The Seven Last Plagues

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The Seven “Last Plagues” Applied to the lives of God’s Elect

The concept of “keeping the sayings of the prophecy of this book” as presented at the Marshall, Michigan conference has been challenged. The question before us is whether God’s elect ever experience God’s wrath. Despite what you may hear, we have never claimed that God’s elect experience the seven last plagues or the ‘ lake‘ of fire. All who attended that conference, all who read the announcement for that conference and all who have listened to the recording from the conference know that the announcement and the conference were both affirmations that God’s elect do NOT go through God’s last plagues or the lake of fire.

What was taught at that conference is what has been taught for several years. What was taught is that God’s elect do experience “every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.” What was taught was that though the last plagues and the lake of fire are not experienced by God’s elect. The only reason this is so, is that God’s elect experience all of these signs mentioned in the sayings of the prophecy of this book and their necessary fiery purgings first, while yet in this flesh. What was taught was that every saying of the prophecy of this Is, Was And Will Be Word of God is lived out in the lives of God’s elect now while yet in these vessels of clay, and every word of this Is, Was And Will Be Word of God is to be lived out by all the rest of mankind eventually in what are known as the seven last plagues and a lake of fire. What follows will bear out the fact that “every word which proceeds out from the mouth of God” is written so as to be applicable to all men of every age since Christ. And it is written in such a way as to be applicable to every soul during the millennium and right on through the lake of fire.

May God give you the “eyes to see” that all of the sayings of the prophecy of this book revolve around Christ and His dealings with one beast. May God give you the ears to hear that this one beast with seven heads and ten horns is the only beast in this prophecy [ which is, was and will be] and which lives and experiences all of the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Only with the understanding that every word of the sayings of this prophecy are “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” can you say that you know a Christ who Is, Was And Will Be. Only if you can see that God’s elect are “the eighth which is of the seven and goes into perdition” will you be able to understand this next verse of God’s Word:

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Only when you can see a beast which “is not and yet is” will you be able to see bread from heaven which is not bread from heaven, light that becomes darkness, not being judged by being judged, losing your soul so you can find it, possessing nothing yet possesing all things, dying so you can live, experiencing the purging fire of God’s Word and fiery trials so that you will not be hurt of the lake of fire which is the second death. And also it is only with spiritual eyes and spiritual ears that you will understand why “those who dwell on the earth” will be confused by the fact that “we are all by nature the children of wrath,” and yet we are “ not appointed to wrath” and will not experience the seven last plagues.

All of these things are, to the natural man, confusing contradictions and foolishness. How much clearer a contradiction is there then to say that the beast “is not and yet is?” These words are all about this one beast and in the eyes of the natural man everything about this beast is this way.

May God grant to us that we will not “wonder when we behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” May He give us the eyes to see and the ears to hear that “every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God… Is, Was And Will Be…” relevant and full of admonition in the lives of all of God’s elect.

In the third verse of the very first chapter of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, God’s elect are told:

Rev 1:3 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.

What follows these words is a declaration repeated eleven times that Christ, and therefore His words also, “Are, Were And Will Be.” Christ had already assured us:

Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

So the question now becomes “which words of Christ are we to keep?” We don’t have to guess which words. As hard as it is for the flesh to accept, there is a double scriptural witness to what parts of God’s Word we all are to “keep.”

Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

And sure enough, this fact is re-emphasized at the close of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ:

Rev 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servantes the things which must shortly be done.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepth the sayings of the prophesy of this book.

What “sayings are faithful?” Which of “these sayings” are to “shortly be done” by God’s elect? When you take it upon yourself to say that “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” is not necessarily for you, you are compartmentalizing the “Is, Was and Will Be” Word of God. And here is how this book, the sayings of which we are twice told to keep, ends:

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

What is “the water of life” if it is not “every Word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God?” And who is “he that heareth” but those “who keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book?” But there are those who would divide and set at variance these sayings and declare that only those words which apply to you must be kept and that in fact many if not most of this book does not apply to you. You are told you are now well beyond the scope of many of the sayings of the prophecy of this book, and these sayings are now only for the “children of wrath.” Is this true? Is this book mostly the ‘Will be’ part of Christ, or is this book not to be always taken as a whole?

Does Paul’s statement to the Thessalonians mean that the seven last plagues of the wrath of God are not for God’s elect ever at any time?:

1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Does “not appointed to wrath” mean that God does not deal with His elect in wrath ever? Are God’s dealings with His elect different from His dealings with those who are not now being chosen to be faithful to the end? Does “Esau have I hated” have no admonition for God’s elect? If indeed God has two different ways of dealing with his creation, then we do have two different fires, two different earthquakes, two different carnal minds and two different beasts instead of one beast with seven heads and ten horns. But such is not the case! And the truth of God’s Word is that you will never see the truths in this book until you look behind you to see what you have already come through. And when you “hear behind you a great voice” you will then be able to “see the voice.” And when you “See the voice” you will see clearly the seven seals, trumpets and plagues. You see it all! Nothing is left out. Nothing is excepted. You will see clearly that you are to “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:12 And turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

In truth God’s elect are “full of eyes before and behind,” meaning that they have their eyes on Christ in His Is, Was and Will Be nature, and are looking in every direction seeing Christ in all things and at all times.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts [ symbolizing God’s elect] full of eyes before and behind.
Eze 10:12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

God’s elect are to rule this world and to judge angels. Christ is our captain in all of this. Here is what being a captain entails:

Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Are there any among God’s elect who would say that Christ’s sufferings were less than the sufferings of those He is saving? If you can say those words, then you may also say that many of “the sayings of the prophecy of this book” are not for you.

But what about the fact that Paul tells us that “we are not appointed to wrath?” Why are we not appointed to wrath? Why does Paul use the word “appointed?” Why does he not simply inform us that wrath has no place in the life of God’s elect? The reason is simple. Those who are “appointed to salvation” are even now as the sons of God, experiencing all that those who come after them will experience. God’s elect are even now dying to the flesh… destroyed all the day long… counted as sheep for the slaughter… enduring fiery trials… entering the kingdom through much tribulation, enduring the chastening and yes, even the scourgings of a loving Father who is a consuming fire of love.

And why must God’s elect go through all of this suffering? Here is why:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Children of wrath even as others” means those who are still fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; the very “mind” which will continue to blaspheme God for all the plagues which will come upon them at their ” appointed” time as “children of wrath.” God’s elect have their appointed time as “by nature the children of wrath” and those called later will have their appointed time.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The “seven last plagues” are ‘last’ only because they are not the seven first plagues. God’s wrath is against all unrighteousness of men…”

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Will you, too, divide the Word of God here and say that you do not have to “live by every word of God?” Will you even now say that God’s wrath has never been against you because you have never “blasphemed the name of God among the heathen;” nor have you ever “held back the truth in unrighteousness?” Not one of God’s elect who has been delivered from the prisons and dungeons of Egypt and a life of slavery of “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” will make such a foolhardy claim. No, “we all…were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” who are appointed to the seven last plagues and the lake of fire.

So what, then, is the difference between God’s elect and all those “others” who are also “children of wrath?” The difference is all a matter of God’s sovereign plan and God’s sovereign timing. Here is what Paul tells us should be our attitude toward those who are appointed to the seven last plagues and the lake of fire:

Rom 11:18 Boast not against the [ broken off] branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Will you wrongly divide these words of “every word of God” also? Are these words not for you to live by, because you have been both called and chosen? Maybe you need to re-read verse 22 of Rom 11.

It is of the utmost importance that we never separate or compartmentalize God’s “Is, Was and Will Be” Words. Whenever we fail to see the entire scope of who and what is Christ and His word, we begin to say that the only part of His word that has any application to us is either His ‘is’ words, His ‘was’ words, or His ‘will be’ words. If we ever fall victim to that doctrine, we are right back in Babylon with those who say that God’s word must be understood by the natural man in context only and not in its Is, Was And Will Be nature. We must never fail to see that just as the ‘was’ part of the word of God is so full of admonition for all of God’s elect, so, too, is the ‘will be’ part of God’s Word. As Paul says we are never to boast ourselves against those who are to endure the seven last plagues and the ” lake of fire which is the second death” simply because we have been shown God’s sovereign “mercy” instead of His sovereign “hardening:” “Boast not against the [ broken off] branches… Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

God’s word is never to be split apart. We must all live by “every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” We must glean admonition from the Is, the Was and the Will Be Word which proceeds from the mouth of God. Otherwise we will find ourselves in the very same place Korah and the 250 elders of Israel were in when they declared “Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?” Denying that we must “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book” is not a good place in which to be:

Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Num 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Num 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Like many today, Korah and 250 men “famous in the congregation, men of renown,” thought that since they had already “put the blood on their door post” and since they had been baptised in the Red Sea, and had already received the law of Moses at Sinai, that therefore there was no need for them to worry about all the plagues which the law had pronounced would come upon those who would turn their backs on the laws which were that covenant.

Deu 4:13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
Deu 4:14 And the LORD commanded me at that time<</ u> to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.

Korah certainly did not perceive that the curses in those statutes and judgments had anything in them for himself or the two hundred and fifty “famous men, men of renown”, of the “elders of Israel”. In other words, the ‘Will be’ part of God’s Word had no relevance to Korah and his followers. They were past that point and had no need to live by “every word which proceeded out of the mouth of God.”

So it is today. There are those who are telling you that you do not need to drink of the wine of His wrath, because “you are not appointed to wrath.” You have never blasphemed God, and therefore you have nothing to glean from the admonitions to those who will endure the seven last plagues and the lake of fire. These are all surely for someone else out there somewhere. You have no part even in the seals of this book because the sixth seal deals with “the great day of His wrath.”

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Now since the seventh seal follows the sixth, it, too, must be part of this “great day of the wrath of Almighty God. ‘You have been called out of Egypt and chosen to be passed over by the death angel. Surely you do not have any part in anything which pertains to God’s wrath’ it is proclaimed. But is this the truth?

Joel 2 is a whole chapter which deals with this great day of God’s wrath:

Joe 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Joe 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Was there anything in this chapter which might apply to the very apostles of Christ? I want you to very carefully notice how the apostle Peter “cherry picks” this chapter to make it apply to the experience which he and all of the apostles had just experienced when he had denied his Lord with an oath:

Act 2:16 But this [ all of the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Christ] is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

The “seven last plagues” are poured out “in the last days” of every generation because “these things must shortly come to pass… the time is at hand.”

Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those [ last] days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Peter tells us that this took place in his day. Now, look again at what is said of the sixth seal:

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Is any of this in the chapter Peter quoted as pertaining to him and his day?

Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD [ is] great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Revelation 6 and Acts 2 and Joel 2 all deal with “the great day of God’s wrath” They are not to be divided and understood separately. They all ‘Are, Were And Will Be’ true for every generation and “even for the years of many generations.” You partition the Word of God at your own peril. It is “the sum of God’s Word which is the Truth” for all of us. It is not the compartmentalized word of God which has now become Truth in us all.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. [ NASB]

Yet there are those who will persuade you to wrongly divide this Word and to tell yourself that these words are too hard for you. “You are not appointed to wrath” to these people means that the seals, trumpets and plagues are not for you. God Himself has some advice for all who would assign His words of judgment into separate parts of its ‘Is, was And Will Be’ nature. Look at the great lengths Jeremiah, just like the apostle Peter, went to in expressing the all inclusive nature of the judgments of the wrath of God:

Jer 25:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon),
Jer 25:5 saying, ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the LORD has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever;
Jer 25:6 and do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’

This is just like telling Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The outcome “was known before the foundation of the world.”

And so, too, was the judgment which is to come upon all those who “by nature are the children of wrath.”

Jer 25:15 For thus the LORD, the God of Israel, says to me, “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from My hand and cause all the nations to whom I send you to drink it.
Jer 25:16 “They will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”
Jer 25:17 Then I took the cup from the LORD’S hand and made all the nations to whom the LORD sent me drink it:
Jer 25:28 “And it will be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: ” You shall surely drink!
Jer 25:29 “For behold, I am beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth,” declares the LORD of hosts.”
Jer 25:30 “Therefore you shall prophesy against them all these words, and you shall say to them, ‘The LORD will roar from on high And utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the earth.
Jer 25:31 ‘A clamor has come to the end of the earth, Because the LORD has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,’ declares the LORD.”
Jer 25:32 Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, evil is going forth from nation to nation, And a great storm is being stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth.
Jer 25:33 “Those slain by the LORD on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like dung on the face of the ground.
Jer 25:34 “Wail, you shepherds, and cry; And wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock; For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions have come, And you will fall like a choice vessel.
Jer 25:35 “Flight will perish from the shepherds, And escape from the masters of the flock.
Jer 25:36 “Hear the sound of the cry of the shepherds, And the wailing of the masters of the flock! For the LORD is destroying their pasture,

Are you really going to be like Korah and tell God that the sayings of the prophecy of this book are not for you, because “you are not appointed to wrath.” Are you really going to tell God that this part of the sayings of the prophecy of this book is not for you, because you have already endured the trials of the wilderness and now “the whole congregation is holy every one of them and the Lord is in them all?” Is that what you think “not appointed to wrath” means? The Lord told Jeremiah to tell all who think this way: “And it will be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: ” You shall surely drink!” Do you think this is not speaking to you?

It would behoove any who are thinking this way to notice that these very words are quoted in Rev 18 concerning Babylon. And it is instructive for those with the mind of Christ to note that the timing of this is all part of being in Babylon.

Jer 25:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judha (that was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon)

It is not for someone else at some time in the future. It ‘is, was and will be’ for God’s elect to see and to keep in every generation: “You shall surely drink!” “Keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book… for the time is at hand.”

‘Is’ is always the primary part of who Christ is. We never ignore the admonitions in either ‘Was or Will Be,’ but we keep them in their proper order. If all of God’s Words are for us, then what has happened in the past is also “for our admonition” and what will be is also for our admonition. If this statement is not true, then Peter miserably misunderstood the prophecy of Joel 2.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Can anyone who knows the voice of the True Shepherd say that this is not also true of His ‘Will Be’ Words? Do not split the Words of a book “whose sum is the Truth.” Live by “every word which proceeds from the mouth of God.” There is not so much as a hint of denying that consummation in one word of what is here written. What we do deny is that there is any part of the Words of the sayings of the prophecy of this book which God’s elect do not keep in their appointed time. This is true of anything and everything, be it plagues or fire or wrath or beasts or dragons or flesh or horses or horns or crowns or any and every symbol in this book.

Upon whom is the wrath of God poured out? Until recently we have all agreed that being marked as the beast is the condition of simply being “in Adam.”

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Again I ask, who is the wrath of God poured out upon? We learn the answer to this question in the chapter which concerns itself with God’s elect firstfruits, His “one hundred and forty and four thousand.”

Rev 14:1 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.
Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

What is that gospel?

Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [ his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

These three angels are not proclaiming three different gospels. Three is the number of the process of spiritually maturing. Only those who will not go on to maturity will deny that God’s wrath is poured out upon “any man [ who] worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,” Only those who refuse to go on to maturity will insist that “not appointed [ the ‘will be’ facet of the word of God] to wrath,” means that God’s elect do not “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” God’s elect will all keep all of the sayings of the prophecy of this book because they will never deny that:

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time pas t ye [ God’s elect] walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Were we really children of disobedience? Were we really children of wrath? Do we even now have the mark of mankind which we are to overcome?

Rev 15:2 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.

Did we not also “blaspheme the Word of God?” Have we not killed?

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.

The seven-headed beast and the seven-headed dragon are not the rolling seas they once were, but the fire is still part of God’s elect even on this settled “sea of glass.” Here is how this fourteenth chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ concludes:

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

If you think that “the dead which die in the Lord” or the “rest from their labors” is physical and literal, in either case, then you might well believe that the seven last plagues are to be separated from the words of “the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” “Dying in Christ” is what God’s elect do daily. “Resting from their labors” is also something God’s elect do twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Those who “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book” keep them all and do not subdivide the sayings of the prophecy of this book. They have complete confidence when they read the warning with which this book concludes:

Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Why, pray tell, does the Holy Spirit say “God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book,” if that is not even a possibility because these plagues are not for God’s elect as has been said. The only people who hear the words of the prophecy of this book are those who are “given ears to hear.” The only people for whom the seven seals are removed are those who “readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:”

Whenever you divy up God’s Words and tell yourself that these words are not for you, you have right there “taken away from your part in the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”

Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

It has been asked, what does “I will keep you from the hour of temptation” mean if we are to keep all the sayings of the prophecy of this book? The answer to this question is the same as the answer to the question of “not being appointed to wrath.” Here again is what Paul tells us about how we can avoid being judged:

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

So what is meant by being kept from the hour of temptation is exactly what is meant by being kept from judgment. To “not be judged” is the same as “not being appointed to wrath.” If we should not be judged we must “judge ourselves.” But some would say Paul contradicts himself by saying “but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord…” And what is the purpose of this present judging and chastening? “That we should not be condemned with the world.” And what is it to which the world is condemned? Why, it is nothing less that a later judgment; the white throne judgment!

Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

And what is the “second death” by the lake of fire at the great white throne JUDGMENT?

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [ the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The reason why the “lake of fire which is the second death” cannot hurt the overcomers, is because the overcomers have already died the first death. It is not that they do not die. It is that they die first:

Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

The reason we are not fear being “condemned with the world” to a later judgment is because we are right now being judged:

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

It is not that we will not be judged at all, it is that judgment “must… first begin at us.”

And so it is with God’s wrath. It is not that we never experience God’s wrath. We, too, “are by nature children of wrath.” The difference is that our chastening is the scourging and wrath that we experience “ first beginning with us.”. Whereas the “even as others” of Eph 2:3 are those who receive the seven last plagues. The seven last plagues are last only because they are not the seven first plagues endured first by God’s elect, “even as others”:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We have all been guilty of worshipping the beast. Who would deny that? That being said, it follows:

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [ his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Do the elect have to fear this pouring out of God’s wrath on all mankind? Not if they have kept “the Word of my patience” which we have been told in Revelation 14 includes God’s wrath on ALL who worship the beast!

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

David typifies God’s elect. Here is what David has to say about God’s wrath in His life:

Psa 38:1 ‘A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.’ O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
Psa 38:2 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
Psa 38:3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither [ is there any] rest in my bones because of my sin.
Psa 38:4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
Psa 38:5 My wounds stink [ and] are corrupt because of my foolishness.
Psa 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
Psa 38:7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome [ disease]: and [ there is] no soundness in my flesh.
Psa 38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
Psa 38:9 Lord, all my desire [ is] before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
Psa 38:10 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
Psa 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
Psa 38:12 They also that seek after my life lay snares [for me]: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
Psa 38:13 But I, as a deaf [ man], heard not; and [I was] as a dumb man [that] openeth not his mouth.
Psa 38:14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth [are] no reproofs.
Psa 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
Psa 38:16 For I said, [Hear me], lest [otherwise] they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify [themselves] against me.
Psa 38:17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
Psa 38:18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Psa 38:19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
Psa 38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].
Psa 38:21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.
Psa 38:22 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

This Psalm is for God’s elect. All of it. This Psalm is nothing more that Heb 12:6.

The thing that is good is” is when we “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” If we “declare our iniquity and are sorry for our sins,” then we can confess when “our foot slips.” Those who say that they have not blasphemed God and they are not “by nature the children of wrath” will tell you that the seven last plagues are not instructive for God’s elect. Therefore, they will tell you, this part of the book is not to be kept by God’s elect.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

“Every son” includes those who will be brought to God through the seven last plagues and the lake of fire. God’s elect are brought to Him by the same means. They are simply brought to Him first. Don’t fall victim to anyone telling you that there are parts of the “sayings of the prophecy of this book” which must be partitioned and left out of your life.

In conclusion we will quote Paul’s statement to the Romans and answer the question which has been posed directly:

“What is God, willing to show His WRATH, and to make His power known endured with much longsuffering the VESSELS OF WRATH fitted to destruction: And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the VESSELS OF MERCY, which He has before prepared unto glory” (Rom 9:22-23).

Do you not know the difference between the “Vessels of WRATH,” and the “Vessels of MERCY?” How, pray tell, can they be one and the same?

The answer to that question is that they are not one and the same. The vessels of mercy “He has before prepared unto glory.” And how do “the vessels of mercy” come to this glory?

Eph 2:1 And you [God’s elect] hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the [same] spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

So I repeat, God’s elect “should not be judged” later because they “are judged” now:

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

It is not that God’s elect are not judged at all, they are simply judged “first.”

Do God’s elect not experience the same fire which they themselves become as a “lake of fire”? Of course they do:

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

It is not that God’s elect do not experience the fire of God’s Word. They do experience that ‘fire’ “even as others.” But they experience that fire first.

Are God’s elect the “children of wrath?” Of course they are:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Not only are we told that we are all “by nature the children of wrath,” but it is added specifically for our admonition that this is so “even as others.” So then it is not that we never experience God’s wrath, we simply experience it first.

And so it is with the “seven last plagues.” They, too, are called ‘ last‘ for the same reason that all who are ‘appointed’ to wrath experience that wrath last. They are called the seven last plagues simply because they are last. God’s few elect have already been through their ‘seven,’ meaning complete, scourging and purging and trying plagues first.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The answer to Peter’s question is that they will endure the seven last plagues at the consummation only because they refused to accept the fact that “the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God… first.” They refused to judge themselves with God’s wrath on the children of wrath now. They wanted to put that all off on someone else at a later time. Here is what it all boils down to: Those who do not see the fire, judgments, wrath and plagues as part of their own experience in the Revelation of Jesus Christ in their own lives think that the hard part is over and that they can now take a break and not have to tell God’s people that all of the sayings of the prophecy of this book are to be lived out in the lives of all of God’s elect. Here is what they want to do:

Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

May God grant those who are “appointed to life,” the “eyes to see and the ears to hear that “the beast that was and is not and yet is” is the very beast which must live all of the sayings of the prophecy of this book. He must live it all in order to become “the eighth which is of the seven and goes into perdition.” All who cannot understand how this is possible “will wonder…”

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

I am asked:

“Do you not know the difference between the “Vessels of WRATH,” and the “Vessels of MERCY.” How, pray tell, can they be one and the same?”

Yes, I do know the difference between the vessels of wrath and the vessels of mercy. I have never said they are one and the same because they are not one and the same. What is the same is the means of bringing all to Christ. There are not two different plans of salvation. All men of all time will be brought to God “by grace through faith.”

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

It is not ‘by grace through faith and for some through wrath.’ It is the same for all. God’s Word tells me that “we are all by nature the children of wrath.” The difference is all a matter of when we experience God’s judgments, when we experience God’s fire, and when we experience God’s plagues and when we experience God’s wrath on “the children of wrath.” They are not one and the same. they are the last versus the first. The seven ‘last’ plagues are last because they are not the complete purging and trying experience by those who judged themselves first and experienced all the sayings of the prophecy of this book first.

Mat 20:14 Take that thine is [ those who receive life last], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
Mat 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

When John looked behind him did he not see Revelation 6 with its “great day of His wrath?” Did he not see Revelation 16 and all of the plagues? Of course he did. And here again is why:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. [ who endure that wrath at a later time than do God’s elect]

Eleven times we are told that every word in this Revelation of Jesus Christ β€˜Is, Was And Will Be.’ What we must decide is whether we believe that this is true for “every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

 

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