Next... The Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ (to the 7 Churches) : A study of the End of Days
The Book of Revelation, is a book chock full of visions and imagery, some incredibly beautiful and others incredibly horrific. There was John (the Revelator as he would soon be known as) on the Isle of Patmos, taken up to Heaven on the Lord’s Day. This begins the Revelation of Jesus Christ. We know that the Lord God wants John to know that he has 7 messages to be sent to 7 churches. We know that 7 is the number of perfection and that is why it is so prominently featured here with Seven Churches as represented by Seven Candlesticks, Seven Seals leading to Seven Plagues. It all started with the 7 days of creation, with 6 days of actual creation and one of rest (the Sabbath day when God rested known as Shabbat in Hebrew).
We get a Messianic Prophecy in Revelation 1:7, Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Clearly a reference to Yeshua’s coming back and that the Jews will even realize that they put their Messiah to death. The verse is a Messianic prophecy from Zechariah in 12:10, when Zechariah is talking about God pouring his Grace and Supplications upon all flesh and that they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in his bitterness for him as one that is in bitterness for his first born.
John hears the voice of the Lord which is described as a great voice, like a trumpet in Revelation 1:10. Twice in Ch.1 the Lord identifies himself as Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. The Seven Churches are found in Asia Minor and include Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. So God speaks expressively about these seven churches and these churches also represented a very specific time period in what is known as church history or the church age. The Church of Ephesus represented the apostolic period of the church from approximately A.D 30-100. Smyrna or modern day Izmir located in Turkey represents the age of martyrs of the church in the second and third centuries. Pergamus or Pergamos in Greece represents the age of the State Church (which gave away to the creation of the Catholic Church). Thyatira represents the Church time period in Church history when the Church is both fully established as a Church and as a State. The Sardis church represents the church era during the time of Reformation. The Philadelphia Church represents the age of the Missionary Church. The Church of Laodicea portrays the apostate Church of the last days (which includes the time period we are in presently.)
The Lord finds fault with most of the Churches. With Ephesus, the Lord wants to see true repentance and for them to return to their first love (God). With the Church of Smyrna –God recognizes that some of the church are actually of the Synagogue of Satan although they claim to be Jews, they really aren't. This is a major carry over today when you look at the Zionist Movement following the money trail of the bloodlines and the families that we know as the global elitists. All of these families claim a bloodline with some form of Jewish ancestry including the Royal Family and all the New World Order elitists. Also currently the fascination of celebrities and the well to do with Cabalism and the occult (which is really just a part of the Mystery Babylon religion) has seen an incredible revival. Is it any wonder with talk that King Nimrod, who was considered as the Sun God will be returning again (if indeed his DNA has been captured as rumored and he can be cloned) since Nimrod is at the forefront of the Mystery Babylon religion. All of this is wrapped up in an Illuminati wrapper of sorts and we indeed have the ingredients for at the very least, the congregation of the Synagogue of Satan.We soon shall see, won't we.
With Pergamos, God reveals to us that Satan’s seat has already been built. It was an immense alter to Zeus (another name for Molech, Baal and Satan). In fact it is that doctrine of Balaam, which is a campaign of seduction and treachery to lure the Israelites from their one true God (just like Balaam attempted to do back in the Book of Numbers 31:8). Balaam wanted to use Moabite and Midinite women to tempt the Israelites into sexual relationships and ultimately into pagan rituals.
God considered this a major stumbling block for the children of Israel. Then there was the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which God equally detests. The Nicolaitanes were the spiritual descendants of Nicolas of Antioch. Nicolas had deep roots in paganism as well as occultism, so the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes is one of compromise, something God has no use for as we are to love the Lord God with all our heart, all our might and all our strength, this is of course the first commandment of God.
Of the church of Thyatira, God is upset that the demonic Jezebel was allowed to commit spiritual fornication with the flock, even allowing things to be eaten that were sacrificed to idols. God wants the church to flee idolatry and the works of Satan, or deal with God’s Wrath full on. With Sardis God commands them to repent and watch for him, or he will come to them as a thief in the night. We have studied this as a MOB previously as well.
With the church of Philadelphia, God warns of the Synagogue of Satan coming in and corrupting all the great works the church has been doing. God warns them not to stumble at the influence of Satan. God will use the church as a shiny example to convict Satan’s synagogue of what it is like to follow the Lord. Ch.3 V.9 reads, Behold I will say make them of the Synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
The Church of today comprises of the Church of Philadelphia (who are the true church and remnant /children of God) and a larger part of the Church of Laodicea (who are the backslidden and lukewarm Christians). God says he knows their works and because they are lukewarm and not hot or cold he will spew them out of his mouth. God has no use of those who say they have no need of God because they are satisfied that they are "good enough" but they are really and truly wretched and miserable. Even the Lord said no one is good, no one save the Lord of course.
God stands at the door of everyone’s heart and knocks at this very hour and moment, even this second as you are reading this. If any man hears God’s Voice and opens the door, God will come into their hearts and lives and will sup with them forever. This is the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Church in Laodicea to the Church of the last days, here and now. After Chapter 5 the church will not be mentioned in the Book of Revelation again until the time when Christ returns with his bride, the Church to put a halt to man's destuctive and evil schemes. The Church has to get to Heaven first and be where the Lord is, and this is the reason why so many who study prophecy believe the Rapture of the Church takes place around this time frame (if we follow the Book of Revelation in a linear chronological manner).
Next... The Throne in Heaven & the Seven Seals
We pick up where we left off in The Book of Revelation Ch.4 as we have been looking at The Revelation of Jesus Christ as speaking to the angels of the Seven Churches. We go through the next 3 chapters together in this segment.
John the Revelator looks up and sees a door opened to Heaven, which is a hidden dimension to us. A type of invisible (to the naked eye) door /portal above the firmament comes to mind as an entry point to another plane of existence, almost a parallel plane. The Voice of God sounds again like a trumpet telling John to come up to the Heavenly abode, so that he can bear witness what must come to pass in the future. John takes note he is not in the flesh, for no flesh can dwell or see Heaven. John sees a throne with an individual sitting on the throne. There was a rainbow surrounding the throne and it sparkled like an emerald. There were 24 elders sitting in seats around the throne all dressed in white with crowns of gold on their heads.
The voice on the throne had a voice like thunder and lightning and there was seven lamps burning which represented the seven spirits of God. Just who are these seven spirits of God anyways? Isaiah 11:2 holds the clue and reads, The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him –the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and of Power, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. We have Seven Spirits of God here including the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. Another interpretation is that the 7 Spirits really represent the Holy Spirit and the perfection of God through the number 7, which is the number of perfection and really represents the perfection of God’s Holy Spirit. Also surrounding the throne were four beasts, full of eyes. The first beast was like a lion, the second beast like a calf, the third beast like a man’s face, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. These descriptions match up very close to the descriptions and visions found in The Book of Ezekiel Ch.1.
The 4 beasts had six wings with eyes covering their wings. These beasts praise God all the time and the 24 elders also joined into worship the one who sat on the throne, the Almighty Father God. In the right hand of God who sits on the throne is a book sealed with seven seals. An angel of distinction came forward and asked who is worthy to open this book and loose the seals found with in it? There was no man in Heaven and Earth who could open the book or even look inside this book. John started to weep because no one was worthy to open the book. One of the elders told the others to stop weeping because the Lion of Judah, the Root of David, Yeshua Ha' Mashiach has overcome the world, death and hell and he alone can open the book.
In the midst of the elders stood one that was like a lamb that was slain and had seven horns and seven eyes which represents the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all of the Earth. The Lord Jesus came and took the book out of the right hand of his Father who sat upon his throne. The 24 elders begun to worship the Lord and they sung a new song about the Lord being the only one worthy to open up the book. The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus then opened the first seal. The first beast of the four beasts spoke with a voice that sounded like thunder saying, “Come and See.” Then a white horse with a man with a crown like a King appeared. This man is the fake messiah, the appearance of the antichrist who is a war monger, destroying all in his path (a common characteristic of all antichrist types as we have discovered).
The Second Seal, the second beast also said, “Come and See", still another horse that was red and the one riding was still another warrior of destruction who would entice those on the Earth to kill one another. Then the third seal is opened with the third beast announcing to come and see a black horse and the rider had a pair of balances in his hand. An unidentified voice then announced a type of weights and measures, what is most likely the cost of food becoming so outrageously expensive that even the wheat and the barley will become too costly for anyone to afford and so many will starve to death. The oil and the wine is apparently left alone to serve as a type of greater purpose in the greater scheme of things.
The fourth beast then announces that the fourth seal is going to be opened. This was the pale horse and the rider on it was none other than Death and Hell. These of course are the 4 Riders of the Apocalypse and between the four of them we have what will end up wiping out ¼ of the entire World’s population. The depopulation of the earth will be comprised of those killing one another, mass death from famine and from pestilence and all sorts of causes of death natural and unnatural. We covered this in a past MOB from the Book of Zechariah Ch.6.
The fifth seal was opened, John the Revelator then saw all the souls of those saints persecuted and killed during the Great Tribulation because they stayed faithful to the Word of God. These souls all cried out in unison to the Lord asking when their blood would be avenged and when the Lord would judge those who had persecuted and killed them. These saints all were given white robes and told to rest a while because more would be joining them soon. Scripture indicates that many more saints would be killed during the Hour of the Great Tribulation. The Word of God says that like their brethren killed before them, they shall be killed. We know the guillotine will be brought back, because we know we will see in the Book of Revelation, a huge congregation of those saints who were beheaded for their faith. Some have speculated that this could be a mind control preparation or a type of psy-op program involving ISIS and all the beheadings in the last few years that have been put on video and have gone viral. Scripture says it is going to happen, so we know it's real, many followers of Christ will be beheaded in the Great Tribulation!
The sixth seal is opened and a great earthquake shakes the Earth’s foundation and the Sun turns black. The Moon is blood. All these events parallel that of the prophecy of the Day of the Lord (please see our many MOBS on this subject).The stars then began to fall from the Heavenlies unto the Earth. Some of the pieces of constellations or stars will eventually fall from the sky and into the water, poisoning it and making it deadly under the name wormwood. Heaven is described as being a scroll that has rescinded and perhaps this is where there is a continental shift alignment for the Word of God, says every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Only a continental shift could move the Earth plates to cause this to happen. The results would be catastrophic from enormous tidal waves, the worst earthquakes possible and massive volcano eruptions nevermind dreaded Tsunami's of all kinds.
Then in an interesting development a prophecy that is already been proven true, the rich and the elite classes who all have special hiding places underground to escape the disaster taking place on the surface, all will try to hide themselves in the rocks of the mountains in their underground lairs. They will have no peace however down underground in fact they will wish to die for they finally experience and know the Wrath of God is upon them and the whole Earth and there is nowhere to run or hide. They hope for a quick and sudden death. However the Wrath of the Lamb will go exactly according to the Lord’s Plans and not ours or anyone else’s.
Ch.6 of the Book of Revelation, For the great day of his wrath is come and who shall be able to stand? Will you beloved, be able to stand? Only those found in Christ, Yeshua Ha' Mashiach, will stand on that “day”.
Next... The 144,000 and the Seven angels with Seven Trumpets
As we continue our look at the amazing Book of Revelation, beginning in ch.7. John the Revelator continues to witness the Lamb of God opening the seals. In this case it’s the sixth and seventh seals that are opened. John sees four angels standing on the four corners of the Earth and they somehow are holding the four winds of the Earth at bay. The winds over the Earth, the sea and the trees come to a complete stand still.
Then an angel comes from the east and this angel has the Seal of the Living God and cries with a loud voice to the four angels who would rule down God’s Judgment upon the Earth and the sea. The angel tells them not to hurt the Earth or the sea or the trees until God has sealed all his children (the saints of God) in their foreheads –with God’s Mark. Remember we had a MOB about the Mark of the Beast being the counterfeit mark for the Antichrist and how God has his own mark of protection for his children? Satan (unlike God the Creator of all life) cannot create anything beloved, he only can copy and he is always doing a satanic counterfeit of what God has already done.
It was at this time that John heard the number of those that were sealed by God. It was 144,000 of all the tribes of the children of Israel. The 144,000 servants of God are sealed and are the representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel. 12,000 were chosen from each tribe and they will be protected from the wrath of Satan and the Antichrist during the time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Great Tribulation.
There will indeed be a great multitude saved out of the Great Tribulation and it is these who will have washed their robes made white by the Blood of the Lamb. One of the reasons we need to have a sense of urgency when it comes to sharing the gospel is because of the passage found in 2 Thessalonians 2:10 -12 which reads, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
That is a long passage, but a very revealing passage that clearly indicates all those that were presented the gospel before the Tribulation and reject it, will be sent a strong delusion (another MOB we have covered), so that they will believe the lie. So it’s so important to make sure all our loved ones that are lost are hearing the gospel and coming to the Lord, now while there is still time. The window of time is getting narrower and narrower on a daily basis. The only ones who can truly be saved during the Great Tribulation are those who have never heard the gospel previously.
So here was this multitude of a congregation, so great in number standing before the Throne of God and Yeshua, the Lamb of God, all clothed in their white robes with palms in their hands worshipping the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. So the multitude, all the angels, the elders, the 4 beasts all fell before the throne on their faces worshipping God. One of the elders then asked John who all these in the multitude with white robes were. John told him that they came through the Great Tribulation and washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb (the Lord’s sacrifice at Calvary’s Cross). For this reason, this multitude worships the Lord day in and day out, before his throne in the Lord’s Temple and have all their needs taken care of. They no longer hunger nor thirst no more nor will they have any tears or suffering anymore. Thye won't get tired and never need to sleep, the concept of time is done away with, for now all is eternal.
Finally the seventh Seal is opened and there was silence in Heaven for half an hour. The seven angels stood before God and they all had seven trumpets. Still another angel appeared before the alter with incense and both the incense and the prayers of the saints reached up to God’s Holy Throne. The angel took the censor and filled it with fire from the alter and that in turn caused thundering and lightning as well as an Earthquake. The seven angels began to sound their trumpets. The first angel sounded and hail and fire came down (along with a mixture of blood) and this apparently destroyed 1/3 of the trees and grass on the Earth by them catching on fire and burning.
The second angel sounded and this time a great rock of fire (or a mountain as the Bible describes it, that may actually be a meteorite or a star on fire as it has passed into the Earth’s orbit) that was burning of fire and smashed into the sea, and 1/3 of the sea became blood not like blood but actually blood. 1/3 of all the sea creatures died because of this and 1/3 of the ships who were at sea were also destroyed. The third angel sounded and a great star fell from Heaven and it was burning like a lamp and it fell unto the rivers and in turn 1/3 of all the rivers and waterfalls were made bitter because the star known as wormwood fell into the waters. Many Men, scripture says will die because of this. They must have come in contact with the poisonous water either by drinking it or some other way.
The fourth angel sounded and the third part of the Sun was “smitten” which means obstructed as was a third part of the Moon and the stars were darkened. ½ of the regular part of the day when daylight was supposed to be seen would not take place because, all will be dark. An angel can be heard that is flying through the midst of Heaven saying, Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth for they still have to deal with 3 more angels blowing their trumpets. The fifth angel sounded and a star fell from Heaven unto the Earth. This star, is an angel who was given the key to the bottomless pit. This is the pit that the demons were trapped in during the fallout from their incursion on Earth. We say incursion because there is some good evidence that the fallen angels attempted not once, but twice to mate with the women of Earth. They did more than attempt of course to mate with the women, they did mate with the women and they gave birth to the Nephilim, the offspring of the fallen angels.
So during the first incursion which happened sometime before Noah was around, God basically started to remold the Earth (it was without form and void), the Book of Enoch speaks of the entrapping of these fallen angels. They were the watchers, who God had intended to be used to watch over the affairs of man but not to take personal interest with the women and certainly not to have sexual relations with them. These fallen angels chose to leave their Heavenly abode and come to Earth to mate with women and have children (the Nephilim) with them. This was before Lucifer talked to even more angels about rebelling against God.
It is these same fallen angels who were put in chains. Fallen angels like Azael was put in chains and cast into a pit of sharp pointed stones. Shem hazzai was placed in a holding pit by Michael the Archangel. There are many more fallen angels trapped in places that only God knows about. Demons, the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim killed in the flood and are also contained in this pit as well perhaps some reptilian type demon/animal hybrids that are also found in this pit. For those who do not have the Seal of God on their foreheads, when the bottomless pit opens up, what comes out of it will be an unspeakable nightmare come true. Scripture says many a person's heart will stop because of how terrifying this time will be (but not if you know the Lord for he will protect his Elect).
So the bottomless pit is opened and smoke comes out of the pit and there is so much smoke, the Sun is darkened. Locusts came out of the pit and they are not just any locusts. These Locusts can inflict a very painful sting, so bad a person would wish they could die. The only ones not harmed by the locusts are the grass and the trees and all men and women with the Seal of God in their foreheads (again God’s Mark). For 5 months these locusts will torment men and women and the pain of the sting is compared to that of a scorpion. Men and Women will want to die, but they won’t be able to. These locusts are supernatural, they have crowns on their heads made out of gold and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair of a woman, but their teeth were like lions. Their breast plates were like iron and their wings as the sounds of chariots. Their tails are like scorpions tails with their sting in their tail.
The king of these locusts is Abaddon or in Greek Apollyon. This “King” is a destroyer of demonic origin. Some think it is actually Satan, others believe it’s a very high ranking demon in Satan’s hierarchy of demon soldiers. The locusts were just one of 3 woes. 2 more are still to come. The sixth angel sounded and a voice was heard coming from the gold alter which stands before God and this voice said to the sixth angel, that the four angel’s are now loose in the river Euphrates. The 4 angels were loosed and these 4 angels killed 1/3 of all men and women on the Earth. John then sees a vision of 200 million soldiers on horses and they all had breastplates that were on fire. The heads of the horses were like heads of a lion and out of their mouth cane fire and brimstone.
1/3 of all men and women were killed by the fire and the smoke and by the brimstone which came out of their mouths. Still the men on the Earth will continue to experience such terror as they refused to repent of their wicked ways even after all this had passed. Next time, we will look at a strong angel & the Two Prophets of God.
Next... The Mighty Angel, The Two Witnesses : The Prophets Enoch and Elijah
Picking up where we left off in Ch.10 of our journey through the Book of Revelation, John’s vision continues. John sees a mighty angel, a strong angel that comes down from Heaven. This angel was partially hidden in a cloud with a type of rainbow like image over his head and his face shined bright like the Sun and it’s feet were like 2 pillars of fire. There was a little book that was opened up in the angel’s hand and the right foot was placed upon the sea, the left foot was placed upon the Earth. This mighty angel let out a loud cry that was like a lion roaring with seven thunderous voices that spoke and uttered things that no one must know and a voice from Heaven commanded that the seven thunderous voices be sealed up.
The mighty angel lifted up his hand to the Heavenlies and to God the Father and swore a solem oath by God that all the things God has created up to this point and time had come to an end of themselves. All of this was taking place between the 6th and 7th trumpets and the seventh angel was getting ready to sound his trumpet and with it, the Mysteries of God would draw to a close as God as was promised such would happen to the Prophets of God. Colossians 1:26 reads, Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. The voice from Heaven told John to take the little book and eat it. The voice told him it shall be bitter in his belly, but the taste will be sweet as honey. John did eat it and it was like the voice promised, bitter for his belly but sweet in his mouth. The angel then tells John that he must continue to prophesize before many people, nations, tongues, kings and common folk.
The strong angel then asked John to measure the Temple of God as well as the alter. The angel tells John not to measure the court that has no temple as that has been given to the Gentiles. For the Holy City of Jerusalem will be tread under foot for 42 months (roughly 6 years). It’s at this precise time that the angel of the Lord introduces the Two Prophets or Two Witnesses of God. God is going to give his two witnesses the power to prophecy for a duration of time (1,260 days which is the time of the Great Tribulation). The 2 Prophets of God are dressed in sackcloth and scripture compares them to 2 olive trees, like 2 candlesticks standing before God the Father, Yahweh.
The angel warns that if any man hurts the two witnesses, fire will come out of their mouth, if someone hurts or kills them, the same thing will happen to them. The 2 Witnesses will have powers from God to shut down Heaven, stop the rain and turn the waters into blood and to smite the Earth with plagues if needed. These two will run their course (their names are not ever mentioned but there is usually only 2 groups of candidates that would fit the bill.) There is either the combination of Moses and Elijah, or Elijah and Enoch. Either way, Elijah as we will discuss in a moment is a good candidate to be one of the 2 Witnesses. Moses was selected because of the fact he appeared at the transfiguration of Jesus alongside Elijah. While we tend to think the combination will be Enoch and Elijah here at MOB, all we can base this on is the unique way that Enoch and Elijah were taken up to the Heavenlies. Enoch never tasted death and was taken up into the Heavenlies and Elijah as we all know was taken up into Heaven in a fiery chariot (that some to this day declare was a type of inter-dimensional craft that might very well resemble a flying disc of sorts or a UFO as it is more commonly known as).
When these 2 individuals have finished their testimony, the Beast (Satan) rises out of the bottomless pit and will make war against the Two Witnesses, the Two Prophets of God and will eventually kill them. The dead bodies of these Two Prophets will lie in the Streets of Jerusalem. Many people everywhere will see these 2 dead men lying there for 3 ½ half days (most likely on television). Many on the Earth will rejoice and celebrate that they are dead because the 2 Prophets had “tormented them” by confronting them about the need for them to repent of their sinful and wicked ways.
These 2 however will be resurrected after 3 ½ days and many people will become very fearful after seeing the Power of God being manifested through their resurrections. Then a great voice from Heaven, will tell them to, “Come up hither” and the 2 Prophets will ascend into Heaven in a cloud. Then there will be a devastating earthquake that will make 10% of Jerusalem crumble and 7000 men will die in this Earthquake. At the conclusion of this Earthquake comes the conclusion of the 2nd woe.
The 3rd woe begins and now the seventh angel sounded and a great voice in Heaven declares that the Kingdoms of this World have become the Kingdoms of the Lord and he shall reign forever and ever. The 24 elders then fell on their faces and worshipped God, giving thanks and acknowledged that God will vanquish his enemies who seek to destroy what he has created. At that time, the Temple of God was opened in Heaven and the Ark of God’s Testament could be seen. Lightning, thunder an earthquake, hail and great voices all could be heard and seen.
The visions continue as John then sees in Heaven, a woman dressed in a “sun like” appearance with a Moon under his feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. We can know with a high degree of certainly that the number 12 as in 12 stars refers to the twelve tribes of Israel because of this most scholars believe the woman to be Israel. One mistake some make is that they misread that the woman who is with child and travailed in birth and in much pain as she is waiting to be delivered is not so much a representation of Mary giving birth to Jesus but that Yeshua, the Son of David, from the tribe of Judah, came from Israel. Israel gave birth, albeit painful birth and brought forth, the Messiah. We know it’s clearly Jesus being spoken of here as we read in V.5, that the Woman’s child was a male child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
The vision continues on with the appearance of the red dragon, with seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns upon his head. There is no mistaking that this is the devil, Satan here. He has seven heads which are seven kingdoms that Satan controls, that we can call the New World Order Kingdoms. The ten horns are ten leaders or kings and they are dependent on the seven heads for support and life. The seven heads again are the kingdoms that the Antichrist (the beast) controls and the seven crowns are the power the Antichrist has granted them through the Power of the Dragon (Satan). We of course dealt with this back in the Book of Daniel Ch. 2 V.41-44 and we mentioned there, this would be elaborated in more detail), here in the Book of Revelation.
We next are told by John, that the Dragon’s tail drew the third part of the stars of Heaven. Again we are getting the story of the rebellion of the Fallen angels. This demonic uprising cost Heaven 1/3 of it’s angelic population. It is mentioned the dragon Satan was ready to kill the Christ Child upon birth (think of King Herod’s decree to kill all the first born of Israel). Satan was working through Herod at the time to get rid of Yeshua at his birth. The woman brought forth the man child and the woman fled into the wilderness, where God has prepared a place for Israel. Believed to be somewhere in the 2nd half of the Tribulation period (lasting 1,260 days or 3 ½ years). Israel will take refuge among the Gentile nations and God will protect the nation even though it becomes a cup of trembling to the World.
Satan of course will try to destroy Israel during the Tribulation and will not succeed. Revelation ch.12 v.7 is a paramount verse, there is a war that breaks out in Heaven between Michael the Archangel and the army of the Celestial Host fighting against Satan and his fallen angels. Despite what some believe, Satan had not been completely shut out of all of Heaven up to this point and time. We know of at least 3 Heavens (see our very first MOB) and the Book of Enoch (non-canonized) mentions as many as 10 levels of Heaven. Satan was cast completely out of Heaven this time as were his fallen angels. With nowhere else to go, Satan and his evil henchmen settle on Earth as the one and only habitat to destroy as they see fit. A loud voice proclaims that the accuser of the brethren has been cast down to Earth and those who have overcome Satan, have done so by, the Blood of the Lamb and their testimony. They also did not love their lives unto death, they found freedom in Christ and no longer were covered by the temporal vessel that is this life. However a warning is placed with the wise, that the devil has come down to the Earth with a great wrath, because he knows he has but a short time to do his evil acts.
The dragon (Satan) sought to persecute the Woman (Israel) because of the Messiah Yeshua. The Woman fled into the Wilderness and is protected there by God’s seal of protection as are all the believers. Many will still die however as Antichrist seeks to wear out the Saints. Since Satan cannot confront Yeshua at this time he decides to go after the Lord’s Flock, the Saints. Satan helps the Antichrist build a giant army to attack Israel in an attempt to destroy it. The beast (the Antichrist) then rises from the sea, which is not the physical sea but the nations of the World. The beast has seven heads, ten horns and ten crowns on these ten horns. Everything about the beast screams blasphemy of the one true God, the Great I Am.
This beast has components of a leopard, the feet of a bear, and the mouth of a lion. The dragon (Satan) gave the Antichrist great power and authority. We know going back to the Book of Daniel Ch.7 that the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece are represented here. The seven heads are then Syria, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. One Kingdom empire seems to be missing, we have 6 accounted for but we have 7 heads and 7 crowns. Well, it turns out one of the heads was fatally wounded and this head died but then the deadly wound was healed. This was the head of the Antichrist and when he revives, the World becomes enamored with the beast (even if they weren’t initially).
Some eschatology students believe that the wounded head applies only to an empire that once was and then went away and now has come back such as the Roman Empire who has been revived. Others think it means a literal resurrection, and Satan being a counterfeiter always tries to copy God’s Work. For this reason, we believe here at MOB that the most credence provided in the Prophetic Word centers on the Antichrist being mortally wounded through an assassination attempt most likely (or a potentially staged event) a psy-ops of sorts. We do believe the Antichrist will be fatally wounded; he will physically die and will come back to life. We are told the Antichrist is mortally wounded by a sword in V.14 .
Satan gives the Antichrist all of his power and the people of the World worshiped the beast and the beast spoke great blasphemies against God, blaspheming everything about God. Then Antichrist made war with the Saints and overcome them and the Antichrist soon became the dictator overall the World. All those who were not written into the Lamb’s book of life worshiped the Antichrist. John sees another beast that came out of the Earth and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon. This is the False Prophet and he causes the whole Earth to worship the first beast, the Antichrist. This will not be hard to get done, since everyone that witnesses the Antichrist being killed (only to be resurrected and come back to life) will believe that he is God, just like he says he is. As well the False Prophet will do great wonders and make fire seem like it is coming down from Heaven before all the people.
Most everyone will be deceived by these false miracles. This is when the image of the beast will be set up. The people are told to worship the Image of the Beast (which could be a hologram of some sort) or they will be killed. Also at that time the Antichrist forces the Mark of the Beast upon everyone rich and poor, they will receive the Mark of the Beast on their right hand or on the forehead. We had a MOB about this whether it’s an RFID chip implanted, a genetic deviation caused in man by some demonic genetic splicing or a type of trans humanistic type modification of some sort.
We really don’t know for sure, but the mark is not just a physical reality it has a spiritual component to it, it not only causes one to not be able to buy or sell if they don’t take, the Mark of the Beast, but it also damn’s one’s soul for all of eternity if they take the Mark of the Beast. V.17 And that no man might buy or sell save he that had the Mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. We are given some enlightment or wisdom in V.18 that the number of the beast, is the number of a man. Whether the 666 is created from spelling out someone’s name or the beast system itself reveals the number of the beast, we know one thing for certain, do not take the Mark of the Beast, do not worship the beast. The only mark one should ever take is the Mark of the one and only true Living God. We are sealed by the Blood of the Lamb, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach.
We continue with the seven plagues and the seven vials of Wrath in Ch.14-Ch.17, next…
Next... The Seven Last Plagues of Revelation & The Seven Vials of Wrath
We are continuing our Study of the Book of Revelation as seen through the eyes of John the Revelator as provided by God Almighty. We are in Chapter 14 now. Yeshua is standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000 who are sealed with the Mark of God on their foreheads. John could hear a voice from Heaven and the sound of harps and singing of a new song before the throne of God the Father and before the four beasts and the elders. Only the 144,000 apparently knew this song. We are told these 144,000 are not defiled and have been redeemed by God and are God’s first fruits.
John then sees another angel flying in the midst of Heaven saying with a loud voice that God should be feared and given glory. Still another angel declares that Babylon the great city has fallen. This city has made all other nations drink of her fornication. There is great conjecture of which city this is. Many think that the city they are referring to is New York City –the Big Apple (or the partially bitten apple as in the apple that Adam and Eve ate and also the icon for the very well known Technology Company). New York City is the icon city where you have in the lyrics New York, New York the truth that it is the most self-serving city on the face of the Earth. It’s the city that never sleeps where you can be king of the hill and top of the heap. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. In that place New York you will pursue being number one, top of the list, king of the hill, A-number 1. In other words in this City you will put yourself first even over God. It’s a city that is built for idolatry and it makes sense that it is this City that hosts the statue of liberty (which is really a giant idol statue of a pagan sun god Helios and is really of freemason and ultimately Illuminati origin). The statue represents the light bearer of the illuminati and their leader, Lucifer none other then Satan himself.
Some think that Babylon is actually none other then the real Babylon in Iraq. However after Sadam Hussien was removed from power not all that much has happened in the land of the original Babylon. Sadam was trying to rebuild the ancient City of Babylon but never got close to getting it going. One interesting story that we cannot validate and remains clear speculation albeit interesting speculation and is not mentioned often was the idea that during the Gulf War after Sadam’s hold on the oil fields and Bagdad slipped, the American troops raided underground chambers of Sadam’s and took something believed to contain DNA from Nirmrod. Why this was done if it indeed in fact happened in the first place is another topic for another day. The point is aside from this, nothing else has been happening that we know about in Iraq at this time. That is not to say that won’t change. There are others who think the richest city on Earth, Dubai might fit the bill as Babylon. Then there many with the traditional perspective that the Whore of Babylon riding the beast is none other than Rome. Suggestions of the constant mention of the colour scarlet and seven hills tip off some readers that this is the revived Roman Empire and the beast here is none else then the Vatican Church of Rome. Regardless of which city fits the bill for Babylon, one thing is certain, it is destroyed by God’s Wrath for it’s sins of spiritual fornication (the worship of pagan and idolatrous Gods).
The third angel followed the other angels, making a proclamation that if any man worship the beast (the Antichrist) and the Antichrist’s image and receives the mark in his forehead or his hand, they will suffer the wrath of God. We did a MOB on the cup of wrath that God will pour out upon all sinful and unrepentive flesh on the Earth. The results of God’s Wrath will end up being fire and brimstone for the unrepentant. They will be punished for all of eternity for taking the Mark of the Beast and worshipping the beast and his image.
The saints on the other hand who keep the commandments of God will be blessed of God. John the Revelator then sees a white cloud and he sees the son of man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua with a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. An angel came out of the Temple of God in Heaven crying out to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, pleading with the Lord to use the sharp sickle in order to reap and harvest the Earth. The Lord did thrust his sickle and the Earth was reaped. Still another angel came out of the temple in Heaven, with a sharp sickle. While another angel came out from the alter and this angel had a power over fire. This angel cried out loud for the angel with the sickle to thrust the sharp sickle and gather all the clusters of the vines of the Earth. The angel used his sickle and thrust it into the Earth and then gathered all the vines of the Earth casting them into a winepress containing the Wrath of God. Blood came out of the winepress, so much so that it fills the Earth up to the bridles of horses that is close to 5 feet deep of blood covering the Earth.
John then sees another sign in Heaven, as seven angels who have the seven last plagues containing the remainder of God’s Wrath upon the Earth. The seven vials or seven bowls (as they are more commonly referred to) represent the wrath of God during the Great Tribulation. This also is the seventh trumpet sounded by the angel which in turn causes the seven plagues to take place. John sees those who have overcome the beast and his image and his mark. They are playing harps and singing the song of Moses. John saw the Temple of the Tabernacle in Heaven open up. The seven angels came out of the temple and they had the seven plagues with them. The angels were all in white with golden girdles.
One of the four beasts gave the seven angels seven golden vials full of the Wrath of God. The temple was filled with smoke from God’s Glory. No man was allowed to enter the temple until all seven plagues of the seven angels would be fulfilled. A great voice was heard coming from the temple saying to the seven angels to pour out their vials of the Wrath of God upon the Earth. The first angel poured out his vial upon the Earth and noisome and grievous sores appeared on men who had taken the Mark of the Beast and worshipped his image. The second angel poured out his vial upon the sea and every living soul died in the sea. The third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and waterfalls and they became as blood. The fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun and power was given to this angel to search men with fire. The men scorched with fire blasphemed God and they refused to repent despite the unbelievable torment and pain they were in.
The fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the Beast (Antichrist) and the kingdom became totally dark for an unspecified time.
The blasphemy of God continued and still they repented not. The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates and the water dried up completely, so that the “kings of the East” now had a pathway. 3 unclean demon spirits that looked literally like demonic frogs came out of the mouth of the dragon Satan and out of the mouth of the Beast (the Antichrist) and out of the False Prophet. These are the spirits of devils and they in turn possessed the kings of the Earth to make them to want to unite in battle against God Almighty in the Battle of Megiddo, in a place called Armageddon.
The seventh angel poured out his vial in to air and a great voice came out of the temple in Heaven from the throne saying, “It is done.” What followed next were voices, thunder, lightning and a great earthquake. This was no ordinary earthquake, this was the most damaging and dangerous earthquake ever in the history of mankind. The great city called Babylon was divided into 3 sections because of the impact of this earthquake many cities were destroyed as well. All islands were destroyed as were the mountains. One must think of a tsunami when you read this, massive tidal waves like never experienced before utterly destroying all land masses.
If that was not enough, huge pieces of hail came down from Heaven. This hail was so enormous each piece weighed close to 75 pounds (which is the average weight of a Hebrew talent). These gigantic hail stones were more like boulders and they easily could kill a person. Many blasphemed God because of this hail storm of epic proportions.
We will next take a look at Chapters 17-19, Mystery Babylon and the actual fall of Babylon.
Next...Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of all Harlots
We left off with a hail storm of colossal proportions that we have never seen on the Earth before. Now we pick up where we left off as one of the seven angels carrying the seven vials approaches John the Revelator and tells him that he will show him the judgement to come of the great whore of Babylon that sits upon many waters (which represents the people and the many places including cities and countries). This angel tells John that the whore of Babylon has committed fornication with the inhabitants of Earth and they have become drunk with her evil spiritual fornication.
The angel then carries John away “in the spirit” into the wilderness. This is where John sees a woman sitting on a scarlet colored beast that was full of names of blasphemy having seven heads and ten horns. We have mentioned this in a previous MOB that the heads and horns represent the rulers of kingdoms and countries that play a role in the New World Order and the Beast (Antichrist System). Mystery Babylon is the religion of the New World Order and the Global Elitists including the Illuminati.
The woman had a golden cup in her hand and it was full of the abomination of filthiness of her fornication. We have been talking about the Mark of the Beast and also God’s Mark on the foreheads of the 144,000. Now we see another spiritual mark on the forehead of this woman. It was a name written, Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. This woman was drunk from all of the blood of the martyred saints who died during the Great Tribulation. Who and what does this evil woman represent? Who would spiritually fornicate with the World, perverting them and also enjoy killing the Saints of God, to the point that they have become drunk with wickedness? Who would gain from doing this? Well obviously Satan (the dragon) is behind the big picture, we can all agree upon that. The woman certainly represents the New World Order’s One World religion that is ecumenical to the extreme and accepts all manner of agnostic belief systems, all manner of paganism and idolatry as well as blaspheme that God truly despises. This mother of harlots has committed the abomination of spiritual idolatry all over the Earth enforcing all to worship the Beast (the Antichrist) and the dragon (Satan).
The angel tells John the answers to the mystery of the woman and the beast that she rides on which has seven heads and ten horns. The angel explains that the beast came out of the bottomless pit and it’s final destruction in Hell. Those that are not in the Book of life (the Lamb’s Book of Remembrance) which amazingly enough, was established ever since the foundation of the Earth’s creation. This is where pre-destination comes into play (this is not the same as the Calvinistic once saved always saved doctrine which is not biblical). The beast was, and is not, and yet is, is a hint that the beast existed, then he apparently died and then returned. If you recall the head wound that the Antichrist will recieve when we spoke about of the beast and the resurrection of the beast being brought back to life is of course a false counterfeit copy of what Christ did when he died and rose on the third day. So the beast returns miracously (not from God’s handiwork but from the occultist dark powers of Satan himself) and is alive again.
The seven heads are seven mountains that the woman sits on. These are seven heads which 5 have been put away and destroyed in the past. One empire, the 6th one has returned and the other one is soon to come. The beast that was, and is not, and then is once more will be the one that will be going to hell eventually. The ten horns are ten kings with Kingdoms and the beast will give them all power for a short time. They will all form an army against God headed up by the Antichrist. The Lamb, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, Yeshua will overcome all the armies of the World and of Satan, the dragon. The angel explains to John the Revelator that the whorish woman sits on the visitors which is all the people and nations. The ten horns which are the ten leaders of the World shall turn on those who perpetrate the One World religion and the One World Order. They will destroy everything to do with the filthy whore.
It is God who stirs up the hearts and spirits of these ten leaders of the ten horns to turn on the Antichrist & the False Prophet and their One World religion, Mystery Babylon. Revelation 18:17, For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will and to agree and gave their kingdom unto the beast, until the Words of God shall be fulfilled. The woman represents the great city Mystery Babylon which at the time reigned overall the Kings of the Earth. It was at that time that another angel came down from Heaven and cried that Babylon the great is fallen and all the demons have taken hold of it, as well as every foul spirit. All the nations have become drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornications. Another voice from Heaven said, Come out of her, my people that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
The sins of the whore of Mystery Babylon have reached Heaven. God has not forgotten any of the sins she has committed. The plagues that will result of God’s Wrath, will be plagues of death and famine. God promises the Mystery Babylon religion will be burned with fire. All the kings of the Earth that were actively involved in this Mystery Babylon religion lamented for her saying, Alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment came.
All the merchants of the Earth mourn for the city of Babylon for no one is buying anything anymore. A mighty angel, most likely an arch angel (when it says mighty) took up a big millstone and cast it into the sea. This represents the end of Mystery Babylon, the city and the religion has reached it’s end. We will continue with Ch.19, on the next MOB in this series.
Next... The Righteous Judge returns, the Millennial Kingdom, the Final Judgment Day, the New Jerusalem
We continue with Ch.19 of the Book of Revelation. John the Revelator heard a great voice of many people coming from Heaven. They were praising the Lord for how he dealt with the great whore of Babylon who had corrupted the Earth with her fornication. The 24 elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God almighty. The voice came from the Throne of God telling all his servants to praise him. A great multitude of voices then continued to praise the Lord God for the marriage of the Lamb was going to happen soon.
John was told by another fellow servant in Heaven that the testimony of Yeshua is the Spirit of Prophecy. At this time finally, the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is at hand as Heaven opened up and a white horse appears with a rider sitting on it. This is the Righteous Judge, the one who is known as faithful and true, the one who judges in righteousness and makes war with the wicked to right the wrongs and injustices on the Earth.
Yeshua is described as having eyes like flames of fire. His head had many crowns and he now has a name that no one has known to this time except of course, himself. Yeshua is clothed in a garment that has been dipped in blood (a reminder of the supreme sacrifice he made at Calvary) and his name is called the Word of God.
The armies of Heaven followed the Lord also on white horses. They too wore clothes in fine linen so white and clean (from the blood of the Lamb who taketh away the sins of The World). Out of the Lord’s mouth came the word of God like a sharp sword or as we say the God Breathed Spirit’s sword used to smite the wicked rebellious nations who chose of their own fruition to war against God. However it is the Lord who will rule these nations with his rod of iron and tread their winepresses with his ferocious wrath.
On the thigh of his garment is written King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Then John the Revelator sees an angel standing in the sun crying with a loud voice, saying to every living bird and fowl of the air and on the face of the Earth to all gather together for the Supper of the Great God. The fowls will dine on all the kings and captains of the armies and soldiers who sought to fight against God of their own fruition and now will be in turn, eaten and consumed of all flesh.
The beast and his army were gathered together to make war against Christ and his angelic host. Just like that, the war was over before it really got started and the beast and the false prophet and all those who blindly followed them and worshipped them and received the Mark of the Beast were all cast alive into a lake of fire and brimstone. Still a remnant remained and they were slain by the sword of Yeshua, the one that sat upon the horse. The sword is a spiritual sword that proceeded out of the Lord’s Mouth. All the fowls of the air finished off the flesh of the remainder of the beast’s army.
John then saw an angel come down from heaven and this angel had the key to the bottomless pit and also a great chain in his hand. The angel took hold of Satan, the dragon, the old serpent and bound the devil for one thousand years. The angel cast Satan into the bottomless pit and shut him up in there with a seal. Now finally Satan could not harm the World anymore, until the thousand years was up and then he would be loosed for one last little bit of time. We will speak about why that has to be coming up.
John sees all the thrones and the judgment that was to be rendered to all. John saw all the souls of those that were beheaded for the witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and for the Word of God. These had not worshipped the beast, his mark, his image and so they were beheaded. Now they would live and reign with Christ for a thousand years. This is the Millennial Kingdom of Yeshua’s Glory.
All the others who had died previously were not to be resurrected until after the thousand years was over. We know this as the first resurrection of the dead. Blessed are those who will take part in the first resurrection, for the second death (permanent absence from God for eternity in Hell) cannot affect them. These will be Priests of God and Christ and will reign with yeshua for 1000 years. Then and only then will Satan be let loose from his prison in order to run amok upon the Earth for one last attempt to dethrone God.
Satan will attempt to do what he does best and that is deceive the nations to do his fighting for him once again. Since he has no beast or false prophet this time around and has to go it alone, he gets Gog and Magog to gather together to form a giant army once again to fight against God. This Satanic army turns it’s eyes on Jerusalem, the beloved city and was planning to invade and destroy all of God’s Saints, when God sent fire from Heaven which devoured all of Satan’s army. This time the devil was out of tricks for good and this was his final curtain call, the deceiver was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, to join his demonic cronies, the Antichrist (the beast) and the False Prophet. All of them will be tormented day and night forever and ever. God “used” Satan one last time to rid the Earth of evil and corruption for good.
John the Revelator next sees the Great White Throne of Judgment for the final Judgment Day has arrived. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach, the Messiah sat upon the great white throne. The dead and all those still asleep from the beginning of time were raised up and the books were opened including the most important one of them all, the Book of Life. All the dead from both the Earth and the Sea were resurrected and every man now would stand before the Almighty God so that they will be judged according to their works. Death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire and this then became the second death, for all those not written into the Lamb’s Book of Life were cast into the Lake of Fire.
Then John witnesses the formation of a New Heaven and a New Earth for the former Heaven and Earth were now officially no more in existence. John also notes that all the seas of the Earth are gone, so he may only be seeing land masses at this point. John sees the Holy City, the New Jerusalem in all of it’s splendor come down from God out of Heaven. Finally the days of God’s Wrath are finally over with once and for all. Now with the Judgement Day also past, the time of celebration and worship of God has arrived for all of eternity. John heard a great voice out of Heaven saying that the Tabernacle of God is now with men and they shall dwell with God forever. The great voice promises every tear will be wiped away and all pain removed from one’s life no matter how much they have suffered in their past life mentally and physically, it’s finally over for good. The former things have truly passes away and the tribulation of life has now ceased as all have overcome because the Lamb of God, Yeshua overcame all things first.
The Father God who sits upon his throne said that he makes all things new. One of the seven angels who carried the seven vials full of the seven last plagues spoke to John saying, he would show him the Lamb’s Bride, the real Church of God, the true Children of God. So the angel carried John away “in the spirit” to a great and high mountain. The angel showed John the great city, the holy city of New Jerusalem descending out of Heaven from God. The city had walls with 12 gates and the gates have 12 angels representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The wall of the city had 12 foundations and in them contained the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ.
No longer was there a need for a Sun, for the city was so bright now with the precious stones but more importantly because the glory of God dwelt there. All those who live in the Holy City are those who have been written into the Lamb’s Book of Life. John saw a pure river of water, water of life so clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus. On either side of the river was the tree of life which had 12 different types of fruit which was for the healing of the nations. From now on there will be no more night and all of God’s children will have God’s name written into their foreheads. Then the Lord God himself tells John a very important message that he wants all to know. Revelation Ch.22. V.7, Behold I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the saying of the prophecy of this book. John was so overwhelmed by all that he had seen; he accidentally began to worship the angel. The angel reminded him that he is a fellow servant of the Lord and only God should be worshipped. The angel also told John to not seal about the prophecies of the Book of Revelation for the time is coming when all of mankind will need to know of it, since it is written for the end times which we live in right now.
The Lord also wanted John to k now that he comes quickly and his reward is with him, to give every man (and woman) according to their works. For the Lord God is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those that do the Lord’s commandments and they in turn get to eat of the tree of life just as Adam and Eve had done at one time. In a way God has restored the Garden of Eden, but with a big difference. There is no serpent in a tree to beguile man this time. Everything comes full circle with God’s plan as the Mystery of Iniquity; sin is wiped out of everyone’s memory.
Yeshua reminds John that he has sent his angel to testify to the churches of who he is, the Messiah, the offspring of David and the Bright and Morning Star. John candidates by stating that no man should add or take away from the prophecies of this Book, unless they want all the plagues in the book, to be added to them as well.
God promises to take one’s name out of the Book of Life if someone takes away any part of the Word of God. Once again the Lord reminds John that he is coming quickly. It’s a warning to all of us, to get ready and be prepared. Jesus is coming soon, so look up, your redemption draws nigh.