TESTAMENT OF MOSES Chapter 8
1. There will someday come another visitation and wrath from God, such as has never come on any others since the beginning.
2. God will stir up a king of the kings of the earth, who rules with great power.
3. And he shall crucify those who hold to their circumcision.
4. Those who seek to hide their faith, he will torture and bind them into prisons.
5. Their wives shall be taken from them and given to strangers.
6. Their young sons will seek physicians to bring forward their foreskins so they may conceal the fact of their faith.
7. Many will be punished with torture, fire, and the sword.
8. Many will be forced to bear the idols of others, polluting themselves with such idols.
9. Some of those who are tortured will be forced to enter the Holy of Holies.
10. And there they shall be made by goads to greatly blaspheme the Word of God.
11. They shall be forced to honor the law of this ruler, and the thing put above their altar.
will someday come another visitation
The words "another visitation" refers to the tribulation period. There will be seven more years, when the Lord will ‘visit’ Israel with judgment. This ‘judgment’ has a purpose to bring Israel back to its decision about the Messiah. The church is raptured in order to catch it out of the way of this ‘visitation’, before some terrible things happen upon this earth.
During the tribulation, more than three fourths of the population of the world that enters the tribulation alive will die before the tribulation is over. During the tribulation, people will run for the mountains and caves to protect them from the things occurring. If it is to be that scary for people during the tribulation, these judgments should be more than enough to make us more anxious for the rapture, and to make us want to get our loved ones saved.
The judgments given in the book of Revelation are listed as the seven seals, the seven trumpets, the seven thunders, and the seven vials. Seven is the number of perfection. These judgments will bring to completion, and to perfection the plan of God to restore the earth to the condition wherein He will be able to establish His kingdom and to rule and reign upon the earth.
As the tribulation begins on the earth, the saints are already raptured and worshipping God about His throne. Imagine the contrast on the earth as the shock of millions disappearing is quickly to be forgotten by the terror of the judgments beginning to occur.
THE SEVEN SEALS
The first seal (Rev. 6:1-2, Matt. 24:4-5) is as a white horse. This is the imitator of Christ, the Antichrist. The white horse is a symbol of peace, which he promises, and the "bow" is the sign of evil conquest-which he delivers. "Conquering" is the reality of war that comes soon after the rapture.
The second seal (Rev. 6:3-4, Matt. 24:6-7) is a "red horse." The "red" indicates the war and its bloodshed. The hopes of a peace are shattered. We have been warned that "when they say- peace, peace...sudden destruction" will come. With the absence of the Christian influence--the hatreds, prejudices, class struggles, wars, race riots, will have full reign.
The third seal (Rev. 6:5-6, Matt. 24:7) is a "Black horse with scales". This indicates a great famine will occur during and after the war. The "penny" is the word "denarius", which was a days wages at that time. A "measure of wheat," was a man's ration for one day. So this means, that every person will have to work a full day to buy enough food for one day. No more will a person be able to feed, cloth, and house a family of four on his wages. The phrase-"See thou hurt not the oil and the wine" - means that the food of the rich will not be affected.
The fourth seal (Rev. 6:7-8, Matt. 24:6-7) is a "pale horse" rode by "Death and Hell followed." This shows the result of the war and famine. Many will die and go to hell. These deaths of the first four seals will claim one fourth of the world. With today's world population, this means that more than a billion people will die.
The fifth seal (Rev. 6:9-11), Matt. 24:8-28) shows that the Holy Spirit is still on the earth for many will be saved. The cost of the procrastination will be martyrdom. "White robes" are given to indicate the fact that these saints of the tribulation will have been forgiven and clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The judgments of the tribulation, and the disappearance of the church--will have startled many to the awareness that time to get saved is now. They have procrastinated long enough to miss the rapture, but they were saved before the day of grace ended.
The sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-17, Matt. 24:29-30) will include a worldwide earthquake. The sun will become "black" (probably from the pollution of the atomic blasts of the war). The moon will become "as blood". (Air pollution causes the moon to look red.) The "stars of heaven fell" indicates a meteorite shower. The "heaven departed as a scroll" is an indication that there will be heavy air pollution. The earthquake causes every mountain and island to move from their place. Men will run for dens to hide for fear.
The seventh seal (Rev. 8:1) includes, at first, "silence in heaven." This shows the solemnity of those in heaven that know the terrible horror of this last seal. Finally, this last seal includes all the trumpet judgments.
THE SEVEN TRUMPETS
The first trumpet (Rev. 8:7) shows the startling horror of hail and fire mingled with blood that falls and burns one third of all the trees and green grass in the world. Doubtless, this means that the famine will worsen.
The second trumpet (Rev. 8:8-9) includes a meteorite the size of a "great mountain" falling into the sea and killing one third of all the sea life, destroying one third of all maritime ships, and turning one third of the sea to blood (or red). It is uncertain if this is the Mediterranean Sea, or if all oceans are affected.
The third trumpet (Rev. 8:10-11) is another meteorite, called Wormwood, that strikes the earth and destroys one third of all the fresh water supply. Water becomes bitter, and kills many. Too often, people take water for granted.
The fourth trumpet (Rev. 8:12) shows one third of the sun, moon, and stars to be darkened. This may be air pollution, or simply God demonstrating that He can turn off the lights of the universe at will.
The fifth trumpet (Rev. 9:1-12) is a "star"(evidently an angelic being, for personal pronouns and personal acts are applied to him). This being opens a chasm of the abyss to allow the evil demonic beings that are bound there to escape that prison. These demonic, locust-like beings come to the surface of the earth and have limited power to hurt (not kill) people. They are not allowed to hurt vegetation. They may hurt some, but not all. They may stay five months. Their leader is Abaddon, or Apollyon. These names mean "destruction" and "destroyer." This one called Abaddon is a fallen angel that is now bound in the abyss.
The sixth trumpet (Rev. 9:13-21) shows the release of four, bound, evil angels from the Euphrates River. These were bound and imprisoned there to be released for this particular time. They lead an army of 200 million demonic beings to scatter throughout the world and kill one third of all people. They have three ways of killing people. Fire, smoke, and brimstone proceed from their mouths to kill people. They have power beyond the power of the demons of the fifth trumpet, for these can kill.
It is wise to notice here that after the sixth trumpet, people are no longer repentant.
"REST... WERE NOT KILLED BY THESE PLAGUES... REPENTED NOT."
When judgment comes, people will either repent or harden themselves. People that can be encouraged to repent by the judgments will have already repented by this time. the rest of the people will have hardened themselves so much, that no judgment will cause them to repent ever. It is at this time that God will end the day of grace. The phrase "TIME NO LONGER" (Rev. 10:5-7) means that there will no longer be any delay.
"IN THE DAYS OF THE VOICE OF THE SEVENTH ANGEL, WHEN HE SHALL BEGIN TO SOUND, THE MYSTERY OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED."
The "mystery of God" that is referred to is the "dispensation of grace."
I Timothy 3:16
"GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, GOD WAS MANIFESTED IN THE FLESH, JUSTIFIED ...SEEN ...PREACHED ...BELIEVED ON."
"THE MYSTERY, KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN, BUT NOW MADE MANIFEST...MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS FOR OBEDIENCE OF FAITH."
So--after this time no one will be saved to become part of the "saints." It is at this time that the tribulation saints are resurrected. Also the 144,000 Jews are raptured. Then, after the two witnesses are resurrected and raptured at a later time, the marriage supper of the Lamb can occur in heaven because all the saints will then be in heaven. The only ones to turn to Christ Jesus after this point will be the Jews who are hidden away in the city of Petra. They will finally realize Jesus was the One they had longed to see. The true Messiah, Jesus, will then return to save them, but they will not be given glorified bodies--for the day of grace is over. They will keep their human bodies and be ruled and reigned over by we, the saints.
The seventh trumpet (11:15-13:18) includes the seven thunders (10:3-4) and the seven vials. Seven individuals are explained here, for it is before the vials that the 144,000 and the tribulation saints are raptured. In chapter 11, the emphasis on the first part of the trumpet sounding is the rejoicing and celebration in heaven. The rest of the saints (except for the two witnesses) are in heaven by this time. No other person will repent and become a child of God, as we, the saints, are. Thus, at this time, the temple of God is opened (the throne room) again and another great convocation of saints takes place there as the one in chapters four and five after the rapture of the church. This second great convocation in the throne room is rejoicing the fact that the final saint has now reached heaven. Consider the verse on the tribulation saints in Revelation 6:11:
"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 FELLOW SERVANTS ALSO AND THEIR BRETHREN, THAT SHOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, SHOULD BE FULFILLED."
THE SEVEN THUNDERS
"...AND WHEN HE HAD CRIED, SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED THEIR VOICES. AND WHEN THE SEVEN THUNDERS HAD UTTERED THEIR VOICES, I WAS ABOUT TO WRITE: AND I HEARD A VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING UNTO ME, SEAL UP THOSE THINGS WHICH THE SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED, AND WRITE THEM NOT."
In response to the fact that people quit repenting when a new judgment befell the earth, God has seven "thunder" judgments given. John is not allowed to reveal these judgments. Whatever they are, we will have to await revelation of them when we reach heaven.
THE SEVEN VIALS
The first vial judgment (Rev. 16:2) is a plague of sores upon all who took the mark of the beast. This mark, its curse and the sores that now accompany it will be explained in more depth in the next chapter.
The second vial (Rev. 16:3) causes the sea to turn to blood and all the living things in the sea die. This may refer to just the Mediterranean Sea, or perhaps that is wishful thinking on our part. These vials must occur just before the Second Coming of Jesus for if they happened long before it, mankind would also cease to exist.
The third vial (Rev. 16:4) causes all the rivers and fresh water to become blood. This is reminiscent of the Egyptian plagues, yet it is far, far worse and will doubtless produce fear and anger and rebellion upon all the hard-hearted sinners left upon the earth.
The fourth vial (Rev. 16:8-9) is poured out and effects the sun's heat to increase. Puny mankind is helpless. Yet mankind repents not. People are so hardened to their sins that they get more angry at God at this point.
The fifth vial (Rev. 16:10-11) causes a full darkness to come on the kingdom of the Antichrist. This darkness is more than the absence of light, it is like the darkness of the Egyptian plague of the Old Testament, and like the darkness that covered the earth before the re-creation of Genesis. It is a darkness that has substance--similar to the "dark nebula" that scientists have discovered in space. Lights, fire, etc. will not penetrate this darkness. Fear, anger, rebellion is increased in the sinners left upon the earth. Pain of those with the sores is increased. The people blaspheme God and do not repent.
The sixth vial (Rev. 16:12) causes the Euphrates River to dry up. This prepares the way for the kings of the East to come to the battle of Armageddon. The vials have been given by God to further anger the sinners left upon the earth for Christ is ready to return to save the Jews in Petra. He is ready to return and begin the Millennial reign. God even makes it easy here for the armies of the world to reach Armageddon.
The seventh vial (Rev. 16:17-21) is the final judgment. It includes the Battle of Armageddon and a few details of what happens during this battle are included here. The greatest earthquake this earth has ever known takes place. Every island is destroyed, and every mountain is leveled by this earthquake. Jerusalem is divided into three parts. Babylon is destroyed. Hail falls upon the earth that weighs 114 pounds each. People are so hardened to sin, and against God that they blaspheme God in anger as these events unfold. The phrase included in this part -"IT IS DONE !"- indicates that the tribulation ends here. The Lord Jesus returns and the battle of Armageddon is fought.
Some have feared fighting the people in the battle here. Some may think that some in this battle may be their unsaved loved ones. To think of killing them in this battle turns the stomach of some. But, we must notice here that the people left alive at this time are the most despicable, hateful, blasphemous, rebellious, murderous beings that have ever existed. They would make Hitler look like a saint. Their resistance to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and their hardening by rejecting repentance when the judgments came--have made the survivors to be so evil they will challenge God to send back Jesus so they can kill Him again. They welcome the chance to battle the saints at the second coming, for they know we are to return by that time. the gospel message has been preached by the 144,000, and by Enoch and Elijah, and by angels flying about the earth during the tribulation. They will not be ignorant, innocent soldiers, who are drafted into a war they do not want to fight. They are an army of the most hateful, and most sinful beings that have ever existed. We, the saints, arrive in time to keep them form slaughtering the Jews in the city of Petra.
These judgments are the ‘visitation’ of which Moses speaks in the Testament of Moses. It is the anger and wrath of God that His mercy has been withholding for so long because of the "day of grace" in which we live. He has withheld much of His anger at the sins of people for so long a time that people, even the saints, have a hard time comprehending God doing the things we see done during the tribulation. Yet this earth must be cleansed of the rebellion of sin, so the Lord Jesus may return and rule and reign on this earth for the Millennium. With the terrible judgments about to befall this earth, we need to become the evangelists, and witnesses God has left us here now to be.
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