Summary: Messages takes a look at Seven Seals, Voice of Thunder, Gog and Magog, and more.
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
A STUDY OVER THE BOOK OF REVELATION & THE END TIMES: PART I
INTRO: This upcoming study on Revelation, is obviously a lot of guesswork. Although is information is entirely Biblical and comes from theologian type sources, it still cannot be correct 100%. But the following is only the best try considering all the details and facts as we know it in this year at such a time as this.
BIBLE VERSE: Revelation 4:2
After this I look, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
The Overview: The apostle John (1 of the 12 disciples and the last one alive) is given a specific vision from heaven about what is going to happen in the future. This is NOT something that has already happened, there is no 4th dimension where some type of flux capacitor can make time travel possible. And the events are very important. If the ending of the world was not a significant event, than God would not have included an entire chapter of the Bible devoted to such a topic (there is no single Book of the Bible speaking about love, war, repentance, or even the 1st coming of Christ, so this is a priority).
What Comes First? One thing you will notice of all the following problems that hit in this chapter, is that many scenes in heaven always precede the earthly events to which they are attached. Meaning, God in heaven speaks, or opens up a scroll, or something, then there is a reaction on Earth. This shows that ultimately everything decided is not by chance, but by decisions made to carry out the correct amount of judgment on mankind from thousands of years ago.
BIBLE VERSE: Revelation 5:1
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.
Seven Seals: A long time ago, God in his infinite wisdom put down the judgment mankind will receive for their sins (notice, that it is much different than flooding the world with water, in a way, there is much more grace given here because the destruction of the world is actually done in parts—as if God is giving people a last chance to repent, whereas no such chance existed in the days of Noah).
Now, hidden inside the Seven Seals are hidden Seven Trumpets. And in the Seven Trumpets are Seven Bowls. It’s like 6 Seals are opened up, but when the 7th Seal opens, to everone’s surprise there are Seven Trumpets inside. And in the 7th Trumpet, there are 7 Bowls. It makes for a perfect 777. Following is a flow chart describing the trials generically, and we will go into specifics with them in the upcoming lessons. But here is the general Table of Contents.
The Table of Contents (this is for teacher use only, use as an outline):
The Opening The Judgment
Seal #1 The Antichrist
Seal #2 War
Seal #3 Famine
Seal #4 Death
Seal #5 Martyr’s Prayers
Seal #6 Great Earthquake
Seal #7 Announcement of 7 Trumpets
Trumpet #1 1/3rd of the Vegetation will be Burned
Trumpet #2 1/3rd of the Sea Judged
Trumpet #3 1/3rd of Fresh Water is Judged
Trumpet #4 1/3rd of the Luminaries Darkened
Trumpet #5 Increased Demonic Activity
Trumpet #6 1/3rd of Mankind Killed
Trumpet #7 Announcements of 7 Bowls
Bowl #1 Malignant Sores
Bowl #2 Sea Turned to Blood
Bowl #3 Fresh Waters Turn to Blood
Bowl #4 Men Scorched with Fire
Bowl #5 Darkness over the Kingdom of the Beast
Bowl #6 Invasion from the East
Bowl #7 Greatest Earthquake & Final Widespread Destruction
1. BIBLE VERSE: Revelation 6:1-2
And I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.
Voice of Thunder: When the voice of thunder is ever spoken in the Bible, it is used as a natural symbol of judgment. Personally, when I grew up in Wisconsin, there seemed to be some storms that brewed off of Lake Michigan that seemed to shake the whole house as I was a small boy. It was loud—sort of like my dad would have to yell “once in a while” in my life to get me to straighten up (a good example of scolding a young boy in a Dad’s voice would be a good example here).