Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 27, 2015

Sunday School
Revelation Chapters 9-11
Resources: Google; Discover Revelation; The Believer's Study Bible

Chapter 9

  • The Fifth Trumpet is the expulsion of Satan from heaven. "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weaken the nations!" Isaiah 14:12
  • The abyss is the home of Satan and his demons.
  • God is still in control. He has power over Satan and Satan know it.
  • Out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth and they were given power to punish. 
  • These locusts were demons.
  • The locusts could not punish those who were sealed with God on their foreheads.
  • The first 'woe' (locusts) is past now the next is coming.
  • The Sixth Trumpet sounded and the Four Angels are released. These angels are bound at the river Euphrates and when released after preparing for an hour and day and month and year, would slay one third of mankind.
  • With an army of demons who sat on horses. The horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
  • The people who did not die during this time did not repent. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood. Nor did they repent of their murders, or witchcraft or immoralities or thefts. 
Chapter 10

  • An mighty angel came down from heaven clothed with a cloud and a rainbow was upon his head and his face was as the sun and his feet as pillars of fire.
  • And in his hand was a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea and his left foot on the earth.
  • This book contains, it is said, the sweet message of God's wonderful plan for mankind.
  • John is told to take the book and eat it up. He is told that it will taste sweet as honey but bitter in his belly.
  • The Word of God is sweet but His Word would also be bitter to those who would receive the terrible punishment of the unrepentant.
Chapter 11
  • Two witnesses appear in this chapter, who are given power to prophesy for a 1,260 days.
  • These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devour their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
  • These two have the power to shut heaven, that it rain not for days of their prophecy: and the power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will.
  • And when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascend out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and kill them.
  • Their bodies shall lie in the street; they will have no graves; people will dance and celebrate and exchange gifts because the two prophets tormented them.
  • And after three and a half days the Spirit of life from God will enter into them and they shall stand upon their feet.
  • Great fear will fall upon them which beholds this.
  • The prophets heard a voice saying, "Come up here!" And they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.
  • And the second woe is past. Behold, the third woe comes quickly.
  • And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever."
  • And the twenty-four elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshipped God saying, "We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which are and was and are to come; because you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign."
  • "The nations were angry with You but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants. You will reward your prophets and your holy people, all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest.  And you will destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth."
  • Then, in heaven, the Temple of God was opened and the Ark of His covenant could be seen inside the Temple.

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