If we take some time for sharing,
With some person that’s in need;
We will find life’s magic secret,
When we do a golden deed.
If we bear another’s burden,
Go an extra mile or two;
We will find in blessing others,
We will get a blessing too.
If we take some time for sharing,
With some person that’s in need;
We will find life’s magic secret,
When we do a golden deed.
If we bear another’s burden,
Go an extra mile or two;
We will find in blessing others,
We will get a blessing too.
All these trials and tribulations
Are the lot of common life.
The whole world is full of trouble,
Ravaged by conflict and strife.
For the Christian and the sinner,
Those evil’s times are sure to come.
It’s not how hard the battle,
But it is how the victory’s won.
If we don’t secure our armor,
We’ll lose the battle every time.
The armor is our protection,
From the lies that plague our mind.
Revelation Chapter 19
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of many (much) people in heaven, saying, Praise ye Yahweh (Alleluia); Salvation, and glory, (and honor,) and power, unto (the Lord) our God:
2 Because (For) true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his (Yahweh’s) servants at her hand.
After judgment came upon Babylon the whore (confusion), John heard the message of salvation going forth from many people in heaven, the exalted realm. Notice that the message was to “praise Yahweh.” One cannot praise Yahweh with only lip service; he can only be praised from the heart. The condition of the heart is expressed through man’s actions. The believer will not only express his praises of Yahweh, he will be a praise of Yahweh’s glory by the standard of life in which he lives and by his thoughts and feelings.
Eph. 1:10-14, That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 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.
Because judgment came upon the confusion that the people were bound in, it stands to reason that it would take truth and righteousness to bring them out of their confusion, and then and only then could the whore be judged and Yahweh’s servants’ lives (blood) avenged.
After the proclamation to praise Yahweh was given, there was a revealing of the FATHER’s character and authority—
Salvation declared the FATHER’s ability
Glory declared the FATHER’s essence
Power declared the FATHER’s strength
The FATHER’s ability, essence, and strength were revealed because truth and righteousness was his judgment against confusion.
19:3 And again they (the voice of many people) said, Praise ye Yahweh (Alleluia). And her (the whore) smoke rose up for ages and ages (ever and ever).
The message to praise Yahweh was confirmed a second time signifying that the praise was established in Yahweh (Gen. 41:32).
The smoke was caused from the burning of the whore, the great city of Babylon. Once again if this was speaking of a natural city, or person, it would be impossible for the smoke to last for ages and ages. But spiritually speaking it would not. The smoke represented the effect of man’s confusion being evident for ages to come. Even in our generation we see the effect of man’s confusion that was generated several generations back. For example: air, water, and land pollutions caused by man’s ignorance will be felt for many generations causing death and illnesses—mental, emotional, and physical. Many traditions are passed from one generation to another keeping the followers in bondage to their ignorance.
Man’s confusion can affect many generations after he is gone, which is symbolized by the smoke rising up for ages and ages.
19:4, And the four and twenty elders and the four Living Creatures (beasts) fell down and worshipped Yahweh that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia (truly, praise ye Yahweh).
In Revelation 5:9, the 24 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 were made a kingdom of priests to reign on the earth. The twenty-four elders represented the government of Yahweh in his believers—the royal priesthood that fulfilled the old order by manifesting the new. Their falling down before the throne signified that the old order and new order had become one in submission to the FATHER. The four Living Creatures represented the SAVIOR in all his stages in submission to the FATHER.
The twenty-four elders and the four Living Creatures’ proclamation to “truly praise Yahweh” signified that the message of truth and righteousness came forth out of the believers as they were governed by the Holy Spirit—man united with the Son became one voice to proclaim the “praises” of Yahweh in the earth.
19:5, And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that reverence (fear) him, both small and great.
Notice the command “praise our God” was said in first person and was plural possessive because the voice from the throne was the voice of the FATHER coming forth out of overcomers. The throne is the symbol of Yahweh’s supreme power and authority. It denotes his splendor and magnificence manifested in and through the overcomers.
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. (Also see 1 Cor. 3:16.)
A command to praise the FATHER went forth from the throne for all those who were serving Yahweh out of servitude and for those who worshipped him out of deep respect and devotion. There are two ways of praising Yahweh—one comes from the heart and the other is a sacrifice of praise, which is bringing under subjection the emotions and thoughts to be “a praise” unto the FATHER, a form of servitude praise.
The servitude praise is necessary until the heart and mind becomes one with the FATHER. Reverence praise can only be done when the heart and the mind are in unity with the principles of the Kingdom of Righteousness. As a believer overcomes the desires of his flesh, his heart and mind becomes one with the FATHER’s principles of righteousness.
Heb. 13:12-16, Wherefore the SAVIOR also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Yahweh continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices Yahweh is well pleased.
Jer. 33:10-12, Thus said Yahweh; Again there shall be heard in this place, which you say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise Yahweh of hosts: for Yahweh is good; for his mercy endures for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of Yahweh. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, said Yahweh. Thus said Yahweh of hosts; again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
The psalmist David told us whom to praise, where, why, how, and who is to praise Yahweh:
Ps. 150, (Whom) Praise ye Yahweh. (Where) Praise God (the FATHER) in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. (Why) Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. (How) Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. (Who) Let all (every thing) that has breath praise Yahweh. (Whom) Praise ye Yahweh.
19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, “Praise ye Yahweh” (Alleluia): for the Lord Yahweh omnipotent reigns.
A third time the proclamation went forth to praise Yahweh; the message to praise him went forth from those who were set free from confusion because the proclamation came from “the voice of many waters.” Remember, the whore rode upon the many waters which symbolized the people, multitudes, and nations (Rev. 17:15). Because Babylon, the whore, had fallen, the people that were in confusion were released. They were able to proclaim that Yahweh omnipotent reigned within them and not the whore.
The proclamation to praise Yahweh was given three times as a witness of the FATHER’s ability, essence, power, and his absolute and universal sovereignty leaving no question that he reigns in the hearts and minds of those that proclaim the message to “Praise ye Yahweh.”
Isa. 52:7-11, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Thy God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for Yahweh has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Yahweh has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of Yahweh.
19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Notice that the woman was called the “wife” even though the marriage to the Lamb had not taken place. The wife had made herself ready. This signifies that the wife went through a process in order to be prepared to join herself in union with the Lamb.
In a biblical Jewish wedding, there was a betrothal, or espousal, period, which is similar to engagement but much more binding in the Jewish tradition and could not be broken except through a bill of divorcement. The first step to establish the marriage covenant was for the son to negotiate the price he must pay to purchase his wife. Then in the presence of those gathered, the couple shared a cup of wine to symbolize that their relationship had began. According to “The Jewish Customs,” the purchase money and the wine established the marriage covenant between the couple and they were regarded as husband and wife from that point on (2 Sam. 3:14).
Before leaving the betrothal party the husband would give his wife a bridal gift to pledge his love for her. Afterwards the couple separated for a time. During the betrothal period, the wife prepared herself to be joined to her husband in marriage. The wealthy women bathed themselves in different types of perfumes and spices. She made her wedding garments and learned from the elder women what was expected of her in marriage.
When the time came for the wedding, the husband went to his wife at her parents’ home to get his bride; he was accompanied with a party of friends and family. There was joyful shouting and the blowing of the shofar to announce his coming. The bride was accompanied by her bridesmaids, family, and friends and they followed the bridegroom back to his parents’ home to have the wedding supper. The wife wore a veil upon her face during the procession and supper. After the wedding supper the couple went to the wedding chamber while their guest waited for them to consummate their marriage. After the consummation, the wedding was complete. The husband and wife become one and the vows that were made at the betrothal party were fulfilled.
The marriage of the Lamb consisted of the believers being in one accord with the principles the SAVIOR taught. They become one with him even as the SAVIOR was one with the FATHER.
John 17:20-23, 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.
The believers have put on the mind of the Anointed SAVIOR.
Phil. 2:5-11, Let this mind be in you, which was also in the Anointed SAVIOR: who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 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.
The relationship between Yahweh and the believers was made complete. John did not witness a literal wedding, but the union of the believers when they came under submission to Yahweh’s principles of righteousness. Notice that the wife is arrayed in linen that is clean and white which signified righteous lifestyle of the saints. Their hearts and minds became one with truth and righteousness. This could not have happened as long as confusion reigned over them. This is a beautiful picture of Yahweh and the believers being united in one mind, being made complete in the fullness of Christ, finished in the FATHER and in full maturity.
Eph. 4:4-16, There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Anointing (Christ). Wherefore he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the finishing (perfecting) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a complete [mentally and morally] (perfect) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
19:9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of Yahweh.
John was told what the marriage supper of the Lamb was “the true sayings of Yahweh.” The word “these” in the Greek is also translated “this” many times. The word “are” is also translated “is” many times. The angel was telling John that the marriage supper of the Lamb was the “true sayings of Yahweh,” which are his thoughts, reasoning, and motives. A Jewish wedding was completed by the consummation act not the ceremony.
There is not one thing in the book of Revelation that does not speak of the SAVIOR; the book itself was written as a witness of the SAVIOR, and the SAVIOR was the Word of Yahweh made flesh. He lived and breathed the essence of the FATHER. He was the Light of the world, the Truth, and the Way. His goal was to bring mankind into union with the FATHER (John 17), i.e., to bring mankind into Life, Light, and Truth. The SAVIOR accomplishes his goal through the Holy Spirit, the Anointed Word. As the Holy Spirit quickens the Word of Yahweh to the intellect, the intellect expresses the Word through emotions and actions. The emotions express the fruit of the Spirit and the actions are acts of righteousness that fulfill the law of love (1 Cor. 13).
The bead that was shared at the last supper between the disciples and the SAVIOR symbolized the Body of Christ (Luke 22:15-20), and the Body of Christ is the Church. The SAVIOR said that he, the Anointed Word, was the head of the Body. When the Body (the Church) and the head (the Anointed Word) are in sync, then the Church and Christ become one flesh—the wedding has been made complete.
19:10, And I fell at his feet to worship him (the messenger). And he said unto me, See you do it not: I am your fellowservant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of the SAVIOR: worship Yahweh: for the testimony of the SAVIOR is the spirit of prophecy.
John was not giving the messenger the highest act of respect that was often done in his era of time, but he was going to “worship” him. He was told to worship the FATHER, and not the messenger.
The messenger explained to John his rank when he said, “I am your fellowservant.” He was telling John that he was no higher in dignity and servitude than John was—they were on equal standing with the FATHER and engaged in the same kind of ministry. Then the messenger told John who he was, his brethren. The word “brethren” means “a brother, literally or figuratively; the kinship could mean near or remote.” Whoever this messenger was, he was on equal standing with John in rank and nature, he was not an angelic being but a messenger sent from Yahweh to witness to John the testimony of the SAVIOR.
At the beginning of the book of Revelation, the messenger explained to John that not only was John’s vision a testimony of the SAVIOR, but it was a prophecy as well (Rev. 1:1-3). Now the messenger stated that this testimony was the spirit of prophecy, in other words the testimony of the SAVIOR was the vital life force of this prophecy; the SAVIOR was the substance, strength, and power behind every word given through the messenger and it was not the messenger’s words but the Spirit of the SAVIOR’s. The SAVIOR, the Word of the FATHER made flesh (John 1:14), the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), the Light of the world (John 8:12), was a witness of truth (John 18:37). Everything the SAVIOR was, was the force of the prophecy and fulfilled the FATHER’s will; therefore, John was to worship the FATHER.
19:11-16, And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of Yahweh.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Rev. 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great ability (power); and the earth was lightened with his glory.
After the judgment of Babylon, the whore, another message comes forth with power and glory that enlightens the earth.
The word “lightened” is “to make to see.” Those who had ears to hear were getting ready to see the “glory” of the Father. They were going to admire, praise, and give honor to him. This angel’s message enlightened the earth and caused a change in the character of those who understood the message, they were “a praise” in the earth, they manifested the glory of the Father in the earth.
18:2 And he (the angel) cried mightily with a (strong) voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils (demons), and the cage (hold) of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
This verse should have been written: And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the prison of every foul spirit, and the prison of every foul bird, and the prison of every foul and hateful beast”
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Most translations left off the phrase “and the prison of every foul beast.” It was in the original writings and was a very important part of John’s vision.
Keep in mind that Yahweh had dealt with Israel as a nation only until the Seed came, which was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dealt with the condition of their hearts and minds. He came to deliver mankind (all nations) from their condition of sin; therefore, Babylon was a symbol of confusion, which had kept the inhabitants of the earth bound in their sinful condition. She was portrayed as a whore in the previous chapter. Babylon was part of the great city that was divided into three parts—Egypt (bondage), Sodom (corruption), and Babylon (confusion). In this chapter, Yahweh deals with man’s failure to distinguish between truth and lie. Their confusion was because of false concepts that had been handed down from generation to generation from those that ruled over them whether by force or by skilled leadership.
In the scriptures, when a nation fell, it lost its position of power. A stronger force brought the nation down. Babylon’s fall came when she lost her power to keep the inhabitants of the earth under her power. The only force that could cause Babylon (confusion) to fall was the Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit of the Truth— “righteousness” prevailed because man’s nature changed, “peace” prevailed because man’s state of mind changed, “joy” prevailed because man’s emotions changed, and there is no more confusion when “truth” is understood.
Babylon’s fall was from a ruling position in man, or you could say, confusion fell when truth came on the scene. Babylon lost her strength to keep humanity under her control. From the time of Adam until the infilling of the Holy Spirit, mankind had been bound by the government and false concepts of the great city. She was brought down by the Holy Spirit of Truth. Truth set the people free from bondage, corruption, and confusion. Mankind could come out from under Babylon’s power through the Holy Spirit of Truth. She, the city, was the habitation of demons, evil spirits, the adversaries (birds, Mark 4:11 & 15), and the beasts, the beasts that ascended out of the bottomless pit (Rev. 11:7; 17:8), and the beast that came out of the sea (Rev. 13:1), and the beast that came up out of the earth (13:11), and all the images of the beast that the people gave life to in Revelation 13:13-14.
The Holy Spirit of Truth, which the Father sent on the day of Pentecost, caused Babylon to fall. People could come out of their ignorance. The Holy Spirit had power to open the prison doors and deliver them from their demons. He had the power to deliver man from his beastly nature in order that man might have the nature of the Father. Babylon was defeated and mankind no longer had to grope in darkness bound in their sins and confusion; the Holy Spirit had opened the prison doors and set the captives free and opened their spiritual eyes so they could see the way out of bondage, corruption, and confusion. The Anointed Word of Truth came to light men’s path in order to show them the way out of Babylon. The pathway to the Father is forever open for all who desire after righteousness and truth.
18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are wealthy (waxed rich) through the force (abundance) of her strength (delicacies).
Babylon, symbolized as the whore (false concepts), caused all nations to be intoxicated by the influence of her passion, she entertained idolatry and was full of abomination and filthiness. The skilled leaders and rulers of darkness exploited the people with their false doctrines, i.e., they made merchandise of them (2 Pet. 2:1-3). The skilled leaders used flattery to deceive the minds of the people. They peddled the word of Yahweh for a profit. With their carnal imaginations and deceptive ways, they seduced the unstable for their selfish gain. The skilled leaders preyed upon the feeble minded, using their fears and superstitious beliefs to control them. The powerful preyed upon the weak forcing them to bow to their concepts.
18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues (calamities).
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and Yahweh has remembered her iniquities.
What were the people to come out of? It could not have been a literal city. This was a message to the seven churches, which were not under the control of Jerusalem or Rome. The voice from heaven (the higher realm) was calling for Yahweh’s people to come out of their false concepts (the confusion) ignorance and their beastly attitudes, which caused havoc for them. They were not to be joined in action, attitude, or thought with false doctrines. The church of Corinth was bound in this same situation and Paul commanded them to separate themselves from the false doctrines.
2 Cor. 6:14-18, Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness? And what concord (harmony) has the Anointing (Christ) with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel? 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate,” said Yahweh, “and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters,” said the Lord Almighty.
Their separation was not from their physical bodies, but the separation of evil thoughts, actions, and attitudes as they matured into righteousness because it was stated that “Yahweh dwelled in them” not among them.
According to the Textus Receptus number 190, the word “reached” in this verse means “to accompany, to follow along side, that is, to be in the same way with.” The doctrine of Christ and false doctrines were being taught in the same church. False doctrines were being accepted as truth causing confusion in the churches. The Father was mindful of (remembered) the injustice that it caused among the believers.
The responsibility of being a spiritual leader was to lead the people away from the abominations and filthiness not into it, and this was a great responsibility. When church leaders allowed false doctrines to be taught in their churches the spiritually weak were influenced, causing havoc among the brethren, this should have never been.
2 Tim. 3:1-8, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Yahweh; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive the foolish (silly) women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
1 Cor. 1:10-13, I exhort (encourage) you brethren by the name of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, that everyone speak the same thing and that there be no division among you so that you may be completely in the same mind and in the same judgment (resolve). For Chloe informed me concerning you my brethren, in that there is disagreement (contention) among yourselves. Now I say this, each one of you that say I am Paul’s, but I am Apollos’, but I am Cephas’, even I am the Anointed’s (Christ);” the Anointed or Christ cannot be divided, nor was Paul crucified over you and neither were you baptized into the name of Paul. (DG) (Also see 1 Tim. 3:1-4.)
18:6 Reward her even as she (Babylon, the whore) rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she has filled fill to her double.
The reward of the whore was to reap what she sowed. The cup that the whore had was full of abominations and filthiness. Her works were works of unrighteousness. The message called for a scrimmage with the whore as the messengers came against false concepts and ignorance. The angel was telling the messengers of the churches, “Don’t stand still and let her take your members, fight for truth and righteousness. Fight harder than the false leaders.” The first thing they had to do was to remove the false leaders from their positions of teaching, and then counteract the false doctrines with the true doctrine of Yahweh in righteousness. Yahweh’s warfare was not and still is not a warfare of natural weapons, but as Paul wrote, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good,” (Rom. 12:21).
2 Cor. 10:3-6, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (for 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 that exalts itself against the knowledge of Yahweh, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Thess. 5:8-15, 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. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men (rise up and fight evil with righteousness).
They were not to be passive, but be assertive, and at the same time love their enemies, bless them that cursed them, do good to them that hated them. They also needed to pray for them who worked spite in their midst and persecuted them (Matt 5:44-45).
The SAVIOR plainly stated that we are not to torment or cause sorrow to others and this includes our enemies.
Matt. 5:38-45, You have heard that it has been said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:” But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also. And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two (twain). Give to him that asks you, and from him that would 0 02love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
According to Paul, being good to those that persecute us heaps coals of fire upon their head, which is spiritual torment (Rom. 12:20). Paul was conveying how the principle of righteousness counteracts unrighteousness. The acts of righteousness (coals of fire) are designed to cause the persecutor to feel shame, remorse of conscience, and conviction for his evil conduct, thereby, leading the persecutor to repentance. Being good to one’s enemies reveals the true reflection of the enemies’ heart, and brings Yahweh’s judgment against the false doctrines that hinder righteous conduct.
18:7 How much she has glorified herself, and lived luxurious (deliciously), so much torment and sorrow give her: for she said in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Those bound in confusion, Babylon, accepted the skilled leaders false concepts and doctrines above the truth; therefore, they glorified the lust of their flesh and made the works of the flesh appear as superior to the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Many accepted the false concepts; therefore, she, Babylon the whore, lived luxuriously.
The whore claimed a ruling position; she had exulted herself above the throne of Yahweh. The false concepts and wickedness dwelled in the place of Yahweh. Yahweh dwells in temples of flesh and blood, and at the same time his throne is in the heavenly realm. False doctrines dwells in temples of flesh and blood, but its throne is on the carnal realm. Babylon claimed to rule as queen because her false doctrines were controlling the minds of the inhabitants of the earth.
Spiritually speaking, that which you have joined yourself to in principle is your husband. It is what governs your thoughts, emotions, and actions. That which is produced from the principles for which you stand upon is your spiritual children because it is what is reaped from the standards by which you live. The whore brought forth fruit unto death because she had no life within her. (Read 1 Cor. 7:)
To state that Babylon was “no widow” implies that she had a husband, but she declared falsely that she was in union with the FATHER. The statement that followed, “and shall see no sorrow” was falsely declaring she brought forth fruit unto righteousness (seed from the FATHER). Her false teachings were from the pit of darkness and they kept the people in confusion and they could not produce the fruit (spiritual children) of the Spirit.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be consumed (utterly burned) with fire: for strong (forceful) is the Lord Yahweh who judges her.
In the Old and New Testament, the word “day” is used in various ways. It was used to indicate the time it took for Yahweh to create the world (Gen. 2:4). It was used to denote a day of enlightenment (Rom. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:5-8). And it also was used to indicate a time of judgment (Matt. 10:15; Mark 6:11; 1 John 4:17), which is also in this case because it was written “for strong is Lord Yahweh who judges her.” (Read More on the word “day” in Revelation 16:14.) For example:
2 Cor. 6:2, (For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Eph. 4:30, Grieve not the holy Spirit of Yahweh, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
2 Thess. 2:1-2, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord 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 that the day of Christ is now (at hand).
Heb. 3:8-9, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. (The 40 years in the wilderness.)
1 Cor. 1:4-9, I thank my God always on your behalf over the grace of Yahweh given to you by Yasha the Christ, that in everything you are made rich in him in all word and all knowledge, as the testimony of the anointing confirms in you. So that none of you fall short, not even in one gift, wait upon the day of revelation of our Lord Yasha the Christ. Who, in the day of our Lord Yasha the Christ, also confirms you even to the utmost (limit) blameless (irreproachable). Yahweh is faithful, who calls you into fellowship through his Son Yasha the Christ, our Lord. (DFG T)
The day of Babylon’s, the whore’s, judgment was a day to rejoice because there was a deliverance from sin, but it was also the day of great sorrow because it was a day of cleansing. Notice the whore’s plagues were death, mourning, and famine. These plaques were calamities that came upon her in one day, which was the day of the Anointing, the day of salvation. And this was the day that Yahweh brought judgment against carnality (death), against sorrow (mourning), against ignorance (famine-lack of the word of truth). All these plagues were to take place in that one day and this day was the day Yahweh brought judgment against confusion (Babylon, the whore) that was upon the people. Peter wrote of that “one” day, it was the day when the Holy Spirit made his abode in mankind and the Kingdom of Yahweh was set up in earthen vessels.
2 Pet. 3:8-13, Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (Keep in mind that the subject here is “one day.”) But the (one) day of the Lord will come as a thief (in the night); in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the principles (elements) be loosened with fire (shall melt with fervent heat), the earthly (earth) also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these (things) (works and earthly principles) shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness, anticipating (looking for) and waiting eagerly for (hasting) unto the presence (coming) of the (one) day of Yahweh, through which (wherein) the heavens is ignited (being on fire) and dissolves (shall be dissolved, and) the principles (elements) shall melt with fire (fervent heat)? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, wait (look) for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
The day of judgment began on the day of Pentecost and ends when bondage, corruption, and confusion are wiped off the face of the earth.
Ps. 22:27-31, 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. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this.
Ps. 98, O sing unto Yahweh a new song; for he has done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, has gotten him the victory. Yahweh has made known his salvation: his righteousness has he openly showed in the sight of the heathen. He has remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise unto Yahweh, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto Yahweh with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before Yahweh, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together before Yahweh; for he comes to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
Isa. 45:22-25, Look unto me, and be ye 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. In Yahweh shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Isa. 52:7-11, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Your God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for Yahweh has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Yahweh has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of Yahweh. (Also see Isa. 49:1-11.)
18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived luxurious (deliciously) with her, wept (shall bewail her,) and grieved (lament) for her, as (when) they (shall) see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Woe (Alas), woe (alas), that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come.
Because the source of the carnal leaders’ (kings’) control was brought down, they wept and grieved. The carnal leaders were powerless against the Holy Spirit as he moved across the land delivering the people out of their confusion. All they could do was mourn for their loss.
“Standing afar off for fear of her torment,” signified the kings did not participate in the judgment upon the great city Babylon; the judgment came through the Holy Spirit and not through man.
The power of the Holy Spirit in the form of anointing oil was no longer poured out on the heads of the kings, priests, and judges to set them in office. Carnal man was no longer used in leadership positions in the exalted realm of the Most High. The Holy Spirit was given for all humanity from the least to the greatest, to male and female, to all nations. Judgment day came and mankind’s confused mentality was exposed. With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, came a new way of communicating with the FATHER. There was a change in mankind’s nature; his reasoning was now influenced by the Holy Spirit. With this change came deliverance from sin. The believers exposed the Kingdom of Yahweh and the seed was planted in earthen vessels making it possible for them to overcome ignorance. History proves that the Holy Spirit brought mental development to humanity which can be seen through the accelerated development of technology in the past two thousand years. Man’s mind opened to a higher realm of thinking.
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came as a Comforter, Guide, and Teacher. A new era of time began and with Him came a new lease on life. The KJV translated the time of judgment as one hour, but this same Greek word for “hour” was also translated into “day, hour, instant, season, short, eventide, time, and high time.” Judgment upon confusion did not happen in sixty minutes, but began on the day of Pentecost and will continue until every man’s mind is set free. The Holy Spirit came to do a work and his day will continue until his work is finished, he must remain on the scene until his job is competed:
John 16:7-16, Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is to your benefit (advantage) that I go. For if I do not go the Comforter (Holy Spirit of Truth) will not come to you, but if I go I will send the Comforter to you and when he comes he will confute (overwhelm, silence) the world of sin, even with righteousness and with judgment. Of sin, because they truly did not believe to me. With righteousness because I go to my Father and the world will see me no more. With judgment because the prince of this world is judged. I have much more to say to you but you are unable to bear (receive) it right now. But when the Spirit of truth comes it will guide you (show the way) into all truth, for he will not talk about himself, but will come and tell you, declaring only that which he heard from me. He will glorify (honor, exalt) me, for he will receive from me and will show it to you. All that the Father has is mine, therefore I said that the Spirit of Truth (the Comforter) will take from me and will show it to you. You will not see me for a little while and in a little while you will see me again. (DG)
John 14:18-20, I will not send you out as orphans (alone, without guidance), I will go before you. Yet a little while and the world will no longer see me, but you will see me because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. (DG) (The Holy Spirit within. Also see Luke 4:18-19.)
Paul explained what will happen when the Holy Spirit has finished his work:
1 Cor. 15:9-28, If in this life only we are hopeful in Christ, we are all pitiful (pathetic) men, but now Yasha Christ rose up out from the dead the first-fruit from the dead. For since death came through man, through man also the resurrection of the dead. For just as all die in/by Adam, even so all are made alive in/by Christ, but each in one’s own order; Yasha Christ the first-fruit, afterward the anointed in/by his appearing. Then the end result, seeing that he yields up the Kingdom to Yahweh even the Father; inasmuch as he renders entirely inactive all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until which time all the adversary (enemy) is placed under his feet; finally rendering death entirely inactive. For all things are in subjection under his feet. But in that he said, all things are in subjection to him, it is clear, all except his Father to whom he subjects himself. But when all is subjection to him then the Son himself subjects all to him so that Yahweh can be all, in all. (DG)
18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys (to redeem) their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine (a fragrant) wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odors, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Notice that it is the merchants (forceful or skilled leaders) of the earth who mourned because no man “bought” their goods, yet it was the city of Babylon that was destroyed. The merchants were selling their goods to Babylon (the realm of confusion), they were not buying goods from her. Those in confusion were making the carnal leaders rich by buying into their false doctrines. The skilled and forceful leaders were selling their false concepts to the ignorant. These leaders mourned because this one city (confusion) was the only city that bought their goods—it was only those who dwelled on the realm of confusion that fell prey to their false doctrines. Babylon, in John’s vision, was not referring to a natural city. According to history, there has never been any single city on the face of the earth that was the sole buyer of the entire world’s merchandise; and neither will there ever be.
In this vision, Babylon symbolized a city of confusion, a people full of the abominations of the earth; she satisfied the carnal man’s natural appetites. She possessed the merchandise sold to her by the merchants: lies, superstitions, carnal concepts, works of darkness, etc. Through these carnal devices, the merchants made merchandise of souls of men therefore enslaving them.
Ignorance in the world made and still makes skilled and forceful leaders rich, making it possible for them to not only prosper in worldly good, but to control the way their victims think and act, which is the “souls of men.” When the Holy Spirit of Truth came on the day of Pentecost, these skilled and forceful leaders lost their hold on the minds of those who accepted the Holy Spirit as their Teacher, Guide, and Comforter. On this day the Holy Spirit began his work against the realm of confusion and the abominations of the earth. It was said to be a finished work because Yahweh called those thing which hadn’t come to pass as though they had (Rom. 4:17). Babylon (confusion) was not destroyed in one hour or one day, but the time of judgment against confusion began on the day of Pentecost and that day will not end until the city of confusion is destroyed.
Heb. 8:10-12, For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said 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. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
14 And the fruits that your soul lusted after are departed from you, and all things which were sumptuous (dainty) and magnificent (goodly) are departed from you, and you shall find them no more at all.
Notice verse 14 refers to Babylon and not to the merchants while verses 11-13 refers to the merchants. When judgment against Babylon (the realm of confusion) is finished, that realm will be no more, and the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life will be finished. When man is converted that which was appealing to him on the realm of confusion will lose its pull on his mind and emotions. He will no longer lust after the things of the flesh for sin will lose its magnificence.
Gal. 5:16-17, 24-25, This I say then, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Because (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…. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Eph. 4:21-24, If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in the SAVIOR: 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.
18:15 The merchants of these things, who (which) were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Woe (Alas), woe (alas), that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Woe (Alas), woe (alas), that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
Remember in the last chapter we read that the whore, symbolized as Babylon, set upon many waters; these waters symbolized peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues (Rev. 17:1, 15). The literal city of Babylon had one river on its border, which was the river Euphrates it was so rough that it was next to impossible to use as a way to bring merchandise to Babylon. Babylon was the mother of harlots and the abominations of the earth (Rev 17:5), and the people of the earth were committing idolatry because they worshipped gods created after their own imaginations.
In this verse, the ships symbolize the means by which the skilled leaders used to sell their false concepts such as superstitions, witchcraft, etc. The shipmasters symbolize the force of control used to persuade the people to accept their false ideas, and the sailors symbolize those who were manipulated to spread their false concepts to others.
Judgment had come upon the city of confusion, thereby, bringing clarity to Yahweh’s people. Those who had made merchandise of the people were the skilled and forceful leaders of the earth. These leaders mourned their loss because they could no longer sell their false concepts to the weak minded and ignorant. They had been made rich by manipulating the people, multitudes, and nations through their false doctrines, yet they themselves where ignorant and confused because they were part of the people, multitudes, and nations.
The time of judgment upon confusion had come, and has been bombarded since the “day” of Pentecost, and will be destroyed by the Holy Spirit of Truth. Then what manner of people should there be left? There will be believers who walk in truth and godliness (2 Pet. 3:8-13).
18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for Yahweh has avenged you on her.
The apostles (ambassadors of the Gospel) and the prophets (foretellers of prophetic events) have been avenged. Those who had cried out under the altar were avenged (Rev. 6:9). The word “avenged” in this verse means to “function against crime.” They came against confusion, ignorance, and corruption with truth and righteousness; they brought down the city of Babylon. That which the apostles taught was understood, and that which the prophets prophesied came to pass. It was a time to rejoice because the people that were receiving the Gospel of salvation were being set free.
People have and still are destroyed because of lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). After the Holy Spirit came, anyone who lacked wisdom could ask and seek Yahweh and he would give them knowledge (James 1:5; Prov. 29:18).
18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with an attack (violence) shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, there were two most primitive methods of grinding grain to make flour for bread, one was by pounding it in a mortar with one millstone, and the other was by grinding two large millstones together. Both methods were mentioned in Numbers 11:8 when the Israelites were preparing manna.
Even though it was Babylon that was to be destroyed, the millstone was cast into the sea, which represented the multitude of people across the nations. The millstone represented the pressures that the Holy Spirit allowed in the believers in order for the old man of sin to be removed; therefore, destroying the great city of confusion. The old messages, powers, and commands cease to be in the new man, because the new man is created in the likeness of his FATHER. The new man has gone through the grinding of the millstone and is made into the bread from heaven (manna) that he might go out into the world as a walking epistle and be read by all men. He feeds the spiritually hungry by that which he is—the living Word.
18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in you; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in you; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in you;
Musical instruments were used in worship of Yahweh; it was a part of the Israelites’ divine service unto him.
Ps. 71:22-24, I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O you Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto you; and my soul, which you have redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of your righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Ps. 81:1-4, Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
Ps. 150:1-6, Praise ye Yahweh. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise Yahweh. Praise ye Yahweh.
On the realm of confusion and ignorance, the Israelites worshipped Yahweh, but they did not worship him because they knew or understood him—the music was a form of worship, but their hearts were far from him. The day of the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit brought with it a new form of worship, it was a day that man worshipped Yahweh in spirit and in truth, that is, he worshipped with his heart (spirit) and his mind (truth).
John 4:20-24, Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. And the SAVIOR said unto her, “Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Acts 17:24-31, Yahweh that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all things; And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of Yahweh, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the time of this ignorance Yahweh winked at; but now commands all men everywhere to repent: because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.
Man will no longer worship Yahweh out of confusion or ignorance, anything less than worship from the heart and in truth is a ritual and nothing more.
18:23 And the light of a lamp (candle) shall shine no more at all in you; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in you: for your merchants were the rulers (great men) of the earth; for by your sorceries were all nations deceived.
The light of the lamp is in reference to the oil in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness; it was the shadow of the Holy Anointing through the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, there was no need for the shadow to remain. The Holy Spirit of Truth was the reality of the light of the lamp; therefore, the light of the lamp lost its value—the Anointing within took its place.
The bridegroom and bride refer to the Israelite’s union with the FATHER through the Levitical order—through types and shadows. After the Holy Spirit fell, those who joined to the FATHER were enlightened by him, the Anointed Word of Truth. This body of believers is the Church, the wife that is impregnated by the Holy Spirit and gives birth to his principles, his essences. This birth will never take place as long as confusion or spiritual ignorance remains.
Eph. 5:25-26, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
Before the Holy Spirit joined himself to the believers, the people worshipped Yahweh through ceremonial laws, and it was easy for the unlearned to be deceived by skillful leaders. In their ignorance they could not discern right from wrong; the skilled leaders kept them in deception by their sorceries, their witchcraft. The Holy Spirit joined himself to the believers to bring them out of ignorance and confusion (2 Pet. 2:1-5) and to cause them to produce his offspring—Love.
Eph. 4:17-24, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other nations (Gentiles) walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of Yahweh through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ (the Anointing); if so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in the SAVIOR: 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. (Also see 1 Pet. 1:13-14.)
18:24 And in her (Babylon) was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Not all the prophets and saints were killed in the literal city of Babylon, nor were they all killed by their armies. It was written that the scribes and Pharisees were partakers in killing them (Matt. 23:27-30). It was also written that Ahab killed the prophets (1 Kings 19:1). Steven stated that it was the stiffnecked and uncircumcised of the heart that killed the prophets and the saints (Acts 7:51-52). Those who killed the saints and the prophets were bound by their beastly nature, they lacked truth.
Isaiah prophesied of the destruction of Babylon calling it the “daughter of the Chaldeans” (Isa. 47:) According to Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the term Chaldean was used by several ancient authors to denote the priests and other persons educated in the classical Babylonian literature, especially in traditions of astronomy and astrology. Jeremiah identified the Chaldeans with the Babylonians who besieged the city of Jerusalem during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar; they looted the Temple and carried the Israelites into captivity (Jer. 21:4,9; 35:11; 51:4,54). Everything about Babylon is a symbol of bondage, corruption, and confusion. The Babylonian traditions of astronomy and astrology were the worship of the sun, moon, and the stars, which was the worship of other gods—idolatry. And we can safely say that to worship any other god than Yahweh will not deliver the worshippers from their bondages, it will keep them in corruption, and they will definitely be confused about who to worship.
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The worship of the heavenly bodies was widely spread in the East and in Arabia; and the Babylonian pantheon was full of astral deities, where each divinity corresponded either to an astral phenomenon or to some circumstance or occurrence in Nature which is connected with the course of the stars (Jeremias, The Old Testament in the Light of the Ancient East, I, 100). From the prophets we gather that before the exile the worship of the host of heaven had become established among all classes and in all the towns of Israel (Jer ubi supra; Ezek 8:16). In that worship the queen of heaven had a conspicuous place; and if, as seems probable from the cakes which were offered, she is to be identified with the Assyrian Ishtar and the Canaanite Astarte, the worship itself was of a grossly immoral and debasing character. That this Ishtar cult was of great antiquity and widely spread in ancient Babylonia may be seen from the symbols of it found in recent excavations (see Nippur, II, 236).
It is very interesting to note there was a famine goddess that originated from the Babylonians. Copied from http://www.pantheon.org/articles/i/ishtar.html:
Ishtar was the ancient Sumero-Babylonian goddess of love and fertility. She is often described as the daughter of Anu, the god of the air. In most of the myths concerning her, she is described as an evil, heartless, women who destroyed her mates and lovers.
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying (unto me), Come here (hither); I will show unto you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants (dwellers) of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
This angel is getting ready to expose the great whore by bringing evidence against her. The information will help the churches understand the effect the whore had upon people. This evidence will cause the believers to make judgment against her.
Below, in verse 18, you will see that the angel said the whore represented the “great city” that reigned over the kingdoms of the earth. According to Revelation 11:8, the “great city” was also called Egypt and Sodom. In Revelation 14:8, the “great city” was called Babylon. Then in Revelation 16:19, we read where the “great city” was divided into three parts. The three parts represented the essence of the great whore and her influence over those in bondage – symbolized by Egypt, corruption – symbolized by Sodom, and confusion – symbolized by Babylon. The whore was a condition of the mind not an entity.
The whore sitting upon many waters is symbolic to the condition of the inhabitants of the earth. The word “sits” is to reside, that is, the thoughts, speech, and actions of the inhabitants of the earth were controlled by false concepts, or doctrines. It caused them to have false images of Yahweh’s character and his principles and kept them in bondage, corruption, and confusion.
The “kings” of the earth is symbolic to those who set the moral standards by which the people followed after. The people were influenced (made drunk) to commit spiritual fornication; they followed after teachings and principles contrary to truth and righteousness. The false doctrines that influenced the masses came through false prophets, leaders, and teachers. The kings represent that which had the power to influence one against truth, i.e. commit spiritual fornication. Idolatry is defined as the worship of any cult image, idea, or object, as opposed to the worship of Yahweh. Literal kings rule their kingdoms by their beastly nature, but they don’t always control the thoughts of their subjects, but those who taught false doctrines impaired the judgment of their followers. Remember, the messengers of Pergamos and Thyatira were reprimanded because they allowed false doctrines to be taught in their churches.
Rev. 2:14, 15, But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast 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. So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Rev. 2:20, Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, 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.
The woman, called a whore, represented that which “seduced” and “allured” the people into false ideas. Metaphorically she represented that which aroused strong desires that were unproductive to righteousness. Her recipients were emotionally intoxicated by her actions, because their judgments were impaired.
In the Old Testament, Israel was portrayed as the wife of Yahweh. Israel played the harlot when she acted contrary to Yahweh’s covenants (Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16:1-43; Hos. 1:2; 3:11).
Isa. 1:21-27, How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Your silver is become dross, your wine mixed with water: your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: everyone loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither did the cause of the widow come unto them. Therefore said the Lord, Yahweh of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: and I will turn my hand upon you, and purely purge away your dross, and take away all your tin: and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. (Notice that a new name would to be given, which called “righteousness.”)
To say the whore is a symbol of the true “Church,” would do the Church a great injustice. Churches in John’s day were going through great difficulties and tribulations, but the true “Church” is a realm in which believers are birthed into Yahweh’s Kingdom and she cannot be a harlot. She is that which births Life in the Kingdom of Heaven. She was cleansed and divinely inspired to produce the Fruit of the Spirit through the believers. The Church corresponds to facts that are not mixed with man’s imaginations or doctrines. The true Church brings her children out of bondage, corruption, and confusion. Her foundation is the pure Word of Truth that the children of faith learn through the quickening of the Holy Spirit as they are obedient to their measure of truth. There are many churches, but there is only one “Church” that births the children of Yahweh and that Church is neither a tangible building nor a group of people in a building.
At the time of John’s vision, Yahweh was no longer dealing specifically with the nation of Israel, he was dealing with people who had joined the churches and were committing spiritual fornication. The whore, false doctrines, was luring the inhabitants of the earth, not just those in the seven churches or just the nation of Israel. Her influence was drawing them away from righteousness instead of birthing them into truth. The whore represented the influence of false doctrines, or concepts, upon the inhabitants of the earth as they were tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine that was given by skillful leaders (represented as kings) who deceived them. Their false concepts kept them in bondage, corruption, and confusion.
17:3 So he (the angel) carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet (red) colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
John was carried away into the same wilderness that the woman in Revelation
12:14 had fled to. This place was where the woman was away from the serpent, the adversary, to be nourished by the Father. John was also given spiritual nourishment. The first thing he saw and understood was the whore who had made the inhabitants of the earth commit spiritual fornication. She was sitting upon many waters in verse one, but now John sees her sitting (residing) upon a scarlet colored beast full of the names of blasphemy.
Blasphemy and false doctrines were joined together. Blasphemy was the condition of the inhabitants of the earth because mankind speaks from the abundance of their hearts.
The beast that the whore sat upon was scarlet colored. In the Old Testament, scarlet is associated with sins (Isa. 1:18). The whore was transported by sins that caused the people to be estranged from Yahweh and his principles of righteousness.
Verses nine through twelve of this chapter gives a better picture of the beast. It is sufficient to say here that the essence of the beast was blasphemy. That which rode upon the beast was the whore, which indicates that she controlled the beast even as a rider upon a horse controls his horse. This is an excellent metaphor of false doctrines causing people to blaspheme Yahweh and his Kingdom of Righteousness.
17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and costly (precious) stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
In the Old Testament, women espoused or married decked themselves in jewels (Gen. 24:51-53; Isa. 61:10; Est. 1-6). The harlot had the appearance as being the wife (the true Church) as she was adorned for her husband, the Anointing (Rev. 21:2). She appeared as the true Church, but inwardly she was the mother of harlots and the mother of the abominations of the earth. She appears to be the wife of the king.
The golden cup she had in her hands exposed her true identity; she offered abominations and filthiness for those who supped with her. She looked like the true Church with its glory and honor, but she was not the wife of the King of kings: she was the essence of harlotry and abominations as she lured carnal minds into filthiness and abominations.
The whore had the words “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” written on her forehead. The word “mystery” denotes something unknown, secret or hidden. The whore had been a mystery, but that which had kept the people in confusion was going to be revealed to John.
The word “forehead,” being the opposite of the countenance, means that which is in the mind. That which was written on the whore’s forehead was her principles and her concepts—she was the mother (originator) of confusion, idolatry, and the abominations of the earth. She kept Yahweh’s creation in bondage to their sins. That which people believe controls their thoughts, actions, and feelings. Only “Truth” could set them free from their sins.
John 8:31-32, Then said the SAVIOR to those Jews which believed on him, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Notice it was the “word” that made the disciples free as they continued in the “word.”)
17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of the SAVIOR: and when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder (admiration).
To be drunken, is to be intensely excited to the point of being irrational and out of control. The woman did not represent people; she represented the spiritual influence upon the people.
This woman was not the true “Church” for she would not have killed her children nor confused them; she would have nourished and birthed them into the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth and freed from their bondages.
False doctrines caused many of the saints, including our Lord and SAVIOR, to be killed. No wonder John wondered with great wonder at the mystery of it all. False doctrines multiplied greatly after the death of the SAVIOR; false teachers rose up with their smooth tongues and pernicious ways deceiving many.
2 Peter 2:1-3 – 18-19, There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not…. 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.
Even as the government of the Israelites, through the Levitical Priesthood, was called a woman, so is the government of the Church called a woman; she is the mother of us all (Gal. 4:26). Yahweh’s government cannot be changed nor altered one iota; she forever births and nourishes her children into the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth, anything less than the true government of Yahweh is a harlot system. If it were possible for man to alter Yahweh’s true government, then there would be no solid foundation upon which man could stand.
17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore did you wonder (marvel)? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carried her, which has the seven heads and ten horns.
The angel made a statement to John as if John’s wonder was a “quizzical wonder” rather than an “awe wonder.” The word “marvel” in the English language means “something wonderful” or “a skillful person that does wonderful or astonishing things.” John was not “marveling” over the woman; he was not drawn to her or to the beast. John wanted to know what the mystery meant. The angel answered John’s “wonder” as his vision continued.
17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition (ruin or loss): and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they perceive (behold) the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The beast, along with the harlot, came out of a bottomless pit. The bottomless pit symbolizes the carnal realm where there is no foundation of truth; a place where corruption has no limits. It does not have a physical location except in the minds of mankind.
The word “perdition” means “physical, spiritual, or eternal ruin.” The woman rode upon the waters, which were peoples, nations, multitudes, and tongues; this symbolized that she controlled their actions, thoughts, and feelings. She also rode upon the beast, which was the condition, or expression, of these people. The angel was very careful not to give John the idea here that “people” were going into ruin, but their beastly attitudes (sinful) were that which would be in “ruin.”
This verse gives an indication that there were some poor folks that were born doomed because the Father refused to write their names in the “Book of Life” before they had an opportunity to choose or reject him. The FATHER does not and will not refuse any of his creation; “he is not willing that any should perish, but that “all” should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), and the FATHER works all things after t he counsel of his well (Eph. 1:11).
John 3:16-17, Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (The word “might” was added; there is no might.)
John 12:32-33, For I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. (The SAVIOR died; there is no more “if.” He will draw all men unto him.)
Now let us read this eighth verse with the scriptures above in mind. The beast that you saw was (alive and in control until the Holy Spirit fell), and is not (because the SAVIOR defeated him); and (because of this he, the beastly nature) shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (the carnal realm), and go into perdition (ruin or loss): and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life (for guess what? they were all there) from the foundation of the world, when they perceive (behold) (when they recognize the beast for what he was) the beast that was, and is not, and yet is (but will be defeated by the Body of Christ).
The “Book of Life” was the Scroll of Life. It was a metaphorical expression that originated from the custom of keeping genealogical records. The statement “written in the Scroll of Life” refers to one’s spiritual walk. To have a believer’s name written in the Scroll Life meant that that person was spiritually minded; to be spiritually minded is Life. If a person’s name was not written in the Scroll of Life, that person was carnally minded; to be carnally minded is death (Rom. 8:6).
The word “name” means “character and authority.” Man’s beastly character and authority were not written in the Scroll of Life even from the foundation of the world.
17:9 And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.
10 And there are seven kingdoms (kings): five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition (ruin).
The seven heads of the beast represent seven mountains. Just as a head represents the control center of the body, so did the seven mountains represent forms of governing power.
The word “kingdoms” should have been used here instead of the word “kings.” Mountains were used to symbolize the strength and stability of a kingdom. When David said, “O Lord, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong” (Ps 30:7), he was expressing the stability and strength of his kingdom. In like manner the Kingdom of Yahweh was depicted as a mountain (Isa. 2:2; Dan. 2:35), as was the Chaldean monarchy (Zech. 4:7).
Jer. 51:25, Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says Yahweh, which destroys all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain.
Ps. 36:6, Your righteousness is like the great mountains; your judgments are a great deep: O Yahweh, you preserve man and beast.
Mic. 6:1-2, Hear ye now what Yahweh says; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear ye, O mountains, Yahweh’s controversy, and you strong foundations of the earth: for Yahweh has a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
Nah. 1:15, Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace! O Judah, keep your solemn feasts, perform your vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off.
Just as literal kingdoms are different forms of government that dominate people, so was the seven kingdoms spoken of in John’s vision. These seven kingdoms represented man’s organized systems that affected the lifestyles, morals, and concepts of the people. Man’s kingdoms are administrated by carnal leaders that hve the ability to control and influence the minds of their subjects through their beastly nature and carnal understanding.
The five kingdoms that had fallen before John’s vision was the beast “that was.” One kingdom was in operation at the time of his vision, which was “the one is.” And there was another kingdom “yet to come” after John’s day. The beast’s seven heads represented the totality of man’s governing power. The beast was of the eighth, because he represented “all that man was, is, and can be” without the Holy Spirit. He was of the seven because he represented all earthly kingdoms that were in the past, that are present, and those that are yet to come. Man’s kingdoms will rise and fall according to his strengths and weaknesses produced by his beastly nature and his carnal understanding, but Yahweh’s Kingdom will never fall.
Though man has developed and has a greater understanding of the substances of the earth, thereby, giving him more power and authority than his predecessors, he will still use his beastly nature to govern his world. Without the Holy Spirit, man has no other methods to use except his carnal understanding and his beastly nature.
1 Cor. 2:9-11 …Eyes have not seen nor even the ears heard, nor ascended upon the mind (heart) of man that which Yahweh prepares for them that love Him. But Yahweh reveals them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches out (investigates) even all the deep mysteries of Yahweh. For what does a man know of man except by the spirit of man, and in this way, no one knows (understands) Yahweh except by the Spirit of Yahweh. (Translated by DFG, Also see Isa. 64:4.)
It has been over two thousand years since John’s vision and “who” and “what” those kingdoms were is not important at this late date. At the time of John’s vision, he may have known what the five fallen kingdoms were, and he possibly could have known the reigning kingdom of his day. But it would be pure assumption to say that John knew what the coming kingdom was. The most that man can hope for today is to understand that man’s kingdoms do not stand a chance against the Kingdom of Righteousness; man’s kingdoms will go into ruin as the stronger kingdoms bring down the weaker ones. Man’s kingdoms will fail because he wars one against the other always seeking to be the leader of the pack. A kingdom divided against itself will fail (Luke 11:17). But Yahweh’s Kingdom will never go into ruin; it forever reigns as the Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit.
These seven kingdoms were not governed by the principles of righteousness because they were portrayed with the harlot sitting on them. That is to say, that these kingdoms were governed by false concepts that kept the people in corruption, bondage and confusion. The mountains and heads represented the totality of man’s governing power.
17:12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Ten symbolizes human frailties and failures in management. Ten Commandments were given in Exodus 20 to show man his transgressions. The ten plagues on Egypt refer to man being held in bondage to his flesh. The ten tribes of Israel failed to walk with Yahweh and to do his will. The ten spies in Numbers 13 failed to see Yahweh’s power and provision, so they brought back an evil report. Ten lepers in Luke 17 were unable to cure themselves.
Kings, in the Old Testament times, exercised unchecked control over their subjects; there were no constitutional obligations placed upon the kings nor were any restrictions put upon their authority. A king’s conduct depended upon his own free will whether he was good or bad. Kings were the highest power on earth; therefore, the ten kings represent the carnal leadership such as judges, leaders, teachers, preachers, etc.
Animals have a variety of uses for their horns and antlers, including defending themselves from predators and fighting members of their own species for territory, dominance or mating priority, so the beast’s ten horns represented the magnitude of the influence that the leaders had upon the minds of men. They symbolized the power that controlled the masses with brutality, flatteries, and smooth talking.
Notice that the 10 kings did not have kingdoms, but only received power in the manner of kings for one hour. The Greek word for “hour” is also translated as, “instant, season, short, eventide, and high time.” The word “hour” is an undetermined amount of time as seen in the following verses. The underlined word is the same Greek word.
Matt. 9:22, But the SAVIOR turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (An instant of time, and less than an hour.)
Matt. 14:15, And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. (Undetermined amount of time, and was more than an hour.)
Mark 11:11 And the SAVIOR entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. (The late part of the day which is more than an hour.)
John 16:4, But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. (Time varied, but it would be an instant and not an hour.)
Philem. 15, For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him for ever. (A period of time that is more than one hour.)
Rom. 13:11, 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 should have happened a long time ago.)
Carnal leaders, in reality, have no kingdom because they are controlled by their beastly nature. As long as they remain in carnality, they are slaves to their beastly nature and they only appear as leaders. Paul explains it like this:
Rom. 6:12-23, Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God (Yahweh) as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God (Yahweh) as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God (Yahweh), that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God (Yahweh), the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God (Yahweh) is eternal life in Christ Jesus (Yasha) our Lord. RSV
These ten kings signify the power and authority of leadership as they are enslaved by their own beastly nature. In reality, the beastly nature was the “king” because they received their power from the beast. They only appeared as kings, and then just for a season, or a time.
17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called (invited), and chosen (selected), and faithful.
The war that the kings made with the Lamb was not a natural war that was fought with manmade weapons, but a war against righteous principles. The SAVIOR was not of the earthly terrain nor did he fight his battles the way men fight.
John 18:35-37, Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you unto me: what have you done? The SAVIOR answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from here (hence).” Pilate therefore said unto him, “Are you a king then?” The SAVIOR answered, “You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (Notice the reason he was born.)
The warfare that the kings (leaders) had with the Lamb was the unrighteous principles versus righteous principles, lies versus truth; the kingdom of man against the Kingdom of Yahweh. Carnal leaders were teaching the doctrines of men and deceiving their followers. They came against Yahweh’s ministers as they taught the true doctrine of the Kingdom of Yahweh.
1 Tim. 4:1-2, Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.
Eph. 4:14, That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
2 Cor. 11:13-15, For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan (the adversary) himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (NIV)
17:15 And he said unto me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns (kings) which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate (wasted) and naked (exposed), and shall eat (consume) her flesh (carnality), and burn her with fire (judgment).
Keep in mind that the whore was not a person or a literal city, but represented the influence of false religions and concepts that kept the people in corruption, bondage, and confusion. These false religions caused the people to commit spiritual fornication, which is idolatry. There were false leaders in some of the churches that were very persuasive in their doctrines. The doctrines of Balaam, Nicolaitans, and Jezebel caused the people to stumble and commit spiritual fornication (Rev. 2:14, 15, 20).
It is important here not to lose sight that the whore rode upon the inhabitants of the earth (many waters), the sinful nature of man (scarlet colored beast), and the kingdoms of man (the mountains). To ride upon is to say that the false doctrine controlled the inhabitants of the earth, man’s sinful nature and his earthly kingdoms. False beliefs distorted their understanding concerning their existence and their relationship with their Creator.
Even as literal kings have the authority to force their subjects to bow to their concepts, laws, and principles, these false leaders also dominated the minds of the people with their crafty and deceitful ways. Their false teachings caused the minds of the people to have false images of what the true Church was.
The whore was made naked because she was not clothed in righteousness or with the garment of salvation. False doctrines offer no covering for man’s sins: no robes of righteousness or garments of salvation in order for mortality to be swallowed up of life.
Isa. 61:10-11, I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
2 Cor. 5:1-4, We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, 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.
To eat something is to become one with. That which they ate was not a literal substance, but was the lies that kept them in bondage, corruption, and confusion. All that she was, brought judgment (fire) upon those who ate of her.
If the whore was a natural kingdom, city, or people, it would have been impossible for her to be desolate, naked, and for man to eat her flesh and at the same time burn her with fire. All that the whore stood for was desolation (void of life) and nakedness (not clothed with righteousness). Because they ate of her, this brought judgment upon them.
We mustn’t forget that kings and the inhabitants of the earth hated the whore. At the time of John’s vision there was much upheaval across the land because of the changes in the religious systems. People were affected by other people’s actions and emotions especially by those that governed over them. Many families were torn apart by the emotional drama brought on by unstable loved ones; therefore, they hated the whore. Her abominations and filthiness caused wars, heartache, death, and destruction across the land.
17:17 For Yahweh has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to be one mind (agree), and give their (man’s) kingdom unto the beast, until the words of Yahweh shall be completed (fulfilled).
The will of the Father is for man to be in his image (Gen. 1:26):
James 1:18, Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
John 6:37-40, All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which has sent me, that of all which he has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Eph. 1:3-12, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yasha the Anointed, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children (being son placed) by the Anointed SAVIOR to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all (things) in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
The will of the Father is for man to come into unity of the faith, be of one mind:
1 Cor. 1:10, Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind (the FATHER’s) and in the same judgment.
Rom. 15:4-6, Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to the Anointed SAVIOR: that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify Yahweh, even the Father of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR.
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.
Rom. 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh. (Also see Phil. 1:27-2:2-5.)
It was the Father’s will that man’s kingdom be on the realm of the beast until his words were formed in them, that is, until the FATHER’s words were completed, executed, or concluded in man.
Isa. 45:23-24, 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.
Isa. 54:16-17, Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness is of me, says Yahweh. (Smiths used bellows to increase the heat of their furnaces to refine high quality gold, silver and precious metals.)
Prov. 3:11-12, My son, despise not the chastening of Yahweh; neither be weary of his correction: for whom Yahweh loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights. (See also Heb. 12:5-7.)
Who are those whom the Father loves?
John 3:16-17, Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Matt. 18:10-14, Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and seeks that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoices more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
17:18 And the woman (the whore) which you (John) saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
The angel explains what the whore represented—the great city. The great city, as we have already read, was divided into three parts and called by three different names: Egypt, Sodom, and Babylon. These three cities represent bondage, corruption, and confusion, which were and still are the conditions of the carnal mind caused by false beliefs, false doctrines, or false concepts that controls the minds of the kings or leaders of the earth.
By using the word “reigns” the angel explained that the words “sits upon” meant that the whore ruled or controlled the foundation of the powers (kings) of the earth. And since she also sat upon many waters (inhabitants) and kingdoms (mountains) of the earth, she also ruled or controlled them. In other words, man’s earthly kingdom was and is in bondage, corruption, and confusion because of their false concepts. But man was to be only controlled by the whore for a season, “for as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall Yahweh’s word be that goes forth out of his mouth: it shall not return unto him void, but it shall accomplish that which he pleases, and his word shall prosper in the thing whereto he sent it. For man shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before him into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off” (Isa. 55:10-13).
Ps. 22:27-23:1, 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. A seed (the Anointed) shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this.
Paul understood that Yahweh’s word would not return void when he stated, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19).
The messengers of the seven churches were able to make judgment against the whore; they also understood why they should not allow false doctrines to be taught in their churches. The whore (false doctrines or concepts) has been found guilty of keeping the carnally minded in corruption, bondage, and confusion. The believers understood how these false concepts did not have the power to deliver them from their sins.
The true Church births her children and brings them up in the nurture and admonition of the Father. She clothes them in robes of righteousness and garments of salvation so they will not be found naked, miserable, and spiritually poor.
16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go (your ways), and pour out the vials of the passion (wrath) of Yahweh upon the earth.”
In the previous chapter, the seven angels were introduced. They were clothed in pure white linen, and their breasts were girded about with golden girdles, these signified that righteousness and truth were the source of their messages. In this chapter they are commanded to pour out the seven vials of Yahweh’s passion, which is his intense desire, his love. Yahweh does not merely love; he is Love. It is his essence that he imparts to his creation and is felt by the Holy Spirit within. It was Yahweh’s passion that caused the calamities upon the earth.
1 John 4:7-13, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is from (of) Yahweh; and every one that loves is born from (of) Yahweh, and knows Yahweh. He that loves not knows not Yahweh; for Yahweh is love. In this was manifested the love of Yahweh in (toward) us, because that Yahweh sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we (might) live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved Yahweh, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the atonement (propitiation) for our sins. Beloved, if Yahweh so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man has seen Yahweh at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is consummated (perfected) in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
Prov. 1:23, Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Joel prophesied of the pouring out of Yahweh’s passion:
Joel 2:23-32, Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of Yahweh your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of Yahweh come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh has said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.
Peter stated that Joel’s prophecy had come to pass in his day; at the time when the Holy Spirit fell on the hundred and twenty in the upper room. People were amazed at the wonderful works of Yahweh. They spoke in languages that they had not learned, and they, also, spoke in an unknown language that no one understood (Acts. 2:1-6). When asked what was taking place, Peter answered their question:
Acts 2:14-21, Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 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: 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 Yahweh come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.
The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion on the earth appeared as wrath to the carnal, religious, rebels because judgment had come upon their beastly nature. The condemnation that was produced through the pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit caused those in rebellion to rise up against righteousness and truth. They rebelled against correction and resented disapproval. They felt intimidated when their concepts were proven wrong. The Holy Spirit corrected the believers by giving them truth and chastised them by allowing them to reap what they sowed.
Prov. 3:11-12, My son, despise not the chastening of Yahweh; neither be weary of his correction: for whom Yahweh loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.
To change false ideas, corrupt thoughts, and his beastly nature, mankind must first acknowledge that his ways are not Yahweh’s ways and his thoughts are not Yahweh’s thoughts (Isa. 55:6-9). The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion forced the believers to come to that conclusion.
The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion was over two thousand years ago. It blessed and continues to bless those that receive the Holy Spirit. But that which blessed many was an offence to others because of their wickedness and carnal understanding, thereby, causing calamities.
1 Peter 2:6-8, Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
The seven vials represent the complete effect of Yahweh’s passion as it was poured out upon the earth.
16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial (of passion) upon the earth; and become (there fell) a noisome (worthless, irritation) and grievous (hurtful) sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
According to Matthew 13:19 and Mark 4:15, the earth is the heart where the Word of Yahweh, his passion, was sown. The word “heart” is man’s thoughts and feelings. The thoughts and feelings of man is his very core; from the abundance of the heart (thoughts and feelings) man expresses himself.
Man’s thinking process, his understanding and his intellect can be educated and influenced. Through thought, concepts are perceived and manipulated. Man creates his world through his objectives, ideas, and desires. The believer’s thoughts were changed when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The words of the SAVIOR were quickened in their minds. They experienced the Holy Spirit by sensations within them making them aware of the SAVIOR’s presence.
The pouring out of the vial (Yahweh’s passion) upon the earth was just words that were an irritation to those who loved evil more than good; it fell upon stony hearts. The Spirit of the SAVIOR was hurtful only to those with the mark of the beast—those who functioned in the works of the flesh and worshipped the results. Those who had the mark of the FATHER—the fruit of the Spirit—adhered to the Anointed Word and worshipped him. A single act caused two different effects upon the earth.
The word “sore” means “ulcer.” It is an expression used to show the effect the Holy Spirit had upon the beastly-natured man when Yahweh’s passion was poured out upon those who loved evil more than good.
Yahweh’s passion being poured out upon those who loved good more than evil caused them to realize that their thoughts lacked good qualities. The believers needed to feel responsible for their actions; they needed to recognize their wrongdoings in order to better themselves.
Matt 15:18-20, Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart (thoughts and feelings); and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man.
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 his mouth speaks.
Those in the upper room were the first to experience the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Their thoughts and feelings were changed; they became pliable in the hands of the Anointing. But not everyone accepted the upper room experience as being from Yahweh and rose up against the Spirit-filled believers. The rising up against the Holy Spirit gave opportunity for Yahweh’s passion to be made manifest to those who had not received the Holy Spirit.
The hardship on the infant Church was devastating to say the least, but in order for man to change his thoughts and feelings he had to test the grounds to see if it was worth standing on. The change of priesthood was an experience that changed man’s way of thinking and feeling; it was a change from being carnally minded to being spiritually minded.
The persecutors did not believe in the SAVIOR as being the long awaited Messiah, nor did they believe in his principles; therefore, they gave their devotion to the doctrines of man—they worshipped the image of the beast.
Stephen was one of the first to be killed for preaching the gospel of the Kingdom:
Acts 6:8-15, Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke. Then they persuaded (suborned) men, which said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against Yahweh.” And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, and set up false witnesses, which said, “This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: for we have heard him say, that this Yasha of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.” And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
When the council heard Stephen’s testimony, they were cut to the heart, and gnashed on him with their teeth and then they stoned him to death, (Acts 7:54). The beast rose up in a guilty rage and killed him. To understand what was said that angered them read all of Acts, chapter seven.
Yahweh poured his passion out upon the earth in order from man to realize that his thoughts and his wicked ways were not his thoughts or his ways.
Isa. 55:6-11, Seek ye Yahweh while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Yahweh’s passion poured out upon the heart of man will prosper and will not return void.)
The first step one must take to have a heart change is to realize that there is a need. One has to come to a place that he sees himself undone and in need of a savior. As Yahweh’s passion was poured out upon the heart it revealed man’s lack.
16:3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it (the sea) became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
The sea symbolizes the expression of man’s emotions. His emotions are associated with his moods, temperaments, and dispositions. The nature of the sea describes man’s uncontrolled emotions. The sea rages (Ps. 89:9), it roars(Ps. 96:11), and it is troubled (Isa. 57:20-21). The sea overwhelms its enemies (Ps. 79:53), and darkness lies in the sea (Gen. 1:2-10).
Isa. 17:12-13, 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! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Isa. 5:30, In that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
Jer. 6:23, They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against you, O daughter of Zion.
Ps. 93:3-4, The floods have lifted up, O Yahweh, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. Yahweh on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Spiritual death is the state of carnality (Rom. 8:6). The unconverted, carnal mind is hostile (enmity) toward the Spirit of Righteousness (Rom. 8:7). The SAVIOR ministered Life unto man (Mark 10:45); and his Life was the light of men (John 1:4). Even though he gave his flesh as a ransom for man, it is his Life that brings salvation.
Rom. 5:8-10, Yahweh commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, 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.
John 6:53-57, 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, hath 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.”
In the above scriptures, it is understood that the SAVIOR did not tell his followers to actually eat his flesh or drink his blood. But he was telling them to receive truth and have his nature (his emotions) dwelling in them.
Mankind expresses himself through emotions, and judges himself by his emotional state. The works of the flesh are emotions that govern the unconverted man. Before Yahweh poured out his Spirit, Yahweh’s people used their beastly emotions to win their battles. They felt no condemnation when they killed their enemies or rose up in anger against their fellowman.
Their emotions were aroused by their five senses, their memories, and even their imaginations. That which they feared, they ran from or destroyed. That which they loathed they killed, and that which they loved they embraced. The pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit changed the standards by which man lived. The believer’s will and determination changed; they could now come into full maturity.
Matt. 5:43-45, You have heard that it have been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matt. 5:38-39, You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Yahweh’s passion being poured out upon the sea, symbolized his Spirit as it was poured out upon man’s emotions. This allowed man to express Yahweh through his emotions. The fruit of Yahweh’s Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.) was emotions that were and are still felt in mankind. The pouring out of the Spirit of Righteousness gave mankind a measuring rod for his own emotions. Man’s emotions bring death and destruction, but Yahweh’s Spirit brings Life and peace.
Under the old order, man used his beastly emotions to rule the people, but in the new order, Yahweh’s Spirit is the ruling force. Mankind can no longer use his beastly emotions when making judgments concerning the heavenly realm. Every living soul died in the sea of love, patience, gentleness, kindness, peacefulness, etc.
16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Because life is in the blood, it is used as the symbol of life. Here we see the rivers and fountains of waters turning into “living” rivers and “living” fountains of waters. The rivers and fountains are different than the sea. The sea rages and roars, but the rivers and flow out giving life where ever it flows.
When Yahweh poured out his Spirit (passion) on the day of Pentecost, he gave man the ability to express Yahweh’s Word under the anointing. The believers were anointed to preach the gospel. The vial being poured upon the rivers and fountains of waters symbolized the Holy Spirit as it flowed out of the spiritual-minded believers.
John 7:37-39, In the last day, that great day of the feast, the SAVIOR stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth 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.)
Ps 36:7-9, How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.
Isa. 12:2-6, Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD Yahweh (Jehovah) is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the fountains (wells) of salvation. And in that day shall you say, “Praise Yahweh, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto Yahweh; for he has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of you.” (Notice who is doing the saying.)
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.
In his passion, Yahweh poured out vitality upon mankind, giving man an abundance of spiritual energy to share his Word and to live and develop in his Word.
16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters (the angel of the fountains and rivers) say, You are righteous, O Lord, which are, and was, and shall be, because you have judged thus.
6 For they (people) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy (as suitable).
To shed the blood of the saints and the prophets was to take away their ability to live. In Matthew 6:52-48, the SAVIOR told the Jews to drink his blood and eat his flesh. He was not asking the Jew to literally drink his blood and eat his flesh, he was telling them to take his Spirit and his nature. When the SAVIOR gave his Life to those who had shed the blood of the saints and the prophet, he gave them a new attitude; a desire not to kill, a desire to love as the SAVIOR loved.
When you think about it, man, without the Holy Spirit, has killed Yahweh’s people from the beginning. Without the Spirit of Yahweh to set him free from his prejudice, tyranny, egotism, and ignorance, man remains bound by his beastly nature. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, the antidote for carnality was given; the Holy Spirit within made it possible for mankind to be renewed in the spirit of his mind, to be created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:23-24). The new man was now being transformed into the image of the FATHER; they would be no longer in the image of the beast (Col. 3:10).
Yahweh loves mankind unconditionally and does not impute his sins against him because he is in the business of reconciling the “world” unto himself. There is no greater power than love; therefore, Yahweh is able to accomplish that which he has set out to do (Eph. 1:1).
2 Cor. 5:17-19, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of Yahweh, who has reconciled us to himself by the Anointed SAVIOR, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that Yahweh was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Mankind was worthy of Yahweh’s passion, not because they were righteous but because they were unrighteous. They were perfect candidates for a SAVIOR. They needed deliverance from their beastly nature that held them captive. They needed their spiritual eyes opened so they could see truth. They needed truth to set them free from ignorance. Mankind needed to be renewed in the spirit of their minds.
Col. 1:12-23, Giving thanks unto the Father, which qualifies (hath made) us (meet) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption (through his blood), even the forgiveness of sins: 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; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all (things) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be (things) in earth, or (things) in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven….
The pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit made it possible for humanity to come into the image of the FATHER.
7 And I heard another (message) out of the altar say, Even so, Lord Yahweh Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.
This altar was the sacrificial altar; it symbolized the sacrifice of man’s beastly nature. When man allows his beastly nature to be sacrificed, he will truly say, “Yahweh, your judgments are true and righteous.” He will have his FATHER’s nature, righteousness and truth will dwell in him.
16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to burn (scorch) men with fire.
The literal sun, created on the fourth day, was placed in the heavens to govern the day and it is used here as a symbol of the Anointed Word of Truth because Truth governs those who are the lights of the world. Just as the natural sun governs the day, the Anointed Word of Truth also governs the believers, the children of the day (1 Thes. 5:5-8). The word of Yahweh is heard in the hearts and minds of the spiritually enlightened ones.
Yahweh poured his vile of passion out upon the Word giving man the ability to come into all truth.
John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…
James 1:4-5, Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
Truth is the chief element in Yahweh’s nature:
Ps. 31:5, Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O Yahweh God of truth. (Also see Ps 31:5; Isa 65:16.)
Deut. 32:3-4, Because I will publish the name of Yahweh: ascribe your greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Ps 84:11, For the LORD God is a sun and shield: Yahweh will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
The FATHER’s passion being poured out upon the sun was his way of showing the churches that he was going to communicate with them differently. His Word came alive in them as he communicated with them through the Spirit of Revelation, through doctrine, through knowledge, and through prophecy. His Word expressed the reality of Yahweh’s nature, his abilities, and his intentions. His Word of truth replaced their ignorance and brought stability to their lives. Yahweh’s Word was the Life and Light that was manifest through them (John 1:1-4).
There is a difference between intellectual and spiritual knowledge. Education enlightens the mind but leaves the moral conduct of a man untouched. Spiritual enlightenment floods all the faculties of the soul: intellect, conscience, reason, and will, and it changes man’s nature and his actions to be Christ like. Spiritual enlightenment includes moral as well as mental enlightenment; it is a process of being born again (born from above) and growing up into the fullness of Yahweh (Eph. 4:11-16). The natural does not take care of spiritual needs, but the spiritual takes care of the natural needs.
Ps. 119:130, The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.
Ps. 27, Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The sun, truth, had power to scorch with fire. Fire is a symbol of judgment, correction, and chastisement. The Word of Truth came for the purpose to educate, instruct, and train the believers to come into the image of the FATHER. The word of truth was given, but it was up to the individual whether or not to accept it. Truth has the potential to bless and curse at the same time. The same truths that enlightened their minds condemned their sinful hearts.
Just as the light of the natural sun has the power to scorch the earth, the Word of Truth also had the power to bring condemnation and shame to those who hated Truth because they loved evil more than good. A good example of this was when Stephen preached to the unbelieving Jews; they came under so much condemnation that they literally run upon him and bit him (Acts 7:54). The scriptures state they were “cut to the heart.”
John 3:19-21, This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their actions (deeds) were evil.
For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his actions (deeds) should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his actions (deeds) may be made manifest, that they are engaged (wrought) in Yahweh.
Fire symbolized the Lord’s presence and was the instrument used in his messengers (Ps. 104:4). John the Baptist stated that Yahweh’s people are to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and “fire”:
Matt. 3:11-12, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (The kernels of wheat are covered with a husk called chaff. The chaff must be removed in order for the wheat to be made into flour. Chaff is a type of the adamic nature man is born with. Man’s adamic nature must be removed, crucified, before he can be in Yahweh’s nature.)
Every person is saved by fire:
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. Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
Yahweh poured out his passion and changed the way he communicated with mankind. The Word was no longer just dead letter; it was anointed within the believers, and it brought judgment upon their beastly nature and their actions.
16:9 And men (were) burned (scorched) with great heat, and blasphemed the name of Yahweh, who (which) has power over these calamities (plagues): and they repented not to give him glory.
The unbelievers had strong feelings of anger and made malicious and abusive statements about Yahweh’s character and his authority. Yahweh had the power to deliver them from their beastly nature, but they refused to change their way of thinking; therefore, they could not glorify Yahweh with their attitudes and actions.
16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Keep in mind that this beast is still the same one that that came up out of the sea that looked like a leopard with the seven heads, ten horns, and ten crowns upon the ten horns. He had the word “blasphemy” written upon his heads. He blasphemed against Yahweh, his name, and his tabernacle, and those that dwelled in heaven. The power of the beast came from the serpent. This beast made war with the saints. The unbelievers worshipped the beast and made images of him—man and beast were one in nature. Another beast that looked like a lamb, but spoke like the serpent, caused the images that were made to speak. According to Matthew 7:15 false prophets disguised themselves as lambs but, in reality, they were wolves inwardly. This spirit of deception had the people bound.
The seat of the beast is the kingdom, the place of his authority. This place is within mankind. The beast does not have any control unless man gives him power and authority through his actions (Gen. 6:5; 8:21). The word “seat” means “throne.” The beast’s throne was his kingdom, which included his power, his principles, and his influence. It represented a realm of darkness, moral depravity and maliciousness which caused misery and adversity among the people. It represented a realm of spiritual ignorance, unbelief, and carnality. It is a realm of emotional and mental distress. Those that created images of the beast and worshipped him dwelled in the kingdom of the beast and were spiritually blind, wretched, and lost.
The word “pain” means “anguish.” The gnawing of the tongue symbolized their extreme anxiety and emotional torment, their severe emotional state of distress—the results of the beastly images as they were given expression.
Man in darkness abides in a state of distress and emotional torment. In his realm of darkness, he blasphemes Yahweh by his words, actions, and attitudes. He blames Yahweh for the repercussions of his actions and attitudes.
The word “sores” mean “ulcers.” which indicate “bad influence, a corrupting or debilitating influence.” These sores represent the effect that unrighteousness had upon the man of sin. Even though man reaps what he sows, it does not force him to change his way of thinking or acting. It takes a born again experience in the Holy Spirit in order for man to change his nature. As long he walks in darkness, he remains bound in his ignorance and corruption, and devastation is always left in his wake.
Isa. 59:1-21, Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness. None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eats of their eggs dies, and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goes therein shall not know peace. (Man’s actions working havoc for him.) Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; in transgressing and lying against Yahweh, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street (in their walk), and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and Yahweh saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment (law, or restraint). (Man’s condition of darkness.)
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 actions (deeds), accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they 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, said Yahweh. As for me, this is my covenant with them, says 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, says Yahweh, from henceforth and forever. (The way to salvation was made.)
16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
The Euphrates River was referred to as a boundary line for Abraham and the Israelites:
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.
Josh. 1:3-4, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. (Also see Deut. 11:22-25 and 1 Kings 4:21.)
The Euphrates is the longest and historically one of the most important rivers of Southwest Asia. Together with the Tigris, the Euphrates is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia. The river originates in the Taurus Mountains and then flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which flows into the Persian Gulf. According to Herodotus (i.194), the Euphrates served as the highroad of commerce and was navigable by large vessels as far as Babylonia; while farther north it was navigable by boats and rafts.
Let us reason together. If the Euphrates River was to be taken literally in John’s vision, the drying up of the river would be impossible without the death of those who lived on its borders and a greater part of civilization in the surrounding areas. To dam the river in some areas or to reroute the river, does not constitute a drying up of the river. In order for the river to be dried up, there would have to be no rain or melting snow for a very long period of time.
If the river dried up in one area and not in another, then the river would not be dried up. In order for the statement “the water thereof was dried up” to be literal, the entire river must be dried up from the Taurus Mountains to where it joins the Tigris River. There is no record of the drying up of the River Euphrates. Because technology has changed since biblical times, the Euphrates does not have to be crossed by boats, rafts, or large vessels to get to the other side. Any king or his armies can simply cross the river by airplane or jet. The river is no longer a natural barrier for those who want to cross its boarders whether it is dried up or not.
The root of the word “Euphrates” is “Pehrat” which means “to break forth and abound.” Just as Egypt (bondage) and Babylon (confusion) were symbols, the Euphrates is also a symbol. It symbolizes the spiritual barrier of Yahweh’s people. Before the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they could not go beyond the carnal realm and conquer their enemies—which was their own bondage to sin and confusion. When Yahweh poured his passion out on spiritual Euphrates, it signified that man’s barriers were removed—man, through the Holy Spirit, broke forth and abounded in the knowledge of Yahweh.
2 Peter 1:3-8, According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR.
In this verse (Rev. 16:12), “east” was derived from two Greek words “rising” and “sun.” This was the only time in the New Testament that this word came from two words. Other times it was used from one Greek word meaning “rising.” The rising of the sun signified a new day, a new order. Yahweh pouring out his passion began a new order. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit ended the Levitical order making the way for the Melchisedec order, the Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit. This kingdom was the way for man to overcome sin in the flesh; therefore, man could become mature sons of Yahweh.
Eph. 4:11-13, Yahweh gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (complete, mature) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
2 Tim, 3:16-17, All scripture (is) given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of Yahweh may be perfect (complete, mature), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 John 4:16-17, We have known and believed the love that Yahweh hath to us. Yahweh is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in Yahweh, and Yahweh in him. Herein is our love made perfect (complete), that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (Yahweh’s love dwelling in man, made man complete, mature morally and mentally.)
The Greek word for “king” is interchanged from singular to plural in the New Testament, but most of the time it is used in the singular form. King is used through the notion of a foundation of power. It represents a kingdom, a rule, or a realm. The SAVIOR, as the King of kings, made his abode in man as the Comforter, Guide, and Teacher. This pouring out of Yahweh’s passion, prepared the way for the Kingdom of Yahweh to dwell in mankind that they might be free of their bondages and confusion.
Before Yahweh poured his Spirit out upon the believers, it was impossible for them to overcome carnality. But through the Holy Spirit of Truth, they would be set free from ignorance, confusion, and wicked works. The Spirit of Truth opened their minds and gave them spiritual understanding, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation were made available. Paul prayed for Ephesians to have their spiritual eyes opened. Notice the benefits.
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 usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, 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.
16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the serpent (dragon), and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophets (prophet).
Keep in mind that the Bible uses symbolism to convey spiritual truth, or concepts, as a way of enlightening the mind for a deeper understanding of the message intended. The frogs represent evil forces. These evil forces came through adversity (the serpent), the beast (man’s beastly nature), and through deception (false prophets).
Immediately after the River Euphrates was dried up, John saw three unclean spirits which were portrayed as frogs. Being portrayed as frogs is appropriate because a frog’s tongue moves so far and so swiftly that its prey doesn’t realize what has hit it. Evil spirits have a way of pulling people into bad situations very quickly before they realize what has happened and are hurt or destroyed by it. Frogs originate from the water; waters of the earth symbolize the expression of man’s emotions. Evil spirits use man’s emotions to wreak havoc for him.
The words “false prophet” is from one Greek word that was translated most often in the plural form. But in Revelation 16:13, 19:20, and 20:10, the “false prophet” is in singular form. Because a false prophet was not introduced to John, the term “false prophet” should have been translated in the plural form just as the others were. The SAVIOR warned his followers that there would be “many” false prophets arise that would deceive many (Matt. 24:11). He would have warned them if there was going to be a particular false prophet rise up.
The serpent, which was characterized as a fiery seven-headed serpent in Revelation chapter twelve, symbolized the opposition against the Melchisedec order through the unbelieving Jews. The Levitical order and the Melchisedec order are opposites of each other. To accept the Melchisedec order the Levitical order had to be rejected. One is on the natural realm and the other on the spiritual realm. One passed over sin and the other delivered from sin. One was written on tables of stone and the other was written in their heart. One was a shadow and the other was the reality. One kept man bound in his sin, and the other set man free from sin and carnality. This serpent symbolized opposition against truth.
The beast, which was characterized as the leopard beast in Revelation chapter 13, is the beastly nature of man that was blaspheming Yahweh, his name, his tabernacle, and those that dwelled in heaven. From their mouths they declared what was in their hearts; therefore, the beast signified the nature of the unbelieving Jews as they opposed the believers.
The false prophets were characterized by the creature that came up out of the earth looking like a lamb but speaking like the serpent (the adversary). False prophets deceived the people through their heresies and pernicious ways. They symbolized the false leaders who denied the truth and lead the people astray by their lies.
2 Peter 2:1-3, There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth against (unto) the kings of (the earth and of) the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahweh Almighty.
The evil spirits came out of the mouths of the same three characters spoken of in Revelation twelve and thirteen: the “serpent,” the adversary against the Melchisedec order (the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace); the “leopard beast” who spoke blasphemies against Yahweh, his name, his tabernacle, and against those who dwelled in heaven; and the “two-horned lamb” who spoke as a serpent and caused those who dwelled on earth to worship the beast. The two-horned lamb symbolized false prophets (false leaders) in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they were ravening wolves (Matt. 7:15).
The evil spirits were forces within the unbelievers that were against the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace, and they used their beastly nature, and leadership abilities for their weapons of warfare.
There was much opposition against the new order from the unbelieving Jews because they did not accept that the Messiah had come. Paul and the believers were constantly bombarded by them.
Acts 13:42-45, 50, When the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of Yahweh. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of Yahweh. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.… But the Jews “stirred up” the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
Acts 14:2-5, The unbelieving Jews “stirred up” the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them.
In John’s day, the Levitical Priesthood was an adversary (a satan) against the new order; the unbelieving Jews rose up as a beast and blasphemed Yahweh, his name, his temples, and those that dwelled in the heavenly realm. They became false prophets when they proclaimed that the Messiah had not come. They, in an uproar, stirred up the people against the teachings of the SAVIOR, and the Christians were constantly assaulted by them, persecuted, and killed for the Word’s sake.
Since the miracles were performed by three evil spirits, these miracles could not have been acts of the Holy Spirit. Man has had the ability to perform magical events that are contrary to the natural laws of nature for thousands of years. Before Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, some of the acts he performed were duplicated by the magicians of Egypt (Ex. 7:11-12, 22; Ex. 8:7, 18). These magicians did not perform the miracles under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit, but under the power and influence of evil spirits that possessed them. When the children of Israel rejected Yahweh and his covenant, they allowed the evil spirits to influence and control them.
2 Kings 17:15-17, They (children of Israel) rejected his (Yahweh’s) statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom Yahweh had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of Yahweh their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger.
Yahweh’s supernatural powers that are given to man is called “gifts of the Spirit” and they bless man and produce the fruit of righteousness. The power of evil spirits that possesses man is called “witchcraft” and works contrary to righteousness (Gal. 5:16-26).
The word “day” is used in several different ways in the Old and New Testament. It does not always mean a twenty-four hour time or just the daylight hours; it was also used to indicate an age, someone’s lifetime, and more:
From daylight to dark (Gen. 8:22)
24 hours (Ex. 12:15; Mark 16:2)
The span of human life (Gen. 5:4: 1 Kings 3:14; Ps. 90:12; Isa. 38:5)
An indefinite time (Gen. 3:14; Gen. 21:34; Num. 9:19; Josh. 22:3; Luke 1:24; Acts 21:10)
A set time (Gen 25:24: Dan. 12:13; Lev. 12:6; Dan. 2:44)
The period of creation (Gen. 2:4)
A historic period (Gen. 6:4; Judg. 17:6; 1 Sam. 3:1; 1 Chron. 5:17; Hos. 2:13)
Past time (Ps. 18:18; Ps. 77:5; Mic. 7:20; Mal. 3:7; Matt. 23:30)
Future time (Deut. 31:14; Ps. 72:7; Ezek. 22:14; Joel 2:29; Matt. 24:19; 2 Peter 3:3)
The age, or period, of salvation (1 Cor. 6:2)
A season of opportunity (John 9:4)
A day of enlightenment (Rom. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:5-8)
A day of our Lord (1 Cor. 1:8; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)
A day of Christ (Phil. 2:16)
A day of judgment (Matt. 10:15; Mark 6:11; 1 John 4:17)
The day of Yahweh was a day of reproof, of righteousness, and a day of judgment. It was a day of reproof because of man’s sinful condition. It was a day of righteousness because man could live righteously through the power of the Holy Spirit within. And it was a day of judgment because man became responsible for his own spiritual condition. The day of Yahweh was a time to rejoice because deliverance had come to his House, and yet it was a day of great sorrow because it was a day of cleansing. It was a day that whoever wanted to could call upon Yahweh to be delivered from their sins.
Peter was announcing that the day of Yahweh had come when he stated that the infilling of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. Joel had proclaimed, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is nigh at hand,” (Joel 2:1) then Joel prophesied in detail the coming events of the day of Yahweh (Joel 2:2-32). This prophecy can only be fulfilled once.
Acts 2:14-21, Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says 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: 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 Yahweh come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The day of Yahweh was said to be a gathering of strong people who were set in battle array (Joel 2:5)—on the day of Pentecost, the army of Yahweh began their training to defeat the kingdom of darkness. The Holy Spirit came to teach the believers how to fight against sin, to guide them into the path of righteousness and to comfort them when they fell short of the glory of the FATHER. The Holy Spirit was the armor that protected the believers as they went into spiritual warfare against man’s beastly nature.
Eph. 6:11-18, 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
2 Cor. 10:3-6, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For 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 that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
James 4:1-10, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is hostile (enmity) with Yahweh? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of Yahweh. Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore he said, Yahweh resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to Yahweh, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
The term “comes as a thief” is figurative of the Anointed SAVIOR as he was poured out upon them in the upper room. A warning was given to the church in Sardis that they should repent and be watchful or the SAVIOR would come as a thief, and they would not recognize him—his principles, his truth, or his Spirit (Rev. 3:3). The church in Sardis had become so busy in material matters that they failed to seek the Word and yield to the Holy Spirit. They were fast coming to a place where they did not recognize that they were drifting off into corruption. The Sardis messenger was passive about sin; he did not realize he had drifted into unrighteousness.
The Laodicean church was spiritually wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked, which is a vivid characterization of their lack of righteous principles and spiritual understanding.
“He that watches” was a term used for one that guards his mind from permissiveness and indolence so that the way of righteousness is not forsaken.
Ps. 141:2-4, Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Yahweh, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Matt. 26:41, Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The phrase “keeps his garments” is figurative of being clothed in righteousness, the garment of salvation. “Lest he walks naked, and they see his shame,” is dealing with man’s refusal to put on righteousness. It is figurative of “the attitude of the heart.” After being exposed, the person would be ashamed of the way they conducted themselves.
Isa. 61:10, I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
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.
16:16 And he gathered them (spirits of devils) together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
The kings of the earth were brought together to do battle with evil spirits. The battle spoken of here is a battle against three types of spirits. They came out of the fiery serpent, the beast, and the false prophets. Evil spirits are forces that are manifested in the unbelievers even as Yahweh’s Holy Spirit is a force that is manifested in the believers.
The word Armageddon appears only once in the New Testament. It is used in the Old Testament as Megiddo several times. Forts were built on the small mountain of Megiddo that guarded their main highway. Megiddo was the location of many battles between Israel and the various enemies of Yahweh’s people. It was the scene of Barak’s victory over Canaan, and Gideon’s over Midian (Judg. 4; 5; 7). It was the place of Saul’s death and Israel’s defeat before the Philistines (1 Sam. 31), and the place of Josiah’s death in the battle with Pharaoh Necho (2 Ki. 23:29-30).
Armageddon (Megiddo) is a small mountain and is not large enough to hold all the kings of the earth with their armies. This mountain is a symbol of the spiritual battles fought against Yahweh’s heavenly Kingdom. The fiery serpent, the beast, and the false lamb were symbols of man’s carnal nature, his rebellion, and deception. They go forth unto the kings of the whole world, which represents the authority of man’s earthly kingdom.
James 4:1-3, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.
Eph. 6:10-18, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
The battle of Armageddon is a spiritual battle that is waged by adversity (the fiery serpent), by man’s beastly nature (the beast), and by deception (the false prophets). This spiritual battle did not begin until the Kingdom of Righteousness was set up in the vessels of flesh and blood—the Anointed SAVIOR as the Comforter, Teacher, and Guide is the Commander and Chief of this army. The battle of Armageddon will be over when the war against carnality is won and then all will be in the image of the FATHER.
John 3:16-17, For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Yahweh did not send his son to die, but to save the world—and he will.)
Isa. 45:22-24, Look unto me, and be ye 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.
Phil. 2:5-11, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Anointed SAVIOR: who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore Yahweh also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name (character and authority) 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.
All physical wars are waged because of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple (of heaven), from the throne, saying, It is done.
Air is a key element to human existence. That which is in the air is breathed into the body and sustains or destroys it. Spiritually speaking, air is the influence upon man’s mind. From the time of Adam to the time of Moses man’s spiritual environment was influenced by the beastly nature causing death to reign (Rom. 5:14, Rom. 8:6). After the law came, the influence upon man changed to spiritual because they had to see the law as spiritual (Rom. 7:14), yet they continued in bondage to death because they were carnal minded. Man did not have the Spirit of Life within him. The SAVIOR had to come to give mankind Spiritual Life (John 10:10).
Rom. 8:6, To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
When the SAVIOR returned on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of Life entered into the believers and the law was able to influence their mind. It caused them to love Yahweh with all their heart, soul, and mind; and love their neighbors as themselves. Because the believers’ environment was influenced by the Holy Spirit, their nature began to change. The believers were reborn; but this time, born into Life.
John 3:3-8, The SAVIOR answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see (understand) the kingdom of Yahweh.” Nicodemus said unto him, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” The SAVIOR answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Yahweh. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, You must be born again. The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it comes, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Mankind could feel Yahweh’s passion as it was poured out into the air—they breathed in his Life. The great voice came out of the temple, the believers and this voice was from the throne. It was the voice of the FATHER coming forth out of the believers.
The phrase “It is done” is from one Greek word which means “cause to be, that is, to generate.” The word “generate” means to “create something, to produce energy.” The message from the FATHER had energy; it was creative—this force was able to give Spirit-Life. As Yahweh’s passion was poured out into the air it caused the Word of Yahweh to be creative in the believers, it renewed the spirit of their minds. With the believers’ spiritual understanding being enlightened through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, they were able to comprehend the greatness of Yahweh’s power working in and through them day by day (Co. 3:9-10).
16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great commotion (earthquake), such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an commotion (earthquake), and so great.
This is the fourth time that we have read about voices, thunders, and lightnings. The first time they came directly from the throne and did not cause commotions (4:5). Because Yahweh’s word was not understood, it did not cause a commotion. The second time was when the prayers of the saints were heard upon the earth. This time it caused a commotion in the hearts of man (8:4-6). They were cried out for truth and understanding and that understanding caused a commotion in the hearts and minds of all those who were exposed to the truth. The third time was when the temple of Yahweh was opened in the heavens and was accompanied with lightning (11:19). This was when the Spirit of revelation was given to man—his spiritual mind was opened. Now the voices, thunders and lightnings are from Yahweh’s passion being poured out into the air—the air was energized with Life, voices (the believers ministering) were heard and a great display of understanding (lightnings) and ministering (thunderings) came forth from the Church, causing a great commotion in the earth. Truth was heard across the nations.
Because of the energy of the lightning and the powerfulness of the thunder proceeding from Yahweh’s throne, they are excellent representations of Yahweh’s voice and his ability to enlighten mankind
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.
As believers become manifestations of Yahweh, his voice was heard through them. And they, too, manifested spiritual lightnings and thunderings as the Spirit of Righteousness and Truth came out from them.
It was said, “As the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day” (Luke 17:24). The type of lightning the SAVIOR referred in to this verse is cloud-to-cloud lightning that occurs when opposite electrical charges in one cloud attract those in another. This type of lightning does not pose any danger to people on the ground, but it does light up the heavens. This type of lightening represents the SAVIOR, which is the Light, the Life, and the Way as he moves upon and through the believers.
The SAVIOR declared that he would come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and that he would be seen in those clouds (Matt. 24:30-32; 26:65; Rev. 1:7). People were referred to as clouds (Heb. 12:1; 2 Peter 2:15-17; Jude 12). Yahweh’s people were to meet the SAVIOR in the cloud of witnesses and they would be with him forever (1 Thess. 4:16-17). This is a beautiful illustration of the FATHER in the SAVIOR, the SAVIOR in the FATHER united in the believers manifesting righteousness and truth to all the inhabitance of the world. What an illumination! Yahweh’s voice (thunders) is heard through the believers (clouds) and truth (lightnings) is shared and understood.
John 17:20-24, Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 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. And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before Yahweh, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Keep in mind that every symbol in Revelation is consistent in its interpretation. If a symbol means something in one part of Revelation it will mean the same elsewhere even if the context is slightly modified. The SAVIOR was consistent; therefore, the revelation of him will also be consistent, otherwise the interpretation of John’s vision would not be clear.
“Babylon” is derived from the root balal, meaning to confound. It was used in reference to the confusion of their language at the tower (Gen 11:9). In the prophetical writings, this city denotes “confusion.” The great city Babylon was not in reference to the actual city because Babylon was destroyed years before John’s vision; therefore, the SAVIOR was referring to their “confusion.”
Often a city was used to symbolize the condition of the people’s mindset.
Sodom was a city of corruption, Egypt was a city of bondage, and Babylon was a city of confusion. Heavenly Jerusalem and Mt Zion were both called the city of righteousness (Isa. 1:24-28).
Prov. 25:28, He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Isa. 24:10, The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
Isa. 60:14, The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending unto you; and all they that despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you, The city of Yahweh, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Zech. 8:3, Thus saith Yahweh; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of Yahweh of hosts the holy mountain.
Rev. 3:12, 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. (Also see Heb. 12:;22.)
The “great city” was spiritually called “Sodom” (corruption) and “Egypt” (bondage) and was said to be where the SAVIOR was crucified (Rev. 11:8). Keep in mind that the SAVIOR was not crucified in a city, but on a hill called “Calvary” just outside the city of Jerusalem (Luke 23:33); therefore, this signifies that man’s corruption and bondage crucified the SAVIOR. The “great city” is also called “Babylon” (Rev. 14:8).
The “great city” symbolized their carnal condition which kept them in bondage, confused, and corrupt. The great city was not New Jerusalem, which was spoken of in Revelation 21:10. Because the translators added the word “great” before the word “city” when they referred to New Jerusalem, it caused confusion when the term “great city” was used.
The great city in John’s vision was divided into three parts—corruption, bondage, and confusion. The three parts made up the one city. There were also three evil spirits that came out of the mouths of the leopard beasts, the false prophets, and the fiery serpent that were pictured as frogs—blasphemy, deception, and adversity. These three evil spirits correspond to the condition of the great city, which also symbolizes the characteristics of carnality.
Corruption (Sodom) corresponds to blasphemy (the leopard beast) because blasphemy reveals the condition of the hearts and minds.
Bondage (Egypt) corresponds with the adversary (the fiery serpent) because adversity causes hardships, suffering, and forced situations.
Confusion (Babylon) corresponds to deception (the false lamb, false prophets) because false teachings cause confusion.
The great city was one city that was divided into three parts. Each part stood alone but blended into the other. To be corrupt is to be in bondage and confusion. This great city was destined to fall because, “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matt. 12:25). The cities of the nations fell—they could not stand against the Kingdom of Love and Truth. When truth came on the scene, confusion began to dissipate, those in bondage were given ways of escape, and corruption began to cease. This did not happen overnight; the believers matured line upon line, here a little and there a little as the Holy Spirit revealed the fullness of the FATHER.
The key word in the phrase “great Babylon came in remembrance before Yahweh” is the word “remembrance.” Yahweh, being Spirit, does not forget and then suddenly remember; that is human nature. The word “remembrance” means “to be mindful.” Yahweh was mindful of man’s confusion and he sent his Holy Spirit (cup of wine) to bring clarity to the mind of man. The “fierceness of his (Yahweh’s) wrath” was his abhorrence against confusion not people. His desire was to bring man into his image, and in order to do that, he had to dispel confusion; Yahweh sent the Holy Spirit of Truth to come against it. When truth is understood, confusion is dissolved.
John 16:13-14, 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. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
James 1:6, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
Heb. 8:10-12, For this the covenant which I will establish upon the house of Israel after those days says the Lord; I will place my laws into their mind (thoughts) and write (inscribe) them upon their hearts, and I will be to them their God and they will be to me my people, and every man will no longer teach his neighbor [townsmen], and every man his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they all will know me, from the least even to the greatest, because I will be gracious to their unrighteousness, and remember not their sins anymore.” (DFG)
16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
After the Holy Spirit fell and truth was revealed, there was no more separation of people (islands, Ps. 49:1), no more exalting one nation above another (mountains, Isa. 49:11); everyone became equal through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 3:25-29, After that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (Levitical order). For you are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek (other nations), 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 Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Eph. 2:13-22, But now in the Anointed SAVIOR you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the hostility (enmity), even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (Levitical Priesthood); for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 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. (He came back after he was slain.) For through him we both 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 the Lord: in whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit.
16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, (every stone) about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed Yahweh because of the plague (calamities) of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Hail, as we read before, is made up from water being frozen around a particle of dust. The dust that causes hail to form symbolizes man’s carnal nature. The water symbolizes the Word. When the Anointed Word of Yahweh is mixed with carnality, it creates spiritual hail—the great hail out of heaven was the Holy Spirit working with the believers to bring them into the image of the FATHER. Spiritual hail is used to sweep away confusion. As Isaiah 28:15 says, “hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.” Receiving the Holy Spirit does not instantly make the receiver perfect; the Holy Spirit comforts the believer when he falls short. The Holy Spirit teaches the principles of righteousness, but this does not mean that everyone will accept the Holy Spirit’s teaching.
Gal. 3:26-4:2; 4:1-2, You are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ (Anointed) have put on Christ (the Anointing). There is neither Jew nor Greek (other nations), 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 Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Isa. 28:14-20, 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 (come in unity with carnality), and with hell (unknown state) are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge (a correction method) 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 (the SAVIOR), a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line (measuring length), and righteousness to the plummet (measuring height): and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters (the word) shall overflow the hiding place (reveal the hidden things of the heart). And your covenant with death (carnality) shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell (the unseen state) shall not stand (it will be destroyed); when the overflowing scourge (correction) shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goes forth it shall take you (a process): for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be an agitation (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. (It was only an agitation only until there was understanding. Man brings so much havoc into his life that it too much to bear.)
The talent in this verse is not money or a gift it is “a weight.” A talent in biblical times was an unknown measure of weight. It was used as a supporting weight to balance the scale. The weight of the talent was in proportion to the object weighed. The hail was the measure of a talent, and due to the fact that a talent is not an exact measurement but was in accordance to the object weighed, we can understand how the Holy Spirit works with the believer. The believer is given a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3) as he works out his own salvation (Phil. 2:12) as he grows and matures in the Spirit and admonition of the FATHER. As the believer grows, he finds himself in a great battle against the works of the flesh, this is represented by plagues (calamities). These plagues were created by the spirit of confusion, their beastly nature, or from being deceived.
Crucifying the old man of sin is exceedingly hard to do. It is so much so, that Paul stated, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19).
The Holy Spirit was given in order that all man could measure up (weight balanced) to the fullness of the FATHER.
Eph. 4:8-11-16, Wherefore he (the SAVIOR) said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…. And he 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 body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man (mature mentally, spiritually, and morally), unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (a manifestation of the Anointed): that we henceforth be no more children (but grown sons), tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (false doctrines), by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness (beastly nature of man), whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love (Yahweh’s nature), may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (not carnality): from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part (perfect balance), makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (the fullness of the FATHER’s nature being manifested).
15:1 And I (John) saw another wonder (sign) in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last calamities (plagues); for in them completed (is filled up) the passion (wrath) of Yahweh.
Anytime there was an angel seen in John’s vision, that angel had a specific message from Yahweh. There were seven angels that revealed Yahweh’s Spirit to the churches. Each messages caused a response from the believers that caused a calamity.
Even though Yahweh’s Spirit was revealed in great and marvelous ways, many in the churches did not see or understand the move of Yahweh because they were bound by their carnal way of thinking. They gave Yahweh’s love, motives, actions, and the same qualities as the beastly nature in the unconverted man. In order to bring mankind into himself, Yahweh first poured himself out upon the believers, thereby, allowing them to react to his Spirit, learn of this nature, and mature into his image.
Eph. 3:16-21, 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 Christ (the Anointing) 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 Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of Yahweh. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be glory in the church by the Anointed SAVIOR throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mixed (mingled) with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, (and over his mark,) and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of Yahweh.
The word “sea” comes from the word “salt;” a sea is a body of water that has salt in it. The word “glass” means “transparent.” In order to make clear glass, you use water, white sand, salt, lime, and extreme heat. These ingredients together symbolized the standard by which the overcomers were to live:
the water symbolized Yahweh’s Word of Truth (Eph. 5:25-27), the white sand symbolized the unlimited number of believers (Gen. 22:15-18; Hosea 1:10), the salt represented their good attitude (Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:49-50), the lime represented Yahweh’s grace (John 1:14; Eph. 2:10), (Lime softens glass so it is not easily broken. Grace helped them to continue on.) the fire and the heat, represented correction, judgment (1 Cor. 3:13-15, 1 Pet. 1:7, Isa. 4:4-6,).
The sea of glass was first mentioned in Revelation 4:6; it was before the throne but was not mixed with fire. The fire symbolized the cleaning process that gave the overcomers victory over their beastly nature. The fire made it possible for them to be in the image of their FATHER and to no longer be in the image of the beast. They no longer walked after the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, or the pride of life.
Remember the number of the beast is the number of man (Rev. 13:18). These overcomers were reborn from above and were sons of Yahweh; they were immature manifestations of their FATHER—they were immature reflections of his righteousness and truth (John 1:12; Rom. 8:14; 1 John 3:1-2).
The harp was a symbol of praise and worship.
Ps. 33:1-4, Rejoice in Yahweh, O you righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.2 Praise Yahweh with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. For the word of Yahweh is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Ps. 43:3-4, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Ps. 71:22-23. I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: unto you will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto you; and my soul, which you have redeemed.
In chapter fourteen, John’s vision begin with the ministry of the disciples as they stood with the Lamb on Mount Zion and ended with the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of a many membered body of believers. Now John is given a glimpse of the results of that great ministry.
Eph 4:11-16, He 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 body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
15:3 And they (the victorious) sang the song of Moses the servant of Yahweh, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord Yahweh Almighty; righteous (just) and truth (true) are your ways, (thou) King of nations (saints).
4 Who shall not reverence (fear) you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are (made) manifest.”
In the Old Testament, songs were sung on occasions of thanksgiving and triumph.
Ps. 40:1-3, I waited patiently for Yahweh; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and reverence (fear), and shall trust in Yahweh.
The song of Moses and of the Lamb was one of the songs sung by the overcomers. Moses is a representative of the old order, which included the ceremonial laws and the tabernacle in the wilderness with all its ordinances. These were all shadows of the new administration that was established by the Anointed SAVIOR (Heb. 8:5; 10:1). Their song of victory announced the bringing into reality that which the shadows symbolized. The life of Moses was the shadow and the SAVIOR (Lamb) was the substance of the shadow (Heb. 9:8-10). Steven proclaimed this when he delivered his last message to the unbelieving Jews.
Acts 7:35-38, This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? the same did Yahweh send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear (Deu. 18:15.). This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.
In the second and third chapters of Revelation, we have learned about each of the works of the seven churches and the results of their works. The overcomers’ song revealed the works of Yahweh and the results. It revealed his righteous and true character, his position, his power, and his wisdom. The song declared his position as the King of nations. They sang of his magnetism and divinity, saying, “Who shall not reverence you and glorify your name?” The overcomers sang of Yahweh’s ability to draw all people unto himself. Then they finished their song by declaring his judgments, that is, his decisions where understood.
15:5 And after that I looked, and, (behold,) the temple (sacred place) of the tabernacle of witness (the testimony) in heaven was opened:
The word “temple” in this verse comes from the word “sacred.” In the Old Testament, the sacred place in the Tabernacle of Witness was called the Holiest of Holies. It was the place where Yahweh communed with the High Priest. John was seeing a vision; therefore, what he saw was the sacred place where Yahweh dwells in the heavenly realm; where he and man can communicate with each other. The way was opened for man to come into full maturity, into the full knowledge of the Son of Yahweh: into the fullness of the Anointed Word. The way was opened into Life and immortality.
Rom 8:10-11, If Anointed (Christ) 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.
15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven calamities (plagues), clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
John was prepared to hear the seven messages that came out of the tabernacle of witnesses. The seven messengers would reveal to him seven calamities. The angels being clothed in pure white linen with their breasts girt about with golden girdles signified that their messages were righteous and true.
15:7 And one of the four Living Creatures (beasts) gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the passion (wrath) of Yahweh, who lives forever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of Yahweh, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven calamities (plagues) of the seven angels were completed (fulfilled).
John’s vision is not clear as to which one of the Living Creatures gave the seven angels the golden vials full of the passion of Yahweh. Each of the Living Creatures symbolized the SAVIOR in his various stages; therefore, in all of his stages—Lion, Bullock, Man, or Eagle—the SAVIOR as the Word revealed Yahweh’s passion to those who had ears to hear.
Notice that the temple was filled with smoke. This smoke is symbolic to Yahweh’s presence his emotion, sentiments, and desires, which is based upon the principles of love, righteousness, and truth. The temple was filled with Yahweh’s compassion and his judgments that came from his glory and power.
Yahweh’s glory is his divine nature which is far beyond man’s carnal understanding. Yahweh’s glory is his splendor and holiness; it emphasizes his greatness and authority. The power of Yahweh is the substance of that which he is—Life-force. All things were created by him and nothing exists without him. He is omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresence. The seven messages would reveal the essence of Yahweh’s compassion, his power, and his judgments. These seven messages caused stress upon the natural mind, but through these messages would come complete understanding of Yahweh’s working within man. Then the believers would understand Yahweh’s love, his power, and his judgments. The way into the spiritual reality of the Holiest of Holies would be understood. But to get there, there had to be a spiritual awakening, a crucifixion of the fleshly nature and a dedication.
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.
Col. 3:1-4,8-14, If you then be risen (come out of death) with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. …also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his actions (deeds); 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 Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect (sons) 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 Christ forgave you, so also do you. And above all these things put on love (charity), which is the bond (uniting) of perfectness (mentally and morally complete).
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.
14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
This Lamb is symbolic of the SAVIOR (John 1:36). Since the lamb is a symbol, the 144,000 and Mount Zion are also symbols. There would be confusion if one was a symbol while the other was not. Keep in mind that John was seeing a vision and each image he saw was a descriptive message that could be understood by the characteristics of each image.
In the thirteenth chapter of Revelation, the SAVIOR, as the Lamb, was crucified and now John is seeing him standing on Mount Zion with 144,000 with the FATHER’s name written in their foreheads, that is, his characteristics in their minds.
The natural city of Zion was located on a prominent hill of Jerusalem; it was the highest hill in Jerusalem. It was called the city of David, and was the original site of the tabernacle pitched by David for receiving the Ark of the Covenant (2 Chron. 5:2-7). It was called the holy hill (Ps. 6:2). In Hebrews 12:22-28, it is referred to as the Church or City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. Mount Zion is symbolic of the Kingdom of Yahweh in the earth.
Heb. 12:22-23, You are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of messengers (angels), to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to Yahweh, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
Ps 2:6-7, Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: Yahweh has said unto me, “You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.”
Isa 8:16-18 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait upon Yahweh, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
Isa 40:9-11, O Zion, that brings good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord Yahweh will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Isa 60:14, The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending unto you; and all they that despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you, “The city of the Yahweh, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel”.
The 144,000 had their Father’s name written in their foreheads. This was also the same location that the mark of the beast was to be on those who did not accept the SAVIOR. The word “foreheads” means the opposite of countenance; it is what is on the inside, in the mind. In the seventh chapter of Revelation, we read that the 144,000 who was sealed in their foreheads were the servants of Yahweh and were from the twelve tribes of Israel.
The word “seal” means to stamp with a signet or a private mark for security or preservation. It is from a word that means to “impress” as a mark, which is the same as a signet. I was fascinated by the meaning of the word “impress.” According to the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, it means “to apply with pressure so as to imprint; to produce as a mark by pressure; to produce a vivid impression of; to affect especially forcibly or deeply; influence.” Another meaning that I especially like is “to apply as voltage to a circuit from an outside source to produce an impression” just as John heard in his vision, saying, “out of the throne proceeded lightnings” (Rev 4:5). The Holy Spirit was definitely the seal used to imprint or produce an impression of the Spirit of Righteousness in the minds of the believers.
The 144,000 was the beginning of a holy priesthood, a Kingdom of Priests, Yahweh’s spiritual house, that is, they were manifestations of Yahweh’s Kingdom in the earth.
1 Pet. 2:4-6, 9, To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of Yahweh, and precious, you also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Yahweh by the Anointed SAVIOR. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. 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. (See also Ex. 19:5-6.)
Eph. 2:18-22, For through him (the SAVIOR) we both 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 the Lord: in whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit.
14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four Living Creatures (beasts), and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
The voice of many waters came forth from the believers; it was Yahweh’s voice coming out of nations, tongues, and peoples.
The voices of great thunder symbolized Yahweh’s judgment upon sin as the believers became walking epistles of the Word of Yahweh. Yahweh no longer passed over sin; he brought judgment upon it and made a way for deliverance from it.
Joel 2:32, It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh has said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.
John 7:38, He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Eph. 5:25-32, Christ (the Anointing) also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word (being washed by the Spirit of 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.
I John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (The word “cleanse” means to remove to make free from sin.)
1 Tim. 4:16, Take heed unto yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you will both save yourself, and them that hear you.
John 15:3, You are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Harps were used in Israel’s worship unto Yahweh. The harps symbolized the high praises unto Yahweh by those who were redeemed.
Ps. 33:1-5, Rejoice in Yahweh, O you righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise Yahweh with harps: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. For the word of Yahweh is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loves righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of Yahweh.
Ps. 43:3-4, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles (mortal dwelling places). Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise you, O Yahweh my God.
Ps. 71:22-23, I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: unto you will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto you; and my soul, which you have redeemed.
Ps. 147:7, Sing unto Yahweh with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.
In the Old Testament, singing was their way of expressing gratitude and praise for deliverance or for a victory. The Israelites sang the song of Moses when they were delivered from Pharaoh and his host (Ex. 15:1-15); Israel sang at the well of Beer in gratitude for water (Num. 21:17-35); Deborah was told to wake up and sing a song of victory (Judg. 5:12); David and all Israel sang when they brought the Ark home from of the house of Abinadab (1 Chron. 13:7-8). Hannah sang when she weaned Samuel (1 Sam. 2). The 144,000 were singing because they were redeemed from the earth—delivered from the bondage of carnality.
The 144,000 sang their new song before the throne, before the four Living Creatures, and before the twenty-four elders. Standing “before” each of these showed that they were in submission to all that each one represented. The two witnesses that represented the ceremonial laws and prophets, spoken of in Revelation chapter eleven, stood before the god of the earth. They were subject to the Israelite nation. The 144,000 coming before the throne makes us know that there was a king in whom they were in subjection to his wishes and commands. The 144,000 submitted to the ministry of salvation that proceeded from the throne, from the four Living Creatures, and from the twenty-four elders. They were in submission to Yahweh’s Spirit (represented by the throne); they were in submission to the SAVIOR’s doctrine (represented by the four Living Creatures); and they were in submission the administration of Yahweh’s government (represented by the 24 elders).
The 144,000 that were redeemed from the earth were the firstfruits of the new order, the Melchisedec order, which was the Church. No one else but the 144,000 can be the beginning of the new order. No others can be the first to enter the new order, all the rest will come in second. The old order was the Levitical order and the new order is the Holy Priesthood after the order of Melchisedec. No one else can claim their song, because the 144,000 were the only ones that lived the lyrics of that song. The ones that claimed that position were the twelve apostles that were the faithful followers of the SAVIOR.
There were eleven original apostles and Matthias who replaced Judas. These twelve were the first to bring the Kingdom message to the rest of the world. They were the beginning of the Church age; therefore, the founders of the Church. In Revelation 21:14 it tells us that the Holy City, New Jerusalem, had twelve foundations and in them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Acts 1:21-26, Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Yasha (Jesus) went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all men, show whether of these two you have chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The 144,000 represent the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Righteousness, those whose foundation is Yahweh. Just as a corporation is not the people but is administered by the people, so is the Kingdom of Yahweh a government that is administered by his sons. The Spirit of Yahweh was in them manifesting himself through them. The disciples were the first members into the Kingdom of Righteousness, they were later joined by 108 believers in the upper room, bringing the total to 120 (John 20:19-23; Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit was and is the head of the Kingdom of Yahweh. The Kingdom of Yahweh is the royal priesthood, the army of Yahweh that is to go forth into all the earth.
Mark 16:15-18, The SAVIOR said unto them (the disciples), Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be condemned (damned). And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Also see 1 Pet. 2:9.)
Those who have joined the Kingdom of Righteousness down through the ages cannot change the Word of Truth or the principles for which it stands. Yahweh does not change nor does his principles. The foundation will forever remain the same; he is an unshakeable and sure foundation.
14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.
If the number 144,000 meant literally that only 144,000 male virgins could be with the Lamb, it would eliminate all married men and all females; therefore, making the Lamb and Yahweh respecter of persons. In the literal sense, it also implies that marriage is not sanctioned by Yahweh. Yahweh instituted marriage and the Savior supported it. Why would Yahweh tell Adam to be fruitful and to multiply if it corrupted him? Without reproduction, the human race would have become extinct.
Gen. 2:18, The LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
Gen. 2:24, Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Matt. 19:4-6, The SAVIOR answered and said unto the multitude, Have you not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore Yahweh has joined together, let not man put asunder.
The nation of Israel was described as a virgin because the Israelites were made pure and holy through their obedience to the sacrificial laws (Isa. 37:22; Jer. 31:4). Paul speaks of the entire body of believers as a “chaste virgin” (2 Cor. 11:2). The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). The Melchisedec order is a Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace. It is not defiled with carnality; it is a virgin.
The 144,000 represented those in the Kingdom of Yahweh. They were called virgins because they were not polluted with the doctrines of men. Even though many doctrines have developed from out of the SAVIOR’s teaching, the Word of Truth, being founded by facts, has not changed; it remains untainted by man’s carnal concepts.
The apostles were the first leaders and teachers of the Kingdom of Righteousness; they were constant companions of the SAVIOR throughout his ministry and were witnesses of the principles of the Kingdom. They were the ones that walked with the Savior in his Lamb state. They were partakers of his ministry before he was slain. After the Lamb was slain, the apostles continued in the ministry of the Lamb even to the point of being killed themselves. They fulfilled the ministry of the Lamb and did even greater things because the Lamb was that Holy Spirit within them (John 14:11-12).
They were “Yahweh’s” and the “Lamb’s” firstfruits of the Church; they were the beginning of the Royal Priesthood, the Kingdom age, the Church age. No one else could claim that position not even Paul.
John 17:6-7, 12, 17-23, I have manifested your name unto the men (disciples) which you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept your word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are of you… 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… Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them (disciples) into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through the disciples’ word; that they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they (everyone) 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 (everyone); that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you 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 (everyone), as you have loved me.
The foundation of the Church, the House of Yahweh, was laid in the beginning of the Church age and there is no more “beginning.” The twelve apostles all came from the natural house of Israel, but when they were born from above, that is, when they received the Holy Spirit within, they became the firstfruits of the spiritual house of Israel, the beginning of the royal priesthood—the Melchisedec order—was established through them. The SAVIOR brought in (birthed) the apostles and the 108 who joined the spiritual priesthood. Through their ministry, many sons have been birthed into Yahweh’s spiritual house that has no end.
Dan. 7:28, The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Rev. 1:5-6, 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, and has made us kingdom (kings and) priests unto Yahweh, also (and) the SAVIOR’s Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The corporation of the Kingdom of Yahweh was and still is a virgin; it has not been defiled by carnality. Its founder is Yahweh. The SAVIOR brought it to light; it was set up and coordinated by the Holy Spirit. The 120 who joined the administration of the Kingdom of Yahweh became members of the royal priesthood, the household of Yahweh (1 Peter 2:1-9). They were the first to be called out of darkness into Yahweh’s marvelous light of Truth given by the Holy Spirit.
2 Tim. 1:9-10, Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ the SAVIOR before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Yasha Christ (the Anointing), who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Cor. 4:5-7, 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 SAVIOR the Anointed. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of Yahweh, and not of us.
14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, “Revere (Fear) Yahweh, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”
Notice this angel began preaching to everyone that dwelt on the earth. This angel was in heaven, but the everlasting gospel, the “Good News,” which he had was for those on the earth. This Good News would make their hearts merry; it would create feelings of joy and gladness. The Good News was that the Kingdom of Yahweh, the kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, had come to mankind (Rom. 14:17).
This angel represents the Spirit of Truth that was promised to the believers.
John 14:16-18, And I (the SAVIOR) 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.
John 14:26-27, The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 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. (See also John 16:7-14)
The angel explained why it was necessary for the people to reverence and give glory to Yahweh, saying that judgment had come upon sin. It was time to be at awe with the Anointed Word because Yahweh had given the believers power over sin and it was being manifested through them. Before, there was only judgment upon man’s “actions;” the “condition of the heart” was not dealt with. But the time had come for the feelings, thoughts and actions of the inner man to be judged. Mankind would no longer remain separated from his Creator (Isa. 59:2); he would now come face to face with him. His heart, mind, and actions could become one with the Father even as the Son was one with the Father. The ministry of the apostles was set into motion. Remember the prayer that the SAVIOR prayed for his apostles.
John 17:17-23, Sanctify them (apostles) through your truth: your word is truth. 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 for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their (apostles’) word; that they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they (those that believe) 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; 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 (the believer), as you have loved me.
Notice that through the apostles’ ministry, the world would believe that the SAVIOR was sent by Yahweh and they would become believers.
Because Yahweh is Spirit, it is impossible to touch him physically or to see him with the natural eyes. Man’s relationship with Yahweh is threefold. It requires man to 1listen—to reverence; to 2speak—to give glory; and to 3act—to worship. A relationship with Yahweh requires the heart, the mind, and the body to come into agreement with Yahweh’s principles. If the believers loved him, they would embrace his emotions, his actions, and his words. If they loved Yahweh, they would automatically reverence him.
True reverence is a condition of the heart. It is a feeling of amazement mixed with admiration and respect. It gives no place for fear and terror, just complete submission of one’s mind, body, and soul into his loving care. The believers could not have reverenced their Heavenly Father if they had been afraid of him nor would they have given their hearts to him. They could not reverence the FATHER unless they loved him and they could not love him if they did not know him, and the only way they could know him was to know his Spirit.
The only way the believers could give glory to Yahweh was to wholeheartedly believe in his principles of righteousness and truth, for from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When their hearts and minds joined with Yahweh’s principle of love, they automatically proclaimed the word of truth and righteousness. They sang praises unto Yahweh. They glorified the Father as his love radiated from them.
Heb 2:11-13, For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, “Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the congregation (church) will I sing praise unto you.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold I and the children which Yahweh has given me.”
The time had come that mankind could no longer worship Yahweh with tangible objects such as the sacrificial altar and the burning of incense. Yahweh desired to be one with his temples of flesh; therefore, they had to worship Yahweh in spirit and in truth. They had to come up higher into the realm of righteousness.
John 4:23-24, The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. Yahweh is (a) Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 3:3-7, The SAVIOR answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot understand (see) the Kingdom of Yahweh.” …I say unto you, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of Yahweh. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto you, “You must be born again.”
The statement “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” wasn’t spoken lightly. Each of these four elements has a spiritual significance. Heaven is Yahweh’s throne (Acts 7:48-49); it is the realm of truth, love and righteousness. The earth is Yahweh’s footstool; it is the realm of the natural man; his feelings and his thoughts. Mankind’s heart is Yahweh’s footstool. The FATHER was bringing the hearts of mankind under subjection to his principles.
Acts 2:32-36, This Yasha (the SAVIOR) has Yahweh raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, “Yahweh said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make your foes your footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that Yahweh has made that same SAVIOR, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Anointed.
Ps. 110:1-4, Yahweh said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool. Yahweh shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of your enemies. Your people shall be willing in the day of your power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: you have the dew of your youth. Yahweh has sworn, and will not repent, “You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
The seas symbolized the expression of mankind. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
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 the God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
When the Holy Spirit filled those in the upper room, they began to speak and act under the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:2-4 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 (the 120) 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.
The fountains of waters represented the believers as the Holy Spirit came forth from them. Fountain is interchanged with the word “well.” The fountains of waters symbolize the Holy Spirit springing up within those who received the Holy Spirit.
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 7:37-39, In the last day, that great day of the feast, 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.)
14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon (confusion) is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Babylon was the capital of the Babylonian empire before it was destroyed around 500 B.C. The name Babylon is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Babel. It first appeared in Genesis 11:1-11 when the tower of Babel, meaning confusion, was first built. Babel became a great city, controlling more of the world than any other empire. Long before the time of John’s vision, Babylon had already lost its power over the people.
Notice that Babylon is called “that great city,” which is the same “great city” where our Lord was crucified and is also called Sodom (corruption) and Egypt (bondage) (Rev. 11:8). Babylon became a symbol for confusion.
Babylon represented a place of weeping, a place of being lost and confused.
Ps 137:1-4, By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing Yahweh’s song in a strange land? (“A strange land” speaks of being lost and confused.)
Notice in the above scriptures those held captive in Babylon could not sing the songs of Zion. They hung their harps up because they were in a place of captivity. They were lost in a strange land without a guide to tell them where to go. The SAVIOR came to save those that were lost (Matt 18:11). In John vision, Babylon had fallen; now they could sing songs of Zion and play their harps because they were no longer held captive by their carnal minds, and they could sing praises unto Yahweh in Zion.
When the Holy Spirit came it was a time of rejoicing and playing the harps and singing because the Guide, Comforter, and Teacher had come to them. Truth had come to set the minds free from the lies which kept them bound in confusion and deception.
John 8:31-32, Then said the SAVIOR to those Jews which believed on him, “If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed (truthfully); and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The believers did not continue in their sinful condition. They rejoiced because they were going to be freed from sin. It was a time to be free from greed and from the lust that divided their homes and destroyed nations. It was a time to be free from the desires within that brought havoc in their lives. In the past, their sacrifices had given them forgiveness, but now they needed more; they needed delivered from their lower nature—from that which caused them to fall into bondage in the first place: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. They were now experiencing the new birth, therefore, making it possible for them to come into the image of their Heavenly Father, that is, to have his name, his authority and character in their minds.
Notice that Babylon had the power to “make all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Here, the word “drink” means “to furnish drink, to irrigate.” Just as Natural wine is intoxicating so also was the ways of Babylon as the nations became impaired mentally and physically after drinking excessively of their idolatry. The word “fornication” means harlotry, which is idolatry. Idolatry is defined as the worship of any cult image, idea, or object, as opposed to the worship of Yahweh. Babylon’s wine was wrath. The word “wrath” in this verse means “passion.” Babylon’s passion was intense; their overpowering emotion toward their idols and not for the Spirit of Righteousness was toxic to the unconverted.
If John was to believe that the literal city of Babylon made “all nations” commit idolatry, it would be difficult to correlate it with the people of that day because Babylon no longer existed. The city of Babylon became the symbol of their confusion. In mankind’s confusion they worshipped and served gods that were likened unto themselves or animals.
Rom. 1:20-23, The invisible things of him (Yahweh) from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew Yahweh, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
The messengers of Pergamos and Thyatira allowed the doctrines of the Nicolaitans, Balaam and Jezebel to be taught in their churches. Their leniency caused many to stumble and to commit spiritual fornication, which is idolatry (Rev. 2:14 & 20).
Before the day of Pentecost, the whole world was in a state of confusion concerning their Creator—they did not understand his character.
John 1:4-5, In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shined in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
John 1:10-11, He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy messengers (angels), and in the presence of the Lamb:
Here, the third angel proclaims Yahweh’s disapproval of sin.
The word “mark” means a scratch or etching, that is, a stamp as a badge of servitude. The word “forehead” in the Greek means “the opposite of countenance.” The countenance is the face, or the expression on it. The opposite of the countenance is what is on the inside—in the mind.
Remember it was the spirit of antichrist (lamb “beast”) who caused the mark of servitude to be placed in the minds of the world. The spirit of antichrist was any spirit that was against Christ. Anti means expressing or holding an opposing view in political or moral principles; therefore, “antichrist” is expressing or holding an opposing view of Christ’s principles of righteousness. The people that had the mark of the beast in their foreheads or in their right hands had an unrighteous spirit, and they walked in the power and influence of the beastly nature (1 John 2:18-22).
There were five congregations out of the seven churches of Asia that yielded to their beastly nature.
1. Ephesus lost its first love.
2. Pergamos committed spiritual fornication.
3. Thyatira also committed spiritual fornication.
4. Sardis was spiritually dead.
5. Laodicea straddled the spiritual fence.
As they allowed their lustful desires to control their lives, they became worshippers of the beast. Their lustful desires were the mark of the beast, their actions revealed their badge of servitude to the beastly nature.
Rom. 6:12-19, Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace. So since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does this mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval. 17 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. 18 Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness. I speak this way, using the illustration of slaves and masters, because it is easy to understand.
Before, you let yourselves be slaves of impurity and lawlessness. Now you must choose to be slaves of righteousness so that you will become holy. NLT
In this verse, the word “drink” means “imbibe”, that is, to take in something mentally, to assimilate something such as an idea or experience. The word “wine” symbolizes being under the influence of the wrath of Yahweh. The word “wrath” means “abhorrence”, that is, a strong disapproval of something.
While man’s wrath is manifest by the feeling of anger or vengeance with the desire to punish or retaliate, Yahweh’s wrath is always accompanied with love and with a goal to bring the disobedient into himself. Yahweh is Love, and his love emanates from him and is directed towards his creation at all times. Love cannot act or react contrary to that which he is—Love. Anything less than the principle of love is a deception coming forth from the carnal understanding of the natural mind.
Yahweh revealed his disapproval of sin through the Holy Spirit of Truth. While “drink” denoted the believer’s participation with the Holy Spirit, the “wine” signified the Holy Spirit’s influence as truth was revealed, exposing the deception of the carnal mind. Yahweh’s “wrath” was him making it known unto mankind that he disapproved of their sinful actions. Notice those who experienced Yahweh’s wrath were tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy messengers and the Lamb that dwelled in heaven; therefore, those in heaven were viewing those who were being tormented.
According to most teachings, this torment is never ending. If this were literal, those viewing the tormented would also be tormented because Love does not delight in evil (1 Cor. 13:6). Only the sadistic have pleasure in seeing another human burning and withering in pain. It is a part of our nature to want to save anyone from a burning fire. If this scene is to be taken literal, Yahweh would be worse than Hitler—at least he didn’t keep his enemies suffering throughout eternity.
Fire is always a symbol of judgment, that is, correction. Yahweh is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). Believers are baptized in fire (Matt. 3:11, 16). Yahweh’s messengers are flames of fire (Heb. 1:7). Man is saved by fire (1 Cor. 3:15). When Yahweh’s judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness (Isa. 26:9).
Isa. 54:16-17, Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness is of me, saith Yahweh.
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.
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.
“Being in the presence of the Lamb and his holy messengers” shows the believers exposing unrighteousness by their righteous living. The Holy Spirit within them revealed sin and brought condemnation to the unrighteous by their very presence.
In heathen religions, the gods were angry and in constant need of being appeased. Their pagan concepts were handed down through the ages leaving many bound in fear of Yahweh’s so-called “divine wrath.” Man’s wrath is often regarded as a part of Yahweh’s holiness. It is said to be a proper and natural expression of Yahweh’s righteous love. It is believed that Yahweh’s wrath must always, under all circumstances and at all cost, be poured out upon those who angers him, and that the disobedient must be annihilated or go into everlasting punishment where the fire is never quenched.
In reality, Yahweh never seeks revenge, nor does he see the value in punishment. Carnal man cannot comprehend how Yahweh reacts in his disapproval of sin because man judges by his own feelings of angry and his feelings are accompanied with the desire to punish or retaliate against his offenders according to the works of the flesh.
Yahweh’s wrath (abhorrence) was and is not upon man, but upon sin. When the Holy Spirit came, he revealed sin to mankind and the revealing tormented the carnal man. The Holy Spirit revealed (poured out) Yahweh’s pure Word of Truth—without mixture, that is, without shadows or allegories, such as, the Levitical order. Those who walked in the presence of Yahweh brought condemnation upon those who continued to walk in sin. Those who crucified their fleshly nature, tormented those who didn’t. By their righteous actions, they heaped coals of fire upon their heads (Rom. 12:20).
After the day of Pentecost, man began to understand that their unrighteous thoughts and feelings were not approved of by Yahweh. Man had to gird up his mind and overcome sin, not just restrain his beastly nature (Eph. 6:14; 1 Pet. 1:13). Man had to be renewed in the spirit of his mind (Eph. 4:21-24; Phil. 2:5).
Rom. 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh.
The Father is Love and mankind is his offspring. He sent the Holy Spirit to teach his children the right way of thinking and acting because their natural understanding kept them in bondage and separated them from him. When their sinfulness was revealed, they understood what they were doing wrong and it brought condemnation upon them. Those who allowed the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and comfort them were transformed into the image of the Father (Col. 3:10).
Heb. 12:6-13, For whom the Lord loves he educates (chastens), and scourges every son whom he receives. If you endure chastening, Yahweh deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Yahweh’s children are corrected by their own sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7-8).
Jer. 2:19, Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall reprove you: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou have forsaken Yahweh your God, and that my awe (fear) is not in you, said the Lord Yahweh of hosts.
Yahweh created man in sin, that is, lacking maturity. Because man did not have the maturity to produce righteousness in the flesh, he allowed him to walk in sin, to fall short of maturity, as he offered sacrifices for his sinful nature. Yahweh’s visual aids, such as the tabernacle in the wilderness, revealed the Spirit of the FATHER to mankind. Through the SAVIOR’s ministry, Yahweh made it known that he did not approve of mankind’s sinful actions, thoughts, and feelings. Then when the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost, he gave the believers power to overcome sin in the flesh. Mankind became accountable for not only their actions, but for their thoughts and feelings as well.
Matt 15:18-20, Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man….
John 3:17-21, Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Notice the SAVIOR’s mission.) He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name (character and authority) of the only begotten Son of Yahweh. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved (a feeling for) darkness rather than light, because their actions (deeds) were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his actions (deeds) should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his actions (deeds) may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Yahweh. (“Light” is not a literal light; it is the understanding of truth.)
Rom 8:1, There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in the Anointed SAVIOR, who walk not after the flesh (beastly nature), but after the Spirit (That is, love, joy, peace, faith, etc.).
Just as he does today, the FATHER’s disapproval of sin was not manifested by anger, malice, or jealousy; he reproved sin by his Word. He loved his creation and rebuked and educated mankind through the Holy Spirit of Truth.
Rev. 3:18 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 does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and educate (chasten): be zealous therefore, and repent.
14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends (up) ages (forever) and ages (ever): and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his representation (image), and whosoever receives the mark of his name.
The smoke symbolized man’s carnal concepts that obscured truth. Just as literal smoke pollutes the air and obscures vision, so also did carnality obscure the believers sense of reasoning. Carnality is in direct contrast to the Holy Spirit. The carnal man is subject to human sensibility and weaknesses. Carnal reasoning violates the principles of righteousness and alienates man from Yahweh. “Smoke ascending from their torment,” correlates with man’s carnality effecting generation after generation causing mental and emotional problems as well as wars, famines, devastation, etc. Man’s ignorance alone has destroyed many through the lust of his flesh, the lust of his eyes, and through his pride.
Keep in mind that the leopard beast spoken of in the previous chapter was the image of blasphemy that was worshipped. He represented malicious and abusive lies that were spread by false prophets and false Jewish leaders. Also remember that there were many in the seven churches that were committing spiritual fornication because of the influence of false doctrines.
14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Yahweh, and the faith of the SAVIOR. This verse should have read, “Here is the patience of the saints; keeping the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of the SAVIOR.” The words “here are they that” were added.
The key word in this verse is “patience.” It means cheerful or hopeful, endurance, constancy. The word “faith” means persuasion, that is, credence (trustworthiness); moral conviction; truth itself. Those that were not tormented were the saints that patiently kept the commandments and had the same moral conviction as the SAVIOR. They were not influenced by the blasphemy of the false doctrines that were being taught in the churches.
These saints were sanctified by Yahweh’s truth. They were separated from the world by their moral conviction. The Father and the Son had become one in them. The SAVIOR’s prayer was answered.
John 17:16-23, The disciples are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. 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. Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 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. And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.
Yahweh is love. Remember it was said that Yahweh would dwell in his people and walk in them, that is, they would have his name and his character inscribed in their minds. He said he would be their God and they would to be his people (2 Cor. 6:16).
1 John 4:12-17, No man has seen Yahweh at any time. If we love one another, Yahweh dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do witness (testify) that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that the SAVIOR is the Son of Yahweh, Yahweh dwells in him, and he in Yahweh. (Not by just saying, but by being a living example of Yahweh.) And we have known and believed the love that Yahweh has to us. Yahweh is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in Yahweh, and Yahweh in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of decision (judgment): because as he is, so are we in this world.
The Father did not leave the meaning of love to man’s imagination. First Corinthians thirteen identifies love in great length, which is the essence of Yahweh. It tells us that Yahweh is patient and kind (caring); he does not have the feeling of envy. He is neither boastful nor inflated, that is, he is not proud or haughty. Yahweh does not act unbecoming. He never seeks after his own self gain, but looks out for his creation. Yahweh never gets exasperated, that is, infuriated, angry, or wrathful. He never keeps an inventory of evil (bad), but at the same time, he is not happy with iniquity (wrongfulness). Yahweh rejoices in truth and quietly endures all. He has faith in all and perseveres through all. He will never at any time become insufficient, that is, he will never fail. Yahweh is Love (1 John 4:8, 16) and any action or feeling short of Love is not Yahweh but is the beastly nature.
Yahweh met with Israel in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness above the mercy seat. They had to offer their beast, which represented their own beastly nature, upon the altar in the courtyard to commune with Yahweh. But the SAVIOR changed that; he came inside the believers on the day of Pentecost to remove the beastly nature. The Holy Spirit of Righteousness made it possible for mankind to be in the image of Yahweh by delivering them from their beastly natures.
Matt. 5:48, Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
2 Tim. 3:16-17, All scripture is given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of Yahweh may be complete (perfect), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Eph. 4:11-16, Yahweh 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 body of the Anointed (Christ): till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Anointed (Christ): that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness (animal characteristics), whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even the Anointed (Christ): from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
James 1:2-4, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be complete (perfect) and sound (entire), wanting nothing.
Yahweh will never forsake any of his creation; he works all things after the counsel of his own will (Eph. 1:11).
Rom. 8:38-39, Paul was 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 Anointed SAVIOR our Lord.
Ps. 22:24-31, Yahweh has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of you in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that reverence (fear) him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise Yahweh that seek him: your heart shall live forever. 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. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this.
Yahweh sent his son to save the world so the world through him might find the truth that sets man free from his bondage of sin.
1 Tim. 2:4-6, Who (Yahweh) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man the Anointed SAVIOR; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
John 8:31-32, 34-36, The SAVIOR said to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abides not in the house for ever: but the Son abides ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
John 1:29, The next day John saw the SAVIOR coming unto him, and said, “Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.
John 3:17, Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 6:32-33, 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.
John 12:47, If any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. (Also see John 16:7-11)
14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me (John), Write, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from this time forward (henceforth): Yea,” said the Spirit, “that they (may) rest from their labors; and their deeds (works) do follow them.”
What is the difference in the “dying in the Lord” before this time and after? Why would those who died before this time not be blessed, not find rest from their labors, and why didn’t their works follow them? This implies that all the Old Testament patriots who were martyred were not blessed and their death was in vain because what they had died for was lost.
In this verse, the “dead” is not speaking of those literally in death, but of crucifying the old man of sin—that first nature with its carnal concepts. The believers were instructed to present their bodies a living sacrifice by renewing their minds by the principles of righteousness (Rom. 12:1-2).
Eph. 4:17-24, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of Yahweh through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ; if so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in the SAVIOR: 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 Yasha is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Rom. 6:1-7, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Yahweh forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Anointed SAVIOR were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Col. 3:7-10, In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his actions (deeds); and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
The believers were definitely blessed because the Holy Spirit dwelled in them comforting, guiding, and teaching them. There was rest for those who ceased from their own deeds (Heb. 4:9-10), but the works of the flesh kept the unbelievers slaving away in their bondage of corruption.
Gal. 5:19-21, Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh.
Rom. 8:16-23, 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 Christ (the Anointing); if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 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. (Notice that they have not completely overcome yet, but they will.) 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 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. (See also Eph. 4:29-32.)
The believers’ deeds followed them; they were living manifestations of the power of the Father:
1 Peter 2:9-12, 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. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify Yahweh in the day of visitation.
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 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.
Rev. 14:14, And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat (as in residing) like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. (The description of the Son of man is given in Revelation 1:13-16.)
The white cloud with the Son of Man sitting on it, symbolized the Holy Spirit’s presence in the body of believers. It was the believers joining together in one mind and in one Spirit to bring forth truth to those in the earth.
The one likened unto the Son of Man was the manifestation of the Kingdom of Yahweh coming in the believers. The SAVIOR had said, “At that day (the day when the Spirit of Truth came) you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you (John 14:20).
Acts 2:38-39, Then Peter said unto them (the multitude), “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 Ghost. 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.”
Matt. 26:64, The SAIVOR said unto the high priest, “You have said: nevertheless 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.” (See also John 3:13.)
Matt. 16:27-28, For 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. (See also Matt. 17:9.)
In the above scripture, there were people with the SAVIOR that were going to be alive when the Son of man came in his kingdom, which caused them to understand that in their generation the Kingdom of Yahweh was being established on earth.
Clouds symbolize the presences of Yahweh, his glory and power:
Ex. 19:9, Yahweh said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.
Ex. 16:10, It came to pass, as Aaron spoke unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of Yahweh appeared in the cloud. (Also see Ex. 24:16; Ex. 34:5; Ex 40:38; 1 Kings 8:10-11.)
To come “in” clouds of heaven symbolizes the Spirit-filled believers:
Matt. 24:30, 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.
Matt. 26:64, The SAVIOR said unto him (the High Priest), You have said: nevertheless 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.
In the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, those who continued in the faith made up a great cloud of witnesses; they testified of Yahweh’s presence by the life they lived.
Heb. 12:1-2, 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, Looking unto the SAVIOR the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Yahweh.
The crown worn by the one liken unto the Son of man is not a diadem, but a laurel wreath. It represents the victorious life of the Body of Christ.
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.
1 Cor. 9:24-25, Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
The sharp sickle in the hand of the Son of man is a symbol of the ministry of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit-filled believers went out into the world.
Matt 9:37-38, The SAVIOR said unto his disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” ( See also Luke 10:2).
14:15 And another angel (4th angel) came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, “Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
This angel had a message that came out of a temple, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit; the hearts and minds of mankind. It was time for the message of repentance to go out unto all nations, that is, for them to learn a different way of thinking. The fourth angel that came out of the temple commanding the Son of man to harvest the earth was metaphoric of the message of repentance going out to all nations. Repentance is the beginning of salvation; it sit the Church on the path to spiritual maturity. The message of repentance dealt with man’s state of mind and it gave hope for deliverance from the bondage of carnality.
“The earth is ripe” was a term used to indicate that the time had come for both the Jews and Gentiles (other nations) to unite in the worship of the FATHER. The Levitical Priesthood had separated the Jews from all the other nations, but through the Holy Spirit (the Melchisedec Priesthood) the partition had been broken down (Eph. 2:8-21). The message of repentance was for all nations; Yahweh commanded all men everywhere to repent, that is, think differently (Acts 17:30).
Luke 24:46-47, The SAVIOR said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ 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.
Because of Abraham’s commitment to Yahweh, the Jews were the first to spread the Word of Truth. The ministry of repentance was set in motion by a nation that Yahweh had dealt with for the past 1,898 years.
Rom. 1:16, I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of Yahweh unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the nations (Greek).
Rom. 2:10-11, But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the nations (Gentile): for there is no respect of persons with Yahweh.
Acts 14:27-28, When they (Barnabas and Paul) were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that Yahweh had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
It was a time of great rejoicing because truth set the captives free from their bondages.
Ps. 126, When Yahweh turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations (heathen), Yahweh has done great things for them. Yahweh has done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O Yahweh, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
14:17 And another angel (5th angel) came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
This angel came out of a converted temple, a temple conducted by heavenly principles. This angel came forth from the exalted realm. Again the word “temple” means “dwelling place.” After the message of repentance had been heard, the believers were prepared to hear a greater ministry. The sharp sickle symbolized the ministry, but this message demanded more than “thinking” differently; it demanded a sacrifice of their fleshly nature.
14:18 And another angel (6th angel) came out from the altar (the place of sacrifice), which had power (delegated influence) over fire (cleansing) and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of Yahweh.
The angel had a message that came from the sacrificial altar; the place of sacrificing the beastly nature. This angel had power over fire. Fire is a symbol of cleansing. Cleansing is the judgment and correction that brings man into unity with the principles of righteousness. This ministry brought forth discipleship.
The sickle in the hand of the angel signifies that there was a greater ministry than that which came out of the first harvest. The first harvest was the earth. Now we see out of these earthen vessels is another harvest; they “produced” the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The “clusters of the vine of the earth” symbolized the fruit of the Spirit.
The vine and vineyards are both symbols of prosperity and blessings (Mic. 4:4; Zec. 3:10). To have an abundant and fruitful vineyard symbolized Yahweh’s favor (Hosea 2:15; Gen. 49:22). It was also a symbol of Yahweh’s people (Isa. 5:1-7). The SAVIOR referred to himself as the vine and people as the branches (John 15:1-6); when joined together they produced the fruit of righteousness.
The branches that did not bring forth the fruit of righteousness went through the fire. Keep in mind that only man’s works are burned; a man is saved by the fire in which he goes through (1 Cor. 3:13-15). The fire symbolized the cleansing of one’s soul.
John 15:1-8, I (the SAVIOR), am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.
The FATHER’s “wrath” is his “passion.” Passion is intense or overpowering emotion such as love, joy, lust, etc. In Yahweh’s case, it is always love because he is Love (John 4:8, 16). (For the characteristics of love see First Corinthians 13.) The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, etc. (Gal. 5:22-23).
When clusters of grapes are put into a winepress, juice is forced out. The same principle works with Yahweh’s people; when believers are tried through hardships or persecutions, it reveals the Spirit within—a living manifestation of the fruit of the Heavenly Father.
1 Peter 1:3-7, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, which according to his abundant mercy hath 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 revealed in the last time. Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold 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 revealing (appearing) of the Anointed SAVIOR.
Phil. 1:9-11, This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Anointed SAVIOR, unto the glory and praise of Yahweh.
14:20 And the winepress was trampled (trodden) outside (without) the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, from (by the space of) a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
The juice of grapes is referred to as blood (Gen. 49:11). Blood of the grapes symbolizes attitudes, that is, the Holy Spirit of Righteousness manifested in the Spirit filled believers. The only way the unbelievers could see the Holy Spirit within the believers was when they scrutinized them, oftentimes for authenticity. Notice that the winepress was trodden outside of the city. The winepress symbolizes pressure, persecution, or hardship. The city represents a government, or authority. To be outside of the city indicates lack of government. The winepress being trodden outside the city indicates that the Holy Spirit functioned in the midst of unrighteousness and persevered in persecution. The believers manifested the fruit of the Spirit among those who were perverted and they persecuted them. They also manifested the fruit of righteousness among those who complained and found fault with them, taking every opportunity to pervert what they said and did.
Phil. 2:13-16, For it is Yahweh which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of Yahweh, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
A furlong is a measurement of length, which symbolized the Spirit filled believers’ endurance, that is, their persistence to hang in there despite their hardships and persecution.
Furlong, copied from “Imperial Measures of Length.”
A furlong is a ‘furrow long’ or length of a medieval field. The length varied depending on the type of soil. It was usual for horses [or oxen] to take a short breather at the end of the furrow before turning in to the next furrow. The heavier the soil, the harder the horses had to work, and so the less time between breathers. This led to shorter furrows or furlongs between the ends, and therefore local variations in furlong length.
A furrow is a trench plowed in a field preparing the ground to receive seed. Notice that the length of a furlong depended upon the type of soil, the better the soil, the longer the furlong. This being said, the space of a thousand six hundred furlong measurement cannot be taken literal but spiritual. Only the furlong could have been used as a symbol of endurance, because it is the only measurement that is flexible. This measurement is an undetermined distance that reveals the perseverance of the believers as they spread the Word of truth. When the believers allowed the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and teach them, their burdens became lighter, their endurance greater, and their labor easier. The FATHER did not allow more to be put upon the believers than they could bear (1 Cor. 10:13).
Matt. 11:28-30, Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jer. 4:1-3, If thou will return, O Israel, said Yahweh, return unto me: and if you will put away your abominations out of my sight, then shall you not remove. And you shall swear, Yahweh lives, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. For thus said Yahweh to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Hos. 10:13, Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek Yahweh, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Up to the horse’s bridle is a measurement of height. The horse’s bridle is the head gear with which a horse is governed. It consists of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages. It symbolized the believers’ submission to the Holy Spirit; their embrace to spiritual leadership and their willingness to yield to the Holy Spirit, that is, to be led by the Holy Spirit and not by the will of the flesh. It is a surrendering of the believer’s whole being—mind, body, spirit—to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
James 3:2-6, If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in his mouth. And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. So also the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A great forest can be set on fire by one tiny spark. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster. TLB
Rom. 8:12-14, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For 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.
This fourteenth chapter of Revelation began with the ministry of the disciples, which engulfed the 144,000 with the Lamb, as they brought the message of repentance to the nation of Israel. This ministry was the Son of man in the cloud of witnesses. Then out of this ministry came the Word of Truth to the rest of the nations—the earth was harvested. Then out of every nation came forth the Spirit-filled, many-membered body of dedicated believers; these are represented by cluster of grapes as they fulfilled the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12-17) bringing the Holy Spirit of righteousness, peace, and joy to all nations. The life of the fruit flowed out of the winepress.
John 8:31-32, Then said the SAVIOR to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 7:37-39, In the last day, that great day of the feast, 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 hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living (Life) 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.)
Jer. 31:10-14, Hear the word of Yahweh, O you nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, “He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock. For Yahweh has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they (the nations) shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of Yahweh, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, said Yahweh.
Isa. 60:1-5, 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: you 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 fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the nations (Gentiles) shall come unto you.
13:1a And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name (of) blasphemy.
This sea is symbolic of the voices of many people, and the voices are coming from the beastly nature of mankind.
Ps. 93:3-5, The floods have lifted up, O Yahweh, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. Yahweh on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Your testimonies are very sure: holiness becomes your house, O Yahweh, forever.
Isa 17:12-13, 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! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. (See also Jer. 51:55.)
The word “blasphemy” means “vilification”, which is to make malicious and abusive statements about somebody, in this case, against the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth. The beast was blasphemy. It did not bite, sting, or kill. Its power was in malicious and abusive words.
The beast did not symbolize the blasphemy of common people; it symbolized the blasphemy of people who were powerful and influential. These people used their position to influence others against the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth. These influential people were making vicious and defamatory statements against truth and righteousness, and their listeners believed their blasphemy and shared them with others causing blasphemy to be spread quickly.
The head of the beast represented the center of man’s faculties, his intellect, emotion, and reasoning. The seven heads represented the beast’s complete authority.
The horns of an animal are used for his protection, so the beast’s ten horns represented the magnitude of his blasphemy. They symbolized the power, dominion, and the fierceness of the spoken word that came from the carnal realm.
The crowns that sit upon the horns were diadems and not a victor’s laurel. Notice the crowns were not set upon the “heads” of the beast, but were upon its horns. These crowns signified the beast’s (carnal, false leaders) control over the weaker members in the churches by persuading them to accept his blasphemy against the Kingdom of Righteousness.
In the Old Testament, the number seven meant complete, enough, or full; it illustrated the totality or completeness of the subject. In this scripture, the number seven represents the totality of the beast, his ability, strength, and authority to blaspheme the Kingdom of Righteousness.
The number 10 symbolized human frailty and failure when in management. Anytime the number ten is used in the Old Testament it is always connected with correction as the Ten Commandments and the ten plagues. The ten horns and ten crowns symbolized the carnal leaders in the churches in Asia who were speaking evil and dominating their listeners through persuasive and untrue words.
13:1b And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the serpent (dragon) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
The major part of this beast was like a leopard. Leopards are known for their swiftness. According to WikiAnswers, “A Leopard can run up to 45-50 mp/h, it is the third fastest animal in the world.” Animals faster than a leopard are in the bird family. The leopard represents the swift spread of blasphemy against the Spirit of Righteousness. As malicious and abusive statements were accepted as truth, the receivers of the lies were quick to repeat them; therefore, the blasphemy spread quickly causing many false doctrines in the earth.
In John’s vision, blasphemy came out of the mouths of lions; therefore, the evil speaking came from the false Jewish leaders. In Revelation 2:9, the angel said to the church of Smyrna, “I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan.” The SAVIOR once again was not dealing with their natural bloodline; he was speaking of their attitude and the intentions of their heart.
John 8:37, 44-45, “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.”
The leopard beast was described as having bear’s feet. Feet are symbolic to the foundation upon which one stands and walks; therefore, the bear’s feet symbolized the custom of that day.
Copied from “Natural History of Black Bears:”
Bears use the same trails over and over for generations. They tend to place their feet in exactly the same place every time they use the trail. You can find these trails where each footfall is in a depression worn into the ground by the passage of so many bears over the years.
Copied from “Bears Nova Scotia:”
Bears tend to walk in their own tracks, so an area that is frequented by bears can have a trail of sunken footprints beaten into the forest floor from repeated and long-term use. They will also mark prominent bear sites such as a bite tree with sunken prints around the site. Researchers who have followed bears to record their daily activity have found that the bears will do a stiff-legged walk at these strategic locations, in order to enhance the marks left in the ground.
Under the Levitical order, people observed repetitive ceremonial procedures which were passed down from one generation to the next. These ceremonial ordinances did not deliver them from their beastly natures, nor did they cause them to be spiritually minded. John’s vision of the leopard beast was revealing that the churches had become like the bears; many were continuing in the familiar Levitical order that forgave sins instead of entering into the Melchisedec order that delivered from sin.
Heb. 10:1, 4, The law (ceremonial law) having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
The power of this beast came from the serpent. The serpent symbolized those in opposition to the Melchisedec order. The Levitical order was governed by the Israelites, and those that refused to accept the change of priesthood rose up against the Melchisedec order—they were adversaries to the Kingdom of Yahweh.
There were sincere Israelites that remained loyal to the Levitical order. Their hearts and minds were faithful to the Israelite nation. Their faithfulness was not because of maliciousness and vindictiveness, but was because they could not accept the change of priesthood. But when the priesthood changed, false Jews rose up and took advantage of the situation persuading people to follow after them. In Peter’s second letter, he gave an excellent description of blasphemy as he described man’s beastly nature.
2 Pet. 1:2 1-2:3, Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of Yahweh spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who underhandedly (privily) shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their filthy (pernicious) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with fictitious (feigned) words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
Consider these statements that Peter made.
“False teachers were underhandedly speaking damnable heresies.” People of influence (teachers) where deliberately lying to their students.
“Denying the Lord.” Coming against Yahweh with their mouths.
“With fictitious words make merchandise of you.” Many believed their lies.
The serpent gave the leopard beast his seat—his headquarters, which was a part of the Levitical order. With the change, came opposition. There were those who did not understand the need for the change and then there were those who took advantage of the situation and used that change for self gain either in power over the ignorant or for monetary purposes. When the Levitical order ended, they rose up in opposition against the Melchisedec order speaking malicious and abusive statements against the Christians that stood for Yahweh’s Kingdom of Righteousness.
In Revelation 2:13, the angel told John to tell the messenger of Pergamos that the seat of satan dwelled in those that were killers and persecutors of those who were faithful to the Word. The SAVIOR stated, “I know where you dwell and where the throne of satan is. You used my name and did not deny my truth even in the days of Antipas, the witness of my faithful who were killed among you, where the accuser dwells.” Paraphrased, this would read, Herod Antipas had stood as a witness against the SAVIOR and his followers making sure they were killed under his authority.
The serpent gave the leopard beast his great authority. The word “authority” means “in the sense of ability: the mastery. The false Jews were well educated in the Levitical order. They were knowledgeable and well spoken.
The leopard beast coming from the sea symbolizes the voices of many false Jewish leaders that influenced people against the truth with their elegant speeches. Some of these false Jews were in the congregations of the seven churches teaching the doctrines of Balaam, Nicolaitans, and Jezebel.
John’s vision was referring to the same time period that Paul and Barnabas encountered one of these false Jewish leaders trying to persuade people from the faith.
Acts 13:42-45, When the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words (Paul and Barnabas’s teaching) might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of Yahweh. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of Yahweh. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Jude the brother of James explained how false leaders came among the people bringing very persuasive words against righteousness.
Jude 3-4, 10-13, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord Yahweh, and our Lord Yasha Christ……But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your godly love (feasts of charity), when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees (leaders) whose fruit withered, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. (This phrase should have read, “to whom the blackness of darkness for ages is watched” the word “reserved” means “watched.” See the Greek Interlinear for the sentence structure; it was changed in the KJV.)
13:3 And I saw one of his (the beast’s) heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The number one symbolized unity, agreement. The beast’s single head being wounded symbolized the impact that the Word of Truth had upon the churches. To wound one head was to wound the whole beast, their whole carnal way of thinking. The beast was wounded by a sword according to Revelation 13:14. The sword symbolized the Word of Truth, which was contrary to the blasphemy that was being spoken by the false leaders.
Eph. 6:17, Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.
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 the beginning of John’s vision (Rev. 1:16), the Sword of Truth was seen coming from the mouth of the SAVIOR. In a vision, whatever is seen coming from the mouth of an image is the substance of the image because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt. 12:34-35). Truth is the SAVIOR’s essence while blasphemy is the leopard beast’s essence. The essence of the SAVIOR came against the essence of the leopard beast; they were in opposition with each other—here we see the Kingdom of Righteousness opposing the kingdom of unrighteousness.
In order for the Sword of Truth to wound the leopard beast, the blasphemy spoken by the false Jews had to be exposed to gain power over their followers. The Word of Truth had been from the foundation of the earth, but its inhabitance did not have spiritual ears to hear until the Man Child was caught up into the heavens and took the throne. The Man Child represents the Anointed Word of Truth being manifested in Yahweh’s many membered body of believers.
It is difficult for us to understand the full impact that the blasphemous words had on the infant Church because it has been almost two thousand years since John received his vision. But history does give us a glimpse of their struggles and persecutions through the reading of Acts, Paul’s letters, and through great historians such as Josephus. The wounding of the leopard beast took place when the Spirit of Truth was received in the hearts and minds of mankind on the day of Pentecost. When Truth was accepted and spread across the land, the blasphemy of false Jews was rejected by many.
Even though the Church flourished and many were added to the Church daily, many of the people were influenced by the pagan practices around them. The healing of the beast’s wound took many years as Christians were drawn away from Truth because they were not rooted and grounded in the Word of Truth. Some were drawn away by the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches; they did not have the heart to pull away from the customs of their unbelieving friends and family and to be separate from them.
The leopard beast was wounded when the gospel of the Kingdom was first preached. Many accepted it, but, as the SAVIOR pointed out in Matthew 24:14, as time passed the hearts of many waxed cold because iniquity flourished. The healing of the head was when the false leaders began to regain their influence. All this took place before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
13:4 And they worshipped the serpent (dragon) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Keep in mind that the serpent, the adversary, here is the same creature that came against the woman and was also the same one that fought against Michael and his messengers in heaven. Those who refused the Melchisedec order became adversaries to Yahweh’s Kingdom of Righteousness the moment the Levitical order was satisfied by its reality.
To worship is to have excessive love, admiration, and respect for someone or something. It is to place someone or something in an exalted position of importance. Many in the churches worshipped the serpent by remaining loyal to the Levitical Priesthood. They worshipped the leopard beast by accepting the blasphemous statements made by the unbelieving Jewish leaders. The lies that these Jews spread came from the realm of carnality, just as the Levitical order was maintained by the hands of man.
Notice that while the worship was to both the beast and the serpent, the two questions asked concerned only the leopard beast. Blasphemy was given honor and prestige and was exalted above the Word of Truth and was accepted as truth.
The question, “Who is like unto the beast?” reveals that the receivers of the malicious and vindictive statements believed that the blasphemy was from a reliable source and that there were none more knowledgeable than the unbelieving and false leaders.
The question “Who is able to make war with him?” was like saying, “Who can argue with the order in which we are accustomed?” indicating that no one was powerful enough to do away with it. The angel was not dealing with a tangle creature, but with aggressive, rebellious Jews who were against the SAVIOR and the cross.
13:5 And there was given unto the leopard beast a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against Yahweh, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Remember the forty-two months symbolized a transitional time, a deliverance; the process or period of time that it took for the believers to change from believing that their sins were covered by animal sacrifice to believing that the indwelling SAVIOR would cleanse them from sin. It was the bringing to a close of the shadow to reveal the reality.
Through blasphemy, the leopard beast encouraged humanism. Peter explained it best.
2 Peter 2:18-19, For when they (false prophets) 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. (Notice that what the false prophets spoke, brought them and their listeners into the same bondage.)
The forty-two months signified that there was a limitation to the time given for the change; something was going to transpire that would bring about this change. The change was going to reveal the blasphemy against the Son of Yahweh and his power to deliver from sin. The angel said unto the messenger of Philadelphia concerning these false Jews, “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 (Rev. 3:9).” A transition was going to take place—the Holy Spirit would expose the blasphemy through the saints of the Most High.
The Philadelphian church had kept Yahweh’s Word and did not deny his name. Because the Word of Truth was in their hearts and minds, they were not deceived by the blasphemy of the false Jews. It was stated, “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 them that dwell upon the earth (Rev. 3:10).”
Notice that the leopard beast was speaking great things and blaspheming Yahweh’s name, his tabernacle, and those who dwelt in heaven. Their humanist influence persuaded the people to worship their own carnal concepts Their sinful nature is symbolized by the beast in which they worshiped.
13:7 And it was given unto the leopard beast to make war with the saints, and to subdue (overcome) them: and power was given him (the leopard beast) over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the leopard beast), whose names are not written in the Scroll (Book) of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
In verse seven, I replaced the word “overcome” with “subdue” which is a more accurate translation. To overcome is to control, while “subdue” means to suppress or hold back. The leopard beast warred with the saints but he did not overpower them, he held them back by suppressing them. The Jews’ lies suppressed the believers, which history proves to be true. Their lies spread throughout the world.
In order to understand how the leopard beast had power over all the kindreds, tongues, and nations we must first understand “the Scroll of Life of the Lamb.”
The “Book” of Life was actually a “Scroll” of Life, which is also the same word used in Revelation 5:1 and 6-8 which was given to the Lamb that stood before the throne as one slain. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which were the seven Spirits of Yahweh that were sent forth into all the earth.
Notice that the seven Spirits of Yahweh were sent out into “all” the earth, which means the seven Spirits were made available to whosoever will. The seven Spirits of Yahweh revealed his essence—power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.
In this verse, the word “Life” is not speaking about physical life but of spiritual “Life,” that is, being spiritually minded which is only obtained by receiving the Holy Spirit.
Rom 8:6, To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is Life and peace.
The SAVIOR came to give Life, which implies that before he came creation did not have Life (spiritual minds) but lived in death (carnal minds).
John 10:10, …I am come that they might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 14:6, The SAVIOR said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:14-17, As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believes in the SAVIOR (should not perish, but) has eternal Life. For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Notice that Yahweh did not send his Son to die, but he sent him to save us by giving us Life—spiritual minds in order to understand his Word of Truth. This scripture does not say that Yahweh sent his Son to die, but sent him as a living manifestation of himself. He sent him to save us by giving us the Word of Life. He came to awaken our spiritual minds that we might know the Father.)
Peter 1:3-4, According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto Life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
1 John 5:10-13, He that believes on the Son of Yahweh has the witness in himself: he that believes not Yahweh has made him a liar; because he believes not the witness (record) that Yahweh gave of his Son. And this is the witness (record), that Yahweh has given to us eternal Life, and this Life is in his Son. He that has the Son has Life; and he that has not the Son of Yahweh has not Life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of Yahweh; that you may know that you have eternal Life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of Yahweh.
Remember that not only is the SAVIOR the Way, the Truth, and the Life, he is also the Word of Life—the Scroll of Life. It is his Life-force that brings Life into our minds through his Anointed Word.
John 6:63, It is the spirit that makes alive (quickeneth); the flesh profits nothing: the words that I (the SAVIOR) speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life.
Quoted from “The Living Manna” written by Mildred Garner.
When Yahweh’s Word is alive in us, it becomes our meat; it is water for cleansing, and drink to refresh our thirsty souls. It is the Bread of Life and a staff upon which we may lean. The Word must become more than words upon the pages of a book; it must be resurrected in us. It must be quickened to become the energizing force of our life. Without this force, the Bible becomes just another book; for it is not holy because of the paper, the binding or the print, it is holy only as it is quickened and becomes our personal Life-force.
The printed book is of no value to us without the Spirit of Truth. If it was so, we could receive eternal Life merely by purchasing a Bible. Millions of people buy Bibles, read, and quote from them, yet know nothing of its Life-force. We cannot benefit from the printed Word if we read it only as a historical or literary work. The Word must become the thoughts we think and the emotions we feel. It must be the controlling force of the subconscious mind. The Word must become alive in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is the Book of Life only if its teachings are spiritually made alive to us. As a book lying on the shelf, it does not offer protection for us. If we should memorize its pages from cover to cover, it will not quench our thirst nor satisfy our hunger. Also, it will not prevent loneliness and emptiness. Only as we allow its message to penetrate our conscious mind and control our subconscious, does it become a force of Life for us. Just reading scriptures everyday does not offer security, but surrendering our will to the Living Word does. We must fulfill the requirements of the Word.
The Bible contains the Word of Life when its teachings are understood by our spirit. When the Word is spiritually discerned, it becomes the Life sustaining Bread, the Living Water, and the New Wine. Only as the Word takes root in our hearts can it manifest itself as Life.
The Lamb was the only one worthy to open the Scroll of Life. The opening of the seven seals revealed Yahweh in the earth—in earthen vessels. Only those that had their “names” written in the Scroll of Life worshipped Yahweh. If the Scroll of Life was a literal scroll with the given “names” of every believer of Yahweh literally written in it, it would be a mighty fat scroll because there have been billions and billions of believers since the time salvation became available. Even as the Scroll of Life is not a literal scroll, the names of the believers were not literally written down in it. Remember all the overcomers were to receive a new name.
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.
Rev 3:12, 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.
In Revelation 2:17, it says that the one that receives the new name would be the only one to know it. Then in Revelation 3:12 there were two names given to the overcomers. They were called by Yahweh’s new name and were also called the name of his city, which is New Jerusalem. This is quite confusing if you don’t understand what Yahweh is dealing with here. The word “name” means authority and character. When the believers were converted, they were birthed into a new family with a new name. They became members of New Jerusalem; therefore, they were under Yahweh’s authority. The Holy Spirit was given to bring them into the image of their FATHER as they walked in the power of the Holy Spirit. All who did not walk in the authority and character of the Holy Spirit walked in the authority of their beastly nature.
These overcomers were going to be pillars in New Jerusalem and would sit with the SAVIOR on the throne with their FATHER. All this could not happen literally because there is only one throne. But it was to happen in the Kingdom of Yahweh in the temples of flesh and blood as they yielded their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit of Truth and righteousness. The believers became temples of Yahweh (1 Cor. 3:16), and he manifested himself through them.
When the believers had a born from above experience, they became sons of Yahweh and joint heirs with the Son (the Word of Yahweh). Sons of Yahweh have his name and his character; therefore, they do not walk after their natural parents’ nature, but after their heavenly FATHER’s nature—his character and authority are in their minds and hearts.
The leopard beast warred only with the saints, because the rest of the world worshiped him. Even though they were suppressed by stripes, imprisonments, persecutions, and evil reports (lies) about them, some of the saints stood rooted and grounded in the Word of Truth. (See Acts 20:16-23 & 2 Cor. 5:1-10.) By the word of truth and through their actions, the saints warred against the lies of the false Jews.
Paul was experiencing the suppression of the false Jews when he made this statement: “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews” (Acts 20:19). The Jews were being an adversary to Paul.
Those who did not accept the Holy Spirit of Truth were in bondage to their carnal minds; therefore, they were bound in death (carnality). Their character was not Yahweh’s and nor were they under his authority. They were in the character and authority of the leopard beast and the serpent; therefore, they, too, were adversaries to the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth.
13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
This statement is a promise of victory over deception and the bondage to the carnal nature. The blasphemy of the false Jews possessed the minds of the people causing their minds to be bound by lies. The root of their deception goes back to the serpent that gave power to the leopard beast. The serpent, the adversary brought the minds of the people into captivity. The Levitical order placed a man priest between man and Yahweh. Even though the Levitical Priesthood was over, many pastors stood between their congregation and Yahweh. Many in the churches used the pastor as their head and refused to seek any farther than the denomination in which they were joined to. These pastors became adversaries to their congregation’s spiritual development; they were bound in the same bondage as their congregation.
To be killed by the sword was to the advantage of the believers. The Sword represented the Word of Truth. It is seen coming forth from the SAVIOR’s mouth at the beginning of John’s vision. Victory over the lies of the false Jews came through the Sword of the SAVIOR’s mouth (Rev. 2:16). Those who were killed by the Word of Truth were those who allowed the Sword of Truth to crucify their old man of sin. This was that which developed patience and faith in the saints.
Rom 6:1-7, What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? Yahweh forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Yasha Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Col 3:9-11, Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his actions (deeds); 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 Anointed (Christ) is all, and in all.
13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a serpent (dragon).
12 And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
The lamb beast was not the Lamb of Yahweh, he was a disguise. He looked like the Lamb of Yahweh on the outside, but on the inside he spoke like the serpent. The scriptures do not have a specific quote that came from the mouth of the serpent. But we do see that he stood before the woman to devour the Man-Child, he drew a third part of the stars to the earth, he and his messengers fought against Michael and his messengers, and he persecuted the woman’s seed when he realized he could not destroy the woman that fled into the wilderness to be fed by Yahweh. So what was the language of the serpent and the lamb beast? Was it not their actions of adversity? Was it not the opposition against truth in all its forms? On the outside, the lamb beast appeared to be teaching the Kingdom principles, but because he spoke like the serpent, we know he had the mind of a beast. Remember “from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34).
The leopard beast’s power had came through the serpent (Rev. 13:4); therefore, the power that the lamb beast had also came through the serpent. The leopard symbolized false Jews as they blasphemed Yahweh, his temple, and those in heaven. The lamb beast symbolized false prophets and false Christs, which were the anti-Christ. It was stated that the lamb beast exercised all the power of the leopard beast; therefore, they both represent blasphemy. One symbolized the false Jews and the other the false prophets from any nationality. The lamb beast came up out of the earth, which was the earthly realm of carnality.
Matt 7:15-16, Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Due to the fact that the word beast is used to mean the lamb beast or the leopard beast, I have placed the words lamb and leopard before the word beast in order to identify the beast. I also replaced some pronouns with nouns to clarify the subject.
13:13 And the lamb beast does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth before in the sight of men,
14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those wonders (miracles) which he had power to do in the sight of the leopard beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the leopard beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
The word “makes” in verse 13 is the same word used in verse 12 where the serpent “caused” the inhabitants of the earth to worship the first beast. The false prophets did great wonders which caused judgment upon the churches. Yahweh dwells in the heavenly realm; the lamb beast did not receive support from Yahweh for his deception. The lamb beast caused judgment (fire) to come upon those that he deceived.
Even though the lamb beast looked like a lamb, he spoke like the serpent. The SAVIOR was also symbolized by a lamb, but he spoke like the Father. This lamb beast is an imposter; he is masquerading as the Lamb of Yahweh. The SAVIOR warned the disciples that there would be false Christs.
Matt 24:24, There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Matt 24:4-5 The SAVIOR answered and said unto his disciples, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Paul spoke to those in Corinth about imposters in their church masquerading as messengers of Christ, the Messiah.
2 Cor. 11:2-4, 13-14, I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus (Yasha) other than the Jesus (Yasha) we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.….. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. (NIV)
The lamb beast symbolized the spirit of antichrist—leaders that claimed to be anointed but in reality were false prophets. They had an outward show of godliness but inwardly they were corrupt.
1 John 2:18-22, Little children, it is the end hour (last time): and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the end hour (last time). They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denied that the SAVIOR is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.
2 John 6-9, And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that the SAVIOR Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not Yahweh. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.
2 Tim 3:1-9, This know also, that in the final (last) days perilous times are shall come. For men will (shall) be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Yahweh; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (How could they turn away from someone that is years to come?) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
13:15 And the lamb beast had power to give life unto the images of the leopard beast, that the images of the leopard beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the leopard beast should be killed.
In this verse, I put the word “image” in the plural form. By making it singular the reader can easily be confused with what was truly said here. Keep in mind that the leopard beast was already speaking and blaspheming Yahweh, his temples, and those in heaven before the lamb beast came on the scene. Remember the lamb beast had the same power to blaspheme as the leopard beast. In verse four it was said that the serpent gave power to the leopard beast and then in verse five it stated that it was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; therefore, the leopard beast did not need the power from the lamb beast to open his mouth. This verse (15) should have read, “And the lamb beast had power to give life unto the images of the leopard beast, that the images of the leopard beast should both speak, and cause many that would not worship the images of the leopard beast to be killed.” Here we see those who made images of the leopard beast were acting like the leopard beast.
The false prophets and false Christs were leading the people astray, teaching them false doctrines. There were some false leaders with many followers that admitted that Yasha was the Savior, but they taught that the Jews and Gentiles should still keep the Levitical order.
Acts 15:1-11, Certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that Yahweh had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law (ceremonial) of Moses. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago Yahweh made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And Yahweh, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt you 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 Yasha Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
To give an image life that was created by one’s own hand is similar to what actors do today. They give life to an imaginary character they portray by acting like the character.
Copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acting.
While there is a set definition for the word “acting,” there is no set definition for the phrase “to act.” It is thought that the actor is typically supposed to “become the other,” where the actor molds his or herself to the character. In all actuality, the actor should mold the character to his or herself based on common interests and goals that the character needs to achieve.
“Acting is the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. The foundation of acting is the reality of doing.” -Sanford Meisner.
The false prophets and false leaders used their positions of leadership to persuade people into believing and keeping the ceremonial laws through great swelling words and blaspheming Yahweh, his temple, and those in heaven. Those that kept the ceremonial laws were not accepting a deliverance from their sins, but continued to sacrifice the beasts to cover their sins, thus making the SAVIOR’s sacrifice for them in vain. These people were still bound by their beastly nature.
Those that followed after the real Lamb of Yahweh were persecuted and many were killed.
1 Thess. 2:11-16, As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, that you would walk worthy of Yahweh, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also thank we Yahweh without ceasing, because, when you received the word of Yahweh which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of Yahweh, which effectually works also in you that believe. For you, brethren, became followers of the churches of Yahweh which in Judaea are in the Anointed SAVIOR: for you also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: who both killed the Lord Yasha, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not Yahweh, and are contrary to all men: forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
Acts 12:1-3, Now about that time Herod the 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.
1 Peter 5:8-9, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
13:16 And the lamb beast caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, (or) the name of the leopard beast, or the number of his name.
The word “mark” means a scratch or etching, that is, a stamp as a badge of servitude, or sculptured figure, such as a statue. Common sense tells us that no scratch or etching has the ability to change one’s character no matter where it is scratched or etched on the body. People have had tattoos for years, and it has not brought them into servitude to the one who tattooed them nor did it change their character.
The word “forehead” in the Greek means “the opposite of countenance.” The countenance is somebody’s face, or the expression on it. The opposite of countenance is what is on the inside—what you can’t see: the mind.
Notice that it is not a chip or a stamp that causes the mark on the right hand or in the foreheads, but the lamb beast, which symbolizes the spirit of antichrist.
The spirit of antichrist is any spirit that is against Christ. Anti is to express or hold an opposing view in political or moral principles; therefore, “antichrist” is expressing or holding an opposing view of Christ’s principles of righteousness.
Sin is the “mark” of servitude to the beast. Whoever you serve, Christ or the beast, you are a servant. The works of the flesh, beast, are these:
Gal. 5:19-21, Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh.
Rom 6:12-16, 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. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Yahweh forbid. Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
In Revelation 14:1, Yahweh’s people were to have his mark in their foreheads. If the mark of the beast was a literal mark, then the mark of Yahweh would have been also. When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers, they were sealed with the mark of righteousness in their hearts and minds (Eph. 1:14). They were set apart from those with the mark of the beast by their thoughts and actions.
If the mark was the literal number 666 etched on the skin, what difference would it make what hand it was etched on? The mark on the right hand of the “unbelievers” symbolized the strength and power generated by their own carnal minds, while the “believers” strength and power came from Yahweh.
Ps. 17:7, Show your marvelous loving kindness, O thou that saves by your right hand them which put their trust in you from those that rise up against them.
Ps. 20:6, Now know I that Yahweh saves his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Isa. 41:10, Fear thou not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
Those with the stamp as a badge of servitude from the beast could not buy into righteousness nor sell righteousness in the power and authority of their beastly nature. Remember Simon wanted to buy the Holy Spirit from Peter and was rebuked (Acts 8:19-22).
Matt 16:26-27, For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For 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.
Matt 6:20-21, Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The church of Laodicea was encouraged to purchase from the SAVIOR gold tried in the fire that they might be rich in righteousness. The wearing of white raiment symbolized purity. They were also told to purchase eye salve in order to see the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the weapons used in spiritual warfare. Their purchases were not literal, but spiritual that they may understand the Word of Yahweh and be clothed in righteousness and to function in Yahweh’s Kingdom (Rev. 3:17-18).
Col. 2:1-7, For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of Yahweh, and of the Father, and of Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you have therefore received Christ Yasha the Lord, so walk you in him: rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Isa. 61:10, I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
As long as the church used the beastly nature to control their emotions and actions, they could not manifest righteousness.
The first time the Anointed Word of Yahweh was sold for a price was for thirty pieces of silver in order to satisfy a greedy spirit. Remember that the SAVIOR was Yahweh’s Word made manifest in flesh (John 1:14).
Matt 26:14-15, Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him (the WORD) unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. (Judas delivered the WORD unto the unbelievers so they could destroy it.)
Matt 27:3-10, Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” And they said, “What is that to us? You see to that.” And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.”
Notice that both beasts came up out of the earth, out of earthen vessels. That which is of the earth is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. All that is worldly is manifested in man’s beastly nature.
1 John 2:15-16, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
In the above scripture, John is not dealing with the globe; he is dealing with the fleshly desires within hearts and minds of mankind.
13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the leopard beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Here we see man and beast functioning on the same level. Keep in mind that each image of the leopard beast that the unbelievers created took on a life of its own, that is, they each had the ability to express, act, and react. Mankind was created to be in the image of the Father. But at this time they were battling with the beasts they had created in their ignorance.
2 Cor. 3:15-18, Even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when the heart shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a mirror (glass) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
People often use metaphors to describe a person’s actions or feelings. It is not unusual for a person to be called an animal. When a person is called an animal, we know that person is acting or reacting like a certain animal in their situation. The person is in the image of that animal and has taken on its personality. I have listed a few animal characteristics given to people below.
Some have more than one meaning.
wolf – somebody who is regarded as greedy and cruel or is sexually aggressive, a predatory man
cat – a woman who is regarded as spiteful or malicious
goat – a man who is regarded as lecherous, that is, expressing or displaying lewdness and lust in a way regarded as distasteful
ostrich – somebody who tries to avoid unpleasant situations by refusing to acknowledge that they exist
peacock – one who is arrogant, fostering feelings of pride.
chicken – somebody regarded as cowardly or excessively timid, showing a lack of courage, or too scared to do a particular thing
weasel – a sly or underhanded person
bear – somebody regarded as ill-tempered
snake – somebody perceived as betraying or deceiving others
pig – someone who is regarded as slovenly, greedy, or gluttonous
monkey – somebody who behaves badly, annoyingly, or high-spiritedly
fox (outfoxed) – to defeat somebody by being more cunning, to confuse or baffle somebody, deceive
fox (foxy) – sensually alluring; clever in a cunning or deceitful way
tiger – a fierce, brave, or forceful person
dog – somebody regarded as unpleasant or contemptible
mouse – somebody that is timid or cowardly
lion – somebody brave and strong, or fierce
worm – somebody regarded as contemptible, especially because of behaving in a groveling way, someone who torments, undermines, or corrupts somebody from within
parrot – somebody that repeats what somebody else says, does, or writes without thought or understanding
donkey – somebody thought as lacking intelligence
mule – somebody regarded as stubborn or difficult to deal with
pigeon – somebody who is easily swindled or deceived
jackal – somebody who works with an accomplice to deceive people, especially to swindle them
vulture – somebody who waits for the chance to exploit a vulnerable person
shark – somebody that cheats others, to make a living as a cheater or fraud
These animal characteristics describe actions or feelings of people. The FATHER created animals to have their own personalities and mankind to have his. Man and beast were created on the same day, and man was told to take dominion over the beasts. But instead, some people allow the beastly nature to control them.
Gen. 1:26-27, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Wisdom 2:23, Yahweh created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity.
Yahweh’s goal is to bring mankind into his image and after his likeness. To fall short of his goal is to have a force greater then himself; therefore, that force becomes a god. But there is no greater power than Yahweh’s.
1 Chron. 29:11-12, Yours, O Yahweh, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Yahweh, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come of you, and you reign over all; and in your hand is power and might; and in your hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
When Yahweh created man, he placed within him the ability to be in his image and gave him a desire to excel and to never be satisfied until he achieves the FATHER’s goal. Even as a young boy fails to reach his father’s image in his immaturity, so does Yahweh’s children fail to be an expression of LOVE in their immaturity.
Mankind was made subject to vanity, not willingly. The FATHER created him in a state of ignorance knowing that he would eventually mature into his image. The FATHER knew that mankind would be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty which he planned for his children (Rom. 8:20-21).
In his ignorance, unconverted man has given the Creator personalities like his own. Whatever he imagines his Creator to be, he will allow himself to be. If he imagines him loving and kind, then he strives to be loving and kind. If he falls short of that image, he feels condemnation. But if he imagines a vengeful and angry Creator, he feels justified when he is vengeful or angry.
Man cannot know the image of Yahweh according to his five senses because Yahweh is Spirit (Jo. 4:24). Man’s carnal mind creates images of Yahweh according to his carnal understanding, which is always after one’s own likeness or after the characteristics of the animal kingdom because these are things he can see with his natural eyes.
Yahweh is infinite and is not limited in a body of flesh and blood, but he can, however, be defined and felt by his Spirit of Love. In order for man to be in the image and likeness of his Creator, there must be a true image that he can see, understand, and compare to otherwise, there would be no way for him to measure his progress.
Yahweh created the earth and all that is in it to reveal himself. All that he created reveals his eternal power and Godhead to his creation (Rom. 1:17-20), but without the Holy Spirit, man can only measure the FATHER by that which he perceives and not by the Spirit of Love and Righteousness.
When a young boy desires to grow up to be like his father, there is something that he sees or feels in his father that he strives to be like. He automatically measures himself against his father’s image. The father, in reality, becomes the measuring stick for his son’s life. Because the heavenly Father is Spirit—not visible to the natural eyes, he gave his Son in a tangible body to express His image.
John 8:28-29, The SAVIOR said 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 14:10-13 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (NAS).
Until the SAVIOR came as a visible manifestation of Yahweh, Yahweh passed over people’s childish imaginations (Acts 17:30), but when the SAVIOR gave Yahweh’s creation a visible image of the Father to measure up to, they were instructed to be like him.
Matt. 5:48, Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Eph 4:13-15, Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Phil. 3:12-15, Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ the SAVIOR. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Yahweh in Anointed SAVIOR. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything you be otherwise minded, Yahweh shall reveal even this unto you.
Heb 13:20-21, Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Yasha, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through the Anointed SAVIOR; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
James 1:2-4, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
The Father’s image was not clear in the Old Testament, but his image was made clear in his Son. Man did not like the image they saw because they loved evil more than good; therefore, they crucified the visible image of the FATHER. Just as carnal man does today, they fought for the right to act according to their beastly nature.
Yahweh’s image was seen in the SAVIOR making it possible for mankind to measure himself according to the Word and deeds of the SAVIOR. But as the written Word, was handed down from one generation to another and translated over and over to describe that image, Yahweh’s image became distorted. Therefore, without the Holy Spirit within the heart of man, he is left with his own imagination to create an image of the Father to measure himself by. As the Holy Spirit revealed Yahweh’s Spirit to the believers, they begin to mature into the image of their heavenly Father. They began to manifest the spirit of righteousness and holiness.
2 Cor. 3:17-18, Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 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.
Some believe Yahweh is angry at people for having fleshly desires. He is described as having feelings of wrath, hatred, jealousy, revenge, murder, impatience, and even the desire to destroy entire ethnic groups, which are attributes of the beast itself. If mankind is to be in the image of the FATHER, Christ would not have commanded them to be perfect (mature) even as their FATHER in heaven (Mat. 5:48). After all, they were created to be in his image. If Yahweh has characteristics like the beast, mankind could then remain in his first nature and would have no need for a SAVIOR.
Some crucify Yahweh’s true image today just as they did over two thousand years ago, while others continue to mature in righteousness and true holiness.
Yahweh is not threatened by any force against him especially man’s. He does not have inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred or anger. Neither can he manifest a violent behavior toward those who deny truth and act unrighteous. He is not impatience nor does he have the desire to seek revenge on those who do him wrong. He does not wish evil or harm to any of his creation because he is love. Yahweh works all things after the counsel of his own will (Eph. 1:11; James 1:18), and Love never fails (1 Cor. 3:18).
Rom. 8:18-21, 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. (Yahweh’s image being seen in man) 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.
Rom. 5:5, And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of Yahweh is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
Eph. 4:22-24, 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.
Paul gave the church of Colossians some advice on how to come into the image of Yahweh.
Col. 3:2-17, Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth (not godly); fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which (things’ sake) the passion (wrath) of Yahweh comes on the children of unbelief (disobedience): in the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his actions (deeds); and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Gentiles (Greek) nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ 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 Christ forgave you, so also you do. And above all these things put on love (charity), which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Yahweh rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful. Let the word of Christ 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 Yasha, giving thanks to Yahweh and the Father by him.
Paul said, “above all these things put on love.” For a description of “love” read First Corinthians the thirteenth chapter. It is a wonderful description of Yahweh’s character.
1 John 4:16-17, We have known and believed the love that Yahweh has to us. Yahweh is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in Yahweh, and Yahweh in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
We are told to try the spirits to see whether they are Yahweh’s Spirit being manifested or man’s spirit being manifested (1 John 4:1). If there are no difference in Yahweh’s Spirit and man’s spirit, how can we try the spirits? The SAVIOR said that we would know the false prophets only by their fruits because they look like sheep but in reality they have a wolf’s spirit (Matt. 7:15-16).
Paul tells us how to tell the difference between the beastly nature of the unconverted man and his Heavenly FATHER’s nature.
Gal. 5:14-25, All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. But if you bite and devour one another (beastly characteristic), take heed that you be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit (Yahweh’s character), 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 (opposite in nature): so that you cannot do the things that you would. But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not beneath (under) the law (you are within it). Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Yahweh’s laws do not bring condemnation upon those who walk in the fruit of the Spirit. His laws were set in place to bring judgment upon the beastly nature of mankind.
In chapter 11 verse 19, judgment had come upon man’s carnal intellect; Yahweh’s dwelling place was opened and man’s intellect was elevated to a higher way of thinking. The ark of Yahweh’s testament—his spiritual food, laws, and authority—was now seen in the intellect of mankind, creating lightnings, voices, thunderings, great hail, and an earthquake.
Notice, from the last verse of Revelation 11 to 12:1 there was no lapses of time because 12:1 begins with “And”.
12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven (judgment came forth from the exalted realm of Yahweh); a woman (an intellect) clothed with the sun (the anointed Word), and the moon (laws and ordinances) under her feet (she walked in the ordinances), and upon her head a crown of twelve stars (Yahweh’s government):
2 And she (the spiritually clothed intellect) being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered (to bring forth the government of Righteousness).
When heaven (the exalted realm) was opened, we see the woman (the intellect) become a manifestation of that which was in the Ark of the Covenant.
This woman (this intellect) is in pain to deliver a manifestation of that righteousness which she could see. Her pain is not outside of herself, but within; therefore, her pain is not a symbol of persecution, but of travail to birth Life. She travails to birth a Man Child that has not yet been seen but is very much alive. As in all natural births, the timing of the birth was not left to her discretion but to the Life that was within her. This Life caused her (the intellect) pain and discomfort. She (the intellect) did not conceive and give birth in one day. This Seed of Righteousness and Truth had to grow day by day within the intellect of the believers until it produced fruit of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of Righteousness took its place in the throne-room of the mind of mankind. Life is symbolized here as a Man Child. The process in which the Man Child went through to take the throne is what Yahweh wants to convey here.
To be clothed in the sun means to be invested with the Word of Truth. The sun represents Yahweh’s communication through signs, miracles, wonders, dreams, visions, etc. The woman, the intellect that came through judgment, was empowered with the Word of truth. This intellect had knowledge of and access to the creative word.
The moon under the woman’s feet symbolized mankind’s intellect as they walked in their FATHER’s laws and ordinances. These were the same laws and ordinances that were given to the patriarchs and prophets even before Moses.
Gen. 26:4-5, And I will make your (Isaac’s) seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my ordinances (statutes), and my laws.
This converted intellect (the woman) had a crown of twelve stars upon her head. These stars represent the twelve patriarchs that brought mankind through the Levitical order. The number twelve is symbolic of Yahweh’s government. The woman (the judged intellect) was still under Yahweh’s government through the Levitical order. The twelve tribes of Israel represent Yahweh’s first administration given to mankind.
In the Old Testament, there are two women used as allegories which will help us understand the woman—the intellect that went through judgment. One is Eve, the mother of all living, and the other is Sarah. Each was told that they would give birth to a Seed (offspring of Life) that would have governing power over the enemy, the adversary.
Eve was promised that her Seed would crush the head, the governing power, of the serpent. She was told she would have great travail in birthing this Seed. This Seed’s government is a government of peace and righteousness and there is no end to it.
Gen. 3:15-16, And I will put hostility (enmity) between you (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; the Seed (it) shall bruise (overwhelm, snap, or gape) your head (government), and you shall bruise (overwhelm, snap, gape) his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your labor (sorrow) and your conception; in labor (sorrow) you shall bring forth a son (as the family builder) (forth children); and your desire shall be to your husband (man as a mortal), (and) he shall govern (rule over) you.
Isa. 9:6-7, 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 (passion) of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.
Because of Abraham’s faith and obedience to Yahweh’s Word, he was also promised that he and his wife Sarah would bear a Seed that would possess the gate of His (the Seed’s) enemies; he would have power over his enemies.
Gen. 22:15-18, The angel of Yahweh called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, and said, “By myself have I sworn,” Yahweh said, “for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son: that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice. (Also see Gen. 17:1-19.)
Paul understood that Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar were allegories.
Gal. 4:22-31, It is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid (Hagar), the other by a freewoman (Sarah). But Ishmael who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but Isaac of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar). For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem (Sarah) which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bears not; break forth and cry, you that travails not: for the desolate has many more children than she which has an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 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 (Hagar) and her son (Ishmael): for the son (Ishmael) of the bondwoman (Hagar) shall not be heir with the son (Isaac) of the freewoman (Sarah). So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman (Hagar), but of the free (Sarah).
In the allegory above, Isaac symbolizes the promised Seed, which is Christ, the spiritual realm. Ishmael symbolizes the natural realm. There are only two realms—the natural and the spiritual and they are contrary to one another.
Gal. 3:17-29, This I say, that the covenant (with Abraham), that was confirmed before of Yahweh in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but Yahweh gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then served the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator…. …Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For you are all the children of Yahweh by faith in Christ the SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ the SAVIOR. And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Mount Zion was also used as an allegory of the woman travailing to bring forth a son to govern Yahweh’s people.
Isa. 66:5-13, Hear (intelligently) the word of Yahweh, you that respect (tremble at) his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let Yahweh be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of Yahweh that renders recompense to his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a Man Child. Who hath heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth a son (her children). (Zion’s son was the builder of the family name. Zion had to travail to bring forth her son.) Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? says Yahweh: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? says your God. Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you that mourn for her: That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that you may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For this says Yahweh, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall you suck, you shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
In the natural realm, our SAVIOR (the Anointed Word) was made manifest through the bloodline of Adam and Eve – Abraham and Sarah – Jacob (Israel) – Judah – David – Mary and then the SAVIOR. The woman (the converted intellect) is symbolized by Eve, Sarah, Israel, and Zion. All these allegories reveal the Seed being planted in the intellect of believers.
Gal. 3:16-19, Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, “And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ.” And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of Yahweh in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but Yahweh gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then served the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
The Seed was by faith and not through natural bloodline.
Gal. 3:26-29, For you are all the children of Yahweh by faith in Christ the SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ the SAVIOR. And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
When the SAVIOR came into the world as the Son of Yahweh and the Son of man, he did not change the hearts of the people. He did not deliver them from their carnal understanding. He did, however, show them the FATHER, the Spirit of Righteousness, through his actions and his principles. But that alone, could not deliver the people from the sins that had them bound in death. The FATHER’s offspring was his fruit, and the fruit fell to the ground to rot, but the seed of Life was in the fruit, ready to spring up from the ground in which it was planted.
The Word was rejected, crucified and buried in the earth where it ministered to those in death. The Word manifested in flesh rose again, but after forty days that flesh was not seen any more because the Word ascended unto the FATHER from which it came. Then on the day of Pentecost, this same Seed was planted in the intellect of the believers that tarried in Jerusalem. The Seed of Life began to change the hearts and minds of those that received the Comforter, Guide, and Teacher, which is the Spirit of Truth.
On the day of Pentecost, the people were “filled”, influenced by and supplied with, the Holy Spirit. The Seed of Righteousness was planted in earthen vessels. The Guide, Comforter, and Teacher made his abode in them. The Anointing, the Spirit of Truth, watered the Seed of Righteousness that had not yet produced fruit. The Anointing brought comfort, judgment, direction, and correction until the “fruit” of Righteousness was made manifest in Yahweh’s vessels.
John 14:16-20, 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. (The SAVIOR was with them, but he was going to be in them as the Spirit of Truth.) 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 he returns) you shall know that I am in my FATHER, and you in me, and I in you.
John 14:26, …Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the FATHER will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 16:7-13, 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. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 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.
Yahweh created mankind to be in his image; therefore, he plants the Seed of the Word in them. The woman symbolizes the intellect where the Seed of Life is planted. It is the place where knowledge and wisdom is received and acted upon. It is the part of us that never dies, that goes beyond the grave. It is the part that communicates with the FATHER and yearns for truth and righteousness. It is the part that goes beyond book knowledge, the part of us that reasons things out. It is the drive that presses on to higher heights and deeper depths for truth. Paul explains it like this—
Rom. 8:19-23, The earnest expectation of the creation (creature) waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creation (creature) was made subject to 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 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.
The Word of Truth that was given through the prophets and the laws and ordinances was the same word that the SAVIOR taught when he walked on earth as a man, but it was dead letter. It did not produce Life in the listeners. The people were still in bondage to their sinful natures; therefore they translated Yahweh’s words to be likened unto their own beastly nature.
Even though the disciples walked with the SAVIOR for three and a half years, they did not understand Yahweh’s Word spoken to them through the SAVIOR. He told them he had more to say that they could not comprehend until the Spirit of Truth made his abode in them. (See John 16:12-13 & Luke 22:32.)
Rom. 8:6-11, To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (the adversary) 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 be agreeable with (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 have not the Spirit of Christ (the Seed), he is none of his. And if Christ 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 quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
Yahweh spoke to his creation from the beginning, but they could not understand his Word because they did not understand his Spirit. Their natural understanding gave his Word carnal interpretations that made Yahweh appear to have the same nature as carnal man and beasts (Rom. 1:23).
The SAVIOR came to reveal the true nature of the FATHER to mankind. For spiritual understanding, the Holy Spirit had to dwell in vessels of flesh and blood. The Word is read with natural eyes and heard with natural ears and is then stored in the mind—but it can only be made alive (quickened) by the Spirit of Love and Truth. The two joined together will produce the Son, the Seed—the Spirit of Righteousness.
Mary the mother of the SAVIOR was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and she brought forth the physical Son of Yahweh. She was still in bondage to her carnal nature until the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of Truth–the Holy Spirit—came into her mind.
12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red (flame colored) serpent (dragon), having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
The serpent, the devil and satan, is the deceiver of the whole world and he creates havoc wherever he goes. In Revelation 12:9, he is symbolized as a flame colored body; referred to as “red” in the KJV. The word “satan” is a Hebrew word that means “adversary.” In the O.T. of King James’ translation, “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.”
Matt. 16:21-23, From that time forth began the SAVIOR to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, “Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be unto you.” But he turned, and said unto Peter, “Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offence unto me: for you savor not the things that be of Yahweh, but those (that be) of men.
In the above scriptures, Peter was filled with misguided compassion for the SAVIOR and did not want him to be killed. His compassion was not motivated by evil, but by his love for the SAVIOR. Peter’s desire for the SAVIOR to not be crucified came from his natural understanding; he did not have spiritual eyes to see the need for the SAVIOR’s death and resurrection.
The serpent in John’s vision symbolized the beastly nature in earthen vessels that is in opposition to the Anointed Word of Yahweh. Evil spirits, people, and even Yahweh himself, can be adversaries. At the beginning of creation, the serpent stood before Eve challenging Yahweh’s Word; the serpent was an adversary to Yahweh’s word. Ishmael, the son born from the bondwoman, persecuted Isaac, the son of the freewoman; Ishmael was an adversary to Isaac. The serpent in John’s vision was also challenging the woman that was to birth the Seed; the serpent was an adversary to the woman. A natural understanding always opposes the Holy Spirit—the Word of truth and righteousness. The natural mind, the mind governed by one’s five senses, is an adversary to a spiritual mind. The Levitical Priesthood became an adversary to the Melchisedec Priest when the priesthood changed.
In 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, Paul explains the opposing forces of the natural against the spiritual.
(Modified for clarity by Dave Garner.)
“Now, we do not have the spirit of the world, rather the Spirit from Yahweh to know (understand, clearly see) the things that Yahweh gratuitously gives (bestows upon) to us; and we preach not by speaking the wisdom which man teaches, but by speaking the wisdom the Spirit teaches, judging spiritual by spiritual. Natural (sensual) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of Yahweh, for they are foolishness (silliness) to him, and neither can he know, because they are spiritually examined (dissected, investigated). Now the spiritual (non-carnal) examines (dissects, investigates) all things, but the same is examined (investigated) under [by] no man; for who knows the Lord’s mind (will) that teaches (proves) him, but we that have the mind (will) of the anointed (Christ).”
The Levitical Priesthood was administered through those who were obedient to the laws, but their hearts were far from Yahweh. Their very natures were adversaries to the law they were commanded to serve. They stood as administrators of Yahweh as they offered sacrifices for their own sins as well as for the sins of others. Their sacrifices brought no relief to their bondage. The law was a constant reminder of their sinful nature. Their sinful nature was an adversary to the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace. Those who were dedicated to Yahweh yearned for the Kingdom of Yahweh to come into their hearts—temples of flesh and blood.
Animal sacrifices gave only mental relief to the Israelites. Their trespasses were forgiven; but their offerings made no changes in their thoughts or their nature. The Lamb of Yahweh not only brought forgiveness, but he changed their natures to be like the FATHER’s by opening their spiritual minds to understand and experience righteousness.
In John’s vision, the serpent, the adversary, had seven heads. The number seven is symbolic rather than a numeric value. In the O.T., the number seven means to be complete, enough, or full; it illustrates “totality” or “completeness.” The number seven represents the fulfillment of the Levitical Priesthood, and the seven heads of the serpent represent the government of the fleshly nature that had the priests bound. This serpent revealed the sum of carnal man—his character, power, and strength.
The time had come that the administration was no longer to be in the hands of a mediator (that Levitical Priesthood order); the time of the man-priest was over. This administration had completed its purpose on the earth—it was the shadow of that which was to come. It was a visual representation of the power of the Anointed Word.
The Levitical Priesthood lacked in that it could not deliver the people out of their bondage to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. All the laws and ordinances could not deliver the intellect that was in submission to death. The intellect of mankind needed a SAVIOR that had power over all other powers. The SAVIOR brought deliverance; he was the redeemer that the intellect had cried out for since creation.
Heb. 8:6-7, Now has he (the SAVIOR) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Creation was in pain to deliver the Seed—the Man Child, the Fruit with the seed in itself—that was to shepherd the nations. The Israelite nation, as a whole, was refusing to accept the SAVIOR as the promised Seed; therefore, they were adversaries to the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace.
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.
Each of the seven churches had a lack that kept them from progressing further into the Holy Spirit; therefore, each lack was an adversary to Yahweh’s Kingdom.
Ephesus lacked love—their lack of love was an adversary to the unloved.
Smyrna felt they were worthless, not rich—their feeling of worthlessness was an adversary to themselves.
Pergamos allowed the doctrine of Balaam to be taught in their church—spiritual idolatry and fornication were adversaries to their congregation.
Thyatira allowed the Jezebel doctrine to be taught in their church—spiritual idolatry and fornication were adversaries to the congregation.
Sardis was a dead church—their carnality was an adversary to themselves.
Philadelphia had little strength—their lack of strength was an adversary to themselves.
Laodicea was lukewarm—their straddling the spiritual fence was an adversary to themselves and their congregation.
The number 10 symbolizes human frailty and failure when in management. For example:
The 10 spies failed to see Yahweh’s power and provision, so they brought back an evil report (Num. 13:32). They were adversaries to the Israelites causing them to wander forty long years in the wilderness.
The 10 tribes failed to walk with Yahweh and to do his will. Therefore, they established a separate kingdom given to idolatry. They were adversaries to the house of Israel.
1 Ki. 11:31, And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel: `Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you.
2 Ki. 17:22-23, For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, until Yahweh removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day (the day that the 2 Kings was written).
The 10 lepers were unable to cure themselves, they needed the SAVIOR (Luke 17:12). The disease was their adversary
The 10 Commandments were necessary because of transgressions (Ex. 20:1-17; Gal. 3:19). They were adversaries to the carnal man.
The serpent had ten horns, which symbolized weakness and human frailty in the Levitical Priesthood. All the laws and ordinances could not bring Life to creation because the natural mind could not comprehend the message of Love and Righteousness that the Word of Life was conveying to his children.
Matt. 22:36-40, Master, “which is the great commandment in the law?” the SAVIOR said unto the Pharisee, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Rom. 8:1-11, There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ the SAVIOR, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ the 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 hostile (enmity) (an adversary) 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 be in agreement with (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 have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ 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 revitalize (quicken) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
The Levitical order became an adversary to the Melchisedec order; the former order was in opposition to the new order.
The seven crowns were diadems rather than laurels. The crowns symbolized all the forces that were ruling in the temples of Yahweh that opposed and exalted themselves against the principles of righteousness, peace, and joy.
Eph. 6:11-12, 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.
When the Holy Spirit speaks to a person through the Bible, prophecy, or dream, etc., the force against that word does not come from the outside; it comes from within one’s own intellect. Carnal forces war against the Word of Truth by placing negative thoughts within the mind. They have to be forced out of the mind before one can be obedient to the Word of Truth.
Carnal forces were coming from the kingdom of darkness; they had had free reign from the beginning. These forces are symbolized by the serpent. The serpent is enmity against the Holy Spirit and the scriptures say the carnal mind (carnal intellect) is enmity against the Holy Spirit. There are two minds in the temples of Yahweh—the natural (or carnal) mind and the spiritual mind and they war one against the other.
Rom. 6:3-16, Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ the SAVIOR were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the FATHER, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death has no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto Yahweh. Likewise reckon (ye) also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through the SAVIOR Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign (rule) 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. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Yahweh forbid. Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
II Th. 2:1-4, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Yasha Christ, 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 that the day of Anointed (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 Yahweh sits in the temple of Yahweh, showing himself that he is God.
2 Cor. 10:3-6, Though we walk in the flesh (a natural body), we do not war after the flesh: (For 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 that exalts itself against the knowledge of Yahweh, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
All the spiritual battles fought, whether they are won or lost, have been within the mind of mankind. The battles that are won are won because of positive Life-forces overpowering the negative forces within.
12:4, And he drew third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the serpent (dragon) stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
These stars symbolized the light bearers of the earth. In the O.T., Yahweh used the patriarchs, prophets, judges, priests, and some kings to speak to his people. They were the mediators between him and mankind. Being cast to the earth means that which was in the heavenly realm was brought down to the earthly realm. What made the judges, kings, etc. be in the heavenly realm was the measure of truth they had and their contact with the Heavenly FATHER. Without the truth, they were just like any other person.
Notice that the stars, the light bearers, were cast to the earth before the Man Child was born. Some of the judges, kings, priests, or prophets that corrupted Yahweh’s word, used the word Yahweh had given to them to exalt themselves; therefore, they took the word of Yahweh from out of the heavens and brought it down to the earthly level, into the realm of carnality—it was no longer Yahweh speaking to the people through them, but it was their carnal minds speaking; therefore, making the word of Yahweh of no affect.
Jer. 50:6, My people has been lost sheep: their shepherds strayed (have caused them to go astray), they have turned (them away) on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, oblivious of (they have forgotten) their resting place.
These wondering shepherds (leaders) turned away from their place of spiritual feeding when they were faced with the adversary; thereby, preventing their followers from learning how to use spiritual weapons of warfare and growing in righteousness. Corrupted prophets, priests, etc. kept the people in confusion by their carnal concepts and corruption.
Ezek. 44:10-13, The Levites who (that) are (gone away far) from me, strayed (when) Israel (went astray), which went astray (away) from me after (their) idols; bear (they shall even bear) moral evil (their iniquity). (Yet) They (shall) be ministers in my house (sanctuary), having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they (shall) slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they (shall) stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into moral evil (iniquity); therefore (have) I lifted up mine hand because (against them), said the Lord Yahweh, (and) they bear moral evil (shall bear their iniquity). And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
Jude 1:11-13, Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 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; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
In this verse, the word “wandering” means “planet as it travels in space.” Joined with the word “stars,” it symbolized the leaders who stood as imposters of the truth. These wondering stars had no light within themselves; they used the Word for their own selfish gain.
A third of the stars, the leaders, were cast out of the exalted realm of Yahweh. A “third” symbolizes a portion of a whole. Leaders that were obedient to truth remained shinning stars as they allowed the Word of Truth to shine through them. They remained in the heavens, in righteousness, as Lights to those in darkness.
12:5 And she produced (brought forth) a Man Child, who was to rule (shepherd) all nations with a rod (staff or scepter) of iron: and her child was caught up unto Yahweh, and to his throne.
The woman, the converted intellect, produced a Man Child that was to “shepherd,” not “rule,” all the nations. This same Greek word “poimainao,” which means “shepherding” was translated “rule” in Matthew 2:6 when referring to the SAVIOR and three times in Revelation—2:27, 12:5, 19:15. (See Luke 17:7, John 21:16, Acts 20:28, 1 Cor. 9:7, 1 Pet. 5:2, Jude 1:12.) Isaiah prophesied of that Shepherd which was to lovingly lead his sheep to spiritual food.
Isa. 40:9-11, O Zion, that brings good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, “Behold your God! Behold, the Lord Yahweh will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule (govern) for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
The writer of Hebrews referred to our SAVIOR as the “Great Shepherd” (13:20). In Matthew 26:31 and John 10:2, our SAVIOR calls himself a shepherd; therefore, the rod in Revelation 12:5 symbolized the SAVIOR’s method of leadership, or governing power of the Man Child. The psalmist David explained it best.
Ps. 23:1-6, Yahweh is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever.
Peter understood that Christ was their spiritual shepherd:
1 Pet. 2:21-25, For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judged righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed. For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
The Man Child is singular, but he is a “many membered body.” In First Corinthians 12:12, Paul gives a picture of how Yahweh’s government is set up in the Anointed body of believers.
“For 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 Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”
This Man Child represents Christ (the Anointed Word) moving in and manifesting the FATHER through his “many membered Body.” These are yielded vessels shepherding those who can hear and understand the Shepherd’s voice. Christ the Anointing ministers through vessels of flesh and blood as they yield to him. The Kingdom of Yahweh is made one with temples of flesh and blood. (See 1 Cor. 3:16.)
In Revelation 2:27, the overcomers will also shepherd with a rod of iron.
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 residences (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.
John 14:23, The SAVIOR answered and said unto 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 (abode) with him.
People are referred to as sheep. The rod of iron symbolized the SAVIOR’s strength. And sense the SAVIOR is the “Good” Shepherd, his governing power is Love; his love will never fail (Isaiah 53:6 and 1 Cor. 13:8).
Isa. 9:6-7, 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.
Ps. 67:3-4, Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for you shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
According to Revelation 19:15-16, Christ shepherds his people with the rod of iron and in Revelation 2:27, the overcomers were to shepherd with a rod of iron. The temples of Yahweh that were made one with the Holy Spirit were to govern by the Spirit of Love and Righteousness. The overcomers were spiritual shepherds as the Holy Spirit was manifested through them.
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 letter to the Hebrews tells of the change of priesthood and the position that the SAVIOR took in the Melchisedec Priesthood (Heb. 5:6-10; 6:20; 7:13-17). Dave Garner’s translation of the scriptures might clarify this transition:
“At different times and in different ways in the past, Yahweh spoke to the fathers by the prophets. Upon these final days he speaks to us by his son (the SAVIOR) whom he appointed heir (inheritor) of all and through whom he made the ages. Who being the radiant brilliance, the glory and exact image of his essence; also bearing (carrying) all the power of Yahweh’s word, made clean of the offences (sins) and sat down at the right hand in exalted greatness; his name becoming so much more greater surpassing above the messengers (prophets, angels), so as to become heir (inheritor), Heb. 1:1-4. We truly have such a high priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of greatness in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord set up not man, Heb. 8:1-2.”
Heb. 1:1-4, Yahweh, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son (the SAVIOR), whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the messengers (angels), as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb. 8:1-2, 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.
12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared of Yahweh, that they should feed (pamper, cherish, and strengthen) her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Once again, the number 1,260 is mentioned. It is also forty-two months and three and a half years. In order to understand what this “1,260 days” represents in connection to the woman, let us review the other places where this number is mentioned. Since 1,260 days and 3 ½ years are both equal to 42 months, I will use 42 months for all the instances used in the chart below.
For 42 months
After 42 months
The Word made flesh (the SAVIOR) was a visible manifestation of Truth
The Holy Spirit of Truth returned in mankind to cleanse them from all unrighteousness
Holy City was tread under foot
No longer tread under foot
The two witnesses prophesied
The two witnesses’ bodies lay dead
Taken up into the heavens
For Jerusalem to be destroyed
Melchisedec order began (Spiritual Jerusalem)
The woman was nourished
Became what she had eaten (cleansed)
In the scriptures, forty-two months symbolized a transitional time; a process or a period of something undergoing a change from one position or activity to another. It was the bringing to a close of one event to reveal another that was greater.
The SAVIOR ministered forty-two months and afterwards he was exalted and brought deliverance to mankind from their bondage to sin.
The Holy City was tread under foot forty-two months and afterwards it was seen in the heavens.
The two witnesses who represented the ceremonial laws and covenants, prophesied forty-two months and afterwards the prophecies were understood in the spiritual realm.
The two witnesses lay dead in the streets of Sodom (corruption) and Egypt (bondage), signifying man’s inability to understand their message. After forty-two months they were taken up into the heavens denoting man’s spiritual understanding was opened.
It took forty-two months for Jerusalem to become desolate so the New Jerusalem could take her place—the Levitical order ended and Melchisedec order began.
The woman in the wilderness was nourished for forty-two months, and afterwards she was transcended into the heavens. A metamorphosis took place.
Rom. 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you metamorphosis (transformed) by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh.
Matt. 17:1-3, And after six days Yasha takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into an high mountain apart, and was metamorphosis (transfigured) before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
2 Cor. 3:6-18, Who also has made us able ministers of the new covenant (testament); not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraved 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 doth 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 excels. 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 Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it (the heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty). But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are metamorphosed (changed) into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
This woman represented the intellect that was under the government of Yahweh; she was clothed in truth and walked in the laws and ordinances of Yahweh under the Levitical order. Yahweh prepared a place for her to continue walking in his government, his truth, and his laws and ordinances, but not on the same realm she was before. She was not forsaken nor left desolate; she was nourished and strengthened in the wilderness even as the SAVIOR was spiritually nourished and strengthened in the wilderness before his ministry began.
Yahweh wasn’t finished with the woman (the converted intellect); he was preparing her for something that was not yet seen but would be seen at the end of her transition. The intellect was going to go through a metamorphose, a new way of thinking and reasoning; that which she was nourished with would become a part of her nature even as food becomes part of the body that consumes it.
The SAVIOR told his disciples, in John 14:1-11, that he was leaving to prepare a place for them so they would be on the same realm as he was.
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. And whither I go you know, and the way you know….
The Anointed dwells in many vessels of flesh and blood.
Christ said unto Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the FATHER, but by me. If ye had known me, you should have known my FATHER also: and from henceforth you know him, and have seen him….
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples looked the same on the outside, but there was a great change on the inside. The cowards became bold as the Word was quickened in their hearts. They had fed from the Master’s table, now their converted intellects were equipped to become one with the Spirit of Righteousness. The new Day had come and those filled with the Holy Spirit needed training as they walked in its Light. This was a time of learning and coming into maturity, into the image of the FATHER. This transition could not happen in a day, but would take time as the believers resisted the enemy, submitted to the Guide and Teacher, and were obedient to the Word of Truth.
In the natural, the wilderness was any place that was beyond the immediate reach of a city or village. John the Baptist performed his baptisms in the wilderness; sheep were taken care of in the wilderness. It was also a place where prophets wandered and were tested and trained. It was the place where the Israelites wandered for 40 years because they refused to trust in Yahweh’s word. The wilderness symbolized an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
Before the Man Child was born, the government of Yahweh was preformed in the natural with a physical building where man administered the ordinances. But the birth of the Man Child brought in Yahweh’s government—the Kingdom of Righteousness within and the Man Child (the Anointed Word) was the governor on the throne of the converted intellect.
The woman, the intellect, was going through a change from the carnal way of thinking and reasoning into the spiritual way of thinking and reasoning. The intellect was not hemmed in by the natural laws and ordinances of the Levitical order anymore. A new government was being administered by the Holy Spirit. The wilderness symbolized a realm beyond organized traditions and customs. It symbolized that place of freedom to explore and judge right and wrong. It was that place where the Holy Spirit guides, comforts, and teaches the intellect Yahweh’s Kingdom principles and ordinances.
John 16:7-13, Christ said to his disciples, “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. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 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.”
12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his messengers (angels) warred (fought) against the serpent (dragon); and the serpent (dragon) warred (fought) and his (Michael’s) messengers (angels),
8 And exercised (prevailed) not; neither was their place found any more in heaven (the exalted realm).
The word “war” in verse seven means “to bustle.” To bustle is to have energetic activity. Notice that this war is in heaven, the exalted realm where Yahweh was dealing with mankind. Paul explained the war that was fought in the heavens in Ephesians.
Eph. 6:10-18, My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to stand against the trickeries (wiles) of false accusers (the devil). For we wrestle not against humans (flesh) and kindred (blood), but against principalities, against forces (powers), against the rulers of this (the) darkness (of this world), against supernatural (spiritual) wickedness in high (heavenly) places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand (to oppose) in the evil day (times, age), and having done all, to stand, stand therefore, having your loins (the procreative power) girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching (thereunto) with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Keep in mind that before the Man Child was caught up into heaven, there had not been a war there, yet these messengers that Michael fought against dwelt there. After the Man Child took the throne, the war began. The war began after the Levitical order was over and the Melchisedec order was established.
The war began because the government changed. The casting out of the son of perdition had to come before the Man Child could take the throne. The son of perdition that opposed and exalted himself above Yahweh had to be dethroned (2 Th. 2:1-4).
Michael had to be someone the people had previous knowledge of; otherwise, this part of the vision would not have made sense to them.
Daniel’s vision of Michael:
Dan. 12:1-4, At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince (first in rank) which stands for a son (the children) (as the builder of the family) of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Dan. 9:24-27, Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince (occupying the front) shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
In Daniel’s vision, Michael is called a Great Prince; he is also the son that is the builder of the family name. Peter confirmed that the SAVIOR was the Prince, the Savior, and the builder of his FATHER’s name—he came in his FATHER’s name (John 5:43).
Acts 5:29-32, Peter and the other apostles answered and said, “We ought to obey Yahweh rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up the SAVIOR, whom you slew and hanged on a tree. Him has Yahweh exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a SAVIOR, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom Yahweh has given to them that obey him.
Notice that repentance and forgiveness was given to Israel. Here “repentance” means to have a reversal of decision, to think differently, that is, to reconsider. The word “forgiveness” means “freedom.” The Man Child was exalted above all other gods when he took the throne of his FATHER.
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.
The first covenant that was set up placed man in authority over the House of Yahweh. Man, with his sinful nature, governed the House with the works of his flesh as his weapons of warfare. Murder, greed, lust, wrath, malice, etc. were used to gain authority over their enemies and over those who were weaker than they. The people were motivated by the same works of the flesh as their enemies. Man was fighting man—flesh against flesh. When the SAVIOR came, he taught a principle that was not only foreign to the fleshly mind, but was impossible on the natural realm to fulfill. They were to love their enemies and turn the other cheek when treated wrong. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, this principle sounded absurd and impossible to fulfill. The entire chapter of Matthew five reveals the principle of Love that the SAVIOR taught.
Matt. 5:38-48, You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him twain (two). Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away. You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, (bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you), and pray for them which (despitefully) use (you), and persecute you; that you may be the children of your FATHER which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…. Be you therefore perfect, even as your FATHER which is in heaven is perfect.
As long as the Word remained in a single flesh body (the SAVIOR’s) it was limited. Natural eyes could see the principle of Love working through him, but the people’s carnal understanding could not comprehend how this principle of Love could destroy their enemies. The works of the flesh satisfied them in the past; therefore, they saw no need for a change, they could not feel agape love nor did they know truth.
Through the Levitical order, the government of Yahweh was managed by the fleshly nature of man; this management was not a management of love and forgiveness, but of force and destruction. When Christ sat on the throne, he changed the management principles. Instead of the believers hating their enemies, he gave them power to love them. Instead of killing their enemies, he healed them. The principles of the fruit of the Spirit took the throne and the works of the flesh were dethroned; they were replaced. The works of the flesh were not exalted in the eyes of the believers anymore; they were not valued as weapons of warfare against the adversary.
On the day of Pentecost, the Kingdom of Yahweh was no longer just a visual manifestation through the life of the SAVIOR; it was also a feeling and a power within the believers. What the SAVIOR taught became a part of their nature. The Kingdom of Yahweh was now in the mind of mankind; the government of Love was in the House of Yahweh.
The adversary could not exercise his principles in the Kingdom of Yahweh. There was no place found in the heavenly realm for adversity and turmoil, only righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit reigned in the heavens.
12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and the accuser (Satan), which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his messengers (angels) were cast out with him.
This serpent had deceived the “whole” world; there wasn’t anyone that was not deceived. Yet we read in the O.T. that there were men and women who were dedicated to the cause of Yahweh. Noah was perfect in his generation, Abraham was the father of faith, Israel was Yahweh’s chosen people, David was the apple of Yahweh’s eye, and many more. How can it be that the adversary had deceived them along with the rest of the world? They were dedicated to Yahweh after their own carnal understanding. They had no clue of their FATHER’s true nature nor of the principles which he governed by. It would have taken a born-again experience for them to be able to comprehend the true nature of Yahweh.
John 3:3, The SAVIOR answered and said unto Nicodemus, Verily, verily, I say unto You, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of Yahweh.
1 Peter 1:21-23, Who by him do believe in Yahweh, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in Yahweh. Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of Yahweh, which lives and abides forever.
Our SAVIOR came in the name of his FATHER, which means that he came in his FATHER’s nature and authority. He was one with the FATHER in Spirit, in his emotions, and his actions (John 14:10-11). His mind, body, and soul were in agreement with Yahweh’s purpose and principles, otherwise he could not have come in his FATHER’s name. He was Yahweh’s Word. The Word forgave sins, healed the sick, raised the dead, delivered the oppressed from the demons that tormented them, and much more wonderful acts of love and compassion. The Word told the people to turn the other cheek, love their enemies, walk the extra mile, feed the hungry, and most of all to do unto others as they would have others do unto them. All these manifestations were Yahweh’s principles of love; he was revealing himself to man through the Word, the visible manifestation of Love.
Before our SAVIOR came on the scene, the whole world accused their Heavenly FATHER of many ungodly acts. They interpreted his laws and principles with their own carnal understanding and acted accordingly just as they do today. They killed their enemies instead of loving them. They hated those they thought Yahweh hated and attributed their wrath to be of Yahweh and like Yahweh. Adversity ruled in the heavens, the exalted places, but when the Man Child set on the throne (the mind of mankind), he cast out the adversary that had been deceiving the whole world and the Kingdom of Righteousness was established in the earth, in earthen vessels of flesh and blood. When the deceiver was cast out, deception was cast out. Deception is a lie and only Truth can destroy it.
Acts 2:29-36, Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that Yahweh had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
This SAVIOR has Yahweh raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of Yahweh exalted, and having received of the FATHER the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has shed forth this, which you now see and hear (the Holy Spirit speaking through the believers). For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he said himself, Yahweh said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make your foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that Yahweh has made that same SAVIOR, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Anointed.
Heb. 8:1-10, 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….But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises….For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, said 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.” (Here, I have only written verses 1, 2, 6, & 10 please read the rest of the verses.)
Heb. 12:1-2, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto the SAVIOR the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Yahweh.
12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now is come salvation, and strength (miraculous power), and the Kingdom of our God, and the power (be superhuman) of his Christ (Anointed): for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
In chapter seven, verse ten, salvation was declared for the first time. It was immediately after the twelve tribes were sealed. A great multitude proclaimed salvation. This multitude was not going to hunger nor thirst anymore because the Lamb was going to feed them (v.16, 17). Now we see salvation being declared again.
This time salvation is voiced when the accuser of the brethren is cast out of the heavens. Even though this looks like two separate instances, it is actually a witness of the first just said and illustrated a little differently. We will see a third declaration of salvation in Revelation 19:1. A matter was to be established out of the mouth of two or three witnesses (Deut. 19:15).
In this verse, the term “day and night” was not referring to a twenty-four hour period. It was referring to the continual revealing of their unrighteous hearts before salvation was made available. This condemnation wasn’t caused by Yahweh pointing his finger and saying, “I condemn you, and you, and you.” The Ten Commandments condemned the patriarchs before Yahweh because their ways were not his ways. Their lust, greed, hate, malice, anger, etc. condemned them.
Isa. 55:7-9, Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
John 3:17-21, Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Yahweh. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Yahweh.
Before the SAVIOR (the Light) came, the faithful patriarchs were obedient to the ordinances, but their hearts were bound by their fleshly nature. They were not under condemnation as long as they obeyed the ordinances, but they still needed a heart change. The laws and ordinances could not deliver them from their sinful nature. Even the priest had to make a sacrifice for his own sins before he could sacrifice for the sins of others (Heb. 7:27). The people didn’t need a savior to forgive their sins, their sacrifices provided that year after year; they needed “deliverance from” their sins. The followers of Yahweh were bound in sin no matter how many sacrifices they burned. They needed a deliverer.
In John’s vision, he was again witnessing the day of Pentecost: the Holy Spirit came, heaven opened up, and the day of Salvation had come to them with strength and power. Satan was cast out of heaven. The adversary that deceived the minds of mankind since the beginning of creation was defeated in this new Day and miraculous power was given to the believers. They had superhuman strength to heal the sick, raise the dead, and forgive sins even as their SAVIOR had. Not only was there a manifestation of the Holy Spirit on the outside, but there was a change that took place on the inside—they loved their enemies, turned the other cheek, and walked the second mile. No longer did Peter want to use his natural sword to slay his enemies, he used the spiritual Sword (the Word) to win his battles. Once again the Word was made flesh, but this time it didn’t walk among them, it walked in them—the believers became the manifestation of the Word; the Word multiplied into thousands and then down through the ages into billions.
The Kingdom of Righteousness was now governing the house of Yahweh (whose house we are). The 120 in the upper room experienced the Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy within; they experienced a deliverance from their sinful natures. They were now members of the Kingdom that the Word Made Flesh had told them about—the principles taught in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. For three and a half years the disciples heard and saw the Word, now they experienced it. The adversary that had deceived them was cast out of heaven—the Anointed SAVIOR cast out the son of perdition, the man of sin and became the power within that changed their hearts and minds. This Kingdom of Righteousness was for “whosoever will.”
II Th. 2:1-4, Now we beseech you, brethren, by presence (the coming) of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, and (by) our gathering together unto him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be frightened (troubled), neither by spirit, nor by word (what was said), nor by letter (the message) as from us, as that the day of 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.
The reason there was no war in heaven before the day of Pentecost, was because the people did not know they could be delivered, nor did they have the power to overcome if they had. They did not resist their evil thoughts or their beastly actions. They did not know there was a better way to live until the Word came in Flesh and revealed it to them. The SAVIOR first had to reveal what the Kingdom of Righteousness was before mankind could desire and fight for it. His very nature condemned them, therefore, forcing them to see their unrighteousness. Then when their hearts were condemned because of their inability to live righteously and they sought for deliverance from their sinful nature, the SAVIOR was able to deliver them from their unrighteousness. On the day of Pentecost the believers received power to overcome their enemies in their minds and hearts.
Luke 24:49, Behold, I send the promise of my FATHER upon you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be invested (endued) with power from on high.
Acts 1:8, 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.
Those filled with the Holy Spirit became witnesses of the SAVIOR—acting and talking just like him when he was the physical manifestation of his FATHER on the earth.
12:11 And they overcame him (the serpent) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
When Michael, the angel, came on the scene, the believers overcame the accuser of the brethren by the blood (life) of the Lamb. They were born again believers becoming matured sons of Yahweh.
John 1:11-12, He (the SAVIOR) came unto his own, and his own received him not. 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:
Rom. 8:14, As many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, they are the sons of Yahweh.
I Jn. 3:1-3, Behold, what manner of love the FATHER has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Yahweh: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of Yahweh, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
Overcoming the adversary by the word of their testimony signified that the war was not fought and won over night, but by overcoming one obstacle after another. They were willing to crucify the old man of sin, the son of perdition, thereby, becoming a new man in the image of the FATHER. They were being renewed in the spirit of their minds. They were doing away with corrupt conversations by putting on the new man that was created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:22-24).
The SAVIOR’S followers could not give something they did not have or understand; they first had to experience the Kingdom of Righteousness within in order to minister the message of righteousness. Unlike the Levitical order that was man against man, eye for an eye, etc., the Melchisedec order was Love against hate, Wisdom against carnality, Righteousness against unrighteousness.
12:12 Therefore rejoice, (ye) heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe (to the inhabiters of) to the earth and (of) the sea! for the traducer (devil) is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. (This verse should have read: “Therefore rejoice heavens and you residing in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the traducer descends unto you possessing great wrath knowing how puny an opportunity he has.”)
Until Christ came, the serpent, the adversary, possessed the minds of all people. What the serpent lost was his power, not time. His efforts were made puny when he was cast out of the heavens because those that received the Holy Spirit had the Comforter, Teacher, and Guide showing them how to work peace with one another as they came into one mind and one accord. Those that received the Holy Spirit of Truth rejoiced, but those who were still bound by their carnal natures continued to be deceived by the serpent (carnality).
Rom. 15:4-7, For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to the Anointed SAVIOR: that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify Yahweh, even the FATHER of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR. Wherefore receive you one another, as the Anointed also received us to the glory of Yahweh.
Acts 2:46-47, And they (those converted), continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising Yahweh, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Eph. 4:22-24, 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 earth symbolized the fleshly realm and the sea symbolized the voices of the great multitude of nations; they were voices from the deep that were full of superstitions and carnal interpretations of Yahweh’s Word and his principles. Without Truth, the mind remained in bondage to deceptions produced by carnality. Only Truth sets the mind and heart free from the lies that have it bound (John 8:32; John 14:17).
John 14:6, The SAVIOR said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the FATHER, but by me.
John 16:7-13, 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. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 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.
12:13 And when the serpent (dragon) understood (saw) that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the Man Child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
When the serpent, that carnal order that stood as an adversary against truth, realized that he could no longer operate in the heavens, he sought to persecute the woman (the intellect), but he could not because she was given two great eagle wings to soar above carnality.
The number “two” symbolized communication whether from man to man, or from Yahweh to man. There were two witnesses with two lamp stands communicating the Word of Yahweh; the two lamp stands signified that they were communicating the Word of Truth. The two olive trees represented the priesthood—Yahweh’s communication through man. The laws (covenant) and prophets communicated Yahweh’s truth to mankind. The two edged sword of the Spirit communicated the truth of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Ark of the Covenant with its two cherubs signified Yahweh’s communication with man. The Old and New Testaments are Yahweh’s communication to man. The disciples were told to go out by twos to communicate Yahweh’s Kingdom to man. When two is divided there is no communication.
“Eagle’s wings” was the symbol of strength:
Isa. 40:29-31, 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.
Two great eagle’s wings symbolized the power and the communication the woman (the converted intellect) received in the wilderness. To be nourished by Yahweh was to understand his Word; Truth nourished her and gave her strength to fly above carnality. John said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.”
The woman (the converted intellect) was going into the wilderness to feed from the Master’s table. Here, the intellect was going to be able to communicate with the FATHER. Paul said it best when he prayed for the saints at Ephesus.
Eph. 1:17-20, 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 Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.
Hosea prophesied of the woman.
Hosea 2:14-23, “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor (trouble) as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
“And it shall be, in that day,” says Yahweh, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals (deities), and they shall be remembered by their name no more.
In that day I will make a covenant for them (the deities) with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely.
“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know Yahweh. “It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer,” says Yahweh; “I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer, ‘Yahweh will sow’ (Jezreel). Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” (NKJ)
The woman is nourished in the wilderness by Yahweh for 1,260 days (verse 6), or for a time, and times and a half time. The woman does not flee into the wilderness twice, nor was she fed two separate times. The 1,260 and the time and times and half time have the same meaning—this was the woman’s (the converted intellect’s) time of transition from the natural understanding into the spiritual understanding.
Yahweh is Spirit, therefore, he will not feed the woman, the converted intellect, physical food but will feed her Spiritual food. He is clothing her in Truth. She was faithful to the laws and ordinances, and she is now under the government of Yahweh. She was nourished and protected by the Holy Spirit. The converted intellect gave birth to the Man Child, but was then separated from him as soon as he was birthed. The Man Child was caught up in the heavenly realm and she (the converted intellect) is left in the presence of her adversary (the Levitical order).
All the laws and ordinances were made up of words. These words expressed the desires of the FATHER’s heart toward his creation. But the carnal mind gave the laws and ordinances a different connotation than Love; it caused the people to hear a different message than Love. The FATHER cannot change; he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The intellect had to be converted in order for her to comprehend Yahweh and his intentions toward mankind. The Holy Spirit communed with her and gave her the ability to overcome all weakness (sin), to overcome the ignorance that kept her in death.
Now we see the woman in a place prepared by the Holy Spirit. She is not fed from the dead letter; she is eating that which gives Life, and she becomes what she eats.
This transformation into life is seen down through the years when a yielded vessel is under the anointing bringing forth the Anointed Word. The vessel is not the Anointed Word, but the Anointing flows through the vessel. The Truth that is accepted and acted upon gives Life to the yielded vessel. The Anointed Word does not instantly bring Life to the vessel; it is through hearing, believing, and allowing the Word to become a part of one’s nature one truth at a time that causes this mortal to put on immortality.
Rom. 8:6-11, 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 (be agreeable with) 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 have 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. But if the Spirit of him that raised up the SAVIOR from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up the SAVIOR from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
12:15 And the serpent (adversary) cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
This adversary that came against the woman (the converted intellect) was all the carnal interpretations of the Word. These adversaries tried to convince her that she was being fed by false doctrine, but the woman was not influenced because she had the Spirit of Revelation.
Isa. 59:20, When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Yahweh shall lift up a standard against him.
12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the serpent (dragon) cast out of his mouth.
Since the time the Levitical order ended, there has been a flood of new doctrines claiming to be “The Church” and having “all” truth. Most of the doctrines are contrary to each other; therefore, they can’t all have “all” truth. They can, however, have some truth. These small systems of beliefs often rise up against each other working havoc in the religious system, which are the results of carnality. It was this same adversary that worked among the churches in the day of John. Paul explained the effects of carnality to the church at Corinth.
1 Cor. 3:1-3, I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able. For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?
The earthly minds of mankind used the words of the serpent (carnal mind’s) to create many interpretations of so-called “truth;” from these, religious wars were spawned. These religious systems were clannish and they separated themselves from those who believed differently. This flood of doctrines did not prevent the converted intellect from being nourished; she was able to rise above the false doctrines and continue to be fed from the Master’s table. She flew above them; therefore, she was not a threat to them because they did comprehend the truth she had.
The churches of Ephesus, Pergamos, and Thyatira were exposed to false doctrines in their congregations: the doctrines of the Nicolaitans, Balaam, and Jezebel caused adversity in their churches, yet they still retained a measure of truth.
12:17 And the serpent (dragon) was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Yahweh, and have the testimony of the SAVIOR (the word “Christ” was added).
When the Man Child was birthed, it brought a change in the priesthood. The change brought about confusion to many. They had been faithful to the laws and ordinance, but they could not accept the Anointing within. They did accept the SAVIOR as a man and as the Son of Yahweh, and they accepted his death for their sins. We also see this today. There is acceptance in the death and resurrection of the SAVIOR, but the Holy Spirit within is rejected and believed incapable. The “remnant of her seed” was those who accepted the ending of the Levitical order but refused the Kingdom of Righteousness and, therefore, continued to have problems with the adversary as they remained in their carnal way of thinking.
Through the Comforter, Guide, and Teacher the intellect receives power within to overcome sin. Without a Comforter, the mind has no relief from grief and anxieties caused by immaturity. Without a Guide, the intellect is lost; unable to find the Kingdom of peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit. Without a Teacher, the intellect remains fruitless.
The remnant of the woman’s seed, longs for a way of escape from their adversaries. To accept that there was no overcoming sin in the flesh was to remain in confusion and bondage to their fleshly nature. This is that “remnant” of the woman that the serpent (carnality) made war with. There would not have been a war if the minds of the remnant had not been torn between what they knew was right and their inability to perform it