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The Prophet's Code for Revelation Explained

For many people the book of Revelation re­mains a mystery. The symbols seem confusing and the order of the book is unclear. But when you crack the prophet’s code you realize that the book of Revelation is written in perfect symmetry. In addition, this perfect orderliness of Revelation is designed to answer the following four questions: 


What is the origin of evil? 

How does God battle against evil forces in our world? 

How will God judge evil? 

How does God deliver His people from evil? 


You might think that the prophet’s code begins with chapter one of Revelation, but it doesn’t. The prophet’s code begins in the center of the book, chapter twelve. From this central location, the prophet’s code ripples out perfectly. Let me illustrate it this way. Imag­ine throwing a rock in a pond. When the rock hits the water a ripple effect immediately takes place. The ripples of water on one side of the rock are perfectly mirrored by the ripples on the other side of the rock. The book of Revelation is written in this manner. 


Chapter twelve is comparable to the rock hit­ting the water and is the center of the prophet’s code. This central location is going to answer the following questions: What is the origin of evil? Where did it come from? Who started it, and why? 


Then from this central location we follow the ripples or chapters on either side of chapter twelve. We do not turn our attention to chapter one, but we look at those chapters immediately on either side of chapter twelve. You will notice in our diagram below that the next set of chapters will answer another important question, How does God war against evil forces in our world?

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From the above diagram, you will notice that chapters eight through eleven and chapters thirteen through sixteen represent those chapters im­mediately on either side of chapter twelve. You will also notice that the questions are phrased somewhat differently. This is because the chapters preceding chapter twelve will answer these questions from a historical view point, while the chapters that follow chapter twelve focus on last day events. 


Therefore, chapters eight through eleven will answer the question, How has God warred against evil forces through the centuries, from the time of the early church until the Second Coming of Christ? Chapters thirteen through sixteen will answer the question, How will God war against evil forces in the end of time?


We need that historical view point to know and understand how God has already fought against evil forces in our world. While this section identi­fies evil forces from the past, it also identifies the kind of spiritual weapons that have already been used to fight evil. Could these be the same spiritual weapons that we need to fight evil in our own day and in our own lives? 


The end time view is necessary so that we understand the kind of battles we should be fight­ing in these last days. There are many evil forces in our world, but the Bible identifies certain ones that ought to be the focus of our attention. As God pro­vided the weapons to fight evil forces in the past, He has also identified the tools we are to use to fight evil forces in the end of time. We will discover that God has a special message to battle against the evil forces of our own day.


So far, we have seen that the prophet’s code begins in the center of Revelation with chapter twelve. It answers that most important question, What is the origin of evil? From there the prophet’s code ripples out from the center with chapters eight through eleven on the historical side, and chap­ters thirteen through sixteen on the end time side. These chapters answer the following questions re­spectively: How has God fought against evil forces through the centuries? How will God war against evil forces in these last days? 


The next section of the prophet’s code will answer another important question, namely, How will God judge evil? The historical section, chapters four through seven, will answer the question, How has God judged evil through the centuries? The end time section, chapters seventeen through nineteen, will answer the question, How will God judge evil in these last days? 


The historical side, chapters four through seven, gives us a view of the heavenly court. There we see the Father and the Son. But who are these four living creatures and the twenty-four elders? And what do the seven seals have to do with judgment? We will discuss this in our commentary section.

 

On the end time side, chapters seventeen through nineteen describe the judgment of the har­lot church which is covered with the blood of the saints. Here we also find a symbolic dragon, beast, and false prophet that are thrown into the lake of fire. But what powers in our world are represented by the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet? 


The final section of the prophet’s code answers the question, How does God deliver His people from evil? In this historical section, chapters one through three, the question is answered, How has God delivered His people from evil through the centuries? The end time section, chapters twenty through twenty-two, will answer the question, How will God deliver His people from evil in these last days and forever? 


In the historical section, God describes His people as seven golden candlesticks. Each church represents a different spiritual condition. The message to each candlestick is tailor-made to help each one shine brighter for Jesus as they overcome evil in their individual lives. 


In the end time section, God will bring all evil to an end in the lake of fire. This same fire purifies the earth. Then God will create a new heaven and a new earth where there is no more evil. 


We live in a world that struggles between the forces of good and evil. We see that struggle go on in our own lives. To overcome the evil that is within and without, the prophet’s code answers the four questions we have been considering: 


What is the origin of evil? 

How does God war against evil forces in our world? 

How will God judge evil? 

How can God deliver us from evil? 


As you discover the simplicity of the prophet’s code, I hope that you are encouraged to study the book of Revelation with confidence. The prophet’s code makes the study of Revelation much easier. In addition to this, I firmly believe that if we will give diligence to our study of this book and apply the principles found within, we will have an entirely different religious experience. As it is promised, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3.


The question has been fairly asked, how do you know that these chapters are answering these questions, one from a historical viewpoint and the other from an end time viewpoint? As you review the following charts, notice that the words and phrases used on the historical side (chapters one through eleven), are the same words and phrases used on the end time side (chapters thirteen through twenty-two). 


For example, the words and phrases in chap­ters eight through eleven are the same words and phrases used in chapters thirteen through sixteen. Therefore, we know that these chapters are tied together. But how are they tied together? Are they speaking about the same period of time? No, they are not. They are tied together by the same topic. They answer the same question. One answers the question from a historical view point, and the other from an end time view. Therefore, let us now con­tinue our journey in cracking the prophet’s code by studying the very center of the prophet’s code. 


 What is the Origin of Evil? 

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As you can see, the center of the book, chap­ter twelve, is written in the same perfect order as the entire book. The second half mirrors the first half with similar words and phrases. We begin the chapter with a threefold description of the early church (verses 1–3). On the exact opposite side of the chapter, we end with a threefold description of God’s last day church (verse 17). 


While the symbols John uses to describe the early church are different than those used to de­scribed God’s remnant or last day church, these symbols have the same meaning. Therefore, in the end of time, God will have a church that will look just like the original. 


Then in verses 3–6 we have three attacks by Satan. On the exact opposite side of the chapter we have three attacks by Satan (verses 14–17a). The description of these attacks, helps us to understand that Satan uses both deception and force to fight against Christ and His church. 


As we continue to follow this mirror effect in chapter twelve, we see that the war between good and evil actually began in heaven (verses 7, 8). Then on the exact opposite side of the center we find that the war between good and evil was transferred to planet Earth (verse 13). As we continue our jour­ney towards the middle of the chapter, we find on either side of the center that Satan was cast to the Earth (verses 9, 12, 13). 


Now we come to the very center of the chapter in verses ten and eleven. This would also be the very center of the entire book or the very center of the prophet’s code. These central verses point us to the central issue in the great controversy between good and evil. 


Therefore, if we were to ask the question, Why did God write Revelation in this perfect mirror-like structure?   I believe there are at least four answers. 


First, God wanted us to be able to easily under­stand the structure and therefore the meaning of each chapter. With this mirror-like structure, where the second half of the book mirrors the words and phrases of the first half of the book, we are able to divide the book up into some very logical sections. 


Second, God made it easy for us to find the central issue in the great controversy between good and evil by placing it in the very center of the prophet’s code. How could God have made it any easier?

 

Third, if we have some difficulty understand­ing a certain section of the book, all we need to do is to look at the opposite side for some guidance or help. For example, many have had a difficult time trying to understand the seven trumpets found in chapters eight and nine. So what can we do? We can go to the exact opposite side of the book. What do we find? We find the description of the seven last plagues in chapters fifteen and sixteen. Notice that the seven trumpets and the seven last plagues have the same key word in the exact same order. (See pages 13, 14)


This tells me that the trumpets and plagues are tied together. If I know what the seven last plagues are about, then it will aid me in under­standing the purpose behind the seven trumpets. 


Fourth, as we perceive this perfect orderliness of Revelation, we are encouraged that God can bring our lives into order as well. My life does not need to be chaotic, without any sense of direction. God is able to direct my path in a way that brings me into harmony with His perfect will. 


Let us now consider the central issue in the great controversy between good and evil. The central verse is verse 10, which reads: 


“Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power [or authority] of his Christ.”


Due to Christ’s death and resurrection, now is come salva­tion, and strength, and the kingdom of Christ. But there is something else. Now is come the authority of Christ. This implies that the authority of Jesus was questioned. Could it be that the great controversy between good and evil is over Satan questioning the authority of the Son of God? Let us consider this thought. 


The great law of life is to receive that we may give to others. In the things of nature, we see this lesson taught. As the sun shines upon our little world, the flowers, trees, and shrubs receive the life-giving rays, and in return these plants not only breathe a fragrance but also pour forth life-giv­ing elements that support life to both people and animals. The ocean receives from rivers, lakes, and streams, and in return, rain is formed to shower upon the earth.


In heaven itself, Jesus, the Son of God, receives all things from His Father, but He always takes to give to others. The angels themselves give unself­ishly and tirelessly to help the human family. They work in close communion with God to bring light and love to our world.


But in the heart of man there is selfishness. Our sinful natures are bent to live for ourselves. However, this behavior of self-serving did not begin on planet Earth. In heaven itself, Lucifer, better known as the devil and Satan, broke the law of receiving to give. In Lucifer, the law of self-seeking originated. 

At one time, Lucifer was the most honored of all created beings. When he came forth from the Creator’s hand he was perfect in all his ways. The Lord said: 


“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. . . . Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness [you allowed your beauty and wisdom to corrupt you by giving yourself all the credit].” Ezekiel 28:15, 17.


Lucifer did not become evil all at once. Little by little Lucifer kept nurturing the desire to ex­alt himself, even to rival Jesus as the Son of God. The Bible says: 


“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the na­tions! For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the con­gregation, in the sides of the north [I will sit equal­ly with God and help govern the universe]: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:12–14.


All the honor, talent, and intellectual capacity that Lucifer possessed had come from God. Lucifer did not create himself, God created him. But Luci­fer attributed all his beauty and abilities to himself. Not content with his high position in the angelic world, he desired a higher office. What did he want? He wanted the same glory, honor, and praise attributed to the Son of God. He wanted the power that Jesus possessed. 


Lucifer’s desire to be equally glorified as was the Son of God had caused quite a stir in heaven. Warning after warning was given to Lucifer to turn away from this destructive course of action. But all the entreaties, full of mercy and love, only aroused a spirit of resistance. Lucifer’s jealousy of Jesus superseded everything else. His main objec­tive in life was to dispute the supremacy of the Son of God and accuse the Father of being unfair. All of his intellect and energy were now aimed at this one purpose. 


The Father no doubt called all the heavenly hosts together, that He might share with them the true position of His Son in relation to all cre­ated things. Before billions of angels, the Father declared that none but Jesus, His Son, could fully enter into His purposes in creating and sustaining the universe. It was Jesus who created all things according to the Father’s will. See Colossians 1:16. Therefore, to the Son of God and the Father do all intelligent beings owe their homage and allegiance. 


When the Father explained that His Son was equal to Himself, Lucifer must have denounced that as a lie. How else could Lucifer exalt himself to be equal with the Son of God? 

Lucifer’s exaltation of himself and his mis­representation of the authority of Jesus tragically deceived one-third of the angels. See Revelation 12:4. Yet, two-thirds of the angels remained loyal to God. They still believed that Jesus was one with the Father from eternity, and that it was through Jesus that all the angels, including Lucifer, owed their existence.


The crafty Lucifer no doubt denounced the loyal angels as deluded slaves. He would have de­clared that the authority given to Jesus was unfair to him and the whole angelic realm. Lucifer’s mind was now made up. His decision was final. He would never, never, never, acknowledge the author­ity of Jesus. 


The great war between good and evil, between, between truth and error, is an issue concerning authority. Specifically, the issue is over the authority of Jesus. Does Jesus have authority over Lucifer and every other created being? As our Creator, should we recognize the authority of Jesus in our lives?


How do we recognize the authority of Jesus? The answer is in the next verse. Revelation 12:11, which reads that the saints overcame the devil “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” 


We first recognize the authority of Jesus by accepting what He did for us. He came and lived a sinless life that He may become a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 


The second step is to have a testimony. We have a testimony concerning His shed blood by applying that blood to our lives. What we need is to receive a transfusion of the life of Christ. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to impart the life of Jesus into us, that it is no longer we who live but Christ who lives in us. We can receive a fresh supply of the Holy Spirit each day by (1) having a daily need for Jesus, and (2) sharing precious truth with others. 


But if we do not have a daily interest in becoming more like Jesus, then why be empowered by the Holy Spirit? If we are unwilling to share with others what we have received, then why be empowered. But if we choose to be like Jesus, then we will receive the transfu­sion of His life through the Holy Spirit. If we make ourselves available for God’s service, then we will be filled with His presence.


Third, we must follow Jesus until the end. Salvation is not about being a part-time Christian. Salvation is about becoming a new creation in Jesus. It is about walking in His light the rest of our lives. It is about remaining faithful to Him no matter the consequences. If you stumble and fall He is there to pick you up. He is there to help you to finish the race, and to receive an immortal crown. 


 The War Against Evil 

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Chapters eleven and thirteen are on opposite sides of chapter twelve. On one side, the historical side, we have God’s two witnesses (chapter eleven). On the opposite side, the end time side, we have two beasts (chapter thirteen). Notice how the words and phrases describing God’s two witnesses are the same words and phrases describing the two beasts. It is apparent that these two chapters are linked together. They are linked together because they answer the same question, namely, How does God war against evil forces? 


However, these two chapters are separated by time. In other words, chapter eleven will answer the question, How has God fought against evil forces in the past? Chapter thirteen will answer the question, How will God fight against evil forces in the end of time? 


Therefore, what can we learn from chapter eleven? Throughout the centuries, God has chosen His two witnesses, the Old and New Testaments, to fight against evil forces. The truths of God’s Word expose error, convince of sin, and point the way to salvation. 


Remembering that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, it is important that we who live in these last days also use the Word to fight against evil forces. It is not the opinions of men that convince people of right doing. Rather, it is the Word of God that must convince the sinner in the right direction. Therefore, if we want to work with God in holding back the tide of evil, we must become more acquainted with His Word. We need to apply the Word to our lives. And we need to be willing to share the truths that we have freely received. 


What do we find on the end time side, chapter thirteen? We find two beast powers that are empowered by the dragon. While God empowers His Word (11:3, 6), the dragon, who is the devil and Satan, will empower these two beast powers to persecute the people of God in these last days (13:2, 11–13). 


What a religious crisis is here described in chapter thirteen! Those who refuse to worship the beast and his image will face civil penalties (verses 16, 17). More than that, they will face a death decree (verse 15).


Who are these two beast powers? As we study chapter thirteen of Revelation, we will learn that beasts represent political powers. So here are described two superpowers in our world. There is the first beast that the world worships (verses 3, 4), and there is the second beast that can cause the whole world to worship the image of the first beast (verse 15). Both of these two superpowers must then have strong religious elements.


So why do these two beast powers have the same description as God’s two witnesses, the Old and New Tes­taments? God is forewarning us that Satan wants to deceive the world in trusting in these two beast powers above the Word of God. It is Satan’s desire that people will be too busy to study God’s Word on their own. He hopes that they will rely on the opinions of religious leaders. Then all Satan has to do is to mislead these religious leaders. In misleading them he is able to mislead the masses. Imagine most of the world rebel­ling against the Word of God by placing their trust in the religious leaders represented within the first and second beast. 


What we learn from chapter thirteen, is that we should be very concerned about the first and second beast. There are other evil forces in the world, but God places special emphasis on these two beast powers. We would do well to then apply the principles of Biblical interpretation to find out who these religious superpowers are. This we will do in the commentary section.


Isn’t God good? You and I could be consumed and concerned about a host of evil forces in our world. But instead we must prepare ourselves for the Second Coming of Christ. In doing so, we must focus on what God tells us to focus on. He knows what is best for us. It is Satan’s plan to divert our minds to other affairs so that we are unprepared for the return of Christ. Dear reader, do not allow Satan to sidetrack you. We need to be very focused on what God says is important. 

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Chapters ten and fourteen have similar words and phrases that seem to focus on a specific message. In chap­ter ten we have a little book that has been opened (verse 2), and in chapter fourteen we have the three angels’ messages (verses 6–12). Both are to be proclaimed to many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings (10:11; 14:6).


How do these messages relate to one another? In chapter ten the little book is associated with Christ “clothed with a cloud” (verse 1) and the command to “prophesy again” (verse 11). In chapter fourteen the three angels’ messages are associated with Christ sitting “on a cloud” (verse 16), and the angel’s command to reap the earth for judgment (verses 14–20). It would seem that the eating or assimilation of the little book (10:9–11) is the beginning of a grand movement to prepare a people for the Second Coming of Jesus. While the description of the 144,000 (14:1–5) and the preaching of the three angels’ messages (14:6–12) is the cul­mination of this same movement. 


Both of these messages are associated with time. In chapter ten we are told that “there should be time [prophecies] no longer” (verse 6). There are two things we can learn from this statement. First, the saints were looking for the fulfillment of some great time prophecy. Second, this great time prophecy would be the last prophecy associated with time. In other words, none of the remaining prophecies are tied to time. What is left is the readiness of God’s people to usher in the Second Coming of Christ. 


In chapter fourteen, we are told that “judgment is come” (verse 7). As we will learn in our commentary, God provided a time prophecy that pinpointed the day when God would begin to judge the world. Is this the same time prophecy as the last great time prophecy spoken about in chapter ten? In the commentary section, we will discover that they are the same.


So how do chapters ten and fourteen answer the question, How does God war against evil forces in our world? Part of the answer is that He uses people. What kind of people? People who are willing to eat the Word of God (10:9–11), witness to many people (10:11; 14:6), willing to have the Father’s name, or charac­ter, written on their foreheads (14:1), earnest seekers of truth (14:4), desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus (14:4), desire to keep their speech and hearts clean from anything that defiles (14:5); fear God and give Him glory (14:7), worship God as their Creator (14:7), refuse to worship the beast and his image (14:9), exhibit the patience of Jesus (14:12), keep the commandments of God (14:12), and have the faith of Jesus (14:12). 


In the historical section, chapter ten, we have the beginning of a movement that will, in chapter fourteen, culminate in the 144,000 and the preaching of the last gospel call to a perishing world. In fighting evil, God raises up both individuals and movements. He inspires this person and that person. Soon there are ten people, then one hundred, ten thousand, and a hundred thousand. God is calling every one of us to be part of His last day movement.


Let us now turn our attention to the seven trumpets and the seven last plagues. 

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As we consider the seven trumpets found in chapters eight and nine, we can see that the key word associated with each trumpet is the same key word associated with each of the seven last plagues. Notice how these key words in the trumpets and the plagues are in the exact same order. There can be no doubt that God wants us to understand the relationship between the trumpets and the plagues.

 

We know that the seven trumpets are on the historical side, and that the seven last plagues are on the end time side. The seven trumpets will continue to answer the question, How has God fought against evil forces through the centuries? The seven last plagues will continue to answer the question, How will God fight against evil forces in these last days?


So far, we have seen that God uses His Word to fight evil (chapter 11). God fights against the tide of evil with those He has sanctified (chapters 10, 14). And God has identified two beast powers that will make it so difficult for God’s people in these last days (chapter 13). 


Some might say, “That sounds very nice, but doesn’t God ever punish evil forces in our world?” The answer is, “Yes.” But according to the prophet’s code, God first tries to win the hearts of these evil forces. He desires all to be saved. In fact, all of us were direct enemies of the faithful before we became believers in His sav­ing grace. 


What we will discover in our commentary is that the seven trumpets blew throughout the centuries to protect God’s true church from being annihilated by the false church. The Inquisition during the time of the Dark Ages is but one example of the relentless efforts of the false church trying to destroy the true. God would cause invading forces to come and punish the persecutor of God’s people, thereby reducing the pres­sure against His own. 


So it will be in the end of time. The world will array itself against the people of God and prohibit them from buying or selling. Revelation 13:16, 17. Then they will enforce a death decree. Revelation 13:15. At just the right time, God will counteract the work of these evil forces with the seven last plagues. 


What we learn from chapters eight and nine, and fifteen and sixteen, is that God has intervened in history. For example, when the Egyptian army tried to eradicate the Hebrew people by the Red Sea, God intervened and not only rescued His people, but He wiped out the persecutor. So it has been throughout history, and so it will be in the end of time.


I know there have been many times in my own life where God has protected me from harm. And there are, no doubt, countless times when He has intervened but I was not aware of it. Perhaps you can think of spe­cific examples in your own life when you were protected from harm by heavenly agencies. 


How God Judges in the End of Time 

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By viewing the diagram above, we see that the words and phrases found in chapters four through seven are mirrored by these same words in chapters seventeen through nineteen. The question that these chapters will answer is, How does God judge evil?Consider the opening text in Revelation chapter seventeen, which reads: 


“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.”


The “great whore” in chapter seventeen is also known as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (verse 5). This mother of harlots is the main apostate church. As a mother, she no doubt has daughters who are joined in her apos­tasy from the Word of God, teaching for doctrines the traditions of men. She is also “that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (verse 18). And we are told that she “sitteth” on “seven mountains” (verse 9). 


She will try to take over the reins of the world, and for a time thinks that she has succeeded in doing so. As the Bible says, “How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.” Revelation 18:7. But at the apex of her power over the conscience of men, God will intervene and judge her. The following verse declares, 


“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth.” Revelation 18:8.


We also find in the nineteenth chapter the focus on judgment. “For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand” (verse 2). This harlot church will be judged for murders and unjust judg­ments, for corrupting the minds of men with her false teachings, and for her illicit and immoral union of church and state.


Do we see a focus on judgment in chapters four through seven? 


“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?’” Revelation 6:9, 10.


The blood of the martyrs, throughout the centuries, cries out to Him whose judgments are “true and righ­teous.” God will avenge His own by punishing the unrepentant persecutors. But He will also judge in favor of the repentant and give them the gift of eternal life. As the next verse reads, 


“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.” Revelation 6:11. 


The following is another picture of the redeemed in chapter seven: 

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, say­ing, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9, 10. 


In addition to these beautiful scenes of the saved in heaven, we have a description of the throne room of God (chapters four and five). From here God judges His people and the nations. Then what follows are the seven seals which describe varying spiritual conditions that determine whether individuals are lost or saved. This historical section ends with four angels holding back the four winds of strife so that the last generation of saints has the time to make their final decision for or against Him. 


How God delivers from evil 


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In our final section of the prophet’s code, we will be answering another very important question, namely, How does God deliver His people from evil? Chapters one through three will be answering this question from a historical perspective, How has God delivered His people from evil through the centuries? And chapters nineteen through twenty-two will be answering it from an end time perspective, How will God deliver His people from evil forever? 


Notice how the same words and phrases found in chapters one through three are mirrored by the same words and phrases in chapters nineteen through twenty-two. Did you also noticed that the focus is on Jesus? This is because Jesus is the way God delivers His people from evil. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. See John 14:6. 


Notice also that God’s people are delivered from evil by being overcomers (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7). We are delivered from evil by overcoming temptation and sin. The Bible says: 


“Now unto him [Jesus] that is able to keep you from falling [into sin], and to present you faultless [as an overcomer] before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” Jude 24. 


And Paul wrote, 


“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13. 


In the historical section, chapters one through three, God teaches us how to become overcomers. He begins by providing us with a sevenfold description of Jesus in chapter one. The number seven is the number for completeness. In other words, Jesus is completely able to save us from sin. We become overcomers by being complete in Him. 


Then in chapters two and three, we have John’s letters to the seven churches. These seven literal churches in John’s day also symbolically represent seven different spiritual conditions. God has a special message or remedy for each church. He knows how to help each one to be an overcomer. 


Then in the final chapters of Revelation, chapters nineteen through twenty-two, we have a description of how God will rid the world of evil altogether. The day is coming when “God shall wipe away all tears from their [His people’s] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4. 


All the promises made in chapters one through three will be finally realized in chapters nineteen through twenty-two. The saints were promised immortality and eternal life, As we consider the seven trumpets found in chapters eight and nine, we can see that the key word associated with each trumpet is the same key word associated with each of the seven last plagues. Notice how these key words in the trumpets and the plagues are in the exact same order. There can be no doubt that God wants us to understand the relationship between the trumpets and the plagues.

 

We know that the seven trumpets are on the historical side, and that the seven last plagues are on the end time side. The seven trumpets will continue to answer the question, How has God fought against evil forces through the centuries? The seven last plagues will continue to answer the question, How will God fight against evil forces in these last days?


So far, we have seen that God uses His Word to fight evil (chapter 11). God fights against the tide of evil with those He has sanctified (chapters 10, 14). And God has identified two beast powers that will make it so difficult for God’s people in these last days (chapter 13). 


Some might say, “That sounds very nice, but doesn’t God ever punish evil forces in our world?” The answer is, “Yes.” But according to the prophet’s code, God first tries to win the hearts of these evil forces. He desires all to be saved. In fact, all of us were direct enemies of the faithful before we became believers in His sav­ing grace. 


What we will discover in our commentary is that the seven trumpets blew throughout the centuries to protect God’s true church from being annihilated by the false church. The Inquisition during the time of the Dark Ages is but one example of the relentless efforts of the false church trying to destroy the true. God would cause invading forces to come and punish the persecutor of God’s people, thereby reducing the pres­sure against His own. 


So it will be in the end of time. The world will array itself against the people of God and prohibit them from buying or selling. Revelation 13:16, 17. Then they will enforce a death decree. Revelation 13:15. At just the right time, God will counteract the work of these evil forces with the seven last plagues. 


What we learn from chapters eight and nine, and fifteen and sixteen, is that God has intervened in history. For example, when the Egyptian army tried to eradicate the Hebrew people by the Red Sea, God intervened and not only rescued His people, but He wiped out the persecutor. So it has been throughout history, and so it will be in the end of time.


I know there have been many times in my own life where God has protected me from harm. And there are, no doubt, countless times when He has intervened but I was not aware of it. Perhaps you can think of spe­cific examples in your own life when you were protected from harm by heavenly agencies. 


How God Judges in the End of Time and they shall receive it at the Second Coming of Christ. They were promised the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, and it will be theirs. Indeed, God will keep every promise He has made to them that overcome.