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Vision of The Fifth Angel

The Fifth Angel?

Tuesday, December 31, 1997 Last day of year

It was about 3:00 A.M. on Tuesday morning and I had spent considerable time on the computer.   After shutting it down, I had gone directly to bed, and prayed briefly after I laid down.

The Giant Angel?

Soon after my prayers were ended, I began to notice something moving in the darkness of my closed eyes. It was much like a giant man standing very close, leaning somewhat to the right.

He was too big and too close to see him completely, and not well defined in the darkness. I wasn’t exactly sure of what I saw as I tried to look him up and down.

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.  Rev 9:1-3 (NIV)

I don’t know if this was an actual angel.  If it was, he was massive, with huge muscular arms, bulging with muscles all over the shoulders, neck and anywhere you looked. I am not certain if he had wings or not, because this was a very dark image highlighted only around the edges. However, I had the distinct impressions that there were wings.  I did not see or hear a trumpet.

Marching Troops.

They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. Rev 9:10 (NIV)

The scene changed abruptly to one in which there was a sort of broad roadway filled with marching figures. I could not hear their footsteps, but they were all swaying exactly in unison as they marched forward toward me.

These figures were pitch-black silhouettes against a lighter gray background of the road and a slightly lighter gray skyline. The heads of the figures had the outline similar to the “Darth Vader” of the movies.

They were all uniform in size and uniform in their outline, and were marching in a lock step, swaying very noticeably as they moved, almost an exaggerated motion.

These troops had canisters and hoses attached to their backs, and I had the impression that these were chemical weapons.

Were these chemical weapons with hoses running from the backs the locusts with stinging tails that had the power to torment people for 5 months that John saw as in Rev 5:10 above?

The Ward.

They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.  Rev 9:5-6 (NIV)

Soon the scene changed to a massive room that was evidently a makeshift hospital ward. There was pandemonium as people dressed in blue-green uniforms were being carried into the ward in huge numbers. Soon every cot was filled with people and the aisles were filled also. There was virtually standing room only as people were being attended to by those few standing.

The entire scene was simply one of confusion. People were being brought in on stretchers at first and moved to beds/cots, and as the place filled up, they simply moved around as if looking for an empty place, finally setting them down on the floor.

My entire field of view was filled with these people, some standing, some lying down in rows that were the original beds, some lying down in the spaces between the rows.

The Dragon.

Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Rev 13:4-7 (NIV)

The ward room disappeared and was replaced by a large, and well-defined silhouette of a dragon.

This dragon first appeared as a smaller red splash in my field of view, perhaps the size of a penny at arms length, that kept moving around. As I looked, the outline of the dragon’s head formed around the red splash. The dragon’s mouth was open and the red area became the inside of the mouth. I could see the full outline of the dragon’s body and tail as it stood almost erect.

As I continued to look at the dragon, the red area continued to move and then I realized that the red area was the dragon’s tongue and the tongue was shaped like a miniature red dragon, complete with head and body, but the tail of the smaller red dragon was attached inside the mouth of the larger dark dragon, apparently the root of the tongue.   The dragon marched toward me and was quite large, covering the entire road, prancing on its hind legs and tail, swinging its massive head from one side of the road to the other.   The road was lined with what appeared to be worshipers.

The vision ended at that point.

I did not write this down until nearly 6PM of the following night. I added this comment because I can still see the images very clearly after sleeping all night and being active all day. Like my other visions, I have not lost any of the details as I normally would, had I been dreaming.   

Note: after 10 years the visions are still as strong as ever. 

It occurs to me that the Dragon had multiple heads, but not heads sprouting out of necks connected together as you would expect.  The heads were actually heads within heads as the mouth of each dragon had a tongue shaped like another dragon, and that smaller dragon had a mouth with a tongue also shaped like a dragon. I wonder if this is the way John also saw them.

In addition to the visions that I had before I went to sleep, I also had a dream during the night in which I repeatedly saw two names. Although I woke up once and almost wrote the names down, I decided to wait until morning. I did not remember the names, nor their significance when I woke up, but the earlier vision remained crystal clear and is clear today.

Now almost a year later, as I review this vision in my mind, the entire vision is clear, but the separate dream is completely gone – I don’t remember the dream at all.  And again 9 and 1/2 years later, it is still vivid. 

These have been the visions of one ordinary person.  The visions stopped as suddenly as they started.   There have been a few other visions that I’ve not posted for one reason or another. 

Over the years I’ve collected a number of visions that others have received, all members of my own church or friends.   If you ask around, you will be suprised at how many ordinary people that you know will admit to have had a vision.   I’ll revisit my freinds and post here any that they say that I can.

I plan now to post some insights similar to the “Does God Change His Mind?”  that I’ve derived from these visions.  I will also post any visions that appear genuine that my readers send in.

 Thank you for visiting my site.   If you are a new reader, I suggest you go back to my earliest posts and start from there.   These are all true visions, nothing made up.  Each was disclosed to my pastor the day after they occurred.  

Grace and Peace,

Oldtimer

James A. Tabb

Marietta, Ga

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Vision of The Battle

The Battle 

Wednesday, December 24, 1997 about 2:40 A.M.

This vision was after prayers.  I had been praying in our living room, seated in a wing-back chair near my wife’s desk.  I had started my prayers late, around 1:30 A.M..   When I finished, I still had my eyes closed in the dark and was meditating.  This vision was in black and grey, with the figures highlighted in gray against a black background.

I began to see a man with a large sword standing to my right.  He was naked except for a sash-like cloth draped around his shoulder and extended down so that it was also wrapped around his waist.

He was in a defensive pose, not approaching anyone, but menacing.  He had his right arm raised and it was drawn back as if to strike with the sword he held there.  He had no armor or shield. 

Other combatants began to appear.  There were others much like him, but he remained in the center of attention.  The battle raged back and forth but I could not see anyone being injured.  They did not seem to be fighting each other so much as an unseen enemy at the time.

Soon animal-like creatures appeared and it appeared that the men were fighting them.  One of the larger creatures was a lion-like animal, but with distorted features, perhaps just angry and mincing. 

When the animal attacked my central figure, it stood up and was much taller than the man, including his raised sword.  The animal came down on his shoulder, but I did not see the result as he fell out of view.

About that time, I began to see something sweep across the scene from side to side above the ground.  These appeared to be angelic like images of figures, with wings swooping back and forth in the battle that continued to rage.  I began watching the swooping figures and trying to see how they looked,  but I never got a clear view. 

Whenever I saw a clear view of something on the ground that might be an angel that had landed, it would turn out to be another fighting figure of a man, and when I thought he had wings, a closer look showed a flowing cloth waving in the breeze behind him, or an arm drawn way back with a sword.

Often the men were braced with one leg almost parallel to the ground behind him, and the other forward and bent, so that he was very low to the ground and striking at something as if he had tried to fall back in a bracing maneuver.

The battle faded from view and disappeared after a few minutes.  I had begun to notice that the background was getting brighter, clearing from black to grey, then it became too light to see the greyish figures of the vision.  They just faded out.  It was 3:00 A.M. when I got up.

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back Rev 12:7 (NIV)

Next:  The Fifth Angel?

Vision of Crossing Over – Timeless Heaven

Crossing Over

This vision had the most profound meaning to me of any vision I’ve had.  It was the final seal for me that heaven not only exists, but it is indeed populated with our ancestors.  There was a suprise though in one major area – it showed me who else is already there.

But about the resurrection of the dead‑‑have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.  Matthew 22:31‑33 (NIV) 

Thursday, November 25, 1999, Thanksgiving Day.  It was the day after my Father died.  I was trying to take a nap, but not successfully.   I kept telling Dad, and God as well, how much I loved them.  Also Mother.  

I had a brief vision, followed by an understanding that seemed to come from God about the “hereafter”.  But first the vision:

I saw Dad lying back on the chair that I found him in, he had his mouth partially open and immediately a wispy breath emerged but grew into the figure of a white angel carrying what I knew was his spirit, who was also wispy and white.  The angel had Dad around his waist from behind and both were facing forward as they sped skyward.  Although Dad was still in the chair in a closed house when I found him, they were now speeding away into the open blue sky.

They were both looking to heaven and speeding away so rapidly that the entire vision took only a second to complete. 

The angel’s wings were initially folded back sharply to form a long trail that came from Dad’s mouth, and as they came out, they were immediately the same size as the figure of Dad – it happened so fast that when I first realized what I was looking at, they were full size, and Dad’s head was about even with the Angel’s, and both were looking straight up as they sped away.

Then I had an understanding or word of comfort that seemed to be a truth that only God could have given me.

The words I heard said,

“Take comfort!  The Spirit and Heaven, like God, are timeless and have no beginning and no end.  Your father has not gone to the present Heaven, but to the future Heaven!   You and your descendants, as well as your ancestors, are all there to greet him!”

Those are the only words that I heard, but the understanding goes deeper.  I can’t find the words to describe the terminology of Heaven in the context of time.  The best that I can hope to do is to say that when we die, we don’t go to the present Heaven, meaning one that exists right now, even though one exists right now – Heaven is in a different time dimension than we can perceive!   Heaven wasn’t one age when Moses died and an older one when Dad died.   Heaven is both ageless and timeless.  So is the spirit, even yours and mine.  God has known us from the beginning of time.

In a sense, there is no such thing as a “present Heaven,” unless you say “the ever-present Heaven”, because Heaven, like God, is timeless.  When we die, our spirits are timeless, in the same sense that God is timeless, but of course, our spirits have limitations that He does not have.  We don’t become gods. 

We actually cross over into a timeless world, not a  present heaven where a person dies and arrives in Heaven that day and many years later one of their great great grandchildren dies and he or she arrives at that later time.  Instead, we arrive all at once, best described by my feeble mind as the future one.   I say that because   from what I was told, not only are our ancestors present, but our descendants too!   In my thinking, I can only perceive that as the future Heaven, though I know that is not good terminology.

I don’t know how it works, but what I understand is that when we arrive in Heaven, we are greeted by loved ones who have preceded us and loved ones who die later, and soon, all descendants.  All of us arrive at the great awakening as soon as we cross over, with no apparent lapse of time, but when we first arrive, it is in that future time as we would perceive it on earth.  I would guess that this happens in the end times as described by Revelations.  

So we meet our parents, grandparents and our children and grand children, nieces, and nephews generations far into this “natural” world’s future and far into the past as well. 

I would guess that we don’t necessarily see or meet them all at once, but being timeless, we may meet a future descendant or perhaps an ancestor and visit with them, and even travel back or forward with them and observe their life at the times they wish us to see, and show our own lives as well.   Our spirits are timeless so we can move back and forth through time at will. 

I am speculating at this point, so feel free to discount this part, but as I see it, it is in those travels, when we, as spirits, could conceivably  visit our own “natural” lives, which may be (as we perceive time in this natural world) some time in our distant past or some time in our future.   In any event, those who find comfort in thinking their departed loved one is nearby or watching over them can take heart in knowing that they may well be doing exactly that in God’s timeless Heaven.

Do you suppose it is possible that, on those occasions, we sometimes, perhaps only with God’s permission, give ourselves a word of knowledge or wisdom that we may recognize as coming from God or we might attribute to a premonition or to deja vu?

In any event, the really neat thing about Heaven, the part that I get a firm grasp on, is this:  When we die we are instantly with loving ancestors, loving descendants, and with a loving God.   Everything that we have worried about has already happened and these happy spirits that we meet in Heaven when we arrive are unconcerned about long past events. 

I can’t see why there would be any reason to visit or observe those we left behind, since we are together in Heaven, but perhaps sometimes we may choose to do so.  Dad, although he preceded me in death, is already with me in Heaven.  He has no reason to look over me in the life he left behind.  He already knows the outcome.  

If we were to choose to go back and look at some significant event that is part of my or his life, we might have an option to give a word of knowledge that comes in our own voice, in our own head, so it may or may not be recognizable as coming from our Spirit.  Have you ever, if you are like me, occasionally had things come to you “out of the blue” a sudden thought,  and it suddenly makes a difference in your life? 

In any event, I have come to  realize that all those trials and tribulations, all those successes and failures have little meaning except as to how we look in the eyes of God.   Pain and sorrow, despair and death, all fade away when we show our lives to our loved ones in the light of God’s plan, and see how it all fits in.  I imagine that we couldn’t be happier, or freer to worship and praise God with that knowledge and freedom.                   

For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. {22} For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. {23} But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. {24} Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  1 Corinthians 15:21‑24 (NIV) 

This vision, like the many that preceded it, are all true and accurately described using notes from my journal at the time.  However, it is well to note that these visions have never faded.   Not at all like dreams which fade even before you finish getting up.  Once God gives you a vision, you have it forever.  You can call it up at anytime.   I’ve not always recalled the exact words I saw or heard, but the visual parts are fixed like a movie playing in my mind.   The words are accurate because they came from my journal, usually written within moments of the end of a vision.

They have been generally in the order received, but I’ve gotten out of order here to put my Dad’s death next to Mother’s.  Now I have to figure out how to put these in order again and can’t.  They are at least all accurately dated. 

Because it is related to the end times and/or ascending to heaven, I will tell you about The Children next.