|DAVID, A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART|
Next to Jesus Christ, David's life is more fully portrayed than any other in the Bible. Scriptures give to the story of the life of David, one half of I Samuel, all of II Samuel, a small part of I Kings and nearly one half of I Chronicles. In addition, a considerable portion of the book of Psalms reveals the heart of David. Therefore it is worthy of our thoughtful attention since God too had made him a standard.
In the first Scripture reference to his character, we read "The Lord hath sought Him a man after His own heart" (I Samuel 13: 14). After his death his life was the standard by which later kings were measured. He was always exalting and glorifying God in his life by his words and actions.
He acknowledged his failures frankly. The deep repentance that followed pleased God as he came with a truly "broken spirit" and a "contrite heart" to seek from God a "clean heart" and "right spirit" (Psalm 51). Even when the Lord punished him for numbering Israel , he chose to fall into the hand of the Lord (II Samuel 24: 13).
David had always wanted to exalt and glorify God. In the encounter with Goliath, David's thought was "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God" (I Samuel 17: 26, 36) and not on the rewards offered by Saul. We see at once that God, and not David, occupied the throne-room of his life.
He was able to tell Saul of a lion and a bear that he had slain. He said, “The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine" (I Samuel 17: 37). In going forth to fight, he stripped himself of Saul's armour that he might trust wholly in God.
To the giant's scoffing defiance and his boast of what he would do, David replied "Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield: but I come to thee in the Name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied; this day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand" (I Samuel 17: 45-46).
As he approached the Philistine giant, he said, "I will smite thee and take thine head from thee". Why? That David may be glorified? Or that he may marry the King's daughter and gain the riches promised by Saul? No. But "that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel".
|A SIMPLE ACT OF DAVID AND ITS OUTCOME|
When David became the King, the first important thing he did was to establish the centre of Worship. The Ark of God had been lying in some corner and was forgotten in the days of Saul. But David brought the Ark of God to the centre of the city of Jerusalem. God blessed his city of Jerusalem and made it the centre of the world.
Thus we find the eastern world to be east of Jerusalem and the western world to be west of Jerusalem. Exactly to the north of Jerusalem lies Moscow, the King of the North and so on. This was the result of a simple act of devotion of King David towards the Lord. Even the Holy City of God which will be the city of the Son of David is known as New Jerusalem (Revelation 21: 1-2).
|THE SECRET OF DAVID'S SUCCESS|
In Psalm 27 we can understand the secret of David's success. He was fearless against enemies and confident in war. This was because he had desired that one thing of the Lord. Even Mary had chosen one thing that was needful which could not be taken away from her (Luke 10: 42).
This one thing had three things pertaining to it. First of all he desired to behold the beauty (glory) of the Lord. Secondly He wanted to inquire (research) in his temple. Thirdly he desired to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. It is no wonder that the Lord lifted up his head above his enemies and set him up upon a rock (Psalm 27: 1-6).
|David compared his stately Palace with the Lord's Tent where the Ark of God was dwelling within curtains. He must have felt guilty and bad about it. In his mind he had conceived a plan to build his Lord the grandest, most spectacular temple in the world. This was his heart's desire.
He expressed this desire to his trusted counselor, the prophet Nathan who agreed with him. But the Lord had a different plan. The Lord did not want David to build a house to His Name since he had shed too much blood in the wars. He wanted Solomon the son of David to do it. This was conveyed to David by Nathan. When God says No, there is always a better way.
Nevertheless, The Lord was very much pleased with David for his desire to build the house of the Lord (II Chronicles 6: 8). He said He was going to build David's house with a blessing that it would endure forever. He was also delighted to take the family name of David and to be called The Son of David and gave His promise for the Son of David. God loved David so much that he wanted to reveal himself as Son of David.
|THE PROMISE CONCERNING THE SON OF DAVID|
Let us turn to II Samuel 7: 12-19 to see what God had promised concerning the Son of David. (I Chronicles 17: 11-17, Psalm 89: 3-4, 19-37)
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who [am] I, O Lord GOD? and what [is] my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And [is] this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
God promised David that He would raise up his seed after him and build up his throne to all generations. He would also be the Son of God. In other words God would build an everlasting house for David - a dynasty that would lead all the way to the King of Kings, Christ Himself. This promise was made concerning the distant future and not just the next generation. This is what made the Jews look for the coming of the Son of David.
|THE GREAT PLAN OF GOD|
In the beginning, God was having perfect fellowship with man in the Garden of Eden. The first man Adam and first woman Eve were in perfect harmony with God so much that God could come down at any time He desired and talk lip-to-ear with Adam and Eve. That was perfect oneness and harmony with God. He watched over them day and night.
In the daytime He guided them fed them, loved them, and communed with them constantly all the time. They were in God's image and God was in them. That made a perfect fellowship. But this harmony and fellowship was broken when Eve listened to the serpent and man fell from grace.
It was the plan of God to redeem the human race, restore the lost fellowship between God and man, give them access to the Tree of Life (Revelation 22: 14) and grant them immortality so that there is no more fall (I Corinthians 15: 51-54). God had planned to have His tabernacle with men and to dwell with them. He wanted to be with his people. He wanted to be one among the human beings with a physical relationship with men.
Since He found David to be a man after His heart, He had planned to come in the Line of David and be called the Son of David which would make him a physical part of the human family. God also wants to dwell among His people with a relationship as one belonging to the human family and be their God (Revelation 21: 3-4).
This relationship of God with man is not a slavish master-servant relationship like the one that exists between the earthly rulers and their people. God is the author of True Freedom. By foreknowledge, He predestinated His chosen ones to be conformed to the image of his Son; that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren.
In other words He wanted to be pre-eminent among equals. He calls, justifies and glorifies those whom He had predestinated by His foreknowledge (Romans 8: 28-30). Of course, as King of Kings, Lord of Lords and Firstborn, He has His own glory which will not be given to others (Isaiah 42: 8, 48: 11, John 1: 14).
This is a relationship of Perfect Love and Liberty and there is no element of fear in it at all. "There is no fear in love; perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" (I John 4: 18). Fear is the tool of the enemy. This is a relationship in which The Lord is the Chief among equals.
If we are brethren, He is the Elder Brother or the Firstborn. If we are priests, He is the High Priest. If we are kings, He is the King of Kings. If we are overcomers, He is the Greatest Mighty Conqueror. God is a King of Kings and not a king of slaves. He is the King of the truly free people or the overcomers (Revelation 3: 21, 21: 7). If we are the Bride, He is the Bridegroom.
This is possible only when He takes to human flesh and shares His powers (John 14: 12). All this is possible according to the plan and promises of God only if the Word becomes flesh in the physical Son of David. In order to fulfill this great plan of God, three comings of Christ are necessary.
These are days when the Christians all over the world are waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to take His Bride in the Rapture which is expected to take place in our generation. We all know that there are three Comings of the Lord. The First Coming is past. The Second Coming is the rapture. Third time He comes with His Bride to rule in the Millennium.
|SON OF DAVID|
|In these last days, God manifests himself in flesh as the Son of Man and then as Son of David to sit on the throne of David. God had promised David that He would set up his seed after him and that He would establish his throne forever. Please read the following scriptures before proceeding further: - II Samuel 7: 12-19, I Chronicles 17: 11-17, Psalm 89: 3-4, 19-37, Isaiah 11.
King Solomon was not the promised one. He was a type of the Son of David but did not fulfill the conditions or criterion mentioned in the above references in their entirety. The Jews have been looking for their Messiah as the Son of David until this day (Matthew 22: 41-46).
|REVELATION CONCERNING THE SON OF DAVID|
|According to the revelation given out by Bro. Paulaseer Lawrie, Jesus was not of the seed of David since He was born to a Virgin conceived of the Holy Ghost and not through any man. The Word of God came down and became flesh in Him and through the body of Jesus conquered death and hell.
He was a sinless sacrifice without blemish to take away our sins. After His death and resurrection, He became the Word again and was caught up to the Throne of God. As Jesus ascended on high and became one with God, God’s name changed from Jehovah to Jesus. He appeared in the Light to Apostle Paul and in Theophany to Apostle John. We do not know Him in flesh any more for He became the Word again.
All the Christians have been thinking for ages that these promises regarding the Son of David referred to Jesus Christ. But we know very well that Jesus was not of the physical seed of David. The Seed always comes through a man. If Jesus had been of the physical seed of David, it would have been a sinful seed, and there is no hope for us through a sinful Blood. Moreover Jesus did not commit any iniquity.
If Jesus was not of the seed of David, who then is this anointed Son of David that is to come and rule for ever and ever? It has to be one belonging to the physical line of David raised up in the last days into whom The Word (Jesus) descends and unites so that God could be his Father.
But the Word cannot descend in its fullness into a sinner born through sinful blood. Therefore This Son of David is cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ and is clothed with the vesture dipped in blood which makes him Holy, Pure and Sinless for the Word of God (Jesus) to come down and incarnate in him (Revelation 5: 5, 10: 1-7, 19: 11-16). (How can one question the purity and righteousness of a man attained by the blood of Jesus Christ?).
At the Second Coming in the Last Days, The Word – Jesus incarnates again as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah in a Man chosen of God in the Lineage of David with a New Name to finish the Mystery of God. This is in accordance with the promise of God to King David that his seed would establish his throne for ever in the last days and that his seed would be made the Son of God (Word of God or First Born) and that his kingdom would be God's Kingdom itself lasting for ever (II Samuel 7: 12-19, I Chronicles 17: 11-17, Psalm 89: 3-4, 19-20, 26,27, 28-37, Revelation 21: 3-4).
To prove this, we have the answer in the Bible in Revelation 19:11-16.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
This Glorious Person mentioned herein is called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Verse 16). He is the anointed Son of David. Many people think this person is Jesus. If so Jesus’ name would have been given here. But no one seems to know the Name of this Great Person except He Himself (Verse 12).
John the Apostle was seeing this vision and he could not know His name. Had it been Jehovah (Yahweh), John would have known it since he was a Jew. Had it been Jesus too (Yahshuah), he would have known it since he was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Or was it written in an unknown language? I do not know.) But this name was New and entirely different. We do not know Jesus after the flesh anymore as He was transformed into Word again.
Moreover if you notice in Verse 13, it says, “He was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood: and his name is called the Word of God”. If we take the following questions into consideration, we will understand that this is not Jesus Christ but someone else.
1. Did Jesus die for himself?
2. Did He need Blood for a covering of sins?
3. Did He have to dip his vesture in His own Blood?
The answer is a simple “No” for each question. Jesus did not die for Himself but He died for others. Jesus did not need blood for a covering of sins since he was a sinless pure sacrifice and the fullness of Godhead dwelt in Him bodily. Nor did Jesus have to dip his vesture in His own Blood, as it is tantamount to dying for Himself.
On the other hand, this Great Person, the King of Kings who was of the seed of David needed Blood to cover his sins and he was wearing the robe of righteousness dipped in the Blood of Jesus Christ, and His name was called the Word of God.
In other words, He was purified completely by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and was wearing an apparel dipped in Blood so that the fullness of the Word of God could come down into him, unite with him and dwell bodily and rule as the Son of David.
Even according to Bro. William Branham "When our Lord appears here on earth, He'll be riding on a snow white horse, and He'll be completely, fully, the Emmanuel - The Word of God Incarnate In a man".
Here we see the Word becoming flesh, incarnating in a human being once again. Thus the Word or Jesus gets the Title The Son of David. This Son of David gets all the titles that belong to the Word.
Besides being called The Word, Theophany, Son of God and Melchizedec, He was also known as The Only Begotten Son, The First Born, The Lord God, Holy One, The Angel of the Lord, Angel of Light and The Beginning of the creation of God etc.
This fact is proved in Psalm 89:3-4, 19-37. “I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations”. Then the prophecy continues about the chosen seed of David from verse 19 to verse 37. Let us analyze a few verses.
In Verse 26: This person hailing from the seed of David calls God His Father, and God promised David that He himself would be the father of the chosen seed of David. (Jesus called God as His Father.)
Just as Jesus could claim He was before Abraham etc., this person also will have claims on the past manifestations of the Word including Jesus Christ as it is the same Word working on Jesus as also today.
|I WILL MAKE HIM MY FIRST BORN|
|Then in Verse 27: “I will make him my firstborn higher than the kings of the earth”.
This Chosen seed of David comes many generations after David. But God says “I will make him my First-Born”. The First Born is the Title of the Word, the Only Begotten Son, who was the Beginning of the creation of God. Normally a younger son can never become the eldest.
This chosen seed of David comes several generations and ages later. For him to get the title "First Born", he has to become one with the Word who is the Firstborn. In other words, the fullness of the Word of God descends bodily into the chosen Son of David and he gets all the titles belonging to the Word. In the First Coming, the fullness of Godhead dwelt bodily in Jesus (Colossians 1: 19, 2: 9).
Verse 27: He is also higher than the Kings of the earth. This is the same King of Kings mentioned in Revelation 19:16.
Verse 29: “His seed also will I make to endure forever and his throne as the days of heaven.”
Those who were in the thoughts or foreknowledge of God in His great plan of redemption are His seed because they will also become the Word and endure forever since only His thoughts become the Word.
His throne endures as the days of heaven, because the heaven was created after the beginning by the Word. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words shall never pass away”, because heaven and earth had a beginning. The Word did not have a beginning because He was the Beginning of the creation of God or the First-Born. The phrase “Pass Away” can also mean “Change”. Heaven and earth have been subject to many changes throughout the dispensations, but the Word never changes.
In verses 30-32, This Son of David has children and God punishes them for their transgressions. “If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes”. In this context, it is worth noting that Jesus was single and did not have any physical children.
Verse 33 and also 11 Samuel 7:14. “I will be his father, and he shall my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men”. This Son of David does not claim to be perfect to begin with since we are all conceived in sin and shaped in iniquity. King David himself mentions, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51: 5).
Only by the Blood of Jesus Christ this Son of David attains perfection. Though he looks imperfect in man’s sight, he is a saint in God’s sight seen through the Blood of Jesus Christ. God chastises him with the rod of men for his iniquities and with the stripes of children of men. But He overcomes the world by the Blood of Jesus Christ.
|THE USUAL QUESTION|
"If Jesus Christ is not of the Seed of David, why is Jesus referred to as the Son of David at certain places in the Scripture?" This is the usual question that is put forth when the subject of the Son of David is dealt with. With all humility and with all due respects to the reader, I would like to mention that Quoting of the Scriptures is different from Understanding the Scriptures.
The Lord Jesus Christ claimed that Abraham rejoiced to see Him about 1900 years earlier - about 3900 years ago (John 8: 56-58). The Jews asked Jesus, “Thou art not yet fifty (50) years old and hast thou seen Abraham". Even if Jesus had been fifty years old, He would not have seen Abraham because Abraham lived about 1900 years earlier. Abraham seemed to have seen the appearance of a Man in His 50s whereas Jesus was only in His 30s. This the Jews could not swallow. The Jews seemed to have been looking for someone in his 50s until now.
Jesus claimed that He was before Abraham too. He even claimed that He was with the Father before the foundation of the world (John 17: 5). Obviously it was the Word of God or The Son of God in Theophany who met Abraham and existed before Abraham and also before the foundation of the world.
Physically Jesus was born only about 2000 years back. Physically He was not of the seed of David too. But the same Word that became flesh in Jesus would be the same Word that would become flesh in the Son of David who would be a true seed of David Physically.
If Jesus could claim the past or previous manifestations, then He could as well claim the future manifestation too through The Atonement since He is the same Word. This Son of David also would be able to claim that he was the one who was crucified 2000 years ago.
Not only according to Bro. Paulaseer Lawrie, but also anyone who had read the Bible would know that Jesus Christ was born to a Virgin (I wonder if anyone would want to question the virgin birth of Jesus). He was not born through any man by sexual contact. Even according to Bro. Branham, the seed always comes through the man.
If Jesus was not born through any man, then how could one say that he was a Seed of David? Jesus was a Lamb. But when Christ is revealed as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah in the Second Coming, that is when he is one from the Seed of David into whom, Jesus the Word unites. Then Jesus gets the title - Son of David.
Among the Messianic Prophecies too, some were fulfilled in Jesus in the First Coming. Some are being fulfilled now at the Second Coming and will continue through the millennial reign of the Son of David. That is going to be a real glorious age.
To study about the King and the Kingdom the following Scriptures will be of much use:- Psalms 2, 45, 72, 89, 110, 132, Isaiah 2: 1-4, 11: 1-16, 46: 11, Jeremiah 23: 5-6, 33: 15-26, Ezekiel 34: 23-31, 37: 21-28, Daniel 7: 13-14, Micah 4, Haggai 2: 6-7, Zechariah 3: 8-10, 6: 12-13, 12: 7-14, Malachi 4: 1-6, Romans 15 : 12, I Corinthians 15: 24-28, Revelation 5: 9-10, 11: 15-17, 20: 4-6, 22: 5 and etc.
|IDENTIFYING THE SON OF DAVID|
How do we find the chosen Son of David? This is a difficult question to answer. It can come only by Revelation. Let us take a few types from the Scriptures.
1. When Israel was in captivity in Egypt they were supposed to have a redeemer but none knew who it was. When the fullness of time came, God revealed it first to Moses and a message given to him so that he could take the people out of Egypt. The people also found his call to be Scriptural (Exodus 3 and 4).
2. How do we know that John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ? The revelation of the ministry of John the Baptist came first to him and he called himself the Voice in the Wilderness (Matthew 3: 3, John 1: 23). He had a message to prepare the people and only that message proved that he was the messenger. It was not possible for John the Baptist to be the messenger of Malachi 3 and some one else to have the first revelation of his message and vice versa. The message and the messenger are one. You cannot separate the message from the messenger. Jesus Christ confirmed and vindicated that John was the Elijah for those days.
3. In the temple, Jesus took the scroll and read from it. He was the messenger for that age with a message. When He took the scroll, He read from Isaiah the things concerning Himself and said, “This day this scripture is fulfilled” (Luke 4:16 – 21), even though none understood it. The revelation came to Him first and He passed on the message. Therefore it implies that one can find out the messenger only by the message He has.
4. If a certain message is given to a person, he is the messenger since the messenger and the message are inseparable. If Bro. Branham is the Elijah of Malachi 4, the Angel to the 7th Church age or the Forerunner to the Second coming of Christ, it is not because of any claim but because he had the message to prepare the people for the Lord and lead them back to the Word, taking all the loose ends and joining them.
5. Until this day, the whole Christendom has believed that Jesus was of the seed of David. But it was revealed to Bro. R. Paulaseer Lawrie that Jesus was not of the seed of David, but the seed conceived by the Holy Spirit. He also revealed that the Word had to descend and unite with the true chosen Seed of David who had to be purified totally by the Blood of Jesus Christ.
6. A lot of things had happened during the first Moon-landing and God revealed to Bro. Lawrie that He would descend to the earth into him when man first landed on the moon. About that period, a Mount of Transfiguration incident also was reported. When Bro. Lawrie was preaching on the 23rd Psalm, flames of fire went forth from his eyes and he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun. People may ask, “How do you know that Bro. R. P. Lawrie is of the tribe of Judah or of the lineage of David”?
Let us take an example from the Bible. We say that Jesus was born to a virgin, but how could you prove it? No one ever did see it nor did the people come to know about it openly since it was a sin unto death for a virgin to be found with child those days. But God gave Joseph to Mary for protection and only they could have divulged this secret to the inner circle in the ministry of Jesus Christ. But when the people accepted Jesus Christ they knew Him only by His Word, His message and His Power and not by the carnal manifestations.
In the same way, you can know the chosen Son of David only by the Word revealed to him and through him and not by worldly records of genealogy. There are people who would not believe even if they were shown records of birth. It comes only by the revelation of the Word.
|THE JEWS AND THE SON OF DAVID|
Most of the Christians believe that the Jews as a nation will receive Jesus Christ directly some day. That is not really so. The Jews have been waiting for the coming of the Son of David all along. When they get the revelation about the Son of David and receive him then they will understand that it is the same Jesus whom they had crucified 2000 years ago. We have a good example of this in Joseph.
Joseph was hated and rejected by his brothers. They sold him to some slave traders who took him into Egypt. There he was lifted up to be the Ruler of Egypt. He was given Egyptian apparel of fine linen. He was given an Egyptian name - Zaphnath-paaneah. He was given an Egyptian (Gentile) Bride called Asenath. He was also speaking the Egyptian Language.
When the brothers of Joseph were short of food due to famine, they had to go to Egypt to buy food. They had to approach Zaphnath-paaneah the Egyptian for their family needs. They could not recognize Joseph first because he spoke with them by an interpreter in Egyptian language (Genesis 42: 8, 23). Then Zaphnath-paaneah later made them understand (revealed) that he was the same Joseph whom they had rejected earlier.
Similarly the Jews rejected Jesus Christ and crucified Him in the First Coming. They are waiting for the Son of David. When the Son of David is revealed in the Second Coming to take the Gentile Bride, the Christians reject Him. By then He receives a Kingdom (Revelation 12: 5) and has a Gentile Bride.
There will be Two Witnesses of the Mighty Angel - Christ who will take this Gentile message to the Jews with signs and wonders (Revelation 10: 1-4, 11: 1-6). The Jews will receive the message concerning the Son of David since they are waiting for the True Son of David. Then the Son of David reveals to them that He is the same Jesus whom they had crucified earlier and mourn for what they did to Him 2000 years back (Zechariah 12: 9-14, Revelation 1: 7).
On the other hand, the Christians today are blind to the fulfillment of the Scriptures and miss the whole thing like their Jewish counterparts did. They will totally reject the message and go into perdition and destruction. (Revelation 6: 12-17, 8: 7-13, 9: 1-21, 11: 3-9, 18: 1-24, II Peter 3: 10-12, Malachi 4: 1-6, Luke 21: 33-36).
When John wanted to see the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, he saw the Lamb (Revelation 5: 4-6). Until the opening of the Seven Sealed book, He was the Lamb. But after the breaking of the seals and opening the book, He comes down with the open book as the Lion (Revelation 10: 1-3). The Lion and the Lamb are different in appearance and characteristics.
When John the Apostle wanted to see the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, he saw the Lamb with the sealed book (Revelation 5: 5-7, 6:1). Now if you want to know the True Christ, you will find the Lion of the Tribe of Judah with the open book (Revelation 10: 1-4).
In the First Coming of Christ, the Jews were waiting for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and missed the Lamb of God. In the Second Coming, the Christians who are looking for the Lamb of God will miss the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. What an irony!
In the First Coming of Christ the message was brought from the Jews to the Gentiles who received it. Apostle Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles. He was not one among the twelve. In the Second Coming of Christ, this Gentile message will be taken by the foreordained Two Witnesses to the Jews who will receive it.
All this is possible according to the plan and promises of God only if the Word becomes flesh in the physical Son of David. This part of the plan of redemption in the Book from the Mighty Angel (Lion) which John ate up must have been something John found to be bitter in the belly even though it tasted sweet as honey in the mouth (Revelation 10: 8-11).
It is not a great thing to take a sinless person and make him the Holy One. The greatness of God lies in choosing a sinner and cleansing and purifying him with His own blood and making him Holy so that the Word could unite with Him. This is really a bitter pill.
John was asked to take the open book from the hand of the Mighty Angel and eat it up. If the Seventh Angel had revealed all from the Book as some people claim, what was the need for John (Bride) to take the whole book from Christ the Mighty Angel and eat it up? What the Seventh Angel could not reveal and left out is given directly by Christ the Son of David. The Bride of Christ gets the Truth in its wholeness directly from Christ, the Bridegroom.
The Coming of Christ is the Stone untouched by human hand that fills the earth which is mentioned in the Book of Daniel (Daniel 2: 44-45). This True Religion will begin with the New Name of this Person who is revealed as Christ, the Son of David and that will be the New accepted Name of God for Worship and Power (Revelation 3: 12, 19: 11-13).
The Power of God will be manifested among the Bride of Christ in the New Name in a Mighty and Unprecedented manner with people even having their missing limbs restored by God's Power of Creation.
These great events of resurrection, the Glorification of the Son of Man, and subsequent Rapture of the Saints (John 7: 39, 12: 16,23,28, 13: 31,32, 17: 5, Revelation 12: 1-5, I Thessalonians 4: 14-17) will be carried over to the Jews by the Two Witnesses with the spirits of Moses and Elijah respectively (Revelation 10: 1-11, 11: 1-6, Matthew 16: 27-28, 17: 1-3, Daniel 12: 1-13). But the Bride of Christ will have their bodies transformed and will put on immortality.
I have given you the outline. Therefore Dearly Beloved in Christ, take your time and meditate on the Word of God and ask God to reveal to you the reality or truthfulness of these things. The Bereans did just that (Acts 17: 10-12). Since this matter is of vital importance to our souls and is a matter between life and death let us look into it and search the Scriptures without bias and prejudice. God is the author and finisher of our Faith. Daniel always waited on the Lord to understand His revelations.
Let peace and sobriety prevail so that we may understand how the Lord deals with us in these last days. Even though it may sound as something hitherto unheard of, it is a fact meant for the Bride of Christ for whom the Thunder Mysteries are kept. May God bless you and help you to see all His Glorious secrets meant for the Bride.
If God has touched your heart through this message, cast down all your self will, repent deeply of your sins and backslidings. Let God occupy the throne-room of your life so that you may be concerned about His honour, trusting wholly in God and depending on and exalting Him alone like King David. Then you will be a partaker of the blessings promised to King David.
If you have found this message to be a blessing, kindly pass it on to your friends and loved ones.
|Yours in Christ's Eternal Love|
|Bro. Deva-Evu M. Lawrie|
|GOD BLESS YOU !|