The Seven Vials (Bowls) of Revelation

The Seven Vials  (Bowls) of Revelation


Part 3 of the 21 Judgements and this features the last 7 Judgements called "The Seven Vials" which are often referred to as "The Seven Bowls". I use the KJV Bible and it states Vials often depicted as a small perfume bottle, so Vials is the word that will be used in reference to these judgements.

These last 7 judgements are the most severe of the 21 judgements in the Book of Revealtion and whilst the other 14 judgements are ramping in nature or fractional in their delivery, the Seven Vials are 100% judgement, not fractional but total and absolute. They are the pure wrath of God!. These are judgements that will affect the whole planet, from which there is no escape.

The 7 Vial Judgements come quite a way after the 7 Seals and the 7 Trumpets and arrive after the arrival of The Anti Christ and the False Prophet and the key event known as the "Abomination of Desolation" when the Anti Christ stands in the Temple in Jerusalem and declares himself God and rules the world and the "Mark of the Beast" is implemented or the "One World System". Further details on where we are if at all on this timeline, will be debated in the closing of this article.

Again just like The Trumpets the intensity increases and each judgement is more intense than the previous and also each event is a warning of the next to follow until all 7 are fulfilled. The introductory verses in Revelation 15 give a taste of what is to come. It heralds the decline of The Beasts ruling and basically this planet will become hell itself. You could say it will be "hell on earth".

Revelation:15:6-8 is an introduction to the Seven Angels and The Seven Vials
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

There is further mention of the Seven Angels with the Seven Vials in the first verse of Revelation 16

Revelation:16:1 The Beginning of the Vial Judgements
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The First Vial: Sores on those who have taken the Mark of the Beast

Revelation:16:2
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

The Second Vial: The Sea becomes Blood, everything in the sea dies

Revelation:16:3

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

The Third Vial: Freshwater sources become Blood

Revelation:16:4-7
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
Revelation:16:5
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

The Fourth Vial: The Great Heat

Revelation:16:8-9
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

The Fifth Vial: The Great darkness

Revelation:16:10-11
10. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11. And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

The Sixth Vial: The River Euphrates dries up

Revelation:16:12
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

The Seventh Vial: The Voice from the Temple of Heaven Thunders, Lightnings, Great Earthquake, Mountains and Islands disappear. The Great Hail

Revelation:16:17-21
17: And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19: And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before 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.
21: And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Where are we on the Seven Vials and Revelation timeline.

As mentioned in the previous article if all the 21 judgements are in sequence and it doesn´t make much sense if they are not, we are most definitely not in this last series of judgements known as the Seven Plagues or The Wrath of God. These events have not come to pass yet. The 7 Trumpets as mentioned in The 7 Trumpets of Revelation conclusively you could say none of those events have happened either which brings us finally onto the Seven Seals. In my opinion we could be on the 5th seal waiting for the 6th to be opened as stated in The Seven Seals of Revelation article. That is the furthest that we could possibly be on the 7 Seals timeline BUT we could be in the run up to the opening of the 7 seals which means none of them have been opened yet, which is what I´m leaning towards. Many people will not agree with this theory, and many others will have other theories, but just like mine, they are just theories. All these judgements will be unmistakable as acts of divine intervention, instantly recognised and there will be no confusion at all.

The only anomaly in the whole of this Revelation timeline is a recent headline and tweet that was put out today stating that the River Euphrates is drying up. This is quite clearly stated in Revelation 16:12 above and signifies the 6th vial! Verse below

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

The Sixth Trumpet also mentions the River Euphrates and a vast movement of troops

As mentioned in the previous article, all these events are the result of divine intervention and are not man made. The Euphrates River has in recent times had many dams built on it including one of the biggest known as the Atatürk Dam, located circa 55 kilometres (34 mi) northwest of Şanlıurfa. This 184-metre (604 ft) high and 1,820-metre (5,970 ft) long dam was completed in 1992; thereby creating a reservoir that is the third-largest lake in Turkey. With a maximum capacity of 48.7 cubic kilometres (11.7 cu mi),. Get this, the Atatürk Dam reservoir is large enough to hold the entire annual discharge of the Euphrates! Information courtesy Wikipedia

This significantly changes the prophecy implications of the Euphrates as man has the potential to totally dry up the Euphrates (which is happening as we speak) which would not be the result of divine intervention as specified in Revelation 16:12.

Quite clearly Vials 1-5 have not happened yet and the in the between period of the Abomination of Desolation which occurs at the very mid point of the 7 year? Tribulation period and before the Trumpets and Vials has not happened either. Others may disagree and many theories abound about certain Religious leaders and World Political figures, stating one is the Anti Christ and the other is The False Prophet. Problem is the pieces don´t fit. Yes these key world leaders are forerunners for sure, they have roles to play in the laying of the foundations of the One World System commonly known as The New World Order along the guidelines of the 2030 Agenda,. The problem is these characters are just the chess pieces on the board. It´s the players and not the pieces that need to be looked at.....again just my opinion. Here´s an indication of the powers of the False Prophet to put things into perspective, that would need to materialise for any world leader Religious or otherwise to even be remotely considered as THE False Prophet.

Revelation 13:11-15
11. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

This is yet another event that has clearly not happened yet. This Bible verse shows how powerful this false prophet will be and how many people will be deceived. The Anti Christ and the False Prophet is a massive and highly controversial topic, subject to huge debate and is a completely separate article in itself that may be covered in a future article.

Summary.
The Seven Seals, The Seven Trumpets and The Seven Vials (Bowls), form the backbone and the 21 Judgements of God in the Book of Revelation. They share many similarities to other judgements throughout the Bible such as The Great Flood, The Tower of Babel and Sodom and Gomorrah amongst others. There are many other plot lines and threads that run throughout this Prophecy Book but the Seals, Trumpets and Vials are up their as the most memorable, vivid and horrific parts. The whole purpose of these events is to gradually turn up the heat on mankind to make him  repent, realise the truth, that God is the Creator and The Almighty. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who´s name is simply..... Yahweh. A living God that has no equal. The beginning and the end, the first and the last. In his love and mercy he gives mankind endless warnings to change his ways, but in the end just as in The Old Testament, the final judgements are the only alternatives left, BUT even then the judgements are incremental giving even more chances to acknowledge that as the Lord´s prayer says "Our Father, Which Art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will be Done".

As has been said many times and it will be said again.........."No one knows the day or the hour...........but we are in the season". Anybody that says otherwise needs to read the Bible quote below!

Bible Quote:
Matthew 24:36
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

The Seven Trumpets of Revelation

The Seven Trumpets of Revelation


The Seven Trumpets of Revelation are the second group of 7 God´s judgements that are dealt out to the earth and it´s inhabitants. The further we go into the 21 judgements the more serious are the events and their consequences. The question is are we in the Seven Trumpets phase now? The Seven Trumpets follow on from the Seven Seals and the opening of the Seventh Seal opens the door for the start of the series of the Seven Trumpets. This series of events precedes the last group of 7 judgements which are the Seven Vials or the Seven Bowls and are the most severe of the Seven Judgements.

Interpretations
Some say the first six trumpets are used to serve as a wake up call to the sinners on Earth and a call to repentance. Why....... the judgements are not absolute they are given in one thirds. Each trumpet blast brings with it an event more disastrous in nature than the one before it and each one acts as a warning of worse to come. The seventh trumpet does not bring a disastrous event with it, instead it is sounded so that glory is given to God and His kingdom is announced. A kind of reprieve and announcement that these events were not man made and were not coincidence.

Parallels with the 3rd series of events The Seven Vials (Bowls)
The Seven Trumpets of Judgement shows a lot of similarities of being sort of parallel with the Third Group of 7 Judgements (The Vials/bowls). Because the first trumpet affects the earth, so does the first bowl, the second trumpet and bowl affects the sea, the third trumpet and bowl refers to the rivers, the fourth trumpet and bowl refers to the sun, the fifth trumpet and bowl refers to the bottomless pit or the abyss, the sixth Trumpet and Bowl to the River Euphrates and the seventh Trumpet and Bowl to the Second Coming! Therefore indications are indeed strong - if not pretty much overwhelming - that the seven trumpets and seven bowls refer to exactly the same events but with different emphases and viewpoints.

One observation, for example, is that "the Trumpets" seem to affect in "1/3rd proportions" and "the Bowls" seem to affect in "totallity".

The introduction to The Seven Angels with the Seven Trumpets

This is the beginning of the Seven Trumpets judgement in Revelation and starts at the opening of the Seventh Seal

Revelation 8:1-6
1. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

This is the 7 Trumpet judgements with a brief summary and relevant Bible quotes (main points only)

The First Trumpet Hail and Fire mingled with Blood

Revelation 8:7-9
7. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The Second Trumpet The mountain burning with fire cast into the sea
8. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9. And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Some speculate that the "great mountain burning with fire" that plunges into the sea, in Revelation 8:8, is an impact event by a possible Near-Earth object.

The Third Trumpet The Great Star from Heaven called Wormwood

This impacts fresh water sources that man relies on including fountains of waters and rivers.

Revelation 8:10-11
10. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11. And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

The Fourth Trumpet The Cosmos is darkened for a third part

Revelation 8:12
12. And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

The Fifth Trumpet The First Woe The opening of the Bottomless Pit and the release of the locusts

Revelation 9:1-5
1. And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

The Sixth Trumpet The Second Woe The Release of the Four Angels

Mention of the Euphrates River and the movement of a vast number of troops.

Revelation 9:13-16
13. And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14. Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

The Seventh Trumpet or Third Woe and The Temple of God opened in heaven

Voices, lightning, thundering, an earthquake, and a great plague of hailstones.

Revelation 11:15-19
15. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17. Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

The nature of the 7th trumpet shows that "time is no more, and that the mystery of God is finished.

Revelation 10:6-7
6. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Where are we on the Seven Trumpets Timeline...if at all?

Hugely debatable topic, but if things are kept simple with no pre-conceived notions, everything becomes blatantly obvious. There are many views out there on where we are in the Book of Revelation timeline, all look plausible, but do the jigsaw pieces fit and if so does the picture match the word?

Here´s a look at some views that are out there which revolve around Revelation. Some say that we are passed the first group of judgements as in the 7 Seals of Revelation, some will say we are in the second phase of the next group of judgements which are the Seven Trumpets. Some will go as far as to say we are on the 6th trumpet. If you take a longer term view on the course of events that unfold in the Book of Revelation say 100 or so years, it could be right, it could be wrong? This would make the Tribulation period much longer than the Daniels final week or 7 years, if you subscribe to that theory. Certainly much longer than the 3.5 years, 42 months or 1260 days that are mentioned in the Bible many times, for the period of the Great Tribulation which many say encompasses the Trumpets and Vials (Bowls) that have many close parallels and similarities.

My views personally, we are on the maximum of Seal 5 in the 7 Seals judgements, if at all. You have to remember these are divine judgements the likes of which have not been seen and will not be seen again. I firmly believe we are not in the second group of more severe Trumpet judgements (not even Trumpet 1) which are fractional in nature and that is based on just reading the Bible, as it is, and not applying any pre-conceived notions. Many times, a third is mentioned being given judgement, two thirds are unaffected...the severity is still restricted. Again this preciseness is not a man made event, it comes from something far greater than that and suggest divine intervention......which of course it is.

Why do I have this view that we are not in the Trumpet judgements phase of the Book of Revelation? IF the Book of Revelation is in fact a timeline of events that take place in the last days, then the 7 Trumpet judgements would follow one another as in First to the Seventh. On that basis let´s read the First Trumpet judgement bearing in mind that the higher the number the more severe they become. This is what it says in the Bible.....it´s very clear, simple and concise (KJV)

Revelation 8:7
The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Hail and fire Mingled with Blood coming from the sky (heaven) and cast upon the earth? Just trying to get your mind round this one, nowhere in this Planet´s history has there been such an event. This event is so specific, it only affects plant life such as trees and grass and  by burning. There is no mention of human life at all. This is a Biblical Event that cannot be recreated by man here on this earth. That rules out the longer term view of the Two World Wars, Hiroshima and as far as I´m aware anything that has happened in the last twenty or so years, in this planets recent history. As horrific as the Two World Wars were, including the Atomic bomb, these events were not so selective to burn and kill one third of grass and one third of trees on this planet. Do not even think that amount of vegetation was killed off during both World Wars combined. Even the recent epidemic of wildfires around the globe doesn´t come close. The toll of human life in the Two World Wars was many millions. This is not mentioned in the first Trumpet.....vegetation only....it´s that selective. This event has quite clearly not happened yet, which means the Second, Third, Fourth or any other Trumpet if they are in sequence have not happened either. That´s unless of course they are not in sequence, but then why would the Bible number them as a sequence increasing in intensity? What I´m trying to say is, if you start twisting the Bible or seeing something that isn´t there or applying man made or pre-conceived ideas to the Word of God, the result will be just some pre-conceived ideas and nothing more and the jigsaw pieces will not fit!

It´s quite clear that these Revelation events will be unmistakable events and will not be man made, they will be judgements from God and only can be created by God. There will be no confusion or mistaking these events....none whatsoever.....the source will be undeniable. But that´s just my view and there are four main camps or views on Revelation as mentioned previously which are Historic, Preterist, Futurist and Idealist. See The Seven Seals of Revelation for further details.

Expanding on that non sequential theory, maybe the Trumpets are not in sequence, maybe the second trumpet has happened and the first is yet to come? What does the Bible say about the Second Trumpet?

Revelation 8:8-9
8. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9. And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Again this event has not happened yet. A mountain burning with fire cast into the sea. Could be Hiroshima? As bad as that was, one third of the sea was not turned into blood? Yes there have been mass animal deaths around the world but not to the extent that a third of the creatures of the sea have died and certainly a third of the seas have not become blood. A third part of the ships were possibly destroyed in the First and Second World Wars but this doesn´t tie up with the other occurrences which again cannot be recreated by man, (certainly the blood part) and most certainly has not happened yet.

We could move onto the third trumpet Some say it has already happened on the long term view and it was the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986

Revelation 8:10-11
10. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11. And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Chernobyl was a terrible disaster and it contaminated water supplies and killed  made many people sick or deformed but NOT to the extent of affecting a third of the planets fountains and rivers. Chernobyl translated means Wormwood, but it´s a nuclear power station not "a great star falling from heaven burning as if it were a lamp". Again there are some undeniable coincidences here if you take a longer term view on Revelation as in over the last 100 or so years. If you simply just read the words you realise the jigsaw pieces do not fit Chernobyl the Nuclear power Station in Russia. Again this was a man made event. Fukushima in 2011........same again...doesn´t fit. The Wormwood event is again an act of God and will be unmistakable and as said with the other two Trumpet events.........they have not happened yet.

We could go on with Trumpet 4,5,6 and 7, but I think it is proven conclusively that the first three trumpet events have yet to come to pass, therefore and just reading them quickly, you realise the latter Trumpets, are even more severe and definitely have not happened yet either! But then the Historic view would say these things will never happen as these things have happened already?

The Trumpet Judgments and the Rapture

Ending on a highly controversial and volatile topic being The Rapture, many people in the Post Tribulation Rapture camp will quote these verses to put a compelling argument that the Trumpet Judgement phase in the Book of Revelation is when the Rapture will occur especially at the last Trumpet. Post-tribulationists see the rapture happening during the seventh trumpet. Some say the "Last Trump" is not to be confused with the Seventh Trumpet? Compelling evidence below but still subject to debate none the less. Where do I stand on this, I´m Post Tribulation and No I´m not a Catholic! BUT if the Rapture happens Pre Trib that obviously would be the highly preferable option!

Bible Quotes

Here Paul was talking to all the Thessalonian Christians concerning all those Christians who had died.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the TRUMP of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Another supporting quote

1 Corinthians 15:51,52
51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last TRUMP: for the TRUMPET shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

And another one

Matthew 24:29-32
29. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the SON OF MAN coming in the CLOUDS of HEAVEN with power and great glory.
31. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a TRUMPET, and they shall GATHER together his ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Seven Seals of Revelation

The Seven Seals of Revelation


What will happen during the Great Tribulation. Part 1 of a 3 part series. The 7 Seals and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

To most the Book of Revelation is a mass of highly confusing prophetic events which to most makes no sense whatsoever. I have to confess that I have read The Book of Revelation at least 50 or so times and only now is the fog slowly starting to clear. The man in the street as a whole is ignorant of one of the possibly greatest books ever written. The book is based on a vision by St John the Divine on future apocalyptic events that will happen in the "Last Days". God has deliberately hidden the deep meaning of this mysterious book from those who are spiritually blinded which means that He has hidden its meaning from most of the world.

Notice this blessing pronounced on those who seriously study the book of Revelation: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near" (Reveltion 1:3).

This article is gleaned from many sources from the web and presented in as clear and concise a manner as possible and is kept to the bare minimum to give an oversight of what these predicted events actually mean and represent. This is all rounded off with an analysis of where we are on the timeline of the 7 Seals in Revelation, whether the seals have been opened, how many or whether none have been opened at all. Something that can be read by believers and non believers alike.

The 4 views on Revelation

There are 4 views or interpretations on the Book of Revelation which include Historic, Preterist, Futurist and Idealist.

Preterist views
The preterist usually views that John was given an accurate vision, of a course of events that would occur over the next several centuries, to fulfill the prophetic seals

Futurist views
Moderate futurists typically interpret the opening of the seals as representing forces in history, however long they last, by which God carries out His redemptive and judicial purposes leading up to “the end”

Historicist views
Traditionally, the historicist view of the Seven Seals in The Apocalypse, spanned the time period from John of Patmos to Early Christendom.

Idealist views
The idealist view does not take the book of Revelation literally. The interpretation of Revelation’s symbolism and imagery is defined by the struggles between good and evil.

The Book of Revelation many say was a historical event that happened around 70ad but others say that "John [the author] received the Revelation in our own time, toward the end of the reign of Domitian." Domitian's reign ended in A.D. 96, so most Biblical scholars date Revelation to the mid-90s A.D, several decades after Jerusalem's fall at the hands of the Romans in A.D. 70. The case for the Futurist Interpretation of the Book of Revelation therefore stands on solid ground. Confirmed by this quote from Revelation

Revelation 1:19
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter

The view that is taken on this website is The Futurist view as in the Book of Revelation was a prophecy of future events to happen before the last days of this world and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom.

The 7 Year Tribulation Period and Observations

The 7 Year Tribulation period takes place between Revelation Chapter 6 & 19 and "The Great Tribulation" takes place mid way through the 7 year Tribulation period and last for 3.5 years or 42 months confirmed by many Bible quotes. There are 3 sets of judgements from God in the form of Seals, Trumpets and Vials (Bowls). Each set of judgements contains 7 judgements making a total of 21 judgements during the Tribulation period. Some say the 7 Seals is a Pre Trib scenario and is actually Jacobs Troubles. The 7 seals contained secret information known only to God until the Lamb/Lion was found worthy to open the scroll and to look on the contents.

Important scrolls being secured with seals is mentioned in earlier Bible examples including Book of Daniel 12:4...
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

The number seven in the Bible often refers to perfection and/or completeness, and the fact that there are three categories of judgments – perhaps corresponding to the Trinity as in Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Spirit)

The seal judgments are also described in Jesus' Olivet discourse, found in Matthew 24 . The first four are mentioned in Matthew 24:1-7; the fifth in Matthew 24:9; and the sixth in Matthew 24:7 and 2

Further quotes in Matthew 24:8-14, Matthew 24:36 and 33 and Luke 21:8

The Seven Seals of Revelation
A condensed look at the Seven Seals of Revelation with relevant verses and the futurist view on what this represents and the symbols represented in these verses and also parallel verses mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.

The First Seal. The White Horse. Symbols Bow, crown

Bible Quote
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Revelation:6:1-2

Futurist view
This rider represents the antichrist who will head the revived Roman Empire at the end of history, shortly after the Rapture of the church.
this seal represents religious deception

Parallels
(see Matthew 24:5).Olivet Discourse

The Second Seal. The Red Horse Symbols Great sword
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
Revelation:6:3-4

Futurist view
The Antichrist will unleash World War III, and crush any who claim to be Christians after the Rapture. He allies with the Arab world in an effort to conquer the entire world. (Ezek. 38; Dan. 11) Only Jerusalem will stand in his way to world supremacy.

Parallels
“hear of wars and rumors of wars” and that “nation will rise against nation” (Matthew 24:6-7) Olivet Discourse

The Third  The Black Horse Seal Scales
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the win
Revelation:6:5-6

Futurist view
Inflation and famine will plague the earth during World War III. Though many will starve, the wealthy will enjoy the luxuries of oil and wine.

Parallels
that “there will be famines” prior to His return (Matthew 24:7).

The Fourth Seal The Pale Horse  Death (Hades follows him)

Bible Quote:
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Revelation:6:7-8

Spells death for one-fourth of the earth’s inhabitants. The war started by the Antichrist, will reach the finale with the seven bowls of judgments.

Parallels
the “pestilences” Jesus said would come to earth’s inhabitants prior to His return (Matthew 24:7). Olivet Discourse

The Fifth Seal. The Martyrs Symbols: White robes
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Revelation:6:9-11

Futurist view
This judgment encompasses Christians who will be martyred, for their faith in Christ, during the Great Tribulation by not bowing down to the Antichrist and by not submitting to the global economic system that forces all people on the earth to receive the mark of the beast. Their deaths place them in good company of the righteous throughout the ages.

Parallels
the fifth seal was that of the Great Tribulation that will be directed against the physical descendants of Jacob and God’s faithful people before Christ returns. Describing this time, Jesus said, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matthew 24:9-10. Also Matthew 24:21-22

The Sixth Seal: Darkness and Cosmic Disturbances
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Revelation:6:12-17

Futurist view
The sixth seal will be the literal cosmic disturbances caused by nuclear war or a global earthquake that causes volcanic debris to pollute the atmosphere, which turns the moon blood red and the sun dark. In addition, there will be massive meteor showers (“the stars… fell”). Thus follows the first half of the Tribulation where God’s wrath consumes the earth. Such wrath does not harm the Church because it was already 'raptured' before the Tribulation started, according to the pretribulation rapture theory.

Parallels:
foretold as signs of the day of the Lord, the time of Christ’s return to earth. The prophet Joel had described this as “a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness” and a time when “the sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. … The heavens and earth will shake” (Joel 2:2; Joel 3:15-16). Olivet Discourse Matthew 24 and Luke 21 in the Pre Tribulation signs

The Seventh Seal Seven trumpets The Wrath and Mercy of God

The breaking of the seventh seal occurs in Revelation 8 and marks the second wave of judgments, the trumpet judgments:

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Revelation:8:1-2

Futurist view
The “silence” is the hush of expectancy for the verdict about to be pronounced on the guilty. The prayers are from the Christians who will be martyred by the 666 Antichrist in the Great Tribulation, the last three and a half years of the “end-time” tribulation. Both the trumpet and bowl judgments will be unleashed on the wicked during the second half of the tribulation, each judgment intensifying to the next.

Where are we on the Book of Revelation Timeline.

That´s the million dollar question isn´t it, have any of the seals been broken that would set the Revelation timeline in motion. I don´t think anybody has the answer, the right answer that is, anybody that thinks they do, you may want to check them against scripture. There are many views out there, the popular ones are we are at about the 5th seal period in the timeline, another one I heard just recently which is a bit more extreme is we are on the Sixth Trumpet (more detail on the 7 trumpets in Part 2).

Personally if anybody pushed me hard for an answer and I was well and truly cornered I would say this "In my personal opinion and based on Revelation scripture we are as mentioned in Matthew 24 in the "Beginnings of Sorrows" approaching the opening of the First Seal, at the very most at the 4th Seal" We are not in the Great Tribulation period yet, if we were it would be without a shadow of a doubt undeniable. That´s just my view and I´m sure there are many others out there and loads will disagree.. Put another way and looking at Seal 4 where one quarter of the earths population dies by hunger or famine...........this clearly has not happened yet!

What we are witnessing in the world now is Matthew 24 with wars and rumours of wars, some famine, some pestilence and earthquakes going off the scale in diverse places. As worrying as these events are, these are warning shots and milder versions of what is to come. There is no way after reading Revelation that you can say we are in the period of the 42 month Great Tribulation.

Some say Revelation is in chronological order, the course of events will unfold as stated in that Book. Others say it is not a tick list and things will unfold as God wants it to unfold and the vision that is presented is just a general guide and warning only of what is to come. Some others say that if all of mankind got on their knees and repented of their sins and believed, then the Book of Revelation and it´s events would be halted. All highly debatable scenarios but it cannot be denied that Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation are unfolding before our very eyes, things are in motion and mankind is powerless to do anything but to wait and watch. Only those that are truly in the faith, the "sheep", the "little ones" as mentioned many times in the Bible can even begin to fathom what lies ahead in the foreseeable future.

On a final note and putting the heated Rapture debate aside these verses were designed to put those in the faith...put their minds at rest.

1. The end times cannot be stopped by anyone or anything: "13. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?" ( Isaiah 43:13 ).
2. There is a way to escape God's wrath before it comes. Paul writes in Romans: "1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." ( Romans 8:1 )
3. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (. 2 Corinthians 5:21

And finally two verses one worth repeating again as mentioned in the opening verses of Revelation "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." ( Revelation 1:3 )
The second being this in the closing Chapters of Revelation 21:7-8
7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Further information and articles used to compile this post.

The Seven Seals of Revelation via Wikipedia 
The Olivet Discourse via Ted Montgomery 

Mentally coping with Extreme Biblical Events

This article has the bizarre title of "Mentally coping with Extreme Biblical Events". What´s it all about? As I keep saying repeatedly we are in the End Times which people now finally accept (Christian or otherwise) . In reality we are beyond that now and are in the Last Days without shadow of a doubt. We are certainly approaching a SIGNIFICANT PERIOD as I keep saying, with the month of Tishrei in the Jewish Holy Calendar upon us. The final weeks of a Super Shemitah year called a Jubilee Year that only happens every 50 years is also combining with this event. The effects could be far reaching or then again nothing could happen at all, (I´m not a Prophet) but with the way things seem to be ramping up in intensity, something is coming.

This article is probably more for non believers than believers. If you are a believer and believe in the Pre Tribulation Rapture then this is probably something that is not of concern. If you are Mid or Post Tribulation like myself and think you will be going though this Tribulation like everybody else....probably best to read on.

Some Inspiring Bible quotes for the Last Days Video

Behind the scenes here at The Twelve Gates Twitter, Google Plus and You Tube and of course this website things are being updated with the latest Biblical Prophecy in the news and some of the headlines recently seem to be intensifying as we appear to be getting closer to something that is about to happen and the temperature is rising, you can feel it.

One person cannot be right all the time?

As I mentioned in a previous article, 20 pairs of eyes are better than one pair, and 17K eyes are better than 20. Here´s an example of some activity from my Twitter Activity page this morning that demonstrates that fact. I put a tweet out about the recent Charlotte headline and it turned out it was a video clip shot in London shot possibly during the London Riots in 2011 (Red Boris Bus in the background). DISASTER.These people below noticed and that´s good as I was half asleep this morning after a rough nights sleep. Needless to say I deleted it, otherwise you look like an idiot!

[caption id="attachment_1497" align="aligncenter" width="457"]The Twelve Gates Twitter Back End behind the scenes after an incorrect tweet The Twelve Gates Twitter Back End behind the scenes after an incorrect tweet[/caption]

Thinking about this, it has dawned on me the responsibility you have when blasting out such dramatic headlines especially when you have more than a few followers. To be honest not much thought has been given to the effect all this news has on peoples mental state and their lives. Personally I´m not afraid of these headlines and think that most other people will be the same. It´s becoming increasingly apparent though that this website amongst many others of a similar nature, are now being followed very closely and not just by Christians. Certain news headlines are starting to impact peoples lives in a dramatic way, and some of these headlines, to put it mildly are mentally disturbing in nature. Another reason I don´t tweet much on the weekend, I need a couple of days break otherwise it´s just too depressing, that´s how I cope with it at this end.

Just looking at the recent Charlotte headlines declaring a state of emergency, never ending floods, recent New York and New Jersey bombings, ramping tensions in Syria, nuclear missile test launches to name just a few, it´s easy to see these headlines on your feed, whack a retweet button and think job done, without realising the emotional and mental impact that this news has on peoples lives who are following and reading this stuff.

A recent example
A recent case in point is a tweet I put out over last weekend, about an impending asteroid strike sometime between 23 September and 27 September. I took it with a pinch of salt as these are seen all the time. This planet has a staggering amount of near misses with asteroids and other objects on a monthly basis when you follow such things.



This one seemed a bit different though, so it was Tweeted with the line "Something to be aware of". If I didn´t put this Tweet out and it struck, doesn´t look good on The Twelve Gates...does it? This is a predicament faced with every Tweet where the news source is dubious in nature, everything is taken on board but only if it fits Prophecy, something that is not always easy to ascertain. Just because something like this is not confirmed by NASA doesn´t mean it isn´t out there. Think about it, would NASA actually say that "A mile long asteroid is hitting earth in X days"............I think not........there would be mass panic and hysteria.

Here´s somebody I don´t follow on You Tube, but bump into him from time to time, who has a few words on this possible Asteroid strike. He´s pretty much like myself, probably laughed at the statement but then takes things on board and investigates further before releasing such a potentially ridiculous statement. This guy took the words right out of my mouth and I share his views. Looks to be a Christian. What his reputation is I have no idea?

Paul Begley - URGENT: "Some Say An Asteroid To Strike Planet In 48 Hours??


Asteroid Strike. How would you mentally cope?

Let´s look at this scenario, a sort of walk through, one of many disaster scenarios and see what options you have, if any?

Stage 1: Just say you see a Tweet on a possible Asteroid strike in a weeks time and it also appears on websites and say You Tube.

Stage 2: How do you react? Do you keep the information to yourself? Do you alert and tell others? Do you dismiss it as just another hoax and carry on as normal? Do you start to make plans to evacuate? Where do you go? Should you seek high ground or should you go underground? Link to "Is it worth prepping for Biblical disasters"

Stage 3: Maybe you have prepared for such an event? Realistically what are your chances of surviving say a mile wide asteroid hitting earth. If it hits the sea, massive tsunamis worldwide would be the result, something of the magnitude of 1000ft or more high, GLOBALLY!. High ground above that elevation would be a safe bet, but still no guarantee of survival. BUT what happens if it hits land...what then? The impact would be catastrophic and would cause a dust cloud so severe it would block out the sun for years turning Earth into a barren wasteland like the moon where nothing could survive. It would cause an an earthquake so unthinkable that not much would survive that either. The last big asteroid that hit, many scientists say caused the last Ice Age. The question is would you want to survive?



When you go through these three stages you realise unless you have some sort of underground facility with about at least 50ft or much more of solid concrete above you and years of food and water, or some sort of divine intervention like Moses had in the Bible, the chances of survival are going to be minimal at best. That doesn´t mean you shouldn´t prepare, but it does put things into perspective.

So what do you do?

As mentioned in the Christian Prepping Video and associated article. Be prepared and carry on as normal, be calm just like everybody else. Panicking achieves nothing. I´ve seen quite a few people recently reacting quite extremely to these Extreme Natural Disaster End Time scenarios especially on You Tube and quite literally freaking out and looking like they are having some sort of a mental breakdown. It could possibly be affecting their home and work life in an extreme way as well. When you watch people like this, it´s harrowing to watch and a domino effect of panic is created and you react the same way and pass it onto other people. You Tube is a very powerful medium and has the potential to freak you out and mentally destabilise yourself if you watch too much End Times videos and you can start to lose touch with reality and lose your marbles. How I´ve managed to remain sane is beyond me..........let´s just say the Lord is my Rock.

Turn OFF the noise

We are living in the information age and I think it´s a good thing when used wisely, but can be a bad thing when used addictively and can lead to information overload and mental issues if you are not careful. Electrical plugs have fuses for a reason. If ypu are starting to freak out, a simple way to cope with this information overload, cut the source that is causing the problem. Turn off all the noise. There´s so many people talking and shouting out there with news and stories and endless garbage. Just turn it all OFF! Including TV, Radio, PC, Laptop. Log off Twitter and Facebook, Instagram. Stop watching You Tube in particular........even switch off your phone. Even turn me off. Just for a couple of hours. 24 is better. If something happens...friends, family, work colleagues will inform you something is going down. Read a book or something (Not End Times). Just disconnect and you will see the difference and it will make a world of difference to your sanity and mental health. I do it over the weekend otherwise I think I would have flipped months ago.

How do I Cope?
Here´s my personal way of coping and keeping sane. If you read my Testimonial buried on this website if you have had a near death experience you tend not to fear death after such an experience and realise that you are lucky to be here in the first place. Combined with being "Born Again" adds to the fearlessness knowing that the Lord is by your side and to keep going on. If I was to pin myself down to a person in the Bible it would be either Joshua or David. With the mentality of one of these two, you can handle anything including Asteroid strikes. At present I´m writing this in a calm manner. I could panic and shut the website down but for some reason I´m still here?

Summary

What we are seeing going on in the world now is just a taste of what lies ahead. We are, make no mistake, entering a significant period where we could see things that make current events seem like a Holiday in Bali. An Asteroid strike, as ridiculous as it sounds is mentioned Prophetically in the Bible twice so is taken very seriously at this end. Could be Nibiru, Planet X or the Biblical Wormwood. This is just one of a number of events that are heading our way of a similar magnitude, most of which you cannot really humanly prepare for, and even if you could, would you want to be alive in a post apocalyptic nightmare world!

As the Book of Revelation starts to unfold and reveal God´s plan and other Prophecies start to come to fruition such as Isaiah, being mentally prepared and with a backup location (s), food, water, medical supplies will give you a certain peace of mind which is important. BUT the best and only chance of surviving the coming wrath of God and to find true peace, is to be "Saved" or "Born Again". Then you will cease to be afraid like myself and others running such websites, you will keep your sanity and you will have the strength to cope. The "Born Again" journey (and it is a journey) you have to make alone and is down to the mercy and grace of the Heavenly Father. As times goes by and these events start to unfold, there are only two ways, head toward the light and heat or go towards darkness and cold.......there will be no grey or lukewarm.......the coming events mentioned in the Book of Revelation are designed to ensure that it will be this way and no other!

Bible Quotes: KJV

Revelation 6:13-16
13. And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Isaiah 2:19
19. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

Matthew 6:34 - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

Matthew 18:14
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Deuteronomy 20:4 - For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Psalms 31:24 - Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Matthew 11:28-30
28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Revelation 3:15-16
15. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

1 John 4:16 - And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Damascus and the Isaiah 17 Prophecy

A closer look at Syria and in particular Damascus, the capital and largest city of that country. This city is a crucial city in Biblical Prophecy terms and is just another part of the Prophecy jigsaw puzzle being fulfilled and has been in the headlines yet again recently. This article has come about after posting a tweet at The Twelve Gates twitter @ThatFJ regarding the bombing of UN supply vehicles and the temporary withdrawal of UN support after said bombing in Syria. For some reason that just leapt out (this happens frequently). Today a hospital was bombed and a number were killed in the same country. This all comes after the cease fire and also on today Wednesday 21 September 2016 a day hailed as #InternationalDayofPeace. These are key events and mark the fact as I have said many times before, that we are entering an extremely significant period in this planets history!

This article will be looking at one of the major Prophets Isaiah and in particular Chapter 17 which goes into great detail about Damascus and Syria and also Israel and what will happen. The first verse gives a haunting tone of what is to come. This book was written thousands of years ago and many chapters tie up closely with the Book of Revelation which is the last book of the Bible and the New Testament. Isaiah for myself and probably many others is one of the harder Books in the Old Testament to fathom.

Isaiah 17:1
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

If you watch the video below that shows aeriel footage of Damascus you could say that in no uncertain terms it is "a ruinous heap". The full Isaiah 17 verse is also read throughout the video

Vid: Damascus is taken away



The Precision of Bible Prophecy

It´s dawned on me the last few weeks that Bible Prophecy is unfolding in every aspect of our lives and is revealing itself for those who have the eyes to see and are meant to see such things, and it´s so precise it´s terrifying and potentially mind blowing. Things are accelerating lately at a frightening pace and hence why I put out a video intended for everybody, not just Christians, that you need to be prepared because the time is getting close!  Christian Prepping in these End Times 

Syria including the headline cities of Damascus and Aleppo is right in the thick of the Middle East crisis and most people are aware and see these headlines in the news but think this is just another flair up of trouble that has been happening in this region for many years. Many people have become immune or even worse, now just have a passing interest in what is unfolding there. But Damascus in particular is a particularly relevant city and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in this world. Some say it dates back to second or even third millennium BC. A city thousands of years old now in ruins in 2015/2016 is significant by any means. In prophecy terms it is monumental.

If you take Isaiah Chapter 17 as a timeline and have seen the drone footage of Damascus  you will realise that Verse 1 is happening and is nearing completion. In this Prophecy Isaiah states that Syria and Israel will be in ruins and the enemies of Israel will view this as a sign of weakness and an opportunity to invade with the aim to destroy Israel forever. As these events will unfold God has a different plan in mind, and He will destroy these invaders Himself as mentioned in Isaiah 17:12-13

12. Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13. The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

The nations that will be involved are also mentioned in Psalm 83 (whole verse below) which seems to have parallels with Isaiah 17. In particular is these which would include the Edomites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank, Ishmaelites = The Arab people, Moabites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank, Hagrites = Jordan / The Arab people, Gebalites = Lebanon, Ammonites = Jordan, Amalekites = Southern Israel / Gaza, Philistia = Gaza , Tyre = Lebanon, Assyria = Syria / Parts of Turkey and Iraq and the Descendants of Lot = Jordan information courtesy Rapture Ready Isaiah 17 The Destruction of Damascus

The Gog and Magog War

With the recent developments in the Middle East and more nations getting involved and Russia and Turkey being key countries hitting the headlines are we witnessing the forming of the Gog and Magog War?. The names "Gog and Magog" are famous in biblical prophetic literature and in Jewish rabbinical writings because of their future role in the great War of Gog and Magog predicted by the prophet Ezekiel (chap. 38 and 39). The book of Revelation (chap. 20) also records that an army of millions will once again join with the nations represented by "Gog and Magog" in a final attack, led by Satan, against the "beloved city" and the "camp of the saints" at the end of the Millennium. This final war will be the last battle in human history. Info via Grant Jeffrey 

There is also mention of this in Ezekiel 38:9-11 which suggest a multitude of nations that come as cloud and descend on Israel.

Ezekiel 38:9-11
9. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10. Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11. And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

The nations mentioned in this alliance

The Nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38:1­-6 (full verses at foot)

The Ancient Nations        The Modern Nations
The land of Magog           Russia
Meshech and Tubal          Somewhere in Russia
Persia                               Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan
Ethiopia                           Ethiopia and Sudan
Libya                               Libya
Ashkenaz                        Austria and Germany,
Gomer                            Eastern Europe
Togarmah                       Southeastern Europe - Turkey

"Many peoples with thee"  Various other nations allied to Russia

Strangely no mention of the US?

Info via Grant Jeffrey

Summary
This article really is just skimming the surface of this particular Isaiah 17 Prophecy but has just been used as an illustration that the bombing of a number of UN supply vehicles in Syria and with the right and sane mind reveals so much more. So much prophecy is unfolding as we speak and at break neck speed it´s difficult to keep up. Confirmation that we are not only in the End Times but also in the Last Days or End of Days. Another article that illustrates that it is in the small print and the fine detail where the prophecy reveals itself. As I write this on the second floor of a rather nice building in Kensington which could be the new The Twelve Gates offices?, (free to public with wifi), looking out of the window on occasion and seeing people carrying on as normal going about their daily business, it is hard to grasp that what was written thousands of years ago is leaping right off the pages of the Bible and we are now in those times. If you are reading this, you are probably one of the few that realise that what is happening in the world is Bible Prophecy forming right before our eyes.....it´s right there! The old saying forewarned is forearmed (not biblical) is very relevant here, but there is no doubt that we are on the verge of a time where things will happen that have never ever been seen before and the likes of which will never be seen again.

Finally I will close with another video, somebody I follow not by Subscription but keep an eye on is called Chad on the Pre Tribulation Rapture channel recommended by a woman who I follow closely in the US. He is a firm believer in the Rapture coming Pre Tribulation (I´m firmly in the Post or maybe Mid Camp). It´s a view I respect but this Brother in Christ is typical of many out there at present, that feel we are incredibly close to something big. He does the hard sell on getting "Saved" which as he says (and I entirely agree), is the only way to survive what is coming our way. There are a lot of fruit cakes out there, but this Guy like myself is one of the few more rational ones. He is a full on in your face Christian, but as you will get the feeling after watching this video, there is genuine and an urgent urgency in this video that is being mirrored by myself and many other Christians in the last couple of months.


As always keep watching the news including the more non mainstream but credible, keep your eyes on the Middle East especially Jerusalem, be prepared and if you´re not "Saved" now may be the time to seriously think about such things and get yourself "Right with God". It´s the only way!

Further in depth reading is available where this article was sourced from at the following

1. Russia's Day of Destruction in Israel From Grant R. Jeffrey's Armageddon - Appointment With Destiny
2. Isaiah 17: Destruction of Damascus via Rapture Ready

Bible Quotes (KJV)

Isaiah Chapter 17 in it´s entirety (KJV)

1. The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
3. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
4. And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5. And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.
7. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
9. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
10. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
11. In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12. Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13. The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Psalm 83 in it´s entirety (KJV)

1. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6. The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7. Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8. Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10. Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12. Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13. O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15. So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Ezekiel 38:1-6
1. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2. Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4. And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6. Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

The One World Religion takes a step closer?

Most people when confronted with the words "One World Religion" will not have much of an inkling what you are talking about. Mention the New World Order and most people just start glazing over and think conspiracy theory, dismiss it as something that is not happening or will not happen in our times. But if you look beyond the mainstream news and look at credible sources that focus on such things, you realise that the chess board has been laid out, chess pieces are starting to move confirming the recently laid out 2030 Agenda Plan and people are not really noticing what is going on apart from those who are tuning into such things.....such as myself and a few others.

The One World Religion is one of the major parts of the New World Order that is forming before our very eyes

Where is the One World Religion mentioned in the Bible

In the Book of Revelation mainly in Chapter 17 in Verses 1-18 it gives us several characteristics of the one-world religion.

The false religion will dominate all the “peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues” of the earth (Revelation 17, 15), meaning that it will have universal authority, no doubt given by the Antichrist, who rules the world at that time. Verses 2–3 describe the harlot as committing adultery with the “kings of the earth,” referring to the fal se religion’s influence among the world’s rulers and influential people.

Those who oppose the worldwide religion will be killed, and those who refuse to worship the Antichrist by accepting his Mark will be unable to buy and sell, thereby making survival very difficult, which would mean us Christians (Revelation 13:16–17).

via GotQuestions.org

One World Religion Foundations being laid? The Mekudeshet Event 2016

Events are taking place with increasing frequency around the world. For some reason I keep circling one particular event and it´s not getting a huge amount of coverage in the mainstream media. This Mekudeshet Event is called an Inter Faith event which is currently being held in Jerusalem and started 4 Sept and ends 23 September 2016. On the surface, this is a cultural and music event aimed at bringing multiple faiths into one arena and culminates in a consecration event spread over a number of days finishing on 23 September 2016. This date is quite significant as on this date 1 year ago the Pope visited and met the US President starting a series of unprecedented meetings.



This event it has to be said slipped under my radar with just a handful of websites giving mention and coverage, with most of the headlines appearing around the 20th or so of August. A tweet with a video was put out some days ago giving further information on this event and another one was put out over the weekend with more information via a website called JerusalemChannel.TV

This event is bringing actors, artists, musicians and media from around the world, also 3 major faiths in the name of Inter Faith. Roman Catholic, Muslim and Judaism but not Evangelical Christianity ie those who stipulate you should have a personal relationship with Jesus.

This could turn out to be a significant event or maybe just the laying of some foundations for something else that could be arising in the foreseeable future. This has all the hallmarks of the One World Religion mentioned in Revelation 17.The Pope is showing a lot of interest in this and has been building bridges to many faiths over the last year or so. It´s quite clear he has an agenda.

23 September is one of those dates that seems to crop up more times than it should do and is right in the middle of the lead up to some special prominent Holy Days in the Jewish Calendar including, Rosh Hashana (Feast of Trumpets) Mon 3 Oct and Tues 4 Oct (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Tues 11 Oct- Wed 12 Oct , and not forgetting Sukhot the Feast of Tabernacles on Mon‑Tue Oct 17-18 and Wed-Sun Oct 19-23. The month of October and the lead up to it could prove to be extremely significant.

Right just before all this is this Mekudeshet interfaith event, which has the following press release shedding more light on what this is all about:

“Amen-A House of Prayer For All Believers,” is part of the 2016
Mekudeshet Festival that will carry on through September 23. It is an initiative created by the Jerusalem Season of Culture, an annual festival. Their hope
is to bring together the world’s three major faiths “who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship.”


The goal of the event is to create “a single home for the world’s three major religions to harness the city’s ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times.” The three faiths being mentioned here are Catholicism (Christian) , Judaism and Islam.

It´s all cleverly done in the name of art and culture but the main headline is to bring together the world’s three major faiths “who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship.” That´s the real headline buried right in there.

Check out this video, very detailed, in depth and can be heavy going in places but sheds some light on this event and in particular the venue?



On the surface it all sounds like one big happy family on paper paraded under a lovely Co Ex Ist logo, but when you get into the mechanics of it maybe the Jewish and Christian element could say they worship the same God as in the God called Yahweh but Islam does not. It is just a reinvented form of Baal worship mentioned many times in the Bible as "the high places" that incurs God´s wrath on every occasion with disastrous consequences. The Allah in Islam is not the Yahweh in Judaism and Christianity! Even the Islam symbol of the Crescent Moon and Star gives the game away as to what they worship. To bring these religions together effectively you would have to bring in a New Religion that all religions would agree on or be forced to agree on which would be the One World Religion. I think it will be New Age in nature but I could be wrong? A Bible quote that sheds some light on Baal worship from the Old Testament.

1 Kings 22:52-53
51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.


Charisma News was one of the initial Religious News sites to pick up om this event and had this to say which I agree with entirely. Building bridges, breaking down barriers and handing out olive branches is one thing but changing and destroying the very basis of your faith to compromise.... is something else.

As I've said before, dialogue is one thing. Compromising the tenets of Christianity is altogether different. Using art and culture as a shill, Amen appears to be nothing more than an attempt to redefine religion. via Charisma News

Baal is at the very centre of all these events. Baal worship is basically a form of Paganism. In Matthew 12:27, Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub,” linking the devil to Baal-Zebub, a Philistine deity (2 Kings 1:2). The Baalim of the Old Testament were nothing more than demons masquerading as gods, and all idolatry is ultimately devil-worship (1 Corinthians 10:20).
via GotQuestions.org 

Moving away from the Mekudeshet Event and focusing more on Baal in particular, brings us nicely onto two recent events which embrace the Temple of Baal. The entrance Arch called Palmyra´s Arch of Triumph, which got destroyed by ISIS, for some reason is popping up in two notable cities. ISIS have destroyed many old religious relics, so why have the powers that be chosen this one, is the question that springs to mind?? More to the point why erect this arch in September 2016???

Temple of Baal Entrance London April 2016

Two headlines that don´t mention the Temple of Baal in the headline. But this was erected in Trafalgar Square in April 2016 and hailed as a remarkable achievement? It stood for 3 days and then was to be reconstructed in New York. This was delayed but now has been built and is actually in New York at the time of writing today in September 2016. See headlines below for further details..

Replica of destroyed Syrian archway erected in London's Trafalgar Square Flip 21 April 2016 via Dezeen

Palmyra's Arch of Triumph recreated in Trafalgar Square via The Guardian

Temple of Baal Entrance New York September 2016

Arch That Was a Gateway to the Temple of Baal Is Going Up in New York's City Hall Park Today via Charisma News

Another Inter Faith Publicity Event London June 2016

The newly elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan took a break in his Ramadan Fast and made the headlines with a groundbreaking photo of him (Muslim) with a Chief London Rabbi (Judaism) and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Christianity) in a Church and looks like there is a Hindu there and probably others. Again it´s a great photo (staged or otherwise) and looks the answer to all the worlds problems. The undercurrents here though are similar to the Mekudeshet event and others, in paving the way for the One World Religion. A photo of the Tweet and Picture below and the headline from a Jewish News Website. I saw this on the day and something stopped me from retweeting it!

[caption id="attachment_1472" align="aligncenter" width="466"]Sadiq Khan London Mayor, Chief Rabbi Archbishop of Canterbury Tweet June 2016 Sadiq Khan London Mayor, Chief Rabbi Archbishop of Canterbury Tweet June 2016[/caption]

News Headline: Chief Rabbi joins Sadiq Khan and Archbishop to break Ramadan fast via Times of Israel

The Gathering Event 21 September 2016?

Another event that is on 21 September 2016 is called The Gathering which is uniting Pastors across America. Looking at the logo with the Pyramid A again lost on most, but it is without doubt an Illuminati symbol, maybe put their by accident.........I think not. The premise of this event is to pray for America before the elections. The headline statement is One Vision, One Voice One Agenda. Again around a similar period of time as the Mekudeshet event. The mission statement of "One Vision, One Voice One Agenda" could quite easily also be read as "One Religion, One Language, One Government"..... I´m sure it´s just an innocent gathering of Christian Pastors? Form your own opinion!

Summary:

We are in a significant period of time in the next couple of months as is demonstrated by these headlines and "The Devil is in the detail".....literally. It´s the smaller headlines and events that can easily fall under your radar that contain the missing pieces of the prophetic jigsaw puzzle and reveal so much. World leaders are changing or have changed (UK and Brexit being a particular case in point). The highly publicised US Elections, the outcome like no other time other is critical. In simple terms.....Walls down and more Obama..think Clinton....Walls up think Trump. Tensions are high in the Middle East, nuclear missile tests, tensions in the South China seas, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, Extreme Weather, a looming dollar crisis and masses more are going on and things are accelerating. The main stream media ensures it´s easy to get focused on these important news headlines and get sidetracked and miss the smaller developments that are potentially huge in significance.

These Inter Faith events are increasing in number and on the surface aim to bring all people together of different faiths and it all looks cosy and harmonious on first impressions. The real agenda is much more sinister, that is changing public perception on religion, moving away from the traditional to something new and all embracing. You could say a moving away from the truth to something false or counterfeit in nature. This is currently going on now as we speak with Mega Churches and their associated Mega Preachers indoctrinating their following with false teachings.

It´s all part of the paving of the way for the compulsory  and Prophetic One World Religion that would be declared by the coming Anti Christ who would declare himself to be God. Many things would need to happen for this to take place including the 3rd temple in Jerusalem (some say it is not required, some say it has happened already?) for the Daniel Prophecy to be fulfilled and a global chaotic event to bring about the NWO. Make no mistake though, these Inter Faith events are definite cogs in the formation and changing of public perception of Religion in general, to a more one size fits all religious mentality. The Mekudeshet Event and the Temple of Baal Arch erected in New York during the same 4-23 September time frame is no coincidence. The Church of Satan (Baal) and The One World Religion gets closer everyday!

Bible Quotes: KJV

Revelation 13:6-8

6. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Judges 2:13
And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

2 Kings 10:23
And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.

Jeremiah 19:5
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

2 Kings 10:27
And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

Jeremiah 23:13
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Deuteronomy 4:16-19

16. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17. The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,
18. The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19. And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

Jeremiah 7:9
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

1 Samuel 7:4
Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.

Jeremiah 2:8
The priests said not, Where [is] the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after [things that] do not profit.

2 Kings 23:5
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

2 Kings 21:3
For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

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