Painting of Bruce Pennington: Alpha and Omega: The Christ of the Apocalypse
I WROTE ON 25th AUGUST 2016:
San Giovanni Di Polcenigo (Italy)
25th August 2016
G. B.

Polcenigo (PN) (Italy)
10th June 2016  07: 40 p.m.
G. B.
(Comment on the first part by Flavio Ciucani)
4 - The Throne in Heaven (Rev.4)
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said: ?Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.? At once I was in the Spirit, and behold a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,
The seven spirits are those who are in God's sight: the Archangels that in this dimension (history of humanity) obey the Seraphim, the only ones we know.

And before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:

About the "four beings" the explanation of the Christian churches (that Catholic and Orthodox one) seems correct: beyond the UFO explanation, those who have testified by the writings and their lives on "The one who was, who is and who is to come" are the evangelists.
The first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

?Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!?

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

?Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created".

Each (lunar) month there were 24 priests to be present in the temple of Jerusalem, one per day. Twelve are the Apostles according to what was said by Jesus himself. (Matthew 19, 27-29) " Then Peter said in reply, ?See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?? Jesus said to them, ?Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. "The other twelve are those who have imitated Jesus and followed his teaching and the law of God as perfectly as possible. (Revelation 1:5-6) "He has freed us from our sins by his blood  and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father."
5- The Seven Seals Book (Rev.5)

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

It is clear that the "scroll" was rolled up, otherwise the seer could not have seen that it was written also on the back.

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ?Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?? And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

And one of the elders said to me, ?Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.?

The elder who approaches John who is sorrowful suggests that Isaiah speaks of the Messiah who is to come with the same words: (Isaiah 9: 5-6) "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore."(Isaiah 11: 1-2) "There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, (David's Father) and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." It is logically speaking of Jesus, the only one able to grasp the secrets of the Father because only he knows the Father who has given him all power: (Matthew 11:27) "All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son . "The Lamb is Jesus who sacrificed Himself to give men a chance to be redeemed and inherit the new kingdom. (John 1, 29) "John  saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ?Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (1 Peter 1: 18-19)"  knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.?

The Scroll and the Lamb
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, ?Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.?

The harps and bowls are the prayers, the sacrifices and the evangelical actions of the elect.
(Matthew 24, 22) "And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short".

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ?Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!?
He who sits on the throne and the Lamb (Adonay and Christ) are the "centrality" of countless worlds and creatures that have chosen the redemption and therefore to live and realize the Christic values.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

?To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!?

And the four living creatures said, ?Amen!? and the elders fell down and worshiped.
6-The Seven Seals (Rev.6)

The seven seals appear to be not only objects, namely a sign of recognition of the author of the book (sigillum is diminutive of signum), but they seem to be something alive because when they are broken the seer has a vision of anticipation of what is written in the roll, which will be known only  at the breaking of all the seals and then to the fully opening of the roll: the thought, the will of God are the ones who are going to be realized.

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, ?Come!?

It is clear in this chapter the involvement of the four Archangels, called the Avengers of the Earth, or later, in the Christian era, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse: RA-GU-El, "the Wind of God or the Knight of the Wind; U-Ra-El, "the Fire of God"; Sa-Ki-El, "the Armour of God or the Water Knight?; Sa-Ma-El, "God's Punishment."

And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, ?Come!?
And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ?Come!?
And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, ?A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!?

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, ?Come!?
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
The first four seals represent the realization of what Jesus said in Mark 13: 7-8: "And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. 
Much more widely in Luke chapter. 21, 9-27: "And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.?
 Then he said to them, ?Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer,  for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.  You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish.  By your endurance you will gain your lives. But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. ...And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earthdistress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
The Death and the hell will dominate a third of the Earth: the website reports that the nations involved, more or less openly, in conflicts are 67 of 196 !!!

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice,
?O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth??

Mark 13, 27: ?And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.? Luke 18,07: ?And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?Will he delay long over them??

Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ?Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand??

It is true that in the Bible there are similar descriptions, but for the knowledge we have on the effects of the explosion of atomic bombs the vision seems to me clear. The atomic mushroom cloud produces a displacement of air so that it raises a lot of dust and debris that surround the sun like a black bag; earth's axis let the sky and the stars move quickly over the heads of men such as a roll of paper. Powerful people and those who have possibilities will seek atomic shelters or caves. But the greatest fear is instilled by the Lamb.

7-The 144,000 of Israel Sealed (Rev.7)

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, ?Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.?
The four Archangels Earth Avengers will have to wait until the completion of those 144.000 who are marked. Mark 13, 27: "And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven." The tribes are symbolic because later the seer specifies that they will be taken from "every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages".

And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud voice, ?Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!?  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,  saying,

?Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.?

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ?Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?? I said to him, ?Sir, you know.?

And he said to me, ?These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

?Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.?

8 - The Vision of the Seventh Seal Opened (Rev. 8)

When the lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

With the opening of the seventh seal the book is completely opened. The Lamb is coming back to the judge. The silence that is created gives the sense of solemnity of the event and of the expectation of all the creation in the same way as when Jesus came to earth for the first time, which is mentioned in the Protoevangelium of James 18,2-3: "Then, Joseph wandered, but he did not wander.  And I looked up to the peak of the sky and saw it standing still and I looked up into the air. With utter astonishment I saw it, even the birds of the sky were not moving.  And I looked at the ground and saw a bowl lying there and workers reclining. And their hands were in the bowl. And chewing, they were not chewing. And picking food up, they were not picking it up. And putting food in their mouths, they were not putting it in their mouths. Rather, all their faces were looking up. And I saw sheep being driven, but the sheep were standing still. And the shepherd lifted up his hand to strike them, but his hand remained above them. And I saw the rushing current of the river and I saw goats and their mouths resting in the water, but they were not drinking. And suddenly everything was replaced by the ordinary course of events."

The Vision of Seven Angels Given Seven Trumpets

Then I saw the seven angels who stand in God?s presence, and seven trumpets were given to them. Another angel came with a gold censer and stood at the altar. He was given a large quantity of incense to offer on the gold altar before the throne, along with the prayers of all the saints. The smoke from the incense and the prayers of the saints went up from the angel?s hand to God. The angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth. Then there were peals of thunder, noises, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake. The seven angels who had the seven trumpets got ready to blow them.

The Vision of the First Four Trumpets
When the first angel blew his trumpet, hail and fire were mixed with blood and thrown on the earth. One-third of the earth was burned up, one-third of the trees was burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a huge mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the sea turned into blood,  one-third of the creatures that were living in the sea died, and one-third of the ships was destroyed. When the third angel blew his trumpet, a huge star blazing like a torch fell from heaven. It fell on one-third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. One-third of the water turned into wormwood, and many people died from the water because it had turned bitter.

By now the seals were opened, and the contents of the book becomes more clear and precise: the Judgment starts. At the sound of the first four trumpets, the four Archangels, Avengers  of the Earth, who have the power on Air, Water  Earth and Fire, do their duty. In Ukrainian language Chernobyl means wormwood. The Russian scientist Zhores Medvedev said: "... It should be considered approximately one third of the waters with high concentration of cesium 134 and 137, as well as, iodine 131".

When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, one-third of the sun, one-third of the moon, and one-third of the stars were struck so that one-third of them turned dark. One-third of the day was kept from having light, as was the night.

The Vision of the Eagle Flying

Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying overhead say in a loud voice,
?How terrible, how terrible, how terrible for those living on the earth, because of the blasts of the remaining trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!?

The heavenly message embodied in an eagle symbol of John the evangelist.

9 - The Vision of the Fifth Trumpet (Rev. 9)

The sound of the fifth trumpet initiates an event described with symbolic images and  figures. They have to be analyzed without getting involved with historical events that we know and could divert us from the possible interpretation.

When the fifth angel blew his trumpet, I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky. The star was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. It opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and smoke came out of the shaft like the smoke from a large furnace. The sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.

Aster in greek text "astera" means star and it is an image with which it is indicated an "angel". To this Angel "fallen" on Earth Adonay gives the key of the pit of the Abyss. In this case the Abyss is something subterranean in the sense of something hidden, dark without light, treacherous, and the entrance is a pit. When the pit is opened a smoke comes out that expands in the atmosphere and covers even the "sun": it is a clear allusion to something that can spread everywhere and that try to deny the existence of a light, of the sky, of spirituality, of the truth. From the smoke comes out a host of locusts that spread along with the smoke.

Locusts came out of the smoke onto the earth, and they were given power like that of earthly scorpions. They were told not to harm the grass on the earth, any green plant, or any tree. They could harm only the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them, but were only allowed to torture them for five months. Their torture was like the pain of a scorpion when it stings someone.  In those days people will seek death, but never find it. They will long to die, but death will escape them.
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were victor?s crowns that looked like gold, and their faces were like human faces. They had hair like women?s hair and teeth like lions?teeth.
They had breastplates like iron, and the noise of their wings was like the roar of chariots with many horses rushing into battle. They had tails and stingers like scorpions, and they had the power to hurt people with their tails for five months. They had the angel of the bottomless pit ruling over them as king. In Hebrew he is called Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.

The locusts are voracious animals but assimilated to Palestine scorpions that are not deadly but instead causes fevers and amazing muscle pain. The scorpion like the snakes of the sixth trumpet are symbols of satanic forces. In Luke 10, 17-19: "The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ?Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!?And he said to them, ?I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, andnothing shall hurt you.  "
The locusts have their head like human head  to indicate they are intelligent; They have hair like  women's hair that in the stereotype of that period indicates astuteness, malice; on their heads they have golden crown as a sign of power; they show their teeth that are like lion's teeth to indicate they are hungry; their breastplates like iron that indicates the resistance; they have wings to their ability to quickly move to any part of the earth; they are ready for war as horses pawing the ground.
They cannot destroy nature, but they can cause pain to those men who are not marked. Their leader is called in greek Apollyon which means "The Destroyer".
All this suggests the spread of ideas and methods of power against the Christic values thus trying to cover up the thruth with cunning and and ideological evil, showing power and military and political force whose costs are the suffering of those men who now live together and have chosen a materialistic and violent system. If this image is connected with the sixth sound of the trumpet you have the feeling of a cultural preparation of the consensus of the masses. This state of suffering has a limit of time.

The first catastrophe is over. After these things, there are still two more catastrophes to come.

The Vision of the Sixth Trumpet

When the sixth angel blew his trumpet, I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar in front of God. It told the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ?Release the four angels who are held at the great Euphrates River.? So the four angels who were ready for that hour, day, month, and year were released to kill one-third of humanity. The number of cavalry troops was 200,000,000. I heard how many there were.

Adonay let the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse free to indulge human evil to destruction because "someone" has decided to make war. Actually it has already established the time, the day and the month! Here it is inevitable to get distracted by the reason that analyzes the historical background, with the possibility of falling into error: a) Euphrates is a well-defined place and Iraq is located in the region between the Tigris and the Euphrates river; b) the United States, led by George W. Bush senior, and their allies in Europe, in 1990, gave an ultimatum to Iraq after which they would have militarily intervened; the deadline was midnight (the time) on 16 (the day) January (the month)1991 (the year); c) 17 January 1991, after midnight on16th, the US started the war in Iraq. The public opinion around the world had been prepared through a media indoctrination, using deceit and cunning, to a "just war."
The scenes and the means of war are well recognizable in the prophetic vision even behind the technological knowledge of the time.
This was how I saw the horses in my vision: The riders wore breastplates that had the color of fire, sapphire, and sulfur. The heads of the horses were like lions? heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur came out of their mouths. By these three plagues?the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths?one-third of humanity was killed.
For the power of these horses is in their mouths and their tails. Their tails have heads like snakes, which they use to inflict pain.
The rest of the people who survived these plagues did not repent from their evil actions or stop worshiping demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see, hear, or walk. They did not repent from their murders, their witchcraft, their sexual immorality, or their thefts.

It is Important to note that the population survived to the war does not recognize the nefariousness of the action and of the main characters but they accept the materialistic ideology namely basing their existence on money, wealth, material and economic power with everything that goes with it: corruption, prostitution, violence, dishonesty and crime.

10 - The Angel and the Little Scroll (Rev. 10)
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.

Heaven considers that the time has come now... The Angel of Light shouts the Adonay verdict, but it is imposed to the seer to not report what he has shouted. It is probably the Mi-Ka-El (Who is like God) Archangel, commander of the heavenly army, the one who demonstrated loyalty to God by casting his colleague Lucifer-Satan, who had rebelled.

He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, ?Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.?

And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ?Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.?

From this moment, "the mystery of God" namely, the plan of God that Jesus announced to us by his apostles, is going to fulfilled: The Return of Christ as King of the new creation in the role of Judge on what man has realized until now.
The knowledge of what is going to happen is greeted with a sigh of relief because finally there will be a new kingdom, but there will be much pain and much suffering.

So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, ?Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.? And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, ?You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.?