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Volume 10 --- Revelation 4:1-5
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We’re going to notice in chapter 4 that the word “throne” is mentioned 12 times. The throne of God is our government; from the throne of God he issues forth commandments for his apostles to direct the church. If the stewardship is an unsanctified stewardship, then that stewardship is not receiving its orders from the throne of God, but is tethered to a different throne. That would be the stewardship of unrighteousness.
Also in this lecture: The voice of the Lord is again brought to our minds beautifully and wonderfully as God returns the church to the Word of his Oath. Also, in this lecture: We are made to understand how the stage is being set today for the release of the white horse of Revelation 6. God makes a way for each person to escape the wrath to come.
1: "After this"
This has to do with, after correcting the church.
After the church was set in order for the purpose of his increase we're going to see that the Apostle John is going to receive further revelation, as the Spirit revealed to him. This is a fulfillment of what Jesus says in John chapter 16; when he says "Howbeit the Holy Spirit when he comes shall teach you all things"; and then he says, "he shall speak of himself, but whatsoever he hears, he shall speak, and he shall show you things to come.”
Now, we can see that after Jesus ascended into heaven he gave commandments unto his apostles by the Holy Ghost; Acts 1:2. We can also see that the Apostle John received this revelation concerning the direction of the church and the things which now take place, following the purging of the church and the separation from the tares of the wheat, as the sheep from the goats, and the rapture of the church.
Many Bible scholars believe that chapter 4 is the beginning of the rapture. No it is not the beginning of the rapture. The rapture doesn’t take place until chapter 6, but this is applicable concerning the preparation of the church. It can't be interpreted as the point of rapture because after the church is purged: purged of the hypocrites, purged of the doubtful, purged of the mischievous, purged of the rebellious, then the rapture is going to take place. [pg 4]
The fullness of God does not stand in the frailty of man, but when Adamites, or the false ministers (the ministers of unrighteousness), take ownership of a token, they're not standing in the fullness of God because the fullness of God is not in the position of our frailty, it is in the position of his throne.
The fullness of God is in his throne, not in these tokens as when God heals somebody, or when God answers a prayer. When those of the false religious system take ownership of these expressions of God's compassion, goodness, and graciousness, they have removed themselves from the fullness of God (8). So, by taking ownership of that, they're showing that they are independent of the Oath of the Lord.
Faith in God connects us with the Oath of the Lord, and thereby, we are partaking of his fullness, but the fullness is within his Oath, in the throne, not severed from it. But when ministers of unrighteousness take ownership of it, they are in fact expressing, not the fullness of God. [pg 6]
after the correcting of the church
Now, we're going to notice in chapter 4 that he's going to mention the word, throne, 12 times, which represents government. The throne of God is our government; from the throne of God, from his throne he issues forth commandments for his apostles in order to direct the church. This is what's taking place right here.
If the stewardship is an unsanctified stewardship, then that stewardship is not receiving its orders from the throne of God, but it's tethered to a different throne, not to the throne of God. That would be the stewardship of unrighteousness.
But we can see the stewardship of righteousness here because the Apostle John is bringing people into the position of the holy, and we'll be getting to that here in this chapter. [pg 10]
Going back to Revelation:
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:”
(which no man can shut)
“and the first voice which I heard”
of the sound,
“was as it were of a trumpet talking with me;”
We see the voice of the Lord took on this form of a sound, of an announcement.
This trumpet—it sounded like a trumpet, but it was speaking a language
“which said, Come up here, and I would show you things which must be hereafter.”
that is, after the church is purged.
Then immediately, as John 16:13 says, "I will show you things to come”. And this is what John is seeing—“the things which are”, the condition of the church, “that which is, and that which shall be”, as he brings out there at the end of Revelation chapter 1: “Write the things which thou have seen, and the things which are,” (Rev 1:19). The things which are, at the present time of his writing, at the present time of this revelation in the first century church; "and the things which shall be here after”; the things hereafter, in my eternal plan and concerning the holy city. The eternal plan is now going to be played out this way.
Everything we're reading right here is the history of God, and it can't be changed nor altered. And this is the conditions that are taking place in the economic situation of the world today: the high prices of gas, the high prices of food, the high prices of living; it's not by accident, it's by design. God is doing this to move everything, mostly to take the power of the imagination away and put everyone into subjection of the power of the beast. . .[pg 12-13]
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The Book of Revelation - Volume 10