RISE AND MEASURE, a command – that we are daily (unknowingly) obeying

11-20-16 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the audio and notes without video are archived.

The height of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines (our building blocks)


(Luke 9:23)  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [Gk: to deny utterly, disown, abstain], and take up his cross daily, and follow me.


(Rev 11:1,2)  And there was given me a reed [Gk: a stem, (by implic.) a pen] like unto a rod [Gk: scepter, staff] [strong connotation of power; perhaps a type of the cross]: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar [of incense, of prayers], and them that worship therein [the gold, saved saints, shepherds]. But the court [the courtyard peoples, the silver, saved saints, sheep] which is without [Gk: outside] the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles [unsaved peoples to rule over]: and the holy city [Jerusalem] shall they tread under foot forty and two months [3 years is the approximate length of the ministry of Jesus Christ -  coincidence?].

1.     rise = Gk: (through the idea of collecting ones faculties [syn: sense, power, ability, talent]), to waken, to rouse (from sleep), stand /// to gather.

a.     Commentary: examples of biblical “rising” = “dry bones” Ezek 37: 1-14; rapture 1 Thess 4:17; “first resurrection” Rev 20:5,6.

2.     measure = Gk: to ascertain in size by a fixed standard, fig. to estimate. [compared to what standard?]

3.     (1 Cor 6:2,3)  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world [Gk: kosmos; “cosmos”] [(universe)]? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

4.     (2 Chron 19:6)  And [Jehoshaphat the king of Judah] said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

5.     (John 7:24)  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous [holy] judgment.

6.     (Zech 13:7-9)  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite [Heb: strike, wound, kill] the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand [of correction] upon the little ones [the sheep]. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts [two thirds (66.6 %)] therein shall be cut off and die; but the third [one third (33.3 %)] shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine [Heb: to fuse (metal): melt, purify, purge away] them as silver is refined, and will try [Heb: test] them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

7.     (1 Cor 3:11-15)  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation [good unburnable stuff] gold, silver, precious stones, [bad, burnable stuff] wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day [the second coming of Jesus Christ] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try [Gk: test] every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide [Gk: continues, remains] which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.


(Rev 11:3-6)  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1,260 days = 42 months or 3 years] [second mention], clothed in sackcloth [in mourning for the people]. These are the two olive trees [Zech 4:3], and the two candlesticks [the Old and New Testaments] standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy [Elijah: 1 Kings 17:1; Mal 4:5,6; James 5:17,18]: and have power over waters to turn them to blood [Moses: Exo 7:20,21], and to smite the earth with all plagues [Exo 7-11], as often as they will [i.e., the Great Tribulation].

1.     (Jer 23:29)  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

2.     (Luke 4:25,26)  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months [3 years], when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Sarepta [Heb: refinement /// to fuse, melt purify, purge away, try], a city of Sidon, unto a woman [the church] that was a widow.


(Luke 9:28-32)  And it came to pass about an eight days [biblical symbol of “a new beginning”] after these sayings, he [Jesus Christ] took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance [Gk: appearance] was altered, and his raiment [Gk: clothing] was white and glistering [Gk: radiant]. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses [“the dead in Christ” company: 1 Thess 4:16] and Elijah [the “we which are alive and remain” company: 1 Thess 4:17]: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease [Gk: exit, death] which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep [slumbering through the distractions of this world; they were not paying attention to Jesus]: and when they were awake [Gk: to waken thoroughly] [i.e., now we are awakening and then, when we wake up completely and receive the full mind of Christ we shall see], they saw his glory, and [the glory of] the two men that stood with him.

1.     (Mat 17:2)  And was transfigured [Gk: transformed, “metamorphose”: changed] before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

2.     (Mark 9:3)  And his raiment became shining [Gk: gleaming, to flash intensely], exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller [laundry person] on earth can white them.

3.     glory = Gk: glory (as very apparent): dignity, honour, praise, worship /// to think. 

4.     glory = Dict: 1. exalted praise, honor, or distinction, accorded by common consent. 2. adoring praise or thanksgiving. 3. resplendent beauty or magnificence. 4. state of splendor. 5. the splendor and bliss of heaven. 6. a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ, a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureola.


(Rev 11:7-10)  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them [the two witnesses], and shall overcome them [Dan 7:21,25; Rev 11:7; 13:7], and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city [Jerusalem], which spiritually is called Sodom [symbol of false doctrine] and Egypt [symbol of unsaved people], where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half [3 days], and shall not suffer [allow] their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth [i.e., apparently only unsaved people then remain (are left behind)] shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.


(Rev 11:11-13)  And after three days and an half [3 days] the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city [of Jerusalem] fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted [Gk: in fear, alarmed: afraid], and gave glory to the God of heaven.

1.     (Jude 1:21-23)  Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion [Gk: pity, mercy], making a difference [Gk: to separate thoroughly]: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment [Gk: clothing] [i.e., the outside covering – even the appearance of sin] spotted by the flesh.


(Rev 11:14-19)  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged [Rev 20:11-15], and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark [represents in the sense of the finished process of cumulatively assembled attributes of love, safety, and purpose] of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.