Some Notes about the book of Revelation

By James Oliver Near

In the years of studying the bible with my Carnal Mind which always renders thoughts to a physical understanding. For example: “The Anti-Christ” if I remember was a person that comes on the stage and deceives the whole world to worshipping the Beast” . Worldwide destruction, World War 3, Third of the trees being burned, third of the rivers dried up. Giant Hail Stone in the weight range of 100 to 150 pounds falling from the sky.

Over the last 60 years we have been condition by the movie industry to always look for the “Apocalypse” of the world. There has always been something happening to the earth. Space invasion, War, Earthquakes, Asteroids, Giant Monster coming from the sea.

That sounds a lot like revelations to me. Beast raising out of the sea, Stars falling from space, Great destruction, Mankind in agony. The great whore, etc. And what does all that mean? When I was young all of that mis-information scared me so much. To the point I would not think about it. A side note: this is why many young people do not believe in God. And it all stems from the Carnal Church System of Man. Yes from man!

In my mind many of the scholars that wrote many commentary's on the bible have one thing in common. They are a product of the Carnal Mind which cannot understand spiritual symbolism & is hostel toward the Creator. How did this happen, It started 2,000 years ago when the Church of Christ was taken over by the carnal mind. And set up different way of worship. Which was not different by a carry over of Babylon.

The Old System

If you read in the old testament Issiah, Jeremiah, and a few more. You will find the God put Judah in captivity through Babylon, I mean they were in servitude to Babylon for 70 years. My friend that is a lot of time for Judah to absorb many of the customs of Babylon. And when God raised up King Cyrus and through him Judah returned to there land. That is when they brought customs back to the land of Judah. And they rebuild the temple (which was a symbol of the Old system) Christ always condemn the system of his day.

And Christ sets up his New way.

A Temple not made with hands. This is a Spiritual Church made by and only by Christ Himself. No man can make that church. Now let understand this! The bible from Genesis to Revelation is about Christ and how he is building His true Temple. Which we are His Temple. There is NO MAN MADE BUILDING. For the flesh cannot please God! So why do people put so much emphasize on a building?

Let Christ open your mind to the unveil of truth about His Temple. And How He is doing this very work which the Father has giving Him to do. We are at the very door that Christ is knocking at, the door to your mind. We have been controlled by a Carnal Mind since the time Adam was made flesh and lowered into this state of mind. And it was all the plan of God to bring man back to Him! In this Plan of God, you have no choice in the outcome of it!

It is a DONE DEAL when Christ said' “IT IS FINISHED” I mean Christ has already given you Salvation and it is a “FREE GIFT” There NOTHING you can do for it or change it. For this is a decree by the Father. The ultimate will of the Father. This why we must understand the unveiling of Christ! And that can only be done by and through the spirit of Christ!

Understanding the word “revelation” The act of revealing or disclosing., Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized., A sudden insight or idea:

So what we are seeing is the disclosure of and about Christ and of the things that must shortly come to past. In that statement “shortly come to pass” in my mind this means we can do nothing about it. It is the work of Christ setting us back on course. Let's look at something that I have come to see through the spirit of Christ. First Christ through his spirit lead me to J Preston Eby. And the Spirit of Christ open up my mind to see what has been said. And by Christ making “The Truth Standout” It is as a great light shown on the pages of this book. As a result of this study I no longer fear what scalars have been teaching. To me the OLD WAY was based in FEAR RELIGON. Christ has taken all that way. I cannot praise Christ enough for working with me and you.

From Eby, “The book of Revelation sets before us a glorious Person, with the veil removed from Him, and with the veil removed from our eyes so that we may look upon Him and see with the beloved John that the important things are:

1. The Judge — not the judgments!

2. The Lamb — not the dragon!

3. The Seven Spirits of God — not the spirits of devils!

4. The Rider on the White Horse who has Four Names — not the four horses!

5. The Throne of God — not the seat of the beast!

6. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah — not the beast out of the sea!

7. The Faithful and True Witness — not the false prophet!

8. The 144,000 Sons of God on Mount Zion — not the beast out of the earth!

9. Those who have the Father’s name on their forehead — not the mark of the beast!

10. The New Jerusalem — not Mystery Babylon!

11. The Bride of the Lamb — not the harlot!

12. The Manchild on the Throne — not the dragon cast out of heaven!

13. The Glory of God — not the darkness that covers the earth!

14. The Overcomers — not the churches whose candlesticks are removed!

15. The Unveiling of Jesus Christ — not the antichrist!

This book releases the mind of Christ out of celestial realms. We must by the Holy Ghost get on the horse, put our feet in the stirrups, take hold of the reins and ride through this book experientially in the anointing from on High. We must be in the Spirit on the Lord’s day to understand it, just as John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day to receive it. And when we do — we see Jesus!

Walk in the Spirit of the Lord, and you’ll see Jesus,

Walk in the Spirit of the Lord, you’ll see the King;

Walk in the Spirit of the Lord, and you will find Him:”

Note: I must say this man has help me in a new understanding. It is as Christ showed me the way to His temple. Remember this is Christ working with mankind, to bring you and me to be “One with the Father” And in the End God Will Be All In All. Christ is the beginning of all creation. He is the Author of Our Salvation which is Eternal life. We will be as He is. Remember our lowered state “The Carnal Mind is hostel toward Christ & while we are in this state we cannot please God. But God made a Plan through Christ to bring us back to the fold.

Quote from Eby, “The book will be revealed in your experience as you grow and progress into the stature of sonship to God. The wisdom of man is foolishness with God. The wisdom of man would seek an understanding of the book of Revelation verse by verse in the letter of the Word, but the wisdom of God teaches it experience by experience. Don’t try to understand it, but pray for obedience, that you might apprehend the ways of the Lord. Seek that your mind and heart (soul) will come into that relationship with God where the Spirit of God in your spirit can reveal. Then the book will commence to speak to you out of your relationship with the Father! Instead of mere head knowledge, the message of the book will begin to apply to your life in the power of kingship and priesthood. Most of the book is rooted in the symbology of the Old Testament. You will find there the temple, the sacrifices, the worshippers, the ark of the covenant, the candlestick, the city Jerusalem, mount Zion, the prophets, the priesthood, the king and the throne, the archangel, the serpent, trumpets, feasts, and many more. Now by the spirit of wisdom and revelation all these things begin to relate to your experience, your life, and your walk in God.

You cross the thresholds of spiritual reality where all that was natural and external to Israel in the Old Testament now becomes spiritual and internal as the revelation of Jesus Christ in the elect. The symbols of the Revelation appear to be highly complicated, and they are to the carnal mind! How crude and presumptuous is the darkened carnal mind that would lift its voice in pretentious wisdom to understand the deep mysteries of God! We must consider such mysteries with reverence and godly fear, remembering above all else that our Father has willed that we be partakers of His mind. I have no hesitation in saying that just as surely and truly as the mind of the Father dwelt in the firstborn Son, Jesus Christ, so also that same mind that dwelt in Him will dwell in all that blessed company now becoming sons of God. The deep mysteries of God and the unfathomable wisdom and knowledge hid in Jesus Christ cannot be discovered by the natural man or the carnal mind, but God reveals them unto us by His Spirit. The secret then is not in studying, burning the midnight oil, pouring over vast volumes searching out information and understanding, but the divine secret that unlocks all the divine depths of divine things is walking in the Spirit and hearing what the Spirit saith. The same Spirit that inspired the book reveals the book, opening the precious storehouse of truths of the Kingdom of Heaven to the sincere and seeking heart. The visions of the book of Revelation are well-ordered and each of the keys to the book testifies of itself. The idea that the body of Christ is a company of kings and priests, so graphically set forth in chapters four and five, suggests that our ministry is to bring people out of an old world order into a new world

Quoted from Eby “The reason there is a new heaven and a new earth is not because there is coming a great cataclysmic destruction in the outer world, but rather, all the walls and barriers that religion has built up in us, that have separated God from the earth, are to be obliterated so that there shall be an expression of God’s Spirit through us to creation. Religion has taught people that they have to die to obtain God’s fullness, while others have taught that we will fly away to some far-off heaven somewhere to get it while the world suffers the horrors of the damned and untold billions of humanity are consigned to eternal torture in the unquenchable fires of hell. We have been told a thousand things that aren’t true and have been used, beaten, threatened, controlled, bled of our money, time and peace, brain washed and deceived by the carnality of the harlot system that calls itself the church. Oh, how men have been tossed to and fro upon the violent waves of the SEA of the doctrines, laws, methods, schemes, promotions, gimmicks, deceptions, fraud and foolishness of the church systems! Thank God, the day is coming when there will be no more sea! And for many of us, blessed be His name, it has already become a glorious fact that within ourselves there is no more sea!

There is an inner working of His Spirit that leads to the full expression and manifestation of His glory. God has planted within His chosen elect the good seed of the Christ life and the book of Revelation is the symbolical, illustrative, figurative, metaphorical, and allegorical teaching of how God deals both positively and negatively in His garden to bring forth the harvest of Christ within us!

The Greek word for revelation is, APOKALUPSIS. This word has been translated in the Bible by various English words such as lighten, revelation, manifestation, coming, appearing, and revealed.

In a nut shell The Greek word APOKALUPSIS is a derivative of APOKALUPTO. APOKALUPTO is a compound word composed of APO, meaning "off" or "away," and KALUPTO, meaning "to cover up." Thus APOKALUPSIS means to take the cover off, to uncover, unveil, reveal or disclose. It implies the drawing away or removal of everything that veils or hides, and therefore it is always opposed to concealment or secrecy.

God will make war against the religious mind, against our pride, selfishness, self-will, self-sufficiency and self-righteousness, against the flesh, the world and the devil in us, until He has melted all arrogance into humility, and all that is self has died in the bloody sweat and all-conquering cross of Christ which will never give up its redeeming power until all that stands between us and the purpose of God in our sonship has no more a name among the sons of God.

With these thoughts in mind we should better grasp the significance and meaning of the woes, earthquakes, burning mountains, hail storms, vials, and judgments in the book of Revelation! These are poured out upon men (Adam, flesh), upon the earth (carnality, soulishness), upon the sea (wickedness), upon the rivers and streams (doctrines, creeds, philosophies, mind-sets), upon the beast (natural constitution), upon the harlot (religious systems, spirits), upon the mountains (strongholds, dominions, kingdoms within), and a number of other realms. You will understand a great truth when you understand that all of these things are as truly within us as they are without!

These are the very things that must be purged and eradicated once and for all and completely from our lives if we are to share the glory of Christ’s kingdom! And what earthquakes shake our lives as God brings His dealing hand upon the citadels of self and flesh and worldliness that dwarf and conceal the Christ-life within! What fires are ignited in our souls as the Lord comes to His temple and sits in His temple as a refiner’s fire and as fuller’s soap, purging and purifying His Royal Priesthood! What hailstones of a "hard word" fall from the heavens of God’s Spirit into our land as He smashes our religious idols and all the things we treasure more than His will and way! The one simple factor is this: REVELATION IS A SPIRITUAL BOOK COMMUNICATED IN SIGNS AND SYMBOLS!”

The word "signified" is the Greek word semaino which is a derivative of the word semo meaning a mark or sign, or to indicate by signs or symbols. The English word could be written SIGN-I-FIED — demonstrating that it means to communicate by means of signs and symbols. We understand, of course, that is exactly how the Revelation was communicated to John and the whole book is a book of pictures and symbols!

The fact that the revelation of Jesus Christ was communicated to John in the form of signs and symbols shows clearly that there is no "literalness" in the book. When you read of mountains, earthquakes, beasts, horns, rivers, seas, stars, sun, moon, heads, marks, horses, wars, floods, angels, books, etc.,

NONE OF THESE WILL EVER BE SEEN OR FULFILLED LITERALLY OR PHYSICALLY UPON THE EARTH OR IN HEAVEN ABOVE. These, with all the other signs in the book, are communications of spiritual realities expressed in the form of symbols.

The Preface

That is the preface and it states Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John: KJV

And what does preface mean?

pref·ace (prĕf′ĭs) n.


a. A preliminary statement or essay introducing a book that explains its scope, intention, or background and is usually written by the author.

b. An introductory section, as of a speech.

Now understand this “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is the scope, the intention, the background of the book of revelation.

What does revelation mean?

rev·e·la·tion (rĕv′ə-lā′shən) n.

1. a. The act of revealing or disclosing.

b. Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.

c. A sudden insight or idea:

Coming out of the gate the FACT IS “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” That is what the Book of Revelation is all about. Christ show us the Glory of the Kingdom of God. It is us in Him becoming the “Overcomer's of this Babylonian church System!” That truth stand out but is over looked by the influence of man made religion ! I have come to see that the Carnal mind has built this world's system we find ourselves in! And it was all the Plan of God in motion! The Carnal Mind is what we been lowered into. It has become our strong delusion!

Quote from Eby: “What is that voice which is as the sound of many waters? Water is representative of life. The voice of many waters is the voice of the fullness of life! What can man do without water? Nothing! Without water we will die within a few days because our very bodies are composed of 65% water. We were formed in water in the womb. In that long ago beginning the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and there it was that God spoke! “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said…” His voice was first heard upon the waters! Creation began out of the waters by the word of the Lord! The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Face speaks of personality, as though there is a person trying to appear through the waters. The face is the expression of the intelligence of the mind. It speaks of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. The Spirit of God brooded over the face, over the personality of the waters. And then God spoke! He spoke out of the waters! From the dawn of creation there comes to us the sound of the voice of many waters. It is HIS voice. The word of the sons of God is the voice of many waters! It is the voice of One in the midst of the candlesticks! Water is life. Water saves, water refreshes, water cleanses, water rejuvenates, water creates, water births”

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength. What are the seven stars? Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Rev 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he (Christ) that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; (the Seven Church)

At the end of Christ speaking to the 7 churches the bottom line is this “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” You can see for yourself below.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Rev 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Rev 3:5 He who overcomes will be dressed in white, and I will not take his name from the book of life, and I will give witness to his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the house of my God, and he will go out no more: and I will put on him the name of my God, and the name of the town of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes I will give a place with me on my high seat, even as I overcame, and am seated with my Father on his high seat.

Quote: From Ebby Part 190 Mystery Babylon, You will understand a great mystery when you understand how all truth in the book of Revelation is germinative in the seven churches in chapters two and three. A great mistake that many have in their minds is the notion that the seven churches are one thing and the events described through the seals, trumpets, and vials are something else. Such is not the case! The messages to the seven churches are given first because the church is the seed-plot for the development of the seed — both the wheat and the tares! Oh, yes! The church is the seed-bed of everything else that happens throughout the whole book of Revelation! It all begins there! The beasts, the women, the cities, the shakings, the judgments, the glory — all these things and many more are found in seed form in the seven churches. All the mighty things that manifest out of the sea, the earth, and the heavens are there in the seven churches in their embryonic form. As a plant grows and develops, and the blossoms and fruit come, so does every seed of good and evil in the seven churches become full grown and full blown in the chapters that follow! Chapters two and three are not about the church, while the rest of the book is about China, Russia, Israel, Europe, America, and an antichrist in Jerusalem. Oh, no! The whole book is written to the church and IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHURCH!

Notice how it is that the little seed of Jezebel, the fornicating false prophetess in the church at Thyatira, grows and increases in numbers, organization, and stature until she becomes “the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Rev. 17:1-2). Consider how the little seed of the doctrine of Balaam in the church at Pergamos, increases and intensifies until it brings forth in the earth the corporate beast of the false prophet who has “two horns like a lamb, and speaks as a dragon” (Rev. 13:11).

Then there is the little seed of the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes by which the Lord’s people are brought under the fleshly dominion of men who set themselves up as lords over God’s flock; and this click of pastors, bishops, overseers, superintendents, etc. these usurpers of Christ’s Headship over His body grows and aggrandizes until it becomes “that great city Babylon, that mighty city,” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird…which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Then the seed of the struggling little “overcomer” in each of the seven churches, to whom such glorious promises are given, increases in wisdom, stature, and authority in the Spirit until he becomes 144,000 sons of God standing upon the heavenly mount Zion, the very pinnacle of power and dominion in the kingdom of God!

John sees the seven golden candlesticks — the church — later on in the Revelation, this time no longer a flickering light in the secluded darkness of the Holy Place of the Tabernacle (the church age), but now become a glorious wonder in the heavens of God’s Spirit, a city coming down from God out of heaven, having the glory of God: and her light is like a stone most precious…and the city has no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God lightens it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them that are saved walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (Rev. 21:10-11,23-24). The little seed of the candlestick has now become the glorious City of God, which is also the bride of the Lamb! Within that city is the throne — and the little seed of the overcomer has become the man-child upon the throne that rules the nations! Oh, the wonder of it!

God has only one church, not one thousand and one. We nowhere read in scripture of “Christ and His churches.” No, no! It is always Christ and “the church.” Of course this one church is of necessity divided up into many local assemblies for the purpose of gathering together for worship, ministry, and fellowship. These various locales of gathering are called “churches,” just as we have the “seven churches which are in Asia” in the book of Revelation. But God does not have a “Baptist Church” and a “Methodist Church” and a “Pentecostal Church” and a “Catholic Church” and a “Seventh Day Adventist Church” which refuse to have anything to do with one another! The Holy Spirit gave the world but one body, one faith, and one spirit (Eph. 4:4-6), with the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole legislator. The many bodies, and many faiths, and many creeds, and many legislators of the present day, constitute nothing more than spiritual prostitution, they are harlots one and all, who are living apart from their one and only lawful Husband and in love with and in intimate union with many lovers!

When I write these things, unveiling the apostasies of the various portions of the fallen church, they are not railing accusations. They are not the mere brawlings of an envious, unfriendly and unreasoning critic. They are not wholesale and unfounded recriminations hurled at these organizations in malicious and impotent fury. They are not charges brought in ignorance or in total disregard of the facts. On the contrary, they are the result of long years of experience and patient, painstaking and exhaustive study of the men and times out of which the various sects grew, and of a close, careful and unbiased observation of present conditions in all parts of the world. They are unsparing of evil and error, but they are inspired, not by envy, malice, or an inflated ego, but by Divine Love. There is, indeed, an intensity of hatred for the false teachings and practices into which the so-called churches have fallen, but that very intensity is a measure of Christ’s love for the people who have been deceived and led astray. It is this same love which motivates the sound of the Spirit of God Himself when He cries, “COME OUT of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues!”

We are not unmindful that a merciful and compassionate God has used all these in the salvation of souls and in bringing blessings to humanity. The Lord has, in mercy, allowed the least faithless of the popular churches to declare enough of the gospel to lead men to the Saviour. Some of these have found the blessing of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. Occasionally some of their number receive miraculous answers to prayer. But from here on, practically everything that is taught and done is nothing but carnality and flesh, defilement and shame: nothing but the precepts of the elders, the traditions of men, and the lies and deceptions of the antichrist. But there is a higher walk, an undefiled way, to which all must commit who would know the full blessings and favor of their sovereign Lord, and who would serve Him acceptably and know the joy of the ultimate in attainment and accomplishment in His glorious kingdom of Life, Light, and Love!

We have heard many so-called Gospels. The world is full of poor, deluded souls who are trying to establish their own particular creed of imaginings and mistakes. Today, everyone with a little bit of preacher’s “itch” is attempting to get themselves a little congregation, a little following, trying to build a little kingdom. But a new day has dawned! A day when the pure and unadulterated gospel of the kingdom must go forth to the whole world! Religionists have tried in vain to lift the world out of its shame by preaching their own ideas and promoting their own programs. It simply would not work. The world has grown steadily worse! Right in the face of so-called “great revivals” and “outpourings of the Spirit” both the church and the world have slipped further and further into carnality, moral decay, ungodliness, licentiousness, unbelief, and religious errors or all kinds. Their lofty phrases, and text-book prayers, and apologetic platitudes, and flesh-oriented programs, and fraudulent claims, and lying signs and wonders, have utterly failed.

While the harlot has been on her wild ride upon her dust-stomping beast the Lord has been quietly, secretly, unobtrusively, and unobserved by the world, calling a people into union with Himself. There in the secret place of the most High the Bridegroom has impregnated his woman with an incorruptible seed, and that woman is even now in travail to bring forth a manchild — a mature SON! Now a new company is to go forth with a burning message of truth direct from the throne, a message stripped of all the ineffectual absurdities that have been preached throughout the years. The sons of God shall go forth in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost and they shall minister to mankind in the power of incorruption. Religionists have side-stepped, and mollycoddled, and pussy-footed, and backslapped too long. Their day is done. “Come hither: I will show thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.” A new army is being prepared, an army of the sons of God perfected in His image, radiating His glory, and manifesting His power. And there will be an exultant victory! For now the day is dawning when “A-L-L nations shall come and worship before Thee” (Rev. 15:4).

The following words by Joyce Morris add a depth of understanding to this contrast between the betrothed wife of the Lamb and the wanton harlot riding the scarlet colored beast. “Whatever you are having union with is what you are becoming (or producing)! If you choose to have a union with your soul, then it is impossible for you to produce anything except the flesh. If you are having a union with the Lamb, you cannot become anything else but the Lamb — Christ in the earth. There are, however, a lot of people who want a marriage with the Lord in name only. They want His name, and the benefits and blessings that go along with His name — but they do not want to make a commitment and become His name — His nature.

“I remember very clearly one day many years ago, while I was getting ready to go out and minister at a Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship meeting, the Lord spoke to me loudly and clearly about this. The Lord said, ‘My people want my name, but they don’t want to become my name. My people want my name so that their reproach will be removed and their sins forgiven — but they don’t want to become my name. They want a relationship with me — but they don’t want to marry me, because if they marry me that means they will have to make a commitment. They don’t want the responsibility that comes with marriage. Just like Israel, my people still want to continue on in fornication and adultery. They want to have other lovers, and continue in idol worship. They love their families, relationships, money, homes, possessions, and businesses more than me! They want the things of the world more than they want me! They want their religions, doctrines, traditions, and beliefs more than me! They are not willing to love me first in their life! They are not willing to let me be Lord in their life! They desire my blessings more than the One who blesses them! They want the gifts that I give them, more than the Giver of the gifts.

They want their ministries, knowledge, and revelations of me — but they do not want the responsibility and commitment that should come with them! They do not want to come to the marriage of the Lamb, because they still want to live separate and apart from me! Many in the body of Christ, and even many who call themselves my sons have sought to build their own kingdoms, rather than live as one with me in my kingdom! They want my name to open doors before them — but they do not want to enter in, through a union with The Door. They do not want to come to the marriage that I have prepared for my Son! They do not want to take their responsibility and be what I have called them to be — which is my name — my nature! They do not want to be one with me!’ These are strong statements indeed — but they are true. This is what has been going on in the body of Christ and even in God’s sons today! We still want the great revelations, the knowledge, and understanding — but we do not always want the responsibility and commitment that comes with them.

“Now we read in Isaiah 4:1, ‘And in that day (the day of the Lord) seven women (7Churches of Revelations) shall take hold of one man, (The Christ) saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.’ This speaks of seven women, and the seven women are the seven churches which are the body of Christ! It says that in that Day they shall take hold of one man which is Christ. But the problem is that they still haven’t buried their first husband! (Adam self) They’re still holding on to their old man, Adam, and if they take hold of another man (husband) they are committing adultery. Right in this great Day of the Lord they are coming to Christ saying, ‘Let us be called by your name to take away our reproach, but we still want to eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel.’ In other words they’re saying, ‘Lord, we want to be called by your name, but we don’t want to become your name! We want a marriage with you in name only, where we can continue to feed on our carnal (soulish) thoughts. We want to keep our religious traditions, doctrines, and ways, and be clothed in our own righteousness, according to our religious works. We want to continue doing our own thing to satisfy the lusts (desires) of our flesh (self will/our first husband — Adam). But Lord, we also want the benefits and blessings that come with your name. Lord, WE REALLY WANT IT BOTH WAYS!” — end quote.


Many interpretations have been put upon the scarlet-clad harlot riding the wild beast having seven heads and ten horns. The two most common interpretations are that the harlot is either Pagan Rome in the days of the early church, or Papal Rome from the time of the rise of the Papacy until the present time. If the interpretation be that this lewd, garishly attired woman, holding in her hand the golden cup full of the abominations and filthiness of her fornication, be either Pagan or Papal Rome, at once the whole scene has little or nothing to do with the vast majority of those who read these lines. It has no concern with us; we can contentedly study the vision with the comfortable assurance that we, at any rate, have no connection with it in any way. If the scarlet woman be simply a representation of the Roman Catholic Church, then every member of the Protestant Churches can, as many so frequently do, gaze complacently on the picture and feel that of a certainty it has no spiritual application to themselves.

Once our spiritual mind is able to grasp the truth that the Revelation sets forth great spiritual principles rather than identifying specific institutions, governments, movements, etc., then this vision takes on an entirely new dimension with a far wider and truer view than any of the commentators have put upon it. Let us see clearly the deeply solemn truth that the woman on the beast is to be found in every church, and that this vision of her reaches to all the existing church systems with all their vaunted orthodoxy, and then beyond that, this vision of her discloses a peril that besets every believer in Christ right down to the person penning these words and the one now reading these words. Wherever the church allies herself with the world, and wherever the individual believer allows the spirit of the world to invade his spiritual life, there the vision of this chapter materializes anew. Yet, it is not alone the world without that creates the issue, but the world within as well! In fact I must repeat and reiterate with all the emphasis possible that the greatest danger to any man’s spiritual life is not the world outside of himself, but truly the world within!

It is very necessary that we be able to see the great truth that individually the great harlot is our very own soul. Our soul does not want to be faithful to our man — Christ within our spirit! From the time of our birth into this fallen state our soul has sought union with the flesh. Can we not see by this that the root of Mystery Babylon lies right within each of us! The great harlot sits upon many waters — peoples, multitudes, kindreds, tongues, and nations. Every man has a soul, matters not who he is, where he is, what nationality he is, what race he pertains to, what culture he comes from, and every soul has departed from Christ and joined itself to the desires, passions, emotions, lusts, and all motions of the flesh. In regeneration Christ, the spirit within, our true man in the image and likeness of God, is woken and quickened and arises within us and begins to woo the soul unto Himself. This is a new experience for the soul! And as the soul vacillates back and forth between spirit and flesh, between Christ and Self, the soul becomes manifested as the great harlot when she joins the things of God with the spirit and ways of the world within herself.

The great whore, at her deepest root and in her inmost reality, is indeed our very own soul. This is the internal reality of that which we see in the external world of the carnal church systems of man. God is an internal God, though we behold His works and manifestations in the external world. The only way He dwells in any corporate expression or body is by His indwelling in each individual member of that body. Thus God’s first and primary concern is not with the harlot church systems out in the world, but above all He’s concerned with the Babylon whore within each of us! This whore is the unfaithful woman of the soul! My woman (not my wife, Lorain, but my soul), the feminine side of my life, was never faithful to the God who dwells in my spirit. She was never faithful to her husband, the Christ, until HE brought love into her heart. And when my man, Christ, stood up in my life, and showed love to my woman who was unfaithful, by the mighty working of grace and power, thanks be unto God, she became faithful because of His great love for her. He didn’t cast her out, He didn’t give her a bill of divorcement, He didn’t condemn her, rebuke her, fight with her, or destroy her. Oh, no! With a divine and eternal love He wooed her, turned her around, and redeemed her, for love never fails and love conquers all!

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to that husband as long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of that husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man” (Rom. 7:1-3).

Now here is the key verse, because many preachers have used the scripture quoted above to abuse people who have been divorced and remarried, yet the truth is this scripture is not dealing with divorce and remarriage. Paul explains that he is speaking to people who know the law, and it is true that there are beautiful types, illustrations, and shadows of spiritual realities in the Old Testament law; yet the fact is that when it comes to the law, WE who are under the New Covenant of grace and truth ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW. Therefore, Paul’s subject here has nothing to do with divorce and remarriage — he is clearly and unmistakably pointing to a higher truth. So he continues on by saying, “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that ye should bring forth fruit unto God” (Rom. 7:4).

This fourth verse tells us who the second husband is — the second husband is He that has been raised from the dead, as God’s called and separated elect we have been espoused to Him, and we shall yet enter into the fullest union with Him as His bride. Can we not understand that if our first husband was not dead Christ would never have espoused us unto Himself! The central truth here is that this is not about divorce and remarriage in the natural, but this is about our union with Christ in our spirit! He’s the second husband! And the woman, His bride, is our soul! There have only ever been two men in the earth, as it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven” (I Cor. 15:45,47). Can the natural mind ever fathom the depths of the eternal truth that there has never been in the history of the world but two men? There is a deep and hidden meaning in the words, “The first man Adam” and “the last Adam.” The natural mind would conclude that, if there were two Adams coming four millenniums apart, the first of these being the first Adam, it would logically follow that the next Adam would be the second Adam. The Lord Jesus Christ is here called the last Adam. But He who is called the first Adam is also called the first man. And He who is called the last Adam is also called the second man. It should be clear to every thinking mind that the first Adam is the first man, and the last Adam is the second man, therefore the second man is also the last man.

These simple statements, which on the surface seem so insignificant and scarcely worth our notice, are in fact pregnant with meaning, and full of wisdom and understanding. The first Adam is said to be the first man. The last Adam is declared to be the second man. If the second man is also the last Adam, He is also the last man. Now if the first Adam is the first man, it would of necessity follow that there were no men on earth before him, for he was the first. And if the last Adam is the second man, then there were no men on earth between the first Adam and the last Adam, for the last Adam is the second man, and there can be no men between the first man and the second man. If there were even one other man between the first man and the second man, obviously the second man could not BE the second man; he would be the third man, the one hundredth man, the five billionth man, or something else. And since the second man is also the LAST MAN, there can not have been any men since Him, for if others have followed Him, He is not then the last man. So then, the first man was the first man, the second man was the second man, and the second man is also the last man, so that there have been only TWO MEN who have ever lived upon this planet — Adam and Christ! There were none before Adam, none between Adam and Christ, and none since Jesus Christ. Only two men. No more. No less. These simple statements portray as nothing else can the great truth that all men who have ever lived ARE INCLUDED IN THESE TWO MEN. These two men are corporate men, many-membered men.

Since all men are contained in these two men, what happens to these two men happens to us ALL. The first man is our flesh man who is also under the law! The second man is our quickened spirit in which the Christ, who is our life, dwells! And we have, in our soul, been married to both of them! Oh, the mystery of it! Our soul-woman has been torn between two lovers and our whorish vacillation back and forth between the two has made a great spiritual soap opera! I do not hesitate to tell you that our first husband is a wife beater and if we stay with him he will kill us eventually. Like many abused wives, we’re afraid we can’t make it without him and we’re afraid to break the ties with him. So we compromise our spiritual life in an effort to placate him. That compromise is called — religion! In religion the flesh man and the spirit man are mingled, thus creating the Great Whore — Mystery Babylon!

He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says!

Now listen to what was spoken by Christ.

1. To him that overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Note: I have come to believe the paradise of God is us. And that the tree of Life is Christ-life in the midst of us! “We are the temple of God & His dwelling Place” The result of eat from the Tree of Life which is Christ-life in us is.

2.He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. Another way of putting that is “He who overcomes will not come under the power of the second deathBBE

3. To him that overcomes I will to eat of the hidden manna, I will give him a white stone and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he that received.

4. he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: he shall rule them with a rod of iron, they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. I will give him the morning star.

5. He who overcomes will be dressed in white, and I will not take his name from the book of life, and I will give witness to his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 Will make a pillar in the house of my God, He will go out no more: I will put on him the name of my God. Name of the town of my God the new Jerusalem, my new name.

7. I will give a place with me on my high seat, even as I overcame, and am seated with my Father on his high seat.

So what we have is food from the tree of Life or Christ Himself. We will not come under the power of the Second Death. We eat of the Hidden Manna. We receive a White Stone. (I know white is Righteousness). The name on the white stone has to be whatever Christ is. That is what we will be. He is the “I AM” He is Savor of the world, He is the Son of God, “For we shall be AS HE IS” We will be dressed in white. Christ will not take your name from or out of the book of life. And Christ will give witness to your name before the Father.

I can see it as this “Father I want to present to you, Your Son (put or name here) is an overcomer and I have given (your name) what you (the Father) has given me. For (Your Name) has become one of us and (your name) is ONE WITH US!

I can see the Father saying WELL DONE, THIS MY BEGOTTEN CHILD WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED! We become a pillar in the house of my God and we will go out no more, I will put on him the name of my God. Name of the town of my God the new Jerusalem, my new name.

So you can see overcoming has Great rewards that come with overcoming. Hear what the Spirit says! Rev 1:5 - 6 And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood; 6 And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to his God and Father; to him let glory and power be given for ever and ever. So be it. BBE

Rev 1:8 I am the First and the Last, says the Lord God who is and was and is to come, the Ruler of all. BBE

We need to remember that John was in the Spirit: He is seeing information on the other side of the Vail!

Rev 4:5 And out of the high seat came flames and voices and thunders. And seven lights of fire were burning before the high seat, which are the seven Spirits of God;

seven lights of fire = the seven Spirits of God;

Rev 5:6 And I saw in the middle of the high seat and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the rulers, a Lamb in his place, which seemed as if it had been put to death, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.

seven horns and seven eyes = which are the seven Spirits of God & were sent out into all the earth.

Rev 5:9 - 10 And their voices are sounding in a new song, saying, It is right for you to take the book and to make it open: for you (the Lamb, Christ) were put to death and have made an offering to God of your blood for men of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation, 10 And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are ruling on the earth.

The above verse in Rev 5:9 -10 speaks to me of the Plain of God through Christ offering His blood! For men of every Tribe, Language, People, Nation. That means ALL HAVE SALVATION! And Has Made THEM (MEN OF EVERY TRIBE) A KINGDOM & PPRIESTS to God! And THEY (The men of every Tribe) ARE RULING ON THE EARTH! That's what is waiting for US! All of MANKIND EVERY LAST ONE!

I will interject here I do not understand everything in this Book of Revelation. It is not time for me to see all of it YET! The 4 Horses mention in Rev 6 is one. But in Rev 6:16-17 I know this the word Wrath means PASSION

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath (passion) of the Lamb:17 For the great day of his wrath (passion) is come; and who shall be able to stand? What is the Passion of God and Christ “Let Us make man (Adam) In Our IMAGE & LIKENESS! There is NO FEAR in that, except in the Carnal Mind of people who have been taught false hood all of there life by the Babylon Church System.

Wrath = Passion not anger as taught by the False System!

Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. In my understanding Forehead means Mind for that is where our conversion takes place.

We need to replace the influence of the Carnal Mind with the influence of the Mind of Christ!

Rev 6:15–17 “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

Mankind has always HID themselves from Christ sine the Beginning. Look at Adam Gen 3:9 “And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?10 And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

In Rev 6:15 – 17 I see All the people of earth who hid themselves in dens, (caves,) in the rocks of the Mountains. Why? To hid themselves from The Face of Him who sits on the Throne!, From the Wrath of the Lamb:, And The Great Day of His Wrath is come. Who is able to stand?

1. Wrath = Passion 2. hid = conceal 3. Face = appearance 3. the Great Day = in my mind it equals, the Full Restoration of man back to God.

I read this as this: All of the people are of the earth, The kings, great,rich,chief, mighty, slave,free mankind Concealed themselves in the false ideas, rocks of unbelief. They said, Fall on us & Hid us from the appearance of Christ that sits on the throne of the temple. Which we are His Temple, His dwelling place. Christ APPEARS to remove all the wrong concepts that stop us from entering The Great Day Of His Passion. That is where Christ will be All in ALL. A total change in our concepts that the Carnal Mind or (the serpent) has built up for ages. This is why they are afraid. Every concept they have had is now being shaken to the core, Are being removed from them, from there comfort zone of Babylon System of Religion. To answer the question, “Who is able to stand?” All who Christ restores to spirit will stand with Him in the age to come. The Great Day of Christ-life! Note: The serpent grew into a great red dragon in the concept of our carnal mind-sets.

A quote: from Knowles, “If we can keep in mind that as the book of Revelation is full of allegories, so are the first three

chapters of Genesis. Do not ever expect that you can arrange the first three chapters of Genesis into chronological order, it is an impossibility as it is full of metaphors. Most importantly whenever it mentions the serpent it is always representative of the carnal or natural mind. Now the strong man or - serpent - is none other than our lower or mistaken identity, do not ever expect to gain acceptance or respect with those who are in traditional thinking with this understanding. The serpent, the carnal or the natural mind is the true non-religious identity of the STRONG MAN! If you have an open heart for end-time revelation you will receive this!”

Mark 3:27No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” And 1Pet 1:5Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” I can see these concepts “ the Strong Man = The Carnal Mind. Now I can see the One who Binds this Strong Man is none other than Christ. Who will gives us Christ-life. And What is Christ? John 4:24 God is a Spirit!

So how does Christ do this? By changing our Carnal Mind to His Spirit Mind. And gives us Christ-life!

May our Creator open all of our minds to HIS TRUTH! So be it!

James Oliver Near 10/15/17