(From radio broadcast of Bro. Julius Adewumi)
Revelation chapter 8
We are going through the revelation series. I pray that the Lord give us understanding. You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Chapter 8 is the beginning of the apocalypse.
Chapter 7 shows how some people will be protected from destruction.
(Rev.8:1) “When he had opened the 7th seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour”.
In the mind of apostle John it seemed like a half an hour silence. Whatever was going on in the silence, God himself is doing something in the silence.
“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God. And to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up to God out of the angel’s hand.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”
What we are seeing here in the first few verses: God was doing something in the silence. Then apostle John saw the seven angels who had the seven trumpets. Before they could go and do their job, prayer was being offered, the prayer of the saints. Who are the saints? Holy people, Christians. Those who had been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Every prayer you have prayed concerning the kingdom of God earnestly to God is actually stored up in heaven. When prayers reach up to a point, God will move in his promise. As people are praying for revival, the prayers are stored up. When the prayers has tipped the scale so to speak, that is when God will begin to move.
The prayers of the saints were mixed with incense and offered before God.
Who are the saints? The Christians, the believers! Those who had been redeemed! Every prayer that the saints have prayed about the kingdom of God is stored up in golden vials in heaven.
V.7: The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up”.
You might say what is the purpose of burning up the trees and the green grass? Many scholars might give symbolic meaning to all the writings in the book of revelations. They may try to say it’s not the physical grass that is burnt up, and that it means something else. That can also be correct. I will not try to give meaning whatsoever to any of the trees or green grass used here. Every thing described here, whether physical grass or symbolic grass, they all symbolize judgment and punishment upon the dwellers of the earth. Whether a symbol of sinful nature or the physical green grass and trees, God is dealing with the world of the ungodly. In the physical man, our body needs to be redeemed from all the curse of sin, from all the rudiments of sin. Therefore it is okay to say the trees or grass symbolize sinful nature in man, but that will be to make believers get closer to perfection if God is symbolically judging the trees. However it is easily explainable to say they are the physical trees and green grasses.
For example, when God wanted to destroy the world in the days of Noah, it was the sin of man that caused it. What else died because of mankind? Animals died because of mankind! Birds died because of mankind! Vegetations died because of mankind! When the floods of Noah came upon the earth because of man, all those animals, which you may say didn’t do anything wrong, also suffered because of man.
It should not be a surprise therefore to see that God was destroying the physical green grass and physical trees, all because of the sin of man. When Adam sinned, instead of putting a curse on Adam, God only cursed the ground because of Adam, which curse was to affect trees, and grasses producing thorns and thistles.
“The second angel sounded and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea, and the sea became blood, and the third part of the creature which were in the sea and had life died, and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”
Why will this be a judgment? Is there anything in the sea that needs to be judged? If you are not aware of this, the maritime life is a blossoming place. The harbors, and the inter-continental shipping lines, are like a world to themselves. It’s like the activities in the airports. In all those international airports, activities are going on 24 hours like a world of its own. The same with the sea travelers, submarines, ocean-liners going back and forth in the world. If you go into any of the submarines, it’s like a small town under the sea, and there are many of them from big nations.
“And the third part of the sea turned to blood.” This is still third part. The next phase of the 7 vials will cover all the sea. V.10: “The third angel sounded and there fell a star from heaven burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called wormwood; And the third part of the waters became wormwood; And many men died of the water because they were made bitter.”
There had been a prophecy, which said when the Antichrist rules the world, he might poison the drinking waters of the world to make the people obey him. When God writes prophecies like this in the book of revelation, we may think the judgment will be supernatural, whereas when it is fulfilled it could be using the natural occurrence. For instance, the terrorism in this generation against the world may not be realized nor believed as judgment from God, whereas God may be using those fingers of men to judge the world. It is very likely weapon of men was what God was revealing thousands of years ahead.
A third part of the water system of the world was poisoned. That can really be caused by terrorist act. When the bible says a “star” fell from heaven, it could also be a satanic spirit. Now, all those terrorist acts are also directed by satanic spirits. They may think they are fighting for some political issues. However those political issues are being spear-headed by satanic forces to create wars and evil. Terrorist activities may be planned to poison the waters in some nations. The Arab-terrorists have been reported to be looking for water-treatment stations of some countries, which they plan to poison.
v.12 “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten , and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so that the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. ”
We can see that the blocking of the sun, can be implemented by God moving a huge asteroid object to block the sun from shinning to the earth. Only the finger of God can make that happen.
Take note of something: In the scientific world, astronomers can now calculate the nearest date when some heavenly bodies will pass by the earth, and where they will be at a particular time. If any particular object will block the sun, God will have known it 2000 years ahead, long before the scientists can see it.
God can tell you what will transpire 10000 years ahead, or 2000 years ahead. His finger is moving all the planets and they do his bidding. When God judged the world in the days of Noah, the bible said the “fountains of the deep were broken”. Scientists said it is possible some asteroid bodies fell from the sky into the sea that created a gigantic flood from the ocean. If that was what happened, God would have to be the one that pulled those asteroid bodies from the sky into the earth. That is what I want you to know so that you may fear God. We are dealing with a bigger person than us! God is greater than man! “It is he that seated upon the circles of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are like grasshoppers.”
God’s finger is controlling the universe. There is an asteroid belt that is orbiting the sun not too far from earth according to the scientists, where huge, huge stones are floating around. God can pull any of those stones out of its orbit to hit the earth anytime he wants, for judgment. Now, you can see in the book of revelation when a mountain burning with fire came down upon the earth into the sea? Let’s fear God and obey him! God will only call for it when he wants it to happen. God is to be feared in the assembly of the saints. Nothing will happen on this planet unless God calls for it. No star or asteroid body will hit the earth unless God calls for it. Christ said, not even a sparrow will fall to the ground without our father in heaven. All those terrorist activities are occurring only because God has allowed it. A satanic spirit has been unleashed upon earth causing those men to think and do those wicked things. But if men will turn to God and repent, God will call for those spirits to be withdrawn from the earth and lock them up in the pit of hell. When God judges the earth, those satanic spirits are also judged. God is calling man back to himself. Repent o man, and God will save you. Only God can save us!
In this chapter, God is revealing what is to transpire. People may think it is by chance that these things happen to man, but God is saying he is responsible for them, and calling people’s attention. These are still warning. God is calling people’s attention. These are not universal punishment yet. In Verse 13, The angel said, “woe , woe, woe unto the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound.” That will be in the next chapter.
Accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so that you can be a partaker of the world to come, after this present world is destroyed, Christ’s kingdom will begin. I pray that you may repent and be one of the saints in glory. Amen!
Bro. Julius Adewumi
Excerpt From Jane Lead’s Signs of the times
Talking about the perfect church Christ wants to bring out in you and me --- Yea, do not hinder Christ’s work in you!
As it is thus Invisibly made manifest, so it will dilate it self also and spread into a Visible Kingdom. And there are seven Visible signs that will make out the Dominion and Kingdom, in it’s first Appearance, in what Persons soever it shall open. The First is the Dying Marks. Whereby they are throughly Slain and Crucified, to the Love of all Inferior things, appertaining to this Earthly Principle and Kingdom.
§ XVII. The Second Sign is, that as there has been a sowing into the Death and perfect Crucifixion: so it Rises and becomes a Resurrection-Plant in the Love-Principle and Light-Kingdom: where is all Liberty, Power and Might to act and do Visibly, according to the Property of Christ’s Resurrection-Life. There is nothing of the Worldly Principle can any more touch, or bind them down, being Translated from out of the Power and Dominion of the Satanical Kingdom.
§ XVIII. The Third Sign that does follow is the Marks of the Ascension into those goodly Tents, which Christ the Kingly Shepherd has pitched for them near himself: where they may have free, and immediate recourse to him, and he to them: receiving the Impression and Similitude of their Lord, as having such Relation to him, by standing so near his Glorified Figure.
§ XIX. The Fourth Sign is their being constituted and deputed, by virtue of the Mission and Gift of the Holy Ghost, to bear Rule and Government over the Starry Constellations, and Earthly Elements, as to their Malignant hurtfulness: so as that no Destruction or wounding Weapons can here enter; because they are encircled with the Eternal burning Element of God himself, that will devour all pricking Thorns and Briars, that shall spring up, and set themselves against them: but must turn to Dust and Ashes before them.
§ XX. The Fifth Sign is the opening the mighty Spring of the Spirit of Faith that shall Rise, and Conquer all self-reasoning, so as not to admit of any Doubt or Staggering, but make its pass in a strait line up to the Glorified Jesus, as he is invested with all Power, as well in the lower Regions as in the upper: And so unite with that powerful Name Alpha and Omega. Which Faith in this great Name must produce those mighty Works and Deeds, mentioned by our Lord after his Resurrection, as the Signs that shall follow them that believe. In my Name shall they cast out Devils, they shall speak with new Tongues, they shall take up Serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their Hands on the Sick, and they shall recover. Now by virtue of these mighty acting Powers, Redemption will be wrought out; setting free from the Burdens and Oppressions, Penuries, Maladies, and other Miseries that the whole Creation for so many Ages hath groaned under. From whence no deliverance can be till these Resurrection-Powers can come down, to rest upon those who are to be the first risen Witnesses hereof.
§ XXI. The Sixth Sign will be the great amazing Wonder of all appearances that yet have been. Which is that a New Paradise shall again spring in the midst of this worldly Babylonish Principle. The Rosie and Lilly Plants will here lift up their Heads, as being installed again in their own native Kingdom: which it is the good Will and Pleasure of their Father, to restore to them, the rich Dowries out of Wisdom’s Bank and Store-house, which never was opened before. Commanders they shall be, both of what in the Upper World and in this Nether needful is. No need of taking thought for this or that, that belongs to the outward bodily State: For it will be given them as they stand united with Christ their Head to possess the Earth, and to inherit all things.
§ XXII. The Seventh Sign is putting on Transfiguration, which will be accompanied with the Descent and Appearance of Christ in them, in his glorified Figure. By the glance of which Glory transformed they are into the express Image of his bright Body. To this prepared Spouse a Voice was heard, saying, Arise: Shine; for thy Light is come, and the Glory of thy Bridegroom is now become thy Covering. The Marriage here will consummated be from the High-Throne Majesty, who giveth his full concurrence hereunto. Now what may less expected be from this Matrimonial Unity, but such an Offspring and new Creation of Spirits that may be all pure and perfect, as was designed by the Father of Eternity, to bring forth after his own Similitude before Adams fall. Which purpose of God could never be made void: though a stop was permitted to be put to it for a while, for the bringing forth the manifold Wisdom, and Wonders of God, transcendently by him, who was from Eternal Generation the Son of God. By whom all that was lapsed was to be repaired again to far greater advantage; which in the concluding part of all Secrets will be made manifest. For admiration and astonishment to all throughout the whole Universe of God’s Creation.
§XXIII. It remains now to observe what from the Redoubled seven Eyes have been truly discerned: The signs forerunning, and those that follow, as evidences when the Kingdom is truly come. And it will begin, as it was in the First Paradise, in Male and Female, through the restoration of the lost Eternal Virgin-Nature. And as Eve did suck in the Serpently Venom, and introduced it into the First Adam, and thereby corrupted and involved him in the same transgression, whereby there was a going out, and dividing from God the Eternal Root; whence the Banishment out of Paradise was pronounced, and an exclusion and loss of the Kingdom and Dominion: so the Virgin rises in her Room to draw and feed upon that Tree of Life, and having tasted of the Virtue thereof, gives to her chosen and elected Mate, so known and assigned to stand in the Room of him that brought in Sorrow and the Curse. That must Die and be extinguished as this Tree of Life, by this true eternal Marriage of the Male and Female, shall come to spring up in Fruitful Powers. Then comes forth the renewing of that Blessed Word, that God spake in the Beginning. Gen. 1.28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be Fruitful and Multiply and replenish the Earth, and subdue it. And have Dominion over the Fish of the Sea, and over the Fowl of the Air, over every Living thing that moveth upon the Earth. Now this has been obliterated and lost out of Possession in that lapsed Generation, that proceeded from the first Adam, for these many Ages of time that have past over. But the grace and purpose of God cannot be Nullified; but must be made good: The pure Eternal Virgin-Nativity will recover it self, and stand over all this Apostatized State: whereby an end may be put to the Sinful Progeny of the Old World. But this great Renovation and Change, will rise and come on Gradually. So from hence a New Generation shall spread and multiply here upon the Earth, as a deified Leaven, that shall eat out the bitter and sour Leaven, that had got into depraved Nature.
§ XXIV. After this manner the Kingdom of God and his Christ, shall come to be made manifest. Blessed are those that shall stand in the Lot of this Age and Time, worthily taking notice how the fore-mentioned Signs do go forward on, as a sure Prelude how near the Kingdom of God is: Which will run parallel, according to the Type of the first Creation: Now it may be considered what is required and may be incumbent on this latter Age, chiefly those that are in a hopeful way of possessing and entering into the Reign of this blessed Day, looking forth when and where the eternal Virgin will appear to cloth any with her bright Clarity. From whence the Kingly Births and Powers shall multiply into Pluralities, abundantly to replenish the new Paradise. This will be a wonderful time: who among Mortals shall it live to see, but such as have reached up to the Faith of a Christ-like Unity, to them this new Kingdom shall stand open and free, to possess in a joyful Triumph and Victory.
§ XXV. I must not omit here, to give the Reader caution to avoid a mistake, concerning the two Representative Figures made mention of. As to the manner of Generation, it is all Purely Spiritual as the Holy Ghost, shall go forth from them, to overshadow and give a conception in such as are Predestinate to bring forth Christ, numerously through corporeal Forms, in his various Spiritual Stature, as from an infant of Days, to the full grown Age. When this Blessed Day shall from on high, spring for the bringing down this Kingdom of Heaven, there will be Marriages of another kind than what has been, all Spiritual, Angelical and Divine: From whence a pure and holy Progeny shall stand in this latter Day upon the Earth; Born as Princely Heirs to Reign with Christ in these lower Regions.
Bro. Julius Adewumi
Gospel Distribution Ministry
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