there things about God which are a real mystery to you? Do you wonder why
the Jews have not believed on Jesus Christ since the gospel came first to
the Jews and they rejected Him? Will they stay in rejection? Why is Jesus
not reigning right now? If God is omnipotent, why doesn’t He step in and
intervene and deal with the nations who are in godless rebellion, opposing
the gospel of Jesus Christ? Why is it that evil men seem to triumph over
God’s people who are suffering, even losing their lives? Where is God?
Today we will look at the time when the MYSTERY OF
GOD IS FINISHED and it is a mystery
has told us that He is coming quickly (Greek = en tachei),
suddenly, quickly, rapidly.
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to
render to every man according to what he has done. (Rev 22:12).
Those of you that are studying, who are disciplining yourself for the
purpose of godliness (1Ti 4:7-note), those of you that are determined to hang
on in order to understand the book of the Revelation and the sign of His
coming and the end of the age, you will be rewarded.
Rev 4 & 5 we are suddenly transported with John up to heaven and what he
is shown in Rev 4 through 22 are “the which shall take place after these
things.” (Rev 1:19) After what things? After the things Jesus has said to
the churches in Rev 2 & 3. Our timeframe is that Rev 6-22 follows
chronologically what Jesus has to say to the churches in Rev 2 & 3. Yes
those 7 literal churches have disappeared but Kay believes the 7 letters
are to the churches down through the ages.
Revelation 3:10 ‘Because you have kept the
word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing,
that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who
dwell upon the earth.11 ‘I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in
order that no one take your crown.
There is an HOUR that is coming on THE WHOLE WORLD. Why? In order to test
those who dwell upon the earth (the “earth dwellers”). So you can know
that Revelation 4 follows (not just in the chapter successions but in
time) Revelation 2 and Revelation 3.
In Revelation 4 and Revelation 5 John is caught up to heaven and we have seen a
glimpse of God, seeing that He is worthy and that Jesus Christ is worthy
to take the SCROLL that is in the hand of God and to break the 7 seals. As
Jesus takes the scroll and breaks the 7 seals, the breaking of those seals
begins in Rev 6 (6 Seals).
"And I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great
earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the
whole moon became like blood;13 and the stars of the sky fell to the
earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.14
And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up; and every
mountain and island were moved out of their places.15 And the kings of the
earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and
every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks
of the mountains;16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks,
“Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne,
and from the
wrath of the Lamb;17 for
the great day of their wrath
has come; and who is able to stand?”
We think of a Lion but not a Lamb
having wrath. This is the Lamb Who is the Lion from the tribe of Judah,
the Lamb that has been slain and Who has shed His blood in order to
purchase a multitude from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
This Lamb has a side of wrath. And those on earth are crying out because they
know that “Their Wrath has come”, where this verb, "has come", is Aorist Active
Indicative. Aorist is “punctiliar” but in this verse does not tell you
the specific time. Active
voice means the subject performs the action of the verb. Indicative mood is
the mood of reality and describes certainty. So the Great Day of their
Wrath has come. Who is able to stand?
The 7th Seal
Rev 8:1 And when He broke the seventh seal, there was silence
in heaven for about half an hour.2 And I saw the seven angels who stand
before God; and seven trumpets were given to them.
There are 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets and 7 Bowls and there is much debate about
how relate to one another. Are they all going on at one time? Are the
trumpets simply a magnification of the seals? How do they relate to one
another? As you have done your homework and let the text simply speak for
itself, you have seen that there is an order so that as we start in
Rev 6 we are moving chronologically
(as you watch and mark your time
phrases you see that one follows another). When you get to the 7th
Seal, you realize that the whole Seal is now broken and out of the 7th
Seal comes 7 trumpets. So we can conclude that...
The 7th Seal initiates the 7 Trumpets & is accompanied by
silence in heaven for about a half an hour.
And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer;
and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of
all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.4 And the
smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God
out of the angel’s hand.5 And the angel took the censer; and he filled it
with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and there followed
peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Have you prayed and prayed and prayed to God, asking Him for justice on
the face of the earth? Have you ask God for deliverance? Have you been
asking why wicked men seen to prosper and as Psalm 73:4 says their “body is fat”
and they don’t experience trouble? Have you beseeched God for justice?
Have you ask Him to stop sin? You may have thought that your prayers were
not answered. But God has stored all of these prayers before the throne.
Now the angel comes up to the ALTAR OF INCENSE before the veil that
separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. When the High Priest
went into the Holy Place on the
day of atonement, (Yom
Kippur, the only day of the year that the priest would enter the Holy of
Holies to make sin offerings) he would go up to the altar of incense. The
High Priest would take the poles of the altar and lift up the altar of
incense before the Lord as he had lifted up the veil leading into the Holy
of Holies (with the Ark of the Covenant). He would wave the incense before
the Ark and before the Lord so that he would not be killed.
What God is telling us is that the Mystery of God is going to be
finished. You don’t understand why He hasn’t answered your prayers. You
can know this: He has all of your prayers before Him. He has not ignored
them. It has just not yet been time. In Rev 8, the angel takes the golden
censer and he casts it to the earth. All of those prayers are about to be
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went
up before God out of the angel’s hand.5 And the angel took the censer; and
he filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth; and
there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an
So at the 7th Seal we see Lighting, Thunder and Earthquake. We saw
occurrences before the 7 Seals.
Rev 4:5 And from the throne proceed flashes of lightning and sounds and
peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the
throne, which are the seven Spirits of God
you see Thunder and Lightning before He even starts breaking the seals.
Then when you get to the 7th Seal you see the Thunder and
Lightning with the addition of an earthquake and with them begin the 7
Four Trumpets in
One thing that is repeated with the Trumpets is 1/3
of whatever is touched by God in judgment. So you clearly see the Trumpets
are different than the seals and that they follow the seals. Out of the 7th
Seal comes the 7 Trumpets.
Three Trumpets Remaining =
These 3 trumpets are also the 3 Woes that come upon “those who dwell on
Rev 8:13 And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on
the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three
angels who are about to sound!”
Compare to Rev 3:10 where same phrase “who dwell on the earth” is seen.
In Rev 8:13 if the “are about to sound” then you know that there is a
progression of time.
THE FIRST WOE
Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel
sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and
the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.
Because of the torment, men will seek death but cannot even die. They
cannot even commit suicide during this 5 month period. This clearly shows
us the truth of Rev 1:18 “…I have the keys of death
and of Hades” and of Rev 3:7 “Who has the key of David, Who opens and no
one will shut, and Who shuts and no one opens”. So men cannot
die because Jesus has shut the door to death and He alone holds the keys
to death and Hades!
Rev 9:12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after
these things. (After these things shows that these events are
THE 6TH TRUMPET:
THE 2ND WOE
Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four
horns of the golden altar which is before God,14 one saying to the sixth
angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the
great river Euphrates.”15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for
the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they might
kill a third of mankind. (the judgments connected with the trumpet
are always in “1/3’s”.)
THE 7TH TRUMPET:
THE 3RD WOE
those who are dwelling upon the earth because of what is happening to them
(5th trumpet: so tormented them that they wanted to die and the
6th trumpet sounded and 1/3 of them did die)
Remember the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls are all a result of Jesus taking
the Scroll that is in the hands of God and breaking it’s 7 Seals.
Rev 11:14 The The second woe is
past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly. 15 And the 7th
angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom
of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He
will 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 Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast,
because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign. (So
you know that from the 7th Trumpet = 3rd Woe God has
begun to reign!) 18 “And the nations were enraged, and Thy wrath
came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to give
their reward to Thy bond-servants the prophets and to the saints and to
those who fear Thy name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who
destroy the earth.”
Is it not a mystery to us why God has not moved to destroy those who are
destroying His creation and why He has not brought forth His Son to reign?
Has it been a mystery why God has not rewarded those who persevered
faithfully? When the 7th TRUMPET (=3rd WOE)
begins to sound,
THE MYSTERY OF GOD IS FINISHED!
Next to Rev 11:15
you might write "Rev 10:7"
Rev 10:7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is
about to sound, (THE TRUMPET)
then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the
Some say that since “about to sound” is a present subjunctive it
could be translated “when he shall sound” the trumpet, the mystery
of God is finished. All that has been a
to you will then be finished! And you also know that the time has come for
Jesus Christ to reign and the nations are enraged over this. His wrath
comes and the time comes for the dead to be judged and the reward to be
given to His bondservants, etc. So that when the 7th Trumpet
the mystery of God is finished
and all of these things take place.
Now, the question is does “nations enraged, Thy wrath came, etc”
all occur instantly? No, because out of the 7 seals came the 7 trumpets.
Out of the 7th trumpet (or the very sounding of that trumpet)
comes 7 bowls
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who
had seven plagues (=7 BOWLS), [which are]
the last, because in
them the wrath of God is
So when the 7TH TRUMPET sounds (Re 11:15)
what you see in Rev11:19 is lightning, thunder, another earthquake and a great
hailstorm. So we see lightning and thunder from the Throne of God and see
similar cosmological disturbances when the 6TH SEAL is broken and then
when the 7TH TRUMPET is sounded.
So the 7 SEALS become 7 TRUMPETS
which in turn give rise to 7 BOWLS
The 7 Bowls
Why? Because IN THE BOWLS the WRATH of GOD is FINISHED. When did
the wrath of God begin? In the 6TH SEAL we learned that the wrath of God
''has come and who is able to stand?'' (Rev 6:16, 17). We know that in the 7th Bowl that the wrath of
God is finished, done, complete.
16:1 And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels,
"Go and pour out the seven bowls of the
wrath of God into the
loathsome and malignant sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast.
So we know that the men that are living during this time have the MARK OF
THE BEAST, 666 (the
of a man).
Poured into the sea and it became blood
''and every living thing in the sea died.''
In the 2nd Trumpet only 1/3 of sea became blood and only 1/3 died (8:8-9)
now EVERYTHING in the sea dies!
(Re 16:4, 5, 6, 7)
Fresh waters turned to blood. Remember that the
MYSTERY OF GOD IS FINISHED and the time has come to JUDGE those who came
against the prophets and against God's people.
And the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the
springs of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the
waters saying, "Righteous art Thou, who art and who wast, O Holy One,
because Thou didst judge these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of
saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink. They deserve
it. " 7 And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true
and righteous are Thy judgments."
Have you been crying out to God and it is a mystery to you
why He allows ungodly men to continue to persecute BELIEVERS. If God is
sovereign and sees all and is able to stop then why hasn't He done so and
in fact will He ever stop them? The answer is ''yes'' because Rev 16:6
teaches that they are going to drink blood because they poured out blood.
(Re 16:8, 9)
'men were scorched with fierce heat'', men who had burned
others at the stake (many Believers have died at the stake).
(Re 16:10, 11)
The First Beast's
''kingdom became darkened'', absolutely
black because this Beast is energized by the Dragon, the prince of
darkness (Ep 6:12-note..our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but...against the world forces [kosmokrator
kosmos [word study]
= world + krateo = to
hold, ~Satan] of this darkness''). Those
who come to Christ have
moved ''out of
darkness into His
light'' (1Pet 2:9-note). His whole kingdom is black. And the events
occurring during that time cause men to gnaw ''their tongues because of
pain"...in agony they are chewing up their tongues! That is how
overbearing the darkness is.
(Re 16:12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
'The great river, the Euphrates...was dried
up...and...spirits of demons...go out to the kings of the whole
world...performing signs...to gather them (the kings) together for the
(Re 16:17, 18, 19, 20, 21)
16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air; and a loud
voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It
is done." (See: Rev 15:1... seven plagues
(bowls), which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is
finished.'') 18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds
and peals of thunder; and there was a
great earthquake, such
as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great
an earthquake was it, and so mighty. 19 And the great city was split into
three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And
Babylon the great was remembered
before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. 20
And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And huge
hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men;
and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its
plague was extremely severe.
So with the Seventh Bowl ''IT IS DONE'' and you see BABYLON
drinking the cup of God's WRATH.
the fall of babylon
in the seventh bowl
Remember that in the
7th Bowl BABYLON is
remembered and given God's cup of wrath.
Rev 18:1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having
great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2 And he
cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the
great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of
every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.
Recall the TIME PHRASES:
''in one day her plagues will come''
Rev 18:10 ''in one hour your judgment has come''
Rev 18:17 ''in one hour such great wealth has been
Rev 18:19 ' 'in one hour she has been laid waste!''
So what you see when the 7TH BOWL is poured out is that
BABYLON FALLS. An angel testifies that this happens and that it happens in
one day, in one hour...all laid waste.
After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great
multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power
belong to our God; 2 because His
true and righteous;
(the judgments in the Seals, Trumpets, Bowls) for He has judged the
great harlot (Babylon) who was corrupting the earth with her
immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.
Isn't this what was going to happen when the MYSTERY OF GOD
was FINISHED and God began to reign? What do we see beginning in God's
judgments from that time onward? We see a DIRECT ATTACK against the
Kingdom of the Beast and a DIRECT ATTACK against Babylon, Mother of
harlots, who has committed fornication with the kings of the earth and who
is drunk on the blood of the martyrs. Therefore, because of these true &
righteous judgments we see the Great Multitude in heaven rejoicing.
Rev 19:3 And a
second time they said, "Hallelujah! Her smoke
rises up forever and ever...6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a
great multitude and as the sound
of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
Now, did God's REIGN began here? No. Remember the TIME PHRASE associated
with the 7TH TRUMPET in Rev 11:17:
"O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and
because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign.''
So God reigns beginning at the 7th Trumpet and in so doing
brings judgments against the beast's kingdom & Babylon which results in
rejoicing in Rev 19.
Rev 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the
marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." (the
marriage supper of the Lamb) 11 And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a
white horse, and He who sat upon it [is] called Faithful and True; and in
righteousness He judges and wages war...16 And on His robe and on His
thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Verse 17
is a call ''to all the birds [to]...assemble for the great supper of
God'') 18 in order that you may eat the flesh of kings, (etc). 19 And I
saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to
make war against Him who sat upon the horse, and against His army.
When were they assembled? The SIXTH BOWL (Rev 16:12-16) when the
"spirits of demons" went out ''to gather them together for the war
of the great day of God, the Almighty.'' And now they are being
destroyed. (Cp to phrase in Rev 11:18
''destroy those who destroy the earth.")
Rev 19:20 And the beast was seized,
and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by
which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those
who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire
which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword....
Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the
abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the
serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, (Cp. Rev 12) and bound him for
a 1000 years, 3 ... so that he should not deceive the nations any
The opening of 7 Seals brings forth 7 Trumpets and when the
7th Trumpet is blown it brings forth 7 Bowls. At the
7th Bowl, Babylon is
destroyed and Jesus comes from heaven on a white horse with His saints to
make war with those who were assembled together in the 6th bowl. The Beast
& the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire. The Dragon is put into
the B.P. (bottomless pit) for 1000 years. For the next 1000 years the
Saints will rule and reign with Christ on the face of this earth (see Rev
5:10, 20:4,6, 22:5). At the end of the 1000 years the Dragon is let out of
the BP (Rev 20:7-10) and he goes out to deceive the nations resulting in
another war, Gog & Magog. After that, a New Heaven and New Earth come down
in Rev21. But before that New Heaven & New Earth, we see the Great White
Throne judgment, where death and Hades and the sea give up the dead who
stand before God (Rev 20:11-14). Then heaven and earth flees away and John
sees a New Heaven, New Earth and the Holy City Jerusalem coming down out
of heaven from God (Rev21:1ff). The New Jerusalem is in fact the BRIDE OF THE LAMB. That's
the big picture.
THE TIME PHRASES
IN THE REVELATION
Rev 6:17 By the
sixth seal we know that the Wrath of God has come.
Rev 7:3 Between the 6th and 7th Seals there is a sealing of 144,000 Jews,
12,000 from every tribe. This has to happen before the earth or the sea or
the trees can be harmed. In the Trumpets you see the destruction of the
trees, earth, etc. So you know that at this time these 144,000 are sealed
before you can move into the judgments in the 7th Seal (which equates with
the 7 Trumpets).
Rev 11:2 -
They are measuring the Temple so we know there has to be a Temple (Jewish)
on earth. But the court outside the Temple is not to be measured ''for
it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy
city for 42
YEARS)'' This statement does not seem to
refer to the past 42 months. When does this occur?
"And I will
grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1260
clothed in sackcloth." So they will prophesy for
Rev 11:7 And when they have finished their testimony,
the beast that comes up out of the
abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and
kill them. 8 And their
dead bodies [will lie] in the street of the great city which mystically is
called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. (in
JERUSALEM) 9 And those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and
nations [will] look at their dead bodies for
3.5 days, and
will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10 And those who
dwell on the earth [will] rejoice over them and make merry; and they will
send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who
dwell on the earth. 11 And after the
3.5 days the breath of life from
God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon
those who were beholding them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven
saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up into heaven in the cloud,
and their enemies beheld them. 13 And
in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of
the city fell; and seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake,
and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The
2ND woe is past; behold, the
3RD woe is coming quickly.
So the 2nd Woe is past after the Sixth Trumpet and is
associated with 3.5 years of 2 witnesses prophesying, then being killed by
the beast. Now at the end of the 6th Trumpet you see THE BEAST on the
scene, not having been mentioned before in Revelation. And since these 2
fire breathing prophets were disposed of by THE BEAST, the Earth Dwellers
are quite impressed with his ability to eradicate their two tormentors.
Kay feels like the nations will tread under the Holy City for 42 months
after the period marked by the sounding of the 7th
We are not finished yet and there is still more to come
because there are so many time phrases that help us establish the
progression of events. These time phrases are not just being pulled out of
the air but are discerned by simply allowing the text to speak for itself.
MYSTERY OF GOD
is almost finished
What will lead up to it and what will follow?
are learning that now. The Word of God tells you. God does not hide what
He is about to do from His bond-servants. He makes known His secrets to
them. Don't miss next week.
Those of us who belong to Christ may look like we are losing now, but we
are not because the Mystery of God is soon going to be finished and we
will then be shown for what we truly are...a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS unto God
and we will reign with Jesus Christ forever and ever.
supper of the Lamb is coming.
O Bride get ready!