Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries
Ten ‘10’ Denotes God’s divine ‘COMPLETENESS’ as to things on EARTH. In Revelation 10, he is opening up the ancient scrolls and ‘little book’ of prophecy that Daniel was told to ‘SEAL UP’ and not write of what was spoken. He was prophetically being told additional things that would transpire or occur ‘in the end of days’ and during the 7 year ‘tribulation.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the ‘time of the end’: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the ‘time of the end’.
‘Time of the End’:
Revelation ‘10’ And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a ‘little book open’: (NWN; Daniels ‘little book’ is now being opened by God’s Great Angel of Prophecy) and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven ‘7’ thunders uttered their voices.
(NWN; I ‘discern’ that these are seven ‘7’ other great prophecy angels who are ‘confirming’ that NOW IS THE TIME to OPEN DANIEL’S ‘END TIME’ Book of Future Prophecy.’)
4 And when the seven ‘7’ 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 ‘7’ thunders uttered, and write them not.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
(NWN; The Great Prophecy Angel is proclaiming the ‘LAST DAYS or END TIMES’ have come, in no uncertain terms, and that NOW IS THE TIME to reveal prophecy related TO the Last Days or End Times and Tribulation.)
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh ‘7’ angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
(NWN; Seven ‘7’ denotes God’s divine completion to his plan or purpose for this ‘7th’ prophecy angel to commence and complete prophecy related to the Last Days and End Times. Think of the Great Prophecy Angel as a ‘General’ and the ‘7th’ prophecy angel as a Major or Colonel or someone of rank who has been given authority to physically ‘begin something or start something.’)
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open (NWN; notice that the ‘little book’ is OPEN) in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
(NWN; the prophecy angel(s) are HANDING the little book to physically alive men on the earth. In essence, they are handing or ‘transferring’ the ‘little book of prophecy’ to physical men ALIVE on the EARTH during the ‘End Times’ or ‘Last Days.’ God conveys prophecy to Angels who in turn are ‘messengers’ of God’s prophecy to mortal men alive. Angels, throughout the past 6,000 years have been ‘messengers’ for God to mankind.)
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
(NWN; this is a ‘discernment’ on my part. ‘Take it and eat it’ is a spiritual ‘consumption’ of understanding the End Times and God’s related prophecies to go along with ‘signs of the times.’ It takes ‘7’ knowledge, wisdom, obedience, humility, persistence, prayer and the Holy Spirit’ to work prophecy in man’kind. This is a great and wonderful thing, just like a ‘7’ course meal. However, once the prophecies are apparent ‘consumed and understood’ they will be prone to make one sick to the stomach because of what they foretell. Just like eating a ’7’ course meal will likely make you feel like you could explode. God’s UNFILTERD WRATH poured on evil man’kind who refuse Him, and refuse His Son Jesus Christ and His eternal offer of salvation. Seeing prophecy happen and unfold is a wonderful and miraculous thing. Understanding the implications of seeing prophecy unfold, leaves one’s stomach bitter and sour because of the ‘gastrointestinal storm’ that is coming. Pass-the-antacid-pills, please.)
10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
(NWN; the prophecy angel was prophesying what would happen to anyone who attempted to reveal what was in the ‘little book.’ This verse ‘confirms’ that what was prophesied, did in fact occur and was experienced by those given the task of being Watchmen. This also ‘suggests’ that some men are ‘willingly’ allowing themselves to be Watchmen because they consciously love prophecy (God’s Word) and are completely open and receptive to it.)
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
(NWN; since this is verse ‘11’ it suggests a WARNING(S). The purpose of prophecy is to inform, proclaim and WARN. It suggests that the Watchmen who proclaim the Word of God, will have their ‘7’ words, letters, videos, blogs, sermons, articles and books proclaim God’s WILL to those during the End Times / Last Days and Tribulation period. God has ALWAYS used Holy Angels and physical men (Moses, Elijah, Daniel, Enoch, and others) to speak on behalf of God. He will do this also through the Tribulation via; 1. Prophecy revealed to mankind via his ‘little book’ to Watchmen, 2. The ‘two witnesses’, ‘lampstands’ or candles who proclaims God’s light to the world for the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, 3. The various Angel warnings given to men to NOT TAKE THE MARK of the BEAST and lastly, 4. The 144,000 Jewish Evangelists who have the ‘seal of God’ in their foreheads (and NOT the mark of the Beast) who proclaim Jesus Christ’s offer of Salvation ONE LAST TIME, before the 7 year tribulation ends.)
Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass ‘in the last days’, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids ‘in those days’
What Does Jesus Say About The ‘Week Of Jacob’s Trouble’ And Israel’s Redemption?
The Beast Prince that ‘Confirms’ the seven (7) year false ‘peace treaty’:
Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people [Palestinians, Arabs/Muslims] of the prince [Beast, Antichrist] that shall come shall destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [Third Temple]; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he [Prince, Beast, Antichrist] shall confirm [verify] the covenant [‘Normalization’, Abraham Accords] with many [MENA, Arabic/Muslim Countries] for one week [7 years]: and in the midst [3.5 Years] of the week [7 Years] he [Prince, Beast, Antichrist] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate [The Prince, Beast, Antichrist places himself in the ‘Holy of Holies’ in the Third Temple and declares himself to be god and to be worshipped as such, under penalty of death]. (Emphasis, interpretation and discernment mine.)
Isaiah 28:14-19 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The man of sin, ‘son of perdition’ is being revealed currently. The final ‘proof’ will be during his ‘abomination of desolation’ WHEN the Beast identifies himself as the Antichrist during the event known as the ‘abomination of desolation’ where he declares himself to be God and demands the world to worship him accordingly, under threat of death. This will most likely occur sometime in the end of 2025. Three things are to happen in order. 1. The ‘falling away’ or spiritual apostasy of many around the world regarding Christian faith. 2. From the occurrence of the ‘abomination of desolation’ to Christ’s Second Coming is 1,290 days. 3. Lastly, the ‘Day of the Lord’ will not occur until AFTER events noted one and two have already occurred. Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days (1,290 days).
NWN; Count 1,290 days to the Second Coming of Christ, from when the ‘Abomination of Desolation’ occurs. ALL timelines lead to the Second Physical coming of Christ to earth on the last day of the entire 7 year tribulation. If the ‘Abomination of Desolation’ occurs on October 13th, 2025 … add 1,290 days to arrive at Christ’s Second physical coming on April 25, 2029.
The Confirmer / Prince / Beast (now) who becomes the Antichrist (future), midway through the coming seven (7) year tribulation, in the Jews rebuilt Third (3) Temple. Six (6) verses:
Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Matthew 24:15: “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place(whoever reads, let him understand) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Daniel 11:36 Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
Daniel 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
NWN; Count 1,290 days to the Second Coming of Christ, from when the ‘Abomination of Desolation’ occurs. ALL timelines lead to the Second Physical coming of Christ to earth on the last day of the entire 7 year tribulation.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [Jews] and against Jerusalem.
And ‘in that day’ will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Three-fold Reference to New Songs:
- … “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:” (Rev. 5:9). (Emphasis added).
- … “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” (Rev. 14:3). (Emphasis added).
- … “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” (Rev. 15:3). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The first reference (Rev. 5:9) is of redeemed men or saints from every kindred, tongue, people and nations during the Church Age (Bride of Christ). These redeemed men or saints are in heaven and are singing a new song, praising God and Jesus Christ. The second reference (Rev. 14:3) is the 144,000 redeemed men from the 12 (twelve) tribes of Israel, during the Tribulation. They are on earth, on mount Sion and are singing a new song unto Jesus Christ, which only they know. Since these are saved Jews, their song is unique to their redemption based on having denied Christ as their Messiah for over 2,000 years. The last reference (Rev. 15:3) is song singing the praise of Jesus Christ, by the Tribulation Saints. These men were saved by Christ, during the seven year Tribulation period. They overcame the beast, his image, him mark and the number of his name. They didn’t fall for any of the satanic deception that runs rampant worldwide during the Tribulation. Each group of believers; the Church Age Saints (Bride of Christ), the 144,000 saved Jews on earth during the Tribulation, and the redeemed saints/martyrs of the Tribulation all have a special reason to be thankful for the saving grace provided by Jesus Christ. Each group of believers is unique and each group have something special to sing about regarding their redemption through Christ. Each group has a “new song” or unique song of praise.
Three-fold Symbolic References to Israel being a Mother:
- Giving birth to the Children of Israel. (Tribes of Israel). (3X). (Rev. 5:5, Rev. 7:4-8, Rev. 21:12).
- Giving birth to a Man. (Jesus Christ). (Rev. 12:5).
- Giving birth to a Child. (Christian Church). (3X). (Rev. 12:2, 12:4, 12:5).
Commentary: Israel is divinely credited with giving birth to its twelve (12) Tribes, to Jesus Christ (through the genetic line of David) and of the redeemed saints of Christianity through their Judaic spiritual heritage. (Child, Bride of Christ). The Children (Tribes) of Israel and the Child (Christian Church) are each given three references, denoting emphasis of their status as related to Israel. All three entities combined are given a total of seven (7) references, denoting God’s divinely determined completeness to his plan or purpose.
Three-fold Reference to the Tribes of Israel:
- … “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seals therof.” (Rev. 5:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand (144,000) of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manases were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.” (Rev. 7:4-8). (Emphasis added).
- … “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.” (Rev. 21:12). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The first reference indicates that Jesus Christ is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.” The second reference indicates that 12,000 Jews from each of the twelve (12) Tribes of Israel (144,000 total) are a special, or supernaturally sealed group of Jewish redeemed believers that exist on earth during the seven (7) year Tribulation period. The third and final reference to the Tribes of israel occurs in the detailed description of the New Jerusalem, that comes down from heaven. New Jerusalem is described as having twelve (12) gates and each gate is assigned or named after one of the Tribes of Israel. As such, anyone (earthly saved Kings, or redeemed saints) can’t enter the city of new Jersulam without seeing or noticing the name of the Tribe of Israel identified on the gate they are entering. Israel always has, and always will, be the apple of God’s eye and have a special place in God’s divine order of things. As such, they are given special notice and reference at each of the holy gates into the new Jerusalem.
Three-fold References to Remnant:
- … “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city (Jerusalem) fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Rev. 11:13). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” (Rev. 19:21). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The first two references are of Israel, and her remnant. The third reference is to those who fight against Christ on the Great Day of the Lord’s Return, these are NOT the Jews.
Four-fold Reference to the Two Supernatural Witnesses:
- … “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Rev. 11:3). (Emphasis added).
- … “These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” (Rev. 11:4). (Emphasis added).
- … “And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.” (Rev. 11:10). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: two (2) a double, solid confirmation of a matter or subject. God didn’t send one or three supernatural entities, he sent two (2). They are described as 2 (two) witnesses, olive trees, candlesticks and prophets. As two (2) witnesses, they provide a testimony to the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, through his forgiveness of sins, through his shedding of blood and through his resurrection. All that evil men have to do is confess their sins, believe in Jesus Christ and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Since this is during the Tribulation, any man who accepts the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, will most likely also end up being martryed and beheaded for their belief in Jesus Christ. As two (2) prophets, they prophesy to evil men throughout the world as to what is coming in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. As two (2) candlesticks, they are metaphors for shining the light of Christ into a dark, evil world. As two (2) olive trees, they bear fruit in faithfully representing Christ and spreading the good news of his salvation for evil men. Not surprisingly, evil men are “tormented” by these two witnesses or prophets. They don’t want to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. They reject it. They are distraught over having their consciences constantly tweeked by these two witnesses who remind them, time and time again, to give up being evil and to turn to Christ. They don’t want to hear it. They are comfortable and happy in continuing to do whatever evil it is that they are doing.
These evil men wish that the two (2) prophets would just die, and go away and leave them alone. These two (2) prophets are a continual reminder, for the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, that what men are doing is evil in the sight of God. Evil men reject and deny everything they hear from the two (2) witnesses. Evil men can’t get rid of, or kill these two (2) prophets since God has given them supernatural power to be able to withstand any forceable attempt on their life. Additionally, they are able to physically torment evil men with various supernatural plagues, as they see fit. The two (2) supernatural witnesses or prophets are God’s last attempt at using holy men to try to reach the minds and spirits of evil men with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, the beast/antichrist is allowed to kill these two (2) witnesses and their bodies will lay out in the open street for 3 ½ days, decaying and decomposing, for the whole world to see. The whole world is so ecstatic that these prophets have been killed, that they celebrate, “rejoice and make merry” and “buy one another gifts.” After the 3 ½ days, God resurrects the two (2) witnesses and instructs them to “come up hither” in heaven (home). God’s patience has run out in using holy men, words, logic, meanings, testimonies and exhortations in trying to get evil men to willingly repent of their sins and evil actions. For the most part, all of the efforts of the two (2) witnesses have fallen on deaf ears, blind eyes, dumb minds and on the deceived spirits of evil men. In summary, the four-fold references of them being witnesses, olive trees, candlesticks and prophets attests to their purpose and ministry on earth during the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation.
Five-fold Reference to Persecution of the Woman (Israel) by the serpent/dragon:
- … “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.“ (Rev. 12:13). (Empahasis added).
- … “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (3 ½ years), from the face of the serpent.” (Rev. 12:14). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (Rev. 12:15). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” (Rev. 12:16). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The descriptive use of (d)ragon and (s)erpent are used a total of 5 (five) times in the context of persecuting Israel (the woman). The dragon goes to devour the child (Church) as soon as it is born, only to be thwarted by God’s miraculous “catching up” (rapture/harpazo) of the Church. Next, the dragon goes to persecute the woman (Israel) by trying to destroy her with a flood, only to be thwarted miraculously by the earth that swallows the flood. The dragon is getting exceedingly angry wroth with the woman because he can’t catch and destroy her. Since the woman (Israel) is supernaturally protected in the wildnerness for 3 ½ years, the dragon does the only thing left for him to do. He goes after and makes war with the remnant of the woman’s (Israel’s) seed. The remnant are redeemed Jews that have come to believe in Jesus Christ as their savior or “have the testimony of Jesus Christ”, and have accepted forgiveness of their sins, through the shedding of Christ’s blood and not through animal sacrifices. There are two important points or themes made in these concise, five verses; the dragon (Satan) literally tries to destroy, devour or kill those who are loved by God and Christ. The child (Church age believers), the woman (Israel) and her remnant (144,000 redeemed Jews from the 12 tribes). In every attempt, Satan is kept from causing any of these groups harm. All three goups are supernaturally protected. God protects those who love him and the Lamb, and have placed their faith and salvation in Jesus Christ. The Church, Israel and her remnant are so important and a desired prize to the dragon (Satan), that he persecutes and tries to devour them himself. The beast/antichrist’s role is to deceive evil mankind and the nations. Satan targets the most important prizes for himself.
Five-fold Reference to Satanic Power:
- … “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. “ (Rev. 12:15). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 12:17). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” (Rev. 13:2). (Emphasis added).
- … “And they the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able make war with him?“ (Rev. 13:4). (Emphasis added).
- … “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.“ (Rev. 16:13). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: These five verses describe Satan’s direct exercise of his power. Satan directly causes a flood to try to devour Israel (woman as she flees to the wilderness). He directly tries to attack Israel’s remnant. Rev. 13:2 and 13:4 specifically indicate that Satan directly gives his power, seat and authority to the beast. These are his attributes which he endows to the beast/antichrist. Lastly, Satan also issues an unclean spirit from his mouth, along with the beast and false prophet, who exercise their endowed satanic power to also issue forth unclean spirits from their mouths. These unclean spirits are used to draw kings, from around the world, to come to battle at Armageddon. All subsequent verses in Revelation that refer to either the beast or the false prophet, directly or indirectly refer to their endowed power coming from Satan. Satan give his power directly to the beast/antichrist, who in turn, shares some of this power with the false prophet. As stated elsewhere in this analysis, the false prophet can only exercise satanic power when he is in close proximity of the beast. Satan’s power is not omnipotent or omnipresent. He has to be nearby his fleshly puppets (beast and false prophet), in order to exercise his power.
7,000 Thousand Killed by a Great Earthquake:
… “And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and even gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Rev. 11:13). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: This verse, taken in context, is the last verse in Revelation 11 that describes the Tribulational ministry of the two supernatural witnesses (generally believed to be either/or/and, Moses and Elijha). After the antichrist mortally slays these two witnesses, they lay out in the open – unburied for 3 ½ days. After which, a great voice from heaven calls them up from heaven saying… “Come up hither.” Verse 13 then says that at the very same hour in which they are called into heaven, there is a great earthquake killing seven thousand men. The remnant of men that were not killed by the earthquake became extremely fightened by what just happened and end up giving glory to God. Unfortunately, I don’t have statistics readily handy at my fingertips, but I am not aware of any modern era earthquake causing anywhere near 7,000 fatalities. This is a tremendous number of people to be killed. This great earthquake almost represents an exclamation point (or period) at the very end of the two wintnesses supernatural ministry. Very interestingly, this follows another biblical pattern as to the day/afternoon of when Christ was crucified, there was also an earthquake. … ‘Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truely this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54). (Emphasis added).
Twelve-Fold References to the Tribes of Israel Being Sealed:
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Juda were sealed.” (Rev. 7:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Reuben were sealed.” (Rev. 7:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Gad were sealed.” (Rev. 7:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Aser were sealed. “ (Rev. 7:6). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed.” (Rev. 7:6). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Manases were sealed.” (Rev. 7:6). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Simeon were sealed.” (Rev. 7:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Levi were sealed.” (Rev. 7:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Issachar were sealed.” (Rev. 7:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed.” (Rev. 7:8). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Joseph were sealed.” (Rev. 7:8). (Emphasis added).
- … “12,000 of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.” (Rev. 7:8). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: 12 (twelve) tribes x 12,000 Jewish men being sealed = 144,000 Jewish men being sealed. Twelve (12) denotes God’s divinely constituted organization either in heaven or on earth. The 144,000 Jewish men represent a doubling or a “double of a double” (12×12) since 12,000 is a multiple of 12. What does it mean to “seal” or to be “sealed.”? The Bible gives us several strong clues for the answer to this question.
… “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Rev. 7:3-4). (Emphasis added).
… “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” (Rev. 9:4). (Emphasis added).
… “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” (Rev. 14:1). (Emphasis added).
… “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” (Rev. 14:3). (Emphasis added).
… “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” (Rev. 14:4-5).
These 144,000 men are described as:
- Being Jewish, of the tribes of Israel.
- Servants of God.
- Being given and receiving the seal of God in their foreheads.
- They stand with the Lamb on mount Sion.
- They only know the words of a new song being sung before God’s throne.
- They are not defiled with women. Interpreted, these men have not fallen into or for the spiritual deceit of the woman, the whore, the Mother of Harlots, otherwise known as Mystery Religion Babylon. They have not fallen for the spiritual deceit that is running rampant throughout the world duirng the Tribulation.
- They are virgins. Interpreted, these men are spiritually pure and have not consumed or partaken of anything spiritually wicked that the world is so temptingly offering mankind.
- They follow the Lamb where ever he goes. Interpreted, these Jewish men faithfully follow the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- They were redeemed from among men. Interpreted, these Jewish men converted their faith and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Messiah. These Jewish men recognize and accept Christ for who he is, and for what he did for them over 2,000 years ago. Althoug the Jewish faith long ago rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior and Messiah, these 144,000 Jewish men do accept the offer of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins by Christ and through the shedding of his blood and resurrection. These Jewish men realize that God no longer accepts the sacrificial atonement of their sins through animal sacrifices, and require their belief and acceptance of the Lamb’s eternal atonment for their sins.
- They are the firstfruits for God and the Lamb. Interpreted, during the Tribulation, these 144,000 Jewish men are among the very first converts of redeemed men from throughout mankind. Traditionally, the firstfruits picked from a fall harvest were specifically set aside as a special offering to God, as a way to thank him and to also acknowledge who brought forth a bountiful harvest. Spiritual firstfruits are a select group of men who during a specific time period in history, accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ, believed in him and accepted him for who he is … Lord of Lords and King of Kings. There were firstfruits of men from the Old Testament (Saints), men from the time of Christ’s crucifixion and ressurection, men from the Church Age or Age of Grace, and men from the Tribulation Period (the 144,000 Jewish virgins and Christian beheaded martyrs). Each of these groups of men represent the firstfruits” of their generation or unique epochal time period.
- “In their mouth was found not guile.” Guile (def.); cunning, craftiness, craft, artfulness, artifice, wiliness, slyness, deviousness, deceitfulness, cunning. Interpreted, the 144,000 Jewish men did not twist or devise deceitful ways of expressing God’s word or their faith. They stay true to the meaning of God’s word and don’t craft deceptive interpretations from or of it.
- Found without fault before the throne of God. Interpreted, because they have accepted the forgiveness of their sin through Jesus Christ, through the shedding of his blood and his resurrection, God finds the 144,000 Jewish men “without fault” or sinless in front of his throne.
Staying divinely consistant with his divine mathematics, the Holy Spirit provides exactly 12 (twelve) descriptions of the 12,000 Jewish men from the 12 (twelve) tribes of Isael. Even the 12 (twelve) descriptions represent or denotes God’s divinely constituted organization either in heaven or on earth. Numbers within numbers, meanings within meanings, truth within truth.
All of the preceding information about the 144,000 Jewish men should provide a meaningful background that will help answer the question of what it is to seal or to be sealed. God uses a supernatural seal to protect those men who belong to him. Being supernatural, the seal resides in the forehead of the recipient of the seal. The seal serves to protect the recipient from evil (demonic locusts can’t harm him, he is off limits in terms of being tormented). The seal serves to acknowledge the recipient as being of God or belonging to God. The seal indicates that the recipient is under the protection or benevolence of God and is part of God’s kingdom. The seal also serves notice that the recipient is a redeemed man through the grace of Jesus Christ. All of these attributes of receiving the supernatural seal of God indicate the special status of these redeemed men. Because they are physically alive and on earth during the Tribulation period, they require supernatural protection from God, in order to survive the satanic onslaught of the Devil. In no uncertain terms, they are off limits to the demonic locusts in terms of being tormented.
These 144,000 redeemed Jewish men can’t be harmed, hurt, deceived, or manipulated. Satan want’s to make war with this remnant of Israel, but is unable to to do so because of God’s supernatural protection. Conversely, as God’s seal provides protection for men, Satan’s “mark, name or number” of his antichrist provides death and eternal damnation. Conversely, as God’s seal is IN these men’s foreheads, Satan has his beast’s mark, name or number placed either ON the forehead or ON right hand. There is a subtle, yet profound difference on where the Godly seal and the satanic mark are found. God’s seal is perfect and found inside (spiritually) the recipient (IN their forehead). Conversely, the beast’s mark is found ON the recipient’s forehead or ON their righthand. This a physically visual marking or branding (think cattle branding) that is ON a person. Just as God’s seal in a man identifies that man as belonging to God, Satan’s mark of the beast identifies that man as belonging to Satan. Neither mark can be removed or tampered with. One is spiritually inside a man, the other is physically visible on the outside of a man. Once a man receives either the seal of God, or the mark of the beast, his fate is determined for ever. Nothing can touch, damage, destroy or kill the man who receives God’s seal. As such, the man who receives the beast’s mark will forever be damned and will be thrown in the lake of fire and brimestone (second death). Both the seal and the mark reflect a man’s eternal destiny that can’t be changed or altered.
In addition to God’s seal protecting the 144,000 Jewish men described as virgins or firstfruits from satanic harm, the sealing they receive from God means so much more.
Twelve-fold Descriptions of the Two Supernatural Witnesses:
- Are given power to prophecy the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. (Rev. 11:3)
- Dressed in sackcloth. (Rev. 11:3)
- Called two witnesses, two olive trees, two candlesticks, two prophets. (Rev. 11:3, 11:4, 11:10)
- Supernatural ability to defend themsevlves against anyone who tries to kill them. (Rev. 11:5)
- Supernatural ability to cause plagues, no rain, turn waters to blood. (Rev. 11:6)
- The beast/antichrist kills them at the end of their prophecy ministry. (Rev. 11:7)
- Their dead bodies will lie in a street of a great city for 3 ½ days. (Rev. 11:8, 11:9)
- People through out the world will see their dead bodies and make no effort to bury them in graves. (Rev. 11:9)
- People through out the world will celebrate and buy each other gifts because the two prophets were killed. (Rev. 11:10)
- God resurrects the two prophets 3 ½ days after they were killed. People watching are afraid. (Rev. 11:11)
- They are commanded by a voice in heave to “come up hither” and there enemies watch them ascend to heaven. (Rev. 11:12)
- The same hour that they ascend into heaven, 7,000 men are killed by a great earthquake and the remant give are afraid and give glory to God. (Rev. 11:13)
Commentary: Twelve (12) denotes God’s divinely constituted organization either in heaven or on earth. There are several interesting takeaways (or more) contained within these twelve references or verses. The two supernatural men are given four (4) names, which are descriptive in nature since they are not capitalized, (witnesses, olive trees, candlesticks, prophets). Each of these descriptive names has a unique meaning behind it. Witnesses bear testimony of Jesus Christ and the gospel. They testify to the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the forgiveness of sins from the shedding of his blood, and his resurrection. They are olive trees in sense that they bear fruit for the kingdom of Christ by speaking of God’s word and work, and by providing oil for the lamp of Christ in a dark world. They are candlesticks in the sense that they shine forth the light of Christ in dark, evil times. Lastly, they are prophets because they prophesy what is coming to evil men, if they don’t repent of their sin and evil ways. They will be telling people, in no uncertain terms, what awaits them if they don’t accept the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. Yet, these men are tormented by the two supernatural teachers. They are reminded over and over and over again, for the 3 ½ years, regarding their sin and spiritual status. They don’t want to hear it, they want nothing to do with it, they try to ignore it, they try to kill them (and are killed in return), they want nothing to do with Jesus Christ or his gospel. They are tormented because of the droughts and plagues that these two supernatural men from God provoke them with. These evil men just wish that the two prophets would just go away and die and leave us alone.
Another intersting fact is that verse 11:11 indicates that these two men will lay dead in the street, rotting for 3 ½ days. The time that they lay dead, 3 ½ days mirrors the 3 ½ years that they witness and prophesy. This is not a coincidence. Just as Christ died, was buried and rose again after 3 days, it seems that God’s pattern repeats itself, once again with the subsequent resurrection of these two men after the world gloats over them for 3 ½ days. Shortly after Christ’s death on the cross, their was a long lasting eclipse and earthquake. With the two prophets, there is also an earthquake (within the same hour of their resurrection) where 7,000 men are killed. The remnant of men who are not killed by the earthquake, become afraid for their own lives, not only because of the earthquarke but also because they literally see the ascendance of the two supernatural witness to heaven. At this point in time, they realize that these two men spoke the truth and were truely messengers from God. As such, in fear, these men give glory to God. Hidden, underneath this whole series of events is the fact that these two supernatural men, and their witness, prophesy, death and resurrection are all televised and witnessed by the whole world. The beast/antichrist makes sure that his victory over and killing of these two men is broadcast as far and wide as possible, throughout the world, so he can gloat and boast. People worldwide are given to celebration and buying each other gifts, sort of an international boxing (presents) day. This of course, all happens before the two prophets are supernaturally resurrected by God and ascend into heaving. Now, their joy and celebration (over 3 ½ days) turns quickly to shock and fear. The tables are suddently turned on them. Historically, both the righteous and evil who died were afforded the minimum of a grave burial, of one type or another. However, these two men are so despised by the world that the authorities and common men make no attempt (to suffer) to put their bodies in a grave. They choose to leave them out in the open, under extreme heat, rotting with flies buzzing around so there dead bodies can be televised to the world. They know that they can’t televise two bodies, buried in graves. What fun is that?
The last interesting fact to comment on regards the 7,000 men killed by the earthquake that occurs during the same hour as the two witnesses’ resurrection and ascendancy to heaven. Seven (7) denotes God’s divinely determined completeness to his plan or purpose. 7,000 is obviously a multiple of seven (7×1,000=7,000). The number of men killed by the earthquake is very exact and specific, no more – no less. These two special, divine, supernatural men of God represent his last attempt at using men to witness, to prophecy, to exhort, to testify of God, Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. For over 2,000 years, God has used men to spread the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ to other men. This is it, this is his last attempt. Enough is enough, men will still not listen to the good news of salvation. They still are evil, hard hearted and reject anything and everything of Christ. God’s patience has finally run out from over the millennia and the centuries. Next up, he unleashes his supernatural wrath through the seven (7) trumpet and seven (7) vial wraths, not only against man, but also against man’s physical environment and those natural resources which allow man to sustain life on earth.
8 References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’ ‘8’ indicates that a new ‘era or epoch’ is arriving. Be it the rapture, the tribulation, the year of the Jews redemption or the year of the onset (2028/29) of the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ (2028/29-3028/29).
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.