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By Rachelle Hamlin

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The Crystal Ark

“After this I looked and, behold, a door was opened in heaven.”

By: Rachelle Hamlin

Fort Fairfield Journal, September 2, 2015

When Jesus revealed himself to St. John at Patmos, He first dictated seven letters to the churches of that day. When done, John saw a door open in heaven and started writing the visions with the twelve words above. After that he saw God's throne and activities describing spiritual life.

We should never forget that while Paul's body was on Patmos, he was in Heaven with God at the same time. What was possible with John is possible with all believers. We can and should be present on earth yet able to be caught up in the spirit at the beckoning of God, like John, with our body still resting on firm earth. We should experience bits of heaven on earth.

Before the throne John saw “a sea of glass like unto crystal.” This was not a physical sea, but a visual metaphor for a spiritual reality. God promised Abraham that his seed would be more numerous than the sands of the sea, not seashores, sea. Glass is made from melted sea sand. The crystal sea is a metaphor for the unified collective of pure souls that live in the spirit (keeping God always on their mind) while living on Earth as did John and the apostolic believers.

When all those individual souls appear together before the throne they make one vast sea that is crystal clear. God's light moves through them unhindered by any blemish of sin. This also represents the Bride of Christ, who has made herself ready, that Jesus takes into the bridal chamber and shuts a door that cannot be opened.

The crystal sea and the bride are one and the same set of souls that is behind a door that is closed, yet women who get oil for their lamps can enter and the bride can exit to tell the latecomers to go get some oil. These Biblical facts tell us that something triggers the lock and it happens on Earth.

The letter to the Philadelphians states, “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut because you have a little power and have kept my word and have not denied my Name.” Here Jesus woos his Bride saying that she who keeps the teachings of the church and the commandments in the Ark of the New Covenant can enter into His Presence.

The door in Jesus' heart opens to all pure souls but the door in every heart must shut out sin in order to gain Christ. When the bride appears in the bridal chamber you can be sure that she has learned to shut the door in her heart to anything other than her Beloved. Sin can't get past that door and nothing can separate her from Him.

The Catholic Church has a prayer fragment I like. It says to the Holy Spirit, “open the flood gates of Divine Love.” There is no doubt that the hearts of two lovers are open and flowing with torrents of passion and love, particularly Holy Lovers without blemish.

Knowing all this is as certain as our breath, we can learn a little lesson here. Since there is a crystal sea, and since Jesus is the perfect embodiment of the Ark of the Covenant, and since the floodgates of love are wide open in the hearts of the two lovers, then that Ark is going to float, held up on high by the crystal sea! Only it's a spiritual ark (Christ) on a spiritual sea (his church) blessing (not destroying) the Earth.

This is just one more reason why I cannot buy into the terrors of the rapture doctrine. “No weapon formed against the church will prosper” even false doctrines. Think back to the time that Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” Some people have said that Jesus was referring to the crucifixion he had to suffer. As I see it, Jesus was being put down by his crucifiers, not lifted up. It was man's effort to annihilate him and when you see the 2000 years of us looking at that cross, it has done a pathetic job of drawing all men to Jesus.

But what if I am correct? What if His parable of the Bridegroom and the Bride is what was on his mind when he said, “If I (the Ark and Bridegroom) be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” This makes sense; this I can believe. People are drawn to the Lord by union between Christ and His Church. He is a living God and the only solace we find on Earth is when we unite with Him. He is our hiding place, our refuge, our teacher and our lover in a place where men hunt for our souls, bullets fly, ignorance struts as wisdom and no one loves us as they ought.

However rivers of pure souls are lifting the Crystal Ark that is Jesus Christ and soon all the world will see his glory. Meanwhile, the waters of Divine Love continue to rise and pure souls continue to appear. Right now we appear as drops of water but when Christ appears you'll see a sea of believers and the Lord with a rainbow shining in his hair.



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