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    WORLD'S FINALE

    A Brief Exposition of the Prophecies of the Seven Churches, the Seven Seals, and the Seven Trumpets ofRevelation

    By

    A. W. ANDERSONAuthor of Through Turmoil to Peace

    1912

    "Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are

    written therein for

    THE TIME IS AT HAND.Revelation 1:3.

    .SIGNS PUBLISHING COMPANY

    (A.C.A. Ltd., Proprietors)Warburton, Victoria, Australia

    Wholly set up and printed in Australia, 1932

    Registered by the Postmaster-General for transmission

    through the post as a book.

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    Introduction

    THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things

    which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified It by His angel unto His servant John: who

    bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

    Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which arewritten therein: for the time is at hand.

    John to the SEVEN CHURCHES which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him

    which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before His throne.

    And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of

    the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and bath

    made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.

    Amen. Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him:

    and all kingdoms of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.

    I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was,

    and which is to come, the Almighty. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation,

    and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of

    God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a

    great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am' Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; and, what thou sees,write in a book, and send it unto the SEVEN CHURCHES which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto

    Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto

    Laodicea.

    And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden

    candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a

    garment down to the foot, and girt about the chest with a golden girdle. . . . And He laid His right hand

    upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the First and the Last: I am He that lived, and was dead; and,

    behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which

    thou has seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the

    seven stars which thou saw in MY right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the

    angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou saw are the seven churches.

    Revelation 1.

    PREFACE

    OVER eighteen centuries ago the Apostle John was banished to Patmos, a small island about thirty

    miles in circumference off the west coast of Asia Minor. Victorinus, Bishop of I'ettau, in Pannonia, who

    suffered martyrdom under Diocletian in AD 303, and who wrote a commentary on the Apocalypse, tells its

    that while John was imprisoned in Patmos, he had to work in the mines. Doubtless the pagan authorities atRome then considered that they had effectively silenced the witness of the apostle by compelling him to

    labor in the mines of Patmos. But they were ignorant of the fact that God could communicate just as

    effectively with His servant in that lonely little island as He could in the great city of Ephesus. And that

    through His apostle He cou1d make known His purposes notwithstanding all that might be (lone by human

    effort to thwart the proclamation of the gospel. Separated as he was from the companionship of his

    brethren, Jesus Christ came to him in his lonely exile. And as he gazed upon the Son of man and Hisheavenly majesty, with His "countenance is the sun shines in his strength," John tells us that he "fell at 11 is

    feet as one dead." Then the Son of God laid His hand upon him and said, "Fear not; I am the first and thelast; I am He that lived and was dead; and behold I am alive for evermore. . . . Write the things which thou

    has seen, and the things which are, I the things which shall come to pass hereafter." Revelation 6-19, R.V.

    How strange it is that men imagine such a vain thing as to defy God! In all ages men have "setthemselves . . . against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands assunder, and

    cast away their cords from us. [But] He that sits in the heavens," says the Psalmist, "shall laugh: the Lord

    shall them in derision." Psalm 2:1-4. Hence the efforts of the pagan rulers of the first century of the

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    Christian era to stop the work of God in the earth, by imprisoning the last of the apostles, came to naught;

    and God used the occasion of John's imprisonment to reveal to the world the ultimate triumph of His church

    over all its foes, and the final overthrow of the kingdoms of this world. All of which are to become the

    kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.

    Chain after chain of prophetic revelations of the future were by Jesus Christ to His apostle, inorder that these divine might be given to His servants for their encouragement to hold fast, and to endure

    unto the end, in spite of the tribulations and persecutions which they would be called upon to bear.

    In the Apocalypse, the prophetic outlines of the Seven Churches, the Seven Seals, and the SevenTrumpets, all indicate in a most convincing manner that we are now living in the time just preceding the

    second advent of Jesus Christ.

    It is the desire of the author to give a very simple explanation of these symbolic outlines of history

    in the hope of awakening the people of today to a realization of the extreme urgency of preparing to meetour God. Soon it will be too late to make any preparation, for we cannot have any part in God's eternal

    kingdom, nor taste of the bliss of heaven, unless we put away sin from the life by repentance, and are

    justified by the blood of Jesus.

    Should this little book fall into the hands of any readers who doubt the possibility of propheticinspiration, or who may be inclined to consider that the prophecies of the Bible are unreliable, or that they

    are the mere imaginings of men, we invite all such to give these simple interpretations of prophecy an

    impartial reading.It should be understood that the author has made no attempt to write a treatise on the Revelation

    for the use of trained theologians; the object of this little book being merely to give the average reader abrief exposition of three of the wonderful prophetic outlines of history which were revealed to the Apostle

    John for the encouragement of the church in times such as these through which the world is now passing.Those who desire a more extended exposition of the Apocalypse, should consult the standard

    works referred to by the author, or such books as "Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation," by Uriah Smith,

    or "The Seer of Patmos," by S. N. Haskell, both of which are procurable from the publishers of this booklet.

    A special blessing is pronounced upon those who read, and hear, and keep the things which were written by

    John at the dictation of Jesus Christ. See Revelation 1:3. Praying that this promised blessing may rest uponall who read these pages, and in the hope that the perusal of these simple expositions may lead many to

    accept the Savior, this little volume is sent out on its mission of love.

    A. W. ANDERSON.

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    1. The Object of the Apocalypse

    IN the Book of Revelation the battle between the forces of good and evil is dramatically described

    in a series of pictorial and symbolical prophecies. For many centuries, in times of tribulation, distress, and

    persecution, the church has found comfort from the assurances of ultimate victory which Christ has given

    to His people in this wonderful book. Therefore, in this time of world-wide perplexity, when "men's heartsare failing them for fear," the promises of victory to the overcomers, which are so clearly enunciated in theApocalypse, should be a source of continual encouragement to the Christian.

    In this little publication no effort has been made to do more than to give a very simple exposition

    of the great truths which are revealed in some of the beautiful symbolical prophecies of the Apocalypse, inthe hope that those who desire to understand the meaning of the present world-wide turmoil, unrest, and

    perplexity, may find in these pages that very laudable desire satisfied.

    The object for which the Book of Revelation has been given to the church is definitely stated. It isto make known "things which must shortly come to pass." For this reason we are following in this

    exposition what is known by theologians as the Historical System of