THERE SHALL BE DELAY NO LONGER
(1) And I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, arrayed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire; (2) and he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left upon the earth;
Strong angel coming down out of heaven … The vision of the angel approaching towards the earth is the general illustration of the Jesus Christ activity, when He is becoming involved in the matters of the world because his second presence had began. Our Lord said the world will not see him more, that is why the vision can have the exclusively symbolic character. (John 14:19.) When Son of God faithfully fulfilled his sacrificial mission, Heavenly Father rewarded him with divine immortal nature on such level of the glory, which tops glory of all other creatures in the universe. The small flash of it blinded the apostle Paul immediately and overthrew him to the ground. Therefore full of majesty a picture of our Lord in the vision does not concern to the appearance of his spiritual being, but to gigantic changes happening in the entire world during his second arrival. This arrival was compared in the Scripture to the breaking of day. The angel descending from the heaven has the face as the sun, whereas glory of his power fills up the entire earth with the light. (Rev. 10:1; 18:1.) Thus the arrival of the Lord, among other things, reveals itself as real flood of the light disclosing the truth in every object. Every truth, both religious and secular is overthrowing with great easiness the devilish order of the world basing on superstition, ignorance and lie, and thereby paves the way to establishment of God's Kingdom.
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The prince of this world, Satan, he held the power over the world for six thousands years as the usurper and he does not give back it without the fight. His opposition is the reason of the heavy clouds of a time of trouble, which are gathering over the mankind. The rays of the symbolic sun, however, are breaking through these clouds gradually to bring the health and life for mankind. The rainbow being upon angel's head is the symbol of God's promise saying that that tempest of the great tribulation, symbolic deluge will go by once for ever.
Our Lord being showed in vision as the angel descended to the earth and stood up on it. This suggests the various steps of our Lord making preparations in the world for his Kingdom. But when He planted his feet on the sea and on the land? It was not clear as much as until the opening of seventh seal, when it turned out, that well-known vision of wind, earthquake and fire of prophet Elijah is the same as vision of three woes of apostle John.
From what sequence of visions suggests, it appears that the angel with a little book stood up on sea and land near the end of earthquake phase (Elijah's vision) or, the second woe (John's vision). Such conclusion agrees with an events, because during second world war the military victories of the USSR divided the world on two hostile camps decidedly: the revolutionary East – sea and conservative West – the earth. Tension among these camps intensified sometimes violently, but never it did not cross the critical point. Feet of the angel being planted on the sea and on the earth are the pictorial presentation of our Lord's full control of both parts of the divided world. The angel had set his right foot on the sea. This suggests in a way the larger favour for the block of the East. Revolutionary army of the East, during parousia of our Lord, is his a tool in destroying powers of the Gentiles. Moreover, our Lord intended once again to announce Divine judgments upon apostate Christianity, Babylon, and He decided to make that proclamation in the East. That is why He gave his "little book open" to these members of John class, who lived on revolutionary side of the world – in symbolic "sea."
A little book open … Represents the small scope of God's revelation given on the final time, relating to the final matters of this world and Church of Christ.
The content of the little book makes up Seventh Volume, supplement to six series Studies in the Scripture written by the pastor Ch.T. Russell. "Pastor Russell long ago said, in substance, that the Seventh Volume would not be for the development of the Church; that the preceding six volumes of STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES contain the necessary spiritual food for that purpose. Asked why, then, it would be written, he replied, 'It will probably be given to the Church in a time of direst need, for her comfort and encouragement.'" FM6, 7
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(3) and he cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth: and when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices. (4) And when the seven thunders uttered [their voices], I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying, Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
He cried with a great voice ... In the mid-60s of past century came into being in Poland the prophetic movement of Bible students, based on the understanding of additional chronological parallels and the book of Revelation. In the lead of this movement was the member of the church class in Warsaw, Tadeusz Wiśniewski. Before the eyes of believers he began to shape the prophetic perspective based on so-called "the parallels from Abraham life." He presented his amazing observations on The General Convention of Free Students of the Scriptures in Cracow, in July, 1966. This lecture (without future dates) was placed in periodical "Na Straży" in 1967 having title: "Whereby shall I know?" Main contents of the lecture were put in the book "Bible Chronology" (Chronologia Biblijna), published in 1974.
The method of biblical numerology proved that the prophetic movement in Poland was not accidental, but it was inspired by the Lord himself. Very fruitful and convincing explanations of these fragments of the Revelation, which were veiled until now in secrecy, they confirmed that the seventh seal had been opened by the Lamb (1967).
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The Lord, spoke as the Lion from the tribe of David and He revealed to his followers the future dates; among other things, when the High Calling is ended, when the Church is gloryfied and when the God's Kingdom on the earth is established. In the same special year 1967, the prophetic voice of our Lord was very heightened by today's battle in the Middle East between David and Goliath. The outnumbering Arabian armies tried then to annihilate chosen nation, Israelites according to the flesh. However, the help of their invisible Brother, Jesus Christ, permitted them to rout enemy in the astounding way, within six days.
Seven thunders uttered their voices … Thunders are biblical symbol of controversies. In 1955, Polish class of the Bible Students in USA on the General Convention passed the resolution forbidding propagation of future dates. Here is last fragment of it: “We should once decide not to propagate any dates, once for ever to forget about dates and preach only that to which God's Word us authorizes." "Straż" 1955/157.
However, position of pastor Russell in this matter was quite different. He was convinced that "The Times and seasons [are] of Divine Appointment." Throughout near forty years he propagated the date 1914 concerning future events.
The resolution, mentioned above, might to a some extent to influence on attitude of the Bible students in Poland. With the passing of time the chronological explanations of brother Wiśniewski began to bring about more and more critical reactions.
Write not thing uttered by thunders … Angel exhorted John's class to be fully discreet in this matter – "to seal" it.
(5) And the angel that I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his right hand to heaven, (6) and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created the heaven and the things that are therein, and the earth and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things that are therein, that there shall be delay no longer: (7) but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then is finished they mystery of God, according to the good tidings which he declared to his servants the prophets.
The Angel swore that there shall be delay no longer ... The opening by the Lamb of seventh seals enabled the people of God to understand the vision of blowing a trumpet of seven angels. (Rev. 8:1.) Then it turned out that that the jubilee trumpet of truth, it sounds since 1874 in fact, but peal of the seventh trumpet is heard not till 1980/81, that is since the beginning of the last phase of Elijah's vision – the fire of anarchy. The explanation of the rest of secrets of the Revelation, the understanding of pictures and prophecies focusing on final times, confirmation of them by biblical numerology and chronological parallels – all those things had developed in so powerful testimony of God's Truth, that it grew into a oath. In the conditions of prevailing of lukewarm spirit and growing more and more disbelief, our Lord disclosed the final dates of the Divine Plan and swore solemnly that they all will be fulfilled on time.
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(8) And the voice which I heard from heaven, [I heard it] again speaking with me, and saying, Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel that standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. (9) And I went unto the angel, saying unto him that he should give me the little book. And he saith unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.
Prophetic movement of Bible students in the USA (1874-1914) has disseminated in the whole wide world the truth about the second presence of Christ and the Kingdom, which He came to establish. This great work was showed in the prophecy Isaiah 18:1-7 as a sending of a "swift messengers by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters" to a trodden nation.
In the past, Poles were going through a difficult periods of partitions of the country and wars. Because of those events they as the nation particularly correspond to the prophetic description of "a people scattered and peeled, trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled."
By these humiliating events the Lord God was preparing many people in Poland for the welcome of "the swift messengers in vessels of papyrus." Among the numerous classes of the Bible students, which came into being in this country, until our days was prevailing correct opinion that the High Calling had not ceased briefly after 1914, but it lasted further. That is why, in Divine chosen time from this nation was to be brought "a present unto Jehovah of hosts to the mount Zion," that is last victorious group of the Christ followers as the complement of the number 144 000 of members of true Church.
This suitable Divine time to summon the last group of the Church came in the sixties of the last century. For that group of his followers our Lord (Angel) has brought "the little book open" containing detailed information.
Go, take the book … Of course such a call could not be fulfilled literally. God as the Spirit is using his Word and his power, holy spirit to tell his people all, what they have to do. God himself is love and his entire Plan of Salvation basing on the ransom of Jesus Christ is pervaded with spirit of love. This spirit of Christian love has huge attracting power. It is not found nowhere else. Nevertheless only the truth lovers were attracted always to it as to a magnet, the others were not. Like a magnet, the truth attracts those only who have an affinity for it.
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It shall make thy belly bitter ... In the conditions of the prevailing of the evil, darkness and human blindness, only sincere hearts were accepting God's truth and estimating it with gratitude. By all these who followed the Christ only nominally and by the secular world, the truth was always scorned, hated and refused. Because of such unpopular character of truth our Lord Jesus, giving the book to today's John, He warned him first, that he is facing a lot of bitterness.
(10) And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and when I had eaten it, my belly was made bitter.
It was in my mouth sweet as honey … The book "Biblical Chronology," published in the April 1974, it contained information rousing the enthusiasm of John class. Nothing could to be sweeter news than that, that the earthly pilgrimage of the Church is nigh, at hand, and after that comes quickly the era of blessing of all nations of the earth.
(11) And they say unto me, Thou must prophesy again over many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.
The closing of the door of the High Calling (1977) is tantamount with fiasco of the Devil's efforts to thwart the Divine Plan of the choice of the Church and of establishing on the earth of the God's Kingdom. Satan, in this way being cast down focused his anger on the earth and on the sea. (Rev. 12:12.) To salvage his falling kingdom, he managed to execute extraordinary plan: he united the atheistic powers of the communist camp and Roman Catholic church in political co-operation. In a result emerged out of the sea the ten-horned red beast.
Thou must prophesy … In the decisive moments of the history of the world, the Most High God was sending of his prophets so that they inform the kings of this world about his will and his superior power. The most important from all breakthroughs is the "great tribulation," which is finishing "this present evil world" and is beginning the era of God's Kingdom. That is why our Lord gave to present prophet of God – John's class – an order to announce the publicly Divine judgments, speaking about this, that in immediate future the Jesus Christ will overthrow the last stronghold of the satanic power, the communist papacy and then He will begin his glorious reign.
Again ... Main prophesying relating to final times and the circumstances of establishing the Christ's kingdom on the earth took place in United States of America between 1874 and 1914. Then were announced, among other things, the end of the Times of the Gentile in 1914 and, since this breakthrough, the overthrow of the kingdoms of this world in war, revolution and anarchy. Supplementary prophesying took place in Poland in years 1977 – 1981, as the final of prophetic movement developing from the sixties of the last century. This period was showed in the vision as "1260 days" of prophesying of "two witnesses" of God (Rev. 11:3).
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