Revelation Round Table Warriors – Lesson three
Lesson Three notes
Remember our Pledge – Remain Faithful, the Truth will set you free and Be Strong.
John 8:31 -32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
1st Cor 16:13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
And Our Quest – To search out the Truth about the End Times.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
NLT – God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
Getting a handle on where we are in the Bible…
Lets divide up the bible into sections starting with vs 19
Rev 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
The Things which thou hast seen – 1:9-20
The things which are – chapter 2 and 3
The things which shall be hereafter – Chap 4 on
Understand what we read and how to find out what it means…
Rev Chapter 4:1-5
1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
A door – He went thru it – Like Narnia
2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
No Pictures that capture this image – See notes on stones. Rainbow 360
Symbolism, not code – Chap 5:1-8
1And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
lamb=Jesus also Lion=Jesus not a code It is a metaphor – not who it is but what it is, telling us something about Him – This book is full of symbols which helps us understand to new depths…
What does this mean – rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Throne is authority – signifying power, ruler and king Why a rainbow? And why green like an emerald. – softest/gentlest color by rating – Rainbow – noah promise grace mercy and justice. Thrown of grace
4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
and government – elders. People who are created, experience time – age. Don’t know who but they have thrones, they work for God. Company office building, top floor is president ceo – then other leaders around and down – org chart
5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Chapter 1 seven lamps? – seven spirits – Holy Spirit in perfection
The Olivet Discourse – Matt 24 – 25 and Mark 13 and Luke 21
Daniel 2,7,8 and 9
An In depth look at 4:3 for the stones and the rainbow – most makes sense to me but I’m not buying all of it – see what you think and use your spiritual discernment…
“And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:…” (Revelation 4:3a). The first mentioning of these precious stones in the Bible is found in Exodus 28:17-20, and as we just read, it has to do with the stones in Aaron’s breastplate–each stone representing one of Jacob’s 12 sons, and subsequently, the tribe that came from their loins.
To understand the significance of Christ looking like a jasper and a sardine stone, we need to refresh our memory as to how Jacob’s two wives, Leah and Rachel, serve as types. If you’ll recall the story of Jacob’s marriages, Jacob had worked for Rachel’s father seven years for Rachel’s hand in marriage, but was tricked into first taking her older sister, Leah, to wife to fulfill the custom of the time and place. Then he was given Rachel on the condition that he would work seven more years for her (See Gen. 29). The story is chock full of symbolism and types, but for our purposes here, we simply need to know that Leah is a type for the Law while Rachel is a type for Grace. Furthermore, Leah’s first child (of many) was Reuben whose stone on Aaron’s breastplate was the sardine (sardius)–the first stone on the breastplate. But Rachel had only two sons: Joseph and Benjamin–whose stones were the onyx (sardonyx) and the jasper–the eleventh and twelfth stones on Aaron’s breastplate. That the Christ of Revelation was to look upon like a sardine stone and a jasper stone refers back to the stones on Aaron’s breastplate.
Reuben’s stone, the sardine, was placed first in agreement with the Hebrew’s patriarchal blessing of the first born for which Christ was qualified–being the firstborn of a Hebrew family under the law of Moses. Joseph’s and Benjamin’s stones, the onyx and the jasper, (the children of Rachel [grace]) were place on Aaron’s breastplate in positions 11 and 12 respectively according to Scriptural numerology.
Although Revelation does not refer to Joseph’s stone per se, it is very interesting that like Benjamin, he was also born of “grace.” Joseph served both as an example for the Hebrews and a type for Christ. As an example for the Hebrews, he demonstrated how that those who lived by the faith of Father Abraham, trusting fully in the grace of God, were blessed beyond measure. As a type of Christ, he suffered the rejection of his brethren who thought they had done away with him. He endured all that came his way, not riling against those who thought to do him evil. Eventually, he was raised to a position even higher than what he should have had as a Hebrew; and in that position, he became the savior of his brethren and of the world around him. In Biblical numerology, the number eleven stands for judgment/the cross.
Benjamin’s stone, the jasper, was placed in the 12th position on Aaron’s breastplate and this is full of significance. The number 12 stands for the foundations of the church (called out ones). The first church in the Bible was Israel and its 12 foundations are the 12 sons of Jacob from which came forth the 12 tribes of Israel. The second Church of the Scriptures (2 is the number for the Church) is the New Testament Church, the Bride of Christ (His Rachel). Benjamin with his twelfth stone on Aaron’s breastplate is a type of the New Testament Church who was especially loved of his father and for no apparent reason other than he was his father’s baby. The 12 foundations for the Church are the 12 Apostles upon whose teachings the Church is built. Christ is said to “look upon like a jasper” because He is in the midst of the Grace-Age Church. In fact, the believer is admonish to live like Paul whose goal was to live in such a way that others did not see him, but Christ Jesus living in him.
The emerald is also full of spiritual/prophetic significance. To understand this significance, let’s look at a table of the precious stones that represent the 24 elders of Revelation (the 12 plus 12 of Biblical numerology: i.e., the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles).
The twelve Tribes—-stone on Aaron’s breastplate—-The Twelve Apostles—stone in the foundation of the New Jerusalem
(For order, see Gen. 49.) (See Ex. 28; 39) (For order, see Mt. 10.) (See Rev. 21)
1. Reuben (Leah) Sardius 1. Peter Jasper (sardine)–first
2. Simeon (Leah) Topaz 2. Andrew Sapphire
3. Levi (Leah) Carbuncle 3. James (of Zebedee) Chalcedony
4. Judah (Leah) Emerald 4. John Emerald
5. Dan (Bilhah) Sapphire 5. Philip Sardonyx
6. Naphtali (Bilhah) Diamond 6. Bartholomew Sardius
7. Gad (Zilpah) Jacinth 7. Thomas Chrysolyte
8. Asher (Zilpah) Agate 8. Matthew Beryl
9. Issachar (Leah) Amethyst 9. James Topaz
10. Zebulun (Leah) Beryl 10. Lebbaeus (Thaddaeus) Chrysoprasus
11. Joseph (Rachel) Onyx (Sardonyx) 11. Simon Jacinth
12. Benjamin (Rachel) Jasper 12. Paul* methyst
Let’s note first that the emerald is the only stone that occupies the same position in both law and grace: i.e., the fourth position. Let’s note that the number four speaks to the earth. Also, let’s note that both Judah and John had a very important attribute in common–they had compassion and love for their fellow man! For example, when Joseph’s brothers threw him into the pit to die, it was Judah that talked them into selling him to a slave caravan to keep him alive. And John’s tender heart is reflected in John 13:25: “He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?” Now, let’s apply our prophetic interpretation to the emerald, the stone that represents Judah, John, and Christ. In Judah and John we saw the “salt” of the earth, those of God’s creation with attributes pleasing to Him. And in Christ Jesus (Who liked to be know as the Son of Man, thereby identifying Himself with His Creation) we saw this love and compassion personified and demonstrated to its zenith when he walked among the people and healed the sick and afflicted. “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14).