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16. Armageddon and the 7 Last Plagues

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • April 23, 2016
    11:30 AM
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So we're talking today about the battle of Armageddon the 7 last play how is this going to unfold what will it look like. When you think of Armageddon when you think of the 7 last legs what comes to mind. Pain suffering heartache things that you've seen on the news but maybe not just what you've seen on the news but bigger greater grander local scale right. This battle of Armageddon Maybe you think of something like this we interrupt this broadcast right you're trying to watch football you have your popcorn all the sudden flashes it blinks and it tells you that terrible things are having There's been a huge earthquake or New York City has been hit by a bomb or is in flames or whatever it might be and so we think of Armageddon Oftentimes we think of do we think of glue with these 7 flat last legs same thing this is oftentimes people picture of arm again right. Is that what is talking about in Scripture is how it's going to look like and that's what we want to look at this morning there's an presses series of world natural disasters that are happening today it is going to just simply be something on a larger scale. Is it going to be an unprecedented world financial collapse. And you know oftentimes we think these things are independent of each other but really they all go together don't say I've heard a banker Tell me about a year ago he said according to the sources that I have everybody says our economy is getting stronger and it's all fixed and everything's better but he told me he said we're weaker now than we were before and everybody says oh recovering well that's true it is a good thing but we're not back to where we were before and he told me he said if we had another Hurricane Katrina in this country that would be enough to knock us out is that true and I don't know I don't have a way of verifying that. You know I hear that secondhand certainly And what about this idea of a global international conflict there's a lot of weapons out there what is somebody with the drop of a weapon and then this starts a chain reaction around the world and so then we have these questions to contend with how could a loving God afflict people with sores from head to toe and how could a loving God turn rivers of water into rivers of blood that's referring to the play right Hussein looking at this play language how would a loving God do those kinds of things if you were asked that question. And it certainly doesn't seem like something a loving God and typically would do would be to cause all these play and that is another question when his experience tribulation occurred are God's people raptured before that period of 7 last legs. I would submit to you the whole idea of the Rapture which we talked about before so you had to go back to a previous lesson or we can talk about of the test questions you have but to me I would submit the whole idea of the rapture is that we're so scared of these 7 last play now we're going to create a theology based on a few verses that raptures us away before the 7 last plagues so we don't have to go through them right. So we're going to have to look at that to our God's people raptured before this period of 7 last plagues are we on the verge of the tribulation the time of the end of the battle of Armageddon that's the question we're looking at so let's look in our what we're going to look at Revelation and see what it has to say there is this the end Revelation 14 the universe 6 here we are the 3 angels message again and I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the ever lasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation try tongue and people. And so we have this gospel message it's going out it's going around the world is circling the group world to everyone and what is the message saying and saying with a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment has come so this is not fear of God in terms of trembling and all the rest this is the sense of being afraid of God or not being afraid of God but respect and obey God that makes sense we need to respect we need to have obedience to God and all these kinds of things and it says and worship Him who made the heaven the earth the sea in the springs of water so again this is review we've looked at that is a call to worship the creator it's a call to the Bible Sabbath and back that's a direct quotation pulled out of the 4th Commandment. That we just looked at so it's a call to remember all of those things. And then going back to Revelation 14 your angel followed them saying with a loud voice if anyone who worships the beast we've been talking about that last few nights and his image we could say his mark of authority we could say Sunday worship Goodling and receive his mark on his forehead or on his hand either being convinced here or being coerced Here That's What is talking about if anyone worships the beast in his image and receive the mark on his forehead or on his hand. And switch this light in heaven so we have a call to either worship the creator or call to worship the beast right and says he himself will also drink the wine of the wrath of God that mean God is going to be so angry he's going to put him in a chokehold Is that what it means I believe it means something different Let's finish the verses and we'll. Look at that little bit more deeply he himself will drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out full strength into the cup of this indignation and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb What is this wrath of God that these 3 angels speak of that's the question we want to look at because I don't know about you but this idea of wrath of God I don't want to be part of the wrath of God And so we see Revelation predicts a final conflict over true and false worship and then here in the tale of the 3 angels message here is the patience of the sayings here are those that keep the commandments of God and to think of Jesus. And so this last great conflict in the last days of Earth's history is a struggle in the human mind a great power the ballot for the soul it revolves around the issue of worship it really is a test of loyalty right you might recall in Daniel we look at this image you talk we have actually focused on this story but if you read it in Daniel chapter. 3 I believe that you have these 3 Hebrews that stand never can never have this big image right and he says instead of the whole thing being just the head of goal I want the whole thing to be gold going to be me right. And saw instead of everybody values down these 3 say I'm not going to bow them I'm not going to worship this idol and we studied how ballons the head of gold Persia the testing on the silver Greek the size of bronze and so on but here we have a false system of worship right and we talked last night in the last 2 nights really that we've come together in the last days and attempts will be made again to substitute a counterfeit for divine truth over and over and over again we see counterfeits right. Here is now we saw it we both onscreen his message about where it says they will receive the wrath of God remember them. So we're looking at this slide now this is Revelation Chapter 15 verse one then I saw another sign in heaven having great and marvelous 7 angels have even the and what do they have the 7 last plagues for in them is the what does it say wrath of God is complete and so really what we can do is we can substitute this wrath of God that we read about in Revelation Chapter 14 with this idea like my pencils of the sun has legs. So really when it says those who don't worship me and worship the God of creation they don't worship in terms of the Sabbath except a mark of the beast this counterfeit faults worship all these things they are going to receive the 7 last place now that also means that if I don't receive the counterfeit if I don't fall in line when they command Sunday worship if I don't do all these things but I choose I say God I want to be faithful to you I want to be faithful to your word I want to be faithful to the cellphone to be faithful to what you've called me to does that mean if we go back to Revelation 14 that they will receive the wrath. They won't so does that mean we're going to be raptured or we're not going to participate in that in the 7 last legs no it doesn't let's keep going. We're going to come back to that but what is God's wrath Well God's wrath is not his anger at sinners it is his judgment upon sin and really it's his justification if you will because all along we talked last night about this is hard for me to stay right here because we're trying to record this. This nail my feet down we've talked all along about how. There's going to be kind of a Christian dough in this Sunday worship 1st it suggests that we already have that happening maybe they'll be some natural disaster or some other things we got to get back to God is going to be greater and greater peer pressure as more Protestant churches are shaking hands with the pope and various things and they're going to say why don't you come along right so it's going to be strong pressure on the pope's are using that idea of using strong pressure we looked at that quote last night. But that is going to get more and more and more maybe privileges maybe taking away privileges intil adventure Lee according to scripture it says they will kill those so that eventually lead to a death decree but here we're talking about and all along they've said if you receive the mark of the beast we will give you physical secured if you receive the mark of the beast we will give you economic security will provide food for your family in fact this is very similar if you will to World War 2 If you fell in line with the Nazis your life would be better we could promise and guarantee you that you would be safe physical security economic security your life all these things and even vacations and all the rest will give you more clothing more food rations on and on and on and so this power has said we can produce all these things that you need and you're looking for indirect distinction contradistinction to what God says I am the Way the Truth of the life I'm the one that provides security I'm the one that provides for you economically on the one provides your life on the one you say and so really this 7 last play is is judgement upon Sam but it's also justification for the fact that God is who he said he is I'm getting ahead of myself let's keep going so during the 7 last legs God withdraws his protective hand and all the hellish forces break loose. Now the 7 last pledges are the asa result of a world separated from God and a planet in rebellion. You might be wondering why are they the 7 last plagues are there the plagues other places in Scripture and you think of anything. In Egypt how many plagues are in Egypt 10 so should this be the 7 or the 10 laugh legs or the 7. And we have there's 10 Egypt under 7 here let's go back to Egypt what was was there anything that had to do with the plagues of Egypt 17 What verse. That's right. So if you didn't hear that we had 10 plagues but the 1st 3 were for the general land they fell in the general and the last 7 did I just say last yes the last 7 only fell on the Egyptians God's people were not Raptured they were delivered out of it but they were protected through it. That makes sense and I believe that's why we have the 7 last plagues because God's people will have to live through it but God is going to sustain them through it OK So we have events of the end one is going to be a worldwide preaching of the gospel according to the 3 message all humanity makes a final and eternal choice. The mark of the beast is in force in a final conflict over worship. Number 4 because loyal people lovingly obey him even though it doesn't make sense it goes against all of my senses right in terms of trying to preserve my own life and everything else my family all the rest it's counter intuitive but I'm going to say you know what I'm going to be loyal to God and be loyal to God and be loyal to God and believe His Word $57.00 last plagues are poured out and then Christ delivers his people and I would submit to you that at the very end when it seems as if there is no hope for God's people God comes right on time right on time I don't know what scenario you want to come up with you know you're you're in the car and you're off on the bridge and your car is teetering right. And you're trying to get the family members out of it is a very dramatic movie scene isn't it they're trying to get the family members out of the car keeps teetering we're trying to keep the balance of everything and just when it seemed like the car is going to go off the bridge and I'm going to die Jesus grabs me that's the end of the 7 last plagues Jesus grabs me and saves and preserves my life everything inside of me was I and I'm going down with this cart but it's not going to happen God will come and I believe he will deliver his people. This is an interesting verse is no one was able to enter this isn't revelation 15 where we have the 7 last plagues no one was able to enter the tip temple till the 7 plagues of the 7 angels were completed now that verse right there stands in opposition to this idea that God plucks and pulls people away. Because nobody enters the temple nobody is in heaven nobody. Gets to experience being with God and then the safety of that in heaven and till the 7 last legs are done does that make sense and where is the temple where this Jesus and his sanctuary interceding for us Revelation 22 skip in the end of the book it says he was unjust let him be unjust still he was filthy let him be filthy still and he who was right just let him be righteous still and he who is holy let him be holy still and so you have a right just and the holy and the pure versus the I'm right just unholy and pure Now I don't know are really talking about that so much per se today but there is this thing called a closer probation remember with no when the flood. When the close of probation have been he's inviting he's preaching the same coming of the art of safety come come come and eventually what happens. The door is shut. And so it's kind of this this verse that we just read he was right just not to be right to say he was guilty let me feel that I mean decisions have been made I would submit to you that the close of probation as we get this climax in earth's history as we have natural disasters economic disaster and war strife pressure for worship and how we're going to worship anytime we are put in a in a crucible if you will were when the pressure is dialed up we decide ultimately what we're going to do and how we're going to respond and I believe the closer probation is that period of time when God knows that only God knows because he can read the heart he knows if I gave it more time nobody would change their mind. Nobody would change their mind it's the line in the sand and people have already chosen I'm going to go this way No I'm going to go that way and there's so set in their ways nobody's going to change your mind and so the closer probation is not me saying Lord I want to come in I want to come in also shop too late really that too late is the fact that God has been in the end calling me and I've been shutting him out and shut him out and show him outside enough and so God knows that no one's going to change your mind and I suppose of probation I can't prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt but I believe because of the scripture that Jesus wants to save to the uttermost any and everybody doesn't want anyone to be lost which tells me he would allow time to go on a little longer if you would change your mind if I would change my mind but he can see the end from the beginning he knows when that time comes everybody is so set in their ways and so that's the close of probation and there's no bell that goes off we don't have a ding now when the clothes you know we don't know but then the plague start to fall and then those that are in Christ will be delivered through the plagues those that are not well they may not be the last for free I don't know if that maybe sense but the final crisis that is coming upon our world will lead men and women to make one of 2 decisions completely for Christ or completely against Christ Well I'm going to be stand in the middle no you're not. No one's going to let you stand in the middle you're going to have to choose a side right. I don't know anybody in World War 2 that was standing in the middle I'm going to have one foot in the concentration camp and one foot no there's nobody in the middle then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the 7 angels Chapter 16 now in Revelation go and pour out the bowls of the raft of God on the earth and we are to look at this through God's people go through tribulation they do. Why are they called the 7 last place you looked at that already the Israelites were protected by God or in the plagues that were poured out on the Egyptians. First Corinthians 1011 now all these things happened to them as examples talking about the place in Egypt and they were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come. So just as Israelites were present through the plagues and delivered at the end of the plagues of God's people are present but protected through the plagues and delivered at the end of the plagues I don't know where that comes coming from Hope you don't hear after Moses XS 5 Verse one after Moses and Aaron went in and told pharaoh that says the Lord God of Israel let my people go that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness what God's people do they put blood over the doorpost right in the Angel of Death came and all those things God's people were preserved by trusting in him so I did get ahead of myself I had all these slides. They went through the plagues in Egypt Hebrew were these went into the fiery furnace that's another story there in Daniel that we've mentioned already the God deliver them from the fire you know if there was an earthquake that happened in the soldiers they got loose and ran to the mound that doesn't happen they actually go in to the fire. Do they perish in the fire do they feel the flames of the fire or no and where is God in the midst of it right he's in the flames with them in fact here's a picture and now we're going to hear himself says I thought we threw 3 men in there I see 4 and one looks like the son of the gods or you know he seen Jesus trying to figure out how describe it and so I believe that is. Faith that is going to last faith is going to endure faithful going to hold us on to Christ that's what's going to pull us through. And so revelation declares God triumph that people will go through the tribulation but will be victorious. Revelation Chapter 7 verse 9 after these things I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number of All Nations tries people in tongues standing before the throne and before the lamb sorry I didn't switch it for you clothed with the white rules with palm branches in their hands and it continues in verse 14 These are the ones who came out of what does it say I have to use my highlighter came out of the great tribulation don't miss that it doesn't say they were delivered from it but they came out of it and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple and so you going to have people that are faithful to him that are longing to be baptized to spread the word to every nation tribe tongue and people to be preaching the good news to be studying the Bible to be doing mission work and all the rest and says and he who sits on the throne of wheeled well among them they shall never neither hunger any more nor thirsty more the sun shall not strike them nor any heat for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throng will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters and I love this for us and God will wipe away every player from their eyes that's incredibly personal The face is incredibly personal you don't touch anybody else's face if I came up and touched your face you would pull back you probably would let me say what are you doing. But here we have God being incredibly personal because he's a trust friend he's somebody that we know. And he's the one he doesn't say Oh I'm so sorry to everybody in the huge math wrong he comes to you personally and he listens he hears and he comforts and he wipes the tear from your eyes that's a pretty pretty cool verse OK So let's look more specifically at these 7 last plagues 1st we have the plank of source and we find that revelation 16 to a foul and loathsome sore it talks about now all along it said if you receive the mark of the beast we will guarantee you what kind of security physical security are right and so here's the thing that they have been saying all along we can deliver it we can we can give you this thing if you will just come alongside now all the sudden they are receiving Falun loathsome sores and it is shown to all the world that all physical security is only in Christ. You see them Psalms 46 wanted to God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble therefore let me switch it here therefore we will not fear even though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea is that interesting I mean that's that sounds like pretty big things happening right. There the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea the 2nd plague seed turns to blood does that remind anybody of some relatively recent history we have. Something of the golf turned of blood I mean it wasn't blood but it was like blood. And what did that do then the 2nd angel poured out his bowl on the sea and it became blood as of a dead man and every living creature in the sea died what happened when we just had that little thing happen in the Gulf was that or every ocean know what did that do to shipping. What did that do to fishing and the economy to the oil that we got here how much would you start paying for get you remember how that just really rippled through everything and that was just the golf and you know the environment all these other things just causes huge problem so I'm thinking if this is on a global scale this is going to be a real economic issue isn't it I mean that the whole world's going to crumble economically of all the seas are turned to blood and all the animals and all the the stench and the environmental problems and on and on it goes this could be a huge huge problem and I believe here in the 2nd play we find that all economic security is where in Christ they said we could provide you with economic and security just come over receive the mark of the beast do as we tell you to do fall in line. But we see here in the stone last legs in the 2nd that all physical in the 1st one all. Economic security in the 2nd one is found only in Christ so here we have judgment yes but we have the vindication of God's people do you see them so I believe we have a God of love here in the 7 last play. Rivers turned to blood is the 3rd way that we have revelation 16 for the 3rd angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water and they be clay it became blood now water often times and we've talked out represents multitude and all those kinds of things I suppose it could mean that but I believe here it's talking about more as water as fresh water 1st as it's had all salt water now the fresh water has been here now we have a real problem because without water how long I mean I can get to a presentation I got a pause right. And you don't have your water bottles of this makes me thirsty I'm sorry. But it's a symbol of life. Of all the things we can't survive me I suppose air is a big thing too but without water we can live very long live a lot longer without food than we can without water revelation 165 and 6 and I heard the angel of the water saying you are right just oh are the one who is and who was and who is to be because you have judged things so I let me switch because you have judged these things for they have shed the blood of saints and the prophets and you have given them blood to drink for it is their just due this is God being vengeful here. I don't believe that he is I believe he simply showing all of these things physical security economic security even our life is in Christ I mean really it's bit by God's grace that the wicked man survives today. That his blood pressure is maintained that all of these things happen but at some point. Sin is going to have to have more full reign was it 3316 for God's people this is a beautiful promise bread will be given him his water will be sure now it doesn't say you all of garden will be given him and pink lemonade will be sure it doesn't say that but it says you'll have bread and you'll have water. May not be fancy it might be fancy but I'm going to supply your most basic needs for life I can't help but think of the prophet who had Ravens come and deliver him bread. And where is the water going to come from I don't know maybe they'll be a spring the Lord will guide us to where I don't know but somehow someway as we trust in Christ and realize our life is hidden Christ he will provide for us and again I don't think any of these things are going to stretch out over long periods of time is going to have to happen rapidly because if it's not rapidly there's nobody left by the time we get to the 3rd 4th 5th play. So the 4th play is talking about scorching sun I believe this is interesting let's read about here in Revelation 1689 then the 4 the angel poured out his bowl on the sun and the ball was given to him to scorch men with fire and men were scorched with great heat and they blast being the name of God you has power over these plagues and they did not repent and give Him glory notice in spite of everything going on in spite of all these things that they said that they could deliver and they can't do they repent No and I would submit to you that's because probation has been closed because God is already know in their hearts they are either for him or against him they've already chosen fully and completely and even in the midst of all these things they're not going to repent they're not going to say I'm sorry everybody who is going to say I'm sorry if that's in their heart they've already said and they're on the other side praise the Lord but these people are so settled in their sin they still will not repent doesn't matter so the plagues reveal that they have trusted the wrong sources I magine they'll see God's people being delivered in pockets here and pockets there and all these other things but they're not going to repent why because it's not the guy close the door and they were trying to get in and I'm sorry you're too late it's because in their heart they're so hard. So here we see that all true worship is in Christ the Son of the Sun God in Sunday worship and the mark of the beast being Sunday worship and the enforcement of it all these things have center around the Sun and Sunday and here we see that all true worship is in Christ right so we have all physical security in Christ all economic security is in Christ my life is in Christ true worship is in Christ now some 91 beautiful verse he who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty on that day of scorching sun sun Jesus will be our shadow I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress my God in Him I will trust not in the government not in their laws not in their armies not what they say they can protect with I know and trust in the Lord and we don't have to wait till then to claim his promise by the way we claim this one today and today and today and today to serve the he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence and so we have sores we have see turn of blood we have returned to blood we have scorching sun and then we have darkness covers the earth and we've had periods in history where there's been darkness before all the sun people that kind of panic what is what's going on what is this it's a judgment of God in the fish 5th angel poured out his bowl on the throne the beast and his kingdom became full of darkness and they nod their tongues because of the pain how would you like it to just be completely dark dark dark. Reason The Bible says Joy comes when. In the morning be very backpacking or camping that 1st night can be the roughest night the 2nd night you're so exhausted from the 1st night you sleep like a baby with the 1st night can be rough and I've had nights where you know the kids are up and they're in the tent and I hear coyotes over here we've heard a mountain lion one night and sleep well that night. I verified it believe me. Until I've had some rough nights but I tell you I just keep thinking joy comes in the morning rain and that sun starts and sometimes seems like the morning will never come I never had those nights. And then the sun comes up Oh praise the Lord praise the Lord. But here in this play I see that all true light seizes on the light of the world as. All life is only in Christ. And so we have again God in case people some 1000 verse 25 you know this 1st your words are not God's Word is a lamp to my feet and I'll light unto my path. If you don't like stumbling around in the dark pull out a light and was the light God's word is light. And this will guide us so we're not stuffing our toes and tripping over things and falling off cliffs and all the rest this God is the light OK In fact here we have John 8 verse 12 I am the light of the world Jesus is the only true light revelation 16 again going back there verse 11 they blast theme the God of heaven because of their pains and their source and they did not repent of their deeds their hearts have been hardened they are set in their sins and their ways. And I would submit you to extremely dangerous to turn from any teaching of God's word that you know to be true. If you do that you'll gradually be led into darkness such a little thing what's the big deal why can't I just you know I know a lot of people do in fact I know the pastor does and I know the hell does I know this person does it what is the big deal of folks I got news for you. People are not the standard. They're not the standard I saw this person wearing this and I heard this person say that they're not the standard Well it's all the pastor immediate it I'm not is there this is the standard and then God convicts you of something in here and you're convicted you know it to be true you better do it and follow it. Because it was not going to give you more truth until you submit to the truth that you've already received right. Now I'm not saying well myself questions go ahead ask the question why don't you study out go ahead stay tell but the end of your study if you feel convicted and I've studied all these pastors I think this is true. I submit to you to follow it you know give me something else to do and follow I submit to God probably won't give you something else to do and follow him to submit what he's already given it's like saying my kids is all time can I have more mac and cheese we don't have that very often it's a delicacy because it's terrible for you can't have more mac and cheese Why would I give them more if they haven't finished what's already on their plate are you with me. Well I'm just so hungry we've all been down that road you pile it up high that they can't finish it. Going to the witness. OK so the plagues are grim reminders of the Ultimate Reality want to world abandons Christ and His love back to some $91.00 you shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that walks in darkness or the destruction it lays waste at noon day a 1000 may fall at your side 10000 at your right hand but it shall not come near you this is the verse that I shared that book remember a 1000 shall fall. The book is a testimony to this verse a 1000 may fall beside you but it will not come near you why because I've dedicated my life I've surrendered my life I'm in obedience to Christ and I recognize that all physical economic my life everything is in price all true light is in Christ all these things so in Christ we have secure shelter and safety or we are secure because only with your eyes so you look and see the reward of the wicked and so then we've gone through all of these the last one on the list here we're getting close towards the end of our time but we're going to make it we're going to make it we have sources turn to blood return to blood scorching sun darkness and then we have this word Armageddon What does that mean. Hollywood things you know with me. The news anchor seems know what it means this is something that looks a lot like Armageddon Armageddon get how they say. Armageddon I don't know I was going to say Armageddon proportions I don't think they use that one I think I just made that one up anyway the word Armageddon comes from the Hebrew word root word har and Ito meaning mountain of slaughter that sounds nice. Nice little book to read your kids before they go to bed at night. And the book of Judges when people were surrounded and doom seem certain God miraculously delivered them so really you have everybody you know everything is mounting more and more and more and it looks like all hope is lost the car is teetering on the edge yes Armageddon literally all hell breaks loose on this planet all those pictures we saw before we have the stores we have the fires in the city we have economic destruction we have people pillaging the supermarkets can't find food anywhere I mean it's just a total and complete mess when the US says it really 16 well then the 6 Angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and its water was dried up so the way of the kings from the east might be prepared now the river Euphrates ran through Babel and it was the support system about you can't have a city with thousands of people and not have a river of fresh water supporting it and so here we have the waters of the Euphrates drying up basically the people support is drying up and when we look at that story in Daniel Cyrus the king of the east delivered God's people from tired of ancient Babylon and Jesus the King of the east will deliver God's people at the end time Easter is a symbol of deliverance and so Jesus comes when everything on this planet is completely destroyed and it's all a message says behold I come as a thief Blessed is He that watches and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they see here is shame Jesus comes right on time for his people and he delivers his people is that good news. What sense would it make to say that Christ delivers his people before the tribulation the Bible says he's coming as a thief after the tribulation that you can't set. That you can't say where was it behold I come as a thief There it is. Oh forget this I'm messing it all up. All right we'll just keep going so we have Armageddon everything all breaks loose Jesus comes as a thief in the night and we have the coming of Christ is number 7 he comes with his sickle to reap the harvest of his people says in the 7th angel poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the Temple of Heaven from the throne saying it is done it is done now you might say How can Jesus come in chapter 16 well Revelation is a Kayasth extractor and actually Jesus comes multiple times in the Book of Revelation it's kind of like layers and so you really have to study to figure out where all these layers fit into place because if you read it chronologically expecting views to come at the very end it doesn't happen that way so then when you read that and we go back and read this for me go back and you can be able to compute the understand the caustic structure it makes sense as a mirror each other and we can put these pieces into place. And I read this yet in the same day to point out is bowing to the air loud voice came out of the Temple of Heaven from the throne saying it is done it is finished and there were noises and thunderings and like engineer was a great earthquake such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Are you going to miss it when Jesus comes. This is going to be a secret coming. You're going to know everyone's going to know continue and then every island fled away and the mountains were not found and great hail from heaven fell upon many tales don't about the weight of a talent how much is a talent. That's a big hailstone I mean this is God's artillery delivering his people. Who's going to save you now is what they're asking you brought all this upon us we're really going to give it to you now and Jesus comes and rescues his people because all security is found where in Christ that's the point of the place. It's that's the whole point of the plagues and will say here is the God that we wait for he is coming and he will deliver us and sure enough. But you like that picture that's going to be a good day right there that's going to be well it's going to start out not a good day let's be realistic it's going to be a bad day but it's going to end really really well you might have a bad day today or tomorrow or the next day or the after that you may have a bad week a bad month but you know we don't have the story begins and that's make a difference. I mean if you knew I loved here those stories. Of Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University he's couples that you know they start out he told the story they were both making about what 50000 a year or something and they said OK we'll live off of my income for everything you know they need cars you know all these things but we're going to say completely your income and we're going to live in this tiny little apartment you know at a party night as big as this room we're talking about this big he had kids he had a few little things are going to live like church mice for 3 years then pick out 100000 they went out and bought their 1st house care. While wife was out of the players never knew the place the point here they were willing to live like that. You know and it was for 5 years I don't know but it out of the year really where he really was in 6 years really got a lot of home was over another 2 years I mean. You're not really here for a home already paid for and care. Is Right. There is something about the end of the story the in games that makes a difference on how we live right now. And if we know how the story ends and I would submit to you it's not about just the mansion and all the beautiful things that God gives us it's about what's important. It's about people it's about relationships. It's about character problem is about all those other things it's not about all the stuff that the world says or about that. And if we keep the end in mind it will certainly help us and give us hope in the here and now because all of us have struggles is there one person here the greater man says I don't have any struggles pastor. OK. I'm going to fast this individual and work really hard to build this house of Log Cabin. Is just illustration by the way he was walking out to the log cabin news about finished with it. Or maybe he had finished it I don't remember but as he came over the crest of the hill that looked like a good face. There was a good face of the whole fire had struck his gavel and everything was gone as if anybody ever last minute in asking questions about firing my goodness I could be devastating and so he's kicking around through what's left these ashes and all the rest and he hears a little sound used I don't know if you see what's here. Right here it almost looks like K.F.C. was there I don't know and he kicks it over and you know when he sees. All these baby chicks. That survived the fire. And he picked up these little baby chicks and he was amazed and really had to contemplate the love of this mother that gave up. Her life. For her baby chicks. Not just with a wing out here I imagine it was for encompassing right. And somehow someway these chicks survived I'm sure they tried to get to the best place and maybe in a hovel or whatever but the time came they hunkered them and we have this and Psalm 91 he shall cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will take refuge. Sometimes it pays to be a farmer read your bible at the same time. His true shall be your shield and buckler no evil shall be for you nor shall any play come near your dwelling I notice there it says Play why because we've made Jesus our refuge. We made Jesus our refuge and we're depending fully and completely upon him. And so we serve a God that doesn't pull us out of the flames but as with us in the midst of the flames. That's the God we serve and I believe that applies not just to the plagues the end of the plies to the place in your life today. Applies to your plagues your life today and so Jesus wants to be that for you you must to be that for me he wants us to come running to him when we have challenges when we have trials and we have struggles and say come on in my weeks. Come under my wings. Again Psalm 90 1 pm been the Psalm 91 you need to go there need to mark it up get all your colored pencils out get your highlighter out whatever you do I love colored pencils. For he give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. That's beautiful. And so I don't believe that Armageddon is something that we have to stay up at night to be fearful about is it going to be real the S. is going to be terrible Yes Are we going to glad when it's over yes but God's going to be with us I tell you if you want to fear the plagues they need just reject God. And you get to experience the plagues in their fullness but if we are in Christ we're like the chicks under his wings and Jesus willing to die for us he did to me there is no reason I should be a live through the plagues there's no reason you should be only for the play through the play there's no reason any of us should be able to live throughout eternity. Except that Jesus died in my place. His perfect blood was shed for my wicked simple blood. And he says I want to apply that on your behalf. And so I see the play. As a God of love saying all of these things I can supply and at the end it will be very plain that I'm the only one that can provide physical economic financial your life I'm the only true light all of these things God says Come to me and I will be the one that provides for all of your needs that make sense most of all let's pray. You have the Father we thank you for these verses in scripture that give us an idea of what we can expect but Lord we have nothing to fear if we simply hang on your hand. And that's not just for down the road that's for right now. You will never leave us you will never for sake us some 91 is chock full of promises of how your angels work will guard us and protect us and take care of us and Lord that doesn't always mean that we'll be the wealthiest that our health will be perfect that all these things will just come together but we know how the story ends. And so we're willing to live in this little attic apartment if you will this scummy place called Planet Earth and we see glimpses of your glory in nature in various places but Lord if we look very hard there's sin everywhere it abounds but we know how the story ends we know that you will deliver us that you will take us home and we can live with you for eternity and so are we just again this morning we want to surrender to you we want to say come into our hearts. May we live for you may we trust you for everything. And then we started that day my prayer in Jesus' name in. This media was brought to you by audio 1st a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verses or if you would like to listen to more service lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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