|Revelation 5 |
1 And I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a book written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.1
2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to break the seals of it?"
3 And no man in heaven, or on earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book or to look inside it.
4 And I wept greatly, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, or to look in it.
5 Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to break the seven seals of it."
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 if 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 he who sat on the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone of them having harps, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sang a new song, saying, "You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals of it; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
10 And have made them kings and priests to our God, and they reign on the earth."
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the beasts and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, (100,000,000) and thousands of thousands (more millions);
12 Saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing."
13 And I heard every creature who is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, saying, "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever."
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the twenty four elders fell down and worshipped him who lives forever and ever.
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1 sealed with seven seals. In his Memoir, William Dewsbury, who dwelled in the Kingdom of God, describes the opening of the book of the seven seals to be a personal experience as part of the revealing of Jesus, (the revelation), within you.
Dear Friends, whose minds are turned to the effectual light that comes from Christ, all mind your own measure, and be content in what the Lord has committed to you. With the light, judge that which would draw your minds to look forth at others' conditions, and in impatience to covet what the Lord has given to them, before it is manifest to you. Be faithful everyone in your own measure, and in patience wait for the unlimited spirit of Christ, your life, to open the seals of the book, and make known unto you the mystery of eternal life. This he will daily reveal in you that are faithful in your own measures, to follow the Lord in what he makes manifest to you, whom he has called into his vineyard at the ninth and eleventh hours. Be faithful to the Lord, in walking in obedience to him in the light. He will make a short work in the earth for his Seed's sake, and your reward shall be rest and peace in the presence of God in Christ, with those who came into the vineyard at the third and sixth hours, and labored in the heat of the day.
God Almighty be with you, his chosen servants and children; and all in your measure keep in his power, bold, valiant, and faithful unto the end, and [he will] crown you with eternal glory in Christ, our Judge, Lord, and King; God over all, blessed forever! Amen.
As each seal is broken, the individual man is tried by God's chastisement, producing suffering in a man that is necessary to complete the purging of sin from a man's heart; this is a personal experience, necessary for the purification of the heart and soul, prerequisite to the revealing of Christ within a man's heart. A man's heart is purged from iniquity by mercy and truth, and the fear of the Lord is to depart from evil. Proverbs 16:6. Before evil is purged or fear received (a gift), a man must learn the truth about his own beastly self, which becomes apparent under supernatural affliction. A man must learn the horror of himself before he learns the wonder and power of God; both constitute truth; the Holy Spirit reproves us of our sin, convinces us of the righteousness of God, and judges us... Therefore, since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same mind, because he who has suffered in the flesh is done with sin, So that he should not live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2.
For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked shall fall into injury. Pro 24:16.
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver tried in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. Psa 12:6
Then I will walk contrary to you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. Lev 26:28
He shall deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven no evil shall touch you. Job 5:19
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts.
Endure your trials with suffering as a discipline [not punishment, but training from God to improve your virtue];
God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not discipline?
But if you are without discipline, of which all [true sons of God] must share,
then are you illegitimate, and not sons. Heb 12:6-8
With the mighty aid of the Spirit of God, the Revelation, (the revealing of Jesus who has been hidden in the hearts of men), is a personal experience that takes place in the hearts of believers who have patiently and persistently been putting off the body of sin and death; mortifying their selfish, sinful nature; destroying the works of the devil in themselves; crucifying their carnal minds and evil imaginations; circumcising their hearts; and purifying their hearts and souls — all by bearing the inward cross of self-denial that crucifies the believer to the world and the world is crucified to the believer.
As the outstanding writing by George Fox titled A Word From the Lord, to All the World discloses, indicating that there is not only the seed of the Kingdom of Heaven within your heart, but that the world, (a copy of the earth as we know it), is in there too; and the Lord purges that earth of all evil to create a new heaven and earth. As we are translated into the kingdom of heaven, which throne is in our hearts, the earth is also restored to paradise, (as it was before the fall of Adam), in our hearts, conscience, and mind. There is also a quote from The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded, which further shows how Revelation is a personal experience that has already taken place in many hearts of true, persistent believers, who die to self on the inward cross of self-denial.
"But now are the vials, and thunders, and plagues, and trumpets sounding and going forth, and the seven woes going out; and now are the kings of the earth, and false prophets, and antichrists, and the mother of harlots, and the beast, and his names and horns, gathering together, with the old deceiver the devil, to battle against the Lamb, and the saints of the Lamb. But the Lamb and the saints have got (past tense) the victory, and the rivers of living waters are opening to all that thirst. Sing and rejoice, let us give glory to God, for now has (past tense) the marriage of the Lamb come."
In addition the following is from George Fox's Letter #91, which shows that the seven thunders and the seven bowls, (or vials), or plagues, are also an individual experience of tribulations in the revealing, (the revelation), of Christ within you:
In the spirit of the living God wait upon God,
to learn of and to be taught by him.
For now the beast opens his mouth in blasphemy,
speaking great swelling words.
And now is the cage of unclean birds, and the unclean spirits,
which are gone forth into the earth, seen.
And now are the locusts seen, and the caterpillars known.
And now are the seven thunders uttering their voices.
And now are the hailstones falling,
and the vials of the wrath of God pouring out upon the beast and the false prophet.
Further to Revelation being a personal experience, George Fox testifies in his writing on Why Silence:
He that has an ear to hear, let him hear: such as know the seven seals, shall know the silence in heaven. And when I saw the seven seals, there was silence for half an hour in heaven; he that can, read this and understand.
From his Journal George Fox relates his experience of the world in his heart being drastically modified to a new earth and new heavens.
I saw also the mountains burning up, and the rubbish, and the rough, and crooked ways and places made smooth and plain, that the Lord might come into his tabernacle. These things are to be found in man's heart; but to speak of these things being within, seemed strange to the rough, crooked, and mountainous ones. Yet the Lord said, " 0h earth, hear the word of the Lord!"
Now I came up in spirit, through the flaming sword,* into the paradise of God. All things were new, and all the creation gave another smell unto me than before, beyond what words can utter. I knew nothing but pureness, innocence, and righteousness...
Edward Burrough also wrote of the events in Revelation being a personal experience as shows in the following extracts from his memoir:
Then it pleased the Lord to send his true and faithful servant and messenger, who is called according to the flesh, G. Fox; he spoke the language which I knew not, not withstanding all my high talking, for it was higher and yet lower. And it pleased the Lord to speak to me by him, that I was in the prodigal state, and above the cross of Christ, and not in the pure fear of the Lord, but full of corruption and the old nature, though I had professed freedom, yet it was such as the Jews professed; for I saw myself to be in bondage to my own will and to my own lusts; and through the Word of the Lord spoken to me by him, began to see myself, (the witness being raised), where I was, and what I had been doing, and saw I had been making an image to the First Beast, which had the wound by the sword and did live, whose deadly wound was healed, and was full of airy notions and imaginations, and was worshiping the image that I had made; and then I saw myself to be a child of wrath, and that the son of the bond-woman lived, and harlots had been my companions, and I was not worthy to be called a son.
I was wanton, and lived in the lustful nature, among heathens, crucifying the Lord of Life; but the blood of that which I had slain cried continually, and the witness which lay slain would give me no rest, which the earthly made merry over; and I grew to be weary of hearing any of the priests though never so high, for something which shined deep in me showed me ignorant in all profession, and I was put to a stand many times in myself at those things that had come to pass.
In you, O land, will the Lord manifest his power and will stretch forth his arm for the deliverance of his chosen, and for the redemption of his two witnesses, which have lain slain in the great city in this land, which those who dwell upon the Earth have rejoiced over and made merry, and triumphed in their slaughter;
Edward Burrough also wrote that the many sects in Christendom along with the rulers of the world, were gathered together in the early Quakers' time to do battle with the saints, which is commonly referred to as Armageddon, which battle was, is, and is to come, (like Jesus, who is, who was, and who is to come, so is His revelation, so is the battle; all are experienced by those past, those present, and those in the future):
By faith with Abraham, have you come out of your native country, from your kindred, and out of your father's house: with Moses, have you forsaken the glory of Pharaoh's house, and chosen rather to suffer affliction among the poor despised people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin. Great shall be your reward, you condemned ones; glory, honor and everlasting happiness is prepared for you if you stand faithful to the end. The Lord is with you as a mighty terrible one; and therefore shall all your persecutors be ashamed and confounded. The sound of a trumpet is heard among you, which makes all nations come to a stand, and all the heathen to wonder, and all the rulers, nobles, and chief priests are in consultation, combining together to suppress the Army of the Lord of hosts, which he is gathering together; fear not, nor be dismayed, for the sounding of your trumpet causes an alarm, and makes all the inhabitants of the land to tremble, and all bow before the sound of it, for the sound of it is terrible to the nations, to all kingdoms and dominions. The Lord of heaven is your captain, who rides upon the clouds, and whose glory is above the world; and therefore you shall obtain the conquest in the battle, and all your enemies shall be put to flight, and one of you shall chase one thousand, for he who has all power in his hand is with you; and all your enemies are limited by him.
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