The seventh trumpet is a repeat of the seventh angel message, the beginning of the seventh plague and
comes forth at the end time opening of the seventh seal. The seventh trumpet starts by announcing that
the Kingdom of God is among the nations and many of the Christian nations have accepted God and
Christ as their rulers. It is a time of great turmoil and trouble for God's people, the time of the third woe.
"The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly." (Rev. 11:14). The first woe came
forth during the end time opening of the fifth seal, as the angel sounded the fifth trumpet in the end time.
The fifth seal is the seal of martyrs (see Rev. 6:9-11), and the first woe is the martyrdom of the faithful
teaching God's Kingdom. The second woe came forth at the end time opening of the sixth seal, as the
angel sounded the sixth trumpet in the end time. This is the seal of the wrath of God and the Lamb (see
Rev. 6:12-17). Some of God's people who have not sought safety in His Kingdom die during this second
woe. Some of the old and weak in God's Kingdom also die. The third woe comes forth during the end time
opening of the seventh seal, during the great judgment of Babylon, the One World Government. (See
Rev. 16:17-21, which is discussed below.) More of God's people, who have not sought safety in His
Kingdom, die during this third woe. The old and weak in God's Kingdom also die.
Here is the good news of the seventh trumpet. "And the seventh angel sounded; 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).
With the sounding of the seventh end time trumpet, Christ's King has been recognised as His earthly
representative. His army of holy angels (144,000 sealed servants of God, like all angels guaranteed
eternal life and perfect, "an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their
foreheads... without fault before the throne of God" Rev. 14:1,5) have raised Christ's King to rule over
them in God's Kingdom.
"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: for I was an hungered, and
ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: naked, and ye
clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. Then shall the righteous
answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, and fed Thee? Or thirsty, and gave Thee
drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? Or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we
Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto
Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels..." (Matt. 25:31-41).
Christ's King bears the glory for Christ. "Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose
name is The BRANCH (Christ's King); and he shall grow up out of his place (in the wilderness outside the
Holy Land), and he shall build the temple of the Lord (a spiritual temple of lively stones, the 144,000):
even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory (in Christ's stead), and shall sit and
rule upon his throne..." (Zech. 6:12,13). As already discussed, the 144,000 are the holy angels who are
with Christ's King. The nations who are allowed to join the Kingdom of God are those full of people and
institutions that care for the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged of the world.
(Bearing the glory is a heavy burden. Both Elvis, the "King of Rock and Roll," and Michael, the "King of
Pop," died young from the weight of glory, fame and expectations. Even holy beings avoid glory. See Rev.
19:10. How much harder will it be for a reformed sinner to bear? See Zech. 3:1-5.)
"And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and
worshipped God, saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come;
because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and Thy
wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward
unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and
shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." (Rev. 11:16-18).
Houteff said, ""The "four and twenty elders" are a part of the judicial tribunal of the investigative
judgment in the heavenly sanctuary. (For a more ample explanation of the "elders," study The Shepherd's
Rod, Vol. 2, pp. 187-221). Accordingly, the words which they speak at the time that the seventh angel
begins to sound, reveal that the judicial work of the "Ancient of days" (Dan. 7:9; Rev. 4:3), of the Lamb
(Rev. 5:6), of the "ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands" of angels (Rev. 5:11),
and of the "elders" and the "beasts," was about finished. Their words reveal also that the time of the
resurrection -- the time for the saints to receive their reward of eternal life, and for Christ to destroy
those who destroy the earth -- was come. Clearly, therefore, "the time of the dead, that they should be
judged" (Rev. 11:18), is during the millennium, and is the final judgment of the wicked."" (V. T. Houteff,
"Final Warning," 1942, p. 115,116).
When I first read this, I did not believe that Houteff actually said, "Clearly, therefore, "the time of the
dead, that they should be judged" (Rev. 11:18), is during the millennium, and is the final judgment of the
wicked." There were several reasons for my disbelief.
First, I thought it contradicted the scriptures which certainly seem to place this judgment after the
Millennium. "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall
go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them
together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the
earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God
out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone... And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the
heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand
before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
Second, Houteff places the judgment of the dead not during, but after, the Millennium elsewhere, for
example. "At about the time of the seventh plague the beast and the false prophet will be cast into the
lake of fire. A literal fulfillment, and the same will become a type of the final destruction of the wicked
after the millennium, which is the second death." (Ibid, "The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, 1932, p. 161, also see
Finally, Houteff places the final destruction of the wicked after the Millennium on his teaching charts. For
an example, see No. 45, "Satanic Counterfeits."
As I studied the contradiction, however, I found an explanation in "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking
Of The Seven Seals." Here is what Houteff had to say:
""John, having been shown the entire judicial proceeding, describes the Judgment in three parts, in
three different sittings: one before the half hour's silence (Rev. 8:1), one after it, and a third one during
the thousand years (Rev. 20:11, 12)... When the seventh seal is opened, there is silence in heaven (the
beasts hold their peace, also the "lightnings," the "thunderings," and the "voices" cease -- Rev. 4:5)
"about the space of half an hour." Rev. 8:1. The silence clearly reveals that the first session of the
Judicial proceedings comes to a close, and that the second session commences after the silence is
""The third session, the one during the thousand years, is at "the Great White Throne" (Rev. 20:11, 12),
the throne of Him from Whose face the earth and the heaven flee away. At this latter throne there is no
"sea of glass," no "beasts," no "Lion," no "Lamb," and although there are lesser "thrones" (Rev. 20:4),
Inspiration does not flatly say who sits on them..."
""Although the proceedings of the first two sessions are somewhat different, they are in all other
respects similar. The third, however, is entirely unlike the first two. The differences are seen in that
before the half-hour silence occurs, there is at the throne "a sea of glass like unto crystal" (Rev. 4:6), and
no one stands on it; but after the half-hour silence passes away, the scene changes: The "sea of glass" is
"mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his
mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." Rev. 15:2."
""In other words, at the first Judicial sitting there is no one standing on the sea of glass, and the sea
itself is "like unto crystal;" while at the second sitting the sea appears like unto a fiery stream, and the
saints stand on it."
""That the dead are judged in the first session, and the living in the second, is seen from the
symbolization itself: As afore pointed out, at the first sitting no one stands on the sea of glass, and the
sea itself is "as clear as crystal." But at the second sitting, the saints stand on the sea, and it is mingled
with fire (symbol of life)... in the first two sittings, the Saviour is represented as a slain lamb (Rev. 5:6),
concretely placing the events during probationary time -- while the blood of the Lamb is available to
atone for the sins of man..."
""Then commences, at the Great White Throne, the executive Judgment of the dead, of those who do not
come up in the first resurrection, and of those who, rather than being translated, are slain at the
brightness of His coming..."
""It is strictly Biblical that at the commencement of the millennium all the wicked are "slain with the sword
of Him that sat upon the horse which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls [are] filled with
their flesh" (Rev. 19:21), and that the judged at the Great White Throne are the dead, and also that
subsequently all the judged are resurrected at the end of the thousand years; that is, as John puts it,
then "the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in
them"... seeing that the first resurrection, the resurrection at the commencement of the millennium,
brings up all the saints, the holy ones, and none others, it follows that the second resurrection, the
resurrection at the end of the millennium, brings up all the unholy, with not a righteous one among
them."" (Ibid, "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking Of The Seven Seals," 1947, p. 17-24).
The third judicial session, the judgment which Houteff speaks of during the Millennium is a book
judgment of the dead, just as the first judicial session was a book judgment of the dead. God has
promised that He will not lose even one potential saint of the house of Israel. "For, lo, I will command,
and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least
grain fall upon the earth." (Amos 9:9). So God sifts the unrighteous for those with redeeming virtues and
resurrects them after the Millennium in a second era of Satan's power. Most will be lost to Satan's
deceptions and thrown into the lake of fire, but a few will join the saints.
"And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His
testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
Houteff said: ""The fulfillment of the prophetic statement, "the temple of God was opened in heaven, and
there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament" (Rev. 11:19), will, just as it was in the beginning of
the Judgment, be realized after the judgment is finished; that is, after the close of probation, when the
door of the temple is opened. And after the judicial tribunal leaves the temple, "one of the four beasts"
will give "unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God" (Rev. 15:7), and the temple
will be "filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power; and no man" will be "able to enter
into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels" are "fulfilled." Rev. 15:8."" (Ibid, "Final
Warning," 1942, p. 116,117).
Houteff explained the last half of this verse in another tract. In speaking of the opening of the seventh
seal (Rev. 8:1-6), Houteff associated lightnings, voices, thunderings and an earthquake with a judicial
""After a time the Judicial demonstrations... 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
""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."
""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!""
(Ibid, "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking Of The Seven Seals," 1947, p. 64,65).
In summary, Houteff associated the "lightnings and thunderings and voices" which proceeded "out of
the throne" (Rev. 4:5), with the Judgment of the dead, the first pre-millennial judgment session, a book
judgment which took place in heaven. He associated the silence at the breaking of the seventh seal
(Rev. 8.1) with the end of this heavenly judicial session. Houteff associated the "voices, and thunderings,
and lightnings, and an earthquake," which occurred when an angel "took the censer, and filled it with fire
of the altar, and cast it into the earth" (Rev. 8:5), with the beginning of the judgment of the living, the
second pre-millennial judgment session, which takes place on earth. Finally, he associates the lightnings,
and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail" (Rev. 11:19), with the final judgment of
Since the breaking of the seventh seal starts with a silence in heaven for a half hour and continues with
the seven trumpets, it is clear that the end time opening of the seventh seal precedes the seven
trumpets sounding in the end time. This leads to some questions of timing and a great deal of confusion.
Houteff was the first angel to sound an end time trumpet. His ministry began as the third angel message
and ended as the first end time trumpet. The transition took place about 1943, 1944, when his church
routinely began publishing about thirty thousand copies of each publication. "1943 Tract No. 14, First
Edition, 35,095 copies published April 30. 1944 The Answerer, Book One, 29,760 copies published in May.
The Answerer, Book Two, 29,564 copies published in June. The Answerer, Book Three, 29,815 copies,
published in July. The Answerer, Book Four, 30,000 copies, published in August. The Answerer, Book
Five, 30,000 copies, published in December." (Ibid, "Christ's Greetings to You," 1944, p. 46,47). Compare
this to 1940's publications. "1940 Tract No. 9, First Edition, 15,000 copies, published January 31. Tract No.
10, First Edition, 6,000 copies, published August 24. Tract No. 11, First Edition, 6,000 copies, published
August 23." (Ibid, p. 45,46).
Houteff tied the commencement of the judgment of the living to the "voices, and thunderings, and
lightnings, and an earthquake," which occurred when an angel "took the censer, and filled it with fire of
the altar, and cast it into the earth." (Rev. 8:5). Therefore the commencement of the judgment of the
living precedes the sounding of the trumpets. "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. The
first angel sounded..." (Rev. 8:5-7).
Ben Roden, the angel messenger who followed Houteff, called for the judgment of the living to begin in
1955. And indeed the execution of the judgment of the living in the Christian church began in 1993 with
the overthrow of David Koresh, the pretender to the leadership of Ben Roden's church.
On the other hand, Houteff predicted from the prophesies of Ezekiel 4 and 9 that the judgment of the
living would begin soon after 1930. “We may suppose that the 390 year period began in about 1500 A.D.,
(when Luther found the Bible), and ended in 1890 A.D., where the 40 year period began, which would end
in 1930. However we cannot predict the exact day or month or even year... The prophecy of Ezekiel gives
the information in detail from the beginning of Luther's reformation to Ezekiel 9, marking of the 144,000,
and unrolling of the scroll.” (Ibid, The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, 1930, p. 116).
To sort out these seemingly contradictions, consider the following:
The application of Ezekiel 9 foretold by Houteff actually took place 430 years after Luther's personal
reformation. Luther was ordained a priest in 1507 and posted the 95 theses on the church door in 1517.
Adding 430 years to each of those years produces the span of years of the Holocaust, 1937 to 1947. A
more accurate assessment would time the Holocaust from Kristallnacht to the foundation of the nation
Israel (1938 to 1948).
The application of Ezekiel 9 (the judgment of the living) that Houteff predicted, the order to “Slay utterly
old and young, both maids and little children, but come not near any man upon whom is the mark (the seal
of God); and begin at my sanctuary;” (the judgment that begins at the house of God, see 1 Peter 4:17),
bypassed Houteff's church and the SDA and fell on the European Jews. The Jews were and are God's
people, the house of God. The judgment fell on them because they had refused Christ, forgotten God's
Law (Ez. 8:11,12) and oppressed their brethren of the lost tribes (Is. 3:13-15). The smoke of their torment
in the death camps arises as a sorrow and a horror that will never be forgotten.
While this was an Ezekiel 9 type of judgment, it actually fulfilled Ez. 7. (See No. 39, "The Judgments Of
Ezekiel 7.") The Battle of Jericho helps to explain the confusion. The Battle of Jericho was in two parts,
first the instructions, then the actual battle. The instructions were the seven angel messages of Rev. 14.
The actual battle will be the seven trumpets of the Revelation. What Houteff saw as Ezekiel 9 was actually
the instruction of Ezekiel 9 and a fulfillment of Ezekiel 7.
In answer to the question of timing (as seen above, Ezekiel 8:5-7 indicates that the judgment of the living
should begin before the first end time trumpet), I can only reply that the instruction of Ezekiel 9 (WWII and
the Holocaust) did begin before the first angel with a trumpet sounded in the end time. WWII began in
1939 and became world wide when America joined the war in 1941. Houteff's message became the first
trumpet in 1943 or 1944. At that time the Sabbath keeping Christians were not judged, but the European
Jews were. The Holocaust, a judgment which sent innocents to gas chambers, must qualify as a judgment
of the living.
In 1955, Ben Roden warned of a judgment of the living which fell on part of his Sabbath keeping, feast
keeping Christian church in 1993. Because Houteff was a true servant of God, his church was spared.
Because David Koresh was a high priest of Satan, his church was destroyed. Although in hindsight it
seems that both Houteff and Ben Roden can't be right about when the judgment of the living
commenced, both of their messages were timely, close enough to right at the time they were uttered.
In discussing the seventh seal, Houteff not only included the trumpets, but also the twelve star crowned
woman of Rev. 12. (See "To the Seven Churches, The Breaking Of The Seven Seals," p. 67-90.) Lois
Roden also wrote of the woman of Rev. 12 in her tract, "As An Eagle." I will not do so here as it would be
That brings us to the seventh angel message, which is repeated as the end time sounding of the seventh
trumpet. "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).
I have underlined the parts of the intertwined sixth and seventh angel messages which apply to the
seventh angel messenger. The Vine is Christ, the grapes are the fruit of the Vine, those walking with
Christ. The grape vine which is destroyed is the church after the saints (the grapes) have been called out
into God's Kingdom. The city is God's Kingdom, and those who fail to heed the gathering message are
destroyed when the winepress is trodden outside the city.
This is the final judgment of the living in the Christian church, it is finished in the time of the seventh
plague. That brings us to the scripture describing the seventh plague.
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial 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. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great
hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the
plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." (Rev. 16:17-21).
Note first that this is a virtual repeat of the events that end the seventh trumpet. "And the temple of God
was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were
lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Rev. 11:19).
There were "voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake" and "a great hail
out of heaven," in both scriptures. In the seventh plague scripture, voices are mentioned first, because
great voices have just announced the kingdom of God and Christ has come forth on earth (see Rev. 11:
15) and the sound of the Loud Cry is still being heard during the seventh trumpet. Thunders are
mentioned before lightnings, because the message of the seven thunders are still echoing around the
world (see Rev. 10:1-7).
The pattern for the voices and thunders and the seventh trumpet is found in the battle of Jericho. "And it
came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the
city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times (the seven
thunders). And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said
unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. So the people shouted (the Loud Cry) when
the priests blew with the trumpets (the seventh end time trumpet): and it came to pass, when the people
heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so
that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they
utterly destroyed all that was in the city (the pattern of the judgment on great Babylon), both man and
woman, young and old... " (Joshua 6:16,17,20,21).
There were some that survived the destruction of Jericho. Rehab the harlot hid the spies Joshua sent
into Jericho. (See Joshua 2:1-21). She bound a scarlet cord into her window to save her family from
destruction. Joshua saved Rehab and her family (see Joshua 6:22,23,25). The scarlet cord is a symbol of
the blood of Christ. In the judgment on great Babylon, many Christians who have faithfully served God
will be spared even if they are harlots.
In the end time the apostate churches that follow the Pope instead of the Bible are characterized as the
seven heads of the beast. (See Rev. 17:3.) These churches follow Mystery, Babylon The Great, The
Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. These churches are the harlots Mystery gives birth to,
therefore they are under a condemnation from God as are their members. But a saint is a saint, and friend
of God, it does not matter that they have been unfaithful to God in the matter of the Sabbath and the feast
days. God may consider them harlots, but He will either save them alive or resurrect them.
The scripture describing the seventh plague gives us much more information than the scripture that
ends the seventh trumpet. It tells us, "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." The great city is Babylon.
Houteff says of Babylon: "the woman riding on the beast, denotes an international system of church and
state, enforced by civil law, and miraculous power. At the close of probation, the union represented by
the symbol of the "scarlet colored beast," shall be dissolved with the destruction of the "woman" or head
of that union... The world at that time, as represented by the horns of the beast, shall "hate" the harlot,
dethrone her, and "burn her with fire;" which can be nothing less than by revolution against the head of
that religio-political system. Then the prophecy of Revelation 16:19, will meet its fulfillment: "And the
great city [Babylon] was divided into three parts." That is, the union of Protestantism, Catholicism, and
Spiritualism was dissolved. Note the verb, "was," being in past tense, shows that the great city Babylon
was divided before the seven plagues were poured out; that is, at close of probation, when the woman
was dethroned. "And the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon [in her divided state] came in
remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." (Rev. 16:
19, last part.) The fierceness of God's wrath is poured out upon Babylon in her divided state in the time of
the seventh plague." (Ibid, "The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, 1932, p. 159,160).
This dissolution of the city into three parts is accomplished by righteous Protestants who keep the law,
the Sabbath and the feasts of God. They break away to form God's Kingdom. Catholics abhor this
movement, Spirituals are indifferent to it. (Protestants who choose to follow the Pope instead of the Bible
are considered Catholics in this division.)
Particularly note that Houteff expects the pouring out of the seven plagues to happen after the close of
probation. God willing, I will address this issue and the seven plagues by themselves next month.
Also, the description of the seventh plague includes a much more detailed description of the great hail.
"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men
blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."
Hail (frozen stones of water) is a symbol of the 144,000, living water stones. They come from God, "out of
heaven." Servants of Christ, they are each given a talent, a ministry in Christ, "every stone about the
weight of a talent." (See Matt. 25:14-30). They are about their ministry at the time of the seventh plague,
and their ministry, recruiting the 200,000,000 gospel workers of Rev. 9:9,16-19, is a torment to the wicked,
who curse God because of it.
The description of the great earthquake is more detailed as well, "such as was not since men were upon
the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great... And every island fled away, and the mountains were
not found." Combined with the hail, this strongly suggests the great and terrible day of the Lord's
vengeance. "For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come." (Is. 63:4).
The redeemed are the 144,000, living water hail stones. "And they sung as it were a new song before the
throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred
and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled
with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These
were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." (Rev. 14:3,4).
Amo Paul Bishop Roden