Sun. 10am Nov. 27, 2016 “Mystery Babylon”-Rev.17 – CD#1624

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Mystery Babylon is pictured as a Harlot who corrupts the leaders of the world. The image of a Harlot is used to describe Christians who wander into, and accept false teaching, betraying Jesus Christ who loves them. Here in Rev. 17 we see the Harlot compromising with the Beast.    This Mother of Harlots is connected with the ten kings of the revived Roman Empire, and is centered in Rome (Daniel 9). Rome was built on seven hills and is clearly defined in verse 9. It is important to remember that the corrupt system coming out of Rome will be the church that will exists after the Rapture, when Christ catches away His Bride.   When you take all the Christians out of any church, what is left will be horrific. And is called “Mystery Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots…”

Nov.20,2016 “The Righteous Wrath of the Lamb” – Rev. 16 – CD#1623

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The wrath of The Lamb is righteous. (Rev.16) But we also see mankind’s constant rebellion as they “blasphemed” their Maker, and “did not repent.”

God’s judgement is absolutely righteous because man’s stubbornness is so hard and unyielding.  The Father has done everything He can do to save mankind. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for mankind. And yet, even when they experience the results of their sin, some of them will not repent. Nothing God does can bring them to repentance, so they must be sentenced to everlasting punishment. There is no other righteous thing God can do.

Nov. 13, 2016 “Jesus Is Just & True” Rev.15 – CD#1622

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Throughout the account of the wrath of The Lamb while judging the world, we read of the horrible devastation that will occur. But we are reminded again and again that what God is fair; “Just & True are Your ways, O King of the saints!” (Rev.15)                                  No one can really accuse God of not being fair. There may be things that don’t look fair to us, but we don’t know the whole story, and we can’t know the hearts. However when the whole story has been told, we will all declare with the heavenly hosts that God is Just & True.                                                                 There are many things I don’t know, and things I don’t understand. But one thing I know for sure; when Jesus wraps it all up it will be clear to everyone that His judgments are righteous. In the end all will see just how right He is.  

Nov. 6, 2016 “Forever is Eternity” Rev. 14 – CD#1621

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The Torment of those who reject the Grace of Jesus Christ will last forever and ever. Some people find it hard to believe that Judge Jesus will sentence rebellious, Christ-rejecting people to be tormented for eternity. Many people find it hard to believe in eternal punishment.  But don’t ask me to take away from God’s Word! Revelation 22:19 says: if “..anyone takes away from the Word of God, God will take away his part from the Book of Life…”  You don’t want that to happen to me, do you?   I am going to leave God’s Word as it stands.    Some have even asked: “But how long is forever?”    In Revelation 15:7 we read that God is called the One who lives forever and ever.” So the punishment will last as long as God lives.

Oct. 30,16 – “The Unholy Trinity”-Rev.13 – CD#1620

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The Dragon is Satan, who tries to counterfeit God the Father. He will give power to the 1st Beast who is the Anti-christ and counterfeit Jesus. He will be given power to do great miracles. The 2nd Beast will be the counterfeit Holy Spirit who will cause those who dwell in earth to worship the 1st Beast (Rev.13).       Jesus warned us that “false Christs will arise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt.24:24).That’s why it’s dangerous for Christians to be fascinated by, or follow after signs and wonders. Satan is able to perform signs and wonders in order to deceive people, and that is what will happen with the Dragon, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet during the Great Tribulation period. Do not assume that all signs and wonders must come from the Living God. They don’t!

10AM Sunday Oct.23 – ” The Woman, the War, & The Winners” -Rev.12 – CD#1619

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Satan is no friend of yours (Rev.12). He may come on like an angel of light, offering enticing things, but he is a liar and a murderer. And he is always “before our God day and night” accusing us.   If we didn’t have our Advocate, Jesus Christ, interceding for us, we would be doomed. But Jesus stands up for us against the accusations of Satan, forever interceding for us. (Heb. 7:25) It will be a happy day when Satan is cast down forever and our Enemy is defeated.  (Rev.20)                                            “Every once in a while, someone will come up to me and start accusing me of something they think I’ve done wrong or said wrong. I have occasionally responded to them; ‘Who is the accuser of the brethren?’ This usually shuts them up”.                                                                                                                                  Pastor Chuck Smith – edited by Pastor Gary

 

10am Sunday 10/16/16 “Witnesses For His Kingdom” – Rev.11 -CD#1618

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Two witnesses will testify during the Great Tribulation. They will be martyred, resurrected, and raptured (Rev.11). Most Christians agree that one of them is Elijah because Malachi prophesied that Elijah would be coming before the day of the Lord (Mal. 4:5,6).    Most Christians also note that the miracles the two witnesses perform resemble the miracles of Moses and Elijah. Moses is seen as the representative of the Law, while Elijah would represent the Prophets. And of course, when Jesus was transfigured (Matt.17- Mk.9 – Lk.9), Moses and Elijah showed up together, so it would seem reasonable to Bible believers that these two would be the two witnesses seen here. These two will be indestructible until “they finish their testimony,” and I believe that we who serve God with all our heart are indestructible too.  Nothing can harm us until God finishes what He wants to do in our lives. At that point, God will say to us; “Come up here” – and we will.  John 14

10/9/16 – “The Angel & The Little Scroll” – Rev. 10 – CD#1617

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John ate the little scroll that the angel had given him (Rev.10) and he realized that the Kingdom of God was about to be established. Just the thought of God’s glorious Kingdom, the rule of Christ, the deserts blooming, the lion & the lamb together, no more war! This was sweet as honey!   However, contemplating the horrible things that must take place beforehand & the wrath that must be poured out on the earth was bitter.                                                                                               Yes, it is a bittersweet thing, looking forward to the return of Jesus Christ, & His Glorious Kingdom, while also realizing that it means horrible pain & suffering will come in the process as sin is judged.

Oct.2,2016 “Death Takes A Holiday” Rev.9 – CD#1616

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Death will take a holiday for about 5 months. People will not be able to die, even if they want to. Sometimes living is worse than death. When the body can no longer fulfill the purposes for which God designed and created it, it can become a prison of pain. We have all seen people who are in agony, kept alive by artificial means. That’s not living.Can you imagine what it will be like for these people who are being tormented by demons, wanting to die, trying to commit suicide, but they just can’t be put out of their misery? It will be a horrible time.

9/25/16 “Trumpets of Judgment” – Rev. 8 – CD#1615

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The opening of the 7th Seal in Rev. 8 brings forth the 7 Trumpet judgments, then the 7th Trumpet, will bring the 7 Bowl judgments. These judgments occur consecutively & not simultaneously. They happen like dominoes or fireworks falling. And the Wrath of the Lamb is not complete until the last bowl is poured out upon this Christ-rejecting world.                                               As we read of the devastation that will occur at this time, we are reminded that God is fair. “Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” (Rev.15:3) When the whole truth has been revealed, we will all declare that God was just & true. Whenever you come to something you don’t understand, fall back on what you do understand. I know that God is love. I know that God is true and His judgments are right.