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Two new poetry books on Amazon….
Two new poetry books on Amazon….
“When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will be in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. From among the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations people will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. Those who dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and they will be glad. They will give gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”
The beast, who is the Antichrist is let loose from the Abyss to make war against the servants of the Lord. He does make war against the People of the Lord and overcomes them and kills them. There have been numerous bloody persecutions on Earth through the millennia and many Christians have died at the hand of false religion and evil secular forces. This suggest another and bloody uprising against the kingdom of God at the end times, or the infiltration of general lethargy not the population of earth, as they succumb to the spirit of the Antichrist. The city of Christ will seem to be destroyed and killed and will be defamed and ridiculed throughout the whole Earth. It will be disrespected and made a laughing stock by the people of the world and held up to ridicule and scorn. The world is likened to a great city, as Sodom or Egypt and is a place of sinfulness and depravity. This event happens after the death of Christ. History is full of such events as this.
The voice of the gospel will be silenced and there will be rejoicing that the offence of the message has been got rid of. Do we not have this today? Everything is preached in churches but not the gospel. Conversions are self-help mechanisms and new starts, that have no repentance and sorrow for sin at all. Many so-called conversions are just initiation into the rights of the group that calls itself “church” but is only a social class of people who happen to meet together. There is no references to sin in the lives of believer or unbeliever and all things carry on as before. The gospel seem to be silenced and the witness as are dead.
After a set and pre-ordained time, the witnesses are resurrected and stand on their feet again with the breath of God in their nostrils. They are raised again, and again their voice is heard., Great fear falls on the peoples of earth as they are convicted of their great evil. The city of Sodom, the wickedness of human society, is brought to a state of seeming repentance and gives glory to God as a number of people are killed in the earthquake that accompanies the resurrection of the Witnesses. The servants of the Lord are honoured and advanced and this causes consternation and fear in the hearts of those who do not believe.
God will always honour His people and the message of the gospel will find a way to be heard, so that those marked for God will believe. God is not willing that any should perish, so the Witnesses, those who spread the gospel message, as raised up by God to do His work. The Word is preached and the worldlings gnash their teeth, and reluctantly give glory to God. This is the state of the world at the end.
False religion and secularism has taken over the mindset of almost everyone. The Witnesses are few, but bold in the Lord their God. The gospel seems to be vanquished but it is not. God is in control and will not allow His people to be forever rejected and sidelined. He will get the glory in the end, even from the lips of wicked women and men.
“I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands, standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. If anyone desires to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.”
These two witnesses are in a state of mourning – they wear sackcloth. The holy city has been desecrated and trampled underfoot, but only for a specified period of time. God’s people will not always be disregarded. The church of Christ is oppressed and Christians are kept down, but only in the will of God, for He reigns supreme and is calling out of this world, those who will be His people, the holy temple of the Lord.
John is asked to measure the temple, but not the outer court, which has been given to the nations of the world. The inner court of the house of God is for the true priests of God, set apart for His service. The outer court are nominal worshippers.
God raises up two witnesses to prophesy before the Lord. They are like lamp stands of witness or testimony to the Lord, as the lamp stands in chapter 1 of this book. They are like productive olive trees that bear fruit to God bringing cleansing and healing to the nations. They have the same powers as the patrician prophet, Elijah and if opposed, have the power to destroy enemies. Those who oppose them are or desires to harm them, they are put down by the words of the gospel and the Word of God.
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.”
These are the faithful witnesses who speak for Christ in a corrupt and perverted world, which is given over to the Antichrist. They witness against him and his influence and God preserves their witness in the world. They are two – not many, but enough to be a testimony to the truth of God. They have the power and authority to preach the gospel of the grace of God to the peoples of the world. They carry on through the apostasy for they are faithful servants of God through the many generations of this time. They have the boldness of the spirit of Elijah and the same access to the throne of God in prayer.
They have protection from the Word that proceeds from their mouths.
“Isn’t my word like fire? says The Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
The defence of the gospel is the Word of God and the Christian witness fights with this sword of the Spirit in defence of the faith, doctrine and the honour of the Lord. It enlightens from idolatry, evil, immorality and superstition. It is a light to the eyes of humankind and leads in the paths of peace.
Power is given to them to bind or lose in heaven and earth, hence the power of the righteous saints of God to apply the will of God who sends the rain of the gospel on the Earth.
“Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.”
“The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it didn’t rain on the earth for three years and six months.”
The witnesses for the Lord must have the spirit of Elijah, wholly given over to the Lord and faithful to the Word of God. The spirit is fearless and prays the prayers that mirror the will of God. We can do this because we know the mind and heart of the Lord. Elijah could control the big things in life because he was kept by the power of God and was kept separate from the world.
“The voice which I heard from heaven, again speaking with me, said, “Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.” I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. He said to me, “Take it, and eat it up. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth. When I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. They told me, “You must prophesy again over many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”
The voice of the Lord tells John to take the book from the Angel of the Lord, with all authority over land and sea. The gospel of Christ is open and ready to be taken and believed. It is the open offer of the gospel to all who will come and put their hope in Christ. The work of salvation has been accomplished and Jesus stands ready to take in all who come to Him in repentance and faith.
John goes to the angel and asks for the book. The ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ must have a holy desire to preach it to the unsaved. There must be a holy calling in whatever we do for Christ and to be His servant we must have god-orientated desire and love for Him.
The receiving of the message of the gospel is sweet to the taste. It brings life to dead souls and a living relationship with the Almighty God. The Holy Spirit is given into the life of the believer and they are brought to spiritual life. This new work, this new life in Jesus Christ is the sweetness of life, for all who receive it.
But there is a cost to pay. John is alone on Patmos, away from human contact and shut up with His God to receive the Word for our sake and the comfort of Christians down through the centuries. This book of prophecy has cost him dearly, but as God’s beloved servant, he does it willingly. So with the preachers called to preach the gospel. There is a cost. They will not be popular, for the message is offensive to dead and fallen human hearts.
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News—not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Christ wouldn’t be made void. For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:17-18
Yet the message must go out if human souls are to be saved. If we run from it, there is no other means of salvation. We are compelled to preach it, speak it, share it, but you may not have many friends! John stands alone in his exile and partakes of the vision for the sake of all who would come alter him.
“For if I preach the Good News, I have nothing to boast about; for necessity is laid on me; but woe is to me if I don’t preach the Good News. For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me.”
1 Corinthians 9:16-17
John is also receiving a prophecy which gives him sweet consolation and comfort from the Lord, which he passes on to us, but also the grievousness of knowing the terrors of what is to come would weigh heavily on his mind and heart. The servant of the Lord enjoyed the sweetness of the message but the bitterness of rejection and hurt too. This is the price of the servant of the Lord.
The voice and the angle tell John that he must speak before many peoples as yet. The exile will be over and God has more work for him to do, as he communicates the vision and the Word revealed to him by the Lord. So the message would go out through John and the following messages of the Word to the four corners of the world.
We also are His disciples and called to spread the good news. It will cost us many sacrifices, but we will enjoy the sweetness of our precious Lord Jesus and know Him increasingly fully.
“This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
“I saw a mighty angel coming down out of the sky, clothed with a cloud. A rainbow was on his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had in his hand a little open book. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land. He cried with a loud voice, as a lion roars. When he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.”
The angel coming. down for heaven is mighty and is coming on the clouds, with a rainbow circling His head. His face is like the sun and his feet pillar of fire. Christ comes in the clouds and the throne of God is referred to as the Rainbow circled throne. In Revelation chapter 1 the vision of Christ shows Him as having a head as white as wool and feet like brass from a furnace. This angel is CHRIST, the angel of the LORD.
“His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters. He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.”
In the hands of the angel is a little book, the little book of the gospel which is handed to John for him to eat. The gospel was given to the Apostles as faithful witnesses to the living Christ and to spread the good news through the whole world, which they did. Our faith is built of the law and the prophets and the faith is spread through the propagation of the gospel to the minds and hearts of humankind. The gospel is specifically the good news about the fact that Christ has died and rose again from the dead, and there is forgiveness for the sinner who humbles themselves and comes to Him in faith.
The gospel call remains open to all, for the little book is open.
The Angle of the Lord descends at His incarnation to bring the message of hope to the nations of the world. We see His glory, the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.
The angel opens His mouth and the voice is like a lion that roars, the lion of the tribe of Judah. The gospel call is to all no matter what their circumstance are, one foot of the angel is on the sea and one foot on the land. The gospel is a free offer of mercy and grace to all who will believe. Christ is the Lord of all the globe and the world is His possession, as the sovereign Lord. When the angel speaks there are seven thunders, which speak of the majesty, authority and power of God, uttering from wrath and punishment against sin. John is told not to write about the thunders, for the day of mercy is still open for repentant sinners. The voice of the gospel yet thunders as it is preached to the peolpe on earth. Repent and believe, for the kingdom of God is at hand.
The days are nearly over for this time. The angel swears an oath by the heavens and earth and He who made them that there will be no longer any delay. We are at the end of the end times and we must fly to the Lord for refuge from the coming judgment. There is no other place of retreat or shelter, but in the loving arms of the almighty God who has given the message of the gospel to save us.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
In the days of this angel as He is about to sound and come again in the clouds of glory, the mystery will be finished and every eye will see Him who they pierced. It will be clear to everyone that the law and the prophets are true and the Scripture is true. All that it prophesies will happen, has now happened and they will mourn because of Christ the judge. The kingdom will come in all its glory with the saints of God, those who have believed, in the train of Christ. The door of mercy will be shut to all who have rejected Christ and other books will be opened.
“On that day the LORD will become King over all the earth—the LORD alone, and His name alone.”
The BiPolar mind is a beautiful fractal. It is so sensitive and analytical towards its own thoughts and the thoughts and behaviour of others. It is capable of such empathy and finds it easy to identify with sufferers and people with deep difficulties.
Those people with this kind of mind are good friends and confidantes and bear burdens well. They can think of things to say and do to support others and have a willing and sacrificial spirit towards those in need.
The BiPolar mind is easily upset because of the sensitivity and the ability to feel the full gamut of human emotion. The extremes of feeling are fully felt, which is the sensitivity towards people and events. Only the mind can fix the mind and thinking things through and analysing is the way out if the maze and the melting pot of emotion.
When things are sad, the BiPolar mind is sad and when things are glad, the BiPolar mind is happy. The mind feels the extremes of these emotions at times, and can tip into clinical Depression or a Manic crisis. The BiPolar mind must learn how to cope with this and learn how to control and cope with the emotional ups and downs, and recognise when it is tipping one way or the other, and make the right adjustments. This is a life long learning curve and many people get stuck somewhere along the line and don’t resolve their personal difficulties.
Other get caught up with other people and the lack of understanding from other people is hard to bear. The BiPolar mind needs to understand about others too and make adjustments for them. It us a complex web – a fractal. The BiPolar mind is a very creative and a dynamic mind and highly intelligent. This is not considered in our society and therefore people who have such minds are side-lined and scapegoated and they bear a lot of blame. They appear to be a threat and petty jealousies can be a problem.
The role of medication is dodgy! It masks difficulties and stops the mind from really sorting out the difficulties. It drugs down the psyche and only puts off the day when the problems have to be sorted out. Medication is of limited value and is used as a chemical cosh for the troubled mind. There is a way our through talking and honesty and all party’s facing up to fault and lack of understanding. If one side is unwilling, it makes trouble for the BiPolar person. The Bipolar mind has to learn not to blame itself but investigate the situation and let others shoulder their own blame.
The BiPolar mind is sensitive to the soul and feels the need for God more easily. Perhaps it is the suffering that leads them to God, or perhaps an innate ability to relate to God, should they find Him. A BiPolar mind that relates to God is a powerful force and can understand and access layers of spiritual understanding that brings the person nearer and nearer to God.
To have such a mind is a blessing, when all other lights in life go out, the reality of God is strong. This is a sweet blessing and deepens the thought processes and mindset of the person, so that they are in tune with God and feel His presence acutely. God is the Lord of the Bipolar mind, and He will coach the person to keep them in life and in the heavenly way. His graciousness is legendary and His love reigns supreme.
“They didn’t repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their sexual immorality, nor of their thefts.”
Revelation 9:15 and 21
The sixth trumpet sounds and a voice from the golden altar of incense sounds. It is the altar that represents the prayers of Christ for His people and is made for perpetuity. It is four square representing the heavenly Jerusalem that comes down from God, the people of God. Christ still intercedes for His people though all these cataclysmic events that affect humankind. The voice heard is the voice of Christ giving the command to the four angels at the great river Euphrates.
“After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree.”
The forces that are unleashed by these representational angels, are a great army, the army that will be mustered against the forces of God and His people. They are mighty and set out to fight and kill a third of mankind. Their appearance is like modern warfare and will take out a huge number of the earths population. The timing is in the hands and power of God and the duration for these events.
It could also be a great plague at the end time that is propagated but he lack of fresh air and dooms one third of humankind to sickness and death. it os the “army” of judgment on the wickedness of humankind at the end times.
This army has the colours of fire and brimstone, denoting the judgment of God on the people of earth, and designed to inflict horror and fear on those who oppose them. The description of the armies sound like modern warfare with modern machines of war to destroy and kill people. The tails of false religion are cunning and vindictive and seek to deceive the inhabitant of earth and cause blindness of soul and mind. This hurts humankind badly and plunges the mind into darkness and false hope in a false religion. The people are duped by error and falsehood and kept away from the truth of God by all kinds of false religious teachings. It is often hidden in church traditions and culture that gives an impression of goodness but denies the power of God.
The people of God are not harmed because they have the mark of God on their foreheads and are kept by the power of God. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God keeps them from false religion and they are faithful to their heavenly calling in Christ. They are kept safe from the fear and sting of hatred and falsehoods.
The rest of the unbelieving humankind are reinforced in their rebellion against the Lord and remain unrepentant of their sinful ways. They do not give up their idols, which can never help them because they are only “things” and “idolised women and men” and not God. The unrepentant look to other false gods and find only the sting of death in the tail.
“They have hands, but they don’t feel. They have feet, but they don’t walk, neither do they speak through their throat. Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.”
The evil of Western false religion to perpetrate and perpetuate the works of darkness and benefit by them is now well documented. People are duped by the show of religion and want its seeming civilising nature, but it is false. It hides its intentions and benefits from the work of ordinary people and takes for itself. The human culture is one of growing darkness and depravity and signals the end of all things.
“The elder and the honourable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail. For those who lead this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
The people left after the war remain caught in falsehood and do not repent of their evil ways or relent from their evil deeds. There is a growing sense that something great is going to happen to deliver the people of God…
“The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from the sky which had fallen to the earth. The key to the pit of the abyss was given to him. He opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke from a burning furnace. The sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke from the pit.”
The star falling from heaven is the Son of the Morning, the Lord Jesus Christ. The keys of death and hell belong to Him alone, and He has the power and authority to open and close the abyss of hell.
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.”
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the Abyss, holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he threw him into the Abyss, shut it, and sealed it over him, so that he could not deceive the nations until the thousand years were complete. After that, he must be released for a brief period of time.”
The angel opens the gates of hell and Apollyon comes forth, the leader of the armies of destruction. They are not given power to kill the inhabitants of earth, but to sting them, so that they wish they were dead. These beings from the pit are limited and Apollyon does not have sway over the earth. The earth is the Lord’s and He hold the authority say what will happen and for how long. Those people who are sealed for God, do not have to suffer like the unbelievers, who refuse to give up their sin and worship the Living and true God. The people of God are sealed with the mark of the angel.
“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, with the seal of the living God. And he called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or sea or trees until we have sealed the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
People will live for self and will follow their own pathway of life, but it leads to pain and suffering. The people of God are protected through faith. Their sinful selfishness is conquered by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in them. The seal is the outward sign of their faith and love towards God. They are marked out by the attribute of love and kindness toward other people, and will persist in the ways of God to death. This is the spirit of the martyrs, who are killed for the sake of the gospel and for the right to love the Lord their God and serve Him.
The smoke of anti-christian doctrine and worship have been brought on the world and people are being led astray by it. The church is infiltrated by the effects of world orientated culture and practice and become sullied by the error of secular thinking. The sun of Christ the righteous one and the daylight of Christian doctrine is gradually and persistently rejected as the world of human endeavour becomes more and more morally evil and opposed to the Lord.
Those who believe in Christ are safe from this destruction of life and soul. They have the mark of the angel on their foreheads, as a sign that they belong to God and are safe from the sullying power of the enemy of human souls. Those who chose the way of anti-christ are not safe.
The description of the armies from hell conjure up pictures of modern day warfare machines that spew out fire and death and scorch but do not kill. They maim but do not terminate the lives of the unbelievers. Is this more time to repent? God is merciful to those who hate Him and live lives that are against His holy commandments. These “beasts” are from the pit of hell and inflict terrible suffering on humanity, so much suffering that people long to die to be free of it, not realising that the worst is yet to come. This is the reality of death and hell. This is played out through the generations of history, as the forces of evil come against the power of God to destroy and kill mankind, so that they never see the truth of God and truly believe.
Rather than face the miserable life they lead, people will choose death. False religion will be rife with the attractiveness of show and religious words that will deceive many and bring many into a place of being duped by the outward appearance of godliness, according to this world. People will follow the outward forms of religion, but there is no work of grace in the heart and no outworking of the love of God in the life. Even churches will be filled with people who are only concerned about their own lives and with no love for sacrifice and the saving of souls. Religion will be dying and stung so badly that it is rendered useless.
The move against God will be great and deceive many who are duped by their own selfish and conceited words and ways. Yet, the people who belong to the Lord will not be harmed. The grass and the trees will not be hurt, denoting the people who are sealed for God. They will thrive and live and their souls will not just be saved, but protected against the folly of the spirit of the age, which is the antichrist.
“Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in law of the LORD. On his law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also does not wither. Whatever he does shall prosper. The wicked are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked shall perish.”
“I saw, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe for those who dwell on the earth, because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, who are yet to sound!”
“I saw an angel flying in mid heaven, having an eternal Good News to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people.”
There are three more trumpets to sound and the fearful woes from God to be faced. The eagle cries three “woes” as these three trumpets must now be faced and they are terrible. An eagle appears in the vision, the king of birds and full of majesty. It is flying in the mid heaven, not the high heaven of God, but the heavens above to earth. It is warning and commiserating with the people on the earth, for what they have yet to face. It is the warning voice of the gospel of Jesus Christ and it cries out with a loud voice. It is warning about the final three trumpets, which will take place soon.
In the fifth trumpet the abyss of hell will be opened and let loose with wars and terrible conflicts that will affect humankind. The sixth trumpet sees the loosing of great plagues from the angels bound at the great river Euphrates. They have the power to sting and kill one third of humankind. The seventh trumpet sees the end of all things and the Great judgment day.
These events will be terrible for the people who inhabit the planet and will be the birth-pains of the end of all things and the coming of the Antichrist. The kindness of God is displayed in the message of the gospel, to repent and turn from all wickedness and believe in the only Saviour of the world. God has provided a way of escape for those who turn away from their sin and hate it and seek forgiveness from the holy God. The Son of God has humbled Himself and died on a cruel cross at the hands of His enemies to pay the price of sin for His people. The work of salvation is complete and the offer of mercy still stands.
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
This message of the gospel is the king of all messages and is the only salvation from the woes that are to come. It soars as a majestic eagle with great power and glory. We must be wise and humble ourselves and seek the Lord, for only He is able to save to the uttermost, those who come to Him. The heart of humankind is full of folly, and even after the terrible wars and plagues are unleashed, the heart of people, is seen to be what it really is, unrepentant and against God.
“The rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, didn’t repent of the works of their hands, that they wouldn’t worship demons, and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. They didn’t repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their sexual immorality, nor of their thefts.”
The eagle still calls to us to warn and offer the only message of hope for the human society. The offer of mercy still stands for those who will be wise and humble themselves and repent of their sin and out their trust in the Lord.
“The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch, and it fell on one third of the rivers, and on the springs of the waters. The name of the star is called “Wormwood.” One third of the waters became wormwood. Many people died from the waters, because they were made bitter.”
The angels sound their trumpets and bring trouble on the earth. The first trumpet brings fire and hail and blood and a third of the earth, trees and grass are burned up. The second brings a fiery mountain that destroys a third of the sea and kills a third of the animals in the sea and sinks a third of the ships. The third sounding of the trumpet brings the falling of the star “ Wormwood” that turns a third of the water bitter, and many people, died because of this catastrophe.
These signs are the signposts of the markers in history that has brought trouble to humanity and the church of Jesus Christ. They bring death and destruction because of wars and various oppressions that lead many into death and hell. The earth itself is ravaged by these wars and the natural world groans, waiting for the redemption of the Sons of God.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.”
The visible church of Christ is full of errors and falsehood, which gets worse and worse until, the end, when there is very little soundness and the true hearted people of God are oppressed by the overbearing rulers of the time. The persecution and oppression come from the leaders and from the wickedness that abounds on earth at the end of the era of time and space. The Christians also groan, waiting for their freedom from the bonds of this world and sin.
Wormwood falls from the sky, so it is not to do with global warming. It is a spiritual sign of the times and shows the complete fall from grace of so much of the so- called church of Christ. The church remains pure only in the hearts and minds of those who truly believe. False religion and error always leave a bitter taste and clause so much problems in the church of Christ. Controversies emerge and all vain arguments about issues that do not matter, causing the continual falling away of so many. People are oppressed by the authorities and there is much unrest and upheaval in the church. The gospel is not preached and people die in their sins.
The falling always is huge and the error is rampant. Wormwood destroys many and sets the scene for the next set of trumpets.