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Circumstances and Consequences

 

Seminar 216-03
June 3-6, 2009
Seminar Topic:

The Two Witnesses – Part III

Larry Wilson



The Ten Commandments

 

Hebrew 8:10   “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

Hebrews 8:11   No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

 

Hebrews 8:12   For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

 

When God’s law is written in the hearts and minds, here’s the result:

 

Psalms 40:8   I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.

 

During the Great Tribulation, God will fulfill this covenant.

 

He will take away our sinful nature and replace it with a sinless nature – like Adam and Eve had before the fall.”

 

This process is called “The sealing.”

 

Here’s the problem and the process:

 

1.   Every person will hear the demands of God once the 144,000 begin their work.

 

2.   Every person will have to decide whom they will obey: God or man.

 

3.   God will test every person to see if he is firm in his decision.

 

4.   God will remove the carnal nature from those who pass the test of faith and seal in them a sinless nature.

 

Hebrews 8:10   This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 

 

Hebrews 8:11   No longer will a man teach his neighbor or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

 

Hebrews 8:12   For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

 

1 John 3:2   Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is [meaning He will not have to hide Himself from us as He did with Moses].

 

Here’s an interesting matter:

 

At the present time, we can understand and love the law of God, but we are cursed with a carnal nature that fights selflessness. We have a carnal nature that loves selfishness and self-indulgence.

 

Me first.

 

Me most.

 

Me best.

 

Me is my first love and my number one concern.

 

Those who know and follow Christ hate their carnal nature, but like it or not, it is in us and it constantly contaminates us. It ambushes us, it torments us, it humiliates us, and it beats us up and mocks us.

 

It is our number one enemy.

 

God knows all about this.

 

He alone can fix the problem.

 

Through the ages, people have been led to believe they can overcome their carnal nature.

 

It is true that we can overcome certain temptations through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

But, no one can consistently win the game of overcoming. No one ever has but Jesus.

Jesus lived without sinning.

 

We can’t do this. No one has ever done this but Jesus.

 

Yes, you might go a day or two without sinning (commission), but watch out, the carnal nature will ambush you before you know what hit you, you might sin (omission).

 

Sin can be:

 

An action

 

1 John 3:4   Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

 

An act of omission

 

James 4:17   Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

 

After being a Christian for 30 years, the apostle Paul lamented this ongoing conflict inside his body:

 

Romans 7:15   I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do.

 

Romans 7:16   And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

 

Romans 7:17   As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

 

Romans 7:18   I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For what I desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

 

Romans 7:19   For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

 

Romans 7:20   Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is the sin living in me that does it.

 

Romans 7:21   So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

 

Romans 7:22   For my inner being I delight in God’s law;

 

Romans 7:23   but I see another law at work in my members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

 

Romans 7:24   What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

Yes, we might go two days without sinning, but we will sin. Our carnal nature will ambush us and before we know what happened, we will sin.

 

1 John 1:8   If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

 

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

1 John 1:10   If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

 

1 John 2:1   My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

 

1 John 2:2   He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our s but also the sins of the whole world.

 

1 John 5:16   If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.

 

1 John 5:17   All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

 

1 John 5:18   We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.”

 

What have we learned?

 

1.   Until the carnal nature is removed, everyone will sin.

 

2.   Accidental sins do not lead to death, but they can produce some nasty results.

 

3.   Because the carnal nature cannot be totally subdued, God plans to remove it from the living after they are judged.

 

God is going to remove the law of sin and write his two laws in our hearts and minds.

 

Here’s the deal:

 

In every born again heart, there is a wolf and a lamb.

 

The wolf is the carnal nature and the lamb is the spiritual nature.

 

If we feed the sinful nature, it becomes strongest. If we feed the spiritual nature, it becomes strongest.

Which do we feed most?

 

Do you find that you have no time to get into the Word to study?

 

It is so easy to get our hands on junk food – the stuff that feeds the carnal nature. 

 

It is so easy to get busy and starve the spiritual nature.

 

It is so easy to allow the cares of this life to rob us of getting enough spiritual food.

 

During the Great Tribulation, God will test everyone of us --- not to see if we are perfect or sinless, but to see if we truly love Him first and our neighbor as our self.

 

John 13:34   “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

 

John 13:35   By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 

During the judgment of the living, Jesus will determine our destiny based on our actions because our actions will show what we love most.

 

Luke 12:29   And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

 

Luke 12:30   For the pagan world runs after such things, and the Father knows that you need them.

 

Luke 12:31   But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

 

Luke 12:32   “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

 

Luke 12:33   Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no month destroys.

 

Luke 12:34   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Luke 12:35   “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,

 

Luke 12:36   like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.”

 

At the moment, God’s Constitution, the two eternal laws of the universe has been written on two tablets of stone.

These two tablets are called the Ten Commandments.

 

In other words, the Ten Commandments are the two house rules of the universe – restated by God for fallen man so that there can be no wiggle room by sinners when it comes to defining love.

 

Love is not lust.

 

Love is not sex.

 

Love is not sexual immorality.

 

Love is not emotion.

 

Love is not indulgence.

 

Love is not tolerance.

 

Love is not a lot of things that fallen man claims love to be.

 

God has defined His two laws in the form of the Ten Commandments so fallen man can see what love is and is not.

 

Love God with all of our heart, mind and soul:

 

Tablet #1   (Commandments 1-4)

 

Love thy neighbor as thyself:

 

Tablet #2   (Commandments 6-10)

 

The Ten Commandments are prophetic.

 

They reveal what informed people will do or not do when they truly love God and those around them as God desires.   

 

Paul understood this fact. He wrote, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10)

 

Many people assure me that the Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross, made null and void, put in the trashcan.   

 

But, look at this verse:

 

Revelation 11:19   Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, and earthquake and a great hailstorm.”

 

Why does God show the Ark of the Covenant at the end of the seventh trumpet?

 

What is the Ark of the Covenant?

 

His Covenant!

 

Deuteronomy 4:12   Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice.

 

Deuteronomy 4:13   He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.”

 

Why are the Ten Commandments called a covenant? 

 

There’s a promise that goes with obeying God’s two laws of love.

 

The promise is this:

 

If you will obey my Word (which will constantly push you into the two laws of love that govern the universe), I will be your Protection and Provider (God).

 

Leviticus 26:3   “If you will follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands…

 

Leviticus 26:12   I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 

 

The Ten Commandments are called a covenant because they are based on a promise.

 

And, they are kept in a box that is called, “The Ark of the Covenant,” because this is the covenant:  

 

Trust and Obey and I will be your God and you will be my people.

 

God says: Obey my Ten Commandments because they will constantly challenge you to (1) love me first and (2) your neighbor as your self.

 

At the seventh trumpet, Jesus is going to show the Ark of the Covenant to the world BECAUSE contrary to what millions of Christians believe, the Ten Commandments were not nailed to the cross.

 

The Ten Commandments are just as important today as they were on the day that Jesus spoke them from Mt. Sinai.

 

The Ten Commandments are the one Witness that can be seen.

 

It is the Witness that defines what love is and is not.

 

The Ten Commandments are the two laws of the universe, written on two stone tablets for fallen man.

 

A few words about the Ark of the Covenant that contains the Ten Commandments…

 

Some people believe the Ark of the Covenant is still on Earth and either has been found or will be found.

 

This is not possible.

 

History indicates that Jeremiah hid the Ark as Nebuchadnezzar approached Jerusalem to do battle. As you know, there are many claims and counter claims on the whereabouts of the Ark today. 

 

To date, no one has produced the Ark or even shown pictures or any evidence of it.

 

The absence of evidence places any claim of discovery in a category with the natural healing properties of “snake oil.”

 

God took the Ark to Heaven during the Babylonian Captivity so that He could show it to the people of Earth at the close of the 7th trumpet. (Revelation 11:19)

 

Here are eight reasons:

 

1.   During the Great Tribulation, travel and communication for ordinary people will be nonexistent at worst and impossible at best.

 

What would be the value of finding the ark in or near Jerusalem if only a few thousand people in the Middle East will hear about it and only a few thousand get to see it? Other than local interest, what is the global impact during the Great tribulation? Zero.

 

2.   If, prior to the Great tribulation, suppose the Ark of the Covenant is found and put on display in a museum in Jerusalem, it would be regarded as a historical relic.

 

As a relic of the past, the Ark of the Covenant would not “prove” anything to anyone.

 

If the Ark of the Covenant is merely regarded as an ancient treasure, what is the global impact? Zero.

 

3.   If the Ark of the Covenant is found prior to the Great tribulation, the Jews would immediately lay claim to the Ark and they would tale possession of it and hide it in a secret place.

Well, the net effect would be the same as right now --- the Ark would remain hidden from view and worse, the religious property of the Jews.

 

I say “worse” because most Christians think the Ten Commandments are Jewish laws anyway.

 

So what would be the impact on the world? Zero.

 

4.   If the Ark of the Covenant was found prior to the Great Tribulation and no one was killed after touching it (as was Uzzah), this would prove that God’s power did not rest upon the Ark. 

 

This would prove that indeed the Ark is a relic. This would give many Christians the proof they need that the Ten Commandments are null and void, because these Jewish laws were nailed to the cross.

 

Again, what would be the global impact of this scenario? Zero.

 

5.   The only people permitted to handle the Ark were the offspring of Aaron.

 

Even an ordinary Levite could not touch the Ark. So, if the Ark were found on Earth prior to the Great tribulation, who would move it or handle it if God’s power still rests upon it?

 

If God’s power does not rest upon the law that He wrote with His own finger, it’s just a couple of interesting stone tablets and we’re back to the issue of the relic worship.

 

6.   If God took the Ark to Heaven because He plans to show it to the whole world at an appointed time, this is easily possible. If He took Enoch and Elijah to Heaven, surely He can get a small box to Heaven.

 

We know from Revelation’s context that when the Ark is unveiled and shown to the world FROM HEAVEN, the Ark will not be regarded as a relic by any scoffer.

   

 It will be a divine display from the Lawmaker Himself – condemning all that refused to submit to the terms and conditions of His covenant of love.

 

A brilliant ark with two stone tablets blazing in the sky will be an eerie and awesome sight for the universe and billions of people to gaze upon.

 

A display of the Ark will confirm the faith of the obedient, and it will condemn the wicked that will shiver with guilt.   

 

God’s covenant with mankind it Trust and Obey for there is no other way. Conversely, God’s covenant also says Defy and die, for there is no other way to live happily ever after.

Showing the Ark to everyone on Earth will be an awesome event. What will be the global impact? Huge!

 

A museum piece hidden under a blanket thousands of miles away from billions of people can’t do this.

 

7.   Jesus delivered the Ten Commandments with such power and majesty that the Jews were scared to death.

 

A Mt. Sinai experience is coming again. The same thing will happen again except it will be a global experience.

 

8.   By the way, the two tablets of stone placed in the Ark of the Covenant were written by Jesus Himself.

 

This makes the Ten Commandments in the Ark originals. Not copies.

 

The Ark of the Covenant in Heaven is the original built by Moses and it will be unveiled and shown to the whole world at the appointed time.

 

God Himself will show mankind what He thinks of His two laws.

 

This is why the Ark of the Covenant is not on Earth.

 

The Importance of 1994

 

Even thought the Bible does not explicitly say when the seven angels received the seven trumpets, and even though the Bible does not mention 1994, I conclude that Jesus gave the seven trumpets to the seven angels in April 1994 because God’s patience with Earth ended with Seventy Jubilee cycles.

 

According to His great mercy, God granted Israel thirty Jubilee cycles and the Gentiles forty Jubilee cycles.

 

Arriving at 1994 is not easy and a fair amount of skepticism is warranted.

 

Nevertheless, I believe that a synthesis of the topics just discussed will rule out any other date. In summary, here are five major points:

 

1.   Two Different Ways of Measuring Time – There has to be a valid rule governing the interpretation of apocalyptic time because it is clear that some prophetic time-periods must be translated and some are not.

 

Prior to 1994, a day is translated as a year in apocalyptic prophecy. After the expiration of the Jubilee calendar in 1994, the translation of time is not permitted or justified.

 

I cannot accept the premise that expositors of prophecy are free to interpret apocalyptic time according to personal whim or opinion because apocalyptic prophecy is based on a very intelligent design and God’s Word speaks for itself.

 

2.   The Jubilee Calendar – The Jubilee Calendar did not end at the cross for two reasons.

 

First, Jesus died in the middle of the seventieth week; therefore, the seventieth week was unfinished at the cross.

 

Second, the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14 operate on both sides of the cross, therefore the Jubilee Calendar and the translation of a day for a year operates on both sides of the cross.

 

In this particular case, between 457 B.C. and 1844. Did the Jubilee calendar end in 1844? No, the Great Day of Sabbath does not end until 1994.

 

3.   The Great Week – The distance between the Exodus in 1437 B.C. and the dedication of Solomon’s temple was 490 years.

 

Then, the seventy weeks in Daniel consists of 490 years. Since there are three units of 490 years each, they suggest the presence of an ongoing pattern.

 

Today, we know that God gave the Jews exactly 30 Jubilee cycles of grace  - to the very year.

 

It also appears that God gave to the Gentiles 40 Jubilee cycles of grace (A.D. 34-1994), seventy Jubilee cycles in all.

 

Using the weekly template and aligning each unit of 490 years as a Great Day, we find presence of a Great Week.

 

The point here is that when the Great Week ends, so does the translation of apocalyptic time.

 

4.   Full Cup Principle - Evidently, God uses the numbers seven and ten to express the limits of divine forbearance.

 

When Israel violated seventy Sabbath years, they were exiled to Babylon for seventy years.

 

When God gave Israel a second chance, He gave the nation seventy weeks. We also see God’s use of seven and ten used during Israel’s annual judgment day, The Day of Atonement.

 

This special day occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month.

 

Furthermore, the dragon and the leopard-like beast in Revelation 12 and 13 have seven heads and ten horns.

 

The heads and horns represent the sum of religious and political powers on Earth.

 

Finally, the whole drama of sin fits neatly into seventy centuries (7,000 years). In other words, when the millennial Sabbath ends (seventh millennium), the Earth will be made new.

 

5.   God’s Timing is Perfect – We find throughout the Bible that God’s timing is always perfect. He knows no haste or delay.

 

Given this fact, two things stand out very prominently.

 

First, if we translate the apocalyptic prophetic time-periods prior to 1994 according to God’s calendar (a day for a year) and if we treat all apocalyptic time periods after 1994 as literal time periods, everything said about timing in apocalyptic prophecy harmoniously aligns with a seven thousand year picture for the duration of sin.

 

(Sin is destroyed at the end of the 1,000 years in Revelation 20.) 

 

Second, now that we understand what the seven trumpets are, if we align Revelation 8:2 with the end of the Jubilee cycles, it seems more appropriate that Jesus would give the seven angels the seven trumpets because God’s patience with mankind ran out in 1994.

 

We are living on borrowed time! In fact, giving the seven angels the seven trumpets in 1994 is the only way that one can explain from the Bible the delay that is imposed on the first four angels in Revelation 7.

 

When these five items are aligned with a working knowledge of God’s Jubilee Calendar and the precision of God’s actions, there is only one “biblically reasoned” date for Revelation 8:2 and 1994 is that date.

 

“With God, timing is everything.”     

   

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