Rev. 6: 1-2. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The rider of this horse, while you might think so, is not the, Lord Jesus!!! Although he comes with a bow and is given a crown, going forth conquering and to conquer. Christ had the seven sealed book and began to open the seals of the book. Now Chapter 5 makes it clear that there are many, to say the least, witnessing this event of unsealing the book. The Rapture has already happened in Rev. 4 and there are thousands and thousands around the throne. I bring up the Rapture at this point, for there are those who think two things. 1. The first 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70 Week Prophecy that last 7 years , the church will not miss this part of the Tribulation Period because it is not mentioned as “The Great tribulation”. While this part of the tribulation is not as troublesome as it becomes later when the AntiChrist makes the world with one government, The Globalist Agenda of 2030. And 2. That this first 3.5 years is not. the wrath of God! However, it is still no picnic either. Believe all the Tribulation Period is the wrath of God, all 7 years is wrath. Because this 7 year period continues to get worse and worse.
Daniel 9:27. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
All the Tribulation period is the wrath of God, first on the nation of Israel for the rejection of the trinity of God. Israel rejected the Father, as their King, when they demanded a king like the other nations. 1 Samuel 9:17. Second, they rejected the Lord Jesus, crucifing him. Mark 15:37. Third, Israel rejected the Holy Spirit when they stoned Stephen. Acts 7:55-60. Their rejection of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit merits the Tribulation Period. Israel will not go unpunished for their rejection and unbelief!
The Rapture is a “Pretribulational Event”. All of the Tribulation Period is directed at the nation of Israel and not the Church. We are saved from the wrath to come. 1 Thess. 1:10, 5:9, By the time we look at all 4 horsemen and what they do, you will see the wrath come out in this pre-recorded history of Rev. 6. And that is what the book of Revelation is, Pre-recorded history.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
A covenant of peace shall be made with Israel, allowing them to rebuild their temple and worship the most high, then comes the red horseman. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate
Rev. 6:3-4. 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.
This 2nd seal and the release of the red horseman, time wise in my reasoning is before the 3.5 mark of the tribulation. However, the antichrist is establishing his authority of the earth and the nation of Israel, allowing them to build a new Temple, allowing them to sacrifice to their God.
Rev.6:5-6. 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. Definitely, affecting the world’s economy, Like will happen with the globalist agenda of 2030. China already on their way to a cashless society, personal experience. all their money is deposited in their bank account, a person uses their cell phone to pay for every thing from taxi rides to groceries, every service you can think of.
Rev. 6: 7-8. And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.This sounds as if the peace treaty is over and the antichrist is establishing his image for people to worship. Rev. 13:16-17, And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. China is developing their cashless society now, personal experience! I have just returned from China where everything is bought and sold with the use of their cell phone. it is amazing to see how their society has so greatly adapted to it. They love it!!! It will be so easy for the Antichrist to sell his buying and selling with his mark in your head or hand!!! It is coming to America with the Apple Pay Plan!
We are so close to the Rapture of the church, that it is amazing how many believers are unaware of how close it is to happening! While we are to be watching and waiting for this glorious event to take place, I might add at this point that the watching and waiting, really means is that, we should be in 2 Cor. 5:17-21 mode of reconciling men and women unto Christ as the ambassadors we are to be! See blog on the Rapture of the Church, the Resurrection of the Saints, and The End Times, Cont’d.
These four Horses and their riders display aspects of the entire tribulation. The 7 Seals are followed by 7 Trumpets, then comes the 7 Vials, Then chapters 13 ,17, & 18 lays out the works of the Antichrist, with those having to worship him or take his mark in order to live. Just as there are 4 Gospels, John’s book of Revelation gives 4 accounts of the Tribulation.
while there is no date set in the Bible for the rapture of the church and while we know not the day or the hour, we can know the time and the seasons as Paul writes in 1 Thess. 5:1-11,
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
We are not appointed unto the wrath of God, which is what the tribulation period is the wrath of God! This a comfort for whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Therefore, whether you are an on fire Ambassador for Christ or just a pew sitting child of God, alive or dead, wake or sleep, we should live together with him. That is something to celebrate!!! It is definitely something that should give us comfort.
We ended part one with the earth in the created state with the land mass not as we see it today with 7 different continents, but created as but with one big supercontinent called Pangea, We noted that our Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Omnipresent God was dwelling in his spiritual Kingdom known as The Kingdom Of God, in dwelt with Seraphim, Cherubim, and Angels. When he had the idea of creating another Literal, Visible, and Psychical Kingdom. The Kingdom of Heaven, unlike the one he was dwelling in, The Kingdom God, a spiritual one. We know this from John, “John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.“
We know from Genesis 1 & 2 by the terms that are used, Earth is the Kingd,om of Heaven. I first must make the point clear that the two kingdoms are not the same although many bible scholars think thy are, in the Book of Matthew there are a group of passages where the two kingdoms are compared. The Book of Matthew is the only book of the bible of the canon that uses the term “Kingdom of Heaven” (KOH), and uses it 60 times alone. Yet throughout, the gospels the term “Kingdom of God” (KOG) is used 102 times, used also in the Book of Matthew included in that number. This is why it has been confusing to the scholars to use KOH & KOG interchangeably when they are two different Kingdoms. Jesus does it himself in Matthew. “Matthew 19:24-25, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” The answer to this dilemma I believe to be found in the fact that Jesus was present and King of both like he said to the pharisees when they asked him why disciples didn’t fast, Matthew 9:14-15, ‘ Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.“(Emphasis Mine)
Now let us turn to Genesis 1 & 2 and take a look at this one big supercontinent. In Genesis 1:3-8, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
These first two days light and darkness were sorted out. I’m not sure what that means for the sun, moon, stars were not created yet. The Lord God is putting the firmament together. This dividing of the waters above and below the firmament seems to me outer space seems be like an inverted fish bowl with the water is on the outside. There are 3 heavens. The atmosphere above the earth, outer space, where the sun, moon, and stars are at, and a third one where God, the Almighty hangs out. 2 Cor. 12:2, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.“
Genesis 1 : 9 – 17. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
The rest of the chapter one is about the Almighty Lord God filling the rest of Earth with all the Beautiful things of nature, along with the beauty of all wild and domestic wild life, from the grandness of the Lion, down the lowliness of the donkey. Not forgetting the beautiful nature of the fowls of the sky, Nor the greatness of marine life from the smallest to the greatest and all in between! Now the Kingdom of Heaven is finished! But not quite, it is in need of subjects and a King! And thus we read as the Triune God Finishes the beginning of his plan! Gen. 1: 26-31, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon thface of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Therefore, The Great Omnipotent, Omniscience, and Omnipresent Triune God has put into motion in six days, six 24 hour periods of time, the new Kingdom of Heaven, with King and Queen. All this happened while the subjects of the KOG watched and sang and praised the Triune God for his accomplishments , Job 38:7, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
We are informed by the the Lord Jesus, the Word, John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” That Adam, meaning mankind, was to use the Sun, and the Moon to establish time keeping, the observance of days and seasons. Gen. 1:14, ” And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Thus the birth of the Calendar! Biblical Scholars take our beginning back to 4004 BC or BCE Based on adding all dates of genealogies in chapters 5, 10, in Genesis and comparing when things happened like when kings died or when the Lord Jesus was born. But since the calendars are all screwed up the only one reliable is the farmers almanac!
The Real Deal: How the Mayan Calendar Works. By Stephanie Pappas December 19, 2012
With chatter about the Mayan apocalypse intensifying as Dec. 21 approaches, you may have seen that while the ancient Mayan calendar “ends” on that day, the Maya themselves would not have seen that as the end of the world. But how does the Mayan calendar work, anyway? It’s not as confusing as it might seem. The ancient Maya kept time in a very different way than we do today, and their hieroglyph-heavy calendar can seem daunting at first glance. But the basic principle is simply that the Maya were counting the days. “That’s somewhat different from our own calendar, which is really tied to the length of the solar year,” said Walter Witschey, an archaeologist and Maya expert at Longwood University in Virginia.
This was written in 2012, this is perhaps where A.O.C. Ocasio-Cortez: “The World Is Going To End In 12 Years If We Don’t Address Climate Change”. Of course, if the Mayan calendar is correct then AOC will not be able to run for president in November 2024 and could be the president of 2025. Should the Lord Jesus tarry his coming past May 31, 2020 the next opportunity for the Rapture of the Church will be Pentecost June 5, 2022, the middle President Trump second term, should he win the coming election. See the various blogs which speak of the rapture, resurrection, and end times!
Well. enough of that now. Back to Genesis, While not pronounced as King, Adam is told that he had dominion over everything and he and Eve were to be fruitful and replenish the Earth, (as it had been filled before? Another Blog topic). Living in the beautiful Garden of Eden, they were told not too eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which of course they did!
Moses is the author of the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, called the Pentateuch. Each of these books cover a specific time period. Moses began his authorship, as with all things Biblical with a debate as to never give God the Glory for anything!
The debate is over accuracy of the date. Incidentally, the Jewish calendar is calculated from Creation and therefore needs no BC or AD. Jewish reference to the Western, Gregorian, calendar are CE or BCE; CE standing for Common Era and Before Common Era. Every four years the western calendar has to add a day ( 29th February ) to keep the calendar in step with the Earth’s progress around the Sun. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar, with twelve lunar months of 29 or 30 days, which is about ten days short of a solar year, so seven years in every nineteen have an extra month. This ensures that the seasonal feasts keep to their correct season. Taken from Wildolive. Therefore the Jewish calendar date is 5778 but inaccurate to what the real date is! Thus all the time after the birth of Christ became known as AD and all of history before the birth of Christ was labeled BC for “before Christ. As the BBC is committed to impartiality, it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians. In line with modern practice, BCE/CE (Before Common Era/Common Era) are used as a religiously neutral alternative to BC/AD. Therefore, the calendars are not accurate and we really have no idea what day it is!!! A quote from Forrest Gump ” That’s all I’m going to say about that.”
With that being said and according to ‘The Books of the Bible, by At A Glance”, Genesis was written 1430 BC, covering the time period of 4004 BC to 1805 BC, Exodus 1400 BC, covering 1515 BC through 1400 BC, Letiviticus 1445 BC, covering time period of 1445 BC through 70 AD. The laws of Moses (Exodus 20), until shortly after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ , when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD. This a very important note of information that will come up later. Numbers written in 1400 BC, covering time period 1450 -1400 BC, Deuteronomy written 1400 BC, covering 1450-1400 BC, repeating the Mosaic Law which lasted until 70 AD as noted before.
While the date of his writings is in debate. so also is His Birth. Rabbinical Judaism calculated a lifespan of Moses corresponding to 1391 and 1271 BCE; Jerome gives 1592 BCE, and James Ussher 1571 BCE as his birth year. Moses lived 120 years and his credited with writing the “Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.” According to “At A Glance the books he wrote were
The Bible Story does not really start in Genesis “Gen. 1:1, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” It really Begins with the omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresent God, in the Kingdom of God with a Crystal Sea, which is the frozen deep, “Job 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.”, “Get. 1:2, And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Frozen water, ice like crystal, Crystal Sea, Rev. 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: The Majestic, Holy, and Righteous God is about to start a new Kingdom of Heaven, a Literal, Visible, and Psychical Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is in-dwelt with other creatures unlike ourselves who are human. They are creatures who are spiritual in nature, Angels.
So there we have it, The Kingdom of God and another kingdom, The Kingdom of Heaven! This new kingdom not yet formed was put together with spectators. The inhabitants of the “Kingdom of God”, the ones who could be there when the Almighty said “Let there be light”and there was light. Gen.1:3. Job 38:7, When the morning stars sang together,and all the sons of God shouted for joy? I pulled this verse out of context, but Read Job 38 and see how God is questioning Job about the earth!
F.Y.I. People who are “Born Again”, John 1:11-12, 3:3-7, as those sons of God who watched this Heaven and Earth being made, we as sons of God will watch the Almighty cause this Heaven and Earth pass away and a New Heaven and Earth come into existence Rev. 21:1, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.“
Genesis 1 and 2, gives us the creation story in how God in six days made this new “Kingdom of Heaven along with the first King, Adam in place. Not included in that particular story is the one on the supercontinent Pangea. Pangea is the causing of the continents is this earth’s land mass to divide into the continents we have to day
Catastrophic Plate Tectonics: the Geophysical Context of the Genesis Flood
by Dr. John Baumgardner on April 1, 2002. Answers in Genesishttp://www.answersingenesis.org/tj/v16/i1/plate_tectonics
There’s strong geological and biblical support for the idea of Pangea, an original supercontinent. It appears this land mass rapidly broke apart during the global Flood by the process of catastrophic plate tectonics (CPT). The movement of the plates also formed the ocean basins and mountains in today’s world. The New Answers Book 3, Chapter 23, Did the Continents Split Apart in the Days of Peleg? by Dr. Andrew A. Sne. lling and Bodie Hodge on July 4, 2014 Genesis 10:25, And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
Therefore if you ever wondered how the different peoples groups got to be located where they are you can realize now how it could be so. The Kingdom of Heaven was once a supercontinent and then divided after the “Flood”!!! That’s another whole blog on it’s own. YOU CAN LOOK INTO MORE OF THAT IN ANSWERS IN GENESIS
In order for the New World Order to come into effect you realize that the United States of America must be brought to it’s knees. The result of this “Coronavirus” will put this country into a recession lasting for years, making this country like s third world country. Now this virus affecting the world with a pandemic, that was put together, put in place in Wuhan, China from a plan called “Event 201”, Constructed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization, (WHO) in Wuhan, China.
The coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic, the World Health Organization declared on March 11, with more than confirmed cases of Covid-19 and more than deaths worldwide. The outbreak spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan to more than 180 countries and territories since late January—affecting every continent except Antarctica.
Now the Governor’s to stay Home, only be out for essential, Food, medications, helping the elderly. A lock down by the state Governor. Next it will be the armed forces coming to take your guns. Denying peoples rights us gone too far, this virus scare has gone to far! You might wish to Google Event 201 set up by Bill Gayes Foundation and WHO World Health Organization. This practice run of the Pandemic reveals how fear will topple this country and bring it ti it’s knees! Bill gates will come up with a way to track the virus of who is with and without the virus with a vaccine containing nano chips which the New World Order will use to it’s attvantage so you can and cannot go places or buy things or not, just a thought! The Plans of the Anti-christ is unfolding right before our eyes!
President Trump’s Presidency, assuming he is re-elected, will end in 2024. Then we shall begin to watch the USA crumble if we are still here till June 6, 2025 and the “Tribulation Period” will be approaching. There is no time of how long before the “Tribulation Period” starts after the “Church Rapture” happens that has not been determined as of yet.
So here we are in the midst of the “Coronavirus” or “Covid 19” virus. Really, not the first and will not be the last! There have been plagues since the time of Moses and will continue until Rev. 22:18, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:” Four verses before the end of the Bible. Therefore, this earth will continue to have plagues and pestilence at least another thousand years, till this heaven and earth are passed away Rev. 21:1. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.“
Go to this article and read it, but here are few snippets of what’s there, The Top 10 Health Scares Of The Decade The Medical Unit breaks down what kept you up nights the past 10 years. ByJOSEPH BROWNSTEIN<br />ABC News Medical Unit
2009 has been swine flu. While other forms of the virus typically peak in February and largely affect the elderly, this strain of the H1N1 flu virus came out of season and mostly affected younger people. Bird Flu (H5N1). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). SARS was the first novel virus to captivate the world’s attention this decade after it was identified by the World Health Organization in February 2003. Like influenza, the virus could spread through airborne particles, but it was far more deadly when it infected someone. According to the WHO, 8,096 people were infected worldwide. 774 people died. The virus receded by the end of 2003. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). MRSA is the best-known of a number of bacteria that resist many of the antibiotics used to treat them. The emergence of MRSA and other bacteria has been blamed on a combination of heavy use of antibiotics and a lack of incentives for drug companies, leaving these bacteria, as Schaffner calls it, “a real, very vital threat”. Anthrax.
Is this God Judging mankind for his sin? Well Absolutely, he is!!! Just for the abortion of babies would be enough! God is in control of all this mess even of man’s outrageous acts of sin no matter how man dresses it up!
These viruses are in the plan of the Lord and are indicators of where we are in that plan. It has been over two thousand years since the first advent. 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day“. Therefore, it has been more than 2 days, making the “Rapture of the Church” very close at hand. When you look at Hosea 6:1-4, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us:in the third day he will raise us up,and we shall live in his sight.“
THE TIME BETWEEN RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH SAINTS AND TRIBULATION SAINTS RAPTURE
The Book of Revelation gives two accounts of two “Raptures” taking place, one in Rev, 4:1-2, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
This is the “Rapture” of the apostle whom Jesus Loved, John, casted as the example 0f the Bride of Christ, the Church, Whom Jesus died for! Eph. 5:25, ” Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” This last verse is included because in the Tribulation Saints Rapture is represented by two individuals, Moses and Elijah, the two witnesses, Revelation 11:12, “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.”
144,000 of the tribes of Israel are sealed in their foreheads,12,000 from each tribe. Rev. 7:3-4, “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.”
Rev. 7:9-11, “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.” Therefore, the two witnesses represent the two bodies of jews. who are sealed and multitudes of gentiles from every nation, tribe, and tongue.
Rev. 11: 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. This 1260 days when divided by 30 turns out to be 3.5 years, which coincide with these possible dares June 5, 2022, for Pentecost the “Rapture of the Church” and Sept. 24, 2025, for the “Feast of Trumpets, the “Rapture of Tribulation Saints!
I Don’t remember how many times I’ve read that verse, but there it was right in front of my face. The time between the two Raptures, 3.5 years!
These next three verses, Rev. 3:12, 3:21, & 21:7, seem to give a summary of this topic of being an Overcomer. Rev., 3:12, seem to be referring to things concerning the Bride of Christ. A topic rarely discussed these days!
MY GOD: PILLAR OF THE TEMPLE, NAME, CITY,
REVELATION 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
This verse above is related to Rev. 21:2,” And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Thus, revealing a little more information on the Bride of Christ. This city will be a great city not only for the way she is built, but because who lives there! According to various commentators they have things all fowled up about this subject! They seem to have it all messed up with their conclusions about who is the “BRIDE OF CHRIST”. While this term, “BRIDE OF CHRIST”, is not used in the scriptures there is enough evidence to show that there is one for the Lord Jesus is to marry someone. Rev.19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb“
These next couple of sections in green are inaccurate information in what they say about who is in the “BRIDE OF CHRIST”. And yes this phrase is not used in the Bible “per se”, but the idea of a “Bride” exists when Jesus is noted as the “Bridegroom”. The Gospels have 11 verses making this apparent! Matt. 9:15, 25:1,5, 6, 10, Mark 2:19,20. Luke 5:34, 35. John 2:9, 3:29
The bride of Christ symbolically represents all those who are in the first resurrection of the dead (the spiritual church of God). This group is composed of all believers, since the time of Adam, who had the Holy Spirit within them.
What does the Bible say about the bride and the marriage …https://activechristianity.org/what-does-the-bible-say-about-the-bride-and-the…The bride is the church of Christ. The church is made up of everyone who is on the way to becoming completely free from all sin, as Jesus is. It is those who have started down the path that will lead them to divine nature. ( 2 Peter 1:4) Some people may …
Who will be in the bride of Christ?
The church is made up of everyone who is on the way to becoming completely free from all sin, as Jesus is. It is those who have started down the path that will lead them to divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) Some people may be farther along this way than others. Some people may have just begun. But everybody who walks this way is a member of the body of Christ. They are preparing themselves to be the bride of Christ. They are making themselves ready. The bride is the church of Christ.
WHO IS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST!!!
Ephesians 5:25-32, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
The Church is the “Body of Christ”, only those that are “Born Again” by “The Spirit of God” in this “Age of Grace”, “The Church Age”! This doesn’t happen in any other Age. No one in the Old Testament was “Born Again”! Christ had not died in the “OT” Therefore, the following statement is False, “This group is composed of all believers, since the time of Adam, who had the Holy Spirit within them.” The “Holy Spirit” did not permanently indwell anybody as he does today, until 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ on the birth of the Church, The Feast of Pentecost! Although King David asked the Father that he not take the Spirit from him. However, the key word here is “permanently indwell”, Psalms 51:11-12, Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
SITTING IN THE THRONE
REVELATION 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
This is a great promise for the overcomer! Once Christ finished the work his Farther sent him to do, this is what Lord Jesus did!
INHERITANCE OF ALL THINGS
REVELATION 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Verse 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.
This is where I should throw in scripture on the “Judgment Seat of Christ”, “2 Cor. 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad“. However, the description for this event is,
1 Cor. 3:11-15, For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Therefore, the question is, “How does this set verses apply to the “Overcomer”? When you find out let me know! Another blog perhaps!
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.
The Overcomer are those who “keepeth my works unto the end.” This phrase is is a “TP” phrase, found places in Gospels talking about the “TP”. Matthew 24:13, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” You know from the context that is the “TP” passage. Matthew 24:15, ” When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”. This abomination of desolation is the placement of the image of the Beast placed in the “TP” Temple for all to worship. REV. 13:15, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” How any Jew or person will endure this time will be amazing. (There will be a temple built in this “TP”, (Rev. 11:1-2), “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” The Nation of Israel will be able to make sacrifices to the Father until the Antichrist breaks the covenant with Israel three and a half years into the “TP”.
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 starAV (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!!!
Below is the definition for the word “Overcometh” from the James Strong Concordance and the verses that use that word.
g3528. νικάω nikaō; from 3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): — conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory. AV (28) – overcome 24, conquer 2, prevail 1, get the victory 1; to conquer to carry off the victory, come off victorious of Christ, victorious over all His foes of Christians, that hold fast their faith even unto death against the power of their foes, and temptations and persecution
In ancient Greek religion, Nike (/ˈnaɪki/; Ancient Greek: Νίκη, “Victory” [nǐːkɛː]) was a goddess who personified victory. Her Roman equivalent was Victoria.
THE DOCTRINAL / DISPENSATIONAL DIFFERENCE!
The Apostle John is an author, primarily a writer to the Jews, Gospel of John, 1, 2, 3, John, and Revelation, but often writes a thing that could apply to the church spiritually, We Christians often like to borrow verses and Spiritually apply them to our selves, as in I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. However, we Christians live here Romans 4:4-5, Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.Ephesians 2:6-10, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
In my thinking the books of John, are doctrinally Tribulation books, See Dispensational Truth blog. As are all the General Epistles, James — Jude, or sometimes called The Hebrew Epistles. In the verses below one can see a Faith and Works element to being Born Again, which belongs in the Tribulation Period. (Revelation 12:17, And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.). There are two elements that accompany believers in their relationship with God in the “Tribulation Period” “TP”. keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I JOHN 5: 1-5, Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
NOW OBTAINING A GRIP ON THINGS
I am thinking this would be a good time to remind all of Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Doctrinally in the “Church Age”, “The Age of Grace”, is found the doctrine of “The Church of the One Body”, “The Body of Christ:, I Cor. 12:12-13, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” And Gal. 3:26-28, ” For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.“
Also, we should speak of the great mystery of Christ loving the church and giving himself for it Ephesians 5:25-27. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The Church is known as the Bride of Christ and Christ is known as the “Bridegroom”. Writers of all four Gospels have the parables of the bridegroom as Jesus explains them, while the Apostle Paul explains this relationship of Christ and the Church! There is no relationship like this in the “Tribulation Period.”
The Bridegroom, (Jesus), will be coming for his Bride around the Feast of Weeks, which is Pentecost. Read the blogs on the Feasts of the LORD, parts 1,& 2 and study Song of Solomon 2:8-13, “The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.“
This doctrine of the church being of One Body’ is not expressed thus so in the “Tribulation Period”, “The Book of Revelation.” Their are Two Different Bodies of Saved Sinners found in that book, in chapters 7:4 and 7: 9. The first group are the 144,000 Jews, who are sealed in their foreheads, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, the Nation of Israel exclusively. They are not the Bride! The other group is said to be Revelation 7:9. 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; All Gentiles! Rev. 7:13-14. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? ( Not the Body of Christ), ( one group from the Nation uf Israel and the other group of Gentiles.) 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. Thus, the timing is set, the ending of the “Tribulation Period” as in the two witnesses in Rev. 11:12, being told to “Come up Hither”! These two separate groups of saved sinners, Jews and Gentiles, being taken out the tribulation though martyrdom and enduring unto the end on the day of the Feast of Trumpets to meet the Bride of Christ at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the Bridegroom!
Those called to the Marriage Supper are these two groups, the Nation of Israel and those Gentiles who endured unto the end and not taking the Mark of the Beast. In Lining up the last paragraphs can be associated with the phrase “Come Up Hither”, Revelation 4:1-2 with the Apostle John as the representative of the”Rapture of the Church”, and Revelation 11:12 with the 2 witnesses, Moses and Elijah representatives of the two groups the “Tribulation Saints”. In Revelation the word church is not mentioned after chapter 3 and is only referred to again in chapter 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife,(the Church), hath made herself ready.” Revelation 2 and 3 record John’s writing to 7 literal Churches of Asia Minor in the First Century. Most scholars agree, (todays Turkey), these 7 Churches are to represent the “Church Age” being raptured before the “Tribulation Period”!
We will stop here and pick this up again in Part Two!