“On the far north side of Heaven is a place where angels gather, and they prepare for holy war; and they prepare for holy war” – Hoyt Axton
At about the same time that I developed an affinity for the subject of Bible prophecy, I discovered this song entitled “Seven Come” by Hoyt Axton, that loosely describes conditions to unfold during that time on Earth referred to in the Bible as the Tribulation period. The lyrics of the song are very cryptic, just as the writings of John are extremely apocalyptic in detailing events to occur as outlined in the Book of Revelation – very ominous, yet somewhat enigmatic in his describing a series of sevens to come.
Thanks to Hal Lindsey and his classic work “The Late Great Planet Earth”, I became obsessed with the topic of foretold events, as laid out in the Holy Writ, and how they were lining up with current world events and conditions. Since 1981, when I read his book, I tried to fill an insatiable appetite for the subject by devouring every book I could lay my hands on, while at the same time, watching the news and world conditions play out to line up prophetically across the globe with the way the scriptures said they would.
Growing up in the Roman Catholic system, I wasn’t exposed to Bible prophecy at all. About as close as they came in broaching the subject, was when, during their mass and the consecration of the host – to supposedly become the body of Jesus Christ, in all His humanity and divinity – that the congregation, in unison, would utter the same robotic-like mantra (or as Jesus describes it as “vain repetitions” in Matthew 6:7) of “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”. That was it, nothing more. So, to say that prophecy piqued my interest would be an understatement.
The lyrics to this song serve as a clarion call to what lies ahead. We may be preoccupied now with our lives here on planet Earth, but a day or hour is coming when the whole world will be engulfed by a period that will totally blindside most of the world’s population. It will be an extremely dark seven years on Earth, and as Jesus describes in His Olivet discourse in Matthew 24, it will be an unparalleled epoch during the course of human events, never to be repeated again. The devastation will be incomprehensible, and a majority of the Earth’s inhabitants won’t survive it.
The words to the song are these:
“On the far north side of Heaven is a place where angels gather, and they prepare for holy war; and they prepare for holy war.
And if you listen well, you can hear the gates of Hell, and the tear-filled eye of God come looking down; aye, the tear-filled eye of God come looking down.
I can see a flaming dragon that rules five holy mountains, and a baby Phoenix cries out “Seven Come!”; ah, baby Phoenix cries out “Seven Come!”
And I can hear the sound of Heaven falling down and it sounds like seven dragons beating drums; oh, it sounds like seven dragons beating drums.
Well, what you going to do good people when the skies start raining fire, when you going to pray good people, all in that final hour?
Just before the angels and the skies turn dark? And you’re looking for salvation and you cannot find the Ark…again?
What are you going to do? Or, is it too hard to think about?
Red-eyed demons with their sires, blowing bugles, spitting fire and they all are crying “Life!” and thinking death; they all are crying “Life!” and thinking death.
And I can hear the sound of seven trumpets coming out of Heaven and the tear-filled eye of God come looking down; the tear-filled eye of God comes looking down.”
Though not scripturally accurate, it nonetheless serves as a harbinger of what lies ahead on the immediate horizon. There will be a war in Heaven, the devil and his minions will run roughshod across the planet when they are ultimately booted out of the heavenly realm forever, and the citizens of Earth will be in for a (pardon the expression) hell of a time during this seven to come.
While the artist may use some poetic license in his description of future events, he nonetheless issues a warning that one shouldn’t be caught off guard nor wait till the last minute to make preparations for the onset of this hour. It also serves as a wakeup call for members of Christ’s Church to get the word out in these remaining seconds of the Church Age, to warn the unsaved populace of impending doom and what is about to envelope the planet. It will be an unprecedented time and an immensely dark hour to have to try to endure.
A series of sevens will indeed transpire during this last “week” of years called the Tribulation, as the prophet Daniel foretells. In the book of Daniel, chapter 9 and verses 24 thru 27, he describes a vision supernaturally revealed to him, concerning 70 weeks of years, and how they relate to, primarily the Jewish people of Israel, but by extension, will affect the rest of humanity – and especially the last remaining week of years.
The first 69 weeks of years (or 483 years) have already concluded, but the remaining week or seven years are yet to come. Later in scripture, this final seven-year time frame will again be referred to as the Tribulation period, the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” and is further discussed again by Jesus in Matthew 24, as well as in other verses in both the Old and New Testament. It is finally talked about at length in the closing passages of Scripture in the Book of Revelation.
The length to which it is described in the Book of Revelation leaves the reader with no doubt as to the severity of what is coming and will without exception affect every single soul on the planet, when this horrendous event will plunge the entire planet into its throes.
God is giving more than ample warning that this time frame should be avoided at any and all costs. You do not want to be here on planet Earth when these series of judgments befall mankind, nor do you want to be a victim of the wrath of God as it is unleashed on an unrepentant world.
The Book of Revelation is replete with the number seven and details a grouping of sevens in dealing with the end times. The apostle John, from his exile on the island of Patmos, is given a very comprehensive look into the future by the Lord. Here are some of the sevens to come, from his vantage point:
He is first told to address the seven churches which are in Asia. John then sees seven stars and seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the seven angels of the seven churches, and the seven golden candlesticks are the seven churches, illuminating a light of the Gospel of Christ into a sin darkened world.
In Revelation 3:1, it mentions that Jesus has the seven spirits of God, and that also the seven stars (angels of the seven churches) are in His hand.
In Revelation 4:5, it mentions there are seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God, which are the seven spirits of God.
Revelation 5:6 talks about Jesus, as being the Lamb slain for the sins of mankind having seven horns and seven eyes, which again are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth.
So, as we can see, there is no shortage of sevens mentioned in the Book of Revelation: Seven churches, seven angels, seven stars, seven golden candlesticks, seven lamps of fire, seven horns, seven eyes and seven Spirits of God.
Borrowing from BibleStudy.org, about the number seven in scripture:
“Used 735 times (54 times in the book of Revelation alone), the number 7 is the foundation of God’s word. If we include with this count how many times ‘sevenfold’ (6) and ‘seventh’ (119) is used, our total jumps to 860 references.
Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It derives much of its meaning from being tied directly to God’s creation of all things. According to some Jewish traditions, the creation of Adam occurred on September 26, 3760 B.C. (or the first day of Tishri, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar). The word ‘created’ is used 7 times describing God’s creative work (Genesis 1:1, 21, 27 three times; 2:3; 2:4). There are 7 days in a week and God’s Sabbath is on the 7th day.
The Bible, as a whole, was originally divided into 7 major divisions. They are 1) the Law; 2) the Prophets; 3) the Writings, or Psalms; 4) the Gospels and Acts; 5) the General Epistles; 6) the Epistles of Paul; and 7) the book of Revelation. The total number of originally inspired books was forty-nine, or 7 x 7, demonstrating the absolute perfection of the Word of God.
Appearances of the number seven
There are at least seven men in the Old Testament who are specifically mentioned as a man of God. They are Moses (Joshua 14:6), David (2Chronicles 8:14), Samuel (1Samuel 9:6, 14), Shemaiah (1Kings 12:22), Elijah (1Kings 17:18), Elisha (2Kings 5:8) and Igdaliah (Jeremiah 35:4).
In the book of Hebrews, written by the apostle Paul, he uses seven titles to refer to Christ. The titles are ‘Heir of all things’ (Hebrews 1:2), ‘Captain of our salvation’ (2:10), ‘Apostle’ (3:1), ‘Author of salvation’ (5:9), ‘Forerunner’ (6:20), ‘High Priest’ (10:21) and the ‘Author and finisher of our faith’ (12:2). “
The number Seven, as mentioned above, is very prominent in this final book of the Bible, Revelation, in reference to Jesus, the Spirits of God, the churches, and the angels.
But then, there are the sevens to come that speak of judgment and the wrath of God that will be unfurled onto mankind during this Tribulation hour.
The first seven to come will be the onset of this seven-year period, and the sign given by Daniel that the world is now embroiled in this time frame is the signing or confirming or the strengthening of a seven-year pseudo peace deal between the nation of Israel and her surrounding enemies. This “covenant with death and hell” as the Bible describes it, will be inked by a new world leader, the antichrist or the Beast, as detailed in Daniel 9:27. That act will be the number one indicator that the Tribulation period is fully underway.
Coinciding with the beginning of this seven-year period, is another set of sevens taking place in Heaven. In Revelation 6:1, it shows Jesus, as the Lamb of God, opening the first of seven seals to come. The breaking of this seal is what allows the antichrist to be let loose upon the Earth, to wreak his havoc across the globe. The devil may have his man in mind now to take center stage when the conditions are ripe, but until this seal is broken, the “man of sin” cannot appear, or at least maneuver into position until he is allowed to do so. More on that later.
With the opening of each successive seal, conditions in the world will only worsen. After the opening of this first seal, six more judgements will follow, totaling seven of these seals.
The next seven to come will begin as the seventh seal is broken. What is to follow will be so breathtaking and so difficult to live through, that there is a brief timeout in Heaven before these seven judgments are unleashed.
Seven angels are given seven trumpets, and one by one, these seven angels sound their trumpets and the condition of life on Earth steadily deteriorates and no means of escape are made available, unless one repents of their sins and turns to God – and even then, those who become Christians during this time will more than likely be martyred for their faith.
While these seven trumpet judgments are occurring, there are also seven thunders mentioned in Revelation that utter their voices, about what is transpiring on Earth, that even the apostle John was not given permission to write about what they were saying. Obviously, the carnage and wrath are so great, that these seven thunders were witnessing what was happening and whatever was being said, for whatever reason – we are not told – John was not allowed to put it in the book.
After the seven trumpet judgments have concluded, the next seven to come are the seven bowl judgments. With each series of judgments- the seven seals, the seven trumpets and then the seven bowl or vial judgements – the increasing intensity and severity of each passing judgment continues to ratchet up the pain and deplorable conditions on the globe, making life utterly miserable. There will be so much destruction in the world via wars, weather phenomena, plagues, diseases, and even the animal/insect kingdom inflicting harm on humans, that it will be extremely difficult to survive the whole seven years.
For brevity’s sake, I can’t possibly list all the fallout that will occur during this seven-year event. The Book of Revelation is replete with the accounts of judgments, wrath and carnage that will be experienced by all those still in the world at this time.
There is a way to avoid it. By accepting Jesus’ free offer of salvation before the Tribulation begins, one will not have to endure what lies ahead in the immediate future. We could be just days away from the onset of this horrendous time. All of the conditions in the world at the present time are heralding its soon onset.
Salvation is a free gift: it cannot be earned or worked for. No one is capable of being good enough or doing enough good deeds to warrant entrance into Heaven. There is only one possible means to be saved: to trust solely and completely in the finished work of Christ on the cross for the redemption of our sins. He alone is the doorway into Heaven. He alone is our mediator. He alone satisfied the wrath of God for each and every sin we have committed or commit.
Don’t believe the lie of the devil that we have to belong to a certain denomination or a One True Church to acquire salvation. No membership in any denomination is a guarantee of salvation. One must be in Christ to be saved: recognize that we are sinners; that we are incapable of saving ourselves or working along with Christ in order to save us; or that we can atone for our sins by our acts of piety, penance or purging.
Before the seven years of Tribulation gets underway, Christ is going to remove His Body of Believers from the Earth. To those of us who have already said yes to Christ and His complete atonement for our sins, there is no need to be here on the planet when the final seven years of judgement begins. Those seven years are a time of wrath, yes, but also is a time for the lost to make a final decision as to whether or not to accept God’s free plan of salvation.
During this end time, it will be almost impossible to work and live without accepting the mark of the beast tattoo, or bar code, or skin implant – whatever it may end up being – in order to be able to make purchases for food and maybe even employment. By accepting this mark, one is also rejecting Christ forever and worshipping the antichrist and his false system of salvation. By taking that mark to survive, no matter what the rationale may be in accepting it, they will have sealed their doom and the offer of salvation extended to them by God will be forever rescinded. There will be no hope of salvation anymore. Don’t take the mark! Under any circumstances!
Sevens are about to come. There will be war in Heaven. Lucifer and his deluded angelic host – numbering one third of all the angelic realm – will fight against God and the remaining two-thirds of the angelic forces, and the devil and his hordes will be kicked out of Heaven permanently, and then their wrath will turn towards man and the repercussions will be severe.
This will occur about halfway, or three and a half years after the signing of the seven-year peace deal with Israel. That is when the gates of Hell will clang wide open, and the demonic hordes will run rampant across the globe, persecuting Jews and Christians primarily, but all humanity will eventually be in their crosshairs. You don’t want to be here then!
God is looking down with a tear-filled eye. He doesn’t want any to perish. He sent His son to die in a miserable fashion so that you could escape what is about to happen on Earth; but more importantly, escape the Lake of Fire after the final judgement of all things.
Hell will be just a waiting room until the ultimate Great White Throne Judgment, that Jesus Christ – the one who died for your sins, but you have rejected – will be the presiding judge at this arraignment. It is the Lake of Fire that awaits, not just the terrible and inescapable conditions of Hell. And it will last for eternity. No timeouts, no last-minute reprieves, no “this way out” signs, no escapes to put an end to this continual place of torment. Your fate has been sealed. Don’t go there or wind up there!
Don’t be caught off guard. Don’t wait until that final hour. Make a decision before the world is rushed headlong into that despicable hour. Seven years is a long time for wrath and judgment. Eternity is obviously a much longer sentence. It will never end. It will be a continual state of being. Perishing and burning in a lake of fire forever, but not able to perish.
Say yes to Jesus!
Sevens come….and they are coming soon. They will be here before anyone knows it.
“Well, what you going to do good people when the skies start raining fire, when you going to pray good people, all in that final hour? “
“What are you going to do? Or, is it too hard to think about?”
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved” Acts 16:30, 31
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” Titus 3:5
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” Ephesians 2:8,9
“Jesus said unto him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man comes unto the Father but by me” John 14-6
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Let Jesus save you!