The Oil in the Lamps of the Wise

 

As I look at the candle on my desk, I think about who gave it to me, and what it means. It is actually two candles in one, because it has two wicks. It is a picture of the Two Witnesses, through the symbolism of the candlesticks:

And I will give power unto my two witnessesThese are thetwo candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:3-4)

The two witnesses represent many things—including two individual persons, which students of prophecy are often eager to identify. I know those two persons, but my first thoughts are on how this candle symbolizes the two witnesses in other ways. The two wicks are in one glass jar filled with wax. That means when either wick is lit, it is the same wax that fuels the flame. Yet, no one would ever think of lighting only one of the wicks.

My Candle When I contemplate this writing, my candle is initially unlit. I wonder if lighting the wicks could be compared to “giving power” to the two witnesses. When this candle was given to me, it was said that if I ever needed inspiration for writing, I could light this candle. I have never been superstitious, but as I’ve grown in the word of God, I’ve grown to appreciate biblical symbols, and signs, and tokens, and omens—much more than I once did. I do not light the candle as if the candle itself has any magical properties to give me inspiration, but as I open the lid, my soul breathes a prayer to God that I believe He welcomes like the burst of fragrance that suddenly reaches my nose.

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense... (Psalm 141:2)

As a writer, I know that I need God’s help, especially on this topic. Without the Holy Spirit, there would simply be no power in my words. My heart aches as I think about the depth of what needs to be communicated, and I wonder how I will find the strength and ability to do it. I firmly decide to light the candle today in an expression of my utter desperation and dependence on God for the right words.

The Faithful and True Witness

If we only look around the book of Revelation, we can easily identity one of the two witnesses. The word “witness” only appears three other times, and every time it is connected to Jesus. In fact, from the outset, John greets the recipients of the Revelation with this very expression:

Grace be unto you, and peace…from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness. (Revelation 1:4-5)

Then, speaking to the Laodiceans, Jesus self-identifies as one of the two witnesses. In red-letter editions of the Holy Bible, this whole verse is printed in red ink to indicate that it is the words of Jesus Christ, dictated to John verbatim:

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness… (Revelation 3:14)

I ponder the fact that Jesus testified of Himself as one of the two witnesses, and how the Pharisees rejected Him on the grounds that He testified of Himself:

The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. (John 8:13-14)

I realize that it is no different today. At that time, Jesus appeared on the earth, but now He has appeared in the heavens. I remember how I found the Orion message in the year 2010. The economic crash of 2008 had woken me up, and I knew that the Spirit of God was stirring in the earth. At some point I thought to myself, “Surely others are also interested in the return of Jesus. Perhaps I can find someone who is actively studying the subject of His coming.” I was not disappointed when my search turned up a conversation about the Orion “clock.” In the Orion presentation, I found Jesus appearing as Orion—the brightest constellation in the night sky.

As I strike a match and carefully lower it so the flame envelops one of the wicks of my candle, I think about how Jesus called Himself the light of the world.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

Because the birthday of Jesus is earlier than when the world expects, we are already singing for the season, and some of the words of the song O Holy Night now come freshly to my mind. I hope you will forgive me for breaking into song. I often find it difficult to refrain, at least in private. Music is to the lyrics as experience is to the story, and for me, “the stars are brightly shining” again, as they did when Jesus was born. Unless a person has yearned and hoped for something a very long time, it is impossible to estimate how wonderful it was when Light finally came into the world after sin had been ravaging the earth for four millennia.

Music snippet from “O Holy Night”

These words describe how Jesus’ sacrifice showed the value of a soul, because He was willing to give up everything and die to redeem sinners. The richest Being in the universe esteemed the life of others more valuable than His own—however incomprehensible that may seem!

Never before had the human family experienced this kind of love. In His eyes, your life was worth more than His! Your life was worth more to Him than to be the Prince of the universe. When that settles into the mind, it changes a person. It nurtures true self-esteem, stemming not from self-confidence, but from a true perception of one’s value in God’s eyes.

That is how I felt when I studied the Orion message. I already knew that Heaven was in Orion, so the prospect of Jesus’ return from Orion thrilled my soul. Intertwined with it was a far-reaching biblical message about His sacrifice for me, a Seventh-day Adventist. As I studied around the clock (pun intended), I cooperated with Jesus, who point-by-point probed my heart.

I had always wondered if I would have been able to recognize Jesus if I had seen Him. Now, I saw Him—not with my own eyes as if He were in the flesh as the first witness but looking into the heavens with spiritual eyesight provided by the second witness.

An Help Meet for Him

I am reminded of how long it took me in my spiritual journey to understand that Jesus was not the only light in this world, and that when it says He is the faithful witness, it does not mean He is the only witness. It means that of the two witnesses, He is the faithful one of the two.

Although I know who the other witness is, and I know that I am not the other witness, I think of my own unfaithfulness and wonder how it can be that someone who was once unfaithful (i.e. a sinner) can be represented by an identical wick in the same candle with Jesus. I am in awe of the power of Jesus to save a soul from the wreckage and devastation of sin, and make him become the Lord’s brother, a peer in some sense. I think of the sacrifice that Jesus made for this to be possible, and I am amazed at the power contained in this one lonely flame.

Light is come into the world For a moment, I feel the loneliness of Jesus’ life. The other wick being unlit looks so strange and out of harmony. And yet, that has been the case for the past two millennia since Christ’s light has been shining in this world. He has been alone.

A heaviness comes over me, and instead of lighting the other wick, I blow out the match before it burns my fingers. I think about God’s words:

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18)

Since Jesus was the second Adam,[1] I begin to wonder about His “Eve.” He did not commit Himself to a single individual on the earth, but to all the human race. Yet, among the whole human race, it is remarkable how lonely Christ’s work was:

I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. (Isaiah 63:3-5)

I feel a renewed determination to stand by the Lord as never before—just for His sake. I know He can save Himself by His own right arm, but that does not mean it is good that way. It might seem strange that the Lord should be helped, but isn’t it so? Doesn’t every ruler and every householder and every military commander have the help of the people under him? Tragically, nowhere is the entitlement mentality more prevalent than in spiritual thought! Many want a Savior to serve them, but few care to serve a Lord—especially at their own cost.

The Father and the Son made mankind (the union of man and woman) in Their image.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

The church is Jesus’ “woman”—His equal in the sense of exercising the same faith, believing in her Husband, and standing by His side like the other wick of the candle, drawing upon the same divine nourishment that enabled Him to shine as a light in the world.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (John 9:5)

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (Matthew 5:14)

Revelation speaks of the righteous in terms that also reflect submission and faith:

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)

Notice both aspects: obedience to the Lord and faith in His salvation. When viewed as an individual, the second witness must be someone who represents the pure church, the people of God who are unspotted by the world.

After I had studied all the writings surrounding the Orion message, I still hungered for more. The author had teased his readers by indicating that he had another study in process at that time, so I contacted him in the hopes of getting to know more about it. One thing led to another and by mid-August of 2011, I joined the Forum of the “144,000,” which had just been established.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1)

I soon recognized that my belief in the Orion clock had opened a door for me and had given me a privilege that was not available to others. What I did not yet recognize was how much my belief would eventually cost me.

In addition to being a faithful witness in the sense of testifying to us of the Father’s love and willingness to give all of heaven to His creatures, Jesus was also a faithful witness in the sense of being a faithful martyr. Jesus was martyred for His belief that He was the Son of God, the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world.

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:18)

Though He was equal with God, Jesus submitted to the will of the Father, even to the death of the cross.[2] The proud cannot understand that, because for them, equality means the power to assert their own will, and not to submit.

Considering that the 144,000 are the ones without guile who will be translated directly to heaven without tasting death, they form the body of the spotless bride of Christ who will have made herself ready.

Bride and Groom candle Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Revelation 19:7-8)

At some point, the bride becomes spotless (sinless) like Christ—as His equal. That is not a belief that is well-received. In fact, the opposite has become an adage of the churches: “We will sin till Jesus comes.” So, isn’t believing you are part of the 144,000 much like the situation that Jesus faced, claiming a kind of equality with God?

Again, the Savior says:

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)

Yet, the Scriptures also say:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

How do we reconcile this? Again, the Scriptures say:

Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head… (1 Corinthians 11:10 NASB)

Christ’s perfection was ultimately demonstrated by His love to and trust in the Father. In the same way, the perfection of the saints is through their love to and trust in their Lord, Jesus Christ, not of themselves.

Like in marriage, equal standing does not conflict with humility or contradict rank. The bride of Christ is humble, submitting to her Husband by obeying His commands. And she is unwavering in the faith that she is under His loving protection—even to the death of the cross, if so it be. Her devotion is equal to His, as illustrated by the two equal wicks of the candle, and her light is drawn from the same deep source of love as His.

If a person does not want to be free from sin, he should never join the 144,000 who strive for just that. There is no room for pride or power struggles among them. Those who are closest to the heart of the work are most keenly aware of the terrible results of sin upon their character, and they wash most thoroughly in the crimson flood. It is as the verse says: the bride is “granted” to be arrayed in white, once she hath made herself ready.

When I found the Orion message in 2010, it was an exciting time in the history of “my people.” A new leader had been elected to preside over the church. A prophet had arisen with dreams of comfort and guidance for the church. Anticipation was running high that the time had come for the church to be cleansed as the bride of the Lamb…

It is now eight years later.

Grief causes me to deliberately turn my thoughts.

The Twofold Word of God

Of Jesus, it is written:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Jesus is the Word, and of course the Word is the Bible—Old and New Testaments. This is another way of saying that Jesus embodies God’s covenant with mankind. He fulfilled the Old Testament, and being God’s own Son, His death fulfilled His blood covenant to save the world. That is another reason why there are two witnesses: they are two testaments.

As I look at my candle, I recognize that the two wicks represent the two covenants. Seeing the light of the first covenant steadily streaming, I think of what it means that Jesus fulfilled the law and the prophets (the Old Testament).

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Matthew 5:17)

Every covenant places obligations on both parties, and both parties are required to fulfill their end of the bargain. By giving His very life—after having already exerted His love upon the human race for four millennia—Jesus did all that was in His power to save. No greater love could have been given, and no greater love was needed, because His sacrifice was enough. Christ’s death was necessary and sufficient for the salvation of mankind.

It is easy to see how Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary to pay the price of sin, but if it was sufficient, why hasn’t Jesus taken us all to heaven yet? Why do the righteous dead still lie in the grave,[3] when clearly Jesus has power over the grave? A single burning wick for Jesus somehow defies the logic that “everything was done at the cross.”

Two long millennia after the Light came into the world, we have to ask ourselves what took so long. Was there still an unmet condition to the covenant—on the part of men? Could the two candlesticks also represent the two sides or parties of the covenant—the divine side and the human side—and not just the Old and New Testaments? The Ten Commandments, which are the covenant, are even divided into two tables encompassing man’s obligations with respect to each party: divine (first table) and human (second table).

Ten Commandments candle It is true that Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to save the world, but that does not mean everything was done at the cross. The Bible is also sufficient to guide a man’s steps, but if he doesn’t read it, he will stumble.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Before I decide to light the other wick of my candle, I think about man’s obligations under the covenant. I wonder if the conditions have really been fully met. If the first flame represents that the terms of God’s covenant toward the earth were fulfilled by Jesus, the first witness, then lighting the second wick should mean that man’s obligations toward heaven have been fulfilled by the second witness.

I hesitate to light it, as I think about these things. Have I fulfilled my part, personally? Corporately?

The Forum of the 144,000 was opened out of necessity. The prophet that had arisen in my church fortified himself against time-setting, like virtually all Christians today, but with his “divine” weapon. Adventists weren’t always that way, however. In the past, time prophecy was such a major emphasis of their preaching that there wasn’t much room for the anti-time-setting mentality. It was the impeccable track record of biblical time prophecy that gave Adventists their unshakable faith.

This is significant, because it was precisely the same thing that gave Jesus the confidence to perfectly fulfill His part of the covenant with the world. His death in A.D. 31 fulfilled the time prophecies of Daniel exactly, as Adventists preached. He knew when His time had come,[4] and that is what gave Him the confidence to complete His sacrifice as the Lamb of God. In addition to prayer, it was the Spirit of Prophecy in the written word that guided our Lord. He lived out the life that He—the Word—had previously spoken to the prophets of old.

…for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10)

As I look at my candle, I think about how both wicks are embedded in the same wax. The most common candle wax, paraffin, is a petroleum product. Other candle waxes are made from other types of oil. The wax of the candle is like the oil of the lampstands, which represents the Holy Spirit that fuels or inspires the two witnesses.

If when the second wick is lit, it is to draw from the same Spirit as did our Lord, then time prophecy must also be the basis for the church’s understanding of its own identity. The church must know her time, as her Redeemer knew His.

When I came into the forum, the first thing I had to read was the opening post that had been made by the author of the Orion presentation, now turned Forum admin (emphasis mine):

Dear German-speaking brethren,

I would like to answer your questions about what is going on with the website and tell you that I waited in prayer for divine instruction on how to proceed. I can’t do it without God, because I’m not a selfish lunatic and I don’t want to be blasphemous. A South American brother, who was on my side at first, also attacked me to the extreme because of Ernie [Knoll], and that made me unspeakably sad. It was a young brother, whom I had to repeatedly admonish because of studies that are nothing but time setting, but who, in my opinion, had made a very beautiful derivation of Orion from the Bible. He had found almost the whole article “Seven Steps to Eternity” [5] by himself from the Bible, and I thought he could not fall into Ernie’s trap. He had also defended me against Ernie and sent him a long e-mail. But now he and his entire group have also fallen. And once again, it was out of pride, because he wanted to find “new light” himself. He was also initiated into the third part of the shadow series, but he did not study and comprehend it. It is simply disconcerting to see people fall by the dozens, and so few are left.

I would like to continue publicly only when I receive conspicuous instruction from the Father. The prophet[6] is gone, and that doesn’t make things easy for one person—especially since Ernie says I am a man led by Satan, not only in dreams, but also in all his letters to brothers and sisters. Two false witnesses were also put up against me (the couple of cheats who were on my farm [in May of 2011]) and Ernie now seems to write his dreams himself. Many of you have already realized this. The dream “Entertainment vs. Truth” especially seems to be a pure invention of Ernie. I have written to him and he now threatens me personally with eternal death by flames if I continue. You can only defend yourself against so many lies and accusations the way Jesus fought back... with silence... so switch off—that is, out of the public.

First, please study very carefully what I wrote in my “farewell” message. This is very deep, because according to Ellen White, the 144,000 have to go through exactly the same experiences as Jesus. Of course, I am not Jesus, but Jesus is our example for the end times. It is also not me personally who is being attacked, even if my name is mentioned, but it is the Father who is being attacked. Whoever calls the Father’s Orion clock a lie from Satan attacks the character of the Father and calls Him a liar.

Jesus at the olive tree Jesus’ suffering began in Gethsemane. He had had the Lord’s Supper with His disciples, and we also held it together with Him because we learned from Jesus exactly when that day was and what happened on May 25, AD 31.[7] But many of us slept in the garden of Gethsemane instead of waking, and thus left Jesus to pray alone. This must now change. The Sunday before, the Pharisees had already decided to kill Jesus and scatter His followers, and so Ernie Knoll’s ministry has also decided to accuse John Scotram of blasphemy, preventing you from following Jesus to the Most Holy in the Heavenly Sanctuary in Orion and thus from becoming part of the 144,000.

Jesus was abandoned by His disciples during His imprisonment. Only two followed Him to the courts. But you all know the sad story of Peter, who even denied his Master three times. False accusations and judgments followed. The scene that is taking place right now, I have put for you on the website as a “goodbye message.” Read around it and ask yourselves who the current high priest is, who tears his clothes in the following verse, and calls Jesus a blasphemer. No, it’s not Ted Wilson. He is not a “high priest.” It is Ernie Knoll, who was given the high office from Jesus to pave the way of the fourth angel.

My question is... How can I continue if God the Father allows the prophet to fall so terribly? Maybe I’m missing something, but I need time and rest. I answer too many letters and questions every day, and translate everything into Spanish and English, so I can no longer have a clear head. The burden on one individual is too great, both in terms of work and mental strength. I feel abandoned by God and the people, and I must ask God for strength. Your prayers will also help.

Therefore, now I have switched off, just as Jesus “turned off” and only said that they will now see the Son of Man at the right hand of the Father (Orion) and coming in the clouds of heaven (the third part of the shadow study with the exact day and much more). Even Ellen White was likewise withdrawn once and ceased giving testimonies when the church had fallen into such unbelief that it attacked her. We’re not supposed to throw pearls before swine. I think today is even worse than when Ellen White was here.

If I may compare myself with this movement and with the first Miller, then I also wonder where the other “Millers” are, who have begun to preach in all parts of the world. One would use the Internet today, because otherwise the light of the fourth angel can hardly fill the WHOLE world with His glory. But I also thought that maybe God has a plan that goes far beyond my understanding. So far, there was only one brother, in Mexico, who at least cited my site, but when I didn’t allow him to come to my farm because of his aggression towards me, he (out of wounded pride again) became a total enemy of my studies and removed the link.

The only one who will now put a website into operation himself is Gerhard Traweger. And I think he is a worthy public successor for me, even if he has not yet been baptized as an SDA.[8] But that will soon be remedied. From SDA ranks, I at least only know a few others who really preach the message with diligence in their environment. From the Spanish speaking area, there is only one brother left who helps me a little with the translations, but they have to be completely revised and put into HTML, because he only knows Word, and a “new family group” that has just started to study. But they are still far too “new” for me to let myself make any judgement. All the rest of the “South Americans” turned against me because of Ernie. This is typical of South America, where the “pastor” counts more than study.

In the English area, we have always had the biggest problems. Since a false prophet (Ron Beaulieu) had already stood up against me at the beginning, and I was thrown out of all the forums, the Orion message was already disturbed early on. A brother who held with me against Ron later named me a “madman” after the “Hourglass” dream and forbade me to even write to him. Throughout the USA and where English is spoken, we have two sisters (who are also blood sisters) who believe in the Orion message. But they don’t want to know about Ernie’s dreams, and that’s also why they couldn’t fall in that respect. Recently two brothers (who are also real physical brothers) from the USA joined us.[9] One has started to bring the studies into even better English (one article so far) and the other has started to decipher the third part of the shadow series itself (see below). Unfortunately, their time is very short and I also notice many doubts with the former, who until recently still belonged to Ernie’s editing team. Ernie has now put all the correcting into Becky’s hand,[10] who also thinks I am a person led by Satan. I know from this brother that even after the initial grammatical corrections, Ernie makes considerable changes to the dreams, which his previous editing team did not even know anything about. Most of them believed that the dreams were published as they had been corrected, and it was only when I pointed them out in my articles that they recognized it when they read the published dreams again on the website. Therefore, it is understandable that Ernie would like to see me roast in “hellfire,” as he also expressed in a personal mail to me.

If I add everything up after one and a half years of public Orion proclamation, I come to about a dozen (!) people who are still with me, and I must also count all the women who actively believe in the Orion message of the Father. There are many semi-interested people who sniff at it, but don’t really study or understand anything deeply. It takes a lot of work to write these people a lot of mails every day. Some people just want to maintain friendship with me because they wonder if I might have the truth after all. But they are not ready to reform their lives and accept the personal teachings of Orion for their lives. They lack the power of Jesus that leads to obedience. You can see from the questions that they are not really interested in the studies. Yet some write up to four or five mails a day, and so far, I had to answer them out of courtesy and because of the publicity of the Orion message. I am now relieved of this last obligation by switching off and hope to find more time to serve my God in another way.

I personally think that the Orion message has already been given enough to draw a line under Phase I of the proclamation. Some of you know that I had received special instruction from Jesus in a personal “dream” or “half-awake vision” and He explained to me that everything He did should serve as an example to us for this last time. He first collected the twelve and then the seventy, so I should also collect the twelve and then the 144,000. I think that only very few brethren from SDA ranks will be found who can still belong to these twelve. That’s why God allows Ernie to act the way he does. The first phase of the Great Sifting is nearing its culmination, or is already over. That’s what his dream says: that soon the last Adventist will be sealed. Please do the math...

We are about 17 million Adventists. If at present (!) only one of 20,000 is sealed (as Ernie’s last few dreams say), then one comes purely arithmetically to 850 Adventists. That’s not even one percent of the 144,000! And only a small part of these, in turn, will be the leaders of the 850. These must then first collect the remaining 144,000 (people who can still be baptized as Adventists and represent the “laborers of the 11th hour.” These 144,000 will then call the great multitude out from the Babylonian congregations, who will then unfortunately still have to bear witness for Jesus through their death as martyrs. In addition, compare the dream “Smooth Sayings or Surrender.” In this dream, “messenger angels” give a certain roll to the 144,000, and this roll will now be the subject of the personal mails I will write to you.

An angel messenger For me, these messenger angels are the 24 elders of the Orion clock and Revelation 4, and the 12 stars in the crown of the pure woman of Revelation 12, the leaders of the 144,000. Whether it will really be 24 or only 12, or even a few more than 12 or 24, I do not know.[11] But God was guiding me with this shutdown. It was a final test for you who will now receive this letter. Every single person who received this letter from me had asked me why I had switched off. Everyone has spent a long time studying on my website and asked me questions that show that your thirst for the Holy Spirit guides you. It did not seem so important to me whether you had also reached the knowledge of the third part of the shadow study, but rather whether you openly confessed having recognized Jesus in Orion. Those who in Phase I of the loud cry have already recognized that this study is truth can now enter Phase II, which will no longer be public for all SDAs, but this proclamation of time (and much more) will serve to unite the “twelve” and to find the “850” who will then collect the 144,000.

Each of you who would like, would now be commissioned to first familiarize yourselves deeply with the third part of the shadow series, which will only go to you, and to recognize the harmonies of the divine plan of salvation, the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the study of Orion. It is then up to you to do everything that I have already done once, together with the Holy Spirit, to reach others around you. Of course, you must proceed in the sequence of Daniel 11:44.... first the tidings from the east (Orion = heavenly sanctuary). Anyone who accepts this message and recognizes Jesus in Orion is ripe to receive the second tidings from the north (the earthly sanctuary = third part of the shadow series). I don’t know you all so well that I can tell if you keep the health message, or how you live your lives. I have to rely on the fact that the knowledge of Orion is already a sign that one belongs to the 12 or 24. But I have not written to some whom I know believe in the Orion message to some extent, but who disobey the basic Adventist teachings, and I think that is how you should go on in the future.

According to Daniel 12:3, you are TEACHERS and you understand the mystery of the seven stars of Revelation 1,[12] and these are the LEADERS of the remnant who form the true church of God. We are exactly seven months (our “seven days”) from the great catastrophe, and we have to use these seven months to find the rest of the leaders and consolidate our knowledge and reach the 144,000. I will support you as best I can. We should not shy away from Internet work. I will provide you with material... e.g. the articles in PDF form. Facebook work is certainly interesting. I myself will soon reactivate my account there, but my “Notes” in response to Ernie’s attacks will only be distributed to the above list, in PDF format. Make friends, and in a clever way dedicate yourselves to those whom the Spirit shows you. Pray much, and act in wisdom that our Lord Jesus may give you. Remember that Jesus said that we should see if someone is “worthy,” and only then should we go into their house. Read all the instructions to the twelve and the seventy!!!

Yesterday, news came that 10 million Christian Internet sites had to be shut down at the behest of the US government: us-order-to-shutdown-millions-of-christian-websites-shocks-world[13]

Therefore, it no longer makes much sense to use websites to spread these messages. Spread the messages via email, newsgroups, forums and social networks. Also remember that... “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it.” In these times, there is no more personal protection, except God and His angels protect you. Pray without ceasing for the wisdom that God always gives to those who ask Him.

If you like, I can set up an e-mail address for everyone on my server, so that our “traffic” cannot be intercepted. We could even work with encryption.

To conclude this message to you, I would like to send you a dream I had on September 20, 2010. This was shortly after Ernie and Becky had rejected the decoding of the “vessel” dream, which is the third part of the shadow series.[14] I assume you all speak English, but it would be nice if one of you would agree to translate it into good German and send it to the mailing list above. Please include me ;) When I had the dream, I thought that the “chef” in the last part of the dream was “Ted Wilson.” Today I know that it was a prophetic dream, and who the cook really is. I have added an unpublished dream from Ernie that shows that in January 2010 (when the Orion message was first published) there was already a roll with a golden ribbon and a silver seal. Search for “pure gold” and “pure silver” in the King James Version Bible; then you will understand that the “pure gold” is a reference to the heavenly sanctuary and the Holy City (in Orion), and the “pure silver” is Psalm 12:6, the sevenfold purification of the church, or the seven seals. Orion is the book of seven seals.

Now to conclude with the promised dream:

I was on the bottom deck of a huge ship on the ocean. Many, really many people were on board. As I looked down, I could see that the ship was torn open lengthwise from the inside, and the water began to fill the ship. As I looked out through a porthole, I could see a big wave like a tsunami moving towards the ship. I yelled at the other passengers that the ship was sinking, but that just made them all very angry, so they started chasing me, and I knew they would kill me if they could catch me.

So I started running through the long corridors of the ship. Whenever it looked as if they had caught me coming from both sides, I saw at the last moment steps at my side that took me to another deck of the ship. When I looked back, I saw that all the people in the lower deck had drowned through the penetrating water. Then others started chasing me to the next deck. Nobody seemed to care that the ship sank; only hate and aggression was in their faces.

This was repeated two or three times, so that I reached the upper deck of the ship. There was only one large kitchen and the only person in the kitchen was the chef. He looked at me with his fiery eyes filled with hatred and began to throw knives at me, but they all missed. The kitchen did not have portholes but a wide panoramic window. I opened the window and shouted to the chef that the water would sink the ship and he should also save himself; then I jumped out the window, dodging another knife thrown at me. I fell with my back to the surface of the ocean, and with my face towards the panoramic window, I could see that only the kitchen was above the water’s surface, and the rest of the ship had already sunk. I could see the chef turning into the only door in the kitchen, and when he saw the water that would drown him coming out the door, his eyes turned from hatred to pure panic.

Going under I fell with my back into the sea and stretched out my arms and legs to prevent drowning due to the sinking of my body. At first there was a faint light around me, which came from the portholes of the ship, which was now completely under water and began to sink quickly. Then there was an explosion underwater and lights went out slowly. It was night. I was alone. The air bubbles and sounds ebbed away. Everything was quiet now.

Without an explanation, I wasn’t afraid of anything. I felt the waves gently pushing me in a certain direction. I didn’t have to move my arms or legs to stay on the surface. I was light as wood. The water was at a very comfortable temperature. But darkness surrounded me everywhere. After some time, which seemed incredibly short, I was gently washed to an island with a white beach. The island was of indescribable beauty—colorful parrots everywhere in the most beautiful palms I could imagine. A real paradise! There was a brook with fresh water and a palm forest on a hill in the middle of the island, which was brightly lit. I walked towards the forest when many people stepped out of the forest and came in my direction.

At first, I was intimidated by their appearance, because they had no faces. All their faces were hidden by a small black cloud that was in front of their faces, so that I could not recognize any of them. But they started hugging me, greeting me with all their love and kissing me on my cheeks and repeating all the time: “We are so happy that you are finally here!”

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:13-15)

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3)

Maranatha,
Yours, John

 

Seven years later, that post is as relevant today as it was then. It gives an insightful view into the beginnings of the 144,000 and the crisis that expedited their unification as a body, and the fierce persecution they endured at the hands of their “brethren”—which only increased as this small group subsequently went out into the highways and byways of social media to spread the light far and wide. It amounted to the first address to the army of God on earth.

Under the Auspices of Heaven

The administrator created his own account on August 14, 2011, three and a half days after he had taken his public website offline on August 11. In that crisis, when the written word about Jesus’ appearance in Orion had been taken away because of the attacks, the new body of believers already started to fulfill the description of the two witnesses—on two counts. First:

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy… (Revelation 11:6)

For a number of days, the author of the Orion message “shut heaven” by closing the only website where Christ could be seen in Orion. Although he opened the website again later, it was a sign that the latter rain would not go to its rejecters. Secondly, without knowing it at the time, the exact duration of the death of the two witnesses was also signified:

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. (Revelation 11:9)

The second witness was already being hurt, an indication of the fate of those responsible for its failure to thrive:

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. (Revelation 11:5)

This is not speaking of fire-breathing humans, of course, but of a punishment in accordance with the fiery judgments of the written word of the two witnesses.

As the potential synergy between this and other ministries dissolved into threats of mutually assured destruction, nobody wanted to risk joining either side. Just like that, the new hope of Israel’s rest faded away like the heavenly chorus that once heralded Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. But in the same way that the angels of heaven hovered over the quiet birth in Bethlehem so many years ago, heaven was watching over the developments of the Forum of the 144,000.

During that crisis, the heavenly messengers—in the form of constellations and planets—signified that momentous decisions were taking place in the heavenly courts. When the website with the testimony of Jesus in Orion was tragically laid to rest on the Information Superhighway, the Father and Son in heaven convened a special meeting to address the emergency.

At that time, we were entirely ignorant of how to read the heavenly signs, but now, dialing the clock back to August 11, 2011, the indications are crystal clear:

Emergency council meeting

During the span of 24 hours, the sun, representing the unapproachable light of the Father,[15] and Venus, representing Jesus as the Morning Star,[16] entered into the royal precincts of the constellation of Leo to meet with Mercury, representing Their messenger. The three of them took counsel together—just as it was relayed to the newly founded Forum at the very beginning of that opening post:

I would like to answer your questions about what is going on with the website and tell you that I waited in prayer for divine instruction on how to proceed. I can’t do it without God, because I’m not a selfish lunatic and I don’t want to be blasphemous.

This council meeting took exactly three and a half days to complete, from the time the meeting commenced until agreement was reached and the decision was made to establish the private Forum of the 144,000. At that hour, the sun and Venus reached conjunction, indicating that the decision had been made:

A decision is reached

Father and Son had given counsel to Their messenger on the earth, and he had written his opening post to explain the situation and give guidance in turn to the handful of the faithful. Still today, members of the Forum of the 144,000 can find that very first post, and see for themselves the timestamp that connected heaven and earth at the inception of this body of believers.

One of authority was addressing the company The first picture above carefully captures the exact moment (to the very second) when the sun entered the constellation of Leo. You can verify that it happened at 12:48 a.m. local time in Paraguay on August 11, 2011. Adding three and a half days comes to 12:48 p.m. on August 14—the exact minute of the opening forum post. I marvel at the greatness of God.

Because the timing of the heavenly events varies with the observer’s location, this also confirms the physical location of the messenger of God on the earth, whom Mercury here represents.

Who is this man among us, who is counseled by the Almighty and on the earth carries out the designs of heaven in perfect time?

For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:10)

The Two Anointed Ones

Revelation makes reference to Zechariah in describing the two witnesses as the two olive trees:

And I will give power unto my two witnesses…These are the two olive trees... (Revelation 11:3-4)

Zechariah inquired:

What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:11-14)

Many Bibles translate “anointed ones” literally as “sons of oil.” The two witnesses are two people who were especially chosen by God for the delivery of the oil of the Holy Spirit. We already know that Jesus is one of these sons of oil, as He Himself declared:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. (Luke 4:18-20)

He was quoting from Isaiah 61, which does not end there. Why did Jesus stop mid-sentence and close the book so abruptly? Could it be that the rest of the passage was to pertain not to Himself, but to the other anointed one who would herald His return? Isaiah reads:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Remember Jesus’ parting words to Jerusalem:

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 23:38-39)

Herald the day of wrath and the second advent We may learn from these passages of Scripture that the second witness is someone whom God has especially anointed with the Holy Spirit for the purpose of heralding the “day of vengeance” and the return of Jesus.[17] These are, in fact, subjects that are integral to all the teaching of the second witness.

Jesus, the first witness, brought the Gospel, which is the good news of the Father’s love in sending His Son to atone for lost humanity. The second witness, however, brings the message that this world’s time is coming to an end. Thus, the two witnesses together show the two great attributes of God’s character: mercy and justice.

I strike another match.

I think about how foolishly some people have burned their bridges to the one whom God has chosen in this age. I reflect on how I prepared for the call to relocate to serve the Lord in Paraguay, directly at the source of the Orion message. I think of my first encounter at the table of the second anointed one, and how palpably I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. I remember my very thoughts.

The Two Blameless Churches

As a martyr, Jesus belongs (in a sense) to the church of Smyrna—the first of the two churches among the seven of the book of Revelation whose candlestick was never removed.[18] This is the church that represents those who are faithful unto death.

The other church that is without rebuke is the church of Philadelphia. The two witnesses, as two candlesticks, correspond to Smyrna and Philadelphia—both of which are full of the love of God.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35)

As I light the second wick of my candle, I think about how easily we distance ourselves from Jesus by making Him unique and unapproachable, even though His name was meant to signify just the opposite. The name “Jesus” is derived from the Greek version of “Joshua,” which was a name as common in Israel as “John” is today. God gave His Son that name to signify His new identity as one of the human family.

…and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

We are “his people,” meaning that Jesus was one of us. Imagine what it was like. He was one Joshua in a nation of many, where asking a fellow “Have you seen Jesus?” was like asking “Have you met John?” …the inevitable response being, “John who?” It makes me think of how ordinary everything is, even though we are living in the final moments of earth’s history.

Without rebuke I blow out the match, and both candle flames jitter a little. We could say that the two wicks of my candle represent these two churches. In that sense, we can all identify with the two witnesses, if we belong to one of those two churches. Anyone who is willing to die as a martyr for Jesus belongs to the first wick that symbolizes Him.

The other possibility is to belong to Philadelphia, and be counted with the wick of the second witness. Speaking to the church of Philadelphia, Jesus mentions a new name that He will be known by:

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12)

Jesus is known by many names in Scripture because each name describes something about Him. If you do not know Jesus’ new name, you probably don’t (yet?) belong to the second witness. I have known Jesus’ new name ever since I first saw the Orion presentation. It is a special name with a meaning equivalent to “the Wounded One” in reference to His death on the cross. Having that special name written on oneself (engraved in one’s mind) signifies having the brotherly love that characterizes the church of Philadelphia. Such a person understands and reciprocates the love Jesus demonstrated on the cross. Loving one another as Christ loved us is brotherly love.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)

We must follow Jesus. When Jesus said to take up your cross and follow Him, He did not mean that His followers would all be crucified (though some were), but that there is a symbolic cross to be borne.

I notice that the second flame is the same size as the first one. As I appreciate my candle and think of how grateful I feel to be connected to the two witnesses, I think of how my life has changed so much since 2010. I had always known that God should be first in my life, and that everything else was waiting to be laid on the altar, and I had previously determined to stand by God, no matter what. That is a commitment that characterizes every member of the Forum of the 144,000.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads…. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (Revelation 14:1,4)

We might infer from the fact that the 144,000 have the Father’s name written in their foreheads that they are connected to the church of Philadelphia, and thus the second of the two witnesses. They are described as being “with” the Lamb, like how the second flame is “with” the first flame in the same candle.

The Savior was born at a time in the history of God’s people when the greater “church” was divided, with the liberal Sadducees and the conservative Pharisees constantly at each other’s throats. It has been no different between the liberals and the conservatives of today’s churches, and with all the bickering and jockeying for power, the still small voice went elsewhere to do its work unawares to most.

In the Forum of the 144,000, however, students of the second witness were intently studying something they called the High Sabbath List, later published under the title The Vessel of Time. I remember calculating the entire list for myself (with the aid of Excel) because the results were so fantastic that I wanted to prove to myself that it was not too good to be true.

The High Sabbath List was based on the biblical calendar discovered in the Gethsemane study. The latter is an in-depth study of all the facts surrounding the crucifixion of our Lord in A.D. 31. Christ and His sacrifice is the heart of all our studies.

Now we were looking into a transcript of Jesus’ DNA, woven through time by the apparent helical orbits of the sun and moon in their calendrical cycles. It was a glimpse into the cleansing power of Christ’s blood—the efficacious blood He sacrificed on the cross—which some say ran down through a crack and sprinkled on the mercy seat in a cave under Golgotha, which Solomon had prepared for the permanent hiding of the Ark of the Covenant. But we had the transcript of His original, sinless, genetic material directly from heaven, untouched by human hands.

The analysis of the data was an awe-inspiring, holy, and solemn experience. It gave deep significance to our gathering together for the Lord’s Supper in 2012, where the tokens of unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice were overshadowed by the Bread of Life in Orion and His saving blood in the Gene of Life. We drank deeply of the fountain of life in the hopes of repairing our own defective characters through comparison with the only extant specimen of a perfect genetic sequence untainted by sin.

Christ had given us so much.

The Unholy Spirit

When the Forum was founded in response to the crisis in August of 2011, heaven was well aware of the circumstances—much more so than any of us—because it was not until about six years later that we began to understand the signs in heaven. A quick survey of the other planets at the time of the heavenly council meeting from August 11-14, 2011 is very revealing:

Sky survey at the Forum opening

Jupiter, the king planet, is in Aries representing Jesus as the sacrificial Ram whose intercession was very much needed in the ordeal, which we already saw very vividly when the Son (as the Morning Star) approached the Father (as the sun in Leo) to provide counsel together to the messenger (as Mercury). Saturn, symbolizing Satan, had entered the church, symbolized by Virgo, and was coordinating the attack from within, through the agency of the dreamer. Mars, the war planet, indicates the particulars of the attack: it was an assault directly against the second witness in the constellation of Gemini. We could even include the moon (not pictured) to account for all seven classical planets. The moon was in Aquarius, indicating the means through which Satan would overcome the churches in this new age: through LGBT tolerance without, and the ordination of women within.

The plot thickens, however, once the meeting has adjourned. The opening of the Forum of the 144,000 angered Satan, and he found it necessary to take matters into his own hands. His recent entrance into the womb of Virgo represents his intention to assume human flesh as our Lord once did—no, no—not in humility as a vulnerable babe, but as a cunning and witty adult who would be instantly ready to act out his machinations. He knew how to do it:

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. (Luke 22:3)

Satan once possessed one of the highest professed followers of Jesus. “That Wicked” once put himself into human flesh and became “the man of sin” for the purpose of killing the Son of God, afterward discarding the abominable cadaver, the son of perdition,[19] who had yielded himself to the service.

Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out… For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. (Acts 1:18,20)

That was to be a lesson, because Satan would again dwell in one who belongs to the “society of Jesus.” He would be a professed “bishop” of the highest degree, purportedly sitting in the seat of one of the twelve.

Following Saturn’s movements, it might at first appear that he emerges from the womb before the year is out, but then he retracts and finally emerges on July 20, 2012—when the shooting in Aurora, Colorado splattered the announcement “The Dark Knight Rises” onto TV screens everywhere. The memorial of that heartbreaking act of demonic cruelty[20] is telling:

It consists of a park-like dell with 83 abstract birds, one for each victim. Thirteen of the birds, with translucent wings, are on a center column and represent the twelve dead and the unborn child.[21]

You can do the math: 83 = 70 + 12 + 1. Saturn came out of the womb of Virgo with a vengeance—representing Satan’s hatred for the child he wished were never born (Jesus), for the twelve apostles, and for the seventy who had power over his demons[22]—and his vengeance he now directed at the second witness and his followers.

Shortly thereafter, in August, he held his own threefold council to plot his great revenge. Mars and the moon (as the war god and the moon goddess) joined up with Saturn to select the body of the new Judas.

Satanic council

Pope Benedict XVI remembered this day as the great coronation day of Mary as the queen of the universe. This means a decision had been made and Satan had been crowned to personally lead the war against the second witness. It was during this time that Benedict XVI had his alleged “mystical experience” which led to his resignation. The press revealed it at the end of one year, exactly.

The decision had been made, and it was only a matter of going through the motions to officially seat Satan incarnate on the purported “chair of St. Peter.” The Jesuit cadaver of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was quickly elected as Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when Saturn reached the feet of Virgo, as if to call everyone to worship at the feet of “the Virgin Mary.”

March 13, 2013 was an immediate attack against the second witness, carried out with Jesuit cunning. By taking the world by storm, Pope Francis hoped to ensure that the world’s interest and attention would stay focused on him and away from matters that could lead them to seek the true God. He sought to unite the world through his charisma.

Tragically, all the churches fell for him.

They all died.

Even the church I grew up in finally gave up the ghost—its last breath of the Holy Ghost—and died.

The Ship of the Two Witnesses

A dictum has spread among the churches, saying that “the church will go through to the end” (i.e. don’t leave the church) or in Catholic parlance, extra Ecclesiam nulla salus (outside the Church there is no salvation). Hebrews 10:25 is often quoted:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)

This leads the members or parishioners to feel a false sense of security, and like in the dream of the ship quoted earlier, they go down with the church ship without concern until it is too late, while chastising any who sense danger.

I could see with my own eyes how things were going awry in my church, and it led me to personally investigate the source of that dictum. I was shocked by what I found.

Different churches have different ways of justifying their maxims. In my church, the statement was based on a quote from a lengthy remonstrance that was in fact a warning against persisting in a course that would transform the church into the apocalyptic Babylon. I now quote from this authority:

The world must not be introduced into the church, and married to the church, forming a bond of unity. Through this means the church will become indeed corrupt, and as stated in Revelation, “a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” {TM 265.1}

How different those words sound, compared to the dictum of the church! What is stated in Revelation, of course, is a description of Babylon:

…Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Revelation 18:2)

Every word speaks volumes. The “worldliness” that should have been kept out of the churches is intimated in the inspired choice of words: it is about “marriage,” “a bond,” and “unity.” Undercurrents within the churches[23] worked tirelessly to erode God’s definition of the “marriage bond of unity” until the churches finally caved in. Compromises were made throughout the churches to accommodate the godless world’s notion of equality in marriage and tolerance of what is not right in matters of the family. All the high-profile Synods and Sessions and Meetings of the various denominations in recent years testify to the barrage of assaults from the worldly sector, given leverage by 501(c)(3) requirements directly through the church leadership.

The bigger picture expressed in the quote above, however, is that the church must not “marry” the world. That is to say, it’s not just about individual marriages and family issues, but that the bride of Christ must not have an extramarital affair with the world.

We were beside ourselves to know what to do when our church crossed the line. It was exactly five years after I had started calling others to see Jesus in Orion. That was the length of one term for the church leadership, and during that time we had been dedicating ourselves almost exclusively to the church, to steer it away from peril and into the right direction. Our warnings reached the ears of the highest leader in the church, but it was squelched at all levels. What more could we do, if God did not intervene?

Again, the author of the Orion message took the only website serving that Bread of Heaven offline. The written word of the two witnesses lay motionless again on the bustling Information Superhighway—about three and a half years into their prophecy timeframe—and this time the killer had been identified.

And when they shall have [almost] finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7)

We knew who the beast from the bottomless pit was, and we knew we had been overcome and that our parent church had died—and we with it.

After a few days, the decision was made to get back up and press on alone. The “unsinkable” Titanic had silently slid against the invisible iceberg. They did not meet it head on, and we knew there could be no recovery, and that only a short time remained.

There’s only so much that lay members can do to hold the church accountable. I welcomed the fact that it was finally time to formally leave the sinking ship. In the Forum of the 144,000, we already had hold from above, and our only desire was to hold on till the end, and rescue whom we could along the way.

The apostle Paul also experienced shipwreck on his last voyage to Rome.

And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.[24] (Acts 27:41)

Paul had to leave the broken vessel for an unknown but hospitable island, where he and the others awaited rescue.

Castor and Pollux Has your church been shipwrecked by the stormy seas, too?

And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land. (Acts 27:42-44)

Every individual escaped alone. Those who couldn’t swim had to escape from the ship on wooden boards. Could this be an indication of a personal cross—boards of wood—that each person must cling to alone? Could this be an indication that each person must be courageous and leave his or her shipwrecked church, and venture across the open water to the nearby shore alone?

That was our choice. And our salvation was not far away. We came out unscathed, even from the deadly bite of the serpent.

And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. (Acts 28:11)

This is the sign that represents the two witnesses. This is the “ship” that will sail through to the heavenly harbor, because it is piloted by Jesus Christ through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

Moses and Elijah

I notice how the wax has melted near the top. I think of how there are really three beings represented by my candle, even though there are only two flames, and I wonder what it might mean. Clearly, the two flames draw their light from one source, as the two witnesses depend on God, so the wax must represent God the Father as the Source of all.

The Bible says that Jesus came to show us the Father (since we cannot see the Father directly because of sin).

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:8-9)

If we change our mental picture of the two witnesses so that Jesus is the Source in the middle representing the Father, then we see the two witnesses of Christ’s transfiguration: Moses and Elijah. Like the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, they represent those who died in faith and those who will be translated, respectively.

Moses would be the first flame, and Elijah would be the second.

I am reminded of how Moses was a type for Jesus,[25] and how Moses interceded for Israel.

And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. (Exodus 32:31-32)

In this solemn and reverent plea, Moses offered to have his own name blotted out of the book of life before seeing the rest of Israel die in their sins. That is the sacrifice Jesus made. That is why Revelation mentions their “song” together:

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. (Revelation 15:3)

It is the song of their experience of having laid their eternal life on the altar of God for their brethren.

I think about the request of the mother of James and John, which she made after the transfiguration, and Jesus’ answer to them.

And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. (Matthew 20:21-22)

The kingdom represented in miniature I think of how Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus for the purpose of strengthening Him to drink that cup. I think of how Elijah stood for the 144,000. I wonder if the assertion of the two brothers, “We are able,” turned out to be true, even though they did not understand what that cup and that baptism entailed when they made that assertion.

I think of how many people desire to be among the 144,000, but have no idea what it will cost.

My thoughts are taken to the feast of tabernacles, 2016, and how the transfiguration of Jesus was reflected in that little mountain-top “camp meeting.” We were ready and waiting for the Lord to take us to our heavenly home. In Adventist lingo, this was our own reliving of the Advent Hope that our forefathers expected to culminate on October 22, 1844. In terms of the Rapture, we were ready and waiting, knowing that the time had fully come, and at the end of this feast of tabernacles, we would forever say goodbye to this sick and perverted world.

We were not disappointed like our Adventist forefathers, nor were we left in uncertainty as if yet another “rapture watch” had passed. We knew our time, and the Lord opened our uplifted eyes to see the heavenly Kingdom of God as never before.

Can you imagine being in Jesus’ shoes, standing there with Moses and Elijah? What would you do, if you were the one standing there? Would you not grab hold of these human messengers from heaven, now-immortal, and say, “I will not leave thee!” “Take me with you!”

Jesus did not do that; you know. Instead, He took counsel of them regarding His mission to save the lost. They were sent to strengthen Him for the greatest sacrifice a man could ever make.

We, too, were strengthened by our “tabernacle guests” to make that sacrifice. I remember the expression on his face as our brother and leader gave voice to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Heaven was in front of us, but we did not grasp at it as if our own welfare were of the highest importance. Instead, we began to contemplate what became our great Official Statement, dated October 22, 2016, declaring our petition ahead of time to the Almighty God to delay the return of His Son, so we could have time to reach souls whom we knew would be lost otherwise.

We had been transfigured. In our hearts, love for others had won over love for self, even as we were exhausted from our climb up the mountain, like Peter, James, and John.

I think of specific names that were then on our hearts, and who are now onboard the vessel of the two witnesses. God honored our sacrificial decision, and we were transformed into the church of brotherly love: Philadelphia. Smyrna represents those who are ready to lay down this mortal life, but Philadelphia represents those who are ready to lay down even their eternal lives, if necessary, for the salvation of others. That is the song of Moses and the Lamb.

This transfiguration gave birth to a new website where we shared the whole story of the sacrifice of Philadelphia in great detail. Meanwhile, the light of heaven flooded in. We experienced a “time change,” and the Clocks of God were soon ticking with superhuman precision once again.

How is your heart, dear reader?

Are you able to learn from those who have an experiential knowledge of the messages of angels?

The song of Moses and the Lamb is a song of sacrificial love. Do you know who sings this song, mentioned in Revelation 15:3 quoted earlier? Backing up to the previous verse, we see that it is those who have the harps of God:

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (Revelation 15:2)

And backing up again to the previous chapter, we come to their identity:

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (Revelation 14:1-3)

Did you know that being one of the 144,000 means showing genuine brotherly love to the lost, and that even heaven itself could be your cost?

The Ark of the Covenant diagram Moses (and Jesus, his antitype) did their part as the first witness. What about Elijah, who stands as a type for the 144,000?

If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father. The transfiguration scene is a miniature picture of the Kingdom of God by representation. On either side of the Shekinah Glory of God the Father stand two “angels:” Jesus as the first witness[26] on the left (at God’s right hand) and the second witness on the right (at God’s left hand).

The blood symbolizing Jesus’ sacrifice has already been sprinkled on the mercy seat.

Little bits of soft wax stick to the glass around the edges of my candle. I use the back of the match to scrape it down into the liquid pool. I am careful not to burn my fingers, and as I feel the heat of the flames I think about the sacrifice that the 144,000 must make.

The Two Olive Trees

Once the second website opened, everything happened. Israel went up in flames, riveting the attention of Christians everywhere. Rockets launched, sending the world into a panic over a new prospect for nuclear war. Nations overturned laws that had served civilization for millennia. Trump stirred up the hornet’s nest in the Middle East by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Volcanos erased entire villages from off the face of the earth and displaced multitudes of others. Catholicism suddenly reeked in the nostrils of the world. Trump’s economic wit suddenly turned into a recipe for disaster.

These are the sounds of the trumpets and plagues, blasting and breaking out upon the world in perfect synchrony with the clocks of God. The words of Revelation are abundantly fulfilled:

These [two witnesses]…have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Revelation 11:6)

I am amazed as I turn my thoughts from the earthly fulfilments and think of all the signs in heaven that have also accompanied the trumpets and plagues. The new website has been abuzz with one article after another expounding in three languages the word of God in the heavens and announcing the fulfillment of Revelation’s prophecies. How rich has been our spiritual food under the tutelage of the second witness!

In conjunction with the Bible, the heavens had opened up to our vision as never before. Just when the “woes” or birth pangs of the world’s end had begun, the Forum of the 144,000 was showered in heavenly light. For us, the “five months of torment” were months of intimate communion between heaven and earth.

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (Revelation 18:1)

Revelation 14 describes three angels with messages for the world, but they are not said to have “come down from heaven.” This is a special expression unique to this fourth angel, and it mirrors how Jesus Christ, the first witness, expressed the purpose of His incarnation:

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:51)

However, it is clear that the angel in Revelation 18:1 is not Jesus, because Jesus presents Himself immediately afterwards as “another voice” (still in heaven) calling “His” people:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4)

Could it be that in addition to Christ, who came down from heaven as the first witness, another being (angel) had to come down from heaven as the second witness?

Two ancient olive trees I think about the fact that the two witnesses are called olive trees.

And I will give power unto my two witnesses… These are the two olive trees…standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:3-4)

I know olive trees bear olives as the source for olive oil, which represents the Holy Spirit.

I think of how I personally invest myself in my work, yet I do not assert my will above the one who I work for. Jesus showed us how to work, saying:

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (John 6:38)

I think of how candles function to give light to those in the room, like how olive trees nourish their fruits and fill them with oil. Their roots go into the soil to mine the elements that are needed and transport them to their fruits. In His teaching, Jesus prepared His people to receive the Holy Spirit, who would dwell in them like oil dwells in the fruits of the olive tree. The Holy Spirit in the early rain facilitated the conversions of people’s hearts as they received Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

In a similar way, the second witness also mines the treasures supplied by God and teaches the people so they can receive the refreshing of the latter rain in addition to the former rain, to prepare them for Jesus’ return in power and great glory.

I also know that olive trees have an extremely long lifespan. It is said that some of the olive trees in the present-day Garden of Gethsemane are so old that they might have been growing there two thousand years ago when Jesus walked in that very garden. I wonder if the extreme longevity of olive trees could also be a hint to the heavenly origin of the two witnesses. These are said to be standing before God—another hint to their ancient origin.

Before the creation of the world, there were two “angels” who stood before God: Jesus and Lucifer.[27] These positions are represented by the cherubim that cover the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. I realize that this reflects the work of the divine, symbolized by Jesus’s presence at the Father’s right hand, and the work of created beings, symbolized by the position from which Lucifer fell.

I think of how Lucifer didn’t want to submit to the Son and even coveted the divine prerogatives for himself, to be used according to his own will.[28] In the Orion constellation, the three belt stars represent the three thrones of the Divine Council—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—which are symbolized in the triangular space (picture below) where the Shekinah Glory is, where no man can approach unto.[29]

Lucifer—now Satan—was cast out of heaven:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)

Satan had claimed that God’s law was unjust, and that it could not be kept by created beings. He claimed that he was wrongly cast out. In contrast, the angel of Revelation 18:1 is said to “come down” (i.e. willingly) for the divine mission of lighting the earth with the glory (or character) of God. In other words, he would come down to show that a created being can indeed keep God’s law, even to the point of sacrificing like Jesus did to willingly leave heaven out of love for the Father—thus condemning Satan as a liar and simultaneously justifying God.

Therefore, the second witness is the angel that replaces Lucifer.

I am reminded that in Solomon’s temple, there were two other cherubim represented as standing in the background.

And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree, each ten cubits high.... And he set the cherubims within the inner house: and they stretched forth the wings of the cherubims, so that the wing of the one touched the one wall, and the wing of the other cherub touched the other wall; and their wings touched one another in the midst of the house. And he overlaid the cherubims with gold. (1 Kings 6:23, 27-28)

In addition to these cherubim, the doors of the Most Holy Place were also constructed of olive wood, with angels engraved on them to represent the angelic guard. Olive wood represents heavenly beings by way of age, and the gold overlaid on the wood signifies the heavenly sanctuary as their area of service.

Thus, the two witnesses are the two heavenly beings who came down to the earth as humans to do a work for God, and are therefore described as standing before the God of the earth. (God is God of both heaven and earth, but the mention of the earth signifies that they are working on the earth for God.)

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4)

The large angel behind the left side of the throne represents the Holy Spirit, a divine being, who would come forward to fill the vacancy at the Mercy Seat while Jesus was on the earth as a human. The other background angel represents the next created being in rank who would step in to fill the position of the second witness (also a created being) while he came down to the earth.

The angels around the ark

I think of how the Pharisees rejected Jesus’ identity on the basis of knowing His human family.

Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? (Matthew 13:55-56)

I think of how knowing about a person somehow “demystifies” them and makes them seem too ordinary to have a special role in God’s plan. Yet, many believed in Jesus. He brought the perfect (sevenfold) light of the menorah that Zechariah saw in his vision, and He bore that light into the second temple after it was built in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

Could the two candlesticks of Revelation 11 have been pointing forward to when the second witness would come bearing the light of heaven into the third temple? It is no question in my mind, as I think of the beautiful experience connected with the photograph of the table under the two chandeliers (candlesticks) of the temple of the White Cloud Farm in Paraguay.[30]

The Parable of the Bridegroom

I am reminded of the beauty and awe of a candlelight vigil, which adds a special joy to a holy celebration, decorating the night with light. Every little light adds its glow to the ambiance till the whole way is lightened for all.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. (Matthew 25:1)

The bridal party described in this parable was a figure for the church just before the second coming of Jesus. The number of the ten virgins signifies that this church keeps the law of God and professes a pure faith, based on the word of God.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)

The oil signifies the Holy Spirit, which is imparted through the two anointed ones to those who are consecrated to God’s service. It is only through the Spirit that God’s word is a lamp to the feet and a light to the path, just as it is only through the lamp’s oil that the light is sustained.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. (Matthew 25:2-4)

I think about the fact that the two classes of people in the church today are certainly not balanced, so the division between five and five must have some other significance.

If the number ten signifies the law, could the distinction between the five wise and five foolish virgins have a meaning in regards to how the church understands or divides the ten commandments?

The Holy Spirit, represented by the oil, is a divine resource which only five of the virgins had in reserve. Remember, the law is divided into two tables representing man’s covenant obligations with respect to God (divine) and man (carnal). Could the number of wise virgins be related to the number of commandments that are held as divine?

Normally, the commandments are split 4 and 6, and not 5 and 5, but the parable of the virgins seems to indicate that there is one commandment on the second table of stone that is actually intrinsically connected to the divine part of the law. I immediately know what it is: the seventh commandment, which establishes the sanctity of marriage.

Man and woman were created in the image of God, so destroying His image in marriage is an affront to God. Thus, the seventh commandment protecting marriage pertains to the divine part of the law.

I think about the implications of this, and that fact that the seventh commandment is the reflection of the fourth (i.e. it is the fourth from the end). I think of all the many Christians of the world who profess to believe in God but tolerate the acceptance of same-sex marriage in their nations and their churches. I think of how the world purports to defend religious freedom, yet it requires the people to accept the desecration of the divine institution of marriage.

Splitting the baby In effect, same-sex marriage laws specify which god the citizens must worship—and which God they must not. By enacting them, the nations of the world have irreversibly crossed the line into apostasy from the true God.

In cooperation, the churches have divorced the marriage question from its divine purpose, relegating it to the same level as other merely civil laws, which deal with strictly human relationships.

Thus, God split the baby, and now it is clear who is on His side. Those who cry out in protest to uphold the holiness of matrimony as a divine duty toward God[31] are His people, while those who are content to let the baby die by tolerating LGBT nonsense have in so doing sacrificed the sacred fourth commandment, which is the seal of Creation—of which the crowning act was the creation of mankind in God’s image.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. (Matthew 25:5-6)

The revealing moment is when the message of urgency comes. Midnight represents the darkest period of world history—when the plagues are being poured out on the earth. We are in that period now, and many voices are bringing expression to the fact that Jesus is imminently coming.[32] However, the time of preparation is already over. The virgins needed to prepare their oil reserve before the midnight cry. The test is not coming in the future, but has already come.

The wise virgins already had an extra vessel of oil when the cry was made. This oil was needed to replenish their lamp after the delay so their light could shine throughout the procession of the bridal party.

In contrast, the foolish virgins thought there was still enough time to prepare, and therefore they went out to buy oil—but too late, and the door was shut.

The extra portion of oil for light during the emergency reminds me of the second flame of my candle and the second witness. I think of the two websites and the fact that everything has been prepared and worked out through careful study and an experiential knowledge of the truth. I marvel, knowing how vain and fruitless will be the efforts of those who are only now beginning to study—and that by their own human wisdom.

In the parable, all the ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom. All had lamps and vessels for oil. For a time there was seen no difference between them. So with the church that lives just before Christ’s second coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the message of Christ’s near approach, and confidently expect His appearing. But as in the parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith is tried; and when the cry is heard, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him,” many are unready. They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit.

Without the Spirit of God a knowledge of His word is of no avail. The theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart. One may be familiar with the commands and promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the truth home, the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan. {COL 408}

Candlelight Vigil I wonder what the world would have been like if every person in my former church had held a lamp shining with the light of the fourth angel’s message.

I think about how holding out a candle makes a person’s face shine.

I wonder what stops people from taking up and simply carrying the light that has already been prepared by the second witness. It is so easy.

I think about what holds them back.

Two Brothers

God’s purpose through Christ’s incarnation was for divinity to partake of the human nature so that humanity could one day partake of the divine nature.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

As I look at the two burning flames of my candle, they remind me of two brothers who come from the same gene pool.

For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” (Hebrews 2:11-12 ESV)

I think of the Gene of Life and how it represents the Life in the blood of the perfect Sacrifice, which was given through Christ so His nature could be replicated in us, and our characters could become like His.

I sigh.

Although I know that neither of these flames represent me, I think of my own younger brother, who had recently been my succor, and how much I appreciated him for that. By sharing characteristic similarities, he could understand me. It reminds me of one of the reasons why Jesus became human:

Sharing common traits

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2:17-18)

I am reminded of the fact that holy angels have never experienced that kind of gratitude; they never needed deliverance from distress. For them, Jesus has always been Lord, but never Savior. I think about the parable of the prodigal son,[33] since I already know how it applies.

After the “sacrifice” of the fatted calf and the restoration of the younger son, the father faced a certain predicament with his older son.

And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. (Luke 15:29-30)

This reflects a potential problem that would arise in heaven once redeemed humans arrive. The holy angels, who had never transgressed the Law of God, would be jealous of the high honor that humans will be elevated to, as kings and priests of God.[34] They would find it very difficult to embrace their younger brethren and humbly submit to them.

God, in His infinite wisdom, devised a means to conciliate the unfallen angels. Their most noble specimen—the highest in rank among created beings—would be given a special mission that involved coming down to the earth as a human being, like Jesus did.

Unlike Lucifer, who grasped for power, this angel would willingly step down from acting in the office of the other covering cherub. As a human, he would be dependent on Christ, as Christ was dependent on the Father.

All the holy heavenly host would watch him make his way in life as a human being. To their horror, they would see their noble leader quickly fall into sin, and they would understand that no created being—no matter how excellent in character—could walk alone in a world of sin without succumbing to its influence.

They would watch in joyful reassurance as he reached out to grasp the hand of Jesus. To their love and admiration for the Son of God would be added gratitude for His saving power. Never again would a sinless angel cherish a feeling of superiority over redeemed sinners, because they would understand: “There but for the grace of God, go I.” They would especially appreciate the ones who, in their future heavenly role, will keep sin out of the universe, so that no angel would ever again have the torturous experience of seeing what he would be without Christ.

Having been redeemed, this former unfallen angel, now in human flesh and marred by sin, would overcome sin through Christ and loyally carry out the purpose of his mission on the earth.

I think about his mission to gather and teach the 144,000, so they might show the universe that created beings can indeed keep the law of God through faith in Jesus.[35] Satan and the whole universe would be made to see the contrast between the assertion of self-will and submission to Christ. Through Christ, the fallen can overcome even the greatest of falls.

I look at the depth of the solid wax in my candle in comparison to what small amount is currently contributing to the burning light, and I see the ocean photograph on the label. I think of all the light that has been given through the second witness and the heavenly signs that have already been expounded.[36] I think of the fourth angel’s unpublished book where the mystery of the Holy City is revealed. I marvel at the unfathomable depths of divine wisdom that are treasured up in the mind of God.

I struggle to comprehend why so few believe.

Then I remember, and like bumping a healing wound, a fresh wave of grief washes over me.

The Street of the Great City

The damage that the critics and attackers did to the fourth angel’s message will be judged and condemned by the Eternal Judge. It was prophetic that the dreamer, Ernie Knoll, saw himself abandoned on the earth after the second coming and first resurrection, watching the enraptured saints departing the God-forsaken planet with their Redeemer.[37] He was given to see the pain that will be inflicted on him and the church, because that is what they had inflicted on others.

The church was used as Satan’s instrument, which killed the two witnesses—now in the sense of the two websites as the two testimonies of the second witness.[38] Counting 1260 days for each of two testimonies amounts to seven years. Seven years ago their message was effectively killed and thereafter systematically robbed of the souls who would have believed, consequently clothing its preachers in sackcloth.

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they [each of them] shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth… And when they shall have [about] finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:3,7)

It was because of the church’s attacks that the movement of the fourth angel had entered its “ark” on August 14, 2011, to escape for a while. The Forum of the 144,000 had been their refuge from a malicious, slanderous, hateful and mocking world (which included the church).

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:8)

The main street in the heavens is the route of the ecliptic, where all the planets speed back and forth about their business. Thus, the part of the ecliptic that passes through the “bad” constellations represents “the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt,” as shown in the following picture:

City limits

Sodom represents the LGBT debauchery of the Age of Aquarius with the mark of the beast. Egypt represents the sun worship cult of Ophiuchus (Pope Francis), who rides Scorpius, which can represent either the first beast of Revelation 13 (the papacy) or the beast of Revelation 17 (the New World Order), depending on context. The part of the verse that speaks of “where also our Lord was crucified” in this street represents the chiastic climax of all the interpretation of the prophecy of the Revelation to John, which we are approaching.

As a result of the attack in 2011, the two testimonies lay crushed and almost devoid of believers on the street of Egypt, which in this circumstance has to be extended to include Libra as the reaching claws of Scorpius (as it was depicted in ancient times[39]) and the constellation Virgo as the church that allowed Satan into her heart. Satan gained too much ground, now having de-facto control over half of the ecliptic. For seven years, he has been reigning over this entire region, from the time Saturn entered the womb of Virgo in 2011 up to the present. His victories in conquest have emboldened him to attempt the great coup d’état at the galactic center, all graphically illustrated in the heavens.

Virgo’s dead body lying murdered and defiled on the ecliptic can also represent the pure church as a casualty of the war that was waged against her in August of 2011.

It is as if nobody knew her. Nobody senses the loss. For seven years, the bustling lights on the ecliptic highway have passed her by countless times year after year without regard.

It is as if she had never existed.

I stare at the flames of my candle.

The language of my heart begs: “Does Jesus care?”

From Death unto Life

Seven years later, for the third time, the websites were taken offline as the judgment in heaven was wrapping up.[40] Three times, the two testimonies endured this terrible experience of being unable to reach a dying world with the saving truth.

But as the judgment books had closed, we could only go forward hoping beyond hope against the reality that the Last Elijah had not been able to turn the hearts of the people in time.

Then, the sixth trumpet was about to give way. Scarcely a week remained before the plagues would begin. Cases had been forever decided for life or death. Yet, many who clung to God and refused the mark of the beast never had an opportunity to learn the truth, although those who had spurned the Holy Spirit would never again find repentance.

God was with the Forum of the 144,000 all along—ever since that opening post—but for our part, we were finished. Exhausted. We had been investing heart, mind, and soul for seven long years, and after all our blood, sweat, and tears, it seemed as if our efforts had been in vain. Furthermore, we had just completed an intensive “prophecy boot camp” training course that left us completely and utterly spent. And with the sixth trumpet virtually over, and still no completely satisfactory explanation in hand for the lengthy prophecy of either the trumpet or the associated woe, we felt dead. Dead tired, and dead in spirit. We desperately needed to be revived by the Spirit of life.

Suddenly, on August 14, 2018, our eyes were opened to what the heavens had declared three and a half days earlier on August 11, and we began to understand what really transpired in the sixth trumpet.[41] Recognizing that the seventh anniversary of the Forum’s establishment had come, we looked back on the twice-mentioned days of the prophecy of Revelation 11 (verses 9 and 11) and saw them no longer as only three and a half literal days, but also in another application as years, and we began to understand how our experience had fulfilled every facet of the prophesying of the two testimonies.

Spirit of Life chart

The entire duration from August 11, 2011 to August 14, 2018 fulfilled verses 8 and 9, because the ministry never truly revived in that time, in terms of the number of believers. The two witnesses (two testimonies of the second witness) simply lay effectively dead, in public view.

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. (Revelation 11:9)

According to the Strong’s, the word for “grave” actually means “memorial” or “sepulchral monument”—something like a memorial stone. Therefore, one can translate or understand that these multitudes refused to set a memorial stone for the two testimonies, meaning they wanted to prevent anyone from thinking about them or remembering them. They wanted to completely ignore their death and not tell anyone about it or talk about it; in other words, they wanted to keep their heroic battle against Satan and subsequent defeat quiet.

On the earth, Christianity has succeeded in doing that.

But in the heavens, the prophecy becomes even clearer. The above verse and the one following it must be understood together. One must apply known keys of prophecy interpretation by interpreting the Bible with itself, while looking up to the firmament. The Bible defines the heavenly symbol for peoples, kindreds, tongues, and nations:

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (Revelation 17:15)

In the language of the heavens, we could say:

And they of [the waters, where the whore sitteth,] shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to [have a memorial set up.] (Revelation 11:9)

The “multitudes” (of the waters) are then clearly Aquarius and the sea goat, and of course the many other sea creatures all around, because that is the area in the heavens which is generally understood as the great sea of the heavens, where its king, Aquarius (a.k.a. Neptune, or Poseidon) reigns.

So, these—the LGBT Aquarius of this age of debauchery and Satan’s fish part, which obviously stands for the great part of Christianity that has fallen away from God—want to sink the memory of the two witnesses into the depths of the sea, and they do not intend (nor is it possible) to set a memorial stone on the water’s surface. But what about the continents?

And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. (Revelation 11:10)

Now on the other hand, we come to the earth dwellers who celebrate the death of the two witnesses. The contrast of earth and sea settles the fact that the sea goat itself represents where the whore sits upon many waters in this context.

Amphibians can live in the water or on land. It is the devil’s goat part (as a land dweller) which celebrated the death of the two witnesses, dancing with joy...

And [the goats] that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. (Revelation 11:10)

Now comes the astonishing depiction of the gift-giving celebration in the heavens. The Perseid meteor shower reaches its maximum in August every year, from the 11th to the 13th of the month. When we first “died” on August 11, 2011 by turning off the first website, the evil residents of the heavens celebrated a huge festival with the biggest fireworks of the year: the Perseids. We actually had a good opportunity to watch the Perseids first-hand in 2018, and we saw that the shooting stars were coming not only from Perseus, but from several directions. A look at the sky reveals why:

Sending gifts one to another

There are the sea dwellers, such as Aquarius and the fish part of Capricornus, who sent gifts to one another in the form of shooting star packages, and also the inhabitants of the earth, such as Perseus, the giraffe (Camelopardalis) and the swan (Cygnus) that spends most of its time on the ground. You can also see a chisel (Caelum) that was not used to engrave a memorial stone for the two witnesses. They all held eight great annual celebrations since the attack in 2011, the last taking place from August 11 to 13, 2018, when we were at a complete loss as to how the sixth trumpet had fulfilled. But that would be their last happy celebration, because the Spirit of life awakened us from the sleep of death on the afternoon of August 14.

We were instantly revived through study which continued into the next day and beyond, but more than that, the Catholic Church was thrust into the limelight by the sex abuse scandal on that same day (though we didn’t know it until later). And the rest is recorded in the Loud Cry section of our website, the second testimony of the second witness. The seven last plagues had begun, and never again would the enemies of the writings of the LastCountdown.org and WhiteCloudFarm.org websites have a chance to celebrate the death of the two witnesses—because their warnings were now coming to pass, and God’s wrath was being poured out upon the world through the very circumstances that were the natural consequences of their wicked deeds.

And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: (Amos 8:10 11)

The simultaneous call for the resignation and impeachment of Pope Francis and Donald Trump, respectively, corresponds to the dwellers in the “sea” and on the “earth” as the two great religious and political powers of Revelation 13 whose day of reckoning had come.

To the Forum of the 144,000, it was the evidence of deliverance by the mighty hand of God.

Standing on their Feet

I pause my thoughts to contemplate how much more light there is to be given. I realize that I do not yet have all the knowledge that needs to be communicated.

As I see the candle flames streaming their steady light, I put my trust in the Holy Spirit to provide at the right time the light that will be needed. I remember how the human authors of the two testimonies had to spend many hours of study to get back on their feet once the Spirit of life had entered on August 14, 2018.

And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (Revelation 11:11)

It is often the case that a single phrase in the prophetic writings corresponds to a drawn-out process of time as it unfolds in real life. The news on August 14, 2018 triggered the pouring out of the plagues on August 20 and revived the written messages of the second witness (by virtue of the fact that the things warned of were indeed coming to pass—and in a way that in the world’s own estimation has been like “plagues”). I think of my own experience during that time, and I mentally tally the number of pages written and articles published since then—a hefty amount—and I think about the fact that the most important material was not yet covered.

I feel a weight on my shoulders that I do not want to bear—and do not know how to—yet I know it is God’s will for me to take this writing responsibility.

Fearing my own weakness, I affirm my trust in God and redirect my thoughts.

And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (Revelation 11:11)

The great fear that falls on the enemies shortly after their Perseids fireworks celebration comes only after the two testimonies have started to get back on their feet, i.e. sometime after the grand jury’s report was released on August 14, 2018. Of course, it coincides with the timing of the great and marvelous sign—the fearful sign of the seven last plagues—as well as the first plague itself. It is indeed terrifying for the world to see the horrible sins of their highest moral institutions and leaders coming to light.

This also spans an extended process of time, however. The great fear builds through the plagues until the two witnesses have completely finished their prophesying.

I think back on the Lord’s Supper of April 6, 2012,[42] and how there will be exactly seven years from then until the upcoming new Jewish year on April 6, 2019, which falls directly between the throne lines of the sixth plague. The human authors have a prophecy timeframe leading up to the sixth plague. That timeframe is also confirmed in the heavens by both great lights, sun and moon, being present in the two fish of the constellation Pisces.

Standing on their feet

Heaven helps us understand the full depth of the story of the two witnesses, as we “look up” to where the remaining details are written in the Book of Nature. If we venture to gain insight into the remaining months before the coming of Jesus, we must keep our eyes fixed upward on the heavens.

After seven years writing together as authors, the moon will be exactly on the line of the “foot” of the left fish, while the sun is at the “foot” of the right fish. The left fish is “standing on its feet” vertically with respect to the ecliptic; the two fish now have the role of symbolizing the catch of the two witnesses. Fish are known to symbolize Christians, after all—the catch of the great Fisher of Men.

Here we even see an allusion to the Moses-Elijah relationship as one fish is lying (having died, like Moses) and the other is ascending (like Elijah). Tied together, however, they also form a picture of the transition from dead to living, reclining to standing—much like the twins of Gemini once illustrated Jesus’ changing from priestly to royal garments.

When the body of Christ has grown to its full stature, the work of the authors will be finished.

This point in time (the beginning of the sixth plague) represents an important point when the prophesying of the two witnesses must be finished. It will be at that point—after the two witnesses are completely on their feet—that the fear of the beholders is made complete: they will have only to gather together for the great battle of Armageddon and await the seventh plague with its exceeding great hail.

The Ascension

I think about how the sign of the two witnesses in Pisces at the time of the sixth plague illustrates the great voice to the two witnesses:

And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (Revelation 11:12)

I think about what it could mean that the two witnesses ascend to heaven. Is it merely figurative of God’s word being given its rightful elevated platform? Could it indicate a literal “rapture” of some kind—of the human representatives of the two witnesses—shortly before the end of time? Could it signify some kind of “awakening” of sleeping humanity?

The voice is a great voice, which in heavenly symbolism means either the sun or the moon, which will both be in Pisces at that time. It would be logical that the voice of the sun is meant, since it is the greater of the two:

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (Genesis 1:16)

If we want to know where the two witnesses are called to, we must understand where the sun’s residence is. That is, where the sun hails or calls from. The sun moves around the ecliptic once every year, of course, but the Bible describes its home or “tabernacle” in the symbolism of the bridegroom, which is in turn a symbol for Jesus Christ.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. (Psalm 19:1-6)

The connection to the Bridegroom indicates that that point in time represents the true midnight cry of the parable of Matthew 25:1-13. This is the time when the two witnesses and the two testimonies have finished their preaching, and the cry of the return of Jesus has finally awakened all those who sleep—both the wise and foolish. This most likely points to the special resurrection of the “many” (not all) of Daniel 12:2, prior to the great first resurrection:

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2)

Visual aid for understanding the tabernacle of the sun There are still more clues in the verses of Psalm 19 quoted above to indicate where the sun’s tabernacle is, and where the two witnesses go. It has to do with the “line” of the ecliptic where the heavenly bodies utter their voices, and to the “ends” of this line, which must mean the two points where the ecliptic crosses the galactic equator. As the Bridegroom, the sun’s tabernacle would therefore be the crossing at Orion, which symbolizes Jesus, and through whose hand all the wandering stars pass at the galactic crossing.

The two fish—one laying and one standing—illustrate the process of the two witnesses standing on their feet, but when this great voice calls the now standing witnesses to his tabernacle, that means the standing on their feet is definitely finished and they are called to assume their permanent position in Gemini, right next to Orion.

This has deep implications!

The two witnesses, having finished their work, are given their permanent place in the firmament to stand as pillars of truth in the eternal archives of heaven. This is described in Jesus’ promise to the church of Philadelphia:

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out… (Revelation 3:12)

These two witnesses stand as the two pillars of the temple, the key to unraveling the apparent contradiction as to whether there will be a temple in heaven. The Bible indicates that there will no longer be a temple on the new earth:

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (Revelation 21:22)

The Two Witnesses in heaven The temple has always been a temporary building to shield sinners outside from direct exposure to the consuming fire of the righteousness of the Almighty. The temple is the facility of God’s mercy, not to immediately destroy those who have been deceived by Satan. But after sin has been finally eradicated from the universe, there will no longer be a need for that veil of separation between God and man.

Therefore, the two witnesses, as two pillars, will stand in the heavens forever (they shall go no more out) as a symbol of what it took to accomplish man’s redemption and to complete the plan of salvation for the whole universe. It took the twofold work of Jesus Christ: His own personal work of overcoming and condemning sin in the flesh, and then the work of mediating for created beings to overcome sin in the flesh through His strength. No physical temple will be needed in heaven, because there will be no sin and thus no further need for sin offerings. But in the Mazzaroth, there will ever be the memorial pillars in front of Jesus, who as the High Priest gave His own blood on the altar for humanity to be able to enter heaven.

It is easy to see which twin represents which witness. One of them kneels and has a sack to collect the fruit of the harvest.[43] The other sits (on a throne) and has a sickle in his right hand.[44] Even the ancient mythology behind Castor and Pollux has fitting elements:

Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, while Pollux was the divine son of Zeus…. When Castor was killed, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together, and they were transformed into the constellation Gemini.[45]

The Great Assembly

The God of heaven, who alone is to be extolled, is the Author of the whole universe; the heavens we see are a mere glimpse of the untold vastness of His Kingdom, which He rules with power and honor. God has depicted all the hosts of heaven in the circle of the Mazzaroth, and there you can see the great controversy playing out.

One third of the angels fell from heaven

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:4,9)

In the heavens, you can see the good and bad constellations, all of which play important roles in the great heavenly carillon. There you can see the one third of the angels who fell, following Satan as Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer), and the two thirds who remain faithful to God, following His two anointed ones, Orion and Auriga, as explained in Part I of the Stench of the First Plague.

There’s more to the story, however. The situation in the heavens was not always weighted so favorably toward Good. It was only through the persistent efforts of the loyal angels that many of those who had first sided with Satan repented and returned to God.

Many of Satan’s sympathizers were inclined to heed the counsel of the loyal angels, and repent of their dissatisfaction, and be again received to the confidence of the Father and his dear Son. {1SP 20.2}

How many repented?

When the controversy first started in heaven, half of the angels fell, and there was only a dire 50/50 chance of victory for God. The Spirit of Prophecy recalls the scene just before the war began in heaven as follows:

All the heavenly host were summoned to appear before the Father, to have each case determined. Satan unblushingly made known his dissatisfaction that Christ should be preferred before him. He stood up proudly and urged that he should be equal with God, and should be taken into conference with the Father and understand his purposes. God informed Satan that to his Son alone he would reveal his secret purposes, and he required all the family in Heaven, even Satan, to yield him implicit, unquestioned obedience; but that he (Satan) had proved himself unworthy a place in Heaven. Then Satan exultingly pointed to his sympathizers, comprising nearly one half of all the angels, and exclaimed, These are with me! Will you expel these also, and make such a void in Heaven? He then declared that he was prepared to resist the authority of Christ, and to defend his place in Heaven by force of might, strength against One half of the angels sided with Satan strength. {1SP 22.2}

Nearly half of all the angels were with Satan at first! Can you imagine what that was like? Try to imagine it, because this war is not over.[46] Try to imagine everything that matters in your world—imagine it hanging by a thread, with a 50/50 chance that after a fierce conflict with many casualties, everything dear to you could be lost in the eternal silence of non-existence.

No more kids.

No more fine clothes and good house.

No more quality food.

Just broken things, broken health, broken dreams, broken spirits, and the utmost remorse… until even that is taken away by the “grace” of death—even the second death.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Have you ever had something to fight for? Are you ready to fight? Are you alone, or do you have comrades that will help you win this spiritual war to preserve your life? More importantly, are you willing to risk your own life to fight for the lives of others, including innumerable unfallen beings who would eventually succumb to sin if the war is lost? Do you love God enough to defend His throne at the peril of your own life, like a dutiful soldier?

One can do the math and determine that one third of the angels who initially followed Satan (or one sixth of all angels) repented before being cast out of heaven. The initial shuffling of loyalties is perfectly illustrated in the heavens. If you look at which constellations never fell, you might notice that they are all “good” constellations that virtually always have a positive scriptural meaning: Leo as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Gemini as the two witnesses, Taurus as the sacrificial altar, Aries as the sacrificial ram, and Pisces as the catch of the two witnesses. The bad angels need no further comment.

Virgo and Libra have both sometimes had negative meanings as we know. Libra was anciently depicted as part of Scorpius,[47] which is definitely a bad constellation whose position at one of the compass points even had to be replaced by Aquila, the eagle, because of the strategic importance of that “gate” in the heavens. Virgo represents those who claim the name of Christ—sometimes the faithful body of Christ, and sometimes the rebellious whore of Revelation.

The death of the two witnesses happened because the church (Virgo) allowed Satan (Saturn) into its heart, who fought and overcame them. As a result, the great controversy between good and evil is no longer in the favorable situation of two-thirds against one-third. Satan has stolen a march upon us. Now the odds are back to 50/50, just at the most decisive moment of the war.

I sigh a yearning sigh—

Lord, I beg of You the words to convey the situation as it really is!

The Battleground

What does all this mean, and why is God revealing today the ancient story of what happened in heaven before humans were even created? Could it be that the beginning of the conflict of the ages, which was so long ago, is now especially relevant at the end of time, as the conflict is nearing the decisive battle of Armageddon?

Could it be that God has been summoning the whole human family before His heavenly throne, as He once summoned the angels, to lay before them the arguments of His case, for every human being to choose a side, as the angels once had to do?

I think of how the war in heaven[48] was not limited to heaven. What happened there is now happening here. I also think of how humans will replace the fallen angels, and therefore it is perfectly appropriate that the constellations in the heavens are a representation of the spiritual war being fought in this world.

Therefore, my attention is especially drawn to the questionable constellations; these represent the “swing states” of the election—the battleground that has the potential to change the outcome of the war for the whole universe.

One sixth of the angels repented Who are they?

Whose side will they fight on?

I know that the righteous people represented by the good constellations will not change sides, and neither will the wicked.

The judgment books are closed.

The plagues are falling.

Michael has stood up.

The Holy Spirit has withdrawn from the world…

We are in a terrible crisis—because the time is worse than far spent. It has already been pronounced:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (Revelation 22:11)

But who are these questionable ones, and which side are they on?

I know the answer to the first question, at least.

Libra. Virgo. Libra is the scales. Virgo is the woman. That means we are talking about “judgment” and “a church.” The “judgment church” or “judgment people.”

I immediately think of Laodicea, which means exactly that:

Laodicea is the name of a city in Asia Minor that wasn't too far from Colosse. The name of the city is a compound Greek word: laos means people, nation, or crowd; dike means custom, law, judgment, penalty, or punishment, depending on the context. From that, most conclude that the founders of Laodicea saw themselves as a people of justice or law-abiding people.[49]

I think about those who see themselves as law-abiding Christians, keeping the Ten Commandments. I think about Jesus’ counsel to Laodicea, and His fierce rebuke to them as a lukewarm, backslidden church. Yet, I know that Jesus’ rebuke to Laodicea was done out of love, because He loved them, and it was the only way to save them.

The question is not whether He loved them, but whether they love Him.

Now that the judgment books are closed and the plagues have begun, there is no intercessor to become the substitute for any human soul that makes the grave mistake that Satan made, to pursue a course of rebellion. It is possible that many people have inadvertently aligned themselves with the wrong side—with Pope Francis (representing the dragon), Donald Trump (as the champion of apostate Protestants, the false prophet), or simply the UN (as the conglomerate One World Order beast), or any subordinate of any of the above. There is only one way of salvation still open, but there’s no second chance. Through the Spirit of Prophecy, this final opportunity is described as follows:

The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have [had] no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time.—Letter 103, 1903, p. 4. (To G. B. Starr and wife, June 3, 1903.) {12MR 32.1}

The “large numbers” mentioned here would be like the “many angels” who repented:

Many of Satan’s sympathizers were inclined to heed the counsel of the loyal angels, and repent of their dissatisfaction, and be again received to the confidence of the Father and his dear Son. {1SP 20.2}

This is not the same kind of repentance that required Jesus to sacrifice His life for sin. Jesus did not give His life for angels, but for sinful man. There is a sin unto death, and a sin not unto death.[50] The angels who repented had only chosen the wrong side in ignorance and could be persuaded to turn again, but they did not openly rebel like the others who were cast out.

The question is, who on the earth today will follow the humility of those angels who repented? Are you one of those who has allowed yourself to be defiled by association with the churches of the world, but wants to return to the Lord and be accepted back into His confidence?

Have your leaders scandalized you, and you want to walk away and follow the truth in genuine holiness, even if it means breaking beloved ties? The fact that Scorpius once included Libra means that a whole tribe was split in heaven—not by the rebellion, but by the repentance!

Are you hearing and being moved by these deep and harmonious truths—for the first time, because your church leaders used every satanic power at their disposal to hide it from you? Is your heart open to receive the Lord, without looking back? If so, then you will learn what is required of you.

This is the end. There is no changing sides. This is your last chance! If you do not walk in this light, now that you have recognized it, you will never have another chance to find the Way. The next Light you will see is the Lord Himself, high and lifted up.

Which will you be: the Virgo who wears a crown provided by Leo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, or the Virgo who is weighed in the balances and found wanting?

Those, like Satan, who were familiar with God’s law and rebelled in the full knowledge of His righteousness prove themselves unworthy of a place in heaven. But all who hear the truth for the first time have one last opportunity to respond correctly. God gives everyone a fair chance—even the wicked.

The great God could at once have hurled this arch deceiver from Heaven; but this was not his purpose. He would give the rebellious an equal chance to measure strength and might with his own Son and his loyal angels. In this battle every angel would choose his own side, and be manifested to all. {1SP 21.1}

The only way of salvation is full acceptance of Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The light that He shines on His word through His messengers is that which is necessary for this last generation to overcome every temptation of the devil by faith and live through to the end to see Jesus return.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Those who profess faith but do not live in a way that corresponds to their profession will be especially humiliated.

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. (Revelation 3:9)

A Hill to Die on

No one who relies on his own righteousness will enter the Kingdom of God. That was the path Lucifer took, which changed him into Satan. Now, he is depicted in the heavens as riding the beast Scorpius. If Scorpius hadn’t fallen, he would have continued as the angel of the “north gate,” but like the tribe of Dan, he was overcome by the serpent and expelled from heaven. This gate has strategic importance in the great controversy, however, and thus another angel had to take his place to man the north gate of the heavenly realms: Aquila the eagle, who bears the shield (the constellation Scutum) that is spoken of so many times in the psalms and elsewhere.

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.... And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (Genesis 15:1,5)

I think about why this gate is of the utmost interest to both sides of the conflict.

The gate of strategic importance

The higher gate, now guarded by the eagle, the king of heaven, represents the entrance where the righteous should ascend at the second coming of Jesus. Those who want to enter heaven to be with God must figuratively enter at that higher gate. They must travel along the way of the ecliptic through enemy territory and take the route of the galactic equator (the way of the north) toward the eagle. Anyone who ventures to do so without the protection of God will be destroyed by the demons who rule the regions of the heavens marked red above.

Human existence is a probationary existence, and those among the human family who overcome sin through faith in Jesus will be transformed into angels[51] to fill the void in heaven that was created by Satan’s rebellion. That is why, figuratively speaking, they must break through the fortified enemy lines to conquer heaven, like how the children of Israel had to conquer the giants of Canaan to possess the land that God had promised to them. Only those who overcome sin—all the demons that beset them in their life by taking advantage of their character flaws—only those who defeat the giants in the land will be able to settle in the realms of eternal peace where milk and honey freely flow.

It is not by accident that it is the north gate which Satan seeks to control access to. This is the region of the ecliptic where the center of the milky way is located, bustling with busy bees swarming around the galactic capital. Here you can see the glowing brightness that represents the light emanating from the throne of God, where Satan attempts his coup.[52]

Here in the heart of Sodom and Egypt, the Bible includes what appears to be a curious footnote:

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (Revelation 11:8)

Christ was crucified neither in Sodom nor Egypt, of course, but on Calvary near the gates of the city of Jerusalem in Israel. Can the scribes of today who don’t look up to the heavens interpret this verse without leaving any doubt or lingering inaccuracy?

Perhaps someone or another recognizes the connection through the reference to Sodom of today’s ubiquitous homosexuality, or in the mention of Egypt a reprimand concerning the cloaked sun worship of almost all the churches, which keep Sunday instead of the Bible Sabbath. However, one would be hard pressed to identify the street of the great city, and could only assume that it must be that of Babylon. It would have to be counterargued, however, that Jesus was not crucified in Babylon, nor by Sodomites or Egyptians, but by Jews and Romans.

Shortly after the messenger discovered the Orion clock in 2010, he was brought to delve deeply into the events of the week of Christ’s crucifixion. The Holy Spirit led him to solve the two Passover problem that besets all Christendom, even though they do not care. And just before that, he was able to answer the question about the true date of the crucifixion of the Lord. Even a few Seventh-day Adventists who were then still faithful raised voices of respect for this study, but they soon fell silent under the bawling of the “No time setting!” criers. He called the study Full Moon at Gethsemane.

It is not by accident that the moon plays such an important role in the crucifixion story. It is one of the great lights of the firmament that has played many important roles in Bible prophecy, and it is the heavenly body that reflects the light of the sun, as Christ fully reflected the character of the Father through His sacrifice on Calvary, and as Christians should in turn reflect the holy character of the Sun of Righteousness.

In that study, he validated the fact that Jesus was crucified in A.D. 31 on Friday, May 25. The storms of indignation assailed from other religious communities and “scribes,” who always believed they knew better, but could not disprove the validity of the true handling of God’s biblical calendar as discovered in that study. The messenger thus turned several groups into enemies... lunar Sabbath keepers, Karaite Jews, rabbinical Jews, Messianic Jews, and almost all Christians, whether Catholic or Protestant or simply other uneducated sheep. Everyone had a different idea of how the calendar of God should work. Without the deciphering of the calendar of God, however, one cannot determine fixed dates, and any divine time prophecy that is oriented to God’s appointed times is automatically misinterpreted. Therefore, this study was the heart of all other advanced studies.

Like an indestructable lighthouse built on the Rock I look at the lighthouse in the photograph on my candle, and I think about how in all the years of trials and temptations and the rushing, roaring surf of the screaming masses against his writings, this study has stood like the bulwark of a pier hewn from the Rock with an indestructible lighthouse on it. No one could refute the truth, because it was God’s truth that the messenger had sought at all costs.

No one can interpret Revelation 11:8 if he is ignorant of the true crucifixion date of the Lord Jesus, because he cannot look up to the firmament at the correct time, where the Creator hid the one great Pearl that is about to be unearthed. How many would have given their goods, fields, houses, and luxury cars to own this Pearl,[53] since it alone gives eternal life and never-decaying youth?

The second anointed one preached in sackcloth and ashes,[54] and his prayer was always: “Lord, please make me neither rich nor poor.” Nevertheless, he had bought gold from Jesus and plenty of eye salve, which was even enough for 37 other people before the plagues started. That number could have easily multiplied to 144,000, but YOU didn’t want to listen in times of peace. So, now in times of trouble you receive the Pearl that belongs to you, if you want to accept it in faith at all costs.

The Pearl of Great Price

We turn the dial of the clock back to the date of Friday, May 25, A.D. 31. Mark has informed us, briefly and succinctly, of the hour we are to go to:

And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. (Mark 15:25)

The third hour by Jewish reckoning would be 9:00 a.m. in Jerusalem, the city we should also choose as our location. And that’s where our eyes are opened, if we have the eyes to see:

The crucifixion scene painted on the heavenly canvas

Look at how the ecliptic and the galactic equator together form the celestial cross of Jesus, and the moon stands exactly on the galactic equator. As a prop on the heavenly stage, the moon often acts as a vessel—whether bearing the plagues or bearing the oil of the Holy Spirit. Jesus drank the full cup of God’s wrath on Calvary, and in so doing He made it possible for His followers to receive the Holy Spirit.

Then we see the terrible enemies of Jesus who were present at His crucifixion: Scorpius who stung Him in the heel according to Genesis 3:15,[55] the Roman spear that pierced His side as the arrow of Sagittarius, and Satan, that old serpent whose head Christ was once to crush, waiting and watching as Ophiuchus.

There is the cloud of darkness that settled over the saddest scene in the history of the universe, and there is the huge black hole in the center of our galaxy in the heart of Jesus, which we understand as a symbol of God the Father.

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. (Psalms 18:11)

With amazement angels witnessed the Saviour’s despairing agony. The hosts of heaven veiled their faces from the fearful sight. Inanimate nature expressed sympathy with its insulted and dying Author. The sun refused to look upon the awful scene. Its full, bright rays were illuminating the earth at midday, when suddenly it seemed to be blotted out. Complete darkness, like a funeral pall, enveloped the cross. “There was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” There was no eclipse or other natural cause for this darkness, which was as deep as midnight without moon or stars. It was a miraculous testimony given by God that the faith of after generations might be confirmed.

In that thick darkness God’s presence was hidden. He makes darkness His pavilion, and conceals His glory from human eyes. God and His holy angels were beside the cross. The Father was with His Son. Yet His presence was not revealed. Had His glory flashed forth from the cloud, every human beholder would have been destroyed. And in that dreadful hour Christ was not to be comforted with the Father’s presence. He trod the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with Him. {DA 753.3-4}

Now you have found the Pearl that died for you two millennia ago, to be placed as a Seed in the heavenly field. This was His hill to die on; it was called “Golgotha.” The Creator of the universe had already established the place for His agony and victory over evil at the very beginning of the universe when He set the heavenly bodies in motion. Guided by the Holy Spirit, Jesus knew His time.

Now He gives the Holy Spirit to you, because His bride must also know her time. She must make herself ready with her white wedding gown through the righteousness that is by the faith of her Lord. When is her time? Where is her hill to die on, which must be defended at all costs?

The plague clock is already ticking and its duration stands confirmed. It has already been confirmed[56] by the two great heavenly witnesses of the sun and moon, and by multiple earthly events. The clock will run until the seventh and last plague is poured out on May 6, 2019. Then the cup of God’s wrath will be full.

The seventh plague is when the fullness of His wrath, unmixed with mercy, is poured out on the inhabitants of the earth. Jesus drank the bitter dregs of God’s wrath for you. If you follow the moon of His anointing with His blood from the seventh plague forward, then you will find the Way of salvation.

Those who never had a chance to learn what truth is will be overjoyed to partake of the Lord’s suffering, whether through death or life, in gratitude for what He has done for them. They are heirs to the Everlasting Covenant.[57] But the guilty ones will feel the severe anguish of soul that wrung blood and water from the heart of Jesus. Adventists, who had every opportunity to know the truth, will learn too late how to show compassion for others.

I found the truth in 2010 as an Adventist through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. If you are an Adventist, there is no excuse for you. I simply recognized the signs of the times and followed the Holy Spirit’s prompting to look and see if anyone in the whole wide world had been studying how the Lord might be coming from Orion, since every Adventist knows the Holy City will descend from there.

I found a vehement critic berating a lonely voice that was proffering a line-drawn clock on the constellation of Orion. The softer voice captured my attention. His chart was not decorated or set in fine settings, but his words were sincere and his message was compelling to a heart that yearned for his Savior. Even in discourse with the wolves that sought to devour him, his words had a captivating attraction.

As I think back, it is a terrible wonder that so few Adventists ever cared to enter similar terms into Google’s search page, or respond to the pleading outreach efforts of the two witnesses, or at least propagate such a beautiful message when it reached them, instead of silently rejecting it and thus denying others the chance to examine it. Seven long years later, I ask: Where were the Adventists, when probation was still open? WHERE WERE THEY when our bloodshot eyes were burning in front of the computer screen as we struggled to publish the great truths of God by the divinely mandated deadlines, while the ebbing sands of time seemed to be blowing right into our eyes? WHERE WERE THEY when we struggled to translate God’s word without the necessary linguistic proficiency? WHERE WERE all the medical missionaries when we were suffering from poor food and poor health, overworked and ravaged by the extreme climate that borders Paraguay’s “Chaco?” WHERE WERE those who had means, when our poor following was struggling just to keep the ministry afloat—when the economy was still relatively stable? Adventists, WHERE WERE YOU when we were languishing in despondency, yearning for a way to bring JUST ONE MORE SOUL to Christ, lest our own faith die because it could not be shared? Love has no value unless it is given away. Sacrifice is no virtue unless it is for others.

The guilt of the Adventist Church will only be possible to measure in the great cycles of eternity. The leaders are responsible tenfold for not only forcibly blocking the light but also dissuading any who dared to examine it.

If you are NOT an Adventist—lucky you—because then the mercy of God still extends to the sincere who had no opportunity to learn what is truth. But now you must listen carefully to the Holy Spirit, because there is no second chance now. You must open your hearts wide to receive God’s blessings.

But if you are an Adventist—read the eligibility summary at the end of Section 1 of the Testament for yourself. You no longer have any interest in it, because despite your high advantage, you spurned the pleading of the Holy Spirit until mercy ended for you. When you finally understand that the Sunday Law came in the form of same-sex marriage and LGBT tolerance, then you realize that your probation already closed as of June 26, 2015,[58] because every good Adventist knows that their probation closes earlier than the rest of the world, no later than the Sunday Law.

Now gird up your loins like a man, O Adventist. Can you still be one of the 144,000? Have you reached the full stature of the Law? Are you able to drink the cup that Jesus drank, to the very dregs?

GIRD UP YOUR LOINS LIKE A MAN! O Seventh-day Adventist. O keeper of the whole law.

The books are closed, and you are without an intercessor. You must go through the time of the plagues wondering whether all your sins—known and unknown, of commission and omission—were confessed and blotted out before Jesus laid the last sin of the sanctuary on the head of Azazel.

I glance at the calendar.

The Via Dolorosa

It is only for Jesus that I am motivated to write. I wonder if my heart has grown cold for others, or if perhaps I just don’t know how to be a blessing to them anymore. I decide that this project will be my birthday gift to the Lord in appreciation for the experience He gave me. I want nothing more than to place myself in His hands, only improving and returning the half talent that I have left from what He gave me in the first place. Therefore, I set myself a personal goal to be ready to publish on His birthday, which falls on Sabbath, November 2/3 this year, according to the Jewish calendar.

At some point, it dawns on me that in his opening post in the Forum of the 144,000, God’s messenger indicated that the great disaster was seven months away. I realize that publishing his post now would mean his words were prophetic of these seven months from Jesus’ birthday to the end—it was about the “great catastrophe” for all those who would not learn of Christ: the seventh plague on May 6, 2019. Now it is only seven constellation months away (inclusive).

There’s only one way to face the undiluted wrath of God, and that’s the way our Savior did it. Like the moon reflects the light of the sun, you must now reflect the Sun of Righteousness. You must follow The Way.

Music snippet from “Via Dolorosa”

Plague after intensifying plague, you must wrestle with the Lord. You must do His bidding, which is to spread the light of truth far and wide in a cruel, hate-filled world—not for your own salvation (probation has already closed), and not even to save souls (sides have already been taken), but to reach God’s children who had no opportunity to learn, so they can be strengthened to stand till the end. It is a work of compassion, a message of comfort—not for yourself, but for others. If they should fall, Virgo would continue to lie on the ecliptic soaked in red, and the odds of losing the entire great controversy will be further increased by your negligent hand.

The Catch It is a work of selfless love, without promise of reward.

It requires attaining to the standard of Christ’s character.

I notice that the color of my candle is the color of the law.

All the catch of the two witnesses must be brought to shore by the sixth plague, in time for the great battle of Armageddon. This is indicated by the two heavenly witnesses of sun and moon highlighting the two fish of the constellation Pisces, which symbolize the end of the process of the two witnesses getting upon their feet. This means the numbers of followers (fish) caught primarily through Internet mediums (the fishing net) must increase till the full stature of the body of Christ is reached.

Every barrier to Internet freedom and every law against free speech will be against you, but you must press the battle to the gates, no matter the cost. What you did not do in times of ease, you will now have to do in times of peril.

Once the troops are gathered together under the banner of Christ and His second witness, the cup of God’s wrath will be full and the seventh plague will be poured out. The final stretch of the Way begins with the moon on May 6, 2019 showing its first sliver of light. The last new month will have begun:

The time of the sacrifice

The sun is in Aries the ram, meaning all eyes are on the sacrificial Lamb of God, and as the new moon is placed on the altar, YOU must find in the depth of your soul the strength to endure to the end, like Jesus did. The red planet—like blood on the horns of the altar—speaks to the extent of the sacrifice. Having done all, stand fast. It must be an offering of love, a song of experience returned to the Lord.

Mercury the messenger and Venus the destroying Angel will then be standing in the two fish of Pisces. Here at the outpouring of the seventh plague, Mercury stands for the fourth angel messenger and Venus stands for Jesus, the Morning Star, in the sense of Abaddon/Apollyon,[59] who promised to destroy those who destroy the earth.[60] The two anointed ones together with their catches have completed their work of gathering the hosts of the Lord for the final hour of temptation.

Then you must follow the moon through seven constellation changes. This will be a journey like no other, spanning one prophetic hour of 15 days, which will get progressively more difficult day by day. After passing through the good constellations in the first week, the moon will reach the head of Virgo. If your work was done well, and the church is penitent, you will be able to pass. Otherwise, the dead body of the church lying on this stretch of the ecliptic will be enemy territory. The moon then moves quickly through Libra where it grows in brightness. The people of God must shine fully if they are not to be found wanting in the balance. As the moon crosses into Scorpius as a bright and radiant full moon, you must keep your eyes fixed on Christ to fully reflect His character. The only way to gain the victory over Satan (Ophiuchus) is to be willing to sacrifice everything for Christ, even without knowing if you will be saved in the end. This is your own Via Dolorosa, until you come to Calvary.

After just a short distance, you will see it…

It is finished

On May 21, 2019, when you arrive at the galactic equator at 8:00 a.m. PYT and exactly at the same hour as Jesus’ death (3:00 p.m. Jerusalem time), you will realize what Jesus truly wanted to express when He said:

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)

This was a reference to the brass serpent that Moses lifted up for the healing of the people. All those who had been bitten by deadly serpents could look upon it and live. It was the figure of what you see in the heavens above: the serpent in Ophiuchus. Those who have been bitten by the snakes of today and poisoned by their lies have only one place to look.

This scene was also foreshadowed in the conversion experience of Saul the persecutor, when Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 26:14)

A cross-reference on the Greek word translated “pricks” here turns up the following:

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55)

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails… (Revelation 9:10)

Jesus had spoken a mystery to Saul, indicating that the persecuted Jesus (Jesus on the cross) is where the sting of the scorpion is.

Furthermore, this same word can be translated “goad” (an iron cattle prod).[61] Jesus died where the iron spear pierced His side, symbolized by the arrow of Sagittarius.

Bewildered, Saul inquired:

And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; (Acts 26:15-16)

Saul was called to serve with the first witness, both of things present and things future. As a type for the second witness, those present and future things would signify the early and latter rains.

After this conversion, Saul—now Paul—labored harder than any of the other disciples. He had to make up for working against the truth.

He yearned so much for his own people that he was even willing to sacrifice his eternal life for their salvation if it were possible.

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (Romans 9:3)

Yet, he labored selflessly, mainly for the Gentiles as the Lord had commanded him. He labored for the Master till his efforts reached to the highest seat of the world government, and in the end, he was executed in Rome.

Even Jesus could not see beyond the portals of the tomb, but He trusted; the sign of the cross is the end of the 1335 days, and the blessing of eternal life awaits those who reach it in faith. Paul might have died in Rome, but before his death he brought many to Christ in that so-called “Eternal City,” as a figure of the fruits of his labor who will be in heaven because of his zeal.

All the enemies of the two witnesses will behold the great ascension, as the redeemed of all the ages are carried by God’s “eagle” into the cloud of the Milky Way through the midst of their worst enemies. The last to ascend will be those who never died.[62] Jesus Himself will be waiting to receive you, symbolized by Jupiter having beaten Saturn back away from the galactic equator.[63] Satan will never again be an obstacle to God’s people. The King of Heaven will take you to your heavenly home—if you learned to lay everything on the altar in obedience like He did.

The twins of Gemini will remain forever as an enduring memorial of the heroic struggle of the last generation against Satan and his hordes, which made it possible—in cooperation with Jesus—to eradicate sin from the universe, while at the same time defending God’s character of infinite love.

The center of our faith, and our anchor, must always be the cross of Jesus. His crucifixion on Friday, May 25, A.D. 31 with the moon exactly on the galactic equator confirms the date and time of His return for those whom He saved.

This message bears the marks of His hands, and is confirmed by signs and wonders without number, and it begins and ends with Christ and Him crucified—born to die.[64] Don’t throw away so great love, like the unfaithful church who left her good Husband.[65]

In Closing

The room is full of the aroma from the candle.

I had been reluctant to write this treatise, and now I realized why. It was too personal for me, and I was protecting my heart. But now I realize that I have had a unique experience with the two witnesses that uniquely equips me to write about them in a way that no other person can. We each have a unique story, and God needs each of us in a unique way. And now is the time.

It really came true that when I would need inspiration, I could light my candle. That saying was from the one who gave it to me, and God indeed answered my prayer—but I could not do it correctly alone. I needed the help of the one who gave me the candle.

With the aroma all around, I am reminded of how the sacrifices of God’s people through the ages was described as a “sweet savour” to the Lord. The first mention of this in the Bible relates to the Flood as a type for the end of the world:

And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. (Genesis 8:21-22)

The prayers of those who once survived the end of the antediluvian world rose to God as a sweet savor and evoked the promise of the never-ending cycles of the heavenly orbs. What comfort to those who had survived such trauma! They never needed to fear again.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. (Revelation 7:16)

God hears prayer. He is the same—yesterday, today, and forever. Wrestle, and never give up; He will hear your prayer, and accept your sacrifice, too. Those who sail on the HSS Castor and Pollux will arrive safely to the true Eternal City, and from that restful home port, they will go out into the infinite expanses of the universe to sing the music of the spheres while the ceaseless ages of eternity roll.

Tears well up in my eyes as I finally fully accept this writing responsibility. Though my sight blurs a little because of the emotion, I know that I am now seeing clearly. I slide the candle back, turn to my computer, and position my keyboard. I have no fear of what will come out of it.

They which come in may see the light

Read it again with new eyes!

1.
See 1 Corinthians 15:45-47. 
2.
See Philippians 2:6-8. 
3.
The dead do not go to heaven (or hell) immediately. See John 11:23-24 and Ecclesiastes 9:5. 
4.
See for example John 7:6-8, 16:32. 
5.
This was an initial version of the 2011 article, which was rewritten and republished much later, in 2013, with mature findings. See Seven Steps to Eternity
6.
At that time, we still understood Ernie Knoll as a prophet to prepare the way for our movement of the fourth angel. 
7.
Here he refers to the two-part study Full Moon at Gethsemane
8.
He was to come to Paraguay in 2012 and soon became one of the four website authors. 
9.
Ray and I have now been in Paraguay a long time and are also website authors. 
10.
Ernie's even less inspired wife. 
11.
Now we know there are exactly 24 men. 
12.
At that time, he/we still believed that the seven stars were the seven stars of Orion. Today we have an even deeper explanation for this mystery. 
13.
Of course, after seven years, the 2011 link is now defunct. 
14.
The third part of the shadow series was the discovery of the Vessel of Time and the Gene of Life
15.
1 Timothy 6:16 – Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 
16.
Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 
17.
See also Early Writings, p. 155 – John came in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the first advent of Jesus. I was pointed down to the last days and saw that John represented those who should go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to herald the day of wrath and the second advent of Jesus. 
18.
The first church, Ephesus, was warned in Revelation 2:5 that its candlestick would be removed. The same applies to all of the churches which Jesus finds fault with. Only two of the seven churches are without rebuke: Smyrna and Philadelphia. 
19.
Compare John 17:12 with 2 Thessalonians 2:3. 
20.
CNN coverage available on YouTube
21.
Wikipedia – 2012 Aurora shooting 
22.
Luke 10:17 – And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 
23.
In a piece entitled Change of Venue, I’ve detailed how this began in my own church, in its North American Division (NAD). 
24.
This is reflected in the shipwreck of the Adventist Church, as shown in The Vessel of Time
25.
Deuteronomy 18:15 – The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 
26.
Malachi 3:1 – Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 
27.
See Ezekiel 28:12-19. A reading of the first chapter each of The Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1 and Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 1 would also be especially helpful as background knowledge for this section. 
28.
Isaiah 14:14 – I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 
29.
1 Timothy 6:16 – Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 
30.
Documented in the Legacy of Smyrna, Section 1: The Heirs
31.
Ellen G. White, Child Guidance, p. 535 – The Sabbath and the family were alike instituted in Eden, and in God’s purpose they are indissolubly linked together. 
32.
Some examples in my former church are mentioned in the article Even at the Closed Door
33.
See Luke 15:11-32 
34.
Revelation 5:10 – And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 
35.
See Our High Calling for details. 
37.
This scene is near the end of the dream A Song and a Prayer
38.
Fully explained in The Legacy of Smyrna – The Testament 
40.
41.
In reference to the sign of the fire, smoke, and brimstone in Leo and its bearing on the interpretation of the sixth trumpet, which was subsequently explained in The Stench of the First Plague – Part I
42.
That history is recorded in the Final Warning series of articles, and its relationship to the two witnesses is explained in detail in The Testament
43.
Matthew 13:39 – The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 
44.
Elle G. White, Early Writings – Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man’s hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer and became lighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most lovely song; and upon it sat the Son of man. His hair was white and curly and lay on His shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were as a flame of fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out, “Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?” Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: “Those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you.” At this our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sang again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. {EW 15.2
45.
From Wikipedia – Castor and Pollux 
46.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 
48.
Revelation 12:7 – And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels… 
50.
1 John 5:16-17 – If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 
51.
Matthew 22:30 – For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 
52.
53.
Matthew 13:45-46 – Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. 
54.
Revelation 11:3 – And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 
55.
Genesis 3:15 – And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 
56.
As explained in The Books Are Closed 
57.
See Sections 1 and 2 of The Legacy of Smyrna
59.
Explained in The Grand Finale
60.
Revelation 11:18 – And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 
61.
Kick against the pricks. This appears to have been a well-known Greek proverb, which might well have been current among any agricultural people, even the Jews. The figure is drawn from the Eastern plowman’s custom of using an iron goad to hasten the slow gait of his oxen. It is possible that the scene was actually being enacted beside the Damascus road, and that the Lord took it as an apt illustration for His message to the persecutor. (For Jesus’ use of current proverbs see on Luke 4:23.) The form of the verb translated “to kick,” may be understood as meaning “to keep on kicking,” and the word translated “pricks” (kentra) means “goads” (cf. 1 Cor. 15:55, where it appears in the singular and is translated “sting”). The divine message suggests that Paul’s conscience had been vigorously resisting the appeals of the Holy Spirit (cf. on Acts 8:1). The spirit of Gamaliel, Paul’s teacher (ch. 22:3), was more tolerant than that which Paul was now exhibiting. This educational background, and also the fact that before his conversion Paul already had relatives who were Christians (Rom. 16:7), doubtless were factors in his spiritual crisis. —Nichol, F. D. (1978; 2002). The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Volume 6 (438). Review and Herald Publishing Association. 
62.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 
64.
1 Corinthians 2:2 – For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 
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