Two classes of the Church of the Firstborn
Seventh thousand of the years of the history of the world is the period of the second invisible presence of Christ (gr. parousia), intended for the work of the restitution of the mankind. Parousia possesses two phases, preliminary part and principal part. The preliminary phase is closing now with "a time of trouble" and a bounding of Satan.
During the preliminary phase takes place the Divine judgment over all nations and the overthrow of systems of this world, especially corrupted Christianity, Great Babylon. During farther part of Millennial time entire mankind will stand on individual trial. This trial will include both the people that survived anarchy, and the people that will arise from the graves. Under the rule of justice and love, every member of human race, restored first fully to mental health, will freely decide, what he prefer: either the good and possibility of eternal life or evil, resulting in eternal second death.
Answer on the "cry of souls underneath the altar" (chapter sixth) explains reason of long waiting for the God's intervention and overthrow of Satan kingdom. Full number of "church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven" was this reason (Heb. 12:23). God's purpose there was choice, under conditions of the "High Calling," of the Little Flock consisted of 144,000 members. (Heb. 3:1; Luke 12:32.) Volunteers had the privilege "to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (Rom. 12:1), in order to achieve character qualifying them to future function of the kings and priests of the world.
From among all having faith in God, He was choosing only these ones who had sincere hearts and they were conscious, what does it mean to make a covenant with God by sacrifice? (Psa. 50:5.) These truly devoted to him, He had begotten as so-called New Creation. (2 Cor. 5:17.) They presented their "bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is their spiritual service," they "put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man." (Rom. 12:1; Col. 3:9,10.) From this moment of begetting to spiritual life began to exist in them new mind and new will. The development of New Creation's characters had been compared in the Scripture to a foetus, which, after the period of the pregnancy, will be born in the First Resurrection as the immortal being of divine nature. Putting to death "the old man" and begetting to the spiritual nature burnt New Creations' bridges of the return to the earthly nature, to participation in the Restitution of the world. There were only two possibilities before them: either to win and to be awarded the eternal heavenly life, or to sin deliberately, break a contract with God and to be cut from the life forever with second death. (Heb. 6:4-8; 10:26-30)
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What is a future of these, which by negligence, the numerous stumble and compromise with the world, they did not reach the characters classing them to Little Flock, but they however kept the belief in Ransom of Christ and the cleanness of the heart. The Scripture describes them as the class of the God's mercy. God will use of force to help them to win through inflicting on them some measure of sufferings in the great tribulation. Because of it, a members of that class will also receive the eternal spiritual life, but it will be life conditional, on the lower angelic level. This is also the virginal class, also clothed in white robes next to Little Flock. It should be underline, that during the Gospel Age nobody was covered by God the robe of Christ's righteousness except these, which were begotten as New Creations. Only they stood up now, before the whole world, on the individual test of life or death. Therefore, in the Gospel Age only they have been given promise of the eternal life, and nobody more. Without robe of the Christ, hiding their imperfections, presenting their bodies as alive and holy sacrifice, would not be possible and acceptable by God.
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The four angels holding back the four winds
(1) After his I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that no wind should blow on the earth, or on the sea, or upon any tree.
Factors, that God administers to cause historical changes on our globe are illustrated in Bible as a winds blowing at the same time from four corners of the earth and creating destructive whirl of the air. In Daniel vision, from the great "sea" of nations churned by the "four winds of heaven" emerged in turn universal powers of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome (7:2,3). The same prophecy announced fifth world power, namely everlasting Kingdom of God (7:26, 27). The general lack of faith in God, the atrophy of the neighbours love, and egoistic obstinacy are bringing about the extreme polarization of human positions and do impossible so that this kingdom will comes in the peaceful and gentle manner. That is why God will extort introduction of his kingdom through unleashing of four winds for fifth time. He told to keep these winds on the tether to certain time. To whom did He tell? He entrusted the four angels with this task. He prepared them to this aim especially. It is the communist ideology with its banner four-phase program of the restructuring of the society: (1) revolution, (2) dictatorship of the proletariat, (3) socialism, (4) communism. When only the communist ideology won on the territory of Russia, the terrified world tried all ways to fence off from it. World's efforts to isolate communism has been showed in vision by the position of the four angels. They were for a time bounded on a bank of Euphrates, that is the river of "the peoples, multitudes, nations, tongues" feeding Mystical Babylon. (Rev. 9:14; 17:15)
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Outbreak of World War II cracked an isolation barrier and brought about expansion of communism. From then on this ideology began to co-decide in affairs of the world (Rev. 9:15). The four angels, bound at the great river Euphrates prior to that event, now they stood up at the four corners of the earth. Look graph "Woe, woe, woe.”
The angel signifies a messenger. It was God himself, who prepared these "four angels" and send them with the final task to destroy the old order of the world. Nevertheless He told these angels to stand on the guard of world equilibrium for some time, to hold back four winds that they would not harm the earth and sea. What do winds represent? Winds represent false teaching in one place (Eph. 4:14), and wars in others (for example the vision of Elijah; 1 Kings. 19:11). How it turned out, dictatorial communist regime, imposing its propaganda model of general equality and brotherhood, was for several decades the stabilizer of the international situation. The communist idea for the good of man tuned the grassroots positively. Officials were listening of people complaints patiently, they intervened, and tried all insufficiencies and resentments to appease.
In their domestic politics communist powers imposed on the Roman Catholic church a discipline, not letting her to be rampant in inciting people to denominational and national hatred. In the international arena, communism in fact aspired consistently to revolutionary restructuring of the entire world, however it was avoiding the confrontation which could shake the equilibrium of the world and to expose on harm its propaganda of "peace and safety." As a result of it the world was pleased with peace throughout several decades.
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All members of the true Church received the seals on foreheads
The end of the High Calling
(2) And I saw another angel ascend from the sunrising, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a great voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, (3) saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we shall have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
This Angel, who was rising out of the sunrise, it is our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus compared his future arrival to the millennial day in which the light of the sun is increasing gradually since the dawn: "For as the lightning [astrape] cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming [parousia] of the Son of man." (Matt. 24:27.) The prophet Malachi similarly announced manner of the Messiah arrival: "the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings" (4:2).
Angel from the sunrise is the same, who during second Woe planted his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land (look the drawing, woe, woe, woe). When World War II is over, the societies of the earth have been torn into two hostile camps: conservative side (symbolic earth) and revolutionary side (symbolic sea). If not this control of the Lord, nations would be destroy mutually themselves long ago. Otherwise saying, command had been given to four angels intentionally. They had to protect the quiet at the Christ's school at which the last members of the true Church were achieving the seal of the truth on their foreheads.
"Hence, though we are already in the day of the Lord's presence, and in the beginning of the great fire of trouble, we see that it is even as shown us in symbol (Rev. 7:1,2) – the storm is held in check until the faithful servants of God are 'sealed in their foreheads,' i.e., until such are given an intellectual appreciation of the time, presence, etc., which will not only comfort them, and shield them, but also be a mark, seal or evidence of their sonship, as indicated by our Lord when he promised that the holy Spirit should show to the faithful 'things to come.' (John 16:13)" B169
The prophecies of the Scripture foretold "the hour of trial, that [hour] which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth," ending the Gospel age. (Rev. 3:10.) During that hour in the political scene were to appear systems of so-called ten-horned beast and the image of this beast accompanied by their delusive and false propaganda.
Dangers of the hour of trial became the examination of faith for God's people all over the world, nevertheless they were particularly sharp in the communist zone, where these systems, mentioned above, won great power and popularity. Moreover, in this zone lived the most numerous group of the biblical students, to third quarter of the 19th century believing in still lasting the High Calling. It turned out that they were right in this matter, because seventh seal had been opened in 1967, in Poland. Our Lord, the Lamb could to disclose the final secrets of Revelation exclusively to his followers or, begotten of the Holy Spirit class of New Creation.
Opening of the seventh seal (1967) revealed the autumn of the year 1977 as the end of High Calling. In this year the full number of sealed out members of the Church had been attained. Within these ten years (1967–1977) there was a favourable time for the clear understanding of the revealed truths. Achieved knowledge became the symbolic seal on the forehead, which from then on protected a spiritual condition of winners. This let to them to occupy, thanks to the Lord, the separate position in the face of world and its ideas in this stormy period of the hour of trial. (Eph. 4:30; 6:11)
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It should be underline that the end of so-called general Calling in year 1881 is one thing, and the shutting of the door of opportunities and privileges, opened from the beginning of the Gospel, are the another thing (Luke 13:24, 25). Since the end of general calling to the time when the door are shut, there were possible the rotation of crowns and a calling of new volunteers. In place of someone, who weakened in the run and resigned, another individual of fervent heart had been called on to the crown being free. (Rev. 3:11.) The High Calling therefore ended absolutely then, when the last member of the Church lost not the crown, to which he ran, achieved a seal on the forehead and became the winner in God's eyes. Nobody however on the earth knows who is that last. The judging belong not to us and the only Lord knows them that are his.
In the matter of the shutting of the door, only instruction revealed through the God can be counted. He does all his work according to "the times and seasons." "When he opens none shall shut, when he shuts none may open." (Rev. 3:7.) Instruction of such kind waited author of "The Studies in the Scripture," who wrote (third vol., p. 207): "There are three ways in which the closing of this door might be indicated: first, by a definite Bible statement of the exact date…"
Through a parallel between typical Sarah death and anti-type of it (noticed in 1967, prior to a looking for date), the Bible clearly declared that the High Calling will end in the autumn 1977 (1983 + 1977 = 3960).
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The four angels are ceasing to hold back the four winds
The waited year 1977 brought characteristic political events that confirmed their connection with the end of High Calling. The red papal beast came out from socialist "sea," whereas the image of the beast proved that it has political life. In the autumn 1977, communist powers initiated in Kremlin particularly intensive propaganda of the "peace and safety" including in it Roman Catholic Church and Federation of Protestant churches. Atheistic powers betrayed in such a way their ideological principles and handed over political initiative to clergy. "Four angels" ceased to hold back "four winds" of the human passions and false religious teaching which began to bring about whirlwind of the "great tribulation, such as hath not been (...) nor ever shall be" – anarchy. (Rev. 7:1-3)
The striking to the earth, the sea and the trees
As it was mentioned, the world was in the condition of relative equilibrium after the World War II. This concerned both the "earth" of religious societies limited by the religion and the "sea" of the masses restless and rebellious. God's people living among these societies were compared in Scriptures with a "trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah." (Isa. 61:3.) The gradual forming of the Christian character is similar to the growth of tree: at first, a roots of faith, next the trunk of bravery, the branches of the knowledge, the leaves of the faith confession, and at last the ripe fruit of love (gr. agape). The deep root of the tree influences its safety in conditions of strongest winds. This picture of literal strong root, can be translated into reality, to the time, when maturity and faith of spiritual trees was subjected to the test of winds of the hour of trial.
At the end of the High Calling, a vortex of the four winds hit at the symbolic earth, sea and trees. Excited nations began to become the roaring sea which overflows. The destruction of whole Christianity, mystical Babylon, it was illustrated as flinging the great millstone into the abyss of the sea. (Rev. 18:21.) The powerful billows of this sea begin to sweep the whole hitherto existing social order. The process of destabilization of the "earth," break-up of it and desolation is proceeding. On the "earth" and on the "sea" the people begin to fight each other, both individuals and all parties. Prophecy foretold such situation: "they shall look in amazement one at another; their faces [shall be] faces of flame." (Isa. 13:8)
The final conditions of intensifying deeds of violence had been foretold as the time the taking from the earth of the first-born Church, both the Little flock and the Great Company. They had to be "cut off out of the land of the living" similarly as their Master himself. (Isa. 53:8.) As for the whole world, the today's fire of anarchy will humiliate human hearts and prepare them to receive the blessings of Restitution. The prophecy of Zechariah says about it as follows (13:8,9): "And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die [the Little flock and Great Company]; but the third [the mankind] shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried They shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, Jehovah is my God." One should add, that these three parts are not equal. The prophecy points out only at three existing classes of mankind, various in regard of number.
The activity of fallen angels
The Scripture describes the history of the part of Angels that, before the Flood, became disobedient to God. Having the ability to materialize, they overcame a barrier imposed for their state and they were taking beautiful daughters of men as wives. (Gen. 6:1-4.) Such relationships created unnatural angelic-human race, which irrevocably was destroyed in the flood. From then on God has kept disobedient angels or, demons, in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. (1 Pet. 3:19; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6.) The Paul Apostle adds that the Church was to judge these fallen angels. (1 Cor. 6:3.) The prison in which they had to stay by several thousands of years is named Tartarus. It was, according to Greek mythology, the darkest and the lowest part of the underworld (Hades), where alleged souls were condemned to suffer forever. The cosmic space is the home of spiritual beings, therefore the Apostle used presumably the word Tartarus to define the lowest cosmic region surrounding our globe, that is the earthly atmosphere.
Understanding by the Bible students of a fate of the disobedient angels was as follows: the God sentenced them to a compulsory stay in the earthly atmosphere to the time of their judgment. In that meantime they could, being closer to earth, to get a better look at the results of the sin, to watch both faithfulness of Jesus and his followers as well as to take from these things a lessons decisive for their future. First of all, it was forbidden to them to meddle in people matters. During their judgment (gr. krisis) they was to be freed from the fetters of darkness, so that they could to make the free final choice, either, they want to come back to the harmony with God or they want to stay in the evil as incorrigible demons and as a result, to be destroyed "in the eternal fire" together with their leader, Satan. (Matt. 25:41)
The preliminary part of the "day of judgment," that is Christ second presence, it was time of the freeing gradually the demons from their restrictions. The symptoms of such process can be perceived as the multiplication of all kinds of spiritualism, fortune-tellings, miraculous treatments, paranormal phenomena, etc. But the main attack of demons, even with the regained ability to materialize, it was connected, how it was supposed, to the time, when the four winds will be loosed. Then also demons will no longer be under restraint or chains of darkness, but be able to manifest themselves. Satan, said Apostle, is the prince of the powers of the air. (Eph. 2:2.) He tried to thwart the choice of the Church (1977), but both he and his angels were cast down to the earth. (Rev. 12:9.) Aftermath of it is as follows: "Woe for the earth and for the sea: because the devil is gone down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time." (Rev. 12:12.) The small sample of this, what Satan is able to do, if only God lets him, was his assault on Hiob, Hiob's family and their property. He immediately destroyed his household and covered him with ulcers from feet to head. (Hiob 1,2.) This small show of the demons fury lets us to imagine the scale of destruction in the whole world, when their restrictions will be fully removed. This concerns not only of the inciting the people to hatred, anger, murder and totally unpredictable deeds, but also demons ability to break up the earthly elements, of the air and water, to bring about horrific catastrophes with the increasing strength and frequency.
The first class of the Church of the First-born ones,
whose names are written in heaven
(4) And I heard the number of them that were sealed, a hundred and forty and four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel: (5) Of the tribe of Judah [were] sealed twelve thousand: Of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand; (6) Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand; (7) Of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand; (8) Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand.
One of the purposes of the Heavenly Father was choice of so-called Little Flock (Luke 12:32) and a making them the kings and priests in the Millennial Kingdom of his Son, Jesus Christ. (Rev. 20:6.) Invitation of this "the high calling in God" (Phil. 3:14) was first directed to the chosen nation, Israel according to the flesh. All these from among of that nation that remained in close relationship with God, they were transferred from natural Israel to spiritual Israel as its first members. However, the sufficient number of "an Israelites indeed, in whom is no guile" was not found so that to occupy all free places in Church counting hundred forty four thousands members. In this situation there were invited people from Gentiles to complement the lacking number. As time went by, a new winners from others nations expanded number each of these twelve spiritual tribes. The Scripture do not speak, what criteria decided about assignment to individual tribes. Every of Jacob's sons possessed some virtues and passions, which distinguished him from others brothers. One can to suppose therefore, that spiritual Israel will also consist of twelve groups of the characters which will be particularly useful in the service for the mankind in the period of the Millennial Kingdom.
The second class of the Church of the First-born
(9) After these things I saw, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of [all] tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands; (10) and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb. (11) And all the angels were standing round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, (12) saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
The class of a Great Multitude was not showed in Scripture in very explicit manner, because there was no separate calling to it. The Apostle said: you "were called in one hope of your calling." (Eph. 4:4.) Nevertheless, irrefutable biblical proofs confirm existence of such spiritual class from the very beginning of the Gospel age. One of them is a case of huge immorality which perpetrated member of the Church class in Corinth. (1 Cor. 5:1-5.). If perpetrator's spirit had been bad, the Apostle would not suggest its being saved. Paul recommended to remove him from the church and "to deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." From then on his body couldn't be presented as "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" – it had to be destroyed. What does it mean? This might mean some financial difficulties or losses, or physical ailments, disease, etc., causing discouragement and disappointment, until the spirit may turn fully to harmony with God.
A great multitude, which no man could number
The most of this class are living at the present time. There are reasons why, in the past, there would not be nearly so many. For instance, when there was a sharp persecution against all who named the name of Christ, it was quite a test, and not so many were ready to make a full consecration of themselves. As a consequence, those who did make a consecration were the class more earnest and willing to carry it out. But today, we are living in a time when everything is more favorable outwardly, and a good many people want to say they are Christians, whether they are or not. It is rather popular today. So some people have no doubt made a consecration under the present favorable conditions who would not have made it in the past. Q296
Unlike number of Little Flock defined clearly, no man knows number of Great Multitude, the class, which is a lot larger and is also consecrated to God.
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They are standing before the throne and before the Lamb
Little Flock, Bride of Christ, will sit down with him on the throne at right hand of the Most High God. (Rev. 3:21.) All these, recognized as the Great Multitude, on the throne will not sit down, but they will serve before the throne. They will be in the Heavenly Temple a servants instead to be the members of the Temple class. They will have share in the spiritual nature, but it will be lower than divine. Such difference in the prize is caused by their victory forced rather, than as a result of voluntary sacrifice of earthly life.
They are robed in white and they have palms
Both Bride and virgins, her companions (Psa. 45:14-16), they wear in the present life the robes of the righteousness imputed to them by Bridegroom. These two classes will possess in the future life righteousness and perfection on their own account. The palms in the hands of the Great Multitude are something different than the crowns of the glory which Little Flock will receive. These palm branches are the symbol of achieving the victory eventually.
(13) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, These that are arrayed in white robes, who are they, and whence came they? (14) And I say unto him, My lord, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they that come of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (15) Therefore are they before the throne of God; and they serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall spread his tabernacle over them. (16) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun strike upon them, nor any heat: (17) for the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them unto fountains of waters of life: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Only the events of the great tribulation will wake up the class of the Great Multitude from spiritual lethargy. To this time, the members of this class did not have enough strength to overcome effectively the spirit of this world. They had respect to men's opinions, traditions and plans, and fail to fully submit themselves to the will and plans of the Lord. They have avoided standing up in the defense of the truth for the fear of the death, shame and the contempt of around them. They to such an extent loved father or mother, houses or lands, or something else, that they failed to keep their covenant of sacrifice. The splendour of God's plan, all these will see fully then, when triumphant power of our Lord manifests itself in overthrowing Babylon and others false systems. Then, they become at last obedient to the Lord's management.
Class of the Great Multitude built on the only proper foundation, that is, on the faith in the ransom of the Christ, but their faith-structure and character contained too a lot of combustible opinions, theories and errors which the symbolic fire of the great tribulation will consume. This fire will reveal also the real value of their character wavering and full of a lacks. (1 Cor. 3:11-15)
In such situation, the experiences of the great tribulation will be the Divine means for forcing and accelerating of maturity of this class. The extreme sharpness of troubles, increasing already more and more, is designed for the world, but they also will overwhelm the class of the Great Multitude to kindle in them the spirit of repentance and right assessment of the Divine criteria of truth and justice. Their love to the earthly values and all worldly ambitions will be burned by fire of anarchy. They will have to show faithfulness in these experiences and to seal up this faithfulness with their life. In this way, thanks to their victorious death, they will go out from the great tribulation, and they will become heavenly servants in the Kingdom of God.
They washed their robes and made them white
In the beginning, the robe of righteousness of Christ, which He imputed to each of his followers, was white and clean. It provided necessary hiding before the Divine sight of blemishes and imperfections of their sinful nature, and permitted them "to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God." (Rom. 12:1.) This robe however is covering only blames unwitting and unintentional, whereas it does not hide sins deliberately committed. These sins, if even only partly willful, they push through on the top immediately as a stains on snowy whiteness of the robe. The stumbles of the fallen man are inevitable, and "if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us," because "there is none righteous, no, not one." (1 John 1:8, Rom. 3:10.) John the Baptist, once pointed out at Jesus and said: "Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!" What does it mean? It is very important thing to believe in efficacy of blood of our Lord shed in Calvary. Possession of such belief is as the use of the detergent which removes our sin and then our hearts are "sprinkled from an evil conscience" (Heb. 10:22), our conscience stops us to accuse. The tender conscience, adjusted well with truth, it is our internal procurator, which accuses us about every infringement of God's law. If we regret for our involuntary sin immediately and express before God in the prayer our faith in effectiveness of Lord Jesus sacrifice for this offence, our blame is propitiated and our robe stays clean and white. The larger consciousness accompanies committed sin, the larger is stain on the robe, and, in aftermath of it, the larger must be remorse, penance and zeal of the prayer to make possible cleaning of this stain by the faith in Saviour blood.
The Great Multitude consist with believers, who not too exactly were interested in cleanness of their robes, who less intently listened to the voice of their conscience and more slowly were reacting on this voice. Because of negligence in the self-control and by the contact with the world, white garments of many consecrated believers had become sadly spotted, soiled and bedraggled. In such condition they become quite unfit for the marriage ceremony. They are absolutely unsuitable to be dressed in such manner before the Father in the heavenly palace. These robes will not be taken back from the class of the Great Multitude, but they require the thorough washing in the great tribulation. Their owners will have to make what they did not manage to execute in the proper time with them. The absolute cleanness of robes of First-born Church is required from both classes. There is difference however between them, not in the degree of purity finally attained, but in the manner obtaining it.
What is the role of the great tribulation, anarchy increasing already more and more, in the process of washing of robes? The sufferings which the anarchy brings will not clean the raiments of the Great Multitude. Sufferings would not cleanse the robes, the efficacy for cleansing is in the blood of Redemption exclusively. Nevertheless the sufferings, which they will experience, they will learn this class to appreciate as never before their relationship to the Lamb of God and to his atoning merit, and by faith will be permitted to apply the same to their own cleansing. All these, who will back off and look not for the rescue at the Lord, they will die with second death.
They serve day and night in the Temple
Marriage of God's Lamb and his Bride already took place (spring of 1981). The date of this event was pointed out by chronological parallel of marriage Isaac and Rebecca (3960 – 1980 = 1980). The marriage supper of the Lamb is the after-effect of the uniting of this splendid Couple.
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The Great Multitude will receive the invitation soon. (Rev. 19:9.) Royal Couple sat down on the throne already, and the Great Multitude will become her venerable servants. The members of this class not quite deserved this position, but they receive it rather as the gift of the Lord mercy. Like Levites were separated to the service in the Tabernacle, similarly members of the Great Multitude will be the class of servants on the spiritual plane, serving continually in the temple of the Christ's Church. They will be closely associated with the Lord and his gloried Bride in the spiritual condition and its services (He will spread his tabernacle over them).
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more...
The last two verses of the chapter 7 contain the description of the conditions, which the Christ will ensure for the second class of the First-born. The "great multitude" from the Revelation and the "other virgins" from parable of our Lord are the same class. (Matt. 25:1-12.) All virgins, as candidates for Bride, they were object of the great love of the Lord. As the heavenly Bridegroom, He has became engaged with them in the beginning of the Gospel Age, and from then on they with longing waited of his return. All the time they were remain faithful to Him and to the end they kept their spiritual virginity intact. They had seen clearly, that proposition of marriage of such great King is tantamount with committing of misalliance. Some of virgins so much valued love of the Lord, that they loved Him with a feeling such hot as "a very flame of Jehovah." (S. of S. 8:6.) Only few of virgins proved of such devotion, however these remaining ones also will stay in the memory of the Lord forever, because they also once had left everything to become His followers. They are objects of the Lord’s love for they are friends of righteousness and not sin. This lets to imagine the great feeling of the Lamb to this second class of virgins, the Great Multitude. The blessings promised to them are similar to that provided for the entire mankind. (Rev. 21:3-8.) Nevertheless, the existence of this spiritual class, although needing of feeding, it will be surely extremely splendid; to live in the heaven, to watch Most High Creator, his Son with the Church, myriads of angels and the great and
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