RT, thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading it. :-) As for the sea of glass from Revelation 4, I believe that it represents God's Law. I believe that the 2 tablets of stone that the Lord gave to Moses were made of sapphire. Sapphire is blue like sea and it's crystal. Ezekiel saw that the appearance of the firmament under God's throne was in appearance like a sapphire stone. In Psalm 89:14 it says: "Righteousness and justice [are] the foundation of Your throne..."
Paul, welcome to the discussion forum. It is always great to have folks join in the conversation. I am glad you enjoyed reading my study.
I think we need to be careful not to ascribe meaning to things that scripture does not give meaning to itself. What we know about the heavenly tabernacle is that it served as a pattern for the earthly one. If we want to know what earthly thing correlates to the heavenly "sea" we need look no further than the tabernacle and temple. The "Sea" was a large bronze laver which held water for the priests to wash in. (The Temple "sea" was the size of a large above ground swimming pool.) It was used for ceremonial cleansing, that the priests might enter the temple to perform the tasks required of them, it was a means of purification.
Now I admit I do some speculating as to what the heavenly sea may be. And I also admit I could be wrong about that. Though I do believe scripture does support my suspicions, which I show in my study.
If John saw a crystal sea, and Moses and Ezekiel saw a sapphire pavement, I believe how they describe it is exactly what it was. The throne of God and the heavenly Tabernacle are not ethereal, spiritual concepts, but real objects that exist in a reality that we cannot see, unless the Lord allows us to.
Prophecy is a difficult thing to piece together, and we tend to see things from our own unique perspectives and understanding. I don't want to discourage you and don't mean to seem condescending at all and I hope you don't take it that way. Like I said in another post. We are all trying to figure it out together. I pray that the Lord will lead us all as we seek to understand His word and the times in which we live.
If you believe that there is some meaning to the sapphire expanse/ crystal sea. Then look to scripture to provide your evidence. The verse in Psalms is true, God's throne is built on righteousness and justice, in a figurative sense. That means that His rule is based on those things. I don't think that is connected to what the crystal sea may represent. I don't think this passage provides enough evidence to support your claim. But keep searching, perhaps you will convince me otherwise.
bernie: “This demonstrates that the virus has a sort of intelligence. ... We can put up all the barriers in the world and imagine that they work, but in the end, it adapts and penetrates them,”
Mar 6, 2021 11:56:37 GMT -6
EnochWalked: "It is up to 50% more transmissible than the virus that surged last spring and again in the fall, making it more adept at thwarting measures that were previously effective, WHO experts warned. Scientists have concluded that it is also more deadly." Wow.
Mar 6, 2021 13:20:22 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Well, it's technically the 7th in Israel now, so I don't know what the significance of 1260 days after September 23rd, 2017 is. Perhaps that will become clearer tomorrow, but in the mean time, I've been enjoying this: youtu.be/Yi7DD6NCGrI?t=418
Mar 6, 2021 16:03:08 GMT -6
EnochWalked: The video is called "End Times - Daniel UNSEALED! (2021 Great Tribulation)" and it was published last November, so maybe it has been discussed already. I found it in a comment on the latest Unsealed article. Doesn't point to a day, but 2021 looks special.
Mar 6, 2021 16:07:42 GMT -6
Boymaker2: EW: I get really confused when they multiply numbers that seem random to me, and it stops me in my tracks. But he is calling for a late Summer/Fall 2021 Tribulation and a return to reign in 2028. I'll spend time in this!
Mar 6, 2021 19:32:28 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Boym: I think the video did focus unnecessarily on the symbolism of some of the numbers, but I did like the mathematical fact that 2520 is the lowest number divisible by the digits 1 to 10. The main point though was using 360 day prophetic years.
Mar 7, 2021 2:42:10 GMT -6
EnochWalked: Considering 1948 x 360 isn't so random, given that both Israel was established as a nation in 1948 AD and Abraham was born 1948 years after Creation. The fact that this multiplication works so well I think is justification for considering 2520 x 360 too.
Mar 7, 2021 2:45:26 GMT -6
EnochWalked: That makes me think of another approach, though. The Revelation 12 sign occurred on the 3rd day of Tishrei, 5778 (on the Hebrew calendar), and if we go forwards 42 calendar months (ignoring leap months), we get 3rd of Nisan, 5781. This is March 16th, 2021.
Mar 7, 2021 3:02:18 GMT -6
bernie: Thanks EW, I think I'm getting some of that now. I have difficulty tracking anything with numbers and consider myself Math Challenged. Thankfully I'm not Rapture Challenged, I'm ready to go anytime.
Mar 7, 2021 10:14:27 GMT -6
EnochWalked: gizmodo.com/someone-is-hacking-the-hackers-1846406428 "Only intelligence services or people who know where the servers are located can pull off things like that... Three forums in one month is just weird." Looks like Biden's NSA has been busy.
Mar 7, 2021 13:33:08 GMT -6