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the book, to say nothing of the explicit statement, that there will be a
kingdom lasting for a thousand years declares that there will be 'space to
repent' no longer, and chapter 10 is immediately preceded by the words:
'Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of
their fornication, nor of their thefts' (Rev. 9:21).
Under the fifth seal, where the martyrs are told to rest for a little
season, we find similar words to those used in Revelation 20:4. These were
slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. The white
robes given to them link them with those that come out of 'The Tribulation,
the great one'. He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them, and
the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them (Rev. 7:12 -17).
This tribulation is the same as that of Matthew 24:21,29 which is followed
immediately by the coming of the Son of Man with power and great glory. This
coming must be the same as that of Revelation 19. The reference to the
throne shows that these overcomers are linked with the heavenly Jerusalem:
'A throne was set in heaven ... in the midst of the throne ... four
beasts (living creatures) ... in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb
... the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it' (i.e. the New
Jerusalem) (Rev. 4:2,6,8; 5:6; 22:3).
The fact that the Devil will only be loosed a 'little season' shows how
rapid will be the deception of the nations which are in the four quarters of
the earth. These nations will have kept as far from the beloved city as
possible, and by their attack upon the camp of the saints and of the beloved
city they reveal their innate, though covert, animosity. This time there
will be no further respite 'fire came down from God out of heaven, and
devoured them' (Rev. 20:9). The fact that such a trial should be necessary
after the thousand years, declares plainly that the Millennium was no more
sinless and perfect and secure than was the garden of Eden in the beginning.
Man, tried in the most advantageous conditions, yielded, and man after a
thousand years when the Devil shall be under restraint, manifests that no
delegated authority, or advantageous environment is enough to bring in that
perfect kingdom which the Son will deliver up to God even the Father. That
kingdom follows the Millennium, but it is not the purpose of the Apocalypse
to do more than lead up to it, which it does in its two closing chapters.
In the epistle to the Galatians 'Jerusalem' is mentioned five times.
Three of these occurrences refer to Jerusalem, the literal city on earth, to
which Paul went to see Peter (Gal. 1:17,18; 2:1). In the allegory of
Galatians 4, Sinai in Arabia answers to Jerusalem 'which now is', but those
who form the unity expressed in Galatians 3:28,29 belong to 'Jerusalem which
is above' (Gal. 4:26). There can be no doubt as to the intention of that
word which translates 'above' the Greek ano. 'Filled up to the brim' (John
2:7). 'Beneath ... above' (John 8:23). 'In heaven above ... in earth
beneath' (Acts 2:19), are some examples. When we are exhorted to set our
affection on things above, we are also told that such things are (1) not on
the earth, and (2) they are where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God
(Col. 3:1,2). Jerusalem which is above therefore is in contrast with the
Jerusalem which is on the earth. It is not only heavenly in character, it is