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Come Out of Her, My People!
Revelation 18 Isaiah 182
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins
have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she
rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which
she hath filled fill to her double.
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem,
and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for
she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.
Double for all her sins
The thematic correlation between Revelation 18 and Isaiah 40 (Spoke 18, Cycle 2) contains some
elements that identical, and some that are mirror images of each other. They both speak of the
"doubling" of the reward of effect of sin. In the case of Jerusalem, this is the declaration of
the accomplishment or fulfillment of God's Judgment in two forms: 1) Historically (and prophetically typical)
in the exile and return of the Jews to Israel, and 2) Soteriologically in the death and resurrection of
Christ for the remission of our sins. The words spoken to Jerusalmen are "words of comfort" whereas the
words spoken to "Babylon" are a great cry of impending woe and judgment. This leads to
a KeyLink based on the simple set (Double, Her) [Verify] which appears in exactly two verses
in all the KJV, both of which are quoted above. Using modnotation to write
40 = 18 + (2 - 1) x 22 =
182, we arrive at this representation of
|KeyLink: Double for all her sins|
|PRevelation( 181 ) PIsaiah( 182 )|
There are other KeyLinks between these passages which I will leave as an exercise for the interested student. (Hint:
both passages speak of "my people".)
Come out of her my people!
One of the most obvious correlations is based on
the fundamental Tsaddi KeyCommand (Tsey) meaning "go forth" or "come out"
depending on context. This exact word, the masculine singular qal imperative, first occurs in
Scripture when God commanded Noah to "Go forth of the ark" (Genesis 8.16). It
is formed by simply combining Tsaddi with Aleph, which is the
most direct way to reveal the force of the letter. Almost exactly the same word
is used in the modern Hebrew translation of Revelation 18.4 published by the Bible Society in Israel (1991)
where the masculine plural qal imperative (Tsayu) is used. This integrates
with the coordinated debut of the Gospel which simultaneously "goes forth" from Isaiah 40 and Bible Book 40
(Matthew) as discussed in various articles such as
The Gospel Goes Forth, Psalm 40, and
Great Commission). This all integrates with World History
with the world wide missionary expansion of the Eighteenth Century.
A Millstone cast in the Sea
In Matthew 18, Christ warned:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in
me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he
were drowned in the depth of the sea.
This coheres with the symbol of God's judgment on Babylon from Revelation 18:
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it
into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and
shall be found no more at all.
The verse from Matthew 18 is a near KeyLink - the only other verses containing the set
(millstone, sea) [Verify] being found in the two parallel passages in Mark and Luke.
Thus, when confining our view to the Inner Cycle of Matthew and the Inner Wheel of Revelation, we
do have a true KeyLink:
|KeyLink: Judgment like a millstone cast in the sea|
|PMatthew( 18 ) PRevelation( 18 )|