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5 And [kai] the angel [aggelos] which [hos] I saw [eido] stand [histemi] upon [epi] the sea [thalassa] and [kai] upon [epi] the earth [ge]
lifted up [airo] his [autos] hand [cheir] to [eis] heaven, [ouranos] KJV-Interlinear
5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up
his right hand to heaven, NASB
gesture of lifting up ones hand to heaven, is the action
of making a solemn vow in the name of Him who is able to keep that vow.
Matt. 5:34-35, Jesus warned against the making of vows, primarily because most
folks that make vows do so in a deceptive or self-righteous fashion, somehow
suggesting that they know or can cause God to fulfill their words as they state
them, and such is not the case.
folks lift their hands and arms heavenward to curse God or life in
general.But there again, the warning
against the making of vows applies, because no one can fulfill their vow, or
curse, as the case may be.
a general rule, God is the only person who can make and fulfill any vows or
promises made.No one else can make that
we now have an angel who has descended from heaven, with all of the authority
and credentials required to make a legitimate vow in Gods
name, because God gave him that permission and instruction.
are typically messengers working for God, performing their duties as directed
by God, and this angel is no different.
this particular vow (in the next verse), is going to be one of finality for
human rule in this world.There will be
no more do-overs.
No more history adjustments through wars and famines and economic
turmoil and such, designed to bring people back to their senses and a
relationship with God.
all of human history has been here to bring people from each respective
generation, to Christ and their spiritual life.
God looked down through the tunnel of time and saw all of the positive
volition that would occur, from generations near and distant. God allowed history to continue so that each
individual who would believe, regardless of when they would live in history, would
have that chance.
history will run its course, until the very last generation that will be alive
in the Tribulation, and God will squeeze out the very last person who will
believe, separating them from those who will never believe.
chapter is making it very clear in drawing out the events immediately preceding
the final judgments, that this is the final curtain call, the final act, the
end of history under Satan’s and mans rule.
And so the gesture heavenward, and the final vow to
end it all.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.