SEVENTH SEAL AND THE SEVEN TRUMPETS
Rev. 8:1Â And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2Â And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Seven angels, seven trumpets. There has been no indication these are or are not the angels of the Churches.
Rev. 8:3Â 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.
4Â And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
5Â 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.
6Â And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Now the seven angels shall sound, and since the 144,000 have been sealed, the injunction on the four angels not to hurt earth and sea are no longer in effect.
Rev. 8:7Â 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.
When a trumpet sounding followed by something satisfying the description âhail and fireâ burn up a third of the earth, we know the 7th seal is open and the first trump is sounded.
People following all the elaborate theologies of the end times will be confusedâ¦but those of us simply believing this will understand.
For the very first time, a unique event other than the seal of the 144,000 shows that the end is at hand. I exclude the seal of the 144,000 because it is difficult to say whether the average person will understand that as prophesy, or even be aware of the seals.
But if the events of these specific prophesies come to pass, we know the sealed of God are somewhere about.
Rev. 8:8Â 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;
9Â 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.
Again, an unmistakable event. Between the earthquake of the sixth seal and the destruction of a third of land and sea, we know 7 seals are open and two trumpets have sounded.
When we understand and believe this, the day of the Lord will not overtake us as a thief. We will understand that these things are trials, and great tribulation, but are not the wrath the kings proclaimed it to be.
Rev. 8:10Â 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;
11Â 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.
Remember, a global event. Many would have died from the first two soundings as a third of land and sea is destroyed. Now the drinking supply of water is poisoned.
Rev. 8:12Â 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.
13Â 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!
You will actually have trumpets sounding and angels floating in the darkness proclaiming what is going on!
Rev. 9:1Â 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.
2Â 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.
3Â 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.
4Â 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.
Like I mentioned before, only the 144,000 will have protection. The rest of us will need to really exercise faith.
Rev. 9:5Â 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.
6Â And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Torture. Men will want to die.
Rev. 9:7Â 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.
8Â And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9Â 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.
10Â And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11Â 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.
âAbaddonâ and âApollyon,â the Destroyer. Associated with war. Possibly, but this is conjecture, from biological or robotic military technology. I would not suggest teaching this as doctrine or that we should expect this as such.
Locust are extremely carnivorous given opportunity. And if there is a âbottomless pitâ where a species has hidden for all these centuries, there is no telling what might arise.
Rev. 9:12Â One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13Â And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14Â Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
These four angels that before were held back are unleashed, to destroy a third of earthâs remaining population.
Rev. 9:15Â 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.
16Â And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
200,000,000. Two hundred million.
Rev. 9:17Â 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.
18Â 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.
19Â 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.
20Â 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:
!A third of the earth, the seas and the waters will be destroyed by an army of two hundred million. Global catastrophe, and how many perished? Now another third of humankind is destroyed by an army of horsemen. And these horsemen have some rather unusual weaponry. This is again unprecedented. And we know the sixth angel has sounded.
Yet the majority of survivors repent not.
Rev. 9:21Â Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Rev. 10:1Â 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:
2Â 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,
3Â And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4Â 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.
After the sixth trump sounds, before the seventh, an angel descends and cries, and âseven thundersâ utter their voices.
We do not know what these seven thunders are, for they are sealed up. They are secret.
Remember in Daniel the missing seven shabua? The days of the sixth trump may have something to do with those 49 years. But remember, I do not know. Nor do you.
Properly understood for what was written, Scripture reveals Jesus said his RETURN would be quick, âtachios.â But when Jesus gave the narrative of his return, we saw an extended process whereby âHeaven and earth would pass, but not his words.â
It is not unreasonable to believe the sixth trumpet signals a time that may be nearly five decades long, with a huge army killing a third of all who live during that time. We do not know it is, either.
But these seven thunders are kept secret, and those seven shabua are not expounded on.
But when this happens it will likely be obvious. It certainly will be after an army of two hundred million horsemen, during a time a third of the earth is slain.
Rev. 9:5Â And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6Â 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:
âTime no longerâ does not mean hours and days and years disappear.
But in Scripture, eras are referred to as âagesâ and âtimes.â
In other AGES, other TIMES, it was not known that Jews and Gentiles would be joint heirs.
Now, the Day of the Lord is upon us.
There are still things that will occur that will constitute radical changes. But from here on out, Christ will be here to establish his rule. It will be the Day of the Lord.
Rev. 9:7Â 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.
In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, the last trump sounding, when the angel begins to sound, the mystery of God will be finished.
The mystery of God.
We looked carefully at the Mystery as it was revealed to Paul. Jews and Gentiles, one Body. Now this mystery is finished.
Not âThe secret of God,â as we have been taught to understand this. But that crucial doctrine of revelation God gave us.
Christ the Head, we the Body, Jews and Gentiles joint heirs, partakers of the promise.
This mystery of God is finished, completed, when the seventh, the last trump begins to sound.
It is at this time that spoken by Jesus, âAnd then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.â
It is at this time that written by Paul, âIn a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed,â
âFor the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.â
The believers reading Revelation when it was written knew of the seven Churches, and they knew what the Mystery of God is.
When they read this, the connecting of the dots were instantaneous. We however need to carefully track phrases and words and their usages carefully at times.
But at the beginning of the sounding of the seventh and last trump, the Mystery, the Church of the Body of Christ, is finished, as in complete.
Rev. 9:8Â 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.
9Â 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.
10Â 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.
Something happens related to these seven thunders that taste sweet but are in fact sickening. Remember the Mystery is finished. We during this time have met or are meeting the Lord in the air.
It reminds me of Paulâs words to the Thessalonians: âFor yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.â 1 Thess. 4:2-3
Whatever happens during this time will seem sweet as honey to those âeatingâ it but it will be sickening, it will be bad.
But we are back to the book of the seven thunders, just before the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
Rev. 10:11Â And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Rev. 11:1Â And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2Â But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Johnâs focus is on the Temple and Jerusalem. Notice John is still writing of the days leading up to the sounding of the last, seventh trump, as we shall soon see further clarified.
First he told us that as the last trump sounds the mystery of God will be finished. Now he is leading us up to that climactic event, as we will see very clearly. He is telling us about a three and a half year period, forty-two months.
During this time, Gentiles shall tread the city. Like Daniel prophesying that a prince would come to destroy the city.
Rev. 11:3Â And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These two witnesses are preaching these three and a half years, these 1260 days. They are preaching before the last trump.
They are Christians. Itâs the last months before the last trumpet sounds and the Mystery is finished.
!And the last trump will begin to sound 3 and a Â½ years into the ministry described herein.
Rev. 11:4Â These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5Â And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6Â These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7Â And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
The beast that arises out of the bottomless pit shall make war and kill these two.
These two are not resurrected prophets or angels as some have speculated.
They are men, men who shall be killed. They are great Christian men, the olive trees and candlesticks standing before the God of the earth, fighting the righteous fight.
Rev. 11:8Â And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Men have dead bodies. These are not angels, spirits, or Old Testament prophets sent back to earth. They are great believers, and their dead bodies shall lie in the street in Jerusalem, the great city our Lord was crucified in, and nations shall see and rejoice, the nations that will not repent.
Rev. 11:9Â And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10Â And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
When this calls them prophets, understand there are prophets in the Church. This is no reference to Old Testament prophets, but of prophets of the Body of Christ. So evil will the survivors of earth be that they will literally send gifts to each other in celebration of the deaths of Godâs champions.
Rev. 11:11Â And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12Â And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
The spirit of life enters these men, and they stand up!
Rev. 11:13Â And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
And the people of Jerusalem give glory to God.
Rev. 11:14Â The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
The locust were the first woe. These men, and the three and a half years they witnessed, and the waged war with the beast at the end of their testimony, were the second.
Now we will see the sounding of the last trumpet. And the workings of the Kingdom of the beast.
THE KINGDOM OF THE BEAST
Rev. 11:15Â And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
And the seventh angel sounded.
It does not read, âTHEN the seventh angel sounded.â
But, âand,â as the two dead witnesses were raised to life, and as the world watched, the last trump sounds, and the dead made incorruptible, like the two dead Christian witnesses.
The living shall be changed.
These two didnât just float up in an ethereal spirit form.
They stood up. Then a voice said âCome up hither,â and they did.
We have little bumper stickers warning that driver may disappear at the sound of the last trump.
Our meeting the Lord in the air will be decently and in order. The angels will gather, like these two men hearing one of the angels Jesus said would be sent to gather the elect, âCome up hither.â
The world will be watching us change and leave to meet our Lord in the air!
Weâll park our cars, weâll probably have time to look at those âLeft Behindâ and offer encouragement.
Rev. 11:16Â And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17Â Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18Â And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
It is now when times of different ways God has of dealing with Mankind are over.
No more burning bushes, he has sent His Son back to rule directly.
Sure there is another thousand tears before Judgment.
But what and when is no longer unknown to Man, Man can no longer say âWhy does God not just appear to us?â
Jesus is here to rule. Now the people say âif God was real, why doesnât He just show Himself?â He did, through Christ. And now Jesus is back.
Rev. 11:19Â And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Rev. 12:1Â And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2Â And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3Â And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4Â And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5Â And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6Â And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
âThe womanâ is not specifically Mary. Mary has not lived to be fed in the wilderness when the prince Daniel prophesied would come to destroy Jerusalem arrived.
The woman is Israel, being attacked because the Dragonâs (Satan) hatred of God extends to His chosen Israel, from whence sprung Christ.
The Dragon indeed attacked the woman to destroy the baby Jesus, slaughtering the firstborn of an entire coastland up to two years of age. He will now seek to destroy Israel entirely, in revenge.
Rev. 12:7Â And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8Â And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Now, right now, Satan is daily before the throne of God accusing the brethren. But when these things take place, we see Satan and his angels having no more access.
Rev. 12:9Â And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
See? During these days, the seventh angel sounded, the Mystery of God is finished, Satan is cast down to earth with no more access to Heaven like he had in Job.
Rev. 12:10Â And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
NOW is salvation. NOW is the Kingdom of God and the power of his Christ come to liberate Earth from the enemy. As we will see, this process takes over a thousand more years, to the Great White Throne Judgment. But we are still right after the return of Jesus and the gathering of the Elect.
Rev. 12:11Â And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12Â Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Earth is now the full focal point of the ancient war between God and Satan. And who has great wrath?
Rev. 12:13Â And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14Â And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15Â 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.
16Â And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17Â And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
By the time the trump sounds and we are carries to meet the Lord in the air, many of Israel had been saved. 144,000 were saved and sealed, remember?
But while the world and their enemies were unrepentant, the remnant of Jerusalem had given glory to God. These and others of the remnant of her seed that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ now face the wrath of the beast.
We are forever with our Lord, but where is he? Earth. We are still here. We will meet Jesus in the air, as he is coming the way he left, and shall be with him as he returns.
Rev. 13:1Â And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2Â And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3Â And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Satanâs full attention is focused on war now. And his power is focused, power great enough to deceive the nations.
Rev. 13:4Â And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
There is a lot of speculation on who this beast shall be. But again, we can guess and guess and guess. But Scripture will explain it soon enough. Remember however the spirits by the throne of God were referred to as beasts.
Rev. 13:5Â And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Another three and a half years.
Rev. 13:6Â And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7Â And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
During this time, those who war against the beast wonât do very well. We are with our Lord, we are the saints. He overcomes, but he doesnât destroy.
Rev. 13:8Â And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9Â If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10Â He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
It wonât be a good idea to align yourself with the beast, and go to war on his behalf. At the time, however, it will prove immensely tempting.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST
Rev. 13:11Â And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12Â And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13Â And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14Â And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
This is not the seven headed, ten horned beast of Daniel. This is a new, subservient apparition. Like the Beast that arose from the bottomless pit (whose king is the king of war) this one arises from the earth (literally, from the people of the earth, the Gentile nations.Â )
Rev. 13:15Â And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16Â And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17Â And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18Â Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Six hundred threescore and six. No man can buy or sell without the mark, or the name, or the number of the name of the beast.
Based on UPC code technology, there is already a universal system in place that allows massive production, movement, sales and tracking of every product in the global economy.
Divided into two parts by three âguard bars,â the left hand code is the manufacturer code, the right hand code is the product code, and the two are separated by three âguard bars.â Looks like this:
The codes â1,2,3,4,5â for the manufacturer code and â6,7,8,9,0â are the short bars, the guard bars the two long ones far left, the two long ones far right, and the two long ones right in the middle.
Notice these bars are the same thickness, more importantly having the same gap space.
Now look at the two shorter bars to the right of the center guard bar. The bars are the same, the gap is the same. As you can see, the bar for â6â is the same as the bar for the guards. 6-6-6, or more accurately, six in the first column, six in the second, six in the third: 600 and 60 and 6.
Here is another example.
Again, the three guard bars are identical to the sixes. And these are randomly picked UPC codes: Universal Product Codes. Universal, as in âwithout which no man can buy or sell.â
I tell you why I do not believe the UPC is itself the mark of the beast.
First, it is not the number of a man. It is the number of a product and the manufacturer.
But after the seventh trumpet, when the beasts comes to total power, he will control this prophesied technology. And each man will be given a code.
Technically the guard bars do not represent any numeric code. But if you graphically transpose the six bar with the guard bar and vice versa, and adjust the height, they are indeed interchangeable. The very first few months of bar codes, label printers actually stamped a â6â under each guard bar.
Now they are taking this technology and putting it into microchips. To scan or read these microchips, it is best to put the chips under thin skin: near the temple on the forehead, or on the back of the hand.
Remember: UPC codes are not the mark of the beast, they are âthe number of a companyâ and the ânumber of a product.â But this is the technology the beast will use to number a man rather than a product.
Rev. 14:1Â And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
!The Lamb is of course our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since he returned at the last trump, he is now here to stand on Mount Sion. And these are the 144,000 sealed before the seventh trump.
Rev. 14:2Â And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3Â And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4Â These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
These were the firstfruits unto God. They were Christians born of the twelve tribes, living godly and chastely, sealed before the Rapture itselfâ¦first fruits. Remember, the mystery was finished at the sounding of the seventh trumpet. These were sealed between the sixth and the seventh.
Rev. 14:5Â And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Being Jews, they werenât suckered in by the wrong doctrines introduced into Christianity by pagan influences, many of which weaken us as Christians to the temptations and pressures of this world.
Rev. 14:6Â And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7Â Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
This is a call to repentance. A last warning as it were.
Rev. 14:8Â And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Remember the prophesy in Isaiah? Babylon of ancient days is long gone. But the duel part of the prophesy will be occurring in these days.
Rev. 14:9Â And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10Â The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11Â And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
!AT THIS TIME we have the wrath and judgment of God. Not back during the opening of the seals, Christ stands on Mount Sion, but heâs not here to preach the acceptable year, heâll be here to preach the day of vengeance of our God.
Rev. 14:12Â Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13Â And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Christ has returned. But the war begun in Heaven is now focused on earth. Many of those clinging to Christ during these dark days will be killed.
Rev. 14:14Â And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15Â And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16Â And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17Â And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18Â And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19Â And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20Â And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Yes, now as the beast reigns and Babylon is fallen we have the wrath of God.
We were rescued from this at the sound of the seventh, the last trump. These next few chapters reveal the details of wrath as it relates to the kingdom of the beast.