OPENING THE SECOND SEAL
The message on this website is the opening of the second seal. There are only two noteworthy things in
the second seal scripture, the red horse and his rider, and the great sword. But the sword particularly
leads to other scriptures.

"And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went
out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the
earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." (Rev. 6:3,4).

The red horse is straightforward, the rider incites the nations to destroy each other as the Kingdom of
God is being founded on earth. The story of Gideon's battle with the Midianites, which is discussed later
in this article illustrates how this happens.

The great sword appears in Isaiah 27, which is already discussed on this website. (See No. 37, "The Great
Trumpet Of Isaiah 27.") I will repeat part of it here, just to show you that the great sword is associated
with destroying Satan's grip on God's people.

""In that day the Lord with his sore and
great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing
serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea." (Is. 27:1)."

""The serpent and the dragon are identified as Satan by John the Revelator. "And the great dragon was
cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Rev. 12:9)."  

""So we have "leviathan the piercing serpent." This is Satan who pierced Christ during His crucifixion.
And we have "leviathan that crooked serpent." And this is Satan who has deceived the Christian church."

""The leviathan is a sea creature. "So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping
innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that
leviathan, whom thou hast
made to play therein." (Psalms 104:25,26). In fact, all of the three manifestations of Satan in the verse
above (leviathan the piercing serpent, leviathan the crooked serpent and the dragon) are sea creatures.
Two are called leviathan and God says He will "slay the dragon that is in the sea." So we must next
understand what the sea represents."

""The work of V.T. Houteff is very helpful on this point. His comments refer to Rev. 12:3-5. "And there
appeared another wonder in heaven; and
behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns,
and seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast
them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to
devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne."  

""Here's part of what Houteff has to say. ""Now the Dragon being fortified with seven heads and ten
horns, denotes that he controlled all the civil and religious powers in that day (for the symbolical number
"ten" denotes universality, just as do the ten toes of Daniel 2, the ten horns of the other Bible beasts,
and the ten virgins of Matthew 25)."

""The horns represent all the civil powers, while the heads represent all the religious powers, for the
Biblical number "seven" denotes completeness.  Moreover, the fact that the Church (the Jews), the only
agency through which God worked up to that time, crucified the Lord, is in itself sufficient proof that the
Church had apostatized, that she had become the Dragon's seventh head, and that thus was the Dragon
armed with ten horns and seven heads, -- with all the civil and religious powers."" (V. T. Houteff, Timely
Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 16, p. 19)."

""So we see that the dragon is in the world, ruling its civil powers. And the dragon is in the church ruling
some of its religious powers.
If Satan the dragon had not ruled both church and state in Christ's time,
Christ would not have been crucified
."

""God has promised to "slay the dragon that is in the sea." This is not a world wide slaughter of Satan's
minions, the sea covers only part of the earth.
The sea, as used in Isaiah 27, represents a part of our
world that will be freed from Satan's dominion. This part is the Christian church.
"They shall lift up their
voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the
sea." (Is. 24:14)."

""This slaying of the dragon is the purification of the church prophesied by Peter. "For the time is come
that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them
that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). As you see, Peter knew that the purification of the
church preceded the purification of the rest of the earth.
Thus, religious authority would be taken away
from Satan
."" (For more, see No. 37, "The Great Trumpet Of Isaiah 27.")

But images of the second seal also suggest the sword of world wide war, "And there went out another
horse that was red: and
power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that
they should kill one another
: and there was given unto him a great sword." (Rev. 6:4). This world wide
judgment comes from God, and it is prophesied in Jeremiah 25.

"For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at My hand, and cause all
the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of
the
sword that I will send among them." (Jer.25:15,16). God will be avenged on the nations that persecute
his people. He will make them insane enough to kill each other. "The sword that I will send among them"
is prophesied in Ezekiel 21.

"And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My sword
out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that I will cut off
from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go forth out of his sheath against all
flesh from the south to the north: that all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn forth My sword out of
his sheath: it shall not return any more." (Ez. 21:3-5).

The Lord cut off both wicked and righteous during the Holocaust, for this reason He will judge all people
on earth, "therefore shall My sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the
north." The Lord will always have a judge on earth, because He has to draw His sword to judge us now,
He will never return His sword to its sheath, "it shall not return any more." The judge is the Holy Ghost,
who will be with us forever as our judge and God's sword. (See also No. 70, "The Glittering Sword Of
Ezekiel 21.")

"Then took I the cup at the Lord's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the Lord had sent
me: to wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make
them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day; Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
his servants, and his princes, and all his people; and all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land
of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the
remnant of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon, and all the kings of Tyrus, and all the
kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea, Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all
that are in the utmost corners, and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that
dwell in the desert, and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are
upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them." (Jer. 25:17-26).

Part of this judgment has already taken place, on "Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings
thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as
it is this day." The city Jerusalem was destroyed (made a desolation) about 70 AD for refusing Christ. The
cities of Judah (the known Jews) and their great and rich men and their sons became an astonishment as
six million of them were destroyed in the Holocaust. The known Jews were hated in Palestine, they
became a hissing, as they formed the nation Israel. And finally the known Jews are
now under a curse,
"
as it is this day," because after God gave them back the Holy Land, they allowed a heathen temple to
stand in the most holy place on earth. As Christ prophesied of their spiritual leaders, "Ye blind guides,
which strain at a gnat (the desecration of the temple that caused the Maccabees to revolt), and swallow a
camel (the Dome of the Rock)." (Matt. 23:24). (See No. 73, "The Abomination Of Desolation, Part 3, The
Words Of Daniel.")

The judgment is world wide, eventually involving every nation, "all the kingdoms of the world, which are
upon the face of the earth." Sheshach is another name for Babylon. "How is Sheshach taken! and how is
the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations! Her
cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any
son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:41,43).

The destruction of Babylon comes at the very end of the plagues, "the king of Sheshach shall drink after
them." "And the seventh (last) angel poured out his vial (of God's wrath) into the air; and there came a
great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and
thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the
earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the
cities of the nations fell: and great
Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of
the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." (Rev. 16:17-19).

"Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be
drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you." (Jer.
25:27). The sword is a message, calling God's people out of Babylon. It is the sword of the Spirit, "And
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Eph. 6:17). Speaking
of His hosts, the Lord God of hosts advises, "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a
twoedged sword in their hand." (Ps. 149:6).

"And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus
saith the Lord of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink." (Jer. 25:28). Many nations will try to stay out of the
conflicts, but they will be forced to defend themselves.

"For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by My name, and should ye be utterly
unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth,
saith the Lord of hosts." (Jer. 25:29). Jerusalem, "the city which is called by My name," is the place where
God founded His temple. It is where God's judgment of His people takes place.

"And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of
Jerusalem, and set a
mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the
midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let
not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and
women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark;
and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began
at the ancient men which were before the house." (Ez. 9:4-6).

The earthly temple is where the ceremonial law of the Bible is kept and where the prophetic message
comes forth. The daily and the Sabbath and all the feasts were kept by the Branch Davidian church, and
the church, which Koresh usurped, had a prophetic message explaining the scriptures through the
power of the Holy Ghost. (See also Nos. 33 and 34, "Seven American Angels.") David Koresh and his flock
were destroyed in a slaughter which was the beginning of Ezekiel 9, starting at God's temple or
sanctuary, "slay utterly old and young... and begin at My sanctuary." The Lord has begun "to bring evil on
the city which is called by My name," He will not let the rest of the world escape His wrath. "Ye shall not
be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth."

"Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on
high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give
a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth." (Jer. 25:30). This is four
messages. First, the message of V. T. Houteff, explaining all the prophecies of the Kingdom of God, over
90 chapters of scripture in all, "the Lord shall roar from on high."

Then the Lord speaks from His earthly temple, He will "utter His voice
from His holy habitation." Ben
Roden founded the earthly temple when he began keeping the feasts and the daily on the church
property. (The church already kept the Sabbath and had a prophetic message.) Ben and his wife Lois
uttered their messages from this holy setting. They were the fourth and fifth angel messengers. (See No.
34, "Seven American Angels, Part 2.")

Then the Lord showed His wrath upon His temple by destroying usurper, David Koresh, on live TV while
people all over the earth watched, fulfilling the prophecy, He "shall mightily roar
upon His habitation."
Note that the Lord roars not "from" His habitation, but "upon" it.

Finally, the Lord brings forth the Loud Cry, this message, "He shall give a shout, as they that tread the
grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth." The shout is a warning of impending judgment,
specifically the third judgment from Revelation 14. (The first judgment, the Holocaust, fulfilled Rev. 14:9-
11. The second, the destruction of Koresh's flock, fulfilled Rev. 14:15,16. See No. 19, "Prophecies Of The
End Time Church and No. 34, "Seven American Angels, Part 2.")

Here is the scripture of the third Revelation 14 judgment. "And another angel came out of the temple
which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had
power over fire; and cried with a
loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp
sickle, and gather the
clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust
in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great
winepress of the
wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress,
even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." (Rev. 14:17-20).

Again, the Loud Cry is the shout from God. The vineyard is physical and spiritual Israel. "For the vineyard
of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel." (Is. 5:7). The "shout, as they that tread the grapes," is the
warning that the vineyard will be trodden down, a warning seen here in Revelation 14, "the winepress
was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress." The shout warns the whole earth, it
is "against all the inhabitants of the earth."

"A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he
will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord." (Jer. 25:31). The
Loud Cry is heard all over the earth, "a noise shall come even to the ends of the earth." This could not
have happened before the days of the Internet. This is the Judgment of the Living which Ben Roden
announced was soon to come.  

"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall
be raised up from the coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of
the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried;
they shall be dung upon the ground." (Jer. 25:32,33). The judgment will be so catastrophic and universal
that the survivors will be too busy trying to stay alive to even think about burying their dead.

The remainder of Jeremiah 25 deals with the judgment of the church. "Howl, ye shepherds (ministers),
and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes (mourn), ye principal of the flock (tithe payers): for the days
of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished (judgment is upon you); and ye shall fall like
a pleasant vessel." (Jer. 25:34). The church is the vessel that holds the message of Christ, it should be
pleasing in God's eyes, now it falls and is broken, "ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel."

"And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape." (Jer. 25:35). They
have not taken warning and fled the cities. Now they have no way to escape as God rains fire and
brimstone on the cities.

"A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the
Lord hath spoiled their pasture." (Jer. 25:36). Even on the farms, where the feast keepers have hidden,
there is trouble and lamentation. The pasture for their animals has become temporarily poisonous due to
fallout.

"And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord." (Jer. 25:37). Even
where there were no bombs, there is trouble and sickness among every flock.

"He hath forsaken His covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the
oppressor, and because of His fierce anger." (Jer. 25:38). God has turned His back on His people, even
the Lion of Judah (Christ) can not plead for them, until the judgment has passed, God "hath forsaken his
covert, as the lion." Satan is the oppressor. God purposes to end his dominion over the church and the
earth. "Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the (Satan's) sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from
off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord." (Amos 9:
8). Satan's wrath, "the fierceness of the oppressor," and God's wrath, "His fierce anger," combine to
make the earth almost uninhabitable.

The story of Gideon's battle with the Midianites is the pattern for this battle between God and Satan, and
features the role of God's church in the battle. The Midianites had joined with the Amalekites to invade
and loot Israel.

"Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside
the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh,
in the valley. And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for Me to give
the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying, Mine own hand hath
saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and
afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and
two thousand; and there remained ten thousand." (Judges 7:1-3). In our time, even though the battle is a
spiritual battle, it is to be fought by the young and strong. The old and tired or timid or those with young
children must stay on their farms and grow and store food. They also serve.

"And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will
try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same
shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of
the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth
down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth,
were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And
the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the
Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place." (Judges 7:4-7). The
spiritual battle is fought by the 144,000 missionaries from God to the world. They learn the new song, "the
song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (Rev. 15:3), on Mount Zion with the Lamb,
and go forth. Only the 144,000 can learn the new song (see Rev. 14:3), God will speak to the Lamb to
choose them. The remainder of those who came to join the Lamb are sent home to serve there.

"So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man
unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the
valley.  And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the
host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant
down to the host: and thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to
go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men
that were in the host." (Judges 7:8-11). Gideon provisioned and provided trumpets to his 300 men. God
sent him to creep down to the camp of the Midianites and listen to them. In our time, this points to a
prophetic message coming forth from outside the accepted church.

"And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like
grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for
multitude." (Judges 7:12). The host was actually in two sections, the Midianites, who had in past served
God, and the Amelekites, who God cursed, and the children of the east.

The Midianites were descended from Midian, the son of Abraham by his wife Keturah. (See Gen. 25:2).
They sheltered Moses after he fled from Egypt. (See Ex. 2:15-22.) The Midianites have some claim on
God's mercy. Amalek, the father of the Amalekites, was cursed by God for fighting Israel during the
wilderness sojourn. "And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in
the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. For he said,
Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." (Ex.
17:14,16). The children of the east were enemies of Israel, presumably heathens, in our time they fulfill
the prophesy of the kings of the east who come to loot Israel. (See Rev. 16:12,14.) So the army fell into
two groups, those blessed by God and those cursed by God.

"And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said,
Behold, I dreamed a dream, and,
lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came
unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it
, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered
and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his
hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the
dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said,
Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian." (Judges 7:13-15).

Barley bread is associated with the Holy Spirit. Houteff said, ""The Lord told Ezekiel, "Thou shalt eat it as
barley cakes." Ezek. 4:12. Why the wheat, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt made as barley cake? Why not as
wheat cake, or cake of some of the other cereals? The truth of the Holy Spirit was represented by the
barley... For this reason Ezekiel was told to make it into barley cake, meaning the truth came by the power
of the Holy Spirit, and not by the aid of men."" (V.T. Houteff, The Shepherd's Rod, 1930, Vol. 1, p. 122).

The initial truth of the Holy Spirit came through John Knox, whose message Houteff related to the barley
in the six ingredient bread of Ezekiel 4,  ""The second portion of food, or truth which we were to get was
represented by barley. John Knox was the next man who made the second step by teaching the doctrine
represented by the barley which was the truth of the "Holy Spirit." Barley is not so commonly or widely
used as wheat. In fact, few people would use it, and at that, very seldom. Many people do not know what
barley is; so with the doctrine of the "Holy Spirit". While the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is believed by
some Christians, it is not believed by others. Some do not understand what the truth of the Spirit is, even
as some do not know what barley is; so the symbol representing the second doctrine is perfect, even as
the first. Gideon's experience with the Midianite's dream of the barley cake overturning the tent proves
the same. Read Judges 7:13,14."" (Ibid, p. 118).

The profound truth of the Holy Spirit is, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of
hosts." (Zech. 4:6). All of God's promises are accomplished not by earthly but by spiritual means, the
power of God. Gideon realized that God would fight the battle for him.

"And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand,
with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise:
and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow
with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp,
and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came
unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch:
and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies
blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in
their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon." (Judges 7:16-20).

The sword of the Lord is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. (See Eph. 6:17, quoted above.) Gideon
is a savior of Israel, a Christ figure.
In our time this message will be the word of God, the sword of the
Lord, and the gospels of Christ
. The trumpets represent the seven trumpets of the Revelation that
establish the Kingdom of God. "And the seventh angel sounded (his trumpet); and there were great
voices in heaven, 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 lamps represent the illumination of the
prophetic scriptures through prophetic messages like the angel messages of Revelation 14. The 144,000
do no violence, they simply proclaim these messages and let God do the rest.

"And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set every man’s sword against his fellow, even
throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah,
unto Tabbath. And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and
out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites. And Gideon sent messengers throughout all
mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto
Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters
unto Bethbarah and Jordan. And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew
Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought
the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan." (Judges 7:21-25).

The commotion raised by Gideon's three hundred caused the Midianites to attack the Amalekites, and
vice versa. They slaughtered each other, and the Israelites rose up to slay the rest. Some of the leaders
of the Midianites were killed. In our time, the slaughter is not total. As a mercy to Abraham, many of
Abraham's descendants are spared.

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of
His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He
will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the
depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob (fulfill Your promises), and
the mercy to Abraham
(save many of the seed that Abraham asked God to bless), which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from
the days of old." (Micah 7:18-20).

A particular mercy is due to Egypt, that sheltered Jacob and his children and to the lands of ancient
Babylon, that sheltered the children of Judah. "In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with
Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be
Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance." (Is. 19:24,25).

Finally, there is a specific mercy on those nations that shelter the emerging Kingdom of God because of
their commitment to human rights and Christian charity. "When the Son of man shall come in His glory,
and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be
gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep
from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the
King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world." (Matt. 25:31-34).  

Amo Paul Bishop Roden