OYB December 21
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- 2009 Dec 21
1:6 But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. This shows me that many of these prophets were announcing impending prophecies more than in the distant future. It seems that God usually announces through the prophets when it is a distant prophecy. Many of the things we've read recently were already fulfilled except MK and the places in Daniel where God said "these things will take place in the distant future."
Chapter 12 appears to be mostly about the birth of Christ. Remember that Revelation means "the unveiling" and it is all about (in my belief) unveiling Christ at His first advent and then unveiling the body of Christ (chosen/overcomers) for His second advent. Food for thought: In some of the verses I've been studying, there is question as to whether Christ will manifest to the world literally in person or only through His body (His people) at His second coming, and only in person to His people who have been raised immortal. I am certainly not declaring this to be fact, but have seen it as a possibility in Scriptures. A couple of thought-provoking Scriptures on the topic:
"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom..." (2 Tim. 4:1). Jesus will not be judging until after the Millennial Kingdom.
"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left" (Matt. 25:31-33). Again, we see the Judgment pictures, which is after the MK!
Other pictures in the Bible that might lend to this, is how God only appeared to Moses and then Moses had to then go to lead the people. Also, the Temple had the inner courts with the Holy of Holies, where only the priests could enter to make sacrifices. The people had to stay in the outer courts and be taught by the priests, who changed from linens (in the presence of God) to wool, in the presence of the people. As we learned in Ezekiel, this could very well be the changing forms of going back and forth between God's realm and the people in the MK. All this could very well mean that Jesus manifests through us in the MK, and that He doesn't physically come to earth Himself until the Judgment. We will have to wait and see!
As to most of this chapter...it is beyond my understanding as to when and what.