Revelation Chapter Nine

♦ The messenger in Sardis sounds his trumpet:

9:1 And the fifth messenger sounded, and I saw a Star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

The Star that came down was not the messenger of Sardis; it was the Anointed SAVIOR, the Holy Spirit. He came to the lowest of humanity to bring them out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of truth. (See Psa. 139:8, Eph. 4:7-10 and 2 Pet. 1:16-19.)

This Star appears to have fallen from an exalted position. But, this word “fall” means to perch on something rather than falling from a position. This Star was the SAVIOR with the key to the bottomless pit. In the first part of Revelation, we learned that he had the keys to hell and death. Isaiah (22:22) prophesied that the key of David would be upon the shoulders of the SAVIOR. In Revelation 3:7, the key of David is the same key that the SAVIOR had. This key was to open the bottomless pit that no man could shut. According to

Revelation 20:1-2, he who had the key to the bottomless pit also had power over the serpent (devil, adversary).

It has been said that both the SAVIOR and satan have keys to the bottomless pit. If this was true, it would be impossible to restrain satan (Rev. 20:3), he could just unlock the pit and come right back out again. This bottomless pit symbolized the carnal realm, a realm void of truth. It did not have a physical location except in the minds of the people. This realm is where corruption has no limits. The church in Sardis was dead but gave the appearance of being alive, that is, they gave the appearance of being holy. They were into humanism; their values were based on their human nature rather than on the principles and power of the Kingdom of Righteousness. Their desire to satisfy the lust of their flesh warred against the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was going to come upon them and reveal their unrighteousness.

9:2 And he (the SAVIOR) opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

The smoke that came out of the pit was created by their carnal concepts. The smoke was said to have darkened the sun and the air. The sun symbolized the communication of Yahweh through signs and through the Word of Truth, which the church of Sardis was obscuring by living according to the understanding of their carnal minds. The air that was polluted by the smoke symbolized their concepts and shared experiences. In his ministry, Paul used metaphoric language when he spoke of their carnal concepts.

Eph. 2:2-3. Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this age (world), according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Notice that Paul used the word conversation and connected it to the air. The church in Sardis was very influential in their carnal ideas, but there were a few that were hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit that did not walk according to carnal reasonings.

The SAVIOR, the Anointed Word through the messenger of Sardis, came and opened the bottomless pit; the Anointed Word (truth) revealed the false doctrines and beliefs without foundation. Out of these false doctrines rose a cloud of confusion that prevented the people from seeing the True Light of the Melchisedec order.

When the SAVIOR brought in the new order, it brought judgment forcing the people to see truth and take responsibility for their own actions. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, revealed the heart of man; he opened the pit.

9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Carnal leaders (symbolized as the locusts) came with their confusion (smoke) and were given positions of honor, contaminating (as the poison of a scorpion) the minds of the babes in Christ.

These leaders ministered according to their own carnal understanding. They were from out of the earth (earthen vessels), not from the exalted realm of the FATHER.

1 Cor. 15:47, “The first man is of the earth.” The Word is sown in the earth (Mark 4:3-20).
Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart (thoughts and feelings) brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart (thoughts and feelings) brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart (thoughts and feelings) his mouth speaks.”

Without the SAVIOR, the Anointed Word of the Holy Spirit, the messenger of Sardis could not bring his church into deeper truths he would have been no different than those carnal leaders that refused to let go of the dead Levitical order.

9:4 And it was commanded them (the locust, the carnal leaders) that they should not do wrong (hurt) to the garden (grass) of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal (of the Holy Spirit) of Yahweh in their foreheads (their minds).

These carnal leaders were commanded not to hurt the garden of Yahweh. The garden of Yahweh is the place where he plants his seeds of truth in their minds. At this time there were only a few who had fertile ground for the seed of the Holy Spirit to take root and grow. See the SAVIOR’s parable in Luke 8:5-8.

These carnal leaders were, also, commanded to not hurt the trees. Remember, the trees represent Yahweh’s spiritual leaders (see chapter 7).

Even though they were being an offence in the Church, the locusts could not prevent the Anointed Word from being manifested in the earth. As the Holy Spirit dealt with the churches, he exposed their motives and the condition of their minds. He revealed to them how carnal concepts create havoc in their lives. They could not receive deliverance until they realized they had something to be delivered from. Removing the cover off the pit, the depths of who they were, exposed their unrighteousness.

9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but (that they) should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.

Carnal leaders and Spirit-filled leaders were going to function in the church together for five months. This would allow time for comparison, for judgment. The number five is used to represent the time of grace. Yahweh gave the church in Sardis five months to see and correct the errors of their ways. Just as a scorpion injects poison into their victims, so was the influence of the carnal leaders in the church in Sardis; they poisoned those they influenced by their false doctrines. Those influenced by false teachings would be either tormented by shame and guilt for their error, or they would rebel and fight against the Spirit of Righteousness.

9:6 And in those days shall men plot (seek) death, and shall not perceive (find) it; and shall long after (desire) death (to die), and death shall shun (flee) off (from) them.

According to the King James’ version of the Bible and many other versions, this verse appears to be saying that there was a time when people could not die; they wanted to die but it was impossible to do so. I researched this scripture in great length to learn what John was to tell the messenger in Sardis. After looking up every Greek word, its number, and meaning, this is how 9:6 should have been written:

“In those days men plot their death but not perceive it (in their ignorance they did not recognize what they were doing), both, desiring death (evil) and (at the same time wanting) to shun death off themselves (not wanting the “consequences” of evil upon them).”

The Wisdom of Solomon 1:12-16, from the Apocrypha, says it better.

Seek not death in the error of your life: and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands. For Yahweh made not death: neither has he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For he created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth: For righteousness is immortal: But ungodly men with their works and words called it to them: for when they thought to have it their friend, they consumed to naught, and made a covenant with it, because they are worthy to take part with it.

Many people desire the ways of the world, but they do not like to reap the fruit of what they have sown. They call for death by giving into the lust of the flesh and at the same time, they do not like the consequences—they want death off them. The church in Sardis was the same way; they walked after the lust of their flesh but desired the comfort of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Gal. 6:7-8, Be not deceived; Yahweh is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life age lasting (everlasting).

Gal. 5:16-17, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.
Rom. 8:4-7, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is opposition (enmity) against Yahweh: for it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, neither indeed can be.

The messenger in Sardis was not bringing his congregation into righteousness and holiness. To “mind” the things of the flesh is to entertain negative ideas, to have feelings for the works of the flesh or to have the same interest as the lower nature of mankind. Being exposed was not going to be pleasant for them, but it had to be done before they would desire righteousness. This is why the angel said, “Woe,” which means “grief.”

9:7 And the shapes of the locusts (carnal forces) were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were laurels (crowns) similar to (like) gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

The locusts, shaped like horses, were preparing their emotions to win the battle. The carnal leaders in the church in Sardis were emotionally prepared to battle against the Spirit of Righteousness. To win this battle against the false leaders, the believers had to put on the armor of Yahweh. (See Ephesians 6:11-18.) According to Paul, they had a choice to yield to righteousness or unrighteousness, but whichever they chose would be their captain—Yahweh unto righteousness or the lust of the flesh unto sin.

Rom. 6:12-13, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Yahweh, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Yahweh.

The golden laurels were worn to symbolize that a battle had been fought and the person wearing the laurel was the victor. Here we see these laurels were only “similar” to gold. In Revelation 4:4, when speaking of the twenty four elders having gold laurels, it was stated, “They had on their heads laurels of gold,” it did not say, “similar to gold.” To say it is similar, is to say it is an imitation; I call it fool’s gold. Even though unrighteousness (death) appears to be winning the battle against righteousness (Life), unrighteousness will not win. The SAVIOR came to bring all humanity into Life. Life will swallow up death in all its forms whether in this life or the life to come.

Isa. 45:22-24, Look unto me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in Yahweh have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

1 Cor. 15:25-28, For [Christ] must be King and reign until he has put all [his] enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death. For he [the FATHER] has put all things in subjection under his [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, all things are put in subjection [under him], it is evident that he [himself] is excepted who does the subjecting of all things to him. However, when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to [the FATHER] who put all things under him, so that God may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life]. AMP

These locusts had faces of men; they were in the image of the old man—the adamic nature. They symbolize the carnal forces in mankind. Paul told the church in Corinth that the Church would change into the image of the glory of the Lord; they were going to put on the new man.

2 Cor. 3:18, But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Col. 3:10. Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.

9:8 And they (the locusts) had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

The woman is symbolic of the Church (Eph. 4:23-32) and her hair symbolizes the glorious manifestation of righteousness that covers her (1 Cor. 11:15). The church in Sardis was using the religious system as a covering for their carnal social gatherings.

The teeth that were as the teeth of lions symbolized the carnal members in the church bickering and backbiting one another. Paul said, in Galatians 5:15-16, that biting and devouring one another was fulfilling the lust of the flesh. I like best what the psalmist David wrote:

Ps. 10:3-11, For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire, and blesses the covetous, whom Yahweh scorns (abhors). The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after Yahweh: Yahweh is not in all his plans (thoughts). His ways are always grievous; your judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he scoffs (puffs) at them. He has said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places does he murder the innocent: his eyes are set lurking (privily) against the poor. He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to catch the poor: he does catch the poor, when he draws him into his net. He crouches, and sinks (humbles) himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He has said in his heart, Yahweh has forgotten: he hides his face; he does not see the goal at all (will never see it).

Instead of biting and devouring each other they should have loved one another.

John 13:34-35, A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
1 Pet. 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.

9:9 And they (the locust) had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Iron is a symbol of strength. The locusts’ strength came from what they fed upon; this is symbolized by the iron being used as the breastplate. The breast is the place of nourishment. The carnal leaders hung on to the natural, carnal, ways of the Levitical order.

Jer. 1:18, For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. (Also see Dan. 7:7).

The wings of the locusts sounded like chariots of many horses running to battle. According to The Journals of Physiological Science, flying locusts couple their wing-beat to one another when they are flying. They leave behind a wake of turbulent air. The air is full of violent motion and is agitated. When chariots of many horses run to battle, they run as one toward their enemies and the air is full of violent motion, being greatly agitated. This violent air symbolizes the confusion brought on by the carnal concepts and unnecessary rules of those who refused the SAVIOR—the Holy Spirit—the new order.

Acts 15:10-11, Now therefore why tempt Yahweh, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord the Anointed SAVIOR we shall be saved, even as they.

The wing “sound” symbolizes the church of Sardis joining together in ideas that deceived many. The angel said to the church in Sardis, “You have a name that you are alive,” implying they caused many to think they were spiritual, but they were not. Many in this church were caught up in false ideas —synchronizing their wings together caused them to have a strong influence in the church.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and (there were) stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

These carnal forces were represented as tails like scorpions. They had the power to hurt others by poisoning their minds. The sting of a scorpion causes great discomfort, or torment, to its victims. This was the only effect the carnal leader (the locusts) could have in the church. They were not given the power to kill (destroy) the babes in Christ; they could only torment them. Their influence was as a poison; it paralyzed the growth of their victims, causing them to remain in their sins.

1 Cor. 15:55-56, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

Isa. 32:6-7, The vile person will speak wickedly (villainy), and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against Yahweh, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. The instruments also of the churl (stingy way) are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speak right.

In Isaiah 9:14-17, we learn that a prophet that teaches lies is the tail which causes Yahweh’s people to error. Yahweh calls these prophets hypocrites and evildoers. The SAVIOR called the Pharisees hypocrites because they appeared to be righteous, but inwardly they were full of iniquity (see Matthew 23:27-28).

Matt. 23:13-15, But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in. (Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater damnation) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you compass sea and land to make one convert (proselyte), and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of the valley of Hinnon (hell) than yourselves.

Rom. 16:17-18, I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, but their own heart (belly); and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Also see 1 Cor. 3:19.)

11 And they (the locusts, the carnal leaders) had a king (sovereign ruler) over them, which is the angel (evil force) of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.

The names “Abaddon” and “Apolluon” both mean destroying messenger. These carnal forces brought destruction into the church. The church was being influenced by superstitions and witchcraft that had no foundation of truth.

Review of the church of Sardis: The Word of Truth (the Holy Spirit) came to the church in Sardis to reveal their lack. This church had to be exposed to the Spirit of Righteousness before they could feel guilt or humility. Because of their spiritual condition they did not feel the need to think differently (repent). Their old nature had to die; they had to realize the error of their ways if they were going to be victorious when they faced the soon coming tribulations.

9:12 One grief (woe) is past; and, behold, there come two griefs (woes) more hereafter.

♦The messenger of Philadelphia sounds his trumpet:

13 And the sixth messenger sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before Yahweh,

The sixth messenger was from the church in Philadelphia. His message came from the four horns of the altar that were before Yahweh. This voice symbolized the operation of the Anointing in the Philadelphian church; the Spirit of Revelation was operating in their midst.

The golden altar before Yahweh is the same as the altar of incense that was before the mercy seat in the tabernacle in the wilderness. This golden altar is also spoken of in Revelation 8:3. The saints in Philadelphia desired righteousness and truth. The altar of incense represented their prayers ascending up to the FATHER.

The horns on the altar symbolized the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

The voice coming from the horns of the altar symbolized the prayers that were going to be answered—there was going to be a releasing.

The horns on the altar in the O.T. were physical points of contact Yahweh established for the people to receive protection. In First Kings 1:50-53, Adonijah, fearing Solomon, caught hold of the horns of the altar and was spared death.

9:14 Saying to the sixth messenger which had the trumpet, Loose the four messengers which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

The Philadelphian messenger was not reprimanded by the SAVIOR even though it was said he had little strength; instead, he was given an assignment to release four messengers bound in the Euphrates River. Euphrates is a real river located in western Asia, but the river has a spiritual meaning. The FATHER used the Euphrates River as a symbol of bondage because it played an important role in the in the lives of the Israelites. There were four messengers that were bound in this spiritual river, and they needed to learn something from this Philadelphian messenger.

River Euphrates: copied from Bible Guide. See the following map #18.

“In the Bible it is referred to by several names, among them the “great river” or just “the river”. Along its banks flourished some of the important cities of Mesopotamia, the greatest of which was Babylon. Throughout all periods it was the boundary between east and west, between the spheres of influence of Assyria and Egypt, and each of the great empires attempted the conquest of the borderland of Syria and Palestine.”

Euphrates was the fourth river that came out of the Garden of Eden, but most importantly, it was the boundary line for the Israelites. They could only go as far as the Euphrates River on one side and to the river of Egypt on the other side. The Israelites could possess all the land between these two rivers (See Deut. 11:22-25 and 1 Kings 4:21.)

Gen 15:18, In the same day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

The Euphrates River symbolized bondage and the limitations of the carnal realm. The message of the Kingdom of Yahweh is one of love and mercy, and it was going to bring them freedom from their bondages. There were four messengers out of the seven that were bound by one form or another in the carnal realm and they needed to be released. The Philadelphian messenger was told he would have an influence on those that were in bondage to the doctrine of satan.

Rom. 6:12-14, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Yahweh, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Yahweh. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.

Many Israelite leaders were holding the people in bondage to the sacrificial laws that were done away with through the SAVIOR. These four messengers needed encouragement and spiritual strength to remove the adversary’s influence from their church. When this was done, those that were influenced by the adversary would know that Yahweh’s love was revealed through the revelation given to them by the Philadelphian messenger.

Ephesus needed help – 2:4, 6, “I have somewhat against you because you have lost your first love. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” In Revelation 2:13, it is indicated that the Nicolaitans were of the doctrine of satan. This church was bound because they lost their love for the people that were in bondage to the Nicolaitan doctrine. They had lost their first love because of iniquity and false prophets in their day. The church in Ephesus needed the Philadelphian messenger to show them how to love their enemies, how to bless those who cursed them, how to do good unto those who hated them, and how to pray for those who despitefully used and persecuted them (Matt. 5:44).

Smyrna needed help – 2:9, “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan.” Notice, these Jews made up the synagogue of satan; they were a synagogue of adversaries. They were living in fear of those that called themselves Jews but were not. These Jews were not Abraham’s seed by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR; they were still in the old order proclaiming to be Yahweh’s sons because they were of the lineage of Abraham (Gal. 3:26-29). These Jews needed to be converted before they were given positions of authority in the assembly. The Smyrna messenger was told not to fear them.

The church in Smyrna needed the Philadelphian messenger to show them how to humble themselves before the mighty hand of Yahweh and to learn how to cast all their fears upon him. They needed to trust Yahweh in their persecution and be persuaded that he would establish and strengthen them (1 Pet. 5:6-10).

Pergamos needed help – 2:13, 14, “I know your works, and where you dwell, even where satan’s seat is.” They were allowing the doctrine of Balaam to be taught in their church, which was a stumbling block to their congregation. Spiritual fornication and idolatry were being tolerated by the leaders of the church. These fornicators and idolaters had to have been teachers or people of influence because they were casting a stumbling block before the people. Sinners, or unbelievers, would not have had that much influence on the congregation.

The church in Pergamos needed the Philadelphian messenger to educate them on how to choose spiritual leaders among them. These leaders needed to be sound and fruitful in the doctrine of the Kingdom of Righteousness.
Thyatira needed help – 2:20, “You suffered that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants.” The messenger in Thyatira was allowing the Jezebel doctrine to influence his congregation. These were false prophets and seducers. They needed the Philadelphian messenger to teach them to hear the voice of Yahweh and to educate them on how to choose leaders among them.

The sixth messenger could not help the church in Sardis until they were ready to hear truth. One has to hunger for righteousness in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit and they lacked desire for righteousness. They had no foundation for truth and they did not have spiritual ears to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Yahweh said, when he, the Spirit of Truth, came to them they wouldn’t even know he was there. He said he would come just as a thief comes and goes before he is detected. There were some in the church that were hearing truth and were not influenced by the false doctrines.

The four messengers were seeking truth even though they were in bondage. Because of their carnality, it limited the power of the Holy Spirit.

Keep in mind that the seventh messenger has not sounded his trumpet yet.

9:15 And the four messengers were loosed, to prepare (which were prepared) for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, in order (for) to slay the third part of men. (This scripture should have read: “And the four messengers were loosed to prepare for the hour and day and month and year so that they might slay the third of the men.”)

Notice in the above verse, the phrase “which were prepared” should have been translated “to prepare.” “Which were” sets the scene in the past. It is very important to keep the past, present, and future tenses where they belong or the messages will be confusing.

Four of the messengers of the seven churches were in bondage and needed to be encouraged and energized by the Anointing. The locusts (carnal forces) were prepared to do battle, but the four messengers were not prepared to confront them. They needed to be emotionally and mentally prepared before they could stir up their congregations to be overcomers. The Philadelphian messenger could help prepare them for battle.

John 15:26, When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the FATHER, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the FATHER, he shall testify of me:
John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

According to the KJV of the Bible, in verse 6, we read where men sought to die but could not. Now in verse 15, there are four messengers that are going to kill them. The “third” symbolized a “portion” of the people. (See also Zech. 13:7-9.) The four messengers were going to be able to destroy the carnal nature in a portion of those in the churches.

Now let us reason together concerning verses 6 and 15. By reading verse 6 correctly, we see how lust kept the people in death and at the same time they did not want to reap death which was the fruit of that what they had sown. These people needed someone to teach them how to crucify the old man of sin that kept them in death (carnality); they needed to be overcomers. The Philadelphian messenger had the message of hope and restoration.

The messengers in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira had the potential to bring the message of reconciliation to their congregations because they desired truth and were respected. But they had to be released from their own bondage to ignorance before they could bring their followers up higher.

In each of the four churches, there was some lack that needed to be addressed. They needed to believe they could do all things through the strength of the Holy Spirit. They needed to understand that the Spirit of the FATHER was greater in them than the adversary was in the world. They needed to believe that no weapons formed against them could stand. And most of all, they needed to hear and understand the voice of their Heavenly FATHER; to know truth and righteousness.

Rom. 8:21, The creation (creature) itself also shall be liberated (delivered) from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom (liberty) of the children of Yahweh.

2 Tim. 2:6, The husbandman that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.
After their release, the four messengers were able to teach their congregation how to kill the carnal nature in themselves. The releasing of these people brought forth a great army of soldiers for the Kingdom of Righteousness. They spread the message of Love throughout Asia and the rest of the world.

9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Here the scene changes and John sees a great army of believers, symbolized as horsemen that were too many to count. The first “thousand” means an immeasurable immensity and is found only in this scripture. Some translators omitted it. The next word “thousand” means “myriad” or “indefinite number.” This great army came through the releasing of the four messengers from their spiritual bondages.

9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone (sulfur).
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

The breastplate in John’s vision was made up of fire, jacinth, and brimstone (sulfur), which makes a blue flame. The breastplates represented the protection of the babes as they are nourished by the Anointing—that which gives the milk of the Word. The fire represented judgment, the cleansing process the believers go through. These riders were reprimanded by the Holy Spirit. They had already gone through fiery judgment and their lives, in return, brought judgment upon those around them. (See Ephesians 6:11-18 to learn of the armor worn by the army of Yahweh.)
Jacinth:

Most writers say the word “jacinth” is only the color deep blue, but in Revelation 21:19, 20, jacinth is said to be a gem and a part of the foundation of New Jerusalem. It represented the twelve apostles (Rev. 21:14-19).
Sulfur: copied from Wikipedia.

“It is an essential element for life. In nonscientific context it can also be referred to as brimstone. English translations of the Bible commonly referred to sulfur as “brimstone”, giving rise to the name of ‘fire and brimstone’ sermons, in which listeners are reminded of the fate of eternal damnation that awaits the unbelieving and unrepentant. It is from this part of the Bible that Hell is implied to “smell of sulfur”, although sulfur, in itself, is in fact odorless. Sulfur burns with a blue flame.”

In Hebrews 12:29, Yahweh is said to be fire; he is not a fire of damnation, but a fire that purifies through correction and love (1 John 4:8-17). When the FATHER’s judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness (Isa. 26:9). The releasing of the four messengers that were to slay a third part of men (carnality) produced this great army of anointed believers, but the horses they rode upon, which represents the strength and love of the FATHER, did the killing.

9:19 For their (the horses) power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

In verse 17, the horsemen were not the ones in charge; it was the “horses” that had the power to kill and to hurt. Yahweh dwells in temples not made with hands. When we understand that it is the Anointed within that fights our battles, it is easy to see that the horses symbolize the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the believers. It was not by physical strength, but through the power of the Anointing within the believers that made them able to convince the ungodly to repent. The horsemen had to have their breastplate of righteousness on, but they went in the power and might of the Anointed SAVIOR, which is symbolized by each of the horses having a head of a lion.

Remember that the Anointed was to come with ten thousand of his saints to execute judgment and to convince the sinners that they needed salvation.
Jude 1:14-15, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to make (execute) judgment (justice) upon all, and to convince all hearts (are ungodly among them) of all their ungodly actions (deeds), their (which) wickedness (they have ungodly committed), and of all their hardness (speeches) which ungodly sinners have spoken against him (the Spirit of Righteousness).

This fire, smoke, and brimstone represent the same type of fire that came out of the mouths of the lions; it also made up the breastplate. Judgment came forth from the Lion’s mouth. Truth brings judgment because it reveals unrighteousness. Truth was not given in its fullness to the Church; it was given in types and shadows, which is symbolized by the smoke. The Church was in its infancy and needed the milk of the Word to grow and mature into a full manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The immaturity of the Church has created many doctrines throughout the ages.

Rom. 10:17, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Yahweh.
The army of Yahweh brought the fiery judgment that would cleanse the people from their sins, even as Yahweh does today. (See 1 Corinthians 3:10-16.)

The power of the horses was not only in their mouths, but was also in their tails; the tails had only the power to sting. The tail, being behind the horse, represents what a person sees after the power of Yahweh has passed over them. The word “serpent” is the same word used for satan and the devil, which is adversary. When truth comes forth, it causes adversity for the receivers—truth becomes an adversary when it comes against unrighteousness. Truth has a way of hurting those bound in carnality. I’m sure it was not a comfortable feeling when the churches came under the judgment of the Holy Spirit any more than it is for us today. Because many truths are just common place in most churches today, I think conversion is much easier now.

At this time, a complete new administration was being set up in the earth—the Levitical order was over and the Melchisedec order was taking its place. When truth was accepted, it caused the believers to feel guilt and shame for their unrighteous living and at the same time it brought them hope for new life. The horses (the power of the Holy Spirit) brought death to the old man of sin.

9:20 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:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Notice that not every carnal person was killed by the army of Anointed believers. Those who had not repented of the works of their hands continued to worship that which had no life. They were controlled by the works of their flesh and not by the Spirit of Righteousness. (See Galatians 5:19-21 for a list of works of flesh.)

II Thss. 2:3-4, Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called godly (God), or that is worshipped; so that he (as God) sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is godly (God).

Review of the church in Philadelphia:

After the four messengers were released from the bondage of the Levitical order, a great army went out. This great army of Yahweh had the power to bring Life by killing the old man of sin. The church in Philadelphia had more spiritual depth than the other six churches. Its messenger had little strength, which indicated that not many were receiving his message, but because he had kept the faith and had not fainted, a multitude of believers came forth from his ministry when the Holy Spirit came upon him.

Revelation Chapter Eight

The Lamb opens the seventh seal:

8:1 And when he (the Lamb) had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about (the space of) half an hour.

The space of “half an hour” did not depict an exact time of thirty minutes. This phrase is from the Greek word “hemiorion” (#5610), derived from two words that mean “semi” and “hour.” When I researched this word in other verses, it was not used to mean a half hour; it was used as a day, an instant, a season, a short time, at eventide, a time, and at high time. In the scriptures below, I have italicized and made bold the word which means an uncertain time span.

John 5:35, John was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. (John lived at least 30 years. How long he ministered is not recorded.)

John 16:2, They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he done Yahweh service. (This is not dealing with a time as far as minutes; it is dealing with an era of time, which can last for years.)

Rom. 13:10-11, Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (It was time for this person to wake up and bring himself out of ignorance.)

I John 2:18, Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time (an age). (See also, 2 Cor. 7:8; 1Thes. 2:17; Rev. 3:10.)
The words “the space of a half an hour” symbolized the portion of time the believers waited for the SAVIOR’s promise.

It would be foolish to say that Yahweh kept silent for any length of time. But there was a time in history when there was no ministering; there were no signs or wonders given to the people. It was the time between the SAVIOR returning to the FATHER and the believers waiting in the upper room for the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 1:12-13.) This was the promise that the SAVIOR told them to wait for.

Luke 24:44-49, The SAVIOR said unto the disciples, “These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures (the spirit of revelation), And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved the Anointed to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my FATHER upon you: but sit down (tarry) you in the city (of Jerusalem), until you be endued with power from on high.

The believers were going to be “endued” with power from on high. Endued means to invest with clothing, to put on, which is the same Greek word used in the scripture below.

Eph. 4:23-24, Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness. (See Col. 3:9-10.)

Our SAVIOR was not silent while in the grave for three days; he was ministering to the spirits bound in death (1 Pet. 3:18-20). After he rose from the grave, he was with his disciples for forty days (Acts 1:3). The disciples waited seven days (the time of silence) in the upper room before they were endued with power from on high. This power came upon them on the feast of Harvest (Pentecost) fifty days after Passover (Ex. 34:22, Deut. 16:10-16).

The time of silence was from the time the SAVIOR ascended until the time the Holy Spirit fell (Luke 24:49). The SAVIOR told his disciples that “repentance and remission of sins would be preached,” then he added “but you sit down until I clothe you with the Holy Spirit.” He could have said, “Wait until you put on the new man, which is after the Anointed Word.” In these seven days, there were no miracles, no signs or wonders recorded; only waiting. No trumpets were blown; the Kingdom message could not be given without the outpouring of the Anointing.

8:2 And I saw the seven messengers which stood before Yahweh; and to them were given seven trumpets.

In the O.T., the sounding of a trumpet was in itself a message; one sound was made for warnings, another for gatherings, and a different sound told the Hebrews to pick up camp and move on. Only the priest sounded the trumpets.
Num. 10:8-10, The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. And if you go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then you shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and you shall be before Yahweh your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, you shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am Yahweh your God.

After the silence in heaven, the seven messengers of each of the seven churches were given trumpets. Each trumpet symbolized the message the messenger was anointed to preach. Up until this time, they had not ministered the message of the Kingdom of Righteousness, but now they are getting ready to sound the message given to them by the Holy Spirit.

8:3 And another Messenger (the Holy Spirit) came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer (it with) the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

In the tabernacle in the wilderness, the offering of incense, fueled by the coals from the brazen altar, was carried by a priest in a golden censer and placed upon the golden altar of incense, and then fragrant incense was sprinkled upon the coals of fire. The fragrance filled the sanctuary. This incense symbolized not only the prayers of the saints but the sincerity of their prayers. A prayer offered from a sincere heart created a sweet smelling savor unto the FATHER.

The sanctified SAVIOR, called a high priest after the order of Melchisedec (Heb. 5:10), replaced all other priests. Being the High Priest, he offered up spiritual incense for the believers. He was their Comforter, Guide, and Teacher—he was that Holy Spirit that was poured out upon them on the day of Pentecost.

Heb. 8:1-2, Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Heb. 2:17, Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to Yahweh, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (See also Heb. 5:5-10.)

Just as the altar of incense was placed before the mercy seat where Yahweh dwelt in the O.T., it was also seen before the throne of Yahweh in John’s vision. (See Exod. 30:6.)

David understood that incense symbolized prayers unto Yahweh:

Ps. 141:2, Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us just as the priests interceded for those in the Old Testament:

Rom. 8:26-27, The Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes (makes intercession) for the saints according to the will of Yahweh.

8:4 And the smoke of the incense, (which came with) the prayers of the saints, ascended up before Yahweh out of the Messenger’s (the Holy Spirit’s) hand.

The Smoke from the incense was symbolic to the sincere cry from deep within the saints. It represented their emotions, sentiments, and desires. It symbolized that which motivated the saints to cry unto Yahweh.

Ps. 102:2-5, Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline your ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
Isa. 6:4, The posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Rom. 8:25-27, If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of Yahweh.

8:5 And the Messenger took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the seven messengers which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

The voices, lightnings, thunderings, and the earthquake were caused by the fire from the sacrificial altar making contact with the earth. In Revelation 4:5, these came from the throne. But now the voices, lightnings, and thunderings are coming from the earth. In Matthew 5:14, we read that believers are the light of the world; therefore, from the earth came forth lightnings. In Second Corinthians 3:6, we read that believers are ministers; therefore, voices came forth from the earth. In 1 Peter 4:16, 17 we read that judgment starts in the House of Yahweh, which the believers are; therefore, from the earth came forth thunderings.

The earthquake symbolized the spiritual commotions created by one foundation giving way to another. The order set in place as a type of something greater had to give way for its reality. Under the Levitical order of types and shadows, man ruled, but under the Melchisedec order the Holy Spirit ruled. For more information on earthquake, see Revelation 6:12-13 in this book.

The messengers of the seven churches “prepared” to sound the message of righteousness. “Prepared” is a stirring up of the emotions to get ready for an event. In this case, it was to give out the message of righteousness. This type of stirring up is used before ball games when a coach rallies with his team to generate enthusiasm to win the game. King David also prepared himself after he came back from fighting the Philistines and found his family had been captured by the Amalekites—he “encouraged” himself in the Lord. Afterwards he fought the Amalekites and brought his family back. (See 1 Sam. 30: and 31.) The seven messengers were preparing their emotions and minds to give their messages.

Keep in mind that even though there were only seven churches addressed in John’s vision, they were not unique in their situations. There were many churches spread throughout the land that had similar issues and situations that these seven churches were facing. These seven churches represented the totality of all the churches at that time. Churches today have these same issues and can benefit from what the Spirit said to these seven churches.

♦ The messenger in Ephesus sounds his trumpet:

 

8:7 The first messenger (in Ephesus) sounded (his trumpet), and caused to be (there followed) hail and fire mingled with blood and (they) were cast upon the earth: and the third part of the trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The messenger in Ephesus was a dedicated believer; he was patient and labored hard for the Kingdom’s sake. It was said that he had the ability to recognize the false apostles and that he hated the corrupt actions of the Nicolaitans. But this messenger had lost his first love. His love to Yahweh had not been lost because it was said that he could not bear evil, but his love toward the false leaders had become cold. As he battled against false doctrine he lost the love he had for those who contaminated his flock.

In order to understand what “hail” symbolizes, we must first understand how hail is formed.

Copied from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_does_hail_form;

“Hail forms in storm clouds when super cooled water droplets freeze on contact with condensation nuclei, such as dust or dirt. The storm’s updraft blows the hailstones to the upper part of the cloud. The updraft dissipates and the hailstones fall down, back into the updraft, and are lifted up again. The hailstone gains an ice layer and grows increasingly larger with each ascent. Once a hailstone becomes too heavy to be supported by the storm’s updraft, it falls from the cloud.”

It was said unto Adam, “Out of dust you were taken; for dust you are, and unto dust you shall return (Gen. 3:19). The dust symbolizes man’s carnal nature.
Man is sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water by the Word. The Word removes that which is unclean (Eph. 5:26-27). The Word as dead letter did not change the hearts and minds of those who read it, but when the Holy Spirit joined himself to man, the Word was quickened (anointed) in the believers and the cleansing process began.

The Holy Spirit did not join himself to people that were pure and holy, but to vessels that were willing to think differently, that is, to repent. As the Word came forth out of spiritual babes it created spiritual hail—the Anointed Word was mixed with immaturity.

The Holy Spirit brought judgment (fire) upon their carnality (dust) while the Word (water) cleansed them from their sinful natures. As babes in the anointing, there was always a lack that the Holy Spirit had to address in order to bring the believers into maturity.

Mal. 3:1-3, Behold, I will send my messenger (John the Baptist), and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he (the Anointed SAVIOR’s) shall come, saith Yahweh of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifer of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness. (Also see Matt. 11:10-11.)

Isa. 28:16-20, Therefore thus saith the Lord Yahweh, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
Because the Word of Yahweh was mixed with carnality in the leaders, such as the lack of love (being cold), the receivers of the Word were hindered.

1 Cor. 13:1-3, Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

The FATHER’s love is not just a feeling; it is his essence (1 John 4:7). Love is the Life-force of his Word; it conveys his attitude. Love must accompany every message given, and must be the motive behind every action whether toward a friend or a foe (1 Cor. 16:14) to be truly effective. The FATHER’s love can only be revealed to the unbelievers by and through the actions of the believers. Without Love’s Life-force being expressed through the leaders, the FATHER would have been nothing more than a pagan god to the unbelievers. When the messenger of Ephesus lost his first love, he lost the Life-force behind his messages.

The message given to the messenger of Ephesus revealed the problem in his church and gave him a remedy, which was to “repent and do his first works over.” The messenger had a choice; he could repent or stay in his place of lack.
The water in the hail symbolized the anointed Word mixed with the carnal nature; therefore, creating spiritual hail—the Holy Spirit working in the believers to bring them into the image of the FATHER. Spiritual hail is used to sweep away that which is not founded upon truth. As Isaiah (28:15) says, “hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.”

Receiving the Holy Spirit does not make the receiver instantly perfect—spiritually mature. The Holy Spirit teaches the principles of righteousness, but one has a choice to accept or reject the Word. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the believer can grow into the image of the FATHER. The Holy Spirit comforts the believers when they fall short of the Word and encourages them to continue on in well doing.

The believer’s battled against the works of the flesh, which caused calamities (spiritual earthquakes) in their lives and in the lives of those around them. The earthquakes were created by confusion, ignorance, deception, and rebellion.
Fire is the symbol used for the purification of mankind. It is the trials he goes through that bring him out of ignorance. The influence of the Holy Spirit is compared to fire because he comes against unrighteousness (Matt 3:11). The admonition that this messenger received in 2:5 was for his good and for the good of his listeners.

1 Cor. 3:10-16, According to the grace of Yahweh which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is the Anointed SAVIOR. Now if any man builds 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 abides which he has 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. Know you not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?

Notice that which is burnt is not the person, but the works of the person. The messenger of Ephesus and his congregation were saved by the fire experience—the purifying correction—which molded them into instruments used by the FATHER (Isa. 54:16).

Anointed ministers become the flames of fire for the Kingdom of Righteousness:

Heb. 1:6-7, And again, when he brings in the firstbegotten into the world, he said, “And let all the messengers (angels) of Yahweh worship him.” And of the messengers (angels) he said, Who makes his messengers (angels) spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Here we see the fire mingled with “blood,” which is symbolic of life. Life is in the blood (Lev. 17:11): the Anointed SAVIOR is Life (John 14:6; Matt. 26:27, 28).
John 6:53-58, The SAVIOR said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. As the living FATHER has sent me, and I live by the FATHER: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever.

The “third” part of the trees symbolized a “portion” of humanity. It symbolized the “remnant” of overcomers:

Zech. 13:7-9, Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, said Yahweh of hosts: smite the shepherd (the crucified SAVIOR), and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, said Yahweh, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, Yahweh is my God.

The trees symbolized those in leadership. These leaders were exposed to the light of truth that brought judgment upon them. Not all the leaders desired the Spirit of Truth and Righteousness, but those who did went through the fire and the works of their flesh were burned up.

Isa. 61:1-3, The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified.

The earth symbolized the natural mind, where the Word (message) of the Kingdom of Righteousness was being planted in the believers.

Mark 4:13-20, He said unto them, Know you not this parable? and how then will you know all parables? The sower sows the word (in the mind of man)….
In John’s vision, all the green grass was burned up. The Greek word for “grass” means “a court or garden that is herbage or vegetation.” This grass symbolized that which the believers produced through natural works.

Isa. 40:3-8, The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Face (Prepare you) the way of Yahweh, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of Yahweh shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withers, the flower fades: because the Spirit of Yahweh blows upon it: surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.

The grass that was burned up was the works of the flesh that the believers had always depended upon as their weapons of warfare. Changes had taken place in the minds of the believers. They were submitting to the voice of the FATHER, allowing their old man of sin to die.

Review of the church in Ephesus—

The message that the minister of Ephesus taught was definitely one of redemption. He labored hard and had great influence on the community. Because he lost his first love, he sent out a mixed message, which needed to be corrected. He must have repented and got his first love back because those in his church became the forefathers of true Christianity. The church lasted until 431, which was many years after John’s message was given to the messenger of Ephesus.

♦ The messenger in Smyrna sounds his trumpet:

 

8:8 And the second messenger (the messenger in Smyrna) sounded (his trumpet), and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

The church in Smyrna was in poverty, yet they were rich in the Word of Yahweh. They apparently were having difficulty with false leaders coming against the messenger of the church for his stand against the Levitical order. He had made it clear that Jerusalem was not a sacred place of worship. He taught that Yahweh’s dwelling place was in the heart and mind of man (1 Cor. 3:16) and not in the natural city of Jerusalem or in the ceremonial practices of the Levitical Priesthood.

This great burning mountain that was cast into the sea is symbolic to that which governed natural Israel, the Levitical order in which they lived by.

Galatians 4:21-31, “Tell me, you that desire to be under the law (Levitical order), do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai (law), which genders (procreate) to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is (symbolic of) Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers (i.e. corresponds, or ranks with) to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children (natural Israel). But Jerusalem which is above is free (the heavenly, or Spirit-born), which is the mother of us all. For it is written, rejoice, thou barren that barest not: break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate (Hagar, or natural Israel) hath many more children than she (Sarah, or the Spirit-born) which has an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (Paul was identifying with the Spirit-born here and not with natural Israel). But as then, he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit even so it is now. Nevertheless what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman (the natural, or Jerusalem, which then was), and her son (natural works of the flesh); for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we (the Spirit filled believers at Galatia) are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”

Throughout the Old Testament the FATHER’s dwelling place was called by different names in order to reveal his glory, power, and strength. (See Zech. 8:3, Joel 3:16-17, Ps. 48:1-3.)

The sea that the great mountain was cast into symbolized mankind’s expression—his emotions, which are associated with his moods, temperaments, and dispositions.

Isa. 17:12, Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

Isa. 24:14-15, They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of Yahweh, they shall cry aloud from the sea. Wherefore glorify you Yahweh in the fires, even the name of Yahweh God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

Isa. 57:19-21, I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, says Yahweh; and I will heal him. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

There is no peace, said my God, to the wicked. (Also see Pro. 20:5, Isa. 11:15.)
When carnal man’s emotions are allowed expression, judgment can be made upon his actions, his attitude, and his mentality.

The third part of the sea that became blood represents those who accepted and made manifest the Holy Spirit of Truth. They expressed Yahweh through their emotions—making up the third part of the sea that turned to blood.

Isa. 30:18-20, Therefore will Yahweh wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Yahweh is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: you shall weep no more: he will be very gracious unto you at the voice of your cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer you. And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed (into a corner) any more, but your eyes shall see (understand) your teachers.

Blood is a symbol of Life for the life of all flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:14). Spiritually speaking, blood is the symbol of the Anointed (Life) Word coming forth from the believers (John 6:53-58).

8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, that (and) had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

The creatures of the sea symbolized man’s imaginations: the myths and illusions of their carnal understanding. Out of the sea (natural understanding) came forth every imagination of their hearts (Gen. 8:21). There were some that had accepted the Holy Spirit within and their spiritual understanding was opened—the creatures of the sea died.

The word “life” in this scripture is from a Greek word that means “spirit of the animal sentient principle,” which is different than the Greek “pneuma” meaning “breath or vitality.” It was the believer’s animalistic attributes that died in the sea. As their guide and teacher, the Holy Spirit made them aware of the Kingdom of Righteousness and their need to be led by the Spirit of Truth instead of their natural understanding; that is, by the influence of their five senses.

When the Spirit said to the church in Smyrna, “I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty…but you are rich,” he was telling them they had the truth, but they were tainted by those who called themselves Jews and were not. They were Jews by natural bloodline, but they were not spiritual Jews. The SAVIOR explained the difference in John 8:31 through 40. Paul, in his letter to the Christians in Galatia, also, defined spiritual Jews.

Gal. 3:26-29, You are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into the Anointed have put on the Anointed. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Anointed SAVIOR. And if you be Anointed, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

A virtuous woman is compared to a merchant ship (Prov. 31:10-14). Being shipwrecked is symbolic to one departing from the faith (1 Tim. 1:19). The promises of the FATHER is the anchor of the soul (Heb. 6:16-20). Ships symbolize the believers bringing the Word of Truth to others. The third part of the ships that were destroyed symbolized those who departed from the faith because of persecution and hardship.
Review of the church in Smyrna—

The church in Smyrna was under great pressure. They apparently were a poor class of people because they thought they were poor, but Yahweh told them they were rich. Their richness was not speaking of their possessions, but the wealth of truth they had. Their stand for truth caused those who opposed them to be persecuted (tried) and some of them even died for their stand.
The Christians in Smyrna stood strong in the first century. Because of their Christian influence, Smyrna was one of the few Asian cities that withstood the Turks. They were among the last that succumbed to Islam religion.

♦ The messenger in Pergamos sounds his trumpet:

8:10 And the third messenger (the messenger in Pergamos) sounded, and there fell a Great Star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it alighted (fell) upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the Star is called Wormwood (a medicine): and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

The great Star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, symbolized the Spirit of Revelation that opened the spiritual minds of those seeking for truth. The Spirit of Revelation was the only antidote for false doctrines infecting the body of Christ. Those that had sincere hearts received the Spirit of Revelation and were renewed in the spirit of their minds and through time their old man of sin died (Eph. 1:17-24).

The rivers and fountains of waters symbolized the Word that was contaminated by false doctrines, the parasites.

Ps. 34:17-20, The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yahweh is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but Yahweh delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Isa. 57:13-15, …he that puts his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain; and shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

The FATHER was aware of the faithfulness of the messenger of Pergamos; he had stood strong in faith under persecution. It was stated that he dwelled where the throne of satan was; therefore, he dwelled in the midst of adversity. The teachings of Balaam and Nicolaitan doctrines were strong adversaries to truth and righteousness. These doctrines caused many in his congregation to stumble and commit spiritual fornication. The false doctrines undermined the truth in which the messenger in Pergamos was faithful to.

Wormwood was a bitter herb used to rid the body of parasites, but because it contained a toxic substance, it had to be taken properly or it became fatal to the patient.

The false leaders were spiritual parasites that were feeding upon the minds of people. They were undermining the church in Pergamos with their false doctrines (spiritual parasites) just as the false prophets did in the days of Jeremiah. The Wormwood represented the Spirit of Revelation as the remedy used against these parasites.

Jer. 23:13-16, I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Therefore thus saith Yahweh of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. Thus saith Yahweh of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh. (See also Jer. 9:13-15.)
Notice what happened to the water (the Word) when the Wormwood come upon it—it became bitter. The SAVIOR told the messenger of Pergamos that the overcomers would be given the hidden manna (the Word), which was sweet like honey (Ex. 16:31), but if they did not repent, he, the Word, the two-edged sword, would fight against them.

Review of the church of Pergamos:

The messenger of Pergamos was reprimanded because he allowed the Nicolaitan and Balaam doctrines to be taught in his church. These false doctrines accepted by the Pergamos congregation worked in the same way as parasites do in the body. This church needed a good dose of the Spirit of Revelation to remove the parasites that were moving about freely in the Body of believers. The revealing of these parasites was bitter because truth forced them to see their spiritual condition.

The city of Pergamos was a city known for its addiction to idolatry. Because the city of Pergamos was the center of false gods, it must have been quite difficult not to be influenced by them. There were some in this church that received the Spirit of Revelation and became a great influence in the Christian community, but those who stayed in false doctrines worked against the very foundation of Christian morality.

Balaam’s teaching from Josephus, Anti-quities of the Jews, Book 4 – Ch. 6 para. 6.

“Do you therefore set out the handsomest of such of your daughters as are most eminent for beauty, and proper to force and conquer the modesty of those that behold them, and these decked and trimmed to the highest degree able. Then do you send them to be near camp, and give them in charge, that the young men of the Hebrews desire their company allow it them; and when they see they are enamored of them, let them take leaves; and if they entreat them to stay, let not give their consent till they have persuaded them to leave off their ob­edience to their own laws, the worship of that God who established them to worship the gods of the Midianites and Moabites: for by this means God will be angry at them. Accordingly, when Balaam had suggested counsel to them, he went his way.”

History does not give much insight on the Nicolaitans or of their doctrine. Whatever it was, it had the same effect on the people as the doctrine of Balaam and should not have been taught.

♦ The messenger in Thyatira sounds his trumpet:

8:12 And the fourth messenger (the messenger in Thyatira) sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

The church of Thyatira must have gotten a slow start because it was stated, “You are now doing more than you did at first” (Rev. 2:19, NIV). The messenger had more to learn because the Jezebel spirit was in his church influencing some and causing them to commit spiritual fornication—idolatry. Idolatry is the worship of any cult image, idea, or object, as opposed to the worship of Yahweh.

Remember that the sun and the moon were for signs and for seasons. The sun symbolized Truth, miracles, and supernatural happenings—this was Yahweh’s way of communicating with his children. These stars represented the truth as it was manifested through the messengers. Yahweh communicated with his children through prophets, judges, and the priests. This fourth messenger’s knowledge was lacking, he was allowing the voice of Jezebel to influence his congregation causing them to commit idolatry.

Rev. 2:20, Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you suffered that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

These false teachings were likened unto Jezebel. At the time of John’s vision, Jezebel was already dead; she symbolized those in the church that used her same principles. Some in the church were saying that Yahweh said this or that, when in reality he had not. These teachers were being led by their own theories; therefore, not hearing the voice of the FATHER. Only a portion of his congregation heard the truth, which is also symbolized as a third.

The messenger in Thyatira was not making a distinction between good and bad; therefore, he caused confusion and leniency. There was no day—a revealing of truth, nor night—a revealing of sin, in a portion of the members of his church. It is the same principle as: “Whatever you want to believe is fine; just as long as you believe something.” Basically, this is saying, Whatever a person believes is truth as long as he truly believes it.

Paul explained the importance of “truth” to the Roman church like this:
Rom. 7:9-14, I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? Yahweh forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

Review of the church in Thyatira:

The church in Thyatira did many good works, they were charitable and had good outward appearances, but the doctrine of Jezebel was seducing the people by persuading them that their carnal ideas were from Yahweh. It was vital that they stand for truth if they did not want to go into great tribulation.
This congregation was committing spiritual fornication and adultery. Yahweh’s reprimand to them was strong.

Rev. 2:22-23, Behold, I will cast Jezebel into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their actions (deeds). And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Jezebel’s children were not her natural children, but that which was produced from her doctrine. Her doctrine held the people in death. Their works had to be burned because they did not produce Life. They suffered loss, but they themselves were saved (1 Cor. 3:15).

Jezebel – Quoted from the book of Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 8 – Chapter 13 paragraph 1.

“This woman was active and bold, and fell into so great a degree of impurity and madness, that she built a temple to the god of the Tyrians, Which they call Belus, and planted a grove of all sorts of trees; she also appointed priests and false prophets to this god. The king also himself had many such about him, and so exceeded in madness and wickedness all [the kings] that went before him.”

8:13 And I (John) beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three messengers, which are yet to sound!

A woe is connected to each of the next three churches yet to sound their trumpets. The word “woe” is a warning of the judgment to come brought on by the message given by the Spirit of Truth through the messengers.

Revelation Chapter Seven

Chapter six tells us of the first six seals that were opened that only the Lamb was worthy to open and reveal their mysteries. The seventh seal has not yet been opened. The Lamb revealed the mysteries of the seals through his very essence.


7:1 (And) After (amid) 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.

The word “after” came from the Greek word “meta” meaning “amid,” which means “in the midst of or in the middle of.” Therefore, this phrase should have been written “In the midst of these things.” In other words, during the same time, when the six seals were being opened, four angels stood on the four corners of the earth holding back the truth that would bring judgment upon Israel. This symbolized Yahweh as he worked with Israel before he revealed himself to the rest of the nations. The truth came to the Israelite nation first, through the disciples, and then to the other nations. See more on this subject in Revelation 7:3.

The number “four” is a symbol of Yahweh giving himself to all humanity. On the fourth day, Yahweh created lights to give light upon the earth. These lights are symbols of Yahweh’s truths given in that day. One river flowing out of the Garden of Eden and dividing into “four heads” symbolize Yahweh’s Spirit of flowing out unto all the earth (Gen. 2:10). “Four” is also used in much of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness—its pillars and its furniture; denotes Yahweh’s relationship with man. The four horns on the altar symbolized the power, safety, and authority of man when he came into harmony with the Holy Spirit.

The four rings of gold on the Mercy Seat signified Yahweh’s Commandments (laws), the manna (Word), and Aaron’s rod (priesthood) bringing man into one mind and into one spirit with the FATHER (Ex. 25 and 26). In Peter’s vision, the four corners of the sheet joined together with all types of animals signified that all humanity was to receive the gospel of salvation (Acts 10:11-16).
In Revelation 4:6, the four Living Creatures represented the SAVIOR in all his stages as he brought salvation to humanity.

Since the earth is round and not square, it may seem impossible to find where the four corners are located. The scriptures below reveal how John and the seven messengers understood the term “four corners”.
Neh. 9:21-22, Yea, forty years didst you sustain the Israelites in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not. Moreover you gave them kingdoms and nations, and did divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan.

Ezek. 7:2, Also, thou son of man, this said the Lord Yahweh unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
Isa. 11:11-12, And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The words “land” and “earth” in the scriptures above are from the same Hebrew word “erets,” meaning to be firm; the earth at large, or a portion of land. It was translated into English as eight different words: country, earth, field, ground, land, way, wilderness, and world. With this in mind, we can see that the angels were not standing on four corners of a round globe, but were standing on the four corners that were the boundaries surrounding the land that Yahweh had given the twelve tribes. In Isaiah 40:22, Yahweh told Israel the earth was round; Isaiah prophesied to Jerusalem and used the phrase “circle of the earth.” The Israelites were limited on how much land they could possess, and it was Yahweh that set the boundaries.

The “wind” symbolizes the Holy Spirit as it moves; it is Yahweh’s Life-force. The four winds, which was the movement of the Holy Spirit, was not to blow on the earth (the mind of mankind), sea (man’s emotions), or trees (those in leadership), because knowledge had not yet increased in the earth; it would bring judgment upon those who were not ready to be judged. The spiritual winds would bless, correct, instruct, and cleanse the earth. Spiritual wind never moves against the principle of Love.

“Earth” represents the mind; the place where Yahweh plants his word of truth that it might bring forth the fruit of righteousness.

Mark 4:13-20, And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will you know all parables? The sower sows the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their thoughts, the mind (hearts). And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when pressure (affliction) or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble (are offended). And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

2 Cor. 4:6-7, For Yahweh, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the face of the Anointed SAVIOR. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of Yahweh, and not of us.
The seas of the earth represent the expressed emotions of mankind. In the scriptures below, the Word of Knowledge is represented as Living Waters:
Isa. 11:9, They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.
John 7:38-39, He that believes on the SAVIOR, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that the SAVIOR was not yet glorified.)

2 Pet. 2:17-19, These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (Also see Psalm 29:1-4.)

The word “seas” is symbolic to the emotions of man being stirred up, but flowing waters, or Living Waters, symbolize Love, Life, and Truth as it flows out of the anointed believers.

Jer. 17:13, …they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain of living waters.
John 7:38, He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Trees represent Yahweh’s spiritual Leaders:

Ps. 1:1-3, Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of Yahweh; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
Ps. 92:12-15, The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the House of Yahweh shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To announce (show) that Yahweh is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Notice that those who are planted in the House of Yahweh are not only righteous, but they are those who announce that Yahweh is upright.)

The angel with the seal of the Living God represents the Anointed Word. The Anointing (the SAVIOR) sealed the disciples as he blew on them after his resurrection (John 20:22). The SAVIOR, as the Anointed Word, was also the one that sealed the hundred and twenty in the upper room. The Anointing is still in the business of sealing all who come to the FATHER.

7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east (meaning rising of light), 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,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

The messenger that had the seal came from the place of the rising of Light—the manifestation of the Living Word. We also read of the SAVIOR’s star being seen in the east—in the rising of the Light. The SAVIOR came as the Light of the world. The east, the rising of the sun, symbolizes truth going forth from the SAVIOR—the Light of the World.

John 8:12, Then spoke the SAVIOR again unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (See also John 9:5.)

The seal of the living God is the Holy Spirit of Truth:

Eph. 1:13-14, In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2 Cor. 1:21-22, Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is Yahweh; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

Eph. 4:30, Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.

The four angels that held back the four winds symbolized Yahweh working with Israel, because the other nations did not know him. The time had come for the gentiles to come into the knowledge of Yahweh so they, too, might also have a relationship with the FATHER. But it could not happen until Israel was sealed with the Holy Spirit; because they were the light bearers to the rest of the nations. The Holy Spirit came to Israel through the SAVIOR and then through the disciples, which all were from the house of Israel.

John 17:6, 12, 18-23, I have manifested your name unto the men (the disciples) which you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept your word…. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled…. As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I (the SAVIOR) for these (the disciples) alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their (the disciples’) word; that they all (the converted and the disciples) may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they (the converted and disciples) also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them (the converted and disciples); that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect (complete) in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them (everyone), as you have loved me.

Isa 59:15-60:5, Yea, truth failed; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and Yahweh saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they reverence (fear) the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Yahweh shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob (Israel), saith Yahweh. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith Yahweh; My spirit that is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed’s seed, saith Yahweh, from henceforth and forever. Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but Yahweh shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you. And the nations (Gentiles) shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to you: your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see, and flow together, and your heart shall reverence (fear), and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto you, the forces of the nations (Gentiles) shall come unto you.
The forehead that was sealed represents the mind. The word “forehead” is a Greek word that means “as opposite the countenance.” The countenance is the face or the expression on it. The opposite of the face is inside the mind. The disciples were sealed inside their minds, not on or under the skin of the forehead or on their hands. Stamping a literal number on the forehead cannot bring deliverance. The Holy Spirit of promise came in their hearts and minds and changed their way of thinking and acting.

Heb. 8:10-11, For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

It was said, “Hurt not the earth (the mindset of man), neither the sea (his emotions), nor the trees (the Levitical leadership), till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads (their minds).” The Levitical order had to stay in tack until the Holy Spirit came to replace the order.

When love was made manifest, the disciples recognized the hate in their own lives, which brought condemnation upon them. They were the manifestation of the Word even as the SAVIOR was a manifestation of the FATHER. They showed their persecutors what love could do under pressure by what they suffered from them. Without first receiving the Holy Spirit, the disciples would not have been able to reveal the Love of the FATHER to their persecutors. Their light shined into the darkness making a way for the rest of the nations to come to the Light.

The twelve tribes are sealed:

7:4 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.
5 Of the tribe of 1Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 2Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 3Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of 4Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 5Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 6Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of 7Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 8Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 9Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of 10Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 11Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of 12Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The 144,000 symbolizes the spiritual house of Israel. They are the foundation of the new administration that came through the SAVIOR and the disciples. According to verse three, the servants of Yahweh, which are the twelve tribes mentioned above, had to have the Spirit of Truth sealed in their minds first.

To find what a number symbolizes, I researched to see how it was used throughout the Old Testament. The number “twelve thousand” was often used in reference to the armies of Israel. Twelve thousand represented the defense force for Israel. Twelve is also used as the number for government. Twelve times twelve thousand (144,000) symbolizes the deliverance of the whole house of Israel, because the whole house of Israel was sealed.

Num. 31:3-5, Moses spoke unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge Yahweh of Midian. Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall you send to the war. So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

2 Sam. 17:1, Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

I Kings 4:25-26, And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

The FATHER sealed the SAVIOR at his water baptism:

Matt. 3:16-17, The SAVIOR, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of Yahweh descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

John 1:32, John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him (the SAVIOR). (See also John 6:27.)
Before the rest of the believers were sealed, the SAVIOR sealed his disciples as he blew upon them right before his returned to the FATHER:

John 20:21-22, Then said the SAVIOR to them again, “Peace be unto you: as my FATHER hath sent me, even so send I you.” And when he had said this, he blew (breathed) on them, and said unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Spirit (Ghost).

The twelve tribes of Israel completed the old order and brought in the new order. It was no longer man’s natural bloodline that set Yahweh’s people apart from the rest of the nations; the Anointed within was their only hope of being that glorious manifestation of Righteousness (Col. 1:27). (See Romans 10:12-13 and Gal. 3:27-29.)

First, the disciples heard the good news of salvation, they believed what they heard, and then trusted in the SAVIOR. Then, the SAVIOR sealed them after his resurrection and before the day of Pentecost (Eph. 1:12-14).

The disciple could not be sealed with the Holy Spirit until the Holy Spirit came to them through the SAVIOR, the Anointed Word. The Holy Spirit came to the house of Israel first—then to the rest of the world through those that were sealed after them. The disciples had to be “filled” with the Holy Spirit before they could manifest the Holy Spirit—they could not give something they did not have. The SAVIOR stated in his prayer, before he was crucified, that the disciples were ready to go out into the world and spread the Gospel. All they needed was to be sanctified (blessed) with the Anointed Word, which the SAVIOR did when he filled them with the Spirit of Truth (the Guide, Comforter, and Teacher). (See John 17:6-26.)

John 20:21-23, Then said the SAVIOR to the disciples (them) again, “Peace be unto you: as my FATHER has sent me, even so send I you.” And when he had said this, he blew (breathed) on them, and said unto them, You receive the Holy Spirit: whose so ever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose so ever sins you retain, they are retained.”

The SAVIOR and his eleven disciples make up those who were sealed. Their sealing brought in the new order and ended the old. The Levitical order no longer manifested the power and operation of Yahweh. The Melchisedec order, which was righteousness in their conduct, peace as their state of mind, and joy in their hearts (Rom. 14:17), was established as the reigning force. The SAVIOR’s disciples became walking Bibles to those around them; they were the Word made flesh unto the rest of the world even as the SAVIOR was the Word made flesh unto them.

After the twelve tribes were sealed, Yahweh changed the way he dealt with Israel. Animal sacrifices no longer covered the sins of the people, Yahweh no longer met the priest at the mercy seat, and all the ceremonial ordinances became powerless. After the Holy Spirit came, the FATHER communicated with the people about their sins instead of passing over them. The Spirit of the Anointed (the Guide, Comforter, and Teacher) brought in a new government. The FATHER made his abode in houses not made by man. The Anointed within the Church was the hope of Yahweh’s glory being made manifest in them (Col. 1:27).

Through the Holy Spirit, it is possible to overcome sin in the flesh and be mature temples of Righteousness.
2 Cor. 5:1-4, For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of Yahweh, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

1 Cor. 3:16, Do you not know that you are the temple of Yahweh (God) and that the Spirit of Yahweh (God) dwells in you? (NKJ)

In Hebrews 8:10-11, we read that the new covenant, which Yahweh made with the house of Israel, was written in their hearts and minds instead of on tables of stone. Because the disciples were from the bloodline of Israel, they were of the house of Israel. When they were sealed with the Holy Spirit, all those before them were covered by that same seal, thereby, completing the Levitical order.
Heb. 11:39-40, These elders (v. 2), having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise (the Holy Spirit): Yahweh having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be completed (made perfect). (Those who were sealed with the Holy Spirit completed, put an end to, the old order.)

The Church (the army of the Lord) needed a new commander and chief, because they were losing the war against sin and death. They needed a new government to bring them into Life and peace; their carnal minds were limited to natural understanding and they could not understand the spiritual realm.

Paul understood this when he wrote his letter to the church in Rome, using himself as an example to help them understand how the new order worked. (Also see Matthew 5:48.)

Rom. 7:22-8-11, For I delight in the law of Yahweh after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank Yahweh through the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of Yahweh; but with the flesh the law of sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in the Anointed SAVIOR, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in the Anointed SAVIOR has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Yahweh: for it is not subject to the law of Yahweh, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Yahweh. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you.

Now if any man has not the Spirit of the Anointed, he is none of his. And if Anointed be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up the SAVIOR from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up the Anointed from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
No weapon formed against the believers could stand with their new Commander on the throne.

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;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

The great multitude of believers came through the disciple’s ministry. Notice the cry of the innumerable company of people saying, “Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, unto the Lamb.” Salvation had come at last! This proclamation came from the overcomers clothed in righteousness.

Rev. 3:5, He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my FATHER, and before his angels.

Standing before the throne of Yahweh in white, symbolizes the believers giving honor unto the Spirit of Righteousness by their righteous conduct.
At this time, palm leaves were connected with triumph and victory. Palms in their hands symbolized righteousness having victory over sin—they were flourishing in the Kingdom of Yahweh:

Ps. 92:12-15, The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the House of Yahweh shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To show that Yahweh is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

The Kingdom of Yahweh was established in the earth. Every race and every nation could come before the FATHER without a man-priest.

2 Cor. 6:1-2, We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of Yahweh in vain. (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I relieved (succored) you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

The message of the Kingdom brought a great multitude of people from all nations into the Kingdom of Yahweh. These believers were qualified by the Holy Spirit to come before the throne of Yahweh and to minister his Word to the nations. (See Acts 2:41-42, 5:14, and 11:24.)

This is the first time the word “salvation” is used in the book of Revelation. It will be proclaimed two more times. John was given the message of salvation three different ways.

Salvation is not an escape from one planet (earth) to another planet (heaven), but it is a deliverance from carnality. It is a process in which man is delivered from his condition of carnality; it is a deliverance from all that prevents him from coming into the image of the FATHER. Salvation is a condition of the mind when enlightened with Truth and Life—to be spiritually minded is Life and to be carnally minded is death. The Holy Spirit brings restoration to man causing him to be in harmony with Yahweh in his mind, body, and soul.

7:11 And all the angels (messengers) stood round (about) the throne, and (about) the elders and the four Living Creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped Yahweh,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.

In verse eleven, it seems as if angels suddenly appeared out of nowhere before the throne. But because we are dealing with a vision, every creature or item mentioned must have a purpose for being in the vision. King James’ translation of the Bible put the word “angels” where “messengers” should have been. These messengers were the multitude of believers that were just spoken of in verse nine that no man could number.

These messengers, while on their faces before the throne, proclaimed the same seven Spirits of Yahweh that were mentioned in Revelation 5:12. What they said to Yahweh revealed their hearts and their innermost thoughts; because, from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34).

They began by saying “amen” and they ended with “amen.” Amen means to be trustworthy and is often used to mean “so be it.” The multitude told the world that Yahweh was trustworthy and sure to bless, in glory, in wisdom, etc, by their actions and through their ministry. This was the beginning of the Church age—the Melchisedec Kingdom was set in order.

7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? (They were the believers of the young Church.)
14 And I said unto him, Sir, you know. 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.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of Yahweh, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sits on the throne (shall) dwells (dwell) among them.

Yahweh, being Spirit, has no physical needs; he does not hunger nor thirst, nor does he get tired. He does not need to be transported from one place to another because he is omnipresent. How then is he served day and night? Paul wrote to the church of Rome that he served Yahweh with his spirit in the Gospel of the SAVIOR (Rom. 1:9). He told them in the same letter that they were also to serve Yahweh in their spirit as well (Rom. 7:6). In order to serve Yahweh with their mind, they had to be renewed in the spirit of their mind in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:23-24). Paul gave detailed instructions to the Colossian church on how to be renewed in the spirit of their mind:

Col. 3:10-17, And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but the Anointed is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of Yahweh, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as the Anointed forgave you, so also do you. And above all these things put on love (charity), which is the bond of perfectness. (Perfectness is the state of being complete.) And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of the Anointed dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or action (deed), do all in the name of the Lord our SAVIOR, giving thanks to Yahweh (and) the FATHER of (by) him.

1 Cor. 3:16, Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
2 Cor. 6:16, …you are the temple of the living God; as Yahweh has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

The great tribulation was the great pressure the Church was experiencing because something new and unfamiliar had come on the scene; the Holy Spirit was now being manifest through them in strange and miraculous ways. It may be difficult for us to comprehend how the Israelites must have felt back then, but their whole religious system was under attack. They did what came natural—they fought those who came against the Levitical priesthood; therefore, it caused these faithful witnesses to be under great pressure, which means tribulation or persecution.

Acts 14:22, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of Yahweh.
2 Cor. 1:3-7, Blessed be Yahweh, even the FATHER of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, the FATHER of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of Yahweh. For as the sufferings of the Anointed abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by the Anointed. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation.

The pressures that the Church and the believers were under were not caused by Yahweh’s hand but by the rebellious who came under condemnation when truth exposed the errors of their ways. The believers refused to stay in the old order of the dead letter and they became the “Living Word” of Yahweh.

Unbelievers thought they had destroyed the Word when it was manifested in one man, the SAVIOR, now that same Word was coming from a multitude. You can just imagine how devastated and defeated the leaders of the old order must have felt when the Word multiplied Himself in the earth. The

Seed—Truth—was planted in the earth and was sure to produce fruit. By killing the SAVIOR, the Jews caused Life to come out of death, causing the Word to be spread throughout the globe.

7:16 They (believers) shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and Yahweh shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Verse sixteen is not referring to natural food or water, nor is it referring to the natural sun or natural heat. The multitude of believers was being fed from the Master’s table. They did not need the Levitical order or the Ten

Commandments to be written on stone to hear Truth because his laws were written in their hearts. They drink from Living Waters. They did not seek man to comfort them; the Holy Spirit was their Guide, Comforter, and Teacher. Now there was no need for a man priest. (See Romans 8:13-14.)

John 7:37-39, The SAVIOR stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that the SAVIOR was not yet glorified.)

John 6:35, The SAVIOR said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

John 6:50-51, This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The overcomers were promised manna from heaven:

Rev. 2:17, He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.

The multitude that stood before the throne was not dead; they were alive and spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom on earth. They were not go hungry for the word of Yahweh, because the Holy Spirit was feeding them heavenly manna. They no longer had to yearn for the SAVIOR to come, because he had made his abode in them. His substance was in them, manifesting through them. The Kingdom of Yahweh was within mankind!

1 Pet. 1:3-13, Blessed be the God and FATHER of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of the Anointed SAVIOR from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of Yahweh through faith unto salvation ready to be uncovered (revealed) in the continuance (last) of time. Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through different types of (manifold) adversities (temptations): That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the manifestation (appearing) of the Anointed SAVIOR: Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace (divine influence upon the heart) that should come into (unto) you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of the Anointed which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of the Anointed, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Anointed SAVIOR. (Notice how many of the seven Spirits of Yahweh are mentioned in this passage.)

Revelation Chapter Six

Before we begin, I will clarify the details of the four horses mentioned in this chapter:

Each of the first four seals opened revealed a horse and its rider. The horse, the rider, what the rider carried, and his mission all must be viewed together as one unit in order to understand the full meaning of the opening of the seal. The rider was not described; only the color of his horse, what he carried in his hand, and what he wore on his head. With each description John was told their mission.

The colors of the horses:

In the Old Testament, when a color is mentioned in describing an object, that color symbolized something as well as the object itself. Usually, when Yahweh told his people to build or make something sacred, he did not leave the color choices to their discretion. Whatever a color meant in the Old Testament, it stands to reason that it would mean the same in the New Testament.

    • White represents purity, or righteousness. The SAVIOR was seen dressed in white when he was transfigured on the mount (Mark 9:2-3), the angels before the tomb of the SAVIOR were dressed in white (John 20:12), and John saw the SAVIOR dressed in white in his vision that was to be given to the seven churches. In Isaiah 1:16-18, we find that to be washed and made clean from sin was to be white as snow. White is still a symbol of purity today.

Isa. 1:16-18, Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, said Yahweh: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    • Red represents Yahweh’s redeeming power because it was used in connection with sin. Mankind had a need to be born from above. If they understood and accepted the sacrifice of the SAVIOR’s life as redemption for their sins, they could then be born of the Holy Spirit.

Isa. 1:18, Come now, and let us reason together, said Yahweh: though your sins be as scarlet [red], they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

1 Pet. 1:18-19, Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold [idols], from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of the Anointed, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

    • Black (night) represents lack of truth or carnality (John 11:10).

1Thes. 5:4-10, But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You 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 Yahweh has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

    • Green represents prosperity or life (Ps. 23:1-2).

Jer. 17:7-8, Blessed is the man that trusts in Yahweh, and whose hope Yahweh is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out his [her] roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but his [her] leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Four of the seven Spirits of Yahweh are mentioned in verse 13 of the previous chapter. The first four Spirits are identified by the colors of the four horses when the Lamb opens the first four seals.

The Lamb opens the first seal:


6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, the [first] one of the four Living Creatures saying, Come “and see”.  [There is a difference in “come and see” and “come.” Come is an invitation to be a part of something, whereas, “come and see” is only an invitation to view something.]

When a roll (the scroll) was sealed, it was wrapped round with flaxen thread or string then a lump of clay was attached to it and impressed with a seal. The seal had to be broken by an authorized person before the roll could be read. In John’s vision, the information in the scroll was “sealed,” indicating that its writings were a mystery. The Lamb was the only one worthy to break the seal.

The Lion, the first Living Creature, said, “Come.” The Lion is the symbol of the linage of the SAVIOR, he was qualified to be the first to say “Come.” From the voice of the Lion, we see the beginning of the life of the SAVIOR as his Father dwelt in him, tabernacling flesh, that he might bring mankind into the Kingdom of Righteousness.

The noise of thunder represents Yahweh’s voice of judgment. When the SAVIOR, the light of Truth, came, the sound of it demanded their attention and acknowledgment.

1 Sam. 2:10, The adversaries of Yahweh shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: Yahweh shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his Anointed.

Ps. 104:7, At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hasted away.

2 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 [to subdue].

This White Horse represents the honor and purity of the SAVIOR and his ability to purify the Church—he enabled them to put on righteousness. The White Horse and its rider went forth conquering small battles to triumph over the enemy. The bow and the horse were the means by which the mission was accomplished. The SAVIOR’s mission was to bring righteousness to humanity; therefore, whatever was going to take place, righteousness was going to be used to accomplish it.

The bow is a symbol of strength. Here we see righteousness being challenged as the SAVIOR made war against unrighteousness.

Gen. 49:23-24, The archers have sorely grieved Joseph, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel)….

The SAVIOR’s battle required tearing down spiritual strong holds in the minds of his followers. This battle could only be won through righteousness and by the Word of Truth.

The crown given to the rider was a wreath that symbolized victory rather than a crown of royalty; thereby, Yahweh revealed the end results at the beginning of the conquest. The rider wore the victor’s wreath as he went out. The crown of victory was generally given at the end of the battle to show the people who the winner was, but Yahweh had the upper hand and he revealed to his people that their battles were sure to be won before the battle began. Yahweh was their Righteousness and their reigning Force. The crown of victory was shown on the rider to prove that Truth and Righteousness would forever be victorious in any battle.

The White Horse and the rider with his bow symbolize the Spirit of Righteousness going forth from the throne room and being victorious in overpowering unrighteousness. The SAVIOR, symbolized by the White Horse, was the instrument Yahweh used to show forth his righteousness to humanity. No wonder he was connected with the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the first Living Creature, to say, “Come”.

John 14:10-11, Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

1st the SAVIOR came as the White Horse with the power to conquer unrighteousness; he was the promised SAVIOR establishing victory.

The Red Horse represents the SAVIOR’s blessings, grace and forgiveness:

The Lamb opens the second seal:

6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second Living Creature say, Come and see.   4 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.

Remember, the bullock represents the sacrificed life of the SAVIOR, not just his crucifixion, but his freewill offering of himself in the earth. It was the Bullock (the calf), the second Living Creature that said, “Come.”

The Savior, as the Red Horse, brought forth the Word of Truth, which was the believers’ way to the redeeming power of the blood—the Life of Yahweh. Life is in the blood and as we receive the SAVIOR’s Life (his blood, his spiritual genetics) we become born from above. See message “The SAVIOR’s Bloodline” for more information on the power in the blood.

2 Cor. 5:19-21, To wit, that Yahweh was in the Anointed, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for the Anointed, as though Yahweh did beseech you by us: we pray you in the Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to Yahweh. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.

Eph. 2:12-13, That at that time you were without the Anointed, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without Yahweh in the world: But now in the Anointed SAVIOR you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of the Anointed.

The great Sword was a weapon that symbolized the Anointed Word that was made manifest through the SAVIOR as a man. The Anointing, working in the body of Christ, was their only hope of them being that glorious manifestation of Yahweh’s principles in the earth.

Heb. 4:12-13, For the word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

This Sword took peace from the earth by forcing the churches out of their comfort zones. It cut away at their carnal concepts causing guilt and condemnation. It forced them to come up higher—to see and experience the exalted realm of the Father.

Matt. 10:34, Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

To explain how the rider took peace from the earth let us read from the revelation of Donna Mitchell:

“Mankind, in all his carnality, was in peace as long as the law was written in stone because it had no effect on him. Offerings of animals were made for sins committed but there was no change in the heart of mankind.

“When the SAVIOR came and offered his life, he brought a new covenant. This covenant was demonstrated in that the law was written into the hearts (minds) of men through the Holy Spirit. This law is the Word of Yahweh, which is the great Sword. When this happened, peace was taken from the earth (carnal man) and power was given to kill (destroy) the fleshly nature. People began to experience guilt for their actions. They would no longer live feeling justified in every action they took. Peace was truly taken away.” (See Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10, and Hebrews 10:1-16.)

The New Student Bible in the KJV published by the Zondervan Company writes the following commentary on Jeremiah 31:33.

“The book of Hebrews quotes this passage explaining why Christians no longer live by the Old Testament regulations. The written law is useful, and is God-given. But as the history of Israel proved, it didn’t have the power to transform people’s inner attitudes. Something more was needed. God would have to change his people from the inside out, putting his law into their hearts through his Holy Spirit.”

The work of the Sword can be summed up best by Romans 8:2-6:

“For the law of the Spirit of life in the Anointed SAVIOR has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Isn’t it ironic that peace was taken from the earth and then a new peace was given back by the Holy Spirit?”

John 14:27, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

At first glance the Red Horse and its rider appear to be set on destroying human beings, but a closer look will reveal a different story. Anytime a new truth is revealed, unbelievers set out to prove it wrong and the war begins. But truth will stand no matter who is against it.

When truth was manifested in the earth, guilt and condemnation flooded the hearts of mankind. Before the SAVIOR came on the scene, mankind did not comprehend the depth of sin. They knew the law, but they did not understand the spirit of the law. The SAVIOR was a living example of Love. Love exposed the depths of hate and brought shame to the hater.

The Word of Truth created war, which is symbolized by the Sword. The Word caused havoc in the worshippers of Yahweh because it exposed their fleshly nature, it brought judgment upon them and it killed the carnal man of sin. The Truth manifested in the believers made their unbelieving family members rise up and fight against them. Truth brought division and took away peace, but it was vital for the believers to stand strong in the truth. Those who accepted the SAVIOR as their redeemer created division in the churches and in their families. Everywhere the Sword of the Word went, the believers had to make a choice to continue in the Levitical order or to stand in righteousness for the truth that was being revealed to them in that day.

According to Hebrews 4:11-12, the believers were told that they must make a great effort to enter into Yahweh’s rest or they would fall into the same example of unbelief as the unbelievers. The followers of the Redeemer had to forsake their family traditions and pick up their crosses and follow Truth where ever it took them.

When the second seal was opened, it was appropriate for the young Bullock to be the next in line to say “Come.” By the life of the SAVIOR, represented by the Red Horse, mankind was redeemed. The young Bullock came as the living Word, the great Sword of Yahweh.

1st the SAVIOR came as the White Horse with the power to conquer unrighteousness; he was the promised SAVIOR establishing victory.

2nd the SAVIOR came as the Red Horse with grace and forgiveness, pouring his life’s blood out upon the earth to redeem his Body.

The Lamb opens the third seal:


6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third Living Creature 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.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four Living Creatures say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine.

The Man – the third Living Creature, said, “Come.”

This Man was the SAVIOR as he walked upon the earth as a living manifestation of his Father. Being the Word made manifest in flesh, he was also the voice of his Father.

The Black Horse represents the SAVIOR coming in the image of man (one who is born in sin)—the Son of Man, but he, also, came in the character and authority of his Father. His body of flesh is symbolized by the Black Horse even though he is the Spirit of Life.

Matt. 16:27-28, The Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his [messengers]angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

John 3:13, No man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

It was quite appropriate for the Man to be the one to say “Come” when the Black Horse was seen because the first impression man had of the SAVIOR was him as man.

The One carrying the pair of balances in his hand symbolizes the SAVIOR as he brought justice to the Word of Yahweh.

2 Cor. 5:21, He has made him [the SAVIOR] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.

Rom. 8:3-4, …Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

As a man, the SAVIOR looked like all other humans, but he was not. His outward appearance was the same, but his thoughts were not carnal nor his actions unrighteous.

The pair of balances symbolized the SAVIOR coming to rightly divide the Word of Truth. The SAVIOR was a visible expression of the Word of Yahweh. He gave a just weight and balance of Yahweh’s love and Word to humanity. The SAVIOR was a walking dictionary of who Yahweh was. His life revealed the definition of Love.

The SAVIOR’s nature was one with his Father’s or he could not have expressed him. The Father and Son were one in Spirit, which is the only way the Son could have came in his Father’s name—his authority and character. Anything less than 100% of his Father’s character would not have been a representation of his Father. The Son of Man came according to the pattern without one flaw.

The SAVIOR didn’t just come to bring the Word of Truth to man, man already had been given the Word through the patriarchs, laws and ordinances, he came to give Life to the Word by being a living expression of it. When the Spirit and Word were weighed, the SAVIOR was not found wanting; the scales balanced.

The voice said, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny” – A penny was a day’s wage (Matt. 20:2). This voice is referring to the time of the crucifixion of the last sacrificial Lamb. Passover came during the time of the barley harvest, and Feast of Firstfruits came during the time of the wheat harvest. Both of these feasts are connected to the SAVIOR. He was crucified during the barley harvest (Passover) and was in the grave three days, which is symbolized by the three measures of barley. The SAVIOR returned on the day of Pentecost during the wheat harvest (Feast of Firstfruits), which is symbolized by the one measure of wheat. He was their Passover and their Firstfruits (1 Cor. 5:7 & 1 Cor. 15:23).

The wheat and the barley were weighed on the balances, which symbolize the SAVIOR’s Life in us and his sacrifice for us.

1 Cor. 6:19-20, Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of Yahweh, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify Yahweh in your body, and in your spirit, which are Yahweh’s.

The voice that proclaimed the measure and value of the wheat and barley was in the midst of the four Living Creatures. These Living Creatures symbolize the SAVIOR in his different manifestations. The wheat and the barley symbolize the work he did for mankind. The pennies symbolize the price it cost to purchase salvation for all mankind.

Bread was made from wheat and barley, but here we see the SAVIOR was the true bread from heaven:

John 6:32-35, 50-51, The Savior said unto the Jews, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of Yahweh is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And the SAVIOR said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

To understand the last part of verse 6, saying, “see you hurt not the oil and the wine”, we must first understand what the oil and the wine represented. Holy anointing oil was used to declare people, furniture, vessels, and buildings holy—set apart for Yahweh. Priests were anointed before they took office, Yahweh’s kings were anointed before they took the throne, and all objects such as furniture, vessels, or buildings were anointed after they were built if they were for the service of Yahweh (Ex. 30:22-33). The oil symbolized the Anointing, the SAVIOR was Yahweh’s Anointed (Luke 4:18).

The wine symbolized the SAVIOR’s life, which was given to all mankind. It represents the new covenant that was instituted at the return of our Lord and SAVIOR on the day of Pentecost when Yahweh’s Kingdom of Righteousness was set up in earth—this Kingdom became their nature (1 Cor. 3:16).

Matt. 26:26-29, As they were eating, the SAVIOR took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new covenant (testament), which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. (Also see John 6:53-58.)

The oil represents Yahweh’s anointing, his power and ability to declare the believers holy and to son place them in his kingdom. The SAVIOR was that Anointing and he was rejected. He was the manifestation of the Anointed Word of Yahweh whom they crucified. But the unbelievers could not prevent this Anointing from being poured out upon the believers. As the unbelievers crucified the body of our SAVIOR, his life, his blood, poured out upon the ground as symbol of the Anointing being poured out upon earthen vessels. The cry to hurt not the oil (the anointing) and the wine (his life) was prophetic of the SAVIOR’s death, which ended the natural Levitical order as he became one with the believers in his Father’s kingdom.

1st the SAVIOR came as the White Horse with the power to conquer unrighteousness; he was the promised SAVIOR establishing victory.

2nd the SAVIOR came as the Red Horse with grace and forgiveness, pouring his life’s blood out upon the earth to redeem the Church.

3rd the SAVIOR came as the Black Horse to bring justice to the Word of Yahweh; he was the Anointed Word (oil) of Yahweh manifesting the new covenant (wine) to humanity.

The Lamb opens the fourth seal:


6:7 And when the Lamb had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth Living Creature [eagle] saying, Come and see.

The Eagle, the fourth Living Creature, said, “Come (be joined to this).”
The eagle symbolizes the Holy Spirit moving freely in his many membered Body, his Body of anointed believers.

8 And I looked, and behold a [Green]pale Horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell [the unseen state] followed with him. And power was given unto him (them) (Death) over the fourth part of the earth (carnal man), to kill (carnality) with sword (the Word of Truth), and with hunger (by withdrawing His Spirit), and with death (dying out to sin), and with the beasts (lower natures) of the earth (natural man).

In the above scripture, the word “them” was translated into several different English words in the KJV: them, her, it, itself, one, the other, him, things, together, they, those, etc. In verse 8, I show where “them” should have been translated “him”.

The Green (pale) Horse represents life, truth—green pastures for the Church. The word “pale” is the Greek word “chloros,” meaning, greenish, verdant, lush green growth, green with vegetation or foliage.

Ps. 23:1-3, Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

The Green Horse is different than the other horses; his rider is not carrying anything in his hand and “Hell” is following him. In the Old Testament, hell is the place of the departed souls. In this verse (8), “hell”, also, means the place of the departed souls, of both the righteous and unrighteous.

The SAVIOR, represented as the Green Horse, is the Anointed message of righteousness given to those who where hungry for truth. The people were dying for lack of knowledge. He took on a body of flesh that they might be made righteous (2 Cor. 5:21). By the death of the SAVIOR, the way was made to draw all men unto the Father through his Holy Spirit in his anointed Body of believers (John 12:32).

The message of Life went out and death followed—the death of the old man of sin. Like Paul said, in Romans 7:9, “I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

It may seem strange that in John’s vision, Life was going forth with death as its rider and with hell following, but this happens all the time with Yahweh’s people. When the word of truth is given, as a fire out of the mouth of Yahweh, it kills the beastly nature of those who receive it—they are purified by it.

When the Kingdom of Righteousness was set up on the earth, it was set up in temples of flesh and blood.

1 Cor. 3:13-16, 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. Don’t you know that you are the temple of Yahweh and that Yahweh dwells in you?
Rom. 8:9-10, You are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of the Anointed, he is none of his. And if the Anointed be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

When a person is converted, he or she does not have instant maturity, the believer must develop into full maturity just as humans develop from infants to adulthood.

1 Pet. 2:1-2, Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. (Also see 1 Cor. 3:1-2.)
Eph. 4:11-13, The SAVIOR gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Anointed Body: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man….

In the process of growing, the believers see in part and understand in part, which is why Truth (Life) is often ministered with a carnal interpretation that causes much confusion. But when the Holy Spirit quickens the Word, it brings a new man out of death.

Rom. 8:22-25, For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the son placing (adoption to wit), the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

The SAVIOR said he was the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He also is the Comforter, the Guide, and the Teacher. He makes his abode in willing vessels that are in need of spiritual maturity. They need a Savior to show them the way, to reveal truth to them so they may have Life and have it more abundantly. (See John 10:10)

John 16:13, When he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. (See also John 14: 26; John 15:26.)

  • 1st The SAVIOR came as the White Horse with the power to conquer unrighteousness; he is the promised SAVIOR establishing victory
  • 2nd The SAVIOR came as the Red Horse with grace and forgiveness, pouring his life’s blood out upon the earth to redeem the Church.
  • 3rd The SAVIOR came as the Black Horse bringing salvation; reigning until death is destroyed.
  • 4th The SAVIOR came as the Green Horse, bringing life by way of the Guide, Comforter, and Teacher to bring the Church into full maturity.

In the early Church, just as it is today, when a person made a commitment to follow Yahweh, he joined the believers as a babe in Christ—as a babe in the Anointed. He had to learn about the Kingdom of Yahweh (the new government) before he could become a mature son. Once a new convert accepted the Kingdom of Righteousness, there was a lot of inward work to be done. Until Truth is fully revealed (brought to light), there is confusion and death in the temples of Yahweh.

Eph. 4:22-24, That you put off concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness.

The SAVIOR, in each of his presentations, created a war in the minds of those who desired the Spirit of Righteousness, not a war of man against man but a war against the carnal mind; a mind full of imaginations against the Holy Spirit of Truth. For this cause the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, came to reveal Truth.

2 Cor. 10:4-6, (The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through Yahweh to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing (barrier) that exalts itself against the knowledge of Yahweh, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Anointed; and having in a readiness to revenge (coming against) all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Notice, to come against all disobedience requires obedience. This happens in an individual’s life whether male or female. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness, and against spiritual wickedness in the heavens (Eph. 6:12).

The rider’s power was to:
kill with the Sword,
Eph. 6:17, And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.
Heb. 4:12, For the word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

kill with hunger,
Luke 15:11-24 – The prodigal son hungered and was saved through his hunger.
Amos 8:11-12, Behold, the days come, says the Lord Yahweh, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Yahweh, and shall not find it.

kill with death,
Rom. 7:5-13, When we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Yahweh forbid. No (Nay), I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin (death), taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? Yahweh forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Mildred Garner explained very clearly how it is possible to kill with death. Quoted from “Holy Spirit—the Source.”
“While Yahweh’s word revealed the purity and the power of Yahweh, it successfully exposed the weakness and unrighteous­ness of the creature who is attempting to function without the Spirit of his Creator. The law told us what we should do and what we should be, but not being mixed with an energy creating conviction (faith, or belief, in its principle), it became an unfulfilled law, or mirror, which revealed our image comparing us with him and convicting us of our sin against the law of life, love, and righteousness. But it gave us no strength to measure up to its demands.

Aware of the transition that he is unwillingly involved in, mankind gropes in the shadows of death. But like a drowning man, he continues to resist all efforts for his rescue. Motivated by fear of that which he does not understand, he struggles against and spurns the life he needs so desperately. Bound by law and blinded by sin, he is often attracted to and victimized by religious tradition with its pomp and ceremony, which is so appealing. He vainly attempts to appease a God who is neither angry nor vindictive, but ever stands with open arms to receive and redeem his blinded creation. But as Yahweh was rejected in the garden, so is he rejected by most of the religious world today.”

While the law brought condemnation (death), the Holy Spirit brought Life. The law revealed sin and the Holy Spirit delivered from sin. Those who accepted the Holy Spirit recognized the ceremonial laws as their schoolmaster that brought them into the knowledge of life and to the understanding of the crucifixion of the old man of sin. Spiritually speaking, they were killed with death.

kill with the beast of the earth.
Gen. 4:6-7, Then Yahweh said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (NIV) The Father told Cain that his anger was like a beast when he used the word “crouching.”

Anytime the beastly nature rears its ugly head, there is a potential for one to be spiritually or physically killed by it—it becomes a stepping stone or a stumbling block. At the time of John’s vision, the Kingdom of Yahweh was new in the minds of mankind and many that joined with the believers allowed their beastly nature to control them because they lusted after unrighteousness.

They fell prey to their lower nature and, thereby, destroyed those who depended upon them for truth. Ministers that received the Holy Spirit and then gave in to their lower nature (beastly nature) caused those who looked up to them to follow them into corruption and death. Some believers that knew lust and greed where not principles of the Kingdom of Yahweh saw their leader succumb to his lower nature and they lost faith in the Kingdom message, thus being killed with (destroyed by) the beast.

The Holy Spirit of Truth came into carnal vessels to bring them into perfection. Because the Word of Truth was mixed with carnality and proclaimed through weak vessels, it often brought condemnation upon the Word. This is seen in the churches that allowed the Balaam, Jezebel, and Nicolaitan doctrines to be taught. These false doctrines caused many to stumble and to commit fornication and adultery. Whether it was spiritual or physical fornication and adultery, it still caused spiritual death.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth that reveals carnality; it exposes the beastly nature in mankind.

John 8:32, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Hosea 4:6a, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… (See also Prov. 29:18.)

False doctrines could not produce Life in the churches in Asia. Ignorance was destroying the people, preventing them from receiving the much needed Holy Spirit of Life. As long as they accepted unrighteous living, they could not be delivered from their sinful nature. Their concepts kept them in the death realm, preventing them from receiving the Truth that would deliver them from sin.

The Lamb opens the fifth seal:

6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar (the place of sacrifice) the souls of them that were slain for the word of Yahweh, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not *distinguish (judge) and *vindicate (avenge) our kin (blood) out of (on) them that dwell on the earth?

*Distinguish – recognize differences between people or things.
*Vindicate – to free from blame, to show that somebody is justified or correct.

In verse ten, I took out the word “avenge” because in English it now means “to exact punishment for something, to retaliate on behalf of somebody.” The Kingdom of Yahweh does not consist of the principles of the flesh; therefore, the SAVIOR would not have retaliated. He uses the principles of love and mercy. He does not use the principles of an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. The principle of Love says, “Love your enemies, and turn the other cheek.” The souls that were slain for the Word of Yahweh were given white robes, which means they lived what they preached and died for righteousness’ sake. These believers were crying out for their loved ones, not for themselves.

Isa. 55:9, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Ezek. 18:29, Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
Luke 6:27-31, I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smites you on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloke forbid not to take your coat also. Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again. And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their siblings (brethren), that should be martyred (killed) as they were, should be fulfilled.

This multitude of believers gave their lives for the Word of Yahweh by being a testimony of Truth and Love; they wanted the world to know that Yahweh loved their enemies—those who had persecuted them. The SAVIOR did no less when he cried upon the cross, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:35). Stephen also forgave his enemies while he was being stoned (Acts 7:59). I am persuaded that Stephen’s cry for the Father to forgive his enemies was fulfilled. Surely Stephen’s death was not in vain. Paul was one of those who condemned Stephen when he was stoned (Acts 22:20) and he was later converted.

If the souls under the altar were asking Yahweh to kill their enemies because they were victims of martyrdom, then their deaths would have been in vain and their testimonies on earth a pretense.

In Revelation 3:5, we read that white robes were given to those who overcame. Now we see white robes being given to those under the sacrificial altar. I am persuaded that they, as overcomers, did not live a life of pretense; they lived righteously. Therefore, they were not asking the Father to kill their enemies for their sakes, but were asking him how long it would be before their loved ones would realize that they (those under the altar) had the truth and that they did not die in vain.

The Lamb opens the sixth seal:

6:12 And I beheld when he (the Lamb) 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;

In this scene, John sees what happened when the two kingdoms collided—the kingdom of the earth with the Kingdom of heaven. This is when the forces of the Kingdom of Righteousness wars against the forces of the kingdom of self.
The earthquake symbolizes the spiritual commotions caused by the change of the priesthood from the Levitical order to the Melchisedec order, from man ruling to the Holy Spirit ruling. These two orders were not compatible; they could not function on the same level. They were opposite of each other in principle; therefore, they collided with each other just as two plates of land try to move together. When one order gives way to the other, it causes a spiritual earthquake. In this case, a spiritual earthquake took place when the Holy Spirit invaded the kingdom of the natural man. The Holy Spirit was manifested in the earth; the Anointing brought the hearts and minds of the Church into the Kingdom of Righteousness and out of the kingdom of self.

Earthquake – copied from the Thundering Earth, by Moody Press:
“An earthquake occurs when the boundary between two masses of rock can no longer resist the pressure being put on it and it slides. The whole surrounding rocks are set into vibration and starts shaking. The vibration is what everybody senses and is the earthquake, but the source of that vibration was the sliding of the rock.

The earth’s surface is divided into 12 large plates. And each of these plates move relative to one another and in different ways. Some plates move side by side going past each other. Some of the plates move away from each other. There are some plates which move together and some of those plates will be pushed beneath the other one. The plates store up energy at the boundaries.
If you were in the middle of a plate, you will notice that it is moving all the time. If you are at the edge of the plate along the vault, there is no motion occurring. In between the plate it is being slowly bent building up energy like a spring. When that energy exceeds a certain point it slips and let’s go, and that is when you have an earthquake.”

The Melchisedec order existed from the beginning of time (Heb. 7:3), but the people could not see it because they did not have eyes to see the Spirit of Righteousness and Peace as their ruling force. When the SAVIOR came on the earth, he revealed the Spirit of the Word, which was the force, or power, of righteousness. The Word had been given from Adam to the second coming of Elijah, which was John the Baptist (Matt. 11:12-15), but the people could not hear the Spirit of the Word. When the SAVIOR put the Spirit of the Word in action, it created pressure (demands) in the minds of those around him.
John 1:10, The Word was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

After the Holy Spirit came, the disciples began their Spirit-filled ministry and it created a great commotion. When Peter and John healed the lame man at the temple, people had a displacement of the mind (bewildered)—a spiritual earthquake. This type of bewilderment probably happened quite often when the believers ministered and miracles followed.

Acts 3:7-10, Peter took the lame man by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising Yahweh. And all the people saw him walking and praising Yahweh: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with astonishment (wonder) and

*amazement at that which had happened unto him.
*Amazement –This word comes from a Greek word meaning “a displacement of the mind, to be bewildered,” which is a perfect example of a spiritual earthquake.

The sun became black (Rev. 6:12). In order to find out what the sun and the moon symbolized, it is necessary to establish their purpose when created.
Gen. 1:14-19, And the evening and the morning were the third day. And Elohiym said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide (distinguished between) 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 Elohiym 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 Elohiym set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohiym saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

The sun was for signs, meaning a signal, as a flag, a beacon, evidence, etc. Yahweh revealed his power and communicated with his people through signs. These signs proved to the people that Yahweh was truly speaking to them and not another. Oftentimes his signs revealed his message by unusual happenings. Even though Yahweh spoke by signs, it was still him speaking; he was just speaking in sign language.

One of the first signs given was the rainbow, which was created by the sun (Gen. 9:9-16). The feast days and the Sabbaths were all established by the sun or the phases of the moon.

The SAVIOR came on the scene on the Feast of Tabernacles as the Word made flesh and as a sign from the Father. Because he was the voice of the Father, the sun also symbolized him, not his fleshly body, but the Word. He was the living expression of Yahweh’s voice.

The sun, the symbol of the Father’s voice through the SAVIOR as he walked upon the earth, was darkened as the Word was rejected and crucified. But the Word promised to return—the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them. The Holy Spirit within their hearts tore down the partition that had kept them from coming face to face with themselves and the Spirit of Righteousness. The SAVIOR was no longer the Word in a singular flesh body, he was now a quickening (Life giving) Spirit. This quickening Spirit is a greater light than the sun symbolized (1 Cor. 15:45). The carnal mind cannot see this light.

In this verse (12), the sun is not gone, it is only darkened. The Anointed Word was to be manifested in all flesh and would not come through the Levitical priesthood. The new covenant was being poured out into all flesh as spoken by the prophet Joel in Joel chapter two. The writer said the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy when he said, “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.”

Acts 2:17-21, …I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy…. and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1 Cor. 2:12-16, Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of Yahweh, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the Anointed.

Where the sun symbolized Yahweh’s communication with the people; the moon symbolized Yahweh’s laws, his Ten Commandments, ordinances, ceremonies, feasts, and his appointments with the Israelites.

Ps. 104:19, He appointed the moon for seasons (for the feast days)….
The psalmist understood that Yahweh’s ceremonial ordinances were recognized according to the 1st, 3rd, and 7th full moon. These moons were called “mowed” in the Hebrew language—they were seasons for the Israelites.
Lev. 23:2, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts (mowed) of Yahweh, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts (mowed).

When the phrase “tabernacle of the congregation” was used in the Old Testament, the word “congregation” is from the Hebrew word “mowed,” which should have been translated “tabernacle of the seasons” or “tabernacle of his ordnances”. (See Exodus 28:42-53.) The tabernacle was where Yahweh met with man during the three feasts and was indicated by the full moon.

The Israelites used the moon to measure time. Three times a year all males appeared before Yahweh; each time was called a feast day and was celebrated on the full moon of the appointed month. The “full” moon symbolized the fullness of knowledge according to the light of truth given in that day.

Ex. 23:14-17, Three times you shall keep a feast unto me in the year. You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread: (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, in the time appointed of the month Abib (1st moon); for in it you came out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) and the Feast of Harvest (on the 3rd full moon), the firstfruits of your labors, which you have sown in the field: and the Feast of Ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when you have gathered in your labors out of the field. Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahweh.

Deut. 16:16, Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before Yahweh your God in the place which he shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles: and they shall not appear before Yahweh empty.

Notice that in Exodus the Feast of Weeks is also called the Feast of Harvest, and the Feast of Tabernacles is called the Feast of Ingathering. The book of Deuteronomy refers to these same feasts as the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Three times a year all Israelite males came into the temple before Yahweh. As they came before him on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened bread it answered to their nature. They gave recognition to their sinful nature and to their coming SAVIOR who was to deliver them from sin. They went seven days without partaking of leaven in hope to overcome sin. Leaven symbolized sin in the body of believers.

Each of these feasts has a spiritual significance. The Feast of Unleavened Bread came immediately after the Feast of Passover. The SAVIOR as the Passover Lamb was the fulfillment of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He was the one that cleansed from sin. As the last Lamb to be slain for the sins of the people, he instructed his followers to come together in communion. They were to drink wine, which symbolized his life, and eat from a loaf of bread, which symbolized his body. The Feast of Unleavened bread answered to their lower nature.

1 Cor. 5:7-8, Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

When the males came before Yahweh on the Feast of Harvest, also called Feast of Weeks, it answered to their labors. They recognized their inability to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit and gave recognition to the coming SAVIOR who was to plant his seed in them. This feast was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (meaning fifty); this was when the Holy Spirit was given to the 120 in the upper room, making it possible for the believers to produce the fruit of righteousness. We now fulfill the Feast of Harvest as we allow the Holy Spirit within us to teach, guide, and comfort us. The Feast of Harvest answered to their labors.

Acts 2:1-4, When the day of Pentecost (50th day) was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

John 14:16-17, I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. (Also see John 16:13; John 14:26.)
When the males came before Yahweh on the Feast of Tabernacles, it answered to their relationship with Yahweh. They gave recognition to the coming SAVIOR that would bring them into the image of their Father.
John 6:48-57, I am that bread of life (the manna was the shadow). Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread (the Anointed Word), he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh (his substance), which I will give for the life of the world…. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except you eat the flesh (his substance, which was the Anointed Word) of the Son of man, and drink his blood (his characteristics, his principles which was after the Father), you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is the true meat (indeed), and my blood is the true drink (indeed). He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.

Rom. 5:10, When we were enemies, we were reconciled to Yahweh by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
When the phrase “tabernacle of the congregation” was used in the Old Testament, the word “congregation,” from the Hebrew word “mowed,” should have been translated “tabernacle of the seasons” or “tabernacle of his ordnances”. (See Exodus 28:42-53.) The tabernacle was where Yahweh met with man during the three feasts.

The Feast of Ingatherings, or Tabernacles, was celebrated by the Israelites dwelling in booths for seven days. Our SAVIOR was born on the Feast of Tabernacles; this was the first time Yahweh tabernacled man. We will truly celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles when we come into full maturity—the fullness of Yahweh in us. The fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles answers to our relationship with the Father.

Rom 8:10-11, If Christ (the Anointing) be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up the SAVIOR from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also make alive (quicken) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. (Notice there are two experiences.)

As the moon became as blood, John saw it take on life. In the Old Testament, blood was used to designate life: the life in animals, mankind, and fruit. The blood of man is the life of man. The Levitical ceremonies were types and shadows of Yahweh as he dealt with unconverted man. When the Holy Spirit came, it connected the shadow to its reality, that is, the moon became as blood—the symbols became manifestations of Life through the Holy Spirit within them. The SAVIOR shed his blood for them (and us) that they might inherit his substance that is after his Father; he laid down that which was after his mother and became a quickening (life giving) Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). It was his Life within them that changed them so drastically that they were willing to die for the Gospel’s sake. The moon, as the symbol of the Levitical ceremonies, was replaced by the reality.

The SAVIOR’s blood, his Life, his characteristics, his seed; his substance in us sets us free from sin and death and brings us into our Father’s image.

1 Cor. 15:54, 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.

Through the experiences of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Tabernacles, the Ten Commandment were written on the hearts of the believers and were no longer on tables of stone; they became their nature—their spirit, not just an act of obedience to a Higher Power. Yahweh’s Melchisedec order was written not only in the minds of those in the upper room, but it became a part of their spiritual genetics, so to speak. The moon turning to blood signified that the believers could now be a true expression of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, the dwelling place of the Most High. Yahweh’s Word was as the scripture said, “Written upon the hearts.”

Yahweh communicated with the believers; he guided, comforted and taught them by his Holy Spirit. He no longer needed a lifeless substance to reveal his plan and power. All those who received the Holy Spirit in the upper room and others after them began to commune with the Creator face to face no matter where they were. They were commanded to think differently and to be submerged into the Spirit of the Word as Yahweh’s tabernacles, so they would come into full maturity, into the image of their Father.

Acts 2:38-39, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yasha Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 3:18-21, Those things, which Yahweh before had showed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he has so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted (turn around), that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send the Anointed SAVIOR, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all (things), which Yahweh has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the ages (world began).

Each of the seven churches that Yahweh reprimanded were told to repent. In other words, go a different direction and consider their actions.
One sign that was given to those who were converted was tongues; it was a manifestation of the power of their SAVIOR to control the most unruly part about them as he used it to intercede for them. We are still given signs today when we are not sure of our SAVIOR’s voice.

1 Cor. 14:21-22, In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, said the Lord. Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Stars symbolize messengers, the light bearers of the earth. In the Old Testament, Yahweh used the prophets, priests, kings, and judges to speak to his people. They were the mediators between Yahweh and man. They were those who shined the light of Truth in the darkness. The Light shined through them, but their nature was not changed by the Light.

· Israelites, worshippers of Yahweh, were stars of heaven:

Exod. 19:5-6, Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel. See also, Deut. 1:8-11; Num. 24:16-17.

· Prophets were stars of heaven:

Deut. 18:15, Yahweh your God will raise up unto you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brethren, like unto me; unto him you shall hearken.

· Priests were stars of heaven:

Heb. 5:1, For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to Yahweh, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

· Judges were stars of heaven (Moses set up judges over the people):

Ex. 18:13, 20-22 …Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening…. And you shall teach them ordinances and laws, and shall show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: and let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto you, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with you.

· John was a burning light, which is a star:

John 5:33-36, You sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me.

· The stars fell from heaven (Rev. 6:13).

The stars that fell from heaven were the prophets, priests, judges, kings, and the Israelites who did not accept the SAVIOR as the Son of Yahweh. These stars were the lights in a dark world. Now we see that they have fallen from their lofty positions and are no longer the light bearers. The stars that did not fall were the ones that received the Holy Spirit of promise and became the Light bearers in Yahweh’s Kingdom. Many in the Old Testament were stars, but when they refused to accept the new order, they failed to be light bearers. The glorious Light of the administration of the Holy Spirit outshined the light of the Levitical order.

2 Cor. 3:7-16, But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelled. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: and not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: but their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old covenant (testament); which vail is done away in the Anointed. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Nevertheless when it (the heart) shall turn (be converted) to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. (Notice that which has to turn, or rather be converted, is the heart—their thoughts and feelings. Israel knew the letter of the law, but their nature—their genetic makeup—had to be one with the Father as well. The vail hid the truth.)

In Genesis 1:3, we read that there was light above the firmament that was not the sun, moon, or stars. This light is Yahweh, which is Life.
John 1:1-4, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh. The same was in the beginning with Yahweh. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

2 Cor 4:3-7, If our gospel be veiled (hid), it is veiled (hid) to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of Yahweh, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but the Anointed SAVIOR, the Lord; and ourselves your servants for the SAVIOR’s sake. For Yahweh, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the face of the Anointed SAVIOR. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of Yahweh, and not of us.

6:14 And the heaven rent apart (departed) as a scroll coiled (when it is rolled together); and every mountain and island were stirred (moved) out of their places.

According to Acts 7:49 and Isaiah 66:1, heaven is Yahweh’s throne, it is his dwelling place:
Isa. 66:1 Thus saith Yahweh, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

Heaven renting apart like a scroll coiled was Yahweh putting into action his plan for the future as he closed up the past. His dwelling place had changed. The signs and ordnances were now experiences within his temples: they were manifestations of him in his body of believers. The place of Yahweh’s rest was in the minds and hearts of mankind where the Father communicates face to face with man. This change caused a great commotion, a great earthquake, in the hearts of the people.

Eph. 2:15-22, Having abolished in his (the SAVIOR’s) flesh the hostility (enmity), even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace (no hostility); And that he might reconcile both unto Yahweh in one body by the cross, having slain the hostility (enmity) thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both (Jews & Gentles, other nations) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Yahweh; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Anointed SAVIOR himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in Yahweh: In whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit.
1 Cor. 3:16, Do you not know that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
Rom. 14:17, The kingdom of Yahweh is … righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

When the SAVIOR died on the cross, the Levitical order of symbols came to an end. The veil in the temple renting in two (Luke 23:44-46; Matt. 27:50-53) symbolized the Holy Spirit taking away the veil that separated man from Yahweh, which was, and is, the veil of flesh. When the Holy Spirit came, a new and living way was made into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts and minds of mankind allowing him to experience the reality of the shadow. The way was made for both the Jews and gentiles to come before the throne of Yahweh without a man-priest as a mediator.

Heb. 10:19-20, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of the SAVIOR, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.
2 Cor. 6:16, …I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Gal. 3:27-28, As many of you as have been baptized into the Anointing have put on the Anointing. There is neither Jew nor gentile (Greek), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Anointed SAVIOR.

Notice these similarities at the time of Revelation 6:12-13 and our SAVIOR’s death:

  • heaven rent apart as a scroll coiled – the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom
  • the sun became black as sackcloth of hair – there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth house
  • a great earthquake – the earth did quake and the rocks rent
  • The veil being rent in the temple caused the temple to be one room instead of two, which ended the Levitical order. Heaven being rent apart in John’s vision also symbolized the mind of mankind coming out of the Levitical order of symbols and putting on the mind of Christ (the Anointing). According to Hebrews chapter eight, the new covenant that Jeremiah spoke about was fulfilled by the Anointing—the SAVIOR in us.

Jer. 31:31-34, Behold, the days come, said Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, Yahweh said: “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, said Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, said Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

The new covenant was set in place by the death of the SAVIOR. Fifty days after Passover, on Pentecost, a new High Priest came in the order of the Melchisedec Priesthood. This High Priest came as the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and teach and to bring mankind into the Kingdom of Righteousness. Yahweh gave the people forty years to abandon the old order. During these forty years, according to the book of Josephus and Matthew twenty-four, there were many signs given to the Hebrews to show them that the old order had come to an end and the new order was established. The SAVIOR told his disciples what to look for when the end of the Levitical age was fully completed.

Matt. 24:29-31, Immediately after the great pressure (tribulation) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his messengers (angels) with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

6:15 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;

This great earthquake happened at the same time the sun darkened and the moon become as blood, and when the stars fell. At this time the rulers (the great men), the wealthy, the slaves and the free men, hid in dens and caves calling for the mountains and rocks to fall on them to hide them from the face of Yahweh and from what was happening at that time.

The measure of truth known to the Israelites was proved inferior—the Ten Commandments in their hearts judged them as sinful. Those whom they were following as the lights of Truth became inadequate compared to the new and better order. Many became very distraught by the change.

What were these mountains and rocks that the people wanted to hide in? Notice that they wanted to be hid, not killed. Therefore, these mountains and rocks were not physical; they were symbolic of the religious systems that had great influence on the people. The islands symbolized isolated bodies of religious systems that were other nations. When the Levitical order came to an end, there was a great spiritual shaking going on in the religious world. People clung to their doctrines, trying to find security, but there was none.

Religious mountains:

Ezek. 6:1-3, And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying, Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, And say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Yahweh; Thus saith the Lord Yahweh to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. (See also Eze. 36:1-2.)
Isa. 65:9, And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. (See also Isa. 52:5-8, Zech. 4:6-7.)
The Islands represent other nations:
Isa. 49:1-3, Listen, O islands (isles), unto me; and hearken, you people, from far; Yahweh has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name. And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he hid me; and said unto me, you are my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
Isa. 40:29-41:1; Yahweh gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. (Yahweh called the nations islands. He told the people if they would wait upon him, he would give them strength.)

6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face that dwells (of him that sits) on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

The religious order changed and the people’s sins were no longer covered by the sacrifice of animals. When the Holy Spirit exposed their innermost thoughts, they cried for the religious systems to justify them in their sinful condition. But the day of revealing had come, the day of the wrath of the Lamb—the Holy Spirit of Truth came and exposed their sinful hearts.

II Th. 2:1-4, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the presence (coming) of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, and by our gathering together unto him, That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as the (that) day of Anointing (Christ) is now (at hand). Let no man deceive you by any means: for (that day shall not come), except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of Yahweh, showing himself that he is God. (See also Heb. 4:12-14.)

The glory of the old order was darkened by the glorious light of Life and truth—the law of the Levitical order could no longer save them (Heb. 10:1-10). Natural Israel’s prophets lost their positions as the light bearers of Yahweh. The Holy Spirit took his position as the High Priest and King in the temples of Yahweh and began his work of dethroning the son of perdition.

The Holy Spirit brought judgment upon sin. Yahweh’s prophets who refused to accept the SAVIOR, the Anointed Word and light of the world, fell from their positions. There was a great commotion, a spiritual earthquake, when the Holy Spirit of Truth manifested himself through the believers.

John 16:7-11, Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

The SAVIOR came to bring judgment upon sin. His judgment against sin was counted as wrath. Natural man did not, and still does not understand how correction and judgment can be administered without the strong desire for retribution accompanied with strong anger. The SAVIOR could not manifest something he did not possess. The SAVIOR was never against man, he came against unrighteousness. He came to save that which was lost and to set the captive free.

Isa. 61:1-4, The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

Notice that when the SAVIOR quoted the passage above that the “day of vengeance” was the acceptable year of Yahweh. This day of vengeance was him preaching good news; it was a day of binding up the brokenhearted; it was a day of setting the captives free; it was a day of opening the prison doors (those held captive to deception). The day of vengeance was a day of exposing the lies that held the people captive. The SAVIOR proclaimed that he was the fulfillment of that acceptable year, the day of vengeance against sickness, captivity, and spiritual blindness. He was the SAVIOR that came to set men free from sin.

Luke 4:17-21, There was delivered unto the SAVIOR the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

The SAVIOR’s mission was to save the world (John 12:37), not to condemn it (John 3:17).

Isa. 35:3-10, Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

The Lamb was the Anointed SAVIOR. He used the principles of righteousness and there was no violence in him. He did not manifest any of the works of the flesh such as wrath. If he had, there would have been sin in him; therefore, contradicting the scriptures declaring he had no sin.

2 Cor. 5:21-6:1, He has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.
1 John 3:6, You know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (Also see 1 Pet. 2:20-24)
Isa. 53:7-9, He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

The Lamb’s wrath was his dislike for corruption, but those who refused to accept his principles of righteousness were affected by his judgment against sin.

6:17 For the great day of his (the Lamb’s) wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

When the SAVIOR came in the acceptable day of Yahweh, it was that great day of wrath; the day he came against unrighteousness. The judgment upon sin caused those who refused to accept him as their SAVIOR to have hardship and destruction because they rejected Yahweh’s principles which was their protection and saving power.

Isa. 28:14-19, Wherefore hear the word of Yahweh, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: therefore thus saith the Lord Yahweh, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Revelation Chapter Five

5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a [scroll]book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
The right hand is a symbol of power and salvation:

Ps. 18:35, You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great.
Ps. 20:6, Now know I that the LORD saves his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

In sealing a literal roll (the scroll), it was wrapped round with flaxen thread or string, then a lump of clay was attached to it impressed with a seal. The seal would have to be broken by an authorized person before the book could be read. The information in the scroll was “sealed,” indicating that its writings were a mystery. In John’s vision, the Lamb was the only one worthy to break the seals.

The seven seals represent the totality of the messages written within and without the scroll. John’s vision was a revelation of the Anointed SAVIOR; therefore, the opening of each seal reveals his relationship with Yahweh and man.

2 And I saw a [forceful]strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the [scroll]book, and to loose the seals thereof?

This forceful angel represents that cry within mankind to understand the mystery of himself and his connection with his Creator. Paul gave us an example in Romans 7:24 when he said, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Then he gave the answer to his own question, saying, their deliverance would come through the Anointed SAVIOR.

Rom. 8:18-23, I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the [creation]creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the [creation] creature was made subject to [depravity]vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, Because the [creation]creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh. For we know that the whole [creation] creature groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the [son placing] adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the [scroll]book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the [scroll]book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Here, we see the elders being forced to see their spiritual lack, their inability to understand the Father. The Lion, the SAVIOR, was able to reveal Yahweh to his creation; he had the authority to loose the seven seals and to reveal the mystery that was written within and without.

In verse five, the words “has prevailed” means to “subdue.” To “subdue” is to bring one under forcible control. Nowhere do we read in the scriptures that the SAVIOR ruled over human beings. But we do see here that there was no sin found in him—he ruled, or subdued, the flesh realm. He, the essence of righteousness, was worthy to open the seven seals and to reveal the mystery.

2 Cor. 5:21, … [the SAVIOR] who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.

5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four Living Creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Yahweh sent forth into all the earth.

Every altar that Yahweh commanded the Hebrews to build had horns. The horns on an altar were the most sacred part of it. They were anointed with the blood of the sacrifice for their most solemn sacrifices. Before they began their sacrifices, they anointed the horns of the altar for atonement for their sins.

Exod. 30:10, Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements: once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations: it is most holy unto Yahweh.

If the horns were broke off, it would desecrate the altar (Amos 3:14). When the altar was desecrated the priest lost his power, authority, and honor. The horns on the altar were a symbol of safety for those who clung to them (1 Kings 1:50). The horns symbolized the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

The horns were used to anoint the people to become ministers or kings. They were given power and authority through the anointing oil.

1 Sam. 16:13, Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of Yahweh came upon David from that day forward.

Luke 1:68-69, Blessed be Yahweh God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people, And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. See also, 1 Sam. 2:9-10 and 2 Sam. 22:3.

The angel explained the seven horns and seven eyes when he said they symbolized the seven Spirits of Yahweh that went forth into all the earth. These seven Spirits are named in the twelfth verse at the time those around the throne sang unto Yahweh, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain [to have] receive the (1) power, and (2) riches, and (3) wisdom, and (4) strength, and (5) honor, and (6) glory, and (7) blessing.”

The seven Spirits of Yahweh went out into all the earth through the hundred and twenty in the upper room after the Holy Spirit was given.

Acts 2:16-18, But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, said Yahweh, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Acts 2:38-39, Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Anointed SAVIOR for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as Yahweh our God shall call.

The Seven eyes of the Lamb symbolize the SAVIOR’s complete understanding of all things.

Matt. 11:27, All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

John 5:19-20, Then answered the SAVIOR and said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. (See also John 14:26; 16:13.)

The Lamb’s seven horns represent all power and authority that was given unto the SAVIOR.

Matt. 28:18, The SAVIOR came and spoke unto them (the disciples), saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

The Lamb’s eyes and horns together represent the manifestation of Yahweh—the seven spirits, which the angel introduced to the seven churches that was sent out into all the earth.

5:7 And the Lamb [the SAVIOR] came and took the [scroll]book out of the right hand of him [Yahweh] that sat upon the throne.

Taking the scroll out of the “right hand” of Yahweh signified that the Lamb was given the same authority as the Father. He was worthy to give life and execute counsel and fulfill the purposes of Yahweh.

Matt. 26:64, The SAVIOR said… I say unto you, Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Ps. 17:7, Show you marvelous loving kindness, O you that saved by your right hand them which put their trust in you from those that rise up against them.

Isa. 45:1-3,This said Yahweh to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holding, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, Yahweh, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel. (See Psalm 60:5 and 63:8.)

Here, we see our SAVIOR taking the scroll, which symbolizes the Father’s authority given to him, to reveal the mystery of Yahweh unto all creation.

John 17:1-3, These words spoke the SAVIOR, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you: as you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and the Anointed SAVIOR, whom you have sent.

Col. 1:15-19, Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. (See also Phil. 2:5-11.)

5:8 And when he had taken the [scroll]book, the four Living Creatures and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of [incense] odors, which are the prayers of saints.

“To fall down before the Lamb,” means to be in submission and honor to the Lamb. That which the four Living Creatures represent was also in submission to Yahweh who was on the throne because every aspect of the SAVIOR’s life was governed by Yahweh’s Spirit from his lineage to his many-membered body of believers.

    • The symbol of the Lion reveals the SAVIOR came through the tribe of Judah; it signifies his authority as a man (man was given dominion) and at the same time, the power and authority of the Father because he is the Son of Yahweh:

Heb. 7:14, For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah…

John 5:25-27, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Yahweh: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; and has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

    • As the symbol of the Bullock, the SAVIOR gave his entire life as a man on earth giving himself freely to the ministry of his Father:

John 8:28-29, Then said the SAVIOR unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

John 12:49, I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
John 5:19, Then answered the SAVIOR and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also doeth the Son likewise. (Also see John 5:19; 14:10-11.)

    • As the symbol of the Man, the SAVIOR took dominion over the works of Yahweh’s hands and ruled as the son of man (Gen. 1:26), but he was an exact image of his Father by his character and power (Heb. 1:3).

Isa. 9:6-7, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.

    • As the symbol of the Eagle, the sons of Yahweh (the body of believers) are renewed in the strength and power of the Anointed SAVIOR.

Ex. 19:4-6, You have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation….

Isa. 40:31, They that wait upon Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

John 1:1, 4, 12, 14, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh… In him was life; and the life was the light of men… But as many as received him [the Word], to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh, even to them that believe on his name… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Rom. 8:14, As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of Yahweh.

1 Cor. 12:12-14, As the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is the Anointed. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or gentiles (other nations), whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

The harp is a symbol of praise and worship.

Ps. 108:1-3, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Yahweh, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

The golden vials that were full of prayers represent the hearts of the saints, those who had gone through the fire and were molded into vessels whose prayers were powerful.

James 5:16, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

9 And they [24 elders] sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the [scroll] book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to Yahweh by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And have made us unto our God reigning kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

If each kindred, tongue, people, and nation had one elder taken from them to come before the throne, the number would be greater than twenty-four. The number twenty-four symbolizes the new government (represented by the 12 disciples), which was shadowed by the old government (represented by the 12 tribes). It took the revealing of the old to establish the new—the kingdom of priest. They were redeemed by the blood (life) of the lamb and made a kingdom of priests to reign on the earth. The twenty-four elders represent the government of Yahweh in his believers, which is the royal priesthood administration—the Melchisedec order.

The new song represents the new way of worship in the Kingdom realm. The believers no longer worshiped Yahweh by the ceremonial laws, but worshiped Yahweh in Spirit and in truth.

John 4:24, Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In the new administration, Christ is the Lord and King. Believers experience the Holy Spirit’s miraculous power of deliverance from sin. They can sing because of the richness of Yahweh’s glory that is felt within them. They can sing about his wisdom that is peaceable, gentle, and easily understood, yet it is far beyond man’s natural understanding.

The promise of being a kingdom of priests was given many hundreds of years before, but the children of Israel had not kept the covenant nor could they hear the voice of Yahweh. When the Anointed SAVIOR, our High Priest, returned on the day of Pentecost, he gave them the guide, the comforter, and the teacher that would open their understanding. (See 2 Tim. 2:12; Heb. 4:14.)

Heb. 5:9-10, And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; called of Yahweh an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Remember the Spirit said, “And from the Anointed SAVIOR, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the first of the Kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and has made us reigning priests unto Deity (the SAVIOR) and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen,” (Rev. 1:5-6).

The saints were redeemed by the “blood,” the SAVIOR. They were redeemed by his “Life;” he is the Life, the Way, and the Light. To have life is to be spiritually minded (Rom. 8:6).

John 10:10, I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

John 4:14, Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 6:33, 35, 53-58, 63, The bread of Yahweh is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world… The SAVIOR said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst… Then the SAVIOR said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever… It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many [messengers]angels round about the throne and the Living Creatures and the elders: and the number of them were ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to [have] receive the (1) power, and (2) riches, and (3) wisdom, and (4) strength, and (5) honor, and (6) glory, and (7) blessing.

The Lamb was suitable to send forth the seven Spirits of Yahweh in the earth (in vessels of flesh and blood). Remember, these Spirits were introduced in the messages to the overcomers.

1. Power – #1411, miraculous power – something regarded as supernatural.

Acts 1:8, But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Rom. 15:13, Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

To the overcomers in Thyatira it was said—Rev. 2:26-29, He that overcomes and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall [shepherd] rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter are molded: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

John 1:12, But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh, even to them that believe on his name:

1 Cor. 4:20, For the kingdom of Yahweh is not in word, but in power.

Ps. 2:8-9, Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall [scatter them]dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Jer. 18:2-6, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says Yahweh. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. See article “Pottery” in chapter 2:27 of this study for more information on pottery.

2. Riches – #4149, wealth as fullness; valuable bestowment.

Col. 1:26-27, Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is the Anointed in you, the hope of glory:

To the overcomers in Ephesus it was said—Rev. 2:7, To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the Tree of Life [the Anointed WORD, Wisdom, Righteousness], which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh.

Eph. 3:16-19, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That the Anointed may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of the Anointed, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of Yahweh. (See also John 14:6.)

3. Wisdom – the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (James 3:17). This wisdom comes from Yahweh and is not the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experiences.

Eph. 3:9-11, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in Yahweh, who created all things by the Anointed SAVIOR: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of Yahweh, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord:

The only way a person can fellowship with Yahweh is to hear his Word by the Holy Spirit. Acquaintance does not equal fellowship with a person. There has to be some common grounds of knowledge and purpose, otherwise, the relationship is one sided. Fellowship consists of two people sharing in interest each one’s comprehension of the word of Truth. In order to have association with Yahweh, he must be in us and us in him for he is spirit.

John 14:20, Our Lord said, At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

James 3:13, Who is a wise man and endued with [intelligence]  knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

James 3:17-18, The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

To the overcomers in Pergamos it was said—Rev. 2:17, To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.

John 6:49-51, Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

4. Strength – #2479 – ability

Eph. 6:10-12, Finally, my brethren, be strong in Yahweh, and in the power of Yahweh’s [ability]might. Put on the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mark 12:30, And you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your [ability] strength: this is the first commandment.

To the overcomers in Philadelphia it was said—Rev. 3:12, He that overcomes 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 comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

1 Tim. 3:15-16, But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the House of Yahweh, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: Yahweh was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

5. Honor – # 5092, to esteem of the highest degree or dignity itself (dignity: the condition of being worthy of respect, also the high rank, position or honor)

Rom. 2:7, To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life. To have eternal life is to have Yahweh dwelling in you.

1 Cor. 6:20, For you are bought with a price [with honor]: therefore glorify Yahweh in your body, and in your spirit, which are Yahweh’s.

To the overcomers in Laodicea it was said—Rev. 3:21, To him that overcomes 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.

John 14:19-20, Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 14:1-3, Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in Yahweh, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many [abodes]mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where “I am,” there you may be also.

Luke 17:21, Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of Yahweh is within you.  (See also, 2 Tim. 2:12 and 1 Pet. 2:4-5.)

6. Glory – This glory is the manifestation of the Father through his believers—it is an action, not just a thought.

Col. 1:27, To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Eph. 5:26-27, That he might sanctify and cleanse the Church 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.

John 1:14, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Rom. 8:18-19, For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the [creation]creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh.

To the overcomers in Sardis it was said—Rev. 3:5, “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white [light] raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.”

Mark 9:2-5, And after six days the SAVIOR took with him Peter, and James, and John, and led them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was *transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them [Elijah]Elias with Moses: and they were talking with the SAVIOR. And Peter answered and said to the SAVIOR, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

*Transfigured – #3339, metamorphoo (met-am-or-fo’-o); to transform (literally or figuratively, “metamorphose”):

7. Blessing – #2129, consecration, expression of approval, benefit or generosity. We are blessed with spiritual blessings.

1 Cor. 10:16-17, The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of the Anointed? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Anointed? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

Eph. 1:3-4, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in the Anointed: According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

To the overcomers in Smyrna it was said—Rev. 2:11, “He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.”

James 1:12, Blessed is the man that endures [adversity] temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

Rom. 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift [the blessing] of Yahweh is eternal life through the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord.

John 11:25-26, The SAVIOR said, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?

1 Cor. 15:26, The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

This is the conclusion of the seven Spirits of Yahweh that the Lamb was worthy to give unto the Sons of Yahweh.

Eph. 1:17-23, That the God of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in the Anointed, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this [age]world, but also in that which is to come: And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is his Body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.

Who were the overcomers?

John 16:33, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have [tribulation]pressure: but be of good cheer; I [the SAVIOR] have overcome [subdued] the world.

I John 4:2-4, Hereby know you the Spirit of Yahweh: Every spirit that confesses that the Anointed SAVIOR is come in the flesh is of Yahweh: And every spirit that confesses not that the Anointed SAVIOR is come in the flesh is not of Yahweh: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. You are of Yahweh, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

I John 5:4-5, Whosoever is born of Yahweh overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that the SAVIOR is the Son of Yahweh.

5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I [John]saying, (1) Blessing, and (2) honor, and (3) glory, and (4) power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for [ages and ages]ever and ever.
14 And the four Living Creatures said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that lives for [ages and ages]ever and ever.

Here we see the ministry of the four Living Creatures and the twenty-four elders being heard throughout the ages by every creature because Yahweh will never forsake his creation (Heb. 13:5). There is nothing that can separate

Yahweh’s love from his creation (Rom. 8:38-39).

Rom. 14:11, As I live, said the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to Yahweh.

Phil. 2:10-11, That at the name of the SAVIOR every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that the Anointed SAVIOR is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father.

Ps. 22:27-29, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto Yahweh: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before you. For the kingdom is Yahweh’s: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

The SAVIOR’s mission was and is to save the lost.

Luke 19:10, The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3:17, Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Revelation Chapter Four

4:1 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 here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.

In Revelation 1:19, John was told to write the things which had already happened, the things which were, and the things thereafter. The SAVIOR revealed to John the past and present spiritual condition of the Church in chapters two and three, but he had not yet revealed himself. The following chapters will reveal the SAVIOR’s relationship with the Church by revealing himself in connection with them.

John was aware of the condition of the Church; otherwise, he would not have felt the need to go to the isle of Patmos for the Word of Yahweh. At the very onset of John’s vision, he stated he was in the Spirit, which did not mean that he was invisible but that he was receiving information beyond the natural realm of understanding.

The “door opening in heaven” symbolizes an opening into a greater revelation than what was known by the Church at that time. The book of Revelation is introduced as the revealing of the Anointed SAVIOR. The “door opening in heaven” signified that the SAVIOR was going to reveal (open) himself to John.

The first time a trumpet was used in the Old Testament was at the foot of Mount Sinai. At the sound of the trumpet, the people could come up the mount (Ex. 19:13). By being obedient to the trumpet sound, the people could come into the presence of Yahweh and communicate with him, but they were too frightened. John was, also, given an invitation into Yahweh’s heavenly realm. The Holy Spirit opened his spiritual eyes so he could understand the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahweh, which is the Anointing in man (Col. 1:26). Unlike the Israelites, John obeyed the voice of the trumpet even in his fear, and his obedience brought him into the realm with the FATHER (Rev. 1:17). Great things happened when Yahweh sounded his trumpet.

4:2 And immediately I [John] was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

The number “one” is the symbol of unity; it excludes all differences. There was only one that set on the throne. To become one with the FATHER is to harmonize with him in Spirit and Word.

John’s mind had entered a spiritual realm where he could understand what he was seeing, and he heard from the One on the throne of righteousness.

1 Cor. 2:12-16, Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual [discerns] judges all things, yet he himself is [discerned] judged of no man. For who has known the mind of Yahweh, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the Anointed.

John understood the Power of all powers; he saw the King of kings as he looked into the realm of the FATHER and the Son. The SAVIOR was the one in the midst of the seven churches

4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Here we see Yahweh in his glory (beauty). He is introduced as being like a jasper and a sardine stone so the churches could understand his value and beauty in their lives.

    • Jasper is an opaque, usually red, yellow, or brown in color. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface, and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone (precious stone).
    • Sardine stone is a gem (precious stone) of a blood-red color. It was called “sardius” because it was obtained from Sardis in Lydia.
    • Emeralds come in many shades of green and bluish green. There is a wide spectrum of clarity, dependent on the inclusions and fractures in the crystal.

Yahweh used a rainbow as a sign of his covenant with man. When we understand the spiritual significance of the rainbow, we will have a better understanding of man’s relationship with the FATHER. The revelation of the rainbow covenant reveals Yahweh’s character and his relationship with man. Noah and his family only saw a rainbow, but Yahweh was giving mankind an insight into himself.

    • Red represents Yahweh’s judgment upon sin and his love for humanity.
    • Orange represents Yahweh’s perception, creativity, strength and determination.
    • Yellow represents Yahweh’s honor and his loyalty to his creation.
    • Green represents Yahweh’s perseverance, patience, and his life-force.
    • Blue represents Yahweh’s divinity, wisdom, intelligence, and his integrity.
    • Indigo represents Yahweh’s magnitude, eternalness, and spirituality.
    • Purple represents his royalty, supreme power, nobility, and majesty.

The rainbow around the throne symbolizes Yahweh’s character, power, and abilities—his very essence of who and what he is.

4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty [seats, power] thrones, and upon the [seats] thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads [laurels]crowns of gold.

The twenty-four elders represent the 12 tribes that Yahweh used to introduce the Old Testament administration and the 12 disciples that introduced the New Testament administration. He brought the Old Testament the New Testament into one spiritual government, which is the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Heb. 11:40, Yahweh having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

The word “elders” means “seniors.” Yahweh gave mankind dominion over the earth and crowned him with glory and honor.

Ps. 8:4-6, What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visited him? For you have made him a little lower than the [Elohiym] angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. (Also see Heb. 2:6-10.)

Surrounding the throne were twenty-four elders sitting on twenty-four thrones. A throne indicates control and influence. The twenty-four elders around about the throne signify that they were under subjection to the One on the throne. In Revelation 5:9, the elders were said to be redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation. They were redeemed by the blood [life] of the lamb and made a kingdom of priests to reign on the earth. The twenty-four elders represent the government of Yahweh in his believers—the royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:7-9-10, Unto you therefore which believe he is precious… You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

In the KJV of the Bible, these twenty-four elders are seen sitting before the SAVIOR’s throne wearing laurels, translated as *crowns. These crowns were not diadems (a king’s crown); they were laurels that were worn to symbolize a victor’s glory and honor that was bestowed upon them by the King of kings.

*Crown # 4735 stephanos (stef’-an-os); – from an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, 1238), literally or figuratively:

The use of laurels (wreathes) go back to ancient cultures such as Persia, Rome and Greece. Originally, the laurel was a fabric headband which was sometimes adorned with jewels. A laurel was called a diadem, from the Greek word “diadema” which means “a thing bound around.” The laurel was a symbol of victory.

Wreaths: quoted from Askabout.com:

“Around 776 B.C., wreaths made of laurel or olive leaves were used to crown winners of Olympic games as prizes. The olive branch became the symbol for peace because the games were not held during war periods. Later when the games moved to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches from local trees.”

Paul must have been accustomed to the use of laurels for he said he was to receive a crown of righteousness for winning the race against sin and death.

2 Tim. 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Peter called the laurel a crown of glory.

1 Pet. 5:1-4, The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of the Anointed, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of Yahweh which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over Yahweh’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

In the book of James, we find the laurel referred to as the crown of Life.

James 1:12, Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of Life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

In the first book of Thessalonians the laurel is called the crown of rejoicing.

1Thes. 2:19, For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR at his coming?
In the scriptures above, all the “crowns” mentioned were originally “laurels.” The elders’ crowns were not crowns for a king. Laurels were given to show honor for one’s achievement and to make the wearer shine for others to see and share in his victory. The 24 elders had run the race; they had been faithful. They received honor and glory for being faithful.

4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Yahweh.

Thunders and lightnings proceeding from the throne of Yahweh is an excellent representation of Yahweh’s voice and his enlightenment.

2 Sam. 22:14, Yahweh thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

Ps. 43:3, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles.

Ps. 77:18, The voice of your thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened (enlightened) the world: the earth trembled and shook.

When Yahweh spoke to the people on Mt. Sinai, he used lightnings and thunderings to get their attention (Ex. 19:16). Flashes of light represent truth coming forth from the throne of Yahweh. The thunder represents the voice of Yahweh. The thunder and lightning always brought the Israelites’ attention. It meant that Yahweh was going to give instructions, directions, or a reprimand; therefore, they needed to stop and listen.

The seven Spirits of Yahweh that were lamps of fire burning before the throne were: (1) power (2) riches (3) wisdom (4) strength (5) honor (6) glory (7) blessing. These seven Spirits are found in Revelation 5:12 and 7:12 and will be explained in chapter five of Revelation. Our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).

4:6 And before the throne [the SAVIOR with power] there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four Living Creatures full of eyes before and behind [all seeing capabilities].

How to make glass: quoted from The Household Cyclopedia of General Information.

“The earths are silica (the basis of flints), lime, and sometimes a little alumina (the basis of clay). Silica constitutes the basis of glass. It is employed in the state of fine sand or flints; and sometimes for making very fine glass, rock crystal is employed. When sand is used, it ought, if possible, to be perfectly white, for when it is colored with metallic oxides the transparency of the glass is injured. Such sand can only be employed for very coarse glasses. It is necessary to free the sand from all the loose earthy particles with which it may be mixed, which is done by washing it well with water. Lime renders glass less brittle, and enables it to withstand better the action of the atmosphere.”

“The heat in the furnace must be kept up until the glass is brought to a state of perfect fusion; and during this process any scum which arises must be removed by ladles. When the glass is perfectly melted, the glass-blowers commence their operations.”

The word “sea” comes from the word “salt;” it is a body of water that has salt in it. All that is required to make glass is a little sand, a little salt, a little lime, and a lot of heat.

Let’s consider the elements that make a sea of glass:
Water, the first ingredient that makes up a sea, is the symbol of Yahweh’s Word, the SAVIOR manifested in flesh. Just as water washes away dirt, so does the Word wash away our sins as it reveals our lack, our unrighteousness.
The white sand symbolizes the Church, the believers who had been washed in the Word. As they became one with the Word, it purified them and cleaned their minds from corruption. Sin was condemned in flesh. The Church was cleansed by the blood of the SAVIOR, and they were brought into Life by the Anointed Word.

Eph. 5:25-27, Husbands, love your wives, even as the Anointed 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.

White sand represents the unlimited measure of Yahweh’s people—the restitution of all people:

Gen. 22:15-18, And the angel of Yahweh called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said,…I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore.
Hosea 1:10, Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered.
Gal. 3:7, Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Salt represents a good attitude:

Lev. 2:13, And every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt; neither shall you suffer the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your meat offering: with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

Matt. 5:13, You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Mark 9:49-50, For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

Col. 4:6, Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

Lime represents Yahweh’s grace. It softens the glass so it will not be easily broken. Grace keeps us going. Grace is the extended time we have to come into righteousness.

John 1:14, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth.

Eph. 2:5-10, Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with the Anointed, (by grace you are saved;) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in the Anointed

SAVIOR: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through the Anointed SAVIOR. For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in the Anointed SAVIOR unto good works, which Yahweh has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Fire or heat, represents correction, judgment; it is used for the cleansing process of one’s mind:

1 Cor. 3:13-15, 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 has 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.

1 Pet. 1:7, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of the Anointed SAVIOR.

Heb. 1:7, And of the angels he said, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Isa. 4:4-6, When Yahweh shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And Yahweh will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

All the ingredients that created this sea of glass before the throne were symbolic to the churches’ spiritual walk with the FATHER. They had to be washed by the water of the Word of truth. Their false doctrines had to be exposed and cast out of their minds. This cleansing was not going to be easy; they were going to go through the fiery trials and tribulations. By grace those who endured the cleansing would be a sweet savor unto Yahweh; they would be the salt of the earth, they would be those who would shine light into our generation. If they walked in righteousness before Yahweh, by their fruit, their lives would be clear as crystal to those whom they came in contact with. They would be reflections of their FATHER in earthen vessels.

The Greek word for “beast” means “Living Creature.” In the scriptures below, I replaced the word “creature” with “Living Creature.” A Living Creature is different than a beast. A beast has animal characteristics, but these Living Creatures have the characteristics of Life.

4:7 And the first Living Creature was like a lion, and the second Living Creature like a calf, and the third Living Creature had a face as a man, and the fourth Living Creature was like a flying eagle.

These four Living Creatures represent the SAVIOR and his anointed Body:

    • The first Living Creature is the Lion – the mightiest among the wild beast; he represents the SAVIOR’s natural linage.
    • The second Living Creature is the Calf (Bullock) – the mightiest among the domestic animals; he represents the SAVIOR’s freewill offering. From the age of twelve to his crucifixion he went about his FATHER’s business; he freely gave his entire life as a freewill offering.
    • The third Living Creature is the Man – the mightiest of all flesh; he represents our SAVIOR’s ministry on earth.
    • The forth Living Creature is the Eagle – the mightiest among the birds; he represents our SAVIOR in his Body, the Church (Christians) as they sore above adversity.

First the SAVIOR is called the Lion of the natural linage of Judah (Rev. 5:5). He ruled over sin in the flesh-realm with the strength of a lion.

Rom. 1:3, Concerning his Son the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.
Gen. 49:8-12, Judah, you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Messiah (Shiloh) come. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine (Holy Spirit), and his clothes in the blood of grapes: his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

Second, the SAVIOR is called the calf, the volunteer offering. A bullock is a male calf and is known for his strength. Here we see the SAVIOR as a calf giving himself, the Anointed Word in flesh, freely to expose sin. He knew that the Word as well as his flesh would be crucified by the beastly nature in men, the very nature he was exposing (see Lev. 1:2-3).

John 10:17-18, Therefore does my FATHER love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my FATHER.
John 1:29, The next day John sees the SAVIOR coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.
John 3:17, For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The SAVIOR brought salvation to the Church through the Word. For the lack of knowledge the people were perishing (Hos. 4:6).

Heb. 10:15-16, Whereof the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said Yahweh, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.

The new covenant focused on a “heart and mind change” that would be permanent and very effective. The mind and the heart had to become one with the Holy Spirit.

These messengers would not have caused their followers to rebel against the Anointed Word if they had understood the above scriptures. The Word had to be understood, and their emotions and desires had to become one with the Holy Spirit of Righteousness. Change could only take place when the mind, body, and soul became one with the SAVIOR—fulfilling the scripture:
John 17:21, That they all may be one; as you, FATHER, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Third, the SAVIOR is the son of humankind (John 5:26, 27). Yahweh gave the human race dominion over the works of his hands (Gen. 1:26). The SAVIOR, as human, had dominion over the works of his FATHER and he disallowed sin in his temple—the strength and ability of the flesh man was fulfilled in him.

Gen. 1:26, Elohiym said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over… all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

John 14:17-20, Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my FATHER, and you in me, and I in you.

As a man, the SAVIOR came to the lost house of Israel (Matt. 15:24), but as a Life-giving Spirit, he came to all races, nationalities, and to both genders. As a man, his ministry was limited to a small group of people. But as a quickening spirit, he is unlimited and available to whosoever desires truth and righteousness.

Acts 2:17a-21, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Isaiah 11:1-2 explains the SAVIOR’s ministry and his words were repeated in Luke 4:18-19. Notice, the word “vengeance” in Isaiah was changed to “acceptable” in Luke.

The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to:
· preach good tidings unto the meek;
· bind up the brokenhearted,
· proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
· proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God; comfort all that mourn; (Vengeance – punishment that is inflected in return for a wrong.)
· appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
· give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified. [Beauty – embellishment that is a fancy head-dress.)]

Fourth, as the Eagle, the SAVIOR in his anointed Body has the authority to bring judgment. (Jer. 48:40; 49:22; Deut. 28:49). An eagle’s advantage is his ability to sore above all others, making him able to see the whole picture, therefore, able to make good judgment.

Hosea 8:1, Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the House of Yahweh, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

Isa. 9:6-7, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting FATHER, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.

John 5:26-27, For as the FATHER has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

4:8 And the four Living Creatures had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of [vision] eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

You will see as you read the scriptures below that the number six represents labor. The six wings on each of the Living Creatures represent the works that the SAVIOR did—the work he was doing at that present time, and the work that he was going to do in the future in relation to man. In each stage, there was work to be done.

  1. The SAVIOR as the Lion ruled over sin;
  2. The SAVIOR as the Bullock offered himself freely;
  3. The SAVIOR as the Man ministered the Anointed Word;
  4. The SAVIOR as the Eagle joined himself to his Body to manifest the FATHER.

Six symbolizes the number of man and beast. It embodies the lust of his flesh, the lust of his eyes, and his pride of life (1 John 2:16). Man is incomplete without Yahweh. The four Living Creatures each had six wings which represent the work of the SAVIOR for man ( 1)  the SAVIOR dethroned the son of perdition (man of sin)   (2)  He freely offered himself as a sacrifice for man (3) He manifested the Word and Spirit of Yahweh to man (4) he joined himself, as the Spirit of Truth, to man on the day of Pentecost.

Exod. 20:9, Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:

Exod. 31:17, It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

Lev. 25:3-4, Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for Yahweh: you shall neither sow your field, nor prune your vineyard.

Deut. 15:12, If your kindred (brother), an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto you, and serve you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.

The Living Creatures were not “full of eyes,” they had full vision. All things were visible unto them; in other words, they were full of knowledge and nothing was hidden from them. The SAVIOR was the Truth, the Way, and the Life and nothing was hidden from him.

John 14:6, The SAVIOR said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the FATHER, but through [by] me.

John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Prov. 15:3, The eyes of Yahweh are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

Mark 4:22, For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (See also Isa. 52:6-9.)

The SAVIOR is about his FATHER’s business as he is represented by each creature. He will not rest until his work is complete.

Luke 2:49, The SAVIOR said unto his parents, “How is it that you sought me? wist you not that I must be about my FATHER’s business?”

John 4:34, The SAVIOR said unto them, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”

John 19:30, After the SAVIOR had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost—he ended the Levitical order.

The Living Creatures said, “Holy, holy, holy.” The word “holy” is to be physically pure and morally blameless. As the SAVIOR is represented as each Living Creature, he reveals the nature of his FATHER, his will, and authority (John 5:43; John 1:1-14). In each creature, his life was a praise unto his FATHER. He said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my FATHER has taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28). The SAVIOR was devoted to Yahweh in all his thirty-three and half years on the earth; he was a manifestation of Yahweh’s holiness.

Peter testified of the SAVIOR, saying, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth (1 Pet. 2:21). He manifested holiness. I found it interesting that the word “guile” means the same thing as “subtil” in Genesis 3:1: “The serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field….”

During adversity, the Spirit of Righteousness and Love shined through the SAVIOR. When he was being crucified, he said, “FATHER, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:33-34). In the SAVIOR’s time of suffering he remained holy.

2 Cor. 4:6-7, Yahweh, who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the [presence] face of the Anointed SAVIOR. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of Yahweh, and not of us. He is holy.

John 8:26-28, I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

They understood not that he spoke to them of the FATHER. Then said the SAVIOR unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my FATHER has taught me, I speak these things.

Rom. 14:17, For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Our SAVIOR’s very nature revealed Love to the Church. The world could not see Yahweh nor understand him, but the SAVIOR in each form of the Living Creatures proclaimed his FATHER’s holiness to the Church.

The twenty-four elders give honor to Yahweh:

4:9 And when those give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever, and cast their [laurels] crowns before the throne, saying,
11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

Here we see the twenty-four elders casting down their laurels of honor to honor Yahweh; thereby, symbolizing their total submission to Yahweh. They gave up their position of honor and authority in their humanity and gave recognition to a greater honor and authority by casting their laurels before the throne. The SAVIOR had already won this race. The government of man lost its glory in light of the glory of the SAVIOR. Mankind was governed by the desires of his flesh until the Kingdom of Yahweh was set up on earth. On the day of Pentecost, the Kingdom of Yahweh was in earth—in man (John 14:23).

1 Cor.3:16, Know you not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?

1 Tim. 1:17, Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

At this time, the Levitical Priesthood was being replaced by the Melchisedec Priesthood. The SAVIOR set up his FATHER’s Kingdom on earth; therefore, the elders casting their laurels before the throne and giving honor and glory unto Yahweh was a way of showing their acceptance of his Kingdom of Righteousness and his authority.

Heb. 5:10, Being made perfect, he (the SAVIOR) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of Yahweh an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Heb. 7:1-3, This Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God….first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem (peace), which is, King of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of Yahweh; abides a priest continually.

Revelation Chapter Three

To the Church in Sardis:


3:1  And unto the messenger of the church in Sardis write; These things says he that has the seven Spirits of Yahweh, and the seven stars [the messengers]; I know your works, that you have a name that you live, [but] and are dead.

The SAVIOR was the embodiment of the seven Spirits of Yahweh, which is power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing. These seven Spirits were available to all the churches through the Holy Spirit.

The church in Sardis was dead; they had no spiritual Life. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is Life and peace. The Sardis messenger failed to search the depths of the Holy Spirit, which was the seven Spirits of Yahweh. He settled for the milk of the word that was more appealing to the carnal mind than the meat of the word. To say he had the name for being alive, is to say he had an outward show of godliness, but on the inside he lacked the truth that would bring his church into Life.

3:2  Be watchful [be awake], and strengthen the [ones] things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before Yahweh.
3:3  Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch, I will come [among] on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come [among] upon you.

This church was being reminded of how they received the truth that they had. Obviously they had gotten so busy in physical matters that they failed to seek the Word and yield to the Holy Spirit. If they didn’t continue to grow in righteousness, they were going to come to a place where they didn’t recognize corruption as they drifted into it.

Our Creator is not in the business of killing or destroying people; he is Life and Truth. He was reaching out to this church to awaken and strengthen them. Their works (deeds) were not perfect before him. They needed to hold fast to the Word they had and repent—to think differently; otherwise, they would not realize when he was in their midst; he would came as a thief to them.

3:4  You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

There were a few that had not drifted off into corruption, but most of them had soiled garments. A soiled garment symbolizes unrighteous living. They had already lost sight of righteousness and were following the ways of the Gentiles.

3:5  He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before my FATHER, and before his [messengers] angels.
3:6  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

To be arrayed in white signifies a person’s righteous character (see Revelation 19:8). The Overcomers were going to be manifestations of righteousness because righteousness was going be a part of their nature, that is, they were going to be living examples of the FATHER’s Spirit in fleshly bodies.

John 14:16-23, I will pray the FATHER, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day [when the Spirit of Truth is come] you shall know that I am in my FATHER, and you in me, and I in you. He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my FATHER, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my FATHER will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our [residence in] abode with him.

The word “Book” is “scroll.” The Book of Life was the Scroll of Life. It is a metaphorical expression that originated from the custom of keeping genealogical records. The statement “written in the Scroll of Life,” refers to ones spiritual walk. It is the Word of Life that is written in the hearts that is known and read of all men as a witness that the believers are the sons of Yahweh. To have one’s name written in the Scroll of Life is to have the believer’s character manifesting Life.

2 Cor. 3:3-6, Forasmuch as you are [rendered apparent] manifestly declared to be the epistle [a written letter] of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of Yahweh; who also hath made us able ministers of the new [will] testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Rom. 8:13-14, If you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh.

John 1:12, As many as received him [the SAVIOR], to them gave he power to become the sons of Yahweh, even to them that believe on his name.

To have the believer’s name written in the Scroll of Life is to be spiritually minded, and to be spiritually minded is Life. To have Life is to have the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) dwelling in the believer. The believer becomes a living, visible manifestation of the Holy Spirit; his actions and thoughts are righteous because the believer has the same mind (same thoughts and actions) as the Anointed SAVIOR (Phil. 2:5).

For the SAVIOR to “confess” the overcomers’ name before the FATHER and his messengers, it would signify that the overcomers’ character was in harmony with the FATHER and his messengers. It is an acknowledgment of union with them in principles and in Spirit.

History of Sardis quoted from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“Sardis, as the apocalyptic letter put it “had a name but was dead.” Ramsay writes: It was a city whose history conspicuously and pre-eminently blazoned forth the uncertainty of human fortunes, the weakness of human strength and the shortness of the step which separates over-confident might from sudden and irreparable disaster. It was a city whose name was almost synonymous with preten­sions unjustified, promise unfulfilled, appear­ance without reality, confidence which heralded ruin” All the imagery of the letter is vivid in the history of the place, the works undone, the climbing “thief in the night,” the sudden surprise. The Christian community was infected by the complacency of the place.”

Some Christian inscriptions have been found in Sardis, but nothing is known of the origins or end of the Christian Community.
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To the Church in Philadelphia:

3:7 And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens;

Remember John’s vision is a revealing of the SAVIOR. The SAVIOR is holy, that is, he is pure and morally blameless. The statement, “he that is true” declares the SAVIOR’s integrity, that is, his essence—Truth. The SAVIOR was and is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).

The SAVIOR having the “key of David” signifies his power and authority in the heavenly realm. Announcing that he had the key assured the messenger of the Philadelphian church that the Kingdom of Righteousness was accessible unto them through the Anointed SAVIOR.

3:8  I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.

The “door” being opened and not shut indicated that the Anointed Word was not limited to the Philadelphian church. Because this messenger had kept Yahweh’s word, he was not influenced by the carnal minds of those around him.

9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

A synagogue of satan is a church full of adversaries, people who work against the principles of Yahweh. The church in Philadelphia, by their light of truth, was going to have a great impact on the lives of the churches that lived according to the lust of their flesh. The Philadelphian messenger was going to have the joy of seeing their conversion.

Below are the churches that verse 9 speaks of:

1. Ephesus

Rev. 2:4, 6, I have somewhat against you because you have lost your first love. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

In verse 13, it is indicated that the Nicolaitans were of the doctrine of satan. This church was bound because they lost their love for the people that were in bondage to the Nicolaitan doctrine.

2. Smyrna

Rev. 2:9, I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan.

Notice, these Jews were called a synagogue of satan, a synagogue of adversaries.

3. Pergamos

Rev. 2:13, I know your works, and where you dwell, even where satan’s seat is.

Verse 14 refers to the doctrine of Balaam and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans indicating that these two are doctrines of satan (adversaries of the Spirit of Righteousness).”

4. Thyatira

Rev. 2:20, You suffered that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants. Verse 24 refers to her doctrine as the depths of satan.”

The spiritual eyes of these four churches were going to be opened; they were going to see that the Philadelphian church worshiped the true God and was preaching the Word of Truth.

3:10  Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try [to discipline, bring obedience] them that dwell upon the earth.
11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown [influence you with corruption and steal your victory].
12  Him that overcomes 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 comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

These scriptures are loaded with thought. These overcomers are going to be the leaders, teachers, and elders (pillars) in the Kingdom of Yahweh. They will be established in truth— they would “go no more out,” that is, they would never again be tempted to go back into sin. They would be the born from above believers growing into the image of their FATHER.

Not only will these overcomers be pillars in the temple of Yahweh, they will also have Yahweh’s name. Having Yahweh’s name signifies that they have Yahweh’s character and power in their lives.

New Jerusalem symbolizes Yahweh’s relationship with the overcomers. It is his government and principles in their hearts and minds. It is not like the old Jerusalem that was governed by the Levitical order; it is a Kingdom of Peace and Righteousness that is within the believers.

13  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

History of Philadelphia: quoted from the Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

“Philadelphia’s modern name, Ala-shehir, is considered by some to be a corruption of the Turkish words Allah-shehir, “the city of God,” but more likely it is a name given it from the reddish color of the soil. In addition to all of these names it sometimes bore the title of “Little Athens” because of the magnificence of the temples and other public buildings which adorned it.

Philadelphia quickly became an important and wealthy trade center, for as the coast cities declined, it grew in power, and retained its importance even until late Byzantine times. One of the Seven Churches of the Book of Rev. (Rev. 3:7) was there, and it was the seat of a bishop. As in most Asia Minor cities, many Jews lived there, and they possessed a synagogue. During the reign of Tiberius the city was destroyed by an earthquake, yet it was quickly rebuilt. Frederick Barbarossa entered it while on his crusade in 1190. Twice, in 1306 and 1324, it was besieged by the Seljuk Turks, but it retained its independence until after 1390, when it was captured by the combined forces of the Turks and Byzantines. In 1403 Tamerlane captured it.

Ala-shehir is still a Christian town; one-fourth of its modern population is Greek, and a Greek bishop still makes his home there. One of the chief modern industries is a liquorices factory; in the fields about the city the natives dig for the roots. On the terrace upon which the ancient city stood, the ruins of the castle and the walls may still be seen, and among them is pointed out the foundation of the early church. The place may now best be reached by rail from Smyrna.”

The Philadelphian church had a positive influence on their town and the surrounding areas.

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To the Church in Laodicea:

3:14 And unto the messenger of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of Yahweh;

The SAVIOR assures the Laodicean messenger that he is trustworthy—his church can depend on him.
The SAVIOR’s witnesses were the FATHER and the work he accomplished. There are no greater witnesses than these.

John 5:36, I [the SAVIOR] have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the FATHER has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the FATHER has sent me.

John 5:37, The FATHER himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. [Also see John 8:18.]

The statement that the SAVIOR was “the beginning of the creation” was a declaration that he was the Light of the world—the Word of Yahweh.

John 1:1-4, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh. The same was in the beginning with Yahweh. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

As the beginning of Yahweh’s creation, the SAVIOR, the Anointed Word, was before all and by him all exist (Col 1:17). In him is the eternal, unalterable standard by which all men must be measured.

3:15  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.
16  So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

This messenger catered to a certain amount of corruption so he might be accepted by those around him. Because of their complacency and lukewarm allegiance, they were not thriving spiritually.

3:17  Because you said, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18  I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see [understand].

The Laodicean church was not aware of their spiritual condition; it appeared that they assumed their natural prosperity was synonymous with spiritual success. To be miserable, poor, blind, and naked are characteristics of beggary. John’s message would inform them that they were in spiritual poverty. His message of correction would open their spiritual understanding and give them hope.

Gold tried in fire is the process that gold goes through to remove all the impurities. After being tested, it is ready for use. As this church went through the fire, their works would be tested and that which was not of Yahweh would be burned up and righteousness would be left (1 Cor. 3:13; Mal. 3:2-3). The SAVIOR’s works stood the test of the furnace and came through as pure gold.
The messenger of the Laodiceans church was told to invest in the SAVIOR—his doctrine and his principles. Those who knew and stood against sin had already been tested and proven righteous.

John 14:10-12,  …the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the FATHER that dwells in me, he does the works. Believe me that I am in the FATHER, and the FATHER in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my FATHER.

Prov. 17:3, The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but Yahweh tries the hearts.

To “buy of me gold tried in the fire” is to invest in the SAVIOR. It is to believe in his principles, accept his Word, and what he is. He is the Way, the Truth, and Life. The “way” is a course taken; “truth” is reality; and “life” is a condition of the mind (Rom. 8:6).

James 1:12, Blessed is the man that endures [adversity] temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life [crown of victory], which the Lord has promised to them that love him [be an overcomer].

Rich in good works:

1 Tim. 6:17-18, “Charge them that are rich in this [age] world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in [Yahweh] the living, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.”

White raiment represents a pure, righteous, mind. The word “naked” symbolizes shame. Living an unrighteousness life is to live spiritually naked.

The messenger of Laodicea did not realize he lacked understanding of truth; he needed to be enlightened. His concept and conduct were a shame and a reproach unto the Kingdom of Yahweh. Gold, white raiment, and clear vision all represent the principles of life—gold symbolizes faith:

1 Peter 1:7, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the [manifestation] appearing of Anointed SAVIOR.”

White raiment symbolizes righteous principles.

Eph. 4:24, That you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Vision symbolizes having spiritual enlightenment:

Eph. 1:17-19, That the God of our Lord, the Anointed SAVIOR , the FATHER of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

3:19 As many as I love, I [admonish] rebuke and [educate] chasten: be zealous therefore, and [repent] think differently.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Truth, which is the SAVIOR, was knocking on the door of their hearts. To sup with the SAVIOR involved spiritual fellowship. In order for them to fellowship with the SAVIOR, there had to be a sharing of common interests, goals, and values. For them to share with the SAVIOR, they first had to hear his voice (the word) and then desire after righteousness.

Matt. 5:6, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne [power], even as I also overcame, and am set down with my FATHER in his throne [power].

To sit on the throne of the SAVIOR with the FATHER is to be in the same state of righteousness as they are:

Heb. 1:8-9, Unto the Son he said, “Your throne, O Yahweh, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore Yahweh, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

22 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

History of the Laodiceans church: quoted from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

The most extensive reference to the city and its inhabitants is found in the address to it in the Revelation of John. In the course of centuries, many theories of the proper hermeneutics for the interpretation of this passage have been advanced. In the historical prophetic views of the text this church and its spiritual destitution has been seen as the final state of apostasy before the parousia. On the basis of the reiterative explanations it has been viewed as a classic warning against shortsighted and superficial faith. It is the last mentioned and addressed of the seven churches. Unfortunately the remains and explanations of the post-apostolic period along with the archeological remnants shed no light upon the state of the church which is assumed in the address in Revelation.

With no evidence to show who they were or how they lived, it is evident that Yahweh spewed them out of his mouth.

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It is obvious from the warnings given to each church that there was a catastrophe that was going to take place in their very near future. To Ephesus it was said, “I will come unto you quickly” (2:5); to Smyrna it was said, “You will have tribulation ten days” (2:10); to Pergamos it was said, “I will come unto you quickly” (2:16); to Thyatira it was said, “Hold fast till I come” (2:25); to Sardis it was said, “I will come on you as a thief” (3:3); to Philadelphia it was said, “Behold, I come quickly” (3:2); and to Laodicea it was said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock” (3:20). These warnings had special meaning to those to whom they were addressed. There wasn’t a moment to be lost and any negligence or delay on their part would prove to be fatal.

This concludes the personal conversation to the churches. As you continue to read, you will see that the remaining part of the prophecy in its entirety is also to the seven churches. John was not instructed at any time to address anyone other than the seven churches.

John was told to get off the natural things so he could see Spiritual things—things that he could not see with his natural eyes because they were spiritually discerned. These were things that only the Spirit of Yahweh could reveal to him. John’s way of thinking had to come up higher than the carnal realm before he could comprehend “the revealing” of the SAVIOR.
John’s vision revealed the Anointed SAVIOR and his relationship with his Body, the Church. I found it fascinating that the vision starts out at the beginning of the SAVIOR’s life and ends with him united with his Body—he is the beginning and ending of John’s vision.

The first part of John’s vision was dealings with the seven churches—their actions, their desires, and their dedication—and could be understood by the natural mind. But their future was uncertain; it would take the Holy Spirit to reveal the mystery of their future. The fate of each church was up to its pastor—they could fall or stand. It was the leader’s conduct that determined the future existence of his church. If the shepherd was righteous, he would hear the Spirit and lead his flock into righteousness. But, if he was unrighteous, he would not hear the voice of the Spirit and would keep his flock (followers) in their state of ignorance and corruption. This is what the Spirit meant when he said, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches?”

Overview of the Message to the Seven Churches

The good qualities of the seven churches:

  • They labored
  • Were patience
  • Could not stand evil
  • Were steadfast
  • Were faithful
  • Held fast to the name
  • Did not deny the faith
  • Had love
  • Kept the Word
  • Did not deny the name of Yahweh

The bad qualities of the seven churches:

  • Left their first love
  • Accepted the doctrine of Balaam – and corrupted the people
  • Accepted the doctrine of Nicolaitans – with unrestrained indulgence
  • Accepted Jezebel’s doctrine – worshipped other gods
  • Had a great name but no works
  • Was lukewarm (they straddled the fence)

The promises to the overcomers:

  • They would be partakers of the Tree of Life – the SAVIOR
  • They would not be hurt with the second death
  • They would eat of the hidden manna
  • They would have a new name
  • They would be given the Morning Star
  • They would be clothed in white raiment
  • They would be members in the Book of Life
  • They would sit with Yahweh on his throne.

Brief Summary of Chapters 2-3

These churches were very real with definite issues that Yahweh dealt with. I’m sure that John completed his mission by taking his visions and Yahweh’s message to each of them. If the visions and the messages were beyond their comprehension, then these seven churches would have been forsaken by Yahweh and the statement “John to the seven churches which are in Asia” would have been only a deception created by Yahweh.

The SAVIOR spoke to the seven churches in order to purify them and to help them stand without condemnation. Pergamum was warned about the Balaamite teaching. Thyatira was warned about the false prophet Jezebel who led their church into spiritual idolatry. Laodicea thought they were rich, but in reality they were poor. Smyrna and Philadelphia were both troubled with false Jews who were slanderous. Ephesus had sound doctrine and remained steadfast under hardship, however, they had lost their first love. The church in Sardis was very close to becoming extinct and would possibly not be able to withstand any more attacks from the enemy (corruption).

There were promises of rewards to those who overcame sin. Those who overcame were those who believed that the SAVIOR was the Son of Yahweh (1 John 5:5). They were to be reigning priests in the Kingdom of Yahweh

Revelation Chapter Two

Seven Churches – Seven Messengers

In the next two chapters, we will read about the churches’ participation in their communities, their accomplishments, their praise and reprimands, their resolutions and the consequences if they did not make the required changes. Each church was given a message to the faithful overcomer. Keep in mind that these seven churches represent the totality of the Church.

The word “angel” means messenger, both angelic and human. Due to the fact that it was the SAVIOR who talked to the ministers of the seven churches and their congregation, I am convinced that the messengers in the seven churches were human and not angelic. For this reason, I have replaced the word “angel” with the word “messenger” when the angel referred to is a messenger of one of the seven churches.

When an angelic angel was used, it was always Yahweh’s messenger. The instrument used by or in connection with the angel always a representation of the message.

After some research on the seven churches, I found a small amount of history on all but one and have added that information. I found it quite interesting that history reveals whether the congregation repented or not; therefore, fulfilling the angel’s prophecies.

To the church at Ephesus:

2:1 Unto the messenger of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands;

Here we find that the SAVIOR is involved with not only the pastors of the seven churches but with their congregations also. The church is told that the seven ministers (symbolized as stars) were subject to (right hand) the SAVIOR.

To be in the midst of something means to be a part of it. They were reminded that the SAVIOR was in the midst of the seven congregations (symbolized as lamp stands). Because these lamp stands were golden, we know that the congregations would go through the fire, be purified, and molded for the FATHER’s use. The church in Ephesus had members that were sincere, and they loved the Anointed Word that was being made manifest through them. The Holy Spirit was in their midst bringing those who had ears to hear into maturity—bringing them into the image of the FATHER.

2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:
3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name’s sake have labored, and have not [felt fatigue] fainted. [This verse should have read…“have borne, and have cheerful endurance, and for my name’s sake have not felt fatigue.”]
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

Even though these people had much to be praised for, they were still rebuked. They had lost their first love. Where there was a rebuke, a solution was always given and there were consequences if they did not listen to what the Spirit had to say.

Notice, they could not tolerate evil and they found some to be liars that called themselves apostles. The SAVIOR warned his disciples that there would be some that would become cold and lose their love because of iniquity and false prophets that came on the scene.

Matt. 24:11-13, And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The church in Ephesus had become “one of the many,” whose love had grown cold. Their inability to forgive caused them to lose their first love, thus fulfilling the SAVIOR’s prophecy.

5  Remember therefore from where you have [*alighted] fallen and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your lamp stand out of his place, except you repent. [*Alighted means to step down or dismount from something.]
6  But this you have, that you hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

The removal of the lamp stand meant that the congregation would scatter and cease to be.

The history of the Nicolaitans: quoted from The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“Irenaeus said that they were followers of Nicolaus of Antioch, a proselyte who was among the seven men chosen to serve the Jerusalem congregation [Acts 6:5], who had forsaken true Christian doctrine; he said they lived in unrestrained indulgence (See Against Heresies I; 26:3).”

The Nicolaitans were practicing humanism, which is a way of life centered on human interests or values rather than on Yahweh’s supernatural authority.

7  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh.

The Tree of Life, which the overcomers were to eat from, was:

Wisdom: Prov. 3:13 & 18, Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.

Righteousness: Prov. 11:30, The fruit of the righteous is a Tree of Life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Hope: Prov. 13:12, Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a Tree of Life.

A wholesome tongue: Prov. 15:4, A wholesome tongue is a Tree of Life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

The history of Ephesus: quoted from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“Those who accepted John’s rigid rule came through the persecution refined and strengthened. They became the forefathers of all true Christianity. They laid in their suffering the foundations on which all true religion has since built. To compromise would ultimately have set Christ, where Emperor Severus ultimately placed him—in a chapel along with the images of Jupiter, Augustus, and Abraham….

….‘To him who conquers I will grant,’ wrote John, ‘to eat of the Tree of Life.’ The church, however, did not survive. Ignatius, writing a generation later, still accorded the church high praise. It became a seat of bishops, where a notable council was held as late as A.D. 431. Then came a long decline. The coast, with continual soil erosion of the hinterland, became malarial. The Turks came with ruin for Asia. The church died with the city. The ‘lamp stand’ was removed from its place.”

The lamp stand wasn’t removed from the church in Ephesus for at least 375 years after John’s vision. The minister and his congregation must have repented and done their first works over; therefore, they went back to their first love.

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To the church in Smyrna:

 

2:8  And unto the messenger of the church in Smyrna write; These things says the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9  I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich), and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan.

The SAVIOR comforted the church in Smyrna by letting them know he knew their hearts. He said their adversaries called themselves Jews, but in reality, they were just hanging on to genealogy that was done away in the Son of Man.

The bloodline of our SAVIOR proves that he was born of man, which is a vital testimony of his existence, but his natural linage ended when he did not have a son. Yet the SAVIOR has sons by his Spirit.

Gal. 3:26-29, You are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into the Anointed have put on the Anointed. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Anointed SAVIOR. And if you be Anointed, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The SAVIOR was well aware that the Jews spoken of in John (8:37-45) was of the linage of Abraham, but he was not dealing with their natural bloodline. He was speaking of their attitude and the desires of their heart.  “I know that you are Abraham’s seed; but you seek to kill me, because my word has no place in you…. You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, you believe me not.”

There are certain characteristics that define whether or not a person is a child of Yahweh (born of the Spirit). Those who are, have the same nature as Yahweh.

Gal. 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Rom. 8:14-17, As many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, FATHER, FATHER. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with the Anointed; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The word “satan” is a Hebrew word that means “adversary.” In the Old Testament of King James’ translation, the word “satan” was translated seven times as “adversary” and one time as “withstand” and the rest of the time it was left as “satan.” In Numbers 22:22 and 32, Yahweh referred to himself as “satan,” an adversary. In First Samuel 29:4, David is called “satan.” David calls Zeruiah “satan” in Second Samuel 19:22. In the N.T., the SAVIOR called Peter “satan.” The word “satan” indicates an action against an opponent, that is, an opposing force.

At this time, there were Jews making havoc for the Christians. They were causing extreme hardship and suffering on those who accepted the SAVIOR as their redeemer. This state of mind kept them in constant adversity with the Church, which made them the dwelling place of adversity.

10  Fear [nothing] none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the [adversary]devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have [pressure] tribulation ten days: be you faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.
11  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; he that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

There was much persecution on the infant Church; many were cast into prison and even killed for the Gospel’s sake. The statement “I will give you a crown of life” tells us that the “death” the SAVIOR spoke of here was not a literal death, but the Church overcoming sin. The word “crown” means “laurel.” It was used as a mark of honor or victory given to the winners of sports events. To be an overcomer was to have Life and to have Life was to know the FATHER and to manifest his righteousness in spite of adversity.

John 5:24-25, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Yahweh: and they that hear shall live.

John 1:4, In him [the SAVIOR] was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 4:14, Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 6:32-33, The SAVIOR said unto them [a multitude], Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my FATHER gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of Yahweh is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world.

John 17:1-3, These words spoke the SAVIOR, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, FATHER, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you: as you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and the Anointed SAVIOR, whom you have sent. (Also see John 11:25; 14:6.)

For there to be a second death, there must be a first. In this vision, John is seeing into the spiritual realm. The Spirit was not dealing with a natural death in either the first or second death. Paul told the church in Rome that to be carnally minded was death, which is the first death. The second death is the lake of fire that is spoken of in Revelation 20:14. I will explain more about the second death in Revelation 20:6.

History of Smyrna: quoted from the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“Aelius Aristide compares the city to the crown of Ariadne, shining in the heavens, and to a statue with its feet in the sea, and rising to its crowned head at the hilltop.

The story of the actual coming of Christianity to Smyrna is not known. It was probably a result of Paul’s activity in Ephesus, followed up and extended by John. On the evidence of the apocalyptic letter, Smyrna’s Christians stood well in the first century. They continued to stand, and Smyrna was one of the Asian cities which withstood the Turk, and was among the last to fall to Islam. Such resistance played a part in history. The delaying action of surviving remnants of the Empire in the East, allowed Europe time to emerge from the Middle Ages, and receive with creative hands those gifts which brought the renaissance and the modern world to birth.”

The church in Smyrna was strong and they made a great impact in Asia. Even though some of them were cast in prison, they remained strong when they were tried. They remained faithful witnesses of righteousness through their persecution.

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To the church in Pergamos:

2:12 And to the messenger of the church in Pergamos write; These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges;

This sharp sword with two edges symbolizes the Savior coming to the church in Pergamos in the form of the Word of Truth. This truth was going to bring judgment upon their way of thinking and would cut away at their very core.

Heb. 4:12, The word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 I know your works, and where you dwell, even where satan’s throne seat is: and you held fast my name, and have not denied my faith [truth itself], even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful [witness] martyr, who was [killed] slain among you, where satan dwells.

This scripture should have read: I know where you dwell and where the throne of satan is. You used my name and did not deny the truth of me even in the days Antipas, the witness of my faithful who were killed among you, where the accuser dwells.” Antipas stood by while the faithful were martyred. Antipas was not a faithful martyr as King James implies, he was the one who killed and persecuted the Christians.

Quoted from the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of the Religious Knowledge, Vol. 5, heading “Herod and His Family.”

“Herod Antipas (4 B.C. – 39 A.D.), also a son of Herod by Malthace, was given Galilee and Peraea and the title of ethnarch (Herod) by his father’s will. He was improperly called king in Mark 4:14, possibly as a reflection of the popular terminology, and correctly ethnarch in Matthew 14:1 and Luke 3:19.”

An “ethnarch” is a ruler of a province or a people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, or cultural origin, especially in the Roman Empire; therefore, history proves that Herod Antipas was ruler over Galilee at the time of John the Baptist and the SAVIOR, and also when the Christians were greatly persecuted and killed.

In Matthew 14:1-11, Herod Antipas was the one that had John the Baptist beheaded.

In Luke 23:6-15, when the SAVIOR was brought before Herod Antipas for judgment, he did not announce judgment on him, but he and his men “mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.”

In Matthew 14:3, we see Herod had a brother named Philip. In Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 28.4, we see Herod Antipas had a brother named Philip. This makes us know that Herod Antipas was the same Herod as in Matthew fourteen.

Herod Antipas persecuted the Church:

Acts 12:1-4, Now about that time Herod the ruler (king) stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after [Pentecost]Easter to bring him forth to the people.

The Herod that was during the time of our SAVIOR’s birth was not Herod Antipas, he died not too long after our Lord was born and Herod Antipas took his place.

Matt. 2:15, And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Antipas was on the throne during this time and was a great adversary of the Church. During all the adversity, the church in Pergamos stood faithful to Truth.

2:14  But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15  So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16  Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword [word] of my mouth.

The church in Pergamos was allowing false doctrines to be taught in their church. The “sword of the SAVIOR’s mouth” was the Word of Truth (Eph. 6:17). His Word was full of living power, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit by exposing the thoughts and attitudes of their hearts (Heb. 4:12). The pastor in Pergamos had an obligation to his congregation to not allow the false teachers to be in authority. By doing so, he jeopardized his congregation’s integrity and their spiritual growth.

The Word of Yahweh should never be compromised because truth is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. Without truth, the believers would not be able to become mature Christians with good works (2 Tim. 3:13-17).

17  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.

The “hidden manna” symbolizes the Word that produced life. By the Word of Truth the overcomer could come into Life, which is the Kingdom of Righteousness.

John 6:31-35 & 51, Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then the SAVIOR said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my FATHER gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of Yahweh is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And the SAVIOR said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst… I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh [his substance, that is, his Spirit], which I will give for the life of the world.

The white stone answers to the Urim (light) in the Old Testament. It was a stone that was placed in the breastplate along with the Thummim over the high priest’s heart. It was used as a medium between Yahweh and man in regards to important decisions. It symbolizes the overcomers making righteous judgments.

Ex. 28:30, You shall put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goes in before Yahweh: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before Yahweh continually.

Num. 27:21, He [Joshua] shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before Yahweh: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

In this white stone, a new name was written. The word “name” means authority and character. The overcomers would be under a different name than their adamic lineage. Their new authority and character would not be understood by those still bound by carnal understanding because the overcomers’ authority would come by the Holy Spirit and their character would be righteous. The Holy Spirit would help the overcomers make correct and righteous judgments that the unbelievers would not be able to comprehend. The Spirit of the Word would transform the overcomers by renewing their mind, making it possible to prove what is good, acceptable, and the perfect will of Yahweh (Rom. 12:1-2).

The doctrine of Balaam: quoted from The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“His teaching involved the most contemptible action conceived in an unregenerated heart. Corrupt a people you cannot curse and God will have to chasten them. In short, this means to make a people under divine blessing and deliberately lead them into sin to strip them of the divine blessing.”

Balaam’s instructions on how to corrupt a people, quoted from the book of Josephus, chapter 6 paragraph 6.

“…set out the handsomest of such of your daughters as are most eminent for beauty, and proper to force and conquer the modesty of those that behold them, and these decked and trimmed to the highest degree able. Then send them to be near camp, and give them in charge, that the young men of the Hebrews desire their company and then allow it them; and when they see they are enamored of them, let them take leaves; and if they entreat them to stay, let not give their consent till they have persuaded them to leave off their obedience to their own laws, the worship of that God who established them to worship the gods of the Midianites and Moabites: for by this means God will be angry at them. Accordingly, when Balaam had suggested counsel to them, he went his way.”

A more modern example of people falling into corruption is the acceptance of adultery and fornication within our civilized countries and many of our Christian communities.

History of Pergamos (Pergamum): quoted from The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

“Pergamum synthesized the deities of three races, and of three successive periods in the history of the State. There were pagans, no doubt, who thought that their complex scheme of worship could absorb yet another faith. There were also Christians who thought that the nation was not without merit. Could Christianity avoid a head-on collision with the pagan world, at least with simple imperial cult, by a little judicious compromise? The thought had its temptation in a place where dissent was more likely to be viewed with hostility than anywhere else in Asia. Perhaps Dionysus, Asklepios, Athene, and Zeus could be avoided as object of worship, impossible though it was to escape their presence in shrine and image. To avoid the worship of the emperor in the center of his cult, where that worship was thought to conflict with the other, and to be also a test of loyalty, was not so simple.

Hence, the popularity of the sect of “the Nicolaitans” in Pergamum. Little is known about them, but it is clear enough that they were those who thought that a measure of compromise could be worked out, perhaps only in comparatively harmless sphere of the state cult. The apostles saw with clarity that no compromise at all was possible. Allow the pinch of incense before the emperor, and the landslide would begin. The guild-feasts would follow, a problem for Christians in Thyatira. Then would come the immoralities of Corinth’s worship of Aphrodite and the breakdown of Christian morality—the whole challenging distinctiveness of the Christian faith, the whole purpose of being. Those that stood firm, in spite of misunderstanding, misrepresentation, the harsh criticism of less rigid friends, and the fierce resentment of a corrupt society, held and passed on integrity of the faith.”

Because the church in Pergamos did not listen to the voice of the angel and were willing to compromise, they became preoccupied with false gods and suffered the consequences. A more modern example of this is the way the “Americans did All Saints Day.” They went from a day set aside for the saints to a day to appease the devils and demons and call it Halloween.

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To the church in Thyatira:

2:18  And unto the messenger of the church in Thyatira write; These things says the Son of Yahweh, who has his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Through the SAVIOR, Yahweh enlightened the believers to their spiritual condition and to its effect in their church. The SAVIOR’s eyes being as fire, revealed his ability to judge and purify them.

Eph. 1:18, The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

The SAVIOR’s feet being like fine brass symbolizes the path he walked and the strength he had to deliver mankind them from the bondage of their carnal understanding.

Jer. 15:20-21, And I will make you unto this people a fenced brazen (brass) wall: and they shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you: for I am with you to save you and to deliver you, saith Yahweh. And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.

2:19  I know your works, and [love] charity, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and the last to be more than the first.

The New International Version Bible translated this verse where it easier to understand what was said: I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you [sent forth] suffered that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Jezebel worshipped idols, used witchcraft, and killed Yahweh’s prophets. She used domination and seduction to get her way. She fought against everything that represented good. Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh and gave false prophets access to the throne. She was determined that the nation of Israel worship Baal instead of Yahweh, the only True God. Jezebel has been given the name of being the evilest woman in the Bible. She was not alive at the time of John’s vision, so the angel was referring to her doctrine and not her gender. Jezebel’s children are the offspring of her doctrine which continues to influence people even today.

Jezebel’s life’s story and the power of her influence can be found in First Kings chapters 16, 18, and 21. Also see Second Kings 9 for her tragic end.

2:21  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the innermost [mind] reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

The church in Thyatira was allowing the spirit of Jezebel to seduce them; they were committing fornication, and allowing false prophets in their church. Jezebel, being an Old Testament figure, became the symbol of fornication and false prophecy. The Spirit of Truth was going to expose the Jezebel spirit in this church by allowing them to see and experience the effect of it in their lives. Their actions would not be blessed and they would not produce life. Those who loved righteousness would then seek to be delivered from this spirit.

2:24  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25  But that which you have already hold fast till I come.
26  And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

If “the end” (v. 26) referred to the end of the world, there would be no nations for the overcomers to have power over. This “end” is referring to the end of the Levitical priesthood.

27 And he shall [shepherd]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. This should have read: And he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter are molded: even as I received of my FATHER. [The words “shall they be broken to shivers” should have been “are molded.”]

The Greek word for “rod” was also translated “scepter” or “staff” in other scriptures. It means a stick or wand as a cudgel, a cane or a baton of royalty. It was used in Hebrews 9:4 in reference to Aaron’s rod that budded. Aaron’s rod was made from an olive branch that symbolized his priesthood. The shepherd’s rod of iron symbolizes his position and his strength. The rod of the Levitical priesthood was made of wood, symbolizing the weakness of the priesthood on the fleshly realm (Rom. 8:3). The rod of iron symbolizes the authority (strength) of the Anointed Word in the hands of the minister (shepherd) to inspire, to teach doctrine, to reprove, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness in order that Yahweh may perfect those who believe and obey the Word of truth (see 2 Tim. 3:14-17).

The Word of Yahweh is powerful!

Heb. 4:12, The word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In Strong’s dictionary, the phrase “shall they be broken to shivers” comes from one Greek word, “suntribo” (#4937). This word came from two words: “sun” (#4862), meaning a union and the word “tribo” (#5147), meaning to rub as into a rut or a worn path.

I cannot understand how “suntribo” could mean to break into shivers, when neither of the two base words imply “breaking into shivers.” Thayer’s dictionary meaning of the word makes more sense—“to put satan (the adversary) underfoot as to conquer.”

The statement “even as I received of my FATHER” makes me believe that Thayer’s had the correct definition. The FATHER did not break his Son into shivers, but his Son was under his authority and through his authority he will destroy death (carnality) out of Yahweh’s temples.

1 Cor. 15:25-28, For the SAVIOR must reign, till he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For Yahweh has put all things under the SAVIOR’s feet. But when Yahweh says, all things are put under the SAVIOR, it is manifest that the SAVIOR is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto the SAVIOR, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Yahweh that put all things under him, that Yahweh may be all in all.

Potter: quoted from The Standard Reference Work 1919 Volume V.

“Pottery, earthenware: In forming a piece of pottery of whatever class, the clay is first freed from all impuri­ties and grit. It is then mixed into a thick paste with which to form the body. The proportion in which the ingredients are mixed and the requisite degree of stiffness are secrets of the potter’s art, guarded by all large establishments with care. In mak­ing an article, the potter takes a piece of clay and fashions it between his hands on a potter’s wheel. The latter is a small, circu­lar table resting on a pivot, so as to revolve readily. The most primitive potter’s wheel is turned by hand. The Egyptians used an improved form of wheel. A lower table, larger and heavier than the first, was at­tached to the same axle, so that the work­ man might cause it to spin around with his foot, thus leaving both hands to shape the clay. As the lump of clay whirls with the table the workman molds it with his hands, as in a lathe. If of just the right consistency the paste shapes itself with won­derful ease and regularity. As the potter raises or lowers his hands, spreads them, or brings them closer together, the clay fol­lows, rising or falling, spreading or curving, and shaping itself into a plate, cup, or vase, almost as though it seems to realize what is wanted of it.”

Jer. 18:2-6, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says Yahweh. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

When I took these two statements, “he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron” and “as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers” and compared them by cross-translating, I found them to be alike in comparison. A shepherd guides and protects his sheep. A potter molds (not breaks) the clay and creates beautiful vessels. Yahweh does not break his sons into pieces; he molds them and makes them into his image.

Our Creator is the potter and we are his clay. We are all the works of his hands. When he is finished with each of us, we will be like him, because nothing can separate us from his hand of love as he molds us into his image. Just as the potter molds the pot upon the wheel, so our FATHER molds us. We see his hands in our lives as we are turned upon the wheel of circumstances, and his hands are always there allowing enough pressure to mold us into his image.

Isa. 64:8, O Yahweh, you are our FATHER; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of you hand.

2:28 And I will give him the Morning Star.

In Revelation 22:16, the SAVIOR said that he was the Morning Star.
The Morning star heralds the rising of the sun. The sun symbolizes the FATHER’s communication (his Word) with his children. The SAVIOR, as the Word made flesh, heralded the Word of Yahweh to the people. The morning stars were the witnesses of the sun as it rose from the east. The SAVIOR—the Word—is the Morning Star, he is the witness of the Spirit of Righteousness rising up in earthen vessels.

The morning star: quoted from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database.

“As the eastern horizon began to brighten toward the dawn, they (Hebrew shepherds) would specially note what stars were the last to rise before their shining was drowned in the growing light of day. These, the last stars to appear in the East before sunrise, were the ‘morning stars,’ the heralds of the sun. As morning followed morning, these morning stars would be seen earlier and earlier, and therefore for a longer time before they disappeared in the dawn, until some morning, other stars, unseen before, would shine out for a few moments, and thus supplant the stars seen earlier as the actual heralds of the sun.…One star would herald the beginning of spring, another the coming of winter; the time to plow, the time to sow, the time of the rains would all be indicated by successive ‘morning stars’ as they appeared.”

The SAVIOR’s star came from the East:

Matt. 2:1-2, Now when the SAVIOR was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the ruler (king), behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.’

To see or receive the Morning Star (the SAVIOR), one cannot be spiritually asleep or indifferent to the Word.

29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.
History of the church in Thyatira:

I could not find any history regarding the church in Thyatira other than the town was known for its worship of pagan gods. Tyrimnos was their chief deity, which was also known as the Greek sun god Apollo. The first day of the week, Day One, was changed to Sunday in his honor. In Acts 16:13-15, we read that Lydia lived and sold purple material for a living in Thyatira and was converted through Paul’s ministry.

Revelation Chapter One

Revelation Chapter One

1:1 The Revelation of the Anointed SAVIOR, which Yahweh gave unto John, to show unto his servants [the leaders] things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by [a messenger] the angel unto his servant John:

“Revelation” means “disclosure, secret information made public.” The visions and the prophecies in this book revealed the SAVIOR to the seven churches in Asia and to those who had ears to hear the Spirit.

The angel was the instrument that Yahweh used to reveal his message to John, and John was the instrument used to reveal Yahweh’s message to the seven churches. And the seven churches were to share the message with those who had ears to hear. Only the Holy Spirit could reveal Yahweh’s message to the seven churches and to those who had ears to hear.

1 Cor. 2:7-16, “…we speak the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahweh ordained before the [age] world unto our glory: Which none of the rulers of this [age] world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the thoughts or [feelings] heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually searched. But he that is spiritual investigates all things, yet he himself is scrutinized of no man. For who has known the mind of Yahweh, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the [Anointed] Christ.”

The book of Revelation—

    • Is the revealing (opening up to view) of our Anointed SAVIOR.
    • Was given to enlighten the seven churches.
    • Was shortly coming to pass in that generation.

1:2 John bare record of the word of Yahweh, and of the testimony of the Anointed SAVIOR, and of all things that he saw.

Here we find that John recorded all that he heard and saw concerning the testimony of the SAVIOR. This message was given to him through an angel by way of visions and prophecies. I am persuaded that John was given time between scenes to write and ponder the matter and that his time with the angel could have been quite lengthy.

John was to—

    • Put in writing Yahweh’s words and the SAVIOR’s testimony.
    • Be a witness of the Word of Yahweh.
    • Give the demonstration of the SAVIOR to the seven churches in Asia.

1:3 Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand [near].

The fulfillment of the book of Revelation was at hand. The SAVIOR was the one that was with them; past tense, present tense, and future tense. He was the one that was with the FATHER from the foundation of the world (John 17:24), the one that came in the flesh—the Son of man (Matthew 11:19), and the one that was to dwell in temples of clay (John 17:21-23).

The seven churches in Revelation refer to seven literal churches; however they have a spiritual importance for the believers then and for believers today. Seven symbolizes completeness, the totality of the object or objects mentioned. It depicts a complete event. The event can be holy or unholy. The seven churches of Asia represent the totality of the weaknesses and strengths of the Church.

1. Ephesus
2. Smyrna
3. Pergamum
4. Thyatira
5. Sardis
6. Philadelphia
7. Laodicea

The Christians that read, heard, and obeyed the words of this prophecy were promised to be happy with the results. But the Christians that did not listen and obey were to quickly find themselves judged with the unbelievers.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from the Anointed SAVIOR, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

The term “Seven Spirits of Yahweh” in verse four is mentioned four times in the book of Revelation: 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, and 5:6, but is not explained until 5:12. They are (1) power (2) riches (3) wisdom (4) strength (5) honor (6) glory (7) and blessings. I will elaborate on each one in chapter five, verse twelve.

The Holy Spirit revealed our SAVIOR’s qualifications:

    • The SAVIOR is a faithful witness – John 18:37 b, “To this end I (the SAVIOR) was born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.”
    • The SAVIOR is the first born from the dead – Col. 1:17-18, “The SAVIOR is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Rom. 8:3, For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

    • The SAVIOR is the prince (first in rank or power) of the kings of the earth – Col. 2:9-10, “For in the SAVIOR dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”

1:6 And [the SAVIOR] has made us [kingdom] kings and priests unto Yahweh, [who is also] and the SAVIOR’s FATHER; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

The angel revealed the SAVIOR’s authority to make his Church a Kingdom of priests. Nowhere in the scriptures are Yahweh’s people called kings except in the verse above, but it was not translated correctly. Yahweh’s people are not kings. There were many natural kings before our SAVIOR and there still are, but the Anointed SAVIOR is King over all kings. In the spiritual realm, Yahweh’s people are only called “sons of Yahweh” or a “holy priesthood.”

1 Tim. 6:14-15, That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord the SAVIOR, the Anointed: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only potentate [ruler], the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

1 Pet. 2:5, You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Yahweh by the SAVIOR, the Anointed.

1 Pet. 2:9, You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into Yahweh’s marvelous light.

Exod. 19:5-6, Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel.

The SAVIOR came with clouds—people were called clouds:

Jude 1:12, These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

2 Pet. 2:17, These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

The SAVIOR, the Anointing, came in clouds of witnesses:

Heb. 12:1, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

Every eye shall see a manifestation of Yahweh:

Jude 1:14-15, And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

For Yahweh to be manifested to the world, he must be in the believers, manifesting himself through them, because “Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth,” John 4:24.

Jer. 24:7, “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am Yahweh: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”

2 Cor. 6:16, “And what agreement has the temple of Yahweh with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as Yahweh has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Also see 1 Cor. 6:19 and 1 Cor. 3:16.)

John 17:23, “I (the SAVIOR) in them, and you (the FATHER) in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.”

Notice in Revelation 1:7 those who pierced the SAVIOR would see him come in clouds of witnesses. Those who pierced the SAVIOR lived over two thousand years ago. In order for them to see him coming in the clouds, a transformation had to have taken place in their generation. The SAVIOR did come in the cloud of witnesses on the day of Pentecost and those that pierced him did see him in the believers.

All kindreds of the earth would wail because of the SAVIOR:

Isa. 45:22-24, “Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in Yahweh have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed [have anger] against him shall be ashamed.”

If one is ashamed of himself, judgment has come upon him and he is remorseful for his spiritual condition. Also see Romans 14:11.

1:8 I am Alpha [A] and Omega [Z], the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in [pressures] tribulation , and in the kingdom and patience of the Anointed SAVIOR, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of Yahweh, and for giving [evidence] testimony of the Anointed SAVIOR.

Here, the SAVIOR (the Word in man) describes his eternal existence three ways: he is, he was, and he is to come.

First, the Word was manifested in the SAVIOR as he walked in flesh. Second, the Word was made manifest by the angel through visions. Third, the Word was resurrected in mankind—through the Church. These three are manifestations of one Spirit.

In 2 Corinthians 13:1, Paul states that, “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every ‘Word’ be established.” The SAVIOR, the Word manifested in the flesh, was the first witness. While on the isle of Patmos, John was the second witness. The ministers of the seven churches and their congregation made up the third witness. They were to be witnesses of that which the angel spoke of. Whether they were obedient to the voice of Yahweh or not, they were still witnesses of the message given by the angel, because there is record of both the negative and positive consequences.

1:10 I [John] was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

The great voice that John heard was like a trumpet. A trumpet’s sound symbolizes an impending message. The message that the SAVIOR had was going to reveal the transgressions of the seven churches.

Isa. 58:1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Also see Isa. 18:3)

The Lord’s Day:

Sabbath—the seventh day—the last day of the week was the Lord’s day. This day is the day Yahweh chose to bless man with himself. John was on the island for the sole purpose of hearing the word of Yahweh and to communicate with him.

Exod. 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed [sanctified] it.” (See, also, Deut. 5:12-14.)

Isa. 58:13-14, “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of Yahweh, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: then shall you delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.”

The revealing of the SAVIOR began on the Lord’s Day. John heard words and saw images that were familiar to him while he was in the Spirit, under the anointing, so all the images that he saw and the words he heard were understood through his spiritual mind and not by his natural understanding. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-16.)

1:11 Saying I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a scroll [book], and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

If John was to take “only the words” of the angel to the churches and preserve the vision for a future time as some believe, then he would not have been told to take “all” that he “saw” to the seven churches. The angel did not tell John to give his writings to the seven churches so they might preserve it for those born two or three thousand years in the future. The messages, prophecies, and visions were for the seven churches so they could benefit from them. They were to overcome sin and be manifestations of righteousness.

Notice that the first part of John’s revelation is a vision of the SAVIOR, then John learns of the characteristics of each church and the promises to the overcomers, but no vision of the churches is seen.


1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands;

I replaced the word “candlestick” with “lamp stand,” because every time “candlestick” is used, it is referring to a lamp stand. These lamp stands used oil to produce light, whereas candlesticks use wax.

The believers were symbolized by the golden lamp stands because gold is a substance that can be purified by fire and molded into something useful. The oil that is in the golden lamp stands represents the Holy Spirit. Oil produces light that shines in dark places just as the Holy Spirit shines upon the ignorance of mankind. The lamps “burning with fire” represent the Holy Spirit; the emphasis is on the fire, or the oil burning, and not the lamp stands alone.

The messengers were not the “lights” of the world; they were the bearers of that light. In the first chapter of John, we read that the SAVIOR was the Word made flesh, and the “Word” was the light of the world. The messengers were only instruments that were used to give that Word, or Light, to their congregations.

13 And in the midst of the seven lamp stands one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the [ankles] foot, and girt about the [breasts] paps with a golden girdle.

The breasts girt about with the golden girdle symbolize the pure Word of Truth that is broken down for the nourishment of the babes by the Anointing. The SAVIOR feeds the babes with the milk of the Word—nourishment from the Holy Spirit. Those who made up the early Church were babes in the Kingdom of Heaven—the Kingdom of Righteousness.

1 Cor. 3:1-2, “I [Paul], brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in the Anointed. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear the [spiritual] it, neither yet now are you able.”

1:14 His [the SAVIOR’s] head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

According to Daniel 7:9, the Ancient of days (the SAVIOR) was seen in a vision with white hair like wool. From this statement, his hair being white not only signifies righteousness but, also, eternal Life. So his hair being referred to as “white like wool” is a symbol of his sinless nature and his immortality. Notice the SAVIOR’s head was also white—which symbolizes his righteous judgments.

2 Cor. 5:21, “For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.”

In Daniel’s dream, white meant that the people were purified; therefore, white represents righteousness.

Dan. 12:10, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”

The SAVIOR’s eyes are the symbol of Yahweh’s judgment upon the seven churches.

Ps. 11:4, “Yahweh is in his holy temple, Yahweh’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.”

Prov. 20:8, “A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.”

Prov. 22:12, “The eyes of Yahweh preserve knowledge, and he overthrows the words of the transgressor.”

Fire represents the purifying of the believers:

1 Cor. 3:13-15, “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 has 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.”

The SAVIOR coming as righteous judgment upon the seven churches was by way of his “Holy Spirit.”

1:15 And his [the SAVIOR’s] feet like unto fine [copper] brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Copper is a symbol of the SAVIOR’s walk being firm and strong, just as copper is melted and all the impurities are removed making the copper pure and strong.

Ps. 12:6,  “The words of Yahweh are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

The SAVIOR’s voice is represented by the sound of many waters. These waters represent the voices of a multitude of believers who have been filled with his Holy Spirit and are announcing truth and worshipping the FATHER (Rev. 19:6).

John 7:38, “He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

Jer. 17:13, “O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all that forsake you shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain of living waters.”

1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his [appearance] countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.

The right hand holding the seven stars symbolize the Savior’s ability to save the seven churches. The right hand is always a symbol of power, authority, and control.

The message that John was taking to the seven messengers was the message of salvation. If the messengers listened to what the Spirit was saying, their congregation would be delivered from ignorance and evil, and they would become established in the principles of the Kingdom of Yahweh. The message would be a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path.

Ps. 138:7, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me: you shall stretch forth your hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and your right hand shall save me.”

Isa. 41:10, “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Out of the SAVIOR’s mouth went a sharp two edged sword which represents the Word of Truth.

Heb. 4:12, “For the word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Eph. 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.”

The first time we read in the scriptures of the SAVIOR’s face shining was on the mount of transfiguration.

Mark 9:2-3, “And after six days the SAVIOR takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and leads them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.” (See also Matt. 17:2.)

The SAVIOR, Yahweh’s Anointed Word manifested in flesh, is the Light of the world—he is the Savior of “all” mankind (see John 1:1-9).

Isa. 60:19-21, “The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto you: but Yahweh shall be unto you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for Yahweh shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.”

1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

As the SAVIOR spoke to John he put his right hand (the symbol of power, and authority) upon him, announcing that he was the Savior that was set in place at the beginning of creation and that there would be no savior other than him. He assured John that he alone possessed the keys that would open the door that would release those in hell and in death and no man could shut it. The SAVIOR alone was their salvation.

John 12:32-33, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”

1 Cor. 15:21-22 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in the Anointed shall all be made alive.”

John 11:25-26, The SAVIOR said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?”

Rom. 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahweh, which is in the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord.”

The SAVIOR, having the key of hell and of death, was going to release those who had gone into the unseen state as well as those in sin. The “key” represented a solution to a problem; it was like medicine for an ailment; it is a way or means of achieving something.

1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the [messengers]angels of the seven churches: and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven [congregations]churches.

Here we see three time elements:

    1. The things that were past were the events that had already happened in the churches.
    2. The things that were present were the events happening in the churches at the time of the vision.
    3. The things hereafter were the events that were going to affect the people in those churches in the near future.

Notice the meaning of “angel,” # 32, which the seven stars represent: to bring tidings; a messenger; especially an angel; by implication, a “pastor.”

The seven stars represent the pastors of the seven churches, while the lamp stands represent the congregations.

According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the custom of keeping a house lamp burning night and day was to signify the prosperity of the individual or the family. The lamp burning in the seven churches also signified their prosperity. If their lamp stand was removed, it would reveal the spiritual poverty of the church, which meant that the anointing of Yahweh was no longer upon them.

Summary of chapter one:

John was not a prisoner as some believe. He was a co-participant of the Church and of the persecution put upon it by the adversary. He was on the isle of Patmos for the sole purpose of hearing the voice of the FATHER and to make the Anointed SAVIOR evident to the seven churches. He was in the Kingdom of Yahweh as he witnessed the endurance of the SAVIOR through prophecies and visions. The SAVIOR, the Spirit of the Word of Truth, was revealed to the seven churches. His intention was to reveal the FATHER to them that they might know his principles and power so they could be ruling priest in his Kingdom. The Word of Truth (the SAVIOR) was going to stir up the churches and force them to choose between right and wrong so Truth would come forth from them—the Church.

There were more than seven churches that needed to be dealt with at the time of John’s vision, but these seven churches that Yahweh chose to deal with, had seven different types of issues. These seven issues covered the totality of the issues going on in other churches then and even today. John’s message helped all the churches then as well as it helped churches today with these same issues, which is why the angel stated seven times, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” The number seven represents the totality of the Church.

When the messenger said to John, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches,” he was speaking to all who have ears to hear. The message to the seven churches was to bless the faithful and warn the unfaithful in all churches.

In chapters 2 and 3, the SAVIOR speaks a particular word to each of the seven churches, based on its unique spiritual condition, to encourage, and warn in order to bring them into the unity of the Spirit of righteousness.

Introduction to Revelation

Introduction to Revelation

The scriptures in this study have been researched and translated according to the Strong’s Dictionary and Interlinear on the PC Bible. The words with a strikethrough are words that were added by the translators. When a word was translated wrong, the word before the strikethrough is its original meaning.

For easier reading and understanding I took the liberty to remove many of the old English words and replace them with modern English.

I replaced “GOD” and “the LORD,” which are written in capitol letters, with “Yahweh,” the name of our God. In some places where God, # 430, is used, I replaced it with its Hebrew equivalent “Elohiym.” In the New Testament, when the word “God” is referring to our heavenly Father I replaced it with his name “Yahweh.”

I also replaced the word “Christ” with its meaning, the Anointed, for better comprehension of the subject.

For those who have a side or center reference in your King James Version Bible, notice the name “Jesus” in Matthew 1:21 and you will see it was originally written Savior in the Hebrew language; therefore, I replaced the name “Jesus” with SAVIOR. The Hebrew word for SAVIOR is #3467 “Yasha,” and is pronounced Yah-sha. I made this change because the word Jesus in the Strong’s Dictionary refers to the Greek #2424, which refers to the Hebrew #3467 and #3068 meaning “Yah Saves, Savior.”

The angel spoke to Joseph and told him what to name Mary’s son and then also gave him the meaning of the name:

“And she shall bear a son, and you shall call his name Yasha; for he shall save his people from their sins,” Matthew 1:21.

A name was important in biblical days. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary states:

“…in the Bible a name is much more than an identifier as it tends to be in our culture. Personal names (and even place names) were formed from words that had their own meaning. Thus, the people of the Bible were very conscious of the meaning of names. They believed there was a vital connection between the name and the person it identified. A name somehow represented the nature of the person.”

To understand the book of Revelation, one must learn the customs, symbols, and history of the Old Testament since our understanding of many of the old English words do not mean the same as they did over two thousand years ago.

The Old Testament uses symbolism, especially in the books of the prophets, which makes us know the Hebrews were accustomed to symbols. Our SAVIOR and his disciples also used symbols in their ministry.

I have recognized all the symbols given in the book of Revelation to mean the same as they did in the Old Testament since the New Testament had not yet been written. One must reason that if these symbols did not mean the same to the New Testament churches as they did in the Old Testament then those who were responsible to take action according to the vision would not have understood the vision and it would have been written in vain. If the complete vision and the prophecies were to the seven churches and were to be fulfilled in their day, then there had to be a connection to the churches throughout the whole vision, and there is.

Our SAVIOR is the beginning of the vision and he is also the ending of the vision. If the book of Revelation is read in bits and pieces, the vision will not be understood. But if the book is read from the beginning through to the end, one will understand and see a picture of the Anointed and his Body being manifest on the earth as a Kingdom of priests.

I have included illustrations to help my readers understand what John was seeing. This was a tremendous undertaking, but very rewarding. I created each scene as closely as I could from what I saw in my mind’s eye as I read the scriptures from the Interlinear Bible.

The word “angel” is a title of office, not a nature. In John’s vision, angels represent Yahweh’s agents revealing his mission, purpose, presence, power and his will for not only the seven churches, but also for those that have ears to ear what the Spirit says to the seven churches.

Angels can be human messengers or angelic messengers; therefore, I illustrated the angelic messengers with wings and the human messengers without wings for better understanding. If the angel was our SAVIOR, I began it with a capital.

Because the word “satan” is the same as the English word “adversary” I took the liberty to write it as an adjective instead of a proper noun. By doing this I hope my reader will be better prepared to resist becoming the adversary as Peter did to our SAVIOR.

The seven messengers of the seven churches are referred to throughout the book of Revelation, but through symbolism. When addressing each messenger, I used the name of their city.

My mission is to help Christians have a better understanding of the book of Revelation, because this book is highly misunderstood by most and is looked upon in fear. My research has brought me into a state of awe that the Father so graciously revealed the meaning of this book to me. I feel it my obligation to share it with those of you who are drawn to it by the Holy Spirit.