THE GOOD NEWS MINISTRY AND MISSIONS OUTREACH PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE SOON RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST!
Revealing The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah! Who Is He?
"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. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith un Weep not. behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath, prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 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 sprits of God, sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev. 5. 1-10.)
The Fifth chapter of the book of Revelation is the Great Redemption chapter. Without this chapter the Bible would be incomplete. It is so important that one should read it prayerfully. It is so deep, it reaches from the fall of man until the final restitution and complete redemption of all that was lost in the fall of the first Adam.
In the first three chapters of the book of Revelation, we see the church on earth, and Jesus Christ in the midst of the churches; commending some for their love for Him, rebuking others that have lost their first love, and departed from the faith.
In chapter four the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church is raptured and leaves the earth, and we see her no more until she comes back with Christ in the nineteenth chapter of this book.
All the events that take place on this earth and all the judgements that are described between the fifth and nine chapters will take place on earth while the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church is in heaven. Both chapters four and five go together.
John sees a sealed book sealed with seven seals in the hand of Him that sitteth upon the throne. The Prophet Daniel was told to shut up the words and seal the book, even unto the End Times Whereas, John on Island of Patmos was told, "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand." The book of Daniel was to be sealed. The book of Revelation was not to be sealed!
The book of Revelation is an open book. We are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to read it, hear it, and keep the sayings that are written therein. All those that do so would receive a "Special Blessing" from the Lord. (See Rev. 1:3)
The Fifth chapter is the great Redemption chapter In this chapter is included the great mysteries of God, from the creation and the fall of man until the final restitution of all things. Redemption! Redemption! What a great word! It means to buy again something that has been sold, by paying back the price to him that bought it. To deliver and bring out of bondage those who are kept prisoners, by their enemies. In speaking of the "Last Day Signs" that are taking place in the world today. Jesus said: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (See Luke 21:25-28)
Before we continue with chapter five, let us re-emphasize that the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church is Caught Up (Raptured) in chapter four. John said, "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 shew thee things which must be hereafter." (Rev. 4:1)
What a great day that will be, when the door is opened in Heaven, and our Lord Jesus comes down to earth in the air with a shout, and we are caught up (Raptured) to meet Him. "The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout." The world will not hear that shout. Only those who are redeemed by His precious blood.
"The dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, so shall we be forever with the Lord." (See I Thess. 4:13-18)
When John was caught up into Heaven, he saw seven elders, the redeemed church. There were twenty four elders, twelve representing the Old Testament Saints [Patriarchs/Prophets] and twelve representing the New Testament Saints [Apostles]. They, with the angels, were praising God and giving glory to Him.
In chapter five, verse one, "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."
This seven sealed book is the tittle deed to this earth. It is the great redemption book. The angel proclaimed with a load voice, "Who is able to open the book and to loose the seals thereof?"
No man in heaven nor in the earth, nor under the earth was able to open this book of redemption. As John was weeping, one of the elders said to him, "Weep not, behold the lion of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and loose the seven seals thereof."
This is what The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church has been hearing through her True ministers in all the ages. It is the very essence of the Gospel, which has been sounding ever since the promise of a redeemer, which was made in Eden, that "The seed of the women should bruise the serpent's head." (See Gen. 3:15)
The redemption is what all the ancient types pre-figured, the songs of the prophets foretold, and what the first Christians and their successors went heralding over all the earth. It has been the only comfort of God's true and faithful children through all the ages. Of their inheritance and comfort which has cheered the pilgrim's steps through life, the bloom of their passage to the grave, and will be the joy of their souls as they stand waiting in heaven for their consummating victory of Him, who has been so uniformly triumphant on so many trying fields. Jesus is the Lion, strong. from Judah, the root of David, the foundation on which the Davidic hope reposes. He overcame in trial of life, in the temptations in the wilderness, in the agonies of the garden, the fears of death, and the bonds of the grave.
He "Led captivity captive. and gave gifts unto men." He is the victor now over sin, and death and hell. He has paid the redemptive price of the forfeited inheritance. He is the True Redeemer, who having so far triumphed and been accepted, will also prove ready and worthy to complete His work by lifting those long standing deeds of forfeiture, breaking their devouring seals. For thousands of years the whole of creation has been waiting for this day, when the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah, the mighty Christ, will redeem for us everything we lost through the fall of the first Adam.
Paul said: "For we know that the whole of creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the spirit, even we ourselves grown within ourselves waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:22-23)
We have redemption for our souls through the precious blood of Jesus. We now have the first fruits of the spirit, but we are groaning for something more, that is, complete redemption, the redemption of our body. We do not want to live eternally as a disembodied spirit, and we are not going to, because redemption means to buy back everything we lost. Through the fall of Adam, death was passed on to the human race, and our bodies go back to dust; but our Lord has not only redeemed our soul, He has redeemed our bodies.
To have redemption for our spirit would only be partial redemption. satan would gain a partial victory in holding our bodies in the grave.
We are given the first fruits of the Spirit, of what awaits us in glory, and moulds our heart to a heavenly frame, when He tempers it to its future element.
Shall not the sepulchres of earth be turned into palaces and angels clothed in white sit where the weepers stood and mourned?
The creature itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, and much more the creatures master by divine appointment, men shall be delivered. The Universal Redemption must come, Thank God. All Things make for the reign of righteousness. We see it not now, but we shall see and know it hereafter.
Redemption of man's soul and body means the restitution of all things, alluded to in (Acts 3:20-21) "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all the Holy prophets since the world began." (also see Isaiah eleventh chapter).
Yes, "... The whole of creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." Some one has said that twenty million gallons of tears have been shed since the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden.
For nearly six thousand years the whole of creation has been groaning under the curse. The song of a bird is the prelude to her wail of sorrow. The beauty of the flower makes its decay more distressing. The splendour of the landscape is dashed by the thought of lurking danger. Bright nature groans that her fair face should be seamed with so many tears. Nature's fair spots are marked with darkest blots. The earthquake yawns, the volcano belches, the avalanche sweeps, the thunder peals; the fatal disease lurks amid the flowers. Nature's lord groans.
Some one has well said, "Who could stand the wail and groans of all the groaning of the human race concentrated - the death groaning of the slaughtered Abels," remorseful groaning of the slaughtered kings; the groaning of the wounded battlefield; the groaning of the conquerors as they looked at the awful price of victory. The groaning of the oppressed and the oppressors.
But while we groan in the flesh at the sight of all the trouble in the world, and the weakness of our own bodies-, we greatly rejoice in the anticipation of the day when our powerful liberator, the Lion of the tribe of Judah shall break the seals and open the book of redemption , and not only redeem our bodies and souls; but will redeem the whole earth so that it will be more beautiful than the garden of Eden was in the beginning!
As sure as the earth and every creature was dragged down by the fall of man, it will be redeemed.
When Christ arose from the grave He broke the fetters that kept the creature under the bondage of corruption. His body having thus been an incorruptible, have we not in this the earnest of the redemption of all bodies of the saints? Yes, we are waiting for this glorious emancipation, when the earth will be renovated and restored. The unanimous vote and joint desire of the whole True Church, all agree on this.
When Jesus comes our mortal bodies will be rescued from the power of death and the grave and the bondage of corruption, and though a vile body, yet it shall be refined and made like that of His glorious body.
Paul said, "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like Unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto himself." (Phil. 3:20-21).
The Old Testament Patriarchs - Prophets looked forward to the time when the Lion of the tribe of Judah the conquering Christ, would redeem them from the power of the grave. the Patriarch Job said, "Oh that my words were now written, oh that they were printed in a book. That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock forever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: "And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; thou my reins be consumed within me." (Job 19:23-27)
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." ( Isa. 26:19-21)
The children of God have bodies as well as souls, until those bodies are brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God the adoption is not perfect; but when it will be complete when the Captain of our salvation brings the many sons to glory. (See Heb. 2:10) This is that which we expect and hope of which our flesh rests. (Psalms 16:9-10)
Job said all the days of our appointed time we are waiting until this change shall come. When He shall call, we shall answer, and He will have a desire to do the work of His hands. (See Job 14:14-15)
Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, is the only one worthy to rule over the dominion of creation which our first parents lost through sin.
He purchased redemption for us by His death on the cross of Calvary. The earth was Christ's by right of the original creation, His inheritance; The Devil rebelled and fell to Earth and in his anger brought corruption, destruction and darkness upon the Earth. God re-creates The Earth. He gave it to Adam, a renewed and beautiful garden, a renewed paradise, and gave Him dominion over all things. Adam failed miserably, sold out to the devil and lost the earth and brought more misery on all the creation. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to re- claim His purchased possession.
There was no death, sorrow nor sickness in Eden, no thorns or cursed ground before the fall. What we lost in the first Adam, we regain in the second Adam and more.
Peter said, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (2 Peter 3:8-14)
Very soon our Lord will return to earth and take possession of what belongs to Him. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalms 24:1)
The prophecy of Daniel will be fulfilled. " 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. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:13-14)
Satan who is the prince of this world, and who now controls it, is putting up the last great battle to keep possession of all of creation. He has come down to earth for his last battle, but he is a defeated foe. (See Rev. 12:9-12)
The roaring lion of hell is no match for the conquering Lion of Judah.
Now let us summarize the Great Events in order, before the final consummation and the reign of Christ on earth.
(1) THE NEXT GREAT EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IS THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST TO CATCH AWAY (RAPTURE) HIS TRUE CHURCH, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, THE BLOOD WASHED SAINTS.
This will be the greatest event in all the history of the world. This can take place at any moment when the Bride of Christ is complete.
"WHAT A DAY THE WILL BE, WHEN MY JESUS I SHALL SEE."
What a great, great day to meet our saved loved ones as we go through the air to meet Jesus. What a great reunion is just ahead in the near future, when the ones who are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth. (See John 5:28-29) Suddenly they will come from their graves with a literal, tangible, visible body.
As we who are living are changed from mortal to immortality in the twinkling of an eye. (See I Cor. 15:51-52) All physical infirmities, pains, and sorrows gone forever!
THE WORLD WILL NOT SEE JESUS WHEN HE COMES FOR HIS CHURCH.
He will come as a thief in the night, and only the True and Faithful Bible Belieivng Church will hear His blessed voice, and will rise to meet Him at this time.
(2) AFTER THE TRUE AND FAITHFUL BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH LEAVES THE EARTH, IS THE REVELATION OF THE ANTICHRIST.
He may be in the world today, but cannot be revealed until after the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church leaves the earth, and is caught up to heaven. (See 2 Thess. 2:6-8)
The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) in the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church is the restraining power which is holding back the Antichrist from taking complete control of this world.
(3) ISRAEL AS A NATION MUST BE BACK IN HER OWN LAND -THE FIG TREE IS BUDDING.
And the Antichrist makes a covenant with her for one week, (Shabuha) which is a week of seven years, or Daniel's Seventieth Week. (See Dan. 9:27)
During this seven year period, Daniel's Seventieth Week, all the plagues spoken of in the book of Revelation, from the sixth chapter to the nineteenth chapter will be poured out upon this Christ- rejecting world. This no doubt, will be the Third World War, which will end in the battle of Armageddon. (See Rev. 16:16)
(4) AT THE CLOSE OF THE ARMAGEDDON BATTLE, THE LORD WILL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH THE REDEEMED, THE (RAPTURED) TRUE CHURCH FOLLOWING HIM, (SEE REVELATION 19:11-16)
At this time every eye shall see Christ. (See Rev. 1:7) The Lion of the tribe of Judah returns from the marriage supper of the Lamb, as King of kings, and Lord of lords. (See Rev. 19:16)
(5) SATAN IS BOUND FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS. (SEE REV. 20:1-6)
This is the Millennium. Six times we are told in this chapter, that our Lord will reign for a thousand years. Here is where Christ's kingdom is set up upon the earth, and the prayer that the church has prayed, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as in heaven," will be answered. The angel Gabriel prophesied concerning this time. ( See Luke 1:32-33)
"He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him; and His enemies shall lick the dust. Yea all kings shall fall down before Him: all nations shall serve Him." (Psalms 72:8-11)
"AND THE LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH: IN THAT DAY SHALL THERE BE ONE LORD, AND HIS NAME ONE." (ZECH. 14:9)
What a glorious day when Christ shall reign on earth, and we, the redeemed, shall reign with Him.
The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will hang above the earth, as a light for the nations of the world. No doubt, the earthly Jerusalem, where Christ sits on the throne of David, will be lighted by great beams of glory from the heavenly city.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (Rev. 21:24-27.)
In our eternal home there will be no night, no sin, no sorrow, no crying, no pain. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor cry-ing, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev. 21:4.)
Darkness of all orders: physical, mental, moral, shall have no place in the home of the redeemed. The glory and brightness of Jesus will ever illuminate the heavenly Jerusalem and all of its inhabitants shall themselves be light; for they shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and the stars forever and ever; and we shall reign to the ages of the ages; not for a thousand years only, but forever we shall reign with Jesus. (See Dan. 12:3)
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Dan. 7:14, 27.)
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (I Cor. 2:9-10.)
Dear Friends, do you love Jesus? Are you ready for His coming? Do you want to live eternally in a home where there is no trouble, sickness or death?
You have a Three-Fold Invitation whoever you are, to take of the water of life freely.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev. 22:17.)
The True Holy Spirit is calling you, the True and Faithful Bible Believing Church is calling you, The True Jesus is calling you.
Will you accept Him now? Are you ready for His coming? Can you say, Even so Come, Lord Jesus?
Let Us Pray Together--
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!