7 Seals, 7 Trumpets; Then 7 Bowls of God’s Wrath
We will try to explain these 21 events; the many misconceptions about them
1. The events of Revelation come in order they are written
2. Chart of the Seals
2a. Chart of the Trumpets
2b. Chart of the Bowls
3. The 21 events of the Seals; Trumpets, Bowls
3a. The 3 Blessings from God
3b. The 10 tribulations which test us
3b1. The spiritual riders of the 2nd - 3rd - 4th seals are the angels of God.
3b2. The great multitude of the 5th seal; those killed for Christ
3c. The wrath of the Lamb (Jesus)
3d. The 7 wraths of God on sinners only
Appendix: *Timing, present to Jesus coming in power; *144,000; *7 Thunders Canceled *Number Symbols, 777-666
All my messages: Believers, Christians, saints, refer to children of God; those who have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:9).
1. The events of Revelation come in the order they are written
Our Father had Jesus directly give us one last message in Revelation; to explain what will happen, until God takes us home as His children in a new Heaven and earth. This message lists the 21 events of the 7 seals, 7 trumpets, and 7 bowls; which will happen in the order Jesus gave them to us, and the rest of Revelation flows in the order it is written. Because His words were extremely important as given, Jesus promised to bless those who read Revelation, hear it, and keep it; while warning if anyone changes this message, they will receive the plagues in this book, will not receive eternal life in Heaven; the only time this has happened in the Word of God.
Revelation was hard for earlier Christian leaders to understand, so they used other prophecies from God’s Word to try and explain this message. Yet as the Spirit has continually given us spiritual and physical revelations, we are now beginning to understand Revelation, and we should now use it as the main reference for end times. Then use the context of all other prophesies to conform to Revelation; which is hard for many to do, as they have perceptions which they have been taught, grown up with before the Spirit revealed more truths to us about Revelation. Here we try to use Revelation first, and then add other prophecies to it; always welcome comments which differ.
*Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev 1:3 NKJV+
* I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Rev 22:18-19 ESV+
Example; Revelation does not talk about a 7 year tribulation, but about 7 years of protection available for those of Israel; by the 2 witnesses/prophets for 3˝ years Rev 11:3, then by God for the 3˝ years of the great tribulation when the antichrist/beast physically rules over the earth. Rev 12:6.
2. Chart of the Seals – For explanation of time calculations see Timing in Appendix below
Event -- When -- Who -- What happens or will happen
1st seal: -- *30AD>Now -- All people -- Believers given indwelling of Spirit, the crown of life; all others face eternal damnation See 3a below
2nd seal: -- 30AD>Now -- All people –- Tribulation of war, killing; test believers’ faith, try to bring unbelievers to God.
3rd seal: -- 30AD>Now -- All people –- Tribulation of famine; test believers’ faith, try to bring unbelievers to God.
4th seal: -- 30AD>Now -- All people –- Tribulation of plagues, animals; test believers’ faith, try to bring unbelievers to God.
5th seal: -- 30AD>Now -- Believers -- Correct number killed for Jesus; God will cast satan to earth; where he will go after Israel + believers.
6th seal: -- Next?? -- Russia, Moslem nations - Receive wrath of God and Jesus in War of Gog; and are destroyed. See 3c below
7th seal: -- *2595 days left -- 2 witnesses/prophets - Protect Israel 360 days; bring Israel back to God, at Temple in Jerusalem.
*30AD>Now: Nisan 16, 30AD Resurrection Day, Jesus arose, gave indwelling of the Holy Spirit to disciples.
*2595 days: See Timing in Appendix below
2a. Chart of the Trumpets - Time calculations see Appendix below
Event -- When -- Who -- What happens or will happen
1st trumpet: -- *2595>1335 days –- *All but 144,000 -- Hail/fire from the heavens; 1/3 earth’s trees and grass will burn up
2nd trumpet: -- 2595>1335 days –- All but 144,000 - Like mountain ablaze thrown into sea; 1/3 sea made blood, its creatures died + ships ruined
3rd trumpet: -- 2595>1335 days –- All but 144,000 -- Star fell from sky on 1/3 rivers and springs; making them bitter; many will die
4th trumpet: -- 2595>1335 days –- All but 144,000 -- 1/3 sun, moon, and stars turn dark; 1/3 day and night there will be no light
5th trumpet-1st woe: - 2595>1335 days – All but 144,000 – satan, his demons, like locusts antagonize people, without killing them, for 5 months.
6th trumpet-2nd woe: - 1335>75 days - All but elect Israel – great tribulation, antichrist given 3˝ years to physically rule over this world.
*(7 thunders Rev 10:4: - God canceled them to make tribulation shorter, or no one would be left. Matt 24:22)
7th trumpet: -- 75 days –- All believers - antichrist’s rule over; Jesus returns in the clouds for believers, glorifies us, then takes us to Heaven.
*2595>1335 days: See Timing in Appendix below
*144,000; See 144,000 in Appendix below
* 7 Thunders; See 7 Thunders in Appendix below
2b. Chart of the Bowls - Time calculations see Appendix below
Event -- When -- Who -- What happens or will happen
1st bowl-3rd woe starts: -- 75 days left -- *antichrist/sinners -- only unrepentant sinners remain on earth; God’s wrath begins with painful sores
2nd bowl: -- *75>45 days -- *antichrist/sinners –- Seas will turn to blood, everything living thing in them will die.
3rd bowl: -- 75>45 days -- antichrist/sinners –- Rivers and springs will become blood
4th bowl: -- 75>45 days -- antichrist/sinners –- Sun will scorch people with intense fire, heat.
5th bowl: -- 75>45 days -- antichrist/sinners –- antichrist/beast’s throne and kingdom will become dark.
6th bowl: -- 75>45 days - antichrist/sinners - Euphrates River dries up; satan/antichrist/false prophet bring armies to Armageddon to fight Jesus.
7th bowl-3rd woe over - 45 days to end - antichrist/sinners - Great earthquake, 100 lbs. rocks of hail will come down on people; Jesus comes in power to defeat satan/antichrist/false prophet and the armies of the world who come against Him; sets up His 1,000 year kingdom on earth.
*antichrist; with the false prophet have physical bodies, which will feel God’s wrath; satan remains spiritual being to endure God’s wrath
*75>45 days; See Timing in Appendix below
3. 21 Events: 3 Blessings, 10 tribulations, 1 wrath of God/Lamb, 7 wraths of God
We as children of God and Israel:
Have already received; 1 blessing from our God (1st seal), are awaiting 2 others (7th seal; 7th Trumpet)
Are in the trials of; 4 tribulation events (2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th seals)
Are awaiting; 6 new tribulations (1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th – 6th trumpets) 6th being greatest tribulation of all, the 3˝ year reign of the antichrist/beast
The Lamb (Jesus) will bring God’s wrath (6th seal) to vindicate God’s holy name on; Russia/Arab Moslem nations, may be next event to happen
God’s wrath (1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th – 5th – 6th – 7th bowls) will be poured out on sinners only; last 7 events before Jesus comes in power to rule over earth
3a. The 3 blessings from God; 3 – Represents divine perfection and completeness
(1) Blessing from God already being received by believers
1st Seal: The Holy Spirit is given, He comes to sanctify any who will submit to God; helps us conquer satan and death through Christ’s atoning grace so we may be given the crown of life. KJV + NKJV+ make it clearer that the living creatures are telling John to come and look; not telling the rider on the horse to come before John.
*Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see." And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Rev 6:1-2 NKJV+
*But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro 8:37-39 NASB+
*I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. Rev 3:11 ASV
Verse referring to Jesus coming quickly, at the twinkling of an eye when He returns; not that it will happen soon
This rider must be holy so they can wear the crown of life, show believers what they will be given. We believe this rider to be the Holy Spirit; though it can also be an angel of God (see 3b1 below), or possibly Jesus. Since this rider came to conquer, and was given the crown of life; his opponent can only be satan, his demons, and the eternal death for those who follow them.
This rider cannot be the antichrist if we understand the difference between the 2 crowns given in Revelation.
A. The crown of life, Greek stephanos, is the crown given to the rider of the white horse; can only be given to those who have been made spiritually holy, by the means of Christ’s atoning grace on the cross. satan/antichrist/false prophet can never become spiritually holy, cannot be given this crown, the antichrist/beast could not have been this rider.
Jesus offers this crown of life (stephanos) to all who will overcome, conquer satan in Rev 2:10, 3:11; the 24 elders in Heaven are wearing them Rev 4:4; the woman who represents the 12 tribes of Israel wears one Rev 12:1; even the Son of Man wears the crown of life in Heaven Rev 14:14. The crown of life (stephanos) is also referred to in 1Co 9:25, 1Thess 2:19, 2Ti 2:5, 4:8; and Ja 1:12.
B. The diadem, is a crown worn by leaders who are given physical power by God to rule over the kingdoms on this earth. The antichrist will wear the crowns of many nations for 3˝ years, when God gives him the authority to rule over this physical earth, the physical beings who live on this earth and are not protected by God, as he desires. The antichrist/beast will put Israel, all believers, as well as some others from non-Christian religions under great physical tribulation. Though the Holy Spirit will always be spiritually present, always spiritually in control of believers’ soul and spirit unto the end; helping believers retain our crowns of life, while offering this crown to all who will call on the name of Jesus, and be saved by His grace.
Use NASB+ or ESV+ for diadems in Revelation.
Diadems are worldly crowns given to satan (red dragon Rev 12:9) Rev 12:3; then satan gives them to antichrist/beast Rev 13:1; and finally Jesus comes in power to defeat the antichrist and becomes King over this world, wearing the diadems He has taken from the antichrist Rev 19:12.
White refers to holiness throughout Revelation; something the antichrist can never be; a color he will never be represented by. Rev 3:4-5; 6:11; 19:11+14; 20:11
Bow: We believe bow refers to the Spirit coming to wage a spiritual war, not a physical war; for He has a bow to wage a spiritual war, but has no arrows to physically conquer anyone.
Some believe the Spirit had a bow; referring to the bright appearance of the glory of God all around Him, like a rainbow on a cloudy day. As He came to introduce Jesus to all who would accept Him as our Lord.
*Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Eze 1:28 ESV+
Out of the Abyss: The antichrist/beast will come up out of the Abyss, the deepest part of Hades, not from the Kingdom of God in Heaven.
*Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Rev 11:7 NIV+
The 1st seal began when the indwelling of the Spirit could be given; after Christ’s death and resurrection allowed us to become spiritually holy, so the Spirit could live in our hearts. Peter tells us the end times of the New Covenant had begun when the Spirit was given at Pentecost in 30AD. And Jesus promised to give the crown of life to those who lived on earth around 95 AD when Revelation was written. All who would be faithful unto death to Jesus; are conquers of the 2nd death, eternal life in Hell, the lake of fire. We believe this rider went out in 30AD; others around 95AD when John was given this Revelation.
*For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Ac 2:15-17 ESV+
*'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:10 NASB+
*He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’ Rev 2:11 ESV+
(2) Blessing which will come from God to Israel
7th Seal: In the silence of the 7th seal, the 2 witnesses/prophets will come to protect Israel and bring this nation back to God at the Temple in Jerusalem.
*When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Rev 8:1 ESV+
*And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." Rev 11:3 NKJV+
These 2 witnesses/prophets (Elijah+Enoch pleased God, never physically died; or maybe Elijah+Moses) will be given power from God to protect Israel while they worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. When the antichrist comes he will kill them as he begins his rule over earth. God will resurrect them from the dead, take their physical bodies up to the clouds, given them glorified bodies and taken them to Heaven. See note 144,000 in Appendix below
*These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. Rev 11:6 NASB+
*And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Rev 11:10 NKJV+
*Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. Rev 11:11-12 NKJV+
(3) Blessing which will come from God to all believers
7th Trumpet: Jesus returns in the clouds bringing all believers’ spiritual beings in Heaven with Him. He will resurrect their physical beings, glorify them, and then unite them with their spiritual beings. Then He will gather up all believers living on earth to Him in the clouds, and glorify our physical bodies also. Then Jesus will unite together both groups of believers and take us to Heaven and we will be with Him forever.
*Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” Rev 11:15 ESV+
*Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 1Co 15:51-53 NIV+
*For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thess 4:16-17 NASB+
*who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Phil 3:21 NIV+
3b. The 10 tribulations which test us; strengthen believer’s faith; attempt to turn unbelievers to God
10 is the perfect number of all in a cycle; the cycle of the New Covenant of Christ’s atoning grace on the cross
*"Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. Matt 24:9 NASB+
*If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints. Rev 13:10 NIV+
3b1. The spiritual riders of the 2nd - 3rd - 4th seals are the angels of God.
Maybe regular angels
*“I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen, and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. Zech 1:8 ESV+
*And the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered and said, "These are those whom the Lord has sent to patrol the earth." So they answered the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees and said, "We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth is peaceful and quiet." Zech 1:10-11 NASB+
Or they might be 4 angels around the Throne of God; 3 angels who ride to bring tribulation; and the 4th angel might be the rider of the 1st seal, who wears the crown of life; see 3a. 2nd paragraph
*With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses. Then I spoke and said to the angel who was speaking with me, "What are these, my lord?" The angel replied to me, "These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth, Zech 6:2-5 NASB+
*And the angel answered and said to me, “These are going out to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth. Zech 6:5 ESV+
*Then he called to me, "Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit [or spirit] rest in the land of the north." Zech 6:8 NIV+ If “spirit” taking out God’s anger on people so our Father’s spirit is satisfied; If Spirit means they are helping the Holy Spirit.
We believe the riders of the 2nd; 3rd; 4th seals below brought tribulation after the Holy Spirit was given believers in 30AD; for John says he was our brother in tribulation before he was given this revelation; many others believe these riders went out around 95 AD when John was given this Revelation.
* I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Rev 1:9 ESV+
#Tribulations faced by both believers and unbelievers; KJV + NKJV+ make it clearer that the living creatures in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th seals are telling John to come and see; not telling the rider on the horse to come before John.
(1) 2nd seal: the rider of the red horse rider takes peace from the earth; brings war, anger, and the killing of people to it.
*When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see." Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. Rev 6:3-4 NKJV+
(2) 3rd seal: The rider of the black horse brings starvation by famine, as food will cost more than one can afford.
*When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine." Rev 6:5-6 NKJV+
(3) 4th seal: the rider of a pale horse is death, and Hades (place of torment spiritual beings of unbelievers go when they physically die) followed him. All the riders were given authority over Ľ of the earth to kill with sword, famine, plague and wild beasts.
*When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come and see." So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Rev 6:7-8 NKJV+
#Tribulation on believers only
(4) 5th seal requires the correct number of believers to be killed, martyred for Jesus; before our Father will cast satan out of Heaven and down to earth. Many have died for Jesus in the past, like Stephen (Ac 7:59); who may have been the first martyr counted toward the number needed to cast satan down to earth. Today there are more being killed for Jesus than at any time in History.
*When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Rev 6:9-10 NKJV+
3b2 The great multitude of the 5th seal; those killed for Christ
The great multitude is the spiritual beings, the souls and spirits, of those who have been killed for loving their God; they are the martyrs who make up the 5th seal. They stand in white robes before the throne of God, the white robes they were given because they gave their physical lives on earth for their God. They were told to wait a little longer until the correct number of believers had been killed; those who would not deny their Lord.
*After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, Rev 7:9 NKJV
*Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. Rev 6:11 NIV+
They cry out for the salvation which belongs to God and the Lamb. And they will receive it just before the 5th trumpet, when the correct number of believers has given their physical lives for our God; and satan is cast down to earth.
*and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Rev 7:9-10 NKJV
*Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Rev 12:10-11 NKJV+
We believe the KJV translation is correct by merely stating great tribulation; the great tribulation these believers have gone through in giving their physical lives for Jesus. Jesus says He will send great tribulation (suffering, distress) as a punishment in Rev. 2:22, but only once does He refer to great tribulation such as the world will ever see; the great tribulation 3˝ year period of the antichrist/beast. And the great tribulation of the antichrist/beast does not happen until the 6th trumpet comes; so we do not believe it is being referred to in the verse below.
*And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Rev 7:14 KJV
#Tribulations on all except the 144,000 of Israel who God will protect - See 144,000 in Appendix below
The first four trumpet verses explain themselves
(5) 1th trumpet:
*The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Rev 8:7 ESV+
(6) 2nd trumpet:
*Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, 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. Rev 8:8-9 NKJV+
(7) 3rd trumpet:
*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. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter. Rev 8:10-11 NKJV+
(8) 4th trumpet:
*Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night. Rev 8:12 NKJV+
(9) The 5th trumpet will bring a star which will fall from the sky to open the Abyss. Here star refers to an angelic being, whether an angel of God, or because he has fallen maybe a demon; it even could be referring to satan. This star will turn loose the demons from the Abyss for 5 months. The antichrist, a demon, who comes at the 6th trumpet may be let out of the Abyss at this time also.
*The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. Rev 9:1 NIV+
*And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. Rev 9:5-6 NKJV
The “angel of the Abyss” is either an angel of God, or a demonic angel over Hades. He will lead the demons from the Abyss who are symbolically portrayed as locusts who sting like scorpions. They inflict physical pain, or maybe spiritual pain to sinners with no hope, who will not give up their will to God, or a combination of both.
*They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. Rev 9:11 NASB+
*In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, Rev 9:7 ESV+
*They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. Rev 9:10 NKJV+
*The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come. Rev 9:12 ESV+
#Tribulations on all, except the elect of Israel (the woman) who God will protect
*and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. Rev 12:6 ESV+
(10) The 6th trumpet begins the 3˝ year (42 months) reign of the antichrist; as he comes with either demons or physical military might to take control of Israel and the world.
*Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. Rev 9:13-16 NKJV+
*And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Rev 13:5 NKJV+
*It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. Rev 13:7 NKJV+
This is the only time God will allow anyone to have physical control over the earth and everyone in it; according to the conditions He made at His holy council (or court) in Heaven. This is why Jesus called the antichrist’s reign of 3˝ years the greatest tribulation the world will ever have. Why Israel must hurry to flee (Rev 12:6; 2 paragraphs above) to a spot God has prepared to shield them through the antichrist’s reign or be killed.
* He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. "'But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. Da 7:25-26 NIV+ Time 1yr; + times 2 years; + half time year ˝ = 3 ˝ years
*“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. Matt 24:15-20 ESV+
The antichrist/beast will kill all possible who will not worship him as God. And cause the death of those who will not take his mark of 666; for without this mark, no one will be able to buy or sell, be able to acquire the necessities of life to keep them alive. We will starve and die for lack of water, medical help, or for protection from those who will steal from us, kill us for what we have. Those who take the mark of the beast will drink the wine of God’s wrath; and then be thrown into the lake of fire at the White Throne Judgment.
*And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Rev 13:15 ESV+
*and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. Rev 13:17-18 NKJV+
*And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Rev 14:9-10 ESV+
*The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Rev 11:14 NASB+
The wrath of the Lamb (Jesus) and God’s 7 bowls of wrath are different than God’s tribulations. His wrath is poured out for vengeance, for condemnation of sinners; to vindicate His name, and then for not accepting Him as their God.
3c.The wrath of the Lamb (Jesus) - to Vindicate God’s holy name - See Where We Are in End Times 3c1
(1) 6th seal is the War of Gog.
*When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, Rev 6:12 ESV+
We believe the 6th seal is the War of Gog; we know it cannot be the battle of war of Armageddon, as this war will be fought after the 7th wrath; when the mountains around Jerusalem are made level, and no mountains will be found. While in the 5th seal, and in the War of Gog battles are fought in the mountains.
*Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. Rev 16:20-21
What happens at the 6th seal is very similar to what happens in the War of Gog. Both are talking about kings, generals, and armies along with others who come against Israel in the mountains around Jerusalem; there the Lamb (Jesus) pours God’s wrath out on them. All the people who are afraid of the judgment of God coming down on them, hiding in the caves and mountains as hailstones, fire, and brimstone come raining from the sky on them. This is a specific war, in a specific area, with specific enemies.
6th seal - mountains
*Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, Rev 6:15-16 ESV+
War of Gog – mountains
*"I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains," declares the Lord God. "Every man's sword will be against his brother." With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. Eze 38:21-22 NASB+
The War of Gog being the 6th seal allows the 7th seal to happen. The 6th seal/War of Gog will be won by God so Israel will be totally in control of their land, of Jerusalem. This will happen just before the 7th seal when the 2 witnesses/prophets come to bring Israel back to their God, at the Temple in Jerusalem. Israel has to be in control of Jerusalem for a temple to be built there; a temple in which the antichrist (man of sin, 2Thess 2:4) will proclaim he is god. The War of Gog must happen more than 7 years before Jesus comes in all of His power; for Israel will use the weapons of this war (modern weapons here symbolized by weapons of Ezekiel’s times) as fuel to heat with for 7 years. And when Jesus comes in power the earth will be renewed, there will be no more have weapons lying on it. It is also unknown how long after this war the 2 prophets/witnesses will come. See timing in the Appendix below
*"'Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up--the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. Eze 39:9 NIV+
The War of Gog will happen in the mountains of Israel where the Lamb (Jesus) will pour God’s wrath out on Gog, the many nations and people who will come with him; to vindicate His holy name. Our God will destroy those who will come to pillage Israel by His own hand; without using any other nation, including Israel to help Him. This war will allow Israel to completely control their homeland, without interference from any other nation. Eze chap 38-39, nations may include Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, and Tunisia.
* "I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord," declares the Lord God, "when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. Eze 36:23 NASB+
3d. The 7 bowls of wrath of God on sinners; only sinners remaining on earth; also antichrist/false prophet
7 - Completion work of God
The first four bowls of wrath verses explain themselves:
(1) *So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Rev 16:2 NKJV+
(2) *The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. Rev 16:3 NASB+
(3) *The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Rev 16:4 NIV+
(4) *Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. Rev 16:8 NKJV+
The fifth bowl of wrath shows the antichrist/beast will no longer be in power when God pours out His bowls of wrath; for this bowl will be poured out on the antichrist/beast’s throne, which will darken his kingdom; as he gnaws his tongue in pain. His 3 ˝ years to rule over earth ended at the 7th trumpet; when it will become the Kingdom of God and His Son Jesus once more.
(5) *Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. Rev 16:10-11 NASB+
The 6th bowl of wrath will have satan (dragon)/antichrist (beast)/false prophet sending out demons to gather up an army from the world to battle God Almighty on that great day.
(6) *The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. Rev 16:12 ESV+
*And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Rev 16:13-14 NKJV+
*Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. Rev 16:16 NIV+
The 7th bowl of wrath completes God’s wrath.
(7) *The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. Rev 16:17-19 ESV+
*And huge hailstones , about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe. Rev 16:21 NASB+
The 3rd woe that will quickly come has happened.
*The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. Rev 11:14 NKJV+
Then Jesus comes in all of His power to establish His Kingdom on earth for 1,000 years; until the White Throne Judgement and God’s new Heaven and Earth will come.
*I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. Rev 19:11 NIV+
*Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Rev 19:15 NKJV+
To continue to the White Throne Judgement and God’s new Heaven and Earth, see Where We are in End Times 5.
*Timing; Present to Jesus coming in His power
30AD>Now: Nisan 16, 30AD Resurrection Day, Jesus arose, gave indwelling of the Holy Spirit to disciples.
Now waiting on War of Gog (see 6th seal); maybe War of Psalms 83 first or they might be fought together
2 prophets/witnesses will come bringing in fixed period of 2595 days, or 7 years 45 days
*"From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days. Da 12:11-12 NIV+
We will not know the day or hour the 2595 days begins or ends (Matt 24:36), but we will know the season (Matt 24:32-33). For the 3˝ year, 42 month, 1260 day periods of both the 2 prophets/witnesses and the antichrist are special; will not match up with the Jewish calendar.
2 prophets/witnesses 1260 day period bring Israel back to God
Begins 7th seal (Rev 8:1); through 1st - 5th trumpets (Rev 9:1-11); 1st woe (Rev 9:12)
Antichrist/beast 1260 day period to physically rule over the world
Begins 6th trumpet; ends 6th trumpet (Rev 9:13-20); 2nd woe (Rev 11:14)
Jesus gathers believers up in the clouds (rapture); end of 70 week 490 year prophecy of Da 9:21-27
7th trumpet (Rev 11:15, 1Co 15:51-52)
God’s wrath of 30 days
1st – 7th bowls (Rev. 16:1-21); 3rd woe (Rev 11:14)
45 days for Jesus to come in power to defeat the antichrist/beast (Rev 16:16, 19:15), have satan chained up for 1,000 years (Rev 20:2), bring judgment on many (Joel 3:2), while allowing those who will call on His name to remain in His Kingdom on earth (Joel 2:32; Zech 14:16-17).
He will make the earth new (Isa 65:17), including a holy Temple for all to worship in Jerusalem (Zech 14:16-17), ending the prophecy of Da 12:11-12.
1260 + 1260 + 30 + 45 = 2595 days or 7 years 45 days
*144,000: Are men from the tribes of Israel chosen by God to be evangelists (servants) to Israel, maybe all people. They will be protected by God through the 1st through 5th trumpets, the time of the 2 witnesses/prophets; and along with 2 witnesses/prophets try to bring Israel and maybe other Gentiles to God.
*Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: Rev 7:2-4 NKJV+
*They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Rev 9:4 ESV+
The 144,000 will be taken to Heaven without physically dying as firstfruits to God and Jesus (Lamb), for they are shown standing on Mountain Zion with our Father and Jesus name written on their foreheads. And they can sing a song no one else can sing for they are the firstfruits; the only believers at this time who have not physically died, yet have been physically resurrected to Heaven with glorified bodies.
*Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. Rev 14:1 NASB+
*and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, Rev 14:3-4 ESV+
Note: The 2 witnesses/prophets from the 7th seal above will be the firstfruits, the first believers who physically die, have their soul and spirits taken to Heaven; then have their bodies resurrected and glorified, reunited with their spiritual being, and taken to Heaven to live with God forever. The 144,000 do not die, are the firstfruits of those who will be alive on earth when Jesus returns, and be given glorified bodies and taken to Heaven, to be with Jesus forever. Notice both firstfruits offerings are men from Israel; for it will always be first for the Jew, then the Gentile.
*There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Ro 2:9-10 NIV+
We know the 144,000 are taken into Heaven as the antichrist/beast comes into power in the 6th trumpet, for this verse in Revelation precedes the angel announcing all will be blessed who die for the Lord in the great tribulation of the antichrist from now on, just a few verses later.
*And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Rev 14:13 ESV+
*7 Thunders are canceled. We must remember God gave satan through the antichrist the ability to physically rule over this world for 3˝ years. This was established in front of His angelic Council or Court in Heaven, as a set time, a law, which the court was to administer. The antichrist will appeal to the Heavenly Court for more time, but they will take away his power at the set time that God gave him; 3˝ years.
*He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. "'But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. Da 7:25-26 NIV+ Time = 1year + times = 2years + half a time = ˝ year or total of 3˝ years
God will keep His Word; give the antichrist his promised 3˝ years to rule. Yet because of the mass killing of believers (remember the woman, the elect of Israel will be protected through the time of the antichrist; Rev 12:6) our Father will end our tribulation early. So there will be believers on the earth when Jesus returns in the clouds to gather us up to Him and take us to Heaven.
*And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Matt 24:22 ASV
*And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Lk 18:7-8 ESV+
It could also be for those of Israel, a few Gentiles, to keep them physically alive so they can call on the Lord when He comes in power and are saved; so they can repopulate the earth.
*And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls. Joel 2:32 ESV+
Our Father will shorten His tribulation by canceling the 7 thunders; the next 7 tribulations which would have come upon the earth after the 6th trumpet, after the rule of the antichrist is over; but before the 7th trumpet, when all believers are gathered up to the clouds to be with Jesus forever.
*Now when the seven thunders 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." Rev 10:4 NKJV+
*but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. Rev 10:7 ESV+
Number Symbols; including 666 - 777
3 – Is divine perfection and completeness
3 1/2 - Is only half of seven, distorts the perfect number; refers to rejection or rebellion against God. It is a specific number
6 - Is short of seven, means imperfect, like man is, like satan is
7 - Perfect completion, spiritual perfection, often refers to the work of God
10 - Perfect number, including all in a cycle or period, generalization “all of”
12 – Number for children of God in either the New or Old Covenant
24 – Old Covenant and New Covenant children of God
40 – Transition or preparation period for change, adjustment, or testing
When a number is multiplied by another number, it includes both numbers meanings.
If number is used more than once, squared or cubed it increases in emphasis.
6th seal: satan through Gog, comes after Israel, in the War of Gog
6th trumpet: antichrist is given power over the world, over saints (believers)
6th bowl: satan/antichrist/false prophet gather armies to come after Israel at Armageddon
666 satan/antichrist/false prophet; are completely imperfect (evil)
7th seal: silence in Heaven as the 2 prophets come with God’s power to protect Israel, bring her back to God
7th trumpet: Jesus returns in the clouds, takes all believers to Heaven, defeating death and satan
7th bowl: Father’s judgment is complete; Jesus defeats satan/antichrist/false prophet; becomes King over earth
777 Our God: Our Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; are perfectly holy
God is 777 perfectly holy; satan is 666 completely imperfect (evil); mankind’s number is 666 (evil) until Jesus atoning grace make us spiritually holy, 777.
Copyright 2016 by Ron Borkey
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