This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The Heavenly Jesus – Real – Symbolic –
Grotesque Caricature – Symbols of Office?
(NWT) 1 A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place. And he sent forth his angel and presented [it] in signs through him to his slave John,
(Rotherham) 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to point out unto his servants the things which must needs come to pass with speed,––and he shewed them by signs*, sending through his messenger, unto his servant John;
Almost the entire book of Revelation, or Apocalypse, consists of signs and symbols. They depict future events pertaining to God's loving and immutable purpose. Comprehending what is therein revealed depends entirely on understanding what went before; all that lead up to this final revelation.
When that is not the case, what are and are meant to be signs and symbols can be taken literally, and usually are by overzealous religionists.
Many thus take the presence of the name Jesus to literally mean that the person who had originally been given that name, according to God's instructions to his mother Mary, is actually present in heaven.
Since the inspired Apostle John uses a whole host of symbols in connection with Jehovah's
only-begotten heavenly god/son Michael, the question arises:
which one, if any, are meant to be taken literally? If one is, all must be!
Even Charles Taze Russell alluded to the reality that Jesus could not literally be present in heaven by saying that the sacrifice of The Passover Lamb Jesus could never be taken back for the ransom to remain paid. He had difficulty dealing with that, other than ascribing to Jesus two natures. This is very understandable in the light of how the Catholic Church dealt with the same conundrum by using the trinity, thus giving them considerable interpretive leeway.
Please try to make a mental picture or even draw up a representative image of the heavenly Christ from all the bolded descriptions in Revelation that herein follow and you will find that to be impossible.
It would border on the insane to endeavour to draw a picture of the heavenly Son of God, if the symbolic language describing him were to be taken literally:
* Some translations: 'signify' others ignore.
Jesus Christ, | Faithful Witness | The Ruler of the kings of the earth | firstborn from the dead, | coming with the clouds | voice like that of a trumpet | like a son of man | clothed with a garment that reached down to the feet | girded at the breasts with a golden girdle | his head and his hair were white as white wool, as snow, | eyes as a fiery flame | his feet were like fine copper when glowing in a furnace | his voice was as the sound of many waters | in his right hand seven stars | out of his mouth a sharp, long two-edged sword was protruding | his countenance was as the sun when it shines in its power | the First and the Last | the living one | became dead | living forever and ever | have the keys of death and of Ha´des | holds the seven stars in his right hand | walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands | became dead and came to life [again] | who has the sharp, long two-edged sword, long sword of my mouth | Son of God | eyes like a fiery flame | feet are like fine copper | come as a thief | has the key of David | opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens | the faithful and true witness | the beginning of the creation by God | The Lion that is of the tribe of Judah | the root of David | has conquered | lamb as though it had been slaughtered | having seven horns and seven eyes | slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation | on a white horse | had a bow | a crown was given him | went forth conquering and to complete his conquest.| the Lamb | will shepherd them | will guide them to fountains of waters of life | star that had fallen from heaven to the earth | the key of the pit of the abyss was given him | a king | the angel of the abyss | strong angel descending from heaven | arrayed with a cloud | a rainbow was upon his head | his face was as the sun | his feet were as fiery pillars | loud voice just as when a lion roars | like a son of man | with a golden crown on his head and | a sharp sickle in his hand | coming as a thief | angel descending from heaven | with great authority | the earth was lighted up from his glory | Faithful and True, and he | judges and carries on war in righteousness | His eyes are a fiery flame, and | upon his head are many diadems | has a name written that no one knows but he himself | is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood | the name he is called is The Word of God | out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword | strike the nations with it | he will shepherd them with a rod of iron | He treads too the winepress of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty | upon his outer garment, even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords | angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand | husband | its temple, also the Lamb [is] (of holy city, New Jerusalem) | lamp was the Lamb | the root and the offspring of David | the bright morning star.
And now in the context of the actual verse sources:
(Revelation 1:5) and from Jesus Christ, “the Faithful Witness,” “The firstborn from the dead,” and “The Ruler of the kings of the earth.”. . .
(Revelation 1:7) Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.. . .
(Revelation 1:10) By inspiration I came to be in the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a strong voice like that of a trumpet,
(Revelation 1:13-16) 13 and in the midst of the lampstands someone like a son of man, clothed with a garment that reached down to the feet, and girded at the breasts with a golden girdle. 14 Moreover, his head and his hair were white as white wool, as snow, and his eyes as a fiery flame; 15 and his feet were like fine copper when glowing in a furnace; and his voice was as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars, and out of his mouth a sharp, long two-edged sword was protruding, and his countenance was as the sun when it shines in its power.. . .
(Revelation 1:17-18) . . .I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living one; and I became dead, but, look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Ha´des.. . .
(Revelation 2:1) “To the angel of the congregation in Eph´e·sus write: These are the things that he says who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. . .
(Revelation 2:8) “And to the angel of the congregation in Smyr´na write: These are the things that he says, ‘the First and the Last,’ who became dead and came to life [again],. . .
(Revelation 2:12) “And to the angel of the congregation in Per´ga·mum write: These are the things that he says who has the sharp, long two-edged sword,
(Revelation 2:16) Therefore repent. If you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will war with them with the long sword of my mouth.
(Revelation 2:18) “And to the angel of the congregation in Thy·a·ti´ra write: These are the things that the Son of God says, he who has his eyes like a fiery flame, and his feet are like fine copper,
(Revelation 3:1) “And to the angel of the congregation in Sar´dis write: These are the things that he says who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars, . . .
(Revelation 3:3) . . .. Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping [it], and repent. Certainly unless you wake up, I shall come as a thief, and you will not know at all at what hour I shall come upon you.. . .
(Revelation 3:7) 7 “And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write: These are the things he says who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens,
(Revelation 3:14) “And to the angel of the congregation in La·o·di·ce´a write: These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God,. . .
(Revelation 5:5-6) 5 But one of the elders says to me: “Stop weeping. Look! The Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered so as to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And I saw standing in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a lamb as though it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which [eyes] mean the seven spirits of God that have been sent forth into the whole earth.
(Revelation 5:9-10) 9 And they sing a new song, saying: “you are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.. . .
(Revelation 6:2) And I saw, and, look! a white horse; and the one seated upon it had a bow; and a crown was given him, and he went forth conquering and to complete his conquest.. . .
(Revelation 7:17) because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them, and will guide them to fountains of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.. . .
(Revelation 9:1) And the fifth angel blew his trumpet. And I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to the earth, and the key of the pit of the abyss was given him.. . .
(Revelation 9:11) They have over them a king, the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name is A·bad´don, but in Greek he has the name A·pol´lyon.
(Revelation 10:1-3) And I saw another strong angel descending from heaven, arrayed with a cloud, and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet were as fiery pillars, 2 and he had in his hand a little scroll opened. And he set his right foot upon the sea, but his left one upon the earth, 3 and he cried out with a loud voice just as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, the seven thunders uttered their own voices.
(Revelation 12:7-8) 7 And war broke out in heaven: Mi´cha·el* and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. . .
* (Daniel 10:13) But the prince of the royal realm of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days, and, look! Mi´cha·el, one of the foremost princes, came to help me; and I, for my part, remained there beside the kings of Persia.
(Daniel 12:1) “And during that time Mi´cha·el will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of your people. And there will certainly occur a time of distress such as has not been made to occur since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, every one who is found written down in the book.
(Jude 9) But when Mi´cha·el the archangel * had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body, he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms, but said: “May Jehovah rebuke you.”
* (1 Thessalonians 4:15-16) . . .; 16 because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.. . .
(Revelation 14:1) And I saw, and, look! the Lamb standing upon the Mount Zion,
(Revelation 14:14) 14 And I saw, and, look! a white cloud, and upon the cloud someone seated like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
(Revelation 16:15) 15 “Look! I am coming as a thief. Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments, that he may not walk naked and people look upon his shamefulness.. . .
(Revelation 18:1) After these things I saw another angel descending from heaven, with great authority; and the earth was lighted up from his glory.. . .
(Revelation 19:11-16) 11 And I saw the heaven opened, and, look! a white horse. And the one seated upon it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. 12 His eyes are a fiery flame, and upon his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, 13 and he is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood, and the name he is called is The Word of God. 14 Also, the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. 15 And out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword, that he may strike the nations with it, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. He treads too the winepress of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 And upon his outer garment, even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
(Revelation 19:19) And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse .
(Revelation 20:1-2) And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
(Revelation 21:2) I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(Revelation 21:22-23) 22 And I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb [is]. 23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God lighted it up, and its lamp was the Lamb.. . .
(Revelation 22:16) “‘I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to you people of these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star.’”
Interestingly, the heavenly Christ is never called Jesus the Nazarene. Why? Simply because Jesus the Nazarene is, and forever remains, dead.
Neither is he referred to in heaven as son of Mary for the same reason.
Only-Begotten Son also finds no place among all the descriptions, titles and names ascribed to the heavenly Christ and King of Kings in Revelation!
Son of Man appears only twice among the sign language of Revelation: 1:13 & 14:14, where the phrase someone like a son of man is used.
So when Matthew uses the expression son of man in 24:30, as does Mark 13:26 and John in Revelation 1:7 under inspiration, the use of that phrase in Revelation by John is a reassuring sign of the final result of what the son of man Jesus, Israel's atonement and Passover sacrifice has accomplished and it is furthermore in complete prophetic harmony with Daniel 7:13:
“I kept on beholding in the visions of the night, and, see there! with the clouds of the heavens someone like a son of man happened to be coming; and to the Ancient of Days he gained access, and they brought him up close even before that One.
Revelation 5:5-7 And one of the elders saith unto me, 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.
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.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The Root of David was resurrected, but the offspring of David was not for the sacrifice to remain valid.
The Root of David, the only-begotten son/god and archangel Michael through whom everything was made by the Creator Jehovah, including Adam and the line of descent leading to king David, was not killed by the Romans at the behest of the Jews according to God's will and purpose, but was potentially sacrificed by Jehovah to save His firstborn son Israel.
The offspring of David Jesus, however, was, as he substituted for the heavenly one actually offered, obediently giving his life in sacrifice as Israel's final Atonement and second Passover lamb.
From the time Mary conceived her firstborn son, whom she later named Jesus according to the instructions she had received from God via the messenger Gabriel, the life of Jehovah's Only-Begotten Son and first and only direct creation, was held in abeyance though still very much alive as was Isaac while immobilized on the altar, while both sheep were alive at the same time during the preparation of their substitute bodies.
It was life for a life, soul for soul, eye for an eye when Jesus was executed in place of and as Israel, while giving his life to free The Only-Begotten Son/God who was actually offered as per John 3:16.
If one were to take everything in Paul’s letter to the Hebrews not to mention everything else in the NT literally and without understanding God’s purpose respecting humanity, Israel and the Christ, this conundrum, already having a place on the home page, would result:
Who or what was/is Jesus?
High Priest? Mediator? Testator? God? Sacrificial Lamb?
If he was High Priest and Sacrifice, did the High Priest kill himself? Did God commit suicide? Was the Lamb a High Priest? Did the Lamb kill the High Priest? Was the Lamb the Testator? Did the Testator have to die? If the Mediator is dead who mediates now? If the sacrificial Lamb Jesus died, who is in heaven now? If one of them died, is there still a Trinity? Was the Lamb resurrected? Has the ransom therefore been returned to the Ransomer? If the Lamb was God and the Lamb has not been resurrected, is God dead? If God was resurrected, who resurrected Him?
One could add: Was there a sheep in heaven that came down? Is there an Only-Begotten-Sheep? Did Mary in fact give birth to a sheep? I always thought that Mary had a little lamb was a tale for children told by fairies. Did a sheep go back up to heaven? Why? Are there other sheep in heaven? What do sheep do up there? Grassing on the naughty ones?
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