THE SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 13
WHERE DO THE SEALS AND TRUMPETS BEGIN AND END?
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 13, 14
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Nos. 13, 14
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WHERE DO THE SEALS
AND TRUMPETS BEGIN AND END?
THE CHRONOLOGICAL SETTING OF THE REVELATION CHAPTER BY CHAPTER-
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
True Holiness Is Wholeness In Service
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, page 48, beginning with paragraph 2:
"Many feel a sense of estrangement from God, a realization of their bondage to self and sin; they make efforts for reform; but they do not crucify self. They do not give themselves entirely into the hands of Christ, seeking for divine power to do His will. They are not willing to be molded after the divine similitude. In a general way they acknowledge their imperfections, but they do not give up their particular sins.... The only hope for these souls is to realize in themselves the truth of Christ's words to Nicodemus, 'Ye must be born again.' 'Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' True holiness is wholeness in the service of God. This is the condition of true Christian living. Christ asks for an unreserved consecration, for undivided service. He demands the heart, the mind, the soul, the strength. Self is not to be cherished. He who lives to himself is not a Christian."
We are commanded here to draw nigh to Christ and depart from self, and that before
we can be "born again" we must first die to sin. Let us pray that we may realize
that if we feel we are estranged from God, the fault is ours, and that we must do
something to remedy the situation; that we must accept Christ's gracious invitation:
"Come unto Me, all ye that...are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" -
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WHERE DO THE SEALS
AND TRUMPETS BEGIN AND END?
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, NOVEMBER 1, 1947
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
This afternoon we shall see where each Seal and Trumpet begins and ends. Let us first read the description of the first five seals:
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that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
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To find where the Seals begin, we shall carefully note that History records only
one period of martyrdom such as is described in the fourth and fifth seals -
Obviously, then, the fourth seal opened with the closing of the Old Testament time and the beginning of the New. Since this is so, and since the Seals are consecutive, the first three seals find their fulfillment, not in the New Testament period, but in the Old Testament period.
Now let us see when the second seal began. We are told that the rider of the
second seal was "to take peace from the earth," implying that there had been peace
before. To learn the time of the second seal, therefore, we need to answer the question:
When was peace taken away from the earth?-
We all know that there were no wars before the flood, that wars began after the confusion of tongues at the tower of Babel, after the human family had been divided into numerous tongues, nations, and races. The first war recorded in sacred history, was fought in the days of Abraham, and wars have stayed with us ever since. Before that day there was peace. Where else, then, could the second seal apply but after the flood, the time peace was taken away from the earth? Finally, the history of the first seal must be sought in the period before the flood. The color (white) of the horse itself speaks of peace, and so obviously the seals begin with creation.
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What could the horses, driven by men, symbolize? -
The colors of the horses and the professions of their riders show progress in greed and crime. It is evident from the symbolism that man's ruling the world has not wrought improvement.
The white horse denotes peace and purity which existed only at the beginning of
the creation of God. By the rider of the white horse is seen man's great aim to
subdue and to replenish the earth. And by the red horse and his rider we see blood-
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departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 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; 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: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"
The sixth seal contains the signs of the times and brings the end of the world.
And since the sixth chapter of The Revelation brings us to the end of the world,
and as the things of the seventh chapter take place before the end, it is obvious
that the subject of chapter 7 -
Now, where does the seventh seal begin? First let us remember that the sixth seal brought us up to the end of the world. Obviously, therefore, the seventh seal, which covers a number of subjects, must overlap with the sixth. Let us note that the beginning of the seventh seal disclosed the Seven Trumpets.
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The number seven in the Scriptures always carries the connotation of completeness.
The Seven Trumpets therefore carry, as do the Seven Seals, a complete subject of
their own. The term "trumpet" is significant of broadcasting a message. And so
the Seven Trumpets in particular demonstrate the result which the disobedient to
these messages suffered from the beginning to the end. That the seventh trumpet
represents the last message is quickly seen from reading-
Rev. 11:15 -
Here we see that the last message on earth is the message which announces the end of all earthly governments.
The Trumpets are in two divisions -
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neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."
To the Star which came down from heaven is applied the masculine pronoun "He".
To Him the key of the bottomless pit was given. Whom could the Star symbolize?
Rev. 20:1 -
Here we are told that this mighty angel, Satan's enemy, has the "key of the bottomless pit." If He has it, then to Him the key must have been "given." The Star that received the key, therefore, is symbolical of this angel.
Moreover, let us notice that as the key opened the bottomless pit, the locusts
were released. Finally, the fact that the locusts are enemies to those who have
not the seal of God in their foreheads, then the "Star" (angel) that came from heaven
and opened the pit to release the locusts is a friend to them and a mighty enemy
to Satan. There is therefore no escaping this conclusion: The heavenly Star represents
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Luke 4:18, 19 -
Here you have it in Inspiration's own code of mysticism, freshly unveiled that
Jesus Christ is indeed a heaven-
Now the plain fact that the Christian era began with the sounding of the fifth Trumpet, the truth of the first four Trumpets must be sought in the Old Testament era.
We have now seen the nature and time where the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets
begin and end, and those who want to know the subjects in all their details can do
so by studying the tracts, -
*(These two individual tracts are included on this CD-
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