(1) And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and one said, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. (2) And the court which is without the temple leave without, and measure it not; for it hath been given unto the nations: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
The reed ... a rod … Origin of reed – aquatic plant; the water – symbol of Truth. Rod – symbol of authority. The measuring-reed symbolizes authority of the God's Word being applied to the matters of the Church at the end of the High Calling. Various biblical pictures, prophecies and parables, understood ultimately and put in chronological order they became the symbolic measuring rod which let to define conditions, the character of the Church and the attitude of her members towards the world in last period of the Gospel Age of three years and a half.
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"If that direction be understood figuratively, as applicable to the Christian Church, the work to be done would be to obtain an exact estimate or measurement of what the true Church was – as distinguished from all other bodies of men, and as constituted, and appointed, by the direction of God; such a measurement that its characteristics could be made known; that a church could be organized according to this, and that the accurate description." ("The Finished Mystery")
Measure ... The Lord is measuring us with his law of love; and we are being measured to see to what extent we are of the right dimensions and properly in harmony with the arrangement of the Lord's plan. CR449:4
Command which our Lord gave John to measure the Church relates to the special harvest of her. What does it mean? Chronological parallels, parable of wheat and tares and the understanding of the Revelation contain two points of view on the harvest of the Gospel Age. We should combine them in harmonious the whole.
The parallel of two periods, Jewish Age and Gospel Age, is the basis for first point of view. The harvest of the Jewish age started together with first coming of our Lord in 29 and it ended with final burning of the chaffs after the fall of the revolt of Simon bar Kokhba's in 135. These dates mark the frames of the wide harvest of the Gospel Age. In parallel, together with the second coming of Jesus Christ in 1874, the harvest of the Gospel Age had began, whereas the final burning of tares, in year 1980. This parallel however did not show the exact time of the shutting the door of the High Calling.
The ultimate understanding of the parable of the harvest (Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43) and the vision of the Revelation (14:14-20) are showing the special harvest which began together with the end of the High Calling. Then, members of the Church being in sleep of death were awakening, whereas these, still alive, "who die in the Lord from henceforth," they were changing in the "twinkling of an eye." It was 3,5-years period of particular harvest, parallel to 42-months period of the beast's reign (Rev. 13:5). In 1980/81 the harvest of the earth (of false vineyard) began.
These two points of view on the harvest of Church during the second presence of Jesus Christ agree and complement each other mutually.
Verses concerning the special harvest:
"Send thou the sickle of thee, and reap thou, because is come the hour of the to reap, because is dry the harvest of the earth." (Rev. 14:15)
"Again like is the kingdom of the heaven, to a drag-net, being cast into the sea, and of every kind bringing together; which when it is full, drawing to the shore, and sitting down they collected the good into vessels, the but bad away they cast." (Matt. 13:47, 48)
"And shall be published this the glad tidings of the kingdom in whole the habitable, for a testimony to all the nations; and then shall come the end [harvest]." (Matt. 24:14)
"Me it behooves to work the works of the sending me, while day it is [day of the High Calling]; comes night, when no one is able to work." (John 9:4)
The court … measure it not … The court here represents the same thing as is represented in the Court of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, the condition of progression toward complete justification. Ezek. 40:3; 42:20. ("The Finished Mystery")
The "Holy" of the Tabernacle represents the position of these during the Gospel Age, who were actually justified by faith in blood of Christ. The "Court" of the Tabernacle represents favour of a tentative justification of these believers which did not cross first curtain. At the close of this Age, when the High Calling has been ceased, a condition of the tentative justification also ceased. Therefore, a preaching about the possibility of entry to the "Holy" – the claiming the High Calling lasts continually, now, while it is in fact closed, is conflicting with order of our Lord. Since the end of the High Calling, at the place of the former Court began to prevail disorientation, confusion and spirit of this world.
They will trample the holy city ... Full composition of members of the future government of the God's Kingdom was achieved at the end of The High Calling. It is the Bride's class (Rev. 21:2). In 1977 this government ("city") was including of the Church members both these being raised from the dead and these not changed as yet but having seal on their foreheads. It was just in this moment, that prominent position of this spiritual "city" had began. "This honor have all his saints". The task of last members of the Church, these on the earth, there was an announcing of Divine judgments which the Psalm 149 speaks about. Though this city already began the power since 1977, God permitted for such situation that it was not recognized temporarily, was disregarded and "trampled."
This preliminary phase of the power of the Church, treated as the whole, it is also showed in the vision of Rev. 14:1, where the Lamb is standing on Mount Zion together with all 144,000 members of his Body, and at the vision of Rev. 15:1, which portrays the victorious Church, how her is pouring out the final plagues at end of the High Calling.
Forty and two months … 1260 days (42 x 30 = 1260) since the autumn 1977 till the spring 1981.
(3) And I will give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (4) These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the Lord of the earth.
Two witnesses ... clothed in sacks ... Our Lord began the Gospel Age personally with his mission, which lasted three years and a half (29-33). He finished this Age also with the mission lasting three years and a half (1977-1980), but nowadays it was performed by activity of so-called "Two Witnesses". The expression refers to the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Of course, behind their testimony stood the Little Flock, John class. In the latter part of the Gospel Age, these Witnesses had issued a proclamation concerning the final times, based on the times and seasons, pictures, types and prophecies being understood ultimately. Both these proclamations, from the beginning and from the end of the age, took place in the conditions of general contempt and humiliation (sacks). Our Lord was rejected and killed, and his "Two Witnesses" was also rejected and killed.
Thousand two hundred sixty ... Nominally, since the Day of Passover (autumn 1977) till the Day of Atonement (spring 1981).
Two olive trees and the two candlesticks ... During the darkness of the entire Gospel Age, the light of God's Word burned constantly, particularly in Apostles days and in the time of the second presence of Christ. Used in this vision biblical symbols illustrate Divine way of passing on the truth to the world. (Zech. 4:2-6; 11-14.) The golden candlestick in "The Holy" of typical Tabernacle represents the true Church, who was being the only bearer of the light in the Gospel Age. The oil burning in this candlestick represents the holy spirit causing the illumination of the Christ's followers living in condition of "The Holy." Symbolic olive trees, that is the Old and the New Testaments, were the source of this spirit. The Scriptures educated the Church of Christ to be a witness of the truth. The Church work of announcing of the God's Plan being contained in the Old and the New Testaments is showed as the testimony of the ”two witnesses.”
Within the time of second advent of our Lord these two witnesses prophesied twice, at the dawn of Christ's parousia (1874-1916) and just before epiphaneia of Christ's parousia (1977–1980/81). Ch.T. Russell was in the lead of first prophetic movement. He was pictured in the Ezek. 9 as a writer having ink-horn and marking foreheads of these, which are sighing over the iniquities of Israel. At the end of that vision the man being dressed in the linen, who had the ink-horn by his side, is saying: "I have done as you has commanded me." The numerical value of these words (1877) is showing on the date in which brother Russell called a meeting of all the ministers of Allegheny and Pittsburgh, showed them the Scriptures which indicated our Lord's presence and urged them to investigate and proclaim the message. They refused to believe. In the same year he determined to give up secular work and devote all his time and property to the work of the preaching of the Truth. (Look "The Finished Mystery", pp. 55 and 418)
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The work of the proclaiming of the Truth did not end with his death, but was continued farther as much as till 1980. The confirmation of that there is the ninth chapter of the Ezekiel's prophecy. In Hebrew Bible this entire chapter contains 198 words and points at the date 1980 in scale 1:10 (198 x 10 = 1980).
(5) And if any man desireth to hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man shall desire to hurt them, in this manner must he be killed. (6) These have the power to shut the heaven, that it rain not during the days of their prophecy: and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they shall desire.
Nobody hurt them ... The chronological movement was developing for over ten years in Poland, in the totalitarian communist state, having its agents being present everywhere. There was evidences that that power know perfectly about the activity of the prophetic movement and its portentous forecasts. That activity was disturbing and colliding with the planned extraordinary festivity of peace in the 60-anniversary of the October Revolution. The powers did not intervene however not even once. Why? The Scripture pictured these powers by typical activity of babylonian kings, Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. In the past, those kings were able to recognize Daniel's unearthly wisdom and the Divine origin of his prophecy. The prophecies of today's "Daniel" concentrated on the events of the nearing seven years 1977–1984. They were so momentous and were in such accordance with current events, that nobody was able in reasonable way to deny them. The triviality of possible counterarguments was so as inflammable straw in the face of the fire. Since 1981, the earlier respectful attitude of powers began to change, when events seemingly gave the lie to earlier prophecies.
These are having the authority (gr. exousian) … The time and circumstances of the two witnesses' proclamation was not accidental. They were authorized by God to pronounce his judgments against false Christianity, Babylon, in the closely definite time. In the same time, when the world celebrated its a propaganda festivity of peace and appealed loudly "Peace and safety" these witnesses announced in the face of participants the God's judgement: "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin".
To shut the heaven ... The announcing of the end of the High Calling and of ultimate harvest was the symbolic shutting the heaven. During the harvest it does not rain. The era of begetting of the holy spirit ceased. The next sowing of the truth has to precede the "ploughing" of the great tribulation, which will soften human hearts and prepare them to the work of Restitution.
To turn the waters into blood … Sharp as the sickle a truths of the final harvest, being a harbinger of the end of the old world, they became for majority of listeners unbearable and disgusting as the blood.
To smite the earth with every plague ... With the end of the High calling, the members of the Church of Christ on the earth, being sealed on their foreheads but unchanged to the glory as yet, they began to announce ("pouring out the seven bowls") seven plagues of God's anger. (Rev. 15, 16)
(7) And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that cometh up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them. (8) And their dead bodies [lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
The beast … The Papacy, the Antichrist. Union of the Church and State in a process of comeback from political oblivion being pictured as a staying of the beast in abyss. At the time of king Victor Emanuel II the political role of papacy had been quite diminished. According to Jasper Ridley, at the 1867 Congress of Peace in Geneva, Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi referred to "that pestilential institution which is called the Papacy" and proposed giving "the final blow to the monster." (Wikipedia).
It ascends out of the abyss … The papacy going out to the power in final times. It appeared at the East, in symbolic "sea," and then rapidly gained public worldwide acclaim. This scarlet-colored beast made up the PUWP (Polish United Workers' Party) and USSR co-operating politically with the Roman Catholic church.
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Beast make war against them and kill them ... The "two witnesses" for three years and a half were announcing the time of breakthrough revealed by the Lord: the day 18 April 1981 as the beginning of destroying of the old world in great tribulation, worldwide anarchy. Until the period of waiting elapsed, the secular-religious powers of the red beast did not react to portentous prophecies. Situation changed fundamentally when appointed day did not bring seemingly events, which would confirm truthfulness of announced earlier prophecies.
Religious and secular powers, having recognized that these prophecies failed, they decided to squash entire prophetic movement and to brand its adherents as outcasts. Both alleged fiasco of the prophecies and repressions of powers were showed in vision as putting of the two witnesses to death. From then on they lied as symbolic dead corpses in the street. In the eyes of the observers the 3,5-years-mission of the "two witnesses" has been ended in the similar way as the 3,5-years-mission of the Lord, Jesus Christ nineteen centuries ago. When some period went by, in the past and nowadays, it turned out that both missions were true, in spite of the earlier opinions that they was false.
In the street ... Polish street. Catholic Poland, significant in number, full of the religious ignorance and superstitions, with her strong Roman Catholic church, with her powerful communist neighbour in the east, has been chosen by God as a scene of the last political events of the Gospel Age.
The great city … Babylon. D608
Called Sodom and Egypt … With such a names, the Word of God characterizes today’s dominion of Rome, fourth beast from Daniel's prophecy; Babylon – means confusion, Sodom – moral depravity, Egypt – the dark, vain philosophy.
Where also our Lord was crucified ... Catholic Poland, through its connection with the papacy, is a part of the old Roman Empire, in another part of which our Lord was slain.
When spring 1981 did not bring spectacular events, even numerous participants of the prophetic movement were very disappointed and they recognized that their matter ended in complete fiasco. Mission of the "two witnesses" fell lifeless to the ground in "the street." Thus was repeated the situation from the beginning of the Gospel Age, when the Lord's crucifixion killed also truthfulness of his mission in the eyes of his closest disciples.
(9) And from among the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations do [men] look upon their dead bodies three days and a half, and suffer not their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
They from among peoples, tongues and nations ... This expression speaks about the choosing from among all the nations the members of the Church of the First-born, purchased for God with the Lamb blood. (Rev. 5:9.) Because of the various zeal, from that Church emerged two classes, the Little Flock and the Great Company. Only the Little Flock stood behind prophesying of the "two witnesses." Their brothers from the Great Company also loved God and his truth, nevertheless they did not have enough courage to support their testimony actively. (Rev. 7:9.) Probably, the fragment mentioned above relates to that second class.
Shall see their dead bodies ... They will have still before their eyes the dramatic history of the last prophetic movement and its depressing end; both to remember it and consider.
Three days and a half … A number seven being divided (31/2), being broken; it appears when there is the suffering. Brochure "Symbolism of numbers"
Refuse them burial … They will not let so that this matter would be removed from the centre of attention. As if they could not agreed with the fact of the death of the witnesses; as if being subconsciously looking forward the happier result of this matter.
(10) And they that dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and make merry; and they shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth.
Dwell on the earth … Expression "the dwellers of the earth" in the Revelation is applied nowhere to God's people. Citizenship of Christ's followers is heavenly. The Church was in the body but, using symbolical language, her did not live in the body (2 Cor. 5:6). Members of her, being begotten of the holy spirit, they were sitting all the time in heaven (Eph. 2:6; Rev. 12:12). Therefore the dwellers of the earth represent rather the nominal Christians who love the old order to a large extent, and who see no cause for haste to welcome the Kingdom of God.
"Ah! the loving of his appearing is indeed a close test, whether applied now or in the Apostle's day! The Apostle himself could not have looked forward with joy to the day of Christ's revelation in Kingdom power and glory, if he had not felt that he had fought a good fight and kept the faith courageously; and so it must be with all others who have named the name of Christ and started to run in this Gospel race for the heavenly prize. If they are overcharged with the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches in any sense, they will put far from them the thought of the Lord's presence and Kingdom; they will not be looking for it and longing for it; they will not be loving it. Those who love the Lord's appearing must of necessity love the Lord himself, and this will mean that the love of Christ will constrain them to endeavor to serve him and those who are his. John Calvin remarks, 'Paul excludes from the number of the faithful those to whom Christ's coming is a source of terror'." R3212
Rejoice over them and make merry … They accepted with relief a fact, that prophecies being recognized by them as very portentous, they did not fulfilled in their eyes; they stopped them "to torment."
(11) And after the three days and a half the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that beheld them. (12) They will have still before their eyes the dramatic history of the last prophetic movement and its depressing end; both to remember it and consider.
After three days and a half ... 3,5 is number of suffering. When the day 18 April 1981 came, it immediately brought not any spectacular events by many waited. Majority of believers were very disappointed. However, these, being in huge minority, who believed sincerely and entirely in oath of the Lord, that there will not be no delay, they waited for the farther course of events patiently. They were not disappointed. In less than a four years, in Kremlin took place very important changes. In March 1985, the leader of Soviet Union became Mikhail Gorbachev, who closed the era of communism and opened borders of country. In this way has fulfilled parallel to seventy years of desolation of Jerusalem ended with edict of Cyrus (2520 + 536 = 1984). After three years and a half of deadness of the two witnesses, which went by, that exactly event became the herald of the gradual process of entering them breath of life. (look graph above)
The prophecies coming from God have to fulfill, even if in observers eyes, temporarily, this seems impossible. The career of the church is so exceptional in the universe, and glory of her so transcends every imagination, that God in his wisdom covered it before the world with the total mystery. The history of Church began itself mysteriously and also ended mysteriously. The members of the Church knew this secret only in the accessible scope. They received from the Lord the command to prophesy "once again" and they carried it out, the outcomes entrusting to the Lord. The Lord meanwhile announced that the painful deadness of the "two witnesses" is temporary, that his spirit will make them alive soon and the entire matter will be comprehensible for everyone. The Mystery of the God will be finished..
The breath of life from God entered into them ... It is God's spirit that causes by progressing events, that with the passing of time the dead scenario of the future begins become alive gradually. The fact, that the fall of communism disturbed the balance of the world began to register in the all people's consciousness, both of believers and of worldly men. Events of the year 1980/81 were the absolute breakthrough in his history. The phase of the epiphaneia of Christ's presence has began. It means that the church Christ was chosen, sealed up and exalted, whereas the entire world has been overwhelming more and more the great tribulation, anarchy.
Went up into heaven … Strong angel with a little book open in his hand revealed to John the time of the finishing of God's mystery. The content of this secret is the Great Plan of the Ages in which the God purposed choice of the Church of Christ and the Restitution of entire mankind. Passover of 1981, which fell on 18 April, it is Divine time from which this mystery is being declassified gradually. With the passage of time when a revealing of details of this mystery takes place, the mankind will find out, that the Church of Gospel Age had been jointed with the Lord on 18 April 1981. Moreover, in the same time there began the great tribulation, anarchy destroying empire of the prince of this world and paving the way to establishment of God's Kingdom on the earth.
From the Divine point of view, in the time of Passover 1981 the complete Church entered the heaven and married Christ (parallel of marriage Isaac and Rebecca), even though not all his members have been changed at this moment. This fact will announce the Great Company loudly in the ecclesiastic heaven soon. (Rev. 19:1, 7)
The time, mentioned above, begins for the earth a process to be gradually filled with the knowledge of the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea. (Hab. 2:17). The time came now for the two Witnesses of God, the Old and New Testaments to be exalted to heaven, to be lifted up in the sight of the people, to be take up to a position of great influence and dignity which they never before had enjoyed. They will be fully revived then.
(13) And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell; and there were killed in the earthquake seven thousand persons: and the rest were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
A great earthquake ... The wave of strikes in Poland 1980.
Tenth part of the city … The city is symbol of a government. The powers of socialism, ten members being jointed in The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), in the desperate effort of survival in power have created a symbolic city, in which they established close co-operation with the Roman Catholic church (1977). In this way came into being the last form of the reign of the Gentiles pictured in ten fingers of the image, part iron and part clay. (Dan. 2)
The same decadent period of communist power was showed in pictorial way by two famous events described in the book of Daniel. It were, the feast of peace around an golden image, 60-cubit high, which king Nebuchadnezzar set up, and a great banquet, which another babylonian king Belshazzar gave at his palace.
During years 1980-1984 socialist powers co-operating with nominal churches fell down. In this way had fell down civil partner of nominal Christianity, that is political faction of today's Babylon. One should distinguish between the fall of political Babylon, showed in history the mentioned kings of the past, and the fall of the ecclesiastic Babylon, being pictured in the harlot sitting on the beast. Great harlot was to be destroyed by her secular lovers later.
The defeat began from Poland, one of ten members COMECON, where the strikes of workers caused the fall of tenth part of "city" in 1980. It was "Polish quake of the earth" – the downfall of the Polish United Workers' Party.
It is the only seemingly paradox, that the revolution which is symbolized through the quake of the earth at the Elijah's vision ended in a result of other revolution, showed by the earthquake in the vision of the Revelation. The socialist powers had declared before entire world their intent to implement through revolutionary process a ideals of social equality. After this, when their rule began to deflect from preached principles, and they wanted at all cost to stay in power through the union with churches, the working people scolded them. The working class took over the revolutionary work, which the leaders of socialism neglected, although both the former and the latter to a time were stupefied because of a deceitful influence of the clergy.
In the aim of neutralizing of communist solidarity was created in Poland a movement of a labor-clerical solidarity. Then there was expressed a scornful demand to sign the list of the 21 postulates which had submitted the oppositional movement, instead of 21 the conditions of the communist unity. In such a way Samson lost the hair (seven tresses, each of them of three coils; Jud. 16:19) in which his power was – on knees Delilah.
The Second Congress of the Communist International (1920) adopted the 21 conditions as prerequisites for any group wanting to become affiliated to the International. This ideological document was passed in the aim of fortifying of communist parties.
"In the several years later the Soviet agency, TASS, reported: Solidarity did not come into being in the result of unrests in summer 1980 but she was born on the knees of the church. Russians thought that Solidarity had come into being in the result of the first visit of pope in Poland and there is nothing strange in this. Certainly, it was just during John Paul II visit in Poland in summer 1979 that a dreams about the free and independent trade union became realistic ... In his view: the faithful will attain so much freedom only how much they manage to gain." Claire Sterling "The Time of the Assassins," p. 164
Seven thousand persons [gr. onomata – names] was killed … There was destroyed a reputation of a corrupted officials of government in Poland and other countries of COMECON.
Rest were affrighted, and gave glory to the God … In the past, a assault of the city did not succeed, because one of soldiers, Achan, sinned with a desire of illegal growing rich. Presence among the members of communist party of numerous people of Achan’s kind had the additional influence on the fall of this victorious movement. Joshua said to Achan, “give honour to the Lord the God of Israel and make your confession to him.” (Josh. 7:19.) Many members of communist party had to admit the same, that they were stealing public property.
(14) The second Woe is past: behold, the third Woe cometh quickly.
The second "Woe" began on 1 September 1939, whereas it finished on 31 August 1980 when Government Committee and Inter-Enterprise Strike Committee ("Solidarities") has signed the list of 21 postulates. Therefore this Woe started in Gdańsk and it ended in Gdańsk.
The excerpt from Lech Walesa speech in the Congress of USA on 5 November 1989): "There were in the West quite a lot of people before World War II, who was asking: Why we have to die for Danzig?... However this, what began oneself in Danzig now, has the different meaning. This is not the beginning, but the true end of that war..."
Biblical pictures of that event:
"And Jehovah turned an exceeding strong west wind, which took up the locusts [communism], and drove them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the border of Egypt." (Gen. 10:19)
"And after the wind an earthquake [communist revolution process]; but Jehovah was not in the earthquake." (1 King. 19:11)
Third woe … The Divine time of the beginning of the third woe – 18 April 1981 (time of the Passover).
In the strict meaning the third "Woe" lasted for three and half year, since the spring 1981 till the autumn 1984. In that period fell down the powers of socialism (co-operating with the false churches). This fall was pictured in conquest of ancient Babylon and the death of her last king, Belshazzar. The beginning of the Persian dynasty and the edict of the king Cyrus (536 B.C.) is illustration of that phase of the invisible reign of Jesus Christ. The using of the iron rod of His power can be perceived as the growing anarchistic chaos in the world. Patience of the people to suffer rule of corrupted powers longer had run out at last. They ignore these powers and wait for the true Ruler of the world which will manifest himself to them soon by his earthly representatives in Jerusalem.
This period (3,5 hears), very decisive in the balance of the world, was showed also as the breaking to pieces the feet of the image of the king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream picturing powers of the Gentiles.
In the most wide length the third "woe" includes not only the breaking to the pieces the feet, but also a complete overthrow of the entire image of the power of the Gentiles and a removing all remnants of it away by the wind of anarchy as well.
Biblical prophecies relating to the third woe:
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Matt. 24:21, 22)
"And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time." (Dan. 12:1)
"Thus saith Jehovah, about midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die … And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there hath not been, nor shall be any more." (Ex. 11:4-6)
"And the seventh [Angel] poured out his bowl upon the air … and there was a great earthquake [universal spontaneous revolution], such as was not since there were men upon the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty." (Rev. 16:17, 18)
"And after the earthquake a fire [anarchy]; but Jehovah was not in the fire." (1 Kings 19:12)
"So the people shouted, and [the priests] blew the trumpets." (Josh. 6:20)
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"And the flood [anarchy] was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth." (Gen. 7:17)
"The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot came unto Zoar. Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." (Gen. 19:23-25)
"Put ye in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe: come, tread ye; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great." (Joel 3:13)
"And the angel cast his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vintage of the earth, and cast it into the winepress, the great [winepress], of the wrath of God." (Rev. 14:19)
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(15) And the seventh angel sounded; and there followed great voices in heaven, and they said, The kingdom of the world is become [the kingdom] of out Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever.
The seventh angel sounded ... The date sworn by Jesus Christ: 18 April 1981 (the day of Passover) – the time being announced to God's people in "a little book open" (Rev. 10:2-7; "Biblical Chronology" published in April 1974).
The beginning of the symbolic flood of waters, when elapsed period of seven days (years; 1981 – 1974 = 7), which God earlier revealed to typical Noah. (Gen. 7:1-7)
The beginning with the great tribulation of the reign of exalted Christ, Head and Body.
(16) And the four and twenty elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, (17) saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast; because thou hast taken thy great power, and didst reign. (18) And the nations were wroth, and thy wrath came, and the time of the dead to be judged, and [the time] to give their reward to thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name, the small and the great; and to destroy them that destroy the earth.
Elders ... fell ... and worshipped God … Elders are personification of prophecies about God's Kingdom. Faithful fulfillment of these all prophecies confirms their veracity and conformity to the God's Plan and in such a way they are giving the glory to the Omniscient God.
Nations raged … According to the apostle Peter teaching, the cataclysm of the Flood ended an existence of the First World. At present, it is great tribulation, anarchy, which closes the order of this Present Evil World so that mankinds could to be ushered to the World to Come – the Kingdom of God. This is the mad, uncontrolled explosion of human anger caused by realization of harms, exploitation and degradation by bestial rules of despotic governments.
The time of the dead to be judged … The vast majority. "They cannot be judged without his words, 'dead in trespasses and sins,' blinded and deafened by the Adversary, through sin, have not thus far been enabled to hear their Redeemer's wonderful words of life. In the Millennial Kingdom the dead world will have the eyes of its understanding opened and its ears unstopped, and the knowledge of the Lord shall fill the whole earth and reach every member of the dead race, not only those who have not yet gone down into the tomb, but ‘all the families of the earth;' for, ‘all that are in the grave shall come forth' for the very purpose of hearing the ‘wonderful words of life,' and of being judged by them. If they shall accept them heartily they shall, by restitution processes, be brought fully up to life conditions." R2993-1902
Reward for the prophets … For these, whe were faithfull to God in the Old Testament epoch. Their reward is that they are to be the earthly Princes in the Kingdom, in all the earth. (Ps. 45:17)
Reward for the saints … For overcomers of the Gospel Age, Church of Christ. "They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Rev. 20:6)
Reward for that, that fear thy name, the small and the great … The world of mankind. They will be judged, have the decision passed upon them, according to the way in which they will conduct themselves under the Millennial conditions. Showing the reward of all who will come into harmony with the Lord during the thousand years. R5563:6; 5567:6
Destroy them that destroy the earth … The time for the destruction of all evil will be in the future. If they shall reject instruction and cling to sin and injustice, they shall be adjudged worthy of the second death. Because (1) all such will always be more or less discontented and unhappy; (2) because they would mar the joy of those who love peace and righteousness; and (3) because God has promised a clean world. R2993:3; 3083:6
(19) And there was opened the temple of God that is in heaven; and there was seen in his temple the ark of his covenant; and there followed lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Four chapters Revelation, from eight to eleven, contain vision of blowing the trumpet seven angels. This vision represents the revolutionary process which our Lord initiated in the dawn of his second presence, when like glorious Angel filled the censer with the fire of the altar, and cast it upon the earth. (Rev. 8:5.) Revolution has reached culminating point during blowing the seventh trumpet (the time of anarchy). Whole empire of the prince of this world turns into rubbles. It were knowledge and enlightenment (lightnings), disputes and demands, angry more and more (voices and thunders), social revolution on a worldwide scale (earthquake) and truth in every object overthrowing all lying structures (great hail), which brought about a such situation. It paved the way for the God's kingdom on the earth. God's mystery can be discovered before the whole world. This mystery, that includes the choice of the Church and the Restitution of the mankind, was presented in the Ark of the Covenant.
"The Ark of the Covenant (…) illustrated the embodiment of Jehovah's plan, which he had purposed in himself, before the beginning of the creation of God – before the minutest development of his plan had taken place. It represented the eternal purpose of God – his foreordained arrangement of riches of grace for mankind in the Christ (Head and Body) – 'the hidden mystery.'" T121
Added by: Andrzej