Continuing the earlier article about the Jewishness of the book of Revelation, I have decided to give you the notes in bit size and by chapters for easy readability.
This is to refute the teaching that Revelation is written to the gentile church and for a world wide tribulation in our future.
I have touched on Revelation 2, 3, 7 and 11.
Today I just want to focus on chapter 4.
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.
Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
Now the question I want to bring up is where have we seen this before?
In a Gentile church?
No. In the Jewish Temple. Why did the author introduce a picture of a Jewish temple to a bunch of Gentiles when they would no clue what John was speaking about?
Here is the related passage.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy , holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the TEMPLE was filled with smoke.
Revelation actually has a Jewish audience. To say that it has a worldwide audience when it was written is pure ignorance. The book was only included in the Bible very much later in church history.
I will deal with chapter 5-6 next and tell you how the seals are also Jewish seals.
We spoke about the throne of God and how it related to Isaiah’s vision in the Jewish temple which clearly demarcated for us that it was targeted towards a Jewish audience.
Now the argument resolving chapter 5 is going to be clearly a very simple logical one.
The Scroll and the Lamb
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”
Now the subject matter here is a scroll.
If you are a Gentile man living in AD65 would this make sense to you. You wouldn’t have a copy of the Old Testament in the first place.
Now if you a Jew this would probably makes sense to you.
But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the SCROLL until the TIME OF THE END. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
Notice the reference of this scroll is from Daniel.
Now let’s continue.
The End Times
“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time YOUR PEOPLE—everyone whose name is found written in the book —will be delivered.
This is verse 1 and verse 2 of Daniel 12. The verse regarding verse the scroll is at verse 4.
Hence you can clearly see the scroll is about Daniel’s people. The Jews.
Now I want to address again the “time of the end” a phrase used by Michael here. It doesn’t say the end of time.
I want us also to note when Daniel says this will happen.
“ There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. “
Notice the words “until then”.
If these verse sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because Jesus said it.
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world UNTIL NOW – and never to be equaled again.
This clearly points the fact that the opening of these Jewish scrolls would happen in Jesus lifetime and the word “then” in Daniel 12 would mean “now” in Matthew 24.
Everything sealed up was as such to open during Jesus’ time.
Now to digress.
So what about this thing about never to be equaled again.
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness.
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times
nor ever will be in ages to come.
Let me cut it out so that you can see it.
“a large and mighty army comes,
such as never was in ancient times
nor ever will be in ages to come.”
Now when you read the rest of the passage you will see these words.
Before them fire devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,
behind them, a desert waste —
nothing escapes them.
They have the appearance of horses;
they gallop along like cavalry.
With a noise like that of chariots
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.
They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course.
They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.
They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;
like thieves they enter through the windows.
Jesus was referring to the might of Rome when they attacked Jerusalem.
Not the events occurring again.
Now why is this relevant.
Let’s come back to Revelation 5.
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Now you have to ask yourself these questions:
Why was he worthy?
He was slain.
When was he slain?
When did Jesus say the events of Daniel 12 would take place?
One generation away from when he said “now”. AD70.
When did the “army that will not be equaled again” attacked Jerusalem?
Is this a worldwide tribulation of the entire world towards the Gentile church?
No it is so clear here that the events unfold is about Jerusalem in AD70.
In my next note I will show you the seven seals and how they are about the events of the attack in Jerusalem.
To be continued.