quick study is a sub-topic support for the foreshadows in
5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION
- God's Agenda for the End Time.
25:31-34 (KJV) - When the Son of
man shall come in his glory, and all the holy
angels with him, then shall he
sit upon the throne of his glory: (32) And before
him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another, as
a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (33) And he
shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the
goats on the left. (34) Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
world....(Verse 41) - Then shall he say also unto them
on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.
the Son of man shall come; then
shall he sit upon the throne of his glory"
- At the time of pre-tribulation the nations are
gathered before the Lord and He divides the nations (people
groups). The righteous He sets on His right hand side and
the others He sets on His left hand side. The left hand
side is a place of everlasting fire, reserved for the devil
and his angels. Christ is separating the wheat from the
tares, as He foretold in -
13:24-30 (KJV) - Another parable put he forth unto them,
saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man
which sowed good seed in his field: (25) But while men slept,
his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went
his way. (26) But when the blade was sprung up, and brought
forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. (27) So the servants
of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not
thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it
tares? (28) He said unto them, An enemy hath done this.
The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and
gather them up? (29) But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather
up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. (30)
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in
the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather
ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles
to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
ye together first the tares"; "bind
them in bundles to burn them" - The tares are
bound together to be cast into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. The
tares are bound throughout the time of the millennium. Then
Then they are part of the second resurrection and judged
according to the books (other than the Lamb's book of life)
at the white throne judgment. At which time the devil and
his angles and all the unrepentant of the earth will be
cast into everlasting fire.
the wheat into my barn" - The wheat (righteous)
are harvested and taken into the kingdom of heaven. These
Christians are a part of the first resurrection of the saints
at pre-trib, mid-trib and post-trib.
the pre-trib separation between the tares and wheat or sheep
and goats, Christ judges the corporate church at the Judgment
Seat of Christ. Christ is still sitting upon the throne
of His glory in heaven, overseeing angel harvesters.
Begins at the House of God
does Christ judge the corporate church? This judgment's
purpose is not to condemn or punish believers, but to separate
some in the church from others in the church in order to
distribute rewards according to their deeds in serving
Christ and to provide carnal Christians with additional
opportunities to repent prior to their harvest time.
pre-trib judgment will reward servants according to their
participation in the ministry of love (mercy) and grace
to those in need. These servants know Him experientially
by serving others. Their experiences with Christ are uniquely
linked to the ministry of the gospel. Of course, there are
other personal experiences with Christ as Christians grow
in the knowledge of the Lord and during the testing of faith,
all of which are Christ working in them. But, servant experiences
are unique and surpass experiences of inter-personal growth
only. Servants are yielded vessels, the Holy Spirit flowing
through them for the good of others. Servant experiences
are not self-oriented. The Lord's call to serve others is
a fast track to selflessness. Selflessness is the place
of resting in the Lord, trusting him for all things - a
yielded vessel for His service. Remember this often quoted
scripture - Romans 8:28 (KJV) - And we know that all
things work together for good to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
who are called into specific offices of the ministry
of the gospel - Ephesians 4:11-13 (KJV) - And he
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting
of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we
all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure
of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Christians are called to be witnesses of Christ -
Acts 1:8 (KJV) - But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth. Christ spoke these words to His
eleven apostles, but when the Holy Spirit came upon those
in the upper room there were 120 disciples who received
power to be His witnesses. The age of the gospel of Christ
was launched by the power of the Holy Spirit's anointing
of the 120 disciples - Acts 1:13-15 (KJV) - And when
they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where
abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip,
and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus,
and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. (14)
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication,
with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his
brethren. (15) And in those days Peter stood up in the
midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names
together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Note: In today's corporate church there are denominations
that believe the baptism of Holy Spirit was only for the
120 disciples in the upper room, but is not relevant for
today's church. I can't agree with this assessment because
He instructed His disciples to baptize believers in the
name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - Matthew
28:19-20 (KJV) - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am
with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Holy Spirit is paramount in the new believer's experience
of salvation. The Holy Spirit is empowers each believer
in transformation of his thinking and his growth in the
faith. His witness of Christ working in his life is empowered
by the Holy Spirit. Apart of the Holy Spirit, the gospel
would fail to accomplish God's objective in the redemption
all Christians are a part of the ministry of the gospel
through a humble personal witness of experiencing Christ
working in their lives, as opportunities are presented.
This is the most productive area of ministering gospel truth
in the market place.
is God's destination for all mature Christians and He will
make a pre-trib distinction between those in the corporate
church who serve Him and those who do not serve Him. It's
a matter of the heart! This distinction is the pre-trib
reward - Malachi 3:17-18 (NIV) - "They will be mine,"
says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make
up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just
as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.
(18) And you will again see the distinction between the
righteous and the wicked, between those who serve
God and those who do not.
at the Judgment Seat of Christ He will find some in the
flock who know Him and He will say, "Well done thy
good and faithful servant"- Matthew 25: 21 & 23.
And He will find others who do not know Him and He will
say, "I never knew you!" - Matthew 7:23; 25:12
& Luke 13: 25-27.
Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV) - In a large house (corporate
church) there are articles not only of gold and silver,
but also of wood and clay; some are for noble
purposes and some for ignoble. (21) If a man
cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an
instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the
Master and prepared to do any good work.
the corporate church there are noble Christians and there
are carnal Christians. Carnal Christians can cleanse themselves
from their carnality and made noble and useful to Christ
to do His work in the earth. The seven letters in the book
of Revelation are purposed to reveal to each Christian the
things from which he needs to be cleansed. Then he will
serve Christ in the noble ministry of the gospel and receive
the best reward at pre-tribulation.
Christians are believer's who are saved but bring carnal
behavioral habits and values into the body of Christ. I
am reminded of the Israelites exodus from Egypt under Moses.
God delivered them from Egyptian slavery and bondage, but
it took 40 years to deliver them from their slave mentality.
Even so, a new generation with a steadfast faith in God
was required to take the promise land under Joshua.
engrained habits and values are not easily put aside when
a person comes under the blood covering of Christ and begins
his transformational process of renewing his mind by the
Word of God. Transformation is an on-going process of repentance,
commitment and submission to the will of God, changing the
way we think (as taught by the Bible).
transformation difficulty is a part of the pattern of the
tabernacle God gave to Moses. Part of the tabernacle tent
consisted of two skin coverings and two curtain coverings.
The top covering was badger's sins, the second covering
was "rams' skins dyed red, the third curtain covering
was made of goats' hair and the fourth curtain covering
was made from fine twined linen embroidered with overseeing
top badger's skin covering represents the Abrahamic
Covenant, through which all peoples on earth is blessed.
the badger's skin covering there's the rams' skins covering,
representing the new blood covenant (the blood covering
of Christ for the forgiveness of sin).
the rams' sins covering is the curtain covering of goats'
hair, representing the old mind-set of Christians -
carnal baggage brought beneath the new blood covenant. As
can be seen in the picture of the tabernacle tent below,
the bases of the support pillars at the entry into the tent
are brass. All other support posts of the tent structure
are made of silver. Brass represents the earthly carnal
baggage each Christian brings beneath the new blood covenant
at the time of his salvation. Eventually, the brass bases
will be purified into silver as the Christian (supporting
pillars in the temple of God - Revelation 3:12) grows
into spiritual maturity and service to God. These carnal
behavior habits and secular values will be purged from the
believer through the sanctification process.
the goat's hair curtain covering is the curtain covering
of fine twisted linen, representing righteousness of
the sanctified new creation of Christ. The sanctification
process is overseen by the angels of God.
skin coverings are covenant coverings and promises of God.
The curtain coverings are covenant work performed in each
believer through the ministry of grace and love.
Hebrew and Greek word study of the word goat -
meaning of goat under the law (Old Testament)
Concordance - Hebrew) #5795 `ez (aze);
from #5810; a she-goat (as strong), but masculine
in plural (which also is used ellipt. for goat's hair).
`azaz (aw-zaz'); a primitive root; to be stout
(literally or figuratively):
in KJV - harden, impudent, prevail, strengthen
(self), be strong.
Hebrew definition of the root word for goats is 'azaz and
means to be stout, harden and self strengthen.
goats who are under the blood covering of Christ in the
design of the tabernacle are [stout, stubborn,
harden (hard hearted), and self strengthen (carnal
Jews and Christians)]. After their salvation Christ will
minister to the goats through the gospel until their minds
have been renewed. This ministry will continue to develop
their spiritual growth until they are mature (no
in the Old Testament goats are self strong and have
harden hearts. A harden heart is the place of legalism and
self-righteousness. These goats are under the law
because Christ has not yet shed His blood for the forgiveness
of sin. The dispensation of grace under the new blood covenant
had not yet been inaugurated. So, Christ directs his comments
to the Jews in Matthew 25:31-34. This scripture
(at the beginning of this study) will apply also to Christians
after Jesus' death on the cross when the Gentiles are grafted
into the covenant. Therefore,
Christ states in Matthew 5:20 (NIV) - For I tell you
that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the
Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly
not enter the kingdom of heaven. So, goats symbolically
represent Old Testament Jews and New Testament carnal Christians.
in the New Testament goats different because of the
grace of God extended to those who accept Christ as Lord
and Savior. These are kidling goats (new Christians) who
have wicked (twisted) thinking. If the soil of their hearts
can be plowed (furrowed) by the Word of God, then the seed
of the planted Word can grow roots and become fruitful.
But, if their hearts are harden (like the Jews under the
law) and can't be furrowed by the Word of God, the seed
of the Word can't take root and grow and become fruitful.
But, God is faithful to break open the heart so the believer
will truly invite Him in, to do His work of transformation.
These goats are under grace.
symbolic meaning of goat under grace (New Testament) -
Concordance - Greek) #2055 eriphion (er-if'-ee-on);
from #2056; a kidling, i.e. (genitive case)
goat (symbol, wicked person).
is a kidling (immature) person that is wicked and in danger
of judgment that will send him into eternal fire with the
devil and his angels, as revealed in Matthew 25:41.
can also represent kidlings (immature) carnal Christians
that are wicked. Wicked because their thinking is twisted
and off course (skewed) from the truth of God's Word. The
corporate church over the thousands of years has been infiltrated
by wicked men claiming to be apostles, prophets, preachers
and teachers who teach errant messages of truth causing
Christians to stumble in their growth. The corporate church
also has Christians who believe their Christianity is a
fire insurance policy, so to speak, and continues willful
and intentional sin. These are carnal Christians (goats)
and are in the flock of Christ. Carnal Christians are slothful
and indifferent to spiritual things, resulting in no fruit.
The word goats can be used to symbolically represent carnal
Christians whose ideas of Christianity will not pass the
end time pre-trib judgment of Christ They will lose the
25:22-30 (NIV) - "The man with the two talents also
came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents;
see, I have gained two more.' (23) "His master replied,
'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master's happiness!' (24) "Then
the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,'
he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where
you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered
seed. (25) So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent
in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.' (26) "His
master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that
I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have
not scattered seed? (27) Well then, you should have put
my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when
I returned I would have received it back with
interest. (28) "'Take the talent from him and give
it to the one who has the ten talents. (29) For everyone
who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.
Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from
him. (30) And throw that worthless servant outside, into
the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of
worthless servant will be found lacking fruit because he
buried the talent given to him by God. Meaning, at least,
he failed to live as a Christian so others would realize
he has a relationship with the Lord. Otherwise, his life
could influence others and encourage them to seek the gospel
message of Christ. His talent would then be on deposit and
returning interest. This man claims to be a Christian, but
continues to live his worldly life. Therefore, his Christianity
is considered worthless in the eyes of others and his witness
of Christ is compromised. Christ is not lifted up by the
life he lives. When Christ returns and judges the church,
he is cast into darkness (separated from God) where weeping
and gnashing of teeth represents the consequence of his
failure to live a Christian life. HIs works will not pass
the end time judgment seat of Christ.
are servants of God -
Concordance - Greek) #4263 probaton (prob'-at-on);
probably neuter of a presumed. derivative
of #4260; something that walks forward (a quadruped),
i.e. (specifically) a sheep (literally or figuratively).
probaino (prob-ah'-ee-no); from #4253 and
the base of #939; to walk forward, i.e. advance
(literally, or in years).
means to advance forward (growth); move forward (walk) or
in years (age).
pro (pro); a primary preposition; "fore",
i.e. in front of, prior (figuratively, superior)
basis (bas'-ece); from
baino (to walk); a pace ("base"), i.e.
(by implication) the foot:
forward means a sheep is not idle. Sheep advancing forward
means advancing in growth and in years (maturity). Figuratively,
sheep attain to a superior state of spiritual growth, as
compared to goats who are kidlings (immature) and symbolically
wicked. Sheep are continually advancing forth the things
of God. Never looking back, always advancing forth in life
walking by faith in the Word of God, one step in front of
the last step. Going forward on the path God has established
- His Way. This Christian is advancing in Christ's commission
to take the gospel to the world making disciples of men.
9:62 (NIV) - Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand
to the plow and looks back is fit for service
in the kingdom of God."
are holy and true servants of God. These are Christians
who fear God only. They do not fear anything else. They
are courageous and under the authority of Christ and enforce
His authority over the powers of darkness. They are truly
ambassadors of Christ.
right and left side of Christ -
Concordance - Greek) #1188 dexios (dex-ee-os');
from #1209; the right side or (feminine) hand.
dechomai (dekh'-om-ahee); middle voice of a primary
verb; to receive (in various applications, literally
right side of Christ (dexios)
has a feminine connotation denoting those Christians that
are re-born to be like Him - the Bride of Christ. These
Christians are in relationship with Christ and have authority
over every power, even as Christ has authority. They are
His body and His temple. The right side of God is a place
of ruling authority and is the place of Christ's Throne.
At the right side of Christ are the thrones of the Philadelphia
Christians who are given authority and power to represent
Him in the earth during the millennium reign.
17:20-23 (NIV) - "My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their
message, (21) that all of them may be one, Father, just
as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be
in us so that the world may believe that you have sent
me. (22) I have given them the glory that you gave me, that
they may be one as we are one: (23) I in them and
you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to
let the world know that you sent me and have loved them
even as you have loved me.
2:9-10 (NIV) - For in Christ all the fullness of the
Deity lives in bodily form, (10) and you have been
given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every
power and authority.
Concordance - Greek) #2176 euonumos (yoo-o'-noo-mos);
from #2095 and #3686; properly, well-named
(good-omened), i.e. the left (which was the lucky
side among the Greeks); neuter as adverbial, at the
eu (yoo); neuter of a primary eus (good);
onoma (on'-om-ah); from a presumed derivative of
the base of #1097; a "name" (literally
or figuratively) [authority, character].
a prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know"
reveals the left side of Christ to be a side of spiritual
good fortune. This side is not earned or merited in any
way, but rather rewarded through mercy and grace to Christians
who were judged to be unacceptable for the right side of
Christ. They sit in His left because of God's mercy. At
the left of Christ are goats who repented and know Him,
but do not receive the same reward as those who sit on his
is formed from the words "eu" and "onoma"
which means a good name that is absolutely known.
right and left side of Christ are places filled by Christians
who meet predetermined criteria set by God - Matthew
20:21-23 (NIV) - "What is it you want?" he asked.
She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine
may sit at your right and the other at your left in your
kingdom." (22) "You don't know what you are asking,"
Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going
to drink?" "We can," they answered. (23)
Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my
cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to
grant. These places belong to those for whom they have
been prepared by my Father."
are so many scriptures which point to the pre-tribulation
judgment of the House of God for the purpose of making a
distinction (reward) between Christians who serve God, whose
work is "gold, precious stone and silver"
and Christians who do not serve God, whose work is "wood,
hay or stubble"- 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15.
you will be inspired to study the Seven Letters to the Seven
Churches in order to familiarize yourself with the pre-trib
judgment criteria of Christ use to judge the House of God
(each Christian). Go
6 - Seven Letters to the Seven Churches for an indepth
study of each letter and topic.