Isaiah 66 links with the Book of Revelation
The 66 Chapters of Isaiah remind us of the 66 Books of the Bible.
There are 66 Books in the Bible. The 66th Book in the Bible is the Book of Revelation.
Isaiah’s 66 Chapters are thus a summary of the entire Bible.
Isaiah Chapter 66 must give us insights into the meaning of parts of the Book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation gives us a summary of God’s great Plan of redemption, God’s Big Picture.
ISAIAH 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
God has always had a problem. If Heaven, in its unmeasurable vastness, is just His throne and the complex earth which no one man can effectively rule is merely His footstool, then who can build a house for God to dwell in? Whatever great works men do for God on earth, they remain inadequate.
Even as he built the great Jewish Temple, Solomon realized that it was an inadequate House to hold the infinite God.
I KINGS 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
Only God could build a "House" for Himself, the Man Jesus.
So, Jesus was to come and be a far better House for the supernatural God to dwell in.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Where can God find eternal rest?
God built a Body of believers for Himself over a space of 2000 years.
This great Body would rise and subside in different countries and places, during different times and church ages.
Great Christian men come and go, and Revivals rise and fall. England produced the King James Bible and led the world in John Wesley’s holiness revival that gave birth to the golden missionary age. Then their future king, Prince Charles, having married a divorced woman, leads another divorced woman down the aisle to marry his son. England voted against President Trump in the United Nations when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. So, Bible standards drop alarmingly. Lawfully married people, after they divorce, are not allowed to re-marry someone else.
MARK 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
MARK 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.
Human beings have little desire to live by obedience to Scripture.
And God wants to build for eternity.
ISAIAH 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembled at my word.
Here God does not emphasize human works, just human obedience to His Word.
“Trembled”. God wants humans to take His Word seriously. Very seriously. The consequences of unbelief are a total disaster.
Sin is a deadly disease in the human soul.
The whole Bible is about God's relentless war against sin.
There are four crucial steps in the life of an individual to purge out sin.
Salvation as a person accepts Jesus as Saviour and repents of their sins. This gains the individual a place in Heaven.
Sanctification allows God to clean up a person's life.
The Holy Ghost baptism allows God to use that person for God's service.
JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
The fourth step is the most important as this alone can prepare the person for the Second Coming of the Lord. That is to allow God to reveal the mysteries of the written Word so that the last church age can return to the beliefs of the first church age. Thereby each individual can prove their beliefs just from Scripture.
Then alone, as the oil of the Spirit burns and illuminates the Word of God, can we get rid of our unbelief and start to believe the revealed mysteries of Scripture.
God alone can teach each one of us what we need to know to fulfill His Word in our deceptive and turbulent age.
God looks for a "poor" individual. Wealth gives us too many wrong options for our free-will to choose from. We will not find God's Will while we are pursuing our own self-will. We must be in submission only to God’s Will.
“A contrite spirit”. A sinner who has been forgiven and is very, very thankful. One who does not stress his own needs and opinions but only wants to fulfill God’s Word for his day.
God created the vast heaven of sun, moon, and stars, as well as the earth in the beginning. He did not mention how long this creation took. Nor did any man help Him.
God is eternal and works outside of time.
GENESIS 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
There was no mention of time. This may have taken billions of years but God was not measuring time. God lived in eternity where there is no time.
There were no humans at the beginning. So, God certainly never used human days of 24 hours.
Time came in with sin. Satan sinned in Heaven and God condemned him to the future Lake of Fire. Thus time was born.
After a long, long time Satan will have served his sentence in the torments of the Lake of Fire. Then the Lake of Fire, Satan, and time will all cease to exist.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
God’s Day is 1000 years long.
The created earth of Genesis 1:1 was covered in water, which evaporated to produce dense clouds that blocked out the sunlight on the earth's surface.
In that endless darkness, there was no concept of a day. There was no time yet.
A day of light has to end with the darkness of night in order for time to be counted.
Moses watches the dark surface of the water in a vision. Water's surface is flat in all directions. It has no shape and is empty or void of any form like hills and valleys.
GENESIS 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
God then introduced the concept of a Week which is 7 Days.
Satan had sinned and been cast out of Heaven, so time had started.
But the earth was free from sin so God used His own time of 1000-year Days. When Adam sinned then God cast the physical universe into the dimension of time and began measuring in human 24-hour days.
When the spoken Word of God, “Let there be light”, hit the dense and dark clouds, the clouds dispersed and the earth could see the sun.
God chose to take 1000 years to do this step as His first Day.
We are born covered in sin and unbelief. As a result, we cannot see the truth. When God speaks to our hearts then the darkness of sin disappears and we can see the Light and accept Jesus as our personal Saviour. Salvation. The Justification of Martin Luther. We see the Light of Scripture and start believing.
The second 1000-year Day was to make an atmosphere. This symbolizes holiness and brotherly love. The Sanctification of John Wesley.
The third 1000-year Day saw plant life brought forth. Life. The Holy Ghost baptism that restored the supernatural power in the 1904 Welsh revival and the 1906 Azusa Street Pentecostal revival in Los Angeles.
On the fourth day there is no mention of “create” which means to make from nothing.
So, God created nothing new. He just made the previously created sun, moon, and stars perform their required tasks so that humans could live comfortably on earth.
God MADE the sun rule the day by putting the earth in the right position at the correct distance so that the sun could provide the right temperature for the earth. God made the earth spin on its axis in 24 hours to provide a human day. But there were no humans at this time, so God had no need to use human times while God showed Moses, in a vision, what He had done.
This fourth Day represents the revelation of the Bible mysteries by William Branham so that the end-time Bride could find their position in Scripture. Only by understanding the written Bible mysteries can we be restored back to the beliefs of the apostles who established the first church age. The sun is the perfect 1769 Version of the King James Bible. These are the thoughts of Jesus which have to be faithfully reflected by the moon which represents the true church. The moon gives light to the earth when the sun is gone. The seven messengers, shining like bright stars, all had to bring their specific messages to their different church ages.
Then the full church, the whole spiritual Body of God would be formed over the 2000 years of the church ages. This is the Body in which the Spirit of God will resurrect as He plans to rest in them for all eternity. He sees His Bride as a mighty Pyramid that will come down on the new earth.
The seventh 1000-year Day of rest would allow Adam, the son of God, and his bride to rule the earth for 1000 years. They inherited the perfect garden of Eden. They had played no part in making Eden a Paradise. That seventh Day (7 means completion) was the introduction to the final eighth Day, (8 means a new system) which symbolized eternity.
Eternity would start when Adam's bride was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and brought forth the virgin-born Son, Jesus.
He would grow up, have no sin to die for, and then He would call all His saints from the dust of the earth in their glorified bodies. This is what He is going to do on the day of the resurrection when He Comes.
But during that seventh 1000-year Day, Adam and Eve messed up because they did not obey God.
Eve did not listen to the Word that God had spoken.
As a result, sin entered and wrecked God’s plan.
Not believing God’s Word was the reason that everything went wrong.
So, if we want to get back into God’s favour, it is critical that we believe every word in the 1769 King James Version of the Bible.
The seventh Day was never completed and since that disruption, God has had no rest because of us sinful humans.
God cannot build eternity on this flawed foundation.
Six thousand years of human history have gone past. God sees this as six Days.
So the real Son of God (Jesus) and His Bride (the true church from the seven church ages) must now rule on earth for this 7th Day in order to fulfill the Plan that Satan wrecked.
To stop this 1000-year rule or Millennium from being wrecked again, Jesus will chain up Satan in the bottomless pit using a refined chain of circumstances. The heathen who never heard the Gospel and who survive the battle of Armageddon will live in the Millennium. But they will be ruled with a rod of iron. Sin will not be given a second chance to wreck God's Plan.
The heathen who are given this chance to live in the Millennium will be constantly reminded about the dangers of sin so that they have no excuse not to live a righteous life.
This 7th Day of a 1000-years will be God's final Sabbath Day as that was the only Day when His Plan was disrupted.
Once this final Millennium Sabbath is over, there will be no need for another Sabbath.
So, in the Old Testament, mankind had to stop working on the 7th day (Saturday) to physically rest and remind people that failure to obey God’s Word leads to disaster and death.
EXODUS 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
But the Law of Moses and its sacrifices were a failure as the Law compelled obedience but did not make the Jews into better people. The Law did not take away the desire to sin.
The priests became wealthy, greedy, and venomously jealous of their money and position of power over the people. They held the top place of power in their religious hierarchy. They would kill the Truth to keep their place.
ISAIAH 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
The same vicious and insanely jealous priests who offered up oxen as sacrifices just as willingly killed and sacrificed the one Man Who totally out-performed them, their Messiah.
The quality of Jewish worship deteriorated. They focused more on their political hatred of Rome.
They regarded the Gentiles as dogs.
PSALM 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
It was Roman dogs who hammered iron (symbol of Rome) nails into His hands and feet.
(Today we have the Vatican. The "can" comes from the Latin "canis" which means a dog. Roman "dogs" crucify Christ afresh by forcing people to believe in the Roman Catholic Trinity which makes them deny that Jesus is Lord God Almighty.)
The Jews wanted a Messiah Who would lead them to kill and conquer the Romans who ruled Israel. They expected the immediate overthrow of Rome by the miraculous power of God.
But when the Man of Peace and Healing arrived in their midst, they happily forced the hated Roman dogs to condemn Jesus under Roman law. Thus Jesus died as if He was a common Roman criminal or dog, and thus the Jews sacrificed their Messiah Who was the Lamb of God.
Sacrificing a dog was a curse to the Jews. So they cut off their Head, their Messiah, from the land of the living and made Him a curse, as if He were a dog, by hanging Him on a cross which is made from a tree.
GALATIANS 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Compelled to obey the Law, the Jews were unable to be cleansed from their inner corruption. They chose their own wrong ways of serving God and converted the Temple into a money-making den of thieves.
Their main abomination was listening to the religious leaders who rejected the fact that Jesus was fulfilling Scripture. The fulfillment of prophecy was less important to them than their greedy material gain and their jealous pursuit of power over people.
The words Pharisee and Sadducee were not in the Old Testament. These men occupied an unscriptural position and bitterly opposed the Scriptural Messiah Who was a threat to their place in Jewish society.
Today the pastor calls himself the head of the church. “Pastors” is only mentioned once in the New Testament and thus has no Bible authority to be the head of the church. They consequently lead the attack against those who learn from Brother Branham’s quotes on how to prove their beliefs just from Scripture. Those who focus just on quotes cannot explain many Bible verses and Bible-ignorance spreads in the message-churches.
For the church, the Sabbath of rest is the Holy Ghost baptism that makes us rest from our sins and unbelief.
EXODUS 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
The Sabbath day was the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down on the early church and they spoke in foreign tongues that other people could understand. The last church age has to return to the beliefs of the first church age.
ISAIAH 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
These other tongues signify the Day of Pentecost. "This is the rest" from unbelief. The deeper Sabbath.
The death of Christ was so shameful that the Jews rejected Him as too weak and foolish to be the Messiah. Only those who were really weary of their sins and realized that only a very shameful and painful death could pay for their sins, would accept Christ's sacrifice on their behalf.
"Delight in their abominations". “The abomination of desolation”. An abomination makes things desolate. God revealed the truth through the forerunner John the Baptist but the Jewish religious leaders rejected the Christ that John revealed. The leaders preferred their money-making wrong doctrines that gave them power over the people. The focus on money and power over people rather than truth is an abomination that religious leaders love.
In the Eagle-age, where the mysteries of the written Word are to be revealed, there are still many Scriptures which are left desolate as modern-day pastors cannot explain them. This unscriptural headship of a pastor-in-charge simply leaves much desolation as Scripture verses are wrongly interpreted or else just left because they cannot be understood. Worse still, many message-preachers claim that there are mistakes in the King James Bible. This is said to try to coverup their own lack of knowledge. So, they spread the fake news of their own opinions. That is why there are so many different types of message-churches with their conflicting beliefs. But message-believers are becoming increasingly Bible-illiterate. Unable to prove their beliefs just from Scripture leaves the people in a Scriptural desolation of false doctrine. This is a real abomination
ISAIAH 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
There are so many different kinds of message-churches in existence today. That plainly indicates a lot of delusions exist in our day too.
God chose the delusions of the Jews. They told the Roman governor Pontius Pilate that Caesar was their king. They thought that would make the Romans friendly. The Romans did their dirty work and killed Jesus in AD 33. The deluded Jews thought that they were safe. But in AD 70 the Romans under General Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. One million one hundred thousand Jews were killed. Ninety thousand Jews were taken as slaves to Rome. There they had to build the Colosseum where Christians were later fed to the lions in that Lion-age. The money to build the Colosseum came from all the Temple treasures that the Romans looted. So, the Jews lost in every way because they had ignored God’s Word. The Temple rulers got rid of Jesus to protect their money. The Romans took their Temple treasure and by destroying the Temple the priests and Pharisees lost their place of authority. They faded out of history.
When you oppose Jesus, you lose.
The Jewish leaders rejected the fulfillment of Scripture and focused on political power and money-making. They lost everything.
The Gospel left the Jews and went to the Gentiles during the next 2000 years of the seven church ages.
ISAIAH 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
God started with the apostles who spread the Word to the Gentiles. The early church trembled at God’s Word and went to their deaths under the Pagan Roman Empire rather than disobey God. Some three million Christians were killed by the pagan Roman emperors between Ad 64 and AD 312.
The deadly deception of the pagan Trinity entered the church at the Nicaean Council in AD 325. The church became split into clay and iron. The pagan Roman Empire was represented by the legs of iron in the Gentile image that Nebuchadnezzar saw.
The Roman Catholic Church was basically baptized paganism, the bits of iron in the feet of the Gentile image.
“For My name’s sake”. Once the pagan idea of Trinity took over the church, Christians who were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ were hated. The Trinity God has got no name. You cannot find one name for three People. So the churches hate the idea that Jesus is the name of God because that wrecks their Trinity doctrine.
But at the end, just before Jesus re-appears, the truth that Jesus is Almighty God will be revealed again.
The original apostolic baptism will be restored in the name of Jesus Christ.
ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The Roman Catholics, as the bits of iron in the feet, that represent the seven church ages, picked up the pagan traditions of the previous Gentile kingdoms. The pagans had long believed in trinities of gods.
The clay, which alone can allow a seed to germinate into life, represented the Bride or true church during each age. The clay has got nothing to do with the four metals, or pagan kingdoms, that came from before it. There is no paganism in the clay Bride. Beware of the unscriptural word “Christmas”.
25 December is the birthday of the pagan Roman sun god, Sol Invictus, The Unconquerable Sun.
When Jesus returns for His Bride, then the Gospel will return to the Jews in the Great Tribulation.
ISAIAH 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
- Now comes the final judgement on those who have taken the mark of the beast. The Great Tribulation starts when Jesus catches His Bride up to Heaven for the Wedding Feast.
A Voice of the Lord, a voice speaks from the Temple in Heaven to prepare for the great battle of Armageddon.
This same verse is described in the Book of Revelation.
REVELATION 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
The iniquity of sin and unbelief will finally reach its peak and produce a terrible judgement.
REVELATION 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
The seven church ages were the time of God’s grace.
The Great Tribulation is the time of God’s wrath.
REVELATION 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
There are 8 furlongs in a mile.
For 200 miles the blood and corpses will stack up to the height of a horse’s bridle, about 1½ to 2 metres.
200 miles is about two-thirds of the length of Israel.
That blood will soak into the soil as a rich fertilizer. The desert will then blossom as a rose.
This is God’s revenge because two-thirds of the Jews will be killed in the Tribulation by the antichrist Pope.
ZECHARIAH 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
There are about 18 million Jews today. So, 12 million will die in the Tribulation.
But the horror of the Tribulation and the amazing rescue act that Jesus performs when the 144000 are Spirit-filled will so impress the surviving one-third or 6 million Jews that they stop doubting. They will call on the name of Jesus and be ready to enter into the Kingdom of God, the 1000 years of peace. The Millennium.
ZECHARIAH 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
Most of these surviving 6 million Jews will dwell in the Promised Land after the battle of Armageddon.
ISAIAH 66:7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
The Great Tribulation will be a major birth pain for Israel to endure.
In that turbulence, violence, and hardship the 144000 Jews will receive the Holy Spirit.
But long before that ever happened, Israel had already brought forth their Messiah in AD 33. Jesus suffered to save the Jews at Calvary. The Jewish pain came later in AD 70 and the Second World War Holocaust where 6 million Jews died.
ISAIAH 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
A nation spiritually born again in one day?
That happens when the 144000 Jews receive the Holy Ghost and are reborn so that they can recognize and accept their Messiah at the end of the Tribulation.
The travail of the Jews in the Tribulation brings forth the 144000 as the bodyguard of the Bride as well as the one-third of the Jewish survivors who will inhabit the Promised Land in the Millennium.
PATMOS VISION - CHURCH AGE BOOK CPT.2
Israel is already a nation. She is established now with her armies, navy, postal system, flag, and all that pertains to nation-hood. But there is still to be fulfilled the Scripture that says,
"... or shall a nation be born at once?..." Isaiah 66:8.
That day is coming soon. The fig tree has put forth her buds. The Israelites are waiting for the Messiah. They are expecting Him and their expectations are about to be fulfilled. Israel will be reborn Spiritually, for her Light and her Life are about to be revealed to her.
ISAIAH 66:9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
A modern miracle has been the restoration of Israel as a nation.
In 1947 the United Nations voted to give Israel a small homeland in Palestine.
In 1948 the Jews declared independence and were attacked by 5 Arab armies. They won.
In 1956 they beat Egypt in the Sinai desert.
In 1967 they won the Six-Day War and took over all the land west of the Jordan River. But they also took over the Sinai desert which was not part of Abraham’s covenant.
1n 1973 they were over-confident and took a hammering from the Egyptians before the American airlift of Wild Weasel aircraft and their specialized missiles enabled them to beat the Russian surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles. They won the war but gave Sinai back to Egypt.
They were now back in the Promised Land.
In 2016 Donald Trump unexpectedly won the Presidential election because he said he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
God would not have returned millions of Jews back to their Promised Land unless He plans to return to them in the Tribulation.
ISAIAH 66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
Those who mourn will be comforted.
The Jews have had a very rough time but God is returning to them. That is grounds for great joy.
ISAIAH 66:11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
God will care for them like a mother cares for her baby.
Two prophets, Moses and Elijah, will tell them all they need to know about God and His Plan for the Jews.
ISAIAH 66:12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
The Gospel truth and the revealed mysteries of Scripture from the Gentile church ages will flow to the Jews in the Tribulation.
ISAIAH 66:13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
Jesus will return to them in Jerusalem where He will stand upon the Mount of Olives. That is why Trump became President, so that he could get the Jews to be ready for the Lord’s return to Jerusalem, the original capital of Israel.
ISAIAH 66:14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
God will help the Jews. The Fifth Seal revealed that every Jew who is killed for being a Jew will go to Heaven. Their dead “bones will flourish like a herb” as their physical martyrdom turns out to be their path to eternal life.
REVELATION 6:9 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:
None of the four beasts that protected the church are mentioned. These are the Jews who were killed during the church ages because the nations hated them. They died for their own testimony, not the testimony of Jesus.
REVELATION 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
EXODUS 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
These are Jews who are demanding revenge.
REVELATION 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Jews who are killed are allowed into Heaven.
They killed Messiah, so they must die for their faith.
Their brethren are the 144000 Jews who have to be killed at the end of the Tribulation and then resurrected up as firstfruits to be the bodyguard of the Bride.
REVELATION 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
REVELATION 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Women mean churches. The 144000 had nothing to do with the Gentile churches. Only the two prophets will turn them to God.
I CORINTHIANS 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
"His indignation toward his enemies".
But God’s anger against the Jewish enemies, who are controlled by the antichrist Pope, will be unleashed in the seven awful judgement Vials. These judgements will reach a climax in the unprecedented slaughter of the battle of Armageddon.
ISAIAH 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
The Great Tribulation ends with the final battle of Armageddon.
The wrath of God will be terrible to behold and no man will be able to withstand it.
The secret sins and errors of the churches will be exposed. The unbelief of all the alternative religions and the atheists will be destroyed.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil that inspired human imaginations and beliefs will be exposed as false. Human cleverness will have no defense against God’s wrath.
ISAIAH 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
"One tree". The tree of human knowledge and scientific wisdom will not save man from the wrath of God.
Human knowledge produces good and evil. Motor cars are an amazing invention. But they spread pollution and kill many people in accidents.
All nations will gather together to attack Israel in their last, devilish outpouring of hatred.
ISAIAH 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
The nations will unite to exterminate the Jews.
But the total massacre of the most powerful army ever assembled by the final antichrist Pope will be an obvious sign of God’s glory.
The survivors of Armageddon will scatter and tell the heathen Gentiles who had never heard the Gospel.
ISAIAH 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
Tarshish means examination and contemplation.
After the massive bloodletting of Armageddon, those who survived will do some serious examination of the true state of affairs as they contemplate the complete failure of human government.
As they contemplate the total powerlessness of human armies when they march against God.
Pul may refer to a coin. Money will lose its glamour. The rich will mainly be dead. The poor and the rejected who were not thought worth collecting into the antichrist’s army will be the survivors.
Lud means nativity. Jesus is the ultimate winner and He was born amongst the Jews. So those who are born Jews will have a special status. The Jews will be the main nation in the Millennium.
Israel will be where the new Temple is. And all the surviving heathen will have to worship in this Temple to gain salvation.
Tubal means the whole flow of the world’s economy. The antichrist took complete control of the whole world’s economy and was smashed to pieces at the battle of Armageddon. Accumulating wealth does not solve the problem of human sin.
All that money never saved them.
Javan means mire. Daniel saw miry clay, wet clay in the feet of the Gentile image. Clay is just dirt and has little value. It is the nobodies who make up the bulk of God’s people. Believers are just a handful of clay with God’s Spirit breathed into them. Thus, the human being only has value in terms of God’s inner Spirit, not our own ideas and efforts.
DANIEL 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
"The isles" represent those who are small and insignificant. God will give everybody a chance.
The Jews who survive Armageddon will obviously be God’s people. They will now be officially recognized as God’s nation. They will be the leaders in the 1000-year reign of peace.
ISAIAH 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
Jesus will no longer be on the mercy seat. The Jewish and Gentile survivors of Armageddon will have to return to basic Temple worship as they sacrifice animals to atone for their sins.
The Bride and the Old Testament saints will be in resurrected bodies and thus be free from sin. They require no sacrifices on their behalf. Jesus's death on Calvary cleansed them from all sin.
The heathen pagans who survived Armageddon will happily bring any Jews who dwell among them to the Temple as only Jews can go into the inner court of the Temple. The Jews will carry the offering of the Gentiles into the Temple. The Gentiles will depend on the Jews to make sure that their offerings are accepted.
ISAIAH 66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
The Jews will stand as priests between God and the people.
Only Jews will be chosen as priests and Levites in the Millennium Temple. Only the priests and Levites can enter the Temple. The Gentile survivors will be desperate to uplift the Jews and treat them well as only Jewish priests can offer up the Gentile sacrifices.
ISAIAH 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
The Millennium is not the new heaven and the new earth.
It is “as” the new heavens and the new earth.
The Millennium is a preview of the new heavens and the new earth.
The Millennium is the “first heaven”.
It is the first taste of heaven on earth.
It will be the first time that Jesus rules on earth. But there will be unsaved sinners present. There will be problems that need to be sorted out very strictly, with a rod of iron. Thus it is not quite the new heavens yet.
It will also be for a time period, so it is not quite like the new heaven where there is no time.
There will still be day and night in Israel in the first heaven, the Millennium.
The new Heavens and new earth will be God’s final dwelling place.
REVELATION 21:1 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.
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"And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
This is the New Jerusalem. The Lamb will be in that city, and there will be no light needed because of His presence. The sun won't rise and shine there, for He is the Sun and Light thereof, Himself. The nations that come into it will walk in His light.
At the end of the 1000-year Millennium, the sea will explode. This will rip the whole crust off the earth with all the deep mines. Those flames will go far out into space to burn up all the satellites that orbit the earth. All traces of our sinful civilization will be utterly destroyed.
That will end our current earth, which is the first earth, an earth based on knowledge, science, and technology.
(In their brilliance, the scientists developed the poisons, pollution, waste, over-population, nuclear bombs, and missiles that finally destroy the earth).
On the volcanic ash that remains, God will set up a new earth based on love, innocence, and faith.
ISAIAH 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
The Millennium comes first. The first heaven.
The Jews and pagan Gentiles who survived Armageddon have to rely on Temple sacrifices and ceremonies to achieve salvation, just like the Jews had to in the Old Testament.
Because Jesus is on earth. He is no longer on the mercy seat in Heaven.
Thus, the seventh day Sabbath will apply to these survivors of Armageddon in the Millennium.
The Millennium of 1000 years is God’s Sabbath. His final seventh day that was interrupted at the beginning.
When the Millennium Sabbath day of 1000 years is over, then time ceases and the Sabbath day ceases.
The sinful world explodes and the new earth, free from the decay of time, moves out into eternity.
REVELATION 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
In the new heaven, that mighty city, like a giant pyramid will have a square base of 1500 miles. The slant height will also be 1500 miles.
The throne of Jesus will be on top of this mighty pyramid. And He is the Light of this world.
The pyramid will be the home of His Bride.
All the people in the pyramid will be in the permanent Light of His presence.
A pyramid is so shaped that if there is a light on top, then all the sides are in the light. There is no darkness anywhere on the pyramid.
All the people who are in the surrounding area will also be in His Light.
REVELATION 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
Endless day and no night there. Without night, you cannot measure days.
Being unable to count days, you would never know when the seventh day is.
In eternity there will be no concept of days.
Just one, long eternal day.
REVELATION 10:6 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:
There will be no time in eternity.
Time was a temporary invention while sin lasted.
Time causes changes that made us age, deteriorate, and die.
Eternity has no deterioration, nobody gets older, and there is no death. Consequently, time has ceased.
Everyone in the new earth will have a perfect resurrected body. Thus, there will be no sin and no need to remember sin. There will be no time and thus no Sabbath days.
Armageddon's survivors will need to serve God to procure their salvation, just like the Old Testament Jews did.
They will need a continual reminder of sin to warn them of the terrible consequences of not serving God. The Sabbath will be that weekly reminder.
ISAIAH 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
The pagan heathens in the Millennium will see the carcases of those multitudes that were slain at Armageddon. Their blood and corpses will pile up for 200 miles.
It will take seven months for the Jews to bury all the dead.
EZEKIEL 39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
This will be a brutal reminder to all the survivors that sin has a heavy cost.
The Millennium will then start with people who fully realize the consequences of not serving God.
“Worm”. Skin worms destroy our bodies when we die. But in hellfire, there will be nothing to destroy the sinners’ bodies. They will suffer until they have paid for their sins.
Hellfire is not eternal; otherwise, you would have to have eternal life to endure hellfire. But eternal life is what saves us from hell.
“Neither shall their fire be quenched”. This does not mean that hellfire will never go out. It means that hellfire, while it lasts, cannot be put out.
People will burn in the fire for however long it takes them to pay for their sins. Only then will they cease to exist as the fire totally consumes them.
MALACHI 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
The Armageddon survivors will realize that all those persons whose corpses were piled up in Israel, are doomed for eternity. These survivors will have seen the penalty of sin and seen the wrath of Jesus, Who is Almighty God.
They will despise the slain as losers who chose the wrong side, who foolishly followed man-made church beliefs, alternative religions, and atheistic ideas. The dead followed a human leader.
JEREMIAH 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
In the end, all attention will focus on Jesus Christ. The only King and the only Person Who can rule the earth successfully.