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February 13, 2022 5:00 am
This week Dr. Cheryl Davis continues her series in Revelation. Discussing the 144,000 and their purpose. Along with the visions of John, Babylon, and more.
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This is Robbie doing more from a Christian cargo. I am king in pursuit where we hear how God takes your passion and uses it to build the kingdom your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it and share it but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing the truth network. This is the Truth Network welcome to the weekend edition of truth matters with Cheryl Davis daily on the station at 8:20 AM and 5:20 PM matters is a ministry of the truth project whose mission is to empower men and women in the Christian faith, teach biblical truth in the culture and marketplace of ideas using the Bible as a sacred trust of truth and sharing the message of Jesus. Learn more about the ministry of the truth project at www.projectmatters.com, not discussions on the 144,000. This specific purpose. Visions of John Babylon and more blessed joy happy Cheryl Davis this week's Extended Edition of truth matters. I learned this from Dr. David Jeremiah years ago statement and it stuck with me for a long time when you are God's person doing God's will.
You are immortal until God is finished with you. This means that you are under God's protection in his control until your job is finished, so I want to say to those of you out there even listening to this radio program and understanding what goes on in the tribulation to know that God often works in remnants and he has preserved a remnant of the hundred 44,000 through the tribulation to accomplish his will and to evangelize the nations. He still operates like that today when we are ordained by God to do a certain purpose, and the Bible says God before us, who can be against us. Whatever comes your way. If you're in the will of God. You are immortal until God is finished. And until that purpose is accomplished. God is the author of the narrative. He writes the story. He also controls the timetable. So, if we are in him where he is and our destiny is determined in him, not in our own efforts.
All we have to do is have faith and belief and be faithful God will take care of us. Much like he preserved hundred 44,000 said they are preserved in their ministry was the first characteristic about of them also. They are peerless in the ministry. What I mean by peerless they are alone. There is no one else that is redeemed, except them. The song which the hundred 44,000 saying was not known by anyone else in heaven, not the four living creatures or the 24 elders time they have their own special anointing. They have their own special purpose. No one can sing to the Lord what they can because no one has been sealed and preserved by God as they have been. This is another evidence of their uniqueness. All of us are unique in our calling to God.
But collectively the hundred 44,000 have a specific purpose or certain time, but in this day and time at the church is more competition with each other rather than synergistic partnerships.
I think there is enough work to go around where all of us have a specific purpose in God and it is unique. According to our gifting's on which we should not be used for competition rather than we should be in partnerships next characteristic of the hundred 44,000 as they were pure in their ministry said I just want to read verse four again to reemphasize their pureness. They are the ones who were not defiled with women for they are versions. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among man being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
The text says that they had not defiled themselves with women, and makes it sound like they are men but then it says they are virgins which it makes it sound like they are women on this statement. Some believe it is about sexual purity, when really is about spiritual purity.
The verse has the same meaning as a second Corinthians 11 chapter 11 verse two. I'm going to turn there to read chapter 11 verse two. Prime jealous for you with godly jealousy I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste version Christ. Paul is telling the church to be spiritual virgins devoting themselves to remain free from the pollution and corruption of sin spiritual idolatry God calls us to live unspotted by the world. We are to be in the world not of the world are not to be corrupted. As you know, this was Israelites problem is that they prostitute themselves to other gods.
That is what led them to captivity for the greatest preparation we can make for ministry is a preparation of our hearts and mind to be singularly devoted to God. James 127 talks about this pure and undefiled religion before God and the father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world say we must not be of the world. We must remain pure just like the hundred 44,000 did in the next characteristic that they are peculiar in their ministry, and we've often heard that word used Titus chapter 2 verse 14, who gave himself for us, and that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for himself his own people zealous for good works, and we are a peculiar people, peculiar means to be set apart to be uniquely God's own people and here in Revelation 14 verse five it says in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. They are peculiar they are different. Obviously they have a different market than those that have the mark of the beast. Their behaviors different. They are not of the world that like to go to the book of Zephaniah chapter 3 verse 13 Zephaniah actually prophesied about a remnant in verse 13.
Remember I talked about remnants before the remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth for they shall feed their flocks and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid, this is very similar to verse five in which I read before and in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. The hundred 44,000 are in the Old Testament as well and we find that here. Zephaniah chapter 3 verse 13.
So, just to summarize the characteristics of the hundred 44,000 and the people of the vision is that they were pure. They were preserved they were peerless and that they have their own song they are peculiar and they will be special that the key fact is that they will be preserved to accomplish the will of God, even during the tribulation.
The next time aspect of the vision is that there is praise in the vision. Even though the song is not about to be sung by anyone else in heaven, we find the words and Revelation chapter 7 verse 10.
Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb again, this is reinforcing the vindication of the Lamb and chapter 14 the Angels and the elders and the living creatures fell on their faces and worshiped God in response to the words of the hundred 44,000 with the words of their own blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever.
Amen. I don't know about you but this is exciting, giving all the things that we have seen in Revelation up to this point that we see the vindication of the Lamb and we see the encouragement that is offered to the church as well as to the hundred 44,000 that are preserved to the tribulation. This shows the faithfulness of God to the church as well as to those that are in the tribulation.
The best way for us to prepare for such a scene. This is to praise God by living a committed Christian life.
That is how we prepare for the judgment seat of Christ and our life in eternity. Again, we are still in the prelude were still in the Paul's before the bowl judgments which happen in chapter 16 that were going to finish on chapter 14 and move on to verses six through 20 they feel. Remember I said earlier that chapter 14 has five visions that John records, they are not necessarily in chronological order. They are a series of announcements by Angels of dramatic events which are about to take place during the tribulation. We have Angels appearing in verses six, eight, nine, 15, 17 and 18 of chapter 14. Each of these Angels announce the coming event and prophetic history that will affect the lives of the people of God who are on earth during the tribulation days. Again, we covered the hundred 44,000 in verses one through five. But let's begin with the next vision and I verses six through seven. Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation tried tongue and people saying with a loud voice, fear God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made heaven and earth see in the springs of the water their keywords in these versus the keywords in verse six are everlasting gospel in verse seven from God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come and worship him and made heaven and earth to see in the springs of water. The main message is this angel is to fear God and to worship him. The emphasis of God is the creator of heaven and earth and the sea and the springs of water really mentions nothing of the blood of Christ forgiveness or repentance. Dr. Henry Morris calls out our attention to this fact. It says if Christ is not the creator. He can hardly be the Savior of the coming king and this is interesting as this has a different vantage point than how we minister in the gospel today. The men of the last days which those that are living in the last days that need to be converted or that need to be saved. They must be called back to believe in a true creation and therefore a real creator God before they can be constrained to come to him as Savior.
When you talk to the intellectuals of modern-day evolution is the predominant belief on undercutting the evidence of God, but verse six is the only place in Scripture where the gospel is called the everlasting gospel. This is the original gospel from God.
The original gospel is to worship and fear God, let's move on to the next vision. The next vision is in Revelation chapter 4 verse eight and another angel followed, saying Babylon is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication. For the first time Babylon is mentioned in Revelation Babylon is covered mostly in chapter 17 and 18. This is a preliminary announcement of the final overthrow of the fall city in the world system. The ancient city, Babylon is first mentioned in Genesis 10 through 11, but we learned a lot about the book of Daniel, but when Babylon is mentioned in the Bible it can refer to either the actual city or the pagan humanistic Road system that characterize the city but in this case Babylon is God's name for the world system. The antichrist will institute during the tribulation system which he will destroy. Some believe that the actual ancient city of Babylon will be rebuilt and be the center of operations for the beast and the false prophet next vision is in Revelation chapter 14 verses nine through 11 in outreach those in 1/3 angel followed them, saying with a loud voice. If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his four head or on his hand.
He himself shall also drink the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of his indignation shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels in the presence of the Lamb and they should have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name is pretty clear that those who worship the beast will be dimmed by God but the opposite is also true that if you worship God will be condemned by the beast. This reminds me of the verse in Joshua where it says to shoot this day him you're going to serve as for me and my house are going to serve the Lord and when this decision is made in the tribulation the consequences of that will be dire.
As far as death move onto the next vision as this is the death of the saints. The promise to those who endure the days of the tribulation on earth and are granted rest from their labors were going to read that in verses 12 to 13. Here is the patience of the saints.
Here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me right. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them. The word rest is often used in the New Testament to refer to those who have died in the Lord, or who are asleep in the Lord such as Lazarus and John on chapter 11 verse 11, and having read this a number of times I think it is very important to bring out in 13 where it says yes the spirit they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them. Their works follow them. I think most of us in church and Justin teaching about works know that salvation does not come by works. I think we under emphasized the importance of works after we get saved you know the Bible clearly says our works follow us into heaven, and when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Those works that survive the fire of judgment at the judgment seat of Christ will be our reward in heaven. So some of us get saved and sit on the seat of do nothing and when we get to the judgment seat of Christ, we will not have any works that follow us. I don't want that to be you because that will be a day of sadness for you when the day the judgment seat of Christ should be one of joy and commendation so think about what you're doing for God, look at your works on this side of salvation want something following you into heaven, whether it be souls, whether it be evangelism, whether it be giving what ever it be, let there be faithfulness to God that follows you into heaven.
Here we look in the division of people and this is the fifth vision that we look at and this is where we reap the Earth's harvest. So let's just read on verses 14 to 16 then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat one like the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown in his hand a sharp sickle and another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud thrust in your sickle and read for the time has come for you to reap, for the harvest of the earth is right to he who sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth and the earth was reaped. The message of the angel concerns the end of the tribulation.
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