The Lamb of God (2)


The Lamb on the Throne


Contents      part 1     part 2   part 3    part 4  



In the first study we considered some reasons as to why Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God. We now move our attention to those passages in the NT where Jesus is specifically mentioned as the Lamb. As noted in the first article, most references are found in the book of Revelation, so we shall use that book as the basis of our thoughts, and naturally we will draw in all the other references as and when they are  needed. We turn then to the fifth chapter of the  Revelation.


From  the Old to New      In the midst        slain          seven horns          seven eyes         who holds the future        summary


From the Old to the New


And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Rev.5:5-9



Here we see the first mention in Revelation as to  Christ being the Lamb. We must note that this passage is a continuation of the previous chapter, which is also a vision of   the heavenly throne. On careful examination we see:

    Ch.4 is a vision of heaven from the OT perspective
     Ch.5 is a vision of heaven from the NT perspective.


It is not the purpose of this study to look at Ch. 4 in detail, but just to have a quick glance in order to prepare us for our main topic.  A causal reading of this chapter alone will show that what John saw here was what the OT saints would be familiar with. For example: a rainbow around the throne  (Rev.4: 3 & Ezk.1: 28); four beasts in the midst of the throne (Rev.4:6 & Ezk.1:5-14) and as  the cry  ‘ Holy, holy, holy…’ (Rev.4: 8  & Isa.6: 2-3).  Since we are being prepared for something new,  we are  brought back to familiar ground. As a final example  let us look at the two songs; the song sung  at the end of  chapter 4  is one of creation,



Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Rev. 4:11


This would have been a familiar song to John,  being found  throughout the OT., whereas in ch.5  we have:


And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev.5:9-10

Here the song is one of redemption, creation is no longer in view  but redemption is. In the previous article we saw that Jesus is the one by whom  we have redemption. The emphasis  changes, whilst  Jesus the creator  is still a truth the focus of attention is now on Jesus  as the Redeemer.  In these two chapters then we  have two different perspectives of the scene in heaven.  Chapter 4  is the heavenly scene before Jesus  died at Calvary, Chapter 5 is the scene after Jesus had died  and  set at the Father's right hand.  The pivotal verse  being:

. ..the Lion of the tribe of Judah….

 v5
 
Here we are brought back to Jesus'  earthly  roots.  He was of Judah,  and the Lion is  a clear reference to the prophetic OT scriptures. (See Gen.49: 9-10; Heb.7: 14; Isa.11: 1,10.). This is still part of the OT  scene,  Jesus had been promised,  His earthly lineage  proclaimed and His  Messianic nature announced but then...

…in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain,…

 v6


The declaration now is of  Jesus being the Lamb having being slain.  In John's Gospel we have a similar  order of things. In the first chapter we have the  talk of the coming Messiah, a  Jewish  hope. ( Jn.1:19-27)  But then Jesus appeared on the scene and the Baptist announces Him as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.  (Jn.1:29). Jesus had indeed come. The lamb was seen! This is the one thing the religious leaders of Jesus' day failed to understand: they were looking for a Messiah, who would deliver them from the Roman oppression, they  did not envisage a suffering Messiah. Yet  in God's plan  Jesus had to come and be slain for us.

In these verses in Revelation we see the following:

The Lamb

1.The Lamb in the midst of the throne

In the previous chapter we read that the elders were round about  the throne (Rev.4:4) and the four beasts were in the midst and round about the throne (Rev.4:6) Again this shows that the OT scene is perfectly consistent with the  NT revelation, for the four beasts are types of the Lord Jesus Christ; they show the fourfold picture of  Jesus as seen in the four gospel accounts .

Lion
Jesus the Messiah
Matthew
Calf
Jesus the Servant
Mark
Man
Jesus the Son of  Man
Luke
Eagle
Jesus the  Son of  God
John

By  having these positions the beasts show, in type, the pre-eminence and centrality of Christ. We must remember that the tenor of OT prophecy and typology concerns the coming of Jesus, it is He of whom the prophets spoke (Lk.24:44). So coming into the fifth chapter we see clearly  that  Jesus the Lamb is in the midst, He holds the central position. All attention is  focussed upon Him. One aspect  of the Holy Spirit's ministry is  to glorify Jesus ( Jn. 16: 11-15). In Christian circles today there are many  'teachings' and  'ministries', some claiming this, some another; but the key question is: does it glorify Jesus?  Do all these things that go on have Jesus at the centre?

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.

Col.1: 12-18


In the NT we frequently read  that Jesus is in the midst. For example:

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
 Mtt.18:20 



 Here Jesus is talking about the believers  gathering together.  A few chapters earlier Jesus talks about building His Church ( Mtt.16:18)  It is taken as read that in His Church Jesus is the central figure, it is He who has the pre-eminence and non other. This  twentieth verse has to be seen in its context, namely that Jesus is talking about forgiveness and reconciliation. The thought is: Jesus cannot be in the midst of those gathered if there is no forgiveness and reconciliation: if there is no forgiveness then there is something else in our midst, bad feelings for example, and so Jesus cannot be central. One cannot stress too strongly the need of the brethren and sisters to live in a constant spirit of forgiveness towards each other. May we all learn to forgive as God has forgiven us (Eph.4: 31-32) The parable of the servants in Mtt.18:21-35 is very revealing!

 However this passage can refer to believers meeting outside of the 'church' context. The common ground for Christian fellowship is the life of Christ within, and so when we meet  it is on that basis,  so that we are  meeting in His name (I Jn.1:3 ); when we visit other Christians  we meet because of His life and so are gathered together in His name.  He is not confined to  when the saints are gathered in a 'recognised' meeting! 

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev. 1:13


A similar picture is given to us in Rev.1. Except here the vision is  that of Jesus in the midst of the churches, rather than individuals.  The seven candlesticks (=lamp stands) are not to be thought of as the seven-branched candlestick, but seven individual lampstands,  each  representing one individual assembly. Thus we have a picture of our Lord,  who is walking in the midst of the local assemblies. This passage reminds us of the High priest's duties in the Tabernacle. (Lev.24:1-4) there  the High Priest had to order the lampstand, keeping it lit continually by supplying the oil; so Jesus  takes care of the churches supplying the oil to keep them burning  and bringing to them the word that is so necessary, as we see Him do in the second and third chapters of Revelation.  When we meet as assemblies let us be aware that Jesus is walking  in the midst of us  taking care, encouraging  and if necessary rebuking us. But please note it is Jesus we need to listen to. Take heed of what the SPIRIT is saying.

There are other scriptures talking of Jesus being in the midst, but it is left to the reader to study those for themselves.

 Jesus is the one who is in the midst; it is He who should be the centre our lives and asssemblies


2.The Lamb Slain

…a Lamb as it had been slain 

Rev.5:6



How did John know that the lamb had been slain?  There must have been marks on this lamb to suggest it. We have already seen that Jesus died ONCE for all, but we now  note that He still bears the marks of Calvary in His body.  After His resurrection He showed His marks to His disciples. eg.  Jn.20: 24-29. The marks on Jesus speak of a past and finished sacrifice. Someone once remarked that the only work of man, which can be seen in heaven, is the wounds in Jesus’ body. What a thought! Despite all the [so called] achievements of humanity in the end all it has to show is what it did to Jesus!

Let us consider the slain Lamb further.  We have in Isa.53 one of the greatest prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isa.53: 1-12


So that there can be no doubt of whom this chapter is speaking, when we turn to the N.T. we read in  Acts Ch.8,  Philip meeting  the Ethiopian eunuch, who is reading Isa. 53. The eunuch asks, “ Of whom speaketh the prophet?”  The narrative goes on to say:

Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Acts 8:35

 
It couldn’t be clearer than that!  Jesus is the one of whom Isaiah prophesies, that ends all disputing; it was Jesus  who was made an offering for sin. As we consider this more we see that  John the Baptist announced Jesus as the Lamb of God. He did so on two occasions.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Jn .1:29

The first time was when those following John were questioning him if he were the Messiah or not, John’s reply was in the negative,  and then he pointed out Jesus as the Lamb who would take away the sin of the world. The true Messiah was to be slain for sin, so that excluded the Baptist, for that was not his calling! Although John was slain his death was a martyr’s one and in no way was it to take away sin; Jesus was the one, who was to take away the sin of the world.  This wasn’t the Messiah the Jews were expecting, no wonder they were confused, but they were still blind even  when it was pointed out to them.

 The next time John said just  “Behold the Lamb” Jn.1: 36. This time the proclamation came AFTER the discussion of the Baptism of the Spirit. We can learn that once Jesus had taken away the sins of the world, viz. after His death, then people would be baptised in the Spirit. But it had to be the Cross first, notice the order: cross, resurrection, glorification, and then  the sending of the Spirit. We have the same truth further on in John's gospel.


In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.   He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Jn.7:37-39


We can take this one stage further:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev.13:8

This verse is of great interest in its own right; however for our present purpose it's the phrase  the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, which we shall consider. Now it is clear that  Jesus was slain at one point in time at Calvary and it was there that Jesus was slain for the sin of the world. So how do we understand Jesus being slain from the foundation of the world?  The fact is that  God had  the answer to sin BEFORE  sin entered the world!  At the fall  God promised Jesus  see Gen.3:15. The fall did not catch God out by surprise,  He had the remedy before sin entered the world. This is a great mystery:  in  the eternal counsels of God,  even before  creation, He   knew  what would happen and what the cost to Himself  would be to redeem mankind, yet He went ahead with creation  and Jesus was   the Lamb,  to be slain for the sin of the world. Thus it was  in God's heart from the foundation of the world. He who knew  no sin chose to become sin for us and did so from before creation, and so in the fullness of time Jesus came made of a woman  and was slain  at Calvary; yet it was ever in His heart even from the foundation of the world.  Blessed truth! Such is the  love shown to us who do not deserve it;  what a God we have!

 Jesus is the Lamb for sinners slain, and the one slain from before the foundation of the world.



3.The Lamb with seven horns


a Lamb...having seven horns  

Rev.5: 6

This slain Lamb is then seen to have seven horns. The first thing to say is that it is unusual to see a [Greek=young] Lamb with any horns let alone seven. But we are in the realm of symbolism and as such we must seek to understand the meaning of these symbols. To understand what horns represent we must consider some other scriptures.

Daniel's prophecies give us an insight into the meaning of horns; there in his book Daniel has several visions of the coming world powers; in those visions several animals are  mentioned  and then  God gives us the interpretation, it is the understanding of the horns that we need for this study. Consider then  the following passages.

And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Dan. 7:20

And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan. 7:24


Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
Dan.8:3

And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
Dan.8:6

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Dan.8:7


And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
Gen.22:13

God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Ps.118:27

We see from  these scriptures that  horns are used to represent kings, kingdoms and power. So in prophetic symbolism horns are to be taken to mean this then; now let us consider a few other scriptures.

 These are telling verses, for they  show that horns were speaking of the power of the animal in question. In Gen. 22:13 we read that THE RAM God provided was caught by his horns that is it was rendered helpless and couldn’t escape the sacrifice. Note that this idea is also  in Ps.118: 27.  Once the animal was tied to the horns of the altar it was condemned to be sacrificed, it was under the power of the altar so to speak!

Tying this all up we see that horns are symbolic of power and of authority. The kingdoms in these scriptures are seen to exercise their power by animals using horns. Invariably they are seen to overcome and destroy those that stand in their path. It is a good exercise for the reader to trace the use of the word horn in the O.T. and see what else can be gleaned. So in John’s vision the Lamb having seven horns represents the power and authority of Jesus. Let us consider what the N.T. says about this.

Firstly, we read in Matthew this:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

Mtt.28: 18


This is what Jesus said after His death and resurrection, and shortly before His ascension. The word power in this scripture can be rendered ‘ authority.’ Notice firstly that Jesus said it is given to Him; He did not usurp any position as Paul makes clear in Phil.2:1-11, but was given to Him by the Father. Of course as creator all power belongs to Him anyway, but here we are talking of  Him  as the mediator of the new Covenant, the God-man.  Consider in contrast Lucifer, who tried to usurp power and had to be cast out of heaven. Isa.14: 12-15.

The authority  given  to Jesus was so that He could grant eternal life to those that believe on Him Jn.17:2  Then again this authority is over heaven and earth. The devil is called the prince of the power of the air Eph.2:2, but also that the prince of this world is judged, cast out and has nothing in Jesus cf. Jn.12:31; 14:30; 16:11.  Secondly we see why;


And having spoiled [=stripped] principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Col.2: 15


With those horns, so to speak,  Jesus stripped the enemy of their power. This He did at the cross, not only were our sins dealt with, but also the power of the enemy!  And what is more Jesus made a public show of them! This verse uses military language. Spoiled, as in complete victory and subjection. Show openly, the victory parade to declare publicly the victory. Just think Jesus has all the powers of Hell subdued, why do we need  fear? Too many believers live in fear of the devil and his angels. Whilst he is allowed some freedom, he is limited to what he can do .


Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
I Pet.5:8


Notice in the scripture above  the devil can only devour  by permission, the story of Job makes this  abundantly clear: satan could only touch Job when the Lord gave him permission and then it was very much restricted. ( Job 1-2). Let us rest in Jesus and trust Him who has subdued our enemies, and not look to the devil as if he were the lord of the situation!  

 Jesus is Lord, it is He who has all power and authority



4.The Lamb with seven eyes

…….a Lamb…. having …… seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
Rev.5: 6

We are told that the seven eyes are the seven spirits of God; but is this symbolic or literal? Since the whole passage is symbolic it would be strange to consider it as being literal at this stage. So we are left with the question: what does it mean?  The eyes of Jesus are mentioned in Rev.1: 14. there they are described as a flame of fire. We can conclude that these seven eyes symbolise  the Holy Spirit. Seven in scripture speaks of completeness. Also in the second and third chapters of Revelation we have seven churches and at the end of each message we read: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; The Lord Jesus by His Spirit watches over His churches .He, the Holy Spirit is sent from Jesus into the whole earth. This agrees with the teaching of Jesus Himself in the gospels.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of (=from) himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you
Jn.16: 11-15


Here Jesus tells us explicitly that after He has gone away (i.e. is glorified) HE will send the Holy Spirit. And that He will do three things:

4.1  He will reprove (=convict) the world of sin, righteousness and judgement.

We see here three points: firstly  the Spirit will convict the world of sin. The reason is not because of any great wicked act, as men see it,  but rather because they don't believe on Jesus. Now this is interesting, for the biggest sin, it would appear,  is not to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly,  He will convict the world of righteousness. This is because Jesus has gone back to the Father. This may seem difficult to understand, but if we remember that righteousness means doing that which is right; by going back to the Father we see that the Father Himself  has accepted the work that Jesus did on the earth in general and at the cross in particular; Jesus fulfilled all righteousness, that is evrything He did was the right thing to have done and His return to the Father is an open declaration that God Himself  has acknowledged this fact. So the Holy Spirit has come to convict the world  of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Finally  The Spirit will reprove the world of judgement because Satan himself  is judged; the world system is under the devil's sway and as such if he is judged so is everyone who is under his power. The point of all this conviction, of course, is so that all may repent and come into the salvation of God.

4.2  He will guide us into all truth

This is particularly interesting in light of what Jesus said a short time before in the fourteenth chapter.

...I am the way, the truth and the life....

Jn.14:6


The Holy Spirit guides us to the truth, that is Jesus! He will not speak from Himself, but only that which He has heard; just as Jesus only spoke of those things He heard from His  Father. Earlier on in John's gospel we read Jesus as saying :

..ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free....If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeeed.
Jn.8: 32-36


Indeed the Son makes us free for He is the truth, and it is the Holy Spirit who guides us  to Jesus. He has been sent by Lamb to guide us to Him.

4.3  He shall glorify Jesus

Finally the Holy Spirit will glorify Jesus. This He does, we are told, by recieving from Jesus and showing  it unto us. Since what Jesus has is from the Father when He shows us the things of Jesus He is showing us  what Jesus has received from the Father. so ultimately the Holy Spirit reveals to us those things which are of the Father. In doing so Jesus is glorified, for all that  was ever in  Jesus' heart was to show forththe Father.


These three things then are what the Holy Sprit does do now in this present age of grace.  He dwells in our hearts and witnesses to the truth, He also speaks and glorifies Jesus, hereby we can discern truth from error. (I Jn. 2:26 – 27; 4:1 – 3) In our pilgrimage on earth there are many who come with strange doctrines, Jesus has sent the Spirit so that we may know what is true and keep close to Him. The acid test is simply; does it speak of and glorify Jesus?

Jesus sends forth the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world and  guides us to  Jesus


5. The Lamb who holds the future

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Rev.5:1-5

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Rev.6:1


Finally, we conclude by looking at the start of the chapter!  The vision of the lamb on the throne is prefaced by a cry as to who is worthy to open the sealed book.  Now this book, as we know, contained prophecies concerning the future. (Ch.6v1 onwards) yet only the Lamb was worthy to open it and reveal the future. Note the emphasis: that no one in heaven was worthy; so no angel or any other created heavenly being can reveal the future; no one in earth, that is no man or woman, can foretell the future either.  This verse goes even further no being under the earth can do so either, so no devil, demon nor even the devil himself cannot reveal the future. (I Cor. 2:7 – 8). These groups of beings were not even worthy to look on it either!

Understanding this is so  important, for to believe otherwise can bring bondage. We know that around us there are those who claim to foretell the future, whatever name they give themselves: psycics, clairvoyants etc.  They may claim that they can tell your future, or whatever but scripture makes it plain they CANNOT. By believing them people put themselves under bondage to these persons, or the demon  if one is controlling  or working through them.

The question that naturally arises from this is: how can some people forecast some events correctly?  Well if they don’t have the power to prophesy then there is only one plausible explanation. If enough people predict what’s going to happen, by studying human nature for example, then by the law of probability someone, somewhere will get something correct at sometime or other; and it is these occasional lucky guesses that people dwell on, not the myriads of false guesses; these lucky guesses are not 100% correct either, which is God’s standard of a prophet.  The devil, being ubiquitous, knows human nature very  well indeed  so he passes on his guesses to mediums; this is why it is dangerous, for then people listening and believing them are in effect listening to the devil. There is another point that should also be considered: supposing the devil can accurately forecast the future, because he is a liar (Jn.8: 44) who could trust what he said anyway?

True prophecy is revelation from God and is always correct; there is no guesswork at all. Only the Lord holds the future! Let us keep true to Him and not be worried by those that seemingly foretell the future, they are to be ignored and not be allowed to trouble the true child of God. Let us rest in the Lamb, who alone holds the future. No one else is worthy.


Jesus who holds the future, our lives are in His hands and no one else's.



6.Summary


In this article then we have seen that  Jesus is :
  1. The one in  midst of the throne.
  2. The one that was slain. 
  3. The one unto whom all power in heaven and earth is given. 
  4. The one who sends the Holy Spirit. 
  5. The one who holds the future.
 Quite a comprehensive list! Let us acknowledge that  Jesus is the Lord and that He is exalted on high. To hear some Christians talk one would think that the devil was in charge! Whilst Satan has some freedom it is very very limited  and he certainly doesn't decide what happens to us. The truth is that Jesus is  the one who is the pre-eminent one and our lives are in His hands.  Let us  keep our hearts fixed on Him,  and look to Him alone  no  other.


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