The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel
Lesson Eighteen part two
Revelation 11:1, 2
The whole of chapter 11 may be an inspired allegory. One thing is certain; the spiritual teachings apply to all Christians of all time. The evidence that Yahweh is always present in his Church is a blessing for all Christians of all time.
Measurements are indicative of carful investigation and scrutiny. Measuring is the only way to know how close something is to its proper standard and ideal. For example, if a doctor prescribes medication, the measurement must be accurate or it won’t do the job it was intended to do. A little too much or a smidgen too little could be a matter of life or death. Exact measurement is important in cooking, in sewing, in construction (as in building, etc.). Try building a picture frame, for instance. If the cut is a fraction of an inch off, it won’t make a perfect angle and the framer has to start over.
Yahweh has an ideal for everything – a standard for us to conform to. Yeshua Ha Mashiach is the Ideal man. HE IS OUR STANDARD, THE MARK OF PERFECTION FOR US TO AIM AT.
The temple, the altar, and the people are measured in chapter 11:1, 2. If we have the date of this writing correct at 60 A.D., the temple was still standing when John was told to measure if. (The veil had been ripped down the center by the earthquake when Yeshua died on the cross, but the building was still standing). John knew the earthly temple was a shadow, or a picture of the spiritual. In the book of John, chapter 2, verses 19 and 20 we read about Yeshua telling the Jews he had the authority to chase the money changers out of the earthly temple because he was the heavenly temple, the one the earthly temple was supposed to be representing. Paul explained[i]that the Church (assembly of Christians) is Yahweh’s house. He instructed the church’s “carpenters” to be careful to build on the foundation who is Yeshua Ha Mashiach. He said, “…eventually there is going to be an inspection.” This could be why John was instructed to measure the temple and its people, and its altar – as an examination. Mashiach is not only the foundation of the temple; he is the standard by which all of the stones are fit together to form the building.
An altar is built for worshiping. The writer to the Hebrews[ii]called the cross the altar where Mashiach poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to Yahweh’s Altar to cleanse the people. In verse 16 the writer says, “God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship…that take place in the kitchen and workplaces and on the street.”
The altar is a symbol of the worship of the Church. Sometimes the Sunday morning worship is a form of worship, lacking the power thereof[iii]. The ideal worship is fervent – on fire, spiritual – reaching up to Yahweh, and sacrificial – giving the best and most to Yahweh.
The people were also measured. The Divine Ideal for the people is the very opposite of those in the outside court who won’t be measured. The outer court of the earthly temple was added by Herod and was the splendor of his temple. It may be wise to remember, too, that Herod wasn’t a Jew. He built the temple t show off his own glory, not Yahweh’s. His temple was a place of commerce (the money changers) and opulence. Only the true Jew could leave the outer court and go into the temple proper.
John is told not to measure the outside court because it’s been turned over to the non-Jewish outsiders who will desecrate the Holy city for forty-two months[iv].
Paul admonished the Corinthians to measure their own selves to make sure they are solid in the faith; and the writer to the Hebrews cautioned them to watch their step[v]. The people her are measured so the Yahweh’s people will be protected. He takes note of his own and keeps the safe in the temple of his love.
“god made men and women to live in community, responding to their Creator with grateful obedience. …even when the human race broke community with its Maker and with one another, God did not forsake it, but out of grace chose one family for the sake of all … God’s own Israel. …God covenanted with Israel …[and] confronted [them] … with the responsibilities of his covenant, judging … while sustaining them by divine grace … God was incarnate in Jesus Christ … proclaim[ing] … in his life and death for others, god’s redeeming love for all people. … [And] through the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit … confronts individuals and societies with Christ’s Lordship of life and calls them to repentance and to obedience to the will of God. The Church of Jesus Christ is the provisional demonstration of what god intends for all humanity[vi].
According to an evangelist on the information highway (I have long ago lost the reference) the human mind is made up of spirit, mind, and soul. The word “soul” is used in the Bible to designate the inner self of a human being and its ordinary relationship with physical and earthly things. The mind (nous) is used to refer to the self in its rational functions. Another word, phroncma (also mind) focuses on the mind in its process of thinking. “Heart” (Kardia) is used is used in the sense of the “self” manifesting a complex of attitudes. The precise meaning of “spirit” (pneuma) is difficult to determine. The term’s most basic meaning is “breeze”, but here is represents a non-material life force. Yahweh is a Spirit and angelic beings can be called “spirits”. Used of humans, the term may represent and individual’s life and self-hood received from Yahweh.[vii]
“Ancient disectionists spoke of the auditory nerve being divided into three or more pathways deeper in the brain … and a third pathway existed to the soul itself might hear guidance and gain knowledge while here on earth.
”Listen then with soul hearing now …”[viii]
- According to the information given by the evangelists I mentioned above, the spirit of the human mind is controlled by our individual spirits. The heart is controlled by our individual thoughts. And the human soul is controlled by our actions or the other way around.
- The un-believer’s mind[ix] has self-centered thoughts and self-centered actions.
- On the other hand, the believers mind[x] has Yahweh’s Spirit to control the spirit, Yahweh-centered thoughts to control the heart, and Yahweh-centered actions to govern the soul. This gives the believer single-mindedness.
- But if the believer is double-minded[xi] , hisspirit is Yahweh-centered but he may choose to control his soul with self-centered actions.
- The believer has a choice. If he or she chooses to disobey, doubt, and worship and serve other gods (such as angels, spiritualism, money, power, etc.) he is double-minded. If he or she chooses to abbey Yahweh and worship and serve only Yahweh, he or she is single-minded.
- When Yahweh gave the nation of Israel the pattern for the tabernacle, it was a very explicit picture of the human mind centered on his god. As the writer to the Hebrews said, “ …[the worship in the earthly temple] serve [as] an example of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle; foe see, [said] he, that [you] make all things according to the pattern showed [you] on the mount.[xii]” The Altar was fulfilled in the Cross; we see Yeshua, the bread of life, in the showbread; in the golden candlestick: Yeshua, the Light of the world; Yahweh’s presence in the Ark of the Covenant; and in the curtain we see sin that separates us from our god, Yahweh.
- The temple is a picture of the human mind in that the Spirit of Yahweh is the Holy of Holies and gives life to the believer’s spirit. The Holy Place is where our hearts belong[xiii]. The porch between the altar, where sin was paid for, and the Holy Place picture our will power. We must exercise will power to go from redemption at the foot of the cross to freedom in Mashiach where we can live in victory[xiv]. The soul is pictured between the cross and will power where there were eight steps (the number of new beginnings) up to the porch. The inner court is where the altar is. It is where our bodies come for life through the cross.[xv]
- When a person is born of the spirit[xvi]Yahweh, the triune God[xvii]takes his place in the Holy of holies of the believer’s mind.
- The believer has a new spirit and a new heart, the Holy Place where Yahweh’s love, thoughts and power[xviii]have preeminence: the new heart has Yahweh’s life[xix]. The believer also has a new will power governed by Yahweh’s will power[xx], the porch into the Holy Place of the mind. The believer’s soul is governed by the choices he or she makes in the inner court of his mind, the place where he or she makes the decision to set himself or herself apart for Yahweh to remake into his own image[xxi]. Our thoughts, desires, and emotions are the outer court of our minds. In the past our bodies of flesh governed our responses to those brainwaves, longings and passions; but now they are delivered from the bondage of corruption[xxii]. We are now free to live by faith[xxiii].
- A person who is born of the spirit has choices. He or she may choose for self to rule his or her beliefs, aspirations, and feelings. If he or she does, he or she is double-minded. He or she walks after[xxiv] the flesh, quenches the Spirit[xxv], and cuts off Yahweh’s will power.
- A double-minded Christian chooses to live in a dead body instead of living in the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh[xxvi]. A double-minded Christian gives sin the power to destroy.
- Sin has the power to replace peace with guilt because the Holy Spirit probes our hearts and lets us know he is unhappy with our choice when we sin[xxvii]. The old Spanish land-grant farmers and Pueblo of the Southwest (USA) explain the probing of the Holy Spirit with the legend of La Loba. She is an “Old Woman who lives in a hidden place that everyone knows in their souls but few have ever seen[xxviii]. She is symbolic of the feeder root to an entire instinctual system[xxix].” Each one of us knows by instinct when we are doing that which is contrary t the image we were created to bear. Just as in the legend of Coaticue who gives birth to an infant universe and bites her child’s ear to contain it, our God, Yahweh, who really created the real universe “bites” his children’s ears to remind us when we are wrong. He is the One whom the legends seek for in the archetype of La Loba Sabe – The One Who Knows. Just as in finding “evidence of the archetype in the images and symbols found in stories … etc. and it’s glow, fragrance and voice … we are meant to cause us to be raised up from contemplating the [defecation] on our trails by occasionally traveling in the company of stars” the luminosity, bouquet, and declaration of the symbols of the temple and its contents are meant to raise us above the guilt, lust, evil thoughts, pride and doubts of the flesh (natural life) so we can soar with Yahweh. Sin has the power to chain our emotions and thoughts to it. It hides self-reproach, uncertainties, conceit, greediness, and evil thoughts in hidden rooms around the sparkling throne of Yahweh’s love. The key to opening these doors and exposing the ugliness of sin is to listen to the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh. When the doors are opened and the sin exposed to the light of Yahweh’s love and mercy, the sin evaporates like the Wicked Witch of the West did when Dorothy threw water on her (water represents the word of Yahweh).
- When the chains of sin are gone, the Holy of Holies of our minds fills with Yahweh’s glory – his attributes. He resides on the Mercy Seat over the Ark of the covenant – and the covenant is eternal[xxx]
[i] I Corinthians 3:9-14
[ii] Chapter 13:10, 12
[iii] II Timothy 3:5
[iv] The altar of burnt offering was in the outer court according to McGee, page 979. The outer court includes all that does not belong to the temple proper (sanctuary). The altar of burnt offerings and brazen Laver
[v] II Corinthians 13:5-9;Hebrews 3:12-14
[vi] The Book of Order, The constitution of The Presbyterian Church (USA), Part IV 2001/2002, G – 3.0000. a. b.
[vii] Note on Hebrews 4:12 from the Archaeological Study Bible
[viii] Clarissa Penkola Estés, Ph. D. , Women Who Run With The Wolves, Ballantine Books, New York, 1992, page 22
[ix] Romans 1:28; 8:7; Ephesians 4:17; Colossians 12:18; Titus 1:15
[x] Romans 8:6; I Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5; 4:8
[xi] James 1:8; 4:8; II Kings 10:31; 13:18, 19; 17:33; Luke 16:13; I Corinthians 10:21; Jeremiah 3:10; Hosea 10:2
[xii] Hebrews 8:5
[xiii] The Massage Bible, II Corinthians 3:1-18; Ezekiel 11:19; romans 6:4; 7:16; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10
[xiv] Romans 6:6-8, 18, 22
[xv] II Timothy 2:21
[xvi] John 3:6
[xvii] John 14:11
[xviii] Romans 12:1, 2
[xix] John 10:10
[xx] Romans 8:3, 4,9,10,14,16
[xxi] II Corinthians 3:18
[xxii] Romans 8:21
[xxiii] Galatians 2:20: 5:1, 13, 14, 22-25
[xxiv] Romans 8:12
[xxv] I Thessalonians 5:19
[xxvi] Romans 8:21; Isaiah 61:1
[xxvii] John 16:8
[xxviii] Claeissa Penkola Estés, Ph. D. women Who Run With The Wolves, Ballantine Bookls, New York, 1992, page 23
[xxix] Ibid, page 25
[xxx] Isaiah 54:10; 55:3; Hebrews 13:20