Exactly after the rapture has taken place, I believe the two prophets of God will return back to the earth (Rev 11:3). They will be present here prophesying for exactly three and a half years, not less or not more for one more day. They are the one who will blow the trumpet through the angels of God. The seven trumpets that are blown by the angels are released from heaven exactly in harmony with the words of these two prophets (Rev 11:3-6). In the Bible the trumpet sound is equated to the warning that the prophets spoke in the name of God regarding the destruction that would come on the people if they reject the word of the Lord and become unrepentant. The prophets hearing a word from God’s mouth would warn people about God’s impending judgment (Ezekiel 33:3-7; Isaiah 44:26).
How can we say that the sealing of the servants of God will happen before the trumpets are blown? The answer is when the fifth trumpet sounds, the demons like locusts which came upon the whole earth was commanded by God not to harm those men who do have the seal of God on their foreheads (Rev 9:1-5). The two prophets as the Bible describes will have power to shut heavens, so that no rain will fall in the days of their prophecy, and they will have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. The trumpets are that which will be operated completely through the prophetic words of the two prophets (Rev 11:6; 8:2-13; 9:1-21; 11:14-19). I believe that the seventh trumpet is the last trumpet that Paul described in 1 Cor 15:50-58. Once it has been started by the prophets, the trumpet’s sound will culminate only when Jesus comes back again during His Second Coming to the earth. This is the reason the Bible describes the seventh trumpet as “the days of the sounding [i.e. present continuous period of time, which will culminate at the second coming of Jesus to the earth] of the seventh angel…..”(Rev 10:7). Just when he [the seventh angel] is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the Prophets (Rev 10:7). In other words, just when the seventh angel who is about to finish the sound that he had started to sound forth in the [starting] days of the sounding, all the mysteries of God that has been hidden for the ages will be revealed because the seventh trumpet sound will make the kingdoms of the world [which was at that time ruled by Anti-christ] to become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ forever and ever. As the Bible also affirms that by saying, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly [Enigma in English is derived from this Greek word ainigma which means mystery which is the word used here for the word ‘dimly’], but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then [when? In the resurrection of believers (first during the rapture and then at the second coming for those who have died during the tribulation even up to Armageddon)] I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Cor 13 :12).
It is at this time that all who were dead during the tribulation will be resurrected and they shall reign along with Him forever and ever which in itself is a mystery unveiled before the eyes of all the people of the earth as they see Jesus Christ appearing on the earth with His saints (Rev 10:7; 11:15-19; 19:11-21 -> 20:1-6; 1 Cor 15:51; Zech 14:3-5;Matt 24:30-31). During the starting time of the sounding of the seventh angel the bowls of wrath will be poured out and manifested in this planet earth because at that time the 24 elders in heaven were saying that the resurrection time has come and You are going to destroy those who destroy the earth [Who were those? These were the Anti-christ and the false prophet] (Rev 11:18).
During the time of the seventh trumpet these bowls of wrath will be poured out because in the bowl judgment the first angel was seen pouring out his bowl upon those who had taken the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image all over the earth and also the Bible shows the fifth angel pouring out his bowl on the throne of the beast which will make him furious to gather an army to fight against God openly (Rev 11:15-19; 15:1-21).
Revelation chapter 14 speaks about various events. The first event of the Lamb standing on mount Zion with 144000 saints is the day of His second coming where the number 144000 represents all the saved saints of the New Covenant who were redeemed from the earth who were not defiled with the woman [i.e. false religion of Idolatry (Rev 17:18)] and are considered as chaste virgins being first fruits to God and to the Lamb. In their mouths was found no deceit because they have accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives (Rev 14:3-5; Eph 5:25-27; 1 Cor 10:14-17; 15:20, 23; 2 Cor 11:2-5; 1 Cor 12:3). They are all without fault before the throne of God because they are all washed by the Blood of the Lamb (Rev 14:5;1 John 5:7;Rev 19:13;1 Peter 1:2,23-25). On the day of His second coming to this planet earth Jesus Christ and His saints will fight against the Anti-christ and will defeat Him (Rev 17:14; Rev 19:11-21). This is the same event that has been described in the Old Testament Book of Zechariah where it says that “His feet [i.e. the feet of Jesus] will stand on the Mount of Olives [i.e. mount Zion]” on the day of the Lord (Rev 14:1-5; Zech 14:1-5; Joel 2:32). This is the same thing the two men [i.e. angels] declared to the disciples who looked steadfastly toward the heaven where Jesus seconds before vanished by saying, “…“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.” (Acts 1:11-12).
The woman of the false religion that makes it look like the true one is completely propagated by a false religious spirit which will project another Jesus and will make people receive a different spirit by making people accept a different gospel (2 Cor 11:4; Rev 17:6). The proclamation of another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach will happen during the season of summer harvest time just before Anti-christ will come to be the leader of the peace league in which he will make a covenant of seven years with the nation of Israel up to the time of rapture of the Church which will happen just moments before or after the tribulation starts (Rev 14:7;3:10;Matt 24:20-22). Babylon which is the religious city of Rome [i.e. Vatican] which I believe is that great city, because the Bible describes this city as the head of the apostate church whose origin is a politico-religious one which was started with the blood of apostles and prophets. This judgment of the apostate church will happen exactly after the rapture takes place and it will be a judgment that will come through the hate of those ten political kings of the unified revised Roman Empire (Rev 14:8;18:20,23-24). And also the other indication that the apostate church of Babylon is Rome [i.e. Vatican] is because John the apostle marvels with great amazement seeing it. My question to you is, why should he marvel if it is a paganistic religious spirit which was normal during the first century (Rev 17:6)? The next indication that it is Rome [Vatican’s politico-religious church] which is that apostate church is because God is calling certain people out of it before its destruction, calling these people as “Come out of her My people….” (Rev 18:4). These people who are called out of it before its destruction are some genuine God-seekers who were left behind because of their lukewarmness, who will again be longing for God realizing their mistake of lukewarmness (Rev 3:14-22).
The last indication which is as clear as crystal to indicate that the woman is the apostate politico-religious church of Rome [i.e. Vatican] is because the apostle John described the identity of the woman as that great city which reigns [when? Nearly 2000 years ago when Rome was the capital of the world] over the kings of the earth (Rev 17:18). The third angel’s declaration will be proclaimed just before the false prophet makes all those who dwell on the earth to worship the beast and his image by performing the signs which he was granted [by whom? By God like in the Old Testament when God gave His power in to the hands of Satan to fulfill His purpose (Job 1:12; 2:3,6)] to do in the sight of the beast (Rev 14:9-13). This wine of the wrath of God is the time of tribulation up to Armageddon when a big harvest of souls will be reaped during that winter season which will be only next in magnitude to the summer harvest which would have been over by then even before the falling away [apostasy of the Church] had come during the autumn season (Rev 14:17-20; Matt 24:20; 2 Thess 2:3). The wine of the wrath of God will start from the first trumpet and will end with the war of Armageddon. Hence the harvest in Rev 14:14-16 will be the summer harvest which starts in the Revival Proclamation of the gospel to the ends of the earth [before the End-time or the time of the end of 7 years covenant of the Anti-christ with the nation of Israel (Dan 12:4,9-10)] to the rapture of the Church which will happen moments before or after the tribulation starts (Rev 3:7-13;Matt 24:14;24:32-35). The harlot who sits on many waters symbolically represents the control which the false religion had on the peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues. The woman which is the Roman religious body which has encouraged religious-harlotry on earth through its religious system will have firm control on the revived Roman Political body or the league during the first half of the 7 years of the Anti-christ’s covenant with the nation of Israel during which he will boast globally as the man of peace who has finally solved the unsolvable Israel-Palestine conflict in a unprecedented way (Rev 17:1,3,15). It has always been a mystery of how a religious spirit of harlotry has been directly influencing the governments of the world for the ages past (Rev 17:1-5).
The Wilderness is a place where there will be no human presence but only the beasts (Mk 1:12-13;Ps 22:12,13;91:13;68:30;2 Tim 4:17-18). The wilderness where John was carried was the heavenly place from where satan sat and controlled through the religious spirits the human government of the world by directly influencing it wrongly in rebellion against God from this high elevated place of spiritual dimension, so only the woman was directly drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus (Rev 17:6). It is really amazing to find this profound truth of how satan controls the world calling it as his kingdom (2 Cor4:4; Eph 2:2; Matt 4:8-9). Even in the Book of Zechariah this woman who was seen controlling from the heavenlies was seen shifting its base to the earth and keeping the Middle Eastern land of Babylon to be their headquarters to operate directly by possessing the people who are going to rule at the end time. This control of the whole world will be done through digitally advanced satellite network through which the one world government will operate with the one world control centre. Because this Digitalized Central network acts under the control of Anti-christ, it will act as the curse carriers in to every house of the end-time (Zechariah 5;Rev 16:12-14;Dan 11:40-45 -> 12:1). The moment rapture takes place the Church will be taken in to this place of Dominion of influence over the world for three and half years (Rev 12:14), where satan will be thrown out from that wilderness of heavenlies and the power of air will be dislodged and as a result satan will become furious to destroy the real woman which gave birth to the male child [i.e. Jesus Christ] which is the people of the kingdom of God on earth as a nation, but they will be raptured because the earth will open its mouth and will swallow up the flood of deceit and destruction of satan. Then immediately satan will go after those lukewarm saints who were left behind [i.e. the church which is that nation of God in the New Testament era, which was Israel in the Old Testament time (Matt 21:43)] (Luke 21:25-28;Rev 12:13-17). The moment Israel will accept Jesus as the Messiah the nation of Israel will again become the nation of God. From this time onward’s God will rule the world from the nation of Israel through the Messiah and his armies.
This wilderness is the 1st heaven which is directly the air atmosphere above the earth from where the harlot woman has been sitting ever since the creation and later after the fall of man, began to directly influence the world system of governance. Because at the fall of man the direct control of God’s influence over the world system of governance was cut off because Adam voluntarily chose to disobey God by taking the side of satan through his disobedience to God’s command. The earth opening its mouth and helping the woman is nothing but the earth which held up the life of the saints in it through the spirit of death, will give up those who are dead in Christ and satan will try his best to hold them up in that state through its influence over the spirit of death but Jesus who is having the keys of Hades and Death will prevail on the day of the rapture of the Church as He prevailed over those powers and principalities two thousand years ago when He disarmed [i.e. made it powerless and under subjection] those spirits on the cross (Rev 12:7-16;Col 2:15;1 Cor 15:50-58;Gen 4:11;Is 59:19;Rev 20:11,13). Satan will hence after the event of rapture will make war with the left behind offspring of the woman who are believer’s in Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17;14:12-13;13:5-10).
After their [i.e. two anointed prophets] forty two months of prophesying will be over, the Anti-christ who will be possessed by Satan himself after his healing from the mortal wound by the sword will become very furious against these anointed prophets because of the fifth bowl of wrath during the sounding of the seventh trumpet that will be poured out right on the throne of the Beastly Anti-christ (Rev 10:7;16:10-11). This will make his whole kingdom reel under darkness which will cause pains and sores to come up in their bodies. But they will not repent, instead they will blaspheme God for all their troubles. As a direct result of this judgment of God executed through the prophets, the beastly Anti-christ by the direct empowerment of satan will make war against these two anointed prophets, will overcome and kill them (Rev 11:7;16:10-11). And their dead bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and half days. It will be telecast live to all the people of the world and it will be seen by them with their Television and Internet-Television. These people will not allow anybody to put the bodies of the two dead prophets in to graves, but will rejoice and celebrate their death as a festival, sending gifts to one another because it was these prophets who brought the direct wrath of God upon all the people of the world [i.e. earth dwellers who were not heaven seekers and God haters] and tormented them (Rev 11:7-10).
After three and half days, the two prophets will be resurrected back to life and will stand on their feet, great fear will fall upon those who see it. They will hear a loud voice of God from heaven saying, “Come up here”. And they will ascend in to heaven in a cloud and their enemies will see them ascend with their own eyes as the disciples saw Jesus ascend in to heaven in a cloud (Acts 1:9-11). In that same hour there will be a great earth quake and the tenth of the city of Jerusalem will fall by it. In this great earth quake, seven thousand people will be killed as a result of it and the rest will be afraid and give glory to God (Rev 11:11-13).
The mystery of lawlessness was at work two thousand years ago itself and it is the spirit of Anti-christ which rejects the authority of the Lord’s government and acts under satan’s lawless rebellious government (2 Thess 2:7; 1 John 4:3; 2 John 7). Lawlessness is a mystery and sin is lawlessness (2 Thess 2:7; 1 John 3:4). Godliness is a mystery too which has been given to us by believing the package of salvation which Jesus Christ achieved for every believer (1 Tim 3:16).
The woman in the Old Testament was the nation of Israel. God always considered the people to whom He bestowed the kingdom of God through His Spirit as a woman (Rev 22:17) and called them His wife. When the nation of Israel started following after other pagan gods, the same nation was equated to a woman who was unfaithful to her husband by practicing harlotry (Rev 12:1;Gen 37:9-11; Hosea 2:2,13;Matt 21:43; Rom 14:17). In the New Testament the church as a nation has been bestowed the kingdom of God through His Spirit and hence has been called a betrothed virgin woman or bride (Matt 21:43;1 Peter 2:9;Eph 5:23-27). The close connection and relationship between Christ [i.e. the husband] and the Church [i.e. the betrothed bride] is a mystery as Paul the Apostle says (Eph 5:28-33; 2 Cor 11:2-3;Hosea 2:19-20). The woman fleeing in to wilderness is the event of rapture described symbolically, which will make the believing Messianic Jews and the Church which is in Jesus Christ to be caught up together in the clouds along with the saints who were dead in Christ to meet the Lord Jesus in the air (1 Thess 4:16-17;Rev 12:6,14). When Jesus comes at the time of rapture, He will not touch upon the earth but will wait in the air to receive the Church to Himself (John 14:2-3), by then the air which has been occupied by the prince of the power of air will be dislodged and thrown to the earth to make way for Jesus (Eph 2:2;Luke 21:26-27). The woman who gave birth to the male child is the seed of the woman which is the people of God who believed God’s word of a promised saviour (Rev 12:13;Gen 3:15;Luke 1;28,31-38,46-48,54-55).
Apostle John saw a mighty angel coming down from heaven which he thought was an angel (Rev 10:1), but actually it was Jesus coming down from heaven. As Jesus also said in John 3:13, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” He is the only person whom the Bible has compared His face to be like a sun, no other angels in heaven have been spoken in this manner (Rev 10:1;4:3;1:16,15;Acts 26:13-14). A hand from heaven supplied the scroll for the prophet Ezekiel to eat, and that hand was God Almighty’s hand. Here as God’s representative for human kind the little book of prophetic writing is carried by Jesus (Rev 10:2;Ezekiel 2:8-10 -> 3:1-4). Also here we see the angel has his right foot on the sea which symbolically represents that He [i.e. Jesus] has taken the sovereign authority of God over the kingdom of the world (Dan 7:1-3;Matt 28:18;Mark 14:62). The clothing over Him was with a cloud which represents the powers of heaven empowered by the Spirit which includes all the angels of God (Mark 14:62;Matt 24:30-31;25:31). And His left foot on the land represents His authority in the earth through the Church. The Kingdom of God which is on earth is symbolized in the Bible as the earth or land (Matt 23:34-35;6:10; Ps 114:2; 24:1; 115:16). This angel’s voice was like the lions roar because Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5;10:3). When He cried seven thunders uttered their voices. The seven thunders actually uttered the prophetic timings of these important events exactly. Hence Apostle John was told not to write these things (Rev 10:4). The seven thunders is the voice of the Lord (Ps 77:18;Rev 14:2;2 Samuel 22:14). It is the glory of God that thunders and it is the voice of the Lord that comes out of it (Ps 29:3-4). When people hear the voice of the Lord from heaven it will sound like a thunder to them (Matt 12:28-29). Nobody knows the exact timing of the events except God the trinity. Even the angels of heaven do not know it (Acts 1:6-7;Matt 24:36;1 Thess 5:1-2). The sealing up of the things happened once during the time of Daniel, but God conveyed to him that it will be sealed up only until the time of the end. Hence the moment the Anti-christ makes a peace covenant with Israel, all the sealed events will be broken open by the Lord Jesus Himself (Rev 5:1-2). Then all the sealed events will happen before our very eyes which means only God knows the exact timing’s of all these events. Once the seal is opened all the world of God seekers will come to openly see the events of the end time and know where they are in the whole process of time even up to the sounding of the seventh trumpet which is the last trumpet which will usher in the Kingdom rule of Jesus in this planet earth at His second coming (1 Cor 15:51;1 Thess 4:5;Rev 11:15).
Again taking the passage of scripture in Rev 12:6,13-14, some people say that the woman described here is Israel and that they will be kept on the mountain wilderness of Israel and some have even tried to load boxes of Gospel tracts in the mountains of Israel thinking that the Jews will hide there in the mountains of Israel [i.e. Petra] for three and half years during which they will be protected by God so that they can read those tracts to receive their Messiah Jesus. These people say this is the reason Jesus is admonishing the people in Judea to flee to the mountains. But in the Bible there is not even one scripture that points directly to Israel hiding in the mountains and caves as these people say. God has not promised anything like that, it is purely a baloney. These people some of them point to the scripture in Isaiah 26:19-21 and say that entering the chambers is symbolic of going in to hiding in the mountain rocks of Israel. But rather the verse 19 speaks about the resurrection of Jesus and the rapture that happened together with His Body for many of the Old Testament saints which actually happened when Jesus was resurrected two thousand years ago (Matt 27:52-53). Thus within the context of the above scripture the meaning of “Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.” (Isaiah 26:20-21) means nothing but the rapture of the Church [which includes all who are in Christ and the Messianic Jews who believe in Jesus as their Messiah] that will happen before the wrath [indignation] of God’s punishment comes upon all the people of the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. Thus this scripture indicates the rapture of the Church that will happen for the Glorious Church which will include the believer’s in Christ and those of the Jews who will believe in Jesus as their Messiah (Is 26:19-21; John 14:1-4; 2 Thess 1:6-10; Rom 11:5).