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September 28, 2021 12:00 am
The enemy of Christ is his agenda which is to attack the creator God and the knowledge of desires also to subjugate humankind of the environment and more more we read and hear of this agenda and it's being played out by those who basically view mankind as an intruder. The planet we know is governed by God, mankind will not alter will not deter will not contract will not ruin will not destroy Earth's natural resources. So given to us by God to sustain life on this little marble and it's not limited just one country.
It seems to be an important issue all over the world. What should our response as Christians be to the ever-growing cry of a society to save the environment. People are thinking about what we can do to increase the longevity of the planet. The bottom line is that God is sovereign over all things, including nature, a day is coming when God will use nature to bring judgment on those who reject him working to learn more about this future time today. Here's our teacher, Stephen bought a conference on climate change in 1965 held in Boulder, Colorado, evidence was presented by leading eminent scientists who supported the belief that small changes in sunlight were going to trigger cataclysmic change in events caught on and it gained in intensity in 1966. Interested ground eminent scientists were now predicting a new glaciation within a few thousand years and hours the earth will enter a new ice age in 1968 book that came out called the population bomb, one author wrote that the increased levels of carbon dioxide was really making it impossible to predict with global cooling was consensus. Now the latest rage is becoming global warming the planet we know is governed by God and he is determined according to what we see in Scripture that the resources of the earth will continue to sustain billions of lives until he comes to judge it. No matter what your carbon footprint is mankind will not alter will not deter will not detract will not ruin will not destroy Earth's natural resources. So given to us by God to sustain life on this little marble. The enemy of Christ as his agenda, which is to attack the creator God and the knowledge of the desires also to subjugate humankind of the environment and more and more we read and hear of this agenda and it's being played out by those who basically view mankind as an intruder.
You are an intruder you're in the way nature is given as God's gift to sustain life.
Provide for human benefit and pleasure, it actually becomes more important in human life which then applies a classic form the destruction of any culture in Romans one where mankind denies creator God and elevates creation to the point where mankind actually becomes the slave to nature, but according to the revelation of God as time winds down, leading to Christ's glorious reign on the earth. There is a coming season of cataclysmic events where the rumors of global cooling and the rumors of global warming will be played out in greater horror than anybody could ever imagine. As a matter fact the world is heading for global warming. It is heading for global cooling, all within the very same period of time it will not be related to CO2 emissions. You will not be related to meteorites, it will not be related to carbon footprints. It will be related to the hand of God which actually controls the environment so that it will deliver the human race. Acts of judgment, one after another and how ironic for the human race, then which idolized creation above their creator who desired to protect the planet rather than please great Providence.
They will now be decimated as nature turns monstrous. Go back and discover more details of these events in Revelation chapter 16 is the tribulation period is actually beginning to face its greatest moments of judgment in its last days Revelation chapter 16.
Let's pick it up at verse eight where we left off. The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat. What we have here is global warming God's angel does something to the sun were not told exactly perhaps creating solar flares.
The heat is intensified ever so slightly, and it has to be even ever so slightly for this planet to be inhabitable right now what you want to do if the earth heated up what you want to do that, heated up 20 3040° you want to take a long cold shower when you want to go jump in a lake or go to the ocean or live by the coast, but we've already been told that all the bodies of water been turned away.
Blood the antichrist and his followers have instigated the bloodbath of Christians they martyred. And now they are Christ and his followers will experience the wrath of God by having the baby then Blythe or not they that all add to this bowl of wrath the natural outcome of forest fires is your pizza spontaneously starting all over the planet Christ must return soon or the planet will go up in smoke before it's time. So this is added now to what will become ultimately seven bowls of wrath.
The final acts cataclysmic acts events prior to the return of Christ rule in his millennial's 1000 year kingdom on earth.
So another angel is someone the fifth bowl is poured out. Notice verse 10.
The text tells us in the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom became darkened. Imagine the world plunged into darkness.
We don't get yourself and destroy them around what you would do is is growth out of this auditorium and you get your key press the little button to make a car honk at you see could find because it's dark out there to and then you get any started up return on the headlamps that they would admit no lights. The passive voice indicates that whatever gives a light can't.
Whatever it is it won't. You could strike a match. You could feel that heat of the flame and burn your finger but you would not see a flame. It's possible that the believers are not affected, just as the Israelites were not affected when the plague of darkness invaded Egypt the children of Israel had light. Maybe God does something like that for them. Here were not told, as he did in Exodus chapter 10 verse 23, but Exodus in Revelation become illustrations that those who follow Satan along the kingdom of darkness and those who belong to Jesus Christ, the true Messiah along to the kingdom of what light here is this global demonstration she wore following darkness believe in Christ in command of the kingdom of light. What they do. Verse 11 says, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores.
They did not repent of their deeds. It is a connect what's happening to creator God. Anything we still don't want. We want our sin or evil deeds.
We were false Messiah. We will still worship the Antichrist instead of falling on their faces and repentance. They show that they would choose their sin.
They choose their unbelief and creator got the choose the antichrist they choose the drag the choose the messages of the false prophet so verse 12, six angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the East. The last two bowls prepare the way for God and in his son's kingdom and and also unleash the greatest horrors of of all the Euphrates is dried up. The Euphrates River.
Not only plays a role in the end of human history as we know it, but in the beginning of human history. Euphrates flowed past the garden of Eden Genesis 2.
It's the longest river in Western Asia stretches 1800 miles starting the ice caps melt and the snowfields and ultimately empties into the Persian gulf of the melting of the snow and ice because of global warming from the fourth bowl of judgment would swell the Euphrates River.
It will become a rushing torrent. It would have overflowed its banks by the way, the implication is the river of blood is now water at the text is in verse 12, the water of the great Euphrates River Drive, perhaps because of the melting snow or the icecap or maybe God is already reversed the particular bowl. John tells us why. However, the Euphrates was dried up gives us the answer to this miracle of God's administration of the tax so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the East that no doubt the swelling raging river has swept away the bridges that spanned the river. The armies of the East are going to make it to Jerusalem.
There they began to cross this river to gather in the plane of Armageddon, just north of Jerusalem. So God miraculously somehow. When I told dries out the Euphrates of the kings and their their Armed Forces can march into what effectively becomes his trap. Much like Pharaoh's army. How in the world with the armies of the world even think that they can take on God. What in the world is going on in her mind if they think we all get together we can take you where the Bible tells us. Verse 13 they were deluded how I saw coming out of the mouth of the Dragon that Satan and out of the mouth of the beast that the antichrist and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three demons, unclean spirits like throngs, for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. Here they come and they deceive the armies of the world with great signs and wonders they convince the world that whatever God happens to be doing all of these awful things we can beat him so they march the text looks to the future and the last world war as world empires gather together the fighting of God people not the way inside this scene is an encouragement to those who come to faith in Christ after the rapture during the tribulation, the number we know in the millions. Here's the encouragement. Look at verse 15 behold I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes so that he will not talk about naked and men will not see his shame. Jesus Christ is the same expression in Matthew 24 to refer to his second coming, which we know now follows the bowls of wrath. Chapter 16 the apostle Paul speaks of the day of the Lord, to the Thessalonians in first Thessalonians chapter 5 verse two is the Lord coming as it is a thief prior to his return, the armies of the world are gathering together to overthrow his people, and Satan knows the timing he knows his time is running out and gathers them together, deceiving them, hoping to provide some sort of onslaught against the people of God in the person of God and the returning son of God. Now were told in verse 16. Notice there at the end that these kings and armies gathered together to a place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
Harr means Mountain and Quito ghetto refers to a location in northern Israel mount again. It was a small mountain located near the Mediterranean Sea.
It overlooks a valley that stretches 20 miles long and 14 miles wide is a perfect place to serve as the command center for the all of the armies that converge to do battle against God and his people.
Some Bible scholars believe that these armies are some of them intend actually battling is the antichrist and that may have been an early thought as they have recognized his failed rule and his inability against this creator God is pouring out his wrath upon the earth.
But the more I study this particular text is clarified for me that that because the demons are going out and their performing these miracles to deceive these armies in these world leaders there convincing them and they seem to be converging because of demonic activity that they are indeed ultimately coming to battle against the King of King now as they gather together the final Angel steps forward in verse 17 to empty the final bowl of wrath, then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air that is in the atmosphere and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne saying it is done and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder, and there was a great earthquake, such as there is not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake, was it and so mighty, the great city was split into three parts in the city is of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God to give her the cup of the wine of his fierce wrath and every island fled away while what an earthquake so fierce that it literally changes the topography of the earth. This upheaval will literally elevate Jerusalem and flatten the surrounding region into a plane just as the judgment by the way of God through the flood of Noah changed the topography of the planet. This final act of judgment will change the topography of planet Earth. In fact, some believe it will return to pre-fall conditions.
Notice the changes mentioned in verse 20 and every island fled away poetic forges disappeared. Every island fled away, and in the mountains. What happened to them.
They're not found what's happening. One author wrote this global earthquake unbelieving scientist added this commentary described in the original language as the shaking of the earth will set off every rift now well mapped by geologists, and the riffs are worldwide. The entire western coast of America will be severed from Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina the faultlines the taken all of southern Europe in the entire coastline of the Mediterranean following on eastward and a broadening band of fault lines all across central Asia. The whole of this will burst wide open when the final earthquake comes, imagine that. But there is purpose in this chaos. Isaiah's prophecy will come true's prophecy of Isaiah 40, verses 4 to 5 that every Valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low in the rough grain will become a plane, and the rugged terrain will become a broad valley, believing scientist added his comments are. This global upheaval connected with the prophecy of Isaiah the God intends this judgment is not only punishment kind, and it will be terrifying punishment.
Can you imagine how everything will literally rocked will be a building standing, but this will also prepare the earth for his coming. The effects of this worldwide earthquake will return to earth. One Bible scholar wrote that gentle rolling topography of the world as originally created. No more will there be great inaccessible uninhabitable mountain ranges or were deserts. The physical environment of the millennium, the kingdom of Christ will be a restoration of the environment and conditions on the planet prior to the judgment of Noah's flood and that amazing to ponder massive eruptions terrestrial convulsion the redistribution of land masses mountain ranges, islands of the ensuing redirection of the bodies of water. Imagine at the surface of the planet will be changed and prepared for the coming kingdom, in fact, another author said that this may very well leave Jerusalem as the highest point on earth as the prophet suggest making it a fitting throne for the great King who will rule 4000 year that is exciting to you as it is to me is absolutely amazing by the way, that isn't all pounds.
The earth into a new form. Look at verse 21 and huge hailstone about 100 pounds each, came down from heaven upon men.
Can you imagine this to be seen any hail lately. Watch as little pebble size things it does all kinds of damage doesn't devastate crops and all sorts of things into your dear car or truck.
The heaviest hailstones is a little research on record weighed 2 1/2 pounds fell in the mid 80s in Bangladesh and 92 people were killed, two and half pound. Can you imagine hailstones the size of golf carts pummeling the earth.
You have this massive earthquake and everything's coming loose and then massive hailstone coming from the skies massive hailstones by the way that sudden global cooling. Perhaps this is the way they got put out fires that will be worldwide also thought about it. Is this perhaps is a demonstration of Leviticus chapter 24 were those who blaspheme God were to be stoned to death.
This becomes a precursor then to the fact that everyone will be judged according to the fullness of God's law and everyone apart from Christ's atoning work will face the fullness of God's wrath. So it all wrapped up with an earthquake, hail with a massive army in the site of Christ, who returns for details on that later. But I couldn't help your think of the fact that God delivered the law of Moses, there was what an earthquake is if the let the Israelites know that the wrath of God is ever ready to judge those who break the law when God the son hung on the cross, God said what an earthquake shook the earth as if to let the world know that he and judged his son on behalf of every lawbreaker and the last time in human history.
God shakes the earth shakes it to let it know it will indeed face the judgment of God, for they have rejected the one who bores wrath on the cross. I thought of another element that traces through the text of Scripture you have God delivering the law on Mount Sinai consistently broken, Christ paying the penalty for all lawbreakers on Mount Calvary in the world and unbelief marching by Mount Mikita to experience his wrath were he will eventually send all who do not believe to place of eternal suffering eternal first eternal fire, eternal darkness. Darkness was man's choice all along.
Mankind refuses with the Bible calls the light of the gospel of Christ, he chooses to revere mother nature and the environment. He refuses the account in the Bible of this creating agent of the triune God. We know Colossians others is the son of God. The very first words as he created all areas were lad there be what light is first word record, mankind refuses to surrender to Christ who is the light of the world. He refuses the gospel of Christ, which is called the gospel of light. You know I got does God will eventually give mankind his wish, banishing him to everlasting darkness.
I noticed one other point as we wrap up our study.
In this chapter over and over and over again in chapter 16 in the Greek language you find the this little word mega we use it often for great awesome big.
It appears over and over again in chapter 16 begins with a great voice.
You have great heat you have a great river.
You have the great day of God in this battle of Armageddon. You have a great earthquake, you have a great city, a great empire of Babylon, and it ends with great hailstones. This is the great wrath of God punctuated by the original author as he he dropped in continually great great great catastrophe great anguish. This this great judgment of God during the tribulation and you know it. As I left the study are you glad were were were having and we will have forever. The demonstration of God's great mercy. Psalm 86 is great grace asked for his great love. Ephesians 2 because we have accepted so great a salvation Hebrews chapter 2 my went to Gabriel's introduction of new truth to Mary and her soon to be delivered only sign my friend then this virgin born son and he said to her, he shall be great, he shall be great, and he shall be called the son of the highest he can get any higher than the highest in the Lord God shall give it to him the throne of his father David. You're almost there you think we make it out of the tribulation were almost there where the prophecy will come true or Christ will descendent in great splendor and this one who is great will sit on his throne and his kingdom and in earth will see the greatness of his glory for those who refuse him great things will happen to them. They will be terrible in their greatness for those who believe in him. Great things are in store.
And so we believe in time to the end of a chapter like this and experience in our hearts. Great joy. Great security because we have had the wrath of God poured out against the sun and we have placed our faith in him were hiding in him we were trying to for the believer. For us, with the words great is thy faith. God reveals some terrifying teacher events in the book of Revelation as she describes some of the judgments to come.
But, as Stephen taught us today.
These events need not terrify us as Christians.
God will never judge those whom he's forgiven and declared righteous in his sight. And for those who have not placed their faith in Christ. The admonition is to run to Christ today. You're listening to wisdom for the heart with Stephen Devi. Our current series is called Armageddon in the fall of Babylon Stevens calling this lesson.
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