THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS OF THIS AGE, AS WE KNOW IT

02-19-23 This message may be viewed live streaming video at youtube.com or tabernacleofmoses.org commencing at 11:00 am today and repeated 24/7 thereafter. The video, audio, and study notes are archived.

 

THE CURRENT OVERVIEW OF OUR LIVES

(Dan 7:25) And he [the antichrist leader(s)] shall speak great words against the [doctrines of the] most High [God], and shall wear out [Heb: afflict] [with worldly tribulations] the saints of the most High [God], and think to change times and laws: and they [the saints] shall be given [Heb: delivered] into his hand [Heb: power] until a time and times and the dividing of time [symbolically, for 3 years (1 years to go)]. 

1.    (Rev 13:7) And it was given unto him [the antichrist leader(s), i.e., whosoever is against Christ (the unsaved)] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them [Gk: subdue: conquer, prevail, get the victory (over)]: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 

 

MATTHEW’S PROPHECY

Commentary: Matthew’s narrative (Matt 24:1-51) is an extended metaphor describing the progressive stages of our pregnancy as the Bride of Christ whose seed (the seed of God) “is within you (Gk: inside you) (Luke 17:21). The seed in question is the Bible, which is Jesus Christ (John 1:14), cumulating in our delivery (birth, victory) as the “man child” (Rev 12:5). The experiential pattern or process of our delivery has already been accomplished by our archetype (prototype) Jesus Christ and shall be emulated (followed, copied) by we who are believers and follow Jesus. May we note that all seven seals are cumulative and progressive, like the layers of a pearl (Matt 13:45,46), i.e., layered theological doctrines (revelations), a wonderful and perfect illustration [1]. Please also note that Matthew separates the first three of the four revealed (“Come and see.”) seals into a visible (present tense) interrelated group by identifying all three of them composited together as “the beginning of sorrows” (Gk: pangs or throes, espec. childbirth: pain, travail).

1.    (Matt 13:45,46) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man [Gk: a tradesman], seeking goodly pearls [enhancements to benefit his chosen life-style, i.e., his “success”]: Who, when he had found one [unique] pearl [the many layered Bible (leading to eternal salvation)] of great price [“present your bodies a living sacrifice” Rom 12:1], went and sold all that he had [all his worldly “goods”], and bought it [i.e., got saved, and traded it all for the Bible (Jesus Christ)]

 

JESUS DEPARTS FROM THE TEMPLE

(ref. Acts 1:9; this introduction, Matt 24:1-3, was previously delivered on 02-12-23)

(Matt 24:1-3) And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 

 

THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS

Jesus Christ unveils the first three visible (revealed) seals of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse

(Matt 24:4-8) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed [beware, be warned] that no man deceive you [Gk: cause you to roam (from safety, truth, or virtue): go astray, seduce, wander /// delusion, error]. For many [false prophets] shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ [Gk: anointed]; and shall deceive many [the first seal (Rev 6:1,2)] [1]. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars [the second seal (Rev 6:3,4)] [2]: see that ye be not troubled [Gk: (to wail); clamor, be frightened] [i.e., have faith]: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines [great hunger leading to starvation], and pestilences [e.g., COVID 19, plus many new variations], and earthquakes [“fearful sights and great signs” (Luke 21:11)], in divers [many] places [the third seal (Rev 6:5,6)] [3]All these [the first three seals (strong delusion, war, famine)] are the beginning of sorrows [Gk: pangs or throes, espec. childbirth: pain, travail]

1.    (Rev 6:1,2) And I [John] saw when the Lamb [of God, Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:14)] opened [revealed to sight (unveiled a revelation)] [the first] one of the [seven] seals [a], and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder [God-speak in Heaven], one of the four beasts [11x in Revelation; i.e., four speaking aliens (Rev 4:6-11) who are not of this world, but are most highly intimate with God, perhaps they are the “king-priests” (Rev 1:6; 5:10) of four different worlds, or solar systems, or galaxies] saying, Come and see. [a command]. And I saw, and behold a white horse [that appeared (seemed) to represent the great power of truth and innocence, but in reality symbolizes the great power of “strong delusion” (2 Thes 2:11), i.e., we are now experiencing an intentionally provoking never-ending plethora of lies]: and he [the rider] that sat on him [and controlled the great power of the horse of “strong delusion” by holding the reins (governing) the words that issue forth from the horse’s mouth] had a bow [versus “a sharp sword” (Rev 19:15) of the true Savior, Jesus Christ]; and a crown [versus “many crowns” (Rev 19:12) of the true Savior, Jesus Christ] was given unto him: and he went forth conquering [Gk: subduing: overcoming, getting the victory (now)] [i.e., through fear (versus faith)], and [continuing] to conquer [with ever mounting fear, on into the future]

a.     Commentary: the first seal is the command platform for “the command performance” of Satan (the Father of lies (John 8:44) who projects a foundation of conviction for the seeds (thoughts) of “strong delusion” (2 Thes 2:11), seeds that Satan is continually sowing, foul profane evil seeds (words, thoughts: all lies) thoroughly effecting the next three visible seals that are incrementally (here a little, and there a little) progressively producing the deadly fruits of war, famine, and death. The first four seals of the total of seven seals are visible “Come and see.” seals, whereas the last three seals of the seven seals do not own a preceding “Come and see.” and are therefore invisible to worldly perceptions, and can only be spiritually discerned, understood by the Saints, perhaps not now, but certainly with the fullness of the Holy Spirit of God in the forthcoming 1,000 year Millennium, we shall see!

2.    (Rev 6:3,4) And when he [Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:14)] had opened [revealed to sight (unveiled a revelation)] the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. [a command]. And there went out another horse that was red [the color of blood]: and power was given to him that sat thereon [that controlled the horse] to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another [“and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow” (Judg 7:22), exactly like the LORD did to the 135,000 invading unsaved Midianites (Heb: brawling, contentious, discord, strife), who were symbolically a host, horde, swarm, legion of evil spirits (evil, unclean thoughts) attempting to enter into the body (of Christ) enmasse, which is the present circumstance (test, temptation) that we are definitely experiencing right now]: and there was given unto him [the rider] a great sword [of war]

3.    (Rev 6:5,6) And when he [Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:14)] had opened [revealed to sight (unveiled a revelation)] the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. [a command]. And I beheld, and lo a black horse [the skin color of starvation]; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances [Gk: a coupling, yoke; fig. servitude: a beam (as connecting the scales)] in his hand [Gk: power] [of manipulation]. And I heard a voice [perhaps: the false news media: radio, television, internet] in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat [good edible grain] for a penny [a day’s wages], and three measures of barley [grain of much lesser quality, used as food for livestock] for a penny [a day’s wages]; and see thou hurt not [harm not] the oil and the wine [i.e., take not of the best food reserved for the rulers]

 

(Matt 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows [Gk: childbirth]. [yes, but whose birth??]

 

Amen

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