Today, as never before in humanity’s history events are revealing for us changes that are taking place in an ever-increasing manner, changes that are bringing about the fulfillment of that which God has already spoken. In reading the scriptures, with eyes of spiritual revelation and understanding, God is speaking to the lukewarm Christian community, imparting conditional knowledge purposed to shake them awake. In this awakening, a remnant people are truly beginning to see many things concerning God’s purpose that have remained hidden from the eyes and hearts of humanity until that which the prophet Daniel declares to be the time of the end. Dan. 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end …”
God speaks to us again in the Book of Revelation as John declares this same truth by proclaiming to us of a period of time when a progressive sounding of seven thunders would come forth. These seven thunders are the voices of progressive revelation, ministered through God’s messengers, which takes place over a time-period called the church age. Each progressive revelation reveals further truth, until the last or the seventh thunder sounds to proclaim that the mysteries of God are now finished. These mysteries are those hidden truths hidden from the understanding of carnal humanity. Rev. 10:2-4 & 7 declare, “He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea [heart of the carnal church] and his left foot on the land [carnal mind of natural man], and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them. … But in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as he declared to His servants the prophets”.
In this our understanding is being enlarged to see that God’s declared purpose is for a remnant to gain total victory over the sea (heart of the carnal church) as the messenger of God places his right foot on that sea. The sea speaks of the nations and their perverted, darkened world of deception. His left foot placed upon the land speaks of humanity in their carnal mind-set. With this carnal mind-set alive within humanity because of a fallen nature, it responds to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. However, by man gaining the victory in and through Christ Jesus and His finished work on the cross, God’s remnant people begin to sound out the fullness of Christ finished work in their lives. For even now, the messengers are sounding out the understanding of God’s completed mystery. In man knowing and understanding the days of this seventh messengers sounding, it speaks of God’s meaning of the number seven. “Seven” a number God uses to speak of “perfection, completeness and the fulfilling of unity among the Christ”, His head and His many member body, the firstfruits.
With the mystery of God being finished, man begins to behold God’s total redemptive plan. Its unfolding takes place as humankind begins to behold the final events that proceed according to the sounding out of God’s thunder. This last thunder, identified also as the seventh trumpet, speaks of another coming kingdom. This coming kingdom, proclaimed across the land today, ushers in a time when these present world kingdoms are destroyed. This is a changing of the guard, when God’s wrath comes to judge all sinful nations, which rule over man by that same sin nature. Judgment time has arrived to bring judgment against those who continue to rebel against God and His pre-offered sacrifice. A sacrifice that has the power and ability to forgive and overcome that same ingrained sin nature.
Man’s rebellion must give an answer to Jesus Christ, the cross and its completed work as well as to those who have overcome through that cross. Note that even now, in a loud clear sounding voice, the seventh trumpet is blowing to bring completion to God’s foreordained purpose. Rev. 11:15 & 17-19, “Then the seventh angel sounded: and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever! … saying: we give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should reward your servants the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth. Then the temple of God was opened in heaven [consider mans spirit with the Holy Spirit living within], and the ark of His covenant was seen in his temple [whose temple the redeemed are] …”
In these coming great events, no man shall be able to stand with an excuse. The time of opportunity even now stands at the door knocking. Unto all those who will hear, receive and open the door to one’s heart, God establishes them into His coming new world. The old natured world in man, crucified with Jesus because of the acceptance of this knocking Savior. In the receiving thereof, one world shall pass away by entering into God’s new world, first within the individual who then from within affects the world about him. Rom. 16:25-26, “Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but is now made manifest, and by the prophetic scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to faith”.
In light of the time of today’s sounding trumpet, in observing the spiritual climate among the Christian community, understanding and revelation reveals for us an existing condition. This condition places a large portion of this community into a place of rebellion concerning the present day progressive revelation of Gods revealed mysteries. In this, God confirms again through the Apostle Paul of His purpose and willingness to make known to His people the understanding of these mysteries. Eph. 1:9-10 states, “Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, in Him”.
In this, God’s good pleasure is to gather unto himself a people, a creation in which He may dwell within and them also dwelling in Him. That is to say, a people coming into a full measure of that which God purposed from before the beginning of all creation. Just what is the measure that God purposes for His people? Eph. 4:13-14, “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”.
Thus, we have a Christian community who for the most part, dwells in a place of rebellion because they refuse to hear and submit to today’s blowing trumpet of enlightenment concerning the mysteries of God. Today’s church must then consider a truth left for us concerning man’s sin nature and that is a desire to remain in darkness. As it is declared in John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil”. With this scripture speaking to the church, men who refuse the progressive light of revealed mysteries are choosing to walk in darkness as they refuse to come into and remain in God’s light. Even though the Christian community is given the opportunity to receive and walk in the progressive light called Jesus Christ, they for the most part desire to remain carnal in their mind-set and find themselves reverting back to darkness with the light they had becoming a greater darkness. Matt. 6:22-23, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
How could this failure be possible? The Apostle Paul again shares with us the truth of the church and its position during these last 2000 years from Jesus Christ. A church, while with every opportunity to receive and utilize the sent power and authority of the Holy Spirit, has chosen for the most part, to remain in a condition, which Paul calls a knowing and prophesying only in an in-part realm. 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away”. While opportunity has progressively been available, the church seems to desire only to remain in that in-part knowledge as they reject all that would move them into a standing before the perfect one, the Christ. Herein, they settle into comfort zones of complacency and rebellion, putting God and His ways off into some future event. This speaks of the need for destruction and wrath, a coming forth of the perfect one to separate the light from darkness and a bringing in of a harvest, first the first fruits and then the complete harvest.
Let us then take note of today’s sounding trumpet, a revealing of the mystery of God, a revelation of who Christ is and who we are in Him. Separation time has come; a call comes forth declaring, “Come out from among her”, leaving behind the carnal religious systems of darkness that abides in carnal and rebellious men, to enter into the light of Gods revealed mysteries. This is seeing Him as He is and therein becoming like Him. This is the time declared by God as a sounding thunder. Rev. 10:6, “And swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer”. (Also, read Eph. 3:1-11). In today’s season God is again saying, “Let there be light”. This light is the appearing of God’s firstfruits coming forth in His likeness and image.