30 The Interludes of Hope
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Discover the message that is in each of the four interludes that reveal the secret to surviving the total destruction that comes at the end of time.
The Four Interludes
Interlude 1 between 6th & 7th seal (Chp. 7)
Interlude 2 between the 6th & 7th trumpet (Chp. 10-11)
Interlude 3 between the 6th & 7th battle (Chp. 14)
Interlude 4 between the 6th & 7th plague (Rev 16:15)
The Four Interludes • Sixth seal ends with • “Who shall be able to stand?” (6:17) • First interlude tells us who will stand.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: (cp 9:14-16; LDE 242 p74)
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” (Mark of beast also on forehead chp. 13) 4 Angels HARM by letting go of the winds (9:15) Seal of God and Mark of the Beast are the “flags”for the opposite sides. “Flags” for different attitudes.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. • 5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV Other hear/see dyads: 1:10/12 heard a trumpet, saw SoM in 7 lampstands. 5:5/6 Elder said, “the lion of Judah,” saw a lamb. 9:14/17 Altar angel said: “release the 4 angels,” saw horses. 21:9/10 Plague angel said: “I will show you the bride of the Lamb,” saw the New Jerusalem.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV • 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV 11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying: “Amen! Praise and gloryand wisdom and thanks and honor and power andstrength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” • 7 adjectives by angels to God for salvation!
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV • 13Thenoneoftheeldersaskedme,“Theseinwhite robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV • 15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.” • Morethanliteralcomfort
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV
7:17 “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Springs of water symbolic for God’s peace and security
Interlude 1 (26-28) Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV
Thewickeddonotknowhowmuchtheyowethe saints for sharing in God’s protection. Salt and light of the earth.
We cannot know how much we owe God for his protection from Satan in our lives.
Interlude 1 Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV “We cannot know how much we owe to Christ for the peace and protection which we enjoy. It is the restraining power of God that prevents mankind from passing fully under the control of Satan. The disobedient and unthankful have great reason for gratitude for God's mercy and long-suffering in holding in check the cruel, malignant power of the evil one. But when men pass the limits of divine forbearance, that restraint is removed (forced away).
Interlude 1 Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV God does not stand toward the sinner as an executioner of the sentence against transgression; but he leaves the rejecters of his mercy to themselves, to reap that which they have sown. Every ray of light rejected, every warning despised or unheeded, every passion indulged, every transgression of the law of God, is a seed sown, which yields its unfailing harvest (consequence).
Interlude 1 Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV The Spirit of God, persistently resisted, is at last withdrawn (forced away) from the sinner, and then there is left no power to control the evil passions of the soul, and no protection from the malice and enmity of Satan.
Interlude 1 Between 6th and 7th seal (7:1–17) NIV The destruction of Jerusalem is a fearful and solemn warning to all who are trifling with the offers of divine grace and resisting the pleadings of divine mercy. Never was there given a more decisive testimony to God's hatred of sin, and to the certain punishment (consequence) that will fall upon the guilty. (GC88 36)
Summary of 1st Interlude
• Repent and be Sealed against destruction at End of World Or • Suffer and Die without Hope
Interlude 2 (39-40)
Between 6th and 7th Trumpet (10:1–11:18) NIV Vs 1: Mighty messenger (angel) from Heaven (18:1; 20:1) Vs 6b: No more delay (5th seal=wait!) Vs 7: Mystery of God=Because of Jesus Christ: 1. Jew and Gentile united and raised to Eternal life 2. God has more than restored what sin stole away 3. God always planned to adopt us into his family (Eph 1:4; 2 Tim 1:9, Titus 1:2) Not because of sin BUT in spite of sin!
Interlude 2 (39-40) Between 6th and 7th Trumpet (10:1–11:18) NIV Vss 8-10: Eat the scroll. Sweet and sour=will not repent! Vs 11: You must prophesy again 11:1-2 Measure the temple, count the worshipers, Gentiles trample the Holy City for 42 months Vss 3-6: Two witnesses, two olives trees, two lampstands Prophesy 1260 days to bring repentance
Summary of 2nd Interlude
“Repent” has been Trumpeted—Protects from 200 million troops released by 4 angels at Euphrates Or
Suffer the awful consequences of Demon Possesion
(60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV 1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
Interlude 3 (60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV 3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
Interlude 3 (60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. Women—Babylon & prostitute daughters (17:5-6) Purchased by the blood (death)of the Lamb First fruits—most important fruits
Interlude 3 (60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV 5 No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
The serpent lied to Eve (Gen 3)
The dragon is the great liar or deceiver (Matthew 8:44)
Lie: Satan’s masquerade as Jesus(2 Thess 2:4, 11)
Interlude 3 (60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV • Blameless: Noah (Gen 6:9), Job (Job 1:1,8; 2:3), King David (2 Samuel 22:24; Psalms 18:23; 26:1,11). • “blameless” is an attitude not performance (legalism) (Matthew 5:48). • God sees us as blameless (Isaiah 44:22)
Interlude 3 (60-64) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV
God makes His church blameless (Ephesians 1:4; 5:27; Col 1:22).
God has justified us (Romans 4:25-5:2), we are innocent in His sight.
Blameless people have no blame for others.
The dragon has blame for others (accuser).
Interlude 3 (65-67) Between 6th and 7th Battle (14:1–13) NIV 6-13 The Three Angel Messages bring repentance (cp. 3 frogs) 1. Hour of God’s Judgment 2. Don’t worship Babylon 3. Don’t worship the Beast
Summary of 3rd Interlude • Repent and be Peaceful—Do not take Revenge Or • Suffer the awful consequences of having the number of the Beast
Interlude 4 (75) Between 6th and 7th Plague (16:15) NIV • Thief—unexpected • Stay awake & keep clothes near (19:7-8) • So as not to be naked and exposed (Adam and Eve after they sinned. Psychological and spiritual shame) • Repent
Summary of 4th Interlude
• Repent and be Alert for the Second Coming Or • Suffer the awful consequences of the Plagues
4 Interludes • At the end of time. • Associated with Second Coming. • Call for Repentance • Apparently not many, if any, repent. • Repentance: –Because of the virus of sin in us–Because we need a Saviour