Sexual Atheism is Really False Conversion

I was exposed to an expression I had never heard before,in a troubling article in the Christian Post.The expression is “Sexual Atheism” and it refers to the cavalier attitude toward sexual activity among professing Christian youth.

In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated yes. In my 30 years of youth and adult ministry experience, this is as unfiltered, direct and honest as a question and answer can be.

It is equally honest to say that nearly nine out of 10 self-proclaimed single Christians are, in practice, sexual atheists. In other words, God has nothing to say to them on that subject of any consequence or, at least, anything meaningful enough to dissuade them from following their own course of conduct. It is the ultimate oxymoron. A person who at once believes in a wise, sovereign and loving God who created them and all things, can also believe simultaneously He should not, cannot or will not inform their thinking or living sexually. It reminds me of those famous red letters in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46, NIV). There is disconnect between identity and activity.(Christian Post,  KENNY LUCK , CP CONTRIBUTOR  April 10, 2014|10:26 am)

What we have here is the fruit of decades of deficient teaching and preaching  in evangelical churches. Pastors have failed to present the vision of God to the youth so they do not fear Him. Preachers have presented a deficient view of salvation, (“Jesus as Saviour only, not as LORD”), and a failure to warn congregations of the “exclusionary sins” such as those listed in ! Corinthians 6,

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.( I Cor 6:9-11)

Obviously a good many confessing Christians either have never heard his warning, or they simply don’t believe it.

The Unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God!  Be Not Deceived!…Those who practice unrighteousness are not going to heaven!  It is frightening to read the article and to hear that there is virtually no fear of God in this area, Sexual experimentation is no big deal, to these young people, the culture has prevailed, and somehow these young people have the idea that they are ‘saved’ even though they practice fornication!

Pastors have sold out the flocks by ignoring or denying doctrines such as the enormity of sin, the final judgment and the reality of Hell and the lake of fire, knowing that if they emphasized such things people would leave to find a more comfortable church.

How trendy and hip the new church is! How sweetly they speak of Grace and Love and even more grace! How toned down and irreverent the services are with their rock bands and rock star worship leaders! See how cool the leaders are, with their hair teased just right and their shirts untucked?Is there anything to dress up for? Anyone to fear and adore?

As they sing breathlessly their man centered ‘worship’ songs, which could easily be confused with Pop music Love songs, not really extolling the Majesty and Glory of God, does anyone draw near?

What young people need is a vision of a Holy God who is to be feared and adored!

But instead they get insipid sermons about self-esteem, ‘relationships’ and hip youth leaders trying ever to relate to them, and to cater to their every feeling.

But they are literally fulfilling the prophecy of Jude who warned of men who would “turn the grace of God into Lasciviousness”, so de-emphasizing the part of the gospel about repentance, the fear of God, Hell and Judgment, the utter danger of sin, the last days, and the meaning of Holiness, to the point that all that is left is a meaningless “unconditional love”, which isn’t entirely even true!

Weep for the youth everybody! Wail and howl for the miserys that are sure to come upon them! Plead with them before the Lord’s altar, perhaps the Lord will grant the youth a Holy visitation and they may yet be saved. The Lord is slow to Anger and abounds in great mercy.

Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.  Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.(Joel 2:12-18)

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The Black Horse Draws Near…Rev 4-6 pt 13

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(Revelation 6:5-6)

The Lamb, bearing the marks of slaughter, has taken a book from the hand of the One who sits on the throne. The book is sealed, but the lamb has been found worthy to open the seals. As the seals are broken, the conditions are set for the accomplishment of the purpose of God to bring about a New Creation of heaven and earth.

We come to the third seal which features a black horse and rider, the rider is holding scales, which is the symbol for commerce. The message is that a loaf of good bread will cost a days wages, cheaper bread, barley, a third of a days wages. But he is instructed not to hurt the oil and the wine.

Economic and commercial tribulation is what is in view here. The soaring price of basic food is here contrasted with the preservation of luxury items, oil and wine, for there is going to be a simultaneous wiping out of the middle class, and elevation of elites. The gap gets wider and wider between “oil and Wine” and “Wheat and Barley”.

James prophesied that these elites are being fattened for the slaughter,

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord…(James 5:1-6)

I have no doubt at all that these whom James refer to are the ones who have profited materially and politically by the looting of whole national economies. The USA is only the latest example of this theft through currency speculation, “Bailouts”, inflation of the money supply, irresponsible policies such as subprime mortgage loans which profit politicians while it destroys those who play by the rules.

James warns these super rich,super ruthless, power players who have plundered the body politic, enriching themselves obscenely while millions of people’s savings, pensions and legacies go up in smoke, and our great, great grandchildren are indebted by the “bailouts” which the powerful use for their own advantage.

If this isn’t already the Black horse it is the portent of it, for there is coming an economic reckoning which will utterly wipe out the middle class, even the upper class, but it will entrench the powerful movers and shakers whose policies have created this economic crisis.

By the fraud of global warming billions of dollars, Euros and other currencies have been taken from taxpayers and made to serve the lies of politically motivated “science”. national policies have been formed on the basis of such misinformation that have wrecked livelihoods, economies and progress in many fields.

* Weep and Howl for your miseries… But the same policies which have ruined millions of lives have enriched those who are in position of power to capitalize on them.I think of Al Gore who has positioned himself to become a billionaire, due to policies based on his fraudulent environmentalism.

* Your Gold and Silver is cankered… Gold and Silver is seen as the saviour, the hedge against the troubles of the last days, but we must remember that “Silver and Gold will not profit in the day of wrath, but with Righteousness there is great reward”. Vain is the faith in Gold as a hedge.

* You have heaped treasure for the last days… What good will these baubles do in the day of Judgment? The day will come when men will throw their treasures in caves, and plead with the Rocks and stones to fall on them rather than face the Lamb in his wrath.

*You kept back by fraud…The carefully saved and invested money of those who worked hard, saved and played by the rules has been evaporated by the policies of the power people, the movers and shakers of the financial and political world.

Hardworking people sweated and worked and scrimped and saved for the future. Meanwhile politicians wanting votes, forced banks to make bad loans to people who couldn’t pay them back,crushing our economy for the short term gain of looking like a ‘benefactor’ and getting votes. No worry the taxpayers will back up the loans! When these policies wiped out the economy the same politicians refused blame. God sees this and takes note.

They have used the cultivation of envy, in their politics to sway the masses to give them political power, there is reason to believe that they have deliberately tanked national economies to achieve their ends.

*You have lived in pleasure and been wanton… The Powerful themselves are often exempted from the consequences of their policies. They don’t have to live in the communities where immigrants from hostile nations move in, bringing a crime wave with them.

*You have condemned and killed the just…By the policies of the Rulers and Shakers, innocent people die. Because of our refusal to drill for oil, the corn crop is being turned into Ethanol. As a result there are food riots in Mexico and South America. Because Chinese people want to drill for oil in Sudan, black Christian and Muslim tribes are either killed , slaved or driven off of the land.

I know, I know, this has always been the case, but when the Black horse rides, (if he isn’t already) we will see this with a vengeance. The Party comes to a crashing stop,

The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)

Come quickly Lord Jesus!

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The Red Horse Is Riding…Rev 4-6 pt 12

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.(Revelation 6:3-4)

In John’s vision of the throne room of God, a drama unfolds which is of universal significance. The One who sits upon the throne holds a book in his hand. The book is the Word of the consummation of the plan of God to undo all of the effects of the fall; sin, death, decay, corruption, and to usher in a new creation. “Behold I make all things new”, saith the Lord.

But as we saw earlier, only a man can open the seals of the book, “for by man came death”, therefore , “By man (must) come the resurrection of the dead”. But who is worthy to open the book?

There is only one man who is qualified to open the book and commence the New Creation of God. Jesus of Nazareth, who bears in his own body the marks of slaughter, having offered himself to the Father as a sacrifice for our sins is worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof.

The seals are in effect the necessary preconditions for all that is in the book to begin to come to pass. When the Cherub cried out “Come!”, it wasn’t Christ who came but a White horse and rider.

The rider on the white horse is the spirit of “Anti-Christ”. He offers a substitute Kingdom of God, and a substitute salvation for the earth. Christ will come to judge the world on a white horse, but first AntiChrist must ride. The actual person, who is designated as the Son of Perdition, also as the Beast, the little horn, arrives in the context of the Spirit of AntiChrist, which pervades the world.

The world he comes to, and which for the most part receives him, has been preconditioned already, to reject anything that smacks of the real Christ, as being “judgmental”, “Homophobic” and “negative”. Those who have helped to prepare the world to embrace the “New Christ” are the “many anti-christs”, (false teachers, and false prophets), which John warned about even in his day.

The opening of the second seal unleashes another precondition for the return of Christ, the rider of the red horse. The red horseman brings in a tsunami of wanton violence upon the whole world. As in the days of Noah, when “violence covered the earth”, so shall it be in the time of the red horseman.

The rider of red horse comes from God to defy the aspirations of all of those who have attempted to construct a beautiful humanistic world of peace without repentance and to the exclusion of God.

How the humanists and atheists long for peace! But it must be denied them. I remember clearly the elation we all felt when the “Evil Empire”, the Soviet Union and her satellite states collapsed into the “dustbin of history”. One American sociologist even wrote a book about it called “The End of History” in which he posited that the west would now usher in a golden age of peace, prosperity and global trade.

But there can be no peace. Not without repentance.How vain is the imagination that we can construct a humanistic Eden without God ? What did we think would become of us ,seeing we sanction the slaughter of the unborn, promote perversions such as homosexuality and fornication? Should we be surprised at the violence and insecurity of the “brave New World” we have constructed without God?

Radicalized, oil financed Islam is just one of the expressions of the ‘red horse’ of violence.

We in the west are of necessity now familiar with a new terminology, using Arabic words such as “Jihad”, “Shariah”, and “al Taqqiya”, for it seems as though the temporary restraints have been lifted from the Mohammedans. Through the combination of the folly of immigration policy and multiculturalism’s destruction of western civilizational confidence Muslims have never seen better prospects for their long coveted subjugation of the western world.

Think of the billions that have been spent in security, the countless hours spent waiting at checkpoints in airports and other transportation hubs, removing shoes, having magnetic images made of our naked bodies,for entire traveling populations, so that we won’t have to profile the adherents of a murderous ideology.

Violence has already been a factor in human history, but several factors contribute to my sense that the Red Horse is Riding across the world. The heavy levels of immigration, legal and illegal contributes to increased levels of ethnic violence, crime, and the overall balkanization of whole populations, especially in the west.

The entertainment media is saturated with violence. Children can soak themselves in vicarious murder and mayhem through the various video games, which are often a virtual orgy of violence. Even our athletics are hearkening more and more to the gladiatorial days, as cage fighters, the obscene parody called pro wrestling, and Ultimate fighting becomes ever more popular.

The culture of death, ie the acceptance of abortion as birth control is itself a phenomena of immense violence. The USA recently passed the 50 millionth abortion milepost.

Why should any be surprised by a Kermit Gosnell, whose “clinic” was raided after he botched one too many abortions and killed two of his “Patients”. It was discovered that he had actually brought eight babies to term and murdered them with a pair of scissors. His squalid “women’s Health center” was overlooked numerous times by Philadelphia health inspectors. Why? They wouldn’t want to inhibit abortion in any way, thus this animal was allowed to practice “medicine” for years on the poor and ignorant.

Should we be surprised at the judgments overtaking us? The crime waves, terrorism, illegal immigration and the lawlessness that it engenders, are all manifestations of the red horse of violence who takes peace from the earth.

The homo-sexualization of society on every level portends violence as well. In spite of the best efforts to disguise this unseemly aspect of the perversion, the truth can’t be long hidden. Sexual perversion is violent, even murderous. The Bible doesn’t portray Homosexuals as ‘poor, oppressed and bullied minorities”, but as violently depraved sinners, who will stop at nothing to fulfill their lusts.

There will be no “Age of Aquarius” or any sort of humanistic utopia fashioned by our godless elite in spite of their best efforts. Already the Red Horse of violence is riding, and the only relief will be found in the new Ark, the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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The New Song…Rev 4-6 pt 10

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:8-9)

In John’s vision of the throne room of God , the holy Cherubim, and the 24 elders join in a hymn of worship to the Sovereign God who is worthy of all glory, honor and power. The elders throw down their crowns and prostrate themselves in adoration before Him who sits upon the throne.

This is the original song of worship, it is Ancient, universal, and it is the primal exaltation. “You are worthy O Lord to recieve Glory,Honor and power…”! The basis for the worthiness? “For Thou hast Created all things…”. This is the song of worship to our Creator.

God created us, the world we live in, and sustains it and us, and everything we know and love. All creation owes Him worship and acknowledgement, and it would be the heighth of impiety and arrogance to refuse to worship Him.

What is the very essence of sin and evil, according to the Word of God? Sin is deeper than this or that wrongdoing, it is nothing less than the refusal to glorify God, and acknowledge him as creator and sustainer. All evil flows out of this refusal.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.(Romans 1:21)

At the center of the Throne room of God, we have a scene of Angels and men joined together in worship and acknowledgement of God as Creator of all things, and as the purpose for which all things were created.

…And for thy pleasure, they are created…

But we find that the old song is not enough…Men should indeed worship their creator, they owe him the duty of worshipful acknowledgement,they should remember that He it is who made us, and not we ourselves…

However we have fallen since God made us. We refused to give him glory, and consequently have sinned against his holiness, and deserve to die. “The wages of sin is death…”.

Even if we did repent and go back to singing the old song, realizing and acknowledging God as Creator again, and our debt of love and worship to him, what about our sins?

What about the broken Law of God ? Or the offended holiness of God? We have destroyed the Image of God, we have rebelled against his Holy order! Merely returning to an acknowledgement of God as creator is inadequate.

In Revelation 5 are given a new Song which answers to these problems caused by our fall into sin and depravity. In the new Song sung in the very throne room of God, lies an adequate, complete answer to the human dilemma.

“You are worthy… because Thou hast Created all things…” goes the old song, but the new song adds, “You are worthy…because you were slain and have redeemed us unto God by your blood…”.

We never stop singing the old song, for God is ever worthy to be worshipped and adored, as Creator of all things. But we must sing unto the Lord the new song, extolling the one who was slain for us, and purchased us by his own blood, that we might be made righteous, fitted for heaven,sons of God!

There is a powerless “civic” religion, which indeed acknowledges God as Creator, but not as Redeemer, which confesses creaturely dependence, but not sinful guilt and the desperate need for pardon.

The difference between the two is the difference between Cain and Abel. Cain acknowledged by his offering that the fruit of the ground was blessed by God, and that he needed God’s blessing to grow his crops. He sang the old song.

But Abel, with the broken, bleeding body of the best of the flock, in his trembling and bloody hands, confessed that he was a sinner, worthy of death, and that only an innocent substitute for him could ever make him right again. He was singing the new song.

“ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Thus the testimony of the throne room of God is that the Creator is the Redeemer also, and that the Sovereign God for whose very pleasure were all things created, is at the same time the Lamb bearing the marks of slaughter.

We see in the very throne room of God that the center of reality is the sovereignty of God the Creator. But deeper into the center of all reality is God himself as sacrificial, forgiving and self giving love.Hallelujah to the Lamb forever and ever!

 

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The Lion Who Is A lamb…Rev 4-6 pt 9

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. (Revelation 5:5-7)

The apostle of the Lord Jesus, John, wept in heaven when he was made to see that the plan of God to undo the curse of sin and death, and to bring in a new creation, could only be inaugurated by a man. By man came death, and by man must come resurrection. But there wasn’t found a man worthy to carry out God’s plan!

But at this point in the vision of the throne room of God, John is told not to weep anymore, for a man has been found, worthy to open the seals and the book! That man is the one of whom Jacob prophesied, who would be as a lion from Judah’s tribe! A descendant and the root of King David.

He turned to see this “Lion”, standing in the center of the congregation of awesome Cherubim, Angels, and redeemed Elders, and instead he saw a Lamb, bearing in his body the marks of slaughter. This Lamb had wounds, blood, and the marks of death, but was very much alive, standing in the midst of the throne.

The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, in other words He stood there with all Power, and all Wisdom. This Lamb is a Lion!

The Lion is a Lamb. A Paschal lamb, wounded, slain, and bloody, yet alive, powerful and all-knowing. This is the center of reality, all that is real, true and good flow out of the throne room of God, and at its very center, is sacrificial love, humble sacrifice for sins, victorious love.

Real power is revealed not as bared fangs and tensed sinews, a terrifying roar, and ripping, grinding teeth. Real power is in the One who gave himself for us, who laid down His life as an offering for sin and for sinners, loving us by taking our place in judgment. “He was numbered with the transgressors…”

This Lamb conquered as a lion, but not by shedding anyone else’s blood, but by the offering of His own sinless blood for us . He Gave His life, what more could he give? Oh how He loves you and me…

The Lamb in the midst of the congregation, in the very throne room of God, is the offering God made unto himself. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! This Lamb bearing the marks of death on his own body is the satisfaction of God’s own Holy wrath against all that is sinful, rebellious, evil, false.

In Him, Love wins! Love is powerful, more powerful than sin and death! But we speak not of humanistic love, certainly not “unconditional love”, The Lamb bearing the marks of slaughter, standing in heaven, witnesses to Holy Love. The soul that sins shall die, but He died in our place. Why did the Lamb have to die?

A Holy God had to find a Holy way to forgive and to save we who were so fallen, so sinful, faithless, false, and yes , evil. The cross is what it took to redeem us from our sinful state!

How can a Holy God remain Holy and yet forgive sinners? In the center of heaven, in the vision of the throne room, stands the answer, A Lamb bearing the marks of slaughter.

The Lamb slain for sinners on the Altar of God! Slain from the foundation of the world.

How fitting that through apparent weakness and frailty God would show the greatest of power. The Lamb is the “weakness of God”, the very power of Divine restraint, for at anytime, he could have called ten thousand Angels to slay his enemies in an instant. But this all-powerful and all-wise Lamb, slew no one, and took nothing for himself.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.(Isaiah 53;4-5)

This is the man who steps forward to receive the book out of the hand of the glorious One on the throne.Daniel saw the same vision centuries earlier,

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened…(Daniel 7:9-10)

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.(Daniel 7:13-14)

Hallelujah, The Lamb reigns! He has prevailed to bring us to God and to open the book, and to commence the judgment! He has the scars in his body, He is the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world! Jesus is Lord!

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The Lion of Judah…Rev 4-6 pt 9

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. ( Revelation 5:6-8)

In our previous Article, John saw a book, in the hand of the Glorious One, seated on the throne. The book is held out for any person who is “worthy to take the book and open the seals therof”. Evidently the book, “written within and on the outside“, is the plan of God to reverse the curse of Sin and all of it’s effects, and to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.

There is no room on it for any more writing, for it is it is a complete and sufficient plan, no man can add to it, it is the plan of God himself. The plan anticipates a full salvation for sinners and a regeneration of the world, as well as terrible judgments on all that is evil, the overturning of the “kingdoms of this world”, and the establishing of the Kingdom of God on earth.

But there is one problem, it can only be inaugurated by a man, a human being. Who is qualified to do this? He must be a man perfectly pleasing to God in every respect, a man who has lived life as the Holy God intended our life to be lived, loving God supremely, and his fellow as much as himself.

Since it was a man, Adam, who by his disobedience plunged the whole race into condemnation,sin,and misery, God has required that a man, undo the damage. The book lies in the hand of the One on the throne unclaimed, for in all of human history, not one righteous, and worthy man could be found. John wept inconsolably because of this.

But there is no need for inconsolable weeping , for there has been found a man who is worthy, a man who has lived an entire life without sin. He is a man who has never broken faith with God, and whose every thought and action has been to please God .

He is called “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah”.

Centuries earlier, the Patriarch Jacob prophesied over each of his twelve sons, his inspired words over each of them reaching all the way to the last days. Of Judah he predicted,

Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.(Genesis 49:8-10)

Judah was to be the Royal tribe, the true Kings of Israel were to come from it. Jacob saw these kings as being like lions, zealous to execute the policies of God through the Holy Nation. He saw King David, and David’s greater Son, King Jesus! The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh comes. The Word Shiloh means, “He to whom it belongs” and was long understood by the sages to pertain to the Messiah.

When the Romans removed the right of capital punishment from the Jews in 6-7 AD, the Rabbis mourned thinking the prophecy of Jacob had failed, for the sceptre had indeed departed from Judah, where is Shiloh? Little did they know , Shiloh was at that time a Carpenter in training, out in Nazareth!

When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of them: they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth, exclaiming: ‘Woe unto us for the sceptre has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come‘” (Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin, 24)

This is why Jesus had to be crucified and not stoned , as the Jews would normally have executed one whom they regarded as a blasphemer.

Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: (John 18:31)

This is the man, who could walk up to the very throne of God and take the book out of his hand. He alone is worthy to open the seals, and to commence the final plan to free us from the curse. He knows, having lived as a human being, tempted and pressed like all of us, tested in everything but never having sinned.

This is the Lion out of Judah that Jacob saw, Shiloh, to whom the privilege belongs.

 

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The Sealed Book…Rev 4-6 pt 8

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:1-4)

Revelation chapter Five is the continuation of John’s vision of the throne room of God. We proceed from the vision of the wonderful,terrible,Holy beasts and Elders singing the Ancient and everlasting Hymn to the Sovereign Creator of all things into the setting for the New Song.

The indescribable One sitting on the throne, whom John said was “like a Jasper”(diamond), and “like a Sardine stone”, (a blood-red Ruby), holds out in His hand a book, which is covered in writing, but sealed shut.

A mighty Angel issues a loud call for any person worthy to break the seals and open the book. The search is universal, is there any man in heaven, on earth or under the earth, past present or future, living or dead who is worthy enough to open this book?

The search includes all of the great men of the past, and present the saints; the benefactors, the moral and spiritual leaders, martyrs, philanthropists, spiritual and religious leaders, and none measures up, the conclusion is the same as in Romans…”There is none righteous, no not one, there is none that doeth good…”.

And John wept, inconsolably for there was no one found who was worthy to open the book. And in those inconsolable tears lie all of the disappointment, frustration, despair, hurt, wistfulness, vanity, loss, death and spiritual pain that ever befell the race because of sin.

If this book is not opened all is lost. If this book is not unsealed, then Hell and wrath are indeed the last words for man.If this Holy and August book is left shut, man is forever estranged from God, forever and ever.

This book is of the gravest importance and the inability to find one worthy to open it would be the worst tragedy ever, as evidenced by the Apostle’s inconsolable weeping. Furthermore it must needs be opened by a man, a human being. Obviously the man must be qualified to open it, he must be worthy. What is the meaning of the sealed book?

I believe the book is the Word of the salvation and final purposes of God to undo the curse of sin, it’s damning effects and its final destruction by the Judgment of God and the commencement of the New heavens and the New Earth.

It is a complete plan, and there is nothing man can add to or take away from it, as evidenced by the fact that the writing was on all sides , and in and out of it. There is nothing left open to chance, God has provided a Righteous plan to save man, and to save the universe from the effects of man’s sin, and all is of God.

However it cannot commence without the agency of a man. A man brought sin and death into the world, therefore in God’s economy, it must be a man who brings resurrection and life , and who executes Judgment on the earth. As it is written…

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.( I Cor 15:21-22)

But what man? Who is worthy to execute God’s saving purposes? We know the answer to that question, for in Jesus, God himself became a man, putting himself under the limitations of a man. As Paul tells us, “He emptied himself and took upon himself the form of a slave…”. Hallellujah for the man of God’s right hand!

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.(Revelation 5:5)

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