The Great Tribulation!

During the tribulation time, before the start of great tribulation, I strongly believe that the fourth seal and the fifth seal will be running. The fourth seal is as follows:

Fourth Seal

Rev. 6:7 When Jesus Christ opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.”

8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Fifth Seal

9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?

11 And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

In my view, we are living in those days of many killings. In the middle east there is a lt happening. If you follow the world news and follow those who are moving in prophetic ministry you will connect with these scriptures. My prayer is that the Lord help us to understand His word, so that we do not left behind. So that we be alert and pray, and be ready always to meet the Lord any time one way or another.

The Sixth Seal

 

I strongly believe that the sixth seal will be during the great tribulation time. Lets look at the following scriptures and hear the Lord speaking.

 

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),.

  1. “Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
  2. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20. And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on Sabbath.
  3. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
  4. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
  5. “ Then if anyone says to you, ‘look, here is Christ!’ or’ There!’ do not believe it.
  6. For false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
  7. See, I have told you beforehand.
  8. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it.
  9. For as the lightning come from the east and flashes to the west, so also the coming of the Son of Man is.
  10. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
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The Tribulation Times!

In Matthew 24 :4-15; the Word of God talks of the tribulation time. Also Mark 13 : 5-23; and Luke 21 : 5-24. Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 “For many will come in My name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many, 6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. [(Also Rev. 6:2-4 talks about this). Revelations puts it this way:vs 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. And he who set on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. 3 When He opened the second seal, I, John, head the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” 4 And another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.]

7 “For nations will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. [(Hag. 2:22. Rev. 6:5,6). Revelation 6:5-6 puts it this way under the Third Seal: vs5 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creaturs saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”)].

8 “All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one onother, and will hate one another.

11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Also in 2 Thess. 2:3 says, “Let no man deceive you by any means : for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Paul goes on to explain this event or time in Thess. 5 : 5 Don’t you remember that I told you this when I was with you. 6 “And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. 7 “For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. 8 “Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splender of his coming. 9 “This evil man will come to do the work of satan with counterfeit power and signs and mirracles. He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would safe them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.)

Matthew 24:13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a winess to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15 “Therefore when when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, standing in the holy place” (Ref Daniel 9:23.) 16 “then let those who in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 “Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. 18 “And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those with nursing babies in those days. 20 “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

At the end of all this will lead to the beginning of the Great Tribulation. In the next post will talk about it. Blessings!!

Daniel’s Vision Continued!

The Last Visit — Continued

We stood a moment almost bewildered at the great scenes before us in every direction.  We now descended from this great platform or elevation, to find David’s chariot was standing nearby.  Mother, Mary and Geneviève had just stepped from it.  Oh, indeed, it was a glad surprise to see them again in the midst of the great moving hosts about us.  We clasped hands and with a love-kiss, clean and pure as heaven itself, we all felt that the unions begun on earth were far sweeter here than any family ever knew while in the earthly life in the flesh.  But no wifehood or husband’s place is desired or hardly thought of in heaven.

David now said: “I must bid you good-bye.  The visits and journeys with you have been most pleasant indeed; but I will see you all again.  Gabriel with his chariot stands yonder for you.  Before you go, shall we not join in one more service of thanksgiving and praise?”

Bohemond fairly shouted at this and we all took our harps and joined David in one sweeter hymn of praise.  When we had finished, David waved his hand a pleasant farewell, and his chariot moved away and was lost from our gaze as we followed him with longing eyes, for we had learned to love him exceedingly.

Gabriel now came and addressed us most lovingly.  Mother, Geneviève and Mary all knew him well, but I had only seen him once since he bade me good-bye at my first entrance into paradise; but I found he was one of the chief angels of heaven, one of the archangels, yet he was Daniel’s servant while yet in the world.  I found he led the band who announced the birth of the Savior and guarded the sepulcher at His death and rolled back the stone at His resurrection.

He now invited us to seats with him in the chariots.  “For,” said he, “I am sent into paradise.” We accepted his invitation and were soon stepping into the first chariot of heaven, and one that has traversed the distance between heaven and earth multiplied thousands of times.  In that chariot we were soon all seated.

The angel now said to mother and Geneviève: “Have you any choice of routes for the journey through paradise?  We have a command concerning Seneca, and you are more than welcome to journey with us to the gateway.”

“Indeed,” they both spoke at once, “we would be greatly pleased to go with you, and thou mayest choose the route for thou knows best.”

“Perhaps Seneca has a choice.”

“Oh, Gabriel, thou blessed of God, choose thou for us, for thou hast knowledge of all places in the kingdom which we have not.”

“Leaving it to me then we will go by way of the mountain regions which lie to the southeast, going out at Benjamin’s gate.”

“Good,” said Geneviève, “nothing could please Mr. Sodi better, for he always enjoyed the stupendous and romantic scenery of the earth.  David, whose chariot has just gone, has very recently brought Seneca, mother and Mary with myself from the preparatory departments for children, which is far toward the southwest, to the children’s amphitheater in the city where I have been for quite a time assisting the little ones in their first lessons in heaven.  Seneca enjoyed the return trip through the mountain region splendidly; so I am sure thou hast chosen wisely.”

“Now,” said Gabriel, “when you are all ready we will be going, for we have to meet our Lord, with very many others, at the gate of Benjamin, which is toward the southeast.  I wish for Seneca and Bohemond to sit with me.”

We took our places beside the angel, while mother, Geneviève and Mary sat together in the rear.  In a moment more our chariot moved away.

“Oh, Seneca, thou blessed of God,” said the angel, “thou art a chosen vessel, selected for a special errand by the Lord Himself.”

“Oh, tell me, Gabriel, what is before me.  Heaven has been one glad surprise at every turn since I stepped from the angel’s chariot, at a distant portal of paradise when we first entered this kingdom of glory.”

“Everything is before thee,” said the angel, “almost nothing behind in comparison to what is yet beyond.  But Seneca, thou art a favored saint of God and the unfolding’s of His intentions toward thee will be made known in due time.”

At this, mother, who was intensely interested in the conversation, spoke and said: “Oh, Gabriel, the man by thy side is my own son and was cared for by these hands from the day of his birth and I am deeply interested in all that is transpiring.”

Genevieve now stood to her feet in the chariot and leaning forward clasped her arms to my neck and said; “Oh, Gabriel, this man was my husband on earth and most sweetly were our earthly lives spent together.  But here we are joined in an eternal union.”

At this the angel laughed and said; “Are you married again?”

“Oh, no, we are not married, for saints do not marry in heaven, nor do they wish to; but these bonds of highest friendship will be eternal, will they not?”

“Sure,” said the angel.  “Your love and oneness will be far sweeter than ever it was on earth.”

“But I would like to know,” say Geneviève, “and I know thou canst tell me, if the angels themselves were ever in love among themselves with a love similar to that of husband and wife?”

At that question, Gabriel slacked the speed of his chariot and turning his head to glance over his shoulder at Geneviève, who stood with her arms still about my neck, he said; “Thou hast almost put me to blush for we are inferior to you, who have descendants and creations of your own.  We have no; bride neither bridegroom.  But marriage was such a leading passion with the inhabitants of the earth that our Lord intends perpetuating it in eternity, only changed.  He is now and ever will be the bridegroom and all the saints, you, not us, will be His brides.  We were the working bees of the great family of man on earth and in heaven, neither drones nor queens, but we are all content with our sphere of action.  We know no sorrow nor any unfulfilled desire, which cannot be fully met here in heaven or on earth.  We are your servants, and this trip to the gate of Benjamin and to paradise is my joyful service.”

At this Mary stood up and said: “Oh, Gabriel, this man by thy side is my father, from whom I parted when only just an infant.  I think it must have been thane own chariot which brought me to the care of dear grandmother as I learned to call her later.”

At this the chariot stood still and the angel arose and turning himself about he laid his hands upon our heads with the blessings of the chief angel of God and said: “Oh, ye saints of the Most High, I was present when the morning stars sang together and tuned my harp to that sacred melody of the skies.  I am the same now as I was then.  But before you is an endless progression, an eternal destiny, with exaltations, honors, and blessings of which you know but little now.”

“Now,” said Gabriel, “we must be going, for soon we must join others at Benjamin’s gate.”

The chariot moved on with great speed.  The scenery was all new to Bohemond and myself, and Geneviève said it was almost new to her.  The mansions were beautiful with all the decorations that any soul in heaven could wish.  Thousands of saints were coming and going, like a hive of busy bees.

“I see David’s chariot,” said the angel, “coming down that broad avenue yonder.” In a little while we were side by side, with greetings and congratulations, for his chariot was now filled with ancient men and women; saints of renown.

On the chariots moved, side by side, we went, till at last the shining of the wall began to appear and the great gate of Benjamin loomed up before us and as we were slackening our speed, we noticed the most beautiful chariot we had yet seen standing just near the gate.  It glittered with the gold of heaven, set with diamonds of beauty.  Our Lord Himself was in that chariot.  His twelve apostles also were with Him.  Such a halo of light: almost with dazzling brightness, shown all about that chariot.  In a few moments the three chariots stood side by side.  We all bowed our heads, saints and angels together, before Him who had prepared this city for us.

David’s harp was of great proportions.  He stood before us all and announced a hymn.  We all arose and sang again; while standing in the chariot, the praises of our Lord and Redeemer.

The angel, Gabriel, sang with loud hosannas an ancient solo.  Daniel, who was in David’s chariot, and who was a fast friend of the angel, said: “Sing it again,” and surely the sweetest music to which we had ever listened rolled from his hallowed lips.

“Now,” said the angel, “look through this gateway,” and behold, there was an immense company of new arrivals standing just outside, and singing some new songs.  This company had been escorted here from different places in paradise much the same as we had been only a short time ago.  Stephen, the martyred saint, had led this company.  While he was getting them ready to pass through the gateway into the presence of their Lord Jesus, who now beckons us all to a raised elevation close beside the gateway, He laid His hand gently on my head and said: “Son, be of good cheer, thy earthly mission is not yet completed, but as I once called Moses and Elias from these shining gates, so now I send thee to make known what thou hast seen and heard, which is but a tithe of what thou shalt yet see, but this is all they will receive at thy hand now.  True unfeigned faith in many sections of the earth is waning.  Thou wilt find a faithful helper, on whose head my blessings shall rest.  When thou have completed thy journey to the earth, I shall confer the elder’s blessing upon thee — an earlier inheritance of the “purchased possession.” All heads were now bowed, while He prayed and committed me to the angel’s care.

Bohemond and the women came close to my side and said:
“Is it true we must part?”

“Only for a time, yes, only for a time.” And with exaltation, I cried: “I shall soon see you again.”

The Lord said: “Hasten to thy mission, I must welcome these outside the gate, for I have redeemed them by my blood.” So saying, He called Gabriel to His side and gave him a charge concerning me.  I bade my kindred and all those who came to see me off good-bye, saying: “I will see you again,” and I mounted the angel’s chariot.

Jesus, Daniel’s Vision

Last Visit
Visit with Daniel

Seneca came bright and early His face was beaming with holy joy and light.  He hastily looked over the manuscript and was pleased and said: “This part of your task is nearly done.  Fully carry out all the further details and you will not be disappointed in your rewards.

When I left you last we were eating some fruit nearby a fountain on the east side of the throne and the elder, which proved to be Daniel the prophet was by our side.  He now said to us: “Well, dear brethren, I am glad to have this visit with you.  I know you have lately arrived in the city and are eager to know of the wonders, which are constantly crowding upon you.

He told us: “Jesus our Lord, who was conceived by the eternal spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, is Lord of earth and heaven.  His Father has given all power to Him.  While I was in the earth I knew Him long before His advent by the Virgin Mary, as the “Ancient of days, whose garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool.”

“In the revelations which God then gave me I saw Him ‘sitting on His throne in the last judgment and His throne was like a fiery flame.  A fiery stream, or bands of flaming angels, issued and came forth from before Him; a thousand ministered to Him and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him, the judgment was set and the books were opened.” (Daniel 7:9,10)

At this Bohemond clasped his hands and said: “Oh, Daniel, greatly beloved, I remember the Scripture, part of which thou hast just quoted.”

“Indeed,” said the elder, “and it will stand as my testimony from God till the time of the end.

He continued, “Man has been created in the likeness and image of the Triune God.  In his creation he was lower than the angels, but in his redemption and glorification he is their equal and in some respects their superior.  All these great hosts of the redeemed are the bride of our Lord and He is complete only in them; which is His fullness and very precious to Him.  Have you not noticed how completely in His image we are?”

“Indeed,” I replied, “and who could have believed when we were children playing in the dirt and dusk of the earth, that all this exaltation and glory was in store for us.  We were taught about heaven, but how little we conceived of its glory and grandeur.”

“Sure enough,” said the elder, “you have seen but little of our Father’s house and the many mansions it contains.  Tell me where you have been.  Maybe I can help you still further in the unfolding’s and knowledge of this great kingdom of God.”

“Oh,” said Bohemond, “we first met each other far down the river in a remote portion of paradise.  We came from the earth about the same time and have been much together since we spent some time about the river and met several ancient men and learned our first lessons and hymns on the river banks.”

Abraham conducted our company to the Judean gate, where we first met our Lord and received His smiles of welcome.  We have visited the children’s praise service at the Polytechnic and also a great praise meeting on Fourth Avenue.  We also visited the Shrine of Sacred Relics, and have attended a most interesting convention of the prophets and apostles and writers of the Bible, called to discuss the condition of the church on earth, their doctrinal disputes and errors which have crept in among them from time to time, and many scenes of the deepest interest have met us at every turn since entering the city.  Our souls have been constantly tilled with wonder and admiration every moment of our time since leaving the earth in the angel’s chariot.”

“Well,” said Daniel, “you have only seen the threshold of your inheritance when compared to the vastness and greatness of the provisions for you.  But as to what is before you, eternity is short enough to show it all.  But be assured that your enlarging cup of enjoyment will always be full.  You have noticed how completely free you are from unrest and without aches or pains of any kind and that no distress or trouble burdens or haunts you here, such as we all experienced so much while in the earth, but these things are all passed away, and your appreciation of heaven is greatly increased by the bitter cups of your earthly life.”

“You will have such needed employment here as will make life the most real.  The government and business of your earthly life was but a preparation for and a little reflex of heaven.  There is no toil here, like the sweat of our brow of which we used to know so much, but a joyful employment of all the powers of the soul to further the interest of all about us.”

“Whatever you were most accustomed to do on earth will aid in your busy life in heaven.  Were you in the agricultural departments of the earth, then you will often enjoy your visits to the plains, valleys, hills and mountains of paradise.  These with their abounding fruitfulness and scenery will be of great delight to you and with the increasing multitudes gathering here from the earth, enlarged provisions are constantly being made for them in which you will delight to share.”

“Have you been a teacher, then you will greatly relish the service of instructing those who have just come from terrestrial shores to this eternal kingdom.  Those who were mechanics will find ample scope for that trait of mind in heaven.  Our Lord has been preparing these mansions for us for thousands of years; but He employs the busy hands of millions of His saints in the most wonderful architecture of heaven.

“But now for you, dear brethren, all you see before you is for your enjoyment and comfort.  The chariots are for your journeys.  If you wish you could go at the speed of sound, go at your pleasure.  Massive praise services, of which we are all so fond here, are held in various sections of the city.  If you wish to ascend to the higher or lower galleries or sections of the city, step into the elevator and press the number of the button and you may in a few moments be landed a thousand furlongs above or below as you desire.  For you will remember that the city lays four squares, its length and breadth, its height and depth are equal, being like a solid cube, twelve thousand furlongs each side.

“Oh, how massive and great is our inheritance!” said Bohemond, “twelve thousand furlongs would be fifteen hundred miles of earthly measurement.”

“Sure enough,” said the elder, “and there are nearly four hundred thousand of these sections or stories of the city, beside all the vast illimitable regions of paradise.  A thousand years of an earthly count will have passed before you have seen but a small portion of what is yours forever.  Its vastness is beyond your ability to comprehend at present.  So you see, you have ample room for the expansions of your wondering soul.”

At this I clasped my hands and with great ecstatic’s of joy cried out: “Oh, Daniel, greatly beloved, is there no end to the provisions God has made for us?”

The elder replied: “The resources of heaven are inexhaustible, and as to the height and depth of the city, its length and breadth, you can never take it all in, but go where you will and you will find that the busy hosts of God know no fatigue and they will welcome you to any and all their banquets and feasts and services of song and praise as we have here.

“If you desire a trip to the beauties and scenery of any part of paradise, any one of the saints or angels will be glad to accompany you, for we all take pleasure in each other’s comfort here.  Let us now step to yon elevation at the four corners near us” We climbed the spacious stairway.  “Now will you cast your eyes down this avenue toward the far distance yonder?”

We did so, and as we stood above the busy throngs and countless hosts, all who were once children of earth, and who, like ourselves, once shared in the toils and sweat of an earthly life, and with us had struggled against the fearful hosts of sin, but now exalted and glorified with our blessed Redeemer, the elder said, “Are you repaid for your faith and service for your Lord in the world?”

“Repaid,” I said, “what did I ever do to merit this?  No, no, it’s all of grace.  God is love.  We were nothing; we did nothing, but cling to Jesus.  He was our All in All.”

“Will you now look to the north?” and he pointed with his finger the way, for we knew no north nor south, for no sun shone at noonday, nor any north star at midnight, for there is no noonday nor midnight in heaven.  We needed not the light of sun, or moon for the Lord God and the Lamb is our eternal light.

As we looked in the directions suggested, we saw the avenue was broad and lovely and the mansions were of exquisite beauty.  The golden streets were as warm with so many happy people.  Thousands of children were playing in the streets.  Lovely fountains were throwing up their spray, which sparkled like beaded diamonds of light.  We saw long tables of a thousand cubits each most beautifully adorned and ladened with most precious fruits and nuts of all varieties, and with such freedom everyone seemed to be eating and drinking at his ease and pleasure.

I thought in what a different sense could all this mighty throng says in the same words of many of the Jews of old, “We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence and Thou hast taught in our streets.” (Luke 13:26)

“Many of these children,” said the elder, “have but recently come, but you see how completely contented they are.  No change of place nor surroundings could make them happier, unless it would be to see their parents, brothers, sisters or friends here: then their cup of happiness would be complete indeed, They have no desire to go back to the earth from whence they have so lately come, but they do greatly rejoice in the coming of their friends.  Contentment of which we only knew the first rudiments in the world is written on every soul here.”

“Will you now look upward,” said the elder.

We cast our eyes above.  To our greater wonder still, the arches and domes above us were ablaze with the sparkle of what seemed to be the most precious diamonds for beauty, and jasper stones clear as crystal.

“This,” said the elder, “is but a reflection of the glory of God which shines out from the throne and through all His works.”

“Now,” said the elder, “I must leave you and bid you goodbye.  The blessings of the eternal God are forever yours.  Great things are in store for you; but I will see you again,” and he disappeared among the countless throng.

Convocation Concluded

Following is an extract from the book called “Paradise-the Holy-City-and-the-Glory-of-the-Throne-by-Elwood-Scott. Elwood haved been blessed to write the heavely visits by Seneca Sodi. The purpose of these visits were for the church of Jesus Christ. Enjoy the extract. In the future I will include the sites to visit this information and many more. Here Seneca is giving the picture of what he witnessed in heaven. Its about the future events, which includes the gathering of the saints(the rapture) hence the title “The Great Convocation Concluded.” Be blessed.

The Great Convocation Concluded

I was eagerly waiting for Seneca’s return, to know further, myself, the things of the throne of God.  He was on time and greeted me with his usual pleasant smile and said:

As our Lord arose to speak, all heads were deeply bowed for a few moments and then most earnest attention was given.  We all hung on His words as when He spoke the Sermon on the Mount on earth.  The theme was: “The coming dispensation, now about to be ushered in, when He shall once more descend to the earth taking with Him all this mighty host of saints and angels, when will occur the resurrection of the bodies of all His saints.”

The great host listened with profound attention and received the word with great gladness, for everyone was deeply interested personally in the matter.  Thousands of saints shouted aloud with joy at the thought that so soon would occur the “redemption of the purchased possession.”

The angels themselves were dancing for joy, for our Lord had said that they should take a most prominent part in the great event.  Very many, indeed, of the unnumbered and countless host had been waiting for this even for thousands of years, and waiting for their spiritual bodies which we knew would be given us at that time.  Then we should be equal to the angels themselves, which the elders now are, and are preferred before them, for the place of the elders indicated this, being near the throne.

The pathos and feeling, which our Lord manifested during this sermon, was beyond anything we were accustomed to on earth.  We were melted into deep emotion.  He enlarged at great length on the ideas which Paul had advanced so long ago while writing under divine inspiration when he said: “having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of time, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth even in Himself.” He called attention to the superior advantage the elders now have on account of their resurrection.  He described to the mighty host the order of events in connection with the closing history of His spiritual reign on earth, the events of the last times, the great political changes, and devastating wars of the closing period.  He declared also that in the last times great effort would be made among the leading civilized nations to bring about a peaceful settlement of national troubles.  That much had been done and much remained to be done.

How quickly I thought of the words of the prophets when he wrote concerning this same theme: “They shall beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks.” (Isaiah 2:4)

He went on to speak of the worldly character of many of the churches on earth, their loss of spiritual power, and the very great slowness of making disciples of all nations, many of the churches having almost forgotten their real mission in bringing the world back to God, as He repeated again some of His words uttered so long ago: “The church is the salt of the earth; but if the salt hath lost its savor wherewith shall it be salted?” (Matthew 5:13) As He spoke upon this point a holy fervor and deep pathos clothed His words until the mighty throng most solemnly bowed their heads with the very impressive thought that His words had a deep meaning suited to many thousands of us only a little while ago.

Oh, how many of us whispered to ourselves and to those about us, “If I only could go back even for a brief time, how differently I would live and labor for the great end for which our Lord suffered and died.”

He spoke also of the fearful formalities in so many of the Protestant and Catholic churches, of the corruptions and whoredoms so extant throughout the world.  As He was speaking of the degeneracy of His church on earth, I most deeply felt the force of His words uttered nearly two thousand years ago, “When the son of man shall come, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) “But,” said He, “there is a very great throng of blood-washed souls who are looking for His return and faithfully toiling while waiting for their adoption into this mighty host above.” He hinted again that the time was drawing near when He, with all this great host, with millions in paradise and all parts of the celestial city, should again go back to celebrate the earth’s great Sabbath.

Mighty angels with their trumpet voices should lead the hosts until the thousands of thousands of chariots should slacken their speed and slow to a halt in the regions of a terrestrial world.  Then the great trump of God should be sounded, of which the blast of Sinai was but a little hint, and awaken all the dead saints who should instantly rise with spiritual bodies and each soul of us should have our own.

When He had thus spoken, this entire mighty host led by the angels, shouted, “Hallelujah!  The Lord omnipotent reigneth!” “And further,” He said, “the living saints who have never died will never die.  Death shall have no dominion over them, but from thenceforth is destroyed forever, and with them we shall be joined in one great united church, world without end.” Again the great host said, “Hallelujah!”

But the most solemn and pathetic of all His utterances from the throne before the great assembly was His reference to a present condition of the church on earth.  He referred to a new and most cunning device of Satan, the old enemy of man, to introduce into the church of all Christendom a most destructive criticism of the Holy Scriptures.  “This,” He declared, “is a revelation of the man of sin — the son of perdition, only in a new form in the last days.  The mystery of iniquity was at work in the early days of the church in the various forms of the spirit of anti-Christ, but it was withheld until the Gentile world should have their opportunity of salvation.  But now that wicked one is being revealed whose coming is after the working of Satan and with all deceivableness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.  So they are denying much of the Holy Scriptures of God, nearly all the Old Testament saints and all that is miraculous, even assailing His own divine origin, miracles and atonement.  And so God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie.  (II Thessalonians 2:11) “Oh, Satan,” he cried, “Thy doom will soon be sealed in the vortex of hell.”

I can only repeat a tithe of His sermon.  When He closed, a number of the elders followed Him with brief expositions of truth along some lines on which He had touched.

Many, like ourselves thought how clearly the blessed Book of God on earth has told us many of these things, and what comfort, as well as sorrow, to the saints to know the great things which are yet before us!

Far in the distance as our eyes could reach we saw the seats glittering like the purest gold, raised amphitheater like, to a great elevation that entirely encircled the majestic throne.

Many responsive hymns were sung, those in the distance responding with choruses, which seemed like great waves of the sea that rolled in splendor over the great throngs of the redeemed.  At last, the great convocation was drawing toward its close.  Our Lord now arose and with a voice distinctly heard to the utmost bounds of the throne, invited us to a royal banquet given by Himself in honor of the last arrivals.  The great host sang the doxology of heaven.  Our Lord’s benediction and dismissal followed.  We all repaired to a great pleasure ground adjoining the throne on the east.  Many hundreds of rows of tables, more than twenty-four furlongs in length, were spread before us.  These were loaded with the richest viands that paradise ever knew.  A hundred varieties of the tree of life grow everywhere in the city, but especially in the valleys and upon the hillside of paradise.  Twelve kinds of fruit grow on each tree.  From these the tables were most gorgeously furnished.  The angels were waiters at the tables and surely we lacked for nothing.

As we were eating, Bohemond arose and said: “My brother, Seneca, look at what is before us.” I arose and looked across the great sea of human spirits interspersed with many thousands of angels whose delight it was to serve these honored guests.  Far toward the center of this great dining hall was a stupendous fountain, a fountain of fountains.  It was indeed immense in its dimensions and the height of its spray.  The royal gardens, fountains and palaces of the kings of the earth could in no wise be compared to it.  From this fountain we were all refreshed and also from the river of life from which its multitude of branches have their source.

While eating and drinking with the saints of all ages, and in the presence of our King, we certainly thought of the words of the book and how truly the beloved disciple had written concerning these great occasions.  “And the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of water, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  (Revelation 7:17) Indeed I thought to myself, “And who can ever cry again but those of the lost ones who shall lift up their eyes, being in torment.”

During the banquet the great chorister sang many new and beautiful hymns of praise.  While our Lord gave everyone such a glad welcome, and especially those who had so recently entered the doorways of paradise and passed through the gates of the city and were now forever at home.  Many of the ancient men and women also took part in short words of welcome.

David also tuned his harp and sang in meter the words of the beloved disciple, which nearly everybody in heaven knows.  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said: Behold I make all things new.  And He said unto me write, for these words are true and faithful.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely, and he that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:4-7) Again the congregation shouted, “Hallelujah,” and the chorister sang the dismissal.

We were now soon scattering for distant points of the city.  A hundred thousand chariots were filled with the busy hosts of heaven.  Salutations and momentary good-byes were heard everywhere.  Smiling happy faces knew no limit to the joyful expressions and greetings with which every soul overflowed.  Not one jar or discord or ruffled feeling or disappointed look was to be seen anywhere.  Oh, this was heaven indeed!

When the great concourse had somewhat disappeared, there still remained an innumerable company of saints and angels.  The returning chariots were bringing multitudes of others in place of those who had gone.  Those who led the music and sang their sweet solos had nearly all gone.  The seats of the elders were vacant, but hosts of others were crowding in.  As one of the elders passed near us, Bohemond and I called him to us for a conversation.

He said, “let us step on a chariot and go to a quiet place.” In a few moments we were slowing up at one of the fountains just outside one of the gateways to the throne.  After giving us a drink from the fountain he said: “We will now walk to yonder cluster of trees.” From them we gathered some fruit and sat down to have him explain the mystery to us.

“The revelations he gave us, I will not describe tonight.  I must leave you now,” said Seneca, “you are tired and have need of rest,” and he vanished from my presence.

Revelation of Events Prior to the Second Coming Of our Lord!

The Great Disappearance!

The Bible talks of two events during the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The first event to take place is the one we find in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. God has revealed this event to many of His children. I pray that He will continue to reveal this event to many more of His children in these last days. In the book by Thomas Choo, God has revealed the first event called Rapture. In 1 Thess. 4:13-18, we read as follows:

  1. But I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers and sisters concerning those who have fallen asleep, who have died, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. We don’t want you to be sad like other people – those who have no hope. 14. We believe that Jesus died, but we also believe that He rose again. So we believe that God will raise to life through Jesus any who have died and bring them together with Him when he comes.
  1. What we tell you now is the Lord’s own message. Those of us who are still living when the Lord comes again will join Him, but not before those who have already died. 16. The Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. 17. After that we who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. 18. So encourage each other with these words.

We also find this event activity in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed- 52. In a moment: in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we shall be changed. 53. Our dead and decaying bodies will be changed into bodies that won’t die or decay. 54. The bodies we now have are weak and can die. But they will be changed into bodies that are eternal. Then the Scriptures will come true, “Death has lost the battle!

Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

I strongly believe that immediately after the rapture one the thing to follow is the marriage supper of the lamb. Revelation 19:7-10; 7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8. It was given to her that she would array herself in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9. He said to me “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” He said to me, “These are true words of God.”

  1. I fell down before His feet to worship Him. He said to me, “Look! Don’t do it! I am a fellow bondservant with your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.”

After the rapture of the church there will be a great tribulation on earth, which will run for a period of seven years while all believers are enjoying the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven. In Matthew describes this event as follows:

The Great Tribulation!

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), 16. “Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20. And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on Sabbath. 21. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

  1. “ Then if anyone says to you, ‘look, here is Christ!’ or’ There!’ do not believe it. 24. For false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25. See, I have told you beforehand.
  2. “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or Look, He is in the inner rooms! Do not believe it. 27. For as the lightning come from the east and flashes to the west, so also the coming of the Son of Man be. 28. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.