Thursday March 14, 2013

We are also under the third Woe with the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Question. What is Woe? It’s important to understand what God wants to teach us. We need to go to him for instruction.

There are 97 verses and 108 matches for this word in the Bible, using e-Sword. Remember parallelism? Here is some more of that.

    who hath woe?
    who hath sorrow?
    who hath contentions?
    who hath babbling?
    who hath wounds without cause?
    who hath redness of eyes?  Proverbs 23:29


Five definitions of woe, all in a bunch! What a way to learn. There are 98 verses with the word woe. Interesting….

James discusses this topic in the last two and a half pages of his book, An Exposition of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation VIII & IX. This, as opposed to, ninety four pages to discuss the first six trumpets. He was being modest about unfulfilled prophecy.

The first two woes were physical in nature; very destructive, loss of life, war, are good terms to define the word. The last woe appears to have a totally spiritual application during the patient, waiting, watching, time.

After that ends, James places an application to it on the seven last plagues. Then he also says that it just might apply to the entire time of the wicked, though the 1,000 years, til they are destroyed in the fires of hell.

 And why may not the sounding of the seventh angel continue until the end of the 1000 years? and the third woe cover ALL WOE til sin and sinners cease to be, at the close of the seventh millennium? The Seven Trumpets, page 96.

    The third woe is by reason of the voice of the seventh angel. Chap. 8,13; 9,12,; 11,14. The seven plagues are poured out under the sounding of that angel, hence the plagues are future, and constitute the third woe. Life Incidents.

Notice the lack of a spiritual application in this last quote.

No. 23, page 22, calls the Ezekiel 9 slaughtering an “illustration of the last work,” which phrase I might not be understanding correctly. Nevertheless, it is very clear that there is a great controversy we are in the midst of, and it is far more spiritual than physical. This is a battle. We are at war.

James makes a further argument.

4. “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ.” But let it be borne in mind that this is under the third woe, when it is also said, “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.” Rev.11:15,18. Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom, page 15.

The following are some additional definitions of woe.

 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes [understanding] have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.  Isaiah 6:5

    Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. Jeremiah 10:19

God Bless your Study

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