Unraveling the Revelation
The Wonderful Numbers of Sacred Canon
Section IV – Part 45
By Doug Krieger
We now approach the Seven Seals found in Revelation 6 and ending in Revelation 8:1, having determined that the four horsemen of the Apocalypse – white (conquering through peace – quest for control); fiery red (war – taking peace from the earth); black (famine and disparity of wealth); pale/chlorine (death and Hades) – have commence their rout upon the earth PRIOR to the 70th Week of Daniel and most likely within the time frame known as the “birth pangs of the Messiah” (Matthew 24:7-8) in the lead up to earth’s final week known as Daniel’s full-length Seventieth Week.
Prior to their galloping hoof beats – wherein two World Wars and world revolution claimed hundreds of millions of lives in a quest for control of earth’s abundance, resulting in massive disparity of wealth, famine, pestilence on a global scale heretofore unknown to humankind (e.g., the Spanish Flu, AIDS, etc.)…and all resulting in death – yes, prior to all this, during the late 1700s up to the end of the 1800s, “prophetic deception” was rife upon the earth, along with wars and rumors of wars (Napoleonic Wars, American Revolutionary War and Civil War – and much, much more throughout the earth – all before the World Wars I and II):
“And what will be the sign of Your coming, and the end of the age?”
“And Jesus answered and said to them:
‘Take heed that no one DECEIVES you,
For many will come in My name, saying ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass,
But the end is not yet.”
From here – after, if you would, “world-wide prophetic deception” and scores of wars throughout the globe but, in the main, localized – Jesus emphatically declares that “the end is not yet.” He then launches immediately into another phase to the lead up of Daniel’s 70th Week – a period known by global conflict, famines, pestilence and horrific earthquakes (witness the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 – or witness the growing intensity of quakes at Historic World Earthquakes) – these are the “beginning of sorrows” or the “birth pangs” of the Messiah’s coming again in glory:
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
All these are THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS” (i.e. “birth pangs”)
Definitively, this is the time-frame in which we now live, beginning at the end of the 1800s and continuing through today’s 2013 – in actuality, the first Zionist Congress (which we affirm to be a major signal of the birth pangs of the Messiah) took place in 1897 at Basel, Switzerland – 200 attended – 10 “Non-Jews” were present of whom was Henri Dunant (Swiss), founder of the International Red Cross and first-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize as well as a co-founder of the YMCA; Dunant was referred to by Theodore Herzl (father of modern Zionism) as the first “Christian Zionist” (the first time the term was ever used) (See: Philosemitism, November, 2010).
Dunant espoused the repopulation of Palestine by Jews as a future homeland in no uncertain terms as early as 1866. Could he have known that his insistence foretold of the “birth pangs of the Messiah” – the rebirth of Israel and the coming of the Millennial Age? Indeed, not just “any ordinary Christian” was he … and to have been acknowledged as the first “Christian Zionist” by the founder of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl … this almost sounds like the TWO WITNESSES of Revelation 11…but that’s for another article.
Even so, “birth pangs” without Israel’s rebirth would be tantamount to swimming without water or much better, having birth pangs without a baby!
The fact that Evangelical Christians – for Dunant was not alone in this endeavor – were foundational in the creation of the State of Israel – is in itself a quickening revelation to many Jews and Christians … that the RED CROSS of Switzerland formed the backdrop of the First Zionist Congress is a bit overwhelming to many, I can assure you; i.e., there’s a reason why this first congress was held in Switzerland – you go where you are welcomed!
So, after nigh 100 years of “prophetic deception” – its terminus and the commencement of the “birth pangs” of the Messiah took place in an extraordinary setting full of “messianic fulfillment and promise.” For, on the one hand, the TWO
WITNESSES collaborated in Israel’s rebirth – but the struggle, the pain, the birth pangs had just begun with the next 100+ years witnessing the calamitous rise of “ethnos vs. ethnos” – ethnic wars and nation states at war with one another – “kingdom against kingdom” – empire against empire – with the subsequent disparities of wealth, famine, pestilences and upheavals (earthquakes) which inevitably have followed in their train (e.g., World Wars I & II, Cold War, Socialists Revolutions and consequent annihilation – War on Terrorism).
Did we not hear the hoof beats and SEE these four horsemen of the Apocalypse – for just as that First Zionist Congress was viewed from “neutral and peaceful Switzerland” – with the promise of a better day for Jews fleeing persecution and hatred – we, at the same time, were overrun by war’s carnage on a world-wide scale unforeseen by humanity as man’s inhumanity to man overshadowed any altruistic desire on anyone’s part…the pain issuing forth unto the very Seventieth Week of Daniel and the final countdown to the coming of Israel’s Messiah at long last.
And, in the midst of these horsemen comes their foremost leader – the Antichrist – whose motives have from time immemorial sought to destroy the “man-child” …
“His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
And the dragon stood before the women who was ready to give birth,
To devour her Child as soon as it was born.
She bore a male Child (i.e., “manchild”)
Who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.
And her Child was caught up to God and His throne”
Yes, “Before the woman who was ready to be delivered – to give birth” who undoubtedly was having “birth pangs” – but her Male Child – was CAUGHT UP (“harpazo” – snatched up) to the Throne of God … the ultimate giving of birth is the Messiah! That is precisely what the rebirth of the State of Israel – unbeknownst to them, I am most certain – but the quickening of Messianic intervention now grips the hearts of many more of Israel than you may think…and more so as the day approaches.
In other words – there is a very clear connection between the Rebirth of Israel – Israel, through whom the Messiah, the Male Child, the Man Child, was born – Israel, through whom the coming of the Son of Man shall again appear…for the Man-child ascended before the Dragon’s termination via the “death of the cross” shall be the Man-child who sits upon the Throne in Heaven and shall one day sit upon the Throne of David as He comes to them who shall proclaim: “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna!”
Believers who somehow contrive that the “male Child” are overcoming Christians do despite to the Word of God – please allow Him the ascension – your overcoming shall come later in Revelation 12:11: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death.”
The Fifth Seal
As we have proposed – the nine “Ps” of the Prophetic Sequence: Perversion – Prophesying – Persecution – Perseverance – Purifying – Preservation – Pronouncement – Perusia – Paradise … will persist throughout these thematically charged vignettes presented in the Revelation.
Even so – we have and continue to endure the PERVERSION of the horsemen and their champion seen through the eyes of the Dragon who in past time sought to destroy the Man Child Whose triumph over “death” via resurrection and ascension to the Throne of God is antithetical to the gross perversion which was and is and is to come … thus, in the midst of this world-wide carnage which has commenced, once again, after the “birth pangs” ensues is another bout with PERSECUTION, as a result of PROPHESYING, but resultant in PERSEVERANCE, overlaid with deception – and we will declare which deception herein but hear these pronouncements from the mouth of Jesus:
They will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold…but he who endures to the end shall be saved”
The PERVERSION – the DECEPTION encountered here is that of the Treaty of Death and Hell (Isaiah 28:15, 18) perpetrated upon Israel by the Antichrist – who at the commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week it is said of him: “Then he shall confirm (lit. “enforce”) a covenant (lit. a “defense pact” or “treaty”) upon the many (i.e., Israel’s leadership) for one week (i.e., the 70th Week of Daniel); but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering and on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (lit., “desolator”) (Daniel 9:27).
Distortions of Daniel 9:26-27 abound, resultant of the fact that the original document, the Greek translation by the 70/72 Jewish Scholars in Alexandria, Egypt around 300 BC – known as the Septuagint (also called the LXX and later, the Codex Vaticanus) – has undergone subsequent modification with the oldest of the texts (the Codex Vaticanus) entombed within the Vatican. The “Greek Old Testament” is still the OT of the Greek Orthodox Church – furthermore:
“The Septuagint, commonly designated LXX, is the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament of the Bible, the title ‘seventy’ referring to the tradition that it was the work of 70 translators (or 72 in some traditions). The translation was made from the Hebrew Bible by Hellenistic Jews during the period 275 - 100 BC at Alexandria. Initially the Septuagint was widely used by Greek-speaking Jews, but its adoption by the Christians, who used it in preference to the Hebrew original, aroused hostility among the Jews, who ceased to use it after about 70 AD. It is still used by the Greek Orthodox church.
“The Septuagint contains the books of the Hebrew Bible, the deuterocanonical books - that is, those not in the Hebrew version but accepted by the Christian church - and the Apocrypha. Ancient manuscripts from Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) suggest that the Septuagint often followed a Hebrew text different from the present authoritative Hebrew text. Thus its value for textual criticism has been enhanced. The Septuagint provides an understanding of the cultural and intellectual settings of Hellenistic Judaism.” (Norman K. Gottwald, History of the Bible)
The LXX was widely accepted by the Early Church, with subsequent translations having occurred – two in the Second Century AD (the AQUILA and the SYMMACHUS) and one in the Third Century AD (the THEODOTION version) – later Origen developed, primarily from Theodotion, the Hexaplar Text which over the course of time was so difficult to copy that it virtually disqualified itself. (An Historical Account of the Septuagint Version, Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton). Even so, English translations directly from the Septuagint vary – see those of Charles Thomson, 1808; and Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Breton, 1851). Frankly, the preponderance of translations, especially of the book of Daniel, from the Greek Septuagint demands exhaustive research – however, taken in their context – those passages relative to the “termination of the sacrifice” via the “Abomination of Desolation” (Daniel 8:13-14; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11) nail just who the HE is referring to in Daniel 9:27 as naught but the future Antichrist!
They who claim that this “Desolator” – who in the midst of the 70th Week – they say collaborated with Jesus Christ in the destruction of the Herodian Temple and ancient Jerusalem in 70 AD, have, unfortunately, fallen prey to the sordid English translations of the Septuagint whose agenda is to make the “he” of Daniel 9:27 that of Jesus Christ, and not the Antichrist.
They claim that when Jesus died on the cross His death put an end to “sacrifice and offering” as recorded in Daniel 9:27. They are, however, wholly negligent in understanding that the archetype of the Antichrist, who during the reign of the Maccabees, trampled asunder the host (terminating the sacerdotal rites of the Jews at that time – as a reflection of the future Abomination of Desolation) – was certainly not a picture of Jesus but of Antichrist. Therefore, they altogether distort the pure Word of God. The “sacrifice and offering” refers NOT to that of Jesus but to the “sacrifice and offering” commenced within the 70th Week by a reborn Israel and speaks directly to that “sacrifice and offering” spoken of in Daniel 8:13-14 and Daniel 12:11 wherein we read:
“Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, ‘How long will the vision be, concerning the DAILY SACRIFICES and the TRANSGRESSION OF DESOLATION, the giving of BOTH the (1) SANCTUARY and the (2) HOST TO BE TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT?”
And he said to me, ‘For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed’”
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days”
…and, therefore, given the preponderance of these desolations (Daniel 8:13-14; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11) wrought against the priesthood during the time of the Maccabees, the “take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation” (Daniel 11:31) is the consequent termination “in the middle of the week…he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” and that this he is NOT Jesus Christ but the reflection of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, archetype of the Antichrist, and, again, is NOT Jesus Christ.
Therefore, they who say that the HE in Daniel 9:27 (purposefully, I affirm, contending that HE is Jesus Christ) utterly disregard the other portions of Daniel clearly delineating the termination of these sacrifices as the work of the DESOLATOR, and not Jesus Christ. Jesus prophesied Jerusalem’s demise – He did not defile it by orchestrating its destruction with Titus in 70 AD – that was wrought by the “people of the prince” who is to come, a.k.a. the Antichrist (i.e. the Despicable One or “Vile Person” (KJV) of Daniel 11:21, NET) – indeed, the “prince of this world” and the “prince and the power of the air” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 2:2) who will yet interfere, as did Antiochus IV Epiphanes in the sacrifices of Israel’s yet-to-be-built Third Temple.
The DECEPTION spoken of in Matthew 24:11 at the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel alludes to the FALSEHOOD of the Anti-Messiah (who, quite frankly, now wishes to conceal his “princely” identity as noted above), who comes to Israel to assure their security – “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive” (John 5:43).
It is at this critical commencement of deception – the “Covenant with Death and Hell” – that the 70th Week begins – and from its start the Antichrist upon his White Horse goes forth conquering and to conquer:
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him (him = the Antichrist); and the king of the North shall come against him (him = the Antichrist) like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
He (he = Antichrist) shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.”
“He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape.”
“He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.”
But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.”
“And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
Thus is described the Gog-Magog War – which portrays Antichrist at the commencement of his reign wherein nothing but WAR and more WAR – for after he dispenses with the Islamic hoards north and south of Israel (Ezekiel 38 to 39:16), he will “hear of rumors from the East and North” – from both China and Russia (I think this is obvious) and thus, as Dwight Pentecost assesses, commences the “Armageddon Campaign” throughout the remainder of Daniel’s 70th Week to the ultimate “Battle of Armageddon” which occurs within the 30-days unto the 1,290th Day of Desolation and the fulfillment of “yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:45).
This PERVERSION is fraught with DECEPTION whereby many a Jew/Israeli and many a Christian are swept up in the euphoria of Gog’s defeat and the subsequent commencement of the 2,300-days of SACRIFICE and DESOLATIONS (termination of the sacrifices) – for if we know, which we do, that there shall be 1,290 days of desolation (Daniel 12:11), then we know there shall be 1,010 days of sacrifice – which sacrifice terminates at the mid-point of the Daniel’s 70th Week…therefore, if we subtract from 2,300 days of “sacrifice and transgression” the 1,290 days of desolation we discover that there remains 1,010 days of sacrifice (1,290 days + 1,010 days = 2,300 days) and, therefore (again) we find that the commencement of the sacrifices shall be determined as follows: 1,260 days (3.5 prophetic years) less 1,010 days of sacrifice = 250 days.
Thus, on the 250th Day of Daniel’s 70th Week (nigh 8+ months into the 70th Week) shall the sacrifices commence at the rebuilt Temple in Israel and persist for 1,010 days and then shall take place the “breaking of the covenant” – the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION – spoken of by Daniel the Prophet and such desolations shall continue for 1,290 days and terminate at the Second Coming of Messiah at the Battle of Armageddon and the commencement of the glorious 45 days unto the 1,335th Day of His Coming in Glory (Daniel 12:12).
Previously, we have calculated, based upon Rabbinical tradition, that Messiah would come to Israel during any given Passover (witness Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday before the Passover whose preparation thereof was on the following Thursday, and the actual Passover was on Friday). From Passover to any celebration of the Feast of Dedication (i.e., the dedication of the Third Temple) would be precisely 250 days or 40 days of the Gog-Magog War and an additional 210 days for the “cleansing of the land” as recorded in Ezekiel 39:12 (7 prophetic months * 30 days = 210 days).
Yes, as the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” rampage across the earth – even so, the intensity of this PERVERSION shall afflict the “chosen ones” – the “elect” who shall endure the “tribulation of those days” … thus, the PERSECUTION is clearly the experience of the faithful and true witnesses of Jesus – all others shall be exposed as the frauds they are – the “betrayal” which occurred to Jesus by Judas – shall occur to those who affirm the Testimony of Jesus… “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake…And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another…and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold…But he who endures to the end shall be saved (PERSEVERANCE)” (Matthew 24:9-10, 12-13).
“There shall come a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time (PERSECUTION). And at that time your people shall be delivered (PRESERVATION). Every one who is found written in the book.”
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life” (PAROUSIA)
“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament” (PURIFICATION), and those who turn many to righteousness (PROPHESY) like the stars forever and ever (PARADISE)”
When the TWO OTHERS inquire of the “man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, ‘How long shall the fulfillment of these wonder be?’” – in other words, the duration of this “time of trouble – witness – purifying – until the resurrection (i.e., the Parousia) be” – the answer is clearly enunciated by the man dressed in linen: “That it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished” (Daniel 12:7).
Yes, “Time, times and half a time” – the 3.5 days, 3.5 years, 1,260 days, 42 months, 1,260 days of the persecution of the “holy people” of the “chosen ones” – of the following who have been persecuted and have so endured, awaiting the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting:
“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.”
“And they cried with a loud voice, saying ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’”
“Then a white robe was given to each of them, and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were was completed.”
(Revelation 6:9-11 – the Fifth Seal)
This is the tribulation of which Jesus spoke – it appears before the Abomination of Desolation spoken of by Daniel the Prophet, according to Jesus, and persists in earnest after the Abomination of Desolation – it is inescapable – but so are the “stars” who shall shine forever!
By the time we reach the Fifth Seal – the Four Horseman have wrought their devastation – their perversion accelerates – but so does the Testimony of Jesus – the prophesying which commenced in earnest at the start of the 70th Week is seen in the prophesying of the TWO WITNESSES of Revelation 11. Let us jump to this occurrence and witness this formidable challenge to the dastardly deeds of the Antichrist whose Gog-Magog “victorious deception” (for it was the Almighty who clearly orchestrated Israel’s deliverance – Ezekiel 39:1-8) and persistent Armageddon Campaign throughout virtually the entire first 1,260 days of Daniel’s 70th Week, and simultaneously witness the prevailing prophesying of the TWO WITNESSES – the TWO OLIVE TREES (Israel) and the TWO LAMPSTANDS (the Church):
“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
“These are the two olive trees and the two Lampstands standing before the God of the Earth.”
“And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm, he must be killed in this manner.”
These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.”
Now, it does not sound as if these 1,260 days anyone can “mess” with the TWO WITNESSES – therefore, those that are “killed” in Matthew 24:9-13 must needs be within the Tribulation – i.e., the 70th Week – AFTER the commencement of the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION … for it clearly states in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.”
It is obvious that the preaching of the gospel has had a supernatural distribution as a result of their Testimony – the prophesying – of the Two Witnesses throughout the whole earth – and I would be hard pressed to affirm that this Testimony of Jesus would cease at the Abomination of Desolation. No, “the end” does not come until “the gospel of the kingdom is preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
That “end” is the end of the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week – the “time, times and half a time” – the 42 months wherein the Beast who ascends out of the Bottomless Pit shall “war against the Two Witnesses” and shall persecute those “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus” for “forty-two months” (Revelation 13:5)… for “It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” (Revelation 13:7)… and that “authority” is given for “forty-two months” for the “time, times and half a time” mentioned in both Daniel 12:7 and Revelation 12:14 – yes, for the 1,260 days where the Woman is kept (PRESERVATION and PERSECUTION) … this is the time of the “Devil’s GREAT WRATH” – wherein his “authority” prevails … “The Dragon was enraged with the women, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 12:17).
Therefore – during this time of suffering – unveiled by the Fifth Seal – “…rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed” (Rev. 6:11). No, this is not what you would call a pleasant happening – but the time frame is nigh over – those “who would be killed, as they were, was completed” – how long? Not long! For now we enter the close of the second half of what is known as the GREAT TRIBULATION…
“Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place….”
“For then there will be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be…and unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened”
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’”
“And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the GREAT TRIBULATION, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
All of these expression relate to the Fifth and Sixth Seals – with the Fifth Seal highlighting the PERSECUTION and PERSEVERANCE and the PURIFICATION of the saints as a result of their PROPHESYING and PROCLAMATION against that Great City, Babylon (i.e., the PERVERSION) until the Sixth Seal is opened which is the terminus of Daniel’s 70th Week – the close of the second half thereof and/or unto the end of the 42 months of suffering and trampling asunder mentioned in Revelation 11:2: “And they (the Gentiles mentioned previously) shall tread the Holy City underfoot for forty-two months.” But then:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken”
“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon (lit. the “whole moon”) became like blood.
“And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.”
“Then the sky receded as a scroll where it is rolled up, and every mountain, and island was moved out of its place.”
“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves 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 who sits on the throne and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB!”
“For the GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH, has come, and who is able to stand.”
What we are witnessing here – both from the mouth of Jesus and from the pen of John – is the terminus of the 70th Week of Daniel’s prophecy and the resurrection following the “time, times and half a time” – the HARPAZO – the RAPTURE of the Church and the ultimate PRESERVATION of Israel sealed in Chapter 7:1-8 and the confirmation of that RESURRECTION and RAPTURE found in Revelation 7:9-17.
The SIXTH SEAL is the immediate announcement of the following:
“Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.”
“And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘COME UP HERE.’ And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them”
The “moon is turned to blood red” – the stars fall from the heavens – cosmic signs announce the commencement of the 7th Seal – the final 30 days of the WRATH OF THE LAMB HAS COME!
Do you not see that this ends the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week and that this is clearly the end of the Devil’s GREAT WRATH? Yes, it clearly states, and may I repeat it unequivocally:
Hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB!”
“For the GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH HAS COME, and who is able to stand?”
(Revelation 6:16-17 – the Sixth Seal)
The SIXTH SEAL is more than spectacular – it occurs in an instance – in the TWINKLING OF AN EYE – AT THE LAST TRUMP (I Corinthians 15:52) – the Seven-fold Trump sounds throughout the entire 30 days – and when this trumpet goes off – the “dead in Christ shall rise first – then we which are alive and remain (“Remain from what?”…the TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS) shall be CAUGHT UP together to meet the Lord in the air” (I Thessalonians 4:16)….
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel (COME UP HERE), and with the trumpet of God (the SEVEN-FOLD TRUMPET OF GOD). And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Now – the SIXTH SEAL …IMMEDIATELY gives way to the 7th Seal for we understand the following in all clarity:
“IN THE SAME HOUR there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
“THEN the seventh angel sounded (the completion of the 7-fold Trumpet); And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (The Second Coming of Christ and the 45 days of Blessing)
This “conflation” of the Sixth and Seventh Seals is broken by the 30-days of the Wrath of God and the Lamb which is later confirmed in Revelation 14:17-20 and announced, after the great and final harvest of souls for the Kingdom (Revelation 14:14-16) in that “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).
The SEVENTH SEAL is the time of the GREAT EARTHQUAKE – it is the time wherein Babylon the Great is destroyed wherein we hear confirmed in Revelation 16 the pouring out of the SEVEN VIALS:
“And the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying ‘It is done!”
“And there were noises and thunders and lightnings, and there was a GREAT EARTHQUAKE, such a mighty and GREAT EARTHQUAKE as had not occurred since men were on the earth.”
“Now the GREAT CITY was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And GREAT BABYLON was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the FIERCENESS OF HIS WRATH.”
“Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”
“And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.”
I hasten to add that the “talent” referred to here has the weight in pounds of 75 pounds…a figure (“75”) which in measure corresponds to the 75-days mentioned in Daniel 12:11-12 – the 30 days of desolations unto the 1,290th day and of the 30 days of the Wrath of God and the Lamb and of the 45 days of the Coming of the Son of Man in all His glory or 30 + 45 = 75 – even so, does this judgment of Babylon the Great issue forth in: “Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335 Day” – the 75 days.
Thus are the SIXTH and SEVENTH SEALS integrated with Matthew 24 and with portions throughout the Revelation – because these seals bring us to the end of the DEVIL’S GREAT WRATH, the RESURRECTION & RAPTURE, the WRATH OF GOD & THE LAMB, and finally, THE SECOND COMING OF MESSIAH and His revelation of Himself to Israel: “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna!”
The Sealing of the 144,000 of the Tribes of Israel and of the 144,000 Seen on Mt. Zion – the Great Multitude of Tribulation Saints
We are still at the terminus of the SIXTH SEAL and the commencement of the SEVENTH SEAL – and herein is a marvelous disclosure. Prior to the pouring out of the 7 Vials (Rev. 16:2-21) – prior to the announcement of the 7 Thunders (Revelation 10:3-4) – prior to the Winepress of the Wrath of God (Revelation 14:19) and the drinking of the Wrath of God (Revelation 14:10) – prior to the Wrath of God (Revelation 15:1, 7; 16:1) – before “The Fierceness of His Wrath” (Revelation 16:19) – yes, prior to MY SACRIFICIAL MEAL (Ezekiel 39:19) – prior to the SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD (Rev. 19:18) – yes, prior to the WRATH OF THE LAMB (Revelation 6:16) under the Sixth Seal and prior to “Your WRATH has come” (Revelation 11:18) – yes, prior to the FIERCENESS AND WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD (Revelation 19:15) – this takes place:
“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea saying, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.’”
“And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.”
The 144,000 – as those of you who have read our writings by now should note – is wholly representative of Israel’s stake as one of the TWO WITNESSES within the Holy City, New Jerusalem and seen within Her Walls as the measurement of the “144 Sacred Cubits” (Revelation 21:17) – just as the Church of the Living God – among those called out primarily from among the Gentiles – a “people for His Name” – are seen atop the heavenly Mt. Zion removed from the Fierceness of the Wrath of God in Revelation 14:1-4; even so, Israel’s preservation upon the Earth during the pouring out of God’s Wrath (as was the case of Israel during the plagues of Egypt) is assured.
Both are gloriously sealed – the one (Israel) upon the Earth awaiting the coming of their Messiah and ours; and the other (the Church) gloriously resurrected and raptured to the heavens atop the Heavenly Mt. Zion and from the Fierceness of the Wrath of God. Israel to the Earth and the Church to the Heavens.
This speaks of the Lord’s PRESERVATION and of His PAROUSIA for the Earth now awaits the 30-days of His PRONOUNCEMENT of Babylon’s much-awaited judgment – and readily so – for the TESTIMONY of the Two Witnesses has been given – just as the Testimony of Jesus was given and then was not He persecuted? Even so – were the TWO WITNESSES so persecuted after the completion of their prophecy. For when the redeemed of the Lord say so – then comes the cost of their testimony – for as He endured suffering – even so, we also should “bear His reproach” – “despising the shame” – to “rule and reign with Him a thousand years!” For as the Twelve Tribes of Israel are announced – 12,000 from each tribe – a peculiar observation is made wherein the 12,000 from each tribe does not include the Tribe of Dan in Revelation 7:5-8. Why? The Revelation in describing the Holy City has the 12 gates with the names of the 12 Patriarchs of Israel (Revelation 21:12-13 – so which names are written upon the gates…is Dan omitted as well?
There are 25/26 places in Scripture where the 12 Tribes are listed (See here). Dan is included in every single listing – 24 from the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures but the one listing from the Christian Scriptures … the Tribe of Dan is omitted. Why? However, the “remotest listing” of the individual tribes occurs in Ezekiel 48:1-34 in the Millenarian Rule and Reign – and here, the listing of Dan occurs twice – obviously, and somehow Dan has made it through the 70th Week!
Remember, Dan was associated with the worst apostasy of Israel – you might say that the Tribe of Dan in the furthest reaches of Northern Israel (having taken this piece of inheritance by their own rebellion) because Israel’s door to apostasy came from Tyre’s Jezebel and all things religiously corrupt. Dan’s absence in the account of the Revelation appears to be one wherein the Almighty’s pending judgment upon the Great Whore of Babylon is in view – that final RELIGIOUS APOSTATE. The omission of Dan reveals the Almighty’s pending judgment of the Great Whore of Revelation 17. Dan’s reappearance in the Ezekiel 48 accounting bespeaks of the purging out of this final apostasy from Israel once and for all – and for that matter – of Babylon’s apostasy, the Harlot (Revelation 17 – which more than alludes to Jezebel). So do I affirm Dan’s presence in the Holy City as one of the 12 gates – ABSOLUTELY and so does Ezekiel.
The Tribes of Israel are mentioned 24 times in the OT – so 24 * 12 = 288 / 2 = 144… now, isn’t that just a huge coincidence (AGAIN). Even here we can see the incredible inspiration of the Scriptures, for the Old Testament was allowed to complete the 24th rendering of the 12 Tribes – it took the New Testament, however, to compile the 25th Rendering and thence, the TWO SETS of 144,000 of Israel and the Church. By adding the 25th we find that 25 * 12 = 300 or “3” which bespeaks of the Triune God. Above in these 13 listings we count the names of the tribes mentioned as 8 sets of 12 or 96 + 6 additional names for a total of 102.
We add to our 102 tribes mentioned in the first 13 sets an additional 135 from the OT (from our second graphic) for a total of 102 + 135 = 237 but an additional 12 from the Revelation 7 brings our total to 237 + 12 = 249 or “2” sets of “49” wherein “49” connotes the work of the Spirit – therefore, Israel and the Church are the ultimate Work of the Spirit of God and from here we may find that 2 * 4 * 9 = 8 * 9 = “72” wherein this “72” has been seen as the very Name of God or 7 + 2 = “9” which is the very Sun of Righteousness, the Ninth Ray, if you would.
But the New Testament records the final setting of the 12 Tribes in the New Jerusalem in that 12 Gates have the names of the 12 Patriarchs of Israel giving us a final count of the Tribes to be 249 + 12 = 261 drawing our attention to the “12” in that 2 * 6 * 1 = “12” the original intent of the Divine Purpose – wherein the Holy City is made of but two proper nouns of which are the Names of the 12 Patriarchs for its gates and the Names of the 12 Apostles of the Lamb for her foundations and these two sets of 12 as in 12 * 12 = 144 constitute the Wall of the New Jerusalem.
A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD NUMBER
What we must understand at this interlude – i.e., between the Sixth Seal (or “at the Sixth Seal” – Revelation 6:12-17) and before the Seventh Seal commencing in chapter eight of the Revelation – is an unambiguous picture of the PRESERVATION of Israel (Revelation 7:1-8) through sealing of the 12 Tribes (the first set of 144,000 or 12,000 from each tribe) upon the earth prior to the pouring out of the 30-days of the Wrath of the Lamb and the PAROUSIA having taken place through the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the translation/harpazo/rapture of the Church, again, prior to the Winepress of the Wrath of God and His judgment upon Babylon’s Tripartite PERVERSION (Revelation 16:17-21) announced via the sounding of the Seventh Angel’s trumpet – i.e., the sevenfold trumpet.
The Sixth Seal is a scene of the resurrection and rapture of the Church and all saints participating in the “first resurrection” (Daniel 12:2a, Revelation 20:5; I Cor. 15:51-54) wherein they now – before the unsealing of the Seventh Seal and immediately after the unsealing of the Sixth Seal we read:
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
“Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes (PURIFICATION/RIGHTEOUSNESS), and where did they come from?’”
“And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation (PERSECUTION & PESERVERENCE), and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them…for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
(Revelation 7:9-17 excerpts)
Please note that it is unequivocal, these are they found in Revelation 6:9-11 who were among those “who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” – and they are described as the “number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”
Thus, this great multitude has now been united before the Throne of God and the Lamb – those slain throughout the ages and those slain during the time of Great Tribulation – UNITED through resurrection and rapture before the Throne of God and the Lamb.
Who are THEY? Where did they come from? Friends – their heavenly accounting is one of the most intimate descriptions given in the Scriptures…for “they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple…and He who sits on the throne will dwell among them…for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.”
Yes, are these not the CHURCH? Can you who claim that there is no mention of the Church from Revelation 4-19 attest to the fact that they are most definitely blood washed and blood bought and blood purified – ‘tis the glorious Church without spot or wrinkled washed in the blood of the Lamb? To say otherwise would bring great despite to the Scripture of Truth.
They are with Him – gathered together … “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready … And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints” (Revelation 19:7-9).
Such a great multitude – reaped by “the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle” and in response to the angel who came out of the temple and crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud: “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’ So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” (Revelation 14:14-16).
Amen – the Great Tribulation has produced a bumper crop by the Lord of the Harvest Who has personally reaped this final harvest of the earth PRIOR to “another angel (who) came out from the altar (in response to the souls from beneath the altar under the Fifth Seal), who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, ‘Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.’” (Revelation 14:17-18).
Indeed, “So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the WRATH OF GOD” (Revelation 14:19).
This scene of rejoicing in heaven before the Throne of God and the Lamb – this final end-times’ harvest of souls brought before the presence of Him Who sits on the Throne, spares the elect whereupon Jesus in Matthew 24:31 says of them: “And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” – this is the resurrection and the rapture of the saints, of the Church and it is, as Jesus previously said: “Immediately AFTER THE TRIBULATION of those days” (Matthew 24:29).
The Seventh Seal – Seven-Fold Trumpet – Seven Angels – Seven Thunders – Seven Vials…
The 30 days of final DESOLATIONS – of ultimate PERVERSION and PRONOUNCEMENT of His judgment is about to commence … “When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Revelation 8:1). Could this 30 minutes equal to the 30 days or the time frame between the end of Daniel’s 1,260-day latter half week and the terminus of desolations up through the 1,290th Day (Daniel 12:11)?
It is the unvarnished affirmation on the part of this author that within the Seventh Seal abides these final 30 days of the Wrath of God and the Lamb – “Israel’s Representation of 144,000” is miraculously preserved and the Church of the Living God throughout the ages has been resurrected and raptured – now the blowing of the Seven-fold Trumpets (Revelation 8:7-13; 9:1-21; 11:12-18) and the sound of the Seven Thunders (Revelation 10:1-6) … “in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets” (Revelation 11:7)…and the very pouring out of the Seven Vials by the Seven Angels (Revelation 15:1)… “for in them the WRATH OF GOD IS COMPLETE.”
This is the time of the 30-days of the Wrath of God – of Babylon’s final demise (Rev. 16:1-21) wherein the pouring out of the “Fierceness of His Wrath” is witnessed by “A GREAT EARTHQUAKE AS HAD NOT OCCURRED SINCE MEN WERE ON THE EARTH” (Rev. 16:18-20) … and from this judgment “The Great City was divided into three parts (Religious Babylon – Revelation 17; Commercial Babylon – Revelation 18; and Political Babylon – Revelation 19), and the cities of the nations fell…and GREAT BABYLON was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the winepress of His wrath” (Revelation 16:19).
There can be little doubt that what is taking place at the opening of the Seventh Seal is the Sevenfold Trumpet announcing BOTH the Resurrection and the Rapture as well as the termination of the Devil’s Great Wrath (Revelation 12:12) and the casting to the earth the “censer (filled) with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth.” To substantiate this as the Wrath of God and the Lamb “there were noises, thundering, lightnings, and an EARTHQUAKE.”
The familiarity of the “earthquake” signals the commencement of the Wrath of God and the Lamb…in point of fact the EARTHQUAKE is the Wrath of God. For the next half hour there is silence in heaven but upon the earth there is 30-days of thunderous noise for the Winepress of the Wrath of God into which the Son of Man shall gather these grapes of wrath and cast them into that winepress has come. This indeed is in response to the souls beneath the Fifth Seal altar who had cried out: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:10).
These “souls” “under the altar…who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” now receive the answer to their prayers wherein the Judge of all the Earth shall through His Angel take the golden censer and fill it with fire from off the golden altar – the “altar of incense” wherein “the smoke of the incense, WITH THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS, ascended before God from
the angel’s hand” (Revelation 8:3-4) – yes, “He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of ALL THE SAINTS upon the golden altar before the throne” – the thunderous answer extends throughout the next 30-days unto the 1,290th Day of Desolation…having commenced with the TRUMPET SOUND (I Corinthians 15:52) …in which “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the voice of an archangel, and with the TRUMPET OF GOD”…with “a LOUD VOICE FROM HEAVEN saying to them, ‘Come up here.’” (I Thess. 4:16; Revelation 11:12)…and their enemies saw them (So much for a Secret and noiseless rapture!)
This angel who “came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and (who) cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, ‘Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe …so the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the WRATH OF GOD” (Revelation 14:18-19)…yes, this Angel, responds to the prayers of the saints – to their MUCH INCENSE for “when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered” for “time, times and half a time”… “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together” (i.e., the “holy people are as a carcass”… “all these things shall be finished” …yes, “for in them” (the seven angels with the seven vials) shall pour out “the WRATH OF GOD” and then it “is complete” (Daniel 12:7; Revelation 15:1).
It is only through the prayers of the Martyred Saints that God’s Wrath is justified – through their MUCH INCENSE wherein the Almighty limited Himself in judgment awaiting the final prayers of the holy people, the saints … “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22)… “And He will send His angles with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31) … “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).
“So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound” (Revelation 8:6) … we will continue our next segment at this formidable juncture at the commencement of His Wrath … for “the Devil” who had “come down to you, having great wrath” knew all along “that he (had) a short time” – now we witness:
“The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves 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, who sits on the throne and from the WRATH OF THE LAMB…For the GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH has come, and who is able to stand?’”