“And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back close sealed with seven seals, Revelation Chapter 5 “And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back [or outside] close [...]
“After these things I saw, and behold a door opened in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, as of a trumpet, speaking with me, saying: Come up hither and I will show thee the things which must come to pass hereafter. Straightway I was in the Spirit.” [Revised Ver.] Revelation Chapter 4 When [...]
In the previous newsletter we discussed and identified the “beast” that rose out of the sea and was given suppressive power for forty-two months (1260 days). This newsletter is a continuation of the same chapter. We will seek to identify the “Two-horned Beast,” the “Image of the Beast,” the “Mark of the Beast,” and the “Number of a Man.”
That being said, Babylon the great, is a sectarian division, i.e. the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. It was once a “golden cup” in the hand of the Lord (Jer. 51:7; Rev. 17:4), The True Church was taken over by the Nicolatian spirit (Lording over God’s Heritage–development of the Clergy and Laity classes). But until the Reformation they were the only source of God’s Word. Not that they used it, because they had become “babylon” i.e. confusion. They allowed traditions of man equal weight with God’s Word (you can see that in an article on the Vatican Nativity scene here, though it is an older article it does show that they prefered to harmonize tradition rather and God’s Word).
Are the “two witnesses” two literal individuals, and if so why? Or do the “two witnesses” represent something else? If so what, and why?Dec 17th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer), Revelation, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
The “two witnesses” are symbolic of the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God. The Word of God was chained up, or kept in the dead languages so that the public could not have access or read the Truth.
The next verse says that the “two witnesses” are the “two olive trees” and the “two candlesticks.” The Lord has given us an equation: A=B=C. So if we can determine what one of them is, then we can determine the others and then the job is to see that we can have proof of the three equaling each other once we have come up with a definition.
“Ephraim” which is besides being a name of a tribe, is sometimes used to describe the composit 10 tribes. Ephraim means multi-fruitful, that is, a large seed-bearing progeny later designated “a great multitude” (verse 9). This tribe is described in Hosea 7:8 as a cake not turned (immature), or “silly dove” in Hosea 7:11 (unwise), and in Matthew 25:1-13 as the foolish virgins (combining the thoughts of unwise and immature).
We ar told star differeth from star in glory. Ephraim is a spirit class, but not the brightest star in the heavens. In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, she doesn’t get in before the door is shut, she doesn’t go to the marriage, hence she is not the Bride of Christ. But is she lost totally? No. She has a promise:
A perusal of the 17th and 18th chapters of the Book of Revelation shows that “Babylon the Great” represents a system which should last long, exert a subtle and extensive influence, and be guilty of exceeding iniquity and cruelty. This system must still be in existence, seeing its destruction takes place simultaneously with “the marriage of the Lamb,” an event which we know to be still future; and seeing also that up to the moment of its destruction, or very nearly so, children of God will be found more or less connected with it, so that a need will exist for the urgent call, “Come out of her, my people.”
This description, picturing a great spiritual truth, is in full accord with the picture in Revelation. It represents beautifully, forcefully, the blessings of refreshment and restitution which will issue forth from the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Messiah, when it shall be established amongst men. Gradually the mighty influences of the reign of Messiah will extend blessings to all mankind, even to the submerged class, steeped in ignorance and superstition and degradation, fitly represented by the Dead Sea.