Moses was asked to build the sanctuary and the items after the pattern of what was in heaven, which was shown to him on the mountain. «Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.» (Heb.8:1-5)
It shows us how Christ is ministering in the sanctuary in heaven, and by looking at the sanctuary service on earth we can understand what Christ is doing for us in heaven.
All the items were built as copies of the ones in heaven, except one that was made as an original. All the items were made by human hands after a pattern, and are therefore replicas. However the tables of stone contains the law that was written with God’s own finger. So although a copy, because it was written by the same person that wrote the one in heaven, it is still an original.
If a painter paints the exact same picture twice, they are both originals. The same goes for the law of God. This is why, although the earthly priestly system ended, the law didn’t end. It was an original and therefore it continued as an original after the earthly system was replaced by the original heavenly system.
The ark containing the law is therefore still relevant. What we can also see, is when something happens in the sanctuary in heaven, something also happens here on earth. The law on earth and the law in the ark in heaven are connected and they have the same purpose/mission, as they are identical.
We are told in the Bible that God will send plagues over the earth. «The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.» (Isa.24:5-6)
We get this reason confirmed in the New Testament.
Notice what takes place right before the plagues that are mentioned in Revelation is to come over the earth. «And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. …And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.» (Rev.15:1 & 5-8)
The next chapter in Revelation tells us what the different plagues are. But who who are the ones that receive them?
In Revelation we are first told, in chapter 14, about an angel going to all cultures and people on earth with the message; do not worship the beast. (Because if they do) And here is the reason: «And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation…» (Rev.14:9-10)
And so when the plagues comes it’s said to be «seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God», and in the first plague it says: «And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.» (Rev. 16,2)
This means that the plagues are a punishment in the last end time scenario where man have chosen obedience to the beast power instead of heeding the warning given by God by the third angel’s message.
Before the plagues are poured out, we can see the following two things happening in the sanctuary in heaven.
1. The tabernacle of the testimony in heaven are opened. (The angels with the plagues comes from that part of the sanctuary)
2. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and no-one was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
The first thing that is worth noticing is that no-one was able to enter the temple until the plagues were fulfilled. The one who does enter the tabernacle of the testimony is the priest, which on behalf of men seek to bring atonement for us. We see that Christ is doing this: «Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.» (Heb.2:17)
What does it mean that no-one is able to enter the temple during the plagues? Well, it means that there is no reconciliation.
In the book of Ezekiel, right before the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple is also filled with smoke as the Lord leaves the temple. Again, what followed was plagues and even death to the pagan inspired people who had refused to turn from their ways in spite of all the prophets that had been sent to them.
We also learn the following lesson:
- Since the plagues are taken from the room where the testimony is, or from the ark of the testimony, the law is what will have sentenced them to suffer the punishment that this vial represents.
- The persons receiving the plagues have broken God’s law.
- By following the beast-power they have come in conflict with the law.
So how can this affect the earthly tables of stone? If it is an original then it will cooperate with the other original.
Therefore it’s interesting to note how the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, and the awareness of it, has taken place at the very time of the last days. As we know the ark in heaven will play a part, could this signify that the earthly ark will play a part as well?
Not only has the earthly tables of stone been made ready for an event, but the plagues mentioned in Revelation seem to come in small portions now and then, perhaps witnessing that the plagues that are coming are very much real.
For what are the chances that the reoccurring problems we are facing in the world today would match so perfectly the plagues that is mentioned coming upon the earth written about nearly 2000 years ago?
How could they know, unless by divine revelation, what type of problems would be ‘modern’ curses?
I’m not saying the plagues have already come in full force, but that perhaps we see them in small portions, as a warning, and that this might cause man to be interested in reading about the warning of the third angel, so that they can be saved.
It’s worth thinking about, since the plagues comes from the room of the Testimony, that we should not find ourselves in rebellion or in conflict with Gods law in the last days before Christ returns. When we follow a law we also show who our King is. In the Bible, worshiping and obeying is in harmony, it is the same thing.
The blood that the priest carried in to the mercy seat was only able to pardon as long as there was a mediator. The same way the blood on the mercy seat on earth witness about the salvation that God is offering to mankind for their transgressions against His law. But there is a time when the door of mercy will shut close. But that door will not close before man have been given knowledge of the offer of salvation and have rejected it.
So let’s take a look at the plagues:
1. The first one talks of a grievous sore: «And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image.»
We have already seen many plagues like this over the centuries. And the last one mentioned in this verse, will without a doubt be the worst one yet. But the one people are fearing will spread in these recent times, is the Ebola virus which is very much a grievous sore.
As the plagues seem to be a punishment directed towards the beast because of it’s actions, seen in the second vial, the sore could very well be a symbol of something they have inflicted on the innocent.
In Revelation 18, about the coming plagues, it is said: «Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.» (Rev.18:6)
The sore might therefore be a punishment for the role they have played in destroying other peoples health or bodies.
2 & 3. «And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgements.»
It’s interesting how it keeps being repeated that God is righteous giving these plagues on man.
It seems that God is showing us warning signs of these plagues also, as the ocean in Australia has gotten a blood-like color. Scientists claim this is the result of natural causes, but God has used nature to create plagues in the past as well. For instance, one of the plagues that was sent over Egypt, He used frogs and other elements from nature. There is no reason to assume that he won’t do the same in the end time scenario. Fish and animal life suffers at the condition of this ‘red’ sea. So if it was spread more world wide, and if it was stronger, it would definitely have caused a problem with life in the sea. It is also worth noticing how it says also the rivers will turn red. Here God has given another example as we see one of the rivers in China going red as well.
The scientist can tell you why these waters turn red, but the scientists in the days of Noah could probably also have told how it was possible to get a world-wide flood, if they had been alive to explain it. Just because it can be explained doesn’t mean it’s not a curse.
We also see the beginning of animals dying. Every week thousands of sea-animals are washed up on shores dead or dying. The numbers are really high, and the phenomenon keeps getting worse. It is almost as the contractions of a women in labor, more and more, stronger and stronger. The amounts of sea-animals dying in 2015 are extreme. If it is compared to contractions, then the next is the plagues.
The world might not have much more time to take heed to God’s warning. The time Christ leaves the sanctuary to speak on behalf of man is almost over. We need to be in the right place with God today.
We are told that the reason why God allows these plagues, is because of the persecution of God’s people, these people even caused their deaths. Make sure that at this time in history, you are not a killer, because God will give you blood to drink. However, there is still a little time to seek God’s pardon before it is too late.
4. “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”
The sun has already proven to behave a little unusual and doesn’t always follow the scientists predictions when it comes to sun flares. This year (2015) the were almost no sun flares the first couple of months. There is little doubt that the world are facing climate change. More snow and ice, but also hotter summers. There have been droughts several places like USA, Africa and Australia.
Temperatures are said to be rising and the last decade was the warmest ever recorded.
But the sun burning in the plague could be related to warmer temperature, but it could also be related to the ozone layer. The United Nations Assembly has set September the 16th as an international day for the preservation of the ozone layer. The ozone layer absorbs over 90% of the sun’s medium-frequency light. If this was in any way weakened man would indeed be burnt.
The plague could also be a combination of the two.
This is also a plague we can see the tendency of already today and that the man writing the Book of Revelation nearly 2000 years ago could not have known would be an end time sign.
This year, summer 2015, has had several heat records all over the world and thousands have died of the heat.
5. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Here we can see that those who are effected by the fifth plague is still suffering from the first showing the plagues comes over a short duration of time. Which is evident considering that making the river fountains toxic, and extreme heath, would not be survivable for long periods of time.
The darkness here explained cannot be connected to the sun disappearing for it did then we wouldn’t have extreme heat but a frozen state. But it doesn’t say it will be cold with the darkness. In addition the plague is centered around the «throne» of the beast and so it’s not world-wide, but seem to be referring to the beast’s capitol. However it could also of course reference to the kingdom.
God already did this plague to Egypt. The ninth plague was described this way: «And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days» (Exo.10:21-22)
This could very well be a supernatural darkness. But God could also be using nature elements.
Examples on darkness hitting cities today are subject to sand-storm, heavy pollution or storms. If you remove electrical lights when something like this happens you have complete darkness. But it could of course be a supernatural one. All I’m showing as this plagues are very much possible.
It’s not to be over looked how the powers of the world have continued work that have endangered the planet and left it polluted and toxic. But perhaps the sins of the ‘beast’ is more to have left the world in spiritual darkness. Their teachings have taken people from the truth, or made a confusion that have lead people from the real Christ to a false one.
Just like they got ‘blood’ to drink because of the blood they had spilled, they now get darkness as they have given darkness to those looking for a savior.
6. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
In this plague we see perhaps some of the results of the previous plagues. People are realizing that the ones claiming to be blessed of God, who’s council the world have followed, really was a deceiver. The darkness coming over the « seat of the beast» is a visible curse. They are also infected with sores.
In the bible the king of the east are usually connected to the Arab people, the descendants of Abraham’s sons Ishmael and Median. When the bible speaks of these groups of people as the people of the east, it did this in a time when there were great empires in also the far east.
The tension between Islam and the west have long been there. They feel the west is corrupting them with bad moral and control, while the west feel the Islamic people are a problem, uncontrollable and dangerous. When you have the Islamic people coming from one side and the beast and false prophet from the other, it is revealed that the beast and false prophet is connected to the west.
This two groups are preparing for a big war, but we don’t see the war taking place in the sixth plague, only the terror of it’s preparation. For in this plague they are gathered with the intention to fight, but we don’t actually see the fighting in the verse. But it could of course also be a fight.
Now from the beginning of the plagues until the seventh something have taken place. First it says no one was able to enter in to the temple, but in the seventh plague we see a voice coming out of the temple. God’s throne is still in the temple and it’s clear that it’s His voice speaking.
7. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The seventh plagues is the last one before Christ can be seen in the clouds. Here several things happens at once.
1. A big earthquake flattening mountains and moving islands
2. The big cities fall, and Babylon especially punished.
3. Great hail
Like with both global warning, massive animals die off, we can see many earthquakes. The amounts of earthquake every day are big. It’s all leading up to the final events. And the last earthquake will be the worst anyone has ever felt or ever seen.
In 2012 there was 12548 earthquakes, in 2013 there was 11341 and 2014 there was 16674. That’s a lot of earthquakes. But the number have been over 31000 a year a couple of times in the last decade.
There has this year been several hail storms in different countries that are so different and more rough then anyone is used to. These are small compared to the one spoken of in the seventh plague, but still we are able to see the massive damage the smaller one can make in these recent hail storms.
Perhaps all of these symptoms is God’s warning to man to turn before there comes a time when no mediator is in the holy place of the temple to speak on our behalf.
Now is the time to turn to God and from our sinful ways. Now is the time to seek atonement for sins for we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We need to be ready to day. And if we put it off then we might put it off until it’s to late.
Christ have died for every sinner in the whole world, if the sinner are willing to give their sins to Jesus and be healed. But those who doesn’t come to Jesus will perish. Jesus said: «Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,» and «And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.» (John.3, 3 & 15)
But many perished in those days. It’s written: «And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.» (Num.21:8) Those that didn’t go, wasn’t heal. Salvation is brought forth but we have to go to Him in order to receive it.
«For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.» (John.3,16)
So why are God allowing the earth and the people to be destroyed? For the same reason many atheists have said they refuse to believe in a God and by those words justifying that God will condemn them to death. There are to many people suffering, to many taking advantage over others. Nations using other nations, people using other people, religion using people for it’s own sake. Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? «And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous. I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.» (Gen.18:20)
It’s a paradox that those refusing God say it’s because He doesn’t interfere in all the evil that is being done. And at the same time, when they read about God punishing bad people, they say He is a tyrant. And so, to many, God cannot do good whether he punishes or if He shows mercy. And for them they loose the opportunity to understand God and His mercy.
God’s final act of judgement came when the cry becomes to great. That cry sounding all over the world and is reaching God’s ears. And while the atheists claim to not believe in God because as he walk pass the street and see a helpless beggar, are questioning why God doesn’t help them. God in return are looking at men having wealth and questioning why they are not helping their fellow human being. There is enough resources on this planet for everyone to live a full and good life. The problem isn’t that God didn’t create enough resources for everyone, but that some people and even nations take more then their share. As some point finger towards God, God will hold us responsible for our actions and our greed.
The great cry from so many people and the willingness to look away from the other part, will cause God’s interference. So many children are now suffering abuse, all types of sexual violence are increasing as we speak. The numbers of workers working for little pay and under unhealthy circumstances, big companies causing small businesses to close, all the war and strife. The vanity and selfishness of the ‘modern’ civilization.
But the greatest punishment is coming to the false Christian system, that instead of bringing man the truth so they could be healed, so the world could be healed, gave them lies that lead them to be cursed.
The tables of stone that was placed in the ark are witnessing against man here on earth just like the one in heaven are witnessing against us. And both will be revealed in this time. However, we cannot look inside the temple in heaven, and so it’s reasonable to assume, it’s the earthly tables of stone that will be visible to man right before this time of trouble.
For these tables are originals like the ones i heaven and are still relevant and still have a function.
The discovery of the Ark of The Covenant, is a warning that the time of the plagues and Christ second coming is very soon.
Now we can see tendency of the plagues mentioned and we hear of the ark found; the combination of these two are a great sign. However, God never leaves man in despair or darkness if there is a chance to save. His first motive is always to save. And so with the rediscovery of the ark and the tables of stone along with signs of the plagues coming, He revealed the blood of His son that can save us until Christ leaves the Most Holy and the temple is filled with smoke.
The blood on the mercy seat shows God’s last call to the world to turn and be saved.
The blood of the sacrifice was placed three places during the day of atonement. In the most holy place before and on top of the mercy seat, one the horns of the alter of incense and the rest by the foot of the alter where the sacrifice was made. The blood at the foot of the cross is therefore biblical and the revelation of it a witness of what time in earth’s history we are in.