Salvation in Symbols and Signs

The Sealed Book -part 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Ivor Meyers (Host), James Rafferty (Host), Jason Bradley, Yvonne Lewis


Series Code: SISS

Program Code: SISS000017A

00:30 Revelation chapter 5, Revelation chapter 5...
00:34 we finished with Revelation Chapter 4,
00:36 we got a picture of the throne that's set in heaven,
00:39 which we identified as the end of the controversy...
00:42 at least in heaven over God's throne
00:43 His Justice... His Mercy, we have a picture of 24 elders
00:47 which we identified as the redeemed,
00:48 the multitude raised with Christ after His resurrection
00:51 they received the robes,
00:53 they're sitting on thrones, they have the crowns...
00:55 things that are promised to the churches that overcome,
00:58 to Smyrna, to Philadelphia, to Laodicea
01:01 and now we're going to understand why...
01:03 well, how did they get there?
01:05 Revelation 5... kind of layers over Revelation 4
01:09 kind of like Genesis 1... Genesis 2...
01:11 Revelation 5 gives us a fuller picture
01:13 of how all of this happened,
01:15 how did God's throne get established in heaven?
01:18 How has His justice and mercy been qualified by
01:21 all of the unfallen universe
01:23 so that they see that He is just and merciful,
01:25 How is it that these elders are redeemed?
01:27 Revelation 5 gives us the answer to that
01:29 so we're going to jump into that, have a word of prayer,
01:32 Yvonne, would you like to pray for us?
01:33 Yvonne: Sure, sure... "Father God,
01:35 once again, we come before you with open hearts
01:37 grateful for the privilege of studying your Word...
01:40 and grateful for your presence,
01:42 so we welcome you in this place,
01:44 we invite you to be with us and guide us and direct us
01:47 and thank you for my brothers here and my son,
01:50 help us Lord God to continue to move forward in your Word
01:54 to greater and deeper understanding,
01:56 in Jesus' name, amen. " All: "Amen... "
01:58 James: And then we're going to do our traditional thing
02:01 which is very, very good tradition and that is...
02:03 we're going to read through the Scriptures,
02:05 I'm looking to you Jason to start us off,
02:07 you can read about half of this, there's... there's
02:09 about... what...? fourteen texts here
02:13 and if you could read about seven of them
02:14 and then maybe, Yvonne, you can read the next seven,
02:16 we'll just go through them here.
02:18 Jason: "And I saw in the right hand of him
02:21 that sat on the throne a book written within
02:23 and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
02:26 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
02:30 Who is worthy to open the book,
02:32 and to loose the seals thereof?
02:34 And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
02:36 neither under the earth, was able to open the book,
02:39 neither to look thereon.
02:40 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy
02:45 to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
02:48 And one of the elders saith unto me,
02:50 Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
02:53 the Root of David, hath prevailed
02:56 to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
02:58 And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne
03:02 and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders,
03:06 stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
03:08 having seven horns and seven eyes,
03:10 which are the seven Spirits of God
03:12 sent forth unto all the earth.
03:14 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him
03:17 that sat upon the throne. "
03:19 Yvonne: "And when he had taken the book,
03:21 the four beasts and four and twenty elders
03:23 fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps,
03:27 and golden vials full of odours,
03:29 which are the prayers of saints.
03:31 And they sung a new song, saying,
03:34 Thou art worthy to take the book,
03:37 and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain,
03:40 and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
03:43 out of every kindred, and tongue and people, and nation;
03:46 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
03:50 and we shall reign on the earth.
03:52 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels
03:55 round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:
03:58 and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
04:01 and thousands of thousands;
04:03 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb... "
04:06 oh yeah, oh... I love this...
04:08 "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
04:12 and riches and wisdom, and strength,
04:14 and honour, and glory, and blessing.
04:17 And every creature which is in heaven,
04:19 and on earth, and under the earth,
04:21 and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,
04:25 heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory,
04:28 and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
04:31 and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
04:34 And the four beasts said, Amen.
04:36 And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him
04:40 that liveth for ever and ever. "
04:42 James: What a beautiful picture.
04:44 Yvonne: Oh, worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
04:47 James: This... this has to be one of the most
04:49 glorious chapters in the entire Bible and it is rich, rich, rich
04:55 there is... we could break it into three sections,
04:58 there's... there is a problem that is exposed to John,
05:01 a problem... because there's a book that's sealed up
05:03 and can't be opened and it causes him to weep
05:05 and so... this is... this is the problem...
05:08 the dilemma that faces John and then the next section,
05:10 there is a solution to the dilemma,
05:12 the solution is brought forth, the Lamb is able...
05:16 and... and we see that solution
05:17 we see a response to the solution
05:19 and then we see in the third section
05:21 we see the overall response of the entire universe
05:24 to what the Lamb has been able to accomplish.
05:26 Yvonne: Ah...
05:28 Ivor: So John is weeping because
05:29 evidently these seals contained the future of humanity,
05:35 James: Yes... Yvonne: Hmmm...
05:36 and he sees that without this happening... humanity is doomed.
05:39 James: He sees it... in fact, let me just take you to
05:42 a verse in the Old Testament
05:43 because again, we want to emphasize that
05:45 a lot of the Book of Revelation is symbols that are broken open
05:50 in our understanding of the Bible itself,
05:52 so the terminology of the sealed book...
05:55 sealed on the inside and the outside...
05:57 sealed up so that no man can open it,
05:58 that terminology... and written...
06:00 is borrowed from the Old Testament,
06:02 there's a verse in Ezekiel chapter 2...
06:05 Ezekiel chapter 2 and we're going to look here at verse...
06:09 well, let's look at verses 9 and 10,
06:12 Ezekiel chapter 2, verses 9 and 10
06:16 and it says here, "And when I looked,
06:20 behold, an hand was sent unto me: and lo,
06:24 a roll of a book was therein;"
06:27 verse 10, "And he spread it before me;
06:30 and it was written within and without:
06:33 and there was written therein
06:36 lamentations, and mourning, and woe. "
06:39 Yvonne: Hmmm...
06:41 James: Okay, on the throne, there is a scroll,
06:45 it's sealed up with seven seals,
06:47 it has writings on the inside and on the outside,
06:49 and no man in heaven and no man on the earth,
06:51 and no man under the earth can take that scroll... that book...
06:54 and open it and break those seals,
06:56 and John begins to weep, why?
06:58 Because according to Ezekiel,
07:00 that scroll represents the history of the world.
07:04 Yvonne: Hmmm...
07:06 James: It's written on the inside and the outside because
07:08 it is complete... every decision,
07:10 every... every action... the history of nations,
07:14 is all contained in this roll, but it's sealed up...
07:17 in other words, our faith is sealed up,
07:19 the history of this earth could be summarized
07:23 in these words, Lamentation and weeping and woe.
07:27 In the New Testament, it could be summarized this way,
07:30 "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,
07:34 and the wages of sin is death," that's the summation
07:37 of what's written in this roll, now, the Bible says,
07:41 "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,"
07:45 so that's why He has the scroll,
07:47 even though Satan is counter claiming this earth,
07:50 according to Job chapter 1,
07:51 he's saying, "No, the earth is mine... I've been too and fro,
07:53 I've been up and down, I've been checking it out... "
07:55 you know, when you buy something, you check it out,
07:56 especially if you're buying a used car,
07:58 or a piece of property, you check it out,
07:59 you go, "oh, check... " he's been checking...
08:01 he says, "The earth is mine... " God says, "No, no, no...
08:03 you haven't considered my servant Job... "
08:05 so... so there's this contention taking place,
08:07 that the scroll is sealed up, the destiny is sealed up,
08:11 no man in heaven... are there men in heaven?
08:14 Ivor: Hmmm... hmmm...
08:15 James: Outside of the 24 elders, are there men in heaven?
08:18 Ivor: No...
08:21 Yvonne: Well, you want to talk about... like, Elijah...
08:23 James: Yes, yes, yes...
08:24 Ivor: Yes, yes, yes, yes... I didn't understand the question
08:27 James: All right, the layperson corrects the theologian.
08:29 All: laughter...
08:32 James: How did Enoch get to heaven?
08:33 Yvonne: Translation...
08:34 James: Translation... without seeing death.
08:36 I mean, he had this close walk with God, right?
08:39 Jason: Wasn't he like... 300 and something years' old?
08:41 James: Yes... yeah... and... and... and...
08:43 he got married and he had a son and that changed his life...
08:46 changed his life... because I remember when my son was born,
08:49 I remember the feeling of love and protection...
08:53 the feelings that I had toward that little baby
08:58 when he was born... I couldn't even...
09:00 I couldn't even write it out, there was just these emotions
09:03 and these feelings that came out where I just...
09:05 and I saw God
09:07 in a completely different way than I had ever seen before,
09:09 if I loved this boy like this,
09:12 how much more does God love me, unconditionally...
09:16 it was just incredible,
09:17 Enoch had this walk with God that was so close
09:19 that one day... as they were walking and talking together,
09:22 God said, "Hey, Enoch, we're closer to my house
09:24 than we are to your house,
09:25 why don't you just come home with me?"
09:27 Yvonne: Hmmm...
09:28 James: Can Enoch open the scroll?
09:30 can Enoch change our destiny,
09:32 can Enoch change our destiny with death?
09:34 No, it doesn't matter how close you are with God,
09:36 it doesn't matter what our connections...
09:38 if we're... if we're getting ready to be translated...
09:40 but the world, the lamentation, the death...
09:42 that is our destiny and that's why John is weeping...
09:44 no man in heaven... no man in earth...
09:47 no man under the earth...
09:48 can alter that destiny with death
09:51 and as he is weeping, one of the elders comes to him
09:53 and the elder says, "Weep not... "
09:56 seven letters comprising two words
09:59 that bring us to the rest of the story, "Weep not... "
10:01 and then what? See that's the gospel...
10:03 "Weep not, dry your eyes... " and then what?
10:06 And by-the-way, it's the elder, it's one like him,
10:08 one who is redeemed, one you can relate, okay,
10:10 that's our job... and then the elder says,
10:13 "Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah... "
10:16 and that is the secret... God isn't asking us to...
10:20 to overcome... He's not asking...
10:22 let me just clarify that,
10:24 He's not asking us to take the roll
10:26 and to change our destiny with death
10:28 and to do that which only the Lamb can do,
10:31 He's asking us to behold the Lamb...
10:33 now is it important for us to behold the Lamb?
10:36 It's vital... it's vital... it's the secret to success.
10:38 Yvonne: Man! that's some rich... this is rich...
10:42 I never even noticed that the... one of the elders
10:45 said it... "One like him... " I've read this a ton of times...
10:51 but never... it just never connected,
10:55 "One like him... " said, "Weep not... "
10:57 James: It's because we've identified the elders,
10:59 and once we've identified the elders,
11:01 then we realize... "Wow! they've got a part to play in this...
11:03 we've got a part to play in this...
11:04 we've got a part... they've got a part... "
11:06 Yvonne: Hmmm... hmmm... James: The whole...
11:08 Ivor: They're... they're the down payment as it were,
11:09 you know, "Look, we're here, so, weep not
11:14 the reason we're here... is because of the Lamb
11:17 that was slain from the foundation of the world. "
11:19 Yvonne: Hmmm... hmmm... hmmm... hmmm...
11:21 James: Behold the Lion of... so he's looking right?
11:23 He's looking for this Lion of the tribe of Judah,
11:25 he's looking around, this Lion of the tribe of Judah,
11:28 and what does he see?
11:30 He sees a Lamb as it had been slain...
11:36 and this is where the symbol of the Lamb is first introduced
11:39 and when it's introduced,
11:40 it's introduced in relation to being slain...
11:43 in other words, this symbol represents the cross or Calvary,
11:47 the Lamb slain is directing us to Christ crucified,
11:53 Christ crucified is now the central theme
11:56 of the Book of Revelation because we're going to see
11:59 this symbol of the Lamb repeated over and over again
12:01 throughout the Book of Revelation.
12:03 Whenever it says, "They followed the Lamb...
12:05 the Lamb's Book of Life... " it's talking about the cross,
12:07 it's talking about Calvary, it's talking about that focus...
12:09 that we... it needs to be central
12:11 with the Christian experience, "Behold the cross...
12:13 look to the cross... meditate on the cross...
12:15 spend a thoughtful hour a day meditating on the life of Christ
12:17 especially the closing scenes
12:19 because that is the key that is the secret.
12:22 Ivor: So, as we look at this particular verse,
12:25 it points us to a Lamb as it had been slain,
12:28 in other words... John is looking... he is seeing,
12:30 "this is Christ, after His resurrection... "
12:34 so here's what we can tell from this,
12:36 remember, we talked about...
12:37 this is the prelude to the seven seals,
12:39 remember we said, one through seven represents
12:42 a complete cycle of time, so the beginning...
12:45 the opening vision lets us know when do we start looking...
12:48 what time do we connect that first seal with
12:52 and when does it end,
12:54 so what we know is that the first seal,
12:56 must begin sometime shortly
12:59 after the death, burial and resurrection of Christ,
13:03 right, because the opening vision...
13:05 John sees Him as a Lamb that had been slain,
13:09 so now we know,
13:10 "Okay, well, whatever this first seal is,
13:12 it's going to have to be some time shortly after the death,
13:14 burial and resurrection of Christ... "
13:16 and what we can now double check that... right,
13:20 when we jump over to the churches
13:22 and we see... "Well look, the first church
13:24 is just after the death of Christ,
13:26 so the first seal is going to parallel the first church. "
13:31 James: Yes... Yvonne: Ah...
13:32 Ivor: So now we're checking in multiple ways.
13:35 Yvonne: Okay, we're doing time and location.
13:37 Ivor and James: Time and location.
13:38 James: And there is something else here too
13:40 in this verse, verse 6, it says,
13:42 "And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne
13:47 and in the midst of the four beasts,
13:50 and in the midst of the elders,
13:51 stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
13:53 having seven horns and seven eyes,
13:54 which are the seven Spirits of God
13:56 sent forth into all the earth. "
13:57 Now, Ivor was just saying, "We have Calvary here... "
14:00 but also what we have... is... we have the Spirit of God
14:03 sent forth into all the earth,
14:04 in chapter 4, in verse 5, "And out of the throne
14:08 proceeded lightnings and thunders and voices:
14:12 and there were seven lamps of fire
14:14 burning before the throne,
14:15 which are the seven Spirits of God. "
14:17 In chapter 4 and verse 5,
14:19 the seven Spirits of God or the Holy Spirit...
14:21 that's what's being represented here,
14:23 is before the throne,
14:24 in chapter 5... it's sent forth into all the earth,
14:26 what makes the difference? Yvonne: Hmmm...
14:29 Jesus said, "I'm going to go to my Father,"
14:31 this is after His resurrection. Yvonne: Right...
14:32 James: "and I'm going to send you a Comforter... "
14:34 actually He said it before His resurrection,
14:35 "I'm going to send you a Comforter... "
14:37 so, here is another confirmation of the timeframe,
14:40 this is showing us that this...
14:42 the timing of the opening of the first seals
14:45 is going to be in the Apostolic Age...
14:47 when Jesus ascends to the Father,
14:49 when His sacrifice on Calvary is accepted
14:51 and when the Holy Spirit is poured out.
14:54 Yvonne: Okay... Ivor: So we have Pentecost.
14:56 James: We have Pentecost... one more thing here
14:58 and I think it's really powerful,
14:59 I want us to go back here to verse 5,
15:01 there's a lot in verse 5 and let's just start unpacking it,
15:03 one of the elders... we noticed that that was connecting us
15:08 to people who had been redeemed,
15:10 said unto me, "Weep not... " gospel...
15:13 "behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah... "
15:15 this is how we experience the gospel...
15:16 by beholding Christ... "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
15:19 the Root of David has prevailed... "
15:21 James: Now let's just hang on that word for just a second
15:24 because that word...
15:26 traces all the way through the Book of Revelation,
15:28 it goes back to the churches and it goes forward,
15:31 and the word is NikaĆ³... it's the Greek word,
15:34 it's the same word that is used in the closing of every church
15:38 when it says, "to him that overcomes,"
15:41 to him that overcomes... to him that overcomes.
15:42 Yvonne: So... He has overcome...
15:44 James: Yes! Jesus has prevailed where we have failed.
15:47 Yvonne: Oooo... I'm getting chills...
15:50 no man in heaven... no man in earth...
15:52 no man under the earth... can prevail
15:54 but Jesus has prevailed, so look to Him...
15:57 look to... you need to overcome...
15:59 you need to... every church... you need to overcome...
16:01 well, how do we overcome?
16:03 Well, let's get into the seals, let's get into our second
16:05 outline here, our second... snap snap...
16:10 the word I'm using... going back to Revelation...
16:12 Ivor: Our second Cycle?
16:17 James: Cycle... cycle... cycle, let's go into our second cycle
16:20 because the second cycle tells us how we overcome
16:22 and the third cycle tells us a little bit more
16:23 and the fourth cycle tells us a little bit more,
16:25 you see what I'm saying, in other words,
16:27 Revelation is not just a bunch of symbols,
16:29 pointing out history... past, present and future...
16:31 Revelation is pointing us to God...
16:32 to the Plan of Salvation, to how we overcome,
16:35 we do it by beholding Christ,
16:37 we connect with Him and we're going to see this even more
16:39 when the first horse comes out,
16:40 because that same word, "NikaĆ³" is used
16:42 in the first horse "going forth conquering and to conquer"
16:44 it's going to be huge right there,
16:46 but we're getting a clue now,
16:48 "you need to overcome, you need to overcome,
16:49 you need to overcome... " how do we overcome?
16:51 Not any man in heaven, not any man in earth,
16:53 not any man under the earth,
16:55 the way you overcome is by looking to the Lamb,
16:56 He's the one who has prevailed, where you have failed,
16:59 Yvonne: Ah... yeah...
17:00 James: Key principle, key truth that's being taught here.
17:03 Ivor: Yeah, so I want to point out something else here
17:06 same chapter... same verse rather...
17:09 verse 5... it says, "One of the elders said unto me,
17:12 Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
17:15 the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book... "
17:19 so... so one of the things that we should do...
17:21 whenever we're studying the Scripture...
17:23 a term jumps out to you...
17:24 term that looks like... "Hmmm... what is that about?"
17:26 Always try to go back and see if we can find more information
17:30 on that term... and so... this "Root of David... "
17:33 that seems like a...
17:35 just kind of like a weird term to put in there,
17:37 right in the middle of this... "the Root of David... "
17:40 so what in the world is that talking about?
17:42 "The Root of David... " how is Jesus the Root of David?
17:44 Well, if you go back with me to the Book of Isaiah chapter 11
17:47 Isaiah chapter 11 and verse 1...
17:52 Isaiah 11 verse 1 actually makes that same mention
18:00 and here's what it says, Isaiah 11 verse 1...
18:05 we'll also go and look at verse 10...
18:06 it says, "And there shall come forth a rod
18:09 out of the stem of Jesse,
18:12 and a Branch shall grow out of his roots... "
18:15 okay... all right... so, wow, there is where that term is from
18:18 and let's look at verse 10,
18:20 "And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse,
18:23 which shall stand for an end sign of the people;
18:26 to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious"
18:29 Yvonne: Hmmm...
18:30 Ivor: Okay, so this root of Jesse points us to
18:33 something else because now we want to know...
18:36 well, Stem of Jesse, we're like...
18:38 where does that story of Jesse and David come from
18:41 and actually it comes from the story of Ruth...
18:45 so let's go back to the Book of Ruth...
18:48 let's go over to Ruth chapter 4...
18:50 Ruth chapter 1 actually... and in the story of Ruth...
18:56 I'll try to summarize it but Ruth is married to...
19:01 I'm sorry... Naomi is married to a man by the name of Elimelech
19:06 and she has two sons and in this... in this story...
19:12 Elimelech dies...
19:16 James: You're having a hard time finding Ruth?
19:17 Yvonne: Yeah... I forgot where Ruth is...
19:19 James: Yeah... me too...
19:20 Ivor: Ruth is going to be right after Judges, yeah.
19:24 so, you've got the Book of Ruth, excuse me...
19:30 James: Oh, it's tucked away here between Judges and 1st Samuel.
19:34 Ivor: So, Naomi's husband, Elimelech dies...
19:40 her two sons who are married to Ruth and Orpah... also die,
19:49 so she has... she literally has no hope of a future,
19:54 okay, so remember that... she has no hope...
19:57 no offspring... James: no one can prevail...
19:59 Ivor: no one can prevail...
20:00 like, she is in a situation where she has no future...
20:03 and in Israel, everyone wanted to bear...
20:05 everyone wanted to bear a child because of the possibility
20:08 of the Messiah coming through... you know what I mean?
20:11 So, everyone was... you know... who...?
20:13 so bearing a child was of the utmost importance,
20:16 now, there was a Law in the Old Testament
20:17 that if a... if... you know... a widow who lost...
20:24 a woman who lost her husband had no one to...
20:28 she couldn't marry a stranger,
20:30 she had to marry someone who was nearest of kin
20:34 to carry on the line... to raise up seed
20:38 so that that person's name would not be cut off,
20:42 okay, so... the story is that Ruth decides...
20:45 Orpah says, "I'm going back to my home... "
20:48 Ruth who was a Moabite says, "I'm going to go with you...
20:51 your God is going to be my God... "
20:53 she takes on the God... so, check this out,
20:56 Ruth is a Gentile woman with a Hebrew mother-in-law,
21:00 she's a Gentile woman with a Hebrew mother-in-law,
21:04 well, in this story... they...
21:07 they return to their home in Bethlehem
21:09 and there's a man by the name of Boaz who comes upon the scene
21:13 Boaz happens to be the nearest of kin to Elimelech,
21:17 okay and... there's actually someone closer to him
21:21 but this person can redeem...
21:24 they were not only to redeem the woman
21:28 but also the land that came with that...
21:31 with that woman... okay, in other words,
21:35 you'll see here that
21:36 they were to take on the whole responsibility...
21:39 not just... they were to raise the seed...
21:41 they were to take her in, they were to...
21:42 anything that belonged to the nearest of kin became theirs...
21:46 from the person that had deceased became theirs.
21:48 Yvonne: They called it "the Kinsman Redeemer. "
21:50 Ivor: Exactly, the Kinsman Redeemer,
21:52 so, in this story... the nearest of kin is like...
21:54 "Nah... I don't want all that... I don't want to...
21:57 I got too much going on... "
21:59 so Boaz... look with me in Ruth chapter 4,
22:02 look at what Boaz does, in Ruth chapter 4...
22:04 and by-the-way that... that... that term, "nearest of kin"
22:10 it means, "Redeemer... " it means, "Redeemer"
22:13 what is Christ doing in Revelation chapter 5?
22:16 He's standing there to redeem humanity,
22:20 okay, so, let's look at Ruth chapter 4,
22:23 chapter 4 verse 1...
22:24 James: And He's become part of our kin...
22:27 He's become part of the root... Ivor: Absolutely.
22:29 James: He's the Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
22:30 King... but He's become the root of David.
22:32 Ivor: So, look at Ruth chapter 4 verse 1, "Then Boaz...
22:36 Then went Boaz up to the gate and sat him down there,
22:40 And behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by;
22:43 unto whom he said,
22:45 Ho! such a one, turn aside, sit down here.
22:48 And he turned aside and sat down.
22:50 And he took ten men... " of the what?
22:52 "Elders of the city," so here you have Boaz...
22:56 he's calling together elders...
22:58 because he wants something to be very public.
23:00 He says, "Sit down here... " and they sat down,
23:02 and he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again
23:06 out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land,
23:09 which was our brother Elimelech's:
23:10 And I thought to advertise thee, saying,
23:13 Buy it before the inhabitants,
23:15 and before the elders of my people.
23:18 If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it,
23:20 but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know:
23:23 for there is none to redeem it beside thee;
23:25 and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it. "
23:28 So, first he's like... "Yeah, I'll take the land... "
23:30 but then Boaz says,
23:31 "What day thou buyest the field at the hand of Naomi,
23:34 you must also buy it also of Ruth the Moabites,
23:38 the wife of the dead,
23:39 to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. "
23:42 You have to take Ruth as well...
23:44 "The kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself,
23:46 lest I mar my own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself;
23:50 for I cannot redeem it. "
23:52 So, Boaz ends up buying the... buying Ruth... redeeming Ruth...
23:57 and the land that came with her,
23:59 what is Jesus doing in Revelation chapter 5?
24:03 He is buying the woman...
24:06 James: And the title deed includes the land...
24:09 Ivor: Includes the land...
24:11 and the elders are there to witness this redemption.
24:16 Yvonne: Wow! "Ivor: In other words,
24:17 Boaz and Ruth" is a love story,
24:19 it's a romance, now, check this out,
24:23 out of this romance comes this lineage,
24:26 Obed, Jesse, David,
24:29 if this redemption did not happen,
24:33 Naomi would not have had offspring...
24:36 guess what's happening in our...
24:39 an offspring that would have led to Jesus,
24:42 so, now, here, Jesus stands... because of that transaction
24:45 and now He's saying, "It's my time to return the favor. "
24:48 Yvonne: Wow!
24:50 Ivor: Humanity has no future,
24:51 but I want to produce an offspring in this woman.
24:55 James: For Hebrews and for Gentiles.
24:57 Ivor: That's right... Yvonne: Wow!
24:58 Ivor: So, because of Him, he stands saying,
25:01 "I will redeem the woman and the man
25:03 and because of my redemption,
25:04 she is going to have a great offspring,
25:06 a great multitude which no man can number... "
25:11 and how are they born?
25:12 1st Peter tells us that we are born again by what?
25:17 The Word of God,
25:19 what is the first seal that goes out?
25:21 The Word of God... a rider on a white horse
25:24 which is described as the Word of God...
25:26 that rider on the white horse... the Word of God goes out
25:29 and begins to multiply seed of great multitude
25:34 so the story of the seven seals,
25:36 is the story of how God redeems the woman
25:39 and multiplies the seed that ends up with the 144,000
25:44 who were redeemed from the earth.
25:48 James: And you see that in verse five too,
25:50 it's a beautiful picture. Ivor: Absolutely.
25:51 James: We're... we're running out of time so we're not...
25:53 but we're going to come back and we're going to summarize this...
25:56 bring it all together
25:57 and then move in to the last part of the verses
25:59 because we don't want to... we don't want to rush this
26:02 this is rich... this is good stuff here...
26:05 Ivor: Think about this, Christ... in the seven churches,
26:08 stands as merciful
26:10 to His Bride,
26:12 "I'm going to be merciful to you,
26:14 please repent, I forgive you, just repent... repent... repent,
26:16 under the seven seals, He stands as Redeemer,
26:19 "I'm going to redeem you, I'm going to give you seed... "
26:22 everything is a love story,
26:25 it all plugs to what Christ is doing for His Bride.
26:28 James: He's drawing His bride, He's redeeming His bride
26:32 and then... seven trumpets,
26:33 He's going to be protecting His bride
26:35 and then in the seven salvation signs,
26:37 He's going to be moving His bride forward,
26:39 "Come on, let's go... let's go, let's go...
26:41 let's go... follow me... follow me... follow me...
26:43 follow me...
26:45 my people will be your people,"
26:47 when I got married, my wife followed me...
26:49 up to the middle of nowhere... but she followed me.
26:51 So then, so then you read this again...
26:55 one of the elders came to me and said,
26:58 "Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David... "
27:01 okay, so what we're called to do
27:03 is just what Ivor will bring on...
27:05 "Behold the Root of David... ,
27:06 go back and find out about the Root of David
27:08 and how that all came about and what that whole thing is"
27:11 because, it's going to bring this beautiful picture...
27:13 this beautiful romance into the Book of Revelation chapter 5.
27:16 Ivor: So he's saying, "Behold He has redeemed us,"
27:18 right there in chapter five... "He has redeemed us... "
27:20 why can we celebrate?
27:21 Because we're going to have offspring,
27:22 much offspring, because we now have a husband.
27:25 James: Okay, questions are going to come in,
27:27 questions are going to come in in video form... at...
27:30 Yvonne: Yes, sss as in Salvation in Symbols and Signs,
27:33 @3abn. org
27:35 James: Jason, take us out with a prayer, would you please?
27:37 Jason: Sure... "Dear Heavenly Father,
27:40 we thank you for being with us once again
27:42 as we study the Word, as each part of prophecy unfolds
27:48 we're just grateful for you for revealing to us
27:52 what's to come and we're able to see
27:55 what is currently going on at the moment,
27:58 we ask that you continue to be with us
28:01 during our studies and be with the people at home
28:03 as they study and try and get an understanding of prophecy
28:07 and the love story that you have for us in Revelation,
28:11 please be with us as we depart, in Jesus' name we pray, amen. "
28:15 All: "Amen... "


Revised 2016-08-29