Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Revelation of Christ – Part 37: The Last Bowls


The Revelation of Christ – Part 37:
The Last Bowls
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
The Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of Christ, is the most challenging book in the bible.

Because of this fact, many avoid it or ignore it altogether. Some fear lack of understanding; others afraid to misinterpret, which I guess it is better to avoid than dive in and get it completely wrong.

Many times, when a new believer comes to me for direction, they want to jump right into Revelation and find out what’s to come.

This is equivalent to deciding one day to learn Mandarin and sitting down to author a novel in Chinese that very same day.

Or, a kindergartener learning how to count, and then trying to calculate quantum mechanics calculations.

The words in Revelation have caused much debate on rapture, judgment, even some who claim John was writing about the events in his day in code rather than Jesus Christ revealing to him about the coming events and Judgment.

A special blessing is promised to those who read Revelation.

Although it may be a difficult book, we could all use a special blessing, reading this is good for us all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will take the Revelation of Christ in small portions and gain understanding, little by little.
 
SERMON SERIES

THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 10 – The Throne of God
Part 11 – The Scroll and Seven Seals
Part 12 – The Lamb is Worthy
Part 13 – The First Seal

Part 14 – The Second Seal
Part 15 – The Third Seal
Part 16 – The Fourth Seal
Part 17 – The Fifth Seal

Part 18 – The Sixth Seal
Part 19 – The 144,000 Sealed
Part 20 – The Great Multitude
Part 21 – The Seventh Seal
Part 22 – Trumpets 1-4
Part 23 – The 5th Trumpet (1st woe)
Part 24 – The 6th Trumpet (2nd woe)
Part 25 – The Mighty Angel
Part 26 – The Two Witnesses 
Part 27 – The 7th Trumpet and 3rd Woe 
Part 28 – The Woman and the Dragon I
Part 29 – The Woman and the Dragon II
Part 30 – The Beast out of the Sea
Part 31 – The Beast out of the Earth
Part 32 – The Lamb and the 144,000
Part 33 – The Three Angels
Part 34 – Harvesting the Earth
Part 35 – The Seven Angels with the Seven Plagues
Part 36 – The First Bowls

TODAY’S SERMON - THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 37 – The Last Bowls


SCRIPTURE READING

Revelation 16:8-21

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.


 
          I.      THE FOURTH ANGEL POURS OUT THE FOURTH BOWL
a.   The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun
                                     i.   and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire.
                                    ii.   This appears to be a “removing” of earth’s protective atmosphere
                                   iii.   Without this, the radiation and heat from the sun would most definitely be intense


b.   They were seared by the intense heat
                                     i.   and they cursed the name of God
                                    ii.   Scorched in the intense radiation and heat of the sun
                                   iii.   Instead of calling on the name of the Lord in times of trouble, they curse the name of God


c.   God, who had control over these plagues
                                     i.   but they refused to repent and glorify him
                                    ii.   God, who has complete control over the plagues, was cursed
                                   iii.   And they refused to “repent” and “glorify Him”


         II.      THE FIFTH ANGEL POURS OUT THE FIFTH BOWL
a.   The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast
                                     i.   and its kingdom was plunged into darkness.

                                    ii.   This “throne” of the Beast (666) is the re-built Babylon
1.   The “one-world church”
2.   The “one-world Government”

                                   iii.   There are signs that lead up to the “one-world Government” we are about to read about in verse 14
1.   Israel becoming a nation once more Ezekiel 37 (Re-established 1948)
2.   Rise of Russia Ezekiel 38-39 (became superpower in 1950)


3.   Capital & labor conflict James 5:1-6
a.   The Panic of 1785
b.   The copper panic of 1789
c.   Panic of 1796
d.   The 1802 recession
e.   Depression of 1807
f.    With multiple recessions and depressions from that point on, until the Great Depression of 1920
g.   With approximately 30 more recessions, and then
h.   tech meltdown in 2000, and the Great Recession from 2007-2009

4.   An increase of knowledge and travel Daniel 12:4 (Our transportation and knowledge are unsurpassed in any other period of our time!)

5.   Apostasy of the church 2 Timothy 4:1-4
a.   An abandonment within the church of belief, turning to false teachings and tickling of ears as apposed to sound doctrine of Christ.
b.   Look at the numerous denominations, teachings of men as doctrine, cults, false teachings, prosperity preaching, TV-crook so-called evangelists.
c.   Apostasy is NOW

6.   Occultism abounds 2 Timothy 4:3-4

7.   Those who scoff at the Word of God and Christ’s Salvation 2 Timothy 3:1-5

8.   Moral breakdown of society 2 Peter 3:1-12
a.   Good is called evil
b.   Evil is called good



c.   The world has gone mad and lost its moral compass
                                                                         i.   Homosexuality, surgery to change your physical appearance to the opposite sex, drinking, drugs, sexual perversions such as porn and fetishes, and the killing of unborn babies is applauded and commended by the morally corrupt today

d.   Speak against sexual perversions, getting high or drunk, pornography or the killing of babies and you are labeled;
                                                                         i.   Intolerant
                                                                        ii.   Homophobe
                                                                       iii.    Narrow minded
                                                                       iv.   Bigot
                                                                        v.   Prejudice
                                                                       vi.   Fanatical
                                                                      vii.   Hate monger
e.   The moral breakdown of society is NOW

                                   iv.   All that remains before the end is this;
1.   The appearance of the One-World single religion
a.   Which will be worship of the Beast 666 (Revelation 17)

2.   And in Revelation 16:14 One-World Government turning against God Almighty for the battle of Armageddon (Daniel 2)


b.   People gnawed their tongues in agony (from being scorched)
                                     i.   and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores


c.   but they refused to repent of what they had done.


        III.      THE SIXTH ANGEL POUR OUT THE SIXTH BOWL
a.   The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates
                                     i.   and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

                                    ii.   East is the direction of the rising sun, spiritually speaking, the Lord’s Kingdom

                                   iii.   Euphrates literally means “breaking forth like water” and through scripture is symbolic of a “vine out of Egypt” or, the spiritual church represented by the sons of Israel, the Lord’s “water”, “word”, “Truth”.

1.   Remember when the Dragon spewed forth a deluge of water to try and drown the woman’s offspring?

2.   Water from the Dragon (Satan) symbolic of false teachings to cause Jews and Christians to become confused about the Truth and stray

3.   Here in Revelation we see the 6th bowl poured out dries up the Great River Euphrates, meaning it put a STOP to false teachings brought forth by the Dragon

                                   iv.   The purpose?
1.   “To prepare a way for the Kings from the East”
2.   Or, the Kings from the direction of the rising son, those who serve God


b.   Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs;
                                     i.   The Beast (666) has lost his kingdom, and feels his grip on mankind and earth slipping…he becomes desperate

                                    ii.   Three impure spirits that looked like frogs came out of the mouth of the dragon




                                   iii.   out of the mouth of the beast
                                   iv.   and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

                                    v.   Each wicked person will suddenly understand his dire situation. He deliberately defied the God of Heaven in order to save himself from death and now, there will be no escape from death. The devil also knows that his deception is over, so he will send three of his most powerful demons to the ten kings of the Earth.

                                   vi.   Why frogs?
1.   How do frogs catch their prey? With their tongues.
2.   These lying demons will perform a series of “signs” before each king of the earth to get their loyalty to the beast.


c.   They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
                                     i.   “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

1.   Blessed is the one who stays awake

2.   And “remains clothed” (in Christs garments of Salvation)
a.   Yes, you can “lose” this clothing
b.   You CAN lost Salvation, the Lord says so right here!
c.   You cannot “remain” in something if you do not have it, and you cannot lose it.

3.   James 5:19-20 “My brothers and sisters (SAVED), if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

a.   Death here is Spiritual death, the second death which comes from Judgment Day!
4.   “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

a.   If you stand naked before God on Judgment Day, He will judge you for your sins!

b.   If you stand before the Lord garbed in the White Clothes of Christs Salvation, He will only see the garment, and not what is beneath it!

c.   You have a covering in Christ and His Salvation that will “save you” from Judgment Day and the Second Death!

                                    ii.   Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.


       IV.      THE SEVENTH ANGEL POURS OUT THE SEVENTH AND LAST BOWL
a.   The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air
                                     i.   and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”


b.   Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a sever earthquake.
                                     i.   No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.

                                    ii.   The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed.


c.   God remembered Babylon the Great
                                     i.   and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.


CONCLUSION –
God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.
Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.
From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people.
And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.


NEXT WEEK: The Punishment of the Great Prostitute




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