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The Bible study is moving to topics of prophecy.
The first topic is the Four Angels of Revelation.
Yes, you are reading correctly, four angels, not three.
A detailed review of the Four Angels' Message is described separately at the link below.
I have also created a graphical illustration of the Four Angels.
The picture is designed to portray many symbolic meanings.
It can be viewed at this link:
This is a description of these symbolic meanings. The obvious part of the picture is the symbolic four angels or messengers, with trumpets giving a message to the world.
The star located on the earth is intended to mark the location of the Mount of Olives in Israel. God has chosen this spot.
13 For IAUA hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.This is the spot from where our Messiah left the earth to return to heaven.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.This is the spot where our Messiah will return and stand when we come back to the earth after the Sabbath Millennium.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.This great valley created where the Mount of Olives once stood is the site of the New Jerusalem which will be our heavenly home.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The 24 stars represent the 24 elders who are currently part of the investigative judgment. This is the jury of our peers. There are two witnesses from each of the 12 tribes.
15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.The elders are explicitly described several times in Revelation. This verse mentions the judgment of the dead.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,This verse mentions the connection between the thrones and judgment.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.This Old Testament prophetic verse also describes thrones associated with judgment.
5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.This verse from Daniel describes the thrones and a scene of judgment.
9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.The colors of the symbolic garment of the angels are from God's sanctuary which is described in numerous places.
1 And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.
The background of the picture is a rainbow sunburst of the sanctuary colors.
The relative size of the angels is also symbolic. The first and third angels are described as "saying with a loud voice". However, the second angel is shown in a smaller size because it is described as only "saying". The fourth angel is shown larger because it is described as "he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying". I believe this is prophetic of how strongly the message is presented. The phrase "Loud Cry", which was often used by the Adventist pioneers, comes from Revelation 18:2, the voice of the Fourth Angel.
The first angel is purple, which represents the royalty of the King of Kings. This is appropriate to the message to "Fear God". This message has been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The second angel is gold, which represents the riches of God's truth. This is appropriate because truth has not all been followed. The errors of Babylon have not all been identified and forsaken. Therefore this angel is shown in a smaller size. This message has not been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The third angel is scarlet, which represents the blood of the Lamb. This is appropriate to the message of the persecution to come with the Mark of the Beast. This message has been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The fourth angel is royal blue, which represents God's law. This is appropriate to the repeat of the message of the second angel. All of God's Law is to be identified and followed. The voice of God calls His people to come out of the remaining practices of Babylon. The larger size of the symbolic angel represents the final Loud Cry.
Are you looking for, and listening to, the message from all Four Angels?
I pray we may all continue to seek love, peace, and unity in truth preparing for the soon coming of Iaushuo (ee-ah-oo-shoo-oh) Messiah, the Son of God.
Next: Loud Cry