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The Premature Rapture Heresy

This is an open letter that expresses enormous concerns about the rapture misinterpretations within the eschatology (end times) prophesied within the written Word of God. 

If any man has an ear, let him hear,
He that leads into captivity shall be taken into captivity.

(See Revelation 13:9-10.)

Job, in lamenting his trials of faith, speaks of the days of a man, as being full of trouble; but these current days may be presenting extraordinary times of unprecedented trouble for the whole world.  None of us like pain, and normally, for the sake of our self-preservation, mankind would seek a way to avoid any kind of suffering, myself included.  Generally, our ears of flesh are wide open to any words that would direct us to safety along with the promise that takes us out of the way of any potential harm.  The Christian is no exception in wanting to avoid affliction to the flesh and to the psyche of our humanity.  Unfortunately the scriptures that we rely upon in faith, can be taken out of context, as men fabricate a way in the mind of human flesh to escape the inevitable sufferings in this world that lies in the darkness of sin and death.  But, the redeemed believer is not to be of the darkness, but are to be children of Light.  As children of Light we are not to be caught off guard, as we see the dark days of sin's returning judgment coming like a flood. (See Luke 21:33-35.) Our foundation of faith is set in the unfailing Words of Jesus, the Christ of Almighty God; For God's Incarnate Savior of the World confirms His Word of Truth: These things I have spoken unto you that in Me, you might have peace.  In the world you shall have tribulation: But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (See John 16:33 in conjunction with John 16:4-15.) The tribulation of the world is the result of the violence of sin, but the Savior of man kind has totally over come man's violence in the world.

Now, this letter is definitely a contrarian exegesis to a premature rapture.  We will attempt to use the line upon line of scripture that will present simple and logical arguments against the false pre-tribulation rapture doctrine of vain men.  What this written rebuttal might be lacking in the fullness of exegesis, then you can find on the internet, other Christians, who have expressed their own deep concerns about the current pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.  The advocates, of the twisted rapture lie being perpetuated today, have made themselves accountable to the many people that they have deceived with their self serving heresies. The Almighty God of TRUTH will be the final Judge.  (See Revelation 13:10.) The pre-mature rapture event, as conceived in the prideful heart of the self centered man of the flesh, will not deliver the listener from the current and inevitable consequences of sin's accumulated wrath that will envelope this world.   When the rapture escape that the false prophets have prophesied as the Word of God, does not take place as they have pitched, then what becomes of their faith and the faith of the many of their deceived listeners. 

Apologetic Rapture Menu

This is a short course in the Scripture's own rebuttal to a premature rapture, please click on the red numbers in the menu that are associated with the many proof points in the Word of God that should dispel any thoughts on an early rapture.

0.  Introduction:  With Corrie Ten Boom's Strong Denunciation of the early rapture.
1. The Testimony of Jesus Christ
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The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
3.
 The Seven Churches of Revelation
4.  Chapter Four and Five of Revelation:  Confusion with heresies.
5.  The First Four Seals
6.  The Fifth Seal
7.  The Great Falling Away:  Apostasy Will Occur First, Before the Rapture of the people of God takes place in the end of days.
8.  The Sixth Seal
9.  The Seventh Seal
10. History in a Capsule of Time.
        10a.  Woman Clothed with the Sun
11.  The Trumpet Blasts:  The Sounding of the seven Trumpets, are God's final warning calls for repentance.
       11a. Fifth Trumpet Blast, The First Woe:  
       11b  Sixth Trumpet Blast, The Second Woe:
              The Great Tribulation, should be understood to be Satan's tribulation wrath of 42 months.
12. Seventh Trumpet Blast
       12a. The Third Woe
13.  The Abomination of Desolation:  The Man of Sin will be revealed before the Great Day of the Lord.
14.  Revelation of Mystery Babylon
15. Seven Vial Judgments: The last day is the One Great Day of God's Wrath against the wicked.
16. The Parable of the Tares and Wheat.
17. The Lord's Warning: Be on Guard
18. Salvation and Sanctification.

 

Introduction

Please consider the following prophetic Words that were spoken by Isaiah to the people of Israel: Now, go, write it on a tablet before them and inscribe it on a scroll: So that it may serve in the time to come as a witness [against them] forevermore.  For this is a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who refuse to listen to the Law and Instruction of the Lord;  who say to the seers: “You must not see visions from God”; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right! Speak to us pleasant things and smooth words.  Prophesy [deceitful] illusions [that we will enjoy]. (See Isaiah 30 verses 8 thru 14.)

So Yes, the deceived of today beckon to the seers and prophets of vanity! Tell us only the smooth and pleasant things that we want to hear, such as our deserved safety and security, accompanied with prosperity and the accumulation of riches of the world.  Do not speak of the hard stuff, such as the suffering of the flesh with the denial of our self will, for our redeemed souls hearken unto the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, and faithfully follow in His Footsteps and His Way of the Cross.

Corrie Ten Boom Writes in 1974:

"There are some among us, teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days.  Most of them have little knowledge of what is already going on across the world. I have been in countries where the saints are already suffering terrible persecution.

In China, the Christians were told, "Don't worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured." Then came a terrible persecution.  Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly:

"We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution, rather than telling them Jesus would come first. Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, how to stand when the tribulation comes, .. to stand and not faint."

I feel I have a divine mandate to go and tell the people of this world that it is possible to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are in training for the tribulation, but more than sixty percent of the Body of Christ across the world has already entered into the tribulation. There is no way to escape it.
We are next."

Most of the early rapture teachers focus on Paul's two letters to the Thessalonians, while disregarding the Prophetic Words of our Lord Jesus Christ that are scripted in all of the synoptic Gospels.  If you rightly evaluate Christ's Eternal Words of Truth founded in Matthew 24, and then compare them with the written letters of Paul in 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, then you will understand that there is absolutely no conflict with the Spirit of the Word of Holy God.  Paul, when he says: "Be followers of me even as I follow Christ", is not a man who would contradict his Master's Eternal Word of Truth, for Christ Jesus is the TRUTH.  Heaven and earth would pass away before My Word should pass(See Mark 13:30-32.) Paul's understanding wasn't instantaneous, as if he himself had now become the Word of God that is without fault. (See Romans 7:24-25.) Even though God had a very special call on Paul's life, Paul, in his humanity, was like all of us, and was dependent upon the Rhema Word of God, leaving him subject to God's Holy Spirit, Who would reprove him of his own misunderstandings.   Paul, as an ambassador of Christ, was growing in the Spiritual Wisdom of God on a daily basis, for Holy God's Spirit of Grace would bring corrections to the errors that were yet in Paul's mind of flesh

Part of Paul's mindset and those of the early Christian followers were originally centered in what they perceived as the soon return of the Lord. The following words of Paul to the Corinthians could possess just such a meaning:  But this I say, brethren, the time is short: It (time) remains, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; (See 1st Corinthians 7:29-31.)  The Corinthian's misunderstanding of the soon return of Jesus Christ created fearful minds within many of the Christians of Paul's troublesome days. 

After Paul's correction in time, through God's Spirit of Truth, then Paul's letters to the Thessalonians were conveying a clearer understanding of the Word's of Jesus Christ, and of the great tribulation period at the close of time.  In fact, Satan's wrathful violence of sin and death would precede God's calling away of the remnant of His redeemed people.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of Salvation.  For God has not appointed us to [His] wrath, but to obtain Salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we are awake or sleep, we should live together with Him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do. (1st Thessalonians 5:8-11.)

There are those, when looking to justify their false position, fail to follow the crux of the Scripture passages, for in their anemic spiritual minds they parrot the fabrications of others: "See God has not appointed us to wrath, He will rapture us before all trouble".  (See 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18.) If Salvation has come to the soul of the believer, then the redeemed of the Lord shall not experience the Day of God's Wrath, for this is the Day when the wicked will be separated from Holy God for ever.  As we shall come to understand, it is Satan's wrath intertwined in his wickedness that is the violent force that creates the Great Tribulation, and this time of great trouble, will occur before the Great Day of God Almighty, when His Holy Wrath will Judge all of the wicked.

The reader would do well to consider all things in this treatise, too better understand this difficult subject.  Paul, in the spirit of his teaching, was using the Gospel Words of his Master Jesus Christ again, to remind and comfort God's people of his time.  During the trials of those days, and the time that would follow, there would be many other terrible events, which must take place before that Great Day of the Lord's judgment.  In that time, the persecution of the Jews, and of Christianity would continue into the very last days, when the  rebellious wrath of Satan would intensify on the earth with the catastrophic violence of sin and death, like it had never been since the beginning of time. 

With a few reservations in the timing of events, we have paralleled Paul's writings in 1st and 2nd Thessalonians and other scriptures to coincide with Matthew's Gospel (MG) with the prophetic Words ascribed to Christ Jesus.  The Son of the Eternal Power of the universe, states with all Authority: Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. (See Matthew, Mark and Luke.) From the beginning of Man's fall in the Garden of Eden, the earthly mind of man kind is subject to the bondage imposed by the master of sin, who challenges the authority of the Word of God, and so it is today.

A word to the wise from the words of Agur the son of Jakeh:  Every Word of God is pure: He is a Shield unto them that put their trust in Him.  Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6.)

The following apologetics begin with its focus on the Words of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, and will be in concert with Paul's compliant writings to the Thessalonians.  We have also inserted some other warnings of the prophets of God, in concert with John's Book of Revelation.  Revelation is a difficult writing to decipher, and we fully realize that, as of yet, we may lack a clear vision into the Wisdom of God.  In our attempt to steady our position of understanding of prophetic events in the world, we may possibly overreach and hit a few speculative shots out of bounds.  We will definitely try to stay on course and eliminate the woods of speculation that makes it difficult to remain on a timely tract, which leads to the Truth's final destination.

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 The Testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy.

Matthew 24 verse 1 thru 3

MG 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show Him the buildings of the temple.
MG 2 And Jesus said unto them, Do you not see all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not
         be thrown down.

MG 3 
And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the
        sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?

[The Gospel of Luke also records the same event as the disciples of Christ in their questioning of Jesus, asking, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? (See Luke 21:5-9.)]

Warning Signs: In Luke 21 verse 25 thru 27, Jesus tells his disciples specifically of the warning signs that take place during those beginning days of woe.  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, (Note: Within the last 70 year period there have been 3 Tetrads of blood moons and solar eclipses) and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring(See prophetic warning Tsunami Dream) Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: For the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.)

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 The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Apostle John, being held captive in the Isle of Patmos, sends his greeting to the 7 churches of Asia:

Grace be unto you, and peace from Him, Which is, Which was, Which is to come, and from the seven spirits, which are before His throne. And from Jesus Christ, Who is the Faithful Witness, Being the First Begotten from the dead.
Behold, He (Christ Jesus) comes with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and also those which pierced Him. I AM the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, Declares the Lord, Which is, Which was, and Which is to come. The Almighty.

The Almighty Father God and Jesus Christ are One.

Then John writes: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day"; 

The Lord's Day is His Sabbath day of rest, for the Creator of the universe rested on the seventh day, which is normally the 7th day of the week. However, of great significance, there are special Sabbath's of the Lord.  With a little spiritual logic, we will understand that John is in the Spirit on a special Sabbath Day that belongs to the Lord forever. This Day would appear to be the High Holy Day of Rosa Shana. Witness the proof of the Word of God: Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month (Tishrei), in the first day of the month,  you shall have a Sabbath, a Memorial of blowing of trumpets, a Holy Convocation. (Leviticus 23:24.) Besides the normal weekly Sabbath days that occurs on the last day of the week, the Seventh Month of Tishrei, has 4 additional Sabbaths which are High Holy days, and are set-aside by the Lord that are to be perpetually celebrated.  (Leviticus 23:38-39.)

Sabbath Feasts of Tishrei

Also on the 10th day of the Seventh Month shall b a Holy Convocation unto you and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23:27.)

Speak unto the children of Israel saying: The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord. On the first day shall be a Sacred Assembly: You shall do no servile work on that day. Seven days you shall offer an offering made of fire unto the Lord: On the eighty day shall be a Holy Convocation unto you. (Leviticus 23:34-36.)

Feast of Unleavened Bread

On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. 7 On the first day hold a Sacred Assembly and do no regular work. 8 For seven days present a food offering to the Lord. And on the seventh day hold a Sacred Assembly and do no regular work. (Leviticus 23:7-8.)

Pentecost

On that same day you are to proclaim a Sacred Assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. (Leviticus 23:21.)

John continues the Revelation of Jesus Christ "and I heard behind me, a Great Voice, like a Trumpet, Saying:

 I AM Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last: And what you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: Unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."

John turns to see the Voice that sounds like a Trumpet speaking to him.  John first sees seven golden candle sticks, and in the midst of then, he sees the glorious appearance of One like the Son of Man. And He had in His Right Hand seven stars: and out of His Mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: And His countenance was as the sun shining in its strength.  The risen Son of Man, Jesus Christ having been given All Power, speaks with All the Authority of His Father God. The seven stars are the angels of the the seven churches, and the seven golden candle sticks are the seven churches. (See Revelation 1:17-20.)

I, Jesus, have sent 'Mine angel' to testify unto you these things in the churches.
(Revelation 21:26.)

The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My Right Hand, and the seven golden candle sticks.  The seven stars are the 'angels' of the seven churches, for the seven stars are the 'angels' of the seven candle sticks which you saw, and are the seven churches. (See Revelation 1:19-20.)

Presently, confusion has taken place in the interpretation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ as to whether the angels to the seven churches/ecclesia are heavenly spirits or earthly pastors. Pastors are not the heavenly 'stars' held in the Hand of the Lord Jesus Christ. The error, is set in motion by the esteemed pastors of the internet whose recent interpretation enhances the position of the prideful pastors of the pulpit. They would de well to read the following Scripture.

And of the angels Almighty God says: He makes His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire. (Hebrews 1:7.)

Pastors of the pews forget, that in the resurrected Body of Christ, God gave necessary gifts unto men to enhance the integral workings in the Body of Christ Jesus through the individual members abiding in the Love of God.  God's chosen apostles and prophets were Divinely Called and placed in the One Body of Christ Jesus, and with the other necessary gifts in the Body, would all work together for the spiritual wholeness of the One Body of Christ Jesus. But now the wisdom of religious men, who have little or no knowledge of the integral workings of the natural body, have declared that these necessary gifts of God, given for the Body of Christ, have completely passed away and are no longer needed for the church.  To the people of the pews, the church remains a building to meet in, and where the pulpit pastor's of the splintered churches are already elevated like idols, and are revered as the only messengers that have the ear of God Almighty. God's revelation is always through His Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus, Alone, holds the keys to Salvation with Sanctification in His Right Hand. (See Revelation 1:18.)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things that exists within His creation of the fabric of time, says to Nicodemus, a master teacher of Israel: If I tell you of earthly things and you do not believe, then how shall you believe if I tell you of heavenly things. The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, was mankind's history already written in the fabric of time.  Mans' history in time is revealed through the Inspiration of God's Spirit, given to John, who, on that High Holy Day, was in the Spirit with his ears to hear what the Spirit of God would reveal. Therefore, through the all knowing Spirit of Holy God Almighty, TRUTH is revealed to the Ecclesia of God, for they would be abiding within the Heavenly Body of Christ Jesus.  But, the flesh of the sinful man of the church, is blissfully ignorant of the Way of Christ, for their ears have been made to be hard of hearing by the deceptive spirits of the enemy of God.  If one is led by the flesh then confusion reigns, and  the things of God's Spirit of TRUTH, are dismissed as mystical fables. (See 2nd Timothy 4:4.)

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The Seven Churches of Revelation

Then we hear the Lord, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last Word of God's creation, speaking to each of His seven Ecclesia for the edification of all the seven Churches.  John is commanded to write the revelation letter, and to send it to all of the 7 assemblies. Write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia, unto Ephesus, unto Smyrna, unto Pergamos, unto Thyatira, unto Sardis, unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. As such, the letter is to bring a correction to the mind set of all of the churches of revelation that will hear, and the revelation letter will remain open in time, for an admonishment to the exclusive thinking of the various assemblies of any day in history. 

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: The Spirit of 1Wisdom and 2Understanding, the Spirit of 3Counsel and 4Might, the Spirit of 5Knowledge  of the fear of the Lord;  and shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and He shall not judge after the sight of His Eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His Ears: But with 6Righteousness shall He judge the poor, and 7reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His Mouth, and with the Breath of His Lips shall He slay the wicked. And 6Righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and 7Faithfulness the girdle of His reins. (See Isaiah 11:2-5.)

 Even though Christ Jesus seemingly addresses the differing sin issues within the seven assemblies in Asia Minor, the corruption of sin is not singular to only a specific assembly, but needs to be seen as common to all, where sin needs to be confessed and repented by all.  Then, in Covenant order, the rebellious sin of the flesh will be cleansed by Christ's flowing Communion Blood within the One Holy Body of our living Lord Jesus Christ.  It should be understood that the whole of the reproof in the Word's of Jesus Christ is amplified 7 times, for the Lord says to each of His Ecclesia and thus to all seven: He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the ecclesia/churches/assemblies.   The Lord of Glory, first encourages His people in their accomplishments, and then He calls for repentance from sin within all of His ecclesia/churches of yesterday and today. 

Cause and effect are laid in the balance of God's justice, tempered with His Grace and Mercy to those "IN" Christ Jesus.  The cause, is renegade sin, which has its ending in separating corruption and death.  Death will have its end in death. The historical violence of sin in the world has been mitigated at times with God's merciful interventions that would temper the destructive force of sin in the world, that is until the fulfillment of time would come to its ending.  Even so, the enemies of the only God of the Living, are relentless, and the renegade destructive force of sin and death will continue to accumulate in the earth, until it finally explodes into the catastrophic events at the end of this age.

Let us draw from the Word of God and present the contradictions to the philosophical fabrications, developed by self informed televangelist, of being raptured or caught up before the great Tribulation that will come upon the whole world.  Pertaining to that which is the Ecclesia, known generically as the church, there is only One Body, and all of the living members of the One Body of Christ will go through the great trial of faith that is to come.  Christ Jesus, the Savior of all of mankind, is not divided into Jewish believers and Gentile believers: For as the (human) body is one, and has many members (cells), and all the members  (cellular structures) of that one (human) body, being many, are one body: So also is Christ. For by One Spirit [of Living Grace] are we all baptized into the One Body (of Christ), whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been given of the One Spirit to drink.  For the Body (of Christ) is not one member, but many. (See 1st Corinthians 12:11-14.)  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: Them also I must bring, and they shall hear My Voice; and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd. (See John 10:15-17.) If there shall be one fold and one Shepherd, then there is only the one ecclesia (church) body that listens to the Voice of its One Master.  The Body of Christ, is the church/ecclesia, and the church/ecclesia Body of Christ is made up of the many called out persons within the One Faith of Christ, whether they are Jew or Gentile believers.  For There is One Body, and One Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Ephesians 4:4-6.)

Within the One Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is impossible to have the many exclusive divisions that think of themselves as being superior to another prideful sect or denomination.  This thinking is with the mind of flesh, and that mind will develop its own doctrine of superiority.  Now with this individualistic mindset, you can pick and choose to follow the doctrine of the Catholics, or of the Orthodoxy or of Luther, or of Calvin, or of Wesley, or of the Messianic believers, and even those who think they are of Paul or Apolios.  Oh yes, and now you can choose the doctrine of the early rapture, and the left behind.  Not withstanding the prejudices of the splintered church, there remains only the One Body and Spirit of Christ Jesus that consists of the One Faith and Baptism of both the Jew and the Gentile peoples of faith. (See again Ephesians 4:4-6.) If any one, Jew or Gentile, is in the Body of Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah, then they are also together One with the One God and Father of all, Who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  All that are called of God will be tried in the tribulation of sin's own making. 

In the finale trial of faith, the faithful will wash their garments in the Blood of the Lamb of God:  Notwithstanding, the Jewish nation with its people, will be at the forefront of Satan's persecution during the great trials seen in the Revelation of John, even as the trials were previously prophesied by the prophets of old.  God Almighty's Word is from everlasting and the culmination of the Tribulation time will be the fulfillment of the Eternal Word of God, and bring forth the Day of the Lord's Wrath against the wicked who will not repent.

MG 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Then John says: And I saw in the Right Hand of Him that sat on the Throne, a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and loose the seal thereon?  John wept much until it was revealed by an elder that the Lion of Judah, the Root of David was worthy, for He stood in the midst of the Throne of God as a Lamb slain, but having great Power. And He (The Lamb) came and took the book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat on the Throne. (See Revelation 5:1-10.)

Look again at the Words of the Prophesy, from chapter 5 thru 6 and understand that this is for the eyes of John alone to witness for Christ's sheep, of the Revelation of the Lamb of God, and the Lion of Judah. Therefore, we are to see, through the eyes of John, God's Spirit of Prophesy revealing of that which has happened and is to happen in flow of God's creation of time.  John alone is called up in the Spirit of Prophesy to witness for the people of Faith, the Words of Christ Jesus, as seen in a vision of time.  It is not any one of the seven representative churches that are depicted in time that will disappear from the earth or be raptured away in the coming time of great trouble. 

Witness The Word of the Lord to the Church of Philadelphia: Because you have "kept" the Word of My Patience (endurance), I will also "keep" thee from the hour (of the time) of temptation (testing), which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (And the four angels were loosed which were prepared for 'an hour', and a day, and a month and a year to slay the third part of men.) (See Revelation 9:14-15.) Behold I come quickly: Hold that fast which thou hast that no man take thy crown. (See Revelation 3 verse 10 thru 12.) The word "kept" and the word "keep" are both translated from the Greek word 'Tereos' (Strongs G5083.) Do not be confused. This is not a premature rapture event, but the Lord Jesus Christ is reassuring the faithful within the Church that He will "keep" the people secured in their patience during the time of great testing that will come upon all that are living upon the earth.

2nd Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him, 2 That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the Day of Christ is at hand. ( See Mounce Greek interlinear 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.)

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Chapter Four and Five of Revelation:

Through out time, there are many who take Scripture out of context to make it say in their proud minds of flesh what they want Scripture to mean for themselves. Then with vocal repetition, their falsehood is embed into the fleshly minds of those who have itching ears of flesh.  Unfortunately, the designated Chapter 4 of Revelation is twisted by many to accommodate their own misguided philosophy of the early rapture of the church.

John after hearing about the correction addressed to the seven churches writes:
After this I looked

And behold, a 'Door' was opened in Heaven.  Then John hears the Trumpeting Voice of the Word of God talking to him alone. For He, said:  Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter (meaning from that point of prophecy until the ending of the prophecy).  And then immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, a Throne was set in heaven, and One (Eternal Father God) sat on the Throne.  John, alone, is called up IN the Spirit of the Eternal God, and John, having passed through the open DOOR that is Christ Jesus, find's himself in the throne room of the Eternal, where he  describes the One (Eternal Father God) Who sits on the Throne, as having the appearance like a jasper and a sardine stone.  And there was a rainbow surrounding the Throne having the appearance of an emerald.

1. The Door is Christ Jesus, for He is the only Way into the Holiest Place of His Father Yahweh God's Throne, for Jesus Christ is the High Priest of our Salvation. Verily, Verily, I say you, I AM the Door of the sheep! (See John 10 verse 7-9.) No one comes to the Father but by Me.

2. The Thundering Voice is the Commanding and Authoritative Voice of the our High Priest, Jesus Christ.

Past and present, there are many leaders standing in the pulpits of what is called the church, that repeatedly declare that the Jewish Apostle John represents the church that is raptured up to heaven, and will miss the great Tribulation. And yet Heaven's High Priest speaks to John, and reveals to him alone of the heavenly visions.  The call of the Almighty God was to John, Jewish Apostle of Christ, and not for the sinful so called church that is scattered throughout the face of the earth branding about their confused opinion. 

There is a distinct difference between the meaning of the compound Greek word Ecclesia, (ek = out of, kaleo = to call), as compared to the English word 'church' found in the King James Version of the Bible. The word 'church' is derived from the Old English and German word that is  'kirche'.  Similarly, in Scotland "kirk" was the same as church.  In all cases 'kirche', 'kirk', 'church', had a principle meaning ascribed to a building.

Now let the 'church' declare what is the meaning, in Revelation Chapter 13 verse 1, where John writes: And 'I' stood on the 'sand' of the sea? On first appearance, it would seem that the 'I' remains the man John, the first century Jewish Apostle of Christ Jesus, who is standing on the 'sand' of the sea, and in the Spirit of Christ Jesus, John is witnessing the arise of the two beast.   Oops. But wait a moment! If the 'I' is the church, and not John, then the church is standing on the 'sand' of the sea, and witnessing the rise of the two beast with satanic power. What a conundrum for a raptured church. First they are in heaven, and now the 'kirch' is found to be immersed in all of Revelation.   In all of the revelation cases of the declared person pronouns of 'I' and 'me' of John, becoming the 'church/kirche' raptured to heaven, then the proponents of an early church rapture, are standing on sinking sand of their own making.  It is impossible for the 'I' of John, to be of today's scattered churches, that are raptured in hypocrisy.

And out of the Throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: (The proceedings out of the Throne are sin's wrathful judgments returned to time) ( Revelation 4:5)

And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (See also Revelation 5:6)

Chapter 5
( Revelation 5:1-14.)

And I saw in the right hand of Him

that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

John having come through God's revealing portal of time, will see Jesus/Yeshua, as the Lamb of God Who was slain for Man's sin, even before the foundation of the world. For Jesus cries out from the cross: "It is finished". Jesus, as the risen Lamb of God, is the only One found to be worthy to open the Book with the Seven Seals.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having Seven Horns and Seven Eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And He (the Lamb) came and took the book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat upon the throne.

And when He (the Lamb) had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and has redeemed us to God by your Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying: Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

And the four beasts said: Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives for ever and ever.

Please consider that John's 1st century vision of the Apocalypse of Revelation, took place in Eternity, where there is no time,  and not revealed in earth's natural flow of time.  All of the seven seals of prophesy were opened by the Lamb of God in Eternity where time does not exist,  With the seals having been opened in Eternity, then the revealed prophecies were already effectual in time through the end of time, when all would be fulfilled.   On logical appearances and with some good clarity, five of the opened seven seals can be seen to have already taken place, and will continue into this present fabric of time. 

However, with fear and trepidation, we can only speculate a little on the unseen possibilities of the last two opened seals of God's historical foretelling that will certainly come to pass in the Almighty God's oversight His creation of time. The timing of some of the coming events are not clear.  If the prophesied time of great trouble is arriving upon the world, then we can only wait and watch so as to be prepared to quickly change our flawed understanding of God's inevitable righteous justice He imposes on this world of iniquity. 

It is not wise to settle upon a fault line, and continue with the confusion of our speculations, otherwise we will continue to find ourselves stepping on one another, while trying to prove our superior position of knowledge.  Be careful of any heretical doctrine, for the pride of our flesh is a stumbling block in darkness that goes before the fall.  The pride of the flesh within all of us, hates to repent of any error.

For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19.)

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The First Four Seals are Opened

This should not be thought of as four separate future events: The First Four Seals are already broken, by the Lamb, and reveal the violence of the four horse men of the Apocalypse that has been in effect through out the fabric of time.
(See Revelation 6:1-8.)
 


Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
, is an 1887 painting by Victor Vasnetsov. The Lamb is visible at the top of the painting.

MG 6 And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
MG 7 
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

[Likewise in Luke's Gospel account: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (See Luke 21:9-11.)]

MG 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Theologians, past and present, have no consensus in their philosophical understanding of the first 4 seals and the meaning of the revelation of the 4 horses and their 4 riders.  Some have believed that in the past history, a singular apocalyptic event illustrated the occurring times of each of the horses with their riders.  Then there are other theologians, who see the opening of the seals happening only during the very last days before the coming of the King of kings, and Lord of lords.  While we wait for God's Kingdom of Life to come, let's see if we can intervene and bring to light a clearer picture to the history of sin within Satan's kingdom of death on earth.

Perhaps the one picture above by Victor Vasnetsov correctly displays the inclusivity of the power of the Antichrist and his kingdom that brings his destruction upon the face of the earth.

6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

This rider on the white horse, from the beginning is the Antichrist, even before our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and the True Bread of Heaven, came on earth to become the Son of Man/Adam.  In the Garden of Eden, Elohim gave His Word declaring that the the genetic seed of Woman would crush the head of evil, while the seed of evil would bruise His Heal.  The seed of Evil had taken power on earth to conquer and destroy any witness of the Almighty God's creation of the first Adam/Man.  But now let's witness the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ, the last Son of Adam/Man, during His forty days in the desert and His encounter with Satan, the Prince of the Air and his power on the earth.

[3 And the devil said to Jesus: If thou be the Son of God, then command this stone that it be made bread 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world "in a moment of time". 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If Thou therefore will worship me, all shall be Yours. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: For it is written: You shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall you serve. (See Luke 4:3-15.)]

Witness that Satan, with his temptations of the Christ of God, revealed within a moment of time, that all the kingdoms of the earth were delivered into his corrupting power.  Jesus, the Incarnate Seed of Woman, worships His Father God Almighty and serves His Father God Alone.  Time is relative to God's creations of intelligent beings, who live within the Infinite God's creation of Time.  The Infinite Creator does not live in time, but inhabits the unknown Eternity.  The fabric of time, remains open to the eyes of the Almighty God, and according to His eternal understanding, He will provide knowledge of that which was and is and is to be, to whomsoever He chooses.  All of the seven seals have already been opened by Christ Jesus, and the timing of the occurring events in the beginning and ending of the fabric of time, is always in the Hand of God the Almighty.

Satan, after his deception of Adam and Ishshah/Eve in the Garden of Eden, had laid claim to all that was in the earth, including the coming kingdom's of man kind.  The crown on the head of the 1st rider of the Apocalypse reveals that God had given Satan all the rights to that which he had usurped from Adam.  The dominion over the earth that had belonged to Adam, the first Man, was taken away by the deceitful hands of Satan, to do as he would choose to do in the earth.  Power on earth was usurped by Satan the Antichrist and despotic adversary of the God of creation.  The first rider possessed a bow, and this bow is an instrument of a long range war of stealth, and by stealth the rider on the white horse went forth conquering, and to conquer.  All this usurped power belongs to stealthy Satan, and he will give the power of evil to his like accomplices, so they would together would accomplish self centered desires.  (See Isaiah 14:12-16.)

3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Satan gives power to the rider of the second red horse to destroy peace on earth with a great sword of war that was given to the rider by Satan.

5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The Power of sin derived from Satan cause famines and inflation to the monetary cost of food.  The rider of famine had no power over the oil (being the Spirit of God) nor the wine (becoming the same Holy Spirit of the Grace in the Blood of Jesus Christ). (See Fountain of Living Water.)

7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.

Satan and his power as sin, is part and parcel with the fourth rider seated on the pale horse.  His name is Death accompanied by Hell.

And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Unfortunately verse 8 has included 2 separate declarations, with the latter sentence of verse 8 having to do with all of the horsemen of the first 4 seals.  The rider on the white horse is Satan the Antichrist, who gives power to the other 3 riders; the second rider with the sword; the third rider with famine; and the fourth rider with ultimate death and hell.

Witness for yourself when reading the scripture correctly: And (then) power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth.  The translated word of 'them' is the 4 horsemen together, who are given power over the forth part of the earth.  Their power and control over the fourth part of the land, is to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death and [also] with the beast of the field, as they go forth in the power of the first Antichrist rider, conquering, and to conquer. 

One current prophetic author mistakenly has the 4th rider named Death, as responsible for the killing a forth of the people can only happen in the latter days.  His understanding is that since this single, solitary catastrophic event has not happened as yet, therefore the 4th seal has not been opened.  It needs to be understood that this conception of revelation events is grievously flawed! 

These four seals are all open, and the ways of Antichrist have been taking place throughout the centuries.  All who follow the mistaken concept of a future time for the Revelation of Jesus Christ, have painted themselves in a corner with cheap tacky paint, and they are stuck in it.  Full repentance from the misleading error is absolutely necessary before all of their followers, and also,  the Ecclesia of God.  Then, it would be wise, for them to take in faith, of the cleansing Fellowship  Blood of Jesus Christ that will absolve the error of their grave mistake, but not necessarily the consequences.

Our human flesh always desires to prevail in its own judgment of rewards; and justified greed always perverts what was a good beginning in the Lord, the Christ of God.  As many as I Agape/Love, I rebuke and chasten:  Be zealous therefore, and REPENT. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Ecclesia churches. (See full stop of Revelation 3:19-22.) Our self justifying minds have closed the Door to the Eternal Truth that is Christ Jesus, but the Table of the Lord of Truth is full of Grace and the Spirit of Grace is always ready to serve those who open to Him the door of their closed hearts.

Lacking a true vision from the Lord, we now have self proclaimed prophets making their interpretations based on bits and pieces of scripture, having sown them together to make a rent fabric of deception that their unlearned disciples proudly wear. 

All of us are guilty before God, and have minds that are centered on our own self serving doctrines of the flesh, and not God's doctrine of the crucified Christ of God, and we crucified with Him.  We have ignored God's Covenant Provisions for the remission of sins, and we will all be tried by our own sins of idolatrous separation from Holy God Almighty.  Our un-repentant sins are producing more sin, and the folly of our sins will seek us out, and bring its own reward.

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The Fifth Seal.
(See Revelation 6:9-11.)

And when He (the Lamb) had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying:  How long, O Lord, Holy and True, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them that they should rest yet for a little season (time), until their fellow servants also and their brethren, should be killed as they were, that it should be fulfilled.  (Revelation 6:9-11)

Sin, with its inherent violence, has brought the fear of death to enslave humanity in its sin, This unseen murderous force of sin that breeds death, has been in the hands of its taskmaster named Satan and Death. 

However, those souls that John saw beneath the sacrificial altar, were all alive because of their faith in Holy God's Spirit of TRUTH.   Each soul beneath the altar, having been slain because of their word that testified of the Promise of God, were written in the Lamb's book of Life even before the foundation of the world.  The greater number of those souls would have been of the believing Hebrew saints, waiting for God's Promised Messiah: Where by, He also went and preached to the spirits (souls) in prison, and when He Yeshua/Jesus ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (See Ephesians 4:4-9)

These souls that John saw under the altar, were under the covenant in the blood of earthly animal sacrifices, and each soul was justified by their Word of Faith in the Saving God in Whom they trusted.  Collectively, they were alive in God's sanctuary of rest, because they faithfully lived under YHVH's covenant in the blood of sacrificial animals that set them apart in God's Salvation Grace.  All of the saints, before and after Christ Jesus, would continue in God's rest until the entry of the last, of God's new born children of Faith that would enter into God's Eternal Kingdom of the Living. 

[Luke  21:17 And you shall be hated of all men for My Name's sake.]

MG 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

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The Falling Away 

MG 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

2nd Thessalonians 2: 3 Let no man 'deceive you by any means': for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasy) first, and [then] that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: The man of sin is the son of destruction, and it should definitely be noted that Satan will be bringing forth the full force of sin's reaping destruction upon the earth.

MG 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax (grow) cold.
     Perhaps the reader is wondering who are the many?  Who are the ones whose love (of God) fails them in the midst of the increasing iniquity?

2nd Peter 3 verse 4 has a very troubling answer to the questions when linked to Paul's Words of warning to the Thessalonians.  [Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (Read in context the full warning 2nd Peter 3:3-18] These warning words of Peter, concern the falling away that is to take place in the last days.  The many false prophets who stand in the pulpits preach an unconditional covenant that gives license to the many, who in their own willful deception continue in their lusts without repentance.  Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty's New Covenant is in the Life giving Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and is free to be received, but conditional to the free will repentance of the sinner.  Then, with the condition met, Almighty God is faithful in His Covenant to remit their current sins of the flesh as if they did not happen. (See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 49.) What are the possibilities of a faith for those who continue in the pleasure of their sins, and are blissfully waiting on a rapture that does not happen as they have been told?  Are they the ones who say: Where is the promise of His coming for all things continue as they were in the beginning? Wherefore the love of the many shall grow cold, and their deception is increased. (See 2nd Timothy 3:1-13.)

MG 13 But he that shall endure (IN the Faith of Christ) unto the end, the same shall be saved.

[Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.19 In your patience possess you your souls.]

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Disclaimer: Except for the fore knowledge of the Infinite God Almighty, the unseen future is a work in progress: From this point on, there is some difficulty in ascertaining specifics of certain events and the timing of the Truth to come.  The opened seals reveal the unfolding of earth's history and the trumpet soundings occur within the open seals.  There remains in that which in not clearly opened, only fearful speculation with a little logic that will be presented to watchful hearts.

This section on the Sixth Seal remains somewhat open to speculation, but we will now attempt to make it to be clearer, as we  amend these writing for better communication

The Sixth Seal.
(See Revelation 6:12-17.)

The Sixth Seal and the Fifth Trumpet with the Sixth Trumpet blasts are all bound together in the sequential flow of the woeful corruption of sin that will come like a destroying flood upon all people who dwell on the earth.  The culminating violence of sin, should awaken man, and convict them of their own woeful condition, and cause them to look to the Salvation of God, in Christ Jesus.

Interestingly, the number of Man is 6, having been created on the 6th day of God's creation, and the 6th seal reveals what had happened with the environment of the earth, on the Day that Yeshua, Jesus the Christ of God, was crucified to death.

And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a 3great earth quake, and the 2sun became black as sack cloth of hair, and the 1moon became as blood.

Those three noted events took place, on the very day that the Lord Jesus the Messiah of Yahweh was crucified to death for the sin of the world.  A full moon always marks the 15th day of the Jewish calendar month, but this full moon was a 1blood moon occurring on the 15th day of the month of Nisan: For Yahweh God Almighty would mark this day to be the beginning of His Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The Word of Heaven was born of the flesh Man and dwelt among us.  Jesus/Yeshua is the Living Bread of Heaven that Yahweh God sent to earth to be His very own Sacrificial Lamb. (See John 6:32-38.)

And while His disciples were yet eating of the pascal supper, the Lord Yeshua took the matzo/bread, and after giving  Thanks to His Father God, He broke the matzo and gave to His disciples saying. Take it and eat it, for this is My Body, given for you.  Then Yeshua/Jesus took the (3rd) cup after supper, and gave thanks to His Father God, and then gave it to His disciples and said: Take the (3rd) cup, and drink of it, all of you: For This IS My Blood of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sin. But I say unto you I will not drink of  The Fruit of the Vine until that Day when I drink of it new with you in My Father's Kingdom. (See Matthew 26:26-29.)

At this time, please take note of the Fruit of the Vine, for the Fruit will be seen to have fully ripened on the Vine during the tribulation wrath of Satan.

After the betrayal of Judas, and being taken captive, Jesus was given a mock trial by the Jewish Sanhedrin, and then taken to Pilot, the Governor of Judea, to be judged.   Luke's Gospel says that Pilot sent Jesus/Yeshua to Herod and his jurisdiction, where Jesus was mocked, and then returned to Pilot wearing a scarlet robe.  Pilot, in his confusion over what to do with Jesus, first had the Lord scourged, but then released Jesus to the Jews of the Sanhedrin.  They led Jesus away to Golgotha and crucified Him on the cross.

And it was about the sixth Hour, and there was darkness over all the earth, until the ninth hour, for the 2sun was darkened. (Luke 23:44-45.)

And about the ninth hour, Jesus had again Cried out with a loud Voice: Eli, Eli, lama' sa bach' tha ni? and He gave up the Ghost.
And behold, the the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, for there was a 3great earth quake and the rocks were broken apart.

Indeed it was of the darkest of days when Jesus Christ, the Lord and Creator of the universe, was crucified to death, for the darkness of the sin of the world.  In that three hour period of time, the moon totally eclipsed the sun, and darkness was seen to have enveloped the earth.

and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And all those that hid themselves in rocks of the mountain said to the rocks: Fall on us and hide us from the Face of Him that sits on the throne, and from the Wrath of the Lamb. 

For the great Day of His wrath is (to) come, and (then) who will be able to stand?

Please click on the green linked word 'come' then the transliteration will remove the confusion of the statement, and reveal the true English transliteration of the Greek word 'erchomai'.  The Wrath of God and His Lamb is yet coming, and will occur on the one last day set in time when God's fierce anger will judge all wickedness. Then, who will be able to standFor it is written, As I live, declares the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (See Isaiah 45:21-25, Romans 14:10-12.)

At this point of the Revelation, there are two other remarkable events that are revealed to John.

First: The 144,000 redeemed Jews of Israel are sealed with the seal of God.

Now John, after viewing the Lamb's opening of six of the seven seals writes And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that the winds should not blow on the earth, not on the sea, nor on any tree.

Then I saw another angel ascending from the east,  and having the seal of God: and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt not the earth and the sea. Saying: Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them that were sealed; one hundred and forty four thousand of every tribe of the children of Israel. Twelve thousand for each of the twelve tribes.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. ( Revelation 14:4.)

Jeremiah 31 verse 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

The one hundred and forty four thousand are selected end time servants of God, and they are not just derived from the solitary nation of Israel, but are selected and sealed from the scattered tribes of Jacob/Israel throughout the nations of the world.

The Second:  Salvation is of God and His Lamb slain before the foundation of the World.

With the sealing of the 144,00 John writes: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindred, and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God, Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Then all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces and worshiped God, saying: Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor and power and might be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

And one of the elders asked me: What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?  And I said to him: Sir you know. Then he said to me: These are they which came out of great tribulation (persecution), and have washed their robes, and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.

The sixth seal like the rest of the earlier opened seals, is not closed as if it were a solitary happening.  During the great tribulation or persecution of the saints saved by God, the trial of faith would continue until there was no more time that was given for repentance.

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The Seventh Seal is Revealed.

Seven is the Number that signifies completeness and perfection. With that which is revealed within The Lamb of God's opening of the Seventh Seal, then logic would say that earth's violent history is coming to a close, and a new order of Peace has come.  The opening of the Seventh Seal reveals an encapsulation of the beginning of God's Salvation Gift in Christ Jesus until the ending of Satan's tribulation wrath; and then comes the Day of the Lord's wrathful indignation toward the wicked.

And when He (Jesus the Lamb) had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.

God has no delight in the death of the wicked.

During the solemnity of heavens' half hour of time, the seven angels are given the seven trumpet judgments that warn man of sin's own catastrophic violence. The 7 trumpet blasts are Yahweh God Almighty's final warning calls to repent from sin before the Great Day of the Lord's Wrath that would come upon the wicked. The Last Three Trumpet Soundings, each have a great woe that will occur in that rushing of time,   It appears that the opened seventh seal reveals the finality of Satan's wrath that reaps destruction, and the Vial Judgment will occurs before the fabric of time is closed.  There is no other revelation seal to be opened, but only an enclosed series of exclamation sounding points and an ending period to time.

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The Trumpet Blasts

The 7 messenger angels, with the sounding of their trumpets, begin to signal one warning of judgment after another with each trumpet blast calling for a full return to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God the Almighty.   (See Revelation 8:6-12.)

MG 32[Now learn the parable of the fig tree. Truly I say unto you: This generation shall not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.  (See Matthew 24:32-36.)]

The readers can click on the following 4 Trumpet blasts to consider the final warning calls for repentance.

First Trumpet Blast
Revelation 8 verse 7
After the 144,00 were sealed with the Seal of God, then
Hail and fire mingled with blood; was cast to the earth,
and a third part of the trees were burned up,
and the green grass was burned up.

Second Trumpet Blast
Revelation 8 verse 8 thru 9

Mountain of fire cast into the sea;

Third Trumpet Blast
Revelation 8 verse 10 thru 11

The fall of a great star from heaven named Wormwood;
It burned like an (oil) lamp or torch
and a third part of the waters where it fell were made bitter.

Fourth Trumpet Blast
Revelation 8 verse 12 thru 13

The third part of the sun, moon and stars were darkened and gave no light;
And the third part of the day had no light,
and the third part of the night had no light.

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven speaking with a loud voice:
Woe, Woe, Woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the voices of the trumpets and the others that are yet to sound.

    All of the trumpet blast will be woeful,
but the final three Woe's will be horrendous, in their call to bring sinners to repentance from their evil ways, and
 their turning to God's mercy in Christ Jesus.
 

The Fifth Trumpet Blast
The First Woe

And the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. The star that fell from heaven is Satan, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek Apollyon. Satan is the corrupt angelic being and king, who was given the keys to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. Then there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth, and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

A scorpion has a stinger tail, and the sting of this satanic entity will bring 5 months of torment to those that are stricken with its sting.  In those 5 months of torment from the sting of the satanic powers, these gravely deceived people, will have a desire to die, but death will flea from them.  The subtleties in the word 'mark' as in the mark of the beast remains an enigma. (See Revelation 13:14-18.)

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, and in the Greek tongue, his name is Apollyon.

The star that fell from heaven is Satan, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon. Satan is the corrupt angelic being and king, who was given the keys to the bottomless pit.

One Woe is past and behold there comes two more Woes hereafter.

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The Sixth Trumpet Blast
The Second Woe

And the sixth angel sounded, and 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. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year to slay a third part of men. (See Revelation 9:13-21.) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: For I heard the number of them. The number of this army calculates to two hundred million men, who, by fire, smoke and brimstone, will slay a third of mankind. Scripture speaks of the time frame when the 4 wicked and controlling angels will be loosed from the Euphrates River.  These wicked angels will control the minds of this army of two hundred million men (nations of the East, with China as the principle nation) for three hundred and ninety one days and one hour. (An hour and a day and a month and a year.)

Let all the inhabitants of the earth tremble, for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of shadow that spreads itself upon the mountains as the dawn: A people great and strong; there has not ever been the like, neither shall there be any more after him, even to the years of many generations. (See Joel 2:1-6.)

The Second Woe will take place as it is written, for the strength of the Kings of the East will be manifested for three hundred and ninety and one days, and will continue into the third woe which comes quickly (See Revelation during the final 7th Trumpet blast).  It would appear that the time frame of a day and an hour as seen in Scripture, will occur when the sixth angel pours out his vial (bowl) upon the great river Euphrates and the water thereof was dried up that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared. (Revelation 16:12.) And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with His Mighty Wind shall He shake His Hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod. (Isaiah 11:15.)

Also, in prophetic time, Daniel speaks of this revelation time, when he refers to the Antichrist, (as the abomination that makes desolate) with the Antichrist's fears: "But tidings out of the East and out of the North shall trouble him". (Please see (Daniel 11:43-45.) It would appear that in the poured out sixth vial that the Kings of the East (China led) in conjunction with the kings of the north (Russia), will have a clear pathway across the Euphrates river and will enter into the plains of Megiddo. However in the last hour and; At that time shall Michael stand up, the prince which stands for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation; (See Daniel 12:1.)

And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow was upon His Head and His Face was as it were, the sun, and His Feet as pillars of fire. And He had in His Hand a little book (scroll) that was open: And He set His right Foot upon the sea, and His left Foot on the earth, and He shouted with a loud Voice, as when a lion roars, and when He had cried out Seven Thunders uttered their voices. And when the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: And I heard a Voice from heaven say unto me: Seal up those things which the Seven Thunders uttered and write them not. (See Revelation 10:1-11.)

Even though the little book is open, it appears through the cloud of Seven Thunders that with the Lamb of God's opening of the 7th seal that the culmination of all things written will quickly come to its end.  The two witness will prophesy the Truth within the open scroll, and the sweetness in the mouth of John, will become bitter in the end.  The Angel with the golden censor, having been lit the censor with the fire from the golden altar that is before God, then cast it to the earth, initiating Holy God's final call to repentance from the people of the earth. (See Revelation 8:3.)

Sweetness and Bitterness of the prophetic little book?

John hears the thunderous utterance of the Seven Thunders, and he hears a Voice from heaven that orders him to not write of that which he had heard. (See Revelation 10:1-7.)

And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon His head, and His Face was as it were the sun, and His Feet as pillars of fire: And He had in His Hand an opened little book: and He set His Right Foot upon the sea, and His Left Foot on the earth, and cried with a Loud Voice, as when a lion roars: and when He had Cried Out, seven thunders uttered their voices.  And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

And the Angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up His hand to heaven, an swore by Him that lives for ever and ever, Who created heaven, and the things therein, and the earth, and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. And in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He has revealed to His servants the prophets

And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke unto me again, and said: Go and take the little book which is open in the Hand of the Angel which stands upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the Angel, and said unto Him, Give me the little book. And He said unto me, "Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." And I took the little book out of the Angel's Hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And He said unto me, "Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."

The Two Witnesses of God
are given power to prophesy the Words of God in the midst of the sound of the Seven Thunders

MG 14 And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore day, clothed in sackcloth: (forty two months in God's calendar) And when they shall have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them and kill them. (See Revelation 11:6-12.)

There are two prophets in Scripture that did not die on the earth and are thought to be of the two witnesses of God. One was Enoch of speculation and the other was Elijah. Wherefore, the Lord says of Elijah: Behold I will send Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord. (See Malachi  4: 5 -6.)

As the day of the Lord draws near, more of the mystery of God should become clearer to the people of God through the prophetic revelation of the Spirit of God, and through the things that will be seen to be coming upon the earth.

 The Second Woe is past and behold the Third Woe comes quickly.

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History, in God's Capsule of Time.
The Seventh Angel Sounds the Seventh Trumpet.

And the Temple of God was opened in Heaven (Eternity), and there was seen in His Temple the Ark of His Covenant.

John is witnessing in the opening of heaven (eternity) a portend of that which will come to pass in earth's time: Then there were lightning's, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail!

Where Holy God sits in Eternity, this revelation writing of John speaks of what the Almighty has seen to have already happened within God's creation of free flowing time. From God's Eternal point of view, what the Creator has seen in the fabric of time, will come to pass on the inhabitants of the earth, and the end of time is seen to have already happened.  The written Word in Revelation, is now a warning revelation to mankind, for time is running out, and when the Trumpets begin to sound there warnings, then the earth with its people will experienced the catastrophic violence of sin's wickedness.  Then there were lightning's, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail!   These Word's of revelation seemingly reiterated a redundant happening, but happens once in Revelation 16:17-21. And there came a Great Voice out of God's Temple in Heaven (Eternity) from His throne, Saying: It is done! And there were voices, and thunders, and lightening, and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth. etc. -- And there fell upon men, a great hail out of heaven. each and every hail stone having a weight of 100 pounds, and men blasphemed God. 

The finality of wickedness on the face of the earth, will take place in a nuclear holocaust, where men's voices will cry out in fear, at the thunderous sounds and the ignition of light from nuclear bombs that will result in atmospheric changes that create falling hail stones of crushing weight. God is blamed for the plague that enslaved mankind's violence has brought upon themselves,

 A Woman clothed with the Sun.

All of the wonders John sees in the portals of heaven, are an encapsulation of earth's complete history, from the beginning to the end.
 Before the world was created in Elohim's fabric of time, the Lamb of God was slain.

The Sign of the Woman in her completeness, is a revelation of all of God's Salvation events that will take place in
God's creation of time.

John, through the Eyes of God's Spirit, beholds a great sign in heaven.  He sees a woman clothed with the (brilliant light of the) sun, and the moon is under her feet, and upon her head was a crown of twelve stars.  The brilliance of the sun, is John's best description of the Light of God that clothes the depicted pregnant Woman of Revelation.  John, obviously knew what Mary the mother of Jesus/Yeshua looked like, but John's description of this Woman is not that of Mary, as the Catholics misconstrue to their own hurt.  But, the Hebrew Mary is encapsulated within the lineage of the Revelation Woman, and through the sign of the Woman, John  sees  a glimpse of God's ordered events within time, and how time will come to an end.

If the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world, then the Woman revealed in the Great heavenly Wonder is also God ordained before the foundation of the world. The sign of this Woman is revealed out of time, and is representative of the many Hebrew women, who throughout time are set apart to carry the original genetics of man in their female chromosomes, to be for the incarnation of God's Only Begotten Son, born of the flesh of Man.  The Woman, clothed in Light, is pregnant with God's special Child, even before the foundation of the world.  Again, the depicted Woman, is a Revelation of the Hebraic lineage of all of the Women that were in the genealogy of the Man Christ Jesus. That Child is God's sacrificial Lamb, Who is God's Promised Seed derived from the genetics of Woman, and Jesus/Yeshua, as Man, would crush the head of Satan. 

In the order of time on earth, the first Woman, before she was called Eve, was named Ishshah, having the English meaning of 'Woman', even as Adam's name has the meaning in English of 'Man'.  The genetics of the female was taken from the side of Adam, and she was called Ishshah. first by the Creator God and then Adam.  Elohim's Eternal Word declared that the genetic seed of Ishshah/Woman, having come from the Creator's very good creation of Adam, would come in the flow of time, to be born as the Incarnate Son of Man, and He would crush the head of the serpent, even so, the serpent's seed of evil would bruise the Heel of Elohim's Promised One.  As it is written in Genesis 3: I shall put enmity between thy seed (Satan's) and her (Ishshah's) Seed.  He shall crush your head, but you shall bruise His Heel Satan, is the deceiving serpent, in the Garden of Eden, who speaks to Woman with great guile, for the deceiving serpent is not only intertwined in the branches of the tree, but even in the roots of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

The Eternal Creator of the universe, began His universal creation with the fabric of time, then in the order of the six days of creations, His Word brought all things into existence. The Eternal Creator saw in the free flowing fabric of time, the full history of all things that would come to pass, both the good and the evil.  In His Eternal Wisdom, Adonai Elohim would oversee His Word, slain as a Lamb from before the foundation of the world, and  through our time, protect the genetics' of His creation of Ishshah/Woman.  God's Word is TRUTH and cannot fail in TRUTH, for the Almighty would maintain the Hebrew lineage of the first Man/Adam, who died in sin's rebellion, and bring forth the Last Adam, the incarnate Son of God, for with His Obedience and Love for His Holy Father Yahweh God, He would in the flesh of Man, overcome the first Man/Adam's sin and death. 

The Hebrew virgin Mary was the last true Woman with the pure genetic lineage of the first Man Adam.  With the virgin's acceptance of the Word of God, given by the angel Gabriel,  then the Shekinah Glory of Holy God Almighty surrounded her, and the Holy Spirit of the Word of Yahweh Father God Almighty impregnated the ovum of the last Hebrew woman, the virgin Mary. The Promised Holy One of God, is Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah, and the Word of His Father God.  And the Word through the Holy Spirit of His Father God, was conceived in the ovum (egg) of the Hebrew virgin Mary, to be born as the last Son of Adam/Man.  In the TRUTH of His Father Yahweh God, the Son of Man, had to be of the Hebraic race through the female XX chromosomes of Adam's wife Ishshah/Woman.  Before the fall of Adam, the Man originally bore the pure genetics of God's very good creation of Man, made male Y chromosome and female X chromosomes, from which God took the female X Chromosomes, and made XX Ishshah/Woman.  The female Chromosomes in the lineage of Adam through Ishshah were not defiled as they are today, and in time the Word of God the Father would become One with the solitary ovum containing the X chromosome of the virgin Woman. Woman was predestinated in time, to bring forth the genetically pure and only Begotten Son of His Father as the Son of Man/Adam XY Chromosomes.  

So then God's Glory is revealed in the very last of the pure Hebrew Man of Israel, for: She, (the Hebrew virgin Woman) brought forth a Man Child, Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: And her Child was caught up unto God and His throne. (See Revelation 12:1-17.)

The Crown of 12 Stars

What we might see together is that the crown is a sign of authority, and from the beginning of the foundation of the world, the Authority of the Eternal God Almighty is placed in the Crown that sets on the Head of the Woman of Revelation.  The stars are imbedded as one with the Crown of God's Authority, and the finite stars in the crown will follow their course in time.   Follow the prophetic words of their father Jacob. And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: Gather yourselves  together that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together you sons of Jacob, and hearken unto your father Israel. (See Genesis 49:1-28.)  Notice the distinction between Jacob (the supplanter)  and Israel  (God Prevails).

It would appear that the twelve stars in the Woman's Crown that sets on Her Head, are revealed in the New Jerusalem that descends out of heaven from God.  (See Revelation 21:9-23.)

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the Glory of God: and her Light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

The 12 Gates of the New Jerusalem have the names of the select 12 tribes of Israel, sealed in the book of revelation, written in the Gates.

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on the gates, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

The 12 Foundations of the New Jerusalem had the names of the 12 Apostles written in the Foundations. All of the Apostles were of Jewish origin.

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in the foundations the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb..

Also the 12 foundation of the New Jerusalem had the 12 stones of the sealed tribes of Israel embedded within the Foundations.

And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every individual gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

The Moon under the Woman's Feet.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Consider the moon's fuller implications in the Light of Scripture:  God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He (the Almighty) made the stars also. (See Genesis 1:14-19.) The moon is normally seen in the dark of night, and emits no light of its own, but only give s reflection of the light from the sun.  Satan, the deceiver, rules in the darkness of night, but, in his perverted mind, he  desires to rule like the Creator of Light.  Even though Satan comes as an angel of light, there is no true light in Satan. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the Truth for he is not of the Truth.  When he speaks, it is a lie, for he speaks on his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  The extortioner of truth, will be revealed in the end of days, for Satan, like the false angel of light that he is, will bring his deceptive darkness upon the face of the earth.

For centuries, the Moon has been associated with the deity that has been attributed with the various pagan female goddesses and male gods of the early religions. For example, the Greek goddess was Selene, the Roman goddess was Luna, and the early Mesopotamian god was called Sin. Nevertheless, all of the various lunar deities are all singularly established by Satan, who desires to elevate himself above the stars of heaven, and to be like his Creator. (See Isaiah 14:12-17.)

For your obedience is come abroad unto all men.  I am glad therefore on your behalf: But yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. for the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Romans 16:19-21.)

And there appeared another wondrous sign in heaven:

And behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his head.  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 the Child was born.

The dragon is Satan, the deceiving devil, who stood against the Word of God and His creation the true genetic seed of Ishshah, who was known after the fall of Man, as Eve, the giver of life.  Ishshah/Eve was the only wife of the first Man Adam.  The TRUTH of the Word of God brought forth the incarnation of the Man Child of God, conceived by His Holy Father God, within the genetic seed of the Hebrew virgin Woman Mary.  For the virgin Mary, was in the genetic lineage of King David of the tribe of Judah a genetic son in the lineage of the first Man/Adam.  And the virgin conceived and gave birth to Emanuel, meaning God with us, in the flesh of Man.

And she brought forth a Man Child, Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and her Child was caught up unto God, and to His Throne. And the Woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

John reveals that Satan shall not prevail in the war in heaven, for Satan, with his host of angelic corruption will be cast down to the earth. 

And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon with his angels fought 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 deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then, Satan, in great wrath, will wage war principally against the children of Israel, but satanic affliction will also pursue those children born of God's Seed (Jesus/Yeshua) from Ishshah/Woman.  This genetic seed of the Son of Man is taken from the side of Adam, and is formed as the predestined Woman/Ishshah, and the genetics of Ishshah/Eve will flow, with the guidance of Almighty God, through Hebrew women from the tribe of Judah from the nation of Israel, and the genetic seed of Ishshah/Eve will be conceived, as Man, by the Word of Yahweh, Father God Almighty, and become the last Son of Adam.  

This Revelation Book with the seven seals, preexisted before the foundation of the World, and is a prophetic history of that which has been, and is, and is to be. (Consider the Truth in Revelation 4:8.)

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. But they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them.

The Third Woe comes to pass.

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. (Perhaps, to try to set up his kingdom?)

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the Woman (Israel) 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. (1260 days)

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.

And the earth helped the Woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

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.  (The remnant of the Woman's seed are principally Jewish believers, who are born again of God's Holy Spirit of living TRUTH, and they would seek to keep the good, holy and just Commandments of God.)

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The Seventh Trumpet Blast.
With The Third Woe.

Then 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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven: (See Revelation 11:15-19.)  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: But (For) they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. (See Revelation 12:10-12.)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who Loved me, and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20.) Witness here the Power of the Spirit of the Life giving Blood of God's Salvation, that provides the endurance of Christ Jesus that brings His people through His Entrance into the Kingdom of our God. For they overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (of overcoming Faith in Christ Jesus), and they loved not their lives unto death.

The Almighty God of the universe, in His Salvation Covenant has forgiven the faith believing person for their past sins through the perfect sacrifice and the resurrection of His innocent Son, Christ Jesus. (See Romans 3 verse 25.) But Satan, the lord of the flesh, knows of the workings of the flesh of the old man and his past sins, whereby Satan continues his assault on the flesh of man, even in night dreams where he can entice a person with their past lustful failures that were wrought in their former darkness.  The prideful pulpit preachers have dismissed God's Living Provisions in Christ Jesus, as if they are a superstition, and Communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ doesn't relieve a person of their sin's of the flesh.  However the Eternally Wise God Almighty is very patient in relieving the penitent man or woman of their guilt from their follies.  (See 2nd Peter 3 verse 8 thru 9.) I have even heard a prideful TV evangelist ignorantly proclaim that God's Communion with His people was done away with the cross.  Satan, the deceiver of the brethren remains active in His enticement of the flesh of all believers, and this devious fallen angel projects himself as light, and counterfeits Holy God's Spirit of Grace.  The foolish man of the flesh, will hear with itching ears, and follow after those desires that he is acquainted with.  However, Holy God Almighty never temps man with sin, nor does He bring up the past sins of those whose souls were reborn of His Spirit and whose hope is in the Almighty and His New Covenant Salvation in Christ Jesus.  But, with cunning deception, "The weapons of our warfare that are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds" have been rendered to be inert by men who have harkened to the satanic angel of lightIt is past time for the people of God to wise up to the depths of Satan.  For the future is already written: And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. (See Revelation 12:10-12.)

 The Third Woe revealed.
Satan has been cast down to earth

The Wrath of Satan is revealed
and then the Seven Vile Judgments will come.

WOE to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you having great wrath because he knows that he has but a short time. When the dragon (Satan the devil) saw that he was cast down unto the earth, he "persecuted" the Women (Israel), which brought forth the Man Child.  And to the Women (Israel) was given two wings of a great eagle so that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and time and half a time (1260 days) from the face of the serpent.  (See Revelation 12:12-17.)

This short period of time, within the end of days, is when the great wrath of Satan with his violent nature of rebellion is perpetrated in the human form of the Antichrist.  This is the time when Satan is cast down to earth, and instigates his fearful tribulation persecution of Israel and the redeemed saints of God.  (Consider Isaiah 54 verse 14 thru 16.) For says the Lord our Righteousness: Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by Me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I AM the Door of the sheep. By Me if any man enter in (through the Door), he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I AM come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (See John 10:7-10.)

Satan is the thief that has come to steal, and to kill and to destroy the works of God, but we know for a certainty that our Lord Jesus/Yeshua came to bring life to the fallen of faithless mankind.  Therefore, we should understand that this set aside 42 month period is not the wrath of God, but that of Satan.  The noted day of the Lord will only come at the very end of Satan's tribulation wrath of 42 months.  It is at the finale ending of sin's corrupting force of death that the Only Holy Lord God Almighty will remove, that is "rapture",  His saints from His day of judgmental wrath against the wicked beings and the ungodly of mankind.

Paul speaks of the time before the great day of the Lord's wrath against the wicked.  For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep (at rest). For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a Shout, with the Voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise (stand up) first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17.)

The simplicity of thought is that Paul knows the Word of his Lord and Master through the Gospels and this is what he alludes to: For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord.  Paul's thoughts do not deviate from the Words of his Master Jesus Christ as described in what were set in chapter and verses of Mathew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.  To be clear, it is the Word of the Lord in Matthew 24 that brings Paul to say: that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord.  

But NOTE again: Satan is the thief and murderer and should be seen as the perpetrator of what is called the Tribulation.  If not for God's intervention, pertaining to the wrathful persecution of Satan, the thief and murderer, then there would be no flesh alive. The destructive wrath of the man of sin would leave the world in total desolation, And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (See Matthew 24:20 and Mark 13:22.) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds! Note the word 'remain' should be seen as a remnant of those who are yet alive. The Words of our Lord Jesus Christ says it this way in Mark 13 verse 19: For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation of God, until this time neither shall be. Notice in the link that the transliterated word 'affliction' is linked to tribulation, and this affliction is the result of Satan's persecution of the elect of God.

Tragically, there are noted writers and men of the pulpit that defend their false assumptions by compounding their error with opinionated accusations that disparage the Love of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty.  They fail to recognize that it is the wrath of the man of sin, in concert with the author of sin itself that brings near total destruction to the world.  Before this happens, Holy God will intervene and will either remove His people or protect the elect before the violence of sin can bring and end to all flesh.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24:22.) At that time, Holy Yahweh God will bring an end to the desolation of sin, and then the Almighty will bring His Righteous Judgment against the wicked destroyers of His creation of man.

Robert Van Kampen states in one of his books: "God will deliver His faithful elect from persecution and then on the same day begin His destruction of the wicked who remain". There is a definite distinction and demarcation between the wrath of Satan, the accuser of the brethren, and God's day of judgment against the wicked.  Satan's (tribulation persecution) of God's saints ends in chaos, and then the day of the Lord's final judgment against the wicked begins and ends within the length of that day of the Lord.

Note that the KJV's word for  'tribulation' in Strong's concordance G2347, translates in the following manner: tribulation (21x), affliction (17x), trouble (3x), anguish (1x), persecution (1x), burdened (1x), to be afflicted (with G1519) (1x). Perhaps the one notation of 'persecution' would be more suitable for a better understanding of the greater trial of faith that will take place.  Also take note of this Word of Truth: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him. (See Acts 10:37-43.) The oppression and persecution is of the devil; for in this world the saved by the Grace of God, will suffer affliction from the persecuting wrath of Satan. (See the Words of Christ John 16:33.)

Magnifying the Word of God in Revelation, we see that after the Lamb of God opens the seventh seal, the noted third woe reveals the tribulation wrath of Satan, with that time culminating just before the Day of the Lord's final judgment against the wicked.  Satan is exposed. as the enemy of the Almighty God, and Satan knowing of his short time, will make his last attempt to be glorified as god.  Therefore, the day of the Lord is not 42 months of the wrath of God, but the last 42 months is the wrath of Satan, the author of sin, as he will ferociously persecute the nation of Israel and the believers in Christ Jesus. In his self deceit, Satan, as always, will be seeking to discredit the Almighty God Yahweh, and establish his own domain.
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Abomination of desolation

2nd Thessalonians 2 6 And now you know what [Who] withholds that he [Antichrist] might be revealed in his time.

MG 15 Therefore when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads, let him understand:)
          The specific entrance of the Beast as the Antichrist, and the False Prophet are left off, because of several speculative possibilities.
            (See Revelation 13:1-18.)

[Luke 21:20 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.]

 [John 5:43 Jesus declared: I AM come in My Father's Name, and you receive Me not: If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.]

2nd Thessalonians 2:3 Paul continues and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as god sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god. 5 Do you not Remember that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  6 And now you know what (Power) withholds, that he [antichrist] might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work, only He (God's Holy Spirit Power in Christ Jesus) Who now lets (holds back) will let (hold back) until "he" (Antichrist) be taken (Ginomai [to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage]) out of the way (mesos [in the midst]).

Because of its transliteration in the KJV, this verse 7 has been laid open to speculation with natural confusion as to who "he" refers to, and how the words "taken" and "out of the way" have been transliterated from the Greek.  The Holy Spirit of God the Father and the Son does not abandon His Covenant people in the midst of these greatest of trials, but the Almighty will see the faithful believer through to victory in Christ by the Blood of the Lamb.  (See Revelation 12:9-12.) After the resurrection of Christ: Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying: "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18.)  The Apostle Paul writes to the Thessalonians "now you know what withholds". The misinterpret "what", is actually  "Who" of Whom the Thessalonians know: Because in the beginning of the Paul's letter, he reminds the Thessalonians of Whom they believe in, "the Man Jesus Christ:, and of the righteous power that is Emanuel, the Holy One of God. (See amplified 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-10.) For by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers are made subject unto Him. (1st Peter 3:10-11.)

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness there of.  The Creator does not abandon what belongs to Him. The interpretation given above is amplified when Psalm 76 is seen in the Light of God's correcting Word.   Thou [The Almighty] caused judgment to be heard from heaven: The earth feared, and was still when God arose in judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: The remainder of wrath shall Thou restrain. (See Psalm 76:8-12.) God, by His Spirit, has always been the restrainer of the violence from man's sin. 

2nd Thessalonians 2 verse 7 as seen in the original Greek: τὸ 3588 that γὰρ 1063 for μυστήριον 3466 secret ἤδη 2355 now ἐνεργεῖται 1754 put forth power τῆς3588 this, that ἀνομίας 0458 iniquity μόνον3441 forsaken, alone  τὸ3588 that κατέχων2772 hold back ἄρτι0737 this moment ἕως2193 until  ἐκ1537 out of μέσου3319 in the midst, middle γένηται1096 appear in history.  

For clarification of thought, perhaps this specific verse 7 and the following verse 8 might be rendered in English: "For the mystery of iniquity does already work, only He (the Power of Jesus Christ that is of Almighty God) Who now holds back, will hold back until he (the son of perdition) comes upon the stage in the midst of the following away." So then, Christ Jesus will permit, only until the Antichrist, the man of sin, be taken out of the way.  For a certainty, the abomination of desolation will be revealed as "all wickedness", when he, the Antichrist will be seen to stand in the holy place declaring himself to be god. 

MG 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

[Luke 21:21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into.] (See Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:19-22.)

[Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people (of Israel).24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and  Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, (See ? Ezekiel 30:1-5.) until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (See Revelation 11:2.) 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.]

MG 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
MG 18 
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
MG 19 
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
MG 20 
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:

MG 21 For then shall be great tribulation, (Consider the cup of Jeremiah 25:15-37.) such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

 [Luke 17:26 As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (God's Judgment of the un-godly) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven. (God's Judgment of the un-godly). Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man, (Jesus Christ) is revealed.] And to you who are troubled, rest with us, until the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (See 2nd Thessalonians 1: 7-8.)

MG22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

It is quite apparent that even the coming seven vial judgments of God are revealed in the Lamb's opened revelation seventh seal.  The mystery of confusion is exposed by the Angel of Great Power and Glory, and then before the seven vial judgments are poured out, another Voice calls from heaven: Come out of her My people that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues: For her sins have reached unto heaven and God has remembered her iniquities.

[Luke 21:32-33 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilledHeaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not pass away.]

MG 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
MG 24 
For there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

MG 25 Behold, I have told you before.

MG 26 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.
MG 27 
For as the lightning comes out of the East, and shines even unto the West; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.

MG 28 For where ever the carcasses is, there will the eagles (vultures) be gathered together.

2nd Thessalonians 2 8 And then shall that Wicked (one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His Mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming.  On the future "Day of the Lord", and with the brightness of His coming, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Living Word of  God Almighty, will, with the gleaming two edged Sword of His mouth, destroy the Antichrist along with his cohorts and also the wicked of man that remain after Satan's tribulation wrath. (See Revelation 19:11-16.)

(See also the full end of Satan in Isaiah 14:12-24 and Ezekiel 28:12-19.) For the only Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Almighty will bring Satan, the wicked deceiver, to be seen like unto as fallen ashes upon the ground.

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  Revelation of Mystery Babylon

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me: "Come hither, I will show unto you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters":

Note: The angel is not specified as to which vial he possessed; and also this is the first time that the mystery of the great whore is mentioned as sitting on the first beast that was revealed in Revelation 13 (See Revelation 13:1-4.). We might consider the possibility that the great whore was already seated upon the beast before the seven vial judgments were poured out.

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, with names full of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery  Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

The great whore, the Mother of Harlots is a mystery twisted in confusion.  In the midst of Mystery Babylon and the harlots that are birthed in the confusion of the great whore, are peoples that God calls to come out from the midst of the confusion of Babylon, less they are partakers in her punishment. Confusion yet remains, for Mystery Babylon has not yet fallen under the full weight of her sins. The confusion of Babylon has spread itself throughout all nations: For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornications. (Revelation 18:3.)

Some sects of Christianity have thought that Rome's ties with the early church, birthed Mystery Babylon, now the independent city of the Vatican. (See Revelation 17:4-6.) Now if the mystery is true, then who are the Harlots that would be the confused offspring's of the Great Whore?  The Roman Vatican church and her offspring harlots would be part of the confusion of Satan.  The mystery of confusion extends before and beyond the time of the iron legs of Rome, for now the ten toes are the mixture of clay and iron, and are a part of the confusion that yet remains in the enemy. (See Daniel 2:41-44.) 

Armageddon News has produced a contrarian film documentary that sets the stage for Mystery Babylon to exist in the middle east in the Arab nation of Saudi Arabia. Pease advise yourselves here on U-Tube.  Also, Walid Shoebat with Joel Richardson produced an editorial that both reveals Saudi Arabia as Mystery Babylon, and dismisses the Vatican of Rome as being Mystery Babylon.  The mixture that makes up the ten toes is not yet clearly evident.  Satan's idolatry is made evident in both Rome and Saudi Arabia.

The spirit of whoredoms, whether it is Rome or Islamic Saudi Arabia, is seated with the great whore with her mixture of harlots, for the same spirit of Antichrist continues to work his confusion in the nations of the world!

The Scripture further reads in this Revelation:
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carried her that has the seven heads and ten horns.  The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: And they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Here is the mind, which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the Woman sits upon. And there are seven kings, five are fallen, one is, and the other is not yet come, but when he is come, he must continue for a short time. Prophetically in the Scriptures, "mountains" speaks about powers that are ascribed to the kings that ruled during their times. Of the seven prophetic mountains, five kings that had previously existed, no longer ruled as a mountain of power. We suggest that the five previous kings of power, all dealing with Israel, would have been Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. Even though Egypt and Assyria are not seen in Nebuchadnezzar's great image, explained by Daniel, nevertheless, we might understand that at the time in which Daniel deciphers the great image to Nebuchadnezzar, then the Golden Head, representing Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian Empire and armies, would have already defeated both ruling nations of Egypt and Assyria.   Now at the time of John's Revelation writings, the Rome empire was the one ruling kingdom, that was the sixth mountain of power. The seventh mountain is prophetic within man's future time, and yet already has its place according to the Eternal Mind of the Infinite.  In God's time the seventh mountain will come to exist for a short period of time with the Dragon's (Satan's) power promoting the Antichrist.  And then, the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth and is of the seven, and will go into perdition.

Isaiah's prophetic witness: How art thou fallen from heaven O Lucifer son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground who weakened the nations? For thou has said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven: I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will also sit upon the mountain of the congregation in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds (Shekinah Glory.), and I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shall be brought down to hell into the sides of the pit. (See Isaiah 14:10-19.)

(Revelation 14:6-8) And 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, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is (to) come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.  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.  (See also Revelation 18:1-5.) In the course of Salvations time Mystery Babylon has made all nation to drink of the wrath of her fornication. (See Jeremiah 51:7-10.) Unrepented Sin has its own wrathful violence, and in the end Day of the Lord, the only Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty will judge all nations in His righteousness.

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 (those receiving the mark) shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the Presence of the Lamb: (Revelation 14:6-10.)

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The Seven Vial Judgments of God occur during the sounding of the Last Trumpet.
And Then shall the End Come.

 

The Seventh vial Judgment: For this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem:  The plague is understood to be a nuclear holocaust initiated by sinful man. Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Consider Zachariah 14 verse 12 thru 15.)

And the Temple was filled with smoke from the Glory of God, and from His Power; and NO MAN was able to enter into the Temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

And I heard a Great Voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels: Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the Wrath of God upon the earth.  Sin, in the end,  has great wrath, and God in His Mercy has stored up the wrath of sin, and now in His Indignation against sin, has released sin's overflowing judgment upon His creation of the world.

The First Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 2

The Second Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 3

The Third Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 4 thru 7

The Fourth Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 8

The Fifth Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 10 thru 11

The Sixth Vial Judgment
It is at this time in Revelation 16 verse 15 that we see the following scripture reference to the thief and its link to 2nd Peter and 1st Thessalonians.
Behold, I come as a thief.  Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Revelation 16 verse 12 thru 16

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His Promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2nd Peter 3:8-10.)

There are those who like to quote Paul to try and prove their dogmatic point for an early rapture, but they forget about Paul reminding the knowing church that the Day of the Lord comes as a thief in the nightFor the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds (the Glory of God) to meet  the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you: For yourselves now perfectly that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.  For when they say: Pease and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them. (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18 followed by Chapter 5:1-3.)

The Seventh Vial Judgment
Revelation 16 verse 15 thru 21

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air, and there came a Great Voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne,
 saying: "It is done".

A. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto the Son of Man, 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, Thrust in Thy sickle, 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.

B. 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 (angel) 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. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, 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.

      
1. This same prophetic Word is seen in Joel Chapter 3 beginning in verse 13: Put you in the sickle, for the harvester is ripe;
           Come get you down: for the press is full, the vats 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. The sun and
           the moon shall be darkened and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

           (See the fullness of this prior Scripture Prophesy within Joel 3:9-16.)

and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.  For there fell upon men a great hail [storm] from heaven, and every stone weighing a talent (100 pounds).  The melting of the many hail stones into water would cause the blood of the battle to swell up to a horse's bridle.

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Parable of the Sower

An important key to our understanding of the day of the rapture (catching way), may be seen in the Lord's parable of the Sower, and also the parable of the wheat and the tares. I caught the latter moments of a message by an unnamed brother on TV. The Scripture reading in Matthew 13 begins: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  And such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then He told the multitude many things in parables.  Jesus/Yeshua tells the multitude, who were following Him, many parables including the parable of the Sower and the linked parable of the tares. In the midst of the parables, the Lord explains the parable of the Sower to His puzzled disciples. Then after the Lord Jesus sends away the multitude of people,  Jesus then reveals, to His disciples who asked Jesus about the parable, the mystery of the tares of the field.  The following scripture, is the parable of the tares, followed by the Lord's clarifying Words.

Another parable Jesus put  forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did thou not sow good seed in thy field? from whence then has it tares? He said unto them, An enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Will thou then desire that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30.)

Jesus answered His disciples and said unto them: He that sows the good seed is the Son of Man. (speaking of Himself, the Son of Adam.)  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom: But the tares are the children of the wicked one. (referring to the devil Satan.) The enemy that sowed the tares is the devil: The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angles.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of the world.

The Son of Man shall send forth His angles, and they shall gather out of the kingdom, all things that offend and them which do iniquity and shall cast them into a furnace of fire.  There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  THEN shall the the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  Who has ears to hear, let them hear. (Matthew 13:36-43.)

It would appear that during the time up until the last harvest, the unrighteous tares were first identified and set aside to be burned with all the remaining tares at the last of God's judgment.  But the harvest of the wheat throughout time was gathered up to be stored in the Master's Sanctuary of safe keeping. Perhaps the exception being the final harvest of wheat that would remain after the tares were bundled up. Now comes God's wrath upon the wicked: And yet except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
 

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MG 29 Immediately after the tribulation (the wrath of Satan) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Jesus had testified at His Passover Table of the Spirit of Truth Whom He shall send to His people, saying: Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  The prince of this world is already judged, for now we witness Satan's absolute down fall with God's judgment of Satan and his fellow corrupted angels that breed sin and death. (See John 16:7-11.)

Revelation 10 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And swore by Him that lives for ever and ever, Who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, 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, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.

What is the sweetness and the bitterness of the little book that was open, and that John did eat and was sweet in his mouth but brought such discomfort to his belly? (See Revelation 10:8-10.) And He said unto me: Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days,(1260 days) clothed in sackcloth. (See Revelation 11:1-3.)

Where does the 1290 days and 1335 days of Daniel come into play? (See Daniel 12:9-12.)

MG 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 
And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  

{R The Feast of Trumpets signals the ingathering of God's harvest from the four winds, and/or at the beginning of the sounding of the last trumpet?}

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Again the Lord's Warnings to be on Guard.
The Words of the Lord Jesus Christ
Shall not Pass Away.
 

MG 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh:
MG 33 
So likewise, when you  shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

MG 34 Verily I say unto you: This (That) generation shall not pass, until all these things be fulfilled.

MG 35 
Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
(See Matthew, Mark and Luke.)

No doubt there are those who will put their own prideful spin on the Words of Jesus Christ that will not pass away.  Be careful.  The Spirit of Truth reveals that we are all liars that need to repent and look with faith to His Mercy.  God's Mercy is ministered thought His Spirit of Grace Who is One within the New Covenant Blood of His Son Jesus Christ; and the Word of Jesus Christ says:  Take and drink all of you: This is My Blood of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sin.
 
Jesus the incarnate Word of God says: My Doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. (John 7 verse 16.)  Even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak. (See John 12 verse 50.)
 Be most careful, for God will not hold guiltless those who tread upon His Word of Salvation.  (See Hebrews 10:29-31.)

MG 36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

The Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.

MG 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
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For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
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And (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
(See also Luke 17:26-30.)

2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

MG 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

MG 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

R1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1st Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. 15 For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, (See above Matthew 24 verse 40 thru 41) that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain (as a remnant at that time) shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words

Is not Paul talking to the Church/Ecclesia, concerning the Church/Ecclesia, and the timing of the Lord Christ's return during the tribulation? Consider Paul's words: "Then we which are alive and remain".  Paul's words should be a dead give away as to those members of the church who are yet alive at the end of the great trial of the tribulation. Then those which remain alive, would be caught up in glory with the rest of the saints to be with the Lord forever more.

There is a well known charismatic televangelist teacher of the prophetic that says he was persuaded against the mid or post-tribulation rapture because of Revelation 19 verse 14.  He calls it the "U Turn Teaching".  However on this point and the others in the book of Revelation, he misunderstands, that, its not that the saints are raptured up in the clouds of glory, only to do an about face, and return to do battle alongside of the King of kings.  No! The Scripture in sequence reads: And the armies which were in heaven followed Him (King of kings) upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean(See Revelation 19:11-16.) This prophesied event would appear to take place after the wedding feast for all of those that are called in Christ Jesus and Love their Lord. (See Revelation 19:5-10.) Then it is after this blessed event of the marriage of the Lamb of God that John now sees the heavens are opened up and the Lord of Hosts is leading His armies to battle in the valley of Har-Megeddon. Twice the scriptures report the confirming Words of the Lord of Host: For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in the Glory of His Father's, and of the holy angels. (Mark 8:38.) The Bride of Christ is not part of the armies of the Lord, although the Bride of Christ is of One Holy Spirit with Her Husband Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah.  The Bride of Christ is yet resting from her own works and enjoying the great peace that she has abiding within God's Holy Spirit within the Almighty's Eternal Kingdom of the Living.  Eternity is timeless and not subject to a day in time, as when the Lord Christ will judge the wicked in the Almighty's creation of time. For it is the incarnate last Son of Adam/Man from the Seed of Ishshah/Woman, Who is coming forth to crush the head of all evil, Satan, for: When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the Throne of His glory: (See Matthew 25:30-32.)

MG 42 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.

MG 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

MG 44 Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man cometh. (See continuation Matthew 24:45-51.)

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Salvation through (with) Sanctification
2nd Thessalonians 2:13-15

13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through (in, with) sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth: (See the sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ 1 Peter 1:2, and Hebrews 10:19-25. )
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Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

Traditions

Salvation and Sanctification is of the One Holy Spirit of God Almighty, wherein we, as new creations in His New Blood Covenant, would stand fast in God's Word of Truth.  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His Love for mankind appeared, He saved us; not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration: By Faith in the Truth, We were cleansed from our past sins, in the Serum Water of our Baptism into the death of Jesus Christ.  But in our soiled flesh, we have left off the Spirit of Truth's Sanctifying Blood of Holy Communion that separates our redeemed souls from our present sins of our corrupted flesh.   Also by renewing of the Holy Spirit,  He poured out His Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His Grace, we may become heirs with the hope of Eternal Life. (See Titus 3:4-7.) Yahweh God, through the abundance of His Spirit of Grace and Life, gave everything in His New Blood Covenant that the redeemed of the Lord would have need of, so that His Spirit's Grace would give them the strength of Christ's Life that would make the sealed more than a conquer in Jesus Christ Who Loved them.

The True Form of Doctrine

But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin, but now you have obeyed from the heart that Form of Doctrine which was delivered unto you.  Being then made free from sin, you became servants of God. (See Romans 6 verse 16 thru 23.)

That Form of Doctrine was established at our Lord's final Passover Table, when the True Bread of Heaven, in the form of the flesh of Man, ended the old covenant in the blood of sacrificial animals, and ordained the New Covenant in His Blood as the Redeeming Son of Man/Adam.  For the Lord Jesus had previously declared in time: Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you have no Life within you.  Those Word's of the Christ of God, are not an allegory, but are of the True Essence of the Spirit of the Word of God, given for the Sanctification of the flesh of the redeemed.  God is not glorified in the flesh of man, but is Glorified in the spirit of the person who is yielded to the Spirit of Yahweh God Almighty.  For God's Unleavened Salvation Bread declared on that first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread: Take and eat: This is My Body given for you.  Take and drink all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin. (Matthew 26:26-28.)

However, our fallen flesh, remains innately susceptible to the corruption of sin, for the body of man dies in its corruption.  The sinful flesh of man, does not like discovery, and is dismissive of the essential Holy Tradition that the Christ of God ordained for the remission of sins of the flesh for all of His disciples.  From the time of Constantine until now we have followed in the way of Rome, and established through our own ignorance, our own trivialized communion event that lacks the unseen substance of the Spirit of God.  The Roman Catholic institution, with their evolving doctrine of Transubstantiation, have, for centuries, dismissed the giving of the New Covenant Blood of Christ Jesus, for they say it is inclusive in the communion bread.  The satanic enemy of God, remains present in the protestant and catholic churches to foster false doctrines that satisfies the flesh of sinful mankind, but tramples underfoot the Sanctifying Blood of Jesus Christ.  The scriptures admonishes the believers to not grieve the Holy Spirit of God: For even as the Holy Spirit of God is not symbolic, neither is the Communion Blood symbolic, but is of the unseen Essence of Life that is One with the Holy Spirit of God. (See Hebrews 10 verse 26 thru 31.) God's Gift of His Holy Spirit of Life is One with the Serum Water of washing and the Life giving Blood that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, shed on the cross at Calvary.  Through Faith, we are born into new Life through the Holy Spirit of God, and as children of the Most High, God, His Spirit of Grace will nurture and bring correction to His children through the Sanctifying Blood of God's incarnate Son, Jesus Christ.

We have entered into Covenant with God, not by our will of the flesh, but by the saving Will of God, and the Will of God is that we would cease to do evil, and learn to do well and Live.  We do not stand in the strength of corrupted flesh that perishes because of corrupting sin, but we stand in the Strength of God's Spirit of Life, as children of the Living God, Who is the Giver of His Spirit of Life. 

Because of the trite traditions of men, the fullness of God's New Covenant of Grace in the Life Blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, is negated in unbelief, for God's Communion Table of Grace is seen as a non effectual tradition that does nothing to negate the sinful flesh of mankind.  And now, even the children of promise continue in their sins of the flesh, becoming numb and ignoring the reproof from God's Holy Spirit, and see no need of receiving His Covenant correction through the Sanctifying Life giving Blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus, the Living Vine, declares at the Passover Table:  I AM the True Vine you are the branches.  He that lives in Me, and I in him, the same branch brings forth much fruit:  For with out Me (the True Vine) you can do nothing. (See John 15:1-8.) Even so, without the remembrance of the TRUTH, the Lord's ordained Tradition of Communion, has become an empty tradition without the Life of the Spirit, just like faith without works is dead.  Holy Communion is God's Living Memorial of Love given for the sanctification of the heart of the person that from the core of their being, repents from sin, and returns to God.  The Spirit of Life flows through the only True Vine of God's only begotten Son, and if the flow of the Spirit is being stifled because of the corruption of unbelieving sin, then the branch within the Vine will die, and fall away from the Life Source that is in the Blood of the Vine.

Apparently, as a warning to us, Ananias with his wife Sapphira were self deceived within their own covetous hearts and broke covenant with Holy Holy, Holy God Almighty, and forfeited their lives with lies. (See Acts 5 verse 1 thru 11.)

16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, Who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
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Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

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.  And they overcame the evil one by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:10-11.)

With  the coming of God's Salvation in Christ Jesus, heresies continue to flourish through the same spirit of Antichrist that bought mankind into captivity.  In our corrupted humanity, we are all guilty before God, and our minds of flesh will inevitably center on the call of our own self serving flesh, causing us to forget God's doctrine of the crucified incarnate Christ of God, and we, his called disciples with Him.  In our cultivated unbelief's, we have ignored God's Covenant provisions given through His Spirit for the remission of sins for the Body of Christ, and have settled into our own little clicks of special privileged doctrines.  We will all be tried by our own sins of idolatrous separation from holy, holy, holy God Almighty.  Our unrepentant sins are producing more sin, and the folly of our sins will seek us out, and bring its own rewards in the sowing and the reaping to the flesh.

The millennial reign of the Christ of God, and the events within this time period are yet to be fully revealed.  

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