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Genesis 11:31 – 12:6 Revelation 1 – 4
Abram’s time living near Babel comes to an end. The time for him to move has come. “The time is at hand” (1:3)
“I will bless thee” (12:2) “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein” (1:3)
The promise of a coming Savior is given: “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (12:3) “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him” (1:7)
God gives Abram a directive along with special prophetic blessing-promises. Jesus gives each of the seven churches at least one directive along with special prophetic blessing-promises (2-3)
Abram moves to Canaan (12:5-6) “unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.”□□□[Sichem means “early in the morning,” and Moreh means “teacher.”  Cyrus A. Potts. Dictionary of Bible Proper Names. Abingdon Press, 1922] John ascends up to heaven in the spirit (4:1-2). He beholds the throne of God.□□□[The throne of God is the “womb of the morning” (Psalms 110:3). It could be said that he is “taken on the wings of the morning” and is shown the sea of glass (Psalms 129:8-9). In heaven, John sees the Teacher of all knowledge – God upon His throne.]



Genesis 12:7 Revelation 5
In this verse is we find the first mention in Abram’s story of his “seed.” God promises that Abram’s “seed” will be given the land of Canaan.□□□[This “seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16).] Jesus Christ takes the sealed book out of the Father’s hand (7) He is said to be worthy not only of the book, but also “to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” (12). Every living being in heaven and earth is seen ascribing “Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power” to Abram’s Seed. The Lamb inherits all that the land of Canaan represented.
This verse also contains the first mention of Abram building an altar. Jesus is first called a “Lamb” in the Revelation in this chapter. More specifically, He is seen to be “a Lamb as it had been slain” (6).


Genesis 12:8 – 13:4 Revelation 6
In 12:8 we find a description of where Abram “pitched his tent.” Here is the first mention of Abram’s tent in the story.□□□[The most famous tent/tabernacle (Psalms 78:60) in the Bible is God’s wilderness sanctuary, his house/church among the children of Israel.] This chapter symbolically tells the history of the Christian church.
Verse 8 also speaks of Abram building an altar to the Lord. John sees under the alter the souls of the martyrs (9).
Abram goes down to Egypt because of famine [Egypt represents the world]. In Egypt, Sarai [the woman] ceases to make public her marriage relationship with Abram. Pharaoh [king of Egypt] takes Sarai for himself and treats Abram well, giving Him Egyptian riches. But God plagues Pharaoh and Sarai is delivered.□□□[We have seen how, in the “light” period, Abram is given the promises in parallel with the seven churches being given the promises. Thus, Abram can represent the seven churches. Abram married to Sarai may represent Christ married to the seven churches (Ephesians 5:31-32). According to Romans 7:4, bringing forth fruit unto God goes hand-in-hand with being married to Christ. Note that if fruitfulness decreases, it must be because the spiritual marriage relationship is compromised.] [The opening of the first six seals tells the symbolic narrative of the Christian church’s descent into worldliness and apostasy. As early as the prophetic time period of the “church of Ephesus,” Christians are losing their first love, and their fruitfulness is waning. Hence the injuction from Christ – “repent and do the first works” (2:4-5). We reason that it is the church of Ephesus – the white horse church of the first seal – that originally compromises its spiritual relationship with Christ. In the opening of the 2nd – 4th seals can be seen the church entering captivity to the world. In the “pale horse” we see Paganism (the world) entreating Christianity well…this is known as the Papacy. Wealth and power are now associated with the Christianity. But the Lamb is not impressed. In the sixth seal, we see the “wrath of the Lamb” (16).]



Genesis 13:5-18 Revelation 7
Abram is separated from Lot to avoid strife.□□□[The beginning of Abram’s story tells of how “Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.” Genesis 11:31. Terah means “stopping,” Abram means “exalted father,” Lot means “protection,” Haran means “parched, dry,” and Sarai means “my princess.” (Cyrus A. Potts. Dictionary of Bible Proper Names. Abingdon Press, 1922) The names in interpreted order are: “stopping,” “exalted father,” “protection,” “parched, dry,” “my princess,” and “exalted father.” For the student of prophecy, it is not difficult to see the antitypical story that this name-string tells: “At the end, the exalted Father gave protection from a parched, dry wilderness to the princess of the exalted Father.” At the Time of the End (1798 and 1989), the Father gave protection to his true church which had lived so long in dryness.□□□Now Abram had a brother. The brother’s name, Haran, meant “parched, dry” and he lived and died (before Terah) in Ur of the Chaldees. His son, Lot, left Ur with Abram, and later left the land of Haran to go with Abram to Canaan. Abram is the man that God will enter into covenant with. Lot is the man who will end up seeking protection and prosperity in Sodom. His story will end with him drunk on the wine of fornication.□□□Similarly, God has a people with whom He will enter into covenant, a modern-day Abram. The history of these people shows them first coming out of the time-period dominated by Papal Babylon (Ur of the Chaldees) in 1798, and then coming out of the time-period dominated by Protestant dryness (the land of Haran). In a sense, their land of Canaan is the understanding of the Third Angel’s Message. This people who are to enter into covenant with God have a brother, so to speak – “parched” Protestantism – which became spiritually defunct even before 1798 (while in Ur of the Chaldees). Making each move alongside God’s true people are the spiritual descendants of this “parched” brother. The tares grow with the wheat. Matthew 13:30.□□□Ellen White writes, “I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner.'” Among God’s true people – Abram, the wheat – are those who have made all the same moves, yet long for the luxurious plains of Sodom – Lot, the tares. But the Third Angel’s Message effects the separation, sealing the wheat for heaven.] The four winds of strife are prevented from blowing until the 144,000 are separated out by the divine sealing.
God renews his promise that Abram and his seed shall inherit all the land of Canaan; He invites Abram to observe and explore his inheritance. A view is given of the eternal inheritance of those “who come out of great tribulation” having “washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (14). Their inheritance includes positions of priestly service in the immediate presence of God along with the privilege of being fed and led by the Lamb Himself.


Gen 14:1-13 Revelation 8
Four kings – Amraphel, Arioch, Chedorlaomer, and Tidal (1) – smite the Rephaims, the Zuzims, the Emims, the Horites, the Amalekites, and the Amorites. The five kings of the vale of Siddim (where Lot lives) are also defeated and Lot is captured. Four trumpet-judgments sound.
A messenger escapes to bring Abram word (13). An angel (messenger) flying in the midst of heaven of brings warning of the following three trumpet-judgments, the Woes (13).


Gen 14:14-17 Revelation 9
Abram and his servants get armed for war, and go forth to battle (14). The star which fell from heaven receives the key of the bottomless pit. He opens the pit and releases, empowers, and instructs the locusts to their military work (1-5).
Abram divides his servant-army into two parts and “smote them” (15). The topics of Revelation 9 are the locust army, their king – Apollyon, and the army of the horsemen.
Abram rescues Lot (16). [It is interesting to note that the 2nd-Woe Mohammedans prevented the Catholic church from nipping the Protestant Reformation in the bud, so to speak]
The king of Sodom goes out to meet Abram once Abram returns from victory over Chedorlaomer and his confederates.□□□[Chedorlaomer means “handful” or “handful of sheaves.” This is a fitting name for an ancient representative of the Papacy.] [The king of Sodom towards the end of the 2nd-Woe period is Atheistic France (Revelation 11:8). This power indeed ends up in the prophetic spotlight at this point in the story which the symbolism of Revelation 9 shadows.]


Genesis 14:18-24 Revelation 10
Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God, brings forth bread and wine (18). Another mighty Angel descends from heaven having a little book open in his hand (1).
The very first appearance in the Bible of the exact phrase, “heaven and earth,” is in Melchizedek’s blessing of both Abram and God (19). [The very last appearance in the Bible of the exact phrase, “heaven and earth,” is in Revelation 14:7 – the First Angel’s Message. The Millerites came to understand that the mighty Angel of Revelation 10 was the First Angel.]
The king of Sodom requests that his people be returned to him, offering all the spoil to Abram, but Abram says, “I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take…” (21-23). “And the angel…lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer” (5-6).□□□[This passage is fulfilled in October 22, 1844. Its reference to God as Creator is a preemptive warning against imbibing in the Theory of Evolution (in its embryo state at the time). At this time, the “king” of Atheism is Charles Darwin.]
Mention is made of men having eaten (24). John eats the little book (10).



Genesis 15 Revelation 11
The word of the Lord comes to Abram in a vision saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (1).□□□[Psalms 119:114 calls God a “shield” and a “hiding place.” Multiple verses in the Gospels give that our “reward” is in heaven. Our reward in heaven, which is a hiding place, is the temple of God. As our human, physical bodies are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), so God’s divine body is the temple of God (Matthew 26:61). Thus it is said that He himself is our hiding place.] The mighty Angel of Revelation 10 tells John, “measure the temple of God” (1).
Abram expresses his disappointment that God has given him no seed yet (2-3). The Angel makes the sad prediction of Gentiles treading the Holy City underfoot for 42 months (2).
God reaffirms, “he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir” (4). The Angel says, “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy…” (3).□□□[A well-known truth about the two witnesses is that they are the Old and New Testaments of the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham]
A description of Abram’s seed is given…they will be like the stars in number (5). A description of the two witnesses is given (4-6).
Abram believes his Seed and it is accounted to him for righteousness (6). The beast that rises out of the bottomless pit makes war against, overcomes, and kills the two witnesses (7).□□□[The beast here spoken of is France of the French Revolution. It was famous 1) for the stand it took against believing the Bible, and 2) for the wicked atrocities of the Revolution]
At the Lord’s direction, Abram lays out slain animals divided into two pieces. He watches them as they lie dead until sundown (9-12). The two witnesses are slain and lie in the street while “they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half” (8-9).
“An horror of great darkness” falls upon Abram (12). Great fear falls on those who behold the two witnesses (11).
Abram learns that after suffering  400 years of slavery in a foreign land, his seed would come out of captivity “with great substance” (13-14). After three and a half days at the end of 1260 days, the two witnesses come to life, stand up, are invited into heaven, and ascend (11-12).
“And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge” (14). “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand” (13).
“And thou [Abram] shalt go to thy fathers in peace, thou shalt be buried in a good old age” (15).□□□[Abram is here told that he will live out the rest of his days blessed. The Psalmist says, “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD, that walketh in his ways.” 128:1] “And the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven” (13).□□□[We have already seen how Abram especially represents Millerite Adventism. The next major prophetic development after the French Revolution was the “remnant” fearing God and giving him glory under the First and Second Angel’s Messages. By 10/22/1844, the promise of Revelation 14:13 became fully applicable – “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth.”]
“And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram…” (17-18). The Lord promises to Abram’s seed the lands of 10 heathen peoples.□□□[To understand this passage we look in the Bible for an interpretation of the symbols, a “smoking furnace” and a “burning lamp.” The only verse that helps us with “burning lamp” is Isaiah 62:1 which interprets it as salvation in Jerusalem shining with the light of righteousness. From Exodus 27:20 we understand that this lamp burns the oil of the Holy Spirit. What comes before this salvation of God’s people, however, is a smoking furnace. Multiple verses call Egypt the “iron furnace.” In the Bible, a furnace is a place of purification by fire (intense stress). We are most interested in a “smoking furnace.” The first mention of such is in Genesis 19:28. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah left these cities like a smoking furnace. But then of Israel it is said, “Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” Isaiah 1:9. We know that there is a scattering of God’s denominated people just after the enactment of a national Sunday Law in the U.S. Where there is smoke, there is fire. The most Bible-talk about a “fiery furnace” is found in Daniel 3. In that chapter this symbol represents the persecution immediately following a national Sunday Law enactment.□□□(It is interesting to note that the Islamic locusts of Revelation 9:3 come out of a smoking furnace.)□□□Genesis 15:17-18 shows a smoking furnace and a burning lamp passing between the pieces. But having “run to and fro,” we see an intensive persecution in which only a remnant escape the destruction of spiritual Israel. We see a remnant who are “chosen…in the furnace of affliction” (Isa 48:10) and are sanctified by the truth – the Two Witnesses, which are the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, through which the remnant pass. We see this remnant aflame with the fire of the Holy Ghost, a human “lamp” of God’s salvation, a burning example-light of righteousness in a dark, worldly night. We understand that God will enter into covenant with this remnant.] The seventh trumpet-angel sounds. [the smoking furnace] The 24 elders, which are last seen in Revelation 5, participate in a praise service reminiscent of the praise service in chapter 5. [the burning lamp].□□□[The seventh angel sounded first on October 22, 1844. But this date is perfectly reflective of the time at which the national Sunday Law in the U.S. will be enacted and probation will effectively close on Seventh-day Adventists. Thus, we understand that at this future time, the seventh angel will sound. Finally, the close of human probation will correspond with the time at which the “seventh angel sounded (past tense)” – the time at which the sounding of the seventh angel will be complete. Then the phrase, “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever,” will be most fully applicable in connection with the seventh trumpet.□□□In Revelation 11:15-19 we see 1) October 22, 1844 followed by Mrs. White’s view of the temple opened in heaven 2) The enactment of the national Sunday Law in the U.S. and the subsequent visionary experience which is the Latter Rain descending in Pentecost-style on the 144,000, and 3) the close of human probation followed by the final outpouring of the Latter Rain on the 144,000.God promised that Abram’s seed would inherit the lands of 10 heathen peoples. Renewing this promise, Jesus said, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations” (Rev 2:26). Those Millerites who did not give up their faith after the Great Disappointment indeed inherited the nations. Today, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is a massive denomination with representatives in all nations. But on a grander scale, the Seventh-day Adventists who would rather die than give up Sabbath when the American Sunday Law crisis comes will be given “power over the nations [10 kings].” They will take the gospel (God’s “power” unto salvation according to Rom 1:16) to the whole world, and then the end of human probation will come (Matt 24:14). Finally, the 144,000 who keep the Sabbath even when the ultimate death-decree goes forth at the close of human probation will be given the most direct power over the wicked. Writing from the perspective of one of the 144,000, Ellen White gives, “At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground.]


Genesis 16 Revelation 12
Abram’s wife Sarai is disappointingly not pregnant (1). A mystic woman is not only pregnant but is about to give birth (1-2).
Sarai makes a faithless suggestion which is accepted (2-3). The great red dragon [authors faithlessness and] pulls down one third of the stars of heaven with him (4).
Abram gets Hagar pregnant (4). The woman brings forth a man child (5).
Strife and conflict are the immediate result. Sarai “dealt hardly with” Hagar [the Egyptian] (5-6) The woman’s man child is to rule all nations with a rod of iron (5).
Hagar flees into the wilderness (6) The woman flees into the wilderness (6).
Hagar finds a fountain in the wilderness and is met there by the Angel of the Lord (7).□□□[“Shur” means a wall] The woman has a place prepared by God in the wilderness where she is fed (6).
The Angel of the Lord speaks with Hagar and tells her to go back to her place in Abram’s household. Michael and his angels fight the dragon and his angels. No place remains in heaven for them and they are cast out.
The prophecy of Ishmael’s birth is given (11). “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (11).□□□[This is a reference to the point in time where the “remnant of her seed” (17) reach the complete victory over sin and are marked with God’s Seal. It is a reference to the spiritual death to self and victorious resurrection in Christ of the 144,000, to the birth of the man child.]
“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren” (12). While there is a celebration in heaven, the pronouncement is made, “[Third] Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea!” (12).□□□[The Third Woe is fully unleashed against Western Civilization at the very time the 144,000 are transported in the heavenly, visionary experience of the Latter Rain]
In verses 13-16 we see Hagar, the Angel, a well of water, and Ishmael. In verses 13-17 we see the woman, the dragon, water as a flood, and the “remnant of her seed” – the 144,000 “man child.”



Genesis 17 Revelation 13-14
The Lord appears to Abram and requires, “be thou perfect.” The Lord then enters into covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham (1-5). The sea-beast compels the world to receive its mark (13:16-18), but the Lamb stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000 who are “without fault before the throne of God” and have the Father’s name written in their foreheads (14:1-5).
God promises to make Abram “exceeding fruitful” saying that nations and kings “shall come out of thee” (6). The 144,000 are said to be the “firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb” (5).
God promises to make an “everlasting covenant” between Himself, Abraham, and his seed (7). An Angel comes into view having the “everlasting gospel” to preach to “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (6).
The land of Canaan is given to Abraham and his seed for an everlasting possession (8).□□□[The land of Canaan is an early, earthly symbol of Heaven.] “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city”  (8).□□□[Babylon is the heaven-given symbol of the entirety of Satan’s end-time kingdom on the earth.]
God prescribes circumcision – a sign [or “seal” according to Romans 4:11] of the “everlasting covenant” in the flesh (9-11). The Third Angel gives a most terrible warning of the wrath of God upon those who receive the mark of the sea-beast (9-11).□□□[It is under the Third Angel’s Message that God’s people are sealed with the Seal of God.]
Exactly who is to receive circumcision is made clear (12-13). “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).□□□[Here are precisely those who receive the Seal of God.]
He who does not receive circumcision is to be cut off from his people (14). Those who are cut off from their people by death “in the Lord” are blessed (13).
“I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her” (16). “And upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man…” (14).
“She shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her” (16). The “harvest of the earth is ripe,” so the Son of man “thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped” (16).
God blesses Ishmael and promises that he will become a great nation (20). An Angel reaps the clusters of the vine of the earth and casts them into God’s wrath-winepress which is trodden outside the city (17-20).□□□[As a principle, Islam is used by God to war against spiritual Babylon]



Genesis 18 Revelation 15
“Is any thing too hard for the Lord” (14) “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty” (3)
“And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way” (16). The seven angels come out of the temple with the seven plagues and receive seven golden vials full of the wrath of God (7).
God tells Abraham of His coming judgment (20-21). “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power” (8).
“But Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew near” (22-23).□□□[In contrast to…] “And no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (8).



Genesis 19 Revelation 16
“And there came two angels to Sodom…” (1). “And I heard a great voice…saying to the seven angels, Go your ways…” (1).
“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven” (24). “…and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth” (1).



Genesis 20 Revelation 17
God comes to Abimelech with a warning of judgment (3). “Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore” (1).
Abimelech is king of “a righteous nation” (4). In this chapter we see the “mother of harlots and abominations” (5) which is that “great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (18). We also find a prophetic history of the kings which have “committed fornication” with the whore and drunk her wine (2).
Abimelech is concerned about his kingdom’s “great sin” (9). The ten kings willingly give their power and strength unto [wickedness and/or] the beast and reign with it (12-13).
Abraham prays and God heals Abimelech and his household (17). The ten kings hate the whore and destroy her; thus, they fulfill God’s will (16-17).



Genesis 21 Revelation 18
The Lord visits Sarah as promised (1). The Revelation 18 Angel comes down from heaven (1).
The very first of Abraham’s seed is born and circumcised (1-5). “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (4).□□□[This is the very last call of the gospel. It causes the very last, mass spiritual re-birth and sealing of Abraham’s seed.]
Sarah laughs over the birth of Isaac (6). The merchants of the earth and the mariners will cry, weep, lament, mourn over Babylon fallen (9, 10, 15-19).
Hagar, the “bondwoman,” and her son are “cast out” but are heard and sustained by God (10-21). Babylon [the great whore] is “thrown down [by God], and shall be found no more at all” (21).



Genesis 22 Revelation 19
“On the third day…Abraham said unto his young men, abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you” (4-5). A voice of much people in heaven is heard praising God because of divine judgment executed on the great whore [at the 3rd Waymark of the Final Redemption Reform-line]. “And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God…” (1-4).□□□[By the third Waymark of the Final Redemption Reform-line, all other fellow believers (including that significant group of converts from the Islamic faith) will be separated by death from the 144,000. The 144,000 will move forward in time from this Waymark to experience the trial of the ultimate death decree, and to worship God under the final, full outpouring of the Holy Spirit.]
Isaac is bound to the altar and the knife is raised over him but the Angel of the Lord prevents the sacrifice at the last minute (9-11). [At the (third Waymark/close of probation/final fall of Babylon), the 144,000 will be faced with the final death decree requiring the complete annihilation of all who refuse to depart from the Bible Sabbath. They will prove faithful to God and his law. It will appear that the remnant must all lose their lives. But the Angle of the Lord will prevent any from dying. The final impress of the Seal of God will be given at the final outpouring of the Latter Rain. Then the 144,000 will have literal power to “stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord” and drop the wicked to their knees worshiping before the remnant’s display of God’s glory, knowing that God has loved them. See EW p. 15 and Revelation 3:9.]
“And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” “And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters [Latter Rain], and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (5-8)
Abraham sacrifices a ram instead of Isaac (13). Babylon is judged and her smoke rises up [like the smoke of a sacrifice] (2-3).
“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (17-18).□□□[This is the last time we see God speaking with Abraham in the First-hebrew narrative.] “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (9).
“Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” (17). [In verses 11-21 we see the Word of God – the Seed of Abraham – violently exercising His dominance over His enemies to punish, possess, and put them into His purchased storehouse of death.]



Genesis 23 Revelation 20
Sarah dies (1-2). “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit…” (1).□□□[The “angel come down” is Jesus Christ at his Second Coming. The bottomless pit represents the earth (as a grave). See Genesis 37:20, Numbers 16:33, Psalms 30:3. Only Jesus has the key of hell and of death (Revelation 1:18), the key of the grave. When Revelation 20:1 is finally fulfilled, Sarah, along with all the righteous dead, will rise from the grave the Angel’s command.]
Verses 3-20 tell the story of how Abraham deals with his dead. Verses 2-15 tell the story of how Christ deals with His dead (both righteous and wicked).
“And after this Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah…” (19)..[Interesting: Machpelah means “a doubling.”] “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death” (14).



Genesis 24 Revelation 21
The story of finding Rebekah as a wife for Isaac.□□□[Rebekah means “to join by beauty.”] A detailed view of “the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (9), the New Jerusalem.



Genesis 25:1-10 Revelation 22
Abraham gives Isaac all that he has (5). The saints receive:

  1. Water from the river of life (1)
  2. The fruit of the tree of life (2)
  3. Surety of “no more curse” (3)
  4. An occupation serving the Lamb (3)
  5. Views of the Lamb’s face (4)
  6. The impress of the Lamb’s name (4)
  7. God-given light (5)
  8. Power to reign forever and ever (5)
Abraham dies (8). Jesus repeatedly promises, “I come quickly” (7, 12, 20). Jesus’ “reward is with [Him], to give every man according as his work shall be” (12).



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