God's creation is a 365-days, 24-hours a day testimony to his power and glory.
The Two Witnesses
The book of Revelation states that in the end time just ahead of us there are going to be two witnesses who will warn the world of what will happen if they do not repent.
"And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
"And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
"When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them." (Revelation 11:3-7, NKJV)
For three and a half years these witnesses are going to be invincible. No one can kill them and they are prophesying the whole time. They are making statements, they are talking the whole time. But at the end of the three and a half years they are going to be killed. That is the end. And then there is going to be great deception. Revelation, however, reveals still other witnesses from God.
What is the SEAL witness?
In Revelation 6 we read of the sixth seal.
"And I looked when he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as the fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. And the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
"And the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?'" (Revelation 6:12-17, NASB throughout unless noted)
When the moon turns like blood, the sun grows dim, the heavens roll back, and a giant earthquake takes place - that's a pretty big witness, wouldn't you say?
Another witness is the trumpet plagues. God opens up one after another of these plagues and EACH of them constitutes a witness of his plans.
"Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.' "(Revelation 11:15)
So at the end of all these plagues one giant, loud, enormous voice is shouting. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the first book of Thessalonians:
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God . . . " (1Thessalonians 4:16)
It's unclear whether these voices in heaven and the sounding of the seventh angel are heard on earth. But another voice certainly is:
"And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth . . ." (Revelation 14:6)
We have an angel delivering the eternal gospel to those who live on the earth. And here is what he says with a loud voice,
"Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and seas and springs of waters." (Revelation 14:7)
Here is an opportunity to obtain God's mercy as late as it is in human history at this point in the Book of Revelation. God is sending this angel with one more giant appeal. With good news - you can still mend your ways and choose to fear God. You can still worship Him. You can still put your life in His hands. But this is not all.
The warning of the three angels
While the first angel has come out proclaiming, "Fear God . . ." (Revelation 14:7) a second one comes and says,
"FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON THE GREAT, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality." (Revelation 14:8)
Babylon the Great is what everyone is worshipping at this point in prophecy. She made all the nations drunk from the wine of the passion of her immorality. The second angel says in effect, "She's gone. Do not worry about Babylon. You can still fear God." A THIRD angel then gives their message:
"Then ANOTHER angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, 'If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.' " (Revelation 14:9-10)
Now, we have a powerful statement in verses 11-13,
"And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.
"Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I (John) heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on! 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds, follow with them.'" (Revelation 14:11-13)
Here we see this witness of God's mercy even as late as the three angels' warning to the world. They are saying, in effect, "Here is what you can do. Fear God, Babylon has fallen. Get rid of this mark of the beast. Don't worship his image." Yet, God's warnings DO NOT end with the message of the three angels! Even at this late date in prophecy there are people who are so DECEIVED by the world's Babylonian system, so attached and addicted to it, that they still believe in it and REFUSE to repent! God, however, in his mercy and love, continues to offer humans chances to repent.
Repentance in the End Time
Let's now go to Revelation 16:
"And I heard the angel of the waters saying, 'Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.' And I heard the altar saying, 'Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.'
"The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and THEY DID NOT REPENT so as to give Him glory." (Revelation 16:5-9)
There are certain people who are not going to repent. But, evidently, all through this time there ARE others who are finally repenting. Revelation goes on to state about the unrepentant:
"and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they DID NOT REPENT OF THEIR DEEDS. The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east." (Revelation 16:11-12)
Even within the last plagues God gives man a chance to repent and change his ways!
Why are the end time plagues so SEVERE?
Why do you think the plagues of Revelation are so gruesome? People are dying and the waters have been turned to blood. The sun comes out to scorch men. Earthquakes take place. Hail comes out of heaven and all the rest. Why is God so harsh? Is He harsh because somebody walked by a religious magazine, looked at it, and threw it down and said, "I don't believe that?" Would the Creator then go on to say "You deserve to be scorched and tortured and tormented and bombed and blown apart because you rejected my message in a magazine"? No, this is not the attitude of our Father in heaven.
The people who hold out until the very last plagues understand what they are doing. What do you have to do if you hold onto the mark of the beast, to the worship of the beast and his image, and you hold on to those things until the very time of the seven last plagues? Do you know what you will have to have done? You will have to have rejected the two witnesses and their warning. You will have had to applaud their death. You had to have spurned the heavenly signs. You had to have rejected the angelic messenger that flew in the midst of heaven and talked in every language under heaven and told you that Babylon is fallen. You will have to have spurned them as they urged you to worship God and fear Him. You will have had to turn your back on so many miracles and so many divine signs.
The plagues are so severe because the people in the End Time have become entrenched and hardened in sin. Those who hold on until the last plagues and who are in the end blaspheming God when he brings these plagues are NOT those who have subscribed to a few false doctrines or not known some of God's truths. These are people who have gone through warning after warning after warning after warning, without believing and acting on anything! These people are caught up in a powerful deception, gripped in a perverted state of mind.
You have been warned to repent, in advance of God's judgment to come, through this article. It is now your move.