I will notate with this symbol 🏥 in places at the fifth trumpet where I will be witnessing the carnage, on earth, here, in his face the /\ntichrist, along with those who will be attacked, on condition that I will not be killed or die before the fifth trumpet. This way perhaps less people will debate me on where the believers of God in Christ will be once the trumpets are sounded. I will just use “me” as an example for the purpose of this illustration.
It is clear from this narrative that 👉🏼some people of the world, by the grace of God, are sealed by God and some are not sealed by God.
Recall in Revelation 7, there is a conversation in the spiritual realms, that we are not privvy of except John was given a glimpse in a vision, at a time unspecified:
2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
The earth in whole is the dwelling place of all created human beings.
The sea is the ha Goyim, the 70 nations spread out from the sons of Noe in Genesis 10.
The “trees”, speaking of a type, not the wooded varieties, are the believers from the parable in Matthew 13, those that heard the word of Christ and go on to become disciples and producers and teach others about the Kingdom of God. A seed only becomes a tree by the process of maturation. I have wild trees that grow in my front and back yards. They all started from a seed carried by the wind of by the ground animals, or by a bird. Years later, they grow into a tree that sometimes cost me hundreds of dollars to hire a landscape pro to have it cut down. Trees in visions are the people. Once Christ healed a blind man with His spit. The first time he opened his eyes to try to see, he saw “trees”. Interpretation, the spit of the Lord of Heaven and Earth allowed the blind man to see what Y’shua sees, people to Him are trees. Then the Lord rubbed his eyes again and the blind man saw people.
Mark 8:23 English Standard Version (ESV)
23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him,
“Do you see anything?”
24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus[c] laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
Upon the conclusion of the second hands-on, Mark said then the blind man had his sight restored.
Turning to the “trees” in Matthew 13,
The Mustard Seed and the Leaven
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
Those who are not sealed, a gesture that is foretold in Ezekiel 9, will be tormented by the “locusts” (a type that refers to the angels released from the abyss) for 150 days. The Old Testament contains the clues to the interpretation of the New Testament.
Six men of war appeared in vision and one has an ink pen 🖊
Ezekiel 9:4 Yahweh said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done in the midst of it.
What we find out from the speech of the Word of God, about the reason for the rest of those, whose foreheads are not marked by the sixth angel, is because they got something on their forehead already.
9 Then he said to me,
“The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ 10 As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”
As the Age of Grace of God is coming to an end, we refute the lie that the age of grace is non-expiring, a time of accountability of those who refuse to take advantage of God’s grace to receive pardon is coming. Much of verse 9 above for today is still indefensible.
Someone somewhere tried to challenge this scenario by saying that “there have to be people who can be saved“ after a pre-trib rapture* (theory). It is a noble and lofty idea. But even the Lord refuted that idea with a parable about an panhandler called Eleazar or Lazarus. He was appealed by some rich man who also died, who had no name remembered by the Lord, to tell his living brothers to repent. The following is all part of the speech of the Messiah, thus in red letters.
27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
So who was it that rose from the dead and walked for 40 days and was seen by 500 people? Christ. If the words of Christ today are not convincing those before the rapture to repent, then it is the same after the rapture. The same people, according to Christ will not repent. There is no further salvation to be had after the rapture. There will be no believers after the rapture once the ark is gone it is gone.
Once you behold with your eyes a physical truth, faith stops at the last person who puts his belief and faith in Christ that he does not “see” with his eyes. In the “rapture”, it is said by Christ that all eyes will see His glorious sight and mourn. Salvation new cases will cease after the person sees Christ in Person.
Matthew 24:29 But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give her light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken;
Matthew 24:30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and 👉🏼they will see 👁🗨 the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
So once you are brought into the knowledge that Jesus is really the Savior, everything as He says in Scripture, what you possess at that point in is knowledge not faith. For salvation is by faith. And faith is the evidence of things unseen. This pair of Scripture alone refute the “ppl are saved after the rapture” theory.
In Luke 24, those who met the risen Christ were already believers before He died.
Luke 24:27 Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight.
Having dealt Scripturally with that argument I shall now proceed to present the scene that believers are mentioned in Revelation 9. No one that is saved is MIA or AWOL anywhere before the fifth trumpet.
1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.a 2He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 🏥 4They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, 👉🏼👉🏼but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
At this command are 👉🏼all the people on earth here not saved?
The verse mentions there are those who must not be harmed. I will also add the interpretation that biological locusts, the animal, are known to harm the crops by devouring and stripping all things green. Here’s an analogy. These “locusts” (type) are forbidden to harm
– the grass of the earth (type)
– green plant (type)
– trees (type)
These are actually people. The trees are those who are in Christ, mature believers who support the kingdom structures and provide teaching and pastoring to many seekers.
Reference Matthew 13, for the four types of seed medium where the Word is sown upon by the Son of Man.
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.[b] 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
At the fifth trumpet there are those whom God has sealed from tormenting for 150 days (5 Hebrew months).
5They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6And in those days people 🏥 will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.
Are these ppl all the people on earth?
No. Those who have the seal will not be affected by these locusts (type). The sealed believes are unscathed, as the 7,000 men that Hod his away in the days of Elijah. This happened just before Elisha was found by Elijah.
1 Kings 19:18 Yet will I leave [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.
7In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, 8their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth; 9they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.
Their weapons come from their tails. People are their targets of torment.
11They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.
12The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.
True believers will still be on deck to witness until the end of the First Woe (Sorrow). It is only said after the Sixth Trumpet that no one will repent anymore. We got a job to do if you are armed in the Spirit.
1 Kings 19:19 So he departed there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing, with twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him.
Whoever receives the mantle of Elijah, as Elisha, will carry on the prophetic ministry of Elijah against Akhab, evil king of Israel then, and the evil king of Israel at the time of the fifth trumpet in the near future- the /\ntichrist.
These will be the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11. The Lord says they are the Two Olive Trees, the Two Lampstands. They are the revived House of Yisro’El and the remnant of the Apostate Church in the last days. We shall stand witness for Christ against the /\ntichrist.