This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Edited*: January 23 2017
* editing/adding pages & tuning my English.
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
White vs. Bright in the robed-in-garments-department of Revelation
First here are all the white Robes/Garments verses in Revelation:
(Revelation 3:4-5) 4 “‘Nevertheless, you do have a few names in Sar´dis that did not defile their outer garments, and they shall walk with me in white ones, because they are worthy. 5 He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer garments; <2440> .
(Revelation 3:18) 18 I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire that you may become rich, and white outer garments <2440> that you may become dressed and that the shame of your nakedness may not become manifested,. . .
(Revelation 4:4) 4 And round about the throne [there are] twenty-four thrones, and upon these thrones [I saw] seated twenty-four elders dressed in white outer garments <2440>, and upon their heads golden crowns.. . .
(Revelation 6:11) 11 And a white robe <4749> was given to each of them; and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled also of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they also had been. . .
(Revelation 7:9-10) 9 After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes <4749>; and there were palm branches in their hands. 10 And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.. . .
(Revelation 7:13-14) 13 And in response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes <4749>, who are they and where did they come from?” 14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one that knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes <4749> and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
The white attire identifies them up-front to be among those possessing the token of the holy spirit and finally chosen from among those who were originally called to be God's heavenly Kingdom under the Christ.
Revelation 22:14) 14 Happy are those who wash their robes,* that the authority [to go] to the trees of life may be theirs and that they may gain entrance into the city by its gates Xref. .
*the King James Version renders this verse: Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Xref (Revelation 21:11-14) . . .. 12 It had a great and lofty wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names were inscribed which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 On the east were three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 The wall of the city also had twelve foundation stones, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
While still dissecting the Revelation verses to establish the identity of the great crowd, I discovered that white does not denote what it is thought to: individual righteousness as religiously conceived and emotionally dictated.
As for God's righteousness, no one has that on earth, as the Bible ever so rightly points out.
Example in the description of the Bride in the King James (similarly using white in the Cath. Douay and a couple of other translations):
Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in
clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Almost all other translations use bright or shining instead of white because of the underlying Greek text here from Here from:
Result of search for "2986":
2986. lampros lam-pros' from the same as 2985; radiant; by analogy, limpid; figuratively, magnificent or sumptuous (in appearance):--bright, clear, gay, goodly, gorgeous, white.
2987. lamprotes lam-prot'-ace from 2986; brilliancy:--brightness.
2988. lampros lam-proce' adverb from 2986; brilliantly, i.e. figuratively, luxuriously:--sumptuously.
2986 lampros meaning
1b) clear, transparent
2) splendid, magnificent
2a) splendid things i.e. luxuries or elegancies in dress or style
Note that this is where the English word lamp (German: Lampe) originated.
Than word appears only five times in Revelation: 15:6; 18:14; 19:8; 22:1, 16 for Angels, the Harlot's desires, The Bride, The River of Life and The Bright Morning Star
Now for the accurate rendering of that word in Rev 19:8 from the New King James and most others: And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Yes, it is indeed fine linen that is bright, while the colour white not even mentioned here. The focus is on the limited number of the saints making up the kingdom who reflect Jehovah's glory and righteousness and not their own, as described here in 2 Corinthians 37-18:
7 But if the ministry of death, engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily upon the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which was passing away: 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be with much more glory? 9 For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10 For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the surpassing glory. 11 For if that which passes away was glorious, much more glorious that which remains.
12 Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, 13 and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, so that the children of Israel could not fix their minds on the end of that which was to be done away with. 14 But their minds were hardened, for even today at the reading of the old testament the same veil remains, because it passes away in Christ. 15 But to this day, when Moses is read, the veil lies on their* heart. 16 But whenever it* turns to the LORD, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the LORD is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty. 18 But we, all with unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the glory of the LORD, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as it comes from the LORD, who is the Spirit. Edited ASV
* Israel's collective heart
As for white, it is used 25 times in the New Testament and translates: Strong's 3022:
Here from http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex=3022s
Result of search for "3022":
3021. leukaino lyoo-kah'-ee-no from 3022; to whiten:--make white, whiten.
3022. leukos lyoo-kos' from luke ("light"); white:--white.
3074. lukos loo'-kos perhaps akin to the base of 3022 (from the whitish hair); a wolf:--wolf.
3088. luchnos lookh'-nos from the base of 3022; a portable lamp or other illuminator (literally or figuratively):--candle, light.
The English and German words words light, Leuchte or Licht have their origin in that, whereas all have their roots in Indo-German.
Again, it does not translate into the many mistaken views of righteousness, but is generally connected with the joyful occasions of festive meals, where animals are sacrificed and served to celebrate having done something well within the parameters of the will of Jehovah*, be that marriage, death, birth, the signing of a contact, making a deal, sowing, harvest, a new calf or sacred days.
* Malachi 3:18
The razzle dazzle of that word is overdone, because it just means white. Otherwise that other word 2986 would have been used more frequently.
Revelation 7:9 After these things I saw, and lo, a great crowd, which no one could number, out of every nation and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white <3022> robes, and palm branches in their hands. Darby 1884
Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, My lord, *thou* knowest. And he said to me, These are they who come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white <3021> in the blood of the Lamb. Darby 1884
In the NT white is used to indicate the doing of God's will relative to a specific task, duty or happy event.
So wearing white means only that the Christ considers the Great Crowd to have done God's will to task-relevant sufficiency, not just in performance, but in the spirit of an attitude of complete submission to Jehovah's will and purpose, in order to qualify for their inclusion in the Yea/Nay Kingdom selection process at the time of Judgment of all kingdom aspirants at the kingdom's heavenly birth -Matthew 24:29-31; 25:31-34, 41, 46.
Those who don't quite make it into the collective bride, will nonetheless get the same opportunities open to all humans: indefinite life on earth.
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