ARKS AND WATERY
June 7, 1998 am
Reve 4:2 And immediately I was
in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the
throne. 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.
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. 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. 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 full of eyes before and behind.
John saw Heaven depicted as a place with God's throne across a sea of glass
Between mankind and God's throne is a sea of glass.
All through the Bible we see
pictures of this.
- We see an uncrossable barrier
between mankind and God.
Noah's story shows us a new world
to be prepared while an old, sinful world is barred away from it.
Gene 6:11-13 The earth also
was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked
upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his
way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come
before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold,
I will destroy them with the earth.
Noah found grace. God PROMISED
to save him.
Sinful humanity could not enter
the new world God was going to make.
- And we see that all sinful
humanity was destroyed and left as Noah moved from the old world into the
new by the ark.
Gene 6:14 Make thee an ark...
To escape this doom, God told
Noah to make an ark.
- The picture of death and
the need to cross a watery barrier is in view here.
A similar picture is seen again
in Moses' day.
Exod 1:22 And Pharaoh charged all
his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and
every daughter ye shall save alive.
We have water - the Nile river.
Exod 2:3 And when she could not
longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed
it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid [it]
flags by the river's brink.
Moses enters an ark, too.
- There were infants that
died in the that River.
- But Moses was placed into
an ark in that very same River and crossed it.
Later on we read of Israel having
left the land of Egypt to arrive at the border of the Promised Land.
Before they reached the borders
Exod 25:10 And they shall make an
ark [of] shittim wood:
- Moses sent out 1 spy from
each of the 12 tribes to search out the Land.
- Upon returning, ten said
Israel could not enter the land and take it because the natives and their
cities there were too great for them to defeat.
- So God told Moses they
shall wait in the wilderness until all doubters died and then the children
shall enter in.
Joshua led Israel to the banks
of the Jordan River.
Josh 3:6 And Joshua spake unto
the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before
the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the
Josh 3:8 And thou shalt command
the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to
the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
Josh 3:13 And it shall come to
pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of
the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, [that]
the waters of Jordan shall be cut off [from] the waters that come down from
above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
A barrier was opened and we read
of people dying before this barrier was opened up.
Dead flesh was always seen before
people could cross a watery barrier into a place of safety.
- This place of safety represents
the goal of every person -- Heaven.
- And the fact that flesh
died before God's people crossed this barrier tells us something very important.
Why is there death in this world?
Roma 5:12 Wherefore, as by one
man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have sinned:
- "Death by sin."
- Death came because of sin.
- There had to be a death
before one could cross into the places that represented Heaven.
- Sinners died before Noah
crossed in the Ark through in the flood.
- Infants died before Moses
was carried in the Ark to safety.
- The unbelieving adults
died in the forty years that elapsed before the people crossed Jordan and
entered the Land.
A death occurred on this side
of a watery barrier before An ark rescued people and took them over the barrier.
WHAT IS THE
There is a strong message God
is telling us.
- Three instances show an
ark crossing a watery barrier after people died.
Since death came by sin, and
death was required before anyone was rescued to pass the watery barrier, we
see a picture of the Gospel.
- Some died while the others
lived to cross.
- Those who died could not
- This is not saying that
after everyone dies they can go to heaven.
- It is saying that Heaven
is a holy place.
- People who do not know
God cannot enter there.
- While there was always
a people who died and an ark that carried others across, we also see that
FAITH surrounded those who entered.
Noah believed God would send
a flood and built an ark.
We must see the need of FAITH.
- Moses' mother believed God
would keep her child while the others doubted and lost their's.
- Joshua believed God would
open up the Jordan and they would take the enemies whereas the older ones
who died doubted.
John was shown the glass sea
between the world and the throne of God.
- He saw a
watery barrier and a place of promise on the other side.
- Sin is not allowed into
- Death takes sinful elements
away and bars them from entering Heaven.
- How can you experience
a death and survive so that you can be free of sin and enter Heaven?
- How can you cross the barrier
that keeps sinners out?
There was an interesting clue
that brings it all together.
When Jesus died on the cross,
in the Temple a VEIL ripped open, just like the JORDAN ripped open for the
Israelites to enter the Land.
- This veil kept people out
of a section room called the holiest of holies that represented the same thing
as the Promised Land represented.
- The VEIL was like a barrier,
- And the Holiest of Holies
was where God said He would meet with the Old Testament HIGH PRIESTS.
- And these HIGH PRIESTS
were required to go through much ritual to become holy in order to enter
this place with God.
- In fact, they had to wear
a gold plate on their foreheads that read HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD.
- And this man could pass
the VEIL while carrying blood with him.
- Only two things were in
- Behind the VEIL only two
things were ever seen.
- The ARK OF THE COVENANT,
and THE HIGH PRIEST WITH BLOOD.
- Like the watery barrier,
the VEIL kept mankind out.
- And like all other instances
of the barrier, DEATH occurred on this side the VEIL before a MAN OF GOD crossed
- This was indicated by the
- So, instead of the High
Priest dying, we see that he offered a sacrifice, took its blood and entered.
- It was as though God was
saying, "This is a symbol of how people will get to Heaven. The holiest
represents Heaven. You should have died since you sinned. One
sin destroyed every chance for you to enter Heaven. No one can enter
with sin, and death comes by sin. I must honour the fact that sin brings
death. So here is the loophole for you to enter. I will allow
you to enter after another innocent one dies as a sacrifice in your place
because of your sin. And to signify that, you must carry its blood."
- Like that innocent sacrificial
animal, Jesus was the innocent Lamb of God who died because of our sins.
When John saw the Glass Sea before
the throne, notice what he saw next.
Reve 5:1-4 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. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud
voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And
no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open
the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found
worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
No one could get into that place.
No one could cross that Glass Sea.
Reve 5:5-6 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.
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 and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth
into all the earth.
A Lamb stood on the Glass Sea
AFTER HAVING DIED.
Reve 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;
They called the entering in of
the dead and then resurrected Lamb, a WORK OF REDEMPTION.
And then we read,
Reve 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb
opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one
of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
John could go in himself!
- REDEEMED means that something
is brought back through PAYMENT.
- He died to PAY FOR OUR
- People who sin must die.
- Blood proves there was
- So he REDEEMED us by HIS
- After this, we read...
Recall that the SEA OF GLASS
stood before the throne in Rev. 4:6.
- After the Lamb redeemed
the people, we read...
Reve 7:9 After this I beheld,
and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb,
clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
- They were standing before
- That means they were standing
on the sea of Glass.
- They were crossing the
As Jesus walked on water, water
was no barrier to Him, these people were standing on water.
- They crossed the barrier.
Reve 7:10 And cried with a loud
voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto
- It is salvation to be able
to cross the barrier.
Reve 7:13-15 And one of the elders
answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes?
and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said
to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they
before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and
he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They washed their robes and made
them white in the blood of the lamb.
This means their sins were removed.
A cleansed garment is a Picture
of sin removed.
Isai 1:18 Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall
be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Zech 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed
with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake
unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments
from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass
from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let
them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head,
and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
1Cor 6:9-11 Know ye not that the
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers
of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor
revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were
some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
The Kingdom of God is Heaven.
- Sinners will not enter.
- But Paul the Apostle spoke
to people who were sinners but were WASHED, SANCTIFIED AND JUSTIFIED.
What exactly gives salvation?
Peter preached about people saving
themselves from a crooked and sinful people.
- So they could enter Heaven.
Acts 2:40 And with many other words
did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
What did Peter say that showed
them how to be saved?
Go back a few verses.
Acts 2:37-39 Now when they heard [this],
they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of
the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto
you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as
the Lord our God shall call.
- The land Joshua entered
by the ark crossing the barrier was called the PROMISED LAND.
- And the LAND represented
- Peter was saying that we
are promised HEAVEN, therefore we must experience ACTS 2:38 in order to cross
- Peter said
we must repent and be baptized and receive the Spirit, BECAUSE THE PROMISE
IS FOR US.
- In other
words, we receive the PROMISE by nothing less than repenting, being baptized
in Jesus' Name and receiving the Spirit.
You must die on this side of
the barrier so you can enter Heaven.
- But if you will believe
it and do something about it, Jesus died instead of you so you could enter
past the barrier.
- And ACTS 2:38 shows us
how we IDENTIFY ourselves into the opportunity of accepting Jesus' death
as our own deaths.
- REPENT. Die to your
old way of life by praying and thanking God that Jesus died for you, and ask
God to forgive all your sins. Turn around your life, quit sinning, live
everyday for JESUS CHRIST.
- BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME
OF JESUS CHRIST. Like ENTERING THE ARK. Realize that you so much
died with Jesus when you repented that you actually are buried in water, also
showing that your sins cannot cross the watery barrier. It is in Jesus
Name because you are being baptized INTO HIS DEATH.
- RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST.
You receive the Spirit and speak in tongues as they did when they received
it, and are thereby given a RESURRECTED LIFE, and strength from God's Spirit
to LIVE this new life.
Why? Because the PROMISE
is for you.
Reve 11:19 And the temple of God
was opened in heaven, and there was seen
in his temple the ark of his testament:
THE ARK MADE IT INTO HEAVEN across
the glass sea!!