- 1 The Former Rain is for Righteousness
- 2 The Glory of the Lord came from the East
- 3 Their Doorpost was beside My Doorpost
- 4 The Lawless are removed from the Kingdom of Heaven
- 4.1 The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
- 4.1.1 Silence for about a half an hour
- 4.1.2 The Prayers of the Saints
- 4.1.3 The Tabernacle of Testimony was opened
- 4.1.4 Fire from the Altar
- 4.1.5 The End of the Great Tribulation
- 4.1.6 Peals of Thunder And an Earthquake
- 4.1.7 This Gate shall be Shut
- 4.1.8 The First Trumpet
- 4.1.9 The Second Trumpet
- 4.1.10 After Two Days He will revive us
- 4.1.11 The Third Trumpet
- 4.2 The Angels in Revelation 14
- 4.3 The Flying Scroll, Basket, and Chariots
- 4.4 The Rider on the White Horse
- 4.1 The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
The Former Rain is for Righteousness
Zechariah prophesied the renewal of New Jerusalem, saying, “The LORD will again comfort Zion, and I will again choose Jerusalem” (Zechariah 1:17) . . . “My Word will be a wall of fire around her, and I will dwell in her midst” (Zechariah 2:5). The Spirit of Christ makes the dwelling place for the Spirit of God.
In the late 19th Century, many hoped for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which they called “the latter rain.” The prophet Hosea said, “He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hosea 6:3).
The outpouring of the rain was first prophesied in Chapter Two of the Song of Songs. Solomon’s bride said, “lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone” (Song of Songs 2:11). Solomon’s bride represented New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ. The Spring rain that began the engagement of Christ with His Bride.
In Israel there are two rains. The former rain appears at the end of the year. The Song of Songs described the engagement year of Christ and His bride, and the rain at the end of the year, is the rain that the saints were really waiting for.
Hosea said, “after two days He will revive us; on the third Day He will raise up, He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hosea 6:2). And the Apostle Peter told us that a Day to the Lord is as a thousand years. The former rain is the end time outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The prophet Joel explained, “He has given you the former rain for righteousness” (Joel 2:23). The former rain is sent to remove the lawlessness from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus said when the Spirit of truth comes, “it will convict the world of sin, and righteousness and judgment . . . (John 16:8).
The Glory of the Lord came from the East
In the beginning of the twentieth Century, many believers in the West were pursuing a Pentecostal revival. But the Bible prophesied that this revival would come from the East.
In Jesus’ day, Zechariah 6:12 was translated as, “Behold, man whose name is the East! He shall build the temple of the LORD.”
Ezekiel told us that the end time outpouring of the Holy Spirit would come from the East.
And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters . . .Ezekiel 43:1-2
This is sound of many waters we hear throughout the Book of Revelation, the sound of the end time Sanctified Church.
In Chapter 47, Ezekiel described the water that became deeper and deeper as we go east and south of Jerusalem. When we look at the world, it is easy to see where it goes.
The Apostle Peter said that the gift of the Holy Spirit would be given to “as many are as a far off” (Acts 2:48). He quoted from Isaiah 49:12, “surely these shall come from afar, Look! Those from the north and the west and these from the land of Sinim.” The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Apostolic time was to the North and the West, but the end time outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes from the “the land of Sinim,” which is normally interpreted to mean China.
In the Apostolic age, the Holy Spirit led the Apostles to Europe, and prevented them from preaching in Asia. This was described in Acts 16:6, “now when they had gone through Phrygia, and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.” This was the plan of God. The first preaching of the Gospel was North and West of Jerusalem. The Church of the end days is from the East.
Their Doorpost was beside My Doorpost
Ezekiel told us why God was unable to pour out His Holy Spirit on the Churches of the West. God said: “their doorpost was beside My doorpost, and there was a wall between them and Me” (Ezekiel 43:8).
In other words, God’s house was not built according to His instructions.
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth.
The Bible gives us three conditions that must be met for the Church to receive the Spirit of God.
1. The Church must keep the commandments of God. We find this in Acts 5:32; 1 John 3:22; 5:2; Revelation 12:17; 14:12; Matthew 7:21; and 1 Corinthians 7:19
2. The Church must obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, outlined by His “if not” conditions of salvation.
3. The Church must listen to the teachings of the Apostles, as John described in 1 John 4:6. The elementary teachings of salvations were listed by the writer of Hebrews as repentance, faith in God, instructions in baptisms, and the laying on of hands (Hebrews 6:1-2). But, the instructions about baptisms, were not clearly recorded in the New Testament. They were known only in Justin Martyr’s day, by Jesus expression, “in like manner” (John 5:19). – “We lead them to a place where there is water, and they are regenerated in the same manner in which we ourselves are regenerated” (Justin Martyr, First Apology).
The requirement for the Church to follow the pattern exactly was first dramatically illustrated for us in Exodus 39, and 40. God gave precise instructions for the tabernacle. After they built it according to all of His instructions, “then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tent.” (Exodus 40:34)
Ezekiel described the same requirement to follow the measurements exactly.
After the temple was built in accordance with all of God’s instructions, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east.
Ezekiel 42:15; 43:1-2
The Lawless are removed from the Kingdom of Heaven
Jesus said that at the end of the age, He “will send forth His Angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness” (Matthew 13:41).
These stumbling blocks are the stumbling blocks to man’s salvation.
The main stumbling blocks highlighted in the Book of Revelation are the image and mark of the beast. Today, the Jews cannot accept the changing the day of rest to Sunday, the mark of the beast; and the Arabs cannot accept the idea of a three person God, which John called “the image of the beast.” In 600, the prophet Muhammed easily rebuked the Arab Christians saying,
People of the Book, go not beyond the bounds in your religion, and say not as to God but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, “Three.”
Arberry Quran 4:171
The Angels sent out to remove these stumbling blocks and those who practice lawlessness are described,
• In Revelation Chapters 8 and 16, as seven Angels who announce seven trumpets and the seven bowls of wrath, the first of which is sores on those who receive the mark of the beast and worship his image.
• In Revelation 14, as the Angel with a loud voice, saying, “if anyone worships the beast and his image . . . he will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God,” and,
• In Revelation 19, as the Rider on the white horse, followed by the armies of heaven, who strike down the Gentiles using the Word of God.
These Angels purify the kingdom of heaven. They darken the kingdom of the beast in Chapter 16, and trample the great winepress, in Chapter 14.
The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
In Revelation 8, and 16, John saw visions of Seven Trumpets and Seven Bowls of wrath.
When we put these side by side, we can easily see that they are related. We will discuss the first trumpet and bowl of wrath last.
|Trumpet||Bowl of Wrath|
|Prelude: Revelation 8:1-5||Prelude: Revelation 15:5-8|
|1. hail and fire||sores on those who worship the image and receive the mark of the beast|
|2. sea||sea (baptisms/salvation of death in false churches)|
|3. rivers and springs||rivers and springs (the lawless drink the spirit of a demon called Wormwood)|
|4. sun, moon, and stars are darkened (matches the fifth Bowl of Wrath)||the glory of the saints; “then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun”|
|5. release from the bottomless pit||the kingdom of the beast is darkened|
|7. flaming fire and judgment||flaming fire and judgment|
The second trumpet and the second bowl of wrath are both plagues on the sea. The third and the third bowl of wrath are both plagues on the rivers and springs. The last two trumpets, and the last two bowls of wrath describe the battle of Armageddon, and the Great Day of God’s wrath.
The fourth trumpet describes the final darkening of the kingdom of heaven. This is described as in the fourth bowl of wrath as the brightest day of the saints, when “then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.” The darkening of the kingdom of the beast in the fifth bowl of wrath.
The fifth Trumpet, which describes the release of Satan after 1,000 years. This is moved to the sixth bowl of wrath, which also describes the battle of Armageddon.
The seven trumpets and seven bowls of wrath bring us the same message from different perspectives.
The seven trumpets describe the purification of the Kingdom of heaven. In each of the first four trumpets, one third of the lawless are removed, just as one third of the Angels were found to be lawless and removed from heaven in Chapter 12.
The seven bowls of wrath describe the attack on the kingdom of the beast, which represents the lawless in the kingdom of heaven.
The first three trumpets and bowls of wrath all result in blood, the spiritual death of the lawless. The sores on those who worship the image of the beast and receive his mark, in the first bowl of wrath, must be from the “hail and fire mixed with blood,” of the first trumpet.
Silence for about a half an hour
Before the Holy Spirit, was poured out in the early twentieth Century, there was “silence in heaven for about a half an hour” (Revelation 8:1).
The meaning of “silence for a half an hour” is described in the fifth seal of Revelation Chapter 6.
The first four seals were four horses who were given “authority over a fourth of the earth to kill with the sword and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” Europe was the fourth of the earth, and the extent of Christianity until the 16th Century. These four horses of white, red, black, and green, represented the plagues of death that terrorized Europe. The horses of Islam rode through Europe, carrying flags of white, red, black, and green.
That brings us to the fifth seal. The martyrs on thrones, cried out “with a loud voice, saying, ‘how long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’” (Revelation 6:10).
The resurrection of the martyrs began when the saints escaped from the hand of the Bishop of Rome, in 1471 AD. This ended the time, times and half a time, and began the 1,000-year reign of the Martyrs.
The martyrs were “given a white robe and told to rest until the number of their brethren to be killed . . . was completed” (Revelation 6:11).
The deaths of the Reformation ended after the “Thirty Years War,” in which a third of the population of Germany died. The Peace of Westphalia was signed in 1648.
Then the Martyrs stopped ascending to heaven, and “there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour” (Revelation 8:1).
“An hour” is about 500 years, being 1/12 of the human clock of 6,000 years, and a half an hour is 250 years. This brings us from 1648 to 1917, when fire from the altar was thrown down to the earth (Revelation 8:5).
The Prayers of the Saints
As on the Day of Pentecost, before the former rain of the Holy Spirit could be poured out, the prayers of the saints ascended to God. This is described in Revelation 8,
Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense ascended from the angel’s hand with the prayers of the saints before God.
The Angel that intercedes for the saints is always Christ, the Angel who appears in different forms throughout the Book of Revelation.
By the beginning of the twentieth Century, the saints were earnestly praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and many believed that they had attained it.
In 1896, more than one hundred Protestants prayed earnestly at the Shearer Schoolhouse Revival, and after much prayer, it was said that “a number were speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 1
On the last day of the year 1900, Charles Parham asked the students of his Bible College to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The next day, Agnes Ozman began to speak in Chinese. The other students said that a halo surrounded her face and head, as she began to speak and write in Chinese.
By 1906, the Pentecostal experience had reached the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, where 13,000 spoke in tongues. In 1908, the Apostolic Faith Mission sailed to China where Bernt Berntsen preached to Zhang Lingsheng and Paul Wei, and they also spoke with other tongues.
But in 1917, Paul Wei received the instruction of Christ to be baptized with the baptism of Jesus, and he received the gift of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the tongue emitting sound. This was completely unlike the speaking in other tongues, in Western Churches.
The Tabernacle of Testimony was opened
The Apostle John described the event that preceded the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the former rain,
the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened.
There was an enlightenment from heaven, for the pattern of God’s Church, the pattern of His temple.
In the Old Testament, the tabernacle of testimony had to be built according to God’s instructions, to allow the Glory of God to enter.
In Acts 7, Stephen rebuked the Jews, because they did not follow God’s instructions, “our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen” (Acts 7:44).
The writer of Hebrews recalled this instruction of God, saying, “See. . . that you make it according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” (Hebrews 9:5).
When Moses built the tabernacle according to the pattern he was shown, the glory of God came in (Exodus 40:34).
In 1908, Bernt Berntsen and the Apostolic Faith Mission sailed to China where he met Zhang Lingsheng and Paul Wei.
Zhang Lingsheng and Paul Wei agreed with all of Berntsen’s teachings, including the washing of feet. But they insisted on keeping Saturday rest, after reading tracts published by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
As a result of this disagreement, they went their separate ways.
After fasting for 39 days, Paul Wei heard a voice saying, “you must be baptized with the baptism of Jesus.” So, he walked about three kilometers to the river, and waded into the water and knelt down, then he heard a voice from heaven, saying “you must be baptized face down.”
After Paul Wei obeyed these instructions,
the temple was filled with the smoke from the glory of God and from His power
Paul Wei entered what he called “the holiest place.” He was filled with the Holy Spirit, as evidence by the tongue emitting sound.
Fire from the Altar
The Apostle John prophesied the end time outpouring of the Holy Spirit, saying,
The angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and hurled it to the earth (Revelation 8:3-5)
The Angel was Christ, and the fire that He poured out was the same Holy Spirit that was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, with “tongues of fire.”
In 1917, after Paul Wei obeyed the instruction of God to baptize face down, he received the comfort of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by the tongue emitting sound, laleo glossa. This experience was much different than the “speaking in tongues” of Pentecostal denominations from the West. Those in the West prayed in a kind of language, that followed the moving of their mouth. But for Paul Wei, and the Church in China, the tongue emit sound. There was also a strong comforting movement of the Holy Spirit that could be seen by all. As on the Day of Pentecost, the evidence of the Holy Spirit was both seen and heard (Acts 2:33).
On his deathbed, Paul Wei pleaded with the Western missionary Bernt Berntsen saying, “if you are able to believe that Jesus gave me a face down baptism and that He personally appeared and gave me commands then you will indeed enter that holiest place.”2 But Berntsen refused, saying that he would wait until the Holy Spirit revealed it to him.
As Ezekiel prophesied, the Church of the end days would come from the East.
The Church of the East rejected the image and mark of the beast, and obeyed five doctrines:
- The rest of the Sabbath Day
- Baptism in the name of Jesus, in like manner
- The washing of feet after baptism
- Holy Communion, and
- The laying on of hands for gift of the Holy Spirit
The End of the Great Tribulation
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the East ended the Great Tribulation described in Revelation 7 and Matthew 24. We can understand the meaning of the Great Tribulation in Revelation 7, where we meet two groups of the elect.
Those who came out of the Great Tribulation, and those who are sealed by the Spirit of God, the 144,000.
The Apostle Paul called the Holy Spirit, “the seal,” on the elect saying, “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).
When the Bishop of Rome exalted himself as high as Christ, the Holy Spirit was taken from the Church. Believers lost the seal of God, and the assurance of salvation.
So Jesus said that when we see the one who “stands in the holy place as spoken of by Daniel, the prophet . . . there will be a Great Tribulation, such has not occurred from the beginning of the world” Matthew 24:15-21). The one who stood in the holy place, was the Bishop of Rome. When he stood in the holy place, by changing the doctrines of Christ’s Church, the place of his sanctuary was cast to the ground.
The tribulation of Satan threatened man’s salvation. So, Jesus said, “unless those days were cut saved, no flesh would be saved.” (Matthew 24:22). That is, no could be saved by the true gospel, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
But Jesus went on to say, “immediately from the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky” (Matthew 24:29). Here, He described the period of the seven trumpets, the darkening of the sun and the moon in the fourth trumpet, and the falling of angels in the Third and Fifth trumpets that ended the Great Tribulation.
Peals of Thunder And an Earthquake
The Apostle John told us that after the Holy Spirit was poured out on the end time Church of the East,
there were peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
“Peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning,” are also found in Revelation 4:5; 11:19; and 16:17-18. They described the dramatic encounter with God on Mount Sinai, in Exodus 19:16 and 20:18.
Here, they describe the outpouring of the Spirit of God.
John said that these peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning were followed by an earthquake.
“An earthquake” in the Book of Revelation represents war. The “earth” refers to the people, and a “quake” describes their war.
The earthquakes in Revelation 6:2, 11:13, and 16:18 are called “great earthquakes.” Revelation 6:12, and 16:18 describe the Battle of Armageddon, the battle that ends man’s existence. The great earthquake in Revelation 11:13 described the Reformation wars that killed 1/10 of Europe, and one third of Germany.
In 1917, the Holy Spirit was poured out in China. In the same year, China joined World War I. John did not call this a “great earthquake,” but it was called “the Great War,” because it was compared to the Battle of Armageddon.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in China was accompanied by signs and miracles. By 1923, more than 100 churches were established in the south. And all received the same Spirit, the same evidence of the tongue emitting sound, that was first experienced by Paul Wei in 1917.
In the next verse, John said,
the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.
On Mount Sinai, after the peals of thunder and flashes of lightning, the Israelites heard the sound of a trumpet blast. Here, the peals of thunder and flashes of lightning introduce the sounding of the seven trumpets.
This Gate shall be Shut
The Apostolic Church was ended when the Bishop of Rome stood in the holy place and the abomination of desolation was set up. The place of his sanctuary was cast to the ground.
But God will not allow anyone to stand in the holy place of the Church of the last days.
Ezekiel said that when the glory of God came in, the door must remain shut (Ezekiel 44:2), so that the glory of God may never again depart from His temple.
This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore, it shall be shut.
The meaning of “this gate shall be shut” is that the doctrines of the Church cannot be changed by man. “No man may enter the temple,” or have his way in the temple, for this is the temple of God. The Antichrist desolated the Church when a man “stood in the holy place” (Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).
In Revelation 15:8, we read that,
no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.
Since its inception in 1917, the Church of God in China has absolutely resisted any comprise of its doctrines. It rejected all the man-made doctrines of western churches.
In Revelation 14:4, John said, “these are the men who have not been defiled by women . . . these are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”
The saints understood that they received the Holy Spirit because they obeyed the instructions of God, to build His temple.
Ezekiel said, “write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances and perform them” (Ezekiel 43:8).
The First Trumpet
Before the first bowl of wrath was poured out, a loud voice was heard from the Temple (Revelation 16:1). The Temple is the Church of God, and the loud voice was from the Spirit of Christ, the Archangel, sending out His Messengers.
We know that the first bowl of wrath, and the first trumpet are likely the same. The second bowl of wrath, and second trumpet are a plague on the sea, and the third bowl of wrath and trumpet are a plague on the rivers and springs.
The first trumpet is “hail and fire mingled with blood” (Revelation 8:7). This was one of the Ten Plagues on Egypt. “Hail and fire” struck the Egyptians and their livestock.
The first bowl of wrath is “sores on those who receive the mark of the beast, and worship his image.” These sores must have come from the hail and fire of the first trumpet.
Like the plagues on Egypt, these plagues do not affect the people of God. Only the lawless are struck by these plagues.
In the first trumpet, a third of the trees were burned up, and ALL the green grass was burned up.
Isaiah said, “all flesh is as grass” (Isaiah 40:6). So “all men” are harmed by the truth about the mark of beast. In Revelation 13:16, John said , “he causes ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead.” In the first trumpet, ALL of the grass is burned.
The trees represent those in the kingdom of God. Jesus compared those in the kingdom of God to trees, saying, “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit”(Matthew 7:18). A third of the trees are burned up by the first plague, because they are lawless – they keep the Trinity and Sunday rest, in spite of what has been revealed to them.
The Second Trumpet
Isaiah said that in the last days, the Mountain of the Lord’s house would be established above all the mountains, and “all the nations shall flow to it.”
This mountain appears in the second trumpet, a great mountain burning with fire is thrown into the sea, and a third of the ships sink. The corresponding second bowl of wrath tells us that, “every living thing in the sea died.” The second trumpet and second bowl of wrath describe the spiritual death of the unrighteous when the end time Church appears.
Ezekiel described the end time Church as water that enters the sea.
Young’s literal version translates Ezekiel 47:8 this way:
These waters are going forth unto the east circuit, and have gone down unto the desert, and have entered the sea; unto the sea they are brought forth, and the waters have been healed.
In other words, when the water, the Holy Spirit, has completed its course in the East, it will affect the salvation of all mankind.
This water that enters the sea is the Great Mountain burning with fire that enters the sea in Revelation 8:8.
The sea that Ezekiel spoke of was “the Dead Sea,” the previous ground of Christianity, that lost its life.
Ezekiel said, “the waters will be healed,” but “the swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt” (Ezekiel 47:11).
John explained the resistance of the swamps saying,
A third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The sea represents salvation throughout the book of Revelation, and boats are the “arks” of salvation; different denominations. In Revelation 18, we can see also see the metaphor of those who make their living by the sea – selling salvation.
The preaching of the end time Sanctified Church causes the lawless Churches to sink.
After Two Days He will revive us
The most famous prophecy of the end time revival of the Church comes from the prophet Hosea, who said, “after two days, He will revive us, on the third day, He will raise us up . . . He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hosea 6:2-3).
His meaning was that after two thousand years, the Holy Spirit would be poured out as the former rain, and in the third thousand-year period, Christ will return, and we will resurrect with Him.
The equation of two days to two thousand years comes from the Apostle Peter, who quoted the Psalmist, saying, “a Day with the Lord is as a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8).
If we add two thousand years to the year 31, when the Holy Spirit was first poured out, we come to the year 2031.
The Holy Spirit was poured out for the second time, in the beginning of the 20th Century, but not in the West, where the Holy Spirit established the original ground of Christianity. Until this day, the Holy Spirit has only affected the East, just as Ezekiel prophesied. But Ezekiel said, “when this water completes the Eastern circuit it will enter the sea” (Ezekiel 43:8), the Dead Sea, the previous ground of Christianity. This is described by the second trumpet, a great mountain burning with the fire enters the sea.
The first four trumpets are over a period of six hundred years, from 1917 to 2497. That gives us about 150 years for each trumpet. The fifth trumpet is said to be 5 months, 150 days, as 150 years. Simply adding 150 years to 1917 we come to 2067 as the time of the second trumpet.
The prophecy of Hosea, and the prophecy of Revelation tell us the revival of the West will begin by the year 2031, or 2067.
The Third Trumpet
In the Second Trumpet, “a great mountain burning with fire is thrown into the sea.” This fire is the fire of the Holy Spirit that affects the whole world. This great mountain burning with fire is the mountain of the Lord’s house, that Isaiah said would appear in the last days.
As the Sanctified Church becomes firmly established, other churches begin to envy the gift of the Holy Spirit. But they do not receive the Holy Spirit when they pray, they receive the spirit of a demon.
This is the message of the third trumpet, a star from heaven called “Wormwood” falls on the river and springs. Stars in the Bible represent spirits or angels. Wormwood is the spirit that falls on the rivers and springs of the false churches.
Rivers and springs in the Book of Revelation, and the Gospel of John, signify the Holy Spirit. In John 7:38-39, we read “He who believes in Me, as the scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” By this He spoke of the Spirit.” In John 4:14, Jesus also spoke of the Spirit when He said “the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water springing up to eternal life.”
The Holy Spirit as a river is also found in Revelation 16:4, and 22:1-2; and the Holy Spirit as a spring is found in Revelation 14:7, 16:4, and 21:6.
The third bowl of wrath tells us that the rivers and springs became blood. Those who drink of the rivers and springs in the kingdom of the beast do not receive life, but spiritual death, because they drink the spirit of a demon.
The cleansing of the kingdom of heaven intensifies as we approach the 2,300 days prophesied by Daniel. We can also see this in the warnings of the Angels in Revelation 14.
The Angels in Revelation 14
In Matthew 13, Jesus told us that at the end of the age, He would send out His Angels to remove all stumbling blocks and all things that offend.
They are described in Revelation 14.
The first Angel is seen,
flying in midheaven having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, to every tribe and tongue and nation and people, and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory because the hour of His judgment has come, worship Him who made the heaven and the earth, and sea and springs of water.”
Springs of water signifies the Church with the Holy Spirit. This phrase does not appear in the same expression of Revelation 10, describing the saints without the Holy Spirit.
The saints in Revelation 14 are the end time saints, the eagles, who also fly in midheaven in Revelation 8:13, and 19:17.
The expression “every tribe and tongue and nation and people” is taken from the speeches of King Nebuchadnezzar and King Darius. Nebuchadnezzar gave God glory, after he set up an image for all people to worship; and Darius told all people to fear God after being tricked in “the law that could not be changed.”
The second Angel says,
fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great, she who made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.
And a third Angel calls out in a loud voice, saying,
if anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger.
In the last part of the Chapter, the Angels gather all the lawless out of the Holy City and tread the great winepress of God’s wrath.
The Flying Scroll, Basket, and Chariots
The description of the end time saints who fly in midheaven in Revelation 8:13, 14:6, and 19:17, brings us back to Zechariah 5 and 6, where we find a flying scroll, a flying basket, and flying chariots.
First, Zechariah sees a flying scroll.
The length of the scroll is twenty cubits, and its width is ten cubits, the size of a normal living area. “It is the curse that goes over the face of the whole earth” by which every thief and perjurer is expelled. It shall remain in the house and consume it.”
How does this scroll fly all over the earth, and enter the living area of one’s house, but by a WIFI. This is the curse that brings the hour of God’s judgment. Zechariah gave us an amazing description of the internet, 2,500 years before it was invented.
The thieves who are expelled by the curse are those who steal the true Gospel. Jesus said that those who try to enter the fold of His sheep by anyway but Him are robbers and thieves.
In the next vision, Zechariah saw a woman of sin carried into Babylon by two women with wings of storks. The Hebrew word for stork is the feminine word for saint. These are the saints who fly in mid-heaven, and carry the woman of sin into “Mystery Babylon,” the place of God’s judgment.
Finally, Zechariah saw four flying chariots carried by four horses. These horses are red, black, white and dappled. They are the four spirits that go out through the earth. The white horses go after the black horses in the north country, the place of the Antichrist. These are the white horses that follow the Rider on the White Horse, and strike down the deceptions of the Antichrist. God said, “those . . . have quieted My spirit in the north country” (Zechariah 6:8).
The Rider on the White Horse
The most well-known representation of the end time Church is the Rider on the White horse in Revelation 19.
The Rider on the White Horse is the Body of Christ. He first appeared in Chapter One, with “eyes a flame of fire” having the “sound of many waters” and “a sharp sword from His mouth.”
The Gentiles trampled the Holy City underfoot for 42 months. The Rider on the White Horse strikes down the Gentiles using the Word of God. He treads the winepress of God’s wrath alone as described by Isaiah. This is the conviction of those who remember the body and blood of the Lord in an unworthy manner, that is described in Revelation 14:10.
In Isaiah Chapter 28,we are told that the Lord has “a strong and mighty one . . .who will bring down the drunkards of Ephraim who are overcome with wine.” “With a people of stammering lips and another tongue, He will speak to this people.” The Apostle Paul explained this as “speaking in tongues,” in 1 Corinthians 14:21.
Revelation 19, like every passage that describes the end time Sanctified Church, begins with a description of the Holy Spirit. In Revelation 19, we hear “the sound of many waters,” before the Rider on the White Horse appears.
The sound of many waters is the sound of the Holy Spirit in the end time Church, that we first encountered in Ezekiel 43.
He has “a robe dipped in blood.” The word “dip” actually means, “baptized.” This Church has the authority to remit sins, and the saints are baptized in Christ’s blood.
The Rider on the White horse is followed by the Armies of heaven. In the final verse of Chapter 14, we are told that “the winepress is trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles.”