Who Are These? …Revelation 4-7 pt 22

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.(Revelation 7:13-17)

Throngs of blissful worshippers, stand before the throne in heaven, in John’s vision. They are clothed in white for their work and struggle are over, it is now time for the celebration of the never-ending feast of Sukkot, (Tabernacles), for now finally and fully God does indeed dwell with men. They wave palm branches for they have gotten the victory over the world, the flesh and the Devil. None of them worshipped the Beast.

These people come from everywhere and every time. They no longer sing the line from Psalm 118, “Save us OH God we beseech thee!”. They now sing “Salvation belongs to God, and to the Lamb”, giving glory to the One who by now has made their salvation a completed fact. It is over, now they have entered into the joy prepared by the Father,for in Him and the LAmb they have triumphed forever!

One of the Holy and august elders approached John in the vision, and asked him “Who are these? And Where do they come from?”. John rightly deffered to the elder, saying “You know who they are”.The answer is two-fold;

* These are they who came out of great Tribulation- There is not a mere spectator in the crowd. All who stood there in bliss before the throne, had to pass through some degree of “Thlipsis”, pressure, rejection, persecution,trouble, and hatred in their pilgrimage through this sin darkened world. Paul told us in the epistle to Timothy, “All who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”.

No one gets to heaven without considerable dents in their armor, and various degrees of cuts, scrapes and gashes, in short battle wounds to correspond to the wounds of the LAmb whom they have followed. Some sealed their testimony in their own blood, forfeiting life rather than denying their LORD> Others like Peter, did deny their LORD, endured long agonizing nights of torment, hearing over and over again the cock crow, but were restored and given another chance to witness to Him.

Some knew the agony of betrayal by loved ones, and even the treachery of betrayal by professing Christians. A good many felt forgotten by their bretheren, cut off, out of sight snd mind through their torment, comforted only by their Saviour.

But all of that is behind them now, and God has wiped the tears from their eyes. Here they stand in Bliss.

* They have washed their robes White in the blood of the Lamb- All of these were given the white robe of Salvation, while yet in this filthy, sin stained world. Their task? Maintain that pure whiteness. How? Isn’t it inevitable to be stained, spattered and muddied whilst we still tread these earthly streets with their open moral sewers streaming along every single by-way?

But these continually resorted to the promises of First John, such as “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, and “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of JEsus cleanses us from each and every sin”(I john 1)

Some who started out, were overwhelmed by the task, of maintaining the purity of the robe, they thought it impossible and were willing to just let it go. In some cases they listened to false prophets who told them that sin doesn’t hinder our relationship with God(I John 3:8-).

But these kept constant accounts, staying close to God and hating sin. The regularly submitted themselves to the Divine laundering, applying the death of “the one who loved them and washed tem from their sins in His own blood”(Rev 1:5).

Now they dwell with God himself, and all of the deepest yearnings and hungers of their heart are satisfied. They knew that the world couldn’t meet the true needs of their hearts, so they waited for Him, the good Shepherd. The Shepherd comforts them, shades them, feeds them, He wipes the tears from their eyes! Amazing! Hallelujah!

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The Ultimate Feast Of Tabernacles…Rev 4-7 pt 21

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.( Revelation 7:9-12)

John’s vision progresses from the 144,000, to an innumerable company standing before the throne of God and of the Lamb. Someone once asked Jesus if there would be only a few saved. His answer at that time to the one who asked was, to “agonize to make sure that You yourself enter into the Kingdom”.

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.(Luke 13:23-24)

But in this vision there is a much more satisfying answer to the question. A vast multitude from every walk of life, every class or station, every tribe or tongue, from all times and epochs, stand before the throne of the Lamb in bliss.

* They wear white robes- In the ancient world, most people possessed very few articles of clothing;they had work clothes and a special festal garment, kept clean and neat for special occasions. The word here is ‘stola’, festival clothing.

The work is over for the ones standing before the lamb in this vision. It is time to celebrate the last and ultimate great feast, the feast of tabernacles. All of the anxious toil is over, the crops are in, it is time to relax and celebrate the blessing of the Lord.

White is the color of victory, these have overcome the world, the Devil and themselves. They did not worship the beast, they remained faithful and true to the Lamb of God!

* They bear Palm branches- The holy feasts of Israel serve as an eschatological calendar. The spring feasts of Passover, unleavened bread and first fruits, have already been fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus and His conquest over sin and the grave. So also has the summer feast been fulfilled, Pentecost.

The fall feasts remain.Israel has an appointment to keep with God. The feasts of Trumpets, day of atonement and Tabernacles foretell the soon future. Trumpets sound to call Israel back to the Land that God gave Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The modern Exodus is underway, so that the dark night of repentance and soul-searching can commence, “The time of Jacob’s trouble”, a modern-day of atonement for a people who mostly rejected the true atonement of the Divinely appointed scapegoat, Jesus.

After the dark night, when all Israel is saved, and the redeemed are gathered before the Lamb, comes the greatest feast, the feast of tabernacles. God dwelt with Israel in the wilderness, thus tabernacles are built of Palm, citron and other greenery. God tabernacled with man in Jesus, when the “Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”.

And in the end, God shall dwell with men! So they stand holding palm branches of victory and celebration.They sing a revised tabernacle hymn. Through the long centuries the worshippers would sing Psalm 118 on the feast day, part of which is a heartfelt plea for salvation from God.

Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.(Psalm 118:25)

But in heaven the salvation is a completed fact, so the redeemed sing a new song, celebrating the sheer wisdom, love, mercy , kindness and sovereign power of the One who sent His Son to redeem them,

“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever!”

The Angels are utterly awestruck. The holy Angels have witnessed the ruin of sin and the degradation of God’s creation, man, and must have wondered how anything good could come of ruined, idolatrous, stained and degraded race.

But here they stand in the millions, their vain wondering is over. Once blind and hopelessly lost, but now worshipping and praising the Creator/Redeemer God, and adoring the Lamb, he who stooped so low to redeem them.

Even for Angels and Holy elders and Cherubim, it is too much to comprehend!

So they all fall on their faces together, before the Lamb and His Father, and utter forth praises and exaltation, laud, honor and glory.

This is the near future of all who love Him and have recieved His love.

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The Number And The Names…Rev 4-7 pt 20

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. (Revelation 7:4-8)

In John’s vision, One Hundred Forty Four thousand sons of Israel are sealed with the seal of God, immediately before the judgment of God is loosed upon the earth. Twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel are redeemed and sanctified unto God as a kind of first fruits, showing God’s intention to save all of Israel in one day.

Why 144,000? Twelve is the number of the people of God. There are twelve sons of Israel and twelve apostles of the Lamb. Twelve times twelve times a thousand , symbolizes all of the people of God.

There will literally be 144,000 sons of Israel; sealed unto God as evangelists,and so consecrated and separated unto the Divine task, which is the salvation of Israel. T Revelation 14 tells us that they are virgins, for they will all willingly forgo legitimate sexuality(marriage) in an age of fornication, in order to entirely devote themselves to follow the Lamb.

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.(Revelation 14:3-5)

For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.(Matthew 19:12)

God has not forsaken his people, He has promised to save the estranged nation in the last of days,

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.(Romans 11:26-27)

The redemption of these first fruits, the one hundred and forty-four thousand is the signal act that commences the salvation of all of Israel. It is the sign also that the ‘fulness of the Gentiles has come in and the time of Redemption for Israel has arrived.

The names are of significance also. Bible readers soon notice that the names are not in the chronological order as in other places, Judah is first, and not Reuben. Dan isn’t on the list. Joseph is there instead of Ephraim, to go along with Mannaseh.

What could this mean?

The vision will lead to an innumerable multitude of men from every tongue and tribe of men, standing before the throne of God with palm branches and great joy, singing the song of redemption. Not just the 144,000 sons of Israel, but uncountable multitudes from every people group on earth are saved!

I believe the names of the tribes as listed in Revelation 7 are re arranged to make a theological point about the general testimony of every son of Adam who has been saved unto God, through the testimony and blood of the Jewish Messiah, and having been prepared by the foundation of Jewish apostles and prophets.

Like the gates and foundations of the Holy City to come, the names of these sons of Israel are somehow imprinted on our hearts and experience. Consider the names in their order,

1. Judah “This time I will praise the LORD.”

2. Reuben “… the LORD has seen my affliction…”

3. Gad “How fortunate!”

4. Asher “Happy am I! ”

5. Naphtali “I have wrestled , and I have indeed prevailed.”

6. Manasseh “God has made me forget all my trouble”

7. Simeon “Because the LORD has heard…”

8. Levi ” attached to me, ”

9. Issachar “God has given me my wages ”

10. Zebulun “God has endowed me with a good gift;

11. Joseph -“God has added…”

12. Benjamin “The son of my right hand.”

What is the singular testimony of all of the children of men, who have been called out of the sin and darkness of the world into the city which is above?

“I will praise God, He has seen my affliction, How fortunate and happy am I! All of my wrestling, he has made me to forget, and He has heard me and joined me to himself. God has paid me my wages, he has given a good gift to me, And God has added to all of this, the Son of his own right hand!”

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The Mark Of The Lamb…Rev 4-7 pt 20

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.(Rvelation 7:1-4)

John had a vision of the marking of the servants of God, an event which should occur before the great tribulation.

He saw four Angels, standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth from blowing on the earth, sea or the trees.

The earth can be understood as literal, but it is also a prophetic metaphor for Israel, “The meek shall inherit the earth…”.

The seas also can be literal but they are a metaphor for the Gentile people.

But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.(Isaiah 57:20-21)

Why do the heathen rage? And the people imagine a vain thing?(Psalm 2:1)

The trees represent the individual nations;

“Learn the parable of the fig tree and of all the trees…”(Luke 21:29)

Before the Gentiles, Jews and Nations are to be subject to the wrath of God revealed in the Tribulation, John saw that there would be an Angelic sealing, a marking of all of those true servants of God. to separate them from the wrath coming, and to assure that all of God’s people would be marked with the seal of God’s ownership.

We saw something similar in the prophecies of Ezekiel, in the last days of Judah.

He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.(Ezekiel 9:1-4)

Immediately before the destruction of the temple and of the nation of Judah God sent Angels to put his seal on his own remnant.

Who are the remnant? They are marked by the fact that they never could make peace with the apostasy and immorality which flourished around them, They continually cried and sighed over the abominations which had become commonplace in Judah. These believers couldn’t compromise, they rejected the false doctrines, the immoral practices, the idolatrous worship that virtually all of those around them had succumbed to. This exposed them to hatred, rejection and false accusation, but they “cried and sighed” to God over it all.

What is the ‘Mark of God? If there is a “Mark of the Beast” which signifies the ownership of Satan, there is certainly a “mark of the Lamb”.

Long before there will be a tatoo, or a rice sized implant. or whatever the Beast will demand for the sign of ownership, there will be a sizable constituency which has already been programmed to think like the beast (the head), and the act in accordance with the customs of the beast(the hand). The final manifestation ony points to the inner reality.

Even so the Mark of the Lamb signifies those who think and act as the Lamb would act.THe New Testament tells us that the Lord has set a seal of ownership upon those who are truly His own.

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.(2 Timothy 2:19)

Before the outpouring of the coming wrath, the plagues, vials and trumpets of Divine judgement visit the earth, The Lord wants us to know that everyone, who belongs to Him is known and bears a seal of ownership. The Christ rejecting world doesn’t know us, nor does the gawdy harlot church, but Jesus and the Father know full well those who love him and have entrusted their lives to Him.

When the angels release the winds, the spirit of judgment shall be loosed to hurt the nations, Gentile and Jew, but the servants of God are marked, sealed and will be preserved for Him whatever may come. They have met the lmb and they bear his charachteristics in theor soul, mind, hands and feet. Thus they are delivered from the pressure to worship the Beast.

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Societal Collapse…Revelation 4-7 pt 19

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6: 15-17)

When Jesus opens the seals of the book given him by the Father, tremendous forces are unleashed upon the earth. All these things actually forward the plan of God to bring about a new heaven and a new earth. The convulsions are painful and awful, but as in a birth, they work together to bring forth something beautiful.

The sixth seal is given the greatest detail so far. The earth underneath is wracked with spasms, everything that can be shaken is shaken! The sky above, usually so warming, and reassuring, churns with ominous portents; stars drop, Sunlight is dimmed, and the moon warns of blood wrath.

Sadly, the sky itself, that usually testifies to the lowliest and most troubled earth dweller, that there is indeed a God of glory and another, far better place, is rolled up as a scroll, and put away. No need for that anymore, the time of witness ends, and final judgment commences.

Thus everything above us and everything below us will violently testify to the wrath of the Holy God on that day. The collapse of everything once thought sure and fixed will have an interesting effect, among us in terms of society . At the last day all people are leveled. The great, the powerful, the celebrated, the bold and daring, the irreverent, the productive, the obscure, the some bodies and the nobodies all finally arrive at the place of common ground that Utopians and collectivists always hoped for.

The leveling and unifying factor among the great and the small of men, will be the stark realization that contrary to their wishful thinking and proud boasting, there really is a God to whom we have to answer. Furthermore they will see suddenly that “Man isn’t really the measure of all things”, and that “Truth is absolute”, not relative, as their philosophers have assured them. Atheism is revealed as an impossible contradiction.

The “great men of the earth” knew it all along, but successfully suppressed the truth about God, not allowing themselves to think about Him, snuffing out the pangs of conscience, refusing even so much as any public acknowledgment of the Christian God. They were going to build a “brave New World” without God. It was going to be more compassionate than the outdated, barbaric religious world they had “evolved out of”. They long before had thrown off the shackles of the old superstition.

By the time of the sixth seal, they now know the truth, and can no longer deny it. The message of the judgments endured by those who dwell on the earth came through. The God of the Bible is a real person and the Kings of the earth have been resisting and defying Him. But rather than turning in repentance and worship as the second Psalm pleads with them to do,the great men of the earth lead an open revolt.

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.(Revelation 9:20-21)

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.(Revelation 16:10-11)

They get to the point where they wish they could just melt away, to dissolve, or to be covered by rocks and stones ! They want to hide from that which they fear the most, for there is an aspect about the last encounter with the God they have rebelled against that is positively unbearable to these men.

What I refer to is the fact that it is the wrath of the Lamb, being expressed, not the wrath of an angry, vengeful God of hateful fury. This the wrath of one who actually loved them, appealed to them, bore scars in his hands and feet to save them, bled and died for them, and paid the price for their reconciliation!

This is the unbearable part that makes these proud men rather wish they would be crushed in an avalanche than have to face. The Holy wrath of spurned love, self-sacrifice, vicarious shame and suffering, is what these sinners fear and loathe perhaps the most of all. To look upon the face of the One who willingly died for them, will be worse to them than hell itself.

And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?(Isaiah 2:17-22)

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Shaking the Heavens Also…Revelation 6

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And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.(Revelation 6:12-14)

The opening of the sixth seal has the most detailed description, for it involves the shaking of both the heavens and the earth. Nothing is stable by this time, not the ground under your feet nor even the very stars in the sky, everything fixed is gone, except the Word of God.

But there is a parallel reality in this judgment. There are coming celestial signs indeed, but they are…

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The Great Upheaval…Revelation 4-7 pt 17

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:11-17)

The opening of the sixth seal seems to take us to very the last days of this present passing age. I do not believe Revelation is written with strict chronology in mind, instead it seems that we are shown the events leading up to and including the full Revelation of Jesus Christ to the unbelieving and God rejecting world, from various vantage points.

First of all, at the opening of this seal there is a shattering earthquake. Could this be the same earthquake described in Revelation 16? I think so because in both, the mountains and Islands move out of their places.

And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.(Revelation 16:18-20)

Everything solid underfoot is shaken, literally the ground underneath God resisting man is shaken because the time of shaking and upheaval is at hand. No longer can man count on anything, independently of God. Isaiah saw this also, when he described the last day,

The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.(Isaiah 24:19-20)

Why not? Why wouldn’t the earth move and shake underneath the “inhabitants of the earth”? Isaiah gives us the indictment,

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.(Isaiah 24:5-6)

The laws that they have transgressed are the universal laws binding upon all men, not just Jews and Christians. They have “Changed the ordinance” and “broken the everlasting covenant“. The human rebellion against the infinite personal God of the Bible is so profound, even the earth is sensitive to it, and convulses.

The “everlasting covenant” could refer to the primal ordinances that God instituted to undergird the human race, even after the fall. Consider just what God ordained in the first eleven chapters of Genesis,

* Creation as separate from Creator- the Creator/ Creation distinction. (Geneis 1-3)

* Seed bearing after its own kind. (Genesis 2)

*Man and Woman made in the Image of God-(Genesis 1 and 2)

* Marriage between one man and one woman-(Genesis 2)

* The Sexual roles of man and woman-(Genesis 2)

* Be fruitful and multiply- procreation as a blessing, the sanctity of life.(Genesis 2)

* Subdue the earth- dress and keep it, cultivate and make it fruitful.(Genesis 2)

* Man as Lord over the animals. (Genesis 2)

* The necessity of blood sacrifice in religious worship.(Genesis 3 and 4)

* The death penalty for murder-(Genesis 8)

* Permission to eat meat-(Genesis 8)

* The assurance of four seasons-(Genesis 8)

* The separation of the different nation states that they might “Seek God”.(Genesis 10)

These are just a sampling of that which God instituted in the very beginning and formative years of human history. But note how humanistic man in his pride and rebellion, systematically repudiates each one of these!

We live in a topsy-turvy world of inverse values, because of the over all rejection of God. Now modern man has no problem with abortion of human beings in the womb, for man is now seen as his own creator and definer of values.

The beautiful and complimentary Male/Female roles are rejected and twisted into obscene and tortured caricatures of humanity. Marriage, the exalted prophecy of Christ and His Church has been blasphemed, for sodomites hate marriage, thus they clamor for it.

The “Babel effect” has almost completely been reversed by technology and the world is becoming globalised, now nothing they could imagine is out of reach, unless the most high intervene once again as He did in olden times. Even concepts such as seed bearing after it’s own kind, have been tampered with in Genetically modified seed! Four seasons? Not according to the Global warming crowd!

Point by point everyone of these ordinances have been renounced, “Be fruitful and multiply…” …but man says there are too many people to sustain on the earth. “Whoever sheds man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed”…but modern man says that this is too barbaric,(although he has no problem with abortion). A religion of vicarious substitution? No, a new humanistic religion of good works and ecumenism.

It’s no wonder then that God is going to shake the earth. The only wonder is that He has graciously waited so long to do it. Therefore those not saved should take heed to the apostle who gave us the book of Hebrews, who warns us that the One who shook a mountain on Sinai is about to shale the whole earth,

Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.(Hebrews 12:26-29)

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