The four beasts, as we have already studied,
represent the essence, the very foundation of life. Supporting and integrated throughout the
throne of God, which exists across and throughout all that exists, life (and
truth) stands in awe and awaits the final outcome of history, recognizing that
Christ alone in His role as the Son of God and Savior of the world, and
executer of all of history, is well qualified, and certainly the only qualified
person to bring history to its proper and best conclusion.
The four, sing ‘Amen’ over and over again, and do
so forever. Amen means believe it, it is
so, let it be, it will happen. For God
(Christ) controls history and He will control history even as it unfolds
throughout all of eternity.
The twenty-four elders, humans already crowned and
glorified as of this point in time, prior to the unsealing of the scroll, and
therefore representing the resurrected church of our dispensation (the Old
Testament believers will receive their resurrection at the Second Advent, which
is at the end of the Tribulation).
The elders fall down before Christ, prostrating
themselves, in total submission and recognition of His glory and qualifications,
authority, sovereignty, and power, and will continue to recognize Christ
forever, by maintaining this attitude and belief, forever.
There will never ever again be a time when
arrogance or evil will raise its head in opposition to truth.
We, of the dispensation of the Church Age, are
royal family. We, of the dispensation of
the Church Age, are ambassadors. We, of
the dispensation of the Church Age, are high priests. We, of the dispensation of the Church Age, hold
the position of adult first-born sons, and possess all of the rights and
privileges that belong to that distinction, as heirs jointly with Christ, of
all that He possesses (which is everything).
For a detailed list of all of the blessings that
are unique to us for this dispensation, visit the ‘Blessings List’ from the special
study library on the web site.
At the conclusion of our dispensation, Christ will ‘rapture’
us (all Church Age believers, since the time of the Cross) up out of this world,
and will gather us up in the air, where we will all be instantly transformed
into our resurrection bodies
Our first act in resurrection will be what in theology
is called, the ‘great genuflex,’ where we will all bend our knees and bow our
heads to Christ’s authority. And from
there we will parade off to heaven, while back on the earth, all those who
refused to believe in Christ (unbelievers) will remain behind for the unfolding
of the seven year Tribulation.
We have already studied Christ’s promise to us,
that we will not endure the events of the Tribulation, therefore the
Rapture. However, there is one more
reason for our Rapture, and that is because when a final declaration of war is
about to be issued, all ambassadors are typically recalled home, from the enemy
country, and that is exactly what occurs with us. We are recalled, or removed from the country
(from the world), immediately prior to the Tribulation.
In heaven we will receive our glorification at the
Judgment Seat of Christ, and we will be witness to the unsealing of the final
events and judgments of history.
Once we are in heaven, we being the royal family,
then all of heaven, all of creation, will recognize the inevitability
of Christ’s victory, and that is what we see in
the final verses of chapter five.
The foundation of life will sing. The elders (us) will join in, in our praise,
all the angels will join in, and all of creation will join in, as the obvious
outcome is about to be revealed and accomplished.
If you have ever been to some sporting event, in
which your side is winning and as the end of the event draws near, and as it is
obvious that your side will be the winner, what happens? The cheers, the singing, the shouting, all
begin and the roar grows and grows as the end approaches.
This is what will occur when we arrive in heaven,
and the outcome of history will now be clear and obvious to all.
Today, the nations are struggling to create a one
world government, with benefits for all.
One elite (small) group to rule (not govern), and the rest of us to
And as you strive to make a living for yourself
from day to day, with a mixed bag of successes and failures, hopes and
frustrations, maybe paying attention to the politics or media of the day, or
maybe not, there is a greater plan unfolding in heaven, which will one day send
this world into a tailspin, that will boggle the minds of everyone.
Especially those who do not
expect it, or refuse to believe all of this stuff.
Our dispensation is one of historical trends,
examples of things to come. Our one and
only prophecy is that of the Rapture. Everything
else that occurs during our time, is merely the
setting or arranging of the stage, for the last and final seven years of human
Humanity wants to set up a one world utopia, but
humanity cannot even control earthquakes or volcanoes which have proven recently,
that they can thoroughly disrupt and ruin lives on a massive scale. And yet not many pay attention.
And so life will continue day to day, with folks
indifferent toward the greater truth of reality and history. And then one day, which we studied in chapter
one, Christ, whose arm holds tightly the lever of history, will throw that
lever, and then things will begin to happen so fast, that a spinning head will
not be able to keep up.
End of study