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[THY WRATH IS COME, CONT.]
[the seventh vial]
In the account of the seventh and last vial it is written that 'there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were on the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.' (16:18). This great earthquake will be caused by the touching of His feet on the Mount of Olives, which will split in the midst. (Zech, 14:4), There shall be shakings and eruptions throughout the earth, causing many changes in the topography of most land masses. Islands and mountains shall 'flee away' and not be found. (16:20). The continuing effect of atomic heat, causing great amounts of water to be vaporized and frozen in the lofty heights above, is seen in the fact that 'there fell on men a great hail out of heaven.’ (16:21). Even in their death agonies the unrepentant 'blaspheme God because of the plague of the hail.' (16:21).
There is yet one more thing to notice in this final vial of wrath. The scripture says '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 to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.' (16:19). The 'city' which is divided into three parts, represents the three aspects of the world-wide system of Babylon; the religious, the political and the commercial. 'Babylon' is the symbolic designation of all that is of man: his ways and his works. That which is of man always brings tyranny and oppression in one way or another. For millenniums man has suffered the inhumanity of man by means of the iniquitous systems known as 'Babylon.’ Therefore Babylon is remembered and must drink of the wine of His wrath.
As I have unveiled to you the meaning of the seven vials of wrath it would appear that the picture is a negative one, but the contrary is true. The overtones are definitely positive. Consider, says the Lord, what you would do if you wanted to build a beautiful building on a certain site; yet the site is cluttered with the remains of an old broken and decayed building with much rubbish and debris accumulated. Would you not tear down the old building, burn its remains, and clear away the rubbish and debris? Man's ways, and man's Babylonian systems, as well as rebellious man himself, is represented by the old building, broken and rotten to the core, unredeemable in his present state. I have purposed to usher in a golden age of righteousness and peace; a society builded by God and not by man. Therefore the seven vials of wrath are designed to clear away all that is of man's evil designs, and prepare the way for a world of righteousness. A remnant of all nations will be protected and preserved through the vials of wrath. They are the ones who have called on the name of the Lord that they might be ‘saved’ or preserved. In western nations, where a larger portion of the population is Christian, many more will be preserved from death.
Think not that all Christians are to be taken when the Lord returns for His saints. Only those fully sanctified, or separated, to Him by a complete work of His Spirit will be ready for entrance into the heavenly Kingdom. These are the 100-fold or ‘full grain in the ear' Christians. (Mark 4:20 & 28). The 30-fold and 60-fold, or the 'blade' and ‘ear’ Christians will remain on the earth. Shortly after the glorified saints return WITH the Lord, they will take up their posts of responsibility to shepherd and govern the inhabitants of the earth. Then shall righteousness begin to flourish, and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). So you see, my people, why I must visit the earth and sweep away the refuge of lies (Isa. 28:17), and begin to build that which is founded in truth. Therefore know that your days are numbered, for surely I will fulfill that which I have spoken."
(End of prophecy.)
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