Rev 5) Overture of Seals, Trumpets And Vials

“Be YE therefore followers of God, as dear children…as [his Designated Heir Son] Christ…hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” 

These sweet savours to God include

  • Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son through faith in YHVH’s promises to resurrect him,
  • and Isaac’s faith to submit to his father’s murderous behavior through his own faith in YHVH’s promise of resurrection taught to him by Abraham, not only in word but in deed,
  • the multitude of saints demonstrating faith in YHVH’s promise of resurrection by choosing mortal death over conversion to a false god.

“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ / His Chosen Savior [willingly uniting with him in his redemptive death]

    • in them that are savedthe savour of [mortal] life unto [resurrection] life
    • and in them that perish...the savour of [mortal] death unto [everlasting] death.” (II Corinthians 2:15-16)

When we overlay this smoke motif on Revelation’s actions we find that what is confusing to many people falls into a consistent pattern.

The seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments are introduced in chapters 6, 8, and 15 of Revelation. Each judgment is broken up into seven distinct acts that bring destruction to the earth and those who are alive at that time. The number seven in the Bible often refers to perfection and/or completeness, and the fact that there are three categories of judgments – perhaps corresponding to the Trinity –may indicate that these are judgments from the triune God and represent His full and complete wrath upon a rebellious world.

Often? Perhaps? May? This is not a subject on which one should stake their future on an uncertain teacher. Oh, wait. “ needs your support. Donate”  OK, so the flow of energy is not from this organization but to this organization.

The flow of energy is another motif present throughout Revelation that clarifies who is behind apparently repetitive actions.

Back in John’s day paganism was the world view, so John didn’t have to explain the basics in Revelation. But ever since the founding of America when humanism took front and center, this situation no longer holds true. I have found that, if I want to understand the mindset of the pagan gods, I need to read up on them.

American Gods (2001) is a fantasy novel by British author Neil Gaiman incorporating various strands of ancient and modern mythology.

The theme of the story is the Old Gods’ deterioration in status and influence over Americans. Like aging movie stars, the Old God’s powers have waned as their believers transferred their worship to the New Gods – manifestations of modern life and technology, such as the Internet.

The conflict in the story is that Odin / Wedn (from which we get Wednesday) is recruiting American manifestations of the Old Gods to participate in a battle against the New American Gods. One assumes this is to destroy them, right?

Well, not exactly. Remember, energy – of which gods are constituted – can’t be destroyed. It can only be transformed / transferred.

The plot of the story is that Low Key Lyesmith, i.e. Loki Liesmaker and Odin have been working a “two-man con“. Loki set up the battle between the New and Old Gods as a sacrifice to Odin, restoring Odin’s power, while also allowing Loki to feed on the chaos of the battle. Odin and Loki are the only winners in this battle. All the rest of the New and Old gods were suckered.

The account of America Gods is validated by Holy Scripture.

if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee…neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee…be not snared by following them…enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods?…their gods shall be a snare unto you…The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.”

Only YHVH the Infinite Singularity can draw energy and substance from an unlimited supply.

The Adversary loses energy every time he acts and has to replenish his stores from his enemy. Think of it like zombies perpetually feeding on the living.

  • YHVH initiates Action! which is followed by (an attempted but not really)
  • Equal but Opposite Reaction! by the Adversary.

This template allows us to clearly recognize the players in a war where visibility is rapidly lost in clouds of smoke. For the purposes of this last act of “All The World’s A Stage” I begin with the current era, i.e. the post-flood world history.

  1. Action! YHVH’s Covenant not to destroy the earth and every living thing again by a flood. “And [after the flood] Noah…took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again…smite any more every thing living, as I have done.” (Genesis 8:20-22) 
    1. Reaction: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved. (Matthew 24:15-22)
  2. Action! YHVH’s Covenant establishing his People, Places and Things, including “thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon…Aaron [throughout time via his genes] shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning…And at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon…it is most holy unto the LORD.” (Exodus 30)
    1. Reaction: Destruction of YHVH’s People, Places and Things
      1. Incarnation 1: the king of the north shall comeand he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed…but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found. Darn! Failed!
      2. Try again: Incarnation 2: Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory [warmongering] of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed. Curses! Foiled again!
      3. Try again: Incarnation 3: And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour [glory of battle] of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries…and his heart [secretly, deceptively] shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall…have indignation against the holy covenant…and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant
  3. Action! BUT the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: “thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” (II Corinthians 2:14)
    1. Reaction: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days…to try them, and to purge, and to make them white  because it is yet for a time appointed….[Mimicking YHVH] He shall stretch forth his hand…he shall have power…therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet HE shall come to his end, and none shall help him. And at that time…there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time…But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:” (Daniel 11-12)
  4. Action! a woman…brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne…I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, NOW is come salvation!, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12 flashback) 
    1. Reaction: 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…the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death…Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. (Daniel 11, Revelation 2)
  5. Action! And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals…Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? [i.e. powerful enough to win the battles that will result from releasing the challenging words?]…behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed [already won the battle to bring about the end of Satan’s rule] for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. (Revelation 5) 
    1. Reaction: Destruction of as many humans as possible. While this has been ongoing over the last 2,000 years, we’ve hit degrees of death and destruction that can’t keep increasing without imploding.
      1. the first seal…conquer. I personally think that America’s functional hegemony over the earth fits into this.
      2. the second seal…they should kill one another. Certainly America has perpetuated this with the War on Terror.
      3. refugees_world_unhcr_chartthe third seal…famine. “The world is facing a food crisis of unprecedented proportionsAs many as 828 million people go to bed hungry every night. The number of those facing acute food insecurity has soared – from 135 million to 345 million – since 2019.
      4. the fourth seal…to kill 1) with sword / weapons, and 2) with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. This fits the historically unprecedented number of refugee camps.
      5. 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: “the persecution of Christians has reached the highest levels since the World Watch List began nearly 30 years ago. “Across 76 countries, more than 360 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith…”One in every seven Christians live under at least high levels of persecution or discrimination for their faith.
      6. the sixth seal…the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together from some tremendous atmospheric event. (Revelation 6)
  6. Action! the seventh seal – the suspense is literally killing – angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
    1. Reaction: Satan’s crippled response to each trumpet call to war.
      1. hail and fire mingled with blood, were cast upon the earth [clearly from above the earth]: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
      2. a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died;
      3. a great star from heaven fell upon the third part of the rivers…became wormwood…and many men died
      4. the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
      5. a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and…he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened [yet more] by reason of the smoke of the pit.And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth…And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
      6. And the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates…were loosed…to slay the third part of men…out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed (Revelation 8-9)
  7. Action! I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven…he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth [in triumph to the prey]: 19323a236bcbe2d810f15264944acd0eand when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices….and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. [The response is not going to happen.] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 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: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10)
    1. Reaction: I stood upon the sand [boundary] of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea…And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world…worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?…And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God…And it was given unto him to make war with the saintsAnd all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13)
  8. Action! And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand…shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night…Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth…that they may rest…(Revelation 14:6-13)I will give power unto my two [human] witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth…And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them…And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves…And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and…they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them…and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven….And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11)…

And from here on out there is no chance for the Adversary to react.

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and 1) in his hand a sharp sickle…And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped…

of the souls and transformed immortal bodies of God’s saints.

” For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our LORD Jesus Christ,” (I Thessalonians 5:9)

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs…

“And the LORD said unto Cain…What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:9-10)

For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:21)

“that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.” (Matthew 23:35)

YHVH is the Singularity, remember?

Every force that the Adversary has thrown at him, including and especially the life forces of his saints – get that! – has not been wasted as destruction of mass or chaos. It has been absorbed back into the Singularity!

A warrior understand when their death has more value than their life, and willingly gives it up. This is absolutely true in hyper dimensional battles, when mortal death is just a flesh wound! The goal in this war is to rescue others from everlasting death.

Think Saving Private Ryan whose loss would end forever the extension of the life of Mrs. Ryan. Men gave their lives to save Private Ryan’s legacy. Can we not understand that followers of YHVH’s Savior are called to give up our comfort, our financial security, and even our mortal lives to rescue at least our own family members and acquaintances?

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