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Friday, November 11 2016
Revelation 8: The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return
"Fall on us and hide us from the Face of Him who sits on the Throne and from the Wrath of The Lamb! For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
When the Messiah returned to Heaven in triumph (see The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne), God gave Him a prophetic scroll (see Who Is Worthy To Have The Scroll?) in which was written all that will be done when the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) returns to restore the Paradise that existed when the Earth was created. Unfortunately, the antichrist politics and religions of humanity (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and The Signature Of The Antichrist) are not going to welcome His "Thy Kingdom Come" rule. So, the return will be accomplished with great power and wrath.
The rolled scroll has seven successive sections, each of which will be unsealed as the scroll is opened. The seventh seal is exponentially greater because it is divided into seven trumpets, and then the seventh trumpet is further divided into seven "bowls," or "vials." The return of Jesus Christ will happen during the seventh trumpet.
The first four seals are commonly known as the "four horsemen of the apocalypse."
Then, as Satan's deceived world attempts to fight, terrible persecution will be inflicted upon those who hold true to the Word of God (see Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire? and Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?).
Next, as the Messiah's return draws nearer, those of unrepentant humanity will begin to look up at great signs in the heavens that will cause the most arrogant to seek shelter: "Fall on us and hide us from the Face of Him who sits on the Throne and from the Wrath of The Lamb! For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who can stand?" (Revelation 6:12-17). God's true people will have no fear as their salvation draws near; for them, it will be a deliverance from evil (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day).
Then, the Seventh Seal, with its seven trumpets, and seven bowls / vials. The last three trumpets are known as the "three woes."
So it is that we can now follow the course of the seals, trumpets and vials as we read through the Holy Scriptures.
"8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
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This Day In History, November 11
308: In an attempt to restore order to the unraveling Roman Empire, Emperor Diocletian met with Galerius, Augustus of the East, and Maximianus, the recently returned former Augustus of the West (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The Roman Roman Empire nevertheless fell and was superseded, historically and prophetically, by the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1100: King Henry I of England (the word "king" originated from a term that meant the head of a kin i.e. a family patriarch; the original meaning of "patriotism" was to be loyal to the king; see The Patriotism Prophecy) married Matilda of Scotland, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland.
1417: Unity of the Church of Rome's papacy was recovered with the election of Martin V. The Great Western Schism, beginning in 1378, resulted in a pope in Rome, another in Avignon, France and a third established by the Council of Pisa (see The Struggle For The Papacy).
1500: Louis XII of France and Ferdinand of Aragon signed the secret Treaty of Granada for the conquest and partition of Naples.
1572: Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed a bright "new star" in Cassiopeia, shining as brightly as Venus. He continued to observe the super nova (a star which has exploded after all of its fuel has been used up) for 18 months as it slowly faded.
1606: A peace treaty was signed at Zeita-Torok between the Turks and Austrians.
1620: The Mayflower Compact was signed by the English pioneers who became known as the "Pilgrims" (to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim," see The Pilgrims).
1673: Poland's King John Sobieski defeated the Turks at Korzim, Poland.
1805: The Battle of Durenstein during the Napoleonic Wars (named after Napoleon Bonaparte). 8,000 French troops attempted to slow the retreat of a much larger Russian and Austrian force.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), 900 British troops and Canadian militia and natives repelled 8,000 U.S. invaders at the Battle of Chrysler's Farm near Cornwall, Ontario. Along with other defeats and stalemates during the previous months, it forced the U.S. to abandon their campaign of obliterating Canada as a nation and annexing Canadian territory into the U.S. (two actually-stated goals by U.S. President James Madison when he declared the start of the war in 1812). The battle site was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1920.
1918: The armistice was signed to end The First World War (1914-1918) in which over 10 million people were killed.
Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian army medical officer, wrote the poem In Flanders Fields while overlooking the grave of a fellow officer at Ypres, Belgium. The poem first appeared in Punch magazine December 8 1915. McCrae himself did not survive the war.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
1953: The polio virus was identified and photographed for the first time.
1971: The U.S. ratified a treaty to return the island of Okinawa to Japan (although the U.S. maintains large military bases in Japan to this day).
1972: The U.S. turned over its large base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. participation in the Vietnam Civil War.
1973: A cease-fire agreement was signed between Israel and Egypt (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1975: The African nation of Angola became independent from Portugal.
1982: Polish "Solidarity" union leader Lech Walesa was released from 11 months of detention in a state-owned hunting lodge.
1992: The Church of England voted to allow women to be ordained as priests. Women were already allowed to become priests in 11 branches of the Anglican Church, including Canada and the U.S. (the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the British Monarch, is also at the present time a woman, Queen Elizabeth II).