Would you like to tie
God's book of Revelation into a NICE NEAT BOX? If you have dug into the
Book and tried to understand it on your own and have not run to the wisdom
of men, you know that God cannot be tied up in a neat little box!.
Kay thinks that Christians through
the centuries have tried to tie up God in a box. They've tried to tie up
His word, His ways, the way that we are to live. They tried to put Him in
a box doctrinally. To be sure, God could have given us a list of rules, of
how to's for every situation and a simplified doctrinal statement that
says that those who are true Christians believe ''one this'', ''two
God is the Master Teacher and could
have done it this way but He didn't. Why not? Why didn't He put it in a
neat box so that we could tie it all up doctrinally, with a ''code'', with
a list of ''do's'', a list of ''don'ts'' that we could just check off
Why? Because God wants an INTIMATE
RELATIONSHIP with you and with me, a relationship NOT a RELIGION.
And Kay believes that is why the
book of Revelation cannot be tied up in a nice neat package. Kay admits
that even as she digs into Revelation inductively (Click
here for part 2 of Precept
course on Revelation and download lesson 1), without commentaries, she
cannot lay the entire book out neatly and tell us exactly when this begins
or that fits, etc.
So why didn't God do it this way?
Because He is not looking for little puppets who are all duplicates of one
another who say and do the very same thing. Because Christianity is about
an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with God.
A lot of people would rather have it
the other way...God in a box. Why? Because an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP takes
time and is costly. It takes spending time shut up alone with Him with
everything else turned off so that you can hear that still small voice.
God wants to have an intimate relationship with you.
So if you are troubled in trying to understand Revelation just remember
that in your striving to understand it you are building a relationship
with God. So PERSEVERE for this struggle that you are going through will
pay a great harvest in the days to come. You may not understand the exact
timing of every event but you are going to so understand the book of
Revelation that WHATEVER COMES YOUR WAY, if you have friends who believe
one way and it doesn't happen that way, you are not going to be shaken
because you've delved into the Revelation and you understand the
complexities of it and you will ''...no longer to be children, tossed
here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by
the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming'' (Eph
4:14). There will be men who try to deceive us with cunning
craftiness (a term used for ''throwing the dice''). But if you know
Revelation the dice will not be ''loaded'' against you.
Rev 6: Review of the first 6 seals broken by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ
here for chart summarizing the seven seals). For summary of
Revelation 4-10 and 11-16
5TH SEAL: The souls under the altar cry out for vengeance. Is this
appropriate...to cry out for vengeance? Yes because God says ''Never
take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for
it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. ''(Ro
12:19). In 2 Thessalonians Paul reiterates this idea of
vengeance re-paid writing that ''after all it is only just for God to
repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who
are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to
those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our
Lord Jesus.'' (2Th
1:6-8). As Jesus breaks these seals He is standing there as our
Kinsman-Redeemer, the Blood Avenger.
6TH SEAL: The EARTH DWELLERS cry out to be delivered from the Wrath
of the Lamb and from the One Who sits on the throne because THE GREAT DAY
OF HIS WRATH HAS COME a very important phrase because there is also a day
when the day of His wrath is finished.
Rev 6:17: ''...for the great day of
their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?" It is worth
emphasizing that the Greek verb "has come" (not ''is
coming'') is aorist active indicative. Aorist tense indicates a
definitive and specific point in time. The indicative mood is the
mood of reality or certainty and defines this as an actual specific event.
The active voice indicates that the subject [God] carries out the
action of the verb). The main point is that this verse describes an
event that has in fact begun.
When is the wrath of God
finished? At the SEVENTH
BOWL and all 7 bowls are described in
Revelation 16. Verse 1 says "And I
heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and
pour out the seven bowls of the WRATH of God into the earth."
John goes on to record in (Rev16:19) that "the great city was split
into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the
great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His
The question is this -- does this
verse describe when God says the wrath is finished?
And the answer is "no". . . So when is the wrath of God finished?
WRATH OF GOD
Revelation 15:1 TELLS US THAT THE WRATH
OF GOD IS FINISHED.
Rev15:1 And I saw another sign in
heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, [which
are] the last, because in them THE WRATH OF GOD IS FINISHED.
So we know when the WRATH OF GOD BEGINS and when the
WRATH OF GOD
IS FINISHED. There are a lot of people who don't understand
these aspects of the timing, because instead of reading inductively, they
consult and compare what different commentaries have to say on the timing.
And this is not to be critical of the use of commentaries. The problem is
going to the commentaries before one goes to the Scripture.
Revelation is probably the most
controversial book in the Bible and the diversity of opinions and
interpretations is so overwhelming, that you are strongly advised not to
read the commentaries UNTIL you make careful observation and know the
general flow of the book of the Revelation! Once you know the book, then
you go to commentaries and learn from other men. But if you don't know the
book and you go to commentaries, you will encounter some potentially
For example one commentary divides
the seals into SEAL #1 that is said to bring 31/2 years of peace and SEAL
#2 begins the last 31/2 years. Then these same commentaries take all of
the events in Revelation and place it in between these two events. How
will you know which way is right and which is wrong if you don't know the
book from your own inductive study?
Some may not appreciate this methodical approach in the Precept inductive
study on Revelation. However if you are faithful to pour over this word, (Psalm
12:6 "The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried
in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.") this very process of
interacting with Scripture is in fact to be interacting with God. Why?
Because Jesus said in
John 6:63 ''... the words that I have
spoken to you are SPIRIT AND ARE LIFE.''
The psalmist adds that ''Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all
Thy name.'' (Ps138:2)
And John reminds us that "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn
Jesus spoke truth and He is the way, the Truth and the Life. If you want
to know God, you've got to know His word. So the very process of trying to
figure it out will bring you into an INTIMACY WITH GOD and a KNOWLEDGE OF
HIS WORD. So don't shirk from it.
John writes "After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners
of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind
should blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree." (Rev7:1)
And so he describes 4 angels holding back the wind so it won't blow on the
earth or sea or any tree. Why? So there can be a SEALING: to allow 144,000
Jews (12,000 from every tribe) to be sealed on their forehead. Where else
do you find the 144,000? In
Revelation 14 we see the 144,000 but this
time they are in heaven.
Rev14:1 And I looked, and behold, the
Lamb [was] standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000, having His name
and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a
voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of
loud thunder, and the voice which I heard [was] like [the sound] of
harpists playing on their harps. 3 And they sang a new song before the
throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; (SO THIS
IS IN HEAVEN NOT ''MT. ZION'' ON EARTH.) and no one could learn the
song except the 144,000 who had been purchased from the earth.
So between the 6th seal (Rev6:12-17)
and the 7th seal (Rev
8:1-2) we are told about 144,000 in
Rev7 who are sealed and are living ON
EARTH. How do you know this takes place on the earth? You know because it
says the angels are holding back winds from blowing on the earth, etc. In
Rev14 they are living IN HEAVEN with
God's name on their foreheads (sealed). So they have been PURCHASED from
the earth. Somewhere between chapter 7 and 14 the 144,000 somehow move
from earth to heaven.
John records that "...These have been purchased from among men as
first fruits to God and to the Lamb." (Rev14:3)
They are part of the FIRST FRUITS which indicates that a
HARVEST IS TO FOLLOW.
NOW BACK TO REVELATION 7
Why is the multitude of
They are sealed for protection --
John records in Rev7:3 "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees,
UNTIL we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads."
When is the earth and the sea
This occurs during the TRUMPETS (See
Rev8:7-12 describing the devastation
associated with the first 4 Trumpets -- 1/3 earth, trees, sea, etc.). It
follows that we can know that the SEALING of the 144,000 has to happen
BEFORE THE TRUMPETS are sounded.
Rev7:9-17 begins with the time phrase "AFTER
THESE THINGS" and describes "a great multitude"
What can we know for certain
about this "great multitude"?
They come from every nation, (so
in essence they come from everywhere)
They can't be
counted (they are too numerous).
standing before the Lamb (so they are in HEAVEN) while the 144,000
Jews are still on EARTH sealed so that they cannot be harmed.
They are those
who have washed their robes white in the blood of the Lamb which
tells us that these are BELIEVERS
multitude are those who have washed their robes white in the blood of the
Lamb which tells us that these are BELIEVERS, because w/o the shedding of
blood there is no remission of sins.
1Pe1:18-19 Peter reminds the believers "that you were not
redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way
of life inherited from your forefathers, but with PRECIOUS BLOOD, as of a
lamb unblemished and spotless, the BLOOD OF CHRIST.'
Rev7:15 John records the phrase "FOR THIS REASON".
The question of course is "for
The answer is obviously because they have washed their
robes in the blood of the Lamb and therefore are able to stand "before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night
in His temple; and He who sits on the throne shall spread His tabernacle
over them. 16 They shall hunger no more, (they must have been
hungry) neither thirst anymore; (they must have been thirsty) neither
shall the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; (they must have
suffered) 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their
shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God
shall wipe every tear from their eyes. "
So we can know with certainty that this GREAT MULTITUDE consists of
believers who have suffered and even physically having "...come out of THE
GREAT TRIBULATION...'' (Rev 7:14). '''THE''
(in "the great tribulation) is the definite article in the
Greek sentence which when present marks the word that it
modifies as very specific rather than general. And so here what John
describes is not just any tribulation but ''the
specific great tribulation''. So
these came out of the great tribulation which tells us that there must be
a specific period of time in which there is GREAT TRIBULATION.
Mt 24:21 where Jesus describes a specific
time period in which "there will be a great tribulation,
such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor
When you know the Revelation well and then you go to Scriptures like
2Thess 2, you will be amazed that you
will be able to see how it all fits
Since Revelation 4-22 describes
future events that are yet to come to pass, we know that "the
great tribulation" occurs somewhere in these chapters.
Does "the great tribulation" begin at
Seal 1 and go through Bowl 7? etc, etc.
We may not know this detail at this
point in the study BUT we do
know there will be "the great tribulation" and that people will die
and others will be saved. So during this time "a great multitude" will come to know the Lord
Jesus Christ be saved only through the blood of the Lamb.
THE 7TH SEAL
Rev 8:1 John records that when the Lamb "broke
the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an
hour.2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God;
and seven trumpets were given to them."
Just imagine this scene -- silence in heaven for about half an hour. Night and day
the four living creatures have been
praising God and crying ''Holy, Holy, Holy''. And yet now, all of a sudden,
absolute, total, complete silence. Not a word uttered. Not an anthem of
praise. Not a chorus from any angelic being. Total silence. This is an
awesome scene! Our world virtually always has some type of sound in the
background. But here John describes a period of absolute silence.
Rev 8:3 John describes ''another
angel'' (in addition to the seven angels he had just described)
who is actually associated with 7 Trumpets, albeit representing a separate
angel. In other words, we find 7 angels + another
angel which equates with 8 angels in this section forming a prelude to the
sounding of the Trumpet judgments.
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden
censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the
prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the
throne. (This is the first description of the "golden altar"
in the Revelation. Compare this altar with the altar
of incense in the earthly tabernacle depicted schematically below) 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the
prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand. 5
the angel took the censer; and he filled it with the fire of the altar and
threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and
flashes of lightning and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels who had the
seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
The Tabernacle on earth was set up as a
PATTERN ("MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH
WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN" Heb 8:5
for the full context read Hebrews
Chapters 8-10) of the Tabernacle in heaven. The
earthly Tabernacle (refer to the schematic diagram of the
earthly Tabernacle) was composed of an "OUTER
TABERNACLE" (Heb9:6) and an
INNER TABERNACLE (referred to in Hebrews as "the second" --
"into the second only the high priest enters, once a year, not without
taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people
committed in ignorance."
Heb9:7), these two tabernacles being divided by a
VEIL. (referred to in Hebrews as "the second veil" -- "And
behind the second veil, there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of
The Tabernacle could be entered through
only ONE doorway (picturing the truth that there is only one way for
sinful man to approach a holy God and that is through Jesus Who Alone is
the Way, the Truth and the Life
John 14:6) after which the worshipper
would immediately encountered the BRAZEN ALTAR (which pictures the
sacrificial death of upon the Cross of the Messiah, the sinless Lamb of
God), followed by the BRONZE LAVER which was for washing. The
literal washing parallels the figurative washing of the water with the word
Paul described in Ep5:26.
This literal washing also finds a parallel in Jesus' instruction to Peter on the night
in which He was
betrayed. (John records the scene for us writing that "Jesus, knowing
that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come
forth from God, and was going back to God, rose from supper, and laid
aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about. Then He
poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to
wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. And so He came to Simon
Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and
said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you shall understand
hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus
answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." Simon
Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my
head." Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet,
but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you."
John13:3-10) (Ed note: The once for all
time cleansing that Christ does at salvation does not need to be repeated.
On the other hand Jesus' washing of Peter's feet symbolizes the believers
continual need for figurative daily washing as they battle sin in the
flesh, this latter daily cleansing picturing sanctification). In other
words, Peter had no need to wash all over
because he had believed in the Lord Jesus. Jesus however was teaching that
there was still a need for the believer to experience DAILY CLEANSING by
Christ and in the Tabernacle that need was foreshadowed by the washing in
the BRONZE LAVER.
Continuing into the Tabernacle, as one entered THE HOLY PLACE they
would find the TABLE OF SHOWBREAD on the right side (Ed note: This
pictures Jesus declaration "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me
shall not hunger..."
Jn6:35) on the
left was the 7-BRANCHED CANDLESTICK (Ed note: the lampstand again
gives a foreshadow of Jesus Who declared "I am the light of the world;
he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light
Jn8:12) In front of the VEIL is the
INCENSE. (Ed note: incense can symbolize prayers and thus pictures
Jesus Who "always lives to make intercession for" us
Once per year, on the Day of
Atonement (Ed note: known as "Yom Kippur", read the description
Lev23:27ff), the Jewish high priest
would approach the ALTAR OF INCENSE, take coals from the altar, place them in
incense pot and go behind the veil into the Holy of Holies. Note
again that this approach into the presence of God was carried out only
once each year. Before the priest could go into the Holy of Holies
on the Day of Atonement, he would lift up the VEIL and would swing
the incense pot to prepare his way into the Holy of Holies.
After passing through the VEIL the high priest would approach the
ARK OF THE COVENANT which had a lid on it which was referred to as the
MERCY SEAT and was covered over by two arching cherubim on either
side of the ark. The ark represented the THRONE OF GOD Whose
abiding presence was visually symbolized to the people by the presence of
the Shekinah cloud of glory (Ed note: The term "Shekinah"
does not occur in Scripture but is derived from the Hebrew root word "shakan"
meaning "to dwell") which hovered over the MERCY SEAT.
Now Christ, our Intercessor, is at
the right hand of the throne of God and He "always lives to make
intercession for" us (Heb7:25)