Summary: Today we are going to take a step back in our study of Revelation. We have seen the judgments revealed in the seven seals of the book that only Jesus was able and worthy to open. In the pause that we see in today’s text, God is declaring His ultimate and
Purpose: To show that the messages of mercy and judgment are often mixed together.
Aim: I want the listener to hold on to hope in the midst of any trial.
INTRODUCTION: Today we are going to take a step back in our study of Revelation. We have seen the judgments revealed in the seven seals of the book that only Jesus was able and worthy to open.
Earlier we saw a pause in God’s judgments between the sixth and seventh seal. In chapters 10 and 11 (through verse 13) we see a pause between the sixth and seventh trumpets. These pauses in God’s judgments prove that God’s judgments have been carefully planned which reassures believers that the Judge is in complete control. It also shows God’s care and concern for His followers even while God is pouring out His wrath on the unsaved.
This second pause in God’s judgments, which comes somewhere in the middle of the seven years of tribulation, includes:
Chapters 10-11a The Jewish nation is judged
Chapter 17 The one-world religion is judged
Chapter18 The one-world economy is judged
Let’s review some of the events that happened up to this point. At the beginning of the Tribulation Period Israel makes a treaty with the Antichrist to insure their safety. Daniel records it this way: Daniel 9:27 "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."(NAU)
The Antichrist allows the Temple to be rebuilt (if it isn’t already) and gives religious freedom to the Jews. The two witnesses preach freely and there are 144,000 other Jewish preachers who have the same freedom. But then, suddenly, the Antichrist breaks the treaty, he kills the two witnesses, and takes over the Temple worship.
Paul describes that for us in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (NAU)
In the pause that we see in today’s text, God is declaring His ultimate and complete victory even before it happens.
1:1-20 I. John’s Vision of the Past "the things which you have seen"
2:1-5:14 II. Christ’s Vision of the Present "the things which are"
Ch.6-22 III. John’s Vision of the Future "things which will take places"
6-7; 12-14 A. Satan’s war against God’s creation: the first six seals
8-11; 13:11-18; 15-18 B. The wrath of God: the seventh seal
1. The preparation for God’s wrath
2. The desolation through God’s wrath
The Disaster The Trumpets The Bowls
(Heaven’s view) (Earth’s view)
The bombarding storm 1/3 of vegetation burned Sores on man
The boiling sea 1/3 of fish & ships destroyed Men on the ocean die
The blazing sky 1/3 of water becomes bitter Water becomes blood
The blackened sky 1/3 of light is gone Men are burned
The buzzing locusts Hell’s darkness Government’s darkness
The burning army 1/3 killed by Satan’s armies Earth’s armies
The broken earth Storms, quakes, hail Quakes, hail
13:11-18 3. The object of God’s wrath
Vs.11a a. The false prophet appears religious "like a lamb"
Vs.11b-12 b. The false prophet has great influence "spoke as a dragon"
Vs.13 c. The false prophet is powerful "performs great signs"
Vs.14a d. The false prophet is misleading "he deceives"
Vs.14b-15 e. The false prophet promotes false worship "worship the image"
Vs.16-17 f. The false prophet restricts freedom "no one will be able to buy or to sell"
Vs.18 g. The false prophet exalts man "number is that of a man"
10, 11a, 17-18 4. The victory of God’s wrath
We learned earlier that believers were anxious to see God glorified and justice restored in Revelation 6:11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. (NAU)