|"if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister." (Colossians 1:23)|
Prophets came with another type of witness. A prophet would tell Israel, "Don't do this. Don't do this." The prophets and preachers of righteousness have their place but they are NOT the ultimate witness.
|"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them . . . " (Romans 1:18 - 20)|
The Two Witnesses
|3 I will send my two witnesses dressed in sackcloth, and they will proclaim God’s message during those 1,260 days (Revelation 11)|
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 this period 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.
There was a violent earthquake, and the sun became black like coarse black cloth, and the moon turned completely red like blood. 13 The stars fell down to the earth . . . 14 The sky disappeared like a scroll being rolled up (Revelation 6:12 - 14)
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. After the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, loud voices are heard in heaven with a message that is especially noteworthy.
'The power to rule over the world belongs now to our Lord and his Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever!' (Revelation 11:15)
It is unclear whether these voices in heaven and the sounding of the seventh angel are heard on earth. But another voice certainly is, as noted below.
We have an angel delivering the eternal gospel to those on earth. And here, talking loud, is what he says.
Honor God and praise his greatness! For the time has come for him to judge all people. Worship him who made heaven, earth, sea, and the springs of water! (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.
Three angels warn
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 . . ." (Revelation 14:8)
Babylon the Great is what everyone is worshipping at this point in prophecy. She made all the nations drunk from her false teachings and deceptions. The second angel says in effect, "She's gone. Do not worry about Babylon. You can still fear God." The last of three angels then gives their message.
Those who worship the beast and its image and receive the mark on their forehead or on their hand will themselves drink God’s wine, the wine of his fury, which he has poured at full strength into the cup of his anger! (Revelation 14:9 - 10)
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 us now go to Revelation 16.
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to burn people with its fiery heat. 9 They were burned by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God, who has authority over these plagues. But they would not turn from their sins and praise his greatness. (Revelation 16)
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 the following 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 . . ." (Revelation 16:11-12)
Even within the last plagues God gives man a chance to repent and change his ways!
Why are the plagues 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.