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by Livingstone Fagan

This manuscript (draft e-June, 1995) was transcribed from a paper written by Livingstone Fagan, a student of David Koresh, and of the Seven Seals of the Book of Revelation. It is the author's wish for this manuscript be copied and passed on free of charge to all who are interested in the truth, providing it is reproduced in its entirety. Forward any comments, or requests to the transcriber via E-mail to: [email deleted for privacy reasons] or write Mark Swett, [address deleted for privacy reasons].

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What is a man, but his beliefs. What is his beliefs, but the judgments he makes on the things he sees. What is the strength of his beliefs, but the clarity by which he sees. Where be his seeing; the spirit of his mind or sight of his eyes? The Seven Seals reveal the mystery of God, a truth imperceptible to the eyes of the body. God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.


1. Mt. Carmel: Out Of The Ashes
2. Sealed With Seven Seals
3. Salvation And The Book Of Revelation
4. "And I Saw When The Lamb Opened One Of The Seals..."
5. The Decoded Message of the Seven Seals by David Koresh; Summary And Conclusion
6. "Mt. Carmel: The Unseen Reality" Appendix A
7. Appendix B
8. Intuition - The Emerging Soul


It has been several months now, since the events of Mt. Carmel and the deaths of those whom I have loved. Since March of 1993, I have experienced life on a number of jail cells across the State of Texas. As a continuation of the injustice practiced against us, we were also made to endure this governments shameful attempt to hide its atrocities through the judicial process. For seven weeks, we were dragged through the courts, shackled hands and feet. By courtesy of the electronic media, we were paraded before the world, humiliated, demonized and lied about. Although judged and convicted, I remain unconvinced of any guilt. In my soul I am continually reminded of my innocence, and the innocence of my family and friends who were there with me. We have become part of the continuing story of justice undone. Since the dawn of time, the endurance by the just of the injustice of the unjust. Another case for the statute books, showing the frailty of the judgments of men separated from a knowledge of God.

In his humanity, mankind beholds the evils he perpetuates. Through his conscience he is reminded of its evilness. But his heart fails him of the will and power to do good. Justice is left undone. In his fearfulness of pending judgment he hides his guilt. But he remains insecure in his hiding places.

With each passing day I am reminded how transient our experience here really is. The onset of age, the sights of death etches in the chambers of the mind, how little control we hold over the body and its life. In our exasperation we seek solace in engulfing ourselves in what we call living. Getting on with life, for time is too short to think about it. But we are not comforted. For after the body has received its fill, the soul cries out for satisfaction. The utterances of the past, that once satisfied, are now worn out empty phrases. Like vomit offered before us. We have grown! Experience has pushed us beyond that which we were. We have become, and require new forms, material and abstract, capturing and expressing that which we now are. Comforting us in our birth pains and inspiring us in our newly emerging hopes and dreams.

My desire and will to pursue what was once of interest, has been steadily sucked from me. I now live and breathe the truth of the Seven Seals and the future it envisions. A future according to the will of God. We have seen it, tasted it, now nothing else will do. The plans of the UN government are unworkable. The scars we bear from the shortcomings of the family, local and national governmental institutions, remain as witnesses to the fact, that mankind cannot govern himself. To seek to collectively govern billions of people can only end in disaster. Evidently, the lessons of history along with present observations, continue to be ignored. Right was the testimony of the prophet Jeremiah;

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)


O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man that walketh to direct his step. (Jeremiah 10:23)

This present external reality in all its forms, material and abstract, is but an irritating distraction from the truth of my soul. My interaction with this reality has become one of necessity, and a want not to offend. At best it has become burdensome. I contend with God daily, to bring this nightmare humans call living to its conclusion. My contention reaches to the point of bartering my souls salvation. I find myself at a place in my spiritual journey, where losing my soul and ceasing to exist, offers itself as a more preferable alternative than to remain in the body, albeit with the knowledge of God. I hate the flesh with a passion. In this state of mind, it is a constant source of irritation having to interact with minds still confined to thoughts arising out of the fleshly concerns. It calls forth much patience to endure. In my present circumstances I am left little choice.

My situation intensifies as my mind expands, deepening its grasp of the knowledge of God and His Christ. I am powerless to stop this process, designed to restore the soul after the divine order. On the one hand I love it passionately, on the other I hate it with a vengeance. My being present in the flesh, is the source of this hatred. It arises from the pain experienced by the mind of the flesh, as it is pressed out of existence, being replaced by the mind of the Spirit. Conversely, my love for it arises out of the greater good envisioned in the mind of the Spirit. One vision of reality with its hopes and dreams, being replaced by another far greater. It is not always easy to give up that which one has dedicated so much energy and effort to, let alone ones entire perception of reality. Nevertheless, from time to time such requirements do occur. The love of wisdom and understanding, leaves one little choice, but to adjust ones perceptions.

I know of a certainty, that I am a recipient of Gods saving work for this generation. The knowledge and spirit of the Seven Seals attest to this fact. Consequently, I take pleasure in the knowledge He is acting on my behalf for my ultimate advantage, in spite of the cost to myself. I am further comforted by my being able to communicate something of the truths I speak, albeit limited. Thus far, experience has taught me, the limitations of contemporary thought perceptions, and the near absence of genuine faith in this late twentieth century. As a matter of fact, it has been quite a challenge, finding minds that can intelligently consider the issues our faith raises for the present religious consciousness. Granted, many have been moved by its demonstration and effect, in bringing to light significant issues relative to church and civil government.

In writing this book, it has been challenging to find suitable language, in which to house the spirit of Mt. Carmel. Its effective communication, in lieu of the high cost of lives, has been something of a sacred concern to me. I have come to appreciate experientially true freedom. It is of inestimably greater value than life in this body of death. I dedicate this book to the many who have awakened to the knowledge of this most precious of all divine gifts. Some have shown their awakening through the sacrifice of their lives for a higher purpose. Others, through suffering incarceration for its principles. Others still yet, by refusing to be insulted in the belief that, access to materialism enabling the satisfaction of the lusts of the body, constitutes freedom. We refuse to submit our integrity as beings, created in the image of God, to that of base man-made forms, material and abstract. They are there to serve us, and not us them. We continue to hold to the ultimate justice of the supreme God. Hoping in his soon coming Kingdom and reign here on earth. May our hopes be soon realized and with it the destruction of all wickedness and corruption, and those who perpetuate such.

I make particular mention of my family and friends at Mt. Carmel. In the short time we are apart whether by death or distance, I honor the memory. Also to the many friends I have come to know since these events, I salute your virtue. May our friendship be as enduring as God, and equally as rewarding.

Mt. Carmel: Out of the Ashes

In my experience of this justice system, in the wake of events at Mt. Carmel, I am left in no doubts, that the judicial process no longer serves justice. It has in fact bowed, to the service of the political economy. I have further come to appreciate experientially, the fallacy of the commonly held belief, that governmental administration is a vehicle for the will of the people. In writing this book, I bypass the judicial process of appeal, and appeal directly to the good citizens of this nation.

To many the spirit of Mt. Carmel, expressed in the book Sealed with Seven Seals of the book of Revelation, remains a mystery. In their observations, they see the material events which occurred on February 28th, through April 19th of 1993. These events they judge in the spirit of their own minds. Many correctly conclude, that something seriously amiss took place. But beyond these judgments there exist a deeper meaning. It is my hope that by saturating the pages of this book, with the spirit and purpose of Mt. Carmel, many might catch a vision of what hitherto has been a mystery. Further, they might be brought to a place in their consciousness, where they can see the future envisioned by GOD.

It is a fact of reality, that freedom begins at the level of the soul. Being free to think and act in harmony with ones self. To be so disposed is further dependent, on the persons ability to think and make sound truthful judgments. This ability, arises out of a heart faithful to sound spiritual truths, as they exist in the mind of God and not in the imagination of self-serving and corrupt men. Essentially we are all children of God. Being aware of this heritage, we are free to pursue His will for us or pursue the imagination of our now corrupt hearts. Many have chosen the latter, the results of which we see everyday around us. The innocent and the defenseless become the victims, being forced to honor their integrity at a cost to their lives. Mt. Carmel was just such a case in point.

Based in the authority of the Word of God, an authority claimed acknowledgment in the Constitution of this nation, it is considered the right and obligation of all men to pursue God. Further, to pursue Him in the way shape or form, He should choose, He be pursued. Is this not a sacred trust, that no institution of man, has the right to infringe? Mt. Carmel was established for the pursuit of just such a purpose. On February 28th 1993, under the guise of serving a search warrant, this right, was unlawfully challenged. A challenge subsequently met with a response, arising out of conscientious obligation.

It is not my intention or purpose at this stage, to contend with peoples uninformed opinions and misguided judgments regarding the conduct and actions of David Koresh. But rather, to focus on significant information, placing the events of Mt. Carmel, in the spirit and perspective of its residents. The propaganda disseminated by this government, in its effort to disguise it's immoral actions, has left much confusion in the minds of many. Significantly, this propaganda sought to sensationalize certain accusations made against us regarding our beliefs and conduct. It will be seen that the government totally disregarded our efforts to address these issues. It ignored the evidence of our previous cooperation with the authorities. Above all, it totally ignored our position of faith, the premise from which our actions and behavior could clearly be shown to be of God. The fact that such propaganda had to be employed in the first place, is to me clear proof the government had no real legal justification to mount such an attack. I remain convinced that the government was operating from a hidden agenda, for which it employed the cover of law and propaganda, to conceal. It will be seen from a basic introduction to our beliefs that this government is bogus and lacking of the divine mandate for its rule.

Against this background and knowledge of the will of God contained in the Seven Seals one will be better placed to understand the reasons behind the events of Mt. Carmel.

Since these events, I have been comforted in the knowledge that, inspite of the propaganda, there were some who were not fooled. As a matter of fact, the actions of the government, merely served to confirm in their minds, the extent of governmental corruption and control over the minds of the American people. This information is available on record. Therefore, it can be checked for its accuracy and detail.

The historical context of Mt. Carmel is well documented. Consequently I shall not waste much time by covering familiar ground. Only to say that, for many years Mt. Carmel was a place where people came from many parts of the world, for serious pursuit of the scriptures. The Center had been graced by the presence of a succession of inspired teachers. Although they might not have been recognized as such by the wider religious establishment, they were nevertheless respected and were left alone in their pursuit. The Constitution afforded a measure of protection. Through these teachers, much insights were gained into the many truths of the scriptures. In time, these truths became part of the culture of the Mt. Carmel residents. As a matter of fact the way Mt. Carmel was organized, was really no different from a monastery. The prototype to your modern day theological seminary. The basic difference being, Mt. Carmel was concerned not with a theory of religion and God, but rather, the reality. We were deadly serious about God.

My initial involvement with Mt. Carmel began in late summer of 1988. At the time I was a theology student at a seminary in England, pursuing a Masters degree. David visited the campus, conducting some unscheduled studies on the nature of God and Salvation. Shortly before he concluded, I had the opportunity to hear a couple of his studies. This was approximately three hours in total. During that short time, I had perceived more significant biblical truths than I had done, the entire eight years I had been involved with organized religion. Admittedly, my background knowledge of theological issues, provided me with a significant advantage.

Following the completion of my course of studies, in December of that year, I visited the United States, on a tour of some Seventh Day Adventist institutions. This was the church organization I belonged to at that time. I also took the opportunity of visiting Mt. Carmel, a response to an invitation David had given while he was in England. I was further able to hear more of what he had to say from the scriptures. My interest continued to develop. It is important to note that, we were dealing with an highly intelligent and systematic inquiry into the text of scripture. After spending four weeks in the United States I returned home to England. I made several additional trips to Mt. Carmel, of varying duration, prior to April 1992. At each visit the subject of study intensified. By April 1992, I felt it necessary to return to America on an extended stay, in order to keep pace with the truths being revealed. This may not be understood by all, but the concept of a continuing revelation of truth is entirely biblical.

On this last visit, culminating in the attack on Mt. Carmel, my wife, children, mother and cousin, visited also. They too, had developed a strong interest and wanted to pursue this interest further. Previously they had visited on a couple of occasions. They attested to their faith, by their deaths in the fire of April 19th. On this last visit, approximately six months into our study, it was in our opinion impossible to leave without doing damage to our grasp of this continuing revelation of truth. We therefore decided to stay. It is important to note, the purpose of Mt. Carmel was the pursuit of truth.

Sometime around January 1993, we began discussing arrangements for returning to England. By February, the events of which the scriptures spoke, began to manifest themselves more clearly. By the end of the month they had culminated into the full blown attack, witnessed by the world, on February 28th. From that time to the present I have been falsely incarcerated by this government, in its effort to cover its misdeeds. This account is typical of how many of us became fortunate enough, to have had opportunity of direct contact with David Koresh and Mt. Carmel.

As a center for serious biblical studies, Mt. Carmel was designed for purposes of holistically transcending, this present artificial and sensory based consciousness. The perceiving of the truths of the Seven seals, demanded it. This concept is neither new, or is it foreign to scriptures. Consider the following comments and experiences recorded in scripture: 2Peter 1:16, 20-21; Romans 16:25-26; Acts 9:1-6; 1Corinthians 2; Revelation 1:9-17; 4:1ff; 22:8; 10:7; 1John 1:1-4; Hosea 12:10; Daniel 2:19; 7:1ff; 8:1ff; 9:20-22; 10:1-7; Isaiah 1:1; 6: 1-8; Jeremiah 1:1-4; Ezekiel 1:1-3; 8:1-3; Hosea 1:1; Joel 1:1-2; 2; Jonah 1:1; Micah 1:1, 2. These men were not telling stories. They gave accurate accounts of their encounters with the supernatural. It is our choice to believe or reject their claims. The whole nation of Israel experienced such an encounter. The height of which, under the leadership of Moses. In these encounters they were forced to go beyond the common experience of the mind. Today we read about these experiences, but we would be mistaken to conclude that reading about them constitutes comprehending them. At best, our experience is but a belief that, what is recorded is in fact true.

The transcendence of the sensory based human perceptions, opens the mind to hearing God in the light, or context of God. This is in contrast to interpreting God, in the light of ourselves. The thoughts of God are not as human thoughts. We are dealing with an entirely different spectrum of thinking (Isaiah 55:6-9; 1Corinthians 2:7-16). Appreciating Gods thinking requires man to go beyond himself.

Mt. Carmel was designed of heaven for purposes of accomplishing the above transcendence. This process is distinctly identified in scriptures as, the 'quickening.' Through this process, God accomplishes His recreative work on the mind. Note the following references on this subject: Ephesians 2:1, 4, 5; I Corinthians 15: 45-47; Isaiah 11:1-4; Psalm 1:1-3; 119:27, 35, 40, 48, 50, 68, 78, 93, 99, 107, 159, 154, 156, 159, 172. It involves choice experiences and an extensive grasp of the scriptural text. Further, honesty and openness, with a willingness to relinquish all human aspirations. All of this takes place in an atmosphere of faith. Finally, and most important, inspiration, direct divine intervention. By these experiences, the residents of Mt. Carmel, were able to hear God's word, while blocking out the artificial noise of humanity. This is what the government labeled brainwashing, and the judge at our trial, termed fanaticism! No, the truth is, it is the world that is brainwashed.

Human sensory perceptions, have a electro-chemical basis. Through the electronic media, peoples thought perceptions have become artificially shaped and manipulated, by the merchants of the earth for profit. A person is programmed according to the information he receives. This information forms the basis of his thinking and subsequent judgments. Through the electronic media, radio and television etc., the government did a brainwashing job on its people. By controlling and manipulating the information people received regarding Mt. Carmel, the government sought to maintain control over peoples thinking and judgments. Further, by labeling the residents at Mt. Carmel as brainwashed, along with all the other tactical language it employed, the government was able to shield its own brainwashing tactics on its people, from its people.

Similarly, by placing the bogus charges of conspiracy against the survivors, it was able to shield its own conspiracy. It is necessary to transcend the bounds of these mind games, to properly appreciate what is going on. These are ingeniously simple, but effective techniques of deception. The electronic media, has made it possible to deceive and manipulate, countless numbers of people. Being so pervasive, it is almost impossible to be subject to it without being affected by its deceptive influence. People are constantly being led to believe they are thinking for themselves, making their choices, when in fact, they are being manipulated.

With regards to the truth of Mt. Camel, the government, by perpetrating such a crime, demonstrated the depths of its moral degradation and corruption. That section of the citizenry, that willingly swallowed this deception, also demonstrated the state of its morality. There are those who want to cover themselves in deception. They love the soul destroying sins they practice, and desire to be left alone in these habits. Deception is a way of shielding them from the painful light of truth, concerning what they do.

Our experience at Mt. Camel, is typical of those who have sought God wholeheartedly in the past. They certainly did not conform to the popular life styles and thinking of their day. The process of the 'quickening' is designed to bring the mind into harmony, with the divine nature. This has been referred to as what constitutes salvation. (2Peter 1:1-4; Hebrews 12:1-10; Psalms 119:9, 40, 172, 173, 174; Isaiah 28: 9-13; 55:3, 4, 7-10; Ezekiel 20:33-38).

The public are generally unaware of, the numerous efforts that were made by the residents of Mt. Carmel, to prevent this attack. Through the testimony and spirit of the prophetic scriptures, we were informed several years before that, an attack would be launched against us. This attack would occur because of the position of faith and thinking we held. From the above one can begin to see the impact of this thinking, in appraising us of the governments deceptions and corrupt practices. Also its impact in equipping one to forcibly resist the governments encroachment upon ones person. In any event, this foreknowledge was employed, in a succession of efforts to avert this attack against us, through peaceful means. The limits of these efforts did not include surrendering our faith and thinking. This was non-negotiable. The significance of this will become increasingly apparent as we proceed.

While it is true that, we were aware of the fact they were coming, even before they knew they were coming, it was not inevitable that events had to end the way they did. The final outcome was contingent on, our adversaries response to our efforts to communicate our position of faith. It will be clearly seen that, all our efforts were ignored. Evidently the government wanted its deception, both for itself and its people.

In spite of what has been reported, much goodwill had been established between the Mt. Carmel residents and the Waco community. This included the sheriffs office. In the interest of brevity, I shall confine my focus directly to the federal authorities. Our first encounter with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, (BATF) was in the latter part of 1992. Two agents visited the dealers premises from whom David purchased his guns. Their stated purpose was to inspect his sales records. While they were there on the premises, the dealer contacted David by phone, informing him of their presence and interest in the purchases he had made. David told him, to tell them, to come to the Mt. Carmel premises, where they can physically inspect his purchases. This invitation was flatly rejected. We were later informed, the agents said, they did not want to do it that way! This is significant, since the BATF places heavy emphasis, on the inspection of David's guns, as justification for their actions on February 28th 1993. It seems evident to me, they had other ideas in their minds, than just the inspection of guns. As a matter of fact, their deceitful intentions became increasingly clear when the undercover operation was set up. They were looking for a prey. In any event, David took the opportunity of faxing his gun purchase receipts to the dealer, for the purposes of assisting the agents with their inquiry. This was to be the beginning of a number of attempts to communicate with the Feds, that were to be ignored.

In January 1993, approximately two months before the attack against the Mt. Carmel property, the BATF had set up, what is now generally known as the surveillance house. This was located opposite the Mt. Carmel center. The agents posed as, students attending a local college. Some of the men from Mt. Carmel had on an occasion visited the house, as a welcome gesture to our new neighbors. Adjacent to this house was another neighbor, whom we had frequently visited, and who also visited with us. As a matter of fact he had lived in the house these agents were now occupying. When he moved to the adjacent house, we assisted him and his family to redecorate, at expense to ourselves. Our contacts with the agents on this occasion was also rejected. Nevertheless an invitation was left for them to visit us. One agent did in fact visit, and on a few occasions, part of the undercover operation. By this time, it was becoming increasingly clear that, these people were not being truthful with us. Nevertheless we cordially accepted their visits. While on our premises he participated in our bible studies, and also practiced shooting, on a makeshift shooting range at the rear of the building.

It was hoped that by his participation in the bible studies, he might understand something of the nature and importance of our beliefs, and our commitment to God. Much time, experience, and an extensive grasp of the biblical text, had gone into the establishment of our faith. Likewise, it required more than a casual acquaintance with us, to properly understand where we're coming from. It was our hope that, by introducing this agent to our faith, he might communicate its authenticity to his superiors. It was felt that, since they were not listening to us they might listen to one of their own. The studies continued through the latter half of February, to literally minutes before the attack. I later learned, he did in fact seek to communicate with his superiors, but he too was ignored. Further, after the attack ended in disaster, he was snubbed by his colleagues. He felt a need to hire an attorney. It is important to note that, during his visits with us, he was treated with the utmost courtesy. I remember this agent testifying in the courtroom that, during the closing minutes before the attack, he feared for his life. That fear could not have been from any action on our part. David extended to him that morning, the same hospitality he had always done. When he was leaving, we shook his hand calling him by his first name and wishing him good luck. He went to his vehicle and drove off. In my opinion, the fear he felt arose out of a knowledge of the deceitful intentions of the BATF, in planning to attack us. Knowing we were aware of their intentions, he probably expected some retaliation, beginning with himself. We had no such intentions. Their evil thoughts were not ours. We were seeking to stop this attack, not fuel it. But we were nevertheless prepared to defend ourselves if the need arose. That need did arise. In retrospect, it is right that he should be paranoid, they were about to perpetrate a sacrilegious and criminal act under the garb of carrying out the law.

So then, this effort also failed, but we did not end there. When the cattle trailers, which were filled with fully armed agents arrived, David opened the front door unarmed, to meet with these agents. He stated there were women and children in the building and we needed to talk about this. It was then he sustained gunshot wounds to the hand and side. Much was happening at this time. The helicopters were round the back of the building firing. There was a team on the roof trying to break in. Inside, the residents of Mt. Carmel. were orientating themselves to what was happening. After his being wounded, the front door was slammed shut. The sounds of gunfire increased in intensity. Interestingly, the BATF via the media, would have the public believe, David opened the door snickered, shut the door and the residents of Mt. Carmel began firing. To use an English phrase, this is 'poppycock'! The BATF have not only shown itself to be incompetent, but also possessed of a highly fictitious imagination. A possible relic from their former days of glory. In any event, risking his life, David had once again sought to communicate to these agents, but again was ignored.

Once more our efforts to stop this attack did not stop there. As an indication of our defensive intent, it was seconds into the attack on us, that the attorney Wayne Martin contacted 911, in an effort to call a cease-fire. Its implementation was delayed for at least 10 minutes. It was during this period of time that most of the casualties were sustained. The delay in establishing the cease-fire, resulted from the BATF's poorly thought out system of communication. The dispatcher had to go through numerous obstacles before making contact with the command center and then the field units. This was in spite of the fact that he was previously appraised of the attack. When the cease- fire was finally established we allowed them to come and remove their injured requesting no assistance for our own. Just prior to this we had allowed them to leave our land, during which, no further harm came to them. In the ensuing siege against us, our efforts to stop the tragedy escalating continued. It was evident that these agents were angry, they had just received a major blow to their pride and arrogancy. This was fueled further by the fact that the FBI was called in to take over operations. Through the negotiations we sought to draw attention to what we had been trying to draw attention to, all along. The significance of our position of faith. Doubtless, there is a supreme authority called God. Being subject to that authority, all other authorities become insignificant. We tried to tell them this as nicely as possible, but to no avail. The FBI would have the public believe David controlled the minds of the residents at Mt. Carmel. Interestingly, who controlled David? Who controlled the FBI, the ATF and all the other agencies involved in this? We know one thing, we were not under their control! As a matter of fact, we were under the mandate of the Divine will. Whether or not people chose to believe this is simply their choice. It really makes little difference to us. We know what we know and believe what we believe. In the final analysis, there is a God who sits on a throne, to whom we will all have to answer to. Throughout the siege they continued to ignore us, responding to us with contempt. We were made to suffer successive acts of torture and aggression. In the process misrepresented in the media, in an effort to cover up and justify their murderous actions against us.

Not only our efforts were ignored, but also that of others. During the siege, noted theologians, such as Dr. James Tabor of North Carolina University, and Dr. Philip Arnold of the Reunion Institute, in Houston, offered advice on matters of the Spirit. Additionally, there was their own behavioral scientist. They too were ignored. These agents demonstrated a level of ignorance and contempt for the scared and the innocent, that can only be described as devilish.

We were ignored by a defacto government, who sees through its eyes only. A government who refused to take our position of faith seriously, and by what authority? They called us a cult, demonizing us, yet they knew us not. They characterized David as some vile maniac. They became victims of their own propaganda.

It is true, we did have guns on the premises. It is also true that, these guns were deployed during the attack against us. But this was because we had no alternative. Our lives were in danger and our faith challenged. Further. our efforts to avoid this predicament were ignored. Our use of these guns were with restraint and strictly defensive. It is tragic that people were harmed, but were our intentions anything but defensive, the death toll would have been much higher. In defense of our faith and position, we were willing to fight to the last man.

Some have argued that, these were policing agents, suggesting the residents of Mt. Carmel should have responded to their demands without question! I find this sheepish line of reasoning quite remarkable. These people show little understanding of matters of spirit and conscience. What about the authority of God? Do they suppose God sanctioned the actions of these agents. Of a certainty, we do not recognize them or their superiors as Gods. The police are not beyond the realms of corruption and abuse of their delegated authority. This is not the first time these government agents have acted in this matter. Many may recall the Randy Weaver Murders.

Significantly, after burning our home and killing our people, they had the audacity to raise their flags on our flag pole. Additionally, take pictures of themselves, with the still flaming building of Mt. Carmel in the background. The bodies of men, women, babes and sucklings, being consumed by the flames. Their ideal of conquest, these people are gutless cowards. It is a painful truth, coming to the realization that, this generation has become irretrievably desensitized to evil. This being true, nobody is safe.

Our children's deaths have been a source of soul stirring for many. Largely because they fear for their own. I have heard many voices of complaint directed at the residents of Mt. Carmel as a consequence. These people have no knowledge whatsoever, about our children. Children have been suffering and dying throughout the world for years. How much concern have these people shown to them. What contributions have they made to improve the lot of humanity, lightening its burden, and at what cost to themselves! Personally I remain unconvinced by their pretentious, fleshly morality and concerns. In my view such a morality arises out of a selfish and deceitful heart. The residents of Mt. Carmel are fully persuaded of Gods approval of their actions. The faithfulness to truth, of these courageous self sacrificing men, women, babes and sucklings stands as a witness against this generation. No amount of mental gymnastics on the part of those who would seek to hide from this reality, is going to change the fact. There is simply no excuse. Our children are highly honored in heaven where it really matters. It is my hope that, our sacrifice may jolt the conscience of some, to the end they might give greater consideration to their souls final destiny.

The ignorance and arrogance displayed by the government, resulting in this tragedy, did not end on the field of Mt. Carmel. It was to continue in the court. The trial lasted approximately seven weeks. We were escorted daily to and from the courthouse by motorcade, our hands and feet shackled during the process. On top of what we had already been through, this was an extraordinarily demanding ordeal.

In the trial itself, the government sought to cover itself in numbers. Over two hundred witnesses were planned. They also placed heavy emphasis on the number of guns that were at Mt. Carmel. This tactic amounted to a diversion from the real issues. As a matter of fact, these diversionary tactics were characteristic of the governments action throughout this whole episode. Such was the surveillance house, the cattle trailers filled with fully armed hoodlums posing as agents, the helicopters, the control of the, the tank attacks against the Mt. Carmel buildings, that was not supposed to be attacks; the list goes on. Eventually these diversionary ploys developed into outright lies. These too became a matter of the numbers game. I suppose the government operated on the premise, the more lies told the greater the likelihood people will believe them.

Nevertheless, through the testimony of their own witnesses, the BATF showed they conspired together for the sole purpose of mounting an attack against innocent civilians. During this process, they trained with the use of live fire and supported by specialized military personnel. They gave no consideration whatsoever to the concerns, fears, hopes, or wishes of the people they were targeting. As a matter of fact, based on the faulty intelligence these people were acting on, we were already tried and convicted. The attack against us was merely the execution. Further, no consideration was given to the possibility of something going wrong. When it did they continued regardless, endangering the lives of their own agents in addition to the lives of the people they were targeting. I question, who do these people think they are, and by what authority do they do these things.

I am not an American citizen, but I am not un-American. In my understanding of the Constitution, assuming it to be still in force, it is the right of the citizens of this nation, not to be subject to unreasonable search and seizure. I don't believe it takes much intelligence to conclude that, approximately 100 fully armed agents, 3 military styled helicopters, plus all that hardware that came against us, constitutes unreasonable search and seizure. This was not a fictitious movie you watch on television, sitting in the comfort of your living room, it was reality. Perhaps this nation has lost the ability to differentiate between reality and fantasy, and appreciate the different responses required of the two. The fact that the element of surprise was knowingly lost, yet the attack took place regardless, is definitive proof of unreasonable search and seizure. Through the testimony of their own witnesses, we are informed that the planners of this attack, relied heavily on the element of surprise being present, for any reasonable expectation of success. By reverse logic, one must conclude that, the absence of this element, significantly reduces or removes altogether any reasonable expectation of success. To know that the element of surprise was lost, yet proceed regardless, cannot be excused as an accident. It can either be seen as a deliberate intention to commit murder, or a flagrant display of arrogance at the expense of peoples lives. In any event both are inexcusable. The fact that we are here dealing with human lives, the executing of such an attack, with or without this element of surprise, should never have occurred in the first place. The real truth is, we were attacked by a bunch of hoodlums under the covof bogus laws. Through the surrender of their conscientious judgment for monetary gain, these agents became instrumental in bringing about this murderous conspiracy. The fact that they were at fault, has been significantly attested to, by the disciplinary actions taken against the agents responsible. Incidentally none of these agents had the courage to testify at the trial. Additionally, those who did clearly showed they had conspired together in the testimony they brought before the court. In my opinion, the action taken against these agents is not a show of disapproval for their wrongs, but rather for executing this wrong unsuccessfully. It also represents an attempt to appease the public, an insult to the intelligence of the American people.

Against the background of the above, it is extremely difficult for me to justify why myself and my colleagues, were the ones put on trial. The evidence arising from the way the trial was conducted leaves me no choice but to conclude that, this is an attempt by the government to cover up its corruption. Evidently, the mentality exists that, agents of the government and therefore the government, can do no wrong and are not answerable to the criminal legal process. This situation conveniently shields the government from a public exposure of its corruption. It is significant that what cases have slipped through the net, have done just that. The trial of myself and my colleagues, has served to highlight that the justice system is the subject of manipulation by the government for its own self preservation and political ends.

So then, my experience of the trial has left me convinced that the same misguided judgment, of the BATF and FBI resulting in the tragedy of Mt. Carmel, was repeated in the courtroom. The judicial process also, lacked the necessary competence to judge matters of the spirit. Additionally, there were significant aspects of the legal practice, which were highly questionable. With regards to this last point. The prosecuting attorneys were involved with the raid planning, yet they played a significant role in determining the indictments and in the subsequent trial. The head of the Justice Department, Janet Reno, was also involved with the attack. The D.A.'s office is ultimately responsible to the Justice Department. Evidently, the government has the potential power, to arbitrarily decide who will be indicted and who will not. This state of affairs enables it to cover its mistakes at the expense of the people.

At the conclusion of the trial, I was found not guilty of the original conspiracy charges unjustly brought against me, an evident blow to the government. However, I was found guilty of aiding and abetting involuntary manslaughter. Also, the possession of a weapon in the commission of a violent crime. The crime was with reference to the original conspiracy charges. I was subsequently sentenced to 40 years and over $250,000 fine. How these two latter charges tie together, let alone relate to the evidence, remains a mystery to me. Significantly my original indictment did not include aiding and abetting involuntary manslaughter. It included the conspiracy and weapons charges. Inoluntary manslaughter was added by the defense attorneys, in consultation with the judge and prosecution. Further, this was done after myself and my colleagues had agreed to rest our case. Being convinced there was no conspiracy and the evidence of the trial did not support a conspiracy, we did not think it necessary to take the stand. Our attorneys acted on their own without consulting or consent from us, by including the charge of voluntary manslaughter. As a matter of fact, I specifically told my attorney not to alter the original indictment. It is important to also note that, when the jury returned the verdict of not guilty on the original charge of conspiracy, the weapons charge, being contingent on the conspiracy charge, should have been dropped. The judge did in fact rule to drop this additional charge, but later reneged on this decision. In my judgment these are legitimate issues of judicial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel. It was clearly evident in the trial that the attorneys were subject to the judge, who controls the court. To trust ones attorney essentially means, to be subject to, and therefore to trust the judge. That, the judge had taken the governments position was blatantly obvious from the outset. What transpired at this trial was merely an attempt, at the appearance of justice. Even then, the judge did an extremely unprofessional job, and so the incompetence continues. As noted earlier, we are not dealing with justice, but rather, the interest of the political economy.

The judges conduct with the jury was also a matter of great concern. It is noteworthy, that a significant number of the jury were pro-gun control. They were also misguided by the judge. The jury foreperson wrote a letter to the judge stating this, in addition tearfully repeated this on national television.

In the face of all this, how can it be said that justice has been done. Why should I be forced to address these blatant injustices in the judicial process, through an appeal. Could it be that, what we have here is nothing but another industry. There seems to be a clear vested interest in maintaining an unjust judicial system. Between the courts and the prison system, a tremendous amount of money is generated. Most certainly, the attorneys are happy about it.

The sentencing phase of the trial was also of great interest. Washing his hand of responsibility for his actions, in his opening statement, the judge blamed the people via the jury and congress, for what he was about to do and why!

During this process, he remarked concerning our commitment of faith, this fanaticism is difficult to understand! In the pretrial hearing he had ruled out issues of our faith and rights under the constitution. It is no wonder he made the above comment. Further analysis reveals this comment to be illogical. How can he in one breath define our commitment as fanatical, while in the same breath state he does not understand it? One cannot label something accurately without first understanding it. Moreover, by stating he does not understand it how can it be said that, the issues of this trial were established beyond reasonable doubt. Evidently the jury saw no intent or conspiracy to murder federal agents. Their decision on involuntary manslaughter can only be construed a political compromise, arising from the judges deliberate misguidance. Notice the judge was not quick to respond to the juries pleas following their mistake.

Judge Smith also made the comment, David was a false prophet. This was the most alarming of all his comments. In his own mind he was evidently sitting in judgment on our faith. Yet assuredly, he does not have the slightest clue of the subject matter of our beliefs, let alone its spirit. In making such a comment, he has shown that, the government through the justice system, now decides what constitutes matters of the state and matters of Religion. Further, what is true and false Religion. At no time did the judge declare his criterion of judgment on both the above. As a matter of fact, he stated he did not understand us. It would be implied from the nature of the trial, that any group professing to be religious, yet thinks differently from the governments accepted boundary of thinking, would be highly suspect as false. Further, should such a group be willing to defend its thinking, actively demonstrating this, against attacks by the government, it would most certainly be judged as false. So then harmony with the thinking allowed by the government, is what constitutes true religion. In taking it upon itself to separate church from state, the government has made itself a god over both. In principle, this is no different to what existed under Catholicism during the dark ages. The result of which we look back in horror. All dissenting voices from the governments determinations, will be silenced. We have come full circle.

The question remains, what are the influences behind the scene encouraging the government to act this way? Are they political economic or religious? We often hear the cry, national security, but are left in the dark as to what's going on. Meanwhile, the government appropriates to itself more power and resources, how convenient!

One thing is certain, Judge Smith's comments demonstrates a profound ignorance of spiritual reality, similarly, the prosecution. They not only judge our beliefs to be false, but went on to brand us religious terrorists! All of this because we stood and died in defense of what we believed. If this is not the essence of what constitutes faithfulness, and therefore true religion, I don't know what is! Consider the following commendation, Hebrews 11 (note verses 36-38); 12:3, 4-10; Revelation 2:8-10.

 "The Unseen Reality"
Sealed With Seven Seals

In the following I shall endeavor to address our beliefs as far as I am able within the boundaries of this book. Briefly, ones belief is generally defined as that which one perceives in the mind to be true. Few appreciate that beliefs require a yardstick or criterion against which they are contrasted enabling them to be judged true or false. This criterion is distinctly separate from the beliefs themselves and is absolute in its nature. Traditionally the criterion generally employed has been that which we refer to as conscience, that inner voice.

On the outside people have compared the conscience to the ancient books written by holy men. In the West, the Judeo- Christian scriptures has been generally accepted as such. These external criteria provide a measure by which to judge the accuracy of both our own perceptions of what is true and that of others. If we assume that civil laws are not to compel one to act contrary to conscience then such laws too must also parallel conscience.

The above scenario reflects something of an ideal situation. However, in the reality many of us have come to know it does not work that way. Generally people are not true to conscience. They give little consideration to the books of the ancients, and civil law tend to reflect economic and political interests.

Deviations from the conscience are often related to a desire to satisfy the lusts of the senses, a choice available to man. It is understood that progression in these deviations results in the lessening of ones ability to respond to the inner voice of conscience. This finally ends in confusion, weakening the will to pursue harmony with conscience. Many choose instead to satisfy and to cultivate the sensual lusts, reflective of the prevailing situation of today. Being born into this situation places much stress on one to give little thought to conscience. Some abandon it altogether.

In my experience I have found people to be at different stages along this continuum. These varying positions have a profound impact on our ability to comprehend the meaning behind the written words of the scriptures. Logic would suggest, the greater the harmony with conscience the greater ones ability to perceive the meanings of scriptures. At the opposite extreme its pursuit and comprehension is abandoned altogether. Only to be replaced by an alternative generated through the imagination of the mind. In any event, the awareness of the mind games we play remains with us. In the final analysis we are really fooling ourselves, and these things have a way of catching up with us!

It is against this background of the inner workings of the human mind and the shortcomings of the heart that people form and utter their opinions of what they perceive to be true. Certainly, in the actions of man, faithfulness to the mind of conscience is sadly lacking. Often when faced with the challenge of being faithful at some loss to ourselves we sacrifice faithfulness. The heart of man is considerably weak and requires strengthening. How this is to be accomplished has been the inner struggle of man from time immemorial. As mentioned above, most have abandoned this struggle opening the floodgates to whatever pleases the fancy. But is this the answer? We may find temporary pleasure, but the morning after we are met with a sickly after effect. Only to find ourselves turning to something else to cure that, yet weaker for the experience. In the interim the inner voice of conscience is seeking to re-establish us again. Unfortunately this effort is often interpreted as condemnatory, sapping the will of it's power to return. The truth is this interpretation, arises out of our own imagination. It is we who condemn ourselves. We have been nurtured and cultured in this habit for generations. It is also we who judge ourselves, but we are still faced with the need for a criterion against which to judge. We are back where we started. There exist within us an inescapable realization that there is something called truth, be it relative to conscience or some other measure we devise ourselves. Consistency with it, affords us a necessary sense of peace and security. Without which our survival as, complete and healthy beings, is virtually impossible.

So then, ones expressed beliefs are a reflection of ones state of conscientious awareness. In order to understand a persons expressed beliefs, it is necessary to understand their state of conscientious awareness. This requires an atmosphere of openness, honesty and trust. Failure to do this results in interpreting such beliefs against the background of ones own state of conscientious awareness. This becomes judgmental and generally produces inaccuracies in understanding.

The scriptures reflect the state of conscientious awareness we identify with God. This is the subject matter of the Seven Seals. At Mt. Carmel we gave ourselves over to conscience without reservation. The United States government defined it as brainwashing. We like to think of it as being honest with ourselves! I don't need to question the integrity of its judgment. It knows what it did and the reasons it did it. As sure as night follows day we are all to be judged by the truth of conscience, the true measure of righteousness. Moreover according to our righteousness so shall we be rewarded.

The following, focuses on the book of Revelation, highlighting a significant part of our beliefs. It brings to view the nature and criterion against which we judge what is true or false, as it relates to beliefs and thinking. The book of Revelation itself is generally accepted as the last known revelation given to the Apostles and included in the Canon.

Briefly the Apostle John was on the Isle of Patmos. He received a visit from a being belonging to a distant reality, both in space and time. He gives John some information instructing him to write it in a book and send it to the seven churches in Asia. Following this initial encounter, John is taken a place he identifies as heaven. He is shown the judgment at the end of this world. He brings to view a throne with someone sitting on it. This is surrounded by twenty-four elders, also seated. Additionally he beholds four living creatures and an innumerable company of angels. In the right hand of the one on the throne is a book sealed with Seven Seals. A strong angel appears on the scene crying with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to take the book and to loose the seals thereof ?" The response was unequivocal, "No man!" John's attention is subsequently directed to a personality described as the Lamb. He comes and takes the book from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne and proceeds to open the seals. As he looses each seal he reveals a succession of symbolically coded information. The essential issue has been the book and the meaning of the seals. Since only the Lamb was identified as worthy to loose the seals, logic would suggest only he can show their meaning. Anyone therefore claiming to know the meaning of the seals, must either be the Lamb, or being his servant, was taught by him. The Apostle John was subsequently shown the meanings, but was not permitted to write them. The Apostle Paul made reference to this in his second letter to the church at Corinth. (II Corinthians 12:1- 5) The book called the Revelation which the Apostle John wrote, merely seeks to notify the inhabitants of the earth of the issues concerning the sealed book.

Mt. Carmel was a place where David Koresh opened the Seven Seals. The issue now facing everyone with any interest in the scriptures and the will of God is, what do these seals teach? Further, did David truly reveal them? If this is so, then the question must be asked who is he? It is not impossible for beings of spirit to take human form. Additionally by killing him what has the Gentile world done? On the other hand if it is not true, then by what criterion is it judged not true and by whom? Moreover, what then do the seals teach?

Had this government approached Mt. Carmel in a more rational fashion, David would be alive today addressing these questions in person as he offered to do. Nevertheless I shall now focus on the text of the book of Revelation. All the references will be taken from the King James Version. Our text begins with Revelation 1:9-20.

Revelation Chapter 1

1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [one] like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

In this section, John introduces himself to his hearers, he also identifies where he is writing from, note verse 9. We are acquainted with the fact that, the Isle of Patmos was a place of exile. Speaking to the seven churches in Asia, John declares, he was sent there for the word of God and the testimony of Christ. During this time, the early believers were a target of persecution. In verse 10, John notes he was in the Spirit and heard behind him a voice, which sounded like a trumpet. This voice introduces itself, then instructs John to write what he sees in a book and send it to the seven churches in Asia, compare verse 11, and 19. In verse 12, John turns around to see the voice that spoke with him. He proceeds to describe what he saw, one like the son of man in the midst of seven golden candlesticks. In verse 17, John faints at the sight. After recovering consciousness, they both enter a dialogue, verses 18-20. This being was in fact identified as the angel of Christ, compare Revelation 1:1; 22:16. This explains why John describes him as one "like" the Son of man. Note he has the keys of hell and death. Evidently, the Apostle John is being used as an instrument by heaven, through the angel of Christ, to communicate certain information heaven deems important, to the churches.

In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, John records the information the angel showed him, in the form of seven letters, one to each of the churches. They give us, who are living today, some insights into how Christ dealt with His church in the past.

Revelation Chapter 2

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet [are] like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation Chapter 3

1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Clearly, the church had a direct link with heaven. What is the evidence of such a link today? There are so many churches today, which of them has that direct link to heaven, and what is heaven saying? We know there is a judgment to take place in heaven, how are we to know it's substance? Could it be possible that, the churches today are merely man made institutions, bereft of the spirit? Who is the spokesperson on earth, through whom heaven is communicating to man? From ancient times, God's always had a visible presence, or representative on earth.

In the interest of brevity, I shall focus on two of the above letters. Firstly the letter to the church of Smyrna. You will note, this church was the subject of persecution, from within and without. In the former, from people falsely professing to be believers, whilst in the latter, the civil authorities. Note carefully verses 9 and 10, of Chapter 2. Evidently following Christ knows no bounds. The followers in the church of Smyrna, are to experience prison and death, for which they are counselled to endure. You will further note the warning of verse 11. This counsel comes from the spirit. The rejecting of the spirit has been identified with the unpardonable sin. This is nothing really complicated. It is through the spirit that Christ communicates himself. To reject the spirit, merely cuts off communications with Christ. One is effectively left in darkness regarding matters pertaining to Christ and heaven. Ordinarily, the spirit elects an individual here on earth to be its mouth piece.

In the letter to Philadelphia, the spirit brings to view some interesting information. (Revelation 3:7-13) Note the key of David in verse 7, we saw this in Revelation 1:18. There, it was identified with hell and death, evidently it must open something. What has this got to do with David? We know David wrote the Psalms. Is there some mystery to the Psalms, that we have not yet fully understood? In verse 18, an open door is placed before the Philadelphians. What does this mean? What does John have to say about an open door? (Revelation 4:1) Note carefully verse 12. Christ informs the church, he is to have a new name! What is Christ's new name?

In addition to Johns initial encounter with the angel, or spirit of Christ, something extraordinary follows. In Revelation 4:1, John beholds a door opened in heaven. You will recall mention being made of an open door in the letter to the Philadelphians. John is invited to come up to heaven through this door, by the angel he met at the beginning, to be shown things future to his day.

Revelation Chapter 4

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and [there was] a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne [were] four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and [there were] seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne [there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast [was] like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast [was] like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

As he was in Revelation 1:10, John again identifies himself as being in the spirit, verse 2. Once in heaven, he gives a graphic description of what he sees, the content of which takes up the remainder of the book of Revelation. In chapter 4, he describes the scene in God's throne room. Verses 2 and 3, brings to view the throne, having one sitting on it. John describes Him as a jasper and sardine stone. It is no wonder, the prophets called God a Rock! Surrounding the throne are twenty-four elders seated, verse 4. In verses 6-9, John introduces these four beasts, one of which is identified as having a face as a man. Later on in chapter 5:11, John also introduces an innumerable company of angels. In verses 10 an 11, the elders are seen worshipping the one sat on the throne. Additionally, in Chapter 5:7, John is to bring to view a personality described as the Lamb. The question arises, what are we seeing here? The Apostle Paul, describes this gathering as Mt. Zion; the City of the Living God; the heavenly Jerusalem; the general assembly and church of the firstborn written in heaven. (Hebrews 12:22-24) Paul was also permitted to see John's experience of going up to heaven. (II Corinthians 12:1-5)

An additional question arises, concerning the purpose of the above assembly? In Revelation 4:1, it was noted that, John went to heaven to be shown events future to his day. In Revelation 1:1, it speaks of a Revelation concerning events to come to pass. In Revelation 5, the issue of this assembly is clearly brought to view.

Revelation Chapter 5

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four [and] twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

In the right hand of the one who sat on the throne is the book, sealed with seven seals, verse 1. Note the inquiry of verse 2; who is worthy to take the book and loose the seals thereof? The response in verse 3, was unequivocal, no man! You will recall these events are taking place in the realm of the spirit. The fact that no man was found worthy was of concern to John, evidently he wanted to know the contents of the sealed book, verse 5. John is comforted, having his attention directed to a personality described as the Lamb. He comes and takes the book, verses 6 and 7. In the rest of the chapter he receives all honor, worship, glory etc, being the only one accounted worthy to take the book and loose the seals thereof.

We noted earlier, the Apostle Paul had spoken of this event. He identifies the book as the new covenant, and the Lamb as Christ, the mediator of the new covenant. (Hebrews 12:24) So then, it is established in this first stage of the judgment, that only the Lamb is worthy to reveal the book. It therefore follows, that all authorities are subject to him. As we proceed further in our study, it will become apparent that, the sealed book in heaven, with all its symbolic codes written in a language heaven understands, is in fact the scriptures here on earth. The information contained therein, written in a language man can understand. What this judgment effectively means therefore is, the bible is a sealed book. This is particularly as it relates to the subject matter of the new covenant. We learn from the prophet Daniel, who wrote during the Medio-Persian empire, that the book would be sealed until the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4, 8-10) Naturally, someone was to emerge in the earth to open the book and reveal its meaning. The fact the scriptures is a sealed book, with regards to its meaning, helps us to understand the prevalence of so many churches offering their opinions and interpretations of its meaning. This is all well and good. No one is to be condemned for trying to understand the book, nevertheless the judgment of Rev 5, concludes that no one but the Lamb is worthy to reveal its true meaning.

In Rev. 6-22:5, the Lamb proceeds to open each seal. Rev 6:1-7:17, focuses on the first six seals. At the opening of the first four seals, we see a series of symbolically coded information:

Revelation Chapter 6

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name 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.
9 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:
10 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?
11 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.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 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;
16 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:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation Chapter 7

7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribe of Juda [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad [were] sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses [were] sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar [were] sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about] the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

In Rev 6: 1-2, as the Lamb opens the first seal, note the sound of thunder. Rev. 10:3, has something to say about seven thunders and the open book. At the opening of each seal you will also note the invitation of the four beasts, for John to come and see. The first seal reveals a rider on a white horse. He has a bow, and a crown was given unto him. Evidently he's a king. Further, he goes forth conquering and to conquer. Maybe that's why he's got a bow, to shoot arrows at his enemies. In any event, that's all the information we get on the first seal. The question is, what does all this mean here on earth? Who's the one on the horse? Who are the ones he conquers? When do these things happen? Who on earth can teach us these things? It has already been established, that only the Lamb can reveal the seals. Therefore we are obliged to conclude that, only he can truthfully address the questions above. Whatever answers we offer, unless we are the Lamb, they amount to mere opinions and private interpretations. The apostle Peter counsels against such. (2 Peter 1:19-21)

He opens the second seal verses 3, 4 again a man riding a horse, this time a red horse! Power is given unto him to take peace from the earth, causing man to kill one another. Additionally, he's given a great sword. The third and fourth seals also reveal a man riding a horse, black and pale in color. Then there's some minor information concerning the task he has to perform, verses 5-8. We are faced with the same questions introduced under the first seal.

When the fifth seal is open we see some dead people on the other side. They were killed for the word of God and the testimony they held. I wonder why that is? These people are conscious in spite of their death, and cry for their blood to be avenged against those who killed them. They are told to wait a while, until the rest of their brethren that are to be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Note also that there are no more beast! (Rev. 6:9-11)

In Rev 6:12; 7:17, the sixth seal is brought to view. All hell breaks loose. Cataclysmic events occur in the heavens and in the earth. Fear possesses the inhabitants of this world as they seek to hide themselves from the one on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. I wonder why that is. I thought the glorious appearance of Christ was something to look forward to! How come these people seek to hide themselves? Evidently these things take them by surprise! It appears they had not taken heed to the subject matter of the judgment of Revelation 4 and 5. But some did take note. In chapter 7, an angel is seen ascending from the earth with the seal of the living God. Note he's ascending, not descending. Evidently, he must have been on earth. What is that seal of the living God, that he has? Further still, how does it relate to the sealed book? Who is this angel, and what's he got to do with the angel of Revelation 10, who comes to earth with the opened book? Maybe he wanted to give a bible study. Whatever this means, the inhabitants of the earth failed to take heed, consequently these things take them by surprise!

Rev. 8:1-22:5, focuses on the seventh seal and concludes the information on the seals. The following looks at some immediate topics:

Revelation Chapter 8

1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 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.
4 And the smoke of the incense, [which came] with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5 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.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
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.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great 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;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
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 as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 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!

Revelation Chapter 9

1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment [was] as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 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.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as [the teeth] of lions.
9 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.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power [was] to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; [and], behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen [were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation Chapter 10

1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [was] upon his head, and his face [was] as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and [his] left [foot] on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as [when] a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go [and] take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take [it], and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Revelation Chapter 11

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty [and] two months.
3 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake wereslain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Note Rev. 10:1-11:13, following the sixth trumpet of the sixth seal, an angel appears. He comes to the earth, from heaven with a little book opened. What is this book? What does he want to teach the inhabitants of the earth? In verse 3, he cries as when a lion roareth. Maybe he has some connection with the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, brought to view in Revelation 5:5, otherwise known as the Lamb. When he cries seven thunders utter their voices. Seven thunders! What's that got to do with Rev 6:1, where the Lamb opens the first seal? John claims he hears, as it were the noise of thunder. He was about to write what the seven thunders uttered but was told not to, verse 4. Note verses 5 and 6, when the angel comes to earth there is time is no longer. In verse 7, we find the statement;

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, When he shall begin to sound,

the mystery of God should be finished,

as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

What Mystery? What was John told not to write? Evidently John knew something. Has this mystery been shown to the prophets before hand? How about that. Ever wondered about the man on the red horse in Zechariah 1:7-8. What did the prophet Zechariah see? Who's that angel that comes down to earth in Zech 2:1-3, and who's that young man he speaks to? The one who goes to Jerusalem to measure the temple. What is he told about the events to occur in Jerusalem? Why is it that under the second deal, the man on the red horse takes peace from the earth? Is there a movement for peace in the Middle East? Does it bear the sanction of God? We know God has chosen Jerusalem for His dwelling place. What did Christ have to say about future events in the Middle East, and Jerusalem? (Luke 21:20-27, 35; cf. Zechariah 14:1, 2) In Matthew 24:2, he had stated not one stone of the building would be left upon another. We know the wailing wall remains to this day. Is there something to occur in Jerusalem? Why is it that Christ takes peace from the earth? (Mt 10:34-39) What did the Apostle Paul, have to say about all of this? (I Thessalonians 4:16-5:4; note 5:3) This angel that comes to the earth, could it be he's the one with the seal of God, ascending from the East in Rev. 7:2! How about that, what are we seeing here, who can show us the meanings of all of this? We know one thing, many serious events are here spoken of. But do they matter, are they of any importance to us? They seem to be important to God!

Revelation Chapter 11 (continued) 14 The second woe is past; [and], behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Part 3 of 4--Livingstone Fagan's "Mount Carmel: The Unseen Reality"

Revelation Chapter 12

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man [child].
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation Chapter 13

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear,and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, an great authority
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

Revelation Chapter 14

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast [it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [and] six hundred furlongs.

Revelation Chapter 15

1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Revelation Chapter 16

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead [man]: and every living soul died in the sea.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous [are] thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, [and] so great.
19 And 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 unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, [every stone] about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Revelation Chapter 17

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. {harlots: or, fornications}
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation Chapter 18

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be noparkers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, {thyine: or, sweet}
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What [city is] like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft [he be], shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation Chapter 19

1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 For true and righteous [are] his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes [were] as a flame of fire, and on his head [were] many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Revelation Chapter 20

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection
6 Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation Chapter 21

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life

Revelation Chapter 22

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings [are] faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard [them]. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you all. Amen.

In Revelation 22:6-9, the Apostle John affirms the truthfulness of the things he saw. He is further told not to seal the information he has been shown concerning the book sealed with seven seals, note verse 10. In verse 11, we see God's attitude to our righteousness, and unrighteousness. Evidently he's not concerned with that, His focus has to do with the things He has written concerning His son. It's certainly not a problem for Him to heal us of our sinfulness. In verse 12, the Lamb directs our attention to the fact that, He is to come, and he brings His reward (the book) with him to give every man according as his work shall be. Evidently we are to be rewarded according to our responses to Him, when he comes to reveal the seals. Verse 14, brings to view briefly the city. In verse 16-21, the Lamb Himself affirms the truthfulness of the Revelation John was instructed to send to the churches. He further extends an open invitation to the Kingdom, and issue a warning not to tamper with this Revelation.

I began this study in Rev 1:9, primarily because Rev 1:1-3, was not in fact written by the Apostle John. Having now grasped an understanding of the text, careful analysis will reveal that these verses are in fact, a summary of the entire book. The statement, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, refers to the information contained in the sealed book. The book is given to the Lamb (Christ) who shows it to His servants, in this case John. It is therefore referred to as, His, Christ's revelation. The Revelation itself, contained in the book, refers to events future to John's day. It is also true that these events concern Christ and His Kingdom here on earth. These events come to pass shortly after the Lamb gets through revealing the seals, not shortly after John's day. The opening of the seals was not to take place until the end of time. The prophet Daniel had spoken expressly on this matter. (Daniel 12:4, 8-10) The Apostle Peter also commented. (I Peter 1:5, 13; note also Amos 3:7; Isaiah 42:9) John was merely notified of these events before hand. He then proceeded, as instructed, to notify the churches. Having access to this information, the followers of Christ today can be forewarned about the event of the opening of the sealed book. This knowledge was designed to prepare the followers of Christ, living in the days the events in the sealed book comes to pass, to cope. It is unfortunate that this truth has been neglected. The seals have indeed been opened, but this generation continues in its ignorance of them. A mere handful of people were present to learn the meaning of the seals. The events themselves are to shortly come to pass. They too will come upon the world unawares, consider Luke 21:20-22, 24-27, 34, 35; cf. Isaiah 2:2- 4; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 8:1-3, 20-23; 14:1-12, 16-19; Ezekiel 36: Daniel 2:44; Matthew 5:14; II Peter 3; I Thes 4:14- 5:4. It is no wonder under the sixth seal, the world seeks to hide itself from the one on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.

The additional verses of Rev 1:4-8, have also been a subject of discussion. Their form follows the usual pattern of the writer introducing himself to his hearers. Additionally they introduce concepts, contained in the body of the Revelation. These are not immediately comprehendable, without some knowledge of what's written in the book. This is largely because, the events referred to are of the realm of the spirit, and being yet future, do not have a bearing in our sensory based consciousness. Since not all the manuscripts have these verses, I felt it useful to leave its discussion till last. In any event, they do not detract from what John wrote regarding his experience on the Isle of Patmos and his subsequent visit to heaven.

Significantly, the coming of the Lamb to reveal the sealed book, and the subsequent fulfillment of the events contained therein, was the hope of the early believers. Consider the Apostle Paul's comment in I Corinthians 1:7. The word translated "coming" in the KJV comes from the Greek word "Apocalypsis" which is generally translated "revelation." The Apostle Paul was aware of the Revelation given to John. (II Corinthians 12:1-5; Hebrews 12:22-25) His usage of this word in I Cor. 1:7, was in reference to the Revelation John received, and not the glorious appearance of Christ. The Apostle Peter also spake in reference to the Revelation received by John. (I Peter 1:4, 5, 13).

Salvation And The Book Of Revelation

In the foregoing chapter, my primary goal has been to introduce the text of the book of Revelation. By laying this basic foundation, it is my hope to bring the mind of the reader to a place, where it can appreciate the book and the issues contained therein. Evidently its focus centers around the subject matter of the sealed book. Having a comprehension of the issues, one is provided with the conceptual frame of reference, against which it may be judged whether or not David did in fact reveal the Seven seals. Further, with this improved awareness, one is also better placed to further understand the purpose of Mt. Carmel and the reasons for the events which occurred there.

There have been many commentators on the text of the book of Revelation. Much attention has been given to its form and structure. Also to the language and symbolism employed in its composition, In spite of all this attention, the meaning of the book has hitherto remained a mystery. The essential question that needs to be asked of all these interpreters is, by what authority do they speak? Having something of an awareness of the issue in Revelation 5: 1-3, we begin to appreciate the significance of this question. First of all, only the Lamb can reveal the book, whoever or whatever he is. Secondly, he does reveal the book. The information contained therein, is shown to His servants. So then, to know the seals you're either a servant of the Lamb, or the Lamb himself.

The confusion that exists among commentators, regarding the meaning of the book, evidently suggests we are dealing with peoples opinions. The book is not amenable to the carnal human consciousness; what is described as, natural religion. It is significant that the Apostle John, spoke of things not yet having a bearing in our human sensory based experiencing. Evidently we would not yet have formed the conceptual tools necessary to comprehend these realities. This has been the heart of the issue of faith. Perhaps also, the reason why the prophet Daniel, recorded that the book would be sealed until the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4, 8-10) The prophet Isaiah, also saw this. (Isaiah 29:10-14) The complexity of the above is further compounded by the fact that John identifies himself as being in the spirit, when he saw these things. (Rev 1:10, & 4:1, 2) What does this mean? Evidently Johns common sense consciousness was unable to cope, with what he saw. In verse 17, John faints. The Apostle Paul had something to say about being in the spirit:

"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given us of God." (I Corinthians 2:12)

Most definitely we know, the information in the book of Revelation, is given us of God. Paul writes further;

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they arefoolishness unto him. Neither can he know them for they are spiritually discerned." (I Corinthians 2:14)

Consider also Romans 8:1-8. The above being true, one has to convert to the consciousness of the mind of the Spirit, without which, comprehending the book of Revelation remains impossible. At least until the events spoken of, meet their fulfillment. When they become a matter of common knowledge, the human mind, via the senses, would then have experienced these realities firsthand.

It is largely for the reasons discussed above, why the meaning of the book of Revelation remains a subject of dispute in the religious arena. Further questions may be raised regarding the presence of God, among these church communities, as being distinct from other such groups not openly professing God.

The term Revelation, denotes the unveiling of some truth by God to man. Such revealed truths are distinguished from 'natural' religion, the content of which being demonstrated by the process of reason. This is the pre-occupation of theological seminaries. There are basically three theories, arising from natural religion, offered as keys to understanding the book of Revelation. After careful analysis of these theories, it will be determined that, none of them have brought us any closer to understanding the meaning of the book of Revelation. Thinking on this subject. in the theological world, is at best speculative. For many the book of Revelation has been altogether abandoned, being regarded as unimportant to our salvation. It's a case of'just accept Jesus, and forget about it.' There is no escaping the fact that, the book of Revelation and our appreciation of salvation is indispensable. It is comparative to that, of God warning the antediluvians before hand of His intentions to destroy the earth with a flood. Those who took heed, became conscious of the way of escape and lived, those who did not perished. Indeed, the prophetic references of Christ' in texts such as Matthew 24, makes such comparisons to the days of Noah. The issues of the Seven Seals relate, not to the salvaging of our bodies, but much more importantly, the soul.

Consider the following. In the Gospel of Luke, Christ made the following statement:

"... Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

Can you imagine what would have happened to the human race, had not Christ uttered these words! Further, what would have happened, had not the Father accepted them. By accepting Christ's statement, God bound Himself to forgive man, as long as he remained in his ignorance. The Father had previously bound Himself by His own word, when he said to Adam, if you eat of the tree you shall surely die. (Genesis 2:15, 16) The flip side of this statement was, if you don't eat of the tree you shall continue to live. Adam did eat of that tree. In so doing he procured to himself and his descendants death. Christ on the other hand, kept the law, yet he died. The law, which is the word of God, became indebted to Him. In lieu of this debt, Christ requested the forgiveness of man. Our probation was further extended. It would be wrong to conclude that this time was allotted to us to do as we please. As a matter of fact, it was for the purpose that man would wise up to the spirit of Christ. In Luke 23: 46, Christ commended His spirit into the hand of the Father. In the book of Revelation, His spirit was to return again to the earth, immediately before His appearing in glory. This was a further effort to communicate itself to man, man having failed of attaining to it himself, in the additional probationary time allotted.

You will recall Christ commended His spirit into the hand of the Father. On his visit to heaven in Revelation 4, John saw in the right hand of the one sitting on the throne, a book Sealed within and on the backside, with Seven Seals. The book contained the revelation (knowledge) of Christ, His spirit. (cf. Revelation 1:1; Luke 23:46) The Apostle Paul describes Christ as, the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1) Peter speaks of those, who have obtained like precious faith. (2Peter 1:1) Christ, being in the flesh, walked the path of righteousness by remaining true and faithful to the will of God. In so doing, he cultured a spirit, giving rise to a mindset of thought perceptions, that he offers to man in place of their own. We inherited from Adam a fallen mind, and a weak and fearful spirit. The spirit which Christ offers is our salvation. The opening of the Sealed book, reveals the things which must come to pass pertaining to Christ. These are God's judgments, about what he intends to do for his son. To understand these judgments, bringing ones thinking into harmony with them, is to be one with the spirit of Christ and of God. One cannot convert to the spirit and will of God without a knowledge of His will.

We see then that, salvation was not given 2,000 years ago. The early church. like the Patriarchs and Prophets of old, received only the promise of salvation. Salvation was to be given in the last times, at the revelation of Christ. Consider the following:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed In the last time


Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the Revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Peter 1:13)

The Apostle Paul, having also seen Johns experience of going to heaven, brings to view the same thoughts as Peter, note his comment regarding Christ as, the mediator of the new covenant. (Heb 12:24) This is in reference to John' statement regarding the Lamb, his being the only one accounted worthy to loose the Seals off of the book. The book itself, contains the new covenant, the spirit Christ cultured for us, in place of our own. The prophet Daniel also brings to view this subject of the Sealed book, and it being open in the end of time. (Daniel 12:4, 8-10) Those who understand the contents are accounted wise, those who do not, wicked.

So then, Christ's purchase of our salvation required a response on our part. We are required to receive the free gift of His righteousness. This is His spirit, contained in the book sealed with Seven Seals. The accepting of this knowledge converts our way of thinking to God's.

When the spirit of Christ returned to the earth, identified by the teaching of the Seven Seals, God is no longer bound by Christ's statement of Luke 23:34. Judgment can now be executed on sin and sinners. It is required that man have a conscious awareness of this spirit, albeit not all men, since the hearing of it and the acceptance of it, is strictly by choice. The few of us at Mt. Carmel, who received this spirit made this possible. In the Revelation, John records Christ saying He comes as a thief in the night. (Revelation 16:15; cf. 22:12) This event of His coming is the subject matter of Revelation 10-11:13. It is developed further in Matt 24:43. The thief comes to break up the house of the owner. Note this is linked to the seven last plagues of Rev 16. Before the owners house could be broken up, the owner had to be bound, note Mark 3:27. In verse 26, Mark indicates the owners house, and who the strong man and the thief are. Satan took possession of this world, by virtue of Adam's sin. With the Seven Seals now in the earth, both Man and Satan are now bound. This is the cause of the controversy spoken of in Psalms 2, note verses 2 and 3. When the seventh trumpet, of the Seventh Seal sounds, the mystery of God is finished. This world returns back to its rightful owners, God and His Christ.

Being direct recipients of the knowledge of the Seals, when challenged to surrender our position of faith, we were left with no alternative but to defend ourselves. The government over stepped its mark in asking us to surrender our souls to it. The fact that it may not have been aware of the issues, cannot be offered as an excuse. Ignorance no longer constitutes innocence. In truth, the governments action was a late and last ditch effort, to hold on to power. The deaths of those who died at Mt. Carmel merely sealed God's victory. Those of us who remain alive in faith, are an open show of that victory. The kingdom of God, can now be made manifest in the earth, the next event to shortly come to pass. (Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3; Ezekiel 36; Zechariah 8:1-3, 20-23; 14: 1-12, 16-19; Matthew 5:14)

"And I Saw When The Lamb Opened One Of The Seals..."

In this section, I aim to expand on our discussion further by focusing on the Psalms, the subject matter of the First Seal. Before addressing the text itself, it is necessary to clarify what the Psalms are.

There exists this commonly held belief, that the Psalms are songs, written by King David of old and relating to his experience. This is not entirely true. They are in fact the song of the Lamb, spoken of in Revelation 15:13. Although sung by King David, they reflect the experience the Lamb goes through, while in the earth fulfilling His Fathers will. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired King David, to document them for future generations, in accordance with the judgment and the opening of the seals. Being a man after Gods own heart, he was at a place in his experience of appreciating the experience of the Lamb.

Consider what the following commentators had to say. on the subject of the Psalms and their focus. In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24, sometime after Christ's' resurrection, he appeared to two despondent followers who were journeying to a village called Emmaus. Christ appeared alongside them and began opening to them the scriptures, note verses 26, 27, 31. In verse 44, Christ made the following comment to the disciples, regarding the Psalms:

"And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets and in the Psalms concerning me."

King David of old, had the following to say, in connection with the writing of the Psalms:

"Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said ,... The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue." (II Samuel 23:1-3)

Note also:

"Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward... " (I Samuel 16:23)

Christ himself had the following to say about David's writing of the Psalms:

"And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, how say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, the Lord said to my Lord, sit thou on my right hand, tillI make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?" (Mark 12:35-37; cf. Psalms 110;Acts 2:34-36)

Consider also, what the Apostle Luke had to say in Acts 2:25-35. Quoting from Psalms 2, and 89, the Apostle Paul made the following comments:

"For unto which of the angels said he at that time, thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee: And again, I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a son?" (Hebrews 1:5; cf. Palms 2:7; 89:26, 27)

Paul also made it unequivocally clear that, the person spoken of in Psalms 45, is Christ, and not King David of old;

"But unto the son he sayeth, thy throne, O God, is forever and ever:a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." (Hebrews 1:8-9)

This last reference will be of particular importance as we develop the first Seal. In fact, all the Psalms deal with the subject matter of the first seal. Primarily, they detail the mind of the Lamb, the one riding the horses in Revelation 6: 1-8. (cf. Matthew 10:34-39, with Revelation 6:3, 4) While it would give me much pleasure, in pursuing an in depth review of the Psalms, in the interest of brevity, I shall confine my focus to two examples. These both, clearly amplify the true focus of the Psalms.

The first, Psalm 22, deals with the experience of the Lamb at his crucifixion 2000 years ago. You will recall the utterance Christ made, as he hung on the cross:

"And at the third hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, E-loi, E-loi lama Sa-bach'tha-ni? Which is, being interpreted, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mark 15:35)

There was much more to this utterance that, remained as unspoken thoughts, in the mind of Christ. Psalms 22, picks up the story:

Psalm 22

1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I [am] a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying],
8 He trusted on the LORD [that] he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou [art] he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother's belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble [is] near; for [there is] none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong [bulls] of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me [with] their mouths, [as] a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look [and] stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom [is] the LORD'S: and he [is] the governor among the nations.
29 All [they that be] fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [this].

There's a unity of thought in the mind of Christ, revealed here in this Psalm. It helps in affirming the fact that, this Psalm was about the experience of Christ at His crucifixion, 2000 years ago. King David had written about the intimate details of this event, many centuries before. Note verses 1, 7, 8, for their correlation to events surrounding the crucifixion. Compare Mark 14:65; 15:29-32. Consider also Matthew 27:27-32. Verse 9 takes us back to his birth, compare Luke 1:26-35. The experience of his being on the cross is given much detailed attention in verses 14-18, the whole Psalm is written from the position of his being on the cross. Compare Mark 15, particularly verse 24. All the Gospels give some commentary on this scene. They give the fuller external picture of what was taking place during those tragic days and nights. It is through the witness of these historical narratives that we today, have been able to come to something of an awareness of Christ. A reality long witnessed to by the prophetic writings of the ancients.

In the latter part of this Psalm, the mood and focus shifts to the future. Verse 28, speaks of the Kingdom of the Lord and His being the governor among nations. How does this relate to the Christ of the book of Revelation. As the Psalms and the Prophets notified the Jews before hand of Christ's appearance 2,000 years ago, through the testimony of the spirit, so it is today. The Apostle John in writing the book of Revelation, as instructed by the angel of Christ, sought to make us aware of events concerning the opening of the sealed book. The prophet Daniel had already spoken on the subject of the sealed book. (Daniel 12:4, 8-10) Psalms 22:22, 25 speaks of this congregation Christ is to declare the name of the Lord to. What does this mean? When was this to occur? Is there something about this Revelation we have failed to grasp? Who is the spirit of truth of John 16:13-15? What are those many things that Christ had to say that the disciples could not bear then? When were these things to be revealed? It is a fact of reality that in order to appreciate answers, we must appreciate the questions. In our second example, Psalms 40, the Spirit through King David introduces us further, to the experience of the Lamb.

Psalm 40

1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings.
3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.
6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.
9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me.
14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.
15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.
16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.
17 But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Note verse 1 and 2, the person of this Psalm waited patiently for the Lord. Evidently he dies and is finally brought up out of a horrible pit. What has this got to do with the resurrection? What about that rock! Who sits on the throne in Revelation 4? Why does John describe him as a jasper and sardine stone? Did Christ go to heaven after his resurrection? Was His spirit commended into the hands of the Father at His crucifixion? Verse 5, speaks of God's thoughts towards us. Could those thoughts possibly be written in a book. Could that book be sealed with seven seals? In any event, the one spoken of in this Psalm is to come, verse 7. Come from where? He continues;

, the volume of the book it is written of me,...

Is the seven seals a revelation of Christ? What does the Father give to the Lamb? Note Revelation 1:1. What is Psalm 40:7 really teaching us? In verses 8 and 9, this person has the law of God in his heart, he preaches righteousness to the great congregation. What righteousness and to what congregation? What are God's judgments, are they not right? Is God not righteous in His judgments? Are His judgments not contained in the book, He gives to the Lamb?

Remember the congregation of Psalms 22:22, 25. In verse 11, he asks for mercies from God, note verse 12. His iniquities are more then the hairs of his head. I wonder why is that? Most definitely this is not Christ in His glory. It certainly is not Him as He was 2,000 years ago. But what about this Christ? The one in the volume of the book. Why were there two goats offered during the sanctuary service, on the Day of Atonement? (Leviticus 16:7-26) Both were symbols of Christ. Why did the second of these goats have the iniquities of the people transferred to it? What do these symbols really teach? Who can show us? What did Christ mean in His statement of Matthew 24:28? A carcass is a dead body. Well, we know one thing, there's a sealed book with seven seals, and only the Lamb can reveal it.

In the foregoing we attempted to take a brief look at the Psalms. Clearly they contain information pertinent to our knowledge of Christ. The term Christ is a title, the Greek word for the Hebrew 'Messiah' meaning 'anointed one'. There are many references to a David, future to King David of old. Hosea 3:5, speaks of Him. So does Ezekiel 34, note verses 23 and 25; 37, note verses 24-28. Isaiah 55:3, 4, identifies Him as the one who brings the covenant. He is brought to view in Jeremiah 23, note verses 5 and 6; 30 note verse 9; 33, note verses 15-17, 20, 21;. He is identified as the King to reign in Jerusalem over both the houses of Judah and Israel. Evidently all the tribes are to be united under His reign. In Psalms 89: 20-21, this David is to be made God's firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. (cf. Revelation 19:16) We know the name David means 'beloved'. King David was the eighth son of Jesse, a man after God's own heart. (Acts 13:21-22) It's hard to find a man, with a heart fashioned after the heart of God. In King David we see a model of Christ. It was largely for this reason he was chosen of heaven to be the one to write the deeper truths concerning the experiences of the Lamb. All the above references are prophetic, they were written after King David had died.

Against the above background, the significance of the Psalms and the first seal, can be considered. Principally, the reason the Lamb alone was the only one considered worthy to reveal the book, is because it contains God's thoughts about Him. Since He is the only one who knows God's thoughts, being one with God, who but He can reveal the book, note John 1:18. God had spoken before hand via King David about Christ. David wrote the thoughts about Christ, communicated to him, in the form of Psalms. It should be clear by now, that the sealed book in heaven is the scriptures on earth.

In Rev 6:1-2, the code to the first seal is recorded:

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.

The question arises; what was it that John heard , that sounded like the noise of thunder? Who's the one riding the horse, and what, if anything, does the horse represent? This rider, rides a red, black, and pale horse under the second, third and fourth seals. What about that bow! He must have some arrows. Maybe he's intending to fight a war of some sort. Perhaps that's why he goes forth conquering and to conquer. Note also he's given a crown, kings wear crowns. I wonder who gives him this crown and what kingdom is he to rule over?

In our introduction to the Psalms, Psalm 45, begins the link with the first seal. Consider verse 1, very carefully:

My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Here the question arises, whose heart is this, inditing a good matter, and what is the matter being indited? Whoever this person is, the matter he's inditing has something to do with a king. As a matter of fact, the King. Further, this person makes things, evidently he is a creator. But what about this King, who is he and why does the one indicting make things for him. Did the king ask him to, or did he do it all by himself? He continues, "My tongue is the pen of a ready writer." What does this mean? Could it be he has written the matter concerning the King? Perhaps in a book, what book? You be the judge. In verse 2 and 3, he speaks further:

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh. O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Continuing the revelations concerning this king, the maker describes him as fairer than the children of men. Additionally he has grace poured into his lips. What is that? Maybe the king has something to say. In any event, God has blessed him forever. Maybe the one inditing the good matter, who also makes things, might just be God! It could be He sits on a throne with a book in His right hand. What do you think? You will recall, the rider on the white horse under the first seal receives a crown. Under the second seal, he's given a great sword. Verse 3 of Psalms 45, brings to view this sword. Note also the kings glory and majesty. In Revelation 5:7ff, after the Lamb takes the book, he receives "power... honor... and glory,...". Note verse 12. In verse 4, the maker has more to say concerning this king:

And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness; and righteousness and thy right hand shall teach terrible things.

Wait a moment? Ride prosperously! Ride a what? A motorbike! Maybe it's a horse. Maybe it's a white horse, a red one, a black one and a pale one. What do you think? What about all that truth and meekness and righteousness! Why does his right hand teach him terrible things: What's in his right hand? Could it be a book! Maybe it's those arrows he shoots in the heart of his enemies in verse 5. But how can he shoot arrows without a bow? Must be the one he has in Rev 6:2, note verse 5.

Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. What has these arrows got to do with Psalms 127:3-5: Lo, children are an heritage of the lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are the children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."

Why are the children likened unto arrows in the hand of a mighty man? Who is this mighty man? What's he got to do with the mighty man of Psalms 45:3? Further, why are the arrows so sharp in the heart of the kings enemies? It can be painful to see a baby cry. It's even more painful to see one burned alive, especially when you know you're responsible! Why is the man happy who has his quiver full of these children? I guess it's because they speak to his enemies in the gate. It's kind of like what Psalms 8:2, had to say:

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Who is the enemy at the gate, the avenger? What gate are we talking about here? Further, what have these children got to do with Isaiah 53:10? It states the suffering servant shall see his seed, what seed? Did Christ have children 2,000 years ago! What does it mean for his soul to be offered for sin? And why are we saved in Christ? What does Zechariah 13:7, really teach? Who is this man equal with God? The shepherd who gets smitten. What about the sheep who get scattered, and those little ones, God turns His hand upon! Who is this King, the mighty one, who rides horses? Note what Christ had to say about him:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth : I come not to send peace but a sword. (Matthew 10:34; see also verse 35-39)

In Psalms 45:6, the king is referred to as God. In verse 7, he's anointed above his fellows. Who are his fellows? Are we not all children of God! In verse 9, through the rest of the chapter, the King is to be married, and his children reign as princes throughout the earth. Who is this daughter of verse 10, he gets married to? What's all this got to do with Revelation 19:7, and Matthew 22:2-13, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

The above represents a brief introduction to the firsts seal. The following are copies of David Koresh's last testament before he died on April 19th at the hands of the government. I believe this to be satisfactory introduction to the seals, for any honest person possessed of understanding, to conclude that, Psalm 45, introduces the first seal. Hitherto, no man has shown otherwise, neither denied it's authenticity. The attack on Mt. Carmel; the deaths of its residents, has procured to this nation a serious sin! The continued persecution of those of us still alive, by this government in its effort to cover its sin, only worsens the guilt. We are not dealing with man's inhumanity to man. This was a direct challenge to the government of God. The residents of Mt. Carmel stood for truth. Our position was a matter of conscientious obligation. It was this government's persistent arrogance, in refusing to listen, that has placed it in its present predicament. Its reluctance to acknowledge and confess this sin, will be the final cause of this nations downfall. Babylon has been snared and taken. There is no escape, what has been done, has been done and cannot be made undone. The truth of the Seven Seals is that stone, that smote the image of Daniel 2. The stone with seven eyes of Zechariah 3:9, and Revelation 5:6,7. The ignorance of the ignorant, no longer qualifies as innocence. The time of accountability is now, the Seals have been opened and received in the earth, albeit by just a few.

"The Unseen Reality"
by David Koresh

The next pages are David Koresh's final statement to the world regarding the message of the Seven Seals. He finished writing it on the last night of his life.

A computer disk of the text was carried out of Mt. Carmel the following day by a Ruth Riddle, a survivor of the fire. It was transcribed by Dr. James Tabor Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina, and Dr. Phillip Arnold of the Reunion Institute in Houston, Texas.


Search forth for the meaning here,
Hidden within these words
`Tis a song that's sung of fallen tears,

Given way for two love birds.

Love birds yet not of feathered creed

Shot down for gambled play,
And caged a far distance betweenst themselves
For the hunter felt it best that way.

"She bird is mine,'' the hunter said,
'Twas this bird I raised and faithfully fed.''
'Twas he bird who released her from her cage,
Sought her womb in youthful age.

Love birds the name, these birds they call,
Two, plural, love bird, takes two.
'Twas not her womb of which he sought,
And certainly not her youth.

Love birds, the name these birds they call,
Two, plural, love bird, takes two,
It's just that he needed she,
To fly the skies of blue.

And now we see the hunter man,
Robbed without a prey,
The evil which he sought to do,
Caused the birds to pass away.

For loneliness and solitaire,
Is death to every soul.
For birds of God were meant to pair,
The two to complete the whole.

And now we see the final meaning
Of this rhyme and verse:
The pending judgment of the King
Who rules the universe.

For with Adam and his spirit Eve,
To share the kingdom fair;
But when they sinned they lost their crown
In exchange for shame to bear.

So Eve travailed and brought forth death,
And passed the crown to all;
For each to learn the lesson here,
The kingdom of the fall.

For virgins do not bring forth sons,
Until God does reverse,
The inner meaning of the law,
To remove man from the curse.

For in the Christ, we've seen a bride,
The water mixed with blood,
The wife with cloven tongues of fire,
Of whom the Christ has loved.

And now He's back to sing His song,
The life of every spring,
And love birds gather, each one with mate,
For the marriage of the King


John 18:33-38

Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and chief priests have delivered thee unto me. What hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from here. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king, then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end I was born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Strange indeed for the judgment of man, for who knows within himself that his judgment be true?

Scripture tells us that Pilate was convicted of the truth in Christ, but failing to take heed thereto, he lost his soul, causing the blood of the innocent to be shed. How many of us since the dawning of time have committed such things? Who was this Jesus? Who was this Saviour that nearly a whole religious nation rejected?

Matthew told us. Mark, Luke, and John all recorded their side of the story of which remains unto this day, read and judged of all. Likewise, the Acts, the Book of Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians and such books open for our learning this most unique mystery of judgment and justice undone. But of all the records the most awe inspiring remains to be the most misunderstood, that being the Revelation of Jesus Christ written by the Apostle John to the churches of Asia and left on record that all who follow may ask the question:

"Who is this Christ and what remains to be the mystery of Him?"

In my work to unfold this mystery to you I will not use great techniques of scholarly display nor in-depth reasonings of philosophy, no sophisticated, congenial language shall be used, just simple talk and reason.

First of all, "the Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass" are to be seen just as that: a revelation of Jesus to reveal to men His wishes and His desires for those who make up His church. For the kingdom of God being that of heaven, and not of this world, is to be revealed unto this world by the means He has chosen -- "the foolishness of preaching." John the Apostle while on the Isle of Patmos received the Lord's messenger and in obedience placed in written form all that he saw and all that he heard pertaining to the mysteries of Christ. And in good faith the Apostle stated, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand" (Revelation 1:3).

Likewise John was commanded of the angel, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" (Revelation 1:19). Simply, John's record contains the past, present, and future events that revolve around the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

John in faithfulness sent his writings to the seven churches in Asia and the will of Christ for these churches is plainly revealed from chapter 2 to chapter 4 of Revelation. Therefore on record, all may read and see how Christ has dealt with His churches of old.

Our subject of interest will be taken up from chapters 4-22, for these passages entail the events that are to be after John's time. For it is written (Revelation 4: entire chapter):

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

John states that **"that which must be hereafter"**-- sometime after his day there will be a God who sits on His throne. There will be a jury of twenty-four elders. God will be declared as "worthy to receive glory and honour and power," because unto Him and for Him all things were created.

John continues to say (Revelation 5: entire chapter):

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Very clearly John tells of a judgment in which only one question is asked, "Who is worthy" to open or to reveal a book found in the right hand of God clearly sealed with seven seals. John states, "No man in heaven nor in earth, neither under the earth was able to open the book neither to look thereon." Then John is pointed to the hope of all men: the Lamb that was slain. Here is a revelation of Christ as our High Priest in heaven. Here His work is revealed: the opening of the mysteries of God. These mysteries of which reveal Christ and His sufficiency to save all whose prayers are directed to God through Him. Likewise Paul the Apostle has stated:

So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God...But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:] Hebrews 5:5; 7:19, 24-25; 8:6; 9:24; 10:12-14, 26, 29; 12:18-25.

Clearly then, John is showing us of that very event of which Paul the Apostle so clearly writes. Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant and that New Covenant is contained in the seven seals. If we the church have been so long awaiting that which must be hereafter, why is it that so many of us in Christendom have not even heard of the seven seals?

Why is this Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him such a mystery? The Apostle Peter gives us a clue when he said (1 Peter 1:3-5):

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Truly Christ is our only Saviour, our only Mediator between man and God. Likewise, it is true the opening of the seven seals by Christ is as much or more so important for our salvation as any other former gospels. If this salvation is "ready to be revealed in the last time," as Peter says, then we should hear another statement from the Apostle Peter (1 Peter 1:13):

Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

So the question remains--What are the seven seals? And the answer remains--a Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. If these things were to have shortly come to pass then surely they must have already been fulfilled, and if so, does that mean we are His servants if we know these things not? Or could it be that the things which must be hereafter pertaining to God's throne, the judgment, the book, and the Lamb receiving that book are events directed primarily to the last times or the last days? If that's the case are we in the last days? If so then it must be time for God's servants to know these things (Psalms 90:12-17; 91:1-4; 11:3-4).

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.]

The servant of God will find as we continue in our searching of the scriptures that every book of the Bible meets and ends in the book of Revelation. Gems of most sacred truth are to be uncovered, golden promises never before seen are to be brought to view, for when has grace ever been needed more than now in the time of which we live?


Although we, the servants of God, do not live in Asia, we are none the less to be beneficiaries of their counsels; and they likewise, not being alive today are no doubt to be a part of the grace which we are to receive.

Revelation 6:1-2. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Here in our Heavenly Zion we see the Lamb loose the first seal. This preview of God's revelation of His Son is to be of our utmost interest, for not only will it more clearly reveal the nature of Christ, but it will likewise unfold more clearly the Divine nature of God who is the Author of this revelation.

Now let's turn to Psalms 45:

My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favour. The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

Verse 1: "My (God's) heart is inditing a good matter: I (God) speak of the things which I (the Creator of all things) have made touching the King (Christ), my (God's) tongue is the pen of a ready writer." Here we see God not only creates all things by His Word but in His wisdom, He has chosen some things to be written that by the power of His word He may bring to pass in His own time. Here we see God by His written Word foretelling his determined purpose for His Son, Christ.

Verse 2: "Thou art fairer than the children of men, grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee forever, Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things." Clearly in the Revelation Christ is fairer than the fairest. Those who receive the seals receive the grace found therein. Christ is capable of destroying his enemies for His majesty truly is great in heaven, for it is witnessed that all angels bow before him. What is it that Christ shall ride but the white horse because the book given to Him is the truth and He shall ride prosperously. Verse 5: "Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies whereby the people fall under thee." Here we see the meaning of the bow of which the first seal speaks. Let us pray that none of us refuse "Him that speaks from heaven" and the Spirit of Truth that is now speaking from heaven for it is likewise written in verse 6:

"Thy throne O God, is for ever and ever; the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God** (Christ), **thy God** (Father), **hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. Kings's daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir, Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, thy father's house; so shall the King** (Christ) **greatly desire thy beauty; for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him."

How can any man deny that the first seal is a preview into the event spoken of by the 45th Psalm? How important is this insight? How important is it to God, or to Christ, or to the church? While on earth Christ spoke many parables regarding His kingdom and his bride. Let's hear one and see if we cannot more clearly understand the importance of these things.

Matthew 22:1-14:

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

Notice that in this parable of Matthew, Christ clearly teaches that those with indifferent attitudes who would not come to the Marriage Supper were to be slain. Their disinterest offended the King who we know is God. So, likewise, today if we disregard the truth of the first seal we really disregard Christ, who opened it and in so doing we disregard God who gave it. This indifference most surely will place one's salvation in jeopardy.

Matthew 21:42:

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner; this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

In this passage we see Christ pointing his hearers to the Rock (His God). We know in Revelation 4 God is pictured as one who appears to be as jasper and sardine stone. This one is the same stone to which Christ referred to. So again we are reminded that what the Father gives to Christ is a revelation of Jesus Christ that God gives to Him to show unto his servants. Was it really David who wrote the Psalms or was it God who spoke through David? Was it really the prophets who wrote their books or was it God who spoke through the prophets? If it was God, we must conclude God claims the book as His and we should more earnestly take it as God's Word.

We find now in Revelation 19 a verification of the events we have just read.

Revelation 19:1-13.

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Notice how in verse 9 it says, "Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb!" And he said unto me, "These are the true saying of God!" Being the true saying of God, the first seal of Revelation 6:1-2 must be true according to the saying of God in Psalms 45. And how can we be blessed if we know nothing about the **Marriage Supper of the Lamb** nor what it entails?

Isaiah 33:17:

Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far off.

Are we starting to see the King a little more clearly? And how about that heavenly land very far off?

Isaiah 55:3-4:

Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Has not David truly witnessed on behalf of God by God's own power this beautiful marriage of which all are called to receive the knowledge of.

Isaiah 61:8-10:

For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

We should surely at this moment realize the importance of learning more thoroughly the meaning of Christ according to the seals lest we be found without "the wedding garment" of God's judgment, for if we receive this enlightenment, this grace which comes from heaven, we shall surely be partakers of the marriage of the Lamb for we are the guests who will "Hearken and consider."

Jeremiah 23:5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20:

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land...For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

This beautiful prophecy, the Desire of Ages, entails of Christ the Lord our Righteousness and also warns us of the latter days should we be found not standing in the counsel of the Lord. If we, the church of God, stand in the counsel of Christ, especially in the light of the seven seals, shall we not be a part of that beautiful bride spoken of in Jeremiah 33?

Jeremiah 33:14-16:

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name of which she shall be called, THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

She, the city, she, the saints, those who are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and His Word, for it is also promised in verse 17, "David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel." For Christ remains a King "forever." (Psalm 45:6)

Ezekiel 37:24-25 Daniel 12:1:

And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

If we are to be found written in the book, surely we should be found in the first seal for where Christ is revealed, shall not we also be revealed as one who "hearkens and considers" for is not He "our Lord" and shall not we "worship" him "in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

In Hosea 2:14 we read, "Therefore, behold I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly unto her." The Christian Church being scattered from Jerusalem went throughout all nations. Being amongst the Gentiles, the gospel was to impart unto the Gentiles the riches of God's mercy.

Verse 15: "And I will [give her her vineyards from thence, and the Valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of] Egypt." Here it is promised that once the unfaithful ones as Achan are taken from amongst God's people we will definitely have a deliverance as all the prophets agree.

Verse 16: And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi, and shalt call me no more Baali. If we are to call God by such an endearing term, we are to know Him a little better and what better [way] to know him than in the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Verse 17: For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. All false teachers and false prophets are to be forgotten for there is one God, and one Lamb and one seven seal truth.

Verse 18: And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heavens, and with the creeping things of the ground; and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. Just as Isaiah 11 has promised, so Hosea also promises, peace for those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

Verses 19 and 20: And I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving-kindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness; and thou shalt know the LORD. So again, here we see the importance of this opportunity of learning these seven seals and the complete entailment of what that includes.

Verse 21: And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth.] Are we not a part of this event by faith? Is not heaven in total unity to the receiving of these seals from God? Is not God's word supreme in heaven? And it being the Word which reveals Christ now is the time like never before to pray that we may be worthy to understand these things more clearly.

Verse 22 and 23: And the earth shall hear the corn and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them who were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. We will not go at this point into the in depth meaning of the book of Hosea in every particular for our primary subject at this point is the first seal and the Marriage is that subject. This should inspire us to look into the meaning of Hosea 3:5: "Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD, their God, and David, their king, and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days".

Joel 2:15,16: Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that nurse at the breasts; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Yes, the bride is definitely to be revealed for we know that Christ is in the Heavenly Sanctuary anticipating His Marriage of which God has spoken. Should we not eagerly ourselves be ready to accept this truth and come out of our closet and be revealed to the world as those who love Christ in truth and in righteousness.

Amos 9:11,14,15: In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches of it; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old ... And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyeards, and drink their wine; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD, thy God.

Obadiah 21: And saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Eaau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.


The Price of Faith
Here I sit as another day
passes into nothingness.
Seven months ago I shared
pleasure and joy
in the company of my wife,
mother, son and daughter.
Now they are no more!

First they raided us
with their guns and helicopters.
When we did not surrender our faith,
They cut our fuel,
electricity, and water.
We did not surrender.

So they intimidated us.
Destruction of our
But we did not surrender.

So they gassed us.
When we did not surrender,
They burned our home,
killing us.
But we did not surrender.

Now, they continue in their lies,
demonizing us.
We are imprisoned as they seek
through their laws

to cover their cruel deeds. Accusing us
of having faith.
But we are free,
And we will not surrender.

I am empty yet full.
I sorrow but I'm happy.
Momentarily my family and friends
are separated from me.
I'm a stranger from my relatives.
I have been here many days now,

facing two life sentences.
In secret my tears flow.
All for what?
My faith in the
Seven Seals of Scripture.

The price of faith is high.
But now I understand.
It can be no other way.
Father, for your sake,
Forget us not.
It is you who have placed
love for you
in us.

Now you have found us.
Please don't let us go.
Accept our feeble response
of gratitude.

**Livingstone Fagan, Branch Davidian**

Free Spirit
The Mystery of the Seven Seals
The highest expression of God is a free Spirit;
Neither bound by the fears of death,
Or possessed by the lust of life.
Unmoved by the actions of man;
Being above them all.

The destruction of the Spirit results from a transgression
of the Laws of Commandments protecting her.
But rather than give her up
We suffer the destruction of the body by those who,
through counterfeiting the Law,
Seek to plunder us.

Being unreservedly, and wholeheartedly devoted to you
She is inestimably more valuable than Life in the body.
Mt. Carmel was my marriage to her.
She is the truth of the Seven Seals.

Death and imprisonment are unworthy offerings
in defense of her.
Our Father has said "Vengeance is mine, I will repay."
On these words we rest,
Waiting patiently to fly away.

**Livingstone Fagan, Branch Davidian**

On the subject matter of David Koresh's conduct, a topic so highly misunderstood and misrepresented in the media. There are significant and delicate truths relative to the salvation process giving rise to such actions. In his letter to the FBI prior to his death, he offered to address these questions. This offer was rejected, evidently people want to believe what they want to believe, then so be it! Nevertheless, consider the following.

God instructed the prophet Isaiah to walk naked and barefoot three years; why? (Isaiah 20:1-3) He instructed Hosea the priest, to marry two prostitutes; why? Evidently prostitutes are notably responsive to the call of God, you may recall Rahab and Mary Magdalene. (Hosea 1:1; 3:1) The prophet Ezekiel was instructed to gather grains to make his bread. In the process mix it with "shit". Having done so, he was commanded to eat this and drink water in measure, before the people. God also killed his wife and instructed him not to mourn; why? (Ezekiel 4:9-17; 24:15-18) The Apostle Paul, describes these and such actions as, the foolishness of God, chosen to confound and bring to naught the mighty. Ways and means he employs in His mysterious workings, to nurture faith in the sincere, and capture the insincere in his own craftiness. (I Corinthians 1:19-28; Psalms 58:3-5; Ezekiel 12:2ff; 14:1-11; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 48) Consider Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 2:1-12, note particularly verses 7, 8-12. People have this weird and often unconscious notion they can deceive God. At the revelation of the mystery of God, it will be seen that, God is a bigger serpent than Satan! note Genesis 3:22. Under the third seal, the balance of deceit are in His hand. (Hosea 12:7) No one really escapes with anything, we all ultimately reap what we sow, unless there be one willing to take our place!

Having an awareness that, the basic understanding, of even the existence of the seven seals, let alone their meaning and significance, is for the most part sadly lacking. To enter discussions into matters of detail regarding David's actions serves little purpose. Without sounding paternalistic and arrogant, the response of the Media and the public, clearly indicates a level of spiritual maturity, insufficient to appreciate the importance and significance of these matters. In it's principle, salvation is a reversal of the spiritual rape, performed by Satan on Eve. The fact that he deceived her, constituted a raping of her mind. Mankind consequently, fell from that mental plane of existence enjoyed by Adam and Eve. Their eyes became opened and they were no longer virgins. They now knew sin! The differences in the reversal process are basically twofold. The element of choice, and the fact that, God has to now work with a fallen mind. In this fallen mental state, mankind has lost the mental perception, of his pre- sin condition. God cannot automatically return him to that state, without his exercising his choice. An image of this reversal process, received via a faith perception of the reality, takes place on the carnal plane. This allows the demonstration on this plane of existence, of the exercise of ones choice to return to the pre-sin state of consciousness. We are here dealing with the science of salvation. There are laws governing the spirit, as there are laws of physics. The requirements of these laws, also have to be met. Without a conscious awareness of them, their manifestation by the Spirit, in and upon those she works through, are not comprehended. This is what the Apostle John spoke about in his gospel. (John 1:1-18)

While not everyone is required to go through our experience at Mt. Carmel, everyone is required to give a response of approval or disapproval. Such responses represents an indication of ones choice, either for or against, God's salvation. Ultimately it will be seen, that everyone consciously chose their eternal destiny, be it desirable or undesirable. I believe it pays, to be properly informed of spiritual reality.

David's action and conduct, in harmony with scriptures, facilitated the evidence of the union between the divine and the human. You will recall the Genesis account of the pre- sin union, between God and Man. It was subsequently broken by Satan. This union is reflected in marriage, between man and woman. In the children that result, we see the man and woman joined into one. I realize that today, parents rarely remain faithful to their marriage covenant. Nevertheless, the children remain as natural evidence of that union. This cannot be replaced by a lifeless certificate of marriage. The marriage covenant has been deemed so important by God; for the stability of the universe, of which the family is an image, He has given birth to the concept of children.

They were to be a living and perpetual reminder of that covenant. With all the joy they bring, by their childish foolishness, coupled to the responsibility, they afford us, as parents, they kept alive before our face, our covenant promises. The whole of creation, Adam and Eve being the principle focus, is evidence of the union of God and His Spirit. (Note Genesis 1:1, 2ff; cf. Proverbs 8; Romans 1:19-21)

Finally, the 16th century reformer Martin Luther, introduced the truth: righteousness by faith. At the time, righteousness by works was the prevailing thought shaping theological thinking. The truth of righteousness by faith, was so pervasive in scripture it could not be overturned. Consequently, the prevailing theological thinking, which gave rise to the then socio-political and economic status quo, was overturned. A new order of things emerged, and has continued on to today. It is significant to note that, societies are shaped by ideology. Ideologies have their roots in ones perceptions of God. Where God is perceived as non existent, men do as they please, because they see themselves as answerable to none, but themselves. It is ironic that such thinking, leads men into being gods over their fellow men! Nevertheless, where God is perceived as existing, men act according to their perception of Him. History has shown that, perceptions of God and His requirements, are subject to change and development. The Reformation is a case in point. The subject matter of the Seven Seals and the issues they introduce, are destined to have a profound impact on the existing theological thinking. There are equally profound consequences for the present socio-political and economic status quo.

How Do You Break A Hard Heart?

...And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Mt 24:12)

So, Johnny's father comes home one evening, uptight about some problem at the work place. After pulling into the driveway, barely missing Johnny's bike, his anger is inflamed the more. With a beaming smile upon his face, Johnny runs up to the now stationary car, eager to speak with his father. Before he could utter a word, his father angrily bellyaches at him for leaving his bike in the driveway, sending him to his room. Confused and trembling Johnny silently complies. His father grabs his briefcase from the back seat, slams the car door, and makes his way to the house.

Expecting to see his wife, and have her cater to his needs, having had a bad day at work as breadwinner, he hurriedly enters the house. But she is not home. She had been waiting for him for over twenty-five minutes, having cooked a special meal for the family that evening. Before leaving for work this morning, she had asked him to buy an item needed as a final garnish to the meal, on his way home. Anticipating he might not have had opportunity, she nipped to the corner store before they closed. She had left word with Johnny to tell his father this, and have him look in the refrigerator for a special drink she had prepared him. With her not being home, his anger now turns to profanity. About this time his wife arrived. Hearing the high volume of her husbands voice, she became concerned. She rushed to the house, almost dropping her shopping, only to be met by the verbal abuse of her husband. The entire evening is spoiled, the spirit of which continues through to the next morning.

Johnny's mother rose early that morning, so too did Johnny. She wanted to prepare breakfast and get Johnny ready for school. Johnny was anxious to get to school. Last evening, before his father got home, he had learned to tie his shoe lace and was eager to tell his friends. Something he also wanted desperately to share with his father when he approached the car. In his still festering anger, Johnny's father gets up, quickly dresses and leaves the house, not uttering a word to anyone. Soon after his arrival at work, he receives good news concerning the problem that was bothering him. As a matter of fact, excellent news. He was elated. The monetary and promotional rewards were very promising. About an hour later he receives a telephone call from the emergency services. A drunk driver had crashed into his wife and son, while they were crossing the road to school. She's in a coma and Johnny is dead. He immediately rushed to the hospital. On arrival he had opportunity to read the incident report. It stated, Johnny's skull was crushed by the wheel of the car. At the bottom of the page, an eyewitness stated: "...for about ninety seconds before he died, he had been screaming repeatedly, at the top of his voice, the words "Daddy - daddy - daddy - I can tie my shoelace." His last breath. Two days later his wife also died, having never regained consciousness. HOW DO YOU BREAK A HARD HEART?

The Foolishness of God:
Wiser than the Wisdom of Man!

In it's principal, the life style and conduct of Mt. Carmel, in addition to our experiences following February 28th, 1993, were a series of tests. Designed of heaven, to address the question, HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE GOD? This is a question to all of humanity, and predicate to receiving the new covenant (The Seven Seals, The mystery of God) reuniting humanity with God. It required a wholistic and unreserved response from mankind, to facilitate the bonding of the covenant, also known as the marriage of the Lamb. This is what affirms its Holiness.

The Biblical backdrop to this begins in Deut 32:21. Prophetically speaking, God stated;

They (Israel) have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God. They have provoked me to anger with their vanities: I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

Note the reference to those which are not a people. The foolish nation.

Historically, and as the Prophets foretold, Israel became scattered throughout the nations. A situation arising out of disobedience and rebellion from God. Against the background of the above text, consider the role played by the Jewish influence in the events surrounding Waco. We know the role of the Jewish community in shaping world events. At Waco, one notable such organization was the Cult Awareness Network (C.A.N.)

Isaiah 65:1-3, develops the theme of Deut 32:21, further. Note God being sought and found, by a people who asked not, nor sought for Him. A nation not called by His name. (verse1) As a matter of fact it, was He who found them. Note also the rebellious people, those who provoke Him to anger. (verse 2, 3) The former group of verse 1, who are the foolish nation of Deut 32:21, are spoken of as the people to come by Ezra. [ 2 Esdras (Ezra) 1:33-37 NRSV]

Thus says the Lord Almighty: Your (Israel) house is desolate: I will drive you out as the wind driveth the straw; and your sons will not have any children, because you have neglected my commandment and have done what is evil in my sight.

I will give your house (The Kingdom) to a people that will come, who without having heard me will believe. Those to whom I have shown no signs will do what I have commanded. They have seen no prophets, yet will recall their former (iniquities).

I call to witness the gratitude of the people that is to come, whose children rejoice with gladness; though they do not see me with bodily eyes, yet with the spirit they will believe the things I have said.

In Psalms 22 they are referred to as the congregation. The ones to whom the Lamb declares His Fathers name, and who He also calls His brethren. (verse 22, 25) Psalms 40, also refers to them as the congregation. Spoken to by the poor and needy, the one who comes in the volume of the book. His iniquities, said to be more than the hairs of His head. (verses 5-10, 12, 17) Note also verse 14, He has enemies who seek to destroy His soul, in contrast to His bodily life. Waco was a spiritual battle made manifest in the material. In Psalms 45, this people is identified with the King, as His fellows. (verse 7) They are brought to view in Zechariah 13:7; Isaiah 57:1, 2; Micah 7:14; Daniel 7:21, 25; 8:10-13, 24, 25; 11:33, 34: 12:10, and elsewhere. Psalms 89, is of particular importance. Note verses 13-18, in connection with the judgment of Revelation 4ff, reference is made to a people that shall be exalted. Verses 28, 34, 39, brings to view the covenant. In Isaiah 55:3, 4, one is introduced named David, who brings the everlasting covenant. He's described as a leader and a commander to the people (and boy did He lead!). In Ezekiel 20:23-28, they again show up. So too is the process of their being brought under the rod, for the purposes of bringing them into the bond of the covenant.

That, the scriptures speak of this people is abundantly clear. To deny this would be to deny the Word, which amounts to denying Christ, who is the Word and God who sent Him. You will recall from "Mt. Carmel: The Unseen Reality," the issue of the judgment is not, in the first instance, what the Seven Seals teaches, but rather who is worthy to reveal it. We are in no doubts as to its contents and who revealed it. This places us in the picture of the people referred to in the above texts. Additionally our being able to testify to these things, is in itself a witness to our being the ones spoken of. This is no mere coincidence. I do however appreciate, that we live in a generation whose ability to perceive truth is virtually non existent. Further, whose knowledge and faith in the Word is nigh diminished. They require tangible proofs of a divine order, but do not fully appreciate the implication. But this too is to come.

In the meantime, Mt. Carmel was the designated place. Its residents were to be the representatives of humanity, from this generation, to address this age long question. The materialization of the events spoken of in the book of Revelation, namely the Kingdom of the Lamb; the subsequent new heaven and earth; the new Jerusalem, were dependent on our response to this question. A response made apparent through the tests.

The scriptures state very clearly, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." The first of the 10 commandments. (Exodus 20:3) Christ amplified this commandment by stating, he that loves father, mother, sister, brother, wife, husband, son, daughter, life, personal theories etc. more than me is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:37-39; 15: 8, 9; 16: 24-27; 22:35-40; Luke 10:25-28; 14: 26, 33; Matthew 6:24; 19:12; 2Peter 1:19-20). To place this temporal reality in all its forms (abstract and material) above God is evidently unacceptable. This is understandable given that it is just a shadow.

Mt. Carmel was designed to give precedents to matters spiritual, rather than matters temporal. The soul rather than the body. There were many who came with inherited and cultivated tendencies relative to matters temporal. Mt. Carmel was not designed to cater to these. Such were challenged to high levels of self -discipline in order to remain, or through want of fulfilling these tendencies, be drawn away by them. Both scenarios occurred.

Those who successfully passed the initial hurdles of inherited and cultivated tendencies were to be proved further, Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace if you will. For those who failed, it merely meant that, they excluded themselves from the former group. In the further proving, the tests intensified. An example would be the issue of wives and husbands. Among the deepest of all temporal bonds (ropes). It is more important to note here that, mankind's present relationships and sexual habits, "heterosexual" and otherwise are something tolerated by God. They were crutches to enable man to conceptually appreciate the divine family, and were to come to an end. (I Corinthians 7:2, 7, 29; Matthew 19:12; I John 3:9; Isaiah 56, 57)

Without further elaboration, they were a shadow of the reality, and not that reality. In any event, one might say, I love God more than I love my wife or husband, but do we really? How does one know this to be true? We can say we feel it in our hearts, but then love is not a feeling. What happens when feelings change? Also let us not forget the deceit of the human heart. (Jeremiah 17:9) It requires proving. Indeed, it is certainly a test to have God take your wife or husband away thru death. But does this thoroughly prove the ideal, as distinct from the material, of loving God above your spouse? Certainly one can feel proud, ones faith has endured in spite of God taking ones spouse in death. Nevertheless, is it not a more piercing test were God to take your spouse whom you deeply love, and while yet still alive, to have him or her enter the bed chamber of another? Job, identified the significance of this. (Job 31, note verse 10) Would one continue to love God under such circumstances? Would your faith endure? I think not, were your faith based on a feeling. Here we separate those who love God out of self-sacrificing principle, from those who love Him out of feeling, or in theory.

Of a truth, God himself was made to go through the above tests. It happened when mankind, in Adam and Eve, chose to turn from God to Satan. We placed the temporal (shadow) before the spiritual (real), and through having children, we perpetuated in them this evil. This was a slap in the face of God. Yet He still loved us. He sent His son (Word) knowing He would be further abused, to procure for us the opportunity of life, in place of death. In such actions God has proved the depth of His love for us. It's certainly not a feeling, were it such, I doubt very much whether mankind would be still living today! Is it too much that we should be put through such tests?

By putting humanity (in the persons of His chosen representatives) through these tests, exercising them therein, and separating the true from the false, He was able to bring man back into the bond of His covenant. The tests themselves, were conceptually drawn from the culture of this generation. They reflected what humanity does. Their fears, concerns, loves, hates, lusts, dreads etc. Categorically, the general focus of this generation centers around the stomach, genitals, and self display. The pre-occupation with satisfying these lusts have shaped the economic and social structure of society. In the process people have become desensitized to the effects of over indulgence on matters spiritual, as a matter of fact, for a large class its existence is not even recognized. This state of things influenced the intensity of the tests. They had to be such that they effectively proved our hearts, bringing to the surface the truth of whether or not, our love for God was truly self sacrificing, or merely a pretentious deception arising from our carnality. By them, such deceptions were made apparent, and the opportunity afforded to address them. Not all had to go through all the tests. They were specifically geared to personal need. Nevertheless, they were representative of the experience of the present carnality. We were truly proved and exercised in matters spiritual, perfecting our faith (spirit). Having reached a particular place in the bonding of the covenant, we were allowed to be thrown back to the world. To see whether or not, through what it threw at us it could tear us from the covenant, our Garden of Eden experience if you will. This became our ultimate test. The threat of bullets, deception, torture, gassing, flames, imprisonment, betrayal, shame, humiliation, ostracisation and time, we have withstood. Bearing witness to the bond of the covenant. There is a greater depth to this, relative to the issues in the divine realm. But it makes little sense elaborating further, if people cannot perceive what is thus far clearly revealed. It takes a mind that is spiritually aware, to discern the meaning of these things. Appreciating the truth of the Judgment and the Seven Seals (God's giving of Himself to us, the replacing of our spirit with His) are pre-requisites to a proper understanding of these matters.

The agents of the BATF and FBI, further, the government they represented, lacked the necessary qualifications to perceive these things. So too did the media. Their history of perverting the meaning of reality, manipulating the minds of the public, for purposes of economic and political ends, ill equipped them to discern the truth. For the most part, they didn't seem to care. The truth of the meaning of the reality is not determined by the subjective imagination of the human mind. Had these people the basic common decency to listen, they would not have given themselves over to the forces of darkness. The cruelty inflicted upon us, both by the government and the media (for which there's a recompense) would not have occurred. We needn't have gone through this final test. God was already satisfied with what we had thus far attained.

Our subsequent steadfastness of faith, having nevertheless gone through this final test, proved we were already bonded. It therefore represents an open show of our victory. What we individually experienced is both personal and private, between us and God.

We now have an experience with God, that is eternally unique to us. Our God is known to us and we to him. He sit's on a throne with a book in His hand, sealed with Seven Seals. So too is our brother, otherwise known as the Lamb, the only one accounted worthy to take the book and loose the seals of it. Where then is the room for any humanly devised government.

Verily, the foolishness of God is wiser then the wisdom of man!


Inspite of the mountains of evidence, humanity has problems believing there is a God, let alone knowing, or greater still doing his will.

It is a simple conclusion of reason, that truth (reality as it really is) is in the mind of God, not in the mind of man. It must of necessity follow, that to be in truth, one must be situated in the mind of God. Not in one's own mind, becoming so situated is the work of inspiration: our restoration in the divine and the assurance of salvation. From this vantage point, we are positioned in eternity, seeing as God sees. Religiosity aside, to the extent this is accomplished in us, the purpose of Christ's sacrifice has been successful. The mind is as space, in all of its vastness. Presently filled with the shadows of darkness. An ethereal reality, cast by the now substance of forms suspended in the universe of space - the object of our thoughts. Together they form our essential being. Thinking itself, being the effect of change, having its cause outside our time and space. In an ever present reality of light, symbolized by the stars. To the which, this existence is orientated, and is here experienced as conscience.

The Messianic Kingdom - Isaiah 1:2-3, 24-27; 2:2-4; 25:6-9, 46:12-13; 60; 62 (cf. Mt 5:14, last part); 65:18; Jeremiah 23:1-6; Daniel 2:31-35, 44, 45; Micah 4:1-3; Zecheriah 1: 16-17; 8: 1-3, 20-23; 14: 1-3 (12) 4-11, 16- 19; Psalms 48; 122; Revelation 20:4; 21:10; 22:5.

Inspiration - In-spirit. Being situated in the Spirit of God. Through which we become perceptive of the mind (thoughts) of God ( ICor 2:7-16). It requires our being in a state of meditation on spiritual, as opposed to carnal matters (Psalm 1). To the point where the subject of meditation takes over, unveiling itself, as when a flower opens. It is similar to listening to a person tell their story. In your attentive listening you become drawn into the drama. With inspiration, the difference is you're listening to the Spirit of God, as she reveals the thoughts of God. We bring to the process trust (faith). A willingness to give our minds over to the subject of meditation. Further, an extensive grasp of the text of scriptures - the revealed thoughts of God. The subject of meditation (Psalm 1). Being responsible for the origin of the scriptures, the Spirit take over, and through them, is able to bring our minds to maturity of understanding. A task, otherwise impossible by our own weak sensory based spirit (I Peter 1:19-21).

Without eyes we cannot perceive seeing. Without ears we cannot perceive hearing. Likewise smell, taste and touch. Without being the possessors of the Spirit of God, we cannot perceive the Spirit of God. Without being a possessor of God, we cannot perceive God. Being of earth we perceive the earth. Of water, we perceive water. Of air, we perceive air. Being possessors of thought, we perceive thought. Of conscience, we perceive conscience. Only as possessors of these attributes and qualities are we able to perceive them. This does not deny their independent existence, rather our ignorance of them. Through the process of inspiration we are brought into acquirement of them, thereby perceiving them.

God is a Spirit. Note a Spirit, not merely spirit. A particular way of thinking, producing its corresponding thoughts. The thinking, thoughts and expression thereof (Word) comprises the Godhead. In the image of which, we were created. To be as God, is a characteristic state of being, not possible of ourselves.

Adam and Eve's being deceived was not a result of their not knowing what being God meant, but rather their not knowing what, not being as God meant. They were as God. Being created in his image. In falling from their original state of being - in the all knowing spirit and mind of God - they became situated in their own minds. A state of not knowing. Having lost the consciousness of being as God, we have become the play thing of the adversary and his forces.

From the universe of matter, remove the substances forming earth, water, air, ether, we confront the void (nothing) separating us from the ever present reality of light - the domain of God. In truth, "nothing" separates us from God. We need but believe God to be brought back into the divine. Unbelief is the essence of sin keeping us apart. Exodus 24:10. And they saw the God of Israel, and there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. Awesome! God dwells on the circle of the universe in light. We dwell within, in darkness. The darkness in the light. Through inspiration we are brought up into light. The full consciousness of God.

As the body has its shadow, so does the mind. Its shadow being manifested by the light of God, as opposed to the sun for the body. In His light we see our thoughts to be just that, shadows of the true light.

It is not how much skill or knowledge we may acquire, but rather our understanding of the nature of knowing. For all human theories are but crutches and scaffolds for the purpose of constructing the mind. Once the mind is constructed they are no longer needed, and as such are torn down. We should not become attached to them, beautiful as they sometimes are. There were useful means of introducing us to the end object of thinking - an activity of faith, and personal evidence of our essential being. Equipping us to better appreciate the first and greatest thinker of all (God), and His thoughts. The depth of which defies all human thoughts. Hence the title God.

It is through faith that all things are. Without it everything returns to nothing - formlessness, and void. It is a humbling thought to imagine that the universe is established on faith. What we call 'facts' are merely laws of faith. We ourselves are a product of faith - God's faith. And are invited to continue in His faith. To deny His being, amounts to a denial of our own existence. Put another way we are the surest evidence of the existence of God. Because He is we are! The intimacy we share is reflected in the relationship of husband and wife. Indeed, this imagery is pervasive in scriptures, and is fragrant with love. Sadly sin has marred its beauty.

We should not forget that, for our sins, all of mankind has procured to itself death. That we live at all, and are able to benefit of salvation, is strictly by the grace and mercy of God. I am in agreement with the judgment of God, that sin and sinners should be destroyed. Thanking God for His mercy in so judging. As a matter of fact I present myself for the immediate execution of his judgments. Better it is to die, than to live in unrighteousness. Trust (faith) - the sacred union of otherwise free entities, who being so much in love with freedom, covenant to sacrifice all including life itself, for the preservation of the freedom of the other.

Love - the active principle of trust, and aroma of life; fragrant with self - sacrifice.

Freedom - another word for dignity. Our very image of God. The essence of His right as God to create and our right to be His creation. It is from this scared doctrine, that choice is born. To control the freedom of another, particularly in matters spiritual, is to place oneself in the position of God. To do so unlawfully, amounts to a challenge of God's right as God, and man's right to be.

God being a Spirit, rather than mere spirit, implies law. For there are many spirits. The laws issuing from the Spirit - God - His word, sets Him apart from all others. His laws are laws of freedom, for God is ultimately free. Being such, we understand the necessity of His being a Spirit as opposed to confinement to form - a condition of the creature, arising from its creature status. The demarcation between creator/creature affords independence in dependence, individuality in oneness. Further extensions of freedom. Righteousness - simply being right. Having its origin in God, whose right and freedom it is, to will and to do as He wills. The same right out of which creation had its being, and based in the power of God's word to create. To deny God this right amounts to a denial of our creation. Humanity is righteous in so far as it is in a harmonious relationship with God. We have no righteousness outside of this. It cannot be otherwise, since we are not possessors of the power of original creativity.

Being saved is our resting - having faith in what God creates. This is our righteousness, as it was with Abraham, who had faith in God's promise of what He intended to do. Knowledge and faith in what God purposes to do for us, given our fallen condition, is our escape from the consequences of sin. This is where the promised Kingdom of God becomes important. Through our faith in this revealed truth, we are translated - first in mind, then - in body into the Kingdom. Our having to wait for the materialization of this promise, is a result of man's failure to come into the faith of it. Further, God's mercy, in not wanting any to perish. But this process of grace has an end. The finality and far reaching consequences of which, lends justification to the wait. These are not just words. Here is the patience of the saints. Failure to come into the faith of what God purposes to create, excludes us from it. We are therefore obliged to walk in the light of God's promises. Being assured it is impossible for God to lie.

Salvation is a creative act of the same nature, as the creation recorded in the book of Genesis. Only this time God is working with living conscious entities capable of making choices. He respects our choice, to reject or share in the salvation He intends to create. This is the beauty of the new creation, we get to take part in its shape. The awesomeness of God leaves one tingling with excitement and love. It is this God, who identifies Himself as our Father, and we His children.

It was the purpose of the scriptures - God's word - to bring the believer to a place in his/her consciousness, of perceiving and trusting the Spirit of God. In the absence of achieving this, the word is without effect. There are those who hide behind the word, quoting it as if they know it, yet are devoid of its Spirit. The word thus becomes a curse, their damnation rather then salvation. The word without the Spirit is dead. The life of the word, enabling our salvation, is the Spirit. Through this means the true believer is made manifest. Further, it (the word) ensures we identify with the right Spirit, being a testimony of that Spirit.

It is better to be in faith than not. For with faith there is hope. To be on the side of unbelief is to be without hope. Too often people's faith fails, when the object appears not to deliver. They throw out the baby with the bath water, Genuine faith is strengthened in disappointment and delay. Those possessed thereof know that it is of equal value to the anticipated object. From the perspective of God - the primary end of our faith - our being matured in faith is the end/object of His faith. In our becoming situated steadfastly in faith regardless, we become as He is. Being accounted worthy, to receive Him as reward. God is unfailing (faithful) were it not so, the universe would be shaky indeed! Faith and God are inseparable. Our growth in faith (being true) is our growth in God, who is true. His children are to rule in the earth made new, where the entire universe becomes open to us. A wise God cannot give such a responsibility into the hands of weaklings. Look at the mess made of this existence. We are here being trained for eternity. Those who would stumble at faith's door, have lost before even beginning. The issue is not confidence in our faith, but rather in God's faith. He seeks to bring us into the faith of it.

We should not forget that faith is forward, not backward looking, "...the substance of things hoped for... (and) evidence of things not seen." Placing faith in a matter of fact reality, now past, shows ignorance of the nature of faith.

The birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, are events of history, and no longer objects of faith. They are facts! One either accepts them or rejects them. For those who accept them, they become reasons, for faith in hitherto unfulfilled testimonies of the word of God. Now objects of faith. This is where the Revelations and prophecies become important. Without a knowledge of them, one lacks intelligent faith. This is important, for when the events are manifested, as was with Christ 2,000 years ago, people are ignorant of their meaning and significance. As a result they act contrary to the purposes of God, showing themselves not to be right with Him. This can have devastating consequences, like killing Christ! Seeing that salvation is being right with God, they lose out, becoming captives to pride. The events of Mt. Carmel (Waco) is a present case in point. It is in the light of the book of Revelation, that Mt. Carmel, David, the Seven Seals etc., are to be understood. Not in the light of the propaganda filled media, and misguided human ignorance posing as opinion. Those subject to such, become snared in the trap of, 2Thessalonians 2:7-12; Jeremiah 50: 24; Luke 21: 34-36. The reward of their insincerity and outright rebellion. Those taking heed to the prophecies avoid this, being found in an harmonious relationship with God, and are judged righteous. Righteousness is really that simple. Those of us who were with David, are judged righteous, having stood and acted in the counsel of God. As revealed in the judgment, and the book Sealed with Seven Seals. There is no mistake about this, now a fact of reality. Were I to say different, I would be lying. How people react to this, will essentially be their judgment, note Matthew 25: 31-46, in the light of Romans 3:21-30.

God's actions in the realm of man, become our reasons for faith. His revealed purposes our objects of faith. His compassion and faithfulness, our compulsion to faith. Our fallen condition, our need of faith. To judge what I have written, to be truth, would be a mistake. Truth is a state of being. In so far as I am in that state of being I am true. My utterances arise from my being in the state of truth, and are therefore true. But they remain just that, utterances. Likewise, the word of God - although true - is not truth. God is truth. It is to God all worship belongs. Christ (the word) came to lead us to the Father, to whom he interceded on our behalf. The Seven Seals reveal the outcome of that intercession. It draws our attention to the salvation, God in His righteousness purposes to create for His son, on account of Christ's faithfulness. His reward, Revelation 22:12-14; cf. Matthew 25: 31-46; 6:33; 7:21-23; Revelation 2, 3.

Intuition - The Emerging Soul

Intuition - the combined effect of the senses and seed of judgment of the fledgling soul. Developed in concert with conscience, we are thereby made able to think God's thoughts after Him, the Source of true Judgment. By themselves our thoughts are really ethereal labels attached to the feelings (processes and objects) of our senses. True thoughts begin with intuition and, with the aid of conscience, mature into judgments. Such judgments form the basis for true ( correct) thinking, producing its corresponding thoughts. At each level - feelings, intuition, judgments, thinking - a new phase of consciousness emerges. In the light of each development, the understanding of the preceding level is completed. Becoming situated in true thinking, the soul is ready for birth.

The importance of conscience in this process cannot be underestimated. It is like the umbilical cord of the developing child in the womb. The fledgling's link to the soul of the universe from which it is nourished and takes its form. Cut prior to maturity, and the soul fails of coming to birth. It dies and ultimately returns to nothing. As with a soul, so with a nation.

The matured soul combines thinking and its corresponding thoughts, the one male and the other female. The perfect image of God. At the birthing they are placed in separate forms, and are one, completely in touch with every aspect of each other. Perfectly mated. This is God's ideal of marriage, of which Adam and Eve in their innocence were an example. His being formed first was an object less in order. Her being the more beautiful, it was necessary for her to be formed from living substance, rather than raw dust. The majesty of femininity. This ideal has been blighted by sin and has degenerated to what we have today. The plan of salvation incorporates its restoration. Of a truth, the soul is created from nothing, coming via dust. In the Kingdom of God we are born perfectly mated.