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Thursday, September 27 2012
What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?
"This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven"
The ascension of the Messiah into heaven as it was documented by Luke in his second epistle to Theophilus (see The Epistles: Acts):
"1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus [see The Epistles: Luke], of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God and The Church In The Kingdom Of God]: 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence [see The Fruit Of Pentecost and Pentecost: Unto The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath].
The prophet Daniel was also given to see the ascension, centuries before it happened. Notice how, while Luke recorded "he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight" for the departure, Daniel records the subsequent arrival with the same miraculous clouds, "the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven."
"7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him [see The Coming World Dictator]: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Daniel 7:13-14 KJV)
Daniel was given the prophetic vision of the Messiah's ascension within a wider prophecy, of not only the "beast" power that killed the Christ, but which will still exist on the day of His return - when His wrath will come upon it.
"7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns [see What Is The Mark Of The Beast? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?].
As we will read, the authority that the Messiah was given after He ascended to heaven and appeared before the Throne of God, authorizes Him to do what he's going to do when He returns when faced with a defiant world that will attempt to fight Him ("I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army," verse 19 below). The "rules of engagement" are written in a scroll that the Messiah possesses today.
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
"Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David , hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof"
The fourth and fifth chapters of the "book" of Revelation (which was actually written as a scroll and an epistle; see The Epistles: Revelation) document the Messiah's arrival before the Throne of God. The fourth chapter describes God the Father on His Throne, awaiting the return of the LORD God (contrary to the ideas of human artists, the Father would hardly look like an old man with a white beard, as is typically portrayed; God is ageless, never getting "old" - The Father could just as well appear as a young man as an old one). Interestingly, John seems to be describing a "speaker" when his vision begins i.e. "the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me."
"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 [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?], clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 4:5 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. 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.
In God's Hand was "a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals." It was a very special "book" (i.e. a scroll) whereby it was to be given only to someone who accomplished the mission of a Messiah.
"5:1 And 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. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches], hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." (Revelation 5:1-5 KJV)
The Messiah, known as the human Jesus of Nazareth, then arrived by His ascension, with the victorious Blood of His Sacrifice.
"5:6 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, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And 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. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying,
The Messiah was then granted the authority for His return, and what He was to do upon it; all of that was written in the scroll that the Father gave to the one Who qualified Himself to receive it (see Day of Atonement: The Messiah's Deliverance).
"5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 5:12 Saying with a loud voice,
The Levitical high priesthood was established by Jesus Christ, "the LORD God" (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood) for the sole purpose of portraying the prophecy of the Messiah's coming Sacrifice and Atonement. Although the Levites later lost sight of their purpose, the Messiah never lost sight of His purpose (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?).
"10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 10:3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins [see The Blood Of Bulls And Goats].
So it will be that the Messiah will return, on the day that the Father has decided, as written in the scroll that is sealed by seven seals. The first four of those seals will be the famous "four horsemen of the apocalypse."
"6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Fact Finder: What is in the seven seals of the scroll that the Messiah, the LORD God, now holds, as He sits at the right hand of God The Father?
This Day In History, September 27
1066: William the Conqueror and his forces set sail from the mouth of the Somme River to begin the Norman Conquest of England.
1290: An earthquake in China killed 100,000 people.
1331: The Battle of Plowce between the forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order.
1396: Thousands of Church of Rome "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) who had been taken prisoner by Ottoman (i.e. Turkish; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) forces under Sultan Bayazid at the Battle of Nicopolis the day before were beheaded. Among those executed were members of the royal families of France, Germany and Burgundy.
1529: The Siege of Vienna began when Suleiman I attacked the city (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1540: The Church of Rome's Pope Paul III gave approval to Ignatius Loyola for the founding of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1590: Pope Urban VII died 13 days after becoming Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1605: The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1785: The "Episcopal Church" in the U.S. was founded when Anglicans met in Philadelphia to create a denomination independent of the Church of England. The Episcopalians left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of England, that left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of Rome. All 3 were and are "state religions" (i.e. the Church of Rome, the Church of England, the Episcopal Church" of the United States) that deny the Biblical Truth of the Church of God - which knows and recognizes no man-made political boundaries (see also What Is The Church? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?; also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
1791: Jews in France were granted French citizenship.
1821: Mexico declared independence from Spain (Texas succeeded from Mexico 15 years later, in 1836).
1822: Jean-François Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta stone.
1825: In England, the first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson.
1854: The first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard.
1905: The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?." The paper introduced Einstein's famous E=mc2 equation.
1918: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Canadian commandos stormed the Canal du Nord, a section of the German Hindenburg Line, capturing over 7,000 prisoners and 205 artillery guns.
1923: Martial law was declared in Germany.
1939: Warsaw, Poland capitulated to the invading German forces (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1959: A typhoon battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people.
1964: The Warren Commission released the official report of its investigation of the assassination of President John Kennedy with the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter and that he acted alone. "Conspiracy theorists" continue to disagree with the findings with various counter-claims e.g. Oswald could not have fired shots from 2 different directions at the same time, FBI marksmen found it nearly impossible to repeat the rate of fire and accuracy using Oswald's cheap, bolt-action rifle that, as well, was later found to have a bent sight that would have caused Oswald to fire nearly a foot above, and to the left, of Kennedy's head at that range.
1970: King Hussein of Jordan and Al Fatah guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat met in Cairo with 10 Arab chiefs of state and signed an agreement ending civil war in Jordan.
1996: In Afghanistan, Taliban forces seized control of Kabul and hanged former President Najibullah.