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  • Rich Giberti – Tucson, AZ 1
  • Available Books 2
  • Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must abidefor a short time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms1. 5 have fallen (PAST) a. Egyptb. Assyriac. Babylon - Head of Goldd. Medes-Persians - Arms of Silvere. Greece – Thighs of Bronze 3
  • Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must abide for ashort time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms2. One is (PRESENT) – Imperial Rome – Legs of Iron 4
  • Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must abidefor a short time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms3. One has not yet come (FUTURE) – Papal Rome – Toes of Iron & ClayRev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: 5
  • Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must abide for ashort time.•he must abide for a shorttime.•Greek – a while•325 AD to presentIron & Clay 6
  • Now here we‘re getting downto the mystery! Verse 11Rev 17:11 And the Beastwhich was, and is not, is alsoan eighth, and is of the seven,and is going to perdition.This 8th is the Antichrist —BUT, he‘s also of the seven!Same Iron, same nature, sameconquer & divide 7
  • Revelation CHAPTER 1 8
  • Introduction 9
  • “Revelation”• Greek word ―Apokalupsis‖• Which means ―uncovering‖• ―apo‖ means ―away from‖• ―kalupsis‖ means ―a hiding or a veiling‖• Therefore ―apokalupsis‖ means an unhiding, the taking away of a veil, or a revealing 10
  • “Revelation”• The book of Revelation is a letter revealed to a man named John, who was on the Island of Patmos, off the coast of Asia Minor.• He was persecuted because of his testimony of Jesus Christ – 11 other disciples all dead.• John was ―in the Spirit‖ on the Lord‘s day.• The Book of Revelation was a series of visions, which John had & then recorded.• Note: The revelation of Jesus Christ. 11
  • HEAR.YE.HIM 57-05195 I cant make Him show me anything. He doesntshow me according to my desire; He shows accordingto what His will is. Theres been many things that Ihave prayed for, "Lord, will you just tell me how it willcome out, so I can comfort the people?" He never saya word to me about it. Turn around and tell mesomething else. But He tells me what He wants me toknow. Hes my Father. And what He wants me toknow, He tells me. Aint none of my business, that‗sHis business. That shows it doesnt lay in man; its inGod. 12
  • Matthew 24:36-37But of that day and hour knowethno man, no, not the angels ofheaven, but my Father only.. 13
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  • Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.vs3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?vs4 And Jesus answered and said unto them: Deception - many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ. [ME – speaking great words against..] Wars and rumours of wars Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Famines, and pestilences, vs8 All these are the beginning Earthquakes, in divers places. of sorrows. Aka ―birth pangs” Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15
  • Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:29-35 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that *summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. *Israel in her homeland after 2000 years, empowered again as a Nation – 1948 (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek 37:10-14; Jer 16:14-15; Hos 6:1-2) 16
  • *Israel in her homeland after 2000 years, revived as a Nation – 1948 (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek 37:10-14; Jer 16:14-15; Hos 6:1-2)Hosea 6:1-2 ―Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Vs.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.‖ II Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day 17
  • Jesus Warning: Observe the SignsAfter rebelling against the Romans in A.D. 66 and again in 132, Judea was crushed and most of the remaining Jews were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. No Jewish homeland existed again until 1948 when the modern nation of Israel was established.An independent Jewish homeland was merely a dream for a small group of zealots a century ago. It moved a step nearer during World War I, when forces of the British Commonwealth took control of Jerusalem from the Turks in December 1916. A few months later, the British government pledged itself to the establishment of an independent Jewish homeland in the ancient lands the Jews had inhabited for centuries. It was to be another 30 years before the dream was realized in 1948.This declaration of independence, in 1948, triggered a war with the surrounding countries, which objected to the presence of a Jewish state. On May 15, 1948, the day that armies from the surrounding countries invaded, Azzam Pasha, the Secretary General of the Arab League, said "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.‖Since then tiny Israel has had to fight wars for survival in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and has suffered countless terrorist attacks and threats of annihilation from hostile neighbors determined to eliminate the Jewish state. 18
  • Walk in the Light1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
  • Revelation CHAPTER 2-3 20
  • The Revelation of Jesus ChristRev 1:1,4,11The Revelation of Jesus Christ,John to the seven churches in Asia:Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea.
  • The Church Ages"Write the things which thou hast seen, andthe things which are, and the things whichshall be hereafter; The mystery of the sevenstars which thou sawest in my right hand, andthe seven golden candlesticks. The sevenstars are the angels of the seven churches:and the seven candlesticks which thou sawestare the seven churches. " Revelation 1:19-20 22
  • Warning: Heavenly Signs Sanduleak -69 202a, a blue supergiant – the seventh supernova occurring in the past 2000 years. 23
  • • Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsThe progenitor star was identified asSanduleak -69 202a, a blue supergiant – was the seventh supernova occurring in the past 2000 years. SN 1987A was a supernova in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in a nearby dwarf galaxy. It occurred approximately 51.4 kiloparsecs from earth, close enough that it was visible to the naked eye (Mercy Seat in Plain View)… Since 51.4 kiloparsecs is approximately 168,000 light years, the cosmic *event itself happened approximately 168,000 years prior. The light from the supernova reached the Earth February 23, 1987. *Event – supernovae mark the end state of a stars life. John 5:35 ―He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.‖ 24
  • Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsHeaven first, then on the Earth. Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal – from the supernatural to the natural.Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. – Hebrews 8:5 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. – Hebrews 9:23 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. – Matthew 2:1-2 25
  • Jesus Warning: Heavenly Signs Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal – from Heaven to Earth, the supernatural to the natural.WHERE.IS.HE.KING.OF.THE.JEWS_ JEFF.IN V-16 N- 7 SUNDAY_ 58-1221M
 71 [Magi – ed.] And these man, they waited on one true God, and they worship Him in the light of a sacred fire. And they would get around these fires and wait on the Lord. And many of them would--had--had observatories, something like we have today, and they would go to these places way up high in the mountains and they would watch every move of the stars. They claim that before God does anything on earth, He always shows it in heaven first. And theyre right.
Always, God shows it by heavenly signs first. Since when did He ever do anything that He didnt show a heavenly sign first? Think of it in every age that you wish to, and God always does show signs in the heaven first, before He does anything on earth. It comes from the supernatural, drops into the natural and is made manifest: every age, every time. 26
  • What are the Seven Church Ages?Church Ages simply refer to a dispensation, or aspace of timewherein God gives the Gentiles(apart from the Jews) an opportunity to hear theGospel. This dispensation is divided into "Seven"phases or ages - each with its own messenger andmessage, showing what Jesus is doing in Graceand/or Judgment in a particular age.The Elect always recognized their day, theirmessenger and the Message. 27
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  • Fixing the Church Ages HistoricallyA.D. 53 – 170 Ephesus (relaxed, drifting)A.D. 170 – 312 Smyrna (Myrrh – bitter todeath)A.D. 312 – 606 Pergamos(thoroughly married)A.D. 606 – 1520 Thyatira (dominating female)A.D. 1520 -1750 Sardis (dead)A.D. 1750 – 1906 Philadelphia (brotherlykindness)A.D. 1906 –??? Laodicea (lukewarm) 29
  • Fixing the Church Ages Historically―.....and [the Lord] hath determined the timesbefore appointed, and the bounds of theirhabitation;" Acts 17:26―.....for at the time appointed the end [shallbe]." Daniel 8:19"And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, totry them, and to purge, and to make [them] white,[even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet fora time appointed." Daniel 11:35 30
  • The Seven ChurchAgesRevelation 2:1Unto the angel of thechurch of Ephesuswrite; These thingssaith he that holdeththe seven stars in hisright hand, whowalketh in the midst ofthe seven goldencandlesticks; 31
  • 2 Peter 1:1-8"But also for thisvery reason, giving alldiligence, add to yourfaith virtue, to virtueknowledge, toknowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance,to perseverancegodliness, togodliness brotherlykindness, and tobrotherly kindnesslove.‖*Add - epichorégeó 32
  • Christ Elijah Wesley Luther Columba Martin Irenaeus Paul 33
  • Timeline – 3rd 2000 YearsJesusearthlyMinistry The Seven Church Ages 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Rapture 34
  • The Seven Churches/AgesThe Messages to the Seven Churches havea five-fold application:1. Local, to the *churches actually addressed.*Church – ecclesia. The called out. Matt 22:14; John 6:44; Rev 17:142. Admonition/Warning, to all churches in all time to discern their true spiritual state in the sight of God, in light of what God said to these individual churches - that we be not guilty of the same mistakes and errors. 35
  • The Seven Churches/Ages3. Personal, in that the exhortations are to "him", "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches." And the promises are "To him that overcometh".4. Angel first, people second (pattern) ―unto the angel of … write.‖ Ex 20:19; Amos 3:7; Rev 10: ; Rev 22:85. Prophetic, in that the Seven Messages reveal Seven phases of the "spiritual" history of the church from about A.D. 96 to the end, and in the precise order in which they are given. 36
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeRevelation 2:1-7 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These thingssaith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in themidst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labor, andthy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thouhast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast foundthem liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my names sake hastlabored, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hastleft thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, andrepent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and willremove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thouhast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Hethat hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; Tohim that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, Gen 2:9; Rev 22:2 which isin the midst of the paradise of God. 37
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeOn West coast of Asia Minor at mouth of Cayster, 60 miles from Patmos.Foremost city of province of Asia; residence of Roman proconsul.Magnificent, wealthy trade center in fertile country; called "the light ofAsia."Marketplace and "Vanity Fair" of Asia, on Roman route to the east.Harbor busy, but troubled with silt, is now a marsh 7 miles from the sea.Beautiful temple of Diana (Artemis), one of 7 wonders of ancient world;360 x 180 feet, with over 100 columns each 55 feet high. Foundation nowsits in a frog--ridden swamp. Temple was also a secure bank. Stadiumseated 50,000.City full of idolatry, magical arts, and sorcery.Paul ministered there three years (next longest to Rome); also wrote epistleto the Ephesians. Acts 19--Converts burned books on magical arts.Spread of Christianity diminished Diana-worship, causing craftsmen toprotest. Great tumult ensued. Aquila and Priscilla lived there, held servicesin their home (1 Cor. 16:19). 38
  • St. Paul Preaching Before the Temple of Diana at Ephesus 39
  • Ephesus: The FIRST Age Messenger – Paul, the Apostle and Prophet(Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha& Omega 1. True to the Word (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Cor 14:36-37; 1 Thes 2:13)2. Spirit-filled & led (Gal 1:1) a) without, we use carnal weapons to fight a spiritual battle (Daniel 10:12-13; Luke 22:31; Ephesians 2:2-3, 6:10-18 vs12 ―For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age‖)b) without, we live by knowledge of the law/sight, not by faithc) without, we conform to an idea, not God (religious measuring stick)d) without, the church is run by a man, not Gode) without, the church is either legalistic or liberal (the gifts and/or a true 5-fold ministry keep the church clean; Urim-Thumin*see next slide)3. Power (1 Cor 2:1-5; Acts 20:9-12; Acts28:7-9) 40
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe pattern & example – Alpha& Omega1. True to the Word - ―angel preach other gospel‖ Gal 1:6-92. Spirit-filled & led – Urim&ThummimEx 28:13-30Originally translated ‗lights & perfections.‘ A more accurateinterpretation is ‗cursed or faultless,‘ in reference to theGods view of an accused. In other words, when the law orexternal facts were unclear, Urim and Thummim were usedto supernaturally &simply answer the question innocent orguilty, y-n.3. Power – confirmed the Word w/ signs & wonders Mk 16:20,Acts 14:3; Satan cannot cast out Satan Mat 12:26; anointed ones(rain falls on just and unjust Mat 5:45, Matt 7:23) 41
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeShort age: 53-170AD―Aimed At & Relaxing‖ – ―Drifting‖1. Jude 1:3 ―earnestly contend for the faith…‖ vs.4 ―certain men crept in unawares…‖ vs. 11-12 ―way of Cain, error of Balaam…‖2. Acts 20:29 ―after my departing, grievouswolves…‖3. 2 Peter 2:1-22 ―there shall be false teachersamong you…‖4. 1 John 2:18 ―even now there are manyantichrists…‖ 42
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeMessenger – Paul, the Apostle"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelationof Jesus Christ. .. But when it pleased God, Who separated me from mymothers womb, and called me, by His grace, To reveal His Son in me, that Imight preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not amongflesh and blood:
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which wereapostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again untoDamascus." Galatians 1:12-19"But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision wascommitted unto me, as the Gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter:
(ForHe That wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of thecircumcision, the Same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)." Galatians2:7-9"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, Imagnify mine office." Romans 11:13 43
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeStars in the right hand (Rev 2:1)Walketh in the midst of the seven goldencandlesticks (Rev 2:1)Tried (by the Word) them that say they areapostles (Rev 2:2) [apostles-elders-leaders Gal 2:11 ―But whenCephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, becausehe was to be blamed.‖][Rebuke] Left thy first love (Rev 2:4)Repent (Rev 2:5)Hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes(Rev 2:6)He that hath an ear (Rev 2:7) 44
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  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeDeeds of the Nicolaitanes, become Doctrines,become Anti-Christ IncarnateThe "clergy order" being set in motion by the Nicolaitans here in theEphesian Age would later developed into the papal hierarchy of priestsand clergy over the laity.God has placed guidelines even for the ministry to be governed by: "TheElders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder..... Feed theflock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not for filthylucre but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over Gods heritage butbeing examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:1-3 "Brethren, be followerstogether of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you evenweeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:" Philippians3:17-18 46
  • Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe spiritual lessons from the Ephesian church age 1.) The labor and works and patience of the Ephesians was excellent even when they didnt have the whole N.T. cannon to read and to follow. 2.) They couldnt bear the evil ones when false apostles were exposed in their church. a.) expose falsehood in love and not allow error to creep into the church. Be zealous against evil even among those who claim to have authority from God but are wrong-- 1 Timothy 5:20 " Them that sin, rebuke before all; that others might also fear. " b.) Theres a time to openly confront evil for the sake of the safety of the church. 3.) Not to leave the first love, as they did, and to keep doing the same works but keep the motive behind them unchanged--a love for Jesus and an excitement for Him, pleasing Him in His presence and doing what delights His heart. 4.) We must be hearers of the Truth and overcomes of the opposing spirit and challenge of the day in which we live. 47
  • Smyrna: The SECOND AgeRevelation 2:8-11 ¶ And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;These things saith the first and the last, Is. 44:6; 48:12 – Rev 1:17; 22:13which was dead, and is alive.I know thy works, and tribulation,and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy ofthem which say they are Jews, and are not, but are thesynagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thoushalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison,that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: bethou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saithunto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of thesecond death Rev 20:14; 21:8. 48
  • St. Peter‘s Basilica – Synagogue ofSatan 49
  • Smyrna: The SECOND Age Well-protected harbor at mouth of Hermus. Destroyed by rival king in 627 B.C.; rebuilt in 290 B.C. to Alexanders design, after his death. Beautiful city, one of finest in Asia. A center of worship to "the deity of Rome and emperor"; temple to Tiberius there. Persecution of Christians resulted. Held Olympic games in honor to Nero--"Savior of the Entire Human Race." Highly-reputed schools of rhetoric and philosophy. Many Jews hostile to Christianity; carried wood to burn Polycarp in 166 A.D. 50
  • ―Perishing they were additionally made intosports: they were killed by dogs by havingthe hides of beasts attached to them, orthey were nailed to crosses or set aflame,and, when the daylight passed away, theywere used as nighttime lamps. Nero gave hisown gardens for this spectacle andperformed a Circus game…‖Tacitus (c. 55 -117 CE) 51
  • Nero crucifiedChristians, and usedthem as torches to lighthis evening activities 52
  • Smyrna: The SECOND Age Messenger – Irenaeus(Rev 2:8-11)1. He was the disciple of that great saint and warrior of faith, Polycarp. 2. Closest to the original messenger (gifts, etc.) 3. militant against any form of organization Works, Tribulation, Poverty 170-312AD ―Bitter‖ -Its namesake, myrrh, was a precious spice to embalm the dead (see John 19:39,40). 53
  • Smyrna: The SECOND Age Tribulation, and poverty (Rev2:9) The synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9) Devil cast you in a prison, tried 10 days (Rev 2:10) Faithful unto death (Rev 2:10) NO rebuke He that hath an ear (Rev 2:11) He has nothing negative to say about this church. All he says is just be faithful; just keep your eyes on me and trust in me. He knows what His people can bear, and Jesus says He wont allow anything greater to come upon them than what theyre able to bear (1 Cor.10:13). 54
  • Together with hisdeacons Sociusand Festus, andhis lectorDesiderius,Januarius, bishopof Beneventum,was subjected tomost atrocioustorturing duringthe Diocletianpersecution (about304).Nevertheless, withGods aid theywere preservedunmaimed. Thewild animals letloose upon themwould not attack.They were finallybeheaded atPuteoli. 55
  • Smyrna: The SECOND AgeThe spiritual lessons from the ―Smyrnan church age‖ 1.) We will ALL be tested, tried and face tribulations – some unto death. We have to, as it were, be willing to give our lives as necessary and even be willing to die for Jesus Christ. Sometimes its harder to live for Him than to die for Him. 2.) Love and commitment to God were fanned to a flame by the winds of persecution, and were spiritually healthy and vital even though outwardly they may have been poor and needy. 3.) Fear not is a message to saints in trouble. He wants us to learn to walk in the love and peace of God and overcome evil with good and not be revengeful or anxious. 4.) God had nothing bad to say about them. 56
  • Pergamos: The THIRD AgeRevelation 2:12-17¶ And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith hewhich hath the sharp sword with two edges. I know thy works, and where thoudwellest, even where Satans seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hastnot denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr,who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few thingsagainst thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam,who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eatthings sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Num 25:1-3; 31:16 Sohast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with thesword of my mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith untothe churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, Ex16:14-15 and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 57
  • Pergamos: The THIRD AgeCapital of Asia until second century A.D. In beautiful district onnorth bank of the Caicus.Filled with idolatry;Rivaled Ephesus in temples. Had temples to Caesar, Zeus, Athena,Dionysos, etc.A center of Emperor worship along with Smyrna.Aesculapius (Asklepios), god of healing, worshipped in form of liveserpent in temple. Coins show Aesculapius bearing serpent-wreathedrod. UN symbol – a type of ‗benevolent‘ One WorldSystem/Lordship?"Satans throne" (Rev. 2:13)--- worship of serpent (or possibly ofCaesar).Home of a medical university. The citys library (200,000 volumes) wassecond only to Alexandrias. Learning – Tree of KnowledgeManufactured ointments, pottery, tapestry, and parchment. 58
  • A fire was lit inside a metal idol,heated until the idol was extremelyhot, and then a baby would beplaced in the arms of the idol andconsumed or slid inside the idol andburned to death. [Cleitarchus, 315BC] "They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons as offering to Baal" (Jeremiah 19:5; 32:35) 59
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age Messenger – St. Martin (Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega 1. True to the Word 2. Spirit-filled & led 3. Power 312-606AD ―Thoroughly Married‖ 60
  • ―Saint Martin encountered ‗a naked man, trembling andshaking for cold, and begging alms of those that passed by.Martin, seeing those that went before him take no notice ofthis miserable object, thought he was reserved for himself. Byhis charities to others he had nothing left but his arms andclothes upon his back; when, drawing his sword, he cut hiscloak in two pieces, gave one to the beggar, and wrappedhimself in the other half. Some of the bystanders laughed atthe figure he made in that dress, whilst others were ashamednot to have relieved the poor man. In the following night St.Martin saw in his sleep Jesus Christ dressed in that half ofthe garment that he had given away, and was bid to look at itwell and asked whether he knew it‘.…‖Saint Martin of Tours 61
  • St. Martinsaw in hissleepJesusChristdressed inthat half ofthegarmentthat he hadgiven away 62
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age"I know where thou dwellest, even where Satans seat (literally--throne)is..."The reference here is to the Esculapias, a serpent god. Some say thatthe Jews kept the brass serpent wrapped on a pole that Moses made,and secretly worshipped it. This serpent reference goes back toGenesis, and forward to Revelation 20:2 ―And he laid hold of thedragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan‖.Thoroughly married also speaks of consummation – a union, just as itwas in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-15; ―And the LORD Godsaid unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the womansaid, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.‖ [beguiled-seduced] 2Corinthians 11:2-4 – Eve was NOT chaste…Satans throne was established in this church age in the name of RomanCatholicism at Rome. It becomes Satans seat in that age. The bishopof Rome obtained more and more power until he was recognized as thehead of the church, and ―Vicar of Christ‖. 63
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age This Age spans the time from Constantines Edict of Toleration for Christians to what is considered the first actual true pope and the beginnings of the Catholic Church. "Pergamos" means "much or thoroughly married". The symbolic reference is to the fact that Christianity in this church age was being married to paganism; The spiritual marriage of Jezebel (daughter of the high priest of Baal) to Ahab, King of Israel... This was an age of compromise and spiritual decline, overrun w/ deceptive doctrines and compromising in the church. Satan could not destroy the church, so he infiltrated itw/ pagan worship, etc... 64
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age Niceaen Council in 325 AD. The dilution of Jesus and the Godhead, into the ―Trinity‖ & the use of the Titles, ―Father, Son, Holy Ghost.‖ Rev 2:13: It was a period when there where different opinions of who Jesus was. So when Jesus says, Thou art holding fast my name, Hes not talking to heretical churchmen and, but Hes talking to His remnant-- those who had a revelation of the name of Jesus (Matt 24:28), that He‘s the only one that saves, heals, forgives, etc.-- not Mary, or the pope, or the church, etc... Its not by works, but by grace. The last group to retain the revelation and practice of correct water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ [Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5]. Acts 4:12; Matt.1:21— ―no other name by which men are saved by‖, ―His name shall be called Jesus.‖ 65
  • All Pagan religions from the time of Babylon, haveadopted in one form or another a trinity doctrine or a triador trinity of gods – the mother-child being notable…In ancient Sumeria it was Anu the primary god of heaven,Enlil, (the wind-god) the god of the earth, and Enki wasthe god of waters and the lord of wisdom;In Babylon it was Nimrod, Semiramis (Ishtar), and BabylonTammuz;In Egypt it was Osiris, Isis, and HorusIn Greece it was Zeus, Apollo, AthenaIn Rome it was Jupiter, Mars, VenusIn Papal Rome it was Father, Son, Mary (originally – Rome Egyptchanged to Father, Son, Holy Ghost) 66
  • Pergamos: The THIRD AgeNumbers 25:1-9;31:16 - Thru Balacking of Moab, Israel wasseduced into pagan rites in the worship of Baal, and many of themtook women from the Midianites and Moabites and committedfornication-- 24,000 Israelites were slain in a plague as a result.Rev 2:14: ―many that hold the doctrine (or teaching) of Balaam‖ -Balaam was an anointed man within Israel who was a compromiser.Balaam said, ‗I cant curse them because God has blessed them.However, if you somehow can tempt them to sin, God will forsake themand curse them.‘When Constantine came forth w/ his Edict of Toleration, he said‗theres no more persecution of Christians, by law were all going to beChristians‘. Many were given money and clothing to convert – there nolonger was any distinction between the church and the world.Christianity was married w/ paganism.Constantines reason was to unify his empire. ―If ya Can‘t beat ‗em,join ‗em…‖ 67
  • The Roman EmperorConstantine saw a visionof the Chi-Rho symbol ofChrist and the words, inGreek,Εντουτονικα(pronounced: "entoutonika‖- "in this signconquer"), before his greatvictory at the MilvianBridge just outside Rome.Converted?? Constantinesupported both Christianity andpaganism, and retained the titlepontifexmaximus, the chief priestof the state cult, until his death. 68
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age Rev 2:17: ―will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.‖ The stone is symbolic of revelation. ―Upon this Rock I will build my Church…‖ Each TRUE believer knows who Jesus is, and that he is saved – this is a revelation, and the gates of Hell cannot prevail. 69
  • Pergamos: The THIRD Age Spiritual lessons for us from this Pergamos church age: 1.). Pergamos was where Satans seat or throne was; this corresponds to the founding of the Roman Catholic church. 2.). We also live in a time when theres going to be world government and theres going to be a world church. 3.) the anti-christ spirit , Nicolaitan spirit, around since Paul‘s day, is getting stronger. Eventually, its going to culminate in the Antichrist himself being revealed and coming into full power – as Constantine Pontiff Maximus was. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 tells us that this ―man of perdition‖ will be revealed in some measure around the time of the Rapture of the saints, and therefore, he most likely is alive on earth at this time, considering that were living in the last generation. 70
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Son ofGod, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass. I know thy works,and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more thanthe first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that womanJezebel, 1 Kin 16:31; 2 Kin 9:22, 30 which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seducemy servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her spaceto repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and themthat commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I willkill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reinsand hearts: Ps 7:9; Jer 17:10 and I will give unto every one of you according to his works. Ps62:12 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thy-atira, as many as have not this doctrine, andwhich have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth myworks unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod ofiron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: Ps 2:8-9 even as I received of myFather. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsaith unto the churches. 71
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Messenger – Columba (Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega 1. Called by God thru an audible voice 2. Spirit-filled & led missionary 3. Miraculous power The longest age, about 900 years: 606- 1520AD ―Dominating Female‖ A period of unchecked papal power where the popes claimed and exercised dominion over the kingdoms of the earth. 72
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Surrounded by many rivers, full of leeches. Well off financially due to the corporate guilds (unions) The major religion of Thyatira was the worship of Apollo Tyrimnaios (Sun god), which was joined with the emperor worship cult. Apollo (Jesus) communicated his knowledge of his fathers will to men through a prophetess who sat on a tripod chair. Anyone who refused to join in the idolatrous feasts and licentious orgies was barred from these first century unions. The Roman Church had an iron disposition (Ecc 7:25-28) 73
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age She is Mystery Babylon. (Revelation 17:5) She is the great whore. (Revelation 17:9, 18) A true female is submissive to God. Christ is her head (1 Cor 11:3-16 (headship & hair cutting). She has no word but His, no thoughts but His, no leadership but His. The Roman Church has cast out the Word, slain those who would preach the truth, ruled over kings and nations - and insists that she is the true body of Christ and that her popes are the vicars of Christ. VicariusFileii Dei – ‗in place of the Son of God‘ (Revelation 13:17-18)VICARIUS: V = 5, I = 1, C = 100, I + 1, U (or V) = 5; for FILEII: I = 1, L = 50, I = 1, I = 1; for DEI: D = 500, I = 1; total 666. 74
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age The Whore demands complete allegiance & obeisance. 1. 1869, Vatican Council, dogma of Papal Infallibility (Revelation 18: 7 ‗I sit as Queen, yet am no widow.‘) 2. 1965, Lee Vayle& 7 C/A, Page 328 PP3; ―who then will have the power of infallibilitywhich is to be restored in this last age? … I will tell you who will have it. It will be a prophet.‖ 3. 2006, Joseph Branham, St. Petersburg, Russia; "I believe that everything Brother Branham says is Thus Saith The Lord.‖ ―If this Message is your absolute then we can fellowship with one another. If you have another absolute, if you take another mans idea, another mans thought, his interpretation, then we cant fellowship." 75
  • Mary Queen of HeavenEgyptian Isis & Horus 76
  • Pope Benedict XVI 77
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age As we saw in the previous Pergamaen Age, the nominal church was ―thoroughly married‖ to the pagan system Revelation 2:20 ―thou sufferest that woman Jezebel." 1. 75 years after King Solomon, Ahab of Israel married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of Sidon (1 Kings 16:31). 2. Ethbaal was a priest of Estartewho was a female deity, and they called her the queen of heaven. 3. Jeremiah 7:18--denounces this worship of the queen of heaven 4. Roman Catholicism substitutes Mary for Estarte – changes pagan Estarte fertility celebration to ‗Easter.‘ Accept false teaching=spiritual fornication 78
  • Easter: Astarte, Ishtar, Mary – Queen of Heaven & FertilityWhat‘s Jesusgot to do with it ? Pagan ? YesNothing… 79
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Revelation 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star.‖ The morning star is the last star thats visible before the dawning of the day, and Gods telling them--you in this church age are living in a dark night. You are living in a period of gross darkness; where darkness is covering not only the nations, but the church and we even know this period as "the dark ages"--the midnight hour of the papacy when the light of God was almost lost to his people (Isaiah 60:1-2) Martin Luther‘s revelation of Jesus would be that morning star arising for the next age of Sardis … 80
  • I am … the bright and morning star. – Revelation 22:16But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and moreunto the perfect day. – Proverbs 4:18 81
  • Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeSpiritual lessons for us from this Thyatira church age: 1.). We are not to suffer the Jezebel spirit (Proverbs 25:24 ―It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious (competing) woman…‖ )cf. Gen 1:26-28 2.) The offspring of this hellish union will produce spiritual death – everlasting separation from God 3.) there is only one mediator and one absolute – Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 24:25) "I know thy works; and the last to be more than the first." This is remarkable. As the darkness of the age increased; as the honor roll of the martyrs grew lengthier day by day, they worked all the harder, they served all the more, and their faith increased. 82
  • Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These thingssaith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars. I know thyworks, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful,and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have notfound thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hastreceived and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt notwatch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I willcome upon thee. Mat 24:43-44; Luk 12:39-40; Rev 16:15 Thou hast a few nameseven in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walkwith me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall beclothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book oflife, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Mat10:32; Luke 12:8 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto thechurches. 83
  • Sardis: The FIFTH AgeMessenger – Martin Luther (Rev 1:8,11)The Morning Star1. At the end of the Dark Ages2. ―The just shall live by faith.‖ Romans 1:173. He stood against an entrenched empire1520-1750AD―Dead‖Known as ―The Reformation‖ period95 Thesis nailed to Wittenberg Church doorsPrinting press invented & helps spread truth 84
  • "I would never havethought that such astorm would risefrom Rome over onesimple scrap ofpaper..." (MartinLuther) 85
  • ―…The second group of my work is directed aginst the foul doctrine and evilliving of the Popes, past and present... Through the laws of the Pope and thedoctrines of men, the consciences of the faithful have been miserably vexed andflayed. If I recant these books, I will do nothing but add strength to tyranny andopen not just the windows but also the doors to this great ungodliness... In thethird group I have written against private persons and individuals who upholdRoman tyranny and have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. Iconfess that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let myerrors be proven by Scripture and I will revoke my work and throw my books intothe fire...Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason and not by Popes andcouncils who have so often contradicted themselves, my conscience is captive tothe word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannotand I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.‖Martin Luther‘s reply at the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521 ―I cannot and I will not recant.‖ 86
  • Sardis: The FIFTH AgeSardis was the capital of ancient Lydia. It passedfrom the hands of Lydian monarchs to thePersians and thence to Alexander the Great.Eventually the Romans took over.In the time of Tiberius it was desolated byearthquakes and plagues.The religion of this city was the impure worship ofthe moon goddess Cybele, supplanting the Sungod DeoiusWith the ascendancy of Rome, this mother-soncult is replaced with Mary & Jesus. 87
  • Sardis: The FIFTH AgeThe Seven Spirits actually refer to the OneSpirit of God working out the will and Word ofGod in different generations.these seven stars, or seven messengers are in Hishand. He is holding them and they are associatedwith His power. That is what the ‗right hand‘signifies. Is 41:10; Ps 137:5; Acts 2:34 & 7:55-56; Matt 26:64These 7 are special leaders of His own choosingand through the determined counsel of His ownwill. They appear once in each age. It is the sameSpirit in them (light through a prism). 88
  • Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 3:1b, "I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead.‖ 1. The leadership of the Holy Spirit was superseded by a human hierarchy. 2. The pure Word of God and its free benefit to all men was deposed for creeds, dogmas, church orders, etc. 3. The worship in the Spirit and Gifts of the Spirit and the true community fellowship of the saints was cast aside for liturgy and literal idol worship, pagan feasts, etc. 4. Maryolatrywas assuming a greater place in the Christian worship, until she had assumed a place of Godhead and the Son was brought from His position of Lord of all to being replaced by a man called the pope, who termed himself the Vicar of Christ. 89
  • Sardis: The FIFTH Age This era gave tremendous growth to the denominational spirit. There were Lutherans, Hussites, Zwinglis party, etc. Such fragmentation of the Body was deplorable. They were living a name but were dead. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13―Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment… Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?‖ 90
  • Sardis: The FIFTH Age This denominational spirit has made all the groups write their manuals and teach their creeds, set up their offices and church governments and then each claims that she, and she alone, truly speaks for God. Both the Roman Church & Protestant churches are doing this! They are right back there with their mother, the harlot, and dont know it.JUDGMENT Revelation 3:3, "Remember therefore how thou has received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know the hour I will come upon thee.‖ 91
  • Martin Luther said, ―Unless I am convincedby Scripture…‖Joseph Branham says, ―These are the instructionsthat Brother Branham left us…Therefore I believethat this is the way it must be done by all…‖ 92
  • Sardis: The FIFTH Age"I will come on thee as a thief." Ancient Sardis was constantly harassedby bandits that swooped down from the hills and pillaged the people.Thus they knew only too well what the Spirit was saying in that thecoming of the Lord is as a thief.Vigilance and preparation alone will suffice to be ready for Jesus‘coming.We know that this is a warning for the false vine, for the coming of theLord will be as it was in the days of Noah. The eight saved were wellaware of the impending flood, and being aware were prepared andsaved. But the world of the ungodly was swept away. Though theydaily were in contact with the righteous and heard the truth, they turnedit aside until it was too late. Those carnal people in that ancient periodtype out today the nominal Christians whose lives are full of earthlythings, and take pleasure in them to such an extent that they have nodesire for the Spiritual, and are not at all aware of, nor readied for Hisappearing. 93
  • "I will come on thee as a thief." 94
  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith he that isholy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no manshutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth. Is 22:22 know thy works: behold, Ihave set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a littlestrength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I willmake them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, butdo lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, Is 60:14 andto know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all theworld, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold thatfast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I makea pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write uponhim the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is newJerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: Rev 21:2 and I willwrite upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsaith unto the churches. 95
  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age Messenger – John Wesley (Rev 3:8,11) The restoration of personal holiness 1. True to the Word 2. Spirit-filled & led 3. Power 1750-1906AD ―Brotherly Kindness‖ ―An Open Door‖ – age of missionaries ‗Man‘ anointing – intellect; dictionaries, concordances, Bible translations (start w/ Luther‘s German translation) 96
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  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do you ask?‘ I‘m afraid many people either don‘t understand what holiness is/means, or they seem like this poster – insincere & hypocritical"You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it."
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  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do you ask?‘ To God, holiness is not important, it is required"Without holiness no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14)"I delight in the law of God after the inward man" (Rom. 7:22)"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life" (Luke 21:34)"I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor. 9:27)1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:4; Galatians 5:17; James 3:2 99
  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeTo God, holiness is not important, it is required―Who may ascend the hill of the Lord…?‖ (Ps 24:3-4)―They brought before God a strange fire…they died‖ (Lev 10:1-3) There is a legend that the high priest started to have a rope tied around his waist, in order to be pulled out of the Holy of Holies, should he be struck dead – but the truth is that the robe with bells that rang ‗holy, holy, holy‘ was worn in the Holy Place (Ex 28:30-35). It was assumed that to proceed from the outer and through the inner court, the question of worthiness and holiness was answered – no outward show was required while standing in God‘s Shekinah… ―him that is holy, be holy still.‖ – Rev 22:11 100
  • "Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it" (Eph. 5:25, 26). "He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purifyIn short, to talk of men being saved fromthe guilt of sin, without being at the same unto Himself atime saved from its dominion in their peculiar people,hearts, is to contradict the witness of all zealous of goodScripture. works" (Titus 2:14). 101
  • ‖Sanctify you completely; spirit, soul, and body" (1 Thes. 5:23). ‖For by one offering He has perfected those who are being sanctified" (Heb 2:11). ‖For this is the will of God, your sanctification…" (1 Thes 4:3,7).Sanctification=cleansed and set aside for service…Sanctification is instantaneous beforeGodthrough Christ, but it is progressive beforeman through obedience to the Holy Spirit and theWord. 102
  • Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeSpiritual lessons 1.) Jesus reveals himself as ‗he that is holy‘, and therefore God expects holiness in our lives. In our behavior, in our manner of life and in the way we relate to the world, and to people around us and the way we deal w/ our brothers and sisters. Being separate unto Him and desiring to please Him in all things. 2.) Jesus showed himself as he that is true or that is real. So God is saying Im calling for a reality in my church, Im real, Im genuine and I want you to be real and genuine. 103
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTHRevelation 2:18-29 Age¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Amen,the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Prov 8:22 Iknow thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee outof my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and haveneed of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, andpoor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, thatthou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that theshame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, thatthou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Prov 3:21; Heb 12:6be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if anyman hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him,and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He thathath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 104
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTH Age Messenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet (Rev 2:8,11; Rev 10:1-7; Mal 4:5-6; Luke 17:30) God prophesied, ―I will send you Elijah…before the…day of the Lord‖ (Mal 4:5. Jesus said this man would ‗restore all things‘ (Matt 17:11). What does this mean? Who is this prophet-messenger, angel to the 7th church age? Has he come already? Is he yet to appear? Will this Elijah be one of the two witnesses? How will we recognize him? 105
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet How will we recognize him? Most ages had difficulty recognizing the ones that God had sent (Romans 11:13; 1 Thes 2:15; 1. Noah 2. Moses 3. David 4. ―O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee..‖ Matt 23:29-39 5. Elijah (in John Baptist) ―Elias is come already, and they knew him not…‖ Matt 17:12 106
  • O Jerusalem,Jerusalem,thou thatkillest theprophets, andstonest themwhich are sentunto thee..‖ Matt23:29-39 107
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet How will we recognize him? Among many Christians and Messianic believers, there is an expectation of one who will appear in the power and spirit of Elijah before the second coming of Yeshua the Messiah. Even observant Jews expect EliyahuhaNavi (Elijah the prophet) to come before Maschiachben David (Messiah, son of David), as evidenced by the traditional Passover seder service, where a cup of wine is symbolically set out for Elijah. 1. Isaiah 61:2 ―acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance―; Luke 4:16-21; a scripture is split – 2000 years between 2. Malachi 3:1 / Isaiah 40:3 / John 1:19-13; Luke 1:17– John Baptist 3. Malachi 4:5 – Wm Branham aka Elijah 108
  • The Spirit of ELIJAHThe spirit of Elijah is used FIVE times through history:1. Elijah – 1 Kings 17:222. Elisha – 2 Kings 2:9 receives "a double portion" of Elijahs spirit3. John the Baptist ―Elias is come already, and they knew him not…‖Matt 17:124. William Branham ―I will send Elijah the prophet…‖ Mal 4:5-65. Elijah (in one of the two witnesses) ―power to shut heaven, that it rainnot…‖ Rev 11:6 109
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTH Age The pattern & example – Alpha &Omega 1. True to the Word (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Cor 14:36-37; 1 Thes 2:13) 2. Spirit-filled & led (Gal 1:1) 3. Power (Mark 16:17; 16:20; Matt 10:5-8; John 10:37-39; John 14:12) Joel 2:25 ―I will restore to you…‖ Matt 17:11 ―Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.…‖ Acts 2:17 ―And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:…‖ Azusa Street Revival… 110
  • Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeThe Church Condition in the Last Days Short age: 1906AD to Present Frequent earthquakes – eventually destroyed ―Peoples Rights‖ Rev 3:16 ―thou art lukewarm…‖ Rev 3:17 ―I am rich, and increased with goods…‖ Rev 3:15 ―thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…‖ 111
  • Rev 3:17 ―I am rich, and increased with goods…‖ 112
  • Rev 3:14 ‖Laodicea - Peoples Rights…‖ 113
  • Rev 3:15 ―thou artwretched, andmiserable, and poor,and blind, and naked…‖ 114
  • Rev 3:15 ―and knowest NOT that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…‖What‘s the difference?? 115
  • Rev 3:18 ―anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, thatthou mayest see.…‖ 116
  • Rev 1:13 & 2:1, Jesus is ―in the midst‖ and―walks among‖ the 7 churches, by the lastage He has been kicked out of His ownchurch – replaced by creeds, dogma, etc.―In that day seven women will take hold ofone man…we will eat our own bread & wearour own clothes, but be called by yourname…‖ Isaiah 4:1; Rev 18:7 No room in the inn – Luke 2:7 Go outside camp, bear his reproach – Heb 13:13 Despised, rejected – Is 53:1-3 Rejected King – Mark 11:8-10; John 6:15 Why call me Lord, and do not the things I say? – Luke 6:46 Lord, Lord…depart, I never knew you – Matt 7:21-23 ―Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.‖ 117
  • The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsChapter Four and Five of Revelation is called ―TheBreach‖ because they lay positioned betweenChapter Three and Chapter Six. They also appearto occur in Heaven, whereas Chapters Two andThree that deal with the Seven Church Ages, andChapter Six which is the events that transpire uponthe Earth after the Seals are opened. The Breach isalso a transition from a world order under grace, to aworld order under judgment and wrath. The very actof the Lamb of God leaving the mercy seat to retrievethe Sealed Book signifies a cessation of the oldorder under a dispensation of intercessory grace, to anew era of The Lion of Judah assuming his Kinglythrone to sit as ruler and judge. 118
  • The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsThe Lamb‘s blood had been upon the mercy seat fornearly two thousand years, that blood was ―the bloodof an everlasting covenant. (Hebrews 13:20).Everlasting is a long span of time, not time without endor eternal. The lamb‘s redemptive work concludesduring the Last Days, the ceremonial act of KinsmanRedeemer calls for Him to leave the throne of mercyto take the book out of the right hand of God. Oncethe bloody lamb leaves his intercessory work, the samethrone becomes a throne of judgment; there is nolonger any mercy, grace or power to wash away theGentiles sins - ―and he which is filthy, let him be filthystill.‖ (Revelation 22:11) 119
  • The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsWhen the Seventh Seal is broken, the mystery ofGod is finished – One part of this mystery revealswho was sealed during Christs mediation, and howeach sealed believer overcame in each of SevenChurch Ages. Another aspect of this finishingmystery is the restoration of the Word of God – alldoctrinal errors promulgated over the span of theGentile Church Ages will be corrected and taught.The results of the seventh seal will manifest to theChristian believers as an acceptance of the correctedWord of God and faith for the resurrection (TheRapture), in nominal church-goers as faith to endurethe Great Tribulation, and in unbelievers as hatredtowards Jesus and unwillingness to repent of theirsins. 120
  • Revelation CHAPTER 4-6 121
  • AMOS 3:7Surely the Lord GOD will donothing, but he revealeth his secretunto his servants the prophets. 122
  • Malachi 4:5Behold, I will send you Elijah theprophet before the coming of thegreat and dreadful day of theLORD: 123
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRev. William Branham‘s ministry flourished during the1950‘s; he conducted the largest Christian meetingsin history during that time. He traveled all over theworld preaching the gospel, conducting healingcampaigns and proclaiming what he considered to be―the message of the hour‖ – which, to him, was therestored Word of God as prophesied by the ProphetJoel (Joel 2) and by Jesus (Matthew 17:11). 124
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRegarding the opening of the Seven Seals and therestoration of the Word, on December 22, 1962, theLord gave William Branham a vision foretelling thisevent immediately after six dreams in succession werebrought to him by brothers and sisters in the Lord.On December 30, 1962, William Branham told hisJeffersonville congregation of a mysterious vision hereceived. In the vision, he saw himself standing on theside of a mountain when a terrible blast occurred.Troubled because he did not know the meaning of thevision, William Branham wondered if the ―third pull‖(his term for the last stage of his ministry – also for thefullness of the Holy Spirit present from the effects ofthe restored Word) was imminent. In addition, heinformed his supporters that he felt a divinecompulsion to move to Tucson, Arizona. 125
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsIn January 1963, William Branham was in SabinoCanyon, located in the Coronado Mountains northof Tucson. There he sought solitude to determinethe meaning of the mysterious vision. Suddenly, heclaimed, a sword appeared in his hand. A voiceinformed him, ―that is the King‘s sword,‖ and just assuddenly the sword disappeared. William Branhamdescribed the incident: ―If it would have said, ‗AKing‘s sword,‘ it might have been that I wouldunderstand it, but it said, ‗The King‘s sword‘…Ithought, there‘s only One The King; that‘s God.And His sword is this…sharper than any two-edgedsword. ‗Ye abide in me and my Words‘…see. WilliamBranham later asserted that the incident of the King‘ssword was preparing him for the reception of God‘sWord in the opening of the seven seals. 126
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsHaving gone west at the command of the Lord and inSpring 1963, William Branham, Fred Sothmann andGene Norman all left Tucson on a javelina huntingtrip. It was mid-day when they left for an area inNorthern Arizona referred by some as SunsetMountain. Less than two hours after leaving Tucson,they turned off the paved road at Wilcox and unto thedirt road that led to Bonita and into the canyonsscattered along the rock cliffs and plateaus ofRattlesnake Mesa. 127
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsAs the javelina season in 1963 ran from March 1through 10, it would have been during this time spanthat his vision of the terrific blast would have beenfulfilled. It was while hunting alone that he witnessedan explosion. Immediately, he says he was caught up ina large cloud that was, in reality, a heavenlyconstellation of seven angels. The angels commanded:―Return back east from where you came and byrevelation and vision, God will open the seven sealsthat have been sealed since John the Revelator wrotethem in the Book of Revelation.‖ 128
  • The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsThe angel commanded:‖Return back… God will open the seven seals.‖‖First, a blast shook the earth; then what looked likelittle dots off in the distance rushed in, andmaterialized as a constellation of seven angels in apyramid, into which he was caught up. The seventhnotable angel on top spoke to him of matters that St.John was forbidden to write in the Book ofRevelations, "Seal up those things which the seventhunders uttered, and write them not." It was at thistime that he was told the mysteries of the seven sealswould be revealed to him. He was to go back East, toJeffersonville, Indiana and there Jesus Christ wouldopen the Seals and reveal the mystery to him;afterwards he would then take the ―open book‖ andshare this knowledge with first his congregation andthen to the world. 129
  • Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.vs3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?vs4 And Jesus answered and said unto them: Deception - many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ. Wars and rumours of wars Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Famines, and pestilences, vs8 All these are the beginning Earthquakes, in divers places. of sorrows. Aka ―birth pangs‖ Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 130
  • The first six seals correlate strongly with the sequence of events inthe Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24. Here is a brief overview:First Seal ~ False Christs and counterfeit religionMatt 24:5 ~ False ChristsSecond Seal ~ War (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:6-7 ~ Wars and rumors of warsThird Seal ~ Famine (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:7 ~ And there shall be faminesFourth Seal ~ Death (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:7 ~ and pestilencesFifth Seal ~ Jewish MartyrsMatt 24:9 ~ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill youSixth Seal ~ The Great Tribulation Period & Judgment on Jerusalem beginsMatt 24:15 ~ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolationSeventh Seal ~ Silence in Heaven – The Coming of the Lord (Rapture)Matt 24:28 ~ Wheresoever the carcasse is, there will the eagles be gathered. 131
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  • Chapter 4Chapter Focus John was given a vision. There was only one who sat on the throne and it is Jesus. ―ONE THRONE‖ The 24 elders cast their crowns before Jesus feet. Seven lamps are the 7 spirits of God / 7 angels. Jesus is worthy to receive glory, honor and power. Jesus created all things 133
  • FOUR LIVING CREATURES• Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.• Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  • FOCUS!Remember!• THEY WORSHIPPED JESUS CHRIST• Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.• Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 135
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  • Chapter 5 Focus John saw a book sealed with seven seals. The Lamb (Jesus) is the only one worthy to open the book. Opening this book looses the seven seals. The Lamb (Jesus) is in the midst of the throne. The Lamb (Jesus) takes the book. The golden vials (7 vials/7 last plagues/wrath of God) are filled with the prayers of the saints. We will reign on the earth with Christ. Jesus liveth for ever and ever. 139
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  • Why is the world the way it is?Why can’t we have more love and peaceamong nations and churches to make theworld a better place? You’ll find the answer to that in the Bible, beginning with Revelation chapter 6, about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
  • In Revelation Chapter 6, Jesus opensthe book of the future, the book ofprophecy, which is sealed with sevenseals… … and shows the apostle John the future of the world from that time (about 90 AD) to the Last Days (the time in which we are now living) and beyond.
  • The Sealed Book - ScrollWhat is a seal? A seal was a tab made from hotcandle wax used to seal up a letter or documentuntil it was delivered to the rightful person. Whenthe intended reader received the document orletter which was sealed with the wax, the recipientwould break the seal and reveal what was written,either to himself or to his authorized audience.Regarding the Book (a.k.a. scroll or roll) that wasclosed and sealed with seven seals, Jesus wasthe only one found worthy to break or loose theseals and reveal the contents of what was writtenwithin. 143
  • The Sealed Book - ScrollThe Holy Spirit is a Seal and a seal signifies afinished work. The saints of all Seven Ages aresealed into Christ by the Holy Spirit.Writing to the Ephesians (Eph. 1:13-14), Paulsaid--"Ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit ofpromise, which is the earnest of our inheritanceuntil the redemption of the purchasedpossession." Then there is a possession that isto be redeemed. What this is, Paul tells us inRomans 8:22-23, "We know that the wholecreation groaneth and travaileth in pain togetheruntil now. And not only they (all earthly createdthings), but ourselves also..." 144
  • The Sealed Book - ScrollThis roll is a legal document after the ancient form andcustom (See Jeremiah 32:6-15). Jesus has the part ofthe near kinsman (Leviticus 25:49) and ours is the part ofthe one having lost his inheritance. The Redeemer mustbe both worthy, willing and able to loose the seals, revealthe contents, clear the title and restore the inheritance toits lawful heirs.Jesus is qualified and competent. He is willing (―I lay mylife down…‖) He is worthy because He is the sinlessLamb once slain. He is able being the Lion of Judah.(Revelation4:9-10)Thus this whole scene in Revelation 5 is a scene ofJesus fulfilling the part of Kinsman Redeemer. 145
  • The Sealed Book - ScrollThe sealed book is obviously the book ofredemption, which lists all that he intends toredeem or buy back. The ceremony is a solemnand formal occasion that consummates the rightof redemption. It is performed before the eldersof Israel‘s twelve tribes and the elders ofChristendom‘s twelve Apostles.The opening of the seals reveals the plan ofsalvation for each age or era of the Christianchurch; what spiritual battles were fought, howthe elect lived, died and ultimately overcame. 146
  • The Sealed Book - ScrollWith the taking of the scroll, Christ has beencommitted the lordship over the world (1 Peter3:22; Philippians 2:9-11). What the Devilpretentiously offered to Jesus is now rightfullyassumed (Matthew 4:8).The scroll and the finalization of the redemptiveprocess would thus signify the rightful transfer ofdominion back to Christ – ―the kingdoms of thisworld are become the kingdoms of our Lord…‖(Revelation 11:15). 147
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  • The First Seal (John writes:)And I saw when the Lamb(Jesus) opened one of theseals, and I heard, as it werethe noise of thunder, one of THE WHITEthe four beasts saying: “Come HORSEand see.” And I saw, andbehold a white horse and Hethat sat on him had a bow, anda crown was given unto Him:and He went forth conquering,and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2
  • FOCUSFirst Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. *NOTE: The rider is the Antichrist..Jesus Warning: DeceptionMat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 155
  • First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2All the horse riders of Apocalypse are some manifestationof Satan. The white horse rider of the First Seal is falsereligion. False religion has paralleled true religion, andcounterfeit spiritual leaders have competed with God‘sleaders, and His own Christ-life and ministry. Satan via theSerpent, set in motion false religion from the day that hecaused the fall of Eve; he did this by supplanting theconjugal and pastoral position of Adam. (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)Paul spoke of these men, who would come up with strangedoctrines and draw disciples after themselves (Acts 20: 29-31). This religious movement soon preached another Jesus,another Gospel, and was under the influence of anotherspirit (2 Corinthians 11: 3-4). 156
  • First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4Notice that this rider had a ―bow‖, but he had no ―arrow‖. Itshows that he is a ―bluffer‖. He is a deceiver and a liar.Notice also that he was ―crowned‖. The ―crowning‖ refersto the founding of the ―Deeds of the Nicolaitans‖, aforce that brought hybrid doctrines and creeds injectedinto the true church of God. ―Nicolaitan‖ is a Greek wordwhich was coined from ―Nikao‖, meaning to ―conquer‖, and―Laus‖, meaning the ―laity‖. This was when politics startedto pollute the church and propagated the ―man-over-manhierarchy‖, perverted men (grievous wolves in sheep‘sclothing) invading the church of God by teaching ―man-made creeds and dogmas‖ (Rev 2:8, 15). 157
  • First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2From the very beginning this antichrist power existedparallel to the true Church of Jesus Christ. It started asa very insignificant doctrine of the Nicolaitans (Revelation2: 6). John referred to this branch as he wrote, "Theywent out from us, but they were not of us …" (1 Jn. 2: 19).Those who seemed to be believers were deceived by theenemy after they were separated from the biblical churchand went astray.Later they became prey to the teachings of Balaam(Revelation 2: 14), which brought spiritual death, andfinally suffered the woman Jezebel who was a falseprophetess (Revelation 2: 20) to be their spiritual leader. 158
  • First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4The whole time frame of the First Seal refers to theensuing ministry of Apostle PAUL when he startedministering unto the Gentiles, which then started theEphesian Church Age. The WHITE HORSERIDER is none other than the ANTICHRIST spirit,bringing an impersonation of the Truth, trying to deceivethe electif it were possible. This evil force of the White HorseRider was countered by the LION Spirit from God.―Lion‖, which was the First Beast of God whichannounced the opening of the First Seal, signifying―BOLDNESS of the preaching of the Gospel‖.The first seal covers about the space of the first threechurch ages (33-606 AD – Ephesus, Smyrna andPergamos). 159
  • The Second Seal And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, “Come and see.” And THE REDthere went out another horse that was red: and power was given to HORSEhim that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that theyshould kill one another; and therewas given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4
  • What takes “peace from the earth”? This red horse symbolizes war, and religious bloodshed. War! The horse’s color, red, is appropriate because it represents all the blood shed in man’s hellish wars – particularly during the times of Roman and Roman Catholic persecution of the Church – 65 million plus. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” JAMES 4:1
  • Second Seal; Red Horse: Wars Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. *NOTE: The rider is the false prophet. Jesus Warning: Wars Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 162
  • Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The first seal resulted in the divisions that we sawcome out of the Councils of the fourth and fifthcentury. The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD alteredthe structure of the Godhead and introduced theTrinitarian concept of three Gods in one. Eventually,through a subtle process, the Babylonian systemestablished itself and through the Roman Catholicentity took over the planet.John now sees a red horse.The time of the peaceful co-existence of these twomovements (true church and false church) was now overforever. 163
  • Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4‖RED‖ Horse symbolizes persecution and tribulationleading to the Holy Inquisition of Rome. It was the timewhen the Roman Church began to persecute theChristians. Millions of Christians were burnt at thestake, fed to the lions, and tortured to death by theRoman Catholic Church, which even included Joan ofArc and St. Patrick.As recorded in history, from the time of St. Augustine in300 AD until AD 1850, 68 million Protestants havebeen killed by the Roman Catholic Church.The Nicolaitan system moved on through this age, fromdoctrine to deed. 164
  • Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The false church said, ―It takes a special education toread and understand the Word. Why even Peter saidthat many things Paul wrote were hard to understand.‖Having taken away the Word from the people, it sooncame to the people listening only by what the priesthad to say, and doing what he told them. They tookover the minds and lives of the people and made themthe servants of a despotic priesthood.Those who fought this terrible anti-Christ churchwere destroyed. 165
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  • The following chapter taken from Foxes Christian Martyrs of the World describes the martyrdom of Gods faithful servant, Dr. Rowland Taylor: “Taylor kneeled down and prayed, and a poor woman that was among the people came close and prayed with him; but they thrust her away, and threatened to tread her down with horses. In spite of this, she would not go away, but remained and prayed with him. When he had prayed, he went to the stake, and set himself into a pitch-barrel, which they had prepared for him to stand in, and so stood with his back upright against the stake,FOXES BOOK of MARTYRS - CHAPTER XXIII with his hands folded together, and his eyes towardENGLAND DURING THE REIGN OF QUEEN MARY heaven.”MARTYRDOM OF DR. ROWLAND TAYLOR (1554) 167
  • Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The ‗great sword‘ was epitomized by a 10-year bloodyslaughter of 200,000 by Emperor Diocletian around304 AD, which had been prophesied in Revelation2:10 ―ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thoufaithful unto death.‖The result of war was pestilence because of thedislocations in society; pestilence begat famine, hencethe third seal opened.These seals are ongoing and they develop, war topestilence, to famine and then to death. The secondseal falls into the time when people were forced toaccept the Catholic state-religion and extended rightinto the Dark Ages. 168
  • Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4While Satan (through the Roman Church) wasdestroying the Christians during the Smyrnean,Pergamean and Thyaterian ages, his evil power was thencounteracted by God‘s higher standard – God‘s secondBEAST, the CALF – which is the spirit of a ―beastof burden, a beast of sacrifice‖.The saints during this time willingly gave their lives for theGospel no matter what the cost. It was given to theChristians in this age that they should bear the ‗OX‖spirit, to bear the ―burden of sacrifice‖ till death.Though they were persecuted, tortured, burned at stake,fed to lions, they still were so courageous and werefaithful until death. 169
  • The Third Seal And when He had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, “Come and see.” And I beheld, and lo a black horse, and he that sat on him THE BLACKhad a pair of balances in his hand. And HORSEI heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, “A measure of wheat for a penny; and three measures of barley for a penny; andsee thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” Revelations 6:5-6
  • Third Seal; Black Horse: Famines Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. Jesus Warning: Famines Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 171
  • The black horse’s rider with the pair ofbalances in his hand symbolizesSatan in thefalse church during the “Dark Ages”, and thenear death of the true Church. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”Amos 8:11The prophet, Amos, also said that the merchants – thesystems of this World (political, economical &religious) rob the poor instead of helping them – “setforth wheat, making the ephah (unit of measure) small,and the shekel (price) great, and falsifying the balancesby deceit… that swallow up the needy, even to make thepoor of the land to fail.” Amos 8:4-6
  • The black horse, then, represents both literal andspiritual faminesand poverty perpetrated by the“the god of this evil age.” 2 Cor 4:1; Gal 1:1-4Oil and wine, in the Scriptures, symbolizethe Holy Spirit and “stimulation”.The fact that the oil and wine were “hurtnot” indicates a prohibition by God and anedict to allow the baptism & work of theHoly Spirit, as well as “stimulation” thatcomes from true REVELATION of the Word. Though Believers would suffer, and be poor by Earthly standards, they would prosper spiritually – just as Elijah did in the wilderness (1 Kings 17).
  • Third Seal: Black Horse: Darkness & FamineRev 6:5-6So great will this famine be, that it will take a"denarius" - a days wages, to buy a "choenix" (a―measure‖ - 2 pints) of wheat," -- the daily ration of aslave.Jesus provided the promises that His children willhave an abundance of spiritual food, without price.(John 4:23; Isaiah 55:1; Luke 12:42; Revelation2:17)Therefore, while many suffered natural and spiritualhunger, the elect Church had a ―feast preparedbefore them in the midst of their enemies.‖ (Psalms23:5) 174
  • Third Seal: Black Horse: Darkness & FamineRev 6:5-6BLACK HORSE RIDER. Satan was not contentedwith just persecuting the Christians, here he changed his horseagain from Red to Black. Introducing a new way of squeezingthe lives of Christians during the succeeding Sardisean andPhiladelphian Ages.―BLACK‖ is a color which signified spiritual darkness, andthe ―greed and abuse‖ of the Roman Catholic Church duringtheir reign known as ―the Dark Ages‖.The Catholic Church began charging money for novenas, andcharging money to get souls out of Purgatory, and to sell―indulgences.‖ That sure sounds appealing to theflesh…forgiveness in advance to commit a sin! 175
  • Third Seal: Black Horse: Darkness & FamineRev 6:5-6God raised up the standard for the true Christians by givingthem the spirit of a ―FACE OF A MAN‖. Man is giftedwith ―wisdom and knowledge‖. This age brought reformers andthe great ―Reformation‖. An OPEN DOOR was set byGod before the Christians to evangelize the whole world withthe truth of the Bible.During this time the printing press was invented in Germanyby a man known as Gutenberg. It paved the way for Bibles tobe printed in volumes which allowed the truth to spread out.Revelation 3:8 ―Behold, I have set before thee an open door,and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hastkept my word, and hast not denied my Name.‖ 176
  • Third Seal: Black Horse: Darkness & FamineRev 6:5-6This age introduced Martin Luther, a Catholic priest whoprotested the Roman Catholic Church by exposing the abusesof the papacy and its false teachings through his ―95 thesis‖. Hespearheaded printing of the Bibles. He introduced the doctrineof ―justification‖, living by faith and not by works.This age was also the age of John Wesley, who introduced‗sanctification‖ or ―holiness‖ to the church of the living God.Other well-known evangelists that appeared in this ―MANAGE‖ were Knox, Calvin, Moody, Sankey, Finney, along withmany others.The Third Seal extends through the Reformation period intothe eighteenth century, which is known as the Age ofEnlightenment. 177
  • Timeline – 3rd 2000 years + BrideJesus AgeChrist The Seven Church Ages Rapture ( Shout Voice Trump ) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Lion Calf Man 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders Rapture 5th Seal Souls under the Altar (Jews) 6th Seal Tribulations, Judgments Opening of The Seven Seals 178
  • Fourth Seal; Pale Horse: Pestilences Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Jesus Warning: Pestilences Mat 24:9-14 They shall…kill you: … many shall be offended … because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 179
  • Fourth Seal: Grey/Pale Horse: Death & HellRev 6:7-8The Fourth Seal revealed a Pale Horse Rider. This is the final ride ofSatan through the seven church ages.The color ―PALE‖ is nothing but a mixture of ―white, red and black‖. Itis a combined forces of the power of Satan mixing WHITE(deception), RED (persecution), and BLACK (spiritual famine) intoONE…The Anti-Christ spirit moving through and into a False prophet, ridinghis last trail, his final stage of leading his people to the ―Mark of theBeast‖ system.The PALE HORSE RIDER is riding in our Laodiceanage rightnow, controlling politics, military, economics and religion. He is the―prince of the power of the air‖. --Ephesians 6:12 180
  • WAR, GREED, AND DEATH… The characters that wererevealed when the second, third, and fourth seals were opened – are almost as old as the world itself, but the Biblical picture both here and elsewhere is that each of these forces has takenon greater power since the time of this revelation.
  • Fourth Seal: Grey/Pale Horse: Death & HellRev 6:7-8There is still a form of religion left, but no trace of Godspower is found therein. The actual goal is the executing ofworldly power under a religious cloak. This is made plain bythe proud rider on the horse.The first four seals uncover the antichrist developments rightfrom the beginning of the New Testament. The four stageswere already mentioned by the Prophet Joel, who spokeabout the four insects trying to destroy this fruit tree of God(Joel 1: 4).The Prophet Zechariah mentioned these developments byreferring to the four horses (Zechariah 1: 8 and 6: 2-5), alsobeing symbolized by the four horns (Zechariah 1: 18-22). 182
  • Fourth Seal: Grey/Pale Horse: Death & HellRev 6:7-8During the last phase of this seal, the antichrist himself is the head ofthis world institution, and is represented in each of the riders holdingthe reins in his hands. That is to say, the religious power is ruling andsubduing the earthly power of which he is making use.We have to be aware of these things, and know what is happening.Our place of safety is the faith in the Lord, and in knowing what Heis doing. And knowing that God is in charge; it is happening for theright reasons, and that it is going to work out.During the time of this seal, the prophet of Malachi 4:5 and Luke17:11 appears. His ministry restores God‘s word to its original stateand thus prepares the Bride for the First Resurrection, a.k.a. TheRapture. 183
  • Fourth Seal: Grey/Pale Horse: Death & HellRev 6:7-8 The Fourth Seal concludes the Gentile dispensation of grace; Introduces the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews of the 21st century; and ultimately ushers in the Great Tribulation period.Today, scripture is unfolding before our eyes.This is what the Seven Seals reveal. 184
  • Fourth Seal: Grey/Pale Horse: Death & HellRev 6:7-8God cannot be defeated by Satan. God in this last age, hasraised His standard once again by giving his people the power toovercome the evils of the PALE Horse Rider.God gave the Christians of this age the power of the―FLYING EAGLE‖ – the spirit of ―prophetic utterance‖.With a true Holy Spirit experience, today‘s believers can receivethe revelation of God, and understand the deep mysteries of theBible, readying them for the ―catching away‖ in the rapture! Thisis our age, my friends, the Eagle Age.7th Seal – ―wheresover the carcass (the Fresh Word) is, there willthe eagles be gathered..‖ Math 24:28 185
  • Only within the last few years has the human race developed thepotential to destroy itself. The Devil (red horse) now has nuclear bombs,intercontinental missiles, chemical and biological weapons, and otherlethal technologies to fulfill the Plagues of Revelation 16. Plagues literally, represent the terrible physical and emotional experience of the last generation of the wicked. God’s restraining hand is removed from the actions of Satan. Wars increase and crime and instability are rampant. Diseases get out of control and no amount of medical or pharmaceutical remedy seems able to stem the tide. The weather goes haywire, producing extremes of heat, wind and rain. And following the others comes the fourth horsemen, on the pale horse – DEATH IN EVERY FORM.So there you have the Four Horsemen Of TheApocalypse. They will continue to ride until the End,when Jesus returns to take us to heavenly places withHim, before pouring out His judgments on theperpetrators of the hell on earth below. Then He willcome back once more at the Battle of Armageddon.God will then cleanse and purify the earth and set upHis kingdom, ruled by Jesus Christ for 1000 years.
  • Timeline – 3rd 2000 years + BrideJesus AgeChrist The Seven Church Ages Rapture 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Lion Calf Man 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders 5th Seal Souls under the Altar (Jews) Opening of The Seven Seals 187
  • Timeline – 3rd 2000 years +JesusChrist The Seven Church Ages Rapture 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Lion Calf Man Eagle 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders 5th Seal Souls under the Altar (Jews) Great Tribulation Opening of The Seven Seals 188
  • ―How long, OLord, holy and true,dost thou not judgeand avenge ourblood on them thatdwell on the earth?‖ 189
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  • Fifth Seal: Souls Under the Altar – Martyrdom Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one ofthem; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were,should be fulfilled. 191
  • Fifth Seal: Souls Under the Altar – MartyrdomThe souls of the Jewish martyrs are under the altar. They cannot asyet enter the Glory of God, because they did not accept thereconciliation in Christ.They are calling for vengeance, crying out, "How long, O Lord, holyand true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwellon the earth?"Those who truly believe in Jesus Christ are reconciledwith God and do not cry for vengeance, but rather pray for those whopersecuted them as did their Redeemer.These white garments are the same white garments these people weregiven, who were slain for the word of God and testimony they bore.Those Jews who were martyred in the past 1,500 years, including the6 million killed during the twentieth century, did not have the testimonyof Jesus Christ. They had the testimony of Gods Word asentrusted to Israel. 192
  • And all the peopleanswered, ―His bloodbe on us and on ourchildren!‖ -- Matthew 27:25 193
  • How Long,YadVashem OhHolocaust LORD?Memorial 194
  • Fifth Seal: Souls Under the Altar – MartyrdomThe souls under the altar were murdered because of the Wordof God, and the testimony they had as Jews. They waited forthe coming of the Messiah. As already mentioned, they did nothave the revelation that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was theirMessiah. Therefore, they are not part of the Redeemed of theNew Testament Church.God has a special way with His people Israel, according to Hisplan of salvation that He laid down from before the foundationof the world. The people of Israel will know Him and be―grafted‖ again, for they are covenanted with Him (Romans 11).They are to bear witness of Him, the only true God.Christians wouldn‘t call for vengeance – the souls under thealtar are Jews. 195
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  • Sixth Seal: Heavenly Signs Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: Rev 6:17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? 197
  • Sixth Seal: Tribulation PeriodThe sixth seal has to do with the end phase of God‘s plan forthe Earth, as the Day of the Lord is ushered in.To understand the successive order of the predicted events,they are as follows:1. the Bride of Christ (a.k.a. the Church) will be taken intoGlory in the First Resurrection.2. A covenant between the Vatican, Israel, and the Arabstates will be made,3. The three and a half years ministry of the two prophets inJerusalem will commence.4. After the completion of their ministry, the 144,000 JewishChristian converts will await on Mount Zion for;5. The Battle of Armageddon. 198
  • Sixth Seal: Tribulation PeriodThis time period is known as the Great Tribulation and it will bemarked by persecution, especially upon the Jews (Daniel 7: 25).Complete dominion of the antichrist over all the nations will beexperienced (Revelation 13: 5-7).This will also be purging time for the FOOLISH VIRGINS ofMatthew 25.The foolish virgins are those who are left behind, missing therapture. They failed to heed the End Time Message, and weredevoid of the "OIL" or the baptism of the Holy Spirit thats whythey were left behind, weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth.They will be hunted down like dogs by the AntiChrst and will betortured to death during the Tribulation Period. They have toshed their blood in order to attain their salvation. 199
  • Sixth Seal: Tribulation Period*The CALLING of the 144,000 Israelites back to the trueGospel of Jesus Christ.When God is through with us Gentiles, He will turn back to theJews and open their eyes to the true Gospel of salvation. Godwill send His two prophets, Moses and Elijah (the 2 olive treesof Revelation 11), to call upon the elect of Israel. Jesus will bepreached to them and they will accept Him as their Messiah.This event will be like that of Joseph revealing himself again tohis brethren, yet in nail-scarred hands, while they wail in sacklothwith tears in their eyes, realizing that it was JESUSCHRIST who was their real Messiah. 200
  • Sixth Seal: Tribulation PeriodWhen the sixth seal breaks, the grace of God which wasgiven to all humanity through reconciliation and forgivenessis then over forever.The throne of grace turns into the throne of judgment.The meek Lamb will then become a Lion and the sovereignJudge. The wrath of God breaks forth at the beginningof the Day of the Lord and includes all the preliminaryjudgments and the cleaning up, before the Millennial Reigncommences. "For the great day of his wrath is come, andwho shall be able to stand?"(Revelation 6: 17)Ref: Isaiah 24: 19-20 201
  • Sixth Seal: Tribulation PeriodThe times leading up to the great tribulation aredescribed as ―pangs‖ – sharp, powerful, involuntarycontractions proceeding a momentous event.What is experienced during the last three years canonly be described as a complete breakdown of all theEarth‘s systems, disruption of the laws of nature – allorder is gone.These times that forerun the new millennial era are soutterly loathsome, only one lament need be uttered:―Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth.‖(Revelation 8:13) 202
  • Timeline – 3rd 2000 years + BrideJesus AgeChrist The Seven Church Ages ( Shout Voice Trump ) 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Lion Calf Man 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders Rapture 5th Seal Souls under the Altar (Jews) 6th Seal Tribulations, Judgments 7th Seal Opening of The Seven Seals The coming of the Lord 203
  • Seventh Seal: Silence in Heaven– Completion & the Rapture Rev 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Rev 10:1-7 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: 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, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. Rev 11:15-19 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. 204
  • Seventh Seal: Silence in Heaven– Completion & the Rapture The seventh seal runs concurrent with the fourth, fifth and sixth seals. There is silence. God ceases communication with the inhabitants on the Earth, for by now his Bride, the Church, the Elect – this tiny group is safely in Heaven. There is nothing left to say. There are no more dire warnings, no further prelude – just the utter desolation of the world‘s citizenry which chose to reject Jesus Christ. ―Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth.‖ 205
  • Seventh Seal: Silence in Heaven– Completion & the RaptureThe Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public.According to Biblical pattern and precedent, revelation is hiddenfrom casual seekers and unbelievers. Since the way to God isthrough Jesus Christ, that way is hidden and made available asGod wills it.The Apocalypse is the unveiling of Jesus Christ and therefore isnot understood with human ability – it requires a revelation; andrevelation is sovereign with God, as we see below:The hidden things belong to the Lord our God.– Deuteronomy29:29 206
  • Seventh Seal: Silence in Heaven– Completion & the RaptureThe Seventh Seal is not to be known to the public.And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: butunto them that are without, all things are done in parables: (Mark 4:11)Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others inparables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.(Luke 8:10)In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord ofheaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, andhast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.(Luke 10:21)But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth allthings, yea, the deep things of God. even so the things of God knoweth no man,but [by] the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10-11) 207
  • 7th Seal– ―wheresover the carcass (the Fresh Word) is, there will theeagles be gathered..‖ Math 24:281. # Seven (completion)- Roman Candle analogy2. Wheat ripening in the sun3. The ‗Word‘ Sarah believed was growing in her womb4. Fruit maturing (opposite to Jude 1:12‘s ―Autumn trees who‘s fruit withers and dies‖)5. Line upon line (Isaiah 28:10-13)6. Secret Coming (Matt 24:36-42; 1 Thes 5:2-4)7. Perousia ‗Elijah has already come.‘ (Matt 17:9-12)8. Shout, Voice, Trump (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)9. ‗I show you a mystery…‘ (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)10. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 - heard things not lawful to be uttered in public11. 3rd Pull – love secrets whispered to a bride12. Wedding supper of the Lamb (Rev 19) SEVENTHSEAL 208
  • ‗Like a Romancandle firework,the seventh sealis the beginningof the end forall things… thedispensation ofgrace, theblindness of theJews towardsJesus Christ,the seventrumpets, theseven vials ofthe wrath ofGod – eventime.‘ 209
  • The Bride will not have to face the cataclysmic events the Bible prophesies forthe end times. We will be taken to heaven before the Tribulation-the timeperiod the Bible describes as ‖ . . . a time of trouble, Such as never was sincethere was a nation, Even to that time.‖ [Dan 12:1]During the first phase of His Second Coming, Jesus will come secretly to―catch away His Bride‖-the Church. Three and one half years later, during the―Day of the Lord,‖ the second phase of His coming will take place. At that timeChrist will come visibly with all power and authority to establish His kingdom onearth (Matt 24:29).The saints will spend the intervening time in heaven before returning withChrist. Jesus will come for the saints during the first phase, and with the saintsin the second phase. Christ is coming to rapture the saints before theTribulation-but returning with them afterward, the time when He pours out Hiswrath in divine vengeance. SEVENTHSEAL 210
  • Revelation 19:7-9Let us rejoice and be gladand give honor to him, forthe marriage of the Lamb iscome, and his wife hathmade herself ready. And toher was granted that sheshould be arrayed in finelinen, clean and white: forthe fine linen is therighteousness of the saints.And he saith unto me, write,blessed are they which arecalled to the marriagesupper of the Lamb. 211
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  • Review BrideJesus AgeChrist The Seven Church Ages The Battle of Armageddon ( Shout Voice Trump ) 3.5 years Tribulation 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Millennium 1000 years Lion Calf Man 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders Rapture 5th Seal Souls under the Altar (Jews) 6th Seal Tribulations, Judgments 7th Seal Opening of The Seven Seals The coming of the Lord 214
  • And though I have the gift of prophecy,and understand all mysteries, and allknowledge; and though I have all faith,so that I could remove mountains, andhave not charity, I am nothing. I Corinthians 13:2 215
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