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Rev. 22:1-5

6/5/10 John’s angel guide now shows John inside the city of which the most prominent feature is the river of life and the tree of life. The river flows from the throne of God like the river that Ezekiel saw in chapter 47. There the river was a trickle at the gate of the temple then got progressively deeper.

On either side of the river in Ezekiel were lots of trees, whereas in Revelation one tree is growing on both sides of the river. The tree bears 12 kinds of fruit. This may simply represent the abundance and perfection of the tree and its life-giving qualities, or perhaps it also literally has a different fruit each month for 12 months.

The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. This may be symbolic for the overall situation of peace, comfort, and all necessities of life for God’s people. The Genesis curse on the land will no longer exist. God will dwell there and his people will willingly and joyfully serve and worship him.

His name on their foreheads represents their total consecration to God as well as their characters being like him.

Because God’s glory is there the sun and the moon will be background, fading into the light of God. God himself will illumine his people.

Also they shall reign forever. This no doubt means something about the work God has planned for us, but it may also be understood that we will live like kings. All needs will be cared for.

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 14:1-5

4/7/10 Then John sees the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion and with him 144,000 who have Lamb’s and his Father’s names on their foreheads. John just finished describing the beast and those who had his name on their foreheads and hands. The 144,000 are the same as the great multitude in Rev 7. The Lamb’s name on their foreheads are his character and loyalty to him.

Then John hears a sound like a voice from heaven. John is at a loss how to describe the sound so he gives several descriptions: many waters, loud thunder, many harpists. And the 144,000 were singing.

I’m not clear if the sound was their singing or accompaniment to their singing, but it’s probably their singing that was the sound. They stood before the throne of God that John had seen earlier with the elders and living creatures, and they sang a new song that only they could sing. Why could only they sing it? Because the song was about their redemption. They were the ones purchased by the blood of the Lamb, so only they could sing about it.

This group is made up of those who had been faithful to Jesus. They had not followed after strange women, which is standard metaphor for the church. They had remained faithful to the church of Christ and not followed apostate beliefs. They are the ones willing to do whatever the Lamb asked in spite of the consequences. They are the harvest of earth, the wheat among the tares.

No lie was found in their mouths. Laodiceans lie a lot because they say they are rich and in need of nothing, whereas they are really wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. The 144,000 aren’t lying because they have admitted their true condition and have overcome it by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Therefore they are blameless.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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