The End of Bible History
Beginning of the New Future
The Lord Jesus Christ is the one great subject of the Word of God;
Psalm 12:6-7 (KJV)
6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord; thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
being the promised “Seed” of the woman (Gen 3:15 KJV) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm He is therefore the Master-key to the Divine revelation of the Word. The whole Bible is about Him directly or indirectly, and as everything centres in and around Him, apart from Him it cannot be understood. This is set forth, from which we see that Genesis and Revelation, “the first” and “the last” books of the Bible, are inseparably linked together. Genesis is “the beginning” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm and Revelation the ending of the written Word, even as the LORD, the Incarnate Word, spake of Himself. Revelation is the compliment of Genesis. Either without the other would be unintelligible. Genesis 1—2 finds its correspondence in Revelation 21—22. https://levendwater.org/companion/append198.html
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counsellor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to WHOM BE GLORY FOR EVER. AMEN."
Without the first chapters of Genesis, Revelation would be an insoluble riddle, as indeed it is to those who treat the record of “Creation” and the “Fall” as “myths”.
2 Timothy 4:4 (KJV) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Without the last chapters of the Revelation “the Book” would be a hopeless and heart breaking record of the failure and doom of the Adamic race.
The Bible may be likened to a beautiful and complex girdle or belt, with a corresponding connecting clasp at each end, one the compliment of the other. Do away with either; the girdle becomes useless, as a girdle. So here, Genesis and Revelation are the two clasps of the Divine Word, which link together and enclose between them in “perfection of beauty” and harmony the whole of the Scriptures in which God has been pleased to reveal His “Eternal Purpose” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eternalplan.htm
ITS scope, &. The key to unlock the meaning and scope of the book is found in 1:10. “The Lord’s day” which equals THE DAY OF THE LORD (Jehovah). John was not in “a state of spiritual of exaltation” on any particular Sunday at Patmos, as the result of which “he saw visions and dreamed dreams”. But, as we are told, “I came to be [or found myself] by the spirit in the Day of the Lord” He is then shown, and both sees and hears, the things he records.
Revelation 1:10 KJV) I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.
Isaiah 2:12 (KJV) For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Ezekiel 1:1 KJV) Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.
“The day of the Lord” being yet future, it follows that the whole book must concern the things belonging to “that day”, and consequently is wholly prophecy. Though partial adumbrations (resemblance) of judgement may be traced in connection with affairs of past history, and yet the significant, solemn warning here, that the “judgements” in Revelation relate to the day of the Lord, “the day of vengeance”, makes it clear that the book concerns the future, and the day of the unveiling (the Apocalypse) of the great “King of kings and Lord of lords”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm (See Ap 198 above).
Isaiah 61:2 (KJV) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Its scope is further shown by its place in the Canon. The order of the separate books of the N.T. varies, but they are always formed in four groups that never vary chronologically. https://levendwater.org/companion/append95.html
1. The Four Gospels.
2. The Acts of the Apostles.
3. The General Epistles (*10).
4. The Pauline Epistles (*11).
5. The Apocalypse.
The Gospels contain the prophecies of the great tribulation http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm: Revelation describes it. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.htm Between, come the Scriptures of the intermediate period, Acts and the Epistles. Chronologically and canonically, Revelation follows after the Epistles, though logically in God’s purpose, it follows the Gospels.
Ephesians 3:11 (KJV) According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Therefore we see the scope embraces the wind up of all the affairs of time; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm It records the end of prophecy, the end of the “secret of God”, the end of all “enmity towards God”, and the dawn of the “ages of the ages”.
Revelation 10:7 (KJV) But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.
ITS HEBREW CHARACTER. The language of the book is Greek (Hence Be rēshīth): Its thoughts and idioms are Hebrew. This links it with the Old Testament, and indicates that its great purpose is to declare God’s final challenge with the Jew and the Gentile as such; and that “the Church of God” of the Pauline Epistles and this dispensation (Appendix 95) has no place in Revelation (other than its association with its glorified Head). https://levendwater.org/companion/append193.html
All the imagery of the book, Temple, Tabernacle, &c, belongs to Israel.
Again, in Matthew (the Hebrew Gospel) are some 92 quotations from and references to the Old Testament. In Hebrew there are 102. In Revelation are found no fewer than 285. This emphatically stamps its close connection with the Old Testament and Israel; and it equally stamps the latest utterances of “modern scholarship”, viz. that “whatever view may be taken of the indebtedness to Jewish sources, there can be no doubt that he (the writer) has produced a book which taken as a whole is profoundly Christian”, as being the dicta of men who, wittingly or unwittingly, are blind to this fundamental fact of Revelation.
The TITLES of Christ further attest its Hebrew character:
i. “The Son f Man” (Rev1:13, 14:14). Never found in the Pauline Epistles to the “churches”. (See App 98 XV1 & App 99). This title, when used of Christ, always has the Article; and the word for man is anthrōpos (see Ap. 123, I). When used of a human being, as in Ezekiel, it never has the Article (see notes on Ps. 8:4, and Ezek. 2:1). To the "first man, Adam" was given dominion over the works of the Creator (Gen. 1:26). Through the Fall (Gen. 3), this dominion was forfeited, and lost, and is now in abeyance; no one son of Adam having any right to universal dominion. Hence, all the chaos, "unrest", and conflicts between men and nations, which must continue until He shall come Whose right it is to rule in the earth (Ezek. 21:27). The great enemy, who wrought all the mischief at the Fall, has tried, from time to time, to exercise this authority by setting up some human head. He tried Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, and others, and in later days Napoleon; but he will finally succeed for a brief period with the Antichrist, until "the second man", "the last Adam" (1Cor. 15:45), "the Son of Man", to Whom all dominion in the earth has, in the counsels of God, been given, shall take unto Him His great power and reign. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm All this and more is contained in His title as "the Son of man". Its first occurrences are in Psalm 8, where in verses 1 and 8 His connection with the "earth" is proclaimed; and "dominion" over it is given to Him. It denotes Him Who is "the heir of all things", in virtue of which all things shall one day be put under His feet. "But now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels", humbling Himself unto death, even the death of the tree (cp. Heb. 2:8, 9).
ii. “The Almighty” (Rev 1:8; &c).See App 98. IV. ALMIGHTY. Gr. Pantokrator. This title belongs to the same God, as Creator, but expresses His relationship to all He has created, by the exercise of His power over "all the works of His hands". It occurs only in 2Cor. 6:18. Rev. 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:6, 15; 21:22.
iii. “The LORD God” Rev 3:8 and see Rev 22:6). Compare this title with Genesis 2:4—3:24, in connection with “paradise”.
iv. “The First and Last.” (Rev 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13). Never associated with the church which is His body.”
v. “The Prince of the kings of the earth” (Rev 1:5). Never used in connection with ‘the church’”.
vi. “Who is to come” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm (The Coming One), Rev 1:14. Occurs sixteen times in the Gospels, Acts, Hebrews (10:37); three times in Revelation, and nowhere else.
vii. “The Living One.” (Rev 1:18). A title which is only found in Daniel (4:31; 12:7) and six times in this book (The Companion Bible KJV). Thus linking Daniel and Revelation in a very special manner.
The “BRIDE” AND THE “WIFE” of Revelation 21:9 must not be confused with the “wife” of Rev 19:7. The latter is Israel called out from among the nations for blessing in “the land”; the earthly consort of “the Great King” (compare Psalm 45; and Jeremiah 3:14). This “wife” (Rev 19:7) is connected with the Millennial Jerusalem, which, with the rest of the earth “that now” is, will pass away and give place to the new earth with the new Jerusalem succeeding and replacing the former. “The bride, the Lamb’s wife” of Rev 21:9, is still in Israel, but the Israel of the “heavenly calling” (Heb 3:1): all those connected with the “heavenly country” and “the city with the foundations” for which they “looked” (Heb 11:13—16); the “Jerusalem above” of Gal 4:26, hence the significance of the term “bride” (numphē) in Rev 21:9.
The Israel of Rev 19:7 is not spoken of as bride as bride (numphē), because she has become wife (gunē). Compare the “married to you” am become your husband (consummation), of Jeremiah 3:14, and see the Note there relating to the “restoration” time. Here (Rev 21:9) the term “bride” indicates clearly that the betrothal has taken place and that the marriage will be consummated when the bride shall have come down out of heaven. John sees her coming down (present participle.), Rev21:9.
The loose way in which we speak of a “bride” as not only a contracting party at the time of the marriage ceremony, but also of her after she has become wife (gunē). is responsible for much confusion as to the wife of Rev 19:7:
Revelation 19:7 (KJV) ‘Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.’
and the bride-wife of Rev 21:9.
Revelation 21:9 (KJV) And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, ‘Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.’
Strictly speaking, “bride” is to be applied only to a betrothed virgin (Greek parthenos which equals the Hebrew be thulah), when the marriage (legal) ceremony takes place. Directly after, she ceases to be “bride”, and has become legally “wife”, although from the forensic point of view consummation of the marriage may be delayed.
Matthew 1:25 (KJV) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he [Joseph] called His name Jesus.
ginosko = to know (by experience, or effort); to acquire knowledge, become acquainted with; hence, to come or get to know, learn, perceive. See John 1:48. 1John 5:20. Eph. 5:5.
John 1:48 (KJV) Nathanael saith unto him, “Whence knowest thou me?” Jesus answered and said unto him, “Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”
1 John 5:20 (KJV) And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Ephesians 5:5 (KJV) For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
According to the Mosaic Law, a betrothed maid (Heb Be thulah) was legally a wife (’Ishshāh),(Compare Matthew 1:18, 20 with Deuteronomy 22:23—24); hence Joseph’s trouble and temptation (See Matt 1:20). A careful study of the terms in Matthew 1:18—25 will afford a clue to a clearer understanding of of the terms “bride” and the two “wives” of Revelation 19:7; 21:9 than volumes of commentary.
If the earthly millennial metropolis is real, so is this also, for both are spoken of in the same terms. And if the laying of “thy stones with fair colours” and they “foundations with sapphires” (Isa 54:11) is spoken of the day when God is to be called “the God of the whole earth” (Rev verse 5), it must refer to the time of Isa 65:17; 66:22, and Rev 21:1. Moreover, laying foundations implies a solid substratum on which to lay them, i.e. earth. Foundations are of no use to a city “suspended” in the air!
The same argument applies also to the “tree of Life” and the “water of life”. If the “river” and “trees for meat” of Ezekiel 47:1—12 are real and literal, so also are the “tree” and the “water” of life here. Again, both are spoken of in identical terms. There is no more room for “imagery” in the one case than the other. The “tree of life” which we lost in the paradise of Genesis is here seen restored to the whole earth in the day when “the God of the whole earth” will “tabernacle with men,-(and be) “their God” (Revelation 21:3). There is no place for symbolism in either case.
The more important Figures of speech are noted. These will supply helpful keys where the symbolism is not Divinely explained or indicated, and will enable the student to judge whether Revelation is purely Johannine “symbolic imagery”, as some affirm, and a “legitimate appeal to Christian imagination”; or whether the book is, as it claims to be, a deliberate setting forth proleptically (the anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time), of the actual scenes and events which God declares that His purposes concerning the heaven and the earth shall be consummated.
CONCLUSION: The “tree of life” (Rev 22:2) and the “water of life” (verses 1,17) are seen to be the great central subjects of the New Earth. No longer will there be any “curse” (v 3). In place of the “Fall” we have Restoration. Instead of expulsion—“lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22)—is the gracious invitation to those who have who “have right to the tree of life” (Rev 22), “Come, whosoever desireth, and let him take the water of life freely.” (v17).
The Benediction (Rev 22:21) not only completes the correspondence of the structure, but appropriately closes the whole book of God .
John 1:17 (KJV) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teachingofjesus.htm
In this dispensation all is of grace. Grace now, glory hereafter (Compare Psalm 84:11)
Psalm 84:11 (KJV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
In the time coming, with which Revelation is concerned, grace will be given to “endure to the end”
Matthew 24:13 (KJV) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
to all who come “out of the great tribulation” (Rev 7:14); to all slain under antichrist “for the Word of God” (Rev 6:9); and to all who “have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev 12:17). “Grace, grace”, ALL IS OF GRACE!
Ezekiel 47:1-12 (KJV)
01 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
02 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
03 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
04 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
05 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
06 And he said unto me, “Son of man, hast thou seen this?” Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
07 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
08 Then said he unto me, “These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.”
09 ‘And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh.’
10 ‘And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.’
11 ‘But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.’
12 ‘And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.’”
Revelation 7:14 (KJV) And I said unto him, “Sir, thou knowest.” And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb.”
Revelation 6:9 (KJV) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Revelation 12:17 (KJV) And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
In a closing-time interview, the departing Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has joined the ranks of a mighty throng of politicians and commentators, past and present. Like Tony Blair, Mary Whitehouse, Margaret Thatcher and virtually every Daily Mail columnist from Lynda Lee-Potter to Melanie Phillips, he has identified a contemporary problem and has placed the blame squarely where it belongs – on the 1960s.
It was in those years, says Lord Sacks that the institution of marriage went into decline. “We were there in that revolution and at the time it seemed to be ‘all you need is love’ and nothing else.” The result 50 years later is “an entirely new kind of child poverty that has a lot to do with single-parent families.”
The charge list against the Sixties is getting longer. It was then, we have been told, that Britain became sexually incontinent, too relaxed about drugs, undisciplined, lazy and shiftless, over-dependant on welfare, disrespectful of authority, politically alienated, hopeless at bringing up children, and so on.
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