In Revelation 8:1-2 we read the following: "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trump­ets." Seven is the number of the church; therefore when the seventh seal is broken matters concerning the church are con­tacted. This is also shown by the fact that when the seventh seal was broken there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. All heaven standing in raptured silence at that which is about to be revealed concerning events which will lead up to the final setting of the stage for the "mystery of God" (concerning His church) to be consummated.


After six angels have sounded (recorded in chapters 8 and 9), all things are ready for the master stratagem to un­fold—for the "mystery of God" to be finished. So great is this final chapter in the age-long history of the church that a special "mighty angel" is dispatched from heaven to reveal the contents of a special "little book" (as recorded in Rev. 10:1-2). WHO is this mighty "angel "and WHAT is in this "little book?"


The Greek word for "angel "simply means a "messenger" and can refer to anyone of earth or heaven with a special mis­sion or message. When we read John's description of this mighty "angel" (messenger) in Rev. 10:1-3, we realize that none other than the LORD JESUS HIMSELF could be described thus.   It is HE, the Covenant (Rainbow) God, the mighty "messenger of the covenant" (Malachi 3:1) coming down to reveal to John the end-time message for the church.





"Hear my words my people; listen to that which I make known to you in this hour. For am I not coming to you even now as a mighty messenger to REVEAL to you that which has been hidden for ages and generations? For even now I would reveal to those who have ears to hear that which I have prepared for my body in these end-times. Do you think that I will leave you without direction and knowledge of my purposes for you in this end-time? Do you think that I am un­able to choose special messengers through whom to reveal my message and my purpose for you at the consummation of all things? Hear my words . . . again I say, listen to that which I speak to you in this hour. For I now have a little book in my hands and I am making known the contents of this book to my specially chosen servants.


"And what [does it say]? It says this. My people, I am com­ing to you in an end-time message and purpose which shall be the consummation of all that I have prepared for you even for many generations and ages. And I will cause you to come into the fulness of that which I have prepared, even the ful­ness of that which I consummated on the cross when I poured out my life's blood for you, to confirm the everlasting COVE­NANT to you—even a covenant of perfection for my people; a covenant which embodies all the fulness of my glory and power for those who are especially prepared to receive. For I say to you that a few, yes a remnant, are going to be prepared to receive this end-time revelation and purpose which I am now making known. For it is too potent to be re­ceived except by a prepared company, even a "little flock" which shall receive the fulness of the covenant. For you shall walk in these last days in the fulness of that which I have prepared for you. For even now I am giving you a revelation of that which was sealed (ratified) and made available and ready when my life's blood flowed on Calvary. For is it not written that I spoke the words, ‘It is finished.' (John 19:30). What was finished? The fulness of my covenant was finished; even then fully wrought out for the full deliverance from all the power of the enemy, and the full entering in of all that I am ready and able to impart, including the abolishment of death. Yes, the full power to overcome all the works of the enemy, and the full glory prepared even from the foundation of the earth for those who are ready to receive and enter in.


"But is it now also written that they "limited the Holy One of Israel?' (Psalm 78:41). Am I not the "Holy One of Israel?" Am I not the one who spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying, "Consider that which I have done and understand' (Isa.41:20), and ‘is it not prepared for you' (lsa.64:4), says the Lord? But men have limited me. They have hard­ened their hearts to BELIEVE ALL; and thus have failed to fully appropriate all that I have made ready and sealed (rati­fied) on Calvary's cross. Yes, I say to you that all things were ready then. But where could I find a people who were ready—who were prepared to fully believe? Yes, none were found save those like Joshua and Caleb. (He that has ears let him hear! For even here I perceive that your ears are heavy and I cannot fully reveal to you at this time what this means; but you shall understand before too many days are past). But now I shall reveal as much as you are ready to receive. For the little book contains much for this day and time. But I must reveal it a little at a time, for even now many of you are as babes just weaned from the milk and are not ready for meat. Others will understand more of that which I speak. So let me prepare you and circumcise your hearts completely to receive this end-time message. For to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). For would you know the contents of this little book? Then prepare your hearts to receive. For little by little shall it be revealed to you as you are ready to receive.


"For even now I am preparing a people who shall fully possess the land prepared—who shall cross over Jordan's tide—who will laugh at the forces of the mighty descender; even he whose coming is with mighty signs and wonders, and whose working is like to the rushing waters of the Jordan. Consider this my people! For is it not written that the dragon will come as a mighty flood of death and destruction. And shall not that same dragon come against my people with a flood of lies and deceptions in this day (Rev. 12:15). But you shall not be overcome, for I will cause the waters to be damn­ed up while you cross over by my mighty hand to possess the land prepared for you. For truly this is a good land. And my people have wandered in the wilderness of spiritual deso­lation long enough. I say to you that the ‘forty of test­ing’ has been consummated and a second time my people are coming to the Promised Land. Even now I am preparing you to cross over in spiritual power. Listen and consider what I say to you. For the little book which I hold in my hands contains all the secrets and mysteries which I would have you to know in these days." (end of prophecy)



[commentary on Rev. 10:1-4]


Going back to our vision in Revelation Chap. 10, we see in verse 2 that the mighty messenger with the little book "set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth." Is it not written that he shall subdue all things under His feet (1 Cor. 15:25-28)? And are not we, the members of His Body, the feet—the last ones of this age (in time) to come into that Body. Even so shall the Lord Jesus, the Head of the Body, bruise Satan under the feet of His Body, and we are those feet. (Rom. 16:20).


In Daniel, the second chapter, we have the record of the image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream. In Dan­iel's interpretation of that dream, the feet of the image re­presented the last stage in history of the system which began with the head (Babylon). Even so, according to the same PATTERN, the church began with the HEAD (Jesus) and will be consummated IN TIME by the FEET. We, in this end time, are the feet of the Body who are going to bruise the Serpent. In Revelation, Chap. 13, we see a "beast" arising out of the "sea" (Rev. 13:1), and then a second "beast" arising out of the "earth" (Rev. 13:11). The "mighty messenger” of Rev. 10:2 sets His right foot on the "sea" and His left foot on the "earth." He is standing triumphantly over both that which would arise out of the "sea" and the "earth." And so shall the "feet" of His Body in these end-times triumph over the beast and his false system.


In Rev. 10:1, John says he saw the "angel's" feet as "pillars of fire." The Greek word for "pillar" here is the same word used in Rev. 3:12 where the "overcomer" is to be made a "pillar in the temple of my God." The same word is also used in Gal. 2:9, and 1 Tim. 3:15 in connection with the church. The Lord is going to make us "strong ones" in this day as "pillars" in His end-time "Temple" (Body), tested and refined in the fire.


In Rev. 10:3 the "mighty angel "cries with a loud voice as when a lion roars. Only the "lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5) could thus roar. It is not as a meek, sacrificial lamb, who is dumb (Isa. 53:7) before the shearers, as at His first coming, but as a roaring lion (KING of beasts) of the tribe of Judah (the ROYAL tribe). "And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices." (Rev. 10:3). The "seven thunders" represent the church RESPONDING TO HIS CRY. It is even those in this hour who have ears to hear the Lion of the tribe of Judah now CALLING. The apostle John (who received and recorded this vision) IN TYPE repre­sents the end-time church. And was not John called a "son of thunder" (Mark 3:17). Even so shall the end-time "sons of thunder" HEAR the voice of the mighty messenger as He "roars" and shall RESPOND to the message of the "little book."


In Rev. 10:4 we read that when the "seven thunders" uttered their voices, John was about to write, and the voice from heaven said: "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered and write them not." WHY was not John permitted to write what he heard? Because the VOICE (mes­sage and ministry) of the Seven Thunders was RESERVED UN­TIL THIS END TIME. It is NOW being revealed. What John was told to "seal up" is NOW BEING MADE KNOWN. This parallels a word given to Daniel, the prophet, who was told to "seal up" his vision to the "time of the end." (Dan. 12:4).





"Oh my people, have I not waited longingly for this hour, that I might reveal to you that which has been hidden? Is not this the hour that all history has waited for? Is this not that which was spoken of by the prophets, though they themselves understood it not? Oh my people, have you con­sidered the honor and glory accorded you to live in this hour and to partake in this end-time ministry? Oh that you might be awakened from your lethargy to behold the glory that has been prepared for this hour. Why will you say in your heart that the time is not yet? Why will you wait and not enter in with all of your heart and soul ? I say to you, NOW IS THE TIME TO SEEK ME WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART, that I may speak to you in the inner chamber of your heart, and make known to you my counsel for this hour. Listen not to those who would seek to discourage you and blind you to that which I speak.


"Where are those who have the courage to STEP OUT on the waters of difficulty and testing and WALK TOWARD ME WITH FAITH, knowing that I am able to sustain and up­hold in this hour, so that you may walk triumphantly above the waters of tribulation and disturbance which shall try all men in this day. WALK, I say, fixing your gaze steadfastly on me, looking neither to the right nor to the left; looking neither to those around you nor to the turbulent waters which would seek to engulf you. For I say to you, that you will never make it to the end-time calling and awakening until you are willing by FAITH to step out of the boat of your pre­sent ease and security and INTO THE STREAM OF MY DI­VINE PURPOSE, letting not the waves of doubt and fear overcome you; neither letting those who prefer to stay in the boat deter you. But COME MY PEOPLE, for I will have those who dare to walk on the waters of that which has never been done before, and meet me as I come to you in power and glory in this day. Did they not see that it was a BODY walking on the water and not a spirit as they had suppos­ed? (Matt. 14:26). And did not Peter, in his BODY, walk on the waters? (Matt. 14:29). Even so my people, it is NOT just the spirit, but A BODY OF FLESH which shall be brouqht to me in this day, to do exploits above the waters of human confusion and distress. Are you not the BODY of Christ; are you not my flesh and my bones? (Ephes. 5:30). So shall you be one with me in this day; so shall we be joined to­gether ON THE WATERS, to go forth in this day, says the Lord. And so shall you be in the coming days, says the Lord, a BODY OF OVERCOMERS—those who have overcome all the emotional defilements of the watery recesses of the enemy and who are walking triumphantly in overcoming power." (end of prophecy)



[commentary on Rev. 10:5-10]


Going back to our vision in Revelation Chap. 10, we read in verses 5 and 6 that John sees the mighty messenger lift up his hand to heaven and "swore by him that lives for­ever and ever . . . that there should be time no longer." The Berkeley version translates it, "There shall be no further delay." That is, there would no longer be a time of delay or waiting for the CONTENTS of the little book to be revealed, for the "mystery of God" to be finished, and for the end-time church of the "seven thunders" to enter into her ministry. This is further indicated by the seventh verse which says: "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants, the prophets.” The "mys­tery of God" is none other than the "mystery" revealed to Paul concerning the church (Ephes. 3:3-11) much of which has been veiled until this end-time.


This "veiling" is shown by Rebekah (The BRIDE of Isaac—a TYPE of the church) who was veiled until she was taken by Isaac into the tent (Gen. 24:63-65). Even so our Isaac (Christ) shall LIFT the veil (of mystery) from off His Bride as He comes to meet her. And then there shall be "mysteries" no longer as the Lord unfolds His purposes during the DAYS (plural) of the voice of the seventh trumpet, indicating that the seventh trumpet "blows" over a period of time, AFTER the mystery has begun to unfold. This is further indicated by the words "when he shall begin to sound." If the seventh angel begins to sound, then he must continue to sound for a period of time. The final blast of this seventh trumpet will see the fulfillment of I Cor. 15:51-52 and I Thess. 4:14-17, when the dead in Christ shall be raised and the living in Christ shall be chang­ed. The consummation of this sounding will be that recorded in Rev. 11:15 "And the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."


In Rev. 10:9-10, John is instructed to take the little book from the hand of the angel and "eat it up." The angel then said: "It shall make your belly bitter, but it shall be in your mouth sweet as honey." John obeys and "eats" the book. He then says: "It was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter." Those who are willing to accept the call to this end-time revelation and ministry must be willing to accept the "bitter" with the "sweet." That which God is revealing is SO SWEET to the taste, as we "taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8). But the Lord must PROVE us, and the testings necess­ary for the perfecting of God's end-time remnant seem so bitter at times. But God must be certain that there will be no failures during the critical times just ahead. For the words to John AFTER he had "eaten" the little book were: "You must prophesy again before many peoples and nations, and tongues, and kings. HERE is the evidence that God's WORD will go forth during this end-time, during the "days of the voice of the seventh angel," once again with mighty power to all nations as at the beginning. For JOHN in this vision stands for the end-time "remnant "which shall "prophesy" be­fore many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.



[personal sickness of Leland Earls: a prophetic type] 


In connection with John's symbolic experience of "eat­ing" the "little book", let me share with you that which came to pass in my own experience AFTER I had received from the Lord and "ate" the end-time message and ministry which the Lord revealed to me from this "little book." I share this only because I believe the Lord WROUGHT OUT in my life a PATTERN to depict the condition of the church in these days, even as the ancient prophets enacted by life drama, PATTERNS (similitudes) to depict the condition of the people and God's dealings with them. In Hosea 12:10 we read these words: "I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multi­plied visions, and used similitudes (patterns) by the ministry of the prophets."


Shortly after the Lord began to reveal to me this end-time message, and made known to me that I had been called to a ministry, I suddenly became very ill. For over a year I was down most of the time, and came very close to losing my life. If the Lord had not intervened I would not be alive to­day. The root of all my trouble was in my stomach. Before this I had never had any stomach trouble. But after I had "eaten" (received and assimilated into my life) what God had revealed to me, which was so "sweet" (wonderful), I went through the most "bitter" (trying) experience of my life. I AM NOT saying that everyone who receives this end-time mess­age must go through such an experience, although everyone will be tried in one way or another. But God chose to EN­ACT A PATTERN through my life that it might SPEAK to others.


The fact that my illness was from a stomach ailment was not known until after several months of progressively getting worse, even to the point of death. I was in four hospitals and had several medical doctors who were unable to correctly diagnose my trouble. It was finally discovered that my system was not producing the necessary hydrochloric acids so that my stomach could function properly, and without these acids in my stomach it was impossible for my body to assimilate the vitamins, minerals and proteins from the food.


In that which God allowed to happen to my physical body, we find many parallels in the church world today. I would like to compare the SYMPTOMS which my physical body experienced, with the CONDITIONS we find in the "body" of Christendom today. In the first place, my body was STARVING TO DEATH, in spite of the fact that I was constantly consuming more and more food. I was getting no nourishment from my food. The food was just fermenting in my stomach. I became what I call a "foodahollc." I wanted to eat all the time and I consumed enormous amounts of food, but it wasn't doing me any good. And here is the truth con­cerning most church people today: THEY ARE STARVING TO DEATH (spiritually), and what food is being fed to them is doing them very little good. There is a FAMINE IN THE LAND for that which will really nourish and build up. (Amos:8:11). Church people are consuming much, but it is not the true LIFE GIVING WORD of God. Generally speaking, the church world IS SICK NIGH TO DEATH! They are "spend­ing money for that which is not bread, and laboring for that which satisfles not." (Isaiah 55:2.)





"My people, hear my words! Are not the acids in the stomach a type of my workings in your midst? Can you get nourishment from that which is not bread and from that which does not satisfy? I say to you, the workings of My Spirit are necessary for you to receive that which is life-giving. For am I not able to take that which is vital from my Word and cause it to be assimilated into your being, so that you shall receive that nourishment which you need? But why will you feed on that which is not my Word? Why will you seek that which you know will not satisfy your innermost being? I say to you, if you will not seek me wholly and let my Spirit vitalize that which you take into your system, you will find yourselves in a condition spiritually similar to that which is described herein. The workings of my Spirit are necessary. Otherwise you are taking only that which is dead, and which will do nothing to bring spiritual vitality to your innermost being. Therefore heed that which you are reading, for it is true to the pattern of that which is happening to my people today. For it is impossible in the present condition of the church world for me to work by my Spirit in such a way that my Word will give life and health and deliverance to all who are in need. Therefore, again I say . . . seek me and let me give you that which is necessary for you to live a spiritual life that is vital and full, says the Lord. " (end of prophecy).



[commentary on sickness continued]


In the second place, in this terrible condition I was get­ting fatter, but also progressively weaker. Yes, I was actu­ally gaining weight while starving. I came to the place where I had "pernicious anemia." Even so, there is a certain "fatness" evident in the church world today, but at the same time spiritual anemia and weakness. I was not only weak from lack of nourishment, but during the months of suffering I had experienced a complete nervous collapse. I was so completely devoid of nervous energy that at times I was un­able to utter a word; even to try to whisper was more than I could manage. In order to communicate to those who were caring for me, I would have to scrawl a few words on a piece of paper.


Do we not see a church world today almost completely devoid of real spiritual energy (power)? We have a picture in Rev. 3:17 of the "fatness" of today's church: "Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;" but the spiritual weakness and poverty is des­cribed by Jesus in these words: "and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." "Fat" (in material things and in self-sufficiency) but "weak" spiritually is certainly a general over-all picture of today's church.


Another strange phenomenon which occurred during my illness was the fact that everything I took into my stomach would turn to "gas." After eating or drinking, gas pressure would build up and I would "bloat" until at times I would al­most die. Water was my worst enemy. Even a little sip of water would turn my stomach into a raging inferno. Because of the gas pressure I had to stop drinking water altogether. For over two months I drank no water whatever. What liquid I got came through drinking vegetable juices. Does not the scripture teach that WATER is a type of the SPIRIT (John 7:37-39)? Even as my body could not take water, the church world, as a whole, cannot "take" the things of the Spirit. Try to put a little water of the Spirit in the church "bodies" (organizations) and "gas" pressures build up to where the sit­uation usually becomes intolerable.


After being in four hospitals and having the best medi­cal doctors available, and after undergoing all kinds of tests, I was only getting worse. What I say here is not meant to be a "broadside" against the medical profession, or in any way intimating that the doctors which treated me did not do their best. Neither does it mean that I do not appreciate their attempts to help me. The fact remains, however, that they did not get at the root of the trouble. I feel that in the pro­vidence of God their "eyes were blinded" that THAT which He purposed to portray might be fully wrought out. As a mat­ter of fact, I later found out that what they were prescribing was actually making me worse, and was just the opposite of what I needed.   


After being released from the hospital for the fourth time and getting progressively worse, the Lord finally led me to a man who found the trouble. After being in the finest hospitals available, with the most modern equipment and the best of doctors, the man who discovered my trouble and start­ed me on the road to recovery was a little-known physician in a small house, on a side street, in a small city. He took a test on my stomach and told me I had no acid. He gave me hydrochloric acid in tablet form to take when I ate. I was in such terrible condition by this time that if the Lord had not directly intervened I would never have lived, even though the diagnosis was correct. But at this point the PATTERN had been wrought out and God began to restore life and health.


WHAT does this tell us? The patient "Christendom" is sick. And WHERE is the answer? It is not in the modern church systems with their elaborate and imposing structures, their modern equipment, their highly organized programs, and their well-trained ministers and other professional help. As a whole, our modern "doctors" of divinity do not have the answer. Much which they are prescribing is only making the patient worse. By this I do not mean to imply that it is wrong to have a nice building and modern equipment, or that formal education and training are wrong in themselves. Such can be used for the glory of God. I am only saying that generally speaking THE PATTERN IS TRUE. Those to whom God is re­vealing the solution to today’s spiritual dilemma are usually small groups meeting in "out of the way" places in unimposing structures or in homes.


One final parallel. During the prolonged illness, my glands were seriously affected, especially the adrenal glands. My body could not function properly because these glands were not functioning properly. The adrenal glands are a part of the "endocrine" system of which there are five main glands. These glands regulate all the functions of the body, and their proper functioning is absolutely essential to the health and vigor of the body. The Lord is showing us in these days that it is impossible for the "Body of Christ" to function properly unless the five ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are restored to their proper place in the Body. These ministries, functioning as God has ordained, are necessary "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." (Ephes. 4:12-13).


I feel led at this point to add a word of caution lest some jump to unwarranted conclusions because of what I have written concerning my experience. The Lord could have healed me miraculously without any medical help if He had chosen to. He could have used the medical doctors with their modern equipment and techniques. I have no quarrel with any of these things. I think it is wonderful that the Lord has revealed so many things in this day in the realm of medical science What I have written does not mean that we should be for or against any thing just because of an experience. I would not use what happened in this particular experience as a basis to determine what I would do in some future exper­ience of illness.


On one particular occasion Jeremiah had to make and wear a "yoke" (Jer. 27:2) on his neck to portray a truth to the people of his day, concerning the coming Babylonian "yoke" to which they were to submit. But that does not mean he had to wear it all his life, that everyone else had to go around wearing them, or that the use of a yoke was not right in its proper place. Ezekiel had to be bound and had to lay on his side for many days, and had to eat his food weighed out in certain portions (Ezek. Chap. 4), again to portray a truth for his day and to his people. But this does not mean that others were to go through such an experience. Even so God chose to portray through me, by physical means, that which would speak of today's spiritual condition among his people. Let us take it for that and nothing more.


There are other factors in my experience which also portray important lessons, but the Lord has not given me lib­erty to share these at the present time. At the proper time I will share the experiences of the final stages of my illness and the unusual way in which I was raised up for good. Beloved, the Lord has caused some of us to go through much that you might be TAUGHT, and that you might be LIBERA­TED from that which has bound you INTO the glorious pur­pose and ministry which the Lord has for His church in these last days. Do you have ears to hear? 

[Ed. note: for a larger description of the physical ordeal through which Brother Earls passed, please see his biographical article called “A New and Living Way.”]