“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 27
“Just as in the type it was a prerequisite that Elisha see Elijah being taken, so in the antitype the
Great Company will recognize the true Church having departed. The Elisha class will be given
rejoicing experiences later, but first there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 25:1–13;
Hab 3:18). Naturally the first to see or understand that the true church has been taken will be those of
the Elisha class who have been walking all along with the Elijah class, the rest of the Elisha class or Great
Company located in Babylon properly informed will likewise come to a realization of these events shortly
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we (the tribulation class, the foolish virgins) are not
saved! (Saved to that special or high calling to which we were originally called)” Jer 8:20 “The harvest
has become a heap of ruins, a day of grief and desperate sorrow” Isa 17:11
When the door to the high calling closes, three classes, finding themselves outside, will weep
and gnash, knock, and try to enter the door (Matt 7:21–23; Luke 13:24–30; Matt 22:2–13): the
Great Company (1) without and (2) within the church systems, and (3) the Judas class, whose
doom is oblivion (Jude 12, 13).
The Great Company will, however, be later comforted and told that it is blessed to go to the marriage
supper (Rev 19:9). The way the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles at Pentecost is similar in
principle to the manner in which those of the Great Company will get the “double” portion of
Elijah’s spirit after the Church is beyond the veil (2 Kings 2:9).
After the Bride of Christ is complete and the wedding ceremonies have subsided, a marriage
supper will be prepared. The Bride will return down here to get her bridesmaids to come to this
supper, but first the Great Company will have to be made ready by entering into the Time of
Trouble and washing their robes white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14). They will be led into
the wilderness “by the hand of a fit man” to get this experience (Lev 16:21). Then they will be rescued
with the destruction of the flesh so that the spirit may be saved (1 Cor 5:5). The Song of Solomon (8:
8) reveals that the Bride will go to her companion, who is comely but has not been selected as the Bride
because she is undeveloped, has no breasts, i.e., is flat-chested. The purpose is to mature or develop this
“little sister” so that she can continue to be the companion of the Bride and enjoy the after-ceremony.
While Psalm 45:14, 15 states that the bridesmaids will follow the Bride into the King’s palace, it does not
mean they will enter immediately at the time of the wedding ceremony itself. Rather, the bridesmaids will
be brought in afterwards. Today it is customary at weddings for bridesmaids to pick up the train of the
bride and follow immediately after her. But in the antitype that is not the case, for the bridesmaids will not
be at the marriage of the Bride and the Lamb, but will attend only the wedding supper.
An additional testimony of Holy Writ describes the void of silence:
“Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and
the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I
will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Hab 3:17, 18 RSV)
The innermost feelings of an enlightened class—the Great Company—are reflected in these
verses. They also faintly suggest a prior chagrin in not being chosen as the Very Elect, even though their
feeling of disappointment has been changed to one of consolation and joy (Jer 8:20; Rev 19:7–9). The
subject content of the above prophecy indicates that this class is knowledgeable concerning the
signs which portend the end of the age and that the converging rays of prophecy are then about
to come to a focal point of fulfillment, thus marking the due time for the establishment of
The Habakkuk prediction, therefore, discloses a future moment or interval of time, as it were, “betwixt
and between” the ages, in which all six enumerated conditions will apply, namely:
1. The blossoming forth of the fig tree—that is, the Jewish nation—to a full restoration of divine
favor (Jer 31:31–34), though imminently near, is not yet fulfilled.
2. The other nations being, by implication, subsidiary vines or branches joined to Israel, the
choice vine (Psa 80:11, 14, 15), to derive fruitage, nourishment, and life under the terms of the
New Covenant (Isa 4:2; 25:6–9; Ezek 17:22–24) is also not yet fulfilled.
3. There is a failure in the yield of the olive and its oil—that is, a temporary diminution of the
Holy Spirit, to be followed shortly thereafter by its restoration, as pictured in the parable of the
Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matt 25:1–13; 2 Kings 2:9–13).
4. A worldwide crop failure or extreme food shortage prevails with an accompanying cessation
of all commerce (Isa 8:21; 24:1–3); in addition, no new growth or yield of spiritual wheat is to
be found, the call to be of the Bride class having terminated.
5. The Little Flock is absent, having been cut off in death from the earthly fold (2 Kings 2:11; 1
6. “No herd in the stalls” is a reference to the Ancient Worthies. Under the Law, the bullock offered
in sacrifice, in lieu of or in Aaron’s stead (Lev 16:6), represented the man Christ Jesus as an offering for
sin (Isa 53:10). A bullock in the type indicates perfect humanity (Psa 51:19; Mal 4:2, 3).
In the Habakkuk prophecy, the herd or bullocks picture those worthy ones (Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, etc.) not yet made perfect (Heb 11:39, 40), not yet installed into office (Psa 45:16), i.e.,
into their appointed places.” (“The Keys of Revelation”, Pages 201-205)
For your consideration we present a bit more insight on the half hour of silence in heaven as taken from
the New Albany Notes on Revelation.
THE SEVENTH SEAL
“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Rev 8:1)
The usual approach to this verse has been a chronological one. This, however, does not seem
the best approach when our study on “HOUR” demonstrated rather conclusively that hour is NOT
used chronologically in Scripture. HOUR is a non-specific time with a certain characteristic. The
most logical prophetic approach, therefore, is one in which we search for an hour somewhere in the
Revelation prophecies concerning the harvest and then reason on how half of it might be of significance.
It has been suggested that the period of silence in the nominal heavens early in the period of
Bro. Russell’s ministry might fulfill this prophecy.
Once Brother Russell had begun to present to Christianity his harvest message, there seemed no one
anywhere who could refute it -- a real silence in the nominal heavens. This might well be a good
explanation except for two things: (1) why would this period not simply be called an hour -- a period of
non-specific time with a specific characteristic? To call it half an hour is to give it a chronological application.
(2) When the opening of a seal can be pinpointed in time, the seal appears to be opened toward THE
END of the church period rather than at its beginning. Note as an example the sixth seal. While the 6th
church begins in the early 16th century, the seal appears to be opened at the time of the French
Revolution -- late in the 18th century.
Where, then is the hour of which the seventh seal speaks? -- the hour which can be divided in
some way in half?
Brother Frank Shallieu suggests Rev 17:12 as the likely answer. It fits well. Rev 17:12 speaks of
the day yet future when the last collaboration of earthly powers prior to the peaceable kingdom
will occur. It is the ONE HOUR when the ten horns receive authority as kings with the beast.
Can this period be divided in half? Perhaps, we are aware that the day will come when the Great
Multitude must first learn that the Church is gone and secondly rise to the occasion by making white their
robes. The Great Multitude will be instrumental in the throwing of the grapes into the winepress
(14:17-19). But before making their robes white, there will apparently be a period in which the
Great Multitude will be stunned by learning that it is left alone. See Jer 8:20 and Hab 3:17, 18 as
This period of dealing with this information might well be the half hour in which the TRUE
heavens (the Great Multitude being the only true heavens remaining on earth) will be silent. Once
the situation is appreciated, there will be nothing to hold these brethren back. They will speak; they will
act; they will have their robes washed; they will be victorious in the spirit while they die in the flesh; they
will NOT BE SILENT, but will speak openly causing the breakdown which will destroy Babylon.
The LAST half hour will be very noisy! (“New Albany Notes on Revelation”, Page 95)
Continued with next post.
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