Studying the Book of Revelation tonight, I came across something I'd never noticed before.
There is a good bit of MSG controversy over the end of Chapter 10 of Revelation. What did John see, what was the mystery of those seven thunders? Some say that they have the "revelation" of what WMB found when he "opened those seven seals", and they know this great mystery.
The troubling part for me was that the Bible says that Christ was the mystery fulfilled. There should be no more mystery necessary for the salvation of man's soul. ...turns out the Bible was correct.
Let's look at Revelation 10:
7 but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants[a] the prophets.
One of the problems I find in understanding the Book of Revelation is simply removing all that I've been taught that is incorrect, and untangling the truth.
Let's take a look at what WMB said about the following chapter, Revelation 11:
Notice, now, as He comes. And then this had another meaning to it. I know many of you my brethren, the clergymen, you apply that to the coming of Christ. That's right. It was applied there, the order of the coming of Christ. As they looked and they seen glorified Jesus, they looked again and seen Moses and Elijah, the two witnesses Revelation 11.
Now, when is the Gospel returning to the Jews? When the day of the Gentile is finished, the Gospel is ready, go to the Jews. Oh, I could, if I could just foretell you a little something that's fixing to happen right here, see, right in this day. You see? It's fixing to happen. We get it in the Church Age. And this great thing is fixing to happen, will carry over to Revelation 11 and pick up those two prophets, Elijah and the Moses returning back again for the Jews.
And last week's tapes, I think, will reveal to you the great hideous things that we're going to speak on one of these days when we can get a place sufficient, of the opening of those last plagues to be poured out upon the earth, those Vials, rather, pouring out of the Vials, and the Seven Thunders, and those hideous sights that's coming upon the earth. Man now, and people today, are in such a neurotic condition; the whole world!
And He said there'll be hideous sights upon the earth. "Locusts with hair like women," long hair, to haunt them women that cut their hair. "Teeth like lion; stingers in their tails, like scorpions; they would torment men, months." Just wait till we get in to opening them Plagues and Seals, and them Seven Thunders, watch what takes place. Oh, brother, you better get to Goshen while there's time to get to Goshen. Don't pay any attention to this outside.
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WMB linked the two witnesses to Moses and Elijah (and obviously placing himself as that Elijah), and associated the seven thunders with the plagues.
Not so. The Bible says that Christ is the Mystery fulfilled, and Revelation 10 agrees with that statement: "but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants[a] the prophets."
All the Old Testament prophets prophesied about the coming Messiah. John prophesied about the Christ, but was asked to hold back until the seventh angel blew his trumpet.
Let's continue to the next chapter, Revelation Chapter 11. The one that WMB claimed was speaking of Moses and Elijah, and the one that is telling about what the seventh angel was announcing with his trumpet:
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever." 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,
"We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants,[c] the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth."
19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings,[d] peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
There is NOWHERE in this chapter that describes Moses or Elijah. In fact, the beginning of this chapter describes measuring the temple, which is almost directly out of Ezekiel 40. This entire chapter of revelation is about Christ coming into power and glory. It has nothing to do with coming mysteries and prophets.
The end of this chapter is praise towards Christ, not praise towards prophets. Christ IS the mystery fulfilled! He came down to earth, lived a perfect life, died for our sins on the cross, conquered death and hell, and rose again so that we could be saved.
The ark of the covenant is now in His temple, the one measured in Ezekiel 40. The temple was being prepared for Christ!