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A Trip Without Baggage

  1. 1. <ul><li>REVELATION 21:10-13 </li></ul><ul><li>NEW JERUSALEM—12 GATES </li></ul><ul><li>12 GATES—12 SONS OF JACOBS </li></ul>A TRIP WITHOUT BAGGAGE
  2. 2. NAMES—12 TRIBES OF JACOB: REVELATION 7:1- 4 - 8
  3. 3. 144, 000 SEALED—ISRAEL <ul><li>WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SEALED? </li></ul><ul><li>(Revelation 7:2.) Seal Is a Settling Into Truth.--Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming </li></ul><ul><li>(MS 173, 1902). {4BC 1161.6} </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHO ARE THOSE BEING SEALED? 144, 000—12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL [SPIRITUAL]
  5. 5. WHEN WILL THE 144, 000 LIVE IN IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD? <ul><li>THEY WILL LIVE DURING THE GREAT TRIBULATION—PRIOR TO THE COMING OF JESUS </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WILL BE THOSE WHO WITNESS THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST IN ALL HIS GLORY </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WILL GO THROUGH THE GREAT TRIBULATION [JACOB’S TIME OF TROUBLE] </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WILL LIVE AND REIGN WITH CHRIST </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 6:15-17 </li></ul>
  6. 6. SO THEN, WHO WILL LIVE THROUGH THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES [THE OUTPOURING OF GOD’S WRATH]? REVELATION 7:1-8
  7. 7. ARE THEY LITERAL JEWS— 144, 000 ? <ul><li>IS THIS GOD’S FINAL PLAN FOR THE LITERAL RESCUING OF THE JEWISH NATION? </li></ul><ul><li>RATHER, IS THIS REFERRING TO SPIRITUAL ISRAELITES, WHO HAVE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE 12 TRIBES—SONS OF JACOB. THESE ARE THOSE WHO SHALL BE GLORIFIED. </li></ul>
  8. 8. WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT DEFINITION—ISRAEL? <ul><li>ROMANS 2:28, 29 </li></ul><ul><li>GALATIANS 3:16, 27, 29 [SEED—CHRIST] </li></ul><ul><li>DOES THAT SEED EXCLUDE GENTILES—US? </li></ul><ul><li>HENCE—ISRAEL IS NOT DEFINED BY ITS: </li></ul><ul><li>SURNAME </li></ul><ul><li>PLACE </li></ul><ul><li>BLOOD </li></ul><ul><li>DRESS </li></ul><ul><li>CULTURE </li></ul>
  9. 9. IS IT NOT BY A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP OF WHICH ISRAEL IS DEFINED? <ul><li>HERETOFORE, WOULDN’T THE ABOVE DEFINITION APPLY TO THE 144, 000—SEALED ? </li></ul><ul><li>ROMANS 9:6-8 </li></ul><ul><li>JOHN 8:31-41 </li></ul><ul><li>RELATIONAL JEWS! </li></ul>
  10. 10. CHARACTERISTICS: PERSONAL PROFILING VERIFICATION <ul><li>REVELATION 21:12 </li></ul><ul><li>ACCORDING TO REVELATION 21:12, WHO WILL BE ALLOWED BY THE ANGELS INTO THE CITY? </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 22:14 </li></ul>
  11. 11. THE 12 TRIBES—SONS OF JACOB: DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES <ul><li>WHY WOULD GOD HAVE THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL—JACOB’S [12 SONS] IMMORTALIZED ON EVERY GATE OF THAT CITY? </li></ul><ul><li>WEREN’T THEY SINNERS? </li></ul><ul><li>HAS GOD BEEN FAIR IN HIS DEALINGS WITH LUCIFER? </li></ul><ul><li>WHY CAST OUT THE FATHER OF SIN [ LUCIFER ] DOWN TO EARTH—AND YET ADMIT SINNERS [ 12 TRIBES ] IN? </li></ul>
  12. 12. DISSECTING —CHARACTERISTICS & PERSONALITIES—12 TRIBES <ul><li>THEY WERE—COVETOUS </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WERE ENVIOUS </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WERE LIERS </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WERE MURDERERS—COLD BLOODED KILLERS [GENESIS 34:25-31] </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WERE THIEVES </li></ul><ul><li>REUBEN SLEPT WITH HIS FATHER’S WIFE </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WERE MERCILESS SONS—THE TREATMENT OF JOSEPH BY HIS BROTHERS </li></ul><ul><li>JUDAH LAID WITH HIS DAUGHTER IN LAW—THINKING SHE WAS A PROSTITUTE </li></ul>
  13. 13. ALL FOUR MOTHERS [GENESIS 29 & 30] WERE EMBROILED IN CHILD-BEARING FEUD <ul><li>AND YET THEIR NAMES ARE IMMORTALIZED ON THE GATES OF THAT HEAVENLY CITY? </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT WENT WRONG? </li></ul>
  14. 14. IT’S ONLY FAIR THAT THOSE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY WOULD BE ASKING QUESTIONS… HOW COULD GOD ALLOW MURDERERS, THIEVES, LIERS, ETC, TO INHERIT THAT CITY, WHEN THEIR SINFUL DEEDS HAVE BEEN WORSE OFF THAN OURS?
  15. 15. REVELATION 21:7, 8 <ul><li>THOSE WITHIN THE CITY—REVELATION 2:7 </li></ul><ul><li>He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT THINGS DID THEY OVERCOME? </li></ul><ul><li>THOSE WITHOUT THE CITY VS.8 </li></ul><ul><li>But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. </li></ul>
  16. 16. OVERCOMERS: REVELATION 2 & 3 <ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH VS. 7 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH VS. 11 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH VS. 17 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH VS. 26 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH—CHAP. 3:5 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH—CHAP. 3:12 </li></ul><ul><li>TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH—CHAP. 3:21 </li></ul><ul><li>SEVEN TIMES: DOES THAT RING A BELL? </li></ul>
  17. 17. WHAT IS GOD’S CONDITION FOR EATING OF THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF LIFE? REVELATION 22:14, 15 <ul><li>NEW JERUSALEM—12 GATES </li></ul><ul><li>EACH GATE REPRESENTS ONE OF THOSE SONS OF JACOB </li></ul><ul><li>144, 000 IS A COMPOSITE OF THE 12 TRIBES—JACOB </li></ul><ul><li>144, 000 WILL BE ALIVE WHEN JESUS RETURNS </li></ul><ul><li>144, 000 WILL HAVE THE SEAL [SPIRITUAL MARK] OF GOD </li></ul><ul><li>144, 000 ARE NOT LITERAL JEWS </li></ul><ul><li>NEW TESTAMENT DEFINITION—JEWS—THOSE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST—SAVIOR </li></ul><ul><li>ANGELS—GATES… GUIDING THE SAINTS </li></ul><ul><li>THOSE WHO ENTER THROUGH THE GATES ARE OVERCOMERS </li></ul>
  18. 18. OVERCOMERS— MUST OVERCOME S I N THROUGH CHRIST <ul><li>CARNAL TENDENCIES: </li></ul><ul><li>INHERITANCE </li></ul><ul><li>CULTIVATION </li></ul><ul><li>COERCION </li></ul>
  19. 19. IS EVERYONE GOING TO ENTER THROUGH THE SAME GATE? <ul><li>REVELATION 15:2 & REVELATION 22:14 </li></ul><ul><li>THROUGH WHICH GATE WILL YOU ENTER? </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 49:1, 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ARE THE SONS OF JACOB [ LITERAL ] 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL GOING TO BE ALIVE AT THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH [SEVEN LAST PLAGUES]? </li></ul><ul><li>BUT THEIR PURIFIED INFLUENCE WILL BE ALIVE! </li></ul><ul><li>AND THE PORTRAIT OF THEIR PURIFIED CHARACTERISTICS WILL BE ALIVE! </li></ul>
  20. 20. 12 SONS—JACOB PERSONALITY PROFILE <ul><li>YOUR SPECIFIC PERSONALITY PROFILE WILL DETERMINE WHICH GATE YOU GO THROUGH </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE: SIMEON/LEVI—SHORT-FUSED PERSONALITY [BAD TEMPER/HYPER] </li></ul><ul><li>THESE TWO [SIMEON/LEVI] WIPED OUT AN ENTIRE NATION BECAUSE ONE MAN VIOLATED THEIR SISTER [GENESIS 34:24-31] </li></ul><ul><li>REUBEN—BACKBONE OF A JELLYFISH </li></ul>
  21. 21. TWO SONS—12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL—MISSING—WHY? <ul><li>THE SON—TRIBE OF DAN — BACKBITER </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 49:17 & PSALMS 104:26 </li></ul><ul><li>THE SON—TRIBE OF EPHRAIM — IDOL WORSHIPER </li></ul><ul><li>HOSEA 4:17 </li></ul>
  22. 22. REVELATION 22:14 & 7:14 TWO TRANSLATIONS <ul><li>REVELATION 7:14 “WASH THEIR ROBES” </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 22:14 “KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS” </li></ul><ul><li>WHICH OF THE TWO TRANSLATIONS IS CORRECT? </li></ul><ul><li>BOTH </li></ul>
  23. 23. HERE’S WHY… <ul><li>WHEN ANYONE ACCEPTS JESUS AS HIS/HER PERSONAL SAVIOR, IMMEDIATELY, THE PROCESS OF JUSTIFICATION BEGINS. HIS/HER SINS ARE CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB. </li></ul><ul><li>OBEDIENCE TO ALL OF GOD’S COMMANDS LEADS TO THE PROCESS OF SANCTIFICATION. ONLY THROUGH CHRIST’ BLOOD AND POWER IS THE SINNER NOW ABLE TO OVERCOME. </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 12:17 & REVELATION 14:12 </li></ul>
  24. 24. WERE THE SINS OF JACOB’S 12—SONS CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB? <ul><li>DID THEIR LIVES ALSO CHANGED? </li></ul><ul><li>WERE THEY ABLE TO OVERCOME? </li></ul><ul><li>WERE THEIR NAMES IMMORTALIZED ON THE GATES OF THE CITY? </li></ul>
  25. 25. A STATE OF BEING VERSUS ACTING <ul><li>REVELATION 22:11— STATE OF BEING </li></ul><ul><li>He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 22:11— ACTION </li></ul><ul><li>He that is unjust, let him continue to act unjustly still: and he which is filthy, let him continue to act filthy still : and he that is righteous, let him continue to act righteous still : and he that is holy, let him continue to act holy still . </li></ul>
  26. 26. TRANSITION TEXTS: A STATE OF BEING—TO A STATE OF ACTING <ul><li>JEREMIAH 13:23 </li></ul><ul><li>COLOSSIANS 3:1, 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ISAIAH 26:1-3 </li></ul>
  27. 27. PSALMS 15:1-5 <ul><li>LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill ? He that walketh uprightly , and worketh righteousness , and speaketh the truth in his heart. [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour . In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not . [He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent . He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved . </li></ul>
  28. 28. WHO ARE THOSE ABLE TO STAND—JEWISH NATION OR SPIRITUAL JEWS—144, 000? <ul><li>REVELATION 14:1 </li></ul><ul><li>And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads . </li></ul><ul><li>ARE THESE PEOPLE [ABOVE] LITERAL OR SPIRITUAL ISRAEL? </li></ul><ul><li>REVELATION 6:17 </li></ul><ul><li>For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? </li></ul>
  29. 29. ISAIAH 60:18 REVELATION 19:1,2 & REVELATION 21:21 <ul><li>WHY A PEARL ON EACH GATE—HOW IS A PEARL FORMED? </li></ul><ul><li>The formation of a pearl begins when a foreign substance such as a parasite …lodges itself in the soft body of an oyster. In response to such irritation , the oyster attempts to protect itself by secreting pearl nacre, a smooth crystalline substance. When found, they are usually heirloom pieces commanding extraordinarily high prices . </li></ul>
  30. 30. WHAT DOES THE FORMATION OF A PEARL HAVE TO DO WITH PEARLY GATES? <ul><li>ACTS 14:22 </li></ul><ul><li>Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God . </li></ul><ul><li>WHO ARE THOSE GOING TO DWELL IN THAT CITY? MATHEW 5:8 </li></ul>
  31. 31. THOSE WITH IMPURE HEARTS, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? <ul><li> REVELATION 6:15, 16 </li></ul><ul><li>And the kings of the earth, and the great men , and the rich men , and the chief captains , and the mighty men , and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us , and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb : </li></ul>
  32. 32. GREAT MEN– STAND UP AND FIGHT—NOW TAKE FLIGHT, WHY? <ul><li>THEY ARE AFRAID—LAMB—THRONE! </li></ul><ul><li>WITHOUT HOLINESS—MAN IS UNABLE TO STAND IN GOD’S PRESENCE— </li></ul><ul><li>HEBREWS 12:14 </li></ul><ul><li>WITHOUT HOPE [HEAVENLY] MAN IS UNABLE TO SEE GOD’S FACE—1 JOHN 3:3 </li></ul><ul><li>WITHOUT HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS—HIS CHURCH CANNOT BE SPOTLESS OR WRINKLE-FREE—EPHESIANS 5:1-33 </li></ul>
  33. 33. WITHOUT FAITH IN HIS CLEANSING BLOOD AND POWER—DIVINE PERFECTION IS UNATTAINABLE PHILIPPIANS 4:13
  34. 34. PASSENGERS TRAVELING TO HEAVEN—FIRST CLASS—NO BAGGAGE <ul><li>HEBREWS 11:5 </li></ul><ul><li>By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God . </li></ul><ul><li>GENESIS 5:24 </li></ul><ul><li>And Enoch walked with God : and he [was] not; for God took him. </li></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>BY MANNER OF DRESS—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF MUSIC—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF WORSHIP—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF ENTERTAINMENT—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF SPEECH—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF SPIRIT—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF BEHAVIOUR—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF THOUGHT—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF PERCEPTION—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF TASTE—HOLY </li></ul><ul><li>BY MANNER OF LIFESTYLE—HOLY </li></ul>A TRIP WITHOUT BAGGAGE— ENOCH
  36. 36. A TRIP WITHOUT BAGGAGE
  37. 37. ENOCH—HOLY LIFE—SIN-CURSED EARTH— YES ! <ul><li>QUESTION: IS THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST UNDER THE SAME OBLIGATION AS WAS ENOCH? </li></ul><ul><li>“ GOD WILL MAKE PERFECT ONLY THOSE WHO WILL DIE TO SELF” (MS 16, 1900). </li></ul><ul><li>HERE’S THE QUESTION: ARE YOU WILLING TO LET GO OF SELF AND LATCH ON TO THE SAVIOR? </li></ul>

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