God Bless you in Jesus' precious Name. Tonight we're going to take another look at the Fifth Trumpet. I first taught this subject in Brisbane and repeated that teaching here two years ago (bb880417.htm). We are revisiting the topic to share further Light the Lord has revealed.
Trumpet is a metaphor for the unequivocal Voice of God, "For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" (I Corinthians 14:8). The only persons who can hear and understand the Voice of God are those Jesus calls "My sheep" (John 10:3). We know that throughout the Book of Revelation John represents the individual sheep of Christ's end-time Bride because the Bible was sealed with Seven Seals until the time of the end (Daniel 12:4,9; Revelation 10:4) and revealed only to the seventh angel, Brother Branham (Revelation 1:1; 10:7), who unfolded them to Christ's little lambs in the end-time. The end-time commenced in March, 1963, when Christ opened and revealed the Seven Seals through His prophet.
John was caught up in the Spirit into the day of the Lord which is yet future, and in a series of visions over two years he saw and heard Brother Branham unfolding the mystery of the Seven Seals as Christ revealed them to him, recording their mystery under Old Testament symbols. So if you are receiving the Spirit, not just the letter of these revelations, you are numbered among Christ's end-time Bride, and wherever John speaks in the first person you may replace his name with your own, because you too have been caught up in the Spirit into the Lord's day to see "things that must take place after Laodicea."
(If you are not familiar with the revelation of the Seven Seals please read Newsletters #285-#303, the unabridged text of the Revelation of the Seven Seals by Brother Branham, and our overview).
Revelation 1:10, "I was in the Spirit in the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great Voice, as of a trumpet." Revelation 4:1, "After reviewing the Church Ages I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the same Voice I had heard before, that sounded like a trumpet spoke to me, and said, "Come up here, and I will show what must take place after Laodicea".
Brother Branham taught that when a Seal is opened a mystery unfolds, and the angel to the Church Age catches the mystery of God, not yet fully revealed and begins to sound the Gospel Trumpet for his day. It declares a Spiritual war. Those who are "His sheep" will identify with its Voice, receiving grace to become Spiritual Israelites in a new birth. Those who hear and reject It have their names removed from the Book of Life, while a temporary judgment by one of the Seven Vials tries the non-elect who claim identification with the Voice of the Gospel Trumpet for their day but are not reborn, and separates the foolish virgin from unbelieving impersonaters.
Natural Israel, with whom God deals only as a nation is blinded by the man-made traditions of their rabbis. In rejecting Messiah they refused the Word of the Lord, consequently they cannot hear the sound of the Gospel Trumpet and receive chastisement with a view to correction (and ultimate redemption) under the seven Trumpet judgments of natural war. Having embarked on the same ship their Jewish impersonaters partake of Israel's sins, and will receive her plagues. Those of Adam's race who have not heard the Voice of the Gospel Trumpets during the Church Ages may appeal at the White Throne Judgment.
This cycle of Seals, Gospel Trumpets, Church Age Messengers, chastisements under Trumpet and Vial, and the organization of a new Church Age after each Message repeats under the first four Seals until the Gentile dispensation ends at the Seventh Trumpet and the consummation of the present world system under the Sixth Seal.
The Seals and Trumpets both fall into two groups - the first four and the last three. The first Four Seals pertain to the new birth of the elect Church and the salvation of "whomsoever will" of Adam's fallen race. The Fifth Seal pertains to the martyrdom of the non-elect Israelites who retain their names on the Book of Life and salvation. Under the Sixth Seal the foolish virgin from this end-time Message and 144,000 elect Israelites will be purged and martyred during the great tribulation, and both heavens and earth will be cleansed for the Millennium.
The Seventh Seal marked the close of the Seven Church Ages of PART-Word with the 'parousia' Coming of our Lord Jesus in the revelation of the previous six written Seals that finished the mystery of God for we Gentiles (I Corinthians 13:10). It will redeem our bodies, manifest the Millennium, general resurrection, White Throne Judgment, new heavens and new earth, and return us from time back into eternity.
The first four trumpet plagues affect "the third part" of certain natural objects, the accessories of life, the earth, trees, grass, the sea, rivers, fountains, the light of the sun, moon, and stars, which are symbols pertaining to Israel who are "the third part of men." The last three trumpets affect the non-elect, principally Israelites and their impersonaters with pain, death, and hell, and incorporate the three Woes which affect the lives of all men.
The "third part" refers not to a fraction but signifies Israel and its interests. To illustrate, in Revelation 12, the Dragon, Satan, drew a third part of the stars of heaven - Israel, Abraham's natural Seed - and cast them to earth by the false tales of their rabbis. The first four and the Sixth and Seventh Trumpets are directed specifically toward the "third part," that is, Israelite interests. The "fourth part" speaks of those whose names are in the Book of Life or the Lamb's Book of Life (Revelation 6:8; 13:7-8,15-18).
Revelation 8:7-12, "The first Trumpet angel sounded, and hail and fire followed, mingled in blood, and the third part of the earth (Judea) was burnt up: and the third part of trees (Israelites) was burnt up, and all green grass (Judean prosperity) was burnt up."
Josephus records the first of these Trumpets was Rome's siege of Jerusalem, when the Jews ate their animals, the grass and bark off the trees, even their own children. Titus breached the city wall, torched the temple, and God's six angels, each with a slaughter weapon in his hand, led the legions on the bloody rampage prophesied in Ezekiel 9 (Matthew 24:15-21). Since all Seven Trumpets sound after Pentecost, God's agent for chastising Judah is the fourth Gentile world empire of Imperial and Papal Rome as Nebuchadnezzar was His servant under the first Gentile world empire, and Judaeo-Communism will be His servant to destroy Rome and her image (Revelation 17; 18).
Commentary on the Second, Third and Fourth Trumpets is based on my present understanding of Israel's contention with God and Rome, His iron rod of correction under the New Testament.
"Then the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures in the sea died, and the third part of the ships (or Judean churches, for the Greek here for ships is not the common one, but that used in the Gospels of the apostolic vessel in which Christ taught: and the first churches were in the shape of an inverted ship) were destroyed"(or corrupted with heresies - I Timothy 6:5). This "great mountain" was Imperial Rome, which under the Second Seal was at the nadir of power, and after the First Nicea Council of AD325 Papal Rome began her rise up out of the sea of the civilized world surrounding the Mediterranean as a new form of the beast (Revelation 13:1).
"And the third angel trumpeted, and there fell a great star from the heaven, burning as a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of the waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many of the men died from the waters, because they were made bitter." This is the converse to the Word of God by which Moses changed the bitter waters of Marah into sweet (Exodus 15:23). It marks the pope's fall from his high place, shining with heavenly light as a star above Christendom to a torch lit with earthly fire and smouldering with smoke when the Bible expositions of Martin Luther and other reformers confuted Rome's heretical wormwood with which she has made earth's inhabitants drunk.
Beginning in the reign of Roman emperor Constantine, the teachings of the Roman Catholic church were regarded as the foundation of law and order. Therefore, heresy was an offence against the state as well as the church, and for hundreds of years, civil rulers tried to stamp out all heresy. Until the Thyatira Church Age Christian congregations had consisted primarily of converted Jews and Israelites. Hereafter, Gentiles predominated, and Jews began to be expelled from Christian lands along with Marranos discovered through the various inquisitions (William Branham, What Think Ye of Christ, #53-1213m).
"Then the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." A portrait of Spiritual midnight for Yahweh Torah and the blood Israelites who had long before repudiated Moses and the prophets to adopt the sub-sewer myths found in the Babylonian Talmud.
The last three Trumpets are called Woe-Trumpets. The three woes are earth's birth pains brought on by the First, Second and Third World Wars of the last three Trumpets and impact not only Israelites and Jews but all inhabiters of earth (Revelation 8:13).
Under the Fifth Trumpet of World War I, Satan was given the key to unlock the bottomless pit by the rising apostasy among so-called Christians who refused the Light of the Reformers, and the abandonment of God's Word by Israelites (as indicated under the Fourth Trumpet) who had assimilated but not received Christ, made mammon their God, turned to the man-made fanaticism of political Zionists, or their Judaeo-Communist rivals. The demons loosed by this chain of circumstances to possess men's hearts had a king over them who was the angel of the bottomless pit. He is identified in Revelation 17:8 as the beast of Papal Rome who rode the four horses of Revelation 6 and will incarnate the pope under the manifestation of the Seventh Trump.
Previously I have stated, "World War I ended mysteriously before it could become a premature Armageddon (Matthew 24:22)." But the mystery ceases once its secret is known. Commander William Guy Carr (RCN Ret.) explains the reason World War I stopped mysteriously, followed by the Treaty of Versailles so unfavorable to Germany:
"The Secret Powers" have always had their agents divide the population of countries they plan to subjugate into many religious, economic, political, social, and labour groups. Their agents then divide the various groups into as many factions as possible. (This is the function of so-called "Multiculturalism" and explains why waves of unassimilable refugees of diverse tongues, religions, cultures and colors, most of whom cannot be employed, are being forcibly resettled under UN agreements in primarily Western, once Christian countries slated to be overthrown - Ed). Their motto is "United we stand. Divided they fall".
Most German citizens, excepting only Communists, were agreed upon the following issues: That Germany had been winning the war when she had first been betrayed and afterwards victimized. That the international money-lenders had used the so-called democracies of Britain, France, and the United States, to defeat Germany's armed forces. That the Jewish-led Communist Party assisted the international bankers by bringing about the chaotic conditions that preceded the signing of the Armistice and the revolution that followed. They agree that every patriotic German, male and female, should do his or her uttermost to build up post-war Germany, and break the economic and military stranglehold placed on their nation by the Treaty of Versailles."
"Most political leaders, except Communists, were also agreed that in order to free themselves of the economic sanctions imposed upon the nation, it was necessary to break away from their dependence on the international bankers for financial assistance in the form of interest bearing loans. In other words, most German politicians, except Communists, were agreed that Germany should depart from the practice of financing the nation's business by incurring debts, a practice which had been imposed upon England in 1694, France in 1790, and the United States in 1791, by the international bankers. They realized that this system had resulted in astronomical National Debts, the principal and interest payments on which were guaranteed and secured by Direct Taxation of the people" (Pawns in the Game, p. 146).
It will be proved that the same evil influences were at work in all negotiations.
"The circumstances surrounding the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918 must be understood. The German High Command did not ask for the Armistice because their armies were in danger of defeat. When the Armistice was signed the German armies had never been defeated on the field of battle. The German High Command asked for an Armistice so that they could devote their efforts towards preventing a Communist Revolution. Rosa Luxemberg, and her Jewish-dominated Spartacus Bund, had planned to duplicate in Germany what Lenin had achieved in Russia exactly one year previously."
"The Armistice was signed as a prelude to a negotiated Peace. It is of the utmost importance to remember this fact because an Armistice entered into under those conditions is far different from unconditional surrender."
"The events which caused the German High Command to realize their danger on the home front were as follows:"
"Rosa Luxemberg's revolutionaries infiltrated into the German High Seas fleet. They became very active in 1918. They spread rumours that the ships, and their crews, were to be sacrificed in an all out battle with the combined British and American navies. The rumour-mongers stated that the purpose of the battle was to cripple the combined allied fleets to such an extent they would be unable to defend the British coasts against a military invasion planned to bring the German Warlords victory. The Communist "Cells" exhorted the German seamen to mutiny because they claimed that the planned invasion of Britain was doomed to failure, due to the fact that British scientists had developed a secret weapon. According to the rumour-mongers, invading craft could, by the use of chemicals fired from guns ashore or dropped from planes, be surrounded by a sea of flames. Fire, heat, and lack of oxygen would create conditions in which nothing human could survive. The subversives argued that the only way to avoid such a fate was to bring about a revolution to end the war. The German seamen mutinied the 3rd of November, 1918.
"On November 7th, a large body of marines deserted while on their way to the Western Front. They had been told that they were going to be used to "Spear-head" the rumoured invasion of Britain. Meantime, uprisings had caused shut-downs in many German industrial centres. Subversives talked defeatism. Conditions deteriorated until, on November 9th, the Kaiser abdicated."
"The Social Democratic Party immediately formed a Republican Government. The Armistice was signed on November 11th, 1918. The Communist leaders of the Spartacus Bund had placed their "Cells" in key positions within the new government and throughout the armed forces. Their combined efforts created chaotic conditions everywhere. Rosa Luxemberg then played her trump card. She forced the Socialist government to order the immediate demobilization of the German armed forces. This action prevented the German High Command from using their well disciplined troops to prevent the pending revolution which broke out in January, 1919."
(The same treachery was employed against the Allies after the German defeat in World War II when US troops were prematurely demobbed, and equipment and ordnance worth billions of dollars dumped at sea, giving Judaeo-Communist Russia free reign - Ed).
"Before she usurped power in Germany, Rosa Luxemberg was promised the same financial assistance and military aid the international bankers had given to Lenin and Trotsky a year before. The initial stages of her revolutionary effort were financed by the fund they made available through the Soviet Ambassador Joffe. The revolutionary effort only failed to accomplish what Lenin had achieved in Russia when the promised aid failed to materialize after Rosa had launched her initial onslaught. Then she realized her Jewish Spartacus Bund had been betrayed by the very men she considered her friends. This incident alone should prove that "The Secret Power" behind the World Revolutionary Movement is not concerned about the welfare of the Jews any more than the Gentiles. The majority of the Directors of the WRM are men who descended from the Khazars, Tartars, and other Mongol-Asiatic non-Semitic races. They adopted the Jewish religion to suit their own selfish purposes between the 7th and 8th centuries. (See The Iron Curtain Over America by Prof. John Beaty. Wilkinson Publishing Co., Dallas, Texas. p. 15-16). They have used Jews exactly as they have used Gentiles as "Pawns in the Game."
"The purpose of the double-cross was two-fold. The men who plot and plan the World Revolutionary Movement did not want Germany sovietized until after they had used the German people to fight another war against Britain. They calculated a Second World War would render both Empires so utterly exhausted that they could then be easily subjugated by the resources of the USSR they controlled under Lenin's dictatorship. In order to start a Second World War, they considered it was necessary. to build up within Germany an intense anti-semitic hatred for the purpose of dividing Europe into two opposing camps - Fascist and Anti-Fascist. The plan required all communized countries to remain neutral, in a military sense, while their agents did everything possible to aggravate the adverse conditions the master-minds created."
"After the Jewish-dominated revolution collapsed for want of aid, the German Aryan people took a full measure of revenge on the Jewish people. Thousands of Jews, men, women and children, were rounded up during the night and executed. Rosa Luxemberg and her right hand man, Karl Liebknecht, were captured and shot in the head like mad dogs by a German lieutenant. Thus, once again, a large number of Jews were made to pay the penalty for the crimes of a small group of international gangsters who used them as pawns in the game of international intrigue."
"To prolong and intensify the hatred of the German people for the Jews, propaganda blamed the Jews for bringing about the military defeat of Germany's armed forces and the unjust and humilitating terms enforced by the Treaty of Versailles. Propaganda strengthened the trend towards National-Socialism in Germany by representing Britain, France, and the United States as selfish capitalistic countries influenced and controlled by the international Jewish bankers. Thus the way was prepared for the advent of Hitler."
"Soon after the Armistice was signed the international bankers instructed Lenin to consolidate the Communist gain and prepare to defend the Soviet States against capitalistic aggression. Lenin announced this as his policy. Trotsky disagreed bitterly. He advocated immediate revolution in all European countries which remained to be subjugated. He wanted to help Germany's Spartacus Bund in order to keep the revolutionary spirit alive" (ibid, p. 97-99).
That scenario was played out by "locust power" under the Fifth Trumpet, or World War I.
Locusts symbolize destruction. The ancient world lived in great dread of the periodic locust plagues which devastated the farmlands and fields. Nothing could threaten their existence so greatly. In 1866, a plague of locusts invaded Algiers; so total was the destruction they caused that 200,000 people perished in the famine that ensued. Natural locusts type their unnatural demonic antitype in the Fifth Trumpet, which were "commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the Seal of God in their foreheads." For this reason "they were given power like the scorpions of the earth." They cannot harm a born-again Christian, for the elect cannot be deceived on the revealed Word of God.
"They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months." "Sting" is the word Jesus spoke to Paul when He said, "It is hard for you to kick against the pricks" (Acts 9:5). He was referring to the difficulty of trying to ignore an Absolute which has been revealed. The poisonous sting in their tails which gives the demons power to hurt men five months is the power of their tales presented as the will of God, but behind that facade was a sting of deception.
Here is the mystery. Isaiah 9:15, "The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail." The ancient and honourable theologian, like God, is the head, instructing young men in dogma, and his student who goes to the pulpit and prophecies lies is the tail.
Men everywhere are given to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons (I Timothy 4:1) and the spirit of error crowned the locusts - symbolical of demon powers. The semblance of crowns like gold, which signifies deity, shows these to be religious spirits. Now locusts have no king, but these have a king who is the angel of the bottomless pit. His name means "Destroyer" in both Hebrew and Greek, signifying he will rule all peoples "whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world" when he incarnates the pope.
In Ezekiel 2:3-6 the Lord called the Israelites, "impudent children, and stiffhearted," likening the rebellious Jews to "scorpions" whose sting is in their words. Jesus typed rebellious spirits with "serpents and scorpions" (Luke 10:17-20).
Their torment upon the non-elect is false doctrine, the torment is of the soul. A spiritual searching in vain for rest, leading to idolatry, immorality and eventually total deception and the forced mark of the beast (Revelation 9:20; 13:8,16).
"And in those days men shall seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."
I believe the death which eludes these non-elect people is the death of the "old man," by the baptism with the Holy Spirit which is the new birth. Colossians 3:3, "For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." The non-elect are immune to the essential and desirable death of the "old man" or new birth, because the smoke of denominational error has shut out the Light of the present Truth, as Joel 2 describes by the imagery of a locust plague prophesied as the instrument of God's wrath during the Gentile dispensation.
I recall my experience in Hong Kong when I was seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost in the denominations and charismatic house churches. There was never any understanding of faith, or even what faith is. To those well-meaning souls faith was a sort of mystic hope, an invincible wish. The kind of delightful illusion we wanted to come true in children's story books. Faith was not something understood, it was truly blind: a dogma to grasp tenaciously. We all loved each another, sung hymns and psalms and prayed for each other, but no-one really possessed faith, understood what faith is or how to apprehend It. Consequently in all of the churches and fellowships I attended, not one of those lovely people was able to give Spiritual instruction that could impart the Life of Jesus Christ in a new birth.
The Life must pass through the Body of Christ, not just church members. You have to possess It before you can pass It on to others. People encouraged others to speak with other tongues to receive the Holy Ghost. This was said to be the evidence of having received Christ. I now know this is error. "Just open your mouth and let God take over. Say anything, faster and faster, and you'll start to receive a heavenly language." Sure enough, some received a new language, but remained unregenerated sinners. I always felt this was foolishness, a somewhat artificial way for the Almighty to bestow a heavenly gift. One certainly cannot find death to self by speaking with other tongues.
According to Joel 2:7-9 there is nowhere these demons can't go, and you can't kill demons with a sword. And according to Revelation 9:5-6, demons that oppress and possess unregenerated men are also rendered immune from death though they desire it. When restraint is taken away from evil in the translation of the Bride, a spiritual mist shall wrap itself around the minds of men who "receive not the love of the truth, because of which God shall send them strong delusion that they shall believe the lie".
"The shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were something like golden crowns, and their faces were like the faces of men" (Revelation 9:7). Horses are a symbol of fearlessness. The semblance of crowns represents conquest, victory and domination. As we read in Joel, these demons are seemingly invincible. They claim their dogma to be infallible. In the last analysis, sin has a human face, and these demons need to enter humans to be effective (Luke 8:31).
"And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle."
This is similar to the hyperbole of Joel 2:3-5. A woman's hair is her glory, signifying her Nazarite vow of submission to God and man. The long hair of these demons is such a sign, but a seductive deception like titles of Reverend, Father, pope, or a dog collar, creating an illusion of gentleness and harmlessness. But these have teeth like lions which tear and devour their prey, insensitive to the suffering of others, having breastplates as of iron).
Under the Sixth Trumpet, which was World War II, this demonic influence was unleashed upon the Jews to force Israel back to the Homeland, the only place God can deal with her as a nation. Under the Seventh Trumpet the demons will persecute Christ's Bride, causing her to lean on the everlasting arms with the "third pull" and faith for translation grace.
The time is coming under the Seventh Trump and Sixth Seal when the wicked will wish to die physically, "calling out to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb." But they will be made to endure torment. The different classes of the saved will be purged through torment, and martyred. (Matthew 3:12; William Branham, The Revelation of the Seven Seals, p. 575:1-4).
Let's read some quotations by Brother Branham. Revelation 12:7-17 is Daniel's Seventieth Week. "The real Church has gone on. She's done at the wedding supper for the space of time where the wedding supper will be going on the last week. And that's when the tribulation sets in, when the locusts and the persecutions rise upon the churches of things like that" (Daniel 37:160). The focus of persecution having transferred from natural Israel to Spiritual Israel, will strike the foolish virgin as the Church is stolen away in the secret rapture.
"Did you read this month's Reader's Digest . . . girls from 20 to 25 years old are in menopause; . . . It used to be around 30 or 35 in my age; and my mother's age, a woman never struck menopause 'til she was 40 or 45. . . . It's through science, and the food, the hybrids that's perverted the whole human body 'til we have become a mass of corruption. Well, if the physical being is corrupted, isn't the brain cell in that physical being?"
"Now, watch the Spirit following it. There will come a time in the Name of the Lord, that people will go completely insane. The Bible said so. They'll scream and holler - great hideous things in their imaginary mind. The radios and things or television programs are producing it. There'll be such things as ants raise up on the earth that'll be as high as 14 trees. . . a bird will fly across the earth with wings 4 or 5 miles across, and people seeing them; they will scream and holler and cry for mercy; but it will be the plague. Wait 'til I preach on those plagues opening up."
"Watch what Moses done; under the physical being, not the Spirit. . . there'll be hideous sights upon the earth. Locusts with hair like women - long hair to haunt them women that cut their hair. Teeth like lions, stingers in their tails like scorpions. They will torment men months".
"Just wait 'til we get in to open those plagues and Seals and them Seven Thunders!" (William Branham, And Knoweth It Not, p. 21:163-170; Christ is Revealed in His Own Word, p, 6:22). bb960710.htm
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