The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 8

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     Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. KJV

     The six seals takes us to the time of the end and the seventh seal takes us BACK to begin a new series of judgments through the use of the seven trumps and the seven vials.

     The last of the seven seals is now open and what happened? The book or scroll is now un-sealed and can be opened by the hand of our Lord. Remember that the first four seals concern events here on earth while the last three happen in heaven. There was silence in heaven because Satan was kicked out and where did he go? Right down here among us.

     This will begin the five month tribulation time but it's not going to happen right now. Our Father has a lot more information to give us before that actually happens, in the form of the seven trumps and seven vials. When the time does begin, we should not be surprised because He has explained all that's going to happen before hand. We're reading and studying about it right now.

     You DO have eyes that see and ears that hear if you comprehend what's written in this book and we are well on our way of accomplishing just that. You don't have to memorize the words or give lectures on it, just understand the "whole" of it all.

     Throughout all of Scripture, from the Serpent in the Garden of Eden right up to this present time, Satan has played many roles in his attempt to deceive the children of our Father and the name of each role is a clue as to what he will do while in that disguise.

     When he is kicked out of heaven by the archangel Michael, this will begin his role as the Antichrist. The instead-of-christ, because that’s what the prefixantimeans in the Greek language. Yes, it’s true, that he is against all that is good in this world; yes, he is the foe of Jesus Christ but here it means that he will be the great impostor, presenting himself to the entire world as the true Messiah.

     Here we have it from the Strong’s:

 

    ✡  anti (an-tee’); a primary particle; opposite, i.e. instead or because of (rarely in addition to): 

     The silence comes from the fact that Satan is no longer standing behind the Lord, accusing us before Him every time we screw up down here.

     Ever met someone who just never stopped talking? I call it machine-gun mouth. Just going all the time! Remember the relief you felt when that person left the room or went somewhere else? All the souls of heaven are going whew! Glad that’s over!

     The bad part is that Satan is now walking among us, in person, but not in a flesh and blood body as you and I, but a spiritual body. Many people are not familiar with what a spiritual body really is. They think it’s a spook or a ghost or a wisp of smoke. Not even close.

     The space of half an hour is called the hour of temptation and it includes the five-months of the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. Remember the promise that our Lord gave us back in chapter 3:10?

     Ref: Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. KJV

     One more time our Lord is reassuring us that if we believe in Him and have the seal of God in our brain we will be protected from all harm during these five months. Why do you still doubt Him? Why are you still scared? Sure, we might get a little hungry but He won’t abandon us at all. His hand will be there for our comfort. You will be “tried” but have a little faith.

     Here is the assurance, from the book of Luke, that we will be protected from any harm during this time:

     Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

     Luke 10:19 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. KJV

     If you can’t believe Him, who can you believe?

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

     In chapter 4:5 I mentioned that we would find out later in this book just who these seven spirits or angels were and here you have the answer: they are the seven angels that hold the seven trumpets which, when blown, will execute the seven trumps.

     Ref: Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. KJV

     These are also the seven spirits/angels of chapter 5:6.

     Ref: Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. KJV

     Please take note here that the Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes which were the seven spirits. Horns always represents power and eyes represent clarity. These are the seven spirits/angels that hold, in their hand, the seven trumpets so they definitely have power, which comes from the Father and our Lord.

     Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

     Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

     Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. KJV

     This is an additional angel so that makes eight in total. These prayers come from all people here on earth; those that believe on Him. They come from you and me, the 144,000….anyone that knows what’s going on here. They read and studied the Bible, they know who the Antichrist is and they know that the time is short and the end is near and they pray that He returns quickly.

     I want to point out here that the golden censer and the golden altar and the Throne spoken of here are very literal. You are being told about actual substances in the heavenly realm.

     A plan or a drawing represents something that is to be created or made from scratch. The formation of an idea into a real object. A pattern is something that allows someone to make an exact replica of an object that already exists.

     In the Old Testament our Father gave Moses instructions on how to build the first temple. Moses was given a pattern and told to make everything according to it. Exactly like the pattern. The temple that our Father wanted Moses to build would be an exact replica of the temple in the heavenly sphere:

     Ref: Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

     Ref: Exodus 25:9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. KJV

     In like manner King David gave his son Solomon a pattern from our Father when building the second temple:

     Ref:  1st Chronicles 28:10 Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

     Ref: 1st Chronicles 28:11 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat, KJV

     Even the slightest deviation from this pattern would result in the death of that person…take heed, our Father admonished.

     There are literal things of substance in heaven. The Throne of God is of literal substance because Ezekiel saw it and was told to write about it so that you and I could share in what Ezekiel was seeing.

     Ref: Ezekiel 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. KJV

     Prayers, on the other hand, are invisible, but to show to us that our Father truly hears them, they are represented as smoke ascending towards heaven. Where are they kept? In little golden vials, of course.

     This eighth angel, the other seven being busy holding the seven trumpets, fills the censor with hot coals from the altar of our Father. This is serious business. Coals from the altar of our Father usually do not make for happy times.

     Ref: Ezekiel 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight. KJV

     That was the destruction of the city of Jerusalem during Old Testament times. So, also, will these coals destroy that which is ungodly, that which is unjust, at the end times, after the five-month tribulation.

     The fearsome, justified anger of our Father toward His enemies. We are not His enemies. We believe, we love and we try to follow His commandments as best we can. We do not need to be afraid. Fear shows doubt and unbelief. Trust Him.

 

     The First Trump

    

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

     Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. KJV

     Dr. E. W. Bullinger, (1837-1913), the scholar that compiled the parallel column in the Companion Bible, states very clearly that man should not take what is symbolism and make it reality, nor should he take that which is real and make it symbolism.

     In Revelation, some of what’s written is symbolic and some is real. The key to understanding this book is being able to differentiate between the two. Just as when studying the Scriptures in general, you cannot ascribe that which is written to the Jew as applying to the Gentile and vice versa. You will never understand the Scriptures if you do that.

     You might end up expecting blessings that never come because they were promised to someone else.

     “nd the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.  Just remember that our Father is a consuming fire.

     From the Old Testament:

     Ref: Deuteronomy 4:24 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. KJV

     From the New Testament:

     Ref: Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. KJV

     I don’t believe that we can really understand these trumps without relating the condition and actions of people here on earth right now…today, because we are truly living in the generation of the fig tree and, at my age, I probably won’t see the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist or the return of our Lord but my children possibly may and I feel certain that my grandchildren will see these actual events come to pass.

     You can agree with that or not. I’m simply stating what I believe on this subject and you might believe otherwise. That doesn’t make us adversaries. These events will happen, we just disagree on the when.

     I won’t go through a litany of the condition of this world; you’re as smart as I am and you hear the same news that I do, but when it all boils down to just one sentence it has to be this: it’s all happening in the Middle East. Israel, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, etc.

     While the two major players are elsewhere: America and Russia. Jacob and Esau.

     This first trump is simply foretelling the destruction of the rudiments, the elements, and the ungodly.

     If, in fact, these events are real and not just symbolic, has anyone ever experienced hail and fire mingled with blood? Moses sure did.

    Ref:  Exodus 9:22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

     Ref: Exodus 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

    Ref:  Exodus 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. KJV

     You’ll notice that this event was limited to Egypt and not the entire world, leaving open the possibility of it happening elsewhere at some future time. Like right here.

 

     Ref: Exodus 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

 

     Ref: Exodus 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. KJV

 

     If you love our Father and you live your life according to His will and you have His seal in your brain, you will, spiritually, be living in the land of Goshen during these times. He will protect you just like He did the Israelites.

 

     So, what’s the problem? Everything is gonna be alright.

 

     The Second Trump

 

     Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

     Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. KJV

     As it were means that it wasn’t really a mountain on fire but looked like a mountain burning with fire. If this is literal, could that mean an erupting volcano? What John saw was a fiery mass that looked like a mountain.

     What has our Father done with mountains in the past?

     Ref: Zechariah 14:3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

     Ref: Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. KJV

     Zechariah is prophesying the return of our Lord on the last day of the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. The word cleave means to rend, break, rip or open and half of the mountain will move to the west and the other half will move to the east.

     Is that too far back in time for you? In 1886, in New Zealand, Mount Tarawera exploded and opened up at 3:30 am and caused a split four miles long, 500 feet wide and some 400 feet deep.

     Is that too far back in time for you? What about Mount St. Helen in the state of Washington? In 1980 the entire north face blew off. That was probably a fiery mass that looked like a mountain.

     Here’s something interesting for you. A photographer took this photo of the smoke pouring out of Mt. St. Helen. Wix software won't allow the placement of an image within a text box so look for the image at the bottom of this page.

 

     Some say that it might be Elijah. What do you think? Is Father telling us something? 

     One word that we can nail down as being symbolism is given to us, in this book, by our Lord:

      Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and                                             multitudes, and nations, and tongues. KJV 

     Waters, the sea, means all the people of this earth. All the different nations and languages. A third part of the sea                                             became blood; would mean that one-third of all the population of the earth. It’s referring to human beings, blood running through their veins. Verse 9 tells us that they will die. Die how?

     Ships represents commercialism, businesses run by people. They will be overtaken by Satan/Antichrist during this time and the groundwork is already being laid by the federal government. All the Antichrist has to do is get the federal government to work with him and it’s a done deal. One-worldism. It grows larger and larger even as I write this.

     How hard do you think it will be for Satan/Antichrist to sway the government to work with him? You got that right!

 

     The Third Trump

 

     Revelation 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

     Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. KJV

     There is one verse in the New Testament that will really bring the truth of this star to light:

    Ref:  Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. KJV

     Star, lightning, torch, lamp. They all produce one thing: light. The light of our Father will bring happiness and joy into your life but Satan, as the great imposter, will bring a light that shows the way to darkness. Eternal deception.

     Ref: 2nd Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. KJV

     Remember that waters and seas mean people and one-third of the people on this earth will probably be taken in by him more than the others.

     Eventually those that are duped and deceived by the lies of Satan/Antichrist will become bitter because as they sit and wait on the left side of the gulf, knowing full well that the opportunity to reach the right side and be in the presence of our Lord, has passed them by and their deeds and beliefs can never retract that.

     In 1986 a neuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Russia, experienced a meltdown and even to this day, animals may walk and graze throughout the area but humans are stil forbidden entry. Chernobyl was a disastrous event and marvel not, for the Russian word Chernobyl, translated to English, means wormwood.

     Satan is called wormwood and the definition of that word is bitterness. Literally bitterness for your soul if you believe in him and not the Father.

     Both Chernobyl and Satan/Antichrist are disasterous. One to the body; one to the soul.

 

     The Fourth Trump

 

     Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

     Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! KJV

     Other than the obvious, why did the Creator put the sun, moon and stars in the sky?

     Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: KJV

     Signs. To give those souls, those people, that have eyes that see, a subtle message. A little bell tinkling way off in the distance that not all can hear.

     I was out walking my dog Abigale the other evening, during the twilight hour, and I just happened to look up at just the right time and for two seconds I saw a fire ball come through the atmosphere. Did I take it as a sign from our Father? Nope. It was just a phenomenem that many people see, I was just fortunate to see one for myself.

     But sometimes, when our Father wants to get your attention, it will probably happen just that way. Bam! There it is. Never expected it or anticipated it or looked for it but bam! There it is. After it happens you will know if it came from Him. Allow the moment to sink in and then ponder on it for a while.

     If you truly believe that, whatever the sign was, came from our Father, don’t broadcast it to everybody you see that day. Most wouldn’t understand what you’re talking about anyway. This was something that our Father wanted you to see specifically. Keep it within your heart, it’s a precious moment between you and your Creator.

     Seasons. The position of the stars and planets throughout the year associated with summer, autumn, winter and spring. Farmers plant their crops according to the heavens and the moon.

 

     Days and years. Calendars are made from the stars and planets and our rotation around the sun. Feast days given to the Hebrew children were always given on a day of the month, never a day of the week.

     We are going through a period right now of four blood moons. This has only happened 55 times since the birth of Christ. Each one of these current blood moons will happen on a Jewish feast day, that’s happened only 10 times since the birth of Christ.

     Ten times in two thousand and fifteen years.

  • April 15, 2014---Passover

  • October 8, 2014---Feast of Tabernacles

  • April 4, 2015---Passover

  • September 28, 2015---Feast of Tabernacles

     The Feast of Passover is an 8-day festival, celebrated in the spring of each year, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It celebrates the passing over of the Israelites by the angel of death

     The month of Nisan is also called Abib in Genesis, it’s the first month of the religious year of the Jews and it falls between March and April on the Gregorian calendar.

     Jesus Christ was crucified on the day before Passover, 14th Nisan, and remained in the tomb on the first, second and third days of Passover. Pretty important days.

     The Feast of Tabernacles is an 8-day festival, celebrated in the fall of each year, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Tishri. It celebrates the Hebrews living in small “huts” out in the desert during the 40 years of nomadic wanderings.

     The month of Tishri is also called Ethanim, it’s the first month of the civil year of the Jews and it falls between September and October on the Gregorian calendar.

     Jesus Christ was born, on or about, the 25th of September. Pretty important day.

     I know, I know. Heretical teachings. Everyone knows that Christ was born on the 25th of December.

     It’s documented in the book of Luke, starting with chapter one that He was conceived on this date, not birthed.

     Just read chapter 15 of my book, Time, Truth & Wisdom on this website and it will explain it all in detail, according to the Scriptures.

     If these four blood moons are not a sign then I don’t know what would be.

     In verse 13, the Manuscripts have eagle instead of angel flying through the midst of heaven  to give warning that the last three trumps are woe trumps as well.

 

 

 

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3 February 2015

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