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 Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 40) (Verses 9 - 10 )

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PostSubject: Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 40) (Verses 9 - 10 )   Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:04 pm

Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 40) (Verses 9 - 10 )

We have said that whenever angels sing solo, they speak their doxology, whereas the believers in Heaven sing theirs. The only time the bible seems to imply that angels sing is when they are in unison with the same song the believers are singing, but whenever it mentions them going solo, they are always speaking. Revelation 5:8 seems to have the Church and angels singing the same song, and also both of them handling bowls of incense. However, handling bowls of incense is the job of priests throughout the bible, and nowhere in the bible do angels take on the role of priests. Therefore, it seems unlikely that the pronoun “they” is referring to both angels and the Church, but is just referring to the last group mentioned, which was the Church in verse 7. “They,” in my opinion, is referring to believers: that is, the 24 Elders, which would be “they” because that is plural. It is not an important point whether or not angels really do sing and therefore this topic should not be heavily debated. But for reference, Revelation 5:8 reads, “And when he [the Lamb] had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.” Also, throughout Scripture, only believers glorify the Lord with instruments.

A more important debate is when Post-Tribulationists argue that the bowls with the prayers of the saints prove that the Pre-Tribulation doctrine is false. They incorrectly argue “How can they be holding the prayers of the Saints if the entire Church has been raptured to Heaven at this time according to Pre-Tribulationists? Whose prayers are they holding?” The answer to this argument is simple. God does not answer all prayers right away. Some, he is now holding in bowls in Heaven until His wrath pertaining to them is built up and the time to unleash His wrath comes, which will be during the Day of Wrath, AKA, the Tribulation. The Post-Tribulationists who argue this assume that our prayers today are all immediately responded to and none are postponed to be address for later. We will later see in the book of Revelation that we can still offer prayers while in Heaven as well. Why does it matter, one may ask, whether a person is a Pre-Tribulationist or Post-Tribulationist? Because well over 2 thirds of the entire bible is about eschatology: that is, the end times. It is not just about how we interpret the book of Revelation, but it includes nearly every book of the bible. Many read the bible, but because of their lack of understanding of eschatology, miss the true understanding of 2 thirds of it.

Verse 9 continues and references the 24 Elders, as it reads, “And they sang a new song...” John wanted us to know that this is a new song. Keep in mind that angels were created before humans. No one knows, but they possibly were here ions before the creation of man. Angels too were created, of course, so there was a time when only the Trinity existed. Since angels were here for a long time, it seems that John is inferring that they repeat the same doxologies, whereas, believers will change things up in Heaven musically. Psalm 33:3 says, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 96:1 says, “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. And Psalm 98:1 reads, “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” That is a good verse, by the way. It shows that God does the work for our salvation, not us. The verse after that shows that it is referring to salvation from sin as opposed to just from trials because it says, “The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.” What John could be referring to also by mentioning that it is a new song is that this song is commemorating a new time in history of mankind. We are at a new dispensation of God where the Day of Grace has passed, and His wrath will now be unleashed upon the face of the Earth.

Revelation 5:9 continues with the song: “‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.’” Interesting. In this day of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland race tensions and marches, we see here that God is not a respecter of different races. God does not distinguish one race over another. In fact, not even the Israelites are “better” than the other races in the eyes of God. Here is a lovely verse, so please memorize it: Amos 9:7 says, “’Are not you Israelites the same to me as the Cushites?’ declares the LORD.” The Cushites were black people. There is nothing special about Israelites other than the fact that God chose them to establish His eternal kingdom through His sovereign choice. The Cushites are the same as the Israelites in God’s eyes. In fact, God wanted to make it clear that His people Israel were not special. In Deuteronomy 9:4-6, God says, “After the LORD your God has driven them [the Canaanites] out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

Jesus Christ shed His blood to purchase men from every tribe, language, people, and nation. Heaven will be filled with people from every race and nation. No one therefore should have a since of racial superiority. Skin color means nothing to God. God does not love one race over another. The blood of a black man can save the life of a white man with the same blood type and vice versa. Skin color is only a difference of degree of melatonin. Humans have put meaning to the different shades of skin that God never did. That is equivalent to a group forming and declaring, “We are better than everyone else because we are bald-headed. We are better than those who have hair.” Ignorance of Truth creates and nurtures racism. Many whites see blacks only from a distance and let the media and news portray their image of all black people. They then conclude that all blacks are criminals. Dr. King once said, “Criminality and delinquency are not racial; poverty and ignorance breed crime whatever the racial group may be.” The reverse is true that blacks have their presupposition of whites. King also said, “Black supremacy is just as dangerous as white supremacy.” There is no inherent worth from one’s skin color. God sees the heart not the color of a man. Sadly, Sundays are one of the most segregated days when Christians go to church.

I am in no way impressed by our marches. We have created the slogan, “Black lives matter”, but I ask: If black lives matter then why is it that Blacks abort their babies on an average of 50 percent of their own population? Why are we murdering ourselves and think that the sin of the cops is worse than our own? We march for a few, but will not lace up out boots for 59 million innocent babies that have been murdered since Roe v. Wade. We ignore our own sins, but until we get to the root of the entire issue that plagues this country no gains will be made because God has cursed the land. God curses any land where innocent blood is shed. America is a cursed land. We wonder how people can come to schools with guns and create terror. The bible says that when innocent blood is shed He sees to it that more blood is shed (Ezekiel 35:6) [Edom in that passage represents all enemies of God]. If we want a better nation we need to start by removing the curse. We must first stop the genocide of babies for God to show favor on the land. It is not the world that needs to answer this cause. It is God’s people who need to stand for righteousness. God is waiting for us, not the world to fix this. God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Few have made the connection of the prolific crime in the land to the root cause of the horrific infanticide of innocent babies. What greater sin than that is America guilty of? What greater sin than that has the Church neglected to confront? All lives matter; even those in the womb.

One day it will be realized that skin color means nothing when we are able to see things the way God sees things when Christ comes and reveals Truth to all men. Until then pride blinds us from seeing Truth. Just one last point on this race issue: there is no such thing as the curse of Ham. Ham was never cursed. Canaan, one of Ham’s sons was cursed. Ham, who is considered black by many scholars, had 3 other sons: Cush, Mizraim, and Put. Mizraim is considered to be the one whose line led to the Egyptian civilization. Cush led to Babylon. Mizraim also led to the Philistines among other nations. Canaan, the one who was cursed had Sinite, one of his sons, who is considered to be the one whose line led to today’s Chinese people.

The new song continues in verse 10, and it reads: “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” The Church at this time is in Heaven, but our work on Earth is not done. We will come back to Earth in our resurrected new glorified bodies, which will be spiritual and physical-like and will reign with Christ. We will reign with Christ for 1,000 years on this Earth and then reign with Him for an eternity on the next Earth to come. We will be priests and have priestly duties. But according to 1 Peter 2:9, God, in Christ made us priests right now. It says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Our priestly duty right now is to declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light. Are we doing our priestly calling?
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