It is weighing heavy on my heart to look at the metaphoric language in the Bible in order to understand the true meaning of scripture. It’s our only hope and this needs to be done so badly right now because there is so much craziness
being taught everywhere now. We need to look at the Bible carefully instead of using our own carnal reasoning to figure things out. The Lord gave us clear instructions about what to do concerning living in the perilous times that we are in. Not to mention
that the church has allowed these things to happen because it has gotten off the path. A metaphoric example of ‘getting off the path’ is when we consider the children of Israel as they were on their wilderness journey. They were to stay right behind
Moses on the narrow path but if they got off the narrow path they were bitten by serpents and scorpions. This story in the Bible about the wilderness journey is an example written for our admonition. It’s a warning for what will happen to us if we get
off the narrow path for we will get ‘bitten by serpents and scorpions too’ or in other words, we will get hurt by false teachers.
But let’s jump right in here to scripture and let the scripture do the talking. Let’s
look at Revelation 9:9 and Revelation 9:16 -
Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses
running to battle.
Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
These are verses that connect to the Gog/Magog war because in these verses it is
referring to horses and horsemen. A horse is a fleshly teacher who teaches from his fleshly reasoning. Isaiah addresses this in Isaiah 31:3 – ‘They are very strong and look not unto the holy one’.
The beast that ascends out of the
bottomless pit is the Gog/Magog army of deception – it’s the Gog/Magog war. The Gog/Magog war is a war of words – it’s a war of truth and lies and it’s all up in our minds raging. This bottomless pit is a place of no knowledge
and is Babylon which is the source of false doctrine. As it says in Revelation 9:20-21
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that
they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their
fornication, nor of their thefts.
So we need to realize that this bottomless pit is open now and shows us where we are on God’s timeline. Now let’s look at the book of Joel and this is where it really gets solid along with confirmation.
Let’s look at Joel 2:4-5
Joel 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Joel 2:5 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.
Joel describes in detail the appearance of locusts and false teachers. This ‘locust’ is also referred to as a ‘cankerworm’
(false teachers) when we look at Joel 1:4 –
Joel 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten, and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten, and that which the cankerworm hath
left hath the caterpillar eaten.
Joel 1:6 For a nation is come up upon the land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
Joel 1:7 He hath
laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
Joel 1:8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
Now here we are
reading more details about the locust’s identity and it is a very important passage. Here we read that a nation has come upon the land, strong and without number, and then the next verse calls this nation ‘he’. This is one of the huge keys
to understanding Bible prophecy because God often refers to groups of people as a singular being. This is where all this confusion about this antichrist and blame everything on the antichrist comes from because they don’t realize that the antichrist
is a collective body. Jesus Christ is also returning in a collective body because He will be inhabiting His saints who are His fellow heirs.
So we see in these verses that a ‘nation’ has come upon the land, laying the vine waste and is referred
to as a ‘he’. This ‘nation of locusts’ has taken the ‘vine’ and ‘fig tree’ (covenant) and made it waste and bare. The book of Daniel talks about ‘those who do wickedly against the covenant and are corrupted
by flatteries.’ The connection here is that the scorpion teaches flatteries such as the prosperity gospel in which men have created these greed-driven and other false gospels out of their own reasoning. In doing so, the covenant covering has been removed
and been made waste.
The ‘antichrist’ is actually the serpents and scorpions which is a collective body in which the church is already controlled by the antichrist. This antichrist has already come into the ‘temple’. The church
is looking off into the distance for something that has already happened and already got them. They don’t realize that they are already in captivity which is the problem. Isaiah 11:16 tells us –
Isaiah 11:16 And there shall
be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
Here Israel is referred to as ‘he’. This ‘he’ is referring to millions
of people that came out of Egypt. Egypt was the first exodus and Assyria was the second exodus. Assyria is to the north and they are now coming up out of Assyria and not Egypt. Assyria is the ones who took the ten lost tribes out of captivity. The ten lost
tribes are the equivalent of apostate Christianity which is the ‘scattered tribes of Israel’. God will gather His remnant first and then He gathers the rest of Israel.
In Daniel 7:27 we read –
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
So here is a reference
to the people of the saints of the Most High. The saints of the Most High are referred to as ‘him’. God is doing this and God is looking for a few good men as He gathers the elects from the four winds to carry out His plan. This is where we are
right now. Then in Matthew 24:32 we read –
Matt 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.
The fig tree is Israel. And
then moving onto Jeremiah 23:5-6
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jeremiah 23 is a gigantic result of avoiding being hurt by the deception that
comes from the bottomless pit and understanding where it is, what it is, and when it is. I believe that we are at the tail end of the Gog/Magog war and at the final phase of separation. In these verses, we see that the united house of Judah and Israel is being
called ‘the Lord our righteousness’. This is mystery being taught in scripture and it is up to us to get an understanding of this and to seek the Lord diligently about how this all works. What this is talking about is what we’re been hearing
about all through scripture as we see in Revelation 1:6 –
Rev. 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
This is about the royal
priesthood folks, this is what this verse is about. Because the bottomless pit is open which is about mass mind-control deception which has come upon the land and upon the whole world. The ‘earth dwellers’ is always a reference to the people who
are under deception. The deceived are called earth dwellers. (see Luke 21 and Rev. 1) Earth dwellers are those who walk in their own minds/their own flesh minds.
On the other hand, the ‘elect’ are those who are being redeemed from
the earth. The elect are those who are being drawn out and being redeemed. The elect’s redemption ‘draweth nigh’ because our redemption is tied directly to the second coming and the second coming is when we are redeemed. It tells us in John
that when we received Christ we were given the right to become the sons of God. And then in Revelation 21, it tells us that ‘for those who overcome to him will receive the inheritance’. So this is about those who overcome the beast/the deception
from the bottomless pit and are able to receive their inheritance. You will continue to hear this message over and over again as long as you tune in to ‘Sound Doctrine’.
We can understand that when it comes to this royal
priesthood that the Lord has made us kings and priests. In Revelation 17:14 we read about these lords/priests/kings (lower case) while Jesus is upper case.
Rev 17:14 – These shall make war with the Lamb, and the
Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called and chosen, and faithful.
That verse shows us that the ‘body’ are the kings (lower case) while the Lord Jesus is the King (upper
case). The kings are the manifest sons of God. This is all about us ruling and reigning with Christ and He is calling us out as His elect and building the Kingdom right now. The multitudes, on the other hand, are being trodden down by the gentiles. The word
‘gentiles’ is basically the same meaning as ‘heathen’ which is in the same category as ‘serpents’ and ‘scorpions. Right now these gentiles/false christs are teaching the church. They are those who claim to be Christ’s
and claim to be anointed but yet are speaking with their own minds. They say they are Jews yet they are not but instead are of the synagogue of Satan. This is the most misinterpreted thing today with all the hoopla about Israel. A true Jew is a Jew that is
one inwardly and has had circumcision of their hearts. So the false gentiles claim to be Jews and claim to have circumcised hearts but they don’t since they are speaking from their own minds which is the same as speaking out of the bottomless pit.
Those who overcome the synagogue of Satan are those who overcome the seven things in the seven churches. The overcomers are basically those who overcome the “church” – that’s what the true story is and that is what
this is all about. There is provision for the ‘others’ or those who don’t overcome. God loves them, but right now He’s concerned with His elect, His purified Bride – He’s worried about His Bride and the Lord is preparing
His Bride. That’s what this is about.
Let’s take a look at Revelation 11:2 which says –
Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given
unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
We know that Jesus gave us the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, but now, serpents and scorpions are treading on the multitudes in the ‘outer
court’. The ‘outer court’ is the church that has a form of godliness, but denies the power thereof in which true Christians are to turn away from (II Tim 3:5). The modern ‘sign and wonders’, ‘purpose-driven’ church
has no power – it’s all done in men’s own strength in which so much craziness comes out of this thinking. These false churches are so far off from the truth that true Christians who sincerely follow Jesus can barely handle it. But it literally
is happening and those of us who are called must overcome it.
So let’s take another look at Joel as we keep looking at these serpent/scorpion and ‘army of horsemen’ identities. Joel 2:11 says –
2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
Now, this is where this thing goes sideways
by one of the camps of apostate Christianity because there’s a group that literally claims to be Joel’s army when Joel’s army is the army of locusts. This is where they go wrong because this verse says “his army” and yes it is,
it’s God’s army of horsemen. It’s God’s army that sends strong delusion in which God chooses people’s delusions for them. So God’s army (Joel’s army) is the army of false teachers. This is God’s means for separation
and God is the one who does it. This army is the army of deceivers from the north. This is the northern army which is the Gog/Magog army of the Gog/Magog war since Gog/Magog are false teachers. Let’s look at Joel 2:20 –
2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come
up, because he hath done great things.
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
So here is God showing
us that this army of locusts (cankerworms, caterpillars, variations of locusts, etc.) is His great army and He promises to pull them off for there’s a time when this deception will end but for now it is serving a purpose. This purpose is for separation
because God’s sheep hear His voice and the sheep are not deceived by these false teachers. God knows who makes it through this test of deception caused by Joel’s army.
Now let’s continue on with Revelation 20:2
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that
he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that, he must be loosed a little season.
In this scripture we see the devil being cast into the bottomless pit for 1000 years. This ‘1000 years’
is talking about the gospel age or the church age. The devil was cast into the bottomless pit at the time when we saw Jesus give His disciples power to tread on serpents and scorpions (read Luke 10:1-20 – especially verses 17-20). It happened at this
time because when this power was given it means that the devils couldn’t deceive and that Satan had been bound so that people could receive the gospel! This is what happened. The Lord laid hold of the dragon and bound him for 1000 years. The Lord cast
the devil into the bottomless pit. At this time the gospel message finally got out, it spread, and people were receiving Christ for about the past 2000 years. Throughout all of these years, the true enemy of the church was persecution. These saints did not
even have the Bible and yet they were walking in victory and overcoming the deceptions as the gospel was spreading. But now what has happened? At the end of the age, things changed especially around the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and now here we are
in 2019 Satan has had use of mind-control electronic deception for about 50-70 years. This is all part of the bottomless pit because the bottomless pit is opened now and we see that Satan has been loosed for a little season. Satan has now
been able to deceive at the same level as when the people actually executed the Messiah that they were waiting for.
Also when we understand that the bottomless pit is opened, it gives us clarity beyond where we are. This is because when you read in
Revelation chapter 20 we read of a 1000 year period, (which is an age because ‘1000’ is a metaphor for an age). Then there is a group of people in verse 3 of Revelation 20 who rule and reign for 1000 years and then the bottomless pit is opened.
Then another group of people rule and reign for 1000 years after the bottomless pit is opened. What this is telling us is that it is talking about TWO AGES – it’s talking about the age of Pentecost (the gospel age)
and then it goes to the Kingdom age. Now, in between these two ages is this little season or short space that we are in now – this time of mass deception and separation in which God is preparing His staff for His Kingdom,
because it’s those who overcome this deception.
Let’s look at Revelation 20:7-9 concerning this –
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years (age) are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of
Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
When the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord
we will reign with him forever! We won’t merely reign with Christ for 1000 years but we will reign with Him forever and ever and ever. ‘1000 years’ is merely referring to a period of time. ‘1000 years’ is just a metaphor. 1000
is a prophetic number meaning completion, perfect government, and covenant since we are the covenant people.
So now we are living in between the two ages when the bottomless pit is open – we are right on the verge of the seventh
trumpet. How long will this go … 6 months? 6 years? 20 years? We don’t know, but we know it is here! What we can know is that if the Lord does not step in soon there won’t be anything left since people’s minds will be ‘mush’
– that’s what I say.
So all the pieces have been connecting together throughout this study. The "Gog/Magog war to gather them together to battle" means that the battle is raging up here in the mind to fight against the deceptions
of false teachers (Isaiah 28). In Revelation 20:9 we see that the camp of the saints is surrounded by Gog/Magog. Let's look at this again in Revelation 20:7-9.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years (age) are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev. 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, God and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the
Rev. 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
During this time God wants
His saints to do as it teaches in Isaiah 26:20 -
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into they chambers, and shut thy door about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment
until the indignation be overpast.
We are currently living during this 'little moment". During this time we are the Bride being prepared, as we are shut up in our chambers being protected while this indignation or anger of the Lord runs its course.
The anger of the Lord is seen in all this deception which is the smoke from the bottomless pit. This "little moment" is also referred to as the short space in scripture (see Revelation 17:10), and also as the little
season in scripture (see Revelation 6:11, and Revelation 20:3).
So this has been an overview of the bottomless pit so that we can know and understand that we are at the end of the age - the Pentecost gospel age which is
also known as the Church age. We are now transitioning into the next age which is the age of Tabernacles where everything changes. When the age of Tabernacles comes, this is when the new covenant is truly written upon our hearts. We had a conviction of this
during the Pentecost age when the Comforter/Holy Spirit has allowed Christians to prevail over this kingdom of darkness through this period. But this is all going to change and there will be victory since God is going to win! The Bible tells us that "70 weeks
have been determined upon my people and upon thy holy city to put an end to sin". I believe that the next phase we enter into is the age of eternity when sin is ended and God has total victory!
This has been Chris Ardern sharing
this message with you today and I want to thank you so much for listening!