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The Story of the Seer of Patmos, Page 105

when the harmony of perfection reigned supreme. Man broke the chord. Life began to ebb. All nature mourned. Slowly, one by one, the stately trees shed their leaves; the flowers faded. Each blossom as it fell, sounded a death knell throughout the universe of God. But Christ had already covenanted with the Father. His life was offered for this very time. And man,-penitent, sorrowful man,-brought a lamb from the flock, slew it; and its life-blood became a token of the life of Christ. Every creature, from the highest form of creation, down to the insect mote in the sunbeam, lives in the life of God; and when death occurs, a vibration is felt in the heart of the Eternal. In every lamb, slain in all the sacrificial offerings, God saw the blood of His own Son. The heart of the Father was broken when the first lamb was slain; and every time the knife was stained with the blood of an offering, it brought afresh to the mind of God the death of His Son. Christ died of a broken heart. Heaven knows the meaning of a broken heart,-of a life spent,-of hopes blasted. “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

So when John watched for one to open the book, there appeared, as it were a Lamb slain. That all power was given to the Lamb, that all heaven was poured out in this sacrifice, is shown by its seven horns and its seven eyes. “He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne”; for not even Christ could do the work alone. The power came from the Father. Father and Son unite in the work of Redemption. “And when He had taken the book, the four beasts (living MarginGenesis 1:31.
Genesis 3:1-7.
1 Timothy 2:14.
Cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. Genesis 3:17, 18.
Revelation 13:8.
Genesis 4:4.
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.
Psalm 51:17.
Being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Revelation 5:7.
Matthew 28:18.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. Revelation 5:8.
Revelation 8:3-8.

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