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THE DESTRUCTION OF RELIGIOUS BABYLON

Revelation 17

INTRODUCTION

There are so many things going on today. And when we compare them to Scripture we often wonder … “Does any of this link together in the Tribulation?” Some of the points of wonderment is ecumenicism, moves toward a one world church, the movement within the Roman Catholic Church to make Mary “Co – Redemix,” equal to Jesus in salvation. That means one could call on Mary just as easily as calling upon Jesus for salvation. There are Catholics today who trust in Mary more than in Jesus.

And we must make a very important statement at the beginning of this message. This is not a basis to bash anyone or anyone’s beliefs. This is an honest attempt to understand what Almighty God says will occur in the future. In this chapter there are so many questions. All of them will not be answered until we get to heaven. We will simply have to live by faith. But, according to what we know, we live, we act, and we behave.

Whether we like it are not, people are incurably religious. God has created within us the desire to worship. With the entrance of sin we are so often willing to worship anything. If we reject the true God then we will make our own false gods in order to try to fill the God – shaped vacuum that we have. And into this vacuum Satan will step if we reject God.

False religion is everywhere in this world. It is no surprise that it will play a major role in the end times. During the Tribulation, all the world’s religions will be united into one great world religion.

The next two chapters deal with destruction. In chapter seventeen is the destruction of religious Babylon. In chapter eighteen is the destruction of political Babylon. These two systems are the basis of the world’s system in the Tribulation. And we can use the word “great” to describe both systems. Even the best Bible scholars do not agree with the details of these two chapters. In some ways this is the hardest part of the book of the Revelation to interpret. Here we have to be careful not to be a dogmatic as we can in some other passages in Revelation.

Clearly there are some things we know, there are some things we think we know and there are some things we will just have to wait for the answer from God. One great obvious fact is that in verses 16-18 of this verse the Anti – Christ himself will destroy religious Babylon. And in chapter 18 God destroys economic Babylon.

THEME: BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

NOTE: The same law applies to an individual that applies to systems. In fact systems are simply the sum total of people who hold to them.

I. JUDGMENT Revelation 17:1-6

     A. John’s View Of The Fall Of The Greatest False Religion The World Has Ever Seen Revelation 16:17-21

          1. The apostate church

              a. The great whore

               b. The judgment of a woman

          2. The meaning of these key words

               a. Whore

                   1) Greek – porneos

                   2) Usually translated harlot

                   3) The active recruiting of people into sin

               b. Sitting on many waters

                   1) The city of Babylon was noted for its numerous beautiful canals of water from the Euphrates

                   2) Waters can also be a symbol of the many nations of the world

               c. Committed fornication

                   1) Greek – porneuo

                   2) The verb form of porneuo

          3. The kings of the earth vs. 2

               a. This religion will be immense

               b. Those at the highest levels of power and influence will join with her

               c. They will join themselves to her

                   1) Economically

                   2) Socially

                   3) Militarily

                   4) Politically

                   5) Religiously

     B. The Final Apostate Religious System

          1. The woman setting on the beast vs. 3

               a. She is distinct from the beast

               b. She represents religious power

               c. Her riding on the beast

                   1) She is supported by the political power of the best

                   2) She outwardly controls and directs the beast

NOTE: The beast is like a wild animal, impossible to domesticate

          2. This relationship between church and state has been seen many times with the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches

               a. The jewelry she wears

               b. Similar to that worn in the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches today

          3. The woman, representing the apostate church is in close association with the beast

               a. She is guilty of utter blasphemy

               b. The only form of a world church recognized in the Bible is this apostate world church

               c. This church can come into power only after the true church has been raptured

          4. The golden cup … full … vs. 4

               a. Few sins are described so vivid as here

               b. Here this woman is described as the epitome of spiritual adultery

NOTE: It has been said that as the alliance with the world and showy pomp increase, so spiritual truth and purity decline

     C. The Mark Of Who This Woman Is vs. 5

          1. Mystery Babylon The Great

               a. It is said that the pagan rites of Babylon crept into the early Roman church

               b. These pagan rites were largely responsible for the spiritual and ecclesiastical corruptions incorporated into Roman Catholicism

NOTE: Mary, queen of heaven

          a. The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven … Jeremiah 7:18 KJV

          b. … to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done … Jeremiah 44:17 KJV

          c. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. Jeremiah 44:18 KJV

          d. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her … Jeremiah 44:19 KJV

          e. … We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her… Jeremiah 44:25 KJV

NOTE: Mary, queen of heaven. The wife of Nimrod, Semiramis, was a high priestess of idol worship. She gave birth to a son, Tammuz, who was the savior of his people. The legend of the mother and child was incorporated into the religious activities of various pagan religions. There was usually a priestly order that practiced the sprinkling of holy water. There was an order of virgins dedicated to this religion. The son, Tammuz, was said to have been killed by a wild animal and came back to life.     John Walvoord

     D. The Four Women In Revelation

          1. Jezebel

NOTE: Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.         Revelation 2:20 NKJV

               a. Representing apostasy

               b. Representing denying the lover of her soul

          2. Israel

NOTE: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars     Revelation 12:1 KJV

               a. The object of the hatred of the dragon (anti – semitism)

               b. The source of the Messiah

          3. The harlot

NOTE: And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

Revelation 17:3-4 ESV

               a. Apostate religion

               b. Ultimate apostasy when the Holy Spirit and the church are removed

          4. The Bride, The Church

NOTE: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.       Revelation 19:7 KJV

               a. The true church is viewed as a virgin

               b. The true church looks to the future union with her Husband in the future

               c. Now she is warned against spiritual adultery

NOTE: Adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy. James 4:4 HCSB

     E. The Woman Drunk With The Blood Of The Martyrs vs. 6

NOTE: Drunk with the blood of the saints …

          a. A murderous lust for violence

          b. The world become drunk with a lust for her

         c. At the same time the harlot becomes drunk with the blood of God’s people

          1. The two views of this woman

               a. The source of all evil apostate Christendom

NOTE: Two important terms

          a. Christendom: Political and apostate Christianity

          b. Christianity: The worship of Jesus Christ alone

               b. The one who persecuted the true saints

                  1) The blood of the saints

                   2) The blood of the martyrs

          2. The ultimate actions of apostate Christendom

               a. Unsparing persecution of those who maintain a true faith in Jesus Christ

               b. The martyrs will be beyond number from every family, language and ethnic group

          3. John wondered with great admiration

               a. Literally, “I wondered with great wonder”

               b. To regard with astonishment

T.S. BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

          I. JUDGMENT

II. MYSTERY Revelation 17:7-13

NOTE: There are several symbols involved in this description, but the angel explains them to us. If we accept the interpretation of God’s Word, we will have less trouble understanding what this chapter teaches.

     A. The Mystery Of The Woman vs. 7

          1. She represents a city

          2. The seven heads of vs. 3 are identified as even mountains in vs. 9

NOTE: There seems to be little doubt to many that the city is Rome; Rome is situated on seven hills

          3. When Revelation was written, Rome was reigning over the kings of the earth vs. 18

     B. The Mystery Of The Beast vs. 8

          1. The Greek word – used thirty one times in Revelation referring to the Anti – Christ

          2. The meaning of this word

               a. Wildness

               b. Ferocity

               c. Brutality

          3. This is the same Beast we met in chapter 13, the Anti-Christ

               a. This world ruler will come out of the bottomless pit, which may suggest a man rose from the dead vs. 8

NOTE: “Perdition” seems to link him with Judas

               b. For this reason some students believe that Anti – Christ will be Judas raised from the dead

          4. Key verses

               a. While I was with them, I was protecting them by Your name that You have given Me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. John 17:12 HCSB

               b. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV

     5. Perdition comes from the same root word we get “apollyon”

               a. Destruction

               b. Perishing

               c. Ruin

               d. The destruction that consists of eternal misery in hell

          6. The Beast is identified with Satan

               a. The Beast is scarlet colored, linking him with the dragon, Satan

NOTE: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. Revelation 12:3 KJV

               b. The fact that the Beast has seven heads and ten horns also identifies him with Satan cf. 12:3 and 13:1

NOTE: Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.    Revelation 13:1 NKJV

               c. The seven heads are seven kings (as well as seven mountains vs. 9-10

               d. The ten horns are ten more kings vs. 12

NOTE: The Beast pictures the kingdom of Anti-Christ as well as his person

     C. The Mystery Of The Seven Heads vs. 9-11

          1. We have already seen that these represent seven mountains (vs. 9) and seven kings or kingdoms (vs. 10)

          2. The five kingdoms that were fallen were:

               a. Egypt

               b. Assyria

               c. Babylon

               d. Persia

               e. Greece

          3. The kingdom “that is” would be Rome in John’s day

          4. The one yet to come, the seventh, would be the kingdom of the Beast

NOTE: The world will not be conquered again until the Tribulation

     D. The Mystery Of The Ten Horns vs. 12

          1. The ten horns are ten kings vs. 12

          2. They parallel the ten toes of Daniel’s image in Daniel 2:36-45, the revived Roman Empire

NOTE: In John’s day, these kings had not yet received their power; this is reserved for the last days when this special union of Europe, headed by the Beast, comes into focus

          3. These ten kings willingly give support to the Beast in his battle against Christ and the saints

          4. With the help of the Beast, they will destroy the great whore

T.S. BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

          I. JUDGMENT

          II. MYSTERY

III. WAR AGAINST GOD Revelation 17:14-18

     A. The Waters vs. 15

          1. The waters on which the whore is seated represents the peoples of the world vs. 15

          2. She will have influence over the whole world

               a. Politically

               b. Economically

               c. Religiously.

          3. The whore represents the apostate world church of the latter days, centered in Rome

NOTE: The Roman system is simply an extension of those previous anti – Christ and anti – God systems that have persecuted the people of God           Hebrews 11

          a. Abel Hebrews 11:4

          b. Moses Hebrews 11:24-27

          c. Rahab Hebrews 11:31

          d. Others Hebrews 11:33-40

NOTE: For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Hebrews 11:10 HCSB

     B. The Pattern For The Last Days Seems To Be As Follows:

          1. Many Protestant groups will move closer to Rome and finally there will be formed one great World Church

          2. The unsaved, theological liberal and modernist Protestant groups plus the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox systems plus most World Council of religions will make up the Tribulation World Church

          3. This World Church (the harlot) will meddle in the political and economic affairs of the world and, with the help of the Beast, become a great power

          4. The World Church will “ride into power” on the back of the Beast, that is, with the help of Satan and united Europe

               a. The Vatican has always been interested in seeing the nations of Europe united, because she knows that this will give her greater power

               b. The Beast will get the support of the ten kings as he rides to victory (Revelation 6:1-2), so that there will be a union between the nations of Europe, the Beast, and the World Church centering in Rome

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

I. JUDGMENT

II. MYSTERY

III. WAR AGAINST GOD

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THE DESTRUCTION OF RELIGIOUS BABYLON

Revelation 17

INTRODUCTION

There are so many things going on today. And when we compare them to Scripture we often wonder … “Does any of this link together in the Tribulation?” Some of the points of wonderment is ecumenicism, moves toward a one world church, the movement within the Roman Catholic Church to make Mary “Co – Redemix,” equal to Jesus in salvation. That means one could call on Mary just as easily as calling upon Jesus for salvation. There are Catholics today who trust in Mary more than in Jesus.

And we must make a very important statement at the beginning of this message. This is not a basis to bash anyone or anyone’s beliefs. This is an honest attempt to understand what Almighty God says will occur in the future. In this chapter there are so many questions. All of them will not be answered until we get to heaven. We will simply have to live by faith. But, according to what we know, we live, we act, we behave.

Whether we like it are not, people are incurably religious. God has created within us the desire to worship. With the entrance of sin we are so often willing to worship anything. If we reject the true God then we will make our own false gods in order to try to fill the God – shaped vacuum that we have. And into this vacuum Satan will step if we reject God.

False religion is everywhere in this world. It is no surprise that it will play a major role in the end times. During the Tribulation, all the world’s religions will be united into one great world religion.

The next two chapters deal with destruction. In chapter seventeen is the destruction of religious Babylon. In chapter eighteen is the destruction of political Babylon. These two systems are the basis of the world’s system in the Tribulation. And we can use the word “great” to describe both systems. Even the best Bible scholars do not agree with the details of these two chapters. In some ways this is the hardest part of the book of the Revelation to interpret. Here we have to be careful not to be a dogmatic as we can in some other passages in Revelation.

Clearly there are some things we know, there are some things we think we know and there are some things we will just have to wait for the answer from God. One great obvious fact is that in verses 16-18 of this verse the Anti – Christ himself will destroy religious Babylon. And in chapter 18 God destroys economic Babylon.

THEME: BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

NOTE: The same law applies to an individual that applies to systems. In fact systems are simply the sum total of people who hold to them.

I. JUDGMENT Revelation 17:1-6

     A. John’s View Of The Fall Of The Greatest False Religion The World Has Ever Seen Revelation 16:17-21

          1. The apostate church

               a. The great whore

               b. The judgment of a woman

          2. The meaning of these key words

               a. Whore

                   1) Greek – porneos

                   2) Usually translated harlot

                   3) The active recruiting of people into sin

               b. Sitting on many waters

                   1) The city of Babylon was noted for its numerous beautiful canals of water from the Euphrates

                   2) Waters can also be a symbol of the many nations of the world

               c. Committed fornication

                   1) Greek – porneuo

                   2) The verb form of porneuo

          3. The kings of the earth vs. 2

               a. This religion will be immense

              b. Those at the highest levels of power and influence will join with her

               c. They will join themselves to her

                   1) Economically

                   2) Socially

                   3) Militarily

                   4) Politically

                   5) Religiously

     B. The Final Apostate Religious System

          1. The woman setting on the beast vs. 3

               a. She is distinct from the beast

               b. She represents religious power

               c. Her riding on the beast

                   1) She is supported by the political power of the best

                   2) She outwardly controls and directs the beast

NOTE: The beast is like a wild animal, impossible to domesticate

          2. This relationship between church and state has been seen many times with the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant churches

               a. The jewelry she wears

               b. Similar to that worn in the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches today

          3. The woman, representing the apostate church is in close association with the beast

               a. She is guilty of utter blasphemy

               b. The only form of a world church recognized in the Bible is this apostate world church

               c. This church can come into power only after the true church has been raptured

          4. The golden cup … full … vs. 4

               a. Few sins are described so vivid as here

               b. Here this woman is described as the epitome of spiritual adultery

NOTE: It has been said that as the alliance with the world and showy pomp increase, so spiritual truth and purity decline

     C. The Mark Of Who This Woman Is vs. 5

          1. Mystery Babylon The Great

               a. It is said that the pagan rites of Babylon crept into the early Roman church

               b. These pagan rites were largely responsible for the spiritual and ecclesiastical corruptions incorporated into Roman Catholicism

NOTE: Mary, queen of heaven

          a. The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven … Jeremiah 4:18

          b. … to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done … Jeremiah 44:17

          c. But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. Jeremiah 44:18

          d. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her … Jeremiah 44:19

          e. … We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her… Jeremiah 44:25

NOTE: Mary, queen of heaven. The wife of Nimrod, Semiramis, was a high priestess of idol worship. She gave birth to a son, Tammuz, who was the savior of his people. The legend of the mother and child was incorporated into the religious activities of various pagan religions. There was usually a priestly order that practiced the sprinkling of holy water. There was an order of virgins dedicated to this religion. The son, Tammuz, was said to have been killed by a wild animal and came back to life.     John Walvoord

     D. The Four Women In Revelation

          1. Jezebel

NOTE: Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20

               a. Representing apostasy

               b. Representing denying the lover of her soul

          2. Israel

NOTE: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars     Revelation12:1

               a. The object of the hatred of the dragon (anti – semitism)

               b. The source of the Messiah

          3. The harlot

NOTE: So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication

Revelation 17:3-4

               a. Apostate religion

               b. Ultimate apostasy when the Holy Spirit and the church are removed

          4. The Bride, the Church

NOTE: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.       Revelation 19:7

               a. The true church is viewed as a virgin

               b. The true church looks to the future union with her Husband in the future

               c. Now she is warned against spiritual adultery

NOTE: Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  James 4:4

     E. The Woman Drunk With The Blood Of The Martyrs vs. 6

NOTE: Drunk with the blood of the saints …

          a. A murderous lust for violence

          b. The world become drunk with a lust for her

          c. At the same time the harlot becomes drunk with the blood of God’s people

          1. The two views of this woman

               a. The source of all evil apostate Christendom

NOTE: Two important terms

          a. Christendom: Political and apostate Christianity

          b. Christianity: The worship of Jesus Christ alone

               b. The one who persecuted the true saints

                    1) The blood of the saints

                   2) The blood of the martyrs

          2. The ultimate actions of apostate Christendom

               a. Unsparing persecution of those who maintain a true faith in Jesus Christ

               b. The martyrs will be beyond number from every family, language and ethnic group

          3. John wondered with great admiration

               a. Literally, “I wondered with great wonder”

               b. To regard with astonishment

T.S. BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

          I. JUDGMENT

II. MYSTERY Revelation 17:7-13

NOTE: There are several symbols involved in this description, but the angel explains them to us. If we accept the interpretation of God’s Word, we will have less trouble understanding what this chapter teaches.

     A. The Mystery Of The Woman vs. 7

          1. She represents a city

          2. The seven heads of vs. 3 are identified as even mountains in vs. 9

NOTE: There seems to be little doubt to many that the city is Rome; Rome is situated on seven hills

          3. When Revelation was written, Rome was reigning over the kings of the earth vs. 18

     B. The Mystery Of The Beast vs. 8

          1. The Greek word – used thirty one times in Revelation referring to the Anti – Christ

          2. The meaning of this word

               a. Wildness

               b. Ferocity

               c. Brutality

          3. This is the same Beast we met in chapter 13, the Anti-Christ

               a. This world ruler will come out of the bottomless pit, which may suggest a man rose from the dead vs. 8

NOTE: “Perdition” seems to link him with Judas

               b. For this reason some students believe that Anti – Christ will be Judas raised from the dead

          4. Key verses

              a. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:12

               b. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition II Thessalonians 2:3

          5. Perdition comes from the same root word we get “apollyon”

               a. Destruction

               b. Perishing

               c. Ruin

               d. The destruction that consists of eternal misery in hell

          6. The Beast is identified with Satan

               a. The Beast is scarlet colored, linking him with the dragon, Satan

NOTE: And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. Revelation 12:3

               b. The fact that the Beast has seven heads and ten horns also identifies him with Satan cf. 12:3 and 13:1

NOTE: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.  Revelation 13:1

               c. The seven heads are seven kings (as well as seven mountains vs. 9-10

               d. The ten horns are ten more kings vs. 12

NOTE: The Beast pictures the kingdom of Anti-Christ as well as his person

     C. The Mystery Of The Seven Heads vs. 9-11

          1. We have already seen that these represent seven mountains (vs. 9) and seven kings or kingdoms (vs. 10)

          2. The five kingdoms that were fallen were:

               a. Egypt

               b. Assyria

               c. Babylon

               d. Persia

               e. Greece

          3. The kingdom “that is” would be Rome in John’s day

          4. The one yet to come, the seventh, would be the kingdom of the Beast

NOTE: The world will not be conquered again until the Tribulation

     D. The Mystery Of The Ten Horns vs. 12

          1. The ten horns are ten kings vs. 12

          2. They parallel the ten toes of Daniel’s image in Daniel 2:36-45, the revived Roman Empire

NOTE: In John’s day, these kings had not yet received their power; this is reserved for the last days when this special union of Europe, headed by the Beast, comes into focus

          3. These ten kings willingly give support to the Beast in his battle against Christ and the saints

          4. With the help of the Beast, they will destroy the great whore

T.S. BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TOSTAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

          I. JUDGMENT

         II. MYSTERY

III. WAR AGAINST GOD Revelation 17:14-18

     A. The Waters vs. 15

          1. The waters on which the whore is seated represents the peoples of the world vs. 15

          2. She will have influence over the whole world

               a. Politically

               b. Economically

               c. Religiously.

          3. The whore represents the apostate world church of the latter days, centered in Rome

NOTE: The Roman system is simply an extension of those previous anti – Christ and anti – God systems that have persecuted the people of God           Hebrews 11

          a. Abel Hebrews 11:4

          b. Moses Hebrews 11:24-27

          c. Rahab Hebrews 11:31

          d. Others Hebrews 11:33-40

NOTE: For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.      Hebrews 11:10

     B. The Pattern For The Last Days Seems To Be As Follows:

          1. Many Protestant groups will move closer to Rome and finally there will be formed one great World Church

          2. The unsaved, theological liberal and modernist Protestant groups plus the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox systems plus most World Council of religions will make up the Tribulation World Church

          3. This World Church (the harlot) will meddle in the political and economic affairs of the world and, with the help of the Beast, become a great power

          4. The World Church will “ride into power” on the back of the Beast, that is, with the help of Satan and united Europe

               a. The Vatican has always been interested in seeing the nations of Europe united, because she knows that this will give her greater power

               b. The Beast will get the support of the ten kings as he rides to victory (Revelation 6:1-2), so that there will be a union between the nations of Europe, the Beast, and the World Church centering in Rome

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO STAND AGAINST GOD WE WILL BE FACING:

I. JUDGMENT

I. MYSTERY

III. WAR AGAINST GOD

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Revelation 18

INTRODUCTION

One of the most common statements we make things don’t work just right for us is: Life is not fair. And that is true. Nowhere do we have any guarantee that there is any fairness … in this life. But, as people of God, we do have the assurance that some day there are paydays coming. And then the accounts will be balanced.

In his most delightful book “Always: The Paradoxical Commandments” Kent Keith includes these commandments:

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

This is what we do as Christians because this is what Christ did even though He knew that they would crucify Him.

The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Matthew 10:24-26

Before God makes all things new, He first makes all things right. Some would say, “It’s pay-back time.” And it is. It will be sudden. It will be sure. It will be painful. It will be permanent.

THEME: WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL Revelation 18:1-3

     A. God’s Messenger – The Angel vs. 1

          1. The earth was lightened with his glory

          2. All angels reflect the Shekinah glory

NOTE: cf. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and his face glowed

          a. The people feared

          b.He had to put on a veil until it subsided

     B. The Message Of The Angel vs. 2-3

          1. The repeating of “is fallen”

               a. Indicates a sudden fall

               b. Indicates a completed fac

          2. Babylon will never rise again

     C. Spiritual Babylon Fell In Revelation 17

          1. Now this is a different religion

          2. The beast assumes the role of God

          3. The world church is destroyed in favor of a world religion honoring the political beast

NOTE: A political history of Babylon

          a. Began with Nimrod

               1) And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel …      Genesis 10:10

               2) He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.  Genesis 10:9

          b. Reached its first glory under Nebuchadnezzar

          c. Its political and commercial philosophy spread to:

               1) Greece and Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great

              2) Rome

             3) Western Civilization

     D. The Destiny Of Babylon

          1. The habitation of devils vs. 2

               a. The hold (prison) of every foul spirit

               b. A cage of every unclean and hateful bird

NOTE: Babylon becomes the habitation of demons; the church is the habitation of the Spirit

          2. Religious Babylon became rich in proportion, as it had been wicked vs. 3

               a. Political and commercial Babylon did likewise

               b. The merchants of the earth became wealthy by trading in this sin

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON Revelation 18:4-8

     A. God Wants His People Out Of Babylon For Two Basic Reasons

          1. The city will be destroyed

          2. The city defiles every inhabitant

NOTE: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  II Corinthians 6:17

NOTE: The great contrasts

          a. The world glorifies itself; the Christian seeks to glorify God

          b. The world lives for the “delicious pleasures of sin,” while the Christian lives for the pleasures of Christ

          c. The world shares in sin

NOTE: Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. I Timothy 5:22

     B. Some Of God’s People Are In This City

          1. We are to be a witness everywhere

NOTE: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.            Jude 23

               a. We are not to participate in the sin of the city

               b. We are to shine in darkness

NOTE: Lot and his family fleeing Sodom   Genesis 19:15-22

          2. There comes a time to leave a sinful place

               a. So as not to partake in the sin of the city

               b. So as not to be inflicted by the plagues on the city

               c. So as not to be destroyed with the city

NOTE: Remember Lot’s wife       Luke 17:32

     C. The Extent Of The Sins Of Babylon (“Reached Unto Heaven”) vs. 5

          1. Glued

          2. Welded together

          3. Piled one on another as bricks in a building

          4. An allusion to the tower of Babel

     D. Payday Comes vs. 6-8

          1. Heaven now calls on God to reward Babylon even as she rewarded the people of God

          2. Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. Job 4:8

               a. We see “pre-payment” in our lifetime

               b. It is said that Divine justice exacts the “eye for an eye” and the “tooth for a tooth”

          3. Here is the call to double her judgment vs. 6

          4. The charge against Babylon will be clearly stated vs. 6

 a. Reward

                   1) Pay a debt

                   2) Give back that which is due

               b. Here it is doubled because of the enormity of this sin

               c. No mercy

          5. The contrast vs. 7

               a. Her first condition

                    1) Glorified herself

                    2) Lived deliciously

                         a) Luxuriously

                         b) Reveled in her sin

NOTE: Comes from a word for:

          a. Hardheaded

          b. Strong

                   3) Lived carelessly in her sins and attitudes

NOTE: Bull headed or strong willed

                         a) Towards others

                         b) Towards sin

                         c) Towards God

                         d) Lived inconsiderately for others

               b. Her final condition

                   1) Her willful sin is now to be rewarded with torment and sorrow

                   2) The end of her sin: mental anguish and grief

NOTE: Her wishful thinking

          a. I sit as a queen

          b. I am no widow

          c. I shall see no sorrow

NOTE: The apostate church is called a “whore,” while the True Church is pictured as a pure Bride

          a. The whore is in the wilderness; The Bride is in heaven

          b. The whore is adorned by Satan; The Bride is adorned by Christ

          c. The whore is judged forever; The Bride reigns forever

          d. The whore is stained with the blood of the martyrs; The Bride is washed by the blood of the Lamb

NOTE: The false church may appear to be successful for a season, but her doom is fixed

          6. The contrast – sudden destruction vs. 8

               a. The forms of destruction

                   1) Plagues – disease

                   2) Death

                   3) Mourning

                   4) Famine

                   5) Fire

               b. In the midst of her false security her judgment comes in one day

NOTE: The rich fool lost all in one night

          a. His barns

          b. His produce

          c. His life

          d. His soul

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW         Revelation 9-19

     A. The Sorrow Of The Kings vs. 9-10

          1. The kings who participated in the destruction of the harlot

          2. They participated in the sins of Babylon

     B. The Merchants Of The Earth vs. 11-16

          1. Their wealth

               a. Gold

               b. Silver

               c. Precious stones

               d. Pearls

          2. Clothing

               a. Fine linen

               b. Purple

               c. Silk

          3. Furniture

               a. Ivory

               b. Precious wood

               c. Brass

               d. Iron

               e. Marble

          4. Luxury items

               a. Cinnamon

               b. Odors

               c. Ointments

               d. Frankincense

          5. Food

               a. Wine

               b. Oil

               c. Fine flour

               d. Wheat

          6. Animals

               a. Beasts of burden

               b. Sheep

               c. Horses

               d. Chariots

          7. People

               a. Slaves

               b. Souls of men

     C. The Loss vs. 14

          1. The fruits of their soul

          2. Dainty (style of living)

          3. Good (magnificent)

     D. The Sorrow Of The Merchants vs. 15-19

          1. The true sorrow is that they can’t make any more wealth there

          2. The sorrow is not for the city

          3. The sorrow is for themselves vs. 19

     E. The Contrasting Attitudes

          1. Rejoicing with the death of God’s people

NOTE: And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Revelation 11:9-10

           2. No mourning when religious Babylon fell

          3. Much mourning when political and commercial Babylon fell

               a. The kings of the earth vs. 9-10

               b. The merchants of the earth vs. 11-19

NOTE: People today depend on the economic system to care for them, protect them, and satisfy them; but ultimately it will fail them

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

      III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON Revelation 18:20

      A. The Stark Contrast To The Sorrow Of The World

          1. The people of the earth never have the same viewpoint as the people of God

          2. When Satan was cast out of heaven, heaven rejoiced but earth mourned

NOTE: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Revelation 12:10-12

          3. Now that Babylon has been destroyed, heaven rejoices but earth laments

     B. The Rejoicing Because Of The Righteous Judgment Of God

          1. By those in heaven

          2. By the holy apostles

          3. By the holy prophets

NOTE: There disagreement as to how much do the saints in heaven know about what is going on here on earth

     C. Here Is Another Case Where The Righteous Will Ultimately Triumph

          1. First we will have suffering

          2. Last we will have victory

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

      III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

      IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON

V. THE WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED Revelation 18:21-24

     A. The Illustration Of The Destruction Of Babylon vs. 21

  1. A millstone trying to float in water
  2. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;

Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.

And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:

And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 51:61-64

     B. The “No More’s” In Chapter 18

          1. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. Revelation 18:14

          2. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Revelation 18:21

          3. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee Revelation 18:22

          4. And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Revelation 18:23

     C. What Will Be No More In Babylon vs. 22-23

          1. Music

          2. Jobs

          3. No more light

          4. No more weddings

          5. No more sorceries

               a. Greek – pharmakeia

               b. The use or the administering of drugs

              c. Witchcraft and magical arts

     D. What Is Found In Babylon

          1. The blood of prophets

          2. The blood of saints

          3. The blood of victims

          4. Judgment and destruction

CONCLUSION

WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON

V. THE WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED

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WHEN IT ALL AVERAGES OUT

Revelation 18

INTRODUCTION

One of the most common statements we make things don’t work just right for us is: Life is not fair. And that is true. Nowhere do we have any guarantee that there is any fairness … in this life. But, as people of God, we do have the assurance that some day there are paydays coming. And then the accounts will be balanced.

In his most delightful book “Always: The Paradoxical Commandments” Kent Keith includes these commandments:

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

This is what we do as Christians because this is what Christ did even though He knew that they would crucify Him.

The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

Matthew 10:24-26 KJV

Before God makes all things new, He first makes all things right. Some would say, “It’s pay-back time.” And it is. It will be sudden. It will be sure. It will be painful. It will be permanent.

THEME: WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL 18:1-3

     A. God’s Messenger – The Angel vs. 1

          1. The earth was lightened with his glory

          2. All angels reflect the Shekinah glory

NOTE: cf. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and his face glowed

          a. The people feared

          b. He had to put on a veil until it subsided

     B. The Message Of The Angel vs. 2-3

          1. The repeating of “is fallen”

               a. Indicates a sudden fall

               b. Indicates a completed fact

          2. Babylon will never rise again

     C. Spiritual Babylon fell in Revelation 17

          1. Now this is a different religion

          2. The beast assumes the role of God

          3. The world church is destroyed in favor of a world religion honoring the political beast

NOTE: A political history of Babylon

          a. Began with Nimrod

              1) His kingdom started with Babylon …    Genesis 10:10 HCSB

              2) He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.”         Genesis 10:9 NKJV

          b. Reached its first glory under Nebuchadnezzar

          c. Its political and commercial philosophy spread to:

               1) Greece and Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great

              2) Rome

              3) Western Civilization

     D. The Destiny Of Babylon

           1. The habitation of devils vs. 2

               a. The hold (prison) of every foul spirit

               b. A cage of every unclean and hateful bird

NOTE: Babylon becomes the habitation of demons; the church is the habitation of the Spirit

          2. Religious Babylon became rich in proportion as it had been wicked vs. 3

               a. Political and commercial Babylon did likewise

               b. The merchants of the earth became wealthy by trading in this sin

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON 18:4-8

     A. God Wants His People Out Of Babylon For Two Basic Reasons

          1. The city will be destroyed

          2. The city defiles every inhabitant

NOTE: Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”        2 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV

NOTE: The great contrasts

          a. The world glorifies itself; the Christian seeks to glorify God

          b. The world lives for the “delicious pleasures of sin,” while the Christian lives for the pleasures of Christ

          c. The world shares in sin

NOTE: Don’t be too quick to appoint anyone as an elder, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.  1 Timothy 5:22 HCSB

     B. Some Of God’s People Are In This City

          1. We are to be a witness everywhere

NOTE: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.    Jude 23 KJV

               a. We are not to participate in the sin of the city

               b. We are to shine in darkness

NOTE: Lot and his family fleeing Sodom   Genesis 19:15-22

          2. There comes a time to leave a sinful place

               a. So as not to partake in the sin of the city

               b. So as not to be inflicted by the plagues on the city

               c. So as not to be destroyed with the city

NOTE: Remember Lot’s wife       Luke 17:32 KJV

     C. The Extent Of The Sins Of Babylon (“Reached Unto Heaven) vs. 5

          1. Glued

          2. Welded together

          3. Piled one on another as bricks in a building

          4. An allusion to the tower of Babel

     D. Payday Comes vs. 6-8

          1. Heaven now calls on God to reward Babylon even as she rewarded the people of God

          2. Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. Job 4:8 KJV

               a. We see “pre-payment” in our lifetime

               b. It is said that Divine justice exacts the “eye for an eye” and the “tooth for a tooth”

          3. Here is the call to double her judgment vs. 6

          4. The charge against Babylon will be clearly stated vs. 6

               a. Reward

                   1) Pay a debt

                   2) Give back that which is due

               b. Here it is doubled because of the enormity of this sin

               c. No mercy

          5. The contrast vs. 7

               a. Her first condition

                   1) Glorified herself

                   2) Lived deliciously

                        a) Luxuriously

                        b) Reveled in her sin

NOTE: Comes from a word for:

          a. Hardheaded

          b. Strong

                   3) Lived carelessly in her sins and attitudes

NOTE: Bull headed or strong willed

                         a) Towards others

                         b) Towards sin

                         c) Towards God

                         d) Lived inconsiderately for others

               b. Her final condition

                   1) Her willful sin is now to be rewarded with torment and sorrow

                   2) The end of her sin: mental anguish and grief

NOTE: Her wishful thinking

          a. I sit as a queen

          b. I am no widow

          c. I shall see no sorrow

NOTE: The apostate church is called a “whore,” while the True Church is pictured as a pure Bride

          a. The whore is in the wilderness; The Brideis in heaven

          b. The whore is adorned by Satan; The Bride is adorned by Christ

          c. The whore is judged forever; The Bride reigns forever

          d. The whore is stained with the blood of the martyrs; The Bride is washed by the blood of the Lamb

NOTE: The false church may appear to be successful for a season, but her doom is fixed

          6. The contrast – sudden destruction vs. 8

               a. The forms of destruction

                   1) Plagues – disease

                   2) Death

                   3) Mourning

                   4) Famine

                   5) Fire

               b. In the midst of her false security her judgment comes in one day

NOTE: The rich fool lost all in one night

          a. His barns

          b. His produce

          c. His life

          d. His soul

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW         9-19

     A. The Sorrow Of The Kings vs. 9-10

          1. The kings who participated in the destruction of the harlot

          2. They participated in the sins of Babylon

     B. The Merchants Of The Earth vs. 11-16

          1. Their wealth

               a. Gold

               b. Silver

               c. Precious stones

              d. Pearls

          2. Clothing

               a. Fine linen

               b. Purple

              c. Silk

          3. Furniture

               a. Ivory

               b. Precious wood

               c. Brass

               d. Iron

               e. Marble

          4. Luxury items

               a. Cinnamon

               b. Odors

               c. Ointments

               d. Frankincense

          5. Food

               a. Wine

               b. Oil

               c. Fine flour

               d. Wheat

          6. Animals

               a. Beasts of burden

               b. Sheep

               c. Horses

               d. Chariots

          7. People

               a. Slaves

               b. Souls of men

     C. The Loss vs. 14

          1. The fruits of their soul

          2. Dainty (style of living)

          3. Good (magnificent)

     D. The Sorrow Of The Merchants vs. 15-19

          1. The true sorrow is that they can’t make any more wealth there

          2. The sorrow is not for the city

          3. The sorrow is for themselves vs. 19

     E. The Contrasting Attitudes

          1. Rejoicing with the death of God’s people

NOTE: For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,

and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 11:9-10 ESV

          2. No mourning when religious Babylon fell

          3. Much mourning when political and commercial Babylon fell

          a. The kings of the earth vs. 9-10

          b. The merchants of the earth vs. 11-19

NOTE: People today depend on the economic system to care for them, protect them, and satisfy them; but ultimately it will fail them

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

      III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON vs. 20

     A. The Stark Contrast To The Sorrow Of The World

          1. The people of the earth never have the same viewpoint as the people of God

          2. When Satan was cast out of heaven, heaven rejoiced but earth mourned

NOTE: Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Revelation 12:10-12 NKJV

          3. Now that Babylon has been destroyed, heaven rejoices but earth laments

     B. The Rejoicing Because Of The Righteous Judgment Of God

          1. By those in heaven

          2. By the holy apostles

          3. By the holy prophets

NOTE: There disagreement as to how much do the saints in heaven know about what is going on here on earth

     C. Here Is Another Case Where The Righteous Will Ultimately Triumph

          1. First we will have suffering

          2. Last we will have victory

T.S. WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

          I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

        II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

      III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

     IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON

V. THE WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED vs. 21-24

     A. The Illustration Of The Destruction Of Babylon vs. 21

          1. A millstone trying to float in water

          2. And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you arrive in Babylon and see it, and read all these words,

then you shall say, ‘O Lord, You have spoken against this place to cut it off, so that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but it shall be desolate forever.’

Now it shall be, when you have finished reading this book, that you shall tie a stone to it and throw it out into the Euphrates.

Then you shall say, ‘Thus Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary.’”

Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 51:61-64 NKJV

     B. The “No More’s” In Chapter 18

          1. The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. Revelation 18:14 NKJV

          2. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Revelation 18:21 KJV

          3. The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. Revelation 18:22 NKJV

          4. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. Revelation 18:23 NKJV

     C. What Will Be No More In Babylon vs. 22-23

          1. Music

          2. Jobs

          3. No more light

          4. No more weddings

          5. No more sorceries

               a. Greek – pharmakeia

               b. The use or the administering of drugs

               c. Witchcraft and magical arts

     D. What Is Found In Babylon

          1. The blood of prophets

          2. The blood of saints

          3. The blood of victims

          4. Judgment and destruction

CONCLUSION

WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS RIGHT FOR US:

I. THE HATERS OF GOD WILL FALL

II. THE PEOPLE OF GOD MUST BE SEPARATE FROM BABYLON

III. THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH WILL BE IN GREAT SORROW

IV. WE WILL REJOICE IN HEAVEN OVER THE FALL OF BABYLON

V. THE WORLD SYSTEM WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED

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TWO GREAT SUPPERS

Revelation 19

INTRODUCTION

Who exactly is God? God had been depicted in every way imaginable. He is a she. He is an old man. He is beyond our wildest imagination. He is a dotting grandfather. He is an angry judge. He is simply a more evolved creature than us. He is … And the list goes on and on.

If the only glimpse of God that we ever had were the two previous chapters then we would have to conclude that He is a judge. This is part of Who He is. But only part. A dad can be a highway patrolman and constantly give out tickets on the Memorial Day Weekend. This does not mean that as soon as he walks into the house after work that he begins passing out tickets. But there comes the time on the job when that dad has no choice but to write tickets, draw his gun, wrestle a drunk to the ground. While these verses present the climax of the wrath of God as Jesus Christ comes to destroy the armies of the nations of the world that is not all that God does.

THEME: WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN Revelation 19:1-10

     A. The Importance Of “Hallelujah”

          1. All of heaven rejoices over the return of Christ to the earth

NOTE: The “Real” Second Coming

          a. Christ comes in the air for His Bride at the end of the Church Age

          b. Christ comes to the earth at the end of the Tribulation

          2. The word “hallelujah” means “Praise Jehovah”

               a. This is a familiar Old Testament word

                b. In the New Testament it is only used here

                   1) After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying: Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God Revelation 19:1 HCSB

                   2) After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying: Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God          Revelation 19:3 HCSB

                   3) Then the 24 elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who is seated on the throne, saying: Amen! Hallelujah!  Revelation 19:4 HCSB

                   4) Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.       Revelation 19:6 ESV

     B. The Three “Hallelujah Choruses” In This Section

          1. Because sin has been judged 1-4

NOTE: There are three “Hallelujahs” in this section

          a. In chapter 18, the merchants of earth and the kings were lamenting because of the fall of Babylon; but here, heaven is rejoicing

          b. Babylon was the source of all religious deception and confusion

          c. Babylon has caused the death of multitudes of God’s saints

          d. Now Babylon is destroyed

          2. Because God is reigning 5-6

               a. It appears that all of heaven’s voices unite to praise God because He is God, and because He is on the throne

               b. “Omnipotent” means “all-powerful”

NOTE: It is this theme that Handel uses in his magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus”

               c. How we will praise God because He is on the throne!

          3. Because the marriage of the Lamb is come 7-10

               a. The words “is come” may be translated “has been completed”

               b. The Bride is now the Wife vs. 7

               c. The marriage supper is now to be served

               d. This is the marriage supper of the Lamb, and not “the King” or “the Lord”

                  1) The one title that Christ wants emphasized is “the Lamb”

                   2) It speaks of His love for the Church

                   3) It speaks of the price that He paid to purchase the Church

     C. The Church Has To “Make Herself Ready” For This Supper

          1. This was done during the judgment seat of Christ, when all the “spots and wrinkles” were taken away

NOTE: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:25-27 KJV

          2. The Bride goes to heaven by God’s grace, and not by good works

          3. But once in heaven, the believers will be judged at Christ’s judgment seat as to whether they have been faithful in service

          4. Verse eight states that the Wife will wear “the righteousness of the saints;” that is, “the righteous deeds of the saints”

          5. Christ will reward us according to our faithfulness, and the rewards we receive will make up the “wedding gown” as it were

NOTE: Has it ever occurred to you … that at the marriage of the Bride to the Lamb, each of us will be wearing the wedding garment of our own making?           Lehman Strauss

NOTE: Those who are invited to the wedding supper

          a. The Old Testament saints

          b. The host of heaven

          c. The Bride and Groom are not invited to the wedding supper, since they are the honored ones in heaven

T.S. WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

          I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN 

II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS Revelation 19:11-16

     A. The Opening Of Heaven vs. 11a

          1. In 4:1, heaven opens to let the Church in

          2. Here heaven opens to let Christ and His armies ride forth in victory

               a. The Old Testament saints

               b. The Church

NOTE: so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. I Thessalonians 3:13 NKJV

              c. The angels

NOTE: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory      Matthew 25:31 KJV

          3. At His trial, Christ said that the Father could send angels to deliver Him; and here the Lord rides forth with the armies of glory

NOTE: Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?       Matthew 26:53 NKJV

          4. In 6:1, the Anti-Christ had ridden on a white horse, imitating Christ; but here the “Faithful and True” rides forth to judge and make war

     B. The Description Of Jesus

          1. He is no longer on a humble donkey

NOTE: The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah … and they have made him ride on the king’s mule. I King 1:44 NKJV

NOTE: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”     Matthew 21:5 NKJV

          2. He now rides a fiery white charger

          3. His eyes are not filled with tears as when He beheld Jerusalem

          4. He is not wearing a mocking crown of thorns

          5. Instead of being stripped by His enemies, He wears a garment dipped in blood, signifying judgment and victory

          6. When on earth, He was abandoned by His followers; but here the armies of heaven follow Him in conquest

          7. His mouth does not speak gracious words, but rather the Word of victory and justice

               a. So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:22 NKJV

               b. but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4 NKJV

          8. He comes to rule with a rod of iron

NOTE: You will break them with a rod of iron; You will shatter them like pottery. Psalm 2:9 HCSB

          9. He comes, not to bear the wrath of God on the cross, but to tread the winepress of God’s wrath at the Battle of Armageddon vs. 15

       10. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

T.S. WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

          I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN

        II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS

III. THE JOY OF ENDING THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD Revelation 19:17-21

     A. The Two Suppers vs. 9, 17

          1. The marriage supper of the Lamb vs. 9

          2. The supper of the great God – Armageddon s. 17

          3. The first is a time of blessing and joy; the second is a time of judgment and sorrow

          4. All of human history is moving rapidly toward Armageddon

     B. The Announcement

          1. The angel announces that the armies of earth will lose the battle

          2. There will not be much of a battle; for Christ will destroy His enemies instantly

NOTE: since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 1:6-8 NKJV

     C. The Failure Of Flesh

          1. People are only flesh and can never fight against God

          2. “Flesh” has been the source of trouble since the fall of Adam

               a. Flesh does not change; God has condemned flesh

               b. Flesh can never please God.

         3. Even the flesh of “kings, captains, and mighty men” are no match for the King of Kings

     D. The Armies Against Christ vs. 19

          1. The armies of the Ten Kingdom Federation of Europe

          2. The kings of the east

          3. Egypt

         4. Russia

NOTE: Napoleon called the valley of Jezreel the most natural battlefield in the world

     E. Christ Destroys The Armies vs. 21

          1. With the Word, the sword that comes from His mouth

NOTE: For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.       Hebrews 4:12 HCSB

          2. Those would not bow to His Word and receive the Gospel must now be slain by that same Word

NOTE: The followers of the Beast are “marked men and women”; the mark of the Beast on their bodies seals them for certain judgment

NOTE: Key Old Testament prophecies of this time: Isaiah 63, Zechariah 14, and Joel 2-3

     F. The Destruction Of The Leading Enemies Of God vs. 20

          1. Christ captures the Beast and False Prophet

               a. They do not die

NOTE: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment Hebrews 9:27 KJV

               b. They do not go to Hell

               c. They are cast alive into the lake of fire

               d. They do not experience a resurrection

               e. They do not experience the Great White Throne Judgment

          2. The defeat of Satan 20:2

               a. Satan is bound

              b. Satan is chained in the bottomless pit

               c. Satan is kept there for 1,000 years

CONCLUSION

WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN

II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS

III. THE JOY OF ENDING THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD

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Revelation 19 KJV

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TWO GREAT SUPPERS

Revelation 19

INTRODUCTION

Who exactly is God? God had been depicted in every way imaginable. He is a she. He is an old man. He is beyond our wildest imagination. He is a dotting grandfather. He is an angry judge. He is simply a more evolved creature than us. He is … And the list goes on and on.

If the only glimpse of God that we ever had were the two previous chapters then we would have to conclude that He is a judge. This is part of Who He is. But only part. A dad can be a highway patrolman and constantly give out tickets on the Memorial Day Weekend. This does not mean that as soon as he walks into the house after work that he begins passing out tickets. But there comes the time on the job when that dad has no choice but to write tickets, draw his gun, wrestle a drunk to the ground. While these verses present the climax of the wrath of God as Jesus Christ comes to destroy the armies of the nations of the world that is not all that God does.

THEME: WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN Revelation 19:1-10

     A. The Importance Of “Hallelujah”

          1. All of heaven rejoices over the return of Christ to the earth

NOTE: The “Real” Second Coming

          a. Christ comes in the air for His Bride at the end of the Church Age

          b. Christ comes to the earth at the end of the Tribulation

          2. The word “hallelujah” means “Praise Jehovah”

               a. This is a familiar Old Testament word

               b. In the New Testament it is only used here

                   1) And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God  Revelation 19:1

                   2) And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. Revelation 19:3

                   3) And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia  Revelation 19:4

                   4) And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  Revelation 19:6

     B. The Three “Hallelujah Choruses” In This Section

          1. Because sin has been judged 1-4

NOTE: There are three “Alleluias” in this section

               a. In chapter 18, the merchants of earth and the kings were lamenting because of the fall of Babylon; but here, heaven is rejoicing

               b. Babylon was the source of all religious deception and confusion

               c. Babylon has caused the death of multitudes of God’s saints

               d. Now Babylon is destroyed

          2. Because God is reigning 5-6

               a. It appears that all of heaven’s voices unite to praise God because He is God, and because He is on the throne

               b. “Omnipotent” means “all-powerful”

NOTE: It is this theme that Handel uses in his magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus”

               c. How we will praise God because He is on the throne!

          3. Because the Marriage of the Lamb is come 7-10a

               a. The words “is come” may be translated “has been completed”

               b. The Bride is now the Wife vs. 7

               c. The marriage supper is now to be served

               d. This is the marriage supper of the Lamb, and not “the King” or “the Lord”

                   1) The one title that Christ wants emphasized is “the Lamb”

                   2) It speaks of His love for the Church

                   3) It speaks of the price that He paid to purchase the Church

     C. The Church Has To “Make Herself Ready” For This Supper

          1. This was done during the judgment seat of Christ, when all the “spots and wrinkles” were taken away

NOTE: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:25-27

          2. The Bride goes to heaven by God’s grace, and not by good works

          3. But once in heaven, the believers will be judged at Christ’s judgment seat as to whether they have been faithful in service

          4. Verse eight states that the Wife will wear “the righteousness of the saints;” that is, “the righteous deeds of the saints”

          5. Christ will reward us according to our faithfulness, and the rewards we receive will make up the “wedding gown” as it were

NOTE: Has it ever occurred to you … that at the marriage of the Bride to the Lamb, each of us will be wearing the wedding garment of our own making?           Lehman Strauss

NOTE: Those who are invited to the wedding supper

          a. The Old Testament saints

          b. The host of heaven

     c. The Bride and Groom are not invited to the wedding supper, since they are the honored ones in heaven

T.S. WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

          I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN

II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS Revelation 19:11-16

     A. The Opening Of Heaven vs. 11a

          1. In 4:1, heaven opens to let the Church in

          2. Here heaven opens to let Christ and His armies ride forth in victory

               a. The Old Testament saints

               b. The Church

NOTE: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.    I Thessalonians 3:13

               c. The angels

NOTE: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory      Matthew 25:31

          3. At His trial, Christ said that the Father could send angels to deliver Him; and here the Lord rides forth with the armies of glory

NOTE: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?       Matthew 26:53

          4. In 6:1, the Anti-Christ had ridden on a white horse, imitating Christ; but here the “Faithful and True” rides forth to judge and make war

     B. The Description Of Jesus

          1. He is no longer on a humble donkey

NOTE: And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet …and they … caused him to ride upon the king’s mule     I King 1:44

NOTE: Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.      Matthew 21:5

          2. He now rides a fiery white charger

          3. His eyes are not filled with tears as when He beheld Jerusalem

          4. He is not wearing a mocking crown of thorns

          5. Instead of being stripped by His enemies, He wears a garment dipped in blood, signifying judgment and victory

          6. When on earth, He was abandoned by His followers; but here the armies of heaven follow Him in conquest

          7. His mouth does not speak gracious words, but rather the Word of victory and justice

               a. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? Luke 4:22

               b. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4

          8. He comes to rule with a rod of iron

NOTE: Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.    Psalm 2:9

          9. He comes, not to bear the wrath of God on the cross, but to tread the winepress of God’s wrath at the Battle of Armageddon vs. 15

       10. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

T.S. WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

          I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN

        II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS

III. THE JOY OF ENDING THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD Revelation 19:17-21

     A. The Two Suppers vs. 9, 17

          1. The marriage supper of the Lamb vs. 9

          2. The supper of the great God – Armageddon s. 17

          3. The first is a time of blessing and joy; the second is a time of judgment and sorrow

          4. All of human history is moving rapidly toward Armageddon

     B. The Announcement

          1. The angel announces that the armies of earth will lose the battle

          2. There will not be much of a battle; for Christ will destroy His enemies instantly

NOTE: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ

II Thessalonians 1:6-8

     C. The Failure Of Flesh

          1. People are only flesh and can never fight against God

          2. “Flesh” has been the source of trouble since the fall of Adam

               a. Flesh does not change; God has condemned flesh

               b. Flesh can never please God.

          3. Even the flesh of “kings, captains, and mighty men” are no match for the King of Kings

     D. The Armies Against Christ vs. 19

          1. The armies of the Ten Kingdom Federation of Europe

          2. The kings of the east

          3. Egypt

          4. Russia

NOTE: Napoleon called the valley of Jezreel the most natural battlefield in the world

     E. Christ Destroys The Armies vs. 21

          1. With the Word, the sword that comes from His mouth

NOTE: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.         Hebrews 4:12

          2. Those would not bow to His Word and receive the Gospel must now be slain by that same Word

NOTE: The followers of the Beast are “marked men and women”; the mark of the Beast on their bodies seals them for certain judgment

NOTE: Key Old Testament prophecies of this time: Isaiah 63, Zechariah 14, and Joel 2-3

     F. The Destruction Of The Leading Enemies Of God vs. 20

          1. Christ captures the Beast and False Prophet

               a. They do not die

NOTE: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment Hebrews 9:27 KJV

 

               b. They do not go to Hell

               c. They are cast alive into the lake of fire

               d. They do not experience a resurrection

               e. They do not experience the Great White Throne Judgment

          2. The defeat of Satan 20:2

               a. Satan is bound

               b. Satan is chained in the bottomless pit

               c. Satan is kept there for 1,000 years

CONCLUSION

WHEN EVERYTHING IS MADE RIGHT THERE WILL BE:

I. THE JOY IN HEAVEN

II. THE JOY OF SEEING JESUS

III. THE JOY OF ENDING THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD

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HOW RELIABLE IS THE BIBLE FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT?

INTRODUCTION

To many, especially in the intellectual educational and scientific world, nothing is more archaic, outdated and outmoded as the Bible. To dare to use the words Bible and science in the same sentence, except to ridicule the Bible and those who accept it, is the height of incredulity. No reputable scientist would dare to admit the Bible and science to be on the same level of truthfulness.

Many are respectful. The Bible belongs in church; science belongs in the real world. Many are not in the least respectful.

NOTE: Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

I John 2:22-23 NKJV

But to the child of God there is another view. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.         Isaiah 40:8 NKJV. Jesus said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.        Matthew 24:35 NKJV

What is the duty of the Christian even in the realm of science?

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.       I Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV

Even in the realm of education and science the Christian has a duty to honesty and truth. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.     II Corinthians 4:2 ESV

It is sad that some Christians still do not put total trust into what the Word of God says. They believe without question what it says about salvation but when it comes to the area of science they draw strangely quiet and withdrawn.

THEME: HOW RELIABLE IS THE BIBLE FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT?

I. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT

     A. Great Scientists Of The Past

NOTE: To get the truth about these scientists you have to read their biographies and the biographies written by their friends.

          1. The greatest man of science to ever live: Sir Isaac Newton

          2. In physics

               a. Lord Kelvin: founder of the scale of temperature called centigrade

               b. James C. Maxwell: Work in magnetic fields

          3. Biology

               a. Louis Pasteur discovered that germs cause infectious diseases

               b. Lord Lister developed the modern method of antiseptic surgery

          4. Astronomy

               a. Copernicus discovered the earth goes around the sun

               b. Galileo – Invented the telescope

               c. Kepler – Developed the first modern laws of astronomy

          5. Others

               a. Pascal

               b. Faraday

 c. Ramsay

               d. Dawson

     B. Modern Scientists Of Today

          1. Definition of scientists – at least a Master’s degree in some field of natural science

          2. Creation Science Organizations

               a. http://www.icr.org

               b. https://www.creationresearch.org

THEME: HOW RELIABLE IS THE BIBLE FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT?

          I. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT SCIENTIST BELIEVE IT

II. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT IT WAS SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT

HUNDRED AND EVEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE “MODERN SCIENCE” CAUGHT UP

     A. In The Field Of Astronomy

          1. The position of “science”

               a. Before the invention of the telescope in the 17th century the number of stars were “known”

                   1) Ptolemy – 1056 stars

                   2) Kepler – 1005 stars

NOTE: The best scientific knowledge

               b. Now it is known there are over 100 billion stars in our own galaxy and billions of other galaxies – Scientists say the stars cannot be numbered

          2. The position of the Word of God

               a. … the stars of the sky cannot be counted … Jeremiah 33:22 NLT

               b. He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Psalm 147:4 HCSB

     B. In The Field Of Earth Sciences

          1. The position of science

               a. At one time all “scientists” said the earth was flat

               b. A Christian, Christopher Columbus, proved otherwise

          2. The position of the Word of God

               a. He … hangeth the earth on nothing Job 26:7

               b. God is enthroned above the circle of the earth … Isaiah 40:22 HCSB

NOTE: Circle – Hebrew, khug – roundness

               c. Jesus teaching on the Second Coming

NOTE: I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: One will be taken and the other will be left.

Two women will be grinding grain together: One will be taken and the other left.

Two will be in a field: One will be taken, and the other will be left.

Luke 17:34-36 HCSB

                   1) Two in bed – night

                   2) Two women grinding meal – breakfast and early morning

                   3) Two men in the field – working during the daylight

               d. His (the sun’s) going forth is from the end of heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it … Psalm 19:6 KJV

                    1) Scientists once said the earth was the center of the universe

                   2) They then said the sun was the center of the universe

                   3) Now they agree the Bible is correct – The sun is moving in an orbit around the galaxy at 720,000 miles per hour

     C. In The Field Of Meteorology (Weather)

          1. The position of science

               a. The water cycle is a basic fact of this new science

               b. The phases of the hydraulic cycle: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation

          2. The position of the Word of God three thousand years ago

               a. The wind goes toward the south, And turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, And comes again on its circuit.

All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-7 NKJV

               b. For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist,

Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.

Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?

Job 36:27-29 NKJV

     D. In The Field Of Hygiene

NOTE: None of These Diseases by S. I. McMillian, M.D.

          1. The Mosaic Law regarding food

               a. Clean animals

                   1) Those that chew cud

                   2) Those with the parted hoof

NOTE: Now scientists (nutritionists) know the unclean animals are easily subject to parasitic infection

               b. Clean birds and fish are known now by modern science to be the safest and best

               c. They could not eat flesh of any animal that died a natural death

NOTE: Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. Deuteronomy 14:21 NIV

          2. The Mosaic Law regarding water supplies

               a. Leviticus 11:29-36 – forbade the drinking of water from:

                   1) Small or stagnant pools

                   2) Water contaminated by animals or meat

               b. Only within the last 150 years has the significance of clean and sanitary water supplies been recognized

          3. The Mosaic Law regarding body wastes

               a. Disposal of body wastes by burial

               b. Science has known this only this century

     E. In The Fields Of Oceanography And Marine Biology

          1. Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place … Genesis 1:9 KJV

          2. How did Moses know the Mediterranean and Red Seas were connected?

          3. Jonah and the great fish

NOTE: The Harmony of Science and Scripture by Harry Rimmer. A well authenticated case of a British sailor who was swallowed by a huge whale – shark lived two days and nights in his stomach – The fish was caught and the man was removed alive

               a. Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17 KJV

               b. … Jonah was three days and nights in the whale’s belly … So must the Son of Man … Matthew 12:40 KJV

THEME: HOW RELIABLE IS THE BIBLE FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT?

          I. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT

        II. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT HUNDREDS AND EVEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE “MODERN SCIENCES” CAUGHT UP

III. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT WE CAN TRUST OUR ETERNAL DESTINY TO IT

     A. Because Of The Life In Blood

          1.  For the life of the flesh is in the blood … Leviticus 17:11 KJV

               a. Continuance of life depends upon the continued supply of oxygen, water, and food to the cells of all parts of the body

               b. The Word of God was scientifically accurate in this biological truth thousands of years before science knew it

NOTE: Our founding President was literally bled to death by the best doctors of his day

          2. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Genesis 9:4 NKJV

     B. Because Of The Death In Blood

          1. The blood, which is the channel of life, becomes also the carrier of disease and infection through the body

          2. As the infection of sin spreads throughout the soul, it will ultimately produce spiritual eternal death

               a. If spiritual life is to be produced and maintained, new life must be introduced from without to combat the ravages of sin in the life

                b. Figuratively speaking, a transfusion of blood is essential and it must be from a donor whose blood possesses the purity and efficacy required for the salvation of the spiritually dying soul

     C. Because Of The Salvation In Blood

          1. For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28 HCSB

NOTE: “Remission” is a medical term as remission of cancer, fever, infection, etc.

          2. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins Hebrews 9:22

          3. This is a picture of the Biblical doctrine of substitutionary sacrifice

CONCLUSION

The Bible is not old fashioned. The Bible is eternal. The Bible is not archaic, it is as vital, vibrant, strong and sure today as it was when Moses penned the word, “In the beginning, God … ” The Bible is not a collection of outdated, outmoded proverbs of Middle Eastern tribal leaders. It is the Word of God which is settled in heaven.

The Bible is not a scientific book but when it speaks on scientific matters it speaks accurately, concise and with the integrity of God Almighty behind it.

But the true gut issue is not the Bible and science. This world and all that is in it will one day pass away. But he that does the will of God will abide forever. God is not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. A doctor can only read an X-ray and tell a man he has six months to set his house in order.

The Word of God is more scientifically correct than any doctor – and we are diagnosed to be under a death sentence because of the disease of sin. Remission is possible through the blood of Christ.

HOW RELIABLE IS THE BIBLE FROM A SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT?

I. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT SCIENTISTS BELIEVE IT

II. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT HUNDREDS AND EVEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE “MODERN SCIENCES” CAUGHT UP

III. IT IS SO RELIABLE THAT WE CAN TRUST OUR ETERNAL DESTINY TO IT

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