Chapter 14 is a complete change. Verse 1 - A lamb on Mt. Zion with 144,000 redeemed-Christ and the glorified saints. (We are going back briefly to the inside of the scroll, although we are now coming to a point where the inside and the outside converge.) This chapter deals with the final judgments of the earth - that which was hidden in the seven thunders which John saw - after the overthrow of Gog and the establishment of Christ in Jerusalem.
There is much exhortation in verses 4 and 5. The 144,000 are a very exalted and select multitude - those who in this life have overcome the flesh and given themselves wholly to God. They are, we are told, virgins - that is, no defilement with any thing to do with the apostate woman. That is their important identification.
They follow the Lamb in everything they do. They have no guile; they are perfectly pure in heart. They are all without fault before the throne of God, because they have remained in Christ and are completely covered by his righteousness and repeatedly purified by prayer and repentance, so that they continually stand before God perfect, as they must if they are to be accepted. How dimly we realize the tremendous height of our calling!
Verses 6 and 7 give the proclamation to all the earth of the everlasting Gospel. "Fear God...the hour of his judgment is come." Before pouring out worldwide destruction, Christ and the saints call on all the earth to submit. The besotted earth is today so drunken with the Babylonian wine that a considerable time will be needed for all to awake out of their stupor and find out what is happening and decide what side they are on.
There is much in Scripture to study. We shall never know a fraction of it, but we are required to learn as much as we can in the opportunity given us. We shall be judged for what we could have done with our time and opportunity. We shall be called to account, and we shall be rejected if we have not tried our best to do what is required.
"Blessed is he that readeth." We have no time to waste on worldly things. Only the faithful stewards of time and goods will be accepted. And let us make sure we are among that very, very few.
Bro. G.V. Growcott - Review of the Apocalypse
1 And I looked, and <behold> a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with him 144 000s, having <the name of his Father, which had been> written <upon> their foreheads.
"Ye who have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matt. 19:27,28).
Among these also will be Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets; and worthies from the east, and west, and north, and south; a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues - all these stand before the throne and the Lamb, as the glorified 144,000, clothed with white robes; and when they rest from their labours, "with palms," instead of a two-edged sword, "in their hands" (Luke 13:28,29; Apoc. 7:9; Psa. 149:6).
In this the primordial statement is contained in the first verse. It specifies a great predetermined end - the occupation of Mount Zion by the son of the Divine Father, together with those upon whom he has previously written the name of his Deity (Ch. 3:12).
But this predetermined end is not the first thing executed. On the contrary, it is the last. The redeemed get possession of Mount Zion consequent upon the effect of the
"voice out of the heaven"
indicated in verse 2 the voice of a belligerent multitude, even the roaring voice of the Rainbowed and Cloud-invested Angel, who takes victorious possession of the City where David dwelt.
Thus, the end, first in purpose, is the last developed, but first revealed in the prophecy.
The 144 000
... Though scattered and dispersed, and natives of divers remote places, when viewed collectively they are regarded as being born in Zion; and constituting the Holy City,
"Glorious things are spoken concerning Zion, the city of the Elohim" - ir hah-Elohim.
The Lamb on the mount
All the events represented in this fourteenth chapter are in the future; for nothing having the least resemblance to them has ever been transacted upon the earth since the Deity gave the Apocalypse to Jesus Christ, who sent and signified it by his angel to John in Patmos.
...the Lamb and his 144,000 virgin-companions (Psa. 45:14), are represented in the first chapter by the Son of Man clothed with a garment of linen (Dan. 10:5) whose voice is as the sound of many waters, or the voice of a multitude (Dan. 10:6). They are the One sitting upon the throne, the New Throne in the opened heavens; and the four and twenty Elders in white raiment and golden stephans; and the Four Living Ones full of eyes, in the midst of the throne, and around it, exhibited in the fourth chapter.
The 144,000 are exegetical of the symbolic Lamb whose personal chieftain, or Head, is Jesus Christ, "the Captain of their salvation," or the Deity manifested in flesh, justified by spirit (1 Tim. 3:16). He is the Lamb slain, and they are in him; and therefore constituents of the symbolic and mystical Lamb; an idea emblematically signified,by the phrase, "with him 144,000".
In other words, JESUS AND HIS BRETHREN "glorified together" (Rom. 8: 17), are the Seven Lamps of Fire burning before the throne, or the Seven Spirits of the Deity sent forth into all the earth, represented by a Lamb with Seven Horns and Seven Eyes; that is, they are the Omnipotent and Omniscient Power in substantial and glorious manifestation, styled YAHWEH AIL-SHADDAI,
"He who shall be the strength of the Mighty Ones, who was, and is, and is to come,"
and is superlatively holy - Ch. 4:5,8; 5:6; Psa. 50: 1-6.
The wool with which the Lamb is clothed is of snowy whiteness Isa. 1:18; Apoc. 1:14. Standing in the midst of 144,000, invested with "fine linen, clean and white," he is clothed with a pure and faultless multitude; which is his snowy fleece, washed and made white in the blood of the individual Lamb, Jesus-ch. 1:5; 7:14.
This Seven Horned and Seven Eyed Lamb-Multitude is the Mighty Angel descended from the heaven, clothed with a cloud; and holding in his hand a LITILE OPEN SCROLL- Ch. 10:1.
One thing, however, is particularly to be observed here, namely, that, though this cloud-invested angel, and the Lamb with the 144,000, symbolize the same multitude, they represent this multitude in different positions and stages of its career.
In this fourteenth chapter, while on Mount Zion, the multitude is "in the heaven," having opened the door, entered therein, and set up the throne (ch. 4:1,2; Psa. 24:7; Dan. 2:44): but, in the tenth chapter (though without abandoning the seat of government) the almighty, cloud-invested, angel-Lamb and his companions, "come down from the heaven," and take up a position upon the earth and sea - verses 1,2,5,8.
In other words, war has been declared against the Beast of the Earth, the Beast of the Sea, the Image of the Beast, and the False Prophet; that is, against all Europe, for the utter destruction of all its institutions, civil and ecclesiastical; and the subjugation of all its peoples, nations, tongues, and rulers, to the absolute sovereignty of David's Son and Lord (Psa. 110:1).
The Lamb and his 144,000, "who follow him whithersoever he goes," engaged in this,
"the war of that great day of the all-powerful Deity" (ch. 16: 14),
are the cloud-invested angel in the territories of the enemy which they have invaded, and in which they are progressing as pillars offire." In this warfare they are giving practical expression to the unwritten utterances of the Seven Thunders - unwritten in the tenth chapter; but illustrated in the fourteenth, from the eighth verse to the end.
The name of his Father, which had been written upon their foreheads
With this New Name of the Spirit, styled the Father's Name, the 144,000 will stand on Mount Zion. It is written upon them before they appear there. This is evident from the word gegrammenon, having been written. When was it written? Doctrinally, when sealed in their foreheads (ch. 7:3) in the great tribulation (verse 14); and corporeally, when "the dead, small and great," stand in the presence of the Deity, and are judged by what has been written, according to their works.
Those who are found written in the Book of Life, receive their reward in the inscription of the New Name, which makes them like what Jesus Christ now is.
The glorified saints (144,000) stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion, having moved up from Sinai (Pslm.68.17 angels = changed ones, from Sinai into the Holy). They have the Father's Name written in their foreheads. This shows their godly character developed in their probation, as part of that Yahweh Name or He who will be armies Yahweh Sabaoth (Pslm.24.I0). Those who constitute this glorious assembly, have come through much tribulation, purged out sin and pride from their lives, humbling themselves before God.*
The word used in the Revelation is different from that in the rest of the New Testament. It is a diminutive form and means "little lamb "-arnion. It is a gentle term of affection, just as we would use "little lamb."
Here is emphasized that all power is of God-all power is of love-and God's strength is made perfect in weakness and gentleness. A "little lamb" accomplished the great work foretold from the beginning which none of the mighty wild- beast nations have been able to do-the complete and permanent subduing of the earth, even to the subduing and eventual abolishing of sin itself-the root of all evil and rebellion. This is the only subduing that is worthwhile. *
"And with him 144,000. "
These are the redeemed. In chapter 7 they are sealed in tribulation-twelve thousand from each tribe of Israel. Here they are manifested in glory. The one hundred and forty- four-the square of twelve- marks the connection with Israel, the foundation of God's purpose- "Salvation is of the Jews" (Jn. 4:22).
On the framework of Jacob's twelve sons, the whole national organization was built. Twelve is four times three. Four appears to indicate universal dominion-"to the four winds"-"the four corners of the earth" -the four world empires of man. And three appears to indicate resurrection, fulfilment, completion.
The camp of Israel was arranged in four groups of three. The breastplate had four rows of three stones each. The new Jerusalem has four sides with three gates on each side. The twenty-four priestly courses of David's kingdom, and the twenty-four elders of the Revelation point to a doubling of the twelve, foreshadowing the union of Jew and Gentile-
"Other sheep have I which are not of this fold."
Twelve is the pattern of the ruling subdivisions of the Kingdom of God, past and future. There were twelve princes of the tribes, heads of their father's houses under the king; the
twelve apostles will sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel under the King of kings (Matt. 19:28).
The year, which is measured by the sun, is divided into twelve months, each ruled by the moon, the secondary light-four seasons of three months each. The day, again measured by the sun, is divided into twelve hours. So those Kings and Priests who reign subordinate with
Christ are twelve times twelve times one thousand.
Twelve squared is twelve intensified-given body and reality.There are no hidden inner chambers in the Ezekiel temple of the Age to come-its heart and center is a twelve times twelve altar high up on the holy hill of Zion-the Lamb and the one hundred and forty-four thousand manifested in glory for all the world to see. How beautifully Bro.Sulley's conception of the Temple brings out this glorious picture!
The one thousand symbol illustrates multitudinousness - a large number - One shall chase a thousand, "One among a thousand," "The cattle upon a thousand hills, "A little one shall become a thousand."
The one hundred and forty-four thousand figure teaches us that the multitude of the redeemed are the "Israel of God."**Bro Growcott - The 144 000 on Mount Zion
Having his Father's Name written in their foreheads.
The Father's Name is His character and purpose. Having the Father's Name in the forehead involves a MIGHTY TRANSFORMATION OF BOTH CHARACTER AND PURPOSE which but few
ever attain to. Our greatest danger is underestimating, failing to even comprehend, the depth and extent of the transformation of life that is demanded.
To have a purpose is to consciously shape all life's activities in relation to a determined end. It is to eliminate all that interferes with, or has no value, in attaining that end.Unless we consciously and continually subject our daily activities to this test, we have no purpose, we have not the Name in our forehead.
The forehead stands for the mind, the consciousness, the will, the desires and interests. If God's Name is truly in our forehead, we shall be continually anxious to learn more about
Him and His Word. Our thoughts will ever gravitate toward Him with joy and interest and love.
When we read, it will be things that have to do with Him and His purpose. The motives behind all our actions will be to please Him and serve His interests and glorify His Name.
We shall realize with dismay our natural subjection to the deceptive mind of the flesh, and we shall pray and study earnestly to acquire more and more of the safety and peace of
the mind of the Spirit-the Name in the forehead.
The High Priest was the center and apex of the worship of the Mosaic Law-the heart and embodiment of all its shadows and significances. He was a man of sign. On his forehead he wore a pure gold plate engraved with the words-"Holiness to the Lord."
To bear the Father's Name in the forehead requires strength and determination. The strength is freely offered by God to those that seek it-
"My strength is made perfect in weakness . . ."
"Seek and ye shall find; ask and it shall be given you."
God said to Ezekiel (3:8, 9)-
"I have made thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As adamant harder thanfiint have I made thy forehead."
We must be unchanging and unflinching in the bearing of the
2 And I heard a <sound from the> heaven, as <a sound> of many waters [the "great multitude "in the heaven," ...victorious palm bearers 7: 9], and as <a sound> of <loud> thunder [the beast and his image and name are no more] : and I heard <a> voice of harpers harping with their harps:
The sound of the many waters cannot proceed from the heaven, unless they be first in the heaven. The many waters of the heaven are the 144,000, giving utterance to their joy. Standing on Mount Zion with the Lamb, they are "in the place of Yahweh's holiness," which is "the heaven."
John does not record, in this verse, what the many waters said. It was not necessary; for he had already made the record in ch. 7:10-12. The white robed multitude, having exchanged the sword of judgment for the palm of victory, shouted with a loud voice, saying,
"The salvation be ascribed to him that sitteth upon the throne of our Deity, and to the Lamb! And all the angels stood in the circle of the throne (kuklo tou thronou) and of the elders, and of the four living ones, and they fell before the throne upon their face, and worshipped the Deity, saying, Amen! The blessing and the glory', and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honour, and the power, and the might, be to our Deity for the aeons of the aeons. Amen!"
The sound from the heaven was the voice of the 144,000 after they had got the victory over "the Beast," and over his "Image," and over his "sign," and over the "Number" of his Name; in other words, after they had conquered all Greek, Papal, and Protestant, Antichristendom.
Their victorious attitude is indicated by their being palm-bearers -"they had palms in their hands". "Branches of palm-trees," says Daubuz, "are the symbol of joy after victory', attended with antecedent sufferings. By the Mosaical law, Lev. 23:40, they were used as a token of joy at the Feast of Tabernacles. And they were used upon any solemn occasion of joy, as after a victory or deliverance."
A sound of Loud thunder
The thunder is styled "loud," because it consists of more than a single clap. It is a series of booming and crashing thunderstorms, which, with the sound of the roaring hurricane, prostrate all the towering dominions of the earth.
This "loud thunder" overthrows Babylon, torments the worshippers of the Beast with fire and brimstone, cuts down the harvest of the earth, and lops off the clusters of its vine.
When all this is accomplished, the Dragon bound, the kingdom restored to Israel, and Jerusalem made a praise in the earth, the thronal lightnings will cease to flash, and the thunder to roll. The time will have then arrived, and not till then, for the going forth from heaven of
"the sound as the sound of many waters, and as a sound of loud thunder."
A voice of harpers harping with their harps
Mount Zion is still the scene of the vision...As the Spirit predicted in Psa. 87:7,...
"as well the singers as the players upon instruments are there." "Every' one of them"
has his harp; for he is himself a "harp of the Deity," and therefore an instrument of joy (Apoc. 5:8; 15:2). The harp is an instrument used in giving thanks, in rejoicing, and in praising.
...A harper harping with his harp is a saint... The first thing he does when he finds himself on the mount of Yahweh's holiness, is ...to show forth the praises, the worthiness, and loving kindness of Him, who called him out
...The Four Living Ones, and twenty four stephaned Elders, are all harpers who harp with their harps. This is positively affirmed in ch. 5:8. In symbolic style, put harps, and golden vials full of odours, into men's hands, and say, that "the odours are the prayers of the saints;" and it is equivalent to saying that the harps and golden vials are representative of the saints themselves.
The Angels ...in Psa. 97:7, worship David's Son and Lord.... They join with the harpers in myriads in the ascription of
"worthiness to the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory', and blessing" (ch. 5:12):
but they could take no part in singing the harpers' new song which they accompanied with their harps; for they have never learned it, and were they to study it ten thousand years, could never sing it truthfully.
...How gratified they will be in beholding the Royal Child, whose birth they celebrated over eighteen centuries before, enthroned by the Eternal Power, according to the words of Gabriel, in his father David's seat; and instead of a vile clamor for his crucifixion, in the very' place where he was condemned and put to death, songs of thanksgiving and praise, ascending in immortal strains to the Diety, from the innumerable multitude of the redeemed.
3 And they <sing> as it were a new song <in the presence of> the throne, and <in the presence of> the four <living ones>, and <of > the elders: and no <one was able to> learn that song <except> the 144 000s, <who had been> redeemed from the earth.
The personal redemption of these thousands had been completed before they appeared on Mount Zion. They had recently emerged from the dust of death; and had passed through the ordeal of judgment; and being afterwards transformed, and made like to the King of Glory' by the quickening energy of his power, they were prepared truthfully to describe themselves in a song, which no one could possibly sing, who had not been the subject of the like condition.
The song they will sing on Zion is recorded in ch. 5:9. In this place, it says,
"They sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the scroll, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain; and hast redeemed us for the Deity by thy blood out of every' kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us (the Four Living Ones full of eyes, and the twenty four elders) for our Deity kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
The Angels cannot sing this song. How could they address Jesus, and say to him, "thou hast redeemed us?" Neither can they sing, that they shall "reign upon the earth," for they assuredly never will.
They have ... been taught it by the Father...
"except the Father who hath sent me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of the Deity. Every' man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me" (John 6:44).
These can learn the song; for the Father teaches it to all His true disciples, when He writes His new name upon them; and they Sing it, when He plays upon them as His harps.
...After he has developed them corporeally from the dust, he flashes upon them the knowledge of a previous state, together with the knowledge of what shall be hereafter. Thus they are taught and made conscious of a previous existence. But for the operation of the Eternal Spirit in writing his name upon their new cerebral organization, they would have no more consciousness of the past, or of any antecedents therein, than Adam when he first opened his eyes upon the light.
Unless the Spirit impress upon them the knowledge, they would be conscious only of what present sensation could impart - of this, and no more.
...What provision, then, has been provided by the Creator for the reproduction of the non-existent Paul and his companions in nothingness? The creation of 144,000 (not less, but number-less more) living bodies from the dust; and stamping upon their foreheads, as with a seal, what is already on record, not in the memory of disembodied souls, but in the mind of the Eternal Father.
This is where the personal consciousness of the past comes from, the Father's Name written in the forehead, not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God in fleshy tables of the heart (2 Cor. 3:3): that whosoever is so written upon after creation from dust, is, in the creative operation, taught to sing the song of redemption by inspiration.
The apostles who listened to the discourses of Jesus remembered little, and understood less; but the Eternal Spirit, who discoursed through Jesus, remedied this defect by afterwards bringing all things to their remembrance, opening their understandings and guiding them into all the truth (Luke 24:45; John 14:26; 16:13).
In this operation, their consciousness of what Jesus really taught, was stamped or written upon the fleshy tablets of their hearts. What they had forgotten and did not understand, was not lost. It was retained in the Spirit's, in the Father's own mind, Who afterwards photographed in their foreheads what he had said.
These verses are expressive of the New Song or song of the Redeemed sung by the saints on Mount Zion, which only they can sing. John hears this as the voice of many waters ( a multitude called out of the miry sea of nations), as thunder (warrior priests), and as harpers harping with their harps (symbolic of their joy, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord). Here is no brassy, self righteous outpouring of the flesh, but sweet harmony and joy of a united multitude in which there is no discord, true friends, united in their common appreciation of divine Truth and repudiation of error (Pslm. I. 50, Pslm.33).*
4 These are they < who had not been contaminated> with women [Prov 7]; for they are virgins. These are <the attendants upon> the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These <had been> redeemed from among men, < an offering of> first fruits <for the Deity and for the Lamb>.
Not been contaminated with women
...they are the women of the Apocalypse. The worst kind of women - the Harlot daughters and Harlot Abominations of the Great Drunken Murderess, whom they style
"the Mother of All Churches."
The "Holy Apostolic Catholic Church", is the Harlot in chief; "with whom the kings of the earth," the Secular Rulers of European and American Antichristendom,
"have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication".
This is the Mother of the Harlot Family. Her daughters are the Churches of Europe "by law established;" such as, the Lutheran Harlot, the Anglo-Hibernian Harlot, the Caledonian Harlot, and the Helvetian Harlot' all of them, bearing "the Sign of the Beast," indicating their utter destitution of the faith and its obedience.
Besides these principal harlots is an innumerable fry of Harlot abominations, all of them distinguished as the relations of the Roman Mother by the livery they wear. The sign of the Beast is upon them all. In the aggregate, they are an unbaptized ecclesiastical community, distinguished in its subdivisions by various 'names," Apocalyptically styled,
"Names of Blasphemy,"
These dilutions of the Latin superstition have been very useful in crippling the absolutism of the Romish Hierarchy. The world has been greatly benefited by the Protestant Rebellion; and by the multiplication and rivalries of the sects. But, though promotive of civil and religious liberty, their dogmas are God-dishonoring and gospel-nullifying blasphemies.
Attendants upon the Lamb
The Lamb-Power invades the territories of the Beast and his Image: for their worshippers are said to be tormented in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb; hence, as the 144,000 are his attendants, they are there also (verse 9,10).
This is, if possible, still more evident from ch. 17:14,12; and 19:19; where the Beast and kings of the earth and their armies gather together to make war against the Lamb, and against his army, which is marshalled by "the called, the chosen, and faithful" 144,000, with him.
The conflict, however terrible, is not doubtful. The Seven-Horned Lamb overcomes them in spite of all their improvements in artillery and the art of war; for he is the Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords, who smites the nations with the sword of his mouth, and rules them with a rod of iron.
... The 144,000 firstfruits are themselves "spirit", on the principle laid down by Jesus, that that is spirit which is born of the Spirit. Being spirit, they are in the shadow of the Spirit's power - a polished shaft in His quiver, like the great Captain of their salvation. No projectile can reach them to hurt them.
...The artillery of the Beast's armies being thus rendered powerless, they have no defence against the tormenting fire and brimstone of the 144,000 of the Lamb. The Beast and deceiving False Prophet become captives; and those who sustained them by the sword, are made a sacrifice of with great slaughter (ch. 13:10) in the great Day of Retribution, when the Seven-Horned Lamb, with his invincible attendants, shall go forth into all the earth.
Three further attributes are noted by John pertaining to this glorious multitude-
1. Not defiled with women 2. Virgins 3. They follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth,
1. The women are the false woman of Apostasy. They are undefiled by Apostasy, keep separate, not cohabit, testify against it.
They follow the Lamb (Jhn.l0). The Lamb represents the Truth. They follow the Truth, not adulterated unions. This requires faith, courage, and discernment, not simply accepting the status quo, but having the courage of our own convictions to take action where necessary. These attributes of v.4 are not just 'after thoughts,' they are essential, and no one who does not manifest these attributes will be present on Mount Zion. They characterise the true saints, who are styled the firstfruits of the Lamb (the Pentecostian firstfruits).*
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Virgins - this is the true woman of purity of doctrine and life (see Proverbs 1-9). The theme of the false woman and true woman goes all the way through the Word. The Truth is so easily defiled, harlotised, gentilised, heathenised, corrupted, adulterated into spiritual whoredoms (Jer.3, Jer. 7, Is.I, Ezk.8, 9) Which are we?
They also are without guile and faultless before the throne of God (Jde 24,25). They are not hypocrites, but genuine lovers of the Truth and Hope of Israel, their mouths not full of deceit, and craftiness, self justifications.
Faultless - no one is without sin (Rom.2,3), so this must be a state granted them because of their faith under severe trial, whereby they have come forth like gold from the refiners fire (I Pet. I. 7) .*
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
The First Angel mission. This is the everlasting or Aionian gospel preached to all nations, tongues and people, following the ascent of the Rainbowed Angel to Mount Zion; following the great earthquake of Olivet (Zech,.4), following the Armageddon conflict. It is a message of warning of further more terrible judgements. The nations are called on to fear God, give glory to him and Worship him who made heaven and earth, and the sea and fountains of waters, for the hour (30yrs) of judgement is come. It seems from this that the saints going forth to the nations (ls.66.19), will occupy about 10 years.
*The Apocalyptic Messenger, July 2016
Bro Richard Lister
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
It is the Father, the Eternal Power, by the Spirit, who doeth the works: as he said to Zechariah,
"Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith YAHWEH Tz'vaoth" (iv. 6).
Of their own selves Jesus and his Brethren can do nothing. Their almightiness is of the Father-Spirit,
"Whithersoever the Spirit was to go they went" (Ezek. i. 12,20);
and where they went, there the Spirit of their Father worked. Hence the peculiarity of the sentence, ta de erga auton akolouthei met'auton --
"and their works He goes with them."
He attends upon them as akolouthos, a camp-follower.
He is present in all their encampments; and all the defeats they give their enemies are by his power. How could it be otherwise? For, having been begotten and born of the Spirit, they are as much Spirit as that which has been begotten and born of the flesh is flesh (John iii. 6). Therefore, what they do must of necessity be done by the Spirit -- "he goes with them;" and "their works," the works of the Angel of the Covenant, signified in his roaring, in the little scroll, and in the seven thunders, He does with almighty and invincible power.
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
The Similitude of the Son of Man is ,seen sitting upon or invested with a white cloud, a golden crown upon his head; and 'holding a sharp sickle. The white cloud is the glorified company of the saints, a great cloud of witnesses of whom this world is not worthy, who are white because of their righteousness and because of their conquest (Rev .2.26), as the Bride of Christ (Rev .19:7,8).
They have been elevated above the flesh, by the power .of the Sun of Righteousness, and as the similitude of the son of man or multitudinous Christ, prepare for battle. This takes place at Sinai. They wear a,golden crown (stephanos) to signify their mind attuned to God,manifestation ~Rev.14.l Rev'.7.13-l1). and that they are a body politic of kings who shall reign over the earth Rev.5.10). **
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
The similitude of the Son of Man is instructed to thrust in the sickle and reap, for the time has come to reap, "for the harvest of the earth is ripe." The time of judicial wrath of Deity has arrived. This is after the judgement - and preparation of the saints at Sinai.Bro Richard Lister
The Apocalyptic Messenger, March 2016
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
The similitude of the son of man that sat on the cloud thrusts in the sickle and reaps the earth. Bro Thomas equates this with the Pentecostian harvest of Armageddon which commences with the march of the Rainbowed Angel, at Bozrah (Is.63,I, 1s.34), and concludes at Jerusalem (Pslm.68). with the decimation of the Gogian hordes of the Prince of Rosh or Autocrat of all the Russias, who takes the Holy City, and enslaves and depopulates terribly, but his claims to universal dominion are interrupted by the Mighty judgements of the sickle Reaper (Zech.l4, Joe13, Ezk.38,39). Two thirds of Israel perish (Zech.l3). but a remnant is spared, and constitute the armies of Yahweh as a sharp threshing instrument, after their repentence (Zech.l2, Zech.9,I0,ll).
**Bro Richard Lister
The Apocalyptic Messenger, March 2016