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Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Now we'll start our study of:
Jesus has shortened the great tribulation to!
The actual length of the locust season
We will read of the 5th Trump and learn of a great locust army to come against our people.
Those without the gospel armour on (Eph. 6) are going to get devoured, those with it on and in place will squish locusts like little pesky bugs.
The word "fall" used here should be "fallen" (See note on verse 1 in the Companion Bible).Rev. 9:1 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.
So in contrast to the book of Daniel, John was given specific instructions
by one of the seven angels, we are now reading about, NOT TO SEAL
the sayings and prophecy of this book. That means that the Book of Revelation
is UNSEALED, free and open for the partaking and understanding by God's
Here is John relaying his instructions: Rev. 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
So with the "lid off" all we have to do is look inside
and "see" what is happening.
And the best part is that most of it is like seeing an exciting movie because the Holy Spirit uses pictures and graphic symbols to "show", to explain and simplify, what it is He wants us to know. In other words, not only is the Book of Revelation UNSEALED, it has also been SIMPLIFIED for our understanding by turning that which is difficult to explain with words into pictures that we can "see" clearly.
And guess what? It is a documented fact that people remember infinitely more of what they "see" than what they "hear" or "read".
Now, back to Revelation 9:What is the bottomless pit? A pit is a something with which everyone is familiar, a hole in ground for instance, that you can look down into. (Keep in mind, however, that there are some who can't tell the difference between their donkey and a hole in the ground. Fortunately, our Father uses many different analogies so that perhaps one will "ring a bell" up there.) However, when you look into the pit described here there is no end in sight, for it is so deep it has no bottom, hence the term "bottomless".
Now, let's see what happens when the bottomless pit is opened.
 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.
LOCUSTS? You mean insects? 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.
No, now you're off track again! Back to paragraph one of this lesson.
"This entire description is the "Picture" that our Father would have us see in our "minds eye" representing the terrible devastation wrought upon the minds and souls of men and women by the "children of disobedience".
Understand, you can't "see" a lie.
And you can't see it devour someone's chance to see the truth.
So we are talking about the enemies of God and "Seeing" an analogous "Picture" of them. They are like a bunch of insects, i.e. locusts, scorpions, etc.
Are they to be feared?
NAW! Jesus Christ has given His own His Two-edged Sword, remember? And along with it, the POWER of it, i.e. the power to wield it!
Here's what He has to say about creepy, crawly snakes and insects, i.e. low life creatures, Satan's own.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Actually, you can see, you can just tread on these venomous insects with the gospel armour boots and save the Sword for the fire breathing dragon, to cut off his head!
"I just can't wait for the opportunity",
I say, as I polish my gospel armour. "Let that old dragon out the pit!"
Now, here's another key to remember to help understand "Pictures" more fully, shall we say to a deeper level. The Holy Spirit in giving us these Pictures doesn't just arbitrarily pick the symbols He uses. There is a purpose and a meaning contained in the selection. So if we learn the characteristics of the symbols we can better understand what is being described.
Let's start with the scorpion. Here's a link, one of many, where you can go to learn how the scorpion takes its prey.
You'll learn that scorpions are nocturnal, i.e. creatures of the night. They love darkness. That certainly fits! And here's a paragraph from this website describing the venom which, guess what?, affects the nervous system of its victims. Hmmmmm!
"The venom of scorpions is used for both prey capture and defense. Scorpion venoms are complex mixtures of neurotoxins (toxins which affect the victim's nervous system) and other substances; each species has a unique mixture."
Note: Those locusts were sent by God just as we will read in Joel that these locusts in Revelation are also sent by, controlled by, God. Why? For the same reason the plagues were brought upon Egypt... "So that they may know that the Lord God Almighty doth reign supreme in both heaven and earth".
Live Link to: Joel
These insects when they swarmed through the land of Egypt consumed everything in their path.
Here's the narrative:
They licked the platter clean, Jack!Exodus 10:14-15
And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.  For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
But wait, those were actual locusts that ate every green thing and all the grass and fruit and leaves off the trees, etc. These locusts in Revelation don't eat anything green, no trees, no grass. Of course not! They eat men's brains! Uneducated, unlearned in the Word of God, unsealed brains (which are what is supposed to be in their foreheads)!
Do you have the seal of God in your forehead? Then when the devastation comes and is coming, you'll be completely untouched, unharmed, uneaten alive! 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.
Here's a "Picture", a physical enactment, the type set forth, so that we can "see" the spiritual. The Lord God visited Ezekiel. Did you know that? It's right in chapter one of his book. And before He departed He gave these instructions to Ezekiel:
Who cries out against and sighs for all the abominations going on, even against the abominator that makes desolate? God's elect, of course!Ezekiel 9:3
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;
 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Those that have the seal of God, His mark, will not be harmed. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
Next we will learn the length of time these locusts will have to swarm the earth. Christ said He would shortened the time of the reign of Satan, pretending to be Christ, else no flesh would be saved alive. Given enough time, the dragon and his locusts would consume everyone.
We've all seen graphic Hollywood productions both on TV and in the movies depicting the atrocities and bloodshed of war. Worse yet, we've all seen, and even are seeing today, graphic media coverage of the wars of the 20th Century. Those who die in these flesh and blood conflicts lose their physical lives and terminate their tabernacle, their temporary dwelling in the flesh body. It is called the "first death" which happens to ALL human beings, whether violently or peaceably or quickly or slowly or painfully or painlessly. For flesh and blood cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50).
We have been instructed in the 6th chapter of Ephesians to put on the gospel armour to prepare to stand in battle against the fiery darts of the wicked one and his army. It is spiritual warfare and it is your worst nightmare!
And so we are about to fully engage in the major battles of a war with consequences far more serious and far more lethal than those which merely inflict the "first death". We are about to engage in the greatest "spiritual warfare", the greatest tribulation, of all of humanity, which can cause the "second death", not of the flesh, but of the very "soul".Ephes. 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In this 9th chapter of the Book of Revelation we are seeing the Holy Spirit's advanced coverage of the major battles of this end time war. Think about how incredible that is! In other words we are reading and seeing future news coverage of future events! And of course since we can't see with flesh eyes a "soul" or "spirit" being cut in half with a "tradition of men" or blown up with a deadly "lie bomb" or slowly suffocated with "dragon gas", He has chosen to illustrate what is actually occurring by using common analogies familiar to man.
So in this 9th chapter we have been reading of Satan's army likened to a swarm of locusts which darken the sky and devour every living thing in their path. And their infliction of lies into the minds of men and women are like the sting of a scorpion, quick and venomous, drugging the nervous system (the mind) of its victims.
Do you remember on Pentecost Day in Acts chapter two when Peter stood up and explained what the Galileans were speaking of in the tongue, meaning language, that was understood by every dialect of every nationality present? He quoted from the Book of Joel concerning the last days, these days and those just ahead, when God would pour out His spirit on His sons and daughters and they would prophesy, meaning teach from the prophets, like Joel, Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, etc.
Let's pick it up with verse 5 in chapter 9 of Revelation concerning the locusts:
The locust army is NOT PERMITTED to kill people. They do not have "first death" rights to kill flesh. Again, this is spiritual warfare and swarming locusts are not going to eat people.Rev. 9:5
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.
Now LOOK! Did you notice there is something in tomorrow's newsreel that is very revealing (what a great title for this book)? Did you notice how long the locust army has to do its thing? Five Months!
Remember in Mark 13:20 and Matthew 24:22 concerning this tribulation period that Jesus said He was going to shortened the length of time, otherwise no flesh would be saved?
Well, by taking the time to read the future's news events in the Book of the Uncovering, we have just learned the length of time Jesus has shortened the great tribulation to! Five months!Mark 13:20
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Even more remarkable is that the season of actual locusts is always from May to September. Five months! Let's see, that would be from Passover to the Feast of Tabernacles. Hmmmm!
Did you know that Jesus Christ was born on the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles? (If not, read appendix 179 in the Companion Bible if you are blessed to have one.) Do you think His second advent might just be in like manner?
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This verse carries forward to just before the day of wrath when Christ returns. Remember we read of this in the sixth seal?Rev. 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
It is for the unbearable "shame" they will have knowing that they worshipped the wrong Jesus, who was actually the son of perdition standing in the holy place claiming to be God (2 Thes. 2). They believed him! Boom!Rev. 6:15-17
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;  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?
Another of the characteristics of these locusts is that they are powerful, like horses prepared unto battle. We learned in the first four seals (chapter 6) when we discussed the Four Horses that "horses" are symbolic of power. These locusts are powerful men who appear as royalty, Christ's own ministers. And they wear crowns LIKE gold, i.e. they are imitators. Let's call it "fool's gold" for only fools will believe it's real gold, because fools don't care to read the Word of God.Rev. 9:7 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.
Picture in your mind a beautiful woman with long flowing hair. She looks lovely and oh so gentle and sweet. But when you go to kiss her she opens her mouth and shows a set of chompers that would scare Dracula himself! And when she takes those lion's teeth and bites your face, she'll rip and tear and shred you to pieces like lions do to their prey. Get the PICTURE of what's happening to the "inner man"? And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Nice folk, these gentle looking liars of Satan's own, wouldn't you say?
This description tends to make the expression "A wolf in sheep's clothing" seem like a desirable alternative.
What's with the breastplates? Well, as we've discussed many times before, if you've read the rest of the books of the Bible before you get to Revelation then this verse is easy. Go back and read Exodus 28 and the description of the breastplates that were worn by the PRIESTS. These dudes of the locust army will appear as Priests of God, i.e. royalty as we learned in the prior verse. Want documentation that Satan's ministers will appear disguised as Christ's ministers? Paul, tell 'em! And 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.
The word "transformed" means "disguised".2 Cor. 11:13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
And by the way, the breastplates that the Levitical Priests wore were made of precious materials with gold rings and chains and inlaid with the 12 precious gems of the 12 Tribes of Israel. The breastplates worn by Satan's priests are made of iron, figuratively of course. You get the contrasting Pictures?
One more thing in Rev. 9:9. If you are familiar with the Book of Ezekiel, especially chapters 1, 9 & 10, you'll will know that these "locusts" also have very high-tech transportation. The "world" calls them UFO's because they haven't studied God's Word to learn their identity. Those who have studied Ezekiel call them IFO's, Identified Flying Objects.
Live Link to- Ezekiel chapter 1, chapter 9, and chapter 10
Notice again that they can "hurt", albeit spiritually, and not "kill". They can sting for five months the minds of those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads and inject into their victims their deadly poisonous venom.Rev. 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Everybody knows that actual locusts don't have kings! 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.
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
Hear ye! Hear ye! Satan is the "Death Angel", the "Destroyer", the "Desolator".Abaddon, Greek #3; of Hebrew origin [#11 abaddown]; a destroying angel - Abaddon.
Apollyon, Greek #623; active participle of Greek #622 (appolumi); a destroyer (i.e. Satan) - Appollyon.
Here's another interesting fact for those who really want to study in depth. There is an advantage in understanding scripture if you are familiar with the original languages, Hebrew, Greek and Chaldean. That doesn't mean that you need to speak them, but to become familiar with them and how to "break back" the English with a Strong's Concordance. Here's an example why as we look at two more words from two of the most commonly quoted verses in scripture:
The word "perish" is Greek #622 appolumi, which means to "destroy fully". It is the root of Apollyon, i.e. the very base of Satan's name.John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2 Thes. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The word "perdition" is Greek #684; also a derivative of #622 appolumi, and means destruction, die, perdition. Don't ever let someone tell you the son of perdition is Judas or anyone else other than Satan himself! Satan is the son who will perish! It is his name!
 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Do you remember the scorpion's sting, we spoke of earlier in our study? The 5th trump is still sounding, as I write this commentary on June 25, 2014, but when the 6th trump sounds, it will be too late to study God's Word to learn to tell the difference between what is holy (Jesus, the real Jesus) and what is profane (Satan, posing as Jesus) and you will be spiritually done for, just as a person stung by a scorpion is physically done for, no longer able to defend himself.
Now, as our study moves forward - The 5th Trumpet has sounded and one Woe is past! There are still two woes to go. And remember, these three Woe Trumps are "Woes" to the inhabiters of the earth. Why? The answer is real simple: Because the final generation will confront the "supernatural" face to face. Satan, in person, who was in the garden of Eden and seduced mother Eve, along with his angels who came to earth in Genesis chapter six and seduced the daughters of Adam, are all coming to this generation to "seduce" the entire world. And what a spiritual orgy it will be! The whole world, with few exceptions, will marry the wrong Jesus! Woe to the inhabiters of the earth!
Woe also to "women with child" when the true Bridegroom (Christ) returns for His bride at the 7th trump, who should be a virgin, but instead is found spiritually nursing her own baby. "Women with child" referring to both men and women who didn't wait, but instead worshiped Satan, believing he was the real Christ Jesus! She/they went to the wrong wedding, the first one! She/theywas taken in the field. Oh how ashamed she will be! Woe, woe, woe!
That is also why Paul says in 1 Cor. 11:10 that women should have the veil of Christ on their heads, His power, i.e. be subject to Him. It is because of these same angels. They are coming, for sure!
1 Cor. 11:10
For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
Note: Noe is Greek for Noah. Also, no gender is intended in these analogies except that it is necessary to illustrate seduction, i.e. what is happening spiritually. They apply to men as well.Matthew 24:37-39
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So in the 5th Trump we were given advanced news coverage of the approaching "locust" army headed by their king, I-wanna-be-god. We were shown by graphic analogy the gruesome devouring of the souls of men, their inner man, brought on by the fierce onslaught of Satan's wicked followers, who appear as angels of light but devour like locusts and shred their prey as do lions.
And now the 6th Trump. (Don't forget, John is still in heaven, in the spirit, witnessing all this for us.)
That's right, there are four horns on the altar of God. You can read about them in Ezekiel 43:20. Also in Zechariah 1:18-21 you can document that "horns" are symbolic of "power" and so the horns on the golden altar of God are symbolic of the Power of God, which is all power in both heaven and earth. When word is given from that altar know that it comes from the Supreme Authority of the Universe. Is this not where the "fire", His word, was taken?Rev. 9:13
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Now here's the command to the sixth angel from the One who has All Power:
The last time we encountered four angels was in Rev. 7:1 where four angels were standing on the four corners of the earth. They were holding back the four winds, but they were not bound, nor were they in the river Euphrates. Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
So who are these angels? The answer lies in the phrase "bound in the great river Euphrates", which symbolically means "bound in judgment". The river Euphrates has always been the boundary between Babylon and God's children. Did you know that the word "Hebrew" comes from "eber" which means people "from across the river", i.e. across the great river Euphrates where lies the great city of Babylon? And we find that the Euphrates is connected with the judgments of the great day in Jeremiah 46:4-10.
So these angels are those "bound" angels "reserved unto the day of judgment" which we just discussed in the opening paragraphs of this study and which Jude speaks of.
These are the angels of Genesis chapter 6 who left their first estate, the place where angels are supposed to be, and left their own habitation, i.e. left their homes in heaven and came to earth out of turn, and took to wife the daughters of Adam. Remember, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be soon! They are coming again! But, this time, not to physically seduce female descendants of Eve; They're coming to spiritually seduce pro-claiming Christians; both male and female. Get ready! Get under the veil of Christ!Jude 1:6
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
OK, they are let loose. That'll certainly cause Woe Two! 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.
The hour, day, month and year given here is not a duration of time but rather a fixed period of time, i.e. the time and date they are appointed, prepared, to be let loose, which only God knows.
And they "slay" a third part of men. Now we already know that they cannot shed blood, i.e. kill anybody, so always remember to think 2nd death, spiritual death.
So what's the point? The point is that Satan's army is "huge" and worse yet he and his troops deceive the whole world, about 6 thousand, thousand, thousand! And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
The word "thousand" is murias, Greek #3461; a ten-thousand; by extension a "myriad" or indefinite number.
Here comes the charge of Satan's troops, looking like angelic priests (having breastplates) of God, with the power (horses) of the lion of Judah, which is Jesus Christ, whom they claim to represent. And out of their mouths came forth fire (remember from the seals that fire is symbolic of truth from God's altar?), and smoke (remember from the seals that this "smoke screen" darkens the sun, i.e. the truth) and brimstone (which is acidic sulphur that "stinks to high heaven", as we say). 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.
They "kill" with the Fire, Smoke and Brimstone, which came out of their MOUTHS, i.e. they come Breathing Fire and Blowin' Smoke with Bad Breath! This is really easy to understand if we keep in mind that it is "words" that come out of mouths. But by "Seeing" in your mind's eye fire and smoke and brimstone spewing forth from the mouths of these creeps, you can understand spiritually the effect of their lying, deceitful "words". Got the picture? 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.
Also, these guys can't harm and are but a mere nuisance to those with the seal of God in their foreheads. We practice on them while we await the "Fire Breathing Dragon" who gets his head cut off with the Sword of the Lord! Didn't you always wonder why dragons breathed fire? Now you know what it means!
The "fallen angels" are just that, angels. And their little "tails" are those who follow them, the "children of disobedience", they are snakes and vipers Christ addressed, "the kenites". Satan and his angels (Rev. 12) use them very effectively to "hurt" us. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
The rest of men repented not because they are deceived by these devils in disguise, and they do their works in ignorance. And materialism, the great and booming economy of the New World Order in full bloom, helps prevent the need for God and promote a false sense of wellness and security, and pitiful apathy and the willingness to put up with lies and deception of major proportions. After all, haven't we seen in this current generation the effects and workings of just that? And the rest of the men which were not killed by these 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:
Though these are spiritual murders, and spiritual drunkenness; The drugging of the mind, and idolatry, and the thefts of the heritage. and salvation of God's people, are physical types of just that. Look up the word "sorceries" in Strong's Concordance. It's pharmakeia, from which we get our word pharmacy. The amount psychologically related drugs, both illegal from pushers and legal from doctors and pharmacies, that are administered and taken by both the adult and child populations in this country is STAGGERING! And our people do stagger! God help us and deliver us from this bondage! Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
So here is a precious fact from God's Word. How long did the waters of the great flood prevail upon the earth?Rev. 12:15
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.
And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
Woe, Woe! We're in the second woe! The 6th Trumpet has sounded and all hell is breaking loose! The locust army is swarming and Satan's angels as priests of God are leading the charge before old dragon breath himself rides into town, that'd be Jerusalem, i.e. Religion on his pale white horse dressed like the King of kings.
But there are those who have the seal of God in their foreheads whom Satan and his troops may not touch. Let's read some more detail in chapter 10 of the Book of Revelation.
What an awesome sight this mighty angel of the Lord must have been, appearing with the beauty of the rainbow, the "shekinah glory" round about him as his face shines with the brilliance of the sun and his feet sparkle like pillars of fire.Rev. 10:1
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:
It is still hard to imagine all of things that John saw when he was taken to heaven in the spirit, but you have to admit he keeps his cool and does a great job of describing them to us. What a blessed servant of our Father he was and is!
Note: Just so you know, you'll never read of a female angel in the Bible. They are all male, for they are all sons of God, even as we all are, though in the flesh we have gender. (Personally, I think God sent all the female angels here in the flesh to try to add some semblance of sanity to men's ways. Just kidding.)
The "little book" in the angel's hand was open! It was not closed and it was not sealed. Oh please! Yes, of course it is the Bible! Specifically the book of Revelation! 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,
Also, there are only two things which cover the surface if this earth, water and land (ice is water too!). The expression "and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth" gives us a picture of the angel standing on the whole world, to which this applies.
Remember a few chapters back when we discussed that the Holy Spirit doesn't randomly choose symbology, but rather chooses those things which we can understand from nature itself? So what is thunder? And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Thunder is the loud crackling sound you hear that tells you that lightning has struck.
Note: If you are struck by the lightning itself, chances are you won't hear the thunder because your ears are probably burnt off.
Now here's the point to all of this. Jesus Christ has forewarned us about the "lightning". It is not of nature, it is of super-nature, i.e. supernatural.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
In fact, when he gets here he's going to perform great wonders and illusions in the sight of men and even make fire (meaning lightning) come down from heaven to convince the unlearned that he is Jesus. The people will love him! They already love laser and light shows, so just wait 'till they witness this display!
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
This is the 7th Trump. So, if you wait until you hear the thunders, it's too late, it's all over, including the shouting!Matthew 24:27
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Actually, why bother writing them down? If the lighting has already struck then the thunders are simply the history of what has already happened. We've already been given the prophecies of all that will occur to this final generation BEFORE it happens, and if we aren't prepared for the lighting to strike, if we don't have the lightning rod of truth firmly grounded in our minds, by the time we hear the thunder our house will be GONE! 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.
He's about to give the final benediction of this flesh age. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Time's up! And sware by him that liveth for ever 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:
Remember, God has foretold us all things pertaining to the events that will happen to this generation. He declared it all to His prophets, whose names are Moses, Isaiah, David, Daniel, Ezekiel, Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos, etc., etc.Rev. 10:7 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? Is Deuteronomy really someone's name? Well, you know how we shorten everyone's full name from like Frederick to Fred and Matthew to Mat, etc. So I think that's were we got "Hey Dude" from "Hey Deut". Hmmmmm. Maybe not.)
But people often ask, "Are there any prophets of God alive today?" The answer is "Yep, they're all alive. They are all with Him, the Living Word, and their voices can still be heard this very day in the Written Word, just as His is".
 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.
Want to be sealed of God? Then go get the unsealed scroll and here is what you do with it!
The Word of God is spiritual food and must be eaten daily. Yes, our daily bread, the bread of life, is the Word of God. And 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.
Jeremiah ate His words.
Ezekiel ate them.Jeremiah 15:16
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
John ate them.Ezekiel 2:9
And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;
And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
What kind of a diet do you have?Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's 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.
Learning and knowing the truth of God's Word is exciting and beautiful and the taste of truth is as sweet as honey! But when you have digested that knowledge and meditated upon it, and can see the stark reality of what is happening in this world and why, it can be pretty "gut wrenching", and thus is one form of bitterness.
But there is another bitterness when you have eaten "truth". And that is, be prepared to suffer the bitterness of persecution as Christ would tell us:
And finally, back to Rev. 10 to complete the chapter, the angel of the Lord said to John:John 17:14
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them...
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy.." Acts 2:17Rev. 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
There are some really exciting times just ahead of us! And those who have the seal of God in their foreheads, who have eaten the "little book", are going to be delivered up (Mk. 13) and give testimony, i.e. prophesy, during this 6th Trump. It will be bitter sweet, though we know we have the victory!
While we are still in the 6th Trump. In chapter 10 we read about how one must take the opened, unsealed little book and eat it and digest it the belly and be filled to the brim with His Word (the brim is what your hat goes on). For as we read in Acts 2:17 concerning the last days, when God pours out His Spirit, there shall be much prophesying, and His elect who have the seal of God in their foreheads will be delivered up and give testimony "before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings", just as John was told in the last verse of chapter 10 (Rev. 10:11).
Jesus Christ told us the very same thing:
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
In chapter eleven we are now going learn about two of God's testimony givers, witnesses, who are going to be real trouble makers for Satan and his New and Improved New World Order, now with Lightning Miracle Glow. You've heard the expression "fighting fire with fire" (and you should well know what the "fire" in Revelation is). Well, these two witnesses will be given authority and power from on High to be unto Satan what Moses and Aaron were unto Pharaoh, with one exception. Pharaoh finally gave in and let the people go. Satan never gives in and eventually kills these two witnesses and throws a big party to celebrate.
That'll certainly cause another Woe!
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