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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."

  • The First Seal - Religious deception and persecution (Revelation 6:1-2)

  • The Second Seal - War (Revelation 6:3-4)

  • The Third Seal - Famine (Revelation 6:5-6)

  • The Fourth Seal - Pestilence (Revelation 6:7-8)

The Four Horsemen

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?).

  • The Fifth Seal - Tribulation and martyrdom of true Christians (Revelation 6:9-11)

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).

Signs in the heavens

  • The Sixth Seal - Signs in the heavens (Revelation 6:12-17)

Then, the Seventh Seal, with its seven trumpets, and seven bowls / vials. The last three trumpets are known as the "three woes."

  • The Seventh Seal (Revelation 8:1-2)

    • The First Trumpet (Revelation 8:6-7)

    • The Second Trumpet (Revelation 8:8-9)

    • The Third Trumpet (Revelation 8:10-11)

    • The Fourth Trumpet (Revelation 8:12)

    • The Fifth Trumpet / First Woe (Revelation 9:1-11)

    • The Sixth Trumpet / Second Woe (Revelation 9:13-21)

    • The Seventh Trumpet / Third Woe

      • The First Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:2)

      • The Second Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:3)

      • The Third Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:4-7)

      • The Fourth Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:8-9)

      • The Fifth Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:10-11)

      • The Sixth Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:12-16)

      • The Seventh Bowl / Vial (Revelation 16:17-21)

So it is that we can now follow the course of the seals, trumpets and vials as we read through the Holy Scriptures.

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.

8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

8:3 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. 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

8:7 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.

8:8 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; 8:9 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.

8:10 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; 8:11 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.

8:12 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 not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

8:13 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!" (Revelation 8:1-13 KJV)

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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).

The Roman Empire

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.

Battle of Chrysler's Farm

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.

John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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).


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