What’s coming…

How much will it take for you to get it? Will you respond before it is too late? Will you see the signs and still go your own way? Will you think you are ok because of the blessings you have today? Will you realize and remember that God is just and as such justice is coming? There is hope for those who will turn to Jesus and receive Him. There is still time because God is a patient God. Turn back and receive what He has to offer before it is too late!

Last night as I was serving I took some notes and am putting them here to share.

When you consider what’s going to happen, you need to realize that the only hope we have is Jesus. The book of Revelation is revealing Jesus.  Jesus is my hope, how about you?

As we consider the first 3.5 years of the tribulation, lets see what we can find…

  • Traits that emerge
    • (1) God is JUST and justice is coming
  • One day God is going to right every wrong
  • Rev 5 – we see the revelation of the scroll and that nobody was able to unseal it because nobody was worthy causing John to weep
    • it was the title deed to the world
    • If the scroll couldn’t be opened there was no hope
  • Rev 6 – Lamb opens
    • Matt 24:21-22
      • 21For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again. 22But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days.
    • (1a) God judges with patience
    • v9-11 … we see the in the 5th seal being open that the souls of the martyrs are asking how much longer till judgment day and they are avenged. They are given white robes and told to be patient because it is going to be a bit longer.
      • 2 Peter 3:9
        • 9The Lord is not slow to do what he has promised, as some think. Instead, he is patient with you, because he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.
      • God doesn’t want anyone to be lost and keeps trying all the way to the end, but there are still people who won’t turn back to Him and repent of their ways.
      • God still loves this world. He doesn’t love the evil taking place though.
      • God’s patience isn’t something to be toyed with nor abused, nor taken for granted
      • Romans 2:4
        • 4Or perhaps you despise his great kindness, tolerance, and patience. Surely you know that God is kind, because he is trying to lead you to repent.
        • Don’t misinterpret or mistake patience for God being ok with how we are living
      • God sent judges in the book of Judges – they were sent to deliver the people from the sin
      • We need to keep sharing the good news
      • Consider Noah… it took 120 years to build the boat
        • people had 120 years to take God seriously
        • people had 120 years to change their ways
        • people had 120 years to get into the Ark
        • Noah was a creature of righteousness and blameless
        • He preached righteousness, yet nobody believed
        • Matt 24:38
          • 38In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; 39yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
    • (1b) God’s judgment is progressive
      • there is a limit to His patience
      • Three 7s show the progression, the opportunities for people to turn, the chances to change
        • 7 seals
        • 7 trumpets
        • 7 bowls
      • It was progressing through each…7 chances through each seal. 7 chances through each trumpet. 7 chances through each bowl
      • Repent, turn back and God could stop the judgment against you
        • But as we read there are still people who don’t and won’t
      • The progression is like birth pain which get stronger and harder and more frequent
        • 1st seal – Conqueror
        • 2nd seal – World War breaks out
        • 3rd seal – Affects of World War on the world – famine and poverty
        • 4th seal – wide spread death
        • 5th seal – martyrs asking when and God saying to be patient, still a bit more time
        • It’s interesting to consider what John is seeing as he tries to describe it since you know he hasn’t seen anything like this before and is saying things like “it was like” “as a” could it be some of the sophisticated military machines that we have or are yet to come? could it be …
        • Rev 7:1 – could you imagine no wind at all
        • Rev 8 – could you imagine 1/2 hour of complete silence in heaven?
      • New progression starts as opportunities to turn back to God continue (144000 Jewish saved)
        • Trumpet 1 – 1/3 of the earth destroyed
        • Trumpet 2 – 1/3 of the sea destroyed
        • Trumpet 3 – 1/3 of the rivers and streams
        • Trumpet 4 – 1/3 of the sky destroyed (sun, moon, stars, goes dark)
        • Trumpet 5 – Torture of man begins…they will wish they were dead and could die, but won’t
        • Trumpet 6 – 1/3 of the human race killed
        • Trumpet 7 – Judgment, Reward, Destruction begins now
      • Consider two farmers…one who believes and one who doesn’t. One who doesn’t work the field on the Sabbath and one who does. The one who goes against God’s way gets a better harvest and questions the other farmer. The other farmer’s response was “God doesn’t settle accounts in October”. God’s timing is perfect and everyone who doesn’t turn back to God will deal with the judgment because they haven’t been written in the book of life.
      • So don’t judge what is taking place today to mean what will happen, God’s timing is perfect. God is just, and justice is coming.
      • There will be a time when everyone has to give an account
  • (1) God is just
  • (2) God is merciful
    • 144000 Jewish evangelists
    • 2 witnesses speaking to try and convince more
      • some think it may be Moses and Elijah
      • We see in Rev 11 that they are killed, raised back to life, and then raised up to heaven
      • 1/10 of Israel gets destroyed
    • Rev 14:6-7 – Before final judgment, He sends an angel to share salvation
      • 6Then I saw another angel flying high in the air, with an eternal message of Good News to announce to the peoples of the earth, to every race, tribe, language, and nation. 7He said in a loud voice, “Honor God and praise his greatness! For the time has come for him to judge all people. Worship him who made heaven, earth, sea, and the springs of water!”
    • God reaches out through it all trying to get people to turn to Him, to repent
    • People still don’t turn back

God is Just! Jesus is our only hope

We need to deal with the sin problem and only Jesus can deal with it!


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