Interpretation : The Red Book

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,
©2001
   
 
Waves...
   
Prologue
This vision is not esoteric and leaves very little room for misinterpretation. Its message is self-evident to truly born-again Christians. Nevertheless, there are non-Christians who know little or nothing about the Christian Bible yet are curious about the messages on this website and need to be told what the Red Books stand for. Also, there are believers unschooled in Bible doctrine who are straddling the fence that separates the world from the church, who are unaware that justification infers sanctification which assumes separation.
 

The only cost attached to the journey to heaven is holiness. Jesus gives us His righteousness at the point of the new birth: "For he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" [2 Corinthians 5:21]. We are born righteous when we become born-again. You cannot help being born a man or a woman, and in like manner a believer cannot help being born righteous at his regeneration.

Isaiah 61:10
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. KJV 1

Thus, righteousness is a robe given at the reception of the Red Book representing salvation. The Red Book, like salvation, is a gift. It is one's ticket through the blood of Jesus to board the ship bound for eternal life. Possession of the righteousness of Jesus when we accept Him as our Savior is our entrée` onto the steamship called Holiness. Why is its name Holiness? Because it is the only way to be sure of arriving at our destination.

2 Peter 1:10-11
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The implication of the above Scripture is that we might lose out on our election. Notice that in the vision, the prophetess was constantly standing guard over the journey to heaven warning the captains of the ships about "swirling dark waters" - false teachings by false prophets - or obstacles such as worldliness, riches, and the pride of life [Mark 4:18,19; 1 John 2:16] that could damage the voyage. Prophets are given to us for the purpose of warning as well as to encourage pilgrim's in their progress to the other side of life. The visionary said she told the passengers what was ahead encouraging them in their assigned work aboard ship not to lose heart.

Peter explained that doing things that promote the divine nature is how to "escape the corruption of the world through lust" [verse 4] which could impede one's journey to the other side. He spoke of development of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance (self-control), patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love as those things promoting the divine nature [verses 5-6]. What is the divine nature? Holiness. "Be ye holy, for I am holy" says the Lord [1 Peter 1:16]. Therefore, holiness is the great factor involved in our reaching the Kingdom of God safely and the reason the carrier's name is Holiness.

  Who Are the Pilgrim's In Progress?
 

This dream is perhaps the only message among those on our pages that clearly and graphically presents the fact that each one of us regardless of station in life will decidedly and inevitably respond to a personal call of God to salvation. In brief, this dream illustrates that many refuse to receive God's plan for salvation and consequently will not be graced to become a part of the family of God. Jesus said that "...many are called but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14). From this statement our Lord clearly warned that calling does not presuppose election. Indeed, we saw in the vision that only those people whose names were written in the ship's travel log were chosen to board the ship. As the keeper of the ship's log found their names therein, he checked them off and permitted entrance aboard. Why did Jesus say many and not everyone is called? I submit that it is because there are two callings by God. In the parable of Matthew 22, as with the vision under examination, the calling has reference to an internal call for the purpose of making salvation effectual, whereas the first call by God is a universal one blanketing the whole of mankind.

   
  The First Calling
 
Romans  1:20
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

This reveals that every person on the face of the earth is given a chance to go to heaven because God is intuitively known from the creation. We also read in Psalms that the creation itself declares that there is a God.

Psalm 19: 1-4
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Verse 3 above unmistakably says that every ethnic group on the face of the earth understands through the world's creative embellishment that there is a God.

Neurologists tell us that there is a particular place in the brain of man that when touched with an electric probe, there is invariably a response induced whereby the patient being examined remarks in some manner that he sees or perceives God. Responses may differ, but the acknowledgement of a God comes forth and the spot in the brain has been found uniform in all people. This implies that an atheist is one in name only, and suggests that there is a built-in anthropological mechanism designed by our creator God to cause a person to unconsciously and instinctively know Him. Yet knowledge of a God will not save one because "the devils also believer, and tremble" [James 2:19].

Do not anthropologists tell us that all cultures on earth worship a God in some form? Even Peter spoke to the universality of the opportunity of all men to find God in the book of Acts:
 
Acts 10:34-35
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh (obtains) righteousness, is accepted with him.

We know that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only door into the Kingdom of heaven [John 14:6]; therefore, to harmonize the above Scriptures with all the rest, we must presume God takes responsibility to give everyone a chance to choose eternal life and not eternal death (damnation). This universal calling to everyone is given at the point of God-consciousness. Since God makes Himself known by the way things are created, and since we read in Acts 10:34 above that He is no respecter of persons [Romans 2:11, Colossians 3:25, et al], that He is not impartial and cannot be bribed [Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7], and that He acts toward every person in the same way [Matthew 22:16; Ephesians 6:9; 1 Peter 1:17], it is impossible that God would bypass someone without giving him an opportunity to be saved. If He did, He would be unjust. Yet righteousness and justice are two of God's cardinal attributes and is the foundation of His integrity. So, without getting technical, we can assume that a just and righteous God will not bar anyone from the prospect of going to heaven. Every person who wants to be saved and who will accept His plan of salvation for men is accepted with Him. The problem is not in God but in man.

Note that Peter does not say whosoever works righteousness is accepted. Rather, it says whoever fears or reverences the fact that there is a God obtains righteousness. The inference drawn from obtaining righteousness is not, in my estimation, that one works for his righteousness but will be given opportunity to be saved. God responds to anyone's fear and reverence of Him by seeing that he reaches the place where he knows he is incapable of saving himself. This is the foundation of the message of the gospel. It may take years for it to occur but God will protect that person until he hears and has the chance to choose his own self-righteousness or God's to make it to heaven. Fearing God is the point of God-consciousness and obtaining righteousness is the point of gospel hearing. This is the only means of reconciling this Scripture in Acts with the fact that Jesus said, "no man comes unto the Father but by me" [John 14:6].

  All Can Be Saved
 

We have seen Paul's eloquent discourse on the universality of salvation in the first chapters of his book to the Romans. And we have seen the Psalmist's account. Now let's turn to the Torah to see if it is declared universal. Assurance that everyone is included in God's offer of salvation is found in the book of Leviticus. Underlying the entire book is the possibility of salvation to everyone.

A detailed reading of the book discloses a highly significant little word -- "if" -- repeated over and over. In fact, it is used 368 times in the Torah (the first five books of the old Testament) and 167 times in Leviticus alone. Everyone knows that "if" in English signifies potentiality and reflects the prospect of an occurrence. Maybe something will happen and maybe it will not. The certainty of an occurrence is restrained until the reality of it comes to pass. The import of the frequent use of "if" in the Torah of the Bible lies in the fact that when God calls or gives instructions, men have free will to come and obey, or refuse to do so, just like Adam had in the garden. Theological arguments that some men are predestined to damnation without opportunity to escape it, will not stand up to a simple reading of the "ifs" in the book of Leviticus.

Leviticus 1:2-3
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD...
3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd...

The above two brief examples of the use of "if" demonstrate that men were given opportunity to refuse to come and bring an offering unto the Lord in loving response to His provision for the covering of their sins. There are dozens of other such verses. God the Father wants desperately to fellowship with people, but a righteous and holy God cannot fellowship with sin. The fire of His wrath regarding sin would consume them. It has happened before [Leviticus 10:1ff; Joshua 7ff]. We see, however, that He has provided a means to approach Him. The sinner is permitted freedom to choose to abstain from fellowshipping with God, the choice being portrayed in the use of that tiny word "if." Salvation is never forced upon anyone. May I hasten to add there are dire consequences to a poor choice - death! "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" [Deuteronomy 30:19]. If anyone goes to hell, he chooses to do so.

We have seen that in the book of Leviticus anyone who wanted to, could bring the required offering and qualify himself for fellowshipping with and receiving all God's benefits. Was it exclusive to the Israelites? God forbid. He commanded in the Torah of the First Testament that Jews were to treat strangers and sojourners like their own people, their own brethren, permitting them opportunity to fellowship with God as long as they adhered to the laws of God like everyone else [Leviticus 19:34; et al]. Even blemished eunuchs who chose the things that pleased God could take hold of His covenant. "Even unto them (eunuchs) will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the strangers (foreigners) that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants,...even them will I bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all peoples" [Isaiah 56:4-7]. No one is excluded. God's house is available to anyone who will reverence Him and follow His plan of salvation.

Salvation in the Second Testament is the same. "Whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely" [Revelation 22:17]. "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" [Mark 8:34]. "...Whosoever will save his life shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it" [Mark 8:35]. Throughout the book of Leviticus it is stated that men do not have to bring an offering. But, what if they do not? Then they will suffer the consequences of disobedience like Adam and die. Is this harsh? Not to a Holy God who will not compromise His purity for sinners who act as gods when they can't even guarantee that they have the next breath they breathe.

  The Second Calling
 

Given that every person has opportunity at the point of God-consciousness - which is the age of accountability and varies among cultures - to desire to know Him or choose to follow his own way, we now turn to the second inward calling of God to present His plan of salvation for acceptance or rejection. Having shown a desire to approach the awesome God of creation by way of an external universal call, God then calls the ones revealing positive signs of fellowshipping with Him to the place of deciding whether to accept or reject His plan of salvation.

Getting saved is not difficult. It revolves around the simplicity of receiving or rejecting the truth that "Jesus is Lord" [Romans 10:9]. When Jesus said that He was "the way, the truth, and the life" He wasn't lying, and people not only must decide to receive or reject this plain statement of fact, but will make a decision. There is no straddling of the truth. Compromise with absolutes is a sham because one tiny touch of error produces a mixture, which creates a new solution. Jesus is the only solution to getting saved and either He is who He said He was, or He lied. Death is not non-existence, but existence without life, and since Jesus is "the life," it is existence without Jesus.

Everyone stands or falls on this simple proclamation by Jesus. He needs no special revelation to prove He is the Son of God because men instinctively know it whenever the gospel is presented by way of the precise spot neurologists have found in the brain. Upon hearing the simple message that "Jesus is Lord" candidates called to become saints [1 Corinthians 1:2] will either believe it or reject it similarly to the prospective passengers who received confirmation of a call to eternal life at the dispenser's table in the port of embarkation in the vision. They were either thankful they had a Red Book with their name on it or they could not care less. This was explicitly portrayed in the manner people reacted to their Red Books. Some were tremendously thankful and humbly returned to their table clutching their salvation close to their hearts and grateful for God's mercy on their souls, while others were indifferent about their personal message from God, callously regarding it or vehemently rejecting it. Jeannette witnessed many books on the ground with tattered and torn pages suggesting that these book rejecters obviously disliked the notion that they needed a Savior to get to heaven. There are many people today in this category both within and without the church environment. Nonchalant recipients who casually walk away from the truth of the Bible having discounted its worth represent those within, and those without by angered radicals and New Age, Jesus-Christ-of-Nazareth opposers.

We can extrapolate from this vision using logic from the above Scriptures that God has made provision for all people to be saved and will draw to the "valley of decision" [Joel 3:14] the ones showing positive signs at the point of God-consciousness that they want to understand God. "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Even though this has reference to the multitudes that will gather in the Valley of Megiddo at the end the Tribulation, the principle holds true for people everywhere. In this valley, people must choose to follow God's plan for salvation, or go their own way. "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" [Isaiah 53:6].

 
Covenant Making in the Valley of Decision
 

The vision's staging area represents the valley of decision where we saw all kinds of people in various walks of life being called to the altar table to accept the only ticket that will reserve them a place on the holiness craft cruising to heaven. Having been drawn to the port of embarkation, only those who sign their Red Book will be given a ticket to board the ships. Their Red Book is their ticket the color of which signifies the price paid for blood bought believers, and when accepted, publicizes that they have been selected. To validate the choice, however, they must sign their book disclosing that they have made covenant with the author of the book. Moreover, the fact that a book has already been prepared for them with their name embossed on it connotes that their names are written in the "Lamb's Book of Life" [Revelation 21:27] prepared from the foundation of the world [Revelation 17:8].

We must remember, though, that some of the respondents at the table would not sign their book. This indicates that no covenant was made with the author, Jesus. The weight of holiness and a straight course is too much for some to bear. They like taking side trips and back roads and refuse to change their ways. What then? According to Revelation 3:5, those who reject salvation's offer and refuse to make covenant with God's Son, will have their names blotted out of the Book of Life. Jesus put it this way: "(h)e that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." This was written to the church in Sardis [Revelation 3:1-6], which according to our Lord was a dead consequentially unholy church. Jesus said He did not find the works of the Sardisians perfect before God. The inference is that they had character flaws and lacked in godliness. Again, we see a connection and a reason to entitle the ships Holiness.

A valley of decision implies free will, and we note that people had freedom to reject their Red Book. In fact, Jeannette saw that great many did refuse. She sorrowfully picked up trampled books from the ground and noticed they were unsigned. She wondered at this ingratitude, appalled at seeing so precious salvation thrown asunder by some who despised the offer. Like many intercessors today who grieve over the lost condition of men, Jeannette ran after a few but they refused to change their minds. Some stomped on their gift of salvation contemptuously grinding it in the ground while others threw down their Red Book in disgust because they felt they had been treated unjustly. To Jeannette's horror these people were deleted right before her very eyes signifying that they had lost their opportunity for going to heaven. "For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be" [Psalms 37:10]. The root word of "wicked" means to be wrong. Hence, wickedness means being wrong in action. Morally honest people are wrong when they plan to get to heaven their own way. Even though only a dream, the danger is real, for "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" [Proverbs 29:1]. It is a dangerous and fearful thing to spurn God's offer of salvation.

Hebrews 10:26-31
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Having understood that man must make a choice as to whether he/she will accept God's plan to save him/her, let us look at the plan itself in order to see how this vision depicts its value. It is most important that people understand what is involved in the acquisition of salvation.

Perhaps it should be mentioned that the meaning of the title of Leviticus comes from the first four words of the book in the English Bible, "And the Lord called..." Its equivalent in the Hebrew Bible is the first word only which translated reads "And he called." This title of Leviticus and its meaning is extremely important for it reveals that the entire approach to God is by a calling.

John 6:44
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him (that is, call him and hence choose him): and I will raise him up at the last day.

Recall that in Jeannette's vision when people came to the table to receive their Red Book, they did not hear their name called out by the angel. Only Jeannette understood what the angel was saying. Nonetheless, Jeannette called out their names as their book was given to them showing that there is a calling. Every single person in this vast warehouse assembly had a book with their name on it, illustrating that those in this coliseum of calling had been drawn to the altar as John stated above. This is the reason there is a book with their name on it. The table in the vision depicted an altar where the salvation package is offered. Those people having passed the point of God-consciousness were given opportunity to hear the gospel.

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"whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
   
 

As already has been noted, the Red Book signifies the place of gospel hearing. It is red because we can only approach a holy God through the cleansing function of blood, specifically the blood of Jesus. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" [1 John 1:7]. Having been cleansed, we have access by faith [Romans 5:2] "into the holiest" and "boldness to enter... by the blood of Jesus" [Hebrews 10:19]. If we come to God through the blood of Jesus, we can fellowship with His Holiness because we have been purified and are cleansed. The book's color, then, is derived from Jesus' bruised and bloodied body, by the butchering He took at His trial. If blood is needed to secure a place in heaven, then it is in truth a gospel book because we cannot add anything to the work of Jesus on the cross. This is good news indeed. Jesus bore the righteous wrath of God upon sin and the seriousness of the awful consequences of sinning obviates a sinner friendly atmosphere in the presence of a holy God.

Recall that people standing in line had been given some information before their altar call, for Jeannette saw me talking to people prior to their turn at the table where the actual offer of salvation was made. I epitomize anyone planting or watering seeds of the gospel of Christ, whereas Jeannette represents the reaper be it an evangelist, pastor, prophet, layman or little child who takes the sickle to the grain and makes the cut.

The messenger angel handed the Red Books to Jeannette to disperse because angels cannot at this time present the gospel to men. In Acts 10 it is written that Cornelius had a vision in which an angel appeared to him telling him to send for Peter who would give him instructions about what he should do in order to be saved [verse 6]. If angels could have presented the gospel, then Cornelius would not have needed to send for Peter. The angel would have told him what to do. During the tribulation, however, God will need to use angels because things are going to be so horrific that it will take unusual means to disseminate the gospel [Revelation 14:10].

The books' red color depicts the color of blood and we know from Scripture that..."without shedding of blood is no remission" [Hebrews 9:22]. " For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" [Leviticus 17:11]. Consequently, the book represents the blood bought salvation of the saints of God, and it is God's gift to men. God ordained by a decree before He ever created man that the payment for sin, which is death, is to be through the shedding of blood. This is the reason Jesus had to come die for our sins on a cross. He had to shed His blood in order to protect the integrity of God whose words must not fall to the ground. God cannot be found a liar. Dying from sickness would not qualify, nor would suffocation, drowning, or a similar bloodless death. Why did God choose this method? He wants men to know the horror and costliness of committing sin, and the best way to do that is to view the fading away of life as one watches the blood of an innocent sacrificial animal flow out in helpless anguish.

During the very first contact God had with man after his fall, He killed an animal so that its skin could be used to cover the guilt of Adam. Atonement means a covering. God covered man's sin by atonement, a covering from an animal whose life was sacrificed in the stead of Adam. As noted in Leviticus 17:11 God accepted the blood of an animal in the place of man in order to exact the penalty due sin. Animals could substitute for a little while only.

Galatians 4:4-5
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

He was sent forth by the Father to redeem anyone who wants to be redeemed. Jesus became the reality of all the shadow sacrificial offerings of animals demanded by the law, fulfilling the righteous requirement that man pay "the wages of sin (--) death" [Romans 6:23].

God had warned Adam that in the day he ate of the forbidden fruit of the particular tree God had singled out in the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he would die. The myriad of animal sacrifices ritualistically offered to God throughout the years of the First Testament period were insufficient to pay the penalty of Adam's disobedience. "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin" [Hebrews 10:4]. Blood must be shed for God had spoken it. Nevertheless, animals cannot substitute for men permanently because animals don't sin, men do. Since death is the wage of sin, a man who has sin-consciousness and understands what he is doing must make payment. That man is Jesus. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" [1 Timothy 2:5]. Praise God, the mediator became our substitute. It was prophesied 2,000 years before he came that God would provide Himself as the substitute. Therefore, He sent His Son, Jesus, who is the very image of God, as the sacrificial lamb, which would satisfy the requirements of the wages of sin.

Genesis 22:8
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering...
 
Hebrews 1:3
3 ...when he had by himself purged our sins, (he) sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The city was Jerusalem, and the time was long ago [April 7, 32 AD],

when He gave Himself as prophesied, as Genesis 22 foretold [verse 8].

As He stood before the magistrates,

He could have said,

"Father, take me away, please take me away, for I'm not guilty."

He could have said,

"I'm not going to stay, and I'm not going to pay...I'm not going the Della Rosa way."

But He went right on through the gate and straight on up the hill,

and became a praise for us to the grace and glory of God even still.

If He wasn't guilty, why did they crucify Him? Because He claimed to be a King in defiance of Roman law. In reality, His crime was the love He showed, a love that only He as God could know. He taught us how to live, and we taught Him how to die. Paul said it truly, "...how unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!" [Romans 11:33]. And what a picture we have of the depths of God's love. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" [John 15:13]. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" [Romans 5:8].

In laying down His life, Jesus became the last sacrifice under the Mosaic law. When He said, "It is finished" (Greek = tetelestai) [John 19:30], in effect He pronounced the end of all substitutionary sacrifices for sin. "Tetelestai" means paid in full, therefore, finished. Men no longer need a covering because Jesus' sacrifice paid in full the exacted penalty for sin - death by blood. Men now have God's forgiveness of their sins through the blood of His cross [Colossians 1:14]. Jesus removed the barrier protecting the integrity of God and mankind has been reconciled to God. We no longer are estranged from Him. The strain of separation being removed means that we can fellowship with a holy God. His immutable words have been secured and love can flow down freely through the grace channel without a legal hangup. "He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but for the whole world" [1 John 2:2]. According to this, if God has been propitiated (means satisfied), all of mankind is reconciled to God. The implications of this are tremendous. Reconciliation means a breach is repaired. Hence, we can come into the presence of God without a sense of guilt or fear.

Given that all men are reconciled, why aren't they all saved? It is because God has done His part, now man must do his part. This is why there was a place for signatures in each Red Book. God is not mad at anyone any more. The only thing that can stop the flow of God's love and tempt His wrath is refusal to sign the Red Book offer of salvation. Jesus has done the work and all things are available. God has moved, now it's man's turn. He can choose not to be reconciled with the resulting consequence of having the "Damocles" sword of the wrath of God hanging over him.

John 3:36
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Be advised that "abideth" is a verb of present tense indicating that it already is happening. God's wrath must be removed before it is activated by death and becomes a reality. What does it take to be removed? It takes a reconciliation contractual agreement signed by both parties. It takes belief in the good news of the gospel of Jesus, that He has paid in full the penalty, and the work of salvation is finished - "tetelestai."

Jesus signed the reconciliation papers with His precious blood. What man needs to do is receive the Red Book as a gift and sign it. Contracts are not valid until both parties to the contract have signed it. Don't forget that the Holy Spirit put a place for our signature in the book. Therefore, each one must sign the Red Book upon its reception. Signing a contract means acceptance of its terms. We accept the terms of salvation when we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead. If we do this, we shall be saved [Romans 10: 9,10].

 
Chapters Out of the Book of Life?
 

We have addressed the fact that there is a book of life in which everyone's name is written, evidently prior to the creation. We know it predated Moses.

Exodus 32:32-33
32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Given the above, the possibility exists that a person can be blotted out of God's book of life. It is a very important book because we read in Revelation 20:15 that "whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." These are serious words. A lake of fire is not a summer retreat. Also, God warned that if anyone took away from His book of prophecy, He would "take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book," i.e., His Holy Bible [Revelation 22:19]. The entire Bible is a prophetic book not only revealing who God is but also foretelling what He has planned in the future with Revelation being only the last chapter. This ought to give pause for anyone desiring to mess with God's Authorized Version of the Bible. 2

  I contend that the Red Book each person received on the waterfront was a personalized copy of his or her chapter out of God's book of life. We know that every deed and every word we utter is recorded and will come into judgment. 3

In fact, our very own words will be our judge in that final day of recompense, "for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" [Matthew 12:36,37]. Hence, our Red Book evidently contains an account of our deeds and the plans God has for our lives [Jeremiah 29:11]. For this reason, some people became contemptuous in the vision when they read their book. Why? Because they did not like God's assessment of their works. Jesus has warned us that everyone's work and the motivations of his heart will be brought into light. Likewise Paul tells us that "...every man's work shall be made manifest for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is" [1 Corinthians 3:13]. Jesus is called the day star in 2 Peter 1:19, and He is also the judge at the Bema Seat in the court of heaven. As God and being omniscient, He has already judged our deeds, even from the foundation of the world.

  Chapter Content
Pridefulness

God's judgment of the highly respected couple who were VIPs in everyone's eyes, especially their own, was offensive to them, and they scoffed at God's estimation of their life style and "so-called" good deeds.

 

The "many things not written in the book," (the remark they made to Jeannette), were evidently fleshly human good and redacted from their account. They patently were not good works proceeding from pure motives. There is nothing in anyone of any value to the Kingdom of God. Nothing done out of our own motivations to make us feel good for having been kind or generous will last. Natural zeal will not cross the finish line even though it might seem religious and track worthy. Anything done in the natural, even though it appears to honor God, the Word, or people worthy of esteem, is human good and will only serve to further our depth of debt to death.

We must realize that we were created for God's glory and have been called to participate in His plans and pursuits, not ours. Life is all about God, not ourselves. Christ is the hope of glory [Colossians 1:27], and unless we recognize that nothing in this world can honor or glorify God except our yieldedness to do His will, we will miss participating in the plan of the ages and wind up with a Red Book with blank pages. Our obedience to stay out of the world and keep our minds "stayed on Jesus" [Isaiah 26:3] is the life that pleases the Father. All our worldly human good will be judged as insufficient and will not pass the fire test unscathed at the judgment seat [1 Corinthians 3:13-15].

Worldliness

1 John 2:15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
 

The couple who had climbed the ladder of success epitomizes the height of worldliness. These two corporate giants were proud and indignant that their worldly good deeds were unrequited by God. This is the folly of pride. They illustrate that the lust of the flesh is not always behind Joe's bar. Approbation lust can be as strong as the passions of sex. God showed through this vision His opinion regarding worldly approbation lust, which can impede development of holiness. Being sometimes overlooked as a lust factor, it is just as devious and devilish as is sexual lust. Even though they differ, the lust complexes of whatever kind be they social lust, achievement lust, power lust, etc., exert the same strength of pull on the sinner. The Lord singled out approbation lust in this vision to demonstrate how subtle but real are the hidden motivations of the heart. He is revealing how disappointed and distressed people will be at the judgment upon finding that the time they spend seeking the approbation of the world through human good is edited from their heavenly accounting record. Do you recall Paul wrote that the carnal mind cannot please God because carnally minded people walk in the flesh and not the spirit [Romans 8]? These two power brokers whose natural decision-making ability was highly productive for the corporation they served, as well as for the advancement of their church, were examples of people who walk in the flesh and not the spirit. People following in their trail will be extremely disappointed at the heavenly accounting that their good works were unworthy of publication. Natural talents can carry enormous weight on earth but is of little value in spiritual matters.

You might ask who then could know they are serving God in truth? Anyone who trusts in Him for whatever he does [Colossians 3:23]. God delights to work for His people and help them produce divine good. God Himself will give people who trust in Him the desires of their heart [Psalms 37:4]. Real trust means walking by faith and not by sight as Abraham who pulled up roots willing to go wherever God led. At that place and in that point of time we will be participating in God's campaign to establish His Kingdom upon the earth and will produce divine good with every action and thought we have. Our motivations will be pure, unadulterated, and glorifying to Him. This is the life that bears fruit, which will stand the test of fire.

Carelessness

Considering the behavior of all the people in the vision, we can safely surmise that God will bring every work into judgment as He said He would. It is clear that many will not like what they read in their Red Book while others will be ecstatic. The careless attitude of those who walked off chatting with friends unconcerned and surprisingly flippant in Jeannette's estimation, seemed to me typical of people occupied with the cares of this life. Leaving one's Red Book on the table unsigned illustrates churchgoers who are lukewarm, shallow, and love a social gospel.

 

Their quest for God is not to understand His motives and pursuits, but to create a God of their own choosing. Rejecting the need of a Savior, they probably would prefer a book whose color does not remind them of blood, which is gory, messy, and speaks of death. These people want the civility that accompanies salvation, but do not want to sing or talk about the bloody work making salvation effectual. In fact, they would just as soon not mention sin at all. Church attendance to some of them is not to show respect to God, but to become respectable, and to others it is a platform from which to debate social issues.

The ones who stomped on their books grinding them into the ground are undoubtedly the persons Paul spoke of in Hebrews 10:29. Isn't trampling on a Red Book authored by Jesus the same as "(treading) under foot the Son of God, and (counting) the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing...?" [Hebrews 10:29]. These people were determined not to board the steamship Holiness. Wow, how much more graphic could this Scriptural word picture become in a vision? What is scary, though, is to contemplate the depth of the punishment the Holy Spirit says they will have. I would not want to be in their shoes. To think about how badly they treated their only means of escape from pain and anguish will be the worst kind of torture. He was so close, but now, so far.

 

Stop SignOffendedness

There were children in the vision who saw their parents spurn the gospel of Jesus. Is not this identical to offending children? These little ones may never recover from this wayward scene. Didn't they cry out to their parents not to turn away and to come back? For the most part little children are tender-hearted and generally teachable, which is why Jesus spoke harshly regarding those by whom offences come, especially those who cause little children to stumble and stray [Matthew 18:4ff].

Jesus with the tender-hearted little children.
 

All parents ought to be the best role model they can because whether they like it or not, they are the most potent factor in child development. Schoolteachers by and large don't even come in for a close second. If you have made a mess of child rearing, don't despair because the Red Book's blood has a way of blotting out the sins written down on its pages. "What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!" Truly, the words of that old hymn are music to our ears. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" [Isaiah 1:18]. Can you see why the blood is so necessary? Not only is blood the channel for the life of the flesh, but it is also a cleansing agent for removal of toxins. You may have a book of blank sheets at the judgment, but Praise God, you do have a Red Book with your name embossed upon it, your invitation to the wedding of God's Son.

Licentiousness

What about those people in chains? Did not they seem grateful to have been summoned to the arena? Upon first blush, it would seem that they represented believers in undeveloped countries or nations where the gospel is not permitted. Yet after reception of their book, they returned to the tables still shackled. Had the chains denoted bondage to the slavemarket of sin, they would have fallen off at their reception of the Red Book. We are told that they dropped off when the covenanted pilgrim's started up the ramp to board the ship. These bound believers, therefore, are not consistent with the reality of underground Christians in countries where the gospel is forbidden because to fit the mold, they would of necessity have remained chained throughout the trip. Hence, we must look elsewhere for the meaning.

I believe that they represent people who are heavily bound by sin. The observable chains depict heavy bondage. The sins of these people are obvious and grievously cumbersome. Gluttony, drunkenness, prostitution, sorcery, pornography, gambling addiction, drug addiction, spitefully mean people, and so on, are wickedness seriously debilitating many persons. Not only does it hurt the participant, but it also colors their immediate family unit's ability to interact in sociable fashion.

 

Unfortunately, in today's world dysfunctional families are not atypical. When bound people receive deliverance from burdens, they are usually grateful as the woman who reverentially and ceremoniously washed the feet of our Lord. It is important to the outworking of this message to the church to remember that the chains did not fall off until they boarded the ship called Holiness. This points out that unless a sinner fills the void left by sin's removal with the furnishings of the Holiness ship, the possibility to relapse into a backslidden condition is very real. For this reason, God has given us prophetic warnings about keeping oneself pure and ready to go to heaven at a moment's notice. Clinging close to His Word is how not to fall from grace [Galatians 5:4]. Paul wrote the Galatians' letter to believers who had received salvation by grace and were now backsliding into their old ineffectual means of attaining eternal life through works. He warned them that going back to the law could jeopardize their eternal security because grace is our lifeline. Without it, we cannot reach heaven. Moreover, the greatest prophet of all, Jesus, cautioned us to make sure the appointments of our spiritual household were changed upon being set free from sin so that the former master of the house from whom we have been delivered would find it too uncomfortable to come back into [Matthew 12:43-45].

Speechless
Jeannette related that people reacted differently upon reception of their Red Book. Some reverenced it, others wept tears of joy, and others were speechless.There is little doubt that the ones humbly showing delight felt a sense of relief at God's assessment of their works.
 

It's the ones who were speechless that intrigue me. It could mean that they were bewildered at having been shown such benevolence by a gracious God. But, I rather believe that it has reference to the fact that these people did not find a place for their signature on their passport. They found no cabin reserved for refuge aboard the ocean liner. If this were the case, then they represent many Christians who have been called to salvation who think that their own self-righteousness is good enough to get them into heaven. They would like to get go there, but they refuse to follow the protocol to obtain a visa. Hence, they have an invalid passport.

Remember the parable about the wedding supper in Matthew 22? A King had planned a feast for His Son's marriage and had invited many guests. When the time was ready for the banquet to be served, the people who had responded to the invitation in the affirmative and promised to come, didn't. They were distracted by competing activity, seemingly "better" things to do. This angered the King, so He sought replacement guests among the downtrodden, the poor, and the disenfranchised. Not having the means to be caught up with the cares of this life, He knew these less affluent people would be delighted to come. Since Jesus used parables as platforms to teach eternal truths, and since the last verse of this parable is where Jesus said: "...many are called, but few are chosen" [verse 14], let's look more closely at this one to see if there is a relationship between this parable and the vision. Both are addressing people who are called to a marriage party in heaven.

The parable teaches that God calls many people who will not respond to His call. In the vision, the opposite obtains. Many respond to God's call but not all receive passports. The guest who refuses to come to the wedding supper in Matthew 22 properly attired corresponds to the people in the vision who become speechless at the King's refusal to permit them a passport to attend His wedding feast dressed in a garment of their own choosing, a garment that does not meet the protocol of a royal wedding but one that strikes their own fancy. Holiness is white and not earthy, much too "straight-laced" a fabric for many people in this modern era when tolerance is "King of the Road." People may be right in their own eyes, but self-righteousness is not the proper visa to get into heaven. In both cases, the parable and the vision, speechlessness was the result of discovering that the King thought their clothes were not adequate for such an elegantly planned affair. Anyone attending the wedding supper will be required to have a spotless robe of righteousness wrinkle free.

We were not told in the vision whether or not those who were speechless had opportunity to change their minds and go "buy (salvation) without money and without price" [Isaiah 55:1]. We do know from Scripture that God is long-suffering with men because of unbelief. His patience has waited on some people for years. Others have had only one opportunity to repent before having their lives snuffed out prematurely. Since no one knows the number of his days, wisdom counsels that today is the day of salvation, now is the time to repent. What we do know is that Jesus taught in the parable that even though you might get into heaven having made the voyage as a stowaway aboard ship, without a valid passport you will be kicked out of the wedding supper for lack of a proper garment. At that time you will be speechless and unable to make any excuses because having read this paper "the way ye know" and that's Jesus [John 14:4,6].

Indifference to such a high honor as to attend a King's wedding feast is beyond my comprehension and is incredibly disrespectful in light of the fact that the called out ones had shown a desire to fellowship with royalty. Much to their eternal dismay, the unworthy guests will one day wish that they had not made light of the call and had accepted it, for in a future day their passport will be revoked without remedy. Even after God came in the flesh to personally invite them to the marriage feast, they would not come. Even after He personally signed the book He authored with His own blood and provided His own glorious robe of righteousness for the guests to wear at the supper, they spurned the offer to go to the feast. At the judgment, those who turn down their passport to paradise will remember that day as their day of infamy.

If everyone else was correctly attired at the wedding, why was this guest not dressed right?

Matthew  22:11-14
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

From verses 11 and 12 can you detect a note of surprise by the guest who did not have on the proper wedding garment? Isn't it interesting, if not alarming, that this man offered no excuses before being thrust out into outer darkness? When confronted by the King, he does not say a word. Note that he came to the wedding. He had accepted the invitation and responded to the call when many others refused to come. Yet, he was cast out just like he was a party crasher. What's going on here? This man did not treat God's servants wickedly as others did in the parable. He was not against the marriage party, for he came. He was there. Let's give him some credit because he at least showed up when all the rest reneged on their commitment. He took time out from his busy schedule to show up, yet, he was cast out of the wedding like he was never called. This surprised him and he was speechless.

I believe that this man without the proper wedding attire stands for the same misjudgment as the persons in the vision about the extent of God's hatred toward disobedience and disloyalty. A casual approach to a holy God robs Him of the respect He is due. A careless attitude toward eternal things is going to render many people speechless in the day of reckoning. Many will stand in the way of Cain [Jude 11] and find that their self-righteousness was unacceptable as the way to approach God. Cain brought a bloodless offering to God thinking that his self-made approach to honoring Him would be all right. God corrected Cain and then gave him opportunity to repent [Genesis 4:6,7], and He is doing it again to the church through the warning embedded in this vision. On the other side of this issue, there will be people who prostitute God's plan of salvation by standing in the way of Balaam [2 Peter 2:19] fully aware of "the way" to heaven but using his knowledge of the benevolence of God as a means for self-aggrandizement.

There will be many in that day according to Jesus who will plead that He is their Lord and they did many mighty works in His name, but Jesus will say, "I never knew you, depart from me ye that work iniquity" [Matthew 7:23]. Others will not have opportunity to plead with Jesus because they flagrantly flaunted so great salvation. They will be speechless as well. Everyone who does not heed the call now will be speechless then. The word speechless comes from a Greek word meaning muzzled. There will be no excuses in that day because on judgment day everyone is muzzled and what is written in the books will judge people. It will be according to their works, which reflect their choices. Don't wind up like the man at the wedding supper without a wedding suit. Only Jesus' garment of righteousness is the proper attire. Let go of your own works, your own self-righteousness and abandon yourself to God's mercy. Get to an altar somewhere and ask God for a garment. Don't wait. Be a part of that glorious body of Christ making herself ready to meet the bridegroom. Don't be thrown out of the wedding because of lack of proper dress. Remember that when you receive your Red Book with your name on it written in white, you will be declared righteous by God and given a robe to wear just like His.

 
Destination: A Wedding
 

Accepting the fact that the parable Jesus taught in Matthew 22 is addressing a wedding feast in heaven planned by God for His Son, Jesus, and that whoever responds in accordance to the invitation - formal dress of absolute righteousness required -- is invited to it, and accepting the fact that the vision participants have accepted the invitation to attend this heavenly banquet at the end of their voyage across the sea, not only do we know the destination of the ships in the vision but we also know why they are called Holiness ships. Because the Holy Spirit pointed me to this parable to understand who the people were who became speechless, I am confident that the Spirit wants us to understand the enormous implications of making covenant with the author of the Red Book. One's eternal destination hangs on whether one receives or rejects his or her Red Book.

There is no question but that salvation implies having agreed to God's assessment of man's bankrupt condition without hope of ever fellowshipping with a holy God. All man can produce is relative righteousness. Therefore, in order to become properly dressed for the wedding, we must yield to God Himself working in us that which will be acceptable to enter the marriage supper of heaven..."for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." Thank God, He has not left us to ourselves!

Who are the attendees? The church of Jesus Christ. The saints of God who have put on His robe of righteousness. This garment is the foundation upon which we can acquire a visa for our passport that allows us to attend the consummation of the marriage. The beauty of one's garment will be determined by the amount of holiness that one acquires during the voyage across the waters while aboard the ships. The heavier the trials one sustains during the crossing, the purer will be his holiness. Remember, however, that "...our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" [2 Corinthians 4:17]. God has promised us that "(w)hen thou passest through the waters I will be with thee, and through the rivers they will not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee" [Isaiah 43:1]. Fear of the pangs of death has no jurisdiction over the ones who claim these promises. They have eyes to see but are blind to the world; they have ears to hear but are deaf to the cosmic system. Their focus is on their destination.

2 Corinthians 4:18
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The people in the furnace of affliction are not the Laodiceans whom Jesus counseled to buy of Him gold tried in the fire [Revelation 3:18] because they are already in the place where the temper of the metal is being tested [Job23:10]. The earthy gold of this existence is fool's gold and will not stand the test of fire in the judgment. For this reason, Jesus rejected Laodicea's great wealth and warned her of the danger she was in.

So, the ships are destined for a wedding in heaven. Its occupants are people desiring to be part of the family of God, some of whom will be the bride at the marriage supper in heaven. Anyone questioning why all of the body is not the bride must ask Jesus why He only came and took five virgins when ten were espoused to Him. He came for His bride, didn't He? He came to consummate His marriage by carrying her to His home prepared for them by His Father. I do not pretend to have all the answers. All I know is that Jesus did not speak in parables to mislead but to teach the ones with ears to hear [Matthew 13:10;ff]. My gifting is to point out Jesus' sayings as the Spirit reinforces them through prophetic revelations and alert readers to the importance of staying prepared to elope with Jesus at any time. I believe it takes that extra oil, added zest to be zealous about becoming a part of the bride of Christ. Jesus is looking for anyone who will make vows of commitment beyond the normal church attendance situation. It is normal for two people in love to commit their all to each other in their marriage vows. Jesus is looking for no less in His marriage. People who seek user-friendly churches to attend are at risk because they can pick and choose the style of message they want to receive. They do not have to move out of their comfort zones in these churches because user-friendly churches cater to what people want. They are by definition a part of the Laodicean church, which means "the people's rights." [Laos = people in general + dicea = a self-evident right, i.e., one's right to choose].

   
 
Ships: RMS Queen Elizabeth
   
 

Have you wondered why the Holy Spirit used ships in which to transport people to heaven? Probably, like military jargon, it is because ships carry so much metaphorical imagery from which truths of Scripture can be taught.Also, the earth is covered by water for the most part and water is the major constituent supporting life.

So, it seems reasonable that the Spirit would use ships. Boats come in all sizes. Unpowered boats can range from tiny rafts to vessels as large as an Ark; and powered ones vary from small dinghies piggybacking huge ocean liners to military airplane carriers.

I remember crossing the Atlantic Ocean years ago on the Queen Elizabeth before she sank in the Pacific and have never forgotten the enormity of its size. At 80,000 tons, she was bigger than battleships. Most vacation cruise ships are between 20- and 40,000 tons. The ship I cruised the Caribbean Islands on was 40,000 tons, and I remember thinking how small it was by comparison. The Queen Elizabeth was the equivalent of a small town. Like myself, most people used its elevators since it had something like 10 floors, and we found ourselves walking long distances because it was the equivalent of about 4 city blocks in length. Nothing was spared for the convenience of its passengers. Everyone had assigned places for sleeping and eating just as Jeannette said the people in the vision had assigned workstations.

There were over 800 people in the second class section, 300+ in the first class and 600+ in the third class making it around 2,000 total passengers. I believe the Spirit brought this to my remembrance because after hearing that Jeannette oversaw dozens of ships lined up in convoy fashion, I was aghast at the scope and scale of God's endtime harvest. If only a few of those called are chosen as Jesus said, how inestimable must be the numbers of those who wind up in hell. Nonetheless, John saw God's Kingdom populated with "...a great multitude, which no man could number..." [Revelation 7:9], and it takes a transport carrier of some size to adequately portray the enormity of the last days' harvest. If the ships represent ocean freighters carrying God's wheat to His barns, it behooves Christians to pray for a quick work by God before the Tribulational storm arises and part of the cargo is lost. In addition, because the ships signify that its passengers are in process to ultimate sanctification, some of the wheat may not yet be ready for the granary. 4 But, size is only one aspect of why the Spirit talks about ships so often in Scripture.

   
Steamships vs. Sailboats

Are you wondering why they were steamships and not sailboats? In the era preceding motorized vehicles, ships used human power or wind power. Humans are no match for the wind and the waves, and sails are not much better.

The Spirit told us that the ships were on a straight course to their destination. It takes supernatural power to overcome stormy conditions, so the steam engines represent the enormous might of the Holy Spirit. In addition, winds are uncontrollable and fickle. They can throw a ship off course or stop one dead in its track as Columbus was stopped in the doldrums of the Atlantic Ocean on his exploration voyage to the new world he was about to discover.

  The instability of winds on a long voyage would not fit the message God would have us receive in this vision, because Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians, "that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" [4:14]. It seems like the "swirling dark waters" foaming from strong winds of strange doctrines are causing many of the Holiness ships to run aground. If this happens, then false prophets who shout, "All is well" are guiding the battered ships when in truth a storm brews on the horizon. True prophets and teachers will warn captains of the ships about false doctrines of demons that Paul says will inundate the church in the last days [1 Timothy 4:1]. So a straight course protected by holiness and fearless prophetic warning is the only secure means of reaching the Kingdom of Heaven.
 
A Ship's Anchor

Hebrews 6:17-20
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 

An anchor of the soul
 

From the above passage, we see that Jesus is referred to as the anchor of our soul. He is our great steadfast hope in reaching our destination and has sworn by Himself and His immutable Word to see that we make it without fail. There can be no stronger consolation than this. So, the use of ships in the vision is perhaps to give us hope and assurance we are on the right track. Jesus is our pilot and when the seas of trouble become turbulent, my advice is to grab hold of Him, the anchor of your soul, and let His Word settle you down so that you don't drift off course by violent winds of strange doctrine and become as a reed "shaken with the wind" [Luke 7:24]. Search the Scriptures to find "the straightway," because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life and few there be that find it" [Matthew 7:14].

Furthermore, Jeannette said that the fully loaded steamships were moving on a straight course and implied that they would continue to do so as long as there were true prophets warning of the dangers and obstacles in the path. It is their job to aid Christians in their spiritual progress by revealing things not visible to the physical eyes. This is the purpose of the prophetic gift. What enormous implications this has, given the number of prophets abounding with variant utterances from God. I must tell you, however, that it is required by all passengers to attend safety meetings on the day of embarkation at the life raft station assigned to them in order to learn how to abandon ship in case of emergency. At these meetings everyone is given instruction booklets and is required to read it. This is not a suggestion. Each person is responsible to know the rules of safety and abandonment for him or herself. The manual aboard the Holiness ships is the Bible. God has not left us without safety rules and protective regulations.

   
 
A Sea of Space:  Supernova remnant N132D  with visible light photons.
 
 

Some scientists believe that there is a substance in the vacuum of space, which acts sort of like a viscous jelly. It is not jelly nor is it ether, and it probably is not viscous either. Being a kindergarten description of a highly technical subject, the bottom line is that space is not empty as some men have surmised.

Nevertheless, through "it," whatever "it" is, waves are transported probably from the energy source of light. We know that God is light and without Him is no life. If what physicists tell us is true, that light behaves like disjointed packets of energy called photons, as well as waves, ships would be the medium of choice with which to navigate the waves in space for the purpose of crossing over to the other side of reality.

 
A Gulf is a Sea is a Bay
 

Lastly, Jesus spoke about a great gulf fixed between the upper and lower regions of hell [Luke 16:26]. It is interesting that he used the term gulf, which means a "gape" or "chasm," an impassable interval. In English, "a gulf" is used as a synonym for "a sea," and so is "a bay." They mean the same thing, something separating two entities with a wide expanse. Therefore, we can take it that the gulf separating heaven and earth is also a sea upon which vessels passing through must be seaworthy, i.e., ships. This is not to say that the Spirit could not have used other metaphorical terminology such as chariots or horses, but He chose the use of ships probably because of the foregoing analogous properties of ships that can readily explain spiritual truths derived from "dark speeches" of prophetic revelations.

   
 
Destination: Hevenly Bliss
 
 

As mentioned, the destination of the ships over which Jeannette was to keep guard, is the place of consummation of Jesus' marriage. Keep in mind that it is the consummation, not the preparation. The parable of the speechless man pointed out that without the proper garment, which has been established as Jesus' robe of righteousness and not one's own self-righteous clothing, one will not be allowed to attend the wedding. That person will be forever banished from the indescribable lavish benefits of a vast, unfathomable inheritance to a place where there will be, according to Jesus, everlasting weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Let's not forget that this vision under discussion is given to the church while the parable is addressed to all saints. The church holds a unique place in the overall scheme of God's Kingdom. She will be the bride of Christ at the wedding supper. There will be other guests who attend the festivities but who do not hold the same position as the bride. Some people will be guests at the supper and others will serve. Even the illustrious John the Baptist spoke of himself as the bridegroom's friend. The implication is that he is not a part of the bride, for he cannot be the bridegroom's attendant and the bride at the same time. God is the one planning the party, so the main thing we must attend to is dress, being clothed correctly. The reason the speechless guest was ushered out of the party was because all persons, everyone entering into heaven, will need a proper garment to get in, whether they are guests or Jesus' bride. Old Testament saints will need the same visa on their passports as those in the New. Their "staterooms" will be different, but a place in heaven will be theirs.

Mind you that only 5 of the 10 virgins were prepared to meet the groom and consummated as the bride. The rejected 5 who were espoused and considered as married in Jesus' day, lost out on the final rites of marriage - consummation - because they were unprepared and the door was shut when they returned with the required oil [Matthew 25:1-13]. Consummation means completion. Preparation is made beforehand along the way, so if you want to attend the wedding as part of the bride, now is the time to act. There is in spite of everything, i.e., the closeness of Jesus' coming, opportunity because we are both still in route. Why would Jesus communicate the parable if it were untrue and did not speak to something extremely important? Parables were teaching tools attesting to truth, and Jesus used them frequently. As an aside, could it be possible that the 5 jilted virgins become the bride's attendants in the palace, as the Song of Solomon alludes that she has? (See also Psalms 45:14.)

Guarded Gates
Guarding Angel
 

Without a doubt anyone entering the portals of heaven is going to be surprised beyond measure regardless of one's placement there. The entire body of Scripture has assured us of this. God's hand is not shortened or limited so that it cannot provide a myriad of ecstatic experiences for every citizen of heaven. Without the encumbrances of a sin nature, that which God has prepared will be something which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man..." [1 Corinthians 2:9]. Although the Spirit has revealed them to us through our spiritual eyes and ears [verse 10], we still cannot comprehend the extent to which we will feel euphoria. Even Jeannette could only use human terms to explain the beauty of heaven. She saw mountains, gardens, and animals as well as bands of angels singing heavenly choruses of Hallelujahs as the saints landed. What a welcome mat! Anyone who has watched a ticker-tape parade in New York City or films showing the return of troops to the ports of harbor after the horrendous WWII days, have only gotten a pitiful glimpse of the abundant entrance saints will have upon their arrival at their destination [2 Peter 1:11].

The sight of angels at the port of arrival indicates that there are guardians protecting heavenly Jerusalem from unlawful entrance. We are told that only those who do God's commandments and partake of the tree of life, which is the wooden cross of Jesus, will enter in through the gates into the heavenly city [Revelation 22:14]. Because the natural mind cannot comprehend the things of the spirit, it is impossible to explain the joys and glory of heaven. John used the costliest things of earth to describe its beauty - precious gemstones. The value of a stone depends upon its purity, and its purity is dependent upon the amount of contaminants found therein. It is not happenstance that contaminants are removed by heat. The hotter the fire, the more pure the substance. The Bible says that God's Words are so pure they are like silver that has been purified seven times by fire in the furnace of earth [Psalms 12:6]. So, the earth is the furnace in which earthly gemstones are formed, and fire is the medium and metal tester. Because our "God is a consuming fire," we know that there is nothing in heaven that has not been purified, for any contaminant would be immediately consumed by His presence. Praise God that when we get there, we will have a body just like Jesus, which can stand the heat. Our works of flesh will be burned up in the judgment, but we ourselves will pass the test, "yet so as by fire" [1 Corinthians 3:15].

 
Magnificent Attraction
 

May I suggest reading Revelation 21 for a detailed description of the heavenly city of Jerusalem. It is impossible to exaggerate the magnificence of the bride's heavenly abode. The glorious heavenly Zion is beyond human comprehension. Its description by John dazzles the mind because the picture speaks of precious gemstones without number arraying the walls. Pearls, which are formed by the suffering of irritation within an oyster's shell, will grace the gates. Since Jesus possesses all keys in the universe with which to open gates, it is no wonder that the gorgeous portals through which anyone enters or leaves heavenly Zion will be composed of a magnificently stunning substance produced through agonizing anguish, an oxymoron of profound significance. It will be an eternal reminder as we come and go that we did indeed teach Jesus how to die.

The streets are made of pure translucent gold meaning that by looking upward we will be able to see into the upper reaches of the city, which is described as in the formation of a cube or sphere - it's three-dimensional. We will not be able to add anything to its construction, however. Praise the Lord for that! Just think how many people would take pride in what he had done like satan did. God obviates that possibility forthwith because He alone is its architect and even the bride herself is His workmanship [Ephesians 2:10].

The variety of gemstones suggests that heaven is a place with unbounded variation. Along with the variation in gemstones, it has lush vegetation because Jeannette spoke of seeing beautiful gardens. Its size, being either 1200 miles or 1500 miles cubed or spherical dependent upon which measurements one uses, is not hard to conceptualize given the global village concept of rejuvenated Babylon. Megalopolis cities abound everywhere with forests and gardens separating suburban areas. A city without occupants is a dead city, hence we know that God created His heavenly city to be inhabited just like He formed the earth not in vain but to be inhabited [Isaiah 45:18]. It is the city, which Abraham was looking for whose foundation would be built by a son out of his own loins. Moreover, he refused to dwell in anything but tents because he esteemed citizenship in the celestial city greater than chancing the loss of it by mixing his seed with the surrounding established nations.

  Co-Regents
 

This glorious place has been prepared by God for Jesus and His bride to live together forever as co-rulers of the universe. God has limitless worlds and even universes which He plans for those who are obedient to help Him rule. Originally, He made man "...to have dominion over the works of (His) hands; (He) ...put all things under his (Jesus') feet..." [Psalms 8:6 with Ephesians 1:22]. Because the people who are "in Christ," have become one with Him, "...members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones," they are not only co-heirs with Jesus but by virtue of the fact that they are His body, Him being the head, they constitute the proverbial feet of Jesus and will be co-regents with Him in eternity. Glory to God, what a position to be in! If you haven't gotten in the family yet, let me urge you not to put it off. This opportunity is too valuable and precious to be missed. We are not guaranteed anything beyond this moment, so don't wait.

When Jesus comes for the church to take her out of the way of God's wrath on the world, which He has promised to do [2 Thessalonians 5:9; et al], He will be coming for His bride - for a people who have already cleansed themselves "with the washing of water by the word" [Ephesians 5:26]. In the moment of time when He raptures the church she will have done all that she can do to prepare herself to become "...a glorious church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing...holy and without blemish" [verse 27]. He is not coming for a people who do not have a desire to share an intimate covenant relationship with Him. Stop and think about that for a moment. He is not going to take His bride to heaven and clean her up there. Her wedding gown will have already been woven according to her works. Yes, you can still go to heaven and live in heavenly bliss because God is good and merciful beyond measure. It is unbelievable what He has planned for those who love Him - even the least little bit. But a bride - that's something special.

 
The Cost: A Love Relationship
 

I believe that this is the reason the parable of the ten virgins is so powerful and was spoken immediately after the discourse on God's judgment of the world. He was trying to warn people of the danger of not becoming prepared to be a truly yielded and dedicated lover of God.

There is danger believers can miss out on being in the bridehood. Can you imagine a real love relationship flourishing on earth when a bride promises at her wedding to love the groom if it does not cause her any pain or hardship, or if he doesn't make any demands on her life? On the other hand and perhaps even worse, she promises to communicate with him when it is convenient for her or to keep the other loves in her life to a minimum. In the natural, one would hardly think there is a deep commitment or a love relationship at all. Do you think Jesus wants a bride who displays this kind of a lackluster relationship?

A legitimate question is, "How can one love God if there is no desire there?" The answer is that love grows. As a person steps out in faith desiring to know God, His love becomes "shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit" given to us at the new birth [Romans 5:5]. The more we realize what He has done for us through study of His Word and the debt we owed but could not pay, the more we learn how gracious He has been. The glory of it all is that we are transformed over time from glory to glory [2 Corinthians 3:18] eventually metamorphosing into a beautiful compassionate loving replica of our precious Lord Jesus. With each passing day, as we spend more and more time with our Lord, our love grows until we can in due course say with modesty yet genuinely, "My beloved is mine, and I am his...(and)...his desire is towards me" [Song of Solomon 2:16a with 7:10b].

Summary
 

After salvation comes a process of sanctification and period of testing, illustrated by the ships entitled Holiness, through which recipients of eternal life must go. The sea represents the great divide between heaven and earth. We can make it across to the other side without trouble if we stay aboard the steamships surrounded by holiness.

We have learned that the Red Book represents the offer of salvation to every human being on the face of the earth. God's Word tells us that everyone will be without excuse on judgment day, "...for (Jesus) was slain, and has (provided redemption) by (His) blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" [Revelation 5:9]. After accomplishing the purging of our sins, He said, "It is finished," indicating that the sacrificial system of animals was over and salvation is now a fact. God's purity and righteousness was satisfied when Jesus protected His holy Words from tarnish upon the cross. God can now fellowship with man via the "Cross of Wood." 5 A man's blood has been shed and the death penalty has been fulfilled. The requirement for the payment of sin has been accomplished. Even the stars are witnesses to Jesus' life ebbing away as His blood oozed from His heavily bruised, beaten, and pierced body. Did He deserve to die? No! We're the ones to blame. We caused all the pain, the day He wore our crown. He was not a sinner. "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities and the chastisement of our peace us upon Him" [Isaiah 53:4].

Hebrews 4:15
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

The book in the night vision is a book dipped in blood. Because the sin penalty has been paid, the veil between men and God is torn asunder and the way is open to fellowship with God. Since white is symbolic of righteousness in Scripture, we can approach God without a sense of guilt wearing Jesus' white robe. Built right in the middle of the salvation offer is righteousness. This is why the names on the Red Books were raised in white lettering. Jeannette said that the calligraphy was beautiful beyond description, so much so that many people could not seem to quit stroking or feeling the letters. I believe this is what Jesus had in mind when He spoke, "...rejoice because your names are written in heaven" [Luke 10:20]. The tenderness shown to their Red Book by some is a form of rejoicing. More importantly, their joy in having such a beautiful book is true worship, for joy is inward. Thankfulness for having received the gratuitous mercy of God is worshipping God in spirit. Could another visual schema portray this wondrous dual aspect of salvation and regeneration any more clearly than the Red Book with justified sinners' names embossed in white? I think not. The red color of the books signifies Jesus' blood, and the white lettering exemplifies His righteous character. What a picture the Holy Spirit has produced!

Epilogue
The theme of salvation has not been exhausted in the interpretive analysis of this message from the Lord. It is only a tiny treatment on a topic that spans the universe. Since we see in part, we can only interpret in part. Yet, having addressed the fact of a calling by God, we must speak in brief about a calling by sinners.
Saint walking into his /her calling!!!
 
 
1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
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Romans 10:12-14
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
 

There is a Red Book with your name on it. As per the above Scriptures, sinners must call upon the name of the Lord [Romans] in response to God's call to us to become saints. If you are still here reading this and if you are unsaved, you are in the valley of decision right now and must make a choice at this very moment to either receive your Red Book with your name on it, or reject it. The choice is yours, but choose you must. God has done all He is going to do. To receive your Red Book you must cry out to God to save you. Shout if you have to. Who cares who is listening. What's more important, eternal life or respectability? In earnest confess your waywardness, be it gross or ever so slight; and the God of mercy will accept you quicker than a blink. He wants everyone to become a part of His family and is longing to show His benevolence and power to the meek.

2 Chronicles 16:9
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him...

God is looking for anyone who will allow Him to show Himself strong on his or her behalf. What an offer! The power source that created the world is willing to take anyone as a family member who will call upon Him. How can anyone pass up such an offer? It grieves Him that most people walk away in indifference and disgust from so great salvation with all of its benefits. All He has ever wanted to do for man is give Him the best of everything He has. His storehouse is endless and eternal. Nothing shall ever be lacking in the life of one who follows His instructions on how to walk in faith and holiness.

Don't let satan lie to you and make you think you cannot get out from under bondage to a bad habit. No matter what it is - smoking, tobacco, drugs, witchcraft, cursing, fornication, lying, stealing, cheating, gossiping, etc. - God is able to deliver you and protect you from its hold. Don't be concerned that you might fall. You are already on the ground, how much further down can you go? Cry out for God to uplift you. But remember, you can't fool God, for He looks on the heart. So, when you ask sincerely and not half-heartedly, God supernaturally comes in and regenerates you. Then you will have the power to turn from the beggarly things of the world and walk in holiness. Don't try to become holy first and then call upon God. That's impossible because the flesh is too weak. When you call upon God to save you, you are asking to be set free of bondage to satan and sin. After you get free, then you can get holy. Don't put the cart before the horse. Upon regeneration through Jesus' blood, what is written inside your book will have been purged of guilt and all the pages made white. Remember that "the blood is given to us for an atonement (a covering)" and your book will always be bound with a red cover. You will be starting out with a clean slate, and your old life of sin will have been edited out. The remaining account is God's plan for your life with all the benefits and privileges that accompany "an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" [1 Peter 1:4,5]. The book, however, must be received ------------- as a gift!

For those who might be backslidden remember that the blood of Jesus keeps on cleansing from all sin [1 John 1:7]. It is a continual cleansing so long as we continually confess our sins as per the ninth verse of chapter one in John's first letter. If you're practicing sin as opposed to occasionally sinning, check up on your salvation. You may not have really been saved because the Bible addresses this ambiguously vague condition with words of warning in several places. If you are unsure, reconsecrate your life and ask God to reveal His Word to you and show you how to live like Jesus lived. Put the Word first place and do everything it says to do without exception. Be a fanatic!!! I am. Some people told me I needed to have balance in my life in order to be effective in my witness as a Christian. I tried it. It didn't work because I lost my witness. The older I get, the more I can see where this is a red herring. As soon as I gave up all things for the sake of receiving God's favor, I started becoming an overcomer. Satan would like people to be balanced because this gives him a chance to get his foot in the door. You cannot get too unbalanced in the things of God because they are eternal, will never fade away, and is the foundation upon which God shares His power. That's why Paul said He counted everything but loss for the sake of knowing Jesus. Everything else will dissipate and disappear. Here today and gone tomorrow is not just a saying.

Praise God what a Saviour we have. He promises He will never leave you nor forsake you, and He promises to sustain you when you start using His name as your weapon against the devil's attacks. Friend, there is no more time to play around with sin. Jesus is on the verge of coming, and we cannot say we may have another year or two or three. All things appear ready in the heavenlies, and you need to be already outfitted with holiness when the "airships" arrive to shuttle jump the prepared ones from off the "steamships." You don't want to be among the ones who must finish the voyage in the middle of the Tribulation. There will be a hurricane of enormous magnitude in which few will survive to tell about, but that's a lesson for another time. May the Lord have mercy upon your soul and keep you safe from the evil one. If you need help in praying the sinner's prayer you might go to WSM's home page and click on "How to Become a Christian."

Bon Voyage!
Sailing with the Gospel of Christ
 

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1 All Scripture references in this work are taken from the King James Version unless marked otherwise. ( Thus, )

2 See the vision entitled "Two Streams" for a discussion of which Bible we should use. (  I )

3 See the vision entitled "Summoned" for more on this subject.(In)

4 See the vision entitled "Sheets of Rain" for a better understanding of the endtime harvest of the Lord. ( But, )

5 See the vision entitled "Cross of Wood" for further development of this topic. (A )

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5.) N132D and the Color of X-Rays: Explanation: Supernova remnant N132D shows off complex structures in this sharp, color x-ray image. These color choices make a pleasing picture and they also show the x-rays in the same energy order as visible light photons, which range from low to high energies as red, green, and blue. Nasa

 

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