Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Revelation of Christ – Part 33: The Three Angels


The Revelation of Christ – Part 33:
The Three Angels
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


TODAY’S SERMON - THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 33 – The Three Angels


SCRIPTURE READING

Revelation 14:6-13

6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice, “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.”

8 A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”

9 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”



          I.      THE FIRST ANGEL PROCLAIMS THE GOSPEL
a.   The angel (heavenly angel) proclaims the gospel to those on earth
                                     i.   Every nation, tribe, language & people
                                    ii.   This is the same Gospel preached by Paul and the Apostles Hebrews 13:20
                                   iii.   People of earth will “see” and “hear” this angel proclaim the Gospel


b.   Fear God
                                     i.   Fear God
1.   Nearly 300 times in scripture we are told to fear God

2.   But the “fear” of God is a positive thing

3.   Genesis 42:18, Joseph wins his brothers' trust when he declares he is a God-fearing man.

4.   It was because the midwives feared God that they obeyed him instead of the authorities by sparing the Hebrew babies (Exodus 1:17)

5.   Pharaoh brought disaster on his nation because he did not fear God (Exodus 9:29-31)

6.   Moses chose leaders to help him on the basis that they feared God and wouldn't take bribes (Exodus 18:21) and told the Hebrews that God met with them in a terrifying display of his power so that they wouldn't sin (Exodus 20:20)

7.   The Mosaic Law cites fear of God as a reason to treat the disabled and elderly well (Leviticus 19:14, 32)

8.   Jesus states this stronger than anyone when he says, "Don't be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

9.   Paul says to work toward complete holiness because we fear God (2 Corinthians 7:1)

10.      Fear means to have the ultimate respect for something
a.   i.e. Anyone who is not afraid of disarming a bomb is a danger to himself and his teammates.

                                    ii.   Give Him glory
1.   Psalm 50:23 “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

2.   By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. John 15:8

3.   I Corinthians 6:20 “For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

4.   Romans 15:9 “And in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”

                                   iii.   Because the hour of His judgment has come
1.   Refers to the seven angels with the seven vials of plagues about to be poured out upon the earth


c.   Worship Him
                                     i.   Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water
                                    ii.   Why mention this verse?
                                   iii.   Apparently the antichrist is claiming that he either created or has control over the heavens, earth, sea and springs of water.
                                   iv.   So the angel proclaims creations true creator


         II.      THE SECOND ANGEL PROCLAIMS THE FALL OF BABYLON THE GREAT
a.   Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!

                                     i.   Genesis 11:1-9 we find Babylon was the first organized rebellion against God, and in Revelation 13, the last.

                                    ii.   In Revelation 13 when the antichrist appears, the beast from the sea with ten horns and seven heads we read in verse 3 “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.”

                                   iii.   I had mentioned that I believed this was a reference to a kingdom that was brought back, not the antichrist himself.
                                   iv.   Babylon

                                    v.   When the antichrist receives “crowns” this is authority and reign over countries

                                   vi.   These countries will form the “New Babylon” which the antichrist will preside over and rule from

                                  vii.   Revelation 13:4 “People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”
1.   “it” not a person, rather Babylon the Great

                                 viii.   Babylon the Great will fall, at the end of the Great Tribulation and after God’s Wrath which is about to be poured out upon the earth


b.   Babylon the Great, which made all nations “drink” the maddening wine of her adulteries 

                                     i.   Drink, another reference in Revelation as before when the Dragon (Satan) spewed out a great deluge in hopes of drowning the children of the woman

                                    ii.   This represents false doctrine of Satan

                                   iii.   As opposed to the Truth of God’s Word, the “Living Waters”

                                   iv.   This time referred to as “wine”, a mockery of communion, a play on the blood of Christ represented by the wine

                                    v.   Here, the 666 unholy trinity, perverting all things of God once more, has their own form of communion, wine, blood, false doctrines and teachings which are crazy, and apparently make those who partake insane.


c.   Her adulteries
                                     i.   Another spiritual reference, as most of Revelation
                                    ii.   This “adultery” is spiritual adultery
                                   iii.   Spoken of many times in the Bible, spiritual adultery is;
1.   Unfaithfulness to God
2.   Undue fondness for things of the world

                                   iv.   “‘But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel,’ says the LORD” Jeremiah 3:20

                                    v.   “How the faithful city has become a whore, she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.” Isaiah 1:21

                                   vi.   “How sick is your heart,7 declares the Lord God, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute,” Ezekiel 16:30

                                  vii.   James 4:4-5 “The Bible tells us that people who choose to be friends with the world are an “adulterous people” having “enmity against God”


        III.      THE THIRD ANGEL PROCLAIMS GOD’S COMING WRATH  
a.   Saying in a loud voice
                                     i.   If anyone worships the Beast and its image and receives its mark
                                    ii.   They too (they will also) drink the wine of God’s fury
                                   iii.   Which has been poured full strength into His cup of wrath
1.   There will be no mercy in this judgment

                                   iv.   Poured into the cup of His wrath
1.   When this cup gets full, the wrath of His judgment will commence


b.   They (the ones who worship the beast, its image and receives its mark) will be tormented
                                     i.   Tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb
                                    ii.   And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever
1.   E t e r n a l  H e l l  (Gahanna)
2.   Forever and ever


c.   There will be NO REST
                                     i.   Day or night – never ending, NO REST (no relief, never stopping, no end…eternal)

                                    ii.   For those who worship the beast and its image or receives the mark of its name

                                   iii.   The Holy Spirit is the mark (sealed) for Christians

                                   iv.   This marking is spiritual in nature and may mean possession by demons


CONCLUSION –
This calls for patience and endurance on the part of the People of God who keep His commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say “Write this: Blessed (LIT: Happy) are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes”, says the Spirit (God), “They will rest from their labor for their deeds will follow them.”

Though the believers who kept God’s commands and remained faithful to Jesus had toil and trouble, and it was a lot of hard work to remain so, they will be “happy” after they die because they will find peaceful rest from their labor, and their deeds, all the good things they did for the Lord while alive, will “follow them”

Nothing will be forgotten, lost, unrecognized. Everything done in His name while you were alive will live forever with you!


Remember this chapter of Revelation is an outline for the coming final chapters of the book.

Three angels, approximately 3 years left in the Great Tribulation
Angel 1: Proclaims the Gospel to earth
Angel 2: Proclaims the fall of Babylon the Great
Angel 3: Proclaims God’s coming wrath

NEXT WEEK: Harvesting the earth and trampling the Wine-press



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