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Revelation 18:1-4: The Loud Cry

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • November 15, 2008
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him good morning everyone is out of sound good to see again our revelation classes and we are nearing the end of the back sort of chapter eighteen source of accounting this chapter with five chapters together with gone through the first seventeen chapters and thoughts quite a feat I would say that a lot of information the first seventeen chapters and said they were to be studying Revelation chapter eighteen which is a very important chapter set Molly Bauer notes for workaround it started father in heaven we thank you for this Sabbath day we thank you that we can study from your words we asked for a special blessing as we study Revelation chapter eighteen I pray that we will live to see the fulfillment of this chapter and the list mouth we studied uses minimum just as a reminder if you have a question or comment we have a microphone for the recording to raise your hand and I may call on some of you to read so revelation chapter eighteen follows revelation chapter seventeen however it's not exactly an chronological order how I know that chapter sixteen is about the seven last flags chapter seventeen shows us why the seven last plagues report out and then in chapter eighteen it's a warning message to keep us from receiving the place how I know that verse four chapter eighteen says come out of her my people that ye be not protectors of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues you see that so Revelation chapter eighteen is like hey you just saw the place in chapter sixteen seventeen you thought why Bob one was adjudged here's the warning message so the young have that experience so that the chronology in the relationship of Revelation sixteen seventeen and eighteen now that we've set the foundation of them will jump right into chapter eighteen Michael volunteer to read on Revelation eighteen verses one through five service a volunteer to read Revelation chapter eighteen verses one to five with volunteer right every year McKay thank you said here we have the introduction to Revelation eighteen and gives us really that the main point we have an angel coming down from heaven the earth was lightened with his glorious renaissance in time on this verse is certainly not averse to rush past and then we see them the concept that Babylon the great is fallen the farmer to get into that we see all nations of drunken one of the wrath of her fornication we see the call to come out of her that we receive not of her place and we see that her sense of reach to heaven God hath remembered her inequities so when I start here in verse one and as we see now that we've studied Revelation chapter sixteen and seventeen we understand that there is coming a time when God is in a pour out the seven last plagues on Babylon and there is coming its time as we stay in Revelation chapter seventeen one we get to the seventh had in the ten Kings who have a kingdom with the papal power make war with the land we feel that is the reason why they are judged that is the reason why the flags are poured out upon them and we see that when the planes are usually did the plague report out upon Babylon because Babylon makes war with the land and we see that all the world wonders after the beasts of the state during this time so seemingly the whole world sides with Babylon the whole world makes war with the lamb but the Lamb overcomes them and the seven most like report on Babylon Babylon is destroyed and said he that natural human reaction we study that is both the whole world wonders after that be how I have a chance in the last days you know how I have a fighting chance to be on the side of a way or the good side or God 's side if seemingly the whole world wonders after the beast of the varying the time and revelation chapter eighteen the very beginning of this chapter answers that question and we soften the chronology that this is a message that comes just before the plagues are poured out upon Babylon so once again we see God 's mercy where he is trying to reach his people before his wrath is poured out some first one we see it clearly here after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven having great power and the earth was whitened with his glory so the first thing we see that we have an Angel which represents also means messenger coming down from heaven so we had a heavenly message and notice that characteristics of this message number one this message has great power care so a message from heaven that has great power secondly the earth was whitened with his glory so a message that has great power from heaven and the earth is lightened with the glory of this message so and remember the chronology here this is before the seven last plagues report up so if you have a message coming from heaven that has great power and the earth is lightened with the glory of this message how many people do you think will be made aware of this message here on the server the whole world is getting have access to this message right and so here you see again the great mercy of God that want about to be destroyed it's about to be judged and God in his great mercy sends a message from heaven that whitens the earth with his glory now let's break down verse one oh well a bit more what is it that gives this message great power was turned to ask chapter one him him chapter one verse eight a volunteer to read acts chapter one verse eight we have person every year acts chapter one verse eight of this first of course Jesus was speaking it to his disciples that the application of this verse isn't just limited to the disciples and others this chronology here says you shall receive power and that Greek word is again a mouse what happens when God 's disciples receive power we see that the holy ghosts came upon them and they were witnesses in Jerusalem Judea Samaria and to the outermost parts of years so when the disciples received the power of the Holy Spirit they receive power to take the gospel message to the then known world in their generation and in the Revelation chapter eighteen we see a message coming down from heaven that has great power which tells us that the Holy Spirit is involved in this message that has great power that's coming from heaven it also tells us that the Holy Spirit is involved with this message that has great power that this message will therefore then go to the uttermost parts of the earth just as the message did during the apostolic time when the disciples received the power the Holy Spirit and that makes sense of acts chapter one verse eight the disciples received the power the Holy Spirit the message then went to the outermost parts of the earth in their generation here a message comes from heaven having great power from Holy Spirit and we see that the Earth is widened with a score a ceramics of the Houghton on the Holy Spirit empowers the message the message them becomes worldwide in its scope everybody knows about it we see them at the earth is lightened with his glory now here's a question that each of us needs to carefully consider what he has been entrusted with the three Angels messages since the eighteen forties and it would be fair to say well it's obvious that Revelation eighteen one has not yet been fulfilled we've had lots of their evangelistic meetings of a lot of slowing efforts which are done a lot of getting yet there has never yet been that can be said that the earth was lightened with the glory of God in the context of Revelation eighteen one the message that comes just before the final destruction of Babylon and yet not bothers me one night whenever I read this first unit that the initial reaction is like oh wow that's can be an awesome time will be alive and the message is together the whole world and while it can be amazing that made either the thing we should really be asking ourselves is why is Revelation eighteen one not happened yet and when you look at the verses that follow them I give us some clue as to why this message hasn't happened first of all the morning get into this but this may I is empowered by the Holy Spirit that widens the earth of God 's glory identifies who Babylon is and why they are bad and doesn't mince words this is the habitation of devils in every unclean spirit possessed to come out of Babylon and one of the problems with Seventh-day Adventists today is more trying to make common ground that it can at least in many places people try to make common ground with the following churches of Babylon rather than giving our distinctive message now we don't want to do this and I'm Christlike spirit I diffuse the purpose we remember that this is a message of mercy to call people out but I'll just give you an example Ms. said this before the end of the questions on doctrine gets a lot of heat for hot messes up the nature of Christ and the atomic and it should get plenty of heat for that but it also dumbed down the concept of Babel now why would I have done that because it was a book written to try to convince evangelical Christians that Seventh-day Adventists were solid Christians they are traumas we were trying to convince Babylonians that were okay Christians and so what we say about Babylon we say while there will be a Babylon at the end of time we don't say who Babylon is in the satisfaction of his spirit that makes us on not ready yet to give a message at the end of time this is this is Babylon come out of her if were saying was not called about one because that would be nice on and again we have to do in the right way and in the right spirit I have heard people give the message and it's not been a tell people to mount about one feet feel one of you that remember it is a message of mercy that God ascending the Seventh-day Adventist we should not be ashamed three masses their message is that God has given us in these last days now what we see here is so this message has great power so that I come a time when people are not afraid to give this message and we notice also says the earth was lightened with his glory so this is a heavenly message that is lightened with the glory of this message now when we think about the word glory we varies studied this in the context of the first Angels message with the sphere got give glory to him the concepts of what God 's glory yes and you can study the book of Exodus that God 's glory is his characters not in a repeat that study that we do it that we did earlier but just as a reminder glory represents God 's character so what we have here then we have a message coming from heaven has great power filled with the Holy Spirit Al whitens the earth with God 's glory or his character now how is it that God such character will fill the earth or enlighten the entire Windows message is give me other hand in the back here okay say if I heard you correctly you said that this is a representation of God 's people to have his character you are getting this message at the end of time not it is indeed true because what happens if you what is being described here in Revelation chapter eighteen if we are spending this in a literal versus a symbolic sense just based on commonsense alone also based on the context you're not have a literal angel coming down from heaven shoes saying with a loud voice all of these various things God is going to use his people who he is given this message to to give this message of warning to the world so God 's people are the ones you are to give this last message of mercy to the world and it's a wife in the earth with God 's glory so what happens here then is we see that this message has great power we see that God 's character is lightening the earth with his glory so what happens is we see Holy Spirit power upon a message that is being given by God 's people to have his character so verse one describes a period of time when the power of God reaches a point that it has not yet been seen here on this Earth in the lives of God 's people and this happens when the latter rain has poured out of God 's people does that make sense so we suffer maps chapter one verse eight this message has great power and power is associated with being filled with the Holy Spirit so if you have a message that has great power being given by God 's people they must be filled with the Holy Spirit and at the end of time the power the Holy Spirit comes upon God 's people is the power of the latter rain so revelation shaft three verse one describes the time when God 's people receive the power of the latter rain and through that power of the latter rain gods message for the last days right as the years with his character and understood every a couple of quotes from Ellen why this is what they advance and this is quoting from great controversy page six eleven six twelve the great work of the gospel is not a close with the last manifestation of the power of God the markets opening the prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel on again to be fulfilled on the latter reign of its close servants of God with her face is lighted up and shining with holy consecration will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven by thousands of voices all over the years the warning will be given miracles will be wrought the sick will be healed and signs and wonders will follow the believers so there will come a time when this last day message will lighten the years with God 's glory and then we look at the chapter in a actually encourage you to read great controversy chapter thirty eight entitled the final warning in the context of Revelation eighteen thousand watt of get information she quotes Revelation eighteen and goes through a number of issues and basically talks about how God 's people will rise him to this message with great power and how the mainline Christian churches of the day will be everything they can to stop this message from your now sorry you can read that chapter on your own so the last thing I want to say about reform before we made on more in a study about battle one that verse one really places an emphasis on the power of God and his glory and in which is an emphasis on his character and just to make this emphasis again if we wonder why this message has not happened yet work why we have not reached the point where Revelation eighteen one has happened and we can look at other people so yeah yeah they've they've done down the message in our church and maybe that's true but what about us do we have the glory of God the character of God in our hearts or do we have an un- Christlike spirit towards those you we disagree with in the church your people should we fill our lowering the standards making harder to get the truth out daily pray for those people and ask the Lord to forgive them in an may be helpful to have a conversion experience like Paul that he initially was against Christ and with assaulting the stoned Stephen and became the greatest apostle am he who knows there could be many of us filled the church and for prime for them that if we have this holier than thou attitude like the Pharisees then yeah what good does the truth tea for us and him we have a comment on here in the front so just give us a minute to get he am so the key then is when you have this your price and how we give this message to others yes this really true to say that the key point areas we need to be praying for the early rain first because God won't drop a lot around those who have not yet received the early rank and she did a Bible study on the early rain it's about heart conversion surrender to the Lord being like Christ and when we have the early rain experience in our hearts and I can pour out the latter reign of his people and I wanted to read a quote because you this can become a time when when God 's people will give a message that widens the earth of God 's glory and they will call people to come out of Babylon and in many respects from the dealer meetings our efforts are terribly successful and some circumstances I would say based on this quote on why well and he read it third sex messages page two cents to sixty this quote says the standard must not be placed so low that those you except the truth shall transgress God 's commandments while professing to obey them better far better would it be to leave them in darkness until they could receive the truth in its purity said we wonder why our evangelistic efforts are so successful right now and I'm us and that we shouldn't evangelism we should that many of our churches are not ready to receive people because they are preaching the three Angels messages and if if I getting the three Angels messages what's the point of bringing someone in the church is certain to continue in their sense of that they came out of the world for so you have before you so let's do it God 's way and I encourage someone we should do more of it before going to do yet let's follow the methods that God has given us of the people that we bring in their solider not unsure of our doctrine so that's just it a point there said there will come a time when God 's people are ready to give this message that will call people out about one we need to be praying that we will be those people to get that message because I'd like to live to see the day when the earth is light and with the glory of God through his people now I certainly don't feel qualified to be among that group 's lineup myself that through the power of God all things are possible and it will be to his glory and really when we look at this world this needs to happen we need to stop being so comfortable with our allies here on this Earth that which you are afraid to give this message with power so that's Revelation eighteen one on around the corner finish up drinking it is very diverse one was important so we read the first five verses now here's what's interesting to me so that Earth is enlightened with the glory of God 's character and then we see what the substance of the messages starting in verse T and says he cried mightily with a strong voice that there is no whispered towns to this message there were not tried in whatever the messages is not trying to be politically correct at this point it's it's a strong voice it's very mighty and the message is Babylon the great is fallen is fallen and where we seen this before in Revelation in the second Angels message of Revelation fourteen so this a while message this final warning includes the second Angels message and I said this before seven fabulous blog to preach the first Angels message but not much the second Angels message but the last warning message to this world will have a very strong component of the second Angels message such as any the first Angels message of the everlasting Gospel and like I said before and we studied the three Angels messages you can get to the second Angels message and will she understand the first is the everlasting gospel the concept of the judgment fearing God giving glory to him God is creator however God didn't stop for that message he went on to the second is Babylon is fallen is fallen and at the end of time once he get some final message of warning to this earth this strong component of this message is that Babylon is fallen is fallen and why does Revelation fourteen eighty eight season and Revelation eighteen to use the phrase is fallen Schwartz what is hard to say is fallen and the river a comment right here so why does revelation fourteen verse eight and Revelation eighteen receives a Babylon is fallen is fallen thank you said what all highlight what was just said six yeah in the eighteen forties this mess first you him respects now the whole world thread about the first and second Angels messages through the Millerite movement and Eleanor tells us that in the summer of eighteen forty fourth on the second Angels message reached its fulfillment in history when the millwrights got kicked out of the churches that's when the second Angels message was fulfilled my start preaching Babylon is fallen and Charles Fitch was the first Millerite minister to do so one of the things also Ellen White says about the phrase is fallen is fallen is that if you look in Revelation fourteen that phrases follow this phone is also there she points out that people run have been fallen for many centuries but the Protestant churches adjoined with papal Rome in becoming fallen in the eighteen forties and so is fallen is fallen the notes that pay for him is fallen and her daughters are full is fallen is fallen so there is a shoe full full full about one table room and the Christian churches which rejected the first Angels message at the end of time what's happened is that Babylon has gone even farther you have the image to the beast enforcement of Sunday legislation in all of these things and so now dots and the final warning message to get people to come out and Babylon includes the mother and the daughters we saw that Revelation seventeen she's the mother of harlots and said that's our saying here is that when God sent this last message of mercy to the world he's calling people to come out of all of the churches that have rejected the three Angels messages and when we study that is him one church that is proclaiming the messages that will be a safe place to be in a time with the organizers of the church not independent splinters of Athens is the organized Seventh-day Adventist church on them there may be faults within the organization but anyway so we have this message Babylon the great is fallen is fallen and has become a habitation of devils and the whole of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird I must wrong language I mean you know we we try to be so politically correct in this day and age about and I I said this before but I mean United John McCain got endorsed by an evangelical minister who happen to come to the conclusion that that the papacy was the great harlot for the great work revelation from Chapter seventeen and McCain immediately distanced himself from the minister and said this is intolerance and we can set up for this in an you have a minister was a single unified found in the Bible and of you and so it's interesting and of course I'm not here to defend John McCain by any means bit on on saying is that it's interesting and it's interesting that I will take a little aside here you look at the current political environment in the Christian Coalition is on really decided this the right so to speak and on the left you have the atheistic and against God type of movement but when the West heard about a minister on the right identifying Ron is the great whore of revelation they called the intolerance and hate speech and so you have both sides are out there and so when we as God 's people give a message that widens the years with God 's glory and we say Babylon we identify you Babylon is papacy and the fallen Protestant churches there are her daughters we identify that very clearly very strongly and mightily there is no dumbing down this message again at times of the loud cry that widens the earth of God 's glory it's been a be it you now the world cannot take this message to go over like a lead balloon there got cost intolerant guilty of hate speech and everything that you can imagine and of course once again let's not get him persecution complex here and say word were preaching the truth they just can't take it and I've seen people do that I doesn't work and we have to remember this is a message of mercy God seizes children in Babylon and all the churches he lived up to the light that they have he's kept in the most churches so they won be deceived by errors or other problems and then they come out when this message goes out and this is a message of mercy and we get it with the spirit of Christ that it's his stuttering over like a lead balloon however over here okay so so what we see here in verse two you then is there is going to be a strong message and identify few Babylonians people run in the fall and Christians him become a habitation of devils and you may civilize strong language are remembered in Revelation thirteen that Dragon gave his power see him authority to the beast the seven heads and ten horns and we thought of these the seven heads and ten horns was in Revelation thirteen and a Revelation seventeen it's clear papal run so it's become a habitation of devils the hold of every foul spirit remember those three unclean spirits like frogs which came out of the mouth of the beast the Dragon the false prophet so we see that and it's a cage of every unclean and hateful bird so this is very serious and strong language that God 's people who are faithful and true when they realized that they are in the minutes of an organization that is actually controlled by the devil and they see God 's messenger God and that's the message is hopelessly important think we don't get to the first two verses living for verse three says for all nations of July and of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and the kings of years of committed fornication with her and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies so we see all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and found it will come back to some of this next week because really cut short on time here that some verse three we have all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication Kings of years and so what we have here and we studied is the forcible line of her fornication the wine is the false doctrine all nations have partaken of it kings of the earth have committed fornication with the union of church and state we see the merchants of the earth are waxed rich that the above of her delicacies so the financial leaders also made an alliance with Avalon theater time methods and the pay attention to you right now in this current climate and what it what happens in this current climate of the current financial climate with respect to Babylon in verse four and will come back to this next week then we see the message that says come out of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sentence and that ye receive not of her plagues that again yeah I hear people say you know as long as we all believe in him Jesus analyst Margo 's sheep stealing the other churches all know the Bible clearly shows that God has given us a message to cause people to come out about one is not sheep stealing it's bringing God 's people through a safe place so they will not receive the flight fifteen family we will get back to this next week there's so much in this chapter thank you everyone

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