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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

“Delay no shall be longer,” a study of Revelation 10

“And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” (Rev. 10:6).

This verse has great and current significance. It comes after the 6th trumpet has been seen ravaging the earth, killing the consciences of the worst of the Protestants who previously had been tormented because they had not received the seal of God in their foreheads. The logical conclusion might be that all who did not have the law of God sealed in them and that were not to be killed but rather tormented, now are killed but others beside them (atheists who never had the light to reject) continue to live carelessly with no regard to faith or their Creator.

Now John sees Christ no longer as a slain lamb, [“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Rev. 5:5,6)] but truly as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. And now Christ is invested with a cloud of glory and a rainbow on His head—evidently a crown of victory. Here we see that the atonement was only partially completed at the cross. It would not be fully complete until the Father’s alleged disreputable character was exonerated and the sealed book opened during the 6th trumpet.

“As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face.” (Ez. 1:28).

His face is much brighter than when a lamb slain and while the Father’s book was still sealed shut. Now His feet are as pillars of fire, not seen at the beginning, except when John first sees Him among the candlesticks.

He had the Father’s little book and has opened it. We might have assumed that when the 7th seal was opened at the beginning of the 7 trumpets, that the book should be opened immediately. But not until the 6th trumpet is it seen open. Possibly it took the 150+ years for Christ to open it; it took the people of God being settled into the truth of God’s character and Law. It is seen open some time after 1999 during the worst of the 6th trumpet plague, the 5th trumpet having power to torment from 1849 to 1999.

Christ has His right foot on the sea. To “stand on it” means to claim it for ownership, to have conquered it and be master of it. In Daniel 12:6 the Son of God is seen standing fully on the waters of the river; whereas now He stands on the sea. Here, water is the key symbol, which represents the Gentile forces. In scripture, rivers and sea are interchangeable. Joshua 24:2 indicated Terah as living on “the other side of the flood,” meaning north of the Euphrates river. Positionally, the right hand or foot or side of anything means “favor”.

“And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.” (Gen. 48:13,14). In this situation, Jacob was goingn to give the best blessing to the son of Josheph who was favored by God, even though he was teh youngest, which was contrary to custom.

By Christ’s left foot on the land we interpret that Protestant America, which is God’s people and therefore figured as nice, safe, stable, peaceful land, was now less favored than the other religions and non-religious. It was judged as unwanting to have God’s Law sealed in their heart and forehead, and thus condemned by the 5th trumpet and that judgment was executed during the 6th. Now the rest of the multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples, their governments and religions, must have Christ’s attention, just as forewarned by the three angels preceding the 5th trumpet.

The Lion of the tribe of Judah roars in anticipation of final victory over Satan and the Great Controversy. But as loud and kingly as His roar is, the Father’s voice thunders even bigger and deeper and louder and longer. If Christ is roaring victory in anticipation of His Father’s acquittal of the charges by Satan, then these thunders must indicate the Father’s agreement with His Son whose death made His justification possible.

This scene may define the title of this book—the Revelation. It isn’t a revelation of Christ, whose character was not on trial. The Son of God was revealed in the books of the New and well as the Old Testament. This book for the end of the world is the gospel of the Father, revealing Him after sin has itself played out and God’s people have finally settled into the truth and perfectly reflect His character. By beholding we become changed; and by beholding the true character of the Father, instead of the one Satan has published, we become changed into God’s character of love, of grace and truth, of justice and mercy.

The Father has been arraigned in an unjust trial, and this final book of the Bible is the revelation of the Father, whose reputation and righteousness and wisdom was disputed but was shown to be exonerated. By letting sin play out from Eden to Calvary, and letting Satan loose during the past 2,000 years, from Christ’s ascension to His return in glory and power, soon all heaven will be worshiping the great King, “Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” (Rev. 11:17). This book is the revelation from Christ which God gave to Him. Its God’s revelation from being imprisoned in house arrest, hiding behind and weighing heavily on His Son, who has reigned on His Father’s throne, in His Father’s stead, until the Father has destroyed Christ’s every enemy. It’s the gospel revealing the mystery of the Father’s plight as the Greek literally says, “The mystery of God, as He did announce the glad tidings to His bondmen the prophets.” The Revelation is the judgment and glad tidings for the Father.

John wanted to interpret the joyful thunders, but was prevented because the celebration must wait until the wedding of Christ and His kingdom that inaugurates the millennium in heaven. We must stay focused, but God can celebrate without losing His focus on the Great Controversy which He is soon to finalize.

Jesus lifts His hand to swear “by heaven; for it is God’s throne.” (Matt. 5:34). As Abraham did, “I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,” (Gen. 14:22).

It was His rightful sign of determination to execute judgment against sin. The Investigative Judgment has closed. The final work begins for preparing a people to stand through the last great crisis, as He had declared to Israel, “For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
If I whet My glittering sword, and Mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine enemies, and will reward them that hate Me.
I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.
Rejoice, O ye nations, with His people: for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will be merciful unto His land, and to His people.” (Deut. 32:40-43).

Christ’s pronouncement is that “there should be time no longer.” (Rev. 10:6). But, the Greek literally says, “Delay no shall be longer (sic).” No more delay to inaugurate the kingdom of God, as we hear in the 7th trumpet, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God…. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Rev. 11:15,16,18). The wicked world goes into perdition as Satan knows his end is come.

Yet the delay must wait a little longer—“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.” (Rev. 10:7).

So John is commanded to take the open book of the Great Controversy and make it a part of his being. This Ezekiel was commanded to do, as was Isaiah, which cleansed them and commissioned them. Once he ate it he was commanded to begin the prophecy of Revelation 11, the judgment on the whole world that had not yet been affected by the locusts.

After the rest of the world is investigated and proven wicked by the way they reject the three angels’ gospel, per Revelation 11:9 and 10, then the Latter Rain falls and the 7th trumpet begins the last great contest and stand-off by Satan. “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” (Rev. 11:9,10).

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