Christ the Minister of the Sanctuary
In Revelation Ch. 1 Christ was revealed as the High Priest moving amongst the seven candlesticks. This is Christ overseeing the maturing of the Body of Christ because of His love for us having washed us from our sins in His own blood.
Then when the Body is completed & taken to glory, we see the wondrous sight of Christ on the throne at the right hand of the Father. (Rev. 4) He is pictured like Jasper & Sardius stones, (on the High Priest`s breastplate) indicating He is a king & a High Priest. Then He is given a scroll, the title deeds of the earth & He prepares to execute the judgments therein.
Now in this third unveiling of Christ we are given a greater understanding of His Ministry from the heavenly Sanctuary. Christ is the great High Priest upon the throne, a King Priest. This is a special order that brings with it great authority. God the Father appointed Christ to this exalted position.
`The Lord (Father God) has sworn & will not relent,
You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.`
(Heb. 7: 21)
As a Priest, Christ comes to the Father as our sacrifice & intercessor, while as a King, He rules & judges mankind for God. Here He counsels & rules in wisdom with authority & power, executing judgments upon the wicked, as God has given all judgment into His hands.
`The Father....has given Him authority to execute judgment.` (John 5: 27)
It is important to note however that Christ`s highly exalted throne is not one of granite but of grace, not a throne of marble but of mercy. Thus amid the judgments upon the wicked there is mercy for those who call out to God.
So it is as we study Revelation further we will see Christ operating in these two important offices. One office as Priest with responsibility towards God & the other office as King, directed towards mankind. Thus we will learn more of Christ the great mediator between God & man. And this time it will be in relation to Israel & the Nations. The appointed time has come & it will be a great testing time for all upon the earth.
`the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world,
to test those who dwell on the earth.`
(Rev. 3: 10)
Christ in Revelation - Vision 3. Christ the Mediator.
Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:09 PM
Christ the Minister of the Sanctuary
Posted 06 December 2017 - 05:49 PM
CHRIST THE MEDIATOR
The Son of God, the Heir to all the estates, will be invested as the Supreme King priest upon the throne in the third heaven. All of heaven will acclaim Him, & that He indeed is worthy. (Rev. 5: 12) The Father will give His Son the nations as His inheritance & the power & authority to execute His will over them, (symbolised by the scroll).
To do this great task, we see Christ operating as a Mediator – one who stands between two parties, (God & Israel), one who will –
`avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; ` plus, `He will provide atonement for His land & His people.` (Deut. 32: 43)
This Mediatorial activity was enacted by Israel once a year on the Day of Atonement – Israel`s National day of repentance & forgiveness. The High priest, standing in for the nation of Israel would go into the Temple with the blood from the sacrifice, mix it with the incense & fire from the Golden Altar & then throw the fire to the ground before the ark of the covenant.
Thus we see Christ as the High Priest standing before the symbolic Golden Altar in heaven, (having shed His own blood). The fire & blood is then thrown to the ground, as it were, in judgments upon the rebellious. (Rev. 8 & 9) `I came to send fire on the earth,...` (Luke 12: 49)
Edited by Marilyn C, 06 December 2017 - 05:51 PM.
Posted 06 December 2017 - 05:51 PM
Judgments upon the Rebellious.
The blowing of trumpets, a priestly activity, declare that God`s judgments executed by Christ, are about to come forth upon the nations of the world. The first four trumpet calls are during the early part of the tribulation & affect a third of the earth, the sea, the water & the stars. This would bring about great hardship of famine, lack of fresh water, & great fear. Now we can see why the great multitude from the tribulation, died of hunger, thirst & heat. However we see that they repented before God. (Rev. 7: 16)
The last three trumpets, (5th, 6th & 7th) take place from the middle of the tribulation to the end. These are so terrible that they are referred to as `woes,` - demonic activity of torment, & plagues. When the 7th trumpet sounds then the mystery of God is finished. (Rev. 10: 7) It heralds a great earthquake, Armageddon, & the Lord`s return in power & glory.
Purification of Israel.
Amid the horrific judgments Christ as Mediator also brings `atonement for His land & His people.` This is shown pictorially by the `Messenger of the Covenant` astride land & sea. He swears by Himself, who lives forever. (Rev. 10)
`there is no God beside me....for I lift my hand to heaven & say, “As I live forever....I will render vengeance to my enemies.....He will provide atonement for His land & His people.` (Deut. 32: 39 – 43)
God swears by Himself, for there is no one greater, that He will fulfil the covenant that He promised to Israel –
`...if they (Israel) confess their iniquity....then I will remember my covenant with Jacob,...Isaac....& Abraham.` (Lev. 26: 40 – 42)
Moses & Elijah, (the Law & the Prophets) are sent to turn the hearts of the people back to their God. They remind the people of Israel what the Lord promised in His word – to provide atonement for His land & His people. This means that God will forgive, be merciful, cleanse & pardon the people of Israel who will turn back to Him.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:47 AM
Christ the Victor over the Enemy.
Christ is the Mediator of the Covenant that God made with Israel. As such He represents God as the Son of God, & He represents Israel as the Son of Abraham. Part of God`s covenant with Israel was that God would deliver them from their enemies. This would be done by a `promised son` who would be their deliverer.
The `woman` with the 12 stars, represents Israel who gives birth to a son, Jesus, the promised son. Although he was not received by Israel there will come a time when He will return & deliver them from their enemies. (from Gen. 37: 9 & 10 Isa. 9: 6 & 7)
The graphic battle of the ages unfolds as Satan unleashes his demonic strategies to get rid of the people of Israel. Each of Satan`s names represent his demonic plan –
- The serpent of old who deludes.
- Satan, who deceives.
- The devil who robs, kills & destroys.
- The dragon, who devours.
Finally Satan represented as the `dragon,` tries to devour God`s chosen people, Israel. God promised that they would rule the nations of the world but Satan sets up his Global Government & persecutes the people of Israel.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 01:48 AM
Satan`s Global Government.
Satan`s Global Government has a succession of 7 leaders, (7 heads) with the final leader ruling over a cabal of 10 nations, Islam, (10 crowned horns). They rule the great Federations of the world – described in Daniel 7 as
- a Lion (Great Britain) & Eagle, (USA) - the mouthpiece of the Global Government.
- a Leopard (European Union) - origin of the Global economic system.
- a Bear, (the Russian Federation) – the feet, what is left of their army.
- the terrifying one, (Islam) – the 10 crowned horns, signifying power & control.
Alongside the leader of the Global Government is his executor who not only controls the financial system of the world but also heads up the Religious Counsel, drawing all people to worship Satan himself.
Satan has complete authority & power over this whole `beastly` Global Government. He, the dragon is described with - 7 crowned heads – complete authority, 10 horns - power.
The Lord Jesus Christ, however, is the victor, who overcomes every plan & strategy of the enemy.
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