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REVELATION CHAPTER 10 & 11

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1-3 I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire; 2 and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; 3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.

 

Rev 10,1-11

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Heavenly ceremony prior to the first resurrection – During the “17th-century American Puritan father and son Increase and Cotton Mather,” were the first to re-discover the concept of a Rapture that would happen to the Church in the last days (according to Wikipedia). Prior to that the Rapture was lost knowledge, though it does exist in the Scriptures. The description of this book is similar to the one Jesus opened in the beginning of Revelation, who alone was worthy to take the book and open its seals, which started this whole sequence of judgment. The tenth chapter occurs in the timeframe between the sixth and seventh trumpet, another book comes forth, an opened book, though we are not allowed to know its contents. The seventh trumpet is about to sound; this seventh trumpet is the last trumpet, and we all know what that means in 1Cor 15-52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet… the dead will be raised.” Then in 1The 4-16,17 it says, “The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” This is obviously referring to the Rapture. Dan 12-4 speaks of another book that was concealed, which was probably the book of seals that Jesus opened in Revelation and is still unfolding. John sealed up this little book, concealing its contents, suggesting that there is missing knowledge in the Bible that God intentionally left out. John knew what the seven peals of thunder said, but he was directed not to tell us. This missing knowledge must pertain to the Rapture. This missing knowledge has raised such a ruckus in the Church, effectively dividing it for years regarding the Rapture. The time of the Rapture in the sequence of endtime events is significant, because it holds many secrets to God’s character and His overall plan for His church in the last days. This little book is still open, suggesting that it is possible to know its contents, further suggesting that if we seek God, He is not averse to revealing it to us, but to those who do not seek the truth from God, it is concealed. That is to say there will be two kinds of Christians in the last days, those who seek God's truth and those who don’t, just like the parable of the ten virgins had two kinds of Christians, those who were wise and those who were foolish.  

(108i) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the mysteries of God – Chapter ten of Revelation talks about a little book that tastes good but gave John a stomachache when he ate it. That is, the words themselves were sweet but their meaning was bitter. The angel said to seal up the little book and don’t divulge its contents. This is exactly what Daniel 12-4 says, which refers to the things written in the book of Revelation. Daniel’s secret has been disclosed, but the secret of Revelation has not. What secret do you suppose that little book contains that is good to eat but afterward made John want to vomit? It was about the time of the Rapture, about the apostasy and about the false brethren riddled in churches across America and throughout Europe. Those who call themselves Christians in the last days, who are duped in the false teachings of easy-believism, will never believe the truth even if it were described to them. The Rapture is about to take place at the seventh trumpet, and they will never believe it. There is one other thing that was contained in the little book, the knowledge of a Great Endtime Revival, starting sometime after the seals begin to unfold and continuing throughout the trumpet judgments. This is another truth that the false brethren will never believe; hence, they will never join this revival, but will call it a trick of the devil.

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God

(172a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Antichrists among Christians – Between the ninth chapter and the eleventh chapter is obviously the tenth chapter, which often receives sparse attention in endtimes Bible studies, since most people don’t know the relevance of it. The tenth chapter displays God’s foreknowledge in that He knew the Church would wax into apostasy in the last days through the teachings of easy-believism, specifically, people in the last days who believe the Rapture will occur as the very first fulfillment of endtime prophecy. This is one of the most beguiling deceptions Satan has ever devised. It has led countless millions who call themselves Christians to feel that there is no need to prepare for the last days, because they will be raptured. Meanwhile the Rapture is not scheduled to occur until just before the bowls of God fierce wrath, which is two-thirds of the way into endtime prophecy. The Church will have to go though the first six seals and through the six trumpets before the Rapture finally occurs at the seventh and last trumpet. God didn’t want to tell anyone when the Rapture would occur, except that He did. He knew that the Church would be so steeped in blinding heretical apostasy that they would not believe the truth even if someone described it to them, and so He did describe it to them. He said that the Rapture would occur at the seventh and last trumpet, and almost nobody believes it.

Rev 10,1-7

(15i) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> For the sake of the Church

Rev 10-1

(112b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus’ light overcomes darkness >> The light of His power

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Covering

(221k) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from sin >> He hides behind unbelief

Rev 10-3,4

(106h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through His Son -- These verses go with verses 8&9

(246e) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> The literal mystery of godliness

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4-6 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them." 5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer,

 

Rev 10,4-10

(99aa) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the word of God >> Endure Hearing the word of God – There were seven peals of thunder, suggesting there were seven pages to the little book. When John ate the contents of the book, it was sweet to his taste but it gave him a stomachache, suggesting that the the truth written within it pages was bittersweet. What could the book have said that was bittersweet, introduced just before the last trumpet? Any student of God’s word immediately thinks of the Rapture whenever he hears the words “last trumpet,” suggesting that Revelation chapter ten is a mixture of sorrow and joy associated with the Rapture. The book is sweet to the taste to the born-again Christian who worships God in spirit and truth, but it makes his stomach bitter knowing that so many people will be left behind. They were the false brethren, and there will be a huge number of them. According to the parable of the ten virgins, half the Church will be left behind. They wanted to live a secular lifestyle according to the lusts and desires of the flesh. Christians understand their own flesh, but they don’t agree with its lusts and they don’t believe in the world of evil that it has created. They believe their flesh is lying to them and they know the Spirit of God who dwells in them is the truth, but the false brethren don't believe this. The longer the delay, the more people will harden their hearts against God. Their lamps will effectively run out of oil, as Jesus prophesied in the parable of the ten virgins.

Rev 10-4

(132d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> God gives his spirit as a pledge >> His Spirit is a seal

(230j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Word of God is the mystery godliness – Something very similar was written in Daniel 12-4, “But you, Daniel, shut up these words and seal the book until the time of the end.” Daniel was not allowed to write this but to let it remain a mystery.’ However, when the new covenant came and the book of Revelation was written, all the things that God did not allow Daniel to write were revealed. When John wrote his book of endtimes, there was another piece of prophecy kept from us. At the very end of chapter 11 it finally mentions the seventh and last trumpet. Six trumpets were fulfilled with each being was more severe than the one before it, so the seventh judgment should have been the worst of all, but when the seventh trumpet sounded, nothing really happened. The narrative merely flips to a scene in heaven, and there was an earthquake and a hailstorm barely worth mentioning. This was nothing compared to the previous trumpet judgments with demons emerging from the earth to torment and kill mankind who took the Mark of the Beast. Therefore, the judgment of the seventh and last trumpet must have been what God commanded John not to write, and what did Paul say about the last trumpet? “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1Cor 15-51,52). The Rapture occurs at the seventh trumpet! As the judgments grow more severe with each trumpet, it makes the Rapture the worst judgment of all, both to the devil and to man, though it is the glory of the Church. Now God’s full fury is ready to be unleashed on the inhabitants of the earth in the bowls of His mighty wrath. God did not allow John to write about the Rapture because He knew that charlatans would devise teachings and doctrines instructing people that God will come before anyone suffers. 1The 5-9 says, “God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is true that God will not subject the Church to His judgments, but He will allow them to suffer under Satan’s wrath, which will strengthen the true saints but cause the false brethren to crumble. In order to attract people to their churches, scoundrels in the last days will devise many false doctrines, such as the pre-tribulation Rapture, and many within the Church with itching ears will believe it, so when Christ doesn’t come when they expect and they begin to suffer from all the evils of the world, they will curse God and abandon the faith.

Rev 10,5-7

(215c) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> Fulfillment of God’s time >> The moment we have all been waiting for – People have been waiting for God for millennia, ever since Jesus promised to return. Jesus taught that He would delay His return, and when God claims to delay, you can be sure it will be a long one. Two thousand years might be a delay for someone who lives in the realm of eternity, but for we mortals it is an eternity. With God time is relative. He has existed from all eternity past and will continue living throughout all eternity. God has so much time, we can spend our entire lives waiting for Him and when He returns, He didn’t consider Himself late. For this angel (Christ) to say that there should be delay no longer, He was referring to the manifestation of God’s kingdom on the earth, and He meant there should be delay no longer even from a human standpoint!

Rev 10-6

(151j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Creation is evidence of God >> Living things reflect the nature of God

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7-11 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. 8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, "Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land." 9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." 10 I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. 11 And they said to me, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."

 

Rev 10-7

(44a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> It is finished >> Fulfill God’s will

(231f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Revelation of Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom >> Jesus reveals the mystery of the kingdom – The mystery of God is the Church. Eph 3,2-6 says, Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." Paul just said that “the mystery of God” is the Church, so when it says, "the mystery of God is finished" here in Revelation, it is referring to the Rapture. When the seventh angel sounds his trumpet it will mark the end of the mystery of God in the world through the Church. The moment God snatches up His church, the age of grace will be complete, marking the commencement of God’s millennial kingdom imposed on the earth.

(237b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Last trumpet – In verse four of this chapter we read that God does not allow John to reveal the knowledge that he learned from the angel and from the seven peals of thunder. There is another account of this in Daniel 12-4 that says, “Seal up the book until the end of time.” There is a saying, “The Old Testament is the New concealed, and the New is the Old revealed.” By that we understand Daniel sealed up the book so nobody would understand endtime prophecy until it was about to be fulfilled, but if the point of Revelation is to reveal the Old Testament, why was John not allowed to reveal the seven peals of thunder (Rev 10,1-4)? When John took the book, the angel instructed him to eat it and told him what to expect, saying that the book would be bitter/sweet. The book tasted like honey because it was the word of God, but it turned his stomach bitter because of what it said. What did this little book say that turned John’s stomach? John was prohibited to write that the Rapture was about to occur. Had John written the words that the seven peals of thunder spoke, there would have been no question about the Rapture in the sequence of endtime events. Although Paul specifically mentioned the last trumpet in connection with the Rapture, it hasn’t seemed to help anyone in the Church; they just go right on believing what they want. In Rev 11-15 we see that the First Resurrection occurs when it says, “Then the seventh angel sounded” (the last trumpet), as Paul said in 1Cor 15-52. People refuse to believe that Paul’s “last trumpet” refers to the seven trumpets of Revelation, the book devoted to endtime prophecy, because it conflicts with their beloved pre-tribulation Rapture theory.

Rev 10,8-11

(40g) Judgment >> Judgment of Christ >> God’s word judges the world >> It does not believe in Him Most Christians these days make the assumption that the Rapture occurs in chapter four when God told John, “Come up here.” They say that the Church is never mentioned again, and of course what they mean is that the word “Church” is never mentioned again. However, in later chapters it speaks about a multitude that cannot be counted that suddenly appears in heaven, but they say, ‘That’s got nothing to do with it.’ Their doctrines are contrived based on what they want to believe and what they don’t want to believe, but if they are going to read the Bible that way, they will never arrive at the truth. God knew the Church would gravitate toward this pre-tribulation Rapture hoax, simply because it appeals to the flesh. They want God to Rapture them from all the world’s problems that they helped cause by their omission of righteousness. They fail to remember that millions of God’s people throughout the centuries have suffered at the hands of their persecutors, and God did not protect them, because God does not view suffering as evil, but we equate suffering with evil as though there were a direct connection between the two. Evil people certainly cause others to suffer, yet to make that connection is like comparing apples to oranges. God has every intension of protecting the Church from judgment that He intends for the world, but He doesn’t have to Rapture us to do that. God has a plan, but the Church is not interested in God’s plan. People who have this mentality will not enjoy heaven if they get there at all. Those who know and love the truth will enjoy heaven, because Jesus is the truth and heaven is their home.

(49b) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> God judges the nations through the Church

Rev 10,8-10

(69k) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Executing God’s judgment by His authority – John didn’t see the one who was speaking but only heard His voice, signifying that the Father was speaking with him. John was told to take the book from the angel’s hand, and so he went with the authority of God and knew the angel would willingly oblige him. Communicating the will of God flows in heaven without so much as a ripple; nobody argues about who has more authority.

(123b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Being bold in the position God has given you

Rev 10-8,9

(106h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Means of hearing from God >> Through His Son -- These verses go with verses 3&4

(245k) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestations of the devil >> Manifestation of sin

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Rev 10-9,10

(26f) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is the fruit of the world

(63a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> God deceives His people – The fact that John knew what the angel said but the Church does not know, suggests that individuals who seek His knowledge, God will reveal it to them, but the rest will remain in the dark. This has to do with God’s foreknowledge; He knew what would happen to the Church that it would fall away from the faith and believe in doctrines of demons. The original teachings of the apostles are skewed, though they are still plainly written in the Bible for anyone to read. For example, the Church’s main focus is on the grace of God, which sounds good, but they have taken it to an extreme and made the Bible say that a person can live any way he wants and be saved, so long as he believes in a certain set of doctrines. This is no more the gospel of Christ according to Scripture than the devil interpreting the gospel for us. Probably the most caustic doctrine in the Church today pertains to the pre-tribulation Rapture. It will result in the death of many souls who call themselves Christians today, for when the antichrist is manifested, many will abandon the faith. If the people insist on a pre-tribulation Rapture, then God will let them believe it.

(218e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> Reaping the harvest of our works

Rev 10-11

(149i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Receiving authority from God personally

(152kb) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> True prophets >> Prophesying the future – Chapter ten ends on the note that prophesying is not complete, that is, evangelism is not complete, but “many peoples and nations and tongues and kings” must hear the word of the Lord, and then chapter eleven begins regarding to two witnesses. They will prophecy to the entire world, for they will receive media coverage. They will remain in Jerusalem, and their ministry is to the 144,000, whose ministry in turn is to the gentile nations.

 

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REVELATION CHAPTER 11

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1&2 Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 "Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

 

Rev 11,1-6

(28c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects the Church from the world – Most of mankind will have been killed through the many plagues and curses consisting of the seals, trumpets and bowls of God’s judgment, which were written in the little book (Rev 5,1-14); the seals Jesus only had authority break and fulfill the words written therein. Apart from those who would wage war against the lamb, there will be a minority who will have previously migrated to Jerusalem as a refuge from the insanity of the world, who never took the mark of the beast and repented of their unbelief. Ironically, Jerusalem will be the safest place in the world for them, yet it will be the place where all their enemies will gather for the Great War against God with intensions of leveling the city and destroying everybody.

(50h) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> Two witnesses - adjudicators of God's judgment – The whole point of miracles was to get people’s attention to hear the word of God, and for this reason signs, wonders and miracles always accompany genuine revivals orchestrated from heaven. Revival is coming to this world, meaning that signs, wonders and miracles will return as a divine means of ratifying the word of God and positively identifying those who bring God’s truth. During revival we can tell who is telling the truth and who is lying based on those performing the miracles. Just follow the miracles to the source and know for certain that it is also the source of truth from God. We can say that the devil will try to mimic God and perform his lying wonders, but those kind of miracles are more in line with magic, whereas the miracles that God performs are usually things that nobody else can do, not even the devil can replicate them or would even try. For example, a person on her deathbed suddenly cured is not something the devil would want to repeat. This is why Jesus used miracles of healing and went around doing good, because it is not something the devil would want to imitate, works that opposed the will of Satan. If the devil had the power to perform miracles, the last thing he would do is heal people. Instead, if he had miraculous powers, he would not use them for good but to steal, kill and destroy. Darker the world, the less people look for revival, yet the darker it gets the closer we are to it, for the whole point of revival is to dispel the darkness, which can get so thick that people begin to question the existence of God, and in that sense of course there will be no revival if there is no God, yet sure as there is a God, so revival is coming.

Rev 11-1,2

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple -- These verses go with verse 16. John was commanded to measure the temple of God and the altar and those who dwell in it but not to measure the outer court, “for it has been given to the nations, and they will tread underfoot the holy city for forty-two months.” Thus the courtyard of the temple is equated to Jerusalem. To measure something is to place certain features under scrutiny, to give it your full attention. The outer court, however, does not get this attention; it is to be ignored. The outer court of the temple consists of a gated fence surrounding the temple. The fenced-in area is called the courtyard. The altar, where they performed the animal sacrifice and burnt offering, was located in front of the doorway of the tent of meeting, that is, the temple. The fence was made of porpoise skin, a very durable material intended to symbolize our own skin, our outermost form, which the apostle Paul coined "the flesh". This means anyone who walks in the flesh, who oppose walking in the Spirit, will be trampled by the world. Our skin is the substance we use to interface with the world. The temple of God including the outer court is therefore an analogy of our bodies, and verse 2 equates it with Jerusalem. The gentiles will tread Jerusalem underfoot for 42 months, referring to the outer court, meaning that the temple itself will remain intact and off limits to the gentiles. Of course, this is allegorically speaking. The allegory suggests that a more spiritual form of worship will be required to protect us from the evil that is coming to the world, but those who refuse to worship God in Spirit and truth, those who are content to loiter outside the temple in the courtyard of the flesh will be subject to the gentiles’ hoof. God will spiritually protect His people who enter in a higher realm of worship that He offers, but those who prefer to walk in the flesh will be trodden underfoot by men. He will protect His people in the last days using the two witnesses, who light the way to this Most Holy Place with God, “…the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth,” along with the 144,000. There was the holy place and then there was a second chamber within the temple called the Holy of Holies. The lampstands were placed in the first room lighting the table of showbread and the altar of perpetual incense, representing prayer that led the way into the Holy of Holies. Obviously 144,000 people cannot pack inside such a small temple, so we are speaking figuratively. 

(210i) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Salvation is from the Jews >> Jews are believers >> Gospel belongs to the Jew first – God intends to provide a way of escape by offering His people a doorway that leads to a very spiritual place. The two witnesses will call to those who are idly standing in the courtyard and beckon them to come with them into the hidden chambers of God’s Most Holy Place. John is speaking both figuratively and literally about Jerusalem being unable to find God on a spiritual level and thus be trodden underfoot by the gentiles during the 42 months of the seals as stated in verse two. Then in verse three it speaks of 1,260 days, equal to another 42 months but not the same period, establishing a seven-year tribulation, spanning the seals and the trumpets. Halfway through the tribulation, after the seals are completed, God will wake up His Jewish people, His 144,000, including the two witnesses, referring to the restoration of Israel, prior to the angels sounding their trumpets, and they will lead the gentiles into the greatest spiritual revival the world has ever known, beginning in Jerusalem. Billions will be saved from this evil and perverse generation. Jerusalem will be trodden underfoot by men, but not during the watch of the two witnesses. God will give them authority to call down fire on their enemies, effectively attracting attention of the whole world, as a duck would steer predators away from her ducklings. The fact that the two witnesses were clothed in sackcloth is iconic to coming from a wilderness experience prior to assuming their ministries, which implies that they will lead the 144,000 (the woman) along with the gentile church (her children) into their own wilderness experience during the days of their prophesying.

(237e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Selective rapture

Rev 11-2,3

(214k) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God Has Good Timing >> God synchronizes events in His time -- These verses go with verse 7

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3-6 "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6 These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.

 

Rev 11,3-14

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority To Execute Judgment >> Against sin

(148b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Solemnly testify against unbelief – Sackcloth signifies that the Two Witnesses were not here for a party; sackcloth represents fasting and repentance, and in the last days it will represent martyrdom of the saints. Sackcloth is made of burlap, which is a very scratchy material, uncomfortable to wear. Whenever Israel saw the end of their ways and repented, they clothed themselves in sackcloth and ashes with fasting and prayer. The Two Witnesses are not literally Moses and Elijah, though their ministries will model after them, nor did they descend from heaven. They didn’t live continuously in sackcloth, but began wearing it on the day they were called to this 3½-year period, but before this time their ministries were symbolized by olive branches and lampstands, representing revival and times of plenty in the light of God’s word. The Two Witnesses’ ministry will come at a time of tremendous revival within the Church, but also during terrible persecution in the last days, occurring prior to the Rapture. Most people agree that there will be revival in the last days; the Bible speaks of it in the book of Joel, but many believe this revival will occur after the Rapture. There is a very popular belief that great masses will finally awaken to the fact that they have been “left behind,” but this will not be the case. There will be some left behind, but they will not be great numbers. The antichrist will begin to martyr Christians because of this revival. If there were no revival, there would be no occasion to persecute the saints, but this revival will cause all kinds of trouble with the antichrist, for we will blow the whistle on him, exposing his identity to the whole world as the person the Bible prophesied would come, and that anybody who takes his mark will find their place in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.

(153a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Church bears witness of the Father through Christ

(218c) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to persecution – In the last days Christianity will become a matter of life and death, and people will make a commitment to Jesus that will be based on this premise. Currently however, most people’s commitment to their faith in Christ is lackadaisical, one of a hundred priorities in their lives. They go to church and proceed through the ritual of Sunday morning service, their faith being anecdotal at best, but in the last days the only thing that will matter to people will be their faith in Jesus. There will be a revival like no one has ever seen. People will be zealous for their faith in Jesus; signs, wonders and miracles will become commonplace, and people will come to know that this man of lawlessness is the antichrist from the contrast of light that God is shining on the world through the Two Witnesses. God will give the people an alternative; otherwise, they would have been engulfed by the darkness, being another example of God’s grace and mercy for mankind. This corresponds with the Scriptures throughout the New and Old Testaments, particularly Joel chapter two and the parable in Mat 22,1-14.

Rev 11,3-12

(45k) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Satan VS the saints >> Defeating Satan in weakness of sinful flesh – The two witnesses will be given by God to protect His church and to judge the world for worshipping and serving the antichrist instead of the God of heaven, after a great volume of evidence was given to prove God’s existence and His love for mankind. Still they worshipped and served His nemesis that hates mankind with a bitter hatred, because man was been made in the image of God and were created in place of Lucifer and his demons to receive a position higher than Lucifer prior to his transgression.

(50cc) Judgment >> Last Days >> Jewish Led endtime revival >> Jews become obedient in the last days – The olive tree represents life, having received the latter rains. Olive oil has been a favorite for thousands of years. It represents times of plenty, but it is extracted by great pressure, sending the olives through a press and squeezing the oil from the fruit, and this is precisely what will happen to the Church in the last days in a great and terrible persecution when thousands of Christians will be required to give their lives for their faith. The precious oil will come from them, the oil of anointing, and it will be used for the lampstands that shine the light on the table of showbread, holding the word of God, bringing about a Great Endtime Revival that will induce persecution. The Two Witnesses are coming to straighten out the doctrines of the Church and to end all schisms and denominations, so that all believers become a single Church. They will be authoritative figures; their views will become the views of the Church. Everyone who participates in this revival will receive and accept the doctrines they hand down to the Church, and if they refuse, they simply will not be part of this revival. The other alternative will be the antichrist and his mark and the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone. Everybody in the world will either receive the teachings of the Two Witnesses or they will receive the antichrist; hundreds of millions of people will get saved; huge numbers will reject the antichrist and side with the revival led by the 144,000 Jewish witnesses.

Rev 11,3-10

(201g) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> The Church offends the world

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Rev 11,3-7

(131g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependence >> Serving one another – The Two Witnesses will have the ministries of Moses and Elijah, one will confront the antichrist as Elijah confronted Ahab and Jezebel (1Kings chapters 18,19), while the other will lead the Church into the protection of the wilderness as Moses led the exodus of Israel from pharaoh. This is why people say the Two Witnesses will be Moses and Elijah; though they will not literally be Moses and Elijah, they will have similar ministries. When it says in verse 6, “They have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire,” it takes us back to Jesus’ promises in John chapters 14 through 17, particularly when He said, “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do.” This is not the only promise that will be fulfilled in those days, but in fact all His promises will be fulfilled for the second time in church history. The first was at the first century and the second will be in the last century. Everything in-between was mostly a spiritual wasteland throughout the age of grace on account of man’s disobedience and unbelief. We will see the Church in all of her glory, and perhaps realize that had we obeyed Christ long ago, He may have come for us earlier. The interval of chapters 14 through 17 culminates in Jesus’ high priestly prayer that He spoke possibly with tears in His eyes, knowing the Church would never obey Him enough to see these things come to pass, referring to unity that He so earnestly desired in His people and was denied generation after generation, century after century, millennia after millennia throughout the age of grace. However, He will finally get His way in the last days.

Rev 11,3-6

(5c) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples finish the course

(49b) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> God judges the nations through the Church -- These verses go with verses 15-17. The plagues of the two witnesses fit the description of the plagues that God pronounced against the world during the trumpets, suggesting that they are the same plagues. Those who seek to harm them will have the backing of the whole world, so the two witnesses will have the backing of all heaven. As the two witnesses pronounce judgment against their enemies, so God will unleash His trumpets, which will bring the same plagues against the nations. In that sense the two witnesses control the trumpets. The whole world will be rooting for the two witnesses, for them to die, even though they are performing miracles from God. The world will know for certain that these two men are from God, yet they will seek to kill them, even as they did to Jesus Christ, and as a result, peoples’ hearts throughout the world will turn to stone. These will be days when every man, woman and child will either be for the two witnesses, who represent Christ on the earth, in which case they will join the Church and be saved, or they will be against them, in which case they will damn themselves to hell with a reprobate heart that is incapable of repentance.

(69i) Authority >> Righteous judgment (Outcome of Discernment) >> Passing judgment by the authority of God

(101c) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> For the manifestation of God’s kingdom >> Zealous for God’s works

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God—Spirit -- These verses go with verses 11&12

(152kb) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> True prophets >> Prophesying the future -- These verses go with verse 18

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice -- These verses go with verse 17. The death of the Two Witnesses gives the appearance of failure, and this is what God would have the antichrist think. Those who have received the mark of the beast will feel vindicated that the antichrist through his power of darkness overcame them, and they will believe that they made the right decision to follow him, that perhaps these last 3½ years was an elaborate hoax. What they had witnessed was the manifestation of hell itself, being anxious for lost souls, the demonic entities coming from the abyss to torment mankind who have the mark of the beast. Those who survived the trumpet judgments will deny these things happened, lying to their own hearts, so they believe what they want.

Rev 11-3

(6c) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of evangelism

Rev 11-5,6

(22b) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The idolatry of greed

Rev 11-5

(28b) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God protects us through our faith – The two witnesses will never leave Jerusalem, being stationed there by God to protect the holy city, and the antichrist will also be established there. They call the city Sodom and Egypt, meaning that Israel will continue acting corruptly like ancient Egypt during the days of Israel’s slavery to pharaoh, suggesting the antichrist will place the world in bondage while residing in Jerusalem. Of course these two witnesses represent Moses and Elijah, and they have come to set the Church free from the pharaoh of antichrist. It also says the city will resemble Sodom, meaning it will be sexually immoral, depraved, rebellious and unrepentant, until finally God reins fire down from heaven as He also did to Gomorrah. It is no wonder the world rejoiced when these two witnesses were killed.

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment

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7-10 When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

 

Rev 11,7-14

(50i) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> The First Resurrection – The description of the Two Witnesses coming back to life suggests they are the first fruits of the resurrection of the righteous, and of course Jesus was the very first fruit. The First Resurrection will not happen in the blink of an eye as Paul promised about the Rapture; life will enter them and they will stand and slowly ascend into heaven in the presence of their enemies. It will be shortly after the Two Witnesses rise from the dead that the First Resurrection will occur, and it will be shortly after the First Resurrection that the Rapture will occur. This is the significance of the Two Witnesses: they have testified of the truth and restored the Church to the true doctrines of the faith; they have established a global revival where hundreds of millions of people will be saved; they will have set the 144,000 Jews in places of authority throughout the world as leaders of a global revival, where they will set up camps (Rev 20-9) on the outskirts of major cities, where many will come and be saved, as it is written, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues” (Rev 18-4). No one will be able to harm them so long as they remain in these camps. After the First Resurrection, the only people who remain on the earth are those who are not saved, most of whom persecuted God’s people to the death. There will be two kinds of people: those who received the mark of the beast and those who did not receive the mark, yet neither believed in Jesus, but after the Rapture many without the mark will believe, though they will be relatively few in number. They will be required to migrate to Jerusalem as God’s only approved safe haven on the earth.

Rev 11,7-13

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God

Rev 11,7-10

(16a) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Man's sinful nature wars against God – These verses go with verse 18. The book of Revelation depicts a time when man will give himself completely over to the fleshly, sinful nature. This means that the buffering effect of the Church against sin will be neutralized. People who live in this time outside the Church will want nothing to do with God, and will graft on to a satanic replica of Him, worshiping it as their god. This "god" of theirs will take the form of materialism, sexual immorality and human pride—sound familiar? You could prove God’s existence and His benevolent intent for mankind and still they will not repent and believe in the gospel, because they have already made up their minds to worship the beast, representing their desire for a luxurious lifestyle.

(16h) Sin >> Man’s willingness to be evil >> Being punished for doing God’s will

(25d) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Murder >> Persecution to the death >> Murder is the way of the world – A beast that has authority over the abyss is mentioned earlier in Rev 9,1-3 as part of the trumpet judgments, when the smoke of a furnace was released, and the smoke brought forth columns of locusts-like creatures that were commanded to torment and kill those on the earth who did not have the mark of God on their foreheads. Then the beast that was in charge of the abyss killed the two witnesses. The enemy of the world became the friend of the world when it killed them, in that these two witnesses were in charge of the trumpets, and so they were responsible for the creatures that emerged from the abyss that tormented and killed mankind, but instead of blaming these creatures, the world blamed the two witnesses. Satan always seems to walk free of accountability; he is never at fault for anything he does; God and His people instead get the blame.

(43a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the Resurrection of Christ’s death

(164j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world hates the Church

(185c) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Having no grounds for your hate >> Hating the Church without a cause

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God – God will allow His two witnesses to be killed as martyrs. Martyrs were named as the fifth seal, but until now they were not mentioned, so that the two witnesses effectively stopped martyrdom in its tracks, until the appointed time for his two witnesses to be killed.

(199h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> The world rejects God >> Rejecting Christ to keep the world The world chose the antichrist over the two witnesses. Man’s choice of Satan over God is a never-ending replay throughout the whole of human history. For Jerusalem to be called Sodom means it has become a place of demons and evil wickedness. When we think of the Torah and some of the wickedness the Jews have written in their own book against Christ and His worshipers, sounds like something that would come from Sodom and Gomorrah. There will be many Jews who still do not believe in Jesus, who will not take part of this revival and thus not be numbered among the 144,000. Their influence will invite the antichrist to establish His kingdom in Jerusalem in effort to squash this revival. Prior to the revival, Satan’s kingdom is established in Rome, but once revival breaks-out in Jerusalem, Satan will migrate to the holy city and set up shop beside the two witnesses for the purpose of killing them. Why did the whole world want them dead? The two witnesses were responsible for tormenting the nations by unleashing the trumpets against them, as verse ten testifies, “these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.” The fact that the people of the whole earth rejoiced in their death is evidence of the reprobate mindset that has become prevalent in the last days and the guilt of their unbelief. The world at large has rebelled against God from the greatest to the least of them in spite of God's manifested presence in His two witnesses.

(242a) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Killing God’s prophets

Rev 11-7

(214k) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God Has Good Timing >> God synchronizes events in His time -- This verse goes with verses 2&3

Rev 11-8

(135c) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Homosexuality – This is Jerusalem, the holy city being called Sodom and Egypt, equating the holy city with Sodom and Gomorra, having fallen into depravity after the antichrist set up shop where the Two Witnesses reside. 

Rev 11-9,10

(65g) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan unites the world for the cause of persecution – Although they have already gone through the seals and the trumpets of God’s judgment, still there is a global television network in operation that will air the death of these two witnesses, allowing the whole world to watch TV and see their dead bodies laying in the streets of Jerusalem. This suggests that much of God’s judgment up to that point has left man’s structural architecture intact, despite the earthquakes and wars that have occurred. It is during the bowls of God's judgment that man’s global infrastructure incurs total destruction.

Rev 11-10

(19d) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by the flesh

(174j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Form of godliness but denying the truth

(179d) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Stir up the crowd >> Stir up the crowd through jealousy

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11-14 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

 

Rev 11,11-15

(237b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> Last trumpet – What are the three woes to which John is referring in verse 14? They are the seals, the trumpets and the bowls. When the seals were broken the curses they unleashed progressed from bad to worse, and when the trumpets sounded, they too progressed from bad to worse, and when God spilled the bowls on the earth, they too progressed from bad to worse, so the pattern is well established. Nothing could be worse than demonic entities crawling out of the bowels of the earth to torture and kill a third of mankind. According to the pattern, the seventh trumpet will be worse than the first, yet it didn't even speak of a judgment or a curse or a plague of any kind. Lets tally up the elements of the seventh trumpet and compare it to the sixth trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven; the twenty-four elders worshipped God; the heavens were opened and revealed the Ark of the Covenant; there was lightning and thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm. Compared to the sixth trumpet it reads like a blank space. Rev 11-16,17 says, “The twenty-four elders fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, we give thee thinks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because thou hast taken thy great power and hast begun to reign,” but it doesn’t say what God did to begin to reign. What happened? This should have been the worse trumpet of all; seven thousand people died in an earthquake, but that is nothing compared to the previous trumpets. There was nothing John reported that tops demons making men long for death, and fire breathing horses that killed a third of mankind. There must be something missing, something John didn’t tell us, but why? This goes back to chapter 10 about the little book. John was ordered to “seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken, and do not write them” (Rev 10-4). So, what did the seven peals of thunder say? They spoke of the First Resurrection and of the Rapture! There are a number of signs that lead us to believe the Rapture took place at the seventh trumpet. First, the seventh trumpet is the last trumpet, depicted in 1Cor 15-52. Second, it occurred after the two witnesses were raised in the First Resurrection, the resurrection of the righteous. These are the things that John was commanded not to write, but why? By voiding out this information God has given an opportunity for those unwilling to follow Christ to devise doctrines that would excuse themselves from serving Him. Anyone unwilling to walk through the fire with Jesus will adopt the pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine. Instead of trusting God to the point of possibly becoming martyrs for Christ, many will simply walk away from their faith. This is God screening the disingenuous from His true worshipers, for He promised to test those who dwell upon the earth, including and especially His church (Rev 3-10). Anyone who adheres to the pre-tribulation Rapture believes it with false motives, knowing they don’t have the faith to go through the tribulation, nor do they have the heart to seek God for the faith. God has long suffered mankind throughout all time, especially after Christ spilled His blood for the sins of the world and no one seems to care. He has given us the promise of the Holy Spirit to live an abundant life, yet man has consistently rejected God’s plan and interpreted a more carnal and secular view of the gospel. However, in the last days God will expect us to follow Him into the fire, for His kingdom is about to be manifested on the earth and those who partake of it must prove themselves worthy by giving God the respect he deserves and following Him wherever He leads. God is screening His church by removing the key of knowledge that unlocks the understanding of endtime prophecy. If we know the proper sequence of the Rapture, then we understand the sequence of endtime events, but if we don’t get the sequence of the Rapture right, almost nothing we believe about endtime prophecy is true.

Rev 11,11-14

(49f) Judgment >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 18&19. The first woe was Satan’s wrath, the second woe was the trumpets, and the third woe is the bowls of God’s wrath.

Rev 11,11-13

(88h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life

Rev 11-11,12

(38i) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of the righteous – The two witnesses were resurrected from the dead, signaling the First Resurrection, or the resurrection of the righteous. It is not every day that people are resurrected from the dead. Jesus raised Lazarus and others from the dead, and the early apostles raised a handful of people during their ministries, and it is even possible that others were raised throughout the 2000-year age of grace, but none of them ascended to heaven except Jesus and the two witnesses, proving that this is indeed the First Resurrection, as spoken by Paul in 1The 4,13-18 and 1Cor 15,50-58. After God raised Christ from the dead, He ascended to heaven as the first-born of the resurrection (Col 1,15-18). The two witnesses ascended to heaven as the second and third fruits of the First Resurrection. Their resurrection and ascension occurred just prior to the last trumpet, and when it sounds, those who have died in faith will follow the two witnesses to heaven in like manner. Therefore, the First Resurrection cuts in two ways, from the standpoint of the wicked as the seventh trumpet, the greatest judgment from God to date, but from the standpoint of the righteous, the last trumpet one of the greatest blessings they will receive from God. Prov 10-29 says, “The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.” Therefore, the wicked hate the righteous for what they hope.

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God—Spirit -- These verses go with verses 3-6

(237i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The ascension >> Believers’ spiritual ascension

Rev 11-13

(40m) Judgment >> God is glorified >> God defends His righteous ones through judgment

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15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, " The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." 

 

Rev 11,15-19

(50j) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal - trumpets of God's judgment >> Seventh trumpet - Rapture of the Church – As it turns out, the seventh trumpet consisting of the First Resurrection/Rapture was in fact a more severe punishment against the world than the sixth trumpet that incorporated demons killing one third of mankind, in that those who were left behind were faced with the stark reality of facing the bowls of God's judgment. To the false brethren and the ungodly and the unbelieving, the First Resurrection/Rapture will be their greatest curse, more horrible than being stung by demons and killed by fire-breathing horses. It will prove they were wrong about everything, especially about serving the devil, and it sealed their fate, both in going through the bowls of God’s fierce wrath, but also being constituents of God's eternal judgment in hell. However, not everyone who faces the bowls is doomed to hell, for there will be a remnant who will be saved, who didn't take the mark of the beast, whom God will call to Jerusalem where they will find safety and protection from the bowls. Jerusalem is the only safe place on earth, for God promises to protect her in order to establish his thousand year reign upon the ancient ruins of Hebrew civilizations that have lived and died throughout the millennia. Ironically from a human standpoint, Jerusalem will also be the most dangerous place on earth in that all the nations will be trying to destroy it.

Rev 11,15-17

(49b) Judgment >> Nations are destroyed >> God judges the nations through the Church -- These verses go with verses 3-6. This passage occurs immediately after the seventh and final trumpet blast that Paul said would signal the resurrection of the righteous and the catching up of the saints. The elders worshipped God, saying that He has taken His great power and began to reign. Before this, God assigned seven angels to blow their trumpets and release the seven plagues that were prepared for the wicked in those days, each judgment being more severe than the one before it. There were the first five seals, representing the antichrist’s reign of terror, and the sixth seal was a tremendous earthquake, signaling that God was about to move, and the seventh seal contained the seven trumpets, which God executed through His angels. When the seventh trumpet sounded, John was silent about what happened, but Mat 24,29-31 explains what happened: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the son of man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the son of man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

Rev 11-15

(15i) Servant >> Angels execute Judgment >> For the sake of the Church

(136i) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ is the Church – In some respects this is my favorite verse, for the seventh angel just sounded his trumpet. How many trumpet-blowing angels were there? There were seven in all, and so this is the last trumpet, which designates the Rapture, but a lot of people don’t believe this, even though Paul clearly stated in 1Cor 15-51,52, “We will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” The saints in heaven and on earth have been anticipating this day ever since the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some people equate the First Resurrection as the second coming of Christ, while others see the second coming as the war of Armageddon, while still others see it as the moment when His feet touch the Mount of Olives. Basically all three are correct, for they are all events of His second coming. The First Resurrection and the Rapture is the greatest day of the saints, but it is the worst trumpet judgment of the seven, even worse than the slaughter of a third of mankind, in that the other two-thirds of mankind see what has happened and finally realize they were wrong about everything. Before the Rapture, man has been interpreting and reinterpreting the events that have occurred, but when the First Resurrection occurs, they won’t be able to deny it. At that moment they will realize they have been tricked by the devil, and it will be too late to repent.

(229a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom slowly spreads and overtakes darkness

(237g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> The rapture >> The Church in heaven – When we look at the seven trumpets, they all increase in severity. For example, the fifth angel opened the bottomless pit, and creatures that crawled from it tormented the inhabitants of the earth who had the mark of the beast, but the sixth trumpet was even worse; it released four demonic angels who killed a third of mankind. Therefore, and the seventh angel who blew the last trumpet should be even worse, but what does it say, “There were loud voices in heaven….” It only mentions celebrating the fulfillment of the Lord’s prayer, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6-10). Basically Rev 11-15 is saying that the Kingdom of God has just manifested in the natural realm; that is very important, but how is it severe? When the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, we expected something so severe and so horrible, something so utterly unspeakable, worse even than the killing of a third of mankind, yet all it reports is a vast heavenly party. This doesn’t seem to fit the pattern of escalating severity of judgments. What the word of God is not telling us is that the First Resurrection and subsequent Rapture just happened! The question then becomes why the secrecy (Rev 10-4)?

(237k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transferred from darkness to light – In Rev 8-13 the eagle said, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” signifying that the remaining trumpet judgments will be far more severe than the previous ones, suggesting that there will be a graduating scale of intensity from one trumpet to the next, making the seventh trumpet judgment the most severe of all, and what was the great and dreadful judgment of the seventh trumpet? It says nothing, just singing of praise to God: “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’” The fifth trumpet resulted in locust-looking creatures crawling out of the bottomless pit to torment mankind but not kill them; then the sixth trumpet resulted in demonic horsemen ordered to kill a third of mankind. Finally the seventh trumpet sounded and the only result was a few praises to God? Five and six were horrendous, and the seventh, which should have been the worst, appeared to be a dud. What happened on the seventh trumpet that was more severe than all the others? Paul said that the First Resurrection/Rapture would occur at the last trumpet. For we Christians it is our great hope and the greatest day of the Church, but for the world it is the worst day imaginable, because it proves that they have been wrong the whole time. This suggests that while following Satan and committing all the atrocities of the tribulation, they actually believed at least in part that they were doing the right thing. We don’t know how they could believe that, but this has already happened in man’s evil past. Look at Hitler’s regime; people followed him believing they were doing the right thing. Also, people who get sucked in a cult believe they attend a godly church that is preaching the truth when in fact the opposite is happening. People can get deceived. The antichrist deceived the whole world into following Him, and at the First Resurrection/Rapture mankind will realize they were following the wrong person. They will suddenly realize that taking the Mark of the Beast has sealed their fate, that there really is a God and that they are really going to hell. It is by far the worst day of their lives.

(243l) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> He shall reign forever and ever

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16-19 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth." 19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

 

Rev 11-16

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple -- This verse goes with verses 1&2

Rev 11-17

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice -- This verse goes with verses 3-6. God’s kingdom will represent Him to His creation forever. God always was, and He is now, and He is manifesting His kingdom and quelling the rebellion and destroying those who destroy the earth. When the dust settles, the only one standing will be God; He will place all His enemies under His feet. It is something He has always known; He never questioned His own ability to overcome darkness and evil, that light is greater than darkness, truth is greater than error and love is greater than hate. The principles He will use to establish His kingdom will allow Him to reign forever. No created being will fall into sin again, because He has established order in His creation so these things will not happen. He could have kept sin from taking root in the first place, but that was not His plan. Eventually God would have told His people about sin and if man never knew about it, He would have gotten blank stares from His audience, for no one would have known what He was saying, but now we know about sin. It is direct rebellion against the commandments of God. Sin is reigning by our own authority and building kingdoms that glorify ourselves and exclude God. When we are under God’s authority, we are living under His righteousness, but when we use our will to rebel against God, there is nothing we can do that is righteous in His eyes. The Bible teaches that sin will never raise its ugly head again; we will have learned our lesson; sin will become a distant memory. We will teach God’s creation that obedience is the only real choice we have, and if anybody wants to dabble in rebellion against God, we will be there to correct them. If God corrected them we would be right back to the Adam and Eve story.

Rev 11-18,19

(49f) Judgment >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- These verses go with verses 11-14. There were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder, and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. These were local events that happened on earth, no doubt above the antichrist’s kingdom. We can be sure of one thing: this is not the extent of judgment resulting from the seventh trumpet.

Rev 11-18 

(12k) Servant >> Bond servants the prophets

(16a) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Man's sinful nature wars against God – This verse goes with verses 7-10

(17m) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Discerning by the flesh >> Judging the sins of others that you practice

(24g) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Envy >> Angry at God because of their poverty – It says that the nations were angry with God, and this is why they were seeking to destroy the saints: they hated God and everything that belonged to Him. The last days will be a time of literal manifestations, and in this case people will manifest their absolute hatred of God. The more He punished them, the more they hated Him. Man has always hated God. Adam and Eve eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was an affront to His absolute authority. That tree was their only means to express an interest in being like God as the devil said, the tree actually represented their interest in replacing Him. God gave them everything, but it wasn’t enough; they wanted absolute authority, and they despised God for having what He would not give them, and it made them feel impoverished. Although they possessed everything, their eye became envious of what they did not have, and they would never rest until they got it, and when they bit into that fruit in rebellion against God’s word, they obtained what they sought, but it wasn’t what they needed or wanted. Man has not veered from the course that was set for him in eating that fruit, and at the end of days the fullness of evil that eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represented will finally be realized.

(26h) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is the result of sin – Jesus said in Jn 11-26, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” He called them bondservants, prophets, saints and those who fear His name, the small and the great, but of those who do not believe in Him, those who are destined for hell are dead. That is how Jesus put it in His parable of the rich man and Lazarus, saying that Lazarus died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom, but when the rich man died, was just buried (Lk 16-22). The rich man’s soul was already dead before his body died, because he was apart from God, for that which is separate from God is dead (Mat 27-46). When the rich man died, he had nowhere else to go, so he went to hell. He was separate from God; his soul was already dead before his body died. He was buried, but his soul never went to the grave; it went straight to Hades, which is far worse than the grave. The White Throne Judgment will occur after God destroys this present creation and before He builds the new one, according to Rev 20-11, “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.” When a person dies without Christ, he is automatically condemned. The time is past and redemption is no longer possible. God gives everyone a multitude of opportunities to repent of their unbelief on an earth that testifies of God’s existence. There is every reason to believe God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11-6).

(48b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment – This verse is saying that the kingdoms of men have come to an end. That was the message of the seventh trumpet; it marked the end of man’s kingdoms on earth. The tribulation is essentially over, at least it is for the saints. They call it the seven-year tribulation because of Dan 9,25-27. The Church will be here during those seven years encompassing the seals and the trumpets, defining the tribulation of the saints. All that is left after that is to proceed with the bowls, which is a gigantic blood bath of horror. It will be such a terrible time on earth that God will have to Rapture His church from the earth, because there will be no place to hide so many people from God’s wrath. The seals were not God’s wrath, but Satan’s wrath; the trumpets were God’s judgment, but they only encompassed one third of the earth, but the bowls will be the height of God’s wrath, encompassing the entire earth.

(55h) Paradox >> Opposites >> People who are trying to preserve the earth are the same ones who will destroy it

(152kb) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> True prophets >> Prophesying the future -- This verse goes with verses 3-6

(157e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Walking in disobedience – God will reward His people for their faithfulness, which is coming at the new creation. They will be governors of cities, which will populate the new creation throughout eternity, but He will destroy those who destroy the earth. Subduing the earth is one thing, as He said to Adam (Gen 1-28), and there is another thing of destroying it, and man doesn’t seem to know the difference. Man has destroyed the earth through war and greed. It is inevitable that man requires civilization in order to survive. He was removed from the garden and shoved into nature that has rejected him, and so man has been put between a rock and a hard place. The only alternative man has is to build civilizations from materials of the earth, and that requires a restructuring of nature. If his pursuits of civilization do not destroy the earth, polluting lakes, streams and oceans and cutting down every tree for thousands of square miles of virgin forest, then his wars do. This has happened throughout the millennia, and God will repay him at the end of the age for every sin he has committed since the crucifixion of Christ.

(172d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> Worldliness in the Church

(226f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Eternal rewards

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(133e) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> The temple of God is holy – It says that the temple of God in heaven was opened and the Ark of the Covenant appeared in His temple. Paul said, “We are the temple of the living God” (2Cor 6-16), referring to the individual and the Church as a whole. We go to church and walk into the building and sing songs and give tithes and hear the sermon, shake people’s hand, socialize for a little while and then go home, and we say that we went to church. It gives everyone the idea that Church is the building when in fact it is the people. Moreover, heaven is technically the New Jerusalem and that the New Jerusalem represents the outward frame of His temple. The outer court is the wall of costly stones that surround the city. In Moses’ day it was made of porpoise skins, and inside was the temple. Therefore, there are two kinds of temples in heaven, the temple consisting of the people and the temple building, God’s house; the two are one and we worship God on His throne. Just as there was an Ark of the Covenant that resided in the most holy place of the earthly temple that God commanded Moses that eventually Solomon built, so there is also an ark of the covenant in heaven. It is the most holy feature of the temple, and the temple (God’s throne) is the Most Holy Place in heaven, the New Jerusalem is the Most Holy Place on earth, and earth is the Most Holy Place in all of God’s creation. Could this be the actual Ark of the Covenant that was made in the days of Moses? We know the earthly construct would not stand the test of time. In a million billion years from now if the Ark of the Covenant mentioned in Revelation is the same one Moses built, it will eventually erode into a pile of dust, unless God transforms it into a heavenly substance, but then it wouldn’t be the same Ark of the Covenant, just like He will transform our bodies into another substance. The greatest mystery of heaven is the substance of the new creation; our bodies will never get old or wear out. It is impossible to wrap our heads around something that time cannot destroy. In this natural world just setting there, anything will eventually fall apart; that includes mountains made of solid rock!

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