The events caused by the sounding of the first four trumpets will be very devastated for people, but it will seem as nothing after the sounding of the 5th trumpet. The 5th trumpet will bring a horror - the first woe (Rev.9:12). The war in which the devil creatures will participate, will be the second woe. At that time the two prophets will finish their 1260 days mission (Rev.11:3) and will be killed, resurrected on the third day and taken to heaven. After that the war will finish: «the second woe is past» (Rev.11:14). «And, behold, the third woe cometh quickly»(11:14) – the 7th trumpet sounds.
There won’t be time any longer. But in the
days of the voice of the
the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The
kingdoms of this world are become the
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the
He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other” (Mat.24:31);
the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with
the trump of
God (not with vials/ bowls!): and the dead in Christ shall rise
first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
see the Bible clearly tells, that with the last trump Jesus will descend from
heaven, righteous – resurrected and alive - will be taken up to heaven, and
kingdoms of the world will become the kingdoms of God.
In ch.12 (v.1-3) Daniel describes the last
events on the earth: the time of trouble, the resurrection and ascension
of the righteous up to heaven. For the questions: “How
long shall it be to the end of these wonders?” (v.6) and “what
shall be the issue and final end of these things?” (v.8) he
heard the answer: “from the time that the continual
burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up,
there shall be 1,290 days”(v.11). That means, from occupation of
Jerusalem to the ascension of the righteous up to heaven is 1290 days. And as
the righteous will be taken to heaven at the day of the Second coming, the Second coming of Christ will occur in 1290 days after occupation of Jerusalem.
So, we found out that,
Third: Jesus will descend from heaven with the last (i.e.7th) trump and He will reign over the world. It is Jesus' second coming.
Fourth: The 7-th trumpet, the Second coming and the resurrection of the righteous will occur in 1290 days after the occupation of Jerusalem (Dan12:11).
means, at first - 2 prophets and 144000 firstfruits will be taken to heaven
before the 7th trumpet; and in the time of the 7th trumpet, i.e. in the time of
His coming - all who “are Christ’s”.
Jesus will come in the time of the sounding of 7th trumpet.
There in Old Testament the image of the harvesting is used only as a symbol of killing of unrighteous: Micah 4:12; Job 5:26; Joel 3:13; Isa.24:6,7,13;18:5,6; Jer.6:9-15; Jer.8:13; Jer.9:22; Jer.49:10; Isa.63:3.
However in New Testament we see new details of the harvesting:
Mark 4:29 – The Heavenly Kingdom is like, when the man will sow a grain... «But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come».
Luke 3:17 « fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable» .
Mat.13: The Heavenly Kingdom is like a man who sowed a good seed on his field. But the enemy secretly has sown tares. When plants sprouted, the owner told to his servants (13:30) – «Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn».
before the calling of the other 70 disciples has told: «The
we see, that Bible speaks about two harvestings: at first -
he who was seated on the cloud (Jesus)
swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was
harvested (saints were taken to heaven). Another angel came out of the temple in
heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Still another angel, who had charge of
the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the
sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes
from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe." The angel swung his
sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress
of God's wrath (the wicked will be killed)”
After a stage of the harvesting of the wicked John sees the angels with bowls, «for in them the wrath of God is ended» (15:1. In KJ Bible it is translated “for in them is filled up the wrath of God” – it is not correct. You can see Greek text in www.scripture4all.org , or in any parallel bible in http://www.tagnet.org/bible/ ). What do you think, when will the wrath of God finish, before the 1000 years or after the 1000 years, i.e. after the final battle, when Satan and all wicked will be thrown into the lake of fire? Certainly, after that.
says, that fifth bowl will be poured out on the seat of the
When the seventh angel will pour out the bowl, « out of the temple of heaven, from the throne », i.e. from Jesus, there will be a voice: « It is done! ». It means, that all judgments to that time will be accomplished. It is the end of existing world, which will come only after the 1000 years.
The bowls will be poured out on earth after the 1000 years, when Satan will be released from abyss. The red beast with seven heads and ten horns, who will govern in time of the pouring of the bowls, is Satan himself, the red dragon from ch.12. He «will ascent out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition» (17:8), i.e. he will come out of abyss (“the bottomless pit”), where he will be placed for 1000 years, and after his final revolt against God he will be destroyed forever.
we know, that before the Second coming the beast with 10 horns (10 members of
UN) and another beast, who is the false prophet (antichrist) will rule. After
the 1000 years Satan will rule. In Rev.19:20 it is spoken, that the beast and
the false prophet will be seized and thrown into the lake of fire.
However, the lake of fire will appear only after the 1000 years. «This
is the second death» (21:8). Here is a foretelling. It means only, that
they will be resurrected after the 1000 years and will be thrown into the lake
of fire to receive the second death. What will take place after the 1000 years
we can read in Rev.20:10: « And the devil … was cast
into the lake of fire .., where the beast and the false prophet are». We
see, that the red beast wasn't thrown to there, and the reason why, is
this: he is devil himself.
Revelation John sees besides groups of the angels (5:11;7:11), separately all
together - 32 angels (5:2;7:1,2; 8:2,3,13; 10:1; 14:6,8,9,15,17,18; 15:1; 18:1;
7 heads of Satan, as well as 7 eyes of the Spirit, mean a
The red beast “ that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition" (Rev.17:10,11) is Satan. Satan " that thou sawest was, and is not (i.e. he will be cast into the pit after the Second Coming); and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (after the 1000 years he will be released ), and go into perdition (he will be destroyed forever)".
“He is the eighth” means he will rule as the red beast after the 1000 years, as 8th government. He “is of the seven” means that it was him, who always ruled in the world. The 10 horns on the red beast (Satan) are the kings (Rev.17:12). It means that even after the 1000 years Satan will have his 10 followers who will support him. They will not rule independently, because they will not have the crowns. Satan will rule.
So 42 months of authority of the antichrist will be terminated before the 7th trumpet, Jesus will come with the 7th trumpet. «And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, (resurrection of the saints- Rev.20:4) and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” (the judgment of alive -– Rev.14:18-19)” (Rev.11:18).
the trumpets and bowls (cups) in most cases are describing similar events, some
details of actions of the bowls give us the additional information about the
actions of the trumpets. Thus, we will see, that Gog from the land of Magog will
be not only after the 1000 years (6th bowl), but also before the Second coming
(6th trumpet). The mark of the beast will be an obligatory after the 1000 years
beginning from the 1st bowl and it will be before the Second coming - from the
1st trumpet. The prostitute of Babylon will be after 1000 years (before bowls)
and before1000 years (before trumpets) etc.
The 6th trumpet will mark a world war, which will take place in Middle East. Read attentively:
6th trumpet: «Loose the four angels which are bound in
the great river Euphrates» (Rev.9:14).
King of the north – Gog
of the land of Magog (Ezek.38:2) – it is a
place of the battle, as practically everything in prophecies, is
we see the actors of the world war. Some Muslim countries will not be
pleased with government of the antichrist and they will act against him at the
end of his government. The beast will call all empires of universe (16:14) to
the aid. The war will cover all the Middle East.
according to Daniel, some southern countries, “the
Gog will win (will put to the end the antichrist’s and UN’s government) and he will go along the sea to the south. He will pass through Israel (“He shall enter also into the glorious land”), however he will not touch Edom, Moab and Ammon, because Ammon and Moab are separated from seaside plains by Jordan river and Dead sea, and Edom - by a mountain circuit.
It is possible also, that Jordan, which today is the country, where in an antiquity Ammon, Moab and Edom lived, will be in an agreement with Gog. After that he will enter Egypt.
these battles 1/3 people will be killed. Some " tidings" will disturb Gog, and he will decide to return back. So, he will return, will settle down «between
the seas and the glorious holy mountain», and he will begin to surround
we can not understand, what will be a motive for surrounding of the destroyed
city : «For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together» (Mat.24:28). Isaiah describes Jerusalem in
that time (ch.29), as Ariel (in Hebrew: “altar”), i.e. Jerusalem will be all
covered with blood. And in that time «the multitude of
all the nations” (:7) will attack it.
Through all the history Jerusalem was under attacks of Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Amorites, Philistines (Jud.10:11) and so on, but those always were attacks of a some one nation. In the end of days many nations leaded by Gog will attack the city. That was never happened before. Probably, their goal will be to destroy headquarters of the antichrist, because he will select Jerusalem as his capital. In that time Jesus will come and will punish those who will besiege of Jerusalem. «And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes» (Zech.9:8).
will make so, that the besiegers will kill each other. «And
As the government of the beast will proceed 42 months (1260 days), it will be finished almost one month before the 7th trumpet. As you remember, the 7th trumpet will sound in 1290 days, when the resurrection of saints will take place. Thus Gog will go with the war against the antichrist a month before the 7th trumpet. Revelation said that the war will be the second woe (Rev.11:14), the third one will be the Second coming «And, behold, the third woe cometh quickly»(11:14), thus from 6th to 7th trumpet is only one month.
I will gather all nations
against Jerusalem (as it was shown, "all
nations" will attack Jerusalem only in the end of days. Never in
nations" attacked Jerusalem) to
rest of the Jews after all tests will be righteous (Ezek.14:22).
«The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God» (Isa.10:21).
remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity»
(Zeph.3:13). It is spoken
«Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy» (Mic.7:18).
«Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem» (Isa.52:9).
that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem… And it shall come
to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I
will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications:»
For centuries there many discussions about who is Gog were going on . The Bible says that Gog is “ the head prince of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezek.38:2;39:1). “Head” in Heb. ”rosh”- for ex.: in Gen.40:16,20 and more than 400 times in the Bible; the word is often wrongly accepted as the name “Rosh”, as in Gen.46:21 Rosh is the name of son of Benjamin. However Benjamin was descendant of Shem, and Meshech and Tubal were sons of Japheth, another Noah’s son (Gen.10:2).
also had son Magog (Gen.10:2), his name was used together with the name
of Gog twice in the Bible (Rev.20:7: Ezek.38:2), therefore Gog is
related to Japheth’s descendants, not Benjamin’s. Besides that the
Bible says Gog will come
from the north (Ezek.38:6, 15; 39:2; Dan.11:40) and all tribes of
Japheth were located at north. Therefore
“rosh” in the given above verse is not the name, but the word that
means “head, chief”.
man name Gog as an ancestor of a nation was never mentioned in the
Bible, hence name Gog is not the name of a some certain nation.
Bible refers to the last military invaders
of Jerusalem once as to the
army of Gog and Magog (Rev.20:8), once as to army of Gog in the land of
Magog (Ezek.38:2), and twice as to army of Gog (Ezek.39:1,11). The names
as fractions of Gog’s
army were not mentioned.
the Bible though gives us a clue that Gog will come from the North, it
doesn’t specify exactly any nation. Because of huge slave trade
in the ancient region between Mediterranean and Caspian seas (in
Ezek.27:13 it is said that Meshech
and Tubal had an active slavery traffic*),
frequent migrations (as for example: many mummies of people with European features
were found in China), intermarriages and etc., nobody
can say for sure where are descendants of this or that son of Noah today.
Rev.20:8 says that Gog and Magog are “the
nations in the four corners of the earth”. Ezek.38:5,6 says
that army of Gog will include people of Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, Libya
and Gomer with Togarmah (both had inhabited the territory
of the modern Turkey). So, Iran represents East; Ethiopia – South;
Libya – West and Turkey – North. There again we see the nations of
Gog’s army from “the four corners of the
earth.” In Daniel 11:40-43 Gog’s army described as consisting
of armies of the king of North; the
king of South (Saudi Arabia); Libya and Nubia – West; Edom, Moab, Ammon
Revelation (16:12) adds that from East there many kings will come.
Revelation (16:12) adds that from East there many kings will come.
Magog in the given contexts doesn’t represent any certain nation
either, and the name “Magog”
actually means "people of Gog". And all the people that follow
Gog can be called Gog or Magog. So Gog is a coalition of many countries
which will be led by some northern country, organization or alliance.
decades Israel’s enemies had only one definite common characteristic:
they all are Islamic. Therefore it is logical to assume that the
coalition of Gog-Magog will be coalition of Muslims countries, the
haters of Jews.
For today radical Islamic groups through Jihad (holy Muslim war) had achieved the expansion of Islam through all Middle East and further, and are aspiring to unite all Muslim nations under Islamic Law. From there the great coalition of nations will arise to invade Israel – the only Christian-Judean country in the very heart of the Muslim world.
Surat al-Tawba tells , that those of non-Muslims with whom Muslims made a mutual alliance have immunity from Jihad until the time of the alliance will be complete. The antichrist will make the tripartite Christian- Jewish- Muslim treaty for 7 years, therefore wars will be stopped. In 3,5 years he will break the treaty with the Jews, but will proceed the treaty with Muslims for 3,5 years longer. Only when the 7 years of the treaty will be finished the Muslims will be free from obligations of the treaty and will attack the antichrist.
Qur'an teaches, that repentance is necessary only for unbelievers who had decided to accept Islam and for those who rejected to participate in the holy war against unbelievers. And for salvation repentance is essential (Luke 13:3), therefore all Gog, who will go with the war against Jerusalem, will be destroyed.
* Some teach that Gog is Russia, because rosh sounds like Russia, Meshech sounds like Moscow and Tubal sounds like Tobolsk – old cities of Russia. However even Russia had internal slavery market, it never had a slavery trade with other countries. Mesheh and Tubal had slavery trading with Lebanon (Tyre)- Ezek.27:13. Besides Russia never had bad relationships with Israel.
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