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The Bible says that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23); that "sin is the trangression of the law" (1 Jn. 3:4); and that "the wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). This means, then, that all the sinful people of this earth, from Adam until today who died, paid the penalty of death for their sins! And since they are dead, then they cannot be the people who seek death and can't die. Instead, they must be people living today in the last days. So who are they? To learn who they are, we must read where the Bible said some people will seek death and not find it:

"And in those days {the latter days} shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."--Revelation 9:6 (bold emphasis, braces added).

It was John the Revelator who wrote these prophetic words in about A.D. 96 (1 T.G. 3:11:2) during the early days of the Christian movement. And these words prove two facts: (1) The "men" who cannot die (Rev. 9:6) does not apply to the Old Testament Jewish era, because they are dead; instead, it must apply to the New Testament Christian era. Yet, all of those people up until today are also dead. So again, who are the people living today that seek death and cannot die? The answer must be two-fold:

(1) Those who seek death and cannot die (Rev. 9:6) must be living today in the latter days so that they will be "alive" (1 Thess. 4:17), not having died, when Jesus appears visibly the second time.

(2) Therefore, those who seek death and cannot die (Rev. 9:6) must be living saints for this obvious reason: Those saints who have died and who are yet to die, only their bodies die, and they are resurrected to live forever (1 Cor. 15:51,52). But the wicked people must die twice! Note below this fact:

Death Of The Body: The bodies of most of the wicked people have already died, and the bodies of the rest of the wicked will die at Christ's second advent, and continue to be dead in their graves for one thousand years (Rev. 20:5); after which they will be resurrected.

Death Of The Soul: Then the wicked dead who have been resurrected, will encompass the "camp of the saints...and fire came down from God... and devoured them" (Rev. 20:9); which is the eternal death of their souls (Mt. 10:28)--the" second death" (Rev. 20:14).

"Do you suppose that God is going to extend the life of the wicked? He promises to do that only for the righteous {144,000 saints}, those having the seal of God in their foreheads {Rev. 14:1}."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pgs. 11,12 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Therefore, it is not the wicked who will seek death but can't die; because everyone knows that they can die in many ways, either by accident, or by murder, even though they are not seeking death, .

"We do not know as yet of a man who really wishes to die and yet cannot die, for there are a great number of ways that he can end his life if he so chooses to do it."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pg. 5:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

If he chooses to seek death, then he can commit suicide, but God will not keep him from dying, as Jesus said; for the devil tried to make Him seek death by committing suicide, after he took Him high upon the "pinnacle of the temple" (Mt. 4:5), and told him to "cast thyself down" (Mt. 4:6), which would have killed Him. But Jesus would not seek death by committing suicide. Instead, He said to the devil, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God" (Mt. 4:7); which means God would not save a wicked person from death by suicide. Thus, these facts prove three other facts:

(1) There is no record in the Bible whatsoever about any wicked people who were seeking death, but God would not let them die.

(2) Therefore, it is not Biblical to teach that the wicked who are to be punished by the seven last plagues (Rev. 16), or those who are to be burned by the "fire" (Rev. 20:9), will suffer so much pain that they will seek death but God will not let them die. The obvious reason why is because the purpose of God's plagues is not to keep them alive, but to cause their bodies to die; and the purpose of God's fire is not to keep them alive, but to cause their souls to die.

(3) Instead, it is the saints living in the latter days just before Christ's second advent, who will seek death but God will not let them die! But why and how will they seek death? And why won't God let them die? To answer these and other questions, the church in the latter days where these saints worship the God who will keep them from dying, must first be identified.


The church of "Laodicea" is the last one of the seven candlesticks that John the Revelator saw with the "Son of man" (Jesus) standing in their midst (Rev. 1:13). Jesus told John that the "seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches" (Rev. 1:20). There is, therefore, no need for anyone to wonder which churches these candlesticks symbolize, because the "Son of man" (Jesus) is standing in their midst; which proves that they can only be Christian churches! And since there are seven candlesticks, which means completeness, it proves that they symbolize the Christian churches during the entire New Testament era.

"The names of the seven churches {candlesticks} are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian era. The number seven indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world."--Acts of the Apostles, pg. 585:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"The Laodicean church, the last of the seven {candlesticks} churches (Rev. 2, 3), being figurative of the Christian church in her last period, our time, the message on record to her is therefore the last message to the church."--1 Answerer, pg. 8:2 (bolds, braces added).

"Laodicea {last day church} may be infallibly recognized amidst the many 'isms' of Christendom {Babylon} by the work she is doing--declaring the judgment. Indeed, this mark of identification is pointed out by the very name Laodicea, compounded of the two Greek words lao and dekei, the one meaning 'people,' also 'speak,' the other meaning 'judgment,' the two in one meaning the people declaring judgment. The church, therefore, which declares, 'Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come' (Rev. 14:7), is evidently the one called Laodicea. And it is almost as well known outside Seventh-day Adventist circles as within, that the Seventh-day Adventist church is endeavoring to carry the judgment message of Revelation 14:7, and is therefore unchallenged in her claim to the title, Laodicea."--1 Answerer Book, pg. 11 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The irrefutable fact that "Laodicea" is the last "candlestick" in the" Christian era" (A.A. 585), which is the people in the Seventh-day Adventist church (Rev. 1:20; 3:14), and which exists in the latter days, proves that they will be living just before Christ's second advent. And among them are the saints who not only teach the message (judgment of the dead) advocated by that church, but who also teach the additional message (judgment of the living). They are the 144,000 saints who will seek death but cannot die (Rev. 9:6), because they are typified by Elijah the prophet who never died!


"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind (Ezek. 1:4, 28; 10:18, 19} into heaven."--2 Kings 2:11 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Now all these things {written in the Old Testament} happened to them {Israel and Judah} for ensamples {types--see margin}: and they are written for our admonition {God's Christian people} upon whom the ends of the world {the latter days} are come."--1 Corinthians 10:11 (bold emphasis, boldings, braces added).

"Warning, admonition, promise, all are for us {Christians}, upon whom the ends of the world {the latter days} are come."--6 Testimonies, pg. 410 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Elijah was a type of the {144,000} saints who will be living on the earth at the time of the second advent of Christ and who will be 'changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump,' without tasting death. 1 Corinthians 15:51,52."--Prophets and Kings, pg. 227 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Accordingly, Elijah, an Israelite himself {who did not die}, logically typifies the 144,000 {who will never die}, and Enoch logically typifies the great multitude,..."--1 Shepherd's Rod Tr., pg. 22 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"If Enoch represents the great multitude of Rev. 7:9, then Elijah represents the 144,000 {who never die}, for only two {saints--Enoch and Elijah} in the world's history have been translated without seeing death."--1 Shepherd's Rod, pg. 46 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The Bible recorded the fact in the Old Testament era about a prophet named Elijah, an Israelite, who was translated without dying, so that it would be understood by Christians in the New Testament era, that he is a type (1 Cor. 10:11) of the 144,000 Israelite Christian saints who also would never die. And the reason why is because they are sealed from the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8), which gives them God's divine protection so that they cannot die (Rev. 9:6)!


Some Christians who do not understand the subject of the 144,000, because they are misled by what their leaders teach. They say the 144,000 whom God has chosen (Ps. 65:1-4) and sealed (Rev. 7:4-8), are from among the people of the children of Israel, not only in the Old Testament Jewish era, but also in the New Testament Christian era. Since, however, all of them are dead, then it means they are teaching that the 144,000 are mostly dead Israelite saints, with a few living ones from among the Jews in the latter days.

But the subject of the 144,000 is mentioned by that number only twice (Rev. 7:4; 14:1) in the last book of the New Testament Scriptures--the Revelation. It was written by John the Revelator in A.D. 96 (1 T.G. 3:11:2), which stated emphatically that these saints will stand on "mount Sion" with the "Lamb"--Jesus (Rev. 14:1). This fact proves that the 144,000 living saints could not include any of the dead Israelites or Jews in the Old Testament, because they did not know about a "Lamb" (Jesus), or know to stand on Mt. Zion with Him. And neither could the 144,000 include the people of Israel in the New Testament Christian era, especially the Jews even to this very day, because they have not only rejected Jesus--the one whom John the Baptist pointed to and said, "behold the Lamb of God" (Jn. 1:29), as their King and Messiah, but they have also rejected the New Testament Scriptures, especially the book of Revelation, which speaks of the "Lamb"--Jesus (Rev. 5:6; 14:1; 22:1). Therefore, the Jews who rejected and killed the "Lamb" (Jesus), and all the Jews thereafter during the entire New Testament Christian era who also rejected Him, would not call themselves Christians, and neither would they stand visibly on Mt. Zion with an invisible "Lamb" (Rev. 14:1)--Jesus!

These facts prove that the 144,000 are Christian saints who not only accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah, but also the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Thus, they must be Christians living in the latter days who have never died, because they have not yet stood visibly on Mt. Zion as "kings and priests" (5 Test. 475:2) with Jesus the invisible "Lamb" (Rev. 14:1); which they must do very soon before He returns visibly at His second advent. Moreover, they must be members of the Seventh-day Adventist church--"Laodicea" the last Christian "candlestick" (Rev. 1:20; 3:14), where they will be sealed. Furthermore, when they "seek death" and "desire to die" (Rev. 9:6), they must be sealed before the "four winds" (Rev. 7:1) of trouble begins to blow, so that the wicked cannot kill them!


"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth {earth-wide--2 S.R. 54:2}, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel {message of truth} ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God:... and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."--Revelation 7:1, 2,4 (bold emphasis, braces added).

John saw "four winds" which were to "blow" soon after the 144,000 are sealed. And since there are four directions (north, south, east, and west), then the "four winds" must symbolize a world-wide trouble; but for whom? trouble for the wicked? or for the saints?

"Moving from the four corners of the compass, the winds must represent a world-wide disturbance {trouble} of some kind....The wind's blowing is, of course, the anger of the nations against the saints."--15 Tract, pg. 60:1 (boldings, braces added).


Why do the "four winds" symbolize the nations? And why are they angry at the saints? Daniel's prophecy helps to answer these questions: In his prophecy the "four winds" symbolize warring nations, because he saw in "a dream" (Dan. 7:1) that "four winds...stove upon the great sea" (Dan. 7:2) of waters, which symbolizes "peoples...and nations" (Rev. 17:15). This means the "winds" of nations involved in war are striving upon the "sea" of peoples--nations against nations, and that the conqueror comes forth as one of the "four great beasts" (Dan. 7:3), the first of which was the "lion" Dan. 7:4)--ancient Babylon. But the "four winds" in the Revelation (Rev. 7:1) symbolize a world-wide disturbance against the saints caused by a religious and political war (a church-state confederacy). And that is why God sends His "angel" (Rev. 7:2) to seal the 144,000 living saints, so they cannot die (Rev. 9:6) when the wicked try to kill them. This fact is obvious to the Christians, because they know God does not seal the wicked to protect them; instead He seals His 144,000 saints before the "world-wide disturbance" (four winds) begins to blow, to protect them lest they die!

Other Christians, however, do not teach the error that the 144,000 are mostly dead saints from all ages, because they know that dead people cannot seek death (Rev. 9:6)! Instead, they teach the error that the 144,000 saints were sealed before World War II (1939-1945) began, because the "four winds" (Rev. 7:1) were to be held until these saints were all sealed (Rev. 7:3). This, of course, is wrong for two reasons: (1) Before the war began, they say the 144,000 living saints were sealed; but today (1999) long after the war was finished in 1945, most of them (if not all), are dead; so they cannot be the 144,000 living saints who cannot die (Rev. 9:6). (2) John did not say that the "four winds" were to blow against each other--nation against nation, as it was done in World War II.

"That the angels' holding the winds does not denote their restraining the nations from warring among themselves, is made clear by the fact that the winds were not held from clashing wind against wind (nation against nation), but rather from hurting the earth, the sea, and the trees. Moreover, that the nations from the north and from the south, from the east and from the west, were engaged in World War I, and also in World War II, although the 144,000 {who never die} are not yet sealed, is another irrefutable evidence that the trouble which is forecast by the winds' blowing and the angels' hurting, is yet future {sometime after World War II}."--15 Tract, pgs. 60, 61 (boldings, braces added).


"...the Divine object {of God's angels} in holding back the winds, is, as the passage {T.M. 444:3} plainly says, 'the safety of God's church.' That being the case, then the winds, themselves being figurative of strife, trouble, and war, are, when let loose, to blow against the {144,000 saints sealed in God's Laodicean} church. This is very evident because their being held from John's day until this very hour, has never prevented {WWI} and is not now {in 1944} preventing the nations' warring among themselves {WWII}. Always have they been at war with one another, and today {1944} they are engaged in a deadly world-wide conflict {WW II} unparalleled in all history, although the angels are still holding the winds. Of necessity, therefore, the strife represented by the blowing of the winds, must be essentially religious in aim {Sunday worship}, and political only in procedure {to enforce it by law}, thus a religious-political {church-state confederacy},..."--3 Answerer, pgs. 24, 25 (bold emphasis, braces added).

World War II was not the blowing of the four winds, because the nations were fighting against each other, not against the saints. Neither was the sealing of the 144,000 living saints completed before this war began; because the angels were still holding the winds after the war began in 1939 and ended in 1945. And today (1999) most of these saints (if not all) would be dead; so they couldn't seek death and not die if they are already dead. And since there is no record of anyone ever seeking death and couldn't die during that time, even until today, then this fact proves that the angels are still holding back the "four winds" of religious and political strife, because not all of the 144,000 living saints have been sealed yet.

It was in 1929 (2 Ans. 34:0) that the angel--message (Rev. 7:2) began to seal the 144,000 who never die; and also an unnumbered company of saints associated "with" them, some of which have died and others who are not to die. (If you want to know more about those saints saved "with" the 144,000, then click on that study at the end.) Then sixty two years later (1929 to 1991), President Bush announced the setting up of the"New World Order;" which clearly indicated that the sealing of the 144,000 saints was nearing its completion. Some saints knew that its ultimate end is "religious in aim, and political only in procedure" (3 Ans. 25:0); because its very name, New World Order, indicated that its purpose is to unite the world of today (whose churches are separate from the state) into a new world-wide confederacy of the church (religious) united with the state (political). And they also saw that his announcement was a signal that the sealing angel (Rev. 7:2) was about finished, and that the "four angels" (Rev. 7:1) were about to loose the "four winds" (New World Order), not only to trouble the living 144,000 saints and those "with" them, but to kill those who seek death but cannot die.

The four winds, therefore, must be held back until after the sealing is finished; so the 144,000 saints who have been sealed can seek death but can't die. But there is no record of 144,000 saints being sealed and made immune from death in times past, because all of these people from Adam's day until now in the latter days have died, except Enoch (Heb. 11:5) and Elijah (2 Ki. 2:11), who were only two persons (not 144,000 persons), and who were not troubled by the "four winds" (New World Order). Thus, all Christians must conclude that this sealing of the 144,000 living saints must occur in the latter days, so that these saints are kept alive until Jesus' second advent (1 Thess. 4:17). This proves that the winds will be directed, not against the wicked or against each other (wind against wind) during a war, but against the 144,000 saints during the church-state government of the New World Order. Thus, they must be sealed first, before the "four winds" can blow, lest the wicked kill them when they "seek death."

"Seeing that the 144,000, the servants of God, are not as yet sealed (not yet enclosed, protected, guarded {so they can't die}, and ready to take their stand with the Lamb on Mt. Sion {Rev. 14:1}, but rather are still commingled with the tares) {in the SDA church} the angels are commanded {by God} to forestall the clash {blowing of 4 winds}."--15 Tract, pg. 61:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).


The fact that John saw an "angel" (Rev. 7:2,4) who was to seal 144,000 saints from the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8), proves that it does not seal people in the churches of false religions, such as Buddaism, Mohammedism, Hinduism, etc. of the heathen countries. And neither are they sealed from among the literal Jews who rejected Christianity and the New Testament Scriptures, especially the book of Revelation--the only place in the Bible that speaks of that exact number (Rev. 7:4-8; Rev. 14:1). Instead, they are sealed from among the Christians in the latter days, who are identified by the two things which the early Christians did that the literal anti-Christian Jews would not do:

(1). The Christian Jews took the gospel to the Gentiles, which the literal Jews would not do.

(2). The Christian Jews married these Christian Gentiles, which the literal Jews would not do.

When the Christian Jews took the gospel to the Gentiles and married these Christian converts, they mixed the seed of Israel with these Gentiles. And this mixing of the Jewish blood with the Gentile blood continued during the two thousand years of the New Testament era until the latter days; so that today the Christian Jews lost their racial identity and look like Gentiles, while the literal Jews kept their racial identity to this very day and still look like Jews. But in spite of this Jew-Gentile mixture among the Christians, the Lord has an accurate genealogical record of the descendants of Judah and Israel, as He had of Jesus' ancestory (Mt. 1:1-17; Lk. 3:23-38). So He knows who are the Christian Jews (whose blood is mixed with Gentile blood) that He can choose (Ps. 65:1-5) as one of the 144,000.

"From this scripture {Hos. 1:10} you note that this multitude of sons of Jacob are not the identified Jews of today {who rejected Christianity}, but rather the lost descendants of Judah and Israel, of those who were assimilated by the Gentile nations and by the early Christian church by taking upon themselves the title 'Christians' {Acts 11:26}, of those who thus lost their racial and national identity....Thus many of us who suppose to be of the Gentile nations {because our Jewish ancestors married Gentiles} may at long last discover that we are of the lost tribes of Judah and Israel {144,000--Rev. 7:4-8}, and of the apostolic Christian Jews {who married Gentiles}. Though none of us really know our genealogy very far back, yet God Who knows even the number of hairs on one's head has kept an accurate genealogical record of each of us {as He did with Jesus--Mt. 1:1-17; Lk. 3:23-38}. So He says: 'I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest Himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count {the 144,000--12,000 from 12 tribes of Israel--Rev. 7:4-8}, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.' Psa. 87:4-6."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 21, pgs. 6, 7 (bold emphasis, braces added).

There are, however, some Christians who think that God does not recognize a Jew as a Jew if his blood is mixed with Gentile blood; therefore, they teach that the 144,000 must be pure Jews who are not Gentiles or Christians. But they overlook the fact that Jesus was not pure Jewish! He was a descendant (Son) of David (Mt. 9:27) whose father was Jesse, whose father was Obed, whose father was Boaz who married Ruth the Moabites--a pure Gentile (Ruth 4:21, 22)! The reason why she is a Gentile, though she was born of the seed of Lot (Gen. 19:30-38) who was the son of Abraham's brother, is because the seed of the children of Israel came from Abraham, and his son Isaac (Gen. 21:12), and his son Jacob (Gen. 25:26) later called Israel (Gen. 32:28). Therefore, all those non-Israelite people whose seed came from Abraham, such as the children of Ishmael (Gen. 16:15), the children of Ishmael Moab (Gen. 19:37), the children of Ammon (Gen. 19:38), the children of Keturah (Gen. 25:1-4), and the children of Esau (Gen. 25:25; 36:1-5), but did not come through the seed of Isaac (Gen. 21:12) and Jacob (Israel) are pure Gentiles.

Therefore, if the Lord accepted Jesus as His Son even though He was not a pure Jew, because His blood was mixed with the Gentile blood of Ruth through Boaz, Obed, Jesse, and David (Mt. 1:1-17), so He can accept the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:4-8) even though their blood may be mixed with Gentile blood! This fact proves conclusively that in the latter days the Lord will choose the 144,000 saints, not from the heathen churches, or from the literal Jews who rejected Christ, but from among a few pure Christian Jews and many Jew-Gentile Christians in "Laodicea" (Rev. 3:14)--God's Seventh-day Adventist church today, who live among the Protestant Nations. And these 144,000 Christian Jews are symbolized as "locusts"!


Since the 144,000 are living saints who are to "seek death" but cannot die (Rev. 9:6), and since John the Revelator wrote that the "locusts" (Rev. 9:3) in "those days" (Rev. 9:6)--the latter days, cannot die, then the subject of the "locusts" must be understood to learn why they seek death, and why God seals them (Rev. 7:4) so they cannot die. The readers, however, cannot understand who the "locusts" are if the "star" and other related symbols are not identified first.


"And the fifth angel sounded {his trumpet--Rev. 8:6}, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to Him was given the key of the bottomless pit."--Revelation 9:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The key to understanding the fifth trumpet is to know who is the "star." And the fact that it is designated as a male person "Him" and "He" (Rev. 9:1,2), proves it is not a literal planet (star) orbiting in the sky.

"Moreover, the star is personified as 'Him' (masculine in gender), thus being limited to a male person. And finally Christ Himself gives testimony that He is 'the bright and morning star.' Rev. 22:16. To Him, be it remembered, was given the key of the bottomless pit."--5 Tract, pg. 59 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Christ is not only the "Star," because He was "given the key" at His first advent, but He is also the "Angel," because He had the key at His second advent.

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.' Revelation 20:1, 2.

"Moreover, the fact that the Angel {Christ} of Revelation 20:1 (Satan's great enemy), is the One Who has the key of the bottomless pit, it follows that the Angel of Revelation 20:1 and the Star of Revelation 9:1 are the same, for the One {Star} to Whom the key was given, is the only One {Angel} that could have it."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 15, pg. 11:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).


"As Christ is the one who secures Satan's captivity, thereby ushering in the millennium {at His second advent}, He alone can be fittingly symbolized by the 'angel...having the key of the bottomless pit,' and by the 'star' to whom the 'key' was given. And as the 'giving' of a thing to any certain one must precede the 'having' of it by that one, the verbs 'given' (Rev. 9:1) and 'having' (Rev. 20:1; 1:18) point, of course, to two different times. Obviously, therefore, Christ received the 'key' at the sounding of the fifth trumpet {at His first advent}--sometime {2,000 years} before the millennium. Hence at the commencement of the millennium {at His second advent} He already has it."--5 Tract, pg. 60:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Here we are told that this mighty angel, Satan's enemy, has the 'key of the bottomless pit' {Rev. 20:1}. If He has it, then to Him the key must have been 'given' {Rev. 9:1}. The Star {Christ} that received the key, therefore, is symbolical of this angel {Christ}."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 13, pg. 10:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"The heavenly Star {Rev. 9:1} represents a heaven-sent Being {Jesus}, the same 'angel' {Christ}, of Whom we again read in chapter 20:1,...."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 13, pg. 10:4 (bold emphasis, braces added).

So far the symbols show: (1) Christ is the "Him," the "He," the "star" (Rev. 9:1) who was given the "key" at His first advent. (2) Christ is also the "angel" (Rev. 20:1) who already has the "key" at His second advent. But what is the "key" and the "bottomless pit"?


"And He {Christ the star} opened the bottomless pit {with His key at His first advent}; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace."--Revelation 9:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Christ's mission being to bring deliverance from the prison house of sin and of death (the bottomless pit), and to do so through the preaching of the gospel, the key, therefore, must be figurative of the gospel, the only power that is able to set free those who are imprisoned in the 'bottomless pit.'

"Since the 'bottomless pit' of Revelation 20:3 is symbolical of the earth as a prison house during the millennium {G.C. 658:3}, then the 'bottomless pit' of Revelation 9:1, being identical, must likewise be symbolical of the earth as a prison house at another time {at Christ's first advent}."--5 Tract, pg. 60:2,3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"This implicitly Biblical interpretation of the 'star,' the 'key,' and the 'bottomless pit,' reveals that the earth, at Christ's first advent, had become a prison house (a pit) for God's people {Jewish nation--2 T.G. 13:10:4}, and that Christ came to open it {by His death on the cross} in order to save them.

"The very fact that God's people {Jew--2 T.G. 13:10:4} are vested with the power to keep open the bottomless pit, then should they be defeated {taken captive by Rome}, the pit would be shut, and would become a prison house from which there would be no escape unless it be reopened. And so Satan in the latter days of the Jews {end of 70 weeks--Dan. 9:24}, as sacred history records, attacked them, took them captive {through Rome}, and thus shut the pit. And knowing that when the Saviour should come, He would open it, the dragon therefore stood ready to devour the 'child as soon as it was born.' Rev. 12:4. But losing sight of the infant Christ, he incited Herod to slay 'all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under' (Matt. 2:16), in the hope of making rid of the Saviour. Under the protection of Providence, however, Christ was kept from the bloody hand of Herod. Then subsequently with the gospel key {Lk. 4:18,19}, He opened the {bottomless} 'pit' and freed His people {Jews who became Christians}."--5 Tract, pg. 61:1,2 (bold emphasis, braces added).


"And He {Christ the star} opened the bottomless pit {with His gospel key at His first advent}; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace."--Rev. 9:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"For the significance of the 'smoke,' we need look no further than to the ceremonial system, which was 'a compacted prophecy of the gospel.'--The Acts of the Apostles, p. 14. There we behold the ascending smoke of the ceremonial offerings {of a lamb} which, as we know, prefigured Christ's great sacrifice in behalf of the human race. Accordingly, the smoke which came from the 'pit' is symbolical of Christ's crucifixion {as the Lamb of God--Jn. 1:29}."--5 Tract, pg. 62:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

When Israel burned the lamb according to the ceremonial system, the "smoke" arose as a type of a great sacrifice (Christ's crucifixion); symbolized "as the smoke out of a great furnace" (Rev. 9:2); which ended that system by "nailing it to the cross" (Col. 2:14).


"And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."--Revelation 9:3.

"With the smoke symbolizing the crucifixion, and the locusts coming out of the smoke, the only admissible conclusion is that they are symbolical of the {Jewish} Christians who came as a consequence of the sacrificial blood that was shed on Calvary."--5 Tract, pg. 63:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"The heavenly Star {Rev. 9:1} represents a heaven-sent Being {Jesus}, the same 'angel' {Christ}, of Whom we again read in chapter 20:1, and the locusts are Heaven's rescued multitude. Who else, then, can the 'Star' and the locusts represent but Christ and the {Jewish} Christians?"--2 Timely Greetings, No. 13, pg. 10:4 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"The Bible points out that but one bottomless pit was opened, the pit out of which the locusts came (Rev. 9:2), and it was the heavenly Star {Jesus at His first advent} that opened the pit to let out its captives,--the locusts {Christians} who were to hurt only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Since the locusts were capable of knowing {the saints} who had {the seal} and also {the wicked} who had not the seal of God in their foreheads, and since they were friends to God's sealed people, the truth is obvious: The Star that liberated them from the pit is Christ, and the locusts are the Christians, the people that were rescued from apostate Judaism {Jews}."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 15, pg. 11:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).


"And they {Jewish-Christian locusts} had a king {Christ the Star--Rev. 9:1} over them, which is the Angel of the bottomless pit {Rev. 20:1},..."--Revelation 9:11 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Christ is not only the "star" who was "given the key of the bottomless pit" (Rev. 9:1), but He is also the "king" over the locusts (Rev. 9:11); because He is the "angel of the bottomless pit" (Rev. 9:11) who is the same "angel...having the key of the bottomless pit"!

"...Christ is clearly seen to be King of His people in both the Old and the New Testament periods, and Author of the Scriptures in both the Hebrew and the Greek."--5 Tract, pg. 70:1 (bold emphasis added).


"And they {Jewish-Christian locusts} had a king {Christ} over them,...whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon {destroyer--temporary death of the body}, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon {exterminator--permanent death of the soul}."--Revelation 9:11 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Consequently, the Old Testament Scriptures, being originally written in the Hebrew tongue, give Him {Christ Jesus} the name Abaddon, whereas the New Testament Scriptures, being originally written in the Greek, give Him the name Apollyon....And from this fact it follows that as He is 'the Word' (the Bible in human form), His Hebrew name, Abaddon, is also the name of the Old Testament Scriptures, and His Greek name, Apollyon, is also the name of the New Testament Scriptures."--5 Tract, pg. 70:0,1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Abaddon, Christ's name in the Hebrew, signifying Him as a 'destroyer,' shows that in the Old Testament period He simply destroyed {temporary death of the bodies of} many of His enemies; whereas Apollyon, His name in the Greek, signifying Him as an 'exterminator,' shows that in the New Testament period He will exterminate {permanent death of} all the wicked."--5 Tract, pg. 71:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

To illustrate why Christ has two names, ask yourself this question: "Why do the people who get rid of bugs call themselves "bug exterminators" instead of "bug destroyers"? The obvious answer is because the word "exterminator" implies a permanent riddance of the bugs; whereas the word "destroyer" implies a temporary riddance. Therefore, Christ's name "Abaddon" would mean that He has temporarily destroyed the bodies of the wicked, all the way up to the beginning of the millennium at His second advent, which die by His "brightness" (2 Thess. 2:8), until they are resurrected (Rev. 20:5). And His name "Apollyon" would mean that at the end of the millennium He will resurrect the wicked and permanently exterminate their souls (Rev. 20:10).

"To those {locusts--Christians}, therefore, who accept Christ as their King, He is a Saviour, while to those {wicked} who refuse to have Him rule over them (Luke 19:14), He is a destroyer."--5 Tract, pg. 72:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).


The "locusts" (Rev. 9:3) are a perfect symbol of the Christians, because they (the locusts and the Christians) cannot be exterminated by man, even though they are defenseless creatures.

"Just think how many {Jews} were converted {to be Christians} on the day of Pentecost alone--'about three thousand souls'! And following that 'the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved'! Acts 2:41, 47. This sudden great increase in numbers among the {Jewish} Christians, after the crucifixion, made them appear to be swarming like 'locusts.'"--5 Tract, pg. 65:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Then, too, locusts {who symbolize the Christians} can neither be frightened nor made to defend themselves under any provocation. Neither is there felt in the human heart {of the wicked} any sorrow or pity for them, be they ever so ruthlessly killed. Yet they {the locusts and the Christians} cannot be exterminated by the human hand. For these reasons, they are a perfect symbol of the early {Jewish} Christians' indomitable courage and meekness in the face of the cruel oppression of them by their heartless enemies, and of the impossibility of the latter's {unconverted Jews and Romans} bringing about an extinction of Christianity {by killing the Christian locusts}."--5 Tract, pgs. 65,66 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"And hence it follows inescapably that such Christians {the Catholic priests} as executed the death penalty {during the Dark-Age period} upon those {Christian martyrs--locusts} who disagreed with them, were working against Christ {by killing millions of them} rather than for Him. For, as Christians (locusts), they were commanded not to kill, but to bless even those who 'despitefully' used them. Indeed, to him who would smite them on the 'one cheek,' they were to turn 'the other' cheek. And if he should take away their 'cloak,' they were to let him have their 'coat' also. Luke 6:28, 29."--5 Tract, pg. 75:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Yet, in spite of the persecution and martyrdom which these Christian locusts suffered during the Dark-Age period by the Jews, the Romans, and the Catholics, they survived and their descendants continued throughout the entire New Testament Christian era until the latter days today. And since the "locusts" are Christians, they would be members of God's last Christian church, symbolized as a "candlestick" (Rev. 1:20) named "Laodicea" (Rev. 3:14, which has already been identified as the Seventh-day Adventist church, whose founder was Sis. Ellen G. White.

"When Sister White, the founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church, first began her work, she had a vision concerning the gathering {and sealing} of the 144,000 {who would seek death and cannot die}, which was to be the work of the church."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 5, pg. 17:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

She was the "founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church" because she was a prophetess (1 S.M. 34:5) who had dreams and visions, especially the vision of the 144,000 who are to be sealed by an "angel"--message (Rev. 7:2). The gathering of 144,000 people into its membership, to be sealed later, was "the work of the church." But they could not be sealed until the coming of the sealing "angel" (message). And that is why she predicted in 1890 that God was to send antitypical Elijah the prophet (T.M. 475:3) to the Seventh-day Adventist church to bring the message, symbolized as an "angel" (Rev. 7:2), that would seal the 144,000 saints so they could not die, even though they would seek death.

"Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord' {Mal. 4:5}. Somebody is to come {future tense--sometime after 1890} in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he (a male person--Mal. 4:6} appears, men may say: 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message'."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 475:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Since Sis. White began her ministry in 1844 and wrote in 1890 that Elijah "is to come" in the future, then she was not that Elijah. The Lord proved this fact when He said: "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time." (Judges 4:4). Did you notice that God's Word does not confuse the saints by saying Deborah was a "prophet," a "husband" and a "he"? Why? because God always refers to a male person as a "he" and a "prophet;" whereas He always refers to a female person (such as Deborah) as a "she" and a "prophetess"! And that is why Malachi said "Elijah the prophet" (Mal. 4:5) is to be a male person "he" (Mal. 4:6), as the first Elijah--John the baptist was a "he" (Mt. 3:1-3). This fact proves that Sis. White (a "she" "prophetess") was not referring to herself as Elijah, but to a "somebody"--a "he" "prophet" who "is to come" after her day to the Seventh-day Adventist church.


This antitypical Elijah (Bro. V.T. Houteff) was to have a message of truth, which he entitled "The Shepherd's Rod" (Mic. 6:9). It was symbolized by the "angel" (Rev. 7:2) that was to seal the 144,000 who believed his message. They are known as Davidians, who are symbolized as Christian "locusts" (Rev. 9:3).

"This Association {with Headquarters now at Mt. Carmel Center, 282 Davidian Way, Tamassee, S.C. 29686} shall be known provisionally as The Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, the prophetic off-spring of the parent Seventh-day Adventist, the Laodicean, church.

"The name, Davidian, deriving from the name of the king of Ancient Israel, accrues to this Association by reason of its following aspects: First, it is dedicated to the work of announcing and bringing forth the restoration (as predicted in Hosea 1:11; 3:5) of David's kingdom in antitype, upon the throne of which Christ, 'the son of David,' is to sit."--Leviticus, pg. 3:1,2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"...we are the only people {in the church of Seventh-day Adventists} who have the message of the re-establishment of the House of David, and of restoring 'all things' (Mark 9:12) {by Elijah's message} and are therefore named Davidians,..."--1 Timely Greetings, No. 9, pg. 6:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

And since the harmless and defenseless locusts symbolize the true Christians who were killed (martyred) in times past, but who are today only being persecuted, not killed; then they would be the few saints among the millions of members in the Seventh-day Adventist church who are to be sealed as the 144,000 Davidian "locusts," and who are to seek death but cannot die. Thus, there are two classes of members in the Seventh-day Adventist church: (1) Those people (symbolized as "grisled horses") who persecute the symbolic "locusts" and; (2) those people (Davidian locusts) who are being persecuted (symbolized as "bay horses").

"The double team of horses {leaders}, and their two kinds of colors {grisled and bay}, pulling {the fourth chariot--Zech. 6:3} in two different directions are immediately seen to symbolize a double set of church leaders (the Seventh-day Adventist leaders {grisled horses} and the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist leaders {bay horses}) unlike in character and aim."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 22, pg. 22:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).


But the Seventh-day Adventist leaders (symbolized as grisled horses--Zech. 6:3) persecute the Davidian Seventh-day Adventist leaders (symbolized as bay horses--Zech. 6:3); and they cast them out of the church. They are the same as the harmless and defenseless Christian "locusts" who follow their Messiah (Jesus Christ), while being sealed by Elijah's message of The Shepherd's Rod. [If you want to know more about the grisled and bay horses, then click on that study at the end.] Therefore, these Davidian locusts are not the Branch Davidians who followed their false messiah (David Koresh), because they were not harmless and defenseless while firing their guns at people. And neither were they the saints who cannot die, because the news media stated that eighty six of them died in the fiery burnout of the new Mt. Carmel compound on April 19, 1993. [If you want to know more about the events that led up to the fiery burnout of the Branch Davidians, then click on that study at the end.]

"So now...we find the General Conference {grisled horses leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist church} refusing to let God take the reins in His Own hands (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300), their attempting to usurp His throne by determining that they are to rule the denomination until the end of this world, and their availing themselves of every chance to cast us {Davidians, the bay-horse Christian-locusts} out of their midst, in order to safeguard their control of it."--8 Tract, pg. 53:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The reason Davidian locusts are cast out of the Seventh-day Adventist church, is because they have a message of reformation given to them by their prophet Elijah. And this frightens and torments their leaders, because they do not want a reformation to get started in their churches; since they know that thousands (if not millions) of members are not true believers in Seventh-day Adventist doctrines. And if reformation is urged upon them they would leave the church rather than pay tithes, be vegetarians, wear no jewelry, drink no tea or coffee or liquor, use no tobacco, and enter no movie theaters, etc. And if they left, the ministers (Isa. 56:11) would have less people and less money to collect in the offering plate during church services.

"To punish those {Christian locusts} who were supposed to be evil doers, the {papal} church {during the Dark Ages} has had recourse to the civil power. Those who differed from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to death, at the instigation of men who claimed to be acting under the sanction of Christ....But as the {Seventh-day Adventist} church today is virtually everywhere in subordination to the state, and therefore utterly powerless to impose the penalty of imprisonment, torture, and death, as her predecessors frequently did {during the Dark Ages to the Christian locusts}, in punishment for supposed heresy, the threat of excommunication {being cast out of the church} is consequently the highest price that the Denomination is able to impose upon any {of the Davidian locusts} who would dare to awaken her sleepers {Rev. 3:16}. Likewise it is become her strongest weapon {casting out members} for persuading the awakened to retract and to lapse back into Laodicean slumber and sleep."--White-House Recruiter, pg. 72:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The command given by God to all Christian locusts during the New Testament Christian era, especially to the Davidian locusts today, is to torment "those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads" (Rev. 9:4). That torment, however, is not bodily harm done by the Davidian locusts, because "in no case would we {Davidian locusts} hurt them in the least, but rather would befriend them" (8 Tr. 55:2); instead, it is the tails of the locusts that sting and torment them. And since the "tails" (Rev. 9:10) symbolize their converts who accept Elijah's message of The Shepherd's Rod which the Davidian locusts teach, then it is the knowledge of these converts that stings the guilty conscience of the Seventh-day Adventist leaders and torments them. This is what occurred in the days of the early Christian disciples who were symbolized as locusts:

"Their {locust's} tails representing their converts, and at the same time having stings in them, then, obviously, in the rapid accession of disciples to the religion of Christ, there was a sting, a torment, to the wicked."--5 Tract, pg. 73:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Thus, "the rapid accession of converts ('tails') to the church...enraged the {Jewish} enemies of Christ" (5 Tr. 98:1) which tormented them; and they persecuted and cast them out of the synagogue (Jn. 9:22).

So it is today, the leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist church are tormented by the harmless and defenseless Davidian locusts, when they see some of their members become converts ("tails")--new Davidians. This growing number of Davidians torments and stings these leaders, and they retaliate by casting the Davidian locusts out of their churches so that they cannot study with their members; because the message of Elijah is so powerful that these leaders cannot prove to their members that it is wrong.


Already we learned that some members of the Seventh-day Adventist church (Laodicea) are to be sealed as the 144,000 saints who cannot die; and that they are the Christian "locusts" identified today as the Davidians. But now we must learn how and why they will seek death and cannot die. Since no Davidian today would dare boast that he is immune from death, then it cannot be proven that they are the saints who cannot die, not until the day comes that they seek death. That day will come when the sealing of the 144,000 saints is completed, and the "four winds" (Rev. 7:1), representing the New World Order, which is "religious in aim, and political only in procedure" (3 Ans. 25:0), sets up a church-state confederacy.

God, however, strictly condemns the uniting of His church with the state governments of this world. This fact is noted in the book of Isaiah, during the time of God's church after the kingdom of Israel had split from the kingdom of Judah. The people of the kingdom of Israel had apostatized and worshiped Baal as their God; whereas the people of the kingdom of Judah continued to worship the Lord as their God. In the days of Isaiah, the kingdom of Israel (a church) formed a confederacy with Syria (a state government). Its purpose was to gain strength to defeat the kingdom of Judah and unite them into one kingdom with the kingdom of Israel and worship their false god--Baal.

"And it was told the house of David {kingdom of Judah}, saying, Syria {a state government} is confederate with Ephraim {kingdom of Israel}."--Isaiah 7:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The Lord, however, was against this church (Israel) state (Syria) confederacy, and He predicted through His prophet Isaiah that "Ephraim {kingdom of Israel} be broken, that it be not a people" (Isa. 7:8). This prediction was fulfilled when:

"Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against Samaria {capital city of the kingdom of Israel}, and besieged it....And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria."--2 Kings, 18:9, 11 (boldings, braces added).

Thus, the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel (the church of God) was taken captive, scattered by Assyria, and lost their kingdom, even until this very day; because they had apostatized and united into a confederacy with a state government (Syria) which God condemns. This ancient Israel-Syria confederacy is a type of the church-state confederacy being set up today--the New World Order, as is noted below:

"You remember that the chapter {Isa. 7} unveils a {church-state} confederacy which ancient Israel, the ten-tribe kingdom (the church), made with ancient Syria, a sovereign power of the world, to war against {the two tribes of} Judah, a sister kingdom (church). Inspiration makes a type {1 Cor. 10:11) of that {ancient} church {Israel} and state {Syria} confederacy, and by it definitely points out the trend which the nominal churches and the sovereign powers {state governments} of the world are to take now in the antitype {to set up a church-state confederacy}."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 41, pg. 18:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Isaiah reveals God's condemnation of His church (ISrael) in the Old Testament era for uniting with the state (Syria); which is the same condemnation in the New Testament era as a warning to His church "Laodicea"--Seventh-day Adventists. He strictly forbids them to unite into a confederacy with the state government in America or in any other country where they live. That is the reason why He inspired His prophetess (Sis. E.G. White) to warn the people in the Seventh-day Adventist church not to join any confederacy with the state government. Read her warnings:


"We {Seventh-day Adventist church} are to enter no confederacy with {state governments of} the world, supposing that by so doing we could accomplish more."--6 Testimonies, pg. 17:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Every device that the prince of darkness can suggest will be employed to induce God's servants {in the Seventh-day Adventist church} to form a confederacy with the agents of Satan {in the state governments}."--Prophets and kings, pg. 659:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Those {in the Seventh-day Adventist church} who are yielding to the passion for confederation {with the state government} are working out the plans of the enemy."--8 Testimonies, pg. 28:0 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Today, the New World Order is working to unite the state governments into a confederacy of nations; while at the same time they are working to bring the churches to mutual agreement of Sunday woship. Then they will unite the churches with the states into a world-wide confederacy of one world government, one world politics, one world economics, one world money system, one world day to worship (Sunday), and one world church of Christians and heathens. And while they are doing this, God's angel (Rev. 7:2) will finish the sealing of the 144,000 Davidian saints to make them immune from death; because they are the harmless "locusts" who are defenseless and have no way to escape from being killed by the wicked.

The reason why they are sealed, is because the Davidian "locusts" will heed the writings of Sis. E.G. White, who warned the Seventh-day Adventist church not to unite with the state governments. And when the government urges the churches to unite together with the state, which would include the Seventh-day Adventist church, the Davidians will oppose this confederacy, which is noted in Isaiah's prophecy:

"For the Lord spake thus to me {through His prophet Elijah} with a strong hand, and instructed me {in the writings of his message, The Shepherd's Rod} that I {Davidian locusts} should not walk in the way of this people {who are setting up the New World Order}, saying, Say ye not, A {church-state} confederacy, to all them {people in the Seventh-day Adventist church} to whom this people {who are setting up the New World Order} shall say, A {church-state} confederacy."--Isaiah 8:12 (bold emphasis, braces added).


"God's people {Davidian locusts} are not only commanded not to participate in the {church-state} confederacy, but they are to oppose it 'to all them {the people in the Seventh-day Adventist church} to whom this people {who are setting up the New World Order} shall say, A confederacy.'"--13 Symbolic Code, No. 3, pg. 8:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The way the Davidian "locusts" are to "oppose" the church-state confederacy is not by the use of the puny weapons of men--their swords, guns, bombs, tanks, etc. (4 Ans. 19:4), but by the mighty word of God, which is "powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword" (Heb. 4:12). Again, as already mentioned, they are not the false Branch Davidians who obeyed their sinful messiah (David Koresh) to stockpile guns to kill people. Instead, they are the true Davidian Christians who obey their true sinless Messiah (Jesus Christ) to follow Him to be peaceful and as harmless as locusts. They are not afraid {Ezek. 2:6) to teach the truth, which not only exposes the purpose of the New World Order, but also reveals the snare of their church-state confederacy. But the opposition of the Davidian locusts is not to be directed toward the people of the state governments, but toward the people in the Seventh-day Adventist church. The Davidians will warn them that God strictly forbids them to unite with any confederacy of the world. But only the 144,000 saints (and those saved "with" them) who have been sealed will heed the warning and refuse to join the church-state confederacy. All the rest of the millions of Seventh-day Adventist will join it and be snared, trapped, and slain. (If you want to know more about how they will be slain, then click on that study at the end.)

"All those {Seventh-day Adventist} who are not expecting the {church-state} confederacy {of the New World Order}, but instead are expecting next the reassertion of Roman church supremacy or the battle of Armageddon {in the 7th plague} or something else, are going to fall into this snare {by joining the confederacy}, for it will appear to them harmless and perhaps even a good thing. But it will be their trap."--13 Symbolic Code, No. 3, pg. 10:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).


Millions of people in the Seventh-day Adventist churches will not only join the church-state confederacy, but they will also be angry at the few 144,000 saints and those "with" them who receive the seal. And they will report them to the authorities of the New World Order, as Sis. E.G. White predicted they would do, as noted in her statement below:

"As the storm {of the church-state confederacy} approaches, a large class {of Seventh-day Adventists} who have professed faith in {their doctrine of} the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position {apostatize}, and join the ranks of the opposition {to fight against the truth}. By uniting with the world {violating Seventh-day Adventist principles} and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test {snare of the church-state confederacy} is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side {and join it}. Men {apostate ministers} of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive {G.C. pg. 509:1} and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren {Davidian locusts whom they cast out}. When Sabbath-keepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them {Davidian locusts}, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers {of the New World Order} against them {to have them imprisoned or killed}."--Great Controversy, pg. 608:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"It will be urged that the few {Davidians} who stand in opposition to an institution of the church and a law of the state {New World Order}, ought not to be tolerated; that it is better for them to suffer than for the whole nations {of America and Europe} to be thrown into confusion and lawlessness. The same argument eighteen hundred years ago was brought against {Jesus} Christ by the 'rulers of the people.' 'It is expedient for us,' said the wily Caiaphas, 'that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.' This argument will appear conclusive {to the world court}; and a decree will finally be issued against those {Davidians and any others} who hallow the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, denouncing them as deserving of the severest punishment, and giving the people liberty, after a certain time, to put them to death."--Great Controversy, pg. 615:2 (boldings, braces added).


In times past there were other saints who sought death, and it fled from them. Two examples are noted--Daniel and the three Hebrews. During the time of the Old Testament Jewish era, Daniel the prophet was a saint who also sought death, and death fled from him. Read how it happened when the king made a law that no one could petition (pray) to any god but the king.

"In Daniel's time...if any should violate this law he would be thrown into the lions' den to be eaten by the angry beasts. Daniel, you recall, prayed to God as usual, and in that respect he was seeking death, for he understood that by praying he was violating the law and that the penalty for it would be death. But when they threw Daniel into the den, what happened to him?--Death fled from him."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pgs. 12, 13 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"You remember that just prior to this incident involving Daniel, the King of Babylon made a great image all of gold and gathered all his mighty men and all the people there and decreed that when the trumpet sounded everybody must bow down to his image or be thrown into the fiery furnace to burn to death. Only three Hebrew men in the vast throng refused to bow down, saying that the God whom they served is able to preserve them, but if He chose not to save them they would be willing to die anyway, for they would not worship the image. As a consequence of their disobedience to the king's decree the three youth were thrust into the furnace {to die} by men who themselves were consumed by the intense heat, whereas the boys came out of the furnace with not a hair even singed, nor was there the slightest smell of smoke upon them. This was another example of men seeking death and not finding it."--12 Sym. Code, No. 2, pg. 13:1 (boldings, braces added).

"By preaching in the name of Christ, the Christians in Paul's time were indeed seeking death {by theJews and Romans}. Esteeming it the greatest privilege and honor to die for Him, they desired to do so if others might by their death obtain eternal life."--5 Tract, pgs. 76,77 (bold emphasis, braces added).


So it will be in the latter days; but there is a difference. Though the three Hebrews sought death when they refused to bow to Nebuchadnezzar's golden image, and were not killed by his death decree, they eventually died of old age. And though Daniel sought death when he continued to pray to God, and was not killed in the lion's den, he finally died of old age. And though the {early} Christians sought death when they preached that Jesus was the Messiah, and were not killed by the Jews or Romans, they all ultimately died of old age. But not so with the 144,000 Davidian locusts who will receive a special seal (Rev. 7:2) so they cannot die forever! They, too, will "seek death" when a death decree is made against them for opposing the church-state confederacy of the New World Order, and death will flee from them. But they will not die of old age. Instead, they will live up to Christ's second advent and be translated (1 Thess. 4:17; P.K. 227:2) to live for eternity. [If you want to know more about the "we" Davidans who cannot die, then click on that study at the end.] That is the very reason why they (the 144,000 Davidian locusts), and none others in the entire Bible, will be the only saints living in the latter days who will "seek death" and cannot die in fulfillment of Revelation 9:6--"in those days {latter days} shall men seek death,...and death shall flee from them"!

"Is it not logical to believe that the reason these men {144,000 Davidian locusts} could not die is that they are sealed by God Rev. 7:2)? What else can make men live on and on and no one could kill them? Who, other than God, can give life? And do you suppose that God is going to extend the life of the wicked? He promises to do that only for the righteous, those having the seal of God in their foreheads. Then these that seek death and cannot find it are God's people {the 144,00 Davidian locusts}. They are to live on and on for eternity {and never die}."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pgs. 11,12 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"If God's people {Davidian locusts} are approaching the time {of the New World Order} when they must either confederate {with the state governments} or sacrifice their lives {be killed for not joining}, they must {today} be developing that faith {before the death decree comes} which will cause them to believe that 'in those days {latter days} shall men {Davidian locusts} seek death {by opposing the church-state confederacy}, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.' Rev. 9:6."--13 Symbolic Code, No. 3, pgs. 8, 9 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Throughout the Dark Ages all who dared accept the Gospel were seeking death {by teaching the truth}, and they found it, too {died as martyrs}. So we see that history in the period of the fifth trumpet {time of the Christian locusts--Rev. 9:1-3} discloses that up to this time Revelation 9:6 {when the Davidian locusts in the latter days seek death and cannot die} has not met its fulfillment. But there will yet be a decree before the fifth trumpet {Rev. 9:1) ends, that if men {Davidian locusts} dare to disobey, they must face the threatened penalty of death. Those, however, who have been sealed when the decree comes will seek death {by opposing the church-state confederacy} and death will flee from them. God will not let them die. By faith it is not difficult to understand how this could be, for you know that if God wills that you live you simply cannot die."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pg. 14:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Now it becomes obvious why Sis. E.G. White predicted that the Lord would send His prophet Elijah (T.M. 475:3) to the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1929. He was to bring the message of The Shepherd's Rod (Mic. 6:9) to seal the 144,000 Davidian saints so that they cannot die. Then while the New World Order is setting up their church-state confederacy, which is "religious in aim, and political in procedure" (3 Ans. 25:0), the Davidian locusts will oppose it by telling Seventh-day Adventists not to join it; and only a few thousand (144,000) will listen and refuse to join it. All the other millions will think that the confederacy is a "good thing" (13 S.C. 3:10:3), and their apostate leaders will bring the Davidian locusts to court (G.C. 608:2), and finally a death decree will be issued against them. They will, however, "seek death" by continuing their opposition to the confederacy, even though they know full well that a death decree has been issued to have them killed. But they also know that they have been sealed, and when the wicked try to kill them they cannot die, because they will be protected by angels!

"Though a general decree has fixed the time when commandment-keepers (Davidian locusts} may be put to death, their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and before the time specified, will endeavor to take their lives. But none can pass the mighty guardians {angels} stationed about every faithful soul {who has been sealed}. Some are assailed in their flight from the cities and the villages; but the swords {or any other weapon--4 Ans. 19:4} raised against them break and fall as powerless as a straw. Others are defended by angels in the form of men of war."--Great Controversy, pg. 631:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The reason why death will flee from the Davidian "vanguard and its army...the 144,000" (Lev. 3:2), also those "with" them 1 T.G. 4:27:1; 2 S.C. 5:8), is not because they have on steel armour and guns for protection. Instead, they have been sealed (Rev. 7:2) and marked (Ezek. 9:4) saints, and when they "seek death" (Rev. 9:6) they cannot be killed by the wicked. The guardian angels protect them so they cannot die, as Cain was protected (but not because he was seeking death).

"Cain slew Abel and therefore he deserved to be slain himself. He did not deserve life any longer, but God said that if anybody dare kill Cain sevenfold vengeance would befall him. The Lord put a mark on him for the safety of Cain, and so long as he had the mark no one should dare kill him. What is the mark?--You may say that the mark is as much as an angel guard present all the time. God set a guarding angel with Cain to protect him from anyone's killing him {but if he sought death God would not protect him}. Now we come to another marking period {an angel guard who will protect the 144,000 saints}, that described in Ezekiel 9.

"In this chapter the Lord called the angels who had charge of the city, showing that they had charge of the city perhaps in a way similar to the charge of the angel {guard} over Cain. These six angels who have charge of the city {Seventh-day Adventist church} are called to come forth and one among them is seen to have a writer's inkhorn. And he is to set a mark {angel guard} on everyone that sighs and cries for the abominations {and seeks death}. When the marking is done, then the five other angels which have the slaughter weapons in their hands are to smite {slay--Ezek. 9:6} everyone {millions of Seventh-day Adventists} who has not the mark. This indicates that the mark {angel guard} in Ezekiel 9 {and the seal in Rev. 7:2} assures safety {for the saints} from the angels' slaughter {and from wicked men}."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pg. 9:2,3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's people {Seventh-day Adventists} from the present truth {to seal the 144,000} and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering {seal or mark--angel guard} that God was drawing over His people {144,000 Davidian locusts} to protect them from the time of trouble {death decree}...."Early Writings, pg. 43:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"But now in this period {fifth trumpet--Rev. 9:1-6} before the sixth angel sounds his trumpet {Rev. 9:13}, some men {Davidian locusts} are to seek death and they will not find it, and would desire to die and death would flee from them. They just could not die, for they would be immune to death."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pg. 8:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

It is obvious that when the 144,000 Davidian locusts "seek death" by opposing the church-state confederacy, they will be killed if the Lord does not protect them from the death decree of the New World Order, so that they cannot die. That is why He is drawing a "covering" (E.W. 43:2) over them, which gives them "immunity to death" (2 T.G. 46:34:1); it is the "mark" (Ezek. 9:4) of an "angel guard" (12 S.C. 2:9). They will become "a bullet-proof army" (2 T.G. 8:20:5) after they "receive the seal of protection that will make them invulnerable to death" (12 S.C. 2:21:3).

"To find out what will make these men immune to death, we shall refer to Revelation 7. I doubt that we need to read the chapter, because everyone of us is so well acquainted with it that we can almost quote it verse by verse. You recall that there were four angels stationed on the four corners of the earth, and they were to hold the winds from blowing on the earth and the sea and the trees until the servants, the 144,000, are sealed, for when the winds are loosed they will hurt. After they {144,000 Davidian locusts} receive the seal, though, the winds will blow but they will not hurt the sealed ones, for they have received perfect and absolute protection from all harm {by wicked men trying to enforce their death decree}."--12 Symbolic Code, No. 2, pg. 8:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"In thus pursuing a course against all earthly favor (by proclaiming the message of the 'hour'), they {144,000 Davidian locusts} will be going 'forth as sheep in the midst of wolves' (Matt. 10:16)--'seeking death' {when they oppose the church-state confederacy of the New World Order}. And although happy to 'die' for Christ's sake, or, as the Revelator puts it, though they 'shall desire to die,' the promise is that 'death shall flee from them,' making it impossible for them to die. Even the sword {or any other weapon--4 Ans. 19:4} of the wicked that is raised to kill them, shall break and fall 'as powerless as a straw' (Early Writings, p. 34), making them utterly invincible."--5 Tract, pgs. 77,78 (bold emphasis, braces added).


When President Bush announced the setting up of the New World Order in 1991, the government began a clandestine program to take away the guns from the American people; while other countries followed their lead. The guns in England, Canada, and Australia are being steadily taken away from the people (if not already taken away by now). And once taken away, the New World Order will use their peace-keeping army with guns, to make sure that the common people in any country will never have the right to own a gun. It is obvious, then, that when the New World Order issues a death decree against the 144,000 Davidian locusts, the people will be glad for the "liberty" (G.C. 615:2) given them to kill the saints all at once (and not be prosecutred for murder). And since their governments have taken away their guns, especially in America where they have been confiscated unconstitutionally and illegally; then what weapons can they use to kill the saint with but swords (possibly given to them by their governments). The saints, however, believe by faith that they cannot die, and that they will be alive to meet Jesus at His second advent (1 Cor. 15:52). But the wicked will rejoice when they are given permition to kill the saints with the sword, and they will contest their faith and mock them.

"The wicked exult {boast, brag, mock, taunt, and gloat}, and the jeering cry is heard, 'Where now in your faith? Why does not God deliver you {Davidian locusts} out of our hands (with swords} if you are indeed His people {who cannot die} ?'"--Great Controversy, pg. 630:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"To outward appearance, there was no possiblity of their escape {from the swords in the hands of the mockers}. The wicked had already begun to triumph {by their taunts}, crying out, 'Why doesn't your God deliver you {Davidian locusts} out of our hands {with swords}? Why don't you go up {to 'meet the Lord in the air' 1 Thess. 4:17} and save your lives {and not die as you claim}?'"--Early Writings, pg. 283:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).


The reason they mock the 144,000 Davidian locusts and taunt them to "go up" (E.W. 283:2), is because the New World Order will celebrate their "millennium reign of peace" (according to their Roman calendar) at the end of the six thousand years of earth's history (4,000 yrs. from Adam to Christ and 2,000 yrs. from Christ to the end of this millennium). Then they will say that Christ has come the second time (invisibly) to set up His kingdom, which they will say is their New World Order. But the 144,000 Davidian locusts will tell them that when Jesus comes again, He will appear visibly and "every eye shall see him" (Rev. 1:7). But the wicked will not believe the Davidian locusts that Christ's coming is visible; and that is why they will mock and taunt the saints to "go up" to "meet the Lord in the air" (1 Thess. 4:17) at His visible coming. Note how they will set up their New World Order:

"But today in the religious world there are multitudes who, as they believe, are working for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ as a earthly and temporal dominion {by joining the church with the state}. They desire to make our Lord {whom they say will come invisibly in 2000 to be} the ruler {enforced by the laws} of the kingdoms of this world {the New World Order}, the ruler in its courts and camps, its legislative halls, its palaces and market places. They expect Him to rule through legal enactments, enforced by human authority {of the New World Order}. Since Christ is not now here in person {but invisible as they say}, they themselves will undertake to act in His stead, to execute the laws of His kingdom {by their peace-keeping army}. The establishment of such a kingdom is what the Jews desired in the days of Christ {a kingdom of this world}. They would have received Jesus, had He been willing to establish a temporal dominion, to enforce what they regarded as the laws of God, and to make them the expositors of His will and the agents of His authority. But He said, 'My kingdom is not of this world {not the New World Order}.' John 18:36. He would not accept the earthly throne."--Desire of Ages, pg. 509:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

It is obvious, then, that the New World Order is the devil's counterfeit kingdom of God's kingdom (Dan. 2:44), which will be set up before Christ's second visible coming. The leaders of His kingdom will be the 144,000 Davidian locusts whom He will seal so that they cannot die; and it will be set up when they stand on Mt. Zion with the invisible "Lamb" (Rev. 14:1). [If you want to know more about the kingdom of God, then click on that study at the end.] And as the Jews desired a kingdom of this world, so the great majority of the Christians today desire the same thing. And that is why the great masses of the peoples of this world will celebrate the setting up of the New World Order in the year 2000! So what about you? Which one do you choose?--God's kingdom, or the New World Order?


The first choice is yours--God's kingdom. Some of you readers could be very religious Christians who may be surprised to learn about God's kingdom being set up before Christ's visible coming; and you may have chosen to be a part of it, because you realize that the New World Order is a kingdom of this world which Jesus cannot accept. If so, read other studies on this web site and learn more about God's kingdom (Dan. 2:44) and other truths related to it; so you may know how to have a place init. And when the death decree is issued against the Davidian locusts, you will know not to take the sword (or any weapon) in your hand to execute them.

And the second choice is also yours--the New World Order. You may be the other readers who have chosen to have a part with the New World Order, and you look forward to its great celebration in the year 2000. If so, then its not likely you would believe that the "locusts" (Rev. 9:3) symbolize the true Davidian Christians today who will "seek death" in the near future and cannot die. You may have been told that the "locusts" (Rev. 9:3,6) symbolize those wicked people who will seek death while suffering God's punishment of the seven last plagues (Rev. 16), and the burning by "fire" (Rev. 20:9,10). If so, then when you see the Davidian locusts, those who "seek death" by opposing the joining of the church with the state, what will you do? And when you see church authorities and governmental leaders issue a death decree to give the people liberty to kill the Davidian locusts with their swords (and not be prosecuted for murder), what will you do? And when the governments give the people liberty to kill the Davidian locusts who oppose the kingdom of this world (the New World Order), what will you do? Will you exult and rejoice for that opportunity? Will your conscience allow you to willfully take the sword (or other weapons) in your hand to execute the Davidian locusts? And will you mock them, taunt them, and laugh at their faith that they cannot die? Will you boast that you will show them by the sword in your hand that their faith is wrong and that they can die? If you are not a true Christian, then what else would you do?


To be among the true Davidian locusts is a Christian's choice, but to be sealed as one of the 144,000 who stand on Mt. Sion (Rev. 14:1) is God's choice (Ps. 65:1-4). It is for this reason that Davidians cannot say just yet that they have been sealed. In 1929 the Lord sent His prophet Elijah (Bro. V.T. Houteff) to the Seventh-day Adventist church, and inspired him to give the name "Davidian" to those who followed his message of The Shepherd's Rod, which is to seal them. But after he died in 1955, there arose false Davidians--the "usurpers" (1 T.G. 14:22:0), who led some Davidians to follow them. One such usurper was Ben L. Roden who started the Branch Movement early in 1955. He was a Jew and that is the obvious reason why he instituted the keeping of the ceremonial feast laws among his followers, which was strictly forbidden by Elijah. Read this restriction for all Davidians:

"Broadly speaking, the law of Moses consists of three parts. The first is the Ceremonial law, the law of the temple--the sacrificial law. This law, of course, we {true Davidian locusts} today must not observe, except in antitype {2 S.R. 139:2}, for it foreshadowed things to come, particularly Christ's first advent. Thus it is that if we had lived in Old Testament times and had failed to comply with the sacrificial law and system of that day, we would thereby have demonstrated unbelief in Christ, Who was to come. But since we {Davidians} are living in the Christian era, if we should now observe the typical sacrificial law and system {such as the passover}, we should thereby demonstrate unbelief in Christ, Who has come.

"And so, as this {ceremonial} law was nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14), we need not, and must not, observe it now."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 37, pgs. 14, 15 (bold emphasis, braces added).

The true Davidians obeyed Elijah's message and refused to keep the ceremonial feast laws; whereas the Branch Davidians refused to obey Elijah's restriction, and they kept these ceremonial feast laws. And this meant that they, like the Jews, had rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah; although many of them may not have realized this profound fact! Then after Ben Roden died in 1978, his wife continued to keep these ceremonial feast laws. And while she ruled the Branch Davidians, there came into her camp a young man named Vernon Howell. After she died in 1986, her son George Roden gained control of new Mt. Carmel Center; but Vernon Howell contested him, gained control of the Branch Davidians, and changed his name to David Koresh. And since they continued to keep the forbidden ceremonial feast laws, denying that Jesus Christ was the true Messiah, they were easily deceived by the devil's sinful messiah--David Koresh!

Later, when he and his followers were confronted by officers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), the news media reported that they killed four officers, wounded others, and held them off for fifty-one days. During this stand off, the Branch Davidians kept the feast of the passover, still denying that Jesus Christ was the true Messiah, while they trusted in their false messiah (David Koresh) to deliver them. Instead, he led them to their death in the fiery burnout of the Branch Davidian compound on April 19, 1993; after which the news media reported that eighty six of them died. And many Christians, not knowing the evil of keeping the ceremonial feast laws, could not understand how these people could worship David Koresh as their sinful messiah. That is why several misunderstandings about Davidians need to be explained:


1. The actions of the Branch Davidians have made others think that all Davidians are ceremonial feast keepers, who worship another messiah than Jesus Christ, which is not the truth.

2. The actions of the Branch Davidians have made others think that all Davidians are violent people who stockpile weapons, which is not the truth.

3. The actions of the Branch Davidians have made others think that all Davidians are members of some kind of bad cult, which is not the truth.

4. When eighty six Branch Davidians died along beside their guns in the fiery burnout of the Mt. Carmel compound, it proved conclusively that they were not Davidian "locusts" who were sealed and could not die.

5. And there are others besides the Branch Davidians who teach contrary to the message of the prophet Elijah. These false Davidians are bound into different independent groups or associations. Jesus symbolized them in His parable as "bundles" (Mt. 13:30).


1. True Davidians are harmless "locusts" who do not stockpile weapons; they are conscientious objectors.

2. True Davidians are peaceful Christian "locusts;" and some of them are members of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

3. Other true Davidians in the Seventh-day Adventist church were cast out, and their names deleted from the church books, because they tell others about Elijah's message to seal 144,000 saints and those "with" them.

4. Though true Davidians have been cast out, they still believe that the Seventh-day Adventist denomination is God's church, and still teach its true doctrines.

5. True Davidians teach from the Bible to prove that the New World Order is the counterfeit of the soon-coming kingdom of God (Dan. 2:28,44).

6. True Davidians do not boast to others that they have been sealed and cannot die. If they did, they would be challenged to prove it by some death defying stunt, such as jumping off a tall skyscraper. And since Jesus would not do that (Mt. 4:5-7), then neither would the true Davidians do it.

7. When all of the true Davidians are finally sealed from the "twelve tribes of Israel" (Rev. 7:4-8) and cannot die, then they will know the answer to this question: "Who is to compose the one hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question" (1 S.M. 174:3). And when they know "without question," others will also see and know.

If you want to know more about the locusts, then read Tract No. 5 in the The Shepherd's Rod Series book No. 1, by clicking on--> ORDERFORM.

If you want to know more about the sealing of 144,000, then click on--> STUDY.

If you want to know more about Elijah the prophet, then click on--> STUDY 5A.

If you want to know more about those saints saved "with the 144,000, then click on--> STUDY 24.

If you want to know more about how millions of Seventh-day Adventists will be slain, then click on--> STUDY.

If you want to know more about the "we" Davidans who will be translated, then click on--> STUDY.

If you want to know more about the grisled and bay horses, then click on--> STUDY 12A.

If you want to know more about the events that led up to the fiery burnout of the Branch Davidians, then read about book No. 7, by clicking on--> BOOKREVIEWS.

If you want to know more about God's kingdom, then click on--> STUDY.



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