As was stated previously “Waters are to be separated from waters, people from people” It will not be merely the true Church which is divided, separated, (the “little flock” from the great company), but so too the professing or nominal church. The truths then being espoused by the Lord’s faithful and their stand in defiance of orthodoxy will make manifest just who the true followers of the Lord are and hence forth all the truly noble (honest minded) of the tare class will cease from making any more pretenses of being Christians, that is in the sense of being Christ’ followers. This does not however in anyway imply that they will cease to be believers in God, believers in the Savior and in the promised kingdom to come.
IT IS DONE
“Then it happened, as they (both Elijah and Elisha) continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11)
AND SO THE GREAT STORM WHICH WE HAVE SEEN APPROACHING BEGINS
“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” (Rev 16:17)
The air is a symbol of spiritual control, the ecclesiastical realm; the seventh plague completes the trouble begun from the first and falls upon Satan the prince of the powers of the air Eph 2:2, upon his deceptions, the seventh plague is ARMAGEDDON.
“The “loud voice” John heard coming forth from the temple in heaven, from the throne, is God’s voice. It comes forth from the antitypical throne room or Most Holy compartment common to both the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon. The booming pronouncement is made: “It is done!”
But what is done?
First: The expression emphatically acknowledges that the last of the seven vials of the wrath of God, which He had so sternly commanded to be poured upon the earth (Rev 16:1) and had so long awaited, has finally reached accomplishment—AT LAST! Now the wheels of God’s chariot could move forward to demolish the old order and usher in the, “Thy kingdom come” of the Lord’s Prayer—a fulfillment the saints have long yearned for.
Second: Being uttered subsequent to the pouring of the seventh vial, the statement “It is done” is a reminder of Christ’s dying words on the Cross of Calvary, when he said (John 19:30), “It is finished!” The time frame of the statement “It is done” and other Scriptures indicate that the events and experiences of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry are a parallel to those which will befall the feet members of the body.”
The next verse (Rev 16:18) is strikingly reminiscent of some of the events that occurred in connection with Jesus’ agony on the Cross. These events include the darkness that came upon the land in Jesus’ last hours and at the actual time of his death; the earthquake that rent rocks, opened graves, and tore in twain the veil of Herod’s Temple; and possibly also a violent thunderstorm.
The Roman centurion standing guard on Calvary observed some of these events and the strange coincidence of time in juxtaposition with Jesus’ agony and death, for the very God of all nature seemed to be venting His open displeasure in an unparalleled public display of wonders because of the death of the Just One. Likewise, when the heel members (the last of the feet members) of the body of Christ decease, a darkening over all the earth will forebode ominous conditions to follow. There will be “voices” (universal tumultuous, internal, vocal controversy), “thunders” (universal acts of violence, sabotage, and explosive social changes as took place during the French Revolution), “lightning’s” (universal public displays of mass disapproval of all governmental authority, accompanied by anarchistic graffiti, vandalism, and arson), and a “great earthquake” (an unprecedented complete overthrow of all law and order, what began as a relatively peaceful movement [the socialist revolution] will have reached its critical stage and turned violent ).” “The Keys of Revelation”, Page 427
Just as the fierce winds of strife, (the whirlwind) begins to blow so too the last members of the body of Christ finish their course making their calling and election sure and are joined with their brethren beyond the Vail.
It has been suggested by some brethren that the last or “feet” members of the Church, not all but most would probably pass beyond the Vail in mass, possibly the result of execution after having been rounded up by the government (Ahab) at the request of orthodoxy (Jezebel) as dissenters and troublemakers threats to the state and the church; of course this is only an opinion. How exactly they shall meet their fleshly demise is not certain, nor is it of great importance, the important thing is that they were faithful until death.
“THEN the temple of God [the Church] was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple (The Christ complete, the Church being the mediator of that covenant). And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.” (Rev 11:19)
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