The Chastisement – 1

1. When he broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of all the people who had been killed on account of the Word of God, for witnessing to it. They shouted in a loud voice ‘Holy, true Master, how much longer will you wait before you pass sentence and take vengeance for our death on the inhabitants of the earth? Each of them was given a white robe and they were told to be patient a litte longer, until the roll was completed of their fellow servants and brothers who were still to be killed as they had been” (Rv. 6:9-11).

2. “Then I saw a beast emerge from the sea: it had seven heads and ten horns, with a coronet on each of its ten horns, and its heads were marked with blasphemous titles. I saw that the beast was like a leopard, with paws like a bear and a mouth like a lion; the dragon had handed over to it his own power and his throne and his immense authority. I saw that one of its heads seemed to have had a fatal wound but that this deadly injury had healed and the whole world had marvelled and followed the beast. They prostrated themselves in front of the dragon because he had given the beast his authority; and they prostrated themselves themselves in front of the beast saying ‘Who can compare with the beast? Who can fight against it?’ The beast was allowed to mouth its boasts and blasphemies and to be active for forty-two months. And it mouthed its blasphemies against God, against his name, his heavenly Tent, and all those who are sheltered there. It was allowed to make war against the saints and conquer them, and given power over every race, people, language, and nation. And all people of the world will worship it, that is everyone whose name has not been written down since the foundation of the world in the Sacrificial Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rv. 13:1-8).

3. “Return and rebuild Jerusalem to the coming of an Anointed Prince, seven weeks and sixty-two weeks, with squares and ramparts restored and rebuilt, but in a time of trouble. And after the sixty-two weeks an Anointed One put to death without his . . . city and sanctuary ruined by a prince who is to come. The end of that prince will be catastrophe and, until the end, there will be war and all the devastation decreed. He will strike a firm alliance with many people for the space of a week; and for the space of one half-week he will put a stop to Sacrifice and oblation. And on the wing of the Temple will be the appalling abomination until the end, until the doom assigned to the devastator” (Dn. 9:25-27).

4. “In my vision, when he broke the sixth seal, there was a violent earthquake and the sun went as black as coarse sackcloth; the moon turned red as blood all over, and the stars of the sky fell onto the earth like figs dropping from a fig tree when a high wind shakes it. The sky disappeared like a scroll rolling up and all the mountains and islands were shaken from their places. Then all the kings of the earth, the governers and the commanders, the rich people and the men of influence, the whole population, slaves and citizens, hid in the caverns and among the rocks of the mountains. They said to the mountains and the rocks ‘Fall on us and hide us away from the One who sits on the throne and from the retribution of the Lamb. For the great day of retribution has come, and who can face it?’ (Rv. 6:12-17).