THE SEVENTH TRUMPET (PART IV)
THE THIRD GREAT WONDER, THE SEVEN BOWL JUDGMENTS,
Today we continue our study with Revelation 14:17-20, Armageddon and Judgment. Think about it, Armageddon is the place where the wrath of God is going to fall. Think about the absolute terror that will occur with the people who are involved.
We will first consider two significant points dealing with the great battle of Armageddon then continue with Revelation 15:1-8 as time permits.
Revelation 14:20 – Armageddon — Judgment
As we start, focus your mind on the terror of Armageddon, the place where the wrath of God is to fall, and information surrounding this time-frame involved.
I. The winepress of God’s judgment is trampled down “outside the city.” “The city” always refers to Jerusalem.
LET’S NOTE 5 THINGS:
This is a reference to what the Bible and believers call…
- the great battle of Armageddon.
- the great day of the Lord.
- the final battle of human history.
- the judgment of God upon the ungodly and evil of this world.
- the end of Satan’s rule upon earth.
There will be two reaping of earth:
- Revelation 14:13 – saved
- Revelation 14:17-20 – unsaved, this is a picture of the armed forces of the world gathering outside of Jerusalem under the LEADERSHIP OF THE ANTICHRIST. It is also called the battle of Armageddon.
They are there in all their earthly glory and might, or so they think. While there, the midnight hour of judgment strikes and real terror begins. The time for God’s eternal judgment and wrath has arrived, and the quickest defeat in human history occurs against the greatest army ever amassed by man. How?
The Antichrist and the armies of his military might are destroyed by the very Word of the Lord’s mouth and by the glory of His appearance (Revelation 14:1,14). Second Thessalonians graphically describes the scene:
“And then shall that Wicked [one] be revealed, whom the Lord shall CONSUME with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
II. Note what the horrifying scene will look like: BLOOD will flow out of the winepress of God’s wrath and the blood will be as DEEP AS TWO FEET in some places (Revelation 14:20).
The distance that the blood will flow is said to be about 174 or 184 miles — about the length of Palestine. The picture being painted is that of A THOROUGH JUDGMENT. The army of the ungodly in all their glory and might will be immediately and thoroughly destroyed by the winepress of God’s wrath. (See also Revelation 16:12-16 and Revelation 19:17-21.)
Isaiah graphically pictures the scene:
“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold; therefore, mine own arm brought salvation unto me: and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth” (Isaiah 63:1-6).
THE GREAT DAY OF GOD’S VENGEANCE AND MERCY; A PICTURE OF ARMAGEDDON
Armageddon is the last, decisive battle or war among the nations of the earth. Because it is known to be the last battle, a discussion of Armageddon arouses keen interest among many, in particular, true Christian believers. Armageddon is where human history, under government of human leaders, will end. Why then and why there? Because at Armageddon the Lord Jesus Christ will return to earth. He will intervene and stop the madness of the human race.
In that climactic day, all the wicked of this earth will face the blazing fire of God’s holiness and be consumed, doomed to spend eternity in hell separated from Him. But the righteous of this earth will receive the mercy of God. They will be delivered and receive their eternal inheritance promised by God through the ages.
NOTE: This is THE GREAT DAY OF GOD’S VENGEANCE AND HIS MERCY, A PICTURE OF ARMAGEDDON (Isaiah 63:1-64:12).
Let’s note some things from Isaiah:
- The great day of God’s vengeance (Isaiah 63:1-6)
- The great mercy of God proves that He will execute judgment and redeem or save His people (63:7-14)
- The great cry for deliverance (63:15-64:12)
I. The great day of God’s vengeance (Isaiah 63:1-17; 64:12; Revelation 19:1-21)
A. Who will be judged? Edom and its capital Bozrah — symbols of a world that rejects God (Isaiah 63:1).
B. Who will execute judgment?
1. He who comes in glory, strength and righteousness–He comes to save His people (Isaiah 63:1; Revelation 14:14).
2. He who has clothes stained red with blood–Christ (John 19:34; Revelation 14:17-20; 19:13).
- He will act alone; He will not use nations and people as He had in past history (Isaiah 63:3).
- He personally will crush the wicked and the oppressors, just as grapes are crushed in a winepress (Isaiah 63:2-3).
C. Why will He execute judgment (Isaiah 63:4-5)?
- Why? Because vengeance against evil and redemption for His people are in His heart (v.4).
- Because He will find no one else who will step forth to help His people (v. 5).
- His own arm (power) & wrath will save His people (v. 5).
- His own arm (power) & wrath will crush the nations (vs. 5-6).
Outline: Point 2
II. The great mercy of God proves that He will execute judgment and redeem or save His people
A. God’s acts of love for His people down through history–He is to be praised for His unfailing acts of compassion (vs. 5-7).
- God had chosen them to be His people–trusted them to be true to Him (v. 8).
- God had become their Savior (v. 9).
- God identified with their distress and sufferings (v. 9).
- God saved, redeemed, and carried them through all the years (v. 9).
3. God had disciplined them when they had rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit (v. 10).
4. God had used His discipline to stir them to repent and to remember His care during the days of Moses (v. 11).
- to remember God’s gift of the great leader Moses (v. 11).
- to remember God’s awesome power in dividing the Red Sea (v. 12).
- to remember God’s guidance in leading them and in keeping them from stumbling (v. 13).
- to remember the spiritual & physical REST that God had given them in the promised land (Isaiah 63:14; Joshua 23:1).
B. God’s purpose: To make sure His name is glorified (v. 14).
III. The great cry for deliverance – Isaiah 63:15-19
A. A cry for God to look down–To hear and help His people (v. 15) WHY?
- Because God’s zeal and strength as well as His mercy and compassion seemed to be withheld from them (v. 15).
- Because God was still their Father & Redeemer, although Abraham and Jacob (Israel) would have disowned the present generation due to their sins (v. 16).
- Because they had turned away from God, hardened their hearts, and no longer feared Him (v. 17).
- Because there were still some servants (true believers) among them (v. 17).
- Because their enemies had destroyed God’s holy temple (v. 18).
- Because they were so sinful, it was as though they had never belonged to God (v. 19).
B. A cry for God to come down: To display His power
- To come down to execute judgment: a picture of God’s awesome power on Mt. Sinai (Isaiah 64:1-12; Exodus 19:16-19).
- To make His name known to His enemies (Is. 64:2).
- To cause nations to tremble (vs. 2-3).
2. To come down because He alone had proven He was God (since the world began) (v. 4).
3. To come down to help those who waited (believed) on God and willingly did what was right (v. 4).
C. A cry of confession
- Confessed they were habitual sinners–they angered God and did not deserve to be saved (Is. 64:5).
- Confessed they were unclean, impure, infected with sin–their righteousness was no better than filthy rags (v. 6).
- Confessed they were weak, unstable; they were like a shriveled up leaf (v. 6).
- Confessed no one sought God’s mercy or forgiveness (v. 7).
- Confessed God was forced to turn His face away from them–His holiness would not allow Him to look on their sins (v. 7).
- Confessed God was their Father–He was the Potter; they were the clay (v. 8).
D. A cry for forgiveness–they feared God would be so angry He would remember their sins forever (Is. 64:9). WHY?
- Because they were His people (v. 9).
- Because their cities — even the Holy City, Jerusalem, had been destroyed (v. 10).
- Because the holy, beautiful temple had been burned and destroyed (v. 11).
- Because they desperately needed His deliverance; He must not keep silent, refuse to help (v. 12).
FACT: THE GREAT MERCY AND LOVE OF GOD has been demonstrated down through history. Therefore, God’s people can rest assured that His day of redemption will come for all who want it. As Isaiah just predicted, all the oppressors of God’s people will be crushed, and true believers will be redeemed by God’s mighty hand. The LORD will save His people. A quick glance at the history of Israel shows His unfailing love for all who truly trust Him.
No greater demonstration of God’s love could be given to the human race than God SENDING His Son to bring salvation to man and His leadership of Israel down through the centuries. Even when Israel rejected and rebelled against God He poured His love out upon them in order to glorify His name among the nations of the earth. By demonstrating His love and mighty power, some people were aroused to repent of their sins and to turn to God, and to trust Him as their Savior. God’s great acts of compassion on behalf of Israel prove that He will execute judgment and redeem or save His people.
As we have just seen in the Scriptures, the cry for God’s deliverance was great. There has never been nor will there ever be a generation that does not need to cry out the appeals of the verses we have seen. For instance, when we think of Armageddon, we see God’s response to the prayers of His people.
There will be a cry for God to look down, to hear and help His people when they will need His help as their forefathers had. God’s people will be begging, in the end time, FOR HIM TO LOOK DOWN and to remember their hardships and distress in the same way He had always done in the past. God will respond and destroy the evil and unsaved people who have been assaulting and killing His own at Armageddon.
What all people must do is to:
- examine themselves.
- make sure that they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Whether it is now or in the end time, everyone must listen to Jesus as he responded to Nicodemus (John 3:1-7) and then examine John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13 and make sure they are truly saved and not playing a game with eternity.
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