6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9

Chapter 6

The Beginning of The Antichrist Covenant Week of Years(1)

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The First Seal
    6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse [the Antichrist]: and he that sat on him had a bow [with no arrows, as he is initially a man of peace]; and a crown was given [he obtains his kingdom by flatteries (Dan. 8:21)] unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
The Second Seal
    6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red [the color of blood]: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Third Seal
    6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse [famine in the midst of plenty]; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The Fourth Seal
    6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse [gangrene in color]: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth [over 1 ½ billion people will die (c.p. Rev. 9:13)].
The Fifth Seal
    6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar [the golden alter which is before the throne (Rev. 8:3)] the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held [c/p. Rev. 1:1, Rev. 1:9, Rev. 12:11]: 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 6:11 And white robes [the robe of righteousness (Rev. 19:8)] were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants [Christians] also and their brethren [Jewish Christians], that should be killed as they were [killed in the same manner, apparently beheaded (c/p. Rev. 20:4)], should be fulfilled.
The Midweek Rapture of the Church Is Announced By All of Creation
The Sixth Seal
    6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth [apparently a meteor shower (c/p. Rev. 8:11)], even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places [when all of the praises of God are removed from the earth—the stones cry out: precisely as Jesus prophesied in Luke. 19:40; c/p. Rom. 8:19, 21. See also Seven Prophetic Pictures of the Rapture].
    6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come [those who are unsaved know the wrath of God has come, because they can’t find any Christians!]; and who shall be able to stand?

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Chapter 7

The 144,000 Sealed*

 [*It is at or about this point that the parenthetical events of Rev. 11:1-6 and Rev. 12:1-6 transpire, as the Antichrist has broken his 7 year Covenant with Israel and the initial remnant of Israel flees into the wilderness (c/p. Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15-16; and Mark 13:14; c/p. Rev. 12:14).]

    7:1 And after these things [Gr. meta tauta, after these things (Rev. 4:1): after the events of the 6th seal] I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds [winds of judgment] of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

    7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

[After the Church leaves the earth, God's full attention will be focused on the whole House of Jacob, whom he named Israel (Gen. 32:28). God will recover a remnant from all 12 tribes of Jacob/Israel: not just Jews from the tribe of Judah. The 144,000 are seen in heaven at Rev. 14:1.]

The Church Triumphant Is Seen In Heaven
    7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations [ethnos, Gentile, heathen, nation, people], and kindreds [an offshoot, race, clan or tribe], and people, and tongues [language; these are the four signatures of  both the world (c/p. Rev. 11:9) and the Church], stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes (vs. 14; c/p. Rev. 19:8), and palms in their hands; 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
    7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation [literally, the tribulation, the great...the first 3 ½ years of the Antichrist Covenant week and the first five seals], and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
    7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes [many of these died hungry, thirsty, sun burnt, and crying (c/p. Rev. 6:11)].

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Chapter 8

The Saints of all Ages Pray for Judgment

The Seventh Seal
    8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour [heaven unites in prayer for God to begin to release His wrath during the last 3 ½ years of The Antichrist Covenant week, which is the also the last 3 ½ years of Daniel’s 70th week of years (Dan. 9:24-27)].
The Wrath of God Begins with Four of Seven Trumpet Judgments
    8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 8:3 And another 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 [the prayers of the saints throughout the ages and the Church which is now in heaven] upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. 8:5 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. 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
The First Trumpet Judgment
    8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
The Second Trumpet Judgment
    8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire [perhaps a meteor or comet] was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
The Third Trumpet Judgment
    8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp [perhaps another meteor or comet], and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
The Forth Trumpet Judgment
    8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and 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.
Three Woes Are Announced
    8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

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Chapter 9

The First Woe

The Fifth Trumpet Judgment

    9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven [an angel or other intelligent being (c/p. Rev. 12:4)] unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit [the abyss]. 9:2 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 by reason of the smoke of the pit. 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth [the grass of verse 8:7 has re-grown (at least 12 months have elapsed)], neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads [the 144,000, or anyone else on the earth who has received Jesus as Savior and is born again].
    9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them [our merciful Savior gives all people on the earth—except those with the seal of God in their forehead (the 144,000), the two witnesses (Rev. 11:3), and the remnant of Israel hidden in the wilderness (Rev. 12:14)—a 5 month taste of the eternal torment of hell (at least 17 months have now passed)].
    9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
    9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

The Second Woe

The Sixth Trumpet Judgment
    9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year (13 months), for to slay the third part of men [over one billion more people will be killed (c/p. Rev. 6:8)].
    9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand [200,000,000 demons]: and I heard the number of them. 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
    9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands [God’s primary purpose for judgment is not the punishment of the wicked, but to bring men and women to a place of repentance unto Him that they may receive Him and be saved], that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries [drugs], nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts [a minimum of 30 months have now passed from Rev. 8:7; c/p. the 42 months of Rev. 11:2].

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bullet1. The Antichrist Covenant week of years is the last 7 years of this age before Jesus establishes His 1000 year reign over the earth. The last 3 ½ years of the Antichrist Covenant week overlaps with the final 3 ½ years of Daniel’s 70th week of years: which is divided equally between the 3 ½ year ministry of Jesus, and the counterfeit 3 ½ year "ministry" of the Antichrist (see  Dan. 9:24-27; Rev. 20:4).

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