The book of the revelation of Jesus Christ, if one looks for it, is written in such a way, that it expounds and opens many of the things designed into the construction of the Tabernacle Of Moses, things meant to shadow the heavenly pattern which Moses was shown, and according to the pattern of which, Moses was to build the tabernacle. The tabernacle proper consisted of two environments, the first called the “holy” (which means “set apart”, or “sanctified”), and the second innermost environment, called the “holy of holies”, or “set apart from the set apart”. It was in this “set apart from the set apart” place, behind a one piece seamless veil, that the Ark Of The Covenant was kept. In this ark, the first item to be built, would be placed the testimonies which God told Moses, “I will give you”. When Jesus once stood overlooking the city of Jerusalem which spiritually was below Him as He spoke, He said:
“Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”.
The saying concerning the vacating of their house, is in reference both to the house of Jacob, according to the flesh, and the temple which they had built. The coming of the Lord, according to the expectation of the prophet Malachi, was completely fulfilled when the day of Pentecost was fully come. In other words, that which was signified by the yearly ritual, took place, fulfilled once for all, not in a stone edifice, but in a people. This was signified, not with the lighting of a man made lamp stand in a man made temple, but with the lighting of a different sort of lamp, not made with hands:
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.
The lighting of lamp stands in the opening chapters of the book of Revelation is a picture of what took place in the full day of Pentecost, which is not a 24 hour day, as was the ritualistic shadow, but is an everlasting day. The day of Christ is at hand, as we have read in second Thessalonians.
So, why the title, “What’s In A Name”? The title is in reference to the Book of Jude, which is strategically positioned to the book of Revelation, as the outer court, or “tent of the congregation” was to the tabernacle proper. In this place, the Revelation of Jesus Christ is seen as the world sees it, an event coming, an event in the future. Also in this place, an individual is quoted as testifying the manner in which the Lord will come and be revealed. He is identified as “Enoch the seventh from Adam”, and he speaks of the temple and people in whom , and by whom this unveiling will come:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him”.
Understand it or not, believe it or not, the sincere and correct desire and expectation of the very creation itself, awaits not a solitary “coming” of a man fashioned as Adam, floating down from the sky, sitting on a chair in the Jerusalem which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where the Lord was crucified (though great deception will be manufactured according to this mythological expectation). It awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God, all of whom shall “come” with, and be revealed together in glory with , the Firstborn of them. Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family, in heaven and in earth is named. To those who are in flesh, standing upon the earth, does the saying pertain, “Beloved, NOW (present tense) are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear (here) what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. I give you to understand, that the word “now”, used in the above sited verse, has only one meaning. It is from the Greek “νῦν” (nü’n), and means “at this time, the present, now”. Those of the whole family, alive and remaining on the earth will be changed standing on their feet.
Enoch is referred to as “the seventh from Adam” , in order to identify which Enoch Jude speaks of, because there were two men named Enoch. One, the first Enoch, was the son of Cain the murderer, and was conceived and born in the land of Nod (wandering), outside the presence of God, from which presence Cain had been driven. A city was built and named after this son of Cain, and so, the city was called Enoch.
To Seth, a figure of the man of resurrection, given to the woman to replace the man in whom the seed of promise was called, as no murderer has any inheritance in God, to Seth was eventually born a son called Enoch. This Enoch, the individual, walked with God, and God took him. The city, Enoch, was destroyed in the flood of waters.
“Enoch” means “place of inauguration”. Enoch the seventh was not deceived by the man , or the city built to that man, that shared his name. And so, as an individual he walked, and as an individual he was translated, that he should not see death. These two ways, a city , or an individual , came to loggerheads when the Lord made his complaint to Noah, how that man had forsaken the Lord’s way in the earth. Either we are “inaugurated” into the kingdom of God by membership in a city built outside the presence of God, or we are inaugurated as individuals, walking with God. To help make the right choice, consider that the city was destroyed, the true way , demonstrated in Enoch the seventh, was preserved. And only Enoch the seventh has voice and testimony in the revelation of this way, which is in Christ, the false city of murderers and usurpers has no voice or part in it. Remember, Jerusalem beneath, in bondage with her children, where our Lord was crucified, is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. The true, and heavenly Jerusalem, which Enoch sought, which Abraham sought, which the Lord’s people seek, is not dirt, stick and stone:
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”