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The Woe Trumpets

CHAPTER 12

"And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!"(Rev. 8:13) Now that the people of God are separating from the churches who have taken the world into their fellowship, Satan is more able to lead the people into complete ruin.

"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." (Rev. 9:1-4) Locusts now come upon the earth. The smoke blinds the eyes of the people so the truth is less likely seen. Evil angels can now do their work in a more full expression of deceit since the people of God are now gone from these fallen congregations. In view of the fact that the true people of God no longer dwell in Babylon, the scorpions cannot hurt any green grass or tree. They can only hurt those who have not the seal of God. They can only hurt those who are left in the fallen churches.

Thy Crowned Are As The Locusts

The locusts are described well in Scripture. "Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are." (Nahum 3:17) Since smoke comes out of the bottomless pit, it obscures the sky so that the sun cannot shine on the locusts. Therefore, the locusts have freedom to eat anything left in Babylon. The "crowned" are those who play the part as ministers to the willing ignorant and unbelieving. They are crowned as rulers over the people, but Scripture says these are locusts who come to destroy and ruin any harvest in the field.

When Jesus and His disciples no longer stayed within Judaism, the system was given over to the locusts to devour. This led to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. So it is today. God's children, having left the system of apostasy, will leave it to its own downfall.

"And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months." (Rev. 9:7-10)

This describes God's great destroying army that comes to destroy those who have loved destruction. Joel 2 well describes this army. "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; 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. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as a garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks...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. And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army...for his camp is very great: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" Verses 1-7,10,11.

The People Love It That Way

On their heads there were crowns. The crowns represent authority. Those who have been proclaimed pastors and leaders of Babylon are the rulers who are described as being the engines for the destruction of the people. They have come out of the bottomless pit to seduce and destroy. "...And my people love to have it so...." (Jer. 5:31) Within apostate religion is the principle of destruction of all true spirituality. If someone comes into their congregations with the spiritual life of Eden, these apostates leave this individual a wasteland when their work is completed.

One does not have to guess with the prophecies. The Bible well explains itself. It says that these locusts had tails with stings in their tails. It is no secret what these tails are. "The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail." (Isaiah 9:15) We can see the ancient and honorable pastor with white hair as the head of the locusts. The tails of the locusts are the ones who don't teach the truth. He may say, "Oh, you cannot really live the life of Jesus. We must surely sin on occasion." He may also be the one who spreads stories about the true people of God. He will create false sentiments so that the people will not listen to the message of truth. This is the locust and this is his tail.

"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. ...And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt." (Rev. 9:13-14 ; 17-19) The Lord said through Jeremiah, "For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord." (Jer. 8:17) "There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof." (Eze. 22:25)

Angels Of Light

Here, mentioned, is the way in which God views the destruction of the people. The prophets come as men of peace and angels of light but, in reality, they are ravenous beasts who have come to devour the people. These men are serpents who are not charmed, but bite. When Jesus was crucified, all that remained in the apostate religion were serpents and lions who devoured the people until not one remained.

Although these trumpets were sounded in the ears of Jerusalem, she repented not. Although the people were told of the ravenous beasts and serpents who went forth to make war against the people and keep them from the great gift of God, there was no sorrow which maketh repentance.

"And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see nor hear, nor walk: neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." (Rev. 9:20-21) We have sounded the trumpet and given the warning, but it was to no avail. When the lions and serpents are exposed, the people will not repent. When we warn them of their death, they will not listen. They will not accept the truth of their very terrible condition. They love being devoured by lions and stung by serpents. Even though they have no peace in Babylon, there is enough smoke so that they cannot discern their true situation. The Lord has given them leaven till it took every true spiritual instinct away from them. This is the way they would have it. God turned them over to the deceptions that they loved.

The natural results of the crimes committed by the locusts could not naturally bring the people in the professed churches of God to repentance. The false prophets, that prophesy lies and scatter the sheep, are not enough to bring the people to their senses. They love lies and desire smooth things. Even though they long for death, death will not come. Their lives are a round of sorrows and failures. Their feet are caught in either one trap or another, but they will not repent. The people are bewitched. They are unable to separate themselves from the causes of their calamities. Because of this, the Lord sends further assistance. He will pronounce judgments on the people in hopes of causing them to see their errors.

You Shall Know The Mystery

Why is it that these truths we have been studying are presented in symbols? Why is it that Jesus does not just tell us plainly? He says, "...Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them." (Mark 4:11-12)

Those who are of the Spirit of God will readily grasp the prophetic symbols. Those without the kingdom will not. They have eyes but they do not see, they have ears but they do not hear. They have mouths but they cannot speak the truth, and they have brains but they cannot think the truth. If Jesus were to open to us the things too plainly, then the wicked would fill the church. They would all want to belong to the true church and, since it could be easily seen, they would fill and pollute its halls with unbelief. But since the truths can only be understood spiritually, the sons of the kingdom will understand. They will see these things and join with the Lord's righteousness. They will partake of His spirit and be filled with His thoughts.

Today, the land is filled with religion. Multitudes flock to the merchants who buy and sell their souls. The character of many of the merchants of souls has been well illustrated in today's press. The morals of these men are fully seen by all. The wealth of the earth is readily possessed by the false shepherds and locusts who sting with their false prophets. Jesus has spoken these truths in symbols, but I have written them plainly. He has told me in secret, but I will tell you from the housetops. "What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops." (Matt. 10:27)

By My Spirit

All of this brings a most startling truth home to the soul. Joining the right church or having all the right doctrines figured out will not provide salvation for the soul. We cannot be saved by right doing or by being nice. One must be filled with the holy Spirit of God. This, alone, will bring understanding to the soul. This, alone, will open the mind to the humility of God. This, alone, will create the atmosphere of heaven. Salvation is an experience rather than a deed. And when the experience is there, the deeds will be there also.

We have seen the horses on the march. The white one took to the field to bring truth home to the soul. The red one brought resistance and blood. The black one brought famine and the pale brought forth death. We saw the terrible fear of those who had heard the truth. They were hoping this truth of Christ's righteousness was a lie. We saw how the merchants or locusts set out to sting the people. We saw how they destroyed the trees and grass. We saw how they did not repent of their sorceries. We will see the judgments of the land still to come.

The Lord has plainly laid out the picture. How is it in your life? Are you one who refuses to lay down his life at the foot of the cross? Are you willing to be good or even religious, but not let go of this world and its security? The word of God says, "Woe, Woe, Woe", to the inhabitants of the earth. I invite you to take hold of this most magnificent treasure if you have not. I invite you to yield up your life to the love of God. Jesus is the salvation you can trust in. He is the Revelation of all things.


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