REVELATION CHAPTER 18
Tabernacle /"Tent" in the wilderness --> Temple in Jerusalem
Tabernacle/"Tent" of our earthly bodies --> God's heavenly Jerusalem
"..for we are well aware that when the tent that
houses us on earth is folded up, there is a house for us from God, not made by
human hands, but everlasting, in the heavens."
The 5 laments sung over the "Great City"
|1. Revelation 18:2-3||The messenger who illuminates the earth|
|2. Revelation 18:9-10||The kings of the earth|
|3. Revelation 18:11-17a||The merchants of the earth|
|4. Revelation 18:17b-19||The seamen of the earth|
|5. Revelation 18:20-24||The Church|
Those who are influenced by, corrupted by, and mourn over the "Great City"
|Revelation 17:15||Revelation 18:3||Revelation 18:9-19|
The 5 Part Lament of the Church versus the Temple function and liturgy
|The 5 Part Lament of the Church|
|1. Music: harpists, minstrels, flute players, trumpeters|
|2. Productivity of the people: craftsmen|
|3. Productivity of the land: millers|
|4. God's word: the light of the lamp in you|
|5. Covenantal union: the voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride|
|The Temple Function and Liturgy|
|1. Music: the Levitical orchestra and choir's function in the liturgy (1Chronicles 25)|
|2. Craftsmen: Bezalel, Oholiah, Hiram, etc. who built the Temple (see Exodus 31:1-11 & I Kings chapter 5)|
|3. Mill: the Temple itself = the "threshing floor" (see 2Chronicles 3:1)|
|4. Lamp: the Lampstand(s) that symbolized the Presence of God in the Temple (see Exodus 25:31-40 & 2 Chronicles 4:19-22)|
|5. Marriage: the marriage of Yahweh and Israel (see Ezekiel 16:1-14)|
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