THE SEVEN TRUMPETS OF TRIBULATION
Recompiled by Daniel Lane from the writings of Father David
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“WHEN THEY SHALL CRY PEACE AND SAFETY’ THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape.” ( 1Thess.5:3.) All of this false preaching of peace throughout the world today, this seeking and talking of peace‚ is the immediate prelude of the most horrible war and destruction that the world has ever known—a war that will bring about the end of all things and the Second Coming of Christ and which was predicted over 1900 years ago!
WE GET OUR FIRST GLIMPSE INTO THIS SOON-COMING HORROR WITH THE OPENING OF THE SEVENTH SEAL IN CHAPTER 8 OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION . The first six Seals of the Seven-Sealed Book of the Future opened in Chapter 6 presented a brief, general outline of history from John’s day up to the Second Coming of Christ.
SO NOW THAT THE FIRST SEVEN CHAPTERS HAVE CONCLUDED & you have seen a resume of all world history from the time of John unto Heaven itself‚ we’re going to zoom-in now. In this synopsis or bird’s—eye view of future events, the Lord very beautifully & chronologically is zooming-in to give a closer view of some of these particular Endtime events under the Seventh Seal. For when He opens the Seventh Seal, He begins to show you what happens specifically at the very End just before the Rapture of the saints.
THESE ARE CALLED THE SEVEN TRUMPETS OF THE TRIBULATION !—That last 3 1/2- year period of man’s history, the last half of the Antichrist’s terrible reign of terrorism, reign of terror against all religions‚ all faith, all gods, in which he tries to set himself up as God Himself & abolish all other religions except the worship of himself & his idol‚ his own Image! And he sits in the Temple of God as though he were God & claiming that he is God! (2Thess.2:4.)
THIS IS THE LAST HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE TRIBULATION PERIOD of which the Scriptures have spoken for generations, yea, for millenniums! For thousands of years, God by His prophets has predicted this last terrible period of Earth’s torment, Jacob’s trouble, the Gentiles’ trouble, tribulation, a terrible period, the worst in all the Earth’s history! As Jesus Himself said, “There was not such a time of trouble until this time, no, nor indeed ever shall be.” (Mt.24:21.)—The end of man’s reign on the Earth, the last of this demonic Devil-man’s reign, the last half of the Antichrist’s 7-year reign, the last 3 1/2 years of his reign.
AND NOW AS WE BEGIN TO READ THE 8TH CHAPTER ON THROUGH THE 14TH‚ we find here a sort of an inset, a sort of a magnification, almost a flashback, in a way, to come & zero in on the very details of this Endtime period‚ the very last 3 1/2 years, the period of these seven Tribulation Trumpets.
CHAPTERS 8 & 9 THE SIX TRUMPETS
“And when He had opened the Seventh Seal ,THERE WAS SILENCE IN HEAVEN ABOUT THE SPACE OF HALF AN HOUR .” (8:1)
God shuts up when the world refuses to listen any more. After God has warned and warned the wicked and they still won’t listen, won’t obey‚ but instead they persecute and kill His mouthpieces, His Prophets that are giving them His message, then GOD SHUTS UP BECAUSE IT’S NOT TIME FOR WORDS ANYMORE—IT’S TIME FOR THE ROD ! God is through speaking and His judgments are about to fall!
GOD’S PROPHETS FIRST WARN THE WICKED, GIVING THEM GOD’S MESSAGE . Some repent, but then the others, irritated by the truth of the Prophets’ words‚ begin to persecute the Prophets and shut their mouths to stop God’s message. Then God lowers the BOOM . This is the way it’s been throughout all history and no doubt why we have the silence in Heaven before God brings upon the world the most horrible chastisements it has ever known.
“And I (John) saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets … AND THE SEVEN ANGELS … PREPARED THEMSELVES TO SOUND .” (8:2‚6)
Under this Seventh Seal we have seven angels with Seven Trumpets. I like to call them Seven Trumpets of Tribulation because THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN THESE TRUMPETS ARE BLOWN SURELY SOUND LIKE THE DESCRIPTION OF THE AWFUL, GREAT TRIBULATION PERIOD which Jesus said would just precede His Second Coming.
THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THIS TRIBULATION PERIOD , unlike the period of God’s wrath which follows & the Seven Vials of His wrath which occur in the next seven chapters is actually almost as much the wrath of God poured out by Satan upon mankind & upon the Earth, as the final seven chapters & their seven vials of God’s Wrath are the Wrath of God .
NEVERTHELESS, GOD PICTURES IT AS ACTUALLY ALL COMING FROM HIM , because these are some very supernatural things which occur. The last days of man’s history, a time to try men’s souls, & this censer being cast into the Earth, showing that terrible things are about to come, gives an indication of what’s about to happen.
“AND THE FIRST ANGEL SOUNDED , and there followed HAIL AND FIRE MINGLED WITH BLOOD , and they were cast upon the Earth: and THE THIRD PART OF TREES WAS BURNT UP , and ALL GREEN GRASS WAS BURNT UP .” (8:7)
Now science used to say, “Oh, how could that ever happen-a third of the trees and all the earth’s grass burnt up-how could that happen?” Now they know, don’t they? Now we all know that BY THE ATOMIC, HYDROGEN AND COBALT BOMBS, IT’S CERTAINLY POSSIBLE !
If a multi-megaton bomb were exploded just over New York City or Chicago or any major city, IT WOULD LITERALLY SUCK UP HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF DEBRIS‚ INCLUDING THOUSANDS OF BODIES , INTO ITS RAGING INFERNO , casting them back on the earth as debris and fallout, many of the heavier pieces of concrete falling as gigantic hail stones , and just as it says here: “hail and fire mingled with blood (all those bodies) were cast upon the earth.”
“AND THE SECOND ANGEL SOUNDED and as it were a GREAT MOUNTAIN BURNING WITH FIRE WAS CAST INTO THE SEA : and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” (8:8,9)
This great mountain could be the literal sinking of some great land mass into the ocean. WORLDWIDE ATOMIC WAR COULD TRIGGER MASSIVE EARTHQUAKES such as this world has never seen!
How could a great land mass falling into the ocean turn a third part of it into blood, causing many creatures in the sea to die and destroying a third of the ships? Well‚ the ships being destroyed is easy: HUGE TIDAL WAVES OVER TWO AND THREE HUNDRED FEET HIGH would do the trick for sure.
Mountains in God’s word almost always typify or symbolise great kingdoms, great world powers‚ great empires. WHAT GREAT WORLD POWER, WHAT GREAT EMPIRE WILL BE DESTROYED UNDER THE BEAST HIMSELF , this final great worldwide government, this final great world dictator, Satan‚ in the form of a man called the Antichrist? What great government will he destroy, And What kind of great world power that has preceded him does he cast into the sea? What else other than Capitalism, a great world power that has ruled the Earth now for centuries! And in the destruction of Capitalism & capitalistic powers of the western world in this awful atomic war, think of it, a third part of the sea will become blood & a third part of the creatures in it will die & a third part of its ships will be destroyed!
“And the THIRD ANGEL sounded , and THERE FELL A GREAT STAR FROM HEAVEN , burning as it were a lamp‚ and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter (or poison).” (8:10,11)
Now you could interpret this two ways THIS COULD BE A LITERAL COMET, THE WATERS BEING POISONED BY GASSES FROM ITS TAIL ETC?
BUT Stars are always symbolic of angels, & the falling star falling here COULD BE Satan himself, which we find later in another chapter‚ his fall described at this particular time of the Tribulation. “Burning as it were a lamp, & it fell upon the third part of the rivers, & upon the fountains of waters; & the name of the star is called Wormwood: & the third part of the water became wormwood & many men died of the waters because they were made bitter.”—The poison of the Serpent!
YOU CAN TAKE THESE WATERS HERE & RIVERS & SO ON AS LITERAL IF YOU WISH , that Satan in his fall has even poisoned the sources of water of the world, but I’m inclined to believe that much of this is symbolic as well, Jesus equated himself and his word as “living water” John.4:10,14.
But Satan will poison the sources of propaganda, the rivers of information. He poisons the rivers of history, the rivers which flow with feeding information to man through the media; Satan poisons them & makes them bitter. And many men die as a result of being poisoned with his bitter propaganda, his lies, his half-truths, his distortions, his deceits, “with lying wonders”, God’s word says in another place. (2Thess.2:9.)
“And the FOURTH ANGEL sounded , and THE THIRD PART OF THE SUN WAS SMITTEN, AND THE THIRD PART OF THE MOON, AND THE THIRD PART OF THE STARS ; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (8:12)
In a world where tons of debris have been sucked up into the atmosphere by atomic blasts, and in a world where all the “green grass is burnt up” (or parched brown by the intense heat), resulting in gigantic, worldwide dust storms, THIS FOURTH TRUMPET SOUNDS LIKE THE TYPE OF VISIBILITY YOU COULD EXPECT TO HAVE .
“And I will shew WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS AND IN THE EARTH, BLOOD , AND FIRE , AND PILLARS OF SMOKE (like the huge pillars of the A– Bombs full of blood and fire) … before the great and terrible day of the Lord come .” (Joel 2:30‚31)
What’s the result of all of this?—Darkness! What’s the result‚ whether you think it’s literal or symbolic, of this poisoning of the rivers & the waters, or the sources of information, the sources of propaganda‚ the media information of the world?—Darkness!
AS MAN IS FED POISON WATER , as he is fed poison information, as he is fed poison propaganda, poison news, his mind is darkened, his heart is darkened, even as the Lord said that if we stray away from Him, we become darkened in our understanding, alienated from the life of God & past feeling! (Eph.4:18,19.) And even so will wicked man in these Last Days of the terrible Tribulation period, in spite of all of its horrors & its terrors‚ most of the men of this Earth‚ the wicked of this Earth will not turn to God!
THEY WILL BELIEVE THE LIES OF THE DEVIL & this Devil-man, Satan incarnate in the flesh, the Antichrist‚ & as he poisons the waters of information & propaganda, their hearts will become more darkened, their minds even more lacking in understanding as he darkens the world! Or if you want to take it literally, the very heavens are darkened, the skies are darkened, the sun & moon are darkened. Either way, it sounds pretty bad to me.
AND THEN HE SAYS‚ “I BEHELD & HEARD AN ANGEL FLYING THROUGH THE MIDST OF HEAVEN saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe”—three woes—”to the inhabiters of the Earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” (8:13) He says, “There are coming yet three more woes upon the Earth.” Four have already occurred under the first four trumpets of the Tribulation, first four periods of the Tribulation period.
EACH OF THESE TRUMPETS IS LIKE A HERALD ; an angel sounds & heralds a new & more awful period of the Tribulation one by one. If you’re here & still alive, you’ll know exactly the progress of the Tribulation period by what’s happening‚ whether you’re under the first trumpet, the second, the third, the fourth, & so on.
“AND THE FIFTH ANGEL SOUNDED , & I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the Earth: & to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit‚” (9:1) You notice it calls this star a “he”. In other words, it’s an angel. God often uses the words interchangeably. He calls angels stars, & He calls stars angels. And this falling star opened the bottomless pit” & there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; & the sun & the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. (9:2)
“AND THERE CAME OUT OF THE SMOKE LOCUSTS UPON THE EARTH : & unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the Earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the Earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: & their torment was as the torment of the scorpion when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, & shall not find it; & shall desire to die, & death shall flee from them.” (9:3-6)
NOTICE THAT THESE MONSTERS RELEASED FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT , out of Hell, by this angel are sent by God to torment the ungodly , the wicked , the unsaved , because He gives them a strict commandment not to hurt those which have the seal of God in their forehead. He says, “Hurt not any green thing neither any tree, but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” In other words, they were not to hurt the men who did have the seal of God in their foreheads—salvation in Jesus !
THESE PLAGUES WHICH ARE BEING RELEASED UPON THE EARTH DON’T HURT GOD’S CHILDREN AT ALL ! They don’t hurt the people of God at all! They are sent to punish man, mankind, & particularly the followers of the Beast, the Antichrist. They are sent to torment them ‚ & no doubt even to defend us ! Think of that! God is going to send into this World‚ monsters such as the World has never known or seen before, to attack the wicked who are attacking us!
DURING THIS TRIBULATION WHEN THE ANTICHRIST & HIS FOLLOWERS ARE ATTACKING THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST ‚ God is going to let loose pestilences & plagues & monsters to attack the people of the Devil, the Kingdom of Satan & the wicked!—So they’ll have so much on their hands defending themselves from these monsters & these plagues they won’t have much time to persecute you & me!
THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE DAYS OF MOSES , you remember‚ when he went in to rescue the Children of Israel?—And when Pharaoh persecuted the Jewish slaves & wouldn’t let them go, Moses called on God & God sent terrible plagues upon the Egyptians—not the Israelites! When the Egyptians were having these horrible plagues, over in the land of Goshen where Israel lived all was well!
WHEN GREAT DARKNESS FELL UPON ALL OF THE REST OF EGYPT, IT WAS LIGHT IN THE LAND OF GOSHEN ! When the frogs were everywhere & even in their beds in Egypt, no frogs in Goshen! When the cattle were slaughtered by great hail from Heaven, no hail in Goshen! When the horrible sores fell upon men, all the Egyptians, no sores on the Israelites! God was giving the Devil’s people, the Kingdom of Satan, lots of trouble, to make them stop causing so much trouble to God’s servants.
SO THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE’S GOING TO DO DURING THE TRIBULATION —the last great hour of trouble & persecution for the saints of God. God is going to send great plagues upon the Earth to protect you & me, to attack the wicked, to make them take their hands off of us! Isn’t that wonderful? Terrible plagues! Listen to this description of the horrible locusts in the seventh verse:
“AND THE SHAPES OF THE LOCUSTS WERE LIKE UNTO HORSES PREPARED UNTO BATTLE ; & on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, & their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, & their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; & the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, & there were stings in their tails: & their power was to hurt men five months.” (9:7-10)—Doesn’t that sound a bit like war planes with guns?
NOW, WHAT DOES THAT SOUND LIKE TO YOU ? Does that sound like anything you ever heard or saw before? No! Because the Prophet of God was seeing something in a vision that God was showing him, a revelation of the future of things which he had never seen before, so he had to describe them in a language that the people of his day could understand. He had to describe these monsters he was seeing as well as he could by the things that he was already familiar with, because he had never seen such monsters before!
IT’S A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE STORY ABOUT THE FOUR BLIND MEN DESCRIBING THE ELEPHANT‚ YOU RECALL . It sort of all depends on how you see it‚ or how you feel it. One blind man grasped the leg of the elephant & said, “Oh, an elephant is like a tree!” And another one grasped his tail & said, “Oh no! An elephant is like a rope!” And another one grasped his trunk & said, “Oh my! An elephant is like a serpent!” And another one grasped his ear & said, “You’re all three wrong! An elephant is like a leaf of a plant.” Well, there must have been five blind men, another one ran his hand along the side of the elephant, he said, “No, you’re all wrong!—An elephant is like a wall!” So it all depends on who you are & from what angle you’re looking, & what you see, or feel.
AND THE PROPHET IN THAT DAY, HE HAD NEVER SEEN TANKS OR PLANES OR GUNS , nor ever heard the roar of their explosions & bombs, nor the roar of their engines & motors. So if he was watching a terrible war, an awful warfare in the Earth, of man with man, having never seen a tank, nor an airplane, how could he possibly describe such engines of destruction? Well, he just did the best he could with what he was familiar with.
HE SAID THEY LOOK A LITTLE BIT LIKE LOCUSTS‚ THEY FLY , so he must have been seeing an airplane at that time, huh? And yet they were like horses prepared to battle. Well, perhaps he was watching one of these steel chariots like a tank, & it rumbled along across the earth & it reminded him of the rumble of horses’ hoofs—war horses running rapidly in wartime.
HE SAID, “ON THEIR HEADS WERE AS IT WERE CROWNS LIKE AS GOLD .” Did you ever notice that every tank has a turret? And on the old bombers of world War II they had gun turrets which revolved sort of like crowns on the top & so on. He said, “Their faces were as the faces of men.”—Perhaps he saw them peering through the windows, or maybe when he looked at the front of the face he saw those windows like eyes staring out.
“AND THEY HAD HAIR AS THE HAIR OF WOMEN .” Have you ever noticed a jet going by & the air stream following it like a long trail of hair? “Their teeth were as the teeth of lions.” Well‚ what could the teeth be, anyway? He must have seen them firing guns, huh? Or perhaps he saw the bombs or the missiles hanging down underneath & they looked like lions’ teeth.” And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron.” They were made of metal, they look like iron shields.
“AND THE SOUND OF THEIR WINGS AS THEY FLEW , was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.” Doesn’t that sound like a jet roaring overhead? Hmm?—A great big jumbo jet roaring past overhead? Doesn’t that sound like many horses running to battle? The prophet just described these things he was seeing, that he’d never seen before, the best he could. Right? I’m personally convinced that he was probably seeing airplanes, bombers flying. “And they had tails like unto scorpions, & stings in their tails, I’ll tell you!
“AND THEIR POWER WAS TO HURT MEN FIVE MONTHS, AND THEY HAD A KING OVER THEM WHICH IS THE ANGEL OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT , whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon (MEANING DESTROYER) ” (9:11) Obviously, if he’s out of the bottomless pit, you know pretty much whose angel he is! Some say it’s the Devil himself; other’s say it’s one of the Devil’s archangels.
ANYHOW, THERE’S SUCH A HORRIBLE TIME OF TORMENT GOING ON FOR MEN NOT SEALED WITH GOD’S SEAL , that these horrible monsters, whatever they may be, whether you want to say that they were the Prophet’s description of a modern jet bomber, or whether you want to believe that they were actually some kind of a monster that looked just like he’s describing here‚ one way or the other—you can take it literally, or as best he could describe a plane—they’re not going to hurt you & me! Praise The Lord? Isn’t that wonderful?
“One woe is past; and behold, there come TWO WOES MORE hereafter. And the SIXTH ANGEL sounded & I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates!”—Here comes another judgement of God upon the wicked!—Four angels‚ obviously four angels of judgement. (9:12‚13)
“AND THE FOUR ANGELS WERE LOOSED , which were prepared for an hour, & a day, & a month‚ & a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: & I heard the number of them.” Two hundred thousand thousand! Have you any idea how many that is,—Two hundred million!
A thousand thousands equal a million, so two hundred thousand thousand is two hundred million ! THE FOUR ANGELS OF THE EUPHRATES MUST REPRESENT THE SPIRITUAL FORCES BEHIND THIS ARMY ‚ the greatest army the world has ever seen. Consider the fact that all the forces of the nations involved in World War II didn’t exceed 75,000,000!
“AND I SAW THE HORSES IN THE VISION , & them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, & of jacinth, & brimstone: & the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; & out of their mouths issued fire & smoke & brimstone.” (9:17) You say, “Now wait a minute‚ horses don’t do things like that, & they don’t issue fire out of their mouths & brimstone.” Well, then if they’re not real horses, then maybe they’re tanks with guns issuing fire & brimstone‚ & maybe that’s the best way he could describe them.
THEY LOOKED LIKE SOME KIND OF HORSE , it’s some kind of vehicle coming. And they had heads like lions—have you ever seen the turret on the top of a tank revolving like a head? It looks like the head on a monster because it revolves & looks different directions & its gun revolves with it, & out of its mouth it belches fire & brimstone & smoke, & even worse, or maybe it’s something we’ve never even seen yet or seen before, & that’s the best way he could describe it. Whatever it is, they were either war horses or engines of war!
“FOR THEIR POWER IS IN THEIR MOUTH , & in their tails.” (9:19)—That big mouth, that big gun belches smoke & shells! And their tails, did you ever notice out of the little gun slots, the little barrels of machine guns sticking out firing bullets that sting? “For their power is in their mouth, & in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, & had heads, & with them do they hurt.” They do hurt! So, maybe he’s describing tanks! Or maybe he’s just describing an entirely new monster nobody’s ever seen before‚ that God’s going to let loose on the wicked, who knows?
we probably won’t know until we see’m & when they begin to happen , because we don’t have to know now ! But He’s told us in advance so that when we see those monsters or those things or whatever they are, we’ll recognise’m & say, “Oh, this is what John was talking about in his Book of Revelation! He described that thing to a tee & now there it is, it really is, it really happened!”
“AND THE REST OF THE MEN WHICH WERE NOT KILLED BY THESE PLAGUES YET REPENTED NOT of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, & idols of gold‚ & silver, & brass, & stone, & of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: (9:20) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries‚ nor of their fornication‚ nor of their thefts.” Think of that! In spite of all this horrible period of Great Tribulation, particularly upon the WICKED, they would not repent!
THIS GREAT TRIBULATION IS GOING TO AFFECT, NOT US, & these horrible plagues & monsters & so on, are not to attack us , but to attack the wicked ! It is a time of their great tribulation. As the Lord has said, “I will send them great Tribulation who have troubled you!” (2Thes.1:6.) We’ve had our trouble, they gave us trouble! The wicked men have given us & are giving us lots of trouble even to this very day, now, & it’ll get worse as they continue to persecute the Children of God.
So many people confuse these Trumpets of Tribulation with the Vials of God’s Wrath in (Rev.16), we would like to now compare these two periods. Just to state it briefly, how would you compare them? First of all, I’d say the main difference is that in the Wrath of God you find that ALL the seas turn to blood, ALL the rivers and fountains of waters are turned to blood, ALL the sun is darkened, ALL life in the sea died, and so on. EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE TOTAL DESTRUCTION WHEN THE SEVEN VIALS OF GOD’S WRATH ARE POURED OUT .
But here UNDER THE TRIBULATION TRUMPETS THERE IS ONLY A PARTIAL DEATH , and a partial cursing, and a partial woe: a third part of the trees burnt, a third part of the seas become blood‚ etc. THE WRATH OF GOD IS MUCH MORE SEVERE IN FALLING UPON THE WICKED WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND when the Church is taken away at the Coming of Christ at the end of the Great Tribulation.
It can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that these Trumpet judgments signal the beginning of the final 3-1/2 years before the Coming of Christ. JESUS HIMSELF SAID THE LAST 3–1/2 YEARS WOULD BEGIN WHEN THE ANTICHRIST BROKE THE SEVEN YEAR RELIGIOUS COVENANT by placing his own image in the soon-to-be-built Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and substituting it for the worship of God. Daniel the Prophet said this would occur in the very midst of the Seven -Year Covenant, or after 3-1/2 years, leaving 3-1/2 to go.
CHAPTER 10 ANNOUNCEMENT OF SEVENTH TRUMP
THIS CHAPTER IS JUST LIKE AN INTERLUDE OR INTERMISSION . The curtain closes temporarily on the vision of the future and an angel steps out on the scene to make a big announcement. He is quite impressive, coming down from Heaven‚ clothed with a cloud‚ a rainbow upon his head, with a face like the sun and feet like pillars of fire. He has a little open book in his hand and he sets his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the earth.
“And when he had cried, SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED THEIR VOICES .” (10:3) And do you know what they said? Well, if you do I wish you’d tell me, because just as John “was about to write” what they said, he heard a voice from Heaven saying … “SEAL UP THOSE THINGS WHICH THE SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED ‚ and write them not.” (10.4) And we have never found out what it was. If you do, please drop us a line.
The main announcement, though, that this mighty M.C. makes, or rather, the one that helps us in our understanding of the future‚ is in the sixth and seventh verses of this Chapter. And that is, “That there should be time no longer: But IN THE DAYS OF THE VOICE OF THE SEVENTH ANGEL, WHEN HE SHALL BEGIN TO SOUND, THE MYSTERY OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED .” (10:6,7)
This Seventh Trump is not blown in this Chapter and nothing about the future happens here. THIS IS MERELY AN ANNOUNCEMENT , that when this last Trumpet is sounded‚ time will be no longer and the mystery of God shall be finished.
THIS ” MYSTERY ” WHICH IS TO BE FINISHED AT THE SEVENTH TRUMP REFERS TO THE CHURCH . Paul called it
1. “The mystery , which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God!” And it was
2. “That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs (with the Jews ), and of the same body .”
3. “For we are members of His body , of His flesh‚ and of His bones. … This is a great mystery : but I speak concerning Christ and the Church .” (Ep.3:9; 3:6; 5:30,32)
THE MYSTERY BEING FINISHED , THEN, IS THE COMPLETION OF THE CHURCH AT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST when He gathers together His Church by the miracle of the Resurrection and Rapture. In Matthew Chapter 24, the Lord said that his Coming to “gather together” His Church would be accompanied by a trumpet . “And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet ‚ and they shall gather together His elect (or the saints).” (Mt.24:31)
And Paul, in another of his predictions, IS VERY SPECIFIC AS TO WHICH TRUMP IT WILL BE WHEN THE GATHERING TOGETHER TAKES PLACE and the mystery of God, the Church, is completed: “Beloved, I shew you a mystery ; We shall not all sleep (die and remain in the grave), but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP (or Seventh Trump): for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (receive immortal bodies).” (1Cor.15:51,52)
This mystery of God , then is you and me, THE CHURCH , AND AT THE LAST OR SEVENTH TRUMP , IT IS GOING TO BE FINISHED . At one sudden‚ supernatural, miraculous mighty stroke of God, His Church will be instantly and supernaturally completed ! God will wave His magic wand of power and presto!—The finished Church will be caught up into Heaven in the Rapture!
After the prediction of the Seventh Trump, John is told to “take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel. … And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the LITTLE BOOK ,” but the angel replied‚ “TAKE IT, AND EAT IT UP .” (10:8‚9) This shows we have to do our part in exercising our own faith to receive revelations.
When John consumes the “little book” the angel tells him, “THOU MUST PROPHESY AGAIN BEFORE MANY PEOPLES, AND NATIONS, AND TONGUES, AND KINGS.” (10:11) SO THIS “LITTLE BOOK” OBVIOUSLY MUST BE A BOOK OF PROPHECY , possibly referring even to John’s prophecy here which is an “open” book as it says “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Rev.22:10)
CHAPTER 11 TWO WITNESSES
“AND THERE WAS GIVEN ME A REED LIKE UNTO A ROD : and the angel stood, saying, Rise‚ and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (11:1)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
The temple here is divided into two parts:
1. the temple itself, and 2. the court.
Solomon’s temple was also divided into two parts:
1. a small inner court containing the temple and the altar of burnt offerings where only the priests could enter, and
2. a large outer court where the people worshipped.
So THIS SPIRITUAL TEMPLE THAT JOHN WAS TO MEASURE SEEMS TO SYMBOLISE TWO TYPES OF BELIEVERS , the first composed of the true, dedicated followers of the Lord, His priests who serve Him continually, fellowshipping with Him in the temple of His Spirit and sacrificing their lives on the altar of His service. (Rom.12:1)
THE OUTER COURT AND ITS OCCUPANTS is the portion he rejects the unbelievers
“But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (11:2)—There’s that three-and-a- half years again of the Tribulation period. The Gentiles will tread the holy city of Jerusalem under foot for forty and two months, three-and-a-half years during the Tribulation period in which the Antichrist rules supreme.
BUT DURING THE PRECEDING THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS—HALF OF THE SEVEN YEARS—THE ANTICHRIST HAS MADE A DEAL or a holy Covenant, a pact with the religions of the world to make Jerusalem an open city, an international city, internationalised—at least the holy places internationalised—probably under the UN or his world government, so that they’re supposed to have equal access and equal representation of temples and so on. The Jews have rebuilt their temple, reinstituted sacrificial worship and the pact seems to be going well, except it doesn’t solve all the problems.
THE RELIGIONISTS STILL BICKER AND ARGUE AND FIGHT AMONGST EACH OTHER until finally the Antichrist gets fed up with it all and decides to just have one world religion as well as one world government, and of course this is what he’s been waiting for an excuse to have all the time! So he abolishes all other religions and demands that the whole world worship him as God, that they worship him‚ sitting in the temple of God, claiming that he is God! (2Th.2:4.)
AND THIS WILL GO ON FOR THREE–AND-A–HALF YEARS OR 1‚ 260 DAYS OR FORTY AND TWO MONTHS as we see in this second verse of the 11th chapter.
“I WILL GIVE POWER UNTO MY TWO WITNESSES , and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (11:3)—there you are again, three-and-a-half years!—They’re gonna prophesy for the duration of the Tribulation period! “Clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth.” This symbolises the fact that they’re fruitful—like two olive trees—and they give light—like two candlesticks, symbolic of these final two great witnesses unto the Lord.
This is an obvious reference to an OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY IN ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 4 which describes a candlestick with seven pipes and seven lamps, and two olive branches which, through two of the golden pipes, empty the golden oil out of themselves, and it says that “THESE TWO OLIVE BRANCHES which, through the TWO GOLDEN PIPES (or candlesticks ) empty the golden oil (or Spirit) out of themselves … ARE THE TWO ANOINTED ONES , THAT STAND BY THE LORD OF THE WHOLE EARTH.”(Zech.4:12-14)
” AND IF ANY MAN WILL HURT THEM, FIRE PROCEEDETH OUT OF THEIR MOUTH ‚and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”
(11:5) No one will be able to touch them until their witness is finished. No one will be able to stop them until they have finished their witness for the full three–and-a-half years, the last three-and-a-half years of the seven-year reign of the Antichrist, that great terrible Tribulation period in which we’re all going to be witnessing right to the End!
BUT THESE ARE GONNA BE THE TWO GREATEST WITNESSES, NO DOUBT RIGHT THERE IN THE HOLY CITY So that’s very likely, most likely, where these two witnesses will be holding forth and will be witnessing against the Antichrist, against the Beast, against his unholy Image and against his claims to be God, his blasphemy against God!
BUT NOBODY WILL BE ABLE TO STOP THEM , not the Antichrist himself nor all his forces, until they’re finished! Because if anybody tries to even approach them to stop them, fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemies—like it did in the days of Elijah when the king sent soldiers to take him, bands of fifty! Elijah called down fire from God out of Heaven and devoured each band of soldiers as they came to arrest him! (2Kg.1:9-15.)
However the fire here could be symbolic‚ that it symbolises their fiery words, as the Lord said of Jeremiah, “I will make My Words in thy mouth fire. ” (Jer.5:14) However, the next verse describing the power these witnesses have to hurt the earth makes THIS FIRE COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTH SOUND PRETTY LITERAL .
SO WILL IT BE WITH THOSE FINAL GREAT WITNESSES IN THOSE LAST DAYS ! We’ll all be witnessing! You’ll all be witnessing everywhere! But these two will stand right in the very presence of the Antichrist and all their enemies, and no one will be able to touch them! They’ll be able to keep right on going and witness to the very End!
“THESE HAVE POWER TO SHUT HEAVEN THAT IT RAIN NOT IN THE DAYS OF THEIR PROPHECY : and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the Earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” (11:6) They not only have power to bring fire down from God out of Heaven and fire out of their mouths to devour their enemies, but also to turn the waters into blood and to smite the Earth with all kinds of plagues! Anything they will, they can have! Anything they want to do against their enemies, God will give it to them, and no one will be able to stop them during those days!
THEY WILL PREACH AND WITNESS WITH SUCH MIGHTY POWER OF GOD , the Word of God, it will be the greatest witness the world has ever seen! Not only the Antichrist will see it, not only the Jews and the Christians and the Muslims will see it, but the whole world will be watching on television, It will be a witness to the whole world against them, the wicked world!
“AND WHEN THEY SHALL HAVE FINISHED THEIR TESTIMONY , the Beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit” (Rev.17:8)—this Antichrist, this Devil-man, this Satan in the flesh —”shall make war against them‚ and shall overcome them‚ and kill them.” (11:7)—When they have finished their testimony, not a moment before! They will be able to testify and witness the full 1‚260 days, forty-two months‚ three-and-a-half years of the total Tribulation period‚ and nobody will be able to stop them; isn’t that wonderful? No matter what the Devil and all his henchmen and all his cohorts and conspirators and cruel wicked followers—followers of the Devil, of the Beast, of Satan—no matter what they try to do, they cannot even touch them until they’ve finished their testimony!
THEN THE LORD ALLOWS THE DEVIL TO TOUCH THEM, JUST AS HE DOES WITH US MANY TIMES ! He lets us finish our job, finish our work in a place, He lets our message become well- known, popular‚ publicized, famous! And then, when we have finished our work and everyone has heard and all those who will receive have had a chance to receive, and all those who refuse and reject have had their chance to do so, then the Lord allows the Devil to move in with persecution to drive you out of that field!—Because the Lord doesn’t want you to waste any more time there!
EVERYBODY WHO’S GOING TO ACCEPT HAS ACCEPTED JESUS ‚ everybody who’s going to reject your message has rejected you! And therefore, from then on, you’re just beating the air, wasting your time, because you finished your job! So then the Lord allows the Enemy to come in like a flood sometimes and raise a lot of persecution against you. Although when he does, the Lord will raise a standard against him. (Is.59:19.) But He allows you then to be driven from that field.
“AND THEIR DEAD BODIES SHALL LIE IN THE STREET OF THE GREAT CITY , which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt and where also our Lord was crucified.” (11:8) Well‚ now where was Jesus crucified? Wasn’t Jesus crucified in Jerusalem, or just outside Jerusalem? Well, then what is He talking about here that the bodies of these two witnesses shall lie in the street of this great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt and Jerusalem! Well, He could have added one to that, and He does a little later on in the Scripture—Babylon!
You mean these two Prophets shall lie in the streets of Jerusalem? Well, JERUSALEM WILL BE THE WORLD CAPITAL OF THE ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT, SO IT COULD BE THAT THEY FINALLY GET IT THERE. (See Daniel 11:45.)
But Jesus wasn’t actually crucified inside of Jerusalem, He was crucified “without the camp.” (Heb.13:13) EVEN THOUGH THIS ” GREAT CITY ” COMPRISES JERUSALEM, IT INCLUDES A MUCH LARGER AREA THAN JUST IT ALONE .
How could Jesus have been crucified in all four cities!— Sodom, Egypt, Jerusalem, Babylon!” Well‚ it’s very simple!
EVERY ONE OF THESE CITIES TYPIFIED THE WORLD SYSTEM. Every one of them typified the worldly, anti-God, anti-Christ, money-hungry greedy commercial system of the world, which in a later chapter He calls Babylon; here He calls it Sodom and Egypt and Jerusalem! …
SO HERE WE HAVE THEM ALL GROUPED TOGETHER IN ONE GREAT WORLD SYSTEM ! —All the same, all symbolic of the same final great System that God hates‚ that hates Him, and that hates His witnesses, until the Devil’s own representative, the Devil–man in the flesh‚ Satan incarnate‚ at the end of their witness finally rises up and kills them, but can’t do it until then.
In Rev.17 we find that BABYLON IS THE NAME OF “THAT GREAT CITY , WHICH REIGNETH OVER THE KINGS OF THE EARTH.” And “in her was found the blood of prophets ‚ and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” (Rev.17:18 & 18:24)
What‚ then, is this “great city” that is responsible for the deaths of all God’s saints‚ Prophets, and all the slain of the earth, and that rules over kings? IT IS THE WORLDWIDE CITY SYSTEM OF COMMERCIALISM ‚ composed of churches, banks, and all other “religions” based on the love of money and serving the god of materialism. (This is more fully revealed in Chapters 17 and 18.)
THIS FALSE RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF MAMMON WORSHIP HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF ALL THE SAINTS AND PROPHETS from the days of Egypt and its priest of old to the Catholic Inquisitions of the Middle Ages‚ on down to today’s various political religions around the world.
But it says here that the beast or government kills the two Prophets. True, but THE FALSE CHURCH SYSTEM OR RELIGIOUS SYSTEM ALWAYS WORKS WITH THE FALSE GOVERNMENT – always-and gets them to do its dirty work. Who slew Jesus really? We say the Romans, but actually the false church of His day, the Jewish Scribes, Pharisees and Hypocrites, incited the government to kill Him.
” AND THEIR DEAD BODIES SHALL LIE IN THE STREET OF THE GREAT CITY ” — Which spiritually is called all of these horrible places. In other words, they will be killed probably in the very city of Jerusalem itself! But it doesn’t matter, anywhere in this world system, maybe in New York, maybe in Buenos Aires or Rio or Jerusalem or London or Paris, anywhere the whole world can see them on television. They’re witnessing to the whole world, to the whole System.
WHETHER IT BE NEW YORK OR SODOM OR JERUSALEM OR WHATEVER, IT’S ALL SODOM , it’s all Egypt, it’s all Jerusalem, it’s all Babylon, it’s all the same! It’s all filthy, wicked, anti-God‚ anti–Christ, evil and of the Devil !—And God hates it and they hate God and they come to blows and God allows them to martyr these two precious witnesses, perhaps as well as many others. But that’s only their release; their job is done, praise God!
“And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” (11:9) They are so angry, so fiercely angry at these two witnesses who faithfully preached the Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the judgments of God and the warnings of God!
THEY HATED THEM SO THEY DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO SEE THEM BURIED ‚ they wanted to watch them rot in the streets and the flies to crawl over them and the worms to crawl in and out and smell the stink of their bodies, their dead bodies, lying on the street! But what a hollow victory!—Just lumps of clay, lumps of mud‚ just garbage! They, those two witnesses, their spirits have gone on to be with the Lord! Those were just the bodies, the houses they occupied, the vehicles they ran around in, now gone back to dirt, to garbage, to mud.
” AND THEY THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH SHALL REJOICE OVER THEM ‚ and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the Earth.” (11:10) They’re gonna have a new Christmas! They’re gonna have a new day to celebrate!—The death of the great final two witnesses of God!
THEY’RE GONNA BE SO HAPPY THAT THEY’RE DEAD AND NO LONGER CONVICTING THEM OF THEIR SINS and preaching the Gospel at them all day long in the heart of the news, and on radio‚ on television and the newspapers, and their pictures plastered all over the world and from satellites! These two miracle–workers will be top headlines and top news and their message the top message to the world! They’re going to be so happy they’re dead they’re gonna give presents to each other like they do on Christmas!
“And after three days and an half the Spirit of Life from God entered into them‚ and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” (11:11) What’s happening?! They’re being resurrected! Suddenly those bodies come to life before they’ve been buried! Why? Because they are being resurrected!
JESUS IS COMING IN THE SKY and all the dead in Christ are rising to meet Him in the air!— Including these two witnesses! Only three-and-a-half days after they’re killed‚ Jesus comes to resurrect them and Rapture them along with us and all those who are saved! Praise God! Hallelujah! And fear fell upon their enemies!
” AND THEY HEARD A GREAT VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING UNTO THEM, COME UP HITHER ! And they ascended up to Heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. The same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of Heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” (11:12-14)
AND NOW WE HEAR THAT SEVENTH ANGEL, THAT LAST TRUMP SOUND ! This is like a little story leading up to that Last Trump, because when it sounds, that’s when they were resurrected.
There are many references to the Rapture in these Chapters dealing with the Endtime period. There was a reference to it in the sixth Chapter, tenth Chapter, here in the eleventh Chapter, and finally it is described again in the fourteenth Chapter. However, IT’S ONLY ONE GREAT RESURRECTION AND RAPTURE ; there are just many facets of it.
Revelation follows a definite‚ orderly sequence of events, but IT FREQUENTLY TAKES ONE ASPECT AND GIVES US THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE SUBJECT FROM ITS BEGINNING TO ITS END then jumps back into the main flow and continues with its story.
THIS IS WHAT IT HAS DONE HERE WITH THE TWO WITNESSES , showing us the great witnessing they’re going to do during the Tribulation, then how they are killed but resurrected only 3-1/2 days later as God wins the final victory in the End. Then the story gets back into the mainstream in the fifteenth verse, where we have a reference to the great Rapture and Resurrection of the entire Church.
And the SEVENTH ANGEL sounded and there were GREAT VOICES IN HEAVEN , saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord‚ and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” (11:15)
“And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces” and praised God because “Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and THY WRATH IS COME, AND THE TIME OF THE DEAD, THAT THEY SHOULD BE JUDGED ‚ and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints … AND SHOULDEST DESTROY THEM WHICH DESTROY THE EARTH .” (11:16–18)
Now what was the last time we recall hearing a Trumpet sounded?-All the way back in the thirteenth verse of the ninth chapter. Then there was A REFERENCE TO THE SEVENTH TRUMP IN THE TENTH CHAPTER , seventh verse‚ as to what would happen when it sounded, AND HERE WE HAVE IT !
The two main events that happen at the Seventh Trump are, 1. “THY WRATH IS COME ” and “THOU SHOULDEST GIVE REWARD UNTO THY SERVANTS. ”
According to Paul (remember we discussed this in the tenth Chapter, seventh verse)‚ at the last Trump Christ comes and the saints will be resurrected, raptured‚ and we which are alive will be changed and raptured with them. (See 1Cor.15:51,52.)
THE DEAD WHO ARE JUDGED HERE AT THE SEVENTH TRUMP ARE THE LIVING DEAD (THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED JESUS) . It is the time of the judgment of the saints of all ages at the judgment seat of Christ after His Second Coming. “For we (Christians) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body … good or bad.” (2Cor.5:10)
BUT THE WICKED WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND ON EARTH AT THE RESURRECTION REALLY GET IT . God’s Wrath finally comes upon the Anti-Christ nations-those who have polluted the earth with their wars, factories, churches and bestial governments! And He finally destroys “them which destroy the earth!” (11:18)
“AND THE TEMPLE OF GOD WAS OPENED IN HEAVEN , & there was seen in His temple the Ark of His Testament: & there were lightnings, & voices, & thunderings, & an earthquake‚ & great hail.” (11:19) Here come some of those cataclysmic, holocaustic, climactic events of these very last days of the End of Time, the end of the Tribulation, judgements of God on sins of man & destruction of man!
ARE YOU IN ONE OF THE SODOM & GOMORRAH’S OF THE EARTH ?—Like New York & Paris & London & Rio & I could name a whole lot of others! Are you in one of the Egypts of the Earth, the Babylons of the Earth, the Sodom of the Earth?—And God in this same chapter classified Jerusalem right along with Sodom‚ & Babylon, & Egypt, their three worst enemies & most wicked licentious evil cultures! God classed Jerusalem right along with them!
” THE TEMPLE OF GOD WAS OPENED IN HEAVEN , & there was seen in His Temple the Ark of His Testament.” Now, that’s a very remarkable statement, because the Ark, even in John’s day, had long ago disappeared! But the people had not discovered this, the people in general had not found it out until Jesus died on the cross.
THE MOMENT THE VEIL OF HIS FLESH WAS RENT IN TWAIN by that spear & He was killed there on the cross, the veil of the Temple itself was rent in twain!—A huge veil, four inches thick, heavy, one of the thickest pieces of carpeting or wovenware the World has ever known! This thick heavy veil which separated the Holy Place of the Temple from the Holy of Holies, the sanctum from the sanctum sanctorum, was completely torn apart!
IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES HAD STOOD THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF GOD , that wooden box covered with gold over which two golden angels hovered, between whose wings the Shekinah Glory of the presence of God shone like a brilliant light, a blinding light, a room into which only the High Priest was allowed to go once a year to make an atonement for the sins of the people. If God didn’t forgive them they had a rope tied to his foot so that if God struck him dead because He didn’t like the way the people were behaving & the people were sinning too much & were not repentant‚ God could strike the High Priest dead & they had to drag him out with that rope by the foot‚ because no man was allowed to go therein but the High Priest.
WELL, WHEN THE VEIL OF THE TEMPLE WAS RENT IN TWAIN WHEN JESUS DIED , what do you suppose the great congregation of Passover worshippers discovered at that moment, that awesome moment at the height of the Passover celebration, when the greatest Passover Lamb Who ever lived was being slain for their sins on the cross—Jesus Christ! What do you suppose the congregation discovered had happened to the Ark of the Covenant which was supposed to be standing behind that four- inch thick curtain behind which only the High Priest could go?
THEY DISCOVERED TO THEIR AMAZEMENT, THEIR ASTONISHMENT, THEIR HORROR, THAT THE ARK WAS GONE, SYMBOLISING THE PRESENCE OF GOD ! God was gone from their midst! He was gone from their Temple! He had deserted them & their Holy of Holies & their Loveless, Messiah-less religion! And He caught the Ark of God up to Heaven with Him & places it in His Temple there!
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE GOD RENT THE TEMPLE VEIL IN TWAIN ? Well‚ the High Priest hadn’t told’m the Ark was gone, he wasn’t gonna tell them‚ of course not, because the centre of their religion, was that Ark of the Covenant behind the veil in the Temple, the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem! Their whole religion would have collapsed had they discovered that the Ark was gone, & that’s exactly what happened! God rent the veil in twain so they could see the Ark was gone !—Along with God !
And yet‚ you know, [t]hey kept right on worshipping even after God was gone & had deserted them & the Ark was gone! The whole religion should have collapsed then, but somehow or another they managed to hush it up! I don’t know whether they sewed up the curtain again & tried to tell the people, “Well, that was just a hallucination, you didn’t see what you saw, the Ark was really there. We know, we’ve been there. Shhhh! Now don’t tell anybody, because that was a mistake!”
BUT THEY WENT RIGHT ON WORSHIPPING FOR ANOTHER 40 YEARS OF THEIR EMPTY‚ SACRIFICIAL WORSHIPS , when the only Sacrifice which could pay for sin had already been slain on the cross!
WELL, AS THOUGH THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, TO DISCOVER THEIR ARK WAS GONE TOO, that just about killed their religion! And if that hadn’t done it they went ahead worshipping an empty worship anyway, with God gone, the Ark gone, their Messiah gone—God sent the Romans along & soon their Temple was gone!
CHAPTER 12 CHURCH IN TRIBULATION
The two main characters of this Chapter are “A WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN , and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,” and “A GREAT RED DRAGON ‚ having seven heads and ten horns.” (12:1,3) Both of these “wonders” are appearing “in Heaven,” so THIS IS MORE OR LESS A SPIRITUAL LOOK INTO THINGS that will happen during the End.
“AND THERE APPEARED A GREAT WONDER IN HEAVEN; a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet‚ and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another great wonder in Heaven; and behold a great red Dragon‚ having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. (12:1-3)
“AND HIS TAIL DREW THE THIRD PART OF THE STARS OF HEAVEN, and did cast them to the Earth: and the Dragon stood before the Woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a Man Child (Jesus), Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” (12:4-5)
“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Psalm 2:9
“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” Revelation 2:27
THE WOMAN HERE REPRESENTS THE CHURCH , who throughout Revelation is called “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Rev.19:7; 21:9) The Church consists not only of the New Testament but also the Old Testament believers. Moses and the Children of Israel are called “the church in the wilderness.” (Ac.7:38)
THIS PROPHETIC PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN GIVING BIRTH TO A MAN CHILD :
- is based on the literal birth of Christ;
- has had many intermediate spiritual fulfillments both before and after Christ;
- will have one ultimate spiritual fulfillment. This is all explained below.
1) Literal fulfillment : MARY, WHO WAS PART OF THE CHURCH (OR WOMAN), WAS USED BY GOD TO BRING FORTH JESUS, THE MAN CHILD . Immediately after His birth the Dragon or Devil through King Herod tried to devour Him by ordering the slaughter of all children under two years old. (Mt.2:16) And Jesus has been caught up to God’s throne to rule all nations. (Mk.16:19)
2) Intermediate spiritual fulfillment : THIS ALSO REPRESENTS THE CHURCH OF ALL AGES GIVING SPIRITUAL BIRTH to new revolutionary movements of dropout saints. They overcome the world by ‘dropping out ‘ and becoming as little children that they might enter the kingdom of Heaven‚ suffering that they might reign with Christ. (Mt.18:3; 2Tm.2:12; 1Jn.5:5) As Jesus said, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne … (and) to him will I give power over the nations, And he shall rule them with a rod of iron … even as I received of My Father.” (Rev.3:21; 2:26,27)
3) Ultimate spiritual fulfillment Since this Chapter is dealing with the Endtime, THIS WOMAN MUST FINALLY REPRESENT THE ULTIMATE CHURCH HERSELF , the one who will live in this Endtime period—the Children of God! Her seed, then, must represent the purest revolutionary dropouts of all history—the children born in this revolutionary movement, the ones who will be the complete overcomers and rule all things!
All the way from the Garden of Eden to the Revelation‚ from the beginning to the end of the world, all those who are true believers, who loved God, who received Christ the Messiah as their Saviour, all those who love Jesus, all those who believe He is the Son of God, all those who are married to the Bridegroom, all those who are the Bride of Jesus Christ from the Garden of Eden to the Revelation!
THE STARS IN HER CROWN?—Well, we can only theorize because it doesn’t say who they are, we don’t really know. But I believe they’re probably either going to be the twelve most important leaders of the Church that God has ever known!—The twelve most important wonderful souls who have led this Great Queen to victory and to glory. Or you may say they’re actual angels; they could be the twelve angels of the Church, because stars are frequently used interchangeably in the Word of God as a name for angels!
BUT IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THIS WOMAN IN HEAVEN IS THE WIFE AND QUEEN OF THE KING OF KINGS—JESUS! And‚ of course, it was she, His Church, who brought forth Jesus, this Man- child into the world. Mary was a member of that Church, Mary was a part of that Bride, and symbolically speaking, therefore, she brought forth into the world this Baby who was to become the ruler of the Earth and her own Husband someday! Figuratively speaking, because these are all symbols; this is not literal.
SHE IS PICTURED AS A SYMBOL OF THE CHURCH BRINGING FORTH JESUS INTO THE WORLD‚ which she did, and then as the Queen of Heaven married to the King of kings who IS Jesus, and that’s very clear in the Bible; we don’t have to have any argument about that! Jesus is spoken of in God’s Word as the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven, the Jehovah of God, the Son of God and the Bridegroom of the Church, this Woman!
The next verse proves that THIS WOMAN OR CHURCH IS LIVING IN THE ENDTIME . “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days .” (12:6) Just as specifically as it could possibly be, there is your three-and-a-half years of Tribulation again.
“AND THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN; Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great Dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan‚ which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (12:7-9) Aha! Now we have the picture!
AT THIS TIME HERE, OBVIOUSLY AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS THREE-AND–A-HALF YEARS‚ 1260 days‚ 42 months of Tribulation period, he is cast out of Heaven by Michael and his angels, the Archangel of God who defends US—who God has said is OUR angel—and he’s cast out with a third of the rebellious angels that follow him down into the Earth for the last three-and-a-half years of Earth’s history!—The Great Tribulation!
“THE DRAGON WITH HIS SEVEN HEADS AND TEN HORNS BEARS A GREAT RESEMBLANCE TO THE BEAST (or government) with seven heads and ten horns of the thirteenth Chapter BUT HE IS NOT THE SAME . It says in the second verse of the thirteenth Chapter that “the dragon gave him (the beast) his power, and his seat, and great authority‚” so they are two distinct but very similar personalities.
THESE SEVEN HEADS IN THE 12TH CHAPTER, AS WELL AS THE BEAST IN CHAPTER 13&17, ARE SEVEN GREAT WORLD EMPIRES OR POWERS. The first great power that actually ruled over other countries besides itself was Egypt then Assyria, Babylon‚ Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and finally the Antichrist.
EGYPT WAS THE FIRST WORLD EMPIRE OR GREAT WORLD POWER, & it was certainly ruled by the Devil & his demons & their demonic religion, & no doubt Pharaoh was the Devil incarnate! Naturally he would possess the most prominent & powerful enemy of God, as he did in that day against Moses.
AND AFTERWARD CAME ASSYRIA. The Devil built a new Empire with Nineveh as its capital, which God later destroyed for its iniquity. NINEVAH WAS THE CAPITAL OF ASSYRIA,THEN WHEN IT WAS DESTROYED HE MOVED ON & BECAME KING OF BABYLON.
THEN AFTER BABYLON, HE MOVED TO MEDO-PERSIA. (DUAL KINGDOM).
THEN LATER, AGAIN BABYLON WAS WIPED OUT & THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE WAS DESTROYED BY ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF THE GRECIAN EMPIRE. Alexander was definitely born under certain supernatural miraculous signs. He murdered his own father to get the kingdom & he swept over the World in the World’s most rapid conquest. In only ten years he conquered all the known World‚ almost miraculously & supernaturally‚ so he must have had supernatural spiritual assistance. It was absolutely miraculous the way he became the conqueror of the World in only ten years at only 30!
SO THE WORLD CAPITAL BECAME ATHENS, GREECE, & HE WAS ITS KING, & I COULD CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT ALEXANDER THE GREAT WAS DEVIL-POSSESSED! But every time, God used them nevertheless, just like He used the Devil from the very beginning.
SO QUITE OBVIOUSLY THEN HE MOVED ON TO ROME & BECOME THE CAESARS OF ROME FOR THE NEXT THOUSAND YEARS!
SATAN, THE KING OF THE EMPIRES OF THE EARTH, KING OF WORLD EMPIRES, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD TITLE, because he seems to have always possessed the major kings or Pharaohs or Caesars of the World’s greatest Empires. He helped to make them great & powerful & build huge grand capitals of which he gloried in being king; but then always spread his pride & iniquity & failed to give God the glory.
SO THE DEVIL WENT FROM ONE KINGDOM TO THE OTHER TO POSSESS ITS KING & ITS CAPITALS & ITS EMPIRES in an attempt to continue to rule the World. Every time God would destroy one‚ he’d go to the next one & start over, or continue.
THE DEVIL HAS BEEN POSSESSING THE GREATEST KINGS OF THE EARTH DOWN THROUGH THE AGES, HE’S ALWAYS WANTED TO RULE THE WORLD, & HE’S GOING TO GET HIS FINAL CHANCE IN THE ANTICHRIST in the final 7th head when he will really rule the whole World & with tremendous power! So here we have seven heads on this Dragon, & because he possesses the Beast, the Beast also has seven heads.
BUT THERE’S A VERY STRANGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO BEASTS.THE 3RD VERSE OF THE 12TH CHAPTER SAYS “SEVEN CROWNS UPON HIS HEADS” & TEN HORNS. But in the 1st Verse of the 13th Chapter, each horn has a crown. There’s the difference.—Why? We find out from the 17th Chapter later on that all of the horns are on the 7th head, & they symbolise the final ten kings or World powers who cooperate with the Beast & do his will & have one mind with him & turn against the Whore & destroy her with fire. But we haven’t gotten to that yet‚ that’s over there in the 17th Chapter.
Now why do you suppose each head had a crown on the DRAGON?-Because Each one was a great World power, therefore symbolised by a crown on its head‚ meaning that it ruled, it was king of the World in its day. However, on the Beast of Chapter 13, the crowns are on the horns‚ indicating that these last ten kings or powers are going to be kings of nations in the very last days under the Final Antichrist on the last head.
NO WONDER THE ANTICHRIST IS SO POWERFUL AND SUCH A SUPERMAN AND WONDER WORKER, because Satan at last is cast out of Heaven! There’s a purge in Heaven and the rebels and the demons and the devils are cast out!
SO THE DEVIL IN HIS FURY, KNOWING THAT HIS TIME IS SHORT, POSSESSES THIS ANTICHRIST, this Superman, and makes him a Superman, a Devil-man, the Devil in the flesh, son of Satan, like Jesus was the Son of God in the flesh! He is the great counterfeiter! The Devil doesn’t know anything new, he can’t do anything different; he just watches what God does and he tries to imitate Him.
SO SINCE GOD HAD A SON WHO WAS GOD IN THE FLESH‚ the Devil has this son, this man‚ who is the Devil in the flesh, possessed by Satan himself like Jesus was possessed by God! And then the Devil tries to set up on Earth the false Kingdom of God, the false Millennium, only it’s the kingdom of the DEVIL and it’s the kingdom of HELL on Earth instead of the Millennium of HEAVEN!
“AND I HEARD A LOUD VOICE SAYING IN HEAVEN, NOW IS COME SALVATION AND STRENGTH, AND THE KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, AND THE POWER OF HIS CHRIST: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Yet they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb‚ and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death! Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them! But woe to the inhabiters of the Earth and of the sea! For the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (12:10-12) Now, what’s being said here?
WE’RE BEING TOLD THAT NOW THAT THE DEVIL IS CAST OUT OF HEAVEN AND Heaven is purged and there’s good riddance of bad rubbish‚ Heaven is rejoicing! But the voice says to the inhabiters of the Earth, we who dwell upon the Earth and even the Church of Jesus Christ still on Earth, “Woe unto you people on Earth, for the Devil is come down to you and he knoweth that his time is short and he has great wrath!”
SO LOOK OUT FOR HIS WRATH DURING THESE LAST THREE-AND–A-HALF YEARS, these 1260 days, this 42 months of Tribulation mentioned throughout many prophets of God, Old and New Testament prophecies, this Great Tribulation period! Here’s another proof that the Church is HERE throughout the Tribulation, because the Enemy chases her and she flees into the wilderness!
ALL THESE CENTURIES‚ YEA, MILLENNIUMS, THOUSANDS OF YEARS, HE’S BEEN ACCUSING THE SAINTS OF GOD! He came before God and accused Noah, he came before God and accused Job‚ he came before God and he’s accused nearly every person of God that has ever lived! He has accused you day and night before the Lord, bringing up your sins and reminding God of the law and that you should be punished. He’s the Prosecuting Attorney who demands the EXECUTION of the law!—AND of the culprit!—YOU!
BUT YOU HAVE AN ADVOCATE, you have a Defense Lawyer, a Defense Attorney, and you know who that is, don’t you?—Jesus Christ, God’s Own Son! God is the Judge‚ the Devil is the Prosecuting Attorney and Executioner, but Jesus, God’s Son, is your Defense Attorney, your Advocate, your Lawyer defending you. And when the Devil reminds God of all your sins and all your iniquities and your mistakes and your shortcomings and your failures and accuses you for every little flaw and fault he can find, all you have to do is look to your Defense Lawyer, Jesus!
The scriptures teach that SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS FELL FROM THEIR FIRST ESTATE OR POSITION AT THE BEGINNING OF CREATION . (For how the Devil fell, see Ezekiel Chapter 28 and Isaiah Chapter 14.) However Satan still continued to have access to Heaven and the Lord’s throne. In the Book of Job‚ written a couple of thousand years after Creation, it says “the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord‚ and Satan came also among them.” He then began to accuse Job to the Lord like a prosecuting attorney. (See Job 1:6-11.)
So the Devil has been in Heaven a long time, even after he rebelled against God. But now, at the very end, he finally gets the gate and he’s cast out of Heaven to the earth. HE COMES DOWN AND POSSESSES AND EMPOWERS THE ANTICHRIST, WHO WILL THEN BECOME LITERALLY THE DEVIL IN THE FLESH , accusing the saints face to face and making war against them.
“And when the dragon saw that he was cast out unto the earth, HE PERSECUTED THE WOMAN which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that SHE MIGHT FLY INTO THE WILDERNESS , into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time , from the face of the serpent.” (12:13,14)
Well, there it is again, a time, times and a half, 3-1/2 times; THERE’S YOUR THREE-AND–A- HALF YEARS OF TRIBULATION spoken of in the sixth verse as 1260 days‚ and now in the fourteenth again. Is God going to care for and “nourish,” or feed, His Church during that terrible time of Tribulation? Absolutely! Even if He has to drop manna out of Heaven or cause angels to feed us, even as He did for the children of Israel and many of the Prophets in their wildernesses.
This “wilderness” may be some specific location, THOUGH‚ IT REPRESENTS THE TOTAL SEPARATION OF THE CHURCH FROM THE SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS . Many will become martyrs and die for their faith to be a witness to others‚ but God will care for the Church and there will still be multitudes to meet Jesus when He returns.
“AND THE SERPENT CAST OUT OF HIS MOUTH WATER AS A FLOOD AFTER THE WOMAN , that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (12:15) The Word of God is called “the water of the Word ” and if someone is filled with the Spirit and witnessing God’s Truth, the Bible says‚ “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water .” (Jn.7:38)
Well, if living water of Truth comes out of our mouths, what comes out of the Devil’s? Dead water. HIS WATER , HIS WORD , IS ALWAYS LIES ‚ “When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (Jn.8:44)
SO HE CASTS AFTER HER A FLOOD OF LIES, LYING PROPAGANDA TO TRY TO SWALLOW HER UP . And believe you me‚ an awful lot of Christians have just about been swallowed up by this deluge of lies such as evolution, and even some of the lies of atheistic materialism. In the long run, though, if they are really saved and want the truth, God will have mercy on them and bring them to the truth.
THE ONES WHO REALLY SWALLOW THESE LIES, THOUGH‚ ARE THOSE WHOM “GOD SHALL SEND … STRONG DELUSION, … that they all might be damned because…they received not the love of the truth.” (2Th.2:10-12) Who is that? The unsaved.
It says here, “the earth helped the woman, AND THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, AND SWALLOWED UP THE FLOOD WHICH THE DRAGON CAST OUT OF HIS MOUTH .” (12:16) The earth is a type of the worldly people and the very fact that they are swallowing all these lies ought to help us realise they’re not the truth! “They (Devil’s prophets ) are of the world (or earth , the System ): therefore speak they of the world , and the world (the Systemites ) heareth them.” (1Jn.4:5)
THE DEVIL WANTS TO BE GOD AND HE WANTS THE WORLD TO WORSHIP HIM . When he finally possesses the AC, it says in Daniel that he abolishes all other worship and he sets himself up as God and demands the world to worship him or die. The Devil in the AC will at first try to flatter and tempt the woman to worship him with his lying promises, but being rejected he will then set out to kill her.
“AND THE DRAGON WAS WROTH WITH THE WOMAN, AND WENT TO MAKE WAR with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (12:17)
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Daniel 7:25
CHAPTER 13 ANTICHRIST & FALSE PROPHET
THE WHOLE WORLD IS WAITING FOR A SUPERMAN! A god-man who can solve all their problems & answer all their questions & heal all their economic ills & unite all their politics & end all their religious squabbles & stop all the wars & bring permanent peace & union to all nations.—A one-World government, one-World leader, one-World dictator—a Superman!
WELL, THEY WON’T HAVE TO WAIT MUCH LONGER, BECAUSE THE BIBLE PREDICTS THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE SUCH A MAN IN THE LAST DAYS OF MAN’S RULE ON EARTH, who will temporarily save the World from total destruction just before Christ Himself returns to rule it. To the World he is going to appear as an angel of light, the most perfect man, the most powerful man‚ the greatest leader the World has ever known outside of Jesus Christ!—Smart enough & clever enough to solve all the World’s problems—economic‚ political & finally religious.
FROM ALL THAT THE SCRIPTURE INDICATES‚ IT LOOKS LIKE THIS COMING ONE- WORLD LEADER WILL RISE TO POWER BY PEACE & BY FLATTERY & BY CLEVER DECEIT. (Dan.11:21,24.) By his supernatural craft‚ wisdom & clever political manoeuvring, he will actually temporarily solve today’s pressing military, political & economic problems & will effect a remarkable Peace Pact between the conflicting Superpowers, ideologies & religions of the World. (Dan.9:27)
OF COURSE, ONLY IN DESPERATION TO SAVE THEMSELVES WOULD THEY EVER SIGN SUCH A PACT! Only under desperate last-resort circumstances would Israel & the Arabs, for example, agree to share the city of Jerusalem, or would Capitalism & Communism agree to share the World in peace—universal détente. But with the World’s troublespots heating up as much as they have recently‚ & with nuclear tensions mounting between the Superpowers, the World is almost desperate enough to put such a one–World government into power right now to prevent World War III & nuclear annihilation!
VERSE 1– And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and SAW A BEAST RISE UP OUT OF THE SEA , heaving seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns.” (13:1)
The sea or waters are a symbol of the people of the World. (Rev. 17:15). So that beast comes out of the masses of the people and empires of man.
THESE SEVEN HEADS LITERALLY REPRESENT SEVEN OF THE GREAT WORLD EMPIRES‚ from Egypt on down to the final AntiChrist kingdom. THE TEN HORNS ARE TEN KINGS of the End who cooperate with the Antichrist for a short time and “receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” (See Rev. chapter 17)
The fact that crowns are upon the ten horns show that THIS PROPHECY IS DEALING WITH THE TIME WHEN THESE KINGS ARE IN POWER —or with the final AC government itself.
Though it is the final AC government that the rest of Chapter 13 deals with, God is showing us by this beast with seven heads that THE ANTICHRIST GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FROM THE BEGINNING . It’s all the same beast, although it has manifested its ugly head in the seven major governments of the world: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon‚ Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, Antichrist. Whatever government it is, it’s all part of the same beast, all part of the Devil’s governments.
This beast looks “like unto a leopard” with “feet like a bear” and a “mouth as the mouth of a lion,” all beasts that Daniel saw in his vision representing different great kingdoms of man. (See Dan.7:17.) This shows us that THIS FINAL BEAST WILL BE THE ULTIMATE FULFILMENT OF MAN’S GOVERNMENTS, A COMBINATION OF THE “BEST” QUALITIES OF EACH . Man’s final government will be his ideal and ruled by the Devil himself through their ideal leader the AC. For “the dragon (Devil) gave him (AC) his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (13:2) his throne, in other words, to rule the World “& great authority” all over the World.
SO HE APPARENTLY GETS CONTROL OF THE WHOLE MIDEAST SOMEHOW. And it’s predicted here in the Bible that his kingdom is composed specifically of the former kingdoms of Greece, Medo–Persia & Babylon, all of them. But he’s also a revival of one, a great Empire which not only conquered all these countries, but originated in Rome, Italy, & conquered all of Europe in its day.
SO THE BEGINNINGS OF THE ANTICHRIST EMPIRE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE MIDEAST, AND THEN EXTEND CLEAR OVER TO EUROPE WITH THE REVIVAL OF THE OLD ROMAN EMPIRE. So it then will rule all of Europe, one of the most powerful areas in the whole World, including Russia which of course is considered in most history as part of Europe, in earlier history the Russians were considered Europeans & a part of Europe.—Especially the part of Russia here with Moscow as its capital here in Europe.
WE KNOW HE’S CONSIDERED KING OF THE NORTH, FROM DANIEL 11 AND ALSO EZEKIEL 38 SHOWS HIM COMING AS FROM (MAGOG) RUSSIA, WHERE HE WILL INVADE ISREAL AND SET UP HIS HEADQUARTERS IN JERUSALEM! (See Dan.11:45; Eze.38,39)
The ten-horned Antichrist Kingdom grows right out of Rome. So really it’s a part, in a sense, of Rome, because it grows out of the Roman Beast. So you might say that the central part of the Antichrist Empire will encompass all of these countries & former empires, including itself, which was what?
WHAT WAS THE FOURTH BEAST OF DANIEL 7? (A great & terrible beast.) A great terrible horrible monstrous beast, the iron beast, the Roman Empire! Rome literally devoured & brake in pieces, & stamped the residue with the feet of it so in revelation 13:2 why doesn’t he say that it’s partly that fourth beast? Because this Beast is the revival of the Roman Empire! The beast is in a sense Rome, & Rome was composed of what? What are these other beasts? It goes backwards this time: Greece the leopard, Medo-Persia the bear & Babylon the lion.
HOW MANY HORNS DID THE BEAST IN DANIEL 7 HAVE? — TEN! How about the final Beast of Revelation 13, how many horns did it have? — Ten! Each of these winds up with ten. The toes in Daniel 2 symbolise the same thing that the ten horns both of Daniel 7 & Revelation 13 symbolise. Ten final kings or kingdoms or World powers who‚ as the Lord says in Revelation 17, will give their power to the Beast such as Europe to the Antichrist.
(Rev.17:12,13) “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast. These have one mind‚ & shall give their power & strength unto the Beast!”
Although the Beast with its seven heads symbolises all great World governments of all history, he is finalised & epitomised, he is summed up in the last final Antichrist government of the World. The head is on the same body, it has the same nature of all of them, & the body in a sense is Satan himself, hell itself, & each of these heads is just a different manifestation of the Devil’s governments & the Devil’s hellish systems of the World. And he’s the final one, so the Antichrist is called the Beast. He is the Beast in its fullness, he is the Beast in its final fruition, this final Antichrist. He’s the summation of all false governments. He even has the different characteristics of the different governments, partly like a leopard & a lion, etc., so that he’s a little bit of all of them.
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and HIS DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED : and all the world wondered after the beast … which had the wound by a sword ‚ and did live .” (13:3‚14)
There are seven heads & we have already named them, & according to this, he is the last head. But one of these heads is wounded, like it’s wounded to death. “And his deadly wound was healed: & all the World wondered after the Beast.” Now the heads are what? Great World powers. Except that this head, though it was wounded & should have died, revived! His deadly wound was healed. “And all the World wondered after the Beast.”
NOW WHICH ONE OF THESE GREAT WORLD POWERS HAS DIED, BUT IS GOING TO BE REVIVED IN THE ANTICHRIST EMPIRE OF THE 7TH HEAD? Rome! It’s that simple! Rome was wounded as unto death. Rome is considered to be fallen, right? Big books have been written on the fall of Rome, “The Fall of the Roman Empire” I think was one of Toynbee’s first great books etc., how it fell & why it fell, to whom it fell, etc. God’s Word says, “Wounded unto death & yet did live!” “Deadly wound was healed.”
ROME UNITED MORE OF THE WORLD UNDER ITS EMPIRE THAN ANY OTHER EMPIRE HAS EVER UNITED, & ruled more of the World than any other Empire has ever ruled! So that deadly wound is going to be healed & now it’s going to rule the World again under the Antichrist! So the Antichrist Kingdom is considered a revival of the old Roman Empire. A head that was wounded to death, fallen, died as far as the World was concerned‚ but it’s going to be revived once again in the Antichrist Empire. It will be like the revival of ancient Rome.
“And all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast.” (13:3‚4a) IN WORSHIPPING THIS BEAST THEY MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW IT, BUT THEY’RE WORSHIPPING THE DEVIL . And they said, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (13:4)
They Marvelled!—Were amazed!—Even the people that don’t like him, even the people that maybe hate him! It doesn’t mean that all of them are going to like him or even obey him, but they’re all going to marvel at his power & wonder at his miracles!
In the ways of the world, might is right‚ and WAR IS THE ULTIMATE OF ALL MAN’S ENDEAVORS ; man at his best is man at his worst, which is WAR. THIS GUY IS THE TOP WARMONGER ! And everybody worships him for it.
“THERE WAS GIVEN HIM A MOUTH SPEAKING GREAT THINGS AND BLASPHEMIES .” (13:5a) This description of the AC’s big mouth was also used by Daniel in his various descriptions of the Antichrist. (Dan.7:8,11,20,25; 11:36)
“AND POWER WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM TO CONTINUE FORTY AND TWO MONTHS .” (13:5) Daniel said for “a time and times and the dividing of time .” (Dan.7:25) The Lord couldn’t be any more specific about the length and duration of the Tribulation period. And the main reason is so that we will know it’s only going to last so long and then it will be over. PTL!
Jesus said, speaking of the Tribulation, “Except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but FOR THE ELECTS’ SAKE (OR THE SAINTS)‚ WHOM HE HATH CHOSEN, HE HATH SHORTENED THE DAYS .” (Mk.13:20)—3-1/2 Years and no longer!
“And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God. … And it was given him to make war with the saints , and to overcome them.” (13:6,7) My God! There are so many of these scriptures that sound just like Daniel’s prophecies about this same period. (See Dan.7:21; 8:24; 12:7.) WHY WOULD GOD DEVOTE ALMOST TWO ENTIRE BOOKS, PLUS MULTITUDES OF OTHER PROPHECIES THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE, JUST TO THESE FEW YEARS OF THE ENDTIME? Do you think He doesn’t want us to be deceived along with the rest of the world? Do you think He wants us to be prepared?
SOME OF THE CHURCH THINK THE LORD SHOULD WAFT THEM OFF UPON FLOWERY BEDS OF EASE & ROSES, INTO THE ARMS OF JESUS! —Before the Tribulation & before they have to do any suffering for their faith, before they have to really be tested for their testimony , before they have to really be tried in order to triumph , before they have to have any battles in order to gain a victory ! They hope to be wafted off into Heavenly places, out of their comfortably cushioned pews & organ lullabies & sweet music in their lovely church buildings, right on up into the Heavenlies!—”Preferably, Lord, on Sunday morning, right at the end of the service, when I am really ready & I’ve been to the altar & I’ve made my weekly confession & made everything right & I’m really ready to go!”
WELL, I’M AFRAID THIS FALSE DOCTRINE IS NOT GOING TO GET THEM OUT OF IT! If the Bible doesn’t say so, it ain’t so!—And the Bible says just the opposite ! I don’t care how much you want to get out of the Tribulation, just wanting to doesn’t make it so ! I don’t care how much you logicalise & reason & try to explain why the Church should escape the Tribulation, & use all kinds of hazy generalities to try to prove it, that still doesn’t make it so! What the Bible says is what counts !—That’s what counts!
JESUS HIMSELF, WHEN SPEAKING OF HIS SECOND COMING, SAID, “IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS shall the sun be darkened, & the moon shall not give her light, & the stars shall fall from Heaven, & the powers of the Heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven: & then shall all of the tribes of the Earth mourn, & they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power & great glory! And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, & they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other!” (Mt.24:29-31.) There it is, as plain as day, clear enough for any child to understand: Jesus is coming to rapture or “gather together” his “elect”—which means all of His saved‚ set– apart children who have received Him into their hearts—immediately after the Great Tribulation period!
THE BEAST IS GOING TO OVERCOME THE CHURCH COMPLETELY ‚ AS FAR AS HER TEMPORAL POWER IS CONCERNED —its buildings, organisations and money. And many many will suffer as martyrs. Will you be ready?
EVEN THOUGH THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE ALLOWED TO OVERCOME US PHYSICALLY, obviously destroying the organised temporal power of the Church, he will not & cannot overcome us spiritually ! The Lord says, “And they “—the Church—”overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb , & by the word of their testimony ; & they loved not their lives unto the death!” (Rev.12:11.)— Hallelujah! The only power we’re going to have left will be God’s power, thank the Lord, & I think then we’re going to have the greatest power of the Lord we have ever had!—The greatest outpouring of the power of the Spirit resulting in the greatest witnessing the Church has ever done!
I BELIEVE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TIME OF GREATER POWER EVEN THAN THE EARLY CHURCH , greater manifestations, mightier works, mightier witnessing than has ever been done before! The Gospel is going to be preached in all the World for a witness unto all nations! (Mt.24:14.) “Where iniquity doth abound, grace doth much more abound!” (Rom.5:20.)—And in the World’s darkest hour of greatest iniquity, even then we’re going to supernaturally, miraculously witness & shine brighter than we have ever shone before! “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the Earth‚ & gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee‚ & His glory shall be seen upon thee !” (Is.60:2.)
“AND THEY THAT UNDERSTAND AMONG THE PEOPLE SHALL INSTRUCT MANY .” (Dan.11:33.) Our major job will be to stand up as God’s witnesses before both the Church & the whole World & to explain to them what’s happening & to lead & to encourage & to feed God’s children till the very End! There are going to be so many people streaming & screaming to us for instruction, information, “What’s happening? What’s going to happen next? What shall we do?”—As they cried unto the Apostles of old, “What shall we do to be saved?” (Ac.2:37; 16:30.)
“AND POWER WAS GIVEN HIM OVER ALL KINDREDS (RACES), AND TONGUES (LANGUAGES)‚ AND NATIONS. AND ALL THAT DWELL UPON THE EARTH SHALL WORSHIP HIM ‚ whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (13:7‚8) Do you “dwell upon the earth ” or is your “conversation (life ) in Heaven “? (Ph.3:20) Are you written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? Are you one of the saved whose names are written in Heaven? (LK.10:20) It’s either Jesus or the Devil—take your choice—’cause that’s what it’s gonna come to. “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” (13:9)
The AC is going to be the greatest dictator the world has ever known, but he’ll get his reward, for “he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (13:10) JESUS HIMSELF WILL KILL THE AC WITH HIS SWORD AND HE SHALL TAKE OVER THE EARTH AND WE SHALL REIGN WITH HIM FOREVER . Just keep that in mind when they try to force you to deny your faith!
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb‚ and he spake as a dragon.” (13:11) In Revelation Chapter 19 verse 20, THIS SECOND BEAST IS CALLED THE “FALSE PROPHET.” JUST AS JESUS HAD JOHN THE BAPTIST, SO THE ANTICHRIST WILL HAVE HIS FORERUNNER to “prepare the way of the Devil.”
Now, here’s another mystery coming up! This Beast comes up out of the earth instead of the sea. What’s the difference between the earth & the sea? Now in the typology of this passage, if the water & the seas represent the people, they’re kind of fluid & mobile & volatile & even fickle, but the earth is rather solid & stable. The masses are represented by the seas. What would you say, therefore, that the earth might represent?
To me, this must represent the religious systems, because out of the religious systems comes this false prophet. The people are represented by governmental systems, these seven-headed beasts & all this sort of thing, all these wild animals coming out of the sea in Daniel & in revelation, etc. But here comes a beast out of something more solid, the earth. and I’ll tell you, if anything is more solid than governments‚ & governments come & go, what has kept on going & going & going & has remained? (The religious systems.)
Kings can come & go‚ governments can come & go, but these religions seem to live on forever! They’re more lasting than their governments, more lasting than their kings. That’s why this antichrist system is something so new, so different, at least it looks like it at first, since it has no religion, against all religions but once again, what happens in the long run? He establishes his own religion‚ the last religion, the final religion, a worldwide religion with just one god—him!
This False Prophet just pretends to be a lamb. He has two horns; can that be significant? Now if this lamb represents a religious system, which obviously it does because he espouses the religious system of the Antichrist, he helps the Antichrist establish his religious system, right? So obviously this beast represents a religion or a religious system.
Two major religions joined together in one great religious system worldwide to worship the beast. Two great major religions who join together into one religious system.
Now, what two major religions of the world do you think could be powerful enough & Anti-Christ enough to want to join together to cause the whole world to worship the Antichrist himself & compose his religious system? What two major religions of the world do you think could join together & create the Antichrist’s religion?
(Capitalism & Communism) – You say but communism & capitalism are economic or financial or political systems, aren’t they? – or are they? (Communism is a religion.) It is a religion of anti-religion, it is a faith of anti-faith, it is materialism in the ultimate‚ in the government, totally against religion, other religions. Not its own. They’re against all other religions, but they’re for their own religion, they worship their own religion, they worship their own holy words of the writings of Marx, das kapital, the writings of Lenin, revolutionary methods, & their gods are their leaders!
They worship gods! They make gods out of men & a religion out of communism. It’s just as much a religion as any of the rest of them, & just about as bad!
Oh‚ but not capitalism, of course. (oh, yes!) Oh, it is? Where did you learn that? Where did you hear that? You mean Capitalism is also a religion? What do they worship? (money.) Who is their god? (mammon.) Yes, the Lord epitomises or symbolises it by calling it mammon, who was the god of wealth & things of the ancient world.
Jesus himself said it, He uses that as a symbol. He uses that god that they were familiar with & they knew was the god of wealth & things & possessions, he said, “you cannot serve both mammon & the lord.” (Mat.6:24) in other words, you can’t serve god & the god of mammon as well. And what are the greatest, tallest temples in the world? Those big skycrapers, the tallest buildings in the world, what are they? (The banks!) & office buildings of what religion? ( Capitalism!)—the temples of capitalism, which is just as much a religion as communism!—in fact, far greater, richer, more powerful religions than any other religions on earth! they even have the other religions beating a trail to their doors, laughing all the way to the bank!
So here comes this Devil Beast, this religious system of the antichrist‚ Its false prophet, representing his religion‚ his worldwide religion, his world religion, that everybody must join‚ according to them, or be killed, which exhorts the whole world to worship the beast & his political government & even to worship him as god! In fact, now at last the satanic religions of materialism, both capitalistic & communistic, are suddenly at last fused into one, & politics has become religion & religion has become politics! So finally a false prophet is going to get the capitalists & the communists to unite to worship the beast, the Antichrist.
What else could it be? Since materialism is the greatest religion in the world, virtually worshipped by everybody, & the two horns would represent two divisions or two distinct powers of that kind of religion, the two greatest divisions of materialism are capitalism & communism. So apparently the religious system of materialism is going to finally get together, capitalism & communism are going to get together & point the way to the beast & say to worship him! Isn’t that what it says? Of course, it’s all full of the devil because he has the voice of the Dragon, which shows the Dragon’s inside!
“AND HE EXERCISETH ALL THE POWER OF THE FIRST BEAST BEFORE HIM AND CAUSETH THE EARTH & THEM WHICH DWELL THEREIN TO WORSHIP THE FIRST BEAST WHOSE DEADLY WOUND WAS HEALED.” (13:12)
How was his deadly wound healed? What was the religion of Rome? (Materialism!) What was the religion of babylon? (Materialism!) What was the religion of Egypt, Greece, Medo-Persia, you name it! It was the main religion of all of them! They may have called them by different names & gods & idols & all the rest‚ but their main worship was things – wealth, riches, possessions, powers.
THE DEVIL WENT FROM ONE KINGDOM TO THE OTHER TO POSSESS ITS KING & ITS CAPITALS & ITS EMPIRES in an attempt to continue to rule the World. Every time God would destroy one‚ he’d go to the next one & start over, or continue, and through which the Whore, by sitting on top of the Beast, a ruling position, has controlled the world. (Explained further in Rev 17)
The religion of this world has always been Materialism! Ours is not! – we worship love! God is love! Ours is the only religion, which is love!
Jesus said, “a man’s life consisteth not of the things which he possesseth.” (Luke.12:15). He told us not to worship the things, which are seen. For he said, “the things which are seen are temporal” — temporary, just for time -“but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2cor.4:18). “and the greatest of these is love!” He said‚ “eye hath not seen‚ nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man‚ the things which God hath prepared for them that love him!” (1cor.2:9) and a lot of preachers quote the scripture to say, “that’s why you shouldn’t even try to know anything about the future, shouldn’t even try to know anything about Heaven‚ God says you can’t even know it!” They ignore the very next verse which says what? (“but god hath revealed them to us by his spirit.”) Hallelujah! A revelation of those things which God hath prepared for us, revealing it to us.
“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from Heaven on earth in the sight of men.” And by these miracles which will be done in the name of “Science,” he “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth … saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast.” (13:13-14)
“AND HE HAD POWER TO GIVE LIFE UNTO THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST , that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” (13:15)
THIS IMAGE OR IDOL OF THE BEAST WAS CALLED BY DANIEL THE “ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION ‚” which in the middle of the last week (7 years) would be set up in a temple which is yet to be built by the Jews in Jerusalem on Mt. Moriah where the Dome of the Rock now stands. IT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE SOME KIND OF SUPER COMPUTER !!
And Jesus said When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. Mat.24:15,21
NEARLY EVERY PROPHET OF GOD WHO EVER WROTE A WORD IN THIS BOOK TALKED ABOUT THAT LAST ENDTIME OF GREAT SORROW & GREAT TRIBULATION, great trouble, great turmoil, great suffering, the World’s worst in all of its History!—Which will occur very soon! The Bible is very specific about it & even tells us exactly how long this Tribulation period will last! —It tells us that it will be 3-1/2 years, 42 months, or 1260 days! (Dan.7:25; 9:27; 12:7; Rev.11:2,3; 12:6,14; 13:5).
AS THE WORLD SLIPS INTO THIS NEW DARK AGE OF ANTI-CHRIST‚ ANTI-GOD SAVAGERY, if we, as Christians, do not hole up in the “catacombs” beneath “Rome” so to speak, we’re not going to survive! We will have to go underground ! The time of suffering & persecution under the Roman Empire during the early days of the Church was very similar to what will happen under the coming Antichrist Empire, because Rome was also very anti-Christ. So if you want to know what it’s going to be like under the Antichrist, just read the stories & accounts of the Early Church under the anti-Christ Roman Empire.
THIS BEAST‚ IMAGE–IDOL HAS THE KNOWLEDGE OF EVERYTHING MAN HAS EVER LEARNED & EVER KNOWN! In other words, he will be the smartest creature on Earth, the smartest creation of man that man ever made. And because man has now made an idol, an image, which is smarter than he is himself, man has made his own god & he will fall down & worship it & worship the works of his hands‚ a new scientific idol that he will worship as God & call God & obey as his God & which the Devil, Satan himself, will be able to bring to life, actual spiritual life by his demonic forces!
HE WILL BE ABLE TO CONTROL THIS IMAGE & GIVE IT ACTUAL LIFE, spirit, by spiritual powers & spiritual forces‚ to operate it & cause it to command that everyone who refuses to worship it will be killed by the Antichrist forces of the Devil-man.
NO MATTER HOW “INTELLIGENT” THESE COMPUTERS ARE, THE ONE THING THEY LACK, IN A SENSE, IS A SOUL, A CONSCIOUS SPIRIT. But the Image of the Beast‚ which I’m convinced will be some kind of super–computer , will actually be demonically inspired to where it actually does have demon intelligence , more than just what man has programmed it with & fed into it.— So that it will be a real wonder , & will really be worshipped ! It will be the ultimate in idolatry: Man worshipping the crowning creation of his own hands!
It says that THE FALSE PROPHET “CAUSETH ALL , BOTH SMALL AND GREAT, RICH AND POOR, FREE AND BOND TO RECEIVE A MARK IN THEIR RIGHT HAND, OR IN THEIR FOREHEADS ” (13:16)
The time is soon coming when paper money will no longer be used as a medium of exchange! The money medium of exchange will be replaced by a very remarkable credit system in which every person in the world who belongs to the Antichrist regime will bear a credit number, without which he can neither buy nor sell, and by which he is accredited in his governmental account with the value of whatever goods or services he produces, to which he can charge the goods and services that he himself needs. Men will no longer buy nor sell with money as a means of exchange, but with a number, a number which will be given them permanently, without any possibility of counterfeit, change, manipulation or forgery, because it will be branded on each person: “a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads.” Every man will have his own number, every member of the world system will be branded or tattooed with the mark of the beast like cattle for the slaughter, and will be forced to worship the beast and his image or be killed! The false prophet will use this mark as a means to force people to worship the Antichrist. One can only imagine the pressures of having to own a mark in order to ensure the necessary food for his family.
For millennia, what John described as this new way of buying and selling, essentially conducting commerce, seemed fanciful. It is the amazing technological advances of recent years that have made this all sound possible.
THIS IMAGE OF THE BEAST WILL DEFINITELY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE MONEY SYSTEM, EVEN IF IT IS A NEW MONEY SYSTEM, “for the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1Tim.6:10) Money (or credit systems like this one will be) is made by the government and it really represents the power of the beast (king or government). As Jesus said, “Shew me a PENNY . Whose IMAGE and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s .” (Lk.20:24) And Caesar was the BEAST of his day , the sixth head of the seven-headed Beast.
“HERE IS WISDOM. LET HIM THAT HATH UNDERSTANDING COUNT THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST: for it is the number of a man; & his number is Six hundred threescore & six.” (13:18)
Credit card numbers, bank card numbers‚ these identification card numbers, these Social Security card numbers, all of these things, what are they?—The numbers of what? (A man.)—The number of a person, a man! “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast: For it is the number of a man; & his number is Six hundred three score & six.” The preachers always told us before that what that meant was the Antichrist’s number. Well, it is his number, but now we begin to understand how men can be numbered. It is the number of a man. It is the number of the Antichrist that he puts on each man.
AND WHAT IS THIS MARK? HE TELLS YOU IT IS THE MARK OR THE NAME OF THE BEAST OR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME. Those may be three different things or they may be one & the same thing. Even if it’s a number‚ it’s still the Mark of the Beast. And even if it’s related to his name, it’s his brand, the same as his name‚ & it shows you’re one of his if you take it. So it’s all three even if it’s only a number—the Mark, the name of the Beast, & the number of his name. So the Mark, even if it’s a number, is still the name of the Beast, it’s branding you with his name by the fact that you’ve even got the number.
SO, IT’S THE NUMBER OF A MAN, WHAT MAN?—THE NUMBER OF THE ANTICHRIST! Think of that! It is this very name of “blasphemy” that the false prophet deceives the whole world into receiving into their right hand or into their forehead. [The big question we all have to ask ourselves is this: Do we want the very name of the Antichrist under our skin or even placed into our forehead? There is much talk these days of receiving a chip under our skin but which is worse, the very name of blasphemy or the chip? The sad fact is is that these two are one and the same, they are the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name and they are the name of blasphemy, gift wrapped in modern technology and numerology!] Commentary by Simple Truth see article
WHEN THE AWESOME, APOCALYPTIC, EARTHSHAKING EVENTS DESCRIBED IN THIS CHAPTER SOON BEGIN TO UNFOLD‚ WILL YOU BE READY? Will you know what to do? Will you be prepared to survive‚ & will you know how to help others to do so, as well as continue to worship God & encourage others in the Faith during days not unlike those of the Catacombs Church of martyrs under Roman persecution?
ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE THE SEAL OF GOD IN THEIR FOREHEADS, His Own children, the true believers who have the genuine Jesus in their hearts, will be hidden & spared by the miracles of God until the Coming of Christ, when they will join Him in the air!—The only way out will be up !—And the only ones saved will be us!—All those who have had the supernatural, regenerative rebirth of the Spirit of God’s Love in Jesus, being born again by accepting Him into their hearts!
CHAPTER 14 THE RAPTURE
THIS CHAPTER BRINGS US TO THE END OF THE TRIBULATION AND THE GREAT CONCLUSION OF ALL HISTORY , the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture and Resurrection of the Church. “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.” (14:1)
When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God,” (Jn.1:29) so THIS LAMB IS JESUS AND THESE 144‚000 ARE THE SAME ONES WE SAW BACK IN CHAPTER 7 WHO WERE BEING SEALED IN THEIR FOREHEADS to go through the Tribulation. They are God’s mountain men who have climbed the “hill of God—MT. ZION”—a mountain of spiritual victory over the world.
“And I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.” (14:2) “AND THEY SUNG AS IT WERE A NEW SONG ” which only they could sing. (14:3) David said he sang a “new song … even praise unto our God .” (Ps.40:3) The old church of today really is singing only to itself , worshipping itself and its own religious ceremonies, not God. But GOD’S NEW, YOUNG BRIDE IS GOING OUT SINGING UNTO GOD , and about His kind of religion and His judgments that are soon to fall.
THESE 144,000 “ARE THEY WHICH WERE NOT DEFILED WITH WOMEN “—THE WOMEN OF REV.17 , THE GREAT CITY SYSTEM OF IDOLATRY‚ THE ‘ WHORE ‘ AND HER HARLOTS —”for they are virgins (separated only unto the Lord, utterly dedicated to Him—His virgins, His Bride, pure in Spirit.)” This is all spiritual, not physical. “These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.” (14:4)
“THESE WERE REDEEMED FROM AMONG MEN , being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (14:4) This doesn’t mean they are raptured first, but that they are SEPARATED FROM AND ABOVE ALL THE REST . “And in their mouth was found no guile”—no traditional false doctrines—”for they are without fault before the throne of God,” perfect by His Grace in the eyes of God before His throne. (14:5)
Jesus said, “THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE PREACHED IN ALL THE WORLD FOR A WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS : and then shall the end come.” (Mt.24:14) And in this Chapter, still talking of the Tribulation, John says, “I SAW ANOTHER ANGEL FLY IN THE MIDST OF HEAVEN, HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL TO PREACH UNTO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH‚ AND TO EVERY NATION , and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (14:6)
This same angel proclaimed “with a loud voice‚ Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven , and earth , and the sea , and the fountains of waters .” (14:7)
What is the Earth worshipping these Last Days instead of God the Creator? They are worshipping man himself and the creation! By following the false, damnable, devilish lie of evolution, Darwin’s fairy tale of self-determination or natural selection, which literally means you can have a part in your own creation and decide what you’re going to be‚ they are actually saying that the creation made itself, man made himself , therefore man is God. TODAY’S RELIGION IS A RELIGION OF MAN WORSHIP AND OF THE CREATION ITSELF as embodied in “science falsely so called,” (1Tim.6:20)
A LOGICAL MIND LOOKS AT A MACHINE AND KNOWS THERE HAS TO BE A MACHINIST BEHIND IT . A logical mind looks at a watch and knows there has to be a watchmaker. But stupid idiots look at creation which is a billion times more complex a machine than anything ever invented by man, and they say it just made itself. FOOLS! “THE FOOL HATH SAID IN HIS HEART, THERE IS NO GOD . They are corrupt, they have done abominable works .” (Ps.14:1)
They say‚ “God is dead”—worship science. “God is dead”—we control our destiny‚ so abort your baby. “God is dead”—worship your automobile, your home and television set (Computer). “Do your own thing.” BUT THE LAST MESSAGE TO THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE ” FEAR GOD , AND GIVE GLORY TO HIM ; FOR THE HOUR OF HIS JUDGMENT IS COME : and worship Him that made Heaven‚ and Earth, and the sea, the fountains of waters.” (14:7)
“And there followed another angel, saying‚ BABYLON IS FALLEN , IS FALLEN , that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (14:8) Babylon, the worldwide city of merchant materialism that has corrupted the earth, is fallen. What kind of fall is it? Babylon’s total physical destruction happens, as described in Chapter 18, during the Wrath of God.
PARTS OF BABYLON WILL FALL PHYSICALLY BEFORE THAT FOR SURE, BUT THIS IS MAINLY TALKING ABOUT BABYLON’S FALL TO TOTAL DECADENCE AND DEPRAVITY. —This is its total spiritual fall.
THERE ARE NOW MANY CHRISTIANS WHO AT THE MOMENT ARE IGNORANTLY TRAPPED IN THIS FALSE SYSTEM—BUT THEY WILL SOON HAVE TO COME OUT—OR STAY IN IT AND RECEIVE THE MARK OF THE BEAST . Because soon all the false religious systems from banks to churches will be totally cooperating with the Anti-Christ government—even as they are already beginning to do now. If a person is a true Christian, he’s going to have to drop out! Sooner or later they are going to have to get out of the System.
IF THEY DON’T DROP OUT, THEY ARE NOT CHRIST’S AND THEY WILL BE ON THE RECEIVING END OF THE THIRD ANGEL’S MESSAGE . “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the Wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels‚ and in the presence of the Lamb.” (14:9,10)
“AND THE SMOKE OF THEIR TORMENT ASCENDETH UP FOR EVER AND EVER; AND THEY HAVE NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT, WHO WORSHIP THE BEAST AND HIS IMAGE , and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (14:11) Whew! How about that? The followers of the beast are really gonna get it, the Wrath of God, and Hell-fire!
BY THIS TIME THE ANTICHRIST HAS DECLARED HIMSELF AS GOD & he has DESTROYED the great Capitalistic Commercial System of the World & all other religions as well, & set himself up as god, so Babylon is fallen! By this time he’s insisted that all mankind take the Mark of his Bestial Image in their foreheads & hands, & everyone who does will be DAMNED! And of course the true Christians‚ the true believers in God will NOT accept that Mark because they already have the invisible Mark of God in their foreheads—faith in Jesus Christ! And those people who have the Mark of the Beast will be damned in torment, it says forever & ever! Well, we’ll go into exactly how long that means later, but it means for an Age & for Ages & so on.
“Here is the patience of the saints” (14:12) we know what God is going to do to all who receive the mark, therefore we can endure everything they give us for not taking it.
“And I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, Write, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD FROM HENCEFORTH (must be going to be a lot of martyrs at that time.): Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” (14:13) What is death to the Christian? To die, as Paul said‚ is “to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2Cor.5:8) When we die we go to be with Jesus and we’ll get our reward. DEATH IS OUR GRADUATION—IT’S SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, NOT SOMETHING TO FEAR .
Now we come to the most outstanding event of the whole Chapter. “And I looked, and behold a white cloud , and upon the cloud , one sat like unto the Son of man (Jesus), having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud (Jesus), THRUST IN THY SICKLE (TALKING TO JESUS NOW), AND REAP: FOR THE TIME IS COME FOR THEE TO REAP; FOR THE HARVEST OF THE EARTH IS RIPE , And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.” (14:14-16)
Just a few related scriptures immediately show us what the harvest is. “THE HARVEST IS THE END OF THE WORLD ; AND THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS .” (Mt.13:39) “And then they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds . … And then shall He send His angels (the sickle?), and shall gather together His elect from the four winds‚ from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of Heaven.” (Mk.13:26,27)
WHAT BETTER CAN THIS BE THAN THE GREAT GATHERING AND RESURRECTION!
JUST AT THE HOUR WHEN THE FIENDISH ANTICHRIST THINKS HE HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL —at last he’s worshipped by the whole World & he “sitteth in the Temple of God, as God, shewing himself that he is God” (2Th.2:4)—suddenly at the end of the last 7 years—BOOM! —like a bolt from the blue, something happens!—Jesus comes & snatches all of His children out of this World!—All believers, all those who refused the Mark of the Beast in either their forehead or their hand & refused to worship him, but preferred to love & live & even die for Jesus!
JUST AFTER THAT DARKEST HOUR IN WORLD HISTORY, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE BRIGHTEST DAWN! The brightest dawn comes after the darkest night, & Jesus is going to come back & rescue His Own‚ His children, His Church, His people, everyone who loves Him & knows Him & has Jesus in their hearts‚ who believe He is the Son of God, the Messiah.
WHEN THAT IMAGE OF THE HORRIBLE BEAST, THE ANTICHRIST, IS SET UP THERE IN THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM, IN THE MIDST OF THAT SEVEN YEAR COVENANT PERIOD WITH THE JEWS, then will begin the Great Tribulation period for which His Word gives us the exact 3–1/2 year length over & over again in so many different ways that you cannot possibly misunderstand it!—3-1/2 years (Dan.7:25;9:27; 12:7; Rev.12:14), 42 months (Rev.11:2;13:5), 1,260 days (Rev.11:3; 12:6) & many other places. It is repeated so many times in so many different ways—days‚ months & years—so that you will know exactly how long it’s going to last!
JESUS WARNED US NOT TO EXPECT HIS RETURN ANY SOONER THAN HAS BEEN PREDICTED . He also warned that there will be many false Christs & false prophets who will try to deceive people into thinking either that they are Christ or that Christ is coming nearby somewhere, that He is here or there.—”If any man shall say unto you, Lo‚ here is Christ, or there; believe it not . For there shall arise false Christs, & false prophets, & shall shew great signs & wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Mt.24:23,24.)
“WHEREFORE IF THEY SHALL SAY UNTO YOU, BEHOLD, HE IS IN THE DESERT; GO NOT FORTH: BEHOLD, HE IS IN THE SECRET CHAMBERS; BELIEVE IT NOT .” (Mt.24:26.) He says, “Don’t believe any of them, because when I come you’ll know it!” The sky will light up like permanent lightning from one end to the other, & there will be such a sign in the Heavens that you couldn’t possibly mistake the fact that Jesus is coming!—
“FOR AS THE LIGHTNING COMETH OUT OF THE EAST, & SHINETH EVEN UNTO THE WEST; SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE !” (Mt.24:27.) He says there’s going to be light shining from the East to the West in the sky like lightning! You’ve seen it when the whole sky lights up with lightning? Well, that’s just a flash in the pan, a flash in the sky! The whole sky’s going to light up & stay lit when Jesus comes, while we’re gathered up to meet Him in the air!—And the whole World is going to watch it!
“FOR WHERESOEVER THE CARCASE IS, THERE WILL THE EAGLES BE GATHERED TOGETHER.” (Mt.24:28.) Now, that’s a strange thing, what does this mean about a carcase & eagles‚ vultures?—He’s speaking in cryptic‚ very puzzling language, saying, “Wherever the Body is, there are those going to be that feed on Christ !”—A rather unsavoury comparison that we‚ like vultures, feed upon the body of Christ, but He said, “Except you eat of My flesh & drink of My blood ‚ you’re not going to have any part in Me.” (Jn.6:53-58.) So here He’s speaking of our gathering together or Rapture unto Him.
“IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS shall the sun be darkened , & the moon shall not give her light, & the stars shall fall from Heaven, & the powers of the Heavens shall be shaken : And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: & then shall all of the tribes of the Earth mourn ‚ & they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power & great glory ! And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet , & they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other!” (Mt.24:29-31.)
WHEN JESUS COMES, A GREAT WONDERFUL MIRACLE TAKES PLACE—THE RESURRECTION! All of those who belong to Him, all the saved‚ will then have a glorious & beautiful & wonderful Resurrection!—Either from the dead or translated, instantly changed & raised from the very face of the Earth, from the living!
MANY MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT THE SCRIPTURES HIS RETURN & OUR CONSEQUENT RESURRECTION IS SPOKEN OF IN BOTH THE OLD & NEW TESTAMENTS! Many times we’re told in various ways of this great, apocalyptic event! And although the word “Rapture” itself is not to be found in the Scriptures, it is a handy little word because it sums up what we’re talking about, which might otherwise take a little time to explain. So when we use the term “Rapture”, it includes the coming of the Lord in the clouds, the sounding of the Trumpet, the dead being raised, the living saved being translated, & all of us being gathered together to be with the Lord, etc.—This is all part of the Rapture .
THE APOSTLE PAUL GIVES US A VERY REVELATORY INSIGHT INTO THIS MARVELLOUS EVENT IN 1ST THESSALONIANS, CHAPTER 4: “I would not have you to be ignorant , Brethren, concerning them which are asleep , that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” (1Th.4:13.) He says‚ “I don’t want you guys to be so dumb that you don’t know what’s going to happen when Jesus comes! I don’t want you to be so dumb about death that you don’t realise there’s going to be a resurrection!”
“FOR IF WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED & ROSE AGAIN, EVEN SO THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM.” (1Th.4:14.) What is he talking about when he says those who are asleep in Jesus?—It’s an oft–used expression & it means “the dead in Christ”‚ as explained in verse 16 of this same Chapter—those who have died in the Lord, born-again Christians who have already gone on to be with Jesus. All of our dear loved ones who have departed from this life are already with the Lord! Their bodies , you might say, are asleep & have gone back to dust if they’ve been there long enough. But they themselves‚ their spirits , are not sleeping in the grave.—They’re with Jesus ! —”For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord !” (2Co.5:8.) They’ve “departed to be with Christ, which is far better !” (Ph.1:23.)
“FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT, with the voice of the archangel , & with the trump of God! And the dead in Christ shall rise first !”—We’re not going to rise before them or go before them, they’re going to rise first! We who are still alive are probably going to watch the resurrection of the dead! “Then we which are alive & remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air!” (1Th.4:16,17.)—In other words, we’ve got to wait for our departed brethren to be pulled out of their graves before we get to go up, we don’t get a head start on them! Then once we’re all together, we’ll all rise together to meet Him in the air!—Wow ! What an occasion!
WITH ONE SUDDEN, SUPERNATURAL, MIRACULOUS, MIGHTY STROKE OF GOD, HE WAVES HIS WAND OF POWER & PRESTO! —We who are alive will be changed !—Translated & raised incorruptible, to meet the Lord in the air! People talk about the thrill of skydiving!—Well, you’re not just going to fall or sail down, you’re going to sail up ! Your body will be changed right on the spot, from a body that’s merely alive to a body that’s going to live forever !
“BEHOLD, I SHOW YOU A MYSTERY; WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP” —we’re not all going to die in the Lord, some of us are still going to be alive when the Lord comes—”but we shall all be changed !” (1Co.15:51.) He says it’s a mystery since it’s pretty hard to understand & explain, because how can you explain that an old corrupt rotten body that’s been in the grave for hundreds or even thousands of years is going to come to life & be perfectly whole & even better than it was before?
“WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE” —as quick as you can bat your eye, as quick as you can wink or blink your eye! When?—”At the last trump “— there’s that trumpet again! “For the trumpet shall sound‚ & the dead shall be raised incorruptible, & we shall be changed !” (1Co.15:52.)
“FOR THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION, & THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY.” (1Co.15:53.)—We’ll still be the same , it’s still going to be you ‚ but there’s going to be a big difference ! Somehow through a miracle, God is going to do for our bodies even as He did for Jesus .—Of course Jesus wasn’t dead for near as long as many people have been. “He shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body‚ according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.” (Ph.3:21.)
Multitudes of you are going to survive right until the very coming of the Lord, otherwise there wouldn’t be anybody left to rapture! So there are going to be many people still functioning for the Lord & surviving & living by faith & preaching the Gospel!— Without the Antichrist & his God-damned Mark of the Beast!!
THE DEVIL CAN’T GET US ALL!—”THEY CAN’T STOP OUR RAIN!”
“WATCH THEREFORE: FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT THE SON OF MAN COMETH !” (Mt.24:42,44.) You wouldn’t want to be left behind, would you?—When Jesus comes to rescue His children, His Own, out of this World & all of its horrors & terrors & reign of terror of the Antichrist & Tribulation? You don’t want to be left here to go through the following horrible plagues & Wrath of God upon the wicked & Armageddon & Hell thereafter!
If you follow the order of events, then IMMEDIATELY AFTER THIS GATHERING OF THE SAINTS WOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW THE JUDGMENT (Rom.14:10,12; 2Co.5:10.) AND THE WRATH OF GOD UPON THE WICKED LEFT BEHIND . Does it? Just read and see! “And another angel came out of the temple which is in Heaven‚ he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.” (14:17,18)
“AND THE ANGEL THRUST IN HIS SICKLE INTO THE EARTH, AND GATHERED THE VINE OF THE EARTH (notice it doesn’t call this the harvest, but the vine), and cast it into the great wine press of the WRATH OF GOD .” (14:19)
THE PROPHET JOEL ALSO FORESAW THIS GATHERING OF THE WICKED to be cast into the winepress of God’s Great Wrath when he prophesied: “The Lord shall utter His voice before His army.”—Us!—His Heavenly hosts, charging down from the sky with Him at the great battle of Armageddon! (Rev 19) —”For His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His Word: for the Day of the Lord is great & very terrible; & who can abide it? Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war‚ wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords‚ & your pruninghooks into spears. Assemble yourselves, & come, all ye heathen‚ & gather yourselves together round about.” (Joel 2:11;3:9–11.)
“PUT YE IN THE SICKLE, FOR THE HARVEST IS RIPE: COME GET YOU DOWN; FOR THE PRESS IS FULL, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision!” (Joel 3:13,14.)
THE CHURCH MAY SUFFER A LITTLE TRIBULATION , a little spanking from the Lord once in a while, BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH THE WRATH OF GOD . “For God hath not appointed us to wrath .” (1Th.5:9) Only the wicked, only those who have totally rejected Jesus and have been persecuting His Prophets, are reserved for this fate.
“AND THE ANGEL THRUST IN HIS SICKLE, … AND GATHERED THE VINE OF THE EARTH ; and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (14:19,20) Whew! That’s some Wrath. 1600 furlongs—do you know how far that is? Over two hundred miles! the length of Israel, A RIVER OF BLOOD 200 MILES LONG ! Think of it!! Whether you think it’s symbolic or not, it certainly is talking about a horrible slaughter.
IN THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS 15–22 , which we’ll study in our next section‚ we will get a detailed description of this period—where the WRATH OF GOD IS POURED OUT UPON THE WICKED, THE MOST HORRIBLE THINGS YOU COULD EVER READ ABOUT IN ALL HISTORY !
So that’s the middle section of Revelation. Isn’t it amazing how John could have predicted all this—the great atomic war and one world government, etc.? Any honest thinking person can see it coming now—but John saw it 1900 YEARS ago! Just shows you that IT HAD TO BE GOD SPEAKING, AND NOT JUST JOHN.
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