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“…there will the eagles be gathered together.”

David: Henry.., In 1985 I presented a truth, and everybody that’s here I had to debate, and I had to talk to, and I had to show from the scriptures. I had to prove my point for many hours and days and months, and sometimes years with certain people. They weren’t the scholars, they weren’t the theologians. I have a very unique group here.

Mount Carmel was a rundown, ramshackle piece of land located a few miles east of the city of Waco. It felt like a strange place when I first arrived there towards the end of 1989. I was invited to visit the summer of that year after sitting in on a couple of unofficial studies David gave at our college campus while on a visit to England. He literally just dropped by as I was near the end of a graduate program in Ministry. Since 1980 I had been involved in organized religion and felt a keenness to get to the heart of what this was all about. I took the opportunity to pursue a course of formal study. My quest was more spiritual than it was religious. I remember thinking to myself as I neared the end of my program, “…is this all there is?” I had learned a lot of techniques and general knowledge, but it all felt academic, not even religious let alone spiritual. The brief moments I had spent with David sparked my interest much beyond what I had learned. There was definitely something here which needed further investigation. Not unnaturally then I took him up on his invitation.

The strangeness I felt when I arrived at Mount Carmel seemed also to have within it a yet undefined sense of destiny. I had not traveled to the U.S. before but I remember having a certain sense during my school days while in England that America would be in my future. In this regard then by coming here I was merely walking the path of my life. I found the people of this community to be warm and deeply devoted in their faith and pursuit of truth. It left an impression I would describe as primitive Godliness. Something I felt a kinship to. I would visit Mount Carmel several times before the events of Feb.28 to April 19, 1993. On my last visit before these events transpired, my wife Yvette and our two children as well as my mother were with me also. They had visited on previous occasions. My wife even went with the children by herself on one of those. It was an enriching experience, but there was more to all this. We were now in the theatre of what would become one of the most controversial events in modern U.S. law enforcement history. But even this was only a by- product of something far greater. It would be the place where eagles gather; from which a divinely ordained witness would be given to the world that God had visited the earth.

Mount Carmel became the place where the book sealed with seven seals would be revealed by the one chosen of heaven. You will recall in Chapter 1, only the lamb could open the book and loose the seven seals. It therefore followed also that only the lamb could show the meaning of them here on earth. By writing about them here this is only as an introduction and review of what David Koresh has already shown. In light of Rev. 10:7, where it is stated, “…the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” the details regarding the meaning of the seals were already revealed to the prophets. What is recorded in the book of Revelation concerning them provides an overview written in cryptic language and tends to focus less on meaning and intricate detail. Things were set up this way as a safe guard against imposters who might seek to usurp the position and role of the lamb. They would have to show the meaning of the seals, not as speculative interpretations and reasoning borne of their own imaginations, but according to the details written in the prophecies. The way this works was demonstrated by Christ 2,000 years ago. Earlier we referred to Luke 24:44, where he said to his disciples after the resurrection,

44 And he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms.

It was further stated in verse 45,

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.

Here Christ showed his disciples the things concerning him as they were written in the scriptures. This was the basic principle by which the truth of God was established to be so. And which would also confirm the one revealing it as having legitimate authority. Here even Christ, despite his position as the sent of God, relied on the scriptures to affirm the truths of God that he taught. In this respect he simultaneously affirmed the scriptures as the fundamental authority of truth. This is in contrast to the traditions or learned opinions of men. In Mt. 15:1-9; 23:1-33, he strongly denounced such opinions and traditions, declaring them fundamentally flawed. They were not to be relied upon as the basis of truth. The one who would show the meaning of the seals would do so then according to what was already written concerning them in the scriptures. We are given an even more detailed account of how this works in Isaiah 28, which underlines how important this is. Note verses 9-13,

9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?

them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of YHWH was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Note the reference to being, “…weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts.” We are dealing with the deep truths of God, not religious sentiment. Here, the kindergarten rhyme, “…Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so…” doesn’t cut it. In verse 10, the truths of God are scattered throughout the scriptures. They have to be gathered as you would the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, each piece containing a little part of the big picture. It is recorded in Ps. 97:11, “light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.” The verses and chapters of scriptures contain the precepts/perceptions relating to the larger picture of truth. The problem is finding them. This can involve tedious work which not many like to do. But this is part of the process in becoming exercised in the knowledge of truth. It allows us to acquire learning in things spiritual. This is not just a theoretical exercise to satisfy intellectual curiosity. It is about truth and righteousness which has to do with the salvation of mankind. There is an element of commitment involved. You will recall the statement of Paul in Heb. 2:3,

3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.

In Rev. 22, relating to the matters of the Judgment, John was further told in verses 10-13,

10 And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still, he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13 I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

In verse 14, we are encouraged as well as being shown what is at stake here, immortality,

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

As we continue in verses 18&19, the blessing of verse 14, is punctuated with a warning from Christ,

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

What is mentioned here was of significant consideration in the formulation and shaping of our faith and beliefs. This concerned the salvation of our souls. Something we took very seriously; of more importance than our temporal lives. The fact of this demonstrated itself by the position we took when we were attacked. You will recall the words of Christ noted in Mt. 16:25&26,

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The information concerning the meaning of the seals was hid in the scriptures until the time they were to be fulfilled. The prophet Amos wrote concerning this in chapter 3:7&8,

7 Surely the lord YHWH will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

8 The lion hath roared, who shall not fear? The lord YHWH hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

In Hosea 12, it was also noted in verse 10, where God says, “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.”

It is important to understand how the book of Revelation connects with the prophetic books. The book of Revelation itself has for its main focus, the book sealed with seven seals in the right hand of the one sat on the throne. The angel of Rev. 10 comes to earth with a form of that book. The information contained in this book, which is what the seven thunders uttered, was also written about in the prophetic writings of scripture. So then we have three layers of books to consider in deciphering the meanings of the seals. The first is the book of Revelation John wrote which talks about the book sealed with seven seals. The second is the book sealed with seven seals itself. Thirdly, the books of the prophets which contained the details of what the seals mean. The book of Revelation John wrote provides the platform to launch into the study of the seals. Having a working knowledge of what is contained in all 22 chapters is helpful. The greater the amount of this information one holds in the mind at the same time the more one is made able to see of the big picture. The understanding this provides serves a purpose beyond just learning what the seals mean. This has to do with the sealing of those who are to be saved in preparation for the return of Christ at the opening of the sixth seal. It is not solely about learning information. There are also faith related experiences. These involve acting in faith under the guidance of the Spirit of God. This is not something one is always conscious of. It is about conscientiously doing right. These experiences add to and strengthen faith, as well as assist in expanding what we are able to know of God.

You will recall the excerpt I used to open this Chapter,

"…In 1985 I presented a truth, and everybody that’s here I had to debate, and I had to talk to, and I had to show from the scriptures. I had to prove my point for many hours and days and months, and sometimes years with certain people. They weren’t the scholars, they weren’t the theologians. I have a very unique group here."

on April 18, the last day before Mount Carmel would go up in flames. What he stated here describes precisely what the underlying reality of Mount Carmel was essentially about. It was a place where the seven seals were being taught, much like the schools of the prophets in biblical times. There were people there from a range of different backgrounds and personalities. Added to this were the practical considerations involved in the day to day running of a community like this. These matters were of course secondary. What held it all together was the truth that was being taught and who David was in light of it.

The way things were set up was such that anyone could have attended. But if the pursuit of the knowledge and truth of God was not the principle motive why you were there it is likely you would leave. There were those who did leave, of their own accord. There were also those who David asked to leave. The teaching of this truth held the understanding we would be brought into harmony with its tenets. It was progressive and got clearer as well as deeper as we followed on to apprehend it. We often spent long hours into the night and early hours of the morning in bible studies. David and the other band members also played music as a way to help reinforce the Spirit of what we were being shown. You have heard of the word made flesh, how about the word made music! What we also did in the day to day upkeep of the place added to this. Given the practicalities and the diversity of people who were there we had to learn to embrace this for truth sake. In a very real way it fostered the ideal of our being literally bound together by truth. The power of this would ultimately reveal itself as we stood in defense of it and of each other in the face of death. This experience was helpful in allowing a clear grasp of how the “state” subtly takes to itself the filial bonds of love and trust normally associated with kinship and family for its own continuity. This has had its effect in weakening the family unit and the goodwill it was designed to help foster among men. As an institution the family is a divine creation. It has become exploited as just another commodity on the market in the interest of the state and economy. We understand that America is not the kingdom of God. It is not the “City set on a hill” spoken of by the prophets and by Christ in Mt. 5:14. Neither are any of these nation states that now exist in the world. Why would we therefore give our souls to them? The kingdom of God is not built by men. It is built by God himself by supernatural means. This is akin to the creation of the earth and the universe recorded in the book of Genesis and shown in the book of Revelation. It is the hope and reality of this that we owe our lives and loyal support.

We now turn to the meaning of the seals as they were shown by David. Bear in mind this is introductory not exhaustive. David started to write them down before he was killed on April 19. They are a lot more challenging to explain in this form. You will recall in Rev. 6:1, as the seals were being opened there was the noise of thunder. As the lamb opened the first four seals we are shown a rider on a horse of different colours, white, red, black and pale. By now this should be familiar. With each of these seals we were also given a certain amount of information, the meaning of which needed to be determined. Now, who is the rider shown riding these horses and what do the pieces of information mean? This is what we are trying to find out. Starting with the first seal we turn our attention to the Psalms. Note the beginning verses of chapter 45; I emphasize key words and phrases for ease of recognition,

My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the kings enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of Gladness above thy fellows…

What we are shown here is a scene reflecting the Judgment that John went to heaven to see. It contains quite a lot of information; we begin our analysis in verse 1. Who is the one referred to here whose, “…heart is inditing a good matter…”? Notice he speaks of the things he has made relating to the king. Who is this king he refers to? He does not speak these things audibly, but instead as the text states his, “…tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Presumably he writes them down, but where? Could this be in a book? The process of deciphering the meaning of the seals turns on detail. We have to get a little technical about the details of scripture while at the same time hold in our minds what was shown in Rev. 6, as the seals were opened. Under the first seal we saw a rider who had a bow and a crown was given to him. Kings wear crowns and bows shoot arrows. You will recall also the one who sat on the throne did not speak instead he held a book in his hand. This is what is being referred to here in Ps. 45. It is the one who sat on the throne, whose heart is inditing a good matter. As the seals were opened the rider on the horse under the first seal was given a crown. He is the one spoken of here in Ps. 45, as the king. In verse 3, he has a sword. This is what was shown as the second seal was opened. In verse 4, he is commanded to ride prosperously. Obviously he rides a horse. In fact he is the one who rides all the horses shown as the seals were opened. In verse 5, he shoots arrows. You need a bow to shoot arrows. The rest of Ps. 45 gives us additional information about this king. In verse 9, he is to be married and bear children who are to become princes throughout the earth. This relates to the marriage of the lamb shown in Rev. 19:5-9. Christ is to be married. We spoke of this in our review of Isaiah 53:10. You will recall where it was stated, “…he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of YHWH shall prosper in his hand.” This is to be a marriage that is truly made in heaven. One in which all who are of Christ are to take part! It all fits together perfectly.

In showing us Ps. 45, David pointed to this as the pivotal psalm linking the entire book of psalms to the first seal. The other psalms provide us with further information about this figure. For instance Ps. 1,

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of YHWH: and in his law does he meditate day and night.

The counsel of God noted here refers to the Judgment John went to heaven to see where it was established only the lamb could open the book and loose the seals. All who walk according to this counsel are accounted blessed. This is quite apart from looking to Vatican in Rome. The White House in Washington, or any of the many other counsel chambers of men. Do we set the counsels of men above the counsel of God? Clearly not!

Having Knowledge of the counsel of God we are conscientiously bound by it if we value our souls. This is as it should be.

The psalms are prophecies too. But they are written in an artful, poetic form. There is a way to master them that allows one to see the prophetic thread of truth running through them. The daily repeating of them as one would a song was part of this process. But seeing how they link to the Judgment is essential. In the previous Chapter I made reference to several of the psalms in connection with the Christ figure who was to come through the lineage of Joseph. In Ps. 2; it was written,

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the great men take counsel together, against YHWH and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.

The bands and cords referred to hear relate to the seven seals. In verse 1, the kings and rulers of the earth are shown in opposition to God and the one he has anointed to reveal the seals. Though this was applied to the Christ event 2,000 years ago, it was also fulfilled in the opposition to David Koresh and our community at Waco. In verses 4&5 we hear the response that is to follow from the one sat on the throne,

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: YHWH shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

We are to see the fulfillment of verse 5, when the sixth seal of Rev. 6:12-17, is opened. It is possible to write at length here concerning this but our purpose is to reveal a little of how this all fits together. Enough to make apparent there is a clear spiritual frame of reference by which all of this is understood.

The second seal relates to the book of Zechariah. In Rev. 6:3&4, we were shown a rider on a red horse. We find its counterpart here on earth in Zech. 1. Note verses 7-9, where Zechariah states,

7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of YHWH unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet saying,

8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

9 Then said I, O my Lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.

Notice the man on the red horse in verse 8. In verse 9, Zechariah asked his attending angel the meaning of these. This would be the same question asked as the seals are opened in Rev. 6. The prophets did not always understand what was being shown them. They were looking forward at the future as we today look back at the past. There are issues regarding how we make sense of what we see. Here the angel responds to Zechariah saying, “…I will shew thee what these be.” The answer is briefly revealed in verses 10-15, but the broader details take up the entire book of Zechariah. Note what was stated in verses 10-15,

10 and the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, these are they whom YHWH hath sent to walk to and fro the earth.

11 And they answered the angel of YHWH that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, we have walked to and fro the earth, and behold all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.

You will recall in Rev. 6:4, the rider on the red horse was given power to take peace from the earth. Here in Zech. 1:11, it is stated, “…all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.” Remember this is the time of Judgment and the world is seemingly oblivious to what’s going on. There is obviously a problem with this. You would think people would want to know what is going on. This “rest” that prevails in the earth is not of God. God’s peace is borne of righteousness and truth. This is a far cry from the prevailing state of things in the earth men seemingly content themselves with. We continue in verse 12,

12 Then the angel of YHWH answered and said, O YHWH of Host, how long will thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?

13 And YHWH answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.

14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, cry thou, saying, thus saith YHWH of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great jealousy.

15 And I am sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Notice the reference to the, “…threescore and ten years.” of verse 12. Also the, “…good and comfortable words.” the angel heard from YHWH concerning Jerusalem and Judah.

We were shown back in verse 7, that Zechariah received this vision in the second year of Darius. He was the Median King noted in Dan. 9:1. This was at the time the Southern kingdom of Judah had been taken captive for almost 70 years. This was the immediate historical context in which this vision was given. But like John, with the Revelations, Zechariah also here was being shown things in the future beyond his day. These things related to the time of Judgment. The reference to the man on the red horse is what we are shown in Rev. 6:4, regarding the second seal. We know what happened under King Cyrus, where he permitted the Jews to return to the land to rebuild Jerusalem. This is picked up in the book of Ezra. What we are doing here is separating out the prophetic from the historic. The book of Zechariah, as a depositary of the meaning of the second seal, speaks of God’s intent to set up his kingdom in Jerusalem. This will take place on the Mount of Olives to the east. It uses the historic captivity of Judah by the Babylonians, and their subsequent return to the land under Cyrus as a platform to launch into the prophecy of the future kingdom. The removal of both the tribes from the land by Gentile rulers, on account of their disobedience, signaled the beginning of what came to be described as the times of the Gentiles. This has extended up to the present time. But the times of the Gentiles would also come to its end, as they too would show themselves short of the grace of God. This is spoken of in Rev. 11:1&2, in connection with the angel of Rev. 10; and the matter concerning the two witnesses who were killed by the beast, symbolic of the Gentile rule. It is shown here in Zech. 1:15, where God is sore displeased with the heathen, as he had been with the Jews, for their lack of regard for the matters concerning the Judgment. It would have been enough to not have paid any attention to it, but they actively opposed it. You will recall the reference to Ps. 2; concerning the response of the kings and rulers of the earth. In verse 3, they said among themselves,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

We showed how this related to the matters concerning David Koresh and the events at Waco. Their response to us was the reason it was said in Zech. 1:15, “…for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.” How they treated us turned what was a small displeasure into a fully blown sore displeasure. They have done precisely the same thing the Jews did to Christ 2,000 years ago. In Christ’s parable of the Wicked Husbandmen noted in Mt. 21:33-46, he spoke of how the leaders of the Jews conspired together to have him murdered. We see the actual council they held recorded in John 11:47-50. This would eventually lead to them manipulating the Roman state to carry out their crime while making it appear that it was Christ who was the criminal deserving of death. What happened with us at Waco followed the same pattern. What is shown here in Zech. 1:15, corresponds to Ps. 2:5, where it states that God, “…shall speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” This takes place at the opening of the sixth seal shown in Rev. 6:12-17, the next event that is to follow in the matters concerning us. Then everything hidden will be uncovered. You will note their reaction in verse 15 & 16, when this happens,

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the lamb:

It would seem from their reactions that it would have been a good idea to have paid attention to the matters regarding the Judgment. In any case, the Gentiles bring the end to their rule by their response to the one sent them of God. They abrogated the grace they were under.

We catch a glimpse here of how the seals build on each other allowing us to see the whole picture. It dawns as the morning sunrise. The meanings are then clearly seen as the details are viewed against the backdrop of the much larger spiritual framework of understanding. It takes time to build this. You will recall the reference to Isaiah 28:9-13. At best we can only introduce something of the workings of it here. The meanings deepen and broaden as we go along. It would require several books to unravel. The fact of the matter is the information is already there written in scriptures. It is just a case of knowing how it all fits together. At Mount Carmel we were being shown the mechanics of this.

We turn now to the third seal of Rev. 6:5-7. Here the rider is shown with a pair of balances in his hand. What does this mean? It then gets to talking about, “…a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” On the face of it one might think this is talking about famine. But is it really? And if it was talking about famine where would we go to find out the circumstances surrounding it? The thing is not to guess at it, but find out the actual meaning. There is a difference between offering our opinion, and actually knowing what the thing means. What does the lamb says it means according to the scriptures? We turn to the book of Hosea chapter 12. Note verses 6&7,

6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait upon thy God continually.

7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress.

Note where it states, “…the balances of deceit are in his hand…” What are we seeing here? It was already shown who the rider of the horse is. Consider further the information given in Rev. 6:5-7. It is usually the case that barley is more expensive than wheat, the latter being more plentiful. But what we have on offer here is three measures of barley compared to one measure of wheat for the same price of a penny. The seller wants to get rid of the barley more than he does the wheat. There is something about the barley why there are few buyers. This causes the seller to offer three times the amount for the same price as the wheat in order to attract buyers. There is a truth here connected to something written in Lev. 23, concerning what was called the wave sheaf. Note verses 9-11,

9 And YHWH spake unto Moses, saying,

10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when you be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruit of your harvest unto the priest.

11 And he shall wave the sheaf before YHWH, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Notice this offering of the wave sheaf was to occur before the harvest. It was shown in the previous Chapter, “For wheresoever the carcase is…,” that these practices given to Israel held meanings beyond the practices themselves. In his parable of the wheat and the tares in Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43, we saw how Christ described the events at the end of the world using the illustration of the harvest. How does this matter of the wave sheaf link with the information given under the third seal and what is stated in Hosea 12:7?

You will remember the story of Gideon and the Midianite host noted in Judges 6&7. The entire story is an interesting read. It tells of how Gideon and his small band of 300 men would triumph against the considerably greater numbers of the Midianite. For our purposes here note chapter 7:13-15,

13 And when Gideon was come, behold there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, behold, I dreamed a dream, and lo a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came into the tent, and smote it and it fell, and overturned it that the tent lay along.

14 And his fellow answered and said, this is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand have God delivered Midian, and all the host.

15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the dream and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned unto the host of Israel, and said, Arise; For YHWH hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

Notice the reference to the cake of barley bread in verse 13. It was used to describe Gideon and his band of men. Now recall what was written in Hosea 12:7, regarding God, “He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand…” Gideon started out with 32,000 men. God had him trim the numbers down to only 300. Through this small group of men God would bring the fall of the Midianite host. The lesson here as it relates to the third seal is that God wanted to make more barley bread. Or as it relates to Lev. 23, he wanted to gather the wave sheaf to be offered in order that the harvest, those who are to be saved, could be gathered. This had to take place before the 144,000 and the great multitude could be gathered. The problem was, nobody really wanted to be offered. Nobody wanted to be made barley bread to carry out God’s purposes. They all preferred to be wheat bread! Under guidance from God, Gideon would play a trick on the Midianite host by which they would be defeated by a handful of chosen men. So likewise, at the time of the end God is to bring the fall of Babylon, who through her sorcery and deceit has corrupted the earth filling it with her abominations. She has imposed upon the world a social order and governance that rejects God and by reason of which aligns it with the Devil. We see this spoken of in Rev. 12; 13; 17; 18. In Rev. 18:2&3, an angel comes to earth and declares how things have become here,

2 And he cried with a loud voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Notice the reference to a, “…cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” The world is turned into a prison house of evil with the prospect of it being destroyed looming before it. Despite this state of things, we were shown in Zech. 1:15, in connection with the second seal, how, “…all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.” It is as though this existing corrupted state is accepted as the ideal of life for which men are to order their lives. But this is not life it is death. That collective state Christ hinted at in Mt. 8:22, where he stated to that disciple who wanted to first go bury his father before following him, “…let the dead bury the dead.” The principle idea ordering the world stems from Lucifer’s rebellion from God. Its entry in the earth relates back to what happened in the Garden of Eden. In its present form this is reflected as the evil conspiracy spoken of by Christ in his parable of the Wicked Husbandmen recorded in Mt. 21:33-46. Relating this to the Jewish leaders of his day he stated in verses 37-39,

37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, they will reverence my son.

38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

The husbandmen thought to murder the Son and steal his inheritance and thereafter enjoy their ill-gotten gains without repercussion or consequence. The world has lived under this cloud of justice undone as a moral blight on its conscience the past 2,000 years. In Rev. 13, we are shown the system and governance of the world referred to as a beast. In connection with this we are further shown in Rev. 17, the woman Babylon who is carried by the beast. In verses 6&7, it is stated concerning her,

6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

7 And the angel said unto me, wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The woman referred to here is Jerusalem and those who come of her. Through the beast she makes war against the followers Christ as she did Christ himself. We noted how the leaders of the Jews conspired among themselves using the Roman state to have him killed. She is spoken of in verse 18, as, “…that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” In Ezekiel 16, this is further explained in greater detail.

Regarding the matter of the Judgment, under third seal God has a little trick for Babylon that brings about her fall. It is recorded in Hosea 4:1-5, concerning this,

Hear the word of YHWH, ye children of Israel: for YHWH hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

2 By swearing and lying, and killing and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another; For the people are as they that strive with the priest.

5 Therefore shall thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

Strange as it may seem there are those who actually think they can deceive God. But you will recall the balances of deceit are in his hand. The book of Hosea contains the finer details concerning this. We are also shown how God pleads with the inhabitants of the land to amend their ways in order to avoid their destruction. In Rev. 18, the fall of Babylon impacts the entire world which has become enmeshed in her influence. The rider on the black horse under the third seal gathers the group of people called the wave sheaf. They are to play a key role in the fall of Babylon which brings an end to the system and order of the world as it presently is. In Isaiah 21; we are given a brief preview of what this entails. Note the report of the watchman when asked what he sees in verse 8&9,

8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

9 And, behold, there cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horse men. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

Notice the reference to the lion in verse 8, and the chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen in verse 9. These are shown in connection with the fall of Babylon. How does a lion and a chariot of men with a couple of horsemen bring what is effectively the end of the world? We develop this further in the Chapter 5, of this book, “…together until the harvest…”

The fourth seal, with the rider on the pale horse, takes us to the book of Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 37:1-14, we are introduced to God’s army who are to be resurrected in the last days and charged with executing his Judgment. Note verse 10, as Ezekiel was commanded to resurrect them,

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

This is a real army who are to be literally brought back to life from the dead in these last days. These are the 200 million spoken of in Rev. 9:16, under the sixth trumpet. They are also shown in Joel 2. Note verses 1-11,

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of YHWH cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there have not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

7 they shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one in his ways, and they shall not brake their rank:

8 Neither shall one thrust another: they shall walk every one in his path: and when they shall fall upon the sword they shall not be wounded.

9 They shall run to and fro in the city; and they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

11 And YHWH shall utter his voice before his great army; for his camp is very great: for his is strong that executeth his word: for the day of YHWH is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Notice the imagery in verses 10&11, indicating when they are to appear. This links with the opening of the sixth seal and the return of Christ in glory. In verse 8, as God’s army of the resurrection they cannot be killed. They are to execute God’s wrath upon the wicked. This all takes place within the context of the Judgment. In Rev. 19:11-21, they are shown again riding with their commander, the lamb. Note verses 13-15,

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of the almighty God.

In the parable of the Wicked Husbandmen, the father sent the Son in the spirit of love and peace. The intent was to reverence him, not kill him. There was no unrighteousness in this. But out of their evil hearts the wicked husbandmen murdered him. In the above references we see the son come again. This time he comes to execute the wrath of God. In Mt. 22:7, in a related parable we read,

7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Men would have brought this upon themselves. In the Judgment it is fully established who the enemies of God are. It is noted in Ps. 21:8, concerning this,

8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

You will recall in Rev. 5; what is in the right hand of the one sat on the throne. The book sealed with seven seals which contains the unspoken thoughts of God. As we shall see in Chapter 5, of this book, men will have pronounced their own Judgment upon themselves. A direct result of how they responded to the seals as they were being revealed here on earth. Here under the fourth seal we are shown what is to be the execution of God’s wrath. These events take effect as what is referred to in Dan.12:1-3 as the time of trouble. This is also referred to as the great tribulation in Mt. 24:15-29. It was stated in Rev. 6:7&8, that the rider on the pale horse was, “…Death, and hell followed with him.” his purpose was to kill. In these matters relating to the Judgment we are shown two realities being worked out side by side, Justice and Mercy, they each result in a different outcome.

Another feature of the book of Ezekiel that relates to the seals in general is a piece of information found in chapter 47. Here we are shown a man with a measuring line that we first saw at the beginning of chapter 40. Chapters 40-48, contain one continuous prophecy that relates to the Messianic kingdom as it is to be set up east of Jerusalem. In verses 1-5 of chapter 47, note the reference to the waters that come from the temple as Ezekiel is further shown the design and workings of it,

Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood towards the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters, the waters were to the ankles.

4 Again he measured a thousand, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees, again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

Note as the waters came from the temple there were four measures, each with an increasing amount until the fourth which was too deep to pass over. Whilst what was shown to Ezekiel here was an event that literally takes place it also has an application to the seals. In Deut. 32:2, it was recorded concerning these truths of God that come from the temple in heaven,

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain; my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb and as the showers upon the grass.

Over in Isaiah 40:12, we read, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand…” You will recall the book in the right hand of the one sat on the throne. Also the little book open in the hand of the angel of Rev. 10; in verse 1, he was clothed with a cloud and a rainbow upon his head indicating rain. Back in Ezek. 36:24&25, it was further stated regarding Israel,

24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

The way David Koresh related the four measures noted above was that it provided a perspective on the amount of truths the seals contained. The first measure related to the first seal. As we saw in Ezek. 47:3, it reached only to the ankles. For the depth of truth this contained it was something we could wade in without fear of being drowned by it. I recall during my imprisonment meeting a fellow prisoner who had committed to memory almost all of the psalms. I had memorized a good amount myself. On occasions when we met we had some meaningful conversations on the deeper meanings they contained. One needed to have a certain command of the text borne of meditative reflection to do this properly. You invariably ended up memorizing large portions of it. But as shown here in Ezekiel, even the complete mastery of the psalms only provides a limited understanding of these truths of God. It merely allows us to get our feet wet, a helpful experience from which to build further. I am reminded of Ps. 42:7,

7 Deep calleth unto deep, at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

The waterspouts noted here refer to the prophets and servants of God through whom in times past God communicated the truth. But the one speaking in this psalm, as indeed in other psalms, is also noted as being of the deep himself. Earlier we referred to Num. 20:1-13, where Moses struck the rock twice with his rod and the waters gushed out. It was shown how the rock was symbolic of Christ and the waters indicated the truths of God that was in him. Thirst quenching, heart cleansing waters. This is also spoken of in Rev. 22:17, as the water of life. Quite a number of the Psalms were written by King David, the father of Solomon. In 2 Sam. 23; we read the following concerning him as his death approached,

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised upon high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet Psalmist of Israel, said,

2 The Spirit of YHWH spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

King David was deemed a man after God’s own heart. He did the will of God, though he was not faultless. You will recall the incident with Bathsheba and Uriah her husband. Nevertheless, he was a waterspout of important truths regarding Christ which he wrote in the psalms. You may note for example Ps. 22; 40; 69. Many of the earlier psalms were written by him.

What is shown here in Ezek. 47 provides a helpful measure of what is involved as we seek to know the mind of God. The second seal, which builds on the first, reaches to the knees. It was noted in our discussion of Zechariah, this introduces us to the truth concerning the kingdom. The Kingdom of God is to be established here on earth. We are given more information regarding this in Ezek. 40-48.

The third seal takes us below the waist in terms of the waters of truth it represents. We are shown here how God turns again to gather Israel as the times of the Gentiles come to an end. When the Jews rejected Christ 2,000 years ago the message of salvation went to the Gentiles. This is where the focus has been ever since. With the waters of the fourth seal going above our heads we are informed of things to come beyond sensory perception and the reasoning that come of it. The natural meets the supernatural first-hand challenging the very foundations of the prevailing human reason and consciousness.

David’s mission was to reveal the seals. To learn the meaning of them meant you were actually being sealed and therewith saved. It was the rejection of them that creates the condition for the death and destruction they speak of. What is shown happening at the opening of the sixth seal occurs because those who are mentioned refused to learn the meaning of the seals. You will recall what was said of the kings and rulers in Ps. 2 regarding their response to the seals and the one God appointed to reveal them. It is because of their response why God ultimately speaks to them in his wrath and vex them in his sore displeasure. They sought to oppose the good will and purposes of God for mankind. Who are these people and what rights have they to rule in the earth apart from in accordance with the will of God? We are reminded of the Wicked Husbandmen of Mt. 21:33-46. They opposed the will of God back then as have those today in regard to the matters concerning David Koresh noted in Ps. 2. The rulership of the world ultimately belongs to God who created it. It is his right to appoint over it whosoever he wills. As the Son of God, Christ is the rightful heir. What have men done to accord them any right of rulership, let alone ownership over it? Any rule or ownership which does not bear the sanction of God clearly depicts the murderous usurpation recorded in Mt. 21:37-39. This helps further explain why they run and hide at the opening of the sixth seal. It is this spirit of usurpation that now prevails on earth. We see an element of this in the system of democracy. This notion of the right of the people to “self-government” as expressed through the democratic process is of men. It has no basis in truth and God. The government of God and the government of men are two different realities.

In addition to learning the meaning of the seals there were things we were to do at Mount Carmel in light of them. The prevailing order of reality and the ideal of life by which men conduct their lives are not in accord with eternal life and the kingdom of God. Earlier we briefly noted how God is to bring the fall of Babylon. There were two main issues regarding what was done at Mount Carmel that seem to capture attention. The first had to do with our having the means to defend ourselves. The second was David having multiple wives. Everything else was largely ignored, except of course the idea that we were some how abusing our children. These were to be the crimes the government would convict us of through the media in the minds of the public to justify them executing us. You will appreciate that during the trial none of these would surface to any meaningful degree. This was not about truth and justice but power and political self-interest. But there was a purpose and meaning behind what we did at Mount Carmel that is understood in light of our beliefs. The matters concerning David Koresh and the opening of the seals have a dual effect. They either save you or destroy you depending on how you are predisposed within yourself towards them. Their purpose is to bring out what is already in you for good or for evil. It was not just about sealing those who are to be saved it also involved binding the wicked that are lost.

At Mount Carmel we held the means to defend ourselves. This was entirely within our rights both Biblically and in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. Not to mention we were instructed of God to do so. There are those who think that as a church group we should not have had guns. Really! Who are these people? Included among them are some pious Christian organizations who think the events of Waco would not have happened if we did not have any weapons. We would some how have been left to practice our beliefs undisturbed under the caring watchful eye of the government. They play to those who attacked us out of fear, excusing their wrongs while placing blame on us. By doing this they think to avoid having to confront the truth of what is really going on. This is hardly worth considering. We are certainly not in need of their support and counsel. By what measure of judgment do they judge? It would have been meaningful though for them to at least learn the truth before sitting in Judgment. Obviously they do not understand who David is neither do they know the matters of God concerning him.

Earlier I made reference to Christ’s parable of the wheat and the tares recorded in Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43. It was noted in verse 30,

30 Let both grow together until the time of the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.

While under grace, both the righteous and the unrighteous were permitted to grow together but the time would come when they would be separated. Becoming fully matured into what they are there would be no difficulty discerning between them. The separation would occur through the Judgment at the end of the world. This is the time we are now living in as evinced by the opening of the book sealed with seven seals. A different set of dynamics is now at work than when the wheat and the tares were both growing together. There are issues here regarding the relationship between the church and the state. Where the state has lost its neutrality and has become deterministic in away not according to the purposes of God, then believers have no business being involved with it. To do so risks the compromise of faith, in what could only be described as an adulterous relationship. It was written concerning this in Ps. 94:20&21,

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

You will recall our reference to Ps. 2; where it was noted in verses 2&3,

2 The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against

YHWH, and against his anointed saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

In the book of Revelation it was revealed how the beast, the system of governance of the world, would make war against the saints. Influenced by the devil it seeks to compel believers to relinquish their faith in God and bow to its precepts. Note particularly Rev. 12; 13; and 17. The information contained here was given by Christ in order to keep those who truly believe in him properly informed about what is going on. To this extent we are informed of his righteousness and are able to walk accordingly. It is not enough to judge right and wrong based solely upon what we feel or what our senses tell us. You will recall the counsel of Proverbs 16:25,

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death.

It was earlier recorded in chapter 3:5-7,

5 Trust in YHWH with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: Fear YHWH, and depart from evil.

You will recall what happened in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve decided to go according to their own counsel. Which was not really theirs, they were following the advice of the serpent. It is essential to know the spirit and motive behind a thing in order to properly judge the right and wrong of it. The information of Scripture provides us with behind the scene spiritual insights into the drama of world affairs. As the word of God it equips us to see reality the way Christ sees it. At Mount Carmel, we learned through the scriptures that our attackers would come against us even before they knew they would. This would not be because of any fault on our part and certainly not because we had guns. This was just a convenient argument used by some to hide behind. The idea of separating ourselves from the world to live according to the truth of God was something they would not tolerate. In the United States, this would probably be more significant in light of the civil war. The unionists have ever been concerned about secession. This is probably the single greatest concern of the federal government. Back in biblical times we saw something of this with Israel following the death of Solomon in 1 Kings 11&12. Soon after his son Rehoboam became king the twelve tribes split from being one nation. They have remained separated ever since. This has had a continuing impact on world affairs right up to the present time. Today the U.S. federal government acting like master over the citizens rather than their servants has elicited mounting distrust of government which feeds the paranoia of the union collapsing. This state of affairs, as was also the case with Rehoboam, arises from the governments own abuse of the public trust. In recent times it has become even more evident and stands as an example of what I noted earlier about the State losing its neutrality and becoming deterministic. When governments govern for themselves they are no longer serving the people. We are seeing this condition of things across the world. It results in the subjugation of the people as a form of enslavement. Those in office often need to be reminded they are there at the behest of the people. The appropriate response of the people to this would be to withdraw their trust. This may take various forms. In a democracy it may be refusal to participate in the electoral process. At Mount Carmel we walked as we were directed of God. Our having foresight of the need to defend ourselves, even if only as a token gesture before being killed, was of God. It was God who instructed David to prepare a defense. This was tacitly alluded to in Nahum 2:1-6. The way events unfolded leading to acquiring the means to defend ourselves was also of note. David’s involvement with the gun shows as a means to raise funds to finance what would be our music ministry was not just a chance occurrence.

In John 18:1-9, there is a little regarded passage of scripture where Christ demonstrated his ability to defend himself against the band of officer sent to take him. He was at the brook Cedron with his disciples. Notice what happened in verse 6, after he identified himself to the officers.

6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

By unseen means those who came to arrest him were thrown to the ground. They had in fact lost consciousness as dead men but were brought back to life again. Still, they continued in there course as if nothing had happened. I am reminded of the first attack against us at Mount Carmel, particularly the scene of them rushing to climb the south end of the building. They made an equally quick descent when it dawned on them we were not going to take this invasion of our rights quietly. Here in John 18:6, Christ demonstrated what power was in his hands if he willed to destroy his attackers. They came against him without just cause as was the case with us at Waco. We were permitted of God to use temporal means as a way of letting them know it was also in our power to do them hurt. What hurt we did inflict in no way compares with what we endured. Unlike theirs, ours was a defensive measure not an offensive one. We would have much rather they learned the seals and be saved.

It should also be understood that acting in defense of our selves in the face of unjust aggression was not something excluded by Christ. Apart from the fact that we are now operating under the context of Judgment, you will recall what Christ said to the Roman governor Pilate at his trial recorded in John 18:36,

36 …if my kingdom was of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from thence.

As the rightful heir and ruler, there would come the time when his kingdom would be here on earth. This is spoken of throughout the scriptures. One notable reference is found in Ps. 72; where it is stated in verses 8-14,

8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.

9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their souls from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

There is a question here needing to be answered. Those who rule in the earth, who do they rule for? Is it themselves, the people, God, the devil? The answer to this question helps determine how rulership derives its legitimacy. Is it “might” that accords rulership legitimacy or is it “right”? The measure of “might” is who has the biggest and fastest sword, but what is the measure of “right”? The “righteousness” of rulership is essential to its legitimacy. In the absence of legitimacy everything that follows from such a rule would be wrong. When Christ comes to rule on earth we recognize his rule to be of God. Does one suppose the kings and rulers will yield their thrones to him peaceably? One would assume they would if their rule were legitimate. The evidence of scriptures tells us however that they would not. These kingdoms will ultimately have to be taken from them. They were never theirs to begin with. They were supposed to be stewards of God’s heritage. But like the Wicked Husbandmen of Christ parable in Mt. 21:33-46, they sought to steal what was not rightfully theirs. This was obviously for their selfish purposes. It is not a problem then for God to take it from them and restore it to the rightful owner. In light of the Judgment and the matters concerning David Koresh we see the beginnings of this start to take effect. The opening of the seals introduces us to what clearly looks like war. The kings and rulers of the earth decidedly oppose God’s will bringing this upon them and upon the world. They made this decision on behalf of the world without the world really knowing about it. But would the people go along with this decision if they truly knew what is really going on? I am inclined to think they would not.

In order for these kings and rulers to accomplish their purpose they needed the trust and cooperation of the citizens. To the extent the public are unconscious of this evil conspiracy the perpetrators are allowed to get away with it. This is an absolute betrayal of the peoples trust. The worst part is where they seek to enforce these decisions through the rule of law. As though this some how confers upon it legitimacy. Few would truly go along with this, even at the cost of their lives, if they really knew what is behind it all. I mean, why oppose God? God seeks to save mankind not destroy it. He created the world for the good of all mankind. The present conditions of the world are appalling for the greater numbers of the worlds people. The future looks even worst. We are sitting on a time bomb. This is where these self appointed leaders have led us to, what Christ spoke of in Mt. 15:14, as blind leaders of the blind where they both end up falling into a ditch. This blind trust of those who lead had to be broken. The world could not continue along this present path if we are to survive let alone find enduring happiness and the true joy of life. Neither can we trust these leaders, who got us into this mess in the first place, to get us out. They are without any meaningful vision that truly serves the interest of mankind. What is leadership without vision? It is like driving down the freeway at night with no headlights. We see in Rev. 10, an angel who comes to earth with the truth from God. He enlightens the world regarding the great future God has in store for it. This truth exposes the evil conspiracy for what it is while offering the world hope. It creates a change in their thinking and subsequent trust in those who lead them. This is the awakening that causes the greater fall of Babylon. You will recall Isaiah 21. In verse 9, it spoke of a chariot of men and a couple of horsemen who bring the fall of Babylon. In the latter part of the verse it noted, “…and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.” The people no longer hold to the vain concepts and ideas of Babylon through which it exists. Without their support this causes it to collapse. It is their trust in this hollow illusion of life that keeps it going. It sucks their life energy to keep itself alive.

Back in Genesis 11:1-9, we saw the building of the Tower of Babel, where the term Babylon originally derived its meaning. You will note the confounding of their language in verses 7&9. Babylon came to denote the confusion that arose through this. Back then they were building a physical structure in defiance of God. This was soon after the Flood. God had promised he would not flood the earth again and gave the rainbow as a sign of his promise each time it rained. Prior to the flood the world had not known rain. The earth was watered by a mist that came up from the ground. Only one-seventh of the earth’s surface was water the other six-sevenths was land. Adam and Eve could run around the earth if they wanted to. The flood totally changed the geomorphology and climatology of the earth. Along with creating vast expanse of oceans, rain also became a regular feature. You can imagine when it would rain. Having not long experienced the flood where there was lots of rain, there were those who thought the earth would be flooded again. God gave the rainbow as assurance it would not. But they did not believe in God. So they proceeded to erect a structure to secure them just in case. In today’s world this isn’t about erecting a physical structure in defiance of God. Rather something far more sophisticated. This is about a conceptual system of rule and order that entraps the souls of men, curtailing their ability to think and judge for themselves, while using their physical and mental energies to war against God. This structure is what was depicted as the image in Dan. 2:31-45, and as the beast in Rev. 13. Notice in Dan. 2:34&35, where it speaks of a, “…stone cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet…” and destroys it. The stone then, “…became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” In verses 44&45, Daniel explains the meaning of this relating it to the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. You will recall the reference to Gen. 49:24, concerning the, “…shepherd, the stone of Israel.” who arises through the line of Joseph at the end of time. This is what was shown here as the stone that destroys the image. Bear in mind also the angel of Rev.10 and the young man of Zech. 2. In Zech. 3:9, he is referred to as the stone with seven eyes which takes us back to Rev. 5:6. We are given a glimpse here of the mystery of God in setting Judgment in the earth. This is to bring about the fall of Babylon and the subsequent establishment of the kingdom of God.

The other matter that was a focus of much attention as the events of Waco unfolded concerned David Koresh having multiple wives. Notice these were wives, not sexual partners. This was made to appear as if David had a harem of women and young girls with whom he engaged in orgies and sexual perversions at his pleasure. This was more a reflection of the perverted minds of our accusers than was in fact the truth. What the psychologist refers to as, transference. There was probably a hint of jealousy in this also. In any case, there is a truth behind this that also explains why the men at Mount Carmel practiced celibacy. This relates to something Christ said recorded in Luke 20. Note verses 34-36,

34 And Jesus said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection

from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

What does it mean to be equal with the angels? The way things are to be done in the kingdom of God will be different to how they are presently done on earth. This includes the marital union. All present unions are doomed to end either by divorce, some form of separation including by death. These unions are not really real. The scriptures refer to them as a “lease.” in Ps. 4. The basis, upon which they are contracted, of body rather than of Sprit, makes it impossible for them to be enduring. There is a more perfect way that ensures a lasting union. Those who understand how important the union is to any society will appreciate the significance of this. In the kingdom of God we are born perfectly mated. This is part of the mystery of God we were learning and sought to prepare for at Mount Carmel. I am a little reluctant to go into any detail regarding this sacred matter beyond what David himself made public. But it is understood, certainly by us at Mount Carmel, that women are a lot more than just sex dolls. They bear the image of the Holy Spirit the feminine part of the Godhead. She is also the essence of God’s power. In today’s world the image and being of woman is thoroughly exploited to sell everything under the sun. You can see quite easily how this relates to the woman riding the beast in Rev. 17, and how corrupting this is. God had a more noble purpose for womanhood at Waco than to exploit her for sexual gratification and selling apples. Before David was killed along with the others of our faith on April 19, he wrote a poem Titled Eden to Eden. Using the mystical language of poetry he expresses the essence of his involvement with these gracious women of our faith. Consider the first five verses below,

Search for the meaning here,

Hidden within these words

‘tis a song that’s song of fallen tears,

Given way for two love birds

Love birds yet not of feathered creed

shot down for gambled play,

And caged a far distance betweenst themselves

for the hunter felt it best that way

“She bird is mine,” the hunter said.

“Twas this bird I raised and faithfully fed”

Twas he bird who released her from her cage,

sought her womb in youthful age

Love birds the name, these birds they call,

Two, plural, love birds, takes two

Twas not her womb of which he sought,

And certainly not her youth.

Love birds, the name these birds they call

Two, plural, love birds, takes two,

it’s just he needed she

to fly the skies of blue.

The poem goes into a further eight verses. Note the last lines of the third, fourth and fifth verses. Here David explains in simple terms the purpose of his involvement with these honourable women of our faith. In Ps. 68, it was prophesied concerning this. Note verse 13,

13 Though you have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

Notice where it speaks of him, “…lien among the pots…” This was not the lustful gratification it has been made out to be. Stop to think, does one really believe that these honourable women would all give themselves like this if there was not something more to it than lust? Those who would think so obviously cannot see past sex. Carnality has taken them over. You will recall the birthing of Christ into humanity 2,000 years ago. The virgin Mary graciously gave her womb over to the Holy Spirit to accomplish this divine purpose. What greater cause for a woman to give her body than the divine will! What she did played a significant role in the plan of salvation restoring man back to God and to life. A similar purpose was at work with David’s relations with these women of our faith. At the behest of God they were to bear babies, twenty four of them. This was in continuation of the divine purpose begun 2,000 years ago. Part of the unseen and enduring infrastructure of truth and righteousness God has been establishing prior to setting up his kingdom here on earth. The Apostle Paul alludes to this in Romans 1:20, and Heb. 11:3, when he speaks of the invisible things of God.

You will recall our reference to Isaiah 53:10, where it was recorded concerning the one spoken of and “…he shall see his seed…” referring to his children. Also in Zech. 13:7, regarding the shepherd who is smitten, his sheep scattered, but God would turn his hand, “…upon the little ones.” We showed how these texts refer to Christ, but did not meet there fulfillment in the Christ event 2,000 years ago. They were to occur in the future, before his return in glory. We also noted the Christ figure that would arise through the lineage of Joseph, referred to in Gen. 49:24, as, “…the shepherd, the stone of Israel.” We showed further how this connected to what Christ spoke of in Mt. 24:28 as the “carcase” around which the eagles would be gathered. As the one chosen of heaven to reveal the book sealed with seven seals David Koresh would now bear the mantle of Christ. It would then become enjoined upon him to fulfill the remainder of the prophecies. His bearing babies through these women, was part of the mandate given him of God to set Judgment in the earth. These children serve an important role relating to the Judgment and the subsequent Messianic kingdom that is to be set up after the sixth seal. They are the ones shown as the 24 elders seated around the throne in Rev. 4:4. It was their spirits that were embodied in the children born to David. The idea behind all of this relates to something Christ said in the prayer he taught his disciples recorded in Mt. 6:9-13, note verse 10,

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

This statement echoed what God said in a conversation with Job much further back. Note Job 38:33,

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

As far back then the issue regarding the establishment of the rule of heaven here on earth was already mentioned as the blueprint for how the earth is to be successfully governed. What was stated in Gen. 1:28, regarding man having dominion over the earth was not said in a vacuum leaving man to rule as he pleases? This involved a definite divine ideal. The scriptures reveal that there exists a true system and governance by which life on earth can be governed. The same as it is in heaven. You will recall when John went to heaven in Rev. 4ff. After the lamb had taken the book, all of heaven was shown in complete and spontaneous agreement. There was no discord. It is the will of God that rules in heaven, to the lasting joy and well-being of all who dwell there. If it is good enough for heaven what is the problem with it here on earth also!? You will notice too, there was no sign of the devil being present. He had already been cast out, sometime after Christ ascended to heaven following his resurrection. Note Rev. 12:9,

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

By his actions towards Christ through his instrumentalities among men the devil revealed his hand. This showed the sole motive for his rebellion in heaven was to usurp the throne of God. It had nothing to do with any unrighteousness in the rule of God, rather his own self interest. There remained no more a case to be made in support of his position or any sympathy towards him among those in heaven. But this did not lead him and the greater part of the angels that were with him to turn from their rebellion. Instead they would find somewhere else to set up shop. Here they are shown cast out of heaven to earth. In Rev. 12:12, it was written further,

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

This is the source of the problems of earth. Ever since his involvement in the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden the earth has known much grief and discord. So long as men refuse to come to the knowledge and truth of God as it is in heaven the devil is allowed to continue his mischief here. There is enormous power available to change the conditions of things here on earth. But this involves taking hold of the hand of God. We noted concerning Ps. 2; how the kings of the earth and the rulers take counsel against God and against his anointed. Who are they acting for? It certainly is not God. And arguably not the people of the world either. That leaves only two other possibilities, themselves and the devil. By the choices these leaders make they create these disturbing conditions the peoples of the world are made to live through. The people did not extend their trust, with the power this affords, to be used by them for their own selfish purposes or to serve the devil. The conditions of the world can be very different to what they are now. But the world is not being governed for this to be so. Rather than the lasting joy and well-being of the inhabitants of the earth it is about the power and privilege of the few who rule, reflecting the spirit of the devil in his discredited rebellion against God. But this is to be overruled. In these matters concerning David Koresh and the Judgment of God, the leaders of the world have also revealed their hand disclosing exactly who they are working for. There remains but a short time left before they are to be removed.

Is there a way besides through God that life on earth can consist? Not unless man is self-existent. It has already been demonstrated this is not so. Life on earth has a “cause” beyond earth. The fact that the earth depends on the sun for its energy is a constant reminder of this. But this is largely in relation to the needs of the body. What about the soul of man, his essential being? Without this the life of the body is but emptiness. How is this sustained in order that life continues as a thing of lasting joy and meaning? This is of a different source than the light of the sun. By revealing the seals here on earth what we are seeing is God extending his hand of friendship to mankind. This has to do with the life of the soul. Significantly no one needs to be lost, but by their own rejection of it. David’s part in this with the responsibilities this enjoined upon him was essentially what was being done at Mt. Carmel. This was not something he did out of his own mind and wishes. It was done under the auspices and guidance of the Word and Spirit of God. This was very real and of course challenging to us. Our part was to have the kind of faith that allowed it to take effect in and through us. We did. This provided us experiential confirmation it was indeed the truth from God. It was, and still is!

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