Rev 6:1-11; 7:1-17; 12:13-17; 13:1-10; 8:2-13; 9:1-12; Chap 8:rapture is completed, 7 trumpets are blown, 7 churches, 5 seals, rapture, God’s wrath, earthquake, sound of Trumpets


Scofield said of the 7 churches, “Most conclusively of all, these messages do present an exact foreview of the spiritual history of the church, and in this precise order…..” Then he explains the periods of, (spiritual history), time for each church.

First, a conquerer, most agree is not our Lord, but evil comes, and peace is taken from earth. The second seal which unleashes war, people killing people. The third, a black horse whose rider carries scales to weigh wheat and barley, which all agree, signifies famine. The fourth, a Pale horse who’s rider’s name is  Death and Hades following him to kill with sword, hunger and death, and has power over ¼ of the earth. (Note: Africa is a killing field today. Muslims are killing thousands.) 

All you have to do is view the History channel and see the death, hunger and destruction of the past 2000 years and you might be able to envision it, too. Watch any prophecy program and see them explain the seals with the pictures of world history.

I would put the 1st seal to be opened during the 1st church age. The next 3 seals, 2,3 and 4 are opened over the course of the 2nd church age through the 6th church age. That would time the 5th seal to occur as the 7th church age ends. This would explain why the church is mentioned no more.

The 7th Church, the 5th seal and Rev 6:9 thru chapter 7, describes the Rapture.

Souls under the altar, slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held, and they told to rest of the world. 

Isaiah 26:20-21; 27:1 –  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over-past. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword……….

John sees the scene set for the rapture and the wrath of God to occur.

Chapters 4 through 7 are happening in heaven. Chapter 12 is a Parenthetical, a spiritual glance of Israel, Christ, the Great Red Dragon Satan being cast to earth for his last 7 years before the millennium. They glimpse the entire church age, through the Rapture and sealing of the saints foreheads and given garments. Finishing off with the singing of praise to God.

Chapter 6 describes the scene in heaven as the 5 seals are opened, which I believe happen at the same time as the church age is happening.

 

Rev 6:1 NOW I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”

 

1st Seal

1st Church Age (Rev 2:1)

 

Rev 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.  Zech 1:8; 6:1-3;

 

White horse

(war)

 

Zech 1:8; I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that [were] in the bottom; and behind him [were there] red horses, speckled, and white.

Zech 6:1-3;  And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains [were] mountains of brass. In the first chariot [were] red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

 

Rev 6:3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”

 

2nd Seal

2nd Church Age (Rev 2:8)

 

Rev 6:4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.  (Rev 6:8) 

 

Fiery red horse

(Sword – people killed- war)

 

Rev 6:5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. Note: Africa has been in famine for 40 years. Now the U.S. is.

 

3rd Seal

3rd Church Age (Rev 2:12)

Black horse (famine)

 

Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

See http://www.raptureready.com/abc/antichrist.html

The Anti-Christ – “Perilous times” also includes “economic disaster.” While the antichrist is boasting about having solutions to the world’s problems, God will release a third horse and rider. John said, “I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:5, 6).
The third rider will bring economic collapse to the world. God will allow him to do this to show the world that the antichrist is not the true Bread of Life, Jesus. Food will be so valuable it will have to be weighed on scales before it is sold. Money will be so worthless that what a man earns in one day will purchase barely enough for one person to survive on. It definitely seems that America, and perhaps the entire world, has forgotten that a good economy is a blessing of God and not a benefit of having the right kind of politician in office. This moral confusion will be disastrous in the days to come.
“Perilous times” also includes starvation and sickness, and two more signs of the last days Jesus talked about are “famine” and “pestilence” (Matthew 24:7). God will release a fourth horse and rider that will fulfill this. John said, “I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). God will allow this horse and rider to come on the scene to show the world that the antichrist is not the Great Physician, Jesus. One-fourth of the world’s population will die as war and economic disaster spreads like wildfire triggering hunger and disease on

 

Rev 6:7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.”  

 

4th Seal

4th, 5th, 6th Church Age (Rev 2:18; 3:1,6)

There shall be ‘wars and rumors of wars’, (matt 24:6) and war will be with us to the end

 

Rev 6:8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.   Rev 1:18; 6:8; 20:13,14; Matt 24:6,7; Lk 21:9; 1 Chr 15:26; (Rev 6:8; 8:6; 13:18;? Great trib?)  (I believe we are in now, waiting for the rapture, 5th seal, and then the 6th church age.)

 

Pale horse – Death and Hades followed

Was given 1/4 of earth to kill with sword, famine, pestilence, wild beasts

 

The next is the 5th seal, Rev 6:9-11 through Rev 7. This describes the Rapture.

Souls under the altar, slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 

Isaiah 26:20-21; 27:1 – Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword……….

 

Rev 6:9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Isa 26:20; 40:8; Rev 1:2,9; 6:9; 18:4; 20:4; This occurs simultaneously with or is the same scene as 4:1.

 

5th Seal The Rapture Rev 6:9-11 

7th Church Age Ends (Rev 3:20)

1st Trumpet Rev 8:7

Word of God

 

Isa 26:20; Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Isa 40:8; The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

 

Rev 6:10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

 

Rev 6:11Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.  Rev 3:5; 3:18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 15:6; 19:8,14; Ex 28:2; Lev 16:4; Isa 26:20; 61:10; Dan 7:9; 1 Thess 4:16-17;

 

White Robes given

The raptured souls told to rest a little while longer

The raptured souls are told, ‘rest a little while longer,’

 

Ex 28:2; And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Lev 16:4; He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches (note: the britches Bible) upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these [are] holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and [so] put them on.

Isa 26:20; Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Isa 61:10; I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

Dan 7:9; 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.

1 Thess 4:16-17; For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

 

Chapter 6 verses 12 through 17 are descriptions of events that are final for the earth and the heavens. Catastrophic events which I believe are during the final wrath of God. 

The 6th and 7th events occur at the same time, well, as you will see the wrath of God, and after the 1000 year reign will present the kingdom to the Father.

 

Chapter 7

I believe Chapter 7 is a view of activity in heaven. A picture of all of the saved, ready to watch what God’s wrath does to earth. What a view. Seeing every soul saved from the beginning to the end. The sealing of all believers, over all of time, the snatching up and joining those under the altar,

There are 4 angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that the wind should not blow on the earth, or sea, or on any tree. And then another angel ascending from the east with the seal of the living God. This angel told the four angels “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. The 144,000 Jews and (in 14:1) a great multitude which no one could number” – who came out of the great tribulation (would the first four seals represent the great tribulation? Possibly?, Meaning we are in the great tribulation. I believe the four winds will blow once all who are to be saved are saved)(So the four winds will not be set loose until all who are to be saved are sealed.), and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 7:16 They shall never hunger or thirst anymore……………….and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes… 7:17; 21:4; Isa 25:8. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].]) I believe that describes us, raptured. (1 Cor 15:26; The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.) 

 

Rev 7:1 AFTER these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 7:1; 9:14,15; Jer 49:36; Eze 37:9; Dan 7:2; 8:8; 11:4; Zec 2:6; Matt 24:31; Mar 13:27John is still being shown what is going on in heaven.  

4 angels holding 4 winds

Note: In verse 7:1, these 4 angels are released in 9:14, the 6th trumpet.

 

Jer 49:36; And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. (Note, Elam is present day Iran)

Eze 37:9; Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

Dan 7:2; Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

Dan 8:8; Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

Dan 11:4; And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.

Zec 2:6; Ho, ho, [come forth], and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

Matt 24:31; And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Mar 13:27; And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

 

Rev 7:2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3:12; 7:2-4,9; 14:1; 22:4; Ex 28:38; Eze 9:4; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30;

 Seal of Living God

Ex 28:38; And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

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

Eph 1:13-14; 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 4:30; And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

Rev 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”  Rev 3:12; 7:2-4,9; 14:1; 22:4; Ex 28:38; Eze 9:4; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30;

Seal on forehead

Because the servants of our God are sealed by the Holy Spirit according to scripture (2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13), I believe this is a reference to all who are saved)

 

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:  Rev 3:12; 7:2-4,9; 9:4; 14:1; 22:4; Ex 28:38; Eze 9:4; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30;

Note: See Gen 49:17; Here in Rev, Dan’s name is not mentioned, and Manasseh’s name is used  Gen 49:17; Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

 

144,000 sealed (The traditional interpretation believes these are saved during the last 7 years. I believe this is a mystery we will only understand when we are in heaven). (continuation of the sealed in 7:9-17)

 

Ex 28:38; And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

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

Eph 1:13-14; 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 4:30; And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

 

Rev 7:5 of the tribe of Judah

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Reuben

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Gad

twelve thousand were sealed;  

 

Note: Original tribes of Levi and Joseph are listed and Manasseh is added to replace Dan. [Ephraim led the way in causing civil war which divided the ten tribes and may be why he is not listed.] God knows to who’s tribe they belong.

 

Rev 7:6 of the tribe of Asher

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Naphtali

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Manasseh

twelve thousand were sealed;

 

Rev 7:7 of the tribe of Simeon

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Levi

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Issachar

twelve thousand were sealed;

 

Rev 7:8 of the tribe of Zebulun

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Joseph

twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Benjamin

twelve thousand were sealed.

 

Rev 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  3:5,18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 15:6; 19:8,14; Ex 28:2; Lev 16:4; Isa 61:10; Dan 7:9; (Rev 3:12; 7:2-4,9; 14:1; 22:4; Ex 28:38; Eze 9:4; Zech 2:8-13; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30)(Clearly this is in heaven and John is telling us what he is seeing.)

 

Multitude clothed With White Robes – (Sealed)

 

(What a view. Seeing every soul saved from the beginning to the end. The sealing of all believers, the snatching up and joining those under the altar, over all of time. )

 

Ex 28:2; And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Lev 16:4; He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these [are] holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and [so] put them on.

Isa 61:10; I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

Dan 7:9; 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. 

 

Rev 7:10and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  Rev 5:6;

 

The Lamb

 

Rev 7:11All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

 

Rev 7:12saying:

 

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,

Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,

Be to our God forever and ever.

Amen.”

All the Saved saying…..

 

Rev 7:13Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”    Rev 3:5,18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 15:6; 19:8,14; Ex 28:2; Lev 16:4; Isa 61:10; Jer 25:12-13,18-38; 30:7-11; Dan 7:9;

 

1 elder said –

White Robes

Ex 28:2; And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Lev 16:4; He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these [are] holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and [so] put them on.

Isa 61:10; I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

Dan 7:9; 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. 

 

Rev 7:14And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  Rev 3:5,18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 15:6; 19:8,14; Ex 28:2; Lev 16:4; Isa 61:10; Dan 7:9;  (Rev 6:8; 8:6; 13:18;? Great trib?)

 

White Robes

(The Great Trib) (I believe they are all of the saved over time.)

 

Rev 7:15“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.” 1:13; 2:1; 7:15; 21:3; Ex 25:8; 29:46; Lev 26:12; Ps 68:16; Eze 43:9; 2 Cor 6:16;

 

He will dwell among them

 

Exo 25:8; And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Exo 29:46; And they shall know that I [am] the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I [am] the LORD their God.

Lev 26:12; And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Psa 68:16; Why leap ye, ye high hills? [this is] the hill [which] God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell [in it] for ever. The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [even] thousands of angels: the Lord [is] among them, [as in] Sinai, in the holy [place]. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell [among them].

Eze 43:9; Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.

2 Cor 6:16; And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

Rev 7:16“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat”;  Rev 21:23; 22:5; Isa 60:19;

 

No more hunger, thirst

 

Isa 60:19; The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

 

Rev 7:17“for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rev 7:17; 21:6; 22:1,17; Joel 3:18; Zech 14:8; John 3:5; 4:14; 7:37-38; 15:3; Eph 5:26; (No more tears 7:16,17; 21:4; Isa 25:8)

 

Living fountains of waters – (No more Tears)

 

Joel 3:18; And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

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

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 4:14; But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37,38; In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 15:3; Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Eph 5:26; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Isa 25:8; He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].

 

Wrath of God revealed.

The rest of chapter 12, history/prophecy of the end time.

Chapter 13 Introduction of the beasts.

 

Rev 12:13Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.  Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8,16; 19:20; 20:2,3,10; (In our day this sounds like history. In John’s day this is prophecy.)

 

The Dragon

 

Rev 12:14But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.  Rev 11:2,3; 12:6,14; 13:5; Dan 7:25: 12:7; 

 

Time and times and half a time (42 mo/3 ½ years)

 

Note: Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye and some others believe this is an escape for believers (Jews and/or Gentiles) being transported to safety (perhaps Petra) till Christ delivers them. The woman is being rescued and is safe for 3 ½ years, and the Dragon, the devil, goes to make war with her offspring.

For me this is difficult. The birth of Christ and the birth of Israel as a country and now we are awaiting the rapture – all together is certainly more than 3 ½ years. This particular verse is not clear at all to me even with any of the commentaries. Israel for a time and times and half a time, (3 ½ years) will be safe from the devil is what the verse says. I think the men who understand will keep us informed.

 

Rev 12:15So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

 

Serpent spewed flood

 

Rev 12:16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

 

A flood usually means war, taking over a country, place. The earth helps Israel from the ‘flood’.

 

Rev 12:17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  The 1st Beast goes into perdition. Rev 17:8 

 

Dragon – goes to make war

Note: Satan definitely went to war with ‘the rest of her offspring’ during the 1st Church Age. We who believe are her ‘offspring’ Eph 6:12-18; For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

 

 

The next Parenthetical Chapter 13:1-10 identifying the Dragon, and how the Devil will work on the earth and in the Spiritual realm. This will also explain Chapter 9 which follows, how the Devil’s work appears on earth.

Please Note: The Beast of Chapter 13:1, we will call him 1st Beast, he goes into perdition Rev 17:8.  (Rev 9:1,2,11; 13:18)  He has 3 and ½ years (Rev 13:5).

 

I will take a moment here to say I believe in a literal translation of the bible.

A beast rising up out of the sea (mankind) having 7 heads and 10 horns with 10 crowns on his heads is literal as it was in Daniel. Verse 13:2 – the beast was like a leopard, bear and lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne and great authority.

Let us go back to Daniel 2:36-44. ‘This is the dream…….Thou, O king……….God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory………..He hath made thee ruler over them all……………after thee shall arise another kingdom (2) and another (3) …………..and a fourth kingdom…has 10 toes…..the kingdom shall be divided……ten toes…….and in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed;…..it shall stand for ever.’

Daniel 7:1-12   In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, [and] told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. (Note: Daniel asked to understand 7:16, and 7:17 he was told this is 4 kings) The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, (Who is he? The 1st Beast of Rev.) before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. 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. Rev 20:11,12 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. Rev 20:4,12 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld [even] till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. Rev 19:20As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. Rev 20:3

 

Scofield and other theologians have studied these passages of scripture and come to educated conclusions that we can only read and pray about. So many of the Revelation sentences seem to echo what Daniel saw, heard and wrote about. They must genuinely be intertwined and given to us to read, listen to, and to heed. The visions recorded in Daniel chapters 2, 7, 8,9,10,11 and 12 are included in our interpretation, our expectations of understanding and we can trust they will be understood and fulfilled as we approach the end of time. (Mine)

 

Dan 2:37-45; Scofield page 900 Note 1: The monarchy-vision. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as interpreted by Daniel, gives the course and end of “the times of the Gentiles” (Lk. 21:24; Rev. 16:19, note), that is, of a Gentile world-empire. The four metals composing the image are explained as symbolizing (vs. 38-40), and fulfilled in Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece (under Alexander), and Rome. The latter power is seen divided, first into two (the legs), fulfilled in the Eastern and Western Roman empires, and then into ten (the toes) (see Dan 7:26, note). As a whole, the image gives the imposing outward greatness and splendour of the Gentile world-power. (The monarchy-vision. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, as interpreted by Daniel, gives the course and end of “the times of the Gentiles” Luke 21:24. (See Scofield “Revelation 16:19“) that is, of Gentile world-empire. The four metals composing the image are explained as symbolizing Daniel 2:38-40 four empires, not necessarily possessing the inhabited earth, but able to do so (Daniel 2:38), and fulfilled in Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece (under Alexander), and Rome. The latter power is seen divided, first into two (the legs), fulfilled in the Eastern and Western Roman empires, and then into ten (the toes) See Scofield “Daniel 7:26.” As a whole, the image gives the imposing outward greatness and splendour of the Gentile world-power.)

Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Daniel 2”. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”.

 

Daniels vision chapter 7 describes four beasts as a Lion, Bear and a Leopard, and a 4th beast who has ten horns. While Rev 13:2 describes one beast rising out of the sea with 7 heads, 10 horns, 10 crowns, and it was like a Leopard, his feet like the feet of a Bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a Lion. The dragon (Satan) gave him his power, throne and great authority. The extreme similarity of three beasts in Dan chap 7 and one beast of Rev 13 must be telling us something.

As Scofield says Nebuchadnezzar’s statue represents:

Leopard = Greece 

Bear = Media-Persia

Lion = Babylon 

 I believe the 1st beast of Rev 13:2 is the one who rises up out of the the joined forces of the Leopard (Greece), Bear (Media/Persia), Lion (Babylon). I believe the Arab countries are aligning themselves now. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece. Eze 38:5 ‘……Persia, Ethiopia and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:’

The fourth kingdom of Daniel 7 = The former Roman Empire with 10 horns (10 kings). Perhaps the joined forces of the European Union = is the woman sitting on a scarlet beast = Babylon. I do not believe the EU is the ‘woman sitting on a scarlet beast’. Someone once said, ‘The description of Babylon only fits the U. S. at this time.’ Since that was said there are more possibilities, like Abu Dhabi, Dubai City in the UAE, Qatar and  Al Basrah, the city of Basra has a major role in H.G. Wells‘s 1934 future historyThe Shape of Things to Come” where the Iraqi city is at the center of a world state emerging after a collapse of civilization and becomes in effect the capital of the world. 

 

The Ten Toes are often referred to as the Roman Empire cracked up but still the 4th kingdom and reviving now in our day. The European Union. I believe this is true.

 

Chapter 13:1-10 describes the 1st beast and is separated from verses 11-18 because they describe the 2nd beast and how he worships the 1st beast. Chapter 13 gives a spiritual description of the 1st and 2nd beasts works and covers all of the 7 years – the 1st beast’s 3 ½ yrs and then the 2nd beast’s 3 ½ years. Notice verse 13:5 specifically states the 1st beast has 3½ years. Dan 2:36-44; 7:3-7; Zech 1:18-21; Rev 17:12; All refer to the same World Kings and Countries. Zech 1:2,21 The 4 artisans may refer to the 4 horsemen of Rev 6:1-8; Isa 26:21.

 

Rev 13:1THEN I stood on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8,16; 19:20; 20:2,3,10; (Isa 27:1) Eze 28:12-13,15,17-19; Dan 7:7-28; 8:23-25; 9:27; 11:16,36-38; Zech 1:19; 2 Thess 2:3-4;

1st Beast – (7 countries? 10 Kings?), 7 heads, 10 horns, 10 crowns

Note:  Rev 12:3 The Great Red Dragon, Satan, has – 7 heads, 10 horns, 7 crowns

 

Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.

Eze 28:12,13,15,17-19; Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never [shalt] thou [be] any more.

Dan 7:7; After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.

Dan 8:23-25; And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify [himself] in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Dan 9:27; And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Dan 11:16,36-38; But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Zech 1:19; And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What [be] these? And he answered me, These [are] the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

2 Thess 2:3,4; Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 

Rev 13:2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.  Rev 9:2,11; 13:1,5,12-15; Eze 26:7; 38:6; Dan 2:39-41; 7:19-26; 8:23-26; 11:40-45; Zech 1:19;

 

1st Beast – like a Leopard (Greece), Bear (Media/Persia (Turkey/Iran)), Lion (Babylon (Iraq/Iran)) (Greece,Turkey, Iraq, Syria, not Russia.)

 

Eze 26:7; For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Eze 38:6; Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Note: Gomer is mentioned also in Rev 19: before the 2nd and final war against God. Perhaps it is Gomer in both wars.

Dan 2:39-41; And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all [things]: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

Dan 7:19-21; 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; I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Dan 8:23-25; And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify [himself] in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Dan 11:40,41, (42-45); And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

Zech 1:19; And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What [be] these? And he answered me, These [are] the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.  (Key to conclusion to me)

Leopard = Greece

Bear = Media-Persia (Turkey/Iran)

Lion = Babylon (Iraq/Iran)

 The 1st beast of Rev 13:2 is the one who rises up out of the joined forces of the Leopard (Greece), Bear (Media-Persia (Turkey/Iran)), Lion (Babylon (Iraq/Iran)).

2/8/11 Update: Now Greece is making her appearance. When does she turn on Israel and join Babylon and Media-Persia?

http://www.whistlerquestion.com/article/GB/20110208/CP01/302089858/-1/whistler/american-jewish-leaders-visit-greece-amid-warming-of-ties-with-israel&template=cpArt

THESSALONIKI, Greece – A group of American Jewish leaders has begun a five-day visit to Greece, amid an improvement in once cool ties between Greece and Israel.

 

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.  Rev 12:3; 13:14; Dan 8:23-25;

 

1st Beast (one country wounded mortally but healed)

 

Note:  The one who rises up out of the countries of Greece, Media-Persia, Babylon is wounded with a deadly wound. The leader of that country may be called the Beast also. Perhaps; Iran attacked by us, but surviving to everyones amazement. Joel Rosenberg believes Iraq will again be Babylon.

 

Rev 13:4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Note: acknowledging his authority equals worship

 

1st Beast

 

Rev 13:5And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Rev 11:2,3; 12:6,14; 13:5; Isa 10:5-13; Dan 7:8,25; 8:23; 12:7; 8:23;

 

1st Beast has 42 months

Speaking Great Things, Blasphemy

 

Peace Treaty Dan 9:27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Thinks he’s God Isa 14:12-14; Dan 11:37; 2 Thess 2:3-4;

Isa 10:5-13; O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation…………. For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done [it], and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man]:

Isa 14:12-14 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Dan 7:8,25; I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Dan 8:23; And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Dan 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Dan 12:7; And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that [it shall be] for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.

2 Thess 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 

Rev 13:6Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 

 

1st Beast

Blaspheme God, His people and Heaven

Rev 13:7It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. Dan 7:21; I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

1st Beast

Makes War with Saints, Given world authority, The Continent of Africa is a killing field. 12/24/10 “Religious cleansing is taking place everywhere in Iraqby Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Before the toppling of Saddam Hussein, there existed more than 1 million Christians in Iraq. They are now mostly gone – scattered to the winds, sacrificed on the altar of erecting an Islamic state. Churches have been closed or blown up. Hundreds of thousands have been expelled. Nearly two-thirds of the 500,000 Christians in Baghdad have fled or been killed. In Mosul, about 100,000 Christians used to live there. Now, just 5,000 remain. Soon there will be none.”

 

Rev 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev 3:5; 13:8; 20:12,15; 21:27; 22:19; Ex 17:14; Ps 69:28; Dan 12:1; Rev 17:8; 20:12,14; Phil 4:3;

1st Beast

Book of Life

Ex 17:14; And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this [for] a memorial in a book, and rehearse [it] in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.

Ps 69:28; Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Dan 12:1; And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Rev 17:8; 20:12,15; The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

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 whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Phil 4:3; And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and [with] other my fellowlabourers, whose names [are] in the book of life.

I have heard it said there are a set of books in heaven. (Hal Lindsey gives quite a good explanation of the books.) There is a book of life with the name of every person who has ever lived or will live, written down. I believe this is so, and that the names are names God has given them. The DNA could easily be the Identifier of every soul. Not a name we would recognize as our name now, but what God has named him.

There is a book of Works, which lists every deed good or bad for each person. Then there are a couple of other books mentioned by Lindsey. Then Tim LaHaye says he believes there is a ‘Lamb’s Book of Life’ Rev 21:27, which I believe is the book, ‘The Book of Life.’ When a soul determines not to accept Christ as their personal Savior their name is erased from the Book of Life. That still leaves their names in the book of works, and they are judged from that book. The Calvanists believe having your name in the book of life is the list of who God has chosen to be saved from the beginning of time.

I believe, as I have said, it is the name of every person God has planned to create from the beginning of time. Each one chooses life or death. Having one’s name erased from that book is spiritual death.

Rev 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear 

Rev 13:10He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Chapter 8 (We will skip Rev 8:1 for the moment, start with 8:2)

This chapter begins when the rapture is completed– the seven angels are given the 7 trumpets. John is in heaven and sees as the trumpets are blown. Are you counting? 7  churches, 5 seals, rapture and then God’s wrath begins with an earthquake, and sound of Trumpets. Oh the wrath of God – one right after the other. 1st Trumpet through 4th Trumpet. The 1st beast has 3 and ½ years (see Rev 13:5).

 

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

 

This is the 70th Week of Daniel 

 

Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Rev 1:4,12,16,20; 2:1; 3:1; 4:5; 15:1,7;

 

7 angels given 7 trumpets

 

Rev 8:3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. Rev 5:8; 8:3,4;

 

Prayers of Saints

 

Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Rev 5:8

 

Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. Rev 6:12; 8:5,12; 11:13,19; 16:18; Isa 2:19,21; 13:13; 24:23; 29:6; 34:4-10; 51:6; Dan 8:10; Joel 2:10, 30-32; 3:15,16; Eze 10:2; 38:20,22; Haggai 2:6-7,21-22; Zech 14:4; Matt 24:29; Heb 12:25-29;

Earthquake

NOW IT BEGINS! 1st beast in power

Isa 2:19,21; And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Isa 13:13; Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Isa 24:23; Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mountZion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Isa 29:6; Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

Isa 34:4-10; And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree

Isa 51:6; Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Dan 8:10; 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.

Joel 2:10; The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Joel 2: 30-32; And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Joel 3:15-16; The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Eze 10:2; The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Eze 38:20,22; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that [are] upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

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.

Haggai 2:6,7, 21,22; For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land]; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

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

Matt 24:29; Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Heb 12:25-29; See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth:

but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.

Rev 8:6So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.  Rev 6:8; 8:6; 13:18; Jer 30:7

Great Trib?

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day [is] great, so that none [is] like it: it [is] even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

 

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Malachi 4:1;

 

1st Trumpet

 
 
 
 
 

7th Church Age Ends (Rev 3:20), 5th Seal The Rapture Rev 6:7-9; 1st beast in power.

Perhaps this trumpet is the trump for the Rapture, also. The seven years begin. Babylon headed for destruction.

 

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

 

Rev 8:8 Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.

 

2nd Trumpet

A mountain was thrown into sea, 1/3 sea blood

Rev 8:9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

1/3 of sea blood, 1/3 creatures in sea, 1/3 of ships – destroyed 

Rev 8:10Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.

3rd Trumpet 

Great Star fell from heaven on 1/3 rivers and water

Rev 8:11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.  Rev 8:11; Deut 29:18; Prov 5:4; Jer 9:15; 23:15; Lam 3:15; Amos 5:7;

Wormwood – many men died.

Deut 29:18; Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go [and] serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

Prov 5:4; But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Jer 9:15;Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, [even] this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.

Jer 23:15; Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land

Lam 3:15; He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.

Amos 5:7; Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Rev 8:12Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.  Isa 13:10; Eze 32:4-8; Joel 2:30-32; 3:15,16; Zech 14:6-7; Haggai 2:6,21; Matt 24:29; Mk 13:24;

4th Trumpet  

1/3 of (Light) sun, moon, stars darkened

Isa 13:10; For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Eze 32:7,8; And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

Joel 2:30-32; And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joel 3:15; The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

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

Haggai 2:6,21; For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it [is] a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry [land];

Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

Matt 24:29; Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mk 13:24; But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

Rev 8:13And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

Woe, woe, woe

Note: Two of the three woes occur at the same time as the 5th Trumpet and 6th Trumpets.

 

Chapter 9 is how the Devil’s work appears on earth and in heaven. Verse 10:7 says when the 7th Trumpet sounds the ‘Mystery of God’ will be finished. Verse 15:8 says, ‘….no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues were completed.’ The 5th trumpet sounds, the 1st woe ends, and the 2nd woe begins.

 

Rev 9:1 THEN the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.  (See Rev 1:18; is this the same key?)

5th Trumpet – Key to bottomless pit

5th Trumpet, 1st Woe Ends Rev 9:2 2nd beast in power

 

Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.  Rev 9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8; 19:20; 20:3,10; (Isa 13:10; 24:17; Eze 32:7,8; Joel 2:30-32; Zech 14:6-7)

1st Woe Ends 9:12

5th Trumpet Rev 9:1

Isa 13:10; For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Isa 24:17; Fear, and the pit, and the snare, [are] upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Eze 32:7,8; And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

Joel 2:30-32; And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

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

 

Rev 9:3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  Isa 24:17; Nahum 3:17;

 

Locusts That Have Power

Isa 24:17; Fear, and the pit, and the snare, [are] upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

Nahum 3:17; Thy crowned [are] as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, [but] when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they [are]. 

 

Rev 9:4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Isa 24:17; Nahum 3:17;

 

No Seal of God on Forehead = No Protection

 

Rev 9:5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. Isa 24:17; Nahum 3:17;

 

5 months of torment 

 

Rev 9:6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

 

Men will seek death but will not find it.

 

Rev 9:7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.  Joel 2:4-5; Nahum 3:17-18;

 

Locusts like horses, with crown, faces of men

 

Joel 2:4-5The appearance of them [is] as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

Nahum 3:15,17; Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell [in the dust]: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth [them].

Thy crowned [are] as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, [but] when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they [are]. 

 

Rev 9:8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.

 

Long hair, lions teeth

 

Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 9:17; Jer 50:42; Joel 2:4-5;

 

Breastplates of Iron, Wings

 

Jer 50:42;They shall hold the bow and the lance: they [are] cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, [every one] put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.

Joel 2:4-5The appearance of them [is] as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

 

Rev 9:10They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings intheir tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.

 

Tail like scorpion, with sting – 5 months

 

Rev 9:11And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.    9:2,11; 11:7; 12:3,9,13; 13:1; 17:3,8,16; 19:20; 20:3,10; Job 26:6;

 

A King “The Destroyer” in English 

 

Note: I was doing this study when Israel was attacked by Hezbullah in the year 2006 and it came over the news, a statement from Israel calling Nazrallah, the “destroyer of Lebanon”. He is the leader of Hezbullah,. It was powerful. It seemed like the time when the leader Caiaphas said: John 11:50;  John 18:14; “..that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.”

How insignificant that statement seemed, and how many even heard it. John recorded it and was probably there when he heard it. He knew it was a significant, powerful statement.

 

Job 26:6; “Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.” (ESV)

 

Rev 9:12One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. 11:13,14;

 

1st Woe is passed

(if we are here to see this we have misunderstood when the rapture will occur)

Hail, fire, blood – 1/3 of earth, trees, green grass burnt up

Perhaps this trumpet is the trump for the Rapture, also. The seven years begin. Babylon headed for destruction.

The Bottomless Pit Opened

sun darkened

Hail, fire, blood – 1/3 of earth, trees, green grass burnt up

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