Unraveling the Revelation
The Wonderful Numbers of Sacred Canon
Section IV – Part 46 – 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets, 7 Vials
By Doug Krieger
All Seven Seals have been opened. The silence in heaven “for about a half hour” is astounding – for on earth the contrast could not be more disquieting. A glorious shout – the voice of the Archangel – a seven-fold trumpet is about to sound – seven angels come forth to do the honors. “Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar.” It was here in Revelation 8 that he was given much incense to offer it with the abundance of the saints prayers…for the suffering under the Devil’s Wrath had been nigh intolerable. Now, the ascending smoke, saturated with saintly prayers, is brought in the angel’s hand before the throne of God.
Then the very censer filled with the sweet smell of the persecuted ones was filled with the fire off the altar from whence the incense was mingled…and from this touching scene were observed a multitude so vast that no man could number of those who came out of Great Tribulation … they knew that their “number was complete” and that Almighty God had heard their prayers. They began to witness the same angel suddenly taking the fire-filled censer and throwing it to the earth where the contrast of “noises, thundering, lightnings” and what became a great earthquake such as had never before nor since began to shake the earth and all her inhabitants were heard to cry out…for the Wrath of God and the Lamb had begun!
This conflated scene where the saints of the Most High found themselves before the throne of God via the resurrection from the dead or through the harpazo (i.e., the snatching away from Babylon’s clutches – a veritable physical translation prior to Babylon’s fall - Revelation 18:4) – was to be the time when the “Devil’s wrath” would endure no longer – where the same seven-fold trumpet, whose sounding not only awakened the “dead in Christ” but raptured the remaining ones who had endured – now sounds the alarming tones of thunderous judgment upon the earthlings who have shown grave despite to the same Two Witnesses taken up before all the celebrants who were caught up exchanging gifts in raucous partying, rejoicing that the Two Prophets who tormented them with the Testimony of Jesus, had at long last (for the entire 70th Week of Daniel and more so during the time of their unmitigated suffering during the past 1,260 days, 42 months, 3.5 days, 3.5 years, time, times and half a time) had been squelched, their testimony having ended…so they thought!
The next 30 days, 30 minutes, one hour – the final 30 days of desolation mentioned in Daniel 12:11 (unto the 1,290th Day of Desolation) was announced by the outburst of this sevenfold trumpet whose blast simply would not stop for the entire time of judgment.
The initial burst of the Last Trump – the SEVEN-FOLD TRUMPET – signals, once again, the Resurrection and Rapture of the Church, the Sealing of Israel upon the Earth in preparation for the pouring out of the Wrath of God, the terminus of the Devil’s Great Wrath which has persisted for 1,260 days, and the commencement of the Winepress of the Fierceness of the Wrath of God.
This perfection (7) of the trumpet sounds throughout the 30 days – it is the perfection and Divine Justice of God Almighty. THE THREE WOES (within the final three phases of the sevenfold trumpet) are accorded special recognition and are recognized within the fifth phase of the Trumpet blast as “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” (Revelation 8:13). Why these three woes?
Babylon is being judged at this point – the climax of the 30 days. Babylon the Great is judged (i.e., the GREAT EARTHQUAKE)…
“Now the GREAT CITY was divided into THREE PARTS,
And there was a GREAT EARTHQUAKE, such a mighty and
GREAT EARTHQUAKE as had not occurred since men were on the earth.”
The tripartite nature of the Great City is disclosed via the three woes and the above text, as well as the specificity of Babylon’s final judgment seen in Revelation Chapters 17, 18 and 19 – wherein Revelation 17 deals with Babylon’s Religious Apostasy; Revelation 18 deals with Babylon’s Commercial entanglements and Revelation 19 concerns the destruction of her political leadership and administrative structures.
The First Woe
Under the FIRST WOE the Harlot can been seen in that the locust had “hair like women’s hair” (Revelation 9:8) – they are led – as Jezebel was led – by the one who is “the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon (lit. Destruction), but in Greek he has the name of Apollyon” (lit. Destroyer).
Tom Horn in his text, Apollyon Rising gives extensive history how the Oracle of Delphi – a woman who “channeled the spirit of Apollyon” and was attended by maidens – was the False Prophetess of a religious system that dominated the ancient world for hundreds of years. Since she was the mouthpiece for Apollyon, her words were his words and his wisdom was sought after by everyone from Alexander the Great to the major philosophers of Greece; to wit:
The Delphic Oracle
“The Delphic Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout Hellenic culture. Distinctively, this female was essentially the highest authority both civilly and religiously in male-dominated ancient Greece. She responded to the questions of citizens, foreigners, kings, and philosophers on issues of political impact, war, duty, crime, laws—even personal issues. Nevertheless there was a catch. The Pythia (as in Python), when about to deliver, would chew leaves from Apollo's sacred laurel tree and would then sit on her holy tripod, seated in the innermost sanctum, over a crack on the rock from where noxious volcanic fumes emanated. Dazed and disoriented, she would then be ‘possessed by the voice of Apollo’ and utter inarticulate sounds before fainting. Only the priests were present there, and they had the task of ‘translating’ her utterances in plain speech. The priests were extremely well versed on the various matters of state, as part of their work was to debrief pilgrims about all that they knew. In addition, no question to the god was ever dealt with immediately. After the query was submitted, several days of prescribed ceremonial had to be observed before Apollo was so satisfied as to speak through his priestess, which gave the priests precious time for research.” (Wikipedia)
The clear thought here is of the FALSE PROPHET (i.e., the Second Beast) on behalf of the Antichrist-Beast is to create an IMAGE of the Beast who the False Prophet brings to life so that it speaks and whoever does not worship the Image of the Beast is put to death (Revelation 13:11-17)…thus, that woman Jezebel …
“I have a few things against you (i.e., the Church in Thyatira – Rev. 2:18)
Because you allow that woman Jezebel (lit “your wife Jezebel”), who calls herself a PROPHETESS, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”
Thus, the First Woe is the fulfillment of the Harlot of Revelation 17 – the judgment of Babylon’s Apostate Religious system – much, much more can be said of this First Woe – but the obvious fact that it can be sequentially demonstrated to be that judgment against the Great Whore of Revelation 17, there can be little doubt with this ancient and glaring insertion of Apollyon’s intrusion into the accounting and his association with the False Prophetess who channeled the spirit of the Antichrist-Beast…for, indeed, Apollyon IS “as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit!”
Insofar as the chronological issue of the 5 months taking place within the span of 30 days – please understand these are highly symbolic interpretations and are meant to be comprehended in a fashion that, in this particular instance, is overtly “signified” (Rev. 1:1) to us in no uncertain terms – allow me to quote our previous article in this series on this topic:
This is a major eschatological breakthrough! The 5-month problem is clearly resolved (Rev. 9 under the 5th trumpet) in that the earthlings (“they that dwell on the earth”) are within this First Woe simply held “responsible” (the number 5) for their own iniquitous behaviors. They cannot die. All the forces of hell are released during this 30 days (which appears here as “five months”) with their amassing more a matter of sentencing than final demonic fratricide. All the hosts of the abyss, and those in rebellion, are gathered together for “My Sacrificial Meal” (Ezek. 39:19) or “the Supper of the Great God” (Rev. 19:17) during the same time frame: 30 days. Five months is equal to 5 * 30 (30 days in a prophetic month) = 150 days * 24 hours (1 day = 24 hours) = 3,600 hours * 60 (60 minutes in 1 hour) = 216,000 minutes * 60 (60 seconds in 1 minute) = 12,960,000 seconds or 1296/144 (the Wall of the New Jerusalem) = 9 = the Arising of the Omega, the End, the Last, in that He is the “1” and He is the “9” (all “numbers”) – the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last – “The Wrath of the Lamb has come.”
These are ALL the numbers, derived from the Indian sub-continent via Arabic influence and are called the “Arabic Numerals” starting from “0” – however, all that can be summed, added, constituting all the numbers and their combinations in the universe or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…added together the numbers 1 through 9 sum to “45” which comports to the 45 days of the Sun of Righteousness – in other words all numbers ultimately display the coming of the Son of Man. As factors to each other as in (1*2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9) they equal to 362,880 or “36288” which is the perimeter in inches of the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza (756’ * 4 base edges = 3,024’ * 12” = 36,288” or “36288” and both these can be seen as “36” and “288” which is the Eternal God as in 360° of a circle without beginning or ending and the two sets of “144” (i.e., 288/2 = 144) seen in the New Jerusalem in Revelation 7 (Israel) and the Church found atop the heavenly Mt. Zion in Revelation 14 with both constituting the Wall of the New Jerusalem as in 144 Sacred Cubits (i.e., 12 * 12 = 144 and 36/2 = the “18” of the New Jerusalem) or 144 * 2.1’ (i.e., 25.20”) = 302.4’ which in turn gives us “324” which hearkens back, once again, to the base perimeter of the Great Pyramid of Giza at 3,024’ or 1/10th the size of the perimeter of the GPG or “324” = “324” and 18 (New Jerusalem’s 18,000-mile 12 edged perimeter) * 144 = 2,592 or the fractal of the garland of victory over the Woman’s head in Rev. 12 = to the 25,920 years/12 constellations of the Great Precessional of the Equinoxes/Zodiac/Mazzaroth.
The point to be made of the 5 months is quite simple – at the terminus of the 5 months is the “45 days” of the Second Coming of Messiah – Jesus, the Son of Man – Who comes as the Sun of Righteousness with Healing in His wings in fulfillment of Malachi 4:1-2 – and there will be an horrific need for healing after 5 months of the scorpion’s sting!
Indeed, the description of the locust/scorpions befits the Great Harlot’s motif and practice. “The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle…on their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men…they had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lion’s teeth” (Revelation 9:7-8).
Here I would draw your attention to the fact that Babylon’s apostasies and “material fornications” and practices whereby she traffics in the “bodies and souls of men” via the “worship of demons” and the “spirit of demons” through her false prophecies of prosperity, under girded with avarice and greed amidst the merchants of the earth made rich off the “wrath of her fornications” does so as the appearance of “horses prepared for battle” – because you simply cannot institute this type of apostasy without military might and power of global significance … the “crowns of something like gold” upon their heads are indicative of political power mandatory to instigate this religio-commercial system – any wonder why the High Priest, Ethobal, usurped the kingship by assassinating Tyre’s King Phelles to become Tyre’s Priest-King? “Something like gold” is as “fool’s gold” – and bespeaks of usurpation/counterfeit – which is precisely what the High Priest of Astarte did in assassinating King Phelles … think not that Jezebel did not learn from her forebear! Seizing the crown in this manner – or doing as much to King Ahab, Queen Jezebel’s more than compliant half – is a perfect blend of the Kingship with the Priesthood wherein the issue of their MARRIAGE MADE IN HELL being that of a myriad of false male and female prophets/prostitutes ultimately slain by Elijah – some 450 to be exact, whose number “45” connotes the WRATH OF THE LAMB as the Sun of Righteousness on that Great Day of God Almighty Who will again slay the “prophets of Baal” (Ref. I Kings 18:20-40; Daniel 12:11-12 unto the 1,335th Day or 45 days beyond the 1,290th Day).
Yes, their “faces” were like the expressions of the “faces of men” – for, though their “hair” was “like women’s hair” they, like the Oracle of Delphi “expressed” the image and voice of Apollyon/Abaddon whose Greco-Hebraic name suggests that previous mixture of Phoenician/Israelitish endeavor in the marriage of Jezebel and Ahab and of Jezebel’s fomenting fury expressed through King Ahab’s slaying of Naboth in the exercise of his distorted use of “imminent domain” as suggested by the evil Jezebel who conspired with the “sons of Belial” (two scoundrels) by proclaiming a feast in honor of the noble vinedresser Naboth in his honor, no less, and then at that “Banquet of Belial” (lit. “sons of worthlessness”) the scoundrels arose and accused the “guest of honor” of committing treason by “blaspheming God and Country – i.e., Yahweh and the king” – thereby stoning the very guest of honor…such are the vicissitudes of corruption wherein they lie in wait to deceive, to steal and to kill…as does their father – for “you are of your father, the devil!”
Yes, Jezebel had the “face of a man” but the “hair of a woman” – so clever was her disguise but all along underneath it was the FALSE PROPHETESS who spoke the words of her man – Apollyon/Abaddon…for she had the hair of the Harlot but the “Mouth of a Lion” – and that “lion” as Peter said… “Your adversary, the devil, goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whomever he may devour” – who resist steadfast in the faith (I Peter 5:8).
The Second Woe
When we reach the SECOND WOE at the blast of the sixth phase of the seven-fold trumpet, we hear these words:
“Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates”
Here – as in Revelation 16:12 in the pouring out of the Sixth Vial or Bowl – the River Euphrates – BABYLON – is in view…”Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates….”
Notwithstanding the other descriptions under the sixth phase of the sevenfold trumpet it appears that Babylon’s Second Woe has much to do with:
“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues,
Did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of GOLD, SILVER, BRASS, STONE, and WOOD, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.”
The Harlot of Tyre – the Daughter of Tarshish
Today’s rampant materialism is as idols to the earthlings who worship them as if they were gods! The descriptions of Babylon’s Commercial Judgment are akin to the destruction of the King of Tyre…for the King of Tyre epitomizes that Great Commercial Empire which extended throughout the Mediterranean whereby Revelation 18’s entire content suggests that the “Mark of the Beast” is under the severity of the Wrath of God – for without the MARK you cannot “buy nor sell” which is the hallmark of the King of Tyre and of Jezebel’s “father in crime.”
The comparisons to Commercial Babylon described in Revelation 18 in contrast to those within the Second Woe found in Revelation 9:13-21 within the Sixth Trumpet and supplemented by those accounts within the Sixth Vial/Bowl found in Revelation 16:12-14 depict an emphasis related to the River Euphrates (Rev. 9:14; Rev. 16:12) as the nexus of Babylon the Great – the same destruction of Babylon described in Daniel related to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian Kingdom is well documented by historians…i.e., “That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain, and Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old” (Daniel 5:30-31).
It was the lowering of the River Euphrates which permitted the Medes to cross over waste deep in water to interrupt the party of dignitaries and their King Belshazzar who had just heard the interpretation by Daniel of the numerical-monetary “hand-writing on the wall” which MENE (1,000), MENE (1,000), TEKEL (20), UPHARSIN/PERES (500 or ½ a MENE) summed to 2520 (1,000 + 1,000 + 20 + 500 = 2,520) or the Sacred Cubit as in 25.20”.
One-third of mankind are killed at the “Sixth-Phase of the Trumpet” – the on-going destruction of Babylon the Great is the target and, specifically, Commercial Babylon, the King of Tyre.
Listen to this writing and the unrepentant response from the earthlings under the sounding of the Sixth Trumpet and the pouring out of the Sixth Vial:
“But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues,
did not repent of the works of their hands,
that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver
brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
And they did not repent of their murders of their sorceries (drugs)
or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
(Revelation 9:20-21 – Sixth Trumpet)
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon,
out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings
of the earth and of the whole world,
to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
(Revelation 16:13-14 – Sixth Vial)
“Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and cage for every unclean and hated bird!
For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
This rank form of materialism from whence “the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury” is nothing more than raucous FORNICATION – a demonstration of drunkenness so blatantly viewed by the writer of the Revelation that her practices are naught but the “wrath of her fornication” – YOU PLAY, YOU PAY with the whole “process” nothing more than “the kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her” (Revelation 18:9).
The APOSTASY wrought by the Harlot Jezebel (Revelation 17) with Commercial Babylon (Revelation 18) wherein the “Cross and the Crown” conspired with the Merchants of the Earth in an orgy so phantasmagoric in its fornication overseen and perpetuated by the “spirits of demons” as a form of their own distorted and despicable forms of “worship” – i.e., the “worship of demons” is precisely what Jezebel’s “religious-commercial-political” fabrications with King Ahab wrought when she, as Princess of Tyre, under the King-Priest of Tyre, was united in a “religio-commercial” expediency which mingled the practices of Tyre’s “worship with prostitutes” – both female and male – whereby the merchants who traded with Tyre partook in “communicating/fellowship/worship with the gods” through “temple worship” – a lucrative practice which stoked the coffers and treasure chests of the King of Tyre. Why concern with the “Daughter of Babylon” when you should beware of the “HARLOT of Tyre” and her “Daughter of Tarshish!”
“Wail, you ships of Tarshish! (i.e., the Western Trading Nations)
For your strength is laid waste.
Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
‘Take a harp, go about the city,
You forgotten harlot;
Make sweet melody, sing many songs,
That you may be remembered.’
And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre.
She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.”
(Isaiah 23-24 – Please read)
The “Harlot of Tyre” – along with her alias, the “Daughter of Tarshish,” is found at the end of the Seventieth Week of Daniel – for the Seventy Years is 70 * 360 days = 25,200 as in “252” which is the fractal/resemblance of the Sacred Cubit’s 25.20” and is, therefore, the measurement of Divine Judgment for the 7-day encirclement of Jericho was 360° (per day’s rotation of the Earth) * 7 (times on the 7th day) = 2,520° and the handwriting on the wall was 2,520 (likewise, 2,520 days of Daniel’s 70th Week itself is the Sacred Cubit’s fractal of 25.20”) – even so, Jezebel will return to her hire, and “commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth” – YES… “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning” (Revelation 18:9)…and this shall be, according to Isaiah 23-24 during the final 30 days of the Wrath of the Lamb (i.e., “after 70 years”)
“It shall come to pass in that day that the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, and on the earth the kings of the earth.
They will be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison; after many days they will be punished.
Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously.”
Yes, mixing religion and politics is a practice well learned by the Harlot of Tyre and her sister, the “Daughter of Tarshish” – and its ugly head will resurface on that day:
“Primary information related to Ithobaal comes from Josephus’s citation of the Phoenician author Menander of Ephesus, in Against Apion i.18. Here it is said that the previous king, Phelles, “was slain by Ithobalus, the priest of Astarte, who
reigned thirty-two years, and lived sixty-eight years; he was succeeded by his son Badezorus (Baal-Eser II).” (Wikipedia) (Please Note: Ithobalus or Ithlobaal I as Ethbaal seen in I Kings 16:31 slew King Phelles, thereby usurping the crown – thus, he became Tyre’s King-Priest – it was his daughter, Jezebel, who married Israel’s King Ahab…she was indeed totally versed in the rituals of Astarte (Greek) or Ashtoreth (Hebrew) whereby “Church and State” were enmeshed in a relationship benefitting commercial exploitation via sexual immorality pervasive in their “temple worship.”)
This practice of “fornication” wherein “commercial enterprise” and the sexual exploitation of maidens and men – girls and boys – was well known throughout the ancient world in Tyre’s “Temples of Worship” (i.e., “sacred prostitution”). It was wholly justified as a “religious practice” with commercial ramifications – you could abundantly sin with impunity whereby all your lusts and greed could be sufficed while you exchanged your wares for those of Tyre’s vast Commercial Interests and do so while “communicating with the gods” during your promiscuous orgy – for you were engaged in the “worship of demons” via the “spirits of demons” within the “dwelling place of demons!” Yes, “sexual immorality, drugs, thefts, murder” (Revelation 9:21) all goes together in Commercial Babylon – just look at how Jezebel pulled it off – there’s nothing new under the sun!
The APOSTASY which Jezebel brought into the “religion of Yahweh” was not designed to necessarily supplant Israel’s worship of the One True God – no, no, no – it was designed to ingratiate, to blend into the “culture” – to enhance Israel’s worship – to “mingle” the practices of Commercial Tyre with those of Israel’s faith. (Ref. I Kings 16:29-34 through I Kings 22:40)
The Scriptures in no uncertain terms pronounced a stupendous exposure of this entire practice as perpetrated by “the spirits of demons” craving material things and “bodies”… for their disembodied spirits are wont to inhabit even pigs driven into the sea by their quest to “fornicate with the sons and daughters of humans.” (Ref. Luke 8:32-33)
Frankly, it is quite simple to connect the dots among these passages found under the Sixth Trumpet, Sixth Vial and Revelation 18’s Commercial Babylon, once we realize that demonic persistence between the “worship of commercial things” and trafficking in the “bodies and souls of men” (Revelation 18:13).
Think it not strange, then, that the “merchants of the earth” made rich by her seductions have taken such abstract things of necessity such as automobiles and have made them “sexy” in their commercial displays in order to entice the general public to exercise their cravings for their merchandise as if it were a “sexual object” – no, history simply repeats itself…except, the packaging of such salacious enterprise has become an art form where the “worship of demons” excels in its fornication – indeed, “the worship of demons” can be, at times, very expensive!
Again, at this juncture, allow me to quote our previous article in reference to the 200,000,000 army of horsemen found at the River Euphrates:
Maybe you’ve never been in the military before – I have – and let me tell you – all the food in the world couldn’t suffice that army for one day! Talk about a strategic piece of military insanity. Something else is going on here with those numbers again. Remember, 150 days (prior to this mentioning) ultimately equates to 12,960,000 seconds in 150 days or “1296.” Now, taking the “2” from the 200,000,000 (don’t let that distract you - first the 1296 is Rev. 9:10 and then the 200 mil. in Rev. 9:16) and combining it with the “1296” from the previous Fifth Trumpet and combining both 5th and 6th trumpets we find:
1296 * 2 = 2,592
Do we see something here? How about the “garland of 12 constellations over the Woman’s head in Revelation 12?” You’re starring the Great Precessional of the Equinoxes straight in the face…5 months in seconds (i.e., 12,960,000 seconds or 1296) times 200,000,000 (i.e., 1296 * 2 = 2,592) = 25,920 Years which is precisely the Zodiacal or Mazzaroth Great Precessional of the Equinoxes and equates to the 12 Stars over the Woman’s head in Revelation 12:1… “And on her head a garland of 12 stars” (each star/constellation representing 2,160 years or 25,920 / 12 = 2,160 years).
Wow! Talk about the ending of the age – and the beginning of a whole new age but not in the “New Age” sense but in the Divinely-orchestrated Numeric sense!
The Second Woe is passed – Commercial Babylon is judged with all her heinous practice of fornication and the “worship of demons” through greed, corruption, and trafficking in the “bodies and souls of men.”
The Third Woe
The blowing of the Seventh-Phase of the Sevenfold Trumpet and the Third Woe are conflated – they appear simultaneous but they are separate – for the demise of Political Babylon is the essence of the Third Woe. The direct intervention of the King of kings and Lord of lords with the “armies of heaven” wherein “the kingdom(s) of this world have now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah (Christ) are heard as follows:
“The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly”
“Behold, I am coming quickly!”
“Behold, I am coming quickly!”
“And, behold I come quickly!”
“Surely, I come quickly.”
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven,
saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!
“The nations were angry, and Your wrath (lit. “anger”) has come”
“Kingdom” or “kingdoms” of this world has to do with the judgment upon “Political Babylon” – the Beast and the Second Beast whereof we read in Revelation 19:20:
“Then beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in the presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone”
Why we sing with great bluster Handel’s Messiah – having little, if any idea of its context having to do with the resurrection and rapture of the TWO WITNESSES and the Wrath of God and the Lamb poured out upon Tripartite Babylon the Great – is beyond me. The THIRD WOE is the judgment upon Political Babylon in all her administrative apostasies, deceptions, fornications, greed for power and control that ever could be!
A clear reading of Revelation 11:11-15 is utterly explicit with heightened focus upon the “Kingdoms of this world” going down and Him Who sits on the White Horse Whose Name is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS written upon His robe, dipped in blood, and “He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Rev. 19:15-19).
This is it – this IS “My Sacrificial Meal” (Ezekiel 39:17-20) – this is the “Supper of the Great God” (Revelation 19:17) – yes, He has done the following and alerted us that He has both resurrected and raptured His elect from the four winds (Matthew 24:31) in order to administrate His wrath/anger/judgment upon Political Babylon and thus end the days of desolation – unto the 1,290th Day:
“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying,
‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him”
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather ALL NATIONS, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel….
Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war!
Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around….
Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the
WINEPRESS IS FULL, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the DAY OF THE LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.
The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem;
The heavens and earth will shake;”
(Joel 3 – excerpts)
“For I will gather ALL THE NATIONS to battle against Jerusalem;
Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley….
Thus, the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with you.”
(Zechariah 14 – excerpts)
“Behold, I am coming as a thief, Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame…And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”
THE SEVENTH BOWL
“Then 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 thundering 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 (Note: “cities” – i.e., “administrative centers”),
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.”
“Come and gather together for the SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD,
That you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.”
Without equivocation – the Lord of Glory Who has come as a thief before that “great and terrible Day of the Lord” to the recalcitrant earthlings – those Gentiles who have trampled underfoot the Holy City for 42 months – who heard the call to Resurrection and Rapture: COME UP HERE in Revelation 11 – are now living in prophetic fulfillment of Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I am coming as a thief” – this is the precise meaning and the very words of the Lord as to what it means in reference to the Resurrection and Rapture – for immediately thereafter is ARMAGEDDON and GREAT BABYLON’S demise in the Valley of Jehoshaphat!
Yes, Political Babylon – all the great administrators of that ignoble and GREAT CITY – yea, “that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people free and slave, both small and great” (Revelation 19:19) – yes, those under the jurisdiction of the Beast and under the façade of the False Prophet, the Second Beast – utterly destroyed – a total wipeout!
The THIRD WOE came QUICKLY at the conclusion of the Sevenfold Trumpet’s sound – the 30 days of the Wrath of God and the Lamb has reached it tempestuous climax and hatred toward the “Apple of God’s eye” –
“Why do the Gentiles throng tumultuously and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed One (lit. Messiah or Christ in Greek), saying ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His WRATH, and distress them in His deep displeasure.
‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth, Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way. When His WRATH is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him”
Do you see it? The Bible is prophetically moving inexorable to the WINEPRESS OF THE WRATH OF ALMIGHTY GOD – whether fallen man acknowledges it or not – THE LORD WILL HAVE THEM IN DERISION!
The climax of the ages – the Third Woe – the Seventh-Phase of the Sevenfold Trumpet – the Second Coming of Messiah – the Battle of Armageddon – My Sacrificial Meal – the Supper of the Great God…it’s all come to this…the final 30 days of desolations – the Winepress of the Wrath of God!
It is impossible to continue this article any further than this (although we shall deliberate at this three-fold discharge of His Wrath upon Babylon the Great) – for it marks such a decisive conclusion to the Reign of the Beast. The Two Witnesses have given their testimony – it is the Testimony of Jesus…and they have paid dearly for it, just as He did.
But now, the prayers of the martyrs who suffered under the DEVIL’S WRATH (Revelation 12:12) have ascended as sweet incense before the Throne of God and the angel takes the fire from off that altar of incense which caused that sweet smelling savor to ascend amidst the smoke thereof and casts the censor full of these fiery coals to the earth in response to the prayers of the saints…the MYSTERY OF GOD is complete – for in heaven within the space-time continuum is the Marriage of the Lamb to His resurrected and raptured Bride, the Bride of Messiah – but we must leave this scene, for upon the Earth for the remainder of the “days of desolation” is the Sevenfold Trumpet whose sounding “snatched away” the saints – COME UP HERE – COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE (Revelation 11:12; 18:4)…for now the Seven Vials and Three Woes shall utterly decimate Babylon the Great – her Apostate Religious System (so craftily used by the False Prophet as seen in Jezebel’s ancient exploitations fraught with fornication); her Commercial chicanery as exemplified in her “demonic worship” orchestrated by fallen spirits bent to seduce those same earthlings with the lust for things which ingratiate the wealth of earth’s merchants – a pure example of ancient “Temple Worship” where commerce is mingled with religious apostasy; and, finally, the deplorable corruption of the political system known as Babylon the Great – a system all of us intuitively know is corrupt at its core, no matter what guise we wish for it to be enshrouded! WOE, WOE, WOE – and you’re outta here!
Revelation is NOT an assortment of nightmares wrought by an ancient drug causing John to hallucinate – having no rhyme or reason – it is an utterly inspired rendition of end-time events which crescendo via the testimony of the Two Witnesses – Israel and the Church – taken over the past 4,000 years of their history but accelerated during the TRIAL OF BABYLON THE GREAT within the confines of the Courtroom known as “Daniel’s Seventieth Week” whereby the evidence so compiled is given before the “Heavenly Bar of Justice” – the VERDICT is SWIFT and decisive: BABYLON THE GREAT – GUILTY AS CHARGED!
She, which had become “a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird” – was devoured by her own 10 kings as they turned on the Great Whore – that Harlot of Jezebel’s Apostasy – making her desolate and naked, eating her flesh and burning her with fire (you can’t get any more graphic than that - for that is precisely what happened to Jezebel in II Kings 9:30-37); therefore, please don’t tell us that Jezebel is not in view in Revelation 17, and overlapping her fornications into Commercial Babylon in Revelation 18!
Then, that which she had contaminated with her whoredoms – that Great City which had so cleverly trafficked in the bodies and souls of men, making the merchants of the earth sumptuously rich through her trade under the awful aggrandizement of the King of Tyre, IS ENFLAMED by the Almighty, as we read:
“Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the GREAT CITY BABYLON shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.”
“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.”
Then, as if someone should be shouting HALLELUJAH – praise God, that is exactly what we hear…the only HALLELUJAHS ever recorded in the New Testament are heard at Great Babylon’s utter destruction (Revelation 19:1, 3, 4, 6) – yes, FOUR HALLELUJAHS burst upon the universe – THREE from the Great Multitude – that Great Multitude which came out of Great Tribulation which no man could number to match the THREE WOES – how wondrous is that? And, one Alleluia/Hallelujah from the 24 elders and 4 living creatures or 24 * 4 = 96 + 3 Alleluias from the Great Multitude and what do we get: “99” or 9 + 9 = 18 or 9 * 9 = 81 (which is 8 + 1 = 9) and here we have the First (9) and Second (9) coming of Messiah! Or, if you wish to really get excited: 96 * 3 = 288/2 = 144 and presto: THE NEW JERUSALEM! For as Babylon is destroyed – only the Holy City abides. So – the next time you hear HALLELUJAH – just reflect on the context it was last said: WHEN BABYLON GOES UP IN SMOKE!
Within the confines of the 30 days of the Fierceness of the Wrath of God we have seen that the Sevenfold Trumpet and the Seven Vials have an uncanny resemblance.
Please notice in the chart below how we have illustrated the similarities of these descriptions – but all within the 30-days unto the 1,290-days of desolation; therefore, when you see the First Trumpet – you may also recognize the First Vial, etc…until the crescendo of the Seventh Trumpet/Seventh Vial:
As we review these similarities in each of the trumpet/vial announcements and outpoured judgments, a very clear pattern develops wherein each numeric occurrence of the trumpet/vial simply amplifies the other – uniting both we see:
(1) Biological life (plants and man) affected
(2) Biological life (seas/sea creatures) affected
(3) Rivers and Springs affected
(4) Heavenly Bodies – sun, moon, stars – affected
(5) Darkness and pain self-inflicted by Beast upon his kingdom – 1st Woe
(6) Euphrates – Babylon’s Judgment in earnest – 2nd Woe
(7) Resurrection/Rapture – Great Earthquake – Second Coming – 3rd Woe
It is my hope that these conflations which appear overlapping – virtually astigmatic – will become much clearer to you “as you see the day approaching.” The Chart below summarizes these conflated visions seen by John:
The First Four Seals of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – and due to their acute characteristics of (1) Controlling Power; (2) War; (3) Famine/Disparity of Wealth; and (4) Death – persist from the Birth Pangs of the Messiah commencing at least around 1897 AD and onwards past the present and into and throughout the entire Seventieth Week of Daniel unto the 1,290th Day of Desolations – i.e., the 30 days past the second half of Daniel’s 70th Week of 1,260 days (2nd Half) unto the 1,290th Day – or 30 days past the 1,260th Day of the Latter half of Daniel’s 70th Week. However, the Fifth/Sixth Seal are virtually conflated, along with the Seventh Seal following hard on the heels of the Sixth Seal with the Sevenfold Trumpet and Seven Vials extremely conflated and within the confines of the 30 Days of the Wrath of God and the Lamb – the chart below will assist beginning from the commencement of Daniel’s 70th Week (Note: 30 Days of Desolations/Wrath of the Lamb is elongated due to numerous conflations):
Thus, having come to the end of the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets and the Seven Vials/Bowls and the mysterious Seven Thunders – we have exhausted, not only the Seventieth Week of Daniel but the 30 days of the Wrath of the Lamb under the Winepress of the Wrath of God in response to the PERSECUTION, PURIFICATION, PRESERVATION of the saints – that Great Multitude of Saints both within the crucible of the final half of Daniel’s Week, as well as throughout the ages, who “keep the commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 12:17).
Without the realization of the 2,300 days as literal days – one will immediately conjecture that the 1,290 days is NOT from the time of the Abomination of Desolation forward … because they do not realize that the termination of the “sacrifice” was caused by the Abomination of Desolation itself and it is included in the “numeric equation”! Therefore, one must count (not backwards) but forward from the Midst of the Seventieth Week 1,290 days of desolation and add the 1,010 days of sacrifice before their termination by the Abomination of Desolation. These two comprise the vision of the morning and evening – the 2,300 days of the “daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation” (lit. “making desolate”) for Daniel overheard when “a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one (lit. “to the Angel Palmoni” – the “Numberer of Secrets” or “the Wonderful Numberer”) who was speaking, ‘How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?” (Daniel 8:13) … “And he (“the Angel Palmoni”) said to me, ‘For two thousand three hundred evening-mornings (literal DAYS, not YEARS), then the sanctuary shall be cleansed (i.e., after the 2,300 days the Holy Place shall be re-dedicated, cleansed due to the coming of the Messiah during the 45 days wherein at their conclusion unto the 1,335th Day there shall again be the Feast of Dedication and the anointing of the Most Holy Place!
But there is an insertion – an interlude – spliced between the Sixth Trumpet and the Seventh Trumpet of the Revelation. These two chapters – Revelation 10-11 – are committed to the SEVEN THUNDERS and tell us another wondrous accounting of the PROPHECY of God’s people throughout the ages and into the Seventieth Week of Daniel’s Prophecy….
May the Lord give us ears to hear ….