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The Seventh Angel Messenger That Lied

John Collins12/30/2012Continuing yesterday's thoughts about the "Evening Light" of Zechariah 14, today we will examine Revelation 10-11, which is also used by many cult leaders to promote themselves as the "end time messenger."

Revelation 10 gives a mystery.  To the bible reader who avoids the book of Revelation for the level of study required to connect it to all of the other pertaining Bible scriptures, it is a great mystery.  Seemingly one that God gives little clues about.  

But to the person who is constantly reading the Word, there are several clues that are very evident.  In fact, they are in the very next chapter of Revelation.

John writes that a mighty angel came down, wrapped in a cloud with a rainbow over his head.  His face was like the sun and his legs like pillars of fire.  In his hand was a scroll.

The angel stood with one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, and when he spoke, seven thunders sounded.  John knew what the seven thunders uttered, but a voice from the heavens told John not to write.  The mystery was sealed up.

Then comes the verse that cult leaders use, pointing to themselves, Revelation 10:7:  "But 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 the prophets."

The voice from the heavens told John to eat the scroll, and he did.  It tasted as sweet as honey, but made his stomach very bitter.  

At the end of Revelation 10, there is a verse that seems to be missed by the followers of the cult leaders who use this chapter of Revelation.  The voice from the heavens spoke again, and told John that he must prophecy again about many peoples and nations, which is described in the next chapter, Revelation 11.

Revelation 11 describes the same events that are described in Zechariah 14, but adds additional details.  Also, it confirms the prophecy given by Zechariah.  At the same time, it gives more clues to the prophecy given in Revelation 10 about the "seventh messenger," which seem not to be studied by these cult leaders proclaiming to be the seventh messenger.

Just as Zechariah saw in a vision, God comes down to His throne before the seventh messenger sounds the trumpet.  John takes this thought into greater detail, because he was giving a measuring staff to measure the temple that God would sit in.  

John is told to measure the inside of the temple, but not the courts outside.  Just as Zechariah wrote, John describes a great battle that would take place, one that would last for forty-two months.  The outside of the temple, the courtyard, would be trampled.

Next, John adds another detail: the two witnesses.  These two witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days before the seventh messenger sounds his trumpet, all the while protected by God Himself.  John is told that these are the two olive trees, the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  If anyone should harm them, they would be utterly destroyed.  Fire pours out of their mouth!

These two witnesses have power from God.  They have the power to shut the sky, explaining the famine described in Zechariah.  During their days of prophesying, they will shut the sky so that no rain will fall on the nations surrounding Israel.  The plagues that Zechariah describe are confirmed by John, but amplified by the two witnesses.  They have the power to turn the waters into blood and strike the earth with every kind of plague -- as often as they desire.

Next, still before the seventh messenger sounds his trumpet, we see the beast.  When the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the beast rises from the bottomless pit.  He makes war on the two witnesses, and kills them.  Their bodies lie in the streets of the city where the Lord was crucified.  For three and a half days, people from all nations will gaze at their dead bodies, refusing to let them be buried.  The world will rejoice because of the death of these two prophets, because the plagues have ended and the two witnesses, the two prophets of God are dead.

But not for long.

Still before the seventh messenger sounds his trumpets, these two prophets will be given the breath of life by Almighty God.  They stand to their feet once more, and the earth trembles in fear because of the power and resurrection from God in these two witnesses.  As their enemies watch, a voice from the heavens call them, and they rise to heaven in a cloud.  

Next, and still before the seventh messenger sounds his trumpet, a great earthquake takes place.  A tenth of the city of Jerusalem is to fall, and seven thousand people will be killed by the earthquake.  It will be such a terrible catastrophe that the rest of the city will be terrified of these events and give glory to God in heaven.

Finally, after all of these events, none of which that have happened yet, we find John describing the next event that cult leaders proclaim points to themselves:  The seventh messenger and his trumpet.  Their announcement is something special, something described by both Zechariah and by John in their visions, the great event we all have been looking for:  The day that Christ reigns as king.

When the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, the kingdom of this world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He shall reign forever as king of this world, and will sit on the throne in the temple that John measured.  

The dead will be judged, the reward will come for His servants both small and great, and the destroyers of the earth will themselves be destroyed.  The ark of the covenant will once again be seen in the temple, and it will be an awesome sight.  Flashes of lightning will be seen, rumblings of the earth will be felt, and thunders will be heard.  As it sits down, an earthquake will shake the earth and heavy hail will fall.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Has the seventh angel sounded the trumpet?  Do we see God sitting on His throne?  Have we seen two witnesses strike the earth with plagues?  Have we seen their dead bodies lying in the streets where our Lord was crucified?  Have we seen them rise again and ride a cloud of Glory into heaven?  Have we witnessed famine in the nations that surround israel, so much that they cry out unto the One True God for mercy?  

After the death of these false messengers, proclaiming to be the seventh angel, have we seen God judging the earth?  Have we been given our reward?  Or have we listened to a false leader who purposefully tried to position himself into great power using twisted scriptures?