Weep not Lion of Judah Root of David has prevailed to open the scroll and loose the seven seals

Most are aware that Christ, was brought back to life from death. But many, fail to see the duality it represented. As being allegorical, to the human experience. Just as it was necessary for Christ to be murdered which was another truth with an allegorical meaning. That duality manifests itself, when Christians are murdered in the service of their redeemer. Both are proven, when Christ was buried, as being, as much human, as he was God. He like many before entered into this state of nothingness which we know as death. At the appropriate time, God called Jesus back to life. After a brief time, He was resurrected and later ascended to heaven.

What scriptures teach about the resurrection of the dead from the grave. Is very different from what is often believed. Many believe that once a person dies they are immediately rewarded with heaven or damnation. The concept of eternal damnation is for a later discussion. Other than to say, that people who die, Christian or not, go to their graves. The scriptures teach that upon death our spirits return to God, who gave it. Note! Ecclesiastes 12:7.

The Bible does not promise heaven as a reward! Instead, the promise is one of eternal ruler ship with Christ in the Kingdom of God. This kingdom will be established on our earth.

Here is the majestic description from Revelation, chapter five. An elder said, weep not! Behold the the “Lion of Judah,” “the Root of David,” has prevailed to open the scroll, and loose the seven seals, verse five.

In the midst of the throne. Surrounded by four living creatures and elders. Stood a Lamb as though he had been slain. Having seven horns and seven eyes, which were the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth, verse six.

He came forth and took the scroll out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne, verse seven.

When he had taken the scroll, the 4 living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb. They had harps and golden bowls with incense used when praying for the saints, verse eight. Interesting notion, four living creatures, along with 24 elders praying for the saints.

They sung a new song. Singing you are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals. FOR YOU WERE SLAIN AND HAVE REDEEMED US TO GOD BY YOUR BLOOD. From every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, verse nine.

You have made us, unto our God, a kingdom of priests, and we shall reign on the earth, verse ten.

Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven saying. THE KINGDOM of this WORLD has become the KINGDOM of OUR LORD, and HIS CHRIST and HE SHALL RULE FOREVER and EVER, Revelation 11:15. Another interesting notion, all these earthly governments succumbing to Christ with the earth becoming his kingdom.

What a piece of majestic Biblical literature! Christians who toil in the service of our Lord should find great comfort in such a perspective.

Job knew that death was inevitable. He also knew he would live again. He said that while in his grave that he would wait for his appointed time. Knowing that some time in the future, his change would come. You (Jesus) will call, and I will answer. You will call and, I will answer because you desire to finish your work. Job 14:14-15.

This we know, as the first resurrection, but Job will not be called at the first resurrection. It is about Christ beginning to take upon himself the remaining work that needs to be finished. Christ, has been silent for centuries, when the final work begins and the seals opened. Scripturally, it is put this way, Christ himself shall descend from heaven. With the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God. With the dead in Christ being raised first, 1 Thessalonians 4:16. The dead in Christ being resurrected. Meeting Christ in the sky and not in heaven. Some where between heaven and earth. The dead in Christ, who are they?

Verse fourteen tell us exactly who they are, and why they are apart of this first resurrection. They are the people who have died after Christ’s ascension to heaven. People who shared a belief that Jesus died and rose again. They are the people who had experienced the new birth. It is the only way to participate in the kingdom God, John 3:3, from a place called earth.

At the appointed time Jesus will come with the clouds of heaven, Daniel 7:13. The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess it forever, even forever and ever, Daniel 7:18. Upon this first resurrection they are referred to as “saints.” In Revelation 5:10, they are referred to kings and priests. Where they will rule with Christ, according Revelation 11:15.

At this first resurrection, no mention is to made to anybody being in heaven. The verses mention refers to their ruler ship on earth, with Christ, as being for ever.

doomed

All the animals were making merry one summers day over the Sun’s wedding, and among the rest, the frogs were rejoicing. But one of their number said: You fools, why all this jubilation? One sun is enough to dry up all the muddy pools. If he marries a wife and begets a child like himself, we shall be a in a bad way.

A lot of empty headed people rejoice over the wrong things. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“One Is Enough”)

In both the land of fables and the here and now. The same message is apparent because Jesus said, “Therefore I speak in fables, oops parables. Because though seeing, they see not; and hearing, they hear not,” Matthew 13:13.

No doubt the world could use some wise frogs to declare that their jubilation could very well be their doom.

The do nothing club

For this discussion a thought, from one patriotic American. A man whose deeds and courage are forever indelibly written in the memory of the nation. A person whose spirit and determination is absent from today’s America. It does not matter if it is from the secular, or our religious community, America lacks the persona of Patrick Henry.

Patrick Henry, while addressing the Virginia convention on 23 March 1775 said, “The battle, sir is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”

America is the way it is today for more reasons than this discussion will allow. With that in mind, these brief comments will suffice, for now.

The nation lacks vigilant, active, and brave men and women. Determined to make America what she promised to be. Early Christian philosophers and clergy used the harbor lights as an euphemism for the greatness of America. A light in a harbor designed to guide ships to safe harbor. As well as a light, on a mountain top serving as a beacon of light, serving the same function. Helping people find their way during inclement weather. Based around the notion of John 8:12, from what Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Suggesting that America was a nation with a destiny. Pointing the way to the benefits of a free, just and fair republic.

That beacon light for the safe harbor of hope, is in serious need of an overhauling. Which will take vigilant, active, brave men and women to accomplish. One thing is certain, the federal government will not be the instruments for a nation in desperate need of an overhauling. An overhauled America, will occur through the efforts of vigilant, active, brave Christian men and women.

Americans need to mobilize, and reject what we are seeing, and experiencing from today’s America. America is a nation that has lost its spiritual determination for itself and the world community. No longer a beacon of light for spiritual regeneration. That produces justice and fairness at home and for the world to admire and imitate. But rather a nation to despise, and hate. To the shame of of our Christian community. Who once knew, what the newness of life in Christ was all about. Because, that memory has been methodical erased

Who is responsible for such an occurrence? Certainly the finger of blame can be pointed at many and in many directions. But the primary culprit for finger pointing, must be directed at individual Christians. It’s the ultimate duty of the church of Jesus Christ to keep America on the moral path. Those outside of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, can not be expected to govern from the perspective of light. Especially, if John 8:12, is taken seriously by the Church of Jesus Christ.

The church is not about wood boxes built upon concrete slabs. And fancied, with stained glass windows. Nor are their occupants about about fine new threads and fancy cars. It is about the execution of the plan and purpose designed by Jesus Christ for His church. With the people showing a raw toughness in the execution of that purposefully designed cause.

Instead of raw toughness for Christ most Christians can best be defined as members of the do nothing club. Passing their time as inactive participants in what the Bible refers to as the last days. Rather than making straight the way of the Lord. For the day will come, when a new kingdom will appear upon this earth. And, it will be a kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ.

Many have been told that signs exist. So that one might determine, when the last days will arrive before the establishment of his kingdom. Knowing something about these signs will help us understand these troubled times. But that should not be the primary focus, it should be our impetus to be more vigilant.

Christianity today is more about entertainment than Christ centered action. Which happens to be, one of those sought after signs. There are other road signs announcing the “last days.” But of the hour for the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth, it is known only to God. As far as road signs, some are as obvious, as they are disgusting.

To name a couple road signs pertaining to the church. Pedophiles in God’s church, who are there by choice. Thinking it to be a safe harbor for sexual exploitation of children.

Then the ordination of homosexuals into the ministry of the church. Behaviors condemned by God, who said in Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.” And Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” Apologists for such behavior argue that Leviticus does not apply to the Christian church. Well it does, because it represents unnatural behavior. Note:”For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lusts for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty which was due,” Romans 1:26-27. The only sexual relationship condoned by God is recorded in Genesis. God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him,” Genesis 2:18. Then it is said in verse 24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”

Among the many more despicable behaviors plaguing the church. Is the drive by the church to be mirrored, as a partner with the government. Which is a disgrace, to the memory of Jesus Christ. Especially for those of us, who are aware of His teachings. And who are aware, that governments will give rise to the beast of Revelation thirteen. Which this writer, intends to discuss in the future.
Mortal unregenerated men and women are not fit to govern because that beacon of light is not available to them. The church needs to be the impetus that directs their governance. And that impetus must be the moving of the Holy Spirit through the vibrant body of His church.

mood swings

The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, His days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them. See Psalms 103:6-18.

a path not well journeyed

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that us within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. See Psalms 103:1-5.

the preachers mind set

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, ‘All is vanity.'” And moreover because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words, and what was written was upright. Words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads (stimulants), and the words of scholars are like well driven nails, given by the Shepherd. And furthermore my son, be admonished. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.

Let us hear the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every man’s work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil. See Ecclesiastes 12:8-13.

aging what its like

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.” While the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are not darkened, and the clouds do not return after the rain; in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow down; when the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the windows grow dim; when the doors are shut in the streets, and the sound of grinding is low; when one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of music are brought low. Also they are afraid of height, and of terrors in the way, when the almond tree blooms, the grasshopper is a burden, and desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets.

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was. And the spirit will return to God who gave it. See Ecclesiastes 12:1-7.

trend carefully

Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun; but if a man lives many years and rejoices in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that is coming is vanity.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity. See Ecclesiastes 11:7-10.

a different america

From the Mayflower Compact this how it has played out. After more than two months of treacherous travel across turbulent waters of the Atlantic Ocean, their bravery paid off. They knew why they fled Europe, and what they wanted for a future. Launching a Republic form of government which had the following as its foundation. Which was the creation of political awareness for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.

America has had many patriotic Americans. People whose deeds, and courage are forever indelibly written in the memory of the nation. Because in their own ways, and some of the time in most unconventional ways their deeds gave glory to God. Always advancing the edicts of our Christian faith, as found through out our biblical scriptures.

One such person was Patrick Henry, who while addressing the Virginia convention on, 23 March 1775 said, “The battle sir is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” America in all of its struggles, until modern times has always faced uphill struggles before becoming victorious.

The delineator’s of the nations Patrick Henry’s seemed to have an innate awareness and belief in the following. “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do My pleasure.'” See Isaiah 46:10. Such a verse gives credence to statements to Henry like statements through out American history.

Now fast forward for some excerpts from a twentieth century presidential prayer to a nation at war. Addressing a nation wide audience. “My Fellow Americans … And so, in this poignant hour I ask you to join me in prayer. Almighty God, our sons pride of the nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give them strength to their arms, stoutness to their faith.

They will need Thy Blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy, is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.”

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because  the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in continuance prayer. As we rise each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayers be on our lips, invoking Thy help in our efforts.”

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 6, 1944.

America has lost the fervor of those days. And is suffering the consequences, and they will intensify. For it is recorded, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” See Galatians 6:7. And in particular, the topics addressed yesterday.

mirroring yesterday as today

Some hundred of years ago a group of people on a ship called, The Mayflower, voyaged upon a sixty-six day journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually reaching the shores of what would become the The United States of America. With the sole intent of creating a lifestyle for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. They did so because life in Europe, as Christians was becoming more and more insufferable. Because kings through out Europe saw themselves as the solemn authority over the affairs of humanity, and not God Almighty.

Suppose we could reverse history because life in America was becoming insufferable. Because the American federal legislature and its president see themselves, as the solemn authority over the affairs of humanity and not God. Hold on, and don’t bring down the rafters with laughter by saying that’s ridiculous. It’s that way already! It’s just absent any collective legislative, presidential or judicial declaration.

How else can one justify same sex marriages as the law of the land. That has now evolved to the degree that same sex litigants are seeking judicial relief through our legal system. With judges conferring parental rights to homosexuals by designating one litigate as the husband or viceversa depending upon the litigants standing before the judge. Not long ago such judges making such rulings would have been impeached. With the loss of their license to practice law. Today they are hailed as hero’s for their willingness to go were the country has never before dared to go.

We’ve recently witnessed another graduation season at the nation military academies. Where the academies hierarchies decided that cadets could declare their preferred gender. Temporarily, they can’t be commissioned as officers. Until the U.S. Department of Defense decides whether or not cadets can declare a gender that they are not.

Democrat, Misty Snow of Utah, who is credited as being the first openly transgender person is hoping to make history. By declaring her candidacy to unseat U.S Rep Chris Stewart in the states 2nd. Congressional District in 2018.

More, and more people are rallying behind the acceptance of homosexuality and transgender issues, as the progressive enlightenment among the American people.

And any notion, like that of our forefathers, who fled Europe because as Christians their lifestyle there had become intolerable. Banned together and vowed for the, “Creating of a lifestyle for the glory of God, and the advancement of the Christian faith.” If you are familiar with the Mayflower Compact, then you know that it was also their intention to create a republic form of government to mirror the aforementioned declaration. Today such declarations are seen as expressions of intolerance and thus irrelevant. With the worse yet to come, as the substance of such declarations are made to be illegal.

perilous times

The nations military during these perilous times is on constant high alert to protect the homeland from foreign invaders. Quickly coming to mind some might wonder, if North Korea might carry out its threat to missile attack the United States with or without nuclear warheads. Should that occur, North Korea would be obliterated from the world map.

As problematic as that scenario is, it’s minor compared to threats posed by China and Russia to American homeland security. Because, they have weapons that makes conventional warfare almost obsolete. All based around the jargon of AI or artificial intelligence. Giving such nations the ability to electronically pulsate America to its death. AI allows the possessors to attack from outer space, on land or from the depth of the seas.

All of which doesn’t leave the United States immune from nuclear attacks. It’s just more messy which is what was learned when the United States nuked Japan.

Warfare has changed.

Allowing the United States to suffer a nuclear attack from within its continental borders. Launched by the warriors of Muhammad the children of Ishmael. Whom the Apostle Paul warned the early church to eliminate. Saying, “Nevertheless what does the scripture say? Cast out the bondwoman (Hagar mother of Islam) and her son, (Ishmael) for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” See Galatians 4:30.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana. Muslims are not the friends of any non-Muslims. Failure to understand that will have the consequences of Santayana’s condemnation.

What’s occurring on the world scene is a struggle between freedom and totalitarianism. Most understand that China, North Korea and China are totalitarianism regimes. As are all nations absent the influence of a Judeo-Christian foundation.

Contrary to popular understanding it’s not just the lack of knowledge about secular history that condemns us. It’s the growing unawareness of our Judeo-Christian history that will ultimately will condemn the United States.

It’s the struggle between the two sons of Abraham Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was Abraham’s first son. Abraham, and Sarah had hoped that Ishmael would become the male heir they desired. Abraham was so pleased with the birth of Ishmael that he declared before God, “Oh, that Ishmael may live before You.” But God responded, “No Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you will call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and his descendants after him.” See Genesis 17:18-19. And, our Christian ancestry is traced from Isaac through David to Jesus.

Paul refers to Ishmael as the son of the flesh and not the son of promise which was Isaac. Muslims refuse to accept that Ishmael isn’t God’s rightful heir for the establishing God’s sovereign rule through out the world. Right up to the time that Allah himself comes to establish his eternal kingdom on this earth.

This has been the historical record of Islam’s pursuit to be the people of promise. “Now we brethren, as Isaac was are children of promise. But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.” See Galatians 4:28-29. That’s why Paul encourages Christendom to exit Muslims from their communities. As the aforementioned scripture of, Galatians 4:30, so eloquently admonishes us to do.

the one could not sleep

In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, fear came upon me, and trembling. Which made all my bones shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hairs on my body stood up.

It stood still, I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence; then I heard a voice saying, “Can a mortal be pure then his Maker? If he puts no trust in His servants, if He charges His angels with error. How much more those who dwell in houses of clay. Whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before a moth? They are broken in pieces from morning till evening. They perish forever, with no one regarding. Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.” See Job 4:13-21.

the harp and golden bowls

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.

The most effective way to interpret unexplained symbols is match those symbols with other scriptural references. Because the scriptures are pretty good at explaining themselves. In Revelation 5:8, it’s said that each of four living creatures and twenty four elders each had a harp and a golden bowl filled with incense.

Turning to the Psalms this is recorded. “Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp. Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” See Psalms 33:1-3.

The golden bowls filled with incense representing the prayers of the saints is a direct allusion to another Psalm. Which reads, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” See Psalms 141:2a.

The obvious conclusion is that those symbols represent praise and worship through song and action.

And embodied, in such prayers that we might offer could include these thoughts. “Set guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing. To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.” See Psalms 141:3-4.

Concerning the four living creatures and the twenty four elders see the discussions, “Freakish Things About A Place Called Heaven,” 11 May 2017. And, “Strangers In Our Midst,” 12 May 2017.

then a spirit came forward

Seems some are privy to the workings within the heavens that impact we earthlings. Here’s a tale of fascination. The question. To what extent do they, if any, impact our world today? If so, can they create false perceptions within the human psyche? Thus determining winners and losers for a wide range of scenarios.

And Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, whatsoever the LORD says to me, that I will speak.” So he came to the president; and the president said to him, Micaiah, shall we go to war against Ramoth Gilead, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go and prosper, for the LORD will deliver it into the hand of the president!”

So the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?” Then He said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains as sheep that have no shepherd. And the LORD said, ‘These have no master. Let each return to his house in peace.’ ”

And the president of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you he would not prophecy good concerning me, but evil?”

Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD. “I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left.” And the LORD said, “Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?” And another spoke in this manner. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, “I will persuade him.”

The LORD said to him, “In what way?” So he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” And the LORD said, “You shall persuade him, and also prevail. Go out and do so.”

Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared a disaster against.”

Now the son of Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near and struck Micaiah on the cheek, And said, “Which way did the spirit of the LORD go from me to speak to you?” And Micaiah said, “Indeed you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to Hide!”

So the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah, and return him Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the presidents son.” And say, “Thus says the president, put this fellow in prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and water of affliction, until I come in peace.”

But Micaiah said, “If you ever return in peace, the LORD has not spoken to me.” And he said, “Take heed all you people.” See 1Kings 22-14-28.

What about ramification for our modern day world? “Take heed all you people.” Is it only for world governments, or does it include ordinary people like you and me.

a certain future 1 way or another

Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven saying, “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our LORD, and His Christ and He shall rule forever and ever. See Revelation 11:15.

Another interesting notion, all earthly governments succumbing to Christ with the whole earth becoming His kingdom. An ancient question by the seer of all seers, “Who has believed our report?” See Isaiah 53:1.

Only those who have an identity with the following. To this we were called because Christ also suffered for us. Leaving us an example that we should follow His steps. Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth. Who when He was criticized, did not criticized in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness. How? By His stripes we are healed. For we were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. See 1 Peter 2:21-25.

when the unexpected occurs

Several days ago John saw a parchment rolled upon two cylinders and bound by seven seals. With an angel asking, “Who was worthy to loosen the seals so that the contents on the parchment could be read?” No one was found worthy. Not in heaven, or on the earth or under the earth. From Revelation 5:1-4.

It stressed John to tears sensing that the parchment contained important information that needed to be known and perhaps circulated. What can be done, oh! what can I do? Then remembering, “He will give His angels charge over you. To keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up with their hands. Lest you dash your foot against a stone. See Psalms 91:11-12 and Hebrews 13:2.

Instantaneously one of the elders said to John, “Do not weep. Behold the Lion of tribe of Judah, the root of David, has prevailed to open the the scroll and to loose its seven seals,” verse 5.

In the midst of the throne, and surrounded by four living creatures along with some elders. Stood a Lamb though it had been slain. Having seven horns and seven eyes which were the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth, verse 6. An exegeses concerning those seven horns and seven eyes was done recently. Along with one of their expeditions to earth. See discussion, “Strangers In Our Midst,” 12 May 2017.

Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne, verse 7.
Now when He had taken the scroll, the 4 living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down be before the Lamb. They had harps and golden bowls with incense used when praying for the saints. They sung a new song. Singing worthy you are to take the scroll and to open its seals. FOR YOU WERE SLAIN AND HAVE REDEEMED US TO OUR GOD BY YOUR BLOOD. From every kindred, tongue, people and nation. And you have made us kings and priests to our God. And we shall reign on the earth, verses 8-10.

The above was meant to be a discussion about how the seemingly impossible can occur. And what follows below represents the benefits, when the improbable becomes probable.
It should be taken literally that people once redeemed through His blood are special to God. And are likened as kings and priests in a world He will bring about at a future time. And it also should be accepted as to be a real occurrence.

The emphasis with this discussion is upon the unexpected roll angels play in the affairs of we mortals. After all it was an angel, who asked is anyone to break the seven seals that secured the scroll. And then, one was found worthy. Most of the time without our awareness or permission. With the redeemed by Christ, just beginning a futuristic journey of power and authority. Combine the two thoughts of this paragraph with the following. “But Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by those who did not seek Me. I was made manifest to those who did not ask of Me.” See Romans 10:20 and Isaiah 65:1.

the court was seated authority fixed

Previously it was discovered that in the heavens there were seven spirits with very strange characteristics, who were Gods. Who had the authority to visit earth. So, at the appropriate time they made an exit to message Sarah. But those three Gods, also interacted with Abraham and with a God. Which also meant that God Himself would also periodically visit the planet He had created. Also previously, it was discovered that there was a hierarchy among the Gods. Meaning there was one Elohim and many lesser Gods.

Daniel gives us an additional view of His throne room. Apart from the one we looked at the other day. While Job provides us with an authoritative clairvoyant picture of Elohim’s ownership of all that is in the heavens or on earth. Establishing that no one is adequately up to the task of a successful revolt.

But for now this scene unfolds, “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand time ten thousands stood before Him. THE COURT WAS SEATED and the books were opened. I watched because of the sound of the pompous horn who was speaking. (Who is that pompous horn? John told us in a previous discussion that that horn was one of the seven Spirits of God, who visited earth. See Revelation 5:6.) I watched till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame. As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.” For Daniels discussion see, Daniel 7:9-12.

That’s enough for that segment might deal with those beasts with a later discussion. Other than to say that they represent a rather frequent disturbance in the heavens. It’s not cozy resting place for the dearly departed by any stretch of the imagination.

Time to take a look at power and authority looks like. “Where were you, when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the MORNING STARS sang together, and all the SONS OF GOD shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth from the womb? When I made the clouds, and the thick darkness of its swaddling band; when I fixed My limit for it,  with set bars and doors? When I said, “This far as you may come, but no farther. And here your proud waves must stop! Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place; that it might take hold of the ends of the earth? See Job 38:4-13a.

expedition earth bound

Discussions about other God’s in the heavens which most know little about. With their function and interaction as lesser God’s has been occupying content of the last several discussions. Especially as they impact the biosphere of us earthlings. Fascinating it is! So picking up, where we left off yesterday with a sketch of one such expedition.

Minding his own business, as he sat at the door of his tent. Hoping to get some relief from the scouring heat of the day from the shading branches of the giant Terebinth tree. Trying to relax, he was sure that he saw God. A little dazed he looked up to the heavens. And when, he lowered his eyes three men were standing near by, as though they had been there all the time.

To materialize out of nowhere, he knew intuitively that they were not human despite their appearance as such. So he rushed from the door of his tent, and bowed himself down to the ground. And said, “My Lord, if I have found favor your sight, do not pass by your servant.” Not wanting to miss this opportunity to find favor with the gods, he rallied his wife to prepare diner for them. And he, himself scurried to find suitable meat for dinner.

Two things are going on here of great significance to human history. They asked Abraham, “Where is your wife?” Getting a response they went on to say that his wife would give birth to a son. Sarah hearing this mocked them silently. But the rebuttal came from God himself, who asked of her, “Is anything to hard for the LORD?” Continuing He said, “At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and you Sarah shall have a son. To be named Isaac, see Genesis 17:19.

The renowned Jewish patriarch Abraham, and his, so called, sovereign God had their differences. You can read about those differences by referring to Genesis 17:17-18; 21:11. And because of Abraham’s belligerence, the covenant promises made to him would be materialized through the son that Sarah would birth. See Genesis 17:19. And of great significances to world history, God replied to his belligerent plea. See Genesis 21:11, telling Abraham that He would do the following, “Yet I will also make a nation of the son (Ishmael) of the bondwoman (Hagar) because he is your seed,” Genesis 21:13. Every time ISSI strikes, or some other Islamic acronym strikes, it’s because of the belligerence of Abraham and Sarah. Without their combined belligerence the world might have been spared the horrors of Islam. An evil greater that Nazism!

strangers in our midst

Maybe hoping to sleep in after yesterdays shocking encounters, he was awakened to see his Christ. Standing in his presence holding a parchment rolled around two cylinders and gripping it with His right hand. It was securely sealed with seven seals. Out of nowhere, so it seemed, an angel appeared. The angle looked rather invincible, but for some reason it seemed alarmed.

Proclaiming loudly, “Who is worthy to open the parchment and loose its seals?” And no one in heaven, or on the earth was able open the parchment and look at it. But what caught John’s attention, and it made him quiver was the announcement that no on one under the earth was found worthy either. Reflecting about his strange experiences yesterday, he shook with fear, as he reflected, “life under the earth?”

John was somewhat grieved because he sensed that that parchment must contain important stuff worth knowing about. But he was told, don’t worry, “Someone from the ancestry of David, will be able to open the parchment and to loosen its seven seals.”

Then he noticed that in the middle of the throne room where those strange looking creatures were. Which included the elders stood a lamb, as though it had been butchered. Musing to himself again, this place is truly weird.

This time that butchered lamb had seven horns and seven eyes. Representing seven individual spirits destined to invade earth. Figuring out from past experiences, but with an additional twist. That the invaders would be strong and extremely insightful. Able to move freely without being detected or deterred by human ingenuity for what they really were as gods.

With the exception that when they needed to interact with earthling’s they could do so by transformation to human semblance. Many are convinced that such entities have visited our biosphere at will. Earthlings having observed strangeness in the skies having coined that genre of the supernatural as flying saucers. But once embodied here, they do their task. Making sense for this statement. “Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Source materials for this dialogue. Revelation 5:1-7 and Hebrews 13:2.

Same trend for tomorrow showing specific assignments for the strangers in our midst.