We are now walking well into the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation...And we need to get a picture of what the world looks like at this moment...In order to fully grasp and appreciate what we are about to study today!
In our last study we stepped away from the events of the Tribulation to take a very compelling look at evidences for how and where the Antichrist and his False Prophet may arise to power on this earth. Today we will begin exactly where we paused in our journey through these terrifying last days of the Tribulation.
In our last study we saw the 7th Trump Sounded...As Jesus Reclaimed His Kingdom on Earth! And Michael and his angels make war with Satan and his demons...Defeating them, and forever casting them from Heaven to earth! Because their right to accuse men before God has now passed! In rage and desperation...Satan pushes his Antichrist into a rise to world power...
The Seventh Trumpet has been sounded and God has proclaimed that "The kingdoms of this world (earth) have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" In what seems to be God's first act in making this proclamation a reality, Michael and his army of angels wage war with Satan and his demons—casting them from Heavenly access permanently to earth because they have no more authority or purpose to be there (since their only function in Heaven was the rightful accusation of fallen man, their purpose is through and they are first driven from Heaven). Satan is now humiliated, desperate and furious at God, and his first act after being cast to earth Is to relentlessly attack the Jews (God's Chosen people) and then, because they are protected by God in the wilderness, attack their "offspring", the Church. John now turns his attention to giving some background to this antichrist that has by this point risen to world power. The symbolism used can be confusing to us if we do not study God's Word regularly on this subject. But it is a completed picture of the origin of the antichrist’s coming kingdom—how he gains such power and respect, and where he plans to take mankind in his rule. Let's jump in where we left off…
In our walk through the Tribulation of the Last Days on earth...The first three years of this Seven Year Holocaust…Have brought death to a literal…ONE HALF of the entire planet's population! Through means of wars, natural disasters, attacks from demonic hoards, and direct Judgments from God Himself!
In our Journey... We have reached a pause in the events of earth...Just before the Seventh Trumpet is sounded... Which will bring in the Third and Final "WOE!
We pick up our journey through the last days between the sixth and the seventh trumpet of Judgment from God. The Last three trumpets were preceded by an angel announcing these trumpets were going to bring calamity so much worse than what they have seen thus far—they would be called the three woes. This is a chilling proclamation when we see the horrible things that have already occurred on the earth to this point with the world's population now at one half what it was just less than three years prior [think on that – 4 billion gone in 3 1/2 years]. The first woe was five months’ agony and torture as an untold number of literal demons in the grotesque form of some hybrid cross between locusts/scorpions brought pain, torment and suffering to the entire world. The second woe was the mobilization of an enormous army from the East [200 million strong—very possibly Red China], slaughtering millions seemingly with tanks, artillery, missiles and other weapons of mass destruction. Then a pause as a mighty angel stood before John in a vision and proclaimed there would, "Be no more delay." But God's Plan of Salvation of taking back what had been won by Jesus' sacrifice was about to be accomplished. And now we are about to see the seventh trumpet sound and the third and final woe come to earth. This seventh trumpet begins the third and final series of Judgments which started with Seven Seals, then these Seven Trumpets and ending with Seven Bowls or vials of pure wrath.
We are just short of the middle of this unparalleled time on earth. As last week in our Journey thru the horrible events of the Tribulation, we saw God unleash His fury against an entire third of the earth in His long awaited vengeance; in His answer to the prayers of all the martyrs slaughtered in His Name. And then, the first of three woes of terror to come on the earth as a demonic army of hideous creatures was led from the abyss by their fallen leader, Abaddon (Apollyon) to terrorize and inflict pain on the whole earth for five months.
We are in the 4th week of our Walk Thru Revelation...And as we watch wave after wave of incomprehensible Wrath and Judgment...Poured out upon the earth in this 7 Years of Tribulation like no other...
We MUST stop for a moment...And see these Events in their context of what God is doing and why! In order for us to get the full meaning and impact of all we are hearing! In order for us to see the True Nature of God in all that is occurring!
We are in the middle of a Walk Thru the Book of Revelation... And the Last Days on this earth during the Seven Years of Tribulation...A time when we believe Christians are already taken Home...And this world is ruled by the anti-Christ... As God pours out unrestrained Wrath on those...Who have turned against Him completely... Destroying His World and murdering His Saints...
Last week we saw the Unfathomable Moment when Jesus Himself stepped up to the Father's Throne and took the Scroll from His Hand. The Scroll which was the Deed of Entitlement to our world and our very souls because Our King Jesus was the only one worthy to open this Scroll and reclaim its content. He alone came to earth and became one of us, dying as our punishment of rebellion and taking back everything that was given by us to Satan. all of Heaven worshiped and rejoiced at this Glorious Moment because it represented everything Christ suffered and died to achieve. Now Jesus is about to begin opening the Seven Seals to this priceless Scroll; and with each opening of a Seals, one more event takes place leading to the moment when He steps onto this earth to take what is now rightfully His. One more event leading to the judgment and destruction of all who have stood against Him, destroying His world and murdering His Saints.
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