Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Jan 15, 2012                         "Understanding your surroundings!"
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Text: Matt 24:11-31   (King James Version) When Saul became Paul

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

                                               Overview of 1 and 2

The Book of Revelations contains several prophecies that integrate into one big story. Some prophecies in Revelation have been underway for centuries and others are about to begin.

The book of Revelation describes the seven trumpets and the seven  bowls as the seven first plagues and the seven last plagues .  14 events

 

So far, we have studied the full cup principle and the first four trumpet judgments. We have learned that when God's patience with the people of Earth reaches its limit, he sends warnings.

Bible history indicates Gods most effective warnings are those that include BOTH destruction and a message.

(IE) If there is just a message as in the days of Noah, very few believe. On the other hand if there is just destruction very few understand. Therefore the Great tribulation contains both Message and destruction!

 

Jesus told his disciples "I have told you before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe." (John 14:20)  Because the bible gives the order of coming events in 14 steps, it is possible to identify and anticipate each phase of the great tribulation. If knowing the order of these horrific are important then knowing the purpose of these are even more important.  Each person needs to know that god has deliberately  and purposefully designed the Great Tribulation to accomplish several strategic objectives. The Bible indicates that God initiates, God controls and God terminates the Great Tribulation. God has three types of wrath, Redemptive, Destructive, and Annihilation. According to the bible, God will use redemptive and destructive wrath before Jesus appears at the second coming.

The seven first judgments (seven trumpets) are redemptive in nature. The idea is simple: God mixes mercy with his judgments so that, if possible, many people will choose salvation and be redeemed. God will use redemptive judgments to open the minds and the ears of billions of people to consider a Gospel of Grace and not of works upon acceptance. He will use the 144 thousand anointed with the Holy spirit power to preach this everlasting Gospel and millions of people will indeed receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Unfortunately an even larger number of people will reject the gospel and rebel against the authority of the coming King of Kings and after 1,260 days, God will terminate his offer of salvation and God will implement a second type of wrath called "destructive wrath"

 God will use this type of wrath during the last seven plagues or bowls. Rev 15:1 The third type of Gods wrath is Eternal Annihilation. God has never implemented this type of wrath on the earth before.

 

The first seven plagues are called  "seven Trumpets" because they serve the purpose if warning or awakening the people of Earth to the Glorious arrival of Jesus Christ.  The Last seven plagues are called the seven bowls because they represent seven full cups of Gods vengeance that he will pour out upon his enemies.

 

The Great Tribulation will begin suddenly. It will begin with a Global Earthquake that effectively disrupts the activities of the whole world.

 

The World has never witnessed anything like the coming judgments of God, nor could it sustain more than one visitation.

 

Now that we have had a brief overview of what God is about to do, we need further examine what God is about to do During the great tribulation!  many survivors

 will refuse to understand Gods actions because they have hearts like Pharaoh. Even after God sent ten plagues upon Egypt Pharaoh refused to submit to Gods authority.

 

Matthew 24:11   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:12   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Matthew 24:13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 24:14   And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:15   When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Matthew 24:16   Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Matthew 24:17   Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Matthew 24:18   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

Matthew 24:19   And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Matthew 24:20   But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Matthew 24:21   For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:22   And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Matthew 24:23   Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Matthew 24:24   For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Matthew 24:25   Behold, I have told you before.

Matthew 24:26   Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Matthew 24:27   For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:28   For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Matthew 24:29   Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Matthew 24:30   And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:31   And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

 

Let's pray. Father,

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

God's judgments serve as a catalyst to achieve the human response that God desires!

His show of force will either harden peoples hearts as in Pharaoh or open their minds.  Fortunately for the sake of humanity through these two phases of Gods wrath redemptive and destructive it also includes the human response.

 

Global Ruin

 

God Uses the trumpet judgments to WARN the world that he is Terminating this age of SIN. Gods spokespersons, the 144,000.00 Jews will tell the surprised world that he is about to establish His kingdom of righteousness.

They will call on everyone to worship God and to reject the claims of Babylon.

Of course here everyone who refuse to obey the laws of Babylon will suffer the consequences.  Up to this point we have only begun to scratch the surface of all the Book of revelation has to say.

In order to further develop the prophetic story, consider the following scenario.

It describes mans desperate situation shortly after the Great Tribulation begins

 

The great earthquake that marked the beginning of the great tibulation will have ripped up thousands of miles of highways, collapsed overpasses and bridges and stopped most transportation.

 

The fiery meteor shall that follows will set wildfires that rage out of control for several months. Men will not be able to contain the fires because of the transportation disruption.

 

Because of 1.3 of the oxygen producing trees are burned up in the first judgment respiratory ailments will become a problem for almost everyone.

 

When the damage caused by the raging fires is compounded by two mega asteroids impacts , any optimist would seriously doubt survival on Earth.

 

Scientist have rightly called these large asteroid impacts "Civilization Threatening impacts" With megatons of ash from the fires and debris from the asteroid impact now circulating in the atmosphere, the added darkness caused by numerous volcano eruptions  will make life on earth a short term situation at best. Furthermore thousands, perhaps millions  of people will die drinking  contaminated water.

This means that typhus and other plagues will be rampant. God carefully designed the first four judgments of the great tribulation to SHOW the survivors that PLANET EARTH is NOW DOOMED!

 

He wants the world to understand the seriousness and the curse of SIN.

God is trying to get the surviving people to now realize that their planet is fatally wounded to the point that they will consider their desperate need of a savior.

 

Famine

Even if the food crops survive the wildfires, asteroid impacts and volcano eruptions, few crops will ever reach maturity after the fourth judgment occurs because sunshine will no be able to penetrate the enormous clouds of ash and soot.

Crops will wither and die, especially crops like corn which requires 100+ days of sunlight between the last frost and time of maturity..

Within a few months food will be as scarce as gold and much more valuable.

 

At the beginning of 2002, experts calculate the worlds stockpile of food can last about 45 days.

 

In additions to the great famine there will be no rain in most parts of the world rev 11:6

Revelation 11:6   These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

 

To make matters worse scientist claim that rain occurring after a major asteroid impact will become so acidic that it will be lethal to plant and animal life. Obviously it does not take a rocket scientist to see and understand that Planet Earth will be damaged beyond recovery. God wants it this way. God is deliberate and purposeful in everything he does and he inflicts a mortal blow to the earth because he wants to send a STRONG message to the survivors.

 

From Mans point of view, desperate times call for desperate measures.

To stabilize their situation, governments will respond. First they will put emergency constitutions in place. They will declare martial law to prevent anarchy and a complete breakdown of orderly conduct. Stringent laws and curfews will be implemented and people will have no choice but to comply. Many individual freedoms and rights will now be suspended. The price of Sin is and has always been great!! Even on the innocent.

 

To prevent looting and gouging the nations of the world will implement rationing. People full of fear, will do anything to obtain food, water and medicine.

Governments will control the buying and selling of all commodities. This will be necessary because every survivor needs a basic number of items to sustain life itself

 

Who can argue with these drastic methods if it means survival?

As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, millions of people will give in to depression and despair.

All hope for recovery will now be very dim. All  [arts of the world ill have smoldering destruction and suffering beyond description.

The nations of the Earth will be in a state of horrific shock. People who are alive will now envy the dead.

Jesus saw the travail oif the human race during the great and dreadful tribulation. He said in

Matthew 24:21   For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:22   And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

The Most important questions.

This is terrible to say, but it is true. When humanity if force to feel Gods wrath, it begins to consider the presence and the reality of God.

 

When times are good God is forgotten!  Gods great love and patience with sinners .

They only think they are getting always with it because God has not judged it already! Therefore ( Gods Silence) is grossly misinterpreted.

But when God does initiate global suffering, suddenly the questions are going to arise!

WHY did God do this? What does God want?

Overnight, a great awakening will occur.

 

At the present day and age we live in Christians talk about Gods love, the idea of a pre tribulation rapture and Gods wonderful salvation and forgiveness, but they don't like and seldom talk about  the things that make him angry. Some Christians even go as far as denying Gods Wrath!

Consequently, His judgments will confound many professing Christians. They will be unable to reconcile the acts of God with their assumed knowledge of God. Their faith will disappear when they actually experience Gods wrath and terror will overwhelm them.

 

It is really not difficult for God to frighten people. All he need to do is tamper with the things that make us feel secure.

 

With so many millions of people dead and the scale of destruction beyond anything measurable, survivors will be forced to acknowledge they really do not understand God or Have a relationship with the Almighty.

 

On Sept 11 2001 did you notice a knee jerk phenomenon after the terrorist attack on the USA.

Did you know that Church attendance popped up 300% for almost six weeks.

So Like Israel of Old nations will tremble with fear before the All mighty God during

The time of his visitation. Ex 20:18

Exodus 20:18   And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

Exodus 20:19   And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Exodus 20:20   And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

Exodus 20:21   And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

 

 

The Solution to pleasing or appeasing this Holy and Offended God so that his destruction of Earth will stop will appear simple on the surface. Religious leaders will DEMAND, WE must submit to the authority of God. But Howdoes a person worship and Honor the God of Heaven so that his righteous wrath will cease?

 

Religious Revolution

Leaders from all religious systems will unite and with one voice they will offer a straight forward explanation  of Gods judgments.

They will adjust their prophetic interpretations to fit an unfolding situation.. They will say, these Acts of GOD  have came upon us because we have forgotten our creator.  In a sense this is True!

 

All around the world , religious leaders of all faiths will agree with one another saying, We must repent of our great sins and appease God or we will be completely destroyed.

For authority reason, Catholic and protestant leaders will turn to the Bible, Moslems will appeal to the Koran, Jews will appeal to the Talmud and Hindus and Buddhist will use their own writings.

 

 The Point is that every nation will discover its guilt before God and the accuser will be each nations religion.

As people begin to link the devastations caused by the four trumpets to the idea that God really is displeased with the entire human race, One question will form on everyone's mind. What must we do to appease God before hi kills the rest of Us?

 

Even though different solutions sill be offered in different nations, a common theme will develop  around the world. In Fact Revelation predicts there will be a sudden but powerful movement to appease God. This movement will have great authority and power. :Like religious powers of ages past, it will persecute ever one who refuses to cooperate with it.  This Movement is called Babylon in revelation because it will be full of confusion.

 

This may seem like a fairy tale but when you think about it, all prophecy seems strange until the time fulfillment arrives.

Currently In the USA, less than 33% of the population attends church regulary. I believe this will more than double when Gods wrath is revealed

 

Number One Question

These Coalition of world religion leaders will discover a big problem.

There are several different religious systems on the earth and each group worships God or Some Deity in a different way. Is there only one right way to worship GOD?

The Moslems believe that God is pleased when people obey the teaching of Mohammed and regard Friday as a holy day.

Jews read the Torah and regard Saturday as a holy day. Hiindus, Buddhist and other religious groups have different ideas about what pleases God.

 

Does God really care about the way we worship him?  This  question regarding worship will be the subject of much debate.

 

In our day  this question has no  solid footing. At best it remains one mans opinion against another's. However, when 1.5 billion people lie dead among the smoldering ruins that burn the nostrils and the eyes of the survivors, How God wants to be worshipped will become the QUESTION to answer.

 

Sin Less Laws

We all know  that desperate circumstances can unite a diverse group of people when they all share in common suffering.

During the Great Tribulation, most people will regard God as a Holy Terror. Religious leaders will easily motivate their frightened government leaders to quickly enact laws that require all citizens to honor and worship God.

At first the laws will be oriented as Sin Less Laws, but eventually more laws will be implemented in every nation demanding that everyone respect God or suffer the penalty. This will be a time of great confusion. Catholics and protestants will seek laws that agree with their doctrines, Moslems will want laws that respect their belief in Allah and other groups will do the same.  How can diverse religions on one planet appease one God? Is he the God of many religions?

 

One World - One God - Many Religions

 

There is one organization on earth that stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of diplomatic ties with religious and political leaders all over the world. It is the Papacy.

The Roman Catholic Church has steadily secured diplomatic connections with almost every segment of earths population since John Paul II became Pope in 1978. His legacy to the church of Rome will be a world wide pursuit of formal relationships with many countries, which now numbers over 170 nations.

 

 The Pope in office will move quickly to convene a WORLD COUNCIL of religious and political leaders. This council will form a powerful coalition that is called Babylon in in the book of Revelation. \Perhaps the United Nations will be used to expedite this organization.

However, the Glue that will bond the leaders of the world together will not be politics. Instead it will be immediate concerns about Gods anger and his overwhelming destruction.

 

Overnight a new reality will settle in on humanity. The old paradigms are out, and new ones will form!

In an effort to appease God on a global scale, religious leaders will struggle to find a global solution to appease this holy God but will be un able to find one.

Thus  a reign of confusion has now begun. Eventually the devil himself will appear on earth during the fifth trumpet, masquerading as God himself. He will solve the solve the solution to earths  diversity by declaring all of the worlds religions are void!

 

In there place the devil will offer his new one world religion and the worlds religious leaders will zealously participate!  After all they will think this glorious being is none other than God himself!

 

What does God actually WANT?

God wants the Human race to worship him. Our Worship is the ONLY thing in the whole universe that GOD does not OWN!

God does not need our adulation. Instead he has given human beings the power of choice and he wants us to choose to worship him. God wants us to Love adore and worship him because we become what we imitate.

God Sends his servants the 144.000.00 throughout the earth to present his message and purpose. During the 1,260 days of seven trumpets, God will send three messages throughout the whole Earth. The first message will be by the 144.000.00  FEAR GOD and Give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has Co. Worship him who made the heavens, the Earth, the Sea and the springs of water. Rev 14:7

 

Notice the sentence FEAR GOD. This will be easy after experiencing some of his power. Notice the second sentence WORSHIP HIM This will be difficult because worshiping God will be contrary to the laws of Babylon. Also notice the how the last sentence itemizes the four elements that God has afflicted with the first four trumpets! Religious people world wide will quickly agree why the judgments of God are falling.

Remember the 144k will be telling the people how to worship but the leaders of Babylon will also be telling the people.. Now we have TWO HOW TO'S and these will be in direct conflict. It is indeed going to get confusing

Only his  Servants the 144k will explain what God wants. Everyone will hear the Truth on this matter. This is why Jesus said the Gospel must go  to every nation and to every person as a testimony to all nations before the end comes. Matt 24:14

The 144 will stand in direct opposition to what the leaders of Babylon wants to do.  Babylon will enact laws contrary to God will and regrettably. MOST of the World will submit to the laws of man rather than the law of God. John Wrote\

Revelation 13:8   And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, "The Beast" whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

                       Next the devil appears in Person