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Armageddon and the Millenium October 22, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Judgment, Millenial Kingdom, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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    Answers from Revelation 19:17-21 and 20

  • What is the end of the participants in the battle of Armageddon (19:17-21)?
  • Christ and His army is victorious. The Beast (Anti-Christ) and the False Prophet are thrown alive into the lake of fire. Their armies and allies’ armies are destroyed totally. None is left alive.

  • What in Revelation 20:1-3 indicates that the thousand year millenium is still in the future?
  •  There is no demonstrable time in history of any duration since the fall during which Satan has been bound.

  • What do we learn about those who are faithful to Christ at the end of the tribulation/beginning of the millenium (20:4-6)?
  • They will be resurrected and will reign with Christ throughout the millenium.

  • What is implied by verses 7-10 about the time after the millenium and Ezekiel 38-39?
  • The nations of the earth will come and Christ and His people but will utterly be destroyed.

  • What do verses 11-15 tell us about the final judgment?
  • The unsaved will be resurrected, judged according to their works, and thrown to suffer forever in the lake of fire.

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    A Look at the Millenium and the Last Judgment (Revelation 20) October 18, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Judgment, Millenial Kingdom, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Throne of God.
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        Questions from Revelation 19:17-21

    2. What is the end of the participants in the battle of Armageddon (19:17-21)?
    3. What in Revelation 20:1-3 indicates that the thousand year millenium is still in the future?
    4. What do we learn about those who are faithful to Christ at the end of the tribulation/beginning of the millenium (20:4-6)?
    5. What is implied by verses 7-10 about the millenium and Ezekiel 38-30?
    6. What do verses 11-15 tell us about the final judgment?

    Just a couple of more weeks in Revelation October 16, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Babylon, Eschatology, Judgment, Materialism, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Seven Churches of Revelation.
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      Answers from Revelation 18 and part of 19

  • Who might be the messenger in 18:1?
  • Although it is not clearly said, some feel this could be Jesus Christ.

  • What is the message to the churches in verses 2-9? How does this message apply to us today? How will it apply during the end time events?
  • Do not take part in the sins of “Babylon”. The sins listed in this chapter are tied in to materialism which is probably, for Americans at least, the most dangerous sin that we face today. During the endtimes there will be the added danger of aligning one’s self with the Beast (Antichrist).

  • Why is Babylon beloved by the nations of the earth according to verses 10-19?
  • She brings prosperity to the world.

  • Why specifically is Babylon being judged (18:20-19:4)?
  • Her persecution of God’s people.

  • What is the next event after the destruction of Babylon (19:5-10)? Who is the central figure of the marriage supper (verses 9-10)?
  • The marriage supper of the Lamb (the coming of Christ for His people) is the next event after Armageddon. One could say it actually occurs in conjunction with Armageddon. Christ is the central figure of the marriage supper.

  • What is the significance of the white horses (verses 11, 14)?
  • White horses are a symbol of victory in war.

  • What do we learn about Jesus Christ in verses 11-16?
  • He is the judge of the earth. He is above all in holiness and authority.

    Closing in on the End (Questions for Revelaton 18-19) October 10, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Babylon, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Jesus, Judgment, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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        Questions from Revelation 18 and 19

    2. Who might be the messenger in 18:1?
    3. What is the message to the churches in verses 2-9? How does this message apply to us today? How will it apply during the end time events?
    4. Why is Babylon beloved by the nations of the earth according to verses 10-19?
    5. Why specifically is Babylon being judged (18:20-19:4)?
    6. What is the next event after the destruction of Babylon (19:5-10)? Who is the central figure of the marriage supper (verses 9-10)?
    7. What is the significance of the white horses (verses 11, 14)?
    8. What do we learn about Jesus Christ in verses 11-16?
    9. What is the end of the participants in the battle of Armageddon (17-21)?

    Answers to questions from Sunday night (Revelation 16-17) October 9, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Babylon, Day of the Lord, Demons, Eschatology, Imminency, Judgment, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Satan.
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    What is the reaction of the two angels to the first three bowls or vials of God’s wrath (verses 5-7)?

    • They recognized that God’s judgment on the earth is a righteous judgment. 

    What is the reaction of those being judged in verses 8-11 and 21?

    • They blasphemed God and did not repent.

    What is the purpose of the sixth bowl and what is the connection of the three frogs to this judgment (verses 12-16)? Do they cause these events or are they simply players whom God ultimately controls?

    • The purpose is the gather the kings of the earth (read here nations as represented by their armies) for the battle against Christ known as Armageddon. Although the demonic influence of Satan and the two beasts on the surface influence these events, they are ultimately brought together by God. 

    What indicates that there will be believers left at the end of this time (verse 15)?

    • The command to watch and be ready for this event of Armageddon.

    How are the cities, islands, and mountains destroyed (verses 17-20)?

    • By the ultimate earthquake.

    Chapters 17-18 seem to be simply an expanded description of the judgment of the seventh bowl. What proof in chapter 16 is there for this statement (see verse 19)?

    • The judgment on Babylon is an integral part of the seventh bowl. 

    Revelation 17:1-6 is a vision of judgment on Babylon. Verses 7-13 is the explanation of the vision. Although we are not exactly sure of the identity of the city, what is the relationship of this city to the Antichrist?

    • It is his center of power.

    What is the involvement of the ten kings during the days described in this chapter (verses 12-18)?

    1. They will receive their authority to rule from the beast.
    2. They will war against God.
    3. They will turn on Babylon and destroy her (possibly turning against the beast also, although that is not explicitly stated).

    Revelation 13 answers “The Beast is…” You didn’t think I really knew, did you? September 25, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Persecution, Perserverance, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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     Again, I was overly ambitious and only managed one chapter. Chapter 14 next week.

    We first met the beast in Revelation 11:7. When you compare 13:1 with 12:3, what is immediately recognizable about this beast? According to 13:3, who is the “power behind the throne” during the reign of the beast?

    The beast is from Satan.

    What do we recognize about this beast when we compare 13:1-2 with Daniel 7?

    He is part of the same political world system as the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. In fact, the Beast’s empire is the final manifestation of the present world political system.

    What does 13:3 and 13:14 tell us about the history of the beast when he comes to power?

    He will recover from some deadly blow. Some believe this blow to be political, others that it would be a literal physical injury. Later verses do seem to indicate that either way it will be a violent blow (with the sword).

    What will be the result of this event on the people of the world (13:3-4, 8)?

    They will worship the beast and through him, worship Satan, many no doubt unknowingly.

    How long will God tolerate this “new world order” (13:5)? What will God allow Him to do (13:5-7)?

    God will tolerate this for 42 months. He will allow persecution of the saints and miracles to deceive the rest of the world during that time period. 

    What is the warning that Christ makes in verses 9-10?

    The beast and those who follow him will be judged in the same way as they persecuted the believers.

    What is the purpose of the second beast (verses 11-18)? Is he equal in authority to the first beast?

    He has great authority but serves to turn men to the first beast rather than to Himself.

    Should we be fearful of the number 666? Why or why not?

    No. The beast has yet to be revealed and therefore this number does not yet have any current significance.

    Revelation 13 and 14 Questions (answers next week) September 19, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Angels, Antichrist, Eschatology, Judgment, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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      Questions from Revelation 13

    1. We first met the beast in Revelation 11:7. When you compare 13:1 with 12:3, what is immediately recognizable about this beast? According to 13:3, who is the “power behind the throne” during the reign of the beast?
    2. What do we recognize about this beast when we compare 13:1-2 with Daniel 7?
    3. What does 13:3 and 13:14 tell us about the history of the beast when he comes to power? What will be the result of this event on the people of the world (13:3-4, 8)?
    4. How long will God tolerate this “new world order” (13:5)? What will God allow Him to do (13:5-7)?
    5. What is the warning that Christ makes in verses 9-10?
    6. What is the purpose of the second beast (verses 11-18)? Is he equal in authority to the first beast?
    7. Should we be fearful of the number 666? Why or why not?
    8. What additional information do we have about the 144,000 in 14:1-5 which we did not learn in chapter 7?
    9. What is the general message to be taken from the three messenger angels (14:6-11)?
    10. What is the relationship of these judgment proclamations to the martyred saints (14:12-13)?
    11. Who is given authority to mete justice out on the world and how fully will He accomplish His task (14:14-20)?

    Revelation 11 – The Two Witnesses September 10, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Judgment, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Seven Trumpets of Revelation, Temple.
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    What new wrinkle is added in this chapter to the separation of God’s people from the people of the world (11:1-2)?

    In this passage, God’s people is clearly the ethnic Jew and the people of the world are those Gentiles whose loyalty is to the antichrist.

    The two witnesses are spoken of in Zechariah 4. What is their task, the length of their task, the reaction to their task, and the aftermath of their death?

    Their task is a message of judgment. The length of the task is 3.5 years. The aftermath includes the rejoicing of the world at their death, their resurrection after 3.5 days, an earthquake in Jerusalem, and the glorifying of God by the survivors in Jerusalem.

    Does giving glory to God necessarily mean that these people have all turned to Christ in salvation?

    It may not but it possibly is referring to the turning of the remnant in Israel to Jesus Christ.

    What is proclaimed with the sounding of the seventh trumpet (verses 15-18; see also 10:7)?

    Christ claiming His kingdom, judging the wicked, and rewarding the righteous.

    What is important about the appearance of the temple in heaven in verse 19?

    It shows that God has turned His back on men on the earth.

    How to know if God is revealing Himself (From Sermon Series on God’s Word) August 5, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Bible, Depravity, Deuteronomy, Eternal Security, False Doctrine, False Teachers, First John, Gospel, Hell, Holy Spirit, Jehovah's Witnesses, OT Preaching, Perserverance, Prophets, Satan, Sermons, Spiritual Warfare, Truth.
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    TRYING THE SPIRITS

    1 John 4:1-6 and Deuteronomy 13:1-5, 18:21-22 

    Lying spirits exist and we are to test the spirits (verse 1). Now God has given us the final word but God has chosen to allow competition, to allow false spirits to speak their false doctrine through false prophets, to allow the lie to coexist on this earth with the truth.

    It is not always easy to discern the false from the true. Just as counterfeit money is meant to be spent, false doctrine is intended by Satan to be believed and that means he must make it believable to the human mind and appealing to the human heart.  That is why it is of eternal importance that we look into God’s Word and find out how to determine the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

    TESTING SPIRITS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

    There are two passages in the Old Testament law in the book of Deuteronomy that discuss testing the spirits who claim to speak the truth. Now, it is easy to say that the Law was for then and not for today, for example in the law against eating pork which is also in the book of Deuteronomy (Deut. 14:8). We understand though that the law is more than the Ten Commandments and when Jesus said He came to fulfill the law He meant all of it, not just the moral code but also the civil and ceremonial aspects of the law. Not only that but as we saw about a month ago, “All Scripture is…profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). So how do we apply the Old Testament tests? By finding and investigating the timeless principles that apply to the subject of testing the spirits as taught in 1 John. (Ideas in this paragraph with thanks to Paul Lamey of Huntsville, AL.)

    Test #1 –

    If one part of the prophecy is proven untrue or inaccurate, then it is not of God (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).

    “Here’s a Help Wanted ad you may find interesting: Spokesman needed for international firm. No experience necessary, no education required. Must be between 20-85 years old. Full- or part-time…Will meet often with the CEO who will instruct brief you on what to say to the public. Important that you be able to move in all circles of society–from the highest to the lowest. Good vocabulary a must, ability to speak in colorful images a big plus…Unlimited opportunity for advancement…Must be willing to endure ridicule, persecution, slander, and occasional beatings. This job carries only one significant negative aspect: Make one mistake and you will be stoned to death….That ad describes the biblical role of the prophet…The test for a biblical prophet was 100% accuracy. Make one mistake and you would be stoned to death…(T)he Jews had a well-defined procedure for stoning. The victim was stripped naked, with hands bound, paraded out of town and placed on a scaffold nine feet high. The first official witness pushed the victim off the scaffold. The second witness dropped a large stone on his head and chest. Bystanders then pelted the dying man with the stones. The corpse was then buried in a special place along with the stone that inflicted the fatal blow. No mourning ceremony was permitted. False prophets had to be stoned. The Law commanded it…(P)rophecy was not a growth industry in the ancient Israel. It was a risky way to make a living. Today prophecy (and messages from God) is big business–and not nearly so risky.” (Thanks to Ray Pritchard)

    (In fact, you can make the New York Times Best-Seller List and become a fixture there.)

    A WORD ABOUT DREAMS AND OTHER MODES OF CLAIMED DIVINE REVELATION 

    Not only does a prophet sent from God speak the truth with 100% accuracy but he knows that his message is 100% accurate and does not try to hide that fact. When someone says that they have a vision or dream or message from God and they temper their claim with the possibility of human fallibility then I know that I need not be afraid of that person. God does not speak to every subject but to every subject that He speaks, He speaks authoritatively and without error.

    Test #2 –

    If the prophecy leads away from the truth, then it is not of God (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).

    Actually, this whole chapter deals with the seriousness of following anyone who would lead us away from the truth. In verses 6-10, if a family member attempts to lead away from the true and living God, they were to be stoned. In verses 11-18, if Israel heard that one of their cities had turned from following God, they were to go against it and destroy it with all its inhabitants, all its livestock, and to destroy everything in it. They were not to take anything for plunder. Obviously, we are not to apply the extreme measures that are commanded to the Israelites but we are to take this seriously.

    APPLYING THIS TEST TODAY 

    How do we recognize the spirits (verses 2-6)? In other words, how does this apply today?

    The Spirit of truth identifies…

    …Jesus as God and man (verse 2). Any person or any group that denies that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man is not of God. The Bible is very clear. One of the reasons that we have started studying together the book of Colossians in the adult and junior high and junior aged Sunday School classes is the vital importance of this doctrine. If Jesus is not God then Christianity is a lie and if Jesus is not man then Christianity is a lie and the Bible is a lie. I do not have a problem with the Jehovah’s Witnesses refusal to celebrate birthdays. That is not an eternal issue. I do not have a problem with their refusal to salute the American flag. That is not an eternal issue. I do not even have a problem with their refusal to take blood transfusions. I think they are wrong and that it is an unfortunate belief but that belief will not send them to the lake of fire. I do have a problem though with their refusal to acknowledge Jesus Christ as God, not a god, but Jehovah God Himself. That is why I fight for the Virgin Birth. If Jesus was not Virgin Born, He was not God. That is why I fight for the Bodily Resurrection of Christ. If He did not rise bodily from the dead then there is doubt that He was really man. He was and is both. That is also why it is so important that we hold to the Bible as given by God without error. If the Bible is in error in any area, then how can we trust what it says about Jesus Christ and the message in verse 2 about Jesus Christ is only to be found in the Bible?

    NOT JUST THE PERSON BUT ALSO THE WORK OF CHRIST IS PART OF THE TEST. 

    The Spirit also identifies the redemptive work of Christ as sufficient for eternal salvation (verses 9-10). I understand that John is not addressing this directly but it is addressed in other places in the Scriptures: the first half of the books of Romans, the epistles to the Galatians, the Ephesians, the Philippians, the books of 1 Timothy and Titus, the book of Hebrews. I am saying that it does matter what we believe about Christ’s saving work.

    The word “propitiation” here means to appease God. We are sinners, we deserve the eternal punishment of the lake of fire but Jesus Christ came and died to appease His Father. That is the good news that we are to believe. If you believe that salvation comes any other way than through Jesus Christ alone, you are in the trap of the spirit of error. If you believe by being good you can satisfy God, then you believe the spirit of antichrist. If you believe that trusting Christ and being baptized to wash away your sins, then you are trusting a ritual. Paul said in Galatians of such rituals that they make the crucifixion of Christ of no effect. Either Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was sufficient or it is not. If you believe the Church provides you appeasement before God, you are trusting the doctrine of the world. If you believe that the Lord’s Table which we partook of earlier in this service will impart God’s saving grace into your life, then you are trusting the doctrine of a false spirit. It is through Jesus Christ alone.

    Acts 5:12 says that there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. He does not need my help, He does not need your help, and he does not need the help of any ritual, good deeds, or organization. He is capable through His death alone of saving us and according to these verses, He does this because He loves us.

    The Spirit of error… (verse 3-5).

    …contradicts in some way the Spirit of truth (verse 3a).

    Why?  Because the spirit of error is of this world (verses 3b-5). This is not a new phenomenon (verse 3b). Since time began, Satan has been lying to humankind. Although it is true that as we get closer to the end, evil men will get worse and worse, it is a matter of degree and not of quality. The quality of the counterfeit is always bad. Some are more effective in their deception than others but counterfeits are always a lie.

    WHAT IF I QUIT BELIEVING? 

    Believers in Christ have protection within them from false prophets (verse 4). In 1 John 2:18-27 we find specifically what he means by this verse. Some have asked me, what happens if I quit believing in Jesus Christ. According to these verses that will not and cannot happen. If you quit believing in Christ it is because you never truly believed in Him. I am not talking about doubts. I am not talking about those who give up in frustration and quit trying to live for Christ. I am talking about those and the text is talking about those who teach the truth and then turn their backs on it and attempt to drag others with them on their path. That is what John is addressing here. We, however, are protected. We are protected because we have the Holy Spirit living within us. We are protected because we have the truth in us.

    The world has no protection from the false prophets because they think just like them (verse 5). This is an awful thing to think about but the Bible plainly teaches that the natural mind follows after the lie of Satan. The lie appears in all kinds of forms but every form is deadly. Which will kill you a bullet through the heart or a knife through the heart? So it is with the lie of Satan. There is no hope unless they are awakened by the Holy Spirit and believe the truth of the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ.

    ANSWER THESE THREE QUESTIONS 

    When someone clearly sees and rejects the truth we know that they are not of God (verse 6). If you are here this morning, you have heard the truth. Did you understand it? If you understood it, have you accepted it or rejected it? If you have accepted it, how are you going to react when you hear the lie? That is our invitation this morning.

    Revelation 6 (Questions concerning the first six seals) July 5, 2007

    Posted by roberttalley in Antichrist, Day of the Lord, Eschatology, Famine, Hades, Hell, Judgment, Persecution, Repentance, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering, War, Zechariah.
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    Revelation 6 (compare the four horsemen with Zechariah 6:1-6)

    The four horsemen are an allusion to Zechariah 6:1-6 and 1:7-17. What is the main purpose of using the symbol of four horses of varying colors?  It seems to correspond with the emphasis of Zechariah 6 that is also made in other ways in Revelation 6. This emphasis is that the things that coming by way of these horsemen will affect the whole world and not just certain regions.

    There are generally two popular interpretations of the first rider on the white horse:  that it is the antichrist and that it is Jesus Christ. What are the arguments for one or the other interpretation? Which of these interpretations is easiest to support from the book of Revelation itself? Depending on your interpretation of the first rider, what purpose does this horse serve internationally?  There are a lot of different arguments put forth but I will mention the two that seem to me to carry the most weight because they arise more from the text and are less determined by the system of interpretation one may already have. 1) The white horse rider being Christ is best supported by the fact that Jesus is pictured in Revelation 19 as coming in victory on a white horse. If this horse is Christ, then it is consistent with the theme presented often in the Revelation, i.e., that Jesus will overcome the forces of Satan. In fact, the sixth seal seems to tell about that event. 2) The white horse rider being anti-Christ is best supported by the fact that the other three horses have a negative impact on the world. If this rider is the anti-Christ it gives credence to a one world government or the domination of the world by the beast. 

    If the red horse is war, where will this war take place?  No place on the earth will be untouched.

    What conditions in the world are described by the third horse and the voice from the midst of the four living creatures?  Inflation and famine for the poor but the rich may not be affected.

    We are told directly who the fourth rider is. What will happen during the time of his working on the earth? Has there ever been a time when one fourth of the people on the earth were destroyed?  The day of the Lord, which seems to be what this chapter is beginning to describe will be a time of much death by all sorts of means.

    What prophetic events are the fifth seal looking forward to (7:9-14; 13:14; 14:13; and 17:6 with contexts)?  Revenge on the persecutors of God’s people including but not limited to “the beast” and “Mystery Babylon”.

    What prophetic events are the sixth seal looking forward to (Isaiah 13:9-10; Joel 2; Matthew 24:7; Hosea 10:8; Luke 23:30 with contexts)?  The day of the LORD.