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The Book of Revelations
Jan Marcussen
Vindicated
Book of Revelation
Promises
Introduction
The `Stephanon' Crowns and the Seven Spirits of God
The 24 Elders continued and More
How to Claim the Promises of God
The Seven Spirits of God
Notes & References
The 3AM
The Sanctuary
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Introduction

Here you find a very inspirational study on Revelation chapter 4 and 5. It will uplift you and inspire you to make the best of yourself.

4:1 "After 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 show thee things which must be hereafter.
4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
4:3 And 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.
4:4 And 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."
Rev. 4:1-4

So we have a door in heaven, a throne and the 24 elders with `stephanous' crowns on their head, according to the Greek. But in the Bible we find two kinds of crowns we want to mention, one is this `stephanon' crown, and the other is the `royal crown, the `diadema' crown of Rev. 12:3; 13:1,12; Isa. 28:5, and Esther 2:17.

The Apostel Paul also uses this word `stephanon', saying,

"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." 1.Cor. 9:24,25.

That lets us know that the `stephanous' crown is the one of victory in a contest. That in turn means, we can know who the 24 elders are; they overcame or were victorious over something - what might that have been? They overcame sin and the devil and self.

Life of Enoch
Therefore, these 24 elders are people from this earth, who were raised from the dead, probably at the resurrection of Jesus (Mt. 27:52,53), when they went up to heaven with Him, and became `elders' (`presbuteros') in heaven around the throne of God.

Knowing that these `elders' are in heaven gives us hope, that we too can one day be in heaven. In fact, it makes it certain that God's redeemed from earth will be there near God's throne.

"And 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." Rev. 4:5

We learn here that the seven lamps on the golden candelabra candle stick before the throne, are the seven Spirits of God.

Now, this scripture goes together with Rev. 5:6, where we read,

"And 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 (Rv. 5:6), which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." Rev. 5:6

Here too we find mentioned the `seven Spirits of God'. The other language we want to notice here is the phrase, "as it had been slain", which intends to say that Jesus was just slain, that his blood is fresh, that is used in the sanctuary for the forgiveness of sins. It is not stale or old blood, but fresh blood that cleanses us.

Now, does that mean Christ was crucified all over again in heaven?

No! Not at all. Heaven can do what we cannot understand in all details, but it just lets us know that the blood of Christ that cleanses us, is fresh blood `as if it has been slain just then'.

But you recall now, that we just learned from Rev. 4:5 that the seven candle sticks are the seven Spirits of God, and here in Rev. 5:6 we read that the seven horns and seven eyes are the seven Spirits of God (Rv. 5:6). How are we to understand that?

Well, we will explain that in a moment, but first we want to focus once more on the `stephanon' crowns.

Now, if we would continue reading the rest of Rev. chapter 4, we encounter more descriptive things in heaven and we may wonder what that all means.

One thing we must keep in mind, is how the desert sanctuary of Moses is presented in the Bible.

Now, the number of beings present in the heavenly Temple (Rev. 5:11), figures out to be 200 billion who stand inside the Temple of God.[100] That lets us know how the proportions of heavenly things are far greater than those we are acquainted with on earth.

Likewise, the Tree of Life, the Sea of Glass and all in heaven is far bigger than what we may have envisioned before.

The Tree of Life is so humongous because it feeds all the billions of the nations of the redeemed every month with its fruits.

4:6 "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
Rev. 4:6-8.

We learn here some of the characteristics of God in human language.

He is like a lion - which seems to mean that God is not only humble, but that He is the great king of the universe.

He controls ever electron, every atom. He allowed man to have a glimpse of his wisdom and those who studied, chemistry, and organic chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology, can have an idea of the greatness of God.

God is also like a flying eagle, which means justice will come, Satan will not be there forever; which also means all the counterfeits of Satan will not be anymore, for during the reign of sin Satan tried to counterfeit all that God said He would do - even those doors and thrones in heaven.

We already read about the throne of God looking like a jasper and sardine stone, of what color are these stones? As the link shows, one is yellow to red and the other red to flesh tone colors, that means their colors can vary.

But the throne is surrounded by emerald color light, green light, which is restful to the eyes.

Let us read the rest of chapter 4.

4:9 "And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Rev. 4:9-11.

But we recall from Rev. 5:6 that a lamb stood in the midst of all these sanctuary scenes; and we recognize that a lot of questions may come up as a result of these scriptures and when we compare things. So let us proceed, as we recall the scripture passages of ch. 4:6-8 and ch. 4:9-11.

We want to remember that the lamb was standing in `the midst of the throne', actually in the midst of everything present.

And right before the throne of God was a sea of glass like unto a crystal - that lets us know it is the throne of what? The throne of

  1. judgment, or
  2. the eternal throne of God?

And we recall that the eternal throne of God is by the River of Life, and the judgment throne by the sea of glass.

Then we read about the four beasts before the throne having characteristics which tell us something about God. They included: one was ... another ...

  1. like a lion -God is not only humble, He is the great King and Creator of the Universe
  2. like a calf - but God is also humble, more humble than we are - Jesus took the lowliest place and was like a nobody for over 30 years just to humbly do the work of a servant. We should endeavor to be more like that ourselves.[200]
  3. had the face of a man - meaning the intelligence and all the wonderful attributes that God endowed man with, the love and affections that God gave us the capacity to cherish and nurture, and so man was created as the only being in the image of God, yet sin puts a sinister face on sinful man
  4. like a flying eagle - that means that the devil will not continually destroy what God has wrought and debase man, God and His justice is like a flying eagle seeking whom He can save and recording all bits of information from His creatures in the heavenly ledgers.
  5. living creatures, the four beasts, each with 6 wings about them - when we see God's wonderful goodness, love and mercy, we feel like speaking and singing like these beasts, full of adoration, gratitude and loving admiration - characteristics of which we can hardly comprehend, yet which are common and fulfilling among heavenly beings
  6. full of eyes before and behind - they see everything; - they studied it all out and that is why they "see" or comprehend now everything, from the tiniest particles, to the biggest worlds, and how and why spiritual mindedness is such a great blessing (Rom. 8:6; Phil. 3:15) - and that is what makes them so grateful, worshipful, thankful and alive as nothing is on earth - so we can be one day too for God saved us from sin and death, and He put His robe of righteousness around us, to save us, and there we are one day soon, beholding these scenes in heaven and starting slowly to learn heavenly ways and how they fulfill the highest dreams and wishes, aspirations and education we could ever wish for
  7. the 24 elders - whenever the four beasts give glory and honor to the one who sits on the throne, these 24 elders fall down before Him and worship Him and exclaim, `Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor ...', and they sit down again; this they do whenever the four beasts do their praising before God and this happens continually - each time a soul is saved on earth to be part of the kingdom of God.
    Will they ever get tired, bored or want to stop? No. That is why we do not even comprehend the value of a soul and the ways of heaven and what true worship is all about. We just get a glimpse here that such worship is fulfilling, all we might ever want. We have no earthly comparisons for what it really means, and we should not make up far flung theories about it, but just accept it as it reads and be happy that we have an opportunity to be there and learn the intricacies of life in heaven. - Amen.

Dear reader, if you were sitting around the throne of God among these elders and you are looking at God and you are seeing what God is doing to thwart the devil and to save souls, would you get tired and want to get up and do something else?

Oh, no, you would want to be right there, for it is real life that you observe, and how God saves souls, who otherwise would be lost.

But remember this, there is only one place where you would rather be than sitting among those 24 elders. Where could that be? - - The only other place you would want to be is right here on earth, where you can help presenting the saving gospel of God, so people will be gripped in their heart and mind, and leave the traps of Satan that lead to continual wickedness -

  1. the dependence on alcohol, tobacco, drugs and all these life destroying habits,
  2. discontinue the sinful allures of sensuality and exchange it for a life of purity and true happiness and fulfillment in right relationships, given by God when He instituted the first marriage of Adam and Eve.
  3. you can now flee from every falsity and aberration of true worship, to seek only what the Word of God teaches.

Why would it be better to be here on earth at this time, rather then in heaven?

The 24 Elders continued and More

What can the 24 elders do? They are praising God, who is using His people down here on earth to save souls. And so we too can praise God, just like the elders, that He can use you and me to help save souls for His eternal Kingdom.

How about that? It thrills our heart to think that you and I can be the cause for these goings on in heaven itself - and that is why this book, where we find this in, is called the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Workers in God's vineyard are full of joy, gladness and appreciation to reciprocate how God saved me and you from ourselves, so we can now do the same among those we reach with His kindness and love, longsuffering and healing of wounds, to recreate us into beings who can be one day soon with Him in heaven.

There is nothing in the world that compares to the truth of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God made available to us through Jesus, the lamb once slain, which rose and became the High Priest in God's heavenly sanctuary to forgive and cleanse us from all that clutters us from living on this sinful planet, until we are fully cleansed and He can come and take us home.

We will be in heaven soon enough, now we still can work and pray and `claim Jesus, our Savior', to `thank God for forgiving and cleansing us, filling us with His Holy Spirit and using us to use our God given gifts to reach people everywhere through the written word, which never vanishes, but is always there, for everybody to draw more souls to learn of Thy love and Mercy and be saved. Amen.'

The `Stephanon' Crowns and the Seven Spirits of God

We mentioned already, that these crowns mean, that those who wear them, overcame their sins in their personal life by coming before the foot of the Cross, repent and confess their sins, and be forgiven, and set upon their newness of life and make it more and more permanent, as they grow in their love for God, the study of His Word, and the task to save those around them. Revelation lets us know, because the 24 elders have overcome their sins, means, that it guarantees that you and I can do it too. Since the victorious are there shown to us in heaven, wearing their crown, we can overcome as they did, and also receive our crown when Jesus comes again, much sooner now than ever before.

The elders overcame through the blood of the lamb, through the word of their testimony and they loved not their life of sin unto the death, but desired life eternal promised by God because of His love for each sinner who comes to repentance.

Is it easy to become an overcomer?

Is there a struggle taking place to overcome the devil and sin?

Yes. If you were alone, you would never make it, because the devil would not let you slip out of his hands.

But listen, how you are able to make it . . . ?

"God's ideal for His children is higher than the highest human thought can reach. The living God has given in His holy law a transcript of His character. The greatest Teacher the world has ever known is Jesus Christ. And what is the standard He has given for all who believe in Him to reach? "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect"", Matthew 5:48.

The fact that man can reach a certain degree of perfection means that there is another element at work here that can give you that `perfection', that victory over sin.

And we may be tempted and fold up and say, I can never do it.

Don't think that way. Consider the following.

What is that `missing' element that we are mostly not aware of?

Why are we not aware of it?

Because it is a supernatural element.

The command, that `ye be perfect' must take into consideration that supernatural element for otherwise the very command would be a farce. But the command is not a farce for it is backed up by the power of God for you to do it.

In other words, every command of God is a what?

It is a promise of God!

When God says, you are going to be perfect, He says, `You, by my grace, are perfect right now.'

And you receive that in your thinking mind and you may know that it is true at that very moment - there is no delay - for it is a true promise of God.

That is the reason why it is so important to know, how to claim the promises of God of which the Bible is full of. Someone counted over 3500 promises of God in the Bible. More than you will ever need.

How to Claim the Promises of God

So, how do you claim the promises of God?

Well, in a very trying attack of temptation, you may have to do more than read, you may have to get up and struggle with folded hands in prayer before the Lord and switch your thinking away from what besets you until the peace of God returns to you again. Then, read all these lines again and in your mind recall the trying hours of Jesus and pray, `Lord, help me. Keep me from the foe and foes around. Send me your heavenly messengers to clear my mind and reconsecrate it for you.'

As you read in the Bible, and you open the scriptures and begin to read, read and read, and it speaks back to you - for you realize that the situation you are reading about has some similarity what you have experienced sometime in your life - then you read and find the promise and you put your finger on it and you pray, "Thank you Lord, that is me described here in your book. I claim this promise. Thank you Lord for answering my prayer. Amen."

That is how you can claim a promise of God.

It is done by faith, and you can go on your faithful way, knowing that you have it bestowed upon you.

You do not try to see it, or feel it, - you simply know on the bases of faith in the written word of God that the promise is now yours.

So, what if you ask for something strange and foolish? - A child of God would never do that, to seek a promise which is of no advantage to bring you closer to God.

How will God give you the promise?

He will give you the promise when you need it the most - a long or short time from that moment on. So look back in your life and discover the promises God already fulfilled for you.

The fulfillment, therefore, you leave with God. It is of no concern to you, you just know God will bestow it upon you when you need it the most.

How many promises can you claim?

Well, how many pages did you read in the Bible to find them, and mark those who apply and claim them?

It is up to you!

But remember, when you read the Bible and you read a command of God, one like, `Be ye therefore perfect,' take it not as a command but as a promise, and claim it by faith, as we showed above.

All commandments of God are also promises of God.

Knowing that means, now you won't fear the commandments of God anymore, because you look now at His power and how He can guide you safely on your path of faith as a new child of God.

"The ideal of Christian character is Christlikeness. There is opened before us a path of continual advancement. We have an object to reach, a standard to gain which includes everything good and pure and noble and elevated. There should be continual striving and constant progress onward and upward toward perfection of character." (See 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Romans 15:4; Colossians 2:8-10), {PH154 53.1}.

God wants no one to wait until he thinks he has repented before He comes to Jesus. You come to Him before you are even sorry for your sins, otherwise many would never come.

Why? Because it is Jesus who gives you that repentance. It is not something that comes from yourself.

Say, `Lord, I am not even sorry for that sin, I even want to keep doing it, but I am coming to you anyway, for you can mold me and shape me. Thank you Lord Jesus.'

What does Jesus do then? As you read His word, He gives you repentance and He makes you sorry for your sins because now you see His tender love for you and He changes you after you have come to Him.

"Man is allotted a part in this great struggle for everlasting life; he must respond to the working of the Holy Spirit. It will require a struggle to break through the powers of darkness, and the Spirit works in him to accomplish this." {8T 65.1}

It is a mental struggle. It is mainly a struggle to keep your will power surrendered to God.

We may then ask God (God's Word) like David did. We may ask, `Lord, shall I do this or shall I do that?' `Shall I do it this way, or that way?' [300]

If we inquire so of God, we may realize that our daily struggles are mostly about not to let our will be our master, but seek to do the will of God.

The devil's main temptation to you is, to get you to forget God. Don't allow that to happen, watch very carefully that you don't fall into that trap and you have nothing to fear.

If you do forget God, by all means come back at once. Don't even wait a minute. Come back and renew your walk with God, seeking to strengthen your resolve to only let God lead you in your daily life and turn away from all that separates your from God. Learn to forget to sin right away and only live in obedience to the promises of God.

The struggle is to keep your mind fixed upon God, so you must remove all things that in the past led you away from seeking God, and led you into sin and not heed such things anymore. Clean up your abode from all that can separate you and God sees that and knows you are serious about your faith and will bless you.

And so we know that there are many lonely people in the world, very, very lonely. Why? If they knew how to read the Bible and claim promises of God, they would be very busy and that loneliness would melt away.

Therefore, perhaps it can be your mission to help these lonely people by teaching them very patiently and tactfully how to claim the promises of God.

Do not think of this surrender to God as a hard thing. It is like two lovers surrender their will to each other. You do it because of love.

The more you fall in love with God, ignoring the pitfalls others may place in your life, and look only upon Jesus and how He lived and treated His fellows, and imitate Him, the more you grow in Christian living.

As your mind gets filled with His word and as you constantly abide in Him, you grow in stature more like Christ and what a change you have. You will just love it.

As long as you abide in Jesus, you cannot sin, and you know, `Thou, O God, giveth me perfect peace.'

You will lose many of your fears of the past, and will be able to apply your mind to the tasks you need to do in your daily life. You can study better at school, work better at your place of employment, and be soon a sought out member in your faithful church of like minded worshipers of God.

Being a Christian is not like something boring or incomprehensible; it is not like the life in the army, a bunch of rules and regulations, but rather, it is like the life of two lovers. Jesus is now the one who loves you like a lover. It makes this true for you . . . "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3.

"... man is no passive being, to be saved in indolence. He is called upon to strain every muscle and exercise every faculty in the struggle for immortality, yet it is God that supplies the efficiency. No human being can be saved in indolence. The Lord bids us, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." Luke 13:24. "Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13, 14." {CT 366.1}

"Because it is impossible for us to overcome the devil, or overcome sin, or do any good things at all, therefore there must be seven Spirits of God."

Since we know already about the struggle we have, how to receive God's supernatural help through His promises, the more often we overcome, the easier things get. But we realize soon that there has to be more going on than just our mental struggle, for the devil can overpower your will. Therefore, there has to be more power than just your will, or else you are still lost. That is where the seven Spirits of God come in. So let us study the 7 Spirits of God.

The Seven Spirits of God

Let us continue reading the last quote however.

"... With all that that means in the original Greek. To do for us what God requires, the lamb must constantly be as it has been slain. And he must have seven horns and seven eyes, in order to save us, which are the seven Spirits of God." [cmpr. Eze. 1:4-28]

And we find in this source that the word "seven" in the Greek where it means `seven fold.'

It is true because of the seven Spirits of God, the seven horns and eyes (Rv. 5:6), which are the seven Spirits of God, and therefore - - You are saved!

It is all because of His power, for He has the seven Spirits of God.

... because the seven fold Spirits of God exist, therefore,

  1. every command of God for you becomes a promise
  2. every command of God is power to us,
  3. power for us,
  4. power in us,
  5. power through us,
  6. to perfectly, forever,
  7. we are more than willing to do all that God requires,
  8. while in the past our weak self struggled to do it, but now, while we praise God continually, rejoicing in God, that He is working in us and He is accepting us right now and He is using us to save souls, that He is doing all that His holy law requires, in us and through us, and for us and to us, for His glory, He can save many souls for whom Jesus shed His blood. - Praise God.

Did you comprehend what we just brought to your attention?

The fact that the number seven is associated with God, and the fact that there is the seven fold Spirit of God standing in the midst of the throne, and standing before the throne . . . that very fact guarantees that you have power, blended with your strivings, you have the very power of God itself, to overcome and to be saved and to be sitting on the throne of God with Him, very soon.

The very fact that Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the seven fold Spirit, is the guarantee to you that you are a child of God as you receive it, and that you have power, that you are saved by His grace.

If He was not the seven fold Spirit, you could not be saved.

Why must He be the seven fold Spirit?

Because of what `seven' represents. - Absolute, total perfection, not only in justice, but in saving you. If God had anything less than the seven fold, He could not save you. But because the Holy Spirit is the seven fold Spirit of God, and Jesus has these in that representation in Revelation chapter 5, therefore, it is a guarantee that you are being saved and will be saved by Him.

You are saved, unless you put forth a perverse will and struggle and balk against the word of God, but if you cooperate with God it is a guarantee that you will be saved.

Now that is a wonderful encouragement for Bible students who dig deep in the word of God. It is the desire of the ages made clear and understandable; the true word of God, which encourages God's people to no end to confirm their faith daily.

The same way, we already mentioned the very fact, that the 24 elders with the `stephanon' crowns on their heads, their presence is the guarantee that you will be sitting there very soon, for God's word says so by means of these scriptures we just studied.

It was Dr. Martin Luther, who felt that he was under the condemnation of God, he felt very condemned. That is how the devil wants you to feel so you will give up. He wants you to feel that there is no hope, but then, if you remember the seven fold Spirits of God, which are a guarantee that you, cooperating with God in your own salvation as you accept His power by faith, will be saved.

The 24 elders, when they were young children, living on earth under the reign of sin, they had struggles as they grew up, just like you experience them, but they overcame by the power of God, and now they are sitting around the throne of God, and that is what God promises for you. It is a guaranteed promise because of the presence of these 24 elders before the throne of God.

By the grace of God you will be there. And so you make that full surrender and you pray, `Oh dear Lord Jesus, I can't save myself. Yes, I will do my best. Take my will, take me and help me to never sin again. Take me, forgive and cleanse me. Cleanse me, I lay hold of your promise, the seven fold Spirit of God, I claim your power in me under the new covenant. Thank you Lord. I now look away from myself, I look to you, dear Jesus.'

The peace of God will come into your heart when you do that.

Martin Luther felt very discouraged. Even whipping himself terribly did not help. He needed a supernatural power outside of himself, and what is that supernatural power?

It is the word of God, the seven fold Spirit of God - and just remember all the sevens in all the Bible, how they buttress this truth especially.[500]

As you turn your eyes away from yourself to Jesus, "The lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world." John 1:29.

When you keep looking up to Jesus your guilt falls right off your back - behold the lamb of God.

Never look up to any man, priest or cleric to take the place of Christ; and eventually, so did Martin Luther, after studying the Bible instead of the words of Rome.

When he found in the Book of Psalms a promise about the righteousness of God, it began to dawn upon him - God's righteousness does not only judge, it also saves.

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 54:17.

`The righteousness of God' is the seven fold Spirit of God.

"Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me." Psalm 35:24.

And we know now that we don't want God to judge us based on our own righteousness which we don't even possess.

"Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed." Isaiah 45:24.

Therefore, look at His righteousness, the robes of Christ.

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of (His) righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10.

The whole Bible points to the Lord's righteousness, not our own.

"In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness." Jeremiah 23:6.

So we remember that the lamb and the spirit are seven fold, tells us, that it is His absolute perfection and righteousness that saves us from sin and death.

It is His righteousness that saves us.

His righteousness

  1. helps us in every emergency, and it
  2. blesses us with all blessings, and
  3. holds us with all power, and
  4. fills us with all peace, and with all life, and
  5. we don't save ourselves by our own righteousness

That ought to make us glad and full of joy.

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1.John 5:11.

Eternal life is not something apart from Jesus. It is you and Jesus together.

You are looking at Him and you are trusting in Him. So why get discouraged when His Spirit is seven fold?

"As the penitent sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ's atonement in his behalf and accepts this atonement as his only hope." {FW 103.1}

... then ... The moment you come contrite before God and accept Christ's atonement, your sins are gone, for you put your trust in Jesus and not in yourself.

"Let no one take the limited, narrow position that any of the works of man can help in the least possible way to liquidate the debt of his transgression." {1SM 343.3}

Your obedience can not in any way get rid of any one of your past sins.

Only the blood of Jesus can do that. He is the seven fold Savior and only by His merits are we saved right now.

That is why the devil is so mightily striving to hide these truths so that billions follow belief systems which cannot save them.

". . . If you would understand it, you must cease haggling over your pet ideas, and with humble hearts survey the atonement. This matter is so dimly comprehended that thousands upon thousands claiming to be sons of God are children of the wicked one, because they will depend on their own works. God always demanded good works, the law demands it, but because man placed himself in sin where his good works were valueless, Jesus' righteousness alone can avail. Christ is able to save to the uttermost because He ever liveth to make intercession for us. All that man can possibly do toward his own salvation is to accept the invitation, "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17). No sin can be committed by man for which satisfaction has not been met on Calvary. Thus the cross, in earnest appeals, continually proffers to the sinner a thorough expiation." [580]

The atonement that has been made through Christ is abundantly acceptable to the Father.

"The moment a sinner accepts Christ by faith, that moment he is pardoned." {6BC 1071.9; ST, May 19, 1898 par. 11}

So, we are to claim those healing promises and God will save us just like we studied today.

If, in your ignorance you make a mistake, will Jesus leave you?

No!

You simply confess it to God and it will be forgiven.

He has never left you.

"There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy." {MH 249.1}

Jesus, our Savior has made complete provision for all things we could encounter.

So, do not study closely your own emotions for then your eyes wander off and away from Jesus and you get involved in self-concern. Do not follow that route.

When pain, perplexities and failures darken your thoughts, look away from those things and turn to look at Jesus and you'll recover by simply praying for forgiveness and strength to overcome.



Notes & References

[100] 200 Billion? How! - Based on Rev. 5:11 - we have 10,000 x 10,000 = 100,000,000; next we have "thousands of thousands", which, if we interprete that as 2,000, then we have 100 million x 2,000 = 200,000,000,000. If we interprete the 2000 as 1 million, then that final number would be even more than 200 billion. The other option would be an unknown very large number of redeemed people anywhere between millions and billions.

[200] On being more like Jesus:

  1. Jesus manifested a peculiar loveliness of disposition.
  2. His willing hands were ever ready to serve others.
  3. He manifested a patience that nothing could disturb.
  4. ... a truthfulness that would never sacrifice integrity.
  5. In principle firm as a rock,
  6. His life revealed the grace of unselfish courtesy ...
  7. His intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how diligently His early years were given to the study of God's word.
  8. Apart from the unholy ways of the world, He gathered stores of scientific knowledge from nature.
  9. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others.
  10. It was necessary for Him to be constantly on guard in order to preserve His purity.
  11. Satan was unwearied in his efforts to overcome the Child of Nazareth. From His earliest years He was guarded by heavenly angels, yet His life was one long struggle against the powers of darkness. That there should be upon the earth one life free from the defilement of evil was an offense and a perplexity to the prince of darkness.
  12. He was familiar with poverty, self-denial, and privation. This experience was a safeguard to Him.
  13. In His industrious life there were no idle moments to invite temptation. No aimless hours opened the way for corrupting associations. So far as possible He closed the door to the tempter.
  14. He was a willing servant, a loving, obedient son.
  15. He did not use His physical powers recklessly, but in such a way as do the best work in every line.
  16. He was not willing to be defective, even in the handling of tools.
  17. Jesus carried into His labor cheerfulness and tact.
  18. He held communion with heaven in song; and as His companions complained of weariness from labor, they were cheered by the sweet melody from His lips. His praise seemed to banish the evil angels, and like incense, fill the place with fragrance. "Jesus was the fountain of healing mercy for the world; and through all those secluded years at Nazareth, His life flowed out in currents of sympathy and tenderness. The aged, the sorrowing, and the sin-burdened, the children at play in their innocent joy, the little creatures of the groves, the patient beasts of burden, all were happy for His presence. He whose word of power upheld the worlds would stoop to relieve a wounded bird. There was nothing beneath His notice, nothing to which He disdained to minister.
  19. "Jesus shunned display,
  20. In every gentle and submissive way, Jesus tried to please those with whom He came in contact.
  21. "Jesus did not contend for His rights.
  22. Often His work was made unnecessary severe because He was willing and uncomplaining. Yet He did not fail of God's countenance. He did not retaliate when roughly used, but bore insult patiently.
  23. "He weeded all vanity from life, and His own example taught that every moment of time is fraught with eternal results, that it is to be cherished as a treasure, and to be employed for holy purposes.
  24. He passed by no human being as worthless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul. Often He met those who had drifted under Satan's control, and who had no power to break from his snare. To such a one, discouraged, sick, tempted, and fallen, Jesus would speak words of tenderest pity, words that were needed and could be understood.
  25. Others He met were fighting a hand-to-hand battle with the adversary of souls. These He encouraged to persevere, assuring them that they would win; for angels of God were on their side, and would give them victory. He would not betray the secrets they poured into His sympathizing ear.
  26. "He knew that unless there was a decided change in the principles and purposes of the human race, all would be lost. This was the burden of His soul, and none could appreciate the weight that rested upon Him. Filled with intense purpose, He carried out the design of His life that He Himself should be the light of men." DA 67, 68, 84-97.

As we read about the lovely perfection of our dear Jesus, we see how bad we are. But do not feel discouraged. Just cling to Him, fill your mind with His word, strive to be like Him in loving obedience, and trust Him to save you, for our hope is in Him and His goodness, - not how good we are.

[300] Here are some scriptures to illustrate. Remember, God expects us to study such questions out from His word. That is why all these life stories are found in there. It helps to have a Concordance or a computer Bible program which lets you quickly look up words and phrases.
"And he sent, and brought him in. . . .
Look not on his countenance . . .
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren ..."
1.Sam. 16:12,7,13

"And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? ..." 1. Sam. 17:26.

"Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord?" 2.Sam. 21:3.

"And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord." 1.Sam. 24:6.

"And (David) said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest." 1.Chr. 11:19,

"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" Mark 10:17.

"... a certain lawyer ... said, ... what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Lk. 10:25; 12:17; 16:3; 18:18; 20:13; Apg. 22:10.

[500] The many `sevens' in the Bible. (1) 7 feasts of tabernacles, (2) 7 ds of unleavened bread, (3) 7 ds of ritual seclusion bec. of leprosy, (4) 7 ds after birth circumcision, (5) sacrificial animals at least 7 days old, (6) consecration of priests repeated for 7 days, (7) 7 churches, golden candle sticks, stars, angels, lamps of fire, Spirits of God, book with 7 seals, lamb with 7 horns and eyes, 7 angels with 7 trumpets, 7 thunders, heads, crowns, last plagues. - Thus, it has been recognized for a long time that even pagan societies had some recollections that `seven' was a special number for it was given some six thousand years ago at Creation, when God crowned the Seventh Day, later called the Sabbath Day of the ("abba") Lord.

[580] Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 343.3.; Dictionary meanings of: a) `Proffers': "to offer for acceptance"; "to make a tender of..."; b) `expiation': a) "the means of atonement". - A sermon by the author.


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