Revelation 1 – 11

 Revelation 1

The book of Revelation is a direct revealing by Jesus Christ to John, and through John to the faithful disciples of Christ. 

The Book is about events FUTURE from the time of John. 

The context of Revelation strongly indicates that it is a revealing of end time events, and since ALL scripture is for the instruction of ALL of the called out. 

The messages to the seven churches are an instructive type or analogy for the end time situation and for very called out individual.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

The prophecies were sealed until the end time, when the time of their fulfillment is at hand, Dan 12.  Revelation 5 will confirm this. 

At the very End Time the Books will be unsealed and spiritual knowledge and understanding will be increased for the faithful to God.  We have the promise of God in Dan 12, confirmed in Revelation 5. The books of the prophecies will be opened to the understanding of the faithful, when  their redemption is at hand!

We are not only to hear and understand, we are to KEEP the words of Revelation!  A blessing being pronounced on those who faithfully KEEP the messages to the seven churches as well as the remainder of the Book.

1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

ALL of the seven churches existed together at the same time in the first century when John wrote this, and ALL seven attitudes, strengths and issues have always existed at the same time together, through history from the first century to today; and all seven attitudes, strengths and issues exist together at the same time today! 

The seven churches are about seven sets of attitudes, strengths and problems in the Ekklesia and are written to the WHOLE of the Ekklesia, to each one of us; for the guidance of the New Covenant Ekklesia through the centuries from the first century to today; so that each one of us may examine ourselves as to our own spiritual condition. 

Of course different attitudes may dominate organizations at different times, however this idea of seven consecutive eras is  simplistic and seems designed to justify ignoring most of the messages; when we are to apply ALL scriptures to ourselves for our own benefit.  

Brethren, as verse 3 makes clear, ALL of this Book was written for EVERY PERSON in the Ekklesia at all times!

Nowhere does John record that this was on some mail route and these churches represent consecutive eras!   That is not in the scriptures; ALL seven churches existed at the same time together in the first century; all of these problems have existed in the Ekklesia through history since the first century, and they all exist in the Ekklesia today! 

The true Ekklesia has always been a mix of people with the Ephesian or Laodicean or any of the other attitudes!  In any corporate church group today; ALL of these messages are applicable; because each group is a mix of all of these different attitudes in its individual brethren, as well as briers and tares.

In fact this situation is climaxing today at the end time, fulfilling the prophecies of a great falling away from true godliness! 

This study will demonstrate that today the problems of all seven churches exist in the Ekklesia at the same time, as they have throughout the period from the first century to today; which is what the Revelation messages from Jesus Christ are all about.  Every one of these messages from Jesus Christ is a personal message to each and every one of us, alerting us to what we should look out for, and warning us what to examine ourselves for.

All seven church attitudes exist today and ALL of these messages are for every one of us today!  Each of us needs to examine himself  honestly to see if we have any of these problems.  We need to all remember that NO corporate church is a true church of God at all, and that the true Ekklesia is made up of every called out person!  

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

1 Corinthians 10:1  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat [the Word of God]; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink [in the physical sense; as WE do in both the physical and the spiritual sense]: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

10:5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters [referring to today’s spiritual idolatry], as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

10:8  Neither let us commit fornication [Pornea, any disloyalty to our spouse; today referring to following any other than the whole Word of God as inspired by Jesus Christ our espoused Husband], as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ [by not being faithful to His Word and so challenging his authority as our head], as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

10:10  Neither murmur ye [We are not to complain against and blame Christ and the Father for our trials and we are not to try to mitigate trials by compromising with God’s Word; instead we are to run to God and cry out to our Mighty deliverer for salvation.], as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

The Seven Churches

Each one of the seven spirits is the spiritual overseer [angel] of one of the seven churches, helping Christ who is over all.

Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed [the sincerely repentant] us from our sins in his own blood,

The reward of those chosen to be changed to spirit at the early harvest, is to be made kings and priests unto God and his Father. 

As kings [rulers] and priests [teachers of godliness] it will be our mission to bring many to the righteousness of understanding and zealously keeping the whole Word of God! 

Most tend to think that today’s terrible example of elders dominating the brethren is the right way to go, and look forward to dominating others in the Kingdom. 

NO, NO, NO, Absolutely NOT.  The Nicolaitane attitude of most elders today is an abomination to Jesus Christ.  See The Nicolaitanes and the Primacy of Peter  

Matthew 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 20:27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father [Did you catch that Jesus is here referred to a God and with God the Father!]; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ shall come from heaven to be seen in the skies of the earth, and all who live at that time shall see him.  Later in their own time of resurrection, those who killed him will also see him and shall weep and deeply repent. 

When Christ comes, all humanity alive after the last battle, when the political and spiritual rulers of spiritual Babylon are destroyed and  Satan with his demonic followers are imprisoned; all the earth shall repent and turn to HIM, and the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh, Joel 2:28.

1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Jesus Christ was from the beginning and will be until the end.  Of God’s family there shall be no end; although of the wicked, they shall have their end by the power of Jesus Christ!   He will NOT tolerate any willful sin, but will cast the unrepentant who will not stop sinning:  into  the fire of eternal destruction.

1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

John had been exiled to Patmos because of his preaching of Christ.

1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

John was in spirit; that is, he saw a vision.  The term Lord’s day refers to the Day of the Lord, so the vision regarding the seven churches was a vision that the seven churches are all together at the day of the Lord, and the issues they had were end time issues.  This vision was not about seven churches in the first century!  The is about seven churches in the latter day: of the Lord!

1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

The whole Book of Revelation is addressed to the seven brother churches; as types representing the seven primary issues of the end time Ekklesia.

1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, 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.

The whole Book of Revelation was to be sent to the seven churches of Asia in John’s time, and doubtless the specific messages to each of the seven churches did apply at that time to each of them; but they were mere types of the situation in the last days:  Day of the Lord time frame!   In John’s time the seven churches all existed at the same time; and in this latter day; all seven messages are applicable for OUR instruction!

The Lamp Stand

In King James England the use of candles was the method of lighting in the land, so they improperly translated oil burning lamps [ “lamp stands], as candlesticks; and olive oil lamps as candles.  When you see the terms candles or candlesticks: read oil burning lamps or oil lamps [Menorah]. 

The olive oil represents the Holy Spirit which is in the Ekklesia and in converted individuals, produces the light of a godly example for all others to see. 

Today the flow of the oil of the holy spirit has been quenched, as the Ekklesia is spiritually asleep; in due time they will awaken  and fill their lamps with the oil of the Holy Spirit in sincere repentance. 

It is explained in Zech 4 that the latter day Ekklesia is about to die and it is God’s two prophets who God will use to revive them; turning them back to a passion for godliness and reviving them so that the oil of God’s spirit might again make them shine brightly in passionate godliness. 

In Zech 4 the golden lamp or menorah with is a single lampstand with seven branches, each one representing one of the churches of Revelation. In  Zech 4:10 the seven spirits of God are mentioned.  God’s two revive all seven branches of the lamp stand; therefore of necessity all seven Revelation churches must exist at the same time that these two are working. 

1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [Oil Burning Lamps] one like unto the Son of man,

Jesus Christ and the Seven Spirits

. . . clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars [the seven spirits or angels of the seven churches in his hand which serve Christ over the seven churches, each church represented by a branch of the Menorah lamp stand]: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword [The TRUTH of God; which most of the brethren reject today to maintain their false traditions.]: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

John worships Christ and faints in awe of him.

1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Jesus Christ has the keys of judgment to save or to condemn the wicked who stray from zeal to follow the whole word of God, and follow idols of men.

1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

John is commanded to write what he sees.

1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks [the seven oil burning lamps; Menorah] which thou sawest are the seven churches.

 

Revelation 2

The Seven Churches

ALL the words of this Book are for the instruction of ALL of God’s people. 

Each one of us needs to take a very serious look at every one of the messages and examine ourselves as to whether we can learn from them about our own condition; and so profit from them in our own personal spiritual growth.

2 Timothy 3:16   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Brethren, How long will we cherry pick scripture to claim the good things are about us and any correction is about others; refusing to examine ourselves by the WHOLE Word of God?  How long will we justify our sins by claiming that certain instructions apply only to others and not to ourselves?

ALL of these messages are for EVERYONE who reads the Book.  That means that EVERY message is a personal message to each one of us today!

Ephesus

Jesus Christ speaks directly to those who have lost their first love and zeal for Him and His Word. 

Do you remember the passion of your first love of God and the scriptures?  Do you remember how we eagerly rushed to the scriptures to see whether some new thing we were learning was so?  Do you remember how we tested the words of the various religions and found them to be false? and the joy we had at finding the one closest to the truth? 

Do you remember how you lay awake at night trying to understand God’s word and meditated on the word of God every moment you could? 

Did we not Hunger and Thirst; BURNING with passion to learn – to understand – to know the whole Word and Will of God?  Did we not want to learn the things of God; to be like God our Father and passionately, joyously, whole heartedly  follow God’s every Word?  Was our burning love for our God and his word like the passion of a starving man for food, or a thirsty man for water?  Or as a man and his bride yearn to be one with each other on their wedding day?

Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Can we remember how we loved good and hated evil and tested all men and all things to live by every Word of God?  Can we remember the joy we felt in our study of God’s Word at every  new truth we discovered?  and how we rushed to embrace and to keep it?  Remember how we eagerly rushed to repudiate sin and turn to truth as soon as we learned the Will of God in some matter?  

Remember how we tested by the scriptures all those who make claims of godliness and rejected all error for the truth of God?

Remember how much we endured for our love?  How we were make a laughingstock by our friends, family and neighbours?  Yet we patiently  endured the pain and the disgrace heaped upon us, because of our passionate love for God and his Word.

2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s [to exalt the authority of God] sake hast labored [To grow in knowledge and understanding of true godliness], and hast not fainted.

2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Brethren, generally in the Ekklesia we have grown weary with well doing and have fallen away from our first passionate love and zeal for godliness!  We have fallen spiritually asleep content to follow idols of men and corporate institutions in place of following our espoused Husband and keeping His Word and Will. 

We have lost our fire of passionate love for our Husband, and have turned to other lovers by embracing idols of men and calling the promised latter day advances in knowledge and understanding that were promised to us: contemptible. 

Jesus Christ admonishes us to REMEMBER our first love and passion for Him, His Father, and His Word.   Our Husband stands and calls out to his bride:  Remember me and return to me, rekindle your burning fire of zeal for me [Christ] and my Word!

So many of us have lost our first passionate zeal for the whole Word of God and turned to a zeal for corporate idols and idols of men. 

Oh How we loved God and his Word! But deceitful men came in and taught us that they were between us and God, and that we should blindly obey them without question as the supposed chosen leaders of God; and so we became passionate for men, being deceived that this was the same as a passion for God!  Today we love our corporate assemblies and its leaders, elders and our friends in the congregation:  MORE THAN WE LOVE OUR GOD!  

Today many gladly do what men say, even in contradiction to God’s Word!  We no longer have a zeal to run to the whole Word of God to prove all things, instead we look at only the scriptures given to us by deceivers to justify the sins of men! 

Brethren, the vast majority of brethren today have left their first love!  We have left off from any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God, and we have left off from any zeal for the TRUTH of God, to follow idols and false traditions of men. 

Christ admonishes us to REPENT from turning away from our zeal for Him, His Father and His Word.  He commands us to run back to our first passionate zealous enthusiasm for the righteousness of the whole Word of God to follow the espoused Husband of our baptismal commitment!

Jesus Christ warns each one of us that if we do not quickly and sincerely:  He will remove our Light [the Holy Spirit in us]  and reject us [into the great correction of tribulation] for turning away from our zeal for his Word to follow idols of men and ungodly traditions.  Our sins are many; such as calling the Sabbath and High Days holy, and then openly polluting them; or rejecting the newly revealed knowledge of God’s Biblical calendar, for the heathen Rabbinic calendar; even knowingly lying to justify making an idol of the unconverted Rabbinate.

2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Yes, some of us hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes; which is the domination system of the Roman Catholic Babylonian Mysteries form of church governance; adopted by Herbert W Armstrong and many of his daughter organizations.  The ministry are to be helps to the brethren, to focus them on God; not to dominate them and demand that the brethren follow their false traditions instead of being zealous for God.

2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Brethren, IF we sincerely repent and turn back to our first love, the whole Word of God; to prove all things by the whole Word of God and to make God’s Word our ultimate moral authority, and if we overcome our tendency to exalt anything else to love it as much or more than we love the whole Word of God;: We shall be saved into the promised land of a change to spirit and eternal life by our sincere repentance from this terrible sin. 

2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

If only the brethren, leaders and elders of the assemblies would open up the scriptures and instead of saying Ezra and Nehemiah and such and such do not apply to us, but apply to others: 

If they would only say that ALL scripture is for our instruction; and that we NEED to wholeheartedly REPENT of polluting the Sabbath and Holy Days, and we NEED to STOP cooking and paying other to cook for and serve us on God’s holy time; that we NEED to stop marrying outside the faith; that we need to STOP idolizing men and the false traditions of men and turn with passionate zeal to the Word of God! 

If such a thing were to be done; the whole heavens would erupt with a uncontainable rejoicing!

As Paul told Timothy all scripture is for OUR instruction.  These scriptures apply to us: if we will only acknowledge that and correct ourselves, we shall be saved.

Smyrna

A message to those who are physically poor yet faithfully following every Word of God and spiritually rich.  Jesus reminds us that he died for us and is now alive by the power of God the Father; implying that we too as flesh will die, but if we are faithful to God the Father and the whole Word of God as Christ was. we will also be resurrected to eternal life,   

2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive [Jesus Christ];

Those who are faithful in their godly actions [works of faith] to zealously KEEP the whole Word of God, may suffer physical poverty and persecution in this world, but they will become spiritually rich and will have riches in the world to come.

Those who claim to be Christians [spiritual Jews]; and then follow men away from and contrary to the Word of God, are of Satan.  This includes the Catholic Church and her daughters, but it also includes the Church of God groups who idolize men and reject zealous obedience to the whole Word of God. 

Does this seem harsh?  The spirit of God leads us into an enthusiastic passion to become like God, by learning and keeping the whole Word and Will of God; which is TRUTH. 

It is the spirit of antichrist, the spirit of Satan, which leads people to follow idols of men, to leave our first love of godliness and to reject any zeal to follow the whole Word and Will of God. 

Those who know better and even stoop to LYING to themselves and others, to justify idolizing the Rabbinate and their false calendar are not of God.  Neither are those who call God’s Sabbaths holy and then routinely and deliberately pollute them, or those who reject the truth to maintain past false traditions. 

2:9 I know thy works [works of faith], and tribulation [trials], and [physical] poverty, (but thou art [spiritually] rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are [converted spiritual New Covenant called out] Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

The faithful to God and his Word, will suffer in this life; even from the hands of their families and friends in their beloved Church corporations.  God allows us to be tried that me may grow in godliness and bring forth much fruit, John 15. 

Christ encourages us that our trials will bring forth much fruit and are for our ultimate good; revealing that through patient endurance of trials we shall inherit a crown of eternal life.  Much of this fruit will be due to the godly example they are setting as they patiently endure all things to live by every Word of God.

2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried;  and ye shall have tribulation ten days [years]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Specifically there was a ten year persecution in the reign of Diocletian, from A. D. 303-313; which was ended by the Edict of Milan, issued by the two emperors, Constantine and Licinius, March, A. D. 313

This persecution covered the whole extent of the Roman empire and affected all professing Christians.  Smyrna type Christians suffered a great persecution for ten years and it is analogous to the fact that all faithful Christians, zealous to keep the whole Word of God; have been persecuted in this world. 

Whether or not one wants to argue that Smyrna was dominant for a specific period of time: Who among those trying to live by every Word of God has not had their faith tested by many trials?  This applies to us, as an encouragement that we may have many trials in this life, but if we rely on our great God and continue to zealously live by every Word of God, we shall become spiritually rich and have a good reward.

Hebrews 10:32   But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33  Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

This is a promise from Jesus Christ to all those who are adamantly enthusiastic and full of love for God and his Word will suffer in this world for their zeal, but they will become spiritually rich forevermore! 

John 15:19   If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

15:21  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

The message ends with the promise to Smyrna and to the Ekklesia [all those who are zealous to live by every Word of God] that if we are willing to suffer for our passion or even to die for the faith, we shall receive the gift of eternal life.

This is a particular encouragement for most of today’s church of God who will soon be in the correction of a great tribulation.  If they sincerely repent and overcome and turn to live by every Word of God, they will surely be persecuted, many to the death.  But if they are faithful to God to steadfastly put God first above any trial and are even willing to die for love of God, they shall receive eternal life and will be delivered from the second death. 

I personally bear witness that the vast majority of the COG  [True called out] brethren are zealous for God and his Word; but they have been deceived into thinking of their leaders and elders as being between them and God; and, falsely believe that loyalty to these men is the same as loyalty to God:  That is the sin of idolatry.  And that is the lesson that God is teaching his people today! 

Follow men ONLY as they follow God!

1 Thessalonians 5:19    Quench not the Spirit. 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto [All the called out, the Ekklesia] the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword to divide the holy from the profane.  If we loved the truth we would never knowingly lie to justify our own positions, therefore it is obvious that many today have no love for the truth. 

Nothing negative is said of Smyrna, only encouragement to be steadfast in trials. 

Pergamos

2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

The Pergamos attitude holds fast to the name [the authority of Christ] even though they dwelt at the very seat of Satan in Pergamos and were among the martyrs.  These people exalted the authority [name] of Christ and the Father above all else even to death. 

This is an allegory that there are some in the Ekklesia today, who are in groups that have exalted men and turned away from their zeal for living by every Word of God; who still exalt the “name” the authority of Christ and the Father.  They are in a group that is full of sins, but still they bow to the authority of Christ.

2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name [God’s authority], and hast not denied my faith [by turning away from the works of faith], even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols [to accept false doctrines of idols of men], and to commit fornication [pornea; spiritually disloyalty to our espoused husband Jesus Christ].

Balaam taught Balac how to entice Israel to bring a curse upon themselves, by tempting them into fornication and idolatry. 

It is the same today, as Satan has enticed us to follow idols of men and to commit spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband.  We follow the false teachings of the heathen like the Catholic Nicolaitane Babylonian church governance system of the ministry being a layer of authority to be blindly followed and obeyed.  And by teaching for doctrine the commandments of men we bring the curse of rejection from Christ and his correction down upon ourselves.

2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

Just as the ancients exalted men as a ministry between men and God [The doctrine of the Nicolaitanes] Herbert W Armstrong brought the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes into the church of God, and most maintain that doctrine of a layer of ministry between the brethren and God to this very day.  Jesus Christ says he HATES this false doctrine, because it separates him from his people and attempts to give an authority that belongs to him alone, to mere mortal men.   The Nicolaitanes and the Primacy of Peter

Now Jesus  Christ says very clearly that this condition will exist when he comes and that Christ will fight those who hold to this abominable teaching when he comes.

2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

We are commanded to REPENT of the spiritual adultery of following men in place of the Husband of our baptismal espousal.  We are commanded by Jesus Christ to REPENT of the Nicolaitane Roman Catholic church governance system of exalting idols of men above the Word of Almighty God!  I am NOT against leaders and governance! 

Godly leadership points all men to obey and zealously learn, Keep and Live By EVERY WORD OF GOD!   Nicolaitane leadership says obey us because we are God’s appointed leaders; and so exalts men to be obeyed placing men between the brethren and God!

Those who overcome the spiritual chains of exalting men and thinking of loyalty to idols of men as loyalty to God; will be delivered from slavery to men and will be fed the true heavenly manna of the Bread of Life, the whole Word of God! 

As the physical temple was built of stones so the spiritual Temple is built of stones of the faithful chosen of humanity. 

Ephesians 2:20   And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

They will each be given a white [white being a symbol of purity from sin] stone; and a place among the stones [the spiritual stones of the spiritual temple of God] which will constitute the temple [the government of God]; they will, with the other stones [of resurrected men, Jesus Christ being the Chief Corner Stone] of the Temple, become a part of the spiritual Temple which is the eternal government of God! 

They will receive a new name; that is a title [God calls things what they are] reflecting their new life and responsibilities in the government of God!  Their old name representing what they had been in their physical lives, and their new name  reflecting their new birth into spirit and eternity!

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna [internalize the Bread of Life, the whole Word of God and understanding of the things of God], and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Thyatira

Pride in good works toward men while lacking any zeal to love God and keep God’s whole Word and Will; exalting a love of men above our duty to follow and keep the whole Word and Will of God: This is idolatry!

Christ is described as like a flame of fire.  Flames are a fire that purifies all things.  Jesus Christ will purify all things by forgiving sincerely repented sins and destroying all willful sinners in the lake of fire.

2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are [shine] like fine brass;

There are people who have many good works and much good in them, who still sin and tolerate sin.  A little leaven [leaven as a type of sin] leavens the whole lump.  Let us not deceive ourselves that because we have some good or do some good works; that a few good things mixed with sins, makes us acceptable to God. 

It is not a few good things that makes us acceptable to God;  but that we should live by EVERY WORD of God!  Many sinners are charitable and do many good things, but they fall short because they will not keep the whole Word of God!

Friends we ought to be charitable and  serve others, but we ought to put God FIRST and serve God FIRST!  We ought to live by EVERY WORD of God, and not by only a few of God’s words!

2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

These are generally humanly good folks in the Ekklesia who love their neighbor and are very kind and charitable, but lack a zeal to keep the whole Word and Will of God. 

Jezebel is a type of Baalism, or the Babylonian Roman Catholic system of obeying men as our idols; instead of fully zealously obeying God.  They permit seducers and deceivers in the assemblies to teach the false traditions of men and entice the brethren away from any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word and Will of God. 

Those with the Thyatira attitude tolerate false teachings of false religions and teaching people to spiritually [Pornea; refers to ALL sexual immorality]  commit spiritual adultery against our espoused spiritual Husband and His Word, with the false religions, false prophecy and false doctrines of worldliness: and to follow idols of men putting them between us and God!

These people were given warnings and time to repent, just as today’s church of God has been warned and given time to repent of this same sin of exalting a layer of men as our idols to come between the brethren and God. 

Elders and leaders can be excellent helps as long as they focus on God; yet prove all things and follow ONLY what is consistent with the whole Word of God!

2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Those with this attitude of tolerating the sin of idolizing men above the whole Word of God to obey men without question and to follow them contrary to the word of God: are proud of their misguided love of men and will not repent of being unfaithful to the whole Word of God, therefore they will be cast into great tribulation. 

This proves that there will be those with this problem at the end time.  In fact this is an overspreading sin in the church of God today. Jesus Christ calls on us to repent of this sin!

2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Because of the correction of the great tribulation ALL of the  seven “churches,”  will learn to exalt the Eternal and the whole Word and Will of God  above all others!  Christ will judge us by ALL of our deeds, not just those deeds that are good, but by ALL  our works! 

Appearances can be deceiving.  Some great charities can hide much evil doctrines!

2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins [kidneys, hidden sensitive places] and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Brethren all of us will be judged by what we say and do therefore this example is for us today!   

I am not saying that they were criticized for doing good works, I said that they had good works towards men while having no zeal to keep all the other things in God’s Word; that they were proud of their good works towards men, not understanding that they lacked the good works of obeying God in other things.  Jesus Christ tells us that this exalting of love of men above any zeal for God is a “Doctrine of Satan!”

Jesus then comforts those who are full of the good works of Thyatira, that if they do sincerely repent and put God first and reject making idols of men; that they will be covered by His sacrifice and will be made blameless; and instructs them to hold fast until he comes. 

This instruction means that they will be present at the coming of Christ. 

2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Christ has received ruler-ship over the whole earth and it is those with the  Thyatira attitude of faith and service to GOD and to others; without the sins of Thyatira, who will rule the nations. 

To the Thyatira attitude people who are proud of their good works toward men and are not zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word and Will of God, Christ says that this is a “doctrine of Satan” and that Christ will reject them into the correction of great tribulation in teh hope that they will sincerely repent. 

Those who overcome the sins of tolerating the sin of pride in exalting love of men above love of God and the sin of idolizing men according to the Roman Catholic Babylonian church governance system; to sincerely repent and turn to zealously keep the whole Word of God as Jesus did: will rule the nations with Christ!

2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works [has the works of faith in keeping the whole Word and Will of God] unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The sincerely repentant of Thyatira will shine brightly in the government of God forever.

Daniel 12:3   And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Brethren, these things may have some historical era meaning; but their main purpose is for our instruction at the end of the age.  It is not wise to neglect these things as only ancient history.  All of these attitudes and problems are climaxing in the Ekklesia TODAY! 

All of these messages are absolutely applicable to the Ekklesia today.

May those with God’s Spirit understand what the Spirit reveals to them.

2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

 Sardis

Revelation 3

Revelation  3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and [which are] the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

These are folks who call themselves God’s people and are spiritually dead in terms of any zeal for godliness.  They are physically alive and claiming to be God’s people but they are spiritually dead; following their own ways, false traditions of men and idols of men instead of being alive and full of the fire of zeal to keep the Word and Will of God. The Sardis warning applies to the vast majority in the Ekklesia today. 

3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

We have some things right but instead of truly GROWING in knowledge, understanding and the works of faith; we are stagnant and even letting those right things that we have; slip away. 

Today the Ekklesia is doing exactly that. As was prophesied, they are turning from any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word and Will of God in a great falling away from the Word of Life. 

Jesus then warns that if these folks are not watching for him, his coming will catch them by surprise.  This means that this attitude will exist at his coming.  It also means that even in the midst of the great tribulation they will be in denial, too spiritually dead to realize  what is taking place.

3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Yet there are a few who will sincerely repent and turn to a zeal for godliness; the sacrifice of Christ will be applied to them purifying them and making their garments pure, clean and white.

3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

With God all things are possible and even some of those who are spiritually dead could be saved and  turned to God receiving the gift of the oil of the Holy Spirit; that their light which has gone out, might be reignited that they may shine brightly with godliness.

3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Philadelphia

Jesus begins his message to Philadelphia by remarking that He is the Door and the Way and the Key into the kingdom of God and eternal life.  

It is Christ who judges and who can let us in or shut us out.  No man can take away our promise of eternal life by casting us out of some corporation; nor can belonging to some corporate church be a pass to enter eternal life! 

Only fidelity to our espoused Husband and his Father  will anyone gain eternal life! 

When HWA said that questioning him was questioning God and that leaving him was leaving God:  HE LIED!  and when others say the same thing:  They LIE!  It is not blindly following idols of men that brings eternal life; only being a part of the spiritual Ekklesia who live by ever word of God brings acceptance by God and eternal life! 

3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Those with a Philadelphian attitude of absolute faith in God and a full whole hearted zeal for learning and keeping the whole Word of God have an open door to God the Father and into eternal life!  Jesus Christ will open the door of salvation to those who are faithful to Him and will provide an open way into eternal life; if we are diligent to internalize the very nature of God the Father as he did! 

Those who are diligent to keep the Word of God and do not deny the name [authority] of God and his Word over his people; will be changed to spirit on that day! 

I capitalize the word “Word” for a reason; Jesus Christ is the Logos, the Word; summing up the whole of Holy Scriptures with the Father!  To break any art of the word of God, is to break the teachings of Jesus Christ the WORD who inspired all of scripture! 

ONLY those who keep the whole Word of God and exalt the name  [authority] of God above all others shall have an open door to eternal life! 

A Philadelphian has only a little strength, he knows that; and therefore relies on the strength of the Eternal Almighty God!  He knows that in the flesh he is weak and seeks the strength from God to overcome; he runs to and takes refuge in the Mighty God the Overcomer!

3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Those who are full of zeal to live by every Word of God will be made eternal priests and kings [teachers and leaders] and those of the nations who hated the zealous for God will sincerely repent and shall worship God at the feet of [under the tutelage of] the Philadelphian attitude folks who are full of faithful zeal for godliness

3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

If the zealous for God patiently endure and wait; they shall be the “children of light” 1 Thess 5;  and will not be taken by surprise when the tribulation and later Jesus Christ comes; they shall understand the biblical signs and will obey the words of God’s prophets, and so will be kept from the hour of trial. 

Those who are full of zeal for godliness and study carefully Watching for the coming of their LORD will be preserved from the terrible correction of a righteous God on the earth.

Yes there is a place of refuge, as David said; that refuge is in the arms of our Mighty Deliverer!  Follow and zealously keep the whole Word and Will of God; and when God says to do this or to do that, or he says to go here or to go there:  Follow him and DO IT!

3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

A pillar is a supporting column that stands on a firm foundation, the pillars of God stand on the firm foundation of zeal to learn and zeal to keep the whole Word of God! 

Ephesians 2:18   For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets [the scriptures], Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

A pillar helps to hold up the rest of the structure; the pillars of God will stand on the foundation of the whole Word of God and will help to hold up the rest of the spiritual building. 

If the zealous to keep the whole Word of God and endure all trials, remain faithful; they will become permanent pillars in the eternal government of God; and they will have the name [authority] of God and of the capitol of His eternal government, the New Jerusalem forever.  For they shall occupy positions of responsibility in God’s government and will act on behalf of God and God’s government, not just in the millennium, but forever!

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

The Philadelphian pillar is a person who is weak, and knows it; therefore he relies upon God and seeks the strength of God,  rather than trying to stand on his own strength.   He is zealous to root out all error and internalize the truth of God.  He is faithful to follow God in all things and will not turn aside to follow any man or spirit away from his zeal to follow the whole Word of God.  Yes, he makes mistakes and occasionally slips; and when he does instead of giving up, he cries out to his Father for deliverance! 

There are those who say that “I am a Philadelphian because God does not criticize that church.”   That is a proud arrogant and totally ignorant attitude:  ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God!

Christ does not criticize Philadelphia because he does not have to!  The Philadelphian pillar is well aware of his short comings, and he knows that he has no strength in himself;  therefore he runs to the Eternal and takes refuge in the Eternal, the Mighty High Tower of Strength; to seek and find deliverance. 

The true Philadelphian attitude is one of humility before God relying totally on God; KNOWING that we are so weak and so sinful; and knowing that God is so great strong and powerful; that they RUN TO HIM and seek HIS STRENGTH to deliver! 

The difference between the Philadelphian and the others is:  HUMILITY and true LOVE for the Eternal and all his ways.  A certain knowledge that he is a sinner and falls very short, and therefore a complete loving submission to the whole Word fo God! 

The true Philadelphian attitude person is usually someone who has been most wicked; and therefore KNOWS how much they have been forgiven and is full of the deepest passionate love for their Deliverer.  They are so full of love for God that they would do anything to please God. 

 

A sinner demonstrates her love for her Messiah.

Luke 7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

The self righteous Pharisee thought that Christ should be as he was and despise sinners, even the repentant sinners, because of all their past wickedness for the Pharisee had never done such sins! That Pharisee knew nothing of compassion, mercy or forgiveness for sincerely repented sins. He had no understanding of the love of God and the mission of Jesus Christ.

The bearing of grudges and the despising of others is a GREAT SIN that will keep us OUT of the resurrection to spiritual life eternal!

Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

Jesus teaches a parable on forgiveness and love.

7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.

And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

Jesus then explains the parable.

7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Those who have sinned much; know how much they have been forgiven; and they know the terrible price that was paid on their behalf to deliver them; therefore they are humble before God, and full of dedicated love for God the Father and the Son; they have enough love to be filled with gratitude and a deep unwavering dedication to please their Lord and SIN NO MORE.

7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

Yet, the self righteous still found fault with the teachings of Christ, but the sincerely repentant followed Christ and found forgiveness.

7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Brethren, we have fallen very far from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. We have ALL sinned and we are all guilty before God. We speak of love, not understanding what love is; for godly love is living by EVERY WORD of God! 

Such pillars are scattered throughout the Temple; representing that the human spiritual pillars are also scattered throughout the Ekklesia. There is no such thing as a true Philadelphian corporate church of God today.  The true Philadelphian pillar is scattered throughout the Ekklesia and is very often serving God independently.

 

Laodicea [meaning: the people will be judged]

To Laodicea Jesus identifies himself as the faithful and true witness of what they are truly like.   They think themselves spiritually rich and have no idea what Jesus Christ really thinks of them.  Jesus here tells them their problems straight out, but they are proud and willfully blind to reality.

Emphasizing that his message to Laodicea is true and coming from Christ’s faithful love for them so that they might repent and be saved.  Jesus also calls himself the “beginning of the creation of God;”  clearly meaning that Christ is the Creator who began the creation of all things.

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while keeping the commandments according to their own imaginations instead of keeping them the way that God commands. 

They pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God.  Their zeal is for their own ways and what they think, it is for their own past false traditions and their idols of men and not for what God says. They stand on false past traditions and proudly think they know it all; refusing any spiritual growth they are stagnant or even falling backward in their spiritual condition. 

They are hot for their own traditions, and for the teachings of their idols of men about the Word of God, and cold for zealously keeping the whole Word as God, as God has commanded them.  This mixture of hot for their idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Words of God makes them lukewarm and revolting to Christ. 

They are idolaters of men and the traditions of men; proud, thinking that they know it all spiritually and therefore refuse correction from God or man; they reject the Word of God for their own ways and they reject any growth in truth and refuse to turn from error, going deeper and deeper into error and sin. 

Because these folks have rejected Christ to follow him above our idols of men, they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction] .

Proud and self willed, they think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth, and reject the promised increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days (Dan 12). 

They reject any part of scripture that they do not want to follow, saying it is for others; or that it is not reliable and are so proud they have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor they really are. 

They are willfully blind to their own condition and to the things of God that disprove their own false ways;  They lack the garments of righteousness and are naked before God,  their many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride, stubborn self will,  self justification and self approval.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:

Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; that they may become spiritually rich. 

They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the  white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God. 

They are commanded to anoint their eyes and open them to see themselves as God sees them, and to sincerely repent from their pride and false ways and to turn away from their idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are so that we can repent and be saved].

Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish.  They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to live by every Word of God, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal. 

Jesus Christ tells those of the Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude in the Ekklesia today;  to REPENT of their pride and self righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in their idols of men and false traditions. 

Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God! 

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants them to open up to him, to reject idols and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize  the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ. 

They have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept them, if they would only open up their eyes and turn to Him! 

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.

Only those who overcome this Laodicean attitude of pride and self-centeredness will be resurrected to spirit.  Those who sincerely repent of the sins of Laodicea will be in the resurrection to eternal life and will have a place in the eternal government of God.

3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

As the seventh and last assembly Laodicea has all of the problems of the other churches.  

That is because pride is the chief cause of most of the various problems.  Today professing Christianity and teh Brotherhood are full of pride and idolatry, rejecting any biblical thing they do not agree with, as unreliable or applying only to others. 

They think of themselves as the repository of all wisdom and truth, and refuse any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, in order to follow their corporate idols, idols of men and there own false traditions. 

Today the Organizations call the Sabbath and High Days, Holy; and then walk all over them, while claiming that the commandments not to cook or buy food on Sabbath somehow applies to others and not to themselves.  They insist on following the apostate Rabbinic Calendar and refuse to keep the Biblical Calendar of God; even though the proofs are now overwhelming. 

They have almost no understanding of the Festivals, rejecting the true meanings of the Festivals; even claiming that the seven day Feast of Tabernacles somehow represents only one thousand years.  They reject any zeal for living by every Word of God, and insist on a zeal for the corporate idols, idols of men and past false traditions, insisting that people should obey them, above the Word of God. 

The Mosaic Pharisees were a type of Laodicea

Laodicean attitude is an exact replica of the primary attitude of the Mosaic Pharisees during the physical ministry of Christ. 

Contrary to popular belief the Mosaic Pharisees were NOT zealous for the law, rather they made the law of God of no effect by their own false traditions, just as today’s modern Ekklesia does!

In Matthew 15:9 Jesus said of the Mosaic Pharisees; and this is a very precise description of the Ekklesia today: 

Matthew 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 23 describes the attitude during the physical ministry of Jesus Christ; and it also accurately describes the church of God groups right before Christ comes to rule: today!

Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

At that time the scribes and Pharisees sat in Moses seat;  that changed with the death and resurrection of Christ who then became our High Priest forever. 

We are to obey men when they speak the truth of God, and are NOT to obey them when they depart from the Word of God!

23:2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Today’s corporate churches also bind heavy burdens on the brethren, mainly financial.

23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With the death of the Husband of Israel; the marriage between physical Mosaic Israel and Christ ended, and so did the authority of the Mosaic Priesthood and the Pharisees!

When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and was accepted by God the Father as a sacrifice for us; He became our High Priest and the King of the world in waiting; the Mosaic priesthood was superseded by a reestablishment of the High Priesthood of Melchizedek.

From that time on; neither Levi, nor the Jews; have any lawful spiritual authority. they have rejected the only lawful authority in existence at this time and forever more; which is the authority of our eternal High Priest Jesus Christ.

The true and only existing Priesthood of God today is that of our High Priest Jesus Christ, and the called out have the potential to become priests of Christ forever in the coming Kingdom of God. All of us are in training to become priests forever in that spiritual priesthood of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek].

We are not to rely on apostate Christ rejecting, true priesthood rejecting, Rabbins; for our religion! We are to rely on the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and the whole body of scriptures that were inspired by HIM!

Sadly, today many would be like those Pharisees; and many do indeed bind heavy burdens on the brethren that they would not lift a finger to bear themselves. This varies in intensity by each group as do all these other condemnations.

23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

Sound familiar? Just substitute the word “Mr”. or “Pope” or “father” or “padre” etc for Rabbi!

Oh how we love titles and the chief seats today.  Oh how many elders love to be greeted with fawning subservience and called by some title!

23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi [our religious master]: for one is your [religious master] Master, even Christ; and all ye [everyone in the Ekklesia are brothers including elders etc] are brethren. 23:9 And call no man your father [as a religious title] upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

This is a condemnation of the love of position and titles!

It was always customary to call everyone brothers and sisters, including elders until the great apostasy.  Elders were introduced as elder ******, or brother ******; until Constantine and the Popes introduced layers of authority between the people and themselves; with the Pope between all others and God; with his Roman Catholic pyramid system, that Christ says he hates. 

God’s government is NOT a pyramid; it is Family with the Father as the HEAD and the firstborn son as the second Head under the Father, and then the Husbands over their own families.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Roman Catholic idea of a pyramidal structure of layers of authority between men and God is an abomination to God. It is the job of ALL elders to focus all people on the Father and Christ: NEVER to COME BETWEEN the people and God; but to act as facilitators in helping men to focus DIRECTLY on their Father through their ONLY High Priest and Mediator; Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

We are to prove the words of ALL men, by the Word of Almighty God!  We are NOT to interpret God’s Word by the words of men; but to prove the words of men by the Word of Almighty God!

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

We are all to desire to humbly and passionately serve our God and not to exalt ourselves. God will exalt or abase as HE sees fit.

23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

How? By paying lip-service to the law while making it of no effect by the traditions of men; and through compromise in its practical application; By making corporate idols and idols of men instead of faithfully putting God and His Word above all men, no matter what titles they claim.

23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Demanding money of poor widows, and then making a show of flowery prayer.

23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

How? By teaching them to obey men, organizations and false traditions, instead of focusing them on repentance and a diligent passionate obedience to all of God’s words.

23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.  23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

Today’s corporate Ekklesia exalt mammon and numbers; above repentance, faith and obedience to God. 

23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

The important thing is NOT the numbers of responses, but the quality of the message!

The important thing is not the building [the organization] but serving and obeying the Eternal God on his throne, sitting in absolute authority over your deeds and very thoughts! and serving the God who shall most certainly judge us by our works; whether of faithful uncompromising obedience; or of compromising with HIS Word!

23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Demanding every last cent that can be demanded or extorted, while ignoring and not rebuking sin, nor teaching repentance from evil doing, and expounding and exhorting faith, mercy and sound judgment founded on the basics of God’s word and commandments.

We are to be merciful to the poor in their needs; we are to be merciful to the repentant instead of condemning them for being over righteous!

We are to preach a message of warning and repentance and the mercy of God [the Father] or the sincerely repentant; who gave his only begotten son that sinners might be reconciled to Him [the Father].

23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

This is a figure of speech that simply means that we strain at the little unimportant things like money and numbers; and neglect the really important things like zeal for our God.

23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

We have no business reaching out to the world, while we are full of sin inside ourselves and our organizations.

We need to clean up our own spiritual lives and get right with God. We need to rekindle our passionate zeal for God and his commandments; we need to get rid of those traditions not consistent with scripture; we need to start practicing what we preach, and to start setting a godly example instead of acting so shamefully.

We need to stop exalting men and organizations above God; we need to STOP equating loyalty to men, as being equal to loyalty to God. We need to repent and turn to our God with passionate enthusiastic consummate zeal; and then we need to begin to preach the Gospel of warning and repentance that Christ has commanded us to preach.

23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

We honour the prophets and ancient men of God, while persecuting those who are today filled with a similar zeal: Showing ourselves that we are no better than they which persecuted the saints of old.

23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Today the major COG groups persecute the zealous for God as the ancients persecuted the prophets and holy men, and as the Pharisees persecuted Christ and his true faithful disciples. 

23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Those who do such things are likened to vipers who hide along the path waiting to strike the unwary. When a person goes to them with questions, they reason with them that they should not be zealous like the Mighty Men of God, but should be lukewarm like themselves, then make a note to persecute such zeal by calling the zealous Pharisaical, when it is they themselves who are Pharisaical; filled with zeal for their own groups and traditions, while being lukewarm and compromising with the Word of God.

Since Cain slew Abel, it has ever been thus; that the faithless and compromised; have always persecuted the faithful and zealous. Those who exalt the Lord their God; will face resistance from outside and from inside these organizations,

Such Philadelphian pillars should REJOICE at the persecution from Laodicea, because they have been given an opportunity to set an example, that their persecutors will later remember and be convicted by.

These pillars persecuted by Laodicea should REJOICE, for they are being tempered and tested to become pillars in the Temple of The Great God for all eternity. 

They that stand unshakable on the foundation of the Word of Almighty God; without turning, no matter what the stress; will be made fit by God to stand on that sure foundation of the Word of God as pillars, helping to hold up the entire family of God for all eternity!

23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

These persecutions did come upon the saints by the religious establishment of that day, and have continued to this day.  They are now being fulfilled internally by the Laodicean COG Groups.

23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

This is about the city, Jerusalem which persecuted the godly through history and is figuratively about the faithless who persecute the faithful today. Jesus Christ would have saved them, if only they would accept his deliverance and turn to him away from sin and compromise with the Father’s law.

Both Jerusalem and today’s faithless people, will be made desolate in the tribulation; it is then that they will repent and turn to the ONLY one that can truly save!

23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

When you see Christ come, Jerusalem, and all those who persecuted the saints; will be in a humbled and repentant attitude, and will no longer reject Christ and the teachings of  the whole Word of God; instead they shall Shout for Joy at his appearance; crying out “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”!

Philadelphia and Laodicea

Jesus illustrated the difference between a Philadelphian and a Laodicean the difference between a holy attitude and a profane and unacceptable attitude in this parable.

These prayers are not just words, they reveal the attitude of the person praying, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 

Luke  18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Jesus teaches us that we are to become like innocent, believing, obedient children; who TRUST their father, believing him and doing what he says. We are to be humble before God our heavenly Father and to have a humble contrite spirit before him; trusting, believing and obedient to our Mighty God who loves us with his whole heart.  We are to love him with our whole hearts also and we are to strive with all our beings to be Just Like Him!!!

Today the true Philadelphian pillars are scattered throughout the Ekklesia, which are overwhelmingly Laodicea.

Oh, how we Laodiceans exalt ourselves to live by our own false traditions and reject any true humble passion for our Mighty One who could deliver us!  Proud and thinking ourselves rich in spiritual things,  thinking we know  it all: We have become spiritually dead, apostate from our Master. 

Conclusion 

The various church attitudes may have dominated at various historical tines, but the seven churches also each existed at the same time and each one is an instructional example for us in these last days. 

Today like Ephesus, we have lost the passionate zeal of our first love for truth and godliness and the whole Word of God.

Today like Smyrna, there are some who are faithful to God and God’s Word and suffer much persecution.

Today like Pergamos,  there are some who have not denied the authority of God and the scriptures and yet tolerate Nicolaitane bullying.

Today like Thyatira, there are those who are full of good works, but in their zeal to good to their neighbor have lost sight of their obligations to God. 

As a bride our first duty is to our Husband and good works to others is second.  Many unconverted people are also full of good works towards humanity and do not obey God; how are we different from them if we are also full of good works for humanity and forget our LORD?

We should be filled with good works towards men; while not forgetting to put our LORD first in our lives.  What say you?  If a bride put her personal charitable works ahead of her love and obedience to her husband?  It is a very good thing to do good works for people, but such good works should not overtake our zeal for our LORD!

Today like Sardis, the overwhelming attitude in the  Ekklesia is largely spiritually dead, having no fire of zeal to keep the Word of our LORD. 

Today like Philadelphia, there are some faithful standing on the foundation of the whole Word of God; who are scattered as pillars throughout the various assemblies and standing alone.  In a very short time now God’s two will call for the faithful to gather together and leave for the place that God has prepared; the faithful pillars will respond to God’s call while the others will not, thus separating out the faithful from the others. 

Today like Laodicea, the Ekklesia is overwhelmingly proud, arrogant and unteachable by God.  They reject large parts of God’s Word and very much truth to follow their idols of men and false traditions. The only way to save them from certain eternal death is to afflict the flesh to humble them that the spirit might be saved.

 

Revelation 4

When Jesus walked the earth in the flesh he said: 

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 

Then AFTER he had died and been resurrected he was found worthy to unseal the hidden things of God the Father; Rev 4 – 5 

Now in this end time Christ is revealing these sealed hidden things to his servants in his promised surge of new knowledge and understanding for the end times. 

Daniel 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro [much travel], and knowledge shall be increased. 

With the promised increase in spiritual knowledge we need not be taken by surprise by end time events, and as we see the biblical signs being fulfilled we can know that our redemption is at hand:

Luke 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 

1 Thessalonians 5:4   But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

John was given a vision  that he was in heaven before the throne of God the Father.

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

The Father is revealed as shining like a jewel, and the bow of God is around his Throne. 

4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

24 elders were around the throne with crowns which represent ruler-ship, sovereign-ship and authority. these are the beings that work with the Father overseeing the earth and the whole universe.

4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Here we have confirmed that the seven branched menorah with its flames represents the Seven Churches; for the seven lights are the seven spirits which oversee the seven churches; see Revelation 1.  

4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne is a vast expanse like the court of the temple; a place of meeting before God paved with  clear crystal, refracting and reflecting the brilliant light of God, so that the expanse was full of the colours of the rainbow.  John describes this in Rev 15 as glass mingled with fire.

At the marriage of the Lamb after the resurrection the changed to spirit people will stand upon this crystal expanse before the throne of God the Father; to present the collective bride of the faithful called out and chosen to the Lamb!

Revelation 15:2   And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Four angelic creatures are around the throne of God the Father; and we know that two Cherubs actually cover the throne with their wings.

4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

The Father is worthy of all honor and glory!

4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

We see God the Father revealed as the Creator of all things! 

How can that be?  Because God the Father finalized the plans and gave the command to the one who became the Son to create all things!  The Father was the executive authority, while the one who became the Son actually carried out the work of creating! 

4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

In the hands of God the Father is the Book or  key to reveal the meaning of the prophecies of scripture which had been sealed up,  Daniel 12.  No one could know or understand those things that were sealed up, until the Lamb qualified to open them and Christ reveals the hidden things only at the very end time as Daniel was told.

Revelation 5

Revelation 5:1 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.

No one in heaven or on the earth was able to understand the sealed books of scripture, Dan 12; until the Lamb of God was found worthy to unseal the hidden things of the plan of God. 

We were promised in Dan 12 that at the last days, Jesus Christ would reveal thee things and that there would be a great increase of spiritual knowledge and understanding. 

These things of God were sealed and kept hidden until the Appointed Time of their revealing at the very last days; which is why there has been almost no understanding of the Biblical festivals, Biblical calendar or most of the end time prophecies until now.  What is so very sad is that most of the Ekklesia reject the expansion of knowledge and understanding that god has promised us for this end time.

5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon [to see its contents].

John wept that the key to opening up an understanding of the prophecies could not be opened.

5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Then the Lamb of God who overcame all sin and was resurrected at the end of the third day to rise up as the Wave Offering to be Accepted for us!  was found worthy and was accepted as the High Priest of God the Father for his people; was worthy to open the Book!  For his sacrifice made the prophecies of the Word of God SURE! 

If Jesus Christ had not been successful, there was no need to understand the prophecies because they would all have failed!

5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

The One who became the Son, the  Word of God; prevailed to the death as a perfect and pure sacrifice or all sincerely repented sin; and was resurrected to spirit to become our Intercessor with God the Father! 

It is Jesus Christ alone; who is in authority over the seven churches, who is the ONLY High Priest and the ONLY Intercessor between God the Father and humanity forevermore! NOT any man or board of men.  And he has seven spirits which are his eyes to keep watch on his seven churches.

The spiritually called out, are espoused to Jesus Christ alone, and we are personally responsible to HIM alone, regardless of  what any man claims or teaches! 

The job of elders and leaders is to help keep the flock of God the Father focused on our Father in heaven; not to usurp the Mediator and High Priest, Jesus Christ and try to come between men and God! 

Behold how Mighty and Awesome is God our Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ:  what fools we are to compromise with their Word!

5:6 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 [Power over the seven churches; horns being symbols of power and strength] and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God [these spirits are Christ’s eyes (representatives) to see all that is done and report back to Him] sent forth into all the earth.

When Christ was found worthy; the heavenly powers bowed down before him!

5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of [pleasant] odours [incense], which are the prayers of saints.

Then the heavenly Elders, Cherubs and angels, and figuratively through their prayers all of humanity who will receive salvation through sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; sang a song about the wonderful Lamb of God

5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

The resurrected saints being made kings and priests to replace Satan and to rule the earth, to bring many others to salvation!

5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Millions and millions of angels praised the Overcoming One; who was God, and hen gave up his God-hood to become flesh and to die for humanity; who was successful and overcame; and was made God again in a resurrection back to spirit!

5:11 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 [More than 100 million faithful angels];

5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Prophetically John heard every living thing give glory to God the Father and to the Lamb.  This WILL happen when the plan of God for physical things is completed.

5:13 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 honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne [God the Father], and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Then Jesus Christ begins to open the seven seals which give understanding of the prophecies of the Word of God.  John recorded these seals and the remainder of Revelation as a part of the holy scriptures; but Jesus Christ the Lamb of God while being given an understanding of these things by God the Father, will only give his people an understanding of these things when they need to know; that is, at the end time. 

Brethren, that time has come!

Revelation 6

THE SEVEN SEALS

THE FIRST SEAL

Jesus Christ by his sinless life and willingness to die for humanity to fulfill the will of God the Father was resurrected to spirit and had the glory that he had had before giving up his God-hood to become flesh, restored to him.  He then ascended to God the Father to be accepts “for us” to be accepted as our atoning sacrifice and to be made a High Priest to intercede for us with God the Father and to reconcile us to the Father.  Being found worthy to receive eternal life and everlasting glory Christ was also found worthy to unseal the secret things of God the Father.

Revelation 6:1 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.

The first seal is a white horse with its rider and in teh grand overall scheme of things it pictures Satan the Adversary who presents himself as an angel of light to deceive the nations. 

Specifically however this refers to the end time and refers to the climax of Satan’s activities and of his deceptions through human agents.  This seal refers to the abomination spoken of by Daniel [Dan 12] and by Paul.

2 Thessalonians 2:3   Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away [a falling away from zeal for God in the brotherhood as has now happened] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [who is the final miracle working abomination];

2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God [he will be exalted by humanity above the words of all gods] sitteth in the temple of God [he will falsely present himself as the head of the body the spiritual temple] shewing himself that he is God [by exalting himself above God as humanities ultimate moral authority].

2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6  And now ye know what [that Christ is holding Satan back until the appointed time] withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [withholds]  will let [restrain this setting up until the appointed time], until he [that is, the restraints] be taken out of the way [Christ will restrain the setting up of this person until the appointed time when the restraints will be removed].

2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed [and from the time that he is set up doing miracles in the Vatican he will have only 1,335 days until he is destroyed by Christ, Dan 12], whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness [deceiving men into rebellion against te eWord of God] in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

This miracle working pope will be of the earth, earthy, carnal, worldly; and will deceive most of humanity by doing amazing miracles to exalt himself as their ultimate moral authority, following his word instead of the whole Word of God. 

The first beast being the Holy Roman Empire system with its several revivals and its total destruction, which will be revived by this pope; who will then have the authority of the State be hind him in the church state relationship of the Holy Roman Empire system. 

This earthy, worldly, carnal, miracle working deceiver will appear to be a man of peace and as harmless as a lamb [trying to counterfeit the true Lamb of God]; but he will speak the words of Satan the dragon teaching all peoples to follow him in rebellion against the Word of God.  He will teach that HIS word is above the Word of God, as is being done in the Ekklesia today. 

This man will do great miracles, probably in the form of trying to imitate Christ; he will call for a new order in Europe and will be so exalted by the people that ten nations will come together to follow his advice. 

Revelation 13:11   And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast [the church will have the backing of the state, the Holy Roman Empire church state system ] before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast [to exalt the New Europe], whose deadly wound was healed.

13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image [a likeness] to the beast [the Holy Roman Empire, church state federal Europe system], which had the wound by a sword, and did live [which church state system was destroyed by war and will be brought back to life by Satan through this final great deceiver]

The white horse is deceptive and shows the deceptive nature of this person who tries to appear as a shining white paragon of godliness while he deceives men into following his own ways in rebellion against the Word of God. 

He will conquer the minds and hearts of people through his impressive miracles and smooth words.

Revelation 6:2 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.

The second seal reveals the terrible wars that will come upon the earth during the final 3 1/2 year period.

6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast [a second being by the throne of God] say, Come and see. 6:4 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.

The third seal is about the terrible famine that will come because of wars, bad weather etc.

6:5 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. 6:6 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 second seal is about wars between nations and the fourth seal is about internal conditions in the nations, as starving people riot and fight for food and survival, and vermin multiply exponentially, eating up the food stocks and carrying disease.

6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast [the fourth being before God’s throne] say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. 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.

Here it is revealed that the spirits of the dead in Christ are kept in heaven under the altar of God in the heavenly Temple of God the Father. 

I did not write this; it is Holy Scripture. Yes the spirits of the dead in Christ are kept in heaven; where they figuratively cry out for their resurrection and God’s judgment on those who rebel against the Word of God and who persecute the zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word and Will of God. 

Now the scriptures tell us that no man has as yet ascended into heaven except Christ.  This is because no flesh can pass across the vast gulf between the earth and heaven.  Even Jesus while in the flesh, could not cross that gulf and visit heaven. 

No flesh can travel to heaven from the earth. However SPIRIT can cross the distance between the earth and heaven, therefore it was AFTER Jesus Christ was changed to spirit at his resurrection that he was able to ascend up to heaven.

No flesh can cross the vast space between heaven and earth, however God can take the spirit in human beings who have His Holy Spirit, and take them as inanimate spirit to be kept safe and totally secure under the heavenly altar, until the day they are returned to the earth to be placed in new bodies made of spirit in the sight of all people as a demonstration of the power and the glory of God. 

Right now these disembodied spirits are inanimate and cannot function just as a disk which is not inserted into a machine cannot function; these human spirits must be plugged into new bodies to become animate and functional. 

Right now the spirits of the dead in Christ are being stored in the most secure place in the universe, beneath the very altar of Almighty God in heaven; and it is their very presence that cries out to God [not any actual voice] to remember God’s faithful and correct the wickedness of humanity to bring mankind to sincere repentance.

6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls [pneuma; spirits]  of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 6:10 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?

The fifth seal is a warning of a great martyrdom AFTER the son of perdition is set up, AFTER the new Roman Empire and its ruler are set up, and after the initial defeat of the Judeo Anglo Saxon power. 

When the Laodicean brethren see that their false traditions destroyed by reality the pride and self will of very many will be crushed;  then they will remember that they were warned and will quickly turn to a passionate zeal for the Eternal, giving up their lives in a great martyrdom.

After that, during the tribulation, there will be a great persecution of all those who immediately sincerely repented from their lack of zeal for God, and did not at first respond to the warnings and are now trapped in the furnace of correction . 

Revelation 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which [To persecute those who have quickly repented when they saw Jerusalem and Judea fall, and turned to a zeal to keep God’s Word] keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The Fifth Seal, dead in Christ, were judged righteous by the Ultimate Judge, but we are told that there must still be another martyrdom.  This speaks specifically of a great martyrdom to come AFTER the first four seals and all that they represent.  

Revelation 6:11 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, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

The Sixth Seal is the appearance of Jesus Christ in his majestic glory for all people to see. 

At the presence of Christ in his glory the earth shall tremble and shake [probably producing volcanic activity] and the atmospheric dust will make the moon appear red.

Consider that in the night we see the stars and during the day the brightness of the sun hides the stars and they seem to vanish from our sight.  Even so, the brightness of Christ shining in his full glory will overwhelm the sun itself which will appear to disappear in the presence of the Glorious One! 

6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13 And the stars [Space objects in our solar system: many astral objects like meteors and boulders will fall from space doing much damage] of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll [the sky will disappear all else overwhelmed by the incredible brightness of the light of our Redeemer] when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 

When they see this, the Laodicean faithless who are in tribulation, will have any pride that is left; totally crushed; as they see the glory of the One who’s Word they had exalted themselves over, preferring to follow idols of men! 

Once they have been completely humbled by their own teachings being proved wrong by reality, and then seeing glory of Christ:  Then  Saul’s will become Paul’s and very many will be filled with an awesome zeal for their God which will strengthen them to endure any persecution and martyrdom! 

This appearance of Christ in his glory heralds the onset of the seventh seal which is the seven trumpets. 

6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

Revelation 7

There are two sets of 144,000 in Revelation.  The first set of 144,000 is specific to Israel and specific to those who are alive and sealed during the last 3 1/2 years before the millennium.  This is specific to Israel and does not exclude others from also being sealed by God.  This first group of 144,000 is not to be confused with a second group of 144,000 in Rev 14.  They are two quite different groups.

AFTER the sixth seal, the wind [of the seven trumpets] was held back until 144,000 people were sealed by God.  A seal represents ownership and the seal of God’s ownership of a person is the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The timing of this sealing is AFTER the initial wars and great suffering of the tribulation, and immediately AFTER Jesus Christ is seen in his full glory by all nations. 

The great suffering, the preaching of God’s two and then the appearance of Messiah the Christ to all peoples has brought these folks to sincere repentance.  They are sealed for the express purpose of setting them apart so that the trumpet plagues do not fall upon them. 

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind [the blowing of the seven trumpet plagues should be delayed] should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

144,000 are sealed, 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel.  Joseph has the double portion while Reuben and Levi are included; Dan is left out; making the tribes of the sealed an even 12. 

The first point is that these folks are people during the actual end time tribulation, therefore the 144,000 does not include the ancients like David, Moses, Elijah, Able, Enoch, Noah, Daniel and so very many others including the first century apostles and the many many thousands of brethren through history; and of course it does not include any Gentiles. 

7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph [Ephraim in addition to the aforementioned Manasseh] were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Now with the statement “AFTER THIS,”  meaning later; the prophecy jumps forward to the resurrection to spirit.  And there before the throne of God in heaven is not merely 144,000 but a vast multitude of all those who have been called to Christ, and have endured and overcome to be chosen to be resurrected and changed to spirit. 

Here stand all of the chosen overcomers who had lived and been called over six thousand years; not just a specific 144,000 of the tribes of Israel sealed immediately before the end time trumpet plagues. 

Indeed the first 144,000 sealed during the last 3 1/2 years is not mentioned again.

This tells us that God will resurrect and change a vast multitude of His faithful, both Israel and Gentile, who lived through history and not just 144,000. 

Once again as in Rev 15 and Rev 19; here is another prophecy of the faithful, chosen and changed, standing IN HEAVEN with the angels and the four beings before the throne of God. 

7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 7:11 And 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 worshipped God, 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Now the vast multitude before God’s throne in heaven is explained as all those who have sincerely repented and been washed clean by the sacrifice of Christ; and who have faithfully endured, overcoming sin, by the power of God’s Spirit; and who have internalized the nature of God through the zealous learning and keeping of the whole Word of God.

7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Now we have a point of confusion as most have assumed that the term great tribulation here is in reference to the final 3 1/2 years before the resurrection to spirit.  This would imply that only those who are living in the very end time would be in the resurrection of the chosen first fruits.  This idea forgets God’s promises to many of the ancients that they will be in this first resurrection to spirit as well. 

 In reference to the great multitude this does not refer to the final 3 1/2 year great tribulation.  This term as used here, refers to the tribulations and trials of the called out in enduring and overcoming to be judged faithful:  See Hebrews 11. 

On the other hand this group of 144,000 did go through the end time great tribulation! 

7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation [endured much suffering for godliness as per Hebrews 11], and have washed their robes, and made them white [pure from sin] in the blood of the Lamb.

 7:15 Therefore are they [are resurrected to spirit and stand before God in heaven at the marriage of the Lamb See: The Marriage of The Lamb, at The Resurrection of The Chosen] before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple [government]: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them [referring to the Eghth Day when God the Father will come down to the earth].

7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more [now being spirit]; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat [being spirit they shall not need heat of light from physical sources]. 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them [spiritual food and living waters of the Holy Spirit], and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. 

The Second Group of 144,000; Rev 14:1

We see Christ coming to Jerusalem with the 144,000. 

It is an assumption to think that this 144,000 is identical with the 144,000 of Rev 7. 

The 144,000 of Rev 7 are living and sealed during the last 3 1/2 years before the coming of Christ; while we know that David will be king over all Israel and that the 12 first century apostles will each rule a tribe in Israel. 

It is also an assumption to think that the 144,000 coming to Mt Zion are the only resurrected chosen to come to the earth.  What do I mean? 

Jesus Christ is coming to rule ALL nations, and under Christ David will rule all Israel; and under David the 12 apostles who were with Jesus in the flesh will each rule a tribe in Israel.

This 144,000 who stand on Mt Zion have come to Jerusalem to rule the tribes of Israel! 

What about all the other nations and people of the earth? 

Their now spirit kings and priests, would logically go directly to their nations and people; as the 144,000 rulers of Israel are to go directly to Jerusalem.  Just because 144,000 go directly to Mt Zion, does not mean that vast numbers of other kings and priests are not going to their own assigned nations and cities across the world!

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

This 144,000 on Mt Zion are those who are given authority from God the Father to rule the twelve tribes of ISRAEL.  This 144,000 on Mt Zion is about the government of Israel exclusively; and has nothing to do with ruling the other nations of the earth! 

Again these folks are said to be before the throne of God in heaven!

14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women [false doctrines (false teachings) or by following any other than their espoused Husband; that they might be presented to him as faithful spiritual virgins]; for they are [spiritual following only their espoused Husband and NO other] virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile [deceitfulness or deceptiveness]: for they are without fault [without any sin through their faithfulness and the sacrifice of the Lamb of God] before the throne of God.

 

Revelation 8

The Seven Trumpets

The First Trumpet

The seventh seal is the seven trumpet plagues.

Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints [Who are fervently praying “Your Will be done, your Kingdom come”] upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God [These prayers, just like the smoke of the burnt offering, pictures wholehearted faithfulness and zeal to follow God and to learn and keep the whole Word and Will of God; which is a very pleasant thing like the perfume of incense smell to God the Father]  out of the angel’s hand.

8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

A great hail storm with massive lightening falls on much of the earth, causing many fires which burn up most of the earth’s forests and grass lands. 

\The lightening would be accompanied by enormous awesome fear generating thundering’s around much of the earth, and the lightening generated fires would be expedited by the long drought and holding back of rainfall.  The fires would not be limited to growing things but would also undoubtedly consume many buildings as well.

The hail and lightening would be mingled with the blood of the many people being struck by great hail and lightening, and being burned in the fires.

8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

This is the beginning of the wrath of a furious Christ, pouring out His anger upon a rebellious mankind; who have persecuted and tormented His zealously faithful and defied His Word.

This means EXACTLY what it says. The hail will not be just the small pea to prune sized hail that is common; it will be a very large, killer size, of many pounds in weight. The fire is doubtless lightning (Strong’s 4442 pur) and the blood, is the blood of those injured, dead and dying.

The Second Trumpet

8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

This is likely a huge meteor burning brightly as it passes through the atmosphere. 

While not specifically mentioned here, it should be self evident that such a massive and forceful displacement of water would result in a huge tsunami or tidal surge, which would be very damaging to large areas of land as well as to the sea. The size of such a massive object, its effect multiplied by its great speed at impact, would easily create a unprecedented sloshing series of tidal waves sweeping across many coastal land masses and would certainly destroy all shipping in the affected area. 

With much shipping destroyed and quite likely many oil tankers crushed, this might be the Exon Valdez disaster multiplied a thousand or more times. A vast; heavy coat of oily sludge and pollution over the sea, glinting in the sun, might just be described as looking like a sea of blood and would kill of all sea life in that area.

Whether this means just the Mediterranean Sea or all the oceans is unclear. In either case, this will still be an awesome disaster.

The Third Trumpet

8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood [Bitter]: and the third part of the waters became wormwood [bitter, poisoned]; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

This appears to be in the nature of a comet, which is made of dust and frozen gasses as opposed to the more solid nature of a meteor. This dust falling over a wide area of fresh waters, would pollute those waters and making them bitter and poisonous. A glowing comet is also much brighter than a meteor and passes over a much longer distance in the atmosphere.

The Fourth Trumpet

8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

There is to be an eight hour period, half during the day and half during the night, when there will be no natural light from the skies. 

The exact cause of this is not revealed but this darkness is to be regarded as an ominous warning of the three trumpet woes to come; the last [the seventh trumpet] of which brings the resurrection of the chosen and includes the seven last plagues on the earth.

8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

 

Revelation 9

THE FIRST WOE:  

The Fifth Trumpet

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star [an angel] fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 9:2 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.

Evil spirits are released upon humanity from their place of restraint to torment mankind.

9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

The seal of God is the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

The 144,000 were sealed with the Holy Spirit just before the trumpets began to be sounded, but there have been untold multitudes of other people sealed with God’s spirit through history, These evil spirits will have no power over the 144,000 who were sealed with God’s Spirit after the tribulation, or over the many others who will also be  living during that time having the seal of God’s promise, the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them [the wicked], but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.  9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Keep the timeline in mind; we have five months of torment for the wicked, from which all  those sealed [not just the 144,000] with God’s Spirit are protected.

9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses [since their appearance is like war horses the term locusts must refer to a swarm; a great mass of these beings who also had wings and flew like locusts] prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women and their teeth were as the teeth of lions [very powerful jaws] .

9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron [armoured bodies and wings to fly with]; and the [there was such a vast number of them that their wings sounded like a greta army of horsemen] sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

In the past some have speculated that this was John’s way of describing armies of men. That is not possible since these creatures cannot kill.  No these are not Apache or Cobra helicopters!  They are a vast army of specific demons who follow the Adversary of God, Satan the devil and are permitted by God to torment the wicked on the earth for five months precisely.

9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [The destroyer, utter destruction, perdition, damnation; in the sense that he leads to destruction by causing to rebel against God], but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon [The same meaning as the Hebrew; Destroyer].

Greek apollýōn (present participle of apollýnai to utterly destroy), equivalent to ap- ap-2 + olly- destroy + -ōn present participle suffix 

9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Some have speculated that these creatures are symbols of modern war machines. There is a serious problem with that idea. War machines kill, these creatures do not Rev 9:6.

THE SECOND WOE:

The Sixth Trumpet

9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Now comes the third year of the 3 1/2 years ,when God begins to deliver his people. 

By the end of these things Israel shall be ready to accept the coming Messiah and shall say:

Hosea 6:1   Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

This is the time when Europe shall become fearful at rumours from Asia and shall launch a first strike attack; after which Asia shall respond with a huge attack overwhelming Europe and the Middle East and then gather for the final battle against the false prophet and beast taking refuge in Jerusalem. 

Revelation 11:44  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

11:45  And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [When Europe is devastated he shall go to Jerusalem along with the false prophet]; yet he shall come to his end [Jesus Christ shall come to destroy them, along with the attacking armies of Asia; and shall deliver Jerusalem, all Israel and all humanity and establish the Kingdom of God over all the earth.], and none shall help him.

The timeline:  First five months of torment by demons, followed by one year, one month and one day of a huge war in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. When we add the two timelines up we have one year and six months and one day from the time that the demons are released on humanity until the seventh trump is sounded! My point is that all of these seven trumpets are NOT sounded on the same day!

Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the [armies of Asia, and this time the reference is to physical armies]  horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone [This is a clear reference to modern military machines and the burnt cordite of gun and rocket fire].

One third of humanity is killed in this massive thirteen month European / Asian war which also overwhelms the Middle East.

9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone [gun and rocket fire and aerial bombs], which issued out of their mouths [out of the muzzles of their weapons]. 9:19 For their power is in their mouth [Firing  like modern weaponry, which can fire both to the front and to the rear.] , and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

At this point in time neither the Gentiles nor Israel are truly repentant of their wickedness and while Israel begins to seek deliverance from God, for the most part they still not repentant of their wickedness.

9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

This event refers to the fallen angels who were bound and now released to use human armies to kill a large part of humanity.

This comes with the new Europe attack on Asia and the response of Asia to a European attack on them during the third year after the occupation of Jerusalem begins.  This army will advance killing one third of mankind; for a year, a month and a day Rev 9:15. At the end of which they will be massed at Har Megiddo for the final battle against the European power (Babylon) Zec 14, which will be occupying Jerusalem,  Rev 11:2.

The resurrection will take place when the seventh angel begins to sound his trumpet, Rev 10. Then Christ will come to gather up his elect and take them to the Marriage of the Lamb n heaven.  About 45 days later; just before Pentecost.  Christ will come WITH his saints establish the Father’s Kingdom over all the earth on the Feast of Pentecost!

Therefore the resurrection will come; and then be followed by a few weeks; when the armies mass at Megiddo for the final battle; the seven last plagues are poured out; and the Marriage of the Lamb takes place in heaven.

After this very short period Christ will return WITH his saints to intervene and take control; and then establish the Kingdom of God over all the earth as per Zech 14 and Joel 2:28; on the Feast of Pentecost! The Kingdom will be established on Pentecost; the actual battle of Zech 14 may begin some days before Pentecost.

It is AFTER the resurrection [at end of the sixth day of Unleavened Bread] and during the short period up until Pentecost, that the seven last plagues will be poured out on the earth.

 

Revelation 10

The Third Woe

The Seventh Trumpet

Revelation 10:1 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: 10:2 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, 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

A mighty angel descends to the earth and announces the resurrection of the chosen dead  in a voice like thunder and seven thunders also speak.  These seven are probably other angels thundering their message, but what they say has been sealed until the actual saying takes place.  If anyone says that he knows what the seven thunders said; he is speaking falsely.

10:4 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 [close up and conceal] up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 10:6 And sware by him that liveth 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: 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God [concerning the early spring resurrection and change of God’s chosen to spirit] should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

John is told to take the little book of Revelation and eat it [internalize it] so that he might then write it out himself and send it to all the Ekklesia of God. the words of Revelation about the resurrection of the dead in Christ and their coming with Christ to establish a millennial kingdom of peace are as sweet as honey; but the fulfillment with all the accompanying sufferings are very bitter. 

10:9 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. 10:10 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.

10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

It is when the seventh angel begins to sound that the resurrection of the dead and the change of the living in Christ will take place.

1 Thessalonians 4:13   But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

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.

4:15  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.

4:16  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:

4:17  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.

4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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

15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

As our Beloved comes to take up his collective bride and take them to the Wedding Feast in heaven, the wicked nations shall be enraged that those they hated are rewarded by God, and on hearing that the time of their judging has come.  Yet very many of Israel who have been warned by God’s servants and who will see the power of the Eternal in resurrecting his chosen; shall sincerely repent and being totally humbled shall be at last ready to accept and to follow Christ the Messiah and to follow him.!

After the resurrection of the early spring harvest of spiritual first fruits “Seven Last Plagues” shall be poured out upon the wicked as the Wedding Feast takes place in heaven. 

Then Christ will return WITH his bride to put down all rebellion and wickedness; and the nations of Israel will turn to the Messiah and will rise up to fight the enemies of God and they shall be brought back from their captivity and shall yet inherit their land and dwell at peace under the mighty defense of their God.

Revelation 11:15   And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

11:16  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

11:18  And the [unrepentant wicked] nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

After the chosen are resurrected to spirit, they gather on the crystal court of the heavenly temple before the throne of God the Father for the heavenly marriage of the Lamb; during which time the last seven plagues are poured out on the wicked of the nations who would resist God. 

SEE:  The Marriage of The Lamb, at The Resurrection of The Chosen

At this point many of those of the nations of Israel shall be repentant and seeking deliverance from their Messiah.

The armies of Asia will mass outside Jerusalem during the seven last plagues timeframe and will attack the false prophet and beast emperor who have moved into that city.  The armies of Asia will take half of the city and then Messiah the Christ will come with his chosen to deliver the city Jerusalem. 

Zechariah 14:1  Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

One half of the city shall be taken by the armies of Asia

14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 

14:3  Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 

Instructions to the people remaining in the city

14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

14:6  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  14:7  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

There will be a great earthquake dividing the Mount of Olives when it is touched by the feet of the glorified Christ, and that great earthquake will also open up the fountains of the deep to gush out pure waters [as a type of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, Joel 2:28. from the place where the new millennial temple will be built. 

SEE:  Ezekiel 40-44: The Millennial Temple   and   Ezekiel 45-48: The Millennial Temple 

Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

14:9  And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord [one ruler over all the earth and not many gods and leaders of a divided earth], and his name one.

The city of Jerusalem will be flattened out as a plain and raised up over the surrounding land as an elevated plateau or mesa.

14:10  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. 14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

The plague that destroys the unrepentant wicked who turn to fight Christ at his coming.  They will simple dissolve in the presence of the Creator.

14:12  And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; 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.  14:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.

Then when Messiah comes and the armies of the wicked outside the city are destroyed by Christ in the valley of Hinnom; the men of Judah remaining in Jerusalem will rise up and fight the enemy which remains inside the city.

14:13  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 

The plague on the wicked who fight Christ will also fall on all their beasts

14:15  And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 

Then the whole earth shall worship the Eternal and keep the whole Word of God including the seventh day Sabbath, the new Moons and God’s Festivals!  Yes even today’s church of God leaders will be forced to keep God’s new Moons!

Isaiah 66:23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord
Zechariah 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.  14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The Lord; and the pots in the Lord‘s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

 

Revelation 11

The Temple is designed with three sections or courts; the Outer Court where the people gather, the Inner Court where the priests are allowed and the Most Holy Place of the throne of God.

In spiritual terms the mass of the people is far away from God in the Outer Court; the called out to be priests of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ [the true faithful zealous Ekklesia] are in the Inner Court close to God and the throne of God [the Most Holy Place].

John is told to measure the inner court of the temple, or holy place and thereby set apart the true faithful called out zealous servants of God [not the MOST HOLY PLACE]; this Inner Court being an allegory of the called out who are close to God, and who cry and sigh over the lack of zeal for God and all the evils in the Ekklesia today.

Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

The Outer Court is not to be measured out or set apart, because it is given over to captivity by the Gentiles for 42 months. 

Now we know that there is no physical temple today, therefore this is speaking metaphorically of the Ekklesia being divided and separated between the zealous for God to keep the whole Word of God, and the spiritually lax. 

This so that the Inner Court people who are close to God will be spared and  will not be given over to correction by the Gentiles like the spiritually lax.  The whole city of Jerusalem is to be occupied by the New Europe for 42 months; and the spiritually lax in the Ekklesia who do not believe the warnings will also be severely corrected during that 42 months that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be saved. 

11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 

The complimentary prophecy to this is found in Ezekiel 9 

Ezekiel 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he [God] called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

9:4 And the LORD [YHVH] said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry [mourn over all the evil] for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Those who loved the righteousness of God and are vexed by the lack of zeal for godliness and the evil in the Ekklesia are Marked out and spared; while the spiritually lax and sinful are strongly corrected and physically destroyed.

9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at, Go  the ancient men [The strong correction will begin with the leaders and elders who think themselves wise] which were before the house.

9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

The wicked of this world today think that God is gone far away and does not see or care what they do.  This same attitude is prevalent in the Ekklesia today, who declare that God has placed them in charge to do as they think right.  This vile evil attitude is the root cause of their apostasy.

9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

This is the LORD of Moses speaking and we know that this was the very being who became Jesus Christ [Hebrew:  Yeshua Mashiach] All of you false teachers who claim that Jesus will tolerate sin will be made to eat your wicked words in the furnace of correction.

9:10 And as for me [Jesus Christ speaking] also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

The writer did as he was commanded and marked out those who loved the righteousness of God and were full of zeal for the Word of God, and who were sorrowed  by all the evil in the world and in the Ekklesia today; marking them so that they would be spared when correction comes to the earth over the last 42 months.

9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

God will send his two Servants who will witness that the Eternal is God and beside Him there is NO other; teaching zeal for the whole Word of God against all of the evil in the world and in today’s Ekklesia.  Clothed in sackcloth refers to mourning over all the evils in the world just as the others were marked out for mourning over all the evils in the world and in the Ekklesia today. 

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

The olive tree produces olive oil which is then burned in the menorah lampstand giving light.  This is analogous of the Holy Spirit bringing a burning zeal for godliness in a person thereby producing the works of faith and godly righteousness that make that person a Shining Light of example to others. 

Today the Holy Spirit has been quenched in the assemblies of the called out, and their light is flickering out. 

God is sending his Two Servants to revive the dying Ekklesia and fill them with the oil of God’s spirit by calling the brethren to sincere repentance.

11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

This is a reference to:

Zechariah 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves [into the seven branched lamp stand of the Ekklesia]?

4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

This means that they can command fire in self defense, it does not mean that they literally breath fire.  They shall have great power but of course they like Moses and Elijah would not think of exercising such power on their own whims; rather like Moses and Elijah they will do as God commands them to do.

11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [regardless of the person committing the deed,  the deed is ultimately done by Satan]  shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt [Jerusalem], where also our Lord was crucified.

Humanity not believing their message and seeing them as tormentors, will greatly rejoice over their death. By the victory of teh false prophet over these two, the nations will see the false prophet as the true man of God and think these two to be false prophets.

11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

These two would have proclaimed that they would die and after 3 1/2 days they would be resurrected and ascend into heaven.  Perhaps it is because of that prediction that the people will not let them be buried, to see if their prediction comes to pass.

11:11 And after three days and an half [as the seventh trumpet prepared to sound and the faithful chosen dead including these two are resurrected to spirit] the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

At this amazing sign the people of Judah in Jerusalem and many others across the world repented and glorified God; while over the following days the armies of Asia and the European beast emperor make ready for the final battle. 

11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Also as the seventh angel blasted his trumpet and the resurrection takes place the wicked of the nations are angry and turn to fight Christ and his chosen.

This has very much to do with the rulers of the nations at that time not wanting to give their offices and positions up; just as in the first century it was the rulers who saw Jesus as a personal threat to their power and crucified him. 

11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

At the resurrection of the chosen, the Temple of God is heaven is opened and the saints stand on the crystal pavement of the  Court before the Most Holy Throne of God the Father for the Marriage of the Lamb.

11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

 

Daniel 12:  The 1,290, the 1,335 Days; and the 1,260 Days of the Two Prophets Explained

War in Heaven

This article covers the 1,290 and the 1,335 days of Dan 12 and their relationship to the timing of the two prophets and other periods of time regarding the last days.

Daniel 12:1, and that time shall Michael stand up, the great 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 even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

These two verses are explained in Revelation 12:7. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

This war in heaven is now explained as immediately before the 42 month great tribulation and the coming of Christ to rule this earth.

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 him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters 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.

After being defeated by Michael and cast down, Satan the dragon, represented by the scarlet beast of the new Europe ridden by the Roman Catholic church; empowers the physical leader to make war and to persecute the called out of God.  Then the faithful will flee to the place prepared of God just as they fled to Pella from from Jerusalem and Judea in the first century.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast down unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time [42 months or 1,260 days], from the face of the serpent [dragon, Satan].

And the serpent [Satan inspired an army to chase the faithful to God] 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 [a great earthquake shall swallow up this pursuing army and save the faithful to God], and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Satan deprived of the object of his hatred, then goes back to attack those who did not respond to the warnings; and who seeing these things fulfilled before their eyes immediately and sincerely repent of their spiritual idolatry and lack of zeal for keeping the word of God.  As they now become zealous to keep the word of God,  God allows Satan to attack them to prove them.

And the dragon was angry 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.

A time can be shown to be a year, times would be 2 years and half a time is half a year. Time, times, and half a time represent three 3 ½ years. And these verses in Revelation clearly explain what was meant in Daniel 12, starting in verse 1, where Michael shall stand up for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble.

Michael is to stand up when Satan rises to attack God; and Michael will cast Satan down from heaven in a great war. Then, Daniel 12:3 at the resurrection, they that be wise [and faithful in the things of God] shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

God says that the wise shall understand these things in the last days, but the wicked will not understand.

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Who are the wise?

The wise, are those who recognize and understand that the source of all true wisdom is the Eternal God. The wise are those who know that the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. It is the respect for God and for his commandments that makes one wise. The wise know that by keeping God’s commandments and doing what God says; they will learn the true wisdom and will have access to the true wisdom and understand the word of God.

Daniel 12:4, but thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even unto the time of the end: many shall run about to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The book was sealed until the end, the very end; and since Daniel is a key to understanding prophecy; the understanding of prophecy was also sealed until the end time.  

No one who is not zealous to learn and to keep the whole word of God can understand these things, and nobody writing a few hundred years ago could have understood these things. No one writing even 40 or 50 years ago could have understood these things because these things were sealed until the very end. We have the word here of the angel of God written in Holy Scripture.

Daniel  12:5, then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on the other side of the bank of the river. And the one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, how long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and a half.

We see here the same period of times that was mentioned in Revelation 12.

These are the “Times of the Gentiles” spoken of by Christ.

It will take 1,260 days to scatter the power of the nations of Israel.

And when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he answered and said, go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

The “holy people’ will be initially defeated at the beginning of the tribulation when Judea is occupied and her allies are defeated.  After that they will be slowly ground down until all their own strength has dissipates and faded away. 

An initial attack and defeat of the United States, will be followed by a lengthy decline until they are at the point of total destruction; then Christ shall come to deliver them along with the other tribes of Israel and all humanity, and totally destroy the scarlet beast of the Babylonian Roman church state system.

Remember that the Jews are the tribe of Judah with many Levites and some others mixed in; while the latter day descendents of the ten tribes of Israel are the Anglo Saxons, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian peoples.

Then Daniel is told the second time that all these things are sealed until the time of the end.

Nobody before now, nobody writing many years ago could have understood these things. Not because they were not godly or converted but because God himself had sealed them and concealed them until the very end time.

Now, continuing in Daniel 12:10, many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand [until it actually happens] .

Who are the wicked? It is written, sin is the transgression of the law, and sin is wickedness. Therefore those who transgress the law of God, the commandments of God, those who despise God’s commandments and have no zeal to learn and top keep his word, they are the wicked. And they shall not understand.

There is a second key here. The prophecy of Daniel was sealed until the end. But it is also sealed permanently from the wicked until they repent. You have to become wise. You have to become righteous by zealously keeping God’s commandments in order to have any chance of understanding these things.

If we are living in the last days, and if we are wise; because we zealously keep God’s commandments then we shall understand. We have the promise of Holy Scripture!

But those people who have no zeal for God’s commandments, who pollute his Sabbaths, who pollute his holy days, who tread all over his commandments and then justify these sins; don’t believe it. It just can’t be true because God said so.

God had it written out by Daniel in Daniel 12:10, the wicked shall not understand; the wise shall understand. Only those who put God first, only those who seek God’s wisdom, only those who keep God’s commandments, only they, the wise shall understand.

Anybody else who despises any zeal God’s commandments, who pollutes his [Friday sunset to Saturday sunset] Sabbath, who treads all over God’s holy days, who rejects God’s law and his commandments for the commandments of men, if such people present you with some sort of justification, turn away. And their explanations of prophecy simply cannot be accurate. It cannot be correct. It cannot be true; for the wicked shall not understand.

This is true, not only of this prophecy but of any other prophecy including the 70 Weeks Prophecy, or any other prophecy including the Biblical; Festivals; because spiritual things are spiritually discerned and God’s spirit is given to those who obey him.

The 1,290 and the 1,335 days

Continuing now in Daniel 12:11, and from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a 1290 days. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the 1335 days.

We see very clearly then, Daniel is being told when the abomination is set up, there shall be 1290 days. Now, in verse 12, blessed is he that waits, and comes to the 1335 days.

Notice it: From the time that the abomination is set up verse 11; there shall be 1290 days. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the 1335 days.

What we read in Daniel, is that the abomination will be set up and then a period of 1290 days will occur; at which time something will happen and those that continue and wait AFTER the end of the 1290 days, and come to a total of 1335 days will then be blessed.

One of the keys to understanding scripture is to believe what is written and not just sort of scratch your head and think and think and try to figure it out and try to act like it means something different than what it says. No. It means what it says. It says the abomination will be set up and then 1290 days later something will happen and then those who continue, who wait, who come to the end of 1335 days will be blessed.

Now, if you will take your sheet of paper and just draw a line on it and mark it 1290 days and put a little mark or x at the end of that and then continue on for another short distance and complete 1335 days.
X_________________1290_______________________+____45____x
1290 + 45 = 1335

We then have a line of a total length of 1335 days with a little stopper at the end of 1290 to indicate the difference between 1290 and 1335. And doing the simple math of subtracting 1290 from 1335, you find that there’s 45 days difference. So, at the end of 1290, you can mark 45 days, until the completion of 1335. It’s very simple you go 1290; stop, then 45 days, stop. That completes a total of 1335 days.

The end of the 1290 days is the resurrection of the faithful chosen from the dead on the 6th day of Unleavened Bread; [Please see the Spring festivals material] and 45 days later brings us to the end of the 1335 days, which must fall before the Feast of Pentecost. And on the feast of Pentecost, after those days Joel 2:28; God’s kingdom will be established. God’s spirit will be poured out on all flesh even calming the savage beast. And the Kingdom of God will be established and the millennium or thousand years of peace will start.

The proof of this will be in the fulfilling!

If we find the earliest possible sixth day of Unleavened Bread in future, and then count back from there 1,290 days and the abomination [final false prophet] is actually set up at that time; then we shall know that this concept is true.

The Proof is in the Fulfilling: If the miracle working  abomination is set up in the Vatican in the fall then counting forward 1,290 days will bring a spring resurrection.  If this miracles working false prophet is set up in the Vatican in the spring then the resurrection will be in the fall.

This is the first line and the first period of time. A total of 1335 days. For the next, we would like to go to Revelation 13, and I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

And this blasphemy is that it calls itself holy when it is not.

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power; that is the dragon, Satan the devil, gave him his power and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of the heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And I covered this last week, where we talked about false prophets and the final prophet, the great abomination.

The final false beast ruler has only 42 months to make war; which is far leas than even the 1,335 days of the abomination.  Therefore the abomination the final false prophet is set up in the papacy in Rome and there is still a period of time needed for him to set up the new Europe before he goes to the Temple Mount 75 days later, triggering the tribulation. 

The abomination the final pope, is set up in Rome doing miracles and calls for a new order in Europe, which comes about within 75 days; 1,335 minus 1,260.

Revelation 13:5, there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue 42 months.

Forty-two 30 day months equals 1260 days, or 3 ½ years, which  are the same as a time, times and half a time; all equaling 1260 days. These periods of time are all the same, exactly the same.

Now, continuing in verse 6, and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

What does it mean to worship? It means to hold in awe, to exalt in great esteem, to say; who can resist this system, who can resist this person, who can fight against it, who can defeat it? We must bow to it. We must do its will and we must obey him. That is worship. Worship means obedience. To obey something is in a sense to worship it and if we obey it in all things, it has become our god. It has become a false god that we esteem and exalt above all other things.

The people on the earth are deceived into worshipping [being in awe of] this system for a time, but eventually they will have a falling out with Asia. This setting up of the final scarlet beast by a miracle working pope is found in Rev 13:11-15.

And he has the power to bring this scarlet beast revival to life.  The false prophet is set up, the abomination is set up first, and he calls for a revival of the scarlet beast and it is set up.

Revelation 19:20, and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet which wrought miracles before him, and which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his likeness or image. And these both, the beast, that is the empire and the false prophet who gave it life were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The false prophet and the emperor, the king emperor, the leader of this bestial system are both cast into the lake of fire, together at the same time. So, we see the false prophet and this king of the beast, this ruler of this empire cast in the lake of fire, at the same time.

Going back to chapter 13:5, remember that power was given unto this beast emperor, this empire and this system to continue for 42 months. And as Daniel says, a time, times and half a time; or 3 ½ years. And 42 months is 3 ½ years.

Now, go to Revelation 11:1, and there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot 42 months.

This 42 months is exactly the same period of time as teh time, times and half a time or 1,260 days of the tribulation. This beast, this Roman Empire with its emperor [by whatever title], have power and they shall tread down the city under foot for 42 months. Chapter 11 of Revelation verse 2, they shall tread the city under foot 42 months.

Go to Revelation 13:5, he has power to continue 42 months. And the marginal rendering there is that he has power to make war for 42 months. So, it is very clear that this bestial empire and this emperor will have power to make war for precisely 42 months, which is a time, times and half a time or 3 ½ years or 1260 days. It is possible that he might be set up politically before he has full power to make war, but that could be a matter of only days or weeks; not years or even months.

We are told this in all of these different ways, and with all of these different methods, these different periods; months and days and years to emphasize to us precisely the period of time involved. We therefore know that the abomination [false prophet] will be set up and 1335 days later, he will be thrown into the lake of fire.

And we know that when the miracle working pope is set up, he will call for the rise of this Roman Babylonian system. And when it has risen, this beast emperor will be given power to make war for 42 months; and that this beast, this emperor; will be thrown in the lake of fire together with the false prophet. Rev 19:20

This beast emperor is thrown into the lake of fire at the end of the 1335 days. We can now go below the first line that we drew and draw a second time. This time going backwards. From the end of the 1335 days, draw a line and call it 1260 days or 42 months or 3 ½ years, however you want to label it.
X______________________1290________________________+____45____x
1290 + 45 = 1335
The New Europe and Beast
X _____75______ I______________________1260_____________________x

1260 Day Tribulation Comes 75 Days After Final False Prophet is Set Up

Since the beast and the false prophet are both killed at the same time, we can know that it is at the end of 1335 days when they are both killed.

We can then come backwards 1260 days and we can see when the Tribulation begins. And if we do our simple math of subtracting 1260 from 1335, we know that the Tribulation will begin about 75 days after the abomination is set up.

When the abomination is set up, he shall call for a revival of the Roman system. And he, this false prophet, this abomination; shall go to the holy place and war shall begin 75 days after the abomination was set up. Because the war, or Tribulation; is to last for 42 months ]1260 days]. And this beast, this Roman system and its emperor, this ruler of this Roman system; will have power to make war for 42 months, no more, no less.

And now for our third line In Revelation 12:14, 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.

Now, this woman has a place prepared of God for her. This woman is the church. [this subject is covered in the 70 Weeks Prophecy Part 2].  This woman flees to this place. Where she is nourished for 42 months; or a time, times and half a time.

And by the way, these times are; the times of the gentiles, mentioned by Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ said that the city shall be trodden under foot until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, Luk 21:24. Christ was referring to these times; to this time, times and half a time, this 3 ½ year period.

He was not referring to some complicated imagination invented by somebody. He was simply referring to these times, the times when the gentiles will dominate Jerusalem and trod the city under foot.

This woman, the church is given the two wings of a great eagle. And those two wings, my friends; are the two prophets that God will send to deliver those willing and zealous to obey God.

Their power is of God and not of themselves. they are not some great persons; most likely only the weak and humble will be given this responsibility, as any proud and strong man would most certainly fail against Satan. Only those who know that they can fail, that know that they must depend on the Father minute by minute could succeed.

Those who are responsive and will listen and respond to the warnings and do what God wants them to do will be given physical refuge.

These two prophets will give the final warning and they will have the power to deliver the woman, the church; to the place which God has prepared for her, where she will be nourished for 42 months, from the face the serpent.

This period of time, 42 months; is the period of time in which Jerusalem shall be trodden under foot by this Roman/Babylonian system. So, we could then say logically that she must be in the wilderness for this entire period and that the time in the wilderness will end when the beast and false prophet are destroyed.

Now, we can go down on our little chart, and make a third line and start it again at the end of the 1335 days. When the beast and false prophet are destroyed and count back for 1260 days and mark that period as the church being in the wilderness.

Now that these foundations have been laid, we can get back to the two witnesses themselves. In Revelation 11:3, and I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 1260 days is 42 months. This is a time, times and half a time. This is 3 ½ years. The exact period of time that the beast has power to make war. The exact period of time that the church is in the wilderness?

This begs the question. How can they take the church into the wilderness if they have power for exactly the same period of time that the church is in the wilderness? And I’m going to deal with that very shortly. Clothed in sackcloth means to be clothed in humility and giving up the things of this world, the pleasures of this world for the things of God.

In Revelation 11:4, these are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the whole world. This is a direct reference to Zachariah 4:1 and the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And said unto me, what seest thou? And I said, I have looked behold a candlestick all of gold and a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top of it.

This candlestick is not about candles. It is about a seven branched lamp stand. And in the bowls on the top are filled with pure olive oil. The wicks are lighted and the oil is burnt, giving light. In King James England, they used candles, but in ancient Israel, they used olive oil and this is symbolic of the Holy Spirit of God which enables the light of the people and Church {Ekklesia] to shine brightly.

Zechariah 4:3 and two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So, I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, what are these, my Lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, knowest thou not what these be? And I said, no. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of host.

Signifying that no man accomplishes anything godly on this earth. It is the spirit of God, the power of God; working with and through men that accomplishes God’s will. Verse 7, who art thou, O great mountain?

This is referring to Jeremiah 51:25-26, the great mountain of Babylon, the government of Babylon. 

Zechariah 4:7  who art thou, O great mountain [government of Babylon, the new Europe]? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain, [you shall be leveled]. And he shall bring forth the headstone, [the cornerstone, Jesus Christ who will destroy Babylon, Dan 2]  with shoutings, crying, grace, grace unto it [unto Messiah the Christ; the head or the corner foundation stone of the Kingdom of God].

This headstone, the chief cornerstone; is Jesus Christ; who will come and smash the idol, the statue of Babylon [Dan 2] on its feet and destroy the whole system and destroy the mountain, the government of Babylon and level it.

4:8, moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying; the hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Eternal of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Who laid the foundations of God’s physical temple here? A man named Zerubbabel and he completed it.

Who laid the foundations of the spiritual temple? Who sent the apostles? Who sent the prophets? Who established the Covenants? It was Jesus Christ the chief corner stone, not any man. It was Jesus Christ who build his church.

Zerubbabel was a type of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus Christ who laid the foundations of the church. He sent the prophets; He sent the apostles and He himself was the chief cornerstone. It is Jesus Christ who can save men, not some human being.  Zerubbabel was a type of Jesus Christ!  Not any man!

Zechariah 4:10, who has despised the day of small things or small beginnings? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet [or the building  tools of the spiritual temple; which are the whole Word of God] in the hands of Zerubbabel [Jesus Christ; and remember the seven spirits or angels of the seven churches of Revelation?] with those seven; where are the eyes of the Lord, running to and fro through the whole earth.

This Zerubbabel was a type of Jesus Christ, God  the Father’s Master Builder, who laid the foundations [The prophets and the apostles who wrote the scriptures] of the Ekklesia, and he is going to pick up his tools, including the two prophets and his other prophets and his apostles and His saints; and He is going to complete the job.

No. This man or that man is not going to accomplish anything, not a single thing on their own. It is the power of God, being directed by Jesus Christ which will accomplish anything spiritual and reach the goal and complete the job of finishing the Spiritual Temple. Not any man. It is the power of Almighty God, which will complete the job. The power of God as directed by Jesus Christ, the true Master Builder.

Zechariah 4:11, then answered I, and said unto him, what are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 4:12 and I answered again, and said unto him, what be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves

Then Zechariah  asks the question for the third time. Clearly Zachariah is driven by curiosity. He really wants to know. 

Zechariah 4:13, he answered me and said, knowest thou not what these be? And I said, no, my Lord. Then said he, these are the two anointed ones, which stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Zachariah 4 is directly referred to by Revelation 11:4. these are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks [lampstands] standing before the Lord of the earth.

The two olive trees empty oil out of themselves, that oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. So, God is pouring his spirit though these two people into his church, into all seven eras of the church. So, all seven eras exist at the same time.

And they are all running short of oil and their light is dying out. And God pours oil into them through his two prophets by calling them to repentance so that they can receive God’s spirit..

They are like olive trees, emptying oil out of themselves into the lamp stand. Providing oil for the churches to use, to let their light shine, to become more righteous, more godly; to stand out in this world as being God’s people.

Revelation 11:5, and if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
It does not mean that they are some sort of fire breathing monstrosities. It means at their command, at their word, which comes out of their mouth. They can command fire to come down and consume their enemies.

11:6 these have power to shut heaven that it rains not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Overall in the big picture these two prophets have the power to smite the earth with plagues. They have the power to pronounce cursing and to have those curses come to pass. They will not do this according to their own judgment!  but will act as God commands them, just as Moses only said and did; what God commanded him!

In the personal matter of self defense and mission fulfilment, this is about lawful power and the godly use of power. It is about mature use of power.

Power without responsibility is tyranny. God gives power to his servants to fulfil their mission. The power is given for specific reasons and specific purposes. And part of the reason is to enable them to fulfil their mission. The ability to curse if necessary is an enabling power to fulfil their mission.

Does this mean that they can take every little thing personally and go around cursing everybody? No. It means they must judiciously and wisely use this power as God directs for the purpose God intended.

They are to use this power, A) when God directs them to do so, B) when it is essential for self-defense or self-preservation, to keep themselves from being killed and C) when it’s essential to carry out their mission.

The power comes from God. All power comes from God. And all power must be used in a manner consistent with God’s will.

God does not will that we exercise power recklessly, or foolishly, or destructively, or for personal reasons, or personal purposes and gain. The power God gives is the power to do the job. Period. That is true of ALL prophets and ministers, the power of God MUST be exercised ion a godly fashion or that power is being abused and will be withdrawn.

If we use the power for any other purpose, it won’t work. And it won’t work because God will not back us up. It is the job of every man of God: to back God up!  And if we back him up. He will back us up.

It is not God’s job to back us up in anything, including prophets or anybody. It is the job of prophets or apostles or ordinary people who are called of God to always put God first, to keep God’s commandments, to stand for God, to back God up, to support him, to worship him, to exalt him in all times, in all ways and all things

It is not God’s job to do our will! It is our job to do his will!

It is not God’s job to do our will. He takes care of us as we obey him, as we serve him. And the power He gives us is power which will be necessary for us to accomplish the tasks he has given us; primarily overcoming sin and be a shining light of example to those around us.

And He will give that power only to people whom He knows will wisely, properly and in a godly manner, use that power for the purpose it was intended. He will not give the power to anyone He knows can’t handle it. He will not give power to anyone he knows will abuse it.

This whole question has nothing to do with the ability to curse. It has to do with the ability to use power wisely. The ability to handle it; and to handle it in a righteous and godly manner for the purposes that God intended when he gave it. And if we abuse that power, He will not back us up, which means the curses will not be backed up. They will not come to pass. Period.

Yes, God’s two prophets will have powers. But He will call them to be his prophets because He knows that they can handle it, that they can handle it in a mature, wise, godly manner; and that they will only do as He commands, as He directs, either directly through inspiration or directly through his commandments. And He will not give such power to any self-centered, immature, oversensitive person who is going to abuse it and lash out at everybody he doesn’t agree with or doesn’t like.

Revelation 11:7 and when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And we all know that he was crucified at Jerusalem.

And they of all people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies 3 ½ days, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and send gifts to one to another; because these two prophets tormented those that dwelt on the earth.

These people were tormented because they worship the beast, they had his mark, they exalted the false prophet and they rebel against God and trample all over God’s commandments and rejected the Eternal God and swallowed this deceptive evil.

Revelation 11:11 . . after 3 days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying, come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

This is talking about the resurrection to spirit. When all the living and the dead in Christ shall be raised up and ascend into the heavens. Given new bodies made of spirit, then they will rejoice and take part in the Wedding Feast with Christ and the Father, as it is explained in Revelation 15.

Revelation 15:2, I saw as it were a vast expanse or a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory of the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing upon this vast expanse of crystal or glass, a sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou king of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Eternal, and glorify thy name? For you only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven last plagues.

There we have it, the saints of God are standing on the vast expanse of glass [crystal], the sea of glass before the throne of the Father, before the throne of God. They are in heaven, before the throne of God and while they are there, the seven angels having the seven last plagues come out of the temple and prepare to pour out the seven last plagues upon the earth.

There you have it brethren. The resurrected saints will go to heaven for the Wedding Feast with Christ, the Lamb; and with the Father and during that time; the seven last plagues will be poured out upon the earth and upon the seat of the beast.

These two prophets will have power to prophesy and to do God’s will for exactly 3 ½ years [1260 days], warning the people of the coming destruction of this rising Babylonian system. They will witness that the Eternal is God and that beside him, there is no other.

They will witness that this deception, this false prophet, this abomination, this stench in the nostrils of the Almighty, is not God and is not God’s servant. And that the Eternal is the only true God and the Eternal and his Christ are the true God. And that mankind can enter that family as their children.

They will witness that the Eternal is God and they will witness against the wickedness in this world, which worships the false prophet and the beast. Who decides for himself what is right and wrong, refusing to obey the commandments of the Father that engender to LIFE.

After 3 ½ years, they will be killed and they will lie dead for 3 ½ days, they will be resurrected and raised up to heaven where they shall stand before the throne of God with all the other resurrected or changed saints.

At this point, the question arises. I have said that the resurrection will be on the 6th day of Unleavened Bread. And that the kingdom will be established on the Feast of Pentecost. That is some 35-45 days after the resurrection, the beast and false prophet will be destroyed; and then soon after that; on the Feast of Pentecost The Kingdom of God will be established.

How then can the resurrection take place 35-45 days before the beast and false prophet are destroyed; if the church is in the wilderness until the beast and the false prophet are destroyed?

In other words, if a church is in the wilderness until the end of the 1335 days, how can the resurrection take place 45 days sooner than that?

The answer to this question has two parts

The first part is the simple fact that many are called and few are chosen. And not everyone in the wilderness will be accounted worthy to have a part in the resurrection.

When the resurrection comes, there will be many who are not ready, who are not worthy. They have gotten lax, they have gotten bored. They found life monotonous and routine in the wilderness and they became spiritually lazy and they are not ready, they are not prepared and they are not worthy and they will not be in the resurrection.

That is why Jesus said, there will be two women grinding at the mill. One taken and the other left and so on and so on. You know the scriptures, you can look them up. The fact is, probably half the people who are even in the wilderness will not be worthy to be resurrected. And when they see their friends rising up around them, they will be struck with horror that they are still on the ground. They will be crushed in spirit and they will still be God’s people, they will still be God’s elect. But they are just not worthy to be a part of the Bride of Christ at that time. They are not zealous enough, not ready, not properly prepared. Not having enough of the spirit doesn’t mean that there is no spirit at all.

People could have a small amount of spirit and not have been using it. And there is very little left and they just don’t have enough to have a part in the resurrection. So, they would need to continue on and being that they were in shock at seeing their friends and neighbors rising up around them. In absolute shock and horror, they would repent deeply and bitterly and would still need protection for the final 45 days. Protection from the beast, from the false prophet, protection from Satan and protection from the seven last plagues being poured out on the earth.

The second part is the issue of little children not being qualified to be changed, yet certainly sanctified by faithful parents who are changed to spirit. A loving God would not leave these children of his chosen unprotected!

Yes after the resurrection, there will still be some of God’s people who were not considered worthy to be changed and resurrected, not old enough and mature enough in the faith, or simply not worthy to be a part of the first fruits at that time. But who will repent bitterly and who will still be protected by God up until the very coming of the kingdom; along with the children of the changed!  which will still need protection for the remaining days before the scarlet beast is destroyed by the coming of Christ WITH his chosen and changed!

Who are God’s people, who is God’s church, who are God’s called out ones? And we are told in Holy Scripture that the conversion and the godliness and the commandment keeping of the parents sanctifies the children. As long as the children are willing to obey their parents, as long as the children are subject to their parents, they are sanctified by their parent’s conversion.

Therefore in the resurrection, little children who are not going to be part of the first fruits, who simply by reason of their youth don’t have the experience, don’t have the understanding, and are not ready to be a part of the first fruits; those little children are still God’s people. They are sanctified by their parents and by their parents faithfulness and shall be blessed with God’s protection in the wilderness until the actual establishment of the kingdom.

We need not be concerned or worry about our children. God will take care of them. How? Why those people who were not worthy to be part of the first fruits, who were lax, who have suddenly been horrified and become deeply repentant, they will take care of the children. And if not, God would send his holy angels to do so. For He would not allow our sanctified children to suffer.

We can now go back to our chart and make one more line. Now, we can start at the mark which says 1290 days. And in that point, we can count backwards 1260 and 3 ½ days. And make that mark at the time when the two prophets will begin their task. And you will see that they begin their task about 26 1/2 days after the abomination is set up. You can do the math from the resurrection day, the 1290 days counting backwards, you will see that the two prophets begin their task about 27 days after the abomination is set up

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Abom_______________________________________________RES________Kingdom
1290 + 45 = 1335

X_ ___75____ +________1260 tribulation______________________________

The faithful arrive in refuge as the trib begins, and those not chosen will remain there until the Kingdom of God is set up at the end of the full 1,335 days.

That means that God’s prophets will begin 26 and 1/2 days AFTER the abomination is set up in Rome, and will have 48 and 1/2 days to get the faithful to their refuge.

X_26 1/2_+______________2 prophets : 1263 1/2_______________________Res+ ____45____x  equals a total of 1,335 days

Which means that they begin their task 48 1/2days BEFORE the faithful  go into the wilderness. The two are set up with sufficient time, barely sufficient time to organize the faithful and get them off to the place God has prepared. Yes the two witnesses, the two prophets are set up after the abomination is set up. Which means that they are not working today because there is no false prophet doing great miracles and calling for a revival of Rome today.

The false prophet, the abomination has not been set up yet. Therefore the two prophets have not begun their job.

Who are they? Who will they be? I don’t know. Nobody knows. God is keeping that a close secret until the time when God reveals to them exactly what He wants them to do and how they are to do it. Then they will go and do it. They will do precisely what God wants them to do. And the way He wants them to do it and they will be precisely consistent with scripture and they will have the powers mentioned in scripture. But they will not abuse those powers for personal reasons and personal purposes.

And they will be humble men and not men of great pride, all puffed up in their personal vanity. Saying, look how great I am and they will not glorify themselves and they will not enrich themselves. They will understand what their mission is. They will understand the word of God. They will understand the prophets. They will understand the truth of God and they will understand the need to always put God first and always serve God. And they will understand that if they fail in their mission, God’s word is broken. God’s plan is broken.
Therefore they will devote themselves totally to their mission and they will always, always rely totally on God. Because they know that without God’s backing, without God’s help, they will utterly fail. But with God’s help and by serving God and being close to God, they cannot fail. That is the key they will be close to God. In which case, they cannot fail. But if they ever stray, they will definitely fail, for God will not back up anyone in sin, not even his two prophets.

Now, I have heard that some say that the two prophets will be Elijah and Enoch. Because Elijah and Enoch were translated that they should not see death and they are waiting in heaven for the opportunity or the responsibility to be conferred upon them so they can come back and they never die.

Well, what does God’s word have to say about that? Here we go, read it in your own bible. Hebrews 9:27, and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after that the judgment. All men die. And then there is a judgment. A resurrection and a judgment.

Enoch and Elijah died. They are dead. But what will happen to those who are alive at Christ coming? Well, they will die and be resurrected in an instantaneous manner. What is flesh is flesh. What is born of spirit is spirit. And when the flesh is changed into spirit, the flesh dies. The flesh dies and a new being in spirit appears. This change is virtually instantaneous. It is instantaneous to our minds. But it is a death of the flesh and a birth of a spirit.

All men die and after that, the judgment. Enoch and Elijah did die eventually even though they were translated from one place to another, Heb 11:5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Enoch was translated, or removed; so that he would not be killed or murdered at that time and that place. Yes, Enoch did eventually die as did Elijah,

Hebrews 11:13: These all died in faith, not having received the promises. Yes: They did in fact eventually die.

Those two persons who will be called by God to be his two prophets are alive now. God has probably been training them and preparing them all their lives for this one task. I have no idea who they will be. I would not dare to speculate as to who they will be. I know that they are not empowered now and that they will not begin until after the abomination is set up.

I know that God is wiser than I am, in comparison to the brightness of the sun to the darkness of the depths of some hole in the earth. I know that God is wiser than I, in comparison to my knowledge over the knowledge of some insect. God just has the wisdom to pick the people He wants, to pick the right people for the job; and I don’t think any man does. No man has a wisdom even approaching God. And I’ll tell you something. Our life, your life and my life depends upon the completion of this. Because if it’s not completed, God’s word is broken.

It is very important. It is so absolutely utterly completely vital, that no man should dare to presume that he knows who these people should be. This is in God’s hands and it should stay in God’s hands because He’s the only one capable of bringing this through correctly. Of getting the right people and backing them up and getting the job done.

I could not ever imagine having the wisdom to make those kinds of choices. God will choose his own prophets. God will send his prophets and He will reveal through his spirit, to those who have enough of his spirit, who these people are. They will be known by their fruits! By their consistency with God’s word and the biblical description of them.

God will give you discernment. If you seek God regularly, if you do all you can to keep his commandments, if you are zealous for him and devoted to him, He will give you his spirit and He will give you the spirit of discernment. And you need not be afraid because He will keep his word and He will preserve you from the correction that is going to fall on those who do not put him first and do not value the truth and do not love him and love his commandments

There are many, even in the faith who do not put God first. They say, I will be faithful to God as explained by this person or that person. That doesn’t cut it with God. He needs to be first in your life, not somebody else. Not the way somebody else explains the scriptures. No. That’s putting them first. Prove all things to yourself from God’s word.

If you put God first truly and directly and personally and go to him through our High Priest and Mediator Jesus Christ directly and you don’t allow any man or church or organization to come between you and him, He will preserve you, He will take care of you, He will deliver you. No need to worry.

Keep close to God and you will be accounted worthy through the worthiness of Christ, who gave himself for us. And if you are not close to God, not putting him first, well all the speculations in the world and all the hopes and dreams and words and speeches of all the people, living and dead are not going to save you. Only Jesus Christ can save you.

Some man is not going to rise from his grave and save you and neither is pope so and so. It is Jesus Christ who will save you and him only through the Father, the Father through Christ. One is the same as the other. They are together. If you have seen one, you have seen the other. They are God. And only they can save you and only they will deliver you from the hour of trial.

Put them first and Jesus Christ will keep his covenant of the 70th week of the 70 Weeks Prophecy. That is He will keep a covenant and that covenant is the Marriage Covenant. And that covenant is; if you love him, are faithful to him, serve him, put him first, then He will love you and protect you and provide for you and care for you and deliver you.

Even so, it is written. Jesus Christ will confirm his covenant, his marriage covenant; with his espoused bride. For one week, which is a day for a year, 7 days for 7 years. The first half of that week was fulfilled in c70 AD when Jesus Christ protected and delivered his church from the Romans for 3 ½ years. Showing that He will also do this a second time. In our day when He will preserve and protect those who are faithful to him from the Romans once again for 3 ½ years, the final 3 ½ years of this age of mankind deceived by Satan.

I know that these things are very complicated. So, let me give a very brief overview here. And you have your little chart that you can read off on. The end time starts with the setting up of that great false prophet, the abomination.  26½ days later, the two prophets start their work. 48 ½ days after that, the church arrives in the wilderness, the false prophet goes to Jerusalem and war begins.

The 1290th day after the abomination is set up,  the resurrection day will come on the sixth day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The saints are resurrected, they go to stand on the crystal sea, the sea of glass before the throne of God, for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, during which God’s kingdom is organized. Responsibilities and rewards are handed out, offices are conferred and the seven last plagues are poured out on the seat of the beast and upon the abomination, the great abomination, the unholy Roman Empire and all those who would resist God.

When the last plagues have been poured out, Christ will then come with his saints to seize control of the governments of the world. Governments mostly destroyed and totally humbled. And having destroyed these governments and taking the beast and false prophet and throwing them into the lake of fire at the very end completing 1335 days.

After that; on the Feast of Pentecost, comes a new beginning, a new millennium with God’s spirit poured out on all flesh and a Sabbath of rest and peace for all mankind from Satan as he is removed for a thousand years. And there will be a thousand years of peace with man in harmony with God and even the wild beasts having their nature changed. That is the overall picture.

The two prophets will be chosen by God, empowered by God, commissioned by God; like ALL prophets of God. And their first task will be to deliver the church to the wilderness and then to witness to the Israelite people about the imminent tribulation and then to witness to the peoples of the world that this false prophet, this false Christ, this abomination; is indeed false: And that Jesus Christ and God the Father are God indeed, and that their commandments are to be held as preeminent and are not to be interpreted by somebody’s false traditions or ideas; but that God is to be put first. And when they have completed their testimony, then they shall be killed and lie dead for 3 1/2 days, and after these 3 ½ days they will have their part in the resurrection’ and then God will pour out by his angels the seven last plagues.

After these plagues are poured out and the marriage of the Lamb has taken place; the Lamb of God will return to the earth with his bride to establish the Kingdom of God!

After the 1335 days are completed God’s Kingdom will be established on a Feast of Pentecost with the pouring out of His Spirit on ALL FLESH (Joel 2:28).

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