Revelation 1:10 – Part 3

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Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Last week we saw, with many verses of scripture that being “in the spirit” was nothing more or less than living out “the words that I say unto you, [ which] are spirit…” Being “in the spirit, is nothing other than keeping the things that are written therein.” We also saw that “the Lord’s day” is absolutely _ not_ a day of the week, but is rather “that great and terrible day of the Lord” which is the “day of wrath and fierce anger to destroy sinners out of the land.” We have seen in the scriptures, that “the day of the Lord,” just like all of “the things which are written therein” in God’s Word, “never passes away,” it is always “nigh at hand,” and “the Lord’s day” is intended to be lived in “this generation,” meaning every generation “reading the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Here again is our weekly reminder as to how we are to approach God’s Word:

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

David Rogers in Rochester, New York, made the comment to me this past week, that he had come to understand that “If I do not see my name written on every page of God’s Word then I am taking away from and adding to that word.” That is the Truth, and that is why Christ tells us:

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your
synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the
blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

These words are addressed only to those with “eye that see and ears that hear.” They are not addressed to the blind and deaf who cannot see or hear.

We have been shown that “the words of this prophecy” are the same as “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Finally we also saw that “the great voice” which John heard “behind him” was nothing less than the voice of the true shepherd of the Lord’s sheep. That “great voice” is, was and will always be… my words which will never pass away.” We saw that the ability to “hear that great voice” is really nothing less than the gift of discernment of spirits and the ability to hear and distinguish the “voice of the true shepherd of the sheep,” from the voice of “another Jesus with another gospel and another spirit.”

This week we will see who is given ears to hear this great voice, why the voice was behind John, and why that great voice is said to be “as a trumpet.”

Who hears this “great voice as a trumpet?”

We are actually given the answer to this question. That straight forward answer is:

Mat 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Mat 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

Christ then explains that all the people called were too busy doing good works, to come to the marriage supper of the King’s Son, and He concludes:

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. [ to see or hear the mysteries of the kingdom of God and to be at that marriage supper].

Remember the story of Gideon and his army. Gideon is a type of Christ. Gideon’s army typifies Christ’s elect, who have Christ, the light of the world in earthen vessels, which earthen vessels are destroyed in the battle to which they are called. It is through the destruction of those earthen vessels by the trumpets which call us to battle, that God’s elect fight and win the battle to which they are called. Victory requires the destruction of the earthen vessels by the trumpets. Yet we have those who teach en masse that the trumpets are not for us, because we never experience God’s wrath. It all amounts to saying that certain parts of God’s Word has not personal application.

Jdg 6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
Jdg 6:35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

The whole of Israel hears and answers the call of the trumpet, but very few are chosen of those that respond, to actually conduct and fight the battle. Gideon had 32,000 respondents, but ended up with only 300 men in his army.

Jdg 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon,* The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

Babylon within and without, both boldly proclaim that they are “Saving the world for Christ.” When we first come to Christ, we all think we did so because we chose to do so. Outwardly also, those are their own words. They actually proclaim that it is they who are “Saving the world for Christ,” instead of Christ saving the world for them.

What does God do under these ever present circumstances?

Jdg 7:3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

So Gideon’s original army was 32,000. “Many are called but few are chosen” to deliver God’s people. 99% of God’s own people are afraid of the “enemies of their own household, and being hated of all men.” Our calling is not really a marketable calling to which the masses of God’s people will flock in droves. It is actually those who do not leave at first, who end up selling out our Lord.

Joh 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Joh 6:69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
Joh 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot [ the son] of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

But through Adam in us all, we too, deny our Lord and crucify Him and all of the prophets.

So what does God do when so many respond to His call and yet do not really have their heart in His service?

Jdg 7:4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

Which is the Old Testament way of telling us what Christ tells us in the New Testament

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few [ are] chosen.

I was asked again this week, ‘Mike, how many do you think are chosen to be God’s elect?’ The answer to that question is the answer to our question, “Who hears the great voice as a trumpet? It certainly is not any one who doesn’t believe that some of those trumpets are not for them. This story of Gideon demonstrates that it is only those who are destroyed by the trumpets, who “hear a great voice as a trumpet.”

Consider carefully these words of our Lord, because Babylon cannot see or hear these words:

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
Joh 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but _ now_ commandeth all men every where to repent:
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all_ men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

What do these verses show us? They show us that God’s word is for “all men” of all time. They are for “the world.” They show us that all “man[ kind] will live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” in their appointed time. Even the words He said to the Jews.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The false doctrine of the rapture, combined with the false doctrine of an immaculate conception, either of Christ or His mother Mary, are believed in by most all of orthodox Christianity. When it is not believed in by some, they willingly tolerate their own differences and think nothing of “leavening the whole lump.” The whole lump has been leavened to the point that God makes this incredible statement:

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

Consequently, at this time, most of mankind cannot understand how one can be “saved from the wrath to come” by “being children of wrath, even as others” now, consequently they cannot understand how one “will not be judged by being judged now,” how one can “lose his life now, in order to find it,” how one becomes “drawn from the breasts” and mature in Christ by becoming “as a little [ teachable] child” now, how one is given sight “only if they say they cannot see,” or how we are Christ’s sons and His wife, both at the same time.

Only those who can hear that “great voice as a trumpet” can see and hear “the things of the spirit, and understand clearly how there is a “beast [ that] was, and is not, and yet is,” and see no contradiction at all in that statement. To the natural man God’s Word is full of contradictions, and when you are faithful to those words of God, you too will be accused of contradicting yourself by the very people who “oppose themselves.”

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Christ said He came into this world “for judgment.” It is only those who are “in the spirit on the Lord’s day” being judged of Christ now, who can read, and hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein,” or who even understand that “the time is at hand.”

Only those who are now being judged can read and hear. Both ‘read’ and ‘hear’ mean ‘to understand.’ It is only those who read and understand how all of these apparent contradictions are actually great hidden truths which the world “cannot receive” that are “hearing a great voice as of a trumpet.”

For example:

1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

If, while in these vessels of clay, we are judged by the fiery trials of this life and endure the chastening and scourging of God’s wrath on our sins now and God pours out his wrath on us “for a little moment… that we should not be condemned with the world,” only then are we acknowledging that “we were all by nature children of wrath even as others…” and only then will we be “delivered from the wrath to come…”

Isa 26:20 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.

This verse is not saying that if we “hide in our chambers” that we will never exoerience God’s indignation on our sins.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

What Isa 26:20 is saying is that we had better not be flaunting our sins as the Corinthian fornicator. What it is saying is that the sooner we acknowledge and repent of our blindness and our sins, the sooner will “the indignation be overpast.” The very next verse makes it crystal clear that “what we sow is what we will reap:”

Isa 26:21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

The “little moment” of Isa 26:20 is the same “small moment” of Isa 54:8.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

The way we avoid “the wrath to come,” is the same way we avoid any of the words of God, we live them first. We live them now, and avoid the wrath to come:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Do we really believe that those who “enter into their chambers and shut the doors about them” are somehow not “of the earth?” Will not “reap what they sow?”

God will forsake us all “for a moment,” in which our bodies of sinful flesh will be destroyed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This, as all of God’s Word, will be lived in us, both within and without.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine hear t, and the year of my redeemed is come.
Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
Isa 63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

Salvation comes only through “God’s fury” upon our sinful dying bodies of flesh. This is what Christ Himself endured as a ‘body of death’ on the cross. Knowing the necessity of it all could not keep Him from crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, *My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Who hears this “voice as of a great trumpet?” The sum of God’s Word shows us that not every man can receive God’s word at this time. God’s Word is “the testimony of Jesus Christ” to God’s elect, but that same word is a testimony against all who teach that we are not to “keep the things that are written therein.”

Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

All we do is remain faithful and say “Yes I have indeed kept the things written therein,” contra wise they testify against themselves that they have taught men not to keep the things written therein but rather than acknowledging that we have all, in the past, been children of disobedience, we are instead to guard against doing so.

Mar 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Act 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Act 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

“Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly, but not to all the people, but unto [ His two] witnesses, unto us who eat and drink with Him in His resurrected “spiritual body.”

So too, we as His witnesses, should not be praying for the world, but for those God has given us, for they are Christ’s body. They are those who are enduring the trials that are endured by all those who are living “in the spirit on the Lord’s day, hearing behind them a great voice, as of a great trumpet.”

Why is the voice “behind” John?

Let’s look at this verse in the context of the next two verses:

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

John heard a great voice as a trumpet and turned to see the voice that spoke to him. Where was John when he turned about to see this “great voice?” We can know where John was “in spirit” by what he say when he “turned to see the voice that spoke to him.” What John saw tells us where he was. Let’s read the next verse:

Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with
me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks
;

The only place any man who had ” kept the things written in this book,” could be standing and “looking behind himself and seeing the seven golden candlesticks” which are in the holy place, is if he himself is standing in the holy of holies.

In other words John was in the very temple of God and in the very presence of God.

Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly [ places] in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians two and many other verses of God’s Word, reveal that if we are “raised up together and made to sit together… in Christ Jesus,” then we are, at this very moment “seated with Him in the heavens.” Yes, it is all “in earnest of the spirit,” but from Christ’s perspective, it is a present reality, with a future completion:

1Jn 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and *it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, *we shall be like him*; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Where are we in the Revelation of Jesus Christ? We all are at the very point where we can look behind us and see Him walking among our candlesticks. We are all right where we “see him in a glass and are changed into that same image, from glory to glory.” We are not seeing today what we will all see tomorrow, because the revelation of Jesus Christ is, was, and will be, “as He is,” as we see that image more clearly “from glory to glory.”

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [ even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2Co 3:18 As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever- increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (GW)

In scriptural terms, “turning to see the voice behind us” and “reflecting the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils… being changed into His image with ever increasing glory,” is one and the same thing. It is the revelation of Jesus Christ within to what degree that revelation has come thus far. It is all “of the Lord, who is the spirit.”

Why was the great voice said to be “as a trumpet?”

The answer to this question is revealed, for those with eyes to see, throughout God’s word. Here is a verse that makes the answer very plain. Paul is dealing with the abuse of the gift of languages in the church at Corinth when he makes this inspired statement:

1Co 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

Which call “to the battle” Paul knew was mentioned through out the Old Testament:

Num 10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.
Num 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

This life of fiery trial is not intended to be our reward. It is intended, for God elect, to be a pilgrim’s journey directed by that “great voice as a trumpet.”

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

So much for those who loudly proclaim that they “are sick and tired of hearing of streets of gold.” Who loudly proclaim, “If I hear another word about ‘I can’t wait to get to walk on those streets of gold,’ I’m going to slap that person in the face because I want my gold now!” But let’s continue with the scriptural meaning of the “a great voice as a trumpet.”

Num 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

“An alarm” was blown, both for “taking their journey,” and for “going to war.” If you are not yet aware that the words ‘trumpet’ and ‘battle’ are spiritual words, which have nothing at all to do with a physical trumpet or a literal, physical battle, with literal, physical weapons, then you simply are not yet “in the spirit on the Lord’s day,” and until you are “in the spirit” of Christ’s words of His “hidden wisdom,” you will never understand a word of this “signified” book.

To what battle is the ‘trumpet preparing us? Here is the battle to which both Paul and John refer:

1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
1Ti 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [ places].
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

There you have all the weapons of a true Christian soldier. No brother in Christ who depends upon physical weapons of warfare can receive these weapons. they are foolishness to him. “Love you enemies is at best foolish and at world deadly,” are he words of the natural man. “All that is needed for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing,” is true if when you “do something ” you use only the weapons of Eph 6:12-17.

The second purpose for a trumpet in God’s Word.

God calls His people to Himself with “a great sound of a trumpet:”

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Num 10:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Num 10:3 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Num 10:4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.
Num 10:7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm.
Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.
Num 10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

If the words and phrases, ‘trumpet, gather together, four winds, or the word heaven,’ mean anything literal to you, then you have been given no spiritual perception at all to this point. There will be no physical trumpet sound, there will be no physical gathering together, this is not speaking of four literal winds, and it is not speaking of the literal, physical heavens. The Son Of Man is already sounding a spiritual trumpet because we are told that “the time is at hand,” to “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Rev 1:3, 22:7). The Son of Man is already gathering together His elect from the four winds of heaven, because we are told in the very next few verses that “this generation will not pass till all these things are fulfilled.” These are spiritual words concerning spiritual conditions within the spiritual hearts and minds of God’s elect.

Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This_ generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

God’s elect are “gathered together” simply by being “in Christ in… this genereation” which is reading these words of Christ. This Mat 24 “Olivet prophecy” is something that took place in that generations as well as it takes place in “this [ and every] generation.” Look at how Christ speaks of “the abomination of desolation,” earlier in this very same chapter:

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand🙂

Christ knew full well what He meant by “this generation.” He knew that He was a referring to the generation reading His words in every generation, and He also knew that His words were all in parables which would keep the mysteries of the kingdom of God hidden from “those Jews which believed on Him,” but who despised and “could not understand His words because His words have no place in them.”

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill
me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

There is no reason to believe that any of “these Jews which believed on Christ,” were physically hearing impaired, but there is every reason to believe that “Christ’s Word had no place in them.” They did not understand one word of this statement made by Christ:

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a _ trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Those with eyes that see and ears that hear, know that “the four winds of heaven,” is a parable for the whole spirit world. It is all of the spirits and doctrines which are battling to gain and maintain control in the heavens of our hearts and minds.

Eph 6:12 Because our struggle is not against blood and flesh but, against the principalities, against the authorities, against the world- holders, of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenlies (REV)

Where then does this battle , this “struggle,” take place? It takes place “in the heavens,” in the hearts and minds of Christ’s elect.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Christ has granted you and me to know where that temple in those heavens is. Christ enters into His temple “which temple we are,” and occupies His throne in His holy place in the “temple of God, which temple we are.” When Christ does that, then “the great dragon is cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he is cast out into the earth, and * his angels are cast out with him.” Read What and Where Is Heaven on iswasandwillbe. com. Do not compare physical with spiritual and expect to arrive at a spiritual understanding of any of these spiritual matters. It simply cannot be done.

When “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world… is cast out… his angels,” that is, all of his false doctrines proclaimed by all of his false prophets, are cast out with him, and he is no longer able to deceive God’s elect, but this infuriates “that old serpent.” He is now on a mission to destroy, not the woman, but the remnant of her seed who take God words seriously.

Here is the “war” to which this “great voice as a trumpet” is calling us:

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman,* and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

We saw earlier that “those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” are those who “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” These are God’s elect. These are those who hear the trumpet calling them to do battle in the heavens:

Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

That is the battle to which we have been called by the “great voice as a trumpet.”

Conclusion

We have seen who hears “the great voice,” and we have seen the scriptures that reveal that it is only those to whom it is given to see and hear the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

We saw that the voice is behind us because we cannot hear or see what we have not yet already lived and that what we have already lived and seen, is always behind us. We saw the scriptures which tell us that “Now are we the sons of God,” but we also saw that “it does not yet appear what we shall be.” This tells us that we see behind us what we have been “changed into from glory to glory, by the spirit of the Lord.” Each and every one of us, being at our own stage of understanding the revelation of Jesus Christ within us all, as we “keep the things that are written therein.”

Finally, we have see that the scriptures reveal that “a great voice as a trumpet,” is nothing less than the voice of the true shepherd calling his elect together in His mind and spirit, to move forward in their pilgrim’s journey, and to engage their enemy in battle. We were shown that that enemy is no one less than “a great red dragon” along with all of His messengers. We have seen the which tell us exactly how we are to wage war and we have been given all the instruments of war with which we are to do battle.

Next week we will be reminded of who are the “seven churches of Asia and we will, Lord willing, learn why our Lord walks in the midst of those churches, why He so often refers to Himself as “the Son of man,” and what is the spiritual significance of the description of His clothes.

 

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