Participants: Ivor Meyers (Host), James Rafferty (Host), Jason Bradley, Yvonne Lewis
Series Code: SISS
Program Code: SISS000016A
00:30 We are finished, finished, finished
00:32 and just getting started.
00:34 So we're finished with the seven churches,
00:36 we've done the intro to Revelation,
00:39 we've gone through the churches of Revelation
00:41 we set up a good foundation... that foundation is
00:44 a repeat and enlarge, a recapitulation
00:46 a recapitulation that we're going to see
00:48 in the seals and in the trumpets
00:50 and now we're starting in the seals,
00:52 now the seals begin with two chapters,
00:54 Revelation 4 and Revelation 5
00:56 and they're parallel chapters so, it's going to take us
00:59 at least two... maybe three meetings
01:01 to just go through these first two chapters
01:03 before we actually start unsealing the Book...
01:05 before the Lamb starts unsealing the Book...
01:08 and again I just want to remind us that this Book... Revelation
01:14 is mysterious, it's complicated, it's challenging,
01:16 it's difficult but it's going to be easy
01:18 because everything we're about to study
01:20 we've already studied once in the seven churches
01:22 and now we're just going to see it all over again,
01:25 there's going to be some new stuff in here, of course,
01:27 but we're going to go all the way back to the Apostolic Age,
01:30 we're going to see what the activities were taking place
01:33 in symbolic language here
01:34 as Jesus went to heaven after His resurrection,
01:37 and how that impacted the earth, Planet Earth...
01:40 the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
01:41 and how that played out in the history of the fall
01:43 all the way down again to the second coming of Jesus
01:45 and then boom! we're done with the seals
01:47 and the trumpets... we start again...
01:49 at the Apostolic Age...
01:51 Ivor: So we're studying the Book three times over.
01:53 James: Yes, well four actually, and the fourth time...
01:56 it takes us right into... just like the Laodicean church,
01:58 right into us... and events that some have passed
02:02 but a lot of them are yet to be played out there,
02:05 all right, so we're going to start with a word of prayer,
02:07 Jason, pray for us and we'll get into it.
02:08 Jason: Heavenly Father, it's an honor and a privilege
02:11 to be able to study your Word and we wouldn't dare do so
02:15 without asking you to be with us,
02:16 so we ask you for your presence and
02:18 we ask that you will help us to comprehend what we're studying,
02:22 and to be able to it and retain it,
02:24 and repeat it... in Jesus' name we pray, amen. "
02:26 All: "Amen... "
02:27 James: And like we normally do,
02:29 let's just read through the verses first...
02:30 that gives us an idea of what we're going to be covering
02:33 and maybe Yvonne, you can start and read
02:35 one through six and then maybe Jason,
02:38 you could read, seven through eleven.
02:41 Yvonne: Sure... "After this I looked,
02:43 and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:
02:45 and the first voice which I heard was as it were
02:49 of a trumpet talking with me; which said,
02:51 Come up hither, and I will shew thee things
02:53 which must be hereafter.
02:54 And immediately I was in the spirit;
02:57 and, behold, a throne was set in heaven,
02:59 and one sat on the throne.
03:01 And he that sat was to look upon
03:04 like a jasper and a sardine stone:
03:07 and there was a rainbow round about the throne,
03:10 in sight like unto an emerald.
03:12 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:
03:15 and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
03:18 clothed in white raiment;
03:20 and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
03:22 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings
03:26 and voices: and there were seven lamps
03:29 of fire burning before the throne
03:31 which are the seven Spirits of God.
03:33 And before the throne there was a sea of glass
03:36 like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne,
03:39 and round about the throne, were four beasts
03:41 full of eyes before and behind. "
03:44 Jason: "And the first beast was like a lion,
03:46 and the second beast like a calf,
03:48 and the third beast had a face as a man,
03:51 and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
03:55 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him;
03:59 and they were full of eyes within:
04:01 and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy,
04:05 Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
04:09 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him
04:13 that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever,
04:16 The four and twenty elders fall down before him
04:22 that sat on the throne,
04:23 and worship him that liveth forever and ever,
04:26 and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
04:28 Thou art worthy, O Lord,
04:31 to receive glory and honour and power:
04:33 for thou hast created all things,
04:35 and for thy pleasure they are and were created. "
04:39 James: What an incredible scene we see here.
04:41 Yvonne: Wow! Hmmm... hmmm...
04:43 James: This is an incredible scene
04:44 and there are a lot of words... word implications of events
04:49 that are transpired and changes that are taking place
04:52 in Government of Heaven,
04:54 impacting planet Earth in this picture,
04:57 this picture is not just all...
04:58 "Let me just take you to heaven and show you what heaven's like"
05:01 and show you what God... where He sits and what happens
05:03 around the throne, whatever, no... as we study this,
05:06 we're going to find that there are
05:08 certain phrases and words here
05:09 and the presence of certain individuals
05:12 that are telling us a story of redemption
05:14 and telling us that something major has been accomplished
05:18 and that's why we see this double praise to God
05:21 we see the living creatures...
05:22 the four beasts... the living creatures,
05:24 they are saying, "Holy, holy, holy... "
05:25 and then we see the 24 elders, who were they?
05:28 They're saying, "Oh, honor and glory,
05:31 you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power
05:33 for you have... what have you done?"
05:34 And so, that's what we're going to see here as we...
05:37 as we start to break open chapter four in Revelation.
05:41 Ivor: I think... one of the important things that...
05:45 we have stressed is location and timing...
05:49 location and timing... we saw that these...
05:53 this is answer for us in terms of the time prophecies,
05:58 the 70 weeks, the 1,260... the 2,300...
06:00 and the Sanctuary...
06:02 in terms of location... where are we?
06:03 And so, the question that we want to answer right now
06:07 to kind of lay the foundation for Revelation chapter four,
06:10 and five and actually six and seven,
06:13 is location... where is Jesus in Revelation chapter 4?
06:19 This is an introduction to the seven seals
06:23 and so in order to rightly understand the seven seals
06:26 and what they're talking about,
06:27 we need to understand the opening vision,
06:30 and so here we see that a throne is set in verse 1,
06:33 or rather verse 2, and the question is,
06:38 "What throne is this, where is this throne?"
06:42 Look in verse 5... the Bible says there,
06:45 "And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings
06:48 and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire
06:50 burning before the throne,
06:51 which are the seven Spirits of God. "
06:53 So, we're given a clue here as to the location of this throne,
06:57 the Bible tells us that before the throne
07:01 directly across from the throne was this...
07:04 were the seven lamps,
07:05 now we know where the seven lamps are found
07:09 and the seven-branched candlestick
07:11 is found in the Sanctuary, right?
07:12 That is found in the Holy Place, so let's hold our place here
07:17 and go over to the Book of Exodus chapter 26 and verse 35
07:22 and in Exodus 26, verse 35,
07:28 Yvonne, I'm going to ask if you could read that for me,
07:32 Exodus 26 verse 35.
07:35 Yvonne: "And thou shalt set the table without the veil,
07:39 and the candlestick over against the table
07:42 on the side of the tabernacle toward the south:
07:44 and thou shalt put the table on the north side. "
07:47 Ivor: Okay, very good, so,
07:48 the Bible says that the candlestick was located
07:51 on the south side of the Sanctuary,
07:54 so directly across from that
07:56 was the Table of Shewbread
07:59 which is located on the north side of the Sanctuary,
08:02 or if I were to put it another way,
08:04 the Table of Shewbread is located
08:06 on the "sides of the north. " Yvonne: Hmmm...
08:10 Ivor: The sides of the north, okay,
08:12 so let's go over to Psalm 48
08:14 and let's see why that's significant,
08:16 Psalm 48 verse 2.
08:17 James: What was that last verse?
08:20 Ivor: That was Exodus 26 verse 35.
08:22 Ivor: So, Psalm 48 verse 2, and Jason, find that,
08:29 could you read that for us?
08:31 Jason: Psalm 48 verse 2, all right...
08:38 "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth,
08:42 is mount Zion on the sides of the north,
08:45 the city of the great King. "
08:47 Ivor: Ah, okay, so...
08:48 Mount Zion... is said to be located where?
08:51 On the sides of the north... it is a city of... who?
08:55 The great King... so where does the King sit?
08:58 He sits on the side of the north,
09:02 why is that so significant?
09:04 Because if you remember Isaiah chapter 14,
09:07 which speaks about Lucifer...
09:09 James: And his fall...
09:10 Ivor: Where did Lucifer want to sit?
09:12 James: On the sides of the north.
09:13 Ivor: On the sides of the north, on the mount of the congregation
09:17 also think about that,
09:19 what's on the Table of Shewbread?
09:21 There are twelve loaves of bread,
09:24 those loaves of bread
09:25 represented the Children of Israel
09:28 or what we would call, "the twelve tribes... "
09:31 the congregation of God, get that?
09:34 So, the sides of the north
09:37 would represent the mount of the congregation,
09:39 God's people... and God sitting as King over those people,
09:43 this is why Lucifer wants to sit on the side of the north
09:47 but this side of the north is located in the Holy Place,
09:51 so what we're seeing here in Revelation chapter 4
09:56 is a vision of the throne in the Holy Place.
10:01 Now here's why this is super significant
10:05 in the context of the seven seals
10:07 because remember we just mentioned that this is a...
10:10 Revelation 4 and 5 is revealing to us the story of redemption,
10:15 okay, so the significant thing about the Table of Shewbread
10:20 is that the Priest was to...
10:23 in fact it was Leviticus 24 verse 8
10:25 and I'll just read it here very quickly,
10:26 it says, "Every Sabbath shall he set it in order... "
10:29 that is the Table of Shewbread,
10:31 "in order before the Lord continually,
10:33 being taken from the children of Israel
10:35 by an everlasting covenant. "
10:36 So the Table of Shewbread was to be ministered
10:39 how often? "Ministered at... " how often?
10:42 Every Sabbath... Leviticus 24 verse 8.
10:46 The Table of Shewbread brings our attention
10:50 to the Word of God, but even more specifically,
10:53 to the Sabbath Commandment, okay,
10:57 now here's why this is so... so... beautiful
11:00 and so, actually, important in the context of the seven seals.
11:03 It is because the Sabbath according to Exodus 20
11:08 is a sign of Creation,
11:10 God created the world in six days
11:13 and rested on the seventh,
11:14 that's why He wants us to keep it...
11:16 but there was another reason that God gave
11:18 for us keeping the Sabbath,
11:19 it's found in Deuteronomy chapter 5,
11:21 I'm going to read that in your hearing
11:24 so, Deuteronomy chapter 5 verse 14,
11:26 it says, "But the seventh day is the Sabbath
11:29 of the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any work,
11:32 thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
11:34 nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant,
11:36 nor thine ox, nor thine ass,
11:37 nor any of thy cattle,
11:39 nor thy stranger that is within they gates;
11:41 that thy manservant
11:42 and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
11:44 And remember that thou was a servant
11:47 in the Land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God
11:50 brought thee out thence through a mighty hand
11:53 and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God
11:56 commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day. "
11:58 The Sabbath was a sign... not only of Creation
12:03 but also redemption,
12:05 God has drawn us out from a terrible situation,
12:10 therefore, keep the Sabbath, now why is that significant?
12:14 Because as you look at the... for example the first seal,
12:18 there's a rider on a white horse,
12:20 well, that rider on the white horse...
12:22 we will identify as Jesus Christ but Jesus... in Revelation 19...
12:27 He's again sitting on a white horse
12:29 and His name is called the Word of God.
12:31 Yvonne: Hmmm...
12:33 Ivor: In the third seal...
12:34 you find a famine of wheat and barley,
12:36 guess what wheat and barley make? They make bread...
12:39 okay, in the fifth seal you find the people
12:44 are under the altar... have been slain for what?
12:48 The Word of God and the testimony which they held,
12:51 now, check this out,
12:52 right between the sixth seal and the seventh seal,
12:56 you have the introduction of the 144,000
13:00 who are sealed with the seal of God,
13:04 what is the seal of God?
13:07 It's pointing us specifically to the Sabbath Commandment
13:12 and why are they sealed thus? Because they were...
13:17 the angel says, "these were they
13:20 are they who are brought out of great tribulation,
13:23 they were redeemed, they were redeemed... "
13:26 so the whole...
13:28 James: Just like in the Old Testament...
13:29 when they were redeemed... I brought you out of Egypt,
13:32 I brought you out of bondage, here's the 144,000...
13:34 here's this great multitude,
13:36 what they... they came out of great tribulation,
13:38 they've been sealed.
13:39 Ivor: And by-the-way, 144,000 is 12 times 12...
13:44 it's the Table of Shewbread right there,
13:46 the 24 elders... 12 and 12...
13:49 everything that is unfolding within the context of the seals,
13:54 should be understood
13:55 within the context of the Table of Shewbread.
13:58 So that sets the foundation and remember,
14:00 because the Table of Shewbread unfolds simultaneously
14:03 with the seven-branched candlestick,
14:05 we're going to see that these seals and churches
14:08 basically match.
14:10 James: They line up... and another thing
14:11 that's really... that came to me as you were talking, Ivor,
14:14 is in the vision...
14:16 you're talking about the Table of Shewbread
14:17 in the mount of the congregation... God's throne
14:20 and the shewbread... the 12 representing God's people there,
14:23 well that's exactly the picture
14:24 we see here in Revelation chapter 4,
14:26 we see a throne set in heaven and then we see
14:29 around the throne... 24 thrones
14:32 it says, "seats" in the King James
14:33 but the word is, "thrones," thrones...
14:35 24 thrones around that throne,
14:37 and this is the... these 24 thrones,
14:40 represent the people of God, 12 and 12... twenty four...
14:47 12 and 12... because they symbolize
14:49 the Old Testament redeemed, the New Testament redeemed
14:51 and they are around the throne, so if the throne represents
14:54 this Table of Shewbread...
14:56 then the thrones around that throne will represent
14:59 the mount of the congregations,
15:01 so you've got the symbols in the Old Testament
15:04 becoming literal in this revelation of Jesus Christ.
15:07 So, let's break that up just a little bit more,
15:10 let's look at that a little bit more,
15:12 how do we know that these 24 elders
15:15 are actually representative of the redeemed?
15:17 Because, you know, some people have said,
15:19 "Maybe these guys are representives
15:20 of the unfallen worlds... "
15:22 well, there are a number of reasons we know
15:23 that these represent the redeemed, okay,
15:25 the first reason I want to break down for you
15:27 is the number 24... it's 12 and 12...
15:30 that is a number that signifies the tribes and the apostles,
15:34 it's a Kingdom number, okay, number 2,
15:36 another number reason why we know
15:39 because of how they are described,
15:41 they have white robes...
15:43 that was promised to the Philadelphian church
15:45 if you overcome, they have crowns...
15:47 that was promised to the church of Smyrna, if you overcome...
15:49 and they are sitting on thrones,
15:51 you know what that was promised to?
15:53 "He that overcomes will sit with me on my throne
15:57 as I sit with my Father on His throne... "
15:59 that was promised to Laodicea,
16:00 so here... in other words...
16:02 John... in the seven churches... the Holy Spirit...
16:06 and by-the-way, here's another thought
16:08 that came to me as you were talking about the Sabbath
16:09 and how, God came to minister on the Sabbath,
16:12 He comes to minister on the Sabbath,
16:13 well, John was in the Spirit on the "Lord's Day"
16:16 when the Spirit came to minister to him and to share with him...
16:19 on this island... lonely island of Patmos...
16:21 to share with him... see... the Sabbath is a time for us
16:25 to be ministered to... by God,
16:27 Sabbath was a time when God wants to answer our prayers,
16:30 the Sabbath is the time when God wants to recharge us,
16:33 "Is your battery running low? Are you running out of power?"
16:37 Well, God wants to recharge that battery,
16:40 He wants to get you back up to where you need to be,
16:42 that's what the Sabbath is all about
16:44 so the Sabbath... John's alone...
16:45 and you can imagine... he might be discouraged...
16:47 he might be struggling...
16:48 he sees what's coming into the churches,
16:49 he sees this "falling away" beginning to develop,
16:51 he sees... men who want the preeminence,
16:53 and the Holy Spirit comes to him
16:54 and ministers to him on the Sabbath,
16:56 and as God shows him this vision,
16:58 he sees these 24 elders and all of a sudden he's clicking,
17:02 "Wait a minute... elders... elders... elders... "
17:03 never is the word used
17:06 in the Old Testament and the New Testament,
17:07 that anyone other than human beings...
17:09 angels are never called elders, angels are never called elders
17:13 when the sons of God went before the Lord... in Job,
17:17 these representatives from other worlds...
17:18 they weren't called elders,
17:20 elders are not only representatives of us,
17:24 people who've been redeemed, but they also... play a part
17:27 in the unfolding of the plan of Salvation
17:29 in the Book of Revelation, there are times
17:32 when John says, "One of the elders came to me... and said...
17:36 one of the elders came to me and said... "
17:38 and those the special moments, those are the special moments
17:41 that remind us of when we get to go to someone and say,
17:44 "we... redeemed... "
17:46 we... people who are going through the same struggles
17:48 that they are going through can go to them and say...
17:51 it's not an angel... it's not the Word of God...
17:53 sometimes, you know, you can witness to someone
17:55 through the Word of God, you give them all the doctrines
17:57 but sometimes they just need to hear a word from you.
17:59 "How did you... what's your relationship with Christ,
18:01 what does He mean to you?"
18:03 We're the... so those elders represent us...
18:05 and our testimony... and then finally, I think,
18:08 it's important... we'll get this...
18:10 into this in verse five too but it's important to recognize
18:12 that these elders are... are... actually spoken about
18:19 in Matthew 27 and in Ephesians chapter 4,
18:23 let's look at those two verses, Jason, if you can read for us
18:27 Matthew chapter 27 and Yvonne if you can look up
18:31 Ephesians chapter 4
18:32 and I'll give you the verses here as soon as I get there
18:34 because I don't have them of the top of my head
18:36 and Jason, in Matthew 27, it's verses... we'll just read
18:44 let's read all the way through verses 50 to 52
18:47 just to get the contents, contents... content...
18:50 verses 50 and 52 and then... Yvonne, when he's done with that
18:54 you can read in Ephesians chapter 4...
18:57 you have Ephesians?
18:59 Yvonne: I do... James: You do...
19:02 okay... ah... read verse 10
19:05 and... yeah, verse 10... Yvonne: Okay...
19:08 Jason: So, Matthew 27 verse 50 through 52 says...
19:14 James: 53...
19:16 Jason: Oh, so 53... "Jesus, when he had cried again
19:19 with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
19:21 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain
19:25 from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake,
19:29 and the rocks rent;
19:30 And the graves were opened;
19:32 and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.
19:35 And came out of the graves after his resurrection,
19:38 and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
19:41 James: One things I'll emphasize there before you say
19:44 your verse there, Yvonne, "after His resurrection" means,
19:47 "it's permanent," He was resurrected permanently,
19:51 so "after His resurrection" means... "this is permanent,"
19:54 they've been in the grave for quite some time
19:56 and they've been resurrected after His resurrection,
19:59 now what happens to these guys? Yvonne, go ahead...
20:02 Yvonne: Oh, Ephesians 4:10...?
20:05 "He that descended is the same
20:08 also that ascended up far above all heavens,
20:11 that he might fill all things. "
20:13 James: Oh, I didn't give you the...
20:14 I didn't give you the full thing here,
20:16 it actually starts with... verse 8.
20:19 Yvonne: Okay...
20:25 James: Actually it's verse 8, just read verse 8.
20:29 Yvonne: Eight... James: Hmmm... hmmm...
20:31 Yvonne: "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high,
20:35 he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. "
20:38 James: Okay... this is talking about Jesus' resurrection,
20:42 "captivity" are that group of people that He resurrected
20:45 they were captive in the earth... in the grave,
20:47 and He led them... He led them... he let them free
20:49 and at the same time "gave gifts unto men... "
20:51 which we could say... is the Holy Spirit
20:52 as well as the gifts that they received
20:54 but it's... I think primarily the Holy Spirit
20:55 so, what you have taking place here in Revelation chapter 4
21:00 is you have this picture, okay, the throne is set in heaven,
21:02 the throne is a representation of the Government of God
21:06 it's been in controversy, now it's set,
21:10 it's set now, it's got a rainbow over it now
21:13 now, a rainbow is a symbol of God's justice and His mercy,
21:17 it's a symbol of... water and sunshine...
21:19 two seemingly opposites coming together
21:22 justice and mercy, is God just or is He merciful?
21:25 which one? Yvonne: Both...
21:27 Ivor: So, you're saying that perhaps there was an event
21:30 on earth that basically cemented
21:36 or established God's throne and rid the universe of any doubt
21:43 as to the character of various individuals
21:47 within the great controversy and that event would have been
21:50 the cross... the death and burial and resurrection.
21:53 James: Which chapter five is going to bring out...
21:55 see, chapter four is like Genesis chapter 1,
21:58 that's the creation story
22:01 and when God gives the creation story in Genesis one,
22:04 He says... that He made man in His image,
22:06 male and female made He them... done.
22:09 So, Revelation 4 says, "God's throne is set... "
22:12 there are 24 elders there, they've been raised, you know,
22:15 captive, they've got thrones,
22:16 they've got white robes, they've got crowns
22:18 it's all done...
22:20 chapter five tells us "Well, how did that happen,
22:24 how did the throne get set,
22:26 how did the rainbow get established,
22:27 how did God's mercy and justice get established...
22:29 how did those elders...
22:31 why are they there... how did that happen?"
22:32 Chapter 5 tells us... so chapter 5 is like Genesis 2,
22:35 Genesis 2 now goes back and...
22:37 goes back to the Creation story and says now,
22:39 "When God created man...
22:42 He made him out of the dust of the earth,"
22:44 we came from dirt... everybody knows that...
22:49 when God created woman...
22:51 ooooo, that was a little bit different,
22:53 He went to the man... took a rib...
22:55 so you get the details there, so when we get to...
22:58 so these are two parallel chapters...
23:00 they're repeating and enlarging within,
23:01 that's what Revelation 4 and 5 do,
23:03 Revelation 4 gives us a basic outline
23:05 and what happens is...
23:06 and this is... we don't do this enough...
23:08 what happens is... is when...
23:10 see it's been... thousands of years
23:13 that this controversy has been waging, in heaven,
23:17 and it's finally been settled, and when it's settled,
23:20 it's like... "YES!" and "holy, holy, holy... "
23:23 and then the 24 elders... they sit there and they go,
23:26 "Yes, worthy is the lamb... " and they just start praising God
23:28 this happened to me...
23:29 Ivor: Not that the controversy is going on...
23:32 not that there is war going on in heaven
23:34 for thousands of years... but...
23:35 James: No... no... but there's a controversy...
23:37 there's a question that needs to be answered, yes, good,
23:40 and so they can't help it, they just explode with praise,
23:43 but that's not... we're not done yet... Revelation 5,
23:46 "And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne
23:48 I saw a scroll written... "
23:49 and I... so we go through the thing again,
23:51 in a little bit more detail as to how this happened
23:53 but in chapter 4... we started the process of understanding
23:57 how God's throne is set, how these 24 elders got there,
24:00 why did they get the things
24:02 that were promised to the churches, how did that happen?
24:04 We looked at the verses with that special resurrection
24:06 we've seen God's throne was set, we've seen the rainbow over it,
24:10 we know that these guys are praising God,
24:12 we know they're saying, "Holy, holy, holy... "
24:13 we know the 24 elders are praising God,
24:14 the seven spirits are still there,
24:16 now, the seven spirits... have to go out into all the earth,
24:19 we'll see this in chapter 5 but not until we finish
24:22 this re-creation story, okay,
24:25 Genesis 1 and 2 gives us the creation story,
24:27 Revelation 4 and 5 gives us the re-creation story.
24:31 Ivor: And remember that... that concept that
24:35 what we're looking at in the cycle of seven
24:39 is re-creation... right,
24:42 how God is... re-doing things,
24:45 how God is bringing the church into His likeness
24:49 and into His image to usher us into that...
24:52 that eternal Sabbath in heaven, and so the parallels there
24:58 between the creation week of Genesis
25:01 and what's happening in the cycle of sevens,
25:04 in the Book of Revelation are again, very significant.
25:08 James: Very significant, in fact... in the creation week,
25:12 part one, chapter one, God rests on the Sabbath,
25:16 He's finished all His work and rests on the Sabbath,
25:19 in re-creation... when Jesus was on the cross on Friday
25:22 on the sixth day, He said, "It is finished... "
25:26 and he rested on the Sabbath.
25:28 Yvonne: Yes... yes...
25:30 James: He comes up from the grave
25:32 takes the captivity captive, takes them up into heaven,
25:34 there they are... so we see,
25:36 the Sabbath is a vital part of this
25:38 because even before we fell, the Sabbath called us to rest,
25:43 in everything God had created for us... without us...
25:45 there was nothing we could point to...
25:47 we couldn't point to that tree and say,
25:48 "Hey, did you see that tree over there...?
25:50 God made the trunk, I put on the branches,
25:52 He did the leaves... I did... " nothing... nothing...
25:54 Yvonne: Right... right...
25:55 James: so even before the fall, every...
25:58 all the glory went to God... all the glory went to God,
26:00 so now, after the fall, we have a problem with that
26:02 because we want to get a little bit of glory, don't we?
26:05 yeah, see, but see... Jesus trod the wine press alone
26:07 and the people were not with Him,
26:10 so He re-creates us, by Himself,
26:12 but He does it for us.
26:14 Ivor: So the Sabbath is a sign... the seal...
26:17 that, "I am the Lord that sanctifies you... "
26:20 James: Yes... exactly...
26:21 Ivor: "You don't sanctify yourself...
26:22 I sanctify you...
26:24 so if you... if you think you can sanctify yourself...
26:26 then don't keep the Sabbath, you know,
26:28 but the Sabbath is a sign that
26:29 I am the Lord that sanctifies you. "
26:31 James: It's reminding you to "rest in me. "
26:33 Ivor: "It's not self-sanctification,
26:36 it's not self-righteousness, I am the one that sanctifies. "
26:40 Yvonne: So for anyone who says,
26:42 "Well, the Sabbath is just for Jews...
26:44 because it was given to the Jews
26:49 or by Moses to the people... " that is not the case,
26:55 it was instituted at creation.
26:57 Ivor: It is a sign of redemption
27:00 so if you are ever in tribulation
27:03 and the Lord delivered you,
27:04 He says, "I want you...
27:05 I delivered you, keep my Sabbath... "
27:07 that's the sign that you remember
27:10 that I delivered you out of bondage,
27:12 bondage to drugs, bondage to music,
27:14 bondage to... whatever it is... bondage to being in the world,
27:17 when you are delivered, the sign that God says,
27:21 "I want you to keep as a... as a...
27:22 as in honor of that... is the Sabbath. "
27:24 And if anyone watching has a question about that,
27:27 they can send their video questions to:
27:30 Yvonne: sss@3abn. org
27:34 sss as in Salvation in Symbols and Signs.
27:37 James: Salvation in Symbols and signs
27:39 and this is all about salvation in symbols and signs,
27:41 it's all about Jesus,
27:43 take us out with a word of prayer, Jason.
27:45 Jason: All right... "Dear Heavenly Father,
27:46 we just want to lift you up and praise you and thank you so much
27:50 for blessing us with all your many promises
27:53 and the Sabbath and giving us a day of rest
27:57 and all the signs of the times that you provided
28:00 in Revelation which is what we're coming to know
28:03 as a love story, thank you for the opportunity
28:07 to be here and learning this and helping us
28:10 to comprehend what we are studying
28:12 we pray this in Jesus' name, amen.
28:14 All: "Amen... "