What Will Happen Next?
Sister Louann asked: There are things happening right now that would fit into socialism. I wonder why
people don't explode now over the corrupt things going on in our country.
In Reply, there are several reasons for why this is so, the primary of which is because the Lord will not
permit it, as it is not yet time for the “four winds” (the forces of destruction), to be turned loose, the
“Day of the whirlwind”, and the “destroying storm” (chaos and anarchy). Permission has not yet
been granted for the waves (the sea class, the unrestrained masses of mankind, i.e. “the Lord’s Great
Army”) to overrun the mountains (the kingdoms of this world). Rev 7:1; Amos 1:14; Jer 23:19; Isa
28:2, 3; Joel 2:11
“Then I saw another angel (the Present Lord) ascend (arrive) from the east (the suns rising), having
the seal of the living God (Intellectual understanding, Present Truth), and he cried with a loud voice
(with authority) to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying,
“DO NOT harm the earth (society) the sea (the masses of humanity), or the trees (significant
leadership) until we (plural, the Lord and his faithful servants who cooperate in this work) have sealed
the servants of our God on their foreheads (with the character likeness of our Lord).” Rev 7:1-3
“The winds are held back so that the earth, the sea, and the trees will not experience the kind of
total destruction that would make the completion of the church impossible.”
Likewise let us remember what the Pastor said about the hitherto upholders of the law (the “trees” the
“significant leadership”, government officials), who have merely been “sitting on the safety valve” as
the Pastor expresses it, (exercising governmental control and restraint of the masses) all the time
knowing full well right that the pressure is building, and that the people will not long be held in check, but
nevertheless hoping to put it off as long as possible.
When the time finally comes when they know they can no longer stem the tide, when they
realize that it’s about to blow and they are losing control then they will seek for an alliance a
confederacy , a union between themselves and the professing church, this both parties will deem
expedient not only for the sake of persevering the present order, but for their own self
preservation, this despite the Lord’s warning against such a tactic.
“Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy (Do not
participate in this confederacy, this conspiracy or unholy alliance); neither fear ye their fear, nor be
afraid (Do not fear what they fear, that their influence is waning and the destruction of the present order
is imminent, for the kingdom of heaven draws nigh).” Isa 8:12
“What do you conspire against the LORD? He will make an utter end of it (of your schemes and
plans to preserve the present order). Affliction will not rise up a second time. For while tangled like
thorns (intertwined for strength through means of ecumenism, federation, and confederacy, between
yourselves and with the powers that be, both the seen and the unseen, remember the Adversary has a
stake in this likewise he too is interested in persevering the present order), and while drunken like
drunkards (having devised a doctrine, a “drink” an intoxication in the supremacy of their plans and
schemes) they shall be devoured like stubble fully dried (quickly and violently, compare with Rev 18:
21). From you comes forth one who plots evil against the LORD, a wicked counselor (the one who
directs or counsels these people is none other than the Abandoned One; Satan himself).” Nah 1:9, 10
Sister Louann states: If I didn't believe God was in control, I think I would be one to protest loudly
about the corruption here, but I don't because I realize this is part of the tearing down of the old order.
In Reply, thankfully my dear sister we are assure that God is in control, even in the impending judgments
to come when the “whirlwind” is turned loose he will be at the helm directing it allowing it to go only so
far lest all flesh be lost, Matt 24:22.
“Then I looked, and behold a white cloud, and on the cloud sat one like the Son of Man, having
on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” (Rev 14:14)
“A cloud is trouble, but this cloud is white, righteous trouble. It is righteous because it is the Lord’s
wrath undoing the unrighteousness of the age. Jesus has returned; and as is the tendency of Revelation,
he is not called Jesus, but rather the Son of Man. It is interesting to note that he sits on the cloud. To
“sit” upon something is to be in a position of control over what is sat upon. Thus this impending
trouble is not random trouble; this is controlled trouble. No matter how severe the time of trouble
may become, we may rest assured by this verse that it never will be let out of control. On his head is a
golden crown, divine authority. In his hand a sharp sickle, the device for harvesting. This verse shows so
clearly that when the king returns it is not for the peaceful kingdom immediately; it is to control the
trouble which will destroy Babylon, and to harvest the wheat.” (N.A.N.O.R. Page 179)
You are likewise correct in your thought that you should remain apart from what is presently transpiring,
taking no sides.
“I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a
rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire…and he 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 (make hidden, secret, conceal) the things which the seven
thunders uttered, and do not write them.” (Rev 10:1-4)
The Apostle John represents the Church. He was about to write -- to record as part of his (the Church’
s) experience what he heard of the thundering, but a voice from heaven – possibly some wise Christians?
-- said Seal up what the thunders have spoken and DO NOT write them. The thought seems to be
that, even as the little book is now open, other things are also opening up; but these other things are
NOT FOR THE CHURCH. The little book is for the Church. The Church should remain aloof, separated
from the controversies, theories, and experiments of mankind now proliferating.” (N.A.N.O.R. Page 83)
These seven thunders or controversies, 1) Political, 2) Economical, 3) Military, 4) Scientific, 5)
Social, 6) Moral, and 7) Religious and those involved in them will soon erupt into violence
leading to “the great earthquake” which shall see the end of the present order (Rev 16:18).
“There are many other battles than ours in progress; and many different army corps fighting on every
hand; but ours is different from them all. We may be interested in some of these battles more than in
others. Some of them may even appeal to us much more closely than others, as being along lines
considerably in harmony with the "good fight" which we are waging, and to that extent we may
heartily sympathize with them; but we can do no more than this: because our covenant, our
engagement, our battle, is the most important of all, and to it we have covenanted our every
moment and our every talent.” (R2311)
Sister Louann asked: I know you cannot predict what will happen in the near future, but could you tell
us approximately where we might be.
In Reply, I only know what the Lord chooses to reveal to us. My understanding of what is to come is
based on the combine contributions of all the brethren, “by that which every joint supplies” (Eph 4:
16) as to where approximately we are on the stream of time and in the fulfillment of prophecy (note this is
my own thought and not necessarily shared by all the brethren) I would say that we were presently
awaiting the fulfillment of two things 1) the giving of the breath of life to the image of the beast
or vitalization of the “False Prophet” (Rev 13:15), and 2) the appearance of the three unclean
spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of the dragon, the mouth of the Beast, and the mouth
of the False Prophet (thus naturally implying first the vitalization of the False Prophet) Rev 16:13.
You wish to know where you are right now in prophecy; you are presently standing between Verses 12
and 13 of Revelation Chapter 16. To see where things go from this point I would suggest taking a
closer look at Revelation Chapter 16, “The Seven Last Plagues” Part 7, with the pouring out of the