Sunday, November 24, 2013

The "Thousand Years" / The "Image" of the Beast / Scrolls

Some Questions:

About the thousand years mentioned at Revelation 20. I looked for articles, but couldn't find any. I'm sure they're there, but maybe in a post by a different subject?
    Another one is the Kingdom of the Son of His Love, Did this take place after his resurrection when he sat at his Father's right hand described at Matthew 28:18? (Luke 22:69)
    And the last one is the identity of the "image of the beast" in Revelation. A post of yours on Wednesday July 24th, 2013 said it was "the image of the organization as spirit appointed", but remember other posts bringing out that it "can speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed". I thought this was the elder arrangement and was trying to determine which beast had the number 666 (man of lawlessness). I thought it was the image that had this number."

My Reply:

Note Matt.25:31,32,46:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory (started in first Century -John 1:14; Matt.26:64; Luke 21:27; Heb.12:1; Acts 7:55,56), and all the angels with him (Chosen ones who prove faithful -Matt.16:27;  1Thess. 3:13;  2Thess. 1:10,12; John 17:10; Jude 1:14; Rev.17:14; 19:14,8; 14:1; Eph.2:6; Rev.12:5), he will sit on his glorious throne (Ps.110:1,2; Eph.3:10; Ps.110:1; John 16:33;  1Cor. 15:25;  1John 3:8; Rev.3:21; Matt.12:28; John 12:31; 16:11;  1Cor. 15:26; Heb.2:14; Col.1:13) (again, began in the first century -Luke 22:69; Ps.110:1;  1Cor. 15:25).  
All the nations will be gathered before him (Heb.4:13), and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Heb.4:1,2; Rev.20:12; John 3:17,18,19,20,21). 
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Note that this judgment (which is occurring now) is final (1Cor. 15:24) ("the end"), and is all based upon the treatment of Christ's brothers, while they are alive during this era (See context of Matt.25:31-46). When the nations stand before the throne of Christ and in the presence of He and his sealed ones while they are on earth witnessing; the nations respond positively or negatively to what Christ's ambassadors are offering them (Matt.10:40,41;  2Cor. 5:20; John 13:20; 7:38; Rev.22:17). The very fact that it is the treatment rendered to the least of Christ's brothers that determines the permanent outcome to each individual (context of Matt.25:31-46) reinforces that it is how his brothers are treated during their physical lifetimes [which they spend preaching (Rom.1:16; Acts 24:16; Matt.10:40,41)] that already determines an everlasting judgment.

These facts help to reveal when the symbolic "Thousand Years" are actually underway. 
When is "Judgment Day"? 
I am hoping that by means of Matt.25 above and it's inserted verses; you can see the harmony with what I am about to explain.

You are correct that I have written very little about the Thousand Years.
        [Since this post was written, there is more available. 
         Please do a search for "thousand years" and "two kingdoms"]

Jesus told us that when we leave the apostate city (Matt.22:9; Luke 17:29-32; Rev.18:4), we are (like Lot's wife) not to look back nor long for past possessions which God deems worthy of destruction (Luke 17:30,31,32,33; 21:20,21,22).

I believe this is referring to spiritual doctrine Rev.18:10-11; 6:6; 13:17; 3:17-18) and the identity in the sight of God, associated with them (Matt.24:18; Zech.3:3-4; Rev.7:14; 19:8), rather than literal material goods.

In my effort to be faithful to this command of Christ (to leave behind what "treasures" we think we have) and keeping mindful of the prophecies which reveal that the "priests" in the time of the end, are in dire need for refinement and cleansing -Mal.3:1,2,3; Rev.3:18)... resolve was to suspend all I had learned while in the synagogue of Satan (Luke 5:37-39; Rev.3:9; Rom.2:29). I turned to Christ for Holy Spirit and Truth, and as promised, he delivered (Luke 12:37; John 15:4,5,7,8,16;  1John 2:28; Eph.2:18)....
but not all at once. (John 16:12,13,14,15; Deut.18:18;  1Cor. 13:9,10,11,12; Prov.4:18; Dan.12:10) 
I am still learning through a comparison of what I previously thought, to what I am now being made to perceive. As I do, and make each thought obedient to Christ (2Cor.10:5; 9:13; John 14:6), the picture of truth becomes more full and clear. 
My point, is that it is, thankfully, gradual.

The reason I have not written much about the symbolic "Thousand Years", was that, to start, I was simply made aware that what I had previously thought, was I did not write about it, but wrote about what I was presently learning. 

Jesus said that Holy Spirit and being led by it was like the wind (John 3:8;  1Cor. 2:14,15,16; John 14:17). We don't know where it comes from or where it is going. We do not steer our lessons by it ourselves. I have learned to obey it in the moment, and so I try to accomplish writing according to what I am presently being given. I do not push ahead. I have awaited for fuller knowledge, through a gradual learning of the whole picture, and how all the pieces of truth fit with all the others. 
This is a hard challenge, to dissect it all into teachable independent compartments.

So, you were perceptive to pick up that I have not written much about the "Thousand Years" yet. But as it happens, the past two weeks have been focused on this very subject. I speak of my own learning. Your questioning of these subjects will aid me in this.

The Kingdom of the Son of His love (Col.1:13) is now (Eph.1:6; Acts 26:18).
This is the period while Christ, along with his co-heirs and priests, wage spiritual war against Christ's enemies, in order to subdue, defuse, and demolish them, prior to the arrival of God's Kingdom (Ps.110:1,2;  2Cor. 10:4; John 16:33; 12:31; Heb.2:14;  1Cor. 15:54; Rom.8:9,11;  1Cor. 15:24,25,26; John 20:23; Luke 10:19) at which time ("the end"), the "Thousand Years" (and the period of judging) is finished! (John 12:31;  2Pet. 3:8;  2Cor. 6:2)
Those invited to be heirs of God's kingdom (which is not strictly the same as Christ's kingdom) are judged during this period of Christ's subduing rule ("Thousand Years"), as to whether they are faithful with "a little" (Eph.3:2; Matt.25:14; 28:19,20). Those who are faithful, become sealed to inherit God's Kingdom, when they will be given all (Matt.25:23; 24:46,47; Luke 16:10;  1Cor. 15:24,25,27,28; Eph.1:9,10,11; Rev.14:1; 7:3,4;  2Cor. 1:21,22) after the end of the "Thousand Year" "day" of judgment.

So to clarify, I currently perceive that the era of the "Thousand Year" reign of Christ and his chosen brothers, began in the first century (Luke 22:69; Ps.110:1-2;  1Cor. 15:24-25; Heb.10:13), and continues until the time when Satan is released from his restraint in the abyss (Rev.20:7,8). During the time of his release, all the remnant (the remaining ones of the woman's seed) are mislead by Satan (Rev.12:9; 13:7-8,10; Col.2:8), but some, not permanently (Rev.12:6,14; 11:3). "Michael", (Dan.12:1; Rev.12:7) (Christ's "new name" -Rev.19:12; 3:12) stands up to complete his conquest against his enemies (Rev.6:2). The last of them will finally be subdued by both him and his repentant and faithful anointed priests, during their own lifetime (Mal.2:7; Matt.28:20; Rev.5:10; 12:10,11; Luke 21:32) (judged by means of a comparative righteousness -Heb.11:7 and the "opening" of the scrolls during the time of the end Rev.20:12,13; John12:48. That era of the Great Tribulation and God's judgment and final harvesting, is also the time that commences upon Satan's release from the Abyss.).

 How those who seek God, respond to His representative priests (Matt.10:20; Luke 12:12;  1Pet. 2:9; Mal.2:7) both during the symbolic Thousand Years and also afterward, during the Great Tribulation and Armageddon when the scrolls are opened, will be how they are resurrected  ("again appear/stand", before God's throne to be re-evaluated) and judged (Matt.10:40; 25:45,46; John 13:20).

This judgment in the time of the end, will occur to the final ones of the seed, according to Satan's end-time deceptions being exposed (Rev.16:13,14,15;  1Tim. 4:1;  2Cor. 11:3; Col.2:8; (Rev.13:10,7) Heb.12:15; Rev.2:20,16; 8:10,11 -bitter root/bitter waters -Heb.12:15), (2Thess. 2:8;  2Pet. 3:10; Eze.16:35,36,37,39; Isa.3:17; Rev.17:16,17) by means of "scrolls being opened" (Rev.20:12; 5:3,5,7; 1:1; John 15:15; 16:14,15; Zech.4:9) 
Even though the Jews (including the apostles), had possession and familiarity of the Hebrew scriptures, those words of God were not fully understood or their meaning fully perceived (Mark4:12). Jesus had to "open" their eyes to the meaning - Luke 24:44-45. 
In the same way, we already have the basis for judgment, which is contained in the already existing scrolls, that are finally "opened" (Rev.20:12; John12:48; Rev.10:7). They are unfurled (opened) in the time of the end (Dan.12:4,9-10).

Those scrolls are the scriptures we now already have
(There is no Greek word for "new" at Rev.20:12) 
When Satan got out of the abyss, he was again able to veil scriptural truth (2Cor. 4:3,4; Rev.20:7,8; 16:13,14; 13:11,4,8;  2Thess. 2:9,10,12). The truth contained in those little books, needed to be unveiled/revealed/"opened"/understood to release the captives (Luke24:45). 
  This is symbolically described in Revelation as "scrolls were opened". The dead are judged out of the things written in those scrolls which we already have, but which need to be accurately understood. Those understandings are "sealed up" until the time of the end (Dan.12:4,9; Rev.22:10). This is righteous on God's part, because the opening occurs during the judgment of the "rest" of those dead in spirit (Eph.2:1). 
Judgment occurs based upon the response to the newly revealed truths and accurate understandings. Most will not welcome that information, nor it's messengers 
(Dan.12:10,4; Amos 8:12;  2Tim. 3:7; Rev.11:7,8,9,10; Matt.7:14).

Despite the opening of the scrolls (in which "True knowledge will become abundant" -Rev.20:12; Dan.12:1,3,4; Rev.22:10; 10:7) by the final prophet "two witnesses" (Rev.11:3,4; Zech.4:14,2,3,6,8,9,11,12,13,14; Matt.25:4,10,13); (few will recognize or accept it as the revelation of truth that it is --Dan.12:4,9,10; Amos 8:12;  2Tim. 3:7; Matt.13:11;  2Thess. 2:11,12).
Satan will be able to gather together the Nations like the sands of the sea, Gog and Magog, against the exiled camp of the remaining Holy Ones (Luke 21:24,20; Rev.20:9; Jer.5:14NIV ; Rev.11:5).

The "fire" which "comes down out of heaven" and "destroys them all", are the judgments of truth, coming from the two witnesses (Rev.11:5; Jer.5:14NIV ; Jer.23:29;  2Cor. 10:4,5; Hosea 6:5) who are lead by Christ. 
Those few who respond favorably to these revelations, are written in the Lambs scroll of Life. 
Those who adhere to Satan's deceptions through the false prophet and wild beast, will join in condoning and approving the unjust slaughter of the righteous, 
and by their being mislead, will share in the sins (and plagues) of the final Harlot under the Covenant with Death. (Rev.13:8,15; 11:7; 17:6; 18:4)

I think and hope that covers all your questions, except the last...

"And the last one just for my benefit is the identity of the "image of the beast" in Revelation. A post of yours on Wednesday July 24th, 2013 said it was "the image of the organization as spirit appointed", but remember other posts bringing out that it "can speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed". I thought this was the elder arrangement and was 
trying to determine which beast had the number 666 (man of lawlessness). I thought it was the image that had this number."

If you return to Rev.13:14-18:
"Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. (See who kills, at Rev.11:7) 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666."

Please bear with me.
First, "the signs it was given power to perform" (see Rev.9:1) "on behalf of the first beast (see Rev.9:3 and Rev.13:12)
"it deceived the inhabitants of the earth" (2Cor. 11:3; Rev.9:10;  2Cor. 4:3;  2Thess. 2:9,10;  1Cor. 15:55,56,57; Rev.8:11; 9:18)
(these are the as yet, unsealed invited ones/the "third" Eze.5:12; Zech.13:9).
These are the ones ordered by the false prophet, to set up (accept idolatry in their own hearts) an Idol honoring the Organization as having divinity (Rev.13:14,15;  2Thess. 2:4; Dan.8:11,12,10; Rev.11:2; 12:4; 13:7,16), rather than honoring God (Deut.11:18) through obedience to their own calling by His spirit (1Cor. 6:19,20,15,16; Rev.17:1,2).

This choice is the essential difference between the two groups of "virgins", in Matt.25. (Rev.13:17; Matt.25:9,10)

The evidence of this fabricated divinity, is by means of Satanic power that was bestowed on the false prophet (Rev.9:1; 13:14,15; 16:13).

That Satanic power enables the false prophet to deceive the unsealed who have not kept awake and vigilant with a view to prayers (Luke 21:36;  1Pet. 4:7; Eph.6:18). They have slacked off due to a false sense of "peace and security" from the enemy, a "spiritual paradise" and protected refuge, within "Jehovah's Organization". (1Thess. 5:3; Eze.13:10,15,16,5,6,8)
( -paragraph 8) :

These claims of peace and security are false! 
(Matt.10:22; John 15:19,20; Matt.24:9; John 16:2; Matt.16:21,22,23; Rom.8:17; 6:5; Rev.6:11) (Rev.8:11; Jer.23:15-17; 7:4; Eze.13:9-11; Isa.28:18)
These lies mislead the chosen, and causes them to fall asleep, spiritually (Matt.25:5; Mark 13:33,36,35,37; Rom.13:11).

"so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed." (Rev.13:15)

Can the usual "image" speak and kill? (see Ps.115:5,4). Usually, images are made by men. But this image is different (Dan.7:23).
How is it that this image of the Wild Beast can "speak" and "kill"? 
Because unlike wood, silver, and gold; the actual beast is alive. The authority the actual beast exercises (see Rev.13:15; 11:7) is the image
The divine authority of the Image is displayed, demonstrated, manifested, represented by, and performed, through the actual beast. 
While the BEAST is the one speaking and killing, it does so as an expression of, and in the name of, the Image. The elders do not speak and disfellowship on their own authority as individuals (which the true anointed can do as individuals -1Cor. 6:2,3; Rev.20:4; John 20:23). 
They do it by the "authority" of their collective "spirit-directed" Organization (Image), which actual Organization (Beast), they are.

The elders can exercise a teaching and disfellowshipping power, only on the basis of their being representatives of the counterfeit "spirit-directed Organization"...(the abstract Image which they (Beast) concretely represent). 
So although a judicial committee may do the spiritual "killing", they will point to "Jehovah's arrangement" as being responsible. They will point to their decisions and action as being done by means of God's spirit, expressed through the "Divine Organization" which they are merely empowered to represent. They are living channels and representatives of the IMAGE.
The Image works through, the reality.
As soon as someone no longer represents that Organizational Image and it's lies, they do not retain it's authority, nor do they any longer represent it. 
If you do not faithfully represent the IMAGE, you do not remain part of the concrete Beast.

This inextricable spiritual union is not too hard to grasp...
Think of Christ's ambassadors. 
They substitute for Christ. God works through them, in what they say and how they judge (2Cor. 5:20; Matt.10:20; John 20:23;  1Cor. 6:2,3; John 17:21,22).
Think of Christ and how he represented God (Col.1:15,19; 2:9; John 1:18; 14:9).
This is the same way in which the actual beast manifests it's own divine image.
Satan has replicated a counterfeit of the genuine. (Col.2:9; 1:15)  That counterfeit may fool men, but the spiritual realities are clearly seen for what they are in the spirit realm. Those spiritual realities, imperceptible to eyes of flesh, become unveiled through symbolism in the scroll of Revelation.

The Beast and false prophet have replaced the body of Christ, and Jesus as Head of his body. It is a counterfeit arrangement meant to replicate and replace the holy reality among the Chosen. The Gentile Beast is falsely given the power of the priesthood (through it's Image as inspired)...power to "speak" for God, and to carry out judgment (Matt.24:15). And all that power and authority is rooted in the fallen anointed false prophet who bestowed it (Rev.13:12,15; 9:1,3; 17:3,6; Hosea 9:1; 4:12).
THIS is the unseen reality, of what appears divine
(Matt.23:28; 7:15; 24:24;  2Cor. 11:13; Rev.13:11,13,4,8; 18:16,18)

This power of the Beast, and it's Image of divine authority, will be used over the genuine priesthood/Temple of God, to trample it into subjection or death (Rev.11:2;  2Thess. 2:4; Rev.13:7) It will sever the Chosen from Christ (Dan.8:11).
--- (Link:Great-trib.-two-phases)
Once again...only a remnant will be saved, by means of discipline and repentance.
(Dan.8:10,11,12,24,25; Rev.17:14; Dan.11:31,32,33,34,35,36,45; 12:1,3,7,10,11; Matt.24:15,16; Rev.18:4; Isa.10:22; Jer.44:14; Joel 2:32; Zech.13:9; Mal.3:1,2,3,17; Eze.9:6;  1Pet. 4:17,18; Amos 3:2; Heb.12:6; Zech.13:9; Rev.8:7) 
Those who do not repent will be punished further (Jer.25:29; 49:12; Rev.18:6).

Regarding 666...
See Rev.13:17,18
Both the number and name of the beast, (not the image) are the same... a lie.
This is because both the numbers and the meaning of the numbers (name of crime on the forehead---false witness), describe the actual agents of the Beast.
For background to this,
Please let me know if there was enough clarity so that I was able satisfy your need.

Love in Christ,



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