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April 15, 2020 2:00 am
During the tribulation, there will still be some hope for the world even while God pours out His wrath on earth. Skip shows us some surprising facts about the tribulation period as he shares the message "The World's Greatest Revival."
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I meant to tell you you cannot exhaust it and get tired of hearing the burden you have. If I learn anything from Revelation 7 is that even in the worst of times. God can make it the best of times you do that for you turn that over to be rolled out over on the let him carry that burden on tribulation. Let it be the best season of your life. What we can do it. God is with you, even in the darkest times of life can trust that he would use those dark times to teach you and help you today on connect with skintight Skip expose more of what Revelation teaches you about the world's greatest revival and how you can trust that God will bring good out of the messiest times in your life is a great risk more insight about what the future holds. Predicting the future 100% accuracy. Know what the chaotic close to being able to make that kind of want you to think of prophecy as being an aspect of one of God's great attributes. God is omniscient. He knows everything because he is omniscient. One of the aspects of his omniscient that he knows the future in advance and can write about predicted through his prophets in graphic.
These just take the guessing game out of skip. I think the newly reprinted you can steer the book of Revelation now, including helpful frustrations. Get your copy would you give a generous gift of $35 or more to help expand the Bible teaching outreach Skip Heitzig just call 892 to 1888 to give today 896 to 1888 to forgive about securely connectwithskip.com/offer skip.com/offer okay will in Revelation chapter 7 today as we get into the message with skintight verse five verse eight. There are 12 tribes that are mentioned said all the way.
Beginning with the tribe of Judah, ending with the tribe of Benjamin 12 tribes enumerated 12,000 sealed out of those 12 tribes always been amused at how many groups of people try to identify with the hundred 44,000 were the hundred and 44,000. The Jehovah witnesses have done that.
Herbert W. Armstrong of the worldwide Church of God for years, said there the hundred 44,000 Seventh-day Adventist claim to be the hundred 44,400 44,000 thank you. You've read it, it says so right here. You don't have to guess who they are. They are Jews thereof. The children of Israel and here are the tribes listed just so you won't miss understand these are Jewish people why the Jews have always had a Special Pl. in God's prophetic plan God made covenants with the Jewish nation throughout history.
Do you know that three quarters of your Bible is about the Hebrew race.
Three quarters of the Bible you hold in your hands is about the Jewish nation. Most every author of Scripture Jewish the apostles of Jesus Christ. All Jewish Jesus himself, our Savior was Jewish first church in Jerusalem the Jewish congregation. The prophetic calendar given to Daniel the prophet is all about Jerusalem and the Jewish nation. The angel said to him, so Paul summed it all up. In Romans chapter 9 by saying this, there's that is the Jews. There is, is the adoption as sons of theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God overall, forever praised. You see the tribulation in part, in part, is to prepare Israel to receive its Messiah twice call the time of Jacob's trouble. The tribulation is given that title in Jeremiah 30 at time of Jacob or Israel's trouble it's to prepare Israel to nationally receive Jesus as the Messiah.
They don't do that today they didn't do it the first time he came.
It says he came into his own and his own received him not. But that they will and one day many will be saved and sealed hundred 44,000 savings now it says they were sealed by now you know what a seal is right now just a little animal does that.
But you know that a seal was a little wax imprint made by a ring and we sought on the scrolls of the one sitting on the throne of heaven that had to be unfurled so a seal was a piece of wax and oppression was made upon that wax with a signet ring and the seal meant two things. It meant ownership in a meant protection. I own it. There's my ring my singer and my signature and I will protect we been sealed.
Ephesians chapter 1, you were sealed with the holy spirit of promise unto the day of redemption. These are saved Jewish people and how do I know that for certain.
Because we see them again in Revelation 14.
They have survived the tribulation. They have been protected by God. During this time and they show up again on Mount Zion with Jesus Christ, the Lamb, and when they show up in Revelation 14. This is what it says of them there redeemed from the earth, and they follow the Lamb wherever he goes there redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits to God. So the Bible says these hundred 44,000 are Jews and there redeemed. Guess what I believe there Jews in the redeemed their saved Jewish people protected during the tribulation.
Sealed just like their ancestors were sealed when they left Egypt and they fled in that night they put the blood of the lamb on the door posts and lintels and the blood was the seal that they were to be passed over or Rahab the harlot who put that scarlet cord out of her house in Jericho so that people would not capture her house or destroy her people. That was the seal of her faith in God and there's a better example than even those two fact it is the example of which Revelation 7 is taken from its in Ezekiel 9.
I just mention it to you in an for those Bible nerds. You know what I'm talking about already. Fear Bible nerd. God bless you.
I am among your company, but Revelation 9 Ezekiel 9 is sort of an obscure passage for some. But here's what it says God tell someone to go to Jerusalem with an acorn and Mark with ink.
The four heads of those Jews who are sighing and crying because of all the sins and abominations committed in their city.
God says I will spare them from judgment. So like that hundred and 44,000 are sealed and protected by God. During that tribulation. What is your purpose. What's the purpose of God doing this for the hundred and 44,000 Jewish people. Why I believe they will become evangelists during the tribulation. Have you ever seen a born-again Jewish person talk to one, they are a force to be reckoned with when you find a messianic Jew, somebody was raised Jewish, and comes to believe in Jesus the Messiah. Look out, listened the world in the first century heard the gospel around the known world because of 12 Jewish apostles. They turn the world upside and imagine hundred and 44,000 of those dudes I was online this week and I found this little clip I think was a YouTube clip by an Orthodox Jew raising an Orthodox Jewish family and you just look at amigo. I guys like a rabbi or some and he did a little video clip called I met the Messiah and he gives his testimony of how he came to faith in Yeshua Jesus Christ as the Messiah promised in the Old Testament. It's so compelling that it went viral within a short time 8,750,000 hits. Imagine 144,000 of those guys and they will be out in force. They will come to faith in Christ and they are the firstfruits it says of the Jewish nation that will be saved during that time. So God's protection for God's people is the third and final discovery of the tribulation. That is encouraging. There will be great multitudes that experience great salvation, not just 144,000 watch this verse nine of Revelation 7 after these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne notices. No one could number doesn't mean that they were unable to be counted.
If this means that no one person could stand there and count accurately how many were in that crowd did mean that you couldn't affix a number two up one person couldn't tell you, and they are from notice all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands and crying out with a loud voice, saying, salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb. These are saved praising people all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures.
They fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, amen.
Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving, honor, power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me. Who are these arrayed in white robes. Where did they come from. I said to him, Sir, you know, he said to me, these are the ones who come out.
Of the great tribulation and wash their robes and made them white in the blood of the land. That's all salvation line. Therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple.
And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore. The sun shall not strike them, nor any heat for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of water, and God will wipe away every tear from their is a lot there but notice a few things number one understanding they're not seated or standing.
If this indicates first of all, this group is not the church because the 24 elders are seated in heaven John knew who they were.
The they represented the church as we looked at in previous studies. He doesn't recognize this group when Elder says, who are they jungle know you know and the question was asked, so that could be answered. These are the ones who are washed with blood. In other words, these are saved people from the tribulation.
Look at verse nine describes their ethnicity there from both virtually every culture dissent race and language and notice are also wearing white robes.
This describes their spirituality in chapter 6 there's a group of martyrs under the altar the cry out to God. That's the fifth seal there wearing the same thing white robes like this.
So as the tribulation wears on all those judgments all that persecution from antichrist. The number of martyrs. People who believe in Christ will be killed for their faith, which is rise and rise and rise and rise that number will be added to these have palm branches in their hands that describes their festivity in the celebratory feast of Israel, especially the feast of Tabernacles you still see it today. They way palm branches all around symbolizing their worship, symbolizing the joy.
Look at verse 17 of the best part got a wipe away every tear they're not hungry anymore they're not good thirst anymore son in the discourse of anymore.
What is that mean that means that during the tribulation. They will have hunger as the Bible says you will be able to buy or sell anything unless you take a mark of the beast.
They refused to do that they will if starved because of it.
They're knocking to thirst anymore. The sources of water on the earth will of been polluted by the judgments of God that's over and says they won't be scorched anymore. The sun Revelation 16 will scorch people on the earth in an unprecedented manner, but but God will wipe away every tear. What a great promise that is this in God's hanker chief is the only one that can wipe away every tear. You can wipe away somebody's tear another one will replace it. Very shortly always love the story of an elderly couple's Valentine's Day so this elderly couple. They've been married for years. The wife was on her deathbed. Her husband was sitting at the edge of her bed, holding hands.
They both knew that she had a very short time before she would die.
She was in and out of consciousness and she woke up at one point, and she knew it was just moments away before she take her last breath and she she looked over at her husband. Their eyes met, and a tear rolled down her cheek and her husband gently wiped it away with his handkerchief and said to her with a smile. Thank God Mary that's the last one and then she went into glory. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Can't wait were reading about his worldwide revival multitude so big. No one person could count them from every place on earth every language, every background saved singing songs of praise. How to get saved my gas.
No, my conviction, my strong belief is they get saved as a result of the preaching of the hundred and 44,000 Jewish evangelists. I think that largely the hundred and 44,000 come to Christ by the witness of the two witnesses. The come to Israel, Jerusalem hundred 44,000 unleashed on the earth will produce by their preaching this enumerable multitude. Besides the angel flying through heaven preaching the gospel and, to be a lot of opportunity so I believe that this a result of the hundred 44,000 preaching and I believe that as a logical deduction and as a theological conclusion.
The me explain this a logical deduction.
They're the only two groups mentioned in this chapter and one follows the other stuff I look at it sequentially. One is the result of what happened to the first that's the logical deduction. There's a theological conclusion. You see, Jesus already tells us in Matthew 24 what the tribulation is gonna be like right back. The book of Revelation is sort of just a an amplified version of Matthew chapter 24 were Jesus talks about the tribulation and this what he says listen to the sequence and this gospel. Jesus said this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
This gospel will be preached around the world to all nations, and then the end will come to know how many times I've heard that verse butchered by well-meaning missionaries or pastors saying listen we gotta get the gospel out around the world because then Jesus can come, let's hasten the day of the Lord.
Let's bring Jesus back likes try to schedule revival from 7 to 9 Jesus will come back when his father thinks and knows it's the right time and not before, not after. And no individual or no church can schedule the return of Jesus Christ.
That is not what that verse means that all he is speaking of the tribulation.
When in the midst of mayhem and famine in death and persecution. The gospel will have a worldwide impact and then the end will come.
And so we may be wondering what that means in Matthew 24.
By the time we read the book of Revelation, we understand all there's two witnesses and hundred and 44,000, and an angel preaching the gospel and then the end will come. Here's what I like to think. Here's what I like to boil it down to irreducible minimum when the world will experience its greatest mass, God will still be preaching the greatest message.
The greatest message of the gospel will be inculcated in permeating into the greatest mass the world will ever know. I love that God loves your mass. He has a mess age for you to change that mass and do something different. I want to think of your life for a minute, which are lifelike. You might sets are like what Dicken said it's the best of times. It's the worst of times. It's good it's bad, some good stuff. There's some bad stuff. Maybe you're facing some challenges conflicts struggles.
I want you to hand that over to God.
This morning I want you to walk out these doors without burden on your shoulder when sugar rolled over on the God I know some of your thinking all God's tired of hearing from I've done is he's heard that voice in that place so many times he's like he sees me coming about you again.
There was a woman in a worship service in the closing hymn was we exalt the Lord a member that we exalt the inner hands were raised up. She was singing next to her was a three-year-old daughter and you know kids hear words differently right and they say words if we might grandson last night said happy Valentine's Day Papa.
I was so cute didn't get any better than that Valentine's Day so she's saying we exalt the Lord. Her three-year-old daughter next servicing we exhaust the old Lord we exhaust the I'm here to tell you you cannot exhaust God even get tired of hearing the burden you have.
If I learn anything from Revelation 7 is that even in the worst of times. God can make it the best of times you can do that for you.
You turn that over to me rolled out over on to him you let him carry that burden. I'm going to tribulation, let it be the best season of your life.
Watch we can do with.
I love what happened when the little boy walked into the pet store. He was looking for a puppy. Dad said you can have everyone, or anyone you want.
He saw little wagon. Estella goes I want the one with the happy ending that will be all one we want a life with a happy ending. The story with a happy ending. Will there is a happy ending. The book will get incredibly awesome book of Revelation, but there is this the tribulation, there are these the judgments of God. The activity of Satan, but will also be a time of great revival and great salvation.
Here's the deal. That's good happen. We don't know when it will happen in the future could happen shortly in the future were waiting for the Lord to come back. Could happen. I believe it any moment might not or not living in the great tribulation. Right now I know things are bad out there, but it life is good in the neighborhood of the earth compared to what's coming right now is the day of grace is the age of grace since the age of opportunity for anyone at any time to say yes to Jesus and you're probably not to be killed for your faith tomorrow. Walking through Albuquerque. So life is pretty good right now and you have an opportunity now to say yes to Jesus Christ before that age of grace finally closes and it will close one day what why would you ever want to wait when God says I will forgive you now, I will push the reset button. I will give you a do over I would you say, think about that.
I'll forgive you of all your past you have an honorable want to grab the restaurant on the corner, radical visit that what well, it's an opportunity and it's your choice that wraps up Skip a text message series. What's next you Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and how it connects more people to God's truth. Did you know that every day you're part of an invisible spiritual battle, but you can have absolute confidence, knowing that Christ has already won the war. That doesn't mean the enemy is going down without a fight. Far from it, but we share these Bible teachings to equip listeners like you in your faith so you can be prepared for any challenges you face when you give a gift today.
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