When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh he said in regards to his return:
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Then AFTER he had died and been resurrected and ascended to heaven he was found worthy to unseal the hidden things of God the Father (Rev 4 – 5).
Now in this end time Jesus Christ is revealing these sealed hidden things to his servants in his promised surge of new knowledge and understanding for the latter days.
Daniel 12:4 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 [much travel], and knowledge [spiritual knowledge will be increased as the books of scripture are unsealed] shall be increased.
With the promised increase in spiritual knowledge we need not be taken by surprise by end time events, and as we see the biblical signs being fulfilled we can know that our redemption is at hand:
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
John was given a vision that he was in heaven before the throne of God the Father.
Revelation 4:1 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. 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
The Father is revealed as shining like a jewel, and the bow of God is around His Throne.
4:3 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.
24 elders are around the throne with crowns which represent authority under God; these are the beings that work with God the Father overseeing the earth and the whole universe.
4:4 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.
Here we have confirmed that the seven branched menorah with its flames represents the Seven Churches; for the seven lights are the seven spirits which oversee the seven churches; see Revelation 1.
4:5 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.
Before the throne is a vast expanse like the Courtyard in the physical temple; a place of meeting before God which is paved with clear crystal, refracting and reflecting the brilliant light of God, so that the expanse sparkled with ever color of the rainbow. John describes this in Revelation 15 as glass mingled with fire.
At the marriage of the Lamb after the resurrection, those people who were resurrected and changed to spirit will stand upon this crystal expanse before the throne of God the Father [the Most Holy Place] at the marriage of the collective bride of the faithful called out and chosen, to the Lamb!
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Revelation 4:6 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 [cherubs] full of eyes before and behind.
Four angelic creatures are around the throne of God the Father; these seraphim have six wings.
4:7 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.
4:8 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.
The Greek word Zwon [Strong’s G2226] is better rendered “living creatures” due to the negative connotation of the word beasts.
These spirit seraphims are angelic spirits close to God, of the same type which Isaiah saw at the throne of God in a vision.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw [in a vision] also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 6:2 Above it [above the Mercy Seat or throne of God] stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly
Two of these beings cover the Throne of God in heaven, a likeness being made by Moses on the earth in the Mercy Seat.
The Father is worthy of all honor and glory!
Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 4:10 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,
God the Father is revealed as the Executive Authority over all things!
How can that be? Because God the Father finalized the plans and gave the command to the One who became the Son; to create all things! The Father was the executive authority, while the One who became the Son actually carried out the work of creating as the implementing authority!
4:11 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.
In the hands of God the Father is the Book – or key – to reveal the meaning of the prophecies of scripture which had been sealed up (Daniel 12).
No one could know or understand those things that were sealed until the Lamb qualified to open the seals by overcoming all evil and giving his life for the sins of humanity, and now Jesus Christ reveals the hidden things at the very end time as Daniel was told.
Revelation 5:1 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.
No one in heaven or on the earth was able to open and understand the sealed books of scripture (Dan 12); until the Lamb of God was found worthy to unseal the hidden things of the plan of God.
God promised in Daniel 12 that in the last days, Jesus Christ would reveal these things and that there would be a great increase of spiritual knowledge and understanding.
These things of God were sealed and kept hidden until the Appointed Time of their revealing at the very last days; which is why there has been almost no understanding of the Biblical Festivals, Biblical Calendar and most of the end time prophecies until now.
What is so very sad is that most of today’s Ekklesia reject the expansion of knowledge and understanding that God has promised to reveal in this end time.
5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon [to see its contents].
John wept that no one could be found worthy to open up an understanding of the prophecies.
5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Then the Lamb of God who overcame all sin and was resurrected at the end of the third day to rise up as the Wave Offering to be accepted for us.
He was accepted as the Redeemer of the sincerely repentant and the High Priest of God the Father for his people. He was found worthy to unseal and open up an understanding of the books: Because his sacrifice made the prophecies of the Word of God SURE!
If Jesus Christ had not been successful, there was no need to understand the prophecies because they would all have failed!
5:5 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.
The One who became the Son, the Word of God prevailed over Satan and sin and voluntarily died as a perfect and pure sacrifice for all sincerely repented sin; and was resurrected to spirit to become the ONLY Intercessor between the people and God the Father!
It is Jesus Christ alone who is in authority over the seven churches, under God the Father, and Jesus is the ONLY High Priest and the ONLY Intercessor between God the Father and humanity forevermore: NOT any man or board of men and he has seven angelic spirits which are his eyes to keep watch on his seven churches.
The spiritually called out are espoused to Jesus Christ alone, and we are personally responsible to live by every Word of God the Father regardless of what any man claims or teaches!
The job of elders and leaders is to help keep the flock of God the Father focused on our Father in heaven; it is not to usurp the Mediator and High Priest, Jesus Christ and try to come between people and God!
Behold how Mighty and Awesome is God our Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ! What fools we are to compromise with their Word!
5:6 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 [power over the seven churches; horns being symbols of power and strength] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God [these spirits are Christ’s eyes (representatives) to see all that is done and report back to Him] sent forth into all the earth.
When Christ was found worthy; the heavenly powers bowed down before him!
5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 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 [pleasant] odours [incense], which are the prayers of saints.
Then the heavenly elders, cherubs and angels; sang a song about the wonderful Lamb of God
5:9 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;
The resurrected saints will be made kings and priests by God the Father there in the heavenly courtyard before the Father’s throne, to replace Satan and to rule the earth to bring many others to salvation!
5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Millions and millions of angels praised the Overcoming One; who was God, and then gave up his God-hood to become flesh to die for humanity: The One who was successful and overcame Satan and sin, and was made God again in a resurrection back to spirit!
5:11 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 [a vast number of faithful angels];
5:12 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.
Prophetically, John heard every living thing give glory to God the Father and to the Lamb. This WILL happen when the plan of God for physical things is completed.
5:13 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 [God the Father], and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Then Jesus Christ began to open the seven seals which give understanding of the prophecies of the Word of God. John recorded these seals and the remainder of the book of Revelation as a part of the holy scriptures.
Jesus Christ the Lamb of God while unsealing the books and being given an understanding of these things by God the Father, will only give his people an understanding of these things when they need to know; that is, at the end time; to fulfill the Word of God to Daniel in Daniel 12.
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Brethren, that time has come!