- 1 The Promised Revival of the Church
- 2 The Glory of the Lord came from the East
- 3 The Seal of the Holy Spirit
- 4 The End of the Great Tribulation
- 5 The 144,000
- 6 The Former Rain is for Righteousness
- 6.1 The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
- 6.1.1 the Tabernacle of Testimony was opened
- 6.1.2 Fire is poured out from the altar
- 6.1.3 Silence for about a half an hour
- 6.1.4 The Prayers of the Saints
- 6.1.5 Fire from the Altar
- 6.1.6 Peals of Thunder
- 6.1.7 And an Earthquake
- 6.1.8 The Seven Trumpets prepared to sound
- 6.1.9 Sores on those who worship the beast
- 6.1.10 A Great Mountain burning with Fire
- 6.1.11 A Third of the Ships Sank
- 6.1.12 A third of the waters became wormwood
- 6.1.13 A third of the sun and the moon and the stars
- 6.2 The Rider on the White Horse
- 6.3 The Angels in Revelation 14
- 6.1 The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
The Promised Revival of the Church
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 Glory of the Lord came from the East
In the beginning of the twentieth Century, many believers in the West were looking forward to the promised revival of the Church, and pursuing a Pentecostal experience. But the Bible prophesies that the revival would come not from the West but from the East.
Revelation 7:2 described the end time Church as “an Angel ascending from the East, having the seal of the living God.”
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 quote 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 went to Europe, but God prevented the Apostles from preaching in Asia, as 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.” Paul then received the “Macedonian call” and preached the gospel in Europe, rather than Asia. This was the plan of God. The first preaching of the Gospel was to the North and the West, but the end time movement of the Holy Spirit would be in the East.
The Book of Ezekiel tells us that the end time outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be from the East.
This was described in Ezekiel 43,
he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward 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 . . .
This is sound of many waters in Revelation 1:15, 14:2, and 19:6. It is the sound of the tongue emitting sound, the sound of the end time Sanctified Church.
Ezekiel 47 describes the Holy Spirit as the deep water that flowed from the temple to the east.
Then he brought me back to the door of he temple; and there was water, flowing from the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.
The water represents the Holy Spirit. This is clear in verse 7, “there were many trees on one side and on the other.” The trees are those in the kingdom of heaven, described as “trees” in Revelation 8:7. The water is the Holy Spirit that brings life to those trees. It gets deeper and deeper as we go eastward. It becomes deeper as we go east and south of Jerusalem. When we look at the world as a whole it is easy to see where it goes.
In our Bible, Zechariah 6:12 is translated as “a man whose name is the Branch …he shall build the temple of the LORD” But in Jesus’ day, this verse was translated as, “Behold, man whose name is the East! He shall build the temple of the LORD.”
Their Doorpost was beside My Doorpost
Ezekiel told us why God was unable to pour out His Holy Spirit until the twentieth Century. God said: “their doorpost was beside My doorpost, and there was a wall between them and Me” (Ezekiel 43:8).
The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth.
The Bible gives us three conditions that must be met for a Church to receive the Spirit of God.
- 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
- The Church must obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, outlined by His “if not” conditions of salvation. These include baptism “in like manner” as Jesus explained in John 5:19; and the washing of feet, described in John 13:8, and Hebrews 6:1-2, which describes the “instructions about baptisms.”
- And finally, the Church must listen to the teachings of the Apostles, as John described in 1 John 4:6.
This was first dramatically illustrated for us in Exodus 39, and 40. God gave the precise instructions for the tabernacle, and after they completed it according to all of His instructions, “then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of YHVH filled the tent.” (Exodus 40:34)
Ezekiel told us that,
after the Angel of God finished measuring the inner temple, he brought me out through the gateway that faces toward the east . . .Afterwards he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. And behold the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east.
Ezekiel 42:15; 43:1-2
Once the temple was built in accordance with all of God’s instructions, the glory of God filled the temple.
The Seal of the Holy Spirit
In 180 AD, Irenaeaus described those who had received the Spirit of God as evidenced by the speaking of tongues as the ones who had been made “perfect” in their salvation. But he believed that all those who were baptized were born into the kingdom of God.
The Apostle Paul compared the Spirit of Christ to a guarantee, a scroll, that is sealed by the Holy Spirit. The seal of the Holy Spirit is a visible evidence that we have been chosen by God.
In Ephesians 1:13-14, the Apostle Paul said, “after you believed you were sealed. The Spirit of Promise, the Holy One, is our pledge.” He repeated this in 2 Corinthians 1:22, “He also sealed us, and gave us the Spirit as a pledge.”
The first to receive this seal was Jesus Christ, as He told us in John 6:27, “on Him, the Father has set His seal.”
The End of the Great Tribulation
The seal of God was taken away when the Holy Spirit was taken from the Church at the end of the Second Century.
Believers lost the assurance of their salvation, and John said that Satan tormented them “day and night” (Revelation 12:10).
This was the beginning of the Great Tribulation. Jesus said, “unless those days were cut saved, no flesh would be saved.” (Matthew 24:22). That is, by the true gospel.
Then He 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).
He was describing the period of the seven trumpets, that began with the outpouring of fire from the altar, the Holy Spirit, and the Everlasting Gospel, preached by the Angel flying in midheaven.
In the Book of Revelation, those who are sealed, are called the 144,000.
In Chapter 7, we see the 144,000, the elect having the seal of God. In Chapter 7, God’s elect are divided into two groups, those who came out of the Great Tribulation, and those having the seal of God.
We can also see the 144,000 in Revelation 14, described as a Lamb on Mount Zion, that is the Mountain of the LORD’s House from Isaiah 2.
John hears the sound of many waters, and the sound of harpists. And tells us that these have never been defiled with women. They are unaffected by the false teachings of the harlot described in Revelation 17. They are virgins. They did not commit fornication with the kings of the earth (Revelation 17:2).
They “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.” In other words, they follow the teachings and example of Jesus, in baptism, the washing of feet, and communion; and they pay no attention to the commandments of men.
The Former Rain is for Righteousness
The Spirit of God is the fire that cleanses the kingdom of heaven in the last days, and is called “the former rain.”
In Israel there are two rains. The latter rain is the spring rain that begins the engagement of Christ with His Bride in Chapter Two of the Song of Songs, “lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone” (Song of Songs 2:11).
The former rain appears at the end of the year. The prophet Joel said, “He has given you the former rain for righteousness” (Joel 2:23). The former rain is given to remove the lawlessness from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus said that when the Spirit of truth comes, “it will convict the world of sin, and righteousness and judgment . . . (John 16:8). In the Gospel of Matthew, He said that He would send forth His Angels at the end of the age, to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven.
These are the Angels that appear in
- Revelation Chapters 8 and 16, in the seven trumpets and the seven bowls of wrath;
- Revelation 14, flying in mid-heaven with the everlasting gospel, and
- In Chapter 19, the Rider on the white horse
All of these symbols describe the end time Church that removes the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven in the last days.
The Seven Trumpets and Bowls of Wrath
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 are removed, representing the lawless. Just as one third of the Angels were also lawless, and removed from heaven.
The seven bowls of wrath describe the attack on the kingdom of the beast, which represents those who are lawless in the kingdom of heaven.
the Tabernacle of Testimony was opened
The seven bowls of wrath are described in Revelation 16.
Revelation 15:4 describes the key event that allowed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, “the temple of the tabernacle of testimony was opened.” The tabernacle of testimony was that which was seen first by Moses, as described in Acts 7:44, “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.” Hebrews 8:5 says, “See”. . . “that you make it according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” When Moses built it according to the measurements, the glory of God came in, as described in Ezekiel 43:2, and here in verse 8, “And the temple was filled with the smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.”
Fire is poured out from the altar
This is also described when “fire is poured out from the altar” (Revelation 8:5). But before the fire is poured out, “there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour,” (Revelation 8:1).
The meaning of “silence in heaven” is understood by the cries of the Martyrs that we hear in Chapter 6.
Silence for about a half an hour
The cry of the Martyrs is in the fifth seal of Revelation 6.
The fifth seal follows the appearance of the four Horses that punish a fourth of the earth, Europe. Europe was the extent of Christianity for the first 1,500 years.
When the fifth seal was broken, 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?’
Here we read that,
there was given to each of them a white robe, and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been would be completed also.
We remember that the resurrection of the Martyrs began in the Reformation, which concluded with the “thirty years war.”
After the Martyrs stopped ascending to heaven, “there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour,” (Revelation 8:1), that is 250 years.
“An hour” is about 500 years, being 1/12 of the human clock of 6,000 years. The silence of a half an hour is about 250 years, bringing us from the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, to 1917, when “fire was poured out from the altar.”
The Prayers of the Saints
Then John said,
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 to God for the saints is always Christ. The Spirit of Christ is the Angel who appears in different forms throughout the Book of Revelation.
Fire from the Altar
Then 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 fire that Christ poured out was the Holy Spirit: The same Holy Spirit He poured out on the Day of Pentecost with “tongues of fire.” John the Baptist said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
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, hands were laid on Agnes Ozman, who began to speak in other languages. The students who witnessed this said that a halo surrounded her face and head, and she began to speak in Chinese, and for the next three days, she was only able to write in Chinese characters.
By 1906, this Pentecostal experience had reached the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, where 13,000 spoke in tongues. In 1907, Bernt Berntsen received this experience at Azusa Street, and organized the Apostolic Faith Mission. This Mission sailed to China in 1908, where he met Zhang Lingsheng and Paul Wei.
They were in agreement with all his 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, their relationship was strained.
Finally, in 1917, after fasting for 39 days, Paul Wei received the instruction of the Holy Spirit to baptize faced down in living water. And he began a Church that obeyed this teaching. All the members of this new Church 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 the Pentecostal denominations.
Berntsen rejected the need to baptize face down, but on his deathbed, Paul Wei pleaded with him 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.”
Peals of Thunder
Revelation 8:6 continues our story,
and there were peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
These “peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning,” can also be found in Revelation 4:5; 11:19; and 16:17-18. These described the dramatic encounter with God on Mount Sinai, in Exodus 19:16 and 20:18.
This dramatic encounter with God in China was accompanied by signs and miracles. More than 100 churches were established in the south of China, by 1923. All the new members received the Holy Spirit with the same evidence of the tongue emitting sound, that was experienced by Paul Wei.
And an Earthquake
The dramatic encounters with God, described in Revelation 4:5; and 16:17-18 were accompanied by “earthquakes.” But there was no earthquake on Mount Sinai.
If we remember, “an earthquake” in the Book of Revelation represents war. The “earth” refers to the people, and a “quake” describes their war.
There are three earthquakes described in Revelation.
The earthquakes in Revelation 6:2, 11:13, and 16:18 are called “great earthquakes.” The great earthquakes of Revelation 6:12, and 16:18, describe the Battle of Armageddon, the battle that ends man’s existence.
The “great earthquake” of Revelation 11:13 described the Reformation wars that killed 1/10 of Europe, and one third of Germany.
The earthquake in this passage can only refer to World War 1, which China joined in 1917. World War 1 was actually called “the Great War,” because it was compared to the Battle of Armageddon. But it only killed 2% of the population of the countries involved. So the “earthquake” in Revelation 8:5, is not called “a great earthquake.”
The Seven Trumpets prepared to sound
In the next verse we are told that
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 sound of the seven trumpets.
Sores on those who worship the beast
The first trumpet is “hail and fire mingled with blood” (Revelation 8:7). This is one of the Ten Plagues on Egypt. “Hail and fire” struck the Egyptians and their livestock. And so these trumpets and bowls of wrath are described as “plagues.”
The meaning of the first trumpet is explained by the first bowl of wrath, as “sores on those who receive the mark of the beast, and worship his image.”
These sores came from the hail and fire of the first trumpet.
Like the plagues on Egypt, the plagues do not affect the people of God. Only the lawless are struck by each plague.
In the first trumpet, we are told that 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 of the mark of beast. Just as described in Revelation 13:16, “he causes ALL, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead.” ALL of the grass is burned.
The trees represent those who are in the kingdom of God. Jesus compared those who are 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 were lawless.
A Great Mountain burning with Fire
Isaiah prophesied 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.”
In the second trumpet, a great mountain burning with fire is thrown into the sea, and a third of the ships sink. The second bowl of wrath says, “every living thing in the sea died.” That means, all those who belonged to the Kingdom of the beast died when this great mountain was thrown into the sea.
Ezekiel said that when the water reaches the sea, its waters are healed.”
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 expression, “enters the sea” describes the Great Mountain burning with fire that enters the sea in Revelation 8:8.
What does the Dead Sea in the Book of Ezekiel represent? It represents the previous ground of Christianity, where “the waters will be healed,” as described in verse 8. In verse 9, we read “there will be a great multitude of fish there.”
Hosea 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.” The Apostle Peter quoted the Psalmist, saying, “a Day with the Lord is as a thousand years.” And so we understand that these two days prophesied by Hosea are 2,000 years.
A Third of the Ships Sank
A third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Ezekiel told us that “the swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt” (Ezekiel 47:11). So here, John warns us that not all will be willing to receive the truth, the third, which are lawless, will not be saved.
The sea represents salvation throughout the book of Revelation, and boats are the “arks” of salvation; different denominations. We can see the same metaphor in Revelation 18, those who make their living by the sea: the boatmasters, and other sailors.
The preaching of the end time Sanctified Church causes “a third of the ships” to sink. The lawless Churches sink, in face of its truth.
A third of the waters became wormwood
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 throughout the Bible, represent spirits or angels. Wormwood is a 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 as a spring, it 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, meaning that the drinking of these rivers and springs in the kingdom of the beast resulted in spiritual death.
A third of the sun and the moon and the stars
The final cleansing of the kingdom of heaven is in the fourth trumpet.
A third of the sun and moon and stars are darkened. The sun, moon, and stars represent the kingdom of heaven in Revelation 12.
In this last trumpet, before Satan is released after 1,000 years, the kingdom of the beast is fully darkened. All of the lawless are removed from the kingdom of heaven, in fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy that the Sanctuary will be fully cleansed after 2,300 days.
The fifth trumpet is the release of Satan from the abyss. The release of Satan is not one of the seven bowls of wrath, and so there are two bowls of wrath that correspond to the fourth trumpet.
The fourth bowl of wrath represents the brightness of the Sun that destroys the lawless one, as described in 2 Thessalonians 2:8, “whom the Lord will destroy with the brightness of His coming.” Those in the kingdom of beast blaspheme the name of God.
The fifth bowl of wrath resembles the fourth trumpet. Darkness is poured out on the kingdom of the beast, and the worshipers of the beast “gnaw their tongues because of pain” (Revelation 16:10).
This is the removal of the lawless that is described by the seven trumpets and the seven bowls of wrath.
The Rider on the White Horse
Of course, the most well known representation of the end time Church is the Rider on the White horse in Revelation 19. 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. Of course, the message is the same as the trumpets and bowls of wrath, but the imagery is different.
The Rider on the White Horse was first related to us Isaiah. In Chapter 63, Isaiah described one whose clothes were stained with blood as he trampled out the winepress alone. And in 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.” The “strong and mighty one” is the Rider on the White Horse. The drunkards of Ephraim are those made drunk by the wine of the Great Harlot. Isaiah concludes, “with 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.
Every passage that describes the end time Sanctified Church, begins with a description of the Holy Spirit. In Revelation 8, the appearance of the Church is preceded by “fire poured from the altar.” Revelation 14 begins with the 144,000, who have “the sound of many waters” and the harps of God, meaning, they “speak in tongues” as in 1 Corinthians 14:7. We find the same description of the harps of God in Revelation 15, that precedes the seven bowls of the wrath. And in Revelation 19, we also 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.
The Rider on the White Horse is the Body of Christ, that first appeared as in Chapter One, verse 14, with “eyes a flame of fire” and in Chapter One, verse 15, the ‘sound of many waters” and “a sharp sword from His mouth. In 130 AD, the Shepherd of Hermas described this appearance saying, “the Holy Spirit that spoke to you in the form of a Church, that Spirit is the Son of God” 1)]
The flames of fire in His eyes, signifies the wrath of the Church, as it “strikes down the nations,” with the Word of God, As related, in Revelation 2, “he who keeps My deeds to the end, I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS, AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON.”
He has “a robe dipped in blood.” The word translated as “dip” actually means, “baptized.” The saints are baptized in Christ’s blood. This signifies the authority of the Holy Spirit to remit sins through baptism. Jesus said, “receive the Holy Spirit, he whose sins you forgive are forgiven.”
The Angels in Revelation 14
In Revelation 14 we see an Angel “flying in the midst of heaven with the everlasting gospel to preach to all nations.”
The Flying Scroll, The Flying Basket, and the Flying Chariots
This description of an Angel “flying in the midst of heaven” brings us back to Zechariah 5 and 6, where we find a flying scroll, a flying basket, and flying chariots.
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.” Its brings the hour of God’s judgment. It flies “all over the earth” by the internet, entering into every living area.
Then 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. They 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 tells us that “those . . . have quieted My spirit in the north country” (Zechariah 6:8).
Fear God and Give Him Glory
In Revelation 14:6, we read that John saw,
another Angel flying in midheaven having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth
The Greek word John used was actually “sit,” not live.” He was comparing those who sit on the earth with those who “fly in midheaven.”
Many of the appearances of Angels in the Book of Revelation are appearances of the Spirit of Christ. And this is no exception. This Angel is the Spirit of Christ, as the Body of Christ, the Rider on the White horse.
These are the end time saints, the eagles. We can also see them flying in midheaven in Revelation 8:13, and 19:17. They are filled with the Holy Spirit. Isaiah said that they will mount up with wings as eagles. They walk and are not weary, they run and do not faint.
They preach true and complete gospel,
to every tribe and tongue and nation and people, and say 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.”
The springs of water signify that the Church has the Holy Spirit. This phrase that does not appear in the description of God’s creation in Revelation 10:6, that introduced the “time, times and half a time” of the saints in the hands of the beast. In Revelation 14:6, the Angel is introducing the era of the Church with the Holy Spirit.
The expression “every tribe and tongue and nation and people” is taken from the speeches of King Nebuchadnezzar, and King Darius, in Daniel 3 and 6. They warn us not to worship the image of the beast, or received his mark.
King Nebuchadnezzar gave God glory, when he repented, after setting up an image for every tribe and tongue and nation and people to worship – the image of the beast. And King Darius told every tribe and tongue and nation and people to fear God after he was tricked in “the law that could not be changed” – that signifies the mark of the beast. In Chapter 7, we read that the beast “will intend to change time and law.”
A 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 the third Angel also 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.
These three Angels bring an intensified message to all those who continue to the worship the image of the beast and receive his mark.
The Cleansing of the Holy City
In the final verse of Chapter 14, “the winepress is trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles.” The horses of the Armies of heaven that followed the Rider on the White Horse trample all of the lawlessness out of the holy City, and the kingdom of heaven is fully cleansed.
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