Chuck Missler Revelation Session 20 Ch-15 16 The Seven Bowls Of Wrath

Okay let’s pray again father we thank you for the evening we thank you for this material we recognize this difficulty and yet father we thank you that you have provided Jesus Christ to redeem us from this darkness we pray father that the lessons not be wasted we pray father that you would help us each to better understand the incredible extremes you’ve gone to on our behalf and help his father to be ever more fruitful stewards of the opportunities you’re placing before us as we commit ourselves into your hands without any reservation in the name of Yeshua our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ well we’re in session 20 exploring chapters 15 and 16 which are well known because they are the seven bowls of God’s wrath and we are still in the just by way of review we are in the outline that revelation 1 verse 19 lays out write the things which thou have seen the things which are and the things that shall be Hereafter things which i have seen being the vision of Christ in Chapter 1 the things which existed at that time namely the seven churches the most important part of the whole book for us and the things which shall be Hereafter that is the thing which follows after the churches and of course that’s the area we’re in we’ve been sensitive all along the hepatic structure the basic one being the Seventh Seal scroll followed by the seven trumpets followed by these seven bowls which are now going to get into and so each one having a little parenthesis between the sixth and seventh and in the case of the bowls we’d miss it it’s only one verse long but you’ll see it’s just a little change of subject catching the breath if you will as we go and so we have finished the fourth there actually five parenthetical chapters where we met the seven personages that we looked at back then and we just concluded the chapter on this that is a prelude to what we’re getting into to the seven bowls of God’s right chapter 14 laying the groundwork for what we’re now into it had seven angels prepare us if you will for the seven angels that have these seven bowls we talked about the doctrine of endless punishment very difficult area in that universalism which is the general assumption by even many pastors strangely blots out the attribute of God’s retributive justice and it transmutes in and just misfortune turns all suffering into chastisement and relegate the sacrifice of Christ and simply moral influence the church has become a social institution rather than a declaration of the true gospel of Christ and it makes the sacrifice of Christ a debt so to speak do man rather than an unmerited boon from God and so throughout the Bible we see of course God’s love and grace freely available to all who will accept it the entire Bible is a record of the extremes he’s gone to and too often the people’s responses they don’t want to love God and they want to run things their own way so God has three alternatives he can indulge it allow it to go on forever which means the cruelty the sin the pain the suffering will continue on and on or you can the other alternative is the enforce man to love him to be anatomica which is a contradiction in terms you can’t force love or the only alternative left him as to withdraw himself and we can’t imagine what that means he’s essential for our existence so that leads to the concept of the two deaths the physical death being a separation soul in the body most of us are sensitive to that the second death it’s discussed in Jude chapter 1 verse 12 but also in Revelation 2 and it’s going to come up again in chapters 20 and 21 is the spiritual death is a separation of the soul from the Spirit of God himself to deaths and we can’t imagine what that second one really is like all these other things are really ways of trying to get that across to us so so it’s only our selves to choose whether it God will judge us as we ourselves will decide to either accept to reject his grace love and forgiveness as we ourselves we choose everlasting life or everlasting death and everlasting death is is the same is we’ll get into more of that before the books over okay so we’re now in the seven bowls in chapters 15 and 16 chapter 15 verse 1 and I saw another sign in heaven great and marvellous seven angels having seven last plagues for in them is filled up the wrath of God and this sort of the word filled up is just a way of saying it’s always saying it’s finished and I saw as it were a sea of glass remember we saw that sea of glass earlier where the Saints were standing or that twenty-four elders were standing on it I always fascinated with that idiom of the the sea of glass is sort of modeled in the tabernacle and the temple with the Laver at the brass Laver in which the priest washed in it and that links with Ephesians 4 where it says we are washed are we clean through what Washington the water by the word where the Word of God is idiot is made a pneumatically the washing well that word of God is what they’re standing on in right in the in heaven I think the Holy Spirit’s dealing deliberately and puns there but the same sea of glass now is no longer something they’re simply standing on we see the sea of black glass mingled with fire fire always suggests judgment and then that had gotten the victory over the Beast and over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name stand on the sea of glass having harps of God there again standing on the Word of God if you will having the harps of God and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the lamb saying great and marvellous are thy works Lord God Almighty just and true are thy ways thou king of saints or king of Ages in some translations and so forth the song of Moses you can put that appellation on a number of passages we see that Exodus 15 we see that Deuteronomy 32 and so forth it was it was sung before the giving of the law in the gen-x is 19 will we saw it we heard about the song of the Lamb back in revelation chapter 5 so obviously they’re deemed are singing and here they’re seeing the song of Moses and the song of lamb again it’s interesting to notice there’s ever any word about the achievements of the martyrs you know we tend to look at religious history and think of the great Saints that willingly died and burned at the stake for people accomplished things for God it’s interesting not that they’re not rewarded the scripture makes that clear but the real the victory here the achievement here is really the achievement of Jesus Christ the achievement of God and that’s what’s being celebrated book of Revelation from cover to cover is not the achievements of his Saints no they’re all his achievements that were achieved through a Saints anything we do is wasted what we do in response to him is what counts and that’s it’s also embedded in the text in that sense because all the praise and all the glory and all the appellation is of the Lamb and should never forget that and okay so the real question the key question here is who is being unveiled in this book it’s not the Antichrist you know we always get into some prophecy we study about the outwitting and ways there’s not the Antichrist and so forth of course that’s being unveiled here is in the first sentence this is the unveiling of whom Jesus Christ which God gave to whom him Jesus Christ and I remember that first sentence of the book and moving on verse 4 who shall not fear thee O Lord and glorify thy name for thou only art holy for all nations shall come and worship before thee for thy judgments are made manifest and you know it’s it’s disturbing to really recognize and acknowledge the decline of the fear of God in our culture when you think about how this country is founded by people who risk everything their health and everything to come here to found a country why did they come here for religious freedom to be able to worship God the way they wanted to that’s why they left that’s they’re called pilgrims and it’s interesting as you look at the early history of this country even people who may not have been real believers nevertheless conformed to a culture that did hold God in reverence they personally might have had some problems but they yielded to the culture because that was what it was all about and gradually over the years it becomes more and more fashionable to become more and more lacking fear of God and even among believers now you got a real problem in the church itself as people don’t fear God you learn about God in your studies but you grow in your respect or reverence in your devotional life and I’m sure all of us in this room me included need to somehow do more in our devotional life and we need to work on it when you recognize that as a priority because that’s what really what it’s really all about is a relationship with him a personal relationship with him and that that that as one pastor said it once from a pulpit God is not our buddy what he meant by that isn’t that God is an intimate and so forth but some of us tend to treat him like a buddy know he’s God he’s the root of the universe he may be available to us with a 24 hour hotline you bet and he’s there to be more involved in your life than you probably have any idea it continually even after what 50 years of this kind of thing it just it stuns me to recognize how responsive he is to our needs candidly a couple days ago I was just down I was one of those down I was at for a lot of reasons are not important in fact I even acknowledged everything I looked at head was going well no problems I go right through a checklist of everything medical finance what every no problems but for some reason I was and as I do when I did I called and said am I need prayer shared with him a little bit and we repair partners and a couple and garden a couple people that are hey Kenny some prayer today so within hours I got phone calls from across the world from people I haven’t talked to for a long time that were so incredibly encouraging that first I was really quite overwhelmed with several things that happened then I sat back and had to laugh why should we say you know God what I was cut it down God just picked me up by the scruff of the neck and from two or three quarters of the earth got encouragement of different kinds and I miss that back you know it’s just it’s just like it’s just like he was saying hey I’m still here you know I’m listening so no God is maybe with the fear of God is where I got a little distracted there who shall not fear thee O Lord in all the nations shall come and worship before they do they do that today no way not at all the immorality the godlessness and the injustice even in our own country is just increasingly conspicuous and we go through all the Psalms a lot of quotes but any new use for thy judgments are made man that’s all going to change and after that I looked and behold the Temple of the tabernacle whose testimony and heaven was open the temple is mentioned 15 times the book of Revelation never mentioned until chapter 4 as long as the church is on the earth he’s in dwelling the church when the church is raptured then the temple is again a topic and so from then on from chapter 4 on it’s dealing with the people on the earth that have a temple a replica actually of the things that are in heaven and that’s all explained for you in Hebrews 9 and elsewhere if you want to get into that the seven angels came out of the temple having the point I didn’t maybe I went through a little too quickly the tabernacle the Ark of the Covenant all those things are replicas on the earth that Moses was shown how to build but they’re replicas the real Ark of the Covenant the real temple always has been in heaven and we’re as we talked about that when we were at the last verse of chapter 11 but in any case seven angels come out of the temple this is not the temple on the earth this is the temple in heaven having the seven plagues they were clothed in pure and white linen having on having their breasts girded with golden girdles and by strangely there are some variant readings about the the the the linen being a precious stones I won’t go down that path just there are some manuscript issues they’re not not big deals anyway having their breasts girded with golden girdles and one of the four living creatures gave unto the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God Wow I can’t even imagine that who liveth for ever and ever so this is the preamble from here on it gets rough and by the way the word bowls a quick comment I’ll stay with the word bowls some of the translations have vials what they what I think it should envision here if you’ve ever seen some of the more orthodox ascensor they typically have it’s like a shallow plate with they use with instances of in insert it’s in religious things it’s it’s more like a sensor a shallow bowl is typically the way it’s the the words aren’t used the same way what these bowls are like who knows i can’t visualize a bowl holding the wrath of god but mainly and the temple was filled with a smoke from the glory of god and from his power and no man was able to enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled this is reminiscent of the time when there was so much smoke or cloud in the in the in psalmist temple the priest couldn’t minister it was a darkness she could feel so to speak and we notice here that the aaron on the day of atonement was supposed to carry a sensor or a bowl of coals from the altar so that he wouldn’t die he was totally on yom kippur he had to have it to avoid dying here even the redeemed are denied asked access god suffers alone for the horror of sin now something else to make very clear here these seven angels with these seven bowls make it clear that these judgments going to see proceed from God not from Satan’s enmity not from man’s mistakes this is the wrath of God and that would make a great bumper sticker beware the wrath of the Lamb I made that remark before and someone actually sent me some haven’t put him on the car yet but the fact the ones that got sent me is that beware the wrath of lamb and had a Lions face on it I like that that was kind of you but remember we had seven churches that represented all churches seven means complete so these these seven angels and seven bowls are obviously idiomatically speaking of the completeness of God’s wrath here and there may even be some parallelism in what’s going to transpire it isn’t necessarily chronologically sequential but so when our in chapter 16 this is the big one bowls on the kingdom of the Beast each one of these judgments fall upon the kingdom of the Beast and heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels go your ways and pour out the vials or bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth and the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon men which had the mark of the beast and upon them which worshipped His image and this is very analogous to the sixth plague in the Egypt issue back in Exodus 9 in fact one of the things you can do if you’ve so inclined as make a study take the seven plagues take the nine plagues in Egypt well ten with the death of the firstborn and and you’ll notice several of them linked up rather interestingly and now these sores are usually an outward sign of an inward problem medically and it’s also certainly here and so it’s a it’s interesting that God’s injunctions in the Torah anticipate all of these here they’re getting his wrath for those that worshipped His image you go you when you first jump into the Bible you see God again and again and again warned them not to worship false images and so this is a big climax of all that we’ve even even seen not only images but devil worship even in the house of God you can go back and look at some of those cases some people who try to see this think that the they’re getting a sore maybe from having taken the mark that there’s something like an HIV thing going on or something and there was a plague of boils predicted back in Deuteronomy 28 that’s never been fulfilled and this certainly would fulfill those but I don’t think there’s any need to contrive current images of what’s coming I think these things are are very special they’re not explainable away in terms of typical you know physiological practice second angel poured out his vial upon the sea and it became as the blood of a dead man and every living soul died in the sea that was in the sea and so is this blood is it literal blood is it red tide there’s all kinds of debates among scholars and conjectures I wouldn’t get any conjectures uh I think that the pawl sea life in the region dies and it’s that simple it’s it’s funny we we can relate to this I guess because of the oil spills that we read about and some of the other ecological tragedies occurred with relatively minor in case here we’ve got a major thing happening and it’s obviously but this is not again I don’t know I think all these conjectures you run into with some some of the commentators miss the point this is not a result of poor ecological planning this is not a result of man’s mistakes this isn’t a result of Satan messing around this is God pouring out his wrath and it’s that simple the third angel poured out his vial the rivers in the fountains of waters and they became blood so we’re finding man can you imagine living without water can you imagine mankind trying to find water when it’s somehow for whatever reasons unpalatable it’s interesting that those that worship the Beast cannot find anything to drink but blood do you see the irony in that do you see the irony of that where they have taken the blood of the martyrs and so forth now all they have is blood what flashed through my mind was I remember when Israel was in the wilderness complaining about the manna they wanted some quail so God gave him quail so much quail egg it was he what quail he gave him Coyle they were sorry they asked I heard the Angel of the waters say thou art righteous O Lord which art and wast and shalt be because thou hast judged this the Greek leaves out the shall be it’s a it’s existing one who was the Holy One and so forth there’s no point in speaking of the one that as if he shall come that’s just that’s a translational issue anyway for they have shed the blood of the Saints and the prophets and thou has given them blood to drink for they are worthy they’re deserving and the irony there is very explicit and heard another out of the altar say even so Lord God Almighty true and righteous are thy judgments it’s interesting to see hammered away again and again and again that the lamb is worthy that God is justified there’s never even a hint of that this does that the crime that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime all the way through here and the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the son oh boy and the power was given unto him to scorch men with fire and men were scorched with great heat and blasphemed the name of God which hath power over these plagues and they repented not to give them worry you know it’s astonishing is all through this book nowhere do the earth dwellers ever respond they just get it it just gets angry and anger in other words they never repent and that’s really the point that’s really the point they repented not to give him glory that in turn justifies what God is doing see the Sun worship is interesting it’s the earliest form of paganism involves Sun worship it originated on the plain of Shinar and the first leader of course was a guy by name of Nimrod we encounter him in Genesis 10 the word Nimrod comes from the Hebrew verb Mourad which means a future tenses is in the Murat a variation of that which means his name means we will rebel the first world dictator was an Assyrian that founded the city of Babylon as other things in Genesis chapter 10 and cush begat Nimrod and he began the way your Bible says he began to be a mighty one in the earth so far so good verse 9 is mistranslated I’ll come back to that he was a mighty hunter before the Lord is what your Bible will say wherefore it is said even as nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord the beginning of his kingdom was babel erech accad calneh in the land of Shinar or Shinar this translation is well known among scholars as being not a myth it’s misleading the way it’s expressed the word before really should mean in defiance of not before you when you say 100 before the Lord we think of kneeling before the Lord and being being that’s a good thing the the actual language implies that he put himself before the Lord that is he’s in defiance of the Lord it’s a subtlety but it’s a very profound one a very very critical one in this case so we find that in Josephus clarifies this for us as just these are expressions to show that in the in the eighth in the rabbinical traditions that was what this was well understood Josephus says Nimrod persuaded mankind not to ascribe their happiness to God but to think that his own excellency was the source of it and he soon changed things into a tyranny thinking that there was no other way to wean men from the fear of God than by making them rely upon his own power see again it’s the attack on the fear of God you’ll find the Senate Jesus Josephus writings and antiquities of the Jews the target of Jonathan another classic rabbinical sources from the foundation of the world none was ever found like Nimrod powerful and hunting and rebellions in rebellions against the Lord this is an authoritative it’s just it’s its document in fact the Rabbinical perspective perspective always has been an acknowledgment of the translational problem here Jerusalem targum says he was powerful in hunting and wickedness before the Lord for he was a hunter of the sons of men and he said to them depart from the judgment of the Lord and adhere to the judgment of Nimrod there it is set as Nimrod is the strong one strong and hunting and in wickedness before Lord this is the rabbinical understanding from the ancient text so it happens it’s your Bible if you just read it straight can mislead you Nimrod was bad news he’s the first world dictator the Chaldean paraphrase of 1st chronicles which is another illusion here cush begat Nimrod who began to prevail in wickedness for he shed innocent blood and rebelled against your behave up hey and so the first global dictator Nimrod and the final global dictator will be also an Assyrian many people don’t realize that Micah 5 and Isaiah 10 go into this and we talked about that when we’re studying chapter 13 that’s one reason I sometimes call him Nimrod the second because he’s both the first world dictator and the last world dictator both apparently come from Assyria so let’s move on and the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the Sun and power was given unto him to scorch the men with fire and men were scorched with great heat and blasphemed a name of God which hath power over these plagues and they repented not to give Him glory see there it is again again and again and again they the more the worse things get they don’t wake up they don’t recognize what the source of this is or worse they recognize it and and oppose it anyway that’s the amazing thing to me out some to be that that the kings of the earth take counsel and arms against the Lord and against his anointed I can’t I can imagine the world rejecting God I can understand the world I believe in God I can understand those things I can’t imagine the world taking up arms against God that’s what of course Armageddon is all about and but they’re really a men are upset but they don’t repent Einstein made a history mark he said it’s easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man pretty interesting inside for a visit and the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the Beast that’s actually the throne see this is this is where it’s this is where this is all being directed all God’s wrath is being directed at the kingdom of the Beast two things report out his vial upon the Beast and his kingdom was full of darkness and they gnawed their tongues for pain you know it’s interesting back in Revelation 13 we had the remark made who is able to make war with the Beast remember remember that line this is the answer you know who is able to make war with a beast god boy he is he’s may and this this darkness is probably analogous to the ninth plague back there in Exodus 10 you may recall one of the ten plagues that that was sequence back there against Egypt was a darkness that could be felt one on earth’s going on we’re not sure there’s lots of allusions to it throughout the scripture here and there there are unexplained examples of darkness in the history books in new england central wisconsin Memphis Tennessee and Louisville to Kentucky they’ve been reports in 1780 1886 in the turn century 1904 1911 unexplained darkness that they apparently couldn’t account for I can’t make much of that I just mentioned it passing here but what’s really going on here also is spiritual darkness and that’s what we’re facing here we see that already it’s astonishing to me to see people who go through graduate training in science embrace a theory that is easily disprovable mathematically and scientifically as being impossible and yet it’s not only embraced by a fringe if you don’t embrace it you put your career in jeopardy in science the whole theory of evolution is recognised by many many experts as absolutely untenable there’s no evidence for it it violates the laws of entropy you can’t explain the origin of life because you can’t explain the origin of information that’s the Darwinists that puts the final nails in Darwin’s coffin so to speak but evolution is is is the foundation of our society and it’s it’s nonsense and it leads to error the whole field of psychology is frail because it’s built on that unstable foundation we look at politics the whole concept of Palestinian state is a myth you read John Peters work Alan Dershowitz enniaa studied and carefully it is a myth that has been promoted and then reinforced with terrorism that is bought by the media in the world the whole idea that these people are somehow then denied and wronged and so forth is it’s astonishing when you get into that Islam the whole the whole foundation of Islam is is strange the Quran is full of Arabic errors it’s self contradictory and yet it’s extolled as if it was some kind of equivalent to the Bible it’s opposed it’s it’s satanic we get in Christian legalism watch the media in general as there’s there’s there’s just no there’s no commitment to truth at all and our government or in our schools anyway let’s move on and they blaspheme the God of heaven because of their pains and sores and repented not of their deeds see they don’t link the fact this is from God and God’s doing this because of their deeds it’s a denial of accountability which of course we see everywhere in fact the whole concept of socialism is really a plundering of the productive by the unaccountable the pursuit of most people most governmental organizations is to slip away from any kind of accountability not on individual basis we’ve got obviously the same thing going on here and the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river euphrates now it may strike you strange here in this spiritual panorama we have a geographic reference here a very strange one the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates and the water thereof was dried up why so that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared it’s very strange that that this river it’s not that bigger River that’s a barrier to the two of the largest governments in the India and and and China or whatever it’s referring to here the river Euphrates it was the cradle and apparently going to be the grave of man civilization zechariah 10 as they 11 deals with it it’s all through the scripture it was the eastern boundary of the land grant to Israel in Genesis 15 when people say won’t talk about the West Bank asking what River did you have in mind the Jordan was never you know it’s not the eastern boundary of the land grant that God gave Israel and you do understand that the whole world is committed to the denial of the Abrahamic covenant and as you it’s not just about land that’s the main issue that’s going on right now but every benefit we have from God derives from that covenant you need to understand that in any case the the it was the boundary the eastern boundary of Israel also the eastern boundary of the Roman Empire they could never deal with the Parthian z– and the people east of there this powerful as rome was it couldn’t crack that that barrier righted Kipling set it in his ballot and East and West East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet till earth and sky stand presently that’s God’s great judgment seat so even Kipling here obviously is biblically literate now what happens when the that River dries up I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the Dragon and out of the mouth of the Beast out of the mouth of false prophet so these are demon spirits of some kind for they are the spirits of devils or demons working miracles which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the Battle of that great day of God Almighty so this is the draw there are supernatural agencies that are bringing this about interestingly enough they’re being drawn and being drawn by they’re coming out of Satan the mouth of the dragon out of the mouth of the Beast that’s his the Great War the world leader and out of the mouth of the false prophet so these are demon spirits that are coming out of these this so-called Satanic Trinity and the other spirits of Devil’s working miracles oh I was one thing I find fascinating when dr.

Mark Eastman I did a research project which resulted in a book on UFOs and alien abductions and all of that called alien encounters obviously as we did that research you quickly discover that these reports are too bizarre to accept and yet too consistent to ignore that of these alien beings they’re always in one of three kinds you have the little men three foot high diminutive creatures you have the plebeians as they sometimes column or the the they’re typically six foot high blond-haired blue-eyed to look like people and then you’ve got the third group which are the power ones apparently that are called the reptilians the the grotesque descriptions that you think came out of a great be science fiction movie or something but you always find that there’s a well-established structure in the literature at least of these three different kinds but the fact that some of the most extreme episodes are associated with the so called reptilians fascinated me because they look like their grotesque kinds of frogs and I couldn’t couldn’t resist the the linkage between the the frogs in the scripture here then clean spirits like frog because in both cases you’re talking about demons clearly what’s going on in the UFO area is demonic and that’s a whole nother area but these are Dima these are obviously divine they are the spirits of Devil’s working miracles see we’re not ready does we can’t imagine these evil things doing miracles why because the restrainer is restraining them the restrainer is removed when the rapture happens it’s a I think there’s a he’s restraining a lot more than then we have any idea but these Brits the devil is going to go forth to the kings of the earth and the whole world to do what to gather them together to a geographic battle that we’re going to deal with here in a couple verses so now we’ve so now we have a strange little episode here behold I come as a thief you notice a change of subject we have this dark stuff going on it’s going to continue but there’s this little first tucked in here as sort of a catch your breath kind of thing sort of a pause change of subject behold who comes as a thief Jesus because comes as a thief now that’s not dressed to us remember Paul wrote the 1st Thessalonians 5 verse 4 you are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief it’s he comes as a thief to those who are in darkness read 1st Thessalonians 5 that whole chapter it’s clear Paul makes two groups the children of the day children tonight you are of the day not the darkness you’re not in the darkness of that day should overtake you as a thief and so on but these people are in the darkness and to them he comes as a thief as a surprise blessed is he that watches keepeth his garments lest he walk naked and they see his shame the word garments here really the term he comes from the Old English term for like a habit it’s a matter of living and but here it’s usually in the sense of like idiomatic it was clothing ok but then we can pick it up verse 16 and he gather them to picking up a thought from the bursts before the last before the parenthesis if you will he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon har Megiddo is another way of our being a tell or a mount and megiddo is a location again visit we visited every time to go to Israel Megiddo it’s about 60 miles north of Jerusalem this is where Jabin and nine hundred chariots were overwhelmed this is where Gideon’s three hundred defeated the Midianites that malachite SAR the children of the east this is where Samson triumphed over the Felicity’s always occurs there a below Megiddo Barak and Deborah defeated sister and Saul was slain by the Philistines azor azor aya was slain by arrows of Jehu for our own echoes slew King Josiah all this occurred it’s a bloody place the sarsens the Christian Crusaders the Egyptians the Persians the Druze the Turks all had battles there Napoleon on his return from from Egypt to Syria is there at Megiddo in fact the when he first saw he said what a perfect place for a war and obviously biblically literally recognized that significance of what he was saying then we get to the seventh angel the seven things were poured out his vial into the air and there came a great voice out of the Temple of Heaven from the throne saying it is done it is done notice where do they pour up all these things been poured out on man all the way through where is the last climactic Bowl poured out on well it says on the air well what’s the significance of the power of the air that’s a title of Satan so this in effect is being all these things are really aimed at his throne that his is his domain his kingdom and but it finalizes here it is done the last reference to the term of temple in heaven too by the way and there were voices and thunders and lightnings and there was a great earthquake that phrase repeats itself throughout revelation you can diagram the book as to where it occurs but it’s always a big catch thing here such as was not since men were upon the earth so mighty an earthquake and so great and that’s really saying something and there’s a whole list of references to be in the notes on earthquakes and the great city was divided into three parts and the cities of the nation’s fell and the great Babylon came in remembrance before God to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath who and every island fled away and the mountains were not found we’re going to course obviously take up the Babylon and there’ll be two chapters on that in where were subsequent sessions is that there’s a lot to be said about that and there’s also an opportunity for us to establish a what we might call a litmus test in chemistry we use that term it comes from chemistry lettuce is an indicator to tell you whether things acid or alkaline whether the pH is below or above 6 but the term has become an idiom in our language a litmus test something clearly it’s black or white it tells you are you this or that is a well there’s a chance here for us to conduct a litmus test having to do with Babylon and we’ll deal with that when we get to chapter 17 18 because what is what the Bible says is going to happen will be very dramatic and yet there’s absolutely no evidence of it yet and that’s one of those wonderful weathervanes to put up example of that give you a better clearer a clearer understanding what I’m getting at there was it in the 40s it was very popular too also in those days most Bible scholars were divided the majority didn’t take Israel’s return as a nation as something that ever happened history it was a myth or they tried to deal with it symbolically or something there was a small minority of conservatives always took it literally before but when when when Hitler rose to power it was very popular in those days among the Bible buffs to view Adolf Hitler as the Antichrist the way he was oppressing the Jews and so with and there were a few guys a che Ironside MRD Hahn as a couple that said he couldn’t be they were very surprising they said Hitler could not be the Antichrist because Israel was not in the land and they regarded his fringe you know extremists or something well on May 14th of 1948 I remember this so vividly because early in my my own biblical understandings I remember when Israel became a nation that was a major milestone not just for Israel of course for obvious reasons but it was also a major should have been even more a major milestone in the debate because Israel was in the land at that point you would think that most people would go back to the books and rethink where their position was if they weren’t taking the Bible literally and some did of course but the debate still continues but I regard that you know that was sort like a litmus test well we got another one coming and that’s well we’ll deal with that when we get to Babylon because I think some very interesting surprises beginning every island fled away and the mountains were not found Wow the world’s changing and there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven every stone about the weight of a talent now what is a talent about 135 pounds by some reckoning the Babylonian talent was a little heavier at Beth Lauren we had these kinds of talents falling you may recall that was in Joshua chapter 10 Josephus talks about Roman catapults during the siege of Jerusalem throwing stones the weight of the talent but while there’s different debates is exactly how heavy they are the they go all the way from 60 to 120 135 pounds so there these are big stones notice this though there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven every stone about the weight of a talent and then blaspheme God because of the plague of the hail for the plague thereof was exceedingly great can you imagine hail with hundred pound stones I mean let me ask you a question if you see you know your Old Testament what was the penalty for blasphemy stoning what is being punished here blasphemy it’s interesting that the official form of capital punishment in Israel was stoning it’s even more interesting to realize that in the among the Hebrew prophets Isaiah and others is that they predicted that the Messiah would be executed by crucifixion it wasn’t even invented when those people are writing it was invented some seven hundred years later by the Persians and then widely adopted by the Romans the whole idea that Christ was crucified was predicted is especially astonishing when you realize that in the writing of the culture from which those writings came the form of execution was typically stony not hard pounds but still son okay so men are trying to reduce the population of the earth you find all kinds of people that are concerned about that it seems more appropriate that we should be trying to reduce the population of hell and that’s really what this is all about but see the point of all of this I think as we look at all this judgment cannot produce repentance and that’s one reason that preaching Hellfire and brimstone doesn’t bring people to Christ it’s a strange paradox because they do need to understand they’re lost to understand the remedy that Christ represents on the one hand and we shouldn’t tiptoe around that we should be very forthright on that at the same time hammering the judgment side of it does nothing but but turn people off what always draws people to God is His grace not as judgment that’s the others the two sides of the same coin what drew Moses to God was a burning bush and what drew him wasn’t that the bush was burning it was a burning and it wasn’t consumed and that puzzled him and that caused him to climb that Hill on Jabal al lawz whatever to investigate and the bush was an acacia bush a thorn bush of the desert and the thorn bush was a symbol of what’s in the fire is a symbol of judgment so we had sin being judged but not consumed it’s actually Levitical in the idioms of levitical idioms it is a symbol of grace grace attracted Moses not God’s judgment and judgment was never intended to produce repentance God changes hearts through His grace and His mercy and understand grace and mercy are opposites mercy is not getting what you do deserve grace is getting what you don’t deserve but they’re obviously okay this book that you have that we’ve been studying was sent to seven churches it was given to change lives now not drive them to fear from Judge the judgment is there it’s described in an unvarnished way but we need to understand this message this collective message was sent to the seven churches to change lives now to get the repentance now before it’s too late well our next session will be the one I’ve been sort of setting up here Babylon and what I want you to do I want you to read of course chapters 17 and 18 but I also want you to read at one sitting those two chapters and four more find about 40 minutes it shouldn’t take you longer net to read through chapter 17 and 18 and then also read Isaiah 13 and 14 and read Jeremiah 50 and 51 these six chapters there are three pairs of chapters you should read before the next session because it will give you some insights that will probably escape many of the people who are writing books on the subject if you read all six chapters at one sitting you’ll experience yourself how these things all interlock very simply just the use of idioms and so forth and it’s a very very interesting issue not only because it’s important for you to understand it from the point of view of knowing your Bible and having some grasp of what’s coming but also you will be in a position to recognize some things that will be occurring I believe in the press in the media over the next few years there’s some things happening that are going to catch many people by surprise but if you know your Bible it’ll be even more significant than most people have any idea so you want to take a look at that and understand it and be able to evaluate evaluate for yourself what’s coming down down the pike so let’s stand for a closing word of Prayer we’ve been dealing with some pretty heavy stuff tonight it’s not comfortable to focus on God’s judgement we need to it’s real it’s a probably our most serious priority in our existence but that’s exactly what Jesus Christ is all about but we need let’s not lose sight of what this is really unveiling and that is the person of Jesus Christ he’s our refuge he is our redeemer he’s our resource in every dimension and one of the things we all need to work on is our devotional life we talked we dealt with it here a small way in terms of the fear of God that that that that’s a small word for a big area it’s a crucial for all of us to develop a personal relationship with the one where we’re having to do with so let’s bow our hearts Father we just stand in awe as we begin to get a glimmer of what’s coming we do acknowledge Father we have no idea how many ways we offend you we have know but only the smallest grasp of our fallen state and yet father we just as we begin to understand the extremes that you have gone to on our behalf we’re breathless we just thank you father for what you’ve done we thank you too father for the Holy Spirit that has brought us to this point in time because we know there’s no axes in your kingdom that we’re all here right now hearing these things by your divine appointment and father we would just pray that the lessons not be wasted we do pray father that you would draw us ever closer into a communion with you and with your son Jesus Christ we just seek Him father we would just ask for you to increase our appetite for these things for your word that we might grow and grace the knowledge of him that we might be more effective stewards of the opportunities that you’ve placed before us help his father to really understand what you would have of each of us in the days that remain that we might be your instruments dear ambassadors we would also ask father you would give us the courage to resolve the strength the backbone if I can use that term to be your ambassadors when the opportunity presents itself that will be unflinching to declare the reality and the significance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in whose name we commit ourselves without reservation this night amen you

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