To the elect saints and ladies that live across this land.  Hope everyone had a blessed weekend and prospered in the knowledge of the Lord.  We left off in the book of Revalations 17. The Bible is built on percept upon precept, line upon line. It is important for the saints to understand the figurative language in the Bible to assess their position in Christ.  Today we start our journey in Rev. 17: 7- 8.

7:”And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”

This is a narration of the vision in Rev. 17:1-6. The angel is telling John the mystery of the women.  The beast on which the woman sat was, and is not, and yet is.  In the ancient form, the beast is idolatry and persecution and now ” yet is”.  It would deceive into blind submission all the inhabitants of the earth within its influence, except the remnant of the elect.  This beast was seven heads, seven mountains, the seven hills on which Rome stands; and seven kings, seven sorts of government. Five were gone by when this prophecy was written; one was then in being; the other was yet to come. This beast, directed by the papacy, makes an eighth governor and sets up idolatry again. It had ten horns, which are said to be ten kings who had as yet no kingdoms; they should not rise up till the Roman empire was broken, but should for a time be very zealous in her interest.

    “this woman that sits on seven hills, is the city of Rome, called in times past by the Greeks, “upon a hill”, of seven tops or crests and by Varro, “septiceps”, of her seven heads (as here) of seven heads, and by others, “Septem Collis” , standing upon seven hills” ( GSB 1599)

8:”The beast that thou sawest  was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world,  when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”

What you see in this verse the beast has a triple description of him,“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition:” The first is a distinction of this beast from all that ever have been at any time. This is Babylon in its infancy.

The second is a delineation or painting out of the beast by things present, by which he might even at that time be known by the godly.  This papacy of Rome growing up.

The third delineation will be a new stock from among nations without difference and shall in the same state go into destruction.  Kingdoms may come and go but the beast remains the same. It just mutates from idolatry to tyranny, to blind submission with its idolatry and obedience to its religiosity.  The beast will mutate till the end and be thrown into perdition. This is Reformation Christianity maturing and mutating into other forms of godliness.

It is the responsibility of the elect not to be deceived by the sleight of man’s imagination.  There is a responsibility to understand the Word.  Once you attain responsibility then it becomes easier to become obedient to Christ.  Obedience without responsibility dies on the vine. Remeber responsibility and obedience are conjoined at birth when Christ is born in your heart.

Tomorrow will pick up in Rev.17:9.

Look at Christ on the Cross and tell him, I am a sinner, I want to follow you, forgive me for my sins and the sins of those committed against me.  I believe at that point you are reborn and Christ will advocate for you in the Throne room.

Remember to dine in the Throne room with your Father, ask questions and say your prayers.  If you do not know Christ, ask Him into your life.

We will meet again tomorrow at the hem of Christ in the hot dusty streets of Jerusalem.  Come with a thirst and hunger, Christ will feed you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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