The Supreme Court Of Heaven Set in the Mid-Air
Has the Heavenly Father already set His majestic throne in the mid-air where He will reign for the seven years of final judgment?
Maybe He had already started the process that prepares the way for His holy angels to cast Satan and his dark minions out and down to the earth. This has got to be one of the most dramatic scenes in the Book of Revelation. Proud and haughty Lucifer is at his finishing line with a very short time span left. Only the Father knows the final moments but they are set in His heart as the process unfolds.
Revelation chapters four and five are a drama that is really beyond the greatest languages or scenes on this earth. The Father’s Throne is going to be visible to the proud sinners that have blasphemed His name. The Living Creatures, Cherubim, and Seraphim are evidence to guard the massive place where the Great God will direct the earthly proceedings. The Holy Ghost is present to show John all the dramatic visions of fulfilled prophesies. The Bride is gathered on the great sea of glass, a royal setting for the wedding of the Bridegroom and His Bride.
As the great expanse is made ready, Satan must be cast out of the Heavens. The location of this massive scene has been the domain of the devil but this usurper is about to be cast out. That occurs in Revelation chapter twelve. The Father is taking control of the Heavens as He prepares the Heavenly court for the legal actions of final judgments.
The earth has been the scene of Satan’s evil empire since he was cast out of Heaven but his days are numbered. I love the fact that the Father first takes over the mid-air between His heavenly kingdom and the sin cursed earth. From this lofty position the process is about to begin.
Post-millennialism and Dominionism are blasphemous doctrines that rob Jesus Christ of his coming glory to redeem this earth. This entire universe is steeped in rot and degradation and must be reclaimed and purified by Divine redemption. John saw the drama of the “Title Deed” of this earth in the Father’s Hand. Then he saw it passed to the Son Of God, a Lamb slain, who would start the proceedings of repossession. The fifth Chapter of Revelation is almost too sacred to touch. This earth cannot be saved by mystical preachers and their massive schemes of Dominionism or “Taking Possession Over The Earth.” This idea has become dominant over much of the church world and the Antichrist loves it.
The ultimate face-off between the Lamb of God and Satan is one of the most breathtaking truths in the Book of Revelation. But, first a six thousand year old scroll or a “Title Deed Of The Earth” must be understood. “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1) Apparently, our Heavenly Father commissioned this scroll to be written just as soon as Satan stole the legal deed to the beautiful world that Adam and Eve had inherited. This scroll was never seen by mortal man until John saw it in his vision. The Father held it as a strong angel sought a Worthy Redeemer who had earned the legal right to open its content.
Nowhere in God’s entire universe was there a being or creature kin to the divine person of God. The great host of angels must have searched every nook and cranny in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth. By divine revelation, John was either told or made to understand that this book contained the hope of humankind. Without this great scroll in the Father’s hand being fulfilled, this unclean universe was destined to continue downward. Someone had to open this book and take back what the devil stole. In this six thousand year old document was the title deed and the divine process to uproot the usurper. The Father’s plan and purpose was recorded; but, the first of kin to God Himself had to unseal the plan.
John was weeping in soul-rending disappointment. We would think that John already knew that there was an answer; but, it had been held back from him. It was an unfolding drama. He was still in the flesh even though he was caught up in the Spirit. But, the Elders at the scene were glorified saints and now possessed the wisdom of the ages. “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.” (Revelation 5:5) This is one of the most revealing manifestations of the victory of the cross in Holy Scripture. His death was the redemption and reclaiming of paradise lost.
When the Son of God said, “It is finished,” He literally ripped a stolen and emaciated world out of Satan’s possession. That victory could not be claimed until the Gospel had its day of redeeming souls. But, that day is now at hand in this vision; and we are about to see the real drama in our day. John was beholding the scene that is soon to be acted out when the Raptured saints are gathered home. “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. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” (Revelation 5:6-7)
The Heavens exploded in triumphant worship. The saints will sing their first song after arriving in the Eternal City of Jerusalem. This is the Holy City of which earthly Jerusalem was but a shadow. The worship will be of Jesus Christ our Emancipator. Finally, the universe will see the full scope of who He is and the finished work of what He did. He was the first of kin, the only begotten Son, to the Father. As the Divine Savior, He is ready for the ultimate face-off with the lying masquerades of Satan.
This great manuscript had been held in the archives of Heavenly Jerusalem since the loss of this earth in the Garden of Eden. Never had our Father been without a plan. Enoch may have known the secret. No doubt Noah carried it in his heart while in the ark although he had never seen the document. Abraham came from Ur to be the Father of Faith in the un-possessed Promise Land. From him all the way to Calvary, it was like a hidden dream in the hearts of faithful Jews. Now, John must become the writer to share its future fulfillment.
That was the beautiful background for the victory to occur by the “Seven Sealed scroll.” This entire document is a legal manifest, it is divine business and His saints are the offended host. Satan is the accused and judgment has been passed. Let the proceedings begin, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:1-2)
Jesus Christ is never called by any of His beautiful names during the seven years of cleansing this earth. He is called the Lamb or the Lamb of God. The process of Revelation chapter six to Revelation chapter nineteen, verse ten are so gruesome and profound that every action of redemption must proceed from the smitten Lamb. This incredible period is not too dissimilar from His earthly pilgrimage. He was the Son of man without ceasing to be the Son of God. During these seven years, He will be the Lamb of God without ceasing to be Alpha and Omega. His Majestic Being will be hidden in His purging manifestation. Ripping sin out of this entire cosmos is not a pretty task.
As this powerful picture unfolds, the raptured saints will be fully prepared for the events to follow. Heaven is quickly filled with an explosion of worship. Now, we will see those twenty-four elders in their full multitude, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” (Revelation 5:9-11) Surely, no one can doubt that this raptured host has arrived in Heaven to share the cleansing of the earth from the dark reign of Satan and his deceived multitude.
The picture of this beginning eviction of Satan and his horde of wicked spirits is very celestial. John sees this after being “caught up” himself while still in his body but allowed to see in the Heavenly realm. The Lamb is the Grand Marshall. The first four seals are unique and reflect a unity of purpose. Zechariah had seen the same four horses and riders, “And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.” (Zechariah 6:1-3) It was noted that these go forth from God and are instrumental for judgment on the earth. In every act of redemption there is its counterpart of judgment. You can have judgment without redemption, but you can never have redemption without judgment.
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