THE SEVENTH TRUMPET IN DETAIL, PART III
CONTINUED REVELATION 14:8
Today we are looking again at some of the information contained in Revelation 14:8 and following and we have already seen that Babylon has fallen and the reason for her fall (that Babylon had caused all nations to drink of the wine of her fornication). As we move forward in our study, here are some Scripture passages that you might want to review:
*Revelation 9:20; I Corinthians 10:20; I John 5:21; Exodus 20:4; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 7:23; Isaiah 42:8; Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:16-17; Psalm 106:36-39.
IN THE END TIMES:
- There will be the corruption of murder. A spirit of senseless murder and lawlessness will be sweeping the earth; in addition, there will be the slaughtering of millions who refuse to place the state before God and worship the image of the Antichrist.
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:21).
“Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:21-22).
“He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, ‘Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shall not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness’,” (Matthew 19:18).
“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters” (I Peter 4:15).
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murder: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (I John 3:15).
- There will be the corruption by sorcery in the latter days. There will be the interest and the governing of life by horoscope, astrology, witchcraft, and demons in this world.
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their SORCERIES, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:21).
“So Saul died for his transgressions which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it,” (I Chronicles 10:13).
“And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:” (Micah 5:12).
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication; uncleanness, lasciviousness (indecency) idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,” (Galatians 5:19-20).
- There will be the corruption by fornication; the immorality of the end times will run wild, even more so than today.
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their FORNICATION, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:21).
“Flee FORNICATION. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth FORNICATION sinneth against his own body” (I Corinthians 6:18).
“But FORNICATION, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;” (Ephesians 5:3).
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; FORNICATION, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5).
- There will be corruption by thievery; stealing in both high and low places, in the shops and in the workplaces, from neighbors, and from employers–these activities will be running wild.
“Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” (Revelation 9:21).
“Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
“Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another” (Leviticus 19:11).
“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).
“Not purloining [stealing], but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things” (Titus 2:10).
NOTE: The last days will be corrupt and evil and murderous days. It will be because of the godless and secular society and government of the Antichrist. THIS IS THE REASON THE ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT OF THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE DESTROYED.
NOTE: Man’s heart is evil and secular and will remain evil until he allows the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, to create his heart anew and make him a new creature. (John 3:16; Roman 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
NOTE THE SECOND PICTURE:
- There is the picture of wrath.
- Babylon, the godless society of the Antichrist, will seduce the world to drink the wine of her wrath.
- This means that she thinks her wine leads to pleasure, to the utopian state, to the glorious one-world government and religion that men have always dreamed about.
- But note, the government and religion of the end time will continue to be discussed; they will lead to wrath, the wrath of GOD.
- The justice and fury of God is going to fall upon the whoredom of Babylon, the godless society of the Antichrist.
- All ungodly and evil people and nations of the world who follow the Antichrist will suffer the wrath and fury of God.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matthew 25:31-32).
“He that believeth on the Son hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).
“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath” (Romans 2:8).
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6).
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 1:14-15).
“His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty” (Job 21:20).
“For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them” (Psalm 75:8).
“Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out” (Isaiah 51:17).
“Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me” (Jeremiah 25:17).
Now let’s continue to study the 8th Division, the seventh trumpet in detail (Part III): the victory of the LAMB is assured, Revelation 14:1-20.
We continue to look at the fourth assurance: JUSTICE WILL BE EXECUTED, Revelation 14:9-15.
First, Revelation 14:9-12 will be examined. This is a terrifying passage, one of the most horrible pictures in all the Word of God. It is the picture of the anger and wrath of God against the ungodly and evil of this world.
Those who do not repent and turn to God (John 3:16) in the end time will have the wrath of God fall upon them.
Those who are not moved by the sufferings and testimonies of God’s people (the millions who will be dying as martyrs for Christ) and are not moved to repent (Romans 10:9-13), will suffer the wrath of God.
- This is the THIRD GREAT ASSURANCE: Justice will triumph. True justice will be executed upon the earth. All the ungodliness and evil and all injustice of this earth committed against God and man shall be corrected.
True justice will be executed against all the ungodly and evil of this earth.
- The person to be judged: any person who follows the beast and receives the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9).
- The judgment (v. 10-11).
- The person who escapes judgment (v. 12).
REVELATION 14:9: Judgment – Mark of the Beast
NOTE: There are the persons who will be judged. The judgment of God is going to fall upon all those who follow the beast and received the mark of the beast. (Review Revelation 13:13-18).
The mark will show that a person gives his first loyalty and allegiance to the state and secular society and its leader, the Antichrist. The person who declares his allegiance, who worships and puts the state and secular society before God — that is the person who will receive the mark of the beast. He is the person who will be saying to God…
- that God is second.
- that the state and its leader (Antichrist) are more important than God.
- that the state and its leader can do more for man than God.
- that society needs to focus upon the state and its leader, not God.
- that the state and earthly leaders are the hope of man, not God.
It is important to note how this belief runs through society today. In fact, it is a common belief that runs through every generation. There are always multitudes who believe that man can control his own destiny; that what is important is good government, good education, good medicine, good social services and on and on.
Man also believes that all of these are necessary, and we should diligently labor to have the best of everything. But these are not the end of life. They can only make life comfortable and perhaps extend life for a little more time. Socialism cannot extend life for man, only God can extend life into and throughout eternity. (John 3:16).
Government and good services are not the savior of man, God is (Romans 10:9-13). Man is not a god, capable of bringing the perfect society to earth; God alone is God. This does not mean that we should not work to have the best society we can. It means that while we work for the good of society, we honor and worship and trust God.
This is where many fail today and have failed in the past and will fail in the end time. The people of the end time will be making the same gross mistake so many in our generation are making; they will worship man and government, they will look to man and government instead of looking to God for solutions and answers.
The difference is this: in order to hold the masses of people together in the end time, the government will officially insist that the first loyalty of its citizens be to the state.
Religion will be subjected to the state. The end result will be the massive slaughter and holocaust of all who refuse. This is the reason the wrath of God will fall upon the people of the end time.
REVELATION 14:10-11 Judgment — God, Wrath of — Hell
There is the judgment of God, and we need to look at four things that are said about the judgment of God.
- The ungodly and evil will drink of the wrath and anger of God.
“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation…” (Revelation 14:10).
When thinking of the judgment of God, we must never forget a significant fact: God must keep heaven perfect. When He creates the new heavens and new earth, He has to exclude, and shut out all those… (See 2 Peter 3:10-12 and Revelation 21.)
- who have cursed, denied, disbelieved, and rejected Him.
- who are hostile and who are enemies of Him and His righteousness.
- who do not want His control and restraint upon their lives. Remember, Jesus said: “If you love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15). A true Christian will love to have Christ, who is God, directing their lives.
- who reject the righteousness of God’s Son and do not let it cover them; who refuse to believe that Christ is the sinless son of God who died for their sins.
God has no choice but to keep all unsaved out of heaven. Remember something else as well: God has given man every chance; He has done everything that can be done to reach out and save man. He has sent to man, prophet after prophet and given man His Word. And most of all, He has given the world His own Son to save man. But man continues to reject and deny and even curse God’s Son.
When the people of the world do this to God’s Son, the only Son He has, what kind of attitude can we expect God to have in the day of judgment?
If you would like to be assured that you would be allowed into heaven and not rejected, YOU CAN BE. However, it is your choice to make–the decision to go to heaven.
Please read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and apply the truth found there to your life. If you make the choice to follow God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, you will not be rejected when you die.
This is the most important decision that any person will make in this life. Accept Christ as your personal Savior, don’t reject what the Bible tells you about “how” to receive God’s free gift of eternal life – Ephesians 2:8-9. Now notice Ephesians 2:12- 22 and write down the truths found there for after salvation.
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