THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT: FINAL TRIUMPH OVER EVIL
PART ONE – CONTINUED
As we start this study we are beginning to examine the final days of mankind and the earth. We still have much to study, so be patient, for God will reveal the end of time according to his schedule, not ours.
Perhaps, if one reading this is suffering, Hebrews 5:9 can help us. “And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author of eternal salvation unto ALL them that obey Him.” Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he had suffered. “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered,” (Hebrews 5:8).
We learn in lots of ways. We learn from reading, from listening, from doing, and, of course, from studying. Most learning is a happy experience, but we also learn from unhappy experiences. For instance, if you are suffering from an experience in your life, God can use that experience to help you, so you can help others who are suffering.
There was a young woman, who we will call Peggy, who was suffering from muscular dystrophy and was confined for years in a wheelchair. Peggy was in constant pain. Yet in all the times she had visitors they never found her weeping or heard her complain.
Indeed, she was often found, not in her room, but in another patient’s room comforting someone who was hurting. Peggy was teaching us how to deal with our suffering, our frustrations, our pain and our anger over our physical pain.
Note: Please learn the lesson: Jesus was obedient to the Father even though it was to bring Him suffering and death. He who knows suffering and death is Jesus. He is with us when life’s aches and pain take us down.
Follow the advice of Paul in Philippians 4:13 and 19:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 6:10).
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Now listen to Peter:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting ALL your care upon him; for He careth for you” (I Peter 5:6-7).
Note: Here is a little prayer that may ease the pain: “Lord, if I must suffer, help me to suffer with Your Grace.”
Remember: Christ willingly sacrificed Himself and suffered for man (you). Jesus Christ is the Son of God; therefore, He did not have to come to earth to suffer and save man. But it was God’s will, and the only way Christ could obey God was to humble Himself and come and suffer as man. HE OBEYED GOD, by suffering the cross as Man. He learned what it is to obey God as a Man; He learned it by becoming Man and suffering as a Man.
The point is this: Christ willingly came to earth to suffer as a man. He did it because it was God’s will, and He loves His Father and you. The only way for you to have salvation was for Christ to take your sin upon Himself at the Cross in obedience to the Father’s will. His pain and suffering opened the way to heaven for anyone who wants it. Salvation is easy:
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
“For God so loved the world [you], that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
The point is this: God loves you and will take you to heaven with Him one day and your pain will be no more (see Rapture verses: I Thessalonians 4:13-18). Look at Matthew 7:13-14 and decide which road you want to travel in this life…..the choice is yours.
Now back to Revelation 10:8-11, the little book, and the bitter and sweet taste of the great announcement.
Note three significant points.
1. John is commanded by the voice of heaven to go over and take the little book from the mighty angel’s hand.
Note the two lessons for us in this.
a. The Word of God is never just handed to us; it is never forced upon us. If we are to receive its message, we must go to the bookshelf, table or drawer and take it and study it and apply it to our lives. Do you want God’s comfort and help? Then you must be obedient: “If ye love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
Remember: The seventh trumpet is going to bring forth the last events of human history. Time will soon be no more. When the events of the seventh trumpet have taken place, then the mystery of God will be finalized. The glorious salvation and redemption of the whole universe will then take place. This is the great announcement. There is hope for the world. We can be optimistic and look forward to the most glorious salvation imaginable. God is going to save all who will let Him and, in addition, He is going to create a new heavens and new earth that will last forever and ever.
b. God commands us to take the Word of God and study its messages, and for us to be the obedient servant that He desires. He wants us to see our obedience through study and application of His Word.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and SEARCHED the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
“All Scripture is GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16).
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (I Peter 2:2-3).
2. John is commanded to take and eat and consume the little book. This he does and when he does, the message of the book is both sweet and bitter. What does this mean? It means that the Word of God contains:
- both sin and forgiveness,
- both death and life,
- both Hell and Heaven,
- both judgment and salvation,
- both damnation and deliverance,
- both heaviness and joy,
- both bondage and freedom,
- both destruction and new world, and
- both corruption and perfection.
(Adapted from [Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible], page143 – Revelation].
NOTE: When John saw:
- the truth of the world, its evil corruption and the coming judgment upon it, he tasted the bitterness of God’s Word and
- the righteousness and perfection and the salvation that is coming to the world, he tasted the sweetness of God’s Word.
+Ezekiel had a similar experience (Ezekiel 2:9-3:4).
+The people of Isaiah’s days did not want to hear the truth of their evil. (see Isaiah 30:8-11).
+Pleasant words are sweet, but if they are false their end leads to death.
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:24-25).
3. John is recommissioned: he is to proclaim the Word of God to the whole world (see Revelation 10:11). He is to proclaim the bitter as well as the sweet, the judgments that are coming, as well as the salvation that is coming. The final days of human history are coming are about to begin—the days of the seventh trumpet. The days are to include some judgments beyond anything ever experienced before: these judgments and the glorious promise of a new world are both to be proclaimed by John. He is to hold nothing back. He is to proclaim the full message of God’s book, His Holy Word.
Note: Every minister and teacher of God’s Word is called to proclaim both the sweet and bitter of God’s Word, both the grace and judgment of God. And the minister and teacher are to be faithful to his call; he is to proclaim the judgment of God as well as the grace of God. He must hold back nothing. The truth must be proclaimed, for the eternal end of people is at stake.
“Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:20).
“These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” (Titus 2:15).
“But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (Jeremiah 1:7).
“Thou therefore gird (get yourself ready) up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed (don’t be afraid) at their faces, lest I confound thee before them” (Jeremiah 1:17).
“And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious” (Ezekiel 2:7).
“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:17).
NOTE: Final Triumph Over evil (Part II): The Great Destruction of Israel and Jerusalem. Revelation 11 is one of the most important and one of the most exciting chapters in Revelation. There are at least five reasons why this is true.
NOTE: IT IS PART OF THE MESSAGE OF THE LITTLE BOOK THAT John is to declare:
- It points to the rebuilding and destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (Tribulation Temple).
- It shows the destruction of Jerusalem by the Gentiles.
- It ties in with the prophecies of our Lord and of Scripture about the end time and the antichrist.
- (See Matthew 24).
- It covers the great salvation of Israel and the coming kingdom of God. It gives a glimpse as to how Israel will be saved and how God will conquer the evil, corruptions, and kingdoms of this world and set up His own kingdom.
- It is a summary, an overview of the rest of the book. It foreshadows and pictures the things that are yet to come in the book of Revelation (Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible – Revelation).
There are three clear points:
- The chastisement of Jerusalem or Israel (11:1-2).
- The mission of the two witnesses (11:3).
- The rescue of the remnant (11:13).
The remnant, of course, refers to Jews who truly believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
The subject of this whole chapter, Chapter eleven, could be the Great Salvation of Israel and the Coming Kingdom of God. The first part, this particular Scripture and outline, is the Great Destruction of Israel (Ezekiel 40:3, 6; Zechariah 2:1; Amos 7:7-9).
There is the great judgment of Israel, of her temple, worship [altar], people, and city.
John is instructed to take a rod and measure the temple, its altar and the people who worship there. The words ROD AND MEASURE are used in the Bible in two ways.
- The rod can be used to measure a building for construction or for restoration, or it can be used to measure place for preservation or protection (Zechariah 2:1-5).
Sorry, we have run out of air time and I will pick up next time with further ways these words can be used. Now, however, I want to remind you that salvation [heaven] can be had by anyone who truly wants God’s “free” gift of salvation. We have used John 3:16 and Romans 9:10-13 previously and I would suggest that you go back and read them again.
After reading the passages, go to God in prayer asking for His forgiveness and His free gift of salvation. He will give it and you will know that you are saved, heading one day for heaven. Rejoice and be glad!
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