[quote="Bodyandblood999, post:9, topic:323137"]
Can someone help me here?
Now, how is that a fulfillment of the old testament? Well, what was inside the Ark of Covenant? The Manna from heaven, the Staff of Aaron, and the Stone Tablets. Each of those were the SYMBOLS of the Christ.
So, when THE WOMAN appeared (remember John is referring the ARK OF THE NEW COVENANT), she was with CHILD. The Actual MANNA FROM HEAVEN. The ACTUAL HIGH PRIEST (represented by the staff of the High Priest Aaron, and THE LAW made FLESH. So, Mary.....THE WOMAN is the ARK OF THE NEW COVENANT.
Later in Revelation 12 it refers how the devil pursued the woman that sent out a torrent of water after her that she may be swept away, BUT THE EARTH HELPED THE WOMAN and swallowed the flood set against her.
In Revelation 12:17 it says......
*17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. *
You see that there? Where it says THE REST OF HER OFF SPRING? Those who bear witness to Christ and keep HIS commandments.
Ok, lets couple that with this verse.
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,this is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Behold is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
28 after this, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
You see how those words are eternal? Again, I have been asked by protestant to show them in the bible. Then when they are shown this, I was told that the Revelation verse refers to Israel, and that saying from Christ in no way means all of us.
I find that fascinating. One, I guess they believe EVERYTHING ELSE Christ said from the cross was for an eternal purpose and documented by the gospel with the exception of that. You notice that after HE had given HIS mother (He did not say BEHOLD MY MOTHER, HE said, BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER) that everything was now finished.
Then combined that with what Revelation says in regards to the REST OF HER OFFSRPING.
There was even a deeper reason why John was the only one the 12 that was at the foot of the cross. It was because he was the only one during the last supper to take the EUCHARIST that was consecrated for the FIRST TIME worthily. He leaned on Jesus's chest and asked who was to betray. The rest of them said to themselves surely not I.
Paul writes in Corinthians Ch11......
23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27** So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.** 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.
Remember, Peter later asks Jesus about the disciple that reclined at the table. That was more crucial than many think. It means that John was led to the cross in grace to the cross. He trusted and walked by faith, and he bore witness first hand of the crucifixion of Christ.
Therefore, he was BEARING WITNESS and keeping his COMMANDMENTS. That is why those words are eternal and not some insidious interpretation where everything else is eternal except for those words.
A lot of stuff, I hope it helps.
BTW, remember how Revelation is a lot of images of the heavenly MASS. We see all sorts of images of Saints and ANGELS giving prayers around the alter in the form of incense. We see the alter of God and the blood of the lamb in the form of bread and wine. We see the woman that was crowned with 12 stars. We see the elders gathered in white robes.
Remember the prayer. ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
Which church imitates ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN as John was witnessing?