We concluded our third message on the Book of Revelation
titled, "Trumpets and Prophets" at verse 19 of Chapter
11 with the sounding of the last of the seven trumpets of the
Chapter 12 then begins to blazon forth an amalgamated pageantry
of past history and future events with the woeful sounding of
this seventh trumpet.
The vast scope of information we are privileged to survey
once again lends support to the fact that the Church is no longer
found on earth as the focus of God's attention, but instead Israel
now fills the vacuum left by the Raptured Church.
In verse 1 of Ch. 12 we are shown a woman with notable Old
Testament symbolism that identifies her as representing the nation
In Genesis 37:9 Jacob, which means Israel, told of a divine
dream he had. In this dream he saw the sun and the moon paying
homage to him. He then also spoke of eleven stars, which represented
his brothers who would bring forth the tribes of Israel. Including
himself, we are shown that the twelve stars of Rev. 12:1 are
representative of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 2 speaks of the anguish Israel has endured in her wait
for her messiah to be brought forth.
Verses 3 & 4 weave together how the great dragon Satan
has and will try again to prevent the Messiah Jesus Christ from
establishing His throne upon the earth at the close of this present
age. During the Tribulation Period Satan will attempt to usurp
Christ with a unified resistance from a composite of entities.
In the past the Devil tried to prevent Christ from ruling
upon the earth when he motivated Herod in his attempt to murder
the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
Verse 5 conclusively verifies that the woman written of in
verses 1 & 2 is Israel and the child she had been waiting
to bring forth is Jesus Christ. We quote, "And she (that
is Israel, the wife of God according to the Old Testament) bore
a male Child (that is Jesus) who was to rule all nations with
a rod of Iron. And her Child (the resurrected Christ) was caught
up to God and to His throne." (See Rev. 19:15 & Acts
Verse 6 then crosses the 2,000 year span of time from when
the woman (Israel) first brought forth Jesus Christ until the
closing 3 ½ years of this age before He returns. God promises
her special protection during these final 3 ½ years of
great tribulation. It will be those of Israel who heed Christ's
words found in Matthew 24:15-16 who will receive this special
Verses 7-10 then describe one of the most spectacular wars
of the ages taking place in heaven. The Archangel of God, Michael
and his angels wage a victorious battle against the Devil and
his angels and cast these unholy beings down to the earth.
Verse 10 dovetails with Rev. 11:15 to pinpoint the precise
time as being the moment the woeful seventh trumpet is being
blown. The Devil had been banished from the Heaven of heavens
where God dwells long ago, but he still had access to the lower
heavens of outer space and our atmosphere where he continues
to this day to approach the boundary of the Heaven of God's domain
to accuse the brethren. The brethren of Christ are the Jews in
particular (II Cor. 12:2 & Matt. 11:12).
It is interesting that eyewitness accounts by astronauts,
along with verified NASA tracking accounts, have reported that
a number of our flights into outer space have been followed and
even badgered by unidentified flying objects. Could this be secret
technology at work or even more intriguingly manifestations of
the fallen angels presently still residing in the realm of the
lower heavens? Revelation 12:11-12 then make it disturbingly
clear why the episode of events brought on by the sounding of
the seventh trumpet is called the "third woe" in Rev.
We are shown that because the Devil will find himself confined
to the earth and is aware that he has only 3 ½ years left
before Jesus Christ returns; his wrath will be great. He will
become like a caged wild animal looking into the face of impending
judgment. His intended decimation of the tribulation saints,
revealed to us in Rev. 7:9-14, then commences with a bloodthirsty
We are told of this terrible time of affliction for angels
and men in Isaiah 24:21-22, "It shall come to pass in that
day that the Lord will punish on high the host of the exalted
ones. And on the earth the kings of the earth. They will be gathered
together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut
up in the prison; after many days (the Millennium) they will
From this point on Satan will no longer be the prince of the
power of the air" (Eph. 2:2), but an unmerciful bane upon
Revelation 12:13-17 then conclude
with the Devil first focusing his hatred primarily against Israel.
This passage of Scripture conclusively discredits the teaching
that the woman written of is Mary. Mary died almost 2,000 years
ago and could never fulfill what is written of the woman at the
close of this age.
The woman, which is the chosen of Israel, will flee to the
wilderness (that is Petra) to receive divine protection as they
did when they fled Egypt with Moses upon symbolic wings of eagles
(Ex. 19:14). After the Devil's attempt to destroy the fleeing
Israelites is miraculously thwarted, he then directs his rage
towards the remaining Jews still adhering to the old Covenant
and against those who have found salvation in their Messiah Jesus
Christ (see Matt. 24:20-22).
Revelation Ch. 13 continues to disclose greater details concerning
the seventh trumpet and along with Ch. 17 contains some of the
most cryptic of all the chapters of the Book of Revelation.
Verses 1 & 2 of Ch. 13 associate the final world dictator,
commonly referred to as the Anti-Christ, with a composite beast.
He is described as being one in the same with a beastly final
world power which is identified by various symbols and animals.
We are told that, "The dragon gave him his power, his throne,
and great authority."
Verses 3 & 4 tell us that a wound, which should have been
and will at first appear as fatal, will be inflicted upon the
Anti-Christ and that then "his deadly wound was healed."
The apparently miraculous nature of this healing will cause all
of those whose names have not been written in Jesus Christ's
Book of Life to worship this beastly man and his master Satan
One possible explanation for how this remarkable restoration
may be accomplished is that during the time of this near death
experience, the evil spirit of the beast of Rev. 11:7 & 17:8,
which ascends into the bottomless pit, will enter into and demonically
revitalize the Anti-Christ.
This pit, or shaft, leads into the abyss of Hell. It is from
this same pit that Apollyn and his demonic locusts were released.
Isaiah 66:24 reveals that during the Millennial Reign the
inhabitants of the earth will apparently be able to look down
this open shaft into the depths of Hell. The sight will perhaps
be similar to the view Abraham had of Hell's torment in Luke
16:23-31. It is feasible that the evil spirit which possesses
the Anti-Christ will be released during the same volcanic disturbance
that liberated the demonic locusts of Rev. 9:1-11.
Revelation 13:5-6 again pinpoint the timing of this seventh
trumpet event as transpiring in the middle of the 7 year Tribulation
by noting that the Anti-Christ's authority will continue for
3 ½ years. During that time we are told that he will not
only blaspheme God, but also of particular interest (to a saint
who will have been caught up to God at the Rapture), is that
he will blaspheme "those who dwell in heaven."
Satan's railings through his man of sin against the Raptured
saints and all who dwell in heaven is fueled beyond measure because
of uncontrollable loathing and jealousy. Men, once subject to
his torment, now soar through even the Heaven of heavens from
whence he was long ago banished while he is forced to confinement
upon the earth like a common man. They are forever more beyond
his and his Anti-Christ's reach and he intends to make the most
of the time he has left to make humanity pay for this insufferable
Revelation 13:7-8 then disclose how the Anti-Christ is Satan's
designated man to receive worship and to carry out his vicious
goal to murder all those who came to believe in Jesus Christ
as their Savior during the Tribulation Period.
Verse 9 once again supports that the Church will have been
Raptured prior to this time of tribulation by an obvious omission
of language. Six times in Rev. Chapters 2:7 11, 17 & 29 &
3:6 & 22, when Jesus addresses the churches while they were
still on the earth before the Tribulation Period began, He used
the phrase, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches."
In Rev. 13:9 just after we are shown that the Anti-Christ
is not only granted to make war with the saints, but also to
overcome them (see Dan. 8:24), we again find an admonition for
people to listen, but this time there is no mention of the personal
Spirit of God delivering the message. What is even more noteworthy
is the blatant absence of any comfort or encouragement directed
to the Church during this horrible time.
The specific avoidance of any address to the Church at this
opportune moment is of particular significance. Instead we read
only, "If anyone has an ear, let him hear."
If at any point in history the Church would be in need of a personal
word of comfort from the Spirit of God, if she were still upon
the earth, would be at this moment. There is no word for the
Church because the Church will have been removed to heaven at
least 3 ½ years earlier at the Rapture.
Revelation 13:10 is a companion verse for Rev. 6:9-11 where
God assures the tribulation saints that His justice will most
certainly come to pass and that all are held accountable.
Revelation 13:11-12 introduce a second personality as part
of Satan's ruling duo during the close of the Tribulation. This
man identified as, "the false prophet" in Rev. 19:20
first appears as a gentle lamb. This lamb is unusual because
it has two unnatural horns on its head. He is revealed to be
another spokesman of the Devil as he shares power with the Anti-Christ.
It is this False Prophet who forces the world to worship the
apparently resurrected Anti-Christ.
Revelation 13:13-15 tell us of the great signs this false
prophet will be able to produce as he convinces the world to
make an image of this man of sin.
Three of the most amazing signs which he can only a accomplish
while in the sight of the Anti-Christ will be to call down fire
from heaven and to bring breath and voice to the manmade image
of the Anti-Christ. It is decreed that those who refuse to worship
this vocal idol are to be killed. The martyrs we read of in Rev.
6:9 will be the first wave of victims condemned by this devilish
Verses 16-18 then close the thirteenth Chapter of the Book
of Revelation by showing to us how the False Prophet will force
the world's population to receive a mark upon their right hands
In order to buy or sell under this New World Order a person
will need to have this "mark or the name of the beast, or
the number of his name." We are told that the personal number
of the Anti-Christ is 666.
Verses 1-5 of Ch. 14 of the Book of Revelation continue the disclosure
of these 144,000 had been martyred or Raptured. We are only
told that they are "firstfruits" redeemed to God which
is representative of the best of their kind, according to Num.
18:12,and that they sing a privileged new song before the throne
of the Lord.
Verses 6-13 of Rev. Ch. 14 then tell us of three heavenly
The first brings the fulfillment of the prophecy of Matt.
24:14 by heralding the preaching of the Gospel to all those who
dwell upon the earth.
The second angel proclaims the fall of religious Babylon which
is detailed in Ch. 17 of the Book of Revelation.
The third angel warns that anyone who joins in the worship
of the beast and receives his mark will be eternally damned.
We are told that,
"the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever and
they have no rest day or night."
A dramatic contrast between the eternal fates of those who
worship the beast and those about to be martyred for worshiping
the Lord Jesus Christ is then presented in Ch. 14:11-13. This
will be the time of the final great and tragic reaping of the
souls of the righteous and the wicked before Jesus Christ returns
to the earth.
Verses 14-20 then conclude Ch. 14 by revealing more details
concerning these two violent harvests from the earth. Both harvests
are conducted with sharp sickles and once again, at the completion
of 7 more chapters, we are brought to the conclusion point of
the Tribulation Period at the great battle called Armageddon.
The first harvest found in verses 14-16 is that of the believing
martyrs and it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who oversees
this ingathering. This harvest is illustrated for us in the parable
of the Lord in Mark 4:26-29 where we are told, "...The kingdom
of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and
should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout
and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields
crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the
full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately
he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Verses 17-19 of Rev. Ch. 14 then reveal the harvest of the
wicked which is also described in Joel 3:9-14. At that time all
the wicked will be supernaturally gathered and thrown "into
the great winepress of the wrath of God," which is the Battle
of Armageddon. This harvest is further revealed in Matthew 13:37-43
& Luke 17:33-37.
Verse 20 of Rev. Ch. 14 then concludes this chapter by informing
us that the blood from this battle, which will transpire outside
the city of Jerusalem in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:12),
will run on the ground to the depth of the horse's bridles for
two hundred miles, that is, the length of Israel.
In our next message, "The Wrath of God" we will
find that Chapter 15 opens with a great and marvelous sign seen
in heaven as the woeful seventh trumpet continues its magnificent
The days of our lives pass by swiftly. Our sojourn here will
become like a lost vapor to those who come after us, but God
remembers all, loves all and finally judges all. There will come
a day of closure and the signs of the times the Lord told us
to watch for surround us at every turn and declare that that
day of closure is at hand.
Very soon all those who have trusted in Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of their sins will be called up by the Lord to begin
a glorious, eternal adventure of joy in the Kingdom of God. Until
that moment we will continue to remind all who are hesitating,
"...Behold, now is the accepted time; Behold; now is the
day of salvation" (II Cor. 6:2).