Verse 7 tells us that He comes with clouds. When we read "behold" anywhere in scripture, it is important to stop and ponder what is written. It is placed there to emphasize and help us understand that this is a spiritual message, not literal. The word "come" is really the word "appears" in the original. The word "with" is really "in the midst of." Jesus appears in the midst of clouds. These clouds are not literal clouds in the sky, but witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are over-comers. Other scriptures which testify to this are: Hebrews 12:1, Isaiah 52:14, 2 Peter 2:17, and Jude 1:12.When we are over-comers in the Lord, scripture refers to us symbolically as clouds full of the water of Life ready to give to those that are thirsty.
In Jeremiah 4:13 we read, "Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles." The horses and chariots represent you and me with Christ in the midst of us. We are the vehicle that carries Him. God is not building stables and pastures in the sky. Jeremiah finished this verse with "woe unto us!" Our tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Do we speak Life allowing the mind of Christ to flow through us (Philippians 2:15), or death by lacing the "Word" with judgment and condemnation? The church is looking up in the sky for the return of the Lord, yet everyday He is being manifested out of the over- comers. Scripture tells us there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. As people come into the presence of the Lamb in you they will be tormented. In their ignorance He will show up as a thief in the night by appearing in the over-comer. The over-comer will not have a clue of why people react to them the way they do, but it is because it is Christ in them others are seeing.
Verse 8: Jesus declares that he is the beginning and the end, not just present at the beginning and present in the end. Time is swallowed up in a person. Jesus is it! This verse is a witness to Genesis 1:1, "In the Beginning," and John 1:1, "In the Beginning." I Corinthians 15:45 tells us Jesus became the last Adam so that in His death ALL men would be dead on the cross, not just one man. He died as "me" is the revelation of truth that must be received in order for the manifestation of the last Adam to occur. In HIS resurrection I was raised (Galatians 2:20).
The word "Almighty" confirms to us that Jesus is God. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). Many times the Lord will show us something that is truth, but not the whole picture of that truth. We hesitate to share because it doesn't seem complete to our understanding. It is very important to humble ourselves and share revelation, even if it may seem strange, because we don't know who carries the other part of the truth to bring it all into full understanding of the total revelation. Since we are each a portion of the body of Christ, no one portion can receive the glory, but all glory belongs to Him. Everyone will see Him individually and then corporately the body of Christ will be united as we manifest our true identity in Him. We must stay in fellowship with one another in love even though we may not agree in our understanding of the "word."
Verse 9: John takes the focus off of what Jesus did and recognizes WHO he is and WHERE he is. As mentioned before, the Island of Patmos means death, my dying. I must see my own position of death on the Island with John to see the revelation that he received. John is "a new creature in Christ. Old things are passed away and behold, all things are new and all things are of God" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).
The word "patience" in verse 9 is not of our natural ability, but the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The word "was" means "caused to be." John did not take himself to this place. God used Roman soldiers to get him there. The soldiers were acting upon orders given by the earthly ruler of the time, not because they were obeying God. God used the soldiers as part of the bigger picture for His will to be done. This book is a blessing to us today because the soldiers obeyed the earthly king. This is an illustration for us to realize that God has a purpose for ALL to bring forth His glory in the earth.
John was taken to this island AFTER he had been boiled in oil. Again, he did not wake up one morning and say to himself, "I think I will go boil myself in oil so that I can be closer to God." I'm sure everything in his natural body and soul was crying resistance to this suffering. What does this mean for us today? Our oil is the anointing of the Holy Spirit consuming us with the fire of God. If issues or people cause a stirring in our lives that ignites negative reactions, then we know we have not yet arrived as over-comers. We still have to endure the Island of Patmos in our life. This is a place in each of us that God will bring us to die so that only Christ in us will be resurrected. It will not be a place in our life that we will volunteer to go. It is a place God takes us individually after we "think" we are spirit-filled believers. God doesn't send children or non-believers to this place, but people that think they are living the life of Christ. If they think self is involved at all, then there is still some ego that needs to be removed.
Verse 10: John moves from death into resurrection life. Being in the spirit on the Lord's day is an eternal reflection of NOW. In the Old Testament the Lord's day was the 7th day, and the day of rest to remember that God brought them out of Egypt. They were no longer in bondage to the world (Deut. 5:14, 15). For New Testament believers the Lord's day is everyday. It is heaven on earth now in the flesh. Sunday mornings are an opportunity for believers to unite in celebration that the Lord's Day is everyday, (Lamentations 3:22-23).
The only way to come into a Sabbath rest is to understand the process of how to depart from and "Egypt" mindset. This is what the Book of Revelation teaches. What was going on within Jesus the man every time He was confronted with trials and tribulations? What spiritual battles did He fight in order for miracles to take place?
Behind him John hears a great voice, as of a trumpet. The trumpet sound is the voice of God being heard from a Ram's Horn which is a dead male lamb. Animal sacrifices always took place in the outer court of the temple of God. This is where the flesh had to be dealt with; in the natural elements of the world. In order to go into the presence of God, we must put the outer court, where the cross is, behind us. Old Testament understanding keeps us killing the flesh, dying to self daily. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit which is manifested in the middle court. It is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit, who is our comforter, to teach and show us the way into the Holy of Holies while resting in the Lord's Sabbath. Only those of the Tribe of the Levitical Priesthood were allowed beyond the outer court into the middle court. Today, Jesus is our Sabbath; He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Not just a numerical day of the week. He is the first and the last Adam. He is the 7 x 70 which speaks of unconditional forgiveness everyday. He is the finished work of 49 which takes us into a jubilee of all things restored giving us the number 50 or unconditional grace.
The trumpet spoken of in this verse declares to John that in order to move forward he must see the death of Jesus Christ behind him, and he (John) is now resurrected from the dead. This is not a someday in the future experience for John. From this point on, he is honoring the Sabbath Day and keeping it Holy by obtaining salvation for mankind from a state of rest and peace in the Holy of Holies. At this point John is a "BE" Christ one versus a "DO-ER" Christian. He has recognized himself now as a "cell" of the body of Christ who carries within him all the identity of Jesus Christ. The voice of God was emphasizing to John that death is behind him. He is a spirit being while in his natural body, and his jubilee is NOW to be manifested. He has passed over death, hell, and the grave.
Paul wrote in Romans 6:3-4, "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." We continue down to verses 9-11, "Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive in God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Another picture of the Lord's Day is in Exodus 12 when the people of God experienced the death angel passing over their doorposts. This symbolizes to us that the blood of the first born (Jesus - our Passover) covers the door for the salvation of all those inside the house so death couldn't enter in.
The first message Jesus gave in his ministry came from Isaiah 61:1 where he spoke in the synagogue about the day of Jubilee, (Luke 4:16-21). Jesus let the people know that their Sabbath; their jubilee was in front of them. He was their Jubilee, and therefore, they could leave the bondage of servant-hood to Egypt on that day over 2000 years ago. For this reason, religion crucified Him declaring that He was speaking blasphemy. Religion still makes that same declaration today. Our Sabbath is in Jesus Christ who brought us out of the sins of this world over 2000 years ago. Religion wants to keep us in bondage making us think it is still a future event (when we die and go to heaven.)
Paul wrote to the churches to bring forth the fact that when Jesus died on the cross we died with him. If we really are dead then how can we respond to the body and soul? We find ourselves as dead men working to keep dying trying to allow grace to abound. The real message of the cross should simply be that we are dead, and sin no longer exists in our Father's eyes. If we died 2000 years ago, then we are free today to come into a Sabbath Day of rest. For us to function in the Revelation of Jesus Christ we must BE the sons of God doing the Father's business from His position on the throne in the Holy of Holies. As children of God, we will get burned playing around with the fire of God.
The Book of Revelation gives us insight through John into how the day of rest comes forth so that we don't try to bring it forth, but accept instead that the Sabbath is already in us. We do this from a posture of rest. John is in the spirit, the supernatural place in the temple of God known as the Holy Place, or middle court. This Holy Place in the lifetime of John was not seen by anyone except the Levitical priesthood, yet John is there now. The picture of John in this Holy Place, where only the priest could enter, illustrates our priesthood and the mindset God has given us as intercessors for all. The priest's whole purpose was to serve God as an intercessor for the people. He was not to have any possessions or self glory. His life was to be lived to serve God alone by serving His children. I want to emphasize that John's natural body is on the Island of Patmos, the place of his death. His dying is not future, but behind him in verse 10.
Verse 11: The churches that John writes to were chosen to carry a message to the individual believer, and then the corporate body of Christ throughout every generation.
Thyatira: odor of affliction
Philadelphia: brotherly love
Laodicea: justice of the people
Verse 12 tells us that John turned to see the voice that spoke and he saw seven golden candlesticks. Before we get to the candlesticks lets consider what is behind John. In the Holy place, if John is seeing the candlesticks then behind him would be the table of shew bread.
The bread on this table was eaten by the priest on the sixth day. It was arranged into two stacks with six loaves in each stack. Scripture tells us that the bread is Jesus, our bread of Life (John 6:48). The first stack tells us what Jesus did:
HE was crucified
He was buried
HE was quickened
HE was raised
HE is seated with the Father
The second stack was "ME" with "HIM" (Galatians 2:20).
I was crucified
I was buried
I was quickened
I was raised
I am seated with the Father
Jesus' death was my death by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of my testimony (Rev. 12:11), for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10). The word "spirit" is the Greek word "pneuma" found as number #4151 in the Strong's Concordance. This word stresses the character of the Holy Spirit found in man which gives him the ability to think as the Father. It is man's vertical window to view what is around him from a heavenly understanding.
John came to this revelation which is behind him now in verse 12, so that seeing the candlesticks tells him I am an over-comer now by the testimony of the blood of the Lamb, and the Word of my testimony. Not by my works, but by my acceptance that I died 2000 years ago with him, and today the words of my mouth are testifying to my true identity as a son of God. This is not a declaration to lift "self" up, but to glorify the Father as an intercessor for others just as Jesus did for each of us.
In verse 12 John sees the revelation of Jesus Christ in the church. Seven golden candlesticks speak of perfection, the character and nature of God in us.
Verse 13: "Clothed with a garment down to the foot." This garment is the righteousness of God. Scripture tells us to wash one another's feet (John 13:14). We are to clothe one another with the garment of righteousness putting ALL things under His feet (I Corinthians 15:27, Ephesians 1:22).
Around His chest area was a golden girdle symbolizing the character and nature of God. It is also the area where a mother's milk is found to give nourishment and love to a child. As we clothe others with the garment of righteousness, we are also to feed them with love and mercy. Paul said in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Verse 14: This verse talks about hair and eyes. Hair represents the covering of the head. It is what surrounds the mind where the body's control center is. Think about this; in the natural, the hair is the dead portion of the body. In this verse it tells us the hair is white which represents purity with no blemishes. Putting it together, we have the mind of Christ reflected in a people that are alive in Christ and clothed with His righteousness, pure thoughts, and no condemnation of how they see things (Romans 8:1).
The eyes represent His vision. "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly" Proverbs 20:27. In Psalm 104:4 we read, "Who maketh his angels spirits, his ministers a flaming fire." Deuteronomy 4:24 says, "God is a consuming fire." The word consume does not mean destroy, but to take in. As God takes in everything, He refines by removing anything that does not reflect His character and nature. He has given us His eyes to see as He sees so we can speak the word of God with His power and authority. As sons of God doing the Father's business, we have the ability by faith to see the manifestation of 2 Peter 3:10. This is not a doom and gloom time, but a time of rejoicing of what God is doing, and has been doing for over 2000 years in the body of Christ.
Verse 15: The feet in this verse represent lifestyle. His feet have been refined by the consuming fire of God. The word "elements" in 2 Peter 3:10 refer to the basics of life, our natural way of doing things led by our emotions versus allowing the Spirit of God to be the authority in our life. The earth belongs to the Lord and the fullness thereof. God is not going to destroy what He has created, but will refine it into His image. The feet represent where He takes us for refinement as we become the word. The earth in each of us is being burned up by His presence coming out of us. Many times when the Lord takes us for refinement it is not where we would choose.
"His voice as the sound of many waters." We are told in Revelation 17:5 that this water is people of many nations and tongues. The water is the "Word of God." As the body of Christ, we are many members who share a common DNA and carry the mind of Christ. When John heard "his voice" he heard a multitude of different people, nations, and tongues speaking the same word. It would be like hearing a million people shout the same message with the same Spirit of God. That message would be heard with clarity. This is what the church is supposed to be showing the world today; but instead, we have over 20,000 denominations declaring they each have the word of the Lord.
Verse 16: "Right Hand." This represents full power and authority. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father illustrating that His power and authority is flowing from these seven stars which we have already discussed. The church is the body of Christ, not a building or denomination. God gave us the 5-fold ministry to be overseers to the body. These are the star company. They speak the word with His power and authority and they live life from a spiritual or heavenly understanding, not a literal or natural interpretation.
Verses 13-16 illustrate to us that the churches are the candlesticks, with Jesus in the midst of the man company. The Alpha and Omega symbolizes that God is Light in Genesis, God is Love in John, and God is Life in Revelation. We have all of God in us today to be manifested so that Jesus can shine as the light of the world.
The candlestick was made of one piece of beaten wood with one central staff that had branches (Exodus 25:31). Jesus is the central staff that was beaten (John 19:30). He is the vine and we are the branches. He walks in the center of the church. We all abide in the same vine with the same root. Some branches grow faster than others, and some parts receive more nutrition than others, but all are created from the same beaten wood.
This is a good time to ponder what has really been written. Many times we try to bring Jesus into the works of the flesh. An illustration would be that we are to love our neighbor; however, if we try to love our neighbor out of a sense of responsibility as Christians we bring works into the issue. In the Spirit, loving our neighbor is a manifestation of who HE is in us for we no longer exist, but Christ in us. IF we really love in Christ it is a natural outflow of who He is in us, not a duty oriented process.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind (Matthew 22:37). If we love God with ALL, then ALL becomes a reflection of Him. Therefore, the next commandment of loving your neighbor as yourself is you loving others as Jesus. If you really love in Christ, it is reflected as a natural manifestation, not as works, for in Christ there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
We do not become more righteous by acknowledging our sins, but by how great He is in fullness and completion in us NOW. God is NOW ALL in ALL, and the whole earth is filled with His glory. He desires for us to stop hiding our light or our true identity in Him. This TRUTH came forth 2000 years ago and He is still TRUTH today whether we are showing it or not.
The priest attended to the candlestick in the Old Testament. He used a snuff dish and tongs. The tongs were like scissors with hands on the end. This brings New Testament 5-fold ministry into the picture.
Apostles: they balanced the hand (thumb).
Prophet: they point the way; they are next to the apostle.
Evangelist: They have the longest outreach.
Pastor: They reflect the covenant of marriage.
Teacher: This is the smallest finger; they are able to get into the ear to hear.
Most churches today don't have the whole hand ministry. They don't see the palm used to hold or help, but see the back side of the hand used to judge. The hands on the tongs were used to trim the wicks. A bruised or charred wick doesn't produce light. The ashes of the wick were placed in the snuff dish and brought to God. He said he would exchange our ashes for His beauty (Isaiah 61:3). He gave us "the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."
The golden candlestick was fashioned after an almond tree. It represents Aaron's rod that supernaturally budded in the Holy of Holies inside the Ark of the Covenant, or coffin. John sees seven golden trees. He sees a garden and hears a voice coming out of this garden. This place is not a piece of land on the earth, but a state of consciousness where we are one with the Father. Each of us has a garden in our midst where God meets and fellowships with us.
Genesis chapter three is found in Revelation chapter one. In Genesis 3 God asked Adam, "Where are you?" In Revelation chapter one, this question is being removed as the last Adam in you, Christ, is being revealed.
John doesn't say anything original in Revelation. He uses Old Testament pictures, but doesn't keep them the same as the Revelation of Jesus Christ is manifested. He takes the type and shadow of the old and brings them into reality. For example, the horses in Zechariah Ch. 1 & 6 are brought into reality in Revelation. Also, the term "son of man" in Ezekiel reoccurs in the book of Revelation. The church is considered a garden in I Corinthians 3:9 which ties to Genesis 3 and Rev. 1. The basic structure of the book follows the Feast of the Lord in Leviticus 23.
The Feast of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits is seen in Revelation 2, 3, 4,5,12, &13.
The Feast of Pentecost: Revelation 6 & 7.
The Feast of Tabernacle: Revelation 8, 16, 21, & 22.
Paul and John had the same revelation of the same Jesus Christ. Paul is very practical; John is very mystical and visionary. In the Old Testament you see similar illustrations with Zechariah and Haggai. Zech. Is very mystical, and Haggai is practical as they both describe the same thing in rebuilding the temple.
Both Paul and John wrote to 7 churches. Paul's message focused on helping the body of Christ move from the outer court to the middle court. John takes the body of Christ from the middle court into the Holy of Holies. God resides in all three courts, just as in an average house. There is a living room for worldly fellowship, a dining room for sharing a meal, and the bedroom where private, intimate time is shared. All three of these areas are part of one house. God is calling the body of Christ to share the intimacy of the inner court with Him. However, there are things in the other areas of the house that can't be brought into the bedroom to have true intimacy with Him. This is what John is telling us we must put behind us to walk in spirit and truth.
In verse 16, we read of a sharp two-edged sword coming out of his mouth. Christ is calling forth Himself in us to be manifested by the truth of his word that will slice away the thief of the past and the thief of the future (Hebrews 4:12). Two thieves were on crosses next to Jesus. One thief challenged the Word with "if," and the other believed in the "some day when I get to heaven."
"His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength" (Rev. 1:16). This is not talking about the natural sun, but symbolic of the power and energy that penetrates the flesh or natural way of thinking. It is a spiritual ministry that goes out of the mouth of the "star" company. This company is not a religious system but people of all races, nations, and gender who stand before God in the Holy of Holies. They have gone through the refining fire of trials and tribulations and have emerged as over-comers by the blood of the Lamb. They are now living their life by His grace, power, and authority. Spiritual power goes forth when they speak the Word of the Lord, and it has nothing to do with their natural abilities. It is about Christ's voice speaking through that person. Most speakers that I have heard speaking from a platform share wisdom they received from an earthly knowledge of God. Many times, we will hear the word of the Lord coming through a person that has a quiet spirit who sits in the back of the building.
Verse 17: In this scripture which says "saw him," we must remember that John is in the spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal Christ in us. "I fell at his feet as dead" is a reference to Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. All of our natural understanding (the veil) must be pulled back in order to reveal the inner court. The "fear not" is illustrating that God is in full control. In the inner court we do not have a spirit of fear for He is the First and the Last.
Verse18: "I Am" takes us to when Moses asked God who He was (Exodus 3:14). Jesus has already gone full circle through Life, death, and Life Eternal. He did this for us! He has the keys of hell and death. If we have the mind of Christ NOW, and we are His body NOW, we have no business taking His body through death again. It is a mockery to what He already completed on the cross. Every time we hang around a cross or empty tomb declaring we are "just a sinner saved by grace" we won't be able to move into the "star company" realm to manifest His power and authority while in our natural body. Abraham's life reveals to us that there are three realms of existence; the dust, the sand, and the stars. The dust and sand realms speak of an earthy perspective, whereas the star realm speaks of a heavenly perspective in life.
Even though God used many people to write the inspired word of God so that it would be carried throughout generations, there is a reason that the task of writing the Book of Revelation was given to John. It was the disciple John who tells us in the book of John 1:8-13, "He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Jesus is the light in EVERY man that came into the world. It doesn't say just to those that receive Him as their personal Savior. Christ is already in ALL. However, in verse 12 and 13 we are told that those that do believe in Him by the Spirit and not by their own understanding are given the ability to function in the power and authority of the Father as a son because they are no longer children.
Back to Rev. 1:18, the "keys of hell and of death." These words are not the description of a future place for non-believers. It is separation from God that they are experiencing NOW while in their flesh. According to the Strong's Concordance, there is no place in Scripture that the words "eternal hell" exists. It is religion that has brought identity to these words, not God. These words are contradictory to themselves for God alone is eternal. He created ALL things (John 1:3). If hell and the grave really did exist the way religion has taught the body of Christ, believers would be able to be a part of it along with heaven because God would be there also (Romans 8:35-39).
The word "keys" in this verse is plural illustrating there is more than one area in which the imagination can form a "bottomless pit." Keep in mind that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39), and "I AM" is the Door (John 10:9). Through the mind of Christ we have eternal Life which can now be manifested as our steps are directed by Him through time.
What man creates with his natural mind is temporal (2 Corinthians 4:18). Hell and death will continue to have a place as long as we allow ourselves to give them a place in our spirit. Once we leave this realm, we are in the presence of the Lord and Eternal Life (1 Corinthians 5:3). We are told in Ephesians 4:27, "to give no place to the devil," and in Hebrews 2:14-18, we are blessed with the knowledge that Jesus took the power of death that the devil had on the children and destroyed it. He did this for all children, or all mankind, not just those that believe. To continue the work of the Lord for the children of each generation, God has raised up sons that believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ. "To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace," (Romans 8:6).
Once a person has crossed over into the presence of God (whether in or out of the body), the only thing they see is Eternal Love for God is Love and can only commune with Himself - Love. Love must be given away. It is impossible to keep it. There is no one on the other side to give it to because they have the fullness of God in the realm of spirit. It is only on this side, while we function in "time" (the sense realm), that we can bring the eternal Love of God into all 3 dimension: spirit, soul, and body. This is the "bringing it back out" we were expressing once we experience the inner court. This way others can know Him as their Heavenly Father, and have hope of manifesting His body on this earth "Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Hebrews 6:12). Jesus is our example of living in a natural body with the full power and authority of God for He knew Him as Father. He gave this same ability to those that the Holy Spirit has revealed to them of being sons of God, (Joel 2:28, 29).
Verse 19: The word "hereafter" comes from the Greek word "meta-tauta" which means in the midst of these things. John did not write about future events, but about what is taking place in the midst of us. It is taking place in each person who is alive NOW, in those that have gone before us and in the midst of those in the future generations (Read Romans 8).
Verse 20: We have already shared thoughts about the number seven, the stars, the right hand, golden candlesticks, and angels. This verse is saying that the ministers or messengers of God have the nature of God and should be carrying the Light of God to give Light to others. The Greek word for church is "ekklesia" meaning the called out people. This is not a building with a steeple and cross. These churches or people were located in the Roman providences of Asia. These are areas where lifestyles were very worldly, certainly not proper like we might associate with a church today. The capital of the world empire was Ephesus which will take us into Chapter 2.
Colossians 2:8-10. "Beware least any man spoil you though philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." Amen.