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May 19, 2022 6:00 am
Again the first time saved is not coming the second time save is coming the second time is judge. He came to save still invite you to be safe, but he will come the second time, not as the Lamb is Lord of one Jesus is at the center all times events in today on connect to pikes scriptures about the startling appearance of Jesus when he returns to judge the world. It's far from what he looked like when he died on the cross. Right now we want to tell you about a resource that will help you live with the boldface as you follow Jesus where ever he leads stands between you and a more fruitful walk with Jesus.
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If you know God, writer, and again this is sure to raise your hand up publisher see that I do not just okay so John and Charles Wesley were these great preacher revivalists. John Wesley was like the preacher guy I Charles Wesley wrote songs in many songs. Charles Wesley wrote 6500.
Some say update thousand… Let's be conservative.
Let's be skimpy here showing 6500 songs that I read like six 6500. He wrote the majority of Charles Wesley's hymns focus on the second coming of Christ. It is one of the great themes of him knowledge.
He through the ages. Here's one everybody knows not by Wesley but by Isaac Watts because we sing at every Christmas, not knowing it has nothing to do with Bethlehem. It has everything to do with the second coming. Just read the lyrics here is joy to the world, the Lord is come, let Earth receive her King. It's all about Jesus coming to establish his kingdom is this is great hope, and this is the day where Jesus comes in glory, so let's move on.
We seem to think about the second coming of Christ is preceded by a supper predicted by the Scripture. Third, it's punctuated by a slaughter.
This is where the story goes a little bit dark. I mean it gets a little bit somber. Verse 11 then I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. When Jesus came to earth.
The first time he rode into Jerusalem on donkey don't get right lobe of the Shrek. There Bodie comes the second time he comes on a white horse very emblematic of conquering like ancient rulers did and he is sat on him was called faithful and true, and in righteousness he judges and literally wages war. His eyes were like a flame of fire on his head were many crowns and conquerors would conquer in those days they would often take the crown of the Concord King and put it on their head to show new sheriff in town. I'm in charge it. Many crowns on his name I name written on it. He had a name written that no one knew except himself.
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the word of God. We know that's Jesus in the beginning was the word the word was with God the Word was God. And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses. Now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, and with that with it he should strike the nations.
And he himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God and he has on his robe and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of lords, for this is a very different Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, this is the warrior Jesus. This is not gentle Jesus, meek and mild.
This is giant Jesus mighty and riled by this is this is very different when we think of Jesus. We often think of Jesus looking what's with such compassionate eyes or tear filled eyes as he looked over Jerusalem, verse 12 shows us one whose eyes are like a flame of fire.
We we picture Jesus in our minds, wearing his own crown of thorns and sacrifice and humiliation.
Once again, in verse 12 on his head here were many crowns. We typically picture Jesus in his suffering, covered with his own blood. We'll notice here in verse 13 he is a robe dipped in blood, it's not his own. It is the blood of his enemies. Isaiah 63 which is a corollary to Revelation 19 spells that out clearly. He comes to wage war, by the way, speaking of songs before I kind of explain what this is what's going on here.
Speaking of hymns of the church songs. Another great second coming song was written during the Civil War by Julia Ward Howe.
She was grieved by the inhumanity in her own country, and she wanted to think about the day when Jesus will come back and set all things straight so her hope was the second coming, so she wrote a song called Battle hymn of the Republic and the lyrics are Revelation 19 mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored he has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword his truth is marching on.
That is Revelation 19 those lyrics are hurt thinking past the Civil War on into the coming of Jesus is know what is happening here war he's waging war. He's coming to a battle. This is the end of the tribulation. A very particular battle. You could call it the mother of all battles.
It is the battle of Armageddon previewed already, even though we haven't read it in the series in Revelation chapter 16 that spelled out the gather together in a valley of Megiddo or Armageddon called in the tongue Armageddon is Revelation 16 verses 15 and 16, so it is the final showdown of the Antichrist and his armies and they they they converge in Israel marching toward Jerusalem in the Valley of Armageddon. We are told by the way, Napoleon Bonaparte said the belly of Armageddon and all of his military experience was the most natural battleground in the world that he had ever seen many historic battles. Biblical battles were fought their Deborah and Barrick fought Sisera in the Valley of Armageddon. Gideon fought the Midianites in the Valley of Armageddon arsenic around thought the fought against Hezekiah.
I'm guessing that's around second Kings 18 that's a biblical battle. Also, King Pharaoh NECO of Egypt fought against and killed King Josiah.
In this battle that's around second Kings 23 right around her, but it's back back there in the Bible somewhere so that place has seen lots of battle activity even in more modern times and will see another battle in future times. The long and short of it is hostilities against the nation of Israel will reach fever pitch. During this period of time and they will march all the armies of the Antichrist against Jerusalem. That's when Jesus shows up not to fight a battle to interrupt the battle like their margin. We do this and then Jesus comes back. I know it's called the battle of Armageddon is get that out of our minds truly not the battle of Armageddon. It's the beat down at Armageddon. It's a wipeout.
So like Jesus side gets hurt a little bit now just like that out. Stop it now, I want you to see how somber this is what you to make a contrast.
Look at verse seven talks about the marriage of the Lamb.
In verse nine, the marriage supper of the landers is that one suffer. That's a good supper.
We show you another supper's not a good supper. Verse 17 then I saw an angel standing in the sun. He cried with a loud voice saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven come and gather together for supper of the great God, what is that Angel referring to. He's inviting vultures to come and have supper. The bodies of slain soldiers at the battle of Armageddon.
While I like the first supper better. I want to go to supper. I don't want to be something. Some even think that Jesus was referring to this when he said in Matthew 24 wherever the carcass is the vultures will be gathered together, so this is Jesus coming back at the end of the tribulation. During this battle, known as the battle of Armageddon, to give you a very quick rundown of events, want to move to this quick time to get deep into it. Did a little bit last week. First on the calendar of events that were looking for. It could happen at any moment the rapture of the church at some point. Jesus, who is right now seated at the right hand of the father's unit stand up and he's in a calm and he's in the coming to the atmosphere. We look to that in-depth last week. He's gonna take all of the saints with them in the after that I believe in heaven takes place what's called the judgment seat of Christ. It sounds ominous but it's where you and I get rewards. The Greek word, they must seek. It's where they would get rewards for running a race in antiquity, and so you and I will be second Corinthians 5 evaluated by Jesus Christ for the work that we have done in the body. Second Corinthians 5. Direct quote from their working to be evaluated for our faithfulness to him while on the earth exit the judgment seat of Christ the rapture the church judgment seat, then I believe on the earth right at the beginning or just prior to the tribulation is a very specific battle. The Bible speaks about not Armageddon. A battle mentioned prophesied in great detail in Ezekiel chapter 38 ever heard of the battle of Gog and Magog. Most of you have the battle of Gog and Magog. These are ancient terms for rulers and for regions. We can identify what those regions are the war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 is I believe a post rapture power grab led by Russia and not only Russia but it will be in partnership with Turkey and Iran all identified in the text.
So yeah, your three nations, Russia, Turkey and Iran, with the support of Libya, Ethiopia and Sudan. They will attack Israel from the northern border. Ezekiel 38 says the area of Syria coming from Syria down into Israel and it says they want to get something precious that Israel has does not disclose what it is. But here's what's interesting about that is that for the first time in history.
Those three nations are in partnership Russia, Iran and Turkey are in partnership and not enough you know this or not but all three have military assets right now in Syria there there right now.
Moreover, recently Israel has discovered that there are in possession of the disorder found this out the last few years, massive oil and natural gas reserves and they are planning to build an undersea pipeline to sell oil to Europe, which happens to be Russia's number one customer. Also, if you follow the news. You know that recently Iran has ramped up its nuclear enrichment to a level of 20%, which experts say that's that's frightening. Nuclear war stuff 20% and just yesterday. Did you see that they fired Iran fired a missile in the Indian Ocean very close to an American ship. So things are heating up and it's lining up so rapture the church here in heaven judgment seat of Christ on the earth battle of Gog and Magog.
Then the tribulation starts tribulation last seven years is the 70th week of Daniel in the middle of the seven-year.
It's called the abomination of desolation by Jesus and by Daniel.
This ruler Antichrist makes an agreement, a pack a covenant with many people he breaks it, including Israel, he breaks it in the middle of that seven-year. Call the abomination of desolation.
The last 3 1/2 years are the worst. That is the great tribulation.
Jesus said unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. So that'll be the tribulation. The end of all that this event happens second coming. So rapture the church judgment seat of Christ were of Gog and Magog tribulation. Second coming of Jesus to the earth after the second coming of the kingdom.
Last thousand years, and I know that chapter 20 of Revelation says like five times thousand years thousand years thousand years thousand or thousand years, so I figure it's thousand years. So all that the prophets spoke about what happened during that time happen for a thousand years, followed by the disintegration of heaven and earth, everything created gets uncreated, God makes a new heaven and a new earth, and that's called the eternal state that the happily ever after moment forever and ever.
That sort of a quick rundown. So second coming, preceded by a supper predicted by the Scripture, punctuated by a slaughter. The fourth and best aspect is performed by a Savior.
All of this is under the management and control somebody who passionately loves you, and came the first time to make sure you would never have to be bird supper but would invite you to his supper for just notice some of the names once again because he is the focal point is called the Lamb in verse nine he is called the Word of God. In verse 13 he is called faithful and true. In verse 11, and then in verse 16 that great title. He has on his robe and on his thigh a name written, king of kings and Lord of lords. So we came the first time a Savior. He's not coming the second time a Savior. He's coming the second time is judge.
He came to save he still invite you to be saved but he will come the second time, not as the Lamb, but as the lion of the tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Lord of lords, one who is an authority. Now the second coming will be a public event which means everybody to see it.
Unlike the rapture select group season.
There's no judgment associated with the rapture, massive judgment associated with the second coming and when he comes everybody sees it. Revelation chapter 1, and every eye shall see him, Jesus said Matthew 24 as lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the son of man be.
Now when Jesus comes to the earth.
He's coming to a particular place where you think that is a good site Espanola. Our Santa Fe no-no may maybe Los Angeles about New York New York wrong. Currently to come to Jerusalem, but to a very particular geographical spot in Jerusalem. The Mount of olives, the Mount of olives metal Jesus left he left earth. He ascended into heaven, from the Mount of olives. Acts chapter 1, you know the scene Jesus ascends into heaven, from the Mount of olives disciples standing there hands are in their robes are looking up duty and that's cool. And there got their heads cocked up in an Angel says hey you men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven.
For this same Jesus who left will so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven. Get there you have in his second coming is to be like his ascension was his ascension likely went into heaven physically. He went into heaven visibly and he went into heaven, from the Mount of olives, so I'm guessing he's coming back physically, visibly, every eye will see him and to the Mount of olives, which is not only what the angel said that's what was predicted by the prophets. The prophet Zechariah who gives lots of end time predictions talks about a great battle in the end times and God will fight for his people. In that battle immediately after that, it says this and in that day his feet will stand on the Mount of olives, which faces Jerusalem on the East know when that happens, something will happen to the Mount of olives.
It says, and the Mount of olives shall split into right in the book of Zechariah, the prophet, the Mount of olives was split into what's interesting about that is in 1964. A geologist discovered a fault line in Jerusalem that runs right through gas. The Mount of olives, so we have a mountain in Jerusalem called the Mount of olives that is waiting for a very very particular footprint and when that footprint touches it will split into and every eye will see him now people as well, if he's coming to Jerusalem. How can every eye see him will you could've asked that question 100 years ago and you'd be hard to answer. I don't know but now we have satellite television you see stuff all over the world everybody one time can see it moreover is just a thought, when looser rights perhaps the return of Jesus Christ is an event that takes place over a period of 24 to 48 hours, where he will appear in the sky and be seen by all. As the world turns on its axis. Then as the rotation continues. Christ is continually seen as coming closer to the earth, until eventually he disappears for the rest of the world. As he lands on the Mount of olives. Interesting thought fun to throw in.
That's no extra charge. I don't know but the purpose of prophecy two weeks ago last week this week.
The purpose of prophecy is not to scare you.
It's to engender faith in you. It's it's to get you get your your heart and head around the idea that Jesus is in control of the future and what he said it was disciples who is on to tell you what's can happen in advance so when it comes to pass. You remember that I said it to you and you'll believe so prophecy as you study it causes you to have faith. Paul the apostle. His last words before he died, recorded in second Timothy and he said to Timothy. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will give to me on that day and not only to me but to all who have loved his appearing. Does that describe you.
Do you love his appearing. Are you looking forward for the return of Christ for you personally are you like the kids without fingerprints on the Windows lean into that lookup Jesus.
And when these things begin to happen. Lift up your head because your redemption draws that concludes Skip Heitzig six message series 2020. Now we want to tell you about a unique opportunity to take your knowledge of Scripture to a new level.
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