Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Revelations Seven (summary)

By Odon Bulamba (13 May 05 - summary only)

Revelation 7:1-2
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to damage the earth or the sea,

The four angels at the four corners will stop the wind. Today if someone doesn’t breathe properly, they will go to hospital but on that day medicine and the power of science will be useless.

(vs2) God spoke loudly to the four angels, ‘don’t destroy the earth’, because of grace we are alive. God could finish the world since a long time ago but grace stops Him because Jesus tells the Father, ‘please not yet, give this person a chance’.

East; the sun always rises from the east and gives the beginning of a new day. Jesus is the morning star or sun. Today the church has forgotten the requirements God has for us, we don’t know the meaning of love and although we see a new day coming and the only thing God requires of us is love, we are unable to do it. The angel will release the seal because God’s people don’t obey Him.

(vs4) 144,000 people from the tribes of Israel. Genesis 29:32, Leah gave birth to Rueben, ‘behold a son’ and she believed her husband will love her now. By bringing birth to new souls the love of God for us increases. Gen 49:3, the blessing of Reuben who is powerful and dignified and yet his birthright is removed because of what he did. This is the first picture of the church, many Christians who bring new birth think God will love them more and they will be attached to God but there is a matter of education and follow up, how to help them and how to show them the right way, Luke 11:46. Mathew 23:15, after salvation we teach wrong things that are worse than before. Reuben lost his birthright but we must keep our position in God.

The second born was Simeon, ‘answered/heard’. Many people today know the world can’t hear us and our friends and families don’t care what we say and we hope God will answer. The blessing of Simeon in Gen 49:5 was a curse and whenever we also use our flesh instead of the glory of God and violate His rules (violence) God will curse us also.

Levi, was with his brother and they worked together and many people today who are violent in churches try to influence others, e.g. ‘Pete, look at the pastor, let’s take action against him’. Levi means ‘attached’ and he was linked with Simeon and both were cursed. Sometimes we think we are being attached to God through our prayers but we are just attacking people or judging or destroying people (the same way Levi destroyed people with Simeon).

Judah, ‘praised’ was the fourth born and was weaker but through him God will do something great because of the glory he gave to God. The lion in the Bible represents victory and power and when you praise God He will manifest His power in you.

Dan, means ‘vindicated’ and all of us want justice form God and support but not when we are doing wrong, only when we are right. When our enemies attack us we need justice but when we are attacking others, we don’t need God’s justice. Dan will bring justice and be like a serpent biting the heel of a horse so the rider will fall backwards. In Rev 6 there are men riding horses and if we have justice in our lives we will bite those horses to make satan fall down. With justice and faith in your life, God will be on your side.

Napthali, means ‘fighting’ and who do you fight against? Your husband, children, co-workers? We have a big spiritual battle (Ephesians) and if you have ‘justice’ you will know how to ‘fight’ anger and you will not fight against others. We must have a good focus to know who to fight against; our weaknesses, bad habits etc.

Joseph, represents Jesus Christ in that he was removed from the 12 tribes and replaced by his two sons and Jesus was also removed from earth so the blessing could continue in us.

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