THE SIXTH TRUMPET
Part 2
At the conclusion of Part 1, Houteff had revealed that the final scripture of the sixth trumpet, Rev. 11:13,
was a prophecy of Ezekiel 9, the destruction of the sinners in the church. This prophecy is also found in
the sixth angel message, which is to be repeated in the end time sounding of the sixth trumpet. Here is
the scripture for the sixth and seventh angel messages. I quote them both because they are intertwined,
indicating a joint ministry. The specific scripture of the sixth angel messenger is underlined.

"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).

The words "loud cry" in this scripture (the only place in the KJV Bible where these words occur together
in this order) indicate that this is the Loud Cry. While the sixth angel messenger was a loud cry to a small
church, as the sixth angel sounds her trumpet, the whole world hears the Loud Cry.

The Vine is Christ, the grapes are the fruit of the Vine, those walking with Christ, and the grape vine
which is destroyed is the church after the saints have been called out into God's Kingdom. The Loud Cry
is the final gathering message, the city is God's Kingdom, and those who fail to heed the Loud Cry are
destroyed when the winepress is trodden outside the city.

This same sense of intertwined ministry is found in the sixth plague. The sixth angel pours out a vial of
God's wrath upon the river Euphrates, and Christ returns unannounced and clandestinely, "as a thief."
Between them they lure the wicked of the world to their destruction. Here is the sixth plague scripture.

"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried
up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs
come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the
false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the
earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I
come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see
his shame. And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Rev.
16:12-16).

Houteff has spoken of the river Euphrates as a symbol. ""The capital city of ancient Babylon was built on
either side of the Euphrates... So because the original application must attach to the original settlers
there, the "great river Euphrates" emerges as a type of "the waters...where the whore sitteth" (Rev.
17:15) -- modern Babylon. And this important truth is amplified by the fact that the ancient city, Babylon,
does not now exist, whereas prophecy calls for a Babylon today."

""Now in order for there to be a modern Babylon, there must necessarily be a repetition today of the
conditions and events essentially characterizing ancient Babylon in its connection with God's people.
Consequently, their captivity in Babylon, the type (Jer. 29:10), must find its parallel in Babylon, the
antitype. Very obviously, therefore, the angel's being "bound in the great river Euphrates" must be
figurative of the Christian church during the period of her captivity in antitypical Babylon -- "that great
city" rising after John' s time."" (V. T. Houteff, "Final Warning," 1942, p. 80,81).

The pouring of the vial of God's wrath on the Euphrates results first in a drying up of the living waters of
the message of Christ within the Christian church, "the water thereof was dried up." This prepares the
way for unclean spirits, coming specifically from Satan (the dragon), and the One World Government (the
beast) and a great leader prophesying peace (the false prophet) to blind those Christians not walking
with Christ. These Christians do not recognise Christ, but gather together to battle Him and the Kingdom
of God at Armageddon.

The children of the east were enemies of God's people. "And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the
Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and
the children of the east, even they came up against them;
and they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and
left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass." (Judges 6:3,4).

However, God has many enemies, for example, He promised to blot the seed of Amalek from off the
earth. "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). Why are the kings of the east mentioned instead of, perhaps, the Amalekites?

There is both a spiritual and physical interpretation of this scripture. Not only are the living waters of the
Christian church dried up, the rivers of the Orient are also physically dried up. This drought prepares
the way for the great armies of the kings of the east to mount a physical attack on the Holy City,
Jerusalem, Israel. So although the kings of the east reject Christianity and hate Christ, they are
nevertheless also lured to Armageddon.

One of the recurring themes of the trumpets is the destruction of the wicked in the Christian church, the
fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 and 1 Peter. "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 (of God)." (Ez. 9:6). "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).

In the time of the second angel sounding her trumpet (this message), the slaughter of David Koresh's
flock began Ezekiel 9. From the time of the sounding of the third angel with a trumpet forward through all
the remaining trumpets, the judgment of the church (the continuation of Ezekiel 9) is present truth,
pending and ready to take place at any time. (See No. 56, "The Third Trumpet.")

That is because Ezekiel 9 is continuous and progressive. The slaughter of David Koresh's flock shows
what I mean. Koresh took over the Branch Davidian church property and presented himself as the true
leader of the church, the new prophet. The conspiracy that overthrew the church to install Koresh in the
church leadership happily presented him to the world as the prophet of the church. Thus the message of
the church was corrupted and made of no effect. But it was a message from God, and God does not let
conspiracies of mere men stop His work. So God induced Satan to destroy Koresh.

The concept is simple, God will destroy any person or group or nation that blocks fulfillment of His
promises. "So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Is. 55:11). Every
time the prophetic message, sent by God to gather His Kingdom on earth, is thwarted, God will restart
Ezekiel 9.

The end time sounding of the sixth trumpet also coincides with the end time message of the sixth seal.
Since this is discussed in No. 51, "Opening The Sixth Seal," I'll excerpt that article.

"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun
became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the
earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven
departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their
places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the
mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the
mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth
on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be
able to stand?" (Rev. 6:12-17).

""The sixth seal opens with the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755. Following the earthquake the
sun was darkened, May 19, 1780, and the moon appeared as blood the following night. The "falling of the
stars," has reference to the great meteoric shower of November 13, 1833. Jesus, looking forward to the
fulfillment of these signs, said: "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of
the heavens shall be shaken." (Matt. 24:29.) Therefore, under the sixth seal came the signs of the time of
the end -- the great earthquake in 1755, the dark day in 1780, the falling stars in 1833, and the beginning
of the judgment in 1844."" (V. T. Houteff, "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, 1932, p. 212).

"Houteff also expected an end time repeat of the signs of the sixth seal. ""Revelation 6:12-17, has a
double application, and it is clear that these verses also refer to the time of the purification of God's
church..."" (Ibid).

""All these signs stand as faithful witnesses that the sixth seal, the sixth period of time, brings the great
day of God, the wrath of the Lamb."" (V. T. Houteff, "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking Of The Seven
Seals," 1947, p. 55,56).

"The signs of the sixth seal also have a physical manifestation that should lead us to expect nuclear war
in the end time, during the great and terrible
day of the Lord. All of the signs take place on one day, this
is only possible in nuclear war.

"The sun is obscured by dense black clouds, which are described as "black as sackcloth," the color of
mourning and a symbol of mourning, "the sun became black as sackcloth of hair." Houteff has associated
the moon with the church, "the agency by which the Word of God, the light of the world, is reflected."
(Ibid). The blood red color of the moon is the symbol of the death of the sinners (tares) in the church,
"the moon became as blood."

"The fall of the stars to earth must be explained by a technology which the people of Houteff's time could
not even imagine, our current ability to blow up incoming nuclear weapons in midair. The intercepted
bombs fall to earth burning with the brightness of stars, causing mighty windstorms, "the stars of
heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty
wind."

"As the fig is the symbol of the Holy Spirit (see No. 22, "The Holy Family"), there is a suggestion here that
this devastation causes hurt to the church, whose members are the fruit of the Vine (Christ) and the Fig
(Holy Spirit or, like Mother, like Daughter, the Holy Ghost). The casting of untimely figs is the death of
fledgling saints.

"The dark clouds obscure visibility, so that after the bombs fall, the stars can no longer be seen for a
while, "the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together." (A rolled scroll can not be read until it
is unrolled again.) When the stars can be seen again, it will be apparent that the earth has shifted on its
axis, "and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." (For more, see No. 51, "Opening
The Sixth Seal.")

The sixth seal is also the time when the 144,000 and the great multitude of Rev. 7, who have slowly been
gathering in the Kingdom of God since the third trumpet, come forth from the isolated encampments of
God's Kingdom and stand before all mankind. First the 144,000 are sealed.

"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four
winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw
another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice
to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither
the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the
number of them which were sealed: and
there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all
the tribes of the children of Israel
. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of
Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of
Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe
of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of
the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand." (Rev. 7:1-8).

The sealing is done by Christ's King, representing Christ as the Lamb on Mount Zion, using the seal
found in the work of V. T. Houteff, whose message brought the seal down to earth. This is the three fold
seal of Revelation 3:12. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go
no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God (found in God's Law, the 144,000 walk in God's
Law), and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven
from My God (the 144,000 teach the prophesies of God's Kingdom taking over the earth): and I will write
upon him My new name (the 144,000 accept the Branch, the joint rule of Christ's King and the Holy
Ghost)." (Rev. 3:12).

After this the great multitude is presented to God.

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and
palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the
throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and
the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing,
and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever
and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in
white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the
blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His
temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither
thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of
the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes." (Rev. 7:9-17).

It is clear that the great and terrible day of the Lord's wrath takes place
before the great multitude is
presented to God, because the scripture says: "these are they which came out of great tribulation." It is
less clear whether the 144,000 are sealed on Mount Zion (Rev. 7) before or after the wrath of the Lamb
(Rev. 6).

As always, Houteff's comments are helpful. ""From the implication that "the four winds" are to blow and
the four angels are to hurt as soon as the servants of God are sealed is seen looming the "time of
trouble" such as never was (Dan. 12:1)."

""Moving from the four corners of the compass, the winds must represent a worldwide disturbance of
some kind. Very obvious it is, too, that their blowing and the angels' hurting, represent two armies in
conflict.
The wind's blowing is, of course, the anger of the nations against the saints; and the angels'
hurting is doubtless the Lord's judgment falling upon His enemies.
In other words, the angels and the
winds together represent a trouble between God and the nations involving both saints and sinners.
Indeed, it is the great and dreadful day of the Lord."

""The difference between the "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world"
(Matt. 24:21), and the "time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation" (Dan. 12:1), is that
during the "great tribulation" the saints are slain (Matt. 24:21, 22), whereas during the "time of trouble"
they are delivered (Dan. 12:1)."" (Ibid, "To The Seven Churches: The Breaking Of The Seven Seals," 1947,
p. 59,60).

""It being a foregone conclusion that Satan is against the saints, and that the Lord is against the
truth-hating and evil-doing multitude, the subject becomes crystal clear: When let loose, the winds are
to strike against the faithful "remnant," against those who are left after the earth has opened her mouth
and swallowed up "the flood," the "tares" (Rev. 12:16, 17); but the angels who are stationed to hurt, are
to smite those who make war against the remnant. Those whose names are found in the book, are
"delivered." Dan. 12:1. Seeing that the 144,000, the servants of God, are not as yet sealed (not yet
enclosed, protected, guarded, and ready to take their stand with the Lamb on Mt. Sion, but rather are
still commingled with the tares) the angels are commanded to forestall the clash."

""Consequently, when this sealing work is completed, then the angels who hold the winds, will let the
winds blow, and the angels who are to hurt the earth, sea, and trees, will then commence their given
work. Otherwise stated, to let the winds blow, is to permit the two-horn beast to decree "that as many as
would not worship the image of the beast should be killed" (Rev. 13:15); and to let the angels hurt, is to
allow the Lord's decree to take its course: "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his
mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is
poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and
brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb." Rev. 14:9, 10. This
warning is followed by the forecast:"

""The four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for
to slay the third part of men." Rev. 9:15."

""Both decrees will be in force after the 144,000 are sealed."" (Ibid, p. 61,62).

Based on Houteff's comments, it would appear that overt war between the angels of God (and His hosts)
and the nations will not take place until after the 144,000 appear with the Lamb on Mount Zion.
Nevertheless, the continuation of Ezekiel 9 is present truth (pending) from the end time sounding of the
third trumpet. Further, there is and will continue to be a covert war between the hosts of God and the
agents of the nations sent to kill the saints.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden