IN THE YEARS SINCE A.D. 96, MEN HAVE CONSTANTLY PROBED THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK TRYING TO FIND SOME KEY TO THE MYSTERIOUS LANGUAGE WITHIN, BUT GOD HAD THESE THINGS SEALED UP UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END, AS HE TOLD DANIEL CONCERNING THE THINGS WHICH HE SAW. IN ORDER TO HIDE THE MESSAGE OF THIS BOOK FROM MEN OF OTHER GENERATIONS, TIL THE GENERATION COME WHICH SHOULD SEE THE FULFILLMENT OF ALL REMAINING PROPHESIES, GOD ALLOWED JOHN TO SCRAMBLE THE BOOK IN SUCH A WAY THAT ONLY THE HOLY GHOST COULD UNSCRAMBLE IT, AND THAT ONLY AT THE PROPER TIME.
WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE THAT GENERATION OF PEOPLE WHICH WILL LIVE TO SEE THE END OF THIS AGE OF GRACE TO THE GENTILES. WE BELIEVE ALSO THAT THE REASON GOD HAS LED BRO. JACKSON TO SET THE BOOK IN ITS FULFILLMENT ORDER, IS TO ENABLE THE LIVING ELEMENT OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST TO READ HIS LOVE LETTER TO HER, AS SHE MAKES HERSELF READY FOR HIS COMING, THEREFORE WE ARE PUBLISHING THE RESULTS OF THIS WORK ALONG WITH WHAT WE BELIEVE WILL BE SUFFICIENT COMMENTS TO HELP THE SINCERE READER UNDERSTAND. REMEMBER SAINTS, A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH SUFFICIENT ARMOR FOR WHAT IS JUST AHEAD. THEREFORE WE WOULD ASK YOU TO STUDY PRAYERFULLY THE CONTENTS OF THIS MESSAGE, THEN IF YOU FEEL YOU MUST CRITICIZE, LET YOUR CRITICISM BE CONSTRUCTIVE, AND SEASONED WITH THE LOVE OF OUR PRECIOUS LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU NOW READ.
We can say that this book was the last revelation, prophetic wise, ever given to the church the universal church of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. The last revelation they had ever received up until a few years ago. After this book was written in letter form and sent to the seven churches, it later was recopied and sent to other churches, then later it was added to the chronology of the sacred writings.
This has been a book of puzzles for theological students through the years as they probed its contents. It is very simple as you read the first three chapters to recognize Christ as the high priest. As you read the second and third chapters you find the churches of Asia set in their order by Christ. The Jews have by now been scattered, and God is now moving among the Gentiles predominately. By 96 A.D. these seven churches have been in existence long enough to set a trend that would affect the course of Christianity right to the end of the Gentile age.
JESUS THE HIGH PRIEST
Chapters 1-3 are the Lord’s own words as he gets John’s attention. In the first chapter you notice when Jesus got John’s attention, John turned to see one that was clothed in a white robe, and his hair was as white as snow, and his eyes were as flames of fire, his feet like burning brass, and his voice as the sound of many waters, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle which is that emblem of the high priest’s position. This was for the sole purpose of declaring to John in pictorial form that Jesus who ascended on high is none other than the high priest of our profession, as spoken by Paul in HEBREWS 3:1, and He remains to be the high priest for the duration of the grace age. As John heard that voice speaking and looked at him, he could not help but recognize Jesus standing there in the midst of seven golden candle sticks. These seven candle sticks typified the seven churches of Asia. In his right hand were seven stars which were the angels of the seven churches, (the angels being the bishops or overseers). All of this in symbolic form lets us know that in the seven church ages it has been Jesus the high priest all along, and that in each church age, each angel messenger has been in the hand of Jesus and guided by him, that a message might be announced in that respective hour.
Many people say they don’t understand how that anyone could have been saved in the dark ages, since they were not baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, but you must remember that it was Jesus who set this book in motion. Each soul is only required by God to walk in the light that he, (as a mortal being) was permitted to see in his hour. Jesus didn’t change, and God the great ETERNAL SPIRIT does not change. It is man that changes and it is man in his mortal makeup that makes up the church. The church could only reflect what the church as a collective body could see in that hour. So in each respective age, corresponding to one of these churches, those people were required to walk in the light of revealed truth that was predominant in their age, and it has been Jesus all the time. That is why Jesus spoke the seven parables recorded in Matthew 13:1-51. Jesus spoke all of those parables at the same time. He spoke them in the order that they were to be applied. When Jesus, (the high priest) speaking to John, told him to write these things and sent them to the seven churches of Asia, Jesus mentioned the churches in order. John did not choose the order, Jesus did, he’s the high priest of it, John is only the receiver and transmitter. Now understand there were other churches that had been established by the apostle Paul, (who at this time had been dead more than twenty years), but these particular churches were the ones lit off of the revival fires that God (by the HOLY GHOST) had lit there in the city of Ephesus, as recorded in Acts chapters 19-20. Paul on his third missionary journey remained in that area and preached the gospel for three years, Acts 20:31. When it was all over, all of Asia had heard the gospel. From this one city, the other six churches were established. This was to set a type of how the HOLY GHOST would fall in the first church age and light revival fires that six other church ages that followed have been lit off of, (the same Holy Ghost fire). Man in his makeup is responsible, not God, as to how he allows that fire to burn in him. Every messenger to every age actually exercised the authority invested in him by Jesus who was high priest over him. That man could only do what the high priest, (by inspiration), inspired him to do. This does not mean that there were not moments that men through the ages did not see specific truths, and many times those truths were the things that got them in trouble. Martin Luther was the first man this side of the dark ages that God anointed, and he used him to reestablish a lost truth that the just shall live by faith, Romans 1:17. But don’t think that Wycliffe and men of that nature had not seen this in their hour. Many of them saw it and tried to exercise it, but it cost practically every one of them their head. It just lets us know, that when it comes time for God to shine a truth into a certain age, he invests that man with authority and the devil and all of his imps couldn’t stop it if they had to, because the light from that candle has got to shine. It usually comes in the receding hours of the age that it comes to. The individuals that God will use, begin to see these things by the same spirit of revelation that was on John. They may be persecuted or they may be destroyed for what they see, but when the hour comes for that light to shine, there’s NO POWER SUFFICIENT TO STOP IT.
THE MODEL CHURCH
When we look at the second and third chapters we see that Jesus mentioned Ephesus first. It absolutely set the complete model of the perfect church of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Gentile people. I suppose no other church in all of Paul’s ministry shines like this Ephesus church did. It was a church with a large congregation, no doubt! It was made up of Jewish saints as well as Gentile saints. It was to this church that Paul wrote his letter of Ephesians in 60 A.D. from Corinth, just a year after his revival closed and he left. No other letter contains the depth of revelation that the Ephesian letter does. Isn’t it strange, down through the hours of reformation; hardly has the epistle to the Ephesians been used as an evangelistic letter, it is a letter written to an assembly of saints that are seeking to walk in the divine will and favor of God. In it is embraced the revelation that Paul was given, how that God had made known unto him the mystery of his will, how that God in Christ had introduced a time that he was now among the Gentiles to take both of the Jew and the Gentile, and to make of the two of them in Jesus Christ, a complete new man. The new man joined with the others of the same revelatory faith, make up the true church, which is the mystical body of Christ (living here on earth among fallen mankind), demonstrating and reflecting the nature and attributes of Christ from one age to the next. The true body of Christ continues to reflect the same character, manner of life, and truth, always. Though they may not use the same words to convey the message, the revelation always comes out the same. As these churches are set in perfect order by Christ himself, our attention moves quickly to the last one, (the Laodicean church). Though it existed in Asia Minor, it is no longer in existence, the church as well as the city lay in ruins today; however, the prevailing spirit of that church was one that God saw would hang through time to be manifested in the last church age. Not just on a metropolitan city, but it would become a universal picture of Christianity in the age that began around the dawn of the twentieth century. Mankind has come through many ages of great material hardships, but the 20th century began to introduce man to inventions, scientific discoveries, fast means of travel, fast communications, and easier ways to make a dollar. All of this set loose mankind into a rat race, and where is he today? He lives for the god of materialism. It kills him spiritually and physically.
This is the age that as people yield their lives to God, they reflect the same spirit that was reflected there in the Laodicean city (from an assembly). The Laodicean age, as we see it here in the last verses of the 3rd chapter (that’s the age that you and I now live in), is in a terrible mess. More and more we see a breakdown spiritually and morally taking place in the world today that is making all other scriptures come into focus, whether they were written by John or Paul or words spoken by Jesus. We know the world is now being molded to make it fit the word of God. Nevertheless, God’s grace is still sufficient to the man or woman that has an ear to hear what God would say to the church. In this Laodicean letter as He rebuked it for its materialism, it’s wretchedness, (and realizing this is a type of our age), it lets us know that spirituality doesn’t run very high today. Now we want to title this series “The Chronology of Revelation” as we place the chapters and verses in order of fulfillment. The first three chapters had to do with God’s word to the church for the ages, but from this point on most of what John saw covered the events of the seventieth week of Daniel as God deals with the Jews. It was only when he left the third chapter and began to go into the 4th, 5th, and 6th chapters that his head began to spin. You might ask why is this, it was because the Lord spoke to him and said write these things that thou hast seen, which are, and are to be and send it.
GOD’S LOVE LETTER
The major part of the total writings of the book belong to God’s dealing with the Jews in the last week of time allotted to them before Christ comes to earth for the millennium, but the letter as a whole is sent to the church of the living God. It is God’s message to the church. Since it is God’s letter, I’ll say this, it is his love letter to his girl friend. That’s why the denominational girl friends don’t know what it’s all about. But the bride of Christ, when her eyes are opened and she realizes who she is, that Holy Ghost, (that spirit of Christ), will definitely let her see what the Lord has been saying. Now we know that the saints of the ages are dead and in the ground, so whatever he does for his bride is not necessarily for those that are dead and gone on, but these things are written so that the living element of the bride church will be able to know what God’s message to her is in this hour, as she approaches the end of the age. John is called up into heaven at the beginning of the 4th chapter. He saw the throne of God, and he that sat upon it, and a rainbow about the throne, he saw the four and twenty elders, he saw the four beasts and this great number of angels. All of this is to acquaint John with a heavenly setting. John was taken up at that time, (when he had finished his letter of rebuke to Laodicea), to set a true type of the rapture of the church at the end of the Laodicean age. I am fully aware that at Shreveport, La., Bro. William Branham stated that the age for the bride was more or less set in motion or words to this effect. This has caused different ones everywhere to say we’re living in the bride age. Let me say this in a way, spiritually, to the people that are to make up God’s bride, they are living in the time factor where, yes, we could call it an age or we could call it an hour. Yet when you take it back to the book, there is no bride age mentioned in the book, only the Laodicean age. Now the Laodicean age will still be here because the Laodicean age is not typified from the standpoint of the bride. It is typified from the standpoint of the religious world that we live in. When the hour comes that the bride, who, time wise, and age wise, is being dealt with by God, calling her out of Laodicea, it does not disassociate her with the Laodicean age of time. It’s still here. In fact Laodicea is the closing of religious time. When John was caught up he saw Jesus sitting on the throne. He saw in his right hand a scroll. He had to be taken up there at that precise time in the hour he lived both to set a type, and to see in symbolic form what would transpire in heaven, (may God help me to say it right), once the time had come that the events of chapter six would be fulfilled on earth, because the events of chapter six up to and through verse 11, still belong to the Laodicean age. Bro. William Branham stated that the church is not mentioned after chapter three until we get to chapter 19, “that is true”, but in order of fulfillment, chapter 6 through verse 11, (though John saw it in heaven, and it had to be this way for him to typify the rapture at the close of the last church age), the church is still here on earth. When God sent his prophet message to the age, (William Marion Branham), it was to awaken the bride to the fact that God again wanted to come close to her and commune with her like he did in the first age. After the first age they lost their spirit of revelation. God communed with them in spiritual matters no more. Oh yes! He was with them to preserve them that they might survive, but they lost their spirit of revelation. If they didn’t then why did they accept every rotten doctrine that was fed to them for better than a thousand years? You might say, when Martin Luther came on the scene and saw that revelation that the just shall live by faith, wasn’t that revelation? No.! (That was restoration), restoring something that they had already, and lost. The church had lost it better than a thousand years before. The same was true with John Knox and predestination, sure it was revelation on the scriptures but it was not new revelation, that new revelation, by which the Lord himself makes love to his church. Do you know that is the way he makes love to his bride to be? He reveals himself to her and if she is spiritual, (through spiritual eyes and ears), she understands and makes love back by saying, praise God, that is beautiful, thank you Lord.
HOW THE DEVIL GOT IN
We know how the devil got at the church after the first age, that antichrist spirit began to give out revelations to the younger generation, but they were false revelations. Carnal minded people sat there and ate it up. The devil made love to people too! He flirted with them by revelation, and do you know what the purpose of it was? He wanted to take the ground work of the original Christian church and build himself an institution that would be called the church of God, and so pervert the word of God through centuries of time, that he could make love to it just any old carnal way, and humanity has just laid right there and loved it. When John Wesley came on the scene, it was not in a sense of love making through revelation, but it was God’s way of saying to the church, I want to give you back a few things, so that you can make love to me right. The church had lost so much that she was in no shape for the Lord to commune with her in a love relationship like she started out. John saw in chapter 5, the heavenly setting, he had to see it when he lived, so that it could be written in the book, but if you can catch my thought, it was so written, that when the time would come, we could hear and understand the revelation that is typified in chapter 6, (which was written then), but understood only in our age. When it came time for these things to be understood, here in this Laodicean church age. God brought his messenger on the scene, (church age angel messenger). He was a prophet messenger, for God knew that in the hour that this man would be walking on earth, the spirit of Christ, (which is the spirit of prophecy), would begin to speak to a people to draw their attention back to the word of God, just the way that it did there in the first church age. The church there in that first age, as it started out, with the Jew first, and then reached out to the Gentile people, it was revelation upon revelation that they were built upon until she lost her position and went into the dark ages. When John saw these things he saw, like the first four seals broken and the white, red, black and pale horse riders going out, and though he heard what was said, who knew what it meant? We can say that no one understood these things until the generation came that was to see the fulfillment of the things therein, but there came a day that we didn’t have to think or assume anymore. We know what it means.
THE FOUR HORSE RIDERS
Did you know that when that seven angel messenger (who was the messenger to this last church age) was on earth and the time came for what John wrote in chapter 6 to be understood, he stood there that night and said, that white horse rider was none other than that spirit of antichrist that was riding in the closing hours of the first church age, riding off into the sun. The revelation all hinged about the fact that he had a crown, showing that he assumed authority. He had a bow, showing a means of weaponry, but he didn’t have any arrows. That lets us know that in reality he was a bluff, but look how many he pushed over with it. It lets me know that all who did not have the Holy Ghost fell for that antichrist teaching. Bro. William Branham said, that the red horse rider, with power to take peace from the earth, that they should kill one another (to whom was given a great sword), was the same old antichrist spirit, riding in that age of martyrdom (and that is verified in history). By the time the second church age was fully in, Christianity had spread all over the Roman empire, and still growing. History from that age will give you the names of those Roman rulers that the devil used in trying to kill every Christian, and defeat the plan of God. They killed Christians, by any and all means of brutality imaginable. Yet, do you realize, that because those Christians went to their death singing and praising God, they died in the faith, and God gave them grace to die like that. The third horse rider, (that black horse), went forth with a pair of balances in his hand. He said, a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Who knew what that meant? You could look at it and see that it had something to do with the dark ages, but who could put their finger on exact meaning? No one until the time was right. When the time came that man was to know who that black horse rider was, God didn’t send a doctor of divinity from some big college. No! He just took a little fellow who enjoyed sitting out in the woods watching the squirrels, and such like, who didn’t have much formal education, but deep inside when the hour was right, that man could talk with God, and God, (who let this been written), could talk to him. The revelation of that black horse rider, is what Roman Catholicism did with the church and the word of God during that long period known as the dark ages. Wheat and barley are two grains that the world all over has looked upon as the basis bread factor. The word of God is the bread of eternal life, just as natural bread is stable food for the human body of mankind. When it was said a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine, that black horse rider was going out. We understand now that the black horse rider was that spirit of antichrist through a Roman religious system, and it was black because it symbolized spiritual death. It took the word of God and changed and substituted it, and out of it, made rituals, ceremonies and creeds. It took the Lord’s supper that the early church observed, and made a monetary gimmick out of it. That is exactly why, for a thousand years the world was stooped in darkness. They made no advancement intellectually, spiritually, or materially. All advancement had been brought to a standstill. They sold the mass, and prayed for the dead instead of the living. Then the voice said hurt not the oil and the wine, the oil typifies the Holy Ghost, (the oil of the anointing), it lets you know the Holy Ghost wasn’t going to be around to be tampered with. You cannot sell the Holy Ghost. The fact that wine was mentioned, wine typifies the spiritual revelational factor of the Holy Ghost, the spirit of God. Now we see the fourth seal opened and Death riding on a pale horse, not white, not black, but pale, and Hell following with him. We find out that this horse and his rider is still that same spirit of antichrist riding right on out to the end. He takes old Roman Catholicism and all of her religious creeds, and apostate protestantism, and blends the two together to make one universal church system, to deceive and blind the religious world, and he (the antichrist), will sit at the head of it all, as the Laodicean age comes to a close. The apostle John recognized that spirit already working in his day, 1 John 2:18. He thought the end was near. We see that all four horse riders are one and the selfsame spirit all along. When we look at the church world in this hour, and recognize, doctrinally, what they are teaching and see how they are living, we see exactly what is going on, apostasy on every hand. That kind of a religious system is what the antichrist will take over and show himself through as time closes out.
We will take our time in this 6th chapter for I want you to see that the understanding of its fulfillment was to come to the saints of God somewhere in the closing hours of the Laodicean age. Through that God would again awaken a people and give them new revelation. The prophet of the age made a lot of remarks in between the revelation of each seal, from which many people have built doctrines and opinions. These have become spirits. Do you know why these spirits were allowed to flourish? It was to keep the denominational church away from the true revelation that belongs to the bride alone. There is not a denominational church on the face of the earth today, that will teach these seals when the bride is gone. There is not a denominational church that will have a thing to do with the teaching of William Marion Branham even now, for their big eyes and their self righteous attitude they see all of these thorns attached to it. They said it has to be of the devil, so they go on in their blindness, still holding to their trinity, only to wake up to wash their robes in the blood of Jesus Christ by giving their lives in martyrdom to seal their testimony.
When the 5th seal was broken, John saw souls under the altar. They were the souls of those Jews martyred under Hitler. Oh, I know there were Jews martyred in the 12th and 13th centuries, but they were not the Jews that we see under the altar in the 5th seal. Those Jews were not run out of Spain to get the Jewish people ready to go home, so if the souls under the altar were Jews, it would have to be Jews that God was dealing with somewhere in the closing hours of the Laodicean age, as God prepared the land to receive them back home. In the years between 1939 and 1945, God allowed a man by the name of Hitler to rise with the idea of having a super race of people in Europe. He felt, in order to accomplish this, he would have to rid Europe of that Jewish blood line, for he knew that the Jewish people controlled the stocks and bonds and the wealth, so he used a disguise and began to arrest them and put them in prison. They were tortured and killed in various ways till more than six million of them had died. Do we say that all six million of them are under the altar? Absolutely not! Many of them went to the firing squad cursing God, while others of them were crying, “Jehovah! Be merciful to me.” Not realizing why this was going on. It was to get the rest of the Jews ready to go home.
Now remember, the 5th seal, time wise, still belongs in the Laodicean age. Those souls under the altar were heard crying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Before any answer came to that question, I believe there came angels with white robes, and I would imagine, as those robes began to be draped around those souls, they felt a peace begin to come over them. Once they had been clothed in white robes, then the words of consolation were given. Yet a little season, until thy fellow servants, and brethren, should be killed as you were. I do not believe that little season can be much longer than a human generation of time. Remember, time wise, that little season is still within the Laodicean age. We are living somewhere in the closing years of that little season. We see that pale horse rider in the religious world today, (that great ecumenical spirit), binding them up. We see also, the effects of the 5th seal, after six million Jews died to set it in motion, almost three million are at home in the land, and the nation as a whole is making the news almost daily. By now the whole world is in the balance of decision, (politically), saying, what will we do with Israel? The messenger to the age, (which was the angel messenger to the Laodicean age, Bro. William Branham), came on the scene and delivered his message, so that we who are living in the closing hours of that little season, can know, by divine revelation, the contents of chapter 6, (what those seals meant). It was all to take place within that little season, for we know what the sixth seal is. This is one of the keys to the whole book, not the whole key, just one of the keys. The Lord Jesus Christ comes to earth under the 6th seal, under the 7th trumpet judgment, and also under the 7th vial. Now he cannot come three different times, for his coming in each instance is referring to his visible appearance from glory, (in power), to rule and reign. Many of these things are stacked, one on top of the other. The 7th seal does not follow the 6th seal in fulfillment, for we know that the contents of the 7th seal will be for the bride before she leaves, in the beginning of the seventieth week of Daniel, which has its fulfillment under the 6th seal. Now we stated earlier that the revelation of the 5th seal is one of the keys to a right understanding of the things written in the remainder of the book of Revelation. It was Jews that Hitler killed in such a mass slaughter, not gentiles. This great persecution caused a large number of the other Jews to go home, (back to the land promised to Abraham), and this was the beginning of that little season, in which Jesus stated in Matthew 24, “this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.” Therefore, we can safely say that there are those living in this generation that will live to see the windup of all that is written in this book. The 6th seal shows us what God’s wrath will be like when that week of time begins to run out. Armageddon will be in full swing by this time. The communistic forces from the East will have come up to take them a spoil, and when they come into that valley they will meet up with the communist forces from the West. Each camp will have the desire burning within their souls to gain the preeminence of world recognition. The battle that takes place there has been talked about for many years by people of the world as well as the Christians. They have looked at it only as a battle where the armies of the beast systems of the world would gather together and fight against God at the end of the week of Daniel, but that is not the picture that we see as we study the scriptures. Actually the battle is raging in the last few months of that week, so that it all becomes a rotten stinking mess by the end of the week when Jesus is seen coming to earth on a white horse, and the armies that were in heaven following him on white horses. The 6th seal fulfillment comes into focus at this time. God will pour out his wrath on this already bloody mass in such a vindictive way that kings, and captains and great and might men, slaves and free me, are to be seen fleeing to the mountains and to the caves, calling for the rocks to fall on them and hide them from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. Therefore, we must see the events of the 6th seal as the closing out of the 70th week of Daniel, and the ending of the battle of Armageddon. This is when Jesus will be revealed from heaven in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, referred to in the scripture as the day of the Lord (Isa. 13, Matt. 24, 2 Thess. 2). Remember now, the 6th seal does not belong to Laodicean church age, nor the little season. Even though God let this revelation be known to the bride people here in the latter years of Laodicea, it absolutely will not be fulfilled till that week has run its course. When we come to the 7th chapter we see two events of the week of Daniel, first we see that there are 144,000 Jews sealed with the knowledge of who Jesus Christ really is. We see also in the 7th chapter a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, clothed with white robes giving glory to God. Let us first examine verses 1-8, where we see four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds. Then we see another angel ascending from the east having the seal of the living God, and crying with a loud voice to the other four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea. Saying Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. We find then that the servants which are sealed are the 144,000 Jews (twelve thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel), that we later see over in the 14th chapter standing on Mount Zion with the Lamb, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. Now to come back to the four angels that are seen holding back the four winds, we believe that the winds that they are holding are the winds of world conflict, especially there in the middle east. These are winds that will whip up the setting for Armageddon once they are turned loose. But this angel ascending from the east, (which is the angel of time, time always moves from east to the west) will not give permission for those winds to blow until after the 144,000 have been sealed. The 144,000 Jews will be sealed by the Holy Ghost as a result of the ministry of the two prophets seen in chapter eleven. This cannot take place until after God is finished with the Gentiles, and God is not finished with the Gentiles until after the 7th seal is broken, and Jesus is seen in angelic form coming to the earth with a little scroll open in his hand. Now can you begin to see why this book has been such a mystery to the average church going person? It takes the Holy Ghost to reveal it and set the events in order. We find 6 of the 7 seals recorded in chapter 6, and we know what these first six hold revelation wise, but we find that there is a wide gap between each seal in fulfillment. We have already covered the first five in the order that they are written, but now we must take our time and try to lay these next events out so that every person who receives this message will be able to see the events of the remainder of this book in their order of fulfillment.
The 7th seal is not broken until we get to the 8th chapter verse 1, and we have already seen in chapter 7:1-8 the 144,000 sealed, and they are sealed by the two prophets’ ministry in the first 3 ½ years of the week of Daniel. “Now saints, I am trying to say this in a way that you can understand what I see as I study the scripture.” Remember now, chapter 6 verse 11 we find the beginning of a little season which must mark time between fulfillment of the 5th seal, (which was the slaughtering of those by Hitler), and the slaughter of another group of Jews in the last 3 ½ years of that week of Daniel. All of the rest of the book from chapter 6:12, all the way through chapter 18 belongs to God’s dealing with the Jews in the week of Daniel, with the exception of chapter 8 verse 1, which is the opening of the 7th seal with the half hour of silence, and chapter 10 which shows Jesus coming to earth in angelic form with a little scroll open in his hand. When he had set one foot upon the sea and the other foot on the earth he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth. This is his way of identifying himself, (The Lion of the Tribe of Judah) and showing his authority. Now there was not actually a huge angel standing with one foot on the sea and the other on the earth, this is symbolic, showing his authority. The little scroll in his hand is open, which shows that all of the seals have now been broken, and he has come for the contents of the scroll. The names that are written within are the names of all the people that he, (as high priest and mediator) has interceded for while he sat there on the mercy seat for almost 2000 years. Now he is on earth in spirit form to claim them. Just as he had finished crying with a loud voice, seven thunders are heard uttering their voices, John was about to write what he had heard from the seven thunders, but a voice from heaven instructed him to seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. How foolish for some to say that we cannot know what was uttered by the seven thunders, John was in the spirit when he heard them, and even though John is dead, the spirit that was on him is not dead. When the time comes for the bride to know what those thunders uttered, God will have a human vessel here on earth that he can communicate with, in the same way that he did with John (in the spirit). The message in those thunders will be for the bride, and when she receives it her time here on earth will be running out. Laodicea, and the little season will be running out also. We have been holding our finger at the end of verse 11 of chapter 6, now we can take chapter 8 verse 1, and chapter 10:1-11 and insert them in chapter 6 where the 5th seal left off.
WEEK OF DANIEL STARTS
We can now return to chapter 8:2-13 where we see angels with trumpets. The plagues that were cast upon the earth by those first three trumpet angels correspond perfectly with the ministry of the two prophets of chapter 11 who will prophesy one thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth. The prophesying of these two will take place in the first half of Daniels 70th week and will be the ministry that will seal the 144,000 in chapter 7, therefore, let us take verse 1-6 of chapter 11, and lay them over verses 2-13 of chapter 8, then lay that over verses 1-8 of chapter 7, and insert them next in chapter 6 ahead of verse 12. Now you notice we held back verses 9-17 of chapter 7 which deals with a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, which were standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. These are tribulation saints. John was told that these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. This takes place in the last half of the week. The rapture takes place somewhere about the time that week of Daniel begins. The bride will be gone, but that great host of foolish virgins will be left here to face that beastly system as it begins to bring in a new world order. Six, six, six will be the order of the day. These poor foolish virgins had been kept so busy with denominational programs they had no time to answer God’s call to be a part of the bride of Christ. God has a standard of righteousness that the bride will come to, but the foolish virgins will be those that realized too late that there is virtue in the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that God requires the bride to be a separated people. God will not accept seconds in the bride of Christ, she will be first class or she will be left here to face the tribulation. When the beast system confronts those that are left behind, then it will be known who the foolish virgins are. They will be faced with the greatest decision of their lives when they either accept the mark of the beast and damnation, or they will refuse to take the mark (for to take the mark is to deny faith in Christ, and renounce God) and have their heads cut off to seal their testimony. John saw the bride in heaven wearing fine linen, clean and white (which is the righteousness of saints), while the foolish virgins were on earth giving their lives in martyrdom. God purges the spots and wrinkles from their robes in the fire of tribulation. They had the robes already, which shows that somewhere they had come in contact with the gospel and had a salvation experience, but failed to make themselves ready. (See chapter 19:1-8) John saw the bride arrayed in fine linen. In John’s day linen was the most costly of all materials know to man which shows that the bride was dressed in the best clothing that could possibly be found. We find also in this 19th chapter that the bride had made herself ready, she had not waited for some instantaneous miracle on the part of God to get her dressed. She had lived a life of dressing herself in righteousness. It was necessary to go to the 19th chapter for a comparison between the bride which was taken up, and the foolish virgins which were left to face martyrdom. But we are not placing the 19th chapter with chapter 7 in fulfillment. Chapter 19 must be left to fall in with chapter 20, 21, 22, which will complete the book. There are many who will say they do not believe the book of Revelation is to be understood, but I ask you, why would God waste space in his book with something that could not be understood? I have said it before and I will say it again, the book of Revelation is God’s love letter to the bride of Christ. It was never meant for denominational churches to see and understand what is written in this book. It was reserved for the bride here at the end of the age. She is the only people that could benefit by knowing what these things are all about. No other age was ever faced with the responsibility that rests upon the bride in this present hour. When the events of the 5th seal took place, it set in motion a time factor, (called a little season), in which God sent a messenger, with a message that was to call a people out of denominations, and back to the Word of God where he could speak to them by his spirit once again concerning the book which he had written. We are living in the generation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, where he said, “when you see these things come to pass, this generation shall not pass till all these things have be fulfilled.” The bride will know what is going to take place over in the week of Daniel, even though it will not affect her. We read in chapter 10 verse 7, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. What mystery? The mystery age that had been hid to prophets of old, but was revealed to the apostle Paul according to Eph. 3:1-12, Col. 1:26-27. While the message of the seventh angel messenger is still echoing around the earth we are made to understand, this is the message that God will call his bride people to. It is the message that will close the mystery age. The message we are referring to is the message delivered to this age by God’s prophet messenger, William Marrion Branham. His message of returning back to the faith of our spiritual fathers, who were founded on the unadulterated word of God, has marked a time, and set in motion a trend of apostasy in the denominational church world that will lead to spiritual death for those who reject that message. As apostasy runs rampant in the church world we can already see that beast system rising up for the antichrist to set at the head of in the dark hour of time just ahead. In verse 8 chapter 10 we read where John is told to go take the little scroll out of the hand of him which standeth with one foot upon the sea and the other foot on the earth, verse 9 he is told to eat it up, and that it would be sweet as honey in his mouth but bitter in his stomach or belly, John took it and ate it as he had been instructed to do. It was also said to John that he must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues and kings. Now I believe those words, but I do not believe John was up there in heaven in the spirit literally eating paper, nor do I believe that he was to fulfill verse 11 in person. This was all symbolic. It had something to do with spiritual understanding of what he saw and heard. Our spiritual system is somewhat like our natural system when it comes to eating. There are times when we travel to an unfamiliar part of the world and begin to eat their foot and drink their water, it sometimes will have an upsetting effect on our digestive system. We get heart burn, sour stomach, etc. To eat spiritual food is to hear and understand, to digest spiritual food is to absorb it with the mind and feed it into our spirit. When we have been eating the same old denominational food year after year till our system has grown used to it, and then we are caught up into a different realm and fed something by revelation it may have an upsetting effect on our spiritual digestive system, but we just keep on eating till our system gets used to this new type of food. I do not believe John will be resurrected to fulfill verse 11 where it was said that he must prophesy before many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. I believe that same spirit that was on John will be someone living here at the end of this age, who will see and understand what John received but was not permitted to write. John could not be allowed to write down what the thunders uttered. This was for the bride to know when it draws close to the time for her to be taken. As for the half hour of silence in heaven when the 7th seal was opened. I do not know whether this pertains to 30 minutes, 30 hours, 30 days or what. That doesn’t matter. The thing that really matters is that not even the angels of heaven know when he will receive authority from the Father to open that seal, and leave the mercy seat where he has sat for almost 2000 years. Why wouldn’t it cause a hushed silence in heaven where all those angels have been constantly watching that throne ever since the little season was mentioned if Jesus after 2000 years, would be seen opening that last seal, and leaving the mercy seat? You would stand in silent amazement waiting to see what was going to happen next. You may be sure of this one thing, when that little season has run its course, and Jesus opens that last seal, it will be time for the last week of time allotted to the Jews to start. The bride cannot be here long after that. All of the intercessory work that was ever needed will have been accomplished when he leaves that mercy seat. The theory held by some that the bride could be raptured two or three years before the week starts is just plain nonsense. God does not work like that. It would make more sense to believe that there could be a little overlapping of time than to believe that God would leave such a gap in between. We see the apostle Paul writing in the 2nd letter to the Thessalonians (chapter 2:1-12) that the day of our gathering together unto him, (Jesus Christ for the rapture) shall not come except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. He will come on the scene as a great man of much wisdom, a man looked upon by the world as one who has all the right answers to the problems facing mankind the world over. Apostasy will be gaining momentum on every hand, and because the people of these world systems have no love for the truth, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie and be damned. Paul was not saying that the bride would be here to go through the tribulation. He was simply stating that she would still be here on earth to see that beastly system rising up. Certainly we have been seeing this take place to some degree already. It just has not been introduced to the world yet. I wish to say to the reader, that the arrangement of the scriptures in which you are about to read are the true order of fulfillment. The Lord revealed to John the revelation in such a manner so that its message would not be understood until the time of the end. The first three chapters cover the seven church ages. The fourth and fifth chapters is when John is taken up into heaven, which is a type of the rapture or translation of the saints, that is to take place at the end of the seventh church age, which is the closing of the Grace Age to the Gentiles. The seventieth week of Daniel will start with the Jews. We notice also in the second and third chapters that the Lord Jesus himself mentioned the seven churches of Asia, in the order that each one would correspond to, in its respective age. Therefore there is no need to rearrange them as they are in order for fulfillment. The reader must also understand that the little season mentioned in the 5th Seal Revelation Ch. 6:11 is the last few years of the Laodicean church age starting some time between 1939-1945, and ending with the 70th week of Daniel being in fulfillment and this little season will probably not last any longer than a generation to fulfill the words of Jesus in Matthew Ch. 24:32-34. The sixth chapter records the first six seals that will be revealed on earth shortly before the grace age ends, by the Laodicean church age messenger who will be the Elijah spirit according to Malachi Ch. 4:5-6, (B part) and the angel messenger of Revelation Ch. 10:7. It is therefore with chapter six that I wish to start my work on the arrangements of the scriptures which are contained in the letter of Revelation. We are now living in that little season of time, therefore we know that the coming of the Lord Jesus is getting very close and we believe that soon the Anti-Christ will come on the scene and usher in the 70th week of Daniel Chapter 9:27.
1-2 And I saw when the Lamb opened on of the Seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, One of the beast saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a white horse; and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him; and he went forth conquering and to conquer.
Note: (This was the spirit of the anti-christ riding against the church at the closing of the first church age. See 2nd Thess. Ch. 2:7, also 1st John 4:1, 2nd John 1:7.)
3-4 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, come and see. And there went out another horse that was red; and power was given to him that sat there on to take peace from the earth. And that they should kill one another; and there was given unto him a great Sword.
Note: (This is the same Devil spirit trying to kill off the Christians. This was the age of Martyrdom. Compare Revelation Ch. 2:8-11.)
5 And when he had opened the third Seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see, and I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Note: (This is the same Devil Spirit, anti-christ spirit in Roman Catholicism in the dark ages selling the word of God through church creeds and rituals. But could not touch the Holy Ghost. This brought spiritual death to mankind. Compare this to the fourth parable of Matthew Ch. 13:33. This brought the dark ages in world history.)
7-8 And when he had opened the fourth Seal, I heard the voice of the Fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Note: (This is the same spirit of Anti-Christ part truth and part error Roman Catholicism & Protestantism merging together for the end False Unity – Apostate Christianity spoken by Paul in 2nd Thess. Ch. 2:3. Compare to Revelation Ch. 13. Actually the fulfillment of this fourth seal will have its great climax at the end of the age as the world council of churches merge completely with Catholicism, therefore, it would be in order to move the fourth seal to a place between the fifth and sixth seal where it would coincide with Ch. 13:11-18 in fulfillment.)
9-10 And when he had opened the fifth Seal. I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How Long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto everyone of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Note: (There are the souls of the Jews, killed by Hitler during World War 2. The years of 1939-1945. This was done in order to get the Jews ready to go home to fulfill all prophecies and the 70th week of Daniel. It is during the time of this little season mentioned here in the fifth seal that God would send a prophet messenger to the gentile church, whose message would restore the gentile bride church back to the word of God. The Apostolic truth which is the faith of our fathers. His message would also close the grace age and complete the great mystery of God, which was hidden to the old testament prophets, but revealed to Paul. See Eph. Ch. 3:1-9, Col. 1:26-27. It is at this time that I want the reader of this work to study carefully. The sixth Seal is not to be in the number order as one would think. It belongs to the tribulation period. Because Christ comes under the sixth Seal. The events of the sixth Seal are the climax of all that takes place in the week of Daniel, this is when Christ comes with his saints, pouring out the wrath of God on this earth, which will bring an end t the reign of the beast system, also climax Armageddon and usher in the Millennium, therefore we must go from 6:11 to 8:1, which is the opening of the seventh seal and apply that to 10:1-11 to complete the portion dealing with the Gentiles before the week of Daniel can begin.)
Revelation Ch. 8:1
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open; and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth; and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven.
6 And sware by him that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And when I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10 And I took the little book out of the angels hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Note: (The grace age ends with the events of Ch. 10 completing the mystery of God spoken of by Paul in Eph. Ch. 3. The next thing on the prophetic calender will be the opening of the week of time referred to in Daniel Ch. 9:27, which is a seven year period of time allotted to God’s dealing with the Jews. By this time the anti-christ which is the man of sin of 2 Thess. Ch. 2 will have been manifested to the world, and Rome will again be in power. The two prophets of Ch. 11:1-6 will be on the scene manifesting the events of Ch. 7:1-8, and Ch. 8:2-13. In the first two verses of Chapter 11, John is told to measure the temple, in 2 Thess. Ch. 2:4, the anti-christ is seen sitting in the temple as God, which lets us know that the temple will have to be built by then to fulfill this scripture.)
Revelation Chapter 11:1-6 (Read Zech. 4:11-14)
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod, and the angel stood saying, rise, and measure the temple of God, and the alter and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not, for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlestick standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies; and if any man hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy; and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2-3 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our Gods in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribes of Judah were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribes of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand, and of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7-8 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Note: (These are tribulation saints killed by the beast, consisting of Jews and Gentile foolish virgins.)
9-10 After this I beheld, and lo a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb clothed with white robes. And palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying, salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God.
12 Saying Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Note: (the seven angels with their trumpets bring judgment to Israel. The conditions brought about by the first three angels sounding is the plagues which the two prophets will plague Israel with during the first three and one half years.)
2 And I saw seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
5 and the angel took the censer, and filed it with fire of the altar; and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Note:(This is the result of the heavens being shut, that it rain not. This is the ministry of Elijah.)
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
TIME OF GREAT PLAGUES BEGIN
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died, and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
Note: (This is a sign of the Moses ministry, as seen back in Exodus, when God sent him to Pharaoh.)
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers; and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood: and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Note: (This is one of the great plagues that Moses & Elijah will smith the earth with. These plagues will occur in the middle East.)
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars. So as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone note for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
Note: (This is the sign of the anti-christ, the middle of Daniels 70th week has arrived.)
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
THE ANTI-CHRIST BREAKS HIS COVENANT
Note: (He breaks his covenant with Israel. See Daniel Ch. 9:27 also Daniel Ch. 12. This marks the middle of the week of Daniel. It is at this time, which starts the 42 month of Revelation Ch. 13, also the times-times-dividing of times of Daniel Ch. 7 also a time of trouble known as the abomination that maketh desolate referred to by Jesus in Matthew Ch. 24. It is at this time that the great tribulation starts, also the time of Jacob’s trouble. Jeremiah Ch. 30)
LOCUSTS IN SCRIPTURE REPRESENT DESTRUCTIVE ENEMIES
Note: (The first woe goes into effect, as the bottomless pit is opened. Hell is turned loose on earth. Evil is allowed to have its way. As Satan becomes the Spirit that rules in full force.)
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit; as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3-4 And there came out of the smoke, locusts upon the earth and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6-7 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle, and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8-9 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as teeth of lions. They had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails, and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Note: THE FIRST WOE IS NOW HAVING ITS EFFECT.
12 One woe is past; and behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Note: (The second woe is the killing of the two prophets, which is done by the Anti-Christ, who is the beast man, of Revelations Ch. 13, also the man of sin, 2nd Thess. Ch. 2:3-4, also the little prince of Daniel Ch. 9:26.)
Note: (The three woes go into effect at the same time; all are conditions brought on by Satan & the Anti-Christ, starting in the middle of Daniels seventieth week. As the great Roman beast system comes back into power the healing of the head is the restoration of Papal power back to the Pope. This pope will possess all the powers that the popes did in the 10, 11, 12, 13, 14th centuries. But was wounded by the reformation.)
Note: (THE KILLING OF THE TWO PROPHETS AT THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK IS THE 2ND WOE.)
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them, which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand; and the remnant were affrighted; and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and behold the third woe cometh quickly.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a Lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
SIX, SIX, SIX, THE SOON TO COME-MARK OF THE BEAST
Note:(The third woe is the persecution of Israel during the last half of the week. But God gives her a hiding place for that space of time. The two wings of an eagle are the 2 messages of the prophets that she was warned by during the first half of the week. We have placed Chapter 13 ahead of Chapter 12 for in it we see the beast rising to power and the image coming up to join with the first beast for the persecution and mass slaughter of all who will not take the mark and fall in line with that system. In Ch. 12:6 we see the woman fleeing the wrath of this beast, and 12:11 Jews and foolish virgins being martyred.)
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars;
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child, was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Note: (The Grace Age falls in here between the resurrection of Jesus and the seventieth week.)
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast into the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Note: (In Chapter 12:1 we see a picture of Israel, (the woman,) showing in one panoramic view the nation all the way through her law age and over into her Millennial glory with Christ. Verses 2-5 show her impregnated with the prophecies of her ancient prophets concerning a man child, (Christ) who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron also a great dragon ready to devour the child once he is born. This was the devil incorporated in the old Roman Empire which crucified Christ and caused him to be caught up unto God when he was resurrected, Verse 5. The grace age fits in between Verses 5 and 6, then Verse 6 brings us back to the middle of the week of Daniel where the woman is seen fleeing into the place where God has prepared her for the next 42 months.)
Note: (The sounding of the sixth angel sets loose conditions in the middle east, which prepares for Armageddon that will be fought in the end of the week.)
13 And 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 which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were to hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by theses plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Note: (The 144,000 will preach the last gospel ever to be preached to the world. They will preach judgment to Catholicism and condemn Atheism and materialism. The effects are in the following scriptures.)
THE LAMB AND HIS COMPANY
1 And I looked, and, lo a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders; and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These were they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Note: (The preaching of the 144,000 Jews will condemn the commercial system of Catholicism. The bride of Jesus Christ cannot be doing this, for when this is taking place on earth she will be in heaven.)
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Note: (The Doom of Babylon)
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of ever unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her hearth, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more;
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing.
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets: for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall the great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Note:(This is a picture of the World Best system headed up under Old Rome, the pope being the Main of Sin-the Anti-Christ-the false prince-with Catholicism riding on its back. Ready to be destroyed by the 10 horned nations of Europe, the territory of the old Roman Empire. As the week of Daniel comes to a close, the political forces of these nations will turn to communism and destroy Catholicism, to fulfill the word of God, (Rev. 17:16) We have placed the 18th chapter ahead of chapter 17, for in it we see the 144,000 who started their ministry in the 14th Chapter continuing to condemn that beast system, calling for the people of God to come out of her and escape the plagues that are to come upon her. Chapter 17 identifies her and shows her destruction as far as her spiritual identity when she is swallowed up by communism in the 16th Verse. Both of these chapters are placed ahead of Chapter 16, for it is the one that shows the wrath of God being poured out upon all of that ungodly mess that is left. The seventh vial of Ch. 16, is the literal coming of Christ to earth for the windup of it all, therefore we must insert Chapter 15, which shows the martyred saints from the great tribulation, both Jews and Gentile foolish virgins, also the 14th Chapter 14-20, which announces the time for Christ to come and thrust in his sickle. At this time we can return to Chapter 6:12-17 for this is the sixth seal which has its fulfillment when Christ comes in Ch. 16, but just ahead of Chapter 16, we will insert Ch. 11:15-19, where we see the seventh angel announcing the end by saying the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever. After Chapter 16, Chapters 19-22 will have their fulfillment in the order that they are written in the Bible.)
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had seven vials and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been 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 sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore dist thou marvel? I will tell the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet it.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou saweth are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet: but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou saweth, where the whore sitteth are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest in that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Note: (As the week of Daniel begins to come to the close, this is the spirits of tribulation saints now in heaven. Jewish and Gentile having been martyred on earth by the Anti-Christ.)
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Note: (The 70th week of Daniel is now drawing to a close, the man of sin has fulfilled his elected time of 42 month. The Devil has been worshiped through hi false peace system, the ear is red with the blood of martyred saints. The Lord Jesus in heaven is preparing for the windup of Armageddon, the fact that he has a golden crown shows that He is now King of kings, and His bride is in heaven with Him.)
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto 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 that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And 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, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Note: (The sixth Seal closes the tribulation and ushers in the Day of the Lord, Isaiah Ch. 13, Matthew Ch. 24, See Joel; The Sixth Seal announces Wrath.)
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens 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 that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Note: (It is the seventh angel that announces the end. By saying the Kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of our Lord, he also announces the wrath of God.)
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Note: (Now starts the day of His wrath which shall fulfill all things ever spoken of by the prophets of Old or the apostles of the New Testament.)
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud
voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.