The ‘Angel of the stone’

The ‘Angel of the stone’
(Rev. 18:21-24)

 Part 1: A Worldwide Political Authority (slides)
 Part 2: The ‘Angel of the stone’ (slides)

It consists of two parts:

I. «A Worldwide Political Authority». Fascinating prophetic study in 9 chapters:

1. Church-State: The case of a nymphomaniac wife
2. A worldwide Authority: Its modern origins
3. Planetary crisis in favor of the Authority (parts 1 and 2)
4. The ‘Authority’ disputing ground
5. Pseudo-messianism revealed (parts 1 and 2)
6. Two Trinities confronted
7. Their ambassadors confronted
8. Babylon the great: Supremacy and fall
9. The time of acting of the Lord

II. «The ‘Angel of the stone’»

1. The final events and the ‘Angel of the stone’
2. The first antecedent of the ‘Angel of the stone’
3. A second antecedent: A prophet that prefigures it
4. Another antecedent, as strange as the symbol
5. The ‘Angel of the stone’ against Babylon
6. This symbol in the angelic concert of Revelation
7. Precedence between the two Angels of Revelation 18
8. More characteristics of the ‘Angel of the stone’
9. The Seventh Trumpet and the Third Angelic Message
10. The Seventh Trumpet and the ‘Angel of the stone’

Excerpt from the argument:

Antecedents of the ‘Angel of the stone’: The messengers of calamities

Prophetic antecedents. The work that he promotes the “Angel who casts the stone” it reveals a irreversible condemnation to the lifestyle of Babylon (Rev. 18:21-23), while it brings refreshing relief to the saints (v. 24, cf. v. 20). It is based in prophetic antecedents that they preceded him, that is, the actions and words of the waiter Seraiah, the prophet Jeremiah and the farmhand Jesus son of Hananiah.

The waiter Seraiah. Inspired in Jeremiah 51:59-64, the “Angel of the stone” imitates the action that the royal waiter Seraiah (year 594/93 BC) must have performed in the margins of the Euphrates River, when he brought with himself a message of condemnation to the iniquity of Babylon. If such work would have been sustained until the fall of the great City … 55 years later! (539 BC), the Israelite captives, the ones close to Seraiah, they would have kept awake their hope of deliverance: Captivity would last no more than 70 years (Jer. 25:11-12).

The prophet Jeremiah and the farmhand Yeshúa. The “Angel of the stone” also pronounces calamities that they are contained in the calamities twice announced in different moments of Jerusalem: one of them, by the prophet Jeremiah (chap. 25:10) in the years 605-586 BC, and, the other one, by the farmhand Yeshúa ben Hananiah (quoted by Flavius Josephus) in the years 62-70 ADfor seven years as if it were a living prophecy, whose woes were preceded in more than three decades by the woes of Christ (Matt. chap. 23).

¿More parallels? Given that the history of the second fall of Jerusalem (66-70 AD) it is richly illustrative, could they be found parallels between the sinking of Babylon” (Rev. 18:21-24) and the “sinking” of the city of Jerusalem (66-70 AD)?, and between the message that it is preached in one case and the message that was given in the other one?
Let us remember the prophecy of Jesus. The Lord had said, according to Matthew:

When you see in the holy place the abomination of desolation about which he spoke the prophet Daniel” [Matt. 24:15], or according to the historian Luke: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you know then that its destruction has arrived. Then those that they are in Judea they flee to the mountains” [Luke 21:20-21].

The Roman siege and Sunday law. It is interesting to notice that Ellen White establishes a parallel between that Roman siege that it culminated in horrible devastation and the coming Legal Siege (Sunday laws) that it will surround the world with a religious obligation that it will bring disastrous results. Let us see two thoughts of hers.
As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the sign so that the Christians they flee from Judea, so the assumption of power by our nation [the United States], with the decree that imposes the day of Papal rest, it will be for us an admonition” (2 TT 166). She also points out: “As the approach of the Roman armies was for the disciples a sign of the imminent destruction of Jerusalem, this apostasy could be for us a sign that it has been reached the limit of the tolerance of God, that our nation filled the measure of their iniquity, and that the angel of mercy is about to take flight to never come back” (2 TT 151).

Another fulfillment of the «abomination of desolation»? Truly, the expression «abomination of desolation from Daniel» (Dan. 11:31; 12:11), which Jesus applied to the Roman armies when they put siege to Jerusalem and it had a second fulfillment in the Papal hegemony during the Middle Ages (538-1798 AD), it may be applied as well to another remarkable abomination (Sunday siege), this is, when the great country of the North (United States) it fulfills the prediction contained in Rev. 18:5: “Her sins have reached up to Heaven”, and it be understood to the light of a commentary of Ellen White: “When her sins reached to Heaven [Rev. 18:2-5]? When the law of God finally be invalidated through [human] legislation” (Last Day Events 198).

A timely awakener. In view of the double warning given (Roman siege, by Jesus; Sunday siege, by E. White), both groups of Christians, both those from the first century as those from our generation, we need of a especial grace: the awakening and the vigilance. The parable of the 10 virgins (Matt. 25) it provides such awakener: an unknown voice, whose cry ripped the night and that it meant that 5 virgins would awake to a saving experience: they had supplied themselves with oil to light themselves in the night. Well such awakener appears in both generations of Christians, in the first and in the last one. But how is that?

The awakener cry: New parallel. E. G. White establishes parallels between the event of the fall of Jerusalem (70 AD) and the final punishment of our planet, when she says: “It is used the destruction of Jerusalem to typify the last great destruction of the world by fire” (Last Day Events 18), or when she points out another one, already seen: the Roman siege with the coming Sunday siege (2 TT 151, 166). But could we see more in regards to it? Could there not be appreciated more parallels, if it is compared the screaming of the rustic farmhand of Jerusalem, that it seems like the voice that awakes in midnight the 10 virgins, with the sonorous message that the Angel of the stone lifts up for the imminent “sinking of Babylon”, which awakes the dull senses of all?

A prophet of calamities and the end of Jerusalem. Who was Yeshua ben Hananiah? Ellen White (GC 30) calls him the “strange character” who marched during 7 years on the streets of Jerusalem announcing his compatriots the end that awaited them. Josephus describes the context of the time, when they saved their lives those who believed in Christ: the Roman army, having Cestius Gallus in charge of it, with the mission of capturing Jerusalem, Jewish factions that had taken the city, the people in agony(Christian) Jewish nobles who managed to escape, and our protagonistthe rustic farmhand.
Emil Schürer, Jewish historian, analyzing the report of Josephus (Wars 6:300-310 [pages numeration in Spanish]), he writes in his History of the Jewish people… (1:599-600 [pages numeration in Spanish]): “Four years before the outbreak of war, and some 7 years and five months before the destruction of Jerusalem, Albinus was already procurator, when, in the feast of the Tabernacles, a prophet of calamities, named Jesus son of Ananias, he made his appearing. Both dates point towards the feast of Sukkot [tabernacles], in the year 62 AD.”
Similar to the proclamation of Jonah against Nineveh, this farmhand moved deeply the people 4 years before that it would happen the direct fulfillment of the prophecy given by the Lord in the year 31 AD: the Roman siege against Jerusalem (66 AD). Although we will never know more about him (was he disciple of Jesus?, did he have revelation from Heaven?), his preaching revived —as Seraiah must have done it (Jer. 51:59-64) the hopes of the faithful children who awaited the fulfillment of the sign of deliverance . . .

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modern prophet of calamities and the end of Babylon. The message of the “Angel who casts the stone” contains the same and peculiar elements already preached by the prophet Jeremiah, the waiter Seraiah, and the farmhand Jesus son of Ananias. Then we ask: Would it be illogical to suppose that, through modern spokesmen of calamities (watchmen who fulfill the symbol of the “Angel of the stone”), the Lord would direct His woes to the mystical Babylon as He did it with Nineveh (Jonah, 8th century BC) or with Jerusalem (Jesus son of Ananias, 1st century AD), and with it He would prepare the way for the great manifestation of the “Latter Rain” of the Holy Spirit? . . .

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