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October 21, 2021 6:00 am
They worshiped the beast, saying, who is like the beast was able to make war with him say well how can I use a verse like that share the same very easily solicit received human nature is so impressed with things they can see I think that what they see is all that there is to see the just shall live by faith.
And you're either going to be gullible enough to believe there is this incident invincible bigger coming to the earth from heaven, says he is like an animal. Are you going to believe God. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville*is currently teaching through the gospel of Mark.
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More information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching. After that tribulation is the title of Pastor Rick's message today. He'll be in Mark chapter 13, he says, but in those days starting from the rapture could not know about through the covenant with the seven year covenant with Antichrist that is broken and then his return he says after that tribulation and would we pause there we go back to verse 24 but in those days, after that tribulation. I know this could be a lot of information for some of you, but you have to start somewhere.
You have to get your appetite going somewhere and if your blackout during the message that's all right will will make sure you we get you out before the lights are turned off. After that tribulation's God finishes the great tribulation, which is judgment and wrath on the earth. That is what it is there's no way to spin it and put a ball on it and make it something other than it is. That's why it is called the great tribulation.
We never forget Christ has this way with understatement says things that don't sound so important, so serious was dramatic but yet they are everything he says is dramatic and he is going to return with the dramatic display of his sovereignty. Matthew 24 verse 27 or as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man is pretty intense in the coming of the Son of Man refers to the second coming all the time and not the rapture of the church. He comes for his church with the rapture. He comes back with his church seven years later and so these events that were talking about here. And when we as we finish chapter 13 in the coming Sundays were mainly dealing were not dealing with the rapture dealing with the great tribulation.
Events leading up to that. And and then of course after that. So Daniel's week when he says after that tribulation Daniels 70th week is going to end which will then issue in the thousand year reign of Christ from Jerusalem. He says the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, so in preparation for this one about what is fine. What is my mission.
What is my objective as a pastor not to tickle your years with fascinating things to hope. It's interesting the goal is always to equip to build up and equipped us for the work of ministry, and when ministry goes beyond the walls of the church building and it goes into the world.
How else are they going to get the stink can you preach end times to an unbeliever absolutely if you explain it. If you clarify, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light visible cosmic disturbance. A dysfunctional universe. It seems it's going to the going to be faced with is quoting Isaiah the prophet I mentioned in the Scriptures all over that his words. Isaiah chapter 13 verse 10 for the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light.
The sun will be darkened in its going forth in the moon will not cause its light to shine. Now there can be some very practical reason for that because it's going to be a whole lot a war going on and where there is war. There was smoke and the Lord used very significant. As I mentioned a very significant amount of Scripture Isaiah and Joel. Joel came before. Isaiah Joel writes so much about the end times. The last days. Joel chapter 2 and I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire in pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh. And that's what were talking Zechariah ramps it up.
We in this shall be the plague with which Yahweh will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem. Now he's using that word plague in the same sense that Moses plague struck Egypt.
These are judgments.
They come from God they're not coincidences. They are deliberate and they are divine. He continues Zechariah. Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths is groats.
Heat is this is nuclear or some variation thereof. Ezekiel 39 okay again.
Ezekiel chapter 39 I believe is Antichrist coming to power in that little horn that struggles and exalts itself and then the 39th chapter of Ezekiel's prophecies deals with Armageddon. That final battle which begins on earth and and is ended by heaven, will come to that as we go through this morning, but Ezekiel 39 talking about that the end of the great tribulation. Which Zechariah was talking about. Also, listen to this. I mentioned nuclear or some sort of biological chemical warfare something going on that we already we have these kinds of things he says the search party will pass through the land and when anyone sees a man's bone, he shall set up a marker by it till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog.
The name of the city will also be, and thus they shall cleanse the land right so let's get those odd words out of the way.
Literally, the multitude of Gog Gog being the spiritual forces behind the enemy of the Jewish people. That shows up in in the leaders who are coming against Israel. I know they going to know Ross means Russia and and and me checking in and I disagree with them and I'm not alone. You'll need to know that I'm not alone unless you think I'm going off in my own things I draw times. I like to be alone when I have a lot of ice cream.
For example just like to be left alone but anyway, remember they did not believe the preaching of no and it happened, will they believe us was really not up to us to get too much into that was important that we listen to the Holy Spirit that were ready. We are armed and ready Mesa from Satan's view, may we be armed and dangerous in open carry, that were not hiding our faith.
We do not have a concealed Christianity right now some some of our brothers doing brothers and sisters a bit of the being persecuted they cannot be out in the open with their fate, we can listen that they can be out there open with their sexual perversity. Why can we not be out in the open with the God who is the solution to perversity. It's very basic. Everybody understands that even the unbeliever gets that the armies of the Far East will mobilize in rebellion against Antichrist and the West Antichrist will be very powerful but at some point in the great tribulation for the end that at the end is matter fact that the battle of Armageddon military forces of the East will come.
Revelation 1612 then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared now Antichrist is he's going to deal with this new threat.
He is still determined to wipe out any remaining Jews he can find, and anybody who converts to Christ, but he will have to mobilize. He and the West. To meet this threat.
Nonetheless, and that will set the stage for Armageddon.
Where Christ will wipe out all of the unbelievers coming against. Will there will be some survivors. What it comes down to ground troops in Israel conventional warfare.
Why not just send missiles and blow them to smithereens because the technology the iron Dome which will even be further developed SCUD missiles.
We saw SCUD missiles going in all being fired by the above Saddam Hussein and we had patriotic Utah above missile defenses that shot them down and so the Army is coming against Israel are going to be very reluctant to fire these things into Israel, lest they be exploded over their own heads, and so they going to have to send troops on the ground and that's why you have this conventional warfare in the Valley of Megiddo. That is 50 years ago or maybe 30 or so, you might've said, but doesn't make any sense. With all the met weapons we have today want to just borrow the endless amount of Trident missiles original into Israel. While there, there's the answer there ways to stop those things in force a ground confrontation. Revelation 13 for this is speaking about how successful Antichrist has been in defeating the armies of the world so they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, who is like the beast who was able to make war with him, you say well how can I use a verse like that to share the faith very easily say listen you see the human nature is so impressed with things they can see because they think that what they see is all that there is to see, but the just shall live by faith.
And you're either going to be gullible enough to believe there is this incident invincible figure coming to the earth who heaven says he is like an animal going to believe God. So the armies of the world.
Ezekiel 38. That's Revelation 413 for who can make war with him but here's the interesting thing in Ezekiel 38 the armies coming into Drew enter Israel are that are defeated in the mountains where is Ezekiel 39 Armageddon there defeated in the planes to different war events going on stress that Israel will face during the great tribulation. We don't have a lot of at least I'm not mindful of a lot of Jewish people here will we live. You may be.
When I lived in New York. There were many of them and opportunities to witnesses what I'm I'm talking about from their own Old Testament. Sadly, many of the Jewish people don't aren't even familiar with their own Old Testament of there are many people that have Christian biblical names New Testament names and don't even know it happening just we cannot assume that people know what we know and the only way were going to get down to it, is of the holy spirit gets us in front of them and the only way will. The question is why should he do that if you're not prepared. You don't have the fundamentals of your faith. So Ezekiel 38. I will put this is again before seven years before Armageddon. Ezekiel 38.
I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all my mountains says the Lord Yahweh. Every man's sword will be against his brother.
Now Gog Roche and me shack our spiritual links to the forces behind the human leaders that are enemies against Christ. Revelation 16 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Verse 16 of Revelation 16 and they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon is going to happen and is going to happen just like that and it will be eyeballs that will be melting in their sockets. We won't be here to see these things but we are here to preach about their approach a breath nor was it not there to feel the rain it was inside the arc this coming and then God led them in the ark and God close the door. He did not have to feel the rain to believe God lot.
He did not have to get hit with the fire and brimstone to get out of Sodom and Gomorrah and my point is we are preaching about things that are coming on the whole earth which we will not be here to feel we are here to preach and you say well, Noah got out with eight souls lot got out with four less one ends up with three himself, his two daughters who were the product of being raised in school Sodom and Gomorrah the battlefield will be global at this time in history this great tribulation.
In that day at the end of it. When Christ comes back. This is what he's coming back to war will be all over the place. Jeremiah talks about a Jeremiah 2570 prophets withdrawing from Isaiah Genesis Jeremiah Jeremiah Zephaniah Joel is it's all over the Bible because it's too much information to layout in one book. It has to be filtered, filtered Jeremiah 2533 and at that day. The slaying of Yahweh. That's the judgment of the great tribulation. Isaiah is is very vocal about this also.
Anyway, go back to Jeremiah shall be from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, they shall not be lamented or gathered, or buried. They shall become refuse on the ground the battlefield carnage that will be all over the earth will be too many dead to bury. Revelation talks about the rivers of blood. Jeremiah is very clear. He says from one end of the earth, even to the other, but most Jews would miss that in those days because again they were so Israel centered in their thinking that everything was was about the Jews and about Jerusalem and you can understand it partly because God poured out so much care on them but it was to a fault and in their understanding of things again, even these apostles when Jesus talking about things that were going on what and they they wrote down the nonetheless what he said even though they had not all developed of our understanding as of yet. Christ will not allow men to incinerate the planet and wipe men off the face of the earth does he sizzles lasers or shorten so what begins as a confrontation between the forces of the East and Antichrist of the West ends as a confrontation between heaven and earth when Christ comes back to the Mount of olives and also at the same time wipes out Antichrist and his forces.
The climax in the conclusion of the great tribulation comes with unmistakable signs that were warned about so that we can warn in the hundred and 44,000 Jewish witnesses will be all over in time prophecy in their preaching that people will be getting saved because of it. God will crush the devil and he will crush the signs and wonders that Satan was permitted whether they are false or true that going to be stopped. There will be no mistaking who truly is God and as we humanity enters into that thousand year. In the very early stages of their going to be many converts but as they give birth to more people through that thousand year. The going to be many more unbelievers yet again were not yet talking about the millennial age, verse 25 the stars of heaven will fall in the powers in the heavens will be shaken. How you could Alec arise that and see the stars of the leaders and things you know the nations and there would be truth to that, but I I think that it is also physical. This climactic end to man rule on the earth and the beginning of Christ rule on the earth.
He states when he comes back.
Incidentally, when he destroys these armies at Armageddon. He sets up his government and we is believers from all history past will be here used by him as ministers of his truth and leaders of society humanity and human rule will be hemorrhaging when he arrives there would be bleeding out to be action-packed. It will be again. The Lord's present audience believed it, though they did not live to see it first Peter chapter 3 Al Peter is talking about what happens after the return of Christ, he says, but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for the new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells in so Peter is lumped altogether himself because that was his understanding, but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night the rapture comes without us knowing it. We know it's coming. We just don't know when it's coming and so it will be through the tribulation. There will be other events that will come, and if unexpectedly and if you are not ready. You are doomed. Christ will get into that at the end of this message, not this morning's message, but his Olivet discourse at the end of chapter 13 will keep saying watch watch out when he uses the word. He does not confine it to those who will be living through this age, he can he expands it to those living in every age, you cannot listen to Christ say watch for this, take heed and think he's talking about somebody else and not you to on some level. Verse 26 then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Nice quoting Daniel chapter 7, as I mentioned is just Scripture for everything he's saying the scriptural he is. He is taking the Scripture verses and he is amalgamating the meat, putting them together or to get to be able to do that you have to have an ax pensive understanding of what the Bible says about end times 12 here's Daniel who tells us more about Antichrist in any but that's not what were talking about with talking about the return of Christů Read what Jesus is has condensed for us from Daniel chapter 7 verse 13, Daniel and his vision says I was watching in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the ancient of days and they brought him near before him. Then to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. That's the passage from which Christ is quoting to his disciples what is not court laying it all out. He's got so much. The preachers only got so much time for service has to end. He related he could just preach on and on and on vaulted and almost killed the kid is why we don't have a second-story I I had attended the church years ago that was on the meeting on the fifth or sixth floor of the building.
Depending what was available and I was very happy there were no windows anyway.
Verse 26 then they will again then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. The climactic end to human rule not the end of the world that comes at the end of the thousand years.
I just quoted from Peter but listen. One of the great verses of first Corinthians chapter 15 verse 24 then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the father because he is God the son when he puts an end to all rule and all authority and power to those two Greek words authority excludes ER in the Greek that is the authority, the right to do it and then power there in the Greek is unanimous.
The ability to enforce that authority. And so when Christ does come, not only will he come and put down with the enemy is doing. He will stay and preserve what he is doing the preliminary signs are are done. Is this really nothing on the calendar waiting to happen. We can be rapture that any moment and this great tribulation. Begins going to open up a lot more not of this session, but next week because you you know then we get into the generation that will see it happen when the clock started ticking Lord. It was in 1948. On May 14 was a June 7, 1967 when the clock started ticking. Was this generation will not pass until they see these things with him getting ahead of that comes later moon. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference radio.com once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.
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