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10:10 a.m.

Joan Winifred

10:10…i like that time (for some reason)  and Biblically-speaking 10 is a number used in Revelation to mean “earthly” completeness.

i also like 10:12…(for some reason) 12 has significance…symbolically and literally.

another thing i like…the book of Revelation…(it’s more than a fascination for me)…you know what…read the following at your own risk…

{we all have revelations in this life…a light-bulb turns on and we understand… dawn and dusk…times of eye adjustments (may be life adjustments too)…seeing…the gradual progression from light to dark or from dark to light…}

Some argue that since Revelation contains highly symbolic language, all numbers found in this book, including the number 144,000, must be symbolic. (Revelation 1:1, 4; 2:10) That conclusion, though, is clearly not correct. Granted, Revelation contains numerous symbolic numbers, but it also includes literal numbers. For instance, John speaks of “the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:14) Clearly, the number 12 mentioned in this verse is literal, not symbolic. Further, the apostle John writes about “the thousand years” of Christ’s reign. That number is also to be taken literally, as a careful consideration of the Bible shows. (Revelation 20:3, 5-7) Hence, whether a number in Revelation is to be taken literally or symbolically depends on its background and setting.

The conclusion that the number 144,000 is literal and refers to a limited number of individuals, a relatively small group when compared with the “great crowd,” also harmonizes with other Bible passages. For instance, later in the vision that the apostle John receives, the 144,000 are described as those who “were bought from among mankind as first fruits.” (Revelation 14:1, 4) The expression “first fruits” refers to a small representative selection. Also, while Jesus was on earth, he spoke about those who will rule with him in his heavenly Kingdom and called them a “little flock.” (Luke 12:32; 22:29) Indeed, those from among mankind who will rule in heaven are few in comparison with those of mankind who will inhabit the coming Paradise earth. (excerpted W 2004)

we live in a world designed to keep us all in the dark spiritually (stunting our spiritual growth)…and keeping us apathetic and fixated on hurtful desires…pursuits (materialistic and other) that enslave and that do not really liberate us…to experience spiritual health and peace…peace of mind and heart, peace with fellow-fragile-life and the planet and peace with God.

Yeah, i am a believer. i have faith. But faith is like working out…muscle building…no one can do the work/study/research for you.  i can help, but i cannot make anyone value compassion or love the God of Compassion like i do. Nor can i make anyone commit to compassion.

My family and i were at an educational event yesterday…sorta like a retreat…oasis…helped clear my head.

i am a (bible) student…one description of myself. i am a learner. i am a comforter. i am one of many.

9/12/16 @ 10:36

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