The Last Countdown

Originally published on Friday, May 16, 2014 in German at www.letztercountdown.org

We need to take a look at a component of the Orion clock that we haven’t looked at yet, but before we do, let’s devote a little time to explore in more detail the divine biblical numbers that the four Orion cycles are based on.

The Divine Numbers and the Black Sheep

We learned the basic mathematics of God in the Orion presentation on slides 67-69. It is based on the numbers 3 and 4 and their sum and product of 7 and 12, respectively. These numbers play a prominent role in the whole Bible, and thus also in the Clock of God.

For those who think that we are dealing with numerology here, or that these numbers have no meaning, here are some quotes from Ellen White:

Peter had come to Christ with the question, “How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” The rabbis limited the exercise of forgiveness to three offenses. Peter, carrying out, as he supposed, the teaching of Christ, thought to extend it to seven, the number signifying perfection. But Christ taught that we are never to become weary of forgiving. Not “Until seven times,” He said, “but, Until seventy times seven.” {COL 243.1}

Let all bear in mind that the tree of life bears twelve manner of fruits. This represents the spiritual work of our earthly missions. The Word of God is to us the tree of life. Every portion of the Scripture has its use. In every part of the Word is some lesson to be learned. Then learn how to study your Bibles. This book is not a heap of odds and ends. It is an educator. Your own thoughts must be called into exercise before you can be really benefited by Bible study. Spiritual sinew and muscle must be brought to bear upon the Word. The Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance the words of Christ. He will enlighten the mind, and guide the research (Letter 3, 1898). {7BC 989.7}

The Judgment Cycle lasts 168 years. This can be represented by the following formula, which was given in Jesus’ oath to the two men on the banks of the river in Daniel 12 (see Orion presentation slides 70-74):

7 × (12 + 12) = 168

A biblical oath (to repeat oneself seven times) is a contract or pact. Jesus swore (7) to fulfill the promises of the old covenant (12) and (+) the new covenant (12) in the last days.

And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand [12] and [+] his left hand [12] unto heaven, and sware [7, multiplication with 7 = biblical oath] by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. (Daniel 12:7)

In the great 4032-year Orion cycle, we find a new form of this Orion formula:

168 × (12 + 12) = 4032

This shouldn’t be a surprise, because the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world. Thus the two covenants were also planned since the beginning of the world (see Genesis 3:15).

We find the number 168 again—even twice—in the Plague Cycle, which runs exactly 336 days:

168 + 168 = 336

The basic formula that makes up the number 168 makes the following cycles evenly divisible by the number 7; they are divisible by the number of perfection with no remainder.

Great Orion Cycle: 4032 ÷ 7 = 576
Judgment Cycle: 168 ÷ 7 = 24
Plague Cycle: 336 ÷ 7 = 48

Furthermore, in each case the end result of the division is an integer multiple of the number of the two covenants (12 + 12 = 24)—in other words, the results are multiples of 24:

Great Orion Cycle: 576 ÷ 24 = 24
Judgment Cycle: 24 ÷ 24 = 1
Plague Cycle: 48 ÷ 24 = 2

Now if we look at the Trumpet Cycle, we immediately notice a big difference:

The 624 days are neither divisible by 168, nor by 7, without a remainder.

The division 624 ÷ 24 results in 26. How should we understand this unusual heretofore unseen number 26?

There is only one answer...

13 + 13 = 26

13 is the number of the covenant with Satan... Satan always wants to be higher than God, and that is reflected in his covenant number 13 which is 1 greater than 12, the covenant number of God.

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (Isaiah 14:13)

When we write down the formula of the Trumpet Cycle as follows, it becomes apparent that we are in fact talking about a face-off between two opposing armies:

(13 + 13) × (12 + 12) = 624

While the 144,000 (12 × 12 × 1000), the remnant of two covenants, are fighting for God, they are standing against their enemies from Satan’s camp which is comprised of the church and state alliance (13 + 13). The Trumpet Cycle shows a direct confrontation, a real battle between good and evil. Thus, the events that we will find for the dates that God shows us in the clock will have to be the events of a battle. These events will reflect Satan’s actions and will bring all of his malice to light. Thus, the Trumpet Cycle is the cycle of Azazel, the “black sheep” of God’s creation.

In all of the other Orion cycles, it is God who exhorts, reproves, cleanses, punishes, and acts. In the Trumpet Cycle, however, we are confronted with the direct actions of Satan, and we will come to understand how much he hates us. But through his terrible attacks, Satan can only accomplish something against those who have not accepted God’s warnings and the true doctrines of the preceding Judgment Cycle. Until Yom Kippur 2014, there is still time to study what we have been instructed to say with the Fourth Angel’s Message. Anyone who wants to stand for God in this decisive battle for the 144,000 has to mold his life and his faith according to the divine doctrines which are displayed in the Orion Clock and in the Vessel of Time. If we want to endure, we need to understand and accept God’s character.

Before we can get down to a more detailed consideration of the newly found cycles, we still need to work through two prophetic concepts in the Bible in order to get a clearer picture of how these Orion cycles fit into the overall concept of God’s salvation plan for the universe. This leads us to the book of Revelation on one hand, and to the book of Ezekiel on the other. There we will find the gold and eye salve for Laodicea.

The Carillon of the Clock of God

Impressive carillonI have already emphasized many times that Revelation 4 depicts the blueprint or construction plan for the Clock of God. Almost every Adventist interpreter agrees that the chapter starts in the year 1844 with the opening of the door to the Most Holy Place:

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:; and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)

We already analyzed the following verses in detail in previous studies:

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. [We understand that this is the Orion Belt with three stars, which symbolizes the Divine Trio on one throne.] And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. [This is God the Father on His throne, as He went first into the courtroom of the Most Holy Place as is shown in the parallel passage of Daniel 7.] And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. [The 24 elders represent the 24-hour wheel of the Orion clock.] And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. [The seven stars of Orion.] And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: [the Orion Nebula] and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. [The 4 seraphim indicate the time. They are the hands of the Orion clock.] And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. [The seraphim also represent the character qualities of Jesus, which is an early indication that the clock symbolizes Jesus Himself.] And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. [Triple “holy” is the Divine Trio, but “he who is to come” is again Jesus and His second coming, which has been represented through the Orion clock ever since its existence, since its creation.] (Revelation 4:2-8)

But what should we do with the next verse?

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, [Then] the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:9-11)

When the first version of the Orion study appeared in early 2010, I realized that the blueprint of the Clock of God in Revelation 4 showed yet another feature. At that time, I even wrote the first version of the article Seven Steps to Eternity and explained the feature. I had recognized correctly that the scenes of the four living creatures and the elders worshiping represented something like a heavenly carillon of the Clock of God, because the symbolic seraphim and elders show a recurring function. It would occur only at certain times like how a carillon works. Carillons also sound only at certain special times.

In that article I tried to harmonize the similar recurring worship scenes in Revelation with the seals that I had found in the Orion clock. But soon I took the article down because I realized that my first interpretation of the position of the seals was wrong, and thus that interpretation of the carillon scenes was also in question.

Again and again I tried to harmonize the carillon, but obviously the time had not yet come. Thus in versions 2 and 3 of the Orion presentation, new findings appeared without a solution to this obviously important function of the clock. It is important, because it is mentioned so often in Revelation according to the Hebrew literary principle of emphasis by repetition.

We found the Great Orion Cycle in early 2013. I followed the inspiration to use it as the new content for the new edition of the Seven Steps to Eternity article, but again we published this new knowledge without being able to perfectly interpret the carillon scenes. That’s why we still didn’t mention it at that time.

Only after the Holy Spirit came down to our humble temple in Paraguay in the form of the Fourth Angel of Revelation 18 on January 31/February 1, 2014—only after He had given us the light about the last two Orion cycles could I start to understand through His guidance what God wanted to show us with the carillon of His “great clock of time” {DA 32.1}.

I’ve started to give this brief history of our receiving the new light without considering the reader who because of their national or cultural circumstances might not even know what a carillon is. So let me catch you up by sharing the following example of the carillon of the New City Hall in my hometown of Munich, which will serve well for this.

The largest carillon in Germany is at approximately the level of the city hall roof. Two events from the history of Munich are presented in the stage area: the main theme is the celebration of the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V with Renate of Lorraine in February 1568, on which occasion there was a knights’ tournament on Mary’s Square (Marienplatz). At this competition, the Bavarian knight triumphed over his opponent from Lorraine. In addition to the royal couple and his chamberlain, there are 16 other characters in the scene. On the lower floor the coopers are dancing; after a severe plague epidemic, the coopers were the first to venture back onto the streets to cheer up the population with a dance. Since then, the Dance of the Munich Coopers takes place every seven years.

The carillon, with a total of 43 bells, is a main tourist attraction running daily at 11 and 12 o’clock, and also at 5 o’clock in the afternoon from March to October. [translated]

I also found this fitting comment on Wikipedia:

For historic technical reasons, carillons are often found on astronomical clocks or in connection with bell towers. [translated]

Who would deny that the Clock of God in Orion is an astronomical clock!?

The carillon of the Munich City Hall has some semblance to the worship scene in Revelation 4 (and later recurrences):

  1. In the carillon, a scene is shown in honor of one or more high-ranking personalities.
  2. The carillon presents a historical event as its theme (the royal wedding, and the end of the plague).
  3. A carillon can have more than one event.
  4. It depicts a happy event or an event that marks the end of a terrible time.
  5. Various figures depict the event, and you can differentiate classes (knights, jesters, musicians, coopers).
  6. Certain melodies or songs that are associated with the event are played over and over again.
  7. The carillon only takes place at the fixed times appointed and follows a precise schedule.

We will find all of these elements over and over again in our study of the carillon of the Clock of God.

Now our task is to figure out how this divine carillon works, and find out when and why it plays and what message God wants to give us through it.

First, let’s make a list of all occurrences of the divine carillon in Revelation:

Carillon Verses of Revelation
1 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:9-11)
2 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:8-10)
3 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (Revelation 5:11-6:1)
4 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. (Revelation 7:9-12)
5 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. 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. (Revelation 11:15-18)
6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. (Revelation 19:1-4)

 

The door to the Most Holy Place opened before John (Rev. 4:1) and he was allowed to see the book with seven seals. That book, according to Ellen White, spans the entire history of mankind.

We ask John what he saw and heard in the vision at Patmos, and he answers: “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” {20MR 197.1}

There in His open hand lay the book, the roll of the history of God’s providences, the prophetic history of nations and the church. Herein was contained the divine utterances, His authority, His commandments, His laws, the whole symbolic counsel of the Eternal, and the history of all ruling powers in the nations. In symbolic language was contained in that roll the influence of every nation, tongue, and people from the beginning of earth’s history to its close. {20MR 197.2}

The carillon plays six times in front of him, and every time there is an important statement and some variations which we will now analyze. We must not be distracted either by the apostle’s location in time in the vision, nor by the external circumstances in the vision. We need to focus on which historical event is spoken about in each carillon and what it stands for symbolically. Then, for each symbolic carillon that John was allowed to see and hear, we will know which cycle and star belong with it.

To say it in terms of the Munich City Hall: we do not care that the carillon sounds every day at 12 o’clock, but we want to know what event the carillon symbolizes. It was the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V with Renate of Lorraine in 1568 one time, and the other time it was the end of the terrible plague of 1515 to 1517.

1st Carillon: The Creation

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:9-11)

Although in the vision the apostle is located in 1844, the worshipers clearly name the reason for their worship: The Creation. It is somewhat difficult to judge from the text whether it is God the Father or the Son being honored here. But after all, it was the will of God the Father for everything to be created through the Son. Let’s examine the other carillons, and then it will become clear that the reason for the solemn scene is always something great that Jesus did. The Lamb as such does not appear until Chapter 5, which will take us to His next great achievement.

Regardless, it does not matter for our analysis at the moment whether it is the Father or the Son or both being honored here, because the Creation was the decision of the whole Divine Council. It took place in order to create man, who was to replace the fallen one-third of the angelic hosts. This was a major event on the sixth day of creation, which was marked for all time in a carillon of Orion.

God created man for His own glory, that after test and trial the human family might become one with the heavenly family. It was God’s purpose to re-populate heaven with the human family, if they would show themselves obedient to His every word. Adam was to be tested, to see whether he would be obedient, as the loyal angels, or disobedient. If he stood the test, his instruction to his children would have been only of loyalty. His mind and thoughts would have been as the mind and thoughts of God. He would have been taught by God as His husbandry and building. His character would have been moulded in accordance with the character of God (Letter 91, 1900). {1BC 1082.4}

We explained the beginning of the first 4032-year Great Orion Cycle in the article Christmas 2.0, and it all started with Saiph, the star of the white horse, which pointed to exactly October 27, 4037 B.C. (Julian date) as the Friday evening of the creation of the first Adam. Thereafter, the six millennia of human history began to run their course toward the second coming of Jesus. The biblical text speaks of the creation as a completed act in the past tense, which highlights the end of God’s creative act shortly before sunset on Friday as the climax.

At that time in our study, we were wondering whether the Great Cycle began with the completion of the creation act or with the fall of Adam. The carillon now gives us the clear biblical proof that it was not the saddest event in the history of mankind, but a very happy one, which launched time-reckoning for this planet in the plan of salvation.

2nd Carillon: Jesus’ First Advent and Crucifixion

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:8-10)

The star of the white horse of the completed Great Orion Cycle came around again after exactly 4032 years and pointed to the birth of the second Adam, who overcame wherein the first Adam had failed. The second major step in the plan of salvation had been reached. The Son of God became the man Jesus in the flesh and had entered upon His divinely appointed service here on earth. That service would finally lead to the justification and redemption of mankind, through His sacrifice which they accept in loving obedience.

We, the High Sabbath Adventists, even know the exact date of Jesus’ incarnation, as we explained in the article Christmas 2.0. This major universal event took place on October 27 again, this time in the year 5 B.C., in perfect accordance with the 70-week plan that was shown to the prophet Daniel. Jesus was crucified and His blood was shed in the middle of last week on May 25, 31 A.D. Jesus was crucified and bought us with His blood, just as it says in the verses above.

It is a little bit difficult to accurately separate the two carillons of Revelation 5 because they happen so close together one after the other. One is at the handing-over of the book of seven seals, and the other is at the opening of the first seal, as we shall see in the next section.

In Chapter 5, there was the question of who was entitled to receive the book of seven seals from the hand of the Father and to open its seals. We know that Jesus went into the Most Holy Place in October of 1844, which was the second possible Day of Atonement. His Father had gone in one month earlier on the first possibility for the Day of Atonement. A vision of Ellen White tells us what happened:

Those who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them out a little way [the month between the first and second Yom Kippur 1844]. Then He raised His right arm, and we heard His lovely voice saying, “Wait here; I am going to My Father to receive the kingdom; keep your garments spotless, and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to Myself.” Then a cloudy chariot, with wheels like flaming fire, surrounded by angels, came to where Jesus was. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where the Father sat. {EW 55.1}

The only One who was worthy to receive the book and the kingdom was Jesus, the Lamb that was slain. It all goes back to the central major event in the plan of redemption, and Saiph is the star which again points to it at the completion of the Great Orion Cycle. However, it is on the occasion of the celebration of the handing-over of the book that John sees a performance of this carillon in honor of Jesus’ incarnation and crucifixion. We must not be fooled into connecting this carillon directly with 1844, because that’s not the most important historical event that God draws attention to through this carillon.

We should also briefly ask the question of why in the Great Orion Cycle, Saiph does not point to the cross but to the incarnation of Jesus. On the vast scale of the Great Cycle, one might assume that it is because the 34 years of the Lord’s life only cover one or two clocks ticks. However, we can explain why it was not directly the cross that was chosen for the carillon (though of course it is mentioned). On one hand, we have repeatedly said that Jesus’ incarnation and the associated loss of His divine powers—such as omnipresence—is almost an even greater sacrifice than the cross itself. On the other hand, we can see in the sequence of the carillons that they always mark joyful events. Although the crucifixion represents a joyous event in its redemptive effect, one still has mixed feelings as to whether one really wants to call it a “happy event”. That is probably why God chose the incarnation of Jesus, and Ellen White confirmed that the Orion Clock does point to it:

So in heaven’s council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. {CS 28.3; CTr.34.3}

3rd Carillon: The Opening of the First Seal

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. (Revelation 5:11-6:1)

We can associate the verses of Revelation 5:11-13 with the solemn entry of Jesus into the Most Holy Place (October 22, 1844). After that comes the handing over of the book with the seven seals, which took two earthly years. Then the new carillon in a sense marks the finalization of the solemn handover. In contrast to how the major historic event of Jesus’ sacrifice (5 B.C. to 31 A.D.) was brought to our remembrance by the carillon’s performance at the prelude of the Judgment Cycle (1844), we are now seeing a carillon which takes place at the time the prophet is located in his vision, and also represents that historical major event itself: the opening of the first seal.

Based on Adventist history, this took place in December of 1846 when the first Adventists—especially James and Ellen White—accepted the Sabbath truth. After all the soiling of the gospel and the ever-worsening apostasy of the churches, God finally had a pure church on earth again: the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was to be the Lord’s intended vessel to bear the three angels’ messages. (Please note that the chapter and verse numbers in the Bible were added later, and that Revelation 6:1 should be read together with the previous verses of Revelation 5 in order to see clearly that the two carillons mark the beginning and end of the solemn ceremony of the handing-over of the book of seven seals.)

Which star points to this historic and wonderfully joyful event, the opening of the first seal? Again, it is none other than Saiph, the star of the White Horse and the Lion of Judah. Thus the beginning of the second Orion cycle for the judgment is especially acknowledged by a carillon in God’s plan.

If we believe that we understand the scheme now and hope to find a carillon every time Saiph passes in each cycle, then we will be disappointed or surprised at the next carillon...

4th Carillon: The Completed Sealing of the 144,000

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. (Revelation 7:9-12)

To find out where we are in the flow of time, we should read the verses that precede this scene:

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 Nepthalim 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. (Revelation 7:1-8)

The carillon comes after the 144,000 are completely sealed and also after the total number of martyrs (the great multitude of Revelation 7:9) has been reached to testify for God the Father. That is when they symbolically stand before the throne with their white robes of justification by faith.

The beginning of the intense phase of persecution in the fifth seal is shown in Orion with Saiph for autumn 2014. The prophet John is already at the end of that phase, so the carillon can’t be a reference to that. Neither can it mean the beginning of the Trumpet Cycle on February 1, 2014, which of course also starts with Saiph, because the intense phase of the sealing of the 144,000 was just beginning with the first trumpet. We will have to think carefully about why we don’t find carillons for those two Saiph passages.

Nevertheless, from our preliminary studies it is very easy to tell which day in human history the carillon of Revelation 7 sounds... it is October 17, 2015. It is the day when our Lord will cease His intercessory service and begin to change from His priestly robes to His royal ones. It is also the day on which the door of mercy for the rest of humanity will be closed. After that, no one except the 144,000 will reach the coming of Jesus and be saved. All of the martyrs will have finished giving their testimony by that time. We can be sure that Revelation 7 acknowledges this historic moment with a carillon.

Why is the closing of the door of mercy on mankind a joyous occasion for God? Because then the trial of the Father will finally be settled. The final battle for the souls of men will have been fought. Everyone will have made his decision and chosen one side or the other, and the only thing left will be the year of plagues during which nobody will change their decision or their side. God and the universe will have gained the greatest victory if—yes if—the 144,000 will really be found and sealed by that time.

Then, all the angels, the four living creatures and the elders can legitimately fall down like the great multitude mentioned beforehand:

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 7:12)

This expresses the clear victory of the Father against the prosecution of the adversary, Satan, in the conflict over His glory and power. All the angels are witnesses that created beings (the 144,000 and the martyrs), shall have accomplished their part in the plan of redemption. Yet, there is still one final work remaining... the 144,000 still have to go through the time of plagues without an intercessor, without sinning.

5th Carillon: The Beginning of the Time of Plagues

Just one week later, which for earthly time—and more so heavenly time—is only a moment, we are back to a passing of Saiph...

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. 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. (Revelation 11:15-18)

In looking for the historical event that is referenced in this carillon, we mustn’t be fooled by the first verse, which comes before the carillon. The first verse of this sequence, Revelation 11:15, is just one more confirmation of our view that the sounding of the seventh trumpet is about the fourth carillon that shows the victory of God the Father and the Son (His Anointed One). Satan’s lie will be unmasked—that there would not be even 144,000 created beings who would acknowledge the authority of God out of love and would obey His righteous commandments. But at that time, the ultimate proof for the universe has yet to commence. The 144,000 must show their allegiance to the God of the universe by loving obedience not only in word, but also in deed, through the power of the Holy Spirit who will lead them through this great time of tribulation with 372 daily rations.

At the conclusion of the Trumpet Cycle on October 17, 2015, Satan will have lost the case and thus his power over the earth will finally be taken from him. On October 24, 2015, Jesus Christ will be wearing His kingly robe. On that day, the twenty four elders will be fully justified in saying that “Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.” Whether they believe it or not, everyone will see that confirmed on October 25, 2015 when the gamma-ray burst of the first plague falls upon the unrepentant.

The following verse summarizes all of the events that will occur just before and during the Plague Cycle:

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. (Revelation 11:18)

When will the nations be angry? The four winds of the Third World War will be loosed in the sixth trumpet. That is being visibly announced in all of the preceding trumpets too, but so far it has been ignored by most. At that time, the winds of the sixth trumpet will no longer be held, and thus the nations will be angry and will fight each other.

The wrath of God will come right at the first crossing of Saiph in the Plague Cycle. The plea of the martyrs under the altar of the fifth seal will then be fulfilled, and recompense will be given to those who do not repent. Those who will have destroyed the earth with their wars (presumably with nuclear weapons) will now receive their judgment from Betelgeuse and the seven plague angels. The reward for the faithful of God will come at the end of the year of plagues. We learn all of this from God’s wonderful and joyful carillon at the beginning of the year of plagues. The period of uncertainty will then be over, and the restrictions that the trial has placed on God will be lifted. God will finally be able to take care of His people with all His power without any further regard to Satan’s accusations. Those who have suffered a Job experience like we have, and have gone through the experience of Ezekiel when he was bearing the sins of God’s people (Ezekiel 4)—those who for years have had to endure the ridicule, indifference and rejection of their own brethren while giving these last messages of God’s grace—those are the ones who can estimate the joy with which the plague year will begin for all who will then see the confirmation of their true great hope of the glorious appearing of the Lord.

6th Carillon: The End of the Time of Plagues

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. (Revelation 19:1-4)

The date of the destruction of the great whore’s New World Order is already marked on our overview diagram of the timelines of Daniel. The following will happen on September 24, 2016, exactly 30 days before the coming of our Lord:

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 [the New World Order] was divided into three parts [the alliance of the dragon, the false prophet and the beast breaks apart], 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 judgment of the great whore of the carillon of Revelation 19]. 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 [people still blaspheme despite all the seven plagues, because there are still 30 days left till Jesus’ coming]. (Revelation 16:17-21)

The blood of the servants of the Lord will be avenged, and the souls under the altar will only have one month to “wait” till their resurrection. We find ourselves back at the star Saiph. The Lion of Judah, the King of kings, will have justly executed His vengeance as His righteous ones had pleaded of Him. He will have reversed the process of creation for those who did not want to live forever in His kingdom of love and justice. He will have replaced all the gracious trumpet warnings with merciless punishments. It is done! The Plague Cycle has ended, but despite all the joy for it in heaven and among the righteous, there are still none among the unjust living who will give glory to God. Less than 30 days remain until what is written in Revelation 3:9 comes to pass:

Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another’s feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man’s hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. {EW 15.1}

The Missing Carillons

With four Orion cycles and thus four rounds of the clock, we passed the star of the white horse, Saiph, a total of eight times. However, we “only” found six carillons. There must be a reason why! The missing carillons at Saiph passages are:

  1. Autumn of 2014, in the Judgment Cycle
  2. January 31/February 1, 2014, at the beginning of the Trumpet Cycle

If we want complete harmony in our interpretation, we need to understand why there are no carillons during these two Saiph passages.

What will happen in autumn of 2014? We will come to the star of the white horse in the Judgment Cycle, and thus the “hot” phase of the fifth seal will finally begin:

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:9-11)

Again and again I want to emphasize that this fifth seal consists of two phases. In the first phase, the “souls under the altar” complain that God obviously has too much patience with the earth’s inhabitants. With impatience and a tone of reproach they direct their urgent plea for vengeance to God... “How long…dost thou not judge and avenge?” Isn’t this the same language that we use while impatiently waiting for the great visible events like the fireballs and the Sunday Law? The fifth seal began to open in 2010 with the Orion Message and we were expecting the persecution already for 2012 at the beginning of the judgment of the living. But then we still had to wait out a whole year of grace until the big moves in the Vatican took place. There was the sensational papal resignation, the election of the first Jesuit pope and the establishment of his generals world-wide—all of which we predicted to the day. But after all that, it got a little quieter again for the Adventist people, who are only eager for the Sunday Law. Apparently there is nothing else that can awaken them from their “Sleeping Beauty” slumber.

The beginning of the Trumpet Cycle promised greater events. There was Russia’s burning of the green grass of Crimea and its falling like a burning mountain into the sea of the peoples of Europe in the eastern Ukraine, but not even that could deter the scoffers from further mocking God and us. They still recklessly declare that everything is null and void and out of harmony with the prophetic texts. In the last part of this article series, I will show how wrong they are and that it was even prophesied that the warnings would be enriched with so much grace that the doubters would have enough to feed their doubts.

Then comes Jesus’ promise in the above Bible passage that a phase of killing and persecution will come, and then the number of desperately waiting souls under the altar will be made up. The small two-and-a-half-year period of peace between spring 2012 and autumn 2014 will then be over. Woe unto all those who have neither understood the text nor recognized that the Judgment Cycle of Orion has always pointed to the autumn of 2014 in the northern hemisphere. Although there have now been three versions of the Orion presentation, each embellished with our growing knowledge, the year dates and the original reading of the great clock of time has never changed. Since January 2010, every reader could see with his own eyes the only future year date that is marked on the dial of the Judgment Cycle of the Orion Clock: 2014. Saiph points to this current year, specifically the Day of Atonement.

Unfortunately, it is in no way a joyous event that must take place now. There is only a very small part of the Adventist church which is purified and approved by God. The vast majority of the workers of the 11th hour have not been found yet, and they even have to come from other denominations outside the Adventist Church since it is so apostate that among its 18 million members, not even 144,000 can be found as witnesses for God the Father.

These circumstances alone are enough for us to understand why no happy carillon is ringing at this time. The situation that we are experiencing here on the front lines in Paraguay is also more than startling and sobering. We are in the phase of Elijah, who desperately asked God:

And he [Elijah]said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. (1 Kings 19:14)

And God answered him:

Yet I have left me seven thousand [the 144,000] in Israel [in the Christian churches], all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. (1 Kings 19:18)

We do not see the 144,000! Our number is small, and it seems that the little true church of God will fall or perish. And yet our confidence in the promises of God still transcends any doubt. This is the motivation and driving force to continue and not let our love for the brethren cool down. We aren’t leaving them in ignorance and darkness without passing on our knowledge to them, which has been daily extended by the Holy Spirit, whether they want to hear it or not. With each new publication—be it on our website or on Facebook—we are accused of hate speech, scare tactics, fear-mongering and being unloving, even though the love of God is in fact what drives us to continue to warn the brethren and wipe their spit from our faces.

Thus both Saiph passages take place at the times of highest tension in the Supreme Court of the Judgment in Heaven as well as under the sweat of Gethsemane for the few witnesses for God the Father that have been found so far. We call this time the judgment of the living, because living people now have to rise from the apostate majority as the last generation.

The Bible even refers to the judgment of the living phase as the silence in heaven during the opening of the seventh seal. We have shown in the first part of this article series that the silence covers the period of 1260 days or 3½ years, spanning from May 6, 2012 to October 17, 2015. The two Saiph passages where no carillon sounds fall right in this extremely strenuous period. The whole universe desires with bated breath to know whether enough witnesses can be found for the Father for Him to will win the case. It is no wonder that there is no carillon then, in order not to interrupt this silence in heaven. The absence of these carillons ultimately provides even more proof that we were led by the Holy Spirit in our interpretation; it is He who “will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)

The White Horse and the Cleansing

We have now found the milestones of God’s salvation plan for the universe in the Clock of God in Orion. Whenever we come to the Star of the White Horse in a cycle, we are witnessing a historical event that represents a new turn in the great plan to liberate the universe from sin. The following table summarizes all of these milestones once again:

Carillon Cycle Saiph Pass Date Cleansing Event
1 Great Orion Cycle 1 October 27, 4037 B.C. Humanity is created to replace the fallen angels in heaven. The first Adam would fall, but the second Adam together with the last generation will develop the anti-serum against sin in the universe. A cleansed human race will one day replace the unclean angels.
2 Great Orion Cycle 2 October 27, 5 B.C. Jesus Christ, the second Adam, becomes human to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. His life and readiness to sacrifice will be the model for the last generation. Justification by faith received its foundation. Where the first Adam had become unclean, Jesus lived a pure life.
3 Judgment Cycle 1 December, 1846 There is a purified church on earth, which has also accepted the Sabbath truth. The opening of the seven seals has commenced as has the investigative judgment, and the last generation is being developed to stand through the year of plagues without intercession. God cleanses a nation to be kings and priests.
none Trumpet Cycle 1 February 1, 2014 The light of the Fourth Angel is completely given in the revealing of the trumpet and plague cycles. The authority to prophesy these last cycles in the name of God comes to Paraguay. Meanwhile, the last great battle prior to the Millennium begins against the army of Satan.
none Judgment Cycle 2 Autumn of 2014 This is the last major cleansing step in the investigative judgment. Beginning of the "hot" phase of the fifth seal and beginning of the disasters that will lead to the Sunday Law. The wheat will be separated from the tares under difficult circumstances.
4 Trumpet Cycle 2 October 17, 2015 The last martyr has died, and all 144,000 are sealed. Now God really has a cleansed people on earth—the last generation—who will give their testimony and can now stand the last test without Intercessor through the time of plagues.
5 Plague Cycle 1 October 25, 2015 The earth has been released from Satan’s claim to power, and now the Lord Jesus has the full right to be Lord of the earth also. Now His punishments can come. The false Christ, who already walks the earth, can do nothing against the cleansing plagues. The gamma-ray burst of Betelgeuse represents the true cleansing fire that William Miller believed he had found at the end of the 2300-day prophecy.
6 Plague Cycle 2 September 24, 2016 The earth will be cleansed of the New World Order and the Great Whore. This paves the way for Jesus’ second coming. The world empires have crumbled and the cities of the heathen are destroyed. On the symbolic heights of the holy Mt. Zion, God’s last generation are waiting for deliverance from the hand of their enemies and for the resurrection of their friends and families at the second coming of Jesus 30 days later.

 

 

The Climax of the Great Conflict

Anyone who has been paying attention would have already discovered the unusual twist in the middle of the cycle. The Trumpet Cycle begins on February 1, 2014, before the Judgment Cycle reaches Saiph in autumn of the same year. Diligent students of prophecy are familiar with this twist already because the mirror-image structure makes up the whole book of Revelation (as well as many other prophetic books).

In his German essay about the literary structure of the book of Revelation, Rolf J. Poehler from Friedensau Adventist University writes:

That the Apocalypse is an inseparable and interlocking unit is clear not only through its symmetrical pattern, but in addition, its individual parts are also connected together in an interlocking chiastic pattern. Anyone who has ever tried to cleanly delineate the main sections of the book from each other, however, is hit with how reluctant the book is to be decomposed that way into its component parts. A rethinking is needed, which is radical to the analytical occidental mind: instead of isolating the individual vision cycles and separating them from one another, it is important to recognize how they mutually interlock and what significance that has for the interpretation. [translated]

A pictorial representation of the structure of Revelation’s chapters clearly illustrates what the author says:

Mirror structure of Revelation

Now let us compare the structure of the historical events which the heavenly carillon points to. The prologue is the war in heaven and the casting out of one third of the angels to the earth. It corresponds to the epilogue of the millennium and the subsequent end of all sin in the universe. That is the great framework of God’s salvation plan for the universe, from the first appearance of sin up to its utter and eternal extinction.

Meshing Chiasm of the Carillon

One can see at a glance that both diagrams have exactly the same basic structure of the interlocking chiasm. This is amazing when you consider that without the Orion cycles, it would never have been possible to discover the two carillons that are “hidden” during the period of silence in heaven.

We will find something else through the Orion cycles in the article about The Secret of Ezekiel. That biblical connection will give us specific information about the events in the Trumpet Cycle that no one could have seen before. Thus the book of seven seals that Jesus wrote in the heavens proves itself once again to be a valuable addition to the books of the Bible, and the Bible itself points to its existence and asks us to eat it (Ezekiel 2:9-3:3). Whoever denies the existence of this book denies not only Ellen White who confirmed it, but also denies the Bible. It is a bogus argument of many (apostate) Protestants to withdraw to “sola scriptura” in such cases to deny the importance or existence of extra-biblical books in the interpretation of prophecy, when the Bible itself requires it.

For example... Paul tells us:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (Romans 13:1-2)

How do I know what the authorities require if I do not know my country’s laws? And where are the laws written? In the respective law books. If I deny their existence and I withdraw to “sola scriptura,” then I cannot obey the authorities as the Bible requires, because every extra-biblical book would be non-existent or unimportant for me. Do you understand what I mean? How much worse do we behave when we deny the existence of holy heavenly books that Jesus Himself has pointed to?

By directly comparing the two sides of the interlocking chiastic structure of the carillons according to how they are revealed in the heavenly book of seven seals, we can discover even more beautiful harmonies that to this day have been hidden from human eyes:

From Creation of Mankind to Repopulation of Heaven
vs.
The Seventh Plague destroys man’s New World Order

The purpose of the creation of mankind was clearly shown in this article with a quote from Ellen White. 6,000 years of sin were to elapse on this planet until God had cleansed the full number of His “kings and priests”. These were to replace the rebels in heaven, who long ago had risen against God and had declared His orders unjust. These rebels found their followers on earth in people ranging from the builders of the Tower of Babel all the way to the string-pullers of the New World Order, who want to set up Satan’s world dominion. But (hopefully) God the Father will win the case against the rebels and their leader, and thereby gain the right to destroy the kingdom of the accuser forever with the plagues. The seventh plague finishes this destruction of Satan’s world empire.

Jesus Christ’s First Coming and Crucifixion
vs.
The first plague falls to punish those who do not belong to Jesus

One level higher in the chiasm, the largest and most beautiful moment in the plan of salvation is compared with the most miserable and saddest. God gave His only begotten Son out of love for the people, so that all who would love and accept Him would receive eternal life. But the vast majority of people living on the planet today will fail the big test. In other words, they will have condemned themselves to eternal death because they denied the voice that spoke from heaven and did not want to accept the gene of life. All of them—without exception—will suffer the first death in the plagues at the latest, and after the millennium the second death. Those who transgress the Sabbath of the Lord and accept the mark of the beast, Sunday observance, will even get an especially nasty plague that will make their transgression of God’s commandments a visible mark on their own body. As Jesus was presented on the cross flayed and disfigured to the gaping crowd, so now God presents to humanity the consequence of rejecting His grace.

Jesus Christ opens the first seal in the Judgment
vs.
The fifth seal opens completely for the work of the witnesses

The opening of the first seal was done by the rider on the white horse; Jesus Christ Himself founded the Seventh-day Adventist church on earth. When they accepted the Sabbath truth, there was once again a small group of people on earth who could truly be described as God’s people. For 168 years until the end of the judgment of the dead, they had the responsibility to warn the people not to accept the mark of the beast. The third angel’s message was to prepare the people to be witnesses for God the Father and to strengthen and arm them for the last great battle in the judgment of the living. In the "hot" phase of the fifth seal, this group of people consisting of martyrs and the 144,000 will have to prove whether they will stay faithful to God under persecution and death threats. The crossover which we know from the basic structure of Revelation now represents both Saiph passages of the Judgment Cycle as being in perfect relation. Such harmony is found in the carillons, warning us from heaven to stay faithful to God in all circumstances!

First Trumpet: the beginning of the Sealing of the 144,000
vs.
Seventh Trumpet: the end of the Sealing of the 144,000

On January 31/February 1, 2014 the fourth angel of Revelation 18 came down with power, and through him we could recognize the Trumpet and Plague Cycles. We will show in more detail in a later article that the sealing time of the 144,000 began. That is shown in Ezekiel 9 by the man with the writer’s inkhorn. During this time—at least until the sixth trumpet—the four winds are still being held so that the sealing of the 144,000 can be completed. It will be finished when all the 144,000 witnesses for God the Father can be fully presented before the Supreme Judge of the universe, and He can quit His intercessory service in the Most Holy Place at the sounding of the seventh trumpet and issue His judgment in favor of God the Father. Then the world empires will belong to our Lord. Again the Saiph crossings of the Trumpet Cycle match, like the Saiph crossings of the Judgment Cycle, and are put together harmoniously by the apocalyptic crossover structure.

Chiasmus—the literary device—does not reflect our usual way of reading a book, wherein the climax is usually reached at the end of the work. The chiasm is built up in layers like a pyramid, and the top of the pyramid represents the culmination of the entire work. The carillons span the entire history of humanity from the creation of Adam till the end of the plagues; thus through the vision that He gave John, Jesus Himself explains to us which events count as the heart of the plan of salvation for God and the universe. They are the two carillons in the center of the chiasm, which are inaudible because of the silence in heaven: The time of the sealing of the 144,000 and the time of the testimony of the martyrs and other persecuted ones under the Sunday Laws. Both events run almost parallel with a time difference of only eight months within the last 624 days of the judgment of the living. The sealing of the 144,000 began on February 1, 2014, while the persecution won’t begin until autumn of 2014. Until then, there will still be mercy and time for study and character preparation.

The climax of the Great Controversy is the great battle which is now in progress between those who have made their covenant with Satan (13 + 13) and those who have made their covenant with the King of kings (12 + 12). What I pointed out in the first part of this series is now confirmed biblically and definitively: it is not the Battle of Armageddon that is the peak of the conflict between good and evil, but rather our present time of spiritual warfare against evil forces (and unfortunately also against affected brethren).

The true ultimate climax of the Great Controversy thus depends upon created beings—namely, we humans. Heaven is silently observing whether or not we will manage to do the greater works which Jesus prophesied of us. Will we prove ourselves worthy of Our High Calling?

Yet again... The Divine Trio

If we consider the “audible” carillons alone and exclude the “hidden” ones for a moment, we can see that God presents the work of the Divine Trio again in the form of a structure with two triplets.

The first three carillons are indicative of creative acts in the history of the plan of salvation for the universe:

  1. The birth of mankind (4037 B.C.) by decision of God the Father
  2. The birth or incarnation of Jesus Christ (5 B.C.) as His voluntary sacrifice
  3. The birth of the purified church (1846) through the work of the Holy Spirit

The last three “audible” carillons stand in the chiasm as the completing acts. Everything that was started in the first three carillons is finished in the last three.

  1. On October 17, 2015, at the sounding of the seventh trumpet the Holy Spirit will pour out the 372 daily rations for the 144,000 for the time of plagues. The last generation to emerge from the Advent faith (not the organization) will then be ready for its final test.
  2. On October 25, 2015, Jesus Christ, dressed in royal robes, commands the plagues to begin. The punishment will start for His enemies who rejected Him and His sacrifice.
  3. On September 24, 2016, God the Father will declare that the plan of redemption on earth has been accomplished because mankind can now fulfill its original purpose: “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.” (Revelation 16:17) Thus Jesus receives the right to take His people from the earth, and to populate heaven anew... Now, His Second Coming can happen.

I don’t want to end this article without pointing out how few among the whole of humanity are truly entering through the strait gate. This should make all of us feel sad, because the Divine Trio has really done everything possible to give every single one of them a golden opportunity for eternal life. It is up to us to strive to achieve the perfection of God’s character and to want to live a sinless life in all holiness. God will fulfill for us the rest as He promised in Philippians 2:13.

Each reader should ask himself whether he really belongs to this group and heeds the counsel of the Spirit of Prophecy:

Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand (The Review and Herald, March 9, 1905). {7BC 970.10}

If so, you would also recognize all three aspects from the three parts of the seal of the 144,000, as Revelation 3:12 describes it:

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, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12)

Examine yourselves!

It is not His will that they [God’s people] shall get into controversy over questions which will not help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question.—Selected Messages 1:174 (1901). {LDE 269.1}

If we are to strive to be among the 144,000, do you think that it would be a good motivation to strive because we do not want to see death? What does it mean to really take on the character of Jesus? What was Jesus willing to give up for the universe, so that all created beings could continue to live in it? Ask the brethren in the Adventist churches (or other Christian denominations) what they would give up so that beings which they have never before seen or known can live! What would they be willing to give up so their Friend and Brother, Jesus—who died for them—can win the victory and His Father can be justified? Do you know why Jesus said the following, or do you still need more milk because you cannot bear these things?

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:25)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

And since I know how most of you think, I ask one more shocking question here at the end of this article: Do you believe that Jesus was speaking of the first physical death with hope of resurrection, or the second death which means to cease to exist for eternity?

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