Silence in Heaven
2003-11-01
By Jack D. Hook


Apparently the latest poll from Fox News reveals that 92% of the American people believe in God and 85% believe in Heaven. Is it possible they also believe that Jesus Christ is "that" God and is alive? If that is true then do you nine out of ten Americans who are reading this understand that Satan is also alive? To all you believers out there, let me ask you this question. If Satan was left to his own devices with no interference from God, what would be his desire for the people on this Earth? As you're contemplating your answer ask yourself also what is God's greatest desire for the people? My answer is very simple. As for God, he sent his Son to show us how much he loves us and that he wants us to return to him for forgiveness and fellowship. Our response....we killed him. As for Satan, he would unmercifully kill every human being on this planet as fast as he could, even the multitudes who ignorantly follow him and his ways. For he hates all of mankind with as much fervor as he does the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The reason he hates us is because he knows how much God loves us, in that he sent his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, down to this Earth to redeem and restore mankind to fellowship with him.

All that is necessary to verify this is Satan's desire is to watch the world's news on any television channel at any time of the day. This demon inspired hatred and violence among men and nations in these last days is being redirected toward the land of Israel and its people, the Jews. They again are blamed by many for all the woes that beset mankind. The Jewish people understand this growing menace, but sadly, they continue to trust in the power and promises of America to protect them from their Islamic enemies, rather than their Messiah. And before a final demonic holocaust is unleashed upon the Jews, America will bring peace to Israel, but on its own terms, not God's. Moreover, it will be America and Russia together, the Little Horns of Daniel's prophecies, who bring the treacherous Islamic leaders to the peace table where they will produce a covenant of peace that will stun the world, Daniel 7:8, 8:9. Thoroughly convinced by the American and Russian governments that Islam has experienced a religious overhaul, the leaders of Israel will declare a state of "peace and security," Daniel 9:27, 1 Thessalonians 5:3. The icing on the cake for Israel will be when Islamic clerics agree to the rebuilding of Israel's Temple. In the eyes of the nations this will be the signal to let the celebrations and parties begin. But in the eyes of God, this is another pivotal rejection of his Son, and he will command his mighty angelic armies to prepare themselves to pour out his wrath and displeasure.

All I can see on the horizon are gathering storms that will produce unbelievable devastation and destruction. These unstoppable storms are from God himself. And unless people open their hearts to the love of Jesus Christ and kneel before the bloody cross on which he died, they will enter into the coming violent storms that are now gathering on the horizon. I repeat, these brewing storms are the mighty angelic forces which God will use to end Satan's rule on this Earth, and to punish those men who reject God's offer of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. And for those of you out there who think God is only a God of love, who would never punish anyone and send them to an eternal Hell, I beg you to reconsider. Let us be honest with ourselves and God. All of us have filled to overflowing the bowls of God's coming wrath with our sins. All of the leaders of the nations, including Israel, with their political-religious systems, have rejected Jesus Christ and his coming kingdom. For this cause Jesus is returning to separate the people of the nations, just as human government is today allowed and authorized by God to separate the criminals from the citizens by sending them to prison or their death. Those who reject Jesus will be removed from those who received and love him. They will be given eternal life sentences to the Lake of Fire.

In order to understand what is about to come to pass, one must correctly interpret the book of Revelation, especially the Seven Sealed Scroll. I suggest that before you read this article any further, you open your Bible and read Revelation, chapters 4-8. After doing that please read again the following scriptures from John and also how Paul saw the same future events.
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Revelation 8:1-2 (1) And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was "silence in heaven" about the space of half an hour. (2) And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.


2 Thessalonians 2:5-9 (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (6) And now ye know what restraineth that he might be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now hindereth will continue to hinder until he be taken out of the way. (8) And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.


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The apostle John, in a vision of his being taken to Heaven and before the throne of God, is shown in Revelation 5 a scroll with seven seals in the right hand of God the Father, who hands it to Jesus Christ, there described as the Lion from the tribe of Judah and the Lamb who was slain on the Earth for the sins of all mankind. It is very important here that you understand that John is seeing something that has not yet literally happened in Heaven. This is a vision of things that will take place in Heaven when God prepares to bring his judgment of the nations on Earth to a final climax. What John sees is the Lord Jesus Christ, the only one who can rightfully execute the judgment of God, open the scroll one seal at a time and John is invited to "come and see" what is written on the scroll as each seal is opened. All of the first six seals are written prophecies of what is going to soon happen on the Earth when Jesus finishes opening the seals. These prophecies do not take place on Earth until the opening of the seventh seal. In other words, the first seal, which depicts the White Horse rider or Antichrist going forth to bring peace to a war weary world, beginning with a counterfeit peace in the land of Israel, doesn't actually happen on Earth until the seventh seal is opened.

When John states....there was "silence in heaven" about the space of half and hour....very clearly means that God, through the Holy Spirit, will command his angels, like Michael, for there to be silence. Then Satan will no longer be restrained, hindered or held back from producing and revealing his false Messiah for all nations to behold. How he ultimately produces this man is mind boggling. We must remember that Satan's greatest desire is to replace God by having people worship him, and then kill them and thereby send all the lost souls to Hell, which by the way, is his destination as well, Revelation 20:1-3.

Some may ask what the phrase "half an hour" means? When the silence or lifting of restraint is ordered in Heaven, the final seven years of Daniel's prophecy regarding Israel and the nations will shortly come to pass, commencing with the miraculous peace treaty I mentioned above, Daniel 9:27. This seven year period is known as Daniel' 70th Week and John was very familiar with his prophecies. John describes the 70th Week as the "hour of temptation" that shall come upon all that dwell on the Earth, Revelation 3:10. So, if the "hour" is seven years long then this silence will last for about three and one half years. To make it plain and simple, God will allow this peacemaking Antichrist to do his thing until God breaks his silence and orders the two prophets of Israel, aided by 144,000 Jewish evangelists, Revelation 7&11, to begin their ministry of exposing the Antichrist as the imposter that he really is, warning Israel of the impending Russian-Arab invasion, and calling people to repent and look for the coming of Jesus Christ to establish his millennial kingdom.

If you keep reading in Revelation 8 you will see that God has prepared seven angels with trumpets that announce and begin the storms of the wrath of God on the unrepentant nations of this world. It will come to pass, after the two prophets have begun their ministry, that Russia and its Arab allies will invade and conquer a deceived and disobedient Israel. This invasion is the fulfillment of the second seal opened and read in Heaven earlier, the Red Horse rider who "takes peace from the Earth," Revelation 6:4. This invasion will bring World War Three to the planet, unleashing the inferno of nuclear exchanges that will threaten all life on Earth. Remember, this is the devil's greatest desire. As this war escalates, God will intervene in the sight of all men by having the first trumpet angel with his army of angels bringing fire down on the Russian/Arab armies, destroying them all, Ezekiel 38:22-23, Revelation 8:7. This spectacular display of power will certainly be "breaking news" on CNN. I can hear Judy and Wolfe now trying to describe the glorious angels as they rain down fire on the enemies of Israel.

Again, the short lived jubilant victory over Israel the Islamic and Russian forces have enjoyed will come to a screeching halt, not by American and European forces involved in this war, but by angelic fire upon the haters of Israel that God used to first judge his own rebellious people. The victorious Russian leader, also known as the King of the North in Daniel's prophecy, being filled with messianic jealousy of the American President, will declare himself to be the Messiah after he overwhelms Israel, only to be destroyed by the same angelic fire in the city of Jerusalem, Daniel 11:36-45.

For those of you who thought America won the cold war when the Soviet Union was dismantled are severely mistaken. Russia is not a real ally of America today as many are claiming. It was a tactical change in order to seduce America into thinking it was victorious. Russia is described by John in Revelation 6 as the Red Horse rider, by Daniel as the Little Horn of Daniel 8, the Willful King and King of the North of Daniel 11, in Ezekiel 38 as Gog of Magog, and as the King of Assyria in the last days passages throughout the Old Testament. It is important to understand that just as America is the daughter of Babylon, so is Russia the daughter of Assyria. The history of the Old Testament Assyrian and Babylonian invasions of Israel will be repeated during the 70th Week.

And thus there is left standing one man, the leader of the Babylonian (American and European) forces, who will declare the supernatural destruction of the Russian leader and his armies as a vindication of his righteousness, that God is on his side. He will begin to hear the world's people saying to themselves...."who is able to make war against this man," Revelation 13:4. The American and European people will be told by the Harlot of Christendom that God has destroyed the ungodly forces of Islam and Russia. They will say the Antichrist has been defeated, that the Holy Land belongs to them. The surviving Jews who believe and follow the two prophets will be hated and hunted down. Some false prophets will declare the devastating world war that killed billions of people as the Battle of Armageddon, and that God's millennial kingdom is now here. They will begin the cleanup and rebuilding of the destroyed cities with great anticipation. Within six months, however, the second trumpet angel appears and.....a great mountain burning with fire is cast into the sea, and a third part of it became blood, Revelation 8:8-9. In other words, God's storms are only beginning as his angels pour out his anger upon the nations. At this time the American Antichrist will convince the multitudes these angels are aliens which are threatening the Earth. The nations will then unite behind America to wage war against the extraterrestials in UFOs and not each other, Revelation 17:14, 19:19. Please read the entire Revelation and you will see the storms of God's wrath as they grow in intensity and frequency.

Let me explain again why all this is going to happen on this planet. But first let me say to you that I do not take pleasure in writing these things, for I know that before Jesus came into my life, I was, on a daily basis, the worst of sinners and surely deserved to be the target of an angel's arrow of fire. And even though Jesus Christ has now changed the course and practices of my life, I still struggle with the temptations of my fleshly body. But now the angels no longer see a bulls eye target on my chest. All they can see is the blood stained garment that Jesus gave to me the day I asked him for forgiveness and mercy!

Jesus said that the days before his return to Earth would be like the days of Noah before God judged the old world, Matthew 24:37-39. The apostle Paul, in writing to the faithful who lived in Rome, took these words of Jesus and described in detail the moral and spiritual condition of society in Noah's day. Please read:
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Romans 1:21-32 (21) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (23) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. (24) Wherefore God also "gave them up" to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (26) For this cause God "gave them up" unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God "gave them over" to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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As I reported in the beginning of this article, polls or surveys say that most people in America believe in God just as they did in Noah's day. But because Americans refuse to glorify him in their personal lives as the resurrected and returning Son of God, who commands all who follow him to love their enemies and long for his return, they have become proud and foolish. They have committed a grievous error in mixing together the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the devil's Kingdom of Antichrist. They don't understand the kingdom separating power of the bloody cross of Christ. They have changed the glory of God and created in their minds an image of God who allows them to satisfy the selfish desires that all people are born with.

Today it is even worse than Noah's day in that they have created a "generic" God that everyone can easily say they believe in. They have bitten into the rotten apple of new age psycho-babble that encourages them to improve their self-love, self-esteem and self-image. This is the wisdom of this generation that has spread like a plaque around the world. This new age nonsense has invaded and infiltrated every religious institution in this nation. This mindless babble is proclaimed as truth from the most distinguished of pulpits. Like Paul said....professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. They don't want or need Jesus to return to this world for they can build a New World Order in their own image. The wisdom of this world says we are all created good and equal by God, and can overcome the evil ones among us by ourselves, if only we are given the political freedom to pursue our desires and dreams that will ultimately produce the "Great Society."

Read down through Paul's list of other evils, beginning with the homosexual and pornographic practices of a society which has been "given up" by God, and ask yourselves if this does not describe America? Paul states clearly that....for this cause God gave them up. Please pay close attention and don't get angry, for I am telling you now that God has already given up this generation in America to suffer his judgment and wrath. He has delivered this nation over to a reprobate mind, to fulfill all of its lusts. Every area of daily life is permeated with the sins described by Paul above and it seems to progressively worsen as the days go by. This rapid descent into the fires of Hell is spearheaded by the murder of babies in their mother's womb and the acceptance of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle.

The few of you who are saddened and sickened by abortions and the homosexual lifestyle, are also being battered continually by the covetousness, envy, hate, religious or national pride, and boastfulness that dwells in the hearts of most Americans. It is everywhere, especially in the churches! These evils have even been redefined and covered with the veneer of Christianity and are being taught in the churches as...self image...self esteem...seed faith giving...100 fold return...what so proudly we hail...home of the brave...land of the free...a just war...God and country...military chaplains...kingdom now...market place apostles...church growth movement...G12 movement...new apostolic reformation...third wave...spiritual mapping...we are King's kids...inner healing...visualize your dreams...positive thinking...possibility thinking...positive mental attitude...positive confession...the fourth dimension...all truth is God's truth...think and grow rich...unity in diversity...unity through signs and wonders...the dignity of man...born again Jesus...we are little gods...man was created in God's class...penance...purgatory...sacramental faith...infant baptism...transubstantiation, the magic of the mass.

These are just some of the ways that false teachers from different branches of Christendom have distorted or sugarcoated the truth in order to escape the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, by teaching these things they are saying that "evil is good, and good is evil", and because they are deceived don't even know it. For example, the covetous and patriotic doctrines of the "health and wealth" movement actually encourage people to lust for money, to be proud, boastful, and even kill their nation's enemies all in the name of Jesus. It is not the Jesus Christ that is portrayed in the scriptures, but a false gospel, just like Jesus himself and Paul warned about, Matthew 7:15-23, 24:24, 2 Corinthians 11:3--15. If you are involved in any of these things I encourage you to stop...listen to the truth and repent...take a deep breath... and then, with the love and humility of God, go to your friends who are still believing these lies and help them to escape as well. For until the day they die or Jesus returns there is hope for all that are blinded by the devil's deceptions, including the false teachers themselves. Was it not Paul who at first hated the early Christians, then after his eyes were opened to the truth became the writer of most of the New Testament?

Paul concludes his description of a religious society that has been given up by God by saying..."who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Christendom in America, the 92% that Fox News talked to, has rejected and redefined the truth for so long they can't see the Judgment of God that is coming at them. Most will say they know God must judge the sins Paul details, but refuse to see that they are as guilty as the homosexuals, adulterers, abortionists, murderers, drug dealers, prostitutes, thieves, and especially the Islamic militants. When Americans take pleasure in or are entertained by the television and movie plots that are based on these sins that Paul describes, then you can know that what I'm saying is true. Because America has so redefined and recreated their image of God and his teachings they have become what Paul has said....haters of God. They have created one more to their liking. Listen my friends, I know this is happening to many Christians. For I have done some of these things myself and was afraid to admit it until I saw Jesus carrying his own cross and me standing there with the hammer and nails in my hands, screaming out "let's crucify this man."

On a day that only God knows, he will give the order to his angelic hosts to be silent and the restraining power of God's word over Satan will be taken out of the way. Then the enemies of God will be allowed to reveal the false Messiah. The people of this world are so mixed up they will understand this event as a reason for great celebration. The euphoria displayed in Israel and in Christian America will make the Y2K parties seem tame in comparison. The fear of a nuclear inferno will be replaced by the deceitfulness of riches, which the whole world will pursue with a gusto never seen before. Jesus said this delusion would come upon them....like a snare, Luke 21:34-36. Will there be anyone who knows that at the signing of the world's greatest peace treaty, bringing peace to the Holy Land, God has given the entire planet over to a reprobate mind, to do those things that come natural to unregenerate or unrepentant men? And worst of all he will give them over to Satan and his evil ones to be destroyed. For those of you who are reading this and are "beginning" to awake from the slumber and sleep you've been in, there is hope. Jesus Christ is calling you to him, for he does not want you to perish. He is reaching out with his hand to save you. He is calling you to come out of the Kingdom of Antichrist and into the Kingdom of God. But you must awaken, be honest with him and admit you're not as great as you think you are. Flee from the delusions of your inflated self image, your militant patriotism, and fall at the foot of the bloody cross and cry out with me...."Lord have mercy on me a sinner." I know for a fact that he will!



Jack D Hook

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