Shows us the High Priest walking among the candlesticks who cleansed us with his blood (not specific to a specific section of Sanctuary)
Vs. 4-5 Comes from 3 members of Godhead, one of which is symbolized by the 7 spirits before the throne.
v. 5-6 Loves us, released us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever.
Vs. 12 7 Jesus is walking among the 7 lampstands
Vs. 13 Jesus’ clothing is ‘High Priest’ attire. Only in OT with ref. To High Priest
3:8 Open Door which no one can shut
3:12 Overcomer becomes a pillar in the temple
3:5 Overcomer wears white robes
Ongoing worship in the Holy Place (lamps of fire, shew-bread, sea) before the throne, which is interrupted by the question of who can take the book and the innaugeration of Jesus as the High Priest and the Sanctuary. 4:1 Door open in heaven
4:4 24 Elders 24 courses of priests in the Old Testament
4:5 7 Lamps of Fire=7 Spirits of God
—Shewbread was before the candlesticks
4:6 Sea of glass before the throne. Laver, the ‘great sea’ was in the Court, before the Holy Place which contained the Table of Shewbread, God’s throne.
—Ex 38:8 And he made the laverof brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
2Ki 16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon a pavement of stones.
—Psalm 23: Thou preparest me a table in the presence of mine enemies!
—Compare 8:3 with 4:5. What do you notice? Thrones in both!
5:6 Lamb slain Note Progression 4:1 begins with the throne (HP)
4:5 7 lamps of fire
4:6 Great Sea (Courtyard)
5:6 Lamp Slain (Altar)
Christ had to come from the courtyard into the Holy Place to take the book.
Note: Rev 4 & 5 are both ‘worship-scenes’
Note: Rev 4 & 5 is the innaugeration of both Priest and Sanctuary
Ministry of Jesus in the Holy Place during the opening of the 7 seals
Passover? Unleavened bread?
V 6 Grain, oil are sanctuary items
v. 9 Souls slain under the altar
Vs. 9 Palm branches with great multitude with palm branches (Tabernacles had a great multitude with palm branches & booths)
8:3 Altar of Incense before the throne & Golden Censer (think of orientation—candlesticks are opposite to the shewbread; Altar of incense before ark of covenant
One of last acts of HP on Day of Atonement was to throw coals and incense from censer into courtyard
Angel, ‘much incense was given to him’. Angel=Christ
Abyss (banishment from the Camp of the Scapegoat?)
—Following day of atonement any person who didn’t accept the atonement was banished from the camp into the wilderness. In that wilderness were scorpions and snakes…
9:13 6th Angel sounds from the 4 horns of the golden altar before God (Incense)
vs. 10 Scorpion’s power is in tails. V. 19 Horses tails have power.
Vs. 1 Temple of God measured
Vs. 2 Court not measured: Trampled of Gentiles
Vs 16-17 Worship Scene
Vs 18-19 Judgment linked with the opening of the temple of God
Could it be that Each Sanctuary/worship scene is the preview of a period of events.
The Innaugeration scene (4-7), a preview of early church and medieval times.
The altar/incense scene a preview of 12-14?
What if each worship scene is the culmination of the work carried out in one of the divisions of the sanctuary.
4-5 Culmination of the Sacrifice Phase of the Courtyard
14:15 Angel who commands the harvest comes out of the temple
14:17 Angel comes out of the temple with a sickle
14:18 Another angel comes from altar
3SM 172 3rd par Rev 14:12 “The Faith of Jesus. It is talked of but not understood. What constitutes the faith of Jesus that belongs to the third angel’s message? Jesus becoming our sin-bearer that he may become our sin-pardoning saviour. He was treated as we deserve to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins that we might take his righteousness, and faith in the ability of Christ to save us amply, fully, and entirely, is the faith of Jesus.”
Saints on Sea of Glass
Song of Moses & Lamb
Vs. 5 Temple of tabernacle of testimony in heaven opened.
7 angels in linen come out of the temple carrying golden bowls with Wrath of God. (Plagues)
Ex 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
-Temple filled filled with smoke of glory of God until 7 plagues finished
Note: Is there any rx to cleansing of temple on day of atonement?