I. The 7th Seal
When He (JesusRev.5:114; 6:1-17) had "opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the
space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven
trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given
unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar
which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints,
ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
A. This is day of atonement language
Note: This not just King James Language, this Bible Language. This (Rev.8:3-4) is what only Aaron
the high priest did once a year (Heb.9:7-10) on the day of Atonement, on 10th day of the seventh, in the
Feast of Tabernacles. (Lev.16:1-34 / Note.v.10-12; 23:1-44) This is the interpretation of what was happen
-ing during the half silence in heaven. (Review: PHASE 10 for explanation of chart)
1. This took place in the Tabernacle of Moses
Only on the day of atonement "Aaron the high priest was to "take a censer full of burning coals
of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring
it within the vail:
...he (the High Priest) shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the
incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not." (Lev.16:12-13) Note:
Throughout the year Aaron offered (burned) incense daily on the golden altar, "before the Vail"
(Exod.40:26) but not before the throne / Ark. (Rev.8:3)
2. This was a "pattern of things in the heavens." (Heb.9:23)
The apostle (Acts.2:42) John was seeing the "true" Tabernacle "that Lord pitched and not man"
(Heb.8:1-5; 9:22-24, Rev.8:1-4, Heb.8:1-5; 9:1-26, Eph.1:3; 2:6, Col.3:1-2) which was foreshadowed by
the earthly Tabernacle of Moses. (Heb.8:1-5; 9:1-26; 10:1)
C. This "day" (i.e. 7th. Seal) has not happened yet
Part of the Day of Atonement has happened, (i.e. the goat killed for the sin offering / Jesus) but
there is still parts of this day that has not. (Review: The Phase 4 / The Vail, Page 9b) John was "in the
Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet..."(Rev.1:10) and he said
"a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking
with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
(i.e. This has not happened yet) Rev.4:1-2
D. Who is this angel? (Rev.8:1-4)
This is not an angel like what we traditional think. This "angel" is functioning in the office held
only by the High Priest on "the day" (Heb.10:25) of atonement.(Lev.10:1-2; 16:1-2; 16:12-13, Heb.9:7)
Angels cannot hold this position, they cannot bring atonement. (Heb.1:1-14) The Book of Hebrews
that was inspired by the Spirit of God (2Tim.3:16-17) establishes this and places Jesus as the only High
Priest that God the Father accepts to bring atonement. All others are rejected.
1. The proper place of "angels"
Angels have their place in both the Old Testaments (Exod.3:2) and New Covenants (Gal.1:1-8; 3:19,
Col.2:18, Heb.1:5-6; 2:16) However, Paul the apostle and wise master builder (architect) warns against
given angels the preeminence over Christ. (Col.1:18; 2:18) They cannot and do not redeem you! The
pattern ("ensample" type, model, blueprint requires the High Priest to atone. Anyone else will be
devoured by fire. (Lev.10:1-2: 16:1-2)
2. This "angel" is Christ Jesus our High Priest
Jesus (Heb.2:17; 3:1; 4:14-16; 7:22-28; 9:1-26) completes(Matt.5:17-19) the "shadow" (Col.2:16-17) of
the day of atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles. If it were some else, fire would have come out from
the Lord,"devoured them." (Lev.10: 1-2; 16:1-2)
E. The day of atonement is ("the day" approaching! Heb.10:25)
The day of atonement (Lev.16:1-33) was when Israel as a "Nation" (Lev.16:30) and "Sanctuary(Dan.8:14,
26-27) was collectively cleansed of "all" their sin. This foreshadows the future cleansing (1Peter.4:17,
Matt.13:24-30, 36-43) of the Church (the Holy Nation -1Peter.2:9 / the "Sanctuary" Eph.2:20-22, 1Peter.2:5)
"all" sin qualifying her to be "presented"(Eph.5:27, 33, Gen.2:22, 1Cor.15:45, 2Cor.11:3) as "a chaste
(innocent,modest, perfect:—chaste, clean, pure) virgin" to be His Bride.
1. Today there is no "earthly" Sanctuary / Temple to cleanse
The "earthly" Temple in the Jerusalem was destroyed 70 AD, (Matt:23:36-39; 24:1-2, Dan.9:26)never
to be built again because Jesus said that it would be left "desolate" (i.e. solitary, lonely, uninhabited by
God's Glory / presenceMatt.23:36; 27:50-51, Acts.7:47; 17:24) God WILL NEVER return to a building
made with hands.
2. However there is preparation for a spiritual Sanctuary / Temple
It is the Church, which is "the house or Temple" of God(John.2:18-21, 1Cor.3:16-19,
2Cor.6:16, Eph.2:21, 1Tim.3:15) This preparation is taking place in our generation which parallel's
the time of David. (Review: Phase 2, Page 1, 2, 3, 4) David said that the finished (completed, perfect)
Temple (Sanctuary) "must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and...glory" (1Chron.22:5, 2Chron.5:1-14,
1Kings.10:24) The apostle Paul says it is to be, "That he might present it to himself a glorious church,
(Temple, Sanctuary, Bride) not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy
and without blemish." (Eph.5:27) Haggai says, "The glory of this latter house (Church / spiritual
Temple) shall be greater than of the former, (saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace,
saith the Lord of hosts (Haggai.2:1-9, 1Peter.1:10-12, Rom.16:25) There is no place in the Word of God
that proclaims to Church / Sanctuary / Temple to be completed yet. (Matt.16:18, 1Peter.2:5, Eph.2:20-
22)This is still future! (Review: Phase 2, Page.1)
3. When the building is finished, then God will cleanse (Dan.8:13, 26-27) it and filled it
with His Glory
This is foreshadowed in the dedication of Solomon's Temple (REVIEW: PHASE 2,Page 1, 2, 3, 4) in the
7th. month / Feast of Tabernacles. (2Chron.5:1-14, Haggai.1:9, Isa.2:1-2 /1Kings.10:24)
a. Some are looking for a rebuilding of the "natural" Solomon's Temple
"While we look not at the things which are seen, (a natural building) but at the things which are
not seen: (The spiritual building) for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which
are not seen are eternal. Acts.7:47, Haggai prophesied that Solomon's is nothing in comparison with
the latter house. (The Church / Bride) REVIEW: PHASE 6
b. This study is looking for the "spiritual" Solomon's Temple. (The Glorious Church)
F. Why does the Church need to be cleansed? (REVIEW: PHASE 11)
It is because the Church (that has been Saved, Water Baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost
Acts.2:38-42) still has spots, (Jude.1:3-4,11-12, 2Peter.2:1-13) wrinkles, blemishes. (Eph.5:27),
corruption(2Cor.2:17), tares(Matt.13:24-30, 38-43, 2Peter.2:1-22; 3:16 "or any such thing." Eph.5:27)
These must be removed before the Marriage takes place because Jesus CANNOT be unequally yoked in
Note: All this "leaven" (i.e. spots, wrinkles, corruption, tares Exod.12:15, 1Cor.5:7-8, Col.2:6-8) has
been allowed to creep (Jude.1:1-12) into the Church, the Body of Christ.
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