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MASTER MASTER

In a secular article titled “Emancipate yourself from Mental slavery,” I traced Africa’s problem to our slavish past and slavish mindset. To highlight the problem I compared the progress in North America and US known as the land of the free and leader of the free world with the stagnation in Africa, more so after the American civil war to free enslaved peoples. The Spirit then laid it on me that it is deeper than being secular.
Scriptural verses on this started coming up. For example, the Son frees us indeed ( Jon.8:32,36 ).Peter a “bondservant” of Jesus ( 2 Pet.1:1 ). Onesimus and Philemon ( Phil.1.10). Paul on many occasions called himself a slave of Christ ( Phil.1:1;Tit.1:1 2 Pet.1:1 ).

Some say the Bible is a story of good and evil contesting for supremacy. It is also a battle of where lies our allegiance. Who is our master ?

In retrospect, we see that the bible did not couch slavery in moral terms of good and bad. However, enslaved peoples were encouraged to gain their freedom. Slavery existed in other climes like in Russia, where there was serfdom. Slavery existed for long in China and all over Asia. These have been downplayed leaving us to think slavery is solely an African phenomenon. Slavery and its concept is obviously a consequence of the fall of Adam with Satan becoming the number one slave master. Pharaoh, Antipas, Nebuchadnezzar Caessar were his foremen. Then Christ came to pay the price for the fall and free man from the scourge of slavery. If the son sets you free, then indeed you are free ( Jon.8:32 ).

Satan again, surreptiously, attempts to reverse this freedom on at least two fronts.
1) Counter Religion, specifically Islam. No wonder they call themselves slaves of Allah slaves they are indeed.

2) Then the interface of money in commerce. By this Satan is gradually re-enslaving mankind with money binding us to commerce and then the branding with his Mark ( Rev.13:11-18 ). So if Religion doesn’t get one ( atheist et al ) then commerce would. No wonder Jesus also said you can’t serve two masters ( Luk.16:13 ). A slave must have a master and can’t serve two masters. There is no place for double mindedness.

SUMMARY OF SPIRITUAL HISTORY

The First Fall

There was and is one master in the heavenlies until one of his “favored” creatures, Lucifer, thought in his heart he could do a better job than Yahweh ( Isa.14; Ezek.28 ). He rebelled and was able to win the loyalty of fallen angels ( Rev.12:4 ). The manifestation of this First Fall was in heaven. I beheld Satan fall like a star ( Jon.14:18 ). God then created the earth and then Man to whom he gave dominion and the Title deed of the earth. This prototype man Adam, created a shade lower than Elohim ( Ps.8:5 ), was to eventually see Satan off, ending his rebellion. After all, why would Yahweh condescend and stoop to confront Satan? The Son of Man did just that! So he made man lower than Elohim and the seed of the woman will bruise Satan’s head while Son of Man will deliver the final blow.

Despite this, a lot of focus remains on the second fall, Sin. The resolution of which can be viewed as having treated the symptoms of an underlying disease or problem.

A QUESTION offer ALLEGIANCE
What draws our heart? Satan was able to draw a third of angels to war against Yahweh in the angelic rebellion. Could the same thoughts beguiling Satan have been in them making them susceptible to rebellion?

Per chance the same heart remains in believers after redemption. Has the heart question of allegiance been resolved in a believer? Yes. Only by grace but a time of testing is coming to the world that leads to many believers falling away in the great Apostasy ( 2 Thess 2:3 ).

Why shoul this be ? We believe in our heart and confess that Jesus is our Saviour and Master, and we are Born again. However, Satan and worldly attractions assail our hearts to dislodge our loyalty to Jesus. A lot of importance is placed on our heart position beyond our confession. Jesus alluded to this when He said, ” people call me Master, Master but their hearts are far away from me.” ( Luk.6:46 ).
We see Satan being let loose after a thousand years in the abyss ( Rev.20: 7-10 ). Why was he let loose again ? What is the unfinished business? Why not straight to hell fire with the beast and false prophets upon his capture after the battle of Armageddon.How was Satan able to find peoples and nations to deceive after millennial rule by our lord.

Oh Man, guard your heart ( Prov.4:23 ). Don’t allow the allurement of Satan, money, possessions it buys and satisfaction it gives to draw the heart. That is the source and reason for the statement, “love of money is the root of all evil” ( 2 Tim.6:10 ). It was given to us for us to guard our hearts, for us to uproot weeds and tend our hearts to prevent the deceitfulness of much money. It was never given to negate the basic unrighteousness of money. If a believer sticks to the former (love of money being the root of all evil) he will be deceived by Satan to participate in world commerce not understanding the implications and at his own peril – gaining the world and losing his soul ( Mk.8:36; Rev.13:17 ). Even unbelievers who follow the evolution of finance, commerce and money have concluded that it is enslaving the whole world (see YouTube: https://youtu.be/iFDe5kUUyT0 ) thus affirming various statements by our master. We, to which this testation was revealed over 2000 years ago are being enslaved by money as flies that dropped into honey and can’t get out . You need to read articles on evolution of money and future of money ( https://mtzionheritage.com.

Yes, Jesus and through his disciples handled money but what happened to the treasurer ? ( Jon.12:6; Matt.26:14,15; Acts 1:18 ). Also note that in the old dispensation, Tithes and Offerings were from nature, not ever money as in the present. Note that money was changed in the temple to repurchase and offer sacrifices to God, never money ( Deut.14:22-29 ). Treasury Box into which the widow put her mite ( Mk.12:42; Luk.21:2 ) ? This does not negate my submission – might be human tradition mixing with early requirements of God.

When God was with us on earth, he, though raised a carpenter, there is no record of him participating in commerce especially after his temptation in the desert. So he could tell Satan nothing of his was in him ( Jon.14:30 ). When he was required to pay tax, he didn’t use coins from commerce with Satan’s Foreman’s image on it. He went into his creation, the seas and a fish delivered the required gold to pay the taxes ( Matt.17:24-27 ).This same ‘money’ was going to hit back in my Lord’s betrayal ( Matt.26:14-16 ). No wonder Jesus despised money because it acts as a glue that binds one to the prince of this world through commerce.

Talk of being in bondage. Government “bonds” are sold to create money making money a debt and an enslaver.Money has also evolved with the passage of time to become a necessity of life, just like the air we breath.It is as important as water to a vast horde of humanity. Thus the evolution of money continues and with time it’s real essence will be revealed.

Author: Gbenga Jaiyesimi ( Bondslave)
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Why bondslave ? There is a scripture in the old testament that allows a freed slave to renounce his freedom and forever remain with his master. He indicates this by having his ear pierced with an aul ( Exod.21:1-6 ). Yes Jesus set us free but wisdom will tell us to revert to bondslave status to Jesus.This affords some protection against the snares of Satan.

A Great Multitude No Man Could Number

A Great Multitude No Man Could Number

A Great Multitude No Man Could Number

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom , and thanksgiving, and honour , and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these who are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and For shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” ( Rev.7:9-15).

The identification of this special group, a great multitude which no one could number is very crucial to the timing of the rapture. The traditional view of pretribulationists on this great multitude as exemplified by John F. Walvoord is that Rev.7 does not advance the narrative, but draws attention to two major groups of saints in the tribulation. He describes the opening portion of the chapter as picturing the 144,000 representative of the godly remnant of Israel on earth in the great tribulation. The latter part he describes a great multitude of martyred saints in heaven, those who died as a testimony to their faith from every kindred, tongue and nation. However, it is not recorded any where in their description in considerable details that they are martyred saints.

In Rev.6, at the breaking of the fifth seal, martyred saints are described. Their martyrdom occurred during the Great Tribulation at the hand of the antiChrist. ” And when he had broken the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and the testimony which they held.” ( Rev.6:9). They cried out to God for their blood to be avenged on  the perpetrators of their martyrdom ” them that dwell on the earth” ( Rev.6:10). God answered in the affirmative. They were given white robes and told to ” rest yet for a little season , until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” ( Rev.6:11). There is a complement of believers to be martyred. When that number is complete, God amputates the Great Tribulation by the antiMessiah with cosmic disturbances. These martyred saints are given glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies on the first day of the millennium. ” And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded( cephalizo) for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had receive his mark upon their foreheads, or in their right hands; and they live and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” ( Rev.20:4).

The great multitude which no could number in Rev.7, is a different group from the martyrs under the fifth seal in Rev.6. For the following reasons.

(1) Innumerability

They are so numerous that they cannot be numbered. This is a figure of speech, a hyperbole, an overstatement.  It simply means that they are a very great and large number of people. Given some time they could be numbered, but it will be difficult to number them in a short while. This is in marked contrast to the 144,000 that could be easily number in short while.

(2) Internationality

They are international in scope. They include all nations, kindreds, peoples, and languages or tongues. ” After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” ( Rev7:9). In contrast to the fifth seal martyrs, they are simply said to be martyrs. No  information was provide on their nationalities. It is most probable they are also international in scope. But that information was not given in the relevant passage of the Scriptures.

(3) Martyrdom

The fifth saints are said to be martyrs under the altar of the temple in heaven. There is no biblical evidence this great innumerable multitude are martyrs. A martyr is a saint, a believer in Jesus Christ who is slain for for his faith. For this great multitude to be martyrs, one must postulate that after the rapture, within the 70th Week of Daniel, in the second half but prior to the cosmic disturbances, a universal multitude of such great magnitude that they could not be enumerated, were saved, baptized, became witnesses for Christ, and were slain for their testimony, appear in heaven, and are now seen before the throne of God. There is no biblical evidence that such evangelistic success occurred. According to Pretribulation rapturism, the 144,000 have just been sealed. There is no indication that the two witnesses have met with any success in their ministry ( Rev.11:3-10). Besides, it is debatable whether the three angelic announcements have been made ( Rev.14:6). If these are martyrs, how can one account for this innumerable international and universal multitude of believers after the church is taken away, and God is dealing primarily with Israel according to pretribulationists.

(4) Resurrection Bodies

In Rev.6, the martyrs are souls under the altar. They have not yet received their glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies. They are souls “under the altar”( Rev.6:9). They are disembodied souls and spirits without glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies.  What the Apostle, John, the revelator saw was their spirit bodies. The soul is internal to the spirit body. It is fluid and invisible even in the spirit realm. The soul is the constellation of the will, intellect and emotion. The spirit body corresponds more or less to the physical body. There is a physical body. There is also a spirit body, and there is an glorified eternal immortal resurrection body.

In contrast, the great multitude which no man could number in Rev.7, are standing ” before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” ( Rev.7:9). They are resurrected saints; they have received their glorified eternal immortal resurrection bodies. They are clothed with immortality.

(5) Appeal For Vengeance

In Rev.6, the souls under the altar appeal to God for vengeance for their blood ( Rev.6:9,10). In contrast the great multitude in Rev.7, are proclaiming with a loud voice, ” Salvation to our God who sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb.” ( Rev.7:10).

(6) Recognition

In Rev.7, the Apostle John the revelator did not know who this great innumerable multitude were. He did not recognize them. When the elder asked him, ” who are these…? ” ( v.13). His response was, ” Sir, thou knowest” ( v.14). The answer is a clear admission that he did not recognize them. In contrast to Rev.6, John the revelator immediately recognized them as those ” slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” ( Rev.6:9).

Conclusion

The question one would ask would be if this great innumerable multitude with universal representation who suddenly appear in heaven, are not martyrs, who are ? The great innumerable and universal multitude, appearing in heaven, clothed with white robes which signal righteousness, and standing in the presence of God with palms  in their hands, signaling justification and triumph, is the raptured church. This event occurs immediately prior to the breaking of the seventh seal which signals the beginning of the outpouring of the wrath of God ( Rev.8:1). The church is raptured before the wrath of God begins. ” For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ ( 1Thess.1:5:9).

John is asked two questions concerning this innumerable multitude by the elder: “who are these arrayed in white robes?” , and ” From whence do they come?” ( Rev.7:13). John did not know the answer to any of the two questions. The elder, the interviewer answered those questions himself. With regards to the question, who are they, he told John they are those who ” washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” And for the question, ” from whence did they come, he told him, ” These are they which came out of the Great Tribulation” ( Rev.7:14). It is therefore most probably that the small, and supposedly insignificantly church of the first century AD have become a Great innumerable multitude.

“And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God” ( Rev.711).

We see here that a heavenly host was worshipping God in the Throne Room in heaven in the behalf of this great multitude, but the church is no where to be found, conspicuously absent as it were. If the church have been raptured pretribulationally, one would expect the church to be present amongst the welcoming heavenly host. We conclude therefore that the great innumerable and universal multitude is the raptured church in heaven. It is the church that entered the 70th week of Daniel, went through the Great Tribulation, some of whom were martyred, emerged triumphant, and were raptured after the cosmic disturbance that interrupted the Great Tribulation, but prior to the breaking of the seventh seal which commences the outpouring of the wrath of God upon the living wicked earth-dwellers, adorers, and worshippers of the antiMessiah.

The symmetry, balance , and timing of Rev.7 should not be missed. It sandwiched between Rev.6:12-17 after the cosmic disturbance which announces the outpouring of the wrath of God, and Rev.7:1-8, which is the sealing of the 144,000, and Rev.8:1, which is the breaking of the seventh, the commencement of the outpouring of the wrath of God. In Rev.8, the wrath of God begins. In Rev.7, the church is raptured. But immediately prior to the rapture of the church, the 144,000 from the twelves tribes of Israel are sealed for protection prior to the outpouring of the wrath of God. God will not leave Himself without a witness and a representation on earth. If at any point in time there is no divine representation on earth, then, Satan has become the sovereign lord of the earth. But that would not be allowed to happen. The 144,000 are sealed for protection to go through the wrath of God in order that the church can be raptured to the Throne Room in heaven.

The Day Of His Wrath

The Day Of His Wrath

The Day Of His Wrath

Because God is long suffering, He gives men time to repent. ” The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men court slackness, but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” ( 2Pet.3:9).

God is a person, and has emotions. Wrath is one of God’s emotions. But because God is patient and longsuffering, He waits, and holds back His judgment. But He cannot wait for eternity. Time is coming when His patience and long suffering will run out, then His wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness shall be revealed. ” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” ( Rom.1:18). Ungodliness means wrong thoughts towards God, and unrighteousness is wrong acts towards God. When men think wrongly of God, they also act wrongly towards Him; for its is the wrong mental attitude of men about God that leads them to wrong acts towards Him. God’s wrath is His expression of hatred and abhorrence of ungodliness and unrighteousness.

God’s wrath towards ungodliness and unrighteousness is evident and revealed from time to time, but time cometh when God shall summarily deal with man’s intransigence. This is what is called the final wrath of God. This time period, in eschatological terms, is referred to as The Day Of The Lord. WHEN THIS TIME ARRIVES, God’s  longsuffering would have run its full course. God’s wrath will no long be held back, but rather will be fully manifested in His judgment of the impenitent and godless earth-dwellers who worship the image of their fellow man as God.

That there is a time when God’s wrath will be poured out upon the living wicked earth-dwellers is not arguable at all, but generally accepted by biblical scholars of prophecy across the board. What is controvertible, what is debated amongst scholars of Bible prophecy is the timing of the manifestation of the wrath of God. Pretribulationists start it at the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel. Midtribulationists start at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. Posttribulationists start it at or near the end of the 70th week of Daniel. It should not be a controversial issue though; for the Scriptures are pretty clear, concise and precise  as the commencement of the wrath of God. It is stated unambiguously that the wrath of God will begin after the breaking of the sixth seal of Rev.6, and not before ( Rev.6:12-14). It therefore follows that locating the timing of the breaking of the sixth seal in the eschatological timeline will enable us to locate the start of the wrath of God.

The revelator, John the Apostle tells us that immediately following the breaking of the sixth seal, ” And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in then dens and the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the Great Day Of His Wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:15-17).

Today the atheists tell us there is no God, and the humanistic evolutionists tell us man was not created. But with the cosmic disturbances associated with the breaking of the sixth seal, God will serve notice to all men that He is, that is He is the sovereign Lord of the heaven and the earth, and that He is about to punish all men for their evils. Then shall men of all stations in life, those who have done evil, all the wicked dwellers of the earth, the kings, the great men, the rich men, the chief captains, the mighty men, every bond man, and every free man, shall flee to the caves of the rocks and the mountains for protection. This will be the end of all arguments about the existence of God. At that time all the tons of books on evolution, as well as the idols of gold, silver, , precious stones, and wood that men have made for themselves, shall be consigned to the refuse dump, as they flee for cover and protection from the wrath of Him that sitteth upon the Throne of the Universe, and from the wrath of the Lamb. ” For the Great Day Of His Wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:17).

The clear teaching of the Scriptures is that God’s wrath is about to begin following the breaking of the sixth seal in anticipation of the breaking of the seventh seal. The historic Pretribulation position is that The Day Of The Lord starts at the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel. If it starts at the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel, how can it be associated with the  breaking of the sixth seal and its attendant cosmic disturbances? To try to negate this problem, some Bible teachers of the Pretribulation persuasion argue that the phrase ” For the day of His wrath is come ” is in the aorist tense, and as such should be made retroactive to include the events of the first five preceding seals which have already occurred. In other words, the phrase, “His wrath is come” covers the events of substantially more than three and one-half years beginning from the start of the 70th week of Daniel, including all the events of the week that have transpired up to that point in time. In other words, the events of the previous six seals are “grandfather clause” in the statement, ” the great day of His wrath is come.”

Admittedly, the verb is come is in the aorist tense, but such exegesis and hermeneutics are strained and biblically unjustified and inaccurate. Does the fact the verb is come is in the aorist tense, make it retroactive to include the events of the entire 70th week?

The Abused Aorist

Let us now examine the aorist tense in the Greek language. It is often thought to refer to a once-and-for-all past action. But that is not always the case. According to John Sproule, if the verb is taken as a constative, then it speaks of a past action and includes the preceding seals. If it is a dramatic aorist, the tense of the verb is indicisive. In other word, it can refer to a past action or an event still future. According Paul Feinberg, in his interaction with Robert Gundry on the rapture question, ” the verb wrath in Rev.6:17 can be an ingressive aorist expressing a condition ‘just entered’ or a dramatic aorist which functions like a future tense- that the wrath is about to begin.”

D. A. Carson, commenting on the aorist tense in his book Grammatical Fallacies, wrote,

” More than a decade ago, Frank Stagg wrote an article about ‘ The Abused Aorist.’ The problem as he saw it was that competent scholars were deducing from the presence of an aorist verb that the action in question was ” once for all” or ” completed.” The problem arises in part because the aorist is often described as the punctiliar tense. Careful grammarians, of course, understand and explain that this does not mean the aorist could be used only for point actions. The aorist, after all, is well-named: it is a-orist ( that is , without a place, undefined). It simply refers to an action itself without specifying whether the action is unique, repeated, ingressive, instantaneous, past, or accomplished.”

What these scholars are trying to say is that the aorist tense can be used to describe either a past action or an event that is about to occur. Gary Cohen, a Greek scholar and a staunch pretribulationist, commenting on a parallel passage in the Scroll of Revelation wrote,

” The announcement……. ” for the marriage of the Lamb is come” ( Rev.19:7), is made after the Great Harlot is said to have been judged, and shows that the marriage is now imminent. The fact that the verb translated ‘is come’ is in the aorist tense cannot be allowed to push the marriage itself into the past. The expression elthen ho gamos…, ” the marriage….is come” ( v.7) is parallel to elthen he hora, ” the hour is come” ( Mark 14:41). This latter saying is made by Christ speaking at Gethsemane of His impending future crucifixion. Thus the aorist tense of the verb erchomai, lit. ” has come,” is sometimes used in the third person to tell of an overhanging event about to occur. Its significance is precisely this here in Revelation 19:7 and it conveys the thought that the time of the marriage has now at last arrived.”

The phrase ” the hour is come” in Mark 14:41, spoken by the Lord in the garden of Gethsamane is in the aorist tense. That it was referring to His impending crucifixion is not contested, it was about to happen, but has not yet occurred. The parallel phrase, ” the marriage of the Lamb is come ” in Revelation 19:7 is in the aorist tense, and refers to the impending wedding of the Lamb. It is about to happen, but has not yet occurred. Similarly in Rev.6:17, the parallel phrase ” for the great day of the Lord is come, is in the aorist tense, and can only refer to the impending day of the Lord wrath. It is about to happen; it has not yet occurred. It is rather preposterous to make the phrase, ” the great day of the Lord is come” in Rev.6:17 retroactive to include the previous six seals.

Since the verb is come in Rev.6:17 is aorist, that is stationless, it tells us of an action without telling us the time of that action. It therefore follows that we must appeal to the context of the verb in order to determine the time of the action. There is substantial and compelling evidence that the phrase, ” the great day of His wrath is come” refers to an event that is about to occur. If the day of the Lord begins at the commencement of the 70th week, how does one account for the fact that God’s wrath does not begin until after the breaking of the seventh seal, a considerable period of time from the starting point of the 70th seven?

We shall now examine the contextual evidence that demonstrate that the phrase ” the great day of His wrath is come” refers not to past event, but one that is about to occur.

(1) The Sequential Chronology Of Revelation 6

Revelation 6 gives us a progressive sequential chronology of events in the 70th seven of Daniel. The first seal is broken, a rider upon a white horse emerges which is the antiChrist ( vv.1-2). The second seal is broken, a rider upon a red horse emerges which is war ( vv.3-4). The third seal is broken, a rider upon a black horse emerges which is associated with famine, pestilences and earthquakes ( vv.5,6). The fourth seal is broken, and the great tribulation begins ( vv.7,8). The breaking of the fifth seal reveals martyrs under the altar in heaven ( vv.9-11). The sixth seal is broken, there begins cosmic disturbance. ( vv.12-17). Besides, the living wicked earth-dwellers recognize that the wrath of God and of the Lamb is about to begin. They are seen scurrying for cover in the dens, and rocks of the mountains; for the great day of His wrath is come ( v.17). The aorist tense does not render the statement, ” for the great day of His is come”, a reference to past events: neither does the context. A normative reading of Rev.6, shows a logical sequential, and chronological progression of events. A seal is broken and certain events unfold. It cannot be demonstrated from the text, that all the seals are broken at the same time. It is only after the sixth seal is broken that the revelator John declares that ” the day of His wrath is come.” It cannot be demonstrated either from the text or context that there is any exegetical basis for making the sixth seal retroactive to include and encompass all the events of the previous five seals.
(2) Cosmic Disturbance Prelude To Seventh Seal
At the breaking of the sixth seal, there is cosmic disturbance.

” And I beheld when He had broken the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places” ( Rev.6:12-14).

According to the OT prophets, the cosmic disturbance associated with the breaking of the sixth seal is the event which signals the approach of the outpouring of His wrath in The Day Of The Lord. The prophet Joel proclaimed,

” And I will show wonders in the heaven 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 terrible Day Of The Lord. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the Day Of The Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars will withdraw their shining”( Joel 2:30,31; 3:14,15).

As we can see, the prophet Joel foretold cosmic disturbances before the great and terrible Day Of The Lord. And this is precisely what happens at the breaking of the sixth seal. The prophet Isaiah spoke about the same thing.

” Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He shall destroy the sinners out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in it’s going forth, and the moon shall not cause it’s light to shine” ( Is.13:9,10).

The warning of cosmic disturbances as a precursor to the Day Of The Lord, repeatedly given by the OT prophets, is also given by Apostle John the revelator in the Scroll of Revelation. The sixth seal is broken, and cosmic disturbances occur. This is the heavenly signal and indicator that the wrath of God is about to occur. The word of God could not be more precise.

(3) Attempt To Escape

In Rev.6:15-17, John the revelator makes an allusion to the OT Day Of The Lord Scripture in Isaiah.

” And the Kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ( Rev.6:15-17).

” And they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day, a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they have made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 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” ( Is.2:19-21).

In both passages above, men are said to flee to the dens, and caves of the rocks of the mountains. The reason for their fleeing is that God’s wrath is about to poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers. John said that in that day, men would cry out to the mountains and the rocks, ” Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath is come” ( Rev.6:16,17). The prophet Isaiah said, ” And they shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth” ( Is.2:19).

It is very clear from both passages in Isaiah and Revelation, that men flee from the wrath of God only and after the sixth seal is broken. The question then that lingers in ones mind is, if the wrath of God begins with the breaking of the first seal at the commencement of the 70th Seven, as our brethren of the Pretribulation persuasion assert, why do men not flee from the wrath of God until after the sixth seal is broken, which is a considerable period of time of over three and one-half years in duration from the breaking of the first seal and the commencement of the 70th week? The suggestion that God’s wrath started with the breaking of the first seal at the beginning of the 70th week, but men did not recognize it until the breaking of the sixth seal is fallacious; it not only stretches credulity but also begs the question. It is a strained exegesis and unsubstantiated. It should not be entertained at all. A cursory look at the Day Of The LORD texts indicate that when the Day Of The LORD begins, every man on earth will know. There will be no question about it. The foundations of the earth and the heaven themselves shall be shaken. It shall be very awesome. The Scriptures are very clear, only after the breaking of the sixth seal will there be cosmic disturbances, and then and only then will men flee to the mountains in an attempt to escape the wrath of God. That is precisely what both the OT and the NT say will happen immediately prior to the outpouring of the wrath of God in the Day Of His wrath.

(4). The Day Of His Coming

In the phrase, ” the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand., John alluded to Malachi 3:2. ” But who is able to abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth?” It is undeniably true that “the great day of His wrath” is the same as the “day of His coming, and when He appeareth.” These phrases are used interchangeably in anticipation of the breaking of the seventh seal. Inasmuch as His coming is intimately associated with the Day Of The lord, the Day Of The LORD cannot occur within the 70th week while His coming for the Church at the rapture occurs pretribulationally.

(5) The Sealing Of The 144,000

Immediately after the announcement of ” the great day of His wrath is come,” and the question ” who shall be able to stand?” (Rev.6:17), the four avenging angels sent to hurt the earth had to hold action until the servants of God are sealed in their forehead.

” After these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four Angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the wrath, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads” ( Rev.7:1-3).

As we have pointed out severally, seals are for authenticity and protection. They also indicate ownership, possession and security. The reason why the 144,000 are sealed with the seal of the living God is to indicate they belong to God, and to guarantee their protection in the outpouring of the wrath of God which is imminent. The purpose of their sealing is to exempt them from the wrath of God which has just been announced, and then delayed until they have been sealed. It is obvious therefore that since their sealing occurs after the breaking of the sixth seal, they could not possibly have been protected from the wrath of God if it began at the breaking of the first seal, and is inclusive of the five previous seals. The conclusion therefore, from contextual evidence, is that the wrath of God could not have started with the breaking of the first seal at the beginning of the 70th week, and could not have included the five previous seals before the sixth seal.

(6) Silence In Heaven

At the breaking of the seventh seal, there is silence in heaven for about half an hour. ” And when He had broken the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour” ( Rev.8:1). This silence is associated with seven avenging angelic beings who stood before God, to whom were given seven trumpets containing the wrath of God ( Rev.8:2). Why is there silence in heaven immediately prior to the outpouring of the seven trumpet judgments?  There is a command for silence associated with the outpouring of the wrath of God during the Day Of The Lord. The prophet Zephaniah proclaimed, ” Hold thy peace at the presence of the LORD GOD; for the Day Of The LORD is at hand; for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, He hath bid His guests” ( Zeph.1:7). The heavens and the earth have to be silent, hold their breath as it were, because the wrath of God is about to be poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers. It is going to be awesome.

(7) The Use Of Wrath In Revelation

The major topic of the Scroll of Revelation is the wrath of God. Of the 22 chapters of Revelation, the wrath of God covers 15 chapters, from 6-20. The word wrath itself is used no less than eight times in the Scroll of Revelation. It is used first in Rev.6:16,17 in anticipation of the breaking of the seventh seal. It is only with the breaking of the seventh seal and beyond is the word wrath used in the entire Scroll of Revelation. It is restricted to the events of the seven trumpets and seven bowls. It does not involve the first six seals at all. The first six seals constitute more than half of the entire length of the 70th week. The fourth seal begins the Great Tribulation. God’s wrath is restricted to the latter part of the second half of the 70th week referred to as The Day Of The Lord or The End. Below is a presentation of the wrath passages in the Scroll of Revelation in chronological order.

” And to the mountains and rocks, fall on us , and hide us from the face  of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great Day Of His  wrath is come, and who shall able to stand?” ( Rev.6:16,17).

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

” The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God , which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” ( Rev.14:10).

” And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for I them is filled up the wrath of God” ( Rev.15:1).

” And one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who, liveth the for ever and ever” ( Rev.15:7).

” And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth” ( Rev.16:1).

” And the great city was divided in three parts, and the cities of the nations fell; and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath” ( Rev.16:19).

The word wrath is not used in the Scroll of Revelation until  The Day Of The LORD wrath begins ( Rev.6:17). It is not used at the beginning of the 70th week. The reason why it is not used at the beginning of the 70th week is because God’s wrath does not start with the beginning of the 70th week. It is used at the start of the breaking of the seventh seal because God’s wrath begins at the commencement of the breaking of the seventh seal.

(8) Cosmic Disturbances

The concept of cosmic disturbances followed by the wrath of God is exactly what Christ referred to in His Olivet Discourse.

” 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: And then shall appear the sign of the Son Of Man in the heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son Of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to another” ( Matt.24:29-31).

After the cosmic disturbances, the tribes of the earth shall mourn in anticipation of His wrath which is to follow.

” And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s heart failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” ( Luk.21:25,26). Men’s heart are failing them in expectation of the wrath which is to follow not what has already occurred.

(9) Angelic Execution

None of the six previous seals are executed by the angels of God. When the seventh seal is broken, the wrath of God begins. Each of the seven trumpets and seven bowls are executed by the angels of God. “The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels” ( Matt.13.39). The reason why the angels of God are not involved in the execution of the first six seal is because they are not the wrath of God. The harvest occurs at the end of the ages, which is preceded by the cosmic disturbances. At the end of the ages, the 144,000 are sealed for protection and security from the wrath of God, the church is raptured, gathered into heaven, and the wicked are gathered to be burned in the wrath of God which begins with the breaking of the seventh seal.

The Imagery Of A Woman In Labour

In the Olivet Discourse, our Lord Jesus The Christ described the first three and one-half years of the 70th week of Daniel as the beginning of sorrows or more literally the beginning birth pangs. ” All these are the beginning of sorrows” ( Matt.24:8). In other words He likened the first three and one-half years to a woman in the early stages of labour. On the other hand, Paul described the period immediately prior to the Day Of The LORD with the imagery of a woman in hard labour about to deliver. ” For you yourselves know perfectly that the Day Of The LORD so cometh as a their in the night. For when they shall say, peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape” ( 1Thess.5:2,3). The prophet Isaiah also compared the inescapable wrath of God as the hard labour of an expectant mother.

” Howl ye; for The Day Of The LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: and they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; and they shall be in pain as of a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames” ( Is.13:6-8).

We can see here that the first half of the 70th week is likened to the beginning birth pangs, and the period immediately prior to the Day Of The LORD as a woman in travail. The inescapable conclusion therefore is if The Day Of The LORD starts at the commencement of the 70th week, the indisputable fact is that the hard labour must preceded the beginning birth pangs. This is impossible. So also is the proposition that The Day Of The LORD starts at the beginning of the 70th week.

The Delusion Of Peace

In addition to the imagery of hard labour, Apostle Paul also described the period immediately prior to The Day Of The LORD as a time when men shall harbor a delusion of peace. ” For when they shall say, peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape” ( 1Thess.5:3). If the call for peace and safety is placed inside the 70th week, then The Day Of The LORD cannot begin at the start of the 70th week. If The Day Of The LORD begins at the start of the 70th week, then the call for peace must occur outside of the 70th week. This clearly means that a prophesied event must occur before the beginning of the 70th. Once again, like the proverbial hill of beans, the the pretribulationist doctrine of imminence crumbles.

The proper placement of the time for the call for peace in the eschatological timeline is within the second half of the 70th seven not outside the 70th week. The first three and one-half years of the 70th week signal the emergence of the antiChrist, wars and rumors of  wars, and famine, pestilences and earthquakes ( Rev.6:1-6). Precisely at the midpoint of the 70th week,  there is war in the heavenlies ( Rev.12:7-9). Satan is cast down to the earth ( Rev.12:10). He possesses the antiMessiah ( Rev.13:2), who relocates his headquarters to Jerusalem( Dan.11:42-45), makes his debut at the rebuilt Jewish temple on out Moriah which he desecrates with the image of himself ( Dan.9:27), declares himself God, demands worship of all mortal, and begins the persecution of Jews, Christians, and all nonconformists, the so called Great Tribulation ( Rev.6:8). Because Jerusalem is his capital city, the Jews shall suffer most. The prophet Jeremiah dubs it ” the time of Jacob’s trouble” ( Jer.30:7). The prophet Daniel names it ” a time of distress” ( Dan.12:1). Our Lord Jesus The Christ said, ” And except those days should be shortened, there should  no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” ( Matt.24:22). God will cut those days short with cosmic disturbances. Therefore cosmic disturbance will signal the approach of The Day Of The LORD.

Jews who are being severely persecuted, especially in the land of Israel, shall view the cosmic disturbances as a sign of divine intervention on their behalf in the nick of time. Then, they shall proclaim “peace and safety.” But their proclamation shall be premature for they are not exempt from the wrath of God. ” For when they shall say peace and safety sudden destruction cometh upon them” ( 1Thess.5:3). The sudden destruction will be The Day Of His Wrath which shall be unleashed at the breaking of the seventh seal. The Jewish people would think that The Day Of The LORD will bring deliverance, not knowing that it will be a time of darkness and gloominess for them as well.

” Woe unto you that desire The Day Of The LORD! To what end is it unto you? The Day Of The LORD is darkness and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent but him. Shall not The Day Of The LORD be darkness and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?” ( Amos 5:18-20).

At the time of the prophet Amos, the children of Israel longed for The Day Of The LORD. He reminded them that there is no deliverance for them in The Day Of The LORD; for it is darkness and not light, a day of gloominess. Like the other prophets of old, he used the situation at that time to project an image of the situation of the children of Israel in the latter days when they shall be in distress due to the persecution at the hand of the antiMessiah. The cosmic disturbances announcing the approach of The Day Of The LORD, shall give them a false sense of relief. They shall cry “peace and safety, ” not knowing that The Day Of The LORD is a day of darkness and gloominess upon all earth-dwellers. The only exceptions are the 144,000 who have the seal of the living God on their foreheads, who shall be taken into protective custody to Azal ( Zech.14:5).

Israel’s expectation of peace and safety will not occur during The Day Of The LORD. The Day Of The LORD shall be a period of chastening, purging, cleansing and purification for the remnant of Israel, but it will be utter destruction for the Gentile nation that know not God. Unlike the children of Israel, the believers are exempt from Day Of The Lord. ” Ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all children of light, children of the day; we are not of night, nor of darkness” ( 1Thess.5:4-5). Because we believers are of the day and light, that day cannot come upon unawares, like a thief in the night. Candidly speaking, we are exempt from it. The believer shall be raptured shortly before the wrath of God is poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers. If the rapture is pretribulational, imminent and signless, can occur at any moment without any prophesied event preceding it, then  that day will overtake believers as a thief in the night. The cosmic disturbances and the Shekinah in the heavens are the back-to-back sign that shall be given in the sun, moon, and stars by God to His children, in order that they may not be caught off guard. It is the promise of deliverance from His wrath, The Day Of The LORD.

Summary

(1) In Rev.6, the seals are broken in sequential chronological order. The phrase, “the great day of His wrath is come” occurs after the breaking of the sixth seal. It is not justifiable to make it retroactive to include the first six seals

(2) The aorist tense is a stationless verb. And the phrase, the great day of his wrath is come is in the aorist tense. The aorist does not tell us the time the action occurs. But since it follows the breaking of the sixth seal, a normative reading of the scripture would lead us to understand that is when the action occurs.

(3) At the breaking of the sixth seal, men flee to the caves, dens, and rocks of the mountains in anticipation of the wrath of God. The prophet Isaiah also foretold that men will flee to the mountains immediately prior to The Day Of The LORD.

(4) In His Olivet Discourse, Christ foretold that men’s heart will faint for fear as a result of the expectation of those things that shall come upon the earth after the cosmic disturbances initiated by the breaking of the sixth seal ( Luk.21:26).

(5) The 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection from The Day Of His Wrath after the breaking of the sixth seal, immediately prior to the breaking of the seventh seal. They could not possibly have been protected from the wrath of God if it began with the breaking of the first seal at the commencement of the 70th week of Daniel.

(6)According to the prophet Zephaniah, there is silence in heaven at the commencement of The Day Of The LORD ( Zeph.1:7). Silence occurs in heaven at the breaking of the seventh seal.

(7) The word wrath is used eight times in the Scroll of Revelation. All of them occur after the breaking of the sixth seal of Rev.6

(8) whereas angels are employed in the execution of the trumpet and bowl judgements, no angels are involved in the execution of the seals. This is simply because the seals are not part of the wrath of God.
Author: Avraham Shallom.

The Final Wrath Of God

The Final Wrath Of God

The Final Wrath Of God

At the sounding of the seventh trumpet, God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth. He establishes His indestructible kingdom. Although weakened by the wrath of God contained in the six previous trumpet judgment which God has already poured out on the kingdoms of this Age, the antiChrist and his 8th And Final Beast Empire, and all the other kings of the kingdoms of this age shall be in existence, even after God Almighty has reclaimed His rule over the Earth. The sequence of events outlined in Rev.11:15-19, corresponds with that expressed in Dan.2:44,45.

” And in the days of those kings, shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it break in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay , the silver, and the gold; the Great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain and the interpretation thereof sure.”

The sequence of events outlined by Daniel is crucial. The sequence clearly shows that God will establish His indestructible kingdom before He utterly destroys the kingdoms of the this Age that oppose God in the end times. That means that the kingdoms of this Age ruled over by Satan shall be utterly destroyed after God has established His Everlasting Kingdom on Earth at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. It is also pertinent to note that the beast empires represented by the gold, silver, brass and iron are no longer physically in existence at the time of the reign of the antiChrist, their spirit, the spirit of this Age, the spirit of Satan’s rule over the Earth, lives on in the 8th And Final beast Empire, inasmuch as the destruction of the 8th And Final Beast Empire is the destruction of all the other previous seven Beast Empires. When the Stone cut out of the mountain without hands struck the statue at the feet of iron and clay, the whole satanic edifice came crashing down.

The Preview Of God’s Final Judgment

As we have pointed out, the order and sequence of events in the Scroll of Revelation is the same as in the Book of the prophet Daniel.

” and the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world( age) are become the kingdoms of our God, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, we give thee thanks O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them that destroy the earth. And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundering so, and an earthquake, and great hail” ( Rev.11:15-19).

We can see the sequence of events outlined in this passage of the Scripture from the blowing of the seventh trumpet to the final destruction of the satanic kingdoms of the antiMessiah and all the other Kings of the Earth. Here is an outline of the sequence of events in the final wrath of God based on the scripture quoted above.

1) The Seventh Trumpet Is Sounded

“And the seventh angel sounded” ( v.15)

2) God Almighty Reclaims His Rule Over The Earth

” and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this Age are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever,….; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” ( vv.15,17b).

3) The Nations Of the Earth were Enraged

” And the nations were angry, “( v.18)

4) God Poured Out His Wrath On those Nations

” and thy wrath is come” ( v. 18)

5) The Bema-Seat Judgment Instituted

” and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great” ( v.18).

6) The Time Has Come To Destroy Those Who Destroy The Earth

” and shouldest destroy them which destroy the Earth” ( v.18).

7) The Description Of The Preview To The Bowl Judgments

” And the Temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His Temple the Ark of His testament( covenant): and there were lightnings, and voices, and thundering so, and an earthquake, and great hail” ( v.19).

The vivid preview of the dreadful seven bowl judgments is also revealed in Rev.15. The Temple of God will be opened to the accompaniment of lightnings, peals of thunder and an earthquake and great hailstorm.

” And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seen last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And after that I looked, and, behold, the Temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: and the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who live there for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” ( Rev.15:1,5-8).

The Greek word translated vial in the KJV is phiale. It is a shallow saucer, the content of which can be easily emptied with a quick swish. The description of God’s wrath being poured out from saucers or shallow bowls, is especially apt, in the light of the short period of time, 25-26 days within which the final wrath of God will be accomplished. The concept of God’s wrath being poured out of relatively shallow wide-rimmed bowls or saucers is indicative of the fact that God’s wrath will be swift, brief and pervasive. The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with God to “pour out His fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and had made his habitation desolate” ( Jer.10:25).

We can see here the reason for God’s wrath upon the Gentile nations: they know not God, they call not upon His name, and they have devoured and consumed Jacob, and made his habitation desolate. God said of Israel, thou only have I known of the families of the earth( ). And again you are my witnesses( ). Israel, the Jewish people, the spiritual descendants of Abraham, the christians, are God’s witnesses on Earth. The land of Israel has been ransacked several times. Several attempts have being made in time past to wipe out the Jew. Adolf Hitler persecuted Jews and christians. Antisemitsm is on the rise today in our world, especially in Europe and the Islamic world. There are regimes that are intolerant of Christian like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, China etc. the worst persecution of Jews and Christians shall be during the Great Tribulation. Jerusalem shall be ransacked and the women ravished. Professing Christians who refuse to be beast-marked, and branded with the mark of the beast shall be executed for their faith in Christ. Therefore God will punish the world for these evils.

The psalmist also wondered how long God will wait before He takes vengeance and punish the ungodly nations of the earth for their persecution of His people. He pleaded with God to take vengeance for His own name’s sake, and for the sake of His own people.

” O GOD, the heathen are come into thy inheritance; thy Holy Temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them. We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. How long, LORD? Will thou be angry for ever? Shall thy jealousy burn like fire? Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name. For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place” ( Ps.79:1-7).

In Zephaniah, God responded to the very plea of the psalmist.

” Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to our upon them my indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured by the fire of my jealousy” ( Zeph.3:8).

So, God will gather all nations to Armageddon in order that He might pour out His fierce anger on the nations that know Him not, and their wicked rulers. The surviving  remnants of Israel have been safely hidden in Azel. All this will happen within a short period of time, just about three weeks. Unlike the fifth trumpet judgment which lasted five months, and the sixth even longer, the seven bowls contained in the seventh trumpet shall be poured out in quick succession, within the remaining 24-25 days of the 30-dat Reclamation Period. Because the bowls are shallow saucers, unlike the narrow-throated pitcher used in Medicine toady, which take a longer time to empty, the shallows bowls of God’s final wrath shall be emptied rapidly, instantaneously, and in quick succession, one judgement after another, without any intervening period, climaxing in the Battle Of Armageddon.

The Ark Of The Covenant

Before the last seven avenging angels begin to pour their bowls denoting the final wrath of God upon the Earth, the Temple of God in heaven is opened and His Ark of covenant revealed. We must remember that the Ark in the earthly Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem is a replica of the heavenly. God told Moses, see that thou make all according to the pattern revealed to thee in the mount( Exod.25:40 ). The final wrath of God will be preceded by the opening of the heavenly Temple, and the revelation of the Ark of God in the heavenly Temple( Rev.11:19a; cf.15:6). It is from the Temple of God in heaven that the last seven avenging angels will emerge and depart, to pour out the wrath of God on the Earth( Rev.15:5,6).

Once the Temple of God in heaven is opened, the Ark of God will be revealed( Rev.11:19b). With the church already raptured, the focus of God’s work on Earth will be to complete God’s plan and purpose for the children of Israel.

For the house of Israel, the ark was the supreme symbol of His covenant with Israel. It symbolized the power and presence of God with Israel in battle when taken to the battlefield( Josh.6:12,13). It signals God’s power and presence, and was referred to as the throne of God( 1Sam.4:4; 2Sam.6:2). The Ark was resident in the Holy Of Holies of the Temple. Originally, the Ark contained nothing other than the two tablets of the Ten Commandments which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai in the behalf of the children of Israel although the pot of manna and Aaron’s rod that budded were later brought in( Heb.9:4); by whom and at what time, we are not told. The top or cover of the Ark which was made of pure gold is designated the Mercy Seat, on which sat the two cherubim of glory( Exod.25:17).

The Ark Of Covenant was associated with the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, the Day Of Atonement. On that day, the High Priest of God entered into the Holy Of Holies , the innermost Sanctum of the Tabernacle and later on the Temple, with the blood of the sacrifice which he offered for himself, and then for the errors of the people of Israel( Lev.16:14,34). This signifying that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet manifest( Heb.9:8). But when Christ gave up the ghost on the Execution stake, the vail into the Holiest of all was torn from top to bottom( Matt.27:51). Now the believer in Jesus the Messiah has access to the Holiest of all. The blood of Jesus, the Messiah, sprinkled on th believer speaks better things than that of Abel( Heb.12:24), an innocent man who was murdered by his elder brother Cain out of envy. It speaketh better things than that of any innocent and unblemished sacrificial animal which can never take away sin( Heb.10:4,11). The animal sacrifice in and of itself had no redemptive power, but was a visual reminder to the crucifixion of Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

Shortly before the destruction of the Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah, the glory of the God of Israel left the Holy Of Holies, the thresholds of the Temple, out through the eastern Gate of the Temple Mount( Ezek.8:1-4). Jesus, who is the glory of God bodily followed the same path to the Temple. But His people did not recognize Him. He was in the World, and the world was made by Him, but the World knew Hm not. He came unto his own( the children of Israel), and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even them that believed on His name( Jon.1:10-13 ). Through the same path, Jesus was led out of the city to be crucified( Heb.13:11-13).

It is of more than passing significance, therefore that the Ark Of Covenant in heaven is revealed before Christ returns to Earth to execute the final judgment of the wrath of God against the enemies of His chosen people Israel, 5-6 days after the end of the 70th week of Daniel, the time set aside for Israel to make atonement for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness( Dan.9:24).

The Ark Of Covenant disappeared before the times of the Gentiles( Luk.21:24)began, and it will appear again only after the expiry of the times of the Gentiles, that is the end of the 70th week of Daniel, when the fullness of the Gentiles is come in( Rom.11:25). Therefore we conclude that the Ark of Covenant, the symbol of God’s power and presence, will only become a reality for Isarel, after she has repented of her sins, and received atonement through faith in her redeemer and King, the Messiah Jesus, after her spiritually eyes haven been opened, after God Almighty begins His reign of power over the Earth. All these will take place before the final Battle of Armageddon.

Prior to the destruction of the First Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, the Ark disappeared. The quest for the whereabouts of Ark Of Covenant is a big and naughty issue in Judaism today. There are those who claim the Ark was buried in an underground vault underneath the Holy Of Holies on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But the Muslim Waqf which control the Temple Mount, will not permit any excavations on the Temple Mount, which they call the Noble Sanctuay, Haram al-sharif. There are also those who claim the Ark was spirited away to Ethiopia before the temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC. There is a group of Christians in Ethiopia who claim to be the custodian of the Ark Of Covenant. They do not allow anyone to see it. No mention is made of the Ark in relation to the second Temple built by the returning exiles. The physical earthly Ark built by Moses may never surface until the Third Temple is erected on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Or an entirely new Ark of Covenant may be built.

The revelation of the Ark Of Covenant in heaven, after the salvation of Israel, the completion of the spiritual Kingdom of God, and the reclamation of God’s rule over the Earth is loaded with meaning, particularly to the newly saved remnants of Issrael just taken into protective custody in Azel prior to the outpouring of the seven Final bowl judgments.

The Bowl Judgments

As we have mentioned several times before, the seventh trumpet has no judgment of its own, but opens into the seven bowl judgments. From the sounding of the seventh trumpet, there remaineth but 24 days to the end of the 30-day Reclamation Period. Although the exact time and duration of the bowl judgments are not specified in Rev.16:1-21), all the seven bowl judgements, including the Battle of Armageddon, which is the concluding part of the final seventh bowl judgment, must transpire within a timeframe that is less than four weeks in duration. This short period is the time remaining in the 30-day Reclamation Period within which “a complete destruction, one that is determined, is poured out on the desolator”( Dan.9:27)- that is the antiChrist, the one who makes desolate.

It is at this point, that Christ reclaims physical possession of the Earth. With the completion of the 70th week of Daniel, and the authority of the antiMessiah to rule for an allotted period of 42 months over, Christ will now exercise His unrestricted and supreme authority. Satan and all his fallen evil angels who were cast down to the Earth at the midpoint of the 70th week, by Archangel Michael and the angels of God under his command, shall be evicted from the Earth premises. Christ will now retake physical possession of the Earth, rightly belonging to the Almighty God, which Satan usurped from Adam following the Fall of Man.

We have given full treatment of all seven bowl judgments in my commentary on Revelation chapter 16. Students who are interested in an exhaustive treatment of the bowls, should consult our commentary on Rev.16. Here, we shall give a brief summary of the bowls.

The First Four Bowl Judgments

The first four bowls are mentioned in Rev.16:1-9). At the pouring out of the first bowl by the first of the seven avenging angels, loathsome sores will spring up on those who are beast-marked, who have worshipped the Dragon-Beast( vv.1,2). There is a very small remnant who have not taken the mark of the Beast. These shall enter the Millennium to repopulate the Earth( Zech.14:16-18).

The second bowl will be poured into the oceans, seas and salt water lakes( v.3). The waters of these bodies of water will become like the blood of a dead man, bringing death to whatever has life in these bodies of waters. All vessels at sea will be lost together with their contents, bringing further pollution to these bodies of waters. The viscosity of blood will not permit swimming nor flotation by ocean-going vessels. Therefore all vessels at sea will be lost.

The third bowl will target rivers, springs and fresh water lakes, turning them into blood( vv.4-7). The dams of cities that depend on rivers to generate electricity will malfunction, throwing these cities into utter darkness. It will be virtually impossible to supply water to these cities that depend on water from rivers, springs and fresh water lakes.

The fourth bowl judgment will will scorch all ungodly people with intense heat. Life on Earth will become virtually unbearable. Many, perhaps millions will die from heat exhaustion.

The first four bowl judgments are inflicted on the whole Earth in general. In contrast, the first four trumpet judgments afflict only a third of the Earth( Rev.8:7,8,10,12).
The Fifth Bowl Judgment

From the fifth bowl judgment, the focus is now on The 8th And Final Beast Empire Of Satan which includes all the five previous Beast Empires represented in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. All these empires assayed to destroy Israel when she had access to the land grant which God to her in the land of Canaan, and her Holy City Jerusalem. The fifth bowl will be poured upon the Throne Of The Beast, brining total darkness on the evil kingdom of the antiMessiah, causing the living wicked earth-dwellers to ” gnaw their tongues for pain”( Rev.16:10). These afflictions, causing excruciating pains will not bring the living wicked earth-dwellers to repentance( ( v.11). They forfeited this right when they accepted the mark of the Beast. Instead, “they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

The Sixth Bowl Judgment

The outpouring of the sixth bowl judgment results in feverish preparation for the final Battle Of Armageddon. First the Euphrates River is dried up preparing the way for the kings of the East. This miracle gives the Kings of the East, China, India, Pakistan, etc more easy access to the land of Israel where the Battle Of Armageddon will be staged( Rev.16:12; cf. Zeph.3:8).

” And the sixth angel poured his vial upon the Great River Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the Kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon”( Rev.16:12-14,16).

After God begins to unleash His final wrath on the living wicked earth-dwellers, the wicked nations of the world and their satanic rulers will become hopelessly desperate as they realize that God Almighty now rules the Earth.

” Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The Kings of the Earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex the, in His displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill Zion” ( Ps.2:1-6).

Having been rallied with the assistance of satanic demonic messengers, the wicked nations of the world and their evil and wicked Kings and rulers will dispatch their armies to the plains of Jezrael, also called the plains of Esdraelon near the ancient city of Megiddo, about 96 km north of Jerusalem. There they will engage in the military conflict popularly known as the Battle Of Armageddon, or simply as Armageddon. This will be one last desperate effort to will win back what they have already lost at the sounding of the seventh trumpet when God Almighty reclaimed His rule over the Earth.
This will be Satan’s last effort to regain his lost rule over the Eart. Remember God’s lease of the Earth to Adam, expires at the end of the sixth millennium. The seventh day or better still millennium is the Shabbat of the Lord.

Satan has been defeated in every battle. That will not however deter him from amassing the largest and most sophisticated army ever assembled in the history of mankind from the whole world. The aim will be to face the forces of God, the heavenly armies led by Christ in final counteroffensive. This will be Satan’s last plan and effort to foil the plan of God, before the start of the Millennium. However, God’s plan will be fulfilled perfectly and literally right up to the Battle O Armageddon.

The Seventh Bowl Judgment

The final seventh bowl judgment is the climax of God’s wrath upon the wicked inhabitants of the Earth. It will inflict more damage than any of the previous seven trumpet judgments and the other previous six bowl judgements.

” And the seventh angel poured his vial into the air: and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided in three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceedingly great” ( Rev.16:17-21).

When the seventh bowl is poured out upon the Earth, there will be thunders and lightnings. The climax will be the worst earthquake in the history of human disasters. This earthquake will be massive and global. It will make the worst of the earthquakes known to humanity pale in comparison. It will be so great an earthquake such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great( Rev.16:18).
This earthquake will not be isolated but worldwide. It will be so devastating that the cities of the nations will fall, every island destroyed, and the mountains will vanish.

The earthquake will disrupt electricity, water supply, transportation and communications. The Earth will be thrown into utter darkness. Men will be fleeing from the wreckages of their cities on foot due to disruption of roads and means of transportation. There will be really no where to flee because no part of the globe is unaffected. The cities are destroyed utterly offering no form of shelter and protection. Men, women, and children will be exposed to the elements. The few survivors will be running for their dear lives, leaving the dead unburied, and the injured untended. One could imagine the insanitary condition that would follow.

As it were not bad enough, hailstones, weighing 33.33kg will skyrocket to the Earth with great momentum, literally destroying any living thing on which it impinges, smashing vehicles and any standing structures. There will be no question in any one’s mind as to the source of this punishment on mankind. It is not one nuclear power unleashing its nuclear arsenal on other nations; for no nation is spared. Men will recognize God as the source of this punishment. But instead of repentance, they will blaspheme God because of the plague of hailstones. It will be exceedingly severe( v.21).

It will be a wonder, in the light of this devastation, how the armies of the nations will be able to gather for the Battle of Armageddon in the valley of Esdraelon. It is even a greater wonder how they survived the devastation of the final seventh bowl judgment. They were most likely spared by God in order that they might be destroyed by Christ and His heavenly hosts when He judges and wages war on the Kings of the Earth and their armies, gathered to make war against Him at Armageddon( Rev.19:11,19).

In relation to the seventh bowl judgment, two cities will be singled out for special judgment. The first of these extremely significant events will be the devastation of Jerusalem, the seat of the antiChrist’s humanistic government. And the great city was divided into three parts. Although Jerusalem is not the only great city, but in the light of the reference to “the great city where also their Lord was crucified” in Rev.11:8, which can only refer to Jerusalem, it is clear that Jerusalem is intended. Jerusalem will be divided into three parts, and will fall alongside the cities of the nations when they fell. Therefore Jerusalem will be severely damaged by this earthquake.

In the light of the severe devastation of Jerusalem by the worldwide earthquake, we can begin to see the mercy and the love of God in cleaving the mount of Olives, creating a roadway by the valley of the mountains for the newly saved remnant of Israel to flee to Azal. For the mountains shall reach up to Azal. And His people shall flee just as they fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah( Zech.14:5).

Finally, the great city Babylon shall also come into remembrance, to give to her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath( Rev.16:19). God wrath is on all the cities because of the vestiges of satanic humanistic governments. So as God destroys the cities of the nations, He will also destroy the great city Jerusalem( Rev.17:18; 18:18,19,21), and the great city Babylon on which sits the Babylonian harlot( Rev.17:3). Although the judgment of the great city Babylon and the Babylonian harlot, the false religious system initiated by Nimrod, and epitomized by the one world religion instituted and organized by the antiMessiah and the false prophet, the second beast, are part of the final seventh bowl judgment, they are exhaustively treated in our commentary on Revelations chapters 17 & 18. Because of their immensity and primacy, they are not treated indepth in this article. The same is true of the Final Battle of Armageddon. It will be treated in separate article.

At the end of it all, a voice came out of the throne of the Temple in heaven, saying, it is done( Rev.16:71). Thus is brought to conclusion The prophet Ezekiel’s prophecy concerning the Day Of The Lord: ” Behold, it is coming and it shall be done” declares the Lord. ” that is the day of which I have spoken” (Ezek.39:8).

The Appointment Of A Cohen Gadol

The Appointment Of A Cohen Gadol

The Appointment Of A Cohen Gadol

The newly reconstituted Sanhedrin‎, the council of  70 elders that governed Israel in ancient times has appointed a Cohen Gadol or High Priest, from the house of Aaron. He is Rabbi Baruch Kahane. This revelation was made by Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the spokesperson for the nascent Sanhedrin. Rabbi Baruch Kahane is part of the Halacha Berurah Institute established by Rabbi Avraham Isaac Hacohen Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel. The Temple Institute has established a registry of kohanim, and a school for the training of the priests in the details of the Temple service. This is a landmark development; inasmuch as  there has not been any temple or High Priest since the destruction of the Temple on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem, in 70 AD by the Roman General Titus.

With political will on the part of the Israeli government, temple worship, and animal sacrifice, grain and drink offerings could resume at any moment. A full temple need not be erected, though everything required for the building of the third temple based on the plan drawn from Ezekiel 40-43 has been procured. Over $100 million dollars has been raised in cash for the rebuilding of the third Temple. The red heifer has been identified. Through crowd funding money is being raised for cloning and breeding of the red heifer. The golden altar of incense that stands in the holy place has been reconstructed

However, the plan of the temple in Ezekiel 40-43 refers to the fourth and Millennial temple to be erected by The Messiah Himself after the War of Armageddon ( Ezek.39,39; Rev.16:16, 19:11-21) , and the subsequent renovation of the Temple Mount, the land of Israel, and the whole Earth ( Ezek.44-48), during the 45-day Restoration Period ( Dan.12:12 ). It is not likely an elaborate temple like the one described by the prophet Ezekiel could be built in this age. For a temple of this size to be built, the whole Temple Mount most be reclaimed. The situation on the ground in Israel at this time does not permit that. However, the situation may change.

There is no record of the plan of the Third Temple anywhere in the whole of the Scripture‎s, though a Third temple must exist on the Temple Mount for the events of the 70th Seven of Daniel to be fulfilled ( Rev.11:1,2 ). The Third Temple may not be a full temple like the First built by Solomon which was destroyed in 586 BC by the Neobabylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, or like the Second Temple built by the returning exiles following the decree of Cyrus of Medopersia, in 538. This temple completed in 515 BC, was extensively refurbished and embellished by Herod the Great. It was this temple that was in existence during the ministry of Jesus. This temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman General Titus.

The Third Temple may be a tabernacle like structure hurriedly fabricated. With modern technology, and considering the development in architecture and civil engineering in Israel, such a structure may be erected within a week. The politics in the Holy Land and the situation on the ground on the Temple Mount may not permit the erection of an elaborate temple like the one described in Ezekiel 40-43. What will happen to the Done of the Rock, and the Musque of Omer? Admittedly, any attempt to forcibly  remove these two‎ structure in order to erect a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, will raise a lot of dust, and may in fact spark a global religious war.

In Rev.11:1,2, John the revelator was instructed by the angel of God to measure the Third Temple and those who worship in it, and to leave out the outer court to the Gentiles who shall tread it under foot for forty and two months. This period is of the same length as the ministry of the Two Witnesses who shall prophesy for a thousand three hundred and sixty day ( Rev.11:3). Biblical scholars are agreed that this periods corresponds with the Second half of the 70th Seven of Daniel.

Israel is the prophetic clock. It is God’s time piece for the End Times. It is NOT the Church. With the Church, there is no way we can objectively identify our locus in the eschatological timeline. With Israel we can monitor the times and the seasons. This is not Judaism. It is biblical eschatology of which we do well to be aware.