Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Oct 9, 2011                       "Understanding your surroundings!"
Sun PM Worship                        Just may save your SOUL!

Text: Matt 24:3-46   (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;"

 

Matthew 24:3   And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

Matthew 24:4   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Matthew 24:5   For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Matthew 24:6   And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Matthew 24:7   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Matthew 24:8   All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24:9   Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

Matthew 24:10   And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

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.

Matthew 24:32   Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

Matthew 24:33   So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Matthew 24:34   Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Matthew 24:35   Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matthew 24:36   But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Matthew 24:37   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:38   For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Matthew 24:39   And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:40   Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matthew 24:41   Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Matthew 24:42   Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 24:43   But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Matthew 24:44   Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24:45   Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Matthew 24:46   Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

 

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 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 . T 14 events will not happen in random order nor will they be random manifestations of nature. 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" (Genesis 6:5-7) Rev 15:1; 16:1-21 When Sinful behavior goes beyond the point of redemption, God cauterizes the growth of sin with total destruction of sinful nations and empires. 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. A worthy note needed. The devil wants people to see God as a vengeful tyrant or a divine Santa clause that can do no harm. The extremes are both false assumptions. The very same God that destroyed the world ion Noah's day and sent fiery brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah , also sent his Son to die on a cross for the remission of our sin. John 3:16 God always reveals his love for the human race in a well documented balance between justice and mercy. The bible proves that God is indeed long suffering and he extends his mercy to sinners day after day, year after year until the day comes when extending mercy no longer has any redeeming effect..

 

The book of revelation confirms the good news that most people want to hear: A world of eternal joy and endless bliss is coming. The bad news is that God is going to test the inhabitants of Earth that missed the catching away of the saints. Or The rapture of the Church.

 

The Book of revelation reveals that God will soon inflict the world with a series of 14 plagues. These events will not occur in random order nor will they be freak disasters caused by nature. 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. Although the Bible completely explains these events, they will come as an overwhelming surprise for most people. God has carefully designed these coming judgments so that he can redeem the maximum  number of people. Here we need to remind ourselves of two important attributes of a Holy God. 1) God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to die in our place and 2) God's patience with defiance and rebellion is limited. During the great tribulation the people of the Earth will see God's perfect balance between justice and mercy.

 

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

 

Revelation 8:5   And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Revelation 8:6   And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

 

God has a few things to say to the human race and he intends to have the attention of the world with a massive earthquake that literally stops everything and everyone in their tracks. The sudden cessation of life as we know it will force everyone to stop and wonder what is going on. This coming earthquake  is particularly interesting because geologists theorized a Global Earthquake was physically impossible until the early 1990's. Now physical evidence is proving that the Earth's tectonic plated go much deeper into the core of the Earth as previously thought and this new information has caused geoscientist to change their thinking. The book of Revelation predicts there will be a total of four global earthquakes. Rev 8:5 11:13 11:19 and 16:18 These earthquakes will increasingly rip upo the surface of the known world and the infrastructure of travel, communication and manufacturing will collapse during the great tribulation. These Earthquakes have no equal in recorded history. Each Earthquake will have greater strength than the one before it. The final earthquake will be so violent that it will literally move all the mountains and islands from their places. Rev 16:20 6:14

Revelation 6:14   And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

 

Revelation 16:20   And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 

Trumpet #1 Perhaps within as little as thirty days after the first global earthquake, showers of white hot hailstones will rain down from the sky. Meteoric firestorms will ignite unquenchable fires all over the world and the accompanying windstorms will destroy billions of acres of trees, food crops and vegetation within a few days. Millions of people will be left homeless and many more will suffer and die during this rain of terror. Rev 8:7

Revelation 8:7   The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

 

Trumpet #2 A few days after the meteoric showers of burning hail, earth will experience two horrific asteroid impacts.

The first asteroid will impact the ocean. The second will impact a continent. Rev 8:8-11

Revelation 8:8   And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 8:9   And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Revelation 8:10   And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

Revelation 8:11   And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

The first impact will create a series of tidal waves that will inundate  coastal cities around the perimeter of the ocean. Seaports and coastal cities well known for their immoral behavior will completely disappear with an overwhelming loss of life. Survivors will be frightened and distressed by the angry tossing of the sea. Luke 21:25

Luke 21:25   And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;

the sea and the waves roaring; Ships will no longer be able to cross the oceans and men will be powerless to do anything about the churning of the deep.

 

Trumpet #3) The second asteroid will impact one of the Earths continents with devastating results. The Impact will contaminate water supplies and cause extensive death. Ground waves from the impact will fracture geologic strata for thousands of square miles. Sewage, deadly bacteria, toxic chemicals and other garbage buried in the earth will seep into underground aquifers. Underground rivers will become contaminated and they will carry their deadly mixture for thousands of miles. Revelation predicts that many people will die from drinking poisonous water.

 

Trumpet #4 Shortly after the second asteroid impact, the world will hear a terrible roar. Hundreds of powerful violent volcanic eruptions will occur. These will be numerous and powerful and will cause great damage. Millions if people will perish. Rev predicts there will be great darkness. Rev 8:12

Revelation 8:12   And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

The jetstream will carry megatons of volcanic ejecta and soot around the world in dense clouds that cause complete darkness. Scientist have observed this phenomenon in recent times. The extended absence of sunlight over the middle third of the earth will prevent surviving crops from reaching maturity. World wide famine will begin.

 

The first four judgments  will create a horrible domino effect radiating into every aspect of life. Illness of all kinds will appear. Clean water and food will become scarce overnight and the misery index will be off the charts. According to Revelation 25% of the earths population will perish from these four judgments. 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.

The population of earth is currently more than six billion people. Twenty five percent of six billion is one billion five hundred million people.

 

Trumpet #5By the time the fifth trumpet sounds, earth will have experienced a world wide situation that is so desperate that we can only compare it to the flood in Noahs day. God deliberately puts the whole world in a desperate situation because he knows the best way to get every ones undivided attention. From a parental perspective, God puts the warring nations of earth in a type of time out. God wants everyone to consider several issues. For example God wants the world to fully know that the time has come for the nations of the earth to end. Dan 2 He wants everyone to know that he is about to establish his kingdom and he wants everyone to know the terms abd conditions of being a part of his coming kingdom.

 

God will anoint 144,000 servants with exceptional holy spirit power. These people will speak for God for 1,260 days. They will harmoniously proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the human race. As strange at it may sound most of the worlds population will reject the terms and the conditions of salvation.

About two and 1/2 years after the tribulation begins God permits that ancient serpent, the devil himself to appear on the earth physically. The devil will come will his host of angels and will masquerade as almighty God. Rev 9:1 11:2 Thess 2:1-12 rev 13:11-18 The devil is the Antichrist. Deceptively  cloaked is brilliant light and charming benevolence, the devil will claim he is God. The divil will declair that he has come to establish a thousand years of peace on the earth. At this time, there will be three identifiable  type of people. The first group are those who have rejected the devil and decided to follow the leading of the Holy spirit. The other group of people will readily receive the devil as God because of the miracles he performs. The third group of people will defy both the devils demands and the prompting of the holy spirit because they refuse to obey anyone. Since God is separating the people of earth into two camps, sheep and goats, he will allow the devil to inflict great pain and suffering on the third group of people. Fortunately the devil will not harm the saints with this affliction. There will be a few victims that will come to there senses , repent of their defiance and receive salvation. He devil will even call down fire from heaven to prove his assumed divinity. Millions of people will ultimately conclude that the devil really is God and they will obey him with astounding devotion and zeal.