Tom, I remember you from LLU and appreciate your interest in Bible. You mentioned the One walking among the candlesticks. I think most people misunderstand, wonder what you think of this–
The Revelation that Christ gave to John, was not of Himself, but of “one like unto the Son of man…girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” Rev 1:13, KJV. The Greek word for paps is mastos, female breast. She is “in the midst of seven candle-sticks”–the seven churches in verse 20.
She tells Laodicea, You are…blind. Men usually recognize a woman by her breasts but Laodicea does not see who is knocking at the door.
As the US moves toward gender-confusion, it is important to get this right, because Christ said, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven.” Matt 12:31.
Who is She? We understand God as our heavenly Father from our Lord’s prayer, but we overlook our heavenly Mother. Paul says, “Jerusalem which is above is the Mother of us all.” Gal 4:26.
A city cannot be a mother–that’s Her name! Christ is Their only begotten Son, but we overlook Their Daughter–the Daughter of Jerusalem. In Isaiah 37:22, 23; 2Kings 19:21,22, She was “blasphemed”–a sin of speaking against God. She proved Her deity that night 185,000 Assyrians were slain!
Christ is the only begotten Son; She is the only begotten Daughter. Song of Songs 6:9. She is Christ’s Sister, brought up with Him, Proverbs 8:1,30. She is also seen to be “my sister, my love, my dove,” Song of Songs 5:2. She as the Spirit took the form of a dove at His baptism, anointing Him for His ministry. John 1:32.
Earthly relationships recognize a line of authority from father and mother to their children. This holds true in Scripture as well. The Godhead is not "co-equal"–"the head of Christ is God," 1Corinthians 11:3.
Paul who wrote half the New Testament said we can understand the Godhead from the things that are made, Rom 1:20. We find how this is so in Gen 1:26,27 & 5:1,2. Five times it says we are made in Their likeness and image; twice it says “male and female.” Seven is the numerical signature of God.
Little children can understand they are like daddy and mommy. Theologians either don’t want to believe it or they have overlooked facts. “All roads lead to Rome,” but we should turn and go in the opposite direction.
We saw that Revelation began by revealing ‘One like unto the Son of man.’ It ends with an invitation to a wedding. “The Spirit and the Bride say come.” Rev 22:17.
But the “and” is translated from the Greek with an epexegetical kai. It means, “that is so say.” We look again. “the Spirit, that is to say the Bride…”
Perhaps we should see the New Jerusalem ‘coming down as a bride’ as Christ’s wedding gift to Her–“My Sister, My Love, My Dove, My Undefiled.” S.S. 5:2.
They loved each other from eternity as They grew up together, Prov 8:1,30. But they put their marriage on hold when man was lost in sin. Together They have worked for our redemption–He intercedes in heaven, and She taking the form of the Spirit to in the hearts of all who invite Christ into their lives, Rev 3:20.
“The Spirit also helps our infirmities…making intercession for us” Rom 8:26 NKJ. She was speaking through Christ when She said, “I will not leave you orphanos, I will come to you.” John 14:18. We would have been lost if She had gone to heaven with Christ, but She would not leave us orphans in this sinful world.
So when the wedding begins in heaven, will we be there, ready to give Them our worship–worth ship that is fully due? This is the greatest story ever or never told. Will we share it, or will we be in a gender-confused Babylon calling Her He? Christ said blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven! Matt 12:31.
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