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THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, first among authors in this or any other world, commanded His apostle, John, to write the Book of Revelation.
Why do I refer to Jesus as first among authors? Consider these facts. Christ Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8). He commanded the apostle John to write the Book of Revelations in His own words. Therefore, He is the true author of this book; John's task was to set His words down on paper. As no human can out-compete Christ Jesus at any task, it follows that He must be the first among authors, and thus the best author in history.
The apostles are first among men after Christ Jesus and, therefore, the only apostle to whom Jesus commanded to write -- the apostle John -- must also belong among the best authors in the world.
As followers of Christ Jesus, Christian authors must be His disciples in the creation of books, as in all other things. It is my goal to emulate the First Among Authors in all ways, while making His message heard in clear, unambiguous terms. Christian writing should follow the rules set out in the writings of Christ Jesus and his apostles; this book deals with the Book of Revelation, and so it follows that Revelation, as a model of Christian writing, should present certain principles or rules that Christian books must follow. Let us examine these principles of Christian writing, passed down for us from Jesus.
Topical order addresses the order of importance for readers. Further information must emerge from the topic itself, but certain things should be clear:
Chronological order describes or explains how something happens or works, following the order in which the events occur. If the Lord intends to initiate certain events, then those events will run in chronological order.
I consider the Book of Revelation to be the completion of all promises of the Gospel that have not yet passed into history. Thus, Revelation must be described as a historical book. Look at the historical years from Zerubbabel to Herod. The Bible does not describe them as history, but as prophecy. The Book of Daniel is comparable to worldly kingdoms next, after an explanation of the "seventy" (Chapter 11). It seems to me that Biblical history books are not as precise at describing actual historical events as they are in describing the events that occurred just before such happenings. (I do not consider the Books of Maccabees, which historically confirm Daniel's predictions for the following years, to be accepted books of the Bible.)
As any history has a chronology, so there must be chronology to Revelation. However, some commentators twist and condemn the book, saying that events of the Seventh Scroll occur before the events of previous six scrolls, or that all seven Scrolls are opened at once; or, that the Lord opens all seven Seals at once.
A third common principle of organization is climatic order. Every chronology of events (or timeline) always occurs in some sort of social and political climate. For instance, World War II occurred amid a climate of fascism, communism, democracy, etc. The writer of any Christian work needs to describe prevailing conditions or set of Biblical attitudes in chronological affairs, and in order of importance.
These, then, are the rules that I have followed in writing this guide to the Book of Revelation for you. I hope that you enjoy my words, and feel a joy in your heart as you read the Book of Revelation, a book written by the best authors ever to walk the Earth. Remember, the Book of Revelation is for you, and not just for preachers, teachers, and prophets.
The Arrangement of the Book of Revelation
The arrangement of the Book of Revelation, Christ Jesus's book about the future, is the arrangement followed in this book. The Chronology of the Revelation proceeds thus after the prologue:
2. The Church in the End Times
3. Source of power and events
4. Chronology of Horses
4.1 First Scroll
4.2. Second Scroll
4.3. Third Scroll
4.4. Fourth Scroll
5. Chronology of Chariots
5.1. Fifth Scroll
5.2. Sixth Scroll
5.3. Last chariot
5.3.1. The Wrath of the Lamb, the first "woe"
5.3.2. The Second "woe"
5.3.3. The Wrath of God, the final "woe"
6. Climate of Revelation
THE AUTHORIZATION OF this last book in the Christian Bible lies in its first verses. Just as God authorized Moses to write His Law, now Christ Jesus authorizes the apostle John to write the concluding words for his Creation. The appointment of the apostle John came with Jesus' departure from the Earth. Christ's response to Peter, "If I will that he (John) tarry till I come, what is that to thee?" (John 21:22) takes place at this point. Certainly John did not remain alive in flesh, but his work did, as it was the Word of God.
There is no doubt that the Book of Revelation is indeed the Word of God. Its first verses clearly proclaim it to be so. In Old Testament times, Moses wrote God's Word for people to live by; Christ Jesus lived strictly by God's Word as previously expressed, and therefore the Bible calls Him also the Word (John 1:14). The Word was there during the Creation (John 1:3). Moses also wrote about the creation of the world. If written words about the Creation exist, then certainly the events of the End Times should not occur without them. As the Word was in the Creation, so must it be in the End Times. The apostle John testifies that Christ Jesus is in the words of this book, and so the words of the apostle John must remain alive until the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, then, Revelation is the book chronicling the Word of God for the End Times. Christians love to hear about the ministry of Christ Jesus, which was documented in the books called The Gospels. Yet if Christ Jesus commanded John to write the Book of Revelation, then any right-thinking Christian should love this book even more than the Gospels. "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near." (1:3).
APOSTLES PREACHED THE Gospel and, as people accepted the Gospel, they formed churches. Therefore, the Gospel lies at the root of everything in Christianity. So it should be with this book; and the next three verses of Revelation (1:4-6) confirm that this is so.
The center of the Gospel is Christ Jesus, who resides now in Heaven. Christians eagerly await His return. "Look, he is coming with the clouds," it will be said, and then He will return to the Earth "and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the Earth will mourn because of him" (Revelation 1:7). The Heavenly author introduces Himself in the eighth verse of Revelation: ""I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to be, the Almighty"." The coauthor on the Earth (on the island of Patmos) is the apostle John (Revelation 1:9-11). Of all the apostles, only John is Christ's apostle in authorship as well as in faith.
Verses 1:12-16 reveal the first revelation.
This revelation is THE MOST IMPORTANT REVELATION of the Book. The first thing John sees, and what acts as the main index guiding events in the End Times, is the vision of the lampstand. "I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands." This vision of seven golden lampstands (or a candlestick) is the overarching symbol that rules all the described events in Revelation. That is why readers of Revelation should understand what it is, and how it determines the events of the End Times. Have you already deduced what it is?
Let us start in sequence in identifying the lampstand or candlestick, which is also called the menorah in Hebrew. The Menorah is a Heavenly item. It must be so, because John sees Christ Jesus standing among candles in his Heavenly body: "Among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters."
Moses also pictured the Heavenly object in the Sanctuary. He had to be precise in illustrating the Heavenly object, because God warned him thus about the construction of the Menorah: "And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain" (Exodus 25:40). Moses placed the Menorah beside a showbread table, and put the table where God instructed him to place it in the tabernacle (Exodus 26:35): "Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle, and put the candlestick opposite it on the south side."
Bread represents the body. "Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it, this is my body"" (Mark 14:22). His body was changed into a Heavenly one at His Resurrection. This illustrates that, eventually, our own bodies will be changed into Heavenly bodies. If Moses put bread beside the Menorah, then the Menorah determines when the bodies of Jesus' followers will be changed into Heavenly bodies, or when those who have already died will be resurrected into their Heavenly bodies.
Most Christians are aware that the First Resurrection and the Rapture will occur during the End Times. Therefore, the Menorah (as pictured already by Moses) will be in effect during the End Times. We need certain words in order to determine the time for the Rapture and First Resurrection, and therefore, written words must be found in the Menorah. Who put those words there?
Jesus said, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Matthew 24:36). This means that God the Father, who knows all, placed words related to the Second Coming of the Christ into the Menorah and secured (sealed) them so that nobody could look inside it until it was time for the Messiah's Second Coming. This leads us to the conclusion that the events connected to the Second Coming of the Christ will take place according to the writings stored in the Menorah.
In short, the Menorah should include a written text, and God the Father must have sealed these texts into the Menorah. How will we recognize them?
Ancient people did not have books; they chronicled their writings and drawings on scrolls. When they passed the scrolls from one person to another, they held them in the upright position. Consider also that people perceive the seal of God as fire, as when God sealed the gate to Eden: "After he drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the Tree of Life" (Genesis 3:24). Therefore, people should see God's seal as a flame wherever it appears. What does a scroll with a shining seal of flame on the end look like? Why, it looks like a burning candle. Therefore, what Moses saw as candles were in actuality God's sealed scrolls. Seven candles comprise the traditional Menorah; thus Moses saw the Seven Sealed Scrolls in Heaven as a candlestick bearing seven burning candles.
Some scholars might disagree with this interpretation, suggesting that there is, in fact, only a single scroll with seven seals. But this interpretation is militated against by the fact that, when one seal is broken, there are events written there; and therefore, there must be seven separate writings. Each one is sealed individually, and so seven parts -- seven separate scrolls of the Heavenly Book -- must be present. To me, it seems dishonest to say, for instance, that the Fourth Seal speaks of particular events, because the seal itself could not contain words. In those days words were written on scrolls, and seals were used only to close the scrolls. Therefore I am using the word "scroll" as the source of events; for instance, "the Fourth Scroll tells us...."
When Moses had his vision, he saw only the Menorah: that is, the seven scrolls, sealed with divine flame, that appeared to be burning candles. But in Revelation, the apostle John sees the Lord Jesus Christ among the lamps or candles (sealed scrolls). The Lord Jesus Christ did what Moses wrote -- that is, he followed the Law scrupulously -- and now is about to fulfill Moses' vision of the Sanctuary, with the scrolls held by the seven branches of the Menorah. The Scrolls belong to God the Father, of course, but the Lord Jesus Christ will carry them. Because branches carry the candles in Moses' Menorah, the Bible symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ as the BRANCH. "Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH! From His place He shall branch out, and He shall build the temple of the Lord. He shall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So, He shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between them both" (Zechariah 6:12-13). Or, in connection to the Menorah: ""Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! THERE ARE SEVEN EYES ON THAT ONE STONE, and I will engrave an inscription on it," says the LORD Almighty, "and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day"" (Zechariah 3:8-9). Or, see Revelation 1:16: "In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance." Hence, Christ Jesus will carry out these predictions by opening the Seven Sealed Scrolls. This is what the apostle John was commanded to write about. "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later" (Revelation 1:19).
Logically, the Lord Jesus Christ should address His first words to the Church in the times of the Menorah, which means in the times actualized by the Seven Sealed Scrolls. I have derived that the first scroll is about the Church in the time of the Menorah from Verse 20 of Revelation 1: "The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."
When the Lord Jesus Christ said the seven "lamps" (candles) were the seven churches, this clearly was meant to be taken symbolically, not literally; the Church is situated on the Earth, and the Menorah in Heaven. (Remember that Jesus often uses symbolic expressions in the Book of Revelation). The stars are similarly symbols for the angels. Usually, an angel is a servant of God over Creation what means, God is on the Throne in Heaven and angels are on the Earth. In this case, the angels are serving to the Church located on the Earth since the Lord Jesus Christ manages Scrolls of the Heavenly Throne. (Remember, Scrolls are God the Father’s one and so they must not leave the God’s Throne.)
This leads to the next disclosure, which is that Christ Jesus as the owner (that is, the head) of the churches, as Luke also made clear (Luke 14:21) addresses Words first to Christians. "To the angel of the church … write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands" (Revelation 2:1). If the apostle John writes about churches and their angels then, the events he describes are meant first to occur among, and be heard by, Christians.
This fact, along with the fact that the location of each church differs (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea) and the fact that they are represented by lamps (Revelation 1:11, 20) means that each lamp shows the associated Church only in the times of its brightness: that is, the most shining period of its history. (Notice: they could not be words when world was in dark -for instance "Dark Ages") Thus, the Words to Ephesus show Christianity in the era when the First Seal is broken, thus in the time of the First Scroll. The Words to Smyrna are for meant for Christianity in the era when the Second Seal is broken, thus in the time when the Lord Jesus Christ opens the Second Scroll.
One should not consider Words addressed, for instance, to the church in the city of Ephesus as being just for Christians in this city, because Christians also exist elsewhere in the world during the shining times of the first lamp. Indeed, the letter to each church ends with words: "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." This means that the Christians (the addressees) must proceed to their next destination on the road to Heaven. (The ultimate destination of Christians is to be Heavenly beings, as Christ Jesus is now, and to rule the Earth with Him.)
My conclusion is that the progress of the Church in the End Times is described in seven parts, corresponding to each scroll, and that these events will occur when each scroll is opened. Seven letters to seven Churches characterize seven periods of Christianity in the End Times, corresponding to the seven branches of the Menorah.
The Menorah placed in the Sanctuary by Moses consisted of a central lampstand with three branches on each side. The central lampstand was slightly different from the others; it was decorated with four scroll flowers, and the others just three (Exodus 25:32-34). The apostle John sees the Lord Jesus Christ at the central lampstand (KJV Revelation 1:13) as it would carry forward His intention. Zechariah differentiates the branches of the Menorah in more detail (Zechariah 4). He saw also two olive trees, one on the right side of the Menorah, and the other on its left. We learn from his description that the central branch of the Menorah is most important, and belongs to the Lord. The side branches belong to His anointed ones. There are two sets of branches, one set on each side of the central branch, and so two sets of anointed ones. Thus, the three branches on the right side of the Menorah should relate to one set of God's peoples, while the three branches on the left side relate to the other set of God's peoples.
The Bible recognizes the Israelites (Jews) and Christians as the two sets of God's peoples. I believe that the left set of branches on the Menorah belongs to Christianity. The right side belongs to Israel. In any case, each of God's peoples has a claim to the central candle, lampstand, since both sides of the Menorah are derived from and connected to the central branch.
The assumption is that the first Scroll is the central one belonging to the Lord; three lamps lie on the left side because three different situations not caused by God will occur within Christianity, and three situations to occur in Israel represent the three lamps on the right side. Remember that the second side of the Menorah (Israel) has a right to claim the central lamp (candlestick), just as Christianity does; for Jesus was a Jew, and also has a claim on Israel.
The two sides of the Menorah also divide the letters to the Christians into two chapters. Revelation, Chapter 2 includes four letters, while Chapter 3 has only three letters. This is because the Revelation of the apostle John relates to the Christian Church, and then the Church coexists with the State of Israel also.
Christians should consider the "shining time" of the church of Ephesus to begin shortly after the installation of the Menorah in the Sanctuary; in other words, when the Seven Sealed Scrolls first came on the scene in the Heavenly Throne Room. This is because the Ephesians hear Words coming from the Menorah; the Lord Jesus Christ pronounces His words to Ephesus while walking among the seven golden "lampstands."
The Lord knows that the first evangelists faced great difficulty and much hard work in bringing the Gospel onto the world scene. Their duty is to begin the autumn rain, as Joel (2:23) predicted: "Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before." Their enemies masquerade as angels of light, servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). They want to be the first apostles at the start of the autumn rain, but are, in fact, anti-apostles.
The first self-declared anti-apostle was Charles Take Russell, who founded the sect calling itself the Jehovah's Witnesses. Russell described himself as 'the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time' (Matthew 24:45). This false apostle taught a new method of salvation (that knowing God's name alone is salvation), and rejected salvation through a new birth in spirit. This is why Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in existence of the spirit in humans; to them, human spirituality is no different than that of animals.
The Lord praises Christians in this stage that because they hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, just as He does. Historically, the Nicolaitans were accused of sexual immorality. Another historical sect, the original Mormon Church of the USA, practiced sexual immorality. Their leader, Joseph Smith, instituted a practice of plural marriage (polygamy) in his church; he himself was alleged to have as many as fifty wives. His successor, Brigham Young, had children by sixteen women, and was married to many others. The primary goal of the Mormons was the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Earth in the Utah Territory, though federal authorities challenged their practices. This agrees with the words of the Lord: "But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." The Mormons still exist today because they have, thankfully, rejected polygamy. This is reflected in their new name: the Reorganized Church of Christ Jesus of Latter-Day Saints.
From the words "You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary," readers of the first letter might gather that Christians during the shining of the First Lamp had been successful at beginning their crusade for the Gospel to be preached to all nations. "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). The reward for all faithful Christians is the right to share the paradise of God, to enjoy eternal life in the Territory of the Lord -- also known as Heaven.
2.2. The Church of the Second Lamp, Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)
The Words of Jesus to the church in Smyrna are "the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again." The Lord Jesus Christ blessed the Earth at the start of the autumn rain by actualizing the Menorah, and thus by unsealing the first Scroll of the Heavenly Book. His duty was also to bring Israel onto the world scene. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 resulted in many Jews moving back to their homeland; the declaration endorsed the establishment of "a national home" for the Jewish people in what was then Palestine.
The Church, the Body of the Christ, historically began on the Pentecost (Acts 2). This is the First Church, or the Early Church. The Holy Spirit came upon Jesus' disciples and his other believers. Thus, the Last Church should also know one last, widespread Pentecost. This happened historically in Los Angeles California in 1906. The Holy Spirit came upon people on the West Coast, and many spoke in tongues. Pentecostal denominations have sprung up since then.
Although the Lord speaks of persecution from the Devil and of suffering for ten days, Christianity is rich; this means that more and more congregations based on the newborn spirit are being founded in more countries. The persecution for ten days could represent the holocaust Christians suffered in Armenia. Later, during the First World War, 9-10 million people were killed, and 21 million were wounded. This was followed quickly by the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, which killed 21-22 million people throughout the world. More than 500,000 deaths were recorded in the United States alone.
The representatives of any movement against the Gospels are "those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan." Typically, Jews are a people with a strong belief in the written word (the Law). Christians are God's new nation, also called 'the new Israel.' They are based in God in their spirit, and thus are spiritual descendants of the Israelite named Jesus of Nazareth, for whom spirituality was spirit. He was the new Adam, or the Last Adam. So it is written: "The first man, Adam, became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45).
There are those who prefer to follow the letter of God's Law rather than its spirit, to take all things literally rather than as God intended them. We see this in the movement led by those men who prefer the Old Covenant to the New -- the anti-Gospel movement known to Christianity as fundamentalism. This mass movement, which resulted in the setting up of many Bible Study courses and Bible Colleges, dates primarily from the year 1909. This was the year that fundamentalism's cardinal work, the Scofield Bible -- with its notes explaining the meaning of the Biblical text -- was published.
The fundamentalist movement is a problem for the Church, because of its conservative view of the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus judges such teachers harshly (Matthew 23:27): "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean."
The last words of Jesus to Smyrna, "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life...he than overcomes will not be hurt by the second death" (Revelation 2:10-11). This second death is condemnation by God the Father, according to one's deeds in life (Revelation 20: 11-15). At Judgment, the Judge first will look at the Books of Deeds. If deeds did not confirm a person's right to be with God in Heaven, then only God's mercy could save that person. Therefore, the Bible teaches that the second death does not harm any person whose name is written in the Book of Life. The second death should not apply to these Christians who overcome all enemy attacks and live actively in God’s justification.
I suggest that if a person has already performed deeds as driven by the Holy Spirit, then those deeds are the God’s deeds registered in the Books of Deeds. Then, the Holy Spirit is associated to God the Holy Spirit. As deeds of God cannot be condemned so neither should a person used by God the Holy Spirit be condemned.
2.3. The Church of the Third Lamp, Pergamum (Revelation 2:12- 17)
To the church at Pergamum (also called Pergamos), the Lord Jesus Christ introduced Himself as He "who has the sharp, double-edged sword." I have already mentioned a flaming sword flashing back and forth in relation to sealing. Further, the Bible tells us elsewhere "the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12).
With the Balfour Declaration of 1917, the British government established the homeland for Jews in Palestine, as prophesized at the end of the Second Lamp (sealed scroll). However, the League of Nations (the predecessor of the United Nations) gave the mandate for the Jewish homeland to be established in Palestine in 1922. It became a sharp sword for Jews to battle for Jerusalem and the State of Israel. Certainly this angered Satan, and so he fought vigorously against Jews. A rabid anti-Semitism soon became the theme of those days. Yet God's word remained, and the Promised Land was unsealed for Jews to live there. The words "I know where you live -- where Satan has his throne," which Jesus addressed to those of Pergamum, could refer to Satan's raging in the world of Christianity due to the growth of Zionism. Historically, Satan had a throne in Pergamun where people worshiped him as Zeus. This Zeus'temple was moved stone by stone to Germany and Hitler used it as a model for his amphitheater. This temple is now located in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin.
Lord's words "remain true to my name" no doubt meant that the people of a fascist region should not step onto the path of anti-Semitism.
From Jesus' introduction to this stage of the Church can be derived the interpretation that some followers of Christ Jesus are as He is, in having a sharp, double-edged sword emerging from their mouths (for example, the prophetic movement in French Congo in 1930). Some men have power to cast out demons and to heal others by the words coming from their mouths, a double-edged sword of truth; for instance, consider Smith Wigglesworth of England, or Charles Price in Canada and the USA.
The Lord expresses his displeasure in people "who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality." Balaam was a prophet of God who loved money and his career. He could not sin by falsely prophesying, but did so by giving advice that caused God's wrath to fall on God's people. Namely, when king Balak asked him to curse Israel, he instead blessed them according to the God's will; however, the possibility of receiving Balak's reward led Balaam to give the king advice on how Israelites could be cursed. According to Balaam, they should be urged to sacrifice to other gods. Therefore, Moabite women invited them to sacrifice to their gods, and to indulge in sexual immoralities (Numbers 22-25).
The Industrial Age began thanks to the Lord, who opened up natural sources of Creation to be used in full at His Second Coming. The world economy has prospered by trading in the riches offered by this "Lamp." Certainly, many Christians have taken this path, which the Bible calls "the way of Balaam." But with the excessive love of money comes other sins, such as gambling and prostitution. The Lord hates this path, and so tells the people of Pergamum, whom he loves: "Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam...."
There are some merchants, however, who have striven to follow another way. In the modern age, Anti-Balaam business practices can be traced, at least in one case, to the businessman Demos Shakarian and the establishment of the Christian Businessmen's Committee International in 1930 in Burundi, Africa.
The next words of Jesus are directed against those who follow the Nicolaitan teachings in the Christian world. The practice of polygamy, as established by John Smith and the first Mormons, disturbed the Christian world that already existed during the era of the First Lamp. Today, Mormons teach that besides a marriage on this Earth, they have the right to remarry couples for Heaven. This means that they are teaching that marriages may continue in Heaven, though this contradicts what the Lord Jesus Christ has said elsewhere about marriage after death: that we "will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in Heaven" (Matthew 22:30). According to the Mormons, a woman is saved at Resurrection when her husband calls her by the secret name he has given her for their wedding in Heaven.
In the time of the Second Lamp, we are taught, new cults started to sin by eating foods sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality; this occurred mostly in the East. Here is a modern example: at sunrise in 1936, Sun Myung Moon claimed to experience a mystical encounter with Jesus. In this vision, the Korean teenager was challenged to take up Jesus' unfinished work and establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. Moon and his wife were the "true" Adam and Eve, sent to Earth to re-establish God's lineage, which had been lost by the sins of the first Adam and Eve. According to the teaching of Moon's Unification church, Jesus had been sent to do this himself, but was killed before he could marry.
Certainly, it was impossible for Moon and his wife to produce sufficient children so that a new holy kingdom could be established during Moon's life. Therefore, he used a practice from the table of the Lord. His followers were blessed in marriage by Sun Myung Moon, using a juice that Moon claimed was his literal, physical blood -- very much as wine becomes Christ Jesus's literal physical blood at Catholic communion. This is similar to the practice of eating food sacrificed to idols. Christians cannot sit simultaneous at the tables of both the Lord and an idol.
God wants more men and women to live in the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the people of the Third Lamp could make use of the "double-edged sword" of their words for God's purposes and thus emulate Christ Jesus, then their ultimate reward would be richer than that of others. The Lord has promised His faithful the right to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in His Paradise for persons accepting resurrection of their spirits, and who are not misled by false apostles and the Nicolaitans; those who overcome this temptation, and are not mislead by the slanderers who claim to be Jews but are not, cannot harmed by the second death. Further, He promises to give some of the hidden manna to he who overcomes now. He will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to he who receives it.
Men and women using the sharp, double-edged sword of the Lord have a new name now in Christianity. Many are famous not merely in Heaven, but also on Earth; for example, Smith Wigglesworth and Kathryn Kulman. Certainly those making good use of their double-edged sword are well known by God by their specials names; they are jewels that the Lord Jesus Christ uses to build His Church (Revelation 21:19-21).
Our God is supernatural; without supernatural deeds attributed to Him, our teachings would seem no more special, in most peoples' eyes, than those of any other religion. As the supernatural deeds of Christ Jesus during his ministry led many people to follow him, so now supernatural deeds of some preachers are leading many people to be a part of the New Jerusalem.
The Lord promised to reward the overcomers of the third stage of God's outpouring for the autumn rain with hidden manna. The manna is as bread, descending from Heaven. Christ Jesus used bread in comparison to flesh, particularly his flesh, and we have to remember that his flesh was resurrected in an eternal form after his death. God has prepared this Heavenly material, this manna, for everyone, for he knows ands sees all; as Christ Jesus said, "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Luke 12:6-7).
I believe the promise of manna applies to all Christians, even those not using their double-edged sword, their words, in the service of the Lord. In the End Times, each Christian should be resurrected into the form that was originally designated for them to exist in during their material life.
2.4. The Church of the Fourth Lamp, Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)
The Lord introduces Himself now as "the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze." He introduces Himself also as God. To be God means to occupy God's Throne. Thus, Chapter Five of Revelation (discussed in more detail later) shows Him to ascend to God's Throne to unseal the Heavenly Book. Certainly He is the Lord over each Seal or Lamp. He has already unsealed three Lamps; the Fourth is on the way, and there are three more thereafter. Readers of Chapter One of Revelation know that this is His business, His plan, for the Church. Therefore, if He is introduced now as God, then He is opening a scroll in which God will do some great thing for Christians and his other set of followers.
We learned during the discussion of the Menorah that the central Lamp or candle belongs to both the Christians and Israel. The three lamps on the left side of the Menorah represent the world of Christianity; the three on the right belong to Israel. However the Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in the Menorah (Revelation 1:13) or holding the Menorah has Christianity on the right and Israel on the left.) The three Lamps on the right side of the Menorah (the fifth, sixth, and seventh) should therefore represent cases for Israel -- since Jesus, as a Jew, would read from right to left. However, the central or Fourth Lamp, the last for Christians, should also be the first for Israel, since it represents Israel's emergence onto the world scene. God's will is not for Israel to simply be under control of some nation such as Britain, as the region was during the Middle East's period of British rule; no, the Israelites were freed initially from the Egyptians so that they might become a sovereign nation. My conclusion is that the sovereign state of Israel was created or established during the shining of the Fourth Lamp.
The fourth outpouring should be derived from Jesus' introduction as having eyes like blazing fire and feet like burnished bronze. This is His Heavenly appearance. Heaven lies over the Earth; from this I derive that God puts his power into the air, so that radio and TV broadcasting for Christians can run within God's power. In so doing, God's word and His power can reach into places that do not support freedom, or offering some small amount of democracy. In this way, the Lord's healing presence comes through the air. Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman began broadcasting her healing services in large revivals that began in Canada in the year 1948. They called these revivals the New Order of the Latter Rain. The message of the revivals was in the outpouring of all powers of the Holy Spirit and His gifts.
When the Lord introduced Himself as the Mighty for the Church, Satan came with all his power to fight against God's will on Earth. During this time, Satan used Hitler to manifest his power. Because Israel would soon be coming onto the world scene, fascists from the world of Christianity tried to eradicate Jews. The people of the world could not be liberal in such a confrontation between Heaven and Hell, and true Christians are those who are more faithful to the Lord. Therefore, the Lord praised true Christians with the words "I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first."
The Anti-Christian movement of those days is typified by "the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess." The Lord says, "by her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols." Historically, Jezebel led Israel's King Achab to do evil deeds, drawing him from God to Earthly gods. The modern Jezebel might be Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Mother Church (in her credo, our life-giving mother is the Earth). Mrs. Eddy founded the Mother Church, also called the Church of Christ, Scientist, to teach about "scientific healing." She claimed that our mortal mind convinces us we are sick, and therefore, we are. The mortal mind may be punished (changed), but spiritual understanding is changeless. She convinced her followers to consider sickness to be unreal and to reject Earthly healing, even as she wore spectacles and walked with a cane. But the Lord said, "
I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead."
After Eddy passed away, her followers felt the need to change their strategy. Several independent groups appeared and formed the International Metaphysical Association in 1955. Their goal was to popularize Eddy's teachings on TV and radio, through lectures and special schools, and with printed books and pamphlets. Positive thinking and a faith in their own strength attracted many, but the Lord calls her teaching "Satan's so-called deep secrets."
The Lord promises overcomers "authority over the nations --'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery' --just as I have received authority from my Father." Satan tried to use iron scepters (tanks) to dash down some nations, but it is the Lord who will rule the Earth during the Millennium. The Lord Jesus Christ acquired this authority from God, and so did His followers. Certainly, not all saved people will be in the same position come the Millennium; some will have more authority than others, and will be closer to the Lord. The angels are God's servants now, and we will be then also. In Revelation, angels are symbolized by stars (Revelation 1:20). Therefore, the Lord promised this office to overcomers, using the symbol of the morning star: "I will also give him the morning star." The morning star is Venus, the next planet closer to the Sun and therefore it may refer to next world as in the New Jerusalem.
The overcomers are those who have used God's authority to emerge victorious for Christ Jesus over Satan's beastly deeds. Some of them thought in those days that the Second Coming of Christ Jesus or the Rapture were at hand; but the Lord's Word is: "Only hold on to what you have until I come."
2.5. The Church of the Fifth Lamp, Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)
As this new chapter begins, the Church enters a new era. Christ Jesus introduces Himself now as He "who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars." He does not refer to the seven Lamps of the Menorah. Someone may think that the Seven Spirits and Seven Lamps are identical; however this cannot be the case, since the Lord Jesus Christ receives the Seven Lamps of the Menorah -- the Seven Sealed Scrolls -- from God the Father (this is discussed in more detail later). If the Seven Spirits are mentioned, then the autumn rain has not yet stopped. If the rain has not stopped yet, more must be coming for the Church. So the outpouring for the Church continues.
According to His last words for the previous church, "Only hold on to what you have until I come" and now His words "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it," Christians have already received all of God's gifts, and should be the perfect evangelists until the end of time. However, they are not using the gifts very well, because Jesus says, "I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God." So, churches opened to these gifts have become traditional churches, and the Lord calls upon them to repent.
Words "you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead" could fit perfectly to Scientology. Scientology moved further than "the Church of Christ, Scientist," they moved from Christian Science Reading Room to church rituals. They use initial consultative techniques causing switching off human spirit manifested as human conscience (by hypnosis). Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was hypnotist. Hypnosis is possible only when human spirituality is shut down (dead) and so another spiritual person (hypnotist) can rule victim's body (mind). To be near of Christianity, Scientology uses confessing of sins to clean human "database." Achieved state of spiritual disability used to call the new birth (to be newborn). Some branches of Scientology offer filling up by "holy spirit" into so created spiritual emptiness. If they are so baptized by spirit then it is animals'spirit since there are just sounds and not any language. Although it is seemed them they are alive, but they are dead since they are as animals (without conscience - spirit), and a gained spirit is just animals' spirit. Therefore, their spirituality is the dead for Heaven.
On the contrary, the Lord has blessed the denominations that have been traditional since the days of the Early Church. As reformation occurs in the Catholic Church, Catholics can again read the Bible. The Bible is not reserved just for their priests anymore, but is available to every Catholic. Charismatic renewal has given God's gifts to the Catholic Church. This first began at Duquesne University in the USA, in 1967.
The Lord dislikes dirtiness (soil) in Christianity. The Law considers spiritualism as soiled sin. Spiritualists communicate with the dead. We put our dead into the ground, into the soil (2 Samuel 28:13). The Lord dislikes the practice of praying to dead people (Mary, Peter, and the saints) in the reawakened Catholic Churches. New Age believers go further, and call upon the spirits of dead people and beings from other worlds. The assumption of their messages is that a "new age" is coming for our Earth.
The adherents of the Unification Church, the "Moonies," soil Christianity in practicing their so-called Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Reverend Moon founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, later known as the Unification Church, in 1954. After an unsuccessful attempt to establish God's Kingdom by fathering the first children of God's new generation (he was accused of having sex with converted female students), Moon started to practice a ritual he called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, or simply the Blessing. Moonies have taken the marriage supper from Heaven (Revelation 19:9) and now hold it on soil, on the Earth. They enter the marriage supper in Earthly flesh (with soil on their clothes), so they are without Heavenly wedding garments (Heavenly flesh in Resurrection). According to the Lord's words (Matthew 23:11-14), God shall cast them into outer darkness for this.
After the Reverend Moon married his most recent wife, he married three other couples among his closest followers. One year later, thirty-three more couples were married; these were called the 36 couples with patriarchal status. From this point, the numbers expanded dramatically (5,800 couples were married in a single ceremony in 1982), and the Unification Church now claims that the Reverend Moon has Blessed millions.
The Lord promises to persons who have not soiled their clothes: "They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels."
This is also the Lord's testimony that soon the Resurrection and the Rapture will occur. The resurrected and raptured people should be introduced to God the Father. He is in Heaven, on God's Throne, and therefore they shall stand at God's Throne. They will be introduced as the new Heavenly beings added to the host of angels (angels are Heavenly beings having Heavenly flesh). Their names will never be blotted from the Book of Life because they are already eternal beings in the Lord Jesus Christ. They will be dressed completely in white; not only will their spirits be all in white, but so will their bodies. Only after this occurs can the true Wedding Supper of the Lamb begin.
William Branham, claiming to be a Pentecostal teacher and a prophet, prophesized falsely that "by 1977 all denominations would be consumed by the World Council of Churches under the control of the Roman Catholics, that the Rapture would take place, and that the world would be destroyed" (Burgess and McGee, Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, p. 96). Many of my friends dressed in white and went to a hill to await Jesus at appointed time. However, nothing happened. As the Bible makes clear, "When a prophet makes a statement in the name of the Lord, if what he says does not take place and his words do not come true, then his word is not the word of the Lord: the words of the prophet were said in the pride of his heart..." (Deuteronomy 18:22). My friends reacted in accordance with these words, and rejected Branham, burning books, tapes, scripts and other items that outlined his ideas.
Branham was an occultist: he claimed to be the tool of a being from the spiritual world, whom he called the angel from Revelation 10. In the spirit of occultism, leaders of Branhamism hastened to recast his teachings in a new mold. According to them, believers in this prophecy had misunderstood his words, and the Rapture of the Church had indeed occurred on the date given by Branham. From that date the Church was raptured and did not exist anymore, having changed into the Bride of the Lamb. Therefore followers of Branham's prophecy are already, collectively, the Bride of the Lamb, although in soiled clothes -- that is, their Earthly flesh. This is antithetical to the teachings of Christ, who said clearly: "Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard (from the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ and His first apostles); obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you." Branham's remaining followers are still asleep, in the spiritual sense.
2.6. The Church of the Sixth Lamp, Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)
The Lord Jesus Christ introduces Himself to the Church of the Sixth Lamp as He "who is holy and true, who holds the key of David." The words "holy and true" indicate that His words about holiness will be realized and proved as true. The main meaning of holiness is the realization of the resurrection.
"The key of David" means that Jesus will take part in the kingdom, according to God, as Israelites had the blessed kingdom when David reigned. The Bible also called the Lord Jesus Christ "David," who will reign in new kingdom (Ezekiel 37:24). This kingdom is awaited by Israelites for the material world, and by Christians for the spiritual world. The Lord's words are now for the Church, and therefore "What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open" may bring Christians into maturation. The words for His holy people will be realized and proven as true when He opens the door for His people.
What should we expect entering this door? People should certainly not wait for the eternal spirit to live forever with God, because the resurrection of the Lord has already opened the way for to be the newborns in spirit. They should not wait to open the new temples to be fulfilled by the glory of God. These were already opened at the Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2). They should only wait to become eternal beings; therefore, the door should be opened for people to acquire eternal flesh -- their Heavenly forms. This will occur with the Rapture and the subsequent Resurrection.
In the time of the Sixth Lamp, God will open the door for the Rapture. Once this has begun, no one can shut the door, and the people who die after the door is opened will be resurrected without delay.
The Lord knows of the Church's deeds, and comforts them with the words, "See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut." Some might think this means the door is opened for evangelization, but Christ Jesus has already opened the door for evangelization for His apostles long since. The Lod comforts us that God will soon clothe us in the eternal bodies.
If the Church is raptured, they will know that the time for the Sixth Lamp is now, for the door is open. God has decided this, and no one in Heaven or on Earth can change it. This is the Lord's Word, proving the Rapture should occur in the time of the Sixth Scroll. God foresaw that the Church would not believe this was the case, and therefore said again, "You have kept my word. I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world." Are these not words about the Rapture prior to the Great Tribulation? These words serve not only as evidence for the Coming of the Rapture, but also as proof that the Church will not suffer the Tribulation.
Jesus goes on to say, "I am coming soon." Does this not refer to the Second Coming of the Messiah to the Earth? He also says, "Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown." The crown was given to the first evangelists, so that no one would take it from the Church. Christians should ride as a master in their triumph. The triumph is that the Gospel will be preached to every nation, and so the Church will consist of members from all nations. Only a victorious Church could be raptured.
"I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God." This is how people are described after the Resurrection and the Rapture (Revelation 7:15-17). "Never again will he leave it." Are not these words about the life in the Lord's presence during the third Millennium (Hosea 6:2)? In order for our world never to be sinful again, God must resurrect each of the faithful and make him or her a Heavenly being. If we use these words for the Church, this means the end of the Church in our world. Certainly, many churches will continue to exist, but the newborns in spirit are also taken to be new in body.
When Jesus states, "I will write on him the name of my God," this indicates that a faithful person is not an Earthly being, but belongs among God's servants, as the angels do. "I will write on him the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from my God." The faithful person has a new home, a new address in the New Jerusalem, which (following Revelation 21) is to be the dwelling place of the Lord's Bride -- that is, the dwelling place for all raptured and resurrected people.
The Lord Jesus Christ also says, "I will also write on him my new name." The new name for the Lord now is "the Heavenly Man." He will act as the Name -- the King of Kings -- for the entire world (see Zephaniah 3:8-9). Those wearing eternal flesh will serve Him differently than they did in their Earthly flesh. As Earthly beings, they love their enemies; but once in eternal flesh, they will punish their enemies. This is the mark of the change that awaits the Church.
When the Lord opens Heaven for His Church, some procedures in existing world will close. This could refer to the words: "shuts and no one opens." I believe this symbolizes the gifts of the Holy Spirit: at this time, the door to receive His Gifts will shut. The words also mention closing something that was, until this point, open: this may refer to the newborn in spirit. In any case, the Church truly ends by the end of the era of the Sixth Lamp.
My conclusion is that today's Church is the Church of the Rapture. Pastors should lead followers in this direction. Christians to be raptured will feel the Lord's Coming, and ask preachers to speak about it or research it for more information. This is grist for those who leave their synagogues and do not teach inspired theologies. It is said, "I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars." In this context, the term "synagogues" refer to today's seminaries, schools, theological institutes, and other places where Christian leaders receive instruction about the Church and the focus of life in every community. If the Lord says that Satan inspires their instructions, then those teachings may be false. We need to identify the field where Satan works. The context of the letter says that everything is headed toward the Lord's Coming (the Second Coming). Therefore, the teachings of present Biblical schools regarding the Lord's Second Coming and the Rapture must be false, according to the Lord's letter for this Church. Their theory that the Heavenly Scrolls (the book Revelation) describes future events that will last only seven years prior to the Second Coming should be false also due to fathers of this theory. Jesuit Francisco Ribera created this theory to counter the Protestants and their theory about Revelation (historicism). If people (readers of the Bible) rejected his conspiration theory against reformers, then Jesuits killed them (Counter-Reformation). This satanic practises we may see today at Islam, who does not accept teaching of their prophet he must be killed. In Christianity, they do not kill those who do not accept this conspiration theory but just exclude from their churches. Yet there is hope for their repentance, because the Lord tells us, "I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you."
2.7. Believers of the Seventh Lamp, Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22)
With this seventh letter, the Lord introduces Himself as "the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation." He is going to rule Creation. Ours is the time that will end in the beginning of the Millennium. Our pastors teach us that the letter to Laodicea is for today's Church -- that is, for the Church before the Rapture. They are wrong, because these words are about the Creation, and the letter is for believers before the Millennium, not before the Rapture. This indicates that some believers in Christ Jesus (not raptured Christians) must remain on the Earth from the Rapture until the Millennium.
At that point the Rapture must have occurred already, because "hot" Christians do not exist now. "Hot" Christians are these who do not sleep, and have enough oil (Matthew 25:1-13). The Lord says, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!" If the Rapture were to follow Laodicea, then no one would be raptured, because there are not any "hot" Christians, according to Lord's Words.
Unraptured Christians probably think that they will be acceptable because they remain on Earth (they will suppose the raptured ones have perished in catastrophes). The Lord warns them not to think "I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing," but rather to realize that they are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. God advises them to continue in faith, and the white clothes of Heaven will be theirs also.
We could accept the testimony that the Resurrection has already occurred from the words: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Those who repented and then died will go directly to the table of Lord. This means that the Wedding Supper of the Lamb is going on at this point.
Those who survive until the Second Coming will be appointed to the new government established by the Lord for the material world. "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne" (Revelation 3:21). These words should apply to those 144,000 who wait for the Messiah in the material world.
During the time of the Seventh Lamp, the Millennium lies in the future -- but not the Rapture and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. The Rapture already occurred, and the Wedding of the Lamb will have finished by switching out the last Lamp. During this period, the Great Tribulation occurs on the Earth, as believers in Christ Jesus are persecuted. This can be derived from words "I wish you were either one or the other!" "The other" refers to being "cold" Christians, which might be better than to be lukewarm in the persecution of Christianity. The Lord says also: "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent." If we would call the Lord's Church lukewarm believers, then they are suffering believers.
Closing words to Letters to the Seven Churches are: he who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches existing during actualizing the Menorah (Revelation 1:12,16,20.): "The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."
CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THAT they are destined to live forever in Heaven. We have already learned when the Church should ascend to Heaven -- previous to the era of the Seventh Lamp. Now that we know everything needed for the Church in the End Times, it is time to learn more about the Church's ultimate destination.
"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in Heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place hereafter"" (Revelation 4:1). This does not refer to a continuation of the Revelation events within the Church since the previous chapters (2-3) does not have any vision of events. There, the apostle John wrote what he just heard; the Lord Jesus Christ dictated Words for the Church. The previous visions in the chapter one were not for any chronology since it was introduction. Even now, his first vision is the look inside Heaven to the Throne, a door stands open in Heaven. This means that future events on the earth will depend from Heaven, from occurring in Heaven; we will see inside Heaven itself.
We Christians are curious as to when white-robed people from every nation will be seen in Heaven. Therefore, we are interested in seeing the changes that have occurred at least since the early Church, and will occur in the future. The vision of Heaven that is included in the Book of Revelation should satisfy our curiosity.
Christians know that God and His servants abide in Heaven, so there must be some social strata to Heavenly society. The highest place in Heaven is God's Throne, which is reserved for Him alone (Revelation 4:2-3). Then there is the area around the Throne, which includes a number of subordinate thrones: "Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones" (Revelation 4:4). From God's Throne came lightning, thundering and voices; and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the Throne (Revelation 4:5). "Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal" (Revelation 4:6). This is the lowest caste in Heaven, the undifferentiated souls of the dead.
Let us resolve whom John saw in Heaven first, so that we may understand who will be in Heaven from now on, “hereafter”.
We expect to see God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son (the Trinity) on God's Throne. Certainly, "the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian" is the First One. This is
The next Being seen on God's Throne is the Being with Four Faces. If He sits in the center of God's Throne, then He must be the second aspect of the Trinity. This aspect is not as glorious as the first one, and seems to be made up four kinds of creatures, because John saw Him thus: "The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings." As He is well equipped with eyes, He sees all and understands everything among the angels (both God's and Satan's); and therefore, He pictures Himself as the mighty angel (Ezekiel 10:14). He sees and understands everything among the birds, the animals, and the people, as He bears an eagle's head, a lion's face, and a man's face. Therefore, the apostle John saw four faces: the angel's, the eagle's, the lion's and the man's.
Why does this God have different faces? So that He can understand comprehensively all that occurs in His creation, and thus understand each and every being, human and otherwise. We know that God understands us better through His Son, because He has been in the human flesh. Yet God understood people before the appearance of Christ. He comprehended us by this Being also having a human facial likeness; and knowing our hearts, He sent His Son to save us.
Notice that the apostle John did not describe an angel's face: he saw the fourth face as that of a bull. Understand that it was hard to distinguish an angel's face from a man's face, because they are much alike; Mark points out elsewhere that we should be like angels (Mark 12:25). Ezekiel made the same mistake as John in his first vision (Ezekiel 1:10), and then corrected his mistake in his Chapter 10.
This aspect of the Trinity in His manifestation as four living beings never stops repeating: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." We should understand that when people praise God, very in the Holy Spirit, this is relayed to God through His likeness as a man. If the Holy Spirit was sent to the Church in order God to be praised accurately then the Being with Four Faces is
At this point, the apostle John did not yet see God the Son on the Throne. However, if God the Son is indeed God, He must be connected to the Throne at all times. Thus, we may (for now) believe that
"Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads." These beings always sit beside God's Throne. Interpreters of Revelation usually claim that the twenty-four elders around the Heavenly Throne are men; yet I do not believe this is so, because no man can remain before the Throne, in front of God, without the Savior. Even now the apostle John wept copiously because Christ Jesus was not there and they were looking for Him (Revelations 5:4-5). No elder wept. The elders were able to remain in the presence of God although Christ Jesus was not present; thus they were not men, and must have been Heavenly creatures. Mighty angels could be there, since two of them spoke about Jesus' death with God, when God was on His Throne (Zechariah 3).
The mightiest of angels are called archangels; see, for instance, in connection to Moses: "But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses . . ." (Jude 1:9). The Bible also calls Archangel Michael "one of the chief princes" (Daniel 10:13).
Gabriel is also considered an archangel (Daniel 10:13). What is Gabriel's privilege? He stays always before God. "I am Gabriel, whose place is before God," says he, or "I stand in the presence of God" (Luke 1:19). The Bible testifies that the one from the elders is the Archangel Gabriel, and Gabriel testifies he has a place at the Heavenly Throne. If Gabriel's place is before God, he must have his own seat. If he is a prince, his seat is a small throne.
Earthly princes gain authority from their fathers, our kings. In a similar fashion, authority devolves from God to His archangels. Their authority should be God the Father's authority. Therefore, they lay their crowns before God the Father (Revelation 4:10). If, on the other hand, the elders were men, then their authority would be Christ's authority; therefore, they would lay their crowns before Christ Jesus. If the apostle John saw them lay their crowns only before God the Father, then they must be servants of God the Father and are His archangels. They have God's authority over others.
When God called upon the archangel Michael to cleanse Heaven, Michael had authority over the other angels; he commanded them (Revelation 12:7). To have God's authority means to have an authorized seat at God's Throne; and most call such an authorized seat a throne. Therefore, the apostle John calls their seats thrones. Later, when the angels and the resurrected people are together in Heaven, the elders stand before the angels, not before the people (Revelation 7:11.) Only Christ Jesus stands before the resurrected people (Revelation 7:9).
The Crystal Sea
"And in front of the throne there seemed to be a sea of glass, resembling crystal." Our question about whether the resurrected people are in Heaven should be answered now, because there is nothing else in Chapter Four of Revelation. This scene does not show Heavenly beings in Heavenly flesh. If they are not beings with Heavenly flesh, then they must be people in the spirit, waiting for their resurrection. Large gathering of spirits might seem to represent a sea of glass, resembling crystal. They would be many and without bodies, so they would appear as a large body of water or a sea (Revelation 17:1). They are righteous, and therefore, the sea is clean and clear. Clean, transparent waters look can like glass. But they are spirits, so some distinctions should be evident among them; thus, the term crystal better fits their gathering. The crystal sea and God the Holy Spirit are introduced in the same verse (verse 6). This should us lead to conclusion that there are spirits, or those who once were baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Since the gathered incomplete beings -- human spirits -- resemble the transparent, crystal waters of a crystal sea, neither the Resurrection nor the Rapture could have occurred yet.
The situation in Heaven before the End Times is this: God the Father sits on God's Throne. God the Holy Spirit is connected to the Throne, but He is working also beside the Throne. Then Seven Spirits of God are also there. Twenty-four elders (archangels) surrounding the Throne in their smaller thrones. Somewhere in Heaven (the ultimate Eden) are the spirits of people waiting for Resurrection.
The next question is, who will rule in the End Times, and according to whom or what? We await, in accordance with the previous chapter, for God the Father and His elders to satisfy our curiosity.
"Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll, with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals." Let me first return to Chapter Four to clarify the identification of the elders. An elder having a throne at God's Throne must be a mighty angel, according to verse 2: "And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"" If the twenty-four elders were men, then a man should have made that proclamation and not the mighty angel. Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that the elders are mighty angels -- archangels.
The Heavenly Book
The Seven Sealed Scrolls are with God on his Throne; God the Father holds them. The author of this Book is, then, God the Father. The content of this Book is hidden to everyone, because God the Father has put His Seal on each Scroll. Included in this Book is the date for the Second Coming of Christ Jesus (Matthew 24:36). The Book is in the right hand of God the Father.
Moses pictured future events in his tabernacle. The bread on the table in the Sanctuary represents the eternal bodies appointed for God's people. This table is at God's left side. The Menorah sits beside it, on the right side from God's viewpoint (Exodus 26:35). So, if the Seven Sealed Scrolls seen by Moses as the Menorah are in His right hand, then any question about Resurrection or the metamorphosis of our bodies into Heavenly forms should be answered by reading this Book.
The date for the First Resurrection and the Rapture lies inside the Book.
Executors of God's Will
God's Will exists; but first it was necessary to find a being who would carry It. "But no one in Heaven or on Earth or under the Earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals." Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the Earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne."
The executive director of God the Father's Will is Christ Jesus. But Christ Jesus is the Resurrected Man as last seen by the apostles, and the Book is on God's Throne. Therefore Christ Jesus must be transformed to be God
The Trinity is complete: there are three Beings on God's Throne. Each looks different. God the Father appears as described in Revelation 4:3; God the Holy Spirit is the Being with Four Faces, full of eyes and wings (Revelation 4:6-8); and God the Son is as described above (Revelation 5:6).
God the Son takes the Book from the right hand of God the Father; so it must be that He, too, is God. Only a person who has never read these verses, or who reads them but is blocked by demonic teaching (e.g., Branham's occultism) can deny the Trinity. Every child knows that if someone takes a book from someone else then there cannot be just one single person present; there must be at least one book, and two persons.
God the Son is the chief individual intended to accomplish God's Will. His main co-workers are: God the Holy Spirit, and the archangels. "And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb."
Readers of the Bible expect that Jesus' followers will cooperate with God the Son. He promised His disciples that they would rule with Him. Yet they are not there, because their prayers are presented to God's Throne. "Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." They sang the song, was the prayers of saints. The elders cannot be the apostles, they cannot be men at all, since they modulate human voice by instrumental sound (a harp). Then, they present the prayers of the saints to God, along with the Holy Spirit. If both bring others' prayers, then they cannot be presenting their own prayers. Already the Law has said that two persons should speak instead of one to be valid (Deuteronomy 19:15).
The song they sing is, "Because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priest to serve our God, and they will reign on the Earth." If these elders were once men and sing with the Being with Four Faces, then the Lamb died for them; and that would make it seem that the Lamb also died for the Being with Four Faces. This is impossible because the Lamb could not purchase the Being on God’s Throne. Once again, the elders are not men, and did not originate among the tribes of men. The elders speak of men who will reign on Earth, but do not do so yet. They testify that a human must first rule on the Earth if he wants a seat at the Heavenly Throne.
Angels will also carry out God's Will in the End Times. "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"" Did angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand, come just to celebrate? Will they go from this Heavenly session to their dwelling places to rest? They have not been summoned to partake in the presentation of God's will first but now they have come to carry new commands.
The Lord initiates the End Times, and therefore the first army entering the battlefield must be His.
God's will is good, because it makes everyone happy from the beginning. All those in Heaven await good things; they rejoice and sing. Therefore, God's Will cannot be evil. The power from God is the first to appear, and by definition must be good; and given the way the Heavenly Host behaves, it appears to be so. For whom is God's Will good? God the Holy Spirit and archangels point to created human beings, since they present their prayers. Angels point to beings for whose' sake the Lamb was slain to be redeemed. Since only human beings are left from the list of higher beings, then God's Will must be good for them. The next what the apostle hears are voices of created beings. "Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"" Hence, the Author's good Will is to bless created human population. What is Scroll's plan for created world? Since applauders are in each part of the created world, in the heaven – the air, on the earth, under the earth, on the sea and in the sea then, they explore these parts of the created world. And so the created human beings get new elements from mining ore to manufacture new elements and goods from them. Petroleum, being mostly in sea or lake bottoms, serves humans as the source of energy and new chemicals. Then coal and natural gas, gained from the earth, serve humans to live on higher standard. They build houses to live in, cars for traveling etc. Their cars may be navigated by heaven's satellites. People may fly in air using airplanes or rockets, transport information using waves traveling at the speed of light (TV, radio, phones . . .)
Christ Jesus's will for creation will run as it was intended. After all, the creation is His (John 1:3). Therefore, the Lord's blessing for created humans should be such as never was before. From it, all sources of good things for all people should be opened and available from then on. The Industrial Revolution and modern development can start. Living creatures of countries being in favor to Christianity will have enough food, and periods of drought lasting for many years will no longer occur. (Never has the Earth been so heavily populated as it is now). In relation to the Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ must help to spread the Gospel now specially, when He has taken power. The last evangelization of the world can start. The autumn rain has at last begun. God the Holy Spirit has the same will: "The four living creatures said, "Amen." The archangels rejoiced to accomplish this Will: "the elders fell down and worshiped.""
The conclusion is the apostle John still has not described any seen event happened on the earth. He describes visions of preparations for future events. They should run according to the Heavenly Project created by God the Father. The purpose of this project is to realize prayers of saints (verse 8). The manager of this project is God the Son. The God also shows the participants from the Heaven. Finally, the Author of the Project and the Creator of the world shows what this Project brings for our world, so He titles it. It is blessing firstly (verse 13) and not just Tribulation as the synagogue of Satan teaches. Notice: Who considers God not to be perfect (author) and therefore adds own title to the Heavenly Project, he must lose a share in the eternity (Revelation 22:19). Or, how a man seeing a deficient at God (the Heavenly Author forgot to say what the Heavenly Project brings for us although it is duty for all mortal authors in our world) may look at God's eyes. Should we believe and meet imperfect God?
Jacob blessed his sons, who gave their identity to Israel and the world. He gave them symbols or emblems, so that each tribe could have its own identity until they existed on Earth. He began his blessing by the words: Benjamin is a (ravenous) wolf, Joseph is a (fruitful) vine, Naphtali is a dove, Issachar is a rawboned donkey, and Judah is a lion (Genesis 49). Because our Lord descended from Judah, the Bible identifies Him as the Lion of Judah, according to Judah's symbol (Revelation 5:5). It seems to me that their identities, according to Jacob, did not play a considerable role in the Old Testament, as should have emerged from Jacob's prediction. Their symbolic identities should help us understand the crusade for bringing about their spiritual Jacob, the Messiah.
The Old Testament called crusading armies "brigades." Everything about them can, theoretically, be found in Moses' calculations in the Book of Numbers, including their battle order and how long each one must march. Numbers 10 says that, under their symbols, the Brigade of Judah marched first; the Brigade of Reuben second; the Brigade of Ephraim third; and the Brigade of Dan fourth. God's order for Israel's army should also be that for His Heavenly troops, because Moses was not giving his command only for the visible world, but also for the forces in the invisible world (Numbers 10:35). Although God first commanded Moses to do that, there was coordination between those armies (2 Samuel 5:23-24). Hence, the Heavenly army marches similarly to the Earthly one. At first, those facing the "Sanctuary" are seen as the Lion's; then, God's army facing the man; God's brigade facing the Bull or Angelic power; with the last forces fighting in the Eagle's power.
The Key to Understanding Numbers
The duty of an Old Testament priest was to cover for sins. A sinner had to die if his sins were not redeemed. We sin because of the Original Sin, and for this, the penalty is death (Genesis 2:17). To be rescued from this penalty the priests offered lambs, so that an animal might die instead of a sinner.
A lamb one year old represents a force redeeming a person from eternal punishment (the Passover). Yet the Lord has redeemed us not just from our past, but also sanctified is through the offering of the body of Christ Jesus once for all (Hebrew 10:8-12, or the feast of the Day of Atonement). This is because we have to live as Christ Jesus lived. Symbolically, God wants us to see ourselves not only as "lambs" but also as "rams"; not just as babies, but as those who can mature into adult workers for the Lord.
When priests offered rams to God, they included two-tenths of the flour mingled with oil (Numbers 28:20). Flour (bread) mingled with oil represents the priesthood of the Christians. They added five lambs (together seven for that day). Hence I understand that a Levite, transformed in the age of Christianity, needs five animals.
The highest job in Israel was the high priest's job. The Lord Jesus Christ is also the High Priest of the Church, and Christ's job is the highest of priestly work. He sacrificed himself once, instead of sacrificing lambs each day in the Levites' service for the Tabernacle. Saved people cried that they were saved, thanks to the Lamb (Revelation 7:10). A male from the tribe of Levi had to serve in the Sanctuary from the age of 25 until the age of 50 (Numbers 8:24), so (25 x 365.25) = 9,131.25 days. Thus, if there were 9,131 days (Christ Jesus worked each day), then 45,656 lambs were needed for that priest to cover sins during that period. If a priest neglected to sacrifice the animals, then wars came and soldiers died. A soldier did not belong to the Temple, and thus could not enter the Sanctuary. So, let us consider their death in a war as equivalent to the death of an offered animal.
God gave the order to count His army on Earth in Numbers 1-2. All together, they numbered 603,550 soldiers. The Lord, however, does not need soldiers; He needs priests, according to the Gospel. If there are 603,550 soldiers present, then they may cover 603,550/45,656 = 13.22 of Christ's periods. These are Christ's periods of service at the Second Coming, when a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) should preach the Gospel to every nation. Remember, if someone were to count all the animals killed during a priest's period of service, the total would come close to the number 45,656 or, on average, five animals per day.
Moses also counted the firstborn males from a month old, and the number was 22,273. Each firstborn man (family) had to be substituted by a man from the tribe of Levi to serve God (Numbers 8:15-19). Moses counted all males in the tribe of Levi. The number was 22,000 (Numbers 3:39). He found that they did not cover 273 Levite positions (Numbers 3:46). Now Moses uses shekels as a key to understand Numbers of the Heavenly stratagem. Thus a not covered family by a man from the tribe Levi, they redeemed by five shekels each (Numbers 3:46-47). Five shekels covered a hole for a missing man in the Sanctuary (a missing Levite in camp) each day during the twenty-five years of his service. God was satisfied.
We should look for a meaning in this custom of redemption by shekels. Namely, if Levites did not balance the number of firstborns, it was God's responsibility. He is the Lord of life and death. Children are born because God wills it. Remember, not only are men numbered, but even the hairs of our head are numbered (Luke 12:7). The balance of genders depends on Him; can we conclude, then, that the balance between soldiers and priests would not? The upshot is this: Israelites were not responsible for a nature's (God's) balance, and therefore no one should be required to redeem those who are not within His control. That is the way to look for another meaning of the Law of Redemption.
God knows when any person is serving Him, and rates any work, as we used to do today. For that reason, the work done by a priest has the value of five shekels, according to the Law. If the work is done for more days than required, then the number of working days should multiply the value. The work of 9,131 days is worth 45,656 shekels. Our result is that the priest's service should have the maximum value of 45,656 shekels.
If sins accumulate and are not covered by sacrifice, then soldiers might die in warfare. A soldier's sacrifice and redemption could occur only once. Thus, soldiers substituted for the missing service of priests (including that service stained with sin, or the neglect of priestly duties). If we consider that the soldiers were serving in order to sacrifice their own lives for others (those whose sins were not covered), then their service also had a value, even when they seemed to die for no reason.
Moses also valued the service of the soldiers. "When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted." (Exodus 30:12) "One beka per person, that is, half a shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more, a total of 603,550 men." (Exodus 38:26)
Soldiers do not always live together as an army, but are called together for a battle. Each man is a soldier. The government calls men to fight only when necessary, and the same is true of God. We do not have to value their service for many days or years. Therefore, no one needs to multiply his or her value by days in service. A battle often takes a day or less. God says to redeem them for their life, for their death.
Clearly, God does not need money, and in this type of redemption we have to understand the numbers of the Heavenly Book in the era of Christianity. Christianity works with money rather than lambs. Then Christians consider a woman equal to a man in Christ Jesus. Both struggle for the Gospel. However, the Old Testament censuses counted only men. Hence, we can derive the necessity to count women also, because after the first census (Numbers 1-4), there was discussion about purity and the separation of men from women in Chapters 5-6. The second census (Numbers 26) speaks clearly about the need to include women. Chapter 27 is about inheritance for daughters, and the changing of the Old Testament Moses by Joshua -- Jesus. Chapters 28-29 continue in Tabernacle services that also are relevant in the sense of understanding Numbers. Chapter 30 again demonstrates the vows to God required by both men and women.
So, if we want to use the Old Testament's numbers for the End Times in the era of Christianity, we must count a shekel for a family (a half for a husband and a half for his wife; a half for a male and a half for a female) or substitute a beka for a shekel. Consequently, their value is 603,550 shekels for the End Times.
The High Priest is not present on the earth during the End Times. He is in Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ sits on the God’s Throne and therefore, the armies ought to substitue Him. If a high priest's work is worthy of 45,656 shekels, the armies could cover 603,550/45,656 = 13.22 priests' periods. So, whether the lamb way or the shekel way, both bring the same number for the stratagem of the Heavenly Book.
A year is left from out the Jeremiah "seventy." This is Christ's year, Christ’s period. He, as the priest, offered Himself for us at the end of "sixty-nine" and should come and bring His Atonement for the Earth at the end of "seventy" (Jeremiah 25:11, 29:10; Daniel 9). As stated in the Bible, the Jeremiah year should be count as seven years, according to Gabriel and Daniel. Then a whole period of the Crusade for Christianity should last 13.22 x 7 = 92.54, or 92 years and six months.
Moses' first census of the army should be for Christians, because they appear on the world's battlefields earlier than the Israelites in our time. Yet God's nation did not fight in Canaan after the first census, but instead traveled through the desert with God. This fits better for Christians because God promised them a spiritual rule on the Earth, not land in the material world.
Revelation uses many symbols to get its point across. The horse is the symbol for an army, according to Habakkuk. God presented revelations about the End Times to Habakkuk, too. Horses should represent both God's armies (Habakkuk 3:8,15) and an Earthly army (Habakkuk 1:8). At the time the Old Testament was written, the Babylonians were the ruling kingdom on the Earth, and according to the Bible God chose the Babylonians to carry out His will on Earth (Jeremiah 27:6), since the kingdom of Israel did not exist, and the Israelites were living in Babylonia. Ultimately, then, one world power should carry God's will among the nations, until God's Kingdom arrives on the Earth. Zechariah's last verses say, "on that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses." Therefore, God's will is that horses belong to God, and hence specific horses must exist to carry His will.
I understand that God casts His armies by color. The first brigade was white. Lastly we see "faithful and true" seated on the white horse, leading Heavenly forces to establish God's Kingdom on Earth (Revelation 19:11-16). The army's purpose is to gain victory for God; and to God. Today the victory means spreading His Word. An army's value for God is in its ability to reflect His Word, His Light. We know that an object reflecting all light is seen as white. If the object wholly absorbs light, we see it as black. If people have the ability to distinguish light, it came from God; God also makes objects so that they reflect His Light differently.
For instance, He sent Gabriel to reveal something to Daniel about His Words (his intention). If Gabriel had not given the Word to Daniel, God would have seen Gabriel as black, because he did not reflect God's light. Because he reflected all he had received, Gabriel appeared to Daniel as a white servant of God. If Gabriel had absorbed all he had received from God, and nothing had been reflected to Daniel, then Daniel could not have seen Gabriel in white. Gabriel came with God's light; God's Word was reflected, given to Daniel, and therefore Gabriel appeared to be white.
God is also represented as fire and energy. Fire yields both heat and light.
Men can use fire to create work; engineers build engines for that purpose. Sometimes we call engines "horses," or we measure their power in horsepower. We know of no engine that can use energy (fire) completely. If its efficiency is not 100%, it cannot transmit all light, and therefore, this fire in work is not cast as white. It is not a white horse, and therefore, no one can see the Antichrist’s army or any fighters from the Earth in white. However, this should not be so with God. He is equipped with better (living) instruments than we are. God would have horses transmuting God's power with full efficiency. The Bible says, "In speaking of the angels he says, He makes his angels winds, His servants flames of fire" (Hebrews 1:7), Those working in full efficiently for God should be colored white.
Only the mightiest angels (the archangels) can come near to God's Throne. Therefore, Biblical witnesses always saw God's angels coming from Heaven as white (see also the twenty-four elders in white at the Heavenly Throne). The conclusion to be reached is that the white horse means that the angelic powers are able to realize God's Word fully. Those not in Heaven are unable to do so; therefore, a white horse could never represent satanic power.
The order for Creation is the Word first, and then He (John 1:1,14). Therefore, the Gospel is the first Rider on the white horse, and the second is He (Revelation 6:2 and 19:11-13). Certainly, as God moves, the evil tries to stop Him (Daniel 10:12-13). So, the Gospel continues its victorious campaigns of evangelization, even as reactions arise against them. The leaders ask for more new commands on how to defeat anti-reactions.
If He repeats the commands from Heaven, then so many victorious battles are as the commands. The Bible describes four army commands, and God used them to command Joshua (3-10). The first command: "Come to cross Jordan and enter Canaan!" "Come" fits this command better, because the Heavenly army went before Joshua. For that reason Joshua was called to accompany them. Meanwhile, the enemies were preparing to fight them in Jericho. Therefore, Joshua received the second command from God: "Come to fight for Jericho!" They had to comply with the Heavenly army and to wait to pull down the city walls. They won, and a second war awaited them in Ai. Therefore, Joshua needed to maneuver his fighting forces in the presence of the enemy, and so . . . the third command: "Come to fight against Ai!" They were still working on the first task of taking the Promised Land. They won twice, and the final big battle waited, to which all the enemies were recruited. Thus, the fourth command: "Come to fight against them!"
Joshua required four commands to reach the Promised Land. He won as a result of these commands, and the people of God obtained Canaan. Nevertheless, some enemies remained in Canaan, so the Israelites led local wars to prevent their enemies from pushing them out of Canaan. Certainly this applies to the Lord Jesus Christ, because "Joshua" means "Jesus." It is also appropriate for Christians to capture the Earth for Christ Jesus, so this is a Christian crusade. It was also the crusade of the Heavenly forces (the angels; see Joshua 5:14, 6:20, 10:11,14).
I assume the four Biblical commands were mean for God's ones, as the Bible does not speak of four commands for evil forces. It should be so: the Being of Four Faces – God the Holy Spirit -- commanded everyone on Christ's side to capture territory and to preach the Gospel to every nation (no other possibility existed in Heaven and among the people of God).
Afterwards, He saw enemies regrouping against the white forces, and therefore, the next command came to the white horse. He instructed them on how to fight and be victorious, and thus they defeated and restrained the enemy.
Afterwards, the enemy charged using a different tactic and, with it, different powers. The third command was given to the Heavenly forces.
Finally, the enemy recruited everyone they possibly could. God the Holy Spirit advised the Heavenly forces on how to win that battle as well. After that, the enemy was unable to stop the spread of the Gospel, and only small, isolated incidents occurred against the Gospel.
"I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a white horse!" Everything is in the Lord's hands, because God the Son holds the Heavenly Book and breaks the Seven Seals. Everything is under control. No one may overcome the Heavenly forces, because the Holy Spirit gives the commands to come. Clearly, He commands the angels, and they are many.
The initiation of this process must come from God the Creator; otherwise no one on Christ's side can know when the End Times have begun. The first command adds Heavenly forces to support the Gospel and to prepare for the Second Coming of the Messiah. Read another way; the "later rain" should differ from "early" (the Early Church). Therefore, we should see in the Bible and in the Book of Revelation that additional Heavenly forces are added to those already existing. Otherwise, the fact that Christians are not suffering in the world as in the Early Church would indicate the "old prince of the world" has supported them. White powers must be from Heaven; otherwise we overturn the Biblical expression or raise doubts about Biblical expressions, and so are doing the serpent's job (Genesis 3:1).
The First Command
God the Holy Spirit gave the first command using the lion's face. This is because Numbers 10 says that the Brigade of Judah, under their symbol of the lion, marched first. Jacob said to Judah, "You are a lion's cub, O Judah" (Genesis 49:9). I understand that the Gospel entered the world through the lion's power. Already Jesus had acted as lion in our world; therefore, His title was the Lion of Judah.
God the Holy Spirit gave such people power to spread the Good News. Such characteristics were found in the first great evangelists, who brought the news of the Ark of Testimony for the End Times. L. Moody represents this lion's power in the End Times. They say that he captured millions of people for the Lord Jesus Christ in his years of evangelization.
Because God the Holy Spirit commands it, a new outpouring of Holy Spirit shall begin. The Earth already experienced the Pentecost during the Early Church, so first it was necessary to bring in baptism by the Holy Spirit from outside of society. Already Jacob had told Judah not to be a lion's cub anymore, but a lion. "You are a lion's cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse him?" (Genesis 49:9).
If we want to see the power of Holy Spirit, we should see a few lions of the Holy Spirit, especially as they existed on the steppes or prairies at first. The Early Church considered the lands outside the world they knew to be wilderness: this included America, Australia, Russia, and Central Europe. History offers evidence of this: the first ones baptized by Holy Spirit at the End Times appeared on the steppes of Russia, and they migrated to America (a lion's cub returned from the prey and becomes a lion). An interesting story is told of by Demos Shakarian of a boy who did not know to read and to write, but who had put everything that he saw in a vision on paper; and those who were able to read it revealed God's prophesy to the people. The vision told of a huge persecution and the killing of Christians in that area under Ararat; and therefore, those people were forced to go to another land, overseas. They were required not merely to reach the eastern shore of America, but to continue until they had reached the West Coast. In this prophesy, the boy wrote that God would make the nation blessed from them. This exodus was much like Israel's exodus from Egypt. The people left Russia for the USA; and so we have for our times a spiritual Egypt right there in Russia, and a spiritual Canaan in the western USA.
History tells us that the first men baptized by the Holy Spirit in America were the Reverend R. B. Swan with four others in Province, Rhode Island, including Jethro Walthall (later the leader of the Assemblies of God) and Daniel Awrey, an evangelist from Ohio.
The Period of the First Scroll
Numbers 10 makes it clear that the Brigade of Judah marched forth first. The Brigade of Judah consisted of 186,400 soldiers, and so their value was 186,400 shekels; this would cover 4.083 priests' periods for the End Times (186,400/45,656). Gabriel told Daniel to multiply the existing number by seven (Daniel 9:24), so now we have 4.083 x 7 = 28.579 years for this march for Christianity. Thus, the first Scroll runs for 28 years, 6 months, and 29 days. Sometimes people are able to assign times for particular events according to the volume of written text. Moses pictured Seven Sealed Scrolls in the Sanctuary; the Jews called it the Menorah. The Menorah has three pairs of branches and the central stick, for a total of seven branches. On each branch (beside the central one) are three scroll flowers, which also look like cups.
The central branch, however, has four scroll flowers. According to Zechariah 4, the central branch belongs to the Lord and therefore is the first opened. The term "flowers" could be derived from writing; if God the Father's writing is on a scroll, then it must look very beautiful -- like flowers. I conclude, then, that the central lamp contains four small scrolls. Readers of Daniel know that a small amount of time remains of Daniel's seventy, and that it should last seven years (Daniel 9). Words must be written somewhere, so why not on a small scroll? Therefore, a smaller scroll should last seven years. If four small scrolls are present on the central stick of the Menorah, then the events described by the First Seal should run 4 x 7 = 28 years, which jibes well with our previous calculations.
The First Rider
According to apostle John, the first "rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest." This agrees with Jacob: "The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his." Jacob continues, "He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk" (Genesis 49:10-12). Are not these the symbols of a living spirit in humans?
God has the ability to change our flesh from its Earthly to its Heavenly forms. Moses represents this by putting the bread on the Table in the Sanctuary. But Moses also put wine jars on the Table: "Over the table of the Presence they are to spread a blue cloth and put on it the plates, dishes and bowls, and the jars for drink offerings; the bread that is continually there is to remain on it" (Numbers 4:7). Empty jars reveal that God has placed His spiritual substance for our eternal spirit into the world since the realization of Holy of Holies, which symbolizes our redemption. Thus, we are already Heavenly in the Spirit of God the Son. This agrees with Jesus' words to Martha: "I am the Resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25-26). If whoever lives and believes in Christ Jesus will never die, then we must already have this eternal spirit within us if we are honest Christians. So, God poured out the spiritual substance, since Christ Jesus died and was resurrected. This is the practical result of the Gospel for life on the Earth. The Gospel changes water (the soul) into wine (spirit). Christ Jesus changed water into wine as his first miracle (John 2:3-11). This is the new covenant in God the Son. Hence, Jacob's words about the vine, wine, the blood of grapes and "whiter than milk" are all about the Gospel. Therefore, tethering a donkey to a vine means that that which leads the first "horse" is the Gospel or the source of the Gospel -- Christ Jesus (John 15:1-8).
We should preach the Gospel under the authority of the Author, because Jacob says the sceptre (the ruling authority) will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet (the white horse), UNTIL HE COMES TO WHOM IT BELONGS AND THE OBEDIENCE OF THE NATIONS IS HIS (Christ Jesus's). If Jacob predicted that the first rider would be victorious until Christians meet Christ Jesus (the Rapture), then none may place Antichrist on the white horse. KJV version says “until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be”. (When the Israelites entered Canaan, they settled and headquartered the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle at Shiloh - Joshua 18:1).
Moses illustrated the Gospel by the way he created and arranged the Tabernacle. Therefore, the Levites moved as the first ones to carry the Tabernacle. They were Merarites and Gershonites (Numbers 10:17). They first went with the Ark of Testimony, which was the symbol of our redemption by Christ Jesus. It was good if they pictured the Gospel under the Tabernacle. Today neither the Tabernacle nor the Temple exists because the Gospel here is its reality. Yet we may have a live vision, as God used Caiaphas to prophesy that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation. The high priest and others were in God's offices, but misused those offices to attack Jesus and His followers (John 11:49-52). Therefore, let us look for another reality of an occurrence in this time.
The Catholic Church, it is said, had its roots in the Early Church. The Popes derive their offices from the apostles. Because that Church became unholy (since beasts captured its office during the Dark Ages), they could not be the first to carry the Gospel for the End Times. However, that Church could be used for a true illustration of God's movement in our world. The Catholic Church made the Vatican City their capital city. In English, "Vatican City" means City of Prophecy. Let us look at the Vatican's prophecies.
The Council was in Heaven. For that reason, the new council began in the Vatican City. They proclaimed the dogma that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved from the effects of Original Sin from the moment of her conception. Yet the meaning of the Gospel is that Jesus was not misled to sin, although he, like us all, bore the onus of the Original Sin. For a good illustration of this, see the story of Christ's temptation (Luke 4:1-13). If he did not live in the Original Sin, then he must live in another spirituality. From where did this spirituality come? Jesus was conceived by the Spirit of God, and so could live by this spirituality. Whether Jesus lived by the spirit (from God) or the soul (from Mary) depended on him. Whether Jesus lived by the faith in God the Father or in the Original Sin depended on him.
If Mary was without Original Sin, then from whom did Jesus receive the Original Sin to bring before God the Father? After all, she was his only mortal parent. It is written that He took our sins and wore them as dirty clothes (Zechariah 3:3). But I understand that He actually was carrying the root of all sins from Adam until the end of Creation. (If you carry a root, you carry a whole tree.) If Mary was without Original Sin, then her parents could not have been Adam's descendants. So, she could not be a human being -- and if that was the case, then Christ Jesus could not be the Son of Man (Matthew 13:41). According to my understanding of the Heavenly Throne, it was the Spirit of God the Son who caused his birth. Therefore, there should exist symbolically a Heavenly woman giving birth to Jesus beside the Earthly Mary. However, Pius IX set an Earthly "woman" on the Heavenly Throne, where the Spirit of God the Son -- the Seven Spirits -- should be.
The Third Law of Motion (the principle of action and reaction) demands that each action should have an equal and opposite reaction, and Pius IX suffered from his action pf putting the Earthly woman on the Heavenly Throne instead Seven Spirits. As a result, he was forced to flee Rome, though he tried to return later with the help of the French Army, and attempted to retake his throne by forcing the clergy to accept his papal infallibility. The world could not accept papal infallibility, with the exception of a few sects and cults such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, and the renamed Kingdom of Italy took Rome for its capital in 1870 and seized the Council. Pius became known as the infallible prisoner of the Vatican.
Leo XIII was the Pope from 1878 to 1903. His pontificate was especially important for the leadership he offered on social questions, and was marked by an openness to scientific progress and a concern for reconciling the Catholic Church with the modern world. Historians consider him an intensive worker, who may very well represent the rider on the white horse. If so, then he was in office when the Second Scroll was opened, and could represent the continual activities of the white horseman to spread the Gospel.
The apostle John Saw the First Rider Holding a BOW
Some scholars have concluded that the first horseman must have been the Antichrist, since he holds a bow; after all, they say, Christ Jesus had a sword, not a bow. According to them, swords are designated for Jesus, His followers and the Church, and thus the horseman must be someone unrelated to the Christians.
The Bible says that everything was created by God the Son. Because bows are made from created things, He could use a bow if it suited his purpose. This means Christians would also use bows, and indeed the bow very quickly became an Israeli Army weapon. Jacob's sons already used bows (Genesis 27:3). King David himself fought with a sword and a bow. He also named a song thus: "David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher)" (2 Samuel 1:17-18). The prophet Elizeus was well known for using a bow in his calling (2 Kings 13:15-19), and Jeremiah tells us at one point that the Lord "has strung his bow" (Lamentation 2:4).
Prophets also predicted we Christians would bear bows. Isaiah said, "He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, 'You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor'" (Isaiah 49:2-3). If a bow were appointed for Christ Jesus (see the next verses), then it would also be appointed for His servants.
God's Word is able to fly through space directly to human hearts. God's arrows strike many persons thus at once. If we were to say that Billy Graham, the world-renowned American evangelist, had used a sword to triumph over so many people, that would be illogical; we say instead that God's Word (in the form of arrows) shot from his mouth and hit people in their hearts.
The Early Church, on the other hand, used the sword in spreading the Gospel. The first Christians were persecuted, and therefore, Christians had to speak privately person-to-person. The apostles Peter and Paul, however, used a bow in their initial preaching. Peter preached the Gospel, and three thousand were added to the Church (Acts 2). Still, this was only because the government (the Romans) did not persecute the apostles at first.
The apostle Paul spoke for the Church. He advised them to use "faith as a cover to keep off all the flaming arrows of the Evil One" (Ephesians 6:16). Using a shield to ward off evil arrows means to share in Paul's power to hit many souls at once. Such are the rules of war. Paul commands so; otherwise, we cannot win.
Arrows are kept in a quiver. If people see at a soldier fighting with arrows, they might see only his bow. If someone said that a fighter had shot arrows, others would understand he used a bow. Every Bible reader understands from Isaiah's words "He made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver" that God might use the arrow eventually; but for a time, it waited in His quiver. If He was not equipped with a bow, then the arrow was useless. Can God have, or make, useless things?
The Bible was written thousands of years ago, but it had to serve for all times. Prophets foresaw many tools and equipment that did not exist in their world. Today we use guns instead of bows, and so it is possible that Isaiah's "quiver" was a gun. A garrison using bows or guns is clearly victorious over those that use only swords. Such armies did not allow the enemies to come close and therefore the enemies could not use their swords. Hence, only supports of the Antichrist would want Christians not to use shooting tools.
God could reveal to apostle John a main weapon by which the army being on God’s side dominates. However, this revelation is not based on words but on a picture. The apostle John did not draw this picture to inform us but using words compared this picture to shape of existing weapons at that time. That is why we must understand that the shape of this military article is similar to a shape of the bow. However, any army since this vision has not used any bows and for sure, bows will not be used in future. Thus, we need to look for something else in identification of that weapon. Have you seen pictures of aircrafts? If a picture is taken of a coming military airplane, it may be identical to the picture seen by the apostle John. If you see on the picture also airflow from engines (especially of fighters), you may identify it as a shooting bow.
I conclude that the spostle John saw the airplane in the hand of the rider on the white horse. Only men who are out of our age can say a bow is a weapon giving victory in last wars.
The First Rider Received A CROWN
Crowns are ornaments worn on a head to connote authority. Some theorists of the End Times believed a crown was given to Antichrist, an idea that must have been a thorn in every Christian's side. Would God the Father write in the Heavenly Book that a crown would be given to any Antichrist? I do not believe so. I believe the crown is for Christ Jesus and some of His followers, who would wear coronets. I do not want to see God crown my enemy, and I do not believe that the Bible is such a contrary book. If the Antichrist is crowned in Revelation, who is crowned in Psalms 21? "For you go before him with the blessings of good things: you put a crown of fair gold on his head."
If the theorists are right, then they should believe that the Heavenly Book told Christ Jesus to give a crown to the Antichrist, and to destroy him afterwards (Revelation 19:19-21). Who could think that Christ would accept such a job? Neither God nor any from His people could. Such a deceitful tactic cannot be used in the Kingdom of God.
God created our world so that man might rule over all that lives in the world. Adam was the crown of life, until he fell and lost his crown. Therefore, the other Adam had to come. If we suggest that Adam's fall led God to write the Heavenly Book, then giving the lost crown to someone else should be in its beginning.
To wear a crown means to be a ruler over some territory. If Christians had had crowns, for instance, in the Roman Empire, pagans could not have persecuted them. We see this partly when Constantine, who was considered a Christian, became the Emperor in A.D. 311. Immediately, Christians were no longer persecuted. Christians from the Early Church awaited freedom and the crown. Could it be they will never get a crown and be raptured? Today we realize that democracy gives spiritual freedom. Where democracy wins, Christians should also win, because they are not persecuted.
Christ Jesus was invited onto God's Throne to receive the authority of God the Father. This is, according to the ancient terminology, His coronation. He became the King of Kings at that moment. "But we see him who was made a little lower than angels, even Jesus, crowned with glory and honor" (Hebrews 2:9). He ascended to the Heavenly Throne, and everyone around the Throne recognized Him as his ruler. The seven horns distinguished Him from all others -- and these horns represent his crown. The Heavenly Book would outline this in its inscription.
Christ's duty is to make Christians victorious under His Crown. A crown should be given to the Christians. It is lend them as Jacob predicted the sceptre will not depart from them untill He come to whom it belongs (Genesis 49:10).
The Rider Rode Out As A CONQUEROR BENT ON CONQUEST
The first message speaks favorable of the First Horseman.
God the Son was put into the Creation to create. All the days of the Creation went toward creating the world, including all the animals (though according to evolutionists, they evolved). Since God the Son was in involved in Creation, God's creative energy (the Seven Spirits) worked there as well.
Lastly, He went among human population to finish creating new beings for God. This is His creative energy for today. More and more persons have gone to God because of Him. This victory will continue until the necessary number of believers is fulfilled. Therefore, as He sits on the Throne in Heaven preparing for the End Times, His victories must bloom, must be everywhere. Were more people saved during the Dark Ages than during the Industrial Age?
The Lord's victory went out from the Heavenly Throne to the Earth, to create the best possible conditions for people to come to the Savior. Democracy provides the freedom to everyone to decide for Christ Jesus. So democracy is the rider from the Earth, working so that the rider from Heaven, the Gospel, will not be persecuted.
God's prophets foretold a victory for Judah, not for the Antichrist. Jacob said, "Judah, your brothers will praise you: your hand will be on the neck of your enemies" (Genesis 49:8-12). We already know Judah marches as the first in God's crusades. We must also apply this to the Heavenly Crusade on Earth.
The First Brigade
God had to choose a nation to carry out His will and, according to Jacob, Judah was the nation God chose. Today Israel does not divide its territories so that the people of Judah, Benjamin, and the others can live separately, and therefore, we need to look for their characteristics elsewhere. We may see Jacob's tribes also among other nations, because the Jews called the Spartans their brothers (1 Maccabees 12:6-23). If the ancient Spartans were biological descendants of Abraham, then perhaps they were related to Isaac and Jacob, and perhaps other nations were also; the records of many modern nations do not go back far enough to identify the ancestry of their people. Meanwhile, the people of Jacob's tribe would mix with other populations, so that the descendants of Jacob (or at least of Abraham) would be everywhere in the world.
I believe there are ten lost tribes of the Kingdom of Israel. The last records report that Assyria took them captive under Ararat. They might have escaped to the hills or gone onward to the other side of mountains, particularly onto the steppes of Russia, after the fall of Assyria. Babylonians from the south defeated the Assyrians, and this gave the slaves an opportunity to run away from their previous oppressors. They had to run to the north, because the Babylonians were coming from south. After a millennium, many nations moved from the steppes of Russia and relocated mostly to the West. If the effort to return to the homeland of their patriarchates led their decisions, then they were descendants of nations taken from the west into Assyria.
Some mixed early on with other nations. They accepted their gods, and married with other peoples. Thus the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh quickly lost their records with Jacob; and so many nations could have some amount of ancient Hebrew ancestry, and the have received their emblems from Jacob.
Jacob speaks of Judah: "O Judah; you return from the prey, my son" (Genesis 49:9). Believers mostly ran away from Europe, where the Beast sat on the Papal seat. They entered territories that were the "preys" of others during the Dark Ages. Evangelical churches emerged there. Established governments did not persecute the Gospel, especially in the USA. That was why the Gospel could return to Europe from there, and that was why Judah should be seen there. The United States had emerged like a lion's cub. Their history was too short to compare with that of other countries, and that would mean that the U.S. would rule for democracy until the Lord's coming -- until the Rapture.
According to the first command of God for Joshua to enter Canaan, they had to cross water (Joshua 1:2). Today, Christians from the USA should evangelize first in Europe, so they must go overseas -- crossing water. Governments in the USA should guarantee their freedom there, and thus in general in the world.
The Brigade of Judah consisted of the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon. Judah's emblem, a lion, has existed as a national symbol in many countries. We find it mostly in English-speaking countries, including the mother of them all, England. Sometimes the lion bears a sword, symbolizing the power for the Word. Hence, English is the lion's language. English is the ruling language used to spread God's Word, especially as it is spoken in the Bible.
The territory of the tribe Issachar did not border any sea. Judah was not their neighbor; these were the tribes of Manasseh and Naphtali, which were in the third and fourth brigades. The world movements in the Third and Fourth Seals (the dark power and the power of death) touched them. They had the most fertile land in Israel, as, for instance, is now present in the Ukraine.
According to Jacob's blessing, "Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags. When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor" (Genesis 49:14-15). The saddlebags might represent the Ural and Carpathian mountain ranges. Issachar's emblem was the laden ass. We might perceive this to represent the Slavic people in and around Russia. The term Slav could be derived from the word "slave," and Russia has not known freedom for most of its history. The people there lived under the power of, first, the czars, and then the Communists; and even today, when they are nominally free, most feel the need to return to bondage. It was as Jacob said to his son Issachar: that he would behave as one bending his shoulder to the burden. Jacob's words could mean that Issachar was not interested in resettlement, which may be why the people of this region did not migrate to central and west Europe in droves, as others did.
The religious battlefield is there. The persecution arose against a newborn people, the Russian Christians. Because they already had lived in the victorious times of the White Power, they were forced to immigrate to democratic states. They were mostly the spiritual children of European Christians known by the name Mennonites. Their next steps were toward the mountains, then the sea, and finally to Armenia and overseas. The first migration of about 18,000 Mennonites from Russia to the Western states and provinces of the United States and Canada took place from 1870 to 1880. Many other Christian groups traveled there also, fleeing the persecution of the Russian czars and the Turkish Army.
Moses ordered Issachar and Judah to pronounce blessings of the Law (Deuteronomy 27:12-14). From that, I derive that Christians (newborn and baptized by Holy Spirit) must have existed there.
The territory of the tribe of Zebulon, like that of Issachar, did not border any sea. Its main neighbors were from the third brigade (Manasseh) and fourth brigade (Asher and Naphtali). Likewise, the movements of the Third and Fourth Scrolls touched them, as they did the Issachar tribe.
Jacob said about Zebulon: "Zebulon will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon" (Genesis 49:13). Here we see a disagreement within Scripture. The people of Zebulon did not settle on any seashore, though they were connected spiritually to a sea. I understand that the battlefield was also in the colonial movement.
To replace its losses in North America (since the American Revolution ended British rule in the United States), Britain soon acquired Australia and New Zealand, which, with Canada, became Britain's chief colonies of settlement. In the course of the nineteenth century, these colonies became self-governing, and in the twentieth century they were recognized as dominions (autonomous units with status equal to Britain) within the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century greatly increased the military and technological power of the European countries, enabling them to extend their rule over areas with large, indigenous populations. They sent troops along with commercial agents, officials, and Christian missionaries into those areas, and turned them into markets for industrial products and suppliers of its raw materials. They parceled out the continent of Africa, except for Ethiopia and Liberia, among the European powers after the Conference of Berlin in 1885. Colonialism was not a very good thing for the natives, of course, although some became prosperous through trade. Nevertheless, the movement against slavery that began in the United States early on made people freer for the Gospel. They did not hunt and sell people, but instead, missionaries preached the Gospel.
Moses put the Zebulon tribe among the tribes pronouncing curses of the Law. We may derive from this that true Christians in the colonies did not have such freedom as their brothers in democratic countries. Or, put simply, evangelical and Pentecostal churches were not common there.
"When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the Earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword."
Everything is in the Lord's hands, under His control. No one may overcome God's Will, because God the Holy Spirit gives the commands to God's servants about how to keep God's Will victorious. If the second command comes, then new instructions are needed, because another horse has emerged. If another horse emerges, then the first one remains. Therefore, two horses are on the battlefield. They cannot cooperate, because they are too different.
The first rider on the white horse has a crown, and the second one does not have one. This means the second rider will fight for this crown to be his. The first rider is peaceful, because he is dressed in white. The second one is a fiery red color. How can they remain on a battlefield without fighting if they are so different in character? The first one uses a bow, but the second uses a sword. Logically, the side with a projectile weapon -- the bow -- must be victorious. The Lord says that first one must be victorious, and therefore the first opportunity to win is right now. The first army should defeat the second army that is now approaching.
The Second Command
Ezekiel saw God the Holy Spirit coming from the North (Ezekiel 1:4); His human face was in front, and thus faced the South (Ezekiel 1:10). The Brigade of Reuben camped on South side of the Sanctuary, under the symbol of Man. They did so because Jacob told Reuben, "Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power" (Genesis 49:3). Moses commanded the Brigade of Reuben to move to second, after the Brigade of Judah, under their standard (Numbers 10:18). That was the plan for the Heavenly forces.
The next reinforcements moved as God the Holy Spirit turned to them, by the face of Man, and commanded them to "Come!" They could not represent the fiery red rider, because such an army does not exist in Heaven. He must command only to Heavenly Army. If God the Holy Spirit said "Come!" using the face of Man, then we have to see also the New Movement of the Holy Spirit emerging in human characteristics and in "human" nature. Our main difference from other creatures is our language. Therefore, God's new blessing for this Seal is in the mass outpouring out of the Holy Spirit with glossolalia -- speaking in tongues.
History offers such an event as proof. In the year 1906, on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, the Spirit came upon many people, and many began "speaking in tongues." The revival developed from there, and sent Pentecostal experiences around the entire world. The next mass movement occurred in the year 1914. A meeting was called at the Grand Opera House of Hot Springs, Arkansas and the Holy Spirit acted.
The Brigade of Reuben marched into battle second, with 151,450 soldiers, who could cover 3.318 priests' services. For the High Priest (Christ Jesus), that means 23.22 years for the second march of the Heavenly Army in their fight against the Red Power.
Ergo, the Second Scroll should be open for 23 years, 2 months and 20 days.
There are three small scrolls associated with the Second Scroll. Recall that the Menorah has three pairs of branches, along with a central branch, for a total of seven. On each branch (beside the central one) are three scroll flowers, and thus three small scrolls. If a small scroll represents seven years, according to Daniel 9, then each of the side branches shall last 3 times 7 = 21 years. I derive from this view of the Menorah that 21 years each are required to play out the events in each of the next six Sealed Scrolls.
According to City of Prophecy, the Vatican, where the first Vatican Council ran in the times of the Heavenly Session for the End Times, the continuous victorious riding of the First Rider should occur in the next stages. Namely, more than five hundred bishops in time of the Council (1870) petitioned the Pope to consecrate the entire Roman Catholic Church to the Sacred Heart. Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical Annum Sacrum, decreed that the entire human race should be consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1899.
God spoke thus of the new covenant: "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you" (Ezekiel 36:26). The new covenant is the resurrected spirit in us. Jesus has brought this, it has been in His heart, and should be realized fully at the Second Coming. This is the first rider of the Heavenly Book.
After Leo XIII, Pius X became the Pope of peace from 1903 to 1914, whereas Benedict XV was a wartime Pope, from 1914 to 1922.
The Second Rider
"Its rider was given power to take peace from the Earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword" (a large sword could be a sickle.
The prophet Habakkuk was concerned about relation between Judah and the world power (Babylonians) used by God, and He gave him the revelation about 'them' at the End Times (2:2-3). Habakkuk in supplementary information to this revelation informs us that the Lord rides in the End Times victoriously with His horses and chariots (3:8-9). God shows wickedness of the horses and chariots and judges them by pronouncing 'Woe' to them. Since are five 'Woes', then riding of the white horse are six and five are antireactions.
His first 'woe' (Habakkuk 2:6-8): "Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?" Exploitation was a millrace for socialism. They claimed to stand above all for the values of equality, social justice, and the like, which is also God's Will for mankind.
"Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim." Methods of transformation were advocated by violent revolutions. The revolutionaries generally sought to realize these values by the abolition of private enterprise and its replacement by "public ownership," a system of social or state control over production and distribution. Communists achieved this in some countries, but God is against them. "Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them" (Habakkuk 2:8). Communists nationalized factories, banks, fields, houses, animals, etc. Whoever refused to forfeit his property was killed or deported.
Satan tried to take the world through new words -- this is symbolized by the passage "To him was given a large sword." The Prince of Lies wanted to raise masses of followers in democratic and industrial countries that God had blessed. This caused God's Army to act to stop Satan's plans. God had to act to defend His people and democracy, and not harm them. The white power in the world defeated Satan's power by raising the living standard to a higher level everywhere. Therefore, the red Dragon turned to less educated countries, such as Russia, for its successes. Satan considered Russia and Asia carefully.
It is said that Marx and Engels were the fathers of the Red ideology and red power, but in truth red power had its home in Asia. The fortress of the red Dragon would be in China (the emblem: a red flag, the Great Wall of China, a Dragon). We can point to a spiritual basis in the jungles of countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Cambodian Communists, known as the Khmer Rouge, controlled the country and instituted policies that led to the deaths of at least one million people. Defeating the red power in the world meant not allowing them to occupy and pervert democratic states, and so they were pushed back to their bastions.
Lenin put new ideas into the Dragon's hands. He made Communist teachings a revolutionary doctrine. Thus he gave a sword, a power, to these teachings. And a Red Dragon also added these teachings to his sword. The Bolsheviks founded the Union of Soviet Republics as the new system of proletarian dictatorship, and the neighboring countries were forced to ally with them, without respect to nationality. The only other option was destruction.
Satan and his red horse had expected to rule the world. The red flags of every Communist group revealed that their power-horse was red. Nevertheless, the Soviet Union also included the emblem of harvest in their flag, the sickle, along with the hammer, to crush everyone (Zechariah 1:21). I understand that the intent of the Communists was to break every world power and then harvest for Satan the people under the Dragon's power. This was their war strategy for the first battle.
I also understand from Joshua's second command to fight Jericho that the red power has not been destroyed at all. The Israelites did not destroy that city during their first or second march but on their seventh march, on the seventh day (Joshua 6:3-5). Thus, a red Dragon will be destroyed in the Seventh Scroll, during the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.
The Brigade of Reuben marched second in the battle order, along with the Kohathites (Numbers 10:21). Kohath was the second son of Levi. The duty of Kohath and his people was to care for and carry the holy things from the Sanctuary (Numbers 4:4-20). This could be the representation of the Gospel in a more sacred form. Therefore, the rider from the First Scroll (the Gospel) would be more enlightened. He emerged with a human face, and therefore, missionary activity boomed.
The same scriptures represent certain popes. Pius X (1903 to 1914) was interested in the needs of the people, and encouraged frequent receptions of communion (the process of being newly born for God). Benedict XV was the Pope from 1914 to 1922, the period that included the horrors of World War I. Benedict won widespread goodwill through his impartiality, his peace proposals, and his charitable donations. The white power used the First World War for spreading democracy, making more countries free, especially in the central Europe.
The Second Brigade
The tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad made up the Brigade of Reuben, the army that marched second in the battle order. Reuben and Simeon were the first sons of Jacob, but they became dishonored in Israel. Therefore, their activities in the world of Christianity did not give them ascendancy among other nations.
Reuben settled before the Jordan River. Although his people had fought in the Promised Land, they returned east of the river. I consider them to be a nation that did not support the newborn people, although they did in the beginning. (They crossed Jordan first, but turned back to become fleshly.) They had problems with other nations because they were behind the Jordan.
As the firstborn son, Reuben arose against his father when he slept with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22). In the End Times -- today -- Satan uses believers in Christianity to do the same. Some involved in Pentecostal revivals began to deny the Trinity, which should mean the same thing whether it is used to refer to the Father or the Son.
The Popes made themselves the fathers of a universal church and made themselves into Heavenly lords in flesh; and this could be considered their attempt to usurp God's Throne. The Romans agreed that this was the case, but the Church of Rome continued to exist. The Catholic Church had its own lords, Holy Roman Emperors, who fought for them.
Reuben tried to save Joseph (Genesis 37:21, 29) and guaranteed Jacob that he would return Benjamin to him, or Jacob could kill Reuben's two sons (Genesis 42:37). However, Judah really did this. Joseph was the model for Christ Jesus and Christianity in later days. We can see at the outbreak of the Great War that Austria, which was ruled by a so-called Holy Roman Emperor, hoped to increase its strength and the strength of Christianity in the Balkans at the expense of the disintegrating Ottoman Empire. Germany and Italy (the two sons) helped the Holy Roman Emperor by forming the Triple Alliance with him. Austria's effort was in vain; it lost its power in Europe, and many of is client countries gained their freedom. Slavic nations formed republics under democratic governments, as the once-great Hapsburg empire disintegrated in October and November 1918. Austria recognized the independence of Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. The result was that within the territory of the free countries, democracy increased -- temporarily, at least.
Moses placed Reuben among the nations pronouncing curses on the Law. I understand that newborn people (those born again in Christ) are disliked in the countries faithful to the Catholic Church, which is the case with Austria.
The tribe of Simeon settled inside the tribe of Judah in the hill countries. They count them among the weak tribes. Jacob said, "Simeon and Levi are brothers -- their swords are weapons of violence. Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel" (Genesis 49:5-7).
The swords of Simeon and Levi were weapons of violence; this was because they had fought against the Shechemites. This was partly acceptable, because a Shechemite defiled their sister Dinah; but the brothers killed every male in the tribe to avenge her.
Joseph left Simeon in prison (Genesis 42:24), which means that Joseph knew Simeon was the man who had led the opposition against him and wanted to kill him. This represents the people inside the Balkans, who initiated the Great War. The Balkan nations were violent and revengeful in the early 20th century. Simeon's presence inside Israel could mean that the main battlefield was within the world of Christianity. Moses placed them among tribes that spoke blessings of the Law, which meant the Serbians did not persecute those newborn and baptized in the Holy Spirit. If Christianity has not had a big base there, then it must be because of the inherent violence of the people. The fact that God did not blessed Simeon can be seen, particularly through the censuses. They had 59,300 soldiers at first, a number that dropped to 22,200 in the next census (Numbers 1:23 and 26:12-14). Nor are Balkan nations big today.
Gad's tribe, like that of Reuben, did not cross the Jordan River. Gad was not the son of Jacob's regular wife; his mother was Leah's maidservant, Zilpah. They were attached to his regular sons, and thus to the first nations in Europe. Jacob spoke of Gad: "Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels" (Genesis 49:19). I take these words to mean that raiders caused the numbers of the tribe to decline.
Moses put Gad's among the nations that pronounced curses against the law. This could mean that, according to purposes of the Heavenly Book, Christians who followed the blessings of the later rain were hated by those people. We may find them among the Slavic nations in Southeastern Europe, including the Croats, Macedonians, Bosnians, and Bulgarians, where raiders were common (Turks, Arabs, Tatars, Mongols, and Cossacks) or in Russia (the great battlefield of the First World War). They also defeated Napoleon and Hitler.
The concluding evidence that the white horse fought against the red one can be seen in the civil war in Russia after World War I, where a Red army fought against a White army.
"When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand."
Everything is still in the Lord's hands, even as the third Scroll of God's Will for the End Times is in the hand of God the Son. Satan's attempt to take the crown from the First Rider on the white horse did not succeed. Communist teachings did not win over democracy, and so did not stop the Gospel.
God the Holy Spirit is again giving commands to God's servants. This means that some new opposition has been aroused against the White Power. A black horse has appeared on the battlefield. The Heavenly Scroll does not offer any victory for a black horse; if it were to be so, then the victorious ride of the white horse should end here, and it does not. Therefore, the white horse rides still as a conqueror bent on conquest; its triumph has not yet come.
The Third Command
God the Holy Spirit 's bull face was to the left, and thus to the West. The Brigade of Ephraim camped on the west side of the Sanctuary, and their symbol was also a bull. Moses ordered the Brigade of Ephraim to set out third under their standard. The emblem of the brigade Ephraim is a bull because Moses said to Ephraim and Manasseh, "He is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations" (Deuteronomy 33:17).
If the Holy Spirit used the face of the Bull (or Angel –Ezekiel 10:14)) to speak, then He acts in the power of bulls or angels. Therefore, the Holy Spirit, in its angelic power, would support the Gospel.
A bull is an animal of great strength. Angels are, similarly, beings of great strength. They pushed down the walls of Jericho, as might many bulls (Joshua 6). When God the Holy Spirit spoke with the face of the man, Christians spoke in new languages. If angelic characteristics are at the third stage of the crusade, then mighty supernatural (angelic) deeds should emerge in the Church. There were, for instance, evil spirits cast out, healings and miracles for many, and other deeds that were not ordinarily within the power of people. The world knows that after glossolalia appeared, miracles entered the Pentecostal churches.
The Third Period
The Third Brigade had 108,100 soldiers, which is equal to 2.368 priests' services. This left them 16.574 years to fight the Black Power. Thus, the third Scroll should be open for 16 years, 6 months, and 27 days. Read from the Menorah (as explained in the previous section), this Scroll should otherwise last approximately 21 years.
Pius XI was Pope from 1922 until 1939, a period of a little over 16 years. This was a period without any war, and so Pius XI's was a singular kind of papacy -- a papacy of peace.
The Third Rider
Because people in the world of Christianity were blessed by material possessions (see Jacob's blessing, in Genesis 48:15-16 and 49:22-26), Satan was angered and wanted to make those blessings unrighteous, first by trying to twist the Word. Satan could achieve this if people received money illegally.
The battle for Ai shows that it is impossible to be victorious through illegal gain. Because "they have stolen, they have violated, they lied, they have put them with their own possession. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies" (Joshua 7:11-12). This third command to continue in victorious movement against weak Ai shows that they sheltered the enemy in their own camp. Stolen (taken) things were this enemy. They had to fight first with the sin: Achan's sin (Joshua 7).
Habakkuk pronounced the second woe also in this way: "Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin" (Habakkuk 2:9-11). An example of this was the borrowing of money to make more money, not for living needs. Gambling is another example. A player uses his money, in this way, to get money from others. In other words, "You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life." Stealing is when a man takes goods that belong to others.
The next verse foretold the Great Depression of the 1930s.
"The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it." Habakkuk could not know about a stock market; he lived more than five hundred years before Christ Jesus. Therefore, "stones of the wall will cry" could refer to Wall Street in New York City and its New York Stock Exchange Building, or simply stock markets displayed on boards (walls).
The Bible describes a rider holding a pair of scales in his hand. Prices for goods were, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages." Barley cost three times less than wheat; I think this is not the right price. What was called a black market boomed in "the Great Recession" around 1933. Then, with the arrival of the Depression, many people became poor. Jews were among the richest people living during this time, and therefore, others envied them. Obtaining money on the black market (stock market) was very difficult then, indeed almost impossible; however, people knew that it was possible to take money from Jews. So, a new anti-Semitism arose as well.
Certainly, the Lord had to do something, and the presence of the black market in the world of Christianity attracted Heavenly forces to act. People resolved this by giving up a gold standard for their money, and by other new rules. Christians baptized by the Holy Spirit (oil) and newborns (wine) were not persecuted in democratic countries where the recession took place because God said, "Do not damage the oil and the wine." Moses confirmed that, because he placed Joseph among the tribes that pronounced God's blessing, according to the Law (Deuteronomy 27:12).
No one can imagine the third stage of the Gospel according to Moses' representation, because the Third Brigade did not carry anything from the Tabernacle. They were already marching.
Let us take a look at Vatican. Pope Pius XI came into the office in 1922. The Lateran Treaty, signed on Feb. 11, 1929, at last settled the vexatious question of the relationship between the Holy See and Italy. The papacy accepted the loss of the papal state, while Italy recognized Vatican City as an independent state. The agreement determined that the governments in the world of Christianity would not interfere in religious life, and vice versa. They resolved the Roman Question with a financial settlement. Thus, this part of the Heavenly Book solved the problem of finance in the world of Christianity.
Pius XI issued Quadragesima Anno (1931), which elaborated the Catholic Church's position on social and economic reform; it called for justice and charity in all endeavors, and stressed Christian social action. This might lead to the acknowledgment that Christians should use money to help those in needs.
The Third Brigade
The sons of Jacob's second wife, Benjamin and Joseph, led the Third Brigade. Jacob created two tribes from the people of his son Joseph: Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob loved Joseph and Benjamin more than his sons from other women. This meant that they would bear something else, as would the ones born of Leah, his first wife. I have already mentioned that the Holy Spirit came with something else.
Ephraim, one of Joseph's sons born in Egypt, became the leader of a powerful tribe, the rival of Judah. When the Kingdom of Israel split after Solomon's rule, Ephraim's became the ruling tribe of the ten tribes that formed the new Kingdom of Israel. I understand from the Third Scroll that two peoples of God would exist in the world: Christians and Israelis. That is to say, the Heavenly forces cared not only for Christianity, but for Israel also. This was why the enemy eventually opened two battlefields: one to harm the world of Christianity, and the second to destroy the Jews at the beginning of their settlement in their ancestral homeland.
Jacob said of Ephraim and Manasseh, "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the Heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb. Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers" (Genesis 49:22-26).
To identify the Ephraim of the modern world, it is necessary to look for a nation in the Christian world that would serve as a basis for the Kingdom of God on Earth. The nation would understand Israel's need to become a state. The nation, according to history, was Great Britain. It was a monarchy, and Israel should be a monarchy -- the Davidic Kingdom. It was also a democratic power for the Gospel. The main London gate of Buckingham Palace has two emblems: the Bull (later the unicorn) of the Kingdom of Israel, and the lion, the emblem of the Kingdom of Judah. Great Britain established the land of Palestine as a homeland for the Jews, and Jews lived there under British rule.
Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim. He symbolized the crucified Joshua: Christ Jesus. As Joshua became a youth, while Moses designed Israel as God's nation, so also was Christ Jesus a youth (lamb) at His First Coming. Afterwards, Joshua became the ruler of God's nation, leading them into the Promised Land and establishing their home there. The Lord Jesus Christ became the leader of all belonging to God, thus to bring Israel into the Promised Land.
Manasseh, although the elder of the two, received his blessing after his younger brother Ephraim (Genesis 48). He might represent Israel: Judaism is older than Christianity, but in the late 1940s was only then coming onto the world scene as a major player. The world of Christianity was more powerful than Israel. The United States, as the ruling Christian world power, had to help Israel (the elder nation of God) to survive. Some consider the land of Manasseh to be the United States, possibly because many Jews live there.
The mother of Benjamin and Joseph was Rachel, the younger sister of Leah. We may think of Rachel as a symbol of the later Church, today's Church. Rachel died in Bethlehem, giving birth to Benjamin (Genesis 35:19). That points us first in the direction of the Christ (born in Bethlehem). For us, it may symbolize stop for the expansion of the world of Christianity.
Jacob said of Benjamin: "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder" (Genesis 49:27). To know which modern nation represents Benjamin's tribe, one must for one that became rich quickly, then shared with others. In Europe, I consider the Germans to be the most likely candidate. In the morning he devours prey can compare to their powers after the fall of the Romans. They were without a constitution for a long time before establishing their kingdom in 1870, and quickly became predominant among the industrial nations. Germany was the main power fighting in the First World War. Although they lost that war, as well as World War II, they recovered quickly, and today Germany is one of the richest European countries. The West Germans shared their richness with their brothers in East Germany, who possessed little after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The tribe of Benjamin is well known for causing the first civil war in Israel (Judges 19-20). Germany was the nation that caused the biggest war in the world of Christianity (the Second World War).
Men from the tribe Benjamin were skilled fighters. Later, one member of Benjamin's tribe, Saul, became the first King of Israel. However, the Davidic Dynasty will become the royal dynasty in Israel until the end of the Earth. Many German kings became Holy Roman emperors, mostly during the Dark Ages. The next world movement began when Hitler stirred the hearts of the Germans to become the world's ruling nation. They hated the Jews, and looked for a way to annihilate them.
Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin. This might represent the painful birth of the new state of Israel. Benjamin caused Rachel pain, and Germany caused pain to many. We know that the Jews' pain, the Holocaust, was the main factor that stimulated the establishment and recognition of their State. Rachel was not faithful to the God of Jacob because she stole the gods of that land (Genesis 31:19). This represents the world of Christianity, where many people accepted the Turkish justification for eradicating the Armenians.
According to Moses (who placed Benjamin's people among those speaking God's blessing of the Law), the Germans belong to the countries where newborn Christians and those baptized by the Holy Spirit are not harassed. In any case, the USA, Great Britain and the Germans were all hit by the economic depression in the 1930s. That depression shook the foundations of Western democracy.
"When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him." Heavenly Will, as introduced by the opening the Heavenly Book, remains in effect because God the Son holds in His hand the Fourth Scroll of God the Father. Satan still has not won, and Israel has emerged onto the world scene. If on the second battlefield Satan has come to realize the nature of his adversary, he should know that he cannot afford to lead more human wars in the world of Christianity. And so the last war in the world of Christianity begins. It is dreadful war, because all Satanic powers emerge in the fight. The Satanic power reaps a horrendous death toll and takes them into Hades, into Hell. Therefore, the third anti-power wielded against the First Rider is more dreadful than those on the previous two horses. God the Holy Spirit is again giving commands to God's servants, which means that Satan is the loser.
The Fourth Command
God the Holy Spirit gave the fourth command of "Come!" using the face of the eagle. The eagle's face was at the opposite side from which God the Holy Spirit faced, the north side (Ezekiel 1:4). The Brigade of Dan was camped on the north side of the Sanctuary, under their symbol, the eagle. Moses documents that the Brigade of Dan was to set out fourth under its standard. The tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali made up the brigade.
From the eagle symbol, the Gospel would spread with the power or character of an eagle; the Holy Spirit gave that power to the Gospel. Many consider the eagle the king of the air, and so with the eagle's power the Gospel may spread through the use of air. Radio uses air to transmit sound waves everywhere on our planet. Television transmits pictures of objects through the airwaves. Some people consider radio and TV broadcasting as a gift from God. In any case, God has given the Gospel to men so that they should use all their abilities to spread it through the whole world. Today, we have the ability to broadcast.
Except that human transmission of the Gospel is not enough; God needs to add His power to the transmission. Therefore, the additional power -- the face of the Holy Spirit -- must exist in our world. This power would be the victorious power in the air; I call this the power of Heavenly Eagle. It is clear, then, why the face of the Holy Spirit was also an eagle's face.
It is unacceptable in our modern age to believe that the power of the Fourth Scroll should come after the Church is raptured. A teacher must be able to explain the location of the additional Holy Spirit's power -- the Eagle's face -- in the Bible. If the face of an eagle was to enter our world after the Rapture, then that would prove that the Rapture had come before people had the ability to use broadcasting power. To comply with this view of the Scriptures, some teachers claim the Rapture occurred before it was possible to broadcast the Gospel.
Now, where and when did the ancient world use TV and radio? They did not; that form of communication did not exist in the ancient world, and therefore, the Lord had to predict it in Revelation. Otherwise, the broadcasting power for the Gospel was not God's power. The Pentecostal Church had broadcast the Gospel in 20 languages over the radio station IBRA (Sweden) by 1955.
The fourth command through Joshua was to defeat the rest of the enemies' powers (Ezekiel 10:7). This command applies to today's situation as well. The command to fight came because the kings wanted to attack their ally (Gibeonites), not because the enemies' armies had started a war face-to-face with Israelites. This represents the way the Second World War broke out, when the first Jews were attacked. Hitler said, in his last words, that he won the war because many Jews had been annihilated. This testifies to the fact that Hitler himself rode "on a pale horse"; pale refers to the color of ash. He burnt the flesh of Jews, converting them to ash.
The Fourth Period
The Brigade of Dan consisted of 157,600 soldiers. Thus, the Fourth Seal under the Eagle covers 3.45 priests' periods; that is, twenty-four years and two months. By measurement of the three seven-year scrolls within the Seal, it had to last approximately 21 years.
Pius XII was the Pope from 1939 until 1958, as the last absolute monarch of the Holy See, and John XXIII ruled from 1958 until June 3, 1963 -- a total of 24 years.
The Fourth Rider
Satan and his forces could not stop the Gospel's victorious movement. Therefore, he decided to destroy the Christians and Jews themselves. To best achieve these aims, one group of Christians should be convinced to kill another. Annihilated Christians would not spread the Gospel and democracy anymore, and annihilated Jews could not build the State of Israel. Those sowing death (the fascists) might call themselves Christian, but would not be saved; they would instead be reserved for Hell.
God, through Habakkuk, declared for this period: "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!" Fascists and Communists took cities by killing or deporting the inhabitants, and simply threw families out of their homes and moved in. Habakkuk continues: "Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?" Industrial production was pursued mainly for wars. They militarized industry to produce items for the fire of war. They exhausted themselves not for prosperous life.
Germans wanted to build a new world order, but in their view it had to be without Jews Gypsy and any other ethnic groups different from themselves. This was a Satanic idea. Communists used the same practices in their propaganda. They could not achieve it the end, however, because God's Word has already been put in our world that: "For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:12-14). Israel, now coming onto the battlefield, will carry the knowledge of the Lord for the Earth, by the Second Coming of the Christ Jesus to the State of Israel.
The apostle John describes the third anti-power as having "power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth." Satan used every possible thing in both the invisible and material worlds, even people, animals, and germs, over a fourth of the earth; and note that World War II covered over a fourth of the earth.
Stalin did not take care of his own people during the Second World War, and often it seemed as if he wanted to kill his own people. Consider, for instance, the fighting for the city of Leningrad (Petersburg), where the war was practically lost -- but the people kept fighting, often with bare hands and no bread to sustain them. Fifteen million people died in the Second World War, and half were from Stalin's army.
The wild beasts of the Earth also killed people. During the Second World War the number of wolves in Europe rapidly multiplied. Soldiers looked upon them as the second enemy; they were like guerillas in deep forests.
Many, too, were killed by famine. Tens of thousands died daily in Leningrad because of hunger. Heavy equipment was used to bury them in one massive tomb each day. About 600,000 people died of starvation in this city. Then came the Holocaust and the concentration camps, which often led people to the final death by starvation. Also, the worst famine in modern history, which took place in China in the year 1943, took five million lives.
Thus, Satan mobilized all his power meant He could not fight afterward, and as we did not have any more horses because of the Gospel, this was the last (spiritual) war against Christians till the Rapture.
The Gospel remained the victorious rider, because people could hear or see it everywhere. No fence or wall between a democratic world and a totalitarian regime could stop its extension. International Christian radio stations numbered 10 by 1950. They arranged the world conference on missionary radio in 1954. By 1961, the Church had opened the first religious TV station in the United States, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).
Two Popes ruled from the Vatican during this period, and therefore both peace and war existed. The first Pope was Pius XII (1939-1958), the last absolute monarch of the Holy See. Pius considered the curia not collaborators, but executors. Pius fought against the Light. He opened the way to critical Biblical studies in the encyclical Divino afflante spiritu. He propagated the Catholic belief and condemned new spiritual gifts that God gave to His Church for His Coming. This was done to manipulate people's attitudes, beliefs, and actions through the propaganda machine of the German Nazis under Joseph Goebbels. Pius issued an ex cathedra proclamation defining the dogma of the Assumption of Mary in 1950. The ascent of the Virgin Mary into Heaven teaches Christians to stay victorious till the Rapture. Pope John XXIII (1958-1963), the second pope of the Fourth March, was in advanced years when he rose to the papacy. He was different from his predecessor. He put new life into the Church, rather than enforcing dogmas. He took Samaritan's clothes and cared about those who were needy. Instead of making enemies with other denominations, he called the Second Vatican Council and invited Protestants to attend. John XXIII propagated Bible study, and so the reformation finally came among Catholics. This sequence of events showed that the Catholic Church had finally opened the door again for the Gospel, the Christ, the Bible and the Rapture.
The Fourth Brigade
The tribes of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali made up the Brigade of Dan, the army that marched fourth in the battle order. They were Jacob's sons by his maidservants. This shows that the angels worked in territories not familiar to them.
Jacob said of Dan: "Dan will provide justice for his people as one tribe of Israel. Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward. I look for your deliverance, O LORD" (Genesis 49:16-18).
In the Scriptures, Dan's emblem was the serpent, or a white horse and a serpent. If a snake bites a horse's heels, it forces the rider and the white horse to back up. That is what happened when democracy was not victorious; its enemies' rider was named Death and Hades. After World War II, the Christian world lost some free territories, including Czechoslovakia. There, democracy had been in flower before the Second World War. However, Great Britain and France betrayed Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938. Later the United States, as the leading white power, considered Stalin their ally against Hitler, and therefore the Red power was allowed to capture more territory.
Jacob appointed Dan also to provide justice for people and for the world. What could be the symbol for that? Only an eagle could oversee many beings in a large territory. Besides having keen vision, eagles have great strength; and whoever rules must be powerful. So Jacob appointed Dan to be an eagle for the entire world.
A snake was the official emblem of several military and naval units of the United States Revolutionary forces. They forced democracy out of some democratic countries. Jacob thought a horse that was on his side was also on God's side. Therefore, at least one horse from the Heavenly Book must have belonged to God, and it makes sense that it was the first. The white horse from the First Scroll must have belonged to God.
Dan's people settled in two territories. The first was among the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Judah. But the Amonites confined the Danites to the hill country, and would not allow them to come to the plains (Judges 1:34). Afterwards, the Danites settled in the northern part of Canaan (Judges 18). Therefore, it is possible that the Israelites considered the tribe to be symbolized by the eagle because they overflowed the territories of Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, Zebulon, and Naphtali.
If Dan was meant to provide justice for his people as one tribe of Israel, then besides Judah, he can rule in the leading superpower for Gospel. Two parties are in power in the United States: the Republicans and the Democrats. The Republicans care more about democracy and freedom, as shown in their respect for the Gospel (see lastly Bush and Clinton). We deduce that the Danites were those who were on the side of the Democrats.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, of the Democratic Party, was President of the United States in 1933-45. He had hoped to keep the United States out of World War II. Despite indications that Stalin's ambitions in Eastern Europe might violate the Atlantic Charter, Roosevelt foresaw Soviet-U.S. cooperation through a United Nations (Red Dragon Stalin was the ally of the white horse). Roosevelt could also be considered one who settled in two territories. He originated from a Dutch family, who emigrated and became Americans. The Dutch fought with the English. Secondly, the Roosevelt family already had had another of their members in the Presidency, Theodore Roosevelt -- the 26th President of the United States, and a Republican. Franklin married a distant cousin, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a niece of uncle Theodore Roosevelt. Thus, they were first Republicans and then Democrats.
When Jacob was in Dan's territory, he said, "I look for your deliverance, O LORD." He would notice terror in his soul because of the annihilation of the Jews by fascists, and Dan slept. Finally, this mighty eagle woke up and took them up, and replaced them in Palestine.
Readers of the Bible know that the people of Dan bore Micah's idol (Judges 17). They had built the city of Dan, and the second sinful sanctuary in the Kingdom of Israel was located there (1 Kings 12:26-30). This could relate to the sin of modern Babylon, the Hollywood movies that can infect human souls with unreal images and stories. Hollywood activities at that time were those of a directionless, careless spirit. In the same way, Democrats are liberal. Moses confirms this too, because he placed Dan among tribes that pronounced curses upon the Law.
Naphtali was the second son of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah, and Dan's brother. Naphtali settled in the northern part of Canaan. Jacob said, "Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns" (Genesis 49:21). Jesus lived in Nazareth and Capernaum, which were in the land of Zebulon and Naphtali (Matthew 4:12-16). A doe set free that bears beautiful fawns represents the Slavic nations settled in the west. There is, for example, Bohemia. This name could be derived from the word God = Boh. They contributed many new thoughts in culture and technology and for Christianity, e.g., Hussites and Moravians, until the Communists' seizing of power in this Scroll. Beautiful words in literature and music, inventions, and the like have become loved as products (fawns) of human creativity. The battlefield where the rider of the white horse tumbled backward was here. Czechoslovakia lay between two evil powers: fascists in Germany and the Red power in the U.S.S.R. The results were huge, bloody battles over who would rule the region. The Communists took power in 1948. But first, the government of Czechoslovakia, which was then still democratic, sent weapons to the Israelites to help them fight for their independence.
Jesus lived in the territory of Naphtali before His ministry. Jan Hus was excommunicated (1411) and burned at the stake (1415) here before other significant world reformers, Luther and Calvin, came on the scene. Hussites fought their wars here until the year 1431, when Hussite armies repeatedly defeated the crusading armies of the Pope and Holy Roman Emperors. The victorious Hussites preceded armies fighting for the Reformation's existence in Europe (the Thirty Years' War, mostly on the same territory, and undecided). Now the armies are fighting for the Gospel in the End Times.
The Moravian Church has its roots in the Czech Reformation. It is a direct continuation of the Bohemian Brethren or Moravian Brethren, based on a newborn principle for the Church (1457), and established an independent ministry. It preceded world denominations, based on a person's resurrected spirit, and their bishop, John Amos Comenius, is named the teacher of nations. He advocated teaching as teachers do today. Moses placed Naphtali among the tribes that pronounced curses upon the Law. This could be because they stick now to liberalism and atheism.
Asher was also the son of a maidservant who served Leah. Jacob said: "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king" (Genesis 49:20). Asher settled on fertile land east of the Great Sea. Perhaps here we can place the Low Countries, a term used collectively for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, or the whole western territory of Europe. The western front was opened in the war against Hitler. The western countries seemed as though they might be added to the U.S.S.R. These countries were once as children of a maidservant, but the United States redeemed them. The United States sent billions of dollars' worth of goods under the Marshall Plan to the embattled Europeans, to ease their distress and to found industrial markets. In such a way, the United States realized they could satisfy the working class, and the people would not revolt. Since they belonged to Leah, they complied with riding the white horse from its start.
Moses placed Asher among the tribes that pronounced curses upon the Law; and thus they could represent the Low Countries as they are today, the leading society for sinfulness in the Christian world (the legalization of drugs, euthanasia, and same-sex marriages, for example).
The picture of horses:
THE PALE HORSE was defeated by the end of World War II. Afterward, a new era arose for Jews, with the establishment of the State of Israel. Certainly, another horse opposed them; and so it was up to the Lord to save them, and so to send His army to help them. The kind of "opposite horse" that emerged, as had the first on the second battlefield, must be described in the Old Testament prophecy for Israel in the End Times.
God dictated the books of the New Testament in order to build the Church. The Church was begun by the Gospel, first preached in Israel, and will end when Israel is ready for the Second Coming of the Messiah. God dictated the Old Testament books to reveal Israel as the nation that will rule the Earth (the Davidic Kingdom). This event has not yet been realized, and logically may come after the end of the Church. The conclusion is that the Old Testament prophecy for Israel in the End Times must exist. The Old Testament prophet for the End Times is Zechariah; this can be derived because of his vision of the Menorah, which is the key to the apostle John's prophecy.
The apostle John uses horses to represent various powers in the End Times in Revelation, Chapter Six. Therefore, the Old Testament's "apostle John," (Luke 1:59-63), the prophet Zechariah, should also speak about horses, and he does so in his own Chapter Six, so it is good sense to put them together.
Should the horses in Zechariah be of different colors than the horses of the Heavenly Book? I believe not, because the horses are connected to the armies' powers, and the symbols used by those armies (brigades). And they are the powers of spirits, which are over worlds (Verse 5). Let us come and look: "I looked up again -- and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains -- mountains of bronze! The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled -- all of them powerful" (Zechariah 6:1-3). I believe at least three of these are the same horses revealed in the Book of Revelation. The difference is that these horses are not seen alone, but pulling CHARIOTS. These horses are transporting something from one place to another. My understanding is that they are transporting something from the world of Christianity to the Middle East -- to Israel. It must be so, because this was the home first of the Church, and then of Israel in the End Times. Therefore, what they are carrying should be found in the ultimate source about the End Times, the Heavenly Book (Zechariah 6:5).
The Lord declares the order of their appearance: the first was red, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled. From this, we can determine that the Red power is the first to be significant to the State of Israel. The Red power is again on the scene of the Fourth Scroll although according to horses was in the second Scroll. The Red power delivered many nations from fascism and Jews from anihilation by them. The Communists defeated Hitler, and so returned again on horseback as a world power. When white horse supported Israel to be established as the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, then the Red power could oppose them directly.
Red horses arose in the Middle East in order to destroy the State of Israel. Egyptian president Nasser led the potential enemies of Israel: Arabs. He came to power through a revolutionary military group that forced King Farouk from the throne in 1952. Nasser proposed an economic system known as Arabic socialism, which is clearly derived from the ideas of the Communists. He started to buil the new empire in arabic world according to soviets. It's name was United Arab States and started in 1958 as union of Egypt and Syria. Therefore, the Biblical image of the first chariot, pulled by red horses, fits this movement well. Nasser, backed by Soviets, became the acknowledged leader of the Arab world and was much admired in the emerging Third World nations. His ideas are detailed in his book, The Philosophy of the Revolution.
We can see, then, that at this time, the red horse (or the chariot of red horses) was already on the world scene already during the opening the Fourth Scroll. Does this agree with Zechariah? Zechariah, although he saw four horse-led chariots, declares that "The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south." The red horses are apparently not going anywhere, so they are not in next marches for Israel. My conclusion is that these three sets of chariots and horses are for the events of the next three stages of the Heavenly Book -- thus, for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Seals.
God's army should beat the red horse's, because the armies of the red horse are opposing God's will for Israel. Who cooperates with the Lord on the Earth?
The first crusade consists, according to Moses' order, of the brigades of Judah, Reuben, Ephraim and Dan (Numbers 10:14-28). Moses also showed their strength through the first census. If Moses did the first census of armies fighting for Christians, then the second census should be for Israel, and thus for these chariots. Moses took the second census of armies just before crossing Jordan (Numbers 26:3), as the Jews were entering Canaan; thus it is for people ruling the material world, Israel. But now Moses says nothing about the order. Zechariah gives this order:
If we look at their movement during their encampment around the Tabernacle, we see that they are now moving in counterclockwise order. But initially, they moved in clockwise order (Judah, Reuben, Ephraim and lastly Dan). This could be explained by a look at the Heavenly Book, the Menorah. If you look at the Menorah and consider that one side is for Christians, one side is for Israel and the Central Branch is for both, then we should go by one way to the Christians' side, but from the middle in reverse fashion to Israel. Perhaps because this, the direction of reading in Hebrew language is right to left.
So, we need to start from the Central Branch. What does it say in connection to Israel? See Zechariah's prophesy: "Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak. Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD. It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.'" (6:11-13)
The initiating Branch determines that Christ Jesus (Joshua) triggers the events for the Second Coming. As by opening the First Scroll (the central one), a crown was given to the Gospel, now a crown is given for establishing the kingdom of God on the Earth through the Temple. The rider for the Temple is the rider of the Central Branch for Israel. He will ride as a conqueror bent on conquest. His triumph will be had by establishing the kingdom of Christ the Branch. There should be four periods, because the crown will be given to four persons. (Not separate crowns for four persons, but the one for all four). (Zechariah 6:14)
It looks as if we ought to have eight scrolls or eight lamps, rather than seven. History supports this, because when the Maccabees began the reconsecration of the Temple of Jerusalem after its recapture from the Syrian Greeks around 165 BC, a miracle occurred. The Temple oil, which was sufficient for only one day, burned and gave light for eight full days. Hence Jews celebrate the Hanukkah for eight days. Each day adds light to the next candle, as would be the case with the opened scrolls. Eight candles, or eight lights, shine on the last day.
Let me satisfy your curiosity: when the central "lamp" on the central Branch of the Menorah first started to shine, it was for Israel. If the second section of the Scrolls comes because of Israel, then the central Branch for Israel should shine before them; and thus it should do so before the breaking of the Fifth Seal. (Remember, both Christians and Jews have the right to claim the central branch, because their branches are rooted in the central Branch of the Menorah.)
The First Vatican Council occurred because the Lord opened the First Scroll of the Heavenly Book. Thus, the Second Vatican Council should show a similar change, in that battles for the sake of Christianity end, and engagements for Israel start. On October 11, 1962, the Second Vatican Council began. Four sessions convened; the last three (1963-65) were presided over by Pope Paul VI, who succeeded John XXIII as pontiff in June 1963.
It could be that John XXIII's death and the year 1963 represent the end of the Scrolls for Christians. Paul VI and the final three sessions represent the next three openings of the Seals. Still, this end for Christians does not necessarily mean the start of the second chariot for Israel. Red horses in the Middle East were defeated in the year 1967 – Six Day War. Still they fought in the war named War of Attrition. This war ended following Nasser’s death in September 1970.
The First Brigade, the Brigade of Judah, had 201,300 soldiers in the second census. Therefore, they represent 4.409 periods of priestly services. Because one equals seven for the High Priest Christ Jesus, the Brigade of Judah had power to cover 30.863 years. The derivation from the Six Day War goes to the year 1936 (1967.44 - 30.863 = 1936.577). From the fall of Nasser to the year 1939. Thus, the ignition of the central lamp for Israel happened already during the third Seal, and the Brigade of Ephraim crusaded there.
Or, if the finnal solution of Jewish question emmerged on 20 January 1942 at a villa in Wannsee caused the Heavenly Session, thus the openning the first Scroll because the sake of Jews, then this first crusading for them lasted from 1942 till the end of the year 1972. (The 'Final solution' was a code name for the murder of all the Jews of Europe.)
Or, as derived from ancient history: God called Abraham to be a great nation (Genesis 12:1-3) and it lasted 430 years. Using Daniel's coefficient (Daniel 9:24) of 1 = 7, this is reduced to 61.43 years. If we start from 1870, then, we come to the year 1932 for the Exodus.
Then, there are the years in the desert, when the Jews were not slaves but not a state, as God punished them (Numbers 14:21-23 and 26:64-66). Transforming forty years using Daniel's coefficient leads us to the year 1938-39.
Hitler, in the year 1932, popularized what he called the Jewish question. Jews burst onto the scene in the world of Christianity on the night of November 9-10, 1938 (Kristallnacht).
Because Jesus is from the Tribe of Judah and he is the Lion of Judah, the initiating brigade for Israel should be the Brigade of Judah. Ezekiel said, "Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. . . 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph -- which is in Ephraim's hand -- and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand'" (Ezekiel 37:16-19).
Jacob allocated nations to the world of Christianity. If, now, other brigades come into being because of Israel, then we need to look for their characteristics in someone else. Moses is another man who characterized the tribes, as we see in Deuteronomy 33. If the Judah Brigade is now on the march for Israel, then let us look at Moses' blessing to Judah: "Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of Judah and make him one with his people: let your hands take up his cause, and be his help against his attackers" (Deuteronomy 33:7). Moses spoke regarding the alliance between Judah for Christianity and Judah for Israel, so this mostly represents the relationship between the USA and Israel. USA has been the guardian of the State of Israel since 1948.
The Brigade of Judah consisted of two more tribes besides Judah's: Issachar and Zebulon. Moses said about them: "Be glad, Zebulon, in your going out; and, Issachar, in your tents. They will send out the word for the people to come to the mountain, taking there the offerings of righteousness: for the store of the seas will be theirs, and the secret wealth of the sand" (Deuteronomy 33:18-19). Israel sent the message out to the world for its people to come to the land of Israel. They prepared the conditions for easy immigration in the Law of Return. Entering Israel was the right of any Jew, after which he or she was entitled to automatic citizenship. An influx of refugees from Europe doubled the population by 1952. Their economy went in the direction of Moses: "store of the seas and secret wealth of the sand." A variety of new industries were established through trading, then by exploiting the minerals from the Dead Sea; and agricultural productivity from the sand of the desert increased greatly.
The Lord Jesus Christ, as the Lord of the Heavenly Book, illustrates the spiritual growth of the Church through His seven letters to seven churches. If the Lord is the central Branch for Israel, then He should address words to Israel about how they should feel during their shining "lamps." The downfall of Israel accompanied Lord's words, as spoken by Jeremiah. Jeremiah predicted then the "seventy," the time for the return of God in Israel. (Glory of God in the Temple or God in the Temple). Eschatology uses Jeremiah's "seventy" as its cornerstone, so it can also be his lamentation.
The Book of Lamentations is actually the lamentation over the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. The prayer-poems also stirred continuing hope in God's promises for the future. But which part of the Lamentation corresponds to which part of the Heavenly Book? In the Heavenly Book, the Menorah has its specific structure. It is:
The first three chapters have verses consisting of three lines (except Lamentations 1:7 and 2:19, which have four lines) in the original text. This is because each brigade is derived from three tribes; three lines, and thus three kinds of soldiers, marched together. The extra length of Lamentations 1:7 and 2:19 could be because the Levites were included among them. Therefore, God's words for Jews exist not only for the periods from the times running because of them, but they did so from the opening of the First Scroll for the Church. Together, they represent seven parts, as with the seven letters for the Church; although battles are now for Israel.
Hence, if you are interested what Jews experienced in the times of the First Scroll, please read Lamentation 1. For the Second Scroll read Lamentation 2; for the Third Scroll, Lamentation 3: 1-22; and now, for fourth, Lamentation 3:23-44. Let us look at the words for the Jews in the Fourth Scroll.
Jeremiah tells us that God's compassion never departed from Israel. They were renewed every morning. Jews were forced to look for their heritage; many tried to flee to Palestine because the fascists persecuted them. They had to put the Lord first as their heritage, and hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, although they lack flesh (i.e., are going to die) because He is good to the souls seeking Him. It is good for a man to go on hoping and quietly waiting for the salvation of the Lord; and so it was good for Israel as a nation to undergo the yoke when it was young, as their forefathers underwent the yoke in Egypt. They should have not grumbled because of what happened to them (many cursed God). They hid themselves in the ground, leaving their societies and living in a desert, if by chance there was hope. Many survived, thanks to their hiding places.
Turning to their oppressors, many lives were saved. The Lord once had to punish their oppressors because He does not give up a man forever. For though He sends grief, they will have pity in the full measure of His love. The Lord has no pleasure in causing grief to the children of men. Does not the Lord see all the prisoners in the concentration camps crushed underfoot, denied the rights man in court, which is like being before the face of the Most High, their interest only in their policy, not in truth? They had to think this way: "Who is able to say a thing, and give effect to it, if it has not been ordered by the Lord? Do not evil and good come from the mouth of the Most High? What protest may a living man make, even a man about the punishment of his sin? Let us search and put our ways to the test, turning again to the Lord; Lifting up our hearts with our hands to God in Heaven. We have done wrong and gone against your Law; we have not had your forgiveness. Covering yourself with wrath you have gone after us, cutting us off without pity; Covering yourself with a cloud, so that prayer may not get through."
Christians believed that the Jews suffered from the fascists because they rejected Christ Jesus. This is the sin against their Law: that He was killed without sin. Therefore, human laws could not help them. Fascists murdered their children without following human law. Then Christians reasoned that it was because of sin against the Creator, because everything had risen through Him (Colossians 1:16). Then it was due to the sin against their forefathers, because they derived their participation in God through Him who touched Jacob's flesh (Genesis 32). He led them from Egypt through Moses. Therefore, their homeland, according to the Balfour Declaration, was not receiving them in wartime.
Still they had to believe that their God existed, because He punished them for their sins. Every father who chastises his children has compassion and love for them. God feels the same. Therefore, Israel was established as a Jewish state. Since 1948, Israel has fought several wars with its Arab neighbors, who refused to recognize the State of Israel for several decades.
The historical picture shows Joshua bringing Israel into the land Canaan and their struggles during the period of judges, so Christ Jesus opens the central Scroll for Israel in Heaven and Jews get the land and must respond to attacks from hostile neighbors. Israel was the kingdom led by Saul, David, and Solomon. Saul was the first king of Israel; history disputes the exact dates and length of his reign. The most powerful king was David, who ruled in the years 1010 BC-962 BC. He led successful imperial wars against his enemies. Such a victorious battle could represent Israel's war with its neighbors and adversaries in 1967, which made Israel a strong state. Then Solomon reigned in peace, which could refer to the next years; Israel was the dominant military power in the region.
When the Heavenly Book was opened, industrialization began and ran its course on Earth. Is it possible that our entering the other side of the Menorah saw us entering into outer space? The Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, was the first man in space on April 12, 1961. The first Soviet manned spacecraft, Vostok, participated in six manned spaceflights from 1961 to 1963.
Our age is marked not only by achievements in cosmology, but also by advancement in computers. The computer industry first offered with small, efficient, and relatively inexpensive mini-computers in 1963 (Digital Equipment Corporation). The world, or at least the Christian world, was almost subjected to an outbreak of nuclear war in October 1962 (the Cuban Missile Crisis). This may symbolize that nuclear power will depress people, or this age will end with nuclear war. Afterward, nuclear reactors were constructed to produce electricity, with satellites placed in orbit as a part of daily life (TV).
Politically, those nations that derive from the maidservants of Jacob's wives are looking for freedom from the Red power. Alexander Dubcek became a leader in the Slovak Communist party in 1963, and later was also the chairman of the Czechoslovak Communist party. The military forces of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968.
"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained..."
The apostle John stopped writing about horses and God the Holy Spirit's commands with this Scroll. Logically, he should have continued in this, because opposition to God's Will has not yet stopped. If the battles continue, then the powers and horses and commands for armies must be, and they are. But the battles are underway because of Israel -- and Revelation is the book of the New Testament, and thus for Christians.
Christ Jesus, as the perfect Author of the book for Christians, and His apostle in writing, the apostle John, should stay within the rules for the book of the Church. As I mentioned, the first part of the Book consists of words to the Church, followed by the relation of Heaven to the world in which the Church lives; and after this came the saga of Israel. (Words to the Church for this stage were mentioned in the letter to Sardis.) Let me follow these principles, and remain first with words to the world of Christianity, where the Rider from the First Scroll still rides. John confirms this by saying they had been slain because of the word of God.
The world faced the Holocaust in World War II. The White power stopped this, and the killers were appropriately punished. Inherited abilities to destroy human lives were found in pregnant women and women who refused to become mothers. Spiritual words for this period are in the fourth Habakkuk woe: "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies" (Habakkuk 2:15-18).
It could be that wine represents the shedding of human blood, the taking the human life. Thus were described the techniques of abortion by the Old Testament vocabulary. They introduced poison into the amniotic fluid in order to kill the child. Then they used drugs to cause the womb to contract and expel its contents, thus receiving a killed baby from a womb ("can gaze on their naked bodies"). Sometimes they used a drug after intercourse to stop new life just as it began. "You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposed! The cup from the Lord's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory."
They also used a procedure called vacuum aspiration or vacuum curettage. The embryo or fetus and placenta was drawn into the tube through vacuum pressure. According to Habakkuk, abortion would cause the punishment of the Christian world soon: "the cup from the Lord's right hand . . ."
"The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them." Lebanon is a narrow, fertile coastal plain, representing a hollow plastic tube with a hole near its end to insert into the uterus. As many swift small rivers flow from the Lebanon Mountains to the Mediterranean Sea, so were the souls of death, the unborn babies in the world of the dead. Perhaps because "lamps" now shine for Israel and the Middle East, Habakkuk uses Lebanon to represent events in the world of Christianity.
In the times between 1975 and 1990, civil strife drove hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from their homes. Many foreigners and wealthy Lebanese left the country during this period. By 1995, it was estimated that three times as many Lebanese lived abroad as in Lebanon. A similar statistic could be applied to abortion during this period: perhaps as many as three-fourths of conceptions were spontaneously aborted. Such a percentage of children may live outside our world.
Psalms 106:38 (which could apply to the year 1976) says: "And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood." Unborn babies were destroyed brutally in the womb. In the mind of a woman who decides to kill her child, a womb is a scaffold. The society became executioners because they instituted kill babies. Nothing living in humans can be lost before God (Matthew 10:28-30). Afterwards, every soul (not Earthly flesh) will come before Him at the Last Judgment.
Sentencing always follows rules. Everyone should know these rules, and this is why they are published in the Bible. Laws for unborn souls are also written in the Bible. It is wrong, however, that the interpreters of Revelation to twist the law, and hide it. The law says they are saved because they got white robes.
Teachers do not speak about abortion using this text. They speak of killing brothers and servants in the Church in the Great Tribulation because they read these words: "their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they." However, the Lord's Words for His servants and brothers are used in letters to the seven churches (Revelation 2-3). The apostle John delivers now the Words of God the Father for the created world. He is the Creator.
For Christians, the words used, "servants and brothers," refers to servants of the Gospel, and brothers of everyone in this service. Our modern world uses a similar term, "fellow servants," for anyone does their share in the service. The word "brothers" refers to persons who grow up in a family, with the same father and the same mother. In any case, unborn babies suffer the same fate. The reason that they are unborn is because of laws allowing abortion; symbolically those laws are their fathers. The idea is that abortion stems from the right of women to decide the fate of a life in their wombs. This fact, that they exist, are alive in spiritual world, should serve to reveal the sin of our world (genetic research proves also that one is a living being from conception onward). A revealed sin leads to repentance or God's punishment. Thus, testimony proving that unborn human beings are living beings reveals a sin to our world, and leads many to repentance. Their unborn children are revealed them in their dreams.
They are under the altar.
If these souls are under the altar, then can never be saints. The altar is a place where people can come to God and ask for mercy; if the souls are under the altar, then no decision about them has been made. This means that THEY ARE NOT SAINTS, and could not know about Christ Jesus.
God decided their fates in the Fifth Scroll. He accepted them, and they became not merely souls but spirits (as had those who died in Christ) because God gave them white robes. Now they could belong with those saints in Heaven (Revelation 4:6).
They called out for avenging
The New Testament describes saints as those who did not call for revenge. Dying people in the Lord Jesus Christ asked forgiveness for their killers (Acts 7:60). But these souls cried for revenge. Those people, being with God in Heaven, do not care about earthly judgments. People in Heaven are saved thank to God's Mercy. Those who bask in His mercy do not have any right to call for revenge. Saints are people who died, yet received the eternal spirit in their life. The eternal spirit is represented by the white, saintly robe each wears before the Resurrection.
If "they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed," then the Resurrection of the Righteous could not have occurred at this point. "A little longer" could mean, then, that just a short period remains until their resurrection; so one more Scroll should run, and then the people in the white robes would be resurrected.
I view the Scrolls from the other side of the Menorah as being appointed for Israel. The apostle John does not present God the Holy Spirit, yet the Holy Spirit should continue to function at least till the Rapture. Thus, we may derive His activities from the history of Israel. The Bible shows God's Spirit in the supreme power of two prophets of those times, Elijah and Elisha.
Elijah is considered to be the prophet who stands before the Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5). His name means "God the Lord, the strong Lord." Thus the prophet Elijah represents the activity of the Holy Spirit among Christians during the time of the Fifth Scroll. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit spoke of horses and commanded the Heavenly Army to fight the movements against Christianity, then Elijah should also speak of horses.
In fact, he does. He demonstrated that the Heavenly Army destroyed two horses in 2 Kings 1:9-13. This means that there were already two anti-powers present -- anti-horses in the colors of Red and Black who rose against Israel -- but the Heavenly Army won this battle. Elijah shows, in regard to the third horses, that they will be peaceful (2 Kings 1:14-15) and thus lack significant opposition. This agrees with Zechariah (white horses) and reality.
The second march for Israel should last 25 years. This is the case because the horses pulling the second chariot went north of the tabernacle, where the Brigade of Dan was encamped (Zechariah 6: 6). The Brigade of Dan consisted of 163,200 soldiers in the second census; that power covers 3.575 priestly periods of service for the Second Coming of the Messiah, or (multiplied by seven) 25 years. If I use a historical view of the establishment of the Kingdom for Israel somewhere around 1020 BC and place Athaliah's killing of children in 843 BC, this adds up to 177 years; and this is 25.29 year weeks for this period, or 25 years and 4 months. Otherwise, this period had to last approximately 21 years, since there were three smaller scrolls within the Fifth Scroll.
Zechariah records that the second chariot for Israel was pulled by black horses; thus, black horses pulled the chariot bearing the black power proclaimed in the Christian world in the Third Scroll. They moved it to the Middle East, to the battlefield of the Fifth Scroll.
Maomar Qaddafi spent months on a training course in England, which was suffering a recession at the time. This crisis occurred during the Third Scroll. He returned (as on the chariot pulled by black horses) to the Middle East, and became the head of the State of Libya in 1969. Since coming to power, he has led his country on a course of radical revolution both at home and abroad.
The black horse has brought unrighteous values for products (Revelation 6:5-6). We had our Great Depression early on. Something similar is now occurring in the Middle East, in an attempt to hurt Israel. Qaddafi's commitment to unify the Arab world, and his opposition both to Israel and the United States, was manifested as an increase in the price of oil.The ensuing energy crisis marked the end of the era of cheap gasoline and caused the share value of the New York Stock Exchange to drop by $97 billion. This, in turn, ushered in one of the worst recessions the United States had ever seen. Some people call this "the Black War." Arabs increased the price of oil four times, despite no appreciable changes to their production expenses; their balance was that poor.
Economic activities in the region declined sharply after 1973. Inflation, currency devaluations, and the world petroleum crisis adversely affected the local economy.
By the mid-1980s, Israel faced a 400% inflation rate, which exceeded the country's huge foreign debt, and a severe balance-of-payments deficit. Only the Conservative government could maintain it. The Labor Party suffered losses in 1974, and was defeated for the first time by the Likud in 1977. New governments introduced series of economic austerity measures. By 1988, the inflation rate had been reduced to less than 25%. Israel signed the Free Trade Agreement with the United States in 1985. The black powers (horses) were also defeated by force: the United States bombed the Libyan army in 1986.
The Labor Party dominated Israeli politics until 1968. Then they merged with Rafi and Achdut, and remained dominant until 1977. Afterwards the Likud and the coalition of the right-wing parties, led by the Herut (Freedom) party, came to power.
I suggest the Israeli political right wing is closed to black horses, rather than the left wing (inflicted by red horses). Zechariah said that these horses satisfied the Lord (Verse 8). This could be because the right-wing political parties were more inclined toward Moses' Law.
Moses said, "Dan is a young lion, springing out from Bashan." This might represent the white power partially entering on other battlefield, on the Middle East (USA bombing the Libyan army). And of Naphtali, he said, "O Naphtali, made glad with grace and full of the blessing of the Lord: the sea and its fishes will be his." The Six Day War resulted in the conquest of the Sinai Peninsula on the south, and the Gaza Strip on the west. Of Asher, Moses said, "Let Asher have the blessing of children; may he be pleasing to his brothers, and let his foot be wet with oil. Your shoes will be iron and brass; and as your days, so may your work be." The population increased with the arrival of immigrants from different national backgrounds. They understood the meaning of a hard life, because many come from the USSR. They were able to settle on conquered territories, and made them prosperous for Israel.
The Historical Picture
Earlier, I used the Vatican to illustrate events occurring during Scrolls, because of Christianity. Israel is the Old Testament's child, so let us look at their history for similar illustrations. Namely, God used them to symbolize events; look, for instance, at Ezekiel and how the siege of Jerusalem is symbolized (Ezekiel 4). Because the history of ancient Israel is long, let us make that time shorter by seven times (Daniel 9:24).
Then the kingdom split. Then the splitting of the Davidic Kingdom could be seen as splitting of the world into the global and the Middle East's one; The Revelation describes world events now without horses and Zechariah describes these days by chariots.
Shishak, the King of Egypt, attacked the Kingdom of Judah. Jerusalem and the house of David had their own losses. Shishak took gold from Jerusalem and returned. Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Oct. 6, 1973, pushing Israeli forces several miles behind the 1967 ceasefire lines. Israel was thrown off-guard, partly because the attack came on the Day of Atonement, the most sacred Jewish holiday. Although Israel recovered from the initial setback, it failed to regain all the territory lost in the first days of fighting, because the UN and the United States ended the war. They forced Israel to accept losses in that war under the guise of peace. The (UN) forces were stationed on both fronts to oversee observance of the agreements. Israel recognized that an international forum could not be attempted, because of the lack of allies. In other word, the Christian states that should have been their allies, according to God, were not. The finnancial losses followed when Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) implemented in 1973: "It prohibits any nation that had supported Israel in its "Yom Kippur War" with Egypt, Syria and Jordan from buying any of the oil it sells."
The history of Judah says that Abijah won the war over Jeroboam some 14 years after Shishak's invasion. Abijah's speech preceded this victory. In it, he spoke of God's will for Jerusalem to rule to all the territories of Palestine. This takes us to 1975. A strange and unlikely invitation was extended by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to all Jews who had fled from Arab states: that they were welcome to return and exercise their full rights. The invitation excluded Jews who were Zionists, because they were antagonists to Palestinian Arabs. Zionists consider Jerusalem the capital city of all Jews, and the land of Palestine as their homeland. The Christians published this in their main newspapers. That promise was ruined by Arabic misdeeds, and the Christian world suffered losses because they were the propagators of falsehoods.
The history of Israel tells of the killing of the second king of Israel, Nadab, and thus of changing the dynasty less than three years (weeks) after Shishak's invasion. This could refer to Sadat's abrogation of a friendship treaty with the USSR in March 1976. The USSR lost on this major world battlefield of the End Times.
Then Zimri killed Baasha's dynasty. These murders did not make him a king, because Omri overcame him. Muslim fundamentalists assassinated Anwar Sadat, the second president of Egypt, in 1981; but they did not take the power in the surrounding of the State of Israel.
Omri fought for the power with Tibni and won. So, three kings died: Baasha, Zimri, and Tibni. In the USSR, Brezhnev died in 1982. Next, two leaders, Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov and Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko, each lasted less than a year. Three shepherds died in a short time, and changed the dynasties in Russia, Egypt, and Poland. "And in one month I put an end to the three keepers of the flock; for my soul was tired of them, and their souls were disgusted with me" (Zechariah 11:8).
Then Omri died, and Achab came to power. Twice, Achab defeated Ben-Hadad, who led the vast army of Syria. This could represent the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in the USSR in 1985. Their movement affected the Middle East because the Arabs lost the support of Russia. The Soviet Union played an active role in the Third World and the Middle East from the rule of Khrushchev (1953) to the death of Brezhnev in 1982. They were defeated in the Middle East and the Eastern Bloc (Yugoslavia and Poland), where Communism was not strong.
Asa, in Judah, led the victorious war against Ethiopia and Libya (2 Chronicles 16:8). Zerah had a million men, all of whom were destroyed. This could refer to Qaddafi's commitment to unify the Arab world in his opposition to Israel and the United States. Asa built fortified cities, since the land was at peace. In 1980 Israel formally proclaimed the entire city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and, in 1981, annexed the Golan Heights. They also increased the size of the Jewish West Bank settlement.
Asa made an agreement with Aram (Syria) to force Baasha not to attack the Kingdom of Judah (II Chronicles 16).USA pushed Israel to use its conquered territories for peace. They offered the Sinai in exchange for a peace treaty, and broke the unity of their enemies (mainly Egypt and Syria). The treaty, signed on March 26, 1979 in Washington, D.C., called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Sinai over a period of three years. The withdrawal proceeded smoothly, and in January 1980, Egypt and Israel established diplomatic relations. Israel withdrew from the Sinai by 1982.
Jehoshaphat went to fight with Ahab against Ramoth Gilead and lost. Israeli troops briefly invaded Lebanon in an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate the PLO bases, which produced forces used in raids against Israel.
A vast army from Edom, on the other side of the Salt Sea, marched against Jehoshaphat, King of Judah (2 Chronicles 20), but was destroyed without loses to Judah's side. Jehoshaphat reigned ca. 59 B.C. -- 77 years after the Shishak's invasion, comparable to the year 1982. On June 6, 1982, Israel launched a full-scale invasion of Lebanon to destroy PLO bases there and to end their attacks. Meeting little resistance, Israeli commanders pushed north, reaching the outskirts of Beirut within a week. They also fought against Syrian forces. Nearly 80 Syrian MiGs and 19 missile batteries in the Bekaa Valley were destroyed without the loss of a single Israeli plane.
The subsequent history of Judah chronicles the weakness of the Davidic dynasty due to Jehoram's sin and Ahab's family. The house of David was almost destroyed, and men capable of ruling barely existed. The Kingdom of Judah suffered losses, especially when Edom rebelled (II Chronicles 21:8-17). This could symbolize modern problems within the Israeli government. The Likud suffered a setback in the 1984 elections that led to the formation of a Labor-Likud Coalition. They promised to withdraw Israeli forces from Lebanon, and by 1985 most of the troops were withdrawn.
Jehu destroyed the sinful house of Ahab. Because Ahab's family was kin to the throne of David, he killed King Ahaziah of Judah also. The Kingdom of Judah was first in the hands of a woman, Athalia. She and her previous king Jehoram (II Chronicles 21:4) murdered their families. I believe this represents the sin of killing own babies by abortion.
Jeremiah laments as David did when his enemies and his relative, Saul, wanted to kill him (Lamentations 3:45-58). Such was the interest of neighboring countries against Israel. Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Oct. 6, 1973, pushing Israeli forces several miles behind the 1967 ceasefire lines. Israel was thrown off-guard, partly because the attack came on the Day of Atonement, the most sacred Jewish holiday. Although Israel recovered from the initial setback, it failed to regain all the territory lost in the first days of fighting, because the UN and the United States ended the war. They forced Israel to accept losses in that war under the guise of peace. The (UN) forces were stationed on both fronts to oversee observance of the agreements. Israel recognized that an international forum could not be attempted, because of the lack of allies.
From Lamentations 3:45-66: "You have made us like waste and that for which there is no use among the peoples. The mouths of all our haters are open wide against us. Fear and deep waters have come on us, wasting and destroying. Rivers of water are running down from my eyes, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. My eyes are streaming without stopping, they have no rest, till the Lord's eye is turned on me, till he sees my trouble from Heaven. The Lord is unkind to my soul, more than all the daughters of my town. They who are against me without cause have gone hard after me as if I was a bird; they have put an end to my life in the prison, stoning me with stones. Waters were flowing over my head; I said, I am cut off. I was making prayer to your name, O Lord, out of the lowest prison. My voice came to you; let not your ear be shut to my breathing, to my cry. You came near in the day when I made my prayer to you: you said, Have no fear. O Lord, you have taken up the cause of my soul, you have made my life safe. O Lord, you have seen my wrong; be judge in my cause."
Muslims continue to look for ways to destroy Israel. They awake and go to sleep praying that Israel will be deleted from the world's map. The PLO made the first effort to destroy Israel. Their manifest of 1974 said they would first take Gaza and Jericho and from there the West Bank of the Jordan; and from there it is only a small step to take Jerusalem. Their wish did not come from the Lord; this is obvious, because Israel still exists and prospers today. "You have seen all the evil rewards they have sent on me, and all their designs against me. Their bitter words have come to your ears, O Lord, and all their designs against me; The lips of those who came up against me, and their thoughts against me all the day. Take note of them when they are seated, and when they get up; I am their song. You will give them their reward, O Lord, answering to the work of their hands. You will let their hearts be covered over with your curse on them. You will go after them in wrath, and put an end to them from under the Heaven of the Lord."
The Arabs wanted the Jews to live in their own countries, not in Palestine. A strange and unlikely invitation was extended to all Jews who had fled from Arab states: that they were welcome to return and exercise their full rights (1975). The invitation excluded Jews who were Zionists, because they were antagonists to Palestinian Arabs. Zionists consider Jerusalem the capital city of all Jews, and the land of Palestine as their homeland. The Christians published this in their main newspapers. That promise was ruined by Arabic misdeeds, and the Christian world suffered losses because they were the propagators of falsehoods. Still, the whole world, besides the USA, was set against them; see the resolutions of the UN. All will be punished, because they touched those most dear to God (Zechariah 2:8).
"I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place."
As you might recall from the previous Scroll, the Lord announced a forthcoming revenge for killing souls (unborn babies) after a brief time (in his order to wait a little longer). Now that time has passed; the period for the next Scroll has begun. Thus does revenge enter the world. This is one result of the previous order to wait a little longer for the next occurrence. The dead are to wait for flesh; indeed, their coveting of flesh is probably the main reason for their lamentation (a soul or spirit longs to be in flesh). The Lord promises that they must wait only a little longer to become full beings -- to be resurrected.
By now most readers will realize what will happen at the Rapture and the Resurrection. Put briefly, it will manifest as a natural catastrophe. Let me explain what should occur.
There are certain defined forces of nature that act quickly and last for just a brief time. Let us look at the list of natural, Earthly catastrophes. John tells us that everything on the Earth moved, and the sky receded like a scroll; this could occur only if the Earth were to change its rotation or shift its axis of rotation. In such a case, every place on the Earth's surface would suddenly have a different latitude and/or longitude. "The stars fell on the earth and people hid in caves" could mean that rocks -- meteorites-- fell to the Earth. However, caves usually occur in hills and mountains. We may think they were destroyed along with the mountains and its rocks, according to Luke 3:5; however, this occurs be later. Perhaps large meteorites will cause this destruction; or it may be that this is just John's interpretation of the vision. Remember that during Biblical times, people did not know that the Earth spun on its axis and revolved around the Sun. If John says about moving stars that they "fell to Earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up," it is because this is how things are seen by a observer standing on the Earth when the Earth's axis suddenly twists. Clearly no stars really fell to Earth; even the smallest star passing close to Earth would cause the end of life on our planet, if not the end of the planet itself. One more Scroll remains to be opened for the world, and the Millennium still has not arrived in the time of the Sixth Scroll. Therefore, it is impossible for the world to end in this way.
My revelation is that Earth will shift its axis, and this will cause the earthquake mentioned above. I wondered how strong the earthquake could be; then the Lord revealed to me that it should be "five and a quarter." I thought about this number, and found no rest in believing the earthquake would register 5.25 on the Richter Scale. Then I noticed that the Revelation emphasized counting. A year, then, is 360 days and not our 365.25 days. I concluded that I had received the number for the result of an earthquake, and that the years after this earthquake would be shorter by about 5.25 days than it is now. A revolution of the Earth on its axis will not be 24 hours, but 21 minutes longer. Then the months will have 30 days each, and 42 months shall be 1260 days.
Then the Lord practically showed to the world what it would be like during Christmas 2004: moving the axis of the Earth, the moving continents, changing the length of the day, generating the earthquake and an accompanying tsunami. From the results of that catastrophe, we may derive that opening the Sixth Scroll for the world means great natural catastrophes. NASA scientists studying the Indonesian Earthquake of December 26, 2004, have calculated that it slightly changed our planet's shape, shaved almost 3 microseconds from the length of the day, and shifted the North Pole by centimeters.
The Biblical Psalmist says: "The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. . . He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters" (Psalms 18:7-16). In this context, "took hold of me" and "drew me out of deep waters" clearly means to rapture one from the world, where the waters are human lives, or souls. It can mean also the selected resurrection.
The Bible compares angels to stars (Revelation 12). Yet Christians understand that the Tribulation will begin with the coming of Satan unto the Earth, perhaps in his earthly incarnation. The Church should be raptured into the clouds, so resurrection and the changing bodies of raptured ones will occur in a heaven that belongs to the Earth. Therefore, God should expel Satan from heaven at the Rapture of the Church (Ezekiel 28:17): "Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth." The last territory, where he may perform deeds against God's interests, is the invisible world of the earth. If we consider the possibility that John's vision was symbolic of what was occurring in the spiritual world, then John's vision is correct. He saw stars -- Satan with his army -- falling to the earth.
The Earth has its own magnetic field. Scientists tell us that the Earth's spinning core is the dynamo that generates the geomagnetic field. While the center of the Earth's core is solid, the outer 1,500 miles are made up of liquid metals, mostly iron. Hot globs of metals rise to the core's outer surface (its boundary with the rocky mantle), where they cool and sink back toward the center of the planet. The movement of the metal creates an electric current. As the Earth rotates, the movement of the current generates a magnetic field. But geophysicists have also discovered several huge patches on the surface of the inner core with the wrong magnetic polarity. Researches have shown that these core patches change: they are born, they grow, they combine, they split, and they die. When the patches change, the magnetic field at the corresponding point on the surface changes as well.
Occasionally, the entire Earth changes its magnetic polarity. Some scientists see danger in a recent displacement the Earth's inner core: the core is moving toward the Pacific Ocean, and the displacement is currently about 450 kilometers. If this displacement continues, the Earth's axis will abruptly flip one day. Because the core is nearer the mantle of Earth than usual, we are suffering different climatic effects (e.g. El Nino) and more earthquakes, tsunamis, and high winds than before.
Some fear that the core will strike the mantle and cause catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis worldwide. Similarly, this could cause enormous sounds that would be heard in various parts of the world. The Psalmist says: "The LORD also thundered in the Heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire" (Psalms 18:13).
History demonstrates that the Earth has already changed its movement in the past. Indeed, when Joshua needed time to destroy their enemies, the Earth stood still (Joshua 10:12 -13): "On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day." We may expect that the Rapture needs also more time to save event the last saint.
Some say that the Earth cannot stop is such a way without tearing itself apart, but nothing like this happened during the event chronicled in the Book of Joshua. Once, the Earth even moved backwards, as the Kingdom of Israel was ending. Note the similarity (2 Kings 20:11): "Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz." From these examples, it is clear that neither the sun or the moon could have moved; the Earth had to have moved.
If the Church must be raptured into the clouds, then the Lord needs to have clouds. Remember that Earthly bodies will be rebuilt as new, Heavenly bodies. The apostle Paul says that they will be made of a Heavenly "material" (1 Corinthians 15:40-53). If we take his words exactly, then we have to consider that Christ Jesus will also take this material from Heaven as new "dust" for new Heavenly beings. It is this "bread" that is on the table in the Sanctuary before God. Therefore, Christians can also see spiritual clouds coming from Heaven with Christ Jesus.
No one knows what the eternal body is composed of. Jesus' first body was built from Earthly components. Now He has a new body, the eternal one from His Resurrection. His bones are not on the Earth. God used the existing Earthly components in his flesh for building His newly resurrected body. If this is the case, then Earthly components are also needed for those who have to be resurrected. Therefore, I suggest that the Lord Jesus Christ needs the Earth's dust for building the new bodies of those who are with Him in the spirit. He will resurrect them just as His Father did during the Resurrection of His flesh (John 5:19).
Therefore, I believe, such dust should also be present in this cloud. How this cloud will be developed I do not know, but it may be connected to the catastrophe on Earth. Let us suppose that this cloud obtains dust from the Earth in some way. Then saying, "The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red" could be because this cloud of dust dims the Sun. It seems impossible that some event on the Sun would occur at the same time as a catastrophe on Earth, affecting them separately but simultaneously. These events must be connected, having the one point.
As the Lord arrives to the earth, a mass anguish and fear will come upon the people. All their strongest reasons to live will evaporate, and each individual will be as a naked person standing in front of a crowd. Fear will cause people to want to hide themselves beneath the ground, rather than be close to God. "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' Then they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"" (Luke 23:28-30)
For supporting evidence, we can look at the signs seen during the crucifixion of Jesus. "It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two." (Luke 23:44-45) Or "The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life." (Matthew 27:52): He departed from our life by such signs, and will come by the same signs (the same door) (Act 1:11).
If people cry out to the stones, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him Who sits on the Throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!," then the Lamb is approaching the Earth for the first time since the opening the Heavenly Book. So the Rapture must be happening at this point.
When Joshua was destroying his enemies, "the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky, and more of them died from the hailstones than were killed by the swords of the Israelites" (Joshua 10:12). Is quite possible that his enemies preferred to be killed by the stones rather than by God's fighters, the Israelites.
From the context of the Joshua 10, one interpretation might be was that it was hailstones that caused the Earth to stop rotating. If large hailstones fell, then perhaps they were parts of a comet. Hence, parts of a comet could initiate events the described in the Sixth Scroll.
John saw one moment as the epitome of all movements for that historical period. Yet we are expecting natural catastrophes for whole periods, disasters that must increase as surely as a woman's pain does before she delivers a child. It is as if the powers of Earth can feel the coming of God, and so they are rising; they shake, they move. Massive earthquakes and volcanoes arising from the depth of our Earth are the fruits of our times. Storms and heavy snowfalls, drowning rains and killing hailstones come at us from our atmosphere. On the surface, floods, fires and droughts kill many each year. We are in our End Times, and therefore everyone must acknowledge such natural disorders in these years.
The sin of our modern world could be derived from the last Habakkuk's "woe." This prophet said: "Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!' Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!' Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it. But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him" (Habakkuk 2:19-20). The Lord dislikes today's trends toward manipulating life, our attempts to clone living beings. Scientists take live cells to make living animals. Habakkuk's representation of this is to give life to wood, to make it become living. He pointed out that this was impossible, because such a being has "no breath." We get spirit when God breathes life into our created flesh. In this way, Adam became a living being (Genesis 2:7). Some may think that since "the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground," that man and woman are living beings just as the animals are; after all, the Bible said: "God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air" (Genesis 2:19).
However, nowhere does it say anything about Him breathing the breath of life into their nostrils. (Envisaging God breathing into the nostrils of rats or bugs is impossible.) God's Creation meant that He was working with living dust: organic and biologic matter. Imagining the Creator forming each individual cell of Adam is difficult, for if He could, He would use the abilities of cells to grow on their own. Therefore, in forming a man from dust, God gave directions to organic matter, telling it to go in the right direction. (See also the formation of the first woman from Adam's rib.) The conclusion is that even if scientists could clone living creatures, a cloned man would still not have any spirit or God's breath within him. Therefore, Habakkuk wrote that such a being could not "give guidance" because "there is no breath in it." From the last verse of Habakkuk's last "woe," I deduce that people have gone too far in creating other living creatures. They should cease these practices at once. Habakkuk said, "Let all the Earth be silent before him" because when the wrath comes, who can stand it?
Certainly, the sin of abortion continues because "they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed."
Although the apostle John does not point to God the Holy Spirit for this Scroll, still the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the Church until the Rapture. Therefore, look for His activities in ancient Israel's history. Elijah was considered the prophet before the Day of the Lord. Since Elijah lived in the previous period, it indicated that the Day of the Lord would come in this period. Elijah, as the prophet, was raptured (2 Kings 2). God showed through Elijah that the Rapture should come in the next period. Anyone who disagrees with this conclusion should explain why God raptured Elijah.
Because Elisha and many other prophets knew the rapture was coming (2 Kings 2:3,6), knowing the time for the Rapture is possible. The breaking of the Sixth Seal will reveal information about the time of the Rapture for the Church to the presented. I conclude that the time of the Rapture should be known by God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit, by the archangels and angels (Revelation 5:8-11). Since the Holy Spirit is present in the Church, He may reveal it to Christians. Today every born-again Christian feels that the Rapture is coming soon.
Elisha is the symbol of the Holy Spirit for this Scroll. Elisha means salvation of God, and he suggests the coming of the Rapture, when salvation will occur before the Tribulation. The power of the Holy Spirit for the Sixth Seal is stronger (2 Kings 2:9) than before, which is something we see in many churches. Persons not having elevated their spirit to eternal life are put on the floor under the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some teachers of the End Times say that the rider on a white horse in the First Scroll is the Antichrist, who set forth to conquer. If someone says he intends to win, then he must show victory for his words to be confirmed as either truth or a lie. They must show the place at the end of the Heavenly Book where their white horse won. If only the white horse remains on the battlefield, this means the crusade of the white horse is almost over; all his adversaries are defeated, and the crown is his.
Anyone can see that the White power is really fighting evil powers in order to maintain peace in the world. Therefore, the years for this Scroll represent Israel's peace. Iraq declared a "holy war" against Israel and then bombarded Israeli civilian targets with Scud missiles in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The United States (a White Power of Christianity) convinced Israel's Shamir to stay out of the fighting. Miraculously, these missiles killed no one in the Jewish State. Coalition forces, led by the United States, defeated Iraq, which supported families of terrorists operating in Israel. Iraq's defeat and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which supported several Arab countries, have resulted in more peaceful times for the Israeli Army. Israel did not clash with the armies of any other countries during this period.
The rider with a bow and no arrows on the white horse cannot be the Antichrist. The apostle John here identified a key component of victory held by the rider of the white horse (Revelation 6:2) to be a bow. He could visualize aircraft because historically aircrafts won wars in Iraq and other battles in our moder age. Actually, guided glide bombs and missiles hit targets. An ancient eye could visualize them also to be bows. If we live in the times when an arrow is also a bow, this means that the rider on the white horse from the First Scroll is demonstrating the full power of his crusading. George Bush won the U.S. Presidency in 1988. This name appeared again because of his son. It could show again mentioned white horses in the chariot. He tried to finish what his father had started.
The period of Crusading
The Brigade of Ephraim had 130,800 soldiers in the second census, which represents power lasting 2.86 priest's periods, or 20 years. Otherwise, from our knowledge of the Menorah, we know that this period should last approximately 21 years.
The brigade in the second chariot
Moses said about Benjamin: "Benjamin is the loved one of the Lord, he will be kept safe at all times; he will be covered by the Most High, resting between his arms" (Deuteronomy 33:12). In the same way that the white horse shields Israel from enemies outside Israel, his older brother, Joseph, loved Benjamin and looked after him (Genesis 43:29-34). "And of Joseph he said, Let the blessing of the Lord be on his land; for the good things of heaven on high, and the deep waters flowing under the earth. And the good things of the fruits of the sun, and the good things of the growth of the moons. And the chief things of the oldest mountains, and the good things of the eternal hills. The good things of the earth and all its wealth, the good pleasure of him who was seen in the burning tree: may they come on the head of Joseph, on the head of him who was prince among his brothers? He is a young ox. Glory is his; his horns are the horns of the mountain ox, with which all peoples will be wounded, even to the ends of the Earth: they are the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh." (Deuteronomy 33:13-17)
Moses' words describe God's Coming. The Rapture of the Church should close this Scroll, which means that God will soon walk the earth. White horses will also come onto Earth at the Millennium. There should be no disagreement if I say that Joseph's horses will bring the Millennium and, thus, this blessing of Joseph.
Joseph represents the Messiah, Christ Jesus. The other names have special meanings as well. Manasseh = he who is forgotten; Joseph = increase or addition; Ephraim = fruitful, increasing. If we put these together, we learn that the nation that was forgotten (i.e., did not have its own State for centuries) will be fruitful, and their wealth increased.
Israel is prosperous, especially in the fields of agriculture, industry and high technology. The country's population has increased significantly, especially with the influx of immigrants from Russia, the Ukraine, and Ethiopia.
show Joash ruling under the influence the priest Jehojadu. After his death, Joash became unfaithful. Syria invaded, and Joash gave them gifts, so they withdrew; and thus he redeemed himself. This might represent the offering of land (a gift) to Syria or Palestine in exchange for a peace treaty. In 1993, Israel and the PLO signed an accord, providing for the joint recognition and limited Palestinian self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
Joash was killed because he killed Zechariah, the son of Jehojada, the priest. First, Zechariah and the priests put him on the throne. Then he abandoned them and the Temple. Joash refused to listen to them, and killed Zechariah in the Temple's courtyard. Later, his son Amaziah was also killed. Perhaps this portrays the assassination of Itzakh Rabin on November 4, 1995, and his policy of selling Jerusalem for peace. Rabin forgot about the early days when he had fought for Israel. As Chief of Staff of the Israeli armed forces, it was he who planned the 1967 Israeli victory in the Six Day War. And yet he later sold the land to the enemies of Israel. The world approved, and in 1994 Rabin and Yassar Arafat, the PLO leader, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Amaziah wanted to lead wars with the Israelites, but this was not God's will, so he lost. His enemies broke the wall of Jerusalem and took all the gold and silver in the Temple (2 Chronicles 25:18-24). This might represent the initiation of Arafat's holy war against Israel in 1996, in retaliation for the tunnel under the Temple Mount. The war lasted three days, without any help from the Christian world. The UN judged it unrighteous, because the report that there was a tunnel under the mosque was a lie.
The next king, Uzziah, trusted God and was successful, until his pride caused his downfall. Uzziah is known for entering the Temple; then he contracted leprosy. The deliberate destruction of portions of Judaism's most holy site occurred in the year 2000, when digging on the Temple Mount was reported. A large, impressive stone fragment was observed being taken from the land. Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount on September 28. Riots escalated into a new, ongoing cycle of violence in Jerusalem, which brought about the destruction of Joseph's Tomb on October 7 and the destruction of the Shalom al Yisrael Synagogue in Jericho on October 12.
Jeremiah's feelings represent the feelings of modern Jews
The sixth part of Jeremiah's Lamentation speaks to how Jews will comprehend this period. The sixth part of Jeremiah's Lamentation began in Chapter 4: "How dark has the gold become! how changed the best gold! the stones of the holy place are dropping out at the top of every street." This passage parallels the destruction of portions of Judaism's most holy site in 2000. Sacred stones were taken from the land and thrown everywhere when new roads were constructed on the Temple Mount. Joseph's tomb and other monuments were devastated by the Islamic people.
"The valued sons of Zion, whose price was the best gold, are looked on as vessels of earth, the work of the hands of the potter! Even the beasts of the waste land have full breasts, they give milk to their young ones: the daughter of my people has become cruel like the ostriches in the waste land. The tongue of the child at the breast is fixed to the roof of his mouth for need of drink: the young children are crying out for bread, and no man gives it to them. Those who were used to feasting on delicate food are wasted in the streets: those who as children were dressed in purple are stretched out on the dust." The same fate has come upon the modern Jewish people. Terrorists attack people of all ages and positions at home, in the streets, and anywhere else, like beasts from Hell who can never be satisfied in their killing. This all serves to humble the people before God for the sins of their forefathers. The punishment of their evil deeds is soon to be completed (Verse 22).
"Have joy and be glad, O daughter of Edom, living in the land of Uz: the cup will be given to you in your turn, and you will be overcome with wine and your shame will be seen. The punishment of your evil-doing is complete, O daughter of Zion; never again will he take you away as a prisoner: he will give you the reward of your evil-doing, O daughter of Edom; he will let your sin be uncovered." Uz and the daughter of Edom could represent the punished nations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The final Scroll should declare the last advance toward the establishment of the Millennium. Therefore, at the end of it, any march and any scrolls should be closed.
According to Zechariah, dappled horses led the last chariot. Revelation does not show dappled horses riding in relation to the Gospel (the first four Scrolls). If the horses are dappled, or spotted, then they must be of at least two colors; so at least two kinds of horses should ride in the Seventh Scroll. They are bound to a chariot, so they must be moving something; otherwise a chariot (or wagon) would not be necessary, and would not have any symbolic meaning.
The rider on the pale horse has not yet been replaced. Consequently, he should ride now; and when Zechariah sees dappled horses, he must be seeing pale spots. For the second kind of horses: if they are not from the New Testament, then they are from the Old Testament. They should pull something that God announced to His prophets for Israel, a promised not yet fulfilled; or they should carry the Davidic Kingdom out into the third millennium A.D. (the seventh Millennium since the Creation). The Davidic Kingdom must come. The end of creation cannot come until God's promises to the patriarchs and the people of Israel are fulfilled; the end cannot come until the rest day (Sabbath) of creation has come to pass. Hence, the others should be Earth horses, and thus they should be brown.
Still, they should ride later, because the Lord promised first to judge the inhabitants of the Earth because of the blood of murdered babies. The Lord asked them to wait a "time," thus a period of Scroll, and then He would avenge their blood. The Lord's promise came in the Fifth Scroll. Then, in the Sixth Scroll, was the statement that the Wrath of the Lamb is coming. Here we may see mighty powers emerging, or symbolically, mighty horses.
But should men kept to institute a Davidic Kingdom be damaged by the Wrath of the Lamb? Logically, they should not, because they are in another chariot. They are in the chariot for the Millennium. Let us return to the written text in Revelation (7:1-7) to see what the apostle John wrote: "After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth, holding back the four winds of the Earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel."
Therefore, a large number of people will not be hurt when the the Wrath of the Lamb descends upon us. (From now, they are within the sealed chariot). They are numbered and assigned to their places. I derive from this that the Lord designed special positions for them in the coming Davidic Kingdom.
The next powerful horses are White, and will bring the Messiah on the Earth. This is a Heavenly deed.
If Heaven is beginning to act, then something has changed in the Heaven that we did not notice upon the first introduction of the Heavenly Book. What is it that has caused this new relation between Heaven and Earth?
During the time of the Fifth Scroll, the Lord told the dead souls that they must rest "a time" more before they were resurrected. The Sixth Scroll foretells the presence of the Lamb at the Earth. This means He soon will come to fulfill His promise to resurrect those who have obtained the white robe of purity. Consequently, more inhabitants are now in Heaven. If these observations are true, then the apostle John must have shown the new ones in Heaven before the opening of the Seventh Scroll. Let us continue in Revelation 7:9-17: "After this I looked and there before me was A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT, FROM EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE, STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE AND IN FRONT OF THE LAMB. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
What the Lord had promised in the Fifth Scroll He fulfilled in the Sixth Scroll, sometime before the opening of the Seventh. Also, what God had promised Christians in times of the Fifth Lamp is realized in the Sixth Lamp. In the Fifth Lamp He said: "But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you." . . . "They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels."
In the Sixth Lamp He said: "These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open . . . Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name."
The main testimony for Christian theology is the testimony of Jesus. What the Law and Prophets proclaimed, Jesus manifests.
Satan tries to hide this truth by putting the Resurrection elsewhere in the chronology of the Heavenly Book. He is keenly aware that people will overlook something if they are sure that they have already found it. To persuade people that something is truth when it is not is, after all, Satan's job; he is the Prince of Lies. Therefore if I see bombastic words that this or that is truth, I approach it as a lie; or if I see words taken from somewhere at random in the Bible to prove a theory, then I believe it be a propaganda of deception.
Please, realize the truth. Could the promise of Resurrection be the truth if the apostle John had not shown it happening? No. To write about the enemies of the Gospel in detail and then not to say a word about the realization of the Gospel is misleading. If Revelation is mainly about describing the Antichrist, as some claim, then Revelation is garbage for me and for all Christians. It should not be in the Holy Bible or the New Testament, both of which place humans before the Throne in Heaven without Christ Jesus. Therefore, those who point to the Resurrection elsewhere is removing it from the chronology of Revelation, and taking it out of context. If you believe them, then you should check the reality yourself: use software to search the Bible for mentions of people standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. You will not find any, except this one in Revelation.
The Lord Jesus Christ foretold the doings of many of the Christians of our time in the parable about the great supper (Luke 14:18-24). The Lord wants to dine with everyone who already has accepted the Savior. He began to invite Christians to take part in this feast. He sent letters of invitation; in the first, the second, the third, the fourth, and the fifth of these, He wrote that the time was at hand; in the sixth letter of invitation (to Philadelphia), He wrote that the time had come. "Come, for everything is now ready." "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'" Many Christian denominations have their own dogmas about the Resurrection. Then, as the invitation comes, Christians read Revelation, first comparing it with the teachings of their denomination. The reality is, members of many denominations pray to God to come and to take them into Heaven through the course of their denominational field. Today, the Internet can bring you into the huge, modern field of global Christianity. The spirit of this world says: "Have you received the invitation to follow Revelation? Then go on the net and explore it. This field is so rich that there are abundant paths to explore it. Some of then will fit your expectations (beliefs)." Now, as you understand better, your excuse (in conscience) is more valid.
"Another said, "I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.""
Oxen are used to pull heavy burdens; many Christians are doing the same. They use their all effort (bought by many hours of studying) to find words in the Bible that they can use to drag the powerful events in Revelation elsewhere, to take them from their rightful place. The other candidates they point to are:
"I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet." Resurrected believers "were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands." I understand that if humans are now at the Throne in Heaven, then they must be in Heavenly bodies. Therefore, white robes are the proper Heavenly attire for their bodies.
Palm branches are something brought from Earthly life. At our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, the crowds took palm branches and went forth to meet him, crying, "Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 21:8). This was at the end of Christ Jesus' ministry, which began with the conversion of water into the wine (John 2). His ministry was intended to bring about the resurrection of human spirit for eternal life. If palm branches symbolized the victory of Christ Jesus's ministry, then palm branches in hands of humans in Heaven symbolize grown (resurrected) eternal spirit living in Earthly bodies. Thus, humans standing at the Throne get Heavenly bodies, because they already lived in eternal spirit on Earth.
Believers living in spirit are "hot" Christians. We learned from the seventh letter to Laodicea that "hot" Christians did not exist there. Therefore, they had to be taken from other believers. Hence, the Church knows the term "the Rapture." The apostle Paul teaches so in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. Then, if the apostle John clearly did not show raptured ones, but only the apostle Paul did, then the Rapture is the riddle. If the Rapture is a true future event, then Christ Jesus had to teach us about it first. He did so in the parable of ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-12) and in his words about His return (Matthew 24:36-44).
Since the door for humans to become Heavenly beings is open, everyone with the right to become a Heavenly being should immediately enter. Since the Lord has opened the door for the Resurrection, other believers passing away from the Earth immediately enter Heaven to be with those who were resurrected earlier. The Bible demonstrates this in next verses: "Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the Great Tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.""
And it came to pass, when the first Resurrection had occurred, that an archangel asked John about some beings in white robes. John knows from the Lord that those in white robes and with palm branches are a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language. Because the apostle John is in Heaven (it is the Heavenly vision), he is able to discern, among those with palm branches, the places on Earth and the families from which they came. Therefore, this is just archangel's remark pointing to other humans still arriving. They were not raptured early, because they have been coming all along. So, some have just come, and others are on the way.
The Lord leads the Chronology (the Heavenly Book), and therefore any archangel can only make remarks; he cannot change anything. Angelic observations should be placed beside this mainstream of the Chronology. This is shown already at the beginning of the Chronology, when the first words come for churches. The Lord holds stars in His hand in connection to churches, so as angels would be the communication tools and helpers for events touching the Church. Then, He uses the term "to the angel of the church in . . . write," where those angels are stars. Stars look for us as observers of life on the Earth. So now, if events of the Chronology are events of the Church, then one of those bystanders must hang on it so that we may know the Church is here. The conclusion is, if THE ANGEL COMMUNICATES WITH THE APOSTLE JOHN, THEN HERE IS THE PLACE FOR THE CHURCH IN THE CHRONOLOGY.
The audience is the same as in the first session: they are angels. The first time they sang their own song: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Now, however, they join this great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, singing "Amen!" And then they continue: "Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"
If angels could not join with the resurrected people during the first session, then the resurrected were not there. If the angels are joining in now, with their "Amen," to the song of the resurrected people, then they accept the resurrected as their colleagues. Therefore, the Lord's promise ("at the Resurrection ...they will be like the angels in Heaven" -- Matthew 22:30) now is realized, in the second session.
The angels' song has changed. First, they celebrated the Lamb for taking power over events in the End Times. I derive from this that Christ Jesus was the lord over the events of the first six Scrolls. Now the change is coming. The new lord will be God the Father. This is logical, since the Lamb should go to attend the wedding banquet; He must care about the resurrected ones, and cannot leave them. After all, if a bridegroom is not present at the wedding banquet, then it is not a wedding banquet. So, the angels' song reveals that the wedding banquet occurs during the last Scroll.
Then too, I proposed that humans -- although they are resurrected -- could not be in Heaven without Christ Jesus, because they still have not passed before the great white Throne for judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Therefore, Christ Jesus must still be their guarantee in Heaven, so He should not leave them.
Everyone has the right to live, and should do so under society's laws. If we want to restrict a person, our society must decide so. Usually this is done in a court. A punished person should first know the decision about this change in their status, and when it will be put into effect. A court must decide first; then a sentence must be handed down; and finally the change is put into action.
The same rule applies for the Bible. God would not inflict punishment on the world without first announcing His judgment to reveal it to the people. For examples, see the Flood, the sentencing of Sodom and Gomorrah, the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel and the Temple, and the destruction of Jerusalem after the crucifixion of Christ Jesus. God spoke of punishment often, so people would respond to them. If they turned away from their sins, the declared punishment did not come. For example, see the fates of Nineveh (Jonah 3) and King Josiah (II Kings 22:19).
The conclusion is that the Tribulation (the Wrath of the Lamb and God's Wrath) on Earth should be Biblical and juridical. First, God the Father called Christ Jesus onto the Throne to manage the Heavenly Book. It is in the second session that God the Father takes the active role. His Son shows Him His fiancée (the Church) so that God the Father may accept her. Christ Jesus redeemed her from slavery, which the fiancée understands well. Therefore, she speaks these words: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." Since the Lamb already has redeemed her, now she awaits acceptance (salvation) by His Father. The fiancée's salutation should be answered; God the Father's reaction should follow.
The Lamb, Christ Jesus, is not on God's Throne when He introduces His fiancée. You can see this from the passage "All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures."
The first reaction of God the Father should be to His Son. If He likes His Son's actions, then Christ Jesus should return to God's Throne. If God the Father accepts Jesus in this situation, then He accepts also His fiancée. And so, the fiancée (the Church) becomes the Bride of the Lamb. I see God the Father's agreement in the breaking of the last Seal of the last Scroll by God the Son. The Chronology continues.
Still, wait a moment. The Bride of the Lamb is here, and the Father of the Bridegroom has not shown any move toward her yet. Can God the Father be silent if she has saluted Him? Yet parents used to call their son's bride "our bride." So, if the Church has become God's bride, then a move by God the Father's in her direction is to be expected. Because God is the Highest Ruler and Judge, we may anticipate His actions as a judge -- see the victims of the world's crimes in the Fifth Scroll.
Therefore, there must be also a Heavenly court during the second session. It operates because Christ's resurrected ones are present. "When he opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour." Evidently, the Heavenly Host awaits a decision in the Throne room. Hence, there is silence in Heaven, because all await His Heavenly Judgment. Let us look at this court's session in Heaven through the apostle John's eyes.
"And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the Earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them." (Revelation 8:2-6)
The parties of a dispute must be present in court, if possible. The first party is the prosecutor. This party can consist of the victims themselves, or the lawyers representing them. Saved people stand before God the Father. He should answer them. Why not call His words to them His decision about them? Yet in our everyday life, when we see a victim of any crime, words of judgment are handed down for the criminal who hurt them. Therefore, if God received them (victims), then He should (according to His identity) judge those who hurt them.
Still, the Bride of the Lamb could not reach God's Throne. Only archangels, who have seats there, could reach it. Therefore, one from those standing before God becomes their lawyer. Perhaps he is the same one who was the lawyer in Christ Jesus's case (Zechariah 3:1). A case is usually presented to the court in written form, on papers. They presented a case in scrolls in the old days. A scroll may look like a cup, if held in one's hand. In this way, the golden censer held by the angel in Revelation 8:3 could be these papers.
The censer contains the prayers of the saints. Saints praised God, provided incense for God's Lamb, and were beaten for it by the slave drivers of the world. Such slave drivers, serving Satan, killed many people. Society did not punish these murderers; nevertheless, those killed prayed that they would be saved. Because only their souls were saved, not their flesh, their prayers wait to be answered completely. Therefore, God should explain why they have received Heavenly flesh and why others have dishonored their Earthly flesh. Revenge is the right of victims. Only the punishment of the killers could be a final answer (judgment) to their prayers. There were many, of course, who were neither able to know God nor to pray. They asked the Creator for revenge because they were not allowed to begin life. These are the unborn babies (Revelation 6:9-11).
Defendants, if possible, should sit before the judge. But guilty people are unclean, and cannot stand before God the Father. Besides, they did receive eternal flesh, and that is the way they will be judged on the Last Judgment after the Second Resurrection (Revelation 20:11-15). Other defendants include fallen angels who can no longer enter. Then there are the societies themselves. Crime is a threat to the whole society, and so the government should prosecute any defendant in a criminal case. Because of this, the Bible tells governments to uphold God's Law (Romans 13:1). Yet many parliaments did the reverse, and allowed abortion and other sins to become law.
To resolve a dispute, a court must "find the facts." A court can decide, even if the defendant is not present, if the facts testify against him. Anyone can see that the clearest of these facts are the unborn babies. People never knew of their existence. Often neither parents nor the killer (the person who performed the abortion) thought about the baby's existence. Nevertheless, the baby was alive, and remains before the Creator. Their existences testify against those who conceived them and then ordered the abortion.
The case is presented, and the decision is made in court. The Bible symbolizes this through the golden altar. God received the case, because the smoke from the incense with the prayers from the saints rose up to Him. He decided, and put His decision on the altar.
The Bible says the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it to the Earth. Notice, not Christ Jesus imposes the Tribulation but the angel. The world was found guilty and sentenced. The sequence speaks of catastrophes on the Earth (peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake). Angels sound the sentence of the Throne; therefore, they have God’s instruments - Trumpets.
They are seven, so there will be seven statements from the Judge. "And the seven angels who had the seven horns made ready for sounding them. And at the sounding of the first..."
THE GREAT TRIBULATION COMES
The executors of God's sentences are the angels. The next events on Earth are sounded and carried out by them. Christ Jesus is not sounding them because, He must be present at His wedding banquet. God the Holy Spirit should assist Him there with believers who die in the times of the Seventh Scroll. Therefore the Archangels are fully responsible for executing God's decision, for the subsequent events of the Seventh Scroll.
The Period of the Great Tribulation
Zechariah predicted that dappled horses would pull the last chariot to the side of the Brigade of Reuben (they went south; Zechariah 6:3). Reuben's Brigade included 106,430 soldiers, who could have covered 2.33 of Christ's periods -- according to Daniel, 16.31 years. From our knowledge of the Menorah, we know that this period should come near to 21 years. In any case, the last Scroll should be shortened as the Lord predicted in Matthew 24:22.
This last period should start after (30.863+25+20=) 75.98 years from the opening Scroll for Jews. If it was in the year 1938 then the last Seal should be opened in the year (1938 + 76 =) 2014. If it was in the year 1942 then the last Seal should be opened in the year (1942 + 76 =) 2018.Certainly, it could be postponed since the initial Seal for Jews could be in the year in the year 1945. If I consider the year 2014 then the Rapture had to happen prior to this year since the raptured and resurrected people are seen at the breaking the last Seal.
Three "woes" are present in the Seventh Scroll, just as there were three small scrolls on the last arm of the Menorah. I believe that the first “woe” represents the Lord's answer to the five ‘woes’ in the Christian world as identified by Habakkuk. Then first five Trumpets sound the Lord's judgment for the world of Christianity because there was five ‘woes,’ The five Trumpets of the first "woe" in the Seventh Scroll also prove the Rapture occurred after five movements against the Gospel. So the judgment starts from their own houses. They freely preached the Gospel, and therefore everyone living there could choose to accept the Savior but many did not.
"The first angel sounded his Trumpet," and the first Habakkuk ‘woe’ is in action. Extortion ruled where Earthly products were used to generate profits for capitalists. The Lord sent powers and blessings for the Earth (Revelation 5:13) so that the Gospel could have the perfect conditions, but they used them to make gains for themselves. Some twisted the Good News into a new teaching, Communism, denying the Author of righteousness, and thus denying the Lord. Therefore "there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up."
"The second angel sounded his Trumpet," declaring the Lord's punishment for not performing righteous "fishing." The Lord wants us to be fishermen who fish in the world of souls going into the dead sea (Hell) so that they may be saved and belong into the crystal sea (Revelation 4:6). Christ Jesus died so that the Gentiles could become God's people (Ephesians 2:11-19). But instead of looking for people in the world who needed to be saved, greedy capitalists looked for people who had goods of such value that could profit by importing them to their own countries. Instead putting their eyes on the Word of God, they put them on the wall announcing the values of goods and money in the world (Wall Street in the New York). They expected to find something bombastic to make them immediately rich, and therefore Lord's judgment is "something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed."
"The third angel sounded his Trumpet," to announce the Wrath of the Lamb against totalitarian idealists who wanted to build a new world in their own images. God had promised to build the new world through the Jews, and therefore the totalitarians tried to annihilate them. Fascists forced Jews into concentration camps, and killed them under showers. The Jews waited for water but got poison; instead of a water bath, they got a blood bath. The Lord's reaction is "a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water-- the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter."
"The fourth angel sounded his Trumpet," announcing the Lord's fourth judgment, as Habakkuk had foretold. The rider on the white horse, the Gospel, went out to gain more souls for the Lord. However, many decided to destroy lives in such a manner that no one recognized them as human lives. Abortion keeps many lives from seeing the light. Egyptians were killing babies (boys), and dark came upon their country (Exodus 10:21-23). Should dark not come also to the parts of the Earth where abortion still rules today? Therefore "a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. As I watched, I heard an angel that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: "Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!""
"The fifth angel sounded his Trumpet," announcing the last judgment of the Wrath of the Lamb and so he brought the last Habakkuk ‘woe’ to life. The Gospel is at the end of its riding in the world, and soon to come is the conversion of Earthly flesh into Heavenly flesh, or the gift of eternal life to dust -- the Resurrection. Yet scientists take live cells to make living things; the trend is to clone living beings.
Others look for images that they like in order to bring them to life in the flesh. TV brings us many pictures, and some are brought to life because they lead humans to act (e.g., pornographic pictures and scenes). Other look for sounds in air that will live in them. Musical talents do not attract listeners; they are interested more in sounds that will drive them into sex and drugs. They prefer to be surrounded by such sounds. The sounds become like locusts destroying (devouring) their personalities, their souls. Therefore, the apostle John "saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads."
The Lord's judgments could cause all these things to occur in just one event. It looks as something from the wider universe fell into the sea, and small parts of it dropped upon the Earth. This one case darkened the sky and killed fish. In the vision, a third of the globe suffered from it. We see, then, that the first four Trumpets announce the consequences of just one event. While there were four Trumpets heralding this, what happened in the Sixth Scroll? There the sun turned black, the moon turned blood-red, the stars in the sky fell to Earth, the sky rolled up like a scroll, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Perhaps this is the same even from John's viewpoint; now we see it from the angels' viewpoint. It was first mentioned that "the stars in the sky fell to Earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind;" then came "hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the Earth. A third of the Earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up." The Sixth Scroll also pleas: "hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of his wrath has come."
Thus, the fate of the world prior to the Fifth Trumpet could be consequences of the previous events, or something new altogether. And thus the time for the first "woe" runs. The Fifth Trumpet announces suffering because radioactive particles have dropped onto the Earth. Radioactivity could come from weapons such as missiles. They use digital scene-matching techniques to find their targets, with a TV camera located in the nose of a modern warhead, separated from the missile body. Such equipment did not exist in the time of John and, therefore, they (the T.V. and computer) looks to John like human beings -- "human faces."
Missiles have their own engines, which did not exist in John's time, so he calls them 'women's hair.' This could represent the outgoing fire and combustion products from such machines. A 'tormented sting in the tails' could represent the emissions of some radioactive, biological or chemical materials after hitting a target. A smoke rising as though from a gigantic furnace should represent the nuclear power in a warhead.
Revelation 7 starts with "four angels standing on the four corners of the Earth, holding the four winds of the Earth, that the wind should not blow on the Earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree." If angels stand on Earth's corners, then this involves the Earth's movement in the universe. Wind is air in motion, relative to the rotating surface of the Earth. So if the Earth has no wind, then there is no movement. If the Earth stops rotating, the magnetic field of the Earth disappears. The Earth's magnetic field protects the planet from cosmic radiation. If the Earth stops rotating on its axis, cosmic radiation will assault the planet.
In conclusion, the radiation marks the first week of the Seventh Seal. "The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come."
The Heavenly Book proceeds in one way until it reaches the second "woe". Then there are two ways:
In the second "woe," the apostle John also shows us something new: an eighth scroll. What is happening? Are there two Heavenly Books? No, the apostle John saw just one, abiding in the Seven Scrolls. Six Scrolls have already passed, and just one Scroll is left. In order to identify from where another scroll might come, we need to look at the described events.
The Second "Woe" in the World
"The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, 'Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.' And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number."
It looks as if this represents a world war that kills a third of the global population. Earlier, the pale horse caused World War II; he wanted to reduce the Earth's population. World wars ceased from that point. So, is quite possible that a pale horse is released and rides now to continue the process of killing people. This fascism has its root at the Euphrates River, in present-day Iraq.
The second "woe" from the Heavenly Book is clearly for the world. Nothing changed in the proceeding chronology initiated by the first Scroll, so the last Scroll is still for the created world.
Another Scroll in the Second "Woe"
The following events occur in Israel. They are described in Revelation 11:1-13, but are introduced by Chapter 10. To understand where they come from, we must look there. "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from Heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand." Here is the angel with a small OPENED scroll, not sealed one. Therefore it is another kind of the scroll than the Scrolls of the Heavenly Book, which are sealed; they need to be open before they come to pass. Only Christ Jesus representing God could hold and open them, and God the Father did not give any scrolls to any angels regarding the End Times (Revelation 5:1-3).
Traditionally, angels bring God's messages for Israel (e.g., Acts 7:53 and Hebrew 2:2-4), but men spread the Gospel (that is, Christ Jesus as the Man, then His apostles and other Christians led by Holy Spirit). See also the angel and Cornelius (Acts 10).
In the book of Daniel, Gabriel showed nations and kingdoms in detail until the Man was revealed. He did not seal or conceal it. Then they came suddenly to the End Times (Chapter 12). From this, we must understand that the conclusion of events described there must be also the conclusion of the Heavenly Book (the Resurrection in Verse 2). However, this does not mean that the Heavenly Book is identical with any scroll of Daniel's seventy. The words "Go your way because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end" affirm the existence of other sealed words beside those sealed by Daniel.
Daniel's seventy are the humans' seventy. A man on the Earth could touch them safely. For instance, God commanded: "You, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4). Then the apostle John took this opened scroll from the angel. So, the apostle John broke Daniel's seal (Revelation 10:9).
However, the Heavenly Book is God's Book. It is on God's Throne. No one beside Christ Jesus can touch it (Revelation 5:3). Still, He had to come onto the Throne to be God (not the Man, as John knew Him first) and so to touch and to take God's Book (Revelation 5:6-7). The apostle John never touched the Heavenly Book.
Two voices are sounded at the same time: "He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke." The angel gives voice to his own shout, and to seven thunders also. Hence, the last seven for Israel (Daniel's city and Daniel's people) are identical with God's Wrath.
Revelation 10 is not the Chronology of the Heavenly Book -- not its timeline. It just shows the place from which the next events paralleling those in the Heavenly Book originate. It also illustrates when these events enter the timeline of the Heavenly Book.
You can see that the seven thunders in Revelation 10 are postponed from lighting (or rain). Even little children know that thunder is just the sound made by lightning during rainstorm. If there is no lightning, then these seven thunders come from a neighboring territory, from the neighboring world impacted by the Heavenly Book.
My conclusion is that the "thunders" in Chapter 10 are not words pronounced by angels, but alternate sounds -- representations -- of events that are happening elsewhere. Angels will cause (pour) destruction (God's Wrath - lightning) down on the Earth, and that destruction should produce new sounds: thunder. The next prophecy, about God's Wrath being poured from seven bowls, confirms that the seven thunders belong to God's Wrath, which comes later, after the second "woe."
The interpretation of Revelation 10 is: the last seven from Daniel will occur during the sounding of the last Trumpet. Therefore, two (sealed) prophecies will occur simultaneously: the last seven from Daniel's seventy (sealed by Daniel) and the last Trumpet of the Seventh Scroll (sealed by God the Father). And again, Verses 6 and 7 clarify this: "And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.""
The seventh Trumpet will complete the history of creation -- the first six Millennia, or six working days, are done. The words of prophets will initiated the Seventh Millennium, under Israel's rule -- Jeremiah and Daniel decreed a new beginning for Israel after the end of the seventy. God called forth prophets for His nation of Israel, but the words of the apostle John are for all peoples, nations, languages and kings (Revelation 10:11). God the Father (the Creator) put words for the Earth in the Heavenly Book. Therefore, the little scroll that was already opened at its introduction (10:2) is the second book (the other book) appointed for just one nation: Israel.
The Words "There will be no more delay" or "there should be time no longer" could be the answer to Daniel's question: "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?" (12:8); the answer was postponed, to a time when the words would be unsealed: "Go, Daniel; for hidden and sealed are the things till the time of the end." Now everything is unsealed, and now is the right time for the events announced by the prophets to occur.
When the apostle John heard words of seven thunders, he wanted to write them down. Yet the Lord did not allow him to write. This does not mean that he meant to hide the meaning, just that he had to wait for the original, to wait for words in form light. (These words are in the chapter 16.).
Still, the words of the opened scroll would be written deeply in his flesh because he ate a scroll, and also because he is from Israel. They are as if stored, existing in the apostle John for the next prophesy (Verses 10-11). Ezekiel also ate a scroll (Ezekiel 3), and then prophesied. Then God built his prophecy on symbolism from his life (see Chapter 4). So, if the apostle John ate a small scroll, then his next prophecy is as a food from this small scroll -- sweet as honey in his mouth. (Prophesying is also called soothsaying.) So, the next words of the Heavenly Book occur at the same time as the words of the scroll introduced in Revelation 10, and in the same direction. This direction is God's Wrath; and therefore the apostle John's stomach turned sour - Revelation 10:9-10. (The wrath is sour for God, because the wrath is against His will. His dominant likeness is LOVE.)
If the Lord ordered the apostle John to return to the work of the Heavenly Book, then the small scroll described in Revelation 10 could not be from the Heavenly Book. It must be a scroll from Daniel's seventy. These seventy are not for Christians, because Christianity did not exist when 69 of the 70 passed, or when seventy were introduced to Jeremiah. Israel is God's people; the Lord touched their flesh and made them so (Genesis 32:25). The homeland of Daniel's people is the Promised Land given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as Moses and Joshua realized. Their capital city is Jerusalem. Christians are Heavenly beings according to spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Lord touched our souls. Our citizenship is in Heaven. The capital city of our dwelling place is Heavenly Jerusalem, after the Resurrection or the Rapture. Therefore, if the Bible says clearly, "Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city" (Daniel 9:24), then seventy (or the last seven from the seventy) could not be in the book that Christ Jesus has taken from God the Father.
The second "woe" in the Seventh Scroll consists of the realization of two books. As it is clear, for instance, that when someone cuts the grass in his yard by following his lawnmower manual, and his neighbor trims trees in his garden using a guidebook for trimming trees, this does not mean that they are one person doing the same thing. Although their actions are similar and they are neighbors, still there are two persons, two actions, and two books. As no one sane can consider the two persons to be one, so it is in the Bible also; and therefore, no one should consider the small scroll in the angel's hand in Revelation 10 to be identical with the Heavenly Book in God's hand.
After the vision of this scroll, which did not belong to the Heavenly Throne, the apostle John describes events in Israel.
If one was "given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there,"" then the Temple has begun to be built. The building of the Temple should not remain on the outer court because is said: "But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles."
Historical images shows the first eight years of the Seventh Scroll occurring under evil practices, such as those that King Manasseh and King Amon performed; they did not follow Moses, and did not exalt God, who had brought them out from Egypt. Then Josiah ruled for thirty-one years, which are 4.5 years for the End Times. He was only eight years old when he began his reign. He started to look to the Lord at age eighteen. Under his rule, the Jews repaired the Temple, founded the Book of the Law, and renewed their covenant with God (2 Kings 21-23).
And Moses's prophecy is: "Let life not death be Reuben's, let not the number of his men be small" (Deuteronomy 33:6). This is as Moses’s prayer, that the ruling death in the world would not afflict Israel. Gad also belonged to Reuben's Brigade. Moses says about him, "A blessing be on him who makes wide the limits of Gad: he takes his rest like a she-lion, taking for himself the arm and the crown of the head. He kept for himself the first part, for his was the ruler's right: he put in force the righteousness of the Lord, and his decisions for Israel" (20-21).
Then Gentiles are also mentioned: "They will trample on the holy city for 42 months." However, God will be present in power because "...I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die."
"Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them."
"But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them."
"Then they heard a loud voice from Heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to Heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on."
This could indicate that the Resurrection has already occurred. And what accompanies it can be found in next verse. "At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of Heaven."
"THE SECOND WOE HAS PASSED; THE THIRD WOE IS COMING SOON" (Revelation 11:14).
Assumption for the second "woe" is: the Temple is built in Jerusalem during the next world war.
The last part of the Heavenly Book must bring the final victory of white horses. Only the rider has changed. First he was the Word of God, the Gospel, and now Christ Jesus. He is going to enter the Temple in Jerusalem, and therefore they must destroy everything opposing Him, as the two prophets demonstrated in the previous "woe." This is why the angels pour God's final wrath down on evildoers.
There are no details included here regarding how the last events occur, because in Israel, the seven from Daniel prevails. When the angel being in the authority of God lords them, he gives a loud shout like the roar of a lion, the seven thounders acts (Revelation 10:3-4). Since thounders are just postponed sounds of lighting during rain coming from other territories, then the ruling of the last seven from Daniel occurs when the seven bowls of God's Wrath are pouring on another territory. Assuming is that when the last seven from Daniel will run in Israel, the world will be inflicted by pouring of God's Wrath.
God's Wrath comes as a realization of the words of two prophets in Israel. The world hated them, and hated Israel also. So because of Israel, the world will acknowledge God's Wrath.
They should know the Messiah in Israel, according to Christ Jesus's words, by the sign of Jonah (Matthew 16:1-4). As Jonah was three days cut off from the Earth, so also was the Son of Man cut off from the Earth for three days after crucifixion. As Jonah returned to the Earth on the third day, Christ Jesus also was resurrected and now, the third Millenium will bring the Messiah back to the Earth, or, the third "woe" will bring the rejected Messiah back.
THE CHRONOLOGY OF THE HEAVENLY BOOK ENDS HERE, AND THE MILLENNIUM BEGINS.
"The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in Heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
"And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great -- and for destroying those who destroy the Earth.""
The situation in Heaven has changed. God the Son is no longer there; nor is His Bride. They are together, on their way to rule the Earth. Twenty-four elders remain before the Throne in Heaven. They did not leave their seats at the Throne. Here again is proof that they are not human. The resurrected humans are with God the Son, on their way to the Earth. The place for God will be in the Temple of Heaven, in the invisible world. I derive this from the next words: "Then God's temple in Heaven was opened."
Historical records indicate that that God's Wrath was stirred because the ruling kings were doing evil. For example, there was Jehoahaz for three months. Pharaoh took him into Egypt, and put Jehoiakim on the throne. He became Nebuchadnezzar's vassal for three years, but then changed his mind and rebelled. These three may symbolize the first half of the last seven, according to Daniel 9:27. It should begin by making covenant with an occupant in Jerusalem. And after 3.5 years, he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease. This could, in turn, symbolize the next king, Jehoiachin, ruling for three months before Nebuchadnezzar came and carried all the treasures out of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut into pieces all the gold vessels that Solomon, King of Israel, had made in the temple of the LORD, as the LORD had commanded.
And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, his father's brother, king, and changed his name to Zedekiah. Zedekiah reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. He rebelled against the king of Babylon, and the fall of Jerusalem came.
This is when it changes, for the Lord will come from Heaven and destroy all the forces recruited against Jerusalem. Read the last chapter of the prophetic Book of Zechariah. The Lord will begin His rule on the Earth with resurrected people and those who were sealed for this hour.
Moses' words for the third tribe, Simeon, of the Brigade of Reuben do not exist. If a week in years is for a tribe, then the last Crusade would last only 14 years. I have derived that the last Scroll should last only 16 years instead of 21. These 16 years are more acceptable when Simeon is not mentioned.
Jacob described Simeon and Levi with one characteristic (Genesis 49:5). So, let us look at Moses' words for the tribe of Levi. "And of Levi he said, 'Give your Thummim to Levi and let the Urim be with your loved one, . . . they have given ear to your word and kept your agreement. They will be the teachers of your decisions to Jacob and of your Law to Israel'" (Deuteronomy 33:8-11). These words would fit the people appointed to be the Lord's servants in the Millennium, thus those 144,000 who have been sealed. They are the victorious ones from the last letter to Laodicea: "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne" (Revelation 3:21).
Christ Jesus will enter the material world only to show Himself to Jews so that they may believe in Him, and then HE WILL ENTER the Most Holy Place in the Temple and so disappear from the eyes of others. A ruler of the world, a man of the Law -- and thus a man from Israel -- will enter there to talk with Him, according to Moses (Exodus 33:9-11).
The Earth was created by God the Son and for Him, but men have chosen Satan to be their ruler. He was the ruler of the world for six thousand years, and now, finally, God's Son will rule Creation as He was intended to. Just as Satan is invisible to the material world, no one will see the Lord Jesus Christ in the material world anymore. Put simply, He will not drive a car, sleep in a bed, play games, or the like. He will exist in the invisible world with His followers, who are already fully eternal beings (e.g., the resurrected or changed followers). Resurrected and changed people will rule the Earth from the invisible world, in other words.
Anyone who says that the resurrected will repopulate the millennium is simply wrong. They are not complying with the Creation and the Law and Prophets. Satan will be held back, not allowed by God's angels to approach the Earth. The Creator intended men to rule the Earth, and this will be realized in the Millennium. The appropriate conclusion is: in the spiritual world, Christ Jesus and resurrected humans will reign supreme; in the material world, Jews will rule the other nations.