Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Revelation: How will it all end?

How does the world come to a close in the final seven years before Jesus Christ comes to rule the earth? The book of Revelation gives us the answers and describes what will take place in the future for mankind. Remember, No man knows the exact day or hour that Christ will return, but He has told us the things to watch for before that horrible 7 years begins after the Rapture. This is truly God's revelation and a gift from Jesus Christ to His church to "Watch, for your redemption draws near!"

In chapters 6:1-8:5 the Seven Seal Judgments are described. 

  1. Rider on a White Horse- Antichrist: The false messiah takes control of this world- politically, militarily, economically, and religiously.
  2. Rider on a Red Horse- War: Nations align against Israel: Syria, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Libya, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon (Daniel 11;40-45; Ezekiel 38:2,5)
  3. Rider on Black Horse- Famine: Farmers use their time and resources for war- food becomes scarce. Starvation kills millions.
  4. Rider on Pale Horse- Death: Death and Hell come to earth. One fourth of the world's human population is taken to the grave.
  5. Martyrdom: Many who come to Christ through the two witnesses and the 144,000 will be murdered for their faith.
  6. Signs in the heavens, earthquakes: The sun becomes black. The moon becomes blood. Stars fall to earth. Every mountain and island is moved.
  7. Silence, Trumpets: Silence in Heaven for about a half hour. Trumpet Judgments begin. 
In chapters 8:7-11:19 the Seven Trumpets are described.

  1. One-third of the Earth burned: Hail, fire mingled with blood burns one-third of all the trees and grass.
  2. One-third of all sea creatures die: One-third of the sea becomes blood. One-third of the creatures that were in the sea die. One-third of the ships are destroyed.
  3. Stars fall; one-third of water turns bitter: One-third of the rivers and fountains of waters become wormwood (bitter, poison) and many die.
  4. One-third sun. moon, and stars darkened: One-third of the sun is smitten, one third of the moon and one-third of the stars are darkened.
  5. Woes, Abaddon, Locusts: Woes pronounced against man. Fallen angels, like locust, are released from the bottomless pit to torment men for months, under their king, Abaddon or Apollyon (Satan).
  6. One third of people killed by horsemen: 200 million evil angels as horsemen will kill one-third of humans. Half the world- 3 billion people- is dead by the midpoint of the Tribulation. 
  7. Wrath/Reward: A vision of the future yet to come. "The kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever."
In chapters 15:1-16:21 the Seven bowl or Vial judgements are described.

  1. Plague of terrible sores: Grievous sores come upon everyone who has denied Jesus Christ, who did not receive Him, who rejected Him so that they received the mark of the beast, 666, and believed the lie of the Antichrist.
  2. Sea turns to blood, All sea life dies: All of the seas become blood. Every living creature in the sea dies.
  3. Rivers to blood, all water life dies: The remaining water in the rivers, lakes, and streams turn to blood. Every creature in water dies.
  4. The sun scorches the earth: Men are scorched with great heat, and still blaspheme God and refuse to repent of their sins.
  5. Beast's kingdom is darkened: Every area of land claimed by the Beast is covered in darkness. Men gnaw their tongues from pain.
  6. The Euphrates River runs dry: It dries that so China, India, and other eastern nations make their way to battle Jerusalem in the campaign of Armageddon (Zechariah 14).
  7. It is Finished: Storms and the largest earthquake ever. Babylon is destroyed. 
These things will take the place in the future. God says it will happen and it will be His way of waking mankind up to His existence and making a call to everyone to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins. He must judge sin and this cursed creation before He sets up His kingdom on earth at the "regeneration" (Matt. 19:28). For those who are Christians already, we will not face these judgments but will dwell safely in Heaven with Jesus because "God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thess. 5:9)

In Christ -Dustin

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