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THE LION, THE LAMB, AND THE SEVEN SEALS
"Now have the seals been broken; now is the sealed book open. Hear now, my people, and I will show you the mystery of the seals as they relate to my end-time purposes. The seals have a double fulfillment: one is the overall historical, covering the period from the days of the increasing alignment of church with the powers of state in the fourth century until the end of the present age, and the other is the short term end-time fulfillment. For I conform all things to the basic pattern of truth which is recorded in My Word. Therefore hear, and I will show you the ‘seals' and their fulfillment during the years that you are living; in the end-time period of the present age.
You shall note that it was the Lion of the tribe of Judah who prevailed to open the seven-sealed book (Rev. 5:5), yet it was a Lamb who took the book, or scroll, from the hand of Him that sat on the throne and opened the seals thereof (Rev. 5:6-7, 6:1). What does this portray? It portrays the truth of Jesus' ministry as King-priest (Heb. 5:10, 7:1-2). As a priest, He is the Lamb of God who gave Himself as the perfect sacrifice on the cross and who ever lives to make intercession for the redeemed (Heb. 7:25-27). As a King, He is the Lion of the tribe of
who reigns on the throne of David (Isa. 9:6-7, Luke 1:31-33). Now, during this dispensation of redemption, His Lamb ministry predominates; that is why He is seen as a Lamb (Rev. 5:6). But as the present dispensation draws to a close, and the seals of judgment are opened to bring to an end the mis-rule of man, it is the Lion ministry that begins to prevail; for Jesus the King begins to actively take over that which is rightfully His. He begins to exert the power and authority which was given to Him after His resurrection (Matt. 28:18), in such a way as to completely eliminate the usurpation of Satan-controlled man, and exercise His own right as King. It is during the end-time period of the seals and the trumpets that forces of judgment are set in motion, so that man's civilization will utterly collapse, and thus finally it becomes fulfilled that ‘the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and he shall reign for the eons.’ (Rev. 11:15). The lion nature of Jesus' ruling authority must be made manifest, and this begins to prevail as the seals are opened, but it does not completely predominate until all rival rule and authority has been put down. First, His Lamb ministry of redemption must be completely fulfilled for the present age, even though His Lion ministry of Kingship begins to come to the fore. Judah
This, my people, must also be the pattern in your own lives. First, you must fulfill the pattern of the Lamb. You must learn submission, meekness, sacrifice, and willingness to hear and follow the voice of the Shepherd (John 10:27), or you will never enter the Lion ministry of joint-rulership with Christ. If you are fully yielded and prepared as a Lamb, then you shall come forth in that end-time ministry of power, boldness and authority which is symbolized by the Lion. The fact that the Lion of the tribe of Judah has begun to exercise His prerogatives will be manifested on the earth, not only by judgments upon man's civilization, but also by the bringing forth of a people who shall enter into spiritual realms of 'ruling with Christ’ that no people have ever experienced before, and which shall cause a spiritual 'shaking' and revival unprecedented in human history. Great shall be the glory, power, and dominion which shall be shown forth by a people who have first come into the fullness of the Lamb nature of full submission, and then are moved into the Lion ministry of the Lord's end-time glorious church.
The preceding is portrayed in the vision which John saw of the ‘mighty messenger’ with the ‘little book open.' (Rev. 10:1-2). The mighty Messenger, who is preparing an end-time Body through the unveiling of the end-time message of the little book, is seen, crying with a loud voice 'as when a lion roars.' (Rev. 10:3). And when He had cried 'seven thunders uttered their voices.' Here is portrayed a people, responding to the vibratory pitch of the Lion of the tribe of
, and entering into the lion ministry of the seven thunders. No longer meek and lamb-like before the world, but bold as a lion and with Kingly power and authority. Yet, the Lion and the Lamb must 'lie down' together in every member of that Body. (See Isa. 11:6). For unto the Lord Himself, they shall ever be lamb-like; submissive, obedient, hearing only His voice; but unto the world they shall manifest the Lion-like nature of Kingly authority, ruling power, regal bearing, and a Word ministry of spiritual vitality and liberating dynamic. But this shall come forth only in a people thoroughly prepared by the Lord, and who have learned to live and walk in the Spirit, giving themselves in totality to the call of the Spirit upon their lives. Judah
[the first seal]
Now let me show you the seals and their fulfillment in this end time. When the first seal was opened, John heard one of the four living creatures which surrounded the throne saying, 'Come and see' (Rev. 6:1). Symbolically, John was to go to a certain geographical area where he would see, that which was to unfold on the stage of history. He then saw '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' (Rev. 6:2). The horse was white, which speaks of the power of war or conflict and conquest with a religious motivation. The rider was given a bow and crowned to go forth conquering and to conquer. That is, the desired goal of conquering would not be fully realized, but the desire would be there. Here is a picture of the church militant: the church trying to further its cause by alliance with military government and power, with the excuse that its motive is to bring the Christian religion to conquered foes. Since the days that the church first apostatized and went in to the state, committing fornication with kings and rulers, and making flesh its arm, it has sought to further its interests by the power of the sword (or bow). Millions have been slain down through this age by the church militant as it has taken advantage of force and conquest in alliance with government power. So has the white horse and its rider gone forth down through history.
But consider now, says the Lord, the end-time application of the white horse as it relates to the unleashing of those forces which are helping to gather the nations to Armageddon. The white horse began to march when Mussolini, with a workable understanding with the
, went forth conquering and to conquer. Although he failed to fully achieve his objectives, when he set forth on his expansionist dreams, the seal was broken in its end-time application. The stage was being set for titanic conflict and forces unto judgment were set in motion, the effects of which shall continue until the end. This will be more fully explained later. Vatican
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