By Abraham Israel
Seven angels sounding the trumpets are the prophetic voice though the prophets who will bring these catastrophes to the earth. It is a warning to the earth dwellers to repent and look to God, instead of looking to the anti-christ and his flattery which will make them reject God and will make them worship Satan openly.
Trumpet in the scripture always speaks about the word of warning which the prophets spoke in Gods Name, So that if people heed it, destruction will be averted (Amos 3:6-8; 1 Corinthians 14:8; Numbers 29:1; Joshua 6:4-5,16; 6:20; 2 Chronicles 29:26; Hosea 8:1; Joel 2:1; Jeremiah 4:5,6; Numbers 10:1-10; Ezekiel 33:3-7; Zech 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:11).
It is appointed for man once to die after this the judgment (Heb 9:27). According to this word every man born in this planet earth must die once and this has been appointed by God. And we know that God never breaks His word (Malachi 3:6). Even if God breaks His word only once, His whole word becomes a lie that cannot be trusted. But God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19; James 2:10). But in the Bible we can see only two persons were taken up into heaven [sheol or paradise in the Old Testament], without ever seeing death. They were both prophets in the Old Testament, specially used to declare about the coming of the Lord and to testify and demonstrate the power of God and to challenge Satan and his demonic world face to face. Both of them did not see death (Heb 11:5; Jude 14; 2Kings 2:1, 9, 11, 16, 18; 1 Kings 18:36-39).They were both taken in to heaven and both of them did not see death. One is Elijah and the other is Enoch.
Death is a spirit that comes upon every man at the moment he becomes ready to leave the earthly body, to torment them as a sign of judgment and control over their fleshly body. Because of sin, the spirit of death has authority over the natural body. So only Paul in 1 Corinthians spoke about the victory that Jesus had over death, by getting resurrected in a brand new body, perfect in holiness and glory over which Satan has no control. It has been swallowed up. In other words, it has been defeated (1 Corinthians 15:54-57; Rev 1:18; Romans 6:9, 23).
If death is not a spirit which has personality, how can it have dominion? (Rom 6:9). If death is not a spirit which controls Hades [Unseen realm] in Satan’s kingdom why should it be thrown in to the lake of fire? (Rev 20:13-15). If death is not a spirit which has personality how can it be judged? Hades is the place where under the spirit of death, a lot of other demon spirits control the area under the sovereignty of God. If Death is not a personality with understanding, how can Hades[demons under its subjection] follow with him [here a personal pronoun is used for Death implying it as a personality], how can it be given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth (Rev 6:8). If it is not a personality how can both death and Hades deliver up the dead, if it does not have control over it in the unseen realm? (Rev 20:13-15). And Satan works as the king of this unseen realm and death. He is the instructor whose instruction these spirits fulfill in the bottomless pit in the unseen realm (Rev 9:11). So only Satan is called as Destruction [Abaddon.Heb] and Destroyer [Appollyon.Greek]. His very intention is to steal, kill and destroy because of his jealousy over mankind (John10:10). If death does not have mind, will and emotion to act and move, why should the Bible say, “….And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.”(Psalm 68:20).
In other words death pursues every man to make him die. And why should God help people to escape from death continually [Note the plurality of language: escapes].
But now Christ holds the authority over the spirit of death and Hades because through His death and resurrection he has dismantled the authority structure which has been completely held by Satan before (Rev 1:18; Col 2:14-15).
My question to you is, ‘How can God break His word by exclusively taking these two prophets without seeing death?’, Does the word of God have discrepancy in truth proclaimed?
The answer is No. But in the word of God it is mentioned that these two prophets are specially chosen by God as the sons of fresh oil or anointed ones who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth (Zech 4:14).
If we ask ourselves the question, what for these two anointed ones stand loaded with fresh oil beside the Lord of the whole earth? Who are these two anointed ones?
These two are standing very close or next to the Lord because they are ready to come back to the earth and fulfill the rest of the God’s plan for them in their life. In other words they are ready to die and return back to heaven. Lamp stands refer to the church and Lamp stand refers to Israel as a nation (Rev 1:12-13; Zech 4:2; Exodus 25:31-40; Heb 9:1-2). These two are symbolically represented as two olive tree standing at the left and right side of the lamp stand which is the nation of Israel. Olive tree represents the origin of these two prophets as from Israel (Romans 11:24-27, 17; Jeremiah 11:10, 16). These prophets are the olive trees or anointed ones who were shown as having two branches that drip in to the container of the two golden pipes from which the golden oil [i.e. purity of the Spirit] flows away (Zech 4:11-12).
These are the same two prophets who will come to witness to the anti-christ and the whole earth for 1260 days clothed in sack cloth to show their deep concern and sorrow for the destruction that is going to come upon the people of Israel who were having Anti-christ as their messiah and for the whole earth which is worshipping Anti-christ as God. They are waiting and standing before the Lord of the whole earth to return back to the earth (Rev 11:4). Elijah and Enoch will be resuscitated [breathed life in to them] in their natural bodies by the super natural power of God. They will be sent from heaven only for this limited period of time (Rev 11:3). They will absolutely demonstrate the supernatural power of God in a sovereign way to make people repent. Whenever the enemies of the prophets try to harm them, they will be destroyed by fire when the two prophets speak out judgment against them (Rev 11:5; 1 Kings 1:10, 12). Here fire represents God’s judgment upon the enemies of these prophets (Amos 1:7, 10, 12; 2:2, 5).
The days that they will spend here on earth will be the days of Prophecy [trumpet] and these will have power to shut heavens [to cause drought], will have power over waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. These events will happen just as when Moses did before pharaoh in Egypt and Elijah shut the heavens in confrontation with Ahab, when he was here on earth before the Lord took him (Rev 11:6; 1 Kings 17:1; 18:1; Exodus 7:14-11:10).
These are the list of plagues that haunted Egypt,
1. Waters become blood.
2. Frogs [Smiting the territory with frogs].
3. Lice [The dust of the land becomes lice].
4. Flies [Swarm of flies on people].
5. Livestock diseased [Pestilence].
6. Boils [Boils that break out in sores on man and beast].
7. Hail [Hail rained down].
8. Locusts [Locusts eats all the herbs and fruits].
9. Darkness [They were not able to see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days].
10.Death of the First born.
In the Bible God foretold that Elijah will be sent from heaven before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. The day of the Lord is when the wicked will become like stubble [short stiff pieces left in the fields after corn, wheat, etc has been cut]. The day of the Lord will burn them up (Malachi 4:1, 5-6). Elijah will come and try to turn the heart of Israelites toward their true God and all the people of the earth towards God.
The Jews even before 2000 years, when Jesus Christ came the first time to die for their sins, they looked to this prophecy and got confused and thought Elijah will literally come and only after he comes, Messiah will come and defeat Romans [their enemy at that time] and will rule the earth from Jerusalem. But they were mistaken. As the spirit of Elijah rested upon Elisha in double portion (2 Kings 2:9-10, 15), so also John the Baptist also came in the imparted spirit capacity and power of Elijah. So only Jesus said to the people listening to Him,‘ If you are willing to take John is Elijah who is to come.’ In other words he was saying to them, if you can understand spiritually, John has come in the Spirit measure of Elijah (Matt 11:7-15; Luke 1:76-80; Luke 7:24-35; 20:2-8; Matt 16:13-14).
When Jesus told Peter, James and John not to tell the vision of transfiguration that happened on a high mountain to no one until resurrection, the disciples were perplexed and confused seeing Elijah and Moses in the spirit appearing just moments before. So they asked Jesus this question, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”(Matt 17:1-10). Jesus answered and affirmed their belief [i.e. scribes belief] that Elijah is coming and will restore all things.
In other words he was saying to them, ‘See Elijah is coming in his very physical body before my second coming, but at my first coming Elijah has already come in the spirit and power of Elijah [i.e. John the Baptist] and people have killed him. Just as they did to John the Baptist so also will they do to me because it is my first coming.’ The disciples had the spiritual understanding to know that he was speaking about John the Baptist as Elijah spiritually (Matt 17:11-13; 14:1-13; Luke 1:15-17; Mark 9:11-13). As we have seen from the scripture, Elijah will come physically before the second coming as Jesus affirmed and Enoch will come along with him because both of them never faced death and will literally come back physically in flesh.
The other evidence that they will come back with their literal physical body is because in Revelation 11:7, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit [Satan] will use his authority through the anti-christ and will kill these two prophets sent from heaven (Rev 13:2-5,7). If they had come in their glorious resurrected body, they could not be killed (Luke 24:37-43; John 20:19, 20, 26).
Their bodies will lie in the street of Jerusalem and it will be telecasted live to the whole world by anti-christ who will be controlling air waves under his authority. This scene will be watched in television, mobile handset television, internet, etc. They will watch this for three and half days and will not allow people to put their body in the graves (Rev 11:8-9). Many will rejoice and celebrate it as a festival along with anti-christ because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on earth for rejecting God and following anti-christ (Rev 13:3-5; 11:10). Because anti-christ has killed these prophets, they will worship Satan openly, who gave his authority to anti-christ through which he killed the prophets.
These prophets who were killed, suddenly after three and half days, the breath of life from God will enter them and they will stand on their feet. This also will be seen by the whole world and great fear will fall on those who see them alive. This is because they will rise up in their glorious eternal bodies (Rev 11:11). They [the two prophets] will after this hear a loud voice from heaven saying, “Come up here”. And they will ascend to heaven in a cloud and their enemies will see them. If they still had their natural physical body they will not be able to ascend in to heaven in a cloud as Jesus had ascended. There the disciples saw them ascend into heaven and here their [the two prophets] enemies will see it (Rev 11:12; Acts 1:9-11).
The physical is designed only to live in this earth and die in this earth. With it nobody can live outside earth naturally without any change. Only after one’s death, at the appointed time of resurrection the people will be changed and will have the glorious God designed body (1 Corinthians 15:35-40; Heb 9:27). The earthly body is made of dust and is corruptible, the heavenly body will be made of heavenly material and is incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:40, 47, 42).
The image or appearance of us now is in the image pattern of our forefather Adam who was the first man in the image of the man of the dust. Likewise, we shall be in the image pattern of the heavenly man who is the second man with a heavenly image and materiality (1 Corinthians 15:47-49), who was not created like the first man but is the Lord who came from heaven. He was the first man to become a second man. For every human being, born naturally is the first in sequence and born spiritually in a glorious body during the resurrection is the second in sequence (1 Corinthians 15:46). This is the spiritual body with the heavenly glory and power (1 Corinthians 15:43, 44).
The first Adam became a man who had the capacity to procreate life or living being. The last Adam [Jesus Christ] became a life giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). Just as the first Adam had the sperm of earthly life in him to procreate another living being through procreation, the last Adam had the sperm of heavenly life in Him to procreate many other spiritual being like Him in His image (1 Cor 15:49). Ever since He came to this earth, He has lived for this purpose and died for this purpose and purpose alone.