By: Brother Nathan Quick
8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in
heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were
given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer;
and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with
the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the
saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast
it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings,
and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with
blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was
burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning
with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life,
died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven,
burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers,
and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part
of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters,
because they were made bitter.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was
smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars;
so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a
third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth
by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which
are yet to sound!
The Seven Trumpets–An Alarm for War & Judgment
“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart
maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast
heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled:
suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. How
long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish
children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil,
but to do good they have no knowledge.” Jer 4:19-22
How the heart of God aches for those who will not turn to Him for life. “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezek 33:11. God has declared that He will wipe away the tears of the redeemed, but throughout eternity He will weep for those who refused His love. There is a hole in the heart of God that only you can fill. He longs for you. He longs for the separation caused by sin to be healed. God will not easily let go of those He died to redeem. He sends blessings, judgments, everything possible to awaken us to our need of Him. He has always done this with His people. God reviews the history of His dealings that we might be led to respond to the offer of mercy and experience the change of character that is so essential. Just as Stephen in his last sermon traced the history of God’s dealings beginning with the nation of Israel, so in the vision of the trumpets Jesus traces for John the history of some of His judgments, sent to lead souls to repentance, beginning with Israel and stretching all the way to His second coming in power and glory.
The 1st Trumpet
“Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.” Hos 4:1-2
“Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.” Mic 6:2
“For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.” Jer 25:29-33
Hail & Fire
God declared that He would “plead” with His people. He would “begin to bring” judgments upon His chosen. When Pharaoh refused to listen to God, judgments were sent upon the land of Egypt. One of the judgments sent was fire mingled with hail.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward
heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and
upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of
Egypt. And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD
sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the
LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. So there was hail, and fire
mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it
in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. And the hail smote
throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and
beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree
of the field.” Ex 9:22-25
This judgment was sent upon Pharaoh and Egypt for their rebellion against God. God used this as a symbol of the judgments He would send upon Israel through the sword of Babylon for Israel’s rebellion.
“And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood;
and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people
that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and
brimstone.” Ezek 38:22
Christ uses this symbol in the first trumpet to help us realize that the sin of pride and rebellion will not go unpunished. He declares that His judgment fell upon the “trees.” God had already compared the pride and rebellion of Israel to trees.
“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the
LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be
humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the
LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of
hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every
one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the
cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of
Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are
lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And
upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the
loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall
be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”
“For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their
tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his
glory. The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and
they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul!
for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous,
that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands
shall be given him.” Is 2:10-17; 3:8-11
Israel’s pride was their downfall. Pride is the character flaw that most directly leads to the rejection of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is sent to convict men of sin and to lead them to repentance. Pride stands in the way and forbids a person to humble themselves and receive the needed correction and make the needed changes. God declared to Israel that He was going to send a nation to punish them many years before He did. The Bible clearly identifies who this nation was.
“Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak
this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this
people wood, and it shall devour them. Lo, I will bring a nation upon
you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it
is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither
understandest what they say. Their quiver is as an open sepulcher, they
are all mighty men.” Jer 5:14-16
“Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north
country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy;
their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array
as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.” Jer 6:22-23
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And
the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the
vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to
the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house
of his god.” Dan 1:1-2
Babylon was an instrument in the hand of the Lord to punish the iniquity of Israel. The Lord God of Heaven rained them down upon the impenitent nation. The proud trees were burnt up, yet God preserved a remnant. Israel was suffering under the judgments of God, yet they had not yet passed the limits of Divine forbearance. Their probation as a nation was not yet closed. They were, however, stripped of their earthly sovereignty and it is a sobering picture of the fate of all other earthly kingdoms.
“The final overthrow of all earthly dominions is plainly foretold in the word of truth. In the prophecy uttered when sentence from God was pronounced upon the last king of Israel is given the message: ‘Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown:…exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.’ Ezekiel 21:26, 27.
“The crown removed from Israel passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God says, ‘It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.’”Education 179
The 2nd Trumpet
New symbols are introduced with each successive trumpet. Again we turn to the Scriptures to provide the definition of the symbols. The first symbol brought to John’s view was that of a burnt mountain being cast into the sea. This is the very symbol previously used by God to describe what the fate of Babylon would be because of their pride. Like Israel, Babylon refused to humble itself and serve the God of Heaven. They rebelled against the Most High.
“And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea
all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD,
which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon
thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt
mountain. Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon,
and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against
me, a destroying wind; And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall
fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall
be against her round about. We would have healed Babylon, but she is
not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for
her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.”
Jer 51:24-25, 1-2, 9
Mighty Babylon, raised up by God, was cast down and scattered among nations. Revelation defines what “sea” means in Bible prophecy. “And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Rev 17:15. Only the God of Heaven, the God of the Bible can identify beforehand what He is going to do and then bring it to pass. He traces this history for us that we might have the assurance that what He has declared is yet to happen will come to pass. The Bible clearly identifies who would be the instrument of Babylon’s destruction.
“Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath
raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against
Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the
vengeance of his temple.” Jer 51:11
“The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard
silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall
dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of
the womb; their eye shall not spare children. And Babylon, the glory of
kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God
overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” Is 13:1, 17-19
In the descriptions given in several of the trumpets the fraction of 1/3 is repeatedly used. Throughout history God’s judgments have always been tempered with mercy. In the final last plagues to fall upon this earth and its’ unrepentant inhabitants there will be no mercy mingled with judgment. The plagues in Chapter 16 parallel the judgments recorded in the trumpets, yet the trumpets only affect a portion or a localized area and kingdom. The plagues that are yet to come will affect a much larger area.
Israel was sent into Babylon for their idolatry and rebellion. During Babylonian captivity Israel finally forsook the worship of idols made of wood and stone. At the close of their seventy years captivity they were told by God to return to their land. He sent the Medes to topple unrepentant Babylon that Israel might be able to go free. Yet sadly most of the Israelites did not want to return. God must allow yet another crisis to come to awaken His people. Those who refused to come out of Babylon soon found themselves faced with the crisis recorded in the book of Esther. All of the Israelites faced a death decree to be executed upon one day. They realized their folly of refusing to obey God and separate from Babylon. This is a picture of what is about to happen again. Soon those who have been faithful to God will be faced with their greatest trial. Only those who have obeyed the Lord God and separated from every evil influence will be able to stand at that time. In later chapters John was shown the danger of remaining in Babylon the Great. Today we must be learning to know the voice of Jesus that we might follow Him. If He asks us to separate from any influence, from any association, we must respond!
The 3rd Trumpet
As the Persian Empire progressed they refused to forsake evil and turn to righteousness and cooperate with the King of Heaven and they were conquered by Greece. John beheld a “great star” fall from Heaven. As we saw in Revelation 1:20, stars represent angels. A fallen star represents a fallen angel.
Christ declared; “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18
Peter declared; “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
John declared; “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Rev 12:7-9, 12.
Even though Satan had fallen long before the time of Greece, God reveals through this symbol the fact that behind every corruption and evil stands Satan. He is the instigator of all sin and bitterness. Any nation that follows in the footsteps of Satan and his pride will fall just as surely as did Satan fall from Heaven.
Greece could have risen to fulfill all the purposes of God, yet they failed through their pride and their own conceit.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov 16:18.
They felt they were too wise to accept the simplicity of the word of God. When the message of Salvation came to the Greeks in the message of “Christ crucified” it was to the Greeks foolishness. 1 Cor 1:23. As a result they fell just like Satan. When Lucifer fell he corrupted one third of the Heavenly angels. Rev 12:4. In like manner Satan led Greece to corrupt a third, or a portion, of the people. Seas or waters represent people. They corrupted the fountains of waters and this led to the death of many. Corrupting the fountain is to corrupt people by corrupting them from their beginning, or through their education. This is exactly what Greece did. Their system of education effectively destroyed faith, casting souls into the bitterness of skepticism, humanism, and self-sufficiency through their corrupt philosophy.
Israel flocked to the Greek way of education and it proved to be their undoing. Still today, every major school and center of learning in the world is based upon the Greek system of education. Israel gave up their idols of wood and stone and traded them for idols of philosophy and human reasoning. “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Is 5:21. Despite being ruled over by nation after nation, they would not yet humble themselves before God and forsake their own way. Bitter is the cup we must drink when God allows us to have our unruly way. God will not force us to follow Him. He will allow us to have our way for a time that we might have the opportunity to see the wisdom of following His way. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Pr 16:25
“…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
The 4th Trumpet
The fourth empire to come upon the scene was Rome. Rome, as in Rev. Ch. 13, is a composite nation or empire. It combined all of the worst traits of the previous empires into a terrible new entity. The kingdom of Rome is one long, yet two-phased empire, as represented in Dan. 2 by the two legs of iron. Rome conquered the divisions of Greece, yet retained and incorporated her educational system and philosophies. Rome retained the fierceness of Medo-Persia and the blasphemous false worship of Babylon. During Rome’s first phase they tried to extinguish the light of the gospel, its messengers and the Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2) by force. This only served to spread the light. Thus in the second phase Satan laid his plans more successfully. The Roman power pretended to accept Christianity. They were subsequently able to obscure Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness (as described in Dan. 8 & 11) from a portion of the people.
Darkness for Light
“The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Pr 4:19.
Even under the Roman power Israel did not turn to her Saviour. The Lord preserved a remnant of Israel, He even gave them back their land and their city, yet they refused to receive His character. They refused to accept the message of light which Christ and His disciples bore. They declared it to be darkness, to be error, and they did so to their own hurt. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Is 5:20. They joined with Rome to smite the Light. They came with a mob to kill Christ in the middle of the night and He declared: “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Luke 22:53
When Israel rejected their Messiah, when they began to kill His followers, they sealed their fate and closed their probation. The Roman Empire became the instrument of God to punish the unrepentant and now forsaken people. Terrible was the harvest that Israel reaped. The gospel commission was transferred to the young Christian church and Israel was no longer God’s chosen representatives. The young church grew and was blessed. Persecution was hard, yet the more Rome persecuted, the more the church grew. An early Christian was expostulating with the heathen rulers who wanted to further the persecution said: “You may ‘kill us, torture us, condemn us…. Your injustice is the proof that we are innocent…. Nor does your cruelty…avail you.’ It was but a stronger invitation to bring others to their persuasion. ‘The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.’ ” So Satan changed tactics and pretended to be converted and joined the church. Terrible were the results of this calamity. The majority of the followers of Christ forsook their Leader and the simplicity of the true gospel. Pagan Rome was transformed into Papal Rome and horrible was the result.
“The accession of the Roman Church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness deepened. Faith was transferred from Christ, the true foundation, to the pope of Rome. Instead of trusting in the Son of God for forgiveness of sins and for eternal salvation, the people looked to the pope, and to the priests and prelates to whom he delegated authority.”
The Vatican sought to obscure the light. They knew that if they could obscure the Sun of Righteousness that the fear of the Lord would be lost and the defense of the church would vanish. “They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.” Ps 72:5. Just like the wicked priests of ancient Israel, the Roman clergy preyed upon the flocks. “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion underfoot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.” Jer 12:10. “For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Jer 10:21. The people desired to have a gospel preached that would not require them to forsake their sins and abandon their iniquity. God allowed them to reap what they had sown. He allowed the scourge of Catholicism to develop that the people might be led to return to Him. He allowed Satan to develop the principles of his kingdom and worship. The people suffered under the ignorance they had chosen. Millions who would not in all ways capitulate and submit were murdered. Yet God had promised that a remnant would remain and that judgment would come upon the evildoers and the wicked priests. Today billions are still suffering under the teachings and natural outgrowth of Vatican policy. Today’s Protestantism has followed in the same footsteps as Catholicism. They are now just as guilty for the crime, wickedness and evil in the world today. Their judgment will be just as sure.
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my
pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel
against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock,
and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit
upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.” Jer 23:1-2
Will you follow Christ the True Shepherd?
9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto
the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of
the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto
them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of
the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men
which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they
should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment
of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall
desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto
battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their
faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the
teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the
sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses
running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their
tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless
pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns
of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four
angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour,
and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred
thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them,
having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads
of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued
fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by
the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails
were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet
repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship
devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of
their fornication, nor of their thefts.
The 5th Trumpet
“Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other
voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”
When God declares a “woe,” it will be a terrible scourge that is about to fall upon mankind. While the church in the Western Roman Empire was suffering under the scourge of the Papal power and the Bishop of Rome, the church in the Eastern Roman Empire was also losing its faithfulness to God. The same errors that were corrupting the Western Empire were leavening the fidelity of the Eastern believers.
A Terrible New Enemy
Satan, the fallen Angel, was sleeplessly seeking the destruction of all Christians who would remain faithful to God and the Bible. The Catholic Church was not strong enough to eliminate all of the true believers. Satan instigated a plan whereby a new power would be raised to combat truth. The Bishop of Rome hoped to eliminate all Christians who would not submit to His authority. Accordingly they chose a young man by the name of Mohammed to be raised up as a prophet to unite the Arabians. The Arabians were at this time living in a total state of darkness. They were fanned into a flame of fanatical zeal by their “prophet” until they spilled out of the Arabian Peninsula like smoke from a “Bottomless Pit.”
“Bottomless pit” in Greek means an “Abyss of darkness.” This is the same symbol used as in Jeremiah 4 to describe what the earth will be after it is devastated by the seven last plagues. This image is used by God to represent the earth in a condition of spiritual and moral darkness and confusion. This is the very condition used by Muslim writers to describe the condition of the Arabian society from which Islam arose:
“In that benighted era, there was a territory where darkness lay heavier and thicker…. Arabia…stood isolated, cut off by vast oceans of sand. Arab traders plodding great distances…could hardly acquire any grain of knowledge on their journeys. In their own country, they did not have a single educational institution or library. None seemed to be interested in the cultivation and advancement of knowledge…. How saturated were their thoughts and customs, and how uncouth and degraded were their moral standards and conceptions.
“There was no law except the law of the jungle. Loot, arson, and murder of innocent and weak people was the order of the day…. Any trivial incident was enough to cause a war to blaze out in ferocious fury…. Whatever notions they had of morals, culture, and civilization, were primitive and uncouth…. They worshipped stones, trees, idols, stars, and spirits, in short, everything conceivable except God.”
Satan raised up Mohammed and captured the masses of people caught in this darkness. He brought them forth like a suffocating smoke. Mohammed was a false prophet. The Bible likens a false prophet to a “tail.” “The prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.” Is 9:15. Many and long lasting have been the lies told by Mohammed, yet Islam did not and will not triumph, it will come to its end.
Why Do The Heathen Rage?
When Mohammed died he was replaced by Abu baker in 632 A.D. Abu baker mobilized many of the scattered tribes for war and conquest. However, he instructed them to respect the people who faithfully observed the law of God. His men were to only torment those who worshipped idols.
“Let not your victory be stained with the blood of women or children. Destroy no palm trees, nor burn any fields of corn. Cut down no fruit trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat…. You will find some religious persons who…propose, to themselves to serve God…let them alone, and neither kill them nor destroy…and you will find another sort of people that belong to the Synagogue of Satan, who have shaven crowns; be sure you cleave their skulls, and give them no quarter till they either turn Mohammedans or pay tribute.”
The true and faithful Christians who kept the Ten Commandments were to be spared. They were easy to recognize from the false, for they kept the 2nd commandment and refused to worship idols and they kept the 4th commandment and worshipped on the 7th day, rather than on the 1st day, Sunday, like the idol worshipping Catholics of the Roman communion.
God is always faithful to take care of His own. Sometimes they may suffer to further the cause of God or to refine them, but they can never be destroyed, they are safe in the hands of their God! Those who were spared were safe because they had the seal of God. God has revealed just what His seal is:
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye
were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our
inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the
praise of his glory.” Eph 1:13-14
The Holy Spirit is who we are sealed by. He is the One we must receive, for He is the gift of Christ. Christ has also specified what will be the evidence that we have received His seal through the Holy Ghost.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that
I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will
reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” John 16:7-8
The Holy Spirit will do a specific work in us and it will bring about specific results. He will bring conviction into our lives, conviction of sin. Sin is breaking God’s 10 Commandments. 1 Jn 3:4. The Holy Spirit brings this to our attention and creates in us a desire for something different, a desire to be restored to God. After He has created a desire for something better, then He convicts us of Christ’s righteousness. The only solution to our sin, the only covering and cleansing available, is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This He offers to us as a free gift, a gift we must choose. Then He convicts of judgment. Christ has told us the standard of the judgment, His 10 Commandments. Ecc 12:13-14. Therefore, a conviction of judgment brings about a changed life. We see the extent of the righteousness of Christ. We see that it results in a changed life that no longer breaks the commandments. Instead of rebellion there is faithfulness. Now we faithfully keep God’s law, for the new covenant is to have that very law written upon our hearts, that is, it becomes a part of us; it becomes the motive and definer of all that we are and do.
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those
days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in
their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will
I remember no more.” Heb. 10:16-17.
“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” Is 8:16. To be sealed is to have the outpouring of the Holy Spirit who enables us to enter the New Covenant and receive the law of God in our hearts and minds. This is to have the law sealed in us as His disciples. There are three elements to a seal: 1. The name of the one in authority, 2. The title of the one in authority, 3. The territory of the one in authority. Within the 10 Commandments, there is one commandment that identifies who we worship, why He has a right to that worship, and what that King’s domain is. The fourth commandment is the Seal of God. It tells us who we worship, Yehovah God; why He is worthy of our worship, He created us; and what His territory is, Heaven, Earth, the Sea, and all that in them is, including you and me. Ex 20:8-11. We can only receive this seal by faith, as the Holy Spirit works upon our hearts. That is why the Lord says:
“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. To
the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this
word, it is because there is no light in them.” Is 8:16, 20.
Time is Given as a Unique Identifier
As the 1st four trumpets cover the same line as Daniel’s they are simple to identify. The 5th & 6th cover history beyond the Bible, so God has given a time period to help us accurately identify the correct interpretation. In fact, He gives the most precise time period in the Bible, to the very day.
While the Papacy meant to destroy God’s people, God turned the creation of Islam to be a punishment to false Christianity.
“Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of
wrath shalt thou restrain.” Ps 76:10
For several hundred years after the death of Mohammed, his followers were divided into various sects and factions. They were not ruled by a king and did not have any kind of central government. However, as the 13th century came to a close, Othman became the first leader to unite them into an organized empire, known as the Ottoman Empire. Prophecy declared that they would only be allowed to torment. This began when they first attacked the territory of Nicomedia in the Eastern Roman Empire (the Greek division of the Roman Empire) on July 27, 1299. God declared that this would continue for 150 years, and then a great change would take place.
The emperors of the Eastern Roman Empire had gradually grown weaker and increasingly corrupt. John Palaeologus was the last independent Greek emperor. He died on Oct. 31, 1448. Constantine Decozes was the rightful heir to the throne, but he feared Amurath also called Murad II, the Turkish sultan, who was waging warfare against him. He therefore proceeded to humbly ask permission from the sultan to ascend the throne. He was not crowned until 1449, completing the 150 years of this prophecy by signaling the end of their independence and sovereignty. They had been softened by the tormenting of the Ottoman Empire and this prepared the way for them to be totally killed, as is brought out in the next trumpet.
The 6th Trumpet
The ministers of God’s wrath are now released and they are given power to kill, whereas they were only able to torment before. Constantinople was captured and became the capital of the now independent Ottoman Empire. As they gained power by the humble submission of the Eastern Roman Emperor, it was predicted that the Ottoman Empire would reign for 391 years and 15 days before they would meekly lose their independence by surrendering it to the European rulers. According to the Bible rule of interpretation, this time would end on August 11, 1840. This is the only Bible time prophecy specified to the very day. A diligent Bible student predicted this transition in 1838. A minister by the name of Josiah Litch, based upon the Bible, predicted the fall of the Ottoman Empire with stunning accuracy.
According to his calculations, this power was to be overthrown “in A.D. 1840, sometime in the month of August;” and only a few days previous to its accomplishment he wrote: “Allowing the first period, 150 years, to have been exactly fulfilled before Deacozes ascended the throne by permission of the Turks, and that the 391 years, fifteen days, commenced at the close of the first period, it will end on the 11th of August, 1840, when the Ottoman power in Constantinople may be expected to be broken. And this, I believe, will be found to be the case.” Josiah Litch, in Signs of the Times, and Expositor of Prophecy, Aug. 1, 1840.
Just as the Roman Empire crumbled because of corruption and weakness, the Ottoman power had weakened and was riddled with corruption. War broke out between the Sultan of Turkey and the Pasha of Egypt. In 1840, Turkey sought the protection of four allied European nations. They took up the cause of Turkey and promised their protection. The weak Sultan gave up his independence and allowed the European powers to manage his affairs. A messenger was dispatched to Egypt to deliver a message from the European powers stating their intention to protect Turkey and the Sultan’s resignation to their management. This message was made available to the Pasha on exactly the 11th of August, 1840. The prophecy of God is explicitly accurate to the very day! This forever establishes the Biblical system of interpretation beyond the scoffing of modern apologists and skeptics. This also removes all doubt as to the future fulfillment of every other prophecy of God that is yet to take place!
Despite this amazing prophecy with its incredible fulfillment, the Scripture declares that the majority of the professed followers of God and the masses of people who refuse to acknowledge Him would not repent of “the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” Rev. 9:20, 21. They haven’t, what will you do?
The Seventh Trumpet
“The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our
Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And
the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell
upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks,
O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because
thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the
nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead,
that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto
thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy
name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the
earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was
seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings,
and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin
to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to
his servants the prophets.” Revelation 10:7
Throughout the trumpets, God has been revealing His efforts to turn the hearts of His followers to Himself and at the same time giving each nation an opportunity to repent and turn to righteousness. He has been inviting them to receive from Him true righteousness, true holiness and true religion. Just as in the time of the Judges, one nation after another and one false religion after another has been allowed to afflict the people of God, as a judgment from God, for the purpose of turning the hearts of His people back to Himself. This record and history is given for our express benefit.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they
are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
come.” 1 Cor 10:11.
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might
have hope.” Rom 15:4.
To each person and nation is granted a period of probation in which they may accept or reject the mercy of God. We will each face our life record in the judgment. Soon the probation of each person will close. Soon everyone’s decision will be final. The Bible says that Christ will soon pronounce the words:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, le him be
filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that
is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward
is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Rev 22:11.
Thus it is revealed that universal probation will close before the return of Jesus in power and glory. The nations and kingdoms of this world are going to be replaced by the Kingdom of Christ at His soon return. Prior to His return there must be the judgment to determine who will be in Christ’s kingdom and who has refused His mercy and His offer of a changed life. The Bible is clear that we must all have our life record come in review in judgment before God.
“…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is
written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every
tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account
of himself to God.” Rom 14:10-12
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they
shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Mt 12:36-37
“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any
thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” Luke 8:17
“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did
sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like
the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as
burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him:
thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were
opened.” Dan 7:9-10
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to
every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud
voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is
come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters.” Rev 14:6-7
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fl ed away; and there was found no place
for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and
the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up
the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead
which were in them: and they were judged every man according to
their works.” Rev 20:11-13
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep
his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall
bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be
good, or whether it be evil.” Ecc 12:13-14
These verses reveal the truth that we are saved by grace but judged by our actions, words and motives. If we have truly received the grace of God it will bring about a change in our life. As we review the history of Babylon’s rulers, we see that over the years Nebuchadnezzar made real changes in his life. The last words of his recorded in the Bible are a simple yet beautiful praise and testimony of God’s goodness and justice. Yet his grandson Belshazzar chose not to walk in the way of righteousness and Danie chapter 5 records the final ending of this impious young man on the night he lost the kingdom and lost his life after judgment had been given by God. Each of us have before us the opportunity to make our decision, to choose our pathway, to develop a righteous character before we must have our record come before the Almighty Judge.
To call our attention to this imminent reality is the purpose of the history of the trumpets. We may read a clear and consistent record of God’s dealings and may know that He will grant to us righteous and impartial judgment also. Christ is called the “faithful and true witness.” Rev 3:14. When our turn in the judgment comes, He can only declare that which is true and faithful for “God, that cannot lie,” will only declare of you that which is an actual reflection of your true state, regardless of what your profession may be. Titus 1:2. Great will be the astonishment of some who thought they could claim the name of Christ and yet live in violation of His commandments and neglect to develop His character.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Mt 7:21-23.
This verse is clearly speaking of those who claimed to love God, claimed to serve Him, yet they did not in reality. They would not be saved in God’s appointed way, they wanted salvation on their own terms. May no one reading this paper ever hear those words. Instead may you hear the words: “…Well done, good and faithful servant …enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Mt 25:23. The choice is yours. And the trumpets reveal what will be the distinguishing difference between these two groups.
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Cor 6:1. The difference comes down to if and how we receive the grace of God. Simply expressing words is not enough. The grace of God must be allowed to accomplish its’ work, its’ purpose in our lives. The following verses reveal that the grace of God and power of God are inseparable:
“And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of
the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is
made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in
my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor 12:9
“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of
God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Eph 3:7
So the giving of the grace of God is the giving of the power of God. And the power and grace of God is given for a purpose. This purpose must be accomplished in us or we have received the grace of God in vain. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” Rom 6:1. The grace of God brings about a change in the life. When we have truly received the grace of God, when we receive the purpose that it always comes to accomplish, we cannot continue in our sins, but rather we become overcomes, we gain victories and receive a changed life. This is what it means to have “grace abound.” “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” 2 Cor 9:8. The grace of God abounds in us and enables us to live a changed life, a life that brings glory to God, a life full of good works and service to others, a life of obedience just like the life of Christ.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace
may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any
longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried
with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life.” Rom 6:1-4
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor 5:17
The trumpets reveal the results of how we choose to relate to the grace of God. They show the consequences of whether we receive it in vain or not. In Revelation, there are four major visions of sevens: 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets and 7 plagues. In each of these series of sevens, the last two, that is numbers 6 and 7, are closely linked and span from time into eternity and reveal the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The sixth church begins near the beginning of the judgment and reveals those who allowed the grace of God to change them and will be saved at Christ’s coming. The seventh church also takes place in the time of the judgment and reveals those who receive the grace of God in vain and will be lost at the coming of Christ. The difference is made in how we relate to Christ today.
The sixth seal begins just before the commencement of the judgment and stretches into eternity with the coming of Christ as the sky is rolled back to reveal the King of Glory. It reveals those who will be lost and are fleeing from the presence of God. Isaiah 2 reveals that they are lost because of their pride and idolatry. Hosea 10 adds that they are also lost because they did not develop any fruit, that is they did not allow the grace of God to bring about a change in their life and enable them to do works of righteousness. Hosea also says that their hearts are “divided.” Christ said that no man can serve two masters. They have also spoken falsely, perverted judgment, engaged in idolatry, and did not acknowledge Christ as King in sincerity. Then in Revelation 6 the question is asked, “who can stand?” Chapter 7 is the answer to the question and it reveals those who have received the New Covenant, the law of God written in their hearts and the righteousness of Christ. They have been purified by the grace, the power of God. The seventh seal continues the coming of Christ by revealing that all Heaven is emptied to come for us and therefore there is silence in Heaven while it awaits the return of Christ with all of the faithful who will live with Christ in the homes He went to prepare for them. John 14:1-3.
The sixth plague reveals the nature of the masters whom the lost have chosen. It unveils the difference between the saved and the lost; who has received the robes of Christ’s righteousness and who stands in the nakedness of their own worthless works and righteousness. The way is cleared for the coming Kings of Heaven and under the seventh plague they appear to rescue the righteous and execute their wrath upon the wicked.
Likewise the sixth trumpet revealed the character of the lost;
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet
repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship
devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of
wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they
of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of
their thefts.” Rev 9:20:21
God had declared through Ezekiel His judgment regarding the Kingdom of Israel:
“And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when
iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the
diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him
that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn,
overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is;
and I will give it him.” Ezek 21:25-27
The trumpets have revealed the exactness of the fulfilment of God’s word. Wicked Israel lost the crown and it was given to Babylon. Then God declared that He would “overturn” three more times after the transition from Israel to Babylon. This happened as Medo-Persia, Greece, and finally Rome came on the scene. Rome is still ruling through the Vatican and no other world empire has arisen to take the crown. All nations today are doing the biding of Rome and will soon help to exalt her false worship in a very open way. Throughout this time God has sought to turn hearts to righteousness. He even overruled the development of Islam and used it to punish Rome, both east and west, for their idolatry. Yet they would not turn and, sadly, none of the daughters of Rome have turned from the path of rebellion. Today the majority of Christians are yet in their sins breaking the commandments of God and spurning the real New Covenant. They yet cling to their sins and make a multitude of excuses for them. However, the seventh trumpet reveals those who will receive the grace of God for its’ intended purpose. Two classes are represented between the sixth and seventh trumpets; those who “repent not” and those who look to the temple in Heaven and receive the mystery of Christ.
So when will there be a people that will allow Christ to bring about this transformation in their life?
When The Final Trumpet Begins to Sound!
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin
to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to
his servants the prophets.” Rev 10:7
When the seventh trumpet begins to sound, the mystery of God is finished. Chapter 11 tells us that when the trumpet is finished sounding, Christ returns to this earth and life as we know it will end. When the 7th trumpet shall begin to sound, it will be the final invitation, for when it is finished, the mystery of God will be finished and Christ will have returned. Life or death will have been decided for each for all eternity. This is the most crucial time in history, for every person living will make a final decision that will decide their destiny forever.
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him
be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he
that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my
reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
Rev 22:11, 12
The Mystery of God
What is this mystery of God that is soon to be finished?
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be
blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of
Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the
LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” Is 27:13
Babylon is used in prophecy as a symbol of churches that have given up their true love of Christ and have put their love upon the world instead. It is a symbol of churches that were once good, but have become corrupted and now teach for doctrines the commandments of men. Egypt is a symbol of sin, rebellion and denial of God. Jerusalem and the holy mount are symbols of the body of Christ and the people who comprise God’s true church. God is revealing through Isaiah that during the last days, God will call His people out of the denominations that have a love of the world and are joined with the state to enforce their teachings, trademarks and market share. They will also come out of sin, atheism and the various religions that are in rebellion to the God of Heaven. They will return their loyalty to the God of Heaven and come and worship their Maker. They will join God’s people and become part of the body of Christ.
This radical transformation is made possible by the mystery of God. The mystery of God is two–fold, for it had a beginning and will have an end, the question that remains is what end will it have in you?
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was
manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Tim 3:16
The Word was made flesh and took upon Himself our sinful flesh. He lived a sinless life and was justified by the Spirit. He has been preached throughout the world and believed on by many. He has ascended to the right hand of God to minister on our behalf. It is this ministration that allows the completion or finishing of the mystery of God. And when He ascended on high, He ascended to be our High Priest, to minister in our behalf.
“And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying,
Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out
of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall
build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit
and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and
the counsel of peace shall be between them both.” Zech 6:12-13
The Lord prophesied concerning the ministration of Christ, that He would build the temple of God and that He would be a priest upon His throne. The Bible says that you are the temple of God. Therefore His building project is you.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
Christ.” 1 Pet 2:5
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly
framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye
also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
His building is accomplished through His ministration as our priest. And His work is in the temple in Heaven.
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have
such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the
Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true
tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Heb 8:1-2
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a
greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to
say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but
by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us…. For Christ is not entered into the holy places
made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven
itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:” Heb 9:11-12, 24
“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable
priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession
for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless,
undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first
for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when
he offered up himself.” Heb 7:24-27
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat
down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his
enemies be made his footstool. Having therefore, brethren, boldness
to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living
way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say,
his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw
near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure
water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised;)” Heb 10:12-13, 19-23
This ministration of Christ was obscured by the false worship of Rome from the eyes of many. They placed their earthly priesthood in the place of Christ. They substituted their dumb idols and their belief in the intercession of dead for the living, powerful and efficacious ministration of Jesus Christ, the real and only true High Priest of the New Covenant. This was prophesied in the Scriptures:
“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed
exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward
the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven;
and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and
stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of
the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place
of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against
the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the
truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. Then I heard one
saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which
spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice,
and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary
and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto
two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed.”: Dan 8:9-14.
Thus is revealed the time at which the eyes of the people would be turned to the True High Priest and enabled to comprehend the Heavenly ministry and in particular the work done in the
Most Holy Place, which is the work of Judgment and Cleansing. This same timing is revealed in
Daniel chapter 7:
“Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse
from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron,
and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped
the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head,
and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of
that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things,
whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same
horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the
Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the
most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”
This prophecy is paralleled in the seventh trumpet.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in
heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
…And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of
the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward
unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear
thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy
the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen
in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices,
and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” ;Rev 11:15, 18-19.
This reveals that during the time of the seventh trumpet, the judgment in Heaven will be transpiring. The first phase of the judgment must take place before Christ’s return as we saw in Revelation 22:11-12 and Daniel 7. This part of the judgment is taking place in Heaven where Christ is ministering on our behalf. And in the seventh trumpet we are pointed to Heaven to look into the temple in Heaven where Christ is ministering. And when we look into the Heavenly Temple we see the Ark of His Testament, before which He is ministering. The Ark contains the Law of God and is covered by the mercy seat and is the place where God promised to meet the High Priest on the Day of Atonement. As we view the Ark by faith and by faith look at the 10 Commandments contained within the Ark, we are led to examine that law. As we view the Law, we see a reflection of that to which we are compared with that Holy Law, and the difference is stark.
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in
his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20.
“What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not
known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had
said, Thou shalt not covet.” Rom 7:7.
The law condemns us for breaking the law and the law has no power to save us. We have no power to save ourselves or redeem our lives from the just consequences of our sin, which is death. The Holy Spirit works through that law to point out our sin and then He convicts us of our sins and the just penalty of death that we deserve. Yet He also directs our eyes to the Mercy Seat that covers the Law and Jesus our High Priest standing before the Ark ministering in our behalf. He then invites us to confess those sins to Christ and receive forgiveness.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
The Lord promises to not only forgive us, but to cleanse us. This cleansing will result in a changed life. Notice:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may
abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any
longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried
with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life.” Rom 6:1-4
Again, notice how clear the Bible is.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death
of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
While through His death He paid the price for our sins, yet we are saved through His life. We are changed by His life. This is how the mystery of God is finished. So that it is not only Christ “manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory,” but this mystery is finished, for there is one more step in the mystery of God.
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin
to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to
his servants the prophets.” Rev 10:7
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of
God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God; Even the
mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now
is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what
is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is
Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man,
and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus.” Col 1:25-28
This is the mystery of God — Christ in YOU! When the 7th trumpet begins to sound there will be a people who will allow Christ to dwell in them through the Spirit so fully that they will reflect the character of Christ. They will be perfect in Christ Jesus. It will be Christ living and not them.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ
liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith
of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20
We will be saved by the life of Jesus Christ lived within us today at this time, which is the mystery of God.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Phil 2:5
It is the greatest mystery ever, that God came and took our nature and took our death, that we might partake of His nature and share in His life.
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in
the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3, 4
Thus it is that the mystery of God is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory. Christ on earth, Christ in Heaven, even Christ in the Church is nothing for you if He is not, Christ IN YOU. The process of birth, life, death, and resurrection that occurred in Christ is to be repeated in you.
He was born of the Spirit (Mt. 1:18) and we must be born again of the Spirit (Jn. 3:3, 5).
He lived a life of victory, free from sin, in obedience to the law of God (Jn. 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5). Through the power and grace of the indwelling Christ, we may also live a victorious life in obedience to the law of God, free from sin and rebellion (Mt. 5:48; Jude 24; 1 Jn. 3:6; Rom. 6:1-4).
He died for our sins (Rom. 5:8; Jn. 3:16). We need to die to our sins and self (Rom 6; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 3:6-8).
He was raised to life (Mk. 16:9). We need to be raised from the watery grave to walk in newness of life forsaking the old life and living unto Christ, in obedience to the gospel (Rom. 6:4; Gal. 6:15; Eph 4:22-24; Col. 3:9, 10).
The 7th trump has begun to sound. The mystery of God is being finished. Will you let Christ live in you and be your hope of glory? There are only two groups brought out in the closing of the trumpets; those who will not repent of their evil deeds and those who receive Christ within and are changed by His life lived within. We are invited to look within the Heavenly Temple and behold our High Priest ministering in our behalf. We are beckoned to look at the Ark and see the law and the mercy of God. To be convicted of our sins and have them cleansed from our lives by the power of Jesus Christ. While Christ is ministering in Heaven the door of mercy is open. When Christ finishes cleansing the temple, and everyone has made their final decisions, Christ will leave the temple and change His garments. He will remove His priestly garments and put on His kingly robes. At that time there will be lightnings, thunderings, the final great earthquake, the voice of God, the final plague of hail, the second coming of Jesus in power and glory to rescue the redeemed and take them to their home in Heaven. Today you may look and live, today you may choose life.
During this final sounding,
will you make a new beginning?