The Second Coming Of Christ

There are 3 distinct viewpoints seen in the book of Revelation

         1.) As the 7th or last trumpet Rev.11:14-19.

         2.) As the 7th or last vial or bowl Rev.16:17-21.

         3.) With Christ on a white horse coming with the saints Rev.19:11-21.

The Second Coming of Christ-- The literal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth before the Millennium. The saints return with Christ, who remains to rule over all nations for one thousand years.

First, we will look at the 7th or last trumpet as seen in Revelation 11:14-19

Revelation 11:14 "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly."

         Now verse 13 spoke of the great earthquake at the 6th Seal, and now verse 14 says the second woe is past; and, behold, the 3rd woe cometh quickly.

         Now what do we have here? Rev.11:1-13 have been a parenthesis in the time sequence. Chapters 7,8,9 and 10 are covering the time of the Plagues, the time after the Tribulation saints had died. Now in chapter 7, we see the 144,000 sealed against the Plagues, then the 7th Seal is opened, Rev.8:1 (which has 7 parts to it-- it begins the 7 Plagues or trumpets or vials), and it begins to run its course in the 7 trumpets of the 7th Seal.

         Now in Rev.11:1-13, we step back in time into an account that is parallel to chapter 6. Now Rev. 6 shows the Tribulation period from a heavenly point of view as the Lamb was opening the Seals, and the first part of Rev.11 shows the Tribulation from the view of the saints on earth, in terms of their ministry in the Tribulation. And we'll see how we're going to a later period of time in verse 14. We're going to the 3rd woe or the 7th trumpet or Plague or vial, a continuation of Chapters 8-10. Rev. 11:1-13 is like a parenthesis that goes back to the Tribulation period from the view of the saints on earth, in terms of their ministry-- the first 3 ½ years. The second 3 ½ years (approx.) is God's wrath poured out in the 7 Plagues, trumpets or vials, the last 3 being woes. Rev.9 ends with the 6th trumpet or 2nd woe, and now we see the 7th trumpet or 3rd woe which is the Second Coming of Christ.

         So verses 14-19 of this chapter moves to the time of Armageddon just before the Second Coming of Christ, and it involves the second woe which is the time of Armageddon, and the 3rd woe is the Second Coming of Christ to stop the battle of Armageddon. O.K., now the 5th trumpet is the 1st woe, the 6th trumpet is the 2nd woe, the 7th trumpet is the 3rd woe. Now we are in the 7th Seal (Rev.8:1) which consist of 7 parts-- the 7 trumpets, Plagues, and vials. So the 7 trumpets, Plagues, and vials all occur within the 7th Seal. And so it says here, "The second woe is past; and, behold, the 3rd woe cometh quickly."--- The Second Coming of Christ to stop the battle of Armageddon and usher in the Millennial kingdom.

Now a few reasons why the time of the 2 witnesses is not the second woe. In other words, the context in chapter 11:1-13 is not what is being referred to here as the second woe being past.

         First of all, chapter 8:13 shows that there are three angels, which are yet to sound; trumpets 5-7, the 3 woes. Revelation 9:1-12 we see the 5th trumpet (the 1st woe, v.12). Revelation 9:13-21 we see the 6th trumpet (the 2nd woe). And now Revelation 11:14-19 shows the 7th trumpet (the 3rd woe). So those are the 3 woes and they involve trumpets 5,6, and 7. Revelation 9 shows trumpets 5 & 6, and Revelation 11:15 shows trumpet #7. So actually chapter 11:1-13 is a parenthesis in time that goes back to the Tribulation period.

         Now the woes are the last 3 Plagues and therefore are the last events before the beginning of the Millennium, because the 3rd woe (the 7th trumpet) is the Second Coming of Christ, and that begins the Millennium.

         And so it is out of time sequence to have the 1260 day testimony of the martyrs at this point, and we know that these 2 witnesses are the martyrs; but we know that all of the martyrs were killed before the 6th Seal. All the Tribulation martyrs were killed before the 6th Seal. We see that in Rev.6:9 (Read). And they were told to wait a little while, until the rest of their brethren should be killed. That's in the 5th Seal.

         Now we know that just before the 6th Seal, all of these martyrs are killed, because the parallel passage in Rev.11:12 shows them being resurrected, and then verse 13 shows the great earthquake, Rev.11:13. And that great earthquake is the same earthquake that is seen in Rev.6:12 (Read). So before the 6th Seal is opened these martyrs are resurrected. So they can't be on earth later on at the end of the 7th Seal-- the 3rd woe. The first part of chapter 11 is an earlier period of time. They are slain by the end of the 42 months, which begins at the first Seal and ends at the 6th Seal. And you can just put chapter 6 with that. The 7th Seal is opened and that begins the 7 trumpets, plagues, and vials. (Revelation 8:1)

         Furthermore, the 144,000 are servants of God during the Plagues (see study on the 144,000). They're sealed against the Plagues of the 7th Seal (Rev.7:1-8). They are the servants of God on the earth at the time of the Plagues, and the Tribulation martyrs which are Jewish and Gentiles, (11:1-13), we see are not on earth during that time (11:12). They were previously slain. So Revelation 11:1-13 is a parenthesis in time that goes back to the Tribulation period.

         Also the 6th trumpet, which is the 2nd woe (the battle of Armageddon) can't have 2 witnesses, because they are already in heaven by this time.

Some reasons why these jumps in time should not cause us any problem, and it would be a mistake to balk at such a view of this book of Revelation. Why is that? I'll give you a few reasons why these jumps in time shouldn't be a problem to us

         1.) Because we have no reason to insist that the book run in one unbroken chronology from start to finish. There's no reason that it has to be that way, except for maybe our own natural desires for simplicity and easy understanding and an underlying assumption that it should be that way. God has not chosen to write the book that way, neither has He chosen to write other prophecies of the Bible that way. He wants us to study His Word out of a heart desiring to know the truth. And if we'll be willing to do that, it will become clear to us, and those who don't have that heart to study the Word and be careful with it, will get mixed up and make wrong connections.

         2.) Why else should this not bother us? Because the interpretation of the book does not hinge on the connections between the sections of the book. The interpretation of the book of Revelation hangs on the meanings that we derive from the symbols in the book, as we tie together parallel passages in this book with each other and with other passages in other books of the Bible. So the true interpretation of this book hinges on the symbols and the time keys also, like 42 months, 3 ½ years, and things like this. But to interpret these symbols and time keys right, we must have honest hearts and use right and careful principles of interpretation. And that's just the way God wants it: honest and careful seekers of truth who love Him and are spiritual and are in His Spirit. Those that are just desiring to believe whatever God says will cautiously and carefully establish the right connections.

         3.) Read Isa.28:9-13, This is right in line with how God said He wrote the whole Bible. That is, those that are mature and maturing in Him; He's going to make them to understand doctrine. Vs.10-13, so those who are not willing to be careful with this Word of God, because of the way it's written: precept upon precept; line upon line; here a little, and there a little. You have to study it and put it together, or you will go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken, because your heart is not right before God.

A few examples of the book of Revelation jumping back and forth

         1.) Rev.12:5 shows the Rapture of the manchild, and yet this is after Chapters 8 and 9, which show a later time during the 7 trumpets of the 7th seal.

         2.) Rev.12:6-17 shows the Tribulation saints, which is before the 7th seal is opened. It speaks about the woman and the remnant of her seed instead of 2 witnesses. Her ministry is not in view and it's a different analogy. It's just speaking of her as the church; the true church which brought forth the invisible church, the manchild. It's a different analogy for the saints in the Tribulation.

         3.) Rev.13 goes back to the beginning of the 3 ½ year Tribulation, which is before the 7th seal is opened.

         4.) Chapters 15 and 16 repeat the time of the plagues in the 7th seal, which were seen in a different view in Rev.7:1-8; chapters 8 and 9; 11:14-19.

         So anyway, Rev.11:14 says, "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly." So this takes us back to Rev.9:13-21, the 6th trumpet-- the 2nd woe. The 6th trumpet, remember, equals the second woe and the proof for that is Rev.8:13;9:12. And remember the 6th trumpet refers to a demonic Plague which killed the third part of men (Rev.9:18), and also encompasses the gathering of the nations to the Battle of Armageddon over in Israel, and we see that by tying in the parallel passage in Rev.16:12-14,16 (Read). So the Battle of Armageddon is part of this 6th trumpet. Then the third woe cometh quickly-- (the 7th trumpet) Christ coming to stop the battle of Armageddon.

         Now the best way to try and keep this all straight is the 1st 6 Seals is the 3 ½ year Tribulation period under the Antichrist reign. The 7th Seal has 7 parts to it that consist of the 7 trumpet, Plagues or vials, the last 3 being woes. The 5th, 6th, and 7th are the 3 woes. The 7th Seal of 7 trumpets, Plagues or vials is the wrath of God on the Antichrist system that culminates in the Second Coming of Christ (the 7th trumpet or 3rd woe) to stop the Battle of Armageddon (the 6th trumpet or 2nd woe).

         You can read about these in Rev.8,9,15,16 and the last part of chapter 11, starting with verse 14.

         "The third woe cometh quickly"

         Now it says in this verse that the 2nd woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. Now in this context, it comes very quickly because it's mentioned in the next verse.

Revelation 11:15 "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."

         Why do the voices say that here? Let's look into it a little bit. First of all, the 7th angel sounded and that word "sounded" means literally "trumpeted." The 7th angel trumpeted or he sounded his trumpet, and there were great voices in heaven, so there are those in heaven that are proclaiming this. We see that there are redeemed saints in heaven before this time, those that had been caught up.

         "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;"

         Now this word "kingdoms" is singular in the Greek text. "The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ." There's one kingdom involved here, and this kingdom is being taken by the king; He's taking His authority over the kingdom. This 7th trumpet is bringing in the Millennium. This 7th trumpet is at the time of the bringing in of the Millennium, because that's when the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, in a very real way. Because Christ comes back at the Second Coming and establishes his kingdom, and the kingdom of this world is delivered up to God. And Jesus' prayer is answered which said, "Thy kingdom come" the prayer that he taught us to pray.

         In the parallel passage, the 7th vial brings in the Millennium as well because it's the same thing. Rev.16:17-21 shows that (Read). So it is done. (Eze.39:8) Read. Rev.10:7 (Read) it says in the days of the 7th angel, when he shall sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And so this mystery of God and His kingdom is finished, because His kingdom is brought in at the 7th trumpet or the 7th vial.

         And Rev.19 is a direct parallel showing Christ at his Second Coming: Rev.19:11-21. And so the 7th trumpet brings in the Millennium, the 7th vial brings in the Millennium, and the Second Coming brings in the Millennium; they're all one in the same thing.

         So it says, "the kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ."

         Now first of all this means the kingdom is becoming his, but also it points to those in Christ because that which applies to Christ also applies to those that are in him. So the kingdom of this world is becoming the kingdom of His Christ, his anointed, singular. He has an anointed one, and that anointed one has a head, and it has a body, Christ means anointed one. Those in Christ are going to share that position with him, and so it's becoming the kingdom of his saints, of his anointed.

         That's his anointed one, his body. Because the saints are the ones who are to rule this kingdom in the Millennium with Christ, the head.

         There's a scripture in Rev.12:10 when the manchild was caught up earlier (Read). That is, the authority of his Christ. And there what is intended is both Christ and his body of overcomers, the saints of God in Christ. Now this is talking about the manchild company, but all overcomers in Christ will rule and reign with Christ in the Millennium, to some degree. Rev.12:10 says now is come the authority of his Christ. When they were Raptured up, the time came for them to reign in him. Although that reigning didn't fully come in then, at that time, now it's about to come to its fullness. They had conquered death at the Rapture, now it's time to conquer the kingdom (Daniel 7:22,27). And then back in Revelation 11, it says, "And he shall reign forever and ever."

Revelation 11:16,17 "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God. 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."

         And those 2 words there are both in the same tense. "Thou has taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned." And so the reigning occurs when He takes to Himself His great power. He could have subdued the earth in any moment of history if that had been His will, but now He takes to Him His great power. That is, He brings in His kingdom and intervenes in the course of history and sets up His own kingdom. And when He takes to Him that power, He begins to reign, you see, in a very real, outward way.

         So "thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned" and therefore, the Millennium has been ushered in by this 7th trumpet, that's when God takes His kingdom.

Revelation 11:18 "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."

         "The nations were angry"  The nations had been stirred up by the spirit of the devil and they were angry; they were wrathful and were raging against God and against His anointed. And they were slaughtering His saints. The nations were angry, and as a result, it says, "Thy wrath has come." And we see the wrath of God as the 6th Seal is opened, and then the 7th Seal is opened with the 7 Plagues, trumpets or vials. They're called the Plagues of the Wrath of God.

         "And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets."

         Now the time of the dead that they should be judged does not occur until the end of the Millennium. We see that in Rev.20:7 when the 1,000 years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, talking about the end of the Millennium.

         And then verses 11,12 and following say (Read). So that judgment is at the end of the Millennium. Now we need to realize that the judgments, although it said that the time of the dead had come that they should be judged, it's not immediately that they're judged, because no scripture anywhere shows any dead judged at the Second Coming or at the beginning of the Millennium.

        So there's no scripture anywhere that shows any dead being judged at the beginning of the Millennium, but as I mentioned, Rev.20 shows the dead being judged at the end of the Millennium. And if we look at this whole period, the Day of the Lord, as one unit of time; you see the Day of the Lord encompasses the whole Millennium. With the Lord a day is as a 1,000 years and 1,000 years as one day ( 2 Peter 3:8). So this is one long period of time, and so he says that the time of the dead is come that they might be judged, because we're in that time. We're in the Day of the Lord, whether the dead are judged in the beginning of that day or the end of that day is immaterial. But that day has come. That time has come; it's the time in a general sense when God takes to Himself His kingdom and reigns and judges the wicked, and rewards the righteous. And if you understand this verse that way, verse 18 of chapter 11, then it's easy to see why these things are all lumped together because they all happen in the same period of time from God's point of view.

         "And that thou shouldest give reward unto the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."

         Now this giving reward to the saints shows that the saints are being given their position of ruler ship in their various positions over the kingdom of God in the Millennium. You see that truth back in Rev.2:26,27 (Read). And then Rev.3:21 says (Read). So these saints are being given their position of ruler ship. Not only that, but in the same period of time, in the same Day of the Lord, the saints get their rewards and positions in the new heaven and the new earth after the Millennium. This creation is done away; it's destroyed, it passes away with a great noise, and then John sees a new heaven and a new earth and there are positions in that realm as well. So there's a lot of things being encompassed and telescoped down into one thing here in verse 18.

         "And shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth"

         Now another way to put that would be "to ruin them which ruin the earth" or "to corrupt them thoroughly which have thoroughly corrupted the earth."

         That word for "destroy" there is used in 2 Cor.4:16. It says, (Read). So it's "perishing"; it's being wasted or ruined or destroyed or corrupted. And so it's the time that God should corrupt those which corrupt the earth. The same word is used in Luke 12:33; 1 Tim.6:5; Rev.8:9.

         Now one fulfillment of that is that the Antichrist and the false prophet are destroyed at this very time of the Second Coming; Rev.19:20,21 shows them being cast into the Lake of Fire. And this is at the time of the Second Coming. They become the first residents of the Lake of Fire. And Rev.20:15 shows the judgment of the wicked at the great judgment day at the end of the Millennium.

         And also Rev.16:19 says (Read). It's in the same time of the 7th trumpet or vial of the 7th Seal. This is at the same period of time. So Babylon, this great harlot religious system, is being destroyed. And that is certainly part of that which has corrupted the earth.

Revelation 11:19 "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."

         We'll see how great that hail is when we study another passage.

         The temple of God was opened in heaven and symbolically, remember this is a symbolic vision, this is preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, (Rev.19:11). Rev.19:11 shows the Second Coming, and this is preparatory to that (Read). This is Christ Coming at the Second Coming. The Greek here for temple is "Naos" = the holy of holies.

         So he saw heaven open. Here it says the temple of God was opened in heaven, and this is preparatory to the Second Coming of Christ. God, in the person of Christ, is about to reveal Himself openly to those that dwell on the earth as the great judge and the righteous, the one who makes war in righteousness.

         So we've reached the great climax of the orchestration of these Seals and Plagues which had been moving in a great crescendo to this time of the Second Coming of Christ at the last trumpet of the last Seal.

         This is a high point in the Revelation of Jesus Christ that we've been looking at. This book is about God taking a kingdom for Himself, remember, and preparing a people to reign with Him in it. And throwing out the false pretender to the throne, Satan, and his Antichrist; and it's a book about God rewarding His saints in Christ, and this is a high point in the book. And it says when the temple of God was opened in heaven, 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 ark of his testament"

         So there was seen in His temple the ark of his testament. This ark in the symbolic picture corresponds to the throne of God, because both are the dwelling place of God. In the temple, in the analogy, the ark was the place where God's glory was revealed on the mercy seat above the ark. And if you piece various scriptures together in this picture, this analogy, you see that the throne of God is in the temple. The reason I say that is because of 2 scriptures: Rev.8:3; 16:17 (Read). Rev.8:3, so the golden incense altar is before the throne. Rev.16:17, there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne.

        In this heavenly temple then, the throne would correspond to the holy of holies. So the throne is pictured as being in the temple of God.

         Now in the O.T., the ark was a type of Christ. The ark was a wooden box and wood represents humanity. But the box was overlaid with gold; completely inside and out, it was overlaid with gold. And gold being a type of Deity, so we see that Christ was completely overlaid, as it were, with Deity. He was fully God and fully man. And his human personality and his human will were completely covered by gold; they were in complete submission to God.

         Heb.9:4 tells us that this ark contained a pot of manna, and that manna did not decay. And so Jesus is the bread of life that sustains our life. It also contained tables of stone, and Jesus had the law of God in his heart and kept it perfectly. And so he was the perfect representation of God's Word. He kept it perfectly. And so the ark had tables of stone in it as a type of Christ. And the ark also contained Aaron's rod that budded. Remember Aaron had a rod and it budded super naturally. And this is a type of the fact that Jesus is our Eternal high priest; he has an Eternal priesthood. The rod of his priesthood is budding continually. It's new; it's always living. He ever liveth to maketh intercession for us.

          So putting all these things together, I believe it would be proper to say that this ark in Rev.11 is a symbolic picture of Christ going forth at the Second Coming and revealing himself in judgment to those on the earth. Jude 14,15 (Read), the Lord cometh to punish the ungodly for their ungodly deeds. So he's coming in judgment, and he's revealing himself as YAHWEH the savior to Israel, Zec.12:10 (Read).

         In O.T. times before the ark was placed in Solomon's temple, it sometimes went out with Israel's armies into battle. We see that in Josh.6:11, when the armies of Israel encompassed the city of Jericho, the ark went before them and the priests went before the ark; it became a visible picture of the fact that God's presence was among them. That He was going to war with them.

         In 1 Sam.4:5 when Israel was having trouble with the Philistines, they sent to Shiloh and fetched the ark and they brought it into the camp of the army. And there was a great shout when the ark came into the camp.

         And at the Second Coming, Jesus goes forth to fight against his enemies, Zec.14:3-5; Rev.1:7; 19:11-21 (Read).

         Now it says that the ark of his testament was seen in his temple; the ark was seen. And so Jesus is being seen; he's being revealed as the conquering King going forth from heaven, as the conquering King of heaven and earth. And now he's going to subdue his kingdom for himself, Rev.11:19; 17:14; 2 Thess.1:7-12; Isa.26:21 (Read).

         "And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."

         These identical things are seen in the parallel passage in Rev.16:18-21 (Read).

         And later we'll see how great this earthquake is, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

         16:19 And the great city was divided into 3 parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God. And it says in verse 20, "Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."

         Verse 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent. And a talent is estimated to be anywhere between 90 & 120 pounds, so this is a great hail. And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. So that's another proof that the trumpets and the vials are one in the same thing. These are the identical period of time just preceding the Second Coming of Christ. Also read Isa.30:30; Eze.38:22 this is in the same time period.

Now we will look at the 7th or last vial or bowl seen in Rev.16:17-21. This is the same time period

Revelation 16:17 "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."

         Parallel passage Eze.39:1-8 (Read) So in Rev.16 we read, "It is done." That is, the mystery of God is being finished (Rev.10:7). The plan of God upon the earth is being brought to its completion, and in Revelation we can even say, in a sense, that the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ is being finished. That is, he's being revealed because this Plague, the bowl, is the Second Coming of Christ.

         That is what it involves. It's the Second Coming of Christ with all the judgments that are involved in that Second Coming.

         The parallel passage for this seventh bowl or trumpet is Rev.19:11-21. Read verses 11-14. And it goes on to say that he treads the winepress of the wrath of God.

Revelation 16:18 "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."

         And we see more than one earthquake in the book of Apocalypse, yet this is the greatest that has come yet. This is a tremendous earthquake. The greatest one in history occurs at the Battle of Armageddon right up at the time of the Second Coming of Christ.

         These voices could refer to the victory shouts of the saints who are returning with Christ at the Second Coming. We saw that there were armies that followed him from heaven upon white horses. That is a possibility. We see these voices coming from saints in other scriptures in the Apocalypse.

         Thunders and lightnings, of course, show the power and the might of God. When there is a great thunder storm, men feel helpless and they realize how small they are before such a great power they have no control over. And so these thunders and lightnings, which certainly are probably literal here at the Battle of Armageddon, are showing forth that the awesome power of God is coming, and that this is God who is pouring out His judgments.

         The parallel passage is Rev.11:19 (Read). And if you look back a few verses to verse 15 of chapter 11, you see that that is the 7th trumpet. So those are the same lightnings, voices, thunderings, earthquake, and we are going to see a few verses ahead that there is a great hail, and also (16:21).

         "And there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great."

         This earthquake is also mentioned in other scriptures that talk about the Second Coming of Christ at the time of the Battle of Armageddon.

         Zec.14:3-5 (Read). So there is an earthquake involved in the splitting of the Mt. of Olives.

         Eze.38:19,20 (Read). This is right at the time when the nations come against Israel, so we know that it is the same period of time and therefore, the same earthquake. Also read Isa.2:19,21; Hag.2:6,7.

Revelation 16:19 "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."

         The great city, that is, the world system in the last days, the kingdom of the Antichrist was divided into three parts.

         A parallel is in Rev.11:18 (Read). We see that that is the world system where the martyred saints were being killed all over the earth, so that is what the great city is talking about. It's the world system, the Antichrist kingdom.

         As far as it being divided into three parts, it could have something to do with the earthquake, or it could refer to something that happens within that Antichrist kingdom right at that time that causes it to be divided up. I'd leave both of those possibilities open.

         "And the cities of the nations fell"

         That refers most probably to the effects of the earthquake which is the greatest one that has ever been upon the earth; 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. Now the "fierceness of his wrath" could literally be translated "the wrath of his anger." Both words for anger are used here; one is an intense anger that flares up and subsides, and the other one denotes an anger that had been building for a long time and it had lasting effects and it stayed. So you can see the intensity of God's hatred of that Babylon system that has done so much to destroy millions of souls.

         Parallel passage, Rev.18:2,3, talking about the destruction of Babylon, that harlot church.

Revelation 16:20 "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."

         So we see that this great earthquake has universal effects upon the earth and causes all the islands on the earth to shift. It says every island was moved or fled away; that is, they shifted in their position.

         And the mountains were not found. Now this doesn't mean that every mountain upon the earth was totally flattened. Rather, as it says in the Greek, mountains were not found, not the mountains, not all of the mountains on the whole earth, but mountains were not found. So there were mountains that were flattened, that were brought low, by the greatness of this earthquake. Read Zec.14:8-11, the land of Palestine will be changed.

Revelation 16:21 "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."

         Every stone about the weight of a talent. The parallel, I already have mentioned, is in Rev.11:19 where there was a great hail at this same time. A couple other examples of hail from heaven are seen in Exo.9:18-26; Jos.10:11.

         Eze.38:22,23 (Read) A parallel passage that's in the same time period. Also read Job 38:22,23.

         Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail. The plague was exceeding great.

         So we see that even up to the very end, the great mass of people will not repent and they will actually be blaspheming God. Many will be openly blaspheming God as these judgments are poured out.

         We even see that later on, at the end of the Millennium after it has been openly shown for a thousand years that God is King of all and He has the power and He rules over the kingdoms of men, men still rebel against God.

         There are those nations that still turn against that knowledge of God that they had. Read Rev.20:7-9. So it really does show you the hardened state of the hearts of those that have turned against God. There is a refusing to walk with Him. Even in the face of such a full knowledge of who He is and of His power, they still refuse to serve Him.

         We see in Rev.9:20,21 that they would not repent earlier and that was during one of the Plagues. And when Jesus finally does come at the Second Coming, the reaction of the people is not repentance, on the whole, but horror and awe and fright and fear.

         Rev.1:7 (Read). So they are hardened in sin, and therefore they can only have fear in His presence.

         The hailstones are the weight of a talent. A talent has been estimated at anywhere between 90 and 120 pounds. You could calculate the weight of ice and figure out how big a hundred pound hailstone would be.

         Ice weights 8.4 lbs. per cubic foot. So if it weighted 90 lbs., it would equal about 10 cubit feet. That's rather large. You can imagine the effect of a hailstone that size falling.

         Scrubner's dictionary of the Bible has recorded some instances of great hailstones in the past. It says that in Kazorla, Spain, in 1829, there were 4 lb. hailstones. In Arkne near Scotland, there was hail the size of goose eggs. In Catalet, France, 1865, there was hail that made heaps 16 feet deep. In Hungary in 1832, one mass fell which was 3 feet in diameter. Roshere, England, 1849, there was one concrete mass of hailstones stuck together which fell measuring 20 feet in diameter. So if this account is true, there have already been hailstones greater than a talent.

         But here, verse 21, there is a large number of hailstones the weight of a talent.

         We see in Joshua that when Joshua fought the five federated kings of the southern part of Palestine that God fought against them with hailstones. They were not necessarily hailstones of this size, but they were a divine judgment upon these kings: Jos.10:10,11 The Lord chased them.

Concerning some judgments that are intended at the Second Coming of Christ

         Isa.34:1-8 (Read). Verse 4a-- of course, this is tying many events of the last days into one shortened view. We are looking at mountain tops of events here. That actually doesn't happen until much later.

         Verse 5-- And God is using the judgment of Edom as a picture of a greater judgment upon the Antichrist system in the last days.

         Verse 6-- These lambs and goats and rams are speaking, in the antitype, of men being sacrificed. They are being killed by the judgment of God, men in different positions in this Antichrist army. Also read Joel 3:9-14

Now let's look at Rev.19:11-21, Christ Coming on a white horse with the saints

Revelation 19:11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."

         Now this is speaking of the Second Coming of Christ. Now we've seen this same period of time, the Second Coming of Christ, in the 7th trumpet or bowl. Parallel passages for this as we've already seen are: Rev.11:14-19;16:17-21.

         So he saw heaven opened. Now there have been instances where it was said heaven was opened before: Eze.1:1, Ezekiel said that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. John 1:51, Jesus said to his disciples, "Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." Matt.3:16, here the heavens are open, because John is about to see him, in a vision form, come forth at his Second Coming.

         The first thing he notices here is a white horse. Behold, or look a white horse. The horse is symbolic of royalty, power, judgment and war. And the fact that it is white shows righteous and justice. At his first coming, remember, Jesus came meek and lowly riding upon the colt of an ass because he was coming to lay down his life and become a servant even unto death. But here, he comes on a war horse as the King of heaven and earth in all the power, glory and prerogative of Deity. He's coming to take his kingdom and wrest it away from the rebels.

         Psa.45:3-7 pictures this time, read. Verse 6-- so we're talking about the fact that he is God. Jesus coming again, as God, to take full control of the earth.

         He is "called Faithful and True" That shows us clearly who this is, there is no question about it. The rider of the white horse in chapter 6 was not called Faithful and True because he wasn't. He was a false Christ. But there is no doubt as to the identity of this rider. He is Faithful and True. There's one in the universe or outside of the universe, who is Faithful and True in and of himself, and that's our great God and savior, Jesus Christ.

         Rev. 1:5 called him the faithful witness, and we see him also called faithful and true in Rev.3:7,14.

         "In righteousness he doth judge and make war" In righteousness, so it shows that the war and judgment that he is about to pour out is totally righteous, that no one has any grounds to quarrel with it, no matter how awesomely horrifying and terrifying of a thing it seems to be, and it is indeed.

         But it's a righteous justice, and it shows again the greatness of the sin and rebellion on earth. That is, that all mankind is uniting themselves into one anti- god rebellious system; He's coming to take vengeance upon the greatness of that sin.

         And we see a few verses later, that he passes righteous judgment on the beast as he makes war on him, Rev.19:19,20. The Antichrist and the false prophet are destroyed. Another parallel passage with this righteous judging and war is Isa.11:3 and following.

         He's making war in righteousness because the kingdom is rightfully his. Therefore, it is right for him to take it and he is taking it not as an earthly king would take another kingdom-- in greed and for power, and to expand his territory and to protect himself, etc. But rather, he's taking a kingdom that was usurped and belongs rightfully to him. And he's taking this kingdom for the highest, and the holiest, purest reason and motive. And all justice and all reason and everything that's right says that this is his kingdom and it belongs to him. He desires to have a kingdom that he might bless, that he might have souls to love and prosper, and that they might know him. He's making war in righteousness, and he's coming to establish a kingdom that is going to be a glory unto him.

Revelation 19:12 "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself."

         "His eyes were as a flame of fire" It is interesting in the Greek here there is no "as", and the way it is written you can tell that the appearance of those eyes of fire is awesome and is striking.

         Literally: but his eyes a flame of fire. Of course, were is understood. So his eyes being a flame of fire shows that he is God, that he sees all things, that he knows the deepest motives of men's' hearts. Because he knows all things, he knows the motive of every heart and what man has done and what the devil has done. He has perfect and complete insight. Therefore, he is able to judge with perfect righteous judgment. His eyes pierce all things, and he is all-knowing. Rev.1:14;2:18 shows those eyes as of fire.

         "And on his head were many crowns"-- crowns here, is the word "diadems" and it means a royal crown. If he has many crowns, it shows he's the king over many kingdoms. That's what it says here. He's the King of kings. He has many crowns because he's the king over all other kingdoms. Verse 16 calls him the King of kings. So we're seeing here the final full experiential and total manifestation of the truth that Jesus said long before this in Matt.28:18 "And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

         Here at the Second Coming, he is manifestly and actively taking that power and taking that full kingdom unto himself.

         "He had a name written" Literally: he has or is having, present tense, a name written. Concerning that name it says, "that no man knew, but he himself." That shows he has an identity that no one fully comprehends, but he himself, because He's God; no one fully knows God except God Himself.

         In Rev.2:17, he promised the overcomers a new name that now man would know. In Rev.3:2, he said that he would put upon us his new name.

         Rev.14:1, the 144,000 had his name written on their foreheads. But he has a name that no man knows.

Revelation 19:13 "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God."

         "He was clothed", or thrown about "with a vesture dipped in blood." Now the Westcott and Hort says that the vesture was sprinkled in blood. On the other hand, the United Bible Society Greek text (UBS) says that his garment was dipped or immersed in blood. The evidence is kind of divided, but I lean toward sprinkled because there are several variations of sprinkled among the Manuscripts. If you tie all of those together, it seems the weight would be heavier than for the Manuscripts that say immersed.

         In any case, one thing we can say for sure about this blood is that it is not his blood, because Jesus has no need to be dipped in his own blood or washed in his own blood. He is righteous. The blood of Jesus is for us, to cleanse us. His garment doesn't need to be dipped in his own blood.

     Now this sprinkled or dipped in blood is a picture of the judgment of this battle of Armageddon that is being poured out here. It's the blood of his enemies. You can compare Isa.63:3 which talks about the Lord coming and trampling the winepress of His wrath. And it says that He's traveling in the greatness of His strength and that His garments are sprinkled with blood. It is talking about the battle of Armageddon. So this blood is the picture of vengeance. It's the blood of His enemies.

       "And his name is called The Word of God." And Jesus of course is the living Word of God. He's that Word of God that was made flesh and tented among us like it says in John 1:14. He is the visible manifestation of God to us through whom God speaks to us and relates to us and causes us to know everything that we know about Him. It's through Jesus Christ.

       Heb.1:1 says that God has spoken to us in His son. Seiss makes a comment here that is good: "He is the Word of God-- the logos-- as the true and only expression of the eternal Godhead, as the great subject and substance of the written Word, as the accomplishment and fulfiller of the written Word, and the very expression and revelation of the Father, the same as words express the thoughts of the heart." (The Apocalypse by J.A. Seiss, p. 437). So he is called the Word of God, clearly identifying him as Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:14 "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."

       Joel 2:11 shows these armies following him (Read). These, of course, are saints of God, and the fact that they are coming back shows that they went up to heaven before the Second Coming. It's a good refutation of the position that the Rapture happens at the Second Coming. We see the saints coming back with him from heaven.

       Some people hold that there is going to be a Rapture kind of like a take off and re- entry. At the Second Coming, we'll be caught up to meet Him in the air and then we'll come back down to reign with Him on the earth. However, that is not what the scripture says here. It doesn't say we'll meet him in the air and come back down. In verse 14 these armies are coming from heaven. It says the armies which were in heaven followed him. He's coming from heaven. They're coming from heaven. They were caught up to heaven previously, not just into the air and come right back.

       We read in Rev.12:5, the manchild was caught up to God and to His throne. 1 Cor.15 shows that at that time, we shall be changed and mortal shall put on immortality.

       So putting those truths together, we see that there can not possibly be a catching away at the Second Coming. There's no scripture in the book of Revelation that shows any resurrection or any Rapture of any company of people that occurs right at the Second Coming. That is an unscriptural position. Also there are no Christians left on earth at the Second Coming.

       So there's armies following him from heaven. We know those saints, those armies were caught up at an earlier time. They are saints following their captain, Jesus. They are riding white horses as well, which shows that they're in a victorious position and they are sharing his power and his righteousness.

       "They are clothed in fine linen, white and clean" which we see in verse 8 was the righteous deeds of the saints. We know that these are saints by the fact that they are clothed in white linen, because it is we who have been sinful and saved by grace. It's we who need a covering of white linen-- the righteousness of Christ.

Scriptures to fill out the picture

       Jude 14,15 (Read). So He's coming with ten thousands, miriads, uncountable number of His saints.

       Joel 3:9-14 (Read). Talking about the battle of Armageddon. Verse 11-- and that's the saints coming with Christ to defeat the enemies of God. Of course, Christ is the one we see doing all the fighting.

       Zec.14:5 shows the saints coming with Christ. Also read Rev.1:7 where it says "Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him." And we know that those clouds are most probably a reference to the saints returning with Him at His Second Coming.

Revelation 19:15 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."

       So out of his mouth this sword is proceeding. We know that this sword is his word because it is coming out of his mouth, and we see other scriptures showing that the sword is a representation of the Word of God.

       Here, it's his word to judge and to destroy the rebels. All the judgments that are poured out at the Second Coming and all the death that comes, and there will be millions killed at this battle of Armageddon, is summed up in this sword that proceeds out of his mouth. All of these judgments are pictured by this sword; it's the judgment of God.

       Rev.1:16 says the sword is the Word of God. Heb.4:12 says the Word of God is sharper than any two- edged sword. Isa.34:6 and following talks about this battle of Armageddon, and it says the sword of the Lord is filled with blood.

       Rev.19:21 says the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse. There are many descriptions of this battle of Armageddon scattered throughout the Word of God, so I'll be referring to a lot of parallel passages through here.

       Isa.66:15,16 (Read). God has spoken many times throughout His Word of this day when He would come to defeat His enemies and take His Kingdom unto Himself. There is a scripture in Ezekiel which says, Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken. (Ezek.39:8). So there are many, many scriptures in this Word that all tie in and point to this day when God will completely take His Kingdom from His enemies.

       And so it says that concerning this sword that "with it he should smite the nations." So He first has to smite the nations to judge rebellion and sin.

       "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron." Now rule means shepherd. So after these quick and powerful judgments are poured out and the earth is subdued by His power, then He shepherds the nations righteously in a new and Godly system of things.

       And this rod of iron shows that it is a strict rule; rebellion is no longer allowed. It won't be man's system anymore. It will be God's and rebellion will be dealt with and obedience will be demanded, and man won't be allowed to have a world system that's ungodly anymore.

       Parallel passages with shepherding the nations: Rev.2:27 and 12:5. So we see the saints ruling with Christ in that Millennial Kingdom. 1 Peter 2:25 and Hebrews 13:20 show Christ as the Shepherd.

       And here in verse 15 of chapter 19 it says: And he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. The literal Greek is even stronger. It says: he treadeth the winepress of the wine of the wrath of the anger of God the Almighty. You can see the intensity of God's indignation at this lie that has been foisted upon the population of the entire earth. He hates it. He hates this Antichrist system, He hates the beast, He hates rebellion, and He's going to come with a swift violent judgment upon it. And it's going to be totally destroyed in short order.

Revelation 19:16 "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

       On his vesture. That is, his outer robe or his garment. And upon his thigh possibly means that the inscription was written on the robe. On the thigh of his robe. According to an ancient custom, victorious conquerors had inscriptions upon their robes.

       He is called KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. So who are we talking about here? Well, we are talking about none other than the only God of all the universe of whom there is only one. And He is all in all. And His name is Jesus. And we see this in 1 Timothy 1:17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. He's the King. The singular King. The only wise God.

       Phil.2:9-11 says that Jesus has been given the name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Col.1:16 (Read), He is all in all. Now the book of Isaiah calls Yahweh the King of kings. And there can only be one King of kings. He is the King of all kings. And that's why He has many crowns: Rev.19:12. He is the King over all other kings. He has all power. (Matt. 28:18)

Revelation 19:17 "And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God."

       Now we're going to see a picture, an illusion to the greatness of the slaughter of the Battle of Armageddon. This angel is standing in the sun, in the realm of the sky. He's in the realm of mid-heaven where these birds of prey are flying. They are flying over the battle waiting to gather their benefit out of it.

       Now this is literally one angel. I saw an angel. And he cried with a loud voice telling these fowls of heaven, Come and gather yourselves to the supper of the great God. And this is a horrible picture of the slaughter that has taken place.

       Fowls, of course, just means birds. Greek is orneois like Ornithology, the study of birds. Down in verse 21 it says, (Read). So we're talking about literal birds of prey coming to eat literal carcasses in a very real war.

       Ezekiel 39 talks about the same battle. And it shows these birds of prey in verses 17 to 20 (Read). You see here the rams and lambs, goats and bullocks; it's a picture of men in different positions. This great supper of the great God takes place in Israel, after Christ judges his enemies.

Revelation 19:18 "That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."

       So they are all in the same position. They all fall and die the same death and receive the same judgment. Read Isaiah 34:6-8.

Revelation 19:19 "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."

       So the beast and the kings of the earth are gathered together here. Now concerning their gathering together, you can read Joel 2:2-10. It talks about the day of the Lord here when these nations will be gathered together to Armageddon. And here's how Joel describes it: (Read). So you see the greatness of this battle. It is going to involve millions of people.

       Verse 3, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. Verse 8 when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded or as Rotherham says, they shall not stop. The army will go on even if some fall on the sword. The stars shall withdraw their shining, so there is going to be darkness as well at this battle of Armageddon.

       Joel 2:15-18 (Read). Here is the reaction in Israel as these armies engulf their land. When they cry out to Him and it looks like they are going to be wiped out, He comes to rescue them. And you see that also in Zec.14:1-3 (Read). When Israel is sufficiently humbled and are crying out to their God, then He comes forth to pity His people and to save them.

       Revelation 16:14-16 is a parallel. It shows the nations being gathered to Armageddon. That occurred back in the 6th trumpet or vial. Now we are seeing the culmination here in the 7th trumpet, which is the Second Coming of Christ to stop the Battle of Armageddon.

       Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 is speaking of this same time.

       Read Psa.2:1-6. It says cast away their cords of law and righteousness from us. Let's have our own system. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh. This laugh of God is His derision upon those who set themselves in total rebellion against Him. That's a horrible position to be in, to have God laugh at you in derision. It would be horrible.

       That laugh is a laugh of anger, and in human terms, God is spoken of as laughing, but it's almost in disbelief. Who are these that think they can set themselves against me and win? It's such an insane thing. It shows the demonic pressure and deception upon them. Demons gathering them together to this battle of Armageddon. The unclean spirits that came out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. There's an intense delusion upon the people.

       Verses 5 & 6: then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

       Verses 7-9: God is taking His inheritance here. So the Lord's admonition to mankind follows and it says: be wise now therefore, Oh ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him, verses 10-12. And His anger is being kindled here at Armageddon.

Revelation 19:20 "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

       Zec.11:17 (Read). Speaking of the Antichrist; they're worshipping him as an idol. His arm being dried up refers to his power being totally dried up. "His right eye shall be utterly darkened." He is full of demonic deception.

       Talking about the false prophet deceiving them that worship the beast and his image read Rev.13:12-17. These both, the Antichrist and the false prophet, were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. (The beast here refers to the man). Now this shows the ease with which God is able to destroy them. He has waited, and He has allowed man's sin to run it's course, and now, when it's time for Him to reach down and judge, He just takes with His fingers the Antichrist and the false prophet and throws them into the lake of Fire. It's easy for God. It says that the beast was taken. And this word "taken" is used in the scripture of apprehending someone like a criminal. It's used of when they took Jesus to judge Him. They took him; it's an apprehending by force. Now, Jesus is the one doing the taking.

       Rev.20:10 & 15 (Read). Now this is up at the end of the Millennium, but the Antichrist and the false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire at the Second Coming of Christ. There are other scriptures that show the destruction of this man of sin, the Antichrist, happening in a moment of time.

       Dan.7:11 (Read). It says here that he was slain. And, of course, that slaying means the second death, because in Revelation it says he was taken alive.

       Dan.8:25 (Read). He's going to be broken without hand. That is, by the power of God. It's the power of God that's going to destroy him. Also read Dan.11:45.

Revelation 19:21 "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."

       Now in Ezekiel 39:2,3, we see the great slaughter, and we also see that there are some who escape it. So here it says he's going to leave but the 6th part of these armies from the north.

       Also, Joel 2:20 (Read). Literally, because he hath magnified himself to do things. So he's driven into a barren wilderness, his face toward the east sea, and that's most likely the Dead Sea we're speaking of. His hinder part toward the utmost sea, the Mediterranean Sea. And so apparently, there's a great part of the slaughter that takes place there some place between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, down in the wilderness of Judea. Also read Daniel 11:45.

       And it says, "His stink shall come up." And, of course, what that means is that the armies are killed and the bodies rot and there is a great stink; it's a horrible carnage.

       Now they are killed through the judgments that Jesus pours upon them; the judgments of God that fall upon them. Read Zec.14:12-15, it says that those nations that came against Israel, this is the plague that they shall suffer; Their eyes shall rot out, etc. It's a horrible judgment upon them.

       Now before Christ comes and conquers his enemies, 2/3 of the Jewish nation will perish in the battle, and we read that in Zec.13:8,9. They'll learn that the Lord is their God, and half of the city of Jerusalem will be taken before Jesus comes to destroy his enemies. That is, half of the population, Zec.14:2,3 (Read). Then Jesus comes, Zec.14:4 (Read).

       Now what about the 1/6 who survive? Well, it seems that many of them will return to their lands and tell of the glory of God, believe it or not. That's what Isa.66:18,19 says (Read), and here the glory is through the judgment of God.

       Now at this time, the demonic veil of deception that has been upon the whole earth will be pulled away according to Isa.25:7 (Read). And so I believe that many of those who live and survive that battle of Armageddon will return and tell the things that they have seen, and it's going to glorify God among the nations.

Now at the Second Coming, Israel finally gets the revelation of who their God is, and they accept Jesus Christ and He becomes their God and they become His people. Zec.12:10 (Read)

References on that point of time

       Isa.25:9 (Read). So they say this is Yahweh. We've been waiting for Him. We've waited for Him all these years at the wailing wall and this is He. And now they know who their God is.

       Eze.39:22 (Read). I will be their God from that day forward. He divorced them. In Hosea He said, they were my people and now they are not my people. But they are going to be His people again when they accept Him on His terms.

       Joel 2:27 (Read). Zec.12:9,10 (Read). V.11-- there's a mourning. It's mixed with sweetness, but there is a mourning when they realize the loss that they've suffered for so many centuries needlessly, and that they have been separated from their God for all that time. Zec.14:9 (Read). So there's going to be one LORD, and His name one. And that's speaking of the Millennium. People are going to have the revelation of who He is. PRAISE GOD!

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