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But in the days of the sounding of the 7thangel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as he declared to His servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7).
The seventh trumpet sounds and a mystery will be revealed. It is a mystery that was long ago given to the prophets of God. So what is the mystery that is to be revealed and who were those prophets that it was revealed to?
When we read the book of Revelation, we will see the number seven is used many times. Let’s have a look at them:
1. In Chapter 2 we are told of 7 churches.
2. In Chapter 6 we have the 7 Seals
3. In Chapters 8 & 9 we have 7 trumpets, but we don’t read about the 7thtrumpet until Revelation Chapter 11 v 15.
4. There are also 7 thunders in (Revelation 10:3-4).
You will notice that of these series of 7’s cover about the same time period from the first century Christian era until present day.During the time John wrote the book of Revelation, Ephesus was the 1stcentury church and the 7thchurch, Laodicea describes the condition of the church today.
I intend to look at the seven seals in a later sermon however, when we take a look at the seals in Revelation Chapter 6, the first seal shows the gospel going forward with great power. When you get to the 6thseal it brings us up to the second coming of Christ, where a question in Verse 17 is asked:
“For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
This question is answered in Revelation Chapter 7, which describes a group of people with the seal of God in their foreheads. These are the ones who will stand when Jesus returns. These are the 144,000. This brings us to where I am going to start today.
Chapter 8, starting at Verse 1.
8:1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was *silence in heaven for about the space of **half an hour.
*When the seventh seal is opened Jesus and the Angels return to the earth to open the graves and reclaim lost souls to take back to heaven. Every Angel leaves to come to earth with Jesus, therefore the only one left is God himself, so heaven is silent.
**In prophetic time 1 year is equivalent to a Hebrew calendar year, which was 360 days, (See also Numbers 14:34), consequently 24 hours would be equivalent to 1 prophetic day, therefore if we divide 24 hours by 360 we get 15 days, so a half hour is around a week or 7 days.
So does this time period tells us that it takes 7 days for Jesus and the angels to come to earth and 7 days to go back again? No! The return of Jesus and the angels to this earth is but a matter of minutes but the return of the redeemed to heaven appears to take 7 earthly days. It may be that Jesus wants to reveal something important to the redeemed before we get to heaven. Of course we will be looking forward in anticipation to get to heaven because we know that God Himself is waiting to reveal Himself to us.
7 Angels with 7 Trumpets
So now to verse 2 through 6, where we are told about the 7 angels with the 7 trumpets. These are God’s angels who are commissioned to make important announcements. The use of a trumpet in the past was used to announce a war, a calling to judgement or some important event. The walls of Jericho fell after the trumpets blasted around the city and even today trumpets are still used on Royal occasions, or to start international games. These 7 trumpets represent certain judgments that are to come upon the earth.
Let’s read from Verse 2-6:
8:2. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God and to them were given 7 trumpets. 8:3. Then another angel having a golden censer came and stood t the altar and he was given much incense that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar, which was before the throne.
8:4. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.
8:5. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thundering’s, lightening’s and an earthquake.
8:6. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
For those who have studied the Sanctuary, you will know that the earthly sanctuary is a shadow of the heavenly sanctuary! In the earthly sanctuary there were three articles of furniture in the first compartment of the sanctuary, which was known as the Holy Place. These were:
1. The table of showbread.
2. The seven-branch candlestick.
3. The altar of incense.
John was looking into the first compartment of the heavenly sanctuary – the Holy Place. The judgments that are to take place will do so before probation closes, which is before there is a transition by Jesus from the first compartment to the second compartment. Later when the 7th trumpet sounds in Chapter 11, we get a glimpse of the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy place in the heavenly sanctuary. So between the sounding of the 6thand 7th trumpet, there is a shift of focus in the heavenly sanctuary from the first compartment to the second compartment. We will come back to this when we get to Chapter 11.
So what does the altar of incense and the smoke represent?
Verse 4 goes on to tell us these are the prayers of the saints sent up to God. This may be symbolic of the ministration of Christ for His people. Christ’s righteousness is mingled with the prayers of the saints ascending to heaven, making them acceptable to God. In verses 5 and 6 there is a change of direction. The angel takes the censer fills it will fire from the altar but he does not add any incense when he throws it down to the earth. Bible scholars have said that the next sounding of the trumpet is judgments coming upon the wicked on earth, hence there is no incense just fire, which is a symbol of judgement. This may be the time when Christ offers no more prayers to God. His intersession has ceased in the temple. Probation has closed. The voices, thundering, lightening and earthquake describe events to take place at the end of the 7th trumpet following the opening of the heavenly temple (Chapter 11:19) and the pouring out of the 7 last plagues. Then Jesus cries out from the temple: “It is done” (Chapter 16:17).
So let’s go to verse 7 of Revelation 8 and start with the first trumpet.
8:7. The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth and the third of the trees were burned up and all grass was burned up.
Many scholars believe this was a judgment that came upon Jerusalem for the role that they played in crucifying Jesus. It talks about the trees being burned up. You can read in (Luke 23) where Jesus is lead to Calvary by the Roman’s and on his journey to the cross he was pushed and beaten severely and because of the loss of blood and the weight of the cross he fell to the ground under it’s weight. The Romans pulled in a man called Simeon to carry Jesus cross as they made their winding way through to Calvary. On the way there were women who wept when they saw what the Romans were doing to Jesus. But even in his weak state Jesus took pity on these weeping women and said to them:
“Daughters of Jerusalem don’t weep for me but weep for yourselves. If the Romans do this to me when the tree is green what will they do when the tree is dry?”
The green tree represented the time that God had given to the nation of Israel. The gospel went to the Jews for 3 &1/2 years until the stoning of Stephen in 34 AD, which was the fulfilment of the 490 year prophecy in Daniel Chapter 9. The probationary period that God had given to the Jewish nation to receive the gospel, which of course they did not receive and it came to an end when Stephen was stoned. At that time God withdrew His protection of Jerusalem. This was the dry period Jesus mentioned to the weeping women. In 70 AD the Roman’s burned Jerusalem, during which time the blood of millions ran down the streets as freely as water. The Christians in Jerusalem saw the signs and fled the city before its final destruction. So the first Trumpet was the judgment that fell upon Jerusalem in 70 AD.
So now let us look at the 2ndTrumpet in verse 8.
8:8. Then the second angel sounded and something like a great mountain burned with fire was thrown into the se and a third of the sea became blood and a third of the living creatures in the sea died and a third of the ships were destroyed.
(Jeremiah 51:25), talks about a nation being represented by a great mountain, or a burning mountain. Many Bible scholars see this mountain being thrown into the sea as a judgment that came upon Rome for the role that they played in crucifying Jesus. So the first judgment is that which came upon Jerusalem and the second judgment is one that came upon Rome. The Vandals, led by their King Genseric, after being driven out of their settlements in Thrace by the Huns they migrated from the East through Gaul, now France, down into Spain. They crossed the Mediterranean and went through North Africa, which was controlled by the Roman Empire. They established a HQ in Carthage, which was on the coast of the Mediterranean and they organised a flotilla of pirate ships to go against the Roman navy. They also pillaged the coasts of Spain, Italy and Greece but preyed mostly on Roman ships. They had many successes and although the Roman Emperor Majorian had made extensive naval preparations to fight the Vandals, the Roman fleet suffered catastrophic losses and left the way open for King Genseric to enter the city of Rome, which he eventually vandalized in 445 AD.
So now we come to the 3rd Trumpet.
8:10. Then the third angel sounded. And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water, 8:11. and the name of the star is wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.
Lucifer Falls from Heaven
So what do stars in Bible prophecy represent? They represent Angels. (Revelation 1 and 12). So here is an angel that has fallen from heaven. Can you give a name to this angel? Lucifer. Jesus said that he saw Satan falling as lightening from heaven. (Luke 10:180; (Rev 12:7); (Isaiah 14:12).
So this angel fell after being kicked out of heaven, burning like a torch as he plunged to the earth symbolically landing on the rivers and springs of water.
The burning mountain in verse 8 falls upon the sea, which in Bible prophecy the sea represents multitudes, kindred’s and tongues, (Revelation 17:15), but Lucifer falls onto rivers and springs of water. Fresh water gives life. So here we have this fallen angel who comes to dilute the word of God through lies and falsehood coming into the church. This was during the dark ages after the legalization of Christianity by Constantine in 313. Many pagan practices and worship was introduced into the established church and this church began to persecute those who wished to remain faithful to God and His Word. The truth of God’s Word was corrupted and this led to the period we know as the dark ages.
In verse 11 the star is called Wormwood. This is a bitter herb and represents a poisoning of the truths of God’s Word. Some scholars also believe this to be the period of the sacking of Rome by the Huns under Attila the Hun. Attila called himself ‘The scourge of God’. The Huns entered Europe about AD 372 and settled along the lower Danube River. They moved about 300 years later raising havoc and destruction in various regions of the crumbling Roman Empire, crossing the Rhine around 451 AD. (Battle of the Catalaunian Plains) (Britannica.com). They were finally stopped by the combined armies of the Romans and Germans at Chalons, in Northern Gaul (France). (Now called Chalons-en-Champagne). Attila died in 453 AD and the Huns disappeared from history.
In verse 12 the fourth angel sounded:
8:12. Then the fourth angel sounded: and a third of the sun was struck and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them darkened; and a third of the day did not shine and likewise the night. 8:13. And I looked and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet and the three angels who are about to sound!”
We have three symbols here in verse 12:
1. The Sun
2. The Moon
3. The Stars.
In Bible prophecy, the Sun represents Jesus – the Son of Righteousness who will arise with healing in his wings. (Malachi 4:2). So a third of the Sun is darkened and a third of the moon. A third means a substantial part but not the whole.
In Revelation chapter 12 we see a picture of a woman clothed with the Sun. A woman in prophecy is a church either righteous or unrighteous. Here she is the true church clothed with the righteousness of Jesus and she is standing on the moon. The moon gets its light from the Sun, reflecting its light and we get that reflection today in His Word upon which the church of God is founded upon.
So when the Bible says a third of the sun, moon and stars were darkened; we have to ask who are the 12 stars on the crown of the woman, who is clothed with the sun and standing on the moon?
The Number 12
The number 12 is often a number associated with the Church. In the Old Testament, this was the 12 tribes, but in the New Testament it represents the 12 Apostles, which is their teaching. Many church scholars have seen in this trumpet a description of the dark ages where the truth about who Jesus is and His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary, shrouded the minds of the people in darkness. The Bible was kept from the people and only chained to the walls of monasteries and no Bible was translated into the common language. It was even against the law to posses a Bible or even a page of the Bible, so the teaching of the gospel by faith through grace, which the apostles had given, was hidden from the minds of people.
So the 4thTrumpet was the dark ages where Bible truths were hidden from the common person. This parallels with the 7 Seals and the 7 Churches.
So a short summary of what we have covered so far:
1. The First Trumpet – represents the judgment that came upon Jerusalem in 70 AD.
2. The Second Trumpet – A burning mountain represents the judgment that came upon Rome by the Vandals between 428-468 AD.
3. The Third Trumpet - The falling of the star represents a compromising of the truth when Christianity was legalised in 313 AD onwards as well as the attacks of the Huns on Rome in 451 AD.
4. And the Sun, Moon and Stars represent the dark ages, where the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, was hidden from the minds of the people.
So you now know what the first four trumpets represent.
So now let us go to Revelation Chapter 9.
9.1. Then the 5thangel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth.
Here again we have a star falling from heaven and later on it says he was given the key to the bottomless pit. More detail about the bottomless pit is given in Chapter 20 but we know it represents the domain of Satan, meaning emptiness, or desolation or his control and power.
“And to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 9:2. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 9:3. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them were given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”
We see that Satan was given the key to the bottomless pit. It appears that God has given Satan permission to release something upon the earth.
In verse 2 it says he opened the bottomless pit and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. Smoke in Bible prophecy can represent more than one thing. Earlier, in Chapter 8 I mentioned the smoke that was offered with the incense and the prayers of the saints. But smoke can also represent error or lies or deception.
In (Isaiah 9:18), it says:
“For wickedness burns as the fire, it shall devour the briers and thorns, And kindle in the thickets of the forest; They shall mount up like rising smoke..”
So this wickedness, these lies and deceptions come from the bottomless pit – which is Satan’s domain – the earth, which he took from Adam. And as we read on in verse 2, it says the Sun and the Air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. We know the smoke represents errors and lies and we know the Sun represents Jesus. Sometimes is Bible prophecy, Air is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. You will remember that when the disciples were given the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, it says there was a sound of a mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:2). So there was something released by the devil that misrepresented who Jesus is and misrepresented the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings conviction and the new birth experience. He is the third person of the Godhead. So at this time there was something that was taken away from Christ and His ministry and also clouded the work of the Holy Spirit.
Many scholars today and way back to the time of Martyn Luther, reckon that in this 5thand 6thtrumpet was the rise of Islam. The 5thtrumpet was the beginning of Islam during the time of Mohammed.
As a short background history lesson, Muhammad was born in 570 AD in the Arabian city of Mecca. His mother ‘Aminah bint Wahb’ sent him into the desert when he was a baby believing that he would learn self-discipline, nobility and freedom. Muhammad did not know his mother until he was 5 years old, having been nursed by ‘Halimah bint Abi Dhuayb’, a poor Bedouin woman from the tribe of Banu Sa’ad, a branch of the Hawazin tribe. Aminah was a Christian and died just a year later when Muhammad was 6 years old so he was brought up under the care of his uncle. Muhammad later worked as a merchant and a shepherd and was first married at the age of 25 to a 40-year-old woman called Khadija. He remained married to her until she died at age 50 but then had a total of 13 wives from which he only had 2 children. His second greatest love was Aisha, who was only 6 or 7 years old when he married her but she stayed at home with her parents until she was 9 or 10 years old. According to Muhammad’s biographer Ibn Hisham (d.833AD), the marriage was consummated when she was around 9 or 10 years old. Muhammad was 53. Discontented with his life in Mecca he retreated to a cave in the mountains around Mecca – Jabal-an-Nour and lived in the cave of Hira. It was here he received his first vision from an angel (supposedly Gabriel, although at the time he did not know the angels name but was later convinced it must have been him). The Angel commanded him to recite the first lines of Chapter 96 of the Quran. 3 years later Mohamed started to proclaim publicly the revelations he had received in the cave. His attempts to convert were met with hostility from the inhabitants at Mecca and only gained a few followers. He finally moved with his few followers to Medina in 622 AD. In Medina, he managed to unite the conflicting tribes and after 8 years fighting with the Meccan tribes he conquered Mecca without bloodshed. In 632 Mohammed fell ill and died and was replaced by Abu Bekr, who killed many monks of the Catholic Church and many of those who would not convert to Islam. He made Christians pay him tribute so they could live.
So the 5thtrumpet has been identified as the period where Islam started during the time of Mohammed and primarily centred around Arabia.
Short Summary. Before Mohammed was born Arabia consisted of different tribes, people and beliefs. Arabia was a collection of quarrelsome tribes but during his lifetime, he brought them all together and they identified as one single nation with the Islam religion. This allowed a rapid expansion of its borders and the strengthening of their religion.
Conversion to Islam by Forces of Arms
Part of the belief of Mohammed was that religion was to be established by force using military strength. Mohammed lead many armies and those he conquered he forced to become Muslims or die. Here we can see the difference between true Christianity or true belief and any religion that uses force to make people believe is not from God. Did Jesus ever force anyone to follow or worship Him? Of course not! The exercise of force is contrary to the nature of God. He can only accept worship that comes from a heart of love from each individual. Anything that is forced is false worship and will be begrudged by the person being forced to bow. They would be worshipping God out of fear of punishment rather than love for Him.
Chapter verses 4 through 12, goes on to describe in great detail the rise of Islam:
Let’s read this:
9.4. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
9:5. And they were not given authority to kill them but to torment them for five months. And their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
9:6. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
9:7. And the shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
9:8. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
9:9. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.
9:10. They had tails like scorpions and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men five months.
9:11. And they had as king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
9:12. One woe is past. Behold still two more woes are coming after these things.
Time period: Verse 5 – Ottoman Empire stretched from 1299 AD – Aug 11 1840. Osman (or Othman) the 1st was the traditional founder of the Ottoman Empire (b.1299-d.1326). His first attack on the Greek Empire took place on July 27th1299 and was the beginning of the prophetic period of 5 months (150 years) of torment.
The 6thTrumpet– Verse 13
“Then the 6thangel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar, which is before God.”
We are still in the first compartment of the Sanctuary in heaven, where the Altar of Incense is. We haven’t yet moved into the Most Holy place.
Then in verse 14 it says:
‘Saying to the 6thangel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”
The 6thTrumpet has been identified as the expansion of Islam under the Ottoman Empire, the Ottoman Turks. The four angels have been identified as symbolizing the 4 Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, whose capitals were in Bagdad, Damascus, Aleppo and Iconium. These were converted to Islam and they used their armies to expand their religion as far as they could. History attests they were able to conquer Turkey and India and many countries to the East.
The Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger (1575 AD), was the first biblical expositor to identify the Turks as the power portrayed by the 6thTrumpet. Martyn Luther had also previously said the 6thtrumpet was the Muslims. In 1832, William Millar had taken a new approach to understanding prophecy and connected the dates chronologically. On the basis of the year-day principal, he calculated the 5 months of the 5thtrumpet (Revelation 9:5,9) to be 150 literal years and the hour, day, month of the 6thtrumpet (Revelation 9:15) to be 391 years and 15 days. (See below under (Revelation 9:15). So the whole period of prophecy was 541 years and 15 days. Therefore the 5thtrumpet was from 1299-1449 AD and the 6thtrumpet, was from 1449-1840 AD. 1449 AD marked the collapse of the Byzantium Empire by the Turks and the rise of the Ottoman Empire.
9:15. So the 4 angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
This is the prophetic time mentioned above:
1 Year = 360 literal years
1 Month = 30 literal years
1 day = 1 literal year
1 hour = 15 days
That is 391 years and 15 days.
When you add together the 5 months or 150 years and the total prophetic period to the end of the Ottoman Empire, which began on July 27, 1299 and ended on August 11th1840, was 541 years and 15 days
The significance of this time prophecy was brought into view in the early 1800’s when these prophecies were being studied. Josiah Lynch, who was a contemporary of William Millar, was studying time prophecy at that time. He was studying the book of Daniel and the Revelation. Based upon his study of Revelation Chapter 9, he concluded that the Ottoman Empire would eventually surrender to the Christian nations of Western Europe and he gave a specific time based on this time prophecy.
This is what was written at the time:
The significance of the time prophecy was brought to view when Josiah Lynch said that based upon this time prophecy, the Ottoman Empire would surrender to the nations of Western Europe and he gave the date of August 11, 1840. This prediction was made before August 8th1840. His prediction was perfectly fulfilled on the date fulfilling the time prophecy of 391 years and 15 days given in Revelation 9.
So we are now up to the early 1800’s -1840’s to be exact, based on this time prophecy.
The rest of chapter 9 is a description of the Armies and conquests of the Ottoman Empire expanding the influence of Islam up to 1840.
9:16. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was 200,000,000 and I heard the number of them. (Some scholars believe this number to be more in the region of 400,000).
9:17. And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulphur yellow, and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and brimstone.
9:18. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which came out of their mouths.
9:19. For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.
9:20. But the rest of mankind; who were not killed by these plagues;
9:21. and they did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Now we have a pause in the sounding of the trumpets and something else is dealt with in Revelation Chapter 10. But before we get there let me summarise what we have so far learned:
The seals in (Revelation 6: 1 -6) took a short pause for a question, which was asked in Revelation Chapter 7 – It asked:
“The great day of His wrath is coming and who shall be able to stand?”
The answer is given - it is the 144,000, those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, then in Chapter 8 verse 1 we go back to finish the seals – the 7thSeal. We also see a similar thing when it comes to the trumpets – up to the 6thtrumpet there is a pause and additional information is given in Revelation 10 and the first half of Revelation 11, then we go back to the sounding of the trumpets and find the 7thtrumpet sounds in 11:15. So the time period between the 6 & 7th trumpet is around 1840, based on the time prophecy when the Ottoman Empire would surrender to the nations of Western Europe.
So now we go to Revelation Chapter 10. This is an interesting chapter and it starts with:
10:1. And I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head; his face was like the sun and his feet like pillars of fire.
If we look at this heavenly angel, the word angel is messenger this is a very similar description given to Jesus in Revelation Chapter 1. It says: His face is as the sun. The sun represents Jesus who has a rainbow upon his head.
In Verse 2 it goes on to say:
And he had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.
What does the angel have in his hand?
A little book. Is it sealed or unsealed? It is unsealed because the book is open. Where did the angel place one of his feet?– on the Sea and where did he put his other foot? – on the Land.
What does the sea represent in prophecy? It represents multitudes, nations, kindred’s and languages. This would indicate a densely populated area but the use of the word ‘land’ represents a sparsely populated area.
Which land was being settled around the late 1700’s early 1800’s?– the USA and we should note that many of those who came to settle in the new land came out of Europe to escape religious persecution. So this message is about the taking of the Christian message to the rest of the world and the unsealing of the book of Daniel began around 1840. However this message was universal so it was not only to be preached in the new world, but also in the countries the new world settlers had fled from.
10:3. And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Who is the lion – Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah.
10.4. Now when the seven thunder uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me. “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered and do not write them.”
10.5. And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his hand to heaven.
10.6. And swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer.
10.7. But in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
Raising hands to heaven indicates making a solemn oath.
Here the angel is paralleling the first angels message about God, the creator of all things, saying fear God and give Him glory, worship Him who made the heavens and the things that are therein, the earth and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things that are therein in and the fountains of water. So here we have a parallel to the first angels message as it relates to Revelation Chapter 10.
We know the time prophecy is up to 1840, so in Chapter 7, the sounding of the 7thtrumpet is going to reveal the mystery of God, that mystery, which was declared to His servants the prophets.
The Book of Daniel
Now the little book that is open in the angel’s hand is the book of Daniel. His book is a little prophetic book. It was sealed but now in Chapter 10 it is unsealed. Daniel was told in Chapter 12 to seal the book until the time of the end when many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased. The book of Daniel had a time prophecy that was not understood until the sounding of the 7thtrumpet.
What is the 7thtrumpet? Lets look at Revelation Chapter 11:15.
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
11:16. And the 24 elders who sat before god on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come. Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 11:18. The nations were angry and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.
11:19. Then the temple of God was opened in heaven and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightings, noises, thundering’s, an earthquake, and great hail.”
Notice the nations are angry, the time of the dead are to be judged (here a pre-advent judgment is being described) and rewards given to the prophets and saints.
When does this take place? At the coming of Jesus, so this brings us up right up to the second coming of Jesus.
When are the wicked destroyed?– at the 2ndcoming of Christ. So the sounding of the 7thtrumpet brings us right up to a short time before the second coming of Jesus but just before that there is a special time of judgement, which we call a pre-Advent judgment, where the nations are angry, the plagues are poured out.
In (Revelation 11:19), we see the Ark of the Covenant in the temple of God. In which compartment of the heavenly temple is the Ark of the Covenant?– it is in the second compartment or the Most Holy place.
You will remember that at the sounding of the 6thtrumpet we were still in the first compartment of the temple in heaven but when the 7thtrumpet sounds, we jump into the Most Holy place. So there is a shift in the ministry of Jesus from the first compartment ministry to the second compartment ministry - the Most Holy place.
So lets go back to Chapter 10 to finish it:
10:8. Then the voice, which I heard from heaven spoke to me again, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.
10:9. And I went to the angel and said to him, ”Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.
10:10. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.
10:11. And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations and kings.”
In verse 8 we are told John hears a voice and he is told to take the little book and eat it up and it is sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach. After this he is told that he must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues and kings.
So what does it mean to eat the book?
It means to read it, to study it and to digest every word in the mind. In (Jeremiah 15:16) it says: thy words were found and I did eat them and they were unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. We must make them our own. In (Hebrews 4:12) it says:
“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
So when the book of Daniel was studied by the Millerite movement in the 1840’s, particularly Verse 8:14, which speaks of the 2300 days, then the sanctuary shall be cleansed, they did their sums and looked into Daniel Chapter 9 and realised that this time period would end in 1844. They concluded that the sanctuary referred to in (Daniel 8:14) was the earth and Jesus would soon return to cleans the earth. They did not realise that there was a special cleansing service that Jesus had to do in the heavenly sanctuary in the Most Holy place just before probation closes. Some of the believers left the movement but many went back to the Bible, searching even more to see where they had gone wrong. It was during their studies that they realised they had missed a very important truth – the truth of the high priestly ministry of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary. Not only was receiving our prayers and presenting them to God, He was ministering in the first part of the sanctuary as well as cleansing of the human heart on earth to get us ready for the close of probation. It was then that these pioneers of prophecy found their mistake after reading the ast verse of Chapter 10 – Verse 11 – ‘And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues and kings. So their work was not finished. In fact it had just begun. From that early beginning rose up a world wide movement, of which we are a part, whose mission it is to proclaim to every kindred, nation and tongue The Three Angels messages of (Revelation 14:6-12). We are to proclaim to all:
“Fear God and give Him glory for the hour of His judgment has come”.
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