Vision of the Ruler of universe in chapter 4 showed, round the throne, four all-seeing creatures, which represent God's four attributes: Justice, Power, Love and Wisdom. The man, who was created in God's image, and after his likeness, was equipped in the same attributes in human sizes. A such unity of thoughts and feelings with his Creator provided him with peace and safety and let to joy fully with happiness of his existence.
As result of transgression of our first parents, these all attributes began rapidly to degenerate. Not to this degree however they declined so that the man wouldn't felt the bitterly in his unfortunate situation. The breakthrough in such human misery took place then, when the due time came and God permitted not farther reign of blatant injustice caused with human selfishness. From then on, a noble individuals stirred themselves to desperate attempt of establishing on the earth of the system of equality and justice. They were followed by others enthusiasts, until the gigantic revolutionary communist movement of social equalization came into being. Unfortunately, without God.
The chapter sixth of Revelation shows the realization of this attempt as consecutive gallop of four riders, mounting horses of various coats, white, fiery red, black and pale. Horses are the biblical symbol of the doctrines, and riders represent the leaders. The four attributes of God are keeping this human experiment under the control. The world will be fully informed about hopelessness of human efforts in the close future, but God's people acquires this wisdom now already. "Creatures" call on "John" to the scene of events so that he watches the separate phases of the communist experiment. This invitation took place then, when seventh millennium began and together with it, the invisible presence of Jesus Christ. Our Lord is the Lamb, whose precious blood the whole world had been redeemed. "He was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world." (1 Pet. 1:20.) Owing to his virtue, He had acquired the right to acquainting himself with the Divine plan of Restitution of mankind and putting of this plan into practice.
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Prophetic events had to first appear so that John class can to observe them. Only since 1874, that is from the dawn of second presence of Christ, started to fulfill prophecies relating to establishment of God's Kingdom on the earth. The time then came for uncovering of the secrets of God's Plan hidden under seven seals, and, among other things, also the time for the understanding of the communism role.
The excerpt from first edition of "Watch Tower" (1879) is the evidence, that in that time already, the role of the communism in the Divine plane was understood rightly: "As most of our readers are aware, we believe that the word of God furnishes us with indubitable proof that we are now living in this "Day of the Lord" that it began in 1874 (...) And it is astonishing how very rapidly these things once looked at as absurd and impossible are becoming realities. When we with a few others declared these things only a short time since, and called attention to the fact that trouble was taught to be occasioned by a rising of the people and the overthrow of governments - Communism, we were laughed at; there was truly little sign then of Communism; but to-day every civilized nation is in dread, and Nihilism, Communism and Socialism, are household words." (Z ’79-26,410; B-99)
Let's come back to the vision. "John” is in the "heaven" as observer. The "four creatures" wait to show him consecutive riders. The "twenty four elders" are ready, to pay homage before Sitting on the throne, whenever events will be testify about truthfulness of prophecies relating to Kingdom of God, written on his command the thousands of years earlier.
And the Lamb begins to open seals...
The first seal
Rider sitting on a white horse
(1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, Come. (2) And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.
In the nature, the tension growing between opposite potentials causes the discharge and the lightning tears apart darkness. This occurrence is accompanied by powerful thunder. Psalmist used this phenomena (97:2-7) so that to illustrate the Divine judgments during the second presence of Christ. The voice of God's justice announces his powerful workings, awaking the horror of these, which deserved for punishment because of their selfishness. The differences between rich and poor, growing more and more, they triggered off a "thunderstorm" eventually. Revolutionary propaganda workings, like lightings in the dark sky began to enlighten backward masses and to instruct them in regard of due rights. There sounded the thunders of the loud discussions, after which entire earth began to tremble because of revolutionary shocks.
The first creature, a lion (justice), it called in John, to show to him, how people decided to solve the urgent problem of general exploitation and the violating of principles of justice. Marx, Engels and Lenin, brilliant people and sensitive on human harms began to work out the theoretical principles of new social order, guaranteeing the paradise of equality for all people. As enlightened people, they couldn't not perceive in the Bible wonderful patterns of the God's Kingdom. They made an attempt to put into practice the clean whiteness of these patterns in utopian way, without God. The time showed soon, what do results of their purposes look like.
The white horse represents the white doctrine of communist community, whereas the rider represents the Vladimir Lenin with his victorious ideology of bolshevism.
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The words full of bitterness, having on the aim to spoil reputation of somebody's are compared in God's Word to arrows (Psa. 64:3). In this vision, the bow firing an arrows represents the far-reaching secretive propaganda weapon of the Bolsheviks. They imbued hearts of "the slaves of capitalism" with the bitterness, with the aim to wake in them reluctance to the old order of the world. In such manner they were paving the way to future victory.
The march of the revolution began in 1917 with the victories in revolutions, both of February and of October. Owing to them the Bolshevik party has become the king of the communist "locusts.” (Rev. 9:11)
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In such a way the present-day Egyptian plague of locusts began: "And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and Jehovah brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all the night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts."
The second seal
Rider sitting on a fiery red horse
(3) And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, Come. (4) And another [horse] came forth, a red horse: and to him that sat thereon it was given to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Scripture predicted, that our Lord Jesus Christ, during his second coming, will use his great power to dash rules of all despots in pieces, like a potter's vessel. He then will persuade effectively all rich, with his principles of the justice, that they must to resign from their selfish desires to live off other people. He also will soothe the every feeling of the harm and affliction of the people trampled and exploited. Using of his power in accord with the principles of justice and love, He will cause the peace, which nothing could to violate.
The Most High God permitted the propagators of the communism to win the power in the huge country of Russia, very rich in raw material resources, so that they can to use this potential for the good of people. The second creature, a calf (power), invites now of John, so that he sees, how in conditions of prevailing of sin such self-reliant putting into practice of white communist idea succeed. Let's add, in such a conditions, in which egoism of ones people tells them to protect tenaciously of their wealth, whereas egoism of other people tells them to demand more and more violently these things, they deserve which or not.
The horse of the fiery color represents the doctrinal aim of realization of revolutionary plans, demolition of old foundations of the world of injustice and the laying new. How one could expect this, the realization of these plans stirred up anxieties and fratricidal fights immediately.
Apart of others powerful means able to crash every resistance, Bolsheviks wielded also an weapon of ideology. Their right slogans of social justice and necessity of making an amends for all abuses was like the "great sword," which compeled constantly the conservative and oppressive powers to withdrawal. This was however the extorting equalization of justice in rough-hewn manner, from which too many innocent people suffered. The propagators of communist ideology, so as other ordinary people, they did not have neither enough moral ability nor the manners, nor also the usual time to balance this justice. They took peace from the earth, and their actions were accompanied continually by tears, bitterness, anger and curses of people.
The third seal
Rider sitting on a black horse
(5) And when he opened the first seal, I heard the third living creature saying, Come. And I saw, and behold, a black horse; and he that sat thereon had a balance in his hand. (6) And I heard as it were a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, A measure of wheat for a shilling, and three measures of barley for a shilling; and the oil and the wine hurt thou not.
During the Jewish age the Lord God promised Israelites to reward their faith and the making provision for the temple with all symptoms of his love, abundance in every field: "Prove me now herewith, saith Jehovah of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough [to receive it]." (Mal. 3:10.) Even the most successful periods in history of Israel were just shadow of these blessings, which the Paternal love will provide for people in his Kingdom.
One of the vision of the Revelation portrays the locust with human faces and golden crowns (9:7). God did not refused to acknowledge, that the communists had good intentions of establishment of such kingdom, which will show the friendly and full love face to people. The third creature, with a human face (love), calls on now of John so that he sees reality, what there were goods, which kingdom of atheism gave out to its subjects.
Bolsheviks made the doctrine of the fight with religion a one of chief points of their revolutionary program. In the vision, this doctrine is showed by black horse. The black is the symbol of religious darkness. It is entailing depression, apathy and lack of hope. The growth of disbelief during second Christ presence was pictured through the sun as black as sackcloth of hair. (Rev. 6:12.) In third part of Christianity, Orthodox Church, it happened particularly dark, because on entire domain of it, Bolsheviks “stuck” lights of "third part of heavenly bodies": of sun of Gospel Christ, the moon of the Mosaic Law and stars of apostolic teaching (Rev. 8:12). When lack of sunshine, in darkness, all seems black. The lack of sun causes poor harvest and shortage of bread.
In conditions of the deepening various shortages, communists imposed upon society a rationing of goods in the material field also. Their doctrine were confessing the principle "from each according to ability, to each according to his needs." It required extraordinary efforts to obtain basic goods. Who did not make such efforts, he had to settle for anything he bought.
The pair of scales measuring exactly the sold food is the symbol of the shortage (Lev. 26:26; Ezek. 4:16). In the vision, this is the symbol of the spiritual shortage under Bolsheviks rules, the lack of the copies of Scripture and commentaries to it mainly. Innocent people of God had to suffer such hunger also. It was very difficult to gain possession of truth, cleanest and the most valuable (wheat). All these, who were lacking of enough zeal in efforts in this direction, they had to settle for "barley," that is food for the poor, which represents second-rate teachings, often being contaminated with errors.
In conditions of such hunger four all-seeing creatures of God's Providence watched over saints living in the operational zone of God's earthly atheistic army, so that they did not suffer spiritual damage (spare the oil and the wine). The "seal of God on their foreheads" (Rev. 9:4) protected them from the loss of Holy Spirit and joy in God, that is, of symbolic oil and wine.
The fourth seal
Rider sitting on a pale horse
(7) And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, Come. (8) And I saw, and behold, a pale horse [chloros; greenish]: and he that sat upon him, his name was Death [thanatos]; and Hades followed with him. And there was given unto them authority over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with famine, and with death [thanato], and by the wild beasts [therion] of the earth.
The fourth creature, this time an eagle (wisdom), once again call on of John. God's wisdom, like the far seeing eagle foresaw in the beginning an end of the communism, an experiment which invented people for the good of other people, and attempted to put it into practice without God.
This is prophetic opinion on the subject of socialism from the year 1897:
"But even should Socialism have its own way entirely, it would prove to be but a temporary relief, so long as selfishness is the ruling principle in the hearts of the majority of mankind. There are "born schemers" who would speedily find ways of getting the cream of public works and compensations for themselves; parasites on the social structure would multiply and flourish and ‘rings’ would be everywhere. So long as people recognize and worship a principle, they will more or less conform to it: hence Socialism at first might be comparatively pure, and its representatives in office faithful servants of the public for the public good. But let Socialism become popular, and the same shrewd, selfish schemers who now oppose it would get inside and control it for their own selfish ends." (D486).
In the practice, the principles of socialism and atheism instilled in societies did not raise them on the higher moral level but quite opposite to it – they altered them in the symbolic anxious sea element. (Isa. 17:12; 57:20)
In chapters 8 and 16 is showed the transformation of this sea, from revolutionary phase to anarchistic. At first, this the sea is showed as full of a blood – "alive" bloody propaganda (Rev. 8:8). The spirit of bloody retaliation in hearts and minds, crying on a banners, demanded: "to take back from a blood suckers all this, what they robbed the working class!" Near the end however, the same sea becomes similar to the blood of dead man, every alive soul dies in him in the result of it. (Rev. 16:3.) "Blood in a living creature is full of vitality, but the blood of a dead person is the very reverse. After death, the blood rapidly begins to separate into two parts – a watery liquid called serum and a more solid substance termed clot. As soon as this separation has been accomplished the clot begins to putrefy or corrupt." (R498:5)
"Souls" living in this sea symbolize the men of noble minds, who realized the oppression of the masses by governments. They desired to assist in their amelioration. They acted with certain idealism, believing sincerely, that an endeavor to the justice and social equalization, even for the price of the some shedding of the blood, will repair the matters of the world. The commingling of such persons with the masses imparted a life principle and vitality. However their idealism stopped, when it was defeated by human selfishness. The hearts of noble individuals failed, when they saw more and more distinctly attitude of idleness in ones and unchecked, rampant tendency to destruction of life and property in others. Then element, which advised prudence, morality, and right-doing gradually ceased. There took place the separation of these two elements, decay and death to every principle of morality and virtue in this class of "sea," when every active element of virtue and benevolence in it began to perish. The masses devoid of faith in God and the higher aims, they stopped to act with any principles, they turned into a decomposing blood clot, quick to violence and anarchy.
The fourth pale horse represents therefore, the last stage the communist doctrine. Spirit of the ideology in it is more dead than alive, is very weak and ill. It still hopelessly struggles to survive. Tens of years of the renewing of immense efforts in the achieving the aim, which was not possible to the achievement, the millions of the victims which were sacrificed on the altar of the utopian ideology, all these things had persuaded at last communist propagators to take sober reflection. Their hope in the reality of the traced aim has weakened. They remained convinced of superiority of idea of the social equalization, but their faith in own strengths and sincere idealism faded universally. Remained to them normal human fear about the future of their own. That is why the riders of propaganda, already almost the strength of inertia, they still drove on fourth part of the territory of earth, which communism conquered. (Rev. 9:15.) The pale horse galloped continually with its riders to the end. They, as an angel of the death, were throwing into Hades (the condition of the non-existence) their enemies, they were combating their opponents with the "sword" of the slogans of the social justice, the "hunger" of the lack of God's Word, "death" of the enslaving (Rev. 9:19) and the ruthlessness of rules compared to wild beasts. One should however notice the final of pictorial history of Samson (type of socialism). "Joint strengths of church, state and capital" crushed socialism but they did not annihilate it.
The final conclusion: God showed that the man himself will not cope with problems of mankind, and his all the best and the noblest efforts in the elevation of the people from the fall were doomed to failure from the start. The idea of the communism of establishing of the new better future bankrupted completely. As far as it concerns the total destruction of the today's devilish order of the world however, the communism did not tell the last word as yet.
The fifth seal
The dead souls underneath the altar
Opened fifth seal disclosed secret of Divine Plan, that demolition of the old world and establishing of God's Kingdom can't to happen earlier until the final choice of "Abraham's seed" is done. Already in the Eden garden God announced his aim of a choice of this class, when he said to the snake: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Gen. 3:15). Crushing the snake head represents the death of the Satan who will be destroyed by elevated Christ, Head and Body. (Rom. 16:20; Rev. 20:10.) It is not however the injury threatening to life a bruising of heel of the "woman" seed. This symbol relates to sufferings, which Satan, together with his blinded servants, inflicted in entire Gospel age on spiritual seed of the Covenant of Sacrifice, represented by "woman." The character of members of New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17) had to develop in the conditions of adversity and persecutions. All the time they had to suffer patiently every abuse, physical and spiritual wounds, until a fire on their sacrifice altar has burnt itself out.
At first, Satan "bruised the heel" of the Head of the class of Abraham's seed, Jesus from Nazareth. He died suffering shameful death on the cross. From then on suffered his Body, all his followers, to "fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ." (Col. 1:24)
During Christ second presence, the measure of Christ's affliction started to complete. The parallels showed, that the general calling ceased in 1881 (36 + 1845 = 1881). From then on lasted so-called rotation of crowns until the “door” is shut. In the parallel to Sarah death the door was shut in 1977 (1983 + 1977 = 3960), what means that the High Calling ceased absolutely. According to Rev. 7:3, in this year the last unknown member from among 144,000 class of Little Flock has gained seal on his forehead, still however being in the flesh. From then on he held fast that, which he had, so no one took his crown. (Rev. 3:11.) The seal on his forehead protected him against losing of it.
At last the spring of 1981 came, when Satan "bruised the heel" the last members of the Church. At the end of the Gospel age, our Lord ordered his followers to announce public testimony, described in the Revelation as prophesying of two witnesses." (Rev. 10:11; 11:3.) Their mission ended with alleged fiasco, similarly, as first mission of the Lord in the beginning of the Gospel age. Jesus was crucified as malefactor, whereas his teachings were considered as false. At the end of mission of "two witnesses," lasting similarly three years and a half, they had been destroyed through the red beast (spring of 1981). God's people, that supported testimony of these witnesses, also was "killed" – denounced, deprived of reputation and ostracized. (Rev. 11:7,8.) In such a way, the earthly career of the Church ended and fully began "a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion." (Isa. 34:8)
(9) And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) and they cried with a great voice, saying, How long, O Master [despotes], the holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And there was given them to each one a white robe; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little time, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, who should be killed even as they were, should have fulfilled [their course].
At the close of the Jewish Age God had a reckoning with the nation of Israel, which was one of the most terrific times of trouble the world has ever known. The declaration of Jesus was, that of that Age – that generation then living – God would require expiation for all the righteous blood that had been shed from the time of Abel to the time in which He was speaking. (Matt. 23:34-36)
Similarly situation is at the close of the Gospel Age. All the blood of God's holy ones, from the beginning of this Age, will be required of the present generation, in the "great time of trouble, such as never was." The martyrs of the past, "the souls under the altar," are represented symbolically as crying out for the vindication of Justice, similarly as the voice of blood of righteous Abel, killed by Cain, it was crying unto God from the ground. (Gen. 4:10). The fears and sufferings of the Lord's people and their trials and difficulties ascend to the Lord in prayer and call to divine justice for vengeance, recompense, punishments, without any word from his people to this effect. There seems to be a special charge of justice against whoever is culpable, or responsible for the death or persecution of the saints. Justice was merely waiting for the full number of those persecuted for righteousness' sake to be completed.
The sixth seal
Second arrival of Christ and world revolution
(12) And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake...
The second presence of Jesus Christ or, his Parousia, from the very beginning is the intensifying revolution, leading to the fall of the old world. Already in 1875 came into being in Odessa first organization of working-class, "South Russian Workers' Union". The clandestine activity had began, which brought to the revolution of years 1905-1907 (yet unsuccessful). In 1917 Russia saw already two victorious revolutions, of February and October. Entire second "Woe" (1939-1980; earthquake in Elijah vision) is the time of the great expansion of communist revolution. This revolutionary period ended with "a great earthquake in the tenth part of the city", that is revolution in Poland (1980/81). From then on began worldwide spontaneous revolution, described in the Revelation as "a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men upon the earth" (16:18), the great tribulation.
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From the beginning of the 19th century, in spite of the fierce opposition of the Catholic clergy, the printing of Bible in masses began, assuring general access to God's Word. On the one hand it enlivened the spirit among the people of God, on the other hand it had greatly influenced for general education, enlightenment and awakening of the consciousness of masses. After such preparation, in the United State of America took place a proclamation of Christ second presence since 1874, which reached the huge range. It is enough to say, that above two thousands of the American newspapers regularly were printing a sermons of pastor Ch.T. Russell. His six volumes "The Studies in the Scripture," in millions of copies were distributed all over the world.
It turned out however quickly, that an accepting of spiritual food "in due time" (Matt. 24:45), even in so the religious Christian country as the USA, was very various. The similar situation arose to that, from first arrival of Christ: "The light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his works should be reproved. But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God." (John 3:19-21)
All believers, that were "hungering and thirsting after righteousness," they were very rejoiced in the understanding of the splendor of God's Plan, but such individuals was few. The majority began gradually to reject the Scripture as God's inspired Word. Especially the Christian clergy realized immediately, that the light of the truth undermines their a time-honored teachings and creeds, which guaranteed for them continuity of domination over the unaware masses. The people began now to read Bible themselves and to ask more and more inconvenient questions. The defensive reaction went various roads: ones began to cast doubt on statements of the Scripture and to incite excessively critical spirit, others began to teach the theory of evolution and even introduced it into college. There were also such teachers that were avoiding of their weak points in religious subjects. They were aware that mixing the truth with the errors would be discrediting them in listeners eyes. This general spirit of the clergy disbelief began to infect entire society. On the other hand nominal Christians were not willing at all to comply to rules of the Scripture, designed for the God's consecrated people exclusively.
The revolutionary communist movement, from the very beginning noticed disbelief and the hypocrisy of the clergy. Having seen, that the clergy doesn’t care about the truth, but in fact supports "the union of throne and altar," and it treats the religion solely as the instrument to be in power, communists acted swiftly and radically – they threw religion out entirely. They began to propagate atheism and from then on attacked both government and clergy. Society, being influenced with a such propaganda, gradually got rid religious limitations and began to transform into anxious, raging more and more dangerously "sea." In others biblical illustrations and prophecies this process was showed as an earthquake.
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The signs in the sun and moon
(12) ...and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the whole moon became as blood...
In his sermon about the time of the end, our Lord foretold: "And there shall be signs in sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the billows; men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken." (Luke 21:25, 26)
The rejection of the Ransom of Christ, of basic teaching of the Scripture, pictured in symbol of darkening the sun (Gospel), has triggered a chain reaction. The moon shines with the reflected sunshine. The light of Gospel cast light somehow in the epoch of Mosaic Law and formed there, by many of sin-offerings, a shadows of future ransom of Christ. When the "sun" of the Gospel became black, it stopped to light up the Law. Jewish sacrifices had been recognized as solely barbarian bloody ceremony, set up by crafty priests. In such a way the "moon" changed into the blood. The feverish activity started on the religious heavens. The sermons of priests and pastors began to lose their spiritual character and to resemble propaganda of social and political reforms. So-called Christian churches stopped to fight each other and began to create the ecumenical front in the face of a growing general turmoil.
(13) ...and the stars of the heaven fell unto the earth, as a fig tree casteth her unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind. (14) And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
That is excerpt from relation of certain resident of Holy Land, printed in the periodical "Watch Tower" (1873): "In the early spring, when the first leaves appear, an immense number of small figs are produced, which do not ripen, but fall from the branches, crude and immature, to the ground. (…) The true crop is not produced till later in the year. This first crude, 'untimely' growth, though of no commercial value, is yet plucked and eaten by the peasantry.” (R4843)
Today’s species of figs perhaps differ from these of the past, nevertheless description quoted above helps to imagine real rain of figs caused by strong wind. The rain of this kind would be suggestive illustration of the "rain" of stars which the Revelation is saying about.
The word star (gr. aster) is not used respecting any of the faithful (outside the apostles) in referring to them in this present life. God has recognized or appointed twelve apostolic stars for the Church. From these and the moon and the sun all the enlightenment of the Church was to proceed. But Papacy, assuming ecclesiastical lordship of earth, has placed various stars ("theologians," etc.) in her firmament; and the various Protestant denominations have done likewise, until the whole number is innumerable. But God has not ordained them with the authority of lights or stars. (D593, 594)
In our Lord's prophecy true star-lights are reckoned in as part of the Gospel Sunlight, darkened, withdrawn from shining; while the false stars, the worldly-wise, man-ordained lights of the present heavens are represented as making a great display in coming down to earthly conditions – abandoning their once somewhat spiritual eminence, and in their teachings coming down to the level of earthly moralists and philosophers, as well as politics level. The shaking of the symbolic ecclesiastical heavens mentioned in the same connection has somewhat to do with these lights of Christendom coming to a lower plane of public teaching. This shaking would signify just a shaking up of the creeds and dogmas of Christendom, which, because of their admixture of errors, produce confusion whenever referred to. (D595)
According to the description from Palestine, quoted above, the figs immature but hardly connected with the tree are well illustrating these teachers, who depart from the truth, and became false teachers, "vainly puffed up," aspiring to be considered authorities in the same sense as the apostles, and who are styled "wandering stars," "false apostles." (2 Cor. 11:13; Jude 13.) Because of vanity or a material profit they want to hold a prominent position. Like the wind knocks off early figs, similarly they are "carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error." (Eph. 4:14)
The removal of the heavens
(14) And the heaven was removed as a scroll when it is rolled up...
The literal heaven, created by God, is source of great blessings for a human. It makes the life possible at all, it is providing abundances of the light in the day and night, warmth, air to breathing, rains, etc. This obvious. In biblical symbolism the heaven represents the religious powers, which from a altitude are seeing better the needs of the earth (society) and are able to fulfill them. In the positive meaning, the new heaven represents the spiritual power of God's Kingdom, elevated Christ, Head and Body. In the negative meaning, the heaven represents the power of the apostate church, stretched over the whole Christianity by God's enemy, Satan. (Eph. 2:2.)Throughout a dozen of centuries it was uniform heaven. Tearing apart of this heaven occurred at the time of Great Reformation. Catholicism and Protestantism began then quickly to move themselves away to a polar opposites. That process was accompanied by the scenes of horrendous slaughters and religious persecutions, shameful deeds that discredited Christianity and has alienated the entire Gentile world. In such a way the "followers" of Christ abided by his admonition given to Peter: "Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
The second presence of Christ, from the very beginning was the time of the growing enlightenment, throwing aside of superstitions and the inventions of the false religion, and even the belief in God. For clergy such anarchic changes were extremely worrying. They had decided to abandon interdenominational disputes and began to try mutual close relations. Both sides, Catholicism and Protestantism, for several centuries very distant, they began now to approach each other in the ecumenical process. Not on so many however, to join quite.
This process of mutual more closely co-operating was pictured in the prophecy as rolling up to themselves of both ends of an ancient book: "the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; and all their host shall fade away, as the leaf fadeth from off the vine, and as a fading [leaf] from the fig-tree." (Isa. 34:4)
The Scripture foretold, that Catholicism and Protestantism will affiliate mutually, without losing their identity, and now such situation occurred. These are the two ends of the ecclesiastical heavens. They rolled together as a scroll for self-protection, when their confusion were increasing. Finally however these "heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements [of which they are composed] shall melt with fervent heat" of the Day of the Lord. (2 Pet. 3:12)
The moving of mountains and islands
(14) ...and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
In symbolic language of Bible, the mountain jutting on the solid land represents kingdom, whereas the island, that is a patch of land surrounded by a sea represents the republican government.
Influence of the second presence of Christ began to restore wide masses of societies, that led for ages a life of indignity, to the human dignity and rights. Aroused in ambitions masses are more and more bursting with indignation and displaying anarchic tendencies. Because of this the prophecies of the Scripture compare them to elements of fire or sea, which are attacking the "mountains" of kingdoms of this world. If "mountains" are attacked by symbolic fire they are "melting like wax" (Psa. 97:5). This represents some kingdoms gradually descending to the level of general demands of people. Other kingdoms, because of their autocratic and persistent character showed by high mountains, they are attacked by "sea," that is, they are overthrown in the violent revolutionary way. (Psa. 46:3.) The overthrow of czarism in the result of revolution 1917 (being showed in Rev. 8:8) can be the example of it.
The islands, with a stretches of land hardly jutted out of the sea, represent rules being in large degree influenced by their civil society. Even these forms of rules are perishable, weaken and are on the decline as result of sharpening claims and disputes.
Using these symbols, the prophecy announces that "the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills." (Isa. 2:2; Mic. 4:1)
The Lord God foresaw that because of the human selfishness that taking over the power will be violent and that is why He told Daniel to illustrate the kingdom Christ as "the stone that smote the image [the kingdoms of this world] became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth" (Dan. 2:35). All others "mountains" will have to stand down from their position.
Efforts of terrified rulers
(15) And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and the chief captains, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman and freeman, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains; (16) and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (17) for the great day of their wrath is come; and who is able to stand?"
In old times the quick escape to a mountains and a hiding of oneself in caves and among rocks were the final way of the rescue. Israelites, being seized with a mortal fear of Midianites, they "made them the dens which are in the mountains, and the caves, and the strongholds." (Judg. 6:2)
The necessity of collective escape of rulers confronted a mortal threat, throughout long centuries was something unimaginable. Various kings, princes, smaller rulers and their supporters have been threatened not by nobody and nothing. Even many usual people, little sensitive to a oppressing of their neighbors, accepted unjust order of the world. All elites felt blissfully, and idyll lasted. Nominal church, the faithful ally of despotic rulers watched over of immutability of such conditions. The threat of hellfire, an usage of horrendous instruments of torture, auto-da-féthe, a burning at the stakes, and other inventions of so-called Holy Inquisition, were guarantee of stabilization. The inhuman treatment of serfs as tools, extreme despotism, and merciless exploitation of people living in utter degradation, seemed for many people to be the natural arrangement of the world. But the Lord God looked at this lawlessness and his anger intensified.
At last, when seventh millennial day of the human history dawned, the Day of the Lord came, that is the time of intervention of Great Judge. He sent of his Son, that is victorious Lamb of God, with mission of overthrowing devilish order of the present-day world and of establishing Kingdom of justice and love. "Sword" of God's Word is the most effective weapon of new Ruler, Jesus Christ. (Rev. 19:15.) The cuts of this sword began quickly to eradicate the false theory about "the divine authority of clergy and divine rights of kings," which suggested that God is pleased with existing state of things.
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The Lord began to organize his earthly army and to conscript into it all people discontented with conditions reigning so far, people being exploited and trampled (Isa. 13:2-5). The preparing of that revolutionary army to the assault on the strongholds of Christianity or, the secular and religious powers of mystical Babylon, started. With the moment, when so-called the Times of Gentiles expired (1914), the final three-stage offensive of war, revolution and anarchy began.
How reacted the earthly kings to such falling into chaos of the order of the world that provided for them so far, power, wealth and all privileges? The truth was dawning on them at last, that dangerous army that is stepping out against them, has the moral rights. They saw that all these people are their victims, being yet recently exploited with impunity, oppressed and murdered. They realized that that army is supported very effectively through a two mighty and terrible Ones, angry because of their injustice – through the One, who sits on the throne, and Lamb. This consciousness took back from them gradually a will of fight with working classes. The massacres and bloody suppressing the people complaining on their harms began to stop. The nominal churches, their faithful allies in subduing of all attempts of achieving liberation by the people, they lost great power over human consciences and now were forced desperately to fight for survival. They have become worthless for secular powers. The kings of the earth had one only option left – to "flee to the mountains." What does an escape of them look like?
The today's "kings," political, social and financial replaced of the titular kings of the past. These kings began to create innumerable organizations with the resolute intention of the restraint of the further growth of anarchy. Having stood up in the lead of these organizations they are so manipulating them to keep a tight rein on whole social tissue to protect their businesses.
The domestic organizations of this kind are for example: security service, security forces, various foundations, national insurance system, social welfare, trade unions, etc.
International examples: various Trusts, International Monetary Fund, so-called "The Group of Eight," economic alliances, military pacts, various commissions and tribunals in uniting Europe, agencies of the UN, etc.
All such "caves and fortresses in mountains" of earthly kingdoms were giving for the mighty ones of this world last hope of saving of their power and wealth. The world anarchy, which is growing from hour to hour makes these hopes vain.
The last question of this chapter is as follows: "who is able to stand?" The preliminary period of Christ second presence, ending with world anarchy, it makes up the great hour of trial for all habitants of earth (Rev. 3:10). The aim of it, among others, is to display of the real morale, activity and endeavors of mankind. The Scriptures prophesied, that this trial will stand only "called and chosen and faithful," Little Flock. When anarchy will ruin all structures of the old world, then mankind sees complete fiasco of their lofty ideas, hopes and purposes, which excluded of God. When all people, wearied and disheartened with their own failures, will find their last and greatest efforts resulting in anarchy, they will gladly welcome and bow before the heavenly authority. They will recognize then strong and just government, which the God of heaven will set up. Thus man's extremity will become God's opportunity, and "the desire of all nations shall come" – the Kingdom of God, in power and great glory.
Added by: Andrzej