OPENING THE SEVENTH SEAL
Houteff also opened the seventh seal. Here is the first part of what was revealed.

"And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an
hour.  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And
another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much
incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the
throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before
God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it
into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the
seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound." (Rev. 8:1-6).

Houteff said of these verses: ""After a time the Judicial demonstrations -- the voices "saying, Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God Almighty," the thunderings and the lightnings, -- cease for the space of half an hour, very
definitely indicating that the Judicial throng of the first session of the Judgment adjourns."

""Following this, the seven angels are given the seven trumpets. In the meantime, the angel who stands
at the altar, offers the prayers of all saints, takes the censer, fills it with fire from the altar, and casts it
into the earth. Then it is that the heaven-born fire, the "thunderings, and lightnings, and voices," with
which the first session of the Judgment opened in the heavenly sanctuary (Rev. 4:5), descend to earth in
reverse order (voices, thunderings, lightnings -- Rev. 8:5), in addition to which there is an earthquake."

""Then the seven trumpets sound, one following the other. At the sounding of the seventh trumpet (not
at the breaking of the seventh seal) there are "great voices," saying, "The kingdoms of this world are
become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Rev. 11:15."

""The half-hour silence in heaven brings the voices down to earth, and at the sounding of the seventh
trumpet the mystery of God is finished (Rev. 10:7). Then it is that "the kingdoms of this world are become
the kingdoms of our Lord." What does it all mean? -- Just this:"

""As we have seen, the silence divides the two pre-millennial Judicial sessions, the one for the dead and
the other for the living, and the fire from the heavenly altar, the voices, lightnings, and thunderings,
descend to earth. These facts, along with a number of scriptures on the subject, besides the remainder
of The Revelation, the chapters after the breaking of the seventh seal, prove that the Judgment of the
living, the cleansing of the earthly temple, is something which takes place on earth, not in heaven only!""
(V. T. Houteff, "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking Of The Seven Seals," 1947, p. 64,65).

The time of the trumpets calling those who will come alive into the Kingdom of God is upon us. There are
several conditions that must be met before the end time trumpets can sound. First, the trumpets call the
144,000, who must be sealed under Law (perfect before God). This implies that only a church teaching the
Law of God can seal them.

I have said before that there were two groups of 144,000 sealed, one during the Judgment of the Dead;
the other during the Judgment of the Living. (I know that there were sealed servants of God protecting
this hemisphere during WWII, because the actual fighting did not come here.) The difference between
the two groups is this. The 144,000 sealed during the Judgment of the Dead were sealed under grace,
they were not walking in the Law of God, they were not keeping the feasts of God. The 144,000 who will
meet with the Lamb on Mount Zion are sealed under Law, "they are without fault before the throne of
God." (Rev. 14:5).

Here is the law of the feast days. "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto Me in the year. Thou shalt
keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee,
in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear
before Me empty:) And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the
field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours
out of the field. Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God." (Ex. 23:14-17).
Since we have Christ, this statute applies to women also. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is
neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28).

Ben Roden announced the Judgment of the Living and the restoration of the feast days in 1955. At that
time the second pre-millennial Judicial session began, as Houteff said, "the silence divides the two pre-
millennial Judicial sessions, the one for the dead and the other for the living..." (Ibid).

The prophecy of the first trumpet must also be fulfilled before the angels can begin to sound their
trumpets. And actually, it has been, see No. 27, "The Great Trumpet Of Isaiah 27." You will see from that
article that Ezekiel 9 must begin before the great trumpet sounds to call the 144,000 of Israel. Ezekiel 9
began with David Koresh's flock and will end only when there are no more wicked in the church.

Also, the trumpets must occur loudly on a world wide stage. Such a stage exists, it is the Internet. Finally,
events which call attention to the message must occur, and they have. The Standoff between the FBI and
David Koresh's flock and the continuing controversy surrounding the church have ignited a spark of
public interest. I am pleased to say with absolute certainty that we are in the time of the end time
trumpets.

There is much more to the seventh seal, Houteff has covered much of it admirably in his book "The
Shepherd's Rod," Volume 2. He has dealt with the seven trumpets in history (during the Judgment of the
Dead) in his tract, "Final Warning." He has not dealt with the seven trumpets in the end time, during the
Judgment of the Living, and neither will I at this time.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden