The Stench of the First Plague

 

Having established in Part 1 that Trump’s trade war is the theme of the trumpet prophecies of Revelation (especially the fifth and sixth), we need to reflect on its relationship to the first plague and the mark of the beast, which is the approval of same-sex marriage. What does trade have to do with LGBT tolerance, after all? In this part, that question will be answered as you see how the Bible and current events reveal what is really happening behind the scenes, and how Satan is effacing the image of God from a greater and greater fraction of the world.

Some parts of the world may seem to be impervious to any “progressive” developments of the LGBT agenda. One of those places is India, where a long-standing law—in force for more than 150 years—made homosexual acts illegal and punishable with up to ten years in prison![1] Similar laws existed in the United States and other countries until they were repealed rather quietly just before all the “coming out of the closet” happened. The times change, and so do laws; “progress” is coming, even to India—the country with the lowest divorce rate in the world! Just days ago, the nation’s highest court rescinded the law and legalized acts that it formerly regarded as “against the order of nature.”

Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord [keep His commandments], and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. (Isaiah 50:10-11)

The stench of the first plague is a direct result of rejecting God’s pattern for marriage. God invites those who claim to respect Him to trust Him in this, even if they don't understand why He established marriage as being only between a man and a woman. If we don’t trust Him—if we try to justify our own alternate course—it is like walking in the dark with insufficient lighting. In the end, such a course leads to sorrow, or anguish. The Hebrew word here translated “lie down” applies in a broader sense than simply taking a rest:

H7901 shakab (shaw-kab') v.

1. to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose)

[a primitive root]

The better of two sins. Many who have not feared God enough to trust His character and law have fulfilled, or are fulfilling this passage. The stench of their sin is becoming public, and they are thrown into anguish of shame. The shame they brought to those whom they violated is coming upon their own heads. This turn of events was even prophesied:

I saw that the priests who are leading on their flock to death[2] are soon to be arrested in their dreadful career. The plagues of God are coming, but it will not be sufficient for the false shepherds to be tormented with one or two of these plagues. God’s hand at that time will be stretched out still in wrath and justice and will not be brought to Himself again until His purposes are fully accomplished, and the hireling priests are led to worship at the feet of the saints, and to acknowledge that God has loved them because they held fast the truth and kept God’s commandments, and until all the unrighteous ones are destroyed from the earth. {EW 124.1}

Those who hold fast the truth and keep God’s commandments are the ones who will escape the punishment of the plagues, though they will suffer persecution for their beliefs. The difference is in how one relates to sin. Notwithstanding the recoil of horror that most feel upon hearing of the sin of child sex abuse—which is primarily committed against boys by male priests—the irony is that if the abomination is between consenting adults, it is called “progress.”[3] In Revelation 16:2, God declares that the first plague falls on those who disregard His order in marriage and receive the mark of the beast or worship his image by honoring or practicing sexual relationships that do not bear His seal. The only progress gained by a nation’s rejection of God’s law is the progress toward receiving the plagues. This will surely become clear over the next several months as the Orion plague clock progresses and more nations bow down to the beast or its image.

Do you really understand the great framework within which the trumpets are sounded? Do you truly see how the prophecies have been fulfilling? This article will help you see how God’s trumpet and plague clocks in Orion fit together into one prophetic structure. The key players of this time and their game will be identified from the Bible, and you will see the connections between Trump’s trade wars, the Vatican, and the LGBT rights agenda.

A Prophetic Interlude

Multitudes are afraid to believe that God has revealed His secrets of time to this last generation. Nevertheless, it is the knowledge of Time that gives a sense of security and understanding to dispel the darkness and confusion that envelops those who are taken aback by the sickening news of the day. The trumpets have been giving their warnings; their clock-cycle has come full circle, and now the cycle of plagues has begun, and they are being poured out—right on schedule.

The Orion plagues cycle.

God has given the fourth angel’s message to warn His people—those who hear His voice from heaven—to flee from the institutions of Babylon before they are destroyed. Do you fear God, yet walk in darkness? The counsel from the verse quoted earlier is to trust in the name—i.e., the character—of the Lord, which is not just love!

The knowledge of Time is a precious treasure. With that knowledge from heaven, we could discover the uncanny correlation between the trumpet prophecies and the trade war as we discussed in Part 1. We were able to confirm that the sixth trumpet has completely fulfilled, and now our attention turns to the seventh trumpet and the seven plagues. What do we learn about their relationship from Orion?

Consider that there are seven time-indicators on the Orion clock, where the seventh position is at the same star (Saiph) as the first. While there have been several Orion cycles, until now, there has never been a case where the seventh point of one cycle was the same date as the first point of the next. This is the only pair where another cycle begins on the same day when the previous cycle ended! August 20, 2018 marks the end of the trumpet cycle as well as the beginning of the first plague on the plagues cycle:

The Orion trumpet and plagues cycles.

We had previously understood that the seventh trumpet was in fact the whole cycle of the plagues, so it was to be expected that the first plague began on the same date as the seventh trumpet. However, does the Bible really teach that the seventh trumpet begins simultaneously with the first plague? From the biblical text, we recognize that the seventh trumpet and the seventh plague share significant linguistic and thematic connections:

The Seventh Trumpet:

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 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. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings [A], and voices [B], and thunderings [C], and an earthquake [D], and great hail [E]. (Revelation 11:15-19)

The Seventh Plague:

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices [B], and thunders [C], and lightnings [A]; and there was a great earthquake [D], such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail [E] out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. (Revelation 16:17-21)

From this evidence, we had concluded that the seventh trumpet must include the seventh plague, which is sure, but does it require that the seventh trumpet starts with the first plague? Despite the parallels noted above, there is nothing in the text of the seventh trumpet that is clearly related to any of the first six plagues! Could there be a gap between the sixth and the seventh trumpet that is filled by the plagues? After all, there is a substantial textual interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet texts—the former rounding out Chapter 9, while the latter only occupies the last five verses of Chapter 11 (quoted above)! Chapter 10 and most of chapter 11 seem to be unconnected to the sixth and seventh trumpet prophecies, so their inclusion between the sixth and seventh trumpet would seem to suggest that the fulfillment of the seventh trumpet may not immediately follow that of the sixth! We could show this situation on our trumpet chart like this:

The trumpet clock.

Marching to the Final Frontier

The answer to whether the plagues occupy that interlude is written both in heaven and in the Scripture of truth. On the date when we would expect the seventh trumpet, what did we see pictured in heaven? We presented that before, when the books were closed in preparation for the executive phase of the judgment; it was the great and marvelous sign of the seven last plagues that we saw.[4] With this sign, we find a legitimate substitute to complete the trumpet cycle, in place of the sounding of the seventh trumpet. On the very day of this heavenly sign, the last series in the eschatology of Revelation began to fulfill: the seven last plagues.

And now we see how a familiar type presents itself once again with a scriptural confirmation! In this arrangement, we recognize the unusual instructions that God gave for the conquest of Jericho. The loop that had begun with the initial studies of the fourth angel closes here, because back in 2010, it was about the pattern of the marches around Jericho, which applied with its first six marches on six days from the time of Christ until the classical “End Times,” when the last seven marches of the seventh day began with the High Sabbath List. This list was the product of a deep study of the Hebrew calendar and feasts, through which God revealed the genetic standard of the character of Christ that the church had to reach.

In this final application, the marches of the first six days stand for the first six trumpets, and instead of the seventh trumpet on August 20, 2018, seven more marches are inserted on the seventh day, which we can now easily decipher as the seven plagues. The seventh plague begins on May 6, 2019, before the coming of Jesus, but when will the seventh trumpet be blown?

When does the seventh trumpet begin?

As we noted earlier, the seventh trumpet is connected with the seventh plague, suggesting that they must be fulfilled in the same timeframe. Would the seventh trumpet have blown earlier, as in our former framework, there would have been a premature victory and a hasty surrender of the kingdoms of the earth to Jesus (described in Revelation 11:15)—even before the decisive Battle of Armageddon, which takes place in the seventh plague.

Shifting from Saiph on the trumpet clock to Saiph on the plague clock.

We also recognize that the position for the seventh trumpet on the Orion clock is marked by Saiph, so—to preserve the harmony—it should only be pushed back to another date marked by the same star: the seventh plague.

Does this still harmonize with the Jericho model? When we look at the model carefully, we can see that in all its detail, it is indeed a perfect fit! The bracketed comments give the fulfillment of each preceding phrase:

And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. [the first six trumpets] And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times [the interlude of seven plagues], and the priests shall blow with the trumpets [the sound of the trumpets is heard during the plagues]. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet [the silver trumpet that Jesus blows at His return], all the people shall shout with a great shout [of victory]; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat [the removal of the barrier between heaven and earth], and the people shall ascend up [to Jesus and the city in the cloud] every man straight before him. (Joshua 6:3-5)

Now we understand clearly what trumpet Paul was referring to when he spoke of Jesus’ return:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

It is tempting to assume that “the last trump” is the seventh one of Revelation’s series, but with the type of the marches around Jericho, we understand better. It is the long blast after the marches, which Jesus sounds having the last word, and not Donald Trump. It is only Jesus’ trumpet call that can raise the dead.

Then Jesus’ silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to heaven, and cried, “Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise.” Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. … {EW 16.1}

The Body and Blood

After the prophecy of the sixth trumpet, nearly two full chapters intervene before the text comes back to the series, when it reminds us about the sixth trumpet and introduces the seventh.

The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. (Revelation 11:14)

These chapters have already been well studied and deciphered in an earlier historical context, which we may draw upon for the present analysis.

The fact that there is an interlude just before the last trumpet suggests that something may have gone awry. Many fail to understand that God is more flexible than we give Him credit for! He works with man according to where he is, and He changes His plans according to their behavior. How many times did He postpone a terrible circumstance because of demonstrated humility and repentance, as in the case of Nineveh when Jonah preached its destruction? He says clearly,

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. (Deuteronomy 28:9)

And if not:

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (Deuteronomy 28:15)

If you believe that God does whatever He wants to do, and never changes His plans, you are mistaken! It simply isn’t biblical at all—just a traditional folk tale. He knows the end from the beginning, but His course of action is dependent on how His people respond to Him. Thus, by faithful obedience, we may hasten the accomplishment of His plans, but when His people continue in their stubborn resistance, it delays His plans.

A relatively recent example of that delay is presented in the prophecy of Revelation 10, where an Angel speaks like a lion’s roar, and seven thunders are heard, which John was not permitted to write. It prophesied of a message that was not understandable at the time. The chapter concludes with the back-to-the-drawing-board message, “Thou must prophesy again!”[5]

We have long understood the seven thunders as the delineation of events in the High Sabbath List,[6] which spanned the 174 years of the investigative judgment of the dead and the living,[7] leading up to the planned coming of Jesus in 2016 that was announced via our first website, LastCountdown.org. Due to the lack of repentance of the church during those years, however, that finally led to the sacrifice of Philadelphia, God offered the alternate plan that is now in effect with the officially notarized trumpets and plagues clocks. That is the subject of our current website, WhiteCloudFarm.org. Understanding this twofold scenario enables us to transfer our historical understanding of the seven thunders to the present situation. A picture is worth a thousand words:

Comparison of the classical with the present

It was very humbling to assemble the above chart and recognize that the sacrifice of our small movement has such an honorable place in comparison to the great sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in the final timelines of the Revelation. Indeed, it was His sacrifice, simply reflected in us.[8] That is the essence of why the gene of life, as represented in the High Sabbath List, is the pattern for the time of plagues now. What enables God’s people to stand faithful to Him through the plagues without intercession is the transcription of His character in their own flesh. The double-stranded helix of the DNA of His character was divided for replication at the cross of Calvary, so that it could be taken in by His people and replicated in them.

This has ever been the purpose of God for His people! He cannot accomplish His purpose in a people who have but a form of godliness, while denying its power![9] Condoning or protecting sin has become the norm in many, if not all, institutions whose purpose should be to bring salvation from sin to the sinner! How miserably have the churches failed!

Taken as a whole, the message of the fourth angel is the true body and blood of Jesus that the earthly symbols of communion represent. When we receive His body (Orion) and blood (the gene of life), we walk in obedience to the truth, having the Spirit of life in our hearts, as it is written:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)

When we thus partake of these heavenly emblems of communion, we discover the true meaning of righteousness by faith. Not only does Jesus count us righteous in His eyes, but He actually imparts to us His own righteousness by inscribing His perfect character, or law, in our heart. Though one may be a converted Christian, it does not mean they reflect His character fully. Instruction is needed. The Holy Spirit must guide them into all truth.[10] Through this ministry, He has spoken by His Spirit from heaven to provide for those needs. The church institutions, reeking with the stench of sin, cannot provide this!

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. ... But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21,23-24)

The Father is now seeking worshippers (the 144,000) who will come out from their established places of worship—churches, which have all fallen—to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Notice how Jesus said both, that the hour is coming, and that the hour had already come at that time. He and His disciples were cast out of the synagogue (i.e., “excommunicated”), and it was necessary to worship without the 1500-year-old organization, which had rejected Him in their apostasy. Likewise today, it is the hour that Jesus said was coming, for if your church organization continues to protect the sinner in his sin, thereby rejecting the salvation of Christ in practice, then it is a signal that you need to worship apart from that organization. It’s time to leave the apostate institutions behind. Like Jerusalem in A.D. 70, they will soon be destroyed in God’s wrath, being laid fully bare, with their sins exposed.

When the Lion Roars

The prophecy of the seven thunders is presented in Revelation 10:4 in the interlude after the sixth trumpet, and that is just the right place where we would need it if the model of the Jericho marches is a true fit! Let us consider more from the interlude prophecy to discern whether there is any more evidence that this is a valid application.

The scene opens with a mighty angel, and when he speaks, we immediately recognize a symbol that gives us a time marker from the heavens:

And [the mighty angel] cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. (Revelation 10:3)

In the language of heaven, an angel (constellation) is given a voice when one of the wandering stars enters into it, but a “loud” or “great” voice is reserved for those occasions when the greater light of the sun is present. In this case, it is a voice like a lion, which means that we should direct our attention to a time when the constellation of Leo is activated by the sun and thereby speaks with a loud voice. We first began to understand the heavenly signs in the Spring of 2017, which leaves only two times when the sun enters Leo between then and the Second Coming: August of 2017 and August of 2018. In August of 2017, we were in the midst of the third trumpet, so it doesn’t fit the sixth trumpet setting, but in August of 2018, we have the perfect fit![11]

Recall from Part 1 that August 11, 2018 was the date that the four angels were prepared for. At the moment of the solar eclipse that day (see image below), the moon served as the smoke for the fire of the sun, while brimstone-laden Mercury was also in the path of Leo’s breath, and the remaining angel, Venus, was in Virgo, indicating which third of “men” was under attack.[12]

Leo breathes fire, smoke, and brimstone.

Hence, the loud voice of the lion’s roar was “heard” on August 11, 2018—near the end of the sixth trumpet timeframe—when Leo was not only activated by the sun, but had both of the “great lights” in his roar!

…and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (Revelation 10:3-4)

Until the prophecy of the seven thunders could be paired with the heavenly roaring of the lion at that time on August 11, 2018, the voice of the thunders could not be fully understood. Now, however, knowing its exact place in time, we can clearly understand that the seven thunders are nothing other than the seven last plagues that began to rumble through the earth scarcely more than a week later.

In The Testament, we noted that John was told not to write what he heard from the seven thunders, because their message was not for the Millerite movement, whom this prophecy first described. The church had not yet reflected Jesus’ sacrificial character at that time, so the plagues could not come, and only unintelligible thunder was heard; but now, the words that the thunders speak are clearly discernable, and those of the first thunder are being written in this article series.

The Mystery Finished!

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time [delay] no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:5-7)

The oath of the angel who had just spoken like the roaring of a lion, was that there should be “time no longer”. The word “time” here is translated as “delay” in many Bible versions, according to its implicative definition.[13] And that the seventh trumpet is mentioned in this context is particularly revealing! In fact, the word “but” is used here to connect the end of delay to the sounding of the seventh trumpet and the finishing of the mystery of God. Thus, it is like saying, when you hear (i.e. see) the lion roaring in heaven in the sixth trumpet, the seven thunders will speak (and be understood), and then you will know that the delay will soon end for the seventh trumpet to sound, and as it sounds, the mystery of God will be finished!

When we read these verses correctly, we see that they declare that the seventh trumpet must be delayed, but that after the lion roars and the thunders roll, the delay would end. Verse 7 of Chapter 10 has always been problematic without the proper framework, because if you assume that the seventh trumpet sounds before the plagues, then it would minimize the profundity of the mystery of God. The time of the revelation of God’s mystery would not be the great climax of man’s existence on earth—the time of the seventh plague and the Second Coming of Jesus—but instead, an early “seventh trumpet” before the plagues without any contextual connection to the seventh plague or the Second Coming themselves! That would be a twisted interpretation that would destroy the climax. Now, with the framework provided by the interlude and the timing given by the heavenly sign, we see that the seventh trumpet should sound at the end of the thunders, which is in perfect agreement with our earlier analysis that it must refer to the same period of time as the seventh plague!

At the late hour of the seventh plague, it makes perfect sense that the great mystery of God as presented by the prophets throughout the Bible should be finished! The situation in the heavens at the beginning of the seventh plague shows the known four winds in rank and file in the “good” constellations that stand before Orion: the moon in the eye of Taurus, the sun in Aries, Mercury in the upright fish, and Venus in its resting twin.

The time of the seventh plague

What seems harmless at first sight is by no means harmless. A loud voice from the temple in heaven is heard at the beginning of the battle of Armageddon, for which the preparation had taken place in the sixth plague:

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. (Revelation 16:17-18)

Time and again, God surprises us by apparently leaving out information in the Revelation, which we can find by looking into the heavens. As already explained, "great" (or loud) means that the sun amplifies the voice of a constellation that speaks. It must therefore be "Aries" the ram, standing at the altar of the heavenly sanctuary, that proclaims that the end of the world has come. Who does "Aries" stand for? The answer is in Revelation 5:

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6)

Reading the verse, pay attention to the connection with the throne, too, which clearly assigns the loud voice to the Ram (Aries). It's a good idea to take a quick look in Stellarium at the path of the four winds from after they were released until here. The four winds come from a heroic battle through the "bad" constellations. That is why at the seventh plague the Lamb of God says, "It is done." Soon the eagles will gather and Jesus will arrive to deliver His own—both the living 144,000 and the resting faithful—from the dying planet who rejected Jesus as the only way to eternal life.

At the seventh trumpet, which sounds when the seventh and greatest plague is poured out, the mystery of godliness will be complete. In Jesus’ prayer after the last supper, He declared that He had finished the work that God had given Him. Nevertheless, His people did not understand. He went forward to lay down His life of His own will, and thus finished the greatest of all works on the cross! Yet His people were scattered and disappointed until His resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Then, century after century passed and His people fell away from Him. He brought them back, and they fell away again. In these last days, He finally had a people, few though they were, who learned from Him and offered a sacrifice like His own. Now they needed to multiply.

The 144,000, ever hidden from view, were sealed before Jesus declared that it was done, and ending His intercession for man, made that most solemn pronouncement to which many great signs in heaven pointed forward:

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Revelation 21:6)

Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. (Revelation 22:11 NASB)

Yet most of the 144,000 have not yet been led into all truth! They are inclined in the right direction, and so continue in their upward course, but they lack the knowledge that will enable them to stand the heat of the severest spiritual battle at the seventh plague. They need the message that God wants to give them through this ministry! At the beginning of the seventh trumpet, they will finally all have what they need to stand. The character of Christ will be fully manifest in them.

So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken. (Ezekiel 39:7-8)

The fruit will finally be seen and ripe—the 144,000, who are then to live through the greatest hour of trial that has ever come upon the earth until their change comes at Jesus’ return.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (1 Corinthians 15:51)

At the seventh trumpet, the mystery of God will be finished, for He will then have a generation of people who are finally ready to meet Him.

The church is cracking For years, we have sought them with tears and agonizing prayers, but to this day, they are nowhere to be found! Where are those who will be prepared to stand? How will they have time to learn everything they need so that they can have the required faith? Yet God still gives a little hope. Surely, they will begin to recognize that Babylon is doomed to destruction, and they are still inside! These plagues are seven steps toward the fall of modern Babylon, and the seventh plague brings the final decimating blow to the system whose growing fracture lines are now beginning to show. Will Jesus find the faith He seeks?

Twisting the Arm of Nations

At this point in this series, the groundwork has been laid for understanding from the Bible that we are indeed living in the time of the seven last plagues of Revelation. The trumpets have sounded according to the divine plan, and now the seven last plagues have begun. The first plague, which started as of August 20, 2018, made a huge impression on the world by calling into question the morality of arguably the two most powerful people in the world, each in their respective religious vs. civil spheres: the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Pope Francis, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Each have become deeply embroiled in scandals to the point where the press is actively discussing their voluntary or involuntary removal from office.

Corruption in high places is plaguing this world, and it has reached as high as it can reach. These are the leaders of the world, and the rest of the world is being pressured to conform under their powerful influence. That pressure was visible in the recent news of India’s decriminalization of sodomy. They reversed the “colonial era” law forbidding homosexual practices, which had been on the books for the entire modern era of their Republic. Casting it as “colonial” makes it sound backwards, but the truth is that it was a “modern” law—a law under which the nation thrived in the modern era—and what India has now “achieved” (quoted in a sarcastic sense) is actually “post-modern.” It represents India’s fall from civilization.

Every major column in the papers touts this as an example for other nations of the world to follow. That is the social pressure principle at work, as the article makes clear:

LGBT rights have been one of the chief concerns of the global activist community. The judgement has opened doors to endless possibilities. Other democracies can take inspiration by showcasing India as a textbook example for reformation of archaic laws. This has to be one of the best case-studies that can be presented globally.

That opinion piece also indicates what kinds of benefits are to be had in compensation for prostituting the nation to Western idols:

India is the world’s largest democracy. Its strategic position influences the entire Indian Ocean as well as more than half of the world’s population. In this increasingly global and interconnected world, social justice is closely linked with economic growth and development.

This victory will help the Indian economy to flourish even more.

The message that the press is sending out to other nations is this: follow the lead toward same-sex marriage, and your country will get rich. Do what the LGBT-police say, and your economy will be allowed to thrive.

Remember, we have already seen that the big war that has been cooking up in the trumpet cycle is the trade war—Trump’s trade war. India was also hit by the steel and aluminum tariffs, but is taking a much more conciliatory approach than, for example, China. India has already twice deferred retaliatory tariffs. If you connect the dots, the economic success—or in other words, avoiding tariffs or other economic penalties—that India stands to gain from its new “social justice” laws is mediated in part by the United States under Trump’s trade war tactics.

Are you beginning to see how Trump is in the role of enforcing a certain sinister “will” upon nations that do not measure up to the colorful standard of the LGBT flag under which the whole world is uniting? It is worth reviewing how the United States Supreme Court, during the tenure of Barack Obama as President, spearheaded the world-wide adoption of same-sex marriage laws. Every little nation who still sees the U.S. in terms like “Freedom” and “Opportunity” and “Prosperity” had every reason to copy their idol, in hopes of a little of the U.S.’ success rubbing off on them.

Then came Donald Trump—cast as the complete opposite of Obama, threatening to overturn Obama’s achievements one after another, yet never moving so much as a finger against the Supreme Court ruling that turned the legal definition of America into that of Sodom.[14] Is he really against Obama, or simply fighting to take Obama’s LGBT vision worldwide through do-or-die trade tactics?

And if you think this is only about “harmless” trade, let the announcement of closer military interoperability between the U.S. and India, which followed on the heels of the headlines of India’s pivot on the criminality of sodomy, be an indication that it is not only prosperity that the U.S. grants to those who follow, but also security. The US-sourced components of India’s military are now poised to receive radios that will connect India into the US battlefield’s “tactical Internet”—obviously a huge boon.

This deepening of military relations between the two countries is also about trade. The article linked above makes note of the fact:

Behind the carefully-constructed narrative of strategic rationales and geopolitical calculations underpinning India-U.S. relations, the American team came to New Delhi with an unambiguous sales pitch. Not that there wasn’t any strategic rationale to the high-level meeting, but the underlying American sales pitch was remarkable. Consider the U.S.’s insistence that India should bring down its oil imports from Iran to ‘zero’ in deference to the restrictions imposed by its unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The U.S. also recommends that India buy American oil to make up the deficit. As a matter of fact, U.S. oil exports to India have more than doubled in the past year, thanks to the U.S. sanction fears, thereby helping a booming domestic crude oil industry. Notably, at the 2+2 meeting, the Indian side did not manage to get a waiver for importing Iranian crude.

Do you see how the so-called “unilateral” will of the United States is in fact being urged multilaterally upon other nations, India being the case in point? Do you see how India’s submission expands the U.S. will into the East, promising economic prosperity and military security to nations who obey?

The Foursome The 2+2 dialogue speaks volumes

The “coincidental” timing of this “2+2 Dialogue” with India’s supreme court ruling on the decriminalization of same-sex relations speaks volumes, as does the signal photo that was plastered on all the news articles about it. The “2+2” refers to the two ministers (for defense and foreign relations) from each country, while the “+” stands for the relationship. What is revealed in the photo, however, is the fact that each pair is a same-sex pair. What you see is a double-date between two nations, to show the world that—as one headline stated—For India and the United States, 2+2 equals more! This foursome was sending a clear visual message with this meeting. And keep in mind, nothing in this meeting was a surprise. The topics had all been discussed in advance, and both sides were simply “waiting” for the opportunity to sign the deal and release the news. They were waiting for India’s supreme court decision to complete the political message. Still not sure? The “2+2 Dialogue” was conceptualized in June of 2017,[15] but India hadn’t had a female defense minister since the assassination of Indira Gandhi (the only other, who was already doubling as the Prime Minister). They had to get one, fast—and her name was Nirmala Sitharaman.

On 3 September 2017, she was elevated to Defence Minister, being only the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the Defence Minister post.

Her promotion does in fact appear to be unprecedented and intentional. Under the headline “All you need to know about Nirmala Sitharaman, India's first full-time woman defence minister,” Think Change India quotes her own words in original red letters as follows:

“Somebody who has come from a small town, grown into the party with all the support of the leadership, and if given such responsibility, it just makes you feel sometimes that cosmic grace is there. Otherwise it is impossible.”

From the horse’s mouth, her appointment was “impossible” without someone pulling the strings—and of course it wasn’t “cosmic grace” that did it. It was a part of a coordinated effort to impact the non-Christian East and start the “dialogue” about tolerance for same-sex unions (hence, “2+2 Dialogue”).

This is a strong message to China, whose courts quashed same-sex marriage in June 2015, at the same time the U.S. was defending it. Could it be that the trade war against China has an underlying motive, and is not just about chance abuses of the world trade system? Could it be more about coercing China to redouble its efforts to fall in line with the LGBT-rights agenda, to unify it with the world under the colorful banner of the beast?

These are questions that need a biblical answer, because they are questions of global importance. It would be a gross omission on the part of God if Bible prophecy were silent about this! It is not silent, of course. Revelation 13—one of the most studied chapters in the Revelation because of the mark of the beast—tells the whole story, including what is going on behind the scenes, and who is really controlling whom.

The First Beast

Without belaboring the parts of the chapter that have been well-studied and well-explained by Protestants of past generations, let us briefly summarize the correct interpretations. The first half of the chapter identifies the “first beast,” which represents the papacy, which was historically wounded to the point of death, but has nevertheless recovered. His power comes from Satan, the dragon:[16]

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Revelation 13:1-2)

In Part 1, we noted how the lion-like mouth of this beast corresponds to one side of the proverbial coin. The papacy—including all its far-reaching tentacles of influence—is modern-day Babylon, whose judgment is detailed in Chapter 17 and 18.

If you have had a good opinion of Pope Francis (or the papacy in general), then this section is especially for you, because the Word of God has something that will expand your mind. This is not about Catholic bashing or condemnation of anyone for their lot in life as an individual. If you are a Catholic, or if you are one of the many people outside the Catholic Church who view Pope Francis positively, you may simply be responding to the overwhelming volume of media that is presented to you, along with lifelong traditions in your particular flock. And it’s not bad in itself to be a sheep—if you have the right Shepherd. And that’s why this section is so important to understand. It reveals the true nature of the beasts, which is even coming out in the media as the crimes of the sex abuse scandal bubble to the surface. Catholics who take offense at what their priests and bishops have done are showing that they understand something about what a good shepherd is and is not.

One group of business leaders, considered to be “the most influential lay organization in the Church,” has made the decision to hold their tithes in an escrow account while they inquire into the Church’s financial accountability, carrying out “a ‘prompt and thorough examination,’ into how the recently uncovered moral and ecclesiastical failings have persisted and what steps are to be taken to remedy this indescribably difficult situation.” It is absolutely right to hold the church financially accountable in this way and bear a greater share of the responsibility of stewardship.

But if you’ve reached this point as one of our readers, you are already beyond the stage of being a mere sheep. You are inquiring as to what is going on in the world, and that means you are already on the way to finding the Good Shepherd—who obviously isn’t sitting in Rome in the Vatican as a pope who promotes those who are guilty of the ugliest of crimes.

So, as we continue speaking about the first beast, remember that every individual has a choice, and it is up to the individual to take a stand in light of the truth, to separate from the beast that is led by the dragon himself. Once you’ve made that decision, your goal should be to help others make the decision too—and not to rashly dismiss or condemn them, by word or deed, if they haven’t yet been brought to the decision point. It’s not about bashing Catholics, but about smashing the head of the serpent that has bitten them, and whose deadly venom has sickened them with the “incurable wounds” of the sex abuse scandal that “never heal.”

And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. (Numbers 21:8-9)

What everyone needs is the Redeemer, high and lifted up, for people to look upon and live. Salvation is not from the Church—contrary to the teachings from Rome—but in Christ. (And not Mary.)

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

But individual choice is a two-way street. Once someone has at their disposal the facts of the papacy’s culpability in sin, if they refrain from separating themselves then, they are making their decision to share the plagues that are already being poured out on those who have the mark of the beast and those who worship the beast’s image. This subject is decisive and consequential! It requires that a definite stand be taken, and the consequences borne. That is why we need a clear understanding of how Revelation 13 is playing out today.

The Second Beast

Whereas the first beast came from the sea (the peoples, nations, kindreds, and tongues of Europe), the second beast—the United States—came from the earth (the New World, still relatively sparsely populated):

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Revelation 13:11)

The beast that speaks like a dragon. The symbolism of the earth vs. the sea is very important, not only for identifying the beasts, but also for understanding what God wants to say about these beasts in speaking from the heavens. In Part I, we already made the connection between these two beasts and the constellation of Capricornus, which is a type of chimera—a monster that is an amalgamation of different beasts. In The Grand Finale, the chimeras described in Bible prophecy are traced through the historical record, showing that they symbolize the same old beast that held the entire world under its domination, throughout different time periods, as it morphed over the years until it came to be what it is today. It has taken on many different forms, starting with ancient Babylon, the lion-like beast of Daniel 7.

The two beasts described in Chapter 13 are two sides of one coin. They operate jointly in the symbolism of the fifth and sixth trumpets, as the text of chapter 13 also states:

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Revelation 13:12)

The Bible makes the role of the second beast clear: he exercises power and causes. He is the executive aspect, whereas the first beast is the mind and authority behind the scenes, and the object of worship.

The second beast directs worship to the first beast, making him an idol. How are idols worshiped? By imitation.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. (Psalm 115:8)

Imitation is exactly the business of the second beast:

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:14-15)

The exposé of the sex abuse scandals that have taken place right under the Vatican’s nose betray the Vatican’s true “Roman” nature as a homosexual beast. Remember, the Roman emperors were virtually all homosexuals. Many reports that examine the source of sex abuse within the church decry homosexuality as the root cause of the child sex abuse. Wikipedia summarizes several of them with statements such as the following (here):

In a statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi in 2009, the Holy See stated that the majority of Catholic clergy who had committed acts of sexual abuse against under 18 year olds should not be viewed as pedophiles, but as homosexuals. The statement said that rather than pedophilia, "it would be more correct to speak of ephebophilia; being a homosexual attraction to adolescent males"

And (here):

According to the John Jay Report 80.9% of the alleged abuse victims in the United States were male. This fact led Catholic League's William Donohue, to opine: "The conventional wisdom maintains there is a pedophilia crisis in the Catholic Church; I maintain it has been a homosexual crisis all along."

It is simply a crossing of the age limit; men with boys vs. men with men. This is promoted by the Church’s unbiblical teaching and practice regarding the celibacy of the priesthood. The irony of it and the hypocrisy of it are one and the same: celibacy means abstinence from sexual activity, but among the priests it results in even worse sexual activity than if they were simply married.

The issuing of legal, state-approved same-sex marriage licenses is the mark of the first beast. It is the state’s seal approving the “goodness” of homosexuality. It is the official stamp of Satan’s “peer-to-peer” form of government,[17] where peers have equal say, in contrast to God’s way, where there is an established hierarchy of authority and submission, demonstrated by Jesus’ obedience on the cross.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)

Do your own self-check to see whether you are living in a country where the mark of the beast is in force!

The image of the beast has to do with idolatry and worship. It is the tolerance of all things LGBT. Do you see why it was so important for India to repeal their law against homosexuality? Now it is tolerated, legally. They have formed the image of the beast, and are worshiping the beast by virtue of tolerating (or “liking”) it.

And what power pushed them to worship the Roman homosexual beast? The United States, exactly as the Bible explains in Revelation 13:15. Both beasts work together as one, under the authority of the dragon; hence the representation as the chimera of Capricornus.

Death by Tariffs

The Bible says that the second beast has powers in relation to the image of the beast:

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (Revelation 13:15)

Now we come to the killing again, but after Part I we are a little wiser as to its meaning. Remember, the killing of the third part of men in the sixth trumpet symbolized the killing of a third of the lira’s value, or the affliction of a third of the world’s population with Trump’s trade war. Could the verse above have a similar meaning?

Right off the bat, it should be clear that we are dealing with symbols, since no beast or nation can give literal “life” to anything. It must be speaking in the figurative sense, and that would apply equally to the killing of as many as do not tolerate LGBT lifestyles. Whole nations are either given “life” or “killed” by commercial means, e.g. through trade deals on the one hand, or tariffs, sanctions, or embargos on the other. That modus operandi comes across very clearly in the US’ dealings with India, covered earlier.

Does God’s Word lend itself to such an interpretation? The verses that follow give the answer:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

There it is, in plain text! The method of enforcement involves the restriction of buying and selling—in other words, of TRADE. It’s a TRADE war, as we saw in the trumpets, and finally only those who receive the mark of the beast will be allowed to trade. Who was it that said, “Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws”?

International shipping port.

The Man in the Crosshairs

But the Bible goes even further to nail exactly who on earth is behind the mark of the beast:

The number of a man.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13:18)

The calculations shown in the image are very simple, but the fact is, not everyone knows how to use Excel formulas (or other programming methods) to calculate the numeric code for each letter in a name. It is trivial for someone with basic computer programming knowledge, but it does take that little bit of “understanding” of how computers work in order to know how to do that. Therefore, the verse says “let those who understand such things” calculate the number! And there you have it—BERGOGLIO adds up to 666, plain and simple. Ask your nearest “computer geek” to verify it… and don’t neglect to share this article with him while you’re at it.

There is a much deeper meaning to the number 666 than that, however. God’s Word has multiple levels of meaning so that everyone can take away a blessing from it, wherever they are on their spiritual journey. But the point here is to understand that the mark of the beast is especially associated with a single man who has been “elected” as the moral leader of the world, to call the shots and decide who is allowed to trade and who isn’t, based on whether or not they bow to him directly, or to LGBT tolerance and same-sex marriage laws.

Pope Francis distancing himself. Are you beginning to see why the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis has become such a hot topic, and why there is so much conflict in the Vatican over it? Kim Davis was persecuted by the United States government for exercising her inalienable right to conscientiously object to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. But Pope Francis is NOT on her side; he is the one pushing the homosexual agenda! That is why the Vatican immediately distanced itself from Kim Davis after the meeting had “unfortunately” already taken place and the news was out.

From day one, Pope Francis has been an LGBT advocate. Remember his famous line, “If a person is gay... who am I to judge?” And remember how he practically wore out the clergy with dialogue at the Family Synod in 2014 and again in 2015? Remember how often he included representatives of the LGBT cause in his audiences? There is simply no question that he is pushing the LGBT agenda! And that is exactly what the Bible points out with the number of the man behind the mark of the beast. He himself is practically admitting to the guilt and cover-up in a victimized, complaining tone, while the evidence of his culpability keeps coming forward.

Seeing this biblical relationship between the first and second beasts, it is no wonder that Trump is now showing his sympathy toward Pope Francis—he can understand something about being at the center of a scandal, after all. What a plague to all the Trump-supporting Christians, as their candidate they voted into office could face a most disgraceful removal from office!

Friends, Jesus is coming back. The holy, pure, and undefiled Lord is coming back with all power and majesty from on high. It’s high time to weigh this world in the balance and choose you this day whom ye will serve.[18] What will the course of your life look like to His piercing gaze? What will the LGBT-compromised churches say when they see Him coming in power and great glory, and their lustful eyes meet His? Will they then instruct love’s Author that a man’s reproductive part belongs in the filthy rectum of either sex? How coarsely must we speak about these things before common sense kicks in!?

God will not leave mankind unpunished for its wickedness. The first plague is already falling upon the earth, and the two beasts of Revelation 13 are already feeling the heat as they are hearing the world cry out for recompense.[19] How much more are the righteous desiring justice? How much more can the souls bear, who have received the character of Christ in their heart?

The Darkening Shadows of Scandal

Make no mistake about it, the beast will come to his end! In his clumsy way, Pope Francis is trying to put his best foot forward by summoning the leading bishops of the world to discuss the problem. In the meantime, he is meeting with top American bishops at the Vatican. But the more he does, the more he digs his own grave. The photographs from that meeting show a very relaxed and jovial environment—not what one would expect, given the gravity of the situation!

Dead serious?

Even in the official group photos, while the pope put on the right face, apparently, not everyone got the memo! Cardinal DiNardo—the president of the US Conference of Bishops, who called the meeting to address the “moral catastrophe”—couldn’t contain his light-hearted spirit from shining through in every one of the eight attempts. (Similarly for the conference’s vice-president at his side, Archbishop Jose Gomez). The sexuality of innocent children is a sacred sphere that should be protected, and it is effectively blasphemy for these top leaders to show such indifference as they discuss the problem of shepherds who have preyed on those little lambs! Are they just putting on a pious show for the public—like the predator priests have always done?

We can already see the fulfillment for the fifth plague taking shape as “Pope Francis has summoned top Catholic officials” to the Vatican in February 2019—during the fifth plague—"to discuss the escalating sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the church.”[20] The fifth plague makes reference to the stinky wounds of the first plague and the pain they inflict:

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. (Revelation 16:10-11)

The gnawing of their tongues is a graphic picture of what is sure to happen at that meeting at the seat of the beast! They do not repent of their deeds, but when they talk, it will be like biting their tongues, hurting themselves more as they pine for relief from their own putrid wounds without any more regard for the myriads who have been irreparably damaged by their actions than they showed at the meeting with American Cardinals. With such actions, they blaspheme the God of heaven, whom they claim to represent.

In the meantime, their pain continues to increase, with another bombshell report expected—this time from Germany—a summary of which was leaked to the press[21] about more than 3700 cases of child sex abuse in that nation. Yet the true number is believed to be “significantly higher,” due to the nature of the study, where the researchers could not access the records directly, but had to rely on the church workers to answer questionnaires and “in several instances, church files documenting abuse have been altered or destroyed.”[22]

The Vatican’s decades-old rationale for dismissing accusations is blown out of the water by this revelation, proving that it is not an isolated problem related to anti-Catholic sentiment:

For decades, abuse festered in the papacy of John Paul II, as many in the Vatican ignored accusations, which was portrayed as a problem of the Anglophone, or English-speaking, countries fueled by anti-Catholic news outlets.

The message is not that Catholic individuals are bad, but that they (and everyone else) must draw a line and take a stand, and come out of the church and be separate as the Bible says, so they don’t suffer the plagues along with the guilty. There is such a thing as guilt by association; your conscience will be free only if you draw a hard line and refuse to support or be fed by the same corrupt institution that has already stabbed you in the back.

Hear the Pope’s words from his September 11, 2018 Mass, and ask yourself whether they show any kind of repentance or remorse for the violation of many thousands of children—or sympathy for those victims of priestly abuse!

In these times in which it seems that the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops. True, we are all sinners, we bishops. He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible, in order to scandalize the people.

This problem won’t get better! The Bible says “they repented not of their deeds,” and that is exactly the problem that the victims are identifying today:

The report emphasized that many of the victims who contacted the researchers anonymously expressed the feeling that “while the Catholic Church regrets the sexual abuse by clergymen, they have yet to see a sign of true remorse and an authentic admission of guilt.”

“This perception should be taken seriously,” they warned…

Need more be said?

The kingdom of the beast will be darkened, and the meeting that the pope has called is in perfect time with the Orion plague clock—presented publicly since July 2017 in The Inheritance. It marks the beginning of the fifth plague on January 21, 2019—the very day of the next blood moon, which takes place while the sun points to a significant constellation: Capricornus. It is the heavenly representation of that beast, whose kingdom is to be darkened! It shows whom the sign of the blood moon is to be directed against. We presented the sign in the Epilogue to The Books are Closed, and with this meeting, you see the earthly event that fulfills the heavenly sign! The accuracy of the plague cycle is once again confirmed by world news!

Birth Pangs

Meanwhile, God’s true and faithful people are feeling great pain at all of the sin in the world today. They are being sidelined, misrepresented, and persecuted on every side. This is not the persecution that Pope Francis may think his poor bishops suffer because their sins have been exposed, but persecution for faithfulness, like Jesus said would be the lot of His people!

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (Matthew 5:11)

At this time, the church—composed of God’s faithful overcomers—is in labor. The contractions are getting longer, and she has to push hard, because it’s a difficult birth. In the Bible, the return of Jesus is compared to a woman giving birth, as everyone who studied the great sign of the woman of Revelation 12 knows. The last three contractions—the three woes—are already in progress.

This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. (Isaiah 37:3)

Now that the trade war has been shown to be the biblical means by which the mark of the beast is enforced on a national level, we can understand exactly how the first two woes have already begun. The fifth and sixth trumpets have both sounded, and during each one, a lot of pressure was put on the world in what may be described as hard contractions.

The woe of the fifth trumpet is defined as a five-month period:

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. (Revelation 9:5)

The period of torment within the fifth trumpet is the woe itself, and Part I explained how it spanned exactly five months within the sixth-month timeframe of the fifth trumpet. It was the time when Trump’s trade war was being waged, until he unexpectedly halted on May 14, 2018. That was an amazing fulfillment of what we predicted in 70 Weeks of Trouble, and it paved the way for the second woe to begin promptly with the sounding of the sixth trumpet, when Trump resumed his trade war offensive.

Since the placement of the seventh trumpet has been identified, we can also say when the third woe will begin: in the time of the seventh trumpet, probably at the very beginning on May 6, 2019.

Woe! Woe! Woe!

We already have the exact timeframe of the first woe from start to finish, defined by the five constellation-months spanning December 18, 2017 to May 13, 2018. And we know the second woe’s beginning date of June 3, 2018. What we don’t yet have is the duration of the second woe, or equivalently, its end date.

However, we have some clues. The Bible indicates when, in the flow of events, the first and second woes are finished. (It does not mention when the third woe is finished, because it does not end until Jesus actually comes; the last contraction pushes the baby out.)

If we didn’t already know better, it might have been tempting to suppose that the first woe extends for the entire duration of the 70 weeks from Trump’s Jerusalem declaration to the sixth plague. However, the Bible make it clear that the first woe must end before the second woe begins:

One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. (Revelation 9:12)

That statement pretty much limits the first woe to the five months, as we already said. The second woe is a little more challenging, because there is no time period mentioned in the sixth trumpet text proper. Does the woe end before the plagues? Does the woe include all the plagues?

A declaration similar to the one for the first woe gives us a clue regarding the second woe:

The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. (Revelation 11:14)

Again, we see that the second woe must end before the third and final woe begins. This time, however, it is not said to come “hereafter” but only “quickly.” That means some time—but still a relatively short time—separates the end of the second woe from the beginning of the third woe.

Looking at the logical possibilities, since the third woe corresponds to the seventh trumpet (and seventh plague), the space between the second and third woes would seem to correspond to the sixth plague—since that is the preceding segment. Could it be that the second woe extends to the sixth plague?

If we chart the 70 weeks as well, we immediately see that such an end to the second woe would coincide with the end of the 70 weeks.

The 70 weeks of trouble

That makes sense if you consider that these are the 70 weeks of trouble, referring to the trouble in the world caused by Trump, because in light of the trade war, these are 70 weeks of trade battles, raging in an effort to get the whole world into compliance with the New World Order under Pope Francis as the moral leader, as we saw in Revelation 13.

Is there something about the sixth plague that would confirm the end of the second woe?

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:13-14)

The text does indicate that the kings of the earth and the whole world are gathered together at this time. This seems to paint a picture where there is a uniting of nations against God, and no longer one nation battling another. Could this mean that the trade war will have ended, because it will have accomplished its purpose of coercing all nations to stand under the LGBT banner of Satan’s kingdom? Time will tell exactly how it unfolds, but April 6, 2019 does seem to be a logical fit for the end of the second woe.

If the first woe was the threatening of tariffs and gearing up for the trade war, and the second woe is the trade war itself, then what do you think the third woe will be?

With the prospect of another chemical attack in Syria, and Trump’s threat of “total economic isolation” for Russia if they attack the last Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib, you can see that Trump apparently prefers tariffs over bombs, which he previously threatened with. That is because we are still in the second woe, and the second woe is the trade war. But in the same article, they draw the only logical conclusion as to what the third woe could be:

Schanzer said the U.S. has a menu of options available, the most dangerous in terms of blowback being sanctions against Russian industrial sectors like the defense companies supplying the Russian war machine. “That’s why sanctions thus far have been calculated and surgical. One has to be careful when escalating in this way. Economic warfare can lead to warfare,” he said.

The Bible speaks of both the seventh plague and the seventh trumpet including “great hail.” As a symbol, couldn’t that be a reference to ICBM warheads re-entering the atmosphere, as the real “warfare” that is precipitated by the trade wars? For now, you decide—but there isn’t much time to wait till we find out for sure.

There’s one more reason why the second woe should extend to exactly April 6, 2019. That will be the subject of another study. It has to do with the context of the statement that the second woe is past, and the heavens will also add their voice to the written Word. But before we close this part, let us drive home the financial nature of the woes one more time.

The third woe, if we’ve understood it correctly so far, represents the unwanted outcome of all the scheming of Satan to unite the world under himself. The world does not want utter destruction. The leaders of the nations of the world are very reluctant to use the nuclear arsenals that they have inadvertently obliged each other to develop. That’s why the trade war is so useful to Trump; it allows him to accomplish rather painlessly what would have otherwise cost a lot of blood and guilt in the public eye.

A house of cards. But when the world recognizes that they were deceived by Satan and that he cannot deliver the prosperity or the millennium of peace or any other dangling carrots that he promised, the whole scheme will come down like a house of cards. This is foretold as a key factor in the seventh trumpet:

And the nations were angry… (Revelation 11:18)

However, it is mentioned in the past tense, meaning that the nations got angry long before the seventh trumpet. President Trump himself is already warning of this, as he speaks regarding the possibility of the chemical attack in Idlib:

“I think it's a very sad situation in Idlib, the province, what's going on there,” Trump told reporters in the Oval office on Wednesday as he met the emir of Kuwait. “If it's a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very angry, too.”

At the time of the seventh trumpet, the anger of the nations will be especially manifested, and that is when Trump’s line of credit with the Vatican will run out. The same Babylon that is exercising its domination through the trade wars now, is described in Revelation 18 as facing the total collapse of its “merchandising” (i.e. trade) as the dominant theme throughout the whole chapter. What goes around comes around.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. (Revelation 18:8-13)

Don’t wait till the merchandising stops! God calls YOU to stop doing business with Babylon. It is in YOUR hands. Every dollar bill is a ballot to be cast. Every euro is your vote for something. Cast your ballot for the Kingdom of God, not for Satan and his henchmen! It is time to “come out”—not out of the closet, as the pope would counsel, but out of the system of hypocrisy and cover-ups that he is the head of. And hold your entire chain of leadership accountable, right up to the unholy father of lies himself.

Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. (Revelation 18:4-7)

We already saw the great and marvelous sign of Revelation 15:1, which depicts the seven plague angels holding their vials, ready to give their reward to the unrepentant. In the next and last part of this series, we will see how the whole chapter leading up to the outpouring of the first plague is played out in heaven. You will see the clear synchronization between these signs and the earthly events that directly led to the visible plague on those with the mark of the beast.

These plagues will not get better, but when you follow the Lamb wherever He goes, receiving His light at every step, then the “birth pangs” of Christ’s return will only serve to strengthen you to stand firmly for God by honoring His seal, as found in the Ten Commandments—but perhaps where you wouldn’t expect! Don’t miss the next article!

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In addition to false doctrine that leads to death, consider the words of Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who lamented about “the news coming from America that recently informed us about how many souls have been irreparably and mortally wounded by priests of the Catholic Church…” (America, the Jesuit Review - Archbishop Gänswein says abuse crisis is church’s 9/11
3.
While the world regards one’s perverted sexual identity as an unchangeable physical trait, the Bible unequivocally declares homosexual behavior as an abomination—and not forward progress. As Christians, we find our identity in Jesus, and as we learn to live His righteousness by faith, any inconsistencies with regard to sexual inclination must be resolved through His power over sin. 
4.
Revelation 15:1 – And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 
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Revelation 10:11 – And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. 
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See slide 51 of The Vessel of Time
7.
The investigative judgment began in 1844, and is divided into two parts: the long judgment of the dead, and a much shorter judgment of the living. The Orion Message gives more detail on this theme. 
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This is the “summit cross” defined in The Seven Lean Years
9.
2 Timothy 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 
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John 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 
11.
It is worthy of note that in the trumpet cycle of the ascent of Mt. Chiasmus, the sixth trumpet also spanned a period when Leo was activated, but the other aspects of the sixth trumpet sign as discussed in Part 1 were not in place, and thus the time could not yet have come for this lion to roar. 
12.
Revelation 9:15 – And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men [Strong’s: humans]. 
13.
Strong’s G5550 chronos (khron'-os) n.

1. a space of time (in general) or interval

2. (by extension) an individual opportunity

3. (by implication) delay 

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Revelation 12:9 – 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. 
17.
The governments of God and Satan are contrasted in The Vomit of God and the Close of Probation in greater detail. 
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Joshua 24:15 – And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. 
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Such a cry is expressed in the introduction to the Pennsylvania grand jury report, where its members state that “We are not satisfied by the few charges we can bring, which represent only a tiny percentage of all the child abusers we saw. We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated. This report is our only recourse.” 
21.
Spiegel Online (German) – Die ganze Wahrheit ist das nicht / This is not the whole truth 
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