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Prophecy: Revelation Puzzle-Part 3 (2 Witnesses-Everlasting Gospel-4 Angels Bound)
September 15, 2017 Ellul (Mo 6) 24, 5777

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Please go to Revelation Puzzle-Part 1 to read the first article in this series.

Please go to Revelation Puzzle-Part 2 to read the second article in this series.

Please go to Revelation Puzzle-Part 4 to read the fourth article in this series.

This marks the sixteenth day of publication of my Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. This series of Revelation Puzzle articles is meant to be used in conjunction with the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. Here, you can SEE the dates of when these events took place, as well as reference sources in various writings. I hold the view that several of the vials are still pouring...something the Historicist writers could not have foreseen 110 to 160 years ago. The most recently completed work is contained in Revelation 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17.

Let us return to where I left you on the chronological flow timeline from John's time to today, filling in the "knowns" that I have discussed so far:

Mohammedan Rise----------612AD----762AD
That event represents-------Trumpet 5
Found in----------------------Revelation 9

Turkish Woe---------------------------------1057AD----1453AD
That event represents---------------------------Trumpet 6
Found in------------------------------------------Revelation 9

Two Witnesses killed and raised------------------------------------1685AD-1689AD
That event represents-----------------------------------Last Biblical Event Before Vial 1
Found in----------------------------------------------------Revelation 15

Fall of Papacy-----------------------------------------------------------------1793AD----1866AD
That event represents--------------------------------------------------------Vial 1-Vial 5
Found in------------------------------------------------------------------------Revelation 16

I have previously placed the goal of the entire Revelation Puzzle series before you: to completely convince you as to the identity and time frame of seven major Apocalyptic events. I reason that if you become convinced as to the exact fit of those seven events with the scripture and then you notice their chronologically consecutive order, you will then be able to understand the rest. I have previously discussed four of them in part 1 and part 2 of the series and I asked you to study them in the Revelation Spreadsheet. I have presented them here in the order of the strength of certainty that I have that they have been absolutely identified: 1) RULE OF PAPACY: First, identify the Divinely interpreted Papal Roman Empire of Revelation 12, 13, and 17 and notice that it speaks of Rome at chronologically advancing periods of time. 2) MOHAMMEDAN RISE: Identify the 5th trumpet as prefiguring Mohamed and his successors for 150 years of advancement, until they were stopped. 3) FALL OF PAPACY: Identify the French Revolution as representing the Seventh trumpet and five of the vials. 4)TURKISH WOE: Identify the Turkish woe of the 6th trumpet as the fourth most certain. Those that remain of the seven are: 5) TWO WITNESSES TESTIFY, KILLED AND RAISED: Identify the two witnesses and the time of their extermination and their rise, 6) EVERLASTING GOSPEL PREACHED: Identify the going forth of the angel with the everlasting gospel and 7) FOUR ANGELS BOUND AT THE EUPHRATES: Identify that it was the Turkish-Moslem horde that were bound at the Euphrates at Baghdad for several hundred years prior to the Turkish woe, matching the signification of the four angels who were said to be bound there. Once you have placed the final three events in the Chronology, the rest of the symbols in the Book are much more readily identifiable and you will be moving in the direction of agreeing with me that the chronological time flow is the proper way to interpret the events of the Apocalypse of John.

I am not writing to be understood by theologians alone: I write for the common man. My belief is that no special intelligence is required to understand the Apocalypse: only hard work and a mind open to the Spirit of God. There is no point in moving forward to examine the final three apocalyptic events until I have firmly anchored the first four in place for you on the chronology. The first item: identifying the Papacy, was first denoted by Joseph Mede in 1643 as the "Key of Revelation". I previously pointed out that this key is the only Divinely interpreted symbol in the Book. If you want to unlock the Revelation, you must understand this key and to do that, you must understand how the apocalyptic symbols of 42 months, 1,260 days and a time, times and half a time all correspond to 1,260 years of our time. See The 1,260 Day Prophecy. Once you understand that kind of time frame, you will be able to see how Robert Fleming was able to predict in 1701 that the Papal Roman Empire would begin to fall on or around 1793. Then, you can easily see how the French Revolution events perfectly fulfill the prophecy that the vials of wrath would fall upon the seat of the beast. They began to fall then and are still falling upon the "daughters of the harlot", as Rome and all of her daughter churches have not been utterly beaten to dust, even today. There is still more wrath to pour forth from the throne of God. H. Grattan Guinness wrote an excellent small book on the subject entitled: "Key To The Apocalypse" This fact is difficult for our modern 21st century brains to process because we have been told the lie that nothing that has happened so far is the wrath of God. God has poured out His wrath many times on Earth: from the flood of Noah, through Sodom and even upon His own people in Jerusalem. Once again, for brevity sake, please consult Chapters 12, 13 and 17 of the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool where I have included a great deal of commentary and interpretation on the subject of the Papal beast.

The next two apocalyptic symbols: the Saracen-Moslem woe of the fifth trumpet and the Turkish Woe of the Sixth trumpet, build upon the day for a year principle that is set forth above and in my article at The 1,260 Day Prophecy. I discussed in the last article how these two Woe's corresponded point by point with every single prophetic symbolic aspect contained in the scriptures of Revelation Chapter 9. I then inserted the testimony, death and raising again of the witnesses, which again relies upon your interpretation of the day for year prophecy. That event fell out over a period of exactly three and one-half years, terminating in April, 1689: just prior to the French Revolution and as one would expect if we are correct in our understanding that these things flow out chronologically in history in just the same order as the Lord revealed them to John. The actual testimony of the two witnesses stretched out to cover the entire duration of the 1,260 year abomination of Papal rule and persecution, as it is untenable that Christ would have been without a true witness, albeit a small one at times, yet more than a literal two, through this entire long and dark period of time. Once again, your acceptance or rejection of this solution for the identity of the witnesses probably depends on whether or not you are convinced regarding the day/year presentation of time in the apocalypse. There was even a period of about twenty years where there was an apparent dying out of the witnesses, just prior to the dawn of Reformation. So, please go back to the link on the The 1,260 Day Prophecy and settle it, right there, whether you believe it or not.

I have presented a fair number of the witnesses in Chapter 11 of the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. There were witnesses to true Christian doctrine over that entire 1,260 year period. Please read the spreadsheet for the details and check their identity with the scripture. More than fifty million gave their lives as martyrs, according to some estimates: more than the victims of Hitler's Jewish purge, Stalin and Chairman Mao combined. Yet, the Pope is called "Holy Father"! This is not to attempt to present Luther, the German reformer and Zwingli, the Swiss reformer, as models of perfection. Certainly, they joined the Roman Catholics in their persecution of the Anabaptists, which were so named because they "Baptised Again": they preached against infant baptism and gave their lives for their beliefs. This fact actually supports this interpretation of the identity of the two witnesses, as it was God who preserved them and set them forth, not Protestantism.

The time has come for us to consider our sixth, identifiable Apocalyptic sign, as it is set forth in Revelation 14:6. That is, the angel who was sent forth to fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto all them that dwell on the Earth. This is another major sign that must have a fulfillment prior to the first pouring of the vials of wrath, which we find in Revelation 16. This one is fairly easy to identify if you have agreed that the Papacy is anti-christ and the beast, for that Papal beast permitted no evangelism to thrive. Even the word of God was proscribed and all services were required to be held in Latin. The thing most assured was that the peoples of the realm would be entirely ignorant of the actual word of God. And so, this was the case except for the very few and heavily persecuted witnesses whom our Lord sent from from the sixth century until the Reformation. Just after that time, several reformers, under intense persecution, gathered in Geneva to produce an English language bible for the use of the common people. During the next hundred years, more than 1.5 million of these bibles were published. Then, following on the heels of that, the great revival of gospel preaching occurred as this was fulfilled in the time of Zinzendorf, Wesley, Whitfield, and Edwards. Once again, for brevity sake, please consult Chapter 14 of the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. The indicated time frame runs from 1560 to approximately 1790, just prior to the French Revolution commencement.

The seventh identifiable time frame involves a process whereby we must Identify that it was the Turkish-Moslem horde that were bound at the Euphrates at Baghdad for several hundred years prior to the Turkish woe, matching the signification of the four angels who were said to be bound there. This time frame ran from 762AD to 1057AD. During this time, Moslem expansion West of the Euphrates was stopped: frozen at Baghdad, despite many unsuccessful attempts and forays toward the West by the Moslem horde. Once again, for brevity sake, please consult Chapter 9 of the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool.

Now, let us revisit the chronological timeflow and place the three additional puzzle pieces within the framework. Please remember that I have numbered these puzzle pieces by the strength of certainty with which I believe we have completely identified the historical event with the related scriptural signification:


1)RULE OF PAPACY---------593AD------------------------------------------------1793AD
Found in---------------------Revelation 12, 13 and 17

5)TESTIMONY OF 2 WITNESSES--606AD---------------------------------------------------------1866AD
Found in-----------------------------Revelation 11 and 15

2)MOHAMMEDAN RISE-------------612AD----762AD
That event represents-------------Trumpet 5
Found in------------------------------Revelation 9

Found in----------------------------------------------Revelation 9

4)TURKISH WOE-----------------------------------------1057AD--1453AD
That event represents---------------------------------Trumpet 6
Found in--------------------------------------------------Revelation 9

6)EVERLASTING GOSPEL PREACHED--------------------------------1560AD-------1790AD
Found in------------------------------------------------------------------Revelation 14

5)TWO WITNESSES KILLED AND RAISED---------------------------------1685AD-1689AD
That event represents-----------------------------------------------------Last Biblical Event Before Vial 1
Found in----------------------------------------------------------------------Revelation 15

3)FALL OF PAPACY-----------------------------------------------------------------1793AD----1866AD
That event represents------------------------------------------------------------Vial 1-Vial 5
Found in-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revelation 16

One thing is very clear: verifiable historical events corresponding to all scriptural significations between Trumpet 5 through Vial 5 cover almost the entirety of history from 593AD to 1866AD. Once I had seen this in my mind, I knew then how to interpret this Book. Armed with this information, you can then take a look at Seal 1 through Trumpet 4. The presumptive conclusion is that these must be made to fit the historical events that happened almost exclusively prior to 593AD. Once again, for brevity sake, please consult Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 of the Revelation Spreadsheet Analysis Tool. There you will find numerous historical events that apparently fit that which is described, once you are armed with the knowledge that these seals and first four trumpets must fit within this pre-593AD time frame. It is therefore very similar to a crossword puzzle. You simply cannot begin studying this prophecy by attempting to interpret the meaning of the seals, but you are rather must return to interpret them after the rest of the puzzle has been filled in.

There are a few more historical events that were so significant to the Church during the last 2000 years that it is difficult to imagine that the Book of Revelation would be silent concerning them. One of these is biblically described as a great earthquake. We will return in part 4 of this series to deal with these additional events.

I pray that the Lord may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him so that you may see and understand that which has been hidden by our Lord in the things that were signified to John while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. The Divine source of this Book has been almost universally agreed to by Christian writers for more than 1900 years. May we reach unto the day where the meaning of this Divinely authored book and its' many signs may be as universally accepted and understood by all who constitute the bride of Jesus Christ.

Stephen L. Bening

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