Revelation Chapters 4 & 5: The Book of Life
Many falsely equate the catching away of the "church" or rapture with the first verse of Chapter 4. However, all indications in Chapters 1-3 prove that this is not the case. Churches are not mentioned again after chapter 3 because no true New Testament church exists in the end days. Our Lord made clear in Chapters 1-3 the fates of each physical church He used as examples in their beginnings (pre-Roman apostasy) and their spiritual degradation at the end before His Return.
Study them carefully and you will see that apostasy overtook every example given except for two. Consider that there is no mention of churches after Chapter 3 because He has already shown us how the exampled churches began and how they end in the later days. Not as physical churches but as Spiritual types of believers. It is obvious now that the Smyrna-type of believers are the only ones that exists spiritually intact at the end (underground, non-denominational, non-commercialized and without tabernacles and signage). In other words, home and neighborhood churches just like in the Book of Acts and the Epistles.
Remember this key fact: Prior to the government approved and organized Roman Catholic "church" following our Lord Jesus Christ was illegal from the governmental perspective. True followers of our Lord were persecuted, hunted, imprisoned and murdered for their true testimony of Jesus Christ. The Roman counterfeit "church" legalized "christianity" according to the governments of the world. Apostatizing the true Gospel and the Scriptural Jesus, distorting the True Words of God into false religions of men. This was Satan's goal with His Mother of harlots and she has performed exceptionally well for him. This is the exact opposite of what our Lord said would happen to His true followers. He has said to us repeatedly that all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. He said of His True church that the governments of the world would hate them just as they hated HIM.
So any organized, legal denomination afterwards would be built on sand and lies and would be lead by and primarily made up of false believers or what our Lord refers to repeatedly as "tares".
Consider for a moment that it was the governments of the world which arrested, tortured and murdered our Lord. Why on earth would anyone imagine that government protected "religions" of the world since then would be True New Testament churches?
It is also apparent that the Philadelphia-type of believers also exist intact near the end days but have died off near the beginning of the last seven years before His Triumphant Return in Power. This is why our Lord tells this type of end days true believers that He will keep them from the hour of temptation.
The other five churches or types in the end are apostatized by the Mother of Harlots. In the end these types of believers are shown clearly to be tares and must repent and overcome the world (In other words, they must abandon the falsities of their apostate denominations and leaders) and follow the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and in Truth before it is too late for them.
In the end days of which we are currently living all organized, commercial sects, denominations or groups who name the Name of Christ are corrupted by Satan through the Mother of Harlots and abominations on the earth. Our Lord has clearly instructed all whom truly seek HIM to come out of these denominations, sects and groups. No wonder that our Lord declared this about the end days: WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?
Although we will not see churches mentioned again, we will see the Seven Angels of the churches mentioned plenty in the remaining Chapters. These Seven Angels of the Seven Churches are the same Seven Spirits or Seven Stars that announce the Trumpet events and the Vials of God's Wrath.
You see, God will always recompense, and He will destroy those who persecute His Bride. See the correlation? Who better the Seven Angels of the Churches to execute His Judgment against the world that hates His believing children?
Notably, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations on the earth which has poisoned and perverted the true spread of Biblical Christianity upon the earth as discussed in our study of Chapters 2&3. Who perverted God's Truth within the original Seven Churches and made all but two of these examples (Smyrna and Philadelphia) totally apostate:
1: After this I looked, and, behold, 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.
At this point in Revelation the bulk of the remainder of the Book (barring some key parenthetical passages and chapters which provide background and historical representations) are always discussing the future after the Apostle John's time of writing (96AD).
These "things" in verse one above are then presented in the subsequent chapters as a story board would be, parenthetically, each chapter explains differing events in different settings, during the same timelines but not in chronological order. VERSE 6 below Is evidence of this "storyboard".
 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
The white raiment indicates their faith and because of their faith, God has covered them in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Significance of the 24 elders: 12 fathers of Israel; 12 Apostles of the Lamb:
Remember when God gave the promises to Abraham, Issac and Jacob, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and he begat 12 sons who would be the fathers of the 12 tribes.
These 12 tribes then committed repeated adultery in their hearts against God, manifesting itself physically with fornication or idolatry (actively worshiping false gods).
God then divorced Israel and took a new Bride – the church.
1st twelve are His original Bride
2nd twelve are His new Bride
Please also note the correlation of the 12 foundation stones of New Jerusalem which bear the 12 Apostles names are also very similar to the 12 stones on the breastplate of Judgment God had Israel build for Aaron in Exodus. These stones had the 12 names of the tribal fathers written in them.
 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Evidence of first and last, beginning and end and the parenthetical presentation of much of these prophecies.
 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Note the correlation with Ezekiel Chapter 1: These beasts go wherever the Spirit of God goes and can see the things that the Spirit can see.
 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
 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.
Keep in mind the key verse of 4:11. All that is about to happen HEREAFTER is because of this reason only: 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.
IMAGINE THE INDIGNATION OF GOD AS HIS EARTHLY CREATIONS MADE IN HIS OWN IMAGE FOR HIS OWN COMMUNION AND GLORY WITH HIM ARE TOTALLY REPROBATE AGAINST HIM.
Daniel Chapter 12 is a brief overview of the Revelation and gives us clues to understanding:
DANIEL 12:  And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people (Israel): and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Two Resurrections)
 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
The Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ was begun in Daniel's day but God knew the world was not ready for this truth Until the LAST TIME. God told John to write (continue the Revelation) as noted in the first few chapters and throughout the Revelation.
Note: this book in Daniel is not the Book only our Lord can open in Chapter 5.
 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.
Verse 1 shows us that the Seals are on the book and the Seals must be loosed in order to open the book. This Book is the BOOK OF LIFE.
The seals must be loosed in order to finish the MYSTERY OF GOD AND TO FINISH THE BOOK ITSELF either with the last saved name to be written in it or the last lost name to be blotted out of it.
**This is evidence that the Seals being loosed summarizes the entire hour of temptation or final seven years before the Lord's Return in Glory and Power to reclaim His possession and to make Restitution of all things.
 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.
 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.
Remember these are the seven types of believers which have spread out over the face of the earth during this LAST TIME (2000 years) and is why the seven churches began in Asia Minor but then represent the seven types at the end of this age.
More evidence this Book must be the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Also note that the Seals themselves contain the summarized highlights of what is about to transpire during the last 7 years before His Return in Glory to begin His Reign on earth. The summary information is not contained within the Book Itself. Further evidence that this Book is not the Revelation but rather the Book of Life.
 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
The son receives the Book of Life from the Father who 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.
Later God has the seven angels of the seven churches pour out His Wrath which are contained in 7 Golden Vials of the Wrath of God. Remember vengeance is MINE saith the Lord I WILL RECOMPENSE.
Vs. 7 & 8: Show us how the Father has committed all Judgment unto the Son (including His Judgments during the 7 year tribulation period). Because He is the Son of Man. Also note that because the golden vials full of odours are the Prayers of the saints, Jesus then looses the 7 seals upon the earth.
 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.
Explains WHY Jesus is the only One Worthy to Loosen the seals and open the Book: Because of our Lord’s Sacrifice for us, He is the reason names are in the Book of Life and not blotted out.
 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Keep in mind once again WHY GOD IS DESTROYING this cursed, corrupt and reprobate population infecting the earth in the end days. We were made to gratefully give GOD all glory and He will take vengeance upon all those who know not God and obey not the Gospel of Jesus Christ and HE WILL RECEIVE ALL GLORY.
We will all hear the voices of them in Heaven (the 4 beasts, the 24 elders and angels in number 10K x 10K (100,000,000) 100 million angels, SAYING: Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth on the Throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Once again, the seals are over the Book of Life and not the Book of The Revelation. Our Lord loosens the seals one by one and HE ONLY can loose the Seals or OPEN the Book.
This is the same Book mentioned again later in Chapter 10 of the Revelation. (KEY WORD IS LITTLE) which is the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Our Lord describes this Book as both sweet and bitter (bittersweet). This is the Book God Himself has written. Moses mentions it early on in Exodus and this passage is proof that all names of all people ever born are written in the Book and as they die after accountability is reached, in unbelief (in their own sins), their names are then blotted out of the Book.
Exodus 32:  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.
What does God mean when He "blots out"? Scripture reveals that It is an erasing from all memory, all history…dead to God.
Listen people, all who die in their sins not knowing God and not obeying His Gospel will be forgotten from all history, from all people and worst of all FROM GOD HIMSELF. He will forget all about you as you are separated from Him for all eternity. Cast into outer darkness without God where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth for all eternity.
THE SEALS BEING LOOSED BY THE Lord Jesus DESCRIBE AN OVERVIEW OF THE ENTIRE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION AND ARE PARENTHETICAL TO THE TRUMPETS AND VIALS. THE BOOK OF LIFE CANNOT BE OPENED AND READ FROM AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE UNTIL ALL THE SEALS ARE LOOSED.
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