Thus Say The Prophets
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John Ascends to the Mirkaba or Cheriot Throne to Witness the End of the Olam Hazeh!

We learn of the Mirkaba or Cheriot Throne in Ezekiel chapter one and elsewhere. The Biblical depiction of the Earth is a circular plain rather than a globe. Over the Earth, the firmament hangs like a giant dome. Above that dome is the Mirkaba, pictured as the Celestial Throne Chariot of God (compare Ezekiel chapter one). Literally accurate or not, this is the conception used throughout the Tanach and Christian New Testament. Ezekiel and others present the Mirkaba as a giant throne likened to a chariot upon which the Holy One sits and gazes outward over the affairs of humanity. Whether one takes the plain (flat Earth and Mirkaba literally or figuratively, this is the presentation Yochanan presents. We know that HaShem is formless and does not sit on any physical throne, so this debatable issue holds no real importance to scripture study. For the sake of our study, we will use the plain Earth biblical view throughout.

As chapter four begins, Yochanan is "called" upward to the Mirkaba. From this vantage point, he will be able to view the entire Earth and witness the culmination of the current age, the Olam Hazeh.

We discussed the significance of the trumpet in our previous lesson. When studying biblical prophecies, an essential rule of thumb is that if the text makes sense literally, take it that way. Many false and incorrect doctrines and dogmas have been promoted by the process known as "spiritualizing." This process takes the plain word of the texts and applies generally abstract, otherwise unsupportable, often anti-Torah, questionable interpretations to force meanings never intended. As Peter says: "Know this, first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from private interpretation" II Peter 1:20). We need to determine what happened here according to the text. We should take the text as written to understand what Yochanan is relaying. Here: Yochanan was in hitbodedut, or personal private prayer and meditation, when he heard a voice like a triumph (loud and robust) calling him forth as an elder and prophet of his Way Jewish community. In response, he left his physical form and journeyed to the Throne Room of HaShem for further instruction. How do we know he left his physical body rather than going up bodily? Terrestrial flesh and blood can not ascend into the realms beyond the Earth's dome according to Scripture (I Corinthians 15:50). Anything beyond this is conjecture.

Do not be confused by opinion! Understand this point well: The essential teaching here is the surface prophetic presentation of God's Plan of Restoration. EVERYTHING ELSE is secondary and spiritualizing. Grasp the literal level first, then delve into the more esoteric interpretations later. Going deeper is dangerous for those lacking this essential understanding. Often unenlightened people lacking this knowledge deride those who do not understand their supposed "deeper teachings." Typically such people fail to realize their spiritual poverty and biases (Revelation 3:17). No house will long stand without a solid foundation (Matthew 7:25)! The foundation of the Jewish and Way belief system is the Written Torah. Esoteric teachings exist to empower us to stand firm as these things unfold! Therefore, this study looks at the primary interpretations revealed through the texts, foundational Torah teachings, and implied insights.

Mirkaba: the Celestial Court Room

Revelation 4:1 After these things I saw, and behold, a door opened in the heavens, and the first voice that I heard, was a voice as of a trumpet speaking with me, one saying, Come up here, and I will show you the things which must come to pass hereafter.

Throughout the Scriptures, Heaven is described in courtly terms. Often the descriptions are of thrones and royal finery, of legal rulings and decisions in books. Should we take such descriptions literally? Yes! Of course, we know that God is the Ultimate Being, the Supreme "Person," and that His very existence utterly transcends human reason and conception. As sincere seekers, we understand that HaShem is not a Man sitting on a throne; however, since the beginning, Yochanan has used these sorts of descriptions to help us to comprehend what is beyond us. Whether God sits literally on a throne or not, this image works.

Let me try and make this easier to grasp:

First, understand that ANYTHING anyone says about the One God is, at best, limited. The Holy One is utterly and completely beyond all human comprehension. God is Ain Soph Aur, utterly glorious, completely transcendent, and spiritually transcendental.

What Yochanan saw in this vision was shown in terms he and we could conceive. Yochanan is setting a stage or painting a portrait to help us understand what he saw according to the imagery of his comprehension. To understand his vision, we need to work from within the confines of that structure. Is God a king seated on a throne? That imagery works as well as any other and better than most, and so throughout this study, we will be working within that paradigm.

So, think of the Throne Room this way: HaShem, the Supreme King of all kings, is seated upon an utterly glorious Throne. The Throne sits in the center of all existence, just above the dome of the earthly heavens. All material existence emanates from that throne. Try and grasp this: "Flatten down" EVERYTHING that exists within the conceived globe of the Earth that you have probably come to accept as reality. Yochanan knew nothing about such a global world. He and our ancient prophets envisioned the Earth as a roughly circular plain. Surrounding it is an immense ice shelf on all sides. Above this vast plain and dome-like covering, a gigantic gloriously decorated throne hovers, such as Ezekiel describes in his first chapter, stands in the midst of it all.

Once you have this image in mind, conceive that there is a "mote" of pure crystal around the Throne, as wide as an ocean, even wider. Above, on, in, and under this vast crystal sea is all of material existence! All of material creation is present within this glorious vast sea of being from the perspective of the Mirkaba. From the earthly perspective, the vast crystal sea appears above us, but what we see as we look above is the top of the sea from below. At the center is the Kissay Kodesh or the Sacred Throne of the Holy One.

Surrounding this vast crystal sea is the Celestial Kingdom of Elohim, wherein the angels, the cherubim, the seraphim, and countless other spiritual denizens dwell beyond conception. We are not talking fluffy gold paved clouds here (that popular analogy comes from the Mithraic Sun god Sol Invictus discussed previously). This vast Heavenly Kingdom of HaShem is as real as our world yet utterly transcendent. Yochanan is now in this City. From there, he will behold what is to come upon the Earth.

This should indicate what Yochanan is attempting to describe here! HaShem's Ruach (Spirit Presence) empowered Yochanan to give fantastic moving descriptions beyond anything he could have known or imagined. His prophecy is reminiscent of Ezekiel's Vision.

Regardless of what we might imagine in such contemplations, God is greater! However, this may give us a slight taste. The point is that Yochanan has entered into the very presence of God in the spirit!

In a similar Holy Courtroom, Heylel's infamous challenge triggered recorded history. Students of biblical prophecy often overlook this challenge, but it is of vital importance. The following account is in what many scholars believe to be the oldest book of the Bible:

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz named Iyov, Job. That man was perfect and upright, feared God, and turned away from evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yokes of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.
4 And his sons went and held a feast in the house of each one upon his day, and they sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it happened, when the days of their feasting were done, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now it came to pass on the day when the sons of God came to present themselves before Elohim, that Satan also came among them.
7 And Elohim said unto Satan, From where do you come? Then Satan answered Elohim and said, From going to and fro in the Earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And Elohim said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant Job? for there is none like him in the Earth, a perfect and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil.
9 Then Satan answered Elohim and said, Does Job fear God for no reason?
10 Haven't you made a hedge about him, his house, and everything he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth your hand now, touch all he has, and he will renounce you to your face.
12 And Elohim said unto Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only upon his person put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of Elohim.

This contest between Iyov (Job) and Heylel (the Adversary) is the storyboard of the human race. It is now time for the announcement of that ruling! Job's experience is our experience. Everyone should read this important book, now more than ever. Its message is timeless.

We now continue with our text:

Revelation 4:2 Straightway I was in deep meditation: and behold, there was a throne set in the heavens, and one sitting upon the throne;
3. and He that sat [was] to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and [there was] a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon.

"Immediately I was in the Spirit" or deep meditation, Yochanan is describing, in a continuous flow of words (remember the chapters and verses were not added to the Tanach until much later), that he witnessed the future history (from his perspective) of the Seven Congregation periods (chapters 2 and 3). Then he was immediately "in the spirit" or transported spiritually into the divine Throne Room of the Mirkaba.

The Rainbow that surrounds the Throne is the emblem of the Covenant confirmed through our father, Noah. The Noahide Covenant and its Seven Holy Laws exist eternally between HaShem and the entire population of the Earth. This emblem is ever before the Throne of HaShem, signifying His promise of protection and eventual restoration of the Earth and its inhabitants. We understand that restoration will be the result of the experiences John is there to witness and record.

As explained in the previous lesson, this is not a reference to the Christian "Rapture." John's experience is completely different from that proposed teaching. For one thing, his body remained on Patmos. As the text shows, it was a vision, not a literal relocation of his body. Notice also that the voice he heard was "like a trumpet." It was not the "last trumpet" referenced by Paul in his oft-cited verse in I Corinthians 15:52.

The Voice says, "Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this," confirming that these events are thus far (at least) happening in a linear order and do not occur in 70 CE as some Christians (Seventh Day Adventists, for example) teach. The Seven Periods have progressed as foretold, and the Nicolaitan Laodicean Congregation is now being 'vomited out.' After that, Yochanan ascends to Mirkaba in a vision to witness the celestial preparations for what is to come as we continue:

4:4 And round about the throne were twenty-four thrones: upon the thrones, I saw twenty-four elders sitting, arrayed in white garments; and on their heads were crowns of gold.

These Twenty-Four Thrones upon which sit the Twenty-Four Elders are indicative of those whom HaShem has granted authority over His people. As we have discussed, HaShem deals with people groups and organizations. In these symbols, we see the structures through which HaShem works to bless the world and settle the challenge posed by Heylel in the Book of Job.

As discussed, verse 3 of this chapter tells us that the Rainbow of HaShem surrounds the Throne, giving insight into the identity of the twenty-four elders. The rainbow, as we discussed, symbolically represents the Noachide Covenant. In the same way, these thrones and their occupants represent the two Covenants HaShem has established with the people of the Earth.

The Noahide Seven Laws Covenant served humanity well for a long time, but eventually, the people began worshiping other gods and fighting with one another. Because of this, Elohim metaphorically sought through the various people groups hoping to find a place to establish His Torah and further His plans for global restoration.

In time, Elohim found a young man named Avram of the Shemites (i.e., of the lineage of Noah's son Shem) and established a second covenant with him. The Book of Genesis describes the life and times of Avram. When Avram and his wife Sarai were in the nineties and well beyond childbearing age, El Shaddai (God the Almighty) worked a wonder, and they conceived a son and named him Yitz'chak (which means "laughter"). El Shaddai promised the couple that He would fulfill His plan of global restoration through the offspring of Yitz'chak and his descendants. First, however, the One True God changed their names. Avram became Avraham (Abraham), and Sarai became Sarah. In English, we typically refer to Yitz'chak as Isaac.

The Covenant of Elohim passed from Avraham and Isaac to his son Ya'akov (Jacob).

In time, Ya'akov (Jacob) found favor in the sight of El Shaddai, and He renamed him Israel (Genesis 35:10). The Hebrew name Y'israel comes from "ysr" and "el." El, of course, translates as "god." In context, the reference, of course, is to the One True God. As is common, the Hebrew "ysr" has many possible meanings depending on context. It means "rule," "prince," "persist," "struggle," "strive," "straight," "honest," etc. The most likely intended meaning here is "prince" because Israel as a people, the descendants of Ya'akov/Israel, are they who will one day bring in the eternal Melech or King of Israel, the Mashiach. As El Shaddai blessed Israel, He announced that HaMashiach would someday save Israel and the rest of the nations. Here we see the Promise and destiny of Israel.

Israel, the man had twelve sons (and one daughter). These sons fathered the Twelve Houses or Tribes of Israel. Here is a key to the identities of these twenty-four elders.

Twelve of these elders represent the Twelve Patriarchs of Israel. Like the rainbow, these twelve thrones symbolize that the People called Israel are always at the forefront of HaShem's consciousness. These twenty-four elders, therefore, appear to represent the descendants of Noah, who exist in two groups, Israel and the other nations. HaShem will rescue both groups through His Messiah. History has conclusively proven that neither group, Israel nor the other combined nations, are qualified to bless the Earth and secure lasting peace.

There are many theories about who these elders might be, but contextually this makes the most sense. The symbolism Yochanan is seeing is revealing HaShem's Plan for the ages. As Paul explained:

Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentiles: for the same HaShem is Lord of all and is merciful unto all that call upon Him:
13 for whosoever shall call upon the Name of HaShem will be saved.

Through the Noahide Covenant, HaShem offers His Derech to all people as the laity. Through the Mosaic Covenant, He bestows the priesthood upon the House of Israel, the Jews (Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 61:6). One day, the Lion of the House of Judah will arise, and HaShem will establish the real B'rit Hadashah or New Covenant with Israel as described at Jeremiah 31:31-34. That Covenant does not yet exist.

We now continue with our text:

Revelation 4:5 And out of the Mirkaba proceed with flashes of lightning, voices, and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;

As the lukewarm Nicolaitan religionists are vomited from El Shaddai's Mouth (Revelation 3:15-18), His Wrath is kindled, and He summons the Twenty-Four Elders before Him. Humanity is then held accountable for its crimes. Yochanan indicates HaShem's divine wrath as bolts of lightning, sounds (or voices), and thunders that erupt from the heavens. The Earth has been largely shielded from events in the celestial realms, the ongoing war between the sons of light and darkness referenced in Daniel chapter 12; however, as the Olam Hazeh begins to close, that is changing fast! As the Talmud says:

Sanhedrin Folio 97a: Thus hath R. Yochanan said: in the generation when the son of David [i.e., Messiah] will come, scholars will be few, and as for the rest, their eyes will fail through sorrow and grief. Multitudes of trouble and evil decrees will be promulgated anew, each new evil coming with haste before the other has ended.'

As Yochanan beholds the Earth from the Merkaba, he sees God's wrath erupting everywhere. There is every reason to expect we will see severe lightning storms and hear soul-cringing cries and unearthly sounds reverberating from the heavens above. One can almost hear the coming global despot blaming these occurrences on a threat from beyond! "Place your trust me!" he will proclaim; "I can save you!" And billions will, to their peril!

Now in the Heavenly Courts, HaShem holds the twenty-four Elders of the people accountable for their errors and for the failure of those in their charge. Perhaps this is why James warns those who would lead the Way sect to do so with extreme caution (James 3:1)!

There is plenty of failures to go around today! As Paul explains in Romans 11, the Noahides and the Jews have failed to keep their respective covenants of HaShem. Now the King of kings summons the leaders of the people into His Presence. He holds Israel accountable for our many failures to lead the world Godward.

The Seven Lamps:

Numbers 8:1 And HaShem spoke to Moses, saying,
2 Speak to Aaron, and say to him, When you light the lamps, the seven lamps will give light in front of the candlestick.
3 And Aaron did so; he lit the lamps to give light in front of the candlestick, as HaShem commanded Moses.
4 And this was the design of the candlestick, beaten work of gold; to its base, and with flowers. It was a beaten metal work: according unto the design HaShem had shown Moses, thus he made the candlestick.
5 And HaShem spoke to Moses, saying,
6 Take the Levites from among the children of Israel, and cleanse them.
7 In this way, you are to do unto them to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of forgiveness upon them, and let them shave all their flesh, and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves.
8 Then let them take a young bull, and its meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil; and another young bull you will take for a sin-offering.

Through Yochanan's vision, we witness the scene unfolding in HaShem's courtroom. The seven lamps are accouterments that testify that this is the same El Shaddai who led His people out of Egypt. He never left us! He is preparing to lead us out of the corrupt world order and into the next. He is the same Holy One of Israel, Yochanan understands, who will one day establish His servants again as the Nation of Priests, and then and for all time, the Land He declared ours will be ours. Before Yochanan wrote these words, the Romans expelled Israel from our Land and destroyed the Second Temple. Rome seemed unstoppable, and Israel's rebirth seemed impossible. Nevertheless, Yochanan knows that with HaShem, all things are possible! Our people will return to the Holy Land and witness the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash.

Note that these texts add that these lamps "are the seven Spirits of God." The reference here is that HaShem is all-knowing, all-illuminating and that by His Glory and omniscience, nothing escapes His awareness. Much more could be said about these seven lamps, but this will suffice for our present purposes.

The Sea of Glass:

Revelation 4:6 and before the throne, as it were a sea of glass like crystal; and amid the throne, and round about the throne, four living creatures full of eyes before and behind.

We've seen this crystalline sea before when HaShem summoned Yochanan to the Mirkaba. Within this "sea of glass" is all of existence. Yochanan sees the Earth before him as a flat sea with teaming waves like mountains and hills. We've discussed the biblical idea of Earth as a plain before. We will see this image again in Revelation 15:2 as the martyrs arise to celebrate their victory over the Beast. As discussed, these are the same martyrs and motes surrounding the Throne. This imagery gave birth to various looking-glass stories. We will also witness this scene again soon as the people of this "sea of glass" cry out for vengeance and are told to wait yet a little longer (Revelation 6:11).

The Four Living Creatures:

4:7 The first creature was like a lion, the second creature like a calf, the third creature had a face like a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.
8 The four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Kodosh, Kodosh, Kodosh (Holy, holy, holy), is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.
9 And when the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sits on the throne, to Him that lived forever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders will fall before Him that sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory, honor, and power: You created all things, and because of Your will, they exist and were created.

"Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Hashem Tzevakot, Meloh Chol Haaretz Kvodo:" Holy, Holy, Holy is the God of Hosts Who fills the entire world with His honor. This is one of the most well-known verses in Jewish liturgy. We recite it three times each day. It's part of a prophecy that was revealed to Isaiah and is mentioned in Isaiah 6:3. In our services, we emulate the angels in heaven and praise God with this phrase. The Vilna Gaon indicates that "kadosh" is stated three times to emphasize how great and distant God is from our understanding. He is Melech Malchei Hamelachim: The King of kings. Rav Yonason ben Uziel explains that the three mentions of Kadosh indicate that God is Kadosh (holy) on Earth, God is Kadosh in the heavenly upper worlds, and God is Kadosh for all eternity; from the beginning of time until the end of time. The word Kadosh literally means sanctified and separate. When the Torah states Kedoshim Tihiyu: You shall be holy, Rashi explains it means you shall be separate from the unrighteous. Therefore, the only way to understand His will as these things unfold is to separate from the globalist culture through the Torah. Rebbe Nachman would say through the constant recitation of tehilim (the Plsamls). Without Torah, we would not know how to live, behave, and relate in His world nor achieve life in the Olam Haba. Our safety during these times is to perceive Him, emulate Him, and appreciate Him to the best of our abilities. Despite God's holiness/separation, the Psalmist writes, Hashem Tzilcha Al Yad Yiminecha: G-d is your shadow on your right-hand side. As this wicked age draws to a close, it behooves each of us to strive for the Kedushah of Hashem, "sanctifying God's Name," which, given what the prophets say is coming, may require the giving of our lives for His sanctification.

Traditionally, Christian interpreters have associated these four living creatures with the four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; however, despite that New Testament supportive image, I do not believe it is correct. For one thing, Yochanan (John) does not ponder how he is simultaneously present before the Mirkaba as a witness and worshipping as a winged creature in the presentation! Identifying these creatures is easy. Who worships Elohim this way in Holy Writ?

Isaiah 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh (Holy, holy, holy), is Adonai Tzavaot (the Lord of Hosts): the whole Earth is full of his glory.
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the House filled with smoke.

The seraphim and other beings we consider angels are servants of the Most High in the Mirkaba. They do His bidding and watch over the material creation. The text identifies these creatures in verse seven and reveals their assignments. They watch over terrestrial life:

    The lion: the wild animals of the earth
    The calf: the domesticated animals of the earth
    The man: humanity
    The flying eagle: the animals that soar in skies

Understand that humanity is not alone in suffering from the rebellion of Adam and Chavah. HaShem cares for all of His creatures through His various ministers. All existence is suffering from being out of balance with the Will of HaShem. Consider this:

Romans 8:18 I conclude that the sufferings of this present age are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.
19 The earnest expectation of the creation looks forward to the unveiling of the sons of God.
20 The creation has been subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation groans and suffers in pain together until now.

As objective witnesses, these four living creatures (i.e., seraphim) proclaim with stark evidence all that they have beheld with their myriad eyes before the judgment seat of Mirkaba. They demonstrate this ongoing court case's high cost on the entire creation. They note that all existence yearns for the coming liberation despite our collective guilt. Moreover, they affirm the rightness and holiness of the process established by the King. They declare Him alone to be Kadosh in His Court.

Numbers 23:24 Behold, the people rise as a lioness, and as a lion does he lift himself: He will not lie back down until he eats the prey and drinks the blood of the slain.

Note that in context, this verse is talking about the people of Israel rising, not the Mashiach (compare Psalm 82). Mashiach ben David will not come until the Jews arise and take hold of our birthright through teshuva or repentance. Then Mashiach will rise like a great lion, the Lion of the House of Judah. Then he will lift himself as a young lion from the lions of Israel, and when he does, he will not lie down again until Liberation comes to the Jewish people. The prophets are clear on this. Once the Jewish nation makes teshuvah (repentance), once we activate our emunah (motivating faith) and bitichon (trust) in none but HaShem alone, THEN, from among our Jewish tribe, Mashiach ben David will arise to lead us into the Olam Haba, the World to Come. It is up to us Jews to merit his coming by making teshuva now! Hence the phrase that the entire creation is waiting and yearning for the glory of the children of God to be revealed (Romans 8:21 above); for us to make teshuvah. When will this national Jewish repentance take place? When will our people repent and return to the God of our fathers and mothers? During the War of Magog, as Yochanan will explain as we continue. Once we do, the People of HaShem will arise as Psalms 82 encourages. When we do, the Great Multitude from the other nations and 144,000 remaining Jews, according to Yochanan, will unite with HaMashiach ben Yosef, and then with HaMashiach ben David, and then:

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion, and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; because the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of Adonai like the waters cover the sea.
10 Then it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, shall stand like an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; his resting place shall be glorious.
11 It will come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again a second time to recover the remnant of his people that shall remain alive, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and the islands of the sea.
12 [The Root of Jesse] will set up an ensign [a national flag] for the nations; he will assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the Earth.

And again:

Isaiah 65:24 And then it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer them; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says Adonai.

Truly, all of creation yearns for Earth's liberation! It's up to us Jews to make it happen! But one way or another, it is going to happen!

So then, here is the scene to contemplate: In his visionary state, Yochanan beholds HaShem seated on His Glorious Holy Mirkaba Throne. An immense Rainbow encircles the Throne, and Yochanan stands before this incredible scene in utter awe as he beholds all material existence spread out before him as an endless churning sea as far as his eyes can see.

Yochanan beholds HaShem's righteous wrath as the Holy One beholds the ongoing betrayal of humanity by the people who were supposed to be His emissaries of salvation. This betrayal has just been confirmed and finalized by the seraphim who watch over the Earth. Now HaShem vomits out the Laodicean hypocrisy and apathy of all those who claim to worship Him but lie. Such a powerful and descriptive image!

Yochanan watches as the Twenty-Four Elders and the Earth itself (depicted through the witness of the four living creatures) acknowledge God's righteousness and the utter failure of all the Earth's inhabitants, Jews and non-Jews alike.

With this understanding, the Twenty-Four Elders toss their crowns, their claims to authority and honor, to the ground at the feet of the One God, symbolically confessing their utter failures and ours, that of both the Jews and the Gentiles. Jews and Goyim have conclusively demonstrated our inability to rule the Earth justly for the well-being of the Earth's inhabitants. At this point, all existence is wailing in fear and pain as the guilt of what we have collectively done grips the Earth.

The conclusion of the Olam Hazeh has arrived, and none are prepared for it!

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