Revelation chapter 9 part – relating to 2020 – by Dr John Barnett

[Music] welcome to our 14th class entitled Lucifer and the real alien invaders where we are and the book of Revelation is in the fifth trumpet we yesterday began with the seals then the trumpets and then of course in the future the bull judgments but before we read chapter 9 let me give you an introduction in Chapter 9 the Apostle Paul introduces us to the dreadful realm of the fallen spirits and their abode in what the Bible calls the abyss now this I would have to say in all my years of teaching and lecturing and Bible Institute’s and Bible colleges and places like that this is the class where I see everybody sit up and it’s almost like it’s the first time I have a hundred percent engagement of all the students because as soon as you start talking about angels of doom the abyss Lucifer and aliens it’s like you’ve hit every possible note that’s interesting to people where we are we’re at the fifth angel sounded the fifth trumpet why this is God giving in this center point of all those judgments looking at the abode of Satan a preview of Hell now today should be the most motivating class for us to use the word of God to share the Word of God to evangelize the Lost around us what does God say well the bottomless pit the abyss is the holding tank of punishment for fallen angels the demons by the time we meet the Antichrist when he is finally at the end of the day of the Lord put into the bottomless pit the Beast Himself will be in there and finally Satan and and that’s a kind of a culmination of what starts right here these spirit beings are of the high magnitude these are the the super-powerful angels that God keeps cooped up imprisoned these are not the demons of the Gospels these are the super angels you can see a picture artistic representation of them on that slide in fact Jude tells us some of these evil spirits even tried to corrupt the human race but chapter 9 Jesus and the angels of doom chapter 9 let me read now we’re gonna pray then the fifth angel so the fifth angel associated with the trumpets starting in Chapter eight we saw the first trumpets but the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth to him was given the key to the bottomless pit and he opened the bottomless pit and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace the Sun in the air were darkened because of the smoke and out of the smoke came locusts now this would make an incredible movie to see this bright shining like Lightning coming down from heaven angel unlocking this pit and smoke billowing up like a volcanic eruption and then screeching out of that smoke the angels of doom let’s pray father I thank you that you included this in your word not because it’s so interesting to us and it’s such a curiosity but because it’s a reminder that we’re in a battle and the only way we can survive is wearing our armor your word describes and understanding the sword of the Spirit so I pray that we would be stirred to be prepared for spiritual warfare today because as we will see it’s not just somewhere in chapter 9 of Revelation it’s today that this very battle is raging around us quick in our hearts to obey you and prepare and live in the power of your spirit for Jesus sake we ask it amen well Jesus new angels of doom chapter 9 verses 1 & 2 remind us of Satan’s mission it says in the gospel by John that Satan that’s Lucifer fallen to become Satan has a mission to kill to steal to destroy Jesus shows us that his mission is as you see on the slide in front of you to prepare us for living for God in a dangerous world now do you see the contrast here this is what’s going on in Revelation we’re seeing Lucifer fallen to become the the arch enemy of God Lucifer becomes Satan that’s what we see in Chapter 12 that’s coming in a couple of days but Lucifer the greatest most powerful angel God made falls into the greatest most powerful being that God made that is now his enemy so this is the reality of the alien invaders the alien invaders are most often seen in the Bible as demons but we’re going to see even more fearsome ones in the tribulation that are called angels of doom but is this to entertain us no it’s to warn us revelations overarching message remember the look at look in the bottom left corner they’re living for God in a dangerous world those first two generations of the church had to learn how to operate not only resisting all of the temptations and allurements of Rome and not only the persecutions Rome was sending but far greater dangers was the battle the spiritual battle that was always raging around them and what we see is God tells us how to live for him in this dangerous world the real danger is spiritual warfare each day we walk through Satan’s dark realm and he has well placed archers think of a medieval battle or even you know more modern times you know kind of in the American West you know fighting the cowboys and Native Americans and think of arrows being shot only the Bible says that Satan’s arrows are ignited their fiery darts what our example well an impure thought is a very good example of a fiery dart have you ever been sitting working on your lessons your devotional time memorizing a verse or just you know kind of enjoying the beauty of nature and all of a sudden you have a thought come through your mind that’s so horrible you pause yourself and say where did that come from stop where did that come from right here Satan can shoot into our minds fiery darts an example of that would be the flaming darts of anger have you ever been just overwhelmed with anger and it’s just like it just surprises you how strong it was or pride where you just start saying things or doing things you would never do before and it’s just like where did that come from or fear have you ever felt fear just like a dark cloud come over and and just suffocate you or how about despair hopelessness covetousness whining some jealousy of someone all of those are well aimed fleshly temptations that are darts arrows and if Satan’s team can land an arrow like we saw in Genesis with Eve if you remember the temptations of the serpent to Eve the impact and splatter of this fiercely burning arrow can ignite within our minds doubts see Satan’s goal is to make us doubt God’s Word his goodness his plan and when that happens doubts distrust that lead to disobedience that’s Satan’s simple goal that’s the dangerous world we live in the real problem is not someone jesus said that can destroy your body but it’s someone that can that can influence your soul to doubt to disobey God only the shield of faith what’s the shield of faith well here’s a good picture of it think of your Bible that could shield you in fact in world war ii there’s a famous story of the soldier that had the gideon soldier’s Version Bible in his front pocket and at the end of the war the Gideons were presented a picture of him by the way the Gideons had some ministry the one that puts him in the hotels and passes them out to graduates and everybody but this new Tessa was in his pocket and a Japanese bullet hit and lodged in there of course it did you know kind of crack some of his ribs but the scripture stopped the bullet well think of the scriptures like a shield just like I stopped that bullet in World War two the sword of the Spirit is our death is our offensive but our defensive mechanism is the shield of faith what is that believe in the promises of God so think of the shield of faith like the word of God that when we hold up and hold on to the truths of God it’s a shield from Satan’s arrows and that’s what we learn about living in a dangerous world well again over here is my outline but here our revelations seven clear events that we’re memorizing that you should know backward and forward those of you taking the quiz basically revelation 1 Jesus is revealed on the island of Patmos 2 and 3 he writes letters to the churches 4 and 5 we see the church in heaven 1 through 5 is concluded right here with the event we would call the rapture right here and the rapture launches the day of the Lord which is also known as the tribulation the time of Jacob’s trouble the day of the Lord goes all the way through the final judgment with a great white throne and then we go into heaven and so that’s just a different way of looking at that chart again looking at this chart we see the seven seals and it’s another way of seeing the chronological arrangement of the book of Revelation the seals six one two eight one launch actually the the seventh seal here launches the first trumpet the seventh trumpet launches the first Bowl so think of this as of very connected together plan unfolded by God and basically the first three and a half years of the tribulation are just these seals and then there’s the intensification growing of the the judgments another way to look at it is right here the seven trumpet judgments in your slides 1/3 of the grass and trees are burned with the first trumpet this mountain of fire pollutes all the the water and the rivers and the lakes and and I mean in the sea of the oceans and then the the wormwood does all of the other water in the lakes and in the rivers then there’s a supernatural darkness where the Sun is dimmed and the Stars and the moon and then we come to chapter 9 at the fifth trumpet the angels of doom come out of the abyss which we’re studying today so that takes us here let’s look at angelology if we took everything the Bible says about any topic it’s called systematic theology systematic theology is different than biblical theology biblical theology is an unfolding of all the doctrines as they start like genesis 3:15 has the first description of the gospel and it builds with all the promises of Christ and all the sacrifices and then of course David being a picture you know that that jesus is the son of David and then all the promises of the Psalms and then all of a sudden we get to Matthew and the birth of the Messiah so biblical theology is unfolding but it’s only putting together one doctrine as it unfolds in the scriptures systematic theology is different systematic theology is where you divide up all 31,000 verses of the Bible and you put them in little cans or little containers or little boxes and in systematic theology you find this verse and this verse talk about and you make a conclusion from that and this verse and this verse talk about this and this is where we get all the divisions of theology we have theology proper which is a study of God we have Biblio we have harm our theology because hamartia is the word for sin which harm our theology is the study of sin in the scriptures but today what we’re looking at is angel ology and that’s everything all thirty one thousand one and three verses of the Bible everything that it says about angels so let me do that with you right now look on your screen the doctrine of the creation of angels on the left God created all the angels and when he created all angels they were good they were all his servants they were holy angels and they served him but somewhere after the last day of creation after the sixth day just before God rests on the seventh somewhere after the sixth day God declares on the sixth day of creation or in Genesis 2 that everything he made was good but by the time we get to chapter 3 things are not good look what happens on your chart 2/3 of the angels serve and obey God but 1/3 Rebell some God puts into prison most are not in prison so that’s basically everything the Bible says about angels they were all created perfect in creation week in fact Jobe says they saying as God created and laid the foundations but all of a sudden by chapter 3 the leader Lucifer has fallen now when did that happen well two chapters of the Bible describe it Ezekiel 14 excuse me Ezekiel 28 in Isaiah 14 so Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14 those two chapters as you systematize everything about angels tell us how Lucifer the highest created covering cherub angel of God the the most powerful being God ever made fell to become Satan he fell into sin and so that’s a graphic why is this important we’ll look at verse three of chapter nine it says in Revelation 9 3 and out of the smoke locusts came on the earth and to them was given power as scorpions they had power this is a preview of the relentless terrors of hell remember nobody’s in Hell right now hell is prepared for Satan and his angels for Satan and his angels the demons and the angels of doom but any humans that follow him in his rebellion as chapter 9 so clearly describes are going to suffer the endless blackness of darkness and they’re going to to suffer the relentless terrors we see in this chapter as a shaft leading downward is unlocked an infernal smoke of the pit billows out of the darkness and it unleashes the pent-up fury of the demons and these angels of doom and when the pit is open locust emerge out of the smoke of a furnace this destructive imagery is something that everybody in the ancient world would have thought of because the ancient world was plagued by locusts locusts were unstoppable I’m talking about the insect locusts and when they came they came in clouds and they came in they ate and destroyed and caused famine to everything in front of them that’s the relentless unstoppable nature of what we see here it’s drawing on as you see in the next slide the fearsome symbol of the locusts look at verse 5 of chapter 9 they were now given authority to kill them that’s the humans but to torment them for five months so these demonic creatures for five months can chase and track down and relentlessly torture humans it’s horrible why Wow look look what God has God has the two witnesses during this period that are witnessing we already saw in chapter 7 this group the 144,000 they’re back again in chapter 14 and God has the Gospel angel so God does not let anybody die they all get to have a taste of Hell and they get to hear the gospel wouldn’t you choose Christ no look at verse 21 actually 20 and 21 of chapter 9 but the rest of mankind who were not killed by the plagues did not repent even though we’re given five months before they start dying they refused to repent well back up for a minute to angelology just to show you because the Angels chose to rebel against God and they knew everything he says is true see that’s one of the saddest things to me the angels that watched creator the power of God create the universe the angels that watched the drama of redemption of Christ Incarnation his gospel ministry as death bear and resurrection they know it’s true just like many humans know it’s true but they refuse to repent slide in front of you each of the angels we read about in God’s word has power that exceeds anything we can humanly understand as possible by the laws of the physical world which we live that’s every single angel both that’s pure angelology both the fallen angels that’s 1/3 and the 2/3 that are not fallen every angel has power that exceeds anything we know is possible in our physical world why am I telling you that because God is absolutely all powerfully greater than everything that’s anywhere so every time I talk to you about the angels of doom or the greatest created creature Satan it’s to say God is greater remember greater is He that is in you than he was in the world and we’re persuaded that nothing can separate us from God he’s greater but angels are supernatural and super powerful creatures if we took the the basic theology book if we were doing systematic theology here instead of a biblical study of the book of Revelation this is what would be the the analysis the conclusion of angelology as far as we know angelic creatures are in destructible they can’t be killed they can’t be destroyed they can travel the universe effortlessly they need no spaceships they never seem to need to rest sleep or even eat now that is why we’re living in a very dangerous world because right now those demons are only stopped in their attack by the shield of faith and they are only repelled in their attack by the sword of the Spirit they’re very powerful more so than almost any of us comprehend but our God is greater than the sum of everything he created so think of the universe plus the earth plus the spirit world think of the universe which by the way is is getting greater and greater and greater the longer we study it it’s like we don’t even know the extent of the universe recently before the co vid virus got our attention a university in the United Kingdom had been working with the european space satellite as well as the american mapping project and what they did is they divided the known visible universe in other words here’s earth and everything we were aware of they mapped using space telescopes and they made quadrants like this they actually just divided up the whole universe into these quadrants and assigned out different big space telescopes and satellites to start mapping their little box and what they did is they were gonna number all the galaxies and stars that were in our universe and they figured they knew how many you know octillion stars there might be after the first year they came back and the group they had this square right here had enlarged it out like this and they had found galaxies galaxies galaxies galaxies galaxies galaxies galaxies galaxies you know and nebulae and all these and you know some supergiant stars and so then they started with in their quadrant looking more closely at each of these galaxies and so they took this one and magnified it and what they found out what they thought was a galaxy was not one galaxy but a thousand galaxies what they thought was one galaxy with hundreds and millions and billions of stars turned out to be a thousand and as they went in multiplied their magnification it just the further they looked what they thought was a star turned out to be a galaxy what they thought was a galaxy turned out to be a thousand galaxies and what they thought was a cluster of a thousand turned out to be like a whole cloud of galaxies so in other words I could bore you all day long but God is greater than the sum of the whole universe he created plus the earth plus the spiritual world so here’s the physical universe with the earth right here and we have all this incomprehensible amount of stellar material and galaxies and stars and overlaying that is the spirit world Wow what’s in the spirit world well again angelology that I was showing you here among the aim there are five known levels of angels number one Lucifer the guardian he was a cherub the the highest most powerful created one he is a part of all the order of cherubim and we know what cherubim looked like from both Ezekiel and what it says in Revelation they have four phases they have these six wings and they’re covered with eyes kind of sounds horrible but they are living beings that’s what a cherub means they are a living being then there are Archangels now so we have this covering cherub Lucifer the highest the greatest most powerful then we have this order that that are always flying around God called Sharabi then we have Archangels they’re the ones that stabbed remember I showed you the throne the throne of God in heaven that we find up there in chapter four and five and we have four cherubim cherubs in Hebrew I am as plural so four of these cherubim but standing right around the throne are seven Archangels we know two of them Michael and Gabriel and then we have after that the Seraphim what are those they’re an Isaiah six they’re called Seraph is a hebrew word that means burning one and then we have normal angels Wow so that’s five orders this is where it gets interesting those were the angels let’s look at the demons we have the angel of light that’s Lucifer become Satan we have the destroyer I’ll talk about him in a minute we have the horrible monsters of the destroyer who are seeing them right now coming out of chapter 9 as abyss we have the doomed angels by the way there are some angels so bad that they’re chained up and they’re never let out ever Peter talks about him second Peter there in everlasting chains in darkness forever god never they’re so so malignant then we have the nation princes now we’re in Daniel chapter 10 there is a Prince of Persia there is a Prince of Greece these are angels that their sole job is to accomplish Satan’s goals in countries then we have the principality’s Paul talks about him powers he said there are rulers of the darkness of this age he said there are spiritual hosts of wickedness they’re kind of like flies and maggots and they just promote wickedness everywhere then we have these these demons they get inside people and make them convulse and make them to all try and destroy themselves and do all the things you’ve heard about with all the exorcisms going on around the world those are the seven orders of demons but just one of them for a second no just the destroyer we find the destroyer mentioned in Exodus 12 second Samuel 24 first Corinthians 10 and he shows up right here in chapter nine verse 11 he has a name his name is destroyer Hebrew Abaddon Greek apollyon PostScript here did you know those are names and video games like Warcraft did you know that some of these video games actually use demons names it’s very dangerous for a born-again Christian to play a game with characters in the game named after the alien invaders that are real that are at the command of Satan you know the Bible says let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from anything to do with evil and the evil one and Satan and his minions so just the power of the destroyer what is that power note with me just what happened in the Passover in the book of Exodus on the night of the first Passover what happened Egypt was inhabited by two groups the the Jewish slaves and the Egyptians in one night this angel that we meet 9/11 of Revelation is in Chapter 12 of Exodus and in one night he goes through every house he knows which houses are the Jewish houses he looks for the blood on the door he leaves him alone every house that didn’t have the the sign of the blood the doorway he finds the firstborn son and eliminates him then he goes to the stable and eliminates the firstborn of the cattle did you know the entire US Army in fact the army of Europe in fact all the armies could never do that you could not genetically test and find the firstborn human in the firstborn animal in the dark across the whole country and silently without anybody hearing it eliminate them that’s the power of just one angel here’s the the reason we’re studying this the big picture God is absolutely powerful that’s why this is the most repeated negative prohibition god says fear not more than any other command in the Bible of us to be prohibited from something why this is Satan’s realm that’s why during the cove at 19 we need to be careful a lot of people are being driven by fear it’s almost like they think that that something can happen to them that that God isn’t aware of and so they’ve got to kind of get involved and protect themselves of course we need to wash your hands where I’m asked and avoid you know contamination but not fear we should be the bravest boldest most fearless people filled with peace on earth because God is absolutely powerful what we’re supposed to do is resist the powers of darkness why because the battle is already won Jesus has triumphed and we’re more than conquerors so what should we do we should listen to Almighty God all mighty that means he’s greater than than any of these alien invaders he is greater than the sum of all he created angels created by God have power that exceeds our comprehension but Almighty God can protect us from the devil from the destroyer coming out of the abyss and from the demons and from Hell well back to the ending of chapter 9 look at verse 20 and 21 but the rest of mankind who were given five months to see the power of hell but they were prevented from dying they would not repent of the works their hands that they should not worship demons idols of gold and silver and brass and stone which can neither see nor hear in our walk and they did not repent of their murders their pharmakeia that’s the word for drugs or their sexual immorality or their thefts God gives us a portrait of a world hardened by sin revelation says that the end of the world is going to be characterized by godlessness callousness this hard-heartedness mindlessness the word sorceries means they’ve surrendered their minds to substances licentiousness that means the moral perversions and lawlessness their thefts and murders Wow well for just a moment let me share with you a story last year Bonnie and I part of the ministry we do who are not in this virtual classroom is we go around the world and we minister to frontline servants the Lord we were at a conference with several hundred frontline what I mean by that in the 64 limited-access close countries of the world and these were service the Lord that are serving in those countries under great risk to give the gospel one of them was actually serving right on the border of Syria and Jordan where the Isis continual battle is going on and it was a medical doctor he was in a allied base where the soldiers protected him and then he would drive from that allied base under escort to go to a hospital and they treated the soldiers that were injured in battle as well as the Isis people that were brought in that were injured in battle and this doctor says that when he would get up in the morning and load his precious little three daughters into the car and would drive to the base he for a brief while was all on his own they would escort him so far and then he would finish the way and he said that gradually fear began to get him that one day he would drive and take a wrong turn he’d get into Isis territory and they would get his daughters and sell them in the slave market and take his wife and ravish her and kill him so he told me this how I met him I was at the conference and Bonnie and I were spiritual mental health care providers and we were walking I was actually walking I just finished teaching the morning session and I was teaching through with them on spiritual warfare just like we’re doing now and this doctor this this amazing man wearing his scrubs because he was going to a seminar and further education he needed as a doctor but he caught me in the hallway and he held up this little book and he says you’re in my book I’ve never seen this man in my life and I smiled at him because you never know what people are talking about I said well thank you what does that mean and he told me the whole story of Isis and driving and fear and he says when I get to my hospital many days he said I feel fear surrounding me like black ink and he says I can’t even think to do surgery I can’t even think to give you know the direction to all the nurses and assistants that are there and he said I always tell him excuse me just a minute and he said this little book he showed me it was kind of like half the size of my Bible was his personal journal and he said every time you heard a verse you know a message or a read a book or something that explained a verse in the Bible that he could grab on to that would help him with his fear he would copy that into his book and he would meditate on it then he would write a prayer from that verse of claiming that truth Oh remember what I just called that the shield of faith that’s believing God’s promises so this doctor said I became overwhelmed with fear I told the nurses and assistants I’ll be back he said I went to the only spot that’s quiet in the hospital the private little tiny hole in the wall restroom he said I went in there and locked the door he said I sat down on the toilet seat cover pulled out my little journal and he said I started praying that promise to God and he said the shield of faith deploy and he said as I sat there in the darkness you began to lift the fear that we’re not supposed to allow to dominate our life when he got all done telling that story said your message this morning gave me one more verse now he said I didn’t listen to the rest of it I don’t know how it ended but he said as you were talking about whatever verse I was on he said I started writing that verse down and I meditated on it during the rest of your message and I wrote out my prayer and he said you’re in my book and he said the next time the inky blackness of Satan’s fear descends on me said I’m putting up my shield and I’ll remember you you know what we need to do what Colossians 3:15 2:17 says see that on your screen let the word of Christ richly dwell in you know the scriptures believe it pray it hold out that shield overcome the powers of darkness how does that happen well that takes us into the next chapter you notice that chapter 9 is all the horrors of the abyss but of a sudden chapter 10 is one of these what what I would say are these parentheses that explain things look at chapter 10 verse 1 this is the mystery of Jesus in the background is an earth that lies in ecological distillation the land and the sea are ravaged that happened in these seals and the beginning trumpets the benumbed survivors have hastily buried millions of corpses that have fallen through all these disasters in mass graves the horrible roar of demon locust is silent for who knows how much longer because they were roaring for five months that horrific mounted Calvary from Hell the angels of doom that were unleashed by verse 11 with a destroyer at the head seemed to have ceased their murderous campaign which by the way takes a third of humanity with them the Sun is finally returning to its normal brightness at to the strange darkness the weather disasters have abated the smoke from the grass and forest fires have started to settle there’s some specks of light green that anticipate grass might soon be poking up through the scorched earth the bitter waters of the earth are getting clear again and those stellar debris has fallen to earth lately chapter 10 right here is half time of the tribulation it’s almost like there’s a pause it’s halftime and the halftime show stars who we see in Chapter ten in Revelation 10 may well be a snapshot capturing the work of Christ and the grandeur of God’s plan through an angel now remember Jesus in the Old Testament countless time shows up as a theophany our christophany a pre incarnate image of the the not yet come to the world as a man Christ but operating as an angel but in the New Testament Jesus is never an angel so chapter 10 could not be Jesus Christ but it certainly is one of the most beautiful pictures of him Jesus reflects God’s image and listen to chapter 10 verse 1 in your Bible I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven reminding us Jesus came down from heaven clothed with a cloud do you remember when Jesus goes up from the Mount of Transfiguration the Mount of Olives in his ascension he’s surrounded by clouds and Paul City returns in the clouds so there’s another tide of Christ a rainbow was on his head wait a minute Jesus is the creator Jesus is the one that was pictured in the ark and the rainbow is a reminder of the flood so it’s another reminder of Jesus the Covenant keeper his face was like the Sun now wait a minute that’s Revelation chapter 1 Jesus face is like the Sun that’s also what we see in the Book of Daniel the Ancient of Days and his feet like pillars of fire there we are back in Revelation 1 so this angel is to get our focus on Jesus but now look at verses 2 & 3 he had a little book open in his hands and he said his right foot on the sea his left foot on the land he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roars wait a minute Jesus is the Word of God he is the Lion of the tribe of Judah see all of this the elements of this angel that are pulled from all through the Scriptures focus our halftime show on Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is coming to claim his inheritance that’s what this angel is saying we’re at the midpoint of the tribulation Jesus is going to deploy some more of his gospel messengers but right at halftime he’s saying I’m gonna keep my word and he said I’m offering through those hundred 44,000 evangelist through the two witnesses and through the gospel angel I’m offering life Jesus goes on keep going on down to verse 7 it says in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel which is about to sound that’s revelation 10 7 the mystery of God would be finished wow what is that telling us it’s in trowing us to next times lesson you see the mystery of Jesus is a mystery in the Bible mysterion is the word is a truth that had not been previously known and so in chapter 11 all the the hundreds of Old Testament prophecies that those prophets wrote down Peter tells us they didn’t even understand what they were writing they just accurately recorded them those promises are connected right after half time so we’re gonna see that next lesson but now look at verse 8 and this is where we’re going to conclude this this class the angel says in verse 8 go take the little book open in the hand of the angel who stands in the sea and ears so I went to the angel and said give me the little book and he said to me take it it need it it will make your stomach bitter but it would be sweet as honey in your mouth then I ate it and it was sweet as honey in my mouth but when I eaten it my stomach became bitter and he said to me you must prophesy again about many people’s nations tongues and kings what is this well this is the lesson from the Old Testament do you remember Jeremiah couple days ago I told you about him Jeremiah tells us in Jeremiah 15:16 that we’re supposed to eat the Word of God and that’s what this picture of eating little book and and sweeten the mouth and sour and stomach what that is saying is it’s a reminder that Jesus Christ said in Matthew 4:4 what man shall not live by what bread alone we’re to have a focus on the word in our lives and look at the next slide do you see the Kevlar vest I’m gonna talk to you as we close this class about spiritual body armor and I would like to know are you protected for the daily battles that these alien invaders with their fiery arrows are going to unleash on you and me every day Ephesians 6 see that slide finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might how is that by putting on the whole armor of God that you can stand against the wiles of the devil we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood against and here’s all these orders of the demonic world we’ve already talked about principalities powers rulers of the darkness of this age spiritual hosts of wickedness and heavenly places therefore take up the whole armour of God Wow how do we do that next slide through the discipline of scriptures do you remember I I earlier about the 3rd class maybe I talked to you about the basics the disciplines the the ways that God has chosen to protect us to bless us to nourish us do you remember that do you remember the basics that we are supposed to be involved in the word and prayer and sharing the gospel well the basics of Scripture there’s three of them I call them the three elements of the discipline of scriptures and that is we’re supposed to be reading the Word of God and we’re supposed to memorize the Word of God and then we’re supposed to meditate don’t ever don’t ever forget the order that God gives look on the slide reading the Word of God is Matthew 4:4 it’s man shall not live by bread alone but by every word so we have to see and and input into our minds the Word of God memorizing the Word of God is Joshua 1:8 this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth it goes beyond just running our eyes over it’s actually we’re saying it out loud and we want to get it written on our mind so that we can do what I just said about Jeremiah Jeremiah 15:16 says thy word was found and I did eat it and thy word became for me the joy and rejoicing in my heart what’s that it’s meditating on the truth of God’s Word cultivating a time with the Lord reading his word memorizing his word and then meditating on his word why number one because it’s the only source of in extinguish above joy and hope when Lucifer becomes Satan and his alien invaders come it means we are now living in a dangerous world in a world where where all kinds of things are coming in the future but right now our adversaries are shooting at us those flaming arrows Jeremiah was probably the most depressed discouraged and hopeless person described in the Bible that’s basically his biography and lamentations 3 but look what he said in chapter 15 verse 16 your words were found that’s devotion I ate them that’s meditation your word was to me the joy and rejoice in my heart that’s transformation I’m changed why because I’m called by your name that’s our identity in Christ only what Jeremiah said Oh Lord God of hosts you’re the God of all power you’re winning you’re in charge and you’re greater than the sum of everything you’ve made and I’m gonna trust in you here’s some tips on how to memorize Scripture now I’ll just give you a quick summary of what I do I read the Bible repetitively this is my Bible when I find a verse that’s that’s incredible I highlight it from those verses that I highlight I start working on memorizing them now my current chapter is right here on the back of my phone I show you this regularly remember my phone by the way here I’ll turn it on do you see come on wake up do you see who’s on the front of my phone that’s my wonderful wife she’s my cover photo on the back though is a living abiding Word of God how do you memorize Scripture some of you I know are in the Bible Institute and you have a memory program that’s important what I’d say is don’t just learn those verses for the verse quiz learn them for life and work on a method now for all of you that need a method maybe when you’re out of the Bible Institute or right now you don’t have a plan invest in a plan look on your screen The Navigators that’s a ministry completely devoted to scripture memory started during World War two by Dawson Trotman an amazing thing did you know you can get a scripture memory pack what you see on that picture for about ten to fifteen dollars on Amazon and their little verse cards you can carry in your pocket you should see mine I have them up in my study where I spend time every day working on them or here’s the current one I’m working on invest in the MacArthur Study Bible that’s a whole pack of verses that John MacArthur made one verse for every week of the 52 weeks of the of the year and in it’s on a little card there 52 cards he has in what you see there the MacArthur scripture memory system has a little CD with mp3s where you can listen to his five-minute challenge and why that verse is the most important so you can listen to them on your your digital device and then carry around the cards here’s a lesson don’t discourage yourself I’ve taught this class for decades and people come to me and they say I want to memorize Oba Colossians and a week later they’re going like this I say what’s wrong I tried and it didn’t work they discourage himself don’t memorize the book of Colossians memorize one line of one verse see don’t intentionally set yourself up for defeat pick little bite-size pieces just say well what I tell a lot of people I say you know what you already know about reverses whenever someone tells me that they can’t memorize I say oh no no you already know some verses for example I say our Father who art in heaven if you know that say it along with me our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name did you know right there you know Matthew 6:9 2:13 Wow how about this the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want how about this for God so loved the world you understand what I mean most of us have a little handful of verses start with those to get him down try the first letter method let me do John 3:16 that way it’s on your screen for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life now I my verse cards if I could take you to my study you would see on one side I have John 3:16 and all these letters you should see it when I sit in Starbucks when we’re off isolation or on an airplane over off isolation and and I’m working on this people will lean over and they think I’m doing Sudoku or something like that or a crossword puzzle they say what are all those letters I can’t figure out what they mean I said oh let me show you for God so loved the world think of oh that’s cool ice well let me finish it that He gave His only begotten Son for you so you can go right into sharing the gospel try the first latter method so number one because it’s the only source of inexhaustible joy and peace number two because it’s the only way to resist the attacks of the aliens the only way see that in the context of this lesson is what we all need to focus on why look at what Peter said first Peter 5:8 and 9 be sober be vigilant why because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour right now Satan and his demons are trying to disable you make you doubt God make you despair make you disobey God make you forget about God may make you ignore God he wants to devour us look at verse 9 first Peter 5 9 resist him how steadfast in the faith how shield of faith believing God’s promises holding on to them standing behind them and saying Lord I can’t do this I can’t resist this temptation I can’t resist this fear but you can resist him why because Lucifer and the real alien invaders are here and that is the fourteenth lesson as we explore the book of Revelation let’s pray father in heaven I ask that you would help us to have a hunger for your word to learn how to read your Bible memorize it meditate on it and have it become the shield of faith wherewith we can resist all the fiery flaming darts of the evil one in the name of Jesus we pray and all God’s people said amen [Music]

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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.

Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENINT!.

Please do not waist another a minute.

No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.

If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.

Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.

If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?

I implore you to do this without delay.

Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.

 

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