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08 God’s Faithfulness Through the 7 Last Plagues

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • May 8, 2021
    3:00 PM
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This morning to start our time together, i'm going to talk very briefly of the dangers of an avalanche. You don't hear about that as much today. It kind of is something that you would hear a lot about in books as people were traveling across the mountains and so on. And it could be a significant danger. And if you're still traveling through mountains and have to go over certain path, is it still can be a danger. And for those you that like to go skiing out in Colorado, it's not uncommon. In fact, it's quite likely as you're getting to the top of lifts and, and so on, especially early in the day. And before I even open the lift, you'll hear the blast kaboom. And all the sudden they'll be an avalanche that is control to try and get it before it goes to the point that it's danger. So they try and monitor and manage all that. Some places in Colorado now they're actually mounting what looks like a spaceship. Type of a thing about the size of an outhouse, but it looks like a spaceship on a pole and every so often they can just trigger that thing and do a big explosion. Boom. And nobody has to be nearby, can be safer in all of them. But to be caught in an avalanche, i imagine would be a rather scary thing to say. The least. I borrowed this video of an individual that snowboarding and you might see here that right about there, everything starts to just break on down the hill and look at how quickly those trees are going past. And the danger of an avalanche is not so much the slide. I suppose it can be if you're going over a ledge where you hit a tree. But it's that you will get buried under the snow. And as you get buried and you know, the weight of the snow can make, you have to exhale and you can't get new breath and so people suffocate down below. And sometimes not even very far below the surface of the snow. This video is actually of an individual, his name is Tom boy. He was caught in this avalanche doing some extreme snowboarding in 2017. And it was fortunate for him that before this took place, and before this happened, he was given an early birthday present 3 weeks before this very incident that we just watched. And it was something that looks like this. And you may not be familiar that something like this even exists. It's called an avalanche airbag. What is an avalanche airbag? Well, it's basically a small backpack. There's a few different ones. Pictures here. And what you will have is that you have this little air canister inside. And so when you pull the lever, whether you bound on your right shoulder on your left, whether your right or left hand is when you pull that lever, this airbag inflator very quickly. And keeps you basically at the top of what is very similar to a raging river and keeps you from getting buried. And they say that your chances of survival then increased by 50 percent. This individual that we just saw, pictured had one of these devices, pulled the lever and was o K. Here is another individual that is snowboarding, and you'll see again that right about now there's the break. And he's trying to stay on top and surf if you will, this big slide. But he loses control somewhere in there and gets caught up in the sweep and the current. He pulled his avalanche airbag and you can sort of see the orange there as it keeps him on the top. Instead of getting buried. And there is a survivor. You know, we've been going through the series entitled final events. And we've been hitting a lot of different topics in this series. You'll see many of them there. The time, prophetic catalyst, the bomb nation and desolation. The 4 stages of the sunday law, the new world order the little time and trouble. The latter rain and loud cry, the death decree. And today's peace is jacob's time of trouble. And then we still have 2 more pieces yet to come. God, people delivered. And then the 2nd coming. But as we continue on in these events, all right, is my title up there just yet. The title for today is god's faithfulness through the 7 last plagues. We are told that this will be the most trine of times in the history of this planet. And oftentimes we think that events are worse in anticipation than in reality. But we are told to the pen of inspiration that when it comes to the 7 last legs, this will not be the case. And I imagine you may feel something like an avalanche when what you thought was solid beneath you gives way and you find yourself tumbling down the mountain, high rate of speed out of control and thinking this will certainly in, in death. But I want to say just on the outset here, if I can give you a spoiler alert, if anybody here has blood pressure rising, let me just remind you that during the 7 last play, gods people will be protected. They will have, if you will, the avalanche airbag they will have a faith that brings and carries them through this time that keeps them above if you will. What a psalm 91 say, and thank you, matthew for going through that with a psalm 91 versus 9 and 10 because you have made the Lord who is my refuge is the your refuge even the most high, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any. What's the word play come near your dwelling. Friends, that's good news. Our faith in jesus christ alone will keep us afloat during the scary time. Ahead. You may recall just like the plague, egypt, they were protected by the blood of the lamb, just like to plague needs that we will be protected by the blood of the lamb. A man just like the 3 hebrews in the book of daniel, they were not preserved from the fire, but god was with them. Where in the midst of the fire. And so just a little review here, we have the phases of the sunday law that began and I put a line there and that will be the cad list that starts this domino effect in the event will be rapid ones. We can put the close of probation up there and draw that line followed by the 2nd coming, and we'll draw that line. And we've been in unpacking a little bit in this series. What takes place in between. We have this little time of trouble. And if you Miss that, you can go back and grab that sermon and today is jacob's time of trouble. And you will notice that in the little time of trouble, we have for sunday worship, we have the call to lead the cities market. The beef is received, we cannot buy or sell. There's the death decree. And then there's the latter rain, the loud cry, the ceiling of 144000 the blind fan, and the judgment of the living. Then we have michael, stand up and we'll see that again today. Meaning he is standing up from his roll of intercessor in the most holy place, and that is a closer probation. And then we enter into jacob's time of trouble, which is also the 7 last leg where the saints suffer, but do not perish during the plagues and is worldwide devastation by satan. And also the idea of arm again. And so we have seen all of that. And we have talked about much of that. And so as we enter into this piece where we're going to unfold a little more fully this time of jacobs, trouble. I want to begin with the 3 angels methods. Revelation 14 for 6 and 7. You know, these versus well then 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, tribe, tongue, and people. Friends, the gospel is everlasting, to go to the entire world and that is what god has called us to do and continue saying with a loud voice: fear god, this is not with trembling, but give him honor. Give him priority, give him place in your life. Fear him respect him, give him homage, fear god, and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea, and the springs of waters. This very language takes us back if you will, to the garden of eden to him being the creator of all things. The language also reminds us to worship him who made and at the end of that creation week, we have the sabbath. And so it's called to remember our creator and the sabbath. Then if we skipped down to the 3rd angel, and verse 9 and chapter 14, then a 3rd angel followed them saying the loud voice. If anyone worships the beast image and receive his mark on his forehead or on his hand. And so we have the worship of the creator versus the worshiping of the beast. We have the seal of god versus the Mark of the beast. And we spent a fair amount of time unpacking all of this, and the Mark of the beast is received when sunday worship is forced when we are forced to honor this day, this image, this replica of the genuine. But it's not the genuine. And when they say you have to go along or else and people just go along, then it's forced, and it's the Mark of the beast. And so it says, if anyone worships the beast and his image and receive his mark on his forehead, or on his hand, me what he thinks and what he does, he himself also drink of the wine of the wrath of god. So the simple question, and we want to ask this morning is what is the wrath of god? Well, the bible gives us that answer to just the next chapter over revelation 15 verse one, not too many verses away. And then I saw another sign in heaven. Great and marvelous 7 angels having the 7 last plague for in them the wrath of god is complete. So the wrath of god, spoken of in the 3rd angels message, is the 7 last plagues, or sometimes referred to it as jacob's time of trouble. And he might be wondering at this point, well, what is this wrath of god? god's wrath is not his anger at sinners. God love sinners. He died for sinners while you and I were yet sinners, christ died for us. For me. No, the wrath of god is not his anger centers. Rather it is his judgment upon sin It is the call for justice. Do we hear that call to day for justice and when his justice served truly, i believe it's in these moments when the god of the universe that can read our hearts and our minds and know our motives and what's behind what we do and don't do. And all of these things And sometimes we think that we need to be the one to set everything straight and there's a time and a place for that. But ultimately, god's going to have the last word i will judge declares the Lord. And so during the 7 last legs, guy withdraws his protective hand and all of the hellish forces break loose. I wouldn't mind if bible thought that I would be secretly raptured before any of this happened. I wouldn't argue with that, except that's not what we have here in the scriptures. But the good news is we also have a god that doesn't leave us during that time. But he goes through this with us. The 7 last plagues of the awesome result of a world separating from god and a planet in rebellion. Sadly, today, many are not concerned with the 7 last plagues. In fact, I imagine a survey on the street. No one would really be nervous, no, be losing sleep over it. The fact in inspired writings, it says it's an early writing page, $64.00, then I saw that the 7 last legs were soon to be poured out upon those who have no shelter. Meaning who is the shelf in the time a storm? Jesus christ. Yet the world regarded them. The 7 last flag, no more than they would so many drops of water that were about to fall. I was then made capable of enduring the awful sight of the 7 last legs, the wrath of god in heaven. The world would be as though they had never been or would suffer from the incurable sores and withering plagues that would come upon them. And they would find no deliverance but be destroyed by them. And then she writes, and rather vulnerable way. Terror seized me, and I fell upon my face before the angel, and begged him to cause the site to be removed to hide it from me for it was too dreadful. The closest i can imagine is to say, turn the TV off. I don't want to see that is too much. It's too terrible. It's too awful. Then I realized as never before the importance of searching the word of god carefully to know how to escape the Play that the word declares shall come on the ungodly. Who shall, where's the beef is image and receive his mark in their forehead or in their hands. There was a great wonder for me that any could transgress the law of god and tread down his holy sabbath when such awful threatened and denounced the ations war against them. Do you feel the weight of that statement? She's saying, I can't fathom. I can't understand why would people turn their backs on to the most precious gifts? The law of god and his holy sabbath? Why would they turn? I guess this happens in the law, but why would they turn their backs on these precious gifts that god has given to his people? They're not hard, they're not difficult. They're in our best interest and for our best good, he gives us the power to obey them. Why would people be so staunchly opposed? And would rather say, yeah, I'll take my chances. Bring on the 7 last plagues. So again, when does this take place? Going back to our chart, we have the close of probation there in the middle, and then we have jacob's time of trouble right in there. We have the 7 last plagues. And you might say, well, how do we know that? Well, we kind of already study this a little bit, but in the last verses of daniel 11 is one place. There's many places i suppose we could go. But we see the loud cry message come out of babylon. And that infuriates paypal rome he takes in response to that. He's trying to figure out a way to destroy god's people. And there's this death decree and that's what we looked at last time. And then directly following that. And daniel chapter 12 verse one, michael stands up, and that is the close of probation, and we can read the verses up, put them on the screen. Daniel chapter 12 or one at that time. Michael, another name for jesus or christ, shall stand up. The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people, and there shall be a time of trouble such as what never was since there was a nation even to that time. And at that time, your people shall be deliver everyone who has found where written in the book. And this is the book of life. I want my name there, you want your name there. But we are again, given this beautiful promise that we will be protected through jacob's time of trouble. Because we have god's seal, the seal of the living. God. That's what the end of the world. As people, rome try to set its mark of authority by advocating the worship of sunday gods. People will demonstrate his seal of authority by proclaiming the truth of the 7th day sabbath to the world. And these words that come from the most holy place at that time, and the heavenly sanctuary says he who is unjust. Let him be unjust. Still he who is filthy. Let him be filthy, still he who is righteous, let him be righteous, still he who is holy. That would be wholly still and that is the close of probation when michael stands up in response to this death degree and probation closes for the world. And so at this point in time, all cases have been decided. All those that are right just will remain righteous. How do you know god? I know their heart. I know where they are. I know their faith and I placed my seal upon them. Can you prove it? Just wait. And in all those who are wicked will remain wicked. How do you know god? How do you know that when the plagues don't start to fall, it'll be like the atheist in the foxhole and they'll say, lord, have mercy on me, save me a sinner. Because many have the picture of god up there and he's then I'm sorry, too late. Probation is close to late but that's not the picture of god. The picture of god is that he knows when everyone has made a decision in their minds in their hearts and they're not changing their decision. Have you ever made a decision and you're done? You said I've weighed the evidence. I've looked at this issue long enough. I've heard both sides. I'm making a decision and I'm done To close the probation and jesus knows. And so we have the seal of god and we have the Mark of the beast. How do you know they won't change your mind? Just wait and see. Here's another quote from Life sketches 116 and I saw that jesus would not leave the most holy place until every case was decided either for salvation or destruction. And that the wrath of god could not come until the views had finished his work. In the most holy place laid off his priestly attire and close himself with the garments of vengeance or judgment. And so he's not going to leave until everybody makes a decision one way or the other. And then he stands up. I just imagine a court of law and all a sudden the judge stands up. What does that mean? We're done here. He stands up and walks at mail stands up. Ok, i guess we're done. And so when jesus or michael stands up in the most totally place, it's the close of probation. So again, of every case has been decided, why do we need the 7 last play? Well, I hope you'll see as this unfold because a 7 glass plagues show a waiting world and a watching universe that god's children will be faithful no matter what and that the wicked will not repent, no matter what it's of indication of god's character. The vindication of god's judgment is the proof that everything that the be said they could deliver, they cannot deliver. And so here, justice is served Until let's look at the message of the plagues. In revelation chapter 16, we're going to read those. I'm not going to put all of revelations 16 on the screen for you because I think there's something valuable about seeing it in your bible that just up on the screen or that in my bible to I want you to check it out and see for yourself but we're going to see that god is not punished just for the sake of punishing. We'll see that they're not random plagues. We will see more clearly the purpose of god in these plagues and how much they teach us about jesus. And so to begin, we're in revelation chapter 16 versus one and 2. As we look on the 7 last plagues. Revelation chapter 16 verse 19, her loud voice from the temple saying to the 7 angels, where's the voice coming from? The temple michael is just stood up and he says, go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of god on the earth. And silver's to the 1st, went and poured out his ball upon the earth and a fowl. And lo, some sore came upon the men who had the Mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Have you ever seen a boil or a sore? I remember when I was a student missionary, several in our group, and I have my theories as to why, but I'm not going to share them here. But I remember one of my friends got a boyle about this big on the side of his body. This was not a pleasant occurrence by any means. It was painful, it was tender, it would kind of sort of cover over and then it would have pressure and then it would need to be pops. And then it would. Anybody grossed out yet. That was one. He'd run out of clean laundry and want to come borrow mine and say, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. And so here we have in verse to 1st went out and for his bull upon the earth and foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the Mark of the beast and those who worship the image. So who did the sor fall upon those who had the Mark of the beast? So I suppose we get asked this other question, who did not fall upon Those that don't have the Mark of the beast. Inversely those that have the seal of god to which I say praise the Lord to plague number one foul and evil source like a boil. And again, I want to emphasize this simple question along these lines. What did those that enforce the Mark of the beast, say? Meaning before the closer probation where all this pressure, pressure, pressure, push, push, push. What did they say to enforce the Mark of the beast and persuade people to receive the Mark of the beast? I imagine they said something very much like if you receive the Mark of the beast, you will be given physical security. You don't want to suffer pain, right? You don't want to be persecuted, right? You don't want to go through all of that. Here's an easy way out, just received the Mark of the beast. And in those moments i imagine it will be very tempting to say, is it really worth all of this? Is this even true? What it says do I really want to put myself through all of that? But here in this 1st plague, it's not arbitrary, it's saying that the physical affliction rather being protected from that. Those enforced the Mark of the beef can't deliver on what they say will give you physical security. If you accept the Mark of the beast that's man's message. But we find rather that all physical security is in christ. That's god's message. All physical security is in christ man says if you go along with us, we can promise you physical security. But the irony is they cannot deliver on their promise. And now they're covered in boyles. Friends, all physical security is in christ. So I'm 4612, god is our refuge and straight a very present help when in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed almost sounds like an avalanche, and though the mountains be carried in the midst of the sea gods going to be my refuge. Sometimes people ask this question, are these plagues universal welfare of prophecy helps us out without in great controversy? 628. These flags are not universal. She right or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off. Have mercy yet they will be the most awful scores is that have ever been known to mortals, all the judgments upon men, prior to the close of probation, have been mingled with mercy. But if we continue on the plane of blood of christ has healed the sinner from their receiving the full measure of his guilt. But in the final judgment, wrath is poured out unmixed without mercy. Well, that doesn't seem very nice folks. They had opportunities to receive and respond to the mercy of god over and over and over again. And response that they have given over and over and over again is thanks, but no thanks. I don't need you. I don't need your gospel, i don't need your scripture, tx, you're a bunch of fanatics anyway, leave me alone. And it's here in this final judgment, that god's mercy, even in part, is pulled back. And he says, have your way, I'll leave me alone. Plague number 2, verse 3, a revelation 16 in the 2nd angel poured out his ball on the sea and it became blood as a dead man and every living creature in the sea died. And so we can add this to our list. Number to the sea becomes like blood and everything in the sea dies. Friend, let me ask you, what's this going to do to shipping? What's going to do the economy? Do we have a test run of this? I can't believe it's been all way back in April 20 of 2010. The deep water horizon oil rig explosion. Remember that for 87 days, nearly 200000000 gallons of oil poured into the Gulf of mexico. So that looks kind of pretty. You can hardly see it, you remember the impact it had on shipping in this country, on gas prices, on supply and demand. And yet that was one relatively tiny gulf. What would that do if it engulfed the planet? Well, maybe it's not universal. Why? Because otherwise, no one would survive. Let me ask you this. When there was pressure to receive the Mark of the beast, what did the people say? If he received the Mark of the beast, it will enable you to buy and sell. So man's message, if you accept the Mark of the beast, you will enjoy economic security. But christ message is all economics. Security is in christ. Again, all the things they promise they can deliver, but god gives promises. He says your bread will be given him, his water will be sure. Isaiah 3360. Just like god cared for lodge in the wilderness. When the ravens fed him, our bread and water will be sure. Does that mean ravens will bring us the bread? Maybe I don't know, will amino be like, man in the wilderness? Maybe I don't know. But the irony is those that they were were trying to preserve their temporal lives by receiving the Mark of the beast soon. Find out this very basic principle that jesus taught us and Matthew, 1625 for whoever desires to save his life, will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it. So plague number 3 says then where began inverse for now. Then the 3rd angel poured out his bowl and the rivers and springs of war and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying you are righteous, the Lord, the one who is and who was and who is to be because you have judged these things for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets and you have given them blood to drink for it is there just do now I heard another from the altar saying even so lord, God, almighty, true and righteous are your judgments. And so in the 3rd place, the source of life becomes unusable. Water can't drink it and fill the magnitude of the crisis for the wicked, truly escalades in this plague. And part of the reason why is in verse 6 for they have shared the blood of saints and martyrs. Remember before the close of probation, there will be martyrdom, but not after. Why? Because we're not playthings of the devil. The only reason they will be martyrdom before the cause of probation, because the faith of christian wires will encourage some court judge some jury, some onlooker to accept the gospel, and God will allow life to be taken only when it's going to promote the gospel for someone else we're not just play things with the devil. But during the plagues, the devil cannot take our life. Our life is hid in christ if we are committed to christ. And furthermore, was god giving blood to the wicked to drink. Because this beast power has shed the blood of saints and prophets and murdered innocent saints and prophets in such a heinous way that the angel says the wicked, that they are worthy to drink blood. He go back and study the seal, the revelation we haven't covered out in the series, but during the 5th feel, the souls are under the altar and they're crying out and asking, how long do you remember that? How long will it be until god would judge and avenge our blood? They say it's in revelation, chapter $69.00 to $11.00, millions upon millions of the writers died during the 1260 years of paypal persecution. Many more will be mortar during that early time of trial, before the close of probation, and their blood is crying out figuratively how long. And his judgment has come, that time has come and he pays the wicked for their evil. And so we add that to the list. We have source, these turned the blood rivers, turn to blood man's message, take the Mark of the beast and you'll preserve your life. But the message of the 3rd plague is all of our life is in christ. All our life is hidden, christ if we are committed to christ, play number 4. When verse 8, it says in the 4th angel poured out his ball on the sun, and the power was given to him to scorch men with fire and mineral scorch with great heat, and they blasting the name of god who has power over these plague. And they did not repent and give him glory here god uses the son, which he created as an instrument of punishment towards those who worship it. Despite the teachings of scripture, that says very clearly that we should only on the 7th day sabbath as the true day. Yet notice the stubbornness of the wicked here and verse 9. How many plagues 4 have already passed, but do we see them changing their minds? Do we see repentance? Do we see lord, have mercy on us? No. Rather, they blasphemed the name of god, who has power over these plagues and they did not repent. And they did not give him glory. Even the judgments of god will not change their minds. Why was that the close of probation god because I already know. I know where people's hearts lie. Prove it. He says okay. So we have the scorching sun for manner scorched with the sun. And what is the object of this controversy? worship? Rather than worshipping the creator on the sabbath, the memorial creation, they have passed some kind of a law, a Sunday law. What they didn't realize was that the object of the law they just passed has been an object of pagan worship. Down through the ages. Egyptians worshipped the son in m ra babylonians, worse if the son in belmore duke persians, worshipped the son and meth. Right. Ism romans worship, the invincible son. God. That which has been the object of worship, knowingly, now scorches men and causes them pain. So implied number 4 mans message, all must worship on the day of the sun. And what is the hidden message of the 4th plague? All true worship is in christ more from some 91. The beautiful thumb he who dwells in the secret place of the most ty syllabi under the wings of the almighty. I will say the Lord, he is my refuge in my fortress, my God. In him, I will trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the flower and from the perilous pestilence to beautiful song. So in summary, the 1st play called us to give him our bodies. Our physical security is in christ. The 2nd play calls us to give him our money. Our economic security is in christ. The 3rd leg calls us to give him our whole life. How only in christ we can find true genuine life. The 4th play calls us to give him all of our worship and the affections of our hearts because all true worship is where in christ. These aren't arbitrary plagues. When we get to the 5th leg, 1st 10 and the 5th angel poured out his ball on the throne of the beast. And his kingdom became full of darkness. And they nod their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the god of heaven because of their pains and their sores and did not repent of their deeds. There we see it again. And so the 5th plague is specifically poured out. Where does it say on the seed of the beast? And as a result, the kingdom of the beast becomes full of darkness. Friends, the beast is the power in which the dragon gave his power seat and authority. And revelation 13 to we know it to be the roman catholic church, the vatican, the power, the entity, if you will, that has influence all around the globe and they have looked to the beast for light even today. What is the papacy had to say makes the news? One of the methodist had to say where the baptists have to say, I don't know. I haven't heard. So they look to the beast for light. But now there is only thick dense darkness. This entity that for so long has been leading the charge. Somehow, there is a darkness surrounding this power and the world takes notice and it feel so ominous and so eerie. Maybe there's even cold that goes along with this darkness. I don't know. But people start to put 2 and 2 together, all these things. They said they could promise they haven't been able to deliver. And now we have this darkness covering it seems to me that we've been duped. What did jesus say? And johnny verse 12? I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. What about some 119 verse one, o 5, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The reality in this plague is that all light is only in christ. Jesus is the light. Jesus is the truth. So man's message, we are the source of light, were the source of true. We can change it. We have the authority. And god's message is all true. Light is where in christ, all truth is where in christ and so in case you missed it, even in the 7 last plagues, jesus is at the center of every part In christ. We are secure, we are sheltered, we are safe until we have sores see turns to blood rivers turned the blood scorching sun. We have darkness. Now get to play number 6. Hang on this where it gets a little bit more challenging. But for all that we've done, this won't be a problem. Revelation chapter 16 verse 12. Then the 6th angel poured out his ball on the great river euphrates. And its water was dried up so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw 3 unclean spirits, like frogs coming up out of the mouth of the dragon. Now the mouth of the beast. Now the mouth of the false prophet for their spirits of demons, performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth, into the whole world and gather into the battle of the great day of god almighty. And skipping down in verse 16 and they gathered together to the place called hebrew arm again. What is this talking about? Well, this is a hinge point if you will, in these plague, while the 1st 5 plagues are describing things in literal language. There is a transition that we don't want to Miss in this 6 plague because the hand is now that is going to symbolic language in the 6 play. You say, well how do you know that? Well, let's just look at the things that mentions river euphrates, the kings of the east, the 3 unclean spirits like frogs. There is a dragon, a beast, and a false prophet. We've seen them once before. Ready or several times. We have the battle of arm again. All of these are symbols used to portray literal powers and events. The language just offers that to us. And then they're in the middle views pronounced as a blessing to those who watch and keep their garments. The garment is also a symbol, is it not? So let's say we can go through and decode the, let's go back diverse 12 again. It says then the 6 angel poured out his ball on the great river euphrates and its waters dried up. Let's think about this for a 2nd. The great river euphrates flowed through ancient babylon. It was the source of life and power and beauty from allen. It's no different today. You go camping. Where's the water? If there is no water, we're going to find a different campsite. You also remember the story of how cyrus of persia work to divert the flow of the river euphrates from babylon, and so the drying of the great river euphrates. In 539, b. C, led to the destruction of ancient babylon. And so here the great river euphrates is drying up again. But this path is not referring to some literal river that flows to modern day iraq in the land of ancient babylon, rather the great river euphrates and revelations. 1612 represents the source of life and support for modern babylon. Revelation 1715 says that the waters where the harlot a valid city represents peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. That's what the waters represent. And so when it is dry up, the support of the people is drying up those that went along and received the Mark of the beast. And now there are the recipients of the plague, and they see that though they didn't receive the markets, are not the recipients of the plagues. And they see the darkness and all these other things. And they're saying we're not by in this anymore. All these things you promise you can deliver and so the support of babylon dries up when the territory, the vatican in his kingdom, is effected and by intense darkness and so on. It's clear that god is judging the beast power, and the support drives up. So for continuing on and for taking notes, it says then the 6th angel poured out his ball on the great river euphrates and its water dried up so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. Who are the kings from the east? Well before it was daria's and cyrus the king's to the east of babylon and meet persia. But now that kings from the east represent christ that king of kings and lord of lords and the father who is one with christ. Therefore, it's plural, kings from the east. And babylon is this 3 fold. Union of spiritualism, the papacy, and a past due process in America. Revelation 32 and one. Where does it talk about jesus and God as king to him overcomes? And we can look at several others. I just put one in here. I will grant him to sit with me on my throne. That's jesus. As I also overcame and sat down with my father on his throne, what does it mean to sit on your throne? It means you are a king. So the way the kings of the east might be prepared represents the 2nd coming of christ. Notices and Matthew 2427, for as the lightning comes from the where east and flashes to the west. So also will the coming of the son of man be so because of the plagues, the Mark of the beast, the source, the water turning to blood, the source of life, the darkness, the support is dry up and preparing the way for jesus to come to the 6 angle poured out his bowl verse 12 on the great review phrase in his waters dried up said the way the kings from the east might be prepared. But then verse 13 response to all this is a devil. Just going to lay down. Is he going to surrender his stories are going to say, got me. I'm done now. And so here's a response. I saw 3 unclean spirits like frogs. Why frogs. If you recall the plagues in egypt, pharaoh's magicians were able to replicate some of them. The rod to a snake, we can do that to the water to blood. We can do that to the frogs. Yeah, we can do that too. But notice after the frogs, they can't replicate any of the plagues. You could say that the frogs were the very last plague that they could duplicate, or you could say this way. This was the last deception of those magicians in egypt for their building. One final deception at the close of time the use of frogs shows that this is the very last deception of the devil. Satan will be able to use supernatural manifestation to the see the world prior to the 2nd coming. This is going to be his last her all. And here it comes. And I saw 3 clean spears like frogs coming up out of the mouth of the dragon. How the mouth of the beast now the mouth of the false prophet. That's them. The 3 frogs, these 3, the dragon, the beast, the false province. That's who we're talking about. So now we refer to this as the unholy trinity. The dragon is satan clearly identified in revelation 12 verse 9. That serpent who uses supernatural miracles also known as spiritualism. I mean, who's at the heart of spiritualism anyway? The devil. The beast is spiritual babbling, or the roman catholic church state power. As we saw a clearly defined revelation 13 the 1st 10 versus we could also call the beast coming up out of the sea. And in the false prophet is the prostate prophets in America as receiving revelation, 1311 to 17, or we could call it the beast from the earth. And it's also mentioned revelation 1920. So the 3 powers, this unholy trinity, are working together to cause the world to receive the Mark of the beast. And now, during the plagues, they will not allow this support to dry up without using the same manifestation they use prior to the close of probation to again, to see the entire world one last time we're losing support. This is going to have to be a big one. And so on verse 14 for they are spirits of demons. Performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth and to the whole world to gather them to the battle of that great day of god almighty. The last great battle, the last conflict, this is satan's last stand. And verse 16 is the same idea and they gathered together the place called hebrew arm again, great controversy. 561 says this. Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation of his work was laid by the assurance given to even e, and you shall not surely die in that day. Did you eat thereof that your eyes will be open? You shall be as gods knowing good and evil. First lie still spends it today. Little by little, he has prepared the way for his master piece of deception in the development of spiritualism, he has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs, but it will be read in the last remnant of time. Says the prophet i saw 3 unclean spirits, like frogs. There, the spirits of devils working miracles which go forth into the kings of the earth and the whole world. We just read together to the battle of that great day of god almighty. And then she says is accept those who are kept by the power of god through faith in his word the whole world will be swept into the ranks of this delusion. The people are fast, been lulled to a fatal security to be awakened only by the out pouring of the wrath of god. So just when the plague seemed dried of all support of those who received the Mark of the beast, spirits of demons and devils work, miracles to influence kings of the earth and the whole world because they're so used to what you see is what is reality. You know, is remarkable pathogen. The great controversy. I'm going to show you here in just a moment. We looked at it already in the series and in my timeline, i put it back earlier. I thought that's when it was. But I'm not infallible. Sorry. That's why I had to go back and check it out. I said when I preached on this earlier that, you know, some say this, some say that I side over here. Today I'm going to do politicians are very good at. I'm going to flip flop At the end of the day. You know, that that will have all kinds of deceptions. But I think it's after the close probation, i think it's after that period of time, I think it's within the 7 last legs that satan does personal christ before I thought would sense, would that make could not do it before the close of probation who are going to fool, but somehow the devil still thinks that if he can for god's people then he can still be successful in the great controversy. And so he puts it on the line. Why do I think that largely from this quote from sphere prophecy? What if it is before I'm ok, but here's why. I've changed my mind. Here's the basses. And I didn't notice this before because it's not in quotes. Anybody who reads bear property before knows that she called scripture all the time. And sometimes he tells us he's doing it and sometimes he just does it. This is one of those times. It says, the spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world. Do you know where she is quoting? We just read it, then we is right here in the 6 flag, this unholy trinity spirits of devils. They go forth to the kings of the earth and the whole world to fasten them in deception and urge them to unite with satan and his last struggle against the government of heaven. But these agencies, rulers, and subjects will be alike deceived. To quote and relish $1614.00 there at the top and what follows. Persons will arise pretending to be christ himself and claiming the tile and worship which belong to the world's redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing that will profess to have revelations from heaven contradict the testimony of the scripture. All of this happening within the 6 play and then it says as the crown inactive, the great drama of deception. Satan himself will person 8 christ, and that's what we read before the church, as long professed to look to the saviors avenue, the culmination of our hopes. Now, the great deceiver will make it appear that christ has come. If we are living through the plagues. And yes, we're being preserved through the plague. That doesn't mean we're not still feeling some of the effects of the plagues, but god is still has his protective hand over it. But we're still in desperation. We're saying god, where are you? And the hope that we are clinging to is that jesus will come and he will rescue us in our 11th hour. And so we're looking and we're hoping now we're hoping and we're looking. And now peyton says, now's my time. They're more vulnerable now than have been all along thus far. In different parts of the satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness resembling the description of the son of god given by john and revelation. And people say, see the glory that surrounds him. His answer passed by anything that more lies have yet beheld the shout of try. Rings out upon the air, christ says, come, christ has come. All the sudden the troops get rallied again. The people prostrate themselves now to ration before him, why lift up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them as christ blessed as disciples. When he was upon the earth, his voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody in gentle compassionate tone. He presents some of the same gracious heavenly truth, but to save your utter truth, not our fault. He's quoting scripture, pastor, he heel the disease of the people, and then is assume character of christ. He claims to change the sabbath to sunday and commands all how the day which he has blessed. He declared that those who persist in keeping holy the 7th day are blasting his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. And so all the support is drawn up. But when this strikes, yes, we're back in this. I knew we couldn't be wrong, and this is the strong, almost over mastering delusion like this samaritans who just for to see by simon mag the multitudes from the lease to the greatest give heed to the sorcery saying this is the great power of god. But the people of god will not be misled. Why probations, already closed. God already knows the minds and hearts that are committed to him. And so he's already put a seal upon them. And those that have not chosen his seal, received the Mark of the beast. And so all the way through the 7 last pegs it's revealed that god knows that god is just and so the people of god will not be misled. The teachers of this false christ are not in accordance with the scriptures and they see it. Why it must mean that they know the scriptures. His referring to false christ, his blessing is pronounced upon the worshippers of the beast in his image. The very class upon whom the bible declares the gods and mingled rash shall be poured out. Again, this is plague language. And so in trying to correct a little bit here I told you and phase for were they enforced the death, the cree. I had, let's see, state and personal crisis. Second one down. I'm just going to do a little something some there we go. I'm going to put it down there. If you want to leave it up top, that's ok. But I think it rightfully is placed at the bottom. The reality is, the devil is going to deceive at every step of the way with the best he's got. And the reality also is it's not knowing the sequence as much as it is knowing jesus and his word. But I keep going, I think even through these plagues, this verse will hold true, hears the patience of the saint. Here are those who keep the commandments of god and the faith of jesus. But then there's one more piece we skipped over verse 15 and it's inserted right here in the middle of this final battle. And we need to read it. It says they're behold, i am coming future, it would make a lot of sense to say, behold, i already came, no one to says, behold, i am coming as a thief. Bless it is he who watches and keeps his garments less. He was naked and they see his shame. Here's the reminder. Jesus is coming the reminder that jesus will be our ultimate deliverance. I am coming. What sense would it make for you to say that I'm coming if he's already raptured his people before the Play? That doesn't and how is he coming? What says as a thief and they like to use that to see the thief? No one's going to be, you know, driving down the road, one's going to take one's gonna be left in the airplane and all the rest. And they take that one passes and they make a whole theology out of it. Let's look at this thief idea. When it comes to jesus coming, matthew 244-2244. It says watch. Therefore for you do not know what our your lord is coming. But no, this is a master. The house had known what our the thief would come. He would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready for the son of man has come in an hour. You do not expect. This verse refers to a thief, but it has nothing to do with it. Being a secret rapture, it's all about the time. In the event. I heard a story. I don't know if it's true of an organist who used to play the opening him and then because they're preacher, priestess long term. As I know you can't relate, they would go home. The organist would take notice he's playing an opening him with here. Okay. And then she go over to maybe go and coco's house and robin blind. And then she come back and play the closing him. Where were you on the day of May 8. Well, I couldn't have done it. I was in church. I'm in the bulletin that the cocos were known at what our they probably would have stayed home and watched the organist have to be quiet. Probably not if they live way out in the boondocks, they can be as loud as they want to blow up the front door with t N T, no matter the issues. Timing, here's another one 1st. Definitely in 52 to 4 for you yourself. Know perfectly the day of the Lord is coming as a thief in the night, for when they say peace and safety, then suddenly destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness so that this day should overtake you as a thief. Again, this verse is not about it being secret, it's rather focus on timing of the event. Here's another one. Revelation 3 verse 3. Remember, therefore, how you have received and heard hold fast re pen. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what our i will come upon you. Again, not a secret event. This is focused on the timing of the event. And this one even talks about the noise. Second, peter 310. But the day the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with great noise. I think you're going to hear it and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Oh, but somehow I missed it. No. It's not a secret style rapture. The point is a thief comes at a time when you do not expect. Because if you knew exactly when they were coming, you'd be ready. Friends, he is going to come at a moment. The world is not expecting. So he tells us we need to watch the hang in there. That's what he's saying in this little verse here. Hang in there, I'm coming right before this last battle, the battle of arm again. And what is this battle of armageddon? inverse 16. It's mean is derived from 2 parts of hebrew, har, mountain, and mcgee. T O is likely front, the agency of israel name the guido mosquito itself is on a plane, but the mountain next to it is mount carmel. So really, the mountains of the guido is mount carmel. You recall another final showdown on mount carmel between christ and satan. And here one last time the kings of the earth in the whole world gathered together in a war against this almighty god. And so we can put armageddon, their phone number 6. But notice number 7. I want to talk about this more next time. Because in the 7th play that we see, well, just read it verse 17. The 7th angel poured out his ball into the year. Loud voice came out of the temple of heaven from the throne, saying it is done 1st 18. And there were noises and thundering and lightning, and there was a great earthquake such a mighty and great earthquake, as had not occurred since men were on the earth. First 20 than every island fled away, and mountains were not found. A great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hail stone about the weight of a talent. Friends. This idea that it is done is jesus coming to rescue his people. It is done, jesus will deliver his chosen ones. Jesus is coming to rescue with people. And so the next time we talk we'll talk more are fact our whole subject matter is going to be the deliverance of god's people. How lu? Yeah. And so we put there on number 7, the coming of christ. How are we to prepare for this event? friends, how are we to prepare for this little time and trouble, the close of probation for jacob's time of trouble? What does that look like? What do we do today or do we just live life as usual? peace and safety. Now there's going to change this, go about your daily life. How do we prepare? I would suggest we prepare the same way. He is prepared for his final conflict with the combined evil forces of all hell. And he says, bless it is he who watches and keeps his garments less. He was naked and they see his shame. Price gave us a solution for being ready for his coming, which is to watch to keep your garments. Matthew 2442 says watch therefore for you know the, the hour of your lord is coming. Matthew 2513. Remember the story of the 10 virgins. We looked at that briefly to jesus says, watch, therefore, for you need to know the day or the hour in which the son of man is coming. What does it mean to watch? Am I supposed to watch the news? Well, a story. The 10 virgins, this command is given to god's people after the 5 virgins in the parable are found to be foolish or lacking the oil of the holy spirit. By failing to watch, the foolish virgins lack a life of conversion as past her home and so eloquently preached recently. The question to ask is, are we convicted? Or are we converted at christ greatest moment of need in guess 70? His disciple fell asleep. He is rebuke them for failing to watch. He has been told them how to watch. He says, watch and pray. The way to watch and to be ready to maintain an active prayer life with god. This is where many in our church fail. It's not enough to know about the signs of christ soon return. We need to know the signs. That's true, but we must also have a living dynamic connection with god through a life of prayer. These disciples failed and get so many the fools words in the church fail at the file, christ averse history. But friends, i am convinced that god will have a people at the end of the world who watch and pray, the wise virgin that go in with the bridegroom to the marriage. When the door is shut and probation closes, they have been watching and praying. They are filled with the holy spirit and they are found ready but sadly, mean the church. The great majority of the church will be found unprepared for the overwhelming surprise of christ return. And so here in the heart of the 6 play gears is not only pronouncing a blessing for watching, he also proclaiming a blessing for those that keep their garments. Here we see literally a direct connection to the lad, to see and message. Those who fail to keep their garments will walk in nakedness and their same will be see. Notice a similar language that we see here. Revelation chapter 3, verse 17 lay to see in church because you say I am rich, i become wealthy. I have need nothing. They do not know that they are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. I counted you to buy from me gold refined in the fire that you may be rich. You thought you were rich and white garments pe, you may be closed. That the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed and anoint your eyes with. I said that you may see their garments here represent the white ramen of christ righteousness. Those that watch and pray will keep their walk with god strong during the plagues and by faith will experience the righteousness of christ. But sadly those who do not repent of their lead to see and condition they are going to be spiritually naked and destitute. Of christ righteousness and so on. The 6th flag, the implication from christ is that those who remain spiritually naked, laid to see and lacking the garment of christ righteousness. They'll have received the Mark of the beast, and they will suffer the effects of the 7 last plagues. Friends that's going to be a sad day. When those dare, i say those of us who have made a profession, but have not watched and prayed and kept the garment of christ's righteousness by faith will be found out too late. That their experience has not been genuine. It will be a tragic moment of shame as their spiritual nakedness becomes apparent as boil start to cover their bodies. I thought you made a profession. He wasn't here. Who's all just floating around up here. I was convicted but I never was truly converted. I believe that precisely why christ offers this warning, right in the middle of the scripture, the 6 plague he does not want any of his dear children to be lost. Let us watch and pray and keep our garments because it is that living dynamic connection with god that will alone curious through jacobs time and trouble. Very contrary to 618 as stated, influenced esau to March against jacob resi here. Why we call jacob's time trouble. So he will stir up the wicked to destroy god's people in the time of trouble. We've seen that. And as he accused jacob, he will argue his accusations against the people of god. He numbers the world as his subjects, but the little company who keep the commandments of god, are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. He's not given up. He sees the holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sense have been pardoned. But he does not know that their cases have been decide in the sanctuary above jacob prevail because he was persevering and determined. His victory is an evidence of the power of important prayer that's overly persistent prayer all who will lay hold of god's promises. As he did and B as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded. Praise the Lord Those who are unwilling to deny self to agonize before god to pray long and earnestly for his blessing will not obtain wrestling with god. How few know what it is. Have you wrestle with god? She continues, how few of ever had their souls drawn out after god with intensity of desire until every power is on the stretch. When ways of despair which no language can express sweep over the supply, how few cling with unyielding faith to the promises of god. Friends now's the time to strengthen our prayer lies to memorize a scripture. Where's your bible going to be in the 7 last flag? I don't know where mine will be, but if I have it on the hard drive, I can then cling with unyielding faith to the promise of god. And I'm going to what saw me $91.00 on the hard drive during that time are you? Because I'm going to be repeated over and over and over and over. And over. Just last week I was talking to childhood friend of mine. And we were talking about a situation in which a young man about my age, just little over a year ago. Maybe year and a half ago died in a tragic helicopter accident and he left behind a young wife and small children. And now the young wife has very aggressive cancer and she herself is going through treatment to fight for her life. And we were talking about how overwhelming this situation would be and is for this having this family. And I imagine in this situation, they're crying out to God with intensity. And perhaps you have your own situation where you're trying out to God with intensity. As you feel, every power is on the stretch. And maybe you're saying, lord, why, why is this happening? I don't know how much more of this I can take. Yet softly to response comes back. My grace is sufficient for you, david. An enlightened of our study today and over the last many months. Could it be that god is preparing them? This family, that gods preparing you, that god is preparing me for what's coming. The angels are holding back the winds of strife, but are letting the evil winds of state and start to blow more fully and more fully. Perhaps god is allowing things to happen in our lives to prepare us that by god's grace, the final event may not overtake us. May not overtake me. That by god's grace he's showing you and me. Our weaknesses are true, lack of faith, our blindness, our nakedness, and he's continually giving the call, making the appeal, buy from me, be closed today in my robe of righteousness. So in the final days of verse history, when every, when a false doctrine is blowing, when every deception is employed, when every power of hell is unleashed on his people, they will be able to stand through nothing but the power and grace and sufficiency of jesus christ nothing but the power of jesus and maybe he is doing that for us. There on this day we may be found faithful. When christ comes to take us home. Because the promise is if light jacob, we hold on to god's promises and our earnest and preserving and prayer as he was. We too will succeed as he succeeded, how in christ clinging to christ, holding on to christ. I will not let you go. Except you bless me implicitly and bless me until you come and give me the final blessing. That is truly not the final blessing because it goes for eternity and eternity, an attorney and eternity. I can't fathom. Eternity. Lord, I won't let you go, I won't let you go, but that you bless you. Dear emily, father, we have come to the front this morning because we want to surrender all to you. We want you to have your way with us. We want to hide your word deep in our hearts and no matter what goes on around us, we want to be grounded in christ. So lord, we're here this morning because as jacob wrestled, he claimed to you and I will let you go unless you bless me. Were begging for that blessing today. But we, we are confident that he who has promised so many times in his word that when we come to you, you will not turn us away. You long to fill us with your spirit. You long to give us joy unspeakable. You long to give us peace in the midst of crisis and strength to face the days ahead. The Lord, if there ever was a silver bullet and you so we ask that you will so fill us and change. Mold us and prepare us. 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