Here is a great overview of the Seven Trumpets: The 7 Trumpets and the Literary Structure of Rev. 11 and the Chronology of Rev. 10.
There are seven seals which are spoken of in Revelation. These seals correspond to verses in Luke and in Matthew. After this occurs the seven trumpets. At the point in time where this has been written, we are about to undergo the sixth seal. In some of the texts below I have been looking for signs. Please do not interpret this as me saying it will happen. No one knows this, but the Bible does tell us what to look for.
On the diagram below Revelation 1-5 is the Church age, Revelation 6 is the Pre Tribulation events. Revelation 7-10 is the first three and a half years of the tribulation (a total of seven years long), Revelation 11 – 13 is the mid way point of the tribulation, and Revelation 14 – 19 is the last half of the tribulation (the last 3.5 years – also known as the great tribulation). Revelation 20 is Satan being bound for 1000 years and the saints reigning with Christ for this time. Revelation 21 is where all things are made new. Revelation 22 explains that the time is near.
Seal One – False Prophets – The White Horse
The First Seal – A white horse who conquers
1 “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Luke 21:8 – False Prophet
8 And he said: ” Take heed that you may not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drown near.’ Therefore do not go after them.
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Seal Two – Wars – The Red Horse
3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 4 Another horse, fiery red went out. And it was granted to take the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.
9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.” 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7a For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
Seal Three – Famine – The Black Horse
5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
11 And there will be … (b) famine
And there will be famines
Seal Four – Death – The Pale Horse
When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” 8 So I looked, and behold a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them to take over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places and famines and pestilences;
7And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Seal Five – The cry of the Martyrs
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 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 earth?” 11 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 brethren who would be killed as they were, was completed.
12 But before all these things they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be bought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost. 19 By your patience possess your souls.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 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.
Seal Six – Signs from heaven – Cosmic Disturbances
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as a sackcloth of hair, and the 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. 14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. 15 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, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sites 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?”
… and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
14 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.
I believe this is where we are up to. It indicates that there will be an earthquake, and that the Sun will turn black and the Moon will turn red (like blood). It then goes on to talk about the stars of heaven falling to the earth, which sounds like a great meteor shower. Then the sky recedes up as a scroll and every mountain and island is moved out of its place. Men and women hide themselves. For the Lord has returned. Who will be able to stand? The 144,000. I also believe it is not talking that Christ’s return is at this point, but in the future as he only has one second coming. The “Great day of his wrath” comes at the very end of the Bible as well.
14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
Here God is telling us that the objects in the heavens are for signs .. before he says anything else.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon and in the stars; and on earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the seas and waves roaring;
Here Jesus in telling us again, that there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. He also says that there will be distress of nations – Could this be from a financial crash in 2015 ? People will be perplexed. That is they will not be able to understand what or why it is happening. I find it interesting that the seas and waves are roaring and there is supposed to be a great earthquake. Perhaps the earthquake is also based in the ocean and has a Tsunami associated with it?
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in the winter or on the Sabbath.
The abomination of desolation standing in the holy place – The antichrist, the Roman Catholic Papacy.
Earthquake and meteor shower are either side which will be the sign of the start.
3rd November 2013 (Total Solar Eclipse)
15th April 2014 (Total Lunar Eclipse)
29th April 2014 (Annual Solar Eclipse)
08 October 2014 (Total Lunar Eclipse)
23 October 2014 (Partial Solar Eclipse)
20 March 2015 (Total Solar Eclipse)
04 April 2015 (Total Lunar Eclipse)
13th September 2015 (Solar Eclipse) – Also the Feast of Trumpets on the 14th
28th September 2015 (Blood Moon) – Also the Feast of the Tabernacles – These will be true if the day length is changed.
1260 days before is 13/04/2014
840 days before is 07/06/2015
The following talks about the Great Tribulation. when the days will be shortened – sometime after 23/9/2017 – see star chart below.
840 days forward is 28th of May.
1260 days forward is 5th March 2021
* Another possibility is something blocking the light of the sun and causing the earth to shake along with a meteor shower.. A Large meteor between the earth and the sun would do this and may also cause earthquakes ?
21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!”, do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will also the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
The Coming of the Son of Man
29 “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. ( This is different as the sun will be darkened, but the moon is not giving any light) 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 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.
Why tell us of what will occur after the tribulation if it is not a sign telling us what to look for?
The seal of his people
The Sealed of Israel
7 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;[a]
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
A Multitude from the Great Tribulation
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
14 And I said to him, “Sir,[b] 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. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[c] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
I believe what is happening here is that the Angles are marking Gods people and those who have been baptised and have made their robes clean with the blood of the Lamb are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in His temple. These people will not suffer the wrath during the tribulation for God marks them as to be spared.
Well aren’t these the tribes of Israel on Earth? No. These are the tribes of the Israel in heaven. Israel here is not literal. Israel is Spiritual. Anyone who has joined Jesus Christ is Israel. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNJSpApfPg – explained here) It represents everyone all over the world. This is the same as Babylon – the people who are not in Israel. (Babylon has long gone!)
1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angles who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings and an earthquake. 6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Insert: -> Interesting part is the section in green (I added the rest to provide the context).
The Seventy-Weeks Prophecy
20 Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, 21 yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
24 “Seventy weeks[a] are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of[b] sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street[c] shall be built again, and the wall,[d]
Even in troublesome times.
26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
The tribulation period:
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; ( the antichrist is “he” (lowercase) and there is a peace agreement – 7 years)
But in the middle of the week (3.5 years)
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, (Abomination is an idol)
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
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Below is what occurs in the 7 years. This is what is known as the tribulation.
The First Trumpet: The Vegetation struck
The first angel sounded: And hail and Fire followed, mingled with blood and they were thrown to the earth. And a Third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
The Second Trumpet: The Seas Struck.
8 Then the second Angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. 9 And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The Third Trumpet: The Waters Struck.
10 Then the third Angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11 The name if the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters become wormwood, and many men died from the water because it was made bitter.
The Fourth Trumpet: The Heavens Struck.
12 Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine and likewise at night. 13 And I looked, and heard an angle flying through the midst of heaven saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of three angles who are about to sound!”
The Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit.
1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke in the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given the power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months, Their torment was the torment of a scorpion when a man strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. 7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’s teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
The Sixth Trumpet: The Angles from the Euphrates
Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the leads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues, a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth can in their tails; for the tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of their works of their hands, they hey should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver or brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sourceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
The Mighty Angel with the Little Book
Revelation 10:1 – 6
1 I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. 2 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them”.
5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hands to heaven 6 and swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be no delay no longer, 7 but 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.
The Two Witnesses – (3 and a half years)
Elijah and/or Moses /or Enoch /or John? (Does it matter that we don’t know who they are anyway?)
1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. 3 And I will give power to my witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days clothed in sackcloth.”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of Earth. 5 And if anyone want to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. 6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain fails in the day of their prophecy; and they have the power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with plagues as often as they desire.
The Witnesses Killed
7 When they finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three and a half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And those who dwell on earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
The Witnesses Resurrected
11 Now after the three and a half years the breath of life from God entered them, and the stood on their feeet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 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. 13 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. 14 The second woe is past, Behold the third woe is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
15 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!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones dell on their faces and worshipped God, 17 saying:
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings an earthquake and great hail.
The Woman, the Child and the Dragon
1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve starts. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and pain to give birth.
Jewish New year starts on the 21/09/2017. The moon is behind the sun on the 20th and comes into view on the 21st – 23rd.
3 And another sign appeared in the heaven: behold, a great a fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
This text seems unusual. My interpretation thus far is to provide context for the reader? The dragon is the devil (perhaps indirectly). The stars from heaven may have been the angels that fell with him. The woman was Mary? The Child was Jesus (Check Revelation 19:15 for an indication of this) (Is this supposed to be related to Jupiter – The “King of Gods” ?) . I believe the verse is setting the scene so we know who flees into the wilderness. ie. Gods People or the “Church of God as people come out of the Church”
The 4 Kingdoms of Daniel 7 have 7 Heads. They are:
6. Syria (Assyria),
7. Turkey (Ottoman Empire)
All reappear under the ‘umbrella’ of a re-emergent Rome in the End Time.
23 The fourth beast (Rome) shall be A fourth kingdom on earth. Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. 24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall rise after them; He (The fourth beast) shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.
The ten horns? My research indicates: (Still needs work as I think this should be 7 – three were subdued)
The little horn is the Roman Catholic Papacy.
The three kings which were subdued were – 493AD – Heroli, 534AD – Vandals – 538 – Austro Goths
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (Three and a half years – until the end of the tribulation)
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Micheal and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that the serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 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. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
This is mid Tribulation where Satan is thrown out of heaven, never to return there again. 21/9/2017 – 23/9/2017
The Woman Persecuted
13 Now the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
The woman is the Church, but not any Church, the Church of God. There will be other churches not persecuted at this time as they are following Satan – mostly unknowingly. A good sign is that if you are in a church, and you are not being persecuted, then you are in the wrong church!
Time (1 Year) and times (2 years) and half a time (1/2 year) = 3.5 years.
15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of its mouth.
(Sounds like a flood right?)
17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who kept the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I think this line is very important. Who kept the commandments of God. These are the ten commandments. Most are being followed with the exception of the fourth commandment – the Sabbath – Saturday!
The Beast from the Sea (Europe – Roman Catholic Papacy)
Note that these beasts come up from the seas.
Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like that of the roar of the seas, and to the rushing of nations that make a rushing of mighty waters!
The seas represent nations and multitudes of peoples. The all need to rise from the same area, where there are multitudes of people – the only place at this time was Europe.
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea having seven heads and and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
The sea – (waters)
23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all other kingdoms. And shall devour the whole earth and break it in pieces. 24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall rise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. 25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for time and times and half a time.
– Time (1 Year) and times (2 years) and half a time (1/2 year) = 3.5 years.
– The 10 horns represents the 10 Divisions of Rome 476 AD (which is Western Europe today).
– Subdue three kings – 493AD – Heroli, 534AD – Vandals – 538 – Austro Goths
– Pompous words are blasphemies (Claims to have the power to forgive sins and Claims to be God on Earth)
– Changing times – prophetic calendar events.
– Changing law – Changing the seventh day of worship to Sunday from Saturday.
– The other who rises is the Roman Catholic Papacy as it uprooted three kings.
“I was watching; and the same horn was making was against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the ancient of Days came, and a judgement was made in favor of the saints of the Most High. and the time came for the saints to posses the Kingdom.
2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
Daniel 7 presents a Leopard (Which is Greece) a Bear (Which is Medo Persia) and a Lion which is Babylon
Beast is the Roman Catholic Papacy which contains elements from Greece, Medo Perisa and Babylon. (From 9-11 and the destiny of America – Youtube).
The dragon is Satan.
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marvelled and followed the beast 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”
The Roman Catholic Papacy was mortally wounded in February 1798, Pope Pius VI but is now ruling again. Civil power of France arose against the Papacy and withdrew its power.
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
42 x 30 = 1260 days
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The sword represents the civil power.
Interestingly, at the end of Daniel 7: 25 (mid way) – 27
25 …Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. 26 ‘But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion. To consume and destroy it forever. 27 The the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
This also shows that the saints will be in their power for 3 and a half years, but it also indicates at the end of this time that a court shall be seated – this must be the final judgement.
The Beast from the Earth (USA)
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly would was healed.
– “Then” – Indicates this is after the first beast receives its deadly wound (France (The one who killed the Roman Papacy) signed diplomatic relations with the USA in 1798). This indicated the time this Beast will appear.
– Remember that a “beast” represents a kingdom or a nation.
– The other “beast” comes up from the earth – not the waters around this time frame. It is just starting an as it does not come up from the seas (it comes from the earth) it starts in a different location.
– Notice that the Prophecy is moving from the east to the west. The first two beasts rise in Asia. The next two beasts rise in Europe. This beast is further west than the others.
– Two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. (Dragon is a symbol of Satan – someone who acts on behalf of Satan)
– Horns represent kingdoms or divisions of kingdoms
– Matthew 22:21
… Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
– There are two kingdom. The worldly kingdom and the spiritual kingdom.
– When the USA started it recognised that there were two kingdoms. Church and State. i.e.
– First amendment of the USA – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for e redress of grievances.
– This beast will help the original beast by causing those who dwell in it to worship it.
13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many who would not worship the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or a mark on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number if his name.
Must have power: Military might.
It says here that the USA will give the Roman Catholic Papacy power. I wonder if this is because they have seen the some been taken to heaven after the sixth seal and they think this is the right thing to do. The Roman Catholic Church will then force all to worship on Sunday with the Roman Catholic Church or they will not be allowed to buy or sell otherwise they will be killed. This leads me to think that the Mark of the Beast is both Sunday Worship and it being performed in the Roman Catholic system.
The Roman Catholic system is working its way into the Supreme court of America and now holds 6 of the 9 seats! It could easily overthrow a law to make worship on any other day but Sunday possible. The Roman Catholic system teaches that your first preference is always to the Church. Whatever the church commands, that is what you do.
It is interesting to note that the words used here are the “image” of the beast. in other words, it is not the exact same beast, this beast has come from the first and is very similar to it. This video talks about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGN97yu4P_w
This also means that the separation of Church and state will no longer exist. In QLD Australia we now have the situation where the State Government can over rule the Judicial system, which is based upon the Bible! e.g. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-25/expert-lashes-newman27s-swipe-at-judicial-system/5047008
The other interesting thing is this is very similar to Daniel 3:22 where Nebuchadnezzar tries to kill those following Jesus. Here it is occurring in Literal Babylon with three Literal Hebrews and a Literal Image and Nebuchadnezzar lived for a while as a Literal Beast. At the end time it will be a symbolic beast raising up a symbolic image that will be Global in scale and will command everyone to worship. Israel will not be Literal Hebrews from Israel, but spiritual Hebrews from the Spiritual Israel.
Malachi Martin suggests that there are three powers trying to sit on the throne of the world. 1. Communism -> The USA helped the Pope overthrow Communism (The holy alliance) . 2. The USA (Western Capitalism) -> Financial crash will occur shortly to remove it from power .3 This just leaves the Roman Catholic Church which will regain the throne of the world.
It is also interesting to note that the protestant church and the roman catholic church are aligning themselves. This would add power to the Sunday worship.
Not sure about Sunday worship still? Take a look here for a history lesson: http://biblelight.net/chalng.htm
” Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.
Over one hundred years ago the Catholic Mirror ran a series of articles discussing the right of the Protestant churches to worship on Sunday. The articles stressed that unless one was willing to accept the authority of the Catholic Church to designate the day of worship, the Christian should observe Saturday. Those articles are presented here in their entirety. “
Link: http://biblelight.net/chalng.htm and a link to the original document -> Christian-Sabbath.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
His name must total 666. Find the Latin name in Roman Numerals.
Language of the Roman Catholic Papacy is Latin.
Popes name is : Vicarius Filii Dei which adds up to 666 in Roman Numerals.
It means “Substitue for the Son of God”
The Great Tribulation (Not just Gods wrath, but also Satans wrath)
The Lamb and the 144,000
1 Then I looked and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of a harpist playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
One wonders what is meant by “These ones were not defiled with women for they are virgins” (Being married will not count. When it says they are virdings, it is speaking spiritually. The do not embrace the teaching of the harlot and the woman.) – see this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNJSpApfPg A marriage is honourable with God. These 144,000 were not defiled with Babylon and her daughters.
It should also be noted that the number of 144,000 is a symbolic number. It represents a much larger number of people.
The Proclamation of Three Angels
6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth – to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people- 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of his judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
8 And I saw another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine and the wrath of her fornication”
Babylon can be seen as the Roman Catholic Church and those Protestant churches that follow its teaching. Her fornication is getting into “bed” so to speak with the Protestant churches. One should note that these Angels will not be heard by us. They are heard by the prophet so he can relate this back to us.
9 The a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
“This is saying that if anyone worships the Roman Catholic Church and the image of the Roman Catholic Church (Sunday Worship) he will therefor have his mark on their forehead (meaning they will think this is correct) and he shall drink the wrath of God.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘ Blessed are the dead who die on the Lord from now on.'” “Yes”, says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them.”
The above is said to tell everyone not to follow the Roman catholic Church and their Sunday worship. If you die and you have done this, then you have been blessed by the Lord.
Reaping the Earth’s Harvest
These next two sections indicates that people are being judged now, before the final return of the Lord.
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for you to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Reaping the Grapes of Wrath
This is related to verse 9 as they are both taking the wrath of God.
17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress or wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
The winepress is outside the city. The righteous are inside the city. The reason it talks about a horses bridles is because later, in Revelation 19:11 -16 the Lord comes with his armies also on white horses. 15″…He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and the wrath of Almightly God.”
It is worth while noting at this point Daniel 7:13-14.
13 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
This looks like before this time. Where Jesus goes to God, and receives the rights to His kingdom. This is the same person who is reaping the earths harvest.
Prelude to the Bowl Judgments
1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in the the wrath of God is complete.
– Gods final decision has been made on the righteous and the wicked.
2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory mark over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! 4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgements have been manifested.”
5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having seven plague, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chest girded with golden bands. 7 Then on of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
The final seven plagues.
1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of wrath of God on the earth.”
First Bowl: Loathsome Sores
2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood
3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl o the sea, and it became blood as if a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.
If you saw that the seas had turned red, then you would want to prepare for the next event by having water in a canister of some form.
Third Bowel: The Waters Turn to Blood
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood 5 And I heard the angel of the water saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” 7 And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.
Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
The sad thing here is that it has all been written in scripture. Obviously they haven’t read it to be blaspheming God.
Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores and did not repent of their deeds.
It sounds like here people are rebelling against the churches which do not follow the Lord as the bowl is poured upon the throne of the beast (Roman Papacy) and his kingdom kingdom is becoming full of darkness.
The Lamp of the Body
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Darkness is spoken of here indicating that the eye is bad..what they are looking at is bad.
Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 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. 14 For they are the spirit demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 “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.” 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken
17 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!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 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. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hails 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.
The above section is a definite reflection of the Second coming of Christ.
The Scarlet Woman and the Scarlet Beast
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marvelled with great amazement.
The Meaning of the Woman and the Beast
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes he must continue a short time, 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself the eith and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.
12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have recieved no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord or lords and Ling of kings; and thoose who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has Put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”
It is saying that the ten horns listed above as:
The beast is the Roamn Catholic Church. The horns will destroy the Catholic Church..Meaning this will happen worldwide. They will burn it down. The woman is the Papacy.
The Fall of Babylon the Great
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 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 the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”
4 And I heard another voice from heaven say: “‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you and repay her double according her worksl in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day – death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
God is asking the people who are in the Roman Catholic Church to come out of her, that they not receive any of her plagues. A plague as a verb means to cause “continual trouble or distress to”, or as a noun “a thing causing trouble or irritation”.
The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
9 “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, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgement has come.’ 11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys there merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object most precious wood, bronze, iron and marble; 12 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15. The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many trade on the seam stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of burning, saying, ‘What us like this great city?’
19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out weeping and wailing, and saying ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
Finality of Babylon’s Fall
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it onto the sea saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found any more. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsmen of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of the bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were decieved. 24 And in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints, and all who were slain on earth.”
Heaven Exults over Babylon
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her Smoke rises up forever and ever!”
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For God Omnipotent reigns! 7 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.” 8 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.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Christ on a White Horse
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blodd, and His name is called the Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in a fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of fierceness and wrath of the Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Beast and His Armies Defeated
17 Then I saw and angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of the kings, the flesh of the horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave both small and great.”
19 And I saw their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his 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. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth if Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.