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1. And I [the John Class] saw another mighty angel [our Lord] come down from heaven [the divine abode], clothed with a cloud [invested with glory]: and a rainbow [New Covenant] was upon his head, and his face [favor] was as it were the sun [bringing the fulfillment of the Gospel blessings], and his feet [members who represent him in judgment] as pillars of fire [having consuming powers]:

2. And he [Christ] had in his hand [power] a little book open [of the Divine Plan from CE 1829 onward, Vol. 3, p. 89]: and he set his right foot upon the sea [restless masses and his honored agencies begin to assume control over the restless masses], and his left foot on the earth [stable elements of society to subdue these].

3. And cried with a loud voice [great proclamation], as when a lion roareth [having a lion-like effect of terrorizing by reason of the divine judgments]: and when he had cried [made this proclamation], seven thunders [controversies political, economical, social, moral, scientific, religious, and military controversies] uttered their voices [were proclaimed].

4. And when the seven thunders [controversies social, political, economical, civil, scientific, military and religious] had uttered their voices [made themselves heard], I [the John Class] was about to write [become involved in these issues]: and I [the John Class] heard a voice [message] from heaven [from a Divine source] saying unto me [the John Class], Seal up those things [issues of the seven controversies] which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not [do not become involved in these matters].

5. And the angel [the Lord] which I [the John Class] saw stand upon the sea [assuming control over the restless masses] and upon the earth [stable elements of society] lifted up his hand to heaven [invoked the Divine witness].

6. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever [Jehovah], who created the heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer [no more of this 360 year period covering from CE 1517-8 to 1878 when Reformation attempts ended and the harvest begins]:

7. But in the days of the voice [during the proclamation of this messenger's voice which continued after his death] of the seventh angel [messenger, Brother Russell], when he shall begin to sound [to proclaim the harvest message], the mystery of God [secret of the plan of God and the concealment of the church, the Christ, in that plan as well as the apportioning of the crowns to the church] should be finished, as he [God] hath declared to his servants the prophets. [RSV reads more correctly: "But that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God, as he announced to his servants the prophets, should be fulfilled." This reading avoids the conclusion that at the beginning of the sounding of the seventh trumpet the mystery of God would be finished. Rather, it is in the days of the trumpet message or voice, even after his death, his voice continued, that the true church would be completed.]

8. And the voice [proclamation] which I [the John Class] heard from heaven [a divine source, the same voice as in vs. 4 which commanded him to seal the voice of the seven thunders] spake unto me [the John Class] again, and said, Go and take the little book [truth of the Scriptures] which is open [has been revealed] in the hand [power] of the angel [the Lord] which standeth upon the sea [who assumed control of the searestless masses] and upon the earth [stable elements of society].

9. And I [the John Class] went unto the angel [drew near unto the Lord], and said unto him, Give me the little book [of the Scriptures]. And he [the Lord] said unto me [the John Class], Take it, and eat [appropriate] it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter [bitter with trials to the flesh], but it shall be in thy mouth [your heart] as sweet as honey.

10. And I [the John Class] took the little book [truth of the Scriptures] out of the angel’s [the Lord’s] hand, and ate it up [appropriated it unto themselves]; and it was in my mouth [their hearts] sweet as honey: and as soon as I [the John Class] had eaten it [appropriated it], my belly [our bellies] was bitter [with trials to their flesh].

11. [And he said unto me, not in the Sinaitic or Alexandrine, if this is a true reading it would be the Father and Son saying,] Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.


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