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The 7 Last Plagues of Revelation Timeframe (An Urgent Truth)

Mark Finley
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One of Satan's greatest temptations is that God's people the church are raptured before the tribulation. Millions of Christians have misunderstood this Bible topic. The problem is that if you believe this way you are setting yourself up to be deceived when the Mark of the Beast is enforced. Join Seventh-day Adventist Pastor, Mark Finley as he reveals the Bible truth about the tribulation, rapture and the seven last plagues.

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Mark Finley

Assistant to President for Evangelism at the General Conference

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  • April 23, 2021
    7:00 PM
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One of Satan's greatest temptations is that God's people the church are raptured before the tribulation millions of Christians have been deceived they've mis understood this topic of the rapture books have been written about the idea that God's people be somehow mysteriously whisked away before the 7 last plagues there even have been Hollywood productions that have perpetrated this idea but it is false it's a deception I'm going to show you the evidence from the Bible particularly from the Book of Revelation that God's people will go through the tribulation Now why is that significant to our own spiritual lives because if we think we're going to be raptured before the tribulation we are setting ourself up to be deceived when the mark of the beast is inforced we're living in a time of easy going cross less accommodating self centered Christianity where many say if you're a Christian you going to be healthy you to be wealthy and everything is going to go well but that's not the story of the Bible Daniel's 3 friends would not bow down to the image they went into the fiery furnace were not delivered before it and Jesus was with them Daniel was faithful to God and did he experience any tribulations he sure did and he would into the lion's den but God was with him and you look at the Apostle Paul stone and shipwrecked. Beaten with rods whipped imprisoned yet he was faithful to God God will have a last generation that are faithful to him we're going to look specifically at Revelation Chapter 1415 and 16 and look at God's last a message for the world and discover the truth about the Rapture in the tribulation we begin our study with Revelation 14 verse 6 in Revelation 146212 God gives a message to prepare a world for the coming of Jesus this message is pictured as 3 angels flying in mid heaven Revelation 14 verse 6 and I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation tribe tongue in people 3 things about that text the angel flies in the middle of heaven the message is urgent Secondly notice it's the everlasting Gospel the message is eternal it goes to every generation and particularly the final generation and it goes to every nation tongue in people it is universal so here is an urgent eternal universal message a message that isn't important for us to understand. As no one's message was in his day as John the Baptist message was in his day no notice it talks about the everlasting Gospel what is the gospel the gospel is the incredible good news. That Christ's death on the Cross provides pardon for our sins Christ resurrected to life provides power to overcome Jesus' deliverance us from think guilt of c.n.n. and from the grip of sin the Gospel also is the good news that one day soon will finally be put away and that Jesus will come the 2nd coming of Christ is part of the eternal everlasting Gospel message Jesus died to redeem us and he's coming again to take home what he has purchased on the cross as he is desired possession but then the Bible says in Revelation 14 verse 7 saying with a loud voice Fear God that word fear means respect obey take God seriously and give Him glory for the hour of his judgment has come so a judgment our message a message to prepare people for the coming of Christ now worship Him who made heaven and earth the sea in the fountains of Waters who made heaven earth in the fountains of waters what do we call him the creator So here's a message to worship the Creator this expression and worship Him who made heaven earth the sea and the springs of water comes directly from the 4th Commandment on the Sabbath of Exodus Chapter 20 verse 8 through 11 so in an age of evolution we are called to worship Christ on the Sabbath we are called from the false Sabbath of Sunday worship which will be the central issue in the final conflict between good and evil to true worship on the Sabbath worship the creator now Revelation $147.00 talks about true worship revelation $49.00 talks about false worship Revelation 149 then a 3rd angel followed them saying with a loud voice if anybody worships the beast and his image receives its mark on his forgiveness and he himself show drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out. Full strength into the cup of his indignation Now notice Revelation 147 True worship worship the creator Revelation 149 false worship don't worship the beast so what John is doing is setting up a final scenario where men and women have to make a choice between worshipping the creator worshipping the beast so this is no rapture before the peace power comes it's no rapture after the 7 last boy be before the 7 last plagues be in it is rather a final conflict over worshiping the Creator on the true Sabbath or worshipping the beast and taking his mark on the fall 7 Now notice how 1st 12 puts all of this into significance Revelation 14 we're looking there at Revelation 14 and verse 12 here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God in the faith of Jesus the only way that you can keep the commandments of God is if you have the faith of Jesus so in this final conflict Revelation 147 worship the creator Revelation 149 don't worship the beast Revelation 1412 here are those that go through the tribulation here are those that stand firm against the mark of the beast here are those that keep the commandments of God because the living faith of Christ the dynamic faith of Christ the passionate faith of Christ the trusting faith of Christ is beating in their hearts and just as Jesus on the cross of Calvary went through that great time of trouble with nails through his hands and a kernel thorns upon his head and bearing the guilt and shame and sin of the world he said father my father God my God why have you for saken me so in the last days God's people will go through a period of time with a visible presence of God is not there but they hang on by faith and his low. Grace sustains them now when you go to Revelation Chapter 15 and 16 we have the some mation of what takes place in Revelation 14 in other words in Revelation 15 and 16 you have that continuation of this conflict over the issue of the mark of the beast revelation 15 verse one then I saw another sign in heaven great and marvelous 70 and shows having the 7 last plagues for in them the wrath of God is complete so people either except the worship of the Creator in the true Sabbath or they receive the mark of the beast they can't those that worship the creator will be unable to buy or sell according to Revelation 13 Once that final irrevocably decision is made once the entire human race has the opportunity to accept one of those 2 signs it goes forth in the book of revelation here that is righteous let him be righteous still he that is holy let him be holy still he that is unrighteous let him be under righteous still he that is on holy let him be unholy still Once that final decree goes forth human probation closes what you mean by that every human being has already had the opportunity to make their final irrevocably decision for or against Christ human probation closes when human probation closes if God would have allowed choice after that time nobody would make any other choice. Human probation closes not by some arbitrary act on the part of God but because everybody has already made their decision once that takes place the judgments of God's fault the 7 last plagues from poured out God's people go through those place protected no you say that's the Bible teach that it sure does look revelation 15 verse 2 I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire those who have victory over the beast with your delivered before the end of Christ even manifest his hand how can you have victory over something you've never seen so they must go through the Tribulation because they have stood firm for Christ and have victory over the beast over the him over the number of his name standing on the sea of glass having the harps of God Now notice what they sing they sing the song of Moses what is the song The Moses it's the song of Deliverance Israel was not delivered before the plagues Don't miss this point the redeemed who have victory over the mark of the be asked Laura damed who stood for Christ and worship the creator the Redeemer and the According to the Scriptures sing the song of Moses when was the song of Moses sung Israel was in Egypt during the plagues God led them out he miraculously opened the Red Sea They went through and on the other side of the sea at the. Metaphysics they should their deliverance they saying the song of Moses led by Merriam the song of victory so God's people who have gone through the plagues faithful to Christ seeing the song of victory and what are they seeing great marvelous are your works Lord God Almighty just untrue are your ways who King of saints What's a talk about great marvelous or your works they've seen the plagues afflict the wicked and we'll talk about those a little later who shall not fear your name o. Lord and glorify your name you alone are holy for all nations shall calm and worship before you for your judgments have been manifest they've seen the judgments of God on Earth now is there anybody who has entered the temple of God and be raptured in that final generation before the plagues with the Bible makes it plain revelation 15 verse 5 after these things I looked behold the temple of the tabernacle the testimony of God in heaven was opened and as you go down now to verse 7 then one of the for a living creatures gave to the 7 angels 7 Golden Bowl so that's what's going to happen in Revelation Chapter 16 the 7 last plagues but notice the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God from His power no one now what is the text say in verse 8 no one what does no one mean no one is no one because if no one was not no one no one would be someone and someone is not no one right see no one God is clear no one that's not nobody was able to enter the temple till the 7 plagues of the 7 angels were completed so the bible couldn't be any plainer in this final generation God's people faithful to him will face the issue of the mark of the beast. They will not be delivered till at the end of the push they will go through the put exe thankful to Christ hanging on it a test of their faith that's why God allows us to have trials now that's why God allows us to have difficulties now so that we will learn to trust him so that we will learn to have greater faith in him but no would notice again nobody was able to enter the temple till the 7 last plagues were complete then Chapter 16 he says I heard a loud voice from the tempo to the 7 angels go in Pour the bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth of the 7 last place begin to be poured out what are the 7 last plagues I want you to think them through with me they're not arbitrary scourges For example let's look at them the 1st plague is loathsome sores that afflict from head to toe that is a physical plague. Why because those who enforce the mark of the beast said unless you take the mark of the beast we are going to physically harm you when to put you in prison you will be tortured ultimate you and ultimately your body will be in pain so God allows a plague to come on the bodies of the ones that wanted to persecute God's people physically what is the 1st point say it's all physical security is in Christ there is no physical security outside of Christ this is why the apostle Paul says in Romans 12 verse one I beseech you therefore brother to present your body as a living sacrifice under God in Christ is our physical security 2nd plague the seed turns to blood what would ever happen if the sea ever turned to provide what would happen over commerce would be stopped remember something as simple as a large ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal recently billions and billions of dollars it was $120000000000.00 or more every single day why because shipping is on the sea lanes the highest oil to take place ship on the sea lanes most of our food is shipped on the sea lanes and so he if the sea and waters have returned to blood it would just disrupt the whole economic system of the world what's a 2nd point say 2nd place says very clearly all economic security is in Christ when they say you cannot buy or sell trust Jesus because he says your bread and water will be sure just like it was fed by Ravens So in these last days of verse history God will provide for us 3rd the waters turned to blood now that's where you get a real key in this 3rd. Says the 3rd angel verse 4 poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water and they became as blood and I heard the angel the water saying you are right just so Lord the one who is and was and is to be who is that Jesus is Jesus was Jesus will be because you have judged these things they have shed the blood of saints and prophets and gave the blood to drink why is it that the waters turn to blood because Scripture says they have passed the death decore to shed the blood of saints and martyrs now look God is not going to allow us to be murdered or killed after the close of probation because it would serve no purpose if there is martyrdom and there will be before the close of probation God will use that to witness to others just like in the Reformation when you look at Huston Jerome and others of the great martyrs of the Reformation their life witness powerfully to others around them the the blood of the martyrs somebody said is the seed of the Gospel the more they are persecuted the more Christianity grows 1st play of physical security is in Christ 2nd plague all economic security is in Christ 3rd playing all our life it is hid with Christ in God cautions 3 verse one and 2 4th play the son scorches men were shipped the Creator the Sabbath many of accepted a false day of worship Sunday the day of the sun and eventually they've turned from the true God and worshipped on a false day that has been enforced by law and let me make it plain nobody receive the mark of the beast until. The 1st day of the week isn't forced by a law which it will be according to The Book of Revelation Chapter 13 there are many sincere Christians right now many genuine Christians many honest Christians who love Jesus Christ who worship on the 1st day of the week we do not pass judgment on those God is leading many of them the Bible says in James 4 verse 17 to him that do with good and do with it not him in his sin God is shining his light on this final generation many Sunday keeping Christians are understanding the truth of the Bible Sabbath understanding the importance of worshipping the creator as outlined in Revelation 14 they are hearing God's call they're responding they're studying these things if you've never studied the subject of the Sabbath before get in touch with us we have resources for you that will help you to understand this subject much more deeply 5th put a darkness on the seat of the beast men and women of look to the beast for a light but Jesus is our only light John 8 verse 12 Jesus is the light of the world and he lights this world through His Word someone 19 verse one of the 5 i word is a lamp under my feet and a light unto my path 5th play there is only light in Christ 1st play of physical security is in Christ 2nd play it all economic security is in Christ 3rd play our all our very life is hit with Christ and God 4th playing Jesus are created or provides us with security as we worship Him all true worship is in Christ 5th put all light and truth are in Christ now 6 playing the river Euphrates strides up what is that talking about the review for. You have to understand the ancient symbolism of Babel and. Babylon in the New Testament spiritual Babylon it represents a confederation of churches that unite together based on error the Bible says in Revelation 17 verse 15 that the waters which you soar are nations people's tongues and kindreds the river Euphrates ran through Babel and giving it its source of water or life so people that have supported the false religious confederation or conglomeration those people have given its support but that support dries up why because the 7 last plagues are being poured out and the beast power said that as he united the world there would be peace but there certainly is no peace and so the 6th Angel pours out his bowl on the great river Euphrates its water dries up so the kings of the East might be prepared who are the kings of the strebel ation Chapter 19 Jesus Christ comes as king of what kings and Lord of War It's Matthew Chapter 16 in Matthew chapter 24 as lightning shines from the east to the west so the kings of the east represent the coming of Jesus Christ in glory and power and majesty to this world as the support system of spiritual Babylon that's trying to unite the world has dried up now look the devil has one more attempt one more vicious attempt what happens he says I saw 3 unclean spirits there are like frogs came out of the mouth of the dragon that saith that's paganism Satan working through pagans the beast that sate working thru the solaces of the beast power and other mouth of the Prophet or that's false religions they're the spirits of demons to perform signs and wonders what the kings of the earth and the whole world to gather them to the battle of the great God Almighty what is happening here as the 7 last plagues are being poured out the support system of ancient spiritual Pavel in this large religious Confederation dries up. As that happens Satan sees the confusion in our world so he works false miracles through paganism through Catholicism through false Protestantism in all these various religions and as these miracles are being worked there is this attempt to unite the world in a one world government for peace safety and security as that takes place you have the final battle of Armageddon what is home again har ghetto har is mountain the ghetto in slaughter so it's the final attempt of Satan with a confederation of evil to destroy God's people but look here at verse 15 Jesus says behold I'm coming as a thief bless it is He who watches and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they say you should. Know Don't miss that you have the 1st point 2nd point 3rd Point 4th point 5th play in the 6 Play it says behold I'm coming as a thief what sense would it make for Jesus to say I'm coming as a thief after 5 plagues and poured out during the 6 point if he had come as a thief at the beginning of the placement remember we read in Revelation 15 verse 8 nobody can enter the temple until when 7 last plagues report out so Jesus says I'm coming as a thief after the plagues and what is he in admonishes people to do during the plagues bless it it is He who watches in other words keep alert I'm coming. And keeps his garments What's it mean to keep his garments the garments of character keep them on soil to keep them unspotted keep them on blemish hang on by faith notice this thief image in the Bible in the book of Peter there are many people that have the idea that this thief image indicates that Christ is coming secretly or silently not at all oh in Scripture if you look for example at the book of Peter 2nd Peter chapter 3 the Bible describes exactly what this thief image is all about 2nd Peter chapter 3 and we're looking there at chapter 3 in verse 10 but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat both the Earth and the works that are there in all be burned up Therefore since all these things will be dissolved what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness so when Christ comes as a thief it's with a great noise when it comes to the thief it is not that he's coming secretly or silently but he's coming quickly rapidly unexpectedly to this world that's what Paul meant in 1st Estonians for when he says the word I'm so sure descend from heaven with a shout not silent with a shout with the voice of the archangel the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise 1st we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air so when does that happen at the end of the plagues is when we are so called caught up or rapture we see Christ coming in the clouds of glory he comes in Revelation one verse 7 every Ah I will see you we see him coming in the clouds ago and we see him coming in the clouds and majesty. The wicked in this confederation of evil about ready to rush upon the righteous and what happens in the 7th play Hail stones fall from heaven the armies of the wicked are destroyed Jesus comes as King of Kings and Lord of Lords the wicked are consumed with the brightness of His coming and we're caught up to meet Christ in the air throughout those 7 last plagues God gives us some amazing wonderful promises here is the promise of some 91 what will take place for God's people during these. Need we have hearts filled with fear because we are going to experience these issues in the last days. If you look where they are looking you will fear their fear we are not looking at the beast power we are looking at Jesus we are not looking at a time of trouble we're looking in a time of Deliverance we're not looking at 7 last plagues we're looking at not the plagues but the promises of God Some 91 he who dwells in the secret place of the most I shall abide in the shadow of the or Mighty I will say of the Lord He is my refuge in my fortress in him I'll trust he will deliver you from the snare of the follower from the perilous pestilence see this is playing the language he will deliver you from the snare of the foul what's the snare the foul followers who can't use birds What's a snare a trap so Satan wants to trap us with deception but knowing the truth living the truth loving the truth Jesus is going to deliver us from that snare from the perilous pestilence What's the pestilence it's these scores that afflict people and under his wings you shall take refuge the truth shall be your shield and bucket you won't be afraid of the terror by night was this Tara by night it is the darkness that covers this earth went terribly night nor the arrow that flies by day when they try to persecute pestilence that walks in darkness the destruction noonday listen 1st 7 a 1000 shell fall at your side but 10000 at your right hand but it shall not come nigh you only with your eyes you show look and behold the reward of the wicked because you've made the Lord your my refuge even the most high your dwelling place no evil Shelby for you no plague shall come nigh your dwelling he'll give us a in joules charge over you to keep you in all your ways Jesus says to you my child. Trust me my child have confidence in me my child know that I'll shield you during the play know that I am your refuge no that you can abide under the shadow of my wings many years ago I did Australia there was. A man who lived on the edge of the forest he worked in the lumber industry and one day he let went out to to chop with his axe and this was many years ago and as he was chopping out there in the woods he looked back he saw smoke and the smoke was coming from his house he ran back but it was too late the house was burned his chicken barn was burned and he saw those dead chickens over the ground and he was so disheartened that he walked over he saw a dead mother hen and I kicked that hand it up it all charred and burned and out from under that Mother Hen there are 3 little chicks little yellow and chicks that red tweeting they began to think. You you protected those chicks and you going to be with me in the Great time of trouble the plagues are poor doubt the one who died on the cross for us the one who gave his life for us the one for whom we are very precious that one will protect us just when I need Him Jesus is near just when I falter just when I fear just when I need him most you may need him today you may be through going through your time of trouble today and Jesus is there reaching out to you in the future we will look back on the lessons of faith that he's taught us today and thank him for these lessons of trust the great deliverance day is coming. And we can praise God one day will look up and see him coming in the clouds of heaven and rejoice the trials the suffering the heartache the pain the sickness that is. And death are over until that day we keep trusting that's for a father in heaven thank you so much that there is nothing that will happen in this world that will surprise you thank you for these prophecies in Revelation 1415 and 16 that will make an eternal difference in our understanding of truth keep us faithful to you keep us faithful to your truth keep us obeying your word keep us trust in your power today always and in the days ahead in Christ name. 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 verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a visit w w w audio verse or.

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