In our previous essay, What Is The Mark Of The Beast — And What Is It Not?, we stated that Revelation 4 – 11, Revelation 12 – 14 and Revelation 15 – 19 essentially cover the same time period from different angles. As such, we also alluded to a period of time between when the 144,000 have been sealed in Revelation 7:4, Revelation 14:1 and Revelation 15:2 — and when the Lord Jesus returns.
In this article we would like to cover one of the key events during that time — the fall of Mystery Babylon — as well as the part which the elect of God need to play in that event.
THE BURNING MOUNTAIN
Just prior to the 144,000 being sealed, Revelation 7:3 says,
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God; and he called out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, or the sea, or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”
Directly afterward, the 144,000 are sealed in Revelation 7:4. Then subsequently, “a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up” (Revelation 8:7), and “a third of the sea became blood” (Revelation 8:8). If “the bond-servants of our God” (Revelation 7:3) have to be sealed before the earth, sea or trees may be harmed — and if the earth, trees and sea were damaged according to Revelation 8:7-8 — then “the bond-servants of our God” have definitely been sealed by as early as Revelation 8:7.
Yet when the sea is harmed, Revelation 8:8 says,
The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was hurled into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood
As we have mentioned numerous times in prior essays, if a literal mountain — or asteroid as some Christians believe — fell into the sea, then the world would quite obviously be able to identify the events of the Revelation. But the events of the Revelation must pass by unnoticed — except by the elect — otherwise, how else would the Lord Jesus come like a thief when He returns? (Revelation 16:15)
Thankfully however, even when taking a metaphorical interpretation, the Scripture provides us with plenty of clues. Jeremiah 51:24-25 says,
24 “But I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before your eyes,” declares the Lord. 25 “Behold, I am against you, mountain of destruction that destroys the whole earth,” declares the Lord, “And I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the rocky cliffs, and I will make you a burnt out mountain. 26 They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, but you will be desolate forever,” declares the Lord.
We see that Jeremiah 51 compares the destruction of Babylon with a “burnt out mount” which will be rolled “down from the rocky cliffs.” Revelation 17:16 says of Mystery Babylon (Revelation 17:5),
And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the prostitute and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire.
Jeremiah tells us Babylon will be burned (Jeremiah 51:25) and desolate (Jeremiah 51:26) — whereas Revelation 17:16 tells us the exact same thing must happen to mystery Babylon — or the whore of Babylon. Later, Jeremiah 51:63-64 — in the same pronouncement as verses 24-25 concerning the “burnt out mountain” — says,
63 And as soon as you finish reading this scroll, you shall tie a stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates, 64 and say, ‘Just so shall Babylon sink down and not rise again, because of the disaster that I am going to bring upon her; and they will become exhausted.’
Finally, Revelation 18:21 echoes the same,
Then a strong angel picked up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will never be found again.”
When we connect these verses, we can see that when “a great mountain burning with fire was hurled into the sea” (Revelation 8:8), there can be no mistaking what it is referring to — the fall of Mystery Babylon. Moreover, we can see that these events are not literal — while the Scripture provides us with plenty of information to conclude what the metaphorical interpretation must be.
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
It just so happens the Lord Jesus says in Mark 11:23-24,
23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted to him. 24 Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.
A few verses prior to mystery Babylon — the burning mountain — being cast into the sea in Revelation 8:8, Revelation 8:3-5 says,
3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense ascended from the angel’s hand with the prayers of the saints before God. 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and hurled it to the earth; and there were peals of thunder and sounds, and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
Therefore, whoever are alive among the true believers in the Lord Jesus will literally pray and ask for Babylon to fall — and the Lord Jesus assures us that their prayers will be answered — and it will fall.
Revelation 8:3-5 also gives us some very specific imagery from the Law. After Korah’s rebellion — where the earth opened up and swallowed those who defied Moses and Aaron’s authority — Numbers 16:43-48 says,
43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 “Get away from among this congregation so that I may consume them instantly.” Then they fell on their faces. 46 And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put fire in it from the altar, and place incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the Lord, the plague has begun!” 47 Then Aaron took it just as Moses had spoken, and he ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 And he took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was brought to a halt.
We can see that were it not for the atonement conducted by the high priest, all Israel would have been destroyed in a moment. Moreover, Leviticus 16:12-13 provides more specific ordinances for the high priests,
12 He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil. 13 He shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, so that the cloud of incense may cover the atoning cover that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die.
When we look at these verses through Revelation 8:3-5, we can see that the laws concerning the day of atonement always represented the final and great atonement for Israel — much like the Passover represented the work which the Lord Jesus did for us on the cross (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The cloud of incense represents the prayers of the saints which would be necessary to bring about Israel’s atonement — along with the fall of Babylon. Furthermore, after teaching on prayer, the Lord says in Luke 18:7-8,
7 now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long for them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
We can conclude by these words that the fall of Mystery Babylon also constitutes justice for the elect — and again, the elect must “cry out to Him day and night” in prayer.
Earlier we saw that “the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea” (Revelation 7:2) were commanded not to hurt the earth or the sea until the 144,000 were sealed (Revelation 7:3). Then in Revelation 8:7-8 they did hurt the earth and the sea after the 144,000 were sealed. Now Ezekiel 9:4-5 says,
3 Then the glory of the God of Israel ascended from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose waist was the scribe’s kit. 4 And the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and make a mark on the foreheads of the people who groan and sigh over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” 5 But to the others He said in my presence, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. 6 Utterly kill old men, young men, female virgins, little children, and women, but do not touch any person on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary.”
Directly after this scene — within the same vision, Ezekiel 10:2 says,
And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, “Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he entered in my sight.
Now dressing in linen was something the high priest had to do when conducting the Day of Atonement ceremony (Leviticus 16:4). Moreover, we see this imagery describing the Lord Jesus in Daniel 10:5. It was the high priest’s duty to fulfill the Day of Atonement, but in the Spirit of the Law, the Lord Jesus is our perfect and immortal high priest (Hebrews 7:28).
Therefore, we conclude that the “angel ascending from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God” (Revelation 7:2) and the angel who conducted the ceremony in Revelation 8 are one and the same — just as the man dressed in linen who did each of these acts in Ezekiel 9 and 10 were one and the same individual — and it all refers to the Lord Jesus Himself. It’s no wonder — because the Lord tells us the Scriptures testify about Himself (John 5:39).
As we already covered in our essay on Romans 11, Revelation 7 describes the fulfillment of Israel. Thus by allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture, we have built a rich picture of what is happening during Revelation 7 and 8.
When Israel is fulfilled by the fullness of the nations (Revelation 7:9) — and the 144,000 are sealed (Revelation 7:4) — we see the heavenly fulfillment of the Day of Atonement. We can see in the imagery of Numbers 16:43-48 that this atonement will stop God’s wrath against Israel — but when we look at Ezekiel 9-10, we see that only the ones with the seal on their heads will survive that wrath.
Paul likens the people of his own time to those in Korah’s rebellion (2 Timothy 3:9) in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these.
Therefore, we must be careful — exercising the deepest levels of introspection — that we do not become like those of Korah’s rebellion — and do not fall into the trap of thinking we are right in our own eyes. Otherwise, when the true Israel has been atoned for, we will find ourselves on the wrong end of Lord Jesus’ wrath — because He says to His servants in Luke 19:27,
But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.
We must all pay careful attention to the circumstances before the fall of Babylon and the Lord Jesus’ return — lest we find ourselves under Amos’s admonishment in Amos 5:18,
Woe to you who are longing for the day of the Lord, for what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you? It will be darkness and not light;
THE LORD’S GENEROSITY
Proverbs 16:13-15 says,
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and one who speaks right is loved. 14 The fury of a king is like messengers of death; but a wise person will appease it. 15 In the light of a king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.
We have already discussed the fury of the King — and the urgency with which we must appease Him — but let us discuss His delight, His love, His favor and the light and life of His face. After all, just prior to Luke 19:27 — where He calls for His enemies to be slain — verse 26 says,
I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
In our essay, Are We In The End Times?, we covered how the seven seals represent — and build up to — this very sequence of events — the atonement of Israel — and that the wrath against Israel during the great tribulation produces the body of Christ. This process may be summarized by Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:17,
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Revelation 8 marks the end of the judgment of the household of God and the beginning of the judgment against those who do not obey the gospel of God. However, when the Revelation refers to the actual acts of those who have just received the mark of God during the time of God’s wrath against those who do not obey the gospel — after Israel’s atonement — it never numbers those who receive the mark of God.
Revelation 8:3 merely says, “the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.” Revelation 9:4 refers to “only the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.” Revelation 15:2 says, “those who were victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name” — meaning those who did not take the mark of the beast by taking the mark of God (Revelation 7:4).
Moreover, if the 144,000 represents all Israelites who would be saved (Revelation 7:4, Revelation 21:17) — and if Israelites such as Moses and Elijah will obviously be saved — then we couldn’t conclude that all of the 144,000 must be alive simultaneously in any case. However, we could absolutely conclude that Israelites from ancient times such as Moses and Elijah would have the mark of God upon their heads — and thus be a part of the 144,000.
In other words, since the time when Israel became a nation under Jacob, chosen Israelites (Romans 11:7) — the remnant of Israel (Isaiah 10:22) — have been continuously added to that 144,000 number. In Revelation 8, when the heavenly fulfillment of Israel’s atonement comes, the final number of chosen Israelites will have been added to the 144,000.
Moses and Elijah — as well as David, Samuel, Isaiah, Daniel and many others — must necessarily be a part of that number already because they are Israelites who are saints — or “holy ones.” However, when the end of the end comes, there will be a certain group of Israelites who will have just recently been sealed at the time of Revelation 7:4.
Therefore, we find the wording of the Revelation very careful not to imply that everyone from the 144,000 needs to be alive at the same time even while describing the whole of the 144,000 in Revelation 7:4 and Revelation 14:1. The 144,000 are “the first fruits to God” (Revelation 14:4) — and “Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of His harvest” (Jeremiah 2:3) — and James says to “the twelve tribes” (James 1:1) that they are “a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” (James 1:18)
If Israel are the first fruits (Jeremiah 2:3, James 1:18) — and if the 144,000 are the first fruits (Revelation 14:4) — and if the 144,000 are Israelites (Revelation 7:4) — then how could there be any Israelite outside of the 144,000? They would not be first fruits because only the 144,000 are the first fruits — and there is no Israelite who is not a first fruit. Thus the Revelation also makes very clear to us the 144,000 must represent Israel across all time.
To reconcile these ideas — as befits the wording of the Revelation — all of the 144,000 who are alive in mortal bodies during the time of Israel’s atonement in Revelation 8 would merely be a subset of that 144,000. We specifically say “alive in mortal bodies” because Moses and Elijah are definitely alive and serving the Kingdom of God as we speak (Luke 9:30-31).
Moreover, we are told that even more Israelites besides Moses and Elijah have already been resurrected — when the Lord Jesus gave up His spirit on the cross, “the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised” (Matthew 27:52). Now the passage says “many bodies of the saints,” which could mean one of two things:
- All of the saints were raised — and there were many of them
- Not all of the saints were raised — but there were many which were raised
To this end, let us consider the parable of the laborers in the vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16,
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and to those he said, ‘You go into the vineyard also, and whatever is right, I will give you.’ And so they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’
8 “Now when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, starting with the last group to the first.’ 9 When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. 10 And so when those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day’s work and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go; but I want to give to this last person the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’ 16 So the last shall be first, and the first, last.”
Now consider that Elijah has been alive since he was taken up (2 Kings 2:11). We have reason to believe that given Moses’ presence at the Lord Jesus’ transfiguration (Luke 9:30) — and that Michael the archangel sought to claim his body sometime before that (Jude 1:9) — that Moses was raised sometime between his own death and the time of the transfiguration.
As we have explained in Romans 7 & 8 (Part 2) and What Are The Signs Of The End Times? — and as the Lord Jesus’ words suggest in Matthew 22:30 — we become the same kind of heavenly creature that the angels are when we are raised. Therefore, Moses and Elijah are angels now. Yet as Luke 9:31 suggests in Moses’ and Elijah’s case — and as Hebrews 1:14 tells us outright of all angels — their purpose is to serve those who will inherit salvation. In other words, they are working for those who will inherit salvation.
With the above in mind, by the time the Lord Jesus returns to bring His Kingdom, Moses and Elijah will have already been working for a very long time. By comparison, those who are alive in mortal bodies at the time of the Lord Jesus’ return will have been working for a comparatively short time.
Furthermore, Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17,
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Paul refers to two groups — “the dead in Christ” and those “who are alive, who remain” — who will “meet the Lord in the air” at the time when He returns. Here we find a special resurrection for all who have died “in Christ” — that is, those who have died since the Lord Jesus was revealed as the Christ — or Messiah — of Israel. Those who are “in Christ” — but are alive when He returns — will merely be taken up without ever having died in the first place.
Now Paul himself — along with Peter and the rest of the apostles — have died “in Christ,” meaning that until the point of the Lord Jesus return they will have worked only for the period of their mortal lives on earth. In other words, they are currently unconscious and resting — waiting for their resurrection at the return of the Lord Jesus.
Thus Moses and Elijah have been working for quite a long time compared to the likes of Peter, Paul or John. Then what about the likes of Enoch (Hebrews 11:5) — or the rest of the sons of God who during their mortal lives were the cherubim before the flood — who themselves have also been raised? They have been working for longer than anyone — Israel included.
Therefore, everyone who has died since the time of Christ — who have not yet been resurrected — including the subset of the 144,000 who are alive during the time of Israelites heavenly atonement — would represent the servants who were hired in the eleventh hour in the aforementioned parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:12).
On the other hand, perhaps Moses and Elijah were hired during “the sixth hour” (Matthew 20:5) — whereas others resurrected at the time of the Lord’s death (Matthew 27:52) were hired during “the ninth hour” (Matthew 20:5). Perhaps Enoch and the antediluvian sons of God were hired during “the third hour” (Matthew 20:3). The Lord Jesus, on the other hand, is the only one apart from His Father who has been working since the very beginning (John 1:2-3, John 5:17).
Now when the Lord Jesus returns, He tells us that “He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet blast, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds” (Matthew 24:31). This is the heavenly fulfillment of Deuteronomy 30:4 which says,
If any of your scattered countrymen are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back.
Likewise, Isaiah 27:12-13 says,
12 On that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing stream of the Euphrates River to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, you sons of Israel. 13 It will come about also on that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.
As we have already discussed in our essay on the mark of the beast, the threshing and the harvest is the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Here we see the threshing of the harvest, the gathering of the sons of Israel, and the great trumpet being blown all connected into one event — aligning exactly with the Lord’s words in Matthew 24:31. In other words, when He returns He will regather Israel.
Moreover, as we detailed in our article on the sons of God in Genesis 6, Revelation 19 is the fulfillment of Ezekiel 39 — whereas Revelation 20 is the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. Ezekiel 39:26 says that Israel — when the Lord Jesus returns — will “live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.”
On the other hand, when Satan attacks the “beloved city” (Revelation 20:9), he is actually attacking Israel that have already “been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 38:8) — and that he went “against the people who are [already] gathered from the nations” (Ezekiel 38:12).
Therefore, at a bare minimum, the whole of Israel — the 144,000 — must be present together when the Lord Jesus returns — because He promised to gather Israel at His return. Moreover, Israel must all be present together in the final battle of Revelation 20. At the very least, all chosen Israelites according to the flesh must have been raised by that point.
Then if only those who are “dead in Christ” and those “who are alive, who remain” will “meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), then that group in addition those who have already been raised (Matthew 27:52) must include all of the 144,000. Thus the resurrection of Matthew 27:52 must — at the very least — include all of the 144,000 since before the Lord Jesus’ time on earth.
Now returning to the parable of the laborers, the Lord concludes by saying, “the last” — that is, those who have hitherto worked only “one hour” — the time of their mortal lives on earth — “shall be first, and the first,” — that is, the antediluvian sons of God who have been working for many millennia by this point — “[shall be] last.” (Matthew 20:16).
We find this interpretation fulfilled at the very least in the apostles, who — having worked only the single hour of their mortal lives — will judge the twelve tribes of Israel when they are finally resurrected at the Lord Jesus’ return. The Lord Jesus says in Matthew 19:27-30 — just prior to the parable of the laborers in the vineyard,
28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms on account of My name, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.
Indeed, the twelve apostles will be first because they will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. The 144,000 Israelites who will be saved are the main part of the heavenly city (Revelation 21:16-17) — which is the twelve tribes of Israel itself (Revelation 21:12) — which is also the bride of Christ (Revelation 21:9).
The apostles formed the foundation of the gospel of the Lord Jesus (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 2:20, Revelation 21:14) in the work they have already done — whereas the final portion of the remnant of Israel very clearly have a role to play in the end of Mystery Babylon, as we have already described.
The reason we mention this is to highlight the privileged position anyone who believes they are Israelites find themselves in these modern times — and to be able to work for the Kingdom of God. Those of the 144,000 who will be alive on earth during Israel’s atonement are also candidates to be first in the Kingdom — provided that they actually work.
BABYLON MUST FALL
Then what are those alive during the end of the end working for specifically? Paul says in Ephesians 6:12,
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Now Paul tells us in no uncertain terms that our struggle is “not against flesh and blood” — so we should find it strange that so many Christians believe it to be their so-called “Christian duty” to fight against flesh and blood. No, Paul tells us that our battle is against the powers of the heavenly places — that is, Satan and his angels — and he commands us to put on Spiritual weapons and armor in Ephesians 6:13-17 so that we “will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13)
We have already seen in Revelation 19 and 20 that the Lord Jesus fully intends on using the full force of the people of Israel — raised in glorious, angelic bodies to the heavens — as His own personal army. He says that Israel will be turned into a “new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges” and will “thresh the mountains and pulverize them” (Isaiah 41:15). Thereafter, Isaiah 41:16 says,
You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them; but you will rejoice in the Lord, you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.
The Lord says to Israel in Jeremiah 51:20,
You are My shatterer, My weapon of war; And with you I shatter nations, And with you I destroy kingdoms.”
Yes, this is what Israel will do in the heavens when the Lord Jesus returns. We have been promised to shatter those “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) — so let’s stop wasting our time with “flesh and blood” and set our sights on storming the very heavens themselves in the Lord Jesus’ name — under His command.
However, before we can do that, there is work for us to do while still in our mortal bodies — and we need to make full use of Paul’s Spiritual arsenal from Ephesians 6:13-17 in order to do so. Zechariah 4:7 says,
What are you, you great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring out the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”
When the “top stone” is placed on a temple, only then has the temple been completed. Now the heavenly fulfillment of the temple is the temple of the Lord Jesus’ own body (John 2:21). Moreover, we are all individually parts of that body (1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:5) — and we must play a part in the “building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
Therefore, when the top stone has been placed on the temple, then the body of the Lord Jesus has been completed and Israel has been fulfilled. When the 144,000 have been sealed and the fullness of the nations has come in, then the temple — the Lord Jesus’ bride — will have prepared herself (Revelation 19:7).
Simultaneously, when the top stone is being laid on the top of the temple, there will be a “great mountain” seemingly in opposition to the temple being completed. Moreover, the entire prophecy of Zechariah 4 is inextricably linked with the Revelation as well (Zechariah 4:11, Zechariah 4:14, Revelation 11:4) — and the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3 will play a key role on earth in the completion the temple — while all on earth work in unity with the Lord Jesus’ “chosen angels” (1 Timothy 5:21) as the Revelation makes clear all throughout.
As we have covered in great detail, all of the Lord Jesus’ cherubim — the executors of His will — work in unison with one another by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yes, only the Holy Spirit could so perfectly connect the actions of men and angels with one another as we see in the Revelation.
Now we have already shown how a great mountain in the context of the events of the Revelation refers to Mystery Babylon itself. Therefore, when the top stone is being lain on the temple, then Mystery Babylon must “become a plain” (Zechariah 4:7) — that is, it must be picked up and cast into the sea. In other words, Mystery Babylon must fall in order for us to complete our work in completing the temple.
Now Revelation 14:8 — directly after the 144,000 have been sealed in Revelation 14:1-5 — says, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.” Then Revelation 18:2 echoes the same, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!”
Many Christian eschatologists presume that each time we find the pronouncement of Babylon’s fall — especially in Revelation 14:8 — that it merely refers to the future fall of Babylon. However, as we have pointed out, each time refers to the actual fall of Babylon — because the Revelation covers the same events three times. As such, it seems to have escaped everyone’s notice that when the mountain is thrown into the sea (Revelation 8:8), it is also referring to the actual fall of Babylon.
In this matter, we find yet more proof of that idea that the Revelation covers the same events three times.
When we read Revelation 18, we very clearly see that Mystery Babylon — to a large extent — constitutes a system of international trade. In these modern times, we can scarcely imagine how the white, Western world could possibly be more involved in international trade. Therefore — and more specifically — the system of apostate, western Christianity bound up in the whoredom of international trade must come to and end.
Life as we know it must come to an end.
But why must Mystery Babylon fall? As we discussed in our essay on the mark of the beast, Paul tells us that the apostasy of lawlessness — Mystery Babylon — comes “in accord with the activity of Satan” (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Satan’s purpose is to persecute the woman (Revelation 12:13) — which is the remnant of Israel charged with spreading the gospel. It is no wonder then that Abaddon (Revelation 9:11) — the seventh head of Satan who has not yet come (Revelation 17:10) — makes war with the two witnesses and will even succeed in killing them (Revelation 11:7).
Ultimately then, Satan wants the true Israel to die — and he wants the gospel to die along with it. He has brought about the apostasy of lawlessness in order to bring about that goal. To make things worse, the Lord Jesus says in Matthew 24:22,
And if those days had not been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
If the days were not cut short, Satan’s work would be so complete and so effective that all of Adamkind would die.
In the world in which we find ourselves, the Adamic people are in a rapid, free-fall descent — with numbers declining at an exponential rate. Yet because apostate, Western Christianity consider every intelligent biped to be Adamic purely by virtue of sharing “human experience,” the Adamic world doesn’t even notice their own imminent demise. The Lord Jesus says in Matthew 24:37-38,
37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Indeed, we see that Adamic people “did not understand until the flood came and took them all away” — therefore, the imminent death of all Adamic people must go by completely unnoticed in order to fulfill the words of the Lord Jesus’ own prophecy. But the truth for us is that Adamkind are standing against the precipice of doom — being bred out of existence — and worrying too much about money to have enough children to do anything to stop it.
Moreover, the extinction of the Adamic people is undoubtedly the primary goal of international Jewry — the wounded head of the first beast of Revelation 13. By the international system which Satan has created through the Jews, Satan is essentially wiping Adamkind off of the face of the earth. By the apostate Christianity which Satan has created, Adamkind in their wretched materialistic desires are begging him to destroy them.
That apostate Christianity is any Christianity which looks forward to a comfortable, fleshly life on earth — whether a life of watching Netflix, sport and drinking beer — or a life of longing for some kind of “Aryan utopia” — both of which amount to a “mind set on the flesh” which is “hostile toward God” (Romans 8:7) and “cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8)
There’s only one way out of this: the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Revelation. The way out is not Donald Trump, nor the Jews building the “third temple,” nor a race war or any kind of revolutionary war, nor your guns — nor literally anything else.
Israel need to live up to their calling, or all of Adamkind will die. But Israel will live up to their calling because God promised they would. Therefore, if we as individual Israelites fail, others will merely take our place.
The death of all life is in our sight — and at this point, on a fleshly level, there’s simply no stopping it — because the Lord Jesus said the only way that it would be stopped is if His Father cut the days short — not any kind of material revolution or “race war.” He said, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6)
In terms of our material lives and the survival of Adamkind, the Jews have won — and that also needs to happen in order to fulfill prophecy — so we might as well just accept it. The Lord Jesus says to Daniel in Daniel 12:7,
…it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish smashing the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.
So we see that Israel must have their power smashed as a part of the criteria for fulfillment of the time, times and half a time to end — in addition to the fulfillment of the 144,000.
Just as when the Assyrian envoy stood outside Jerusalem and taunted Hezekiah and his men — Hezekiah realized there could be no material victory when he said to Isaiah, “This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and humiliation; for children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them.” (2 Kings 19:3) Likewise, there is no strength left to deliver children for Israel — or even all of Adamkind. It’s over.
We cannot fight Jewry because they receive their orders from “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:9). We need to take the fight to the source — but we need to finish the temple first.
Thus Isaiah replies to Hezekiah, “Do not be fearful because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.” (2 Kings 19:6) Moreover, the Lord says to the second temple builders in Haggai 2:4 — who, as with Zechariah 4, serve as a copy and shadow for the heavenly temple builders,
‘But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of armies.
The Lord also says in Zechariah 8:6-9 — another second temple prophecy,
6 The Lord of armies says this: ‘If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?’ declares the Lord of armies. 7 The Lord of armies says this: ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west; 8 and I will bring them back and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God in truth and righteousness.’ 9 “The Lord of armies says this: ‘Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets, those who spoke in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of armies was laid, so that the temple might be built.
There is work to be done — and that work may be seen through Revelation 8:6 to Revelation 11:19, Revelation 14:6 to Revelation 14:13 and Revelation 15:1 to Revelation 18:24. Read it and see nothing but victory for the workers — the wrath of God poured out on His enemies — and the ushering in the Lord’s coming — just as He said in Matthew 24:45-46,
45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household slaves, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
Yes, “many who are first will be last; and the last, first.” (Matthew 19:30) Moreover, fulfilling those passages in the Revelation is the only way out of this — just as John says, “Blessed is the one who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things which are written in it” (Revelation 1:3) — and the Lord says, “behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)
We have received our orders from the Lord Jesus — so let’s follow orders because He calls us blessed when we do — and He gives us the strength and guidance to build with courage in the face of Satan and his banal world-pantomime.
Furthermore, the Lord says in Luke 18:7-8,
7 now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long for them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Unfortunately, Christian Identity circles — despite understanding their own identity and the Jewish lies — still have not grasped the full extent of the deception they face — and what’s required of them in the time before the Lord Jesus’ return — being too focused on fleshly wars and fleshly life. There’s so much more left to do than merely sitting around getting angry at how Jews have ruined our material and fleshly existence.
True “faith on the earth” has not come through the ministry of Christian Identity.
Consider the words of Hebrews 5:12 – Hebrews 6:8 — which were written to Israelites who understood their own identity,
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the actual words of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to distinguish between good and evil.
1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and about the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and produces vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.
In order to turn the tide, we need to repent from our deeds, cast off the mark of the beast and take upon us the mark of God. We need to press on to maturity. Short of that, there’s simply nothing to be done except to lay down and die. Peter says in Acts 3:19-20,
19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you
Personally repenting and returning is what hastens the coming of the Lord Jesus by building His temple. Not getting angry at Jews — or seeking some kind of “Aryan utopia” on earth — or even merely agreeing with or knowing one doctrine or another if it doesn’t produce righteousness within us — even if it’s the correct doctrine.
We must complete the temple, and we must cast Mystery Babylon into the sea — that the harvest may be fulfilled — and that the angel may cry out to the Lord Jesus, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Revelation 14:15) From there, we will meet the Lord Jesus in the sky — we will hunt His enemies, and there will be no escape for them.
Then heavens will be ours and we will make sure none oppose Him ever again.
If we take this mantle upon ourselves, then the eminent favor and reward from the Lord Jesus will rest on us who worked in the final hour. Let’s stop delaying His coming and get to work. After all, we have to work only one hour.