Monday, June 14, 2021

The Epistle of Jesus #6 The Seven Trumpets: Heaven Declares War - Revelation 8-9

The Epistle of Jesus #6 The Seven Trumpets:
Heaven Declares War Revelation 8-9

 

Review / Chronology

I. The vision of Christ and letters to the seven churches. 1:9–3:22.
II. The Lamb opens the seven-sealed book is opened. 4:1–6:17.
III. The sealing of the 144,000 and the angels sounding the seven trumpets. 7:1–9:21.

Pride in Perversion Month

Some of you may have missed it, though I don’t know how that would be possible, but this month, the whole month is Pride Month according to the government, big businesses,  and the media. Pride month is the month that perversion and immorality go mainstream. Our nation celebrates and honors the most degrading, debauching and damaging sins of mankind. They even take the rainbow of God and pervert it to a symbol of their deep soul scaring iniquity. Now, these sins have always existed, but not since Sodom and Gomorra have they been so flagrant, so open, so accepted as normal. I think one of the reasons this is happening in our time is because the world no longer believes in judgement. Those who engage in these reprobate acts feel no shame, no guilt and have no fear of God’s hand of punishment. Even the majority of people who claim the title of Christian do not believe in the wrath of God, the judgement of God or even consequences for a person’s own actions and choices.

These openly corrupt and morally bankrupt persons claim, not only that their sin is no longer sin or even wrong, but that God condones their choices, their evil and that He made them that way and therefore their so called lifestyle, is by God's design. They are actually doing God's will when they give themselves to the basest desires of their wicked hearts. In their corrupted, reprobate minds they would make God the author of sin and a partner in their perversion.

Because they do not see the judgment of God immediately, they ignore Him, ignore His word and think they will never be called to account. Let me tell you, this morning in the middle of Pride in Perversion Month, they are wrong and their willful error will cost them everything.

Let me tell you what they are so wrong about when it comes to the judgment of God. Turn to Romans 2v4

 The Wrath of God - Romans 2:3-9

3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality - eternal life: 8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, - indignation and wrath, 9  tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil…

The Word Of God

…states it plainly. It says that those who believe they are not under the judgment of God, that their sins will not be punished, that they can do the most evil and immoral acts and not suffer the consequences are despising the goodness, the mercy of God and are storing up wrath. I often read other word for word translations of the Bible to help me in me study. One of the versions didn’t use the word despise but instead the word presume. “do you presume upon the goodness of God.” Now that is what is happening, but I have to say, presume is not a strong enough word for what they are doing. This act is not benign, it is not passive, it is a direct and purposeful ignoring of God’s grace it is despising. That is a good description, that is a powerful description. That is what this modern society of ours is doing today. They despise God’s grace. They despise God’s Word. They despise God’s house. They despise God’s people.

Paul says they are treasuring up wrath, like a miser hoarding gold in a chest but what they think is glorious, golden sin is actually the wages of death that will be paid out inn the Day of Wrath. Then they will no longer be able to ignore the righteous judgment of God.

The word wrath is the Greek word orge (orgay). It means violent passion, justifiable abhorrence  and punishment. - Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

God is not ignoring the sin of this world, not even the sin of an single person of this world, instead God is trying, in his mercy, to give time to the sinner. Time to repent, time to hear, time to trust, time to believe, time to accept the gift of grace. But if any person spurns the gift of grace, rejects God’s own Son who died for them, then that time of God’s grace turns into a treasure house of God’s wrath.

Peter’s Warning

2 Peter 3:9-10 9 The Lord is not slack (not slow, not delaying) concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Transition:

Now that bring us to Revelation 8. Here now we see that Day of Wrath fully realized, fully outpoured, fully sounded by the trumpets of God’s angels so loudly that no one will be able to ignore God anymore.

The Seventh Seal, Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

The Seventh Seal unseals or unveils the Seven Trumpets of God’s wrath. The Seventh Seal is the Seven trumpets and reveals the rest of the scroll, the rest of the book of Revelation. These judgments are sequential one following the other, the trumpets following the seals, the bowls or vials following the trumpets.

When the seal is broken by the slain lamb there is silence in all of heaven for about a half and hour. All the praise that has filled the throne room of heaven goes perfectly still as seal is broken and the scroll unrolled to reveal the terrible wrath of God upon the earth.

This silence of about ½ an hour, is like the stillness before the storm. This is the shocked and stunned reaction of all heaven to these terrible judgments that are about to fall as war from heaven is poured upon the earth.

John MacArthur said you could put the next two chapter under the headings of silence, supplication, sounding and storm.

The War of God - Revelation 8

Preparation and Prayers: The Seven Angels and the Angel At the Altar Rev 8:2–6

2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Trumpets were used for warning and for calling to war.  Here they warn those on earth of God's wrath and call to war the angels against those on the earth.

The angel with the censor acts in the role of the high priest. Some believe this is Jesus acting in his role of high priest, others point out that Jesus does not appear as the Angel of the Lord after the Old Testament closes. Opinion is greatly divided. I believe that this is another great angel and that his orders come from the throne.

This angel, as John sees him is given much incense to offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar. The incense and golden altar here are the true items in God’s throne room, while the Tabernacle items were a symbol, but John recognizes those symbols here in their true form.

Revelation 8:5–6 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it to the earth. And there were voices, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. 6 So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

In the Old Testament these items were for the appeasement of God's wrath. The incense from the censor and the golden altar was fired from the coals of the brazen altar, the altar of sacrifice. The incense ascended up into heaven and was a sweet-smelling savor and represented the prayers of God’s people and God’s wrath was appeased, satisfied by their prayers for forgiveness.

But now there is a big difference. The censor is filled with fire and is cast down upon the earth. Instead of the appeasement of God wrath, it is now the release of that wrath. The prayers of God’s people who have suffered persecution, torment, torture and martyrdom has been stored up in heaven, stored in that golden altar and now when it is full, now when the Day of Wrath has finally come, now when finally the prayers of God’s people, “How long O Lord, How long?” will be answered. The censor filled with the prayers for the righteous judgment and action of God is thrown down and explodes upon the earth.

Let me show you and interesting verse. Jesus said in Luke 12:49 about his first coming, “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” Jesus is saying that he come to send fire on the earth. Yes, part of that fire was controversy, conflict but mostly it was to bring judgment and Jesus states, He wishes it was already burning. Jesus knew what lay in store for his people, his nation, his church. What they must endure, what they must suffer and he wishes that God’s righteous judgment was ready to burn even then. It could not happen then, but we are are reading, we are glimpsing the future when that willing, that desire of Jesus will be put into effect. The seven trumpets begin to sound.

Punishment: The First 4 Trumpets - Revelation 8:7–12

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. 8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; 9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. 10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. 12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Description - Like the seals the trumpets are divided into 2 groups of 4 and 3. The last three trumpets are called the three “Woes!” in vs 8:13. The first 4 trumpets is followed by the first woe, which is the 5th trumpet and then the second woe, the 6th Trumpets and finally the seventh trumpet which is the third woe which is the seven bowls or vials of God’s final wrath.

The First Four Trumpets Sound

Vs. 7 First Trumpet: The plants of earth are struck. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Vs. 8-9  Second Trumpet: The Seas Are Struck. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Vs 10-11 Third Trumpet: The Rivers and Streams Are Struck And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Vs. 12 Fourth Trumpet: The Lights of Earth Are Struck - And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

I believe these are literal, not symbolic judgments. I believe that a great hailstorm, filled with lightening like fire will fall and the blood of those who are crushed will mingle with the hail and lightening of that terrible storm. I believe something like a great mountain burning with fire, a perfect description of a metero or an asteroid, will fall from heaven into the sea, probably the Mediterranean Ocean for that is the Sea John knew and will destroy 1/3 of all the sea life and 1/3 of all the ships caught in a terrible Tsunami that will sweep them away after that fiery mountain crashes into the sea. I believe something like a great star, burning like a lamp, lit within like the ice of a comet reflecting the sun will fall upon the earth and 1/3 of the rivers, and water sources will be poison by this star called Wormwood, a word that means bitter poison. And I believe because of these events happening withing week or at the most months from each other that the earth’s atmosphere will be filled with dust and the light of the sun, moon and stars will be dimmed by 1/3.

You know why I believe these are literal and not metaphors and not symbols? Because things like this have already happened on our earth the only difference here will be the timing and the clustering of them one after the other, like the attacks of a War Lord upon the bastion of the Enemy.

The Tunguska event was a massive explosion that occurred near the Tunguska River in Russia, on the morning of 30 June 1908. The explosion over the sparsely populated Eastern Siberian flattened an estimated 80 million trees over an area over 2000 square miles of forest. The explosion is generally attributed to the air burst of a stony meteoroid about 300 feet in diameter.

Winslow meteor Crater The crater is 4,000 feet, almost a mile, in diameter and about 600 feet deep inside its rim. The object that excavated the crater was a nickel-iron meteorite about 160 feet (50 meters) across.

The force of these strike is estimated at 100s of megatons of TNT. Roughly the power of a nuclear bomb. These have happened in the past and one day in the future in the space of only about 3 years the earth will have two such strikes and there is no defense.

Why is God’s wrath turned against the earth itself?

Judgment Against the Earth

This is Satan’s domain being judged by God. The prince and power of the air, the ruler of this world has been persecuting, attacking, and seeking to destroy God’s Kingdom and God’s people since he rebelled and was cast from heaven, the first falling star.

Now God’s judgement has come upon Satan’s domain, His Kingdom of earth and all those who have worshiped this earth and rejected God’s mercy and walked in the path of idolatry and earth worship are devastated by the war unleashed by God when the seven trumpets sound.

The pagans, the so called Neo-Pagan, the earth worshipers who pray to Gaia the earth spirit. The new druids who gather at Stonehenge to worship the solstice of the sun. These and so many others who have worshiped the earth instead of God and in worshiping the earth they have reject God and reality have worshiped Satan. Now their temple is crushed, there is not answer as they pray to Gaia, there is no refuge from God’s wrath.

From Living Water To Poisoned Springs

I can’t help but think as I read of this terrible devastation, that there was a time when Jesus stopped at a well in Samaria and talked to an outcast, adulterous, sinful woman. Do you remember what he told her?

John 4:10-14  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. … 13 Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 7:37-38 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Jesus offered springs of living water, eternal life, the thirsting of the soul quenched by the gift of God. The woman at the well drank of that spring and for centuries the cry of Jesus from the Gospel has sounded, “If any man thirst, come unto me and drink” but no longer, not now for these are the people of  earth who rejected the Lord's invitation and now have only poisoned water and a dead sea. They refused to accept the Lord’s invitation to drink of the water of life and now they must drink from the springs of death.

Jesus said I am the light of the world but they rejected him and chose the darkness and now they dwelling in greater and greater darkness.

Vs. 13 Transition to the Woes

Vs. 13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

The Woes of Earth Revelation 9-13

Fifth Trumpet / First Woe: Demonic Locusts from the Bottomless Pit –

Revelation 9:1-12 1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

There are many ideas about what these are, everything from helicopters to tanks to some new kind of flying weapon like jet packs. I think it is safest to not guess but just to take the Bible literally here and let the description stand as is.

These creatures are released from the bottomless pit, the abyss in Greek. This is another name for Hell and if they are released from Hell they can only one of two things the souls of the unrighteous dead or demons. Since we know that the dead will not rise until the Great White Throne judgment then these most probably are demons given shape and form so that they can physically torment the inhabitants of earth.

Revelation 9:2–5 This fallen star, which could be Lucifer, the morning star finally cast to earth is granted a key, the authority to open the bottomless pit. When he does smoke rises the smoke of a great furnace. The sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke. 3 Then out of the smoke come these demonic locusts. They have power like scorpions and the torment all upon the earth except those have the seal of God on their foreheads. These they cannot touch.  They cannot kill the people of earth, but they will torment them for five months, with a stinging, burning pain. So great is this pain that people will want to die, but death which is under the authority of God, will run from them.

The Bible describes them and the description fits as a type of demon and nothing else. It also says that their king, is the king of the bottomless pit, the angel of the bottomless pit and his name is Abaddon and Apollyon. Both names in both languages mean “The Destroyer.” Satan directs this army of demons against the very people who once worshiped him as they worshiped the earth and now the earth has opened up and spew forth the truth. He hates those creatures who were created in the image of God. This is his reward for their devotion.

Sixth Trumpet / Second Woe: The Angels from the Euphrates

Revelation 9:13 13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar (the angel of the Lord which cast the censor) which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.

Now the sixth angel sounds and the second woe is unleashed.

Four angels that have been bound by the Euphrates river are unbound, they have been prepared for this exact hour, day, month and year and when they are unleased they bring with them an army of 200 million who now bring death back to the world, death in devastating numbers 1/3 of living are killed by this army. If we take 6 billion for the population of earth today and we multiply it by one third we get 1.8 billion people who will be killed by this demonic army. This is after all those who have died in the opening 4 seals of war, famine and pestilence. Now war, no natural catastrophy has ever or will ever claim more human lives than in this 7 year time period of the Revelation.

The Army of 220 Million I think that again looking at the description this army is an army of demons, bigger like horses and under the command of these four fallen angels. After five months of intense, unending, burning stinging torment come the next woe and I’m sure those on the earth, if they could, would choose to go back to the scorpions.

These last 3 trumpets are called the 3 woes, the word has the meaning of damnation, judgment, sentencing, execution, curse as it used here. Some hear this believe it is too much, that God should not act in such fury, but God who is holy cannot act outside of His Holiness. In His love he offered an escape from wrath, when that grace is rejected then all that is left is wrath.

Isaiah gives us the mind of God on woe in Isaiah 6

The Woes of Isaiah

Isaiah 5:18-24 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
and sin as it were with a cart rope:  19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 5:14-15 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. 15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

 Conclusion

Lets go back to Revelation and see the result of God’s wrath upon the people of earth, Then -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: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

But that terrible conclusion is yet in the future. It is not now. Now, right now in this present age in this present time, here is what the Lord wants you know. This is what you need to hear. It comes at the conclusionof the book of Revelation and it reveals the heart of Jesus Christ and the heart of the church for this present age. Listen.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Lesson 9 Jesus Promises Hope, Comfort and Peace John 14-16

Life With Christ Lesson 9
Jesus Promises Hope, Comfort and Peace John 14-16

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    Year of Obscurity            Year of Popularity             Year of  Opposition     ___________________|______________________|____________________

 

(1),(2)AD25  (3)     (4) Apr  AD26     (5) AD 26     (6) Mar AD27   (7) Apr  AD 27 (8) Dec AD 28 (9)  Feb AD 29   (10,11) Apr AD 29                           

 

1.  John The Baptist preaches as forerunner Mark 1:1-8

2.  Jesus is Baptized by John  Matt 3:13-17, Jesus begins public ministry

3.  Jesus in the wilderness tempted by Satan

4.  Temple Cleansing, 1st Passover John 2:13, meets with Nicodemus John 3:1

5.  John cast in prison Luke 3:19-20, End of Year of Obscurity

6.  John beheaded by Herod for his wife Mark 6:17-29

7.  Second Passover John 5:1

8.  Visit with Martha and Mary  Luke 10:38

9.  Resurrection of Lazarus  John 11:19

10.  Jesus talks to the rich young ruler, heals Bartimaeus and stays with Zacchaeus Luke 18-19

11. Final week of Jesus' life, Triumphal entry, Temple cleansed, Last Passover, Lord Supper, Upper Room discourse.

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Background:

Jesus has assembled his disciples in an upper room on the day of the Passover, the third and last in Jesus earthly ministry. This may have been the same room where Jesus spoke with Nicodemus, some believe it was the home of John and James. Jesus takes this tie to prepare His apostles for the greatest loss they will endure but also for the greatest gift they can receive after salvation. He reaffirms Himself as the only way of salvation and His deity. He promises them the gift of the Holy Spirit and teaches them without parables in order to prepare them for what will happen in the next few days and for the rest of their lives. What they learn will shape the rest of their lives and ours.

The disciples have gone from the triumphal entry earlier in the week to this supper which Jesus says will be their last together. He washes the disciple’s feet, tell them that one of their number will betray Him and has to reprimand Peter twice, once for refusing to allow the foot washing and then for telling Jesus that he will go with Him wherever he goes, even to death. Jesus then has to tell Peter that he will deny Him three time before morning. You can understand why Jesus first words of chapter 14 are, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

 

John 14:1-3 Jesus Gives Hope

Vs. 1-3 Listening to what Jesus says, what is the basis of their hope, untroubled hearts?

 

Faith in God the father and faith in Him.

 

Besides faith in God what else does Jesus tell them that will also brings hope?

 

There is a place for them in God’s house and His going to prepare a that place for them.

What does Jesus mean when He says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” What is meant by a mansion?

 

The word means, a dwelling place from the Greek word, mone meaning a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode. In the English of the KJV translators’ day, a manse was a substantial house, though not always a mansion in our way of understanding today.

 

Where was Jesus going that would prepare a place for those who believe in Him?

 

He was going to die on the cross.  The preparation for their and our place in heaven would be by His sacrifice death on our behalf.

 

Jesus gives one final word of hope given in vs. 3. What does he promise that gave the disciple then and us hope today?

 

If I go away and prepare a place, then I will come again and take you home with me.

 

Vs 4-7 Jesus statement and Phillips’s response. Jesus says, “You know where I am going and the way I am going.” Thomas then says, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus does not repeat that He is going to die, but instead tells them, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” What does this answer tell us about Jesus and His relationship with the disciples and with us?

 

The focus must not upon the details of what is going to happen, but instead upon Jesus. He is way, He is the truth, He is the life and every question about our life, our path or our beliefs is answered in Him. Above everything else we must trust Him.

 

Vs. 6 According to this verse is there any other way to salvation, any other means to get to heaven?

No, salvation and eternal life is through faith in Jesus only.

After Jesus says, “If you had know me, you would have known my Father also.” Phillips says, “Lord, show us the Father and that would be enough for us.”

 

Vs. 8 What do you think Phillip is saying? Is this what Jesus meant?

 

Phillip may have been agreeing with Jesus statement that they would see the Father and that would be all they needed. But he missed the point Jesus was making.

 

Vs. 9 Jesus then asks a revealing and painful question, “Have I been with you this long and you still don’t know me?” What is Jesus very plain answer so that there are no further misunderstandings?

 

If you have seen me, you have seen the Father. It is one of the clearest most undeniable declarations of Godhood.

 

He implores them to believe that He is in the Father and the Father in Him by two reasons. What are they?

 

The authority of His words and the miraculous works that He has done.

 

Vs. 12-14. Jesus then promises that believers will do even greater works than He did. What reason does He give that we will be able to do greater works?

 

Because Jesus is going to the Father. Going to return to Heaven and return to the full use of his omnipotence, omniscience and omniscience that can be accessed by prayer in His name.

 

Does this mean all believers will be able to do miracles? If not then how are believers able to do greater works than Jesus?

Since Jesus is returned to heaven, his power and presence is available to all believers, at all times. He is not limited to one place, or one group but can work through all of us, in all places at all times. The greater does not mean more powerful or even supernatural but greater in number because His presence and power is with each of us.

 

These “greater work” are only possible if we “ask in Jesus’ name?” Because this is so important to the greater works we will do, what exactly does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name?

 

It means to ask as Jesus would ask.  It means acting in his power and will rather than my own.            

 

Whatsoever. The scope of prayer.

Ask. The condition of prayer.

In my name. The ground of prayer. This involves at least two things: praying in the authority Christ gives (cf. Mt 28:19; Acts 3:6) and praying in union with him, so that one does not pray outside His will.

That will I do. The certainty of prayer.

That the Father may be glorified in the Son. The purpose of prayer.

If ye shall ask. (The condition of prayer) The if is on the side of the one who prays, not on the side of Christ. – Wycliffe Bible Commentary.

 

Vs. 15- 18 Jesus Promises Another Comforter

Jesus now comforts the disciples with a promise of another that will come in His place.

 

The word for comforter is translated from the Greek word paracletos; literally it means one called alongside to help. Other words that define it are advocate, helper, strengthener, and comforter.

 

In the Greek writers, used of a legal advisor, pleader, proxy, or advocate, one who comes forward in behalf of and as the representative of another. – Word Study Dictionary

 

According to verse 17, did the Holy Spirit indwell the apostles at this present time?

 

No.  The promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was given for those under the New Covenant not the old and that could not take place until the Lord’s death.

 

The word comfortless in vs. 18 literally means orphans. The idea is Jesus comforting them by promising they would not be left alone, without any help.

 

Vs 19 Jesus, looking forward tells them that soon the world will no longer see Him, but because He will live, they will also live and know that He is in the Father, and they are in Him. What day was Jesus looking forward to?

 

The Resurrection and the Ascension. The final undeniable proof of who He was and of who they are in their relationship to Him.

 

Vs. 22 Judas then asks Jesus how he would be seen of the apostles but not of the world.  What was Jesus’ answer?

 

Whoever loves Him, will keep His Word, the Father then will love that person and that both the Father and the Son will make their home with him.

 

This would be possible through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

Vs 25-31 Jesus Gives His Peace 

 

Vs. 25-26 Jesus returns to the promise of the Comforter to reassure the disciples that the question that cannot be answered now, will answered soon through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

What words did Jesus use to explain how this would happen?

First, The Holy Spirit would teach them all things (the things not yet completed.) Secondly, He would give the disciples the ability to remember the words of Jesus. This is both a promise of inspiration in the writing of the New Testament and a promise to all believers of the Holy Spirits guidance in understanding scripture.

 

Jesus then promises them the gift of peace, making a distinction between His peace and the world’s.  What is different about the peace that Jesus gives and the peace the world gives?

 

The world’s peace is temporary, superficial, and inadequate.  Jesus’ peace is eternal, deep, and fulfilling.

 

Vs. 28-29 This is Jesus’ summary of what was said in the upper room.  What is overall truth Jesus wanted the disciples to know and remember?

 

That He was going away, but that He would come again to them. That they should rejoice because of all that will now take place.

 

Vss. 30-31 What did Jesus mean when He said, “The prince of this world comes and has nothing in me?”

 

It refers to the soon coming betrayal of Judas, driven by Satan and the truth that Satan has nothing to lay claim on in Jesus because he was sinless and nothing that they have in common, they are diametrically opposed.

 

The last phrase in John 14:31 is “Arise, let us go hence.” What does this mean when it comes to the location of the rest of the upper room discourse?

 

It was taught as they went from the upper room to the mount of olives and the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

Application:

What prevents us from rejoicing in tribulation, loss or difficulties encountered when serving Jesus?

 

Often the same things that prevented the apostles from seeing and rejoicing at what Jesus was doing. Our own lack of faith, lack of understanding and lack of selflessness.

 

How can these be deficiencies be overcome?

 

Also like the apostles, usually only by time spent with Jesus and experience in life and we walk with Him.

 

Conclusion

 Much like the apostles, we are sent by Jesus to carry the Gospel, Yet often we don’t fully comprehend what Jesus is doing in our life and times. Like the apostles we understandably don’t rejoice in tribulation, loss or difficulties encountered while serving Jesus. We need to recognize our weak faith, our lack of understanding and our limited perspective of what God is doing, and then ask God to move us past these to a greater, closer relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

 

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Epistle of Jesus #5 The Seven Sealed Scroll - Revelation 6-7


 The Epistle of Jesus #5 The Seven Sealed Scroll

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Introduction: God's people are a people of persecution and tribulation.

From Abel’s murder by Cain to Pharaoh’s killing of the firstborn, to the Tribulation, the people of the Book have been under attack. Theologically speaking we understand why. This world by God’s sovereign will is controlled or at least greatly influenced by Satan, whom the Bible titles the “Ruler of This World” and the “Prince and Power of the Air.” Lucifer, Satan, the Devil rebelled against God, and was throw from heaven with His angels to his own kingdom of earth. Satan hates all things of God, but especially His people in the nation of Israel and in the institution of the church. These he actively and constantly seeks to erase from his sphere of power. He has not and never will succeed, but He cannot stop. At times it seems the Devil is winning, the people of God waning, but it is only for a moment. Such a time is the book of the Apocalypse, the Unveiling of The True Coming King. In chapter 6 the Seven Sealed Scroll is opened and the last Tribulation of God’s people begins and then in 7 terrible, horrifying years ends and with it the persecution of God’s own.

But before we can come to the last persecution we must go back to an earlier time of trouble for God’s people, this time the nation of Israel. We find them scattered throughout the middle east and under the power of the conquering nation of Babylon. Though they have been taken from their homeland, they have not been taken from God and in this time of captivity a prophecy of God’s plan for his people is given to the prophet Daniel. This prophecy is the keystone, the foundation to all the end time prophecies of God and we must be aware of it or else we cannot rightly understand the book of Revelation. Go to …

 Foundation - Daniel 9:24-27

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Daniel’s Doubts

Background to Daniel’s Vision. Daniel began praying because he had read from the writings of Jeremiah that God had given 70 years as the time Israel would be removed from their land. He had read from Jeremiah 25:11, 12, which says, “when seventy years are accomplished ... I will punish the king of Babylon.” Also 2 Chronicles 36:20 says, “And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:  21 To fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years. 

Now 50 years later, the Babylonian king had been defeated by the Persian empire and Daniel knew it was time for the desolations of Jerusalem also to be ended.

He begins to fast, pray and confess his sin and the sins of his people. Through the prophecy of Jeremiah was soon due to be fulfilled, Daniel cannot see how God can do this while the sin of Israel is still so strong. Why will God allow them to return them to their promised land while they still do the things that God punished them for.

God sends his answer by the angel Gabriel and that answer gives us God’s perspective, His plan for the Ages, not just Jeremiah’s 70 years but of God’s thousands of years and even eternity. It is here in vss. 24-27 and is called the Seventy Weeks Prophecy.

Daniel is told in 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Six purposes of God’s Plan will occur during the 70 weeks:

(1) To finish the transgression. “Finish” (Heb. lƒkallÄ“˒) means “to complete,” The kind of transgressions Daniel had been confessing for his people were to come to an end. That has not yet, two and a half millenniums later, occurred.

(2) To make an end of sins. Literally, to seal up. This word (as in Job 9:7; 37:7) means to bring under full restraint. Cf. the sealing of Satan’s prison to restrain him (Rev 20:1-3).

(3) To make reconciliation for iniquity Calvary’s reconciliation will become effective for Daniel’s people when again, “in that Day” of Messiah’s second advent, they look on Him “whom they have pierced” (Zech 12:10; cf. Rev 1:7) and shall in repentance believe on Him (Jer 50:4, 5, 17-20).

The first three items of accomplishment are negative. The remaining three are positive:

(4) To bring in everlasting righteousness. This will be effected by inward moral transformation (Jer 31:33, 34).

(5) To seal up the vision and prophecy (Heb. prophet). When the people cease sinning, the disciplinary oracles of prophets will no longer be needed (Jer 31:34).

(6) To anoint the most Holy (most holy place, ASV marg.). Most commentators, feel that this refers to a renewed Temple, anointed like the Tabernacle of old, following the results enumerated in the five promises preceding (see Ezk 40:1-7; Isa 4:2-6). - Charles F. Pfeiffer, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary: Old Testament, (Chicago: Moody Press, 1962), Da 9:24.

So what kind of time period is the word week describing? It comes from the Hebrew word shabuwa`{shaw-boo'-ah} which mean seven, or a period of seven (days or years), heptad, week. In this case it is a week of years so 70 weeks is 490 years.

This plan for the ages has a starting point in vs 25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. When the Persian king granted Nehemiah the right to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem God’s program to reclaim his people, the nation of Israel began.

Seventy Weeks of Daniel Timeline

 

Restoration of  Israel

538-424 BC

From command

to rebuild

Neh 2:1-8

445 BC

7

Weeks

to rebuild the wall

 

Nehemiah receives permission to rebuild the wall.

49 years

 

Start of God's Countdown

 

Unto Messiah 

30 AD

62

Weeks

 434 years

 

 

 

Jesus Revealed

483 years

Four

Centuries

Between

Testaments

Messiah cut off after 69th week

 

City Destroyed  70AD

 

 

Jesus

Crucified

 

Church

Age

 

 

He shall confirm the covenant for 1 week Daniel 9:27

 

1

Week

Begin of Tribulation

7 Years

 

 

 

Great

 

Oblation to cease, The abomination of desolation

Daniel 9:27

 

Midpoint

3 1/2 years

Tribulation

 

 

Jesus Returns

Second Coming

 

We are even told when the Messiah would be revealed? Seven weeks and three score and two weeks. 7x7+ 62 is 69 weeks or 483 years. This prophecy is probably when the wise men, the magi from the east came looking for One born King of the Jews. Daniel wrote this prophecy in Persia and as a seer for the Babylonians and the Persians his writing would be recorded and preserved.

One more thing we are told is when the Messiah would die or be cut off? In vs. 26   And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:  We are not given an exact time just that it would be after the 62 weeks.

Further we are told that that “the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be with a flood and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. This is a prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Romans that took place in 70 AD.

The reference to the prince who is to come is the “he” in vs. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: One 7 year time period. The last week of Daniels 70 year prophecy. The last week we will see fully revealed in Revelation. This prince who is to come is the anti-christ. He comes from the same people or same kingdom who destroyed the temple in AD 70 and he signs a covenant with Israel. That covenant and nothing else begins the final week of Daniel prophecy.

There is one final part of the prophecy and that is the midst, the middle, of the week “ and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate.   Here the AntiChrist, the Beast of the Book of Revelation will cause the sacrifice and offering in the Temple to cease. This will occur  3 ½ years after the covenant is signed, right in the middle of the Tribulation.

 Transition

Daniels’s time was a time of oppression for God’s captive people and Daniel prayed and God gave a prophecy of hope. In Matthew 24 once again God’s people are oppressed this time by the Roman Empire and when Jesus tells his Jewish disciples that the great Temple of Herod will be razed to the ground. They ask Him when and when he will return. What He tells them is a reinforcement of Daniel and our next enlightenment and enlargement of God’s Plan for His People.

 Reinforcement - Matthew 24

Matthew 24:1–3 1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

The Disciple’s Dilemma – Jesus returns but the Temple is destroyed

The Disciples ask Jesus when will the Temple be destroyed and what will be the sign of His return and the end of the world. Once more God’s people, his disciples are confronted with a seemingly hopeless outcome and once again Jesus give them a different perspective. Just like Daniel’s answer it is not an easy prophecy but it also ends with the promise of the Messiah coming, this time leading the army of Heaven, returning to save God’s People.

Matthew 24:4–31 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

For sake of time I’m going to just leave Mat 24 right there. We can see that it is tied to Daniel for Jesus makes the connection himself and the prophecy began with the Discples questions about the destruction of the Temple, which Daniel also had prophesied.

Matthew 24 expands Daniels’s prophecy and makes Jesus the fulfillment. He is the Messiah what will return. He is the Son of man who will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. The disciple’s dilemma of the destruction of their Temple and the return of their Lord is resolved by Him that sits with them and teaches. Jesus is the answer to all their fears and questions.

Transition

Now lets move to Revelation 6 and the final time of Jacob’s trouble, the tribulation what will be the last for God’s people Israel.

Final Revelation - Desolation 6-7

Revelation 6:1–17 1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. 5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. 7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. 12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

John’s Despair

John’s dark night of the soul, there on the island of Patmos, brings him to the place where Jesus once again appears to comfort his people, both the New Covenant people and the Old Covenant, the saved of the church age and the elect of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Once again, as it was with Daniel and with the disciples on the mount of Olives it is a dark picture, even darker and more horrific when all the details are revealed, yet it ends with a glorious picture of Jesus return, His Kingdom and eternity. It is the most wonderful, the most detailed and the most beautiful revelation ever given. Made even more wonderful by the contrast of all the horror and tribulation that has gone before it.

John sees the lamb open the seven sealed book one seal at a time. This scroll is the final revelation of God’s plan for the ages, His final redemption of his people Israel. What John sees in visions we read as the book of revelation and all of it is found in the scroll held in the hand of the lamb who is a lion. The only one worthy to take and open the scroll.

The Seven Seals Chapter 6

The Seven Seals: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The first seal is the antichrist who will rule the world by bringing a false peace to Israel and the world. The signing of his covenant begins the great tribulation.

The second seal is widespread war.

The third seal is famine and scarcity which always follows war.

The fourth seal is disease and death which always follows war and starvation.

The fifth seal is the persecution and martyrdom of the saints on the earth.

The sixth seal is great earthquake, natural catastrophes and disasters.

The seventh seal contains the seven trumpets and opens the next series of judgments and tribulations.

Now compare the Lord’s Olivet Discourse with Revelation chapter 6

Matthew 24:5-9 Signs of the Times

Revelation 6 The Six Seals

Vs. 5 - False Christs

Vs. 2 -1st Seal Antichrist on a white horse

Vs. 6 - Wars

Vs. 3 - 2nd Seal War rides on a red horse

Vs. 7 - Famines

Vs. 5 - 3rd Seal Famine, scarcity

Vs 7 - Pestilence

Vs. 7 - 4th Seal death rides a pale horse

Vs 9 - Saints Persecuted

Vs. 9 - 5th Seal martyrs cry out

Vs. 7 - Earthquakes

Vs. 12 -  6th Seal, natural disasters

 

You can see that they are the same prophecy and that they are both built upon the original prophecy conveyed to Daniel by Gabriel. God’s Plan for the Age. He program to reclaim His People Israel.

Many people look to Matthew 24 as a way of gauging how soon the Lord will return or the tribulation will start, but it does not fit there. It does not belong in the church age, but in the time of Jacob’s trouble, the tribulation and it begins with the same event that Daniel, and Revelation 6 begins, with a covenant between Israel and the Anti-christ. The false Messiah who promised peace but brings desolation.

The opening of the Scroll for which all of heaven waiting and longed for has finally begun and the events that take place like acts from an orchestrated script are terrible to see. War, famine, pandemics, mass confusion, mass anarchy and mass delustion as the world looks to the most evil man who has ever lived to save them, but instead he bring his own destruction and it is worse than what they were enduring.

Perhaps that is why in the midst of such horror and desolation, John is not given the vision of Revelation 7 and it will be where we conclude this morning, in hope, in faith that God is still working and will always be working even when it seems darkest and hopeless.

Conclusion The Sealing

Revelation 7, The Sealing of the 144,000 and the Great White-robed Multitude

Rev 7:1-8 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.  Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The Four Angels Wait, they are not allowed to act in the judgment of God until the Sealing of the 144,000 is finished.

These sealed one are God’s people, named as tribes of Israel, and here are called the servants of God.  Not just Jews, but those chosen, sealed, for a special service to God. During the Tribulation, these sealed ones, these chosen ones will be God’s witnesses upon the earth proclaiming the coming of the kingdom. The church is glaring in its absence. The church, God’s house of witness during the church age is not spreading the Gospel on the earth. It cannot because it has been called home to be with the bridegroom. Now the task of warning and preaching falls back to God’s people Israel.

And in our last verses we see the harvest of their work and it is incredible.

The Great, White-robed Multitude Rev 7:9-17

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

John is told that these in white robes, have come out of great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. This great multitude which John says no man can number, are the harvest of the 144,000 who preach during the tribulation. These people of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues proved their faith by the testimony of their own death during the great tribulation.

The great multitude shows that God will triumph. Innumerable multitudes are saved out of the tribulation by the grace and power of God. Satan even at his strongest, most dominating position over this world cannot stop the light of God, the love of Christ or the loud voice of the Gospel. God’s people will give their lives because they know, the truth. Satan’s kingdom must come down and Jesus, Lord and King is coming to rule and reign.  

This is also our application our hope, our lesson. I don’t need to know when He is coming back because I know He is coming back. I don’t need to know when the darkness will end because I know the light will always overcome the dark. Daniel 9, Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation was never about when, or why it was always about Who.

That Who is Jesus, Lord, Messiah, King, Son of God, very God of very God, ruler and Savior. That is what it is all about, that is what it has always been about. Its Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.