Throughout the Book of Revelation, John represents the living Bride who will be changed in the atoms. She does not see death..../Back to Index to Sermons
Let's just review a little of what we have learned. Revelation 1-3 is the Church Ages. 'After this' (Revelation 4:1) the Bride is caught up to heavenly places to witness the heavenly transaction of Revelation 4 and 5 which took place after the last saint predestinated into the Laodicean part of the Body was born-again.
His Mediatorial Office fulfilled at the close of the Church Ages, Christ advanced to answer the call of the elders. As God changed His Office or Dispensation Claim from 'Father' to 'Son of Man' toward the end of the Old Testament, and from 'Son of Man' to 'Son of God' at the commencement of the New, His Office or Dispensation Claim changed from Son of God and Mediator, to Son of Man and Judge at the end of Laodicea as foretold in John 5 and the other Gospels. Like Israel, the church knows nothing of this. As Jesus prophesied in Revelation 3:15-17 and Paul in Romans 11, II Thessalonians 2 and II Timothy 3-4; the Gentiles like the Jewish church finish in apostasy, 'and know it not'.
Then in Revelation chapter 6, through the revelation of the Six Seals, we see what takes place on earth, from Pentecost to the consummation and the end of Daniel's seventieth week (Revelation 6:1 to 19:21).
Once Christ took the Book, He was no longer a Mediator, He's a Judge. He is no longer the bleeding bloody Lamb; He's Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Israel was redeemed in order that Jesus could marry the Gentile Bride, but the redemption was not applied to the nation, because as a nation, Israel rejected Messiah. And God deals with Israel as a nation, Gentiles as individuals.
In Revelation 4 and 5, the Title Deed Adam forfeited is back in the hands of the original Owner. Jesus died to redeem the Title Deed to all Adam lost and was able to break the Seals, to reveal what was under them and share this inheritance that belongs to Him now, with those who have identified with Him by their faith.
You will remember from previous studies this Book contained the names of the Redeemed. When the Seals were revealed; we discovered WHO was sealed in the Book, and HOW they were sealed. Not their actual names, but the mystery which rightly divided the Word of Truth, baptizing them into their Part of the Body in that Age or Dispensation of the Word.
Jesus surrendered His Own life and divided It among us by the Holy Ghost which came from His side at Calvary. Fifty days after His resurrection, on the Day of Pentecost, the Life and Power Satan had withheld from God's people through the Fall, was sent back upon His Church by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or new birth.
Today, Christians are looking forward to the Pentecostal Jubilee and the resurrection of the Church. The revelation of the Seals is critical to the Bride, as time ends in the Seventh Seal. It's the end of the church age. It's the end of the Seventh Seal. It's the end of the trumpets. It's the end of the vials, and even ends the ushering in of the Millennium—that's on the Seventh Seal. It's just like firing a rocket into the air that explodes and then it explodes again. It puts out five stars, one of which explodes and blows out five stars, and then each of these stars explode and blow out five stars. The Seventh Seal ends time for the world . . . everything ended up on that Seventh Seal, and as 'the mystery of God is finished', the part-Word Church is also finished, and the delay whilst Christ interceded for the ignorance of the Church Age saints is over.
Time runs out in the last Seal. Revelation 10:5-7: 'And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven And swore by him that lives forever 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: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets'.
The Seventh Seal was revealed in 1963. So we want to know where we are. Israel is God's timepiece, and we know from Daniel chapter 9, God allotted only seventy weeks of prophetic years to Israel; 490 years, each of 360 days. And 69 weeks or 483 years are past, fulfilled at Calvary according to the prophecy (Daniel 9:26). When the seventieth week commences, the Gentile day of Grace is over, and the day of the Lord begun wherein the wrath of God will be poured, and no one will be saved, Hebrew or Gentile.
Now immediately some of you are going to say, the 144,000 are 'saved' in Daniel's seventieth week! No, the 144,000 and the Bride of THIS day were redeemed at Calvary, because they are born-again by the Fullness of the Word. The Church Age saints were born-again by Part-Word through the Mediation of Christ. They could not be fully redeemed at Calvary because the Book was sealed, the faith was lost when Rome martyred the saints, and Catholic Dogma was substituted. Only God's Word is Spirit and Life; anything taken from or added to the Word is anti-Christ, and DEATH. So during the Church Ages, the elect were not in agreement with the Word—God—and required a Go-between or Mediator. Christ was that Mediator. So long as the Book was sealed, He placed the ignorance and disagreement of the elect under the Blood; else they could not have been redeemed. What ignorance? Word-denying beliefs such as baptism in three Titles, the trinity, catechism, Apostles creed, ester, Christmas, and numerous other man-made teachings drawn from pagan sources.
How late is the hour? It's later than we think or dare imagine. It's almost 2,000 years since God dealt with Israel, and the moment that seventieth week commences, there'll never be another Gentile saved.
Revelation 6:1-19:21 is connected with Daniel's seventieth week, because in that time the two witnesses will reveal to Israel the mystery of the Seven Trumpets which will explain to them the persecutions of the past 2,000 years and their place in His Word.
Now let us commence tonight's lesson, by reading from Daniel 1:1-6 where we find, as a boy, Daniel was taken captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, after he had conquered Jerusalem in 606BC. Then chapter 9, written in 538 BC when Daniel was an old man, having been in Babylon 68 years; most of this time he was separated from his brethren, who were in different parts of the kingdom, and Daniel had no human fellowship, yet he still held the victory.
Daniel 9:1-5, 'In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and . . .' so-on until the man Gabriel met Him and unfolded His future dealings with Israel till the Kingdom was completely restored, and the Millennium set in.
Daniel understood from the prophecy of Jeremiah that Jerusalem should be desolate for a lifetime, 70 years. We find this prophecy in Jeremiah 25:1-17 (29:10); the rest of the chapter speaks of the desolation of the Gentile nations of THIS day, when at Armageddon, 'God shall judge all flesh and give them that are wicked to the sword'.
It cannot be long before God turns to Israel to fulfil their seventieth week. We are close, and I believe the Jubilee year is 1994: so how many revolutions of the sun can remain?
God does not deal with Israel and the Church at the same time. The Bride will be translated before He deals with Israel. We see the signs of God moving Israel back to the Homeland by World Wars I and II. That was His purpose in those wars. In November of 1917, the Balfour Declaration was signed, expressing British approval of Zionism. In December, when the message 'Allenby's coming,' became corrupted to 'Allah's coming' as it was passed down the Turkish lines, the Turks surrendered Jerusalem without a shot to General Allenby. Nothing but the hand of God.
World War I was 'the beginning of sorrows.' Never had the whole world gone to war until 1914, there has been no peace since and there will be no peace until Jesus comes. Those angels with their slaughter weapons went forth to destroy the whole world, and another Angel said, 'Wait, until I've sealed the servants of God first.' Israel is God's servant nation. The Angel is referring to the 144,000 elect who will be the servant of the Bride. So His Voice restrained the four angels which had power to destroy the earth to fulfil Scripture (Revelation 7:3; 9:12; 12:12). Suddenly and mysteriously World War I stopped and the Armistice was signed without either side issuing orders to cease fighting. That was on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, for the eleventh-hour Gentile Bride to receive the same Holy Ghost 'penny' as the apostolic saints of the first hour by the restoration ministry of Malachi 4:5-6.
The Persecution of 'Jews' in World War II forced them to forsake Europe and return to Palestine following partition and proclamation of the State of Israel. The Hand of God was again evident as in the defeat of Egypt and her allies in 1948. The 'Jew' is invariably non-Semitic, unrelated to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and are impersonating the people of the Old Covenant. Nonetheless, all things work for those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose. In this case the 144,000 elect who are pure blood descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The Fig Tree, which represents Israel, put forth its leaves in 1948, so summer and the harvest of the earth is close at hand. Jesus said the generation that saw Israel restored to the Homeland would not die out until the Kingdom is restored (Matthew 24:32-34). First He binds the denominational tares in the Charismatic Movement, WCC, ecumenism, etc., then the wheat Bride will be gathered into the garner, and during Daniel's seventieth week, the sickle will be thrust into the vine of the earth.
God is allowing us Gentiles, typed by Esau, to come to a place of no more repentance. Sodomy is rife throughout the world, the sons of God are intermarrying with the children of Cain; parents are incontinent, their children are disobedient, and the churches are apostate. All of them are returning to Rome, uniting against the Word, and don't know it. The Message of Elijah has RESTORED the faith, and is calling God's elect out from Babylon into the Fullness of the Word (Matthew 25:6; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 10:7; 18:4).
Soon the Gentiles will be cut-off, and Israel gaffed in again. Then the Temple worship will be restored (Amos 9:9-11; Acts 15:14-16) and the two anointed witnesses sent forth to reveal the Trumpets to Israel.
Seventy years is a life-time. The old timers, who left Jerusalem with Daniel, were passing away; a new generation was raising up. And God said 'the generation which saw Israel restored to the Homeland in the end-time would not pass away before the Millennium.' That was in 1948, fifty-three years ago! Where do we stand? Do you see the parallel between Daniel and us?
Moses was a type of church organizations which failed God. He glorified himself when he smote the rock the second time and said, 'must we bring forth water from this rock' (Numbers 20:10-11)? He and those adults who came out of Egypt died without entering the Promise.
Compare that with the Pentecostals who came out of denominational Egypt, then organized AGAINST the faith like those who rebelled against God at Kadesh Barnea (Numbers 13 - 14). Like Israel, they've wandered in the spiritual wilderness for the past forty-years, not entering the Promise (of Malachi 4:5-6), and will perish without being translated.
So God took Moses to a high place and showed him the Land then laid him to sleep. Joshua, which means 'Jehovah Saviour,' replaced Moses and lead Israel into Canaan. And today God permitted the angel to Laodicea to see beyond the curtain of time, and then lay him asleep. You will remember there are no more Messengers or prophets after the Seals are revealed by the seventh angel who introduced Christ, and the Bride feeds Her soul directly on the Fullness of the Word (Revelation 10:7-11). No single Portion of the seven-fold Spirit which anointed the Church Age Messengers, no man, and no Mediator. Only our Joshua, the Fullness of the Spirit, can lead His Bride into the Eternal Land of the Millennium.
Like Daniel of old, we need to know what the future holds so we can make ourselves ready, clothed in the 'true sayings of God,' Which IS Christ, the Message of the seventh angel (Revelation 19:7-10; 22:6-20).
Knowing that 68 years had already expired, Daniel became desperate to know the will of the Lord, and as His prophet, how he should serve God's people. How desperate should we be, knowing that 69 of Daniel's seventy weeks expired with the crucifixion of Messiah, and all seven Church Ages have been fulfilled! We want to know where we stand in time because God finishes dealing with the Gentiles BEFORE He turns to Israel.
In Daniel 9:20-27 God answered the prayers of His prophet, revealing His dealings with Israel from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Old Jerusalem till the Kingdom was completely restored, the Millennium set in, and Christ's Bride, the New Jerusalem descended from heaven, anointed with the joy of Israel's salvation (Isaiah 65:17-25).
Daniel 9:24: 'Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people . . . (That's the Jews, only seventy weeks of years are determined) . . . and upon thy holy city, . . . (from that time until the New Jerusalem descends from God out of heaven, God will only deal with the Jews for seventy weeks) . . . to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, (that's the Millennium) and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy'.
God had a six-fold purpose, and you'll notice it was not accomplished in the first sixty-nine weeks. Therefore the six-fold purpose of Gabriel's visit to Daniel is to be accomplished in the time of Jacob's trouble, or Daniel's seventieth week.
Now let's just place these weeks in the history of the world.
Daniel 9:25-26 'Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined'.
The people of the 'prince' that desolated the Temple and destroyed Jerusalem were the Roman legions of Titus. In Matthew 24:1-3, Jesus' disciples asked Him three questions: 1. When will the Temple be destroyed, 2. What will be the Sign of Thy 'parousia,' and 3. What will be the Sign of the end of the ages?
In Matthew 24:15-21, Jesus prophesied the desolation of the Temple. Referring to Daniel 9, He warned the early Christians, 'When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand): then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight is not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day . . . (the City gates would be shut and those inside could not escape). For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be'.
Jewish historian Josephus records how the Christians took heed to their Saviour's warning. When they saw the dragon standards, which were the gods of the Roman infantry, flying on the Mount of Olives opposite Jerusalem, every one of those saints escaped. And following a protracted siege, Rome extracted a terrible slaughter among the 'Jews'. And as Rome desolated Jerusalem after Calvary, 'unto the end of the war desolations are determined.' So Rome will continue to be the desolater of Jerusalem until the Kingdom is restored. Rome will cause the sacrifice and the oblation which Israel will restore to cease, and overspread the Temple with her abominations which will make it desolate until the consummation (Daniel 9:26-27; Revelation 17:4). This is confirmed by Daniel 2 which reveals Rome is the last Gentile power, and that it will be destroyed by the Coming of the Son of David to rule for a thousand years.
Daniel 2:40-45, 'And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise . . . (That was Imperial Rome) . . . And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay . . . (This is Papal Rome) . . . And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure'.
Daniel 9:24-27 discloses the fact that God ONLY deals with Israel when they are in the homeland—'thy holy city.' And He will only translate His church when She returns to Her Homeland, the Fullness of Christ, separated from all man-made systems which are anti-Christ and whatsoever is not the Word.
After the Gentile Age is ended, He will seal the 144,000. 'And after this' (Revelation 7:9), I saw a great multitude of GENTILES already in heaven before ever God returned to Israel.
'. . . blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all 144,000 shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins' (Romans 11:25-27).
Israel is born as a nation, together, in one day. Isaiah 66:8, 'Who has heard such a thing; who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day; or shall a nation be born at once: for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.'
And as soon as you are born-again and have the revelation, go strengthen your brethren. Share It. His Word is Spirit, It is Life. bb940322.htm
e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org