage, to keep man from the tree of life, but rather as a safe-guard, and to
    keep the way open – so that whoever passed through the FLAMING SWORD would be qualified to eat of that
    tree of life. Now we come to the last book of the Bible, and learn that there are OVERCOMERS who are given
    the right to eat of the tree of life. And we learn that the “red horse” rides prosperously in us, to PURge, PURify,
    lead us through our PURgatory, until in Him we are PURe. Furthermore, because it is a flaming sword it holds
    within it a HEALING OPERATION as well as a pruning work. The sword will cut off all the unwanted debris of
    the flesh, and then cauterize at the same time, sealing the wound to help hasten the healing. Those who have
    been dealt with by the flaming sword know of this glorious dual working, for while it is ever so painful on the
    flesh, yet there is a sense of healing, deliverance, victory that emerges through it all.
    “But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth ? For He is like a refiner’s
    fire, and like fuller’s soap. And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi,
    and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering of righteousness.” (Malachi 3:2-
    3) Does He ride prosperously? Yes! Every one that is purged BY FIRE brings their offering to Him IN
    righteousness. (Editor’s note: they bring themselves – they are the offering).
    Significant also that it is given to this Rider “to take peace from the earth.” What does this mean? It means that
    He will invade your earth, and whereas you might have once thought things were peaceful in your flesh- realm,
    now it all becomes so meaningless, empty, unsatisfying. You see the vanity of the world for what it is, and you
    begin to loathe those very things, which you once thought desirable. Houses and lands, new cars, fine foods,
    and expensive clothes, whatever the “things” wherein we found our enjoyment, all become secondary when He
    takes peace from your earth. Whatever form of peace you once had is gone, and now your only true peace is
    found in Christ. Temporary moments of earth- peace are taken away, that the true peace from above might be
    established in you, and in HIM you learn to be content, regardless of the circumstances, even as Paul said, “I
    have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
    Remember, all of this serves to bring forth another expression of “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” And He said,
    “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to
    set a man at variance against his father; and the daughter against her mother… and a man’s foes shall be they
    of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34-36)
    He is the Prince of Peace, yet He brought a sword. It is the GOSPEL OF PEACE, but men war against it. The
    truth, by reason of men’s opposition to it, will cause much variance, even between nearest relatives. “And that
    they should kill one another,” is a difficult word, yet persecution, in one form or other, is necessary to the
    completion of the Christian character: for “he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of
    Even the Psalmist experienced measures of this, “For my love they made my adversaries…” (Psalm 109:4)
    And again, “I am for peace: but when I speak they are for war.” (Psalm 120:7) So when this happens in your
    life, just consider that the “red horse” is riding, and using it all to purify unto Himself a people that shall be
    found to His praise. And the promise remains, the day shall come when “they shall beat their swords into
    plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they
    lean war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4) AMEN!
    “When He had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black
    horse; and He that sat on him had a pair of balances in His hand.” (Revelation 6:5)
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    “Come and see…” “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord…” (Hosea 6:3) It is a progressive
    revelation, for “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” And it is an outworking of the
    REDEMPTION PROCESS – we must keep that before us, lest we become overwhelmed with all His work in
    us. “He is able also to save us to the uttermost…” (Hebrews 7:25) The severity of the processing cannot dim
    the hope of our being made partakers of His divine nature, being conformed to His image, and entering into the
    joy that is set before us.
    It is also essential that the first seal would be of the “white horse” bringing light and divine illumination to us,
    showing us the purity of that to which we are called, before we face this “black horse” with all of its inworkings.
    The Holy Spirit quickens various aspects to different individuals, we share the two points He impresses upon
    us – black, and balances.
    One of the reasons for His riding these black experiences into our life, is to bring us into BALANCE. Why does
    He “set men in depression?” (Psalm 90:3, Ferrar Fenton). Why this BLACK MOOD that settles upon some?
    Why the dark night of the soul? Because in divine wisdom He incorporates the night with the light, and calls it
    “a day.” “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5). And the sequence is most
    proper– for however dark the night might be, yet the process ends with the dawning light of that perfect day.
    “For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in
    the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Through it all He brings a balance to the inner man.
    Change the metaphor for just a moment, for we find in Jesus Christ the perfect illustration for a balanced life. In
    the Old Testament it speaks of offerings made to the Lord “of fine flour.” He is that Perfect Offering! In fine flour
    not one particle is more predominant than any other particle, there is no unevenness. In Christ we see every
    grace in perfectness, none out of place, none wanting. His firmness never degenerated into obstinacy. His
    calmness never became stoical indifference. His gentleness was never a weakness. In Christ no one thing is
    singled out, all is even – in perfect balance. And such He would work in us today.
    HE RIDES WITH A BALANCE IN HIS HAND – “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be
    brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh
    shall see the salvation of the Lord.” (Luke 3:5-6) Salvation! Redemption! The black horse rides for this! The
    ultimate goal is total restoration for every creature!
    What a shout of victory shall be heard, when the overcomers are manifested in the glory of HIS BALANCE.
    The song of the ages, which has long been buried deep within shall be heard again – as “When the morning
    stars sang together; and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38:7) What praise, what worship shall arise
    as sweet incense unto Him who has wrought such a glorious redemption under the cover of the dark night of
    the soul. Truly, “The darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the
    light are both alike to Thee.” (Psalm 139:12)
    Jesus said to Peter, “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee,
    that thy faith shall not.” (Luke 22:31- 32) Why the sifting? To sift out all the uneven particles – the doubt, the
    unbelief, the self- will, etc. until only “fine flour” remains. We get so tossed and shaken we think all balance is
    gone – but all of this is working that He might bring us into HIS balance. And don’t forget, He says, “I have
    prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” Fail not – literally, the Greek text reads, “will not go into an eclipse.” HIS
    PRAYER SHALL BE ANSWERED! His faith in us shall rise up and overcome. “The life, which I now live in the
    flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
    The message came to Belshazzar, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting” (Daniel 5:27)
    Likewise we look at ourselves and we see such lack, such need. But He rides within to balance out our need
    with His sufficiency, our lack with His fullness. “He maketh peace thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of
    wheat.” (Psalm 147:14) He is the one that “bindeth up our wounds, pouring in oil and wine.” (Luke 10:34) He
    is that Great Physician, He is our Healing Redeemer!
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    Far too long we have fastened our attention upon the blackness of the night, but now it is time to look only on
    the Rider – “the Author and the Finisher of our faith.” He will ride prosperously through the night, and joy will
    come in the morning.
    “And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I
    looked, and behold a pale horse: and His name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And
    power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death,
    and with the beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6:7- 8)
    “Come and see…” By degrees the revelation unfolds, and we glimpse more of the mystery of our redemption –
    to bow in awesome wonder, and say with Paul, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
    of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)
    What an outworking of redemption in us – the white horse, the red horse, the black horse, have ridden so
    prosperously in the areas of their purpose, that now as we come to this fourth horse, we see its ministration is
    to “the fourth part of the earth.” This signifies the success of the preceding processes, and the conclusion of
    His work over what remains. When this horse has ridden through, it will have finished the purging, purifying,
    ending of the old realm of carnality, that we might be filled with His life. He has all the equipment necessary for
    accomplishing the task – for “ALL power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18)
    “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and HAVE THE KEYS OF
    HELL AND OF DEATH.” (Revelation 1:18) All power – all authority, and all ability, HE HAS IT! And “death and
    hell” are now under His control, to use as servants, instruments for His working. He uses death to help us die
    out to the carnal mind, to self, to sin. “I kill, and I make alive; wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can
    deliver out of My hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39)
    “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind
    us up.” (Hosea 6:1). No mention of “the devil” here, no glorifying of negative forces – because HE IS IN
    CONTROL. “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind fulfilling His Word.” (Psalm 148:8) He knows just
    how much of the DEATH PROCESS is needed at any given time, and truly, “The way of the cross leads
    Death came as an enemy, the result of when man turned away from God, to the minding of self and the flesh.
    Now God makes death overcome itself. It is by death that death is rendered powerless, and there shall arise a
    new life – His. It takes death to destroy death, and thus Christ “did taste death for every man, – that through
    death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of
    death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:9, 14-15)
    How clear is the Word Jesus gave, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
    But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor where
    in he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” (Luke 11:21-22) Once the devil had “the power of death,” and so as a
    thief he came “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” But then A STRONGER than he came and took away his
    armor – rendered him powerless, and now CHRIST ALONE has the keys of death and of hell. To deny this is to
    blaspheme the triumph of Calvary. The Rider of the “pale horse” has total authority over death and hell, and
    now can use them for the furtherance of His process of REDEMPTION. Thus, by His enablement, we conquer
    the death of the carnal mind by dying to it. Only God could use such a process to bring victory and release His
    new life in us.
    “To kill with the sword…” “Out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations.”
    (Revelation 19:15)
    “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12) Thank
    God for this sword which kills – and yet quickens us anew with His life.
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    “And with hunger…” What lusts within, what passions, what desires are “starved to death,” that He might give
    us the desires of His heart. We get so hungry for fellowship we think we’ll die, and yet when He has finished
    His in-working we desire only HIS true fellowship – He let that hunger rage within us until it burned itself out,
    and now we hunger and thirst only after Him, and such, He said, “shall be filled.”
    “And with the beasts of the earth…” In a way so unique and amazing, He is able to marshal the bestial nature
    of men about us, so that they are His instruments to put to death in us that which is not pleasing to Him. They
    might well be termed “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction” (Romans 9:22), but they are under His control.
    “For Thou, O God, hath proved us: Thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; Thou
    laidest affliction upon our loins. THOU CAUSED MEN TO RIDE OVER OUR HEADS; we went through fire and
    through water but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” (Psalm 66:10-12)
    Is He prosperous! Yes, the end result is that He brings us INTO A WEALTHY PLACE. The Hebrew word
    means: fullness. And the same word is used in the verse, “Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth
    over.” (Psalm 23:5) Wealthy, running over – such is the abundant life we have in Christ. For, “Thou wilt shew
    me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
    (Psalm 16:11)
    Ride on, O Redeemer! Whatever the process, however hot the fire, however dark the night, however sharp the
    sword, however long the fight – the victory is secure in Thee. Amen!
    “And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of
    God, and for the testimony they held.” (Revelation 6:9)
    The Lamb of God, who has “redeemed us to God by His blood,” is also “the Lion of the tribe of Judah,” with full
    power and authority to open THE SCROLL OF REDEMPTION, and carry out all the requirements necessary to
    effect a total redemption of the inheritance. One by one He opens the seals, and fulfills the ministry, which
    furthers that redemptive work in us. We have seen Him as the Rider of the white horse, conquering, subduing,
    bringing us into oneness with His will, and to make us holy as He is holy. We have seen Him riding the red
    horse, and using all the fiery trials to purge and purify. Prosperously He has ridden the black horse, bringing
    balance into our life, healing and building us up, even through the dark night of the soul. And we have seen
    Him as the Rider of the pale horse, with death and hell at His command, to bring an end to the old creation,
    that the new Christ life might he fully manifested.
    Now we come to the fifth seal. Five is the number of grace, and here again we see the grace of God being
    manifested in new dimensions of working and blessing. Every further ”revelation of Jesus Christ,” brings new
    insight into the wonders of His grace and peace. Indeed, through “the ages to come He will continue to shew
    the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
    Again the figure is one taken from the Old Testament, of the altar of burnt- offerings, which stood just within the
    entrance to the court. But instead of the appointed animal sacrifices, it streams with the blood of those who
    share in the ”fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” (Philippians 3:10)
    Outwardly it could well represent the martyrs who laid down their life “for the testimony which they held,” but
    that only symbolizes what is worked out in every one who “presents their body a living sacrifice, holy,
    acceptable unto God.” (Romans 12:1)
    Persecutions are often on- going, and Paul said, “I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31) Yet, “Blessed are ye,
    when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My
    sake.” (Matthew 5:11) Persecution comes in many forms and disguises, from physical violence to mental
    cruelty, from the cruel sneer to the subtle put- down. It takes DAILY GRACE to be a LIVING SACRIFICE,
    laying down our life, that HIS LIFE might be seen.
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    Peter also adds a timely word, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory
    and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of
    you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.” (1 Peter
    4:14-15) To suffer for our own evil- doing is to reap what we have sown. And to meddle in another’s affairs,
    and not be appreciated for our meddling, brings no glory to our Lord. But there is a “suffering for well doing,” (1
    Peter 3:17) which brings honor to His name, especially when it is “for the Word of God, and for the testimony
    which we hold.”
    But all of this is to further His redemptive work in us, so John goes on – he saw how “They cried with a loud
    voice, saying, How long O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell
    on the earth?” One would think that just laying down one’s life would indicate great spiritual stature – but here
    we definitely see the need for more in working of His grace. They are crying out “how long?” and certainly we
    can identify with that cry, and yet is it not true that once we have come to full stature in Christ, “time” will not be
    a disturbing factor? We can say with the Psalmist, “My times are in Thy hand:” and yet go right on to add,
    “deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15) We
    acknowledge that He is in control, and then we proceed to tell Him how to control it. If our times are truly IN
    HIS HAND, then that includes our times of persecution also. Thus again we see how our “how long?” is to be
    swallowed up in “not my will, but Thine, be done.” And we yield ourselves yet the more to His all- sufficient
    Also, we see they are praying to be “avenged.” Again we can identify with this desire, yet we read, “Dearly
    beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is Mine; I will
    repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) Full well He knows how to judge, discipline, etc. with every action in
    harmony with His nature of love. He is JUST in all His ways!
    But there is a further “revelation of Jesus Christ” to be brought forth here – and of our Redeemer we read,
    “Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to
    Him that judgeth righteously.” (1 Peter 2:23) Indeed, we hear Him pray, “Father, forgive them; for they know
    not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) And as He conforms us to His image, working His redemptive processes
    within, we see Him revealed in His own, as in Stephen, “when he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice,
    Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” (Acts 7:60) To this Paul also adds affirmation, that as we become one in
    His ministry of reconciliation, it is this “not imputing their trespasses unto them,” (2 Corinthians 5:19), that will
    reveal His love flowing through us in mercy and grace.
    Full well our Redeemer knows what we need, and so “white robes were given unto every one of them.” What a
    ministry to us-ward, as He takes away the filthy rags of our own self-righteousness, with our demand for
    vengeance, and clothes us with Himself. “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for
    He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.”
    (Isaiah 61:10) So shall we be “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of
    the saints.” (Revelation 19:8)
    “And it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their
    brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” The outward circumstances of our processing
    vary according to our need, but the principles being wrought out in each of us are the same. Let us find our rest
    in Him, until He has finished His work in each of us, and then we shall “be able to comprehend with all saints
    what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth
    knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19) Such is the blessedness
    of His opening of the fifth seal in our redemption.
    “And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became
    black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth…”
    (Revelation 6:12-13)
    Six is the number of man, the human number. Man was created on the sixth day. Also, six days were
    appointed to him for his labor, while one day is associated with the Lord, as His rest. Six, therefore, is the
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    number of labor also – of man’s labor as apart and distinct from God’s rest. Now we see our Redeemer moving
    mightily into man’s world – bringing an end to its order, that He might establish the divine order. The opening of
    this seal threatens nothing less than a dissolution of the whole system of nature. “A great earthquake.” The
    pillars of the earth are shaken and the world trembles to its inmost core. The lights in the heavens are plunged
    into darkness. In a word, “The day of the Lord… in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
    and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
    (2 Peter 3:10)
    Again we note how this was first wrought in our Lord. On the cross, “when He had cried with a loud voice, He
    yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the
    earth did quake, and the rocks rent.” (Matthew 27:50- 51) The rending of His own body, the rending of the veil
    in the temple, the rending of the earth itself – all spoke of the tremendous CHANGE taking place. And when the
    hour of resurrection had come, “Behold, there was a great earthquake…” (Matthew 28:2) Two great
    earthquakes, at His death and at His resurrection, two being the number of witness, God bore a mighty witness
    that a whole order was being taken away – “He taketh away the first,.. that He may establish the second.”
    (Hebrews 10:9)
    Here, indeed, is a “revelation of Jesus Christ” as our Redeemer fulfills in us that cataclysmic transformation
    which results in our receiving “a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” He alone is
    able to bring to nought the kingdoms of men, and “make us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the
    saints in light. Delivering us from the power of darkness, and translating us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in
    whom we have redemption…” (Colossians 1:12-14)
    So we need not think it strange when we also experience these shakings. The purpose is clear – to loose us
    from all of the old order, and every chain that binds us to the earthy. This is seen in the life of Paul, when,
    being in prison, yet at midnight praying and singing praises unto God, “And suddenly there was a great
    earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened,
    and every one’s bands were loosed.” (Acts 16:26) What an illustration of what is to be wrought in our little
    earthen vessels.
    The principalities and powers, which held dominion over us, shall be cast down. The stars which shone so
    brightly in our little world shall be no more, for there is a “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
    exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
    Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
    Jesus declared, “The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from
    heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” (Matthew 24:29) And we could well borrow the
    words of David, uttered at the death of Saul and Jonathan, “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war
    perished!” (2 Samuel 1:27) Kingdoms, rulers, exalted leaders of men shall all be brought low, for it is truly in
    the outworking of the redemption process that “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness
    of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted.” (Isaiah 2:11)
    The Word has been clearly spoken, “He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but
    also the heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of
    things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” Then follows the positive
    promise that we shall “receive a kingdom which cannot be moved,” therefore, “let us have grace, whereby we
    may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” (Hebrews 12:26-28)
    Awesome as the shaking is when “the axe is laid unto the root of the trees,” (Matthew 3:10) and “the
    foundations of the world were discovered at Thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of Thy nostrils,” (Psalm 18:15),
    yet His mercy endureth forever. And in love “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many
    waters.” (Psalm 18:16) For truly, “salvation is of the Lord.” Thus John continues with his narrative – not only
    does God INVADE every man’s earth-world, to bring low the flesh of man, but then He also SEALS US TO HIS
    KINGDOM. “Sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:3)
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    “Sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the
    purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
    The word “seal” literally means: to stamp (with signet or private mark) for security or protection; also, as a mark
    of privacy, or genuineness; as a sign of ownership. “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
    The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
    (2 Timothy 2:19)
    This seal, Paul brings out, has two inscriptions, two mutually complementary aspects. First, God’s knowledge
    of His chosen and secondly, our recognition of our relationship to God, and its imperative call to holiness. Thus
    we have security and purity. Security is well wrapped up in “the Lord knoweth them that are His.” He watches
    over and protects His own, for “My Father… is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck out of My Father’s
    hand.” (John 10:29) He never leaves us, nor forsakes us.
    But we also find that purity and security are indispensable to each other. He not only indwells us by His Spirit,
    sealing us to Himself, but, “when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of
    judgment.” (John 16:8) The purity is highly essential to the security – if it is not pure, it cannot be secure, so
    the one necessitates the other. Therefore, “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
    Though the earthquakes we experience are often severe, they are bringing an end to the human- effort realm,
    and bringing us into the security of His seal – the guarantee that our redemption will be complete.
    John saw those who had come through the pressures, “arrayed in white robes. These are they which came out
    of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore
    are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne
    shall dwell among them: shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall
    wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:14-15, 17)
    What more can be said? He who looses the seals on the scroll of redemption is able to fulfill every requirement
    in the redeeming of the inheritance. The victory far surpasses our hopes and dreams, for “He is able to do
    exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be
    glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages.” (Ephesians 3:20- 21) Amen!
    But there is one more seal to be opened. “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
    heaven about the space of half an hour.” (Revelation 8:1)
    One of the difficult tests in the life of the believer is that of “silence,” and yet it is used of God in preparation for
    greater things to come. “Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord.” (Zechariah 2:13) The more we are stripped of
    all flesh-works, the more inner Christ- life can find expression through us. Silence is a vital part of the inworking
    of redemption – it is a proving time, whether we will seek for “other voices,” or wait until He speaks to
    us again. A time of silence will test our ability to keep focused on Him. Thus it is also a mark that we are HIS.
    “The sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for
    they know not the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4- 5)
    The Psalmist offers some valuable insight. “Truly my soul waiteth (Hebrew, IS SILENT) upon God: from Him
    cometh my salvation.” (Psalm 62:1) So purified, so becoming one with the Spirit, the soul is now silent before
    Him. A ceasing from all self motion and noise. Trusting in HIS GRACE alone, to “rest (be silent) in the Lord,
    and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7) No longer the agitation of the mind, with thoughts in a turmoil, for the
    mind is renewed into oneness with the mind of Christ. No more are emotions turbulent and shouting for
    expression, because He has subdued and brought peace to the inner man. Truly the redemption process
    works – it brings peace, harmony, tranquility. The travail and sorrow are ended, and we “remember no more
    the anguish, for joy that a man is born…” (John 16:21) He will have brought “many sons unto glory.” And they
    are silent in His presence. Indeed, “Praise waiteth (IS SILENT) for Thee, O God, in Zion.” (Psalm 65:1) The
    highest order of anything is to BECOME that thing – and when PRAISE is silent before the Lord, it signifies that
    we have BECOME HIS PRAISE, and in this state of being we stand before Him – what we are, IS, a praise to
    Him. We can “Be still, and know that He is God.” (Psalm 46:10)
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    Yet there is another aspect to be considered. When the host of FIRSTFRUITS OF THE REDEEMED stand in
    silence before Him, awesomely aware of their ONENESS WITH HIM, they have no agenda of their own to
    pursue, but they quietly wait for His instruction. Ezekiel records it, “Whithersoever the Spirit was to go, they
    went, thither was their spirit to go…” and when they returned, having fulfilled their commission, “when they
    stood, they let down their wings.” (Ezekiel 1:20, 24) No restlessness within to get moving again, but all of their
    being awaits His pleasure in a state of “quiet willingness.” “Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power.”
    (Psalm 110:3)
    It is also written of this seed, this anointed company of which He is the Head, that “In thee shall all nations be
    blessed.” (Galatians 3:8) And now shall commence that great work of restoration, when He shall “gather
    together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.”
    (Ephesians 1:10) Thus, in silence, these purified ones wait before Him, alert for the unfolding of His will and
    plan. Soon the seven trumpets will sound, and such a move of God shall sweep the earth as unparalleled in all
    history. Truly, the future belongs to God, and His anointed ones. Going forth “conquering, und to conquer,”
    until “all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:11) How triumphant are the workings of
    our God!
    “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And
    I saw the seven angels (spirits, messengers) which stood before God; and to them were given seven
    trumpets.” (Revelation 8:1-2)
    “The Lord is in His holy temple: let the earth keep silence before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20) In His awesome
    presence we bow, with no demands, no babbling of voices, but in silent adoration we worship Him. We are
    His to command – and the unfolding of His purpose is at hand.
    Beyond the silence is a knowing that we are His!
    Beyond the silence is the enwrapment of His love!
    Beyond the silence is the joy that overflows!
    Beyond the silence the song of the ages will be sung!
    Beyond the silence is the energy force of God!
    Beyond the silence is the sounding of the trumpets!
    Beyond the silence is a ministry of reconciliation!
    Silence must not be misconstrued as idleness, but here it marks a transition point, that which was long awaited
    is now on the threshhold of fulfillment. John beheld, “Another angel came and stood at the altar, having a
    golden censer; and there was given him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints
    upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers
    of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” (Revelation 8:3- 4)
    Reference is made of these prayers in Revelation 5:8, of the “golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers
    of the saints.” And we know that they were “heard and held,” for they are not answered according to the timing
    of men, but according to the purpose of God. For many long years “the children of Israel sighed by reason of
    the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their
    groaning.” God was not indifferent to all this praying, but He works all things with a rare purpose and design,
    and so, at the proper time, “God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” (Exodus
    2:23- 25) Respect – the Hebrew word is “yada” meaning: to know, to be acquainted with. It speaks of TIME
    FOR INVOLVEMENT – time to answer the cry – and He did, with a mighty deliverance from Egypt.
    Likewise, the prayers of the saints have ascended, even “groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
    Prayers for the salvation of loved ones; prayers for a world-wide outpouring of His Spirit; prayers for a visible
    manifestation of the establishment of His kingdom in the earth. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth,
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    as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Prayers of the saints ascending, and be assured, GOD HAS RESPECT
    UNTO THEM. He hears every prayer, and they are kept in the “golden vial,” until this appointed hour. Now they
    are blended with the incense, worship and praise, and offered upon the altar – ascending up before God. And
    the TIME FOR THE ANSWER HAS COME! “And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar,
    and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”
    (Revelation 8:5) Events are now set in motion for the fulfillment of those prayers – and an awesome new era
    “And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” (Revelation 8:6)
    Again we find the scene is rooted in the Old Testament, and as is often the case, the first time a word is used
    denotes its meaning and purpose. The sounding of the trumpet is first spoken of in Exodus 19:13, 16, “When
    the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. – And it came to pass on the third day in the
    morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the
    trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people in the camp trembled.” Israel was called to the mount – to come
    before the Lord. Thus we establish the purpose of the trumpet, for the calling of assemblies, and in particular,
    to come before the Lord. When God purposes to have dealings with His creation, He has ways and means of
    alerting our attention. There were specific sounds for specific commands of action, whether it was a call to
    battle, or to celebrate an occasion, for solemn days, for joyful days, etc. When the trumpet sounded, the people
    were alerted for that happening. “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of
    the trumpet, and the mountain smoking.” (Exodus 20:18)
    When God delivered the city of Jericho into the hand of Israel, “The seven priests bearing seven trumpets of
    rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord
    followed them.” (Joshua 6:8) Sending a signal to all the inhabitants of the cities around about – the message
    was that the GOD of Israel was present, and ready to do battle with any that opposed His will. The victory that
    followed this blowing of the trumpets is truly awesome.
    Hear the prophet Zephaniah cry out in his day, “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth
    greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord – A day of the trumpet and alarm…” (Zephaniah 1:14, 16)
    Joel also joins in, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let a1l the inhabitants
    of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.” (Joel 2:1) Moffatt reads: “Till the
    citizens all tremble! For the Eternal’s day is coming – here it is! near it is!” It is time for the message to
    penetrate into the consciousness of every man, the day of reckoning is here! “Prepare to meet thy God.”
    (Amos 4:12)
    Let it go on record, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision (or threshing): for the day of the Lord is
    near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their
    shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the
    earth shall shake…” (Joel 3:14-16)
    In the sounding forth of the seven trumpets, methinks we have the outworking process of redemption for the
    whole earth. That which was wrought in the overcoming firstfruits, must now be wrought in all mankind. How
    could it be otherwise? The scroll that is unsealed is the scroll of redemption – redemption that is for ALL,
    though it has been “every man in his own order.” Seven is the number of perfection, completeness, and in this
    seventh seal, once all the other trumpets have sounded, and fulfilled their ministry, when we come to the
    seventh trumpet, we read, “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).
    Though there is much to yet be wrought out in the redemption of mankind, this promise bespeaks of the solid
    victory of the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” We have seen the triumph of our Lord, He
    hath prevailed! And we have glimpsed this same victory in the overcomers, now rightly called “His Christ,” i.e.
    His anointed ones. Together they shall see the reconciliation of all things, regardless of how many ages are
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    required for its outworking. Thus He will complete “The times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken
    by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21)
    The trumpets blow a specific message. If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, how shall the inhabitants of the
    earth know what is being declared? Therefore the seven angels are first seen “standing before God.” And
    remember, “in the midst of the throne… stood a Lamb.” It is from this Lamb that the message comes. It is from
    the Redeemer that the messengers were “given seven trumpets.” They would not blow an uncertain sound,
    they received their Word directly from Him who is “The Way, Truth, and Life.”
    Jesus Christ has but one message to offer – “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) He said, “I
    am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Truly, He
    “brought life and immorality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10)
    Religion has some strange doctrines of all the horrible things God plans to do to men. But there is GOOD
    NEWS! Jesus Christ does not “damn men to hell.” “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the
    world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17) His message and His purpose have not
    changed over the years. “And He is the propitiation (the Mercy Seat) for our sins: and not for ours only, but
    also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2) God “sent Him to bless you, in turning every one of you from
    his iniquities.” (Acts 3:26) How very positive the message! How glorious “the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    “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)
    Trees symbolize men of stature. Grass refers to the common people. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness
    thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the Spirit of the Lord
    bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass ” (Isaiah 40:6-7) Were this the totality of the message, it would not
    be good news. Of the vanity and frailty of man we know. But the word came, “Comfort ye, comfort ye My
    people, saith your God.” And in that message of comfort, he declared, “And the glory of the Lord shall be
    revealed, AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER.” (Isaiah 40:5) And when this is mentioned again, in
    Luke 3:6, it reads, “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Glory – salvation – all flesh shall see, shall
    partake thereof!
    What then is this message of the trumpet? Surely it bespeaks that the time of God’s judgments have come – as
    “God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them;
    and, behold; I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:13) And Peter writes, “The world that then was,
    being over flowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are
    kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:6-7)
    First it was “judgment by water,” and now it is “judgment by fire.” If all judgment were to “damn” men, there
    would be no good news in this at all, but the fact is that all His judgments are REMEDIAL, a correction unto life!
    “Behold My Servant, whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit
    upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the nations. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear
    His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send
    forth judgment unto victory. And in His name shall the nations trust.” (Matthew 12:18-21) What a glorious
    victory! When He shall have finished His judgment process, every individual of every nation shall learn to trust
    in Him.
    The Greek word for judgment is “krisis,” and literally speaks of the process of correction unto rightness. This
    word is carried over into our English language, replacing the letter “k” with the letter “c” to make it read, “crisis,”
    which is a decisive moment, a turning point. In fact, it comes from the Greek word “krinein” – to separate. It is a
    process of separation, truth from error, good from evil, life from death, light from darkness. It is to separate you
    from selfhood’s rebellion, giving you a turning point, and heading you in the right direction, into the will of God.
    Indeed, out of every crisis comes the occasion to be reborn. This is well expressed in the Chinese language,
    where the written character for the word crisis is made up of two symbols: one stands for danger, and one
    which stands for opportunity. It is a crucial time, but with Him the end is secure – the end of evil, and the
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    establishment of His righteousness. Therefore Peter wrote on, “Nevertheless we, according to His promise,
    look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness ” (2 Peter 3:13)
    Yes, the processing is BY FIRE. “Our God is a consuming fire.” To burn out the dross, the chaff, the self-will
    and rebellion of man – but it is “unto victory.” The haughtiness of man shall be brought low, but when the
    processing has been concluded in them, “They shalt be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord,
    that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3)
    “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and
    the third part the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life,
    died; and the third part of the ships was destroyed.” (Revelation 8:8-9)
    A great mountain – mountains speak of kingdoms, but this is the entrance of HIS KINGDOM, burning with fire,
    coming to cleanse that which has been so utterly corrupted and defiled. Again we turn to the Old Testament for
    a point of reference, for King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which Daniel interpreted for him, “Thou sawest till
    that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and
    brake them in pieces. – And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain that filled the whole
    earth.” (Daniel 2:34-35) There is but one great mountain – the triumphant kingdom of our Lord, which will
    ultimately smite all the kingdoms of man, and FILL the whole earth! Here is redemption’s outworking in
    beautiful portrayal.
    Ships bespeak of the organized system of commerce. Thank God for the hope that “Kingdom economics” will
    be realized. It will be a tremendous upheaval. “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great
    waters; these see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. – They will reel to and fro, and stagger
    like a drunken man, and be at their wit’s end.” But then, praise God, the next verse reads, “They cry unto the
    Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses.” (Psalm 107:23- 24, 27-28) Man’s ways will
    end, God’s ways will be established.
    But if ever there was an area that needs the ministry of this “great mountain burning with fire,” it is in the realm
    of religious business. Peddlers are making merchandise of the gospel. But He who “went into the temple of
    God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
    and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the
    house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves,” (Matthew 21:12-13), this One, we say, shall surely
    purge WITH FIRE the religious merchandisers of these days. The personal kingdom-building of man, with all
    its worship of the golden calf, shall die out, replaced with pure, unselfish motives to freely serve all, to the glory
    of God.
    Religious institutions have long proclaimed a negative message of doom and judgment, emphasizing earth’s
    calamities. They conjure up images of all the fearsome things that will befall the flesh. But Jesus said, “This is
    the judgment, that light is come into the world.” (John 3:19) Therefore, if we are to look for HIS JUDGMENTS,
    we must needs LOOK FOR THE LIGHT. Judgments without the light would not be effective. When the hour of
    correction is come, then “I will make My judgement to rest for a light of the people.” (Isaiah 51:4) “For when
    Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26:9)
    Herein is more of the “revelation of Jesus Christ.” For HE IS the Judgment, He is the Light, “For judgment I AM
    come into this world…” (John 9:39) Wherever He goes judgment goes. He is the Living Standard of
    righteousness, the Light which exposes all that does not measure up to the standard – not for the purpose of
    condemnation, but that it might be corrected and brought up to the standard. How positive! How marvelously
    victorious He is!
    “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell
    upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountain of waters.” (Verse 10)
    Rivers and fountains bespeak of teachings, doctrines, creeds. If ever a purging was needed, it is here! “For
    when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh…” (2 Peter 2:18) “In
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    vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9) All of “These
    regulations look wise with their self inspired efforts at worship, their policy of self humbling, and their studied
    neglect of the body. But in actual practice they do honor, not to God, but to man’s own pride.” (Colossians
    2:23, Phillips).
    Volumes could be written on how the traditions of men have distorted and perverted the truth. Indeed, “His
    visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.” They defame His nature
    and His character. But when He is REVEALED in flaming fire, “The kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for
    that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”
    (Isaiah 52:14-15)
    He has promised, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” (Joel 2:28) “And when He, the Spirit of truth, is
    come, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13) And then, “Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of
    living water.” (John 7:38) And then shall they bring good tidings, “that publisheth salvation; that saith unto
    Zion, Thy God reigneth! (and then) thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing:
    for they shall see eye to eye…” (Isaiah 52:7-8)
    Bitter as the wormwood might be that is used to purge out the error of tradition, carnal concepts, the false self
    images, etc. yet when He has finished this tremendous judgment, “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge
    of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) God has appointed HIS CLEANSING
    AGENTS and they shall be most effective in their working, and though bringing death to the old, it also
    bespeaks of the preparation for the birthing of the new. Praise God! (Editor’s note: For many infants in Christ,
    the god of their understanding must also die, only to birth the reality of the true God, “We know too that the
    Son of God has come, and has given us understanding to know the One who is true. We know that our life is in
    the true One – in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the real God and this is eternal life.” (1 John 5:20 – J. B.
    “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and a third part of the moon, and the
    third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it,
    and the night likewise.” (Verse 12)
    Now the luminaries are dealt with as Jesus foretold. “The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give
    her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” (Matthew
    24:29) The lamp of man is going out. “The night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4) Through the ages
    great lights/leaders have risen, and others have followed in their light. But there comes a day when God
    diminishes that shining, for however brilliant it may first have appeared, it is “of the world. And the world
    passeth away…” (1 John 2:16-17)
    “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his
    going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the
    wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness
    of the terrible.” (Isaiah 13:10-11) (Editor’s note: In this present light, darkness is but a form of light, within the
    life of the child of God, the setting for the center of creation is established. The light of the true One is made
    manifest as the “revelation of Christ Jesus” continues to unfold. That which is brought into the light becomes
    We watch as the world’s statesmen fall from their high places, religious leaders diminish and their light is
    darkened. If this is all that is seen, it is a very dark and gloomy happening. But the Lamb has OPENED THE
    SEALS FOR REDEMPTION, and with the extinguishing of earth’s lights, comes the forth-shining of God’s
    luminaries of the new creation order. HE IS “the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the
    world.” (John 1:9) And He is also “The Father of lights…” (James 1:17) He births after His own kind. “Now are
    ye light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8)
    To the new order He speaks, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
    For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:” (as the earth’s lights are
    diminished), “But the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the nations shall
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    come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3) Turn to see the fading of the old
    order, and your back is to the dawning of the new. Turn to see that new light arising, and your back is to the
    diminishing former lights. O, to behold Him, and with a single eye to follow on, for “the path of the just is as the
    shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)
    “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe,
    woe, to the inhabitants of earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet
    to sound.” (Verse 13)
    The redemption of mankind is the responsibility of the Redeemer, and our Lord is fully qualified for the task,
    reigning until all things are reconciled. But this does not leave us without our accountability to respond to His
    inworkings. Thus there have been many “warnings” given throughout the Scriptures – “woe, woe, woe.” In
    every realm, spirit, soul, and body, God shall deal with every creature. “For if the word spoken by angels was
    steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we
    escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:2-3)
    “And the fifth angel sounded…” (Revelation 9:1). Sounding forth from heaven the wisdom of God – this is more
    than just a “toot, toot,” on a horn, it is a declaration of His will and working, and it furthers “the revelation of
    Jesus Christ.” And now the ministry intensifies, with ramifications, which are far-outreaching. “And I will plead
    against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many
    people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify
    Myself, and sanctify Myself and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and THEY SHALL KNOW THAT I
    AM THE LORD.” (Ezekiel 38:22- 23)
    “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth… And it was commanded them that they should not
    hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the
    seal of God in their foreheads.” (Verse 3-4)
    Those who have been “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,” (Ephesians 1:13), with the renewing of their
    mind, and becoming “joined unto the Lord in one spirit,” (1 Corinthians 6:17), are untouched by this particular
    working of God. To them He has said, “Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors
    about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over passed.” (Isaiah 26:20) But
    religious game- playing is ended. Now the attention is focused upon the corrupt and idolatrous Christians.
    Those who are “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
    thereof …” (2 Timothy 3:4-5), such will feel the brunt of this wave of cleansing/purging that will sweep over the
    “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways,” (Proverbs 14:14), and to such it is written, “Thine
    own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an
    evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that My fear is not in thee, saith the Lord of
    hosts.” (Jeremiah 2:19)
    Yet it is also written, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you…” (Jeremiah 3:14)
    and again, “I will heal their backsliding, I WILL LOVE THEM FREELY.” (Hosea 14:4) He remains the
    Redeemer – and regardless of how corrupt and idolatrous they might become, with cords of love He will draw
    them. And though the corrections are heavy, when He has finished, they also shall wholeheartedly love and
    serve the Lord.
    Yes, for a time, “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth,”
    (Revelation 3:16), but God will not cast off His creation forever. “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but
    with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting
    kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” (Isaiah 54:7-8) Praise His wonderful name!
    There is an incredible rebellion in the self will of man, and in the subduing and conditioning until man is ready
    to surrender, some severe and drastic measures are often necessary. Yet be assured that our Lord is equal to
    the task. ALL POWER is in His hand, and all forces are under His control, to use as He sees fit. The Psalmist
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    knew this, and declared, “Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and
    vapor; stormy wind fulfilling His Word.” (Psalm 148:7-8) View it as you may, all elements and powers, negative
    and otherwise, are marshaled to DO HIS WILL, and bring forth praise to our God.
    “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall’ desire to die, and death shall, flee
    from them.” (Verse 6) There will be no escaping the processings of God! No matter how much they would like
    to avoid facing up to Him. “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I
    ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of
    the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right
    hand shall hold men.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
    The “revelation of Jesus Christ” is on-going, and we see Him in so many aspects of victory, but perhaps one of
    the most encouraging is to see Him in total control of the interplay of good and evil. These “locusts” as they are
    described, are but another manifestation of “My great army, which I sent among you.” (Joel 2:25) Obviously
    these are no ordinary, literal locusts which “have no king,” (Proverbs 30:27), but they signify wicked men, or
    demons. Their king/leader is named “Abaddon,” literally, a destroyer, being ordained by God for the purpose of
    destroying the old order, that He might establish the new.
    “The Lord hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” (Proverbs 16:4)
    “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his
    work; and I have created the waster to destroy.” (Isaiah 54:16)
    How vividly this is illustrated in the life of Job, when “the Lord said unto Satan, Behold he is in thine hand; but
    save his life.” (Job 2:6) So the waster had his day – not only all of Job’s flocks, herds, servants, children, were
    taken away or destroyed, but then his own body was sorely afflicted. BUT the Lord remained in control, and out
    of it worked an ultimate good.
    Paul, knowing this, instructed the Corinthians concerning an evil doer in their midst, “In the name of our Lord
    Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver
    such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord
    Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:4-5)
    And Jesus Himself said to Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you
    as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” (Luke 22:31-32) It was a violent shaking – it
    exposed a lot of chaff for the removing, but the final outcome was secure, his faith would not fail, literally, the
    Greek reads, would not go into an eclipse. Jesus Christ is ever in control of the SIFTING. He has prayed for us
  • that we might LIVE, therefore, regardless of how devastating the destruction, He is able to bring forth a new
    creation in His more abundant life.
    The locust were not permitted to kill, but to “torment.” The Greek word means “to test metals by the
    touchstone.” The object being to test, prove, and whatever did not meet the specification, would have to be
    dealt with, purged and cleansed and brought up to the quality of the standard. REDEMPTION IS THE
    “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God.”
    (Verse 13) This is not a message from the Dark World, nor a purpose designed in Hell. This is not a Diabolical
    Scheme of mayhem! But the Word issues forth from the golden altar – and it is a message of hope, of purity, of
    cleansing, for the more all sin, the flesh, the world is dealt with, the more the way is prepared for “the new
    heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
    No wonder Jesus said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up (Editor’s note: Look up to
    a higher level of understanding, look within.), and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke
    21:28). The process may be intense, and its application be far more severe than we can imagine, but the
    ultimate victory is so secure, one can only rejoice in the hope that is set before us. Death and destruction are
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    not the final end – the Redeemer rules and reigns until “He hath put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy
    that shall be destroyed is death.” It is self evident that when the last enemy is destroyed, none remains. When
    all death is destroyed, there is NO MORE DEATH! Then shall be fulfilled that Word, “that God may be all in
    all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28), which the Amplified translation gives so beautifully, “that is, be everything to
    everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life.” What victory!
    The trumpets sound – the Word goes forth – “I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of My mouth in
    righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” (Isaiah
    “The anger of the Lord (energy force of God) shall not return, till He have executed, and till He have performed
    the thoughts of His heart: in the latter days he shall consider it perfectly.” (Jeremiah 23:20)
    Awesomely described in the most picturesque of language, in signs and symbols that depict processings which
    encompass far more than our minds can comprehend – yet, ever the Word which was sounded forth returns to
    the Lord, it will have accomplished all that He desired. And we are brought to that climactic hour, “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)
    “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world
    are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation
    The prayer is made, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” AND THE PRAYER IS
    ANSWERED! All is under His control, yes, HE IS Lord of all!
    “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.” (Rev. 10:1)
    No vision can be fully described in sequential order, for often several events happen at the same time, so
    before John tells of the final trumpet, he inserts the description of another sight. He saw a “mighty angel,” – a
    messenger unlike any of the previous angels with their trumpets, and in this symbolic character we again see a
    “revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    First we note the qualitative word “mighty.” This immediately sets Him apart, for Jesus Christ is the fulfillment
    of that Scripture, “I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.”
    (Psalm 89:19) Of Him also the prophet spake, “This that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of
    His strength. I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” (Isaiah 63:1) And as already noted – as Redeemer
    He is fully qualified to carry out all the process of redeeming the lost inheritance, and to restore all things to
    their original estate, and then “will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shalt know that I am the
    Lord.” (Ezekiel 36:11)
    “Clothed with a cloud.” Again we are immediately pointed back to the Old Testament, where we see Him going
    before His people, “by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lend them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give
    them light; to go by day and night.” (Exodus 13:21) And when He descended upon mount Sinai to speak to
    Moses before all the people, He said, “Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud.” (Exodus 19:9) Later Moses
    reminded the people, “the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick
    darkness. And the Lord God spake unto you out of the midst of the fire.” (Deuteronomy 4:11-12)
    Significant that there were not only clouds, but thick darkness, for it prefigured the nature of that whole
    dispensation which was one of type and shadow, revealing and yet obscuring the way of salvation.
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    But now when John sees this Mighty Messenger, there is no mention of thick darkness, for it is a “revelation of
    Jesus Christ,” in glory and power to consummate the salvation of which all former types and shadows foretold.
    Redemption is to become a reality. Even the cloud is personified in a people – a “great cloud of witnesses,”
    which “follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.”
    “And a rainbow was upon His head.” The glory of the covenant is upon Him – “And the Lord, whom ye seek,
    shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall
    come.” (Malachi 3:1) This is our Faithful One. “He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word which He
    commanded to a thousand generations.” (Psalm 105:8) He is the reality of the new covenant, and the
    Guarantee of its fulfillment, for He is both the Author and the Finisher of our faith, being “That Great Shepherd
    of the sheep, (Who) through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (will) make you perfect in every good work
    to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for
    ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)
    “And His face was as it were the sun.” The often, pronounced blessing is more than words, it becomes
    experiential. “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious
    unto thee: the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) It is true that
    “in a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment,” (Isaiah 54:8), but then He promised, “with everlasting
    kindness will I have mercy upon thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” And thus now He is revealed with “His
    face – as it were the sun.” Every look is filled with utmost compassion and tenderness, with mercy for every
    man. A radiance that causes light to shine into our hearts. This is “the ministration of righteousness which
    exceeds in glory.” No more condemnation unto death, but the gift of righteousness which shall enable us “to
    reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
    “And His feet as pillars of fire.” The “steps” of God are often symbolized as denoting His dispensations – as
    step by step He works out His purpose in the succeeding ages. But here a significant change takes place, for
    rather than movement, it says, “He set His right foot upon the sea, and His left foot on the earth,” solidly placed
    in authority, signifying that He is LORD OF ALL! And that they are “as pillars of fire,” emphasizes again the
    purging, fire-cleansing that shall take place as all is brought into dominion under Him. There is a following “in
    His steps,” as He leads us through all the processings of growth and change, “from glory to glory,” but there is
    also that wonderful consummation of the journey when “him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple
    of My God, and he shall go no more out.” (Revelation 3:12) Or to borrow the words of the Psalmist, “Lord, by
    Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong.” (Psalm 30:7) HE STANDS FIRM IN
    RIGHTEOUSNESS, and in Him we shall also stand.
    “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.” (Verses
    The message of the “seven thunders” could not be written down, each individual must hear it within himself, as
    God reveals the mysteries, the secrets which He would work into every life. “The secret things belong unto the
    Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us…” (Deuteronomy 29:29) It would be both
    vain and presumptuous to try and guess what the thunders uttered, but we would ever remain open and alert
    to “hear what the Spirit saith unto the called-out.”
    It was said to Daniel, “The vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up
    the vision; for it shall be for many days.” – “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to
    the time of the end.” (Daniel 8:26, 12:4) It has been well stated: “Where revelation ends, speculation begins.”
    And many are the strange concepts that issue out of the carnal mind. But revelation comes at the will of the
    Revelator, and only what He quickens becomes life within, and a solid Word upon which we can stand.
    Paul spoke of one who was “caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a
    man to utter.” (2 Corinthians 12:4) The flesh would glory in revelation, and would assume an appearance of
    pseudo-spirituality, alluding to possessing knowledge of “deep things,” but the evidence that we “know the
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    joyful sound,” is not that we can talk of mysteries, but that we “shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy
    countenance.” (Psalm 89:15) Possession of truth is revealed IN OUR WALK, not just in our talk, for we are to
    become the truth we believe.
    “And the Angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, and sware by
    Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the
    things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.”
    Time no longer – literally, the Greek text reads, “be no more delay.”
    “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it;
    because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3) Two different Hebrew words are used for “tarry” in
    this verse. The first is “mahah” meaning: linger, seem to delay. While the second one is “achar” meaning: keep
    behind. Thus we could paraphrase it, “Though the vision lingers and seems to delay, wait for it, for it will not be
    behind.” God’s purposes are always fulfilled right on time. What might have appeared as a delay, is actually a
    part of God’s outworking as He continues to bring all forces to bear upon the birth of the new. And then the
    writer to the Hebrews brings it into a PERSON, saying, “HE that shall come, will come, and will not tarry.”
    (Hebrews 10:37) Jesus Christ is the personification of the vision – all that we desire is in Him. And while, “It is
    not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power,” (Acts 1:7), be
    assured, there is a time appointed when He shall say – “No more time should intervene and there should be no
    more waiting or delay.” (Amplified)
    “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should he
    finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:7)
    The whole picture is of this Triumphant One prepared to carry out that next development in the purpose of
    God. It is not wrought in one grand sweep – but “in the days… when he shall begin to sound,” the outworking
    moves forward – no delays, for now the vision is personified in THE REDEEMER, and He is prepared to bring it
    to pass. To the vast majority of mankind the purpose of God has been A MYSTERY, but He has “declared it to
    His servants the prophets.”
    “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)
    “The revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by
    the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all
    nations for the obedience of faith.” (Romans 16:25-26) Though declared by the prophets, yet truly it was KEPT
    SECRET – because of the blindness of men. The vision has become unto men “as the words of a book that is
    sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is
    sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am
    not learned.” (Isaiah 29:11-12) Those to whom the Spirit imparts understanding of the vision find that it is
    SEALED WITHIN THEM, to work in them. They cannot freely share the mysteries with those who would “hold
    the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18) Only when they find “them that have obtained like precious
    faith,” (2 Peter 1:1) can they share confirmation.
    Nevertheless, the revelation is forthcoming, “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
    as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit… According to the purpose of the ages
    which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:5, 11)
    Thus, Paul writes, “He made known to us the secret of His will. And this is in harmony with God’s merciful
    purpose for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it – the purpose which He has cherished in
    His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in heaven and things on
    earth, to find their one Head in Him.” (Ephesians 1:9-10, Weymouth translation).
    Yes, the mystery of God is being revealed, and the time is coming for its fulfillment. However, it was then told
    to John to take the book, which the Angel held in His hand, and to eat it. So “I took the little book out of the
    angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly
    was bitter.” (Verse 10)
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    How true we all find this to be – the message sounds so great, so sweet in our mouth, God shall be all in all,
    when the times are ripe for it, He will restore all things. This is the message in the Scroll of Redemption, and
    HE has loosed the seals thereof. And He shall make this redemption a reality in us; how sweet that is to our
    taste. But then, the in working process to make that a reality – how bitter in the belly, i.e., the experiential
    partaking. The cross is applied, the death to self is slow and agonizing, embracing far more than we ever
    thought it would be.
    Then it was told to John, “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and
    kings.” (Verse 11) No wonder he had to EAT THE BOOK, for “The husbandman that laboreth must be first
    partaker of the fruits.” (2 Timothy 2:6) We need to know experientially of His reality before we can rightly
    declare it unto another. It is one thing to behold the vision from afar, and to have a mental understanding of
    what will happen, but it is quite a different thing to be a PARTAKER. Yet, Paul cried out, “That I may know Him,
    and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His
    death.” (Philippians 3:10)
    EATING THE BOOK – however sweet it might be in the mouth, also includes the bitterness in the belly, until it
    has been fully digested and we become ONE WITH THE MESSAGE. Then shall we be found to His praise,
    and the overflowing joy of His more abundant life shall be ours. Praise His name!
    “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of
    God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” (Rev. 11:1)
    The ultimate goal of God’s purpose being wrought out through the ages, is to have a people with whom, in
    whom to dwell, a place where He can PRESENCE HIMSELF without controversy, and say, “This is My rest for
    ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” (Psalm 132:14) So He is preparing man, both individually and
    corporately, to be partakers of His divine nature, to be IN HIS OWN IMAGE, so that He might have communion
    with them. It is a vital part of the work of redemption to restore man into that state of being wherein he can
    fellowship God.
    One Scholar has suggested that the ego, striving for its own independence, to shape things for itself alone, is
    an expression of the fall; that the basic “faulting” in man’s nature is when he chooses to pursue a purely
    aberrant way of life for his personal interests and gain. Thus, mystics say that the wish to be an independent
    self is the primary and root sin. When man “turned every one to his own way,” (Isaiah 53:6), there was a
    breach made, a fellowship broken, an inheritance lost, a controversy begun.
    “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
    other.” (Galatians 5:17) Well did the prophet ask, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos
    3:3) For “what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
    In the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3 tells us, God was there. He did not have to call to man until man had sinned,
    but He presenced Himself and they communed. But when Adam turned to his own way, his will in contradistinction
    to God’s will, the controversy was on. Spontaneous fellowship ended, and thereafter it was
    intermittent, limited, coming far short of God’s plan. All the way through the Old Testament we trace this onagain,
    off-again, way of fellowship. Betimes men seeking God, betimes going their own way. Times of
    awareness of His presence… times of emptiness when they wondered, “Where art Thou, Lord?”
    God said to Moses, “Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8) Sanctuary –
    literally, a place set apart. It was necessary for them to set apart a little area of earth with a tent on it, for His
    place of dwelling. But this was only an interim thing, for He yet planned to SET APART A PEOPLE for Himself:
    But for the time being, Israel had too much of Egypt’s god in them, along with all their own self-will and
    rebellion, so God said, “I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiff necked people: lest I consume
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    thee in the way. So Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and
    called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went
    out unto the Tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.” (Exodus 33:3, 7)
    What a commentary on the state of the people, that even though God had brought them up out of Egypt, so
    “that I might dwell among them,” yet there was so much controversy in them, they had to set apart a place
    outside the camp for Him, where they might go and find Him. Had He stayed in the camp He would have
    “consumed them in the way,” for, “our God is a consuming fire,” consuming all that is not one in His holiness.
    “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us
    go forth therefore unto Him without the camp…” (Hebrews 13:12-13)
    And so there has been a going without the camp – beyond the forms of religion, beyond symbol and ceremony,
    to be joined unto Him in one Spirit. We leave all else behind that He might become First and Foremost in our
    life. We are identified in the “fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death.” And in this
    union with Him, we find that we are BECOMING HIS TEMPLE, “Jesus Christ Himself being the chief
    cornerstone. In Whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians
    2:20, 22)
    Truly, “We are His workmanship…” (Ephesians 2:10) and He is vitally interested, personally involved in the
    progress of how HIS building is coming together. So committed is He to our welfare, we read, “That Thou
    shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment.” (Job 7:18) No wonder Jesus taught the
    necessity for us to “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33), so that we
    might be ready for this DAILY INSPECTION, ready to respond to His voice, ready for the gentle nudges that
    would keep us headed in the right direction. And while, perhaps, there are areas where we yet need much
    cleansing and purging, yet “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail
    not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
    Furthermore, “We are confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
    until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) He is both the Author and the Finisher, and He will bring to a
    successful conclusion the work, which He has begun within us. Indeed, this new creation temple which He is
    building, becomes part of “the revelation of Jesus Christ,” to manifest Him, that He might be glorified.
    And so the hour came, John saw in his vision, that it was time to “measure the temple of God, and the altar,
    and them that worship therein.” “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod.”
    A rod – the Greek word is “rhabdos” meaning: rod, staff, sceptre. The comparable Hebrew word “shebet” is
    used by David in Psalm 23:4, “Thy rod, and Thy staff they comfort me.” Our Lord is the Chief Shepherd, and
    with His rod He tenderly cares for us, guides us, corrects us, etc. And, “A sceptre of righteousness is the
    sceptre of Thy kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8) Thus, HE IS THE ROD, the STANDARD, and the CRITERION
    whereby all must be measured. All must be “conformed to the image of His Son.”
    “Measure the temple…” It is significant that there are two Greek words translated as “temple,” the word
    “hieron,” referring to the building; and the word “naos,” referring to the inner sanctuary. From the time when
    “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom,” (Matthew 27:51), as far as God was
    concerned, it ceased being a temple (naos), and from thereafter it was just a building, hieron. But Paul picks up
    this word “naos” and uses it when speaking of the temple which we become, saying, “Ye are the temple (naos)
    of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
    be My people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
    Well Peter wrote, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God… first begin at us.” (1
    Peter 4:19) We wonder why we are so dealt with by His Spirit – why His probings go so deep – why He exacts
    such faithfulness and complete surrender from us – why others are allowed to go their own way, play their
    religious games – why He has stripped away our desire for these empty realms? Ah, it is because He is dealing
    with us as His firstfruits, HIS INNER SANCTUARY, and we are being duly measured and qualified to become
    His habitation.
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    Judgment – the correctional in workings of God, begin AT, or, literally, FROM the House of God. The temple is
    the focal point, the starting point, and it first must be found approved, before judgment moves outward. Not
    until the temple is fully qualified is the ministry ready to reach out and bring others into alignment with the same
    Standard. All else will measure up to the temple, once the temple has measured up to, come into the fullness
    of Christ. Then we’ll be able to say, in the words of Paul, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” It
    will not be a “do as I say,” but a “do as I am, and as I live,” for in state of being we also become one with our
    Standard. No wonder this is ever more “a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
    “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16). HIS HOLINESS is our standard, and when we
    are one IN and WITH that holiness, then, and not until then, will we be a part of that living manifestation of His
    standard for others.
    This brings new meaning to the verse, “For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to
    you again.” (Luke 6:38) Jesus Christ is the Measure, the Stature, and because He is giving this measure out
    to us, this is what He shall receive back again – a creation restored into fullness and perfection. If our vision is
    for a partial redemption, God receiving a few, the Devil receiving the rest, then such is the measure that we
    shall receive back again – a partial redemption. But when our vision is enlarged and we come into the fullness
    of the TRUE MEASURE, then we’ll give out of that Supply, and receive back accordingly.
    We read, “Divers weights, divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 20:10)
    For the phrase “divers weights” the Hebrew text reads, “a stone and a stone,” both the same size perhaps, but
    one of much heavier substance than the other. A crooked merchant would substitute the one for the other to
    his own benefit. Two cups, but one with a false bottom, to cause a lesser measure. True, in all natural dealings
    this is an abomination to the Lord. But it also has a spiritual application. God does not have a double standard,
    one for men, and one for Himself. The principles He gives to men are MUCH MORE fulfilled in Himself and His
    dealings with His creation. His own righteousness becomes the ultimate standard for all creation.
    “The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and wisdom shall see thy name: HEAR YE THE ROD, and who hath
    appointed it.” (Micah 6:9) Then using Moffatt’s translation, and he places verse twelve before verses ten and
    eleven, “Hard and harsh are the classes, deceitful are the masses, with mouths full of falsehood. Can I forget
    what rogues have hoarded, and these accursed scant measures? Can I condone wrong balances and short
    weights in the trader’s bag? Nay, nay.”
    No wonder people are confused, they have had to contend with such strange standards and diverse measures.
    The religious systems have said, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest
    not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:17)
    But now the voice cries, “HEAR YE THE ROD…” Give your attention to the measuring rod which God has
    appointed – it is a sceptre of righteousness, the sceptre of His kingdom, His total rule within. He measures and
    works in us “that we might arrive at really mature manhood – the completeness of personality which is nothing
    less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection, and the completeness found in Him.” (Ephesians
    4:13, Amplified).
    In Ezekiel’s vision, (chapter 40), they measured the temple, and then every chamber therein – each room
    signifying the office and position of its occupant. Every room, pillar, gate, etc. had to measure up to the divine
    specification. Every man had to qualify for his position in the temple, and each room had to be duly fitted to the
    needs of that office. There must be perfect harmony, hence the measures were exact.
    So also, the callings of God upon His firstfruits are tremendous, and the position, to become a pillar in the
    temple of our God, requires that we fully OVERCOME, even as He also overcame. EVEN AS – in like manner,
    of the same quality and kind, for we are to be made perfect in Christ’s own perfection.
    How often it has been necessary for Christ to come with a “scourge of small cords” and drive “out of the
    temple,” (John 2:15), so many things which are displeasing to Him, till we are cleansed of all that would defile,
    that we might measure up to the specifications for His dwelling place.
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    “And the altar…” The altar bespeaks of the place of sacrifice. The root thought in sacrifice is that TABLE-BOND
    between the worshiper and his God. Made with the design of expressing, securing, or promoting friendly
    relations with Him, based upon the belief that the worshiper and God are capable of holding personal relations
    which can become closer, or more hostile. The altar becomes the focal point over which communion,
    fellowship, worship take place, as God, and the worshiper, come together for this time of sharing. It is a place
    where we draw nigh unto God, while He also draws nigh unto us.
    Israel had various offerings, each signifying a particular area that needed attention – God’s forgiveness, His
    peace, His love, His care; while in turn man surrendered himself evermore to His Creator. And as to the gifts
    offered, the law was specific, there could not be an offering of that which was blind, broken, or maimed, etc.
    (See Leviticus 22:21-25). And the prophet Malachi charged the people with profanity and irreverence because
    “they brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick,” (Malachi 1:13), while they kept the best of the
    flocks for themselves.
    Jesus asked His disciples, “Whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? (Matthew 23:19)
    The answer is obvious, the altar is greater, and whatever gift is placed on the altar, is sanctified, set apart to
    the degree of holiness of the altar, and, in a sense, becomes identified in oneness with the altar. First and
    Foremost, Jesus Christ is our Altar! And He sets us apart to His realm. As we present ourselves to Him, daily
    to be “a living sacrifice,” we are set apart to His holiness, glory, and the victory of the Altar.
    “Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” (Psalm 50:5)
    Coming into a covenant relationship with Him – a union forged in “the fellowship of His sufferings, being made
    conformable unto His death.” His was the perfect sacrifice, and only IN and BY Him can we offer ourselves
    upon the Altar. Obviously, to be acceptable, what we offer is not the old man of the adamic nature, but the new
    man, the new CHRIST-LIFE in which He is well pleased. “Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus
    Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5) This goes far beyond that ministry which has “charge at the gates of the house, and
    ministering to the house.” (Ezekiel 44:11) This is a higher calling, with access to another altar, to stand before
    the Lord, to minister unto Him. It was to this, that the writer to the Hebrews made reference, when we read,
    “We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” (Hebrews 13:10)
    Moffatt gives, “Our altar is one of which the worshipers have no right to eat.” This implies a realm beyond
    where we satisfy ourselves, while we offer our sacrifices, for it is ALL TO HIM. No reservations for self – totally
    we are offered to Him! Christ, “through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God.” (Hebrews 9:14),
    and it is in our union with Him, that body, soul, and spirit, all that we are, we give to Him, to bless Him. An altar
    beyond all altars, this is measured, and found to His praise.
    “Them that worship.” “True worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
    such to worship Him.” (John 4:23) Worship speaks of the complete abasement of self; not just a will-worship,
    nor a lip-service, but that total abandonment before Him, bowing at His feet, to magnify Him alone. Yes, even
    our worship is to be measured, that it be pure, from the heart, in spirit and in truth, to glorify God.
    He called God “a Spirit,” that He might distinguish Him from bodies, directing our eyes off of man, that we
    might have a single eye unto our Lord. He named Him “The Truth,” to distinguish Him from a shadow or an
    image. “Though we once did estimate Christ from a human viewpoint and as a man, yet now we have such
    knowledge of Him that we know Him no longer in terms of the flesh.” (2 Corinthians 5:16, Amplified). Hear it,
    dear reader, He is measuring the worshipers, to see if they have GONE BEYOND types and shadows,
    traditions and creeds of men, to worship Him in spirit, and in truth. There is a realm beyond human bodies, and
    beyond all image and shadow, allegories, etc. and He would bring us into that reality.
    “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the nations…” (Rev.
    The application is two-fold. First, in speaking of our becoming the temple, He is dealing with our inner man,
    “the hidden man of the heart.” “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward
    appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) And so Jesus reproved the Pharisees,
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    because they “make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and
    excess.” (Matthew 23:25) And again, emphasizing that it was not the outward, but the inward that mattered,
    He said, “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this
    defileth a man.” (Matthew 15:11)
    Religion concerns itself with the measuring of the outward, the physical, the self-worth, the fame and success,
    etc. And they set standards for dress, and code of action, ignoring the fact that the outward is but a portrayal
    ground for the inward – and sooner or later all masquerades are stripped away, and we will be seen for what
    we are. In the measuring of the temple, altar, worshiper, the instruction was to place the emphasis upon the
    spiritual, not the natural – it is the spiritual realm which is being dealt with.
    Secondly, another application can be drawn – for the intense dealings of God are first upon the remnant
    firstfruits of the new creation order – the OVERCOMER, which He is leading onward. These are being dealt
    with in ways and depths that the multitudes know nothing of. But the people of the court will carry on with their
    ministries and programs, often blessed by God for the realm in which they move, though they are totally
    ignorant of the “wheel within a wheel,” of the separated walk of those who go on to worship in spirit and in
    It is while the “measuring” is going on, the processing, purging, up-building of the temple-body, that we find this
    “other ministry” taking place out in the court. “And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall
    prophesy… clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the
    God of the earth.” (Revelation 11:3-4)
    Again we are directed back into the Old Testament in regards to these symbols, and their meaning. “What
    seest thou ? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and
    his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof. – and the two
    olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. – And I answered
    again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the
    golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No,
    my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
    (Zechariah 4:2- 3, 12- 14).
    First, it is to be noted that Zechariah did not ask about the identity of the golden candlestick in the middle. It is
    the ministry of overcoming victory, possessing the seven spirits of God. It was prefigured in Zerubbabel, and
    revealed in Jesus Christ. It is also to be seen in the TEMPLE once it is duly measured and become one in Him.
    But when it came to the two olive trees, (literally, the sons of oil), then the prophet asked who they were. Two
    is the number of witness, as it is written in the Law: “At the mouth of two witnesses… shall the matter be
    established.” (Deuteronomy 19:15)
    And it is noted that they are clothed in “sackcloth” which bespeaks of a ministry of repentance. Also, it is a type
    of the present body of our humiliation. They are not clothed with immortality, since they can be slain. They are
    anointed of God, but it is a limited anointing, for they “empty the golden oil out of themselves.” Anything that
    can be emptied has not yet been brought into His fullness. They represent a supportive ministry, and a
    forerunner to the greater ministry, which shall follow. Even as John the Baptist was a forerunner to Jesus
    Christ. Theirs is a ministry of discipline, punishment: “fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their
    nemies. – These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy. – (they) smite the
    earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” (Verses 5-6) It is a valid ministry, but in great contrast to the
    greater ministry which will follow, when the sons, who are one in the divine nature of love, are used to help
    RECONCILE and RESTORE all things to God. But, when this special “two witness ministry” has run its course,
    fulfilled its purpose, then to them also is extended the call “Come up hither.” Thus all the lesser is ultimately
    swallowed up into the greater, to the glory and praise of our Lord.
    Through all God’s workings with man, let us join in with those who “fell upon their faces, and worshiped God,
    saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast
    taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” (Verses 16-17) Every working, whether it appears negative
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    or positive, regardless of its level, is being used to bring forth “a revelation of Jesus Christ,” and so we worship
    “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and
    there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (19)
    When the temple, God’s living habitation, His overcoming body, has been duly measured, fully judged and
    stands approved, coming up to His standard of perfection, then comes the UNVEILING – the temple is opened,
    and that which is within is made manifest, and the purpose of God continues its operation throughout the next
    age. For so long God has quickened truth to His “hidden ones,” and sealed it up within them, to work in their
    own being its transformation process. “Until the time that his word came: the Word of the Lord tried him.”
    (Psalm 105:19) “I have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the
    world. – They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14, 16) It was HIS WORD, and we
    receive it, not to immediately run and broadcast it everywhere, casting it as pearls before swine, but it is to
    WORK IN US until we are fully changed. However, not forever does the process continue – though the “bread
    corn is bruised; (yet) He will not ever be threshing it.” (Isaiah 28:28) Threshing – breaking – NOT FOREVER,
    only until it has done its work, then follows a joyful victory. There came a time, when on the cross, Jesus said,
    “It is finished.” And there shall come that day when He will have brought to a successful conclusion His
    redemptive work in His people.
    When the temple is opened, “there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.” All of the Christ now
    within His elect shall be revealed, seen in His temple. He is the Ark of the testament, the Center of our
    testimony and victory, and it is to Him that we shall bear witness – of His salvation, of His life!
    Well did Jeremiah prophesy of this moment, saying, “It shall come to pass… in those days, saith the Lord, they
    shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they
    remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.” (Jeremiah 3:16) They will
    remember no more the former dispensation, typified by the ark of the first covenant, with all its types, shadows,
    symbols. The new Ark is personified in Christ, not a shrine to be visited, nor a form and ceremony to be
    ritualized – HE IS LIFE, HE IS TRUTH. This is the Christ that shall be revealed in His CHRISTED ones. The
    Ark of the covenant of the Old Testament did symbolize His presence, for He “dwelleth between the
    cherubims.” (1 Samuel 4:4) And wherever the Ark was, thither the people went to worship Him. But when He
    fills this LIVING TEMPLE with Himself, then wherever one of this corporate temple goes, He is there, to be
    seen, to manifest His power and victory.
    There are five glorious manifestations that proceed out of this temple, to establish the reality of His kingdom in
    the earth. It is a ministry that is fully equipped for the task, ready to execute the full counsel of His will.
    “And there were lightnings.” Lightning speaks of the discharge of power accompanied by brilliant flashes of
    light piercing the darkness.
    “Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? (margin, or say, behold us).”
    (Job 38:35) The spiritual reality and fulfillment of this is none other than the manifestation of the sons of God,
    sent forth to do the bidding of the Lord. “Who maketh His angels (messengers) spirit; His ministers a flaming
    (flashing) fire.” (Psalm 104:4)
    “He shot out lightnings, and discomfited (troubled) them. Then the channels of waters were seen, and the
    foundations of the world were discovered at Thy rebuke, O Lord.” (Psalm 18:14-15) What a beautiful
    description of the ministry ready to unfold. Sent forth by God, and the enemy is troubled. The illumination
    exposes the whole situation, until the very foundations are discovered, and the channels are seen. The
    patterns and ways will be revealed. Waters often speak of people, and in this day the psychologist and
    psychiatrist probe and search, guess and wonder at the ways of man, and try to learn the patterns so as to
    help them solve their problems. But when the blazing light of the seven-fold Spirit of God; the Spirit of wisdom
    and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge, etc. makes these God- sent
    messengers “of quick understanding,” then they shall “not judge after the seeing of the eye, neither reprove
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    after the hearing of the ear: but with righteousness shall they judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the
    meek of the earth…” (Isaiah 2:2- 4)
    Then shall this glorious ministry deliver mankind out of his bondage and grief, to follow in the way of the Lord.
    “To heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at
    liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)
    “And there were voices.” Greek, “phone,” a voice, sound. “There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the
    world, and none of them without signification.” (1 Corinthians 14:10) We try to listen and make sense out of
    them, but it is very confusing. One man gives forth his message, followed by another that contradicts the first.
    And so we learn to “tune out” all such voices. But these VOICES are identified as coming from an OPEN
    TEMPLE, and their message is like unto none other ever heard. “The kings shall shut their mouths at him: for
    that which hath not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.”
    (Isaiah 52:15)
    Nor will there be the confusion of voice and outward manifestation, as when Isaac said, “the voice is Jacob’s
    voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” (Genesis 27:22) Far too often we have seen the handiwork of the
    flesh, and tried to join it to the voice of the Spirit, and it was confusion. But when the message and the
    messenger become one, there will be a life lived that is true to its message – a clear word that brings glory to
    God, and blessing to its hearers. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead
    shall hear the voice of the son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (John 5:25)
    “And there were thunderings.” A sound, due to the sudden expansion of the air in the path of the discharge of
    power. The word is the same in the Greek for “roar.” Ministries have often seemed so impotent, but when God
    releases HIS POWER to begin “the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all
    His holy prophets since the world began,” (Acts 3:21) it shall burst forth with a roar, a thundering, striking
    terror into the camp of the enemy, and awaken new hope in the heart of the prisoner that has long been
    waiting in the region of the shadow of death.
    “Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder ” (Psalm 81:7).
    Who can comprehend the power of our God? Who can tell the workings of His energy-force? There shall come
    a demonstration of His might, the roar of His deliverance, turning things upside down, shaking everything that
    can be shaken, till only His kingdom remains.
    “And earthquake.” It is significant that throughout the scripture earthquakes often denote the ending and
    beginning of dispensations. Climaxing a victory won, and opening new operations. They are another symbol of
    God’s irresistible power, which now shall be personified in a people. It signified that an age has ended, namely
    the “church age,” i.e. the calling out of a people unto Himself, to be His firstfruits of the new creation order. It
    also signified that there is a new age beginning, with further unfolding of His grace to bring new advances in
    the restoration of mankind. Earths will quake, stones will be rolled away, graves will be opened, bands will be
    loosed, nothing will remain unmoved in this manifestation of the Lord coming forth from His temple.
    “And a great hail.” “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the HAIL shall
    sweep away the refuge of the lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:17)
    Although it is written, “My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain
    upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: because I will publish the name of the Lord,”
    (Deuteronomy 32:2-3), yet it is equally true that the truth shall have a SOLID IMPACT upon the lies and false
    doctrines of the religions of our day, and shall utterly demolish the refuge of creedal error and the traditions of
    Men have built their kingdoms, walls and barriers seem to abound, but when God sends forth HIS HAIL from
    His temple, it will bring an end to the works of man. Who can tell of all the ways and methods this shall be
    fulfilled, for prophecy has amazing ways of fulfillment, far beyond the speculation of man. But the vision is sure
  • John saw the temple measured, and he saw the finished temple OPENED – and so shall God’s truth be
    declared, and established in all the earth. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the
    Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) God will have a people through whom this tremendous
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    work shall be accomplished. His power and glory shall be revealed, and His name shall be glorified in all the
    “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron…” (Revelation 12:5)
    The chapter begins, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the
    moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in
    birth, and pained to be delivered.” (V. 1-2)
    “Travailing in birth,” is a phrase that has been applied to many levels, “For we know that the whole creation
    groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22) All creation longs to be delivered from the
    tyranny of change and decay. We long to birth new eras of peace. We go through the struggle and pain to
    produce – a work of art, a piece of literature, start a new business, build a new home, or whatever our dream
    might be. This is a part of that generalized “travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in
    it.” (Ecclesiastes 3:10) In so many ways and workings we go through certain pains and travail to bring forth
    that which was conceived in our heart and mind.
    But this is a much more specific travail, it portends the birthing of the “overcomers.” It is not hard to understand
    what is meant by the symbol of the “woman,” – she represents the church, the body of Christ. This is not a
    reference to any organization of man. The church – from the Greek “ekklesia” means: called out. Basically this
    refers to our being called out of this world’s system, to become a part of that new creation species of which
    Jesus Christ is the Head. “By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) If we are in
    that body at all, it is by the one and selfsame Spirit. There are many levels of development and growth, but the
    calling is HIS. As a wheel within a wheel, we find various dimensions of relationship with Christ, from those
    who know Him only as Jesus, Saviour from their sins; to Christ, the Anointing in their life; to Lord, and His
    sovereign Lordship of all that touches their life. Yet it can be said of this woman, as was said of Mary long ago,
    “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that
    holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
    A further point of identification is also given, for she is seen “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
    and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” Once more we turn to the Old Testament for the first usage of
    these symbols. Sun, moon, and stars, are used in Joseph’s dream (Genesis 37:9). When the dream was told
    to his father, these symbols were understood as referring to Joseph’s father, mother, and brethren. This
    identifies them as symbols pertaining to Israel. Furthermore, the church also finds its beginning roots in Israel –
    and was spoken of as being “the church in the wilderness.” (Acts 7:38) CALLED OUT of Egypt, to be unto
    God an holy nation, His peculiar (purchased) people.
    Through the centuries and generations God has continued to CALL OUT a people unto Himself, and then out
    of this corporate company comes a remnant, the aforementioned “wheel within a wheel,” known as the
    overcomer, or, as the term is given in this chapter, the man-child, i.e. the sons of God.
    This forming of “a body” within the corporate body of Christ is a sovereign work of God. Man cannot gender
    this son company, nor take this position unto himself. God places within the heart of individuals a desire for His
    fullness, the call to “come up higher,” and it burns within like a fire, consuming the dross. It strips away self-will,
    it separates them from their brethren as being different, peculiar, alone unto God. The church in general cannot
    understand them, they are a burden to her. Often she is ashamed of them, for when everything is running
    smoothly, suddenly one of these “odd ones” becomes moved on to go deeper into God, and it upsets the
    whole program as these hungry hearts cry out for more of Him. They express their dissatisfaction with the
    present realm, and the church feels condemned, as if she wasn’t able to provide enough to meet the need.
    Why must they always cry out for more?
    While others are enjoying the general fellowship of the meeting, these strange ones seem withdrawn, groaning
    and seeking for a further dimension of His grace and holiness, travailing for a move of the Spirit that would
    bring them into more of the reality of His life. While the church stands with upraised hands to praise the Lord
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    for present blessings, these same non-conformists are weeping. Why? Why can’t they be more content with
    what God is doing all around them? So it is “in part,” can’t they be thankful for what they have? NO! God
    Himself has placed a call within that cannot be satisfied with anything less than His fullness.
    Oftentimes when local groups and gatherings cannot tolerate them anymore, the Spirit simply draws these
    “apprehended ones” from the fellowship and religious activity, and they walk alone, separated unto God. They
    are not backslidden, they have not lost out with God, they are only cut off from their brethren for the time being
    -it is a part of the travail, caught in the throes of being birthed into higher dimensions. While certainly the
    church longs to be delivered of this “unusual body within its being,” let it also be said that this child longs just
    as much, or more, for its own deliverance. No more to be confined to this present realm, restricted by the
    boundaries placed upon it. Yes, they long to be loosed into the fullness of the Spirit’s flow.
    While all this travail is taking place, “There appeared another wonder in heaven; – and the dragon stood before
    the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Full well the
    dragon, negative forces, knows what will happen if this child is birthed and allowed to live. It is the same fear
    that motivated the king of Egypt long ago, and caused him to say to the Hebrew midwives, “When ye do the
    office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him.”
    (Exodus 1:16) WHY? Because if these sons are allowed to come to maturity, they would be a power that
    would come against all negativism and spell its doom. But God ruled and over-ruled in Egypt, and Israel
    multiplied greatly, becoming a great nation, and eventually was birthed out of Egypt.
    Now, John’s vision beheld that this man-child also shall come to full term and be delivered, rising up to prevail
    over all the kingdoms of this world. What the dragon feared will happen!
    “And she brought forth a man child.” Man child, literally, a MALE SON. The Greek word used here for “child” is
    “huios” and means: a son, one who is mature, strong to bear the load. Being newly birthed from the womb, we
    have the thought of child, but being one who has come to maturity, into divine fullness, we have this one as A
    MAN of God. “For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” (Jeremiah
    31:22) Growing up in the midst of her, coming into the spiritual maturity and stature of a full, grown son.
    As soon as this company is birthed, it is “caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Caught up – this is not a
    sudden geographical displacement, the Greek word is “harpazo” meaning: to snatch away. The same word is
    used in 2 Corinthians 12:2,4, where Paul speaks of being “caught up into paradise.” It signifies that
    suddenness of coming into a new spiritual dimension, a fuller relationship with God, partaking of His power and
    authority. “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set
    down with My Father in His throne.” (Revelation 3:21) The SAME THRONE, which belongs to the Father, is
    now shared by the Son. The SAME THRONE which is now the Son’s, will be shared by the overcomers. We
    are not speaking of some gigantic literal throne, with all the overcomers crowded together, perched on that
    throne. Rather, the throne speaks of power, dominion, authority, and Jesus revealed how this is shared, when
    He said, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” (John 5:22) And
    even the Psalmist foresaw the day when it would be given to the overcomers “to execute upon them (the
    heathen) the judgments written: (for) this honor have all His saints.” (Psalm 149:9)
    “To rule all nations with a rod of iron.” This is the same word given to the overcomer. “He that overcometh, and
    keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of
    iron.” (Revelation 2:26-27)
    Note the word “rule,” from the Greek “poimaino” meaning: to shepherd, guide, govern. This bespeaks of a
    ministry of love. It is not the wielding of a rod of iron in a tyrannical manner, but that firm exercise of authority to
    assure the accomplishment of the purpose, under girded with all the love and care of a shepherd. It is the
    ministry of Christ through a people who have become one in Him.
    All of these workings of God are not without spiritual warfare, and so we read on “there was war in heaven:
    Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not;
    neither was their place found any more in heaven.” (Verses 7-8) What a tremendous victory was forthcoming.
    “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God,
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    and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God
    day and night.” (Verse 10)
    We note that this “war in heaven” is not spoken of until the man-child has been caught up to the throne, and
    begins to rule. This is what the dragon feared, and why it would have liked to have devoured the child as soon
    as it was born. But GOD is ever in control, and now there is a further “revelation of Jesus Christ,” as He is
    revealed in the triumph of HIS OVERCOMERS.
    One of the great victories is this one of defeating the accuser. The Greek word for “accuser” is “katagoros”
    meaning: one who speaks down or against. The prefix “kata” means: down, or against, and the word “goros”
    means: a public assembly; literally, to gather in the town-square, the place of judicial action. Thus it speaks of
    the coming against a person in the assembly, as a complainant at law, a plaintiff charging the offence.
    Obviously, the pre-requisite is that there has to be a LAW, a standard to be measured to, then any deviation
    from that law, and one stands accused. There can be no accusation without a standard by which we are
    measured. “For where no law is, there is no transgression.” (Romans 4:15) To sin, literally means: to miss the
    mark; but one cannot miss the mark, if there be no mark. There is a holy mark!
    Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to
    fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh,
    but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:4)
    For sure the accuser has had his day – “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans
    3:23) And we did not need another to point the finger at us, when our own conscience bore witness that we
    have come far short of the mark.
    But herein is our glorious victory, for “He hath made us accepted in the Beloved. In Whom we have redemption
    through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:6-7) Having
    taken care of our past, our Redeemer then proceeds to bring us through the NEW BIRTH PROCESS, which
    includes dying out to the old carnal nature, and coming alive in the newness of His life. “That we might be
    made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) The result of the fullness of this new birth is,
    “The man who is really God’s son does not practice sin, for God’s nature is in him, for good, and such a
    heredity is incapable of sin.” (1 John 3:9, Phillips).
    Now, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that
    condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again.” (Romans 8:33-34) IT IS ALL OF GOD – our
    participation in the likeness of His death, and our rising in the likeness of His resurrection. When the overcomers
    rise to take their place in His throne, it signifies that this processing is complete – they are fully born of
    God, their nature is HIS, their image is HIS, their holiness is HIS. And now there is nought that can accuse
    them – they have become ONE in the standard of His righteousness. No place is found any more for the
    accuser. No charge can be given – it is over, the victory is won.
    “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their
    lives unto the death.”
    Far too long has Satan usurped a place in the heavenlies, and it has been a fierce battle as we wrestle, not
    with human foes alone, “but with the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark world; that is, with the
    spirit forces of evil challenging us in the heavenly contest.” (Ephesians 6:12, Williams). Here is undisputable
    evidence that the sons of God have entered into the fullness of Christ, they have complete victory over every
    satanic realm.
    “Overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” Blood is a symbol of life, not death. “For the life of the flesh is in the
    blood.” (Leviticus 17:11) And when “The Son of man came to give HIS LIFE a ransom for many,” (Matthew
    20:28) He shed His blood for us. And to whom was the ransom given? Certainly not to satan, nor to this
    world’s system which would enslave us, nor to any of the negative enemy forces. It is given to those whom He
    would empower to overcome “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not of the communion (sharing together
    of the blood of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:16) In the partaking of His blood, we are fortified and enriched to
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    gain total victory over the adversary. There is a sharing of the new wine, the new BLOOD of His kingdom,
    which bespeaks of an age-abiding life that prevails.
    We speak of “bad blood” in certain individuals, i.e. evil lurks within them, ready to express itself in negative
    action. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all
    have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) And naturally speaking, we all have had bad blood. Thus, this “flesh and blood
    cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:50) Not until He has fulfilled that word, “I will cleanse
    their blood that I have not cleansed.” (Joel 3:21) For presently the mystery of iniquity lurks within the
    bloodstream of man, bringing corruption and death, with a constant battle being waged within the body, as
    disease invades to destroy.
    The analogy is beautiful. In the study of human blood, we are told that there are five distinct types of white
    blood cells that combat invading disease, virus, etc. Various white cells are programmed against certain types
    of disease or bacteria. It is an on-going warfare, new cells forming to take the place of those fallen in combat.
    There are, however, a select few cells that live on, and they preserve the chemical memory of dangerous
    invaders, to remind the body how to respond to any invader previously encountered, and create the anti-body
    to overcome it.
    When a new enemy, disease, invades the body, a lymphocyte cell touches it, memorizes its shape, and rushes
    to the nearest lymph node to produce an anti-body to overcome the invader. Then it permanently stores the
    formula so that a subsequent invasion of that same disease will incite a fast motion repeat of the process of
    producing antibodies, and in a short time overcome that disease. That is the wonder working of our blood. So,
    whenever a new enemy is introduced, it is a challenge to break the code of that enemy. Most of man’s antibody
    drugs” which are used, are to gain time for the natural body defenses to come up with their own victory
    solution. The life is not in the drugs, it is IN THE BLOOD, and the ultimate healing (overcoming) comes from
    There is a sense in which a person’s blood becomes more valuable and potent as that person prevails in
    numerous battles with outside invaders, for now it possesses the formula for making the anti- bodies necessary
    for maintaining health. After the anti- bodies have locked away the secret of defeating each disease; a second
    infection of the same type normally will do no harm. Thus, in blood transfusions, particularly from one who has
    conquered that disease, this brings real reinforcement to help.
    Now the application of all this: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also
    Himself likewise took part of the same,” (Hebrews 2:14) and THE BATTLE WAS ON. He was tested in all
    points like as we are – and He conquered it all. “Triumphing over them in it (Greek, IN HIMSELF.” (Colossians
    2:15) Then He could say, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
    HIS BLOOD OVERCAME EVERY DISEASE! There was no “bad blood” in Him, He is the sinless One! In His
    blood are all the formulas for victory. Now He INFUSES us with His life – we are given, as it were, A BLOOD
    TRANSFUSION, and now we shall OVERCOME BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, for in His blood are all the
    anti- bodies needed to gain the victory over every disease that comes against us. He prevailed over the lust of
    the flesh, He prevailed over the lust of the eye, He prevailed over the pride of life – “I have overcome the
    world!” Now He shares that victory with us. The Christ within rises up with the answer to every negative
    invasion, and thus we shall prevail.
    In the Old Testament sacrifices, the blood was poured out for their atonement, their covering – but the blood of
    animals could not avail to enable them to overcome, it could only serve as type and shadow for the greater
    sacrifice to come. But now, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
    Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9:14)
    The first order of the blood of goats and calves could never CLEANSE THE INWARD PARTS OF MAN, but the
    blood of Christ can. Thus we “overcome by the blood of the Lamb.”
    Now we can have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” (Hebrews 10:19) Being fully
    cleansed by His blood, overcoming by His blood, to be pure as He is pure, we can stand before Him without
    fear or condemnation. The accusations are ended, the victory is ours – BECAUSE OF HIS BLOOD!
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    Never can our “tainted blood” prevail, never can our “tired blood” gain the victory. “Verily, verily I say unto you,
    Except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh.
    and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life.” (John 6:53-54) This is all connected with OVERCOMING , for HIS
    LIFE within us cannot be defeated. Bless His holy name!
    “Overcame…and by the word of their testimony.” Along with the LIFE- FORCE of His blood, there is the Word.
    The Greek here is “logos,” which is more than just a sound uttered, for it embodies a thought, will, intent,
    purpose. Obviously Jesus overcame the adversary, stating, “It is written…” but there was more than just the
    utterance of these words, He spoke the will, intent and purpose of God, and the adversary could not gainsay it.
    So also in the witness (testimony) of the overcomers, there is a oneness of identification with HIS WILL, HIS
    Gamaliel said it well, “If this counsel (purpose, will), or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of
    God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.” (Acts 5:38-39) That is why truth
    needs no defense. The Word, which God quickens within our hearts, will prevail. There is no power that can
    resist His will. That is why we read, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. And this is the
    victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
    The more we bear witness to The Word, having identified ourselves fully with The Word, the more we shall rise
    up in victory. This makes it imperative that we “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom.”
    (Colossians 3:16), for “If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the
    truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
    By the “word of our testimony,” and the witness of our daily living, we speak the word of faith, and the enemy is
    defeated. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
    salvation.” (Romans 10:10) It is not a self-willed declaration, it is the utterance of the will, intent, and purpose
    of God, as He quickens HIS WORD within by the Spirit. It is not the prattling of trite phrases and religious
    clichés, nor is it just the speaking of the “letter of the Word,” quoting scripture verses by rote, but it is the
    SPIRIT OF TRUTH flowing out as He gives the utterance.
    “And they loved not their lives unto the death.” For the word “lives” we have the Greek word “psuche,”
    bespeaking the soulish life, the self life, that which pertains to the will, mind, emotions of man. It is the same
    word used in Luke 9:24, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake,
    the same shall save it.” This, too, is a vital part of overcoming, for it is in the laying down of our own will, our
    desires, our way, that HIS WILL is then given free reign within us. The more self would defend its own rights,
    the more it will lose them. The more we lay them down, the greater is our life and victory in Christ. “He must
    increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) It is a “revelation of Jesus Christ” that is being brought forth, not
    the exaltation of the ego of man. The inworkings of His cross. which cause us to lose our own self-life, are but
    the prelude to His resurrection life coming forth. It is an amazing process.
    Combine the three thoughts: it is the LIFE in His blood, it is the intent and purpose (LIFE) in His Word, and it is
    in the laying down of our self-life (self-will), that the LIFE in His will might come to full expression in us, this
    results in our overcoming.
    When the overcomers become fully untouchable, “caught up to the throne,” they depose the dragon from his
    usurped position in the heavenlies, and he is cast down to earth. Then the infuriated dragon turns “to
    persecute the woman which brought forth the man-child.” But God prepares for her safety, deliverance, and
    keeping, for as soon as the man-child is born, we read that “the woman, fled into the wilderness, where she
    hath a place prepared of God.” The wilderness always speaks of one thing – a place of purification, to be tested
    and proven. And in following through with the beautiful types found in the scripture, after a woman had given
    birth to a male child, there were forty days set for the time of her purification. (Leviticus 12). A special dealing
    of God, for a specific time and purpose.
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    Do remember, these things are given in a figurative sense, it does not mean that “every Christian” is
    transported to some desert place, nor hidden in a retreat, but this is a new and different dealing of God, deeper
    than the church has known before. “The Lord thy God hath led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to
    humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart.” (Deuteronomy 8:2) When this testing and
    purification are complete, He will “present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any
    such thing.” (Ephesians 5:27) How we have longed for, prayed for this to be a reality, and, thank God, He
    knows just the time and process to bring it to pass.
    In his attempt to persecute and destroy the woman, “The serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after
    the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away.” It bespeaks of a flood tide of false doctrine, traditions,
    commandments of men, that would so engulf the woman it would destroy her faith. But, “When the enemy
    comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19) And to reveal
    how much in control the Lord is over all these happenings, He causes “the earth to help the woman, and the
    earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood.” All natural forces are subject to doing the Lord’s bidding,
    and He truly “works all things together into good.” “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” And what
    often seems to be so carnal, so earthly, betimes is made to serve His purpose. Yes, we stand in awe to behold
    the handiwork of God!
    Having failed in his attempt to devour the man-child, and failing again in his persecution of the woman, next the
    dragon turns his attention “to make war with the remainder of her seed, which keep the commandments of
    God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Every realm from the mature over-comer, to the church-body, to
    the remainder of her seed, i.e. those who believe in Him, but have just started their growth and processing,
    every realm ultimately faces the dragon, and ultimately overcomes – because truly, the victory has been won
    by our Lord Jesus Christ, who “spoiled principalities and powers,” (Colossians 2:15), yes, that “He might
    destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all
    their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14-15) Thus the victory of Christ shall ultimately reach every
    man, and the defeat of the dragon shall be total and complete. Praise the Lord!
    The message is positive! His redemption shall reach all men, and while none shall escape the conflict between
    good and evil, yet in the end “The kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ.”
    The dragon, Satan, is utterly defeated, and righteousness reigns. The man-child is birthed into His fullness,
    followed by the woman and her wilderness experience, and after that the succeeding orders, for “In the Christ
    shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order.” What a mighty God we serve!
    “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or
    in their forehead.” (Revelation 13:16)
    “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same
    shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out…” (Revelation 14:9-10)
    The qualifying statement that begins the book remains throughout the whole, everything that unfolds is toward
    one central purpose, to bring forth “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” It is not focused upon calamities, ultimate
    destruction, etc. but upon the total REDEMPTION and RESTORATION of all mankind, as wrought through our
    blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. All that He does reveals more of His nature and character. Particularly
    is this so in regards to “the mark.” Much speculation by man has viewed this solely from the negative,
    interpreting it in the light of natural events. This causes people to cast an apprehensive eye towards any event
    that might be construed as having application to this supposed negative fulfillment. Precious indeed, therefore,
    is the quickening of the Holy Spirit which gives a positive view of the ultimate triumph of Christ in this matter.
    “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rising up out of the sea.” The sea – bespeaks the mass
    of humanity, out of which rises the bestial systems; which have placed their mark upon “ALL, both small and
    great, rich and poor, free and bond.” The fact is every creature bears this mark of the bestial nature, until such
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    a time as the cross cancels out the old Adamic nature, and we are born anew with the Christ nature, to bear
    THE MARK OF GOD, being partakers of the divine nature, and conformed to the image of The Son.
    The Greek word used here for “mark” is “charagma.” Eight times, and all in the book of Revelation, it is
    translated as “mark,” and means: an engraving, an impressed mark. Then once it is given as “graven,” in Acts
    17:29, and it is in this latter reference that we find the explanation or key as to what the MARK involves in its
    relationship to man, for this mark is brought about by ART and by MAN’S DEVICE.
    “For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or
    silver, or stone, GRAVEN by art and man’s device.”
    The Greek word for “art” is techni” meaning: art, skill, craft, technology; and thus speaks of the work of the
    hands, or handiwork, and has its correlation to that which is received in “the right hand,” as spoken of in
    The word “devices” is from the Greek “enthumesis” meaning: INWARD THINKING, or inner thought, which
    deals with our mental activity, and pertains to the forehead.
    Thus we have the ENGRAVING BY HANDIWORK, and the CONTROLLING OF OUR THINKING. That which
    would seek to place its image upon us, dealing with the work of our hands, and the brainwashing of our minds,
    to think according to its nature and purpose.
    Pursuing this a bit further, we find another Greek word closely akin, it is “charakter”, translated as “express
    image.” Hebrews 1:3, “Who being the brightness of glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE of His person…”
    Speaking, of course, of Christ Jesus, and then by extension, of His anointed ones who partake of His divine
    nature and are conformed to His image, so as to also become expressions, or manifestations of the substance
    of God, as revealed through His, and our character. Thus, the MARK speaks of that handiwork and the inward
    thinking which brings forth an expression of character in line with the very source from which the mark comes.
    Either we will express the character of God, or the character of the bestial system of this world. It is not
    speaking only of an outward form, which could be covered with a masquerade for a time, but it refers to that
    revealed, for “the day shall declare it.”
    The “mark of the beast” is the direct opposite to the “MARK OF GOD,” and is an imprint of the nature and
    character of this world’s bestial system. The challenge to OVERCOME this mark of the bestial has been with
    us a long time – ever since “The Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to
    KEEP (guard) it.” (Genesis 2:15)
    There was a beast waiting to place its mark upon the Adam. “The serpent was more subtle than any beast of
    the field which the Lord God had made.” (Genesis 3:1) And in Revelation we again have this charge to guard
    against the beast, and the system, which it represents.
    We find that the IMPRINT was made when Eve responded to the serpent’s argument, which caused her to
    “take of the fruit,” which had been forbidden her. Immediately the mark was in her forehead, and then in her
    hand. Adam joined her in this receiving of the mark. And having taken the imprint – they began to manifest the
    nature, character of the bestial, in selfish, rebellious, minding the flesh behavior.
    In Revelation, again the hand and the mind are involved with the mark of the beast – the influence that causes
    one to think and act according to the ways of the world.
    It is this flesh nature that identifies us with this world’s carnality. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
    which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
    emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: – they
    that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” But then in contra-distinction to such negativism, we
    find that the new Christ nature bears a far different imprint, for “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
    longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:19-23) O, to bear the mark
    of God!
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    Not only is the bestial mark stamped upon the nature of man, to influence his thinking, and his handiwork, but
    we live under the mark of the beast by living in this commercialized world order. “That no man might buy or
    sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” If we buy a car, a home,
    clothes, food, pay taxes, etc. it is all under the mark of the beast. Whether we use a barter system, or silver
    coins, we have to do business according to our culture and order of society.
    The name, nature, character of the beast touches every facet of our natural life. Yet Jesus had no trouble with
    this, and He instructed the people to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that
    are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) So when faced with the demand for tribute money, He said to Peter, “Lest we should
    offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou
    hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee.”
    (Matthew 17:27) He used the money of the system to pay the tribute of the system, and in doing so, He made
    sure that no one could say He owed them anything. Even though HE TRULY BELONGED TO A DIFFERENT
    ORDER, THE HEAVENLY, yet He submitted to the present order, while He maintained a PURE SPIRIT untouched
    by that order. He did not rebel against that society, for such rebellion would have defiled Him, having
    partaken of the world’s spirit of rebellion. He gave the system its due, and therefore was free of any obligation
    to it.
    Paul reaffirmed this, when he said, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to
    whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe no man anything, but to love one another.”
    (Romans 13:7-8)
    Another aspect to be considered is the governmental mark. “And the beast which I saw was like unto a
    leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion.” Again we find this beast
    first mentioned in the Old Testament, in Daniel’s vision. He saw “four great beasts come up from the sea
    diverse one from another… like a lion… like to a bear… like a leopard… and a fourth beast, dreadful and
    terrible.” (Daniel 7:3-7) These have long been understood to represent governmental systems, which imposed
    their order upon the people of their day. But each one also represents a spirit-characteristic that is part of this
    world’s order. In John’s vision all the beasts were combined into one, indicating that no matter which phase or
    time one considered, they all were a part of the over-all bestial system.
    The lion “was made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” This indicates the
    beast’s approach to reason and humanity, appearing as if to benefit man, and to understand the needs of man,
    but secularism and humanism are a part of this world, and they have nothing in common with the mark of God.
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than
    your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) His WAYS and THOUGHTS reveal His mark, and are an expression of His
    The second beast was given the command to ‘Arise, devour much flesh.” Whether by war, oppression,
    religious persecution, paganism, or whatever, you have to “buy and sell” according to its order, or be devoured.
    Indeed, if you want to climb the corporate ladder of success, you will have to devour all those that get in your
    way. The spirit of this beast is “devour, or be devoured.” And yet in the final analysis to take this mark is to be
    consumed thereby.
    Of the third beast, the leopard, “dominion was given unto it.” The lust for power and control, to rule over others,
    is a strong characteristic of the bestial system of this world. The spirit of this beast is found in every avenue of
    society – religious, political, economical, etc. It craves dominion – and so opposite of the Spirit of Christ, Who
    said, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) There is no building of a personal
    kingdom today, without the mark – i.e. the actions and thinking of this beast.
    The fourth beast has no name, but is dreadful and terrible, and exceeding strong – made to destroy, for “it had
    great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet.” The tyranny, the
    cruelty, the ravenousness – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” The end thereof
    are the ways of death! Gladly do we turn from its mark, to receive the mark of God, for He said, “I am come
    that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
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    It matters not which traits of the mark of the beast are found in us, thank God, He can erase, purge, take away
    that image, and then humble us, transform us, mold and shapen us into a new image – for “As we have born
    the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:49)
    The very subtleness of this bestial system is that it deceives men into thinking they will have life only if they
    yield to its spirit, and do things its way. If you want to get ahead in this world, you must conform. And so they
    “worship the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him.” Put it in present day
    language, “who can fight city hall?” Day by day allegiance is paid “to the system.” Yet if we are motivated by
    this SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, we will surely bring forth after its kind.
    The mind-control of the beast produces character manifestations, which are so unholy. Mental imagery that is
    far opposite of the truth. God gave Ezekiel insight concerning “what the ancients of the house of Israel do in
    the dark, every man in the chamber of his imagery,” and what he saw was “every form of creeping things, and
    abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.” (Ezekiel
    8:12, 10). They BORE THE MARK, and they THOUGHT according to its kind – bestial. What went on in the
    chambers of their imagery was totally unholy, unpleasing to God.
    Thank God we can “be renewed in the spirit of our mind,” (Ephesians 4:23) and when we BEAR THE MARK
    OF GOD, we will THINK according to His kind. “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
    whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
    good repot; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, (we will) think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
    No doubt about it, there is a real warfare going on – and to this bestial system is given “to make war with the
    saints, and to overcome them.” But it is a momentary victory, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up
    again.” (Proverbs 24:16) Therefore, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I
    sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” (Micah 7:8) The ultimate victory belongs to our Lord, and
    those who put their trust in Him.
    “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;
    casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
    into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
    And that there shall arise those who OVERCOME this whole bestial system, is sure, for later on John writes, “I
    saw… them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over the number of his name.”
    (Revelation 15:2)
    The message is one of OVERCOMING – “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
    What rejoicing fills the heart when we realize that GOD has a mark, which He is engraving upon His people,
    and it CANCELS OUT the mark of the beast completely. He is bringing forth a new creation order wherein His
    own divine nature shall find expression in every man.
    “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might
    be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
    Thus, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image
    from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
    There is such a desire within to be freed from every trait of the bestial. Even our language reveals how much
    we have borne its image. Dumb like an ox, stubborn as a mule, sly as a fox, wise as the serpent, silly as an old
    hen, etc. Character traits of the flesh, which reveal the mark of the bestial.
    “And all that dwell on the earth worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain
    from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.” (Revelation 13:8-9)
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    O let us HEAR IT! If our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, WE WILL NOT WORSHIP THE BEAST,
    because we will worship our Redeemer who has “made us free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
    “Here is wisdom, Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;
    and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
    Six has long been recognized as the human number, the number of man as destitute of God. It is also the
    number of man’s labor as apart and distinct from God’s rest. It speaks of the realm of the flesh in all its
    humanism independent of God. Therefore 666 bespeaks the culmination of human pride in independence of
    God, and opposition to Christ. It signifies the mark of the beast upon man brought to its zenith. It is flesh in all
    its wicked, carnal glory.
    They who worship the beast, and are under his mark, “the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God
    which is poured out.” (Revelation 14:10) For, “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
    ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” (Romans 1:18) Why this
    expression of the wrath of God? It is HIS ENERGY FORCE sent forth to cleanse and purge until every man is
    free from the mark of the beast, and engraved with the mark of God.
    The beast symbolizes the flesh, the world, the devil. Its name bespeaks of its nature, its character. And its
    number depicts it reaching its full expression. Knowing this we understand that the issue is not one of getting a
    “tattoo” on our forehead or hand, or having a social security number, or any other type of personal identification
  • the challenge is to “gain the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark,” by yielding
    ourselves completely to Christ – until we are fully ONE IN HIM. Then all the marks of the beast are erased,
    cancelled out, and only His image will be seen. Clearly John saw the conflict, awesome and terrible, as the
    beast rises out of the sea – but the revelation does not end with this negative view. It is a “revelation of Jesus
    Christ,” and He is totally triumphant, therefore John sees the overcomer gaining the victory – and ultimately all
    creation freed from the ‘tyranny of the flesh, and brought into the fullness of His life.
    “And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand,
    having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” (Revelation 14:1)
    The location – “on Mount Zion.” We have seen Him “walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” We
    have seen Him as the great Overcomer. “I overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.” Then we
    beheld Him “in the midst of the throne, a Lamb as it had been slain.” We have seen Him riding the various
    horses, ministering the various judgments to bring about a purification and redemption. He prevails, He is Lord!
    Ever and again “the revelation of Jesus Christ” brings new insight of His marvelous glory and victory. Now we
    see Him “on mount Zion.” In this brief word lies a declaration of such magnitude that it staggers the imagination
    to comprehend the triumph that brought Him to this position of glory and honor.
    “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for
    situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psalm
    This is a place to be desired. The name “Mount Zion” literally means: the mount of light, or, sunny mountain. It
    was the highest mountain in the city of Jerusalem. It was here that God did “lay in Zion for a foundation a
    stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation,” (Isaiah 28:16), upon which He would build
    the whole structure of His purpose of the ages. “According to the purpose of the ages which He purposed in
    Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:11) Zion was the home of kings. The symbol of power and authority, and
    source of deliverance, for, “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer.” (Romans 11:26) And it was to be
    known as His dwelling place. “The Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation. This is My rest
    forever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” (Psalm 132:13-14)
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    It was to this place that Lucifer aspired to ascend. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I
    will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of
    the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14) What a
    place of pre- eminence, prestige, honor, etc. BEAUTIFUL FOR SITUATION, literally, elevation. It is above all,
    and thus all worship and praise would be directed this way. It was this position that Lucifer coveted. And now
    we see the mark of the bestial system in all of its carnality, motivated by the spirit of “I WILL,” for this was a
    self- promotion. But all of man’s self-willed efforts shall never prevail, and so it is written, verse 15, “Yet thou
    shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” – “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and
    he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
    It is in contradistinction to this “I will” effort, that we behold THE LAMB, Who said, “I can of Mine own self do
    nothing – because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.” (John 5:30) So
    completely, from every avenue of His being, could He pray, “Not My will, but Thine, be done,” that He was able
    to “humble Himself, and become obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) HE IS
    the perfect sacrifice, the willing offering. In the fullest meaning of the word, He laid down His own life, to be one
    with the will of the Father, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him.” – “Far above all principality, and
    power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.” (Ephesians 1:21)
    The two extremes are hard to comprehend – on one hand is self exaltation, coveting the high places, willing to
    destroy anything that gets in the way, the stubborn set of the jaw – I will achieve, I’ll make it to the top. And on
    the other hand is absolute humility – no self-seeking, no self-promotion, no personal agenda, but total oneness
    in the Father’s will.
    and My Father are one.” He is the all pre-eminent OVERCOMER! Every facet and trait of the mark of the
    bestial, the flesh, the carnality of man – He overcame it all, and now He reigns from mount Zion.
    But look again, He is not alone, for “with Him are an hundred and forty and four thousand.” Truly, “The hour is
    come, that the Son of man should be glorified. – Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth
    alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24) The glory was not in the dying process, it was the
    UP- RISING OF MUCH FRUIT. He is “bringing many sons unto glory.” (Hebrews 2:10) He is surrounded by
    the stars of God. He sits exalted in the congregation. He is the fullness that fills up the empty place in the sides
    of the north. “He is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in
    all He might have the pre-eminence.” (Colossians 1:18)
    Yes, there are those who are “coming unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
    Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
    which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to
    Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant.” (Hebrews 12:22-24)
    What a congregation! They have overcome, “even as I also overcame.” (Revelation 3:21) There is no mark of
    the beast left on them – they are clean, pure, Holy as He is Holy. They were “made conformable to His death,”
    and now they share in “the power of His resurrection.” They are “the rod of His strength (sent) out of Zion.”
    They are “Thy people, willing in the day of Thy power.” (Psalm 110:2-3) ONE IN HIS WILL, they are “with the
    “An hundred and forty and four thousand.” The number is highly symbolic, being a multiple of twelve. Twelve is
    the number that signifies perfection of divine government, and here it is brought to its fullness. This is the
    second time this number has been mentioned, the first being in Revelation 7:4-8, where we have “an hundred
    and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel,” which are sealed in their forehead.
    Perhaps a word of explanation is due concerning their being twelve thousand sealed from each tribe of Israel.
    Paul clearly stated, “They are not all Israel, which are of Israel,” (Romans 9:6), for if one wants to speak of
    “the Israel of God,” (Galatians 6:16), then let it be remembered, “That they which are of faith, the same are the
    children of Abraham. – Ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and
    heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:7, 28- 29) And the true qualification is INWARD – “For he is not a
    Jew, which is one outwardly; – But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; – of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the
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    letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28-29) These are sealed in their forehead, having
    been “renewed in the spirit of their mind.” (Ephesians 4:23) and are truly a new creation in Christ Jesus.
    It would be an in-depth study of its own to delve into the meaning of the names of the twelve tribes, and then
    their application to this overcoming company. Briefly we illustrate: the name Judah means: praise, and these
    are a PRAISE PEOPLE, not just in word, but in state of being. Asher means: happy. These have found their
    happiness in the Lord. Benjamin means: son of the right hand, introducing the whole message of sonship. And
    so it goes, every name another facet of the attributes of this people.
    “Sealed in their forehead.” “Having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” The Greek texts actually
    read, “His name and His Father’s name.” This is in harmony with the promise to the overcomer, back in
    chapter 3, verse 12, “I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, and My
    new name.” The name speaks of the nature and character – His nature of light, love, truth – all of this is
    inscribed in the forehead, i.e. in their MIND. All that they think, all that they manifest, will be to the glory of God
  • for they bear His name. “I will put My laws (will and purpose) into their mind, and write them in their hearts.”
    (Hebrews 8:10)
    “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of great thunder: and I heard
    the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” O, the magnificence and magnitude of the anthem raised –
    praise and worship rising from these that have overcome and now stand with the Lamb. The perfect harmony,
    the melody of grace, the restoration of that music of long ago, “When the morning stars sang together, and all
    the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38:7) It will be the love song of the ages, sung unto our Redeemer,
    Who hath gathered them unto Himself.
    “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled
    with laughter, and our tongues with singing.” (Psalm 127:1-2)
    But it is not just a song of long ago, nor of past blessing, for “They sung as it were a new song before the
    throne, – and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed
    from the earth.” New song – The Greek word here is “ode.” Same word is used in Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking
    to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (odes), singing and making melody in your heart to the
    Psalms – from “psallo” meaning: to touch, or play on a musical instrument, and thus refers to sacred songs or
    poems as are sung to stringed instruments. Hymns – from “humnos,” from “udo” meaning: to sing, to celebrate,
    praise, and signified songs in honor of God. And then songs – from “aeido” which is an ode, and denotes any
    poetic composition adapted to singing. It is often sung spontaneously.
    Now we have a “new song,” by a new company, with a new theme. “No man could learn that song.” It is born
    of the Spirit, bursting forth from the heart of those who “were redeemed from the earth.” Birthed out of the
    experience of total redemption, only those “of like precious faith” would be able to sing it. Let the song of
    Moses be sung, let the song of Israel’s return from captivity be sung, and whatever song the Spirit inspires as
    we make our way to Zion. But when God’s overcomers finally stand “with the Lamb” on mount Zion, the
    illumination, glory, victory shall be such it brings forth a spontaneous praise that none other can sing. What
    resounding glory unto Him who hath redeemed us by His blood. First, HE IS THERE on mount Zion, that is
    tremendous, but then that He can so thoroughly redeem men, that they can qualify to be there with Him, that is
    a testimony of the effectiveness of His in working. Such triumph can only produce worship and praise.
    “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.” Defiled – The Greek word is
    “moluno,” only used three times in the New Testament. There are those overcomers “which have not defiled
    their garments,” (Revelation 3:4) and there are those, of whom Paul wrote, “their conscience being weak is
    defiled.” (1 Corinthians 8:7) The meaning is clear, it is a defilement of the inner man. Idolatry is spiritual
    fornication and adultery. These are not defiled with the spirit of the world. They do not worship the beast, nor
    yet his image; they are free of his mark. With a pure spirit they worship God – thus “they are virgins.” Virginity
    of spirit is greatly to be desired. Unadulterated by the “I will” syndrome.
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    Paul taught another truth that is applicable here. He writes that through our identification with the cross of
    Christ, and His death, “Ye are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to
    another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Romans 7:4)
    The implication is clear – once we have died out to the old, and come alive to the new, any time we deviate
    from the path of the Spirit, and go back to the former works of the law, it is spiritual adultery.
    Furthermore, “I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I
    fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted
    from the simplicity (singleness) that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2 3)
    “When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” (Luke 11:34) Singleness- “He that is joined to
    the Lord is one spirit.” If, in any way, we turn from that singleness, and yield our mind and spirit to the spirit of
    the world, we have defiled ourselves. Works is a filthiness unto grace. The flesh is filthiness unto the spirit. The
    spirit of the world is filthiness unto Christ. We dare not prostitute the anointing, by using it for the satisfaction of
    the flesh. When our inward desire for God has turned elsewhere for its satisfaction, we have defiled our spirit,
    lost our virginity, and only our Redeemer can restore us to a virgin state again. It is truly a further “revelation of
    Jesus Christ,” that we see Him revealed in a company of virgins – undefiled ones. Only He can bring forth such
    a company of PERSONIFIED PURITY to stand with Him.
    “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?” (James 4:4)
    And what is the cure for this? “The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and
    I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14) To stand on the mount with the Lamb signified that this in-working of the
    cross is complete – we are dead to the world, and the world is dead unto us – nothing within that can be
    tantalized by the world, all that we desire is IN CHRIST ALONE.
    “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” What processing this one sentence covers,
    for it requires that we be LOOSED from all the binding restrictions of religion, to be free to follow as He leads.
    Our English word “religion” comes from the Latin “religio,” meaning: taboo, or restraint. It bespeaks of a system
    of faith and worship, with all of its “do, and don’t,” exercised by the will of man to gain favor with his God.
    The Greek word is “threskia,” meaning: outward ceremonial observances; which were done primarily for an
    Religion can be, and may well be, the greatest enemy of the Spirit, for it was religious belief that crucified
    Jesus. It was religious belief that hindered the entry of men into the kingdom of God. And Paul wrote, “O
    foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ
    hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you.” (Galatians 3:1) Having begun in the Spirit, they were
    ready to revert back to the works of the flesh, to observe days, months, times – back in bondage to form and
    ceremony, rather than the free flow of His life through them by the Spirit. Turning back to legalism is in effect
    crucifying Christ afresh, for it is a turning from the life of the Spirit, to man’s own works and self-efforts.
    To “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth,” requires great flexibility. It is possible that when we adhere
    rigidly to a promise, as we understand that promise, without taking a step in any direction, we could suddenly
    find ourselves outside the will of God, and back inside the rigid walls of legalism, and in danger of crucifying
    our Lord afresh. We might claim it and stand on it, and insist that God honor His Word on the level we
    understand it, when He has a far greater meaning for that promise, if we are willing to let go of our own self
    claiming-works, and just let the Spirit lead us as He wills. Self will is at the root of self- effort, and self-effort
    constitutes the works of the law, and the works of the law takes us outside the realm of faith – becoming a
    religion, rather than the free flow of His life. Thus we see what a tremendous MIRACLE of conversion Christ
    hath wrought in the hearts and lives of these that are now free to follow Him “whithersoever He goeth.”
    Only Christ can live the CHRIST- LIFE through us, and this becomes operative through relationship. The
    Greek word for “follow” is “akoloutheo,” meaning: to be in the same way with, i.e., to accompany. This is not
    trying to be an imitator of His way, but A PARTAKER! Breaking out of the “mode of religion” to follow Him is
    first an INWARD working, and then is manifested outward as the occasion might serve. To be able to “follow
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    the Lamb whithersoever He goeth,” means that He has brought us into a liberty and freedom which is far
    beyond all we can ask or think.
    “These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Herein is an
    amazing word. Until the Redeemer came on the scene, these were no different than the rest of humanity. As
    Paul well stated, “We also are men of like passions with you.” (Acts 14:15) Again we read, “Elias was a man
    subject to like passions as we are.” (James 5:17) Or, as God once said to Israel, “The Lord did not set His love
    upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people: for ye were the fewest of all
    people.” (Deuteronomy 7:7) NOT BECAUSE OF WHO OR WHAT WE WERE, but according to His sovereign
    grace, for we are but men like unto all of humanity. Therefore, when He sovereignly draws us unto Himself,
    and REDEEMS US to this glorious realm of victory, then let it be clear, we are only “the firstfruits unto God.”
    We are not the sum total of His handiwork, but the beginning – and all the harvest to follow shall receive the
    SAME QUALITY OF INWORKING as is seen in the firstfruits. What the firstfruits are is a manifested promise of
    what all the rest of creation shall receive and enjoy. No wonder “The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the
    wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own,” (Romans 8:19); because that means that once this
    victory is achieved, then the rest of creation may follow, “every man in his own order,” until the whole is
    reconciled, and become one in His more abundant life.
    “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” How utterly
    awesome! So often we have prayed it, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be
    acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) And here we find a people in
    whom this is fulfilled. “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man.” (James 3:1)
    No guile – the Greek word is “dolos,” meaning: bait, a lure, a snare. No deceit or trickery in their speech. The
    truth, spoken in love, which cannot be twisted or refuted – because IT IS! And such a word is possible only
    because it comes out of a state of being that is “without fault.” The Greek word is “amomos,” meaning:
    blameless, without blemish, without spot.
    First of all the qualification was in Himself, for He was “a Lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter
    1:19) And now He is able to bring us into the same state of being. “And you, that were sometimes alienated
    and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death,
    to present you holy and un-blameable and un-reproveable in His sight.” (Colossians 1:21- 22) – “To present
    you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24)
    If ever a victory testified to the capability and success of His Redemptive process, this company, which stand
    with the Lamb on mount Zion, are a living manifestation of that triumph!
    Now it rightly follows, with the evidence of redemption before us, “I saw another angel (messenger) fly in the
    midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every
    nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Revelation 14:6) The GOOD NEWS OF THE AGES, IT
    WORKS! The process of redemption works, and we have a whole company as evidence. Now, what He has
    done for others, He will do for you! What you have seen and heard can be experienced. “When he seeth his
    children, the work of Mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One
    of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they
    that murmured shall learn doctrine.” (Isaiah 29:23-24)
    What is the message of this “everlasting gospel?” Let them cry with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give glory to
    Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
    the fountain of waters.”
    “Fear God…” This is not a slavish fear, with obedience rendered because of a fear of the consequences if the
    Master is not pleased with us. Nor is this a superstitious fear, born out of supposed things that could happen,
    but never do. But it is a deep REVERENCE given to our God, springing out of respect, honor, and glory which
    we accord to Him. Then the specific reason for giving Him this reverence and glory – “for the hour of His
    judgment is come.” Ah, the very thought of judgment sends some people back into a slavish fear – because
    they view God as a Tyrant, out to “get them” them, and they are afraid that He will punish them without mercy
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    for every little mis-deed. Others immediately shudder with a superstitious fear because of the misconception
    resulting from all the erroneous doctrines and traditions which they have been taught. But judgment does not
    mean there will be catastrophes, troubles, events of horror and suffering. It means that the time of
    RESTORATION, of correction into righteousness has come. That evil shall be wiped out, and “Truth shall
    spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is
    good.” (Psalm 85:11-12)
    Yes, it is time to “WORSHIP GOD.” When the hour of crisis comes, it is time to worship Him that made heaven
    and earth, for He who is in control of the universe is also in control of our earthen vessel, and can bring us into
    the fullness of His life. And having viewed the RESULTS OF REDEMPTION in a firstfruits company, people
    now see that it is a good thing to serve the Lord – He has their best interests at heart, and in love He will regather
    all creation unto Himself. Worship rightly follows any inworking of judgment, for once we have been
    brought into a state of rightness, the joy and peace and blessing will produce a spontaneous outflow of praise
    and worship to Him.
    Swiftly the events unfold, and “there followed another messenger, saying, Babylon is fallen.” With the Lamb on
    mount Zion, surrounded with the firstfruits of the new creation, then all the systems of this world shall come to
    their end, and then “shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:… it shall break
    in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44)
    “And the third messenger followed them,” with the message that all those who “worship the beast and his
    image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of
    God…” The hour has now come, the CLEANSING, PURGING processes which were wrought in the firstfruits,
    now must be applied to the rest of creation, until the whole is purified. Yes, it is “every man in his own order,”
    and none shall escape that ultimate working until our God is truly “ALL in all.”
    “And another messenger came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust
    in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for these to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Now let us
    shout “Hallelujah!” “Out of the temple” comes the message we have long waited to hear. It is a true word, it is a
    pure word, for as we already observed, the temple has been measured, brought up to specifications – “Into the
    measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Now the message that goes forth is HIS MESSAGE – not the
    programs of man, not the schemes and plans of carnal men building kingdoms, supposedly for God, but
    actually for their own ego trip. Now it is truly “Holding forth the WORD OF LIFE.” (Philippians 2:16) And the
    message is that it is GOD’S HOUR for the ingathering.
    Long have we eagerly awaited this time. Through the centuries the efforts of Missionary Societies have ebbed
    and flowed, and as the “times of refreshing have come from the presence of the Lord,” (Acts 3:19), there have
    been some precious in gatherings. But always the harvest was so “in part.” The revivals were held, and a
    remnant were gathered in, but the vast majority of the city remained untouched. God was still gathering HIS
    FIRSTFRUITS. But now the time for the general harvest arrives, and with joy we hear Him say, “Thrust in thy
    sickle, and reap.”
    “Now all the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall
    worship before Thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and He is Governor among the nations.” (Psalm 22:27-
    “For God has allowed us to know the secret of His plan, and it is this: He purposes in His sovereign will that all
    human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in Heaven or earth shall find its
    perfection and fulfillment in Him.” (Ephesians 1:9-10, Phillips)
    “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress…” First it was written of
    our Redeemer, “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me.” (Isaiah 63:3)
    And then He apprehends unto Himself an “election of grace,” a firstfruits, who are drawn “forth therefore unto
    Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13) And now the great “winepress experience”
    faces all creation – warring fiercely against all impurity, treading out the self will and rebellion of man.
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    “He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.” (Song of Solomon 2:8) There is MERCY in
    the treading – He does not LEAP upon the hills, for it only requires the light skipping – the gentle pressure of His
    foot, redirecting the course. But upon every high mountain of man’s kingdom He will TREAD HEAVILY –
    leaping until all is subdued before Him.
    Then new life shall flow from the winepress of God,
    New life shall flow from the refiner’s fire.
    New life shall flow from the suffering and sorrow,
    New life shall flow – the eternal life of God.
    The harvest shall be completed, though it shall require “the ages to come (that) He might shew the exceeding
    riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7) But the process will be
    accelerated, for, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the
    treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.”
    (Amos 9:13) It is totally positive, for it is the triumph of our Redeemer.
    “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in
    them is filled up the wrath of God.” (Revelation 15:1)
    After making mention of this “sign in heaven,” John proceeds with a brief summarization of the victory of the
    overcomers, as if to say, “Let these points be strong in your vision, before I tell you of the plagues.” These will
    be the “last plagues,” as with them God’s wrath, His indignation against all unrighteousness, is finished,
    reaches its climax, and is ended.
    “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire.” This was first mentioned in Revelation 4:6, “And before
    the throne was a sea of glass like unto crystal.” But now there is an added qualification, “mingled with fire.”
    Truly the overcomer can stand thereon, because the cleansing of His consuming fire has done its work within.
    There is no negative reaction to the fire. There is no fear of exposure, or scrutiny. While it is written, “There is
    nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known,” (Matthew 10:26), yet these can
    be transparent before all, and stand unashamed. When everything within us is pure, as He is pure, let the
    unveilings take place – we can stand upon the sea of glass, and rejoice that we have been made partakers of
    His righteousness.
    “And I saw… them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over
    the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses
    the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.”
    “The song of Moses,” was a song of deliverance, exalting the power of God, magnifying the One who brought
    them through in victory. “Then sang Moses… this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the
    Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously… The Lord is my strength and my song, and He is become my salvation:
    He is my God… Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like unto Thee, glorious in holiness,
    fearful in praises, doing wonders…” (Exodus 15:1- 2, 11)
    “And the song of the Lamb.” Now the song expands to another dimension, for the Lamb is the REDEEMER of
    all men, and He sings of the totality of salvation for all mankind. “All nations whom Thou hast made shall come
    and worship before Thee, O Lord; and shall glorify Thy name. For Thou art great and doest wondrous things:
    Thou art God alone.” (Psalm 86:9-10)
    “And all flesh shall come to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:23)
    “For He will famish all the gods of the earth, and men shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the
    isles of the heathen.” (Zephaniah 2:11)
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    “Saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of
    saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou only art holy: For all nations shall
    come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest.”
    Yes, the first fruits sing of victory over the beast, his mark, his image, and his number. They exalt the One who
    has brought them into this deliverance. But then they go on to prophetically sing of the ultimate, that “ALL
    NATIONS shall come and worship before Thee.” It is not just our deliverance – it is what He has purposed for
    ALL men everywhere, including the far off isles of the sea.
    With this VICTORY clearly in focus, let the outworking of it begin! “I looked, and behold, the temple of the
    tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.” Out of this purified, qualified, holy temple of His dwelling,
    proceeds the ministry. The messengers are “clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded
    with golden girdles.” Such oneness with the holiness and divine nature of God, their ministry is totally
    righteous, executing the will of God to perfection.
    “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to
    enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
    “If you walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you
    according to your sins. – I will walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.”
    (Leviticus 26:21, 24)
    The certainty of justice and correction is sure – not as a negative whipping as payment for sin, but as a
    chastening to teach, a discipline to learn – “For when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the
    world will learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26:9) The process is not an end in itself, but the means to an end –
    through all the judgments a vital correction is made, bringing forth a “godly sorrow that worketh repentance to
    salvation.” (2 Corinthians 7:10) His judgments do not save us, but they condition and prepare us to receive
    HIM who is our Salvation. They cause us to turn to the Lord in repentance, and we find He has been drawing
    us to Himself through it all.
    So great is His glory and power that fills the temple, that no man can enter until their sevenfold cleansing is
    complete. This was prefigured in the early church, “And of the rest durst no man join himself to them…” (Acts
    5:13) When GOD’S HOLINESS fills the temple, no man will be able to enter and retain his filthy garments.
    “Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king
    to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness.” (Matthew
    22:12-13) The standard is not lowered to accommodate the world. The purgings will intensify until all are clean,
    clothed with His righteousness, and ready to be received by Christ.
    “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 16:1) Then follows the plagues of purification. They
    correspond to that which we saw in the ministry of the seven trumpets, and are also prefigured in the plagues
    that came upon Egypt.
    While the processings might be severe, yet “I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord,
    which art, and wast, and shalt be, because Thou hast judged thus.” – “And I heard another out of the altar say,
    Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Thy judgments.” (Revelation 16:5, 7)
    Truly we can bear witness, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth
    and without iniquity, just and right is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
    Moffatt’s translation reads: “Steadfast – He rules aright, HIS METHODS ARE IN ORDER DUE, a God trusty
    and wholly true, upright and honest.” While Ferrar Fenton adds the thought, “ALL HIS LINES ARE
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    What a declaration! His work is perfect, all His lines are straight, His methods are in due order, all that He does
    is RIGHT! Therefore it rightly follows, “All His ways are judgment.” Everything He does is to bring about a
    restoration and setting right that which has been perverted, distorted, defiled, etc. HE IS OUR GOD OF
    SALVATION! Were He to draw a line in your life, it would be a straight line – and that means you would be
    brought into alignment with that uprightness. “I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way,
    wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a Father to Israel.” (Jeremiah 31:9) All of His methods, His workings,
    are in proper order, proper time, perfect sequence, as He steadily draws you to Himself.
    So long has Christendom programmed their doctrines with a negative view, that to read of the pouring out of
    the plagues brings a shudder, a fear, for all they see is calamity and distress, while actually God has promised
    the opposite. Full well He knows the propensity of humanity to do evil. He knows of the self-will and rebellion,
    that we have “turned every one to his own way.” But He also has promised, “I will bring the blind by a way that
    they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and
    crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
    So ingrained is the self- will and rebellion of man, that the first strokes of judgment only harden them in their
    waywardness. “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power
    over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory.” Yet even in their cursing they are forced to
    acknowledge that the Almighty God was in control, He had “power over the plagues.” They blaspheme God in
    a reaction to their pain and distress. But while the wrath of God is love’s severity, yet it remains purest love,
    seeking the ultimate good for creation, and so it continues to apply the strokes of chastisement. Repentance
    will come, but how great is the need for the in-working of His judgments, until that submission comes.
    “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and
    they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores,
    and repented not of their deeds.”
    There are two very contrasting realms, and God uses them both in His processings. “Scorched with great
    heat,” and the pain of “darkness.” The pain of fiery trials we know, when God turns on the heat and we “melt
    before Him.” But now let us briefly consider the pain of darkness – and the dark night of the soul.
    In the parable of Jesus, when it came time to deal with the stress-rebellion of the servant, the command was
    given, “Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
    (Matthew 25:30)
    Outer darkness – which, according to the scientists, is a state of absolute zero, 273 degrees minus Fahrenheit.
    There is no heat, no light, no energy, all has been removed or drawn off. Thus “darkness,” becomes a
    synonymous term for “cold,” the opposite of heat.
    When one steps into a very cold room, at first you have your own body warmth which surrounds you, so that it
    isn’t so noticeable as to how cold the room might be, but gradually, as your body heat is drawn off until you
    become more equalized with the temperature of the room, then you realize how cold that room really is. What
    has happened is that to make an equalization, there is a drawing off of the thermo energy in you to make up
    some of the lack in the room.
    All of the inner stress, which has built up through our rebellious resistance to the will of God, can be drawn off
    by a plunge into darkness. All our reserve resource of self-will, etc. is tapped, and we struggle to maintain our
    stand, while slowly we are worn down and become less adamant in our willful rebellion. God knows exactly
    what DARK CORNER to place us in, with no outside energy, which we can draw from to help maintain our
    rebellious resistance. Yea, the darkness draws out of us, until our high force of thermo energy is lowered way
    down, and we don’t feel as rebellious as we once did.
    It is significant that wherever you find reference to “outer darkness” you also read of “weeping and gnashing of
    teeth,” as if to indicate the shivering in the cold until the teeth chatter. But ever more our God is in control, for
    “The darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.” (Psalm 139:12)
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    It may be that for a time “Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.” (John 3:19) They
    may feel they are getting away with their wrong-doing because no one sees them. But when God leaves them
    in darkness long enough, they come to hate the darkness, for it draws out of them their last reserves of light,
    life, strength – and they are brought to the end of themselves. “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and
    thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
    forsaken the Lord thy God, and that My fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God.” (Jeremiah 2:19)
    All this brings more meaning to the Word, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that
    darkness.” (Matthew 6:23) We weep for them, yet we thank God for this understanding of how He uses the
    COLD, THE DARKNESS to draw out this thermo energy of self-resistance, and the hour of final victory will
    come, with a full restoration into God.
    “And the sixth angel poured out his vial… And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of
    the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits
    of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to
    the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
    There is a “spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2) And the time comes
    when God does more than just clean up the body realm, and the mind realm, but there is a “war in our
    heavens,” as He contends with the very spirit ( or spirits) which motivates us. The battle is not just “against
    flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
    against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) We are to be CLEANSED “from all filthiness of
    the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) Thus, before this sevenfold
    purification process is finished, the spirit world is challenged and overcome.
    Three unclean spirits emerge, from the dragon, the beast, the false prophet. Touching upon the bestiality of
    man in all areas of body, soul, and spirit. It reaches into all the expressions of society, religious, political,
    economical. The frogs may croak (sound off) all night, but their influence will end with the Light of the New
    Day, when “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ.”
    We observe that these “spirits of devils, can be classified in three areas: unclean spirits, spirits of infirmity, and
    vexing spirits.
    The influence of the UNCLEAN spirit is readily seen in all of the uncleanness of the flesh. “For from within, out
    of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
    deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” (Mark 7:21-22)
    Paul also described the “uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts…” (Romans 1:24), so that there
    were all forms of erotism, homosexuality, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, deceit, malignity, implacable,
    unmerciful, and the list goes on. This unclean spirit seems intensified in the end of this age, but there is a battle
    that will defeat and END all such uncleanness. The purpose of the “last plagues” is to “thoroughly purge His
    floor… and He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matt. 3:12)
    Infirmity and vexing also spring out of the evil realm. But when Christ came on the scene, “They that were
    vexed with unclean spirits, were healed.” (Luke 6:18) Tranquilizers don’t deliver. The battles within with the
    tormenting of negative thoughts, whisperers that rob you of your peace – illustrate it as you will, ALL of this
    ends when Christ reigns supreme within.
    There was “a woman which had a spirit of infirmity, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up
    herself And when Jesus saw her, he called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine
    infirmity.” (Luke 13:11-12) Loosed – from the same root word we get “redemption,” i.e., a loosing away. HE is
    the Redeemer, and though all creation be “bowed together” and cannot walk upright, yet when His purifying
    plagues are finished, ALL HIS LINES ARE STRAIGHT!” The loosing will be total and complete in every way –
    He promised it so!
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    Jesus declared that “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, ” if that one is not filled with the Spirit of
    God, but remains empty and vulnerable, that the unclean spirit will “take with him seven other spirits more
    wicked than himself, and enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. EVEN
    SO SHALL IT BE UNTO THIS WICKED GENERATION.” (Matthew 12:43, 45) No wonder there is need for this
    sevenfold cleansing – the intense pollution of uncleanness, of the bestiality of man requires it.
    The masquerade was stripped away, and it was said to Nebuchadnezzar, “Let his heart be changed from
    man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.” (Daniel 4:16). All of the
    beast’s mark was there, and it required a sevenfold (SEVEN TIMES) judgment. Was it successful? Yes,
    indeed. “At the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding
    returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him that liveth for ever, whose
    dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation. I praise and extol and
    honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He
    is able to abase.” (Daniel 4:34, 37) What a glorious victory! Humbled before the Almighty, he acknowledged
    the excellency of all “His ways judgment.” They were right, correcting, realigning, bringing the whole into
    uprightness before God! He, could only bow low and worship.
    Every man must face his hour of truth, and come to his appointed “Armageddon.” Jacob “wrestled a man…
    until the breaking of the day.” (Genesis 32:24) The warring between spirit and flesh, truth and error, love and
    hate, light and darkness, love for God and self-love, His will and our will – it brings us to our personal
    Gethsemane. All roads and crossroads eventually lead to the Cross, and there the war ends – “It is finished. “
    “And the seventh angel poured out his via! into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of
    heaven, from the throne, saying, IT IS DONE.” (Revelation 16:17)
    The ringing declaration that “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,” (1 Corinthians 15:26)
    overthrows the whole structure of accepted, but unproven, theology that the forces of evil shall eternally exist in
    opposition to righteousness. Evil is allowed for wise ends, and when these are secured it must cease to exist,
    for God will restore all things into good. “The Lord hath made all things for Himself. yea, even the wicked for
    the day of evil.” (Proverbs 16:4)
    “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his
    work; and I have created the waster to destroy.” (Isaiah 54:16)
    The mystery of iniquity will work until that hour when the Voice comes “out of the temple of heaven FROM THE
    THRONE, saying, It is done.” He hath decreed that “iniquity shall have an end,” (Ezekiel 21:25) And His
    judgments are a means to that end.
    Seven is the number of completeness, perfection. It is not a ceaseless, unending conflict – God’s purpose
    moves forward with divine order until it is consummated. And now in the pouring out of the seventh vial, again
    we have the witness that the negative forces will come to their end. In this seventh, and last plague, we have
    the sweeping climax – “The cities of the nations fall; and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to
    give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains
    were not found.” (Revelation 16:19-20) So great was the entrenchment of Babylon, John will have much more
    to say about her fall, but it is included in this seventh plague.
    “And every island fled away…” Islands symbolize that separate, individualized effort of man, to live his own life,
    do his own thing, a law unto himself. But all self – centeredness will be dealt with by God. “A branch cannot
    bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine.” (John 15:4) Long ago “He drove out the man” from the Garden,
    and man went his own way. “Cain went out from the presence of the Lord… and he builded a city.” (Genesis
    4:16). He sought to exalt his own name, become an entity in himself. But all the efforts of man have failed, and
    now this self-independence is ended, and the creature will find life and peace in God again. Truly, there is “a
    purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun, but only God, can satisfy.” (Ecclesiastes
    3:11, Amplified). Now shall every man obey that command, inherent in his spirit, “Return, ye children of men.”
    (Psalm 90:3) Our waywardness ended, we are “gathered together in one” in Christ, (Ephesians 1:10), to find
    our all in Him!
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    “And the mountains were not found…” All the kingdom – building of man shall cease. The empires which were a
    monument to the abilities of the flesh shall be brought low, For the fullness of the victory of the seventh trumpet
    is now made manifest, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ;
    and He shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
    For a time men will blaspheme God “because of the plague of the hail,” for it will be devastating in its working.
    “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the
    refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:17) But when the work is finished, the
    whole of creation will be subdued before Him, joyfully to proclaim that He is righteous in all His ways, and HE
    IS LORD!
    “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and
    all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon
    the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13) EVERY CREATURE, everywhere, shall
    cease their blaspheming, rebellion against God, and shall bow low in worship before Him, to praise and
    magnify the King of kings.
    “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me,
    Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” (Revelation
    The word “Babylon” means: confusion. It matters not which segment of the world’s institutional structures we
    consider, be it economical, political, or religious, there is one word that can be written across the whole,
    CONFUSION. It is the MIXTURE of good and evil that brings such confusion. So interwoven is truth with error,
    helping others while building a kingdom for self, good works that are a blessing to many, while fostering one’s
    own name and reputation, that it is difficult to know which is right and which is wrong.
    Furthermore, Babylon also represents an incarnation of all that is opposed to God, for it is anti-christ. The word
    “anti” means: against, or, instead of. Every facet of the flesh bespeaks of the bestial, of antagonism toward
    God, and it would set itself up to be “instead of God.” Indeed, it is a system that “opposeth and exalteth itself
    above all that is called God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) Betimes there might be strong outward opposition, but
    often it is just a subtle substitution, self, flesh, the world, instead of God.
    Yet, even while we acknowledge this, be it remembered, Babylon is still in the sovereign hand of God Who
    controls all. Therefore even Babylon, in spite of all of its corruption, has been used by God for a purpose.
    “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand that made all the earth drunken.” (Jeremiah 51:7). And it is
    when her purpose is finished, that God has decreed her end. It is a prophetic word guaranteed of fulfillment.
    “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been
    made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (verse 2)
    Whoredom in the Scripture frequently denotes idolatry. It is a turning to worship and serve “other gods,” rather
    than worshiping and serving our Creator/Redeemer. It is to place the system of the world before Him. This
    system has catered to, excited, and serviced all the lusts of the flesh. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the
    flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16) Men,
    have worshiped at the shrine of desire – desire for fame, fortune, pleasure, etc. God has used this as a means
    of EXPOSING ALL THAT IS IN THEIR HEART. “Out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,
    fornications…” (Mark 7:21) When desire and opportunity meet, that which is within shall be manifested.
    The mystery goes back a very long time. “Cush begat Nimrod, he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He
    was a mighty hunter before the Lord… And the beginning of His kingdom was Babel (or, Babylon).” (Genesis
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    Briefly: Nimrod became a mighty one; powerful, famous, a leader in the affairs of men. He is the first one
    spoken of to organize a kingdom. And it is stated “he was a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The Hebrew word
    “before” is used in a great variety of applications, and in this instance literally means “against.” Nimrod set
    himself up before God, instead of God, and thus literally, AGAINST GOD. And his very name, Nimrod, is said
    to mean: upstart, or, let us rebel. One writer pointed out that the Jewish Encyclopedia says that Nimrod was
    “he who made all the people rebellious against God.” Many of the paganistic practices of today are dated back
    to the time of Nimrod, as they rise in opposition against God – are ANTI- God.
    Babylon is a union of the religious, political, and economical realms – expressed through three different
    avenues, yet all under the same anti- christ spirit, and all three are very intertwined. Whether manifested as
    one man enterprises, or vast dictatorial regimes, they all bear the marks of confusion.
    Genesis 11, gives the record of how the people found a plain in the land of Shinar, and proceeded to built a
    city and a tower, but God intervened, confounded their language, and scattered them. Verse 9, “Therefore is
    the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth.”
    The Hebrew word for “confound” used here is “babal” meaning: to mix, to mingle, and thus literally, to mix self
    in. The more self-centered each man became, with his own expression, the less they could communicate with
    others, so frustration took over, and they left off building, and went every one his own way. Though self had
    been in evidence beforehand, now it was turned inward, and thus caused greater confusion.
    There are four things which are revealed in this record which bespeaks of the projection of SELF in man, and
    which carries down to present time.
    1) They came to this particular plain, saw that it was a good place to dwell, and decided to settle there. Self
    seeks to be surrounded with ease and prosperity. Religion still capitalizes on this aspect of man, with doctrines
    of prosperity, until many “suppose that gain is godliness,” (1 Timothy 6:5) and measure their spirituality by
    how they prosper. Find a comfortable creed and doctrine, where flesh is appeased, and settle down to just
    enjoy it. Eat, drink, and be merry. Politicians appeal to this propensity in man, as they push for their own
    agenda. Financiers cater to this lust of the flesh, to promote their money schemes. Yes, the trappings of
    Babylon are everywhere.
    But “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Ecclesiastes 1:8) Not until the
    creature has returned to its Creator will there ever be true and lasting satisfaction, all else is an illusion. “As for
    me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm
    2) Self- building. Along with seeking satisfaction in their surroundings, men come to this next expression of
    self, “let us build us a city and a tower.” The first time the word “build” is used in the Bible, is when Cain “went
    out from the presence of the Lord… and he builded a city.” (Genesis 4:16-17) Build a kingdom, or fence in this
    little corner as MINE, no matter how small, or large, the same spirit is there, “Is not this great Babylon, that I
    have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?” (Daniel
    4:30) That is truly the spirit of Babylon, to glory in all of our self-works.
    3) Self- exaltation. Concurrent with the building comes the thought, “let us make us a name.” How men like the
    sound of their own name, and they attach it to everything they are able to, that it might become well-known and
    lifted up. Yet surely, the more the cross works within us, “not my will, but Thine, be done,” the more we desire
    only to exalt the name of the Lord our God.
    4) Self- preservation. “Lest we be scattered.” It is one of the most basic instincts of the natural man, once you
    have built a kingdom, then you have to fight to maintain it, and fear takes over – fear of loss, fear of being
    scattered. We must maintain our territorial rights. So men devise ways of self- protection and defense. But the
    cure for all of this is to abandon ourselves to God, then HE will keep us. “Whosoever will save his life shall lose
    it, and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25)
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    There are also four prominent things in Babylonian philosophy, four things, which are ingrained in all
    institutionalized systems of the world today. When God scattered them from the “tower of Babel, they carried
    their philosophy in all directions.
    1) The very basic philosophy of Babylon is that all things are the result of organic evolution. This eliminates
    God as Creator, and opens the way for man to think that he helped in his own creation and evolvement. Man
    likes to think that inherent in his own selfhood lies the power for his advancement. Even in his religion he feels
    he has to “help God out.”
    2) There was strong emphasis on what they termed the “thinker,” or the brain. This projection of the ego of
    man, and emphasis on the “brain bank,” gives pre-eminence to the intellect. The educational systems of the
    day are enmeshed in this ideology.
    3) It is also noted that part of Babylon’s philosophy promoted promiscuity (sex-abandonment). It permeates all
    of society, resulting in the break- down of the home and marriage.
    4) Finally, the fourth part of Babylon’s basic philosophy was for a total state, welfare society (or what might be
    termed, totalitarianism). This simply means that the State will act for the people, think for the people, do
    everything for the people. And again, this has crept into religion – the whole of religious popery follows this, be
    it the local pastor who binds the sheep to himself, or the “headquarters” which sends out the edict for men to
    “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten
    horns. And upon her I forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And
    Abominations Of The Earth.”
    This system of the world has infiltrated into every avenue of society – “And here is the mind, which hath
    wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” The waters which thou sawest,
    where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Significant that it speaks of
    “seven” mountains. It is from the Hebrew language that we get the meaning of the number seven, for the
    Hebrew word is “shevah” from the root “savah” which means: to be full or satisfied, thus it speaks of that which
    is full and complete, and in the positive sense, good and perfect. Not until Babylon’s cup has come to its FULL,
    is it time for it to be judged.
    The principle remains, and we are admonished to “Judge nothing before its time.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
    As part of the outworking purpose of God, the seed of Abraham had to sojourn in Egypt for a time, because
    “The iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full (complete).” (Genesis 15:16) Justice would not demand a full
    sentence upon an incomplete measure. But when it was “full up” then God sent Israel in to destroy them, and
    bring that realm to an end.
    And Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees of His day, “Ye are the children of them, which killed the
    prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.” (Matthew 23:31-32) Which they then proceeded to do in
    due time, when they killed Jesus.
    So the point becomes clear, Babylon, too, must come to its FULL EXPRESSION, its purpose be completed,
    and then it will be time for judgment, as the seventh vial is poured out – and the decree comes from the throne,
    “It is done.” FINISHED, full up and ended. And we do well to guard our spirit, so that we do not rail against that
    which God is still using in His plan of the ages.
    So through the generations, rising up in many different expressions, the various kingdoms of man have
    brought to the full the workings of Babylon. Seven heads – they are seven mountains, or again, seven
    kingdoms – one swallows up another, same old business under anew regime – yet the latter is of the same
    spirit, as the former. The mother harlot and all her daughters, differ not.
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    A “beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” “Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable,
    that thou canst not know them.” (Proverbs 5:6) If in some manner she seems to no longer exist, yet, in fact,
    she is still there under another name and form. The same old immorality under a new name. The kingdoms of
    man rise and fall, the leaders (ten horns) thrust and war, and however it is considered – the same evil spirit
    troubles the whole. Ten is the number of a completed cycle, and all of these kings combine – “These have one
    mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” All their energy force is poured into supporting
    the system, each in their time and manner.
    “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of
    kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” It matters not what kingdoms, or
    systems arise, nor how viciously they war against Him. Let “the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain
    thing. (Let) the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and
    against His anointed, – He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” (Psalm
    2:1- 2, 4)
    The book of Revelation is not a “revelation of the whore,” even though she is seen, exposed, and overcome. It
    is a “revelation of Jesus Christ,” and thus He is revealed as THE LAMB THAT OVERCOMES, for He is Lord of
    lords, and King of kings.” And He has the power “even to subdue (Greek, to set in array under) all things unto
    Himself.” (Philippians 3:21)
    How continuously John reminds us all the way through this record of what was shown to him, that the theme is
    truly one of OVERCOMING. The Lamb, the Redeemer, is Lord of all. As He reigns, He sets in array under
    Himself, “every man in his own order.” Babylon may rise and spread its influence throughout the whole world, it
    may shift its position, change colors, and seek to cover up its evil ways – but this is no threat to our Lord. He
    has overcome the world. All enemies shall be subdued under His feet.
    But the revelation of Christ is also expanding, for He is revealed THROUGH A PEOPLE, thus many times we
    are reminded that those who overcome as He overcame, will sit down with Him in His throne. They stand with
    Him on mount Zion. They are one in His victory. They are “called, chosen, and faithful.”
    Called – here the Greek word is “kletos.” Paul uses it over and over again, “Called to be saints.” (Romans 1:7)
    “Called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Sanctified and called, set apart and called, this is a
    sovereign in working of God. Certainly “No man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God.”
    (Hebrews 5:4) And the fullness of our overcoming is assured, because “Faithful is He that calleth you, who
    also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24) Truly it is GOD all the way!
    Chosen – “eklektos” meaning: laid out, choice, elect. It speaks of being picked out by God – after due
    consideration. The comparable Hebrew word “bachar” means: to choose after testing. The calling is
    sovereignly by God, but once called, there is a responsive action on our part – He calls, we come, and then He
    begins the processings, testing, purifying, and as we yield to Him, the qualifying takes place. “Not he who
    recommends himself, – but he whom the Lord recommends, that one has His approval placed upon him, that
    approval being based upon the fact that the approved one has met the test satisfactorily.” (2 Corinthians
    10:18, Wuest) And so Peter admonished us to “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.” (2 Peter
    Faithful – “Moreover it is required… that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2) Faithfulness can only be
    proven over time. One doesn’t stand steady for a short duration and be known as a faithful one, but when the
    time is long, the testings seem endless, and the trial of our faith is stretched out, yet because of HIS GRACE
    we are able to endure and hold fast – this proves our faithfulness. Time and tribulation are the agents that are
    used to reveal if we are truly faithful. “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
    their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
    serve Him day and night… (Revelation 7:14- 15)
    Yes, “they follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” Yes, they have been cleansed from all the marks of the
    beast, and now they bear only the marks of God. Yes, they are the lords of whom He is THE LORD. They are
    the kings of whom He is THE KING. And they are a part of that ministry which shall bring Babylon to an end,
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    for there is no confusion in them – they are conformed to His image, partakers of His divine nature. They are
    the body of which He is THE HEAD. They are overcomers in the Overcomer! And they, with Him, gain the
    victory over all of Babylon!
    “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My People, that ye be not partakers of her
    sins, and that ye receive not her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4)
    In His tremendous High Priestly prayer, Jesus prayed, “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the
    world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” (John 17:15) Though we live in the midst of this world
    system, yet we are not “of” it, we do not derive our life from its spirit. Herein is the realm of overcoming – to be
    able to live in this world, and yet not be a partaker of the spirit of this world, nor of the spirit of Babylon.
    Jeremiah gave a strong prophetic word against Babylon, which the Holy Spirit has quickened to individuals
    through the years, alerting His “called out ones” to “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his
    soul: be not cut off in her iniquity,” for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance, He will render unto her a
    recompense.” (Jeremiah 51:6) There is a vast difference between handling a few coins to buy groceries, and
    being caught up in the spirit of finances, till one eats, sleeps, and breathes financial matters. There is a vast
    difference between serving our country in some form of political office, and being controlled by the spirit of
    politics. And there is a vast difference between gathering for times of corporate worship, and being infused with
    the spirit of religious Babylon. Thus the call to “come out of her, My people,” can only be applied by the holy
    Spirit, as He works in each life – so that we are not “OF” the spirit of these systems, even though we live in the
    midst of them.
    There is a “spirit that now worketh (energizeth) in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2) It is the spirit
    of the world, the spirit of antichrist, the spirit of Babylon. And there is also a Holy Spirit that works in the
    children of obedience – to quicken them “by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11)
    Particularly are we led to emphasize coming out of religious Babylon. “We would have healed Babylon, but she
    is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto
    heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.” (Jeremiah 51:9) We would have healed her – oh, how we tried to
    bolster her up and heal her. We poured our strength into her, ignoring the instruction to “Give not thy strength
    unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.” (Proverbs 31:3) We fasted and prayed for God to
    revive her. Though she reeked with abominations, traditions of men, false doctrines, and platitudes for itching
    ears, still we tried to heal her. But in time the holy Spirit speaks so loudly within, “Flee out of the midst of her,”
    that we have to obey. All her works, her kingdom building endeavors for self, are not sufficient – but are as
    filthy rags ready for the burning.
    “The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our
    God.” (Jeremiah 51:10) Thus, by inserting this verse of contrast, Jeremiah has also told us of the nature of
    Babylon – that it is to do her own thing, with her self – righteous works. On the one hand we have Babylon
    trying to work out her own worthless standard of righteousness, and on the other hand we have the Lord
    becoming our righteousness. What a contrast! No more would we declare our own works. No more would we
    declare the works of the system – my church did this, my church said that. Forsaking all such, we would
    declare only the inworkings of our Lord – for HE is the God of our Salvation, our Redeemer, our LIFE.
    There is no need to illustrate how that religious Babylon has “become the habitation of devils, and the hold of
    every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18:3) The uncleanness – adultery
    and fornication, etc.; the doctrines of devils, the perversion of truth, teaching the commandments of men, until
    every foul spirit hides under the skirt of religion.
    “And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” Even during His
    earthly sojourn, “Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple,
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    and overthrew the tables of the money- changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It
    is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves.” (Matthew
    21:12- 13)
    One man, talking about Christianity, said that it started with Jesus and the twelve disciples. Jesus declared the
    message of God’s love, forgiveness, etc. as a message to be preached to the hearts of people. Then this
    message of Jesus went to Greece and became a philosophy (Origen, Augustine, etc.). Then it went to Rome
    and became an institution, the Roman Catholic Church. Then it went to Europe and became a culture, the
    British Christian culture. And then it came to America and became an enterprise, just a religion for
    merchandising. Multi- millions of dollars are spent every year in the merchandising of religion.
    It is no wonder that she has been called “the great whore that sitteth upon many waters,” for she has defiled
    herself in adulteries of every kind – whatever the “gods” might be. And out of her various “unions” with
    paganism of every sort, she has birthed many daughters all of like nature. Having played fast and loose with
    the world, mixing in the music of the world with her worship; the entertainment of the world is combined with
    her sacrifices; the power- control underlies her lust for position and authority; and she will join herself to
    whatever will bring her more gain. Her sins are innumerable, and the challenge is becoming increasingly clear –
    “come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins.”
    “And that ye receive not of her plagues.” The Greek word for “plagues” is “plege” meaning: a stroke, i.e. a
    smiting. The blows are going to be swift, and hard. “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and
    mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
    (Verse 8) Those that have placed their trust, their faith, in the religious systems of men, who have reveled in
    her merchandise, shall suffer the blow when the stroke comes. “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and
    mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” (Verse 11) No more “business as usual,” for
    it all comes to a screeching halt. “THE LAMB shall overcome them.”
    Hear again the word of the prophet: “Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which
    destroyest (to mar or corrupt) all the earth: and I will stretch out Mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from
    the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a
    stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 51:25-26)
    The metaphor changes, but the message is the same, as Daniel interpreted the dream of the king, how that the
    image (i.e., world system) was “broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing
    floor; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the Stone that smote the image
    became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:35)
    No place found for them – men will not take one particle, one stone of the old Babylonish system, and use it as
    the corner to start another kingdom; not a stone for the foundation, to build another tower of Babel. So
    complete will be the devastation of Babylon, so broken in pieces, so utterly burnt with fire, that it “shall be
    found no more at all.” (Verse 21)
    Again we find the phraseology in the Old Testament, when declaring His judgment upon Israel, He said, “I will
    take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the
    bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.” (Jeremiah 25:10) Now all of this is said again,
    but with much more finality, for Israel’s judgment was to last but seventy years, but this judgment upon Babylon
    is complete, and forever.
    “The voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more in thee.” No more
    will the king of Babylon give the decree – “That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, hap,
    sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image…” (Daniel 3:5)
    How religious Babylon has used its music to control the moods of the people – to make them shout and dance,
    to make them weep and moan, stirring the emotions, controlling the feelings, bending their will, causing them
    to worship the image, BUT NO. MORE!
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    “And no craftsman, of whatever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee.” No more the skillful crafting of
    programs, no more the channeling of the anointed creativity into new schemes to draw crowds, build bigger
    kingdoms, and further the control of man over the souls of other men.
    “And the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.” No more the endless labour, grinding
    away, wearing out the benighted souls of those that wanted to “serve the Lord,” but ended up serving the
    system. No more industry with a view toward financial gain. No more the labor of “the hireling.”
    “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee.” No more shall the “burning and shining lights” of
    God- given ministries give their wisdom and understanding, their illumination, their revelation, to be a glimmer
    of light in the dark regions of Babylon. No more will they suffer burn out for having tried to heal a system that
    was destined to be destroyed.
    “And the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more in thee at all.” No more the sound of
    celebration of the marriages of more “into the system.” Henceforth the JOINING shall only be into UNION
    WITH GOD. The harlot relationships are ending, relationship with God is just beginning.
    “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
    and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord.” (2
    Corinthians 6:17-18)
    Touch not the unclean! The Greek word for “touch” is “haptomai” meaning: to attach oneself to, or literally, to
    kindle. The same word is used in John 20:17, when Jesus appeared unto Mary right after His resurrection, and
    she was so overjoyed to see Him, she would reach out and embrace Him, but He said, “Touch Me not; for I am
    not yet ascended to My Father… “Literally, kindle me not, do not light any fire of desire in me that would turn
    me away from my goal.
    COME OUT – we have been called out from among the dead, called out of the world, called out of Babylon,
    called out of the carnal realm, and we are ascending to our Father, being quickened by the Spirit – therefore,
    do not let any thing of this world’s system kindle in you a strange fire of desire. He would “present us faultless
    before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,” (Jude 24) and we would maintain our purity before Him –
    undefiled by any contact with the great whore.
    “Come out of her, My people…” The call remains for us in this day, as the Holy Spirit sovereignly draws to
    Himself a people that will be ALL HIS. But it is not a negative working, it is not just a time for weeping, pain,
    etc. The only thing that makes it hard for us to “flee out of the midst of Babylon,” is when there is too much of
    Babylon IN US. For sure, it is one thing to have God call us out of Babylon, and quite another thing for God to
    purge all of Babylon out of us. When there is nothing left within us that sympathizes with Babylon, to allure us
    back into affinity with her ways, then there will be no more pain nor tears in the coming out.
    “Go ye forth of Babylon… with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say
    ye, The Lord hath redeemed His servant.” (Isaiah 48:20) What a deliverance, what a glorious redemption –
    loosed from the bondage of Babylon. “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing:
    then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2)
    Furthermore, since Babylon has sold her bill of goods to the ends of the earth – “sitting upon many waters,”
    now is the time to TELL ALL MEN, time to “utter it even to the end of the earth.” And what is the message to be
    told? THAT THE LORD HATH REDEEMED His servant.
    Herein is another facet of “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” For now we see Him as the great Deliverer from
    Babylon. Only as He calls us out, only as He cleanses our inner being of Babylon, does this deliverance
    become an experiential reality. Men call other men out, only to see them return again – for what is in their heart
    will draw them back. But when He calls, and inwardly purges, and fills us with Himself, then the COMING OUT
    is effectual, and leads to a COMING IN, a coming into Christ, to be joined unto Him in one Spirit. For when He
    dwells within us, He draws us ONWARD and UPWARD, that He might unite us with His fullness. “That where I
    am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3)
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    “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory,
    and honor, and power, unto the I Lord our God.” (Revelation 19:1)
    Here is worship flowing out to magnify the Lord – all praise to Jehovah! Salvation is of the Lord. All the splendor
    and majesty belongs to Him. He has the ability to bring to the full the redemption and restoration of all
    mankind. “0 magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:3) And the specific
    reason for this outburst of praise and worship? “Because true and righteous are His judgments;…”
    There was an occasion when Jesus “beheld the city, and wept over it,” (Luke 19:41), because the people
    knew not the day of their visitation, nor the things which would have been toward their peace. Full well He
    knew the calamities that were coming, even God’s judgments to correct, thus a time of sorrow and woe. And
    so, as “Son of man” He wept, for He was “touched with the feeling of our infirmities (weaknesses).” (Hebrews
    4:15) Yet obviously He had no will nor desire to prevent the severity of the measures that He knew were on the
    horizon. He knew that the corrective measures were essential. Indeed, this commitment to the Divine Will is to
    be found in every child of God, A WILL THAT REQUIRES HOLINESS as the foundation for future blessing.
    Thus, when we read of God’s judgments upon Babylon, we find that the elders, the mystic living creatures, and
    the vast company of the redeemed, all cry out, “Amen; Alleluia – praise our God – for the Lord God omnipotent
    reigneth.” There is no desire to prevent these corrective judgments of God, because, knowing they are
    WROUGHT BY HIS LOVE, they will result in a restoration of peace and victory, bringing creation into the
    fullness of His life.
    Difficult as it is betimes in our relationships with others family, friend and acquaintance, to see the HAND OF
    JUDGMENT, and so we also “weep with those that weep:” yet we would not stay His hand, because we know
    that this also is ultimately destined for their good. And the Psalmist was able to say, “At midnight (in the
    darkest hour) I will rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments.” (Psalm 119:62)
    How clear are the statements of Jesus:
    “For judgment I am come into this world.” (John 9:39)
    “I am come that they might have life…” (John 10:10)
    These are not contradictory statements, nor mutually exclusive of each other, but vitally connected in the
    outworking of the process. The ultimate is to bring us INTO LIFE, and as a means to that end we have the
    various judgments of God – those correctional processes which bring us into His righteousness.
    Another point of clarification needs to be made: when judgment is upon people, it is to CORRECT THEM, but
    when judgment is upon the systems of the world, it usually is TO END THEM. Babylon is not to be healed, but
    annihilated, wiped out completely. For it is written, “The world passeth away, and the lust thereof.” (1 John
    2:17) But, “He is the Saviour of ALL MEN; specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10) When the nations
    of the world are judged, it means the end of that governmental order, and then the process of cleansing and
    saving the people of that nation, though the severity of it be “by fire.”
    “Alleluia!” Why? Because of His judgments! And specifically “because He hath judged the great whore, which
    did corrupt the earth: with her fornications.” Oh, the worship that shall arise when God brings to an end all of
    the religions of man, consuming every idol. dissipating the cover of darkness upon men, eradicating every error
    and false doctrine, that the glorious light of the Gospel might fill the whole earth, as it is written: “The people
    which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung
    up.” (Matthew 4:16)
    “The Lord will be terrible (to be feared, reverenced) unto them: for He will famish all the gods of the earth; and
    every man shall worship Him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the – heathen.” (Zephaniah 2:11)
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    The judgment is against all the false gods which religious systems have promoted. And when men are loosed
    from all their superstitious fear and subservience to these falsities, and the glorious light of truth shines upon
    them, they will “worship Him, every one from his place.” Every creature shall become a true worshipper. No
    wonder they cry out, “Alleluia!”
    It was said of Babylon, “In her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon
    the earth.” (Revelation 18:24). But now, with His judgments upon her, He hath “avenged the blood of His
    servants at her hand.” How the earth has waited for this, with the promise given so long ago: “Rejoice, O ye
    nations, with His people: for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His
    adversaries, and will be merciful unto His land, and to His people.” (Deuteronomy 32:43)
    What blood has been shed!. Literally religious Babylon had its holy wars, crusades, etc. And Jesus foretold that
    the day would come when God would require it of them – “That upon you may come all the righteous blood
    shed upon the earth.” (Matthew 23:35) And figuratively factions have slain their multitudes also. The mayhem
    of “church business meetings,” and the splits, divisions, sects, heresies, all in the name of “religion” have
    brought deep sorrow to many. Yet God hath decreed the day of avenging – when HE will clean up and
    straighten up, and bring all things back into due order – in subjection to His will and purpose.
    Likewise, political Babylon has waged its own warfare, both literally and figuratively – nation rising against
    nation, and the blood of our young men have stained many a battlefield. Over and over again, it can be said,
    “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10)
    Even in the realms of economical Babylon, with all its taxation, etc. there has been both the literal and
    figurative blood-letting. And James asks, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not
    hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and
    cannot obtain: ye fight and war; yet ye have not…” (James 4:1-2) How Babylon has preyed upon this
    propensity in man, and in doing so has caused the shedding of innocent blood. But the very spirit that
    motivates this warfare shall be judged and dealt with, and therefore we say “Alleluia!”
    “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye servants, and ye that fear Him, both small
    and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the
    voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Wave after wave of praise and
    worship ascend to our God. Because of His judgments, Alleluia! And because He hath judged the great whore,
    Alleluia! And now, “because the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,” say it again, Alleluia!
    Babylon thought she would reign for ever, saying, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.”
    (Revelation 18:7) But she is dethroned and brought low, fallen, to rise no more.
    And we read that “death passed upon all men, for that all. have sinned. (Thus) death reigned.” (Romans 5:12,
    14) But now Jesus Christ, one with the Father in His throne, REIGNS – putting “all enemies under His feet.”
    Far above all principality and power, He reigns supreme. If ever we fully comprehend that “the Lord God
    omnipotent reigneth,” we shall join the ranks of those who worship Him, until the sound there of is as many
    waters, and as the rumbling of mighty thunder. Let the hallelujahs ring, for He alone is God! All other kingdoms
    are subdued before Him!
    But there is more cause for rejoicing – “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of
    the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.”
    Once before God took to Himself a bride, when Israel was brought out of Egypt, and in due time came to
    Mount Sinai, and there she TOOK HER VOWS.
    God said: “If you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto
    Me above all people…” (Exodus 19:5)
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    Israel said: “All the people answered together and said, All that the Lord hath spoken will we do.” (Exodus
    But the marriage did not go very well, because Israel was a very unfaithful wife, untrue to her vows. So God
    had to take action, “For all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had her put away, and
    gave her a bill of divorce.” (Jeremiah 3:8) Full well God knows the pain of divorce!
    Now the law given unto Israel was thus, “Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to
    be his wife, after that she is defiled…” (Deuteronomy 24:4)
    However, Paul writes, “If her husband be dead, she is free from that law…” (Romans 7:3) free to be married
    Jehovah, the Husband, IN CHRIST died. “To wit, that God was in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 5:19) This cancels
    out the previous marriage arrangement, and now there can be a wooing, a preparation for anew marriage – on
    a much higher level, “that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we
    should bring forth fruit unto God.” (Romans 7:4)
    Even when God put His wife, Israel. away, He knew the time would come when He would be joined to her
    again. “Therefore I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will
    give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor (trouble) for a door of hope: and she shall sing there,
    as in the days of her youth, and as in the days when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at
    that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call Me ISHI (that is, my Husband). And I will betroth thee unto Me for
    ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in
    mercies. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.” (Hosea 2:14-16, 19-
    What a working of redemptive love! I will betroth thee – that is, I am engaged to thee with the promise of a full
    marriage. And what an in-working during that espousal time. “And to her was granted that she should be
    arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” There must be true
    holiness, and this requires a total cleansing, therefore we note, “I will betroth thee unto Me IN JUDGMENT.” If
    we can shout “Alleluia” because of judgment upon the great whore, how much more can we let the hallelujahs
    ring when it is judgment upon the bride- to- be, for here the workings are totally positive, so that she might be
    fully purified and prepared for her new marriage. What mercy and loving- kindness are in these purgings, for no
    more will she be clothed with her own self- righteousness, which is as filthy rags, but she will be clothed with
    HIS righteousness. HE has granted her to be arrayed in fine linen, He furnishes it all. And of her it can be said,
    “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with
    banners?” (Song of Solomon 6:10) Now she is ready for her Husband – purified and ready for a true spiritual
    “And He said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Whenever
    the Lord extends to us His redeeming mercy, it is a marriage feast. And however “in part” it may be at
    present time, yet every taste of His goodness now is prophetic of the fullness to come: Truly, even in this day,
    it can be said, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” (Psalm 23:5)
    What a blessed union is before us. “He that is JOINED unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) As He
    prayed, “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one.”
    (John 17:23) Yes, “blessed are they which are called” – into union with the Lamb.
    “In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah
    together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with
    their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and LET US JOIN OURSELVES TO THE LORD in a perpetual
    covenant that shall not be forgotten.” (Jeremiah 50:4-5)
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    “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make A NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel, and with
    the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the
    hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto
    them, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)
    What a marvelous working of His grace – though she broke her vows, broke the covenant He had with her, and
    it was needful for a time to put her away. Then He must make the (supreme sacrifice to loose her from the old
    covenant, as He gave, His own life for her. Yet now, He is risen from the dead, and He shall draw her to
    Himself again, in a NEW COVENANT – after the Spirit, in holiness and truth, and it will be a union that shall last
    Now, His first union was with one nation, Israel, but this latter union is greatly expanded. “Sing and rejoice, O
    daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And MANY NATIONS
    SHALL BE JOINED TO THE LORD in that day, and shall be My people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee.”
    (Zechariah 2:10-11)
    Again let us say “Alleluia!” Such tremendous victory! But there is more, for just as the bride is seen to be
    arrayed in fine linen, adorned for her Husband – and is a CORPORATE BRIDE OF MANY NATIONS; now the
    “revelation of Jesus Christ” is increased. “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. His eyes were
    as a flame of fire…” His is a PURIFYING GAZE! “The Lord turned, and looked upon Peter…” (Luke 22:61) and
    that was all that it took for Peter to go out and weep bitterly. Yet His look is not one of negativity and
    condemnation, but of such love and mercy – that He conquers by love. His eyes are filled with understanding,
    and they minister compassion and life.
    “And He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.” Paul wrote, “God also hath highly exalted
    Him, and given Him a name which is above every other name.” (Philippians 2:9) In the Greek text the definite
    article is used, making it “THE NAME.” This title, “THE NAME,” is a very common Hebrew title, denoting office,
    rank, dignity, as well as the honor and worship bestowed upon Him to whom this name was conferred. Thus,
    when it states that “God hath given Him THE NAME,” it does not reveal what that name is, but it alludes to the
    fact that here was the high title conferred upon Him, because of His glorious rank and office, and tremendous
    authority and power. So one could literally say, “God gave Him THE NAME.” That title rests upon Him, HE has
    THE NAME, even though the revelation of that name is yet to be unfolded. So glorious is that NAME, “That at
    the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians
    “And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
    There is a corporate body of overcomers with Him – for just as the bride is a corporate body of nations, so also
    the GROOM is a corporate body of sons. “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons many thee:
    and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” (Isaiah 62:5) There is a
    rightly “discerning the Lord’s body,” discerning that company of which HE IS THE HEAD. And in this
    ONENESS WITH HIM, there are positions and qualifications, which denote a state of being in Him.
    We are reminded, “He sent and signified” these things. Thus we must understand that all spoken relationships
    are allegorical. There are qualifications, which belong to each position, or relationship, but the ultimate is total
    ONENESS IN CHRIST. So we see that the bride is arrayed in “fine linen, clean and white.” And then we see
    that this company with Him on white horses, are “clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Certainly there are no
    less qualifications found in the Groom, as are found in the Bride.
    Again the emphasis is given, He is “King of kings, and Lord of lords.” And as observed in Revelation 17:14,
    “they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” They truly, “follow the Lamb, whithersoever He
    goeth.” With Him they make war against all unrighteousness. With Him they gain the victory over every beast
    nature, over every carnal mind, over every false doctrine and creed. HE REIGNS – and these reign with Him.
    The outworking process of redemption is totally successful – all evil shall be abolished, and His righteousness
    shall abide. Let the hallelujahs ring out, all praise and worship belongs to Him, HE IS LORD!
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    “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his
    hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
    thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should
    deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years shall be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little
    season.” (Revelation 20:1-3)
    “He sent and signified it…” Told by signs and symbols, revealed in a figure, and thus we have noted that we
    have horses, and beasts, and seals, and trumpets, vials, etc. and each has pointed to its own working, whether
    in bestial systems, or carnal natures, organizations, governmental orders, etc. And there is that which can also
    be understood as A STATE OR CONDITION. Here in the symbolism of “a bottomless pit,” we have an
    excellent description of a state or condition wherein there is NO PLACE FOR A FOUNDATION upon which to
    build, to further a cause, to carry out a purpose.
    When the Deceiver of the nations is cast into the bottomless pit, it means that he has been confined to a realm
    where he cannot further his devious work. If there is no basis for his activity, no foundation upon which He can
    operate, obviously he cannot build a superstructure of his evil.
    Jesus clearly taught that in building a house, one must have a solid foundation if it is to stand, The wise man
    built his house upon a rock, but “the foolish man built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and
    the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
    (Matthew 7:26- 27)
    Far too much of man’s religious activity has been built upon man’s own will, presuming it was also the will of
    the Lord; and then we ask God to bless and sustain it. But God is not obligated to undergird the programs of
    man, only that which is founded upon His own direct Word. “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My
    mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the
    thing whereunto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
    True faith means that we have a revelation from God upon which to base our belief, and action. “Faith is the
    substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
    So clear and simple are the words, “By FAITH Abraham, when he was called to go out… obeyed.” (Hebrews
    11:8) But when we read the record in Genesis 12:1, it says, “Now the Lord had said unto Abraham, Get thee
    out of thy country.” There was a DEFINITE WORD FROM THE LORD upon which to base all future action.
    The Word of the Lord abides! Stormy winds of doubt may blow, circumstantial evidence might seem to be quite
    contrary, but with the solid FOUNDATION, one can weather the storm, and go on to the fullness of victory.
    Faith is the SUBSTANCE – the Greek word used here means: substratum, that under-girding rock, the
    foundation for all that is to be built thereon. Even in spiritual progress, going from faith to faith, from glory to
    glory, we do not lose this substance “for it remains as the solid under-girding of our believing. And it is also to
    be noted that the Hebrew word for “glory” literally means: weighty, or heaviness, which is more than just
    effulgence, but also speaks of substance. Faith and glory are abiding realities!
    A foundation is essential. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). We see
    the truth of this all around us, as the foundational structure of the morality of our society is being eroded. One
    cannot repair corruption! Hence the need for the JUDGMENTS of God, bringing an end to the old order, and
    the establishment of anew heaven and new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Rather than just “patching
    up,” or trying to infuse the old with new life, in time the call comes ringing loud and clear, “We would have
    healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her…” (Jeremiah 51:9)
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    Now, while it is true, that if the foundations be destroyed, there is nothing a righteous man can do, until a new
    foundation is brought forth upon which he can build, conversely, if the foundation upon which negation builds is
    destroyed, then what can evil do?
    How progressive is the “revelation of Jesus Christ,” Now we see Him in the victorious working of confining
    Satan to a state where he cannot operate. When all the judgments of God have accomplished their purpose,
    and a cleansing has taken place, so that there is no corruption, no negativity, no basis upon which the
    adversary can work – then he has been totally down-idled.
    “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the
    same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” (Hebrews 2:14)
    Destroy – here we have the Greek word “katargeo” which means: to make of none effect, disannul, make
    inactive, useless, from the root “to down-idle.” What a marvelous victory, to down-idle Satan until he is
    thoroughly inactive and useless.
    This is the TRIUMPH OF THE JUDGMENTS OF GOD! His purging and cleansing will remove all the roots of
    evil in us, all the foundation on which evil built its expression. When all the self-will and rebellion are gone,
    there is nothing within upon which the negative can work. Jesus said, “For the prince of this world cometh, and
    hath nothing in Me.” (John 14:30) And such will be said of all those whom He has thoroughly cleansed and
    brought into union with Himself. There will be naught within that enables the adversary to gain a toe- hold, No
    inside traitors to open the door for the negative to come in. There will be no foundation for an evil work. Thus,
    we could say, THESE REDEEMED ONES have become “a bottomless pit” to the enemy, for they have
    become a part of that POSITIVE LIFE FORCE that shall restrain all of Satan’s activity. In Christ these
    OVERCOMERS will have total control over the enemy – no more will he usurp dominion over them.
    “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all power of the enemy.” (Luke 10:19)
    “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” (Romans 16:20)
    Jesus taught, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger
    than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and
    divideth his spoils.” (Luke 11:21-22)
    What has been the armor of the adversary? Unbelief, fear, darkness, the unknown, ignorance, and death, etc.
    How the negative realms have used all of these, and preyed upon men to wound, to kill, to destroy.
    Now, Jesus Christ hath “brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10) His
    impartation of FAITH dissipates the unbelief. His love casts out all fear. His wisdom and knowledge fills the
    unknown. His revelation cancels the ignorance. His LIFE conquers all death. Thus He fully takes away all the
    armor wherein Satan trusted, and reduces him to a state of uselessness, thoroughly inactive. He is not only
    destroying the works of the devil, but also making it impossible for the devil to corrupt creation again.
    While its ramifications shall eventually become universal, yet there is this individual in-working of God, as He
    brings us into union with Himself, so that for us personally Satan is down- idled. And a vital part of this
    inworking is for God to correct our vision so that we no longer have a dual vision, to see both good and evil.
    “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” (Luke
    11:34) We learn to see the hand of God in everything that touches our life, to know that HE is the First Cause
    of all causes. “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and
    gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Then the Devil is unable to build any evil work in us. No more will we
    be devil- conscious, or filled with fear for what the enemy might do to us, for we become totally Godconscious,
    abiding in His life.
    “For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?
    And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2 Corinthians
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    6:14-15) One cannot be GOD-conscious and devil-conscious at the same time. Nor does light and darkness
    co- exist in the same room. The light swallows up the darkness, and thereafter there is only light.
    God does not co-exist with evil. Evil is not equal with Him, it is subservient to Him. He controls all of its
    interplay, and uses the negative realm for His purpose and plan. When the desired results have been obtained,
    the means to the end cease to exist.
    Religious theology has two opposite or contrasting realms, heaven and hell. However, the Scriptures do not
    use this phraseology, though they often speak of heaven and earth. “The heavens are higher than the earth.”
    (Isaiah 55:9) And again, “The heaven for height, and the earth for depth.” (Proverbs 25:3) “And as we have
    borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:49)
    Jesus did not come to lead us from hell to heaven, He came to lead us from all this earthy, carnal realm, to the
    Father. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) Thus,
    rather than speaking of geographical locations, we can readily say of both heaven and hell, that they are “a
    state, or a condition of being.”
    Much of religious Babylon’s theology provides a foundation for the enemy to build upon, to activate fear – fear
    of hell, fear of an angry God, fear of His judgments, fear of loss and pain. You name it, fear works in every
    realm that touches our daily life. But, “perfect love casteth out all fear.” (1 John 4:18) The more He is
    REVEALED TO US IN TRUTH, the more we understand that all of His actions are motivated by love, and in
    our best interests. Thus, while the testing, OVERCOMING PROCESSES, might be hard on the flesh, yet we
    need not fear them, but commit our way unto the Lord, and trust Him for the ultimate victory.
    The fiery trial might be severe, and the enemy whispers doubts and fears, so we tremble and cry out for help.
    Then the Spirit speaks, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen
    thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10) and
    immediately He has removed the foundation that the enemy tried to build upon. He strips him of his cruel
    weapon of fear. How can we fear, when the Lord speaks “FEAR NOT?” His sweet presence casts out all fear,
    and the enemy is rendered powerless – he is cast into a bottomless pit!
    “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound (well-balanced) mind.” (2
    Tim. 1:7)
    How the adversary has usurped control over man, ruling with fear. Any teaching that rules through fear, any
    action that is motivated by fear, is of the negative realm. Fear and condemnation go hand in hand, and how
    religious Babylon has used these negatives to establish its rule and control.
    The key of death was also taken away from the enemy. There are those “who through fear of death are all their
    lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:15) With death as the final payment for their servitude, no wonder
    people were filled with fear. Death was the enemy’s final stroke. Man was beguiled into sin, and “sin, when it is
    finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15) Now we see in Christ a glorious turn of events. He took control of
    the situation, and declares, “Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and,
    behold, I am alive for evermore. amen; AND HAVE THE KEYS OF HELL AND OF DEATH.” (Revelation 1:17-
    Who NOW has the key to hell? Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    Who NOW has the key of death? Our Lord Jesus Christ!
    Who NOW has the key to the bottomless pit? Christ does!
    Death, hell, the devil – all are fully in His control, to work out His sovereign purpose. There might appear to be
    secondary causes, and one might feel like Jacob, when he said, ‘”All these things are against me.” (Genesis
    42:36). But when our eye is single to Christ, we can say with Joseph, “As for you, ye thought evil against me;
    but God meant it unto good.” (Genesis 50:20)
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    How totally, in Himself, Jesus overcame the world, Satan, and even death – because He could say of Satan,
    “he hath nothing in me.” (John 14:30) He could lay down His life, enter into the throes of death and conquer,
    because there was nothing in Him for death to build on – there was no basis for corruption to set in. Thus, “He,
    whom God raised again, saw no corruption.” (Acts 13:37) He was sinless, without blemish, without spot, and
    therefore could conquer death – for there was nothing within Him to which death could lay claim. Where there is
    no sin, there can be no consequence of sin – there can be no holding one in the land of the shadow of death.
    Now, obviously, the enemy is not anxious to come into a state or condition of inactivity, yet anyone who is
    becoming fully purified within is no longer territory where he can work – there is nothing to build on. It is a vital
    threat to his kingdom when salvation, deliverance, cleansing comes to a man.
    “And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? and he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into
    him. And they (the devils) besought Him that He would not command them to go out INTO THE DEEP.” (Luke
    Deep – the Greek word is “abussos” meaning, the abyss, and translated twice as “deep” and seven times as
    “bottomless pit.” The devils did not want to be cast into this state where they could no longer work their deviltry.
    So the Lord allowed them to enter into a herd of swine, where they continued their work of destruction, causing
    the swine to run violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked. The Lord knew that it was not yet
    time for these devils to go into the abyss, so He allowed them to continue to kill and destroy, but not in the man
    He delivered.
    So mighty is our God, so totally in control, that He can MAKE INACTIVE all negative forces as He wills. Or, He
    can use them in His interplay of good and evil, to accomplish His purpose. THE KEY OF THE BOTTOMLESS
    PIT IS IN HIS HAND! He can open or close as He wills. Even Paul came into this realm of victory, so that he
    could say, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in
    the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:5)
    Satan is a controlled servant, doing no more than what the Lord allows. This is vividly illustrated in the life of
    Job, when “The Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power, only upon himself put not forth
    thy hand.” (Job 1:12) And so the Destroyer went to work, wiping out all of Job’s possessions, but he could not
    touch Job until God said so, and when permission was given, still the restriction was there – “but save his life.”
    (Job 2:6). God sets the boundaries, controlling the interplay, and working all things together into good. What a
    mighty God we serve!
    Or, He can allow the beast to “ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (destruction).”
    (Revelation 17:8) When there is a purpose to be wrought, using the negative in that working, this “beast” is
    allowed to come out of the pit, and do its thing. But even so, in due time it must “go into perdition.” For
    ultimately all evil shall self- destruct!
    Another look at the word “abussos,” literally, abyss.
    There is a rule in the Greek that when the letter “a” is placed before a word, it usually changes its meaning to
    just the opposite. For example, when the letter “a” is placed in front of the Greek word for FAITH, which is
    “pistos,” you then have the word “apistos” which literally means: unbelieving, or faithless. It might also be
    added that unbelief is faith in the negative, rather than in the positive. You doubt God, and place your faith in
    the negative. While in the positive, you have no confidence in the evil, but you trust and believe in God. There
    be many unbelievers in the world, but we are encouraged to “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
    Now, it is very interesting that minus the letter “a” you have the Greek word “bussos.” This is an entirely
    different word, it is not the opposite of abyss; yet it blends perfectly with this truth we are sharing. “Bussos”
    literally means: FINE LINEN. How precious! For truly, the very opposite of the bottomless pit, i.e. having
    nothing positive to build on and thus rendered inactive, is this surest of all foundations. “Fine linen is the
    righteousness of the saints.” (Revelation 19:8)
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    Here is a positive foundation for building, when all is RIGHTEOUS. “Righteousness and justice are the
    foundation of Your throne; mercy and loving- kindness and truth go before Your face.” (Psalm 89:14,
    “Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.” (Proverbs
    25:5) Purging out all wickedness, self’s rebellion, the minding of the flesh, etc. and you find that His throne is
    established in righteousness within. It becomes a solid foundation for the unbuilding of His life. And, it becomes
    an arena wherein evil cannot operate – thus it can be said that righteousness becomes “a bottomless pit” to
    evil. And they who are clothed with His righteousness likewise become untouchable by evil, and hence, a
    restraining force to all evil.
    Satan tries to build on an illusion, a lie, a half – truth, and therefore it cannot stand. He “abode not in the truth,
    because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father
    of it.” (John 4:44) But now it is written, “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:
    and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:
    Truth needs no defense – IT IS! And when truth comes on the scene, all the lies, illusions, etc. shall be
    revealed for what they are, and shall be wiped out, dissipated by the truth. Judgment shall literally “pull out the
    rug from under evil,” and there will be no place for it to stand. This is the triumph of Calvary! This is the victory
    of our Redeemer! He will bring all creation into the realm of His holiness – cleansed, purged, clothed with His
    righteousness, and then Satan will be totally down- idled, made inactive, for the purpose of using evil will be
    “If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of God.” (1 John
    2:29) Fully born of God, becoming a new creation in Christ, these become part of the foundation upon which
    His kingdom is built, with Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone. Furthermore, since there is
    nothing within them whereon the enemy can build, nothing corrupt that he can cause to spread and work its
    destruction, these PURE ONES actually become a RESTRAINING FORCE to the righteousness, all of its
    activity will cease to exist.
    “And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
    (Revelation 19:14) Thus our Lord leads them forth to further the restoration, to completely overthrow all of
    Satan’s kingdom, that His glory might fill all the earth. One does not fight evil with evil – but we shall “overcome
    evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
    May it truly be said of us, “The prince of this world cometh, and HATH NOTHING IN ME.” Because from every
    avenue of our being we can say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, bless His holy
    name.” (Psalm 103:1) When all that is WITHIN US can bless the Lord, magnify Him, be found in His holiness –
    then eternal victory is ours!
    Though there may be times in the outworking of His purpose that “Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and
    shall go out to deceive the nations…” (Revelation 20:7-8), yet even NOW Christ holds the KEY to the
    bottomless pit, and the restraints are on – the adversary can do no more than allowed, and the end of all evil
    activity has been decreed. “The lake of fire and brimstone” shall effectually end all negation, and our
    Redeemer shall “make all things new.”
    “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them
    that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
    beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived
    and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:4)
    The qualifications of this people are many, but John makes note of some very clear marks of their spiritual
    stature. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them.” This gives us the immediate identification that they
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    belong to the corporate body of OVERCOMERS, for “to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My
    throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
    “And judgment was given unto them.” Having been duly processed by the judgments of God themselves, for
    “Judgment must begin at the house of God,” (1 Peter 4:19), they are now qualified “To execute the judgment
    written: this honor have all His saints.” (Psalm 149:9) Thus they become “laborers together with God,” in the
    restoration of all mankind.
    “Beheaded for the witness of Jesus… and the Word of God.” Beheaded – No stronger word could be used to
    speak of the process of ending all carnal mindedness, and being renewed into the mind of Christ. “Let this
    mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) The RENEWING OF THE MIND brings an
    end to self-will, in its attitudes and thinking, so that we can mind spiritual things – and bear witness to Him
    alone. His Word is truth, and we lay down our own life – “and they loved not their lives unto the death,” that His
    truth might dwell in us richly, filling our thoughts, directing our steps. Then whatever outward persecutions
    come our way, because we do not think as the world, with joy we shall overcome, and be found to His praise.
    “And which had not worshipped the beast… neither received his, mark.” No longer do they bear the imprint and
    character of this world’s bestial system, they have repudiated any allegiance to the flesh, and now bear the
    marks of God, conformed to His image, that He might be exalted. Truly, they are the Lord’s.
    “And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Whether the “thousand years” is a literal time span,
    or a figurative one, really doesn’t matter when we are “reigning with Christ.” For as Peter reminds us, “Beloved,
    be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
    one day.” (2 Peter 3:8) And to this the Psalmist concurs, “For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as
    yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:4)
    To be with Christ, to “live and reign” with Him, that is the issue! Again the Psalmist reaffirms this: “Better a
    single day within Thy courts than a thousand days outside!” (Psalm 84:10, Moffatt). It’s not the time ratio that
    matters, it is LIVING WITH CHRIST NOW! For “they which receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of
    righteousness shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) His life is an age-abiding life!
    “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, hut they
    shall he priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:5-6)
    The FIRST resurrection – The Greek word used here for “first” is “protos” and literally means: first, foremost.
    Foremost in time, place, order or importance. It also implies that there are other orders to follow, but this is
    FIRST, unique in its working. It bears an analogy to the birth process, and the special position that was
    accorded to the one born first. “Thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix…” (Exodus
    13:12) Others can follow in due time, but they can never be the first to be born.
    Here again we have another view in “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” For our Lord Jesus Christ is “The
    Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18) The resurrection of
    Jesus is the keystone of our redemption, the whole arch would fall were it not for that factor. It was in view of
    this that Paul stated, “If Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain, ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians
    How triumphantly He can say, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more.”
    (Revelation 1:18) Or, again, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead,
    yet shall he live.” (John 11:25)
    He is also declared to be “The Firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:20) While none shall ever take
    His place, it is uniquely His, so that in all He shall have preeminence, yet He is followed by a company rightly
    termed the “first fruits.” It is a plural, corporate body, which have been conformed to His image through the in
    working of His cross, and death to self, and now are to partake of His resurrection. Truly, it is a foremost
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    resurrection. Other resurrections will follow – “In Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order.”
    (1 Corinthians 15:22- 23) Yet “blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.”
    Paul understood this truth, and cried out, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the
    fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death, if by any means I might attain unto the
    resurrection out from among the dead.” (Philippians 3:3:10-11) The Greek text here reads of an “outresurrection.”
    Not everyone has sufficiently “‘died,” so as to be ready for the resurrection. God does not
    propose to bring forth a people, half dead to self, and half alive to the Spirit. Paul knew this, too, and thus
    desired full fellowship in the sufferings and death part, as the Williams translation gives, “as to be continuously
    transformed by His death.” Then it is “no more I, but Christ.”
    “If by any means I might attain…” The Greek word used here for “attain” is “katantao” and though it means: to
    come, to arrive, it is prefixed with the preposition “kata” that means: down. While the overall message is to
    arrive, come right down against the resurrection, not viewing it afar off, but being right there; yet there is
    another thought in this word “down.” It is as if Paul were saying, “that I might come down low enough, so as to
    come up in the resurrection.” A full participation in His suffering and death, a completed work – having come
    down enough so that I am totally crucified with Christ, then ready for the up- rising, out from among the dead.
    Nor was this Paul’s vision alone, for we read those who “were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they
    might obtain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35) No present escape was worthy to be compared with a
    BETTER – a stronger, more vigorous resurrection. They knew there was a FOREMOST resurrection – one that
    was better, stronger, lifting them out from among the dead – when a corporate body would open the matrix,
    and come forth in resurrection life. Any price would be as “less than nothing” compared to partaking of this
    glory. Indeed, “In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the
    magnificent future God has planned for us.” (Romans 8:18, Phillips)
    The Greek word for “resurrection” is “anastasis” and it is much more than our Latin derived word, which means
    a restoring to life again, a raising from the dead to the life we once had. In the word “anastasis” we have the
    beginning “ana” which means again, pointing to a previous condition of life; while “stasis” means: a standing
    up, and signifies process. Thus it literally bespeaks of the whole process of rising up and advancing until the
    highest heavens are reached. For our RETURN INTO HIS LIFE is to return into the realm from whence we
    came, before “the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected
    the same in hope.” (Romans 8:20) Full well He knew of the process of resurrection which He would open up
    for us, before He subjected us into this death realm. The WAY OF THE RETURN was planned long before
    man was “turned unto destruction.” (Psalm 90:3)
    The prayer remains, that we might know “what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us- ward who
    believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from
    the dead, and set Him at His own light hand in the heavenlies.” (Ephesians 1:19- 20)
    Resurrection is a process – an advancing until we are complete in Him, spirit, soul and body. The work begins
    in our spirit. “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1) “The spirit
    of man is the candle of the Lord…” (Proverbs 20:27) “For Thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will
    enlighten my darkness.” (Psalm 18:28) We call it the beginning of our new birth, and so it is – it is also the
    beginning of the resurrection process which lifts us out from among the dead. His Spirit uniting with our spirit
    begins the upward ascent.
    But there is also a resurrection process that touches the soul realm. “And the graves were opened, and many
    bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection.” (Matthew 27:52- 53)
    Here a different word is used for “resurrection,” the only time in the New Testament; it is the word “egersis,”
    and comes from the word “egeiro,” meaning: awake, rise again, and is defined as – to gather the faculties, to
    become mentally alert, all forces brought into focus. This is most significant, because having previously noted
    that we have been “beheaded,” having laid down our soul life, yet the promise was not “death for the soul,” but
    “receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your soul.” (1 Peter 1:9) When the headship of self is
    CUT OFF, it is that He might become our Head. When our will is laid down, it is that His will might become in
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    us. When our intellect is swallowed up into the mind of Christ, and all of our emotions and impulses are
    controlled by His Spirit, this is an.outworking of resurrection – the salvation of our soul!
    When Jesus arose from the dead He was not only ALIVE IN SPIRIT, but HE WAS ALIVE IN SOUL – i.e., He
    had all His mental faculties together. Thank God we can be “renewed in the spirit of our mind.” (Ephesians
    4:23) Redemption is for the whole man, and resurrection life is also for the soul/mind realm. There may be
    those days when the aging process of the natural seems to leave you somewhat disoriented. But the hope is
    for resurrection, and HE will finish this work in us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power,
    and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Sound mind – literally one could say, to be calm, cool, and
    collected. A well- balanced mind is apart of the resurrection process at work in us.
    “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to AWAKE out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer
    than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11)
    “Wherefore He saith, AWAKE thou that sleepest, and ARISE from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
    (Eph. 5:14)
    Awake – “egeiro,” gather your faculties together, and arise, stand up out from among the dead. Thus Paul
    clearly taught that there was an IN WORKING RESURRECTION, however much “in part,” that could be
    experienced now, and then it would be a steady ADVANCING, as we are “changed from glory to glory, even as
    by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
    “If ye then be RISEN with Christ, seek those things which are above… set your affection (mind) on things
    above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
    To be carnally minded is death! Hence we need this resurrection, to RISE UP out of that state, to have all our
    mental faculties attuned to the things above.
    With the spirit quickened, and the soul collected, it remains for the body to be changed. “If the Spirit of Him that
    raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your
    mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:11) Not only just a day by day quickening to help
    us through present times, but ultimately, He “shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His
    glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”
    (Philippians 3:21)
    The resurrection PROCESS begins as soon as He quickens us in spirit – and He gives “unto us the earnest of
    the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 5:5) The process continues as we are renewed into the mind of Christ, and He
    begins to gather all our faculties into harmony with our awakened spirit. And ultimately these inward changes
    will be manifested in a CHANGED BODY. “Blessed and holy is he that bath part in the foremost resurrection.”
    There is an ON- GOING resurrection now, and it is the power of advancing until we shall be completely “found
    in Him.” (Philippians 3:9)
    “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power…”
    (Revelation 20:6)
    In order to properly understand and evaluate the process and purpose of the “second death,” obviously we
    must first grasp, at least in a measure, what happened and caused the first death.
    In regards to our physical body, death speaks of the separation of our spirit from our body by which life on
    earth is ended. Thus in a very real sense, DEATH IS A TRANSITION, a passing from one realm to another –
    we become dead to one realm, and alive to another. As Paul states, “to be absent from the body, and to be
    present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) And conversely, to leave the realm of the celestial, and awaken on
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    this earth plane, is also a death – a spiritual death. It is leaving the realm of light to enter a realm of darkness;
    leaving the realm of harmony and peace in the Divine will and entering into the discord and strife of self- will;
    leaving the glory of the celestial and descending into the grossly material of this world.
    This is the working of the first death – descending from the purity of the realm of the spiritual, to awaken to the
    realms of the flesh, to mind the things of the flesh. As long as we remain carnally minded, we remain in a state
    of this death, for “to be carnally minded IS DEATH, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans
    8:6) Bluntly spoken, in the first death, we die out to God and His righteousness, and come alive to self and its
    corruption. That is why Paul said, “She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” (1Timothy 5:6) When
    one dies out to the spiritual, and is alive on a worldly plane; they, while physically alive, are spiritually dead.
    And given time, the physical body also will go into corruption, and then, in a manner of speaking, they are
    “twice dead, plucked up by the roots.” (Jude 12)
    It was a real spiritual death when Adam and Eve turned from obedience to God, and entered into a state of
    disobedient self-will. And so “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed
    upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) Through the offence of the first Adam death reigns over
    every man, and is manifested in two stages: the first is a transition from the spiritual realm to the carnal realm,
    The offence of the first Adam brought all men under the sentence of death, for it released the mystery of
    iniquity into the Adamic race. We do not die because of Adam’s sin, but because of our own, for we “all have
    sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) And “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
    The harvest is sure, we shall reap what we have sown. But this working of the first death can be stopped, it can
    be conquered. How? By the operation of the SECOND DEATH.
    There are some who think that the second death is the same kind of death as the first, that it is a repetition of
    the first, and that the results are the same, while its action is more severe, cruel and destructive, being by fire.
    And they suppose that from the second death there is no resurrection, that it is an endless torment in agony.
    BUT NOT SO! For in the outworking of God’s glorious purpose the seconds are not duplicates of the first, they
    are always better, higher, more powerful than the firsts, and in many cases they un-do the work of the firsts –
    yes, and MUCH MORE, for He always saves the best until last.
    “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 shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21- 22) Two Adams, each the beginning of a race. “The
    first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.” The first brought mankind into
    death, the second brings us into life.
    All Bible statements prove that the two deaths are absolutely UNLIKE. The second death undoes all the work
    of the first death, in the same manner that the last Adam undid all the work of the first Adam. Not to nullify the
    purpose being wrought out by the plan of God in the firsts, but to bring a release from all the negative aspects
    of the first, into the MUCH MORE – the glory and victory of His positives. In so many ways “He taketh away the
    first, that He may establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:9)
    Creation was made subject to vanity for a purpose. Sin was allowed to exist for wise ends, and when those
    ends have been secured it will have to cease to exist. The PURPOSE is not nullified, but the “means” whereby
    the purpose has been executed shall be done away. Discipline is a means to an end, but not an end in itself,
    for it leads us into the “afterwards, yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” (Hebrews 12:11)
    The first Adam died to God and righteousness, and became alive unto sin. The last Adam died unto sin – “For
    in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God,” (Romans 6:10) and so fulfills
    all righteousness. The first Adam made all men sinners, the last Adam makes all men righteous. The lives and
    deaths of the two Adams are thus greatly contrasting the one to the other.
    The second death is a transition from corruption to incorruption, from present mortality to immortality.
    Transformed from the carnal mind to the spiritual mind. It is a transformation wrought by DYING out to the one
    realm, to come alive to the higher realm. The SECOND DEATH IS PREPARED TO PURGE OUT AND BURN
    AWAY ALL SIN AND ITS RESULTS, and in so doing cleanse all of God’s universe.
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    Death came as an enemy, the fruitage of an act of disobedience that turned man away from God, and into the
    minding of the flesh. Now, GOD MAKES DEATH OVERCOME ITSELF. It is by death that death is rendered
    powerless, and there arises the bursting forth of new life. It took the death of Christ to destroy death, and thus
    He did “taste death for every man. – That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that
    is, the devil, and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews
    2:9, 14-15) In that He tasted (experienced) death for, in behalf of, every man, this was not to absolve us from
    dying, but to make sure, guarantee that every man would die one more time – in a second death that would
    end all the work of the first death in us. Paul caught a glimpse of this precious truth when he said, “Because we
    thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and He died for all, that they who live should not
    henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
    Calvary guarantees that ultimately every man will die out to self. Thus Paul’s desire to be “made conformable
    to His death,” for in that DYING PROCESS he would be brought to the threshold of resurrection life. The
    Christ- life is not to be lived instead of us, but freely given INTO us that we might live. Thus we experience both
    His death and His life. Through the first Adam we experienced natural, self- life, and ended in death. Through
    the last Adam we experience death to the self-life, and end up by LIVING – living in His more abundant life.
    “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) This does not mean that we
    must all die physically, for Paul clearly taught, “We shall not all sleep (physical death), but we shall all be
    changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51) Since every man has already tasted of the first death when they are born into
    this earth realm, it is now APPOINTED UNTO ALL MEN TO DIE ONCE MORE – die out to the realm of the first
    death, that they might come alive unto God. After this, there must come the judgment, namely, that process of
    correction, purging, training, development, a bringing into maturity into the new life of God.
    It may be that God uses our “physical death,” which is the last visible outworking of the first death, to also
    become part of HIS PROCESS of the “second death,” to loose us from the bonds of the carnal mind, to where
    we surrender to the will of God. “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord
    both of the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:9) The KEYS are in His hand, and He may use any part of the
    process to accomplish any part of His purpose that He desires. He now holds the key to the “first death,” so
    that even our natural life is in His hand, and He also holds the key to the “second death,” and the outworking of
    its process in us all.
    In the measure that we are identified with the cross of Christ, and made conformable to His death, in that
    measure we are dying out to the first death, via the process of the second death, that we might then be
    partakers of His resurrection.
    “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11) There is a yielding to the Spirit
    now, when He draws us. There is a participation in His cross now. There is a DAILY OVERCOMING all of the
    carnal desires of the flesh, and then we shall not be “hurt” ‘when the second death processes are manifested
    in their more severe forms, as portrayed in the terms of being “cast into outer darkness,” or being in “a lake of
    There are those who build with wood, hay, and stubble (flesh works), which shall all be burned, and then “he
    shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:10) In fact it was said to the
    slothful servant, “Take therefore the talent from him… and cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness:
    there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:28, 30) That will hurt – for it means that such are
    apart of “the dead which live not again until the thousand years are ended.” Not until the inward purgings are
    complete will they be released into the fullness of His life – thus they have suffered the loss of “living and
    reigning with Him” during the age when others are yet being purified.
    Numbers are symbolic of ideas and concepts. It is not a literal “thousand year death span,” for the issue is not
    that of “time” but of the FULLNESS OF MEASURE – a completed work. It is a multiple of ten, which number
    signifies a complete cycle. The thought is that while others are enjoying the fullness of His life, “living and
    reigning with Him,” these are still being brought to the fullness of their purification through the second death
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    Jesus made this very clear – there are those who “shall go away into age- abiding correction, but the righteous
    into age- abiding life.” (Matthew 25:46, Rotherham). For the time is coming when ALL shall hear His voice,
    “and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil,
    unto the resurrection of damnation (judgment).” (John 5:29)
    But the overcomer shall suffer no loss, no injury, as do those who only mind the flesh, for they build aright, so
    that “an entrance shall be ministered unto them abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
    Saviour Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:11) And then their Lord shall say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant:
    thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will, make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
    Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
    Yes, of the overcomer it can be said, “On such the second death hath no power.” (Revelation 20:6) Once they
    have fully DIED OUT to the flesh, to self, etc. and come alive to God, there is no more need for the second
    death process, of God, and thus it is only hence it has of no more authority over them. Truly, the second death
    must give way to the LIFE a means to an end. There is an “AFTER” the second death process – when God
    shall be all in all.
    “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was
    opened, which was the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
    books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake
    of fire.” (Revelation 20:12, 15)
    The books are opened out of which men shall be judged, “by what they have done, their whole way of feeling
    and acting, their aims and endeavors, in accordance with that was recorded in the books.” (Amplified) Full well
    God knows what is in our heart – for He is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there
    any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with
    whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
    Methinks that in the final analysis it will be found that all sin originates in the mind, but when all the
    imaginations and intents are exposed to the light, they can be dealt with. Hence the need to “Cast down
    imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity
    every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
    There are those whose names are written in the book of life, that is, they are partaking of His life NOW –
    experiencing the beginning processes of resurrection NOW. “And this is life age-abiding, that they might know
    Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Praise God, “He that hath the
    Son hath life: and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12) His book – HIS MESSAGE IS
    Yet all those who are not presently partaking of Him, who are yet “dead in trespasses and sins,” they await the
    purifying processes which will condition and prepare them to receive Him as Lord. “The fearful, and
    unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all
    liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
    (Revelation 21:8)
    The phrase, “The lake of fire and brimstone,” is only spoken of three times. Revelation 19:20, 20:10, 21:8. The
    word “brimstone” (sulphur) defines the character of the fire. The Greek word is “theion,” from the same root as
    “theos,” meaning: divine. Among the ancient Greeks, sulphur was considered as divine incense, because
    burning brimstone was regarded as having power to purify, and toward contagion. Thus it was used to
    fumigate, purify, cleanse, and to consecrate to a deity.
    Therefore a “lake of fire burning with brimstone,” means: A LAKE OF DIVINE PURIFICATION. No wonder it is
    called “the second death,” for it symbolizes the process of DYING OUT to all evil, all self-willed rebellion, etc.
    “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) “He will thoroughly purge His floor… He will burn up the
    chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:12)
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    The Word also states that they “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 19:10) Day
    and night bespeak of cycles of time. The phrase “for ever and ever” is literally, from the Greek text, “to the age
    of the ages.” It clearly signifies that this process will only need to continue until all evil has been burnt out, and
    when we come to the climactic age of all ages, the Age of Jubilee, when “He has put all enemies under His
    feet,” then God shall be “ALL IN ALL – that is, be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and
    controlling factor of life.” (1 Corinthians 15:28, Amplified). Then day and night will have ceased, “for there
    shall be no night there.” (Revelation 21:25) Then even the second death process will be ended, for all will
    have entered into His life.
    But there is another key word to be noted, for it also speaks of blessed victory – “shall be tormented.” The
    Greek word for “tormented” is “basanizo” and means: to put to the test by rubbing on a touchstone. It speaks of
    being tested to see if there has been a change in the one being purified, if not, the processes will become more
    severe; if there has been a change, there can be an advancing into more of His life. The same word is
    translated as “pained” in the phrase, “pained to be delivered,” (Revelation 12:2), in reference to her birth
    pangs. Through the loving mercy of God every pang of torment will become a birth- pang, to further along the
    process of becoming a new creation, as His grace steadily draws every one to Christ.
    It is also significant that we read, “He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy
    angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” (Revelation 14:10) This is not a process that is wrought in some far
    distant place, cut off from the presence of God. Nay! “Whither shall I flee from Thy presence? – If l make my
    bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.” (Psalm 139:7-8) What love, what tenderness, what mercy shall flow from
    the holy messengers, and from the Lamb, for “He will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge
    of the truth. (For) He gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1Timothy 2:4, 6) It will be
    TESTIFIED – witnessed to – confessed by every man in due time. Yes, “I have sworn by Myself, the word is
    gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue
    shall swear. – To Him shall men come: and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed.” (Isaiah 45:23-
    24). Every one that was “incensed against Him,” that was rebellious against Him, that despised and rejected
    Him, every one of them shall be ashamed, shall bow before Him, and confess that He is Lord. Repentance
    shall bring forth its fruit, and His love shall reach out and draw them all to Himself. This is the glorious
    VICTORY – AFTER the second death process.
    “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there
    was no more sea.” (Revelation 21:1)
    The vision has been totally awesome, sometimes bone chilling, as we pondered the depth of His in-working,
    and saw how thoroughly the cross would be applied to the old Adamic nature; sometimes evoking an ecstasy
    that could scarcely be contained, as we viewed glimpses of the glory to be revealed when the inner
    processings are complete. The REDEEMER has been at work – “He must reign, till He hath put all enemies
    under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:25- 26) And now as John
    comes towards the end of telling all the things he saw, he brings us to the triumphant victory – it is a genuine
    “And they lived happily ever after,” for he tells of how God truly makes “all things new.”
    So long ago Isaiah prophesied of this day, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former
    shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for,
    behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (Isaiah 65:17-18)
    The process is one of REDEMPTION, and it is to be wrought IN A PEOPLE. A “new heaven and a new earth”
    bespeaks of a transformed people, even those who have been “recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we
    may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, (taking paths which He
    prepared ahead of time) that we should walk in them – living the good life which He prearranged and made
    ready for us to live.” (Ephesians 2:10, Amplified).
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    The creativity of redemption exceeds our fondest dreams. We can “be glad and rejoice for ever in that which
    He creates,” for, “behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people; joy.” In this brief statement the
    prophet has connected the creative work of the Redeemer with a NEW CREATION SPECIES of people of
    which He is the Head, and the Firstborn. Here is a relationship that brings joy and gladness to the heart of the
    Creator. “For I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and JOY IN MY PEOPLE: and the voice of weeping shall no more be
    heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” (Isaiah 65:19)
    A new heavens – mind; and a new earth – body, wherein dwelleth righteousness. The old order will have
    ended, and a new order will unfold, “That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His
    grace in kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7)
    Peter also wrote concerning the present “heaven and earth” realm, that “the heavens being on fire shall be
    dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for
    new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:12-13) How we have yearned for
    this WHOLENESS IN HIS HOLINESS. It is for this “Joy set before us” that we can endure all the processing
    necessary to bring the old order to all end, that the new might be established. There shall be a “holy melt
    down” of all the earthy images and ideas which emerge out of the carnal mind, dissolving all the concepts that
    “change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man… “until man has
    “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is
    blessed for ever.” (Romans 1:23, 25)
    The elements shall melt. The Greek word for “elements” is “stoicheion,” and literally means: the rudiment, first
    step; from the word “stoicheo” meaning: to walk, proceed, step in order. The word is used seven times in the
    Scriptures, with clear teaching that we need to be “loosed” from the first order, that we might proceed into the
    new order before us.
    Thus Paul writes, “We, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the
    fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them
    that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:3-5)
    Our subjection to the elements of the world is used in our early training and growth. The basic moral principles
    that belong to this natural life, have been appointed by God to serve a purpose, but they are only as the FIRST
    STEP. The laws of nature were established – we do not break them, we cannot disannul them, but if we rebel
    against them we break ourselves upon those very laws, and suffer the consequence. In the nitty- gritty of every
    day living GOD IS TUTORING His creation.
    All this, Paul writes, serves as an allegory, with the real work being done IN US. And so all the restrictions of
    the Law, the order of the first covenant, having served their purpose, would be replaced with A NEW
    COVENANT. God sent His Son to redeem us, and bring us into the new, higher order of His life, where we are
    placed as HIS SONS, and partakers of His fullness.
    When Jesus came He “brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10) A HIGHER
    ORDER was revealed. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
    and death.” (Romans 8:2) But then, Paul writes on, “After that we have known God, or rather are known of
    God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage.”
    (Galatians 4:9) Once having known the leading of the Spirit, why go back to the structured rule of the
    shadows, types, images which only point to reality? For sure, there are some “elements” that need to “melt
    with fervent heat,” that we might be loosed from them, and go on to be led by His Spirit completely.
    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
    rudiments (elements) of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) Anytime men can persuade us to go
    back under the bondage of the FIRST STEPS, they have plundered us, spoiled us. “Wherefore if ye be dead
    with Christ from the rudiments (elements) of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to
    ordinances (touch not, taste not, handle not, which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments of
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    men?” (Colossians 2:20-22) What an in-working of the process of redemption is needed to free us from
    bondage to the elements, that we might live by His “law of the Spirit of life.” Therefore, when John writes that
    “the first heaven and the first earth were passed away,” it bespeaks of total freedom from the old order, that all
    creation might be brought into the fullness of His life in the NEW, “wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
    Furthermore, he says, “And there was no more sea.” While in general the “sea” refers to the masses of
    humanity, in its more individual application we have another view. The waters, as an unstable element, so
    quickly moved by storms, serve as a type of the restless desires of the heart of the unregenerate man – “The
    wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” (Isaiah 57:20)
    These unquieted lusts seem to surge everywhere, driven by every wind of human imagination. In the process
    of becoming a new creation in Christ, these waters are not removed at once, but there are bounds placed upon
    them. “Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over.” (Psalm 104:9) The Spirit (heavens) begins to bear
    rule over the lower nature. A bound is set upon the restless emotions and desires of man, and a division is
    made. “God divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the
    firmament.” (Genesis 1:7) Some of our desires and affections are raised and purified, and others are held in
    check until the Cross has worked deep within, to bring an end to the carnality and self- willed rebellion that
    surged within us. But the lower waters are never fully removed until we have the completeness of this NEW
    CREATION, i.e. “new heavens and a new earth,” and then “there is no more sea.” Every emotion and impulse,
    every desire of man will have been totally cleansed and merged into oneness with the will and purpose of God.
    Here is REDEMPTION so glorious, so complete, we scarce can take it in – that He will purify every desire
    within us, and then fill that desire with Himself, until it can be said, “no more sea,” no more the restlessness of
    desire surging within. Hallelujah! That is truly making “ALL things new.”
    Isaiah declared, “Behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing.” And John writes, “I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
    coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Come hither, I will shew
    thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife… shewed – me that great city, the holy Jerusalem.” (Revelation 21:2, 9-10)
    Jerusalem is not a literal city in another world somewhere, it symbolizes a PEOPLE who are prepared to be
    joined unto their Lord in a holy union of oneness which shall bring joy both to their Lord, and to them – a
    relationship that brings REJOICING. She has “the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most
    precious… and had a wall great and high…” Again we note that Isaiah prophesied of all this, and of the day
    when “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt
    call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.” (Isaiah 60:18)
    The description is beautiful, the gates, the foundations, the precious stones – all of which, without doubt, hold
    special meaning, were the Lord to quicken the understanding accordingly. But there is one phrase that stands
    out for me – Revelation 21:16, “The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” There is
    COMPLETENESS IN EVERY PART. Quality is not sacrificed for quantity. There are no highs and lows.
    Equality is revealed in every dimension and in-working. When every one is brought “unto a perfect man, unto
    the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” all will be equal – God all in all. When He is THE ALL in
    you, and He is THE ALL in your brother – that’s true equality.
    “For God has allowed us to know the secret of His plan, and it is this: He purposes in His sovereign will that all
    human history shall be consummated in Christ, that everything that exists in heaven or earth shall find its
    perfection and fulfillment in Him.” (Ephesians 1:9- 10, Phillips) When He is the PERFECTION and the
    FULFILLMENT for every creature, His redemptive work will have wrought what no man has ever been able to
    accomplish – divine equality! Total satisfaction! And perfect peace and rest!
    “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell
    with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Revelation
    22:3) Here is the ultimate goal of God’s purpose being wrought out through the ages. Here is the victory of the
    Redeemer! A people, in whom, and with whom He can dwell. And yes, a God in whom the people can dwell.
    We are to ABIDE IN HIM, even as He abides in us! All of the processings, which we have noted through the
    book, are to this end, that God might tabernacle with men. God speaks very loudly in His action, in His works.
    What He does is a revelation of His inner thought, will, and purpose. “And God said, Let us make man in our
    image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) WHY? The ultimate answer, TO DWELL IN! It begins with an
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    outworking of His purpose in the natural, earthy, but it will not end until He has raised the whole up to the
    spiritual. “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1
    Corinthians 15:49)
    “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Ezekiel 37:27)
    These are not idle promises! These are not lofty dreams that will fade away into nothingness. This is the Word
    of the Lord giving hope to all His creation. When our Redeemer came into this world to give His life for us, even
    then the angels announced it, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
    (Luke 2:14) He promises peace because the Prince of Peace came to initiate that redemptive process
    whereby it could be realized. “The work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness
    quietness and assurance forever.” (Isaiah 32:17) “GOOD WILL” shall come to men, because He will
    thoroughly cleanse the earth, and then make His tabernacle with us. Where there is peace there is no inner
    controversy. However deep the inner purgings may go, however extensive His dealings may be, there is but
    one glorious goal in view, “That you may be filled through all your being unto all the fullness of God – that is,
    may have the richest measure of the DIVINE PRESENCE, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with
    God Himself.” (Ephesians 3:19, Amplified).
    “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,” for men become the “habitation of God through the Spirit.”
    (Ephesians 2:22). It is significant that the Greek word here for “habitation” is “katoiketerion” and is made up
    from two parts, literally being: DOWN – HOUSE. He will house Himself down into “men, to dwell in men as His
    fixed abode. And then “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither
    sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away… Behold, I
    make all things new!”
    So glorious has been the consummation of the vision, such victory, such restoration of all mankind, that we
    bow low to worship before Him. “The former things are passed away.” “Remember ye not the former things,
    neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? –
    This people have I formed for Myself, “they shall shewforth My praise.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, 21)
    “The former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17) Perhaps this is one of the greatest
    inworkings of redemption – to so thoroughly purge and purify, that the former state cannot be remembered, nor
    called to mind. That means there will be no regrets, no remorse, no lingering condemnation. No looking back
    with tears – for He has wiped away all tears, and erased the memory of the cause of those tears.
    In the operation of the first covenant, with its laws and offerings, “In those sacrifices there is a remembrance
    again made of sins every year.” (Hebrews 10:3) Imagine the pain of remembering, when every year on the
    Day of Atonement, the time came to “afflict your souls,” (Leviticus 16:29), as they remembered all the sins of
    the past year. It must have been a miserable day while they recalled all the times they missed the mark for
    right living. And while the priest would then offer the sacrifice of atonement, as a covering over of those sins,
    yet those sacrifices “could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience.”
    (Hebrews 9:9) Ah, the memory was a troublesome thing! But when He has fully cleansed and transformed us
    into anew creation – all such remembrance will be ended – never to come into mind. That is redemption! To
    have our mind renewed into the mind of Christ, so no more can any of these negatives come to mind! What
    grace and love in His making us ALL NEW!
    “Remember not the former things… “even those things which have been sufficient for yesterday’s growth shall
    be forgotten in the fullness of that which is now ALL NEW. As long as we retain vivid memories of former
    things, we try to fit every new working of God into the pattern of the old, and limit Him to what was. But now He
    says to us: “I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
    They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not: lest thou
    shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.” (Isaiah 48:6-7) IT’S ALL NEW! Created now! Such is the open horizon
    before us. Not a repetition of former creations, of past generations, but “all things new.” No wonder Paul
    exclaimed, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of men, the things which
    God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
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    “And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Solid and sure – every Word He has
    spoken shall be fulfilled. And then the reminder is given again, as first established in the beginning of the Book,
    now reaffirmed at its ending – that the security of the vision is found in Him – “I am Alpha and Omega, the
    Beginning and the End.” Because He is both the Author and the Finisher, and ALL THE WAY IN BETWEEN,
    these words are “true and faithful.”
    This revelation as told by John, and verified throughout all the prophets, is TRUE. “For the vision is yet for an
    appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
    it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3) The revelation is PERSONIFIED in our Redeemer, and then in all of those
    whom He redeems. The “all things new” becomes a reality, in a state of being, and shall redound to the glory
    of our Lord.
    “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent (Himself) and the Lamb (Himself) are its temple. And
    the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God
    illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (Revelation 21:22- 23, Amplified).
    “The revelation of Jesus Christ… “TO a people, IN a people, WITH a people. It is a revelation OF HIM, albeit
    also of a people who share and manifest His glory, in UNION with Him.
    There is a beautiful progression relative to the “Lamb” found in the Scriptures, beginning with the animal which
    is slain for an offering, to that which was personified in Jesus Christ, and then ultimately shared by those who
    become One in Him.
    1). A lamb for a man.
    “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto
    Abel and his offering.” (Genesis 4:4)
    It was an individual sacrifice, one lamb for one man. Cain had also brought an offering, of the fruit of the field,
    and his offering was rejected, nor was he covered by Abel’s offering. Each man was on his own, to make his
    offering to God. This principle has never been cast aside, it still holds good, even though there has been a
    change in the offerings and their coverage, still that which applies to all, must be personally experienced,
    believed in individually, and received accordingly.
    2). A lamb for an household.
    “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them
    every man a Iamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.” (Exodus 12:3)
    Israel was about to be delivered from Egypt, and as the commands were given for the Passover observance, it
    was to be a Iamb for an household. A man would offer one Iamb for the covering of his whole family, and all of
    those within his gates. The head of the house was responsible for all the house, and to make sure the Iamb
    was provided. The father of the home was the priest of the home, and he could spread his coverage to all of
    his family, claiming the protection and blessing of God for all.
    As Paul once instructed the jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, AND THY
    HOUSE.” (Acts 16:31) He did believe, and was “baptized, HE AND ALL HIS, straightway.” It is true, there
    comes an hour when each one in the household must also personally experience a committal of their faith in
    God, believe in the Iamb offered for them. If they go out from that household, they are assuming the
    responsibility once held by the head of the house. But as long as their feet are under their father’s table, so to
    speak, they do come under the coverage of his ministry and blessing – he well stands before God for them.
    This is also symbolically seen in spiritual matters today, when God apprehends an individual to become as a
    “lamb for an household,” and for a time they are the only one who believes, receives, and walks on with God in
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    a deeper way, while their life, is given as an offering for their family, and they pray and believe for the hour
    when their entire household will come to Christ, and receive of His life. Sometimes it is the wife, or a child of
    the home, and we marvel how God apprehends just one, purges and purifies them, and they stand out alone in
    the whole family, to be a Iamb for that particular family.
    It is a marvelous calling, but a difficult one, to be sure, to become that trail-blazer, to walk alone, unsupported
    by the rest of the family in their desire to press onward into the fullness of Christ – to believe the truth, and to
    cast aside the errors of tradition and man’s carnal creed. We gaze in wonderment at the uniqueness of God’s
    handiwork in such a life, but we see that in a “minor” fulfillment, there is indeed a Iamb for an household, and
    HE is the one who prepares and sustains that Iamb in sacrifice.
    There is the blending of another principle here, for we also read that “if the firstfruit be holy the lump is also
    holy.” (Romans 11:16) When God draws out one to become the FIRST FRUIT of that household, it indicates
    that the whole household has been marked, set apart unto salvation in due time. A first fruit always indicates
    that there is a greater harvest to follow. The time element remains with God, but the fulfillment shall come.
    3). A Iamb for a nation, Israel.
    “Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is
    expedient for us, that ONE MAN should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake
    he not of himself but being the high priest that year, he prophesied that JESUS SHOULD DIE FOR THAT
    NATION… and not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that
    were scattered abroad.” (John 11:49-52)
    Interesting to observe that there is a Spirit that accompanies the office, not dependent upon the man filling that
    office. So Caiaphas, being the high priest that year, was anointed by the Spirit to prophesy concerning the
    death of Jesus, that it should be ONE MAN FOR THE WHOLE NATION, which was the nation of Israel, and
    not limited to those gathered in the geographical boundary of the nation, but for all those children of God, the
    Israelites which were scattered abroad throughout all nations.
    While it is true that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, ” for the whole world, and the
    whole world He shall receive reconciled to Himself again, yet specifically Jesus Christ was sent to a nation, to
    become the Lamb for that nation. And it will require a further revelation of “the Iamb” in a full company, ere we
    shall see the whole world brought nigh to God.
    Just as each individual in the household must needs come to believe in the Iamb offered for them, so also
    each individual in the whole nation must come to believe, personally, experientially. But that this shall be so,
    we read, “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall
    turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (Romans 11:26)
    The whole nation – in the land, and scattered abroad, thus to include both the circumcision (law keepers) and
    the uncircumcision (those who forsook the law, and became like the heathen nations among whom they were
    scattered). “That He might reconcile both unto God in one body, by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.”
    (Ephesians 2:16) Even as was prophesied, when Ezekiel took the two sticks, one for the house of Judah, and
    one for the house of Ephraim ( the ten northern tribes), and joined them together as one stick, as a prophecy of
    the time when both kingdoms would be joined together in one kingdom unto the Lord, to be His people. (Read,
    Ezekiel 37:15-23)
    There are natural fulfillments, and spiritual fulfillments, but both are assured, for the Word of the Lord is given,
    and it shall come to pass. A Iamb was given for the nation, and all that nation shall be brought into the fullness
    of His life and salvation.
    4). A lamb for the world.
    “The scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto
    Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
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    He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Gal. 3:8, 16) There is
    a rule followed in the Greek, that where the identifying article “the” is missing, it is speaking of quality, not
    identity. Such is the case here, where it refers to the seed, which is Christ. There is no identifying article to
    make it “THE Christ,” and thus it bespeaks of QUALITY – to embrace the whole enchristed company of which
    The Christ is the Head. All anointed by the same Spirit, for “He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” There is
    a SEED through which all nations shall be blessed, it is a seed singular, because of that ONENESS which
    fulfills John 17:23, “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one.” For as one body hath
    many members, “So also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-
    13) This is the UNION that must BECOME, be fully realized, that God might have a LAMB- COMPANY through
    whom His salvation shall be ministered to all the world.
    “And Abraham said, My son, GOD WILL PROVIDE HIMSELF a lamb…” (Genesis 22:8) Here is one of the
    most precious prophetic utterances ever given. A lamb is needed. We have the wood and the fire, but where is
    the lamb? For Abraham’s present need God provided a ram, caught in a thicket, and the sacrifice was made.
    But this only prefigured that greater day, when God would PROVIDE HIMSELF – not provide for Himself, but
    literally GIVE HIMSELF – “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” (2 Corinthians
    “Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) To be a Lamb for the nation, yes, but the
    need is greater than just one nation, and so He is still in the process of providing a lamb for them all. Jesus
    Christ is the HEAD of the body, “for in all He shall have the pre-eminence.” (Colossians 1:18) But the Head
    also must have a BODY – so unto Him is added the rest of the first fruits company. Thus we saw Him, “A Lamb
    stood on the mount Zion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand.” This is the company that ministers
    His life to the whole world. To see such a company does not magnify man, nor take away from Christ, for they
    are all totally conformed to HIS IMAGE, and partakers of HIS DIVINE NATURE.
    There are two Greek words, which have been translated as Lamb. “Amnos” is used but four times, and always
    exclusively of Jesus Christ. All Old Testament types and shadows looked forward to their fulfillment in this
    Lamb of God. And all ministry which is yet to come is based upon this sacrificed Lamb. There is nought that
    needs to be added to His offering – it was once, and it was FOR ALL. “For Christ also hath once suffered for
    sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) HE IS…
    “The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
    “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
    “Like a Lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened He not His mouth.” (Acts 8:32)
    “A Lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:19)
    The other Greek word for “lamb” is “arnion” and means: a little lamb, a lambkin. It is the only word used in
    Revelation. And once in John 21:15, when Jesus told Peter, “Feed My lambs.” In this instance it obviously has
    reference to the followers of Christ. That such a word has been used to refer also to Jesus Christ as “the little
    lamb,” produces two thoughts: first, that it identifies Him with mankind, as He “made Himself of no reputation,
    and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7) and
    secondly, that it makes room for all of those who share in “the fellowship of His suffering, being made
    conformable to His death,” (Philippians 3:10), so that they become apart of the CORPORATE LAMB, which
    gives its life to bless others.
    Never is the sacrifice of Christ to be compared with what we might offer, as we give ourselves “a living
    sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,” (Romans 12:1) His sacrifice is uncomparable, supreme, totally sufficient
    in itself, with nothing added. His sacrifice is not to be compared, but to be SHARED. We share in its fellowship,
    we share in its out-giving, we share in its ministry. In the same manner Paul writes that, “we are laborers
    together with God.” (1 Corinthians 3:9) God’s working does not need us! “His work is perfect.” (Deuteronomy
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    32:4) But He graciously and lovingly includes us in His working, that we might be blessed. So also we shall be
    allowed to share with Christ, in becoming part of that SEED which blesses all nations.
    It is written, “Saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the
    Lord’s.” (Obadiah 21) There is a uniqueness in this oneness in the Saviour, so that the total identity is HIS,
    even though we all can become members of His body – a body that bears HIS NAME. He has, and is begetting
    after His own kind, and thus THE SAVIOUR is producing those, which shall be “saviours.”
    Now we read that “The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple.” Of this temple we read, “Jesus Christ
    Himself being the chief cornerstone,” (Ephesians 2:20), while “ye are the temple of the living God.” (2
    Corinthians 6:16) The “Lord God Almighty” takes care of our Lord Jesus Christ – that is who HE IS, and so
    when it adds, “and the Lamb” it reaches out to include all those who form this “lambkin company.”
    Then it reads on, “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God
    did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” Certainly the glory of God will lighten it – Jesus said, “I am the
    light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
    And HE IS “The true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)
    But He also said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a
    candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your
    light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
    (Matthew 5:14-16)
    Oh, for this light to shine which will glorify the Father, for such is the characteristic of the lambkin – becoming
    heavenly luminaries, to shine in dark places. “I will also give thee for a light to the nations, that thou mayest be
    My salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)
    HE IS the Lamb of God, and joined to Him is a lambkin company. All the qualifications of The Lamb must now
    be found in this people of His purpose. “Behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3) Not to
    be devoured by the wolves, never! But to fulfill that glorious ministry, ”as though God did beseech by us: we
    pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
    Freely, gladly, joyfully Jesus Christ faced the hour of sacrifice, pouring out His life, that it might be diffused and
    spread over the whole earth. Now God’s elect are being brought to the same consecration, so that they give
    everything, for the joy of beholding His life quicken those around them. Willing to spend and be spent, until HIS
    LOVE THROUGH THEM has conquered all, and creation is restored into perfect harmony with its Creator.
    There is a work that is totally of The Christ, finished at Calvary, which does not have to be re-enacted or
    duplicated. He gave His life for the world. Now, this lambkin company, which is joined to Him, having received
    of that life, can freely share it with others. Calvary demonstrated to the world that God IS reconciled to the
    world. Now the ministry of the lambkin is to beseech the world to be reconciled to the God who is already
    reconciled to them. He has already forgiven their sin, and He will not impute sin to their account, nor charge
    them with guilt. What is forgiven is forgiven. Now man needs to be emptied of his rebellion towards God, and
    be reconciled to the God who already loves him.
    The Lamb beautifully took care of all the work on God’s side towards man, and the lambkin will have a glorious
    ministry from man’s side, to bring things back to God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything
    as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament.” (2
    Corinthians 3:5- 6)
    It is a glorious witness to the effectiveness of the work of the Redeemer, that He can bring forth a corporate
    lambkin, through whom He shall continue to reveal the riches of His grace toward men. One in The Lamb, they
    are to His praise!
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    “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall
    serve Him: and they shall see His face; …” (Rev. 22:3-4)
    Many statements could be made concerning the triumph of the Redeemer as He reconciles all things, but there
    is one short phrase that stands out like a mighty beacon in the night to reveal how totally He has made “all
    things new,” and it is this brief word: “There shall be no more curse.” Here again we see how fully He is “the
    Alpha and the Omega,” as the end returns to the beginning, and the law of circularity is complete. The purpose
    of the ages is fulfilled, and His victory is secure. “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things.”
    (Romans 11:36)
    The overcomer has learned by experience that “all things originate and come from Him,” and thus they receive
    all things from the hand of God, assured that nothing can happen outside of God’s will, and with eyes anointed
    to see, they see the hand of God in all that has touched upon their life. Under the many pressures of the
    process they have also learned that “all things live through Him.” His life in them is sufficient for each day, for
    He is the Sustainer, and “by Him all things consist (are held together).” And joyfully they come to the hour
    when “all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.” (Amplified) Because He has been
    totally in control of the interplay of good and evil through the ages, the ultimate end of the process is one of
    victory. Not even a “curse” is an end in itself, but was used in the working, and then comes to its own
    consummation. All our “endings” are in Jesus Christ – He is the triumphant Omega! IN HIM all curses are
    transformed into blessings!
    The curse is first seen in Genesis 3:14, “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done
    this, thou art cursed.”
    Without quoting all the context of the record, we note God’s order – of speaking, and then of the judgment. The
    Lord called to the man, “Where art thou?” And Adam answered that they had hidden themselves because of
    their shame when they realized they were naked. Then God said to the woman, “What is this that thou hast
    done?” Eve replied that the serpent beguiled her, and she did eat of the forbidden fruit. Then God spoke to the
    serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed.” In the passing of the judgment/sentence, God began
    with the serpent, then to the woman, and ended up with the man, thus reversing the order as to when He
    spoke to them. In the curse to the serpent, God said, “Upon thy belly thou shalt go, and dust shalt thou eat all
    the days of thy life.” Defining the serpent, we note Revelation 20:2, “That old serpent, which is the Devil, and
    Science will tell you that snakes, which crawl upon the ground, do not eat dust. This is not speaking of a literal
    snake in the garden, but it is used as a symbol of the Deceiver, Satan. And what is the dust that becomes his
    food? Adam was made of the dust of the ground, and the serpent seeks to satisfy his desires through
    humanity. “The spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2) Thus Satan finds
    expression those individuals that walk in the same disobedience of “I will, ( or self- will) as was found in Lucifer.
    (see Isaiah 14:12-14)
    To the woman, God said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception.” While to the man, He said,
    “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles
    shall it bring forth to thee.”
    Then they were sent forth from Eden, to eat the bread earned by the sweat of their brow, until they returned to
    the ground from whence their body was made. Yet all of this was not without hope, for in the very judgment
    was the promise of deliverance, when the SEED of the woman would bruise the serpent’s head. The serpent
    may well bruise the heel (walk) of man, but there was promise of THE MAN that would bruise the serpent’s
    head – and how gloriously our Lord Jesus Christ has done this, stripping him of all usurped power and
    Besides the curse upon the ground, which included all of the wearisome toil of trying to take from the soil that,
    which would feed and sustain a man, God said it would bring forth “thorns and thistles.” Anyone who has tilled
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    the ground, and gone away for a while, knows that when he comes back there will be these thorns and thistles
    (weeds) everywhere. In fact you can diligently tend your ground and find that the winds will blow in seeds from
    afar, and they have to be constantly dealt with. But beyond the literal “weeds,” we find that our bodies, made of
    the dust of the ground, also have their thorns and thistles. If we are careless in the tending of our bodies, we
    reap the thorns. And even if we do eat right, sleep right, proper care as best we know how, still betimes a seed
    of a thorn or thistle will blow in and take lodging – because the ground has been cursed. It has been a “body of
    humiliation,” (Philippians 3:21) But now we read of that day when the curse will be lifted, and He will “change
    our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body,” and there shall be “no more curse.”
    Redemption is truly for spirit, soul, AND BODY!
    Wherein is all the curse ended? “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for
    us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13) Regardless of how many
    curses there may be, or their many avenues of expression – light afflictions, or extreme bedevilment, it all ends
    in Christ. He is that promised SEED OF THE WOMAN that shall utterly bruise the head of the serpent. He
    brings an end to every expression of self- will that causes us to bring a curse upon ourselves. “And the God of
    peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” And the next statement rightly follows: “THE GRACE of our
    Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 16:20) It is a further revelation of His grace, that He
    bruises Satan under our feet – and no longer can he strike at our heel – i.e., affect our walk, but we shall follow
    “in Christ’s steps, ” and be found well pleasing unto our God.
    Furthermore, not only does it state, “And there shall be no more curse:” but the very next statement gives the
    reason why, “But (because) the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it.” Man, left to his own devices, was
    easily deceived by the serpent, led astray, turning “every one to his own way.” But when the “THRONE OF
    GOD” is WITHIN US, and He DWELLS IN US, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people,” (2 Corinthians 6:16) and He then “puts His laws into our mind, and writes them
    in our heart,” (Hebrews 8:10), it will preclude any repetition of the fall into selfhood and sin, but we shall have
    intimate fellowship with Him who is our life. Then shall come the fulfillment of that Word, “He that is begotten of
    God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” (1 John 5:18) Oh, joy unspeakable and full of
    glory – salvation is to the uttermost, and “there shall be no more curse.”
    “And His servants shall serve Him.” What brought the curse upon man was the serving of “SELF.” What brings
    the blessing is our “SERVING HIM.”
    Significant that the Greek word “latreuo” which means: to serve God, has also been translated four times as
    “worship.” Like when Paul writes, “We are the circumcision, WHICH WORSHIP (serve) God in spirit, and
    rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3)
    In the temptation of Jesus, Satan “sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith
    unto Him, All these things will I give Thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Worship was at the center of
    the temptation. It was an effort to turn the worship away from God, to self, and to Satan. Jesus made this clear
    even in His answer to Satan, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and
    Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:8- 10) This is more than just a quoting of Scripture, “Thou shalt fear the
    Lord thy God, and serve Him…” (Deuteronomy 6:13), though it was that, to be sure; and this is more than
    Jesus just reaffirming His own stand of only worshiping God, and none other, though it was that, too; but it also
    becomes a PROPHETIC WORD, for when Christ fully triumphed over the adversary, it bespeaks that HE has
    the power to “subdue all things unto Himself,” and turn every antagonist into an obedient server – Satan
    Thank God, there is no state of degeneration into selfhood and rebellion against God that has gone beyond His
    power to restore. It is not a question of His power – He is Omnipotent! “Where sin abounds, grace doth MUCH
    MORE abound.” (Romans 5:20) It is not a case of “how dead it is, nor of how long it has been dead.” HIS LIFE
    will conquer ALL death! He reigns until the last enemy, which is death, is fully destroyed, and ALL LIVE UNTO
    Martha’s brother Lazarus had died. When Jesus finally came to her, she said to Him, “Lord, if Thou hadst been
    here, my brother had not died.” (John 11:21) She knew He had power to heal the sick, but now that Lazarus
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    was dead, she wasn’t sure He could do anything about it. And when Jesus asked for them to shew Him where
    the tomb was, and told them to take away the stone that was too much for Martha. “Lord, by this time he
    stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.” (Verse 39) The decaying process has gone so far, what power can
    touch this? But Jesus had already stated, “I AM the resurrection and THE LIFE…” (Verse 25) If you can
    believe this, then it is no longer a question of how long death has reigned, but only the TIMING for God’s life to
    be manifested.
    Lazarus readily symbolizes the Adamic race, which by then had been held in the bands of death for four days –
    four thousand years. While Jesus did manifest as a foretaste His resurrection power in raising Lazarus from
    the dead, He did not universally bring that life to all mankind at that time. Two thousand more years have been
    added, and six days have gone by – six being the number of man. Man’s iniquity and corruption and self-willed
    independence must come to the full. But God also knows exactly when to call a halt to the degeneration, and
    start that universal REGENERATION which He has promised, and then “He shall send Jesus Christ, which
    before was preached unto you: Whom the heavens must receive until the TIMES OF RESTITUTION of all
    things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:20-21)
    One of those promises spoken is found in Psalm 72:11, “Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him: all nations
    shall SERVE Him.” And when the restoration is complete, they will “Call upon the name of the Lord, to SERVE
    HIM with one consent.” (Zephaniah 3:9) It is the acknowledgment of HIS LORDSHIP, and our being His
    servants, yea, His worshipers.
    When we are fully surrendered to the will of God, to live totally unto Him, then all of our service unto others, “to
    bless all nations,” will be as A WORSHIP TO HIM. Truly, to worship Him is to serve Him! This is as different
    from the “works of the flesh,” as the east is from the west. It is the out-living of His life in an on-going worship to
    our Creator.
    “And they shall see His face.” When Adam turned to his own expression of self-will, he turned from the face of
    God, and hid himself “from the presence of the Lord God.” (Genesis 3:8) And so the curse came upon him.
    The Hebrew word, “panim,” translated as “presence” is also translated as “face.” It comes from the root that
    means: TO TURN, thus, to FACE. Because of the action of his self-will, Adam could no longer look directly eye
    to eye, nor openly commune with God, so he hid himself. There would needs be a tremendous processing
    before there could be a TURNING so that he could FACE God again, and intimately fellowship.
    Because of their sin, and turning away from God, God once said to Israel, “I will shew them the back, and not
    the face, in the day of their calamity.” (Jeremiah 18:17) Back to back – Israel turned their back to God, and
    God turned His back upon them, no direct communication. It was a tremendous estrangement. Ah, with
    Jeremiah we pray again, “Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned.” (Lamentations 5:21) Yet
    how little do we comprehend what love and tenderness are involved in our being turned towards Him, until we
    are prepared to look Him full in the face. Thank God for the promise, “And they shall see His face.” To have
    face to face fellowship means that EVERY CURSE IS ENDED FOREVER – all expression of self-will has been
    purged out, and with joy we worship and serve Him – He becomes our ALL!
    How awesome is “the revelation of Jesus Christ,” as we see in Him the ENDING of all curses, and the
    BEGINNING of all blessing! The ending of all obscurity, and the beginning of all revelation. The ending of all
    death, the beginning of our LIFE!
    “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation
    The Book opens with the statement, “Grace he unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and
    which is to come.” (Revelation 1:4)
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    “Which is…” literally, WHO is. “He that cometh to God must believe that HE IS…” (Hebrews 11:6) The IS- ness
    of God is not a fact to be argued about, debated, supposed, etc. He just IS! “The wicked, through the pride of
    his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts (or, all his thoughts are, There is no
    God.)” (Psalm 10:4) But man’s unbelief does not negate the reality of Him WHO IS! And in ways never
    considered shall He yet be revealed, until “ALL shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:11)
    Every coming of Christ is a further revelation of Himself, and the outworking of redemption in His people. “So
    shall He sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at Him: for that which had not been told them
    shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” (Isaiah 52:15)
    “Sprinkle many nations.” The Hebrew word for “sprinkle” is “nazah” from the root meaning: to spurt out, but the
    original idea of the Hebrew root seems to be that of leaping (or causing to leap,) either with surprise or joy. The
    word really needs both thoughts to express its meaning. To spurt out, as from a brush of hyssop would
    bespeak of the sprinkling for cleansing, but surely as He redeems, cleanses and purges all nations, “He will
    cause many nations to leap with surprise and joy.” Obviously this is the effect of the in-working of the Gospel.
    No wonder they shall “shut their mouths at Him,” for, “That which had not been told them shall they see;
    (visible demonstrations of reality); and that which they had not heard shall they consider (or, understand).”
    “The revelation of Jesus Christ” is so awesome and glorious, as He comes to every man, to reveal Himself as
    Lord and Saviour. Then shall they all know Him “WHO IS” in an experiential way, and leap up with joy in His
    “AM Who was…” “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hast formed the earth and the world,
    even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2) The eternalness of our God, antedating
    time, is difficult for finite minds to grasp. He always was, and He always will be, for in the very deepest
    meaning of the word, He “inhabiteth eternity.” (Isaiah 57:15) And the marvel of it all is that He would deign to
    come and presence Himself among us – reveal Himself to us, that we might be partakers of His life and reality.
    “AM Who is to come.” Literally, He who is coming, the Coming One. The COMING is not relegated to history,
    nor even to that which is presently known and experienced – but there is a FURTHER COMING – because the
    “revelation of Jesus Christ” is a progressive unveiling until He has COME TO EVERY MAN, to be the Saviour,
    Redeemer, Lord, and King. “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the
    grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13) Thus He is rightly spoken
    of as “Who is to come.” He comes to be the Alpha of our life, the Initiator of every new beginning. And He
    comes to be the Omega, the Consummator, the Fulfiller of every promise in us. May we NEVER limit Him to
    anyone coming – as if that visitation were all that is to be. “Of the increase of His government and peace there
    shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7) Therefore He who WAS, and IS, remains “The Coming One.”
    “We don’t know what we shall become in the future. We only know that, if reality were to break through, we
    should reflect His likeness, for we should see Him as He really is.” (1 John 3:2, Phillips). There is a REALITY
    to break through – He is coming!
    “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is
    to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
    Repeated again in Revelation 4:8, it gives added emphasis of the on-going revelation of His holiness. “Holy,
    holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
    While Revelation 11:17, includes the thought of His power, and reigning victoriously for ever and ever. “We
    give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to
    Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.”
    One coming, one burst of revelation cannot express the height and depth, length and breadth, but every
    visitation of God with His creation expands and unfolds more of the wonders of His grace and mercy to us, and
    in us.
    REVELATION- A POSITIVE BOOK, Chapters 1- 25 [Ray- Doris Prinzing] ~ BOOK 111
    He comes with clouds of witnesses, or He may come in the midst of our tribulations and pressures. He comes
    as the Cherubim inspiring us to greater worship, or He may come riding on the horses of judgment, cleansing,
    purging. He may come to us in times of silence, or it may be as thunder and lightning and voices. He may
    come as the Lamb of God, or as the Lion. He may come in such power as to cause our earth to quake, or He
    may come as the gentle rain which refreshes us – “A pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out
    of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” He may come as Captain of the host and lead us into battle against all
    unrighteousness, or He may come as the Prince of Peace and overwhelm us with His tender mercies. But
    however He may appear, let Him fulfill that Word, “Behold, I come quickly.”
    “And the Spirit and the bride say, COME.” Out of the depths of the processing comes the realization that all
    that we could ever desire is found in Him – and so the deep cry of the Spirit is birthed from within – “COME,
    Lord Jesus.” Whatever it takes, the desire for Your fullness fills our being, and all we can do is cry out “Come!”
    Let the revelations of God flood our soul and make us whole. Indeed, “That you may be filled through all your
    being unto all the fullness of God – that is, may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become
    a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself” (Ephesians 3:19, Amplified).
    “And let him that heareth say, COME.” In the message to the overcomers, again and again it was said, “He
    that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (out- called).” And the angels
    (messengers) have sounded out their message. They have blown their trumpets, poured out their vials, and
    given forth the WORD OF GOD in divers ways and manners. But always the message was positive – pointing
    towards the ultimate redemption that is to be realized. Now, if we have had our ears anointed to hear – then
    there can be but one response, “Come, Lord Jesus.” Come and fulfill in us all that the angels have voiced.
    Regardless of how deep the purgings may go – we would be totally changed and brought into oneness with our
    It was said of Paul, “For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:16) Yet
    he was able to say, “In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared
    with the magnificent future God has planned for us.” (Romans 8:18, Phillips). And later he would write, “I count
    all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… that I may know Him.”
    (Philippians 3:8, 10) For the Joy set before him, the process could be endured, and all of his being
    responded, “COME, that I might know Thee more.”
    And so it is, as we come to the end of the Book, and the Word is given, “Surely I come quickly,” John could
    only give one whole- hearted response, “AMEN. Even so, come, Lord Jesus…” I have seen the panorama of
    events – awesome, stirring, frightening betimes, causing great rejoicing at other times – indeed, seals,
    trumpets, vials and woes, beasts and dragons, all combining to fulfill their purpose and bring an end to the old
    order, that there might be a “new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” To all this we
    say, “AMEN!” So be it! Let it all happen, the end result is so desirable and glorious, we shall walk out the
    processing and rejoice in the “nevertheless afterwards.”
    “Even so…” The Greek word is “nai,” a strong affirmation meaning: YES. And in some cases it is used as a
    particle of appeal: or entreaty. It is ayes spoken from the deep longing of the heart until it becomes not only an
    affirmation, but an earnest entreaty. In spite of all the severity of the happenings, events that speak “of intense
    travail to birth the new – “Even so, come.” If it takes all this, to have all that – YES – DO IT! Do it all, but come –
    let there be “a revelation of Jesus Christ” that unfolds until it envelopes us in its glory, and transforms us into
    the same image.
    “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the
    Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9) HE is the COMING
    ONE! “And unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.”
    While He is coming to us, there is a responsive action on our part as we come to Him. “Let him that is athirst
    come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.” Being drawn by the Father, we come. Deep
    is calling unto deep. Out of the depth of our need we are calling to Him. Out of the depth of His sufficiency He
    is calling to us. There is a coming together, and in the revelation of Him who is altogether lovely, we find that
    REVELATION- A POSITIVE BOOK, Chapters 1- 25 [Ray- Doris Prinzing] ~ BOOK 112
    He is truly our Redeemer – “The Lord of hosts is His name: and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God
    of the whole earth shall He be called.” (Isaiah 54:5)
    “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen!”
    As already noted, the Book began with “Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him…” For it is truly the GRACE
    of God which reveals our Lord, sustains us through all the out- workings of the vision, and brings us into the
    fullness of His reality. God, in grace began it, and God, in grace will finish it, to His glory and praise.
    To this we all can say, “AMEN!”
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