3, '12 5:04 PM
By Regner Capener
Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning!
the best day of your life to you!
we get started today, let me first begin by expressing my very great
appreciation to Rich Hoffman for his diligent labors in creating a new website
for the Coffee Breaks. As already noted, all 30 of the Multiply.com sites that
host these Coffee Breaks (for some 100,000 readers) will vanish as of December
1. Rich is gifted in creating websites and he stepped up to offer his services
in creating a new site for us. When his labors and efforts are completed, these
Coffee Breaks will take on a new identity, and we will change them from Another
Coffee Break to Regner's Morning Coffee. All of our
archives will move to the new site, along with a fistful of praise and worship
music that we have recorded live during the past couple of decades. We will
keep you posted as to the shift and timing of the move.
said, let's resume our discussion from Revelation 6, 7 & 8.
talked briefly about the first five of the seals being opened, along with the
four horsemen being released upon the earth; namely, (1) the rider on the white
horse going forth with the spirit of antichrist; (2) the rider on the red horse
going forth with the kind of death, persecution, and tribulation that comes
with a religious spirit (such as seen during the Inquisition); (3) the black
horse with its rider causing major weather disturbances and changes, resulting
in famine and disease being released in unprecedented proportions; and (4) the
pale (green) horse with its rider empowered to rain death and destruction
through even more famine (than the rider on the black horse), rare and exotic
diseases, wars on every scale, pestilence and animal attacks.
need to insert some commentary here that should have been included in the past
Coffee Break. It is important to remember what Jesus said when the disciples
asked Him what would be the signs and the indicators of His return and the end
of this sinful age.
And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one
misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and
will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you
are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is
not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all
these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will
deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all
nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray
one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will
mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow
cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the
kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations,
and then the end will come."(Matthew 24:4-14 NASB)
Jesus is making it
abundantly clear that the same events He showed to John (in the Revelation)
would precede His return. He says of believers in particular, "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill
you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name." Do
you see it? Tribulation is a natural part of our existence as believers -- and
in particular, what literally any reasoning individual would refer to as
"great tribulation." But Jesus is not coming -- NOT YET anyway!
Ever notice that
there's no such thing as a "seven-year great tribulation" anywhere in
Revelation? That's because tribulation has been ongoing since the first
century. This "seven-year tribulation" teaching is a total
misapplication of Daniel's prophecy in Daniel 9 -- and I'll probably get to
that before I'm done with this discussion.
Returning to Jesus'
statement from Matthew 24, He makes a critical statement that believers today
need to get a hold of: "This Gospel of the
Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations,
and then the end (of the age) will come."
"Gospel of the Kingdom" is NOT the message of Salvation, although the
message of Salvation must certainly be included. The Gospel of the Kingdom is
the message AND the demonstration of the Kingdom of Heaven ruling in the midst
of a wicked and perverse generation, along with the signs and wonders that come
through and with, accompanying the citizens of the Kingdom -- Sons and
Daughters of God who boldly and uncompromisingly show forth every aspect of the
Glory of the Lord! It is -- as John clearly demonstrates in Revelation -- the
teaching, the preaching, the practice AND the demonstration of all that Jesus
is DURING a darkening age with gross darkness falling on people.
Jesus goes on to say, "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved." Endures?
Yes Sir! Yes Ma'am! Endures AND overcomes all things! Tribulation. Trial.
Testing. Persecution. Temptation. The rebellion of our flesh in the midst of it
all. Yesssirrrreeee! Endures and overcomes all
OK! My inserted
commentary got a bit long, but let's continue with our pictures.
opening of the fifth seal made clear that there were many more believers -- and
especially those who spoke out prophetically against the sins in the earth
being committed by nations and leaders of nations -- to suffer persecution,
opposition and death because of the Word of the Lord in them at the hand of
those who were rebuked and conscienceless. Yet the promise of the Lord was that
He would personally avenge the deaths of all those slain for their testimony.
we come to the sixth seal. Although the unfolding events will cause men and
women to blame the catastrophes on the wrath of God, it is clear that this is
nothing more than a colossal wrap-up of "great" tribulation in and
upon the earth because of the weight of sin upon creation.
first take a look at the reference in Revelation 6:12-17: "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great
earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole
moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs
drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a
scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty,
and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the
mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us
from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For
the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”(NIV)
take a look at how Isaiah prophesies with a nearly identical picture: "And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit;
and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare:
for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do
shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the
earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,
and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be
heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass
in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that
are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be
gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be
shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon
shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in
mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” (Isaiah
makes some clarification here as to why these events are taking place when he
says, "The earth shall
reel to and fro like a drunkard, and it shall be removed like a cottage; and
the transgression (Hebrew:pesha':
sin, rebellion) thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise
again." He thus makes it clear that it is the
weight of sin that is causing the earth to reel to and fro, causing the massive
earthquakes and upheavals, along with the catastrophic hurricanes and flooding
rains ("the windows from on high are open") [e.g.,
Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, Katrina, Isaac, just to name a few].
is a piece of hidden manna in Isaiah's revelation that I personally find
extremely exciting, and it comes in the form of Isaiah's statement, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the
LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the
kings of the earth upon the earth.”
is a picture of highly successful spiritual warfare being waged on demonic
princes (Paul refers to them in the Greek text of Ephesians 6:12 as kosmokrator --
world rulers of darkness) who exercise their influence over
certain cities, states, nations, and regions of the world.
prophecy is a picture of a portion of Jesus' prayer (we often call it "The
Lord's Prayer") where He instructs believers to pray, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in
Heaven." Believers who engage in spiritual
warfare through prayer and intercession dethrone wicked princes in heavenly
places, and at the same time effect visible change in the governance of cities,
states, nations and regions of the world. When intercessors exercise the
authority delegated to them by a
rhema word from the Lord,
and rip out the pinions of the thrones upon which
demonic princes exercise power and influence over the affairs of the areas of
their responsibility, they bring the Kingdom of Heaven, along with the
authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, to bear upon events, circumstances and the
governance of those areas.
you seeing it, folks? This is happening now, as we speak! What an exciting time
to be alive! These events are unfolding all around us, and we're on the verge
of a massive increase in this activity. Tribulation? Yup! It is, but it is also
a gorgeous time of victory for those saints who overcome. I wouldn't trade this
time for any other time in all of history!
a whole lot more to share in these pictures from Isaiah's prophecy, and from
John's Revelation, but it really would take us afield from today's discussion
so we'll save that for another time. That said, let's take a break from these
pictures of tribulation for a bit -- and Revelation 7 does just that.
makes is very clear that he sees an interruption to the opening of the seven seals
when he writes, "After this [the
opening of the sixth seal] I saw four angels standing at the four corners of
the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow
on the earth or on the sea or on any tree."(Revelation 7:1 NASB)
times throughout the Word we see references to "the four winds" or
the four angels who stand at the four corners of the earth. Obviously the
concept of "the four corners of the earth" is a metaphor since the
earth is a globe without corners per se. Each time throughout the Word where we
see a reference to the four winds, it involves either a change of government or
a holding back of the government(s) of the earth. I don't have time in this
discussion to go there today, and exhaustively demonstrate this, but suffice it
to say that John -- in giving us a picture of the angels holding back the four
winds -- is communicating a pause in world governmental affairs while the Lord
does something extraordinary among the Jewish people.
know that the Bride of Christ is comprised of two parts: the Jews and the
Gentiles (or other nations of the world). Metaphorically and pictorially
throughout Scripture, we see these two parts of the Bride represented by fig
trees (of which the fig, the sycamore and the mulberry are often illustrated)
and olive trees. The apostle Paul drew the analogy in Romans 11 of the Gentiles
being illustrated as a wild olive tree whose branches were cut off and grafted
(contrary to nature) into the cultivated olive tree (representing the Jews) so
as to make one new and productive fruitful olive tree.
an interesting illustration for you. Remember the 24 Elders who are worshiping
before the Throne of God (seen throughout Revelation)? That's two sets of 12.
(I'll amplify this a bit more shortly.) Twelve come from Israel and twelve come
from among "the children of men."
scientifically -- horticulturally -- speaking, the
practice of grafting wild and cultivated olive trees together has produced 24
separate genus of olive trees resulting in 900 separate species. Think that's
just a coincidence? Nope! (That bit of information comes
compliments of Microsoft Encarta.)
right along with the Revelation John sees (chapter 7) we are told, "And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having
the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels,
to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth,
neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in
their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there
were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the
tribes of the children of Israel."
the command given the four angels:
"Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees,
till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." The
command is very specific: DON'T HURT THE TREES! What trees? The olive
do we know this, and why do I single out the olive tree? Because of the rest of
the command, and the action which follows the command. The angels are sent to
gather out and mark (seal) the foreheads of twelve thousand servants of God out
of each of the twelve tribes of Israel.
me pause parenthetically to note that the mark in the forehead of the servants
of God in the Greek text is the word,
sphragizo (pronounced, sfragidzo). This word differs from the mark in the forehead
that people take from the Beast. That word is
charagma. Charagma is a mark or
badge of servitude. It is something which stamps itself indelibly
in the character or mindset of an individual.
Sphragizo on the other hand, is
a mark of security and preservation: literally and
figuratively, to attest to, to keep secret.]
we have 144,000 (the number twelve taken to completion or perfection) gathered
from Israel -- a number which represents that portion of the Bride taken from
Israel -- who are to be protected and preserved from injury or destruction
during the horrific events that are about to unfold. Revelation 14 reveals to
us the second half of the Bride as the 144,000 "redeemed from among men,
being the firstfruits unto God and the Lamb."
We'll get to this group in due time, but that's not part of today's discussion.
the way, we are still NOT at the wrath of God being poured out! We're still in
the midst of great tribulation, stress, persecution and opposition. We're still
in the middle of events unfolding upon the earth as a result of the weight of
sin and rebellion.
singular difference is that for the first time we are seeing the protection,
the safety and security of the Bride of Christ taking place so that, no matter
what befalls the earth as a result of the unfolding destruction and chaos, the
Bride of Christ -- that set apart and holy, glorious people of God -- is
protected! Understand, folks, that they are not taken OUT OF, but rather
PROTECTED -- SEALED BY THE WORD OF THE LORD -- IN THE MIDST OF tribulation!
now the next thing that John sees along with the 144,000 redeemed from Israel: "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with
white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying,
Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb."
getting ahead of myself, but before we quit for today, compare that statement
to this one from Revelation 14:1-5:
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four
thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a
voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great
thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they
sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and
the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and
four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which
were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow
the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were
redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits
unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are
without fault before the throne of God."
we have a second distinct group of 144,000 who are redeemed from among men --
NOT from the 12 tribes of Israel. We'll get into this more in our next Coffee
Break, but it confirms the picture of the wild olive being grafted into the
got a long ways to go yet in this discussion, so let me point out that John is
told by the Angel of the Lord, "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and
have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." The
significance of this is that these are the overcomers.
They have overcome tribulation, testing, opposition, and persecution. They have
overcome the same demonic principalities described in the seven letters. By
virtue of their overcoming (and that overcoming is a spiritually disciplined
decision and effort) they have "washed their robes" and made
themselves ready for the Marriage of the Lamb.
Have to stop there. We'll continue this discussion again.
"Fresh and exceptional things are about to take place in the Church around the world. It will stretch our faith, but it will uniquely prepare us for an awesome demonstration of God's glory. The Bible foretells that the spirit of this generation will be as it was during the days of Noah. The Scriptures portray Noah as one who found favor in God's sight.
Through a divine visitation, God specifically prepared Noah for unprecedented events that unfolded in his generation. No human reasoning or natural wisdom could have provided the necessary insight and strategic blueprint for survival. Noah prevailed only by the Spirit of Revelation and obedience to the spoken word of the Lord.
Only in the supernatural realm can we receive the provision for our generation. This spiritual reality requires a far greater faith than we presently possess on a corporate level. Therefore, we must set our faith in order to access God's end-time promises to the Church. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life and He desires to display His resurrection power and life, so we may behold God's glory.(Prophetic Word from Paul Keith Davis)
Blessings on you!
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