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And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (v.1).
Redemption is not just an existential change where spiritual bodies replace corporeal existence of men. Redemption of those gathered in mid-air and those who shall reign with the Messiah for a millennium speaks only one part. Their vision shall be totally set new. It is a new vision that marks the difference between the earth as a footstool and heaven as the throne. Isaiah predicted, “…Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth (Is.65:17).” Remember it is what God can do and it is not of ourselves. One interesting feature is that there was no more sea. From the following verse we shall place the holy city of God called New Jerusalem and it is descending from God out of heaven…

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Here we are looking at the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Spirit has inserted accordingly the expression: ’Write: for these words are true and faithful (v.5)’. From beginning to the last we have testimony of God as coming from ‘the Son whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he made the worlds (He.1:2-3)’. We accept the Nicene Creed and the divinity of Jesus Christ as that of the Son,- as begotten but not created. It is doctrinal truth, which cannot be bettered by explaining after the wisdom of men. He is firstborn of all creation (Col.1:15) The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created:” He did not take the form of angels but after the similitude of man subject to hunger and pain. Though the heir of all things he chose to be a…

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“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection (v.5)
In the following verse we have a group of people who are described as blessed and holy. In the chapter 7 we had already come across them, They are the ones that came out of the great tribulation. They are martyrs for having won their redemption by the blood of the Lamb. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him night and day. …For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them (Re.7:14-17). As discussed earlier fed by the Lamb is an expression a kangaroo word leading their state to the holy city of God, signified by the expression of being led ‘unto the living fountains of waters.’
They are consequently blessed and holy. They escaped judgment of the second death…

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“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up,,. that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season (v.3)”.

Why the Devil is put away from the earth a millennium and not for ever? In order to understand this first let us consider what the glory of God signifies in a practical way. Before the worlds began God had separated light from darkness. It is placed therein the creation account 1:3 before He named the sun, the moon and stars because it is the Spirit’s way to place emphasize on its spiritual significance. Instruction in righteousness is not what Science can provide but God’s way is to add quality to our lives. The Salvation Plan of God was similarly set in place before the worlds began. The slain lamb emblem (Re.12:8) is…

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Here we have a resume of the end times from the standpoint of the Lord God and it is provided by the Spirit. The key to the apocalypse and the order in which the divine Will shall be carried out is set down in this vision. For instance when we examine the verse.8 of the previous chapter we are given the testimony of Jesus Christ as given by his angel. ‘And he saith unto me, Write blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me these are the true sayings of God.”
We shall compare this verse: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: ..(20:6) Here the Spirit supplies us the will of God the Father They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
St John is…

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Apostle John overcome by the vision of the multitudes of saints must have worshiped but the angel who was sent in the first place by Jesus Christ(Re.1:1) forbade him. He was also same as he was, a fellow servant and called unto the marriage supper. For he explains: “I am… and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:(v.10)”
What we have been examining from the appearance of the risen Christ in the first chapter all these visions were his testimony all along and of the Word (1:2). So what he saw were facets of the Word clothed as visions. All these have only one direction. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those keepeth the things that are written therein(Re.1:3). Their blessedness is in the fact that grace of Jesus Christ would have a perfect working in…

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“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. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God (vv.8-9)”.

While interpreting the Bible a safe basic thumb rule is to check the passage and what has Jesus spoken on the subject. Correct interpretation shall be a spiritual truth associated with his divinity and the Word, of the latter we can include his sayings. It is thus we compare the above passage with a Parable that he told of the Marriage of the King’s Son (Matt.22:1-14). In the Gospel of Luke also we find the same parable included.
Righteousness is a garment. Fine, clean and white are qualities associated with saints and it…

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Epithalamion is a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom. It is a new song. All the hymns that we had discussed under the new song have been leading to this point in eternity. Marriage of the Lamb is come and the songs that were sung, no matter whether Hannah or Moses sang were leading us to it, “He(God) is become my salvation …and I will exalt him (Ex.15:2). These are made up of words and sung according to canons of hymnody, and as such it indicates skill of man; such skills are taught of God when the subject matter predicts salvation as in the case of Moses. Thus a new song that we examine here is sung in heaven. When the Psalms predict the coming of Christ His sufferings and His glory one might well say God put a new song in his heart (Ps.40:3). In…

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Man makes a city as Cain built a city and called it after the name of his son. It is significant that he ‘went out from the presence of God(Gen.4:16).’ Given his fallen state one can easily imagine what kind of city that would have become. Similarly Lot parted ways with Abraham and settled on the fertile plains. The destruction of the cities of the plains would have been avoided if there were at least ten righteous souls found. (Ge.18:32) In the long list of cities beginning with Enoch, Sodom Jerusalem Babylon is a name and it may fit any great city one finds on the globe. Like any city its character is stamped by the people who live and work in it. In the previous chapters we had seen the league of 10 kings who had hated the whore and, it was about Babylon, the same city that had…

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Visions are set in God’s Time so when a great and powerful image of the scarlet beast or the harlot is flashed what is understood is the long process of maturing of time,- earth time in this case, would have taken to give it clarity so these are visual tokens. Symbolism of sins of the city like kangaroo words carries every martyr from Abel onwards. What does the Scarlet woman and scarlet beast have in common? The color shows it in relation to the red dragon, where shall we place the saints arrayed in white robes? Scarlet vs white. These are as familiar as we are to the term two tribes. When the beast makes war with the saints we do not need to know what went before but their final showdown is what the vision wants the reader to focus upon. When we read the verse “For her…

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