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Thursday, September 21 2017
The Feast Of Trumpets: The Father's Scroll For The Messiah's Return
"Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation"
When the Messiah returned to heaven (see The Messiah's Returns - To Heaven And Earth) and appeared before The Throne of God (see The Messiah's Atonement Of Passover At God's Throne), He saw the Father holding a scroll ("book"). A mighty angel then declared a question: Who is worthy to receive the scroll from the Father's Hand?
"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
The Messiah was then declared to be the only worthy recipient of the scroll, "For thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."
"5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)
The "book" was a rolled scroll, with seven successive sections, each of which needed to be unsealed as the scroll was opened. Although the opening of each seal in turn describes a spectacular prophecy, the seventh seal (as we will read in the next studies) is far 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 (see the Fact Finder question to understand the connection between the return of Jesus Christ and a "Trumpet").
The first four seals are commonly known as the "four horsemen of the apocalypse." The four horsemen are self-explanatory - religious deception ("a white horse" - not to be confused with the white horse that will be ridden by Jesus Christ at His return; see Revelation 19:11-21 and Two White Horses) and military aggression ("another horse that was red"), followed by the inevitable result of the devastation of aggression - famine ("a black horse") and pestilence ("a pale horse").
"6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 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.
The religious, political and military rampage of the antichrist "beast" (see The Signature Of The Antichrist) as depicted by the "four horsemen" of the first four seals, will result in a great persecution of true Christians (see Why Are True Prophets Hated? Why Are False Prophets Loved?).
"6:9 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: 6:10 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? 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Revelation 6:9-11 KJV)
The sixth seal will begin the Messiah's wrath upon those of humanity who regard themselves above God's Law (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?). Humans are going to learn what "superpower" really means: "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; 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: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
"6:12 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; 6:13 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. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Fact Finder: What "trumpet" will sound when the Messiah returns?
This Day In History, September 21
454: Flavius Aetius, Roman general and statesman, died. He was a commander against the Hunnish, Frankish, Burgundian and Gothic tribes of central Europe (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
455: Amidst the decline and fall of the original Roman Empire, Emperor Avitus entered Rome with a Gallic army to unify his rule. Over the following centuries, the prophetic Roman Empire was continued by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1451: Jews in the Netherlands were forced to wear an identifying badge (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1520: Suleiman "the Magnificent" became the Ottoman sultan. The Ottoman Empire held Jerusalem for centuries before it was liberated by the British during the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate; also listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1435: Charles VII of France and Philip the Good agreed to end the alliance between the English and Burgundy in the Hundred Years' War.
1643: Abahai, Chinese military leader and emperor, died at age 51. He established the Ch'ing Dynasty that ruled China from 1644 to 1911.
1745: The Battle of Prestonpans. Hanoverian forces under Sir John Cope were defeated by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
1792: The First French Republic was proclaimed when the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1897: The New York Sun published its famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" (the present-day lie of "Santa Claus" was invented in New York; the myth of the "jolly old elf" was based upon a violent, fanatical Turkish bishop of the Church of Rome who lived centuries earlier; see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1915: The ancient stone monuments at Stonehenge were sold at auction to an Englishman, who later donated the site to the nation.
1931: Britain went off the gold standard i.e. currency was of monetary value based solely upon the government's word.
1934: A typhoon struck western Honshu, Japan, killing over 3,000 people.
1938: A hurricane struck parts of New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
1949: The People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist revolutionary leaders Mao Tse-Tung.
1949: Germany was officially split into 2 separate countries - West Germany (under western allies control) and East Germany (under the control of the Soviet Union). The division of Germany didn't last, as it never did before (see (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1964: Malta became independent from the United Kingdom.
1972: As a response to his losing control of his U.S.-backed dictatorship, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signed a proclamation to place the Philippines under martial law.
1978: Two Soviet cosmonauts set a space endurance record after 96 days in orbit.
1991: Armenia became independent from the Soviet Union.
1993: Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspended Parliament and discarded the constitution, thereby beginning the Russian constitutional crisis of that year.