Picking up where we left off in Part One, we were talking about the two “Raptures” found in the “Book of Revelation”, Rev. 4:1-2, and Rev. 11:12.
The following verses in Revelation 2 & 3 have unique circumstances concerning Doctrinal/Dispensational Differences! While the Apostle John wrote to 7 local 1st century, “Church Age”, churches, they have several phrases that have nothing to with “Church Age” Saints and phrases to “Tribulation Saints”, then some that apply to all Saints. We will discover in the next 8 verses the Doctrinal/Dispensational Differences in how things are presented! For the sake of saving time I will refer to saints as “Church Age as “CA”, “Tribulation Period” as “TP”, and “Old Testament” as “OT”. You realize we are dealing with saints from 3 Dispensations in the New Testament, “OT”, “CA”, and “TP”. The New Testament is divided up that way also! The 4 Gospels resides in the “OT”, up the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ, the 13 books of Paul, Romans thru Philemon reside in the”CA”, and what are called the Hebrew Epistles, James thru Jude reside in “TP”. The Books of Acts and Hebrews are books that transport the reader from one Dispensation to another. The Book of Acts transports the reader from salvation by Works of the Law (“OT”) to Salvation by Faith only (“CA”), and Hebrews transports the reader from Salvation by Faith, (“CA”) to salvation by Faith and Works, in the “TP”.
THE 4 VIEWS OF CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS
BOOK OF MATTHEW – CHRIST THE KING
BOOK OF MARK – CHRIST THE SERVANT
BOOK OF LUKE – CHRIST THE SON OF MAN
BOOK OF JOHN – CHRIST THE SON OF GOD
REVELATION – 4 VIEWS OF THE TRIBULATION
7 SEALS, CHAP 6-8:1,
7 TRUMPETS, CHAP 8-11,
7 VIALS, CHAP 16-18,
There is more in Revelation than just these 4 items to deal with. In and out of these chapters all kind of things happen and things to consider to rightly divide the word of truth! As we move on having pointed out earlier how the end books are Doctrinally “TP”, the Book of Revelation is the capstone of the “TP”! The book is primarily written from John’s perspective of the “TP” being his Present. Revelation 1:10, 19, I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, verse 19 ” Write the things which thou hast seen, (past) and the things which are,(present) and the things which shall be hereafter;” (Future). (Words in ( ) my addition). The thing to determine is when is the Lord’s day? Some call it “Sunday”, others call it, “the day of the Lord”. That phrase is used 20 times in the OT from Isaiah to Malachi and 5 times in the NT. Therefore, the Lord’s day is most likely “the day of the Lord”. Therefore, John in the Spirit was transported in time from the 1st Century to beyond where his present day is the end of the “TP”. Revelation is divided thus, Chapters 1-3 “CA”, things which thou hast seen, past, Chapters 4-19, “TP”, the things which are,(present), Chapters 20-22 the Millennial Kingdom-New Heaven-Earth, “MK” the things which shall be hereafter;” (Future).
THE TRIBULATION PERIOD CHURCH
I have named this section “THE TRIBULATION PERIOD CHURCH” because there seems to be some double application going on here. These 7 Churches I have said are marked as the “CA”, but when you look at what is said about them becomes “TP” doctrine. So here we go!
REVELATION 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Now this verse is a promise to him that overcometh will be given access to eat of this tree. Several questions pop up. Who needs to eat of it and why? For starters. People of the “CA” certainly do not! Doctrinally in the “CA”, those who are “Born Again” have “Eternal Life” now. 1John 5:11-12, And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. John 3:36, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. This is “CA” Doctrine. The “Tree of Life” has nothing to with their “Eternal Life”, but it must for some saints? I’m thinking it’s for Saints whose body requires eating of the tree to have life in order to keep living in flesh and blood bodies. Those Saints who come through the “TP”, “martyred or enduring unto the end”, Terms from the book of Matthew, and the “Millennial Kingdom ” “MK”. whose salvation is based on works and not grace through faith. Rev. 22:2, “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.“
Now this is something, I just quoted two verses from John’s writings, from before and after the “CA”, one from the Gospels and one from 1 John, This is “CA” Doctrine in he middle of “TP” books. Now this is from the disciple whom Jesus loved doing this. However, we know from the apostle Paul, 2 Tim. 3:16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Although, we have this situation of having “CA” verses in “TP” books we must realize we cannot put a saved Jew of the “CA” into the “Body of Christ” when this body has been Raptured. The Double Application” is apparent. John is writing to seven 1st Century Churches, with a Spiritual application to the “CA”, revealing it’s history and Rapture, at the same time fulfilling God’s request, noting there will two bodies of Tribulation churches, one of the Nation of Israel and one purely Gentile, REV. 7:4, 7:9. This is where I should quote 2 Tim.2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Therefore, there’ll be two types of “TP” Churches! We will get back to the “Tree of Life.”
THE SECOND DEATH
REVELATION 2:11. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
This topic of the “Second Death” is found at the end of the “Millennial Kingdom ” in three verses in Rev. 20:6, 14, and 21:8 respectively. “Rev. 20:6, Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Rev. 20:14, And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev. 21:8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Those three verses have “Pros and Cons” about the “Second Death”. Saints having part in the “1st Resurrection” cannot be hurt of the “Second Death”, meaning they will not be cast into the “Lake of Fire”. See Comments in The Resurrection of the Saints.blog. The “1st Resurrection” is a resurrection of saints in three parts, of “OT” saints in “Matthew 27: 50-53, Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” After the resurrection of Jesus saints were resurrected and went into the city. The scripture does not say what happened to them afterwards! The second set of resurrected saints are those who are in the “Body of Christ” that are “Raptured”. “1 Cor. 15:51-54, Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” The third group are the “TP”, who are caught up with the Two Witnesses. “Rev. 11:11-12. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them”.
Another “Pro” for the Overcomer is that they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. In the “Millennial Kingdom” the “Overcomer” will in that day rule the nations with the King of Kings. At the end of the “Millennial Kingdom” at the “Great White Throne of Judgement” “Death and Hell” are cast into the “Lake of Fire”, where all Resurrected Unsaved Sinners are cast when they are judged!
HIDDEN MANNA, WHITE STONE, NEW NAME
REVELATION 2:17. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Manna, what is it? If you remember, while wondering in the wilderness the Nation of Israel were given manna to eat by the Lord. Strong defines it as so, g3131. μάννα manna; of Hebrew origin (h4478); manna (i.e. man), an edible gum: — manna. John 8:31-37, Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. However, we are dealing with “Hidden Manna” defined by Strong as g2928. κρύπτω kryptō; a primary verb; to conceal (properly, by covering): — hide (self), keep secret, secret(-ly). One may suspect that since Jesus is “The Bread of Life” and that the “Gospel of Salvation” in the “CA” is salvation by Grace through Faith was hid, that is a kept secret since the foundation of the world. “Romans 16:23-26, Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” One might think that the Gospel of the LORD JESUS is that Hidden Mystery / Manna now revealed according to the above verse. Read it again! The eating of this bread of life. hidden manna, now made manifest, is made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: In the “CA” we are reminded of this when we take communion!
A White Stone, Traditionally, applies to a judgement of the innocent, where a Black Stone, applies a judgment of guilty or condemnation by their Judge. When Christ gives to the overcomer a white stone announcing him an absolution and innocence to whom he gives it. Noting the Overcomer is absolved and innocent of all their crimes/sins
In case of a New Name, Daniel, in his book, tells how he and others were given new names by the King of Babylon, Dan. 1:6-7, “Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.” As Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, conquered the Nation of Israel and took captives back to Babylon, Therefore, as the King of kings conquers Satan’s kingdom and removes those Satan rules over and gives them a new name, that only God and he knows, revealing the intimacy of love the Father has for all His Overcomer’s!
POWER OVER THE NATIONS
REVELATION 2:26. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.
Now speaking of the “Morning Stars”, they are creatures revealed to in JOB 38:7, When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”, This is at the creation of “Earth, “The Kingdom of heaven”. (See Blog on the Kingdom of God VS Kingdom of Heaven.). Do you realize that at the creation of a new heaven and new earth, we as “sons of God” will be there when God, as those “sons of God” in Job watched God create this heaven and earth! We as “sons of God” and we are. John 1:12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: will watch God make the New Heaven and New Earth after the Millennial Kingdom and Great White Throne of Judgment!
2 Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
The context of this passage seems to that of the “Word of God”! If so, one associated with this is a light bearer according to Strong’s concordance. g5459. φωσφόρος phōsphoros; from 5457 and 5342; light-bearing (“phosphorus”), i.e. (specially), the morning-star (figuratively): day star AV (1) – day star 1; light bringing, giving light the planet Venus, the morning star, day star
We as Light Bearers, we are more like the moon in relation to the Sun, We are created/Born Again in the image of Christ Jesus. For when we are translated, we will be like him, 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Meaning Jesus will shine and we will reflect is his Glory as his Bride, as the moon reflects the light of the Sun for all to behold! Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star, “Rev. 22:16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.“
There are three other verses in Revelation that require further study before moving on, Verses Rev. 3:12, 3:21, 21:7. See you in Part Three!!!