Revelation Lesson 27 Day 2
Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,
3. The angel carried John away in the spirit to a great, high mountain.
One of the seven angelic messengers who brought a bowl judgment came to him and carried him away in the spirit to show him the new Jerusalem.
4. A. John says he was “in the spirit” four times:
John heard a loud trumpet-like voice behind him saying, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches.”
Two things stood out to me when I read these verses:
The voice came from behind him. I’ve heard (not audibly, but distinctly in my spirit) from behind on two occasions. That’s always caused me to wonder since Jesus told Satan to get behind Him. (Of course, that means Satan wasn’t behind him before.)
Hearing God’s Voice
When the Holy Spirit speaks to us, the words sound like our own inner voice. We learn it isn’t our thought because the thought isn’t the way we think.
So when we hear something that seems to originate outside of us, we need to discern whether the source is of God or not. Both times it happened to me, it arrested my attention enough to make my adrenaline to kick in.
The inner voice is the Holy Spirit. The outer voice is likely an angelic messenger. (Just my two cents.)
In John’s case, it was Jesus. The message instructed him what to write and to whom he should send it.
All I heard was, “write!” Then, I asked, “write what?” I didn’t get an answer for several years, so I just wrote. (I think the in-between years were practice and learning to navigate the technology.) ;-)
John was already seeing a vision when he heard Jesus (the trumpet-like voice) invite him to “Come up here”. Immediately, he was in the spirit standing before the heavenly throne in all its glory. What a captivating scene! Don’t you want to see that? I know, I do.
This time, John’s spirit is carried away into a wilderness where he saw the vision of the scarlet woman sitting on the beast.
One of the seven angelic messengers who brought a bowl judgment came to him and carried him away in the spirit to show him the new Jerusalem. The angel said, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
B. Comparison of the woman in Revelation 17:1-6 and the bride in Revelation 21:9-10
—In the first scene, John saw judgment against the mother of whores and abominations of the earth.
—Although she was a stunning beauty, she was impure in every way possible.
—She was drunk on the blood of the martyred saints.
—Her lover was a blasphemous, power-hungry, wicked murderer of the saints.
—In the second scene, John saw a pure bride dressed in white.
—The Holy City of Jerusalem is the place God prepared for His bride, “resplendent with the bright glory of God”. (MSG)
—The woman is the bride of the holy, sinless Lamb of God.
“The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God].” Proverbs 10:22 AMP
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