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Monday, February 04, 2019

Jenny In Profile

Jenny bought some new crawler earrings and snapped this profile photo to show them off. She has such a beautiful profile. We are so proud of our niece. Here is my digital scrapbook page  of her profile.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Fast, Easy Super Bowl Recipes

Fruit - This might take more time but everyone in the family loves it, especially in the winter! I get some fruit. Whatever I can get. If I do blueberries, strawberries, fresh pineapple chunks, and some cantaloupe then I'll cut them up, throw in a bowl and toss with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar keeps the fruit fresh and adds sweetness. If I make an apple salad then I cut the apples up, finely chop some celery, throw in some black walnuts and then toss with a dressing I make. I use Duke's mayo (not meant to be an endorsement, it's just the only mayo I use), add some balsamic vinaigrette and sugar to sweeten. I throw in some poppy seeds and whisk. Taste and adjust the ingredients until you like it. If these don't appeal to you, make a congealed fruit salad with some mandarin oranges, orange Jello and grated coconut. Throw in some nuts (everyone likes fruit and nuts together) and whisk in some Cool Whip and put in the refrigerator to set. Not to endorse Jello and Cool Whip, just what I use.

Beanie Weanies - My two fast rules are to only use Hebrew National hot dogs and Bush's Baked Beans. I chop up the wienies in bite size pieces, throw them into a casserole dish and add the baked beans. Pop in the oven and there you are! By the way, I don't mean to endorse a product, I make no money from endorsing them, it's my own opinion and it's just what I use. Make your choices based on what your family prefers.

Homemade Salsa - I use my Vitamix mixer (you can use a food processor, blender or emulsifier). I throw in either canned roma tomatoes (for more flesh and less seeds) or fresh tomatoes, depending on the season. I add washed chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped onion, a clove of garlic, salt and pepper. You can add something hot if you like it that way. Turn on the mixer and pour into a bowl! Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Guacamole - For this I use my emulsifier. I use 2 ripe avocados, some chopped onion, a clove of fresh garlic, washed and chopped fresh cilantro leaves, salt and pepper, a little lemon and/or lime juice. Emulsify and you're done! Serve with tortilla chips.

Sausage Cheese Crockpot Dip - Brown a lb of sausage and a lb of beef, drain and throw into your crockpot. Add a package of taco seasoning and 2 cans of diced roma tomatoes. Throw in a package of cream cheese and a 16 oz package of Velveeta white cheese (again, not meant to be an endorsement, it's just what I use). Heat up your crockpot but keep it on warm. If it's too hot, it tends to separate and it can get real thick if it's too cool. So use your trusty crockpot on a low setting. Serve with tortilla chips.

Wings - You can do this on the grill or in the oven. Throw your wings in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, add the BBQ sauce of your choice. As soon as the wings come to a boil, drain the water and toss the wings in the mixing bowl of BBQ sauce. Then bake or grill to finish them off. Some variations to the recipe are some hot sauce for some spice; use Ranch dressing instead of BBQ sauce; sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro leaves over the finished wings; toss the wings in a mustard sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds on top; use a wasabe sauce for a dip. Cut you some celery sticks to go with it.

We have a Krispy Kreme here so my dessert would be donuts. Can't get any easier or more delicious. If you don't have a KK, then maybe some cookies or cupcakes. Leave off the dessert if you are worried about empty calories.

This may not be the healthiest but it's not bad either. You have fruit, vegetables (avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, celery, onion), carbohydrates and protein (cheeses, beans and meats).

I used to love watching football and the Super Bowl usually meant a small family party. I haven't watched football since they began "protesting" by refusing to show honor during our National Anthem. My way of protesting is by turning them off and not going to any games. It's one thing to protest injustices but it's quite another to disrespect our entire country, government, military and democracy because of the perceived injustices done by a few. Of course there is some injustices and some racism because, with human beings, you are always going to have a few rotten apples in the bushel. But America is one of the few places in the world, and in the history of mankind, where injustice and racism are no longer wanted and we have striven to make our country a more level playing field (excuse my pun) for everyone: black, white, male, female, rich, poor, young, old, etc. So to target America (the place where everyone wants to live BECAUSE we offer better opportunities) is silly. Especially protests done by privileged, highly paid players of a game who are usually treated like superstars. It's a little hard to see past their bank accounts, their expensive sports cars and their shiny gold chains to see what injustices they are talking about. They seem to have risen through the ranks despite any "injustices". Their hard work and commitment to their sport has paid off BECAUSE they have the opportunity, in America, to excel. If there were real injustices, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to excel and become sports superstars with big checks no matter how much they wanted it or worked hard to get it. So, excuse me, if I don't feel your pain. Go protest a real injustice and I'll be behind you. But don't protest my country when it's the best humanity has ever come up with! I won't be watching the Super Bowl, even for the commercials. I think I'll stick to the Puppy Bowl or Kitten Bowl!

Revelation 15

Revelation 15:1 Then I saw another great and marvelous sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven final plagues, with which the wrath of God will be completed.

"Chronologically speaking, remember that we are first given a graphic description of six seals (6:1-17), but the seventh (8:1) is never described. We are only told that when it is broken, there is silence in heaven (8:1). The implication is that the seven trumpets come out of the seventh seal and actually express the content of the seventh seal (8:1-9:21; 11:15-19). This seventh trumpet takes us up to the return of Christ and includes within its judgments the events of the seven last plagues or bowls of chapters 15 and 16, which occur rapidly at the end. The final great event is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory (19:11-21).
"Again, let’s not forget that chapters 10:1-11:4; 13-14; and 17:1-19:10 are interludes and do not advance the Tribulation events chronologically. They simply fill in the picture of the Tribulation giving important details about key personages, events and concepts." - Bible.org

John is given a "a great and marvelous sign in heaven". The first divinely given sign was a woman clothed with the sun (12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head). The second sign was an enormous red dragon (12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads), and the third sign consists of seven angels with the seven last plagues. A sign points to something important and to give direction. These signs tell us the end times are here, God's wrath will not be withheld any longer, all patience is gone, Jesus will then come in triumph and God's perfect kingdom will be established.

The number seven (or derivatives such as “seventh”, “seventy”, etc.) appears in the Bible 562 times. Revelation uses the word “seven” more frequently than any other book where it appears 55 times. The Hebrew language is structured so that most words are based on three-consonant root words. Adding vowels to the root words produces other derived words with different meanings, but they are related because they share the same root word.

A Hebrew root word is "sh-v-a". Add a vowel and it is “sheva” (Strong’s #7651), Hebrew for “seven”. The Hebrew word “sheva“ is related to other words derived from its same root word. Two other such words derived from sh-v-a are:
“soba” (Strong’s #7647), which carries the meaning of fullness, wholeness, abundance, completeness.
“shaba” (Strong’s #7650), which means swearing an oath.
So the number seven carries with it the meaning of “wholeness” and of a “sworn oath“. A seven-fold entity in scripture generally refers to the wholeness of that entity from start to finish, and it comes as an oath from God. A seven-fold entity is one whole entity revealed in seven stages. For example, creation is one whole event revealed in scripture as seven days. The first use of the number 7 in the Bible relates to the creation week in Genesis 1. God spends six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then rests on the seventh day. So from the very start, the number 7 is identified with something being perfect, finished or complete. In Revelation, the number 7 refers to 7 things but also means whole, perfect, complete and sworn to be true.

Let's look at all the times the number 7 appears in Revelation.

Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of creation. Six is associated with mankind. In Revelation “the number of the beast” is called “the number of a man. That number is 666" (Revelation 13:18). God’s number is 7, man’s is 6. Six falls short of seven, just like “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). With the book of Revelation, the Word from God to man was complete.:

Revelation 22:18 "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book"

Leviticus 26:21 If you walk in hostility toward Me and refuse to obey Me, I will multiply your plagues seven times, according to your sins.

The seventh seal includes the wrath of God, which will be dispensed via seven trumpets and seven final plagues. These seven plagues complete the wrath of God. These judgments will accomplish a perfect and complete work on earth.

Many people will lose their lives in the first four seals, aka the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Revelation 6:8). Many more will die during the third trumpet plague (Revelation 8:11), and a third of the remaining population will die through the sixth trumpet (Revelation 9:15, 18). In spite of these apocalyptic horrors, mankind will continue to reject God and will even worship the beast and take on the mark of the beast.

plagues = πληγὰς (plēgas) = Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural Strong's Greek 4127: A blow, stripe, wound; an affliction, plague. From plesso; a stroke; by implication, a wound; figuratively, a calamity.


Revelation 15:2-4 2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, beside which stood those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name. They were holding harps from God, 3 and they sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
“Great and wonderful are Your works,
O Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear You,
O Lord,
and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before You,
for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”

First let's look at some of the words in the beginning of this scripture in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance:

of glass = ὑαλίνην (hyalinēn) = Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5193: Glassy, made of glass, transparent. From hualos; glassy, i.e. Transparent.

with fire, = υρί (pyri) = Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4442: Fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire. A primary word; 'fire'.

had conquered = νικῶντας (nikōntas) = Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3528: To conquer, be victorious, overcome, prevail, subdue. From nike; to subdue.

We have seen a "sea" in a couple of previous places in Revelation. Let's look at that:

Revelation 4:5-6 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. 6 And before the throne was something like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back.

This comes from a description of the throne room of God. This perfectly calm sea is like glass and "clear as crystal". On the other hand...

Revelation 13:1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

This is a very different "sea". This is the sea of humanity and it's anything but calm.

Daniel 7:2-3 2 Daniel declared: “In my vision in the night I looked, and suddenly the four winds of heaven were churning up the Great Sea. 3 Then four great beasts came up out of the sea, each different from the others.

Revelation 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree.

The winds churn up the sea of humanity until the angels hold them back in Revelation 7. But this gives us the idea that the sea of humanity churns and rolls with the tides, crashing waves of war and swirling eddies of intrigue and disasters.

But now, back to this scripture, we see the floor of the throne room of God is not only calm "like glass" but it's "mixed with fire". Fire is purifying judgment. It separates the impurities from metal where it can be skinned off the top and leaving the purest gold. It burns away the trash and dross.

"The wild beast rose out of the sea (Revelation 13:1); the evil-hearted woman sits upon many waters (Revelation 17:1); they draw strength from the wild, and ungoverned, and short-sighted impulses of human passion; in opposition to this near the throne of God is the calm and translucent sea of God's counsels of righteousness and love, now clear as crystal, now ruddy with the fire of righteous indignation, the expression of His eternal will against sin. Such is the appearance of this glass-like sea now that the angels of the plagues are going forth." - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

Who are these who hold a harp (we would call it a lyre which is more of a handheld harp, NOT the big floor standing harp) from God and sing the song of Moses? Let's look at a couple of other translations:

Revelation 15:2 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) Then I saw something that looked like a glass sea mixed with fire, and people were standing on it. They were the ones who had defeated the beast and the idol and the number that tells the name of the beast. God had given them harps

Revelation 15:2 (Good News Translation) Then I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. I also saw those who had won the victory over the beast and its image and over the one whose name is represented by a number. They were standing by the sea of glass, holding harps that God had given them.

These standing around the sea of glass and fire and holding lyres and singing... they have conquered, defeated, won the victory over the beast, it's image, it's name and number. They are the ones who refused to worship the beast and refused to have his name/number written on their heads/hands. The very ones who are martyred by the anti-Christ and his false prophet because of their faith in God and their refusal to fall down and worship him. Because of the extremity of their duress during those times, yet they refused to fall to temptation, they are given high honor. We saw them once before when we studied Revelation 7.

Revelation 7:9-17 9 After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me: “These in white robes,” he asked, “who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.”
So he replied, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason,
‘They are before the throne of God
and serve Him day and night in His temple;
and the One seated on the throne
will spread His tabernacle over them.
16 Never again will they hunger,
and never will they thirst;
nor will the sun beat down upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”

1 Peter 1:3-9 (NET) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. 7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.

The song of Moses is a song of praise for the victory over Pharaoh. And, so, these martyrs also sing a song of praise for the victory over the beast and satan! Moses and the Israelites stood on the shores of the Red Sea after they had crossed on dry ground. The Egyptians followed them into the Red Sea but had not made it out to the other side. As Moses and the people watched, God let go of the sea and it swallowed Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. They saw God overthrow the world power of their day just like we shall see God overthrow the world power in the end times and overthrow satan in the end. Satan, his demons, the anti-Christ, the false prophet and all who refused Christ will be thrown into a Lake of Fire in judgment. And the martyrs of the Great Tribulation will have front row seats. We shall sing praises to the One who saves us from judgment and the One who overcomes evil once and for all! These two songs are not word-for-word identical but are both songs of praise for God who defeats a world power and shows His mighty strength and His righteous judgment. Praise and worship for the One who saves us from His wrath and who gives us eternal life.

Let's look at the story of Moses' song.

Exodus 14:26-31 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

Exodus 15:1-21 1 Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said,
“I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.

2 “The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.

3 “The LORD is a warrior;
The LORD is His name.

4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.

5 “The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.

6 “Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.

8 “At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a heap;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 “The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be gratified against them;
I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’

10 “You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?

12 “You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed them.

13 “In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.

14 “The peoples have heard, they tremble;
Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.

15 “Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;
The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.

16 “Terror and dread fall upon them;
By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone;
Until Your people pass over, O LORD,
Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
17 “You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”
19 For the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea on them, but the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea.

Psalm 90:14-16 14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving devotion, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen evil. 16 May Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your splendor to their children.


Revelation 15:5-8 5 After this I looked, and the temple—the Tabernacle of the Testimony—was opened in heaven. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean and bright linen and girded with golden sashes around their chests.
7 Then one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

This shows a scene in heaven and the stage is the "Tabernacle of the Testimony". We can learn about the earthly Tabernacle of Testimony in Exodus. The Children of Israel, the Jews, had been in Egypt for 400 years and they had been made slaves of the Egyptians. They were blessed by God to have many children and their population was growing so much that the Egyptians were becoming afraid that their slaves would soon be able to rise up and overcome their cruel masters. The Pharaoh of the time issued a decree to kill all the babies of the Israelites to slow their growth. Moses was born during this time and his mother tried to save his life by fashioning a basket and leaving the newborn in the basket floating in the river. She instructed her older daughter, Miriam, to watch the basket. While Pharaoh's daughter went to the river with her entourage, she found the basket with the newborn Hebrew boy in it and she decided to adopt the child and raise it in Pharaoh's court. Miriam ran up to her and offered to find the baby a nurse and so Moses' mother was brought in to nurse the baby. Moses grew up and was chosen to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. The story goes on about how reluctant Pharaoh was to let the slave population of the Israelites go and it took an ever increasing destructive set of plagues until he finally conceded to let them go. The Israelites got to the Red Sea when Pharaoh again changed his mind and got his chariot army in order to chase after them. God instructed Moses to walk to the edge of the Red Sea and stick his famous staff into the Red Sea. Immediately the waters parted into towering walls on both sides and the ground dried. The millions of Israelites walked across to the other side. The Egyptians got there and decided to cross too. But as the last chariot entered the depths, God caused the walls of water to let go and drowned Pharaoh and his chariot army. Moses and the Israelites saw it all and Moses and Miriam sang songs of praise to God for His deliverance, protection and provision. The Hebrews were now free, no longer slaves. But they faced a hostile wilderness and there are more stories of how God provided for them and then He began to give them their new religion. He started by calling Moses up to the mountain top and giving him the carved stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them. Later God gave Moses more instructions about holy feasts of remembrance, established a priesthood, gave them Laws and finally gave Moses a pattern for their mobile worship place. God wanted to dwell among His people, so this mobile place of worship would be kept in the center of their camp. The priests would be the ones who put it up and took it down and carried all the pieces, furnishings and implements before the people whenever they moved. This mobile place of worship was called the Tabernacle, a tent of meeting. Let's look at how it came to be:

Exodus 12:35-36 35 Furthermore, the Israelites acted on Moses’ word and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold, and for clothing. 36 And the LORD gave the people such favor in the sight of the Egyptians that they granted their request. In this way they plundered the Egyptians.

Exodus 25:1-9 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive My offering from every man whose heart compels him. 3 This is the offering you are to accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen and goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and fine leather;a acacia wood; 6 oil for lighting; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx and other gemstones to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 31:1-11 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 to cut gemstones for settings, and to carve wood, so that he may be a master of every craft. 6 Moreover, I have selected Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, as his assistant. I have also given skill to all the craftsmen, that they may fashion all that I have commanded you: 7 the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Testimony and the mercy seat upon it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table with its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand— 10 as well as the woven garments, both the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons to serve as priests, 11 in addition to the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”

Exodus 35: 4 And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, 5 Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, the LORD'S offering; gold, and silver, and brass; 6 and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair; 7 and rams' skins dyed red, and sealskins, and acacia wood; 8 and oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense; 9 and onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate. 10 And let every wise hearted man among you come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded;

Exodus 35:20-22 20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and brought the LORD'S offering, for the work of the tent of meeting, and for all the service thereof, and for the holy garments. 22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought...

Exodus 36:5-7 5 and they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. 6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. 7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

Exodus 36-38 sums up all that was made for the Tabernacle of the Lord. This includes the Tabernacle and it's furnishings. When we use the word "furnishings" we think of a couch, table, chairs, etc. But in this case it means the altar, the bronze basin or laver, the table of shewbread (aka altar of shewbread), the candelabra or lampstand, the altar of incense and the Ark of the Covenant with it's Mercy Seat lid. It's a good time to explain that each piece of the Tabernacle from the curtains, to the pillars, to the furnishings, etc symbolize Jesus Christ in some way. Even down to the colors chosen by God for the tapestry curtains! I have done an extensive study on the Tabernacle. Here is Part One, Part Two, The Outer Court, The Inner Court, The Holy of Holies, and What Happened To The Ark Of The Covenant. The Tabernacle is called:

The House of Jehovah
The Temple of Jehovah
The Dwelling of God
The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle (or Tent) of Meeting
The Tabernacle (or Tent) of Testimony

Exodus 38:21 This is the sum of the things for the tabernacle, even the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

The outer layer of covering is a waterproof skin.

Ark of the Covenant

When King David was over Israel, he determined to make a permanent place of worship in Jerusalem. God led him to do it and to gather all the materials to start construction of the Temple. But it was actually his son, King Solomon, who would build the permanent Temple. It was magnificent. It was built along the same pattern as the Tabernacle, only permanent and much bigger and more magnificent.

If the Tabernacle could be that intricate and gorgeous and the Temple could be that huge and magnificent... imagine what the Tabernacle of Testimony is in Heaven!!!! You see, what was made on earth, according to God's pattern, would replicate, in a small way, the Tabernacle of Testimony in Heaven.

Exodus 25:8-9 (God speaking to Moses) 8 And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 25:40 See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

The building of the permanent Temple in Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 28 1 Now David summoned all the leaders of Israel to Jerusalem... 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and as a footstool for our God. I had made preparations to build it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My Name, because you are a man of war who has spilled blood.’... 9 As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 Consider now that the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it.”
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple,a its buildings, storehouses, upper rooms, inner rooms, and the room for the mercy seat. 12 The plans contained everything he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, for all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the house of God and of the dedicated things, 13 for the divisions of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of service in the house of the LORD, and for all the articles of service in the house of the LORD... 19 “All this,” said David, “all the details of this plan, the LORD made clear to me in writing by His hand upon me.”
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do it. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and the Levites are ready for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of every skill will be at your disposal for the work. The officials and all the people are fully at your command.”

Earlier in Revelation, we saw some descriptions of the heavenly dwelling place of God, let's review:

Revelation 4:2-11 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, with someone seated on it. 3 The One seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow that gleamed like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and on these thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white, with golden crowns on their heads.

5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. 6 And before the throne was something like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 And each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around and within. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, Holy, Holy,
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things;
by Your will they exist, and came to be.”

Revelation 5:5-14 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6 Then I saw a Lamb who appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

8 When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:
“Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals,
because You were slain,
and by Your blood You purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
10 You have made them into a kingdom,
priests to serve our God,
and they will reign upon the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels and living creatures and elders encircling the throne, and their number was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands. 12 In a loud voice they said:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To Him who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb,
be praise and honor and glory and power
forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 7:9-19 9 After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me: “These in white robes,” he asked, “who are they, and where have they come from?”

14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.”

So he replied, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason,
‘They are before the throne of God
and serve Him day and night in His temple;
and the One seated on the throne
will spread His tabernacle over them.
16 Never again will they hunger,
and never will they thirst;
nor will the sun beat down upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’"
18 The nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come.
The time has come to judge the dead,
and to reward Your servants,
the prophets and saints,
and those who fear Your name,
both small and great,
and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then the temple of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple. And there were flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder, and an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.

I put this together from my imagination on how the throne room of God might look. And I'm sure it's WAY better than this!

Acts 7:44-50 44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony with them in the wildernessIt was constructed exactly as God had directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 And our fathers who received it brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations God drove out before them. It remained until the time of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for Him.
48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:
49 ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord,
or where will My place of repose be?
50 Has not My hand made all these things?’

Hebrews 8:5 (New International Version - NIV, parenthesis mine) They (the Jewish priests) serve at a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. That is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

Hebrews 9 1 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did He enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

Now the 4 living creatures give out the 7 bowls (or vials) of judgment to 7 angels to be poured out in judgment.

In looking back through Revelation we have seen the Seven Seals (7 Seals), the Seven Trumpets (7 Trumpets) and now the Seven Bowls (7 Bowls). Lets briefly review what we learned about the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets.

In Revelation 6 we see the Seven Seals. The first four are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. A white horse, a red horse, a black horse and a pale horse. Use this chart to refresh your memory.

There is an interlude between the 6th and 7th seal where the 144,000 are sealed (see Revelation 7). With Revelation 8, the 7th seal is the start of the Seven Trumpets. When it is broken, there is silence for half an hour and then an angel hands out the Seven Trumpets.

The 7th trumpet is another interlude and then begins the 7 bowls, or vials, which is where we are now.

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