The Tribulation of the Human Bosom

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Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they that came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Jesus has some very precious words.

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.

Just as surely as we look to Jesus and uncover our souls to him, we will go down into the valley of humiliation and acknowledge ourselves as weak, helpless and ignorant lambs.  Just as surely as we realise our position, we shall be carried in the bosom of the great shepherd.  To be carried in the bosom of the great shepherd, what a great prospect and thought.  To become a lamb.  Do we desire to be carried in the bosom of Jesus?  Is this a thought that as a Christian you would desire to accomplish in your life for Jesus to carry you?  As we begin to look to Jesus and uncover our souls to him, we will go down into the valley of humiliation and we will acknowledge ourselves as weak helpless ignorant lambs.  As surely as we realise this, we shall be carried in the bosom of the great shepherd.  In order to have such a great privilege to be carried by Jesus, we need to be in a position where Jesus is able to carry us.  The tribulation we read about in Revelation of the 144,000 come out of great tribulation.  Is becoming a lamb an experience of coming out of great tribulation? Is it a noble thing to be a human crowned with honour and glory and then tainted with sin and the sense of pride and self?  To become a lamb is to experience tribulation.

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

The Lamb of God

John the Baptist said behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.  What did John the Baptist see but a carpenter?  Behold the lamb rejected in his own town and by his own family.  To be carried in the bosom of the great shepherd, we must become lambs.  As we look to the lamb and uncover our souls before him, we will go into a valley of humiliation.  We will acknowledge as ourselves as weak, helpless, ignorant lambs.  Just as surely as you realise this you’ll be carried in the great bosom of the shepherd.  The thought of being carried in the bosom of Jesus doesn’t come without a cost.  The tribulation in order to be in the bosom of the great shepherd, we are to condescend to be lambs.  Jesus said, I send you as lambs among wolves.  He was talking to the disciples when he sent the seventy out. Christ identified his followers as lambs.

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

This lamb that stood on Mount Zion was Jesus.  With him stand 144,000 lambs also.

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

To be in the 144,000, we must follow the lamb.  We read it in Isaiah 53.  He was despised and rejected, acquainted with sorrow and we hid our faces from him.  Humanity didn’t like him.  This beautiful scripture that Jesus wants to tell us is that he shall feed his flock like a shepherd and he shall carry his lambs in his bosom is an experience in order stand on Mt Zion.  An experience to understand more than the happy thoughts to be carried by Jesus means you can’t carry yourself.  To acknowledge that you can’t carry yourself is a humiliating experience that a proud sinful selfish man would come to the point of realising; I don’t know where I’m going.  I’m lost.  I’m nothing.  I’m being transformed into a lamb that the great shepherd will hold in his bosom.  In Papua New Guinea the pigeon language, the expression bell or belly, expresses the seat of the emotions.

The bible uses the word bowel where the emotions are.  But the word bosom is another one of those words.  It has a meaning physically of our breast or chest area.  The area near the heart.  It is considered the seat of the emotions.  Very dear, intimate a bosom friend.  It’s a symbol or physical place where something we care about.  A mother with a child holds the child in its bosom and the child is fed.  That has a psychological effect on the child.  When the child gets a soft toy or teddy, it puts it near its heart as something that is dear and cherished.  Something that is loved.  Christ is wanting to take the lambs and carry them in his bosom.  Like the song, “Near to the heart of God” that is where the bosom is, near the heart. A lamb is the youngest member of the social network of sheep, so the 144,000 are the youngest members of the human redeemed race.  They are young and inexperienced.  We don’t live like they used to live but we are awfully humiliated like the Lamb of God because those lambs will follow the Lamb of God to be in the bosom of Jesus.  Where is Jesus?  The scripture says he is in the bosom of the Father.  We are to be in the bosom of our Father, which is the relationship that Jesus spoke in John 17.

John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

John 17 is talking of a bosom relationship.  Jesus was in the bosom of the Father and we are to be in the bosom of the feather.  Jesus was in the Father’s bosom and in our bosom.  Is Jesus in your bosom?  Is he near to your heart?  Is he the one that you care about?  In order to be in Jesus bosom, in order to be a lamb, we need Jesus inside of us to make us a lamb as we are not lambs, we are wolves.  Is it possible, that Jesus is not in your bosom but he is with you?  Is it possible that you can be with Jesus but not in his bosom?

John 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

The Holy Spirit he shall come for he is with you and shall be in you.  Shall is future tense.  With you is present tense.  The disciples were with Jesus and Jesus was with them but there was not yet a bosom relationship.  It was to come. The 144,000 must have a bosom relationship with Jesus both ways, in his and he in ours.  Do we really need to have a bosom relationship with him?  Wouldn’t we be in heaven if we were with him?  Why do we have to be in him?  Does this have any relevance to the days we are living in today?  Is this a requirement for the way the world is today?

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

What has come? The marriage supper of the lamb.

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Marriage?  What sort of a relationship is marriage?  Is it a bosom relationship? Where did Eve come from?  The bosom of Adam.  Christ is marrying his church which are his followers corporately together.  Not just one person by themself, he is coming to marry a people, not a person.  These people all have a bosom relationship with Jesus.  They have washed themselves in the blood of the lamb.  Where did the blood come from when he was on Calvary?  The spear went through into his bosom and there flowed blood and water.  What is the application of the blood and the water?  As the side of Adam came forth Eve so out of the side of Christ came forth his glorious church.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

What was done with the water and the blood that came from the bosom of Jesus?  The 144,000 were washed by the blood of the lamb.  His church was sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water of the word. To have a bosom relationship means to be in touch with the fountain of life giving water.  To be in the bosom requires something that as Christians we do not always consider before our journey.  To be in the bosom of Jesus he must be in our bosom.  What is in your bosom?  Is it you?  Are you in your own bosom?  Do you care for yourself?  What was in Adam’s bosom?  We can learn lots from our parents so we go to see what was in Adam’s bosom.  We are all children of Adam so we have all received this experience.

Job 31:33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

What did Adam do?  He hid his iniquity in his bosom?  Isn’t the bosom where Jesus is meant to be?  And what is there? Iniquity. Adam had his iniquity in his bosom.  He loved it.  It was near his heart.  It was something he wanted to hold and not let it go.  If you have seen a child that wants something and another tries to take it, it takes it to the bosom where the enemy won’t get to it easily. It’s the fortress of your heart.  We as the offspring of Adam must not fool ourselves that dwells Jesus easily and that Jesus is there no worries.  We have iniquity in our bosom.  We naturally love sin.  We care for it.  Do you know what is in the bosom of sin?  Death.  Loving sin, we are loving death.  Where is Jesus?  Killed by it.  Killed by death.  The thing we love, is the weapon that killed the son of God literally.  What killed Jesus?  Was it the nails, the spear?  It was sin.  We need to realise that the 144,000 will expel its loved sin and receive into its bosom Jesus Christ.  In turn, Jesus will receive us into his bosom.  Ever since the fall of man, from the state of innocence and obedience in which he was created, he has been prone to hide from God and hide iniquity in his bosom rather than confess his sin and forsake his transgression.

To be free from sin is to have our bosom opened to Jesus.  There is no literal door to your side.  We are talking of an experience that we need to have every day.  To be in a position to repulse those things which I love and to receive those things which love me.  Christ had the spear thrust into his side and then into his bosom.  There is the source of life for his church.  What is Jesus yearning for?  Are we really Christians, do we really care about Jesus?  He is he everything to us.  We can’t have a form of coming to church and a religious experience that doesn’t have a bosom relationship.  To be on the church role doesn’t mean to have a bosom relationship with Jesus.  To be on the church role is to learn how to rid your bosom of sin so Jesus can dwell there.  The tears of Jesus saying this were being shed;

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

This is a scripture that applies today.  God’s withdrawal from Jerusalem is repeated every generation.  His cry today is, where are my bosom friends?  How many times the people in 2008 I would gather them into my bosom as a chicken puts them under his wings.  How many times have I done this?  But you wouldn’t.  Why wouldn’t they?  Their bosoms were full of iniquity, pride and self-exaltation. Christ in heaven, what is he doing?  He’s making his enemies his footstool.  He’s destroying peoples bosoms hoping that when sin has destroyed it, that bosom is dead so he can come in.  There is a war over every soul.  Satan wants your bosom, and Jesus wants your bosom.  What is he doing?  What is the call after he went to heaven?  Repent, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.  Can we say that today?  Repent, repent for the kingdom of God is at hand?

Repentance, Christians can preach repentance and forgiveness and they don’t know what they’re saying.  What if the sin you’re holding is love of self, which are all our problems.  If love of self is being cradled in our arm and the call is to repent, what are we doing to ourselves?  We are hurting ourselves.  Do you recall the parable of the publican and the Pharisee when they went to the temple and prayed and the Pharisee prayed for himself?  What did the publican do?  He smote his breast and said, have mercy on me a sinner.  What was the Pharisee doing?  He was praying to himself.  We do this ourselves.  This is what the publican did, he smote his breast.  Is Jesus the world to you?  Then you will be able to smite your breast.  Put away sin and the things you love.  People don’t like to do that.  Self is in our hearts.  It is barring the entrance of Jesus.  We now read a love story of Jesus and his wife but his wife wouldn’t let him in to her bosom. There was an appreciation, there was a love there, the love wasn’t a bosom love, it was an obligation love.

Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: [it is] the voice of my beloved that knocketh, [saying], Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, [and] my locks with the drops of the night.

Does this sound like Gods church?  Jesus is humbly outside in tears.

Song of Solomon 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door], and my bowels were moved for him.

There is an emotional connection there, an obligation.

Song of Solomon 5:5 I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped [with] myrrh, and my fingers [with] sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, [and] was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

That is the consequence. She was wounded, her bosom was wounded as she got rid of her husband. Why do we remove Christ from our bosoms?

Jesus watched with deep earnestness the changing countenances of His hearers. The faces that expressed interest and pleasure gave Him great satisfaction. As the arrows of truth pierced to the soul, breaking through the barriers of selfishness, and working contrition, and finally gratitude, the Saviour was made glad. When His eye swept over the throng of listeners, and He recognised among them the faces He had before seen, His countenance lighted up with joy. He saw in them hopeful subjects for His kingdom. When the truth, plainly spoken, touched some cherished idol, He marked the change of countenance, the cold, forbidding look, which told that the light was unwelcome. When He saw men refuse the message of peace, His heart was pierced to the very depths.  {DA 255.1}

What were those that were hopeful subjects?  Those that had the arrow of truth into their heart and they didn’t repulse it.  What did the arrows work?  Contrition and repentance and after repentance, gratitude. Must Jesus bear the cross alone?  Is Jesus the only one with a pierced bosom?  We almost have pierced bosoms.  Sin must be pierced out.  Do you know what pierces Jesus?  When you don’t want to be pierced.  If you don’t want to be pierced, he can’t save you.  The sin of rejection he bore on the cross.  That pierced him.  To protect yourself is to wound Christ.  So many of us in human relationships get hurt so we lock up.  Why?  Because something hurts us?  Praise the Lord it hurts, you’re dying.  It hurt Jesus.  What hurt Jesus?  Sin hurt Jesus.  Jesus is there watching the arrows of truth in the heart.  The word of the Lord says today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart.  When we hear his voice we think it an enemy and close it.  If you will let me in, then I will carry you. He wept over Jerusalem, how many times I would have carried you but you wouldn’t.

The Christian Walk

The Christian walk is an offensive walk. The scripture says it is not possible but that the offense will come.  These are the things we don’t calculate when we become Christians to say Jesus is all the world to me.  Let him have your world and he will destroy it and give you his world. But we don’t like it.  Why?  Why do we go through the struggles and refuse to return?  We lock up and close our bosom, acknowledging our sin and we despair.  We think how can I obey now?  Do you know what to do to be obedient when you have had all your sins revealed?  Return.  In returning and rest will you be saved.  To be obedient is to return back to the Lord with an open heart.  When I was a child I would say, Jesus come into my heart and we don’t know what we’re saying.  How many times we say this and go on sinning.  We reject the testimonies as they are too hard.

There was an experience with J N Andrews.  He went to a sister and was sharing the Sabbath with her.  She was sick and he said perhaps you have been sick so that I can share with you the Sabbath.  The experience goes on and says her bosom arose swelling with emotion.  She cried Christ is all to me, away with your Sabbath and he left.  Christ is all to me, away with your Sabbath?  This is the syndrome of Christianity today.  You think you are rich and increased with goods but really you are miserable, poor, blind and naked.  To repent is to smite the bosom and get rid of the things that we cherish.

Some are indulging lustful appetite which wars against the soul and is a constant hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They constantly bear an accusing conscience and if straight truths are talked they are prepared to be offended. They are self-condemned and feel that subjects have been purposely selected to touch their case. They feel grieved and injured, and withdraw themselves from the assemblies of the saints. They forsake the assembling of themselves together, for then their consciences are not so disturbed. They soon lose their interest in the meetings and their love for the truth, and, unless they entirely reform, will go back and take their position with the rebel host, who stand under the black banner of Satan. If these will crucify fleshly lusts which war against the soul, they will get out of the way, where the arrows of truth will pass harmlessly by them. But while they indulge lustful appetite, and thus cherish their idols, they make themselves a mark for the arrows of truth to hit, and if truth is spoken at all, they must be wounded. . . .  {CD 47.3}

We may be offended in our feelings, but don’t carry that offence into your bosom.

Some think they cannot reform, that it would ruin their health to leave off the use of tea, tobacco, and flesh-meats. This is a suggestion of Satan. These hurtful stimulants will surely undermine the constitution, and prepare the system for acute disease; for they impair nature’s delicate machinery, and batter down the fortifications she has erected against disease and premature decay. {CTBH 153.1}

To love Christ is to love yourself.  The commandment is love your neighbours as yourself.  If you care of your own destiny, you will get rid of sin in your bosom.  What is sin in the bosom?  Death.  Though shalt not kill.  You can be guilty of murdering yourself if you continue in such a course of holding such sins. Christianity hurts self if we resist.  As we consider our desire to be carried in the bosom of Jesus as lambs, we need to understand the times in which we live.  If you do not yield your bosom of Jesus, this is the consequence;

Isaiah 65:6 Behold, [it is] written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, 7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your Fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

When Lucifer is finally destroyed, do you know where the source of his destruction comes from?  His bosom.  If you don’t kill your bosom it will kill you.  We are nurturing something very dangerous, if we love it and hang on to it, it will kill us.  Get rid of it brothers and sisters.  Let us go to God with clean pure hearts.  Let us willing to be wounded for his sake.  Let us press together and not take offence at each other’s wounds.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

If we will let Jesus into our bosom, we will act like lambs.  In our actions that profess Christ, we will have good measure, goodness.  It will be given into your bosom.  If you let Jesus in your bosom will be full, absolutely full of the presence of God.  As his church gathers into his bosom, he can finish the marriage! His bosom will be full of love.  No offences.  Now a bosom full of mercy, love and truth.  This is the experience of the 144,000.  When they sing, they will sing from their bosoms the song that no one else can sing.  Why?  Because in their bosom is jammed packed full of good measure.  They can sing glory to God.

The Sabbath is a day where we get to remember Gods great deeds.  Let us remember the great deeds of one another.  If we desire to remember the deeds of God, we cannot remember any negative.  Do not be surprised at a hurt heart, not to think it strange, that we are off the path.  If we can just remember one thing, not to run away from a hurt heart.  If your heart condemns you, God is greater than your heart.  Let your heart bleed and Jesus will carry you.  No wonder they will be able to sit on his throne with him. Have you closed your heart to God to him in the person of his saints?  This is a last day text applicable to us now;

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.

We are living in the last time of history, the 144,000 are almost made up and people have had bosom relationships.  Look at the pioneers, their hearts have bled.  Let us follow the same path.  So many people don’t follow on and say that’s it, how dare they hurt me.  First it’s black, then its light, first it hurts and then it feels nice.  Pain now, pleasure later.   Come and let us return unto the Lord.


Posted on March 6, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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