The Middle Of The 70th Seven.

The Middle Of The 70th Seven.

The 70th seven of Daniel is divided into two equal parts of three and one-half years, 42 months or 1,260 days each. The first half is called the beginning of sorrows or the beginning birth pangs. The second half, the real travail or hardlabour so to say, consists of the Great Tribulation and part of the Wrath of God, the Day of The Lord or the day of His Wrath. Precisely in the middle of the 70th seven, a lot of critical events occur that initiate the Great Tribulation by the Antichrist which is the wrath of Satan.

(1) War In The Heavenlies.

The execution of the sentence against Satan occurs in four stages. First he was cast out of the heaven of heavens alongside his evil angels following his rebellion against God in eternity past, prior to the creation of man. His present abode is in the dark void and the starry heavens from whither he roams to and fro the Earth and up and down in it( Job 1:7, 2:2). Right up to now, Satan has access to the Throne Room in heaven where he accuses the brethren before God, day and night. But precisely in the middle of the 70th seven, that access shall be cut off.

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the Great Dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceive the whole world: he was cast out into the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him” ( Rev.12:7-9).

Michael, the warrior archangel of God and the angels of God under his command fought against the Dragons and his fallen evil angels. The Dragon and his hordes of fallen evil angels were defeated and forcibly cleared from the dark void and the starry heavens. They were forcibly evicted from the Heavenlies. There was no place found for them in the Heavenlies. They lost their abode in the Heavenlies. The Dragon lost his access to the court of heaven where he accuses the brethren before the Lord. The elimination of satanic accusations enhances the position of saints in the court of heaven. The saints can now approach heaven without a feeling of being accused. The absence of accusations eliminates inferiority complex, and creates a robust access to the court of heaven. There is no one there to remind God of our sins and failures. Even though they were washed away by the blood of the Lamb, Satan had the audacity to bring them up again and again. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath Ge removed our transgressions from us”( Ps 103:12). “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them” ( Rev.12:12). This shall bring much joy to the heavenly dwellers; for no one brings foul accusations against the saints before them any more.

(2) Satan Cast Down To The Earth.

The first stage of the execution of the sentence against Satan was his eviction from the heaven of heavens to the dark void and the starry heavens. It is from here that he roams the Earth, going to and fro, and up and down in it, like a roaring lion, he prowls around seeking whom he may devour( 1Pet. 5:8). The second stage of the execution of the sentence against Satan and his rebellious evil angels will be to cast them from the dark void and the starry heavens to the Earth. He shall be barred access from not only the heaven of heavens and the Throne Room of God in the temple in heaven but also from the dark void and the starry heavens. His sphere of influence shall be restricted to the Earth. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” ( Rev.12:10).

(3) Satan Possesses The Antichrist.

Satan is a spirit being; he has no physical body. So also are his demons. In order to be effective here on Earth, they must possess physical objects, human beings, animals and other material objects. When Satan entered into Judas, the man from Iscara, he betrayed his Master Jesus for thirty pieces of silver which he never made use of( Matt.27:3-6).when Satan is cast down to the Earth, he possesses the Antichrist. He gives him his power, seat and great authority to rule over the Earth on his behalf. “And the Dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” ( Rev.13:2). A good number of the fallen evil angels evicted from heavens’ premises shall find abode in rebuilt Babylon, the commercial headquarters of the kingdom of the Antimessiah. “And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils( demons), and the hold of every foul spirit, and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird” ( Rev.18:2). The rest of these demons shall possess whosoever they can. Because of the preponderance of demonic possession evil shall run riot on Earth. Men and woman shall walk about naked unashamed and perform ludicrous acts in public to the consternation of anyone left with a sense of decency.

( 4) Self-deification Of The Beast-Antichrist.

When Satan possessed Judas, he betrayed his Master Jesus. When he possesses the Antichrist, he becomes a political megalomaniac. He declares himself God, and demands worship of all earth -dwellers. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there be a fallen away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts the himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped” ( 2Thess.2:3,4a).

(5) Antichrist Relocates His Headquarters To Jerusalem.

Prior to the middle of the 70th seven, the headquarters of the Beast-Antichrist shall be somewhere in the land of Magog from where he formes a coalition of the most three powerful European nations, Magog, Meshech and Tuval. He unites them with Javan, and six other nations in Africa and the Mid East to form a ten nation confederation. He amasses the most powerful army in the annals of military history with the most sophisticated weaponry ever. Posing as Israel’s protector because of the peace treaty, he relocated his headquarters to Jerusalem in the middle of the 70th seven. “And he shall plant the tabernacle of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end and none shall help him” ( Dan.11:45). The seas mentioned here are the Mediterranean and the Dead Seas. The glorious holy mountain is mount Moriah, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

(6) Antichrist Makes His Debut At The Temple.

When the Antichrist relocates to Jerusalem, he shall make his debut at the rebuilt Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. There he declares himself to be God. “He as God, sitteth in the temple of God, displaying himself as God” ( 2Thess.2:4b).

(7) Abomination Of Desolation.

The Antimessiah shall place a statue or image of himself in the Holy of Holies of the Rebuilt Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This shall be like in the days of Antiochus, the Greek ruler of the Seleucid dynasty who defiled the Jewish altar of holocaust by sacrificing a pig, an unclean animal on it. He also put a statue of the Olympian Zeus or the Canaanite Baal Shemen in the Holy of Holies of the second Temple built by the returning exiles. The image of the Olypian Zeus was actually a burst of Antiochus. He claimed to be the God made manifest, Antiochus Theos Epiphanes. He was the prefigure of the Antimessiah. So, like his foreshadow, the Antimessiah shall desecrate the Holy of Holies. This is the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet. “And in the midst of the week( seven), he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abomination he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined, shall be poured upon the desolate” ( Dan.9:27b, 27c). The phrase translated overspreading of abominations or wings of abominations is best translated extreme point of abomination. This shall be the extreme point of abomination when a man sits in the temple of the God of Israel and declares himself God.

(8) Abolition Of Daily Sacrifice.

When the Jewish temple is rebuilt on Mount Moriah, they shall resume temple worship and animal sacrifice. The daily morning and evening sacrifice shall be recommenced. When the Antimessiah makes his debut at the temple, he shall put a stop to the daily animal sacrifices, meal and drink offerings. “He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” ( Dan.9:27b). He will do this because he will not recognize any God; he will not brook rivals. “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God or worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” ( 2Thess.2:4).

(9) Antichrist’s True Identity Unveiled.

Prior to this time, the Antimessiah shall travel incognito, unrecognized as it were for who he truly is. Except for members of his inner circle and the believers who had learned from the word of God of his true identity, the mass of humanity would not know that the Antimessiah is a dead man who has ruled one of the previous seven Beast Empires come back to life, to rule over the 8th and final Beast Empire of Satan. At this point he shall not hide it any more, for it serves his purpose. He shall take away the veil and reveal himself as a dead man come back to life. Men shall be literally paralyzed with fear. This shall be the singular factor that shall give him overwhelming influence over the majority of the living earth-dwellers. “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the Dragon who gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast, and who is able to make war with him” ( Rev.13:3,4)? For the Jews who made a peace covenant with him, it shall be so terrifyingly to them to understand that they have made a covenant with a dead man come back to life( Is.28: 19).

(10) Antimessiah Demands Worship Of All Men.

The antichrist shall demand all men to worship him from the moment he sits on the temple of God displaying himself as God. The large majority of the living earth-dwellers shall worship him being awed by the fact that he is a dead man come back to life. Antimessiah is not just a dead man come back to life, but he actually ruled over one of the seven previous Beast Empires of Satan. A lot of folks will be awed and frightened and horrified by this singular fact, and will not have the courage to resist him. They worshipped the Dragon who gave power to the Beast; and they worshipped the Beast, saying, who is able to make war with the beast? They will question their ability to resist him because of the fact that he is a dead man come back to life, and because their names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. Beyond this he has the most sophisticated armies in the world at his beck and call. He is also in control of food supply. To effect his plan to get all and sundry to worship him, he shall introduced a mark of loyalty to his assumed divinity. Anyone who receives this mark shall become a loyal citizen of his kingdom. Anyone chipped or branded or beast-marked shall be at liberty to buy and sell and engage in any business transactions. Those who refuse this Mark shall not be able to buy or sell. If they have not previously stockpiled food and other supplies, they could die of starvation or sickness and disease, or be caught trying to procure food for themselves and their families and loved ones. This shall be a horrible period of time in the history of man on Earth.

(11) The Removal Of The Restrainer.

Christian bible scholars are not agreed on who the Restrainer is, but there is no argument amongst orthodox Jewish bible scholars on who the Restrainer is. The concept of the Restrainer is not primarily Christian but Jewish. Some biblical scholars, especially of the pretribulation persuasion identify the Restrainer with the Holy Spirit. Therefore He must hitchhike with the Church at the rapture which occurs, in their view, at least, seven years prior to the 70th seven of Daniel. Assuming the Restrainer were the Holy Spirit, there is no need for him to hitchhike with the Church at the rapture; inasmuch as the Holy Spirit has been working here prior to the inception of the Church on the day of Pentecost. “The Lord God and His Spirit has sent me” (Isa.48:16). “The Spirit of the Lord God has anointed me” ( Is.61:1). Prior to the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit had been at work here on Earth. At the creation of the World, the Spirit of God was gliding over the surface of the waters( Gen.1:2). Moses was anointed of the Holy Spirit, so were the High Priests, prophets and the Kings of Israel. Besides, there were others who were specially anointed to perform special tasks like David’s mighty warriors, Bezaleel and Aholiab who were divinely tasked with the construction of the tabernacle in the wilderness( Exid.31:1-11). What happened on the day of Pentecost was the initiation of a new relationship between God and man based on a new covenant established in the upper room on Mount Zion on the day of Passover some fifty days earlier. This new relationship will expire with the rapture of the church. It does not however mean that the work of the Holy Spirit amongst men will cease with the rapture of the Church. The Holy Spirit was here before the inception of the church. He is here right now in the Church Age. And He will continue to be here after the Church Age. The Holy Spirit is the Third person of the Godhead. Like the other two persons of the Godhead, The Father and The Son, He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. But unlike Jesus, the second person of the Godhead, He does not possess a physical body and cannot therefore be restricted to a particular location. But His work and actions may be in manifestation in one place at one time or the other. What am trying to prove here is that the rapture does not in any way take out the Holy Spirit from the Earth.

Some of our brethren of the Pretribulation persuasion equate the restrained with human government. This is somewhat odd, because human government is in place throughout the 70th seven till defeated by Christ at Armaggedon.

As touching the identity of the Restrainer, there is no confusion amongst Orthodox Jews about who he is. The Restrainer is archangel Michael, the warrior angel of God who standeth for His( God’s) people, Israel. “And at that time Michael shall 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 the same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” ( Dan.12:1). At that time, Michael, the great Prince that defends Israel and the church, the rest of the offspring of the Woman that have the testimony of Jesus Christ( Rev.12:17), shall cease to defend Israel and the church, and there shall be a great tribulation, such as never have been before that time. Rashi and other orthodox Jewish scholars are unanimous in their identification of the Restrainer as archangel Michael who defends Israel. Without the removal of the Restrainer, there shall be no great tribulation. At the middle of the 70th seven, after he has cast Satan and his fall evil angels down to Earth, prior to their being herded into the abyss and Hell respectively, God shall put him on a leave of absence for a while. God shall say, stop Michael; do not fight for nor defend my people any more.

Our brother Paul and father in the Lord, writing to the Thessalonians said, “and you know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now leteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked one be revealed, the son of perdition, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” ( 2Thess.2:6-10). There are two personalities mentioned here. Second, the Antichrist whose coming is after the working of Satan with all signs and lying wonders. There no argument about the identity of the second person. But there is no consensus of opinion amongst Christian bible scholars with regards to the identity of the first personality. But our brother Paul did not bother to identify the restrainer to his audience because his identity is already known to his immediate audience, the Thessalonians. Paul probably told them who he was in his previous oral instructions while he was with them. The identity of the first personality is revealed in the OT in the book of the prophet Daniel as we have seen. When the archangel Michael “amads”, that is ceases to do what he normally does best, defend the people of God, there shall be a time of trouble.

(12) The Great Tribulation Begins.

As soon as the Antichrist declares himself God and demands worship of all mortals, he begins to enforce the worship of himself by having all the citizens of his kingdom and anywhere else he conquers by war or intrigue, and those nations allied to him branded with his mark as sign of allegiance. He will use food as a bargaining chip. Those who have this Mark can buy and sell, and engage in other transactions. Those who do not have this Mark cannot buy and sell or move around freely. Those who do not take his mark, who are hiding from the watchful eyes of the Antimessiah could die of starvation if they had not stored away food and other supplies ahead of time. The Antichrist’s kingdom will be a closed society. Everything will be run by the government and its agencies. The society will be cashless. Purchases will be done online using biometric IDs implanted on ones forehead or right arm. Whatever one purchases online is delivered at one’s door. There will be strict electronic monitoring of transactions. Besides an army of enforcers, robotic images of the Antichrist shall be situated at strategic locations to identify those who do not have the mark of the Beast, and to coerce them into compliance or be killed on refusal to comply. The society will be more or less like the communist one at the zenith of the Cold War. Citizens will be required by the government to inform on one another. “A man’s foes shall be those of his own household” ( Matt.10:36). “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” ( Matt.24:12). There will be false brethren. Brethren shall betray one another. Remember that at this time, it is the apogee of the cosmic conflict between God and Satan. Satan’s plan is to destroy or disqualify all men from becoming citizens of Christ’s millennial kingdom. Anyone with the Mark Of The Beast is disqualified from becoming a potential citizen of Christ’s Millennilal Kingdom. He or she will be executed by Christ when He takes over rulership and physical possession of the Earth. Those who do not take the Mark of The Beast, are potential citizens of Christ’s millennial kingdom. So Satan will try to ferret them out wherever they may be and destroy them thereby defeating Christ if it were possible. The Bible makes it clear in the words of our Lord Jesus the Christ, that if the Great Tribulation by the Antimessiah were not amputated, no one will be able to evade the long arm of the Antichrist’s set up( Matt.24:22). The spiritually dead Christians shall comply and take the mark of the Beast. The compromising Christians shall suffer persecution because they failed to follow Christ’s instruction concerning perseverance during the hour of temptation, but shall be delivered if they endure till the end of the Ages. Because they are true believers, they will certainly endure to the end of the ages when the true believers are raptured and the Wrath is poured out on the living wicked earth-dwellers, worshippers and adorers of the Dragon-Beast. The uncompromising and faithful believer shall be given protection from the hour of temptation because he had kept God’s instruction concerning perseverance in the hour of temptation, and shall be physically removed from the sphere of persecution when Christ amputates the great tribulation with cosmic disturbances and raptures the saints.

It will be utter delusion for anyone to think he can outwit and evade the Antimessiah if one had not adequately prepared ahead of time following God’s instructions concerning perseverance in the hour of temptation. There will be no where to hide because Google has mapped out the whole World including ocean floors. With the advancement in modern technology and electronic monitoring systems, it will be really very difficult if not virtually impossible to evade or spoof the Antichrist’s monitoring systems for any reasonable length of time. The reason why anyone without the Mark Of the Beast will survive at all is because those days shall be cut short. It will be utterly disastrous for believers who have been taught that the church will be raptured before the Antimessiah hangs out his shingles, to find themselves in the midst of it all unprepared. Those who are teaching this doctrine are doing the body of Christ a lot of disservice no matter how holy they have lived and how stellar their biblical scholarship. The pretribulation rapture view is by far the most popular view. Tons of books have been written on it. A good number of them best sellers at the New York stock market. And the authors have made their millions of dollars. But these are not the measures of biblical accuracy. It is unbelievable that some of the best minds in biblical scholarship are touting a view that is unsupported by the Scriptures, and neither by the teachings of the Apostles of the Lambs nor by the Church Fathers. Even though the fundamentalist evangelicals are the forefront of the peddling of this most unbiblical view, it originated from a charismatic and visionary Pentecostal woman named Margret Macdonald in 1828 in England. Antiquities alone do not however make a view biblically accurate. Only the Scriptures make a view accurate. But the closer a view to the teachings of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb, and the teachings of the early church Fathers and their immediate disciples; if a view is in the Didachi or supported by it, the more the likelihood of its biblical accuracy.

For an intelligent biblical scholar to read 2 Thessalonians 2, and come to the conclusion that the church will not go through the great tribulation is mind boggling. These scholars are guilty of intellectual dishonesty. Was it not the Russian philosopher Dostoyevsky who said that man has a predilection for systems and abstract deductions, that he is ready to deny himself, that he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses in order to justify his logic. Whatever our logics may be, let us make sure that they do not in any contradict or fall foul to the Scriptures which only are eternally inviolate. But these scholars also claim to be true to the scriptures as I do. But my joy is that a time cometh when no man shall ague any more, but it may be too late for some of us then to make the necessary adjustments. Now is the time.

(13) The Apostasy On Account Of His Name.

“That day shall not come until there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed; the son of perdition” ( 2Thess.2:3). That day is the day of the Lord or the day of His wrath which occurs at the end of the ages. On that day, the true believers are raptured, and God Almighty institutes His Day of the Lord wrath at the breaking of the 7th seal of the scroll of Rev.6( Rev.8:1). The Greek word translated falling away is apostasia from which we derive the English word apostasy and its cognate apostate. It means a revolt, rebellion, defection or total abandonment of ones faith, cause or a person. It was used by the author of the book of First Maccabees to describe the situation in Israel during the reign of the Greek ruler of the Seleucid dynasty, Antiochus Theos Epiphanes who made a decree that all people in his kingdom should be one. The only way he could achieve that was to get all the peoples in his domain to worship one god, the Greek god, the Olympian Zeus, made in his image, and to practise Greek culture and custom. Antiochus was a prefigure of the Antimessiah. He defiled the Jewish altar of holocaust by offering the blood of a pig on it, an unclean animal, and put an image of the Olympian Zeus, a burst of himself in the Holy of Holies of the Jewish temple on Mount Moriah built by the returning exiles.

He demanded that Jews stop the practice of circumcision, the sign of covenantal relationship with the God of Israel. Jewish women who had their children circumcised had those children hung on their necks by the officers of the king who were enforcing the apostasy. Some Jews cut a covenant with the king not to practise circumcision. Those who were circumcised disguised their circumcision. They built a gymnasium in Jerusalem and practiced greek culture and customs. The Greek word gymnasium comes from the root gymnos which means naked. Athletes at the gymnasium exercised completely naked in those days. Jews who were circumcised had to disguise the mark of circumcision. These renegade Jews who abandoned their religion for the Greek way of life were referred to as apostates. Mattattias Maccabeus and his five sons led a revolt against the Greeks. They rededicated the temple after the defeat of the Greeks in 164 BC. This is the origin of the Jewish feast of Chanukkah, also called the feast of lights or the feast of dedication. When Paul wrote that that day will not come except there be a falling away first, and that may of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who exalteth himself above all that is called God or worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God showing himself as God, what he had in his mind was a similar scenario which will be played out in the rebuilt Jewish temple on mount Moriah when the Antimessiah shall demand that all men worship him. That some Jews will totally abandon the faith of their fathers in order to make themselves acceptable to the Antimessiah. Some professing Christians also shall totally abandon their faith in the name of Jesus to follow the Antichrist. Jesus referred to this as the falling away on account of my name( Matt.24:8-12). Apostasy must precede the rapture and the day of the Lord’s wrath against the living wicked earth-Dwellers and worshippers and adorers of the Antimessiah. This abandonment begins in the middle of the 70th seven when the man of sin, the son of destruction is made manifest or revealed. The language of the Greek sentence quoted above indicate that the revelation of the Man of Sin and the Apostasy occur simultaneously on the same day. The apostasy occurs the same day the Man of Sin is revealed.

(14) Jerusalem Surrounded By Armies.

Because of the peace treaty with Israel, the Antichrist posing as a protector of the Jewish state would station some troupes in Israel from the very beginning of the peace covenant. But precisely in the middle of the 70th seven, the Antimessiah shall relocate his headquarters from Europe to Jerusalem, the land between the two seas- the Mediterranean and the Dead seas- in the glorious holy mountain. In anticipation of Jewish opposition, and in order to enforce the Apostasy, the Antimessiah shall surround Jerusalem massively with troupes. “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compasses with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are Judea flee to the mountains; and let them who are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into……” ( Luk.21:20-24). As we can see here , the fleeing to the mountains of them that are Judea is associated with the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies. The same events associated with the surrounding of Jerusalem with armies are also associated with the abomination of desolation standing in the place where it ought not, that is, the rebuilt Jewish temple on mount Moriah in Jerusalem( Matt. 24:15-20; Mark 13:14-18). And we know that this event, the abomination of desolation occurs in the middle of the 70th seven. “For he shall cut the covenant with many for one seven. And in the midst of the seven, he shall cause the sacrifice and the grain offerings to cease; and as for the overspreading of abomination, he shall make it desolate” ( Dan.9:27). It therefore follows that these two events are concurrent. They occur when the Restrainer is removed. When the opposition of Michael, the archangel that standeth for His people is removed, the Beast-Antichrist shall be at liberty to do as he pleases. This initial invasion of Jerusalem by the armies of the Antimessiah is dubbed The Jerusalem Campaign in order to distinguish it from the other two campaigns that will take place in the same vicinity.

(15) The Ministry Of The Two Witnesses Begins.

The ministry of the two witnesses will last for 42 months or three and one-half years. Biblical scholars are agreed that the minister of the two witnesses will occur in the second half of the 70th seven. “And I shall give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth” ( Rev.11:3). Their ministry begins at the starting point of the great tribulation, when Satan is cast down to the Earth having great wrath, when the Restrainer is removed, when Satan possesses the Beast-Antichrist, gives him his seat, power and great authority, when the Antimessiah declares himself God, unveils his identity as dead man come back to life, desicrates the rebuilt Jew temple on mount Moriah, deified himself, and demands worship of all mortals. At this point, the offspring of the woman who keep the commandment of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ are in hiding. God will not leave himself without witnesses. The two witnesses with the anointing of Moses and Elijah shall be wonderfully empowered by God to bear him witness. Their ministry shall be in the vicinity of Jerusalem, right there on the Temple Mount, under the noses of the Beast-Antichrist, the second beast, the false prophet, and their army of sycophants and informants and enforcers. If anyone attempts to harm them, fires proceeds out of their mouths and makes a mince meal of their enemies( Rev11:5). When they shall have finished their ministry, the Antchrist, the beast that ascends out of the abyss, shall make war with them, overcome them, and kill them on the last day of the 70th seven of Daniel. Their bodies shall be exposed to the elements for three and one-half days to the joy, merriment and celebration of the living wicked earth-dweller, worshippers and adorers of the Antimessiah. Three and one-half days after their demise, that is on the fourth day of the 30-day reclamation of period, the Spirit of life from God shall enters into them, and they hear a voice saying unto them, come up hither. They shall ascend to heaven in a cloud. The same hour, there shall be a great earthquake, the tenth part of the city of Jerusalem shall fall, and seven thousand people shall perish in the earthquake( Dan.12:11; Rev.11:5-14).

(17) The Three Angelic Announcents.

There will be three announcements made by the angels of God starting from the middle of the 70th seven of Daniel. The first is the everlasting gospel. “And I saw an angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto all them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, fear God, and give glory to Him; for the our of His judgement is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” ( Rev.14:6,7). Why is there a call to worship God at this time? It is because there is a false God, the Antichrist who demands worship. There is no consensus of opinion amongst biblical scholars as to when this announcement was made and as pertaining to the content of the gospel. Is the everlasting gospel the same as the gospel of the kingdom which Christ spoke about in Matt.24:14 which must be preached to the world before the end of the ages? The context and timing of these two gospels are in the second half of the 70th seven. It is there likely that these two gospels are one and the same. Fear God, and give glory to Him, for the our of His judgment is come, appears to be an addendum to the gospel of the kingdom rather than the main content of the everlasting gospel. There cannot be two separate and different gospels preached at the same time. The main aim at this time is to get men to acknowledge God and reject the mark of the beast. Anyone beast-marked shall face the wrath of God at the end of the ages. The other thing is who is preaching this gospel. Was the announcement made by the horizontal flying angel all that is needed to make all the peoples of the earth hear this gospel? Or was this announcement chorused by believers also are here on earth? I personally think there is cooperation between men and angels to get this gospel to the whole world. When certain announcements are made in heaven by the angels of God, there are corresponding actions amongst men on on earth. God, men and angels are working together to accomplish the divine purpose.

The second announcement was the fall of Babylon. “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” ( Rev.14:8). The fall and demise of Babylon is inevitable, therefore the announcement was doubled, Babylon is fallen. This is a literary device that signals the superlative. It is very common in Igbo language, in which the superlative is stated by double the verb. Babylon must fall, hence the need to warn the living earth-dwellers of the dangers of putting their hope and trust in a crumbling system. But what is Babylon? Babylon is a global ideal, a false humanistic philosophical ideology epitomized in the one world religion and one world government of the Antimessiah, that exalts man above God. Indeed it does not recognize God. It began in the Garden of Eden when the Serpent beguiled Eve and she ate the forbidden fruit. After the deluge, it was given fillip by Nimrod who established false human government, and religion of mother-child worship and humanistic education and consumerism and commercialism. It will be epitomized in the last days by the false religion of the Dragon-Beast headquartered in Babylon. It symbolizes everything that had its origin in humanistic evolution. Yes! There is a physical city called Babylon. It shall be destroyed. There is false humanistic region headquartered in Babylon. It shall be destroyed. The whole Earth itself shall be salted with fire. Seeing that all these things shall be destroyed, what manner persons ought you to be?

The third angelic announcement is that the wrath of God will fall upon the beast-marked worshippers and adorers of the Dragon-Beast. “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which shall be 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: and the smoke of their torment ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever recieveth the mark of His name” ( Rev14:9-11). There are some that argue about the timing of this event. My understanding however is that Rev.14 is a recap and a periscope on the major and critical events which occur in the second half of the 70th seven beginning from the desecration of the temple by the image of the Antimessiah. Anyone who takes the mark of the beast shall face the wrath of God. Those who are branded or chipped with the mark of the Beast who survive the wrath of God shall be executed when God Almighty reclaims physical possession of the Earth at the end of the war of Armageddon. Beyond that, they shall be cast into hell and subsequently the lake of fire and brimstone where they will be tormented for ever and ever. The benefits of being branded for the Antichrist is temporal, temporary, transient and ephemeral, but the subsequent punishment is eternal. So it is not worthwhile serving the Beast-Antichrist.

(18) The Everlasting Gospel Preached To All The World.

The task of preaching the gospel to the whole world was given to the church by Christ. “And He came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the ages. Amen” ( Matt.28:18-20). Here, Christ makes it clear that his disciples will be here unto the end of the ages. The end of the ages is a phrase that marks the end of this age and the beginning or inauguration of another, the age to come. It is at this point that God intervenes in human history to punish the living wicked earth-dwellers, worshippers and adorers of the Dragon-Beast and ushers in the age of righteousness. It is at this point that the true believers are raptured. It is in the second half of the 70th seven, in the midst of the great tribulation that this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all the world perhaps with the assistance of powerful angels of God. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” ( Matt.24:14). There are biblical scholars who believe that this task which the church had failed to accomplish in the last two thousand years shall be accomplish by angels in the second half of the 70th seven of Daniel prior to the rapture and the Day of the Lord. But angels were not commissioned to preach the gospel. But they can render assistance to men in the dissemination of the gospel. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Cornelius, he instructed him to sent for Peter( Act.10). Why did not the angel preach the gospel to him? Because they were not permitted by God to do so. The angel of the Lord also gave assistance to Philip in the conversion of the eunuch in charge of the treasury of queen Candice of Mero( Act.8:26). This kind of angelic ministration was common in the early church and in those parts of the world where believers are severely persecuted today. Recently I read an account in which Jesus personally visited a believer in Iran and taught him for two years. Afterwards He directed him to a secret location where other believers met. It is likely that this kind of angelic ministrations will be increased in the midst of the great tribulation. Without it, in actual fact, it will be impossible for the task to be accomplish by mortal man in the midst of the great tribulation by the Antichrist. So, in the midst of the severe persecution, some believers will take it upon themselves, with angelic assistance and divine direction not only to refuse the mark of the beast, but also to going about persuading others not to take it and to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and Lord. Most of them will be beheaded by the Beast. However, they will not be dithered. Come to think of it, there will be nothing else left for anyone with a heavenly vision to live for. In a little while, the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall he dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the Day Of God, wherein the heaven being fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness( 2Pet.3:10-13). There will be certain brethren, faithful believers who will have this understanding that there is nothing else to live for, who will go out and preach the gospel in the midst of the great tribulation and persecution. Certainly they will not be those who have been brought up on bread and butter christianity, on nothing else other than prosperity and the happy and good life, who believe they will be raptured to heaven on the wings of a silver bird many years before the Antchrist hangs out his shingles.

(19) The Destruction Of The Babylonian Harlot?

Although the destruction of the Babylonian harlot is the second angelic announcement, it is doubtful whether it was carried out precisely in the middle of the 70th seven. The destruction of the Babylonian harlot was carried out by the tens kings of the 8th and final beast empire; for God had put in their heart to fulfill His will( Rev.17:16,17). It is part of the seventh bowl judgment, the final wrath of God. For a fuller treatment of this topic, see my commentary on Revelation, chapters 17 and 18.

Revelation Chapter 14: Preview Of The Judgement Of The Beast-King.

Revelation Chapter 14: Preview Of The Judgement Of The Beast-King.

Revelation Chapter 14: Preview Of The Judgement Of The Beast-King.

Rev.14 is a preview of the judgement God intends for the Beast-Antichrist and his beast-marked worshippers. Here, God shows He is able to protect His people who bear His mark, whilst the Beast-King cannot protect his beast-marked worshippers. He warns everyone not to take the mark of the Beast, his name or worship the beast. Finally, He shows how He would destroy the Beast-King and his beast-marked worshippers at Armageddon.

The Lamb On Mount Zion With The 144,000( verses 1-5).

And I looked, and, lo, a lamb stood on mount Zion. I looked, and, lo is a phrase that John the revelator uses to introduce a new unit of vision. A lamb stood on Mount Zion. This is the Lord Jesus the Christ, the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the World. He stood on Mount Zion with the 144,000. Jesus descended from the heavenly Mount Zion( Heb.11:26) en route to the earthly Mount Zion( Is.59:20), to the general area of Mount Paran in the Edomite wilderness to gather the remnant of Israel, the woman, who do not have the mark of the beast prior to the final outpouring of the wrath of God. This group of 144,000 have the Fathers name written on their foreheads. This is the same 144,000 who were sealed in Rev.7 with the seal of God prior to the beginning of the outpouring of the wrath of God. They have already been protected from the trumpet judgements. They will now be given greater protection from the bowl judgements which are more extensive and devastating. The seal is for the purpose of protection, ownership, authenticity and  identification. Here it is revealed that the seal is the Father’s name. Whatever that name is , we are not told. Jesus gathered them from the general area of Petra across the Jordan River where they have been hiding: from the Judean wilderness and from Jerusalem itself to the earthly mount Zion. The 144,000 were probably not the only ones gathered. But they were the ones who have the seal of God on their foreheads. The seal of God culminated in their salvation.

When Jesus ascended into heaven after the resurrection, He did so from this same location on the Mount of olives. He promised to return in the same manner as the disciples saw Him go into heaven. This coming is not to rapture the Church: that has already been accomplished prior to the breaking of the seventh seal. This coming is to reclaim God’s rule over the Earth at the blowing of the seventh trumpet on day 5/6th of the 30-day reclamation period. This event occurred on the 5/6th day of the 30-day reclamation period after the two witnesses were raised from the dead and taken to heaven. They are from the twelve tribes of Israel. They appeared with The Lamb on Mount Zion where He reclaimed God’s rule over the Earth, and later taken to Azel in protective custody( Zech.14:5). Azel is an unknown location. There is no place in ancient Israel so named. This is for security reasons.

In verse 2, the revelator heard a voice from heaven. It was like the voice of many waters, and the voice of a great thunder. There was the voice of harpers harping with their harps. This is an heavenly orchestra. It consists of an innumerable multitude of redeemed humanity who stand in the presence of the Father in the throne room of the temple of the tabernacle in heaven. Verse 3 says they sang a new song before the throne, before the four beasts and the twenty and four elders. The usual orchestra in heaven includes the four beasts, the four and twenty elders and an innumerable company of angels. Here the four living creatures and the four and twenty elders are not part of the choir, since the orchestra performs in front of them and the throne and God the Father who is the occupant of the throne. On Earth, no man could learn this song, but the 144,000 who were redeemed from the Earth. This so because it is the song of the redeemed. This innumerable multitude, standing on the crystal sea, with harps in hand harping away, singing with one voice are the redeemed of all ages gathered before the throne of God in heaven. The 144,000 are also redeemed. So they too could sing the song here on Earth. But the rest of the living earth-dwellers who were not redeemed could neither learn nor sing this song. This song was sung in heaven but heard on Earth. Those who were not redeemed could hear this song but could not learn or sing it. Anyone who could learn and sing this song must be redeemed with the blood of the Lamb.

In verse 4, the characteristics of the 144,000 are enumerated. They were not defiled with women, they are vergins. The reference to virginity here  may not be figurative and symbolical as some affirm and teach. They did not have sexual intercourse with women. They are Jewish celibates. Celibacy as a form of purity and dedication to God is an ancient Jewish practice. Our Lord Jesus said some have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. These Jewish men have vows of celibacy which they jealously kept. The Greek word used is  Parthenoi which usually described a woman who had not known a man. They did not worship the beast or his image. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They followed Him from Petra through the Judean wilderness to Mount Zion in Jerusalem. They were the ones qualified to do this because they not only did not worship the Sea-beast nor take his mark but were sealed with the name of the Father. There are others on Earth at this time who did not worship the Beast or his image nor bear his mark but were not marked with the seal of God on the their foreheads. They were redeemed from amongst men being the firstfruits  unto God and the Lamb, of those who were to be redeemed after the rapture of the church from the nation of Israel. God will never leave Himself without a witness on Earth.  These men were not witnesses in the sense they went about proclaiming the gospels as some affirm . They were not evangelists as some have suggested. They were in protective custody in Petra and Judean wilderness and in cellars, sewers, basements and underground bunkers in the city of Jerusalem. Like the church they needed to be rescued. Verse 5 continued their characteristics. In their mouth was found no guile. They would not lie. The remnant of Israel will not tell lies( Zeph.3:13). These men were not hypocrites. They did not say one thing and do another. They stood for what they believed. They were not beast-marked worshippers. Therefore, they were without fault before the throne of God. These are the reasons why they could learn and sing the song of the redeemed.

The Three Angelic Announcements( verses 6-13).

In terms of chronology of end time events, this section is difficult to locate. By the time The Lamb appeared on Mount Zion with the 144,000, only the seventh  trumpet remaineth to be blown. And from the time the seventh trumpet is sounded, God Almighty reclaims His rule over the Earth and the mystery of God is finished, there remaineth but twenty and fours days to Armageddon, the last act in the final wrath of God. Is this the time to give this warning to the inhabitants of the Earth? Some biblical scholars and interpreters see it as a parenthesis, a flashback and a recap of an earlier warning. There are some who believe that this warning is given at this time to those who have not yet taken the mark of the beast, that is, the sheep of the sheep and goat judgment, in order that they may not do so between now and Armageddon. The condition on Earth at this time, after the breaking of the sixth seal, earthly and celestial disturbances, after the rapture of the church is such that the Beast-Antichrist and his beast-marked worshippers could not actively be enforcing the mark of the beast, inasmuch as they themselves are in hiding, inviting the rocks and the mountains to fall upon them and hide from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. The sun and moon is darkened, though temporarily, earthquakes in diverse places, meteorites are falling from the sky and impinging on the Earth, and perhaps also comets. The Beast-Antichrist is paralyzed and cannot enforce his programme anymore. It is most probably that this is a pericope, a recap of earlier warnings rather than fresh ones. At this time the sixth trumpet and the second woe are over. The 6th trumpet has no judgement of its own but opens in the seven bowls which are more devastating in scope but poured out over a shorter period.

The  First Angelic Announcement: The Everlasting Gospel( verses 6&7).

The revalator saw another angel. This angel is not one of the ones he has seen before. This angel was flying through the heavens or sky, moving horizontally through the midst of heaven. We are not told  who he is. He has the everlasting gospel to preach to the earth-dwellers, of every nation,  kindred, tongue and people. This message is universal in scope. This message is proclaimed with a loud voice, so everyone could hear. The content of this everlasting gospel is different from the gospel of our Lord Jesus the Christ. There is no mention of Jesus or His finished work on the cross of Calvary.  The content of the message is fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: worship Him that made heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and the fountains of Waters. What is in view is not salvation as we know it but a recognition of the sovereignty of God Almighty over the heavens, the earth and seas and fountains of waters, and that the day of judgement is come. So the content of the gospel is not salvific, but rather aimed at urging the hearers to recognize God’s sovereignty over the the heavens, the earth and the seas and fountains of waters in order that one would not worship  false gods. The message here is the prekingdom message :it is the message of wrath.

The Second Angelic Announcement: the Fall Of Babylon( verse 8).

The second angel moved horizontally  over the heavens saying: Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of her fornication. The repetition of its fallen, is a literary device employed to emphasize the inevitability of that which is spoken. There are some who argue that Babylon is the holy city of Jerusalem but I beg to differ. I route for literary Babylon.

The Third Angelic Announcement: Beast-marked Worshippers Doomed( verses 9-12).

The third angelic announcement is a warning to the living earth-dwellers not to take the mark of the beast, the number of his name or worship his image or statue. If anyone became a beast-marked worshipper, the one shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without dilution into the cup of His indignation; and they shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. The wine of His wrath which is poured out without mixture is a figure of speech indicating the severity of His wrath on the beast-marked adorers and worshippers of the Dragon-Beast. The smoke of their torment shall ascend for ever and ever signals the everlasting nature of their torment. And they shall have no rest day nor night who worship the Beast and his image, and whosoever receive the mark of his name.  Verse 12 is very interesting in that it speaks about those who keep the commandments, and the faith of Jesus. This implies that the remnant of Israel and believers were probably present here on on earth at the time this instruction was given, and that what we have here is a pericope and a recap or flashback. Here is the patience of the saints implies that those who endure to the end shall he exempt from the wrath of God which is directed towards the living wicked beast-marked worshippers of the Dragon-Beast. And the revelator heard a voice from Heaven saying unto him , write, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours ; and their works do follow them. It would be hard for anyone to prove that this message was not directed at believers in Jesus the Christ. Here the Holy Spirit is addressing the believers in Jesus the Christ. I therefore concur that the proper timing of this message would be at the middle of the reign of the Beast-Antichrist, when he initiates the great tribulation, and that what we have here is a recap.

The Final Harvest: Overview  Of Armageddon( verses 14-20).

The purpose of Rev.14:14-20 is to preview the final judgement of God against the wicked earth-dwellers. This section will be expanded in chapters 15-19. Rev.15-16 will expand Rev.14:14-20. Rev.17-18 will expand Rev.14:8-13, and Rev.20 expands Rev.14:6-7.

And I looked and behold a white cloud. Cloud signals the glory of God, and white His righteousness. It is also transportation mechanism used to transport heavenly beings to various places in heaven and on earth. This indicates that the one sitting in the cloud is righteous and is enveloped in glory. He is like unto the Son Of Man. This reminiscent of Dan.7:13.This is the favourite appellation by which Jesus designates Himself in the synoptic gospels. That he is the Son Of Man implies He is of Adam’s descent and therefore has right to the title deed of the Earth.  For one to rule on Earth, one must have physical body with which to relate to the external physical environment. Jesus is the only one of the three persons of the Godhead that has a physical body. Angels do not have physical bodies. Just as the Father and the Holy Spirit can assume a body that may be comparable to the the physical body of man and become visible to the optical eyes, so also may the angels at the behest of the Almighty. Biblical scholars are not  agreed that the identity of this person is that of Jesus. This is based on fact that he is like the son of man. But would the Son of man be commanded by angel to thrust in His sickle? The Lord Jesus would hardly need an exhortation from an angel to begin the earthly harvest( Rev.14:15). Or else the angel would be God the Father. But our Lord Jesus said explicitly in Matt.13:39 that the reapers are the angels. This would cast great doubt on the above analysis. The one thing that can be dogmatically asserted is the fact that this is a unique heavenly being. He has on His head a golden crown. Both gold and crown are  symbols of royalty. Gold  also signifies royalty and wealth. Angels also wear crowns. The twenty and four elders mentioned in Rev.4:4,10 wore golden crowns, so also the horse and rider in Rev.6:2. The locust cavalry wore golden crowns( Rev.9:7). Golden crowns obviously depict authority and status.He has in hand a sharp sickle. The sickle is the instrument of harvest in the ancient Neareast. Jesus has right to execute judgement because the Father has committed all judgement unto The Son. And Jesus has an army of angels at his beck and call.

And another angel came out of the temple crying to Him that sitteth on the cloud, trust in thy sickle and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. Who is this other angel that came out of the temple, that cried unto Jesus to trust in His sickle and reap, for the time for thee to reap us come, and the harvest of earth is ripe.  We are not told who this angel is. He is most probably the Father, considering the fact that he came out of the temple and had the audacity to command the Son  to reap. In the OT, it is not unusual to refer to any of the three persons  of the Trinity as an angel. That God is in control of the situation is suggested by the fact that the hour or time of harvest has arrived. In verse 16, the Son obeyed, and trust in His sickle on the Earth and the Earth was reaped. Reaping the earth is a metaphor. The time of judgement is come because the earth is ripe. Literally, wickedness has run its course and demands punishment. It means to execute judgement. Only the Father who has committed all judgement to the Son could command Him to do so. But in the light of the fact that the reapers are the angels,  am inclined to believe that the two personalities involved are angels of high rank not the Son and the Father. Another angel supports the conclusion that the rider on the white cloud is an angelic being. Emerging from the temple, this angel is undoubtedly under the authority of God. The fact that an angel commands the cloud-rider to begin the harvest argues against the identity of the cloud-rider as Our Lord Jesus the Christ. The fact that the reapers are the angels at the end of age, argues strongly in favour of the fact that the identity of the cloud-rider is an angelic being. The duty of the angels is to gather in the harvest. There are two harvests in ancient Israel, the wheat harvest and the wine harvest. The command to put in the sickle is an allusion to Joel 3:13. Both of them are in view here. Therefore this is a metaphorical preview of Armageddon. Verse 17 says another angel came out of the temple, he also having a sharp sickle. We are not told the identity of this angel. There is no consensus of opinion as to his identity. In verse 18, another angel came out from the altar who has power over fire. This implies that not all angels have power over fire. Therefore he must be a high ranking angel. He too cried to the angel with the sickle to trust in his sickle into the earth and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for the grapes are fully ripe. The angel with sickle also obeyed and thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. The second set of two angels are most probably high ranking angels. The angel who came out from the altar is probably the angel that comforted the martyred saints until the time God avenged their death at the hands of the beast-marked worshippers. In the parable of the seed and the sower, the harvest is the end of the ages and the reapers are the angels. But the actual threading of the winepress is done by Jesus Himself who is the judge of the Earth. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the city unto the horse bridle, by the space is a thousand and six hundred furlongs. A winepress is the place where the grapes are pressed to separate the juice from the pulp. God’s literal winepress will be on the plains of Megiddo. The angel gathers the wicked earth-dwellers to the place where God’s wrath will be administered. What is presented here is an overview. This overview will be expanded in Rev.16:12-16, and Rev.19, the actual battle of Armageddon. This threading occurs at Armageddon. The war begins in the general area of Jerusalem and moves over to the Jezreel valley or the valley of Esdraelon where Mount Megiddo is located. The carnage would be so great that the level of spilled blood shall reach unto the horse bridle, about 5 feet deeper  and cover a distance of about 180-200 miles.