Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Text: Rev 14:7-13   (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, 2, 3 and 4

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.

We have Learned that 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!

 

We have learned and looked at the devastation and the Human response of the cataclysmic events up unto this point.

 

Jesus for told his disciples  in John 14:20 "I have told you before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe."

 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 of this Holy and Angry God.

 

Now that we have had a brief overview of what God is about to do, I want to bring to your remembrance of the 14 Judgments of God.

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.  

Trumpets                                                       Bowls

1 Fiery Hail                                                 1 Terrible Sores    

2 Asteroid Impact Sea                                 2 Sea turns to Blood

3 Asteroid Impact Earth                              3 Springs of Water turn to Blood

4 Darkness  Volcano's                                4 Sun Scorches people with Fire

5 Devil Appears                                          5 Satan's kingdom plunged into darkness

6 Devil Conquers World                             6 Armageddon

7 Close of Mercy                                         7 2nd coming and great fiery hailstones 

The Fifth trumpet marks the physical appearing of Satan claiming to be God and the Fifth Bowl marks the exposure of the devil for who he really is.

 

The first four trumpets will reduce life on earth to total chaos. The religious coalition that forms in response to Gods judgments (Babylon) will make a desperate situation only worse by tormenting people with laws that have severe penalties  for disobedience.

After a period of about two and a half years, the fifth trumpet judgment occurs.

 

Revelation 14:7   Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 14:8   And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Revelation 14:9   And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Revelation 14:10   The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Revelation 14:11   And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Revelation 14:12   Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 14:13   And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

 

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

 

The first four trumpets are curses that are directed at the physical elements of the Earth and the remaining trumpets are curses (or Woes) that are directed toward defiant, rebellious  people.

 

The fifth trumpet marks the appearing of the antichrist.

 

Worship the Beast or DIE

 

Someone has said that truth can be stranger than fiction. If this is true, then here is a truth that could be stranger than fiction.

 

The bible predicts the final generation will face a life and death controversy over the question of worship.

 

Many people think worship means going to church, but worship involves more than going to a worship service.

 

Worship means submission and obedience to God - as in fulfilling a divine obligation or duty out of love for God.

 

A terrible controversy over worship will occur during the great tribulation because salvation will come through the worship of Jesus Christ John 5:23,24

 

John 5:23   That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

John 5:24   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

Condemnation will come through the worship of the Antichrist. Rev 14:9-10

Revelation 14:9   And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Revelation 14:10   The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

 

When Abel sacrificed the required lamb, He worshiped God.

 

When Cain offered fruit to God he did not worship God - He offended God because he did not do what God commanded.

 

Often Worship is considered a casual matter. When and how, of even if an individual worships is a personal matter for the most part. Worship is sometimes described as a celebration service or meditation. Worship is regarded as an expression of devotion to God and each religious body is free to worship according to what it believes is Gods will.

 

When the great tribulation begins, the topic of worship will  suddenly change from that of personal taste to that of corporate responsibility. Suddenly the issue of how God is to be worshipped will be debated because people will assume that they can appease Gods wrath by worshipping him properly.

According to revelation, the people of earth will become sharply divided over the worship of God during the great tribulation.

 

 Ultimately there will be two camps of worshipers. One will worship the Lamb ( the sheep) and the other will worship the lamb like beast. (the goats)

 

Matthew 25:32   And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Matthew 25:33   And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

 

The Bible  predicts the first four trumpet judgments of God will kill 25% of the worlds population. Rev 6:8

 

Revelation 6:8   And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

 

As a result, despair, anxiety and depression will be pandemic.

In this awful and desperate setting, consider the simplicity of these words

 

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.

 

The only people who will refuse to worship the beast will be the saints.

It is hard to believe that millions of people will rebel against God and submit to the authority of Babylon but it is true.

 

When the devil appears on Earth, he will consolidate the diversity of Babylons religions into a one world church / state. AT that time, the wicked people rebelling against both God and the devil will have no choice but to worship the devil or Die!

 

Notice the horrible consequences that will befall people who worship the devil:

 

Revelation 14:9   And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Revelation 14:10   The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb

 

This verse contains one of the most solemn warnings found in the entire Bible.

God means what he says and we can be sure that eternal burning of sulfur would not be a pleasant experience.

 

The other side of the controversy will have deadly consequences also.

Many Saints will be tortured and killed by the devil's forces for refusing to worship the beast.

 

Revelation 13:14   And (the Lamb like beast) deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 13:15   And he (the Lamb like beast)  had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

 

Revelation says a huge number of saints will be killed during the great tribulation:

Revelation 6:9   And when he(The Lamb)  had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Revelation 6:10   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

 

When the devil gains control of Earth, he will not tolerate rebellion against his authority.

The devil will be more cruel and ruthless that Hitler. Millions will be martyred. John writes

Revelation 14:12   Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

 

There is a profound point about martyrdom which you must know.

God will give a martyrs faith to everyone facing a martyrs death. Jesus said in

Matthew 28:20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

John 16:1   These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

John 16:2   They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

John 16:3   And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

 

While we are considering the coming martyrdom of saints, consider Gods wrath upon those who kill his saints:

 

Revelation 16:4   And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

Revelation 16:5   And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Revelation 16:6   For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

 

These verses describe the third bowl which occur during the seven last plagues ( Gods destructive Wrath).

God pours the third bowl of His Wrath - Full strength - upon those people who participated in killing his saints during the great tribulation.

God avenges the innocent blood of his saints by giving these bloodthirsty people blood to drink.

These evil people will suffer horrible for the crimes against humanity. In addition to this horrible suffering, their lives will be sustained so that they may be in burning sulfur, The wrath of God is far worse than anything man can do.

 

Luke 12:5   But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

 

Powerful Irony

When Gods Judgments begin, Gods servants, the 144k will tell a dazed and reeling world that God is angry because there is no respect for his laws or authority.

They will remind everyone that Gods commands are Gods demands and not simply suggestions!

 

The religious leaders of Babylon will say with a united voice that God has sent judgments upon mankind and earth inhabitants have sinned greatly and have become degenerate. They will call for immediate action to appease God. The religious leaders of Babylon will Sincerely demand laws from their legislators requiring everyone to honor and worship the God of heaven. Hindu and Buddhist leaders will solve the worship problem by imposing their views of worship upon their nations. Moslem leaders will impose their views upon their nations. Jewish rabbis, catholic priest and the protestant will do the same.

 

God has clearly expressed in the Bible how His subjects are to worship Him. This is not a matter left to human design, for if it was, humans would have greater authority than God. The one dictating the time and manner of worship has highest authority. Unfortunately, the devil has obscured God's truth about worship and implemented false religion around the world.

 

During the end time, Babylon will face a peculiar problem. Each religious system in Babylon will demand that God be worshiped in a variety of ways.

The Bible says that when people obey the laws of Babylon, they will be worshiping the devil because the devil is the power within Babylon.

"Men worshiped the dragon [devil] because he had given authority to the beast [Babylon], and they also worshiped the beast [Babylon] and asked,

''Who is like the beast [Babylon]? Who can make war [rebel] against him?" (Revelation 13:4)

 

The story of Cain and Abel is recorded in the Bible because it illustrates the primary difference between true worship and false worship. Both men built altars. Abel worshiped God by obediently sacrificing a lamb according to God's instruction.
Cain refused to obey God. Instead, he chose to do what he thought was best. In effect, Cain presumed to tell his Creator how He would be worshiped. By doing this, Cain insulted God and God rejected Cain's offering. (Genesis 4:1-16)

 

Cain's rebellious heart led to Cain's rejection. Because of  rejection, Cain became violently angry and killed his brother.  John warns, "Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you." (1 John 3:12,13) John says Cain's "act of worship" was evil! In fact, God considered it a blasphemous act because Cain assumed the prerogatives that
belong only to God. Cain thought he could tell God how He should be worshiped! Look at this from God's perspective for a  moment. If a created being can tell his Creator how or when He is to be worshiped, then the created being is greater than His Creator. Remember, the one dictating the time and manner of worship has highest authority.

 

The crux of the matter is this: God accepts our worship if we worship Him in Spirit and in truth; that is, if we honestly worship God according to all that we know to be right and true.
At the present time, many people worship God thi
nking they are doing the right thing, when in reality they are not worshiping God as He commands. God kindly winks at our ignorance. However, during the Great Tribulation, God has determined that the whole world must be informed about worship. This is
why worship will become the central issue during th
e Great Tribulation. The 144,000 will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, and tongue as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14) and the gospel of Jesus Christ contains specific information about the worship of Jesus. The
144,000 w
ill proclaim " ... Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the Heavens, the Earth, the sea and the springs of water." (Revelation 14:7) The 144,000 will present the first message which will be "fear God" and "worship the Creator" because a vast majority of the world's population does neither.

 

 God understands Earth's spiritual darkness and He has winked at our ignorance for a long time, but overnight, He will remove the darkness that covers the subject of worship by displaying His wrath. After Jesus tears the Earth up with a display of awesome power, He will have everyone's attention.

God is about to awaken the people all over the world.

Jesus will use the first four trumpets to strip away our financial security and our foolish attraction for gods of wood, metal, stone, pleasure, materialism and self reliance.

A 75k Mercedes  will be of no value without fuel or roads in which to drive. A 500k house will be worthless if it is reduced to a pile of rubble by the first earthquake.

 

Jesus is the Almighty.

Knowledge of an omnipotent and angry God will explode all over the earth during the great tribulation! No one will be able to deny Gods wrath.

Gods silence with the transgression of his law will end and all creation will know that he sits enthroned in Heaven, He is almighty God! He is sovereign over heaven and earth and he will send a clarion call throughout the earth to worship him. The call to worship him as he dictates will separate the goats from the sheep.

 

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