The Kings that are coming from the sunrising
(12) And the sixth poured out his bowl upon the great river, the [river] Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way might by made ready for the kings that [come] from the sunrising.
The six ... upon the great river Euphrates ... Literal Babylon was built upon the river Euphrates. Its wealth, supplies and sustenance came largely from this source. It had immense walls and strong gates over the river. R509:6.
"The waters which thou sawest are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." (Rev. 17:15) R510:1
The waters of this great river represent the people who, by their influence and money, support Papacy – from which Babylon the Great draws her revenues. R510:1
Dried up ... The turning aside of the "waters" would represent the alienation of the people, and the alienation of the people would be indicated by their withholding of financial support. R4699:4.
The kings ... The kings of Christ's Kingdom, who are also priests – the Body of Christ, the Royal Priesthood. R2498:4
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)
Of the east ... From the sunrising. R2498:4
The Kings from the east (Christ, Head and Body) according to oracle of God:
"PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." (Dan. 5:28)
"Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath Jehovah, the God of heaven." (2 Chr. 36:23)
The name Cyrus signifies "the sun." In his name he reminds us of the prophecy of Christ – "The Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his beams." (Mal. 4:2) R2498:4
The army which "Cyrus" (Jesus Christ) used to turn aside the waters of "Euphrates":
"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel that had one trumpet, Loose the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates." (Rev. 9:14)
The biblical history of the conquest of ancient Babylon describes mainly the great feast taking place just before her conquest and the killing of the last Chaldean ruler, Belshazzar, and it leaves babylonian priests, fortune-tellers and wizards in supposed background.
The book of Revelation emphasizes differently. Although it gives the allusion about the manoeuvre of Cyrus of conquering of impregnable walls (drying the waters of the river Euphrates), however on first plan, as the main event, it pushes forth the destruction of the ecclesiastic section of today's Babylon, that is great harlot of Rome, Antichrist.
The details of the ancient picture and the vision of the Revelation harmonize each other, and both are portraying manner of overthrow of mystic Babylon.
The earthly army of antitypical Cyrus there is the communist movement, ideology of "four angels", which to the time of the Second World War were bound at the great river Euphrates (symbol of Christian nations). The outbreak of the war freed these angels who immediately began to destroy support of the people for the Roman Catholic church and secular rulers of Christianity cooperating with her. However their the final task, to which they were prepared by God, was to trigger off in the world the Battle of Armageddon in appointed hour, day, month and year (1500, April 18, 1981). The inculcating of atheistic propaganda to the minds of people and unmasking the false teachings and abuses of clergy and the actual putting into practice of the slogans of social equality, it brought intentional result. Human masses became gradually indifferent to the religion and simultaneously grew up in them courage and battle spirit. Such changes of mentality had great influence on a future attitude of the working class in Catholic Poland.
In the seventies of last century communist movement lost its impetus. The socialist rulers yielded to temptation of luxurious life and corruption. Being nominally the working-class government they lived luxuriously the workers cost, whereas they were suppressing immediately all the demands of them. They not only stopped to be the ideological destroyer of the unfair and deceitful structures of the old world, but even they now began to strengthen them. They crowned such denial to revolutionary ideals through the close co-operation with the Roman Catholic church. That final degenerate phase of the socialist movement was showed in the Revelation (6:8) as sickly pale horse (symbol of doctrine), its rider as the Death, followed by the "Hades," and who was killing by earthly beasts. The socialist rulers instead to protect all the down-trodden, they began to plague them as wild beasts. In their outright supporting of the clergy they even outran the conservative leaders, standing up on their lead as "the king Belshazzar," the main defender of the papacy in the last times.
Nevertheless several decades of revolutionary activity of four angels executed a task purposed by God. The symbolic waters of Euphrates became on so many dried that invisible king Cyrus, Jesus Christ, gave the command to assault the Babylon. In the beginning the working class directed its angry fury against the socialist power, not perceiving as yet the main enemy which hid behind its back. How church did so? The Roman Catholic church, in the reality closely co-operating with powers, with the usual herself perfidy were presenting herself to the workers as their defender. Because of such tactic the workers were taken in by clergy naively and lulled to sleep, so like Samson was lulled by Delilah. Repayment of cheated laborers will be equally terrible how vengeance of this powerful man of antiquity.
It is not distant event, bearing in mind the fact that the walls of present Babylon were already overrun – being conquered equally easily, how these from before 2520 years. The conquering of these walls shows the Revelation (11:13) as the great quake of the earth which destroyed tenth part of the city. From Poland, one of the ten members of the socialist community began the overthrow of the secular power of "king of Babylon, Belshazzar" – an event leading directly to the destruction of the Roman Catholic church, that is ecclesiastic Babylon.
Certain chronological symmetry of historical and prophetic events confirms the foregoing understanding. Queen Jezebel represents rejected Roman Catholic church (Rev. 2:20). She was killed by Jehu, God's avenger. If we will set year 539 A.D. (the date of establishing of "little horn," "the abomination of desolation") at the axis of symmetry, then 1443 years being measured backwards points at the date of the death of literal Jezebel (904 B.C.) whereas 1443 years being measured to the front will point at the year 1982 A.D. From the beginning of prophetic movement (in the 1970th), the latter date suggested crucial turn in history of the Roman Catholic church just at that year.
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Moreover, if we will measure 2520 years from the feast of Belshazzar (538 B.C.) it also points at 1982 A.D. as the time of the fall of political Babylon (the middle of years 1980-1984). The coinciding of both chronological connections in the year 1982 confirms the understanding, that the death of today's Belshazzar, that is the overthrow of communist powers, and it practically forejudges also about inevitable destruction of the religious partner of these powers, Roman Catholic church. This is the matter of very close future.
Yes, as the day of trouble draws on, ecclesiasticism will endeavor to use its power and influence more and more to secure its own political welfare, by its control of the turbulent elements of society; but in the crisis of the near future the lawless element will spurn all conservative influence and break over all restraints, the red hand of Anarchy will do its dreadful work, and Babylon, Christendom, social, political and ecclesiastical, shall fall. D 38
(13) And I saw [coming] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs: (14) for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
Three unclean spirits ... When socialist powers initiated in the seventies of past century an intensive propaganda in the field of peace and safety, it began exceptional period of the harmonious peaceful politics of secular and religious systems. The feast of peace in the autumn 1977 in Moscow attracted attention of the whole world. The leaders of the West has perceived at their ideological enemies of the East the sincere declarations of the relinquishment of revolutionary radicalism, therefore they gave general support for the peaceful appeals of the Kremlin.
In connecting with ceremonies of 60th anniversary of the October Revolution, in June 1977, had arrived at Moscow the representatives of the all churches. There was also the Federation of Protestant Churches (image of the beast) there, surely not without decisive voice in this matter of the Anglican church (two-horned beast). The spiritual unity lasted till the spring 1981 (42 months).
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"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets." (Matt. 24:24)
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"When they are saying, Peace and safety..." (1 Thess. 5:3)
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The dark propaganda of the three and a half years (1977-1981) previous to the battle Armageddon.
This is pictorial equivalent of three unclean spirits' propaganda – the plague of darkness:
"And Jehovah said unto Moses, Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They saw not one another, neither rose any one from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." (Exod. 10:21-23)
"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." (1 Thess. 5:4,5)
Unclean spirits ... The spirit is a doctrine, an unclean doctrine, a false doctrine. Each of these systems will utter the same things. Dxii
Like frogs ... Croaking from pulpits and platforms, and through the religious and secular press. Dxii
Come out of the mouth ... The utterances of the combined power of church and state. Dxi
Of the dragon ... The secular power, and particularly the main representative of her - communist powers.
Of the beast ... Papacy. R510:4
Of the false prophet ... Another name for the system elsewhere called "the Image of the Beast" – a very exact representation of the Beast, which we understand to mean the Protestant Federation of Churches. Dvii
Unto the kings ... Not only kings, but princes, generals, also those termed financial kings and merchant princes, and the great one among religious teachers. R510:6
To gather them ... The croaking of the frog spirits, or doctrines, will gather the kings and princes, financial, political, religious and industrial into one great army. Dxii
To the battle ... The general conflict between priest and people, rulers and ruled, capital and labor. R377:6.
Typified by Gideon's battle. NS240:6
(15) Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walked naked, and they see his shame.
Behold, I come as a thief ... He will be present unseen, doing a work of which the world for a time will be unaware. His arrival, therefore, must be in a quiet manner, unobserved, and entirely unknown to the world. B143
He that watcheth ... Those believers who are taking heed to the sure word of prophecy, as to a light in a dark place, shall, because of its light, not be in darkness that that day should overtake them as a thief. R579:3
When all secular and religious systems established in the seventies of last century a mutual political co-operation in the aim to maintain the peace in the world, it was alarming sign for God's people that the hour of trial gained its climax. (Rev. 3:10.) They found themselves in the danger of worshiping the beast (papacy) and the image of the beast (the federation of Protestant churches), that is possibility to be lured into the trap of that political co-operation. (Rev. 14:9-12)
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(16) And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-magedon.
And they gathered them together ... The turmoil of speech and the conflict between classes are hurrying us toward the vortex of the great Armageddon. R5448:6
The question now arises, Why did not God send His Kingdom sooner? Why is Armageddon necessary? We answer that God has His own times and seasons, and that He has appointed the Great Seventh Thousand-Year Day for the reign of Christ. Divine Wisdom has withheld until our day the great knowledge and skill which is breeding at the same time millionaires and discontents. Had God lifted the veil of ignorance a thousand years sooner, the world would have lined up for Armageddon a thousand years sooner. God did not bring these things before the present time because His Plan has various parts, all of which are converging at the same time. In kindness God veiled the eyes of mankind until the gathering to Armageddon would immediately precede Messiah's taking to Himself His great power and beginning His reign. Dxv
Above mentioned prophetic words, being written more than hundred years ago, they are particularly meaningful today, when the development of the technique took the cosmic pace and dimensions, and when the overthrow of the communism removed before human selfishness all obstacles in the process of growing rich of a few and getting poor the majority. The battle of Armageddon began already (1980/81) and it is heading unavoidably to the dramatic end.
Warring political factions, militant suffragettes, socialists, nihilists, anarchists, labor organizations, capitalistic combinations, the ecclesiastical system, all in opposition to each and all; are rushing headlong to Armageddon. Q769:2
Har-Magedon ... Symbolizing the great controversy between truth and error, right and wrong, God and mammon. Dii
Armageddon means mount of destruction; and this describes what will be the result of their doctrine. R510:6.
"And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat upon the horse, and against his army." (Rev.19:19)
"And I will turn thee about, and will lead thee on, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel" (Ezek. 39:2)
"Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them." (Matt. 13:30)
(17) And the seventh poured out his bowl upon the air; and there came forth a great voice out of the temple, from the throne, saying, It is done:
The seventh ... into the air ... Seven is the symbol of completeness. This seventh plague completes the trouble coming, and will result in the complete unveiling of Satan's systems and the binding or destruction of his power or influence. R511:1
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"...You once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air [Satan, leader of demons], of the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience..." (Eph. 2:2)
The content of seventh bowl or the last light of Divine revelation (1967-1981) pointed at the year 1981-spring as the time of epiphaneia of Christ's parousia; that is time of ultimate taking over the control over the world by our Lord.
Our Lord, from the beginning of his second presence, aims to overthrow of Satan power by gradual destruction of the world which he built. That progressive decay was shown as pouring out of consecutive bowls: first spoiling of social order (ground, sea) and then overthrowing the authority of the clergy (the waters of church's theories become disgusting as the blood, the sun of the true Gospel scorches the clergy with a revealing heat, the whole papal beast's kingdom is plunging into darkness of confusion and uncertainty). Invisible "Cyrus" thwarts support of masses (moral and financial) for whole Christianity (drying the waters of Euphrates) as the preparation to final conquering of Babylon by Kings from the East, that is exalted Christ, Head and Body.
In the seventies of the last century Satan did huge effort to stay in power. He has established his last stronghold in east Europe, when he connected in political co-operation all his earthly agencies: dragon (ten socialist powers), beast (papacy) and false prophet (Protestantism). Such secular-religious alliance was to maintain the balance of the world, similarly how the feet of iron (with ten fingers) being mixed with clay was to maintain the whole image from the king Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
In 1980/81 however took place decisive attack of Jesus Christ directed against prince of demons, the powers of the air. Satan created in his kingdom a symbolic air, environment in which he was able to impose his will on the people. His serfs have breathed with this air continually. This is the atmosphere of the lie and of slandering of true God's character, the delusions of earthly theories for man's good, etc. In period of three years and a half (1977-1981), the air of this sort were satiated to a highest extent with the propaganda of "peace and safety." These erroneous theories deceived the whole world, but on briefly. People soon shook off propaganda slogans and expressed their disappointment in the angry fury, what was particularly seen in Poland (1980-1981). The power of Jesus Christ from above, as symbolic stone struck the image on its feet and shattered them. Within years 1981-1984 mutual co-operation of the falling communism and Roman Catholic church ceased entirely. From then on the whole world like the image deprived of its feet began to crumble away in the process of increasing anarchy.
"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." (Rev. 11:15)
It is done ... The voice of the Great Company. We are now convinced of the truths which been proclaimed throughout the harvest time by the overcomers. Biblical Comments
(18) and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men upon the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.
And there were voices ... The voices, lightnings, thunders and earthquake and hail at the ending of the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:18, 19), and also during the seventh and last plague are clearly the same. HG83:6
And thunders ... Tumults accompanying the increased enlightenment. R511:2
And lightnings ... Diffusion of knowledge. R511:2
The same was showed by the Egyptian plague of destruction of the first-born: "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, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the first-born of the maid-servant that is behind the mill; and all the first-born of cattle. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there hath not been, nor shall be any more." (Exod. 11:4-6)
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"And this is the writing that was inscribed: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end; Tekel; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians." (Dan. 5:25-28)
A great earthquake ... Symbol of the revolution. R6014:4
"Great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now." (Mat. 24:21)
A revolution that will involve all the civilized nations. R5567:1.
The destruction will be accomplished by an outbreak of jealousy, revolution and anarchy amongst the various elements composing the great mixed army [of Gog]. D556
(19) And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. (20) And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
The great city ... Representing the united three elements which attempt in union to rule over or control the world. R511:3
Was divided into three parts ... The utter overthrow of the triple alliance between the beast (papacy), the false prophet (other religious systems teaching error) and the dragon (civil power.) R511:3
The weakening socialist powers acting in good faith invited the Roman Catholic church to join a political co-operation. However, when they discovered betrayal of their ecclesiastic partner, then they turned into obstinate and lethal enemy (symptom of it: an attempt on the life of the pope on 13 May 1981). In this way union of the secular power and churches, Roman Catholic and Protestant, which was to halt intensifying anarchy, failed completely. All sides were disappointed. The symbolic city started to divide into three parts.
And great Babylon came in remembrance before God ... Into judgment; already in progress as evidenced by the revision of hitherto unquestioned creeds and the unsparing criticism of the secular press. Babylon is recognized as a self-contradictory mouthpiece of God. R3647:3
Death of the king of Babylon, Belshazzar, pictures the fall of the secular powers of socialism supporting the Roman Catholic church. They were the symbolic wall of Babylon protecting the clergy before the attacks of rebelling nations (Jer. 51:44). After conquering of this wall, the all criticism of raging peoples acts against ecclesiastic enemy, Roman Great Whore, the Great Babylon.
This happened in years 1980/81-1984. The feet of image of mix of iron (socialist powers) and clay (ecclesiastical imitation of the stone – power of Christ’s kingdom) have been broken to pieces. From then, that is from the fall of the communism, nothing could to hold back the anarchistic gale in destroying of the churches and all structures of the old world.
Every island ... Symbolizing Republican governments – organizations of people slightly above the "sea" level. R511:3
While kingdoms (mountains) give place to republics (islands), so the islands shall also in due time flee away. R511:4
Fled away ... The spirit of liberty will overleap all bounds and order, and end in anarchy. R511:4
Mountains were not found ... The republics are swept away after kingdoms have all been overturned. R511:5
(21) And great hail, [every stone] about the weight of a talent, cometh down out of heaven upon men: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof is exceeding great.
A great hail ... Hail is solidified water – truth delivered in such a way as to be dangerously destructive to things with which it comes in contact. R511:5.
Out of heaven ... Spiritual powers, but not any longer corrupt and vitiated spiritual powers, for these have passed away. This is the new "heavens." R511:6
Upon men ... In a similar plague which literally came upon Egypt, it injured only those Egyptians who had not respect to the words of Jehovah. (Exod. 9:19-21). R511:5
About the weight of a talent ... About the weight of a man, sufficient to break down everything before it. R511:5
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