Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Revelation of Christ – Part 44: The Judgment of Evil

The Revelation of Christ –

Part 44: The Judgment of Evil

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

Today we are going to look at the next part in our series in The Revelation of Christ and see judgment has finally come for those who waged war against The Lamb.

 

Often I have people say to me, “why does God allow evil on earth?” or “why doesn’t God just destroy them?”

 

The simple answer is this, for God to remove (destroy or take away) evil people from the earth, He would have to “Judge” them.

 

We need to remember that God is no respecter of persons, (Romans 2:11) therefore if He were to judge one He would most certainly have to judge ALL, including you, me, and those who have not yet submitted their lives to the Lord, even though they will do so in the future!

 

God cannot go against His word because that would make Him out to be a liar. So He set aside a “Judgment Day,” where ALL will stand before God to be judged, good and evil, great and small, free and slave. (Revelation 20:12)

 

Today we are looking at Revelation 19:15-21, where the beginning of punishment on the evil and wicked is being doled out.

 

SERMON SERIES

 

THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment

Part 35 – The Seven Angels with the Seven Plagues

Part 36 – The First Bowls

Part 37 – The Last Bowls

Part 38 – The Punishment of the Great Prostitute I

Part 39 – The Punishment of the Great Prostitute II

Part 40 – The Punishment of the Great Prostitute III

Part 41 – Rejoice Babylon the Great has Fallen

Part 42 – Threefold Praise of God

Part 43 – The Second Coming

 

 

TODAY’S SERMON - THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment

Part 44 – The Judgment of Evil

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING

 

Revelation 19:15-21

 

Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

 

             I.        THE SHARP SWORD TO STRIKE DOWN THE NATIONS

a.    Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations

                                                 i.    Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the “Sword of the Spirit” is the Word of God

 

                                               ii.    The imagery here is that the Lord is “Speaking the Word of God.”

                                             iii.    “Sharp” signifying its perfect ability to accomplish what it is for, a dull sword is of no use, while a “sharp” one is perfect for its goal, so this Word of God being spoken by the Lord is perfect.

 

                                              iv.    How does He strike down the nations with it?

 

                                               v.    Hebrews 4:12 tells us, For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

 

                                              vi.    This sharp sword, perfect speaking of the Word of God by the Lord against the nations, is a judgment against them.

 

                                            vii.    Thus, striking them down.

1.    Remember, God “Spoke” everything into existence, Creation from Words; He can also destroy with words as well.

 

2.    Speaking He strikes down nations…there is no “battle,” no “fight,” there is no waging war against the Lamb of God!

 

3.    With a word, His enemies are brought down!

 

 

b.   He will rule them with an iron scepter (Psalm 2:9)

                                                 i.    Psalm 2:1-10 “Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.

 

                                               ii.    The Psalmist speaks of those who partner with Satan to wage war against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, …and scripture even warns the Kings of earth to be “wise,” but we know, not all will listen.

 

 

c.    He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty

                                                 i.    Who walks the wine press?

                                               ii.    On His robe (He that treads) and on His thigh He has this name written:

                                             iii.    KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

                                              iv.    Jesus Himself

 

           II.        THE GREAT SUPPER OF GOD

a.    I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried out in a loud voice to all the birds of the air

                                                 i.    Standing on the sun simply means this angel was in the sky, and a light shone about it

 

                                               ii.    Remember the “loud voice” could mean authority, volume, multitudes, but here it appears to mean authority as the angel commands the birds of earth

 

 

b.   “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,”

                                                 i.    This imagery makes me think of the old westerns when the buzzards would circle above the dead and those who were close to dying.

 

                                               ii.    “Come, gather together.”

 

                                             iii.    I can see large clouds of birds forming, preparing to feast upon the dead

 

                                              iv.    The enormous amount of dead will be provided by God wiping out His enemies who have gathered to make war against Him, thus, “the great supper of God” provided to the birds who were called to gather.

 

 

c.    “so that you can eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

                                                 i.    All who have taken the number of the Beast, and worshiped his image, they have all waged was against the Lamb, and will soon be fodder in a field, supper for the birds.

 

 

         III.        THE BEAST AND ALL WHO WORSHIP ITS IMAGE

a.    Then I saw the Beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider and His army

                                                 i.    The legitimate rider upon a white horse (opposed to the imitation rider who came upon a white horse during the Apocalypse who came in peace but prepared for war, the Antichrist)

 

                                               ii.    This ride is the Lamb of God and those who belong to Him who ride with Him

1.    Not because He “needs” an army, but because the Lord has chosen to include us in His retaking of Creation and as a witness to the destruction and punishment of evil.

2.    In the same way, God created the garden and everything in it before Adam as a witness, now, we, followers of Christ, will be the witnesses to the New Creation!

 

 

b.   But the Beast was captured and with it the false prophet who had performed signs on its behalf

                                                 i.    With these signs, he (the Beast) had deceived those who had received the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image

 

 

c.    The two of them (the Beast and False Prophet) were thrown alive (because they are human) into the fiery lake of burning sulfur

                                                 i.    The rest (the kings, generals, armies, all people alive who had received the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image) were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse

 

                                               ii.    And all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh

 

CONCLUSION –

The Lord will stand on that day upon a great white horse covered in the name: King of Kings and Lord of Lords with all who serve Him.

The Beast and the False Prophet will be cast alive into the Lake of Burning Sulfur. All of those who stood against the Lamb (kings, generals, armies, people great and small, free and slave) and took the sign of the Beast and worshiped its image, will fall dead from the Sword proceeding from the mouth of the Lord and be eaten by the birds of the air.

Next week we will look at the 1000 year reign, the Judgment of Satan, and Judgment of the dead.

 

 

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