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10
Feb

God’s Household0

GOD’S HOUSEHOLD

God has a household
He builds with His hands
Where the Son is enthroned
And the Spirit now plants.
 
He chooses among men
And picks those His own
To grant a heart of flesh, and
 Hails each the living stone.
 
He breaks open fallow hearts
And sows His Good Seed
To be tended and watered
By the Spirit’s Decreed.
 
He washes with His Blood
Refines with His fire
He crowns them with Life
His righteousness, their attire.
 
He clothes them as angels
The inner robe of Immortality
Cloaked in His radiance,
In oneness of Impartiality.
 
Men who presumed
To lend Him a helping hand
Built mansions and castles
But on sinking sand.
 
Like their fathers
Raised towers of Babel,
Man-made hills, mounts
Sacrilegious altars of devil.
 
The wind turned violent,
His anger as hailstones
Crashed with torrential rain
 Leaving no souls, no bones.
 
But those that heeded
The Shepherd’s staff and rod
Repaired, restored and
 Reaped blessings manifold.
 
They tarried in wilderness
And supped at His table
They drank of His cup
Their cross, their mantle.
 
Sheltered from the devil
With angels in tow
Awaiting the completion
Of their Heavenly Depot.
 
They built at His bidding
With His Silver, Gold and
 Precious Stones; Not to win,
To save. Obeyed as warned!
 
For the house that is built
Not by His hands
The builder builds in vain
And Judgment he demands.
 
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10
Feb

Born and Born Again1

BORN AND BORN AGAIN

Amid the quiet stillness of life in motion
A cry is heard and the silence is broken.
 
Amid the thunderous worship in heaven
A song is heard for joyous celebration.
 
 
Saddled with cares and troubles mixture
The cries echo louder at departure.
 
Whilst songs of joy and songs of sorrow
Will walk the freed into his morrow.
 
 
Of earth’s the calling and of earth’s the name
To do its bidding and follow its fame.
 
Of Spirit’s beckoned, on the Word founded
Of His Blood united, the world’s hounded.
 
 
Every step forward, new dreams unfolded
Conformed to its ways, in its pattern molded.
 
Every step forward, a milestone achieved
From the valley of death is heaven perceived.
 
 
The laurels, the applause, yet again silenced
For earth’s sad homage to the grave acquiesced.
 
The battle is over though none conquered
Wounded and weary, to Rest entered.
 
 
These are the born and the born again
Earth’s two children, heaven’s single gain.
 
Though death conceived, its womb swollen
Gave birth to wind to fan its fiery destination.
 
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5
Feb

Greatest Crimes of Babylon – III1

GREATEST CRIMES OF BABYLON – III

INTRODUCTION:

The next of the Greatest Crimes of Babylon is the violation of the eternal covenant of circumcision. “IN ADDITION TO ALL YOUR OTHER DETESTABLE PRACTICES, YOU BROUGHT FOREIGNERS UNCIRCUMCISED IN HEART AND FLESH INTO MY SANCTUARY, DESECRATING MY TEMPLE….. AND YOU BROKE MY COVENANT.” (Ezek 44:7)

Let us read Gen 17:7-14, the covenant of circumcision as it is, “I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you……… This is My covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep.  Every male among you shall be circumcised!  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be sign of the covenant between Me and you.  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner – those who are not your offspring.  Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised.  MY COVENANT IN YOUR FLESH IS TO BE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.  ANY UNCIRCUMCISED MALE, WHO HAS NOT BEEN CIRCUMCISED IN THE FLESH, WILL BE CUT OFF FROM HIS PEOPLE; HE HAS BROKEN MY COVENANT.”

UNDERSTANDING THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION

It is a well ascertained fact that God speaks to us in the language we understand and uses choice vocabulary that we would easily relate to as people of the flesh.  Just as it is testified that He leads us by ‘chords of human kindness’ (Hos 11:4), by feeding us, clothing us and meeting all our needs – the way we understand it best.  As such, in order to teach us how terrible ‘Unfaithfulness to God’ is He uses the words adultery, prostitution, consort etc. to convey His warnings across.  We think in terms of flesh, and therefore we never understand unless these words that are flesh-related is employed to teach us the seriousness of our crimes

So, to begin with, let us LEARN THAT THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION IS THE COVENANT OF FAITHFULNESS.  The history of the fall of man began with his unfaithfulness to God.  And the one who is unfaithful to God cannot be faithful to anybody else – whether it is to his parents, his brethren, his spouse, his friends, his colleagues, his employers, whoever it may be.  This is the covenant between God and every male who is circumcised, a sign that the child or the person circumcised will be trained in faithfulness towards God and men.

HAVING FAILED TO UNDERSTAND THIS, EVEN MEN WHO ADVOCATE CIRCUMCISION WITH GREAT ARROGANCE AND SHOW OF PURITY, FLOUNDER MISERABLY AND MAKE LAUGHING STOCKS OF THEMSELVES BEFORE THE NATIONS. (For instance, read Ezek 22:3-14)

Why? Because even though they pride themselves in the suggestive purification, the covenant in reality came to be received and acknowledged in the periphery of the flesh alone, no different from any of those who are compelled to do it for medical reasons. [As such, it is no mere coincidence that such a surgery has become commonplace now!!!!]   THESE MEN NEVER CIRCUMCISE THEIR HEARTS, WHICH IS THE ONLY WAY GOD’S LAWS CAN MANIFEST IN OUR LIVES, AND THEREFORE THEY REMAIN UNFAITHFUL BOTH TO GOD AND MEN TILL DATE. 

CIRCUMCISION SYMBOLIC OF ‘THE COVENANT OF BLOOD’ OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS:

When man was discovered unfaithful, God made the redemption of man possible by His Faithfulness – which is manifested by His covenant of the Blood with us (refer Matt 26:28, Heb 12:24, Zech 9:11). 

This is therefore the Covenant of Faithfulness without which no one (particularly no male as their faithfulness has to signify itself, in addition, by the circumcision of the flesh) can hope to remain in the fellowship of God either in this generation or in the next – yes, it is for the generations to come.  Hence it is called the eternal or everlasting covenant between God and man.

[Note: In spiritual terms, the generations are chiefly classified into two – the present ‘GENERATION OF THE WICKED’ and the eternal ‘GENERATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS OR OF THE REGENERATION’.  The generation of the wicked is the generation of the present world which is further classified into two owing to the two nature of life that will exist here – one before the reign of Christ and the next during the reign of Christ.   And the generation of the regeneration is of course in the new heaven and new earth where everything is regnerated or made new.  Hence, the words ‘for generations to come’.]

Just as Jesus testifies, “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of truth, there is nothing false about him.” (Jn 7:18).  And, once again by His example, the One Who is sent of God, Who is the Truth Himself, is not only subjected to the Covenant of Faithfulness at the prescribed age (Lk 2:21), BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, REMAINS FAITHFUL AT ALL AGE.  So that He is called the Faithful and True (Rev 19:11).  [It explains why God chose and set apart Israel as the nation for Jesus to be born – BECAUSE THOUGH THE COVENANT OF FAITHFULNESS WAS GIVEN TO ABRAHAM TO BE OBSERVED BY ONE AND ALL, MEN REMAIN UNFAITHFUL, EVEN IN ISRAEL.  HENCE, THE CORRECTION OR THE TRUE EXEMPLIFICATION OF FAITHFULNESS HAS TO BEGIN RIGHT THERE SO THAT BOTH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD MAY LEARN FROM IT.]

Satan has infiltrated many texts opposing this covenant in the Bible that without getting to the root of the matter one cannot be convinced of the Truth.  And since churches as a rule reject the teachings of God and obey the teachings of men, they have all without exception taught and advocated its violation.

As a result, if the churches today find their hands full with sexual immoralities and depraved minds from priests down to the most ordinary of laymen, they have only themselves to blame.  Not to mention the wrath of God that they have invited upon themselves.  “…. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of Truth into disrepute.  In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.  Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. ………………….. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done….. With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed – an accursed brood!  They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam….who loved the wages of wickedness……. These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm.  Blackest darkness is reserved for them.  For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.  They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity…. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the SACRED COMMAND THAT WAS PASSED ON TO THEM.”  (2 Pet 2:1-21). 

Like the unfaithful Lot, they choose their own path and live among the depraved and are quick to lead their daughters in the wrong way – read Gen 19:8, “Look, I have two daughters……… Do with them….”  Or like the Benjamite tribe of Israel who were almost entirely wiped out because of their terrible deeds (Judg 19:23-30).  The Word of God says, “DO NOT DEGRADE YOUR DAUGHTER BY MAKING HER A PROSTITUTE, OR THE LAND WILL TURN TO PROSTITUTION AND BE FILLED WITH WICKEDNESS.” (Lev 19:29)

Churches are all guilty of ENCOURAGING AND PROMOTING PROSTITUTION by their unfaithfulness to the sacred command of God even as they go about gloating over the wickedness of their people under such fancy names as dating or courting or the supra-religious sounding ones like ‘romance and redemption’ or ‘seeking the Boaz blessing’!!!!! 

HOW WILL THEY WASH THEMSELVES OF THE GUILT OF INTRODUCING CONTRADICTORY TEACHINGS, PARTICULARLY THE SONG OF SONGS, ALL OF WHICH OPPOSES THE SACRED COMMAND OF GOD?  HOW WILL THEY WASH THEMSELVES OF THE GUILT OF RUINING SCORES AND SCORES OF LIVES EACH DAY?

The Word of God declares, “..Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution and your daughters-in-law to adultery. I WILL NOT PUNISH YOUR DAUGHTERS WHEN THEY TURN TO PROSTITUTION, NOR YOUR DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW WHEN THEY COMMIT ADULTERY, because the men themselves consort with harlots and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes – A PEOPLE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL COME TO RUIN!” (Hos 4:13-14). 

True enough, when the teachers of the law and the Pharisees wanted to stone an adulterous woman they had brought before Jesus, HE DID NOT CONDEMN HER.  Instead He said to her, “THEN NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU.  GO NOW AND LEAVE YOUR LIFE OF SIN.” (Jn 8:11).  And it definitely does not come as a surprise that everyone who had brought her, go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left.  For he had said to them, “IF ANY ONE OF YOU IS WITHOUT SIN, LET HIM BE THE FIRST TO THROW A STONE AT HER.”  (Jn 8:7-11).

THE HISTORY OF THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION

The history of the covenant of circumcision goes back to Gen 2:24 – which declares the perfect oneness of man and his wife.  It is that which is symbolic of the perfect Oneness of the Triune God and the perfect Oneness between God and man in the eternal kingdom of God.

FAITHFULNESS IS THE LIFELINE OF ONENESS AND PERFECT TRANSPARENCY THE CONSEQUENCE OF IT (The reason why everyone and everything in heaven is transparent and reflects the glory of God in its fullness.).  WITHOUT ONENESS, ONE CANNOT SURVIVE EITHER IN FLESH OR IN THE SPIRIT.  The following will serve as perfect guidelines:

  • Perfect Trinity vs Imperfect Trinity:  In this context, let us understand the difference between the perfect Trinity of God and the imperfect trinity of man, since his fall.  We have learned that the Triune God does not think or do anything apart from One Another.  GOD IS THE PERFECT EMBODIMENT OF ONENESS.  Even when His Triune Identity was revealed to man Individually – first the Triune fullness in the Father, followed by the Triune fullness in the Son and finally the Triune fullness in the Spirit.  However, the same is not true of man. 

Jesus describes our shattered oneness to us most effectively in this all-too-familiar remonstration, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, BUT THE BODY IS WEAK.” (Matt 26:41).

That is right, if one would only trouble oneself to look within oneself, one will recognize the disunity that is present there.  One only has the imperfect trinity combination of body, soul and spirit where each one goes its separate way.  So that man is a slave to his own disoriented self, and he is totally unable to overcome them.  It is impossible for us to bring them into perfect alignment or oneness, without the Spirit of God – hence the irrefutable truth which declares ‘The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

THEREFORE, WHEN WE SUBMIT TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD, HE WILL FIRST HELP US REGAIN THE LOST ONENESS WITHIN US BY BRINGING OUR BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT OF LIFE INTO UNITY WITH HIS WILL.  THEN HE WILL HELP US RESTORE THE LOST ONENESS BETWEEN US.  UNTIL SUCH TIME THAT THE LOST ONENESS BETWEEN GOD AND OURSELVES IS RESTORED TO PERFECTION WHICH WILL SHOW FORTH WHEN WE BEGIN TO DWELL WITH HIM IN HIS KINGDOM.   Therefore it is but inevitable that those who have not been thus restored will be left out!

  • The example of righteous man Job:  Let us learn from Job who testified, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.  For what is man’s lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?” Job 31:1-2. His faithfulness continued in every realm of his life.  Again, for instance, read Job 29 and the rest of chapter 31.  It is the testimony of the man of whom God Himself has testified in these words: “…There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:8).

This is the reason, Jesus warns the uncircumcised of heart, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt 5:28). The circumcision of flesh must go hand in hand with the circumcision of heart, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matt 5:28-29).

  • The spiritual man vs the carnal man:  The perfect ‘Spiritual Oneness’ cannot be fathomed by a man of the flesh because he or she is uncircumcised in heart.  But those that are spiritual will understand and know that it is this perfect and spiritual oneness we are called to grow into with God and fellow children of God. 

However, the carnal men who cannot understand or acknowledge this, turn their backs on the SACRED COMMAND OF GOD that was passed to them and incur His wrath.  For example, read 1 Cor 10:8, “We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did – and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.”  And, remember how God did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on its ungodly people (whose wickedness was no different from that of the present world) – read Gen 6:1-3, “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God (meaning servants of God) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.  Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever…’”  

ABRAHAM, THE PATRIARCH OF CIRCUMCISION:

Now, let us look to Abraham through whom the covenant came to be passed on, and let us understand how Israel prided themselves in the man and the patriarchy he brought about, but not in the God he was called to represent or Whose holiness he was called to pass on. 

How would they?  For, Abraham himself failed to understand them or acknowledge them until very late.  As a result, he had become instrumental in bringing about severe repercussions upon his people along with his blessings:

  • For instance, after king Melchizedek gave Abraham the prophecy of the Lord’s sacrificial death, the Lord appeared to him and blessed him, Gen 15:1, “….’Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your Shield, your very great Reward.” Now, here is God telling him that God Himself is his great Reward.  But all he could say in response was “I remain childless, I have no heir!” (Gen 15:2-3).

What followed is the faithful Promise of God and the assurances thereof (Gen 15:4-6).  But also the inevitable repercussions of the wrong choice that was made by him – literally rejecting ‘the Son’ for his own son of the flesh  – Gen 15:13-15 & 18-21, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.  But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.  You, however, will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a good old age.”

  • Yet, once again, having failed to reckon his folly, he listened to his wife Sarah who being ignorant both of the ‘Promise of God’ and her own calling offered him her maid to sire a son  for himself through her.  And, Abraham not only raised a son outside the will of God but also began to raise enemies for his people even before the promised nation of his people was born.  Not to mention the added contributions of Lot in this regard!!

This is the time when God visits him again and corrects him before giving him the everlasting covenant of the circumcision, read Gen 17:1, “…..the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I AM GOD ALMIGHTY; WALK BEFORE ME FAITHFULLY AND BE BLAMELESS…..”  God then brings about a renewal into his life, even changes his name and changes his wife’s name as signs of meaningful renewal for both of them.  God gives him the covenant of circumcision with the reassurance that this covenant will serve as a sign between them.

  • Glad of the promises but still blissfully slow to understanding, he tried to laugh it off when God laid emphasis on Sarah’s calling and said that it was through her he was to have the promised son to raise a nation for God.  It is most unfortunate that even then Abraham failed to acknowledge God’s Word and insisted the blessing may come through Ishmael, his son born of Hagar the slave-woman!  Besides, he continued to keep Sarah in the dark, but for the divine intervention of God.
  • Therefore, though Abraham was prompt in obedience and had every male member in his vast household circumcised, he continued in his unfaithfulness towards his wife Sarah.  Once again, he repeated the same mistake he had committed before his circumcision when he had put her very life in danger while passing through Egypt.  So that, once again, it was God who intervened on Sarah’s behalf and rescued her from Abimelech, king of Gerar. 
  • Likewise, after Sarah died, he not only remarried but also kept concubines and had children through all of them who’d all eventually turn against his son of the covenant.  Even though he comforted himself with the knowledge that he had provided for them sufficiently and sent them all on their way, away from Isaac to ensure his safety and well-being, to this day the nation of Israel remains in loggerheads with all their estranged brethren.  As nations multiplied and spread around them, the number of their enemies also continued to multiply.  For they only continued to break God’s covenants as their fathers had done before them.

Like Jesus testifies, in order to obey circumcision, they would even break the Sabbath if need be (Jn 7:23), but when it comes to actually discerning the right from wrong, they are unable to make right judgment and continue to judge by mere appearances (Jn 7:24).  So that, even though God would faithfully forewarn, they will insist on following the ways of the world and demand for a son, a king, a judge, a leader, a priest, a spokesperson etc. from among themselves and reject Him altogether.  Read Gen 15:1-3, Ex 3:7, 15, Ex 15:25-16:8, Num 11:4-6, Deut 18:15-16, Judg 2:16-19, 1 Sam 8:4-9 etc. etc.  Particularly, 1 Sam 8:7, “And the Lord told him, ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, BUT THEY HAVE REJECTED ME AS THEIR KING…’.”  Just as it is testified of them in Ezek 2:3, “….. they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day.” 

BUT ARE WE ANY DIFFERENT?

We do the same.  Here are a few prominent examples:

  • When God speaks to us and says, “I am your Husband.”, we fast and pray for the perfect person, the perfect Mr or Miss Right instead. 
  • And who among us have repented of our fathers’ sins and stopped seeking son or sons in our flesh?  Are we not guilty of rejecting the Son instead of reconciling with Him truly?   Refer Ps 2:2, “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment.  Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
  • When God proposes that we exchange our wearisome yoke with that of His, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”, we not only insist on keeping our yokes but also demand that they be turned lighter and easier for us to bear! 
  • God says, ‘Seek His kingdom and His righteousness.’, but just like everybody else we seek the ‘American dream’ or some other kingdom of our own.  It is hardly surprising that we lose sight of His righteousness altogether in the process.

We insist on having our way.  We choose everything by ourselves – our career, our spouse, our education, our house, our car, our church, our shepherd, our kingdom, even our laws and twisted righteousness AND REJECT HIM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ALTOGETHER.  And then when we run into troubled waters, WHICH WE MOST CERTAINLY WILL, we are all most likely to blame God or forsake Him entirely or repent and call out to Him when it is too late! (eg. Lk 16:23-24). 

THE COVENANT OF FAITHFULNESS EVOLVING INTO THE COVENANT OF BLOOD

Read Ps 18:25-26, “To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.” 

As such, let us examine for ourselves and see if the sacred covenant of circumcision is indeed a part of the law that we are so eager to overcome in the name of law?  Has it not been given as an everlasting covenant and as a sign of faithfulness?  Does not Christ Himself testify that the law was given through Moses (Jn 1:17) but circumcision came from the patriarchs (Jn 7:22)?  Let the words of Paul himself (whose name is the most misused to spread false teachings) admonish you and warn you, for I quote 2 Tim 2:11-13, “Here is a trustworthy saying:  ‘If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will also disown us; If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself’.”

Yes, God cannot disown Himself.  For He is Faithful and True even if we are not.  He is Faithful to provide for each one of us and give rain and sunshine to the wicked and the righteous alike. And, because He is Faithful and True, He will keep His Promise and Come to receive His own whether we are ready or not.  But, we will certainly have no one else to blame when we are found unfaithful and are received not! 

Therefore, let us learn from Zipporah, Jethro’s daughter and Moses’ wife, who had the divine insight to act quickly and save both Moses and her son when she renewed herself and the son by the Covenant of Faithfulness that since then has also come to be known as the Covenant of Blood.  Understand its spiritual implication in her words:  “… the Lord met Moses, and was about to kill him.  But Zipporah took  off a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.  ‘SURELY YOU ARE A BRIDEGROOM OF BLOOD TO ME,’ she said.  So the Lord let him alone…” (Ex 4:25-26)

Here is a Midianite, quick to perceive the wrong she was perpetuating by withholding her son from obeying God’s sacred command, and she was wise enough to act upon it quickly thus reviving her own consecration and commitment along with that of her son’s while also saving Moses’ life (Ex 4:24-26).  [Let us also likewise ensure Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom of Blood to each one of us and to the offspring He gave us as we circumcise out hearts to be faithful to Him, today, and may all men who are hearkened by the Spirit obey and circumcise themselves in flesh as well.]

However, it is most unfortunate that when Moses led the people of Israel through the wilderness, he failed to lead the people according to the Covenant of Faithfulness.  As a result, he along with all those he led failed to enter the promised land.  Only their descendants did BUT in the same manner as Zipporah had done by reviving the Covenant with the Covenant of Blood.  Read Josh 5:2-9 “………All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the desert during the journey from Egypt had not.  The Israelites had moved about in the desert forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord.  For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land that He had solemnly promised their fathers…. So He raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised.  They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way…….. Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’  So the place has been called Gilgal to this day.”

BUT WHERE IS THE GILGAL OF TODAY?  WHERE CAN ONE RENEW ONE’S COVENANT OF FAITHFULNESS WITH THE COVENANT OF BLOOD?  

One will not find it either in Israel or among the churches?  For neither did Israel continue with the renewal of Gilgal in their lives, nor do the churches turn to it to obey God faithfully, in everything, for that matter.

This is the reason the Lord has warned through His prophets, “This is what the Lord says….. ‘Seek Me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba.  For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing…….. THERE WILL BE WAILING IN ALL THE VINEYARDS, FOR I WILL PASS THROUGH YOUR MIDST’.”  (Amos 5:4-17).  Again, refer Hos 4:15, “Though you commit adultery, O Israel let not Judah become guilty.  ‘Do not go to Gilgal; do not go to Beth Aven (or Bethel).  And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’.” 

All the churches, like the Israelites have desecrated the sacred command of God.  None will survive when the Lord passes through their midst. They will invoke the Name of the Lord, but in vain (egs. Lk 6:46-47, Matt 7:21-23), just as it will be true for those who boast in their patriarchy or in their flesh (Matt 3:7-10).

Conclusion:  Even now, the Spirit warns and calls out, “Return, faithless Israel,” declares the Lord, “I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,” declares the Lord, “I will not be angry forever.  Only acknowledge your guilt…” (Jer 3:12-13).

“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today – to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul…” (Deut 11:13) , then He will be faithful to you and you will partake of His blessings and promises He has made for His faithful ones.

 May God Bless You!

 

 

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2
Feb

End-time Revelations16

END-TIME REVELATIONS

Introduction:  The false teaching of ‘Rapture’ has spread like gangrene in an already ailing body of the children of God. The idea that mere confession of faith aloud becomes a canopy of His grace over you so that you live and enjoy this world and await the great moment when you’ll be whisked off in the twinkling of an eye leaving behind no trace save for your shedded clothes is as preposterous as it is blasphemous.

In this context, let us read what prophet Jeremiah had to say to Hananiah the false prophet, “From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms.  But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord ONLY IF HIS PREDICTION COMES TRUE.” (Jer 28:8-9).  Also refer Ezek 2:9, Deut 18:22 etc.

The truth is there will be two Resurrections. The first one is the glorious resurrection of the saints for Salvation and the second one the resurrection of the wicked for Judgment. The first one will occur at the Second Coming of the Lord and the second one will occur at the end of Christ’s millennium reign on earth. Refer Rev 20:4-6, Rev 2:11, Lk 12:4-5, Jn 5:28-29 etc.

Let us read Ps 110:1, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'” That is right, the Day of the Lord will not come until the last of His enemies is revealed and brought to his knees.  It is the prophesied “…the abomination that causes desolation, standing where it does not belong..” (Mk 13:14, Matt 24:15, Lk 21:20, Rev 13-18).   And only then the end will come, just as we read in 1 Cor 15:24, “Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”  Also refer 2 Thess 2:1-4, Dan 7:24-27, Dan 11:36-45, Dan 12:1-3 etc.

The Church or the bare remnant of her (eg Dan 9:26a) will certainly pass through the Great Tribulation – do not believe otherwise! These handful of saints will endure the tyranny of Anti-Christ – again read Dan 7:25b, Dan 9:26-27, Dan 11:33, Lk 21:36 etc.  After which Christ’s millennium reign of true Peace, Prosperity and Security will finally come to pass.  Let those who can understand, understand – Dan 12:10, “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.” Also refer Rev 22:11.

When in the beginning God foretold all things, symbolically and otherwise, and men failed to heed or understand, He sent His faithful servants and prophets.  All these prophets of the past plus the four books of Gospel and the Book of Revelation foretell the events that will take place in their sequential order before the end of this world.

We shall take the Book of Revelation as our central focus, for which chief purpose alone it is given us, and back all our findings with supporting revelations from the rest of the Scripture as mentioned above.  Please keep your Bible open to the Book of Revelation, so that you can move with the flow as this time I wish to make very few references, only those which are absolutely necessary, so as not to disrupt the flow.  When in doubt or confusion (which is more than likely because of how accustomed we have become to listening to the contrary), please look up the Word and verify.

THE BREAKING OF THE SEALS

It begins with the breaking of the seals by the Lamb. Chapter 5 resonates with the sounds of worship of the victorious Lamb Who was slain, Who is worthy to receive all glory, honor, power, wealth, wisdom, strength and praise, and Who Alone was worthy to break the seals in all of heaven, earth or under the earth.  There were seven seals in all.  They were the seals of revelations, unraveled as they began to take place, signaled by the events that took place upon their breaking (Matt 2:6-14, Mk 13:6-13, Lk 21:9-19 etc.).  And, we must understand, just as it is revealed in the verses prior to these passages and in the Book of Revelations chapters 2 and 3, false prophets and false teachers were already rampant.  This means the message of the Gospel was already being distorted and pedaled with wrong intentions and for wrong purposes. 

 However, reverting to the Seven Seals, they were:

  • 1st Seal –  Far-reaching Conquests of kings or great empires;
  • 2nd Seal –  Wars;
  • 3rd Seal –  Escalating price rise and the irreparable Divide between the rich and the poor;
  • 4th Seal –  Unrest – great and bloody Revolutions, Savagery in the name of power etc., Natural Calamities, Plagues and Wild beasts;
  • 5th Seal –  Succession after succession of Martyrdom of His saints;
  • 6th Seal – Introduced world’s first of the most severe Earthquakes.  The signs that accompanied it set the tone for all such future catastrophes, but with increasing intensity as they followed. 

Revelation of man’s future census in Heaven:  by now John is revealed the number of the remnant from Israel as they are set apart and sealed by the seal of God and they number a meager 144,000 in all.  In contrast is the great multitude that will be sealed, from the rest of the world – that comprise the spiritual IsraelA sign that the first of the end-time signs would have been accomplished by then, which is that the Gospel would have been preached to all nations.   (Read Mk 13:10, Matt 24:4-14, Lk 21:7-20, Jn 15:18-Jn 16:4)

WARNING!:  It is easy to see that times have raced ahead and these events have all become history by now. And yet churches and organizations pretend they are ‘winning’ souls by sending their lying emissaries who distort the Word into make-believing that the Gospel has to reach every individual! These are the fishermen the Spirit of God talks about in the book of prophet Jeremiah.  Read Jer 16:16, “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, and they will catch them.  After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.”

  •  7th Seal – before the breaking of the seventh seal is the impregnable silence of about half an hour.  It is the great calm before the great storm.  A foretelling of the severe magnitude of events that will follow as heaven declares war on the inhabitants of the earth.  This is symbolized by the blowing of the trumpets – seven in all.

[A brief understanding about the Weapons of God:  Like apostle Paul has written, the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world.  BECAUSE, THE SAME IS TRUE OF GOD.  God does not require men to make His weapons for Him.  His Sword is the Word of God, just as it is confirmed by Jesus for it is the Word of God which will judge the world.  Remember, the very breath of His mouth is enough to annihilate the entire world. 

Therefore, firstly, we ought to understand that as revealed by Jesus, our words and deeds will either testify for us or against us, and just as they warrant, judgment will come upon us from our allies or enemies as it were.  For example, the one who is unfaithful to God and allies with an enemy of God for some temporary gain or the other will be destroyed by that enemy himself.  Because even though God has been long-suffering in order that such a one may repent, the enemy has no such virtue.  Upon finding that such a one has been unfaithful to him as well for secretly one hopes to continue in one’s partial allegiance to God, he himself will bring the one to ruin!  (Note for eg. Israel’s exile to Babylon pre-destined by king Hezekiah because of his secret treaty with envoys from Babylon!  Likewise king Saul and the Amalekites.) 

And, it isn’t as if Jesus did not warn us – remember, he taught us not to serve two masters – the mammon as well as God, as one will not be faithful to either and one ends up inviting judgment one way or the other. This is precisely why the Word of God states that the Beast and the Anti-Christ will hate Babylon and bring her to ruin.  In short, one invites and hastens judgment on oneself even before ONE IS BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGMENT THRONE OF GOD, as the devil and his army of evil angels and demons will be permitted the power to carry them out both before and during their actual reign of terror.] 

 THE SEVEN TRUMPET BLASTS

Trumpets, we know, are meant to announce the onset of WAR! Note how His retributions begin – it has all the ingredients of His great and holy wrath plus the prayers and tears of His saints that are ever before Him. And when these are together flung to the earth, we’ll know without doubt (eg. Ezek 20:48) that Heaven has declared WAR as the following takes place beginning with the second greatest earthquake:

  •  1st Trumpet –  Hail and fire mixed with blood – 1/3rd of earth’s vegetation will be destroyed.
  • 2nd Trumpet – a blazing huge Mountain-like something flung into the sea – 1/3rd of the living creatures of the sea will be destroyed including 1/3rd of the ships.
  • 3rd Trumpet – a great blazing Star (called Wormwood) fell on a third of all fresh water resources making them poisonous and bitter – many people will die.
  • 4th Trumpet –  upheaval in the skies, heavenly bodies struck including sun, moon and the stars – dark hours or nighttime will increase by 1/3rds.

First of the End-time Warnings from Heaven:   At this point, Rev 8:13 makes mention of an eagle that will announce and warn men of the oncoming woes on the heels of the last three trumpet blasts.  Also refer Hos 8:1, Ezek 10:14, Rev 4:7, Rev 12:14, Isa 31:5, Jer 48:40, Jer 49:22 etc.

Let this serve as a warning to all die-hard KJV advocates to not to put their trust in man for their version makes mention of ‘an angel’ instead of ‘an eagle’.  As the verses above clarify it is the eagle – one of the four living creatures before the Throne in heaven – a symbol of God’s incredible faithfulness because by this time His Word will not be found among men anymore!  [Other examples are Rev 10:1-7, Rev 14:6-13 etc. However, here the messages are given by angels.]  As it says in Jer 28:8-9, Ezek 2:5 & 10 etc. the true prophets of God who warn the people of the woes and laments are never received and will be put away with, one after the other.  Instead the liars who prophesy peace and plenty will continue to be harbored, acknowledged and followed, and of course they will maintain their intention to delude men into an unholy sense of complacency with such teachings as the teaching of ‘rapture’.

  • 5th Trumpet –  the Star (meaning it is one of the seven angels assigned to the churches – Rev 1:20 ) with the key to the shaft of the Abyss will open it.  And one of Satan’s fallen angels by name of Abaddon or Apollyon with his great army of terrible demons, resembling giant locusts, who were locked up to be released for this time and for this purpose will be given power to harm the inhabitants of the earth for five months, inflicting terrible torture and pain to all those people without the Seal of God on them. Such will be the inescapable torment of it that though men will desire death, it will elude them.
  • 6th Trumpet –  the release of the next four fallen angels who were imprisoned at the great river Euphrates.  These are the killers whose mounted troops will number two hundred million.  Geographically speaking, it also gives us the exact location from where they will come.  And they will kill a third of mankind.  We ought to understand that all these evil spirits or demons function through men – yes, man is the medium they employ!

NOTEWORTHY HERE IS THE FACT THAT AS IT TESTIFIES IN Rev 9:20-21 NONE OF THESE EVENTS WILL BRING ABOUT ANY REPENTANCE IN THE HEARTS OF THE SURVIVORS.  THEY WILL ONLY CONTINUE IN THEIR IDOLATRY AND WICKEDNESS.  IN FACT THEY WILL NOT ONLY REFUSE TO REPENT BUT ALSO CURSE THE GOD OF HEAVEN (Eg. Rev 16:9, 11, 21).

The last two witnesses or prophets of God:  At this stage God will send two of His prophets for the last time.  These are the last of men who will preach the Word of God.  They will prophesy and make known many mysteries of the Lord that were forbidden by men and confirm them with demonstrations of the great wrath of God to punish those who will want to harm them – such as those seen and experienced during the days of Elijah and Moses.  And when they finish their testimony, the Beast or the evil man who harbors the great demon called Abaddon or Apollyon from the Abyss, will attack them and overpower and kill them. 

Of course they will be denied burial as they will not belong to any of the churches. And all nations will only be too happy to wash their hands off them.  By prophesying against all of them according to the will of God (eg. Rev 10:1), they incur the wrath and hatred of all men who will celebrate at their killing.  With the technological advancement of the media witnessed today, it needn’t be a matter of any wonderment to us when it describes that all the world will gaze and gloat over their dead bodies. 

And just as they are watching, celebrating and gloating, which continues for three and a half days, God will demonstrate His power and not only raise them to life but also cause them to ascend into heaven before their very eyes.  This will take place where Jesus was crucified and later ascended into heaven before the very eyes of men.  And then the 3rd of the greatest earthquake will occur in the place and a tenth of the city will collapse. 

NOTEWORTHY IS THE FACT THAT THIS WILL BE THE ONLY TIME WHEN MANY OF THE SURVIVORS WILL TURN TO GOD.  JUST AS THE WORD OF GOD TESTIFIES, THE BLOOD OF HIS SAINTS SPEAKS ALOUD, AND THEY SHALL NOT BE SHED IN VAIN.  EVERY KERNEL OF WHEAT THAT FALLS TO THE GROUND SHALL RAISE A GREAT HARVEST OF MEN UNTO HIM.  PRAISE THE LORD!

  • 7th Trumpet  –  Heaven begins to celebrate the Great Victory of God and the Coming of His Kingdom.  This is onset by the 4th of the greatest earthquakes.

Satan will at last lose his seat in heaven:  We have learned that Satan moved about freely and even entered the presence of God from time to time to bring accusations against His saints.  Eg. Job 1:6-7, Job 2:2-3 etc.  Therefore, by this time, Satan or the dragon, knowing that his time is up and having access into heaven will wage a war to lay claim on souls of God’s people.

But he will be overcome and hurled down to earth, forever losing his seat in heaven so that he will not be able to accuse God’s people any more.  But, this is also the time of special nurturing and protection for God’s remnants on earth. They will be sheltered under His wings in the wilderness (meaning time of severe scarcity) and spared from the devil’s great fury just like in the past (eg. Ex 19:4). Upon realizing that he has no power over them, he will then turn his full attention to those who may be found in the rest of the world.  And this is the very moment the world has been gearing up and readying itself for – the revelation or the Coming of the Lawless one – also known as the reign of the Beast or the Anti-Christ.  

THE REIGN OF THE BEAST OR THE ANTI-CHRIST

This is the time when Satan will finally reveal himself to the world.  Because, God will hand over complete dominion to him for a brief period to test the inhabitants of earth.

He will set up two of the most evil men the world has ever seen.  For these two Beasts will be vested with all his power and authority.  One will rule, while the other will function as his alter ego or spokesman. In every manner they will distinguish themselves from the rest of the mankind – in appearance, in the demonstration of their power, in the total sway they would exercise over the whole earth so that every nation, every tribe will be awestruck and follow them.

It will be a one global world for all – with one power, one dominion, one ruler and one ‘deity’ as everyone will worship the first Beast and his ‘talking image’.  The men of power and science have already ordered the creation of this Ogre.  A clue to the identity of one of its heads, the eighth head in fact which is the Beast himself, is revealed in the Word as the king or ruler who will be recognized by all because of the terrible and fatal head wound he had once suffered and died which will then appear to have been healed and the man himself will seem to have come to life.

This is the same Beast from the Abyss who kills the two witnesses or the prophets of God.  And, most importantly, this is the same Beast on whose glory will Babylon come to ride and reveal her true self! The other heads – seven in all are powers that have been, except for two, one of which continues and one who will then come but for a little while only. This means, five are newly revived powers from the past, sixth one is an existing one and the seventh will be new and short-lived.  The ten horns are kings or powers that are all going to newly emerge. They will all unite and come together with one purpose – the purpose of Satan to oppose the God of heaven and destroy His people.  Therefore, they will willingly hand over their powers to the Beast who is the eighth king or ruler and remain as his puppet rulers only.  A sample of it is experienced by us already because all governments are taking mandatory control over its people by amassing all information (on some pretext or the other like newly introduced subsidies, welfare schemes etc.) about them down to the last detail however least or insignificant they may appear and storing them to be easily accessed at the click of a number.  

The significant features of the reign of Anti-Christ are the power, the signs and wonders associated with it, and their desperate bid to imitate Christ’s resurrection by bringing forth the dead man (the Beast) to life and power – not at all an improbable thing with such knowhow and progress in science and technology today as exhibited in cloning, only this will be an advanced type of cloning as choice animal tissues will also be used.  The corruptible ‘Science’ of the present world and ‘the temporal power of knowledge’, or rather the corrupted wisdom of Satan will serve as the basis for all their work.  Hence the reference to ‘the sea’ as the place from where the Beast will come.  “The deep” we have learned is the abode of the Devil, the Great Leviathan or the ancient Dragon.

This is the reason Jesus calls the sign seekers or the miracle seekers “the wicked and adulterous generation”, because these are not spiritual people, rather they are the religious minded people whose whetted appetites constantly seek signs and wonders.  The Word of God means nothing to them, the Salvation of God just a blurred illusion to their already dulled minds and the Spirit of God no more than a magic wand so that they do not even recognize the spirits that have actually taken control over them and are leading them to their certain destruction. 

Likewise, from the beginning of Satan’s rebellion, it has been his wont to deceive by pretending to be like God.  He has been carefully producing his own counterfeit versions of all that is revealed of God to man.  So that though he is not the Lion, he will roar like one (1 Pet 5:8) to rule with terror (egs. Ezek 22:25-29, Prov 28:15), and will even masquerade as an ‘angel of light’ (2 Cor 11:14), he even pretends to plant the Gospel but on the wings of the two conflicting eagles of power, namely wealth and corruption (Ezek 17:1-21) as opposed to the ‘eagle of God’ and so on and so forth. The counterfeits we encounter today are far too numerous and therefore it is not too difficult to understand why there is such widespread darkness everywhere. Thus producing an evil parallel of all that is holy, Godly and divine.

We now know how since the beginning of time he has been planting his lies, his counterfeit teachings.  We have learned of:

  • Cain’s waywardness and disobedience,
  • we have learned of man’s seeking ‘the Son’ in their seed,
  • we have learned of the oppression unleashed on women to prevent the fulfillment of God’s redemption work,
  • we have learned of the sacrifices of all things unholy and unclean, even one’s own children, in order to blind men to the perfect, pleasing and holy sacrifice of the Son of God,
  • we are learning how every Covenant came to be broken (eg. Hos 6:7),
  • and how every perfect law of God is defiled and tampered with, 
  • we have learned how the Sabbath came to be disobeyed, desecrated and now totally discarded,
  • how all sorts of calendars are being made to oppose the Dates and Times set by God,
  • how men and women continue to live under the burden of sin, curses and death particularly the so-called people of  God,
  • how ‘sex’ came to supersede True and Holy Love of God, even in the house of God, and HOW WOMEN, CHILDREN AND EVEN FELLOW MALES ARE OFFERED SEXUALLY ON SATAN’S ALTAR IN THE PRETEXT OF THE WORSHIP OF THE BEAST PREVALENT SINCE THE BEGINNING etc. etc.

These are just a few examples that come to mind instantly.  The Truth is they don’t stop there, corruption has permeated every aspect of life.  For instance, in the pattern of worship and even in the singing – ONE MUST NOT GO BY THE MUSIC OR THE FACES THAT LAUNCH THESE SONGS, NEVER MIND HOW CONVINCING THEIR ACTING SKILLS APPEAR, FOR THEIR SINGING AND THEIR LYRICS ARE ALL ABOMINATIONS AND DESECRATIONS OF THE WORD OF GOD.   Their focus is nothing but gain.

Whereas, the singing and worship that is truly pleasing to God is that which comes from Him.  It is one of the first and instantaneous blessings a ‘new-born’ child of God experiences.  This is why Christ has declared, “From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise” (Matt 21:16).  Let us read Ps 71:22-23, “I will praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You – I, whom You have redeemed.” , Ps 119:54, “Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.”, Ps 119:172, “May my tongue sing of Your words, for all Your commands are righteous.” etc. and truly discern the ‘new songs’ that are ordained of the Lord for the glory of His holy Name – Ps 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”  Some of the examples are the song of Moses and Miriam, of Hannah, of Mary etc.

Finally, let us understand, in keeping with this nature of his, IT IS BUT INEVITABLE THAT HE WILL FINALLY DRAW A PARALLEL TO THE TRINITY OF GOD.  Hence, he produces his version of counterfeit trinity – the Dragon or the Satan and the first and the second Beasts, the latter of whom has the spirit of false prophecy, hence will function as the prophet of the devil.

AND, FOR A WHILE IT WOULD SEEM LIKE, JUST AS THE TWO PROPHETS WERE OVERPOWERED, THE SAINTS OF GOD ARE ALSO OVERPOWERED AND CONQUERED – MOSTLY KILLED, SOME TAKEN TO CAPTIVITY AND OTHERS MADE TO STARVE AS THEY WILL BE LEFT WITH NO MEANS TO SURVIVE. 

The Eunuchs of God:  By now, the number of the faithful virgin saints of God would have been fulfilled.  They are those who had chosen to become eunuchs and had forsaken marriage for the sake of the kingdom of God.  They number a total of 144,000 only from the entire line of mankind on earth. Note how Rev 14:4 bears testimony to misinterpretations by the scribes because it uses the words, quote “did not defile themselves with women.” unquote.  How can women defile somebody? If women did defile, why would Jesus Christ be born of a woman and not by the seed of man?  Don’t these liars just profane the Name of God and mislead His people. To their utter disgrace, they have only brought the axe down on themselves.

The Truth is these eunuchs include both men and women of God, whose superior calling or virtue has been to imitate Christ and become eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of God.  Therefore, as described in the first paragraph of Rev 14, they will continue to enjoy superior privilege and status in the kingdom of God for they will always be accompanying Christ wherever He goes.  Everything about them will be unique and exclusive, earmarked by their exclusive music and singing which no one else will be able to learn or imitate.

More Warnings from Heaven:   Even at this stage, the incredible demonstration of God’s faithfulness is made known to mankind when He sends His angels, three in number and one after the other, to warn them.  Just as it was with Israel before the First Coming of Jesus Christ, when there came about a huge gap or silence between heaven and His people due to their stubborn resistance so that there were no revelations or fresh messages from God for a period of about four hundred years.  Instead God sent His angels to herald the coming of the Messiah – whether it was to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, John or the shepherds. 

Similarly, once again He will send His angels for the following reasons:

  • The first angel is seen with the eternal Gospel, who will warn the people to worship the True God of heaven only.
  • The second angel will herald the fall of Babylon.  [And let us not forget the final warnings in chapter 18, before the actual fall of Babylon – from two more angels and a voice, who will for the last time announce the fall of Babylon and warn the people to flee from her by literary demonstrating the violence with which she will be brought down.]
  • The third angel will warn the people not to receive the mark of the Beast or worship him or bow before his robotic image.  The angel will also encourage the saints to be faithful in obeying God and to enduring patiently for the end won’t be long in coming.  [Note how the ‘advocates of individuality’ with the sole intention of leading astray one and all by teaching, literally enforcing, the path of self-pursuit or the pursuit of chasing one’s own goal or dream or the ‘each one going his own way’ way of living, have in reality by separating them from all that was true and honorable brought them to fit into their singular moulding cast.  So that these separated individuals (which is the general public all over the world) have all begun to look alike, speak alike, dress alike, behave alike, dream alike, eat alike, drink alike, in fact live exactly alike.  And thus it paves the way for them to present their look-alike robotic image, and one will not be able to tell the difference one way or the other.]

The Mystery of Death unraveled:  At this juncture the Spirit of God reveals the great secret of Death to all mankind through His faithful servant John who then heard a loud voice ordering him to write the following:  BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD FROM NOW ON.  For, the Spirit adds, THEY WILL REST FROM THEIR LABOR and their deeds will follow them. 

Just as Jesus had revealed in the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the mystery of death is no longer there.  While His saints enter their rest, the torment of others begins right away.  The following passage from Rev 14:14-20 is the depiction of the same in a more profound manner.  The word “Harvest” spiritually means Death.  And just as it is with harvests, there are those that are gathered and taken into store-houses and there are those that are, like grapes for wine, meant for trampling under foot.  So that, if these were to be trampled, their blood would rise as high as the horses’ bridles for a great distance indeed!

True enough, John was taken further ahead in time, and he saw the vision of all those who had been beheaded by the beast for their testimony of Christ (Rev 15:2-3), just as he had seen all the martyrs resting under the altar of God waiting for the retribution of the Lord (Rev 6:9-11) as also the great multitude of people from all the nations, races and tribes before the throne of God (Rev 7:9, 14). 

IF ONLY CHILDREN OF GOD HAD UNDERSTOOD IT, THEY WOULD NEITHER MOURN THEIR DEAD NOR FRANTICALLY GO ABOUT DEPRIVING THEIR OWN THE GOD-GIVEN PRIVILEGE TO ENTER THEIR REST BEFORE THE GREAT ‘HOUR OF TRIAL’ COMES UPON THE EARTH.  READ Isa 57:1-2, Rev 3:10 Etc.

 THE LAST OF THE PLAGUES OR HERALDS OF COMING JUDGMENT

Golden Bowls of God’s wrath:  These are the last of the plagues.  Again, they are seven in all.  And, this time, the temple of God in heaven is so filled with His glory and the awesome power of His wrath that it became impossible for anyone to enter it until all the seven plagues were completed. If the previously noticed silence depicted the horror of what was to come, this barring of the temple of God depicts His inconsolable grief at that which is going to transpire – expressed so well in Isa 22:4, “Therefore I said, ‘Turn away from Me, let Me weep bitterly.  Do not try to console Me over the destruction of My people’.”

These are plagues that will only affect the wicked or those who followed the Beast and worship him:

  • 1st bowl –  ugly and painful sores will break out on them.
  • 2nd bowl –  the sea will turn red and everything in it will die.
  • 3rd bow –  all fresh water bodies will also turn red so that it is fulfilled that “For they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Rev 16:6),
  • 4th bowl –  the sun will literally turn its heat on the people, and they will be scorched with its fire. 
  • 5th bowl –  the kingdom of the beast will be plunged into darkness, and men will gnaw their tongues in agony.
  • 6th bowl –  the great river Euphrates will be dried up to make way for the armies of Satan.  Evil spirits will go forth from the mouths of the Satan and the two Beasts to gather them for the Great Battle of God Almighty.

Warning to the Church or the remnant:  Rev 16:15, “Behold, I come like a thief!  Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

The suspense element of the Coming of the Lord is symbolized by the ‘coming of a thief’ – unannounced and without prior warning, or suddenly and swiftly.  And there the similarity ends. 

Because, as Jesus describes in the books of the Gospel (for eg. Matt 24:27-30), His actual Coming itself will not be like that of a thief as it will be visible to one and all.  Hence, as it reads in 1 Thess 5:2, 2 Pet 3:10, Rev 3:3, to be more exact, it is the Day of the Lord that will come upon us  like a thief.  1 Thess 5:1, “Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘peace and safety’, destruction will come on them suddenly as labor pain on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” Refer Matt 24:36, 42, Matt 25:13, Mk 13:32-33.

  • 7th bowl –  The mother of all earthquakes – the fifth and the last of the great earthquakes!  It will split Jerusalem into three, and collapse every city in the world. Every island, hill and mountain that had remained will all disappear. 

At last, the stage is set for Christ’s Glorious Coming, and as we have just observed, all that follows is too many and too awesome to enumerate in one go, besides the fact that they will occur in such rapid succession that the detailing itself which took good part of four chapters in the Bible could become overwhelming if we are not careful to move one step at a time.

  • Hailstones as large as rocks of about a hundred pounds or about 50 kilograms will fall on men.
  • And Babylon the great will also disappear without a trace like a large millstone flung into the sea. 
  • The ‘Lake of fire’ or the eternal doom from where there can be no return will surface. 
  • The cleansing River of God will flow from Jerusalem, the throne of God on earth, where the city had split.  As it flows, it will grow into a mighty river cleansing the earth and all fresh water bodies as it moves along.  Fresh fruit-bearing plants will grow alongside it.  There will no more be any sea or ocean as this mighty river will flow into them continuously and make them fresh water.  For salt, men will depend on marshlands as places like Moab will become salty marshlands like the Sodom and Gomorrah of the past.  Once again the land will see plenty and above all, every nation will enjoy the elusive peace finally.
  • Jesus Christ and the saints will inhabit Israel, and the throne of God will be in Jerusalem.  He, along with His faithful servants and apostles, will reign over the whole earth as rulers and judges.
  • Men and animals will return to their pre-fall state, and all animals will be herbivores as of old.
  • Everyone will enjoy long life once again.
  • Only the snakes will continue to crawl on their bellies and feed on dust – which is symbolic too of the final conclusive Judgment of Satan and the wicked among men. 
  • There will be no fear of any sort – whether of natural calamities, wars, oppression of men, robbers or murderers.  In fact, there will be no arms or ammunition or amassing of them by any nation.
  • What is more, there will be no trade or businessmen around.  That is the kind of plenty all men will enjoy. There will be no greed or lure of wealth. 
  • Nations will throng to Jerusalem and worship the Lord, bringing with them their gifts and riches like queen of Sheba had done.
  • The saints of God will live on earth in their heavenly bodies, and will have no fear of death, sickness or even sin!  They will be blameless before all men, and their radiance will be like the radiance of the noon day sun.  They will move about like heavenly beings, literally wafting through every earthly obstacle.
  • The surviving people on the other hand will not be like them. They will continue to be mortals, but will live to be very old.
  • To begin with, there will be very few men around as most of them will have perished by then. It will be a while before men are raised once again.
  • The surviving men will finally be trained in faithfulness, which will manifest itself when they shall be true to their children and no child will be fatherless or abandoned by its father.

[Some of the references for all above:  Matt 19:28-30, Mk 10:29-31, Lk 22:28-30, Jn 17:24-26, Jer 48:9, Zech 14:4-8, Ezek 47:1-12, Mic 4:6-8, Obad 1:21, Isa 11:6-9, Isa 65:17-25, Isa 2:5, Mic 4:3-4, Isa 56:7, Isa 23:1, Job 27:17, Isa 61:6-7, Eccles 2:26, Isa 65:1, Jn 2:13-16, Rev 21:1-7, Mal 3:18, Isa 13:12, Mal 4:6 etc.]

 THE GLORIOUS COMING OF THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

And then the announcement from the Throne of God declaring, “It is done.” (Rev 16:17).  It is the fulfillment of the next stage of His redemption work.  We have heard it from Him before at the culmination of each stage of His work for the redemption of mankind, first in Eden, then on the Cross and now this.  After this, what is left is the final announcement, the ultimate fulfillment of our hope and faith – “Behold, I make all things new!”  And then it will be “It is done.” (Rev 21:6) once again for the last time.  Amen!!!!!!

The Spectacular Redemption of the bodies of the saints of God, dead or living:  This is the moment of the much awaited and eagerly anticipated redemption of our bodies – also called the glorious freedom of the children of God (Matt 22:30, 1 Cor 15:52-53).  For as it says in Matt 24:30-31, for example,  Jesus will appear in the clouds and send His angels to escort every child of God, since the beginning of time, in their heavenly and holy attire or bodies to be caught up with Him in the air.  First the dead will be resurrected and then the living will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye, wherever they may be – which is going to be in captivity, even dark dungeons (Isa 49:9a, Rev 13:10a, Dan 7:25b etc.).  And led by the King of kings and Lord of lords, the heavenly army of God will enter Jerusalem.  As they enter, the retribution of the Lord will come upon the great army of men assembled to wage war with Him.  But, before that will be the aforementioned sequence of events climaxing in the Judgment on Babylon (detailed here under the title ‘Babylon and her end’).  As we learn further, it becomes easy to separate that which will follow before the Judgment on Babylon and that which will follow after.

The Two-fold Retribution of the Lord:  The actual Judgment of God will take place in two parts.  The first part will take place at His Glorious coming and the second part will take place after His millennium reign on earth.

First Part which is currently under our scrutiny involves:

  1. The Judgment on Babylon which will be sudden and swift alongside the manifestations of the plague from the seventh bowl.  She will burn by the fiery judgment of God and will be destroyed in an hour’s time.(Ref Ezek 22:19-22)
  2. The Judgment on the Beasts and the great army of Satan.  The Beasts will be captured and thrown bodily into the Lake of fire or burning sulfur, the place of no return.   The rest of them or the great army of nations gathered at the behest of Satan and armed with the power of all his evil spirits will be destroyed by the Sword or the Word of God, and their carcasses will be left for wild birds to feed on. 
  3. The imprisonment of Satan.   An angel of God will seize Satan with a great chain. He will be thrown into the Abyss and imprisoned there for thousand years of Christ’s reign on earth.   

 BABYLON AND HER END

Babylon is the evil parallel to the holy city of Zion, both of whom are presently invisible.  They are the two branches of the same root.  And, because Babylon is the branch which falls away (eg.Jn 15:6) and is heading towards its destruction by the fire of God (how the devil has deluded them into invoking this fire upon themselves by themselves even in their songs!), she will be the first one to be revealed.  And the Judgment which was originally meant only for Satan and his band of rebelling angels will fall on her first, ahead of even the wicked.

Let us understand her better from the description of her given in chapter 17, which reveals the following distinguishing features:

  • She is comprised of people from all nations and races.
  • She is unfaithful to God.
  • Her glory is the beast on whom she rides.
  • Because she has violated God’s holy covenants she is responsible for the deaths of innumerable children and saints of God.  In fact she is drunk with their blood.
  • She holds the golden cup of her adulteries.  The golden cup is the riches she boasts of and in pursuit of which she entered into her unholy and devious tryst with Satan to commit abominable things and adulteries against God.  This is the maddening wine with which she commits adulteries with the inhabitants and kings or rulers of the earth and makes them drunk with it so that all are drawn to her in droves.
  • Confident of her riches and the power she draws from the evil spirits that have made her their haunt, she declares, Isa 47:7 “….. ‘I will continue forever – the eternal queen!’”
  • She has no regard for the majestic beauty of the holiness of God.  Instead, she leads her children according to the beauty and lure of the flesh.  And, because with her flesh she profanes God’s Name, she will be ravaged in flesh by her enemies.  Her evil assemblies honor men of power, wealth and beauty.  The righteous saints and servants of God are devoured at her tables of fortune and destiny.
  • Her teachings are idolatrous and male-centric, and she has ensured the weeds of her lies has far reaching effects through her many seminaries and so called Bible schools or institutions such that she has made it mandatory for all ministers of God to adorn themselves with the titles and degrees she lavishes on them for propagating her murderous lies.  Even children are not spared, they are inculcated into her lies with such programs as catechisms or Sunday-schools and polished off with regular exams, quiz programmes, ‘talent’ tests and what have you!
  • She continues to have her sway over her disillusioned youth so that they stagger about during the day like drunkards, full of her male idolatry, and commit most heinous crimes against women and children. Their drunken orgies could easily put Sodom and Gomorrah to shame (Matt 10:15, Matt 11:24).  
  • She will write her doom with her own hands when she makes her appearance riding on the glory of the Beast from the Abyss.  That is right, she will be truly recognized for what she is at the revelation and coming of the lawless one or the Beast, the Anti-Christ.

Be warned!  And recognize her by her fruits:  Just as Jesus warns, be on the alert and recognize her by her fruits so that you will not partake of them and be destroyed with her.  Because, the Beast or the Anti-Christ will come from the so-called people of God or Babylon.  For eg. read Dan 11:36-38, Dan 11:28-35, Dan 11:45 etc.

Her throne is the existing power out of the seven plus ten powers that will be allied with her.  Five of the powers will be the presently dormant great powers from the past.  Sixth one will be an existing one and the seventh will newly emerge for the purpose just as the other ten.  Her throne is the eighth power who is her king, the Anti-Christ, who will emerge from the sixth one or the existing power in force.  This means she will be enthroned in the nation which symbolizes the existing power in force. 

The allegory of the two eagles:  It is not difficult to discern this power as the fruits are all there to be seen.  The allegory of the two eagles given in the prophecy of Ezek 17, describes them absolutely.  Now before we go into that, let us understand when God makes His revelations of the end-time, He divides the earth into two, namely North and South.  Going by the polar distribution of earth’s nations, it is easy to identify the South with Israel in its centre.  Likewise, ‘North’ will be the countries of the commonly known west, headed by USA.  To some extent some of the yesteryear powers, dormant presently, that will be associated with it is also cognizable.  And since all nations will join in war against Israel in the end, the new emerging powers – ten plus one will be from the rest of the nations from the South. 

Returning to the allegory of the eagles, it is easy to discern the route Babylon took to wield its power over the nations.  As it says, the Gospel was carried on the wings of a mighty eagle or ‘the conflicting power of wealth against God on earth’ to a land of traders.  And though, at first, it was received well and allowed to take root and grow until its rich green foliage began to show, the trade route by which it had come brought in the second ‘conflicting power of corruption’ so that soon their allegiance shifted, which is manifested by the fruits of both wealth and corruption that they bear.  As a result, these vines have now come under the siege of both these conflicting powers, and they will be destroyed by the two.  It means, what one leaves behind, the other will destroy.

[Just as Jesus has warned, “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matt 6:24. Lk 16:13), it is impossible to serve the two.  And, Babylon is the fruit of those who attempted it.  Even though, Jesus showed by examples of how the devil, not sparing the Son of God even, attempts at luring and deceiving.  For instance, note how the devil shows Him all the splendor of this world and promises to give them to Him if He would only bow down and worship him (Matt 4:8-11), and particularly note how Jesus rebukes him and puts him in his place.  Unless we, likewise, consecrate ourselves wholly to the service of God, we will be lured and deceived into serving the devil who will blind us spiritually into believing that all the blessings of this world we are endowed with actually came from God.  Read James 5:1-6.  Yes, until finally, the wealth we accumulated itself will testify against us and eat our flesh like fire!!!]

Everything she does, from the bartering of the Gospel to harboring of the souls, she does it to increase her power of wealth.  It is her golden cup of glory that is overflowing with the blood of the saints of God.  The corruption which followed was but inevitable.  Nothing was spared, from the scriptures to the souls of men, everything got corrupted.  And she makes the nations drink of her corruption and follow her ways, until she declares herself the queen of the earth.  She has no qualms about allying with anything abominable as long as they do not remind her of her adulteries but partakes of them to increase her wealth and glory.  So much so that she will finally display her complete shift of allegiance and unfaithfulness by openly entering into a covenant with the very enemy of God.  Read 2 Pet 2:1-2, “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even DENYING THE SOVEREIGN LORD WHO BOUGHT THEM – bringing swift destruction on themselves.”

She is the haunt of all evil spirits.  Her strength and power comes from them.  Churches throughout the world drink from her cup and counsel with her spirits of corruption and debauchery.  [I myself know of pastors who when confronted with the infallible Word of God rush to counsel with these spirits and shamelessly reject Truth to teach their lies and abominations with twice the vengeance.]  She is the Jezebel of the unchaste spirits.  And like the Jezebel of old, her husband, her king, will be the king of her own people.  And then as it is described in Rev 17, she will reveal her true colors and boast in the king she had been secretly serving all along, who is known for his blasphemous names – for example ‘Rapture’ instead of Resurrection, ‘Calvary’ instead of Golgotha, ‘Christening’ instead of Baptism, ‘Charismatic’ instead of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit etc. etc. etc. besides the ones they give to their children like Jayden or Jaden and Devlin and the likes that are all  readily received by her people.  All her prophets are like Balaam, who mislead the people for gain.  [And all of them, without exception, show their true colors when I take God’s Word to them.  They will instantly shed their masks and debar me like ‘prison wardens’ which is what they truly are, claiming total authority and control over the flock in such words as these, ‘They are my flock.  I am their shepherd.  I have worked hard to get them here.  So I will decide what they will receive or hear and from whom. You cannot minister to them without my permission.’  They have spread the word that I teach lies so the people on their part turn on me with derision and contempt.  Some secretly fear the wrath of God and humor me by pretending to show interest and no sooner than my back is turned they continue with their evil ways.] 

The Anti-Christ or the first Beast from the ‘Abyss’ in the sea will be the product of her sorceries so that he will be the complete personification of the devil – the ancient serpent or the Leviathan himself (Job 41:1, Isa 27:1).  He will bear the easy-to-recognize resemblance of an assassinated ruler from the past because the person’s fatal wound was visibly made on the head. He will bring an end to all sounds of worship, the daily fellowships of the faithful and the preaching and teaching of the Word etc, (Dan 9:27a). “He (the Antichrist) will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him…” (Dan 7:25).  Also refer Rev 13:5-8.  “This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.” (Rev 13:10b).  Read Dan 12:11-12, “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.” Yes, the captives who do persevere in their hope and faithfully endure until the end will rejoice. They will lift up their heads and see their redemption fulfilled (Lk 21:28) as the Lord appears with His mighty army in the sky (Rev 19:11-16).

The second Beast will be the personification of the ancient Behemoth for as it testifies of him, he will come out of the earth (Job 40:15). He will be full of the spirit of Anti-Christ, the first Beast, and hence he will be his spokesman or agent or the false prophet on his behalf.  And just as we read in the prophecy of Daniel, chapter 11, he will be the product of the South.  Though, at the outset, the two appear to be on loggerheads with each other, before long they enter into a treaty, a pact and become one of power and purpose.  So that, the beast from the south will not only become the alter ego of the beast from the north but also as the latter’s spokesman he will enforce his evil laws, his worship and his sign on the people in order to distinguish God’s remnant by their resistance and destroy them.

The dragon will give him the authority to exercise all this on his behalf.  He is described in appearance as a lamb – but in reality he is the fullness or perfection of the prophesied “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.  His true nature will be revealed when he opens his mouth to speak for he will only blaspheme God like the first Beast or in reality the dragon he represents.  He will exercise his evil powers and strike terror and awe in the hearts of the people in order to deceive them by seeming to replicate in full view of everybody the renowned miracles of the God in heaven!!  He will even appear to breathe life into the image of the first beast, so that this robotic contraption will begin to speak and order the beheading of their disobedient.

Towards the end of their reign they will gather the nations and wage war against Israel.  Israel will be ravaged and the streets of Jerusalem will spill over with the blood of its people beginning with the priests and elders in the sanctuary.  And Anti-Christ will enthrone himself on the eternal throne of God on earth. This is the “ABOMINATION THAT CAUSES DESOLATION” – the final sign signaling the end. Because this is when the eyes of the remnant in Israel will be truly opened and they will mourn and call for the One they pierced.  Just as Jesus reveals, this is when they will call out in one accord, “Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of the Lord.” And even before the words are out of their mouths, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Holy One of Israel, the One Faithful and True, will enter Jerusalem and destroy the Anti-Christ and all his allies, the second beast including, with the very breath of His mouth.  This is why, Jesus has testified to the Israelites in particular in Matt 10:23, “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.  I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of man comes.” 

And He will reign on the originally promised length and breadth of the land that belonged not just to five or seven nations but to ten nations in all (read without fail these verses:  Gen 15:18, Isa 54:2-3, Isa 49:19-21 etc.).

Hence, as it is prophesied in Ezek 21:30, Return the sword to its scabbard.  In the place where you were created, in the land of your ancestry, I will judge you.  I will pour out My wrath upon you and breathe out My fiery anger against you; I will hand you over to brutal men, men skilled in destruction.  You will be fuel for the fire, your blood will be shed in your land, you will be remembered no more; for I the Lord have spoken.”, this sword of God’s wrath will finally return to its scabbard and will be remembered no more. 

WHAT WILL REMAIN IS HIS SWORD, THE ETERNAL WORD OF GOD WHICH WILL UNSHEATHE ITSELF AGAINST ONE AND ALL AND NOT BE RETURNED TO ITS SCABBARD AGAIN. Read Ezek 21:3, “This is what the Lord says:  I am against you.  I will draw My sword from its scabbard and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked, My sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.  Then all people will know that I the Lord have drawn My sword from its scabbard; it will not return again.” Yes, though the heavens and the earth will pass away, His Word will remain.  This is the herald of the actual Judgment of God which will begin after the millennium reign of Christ and His saints on earth (refer Rev 20:11-15).  

The Second part of the actual Judgment of God:  This is the part which will ensue after the millennium reign is over.  It will be as follows:

  1. Satan will be released and allowed to once again gather those who belong to him.  Together they will surround the encampment of God’s people and declare war.  But the fire of God will come down from heaven and devour them, sparing none. 
  2. Satan himself will be thrown into the Lake of fire of no return.
  3. Then the Second Resurrection will take place – the resurrection of the wicked.  They will come before the throne of God and be judged, each according to their deeds, and will be thrown into the Lake of fire with the devil and his allies who went ahead of them.  These are those whose names are not written in the Book of Life.  They are the “Cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.” (Rev 21:8).  YES, THE LAKE OF FIRE IS ALSO CALLED THE SECOND DEATH, BECAUSE THERE IS NO RETURN FROM THERE!
  4. The last enemy to be destroyed is Death and Hades, and they will also be thrown into the Lake of fire. So that as Paul writes of Christ’s reign on earth in 1 Cor 15:25-26, “For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

But, who are these righteous and the wicked referred to in Ezek 21:3 who will fall by the Sword of God?                            Before answering the question, let us understand that, though Babylon, the Beasts and all Satan’s army were destroyed at the Coming of the Lord, Satan himself was not destroyed.  Instead, he was imprisoned in the Abyss for thousand years until the close of Christ’s reign on earth.

Because, when he is released from the Abyss, he will once again scout the earth and deceive all men.  This is why it is written, read Isa 26:10, “Though Grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the Lord.”  This is the allusion to the wicked turned righteous, living in the garb of the pre-fall status of man during the millennium reign of Christ.  Let us not forget they are the survivors or the remnants of the wicked who are not washed in the Blood of the Lamb and as such have not been redeemed in their bodies.  They are the mortals who will live during the time and enjoy the plenty, the peace, the knowledge and glory of the Lord – everything that their fathers had hoped for and pursued after, albeit in all wrong directions.  But like their fathers, they will continue to resist the Truth in their hearts and at the first opportunity they will show it by rallying with the Devil once again.  For they are the symbolic ‘dust’ which will remain as the fodder of the serpent, refer Isa 65:25, until its end.  Refer Gen 3:14, “So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life’.”  And as for the dust, refer Gen 3:19, “….until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”   Therefore, the Word of God testifies that their number will be vast and numerous, like the sand on the seashore.  They will join forces to surround the Camp of God’s people in Israel, the City He loves And then fire will come down from heaven and devour them – this is the Judgment of the so-called righteous of the earth.

The wicked are all those who met their death without bearing the Seal of God and therefore haven’t been able to partake in the First Resurrection of the righteous.  The Second Resurrection is reserved for them.  For they shall come to life and be judged before the Judgment Throne of God.  Their deeds shall testify against them and they will meet their perpetual end in the Lake of fire, also called the Second Death or the place of no return.   

IN HEAVEN – THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD

This will be the fulfillment of the final event of God’s work of redemption.  And as He declares here, “I am making everything new!” (Rev 21:5), all the old order of things will pass away.

The curse that consumes the old or the present heaven and the earth will finally catch up with time and bring about its end.  Read Isa 24:6, “There a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt.  Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up and very few are left.”  Likewise, read Isa 24:20, “The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls – never to rise again.”  Also, refer 2 Pet 3:7 & 10, “By the same Word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men……. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”

Rev. 21:1, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.”  And Rev 21:23-25, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  The nations will walk by its light…. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.”  And, Rev 21:3-4, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

This is the introduction of the new heaven and new earth that will replace the old.  And, as mentioned in the above verses, there will no longer be any sea, neither the sun nor the moon.  The Holy City of God or the New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven and become its light.  This is the triumphant home-coming of all God’s people into the kingdom of God.  This is the prophesied and much awaited Wedding of the Lamb, when the Lamb of God Himself will lead His holy Bride into His holy and eternal abode.

No longer will heaven or the dwelling of God be a distant and unreachable place for the nations or the redeemed of the Lord.  They will move in and out at will and only add to the splendor and glory of it.  Every single soul will have his name engraved with the holy Name of God in the City of God and shine with the brilliant radiance of God as rarest of all precious stones that are all  transparent because of their incredible purity.  In fact everything in Heaven is transparent  and will radiate the awesome glory of God.  His servants, the apostles, the prophets and all those who served them faithfully will live in the City before the throne of God and of the Lamb.  They will behold His face all the time.  They will bear His name on their foreheads.  They will worship Him and reign with Him for ever and ever.

Conclusion:   It is the Church that is planted by the Lord Himself that will dwell in the sanctuary of the Lord, in the holy hill of God.  Read Ezek 17:22, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar.  Birds of every kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches.  All the trees of the field will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall.  I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish.  ‘I the Lord have spoken and I will do it.’”   Also refer Matt 16:18, Mk 4:30-32. 

It is not difficult to understand the times, to understand where we stand today as children of God.  The Word of God has testified to the evidences unfolding before our eyes.  If one asks of the watchman, what is left of the night, the watchman will reply:  “Morning is coming, but also the night.” (Isa 21:11-12).  This is the night or the midnight, the darkest part of the night, before the crack of dawn.  In spiritual terms, this is the time when there will be no light – no Word of God at all!  Even if one desires, one will not find it.  This is the last of the prophecies and before long this will stop.  So, let us watch out and gird ourselves with Truth while we may.  Let us break down all altars of man in our hearts and cleanse ourselves of all impurities and idolatries of the past, like the river of God, we learned, will cleanse the seas and the oceans. Yes, let the Spirit of God cleanse you with His infallible Word, the Truth (Jn 15:3).   Let us truly repent and learn to deny ourselves, even as we consecrate ourselves to follow Him wholeheartedly and with fervent zeal.  Like Jesus reminds, let us make up our minds not to worry beforehand how we will defend ourselves.  “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” (Lk 21:14-15).  This is when His promise of Isa 54:17 becomes our heritage, our glory.  Amen!                         

Let this be our song of deliverance and hope as we wait patiently and obediently: “But your dead will live; their bodies will rise.  You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy.  Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead.” 

Therefore, “Go, My people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until His wrath has passed by.  See, the Lord is coming out of His dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.  The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.”  (Isa 26:20-21).

And finally, read what the Spirit reminds us in these last days of fading light, “Should you then seek great things for yourself?  Seek them not.  For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the Lord, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.” (Jer 45:5).  Therefore receive the Word, and pass the Truth around to as many as you may and lead many, many souls to repentance and righteousness.  Let us uphold each other in prayer and vow to persevere in Him and endure patiently until the darkness is past and the Dawn of Light shines upon our faces once again.  For He Who is Faithful and True will not fail us.  He will bring all things to pass at their appointed time, until at last He Himself will enter the eternal Sabbath rest with us and declare, “IT IS DONE.  I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE END.” (Rev 21:6).

 May God Bless You!