Jesus “cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth” (Revelation 10:3). The roar of an earthly lion evokes fear. How much more so, the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the almighty King! “The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion.” Proverbs 20:2.
Jesus’ roar evidences that He has taken prey. “Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?” Amos 3:4. Jesus’ loud cry shows His power to spiritually take men into Himself!
“And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” Revelation 10:3. This statement shows that Jesus’ loud cry must have been accompanied by the flash of seven lightnings. But what may these lightnings represent?
Three Scriptural witnesses (2 Samuel 22:15, Psalms 18:14, and Psalms 144:6) give us the answer to this question – God’s arrows. As we saw in “The Unknown God” (andworshiphim.gospelpattern.org), God’s arrows are the the thrusts of His Sword. They are inseparable from the 7-part Word of his power, the Holy Spirit. We see a picture of them in the three-dimensional coordinate system of mathematics.
Jesus’ seven Lightnings are His Arrows…the Holy seven-Spirit, which is the “seven lamps of fire burning before the throne” (Revelation 4:5). We understand this Lamps by Its representation in the wilderness Sanctuary – the candlestick.
We reason that when Jesus cried like a lion, he cried all the light of the candlestick’s lamps!
How much light shines from the sanctuary candlestick? Since the candlestick is the symbol of the Holy Spirit, this question is the same as, How much spiritual light is written, upheld, and presented by the Spirit of the Lord? In what follows, we will show how the light of the Gospel, the light of the Covenant, and the light of the Word of God as a whole (to name a few main lights of the Scriptures) all shine from the candlestick’s structure. This will suffice to show that a cry from which flashes all the sevenfold light of the sacred candlestick must naturally be followed by seven thunders.
When Jesus cried, He did so as the central, third Witness between the two Pillars/Witnesses of Fire, the Father and the Spirit. Grape vines yield grapes. Thus we reason that when Jesus cried, he gave the central, third witness implying the book of double witness expressing 1) “God” and 2) “the gospel.” That is, Jesus cried, “Believe!” Believe what? This simple word clearly implies the fullness of the message, “God, believe, the gospel.” Furthermore, since the word “God” (as the name of the Lord) is equivalent to “the gospel,” both are themselves conceptual encapsulations of “God, believe, the gospel.” A more complete view of the spiritual lights that flashed as Jesus cried like a lion takes in, 1) “God, believe, the gospel,” 2) “Believe,” and 3) “God, believe, the gospel.”
The fullness of the gospel message shines in the light of the candlestick. In other words, the gospel is presented by the seven-Spirit of God flashing as God’s arrows, His lightnings, when Jesus cries.
We must not fail to recognize that the Three Angel’s Messages are nothing less than an end-time rendering of the fullness of the gospel message shining from the candlestick. Read Revelation 14:6-11 and prayerfully study the following figure.
Below, the candlestick branch-correspondences are explained.
1 & 4 – Fear God OR Worship the Beast – there are no other options at the end of the world.
2 & 5 – Give God glory by keeping His righteousness (Revelation 16:15), refusing to break His law OR Receive the Beast’s mark by accepting to keep his law regardless of knowledge that it is based on falsehood – the final question of history is not multiple choice, it is true or false.
3 & 6 – Since the righteous have consistently chosen for themselves judgment, and have already known among themselves what is good (Job 34:4), they rejoice in the outpouring of God’s judgment. On the other hand, God’s “wine” (His truth revealed by the Spirit to the mind and heart) comes as the unmixed “wrath of God” to those who have rejected the Word and have been rejected by the Word.
4 & 7 – The revelation of Jesus, the central support of the candlestick, evokes the ecstasy of worship among the righteous while bringing the torments of hell upon the wicked. No longer can there be any confusion as to who is rightfully the Ruler on Heaven’s Throne. The kingdom of heaven is fully vindicated. Babylon (confusion) is fallen, is fallen.
Jesus cried as the great Central Witness between the two Pillars of Fire. Seven lightnings flashed in the form of a candlestick. Conceptually, the central witness of the two tables of testimony/witness – the two tables of the covenant on which the finger of God (representing the Holy Spirit, the seven Lamps) wrote the Ten Commandments – this central witness is the fourth-commandment candlestick. We reason that the Central Witness must give the central witness “between” the two tables of the testimony. We reason that the candlestick-light of the Fourth Commandment especially, and thus the candlestick-light of the entirety of the Ten Commandments, are component gleamings of the candlestick-lightning of Jesus’ loud cry. Don’t be afraid. After some prayerful, careful attention to what follows, this will make more sense.
Below is a picture of the candlestick structure of the Fourth Commandment.
One strange feature of this candlestick is that the phrase, “in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates [seven people are not to work],” doubles as both the central and the rightmost light. This doubling only makes sense when we view the candlestick as a double witness of the First Angel’s Message.
Now that we understand what the fourth-commandment candlestick is, we can look at what it implies.
Let us consider the Ten Commandments as a whole. Various pieces of interesting information come together to give us a view of the Ten Commandments’ candlestick structure.
The first three commandments of the ten lie in spiritual correspondence with the first three components of the First Angel’s Message.
It is well known that the last six Commandments give direction concerning human-to-human relationships; whereas, the first four concern God-to-human relationships. Few know, however, that the last six Commandments, in pares of two, are conceptually associated with the first three. What follows is a fuller taste of this delicious fact.
The First Commandment is associated with Fifth and Sixth.
In the First Commandment we read, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This Commandment calls us to honor God supremely as the provider of freedom. Similarly, the Fifth Commandment calls us to honor our earthly father and mother. The Sixth Commandment prohibits that crime which only those whose father is the devil, not God, commit –murder. Read John 8:40, 44. Murder is the act of “overcoming” someone’s life, and 2Peter 2:19 says that “of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” Death is the ultimate house of bondage. God’s character is to seek to “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15). In the First Commandment we see that God provides true freedom, that is, the assurance of life in place of the fear of death.
The Second Commandment is associated with the Seventh and Eighth.
The Second Commandment forbids the making of any “graven image, or any likeness” of any created thing. It further forbids worshiping or serving any such likeness. In this Commandment, a warning of the consequences of wickedness and a promise of mercy shown those who love God and live righteously are given. Elsewhere in the Bible, the worship of graven images is noted as being spiritual adultery. See Ezekiel 16:31-32; 23:37 and Romans 2:22. The Seventh Commandment forbids adultery. The Eighth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not steal.” To commit spiritual adultery, to worship graven images is clearly to rob God of the reverence and service which we always owe Him. Note that it is the adulteress of Proverbs 9 who recommends “stolen waters” (vs. 17). Theft and adultery go hand in hand, and these crimes have everything to do with idolatry.
The Third Commandment is associated with the Ninth and the Tenth.
The Third Commandment requires that reverence, truthfulness, and accuracy be firmly adhered to in all dealings with the name of the LORD, the gospel pattern. The Ninth Commandment requires truthfulness concerning one’s neighbor. The Tenth Commandment forbids discontent. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5. There is no sin which is unrelated to discontent. Discontent is at the heart of all sins, as it does not accept Christ’s presence and providence as enough. Active reliance on the Presence of Christ, who never leaves us nor forsakes us…this Presence guiding, enabling, and providing for us…is at the very heart of true righteousness. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:5. “He that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.” Proverbs 28:25. All of Creation testifies to the gospel pattern, the name of the Lord. Discontent ignores the significance of and misses the satisfaction to be gained from those expressions of the name of the LORD one has been provided. It seeks fulfillment instead from senseless wealth and/or pleasure acquisition.
Observe how Ellen White saw the Ten Commandments in vision:
In the ark was the golden pot of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of stone which folded together like a book. Jesus opened them, and I saw the ten commandments written on them with the finger of God. On one table were four, and on the other six. The four on the first table shone brighter than the other six. But the fourth, the Sabbath commandment, shone above them all; for the Sabbath was set apart to be kept in honor of God’s holy name. The holy Sabbath looked glorious–a halo of glory was all around it. Early Writings, 32.
Putting the Commandment associations together with the relative glories of each commandment as shown to the prophetess in vision, we obtain the following view of God’s Law.
Remembering that the first three Commandments are a special expression of the first three components of the First Angel’s Message, the “everlasting gospel,” we find assurance that this is really a candlestick!
When this candlestick is folded together, as it was inside the Ark of the Covenant (EW, 32), it is seen to have the following seven-part structure.
This is none other than the structure of the seven-day week as established at Creation.
The entire Law folded within the Ark of the Covenant is now seen to be the very implication of the Fourth Commandment.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:2. To fully keep the first four commandments, that is, “his commandments,” is to also keep the last six. Furthermore, “all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:14. That is, to fully keep the last six commandments, to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” is also to keep the first four. The first three commandments are a witness of God’s Law. The last six are a second, similar witness. The Fourth Commandment is very special.
It is the only commandment having a candlestick literary structure, and it lies directly between 1) the first three of “[God’s] commandments,” and 2) the last three commandment-couples requiring us to love our neighbor. Counting forward, it is the Fourth Commandment, in correspondence with the fourth idea of the “everlasting gospel,” worship. But even a back-stepping count (10th is 1, 9th is 2, etc.) through the Commandments leaves the 7th day remembered on the commandment-count 7.
As Jesus stood between the two Pillars of Fire, thereby showing Himself to be the central Witness of the Godhead, he cried a composite candlestick which flashed as lighting. The central witness of God’s Law, on which the two tables of stone conceptually hinge, is the fourth-commandment candlestick. Thus, we believe that it would have been this candlestick which flashed within the candlestick-lightning of Jesus’ loud cry. Yet shining within this fourth-commandment flash was the light of the entirety of God’s Law. The Fourth Commandment “shone above them all” as it exudes the light of all God’s Law.
The Fourth Commandment is God’s “perpetual covenant” (Exodus 31:16) between Himself and His people. This commandment alone implies the entirety of “the words of the covenant, the ten commandments” (Exodus 34:28). This commandment is the statement by which Jesus expresses the entirety of His Law within the seven lightnings preceding the once-sealed, seven thunders.
The Word of God
In “The Word” (andworshiphim.gospelpattern.org), we saw that the entire Word of God, the Bible, takes the form of wheels within wheels.
It was noted that the general book-sections of the Bible – 1) Torah, 2) Old Testament history, 3) wisdom books, 4) major prophets, 5) minor prophets, 6) New Testament history, and 7) Epistles – are positioned within the Bible so as to form three dividing axes, like the arms of a cross, pointing to pairs of letters in the Hebrew alphabet respectively representing the Members of the Godhead.
The physical layout of the various book-sections within the overall Bible Wheel connects the 1st with the 4th, the 2nd with the 5th, and the 3rd with the 6th section.
The 7th book-section is special in that it completely makes up the third wheel, the third, central witness of the Word of God. When Jesus cried with a loud voice like a lion roaring, He did so from the book of Revelation, the crown jewel of the 7th book-section, that is, the capstone of the third, central wheel/witness of the Word of God.
“I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven… [He] cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth” (Revelation 10:1,3). We have seen that Jesus here cried the third, central witness of the gospel – “Believe” – thereby implying all three fundamentals of the gospel message, thus, the gospel candlestick and all Three Angel’s Messages which burn upon it. We have seen in the light of Jesus’ cry the central, fourth-commandment candlestick of the Covenant which implies the fullness of God’s eternal Law. Thus we have seen a pattern established: Jesus cry of the third, central-witness implies the entire message of the three witnesses. We see that Jesus cried from the central, third wheel/witness of the Word of God (a lamp to our feet according to Psalms 119:105). This fact, in connection with the pattern mentioned above, tells us that in Jesus’ lion-like cry may be found all the light of the entire candlestick of the Bible! No wonder His cry was the flash of seven lightnings. Lightning is hotter and brighter than the sun. Nothing we see in nature is brighter than lightning.