Revelation 10 - A difficult chapter



About 40 days, from the resurrection to the Rapture, is the time for 7 Thunders to show us how to change our bodies.

First published on the 2nd of January 2021 — Last updated on the 13th of May 2021

Feet represent the 7 church ages


Revelation Chapter 10 is an extremely difficult Chapter to understand as it deals with events just before the Lord comes to catch up His Scripturally-faithful Bride to meet Him in the air. This is often called the Rapture. The Bible-believers will be taken to Heaven for the Wedding Supper where they will eat. All the rest of the church-goers who are left behind go into the Tribulation which ends with a 200 mile river of blood and billions of anti-Jewish carcases being eaten by vultures and wild beasts after the battle of Armageddon.

In the end, we have a choice. Eat or be eaten.

The Feast or the Beast. (The final man of sin who usurps the position of Pope and then makes a covenant for the Jewish Stock Exchange money. He will use the military might of 10 dictators to rule the world).

Consider the interchange between the Jews and the Gentiles.

God dealt with the Jews until Calvary. During that time salvation lay outside the pagan Gentile kingdoms. Gentiles had to convert to the Jewish faith if they wanted to go to Heaven. This was symbolized by the Gentile image that the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar saw.

Then at the cross, salvation crossed-over into the Gentile feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s image. God then left the Jews.

The feet represent the 7 church ages which end in 10 toes which represent the 10 military dictators who enforce the final Pope’s one-world-one-church-system. The final Pope will be the son of perdition when the Devil enters him.

There is a distinct pattern to the seven church ages of the Christian church.

The seed of New Testament Truth was planted by the apostles but the Truth died under human church leadership and was buried in the dirt of the Dark Ages.

Then new leaves germinated in the Reformation of Martin Luther in Germany as he restored salvation by faith in Jesus alone. The King James Bible was the inspired true interpretation of Scripture and became the backbone of John Wesley’s holiness movement in England that ended in the great missionary age as the pollen of salvation blew across the world. Then the Pentecostal revival in America starting in 1906 at Azusa Street in Los Angeles produced the husk that acts to protect the restored seed that is forming.

LUKE 8:11   Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

The Gospel Light moving from East to West as the restoration of the Bible-beliefs of the first church age gained momentum in terms of understanding Scripture.

After the Dark Ages the restoration of Bible truth moved from Germany to England to America.

MATTHEW 24:27   For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

The coming of the Son of man. Jesus becoming increasingly revealed as He walks through the pages of the Bible. The true church or Bride keeps gaining an on-going and improving understanding of Scripture as time moved on. But there were many deeper mysteries that the Reformers could not grasp. Even today, church-goers keep saying that the difficult Bible verses are just a detail, are not important, are a mistake, or a wrong translation in order to justify their Bible ignorance.

So, from America, we must receive the revelation of the deeper mysteries of Scripture so that we can return to the New Testament beliefs of the original apostles.

The harvest is when the seed is pulled off the plant, symbolizing the Bride being pulled off the earth in the Rapture. This only happens when the seed at the end is identical to the seed that was planted in the first church age by the apostles.

The first and last church ages must be the same. That is why Jesus, the Word of God, is the First and the Last. Only the first and last church ages will understand the deeper Bible mysteries.

REVELATION 1:11   Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

How will we get this deeper understanding of Scripture?

Only when God reveals the mysteries at the end time.

DANIEL 12:8   And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

:9     And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

So, at the end of the seventh church age, God must send a messenger or angel to reveal the truth to us from the Scriptures.

REVELATION 10:7   But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The seventh angel or messenger can only come to the seventh church age.

Then the mystery of God should be finished if the Bride is willing to take his revelations and establish them in the Bible verses.

JOHN 16:13   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

The evidence of the Holy Ghost baptism at the end of time is your ability to understand the truth of Scripture.

Jew and Gentile have their histories intertwined with the numbers 7 and 12


Jesus fed 5000 Jews from a schoolboy’s lunch of bread and fish in Matthew Chapter 14. This is the only miracle that He performed during His ministry, before Calvary, that is written in all four Gospels.

So, it must have special importance. Jesus Himself placed the importance on the number of baskets of rejected scraps of bread collected afterward by the disciples. The leaven (or yeast) in the bread represented the wrong doctrine of the Sadducees and Pharisees.

MATTHEW 16:9  Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

12 baskets of scraps were collected. What is significant about 12?

The Jews ate and then threw away and rejected the bread that they thought they no longer needed.

This symbolized the Gospel that they would reject at Calvary, thanks the false doctrines of their religious leaders, the Pharisees, chief priests, and Sadducees.

The disciples collected all this rejected Gospel and wrote it down as the New Testament for the seven Gentile church ages. In the end, the church will reject the Bible truth of Jesus being Almighty God and refuse to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. They will serve a Trinity God Who has no name and celebrate Christmas on the birthday of the pagan Roman sun god, even though the Bible never asks us to celebrate the Lord’s birth.

By rejecting the revealed mysteries in the Bible and continuing to do their unscriptural traditions, the church ensures that Jesus will reject them when He returns. Then, when the Tribulation starts, the rejected Gospel will go to the Jews at the hands of their prophets Moses and Elijah.

Jesus repeated this miracle in Matthew, Chapter 15. He fed 4000, and the disciples picked up 7 baskets of rejected scraps.

MATTHEW 16:9   Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

:10   Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

7 loaves were used to feed 4000 men. The disciples collected 7 baskets of rejected scraps.

This symbolized that the doctrines that the Jews were rejecting during the ministry of Jesus were gathered up by the disciples as the New Testament and then fed to the Gentile churches during the seven church ages.

The pattern is obvious. The Gospel goes to the Gentiles during the 7 church ages. As the Bride gets caught up to Heaven at the end of the 7th age, then the same Gospel goes to the 12 tribes of Israel during the 3.5 years of great Tribulation to call out the 144000 Jews.

This secret was hidden in the Tabernacle worship.

In the Holy Place was a 7-branched candlestick (the light of the seven church ages) and the table of shewbread with 12 loaves that had to be eaten in the Tabernacle. That is why the Jews, the 12 Tribes of Israel, are gathering back in Israel which is where Messiah will return to them.

Jesus is the Head of the church which is His body. He alone can save this body.

EPHESIANS 5:23   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

The head of a human being is attached to the body by the backbone.

Christians need a backbone to stand up for the Bible truth.

The first 7 vertebrae form the neck. The next 12 vertebrae hold the ribs.

7 and 12 are crucial numbers in God’s plan.

Jesus was supposed to have a ministry of 7 years, starting around September AD 29 when He was almost 30.  He would then set up the 1000 year reign of peace on earth with the Jews ruling the world.

But the Jews, obsessed with their political hatred of the Romans and with their religious leaders rejecting Messiah in order to hang onto their lucrative jobs and their power over the people, cut Him off after 3½ years in AD 33. Then 7 Gentile church ages intervened but God will turn back to the Jews after the Rapture when the Bride is caught up to meet the Lord in the air.

Messiah was cut off in AD 33. Then the Holy Ghost came down fifty days later on the Day of Pentecost to launch the first church age.

The seventh and last church age will end when the Holy Ghost catches up the Bride to meet the Lord in the air (often called the Rapture).

That starts the 3.5 years of great Tribulation.

During the three and a half years of great Tribulation, the two prophets Moses and Elijah, will guide the 144000 Jews back to Messiah.

So, the tricky or most deceptive time is just before the Rapture


The Bride or true church will require a huge boost of supernatural power to change their bodies from mortal to immortal. That will enable them to move out of time and our idea of three-dimensional space as they enter eternity and are caught up to Heaven. Time causes age, decay, and death. Born of sex we all have a belly button, the mark of the beast on our bodies that dooms us to die. The new immortal body will have no belly button and no blood as flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. The Holy Ghost will flow through people’s veins.

I CORINTHIANS 15:50   Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;

Three steps are needed to achieve this transformation from mortal to immortal, known as the “shout, voice, and trump”.

President Trump's controversial Presidency was a sign of the times that the "trump of God" is about to sound.

I THESSALONIANS 4:16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

The "shout" will be when the members of the last church age Bride will finally understand the mysteries of Scripture for themselves and be able, individually, to prove what they believe, just from Scripture. The former rain or teaching rain is now on-going so that the true believers can learn to be sufficiently Scriptural in their beliefs so that they can prove their beliefs just from Scripture. Each person must be able to prove their beliefs on their own as individuals.

One month before he died and brother Branham was still looking for the "shout" (the understanding of his message that it had to be Scriptural and proven from the Bible) in the future.
1965-1127   I  HAVE  HEARD  BUT  NOW  I  SEE
Dear God, in this solemn moment, it's going to be a time like this when there really will be a clap of thunder someday, and the Son of God shall descend from the heavens with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and the trump of God, the dead in Christ shall rise.

64-0614  THE  ODDBALL

That's what the Angel told me, "Get the people to believe you."

And if I tell the Word of God, it ain't "believe me," it's "believe the Word."

63-0630   THE  THIRD  EXODUS

for they can hear plainly the God's Voice, calling, through His Word

...  Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.

The Bible is the Voice of God. Brother Branham is not the Voice of God, he is the voice of the seventh angel that we can listen to on his recorded sermons. Or read on the internet or in books.

 

The voice of the archangel is to raise the dead saints from the seven church ages. This is the start of the harvest when the dead saints are pulled out of their graves where they have been held. Harvest pulls the seed off the plant.

64-0119 SHALOM

When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you'll rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you'll go in.

 

The trump of God is to call all the living saints together with the resurrected saints up to meet the Lord in the air. This ends the harvest. Then Jesus can turn to the Jews in the Tribulation.

“The dead in Christ shall rise first”.

The resurrection of the dead saints from the seven church ages will be the key event that starts the final countdown to the Rapture.

This resurrection is a critical happening that happens first.

This great resurrection event is what is described in Revelation Chapter 10.

From this Chapter, we can get some clues as to what will happen at the time of the resurrection.

There will be an incredible manifestation of supernatural power.

Millions of dead saints from the seven church ages will be resurrected.

This will duplicate the resurrection of the Old Testament saints that occurred just after Jesus rose from the dead.

MATTHEW 27:52And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53   And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The resurrection of the New Testament saints means that they will also appear to many of the people who are presently alive. How will we notice them?

 

JOHN 20:19   Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

They will be able to appear in a room where the doors are closed out of fear of danger.

That means that they can move through a higher dimension. In that resurrected body they will be able to live in Heaven too, as Heaven is a higher dimension.

Moving through a higher dimension made it look like He had moved through a wall into the room.

In a similar manner, the angel Gabriel seemed to move through the wall or roof of the building where Mary was living, as if the roof or wall was not even there. So Gabriel just seemed to appear out of nowhere to tell Mary about the impending birth of Jesus.

Traveling through a higher dimension is similar to traveling like a thought. You are here and then you are there, instantly.

That is the kind of body that the Bride needs to have in the Millennium or 1000-year Kingdom of peace. You can visit somebody at one place and then, when it suits you, disappear and reappear at some other location on earth.

Jesus gave an example of His incredible power to be above all the physical laws of our three-dimensional world when He ascended effortlessly to Heaven in complete defiance of our so-called “force of gravity” that is supposed to pull us downwards.

Jesus walked on the water to show that He was outside our concept of space


A second example of being in our world but not being of our world (as He was moving through a higher dimension) was when He walked on the surface of the Sea of Galilee despite the big waves. A man cannot walk on water because of the so-called gravitational force that seems to pull us into the water.

That is why Luke, describing Jesus as a Man, does not mention that Jesus walked on the water. How can He be a man if He walks on water? How can He be a man if He moved through a higher dimension? There is no easy way to explain that miraculous over-riding of our laws of nature, so Luke just left the event out.

By defying our natural laws, Jesus illustrated that He was moving through a different space to the one we live in because we are all in bondage to the pull of gravity. We cannot escape the gravity-force without an airplane or rocket or a big balloon.

But then there is a further complication. Albert Einstein, our cleverest scientist, taught us that space and time sort of merge together to form space-time. (Not that we can imagine what space-time is, because it is invisible). But basically, it means that if space disappears then time must also disappear. In our world, we need space and time. We cannot just have the one without the other one.

Natural birth means that each person receives a body that can move in space but is also subject to the ravages of time. You grow up, are briefly strong, and then you age and die.

The belly button scar is left from the umbilical cord which connected you to your mother and your mother in turn was connected to her mother, all the way back to Eve who was the mother of all living. The umbilical cord thus symbolizes the pipeline of God's permissive will.

God's perfect will was for Eve to produce the virgin-born Son Who would grow up, have no sin to die for, and would then speak His saints from the dust of the earth.

Speaking His saints from the dust of the earth is what Jesus will finally do on the day of the resurrection.

GENESIS 3:16   Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;

Eve was punished for having a conception from the serpent who was the top mammal, between the ape and man. The serpent was then cursed and turned into a snake.

Being pregnant, she no longer had a virgin womb.

God could not punish Eve for being pregnant from her husband Adam.

GENESIS 3:20   And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

This is the pipeline of God’s permissive will where people are born of sex.

Adam was never called the father of all living.

The serpent’s seed is the male sex cell or sperm. It looks like a snake.

Then, to fit in with Einstein’s concept of space-time, if Jesus wanted to show that He was outside of space then He also had to move out of our concept of time.

If you have power over time, then you can instantly be at your destination. You do not have to take time traveling if you do not want to. If you move outside of time, then there is no time involved.

Walking on the water meant that our idea of space just seemed to disappear for Him. He moved through His own higher-dimensional space and was then willingly received into the ship that was in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, about 3½ miles from shore. Then, to show that He could also move outside our idea of time, the whole boat was instantly at the distant shore. Time just disappeared.

JOHN 6:21  Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.

Jesus demonstrated His total power over both land and sea.

Why does He want to display this power over earth and sea? Because it is linked to the resurrection in Revelation Chapter 10.

Thus the seashore is important to Jesus because this is where land and sea unite.

In this incredible insight of "immediately", Jesus displays how He can end time by turning it into eternity.

Looking at events from the viewpoint of eternity, Jesus can already see the end right from the beginning.

Revelation Chapter 10 deals with there being “time no longer”.

REVELATION 10:6   And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Heaven, earth, and sea will be linked by eternity. Why?

Because all the dead saints from the seven church ages are either buried in the earth or were buried at sea.

When this mighty Angel raises them from their land or sea graves, then they will have immortal bodies and will be caught up to Heaven after meeting the Lord in the air.

Some great secret of faith has yet to be revealed to us


Thus the Bride, in their immortal bodies, will have to move out of space (being caught up into Heaven) as well as moving out of time, into Eternity.

There is some deep secret that has to be revealed to the Bride to give them the faith for this incredible transformation.

How on earth can we move out of the space and time that traps our human bodies in bondage to the natural laws of Nature?

We cannot be raptured or caught up to meet Jesus in the air in our present mortal and corrupt bodies that are subject to sin and the laws of gravity.

There has to be something in the future that will give us rapturing faith so that we can walk up into the air. At present, we cannot even walk on water.

This great secret is somehow hidden in the Scriptures without being directly written.

But we will need to understand the written mysteries of Scripture before we can ever hope to catch a revelation of the unwritten mysteries that are somehow hidden in the Bible.

To walk upwards through a higher dimension into Heaven, we must move out of the limits of three-dimensional (3-D) space as we know it. A higher dimension being, like an angel, can appear in our 3-D space as well as seeming to move through 3-D objects when necessary. Actually, they move through a higher dimension that cannot be seen.

Jesus was surrounded by Jews who were intent on killing Him. He could not physically push them out of His way as He was not a Man of violence. So, what did He do?

He hid Himself in a higher dimension that they had no access to. That they could not even imagine.

JOHN 8:59   Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Then He moved through them in a higher dimension that they could neither see nor understand.

JOHN 3:13   And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Here it is revealed that Jesus was continually in a higher dimension while He was down in our three-dimensional world.

We need a new immortal body to dwell on earth and in Heaven simultaneously.

The changing of the body is what will decide who goes to Heaven and who goes into the Tribulation.

In Matthew Chapter 25, the entire saved church-world is described as wise and foolish virgins, clean women. The wise have oil that can burn to produce enough light so that they can read and understand the Bible mysteries. The foolish or fooled church-goers regard the Bible as partly true but also having myths, contradictions, wrong translations, and unnecessary details.

The problem with ALL the churches is that they are all fast asleep. The disaster of 9/11 was that hijackers took control of the aircraft and told the people to relax and just stay in their seats. The people listened and flew on to their fiery doom, thinking they were safe if they never fought back.

So church pastors have hijacked the churches and have lulled the saved people into a complacent sleep. The destination is a fiery death in the Tribulation.

MATTHEW 25:5   While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

A woman symbolizes a church. All the churches are fast asleep. Denominational churches. Non-denominational churches, and Message churches.

There is not a single church that can guide the people to the Coming of the Lord.

MATTHEW 25:6   And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

A very drastic wake-up call is going to happen in the near future.

An alarming shockwave will hit the church world. It will be so drastic that it will convince everyone that their favourite church has failed them.

A cry is heard by every saved church-goer, "Go out".  Get out of your church if you want to meet Jesus.

MATTHEW 25:7    Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

When the saved church-goers finally wake up to reality as to how inadequate ALL their churches are, they have to do a frantic clean-up process as messy soot (which represents man-made error) has interfered with their ability to produce enough light to understand the Bible. Church members have learned error and opposed truth by blindly following their church preachers.

Why must they get out of the church?

To the last church age of the Laodiceans (peoples' rights. They have the right to make up their own beliefs), Jesus says that he stands outside the church door, appealing to an individual, not to the church.

REVELATION 3:20   Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,

This applies to every church as no exceptions are mentioned.

So, if Jesus stands outside every church door, then the only way that you can get closer to Jesus is to go out of the church.

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 closed down the churches and forced people to stay at home. God was trying to tell us something but we were not listening.

 

What we say reveals who we are


MATTHEW 26:73   And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

Your “speech bewrayeth you”. To bewray is to expose deception.

The night before Calvary was ruled by the spirit of Fear. It was a fearful time to be around. Even Peter who was a brave and impulsive man tried to deny his association with Jesus. But something about his speech exposed his denials.

Similarly, at the time of the future resurrection, Satan will generate fear and confusion. But the living Bride, by being Scriptural and being restored to the same beliefs as the first church age, will expose the fact that they do not belong to the Bible-deceptions of the Laodicean church age.

Being strictly Scriptural and being able to understand the mysteries of Scripture is how our speech will reveal us to the resurrected saints when they speak to us. They will not speak of Trinity, Christmas, nor Good Friday and thus the church world will reject them and never recognize them.

The resurrected saints will understand the same deep mysteries of Scripture and that is how we will recognize them.

They will be able to reveal many details from their church age which will fit nicely into the framework of the seven church ages that brother Branham taught us.

I CORINTHIANS 15:50   Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;

The resurrected saints will have no blood. Eternal life in the form of the Holy Ghost will flow through their veins. If you squeeze the tip of one of their fingers then you will notice that the tip of their finger does not go redder.

Then, after that incredible resurrection of the dead saints, the living Bride will have their mortal bodies changed to immortal bodies.

I CORINTHIANS 15:52   In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Something very unusual must happen to give us the faith whereby our bodies must change.

The present faith that we have is inadequate to change our bodies and catch us up to Heaven.

Something has to change our thinking.

We cannot hope to be something different in the future if we keep on doing and believing the same things that we did in the past.

The changing of the body will be a hugely different event.

I CORINTHIANS 15:53   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

:54   So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

The final victory over death will be when the Bride will be in immortal bodies that cannot die.

I CORINTHIANS 15:55   O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

When your new body cannot die you will be immune to death. When the resurrection has taken place, the grave will have been defeated.

Unable to die means you will be outside of time.

But the Devil is confined to the fourth dimension of time because he will finally serve his sentence in the Lake of Fire.

I CORINTHIANS 15:56   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

With Satan still captive in the 4th dimension of time, he cannot influence those who are outside of time. We will thus be immune from sin because, being outside of time, we will have no desire to sin.

The wages of sin is death. And having finally escaped the chilly hand of death, we will have no interest in sin any longer.

ROMANS 6:23   For the wages of sin is death;

I CORINTHIANS 15:57   But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Only one Person can produce this victory over Death, and that is Jesus.

Jesus is the only champion Who can go up against the giant of Death who is far more powerful than what we are, and slay Death just like David slew Goliath.

 

Let us look at Revelation Chapter 10 in the light of these previous comments.

God made a Covenant with Noah and Abraham


REVELATION 10:1   And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

A mighty angel speaks of great power. Something exceptional is about to happen.

The rainbow was the covenant between God and the earth after Noah’s Flood that life would be preserved.

GENESIS 9:13   I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

So, the mighty angel with the rainbow is the angel of the covenant.

God made a covenant with Abram and his seed. In the natural, this meant the Jews. In the spiritual, the real Seed of Abram was Christ

GENESIS 15:18   In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

The covenant was killing 3 animals, a heifer, a she-goat, and a ram, and cutting each of them in half, and laying the two halves facing each other with a gap in between.

GENESIS 15:10  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another:

Then a deep sleep fell on Abram (symbolizing death, as well as the fact that he would play no part in the covenant. God would do it all), a horror of darkness (dying and having to pay for our sins).

GENESIS 15:12    And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

GENESIS 15:17   And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

The smoke of a furnace (the fires of hell where sin is paid for), and a light moving between the pieces.

This is the only light, the only hope in this covenant. The lamp or light symbolizes the Holy Ghost, which is Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us.

God confirmed His Covenant with Abraham


The two pieces symbolize the Old and the New Testaments. The New Testament really begins, from our human point of view,  with the Book of Acts because only then did the people begin to understand what the ministry of Jesus was all about. During the four Gospels, only Jesus really knew what was going on. Even John the Baptist could not understand His ministry and began to doubt if He was Messiah.

During the four Gospels, which are between the two Testaments, Jesus died to pay for our sins. His ministry had lasted half a week, 3½ years. (So, there is still the 3½ years of the Tribulation owing to the Jews that will start just after the Rapture or catching up of the church, in order to complete the 70th  week of Daniel’s prophecy).

As the scapegoat, His great Holy Ghost (the eternal burning Lamp of Truth), carried our sins down to hell to dump them on the Devil to finally rid us of our sins if we repent and believe. Then He rose up from the dead with the keys of death and hell. His resurrection confirmed the covenant that God had made with Abram.

GALATIANS 3:16   Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

GALATIANS 3:17   And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,

His sacrifice on Calvary ended all the Jewish sacrifices at the Temple in Jerusalem.

GENESIS 15:17   And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

Thus, the mighty angel of the rainbow covenant with its seven dominant colours representing the seven church ages can only be Jesus coming down as an Angel.

That way He can perform a task on earth without it being the Second Coming of Jesus in His human Body.

Jesus is the only Person Who was present in all seven church ages, represented by the seven candlesticks.
REVELATION 1:13   And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,

 

REVELATION 10:1   And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

“His face was as it were the sun”. His Holy Ghost was the burning lamp that conquered death, hell, and the grave 2000 years ago when He rose from the dead. Now Jesus, as an angel, is coming down to raise all the saints from the 7 church ages.

The darkness of sin and death will be completely abolished by the light from His shining face.

“His feet as pillars of fire”. Pillars. Plural.  Two Pillars of Fire as feet.

The Pillar of Fire guided the Jews through the wilderness. Now there are two groups who had faithfully followed the guiding Light of the Holy Spirit in their day and church age. These New Testament saints all died and were buried either at sea or on land. These faithful saints are about to be raised from the dead.

 

REVELATION 10:2   And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

“A little Book”. There will only be a little number of living Bride members at the time of the resurrection.

LUKE 18:8   … Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

MATTHEW 7:14   Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

LUKE 12:32   Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

The Book was open. Jesus is expecting us to be able to read the difficult verses in the Bible as an open Book that we can understand.

DANIEL 12:9   And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

:10     Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Only at the end will the Bride be able to understand Daniel’s visions. Few will find the true answers. Those few will be the wise virgins.

John was caught up to Heaven to see God on His throne, holding a Book.

REVELATION 5:1   And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

The Book was written within and had seven Seals that were written within the Book in order to seal up the written mysteries.

The seven written Seals are found in Revelation Chapter 6 and Revelation 8:1.

But then there was writing on the backside. This was not written within the Book. It was hidden, somehow, in the Book in an unwritten manner. And this hidden writing was also sealed by seven hidden or unwritten Seals which were called the seven Thunders.

The open Book means that all the mysteries that the Bride needs to know for the Rapture have been opened. There are certain mysteries like the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Vials which only apply to the Jews in the Tribulation. The Bride has no need to know those as the Bride will not be in the Tribulation.

Only once the written mysteries have been revealed so that the Bible can be read like an open Book, then it will be time for the seven Thunders to utter their mysterious, unwritten secrets.

The backside of the Book also implies that first the written mysteries in the Book must be understood. Only after that do we get to the unwritten seven Thunders.

The Angel comes down to raise the dead


“And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth”.

The saints from the seven church ages were either buried at sea or at land.

Wherever Joshua stood, God would give him that territory as the Promised Land.

JOSHUA 1:3   Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

Wherever this mighty Angel will stand, that will be His territory.

He will be claiming the righteous dead from their graves in the land and sea.

The next verse is a key verse.

REVELATION 10:3   And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

“Cried” is mentioned twice and both times the reference is to a resurrection.

(Remember that the wake-up call was a cry at midnight. So that cry will probably happen near the time of the resurrection).

cried with a loud voice,”   and   “when he had cried”  are both associated with a resurrection.

“Cried with a loud voice” is what Jesus did at the resurrection of Lazarus.

JOHN 11:43   And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

 

The expression “when he had cried” is linked to the resurrection of the Old Testament saints.

MATTHEW 27:50   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

:51   And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

MATTHEW 27:52   And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

:53   And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The resurrection of the Old Testament saints is brought forward, by being mentioned before the burial of Jesus.

This forces us to link “when he had cried” to the resurrection of the Old Testament saints.

 

REVELATION 10:3   And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Between the two words “cried” is the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.

The final roar of victory over death, hell, and the grave is when the graves are emptied and the New Testament saints are resurrected.

Then, after He had cried which means after the resurrection, then only were there seven Thunders.

There were 40 days between the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension to Heaven at His First Coming.

The Old Testament saints resurrected after Him and went up to Heaven with Him as a cloud of witnesses.

ACTS 1:3    To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

We can expect a certain similarity between His First Coming and His Second Coming.

The resurrection of the New Testament saints and their ascension to heaven when they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air will also, probably, be about 40 days.

So what great events have to happen in those 40 days.

The wise virgins have to trim their lamps so that they can see more clearly and understand what is hidden in the Bible without being explicitly written.

I CORINTHIANS 15:52    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The order of events is clear. The dead rise and the living Bride have their bodies changed.

The 7 Thunders are very different to what you think they are


There is some great secret that we need to know and the seven unwritten Thunders will reveal these mysteries to the living Bride. We will need to know those secrets in order to get our bodies changed.

REVELATION 10:4   And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

John was not allowed to write them, so they were top secret.

What is this great secret that nobody must know?

The Coming of the Lord.

This is the greatest mystery in the Universe.

When is He Coming? How do we prepare for His Coming?  Who does He come for?

Their information will stagger us. It will be totally different to what is preached in the churches. That is why we will have to be out of the churches at that time.

Paul once described an out-of-body experience when his spirit was caught up to the third Heaven.

II CORINTHIANS 12:4    How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

The truth that we would hear in Heaven is the opposite of what we earthly people expect to hear.

We all think that when Jesus returns that He will be happy with us. The real truth is probably the exact opposite and we are going to have to radically change our thinking.

God kept these final truths secret because at the moment we would not be able to handle that information in any meaningful manner. But when enough devastating events have demolished our faith in church leaders, and in our own opinions of ourselves, then there will be a brief window in which our desperation will make us believe what those mysterious Thunders say. They will be so contrary to what we would normally think.

We will stagger over them.

REVELATION 10:5   And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

The mighty Angel is going to link earth and sea to Heaven. That means things are really going to change on earth and sea as the dead from 7 church ages rise.

REVELATION 10:6   And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

God created the earth and the sea so He is going to reclaim His dead people from them. And then time will cease for the living Bride. That means that they will drop this old body and step into a new immortal body that will never age nor die. The only way you can get out of time is when you step into eternity.

REVELATION 10:7   But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The shout that reveals the written mysteries to the Bride will be the ministry of the 7th or last angel or messenger to the seven church ages. The Bride must take his revelations back to Scripture so that they can prove what he said just from linking up the various Scripture verses. The Word of God is the voice of God. When each individual can then speak the truth, just by quoting Scripture, that will be the shout of God's Voice that will produce the voice of the resurrection.

That is the voice of the archangel.

I THESSALONIANS 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Michael the Archangel was responsible for getting the dead body of Moses up to Heaven so that Moses could appear on the Mount of Transfiguration.

JUDE 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses,

Michael is the only Archangel spoken of in the Bible.

DANIEL 10:21   But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

Michael is the Prince of the Jews.

But Messiah is the Prince of the Jews.

DANIEL 9:25   ... unto the Messiah the Prince.

Thus Michael the Archangel is Jesus, the Angel of the Covenant.

God simply dresses Himself up as the Archangel in order to intervene on planet Earth without it being a Coming of  Jesus in His human Body.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” — 1 Corinthians 16:23