Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Cast: John, The Visionary

A Talking Trumpet

The Apostle John, the supposed writer of the last book of the New Testament, was also in a UFO.  Whereas Ezekiel was explicit about the exterior of the UFO he saw, Saint John describes it's interior for us.
Before John enters the spaceship he tells us what induced him to go in.

The trumpets we know do not speak with a voice, so this phrase, a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, Rev. 1:10, forces us to ask a question.  Was John hearing a loudspeaker, something that physically resembles a trumpet, as a bullhorn does?  John, of course, did not know the word, bullhorn, so he used a word he knew that best described it.  The trumpet did not play notes, it talked, it was saying.  

Again, in 1:12, John speaks of the voice that spoke to him through the trumpet.   It is not too far-fetched to believe that Jehovah would use an electronic, physical device to speak to his servant.  After all, He uses physical, mechanically printed pages (the Bible) to speak to his servants.  He has also used loudspeakers in radios and TV's to call sinners to repentance. 

There is only a technical difference between the Bible or a radio and the trumpet that John heard speaking.  So let us not fall for the argument that Jehovah would not use mechanical apparatuses to speak to humans.

Then, after John had seen the future of the church, ch. 2-3, he said, After this I looked, and lo, in heaven an open door. Rev. 4:1.  James Strong says that the word, heaven G3772, in this instance, means, an elevated place.  Therefore it is easy to picture a UFO, parked on the ground, standing on its four legs, as Ezekiel saw it, with a ladder reaching from the ground to the spaceship (heaven).

Saint John in a Spaceship

Furthermore, the voice invited him to, come up here.  Was there a ladder for John to climb up into heaven?  Jacob had seen the UFO that way in Gen. 28:10-17.  He does not say that he climbed a ladder, but he was told to come up hither.  If he could not do this by himself, why would he have been told to do it?  It is important to remember that John was still standing on the earth when he saw the open door in heaven.

Heaven, our future home, does not have doors; it has gates, as seen in Rev. 21:12-13+21. However, John says that a door was opened in this elevated place (as a door in a spaceship might be).  The words John uses here are easy to interpret to mean that he saw a spaceship;  if only we will let the Bible mean what it says, and not try to force, into the Bible, the single-faceted ideas that have been fed to us.

Then he saw the captain’s chair, and One was sitting on the chair. Around the throne, there were twenty-four other chairs, where the crew of the spaceship sat. 4:3-4. Then he describes the control panel, however, not in words to which we can readily relate.

Then, in 4:1, just to make sure we do not misunderstand his meaning, John is careful to reiterate the statement of 1:10, the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me.  Again, we observe that John says that the trumpet was talking. 

Concerning this topic, Dr McGee states his viewpoint very directly: This introduces us to one of the simple symbols which occurs frequently from here on in the Revelation. That it is a symbol is evident—a trumpet never talks.  If Dr McGee is keen on contradicting the Bible, that, apparently, is an option, he has.  

I believe that since John wrote that the trumpet talked, he meant that it spoke words.  Later on, when John speaks of the seven trumpets, he says "they sounded", those trumpets did not talk, this one did!

John says God, the Father, was sitting; He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance.  The words, He who sat there, in 4:3 KJV of The Apocalypse, are omitted in "The Majority Texts".  So verses 2-3 read like this, behold, a throne set in heaven, and one sat on the throne which was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance.  

Some argue that, according to this text, even though the Father was sitting in the throne the text does not say that John saw Him; the description was about the throne, and so, they say, John did not really see God.

That argument is really pushing common sense way out of shape.  The statement that John saw the Father, with his physical eyes, must stand without challenge, for in 20:11, John writes, I saw a great white throne and (I saw) Him who sat on it.  We remind ourselves again, that Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Solomon all saw Jehovah, the Father of Jesus Christ, as a physical being.   Why can Bible students not simply accept that?

After that, John says, in front of the throne, but not attached to the control panel, there is, as it were, a sea of glass.  He does not say it was a sea of glass but as it were or like a sea of glass.  What he is describing is the monitor, through which the crew sees the surrounding area.  At that time, the screen was showing the Mediterranean Sea, and that is why John calls it a sea of glass.

This whole scene so perfectly describes the setting of a UFO and its crew that it is really hard to see it any other way.

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