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Revelation Chapter 14 – The New Song and The Harvest

“Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon; and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1).

Yochanan looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon. In ancient times, this mountain was the highest point in Jerusalem; today it is the mountain south of the Armenian Quarter of the Old City. The word Tziyon occurs 161 times in the Complete Jewish Bible and means ‘signpost’ or ‘monument.’

King David attacked the Jebusites in Jerusalem and captured the fortress of Tziyon and it became the City of David (2 Samuel 5:6-7). Tziyon in Jerusalem became a possession of Isra’el and King David put up the Tent for the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain next to his palace. Because of the continual worship at the Tent of David, Mount Tziyon became the spiritual center for the world.

Eventually the name Tziyon became synonymous the city of Jerusalem from where the Torah would be proclaimed along with the Word of Adonai (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2) and the vision of the eternal Promised Land and the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10).

“On the contrary, you have come to Mount Tziyon, that is, the city of the living God, heavenly Yerushalayim; to myriads of angels in festive assembly; to a community of the firstborn whose names have been recorded in heaven; to a Judge who is God of everyone; to spirits of righteous people who have been brought to the goal;  to the mediator of a new covenant, Yeshua…” (Hebrews 12:21-24).

Hebrew Word Pictures

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for tziyon: draw near to the finished work binding life.

Standing on Mount Tziyon were 144,000 men: 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el. They have the Lamb’s name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. The promise given to those in the congregation of Philadelphia who persevered and won the victory are given the name of Yeshua and Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. They never disowned the name of Yeshua even when attacked by false Jews. These overcomers will be kept from the time of trial that will test the earth. They have been ‘sealed’ by Adonai.

The Hebrew word for ‘forehead’ is metzak. Some Scriptures suggest ‘forehead’ is symbolic of being stubborn; however, an ornament of pure gold was fastened to Aharon’s turban as a ‘seal’ (Exodus 28:36-38). This ‘seal’ protected the High Priest from the guilt of the people of Isra’el when he accepted their gifts.

As part of the Shema, Isra’el is told to love Adonai with all their heart, mind and soul, and to teach the commandments to their children. As a ‘sign,’ they are to tie them on their hands and bind them on their forehead (Deuteronomy 6:8-9). This command has become literally exemplified by many Orthodox Jews who tie straps on their arms and hands and bind little black boxes to their foreheads. This is a reminder that the commandments protect the thoughts of the mind and are obeyed by the action of the hands.

Yeshua’s name and the name of his Father written on the ‘forehead’ is a sealing of protection, and proof that these 144,000 obey the commandments and their minds are protected from the evils of the world.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Forehead – Metzak

מ Mem – Water and means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

צ Tzade – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

ח Chet – A Fence and means ‘protect.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for metzak: mighty draw near protection.

 “I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of rushing waters and like the sound of pealing thunder; the sound I heard was also like that of harpists playing on their harps. They were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living beings and the elders, and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who have been ransomed from the world. These are the ones who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; they follow the Lamb wherever he goes; they have been ransomed from among humanity as firstfruits for God and the Lamb; on their lips no lie was found — they are without defect” (Revelation 14:2-5).

This group of men, B’nei Isra’el were first ‘sealed’ in Revelation chapter 7. They have remained physically and spiritually pure. They follow Yeshua wherever he goes. They are given harps that when played sound like rushing waters and pealing thunder. They sing a new song that only they can learn, and sing before the four living beings and the 24 elders. They are the firstfruits of those who have been ransomed from the world. Like the Lamb, they are without defect.

The phsat or literal interpretation of being a virgin is not being defiled by a woman. The remez or ‘shadow’ of this condition alludes to spiritual purity. These men of Isra’el have never defiled themselves with other religions or religious practices, including Christian. They remained faithful to the Shema, the Torah and the Prophets. They are true Jews with new covenant, circumcised hearts who receive the praise of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (Romans 2:29).

The prophecy speaks of a new song that only could be sung by those redeemed from the world. The ‘new song’ is spontaneous because they are the only ones who have had victory had over the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. It is a new victory song because this war had never been fought before by humans, and it will never be fought again (Matthew 24:21).

The ‘new song’ is first mentioned in Revelation chapter 5, but is being sung around the throne in heaven: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth” (Revelation 5:10). In Revelation chapter 14, the new song is being sung on Mount Tziyon, the mountain of Adonai where those who come out of the Great Tribulation will worship King Yeshua who holds the scepter of promise to Judah and King David (Psalm 2:6, Psalm 110:2). At this time, Mount Tziyon will be called the mountain of the Holy One and Jerusalem will be known as the city of Truth (Isaiah 2:3, Michah 4:2).

“At that time, whoever calls on the name of Adonai will be saved. For in Mount Tziyon and Yerushalayim there will be those who escape, as Adonai has promised; among the survivors will be those whom Adonai has called” (Joel 3:5).

“Next I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven with everlasting Good News to proclaim to those living on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people. In a loud voice he said, “Fear God, give him glory, for the hour has come when he will pass judgment! Worship the One who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!” (Revelation 14:6-7).

Yochanan sees a messenger flying in the mid-heaven proclaiming the message of respentance and salvation to those living on the earth: to every nation, tribe, language, and people. For those who have asked about the Aborigines in the remotest part of the earth, here’s the answer. Everyone will hear the message of repentance. The messenger tells everyone to worship Adonai, the Creator who made heaven and earth, the seas and springs of water.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is compassionate and desires that all men come to a full knowledge of the Truth. When judgment comes, He wants all nations to know that it is His judgment and that they can be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).

“Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “She has fallen! She has fallen! Bavel the Great! She made all the nations drink the wine of God’s fury caused by her whoring!” (Revelation 14:8).

A second messenger follows saying that Bablyon the Great has fallen. Babylon the Great is great global city comprised of all the nations that embrace the false gods and religions of the world (Leviticus 20:6). She is called the ‘Mother of Whores and Great Obsenities’ –– she is the bride of the Adversary. Her spiritual rebellion draws people away from Adonai and provokes Him to anger, to make them drink the wine of his fury.

The religious system of Babylon goes back to the one religion anti-Elohim pre-flood Babel. More than witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritual idolatry, Babylon, the Mother of Whores, is responsible for the slaughter billions of people on earth from the beginning of time until the judgment; Babylon the Whore is the root of all religious wars against the people of Adonai.

“Another angel, a third one, followed them and said in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives the mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will indeed drink the wine of God’s fury poured undiluted into the cup of his rage. He will be tormented by fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb, and the smoke from their tormenting goes up forever and ever. They have no rest, day or night, those who worship the beast and its image and those who receive the mark of its name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

Those who worship the beast’s image and receive the ‘beast’s mark’ on their forehead or hand will also drink the undiluted wine of Elohim’s fury. The Greek word for ‘mark’ is charagma and means ‘stamp or impression’ like an image impressed upon a coin. It is a undeniable ‘mark’ that proves the identification of its owner and determines their eternal destination. Like the ‘beast’ and the false prophet, they will be tormented in the ‘lake of burning fire and sulfur.’ The smoke will go up before the angels and Yeshua, and their torment is eternal. These people will have no rest day or night if they worship the beast, its image, and receive the ‘mark.’

“This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God’s people, those who observe his commands and exercise Yeshua’s faithfulness” (Revelation 14:12).

This all-important verse reveals the identity of Adonai’s people: they observe His commandments and have a testimony of Yeshua. This is the witness of two for being a saint, set-apart for Elohim. The Holy Ones wholeheartedly understand the message of repentance and a return to Adonai through faith and obedience.

Those who do not put their faith in Yeshua are not called Holy Ones. These could be Jewish people who obey the commandments, but reject Yeshua because of anti-missionaries and the stigma attached to a Jesus who doesn’t keep Torah. Those who do not obey Torah are not called Holy Ones either. These could be Christians who have a testimony of Yeshua, but reject obeying the Torah commandments. The preaching of a Torah-less gospel is called the ‘spirit of lawlessness’ that is at work deceiving even before the ‘man of lawlessness’ is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:7 Romans 2:7-9).

The Greek word for ‘perseverance’ is hupomone and means ‘remaining behind.’ Those who remain behind are the wheat and not the tares. The tares, the godless, the faithless, and the lawless, are planted by the evil one. They will be gathered together and thrown into the fire. Those who are ‘left behind’ are the wheat that will be gathered into Yeshua’s barn. The Holy Ones are ‘sealed’ by Adonai through their testimony of Yeshua and their obedience to Torah and gathered to Yeshua (Matthew 13:29-30).

“Next I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: ‘How blessed are the dead who die united with the Lord, from now on!’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘now they may rest from their efforts, for the things they have accomplished follow along with them’” (Revelation 14:13).

The ‘voice’ in heaven speaks to Yochanan. The Hebrew word devar is used for ‘voice’ which means ‘word’ like Devar Elohim or Word of God. Devar (word) is used with katab (write) directing toward something important. This devar holds a blessing for those who die united with Yeshua from this point forward.

These will be the ‘left behind’ martyrs. When they die for their faith, they will rest from the efforts “for the things they have accomplished follow along with them.” The word for ‘rest’ in Hebrew means ‘to lie down and relax.’ These martyrs have a faith they expressed by their deeds and actions which followed them (Psalm 85:14, Ephesians 2:10).

“Then I looked, and there before me was a white cloud. Sitting on the cloud was someone like a Son of Man with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.  Another angel came out of the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Start using your sickle to reap, because the time to reap has come — the earth’s harvest is ripe!”  The one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested” (Revelation 14:13-16).

Clouds are found throughout Scripture. Adonai put his bow in the cloud, He followed the Israelites in a cloud, He rides a swift cloud on His way to Egypt (Isaiah 19:1). The glory of yod-hey-vav-hey departed the Temple and left Jerusalem in a cloud over the Mount of Olives (Ezekiel 10). Adonai makes the clouds His chariot and He rides on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3). Clouds not only represent the presence of Adonai, but they are also a mode of transportation (Deuteronomy 33:26).

The Greek word for ‘cloud’ is nephele and means a literal ‘cloud.’   According to Vines Expository Dictionary of Greek and Hebrew, the cloud is ‘a definitely-shaped cloud’.  Nephele comes from the word nephos with a symbolic meaning of ‘a dense multitude or throng.’  A nephele is a large physical cloud comprised of masses of clouds that covers the heavens.  

The Hebrew word for ‘cloud’ is anan and means ‘cloud mass’.  Jeremiah describes the anan, “You have covered yourself with a ‘cloud’ so thick …” (Lamentations 3:44). It is used for the presence of Adonai and His ‘cloud’ sukkah over Israel –– His ‘sign of divine protection.’ The ‘cloud’  served as a barrier to hide the fullness of Adonai’s holiness and glory while giving Israel  divine protection from the Egyptians as well as the Red Sea itself.

The Hebrew word for ‘before me’ is hineni and means ‘here I am’ in the spiritual sense of being ready to do the will of Elohim. Avraham responded to El Shaddai with Hineni when he was asked to take his only son to Mount Moriah. Hineni suggests ‘the cloud’ is prepared to do the will of Elohim. There is a ‘cloud’ of witnesses that has been resurrected and are ready to do the will of Adonai.

Sitting on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. Daniel had a vision: “I kept watching the night visions, when I saw, coming with the clouds of heaven, someone like a son of man” (Daniel 7:13). This ‘son of man’ was led into the presence of ‘Ancient of Days’ and given a scepter, glory, and an eternal Kingdom. Daniel saw Yeshua coming with the clouds; however, at this time the Son of Man is sitting on the cloud (Matthew 24:30).

The Son of Man wears a crown symbolizing his power and authority. As the King of Kings, Yeshua will wear many crowns on his head representing the many victories he had over the nations’ kings (Revelation 19:12). He wears a crown showing his power and authority to harvest the earth bringing many into the Kingdom (John 4:35).

A messenger comes out of the Temple and tells the Son of Man that the time has come to reap for the harvest is ripe. Some do not believe the person sitting on the cloud is Yeshua because he doesn’t take orders from angels; however the messenger came out of the Temple after having received the order from Yeshua’s Father. As the Son of Man, he waits for his Father’s command to claim his Bride; he must also wait for Adonai’s ‘specific time’ for judgment (Lamentations 1:15).

Yeshua holds a sickle in his hand. A sickle is a reaping-hook with a curved blade used for harvesting crops. The prophet Joel writes, ‘swing the sickle for the harvest is ripe, the winepress is full, the vats are overflowing –– wickedness is great” (Joel 3:13).

Lamentations says there is a ‘specific time’ or ‘appointed time’ for Adonai’s judgment. The Hebrew word used is mo’ed and refers to the Feasts of Adonai. Each of the ‘appointed times’ follow an agricultural cycle. There is the planting of the seed that must fall to the ground and die (John 12:24). There is a firstfruits spring harvest offered Feast of Firstfuits (1 Corinthians 15:20). There is a later firstfuits harvest offered on Feast of Weeks (Acts 3:41). The fall harvest of grapes put into a winepress was known as the final harvest or the ingathering celebrated on the Feast of Tabernacles.

“Another angel came out of the Temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.  Then out from the altar went yet another angel, who was in charge of the fire; and he called in a loud voice to the one with the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because they are ripe!”  The angel swung his sickle down onto the earth, gathered the earth’s grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s fury.  The winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress as high as the horses’ bridles for two hundred miles!” (Revelation 14:17-20).

One angel comes out of the Temple with a sickle while another from the Altar manages the fire. Together the sickles are swung down onto the earth to gather the clusters of grapes that are ripe for the fury of Elohim. The prophet Isaiah says that the ‘arm’ of Elohim brings forth salvation –– Yeshua. (Isaiah 63:3-6).

Outside the city of Jerusalem, the winepress was trodden and symbolizes the blood that will be shed at the time of judgement. Blood flowed for 200 miles; it will be as ‘high as the horses’ bridle.’ The distance between Jerusalem and Cairo, Egypt to the south is 263 miles, between Jerusalem and Damascus, Syria to the north is 222 miles, and Jerusalem and Ammon, Jordan to the east is 160 miles. Taken literally, the whole Middle East, the war zone from Damascus to Ammon to Cairo will be one large lake filled with blood.

This website actually tried to figure out how many people must die to fill the land with so much blood and came up with between 15,000 and 30,000 people which seems too few. Another interpretation could be that the swinging of the angelic sickles is so violent that blood will be splattered everywhere even up to the horses’ bridle.

Using the measurement of a horse’s bridle suggests the armies will be riding horses. In today’s technology of fighter jets and tanks, it seems odd that there will be mounted armies. Yet, there are five countries that still use horses in their military, and a few of them could be part of this war: India has the last fully-operational mounted cavalry; Jordan uses camels to guard their borders with Syria and Iraq; and the United Nationsuses horses in desert areas like Iran and Iraq.

With the release of Adonai’s fury, He destroys many nations and pours their lifeblood onto the earth.

Revelation 15 – Song of Moshe

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Revelation Chapter 8 – The Seventh Seal

“When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for what seemed like half an hour” (Revelation 8:1).

The Lamb breaks the seventh seal and there is silence in heaven. ‘Silence’ is found 58 times in the Complete Jewish Version. According to a dictionary definition, ‘silence’ means there is a complete absence of sound in heaven. The Hebrew word for ‘silence’ is dmama and has the same three-letter root as ‘Adam’ – adom’ and ‘blood’ – dam. Some scholars that the word ‘silent’ could be translated ‘mourning’ because it comes from the same three root letters – dalet, mem, mem. There is complete absence of sound before the ‘blood of mankind’ is judged –– the silence before the storm of Adonai’s fury.

His ‘silence’ is not inaction, but a moment in time before He acts mightily. With the first 6 seals, the earth judges mankind with war, famine, wild beasts, and earthquakes. With the seventh seal, Adonai remains silent giving those who would repent time to repent before pouring out His wrath. The Hebrew word means ‘hot displeasure’ and has its root in ‘a snake bite’ that creates a hot, burning fever.

All of the elders, living beings, angels, and those dressed in white robes mourn because they know the mankind is going to know the wrath of Adonai. They have seen what has come from the previous six seals, and with the seventh, there is nothing more do except grieve. The judgment of Elohim is imminent.

“Our God is coming and not staying silent. With a fire devouring ahead of him and a great storm raging around him, he calls to the heavens above and to earth, in order to judge his people” (Psalm 50:3-4).

Hebrew Word Picture

Silence dmama – דממ

Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for dmama: pathway of mighty chaos.

Wrath – chemah – חמה

Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.

Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.

The Hebrew Word Picture for chemah: protect the mighty revealed.

According to Yochanan, the silence seemed to last a half an hour. When my children were young, we decided to see how long God’s time is in earth time. If a day is like 1000 years for God, how long is an hour, a minute, and a second? We learned that an hour is about 40 years or a generation, a minute is about nine months, and a second is about 4 days. With judgment being imminent, it doesn’t seem that a half hour in heaven would equate to 20 earth years, but Adonai did wait 120 years to judge the earth in Noach’s day.

In Revelation 3:10, the Congregation of Philadelphia is going to be kept from the ‘hour of trouble’ coming upon the whole world. This ‘hour of trouble’ is also called ‘time of Ya’akov’s trouble’ and the Great Tribulation. From the prophecy in Daniel, this time is the seven-year period Adonai will judge the earth in order before the Messianic Era. ‘Hour’ in this sense is not a specific length of time, but a period of time. The ‘Day of Adonai’ is not a 24-hour day, but a length of Adonia’s time. To Yochanan, a human being in a vision, the period of time seemed like a 1/2 hour.

“Another angel came and stood at the altar with a gold incense-bowl, and he was given a large quantity of incense to add to the prayers of all God’s people on the gold altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of God’s people from the hand of the angel before God. Then the angel took the incense-bowl, filled it with fire from the altar and threw it down onto the earth; and there followed peals of thunder, voices, flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (Revelation 8:3-5).

The Altar of Incense was in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle along with the Menorah and the Table of Presence. It was at this Altar that Zechariah stood when the angel appeared and told him that he and Elizabeth would have a son. The prayers of the people of Isra’el were offered at this Altar in the Tabernacle. According to Psalm 141:2, prayers rise like incense to the nostrils of Adonai, like the aroma of the evening sacrifice.

Before the messengers sound their shofars, the prayers of the people are combined with a massive amount of incense in a golden bowl. The smoke from the incense goes up to Adonai from the hand of the angel. The angel fills the bowl with fire from the Altar and throws the bowl down to the earth. The prayers of those left on earth have been rejected; the faithful ave come out of the Great Tribulation and stand silent in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

Why would Elohim reject prayers? Perhaps they aren’t really prayers. How often do people says, ‘give good thoughts’ or ‘send positive messages’ when they should be saying, ‘Please pray!’ These well-intentioned sayings are aren’t prayers from the heart; they are thoughts from the mind.

Proverbs 28:9 states that if someone won’t obey Torah, their prayers are an abomination to Adonai! Those who teach and believe that the Old Testament was abolished or removed from the Bible when Jesus died on the cross leave many in Christiendom without Adonai’s teachings and intructions (Matthew 5:17-19). They live without the full foundation of their faith.

As a Jewish Rabbi, Yeshua said specifically that he did not come to abolish or remove the Torah, but to fulfill it. In rabbinical terminology that means ‘to interpret them correctly.’ Christians who willfully or ignorantly disobey Torah and pray, their prayers are an abomination to Adonai. While Elohim may pour out grace and mercy, there will come a when rejecting His Kingdom rules will have a serious consequence –– their prayers are answered as “peals of thunder, voices, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.”

There was a time when Adonai tells Jeremiah to stop praying for the nation of Isra’el. Why? Because they embraced their false gods and pagan-rooted traditions to the complete rejection of Adonai. Isra’el embraced the Queen of Heaven and Tammuz, both associated with Ishtar (Easter). Everything written for Isra’el was written for us to learn important truths (1 Corinthians 10:11). When any nation or people claiming to know Elohim no longer listens the warnings of the prophets, they will receive judgment.

There a time of judgment coming when the mind of Adonai will not be changed. When His judgment is at hand, there will be no stopping it. Noach learned that truth with the flood; Abraham learned that truth with Sodom and Gomorrah; those claiming faith in Yeshua will learn it too.

“Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven shofars …. Now the seven angels with the seven shofars prepared to sound them” (Revelation 8:2,6).

Seven messengers standing before Elohim are given shofars. The shofar has been part of Isra’el’s history from the giving of Torah to the mixed multitude at Mt. Sinai to the battle at Jericho to the destruction of the Temple to the return of the exiles. The voice of Yeshua sounded like a shofar to Yochanan; now the shofar will be the voice of Adonai’s judgment to the inhabitants of the earth.

“The first one sounded his shofar; and there came hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was thrown down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up” (Revelation 8:7).

When the first messenger blows the shofar, hail and fire mixed with blood appear. This mixture is thrown down upon the earth. When Ehyeh Asher Ehyey sent the seventh plague of hail and fire on Egypt, He judged the gods of Egypt (Exodus 9:23-24).

The judgment of the seventh plague was against Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the sky and heavenly bodies.  Depicted as wearing a dress covered with stars, her body arches over the sky protecting earth.  She is given credit for bringing order out of chaos in the heavens. As the hail and fire beat the earth, she had no power to protect Egypt from the chaos coming from the skies.

The worship of foreign gods and goddesses are not as obvious as the worship of mankind or humanism even though pagan worship still exists. As a world that worries about global warming and protecting ‘Mother Earth,’ Adonai will prove through this judgment He is Creator and still wields power over the universe. This plague of chaos doesn’t happen in Egypt, but to one-third of the earth, one-third of the trees, and one-third of green grass that burn up.

The mixture of hail and fire includes blood. In Genesis chapter 4, two sons of Adam and Eve defile the earth with murder (Genesis 4:9-11). Cain kills Abel and his blood cries from the ground as does the blood of all those from that day onward who have been innocently murdered without justice (Isaiah 59:7, 2 Kings 24:4).

“The second angel sounded his shofar, and what looked like an enormous blazing mountain was hurled into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed” (Revelation 8:8-9).

When the second messenger blows the shofar, an enormous blazing mountain appears and is hurled into the sea. One third of the sea turns to blood, one-third of all sea creatures die and one-third of the ships are destroyed.

The blood judgment, the first plague in Egypt was against Hapi, the Egyptian god of the Nile. The Nile River was the source of life for Egypt.  Turning the water of the Nile River into blood was not only a judgment on the god of the Nile, but a sign to Egypt that Elohim controls their water supply, their lifeline.

Today, most of the world’s commerce is done in and through the sea. From commercial fishing to barges with shipping containers, everything in the global market from food to material goods is transported using the oceans and seas. By destroying ships with everything else in the ocean, global commerce halts.

Mass destruction comes with a blazing mountain hurled into the sea. Taken literally, a giant mountain on fire will be thrown into the ocean. Geologically, a fiery mountain is a volcano, however, the eruption of this fiery mountain has to be large enough to destroy one-third of the ocean, sea creatures, and ships. Some suggest a great earthquake will set off a certain volcano in the Canary Islands and the resulting tsunami will destroy life on the coasts where it hits. Because the fiery mountain is hurled into the sea, the fiery mountain could also be a meteorite. I personally believe the event may be more supernatural than natural, heavenly more than earthly that destroys one-third of the earth’s salt water.

“The third angel sounded his shofar; and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky onto a third of the rivers and onto the springs of water. The name of the star was “Bitterness,” and a third of the water became bitter, and many people died from the water that had been turned bitter” (Revelation 8:10-11).

When the third messenger blows his shofar, a great star blazing like a torch, falls from the sky and turns one-third of the earth’s fresh water to bitter. Adonai continues to judge the water –– water that mankind has polluted to the brink of being deadly. Adonai just finishes the process and many people die from the bitter water.

In the wilderness, the Israelites encountered bitter water (Exodus 15:25). It was made ‘sweet’ from a piece of wood. Unfortunately, there is no piece of wood for this plague to change the water from bitter to drinkable, but there is a lesson to be learned. Adam and Eve were given a choice between two trees, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.   Their choice was between obedience to Adonai’s command or rebellion –– a choice between life or death.  In Judaism, the Etz Chayim represents the Tree of Life or Torah which brings life (Genesis 2:9, Revelation 22:19). 

The spiritual difference between ‘living’ water and ‘bitter’ water is the line between life and death; truth and deception. When the Truth of Elohim’s Word becomes distorted with other ideologies, it breeds deception. The refreshing water of life that people should receive from the Word of Adonai becomes bitter and even poisonous when viewed with an eternal perspective. Elohim tells His people they must do what is right and pay attention to His commands.  By turning one-third of the world’s water bitter,  Adonai judges the world for their rejection of His Word.

The bitter taste comes from a star called ‘Bitterness.’ The Greek word is apsinthos or ‘absinthe.’ From this plant a bitter oil is extracted that is very toxic to the human nervous system. Some Bible versions call the star “Wormwood” because the oil from the absinthe plant was used to kill intestinal worms. Intestinal worms come from eating meats that are undercooked, and mostly from meats that Elohim called ‘unclean.’ The flesh of the pig has numerous parasites that grow into intestinal worms; the tapeworm invades the brain. Writing this during the Coronavirus 19 outbreak that possibly came from the wet markets in Wuhan, China, I am reminded that Elohim desires His people eat those animals He created to be food. Eating ‘unclean’ animals leads to disease and death, and many people die from the ‘bitter’ water of this judgment.

The star falls like a blazing torch. There are 19 Biblical references that use ‘torch,’ but there are only a couple with ‘blazing torch.’ The prophet Isaiah says, “For Zion’s sake I won’t keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t sit still until her righteousness shines out like a light, and her salvation blazes like a torch” (Isaiah 62:1). Just moments before, there had been silence in heaven, a silence that spoke of Adonai waiting before sending forth the trumpet judgments. It is for Zion’s sake that He could not remain silent, and it is for Jerusalem that He could no longer wait. He wants the righteousness of Jerusalem to shine like a light in the darkness, and for salvation –– Yeshua –– to ‘blaze like a torch.’

Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, has a dream of a great statue. A stone was cut, not by human hands, and shattered the iron and clay feet of the statue. The stone then became a mighty mountain and it filled the entire earth. According to Daniel’s interpretation of the stone, “the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will be indestructible. Its rule will never pass to another people. It will shatter other kingdoms. It will put an end to all of them. It will stand firm forever, just like you saw when the stone, which was cut from the mountain” (Daniel 2:44-45). The small stone grew into the coming Messianic Kingdom that when thrown down to the earth will destroy every earthly kingdom.

From the Book of Sirach, “Then Elijah the prophet rose up like fire, and his word burned like a torch” (Sirach 48:1). Later in Revelation there are two witnesses who preach in Jerusalem. There are different ideas as to whether the two witnesses are groups of people or two individuals. If individuals, Elijah is always believed to be one of them for he never faced death on this earth. As he ‘rises up’ from wherever the flaming chariot took him, the Words of Yeshua through him burn like a torch.

Around the throne of yod-hey-vav-hey, the seven-fold Spirit was like ‘flaming torches.’ Whether or not one of these spiritual aspects were thrown down to the earth to create ‘bitter’ waters is another supposition for the ‘mountain flaming like a torch’ that destroys the earth’s fresh water (Isaiah 11:1-2).

“The fourth angel sounded his shofar; and a third of the sun was struck, also a third of the moon and a third of the stars; so that a third of them were darkened, the day had a third less light, and the night likewise” (Revelation 8:12).

When the fourth messenger blows the shofar, one-third of the heavenly bodies are darkened. One- third of the sun, one-third of the moon and one-third of the stars make one-third less light during the day and leave a much darker night.

The heavenly bodies created on the fourth day to be the signs for the ‘appointed times’ of Adonai will be dimmed by one-third. The people of the earth will no longer enjoy the light from the the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon or the traveling of the constellations for summer, winter, spring, and fall. Every basic ‘law’ of the heavens and earth will be challenged as the original creation continues its demise. Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, day and night will no longer exist as it always has (Genesis 8:22).

Even with one-third of the heavenly bodies darkening, they still remain as evidence to the Creator’s power over the sun, moon, and stars. They also remain to prove eternal the promise made to the nation of Isra’el (Jeremiah 31:35-36). As the world and its remaining people are diminished by 30% with each shofar blast, the 144,000 sons of Ya’akov remain sealed as Adonai’s servants.

“Then I looked, and I heard a lone eagle give a loud cry, as it flew in mid-heaven, “Woe! Woe! Woe to the people living on earth, because of the remaining blasts from the three angels who have yet to sound their shofars!” (Revelation 8:13).

There are still three more shofar blasts. As it flies in mid-heaven, a lone eagle cries out, ‘woe’ to the people living on the earth because of what is coming with the lasts three blasts. ‘Woe’ is defined as great sorrow or distress. In Hebrew, the word is oy. In Greek it is ouai and means ‘uttered in grief or public condemnation.’

The eagle reveals the heavenly view of what occurs on earth. As an eagle flies higher than any other bird, it has a wider and clearer vision of what is happening below. From an altitude of one-thousand feet, an eagle can scan an area of nearly three square miles.

When Yeshua used the word ‘woe,’ it was always directed toward the hypocrisy of those who were the spiritual leaders of Isra’el (Matthew 23:13-36). The eagle’s view above the coming storm on earth prophesies the divine judgment. The ‘woes’ that follow the eagle’s warning will bring deep despair to those left on the earth, even to those who have been sealed by Elohim.

“For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited” (Matthew 24:21).

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