Armageddon: The Final World War

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #91 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16:12-16: “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

On yesterday, we began looking at the final phase of judgment that will take place during the Tribulation — the seven vial, or bowl, judgments. These are the most severe and complete of the judgments that we have seen. We covered the first five of these judgments, which are as follows:

1. The first vial judgment brings painful sores on all those who have pledged allegiance to the antichrist.

2. The second vial judgment turns all of the sea to blood and kills every living thing in the sea.

3. The third vial judgment turns all of the rivers and fresh water to blood making them undrinkable.

4. The fourth vial judgment causes scorching heat to come from the sun and burn mankind.

5. The fifth vial judgment strikes the kingdom of the antichrist with utter darkness.

After the fifth vial judgment is poured out, the Bible tells us that those on earth who have pledged their allegiance to the antichrist still refuse to repent and turn to God. Instead they “blaspheme God in their hearts”.

Today, we will look at the sixth vial as it is poured out. This vial represents the culmination of all of the disobedience and defiance of mankind upon the earth. Verse 12 of our passage states, “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” The Euphrates River was the eastern limit of the old Roman Empire and it has long served as a natural boundary between East and West for centuries. Now, it is dried up to prepare the way for the great Eastern Kings — some say these will be the armies of China, India, and Japan — who will march against the Holy Land to gather in the valley of Armageddon.

Armageddon is the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil, God and Satan. According to the Holman Bible Dictionary, “Revelation promises that in the face of the defeat of God’s saints by military forces from the east, south, and the north, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to defeat His enemies and deliver His people. The location of Armageddon shows us that the Middle East has historical importance in the last days. Armageddon, or the Mount of Megiddo, is located in the plain of Jezreel, a valley fourteen miles wide and twenty miles long. Many decisive battles have been fought there. And it is natural to think of it as the site of the last and greatest battle of all.”

The great seminary professor John F. Walvoord said, “It is apparent that the satanic purpose of the Battle of Armageddon is to gather all the military might of the world to contend against the armies from heaven. ¬†Actually, as other Scriptures describe this scene, both the invading and the defending armies will probably be dispersed all over the land of Israel, which will be some 200 miles from north to south and will extend from the Mediterranean Sea on the west all the way to the Euphrates River to the east. These armies will engage in a war for global supremacy against the world ruler as the entire world crumbles under the various judgments of God. The war, however, will be unresolved, and even on the day of the second coming of Christ there will be house-to-house combat in Jerusalem.”

Merrill F. Unger said, “this battle decides the governmental question of the sovereignty of the earth.”

Today, I want us to notice three things about the sixth vial which tells us of the armies that gather for the battle of Armageddon.

1. First of all, I want you to notice the influence of the devil.

2. Secondly, I want you to notice the words of the Lord.

3. Thirdly, I want you to notice the gathering of armies.

+ Plus, listen to Israel Houghton and Free Chapel singing singing “There’s Something About that Name” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Wrath of God — Round Three

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #90 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 16:1-11: “And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

We are currently in the middle of a series of messages on the end times and the second coming of Christ. So far, we have covered the Rapture, when Christ takes all believers from the earth and brings them to Heaven to be with Him forever. We also looked at the coming of the antichrist who is empowered by Satan and who sets up his worldwide kingdom on earth. And then, we began looking at the tribulation — a seven-year-long period of judgment wherein God punishes those who remain on the earth for their defiance and rejection of Him. We have covered the first two phases of the Tribulation — the seven seal judgments and the seven trumpet judgments, which we wrapped up on yesterday.

Today, we are going to begin looking at the final phase of judgment — that is the seven vial judgments or the seven bowl judgments. These judgments are the most severe out of all the judgments poured out on earth. One of my points in sharing this message with you is to warn you that you don’t want to be left behind for the wrath of God on this earth. You need to be saved today and I will show you how to do that in a few minutes. Right now, very briefly, let’s look at the first five of these judgments:

1. The first vial judgment brings painful sores on all those who have pledged allegiance to the antichrist.

2. The second vial judgment turns all of the sea to blood and kills every living thing in the sea.

3. The third vial judgment turns all of the rivers and fresh water to blood making them undrinkable

4. The fourth vial judgment causes scorching heat to come from the sun and burn mankind.

5. The fifth vial judgment strikes the kingdom of the antichrist with utter darkness.

+ Plus, listen to Regina Belle singing “God is Good” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

A Glimpse of the Sovereign Reign of Jesus Christ

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #89 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 11:14-19 — “The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty 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 art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

On yesterday, we continued looking at the seven trumpet judgments which take place after the seven seal judgments during the Tribulation period. The six trumpet judgments that we have covered are as follows:

1. The first trumpet judgment brought about hail, fire, and blood, which destroyed a third of all plant life.

2. The second trumpet judgment brought about a third part of the sea being turned into blood and the death of a third of all sea life.

3. The third trumpet judgment brought about the poisoning of a third of the fresh water supply and the death of many people.

4. The fourth trumpet judgment brought about the diminishing of light from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

5. The fifth trumpet judgment brought about the opening of the abyss and an army of locust-like demons being released to torment (but not kill) those who reject God.

6. The sixth trumpet judgment brought about the releasing of the four fallen angels bound in the River Euphrates and an army 200 million strong who go forth to slaughter a third of earth’s remaining population.

The Bible says three resounding “woes” started the fifth trumpet judgment. Verse 14 of our passage tells us that the “second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” Let’s look at what this seventh trumpet entails.

1. First of all, the seventh trumpet shows us the praise for the Sovereign King.

2. Secondly, the seventh trumpet shows us the plan for judgment and reward.

3. Thirdly, and finally today, the seventh trumpet shows us the promise of communion.

+ Plus, listen to Anthony Evans singing “Glory to the King” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

When All Hell Breaks Loose

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #88 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 9

On yesterday, we looked at the blowing of the first four trumpets, and saw how the earth suffers at the hands of an angry God. We saw that…

1. The first trumpet judgment brought about hail, fire, and blood, which destroyed a third of all plant life.

2. The second trumpet judgment brought about a third part of the sea being turned into blood and the death of a third of all sea life.

3. The third trumpet judgment brought about the poisoning of a third of the fresh water supply and the death of many people.

4. The fourth trumpet judgment brought about the diminishing of light from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

You might recall that after the fourth trumpet judgment, the Bible tells us that John “heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” The three resounding “woes” tell us that even more severe and relentless judgment is about to fall on mankind. Today, we will look at the fifth and sixth trumpet judgments which are revealed in Revelation chapter nine.

1. First of all I want you to notice that severe pain is unleashed on those who reject God.

2. Secondly, I want us to look at the systematic slaughter of earth’s inhabitants.

3. Thirdly, and finally, I want us to see the sad lack of repentance of those who remain.

+ Plus, listen to Jeremy Camp singing “There Will Be a Day” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Earth in the Hands of an Angry God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #87 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 8:6-13: “6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”

Yesterday, we looked at the opening of the seventh seal, and we saw the wonderful demonstration of what happens to the thousands upon thousands of prayers of the saints that have ascended from this earth and have been stored up in the throne room of God Almighty in Heaven. We also saw how that when the seventh seal was opened, there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour. This is because the seventh seal introduces another set of extremely catastrophic judgments — the seven Trumpet Judgments which we will begin looking at today.

John MacArthur calls the four trumpet judgments that we will cover today the “divine destruction of earth’s ecology.” This is because these four judgments devastate the natural processes that we depend on for the earth to operate normally. Let’s begin looking at these trumpet judgments.

1. The first trumpet judgment brings about hail, fire, and blood, which destroys a third of all plant life.

2. The second trumpet judgment brings about a third part of the sea being turned into blood and the death of a third of sea life.

3. The third trumpet judgment brings about the poisoning of a third of the fresh water supply and the death of many people.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “The Blood Will Never Lose its Power” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Prayers of the Saints and the Wrath of God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #88 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 8:1-5: “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”

Today, as we continue our series on the second coming of Christ and the last days, we return to the Seal Judgments in Revelation chapter eight. As you might recall, we looked at the opening of six seals in Revelation chapter six and those seals showed us six events that would take place at the beginning of the tribulation period. Those six events are: (1) the coming of the antichrist, (2) the eruption of war and violence, (3) worldwide famine, (4) the death of a third of the world’s population, (5) Christians killed for their faith, and (6) a global devastating earthquake.

On yesterday, we saw the mercy of God in the midst of misery in Revelation chapter 7.

Today, we are going to look at the opening of the seventh seal and the scene which follows in Heaven in Revelation chapter 8.

1. Let’s Look at the Opening of the Seventh Seal.

2. Secondly, Let’s See How God Preserves the Prayers of the Saints.

3. Let’s Notice the Role of the Prayers of the Saints in the End Times.

+ Plus, listen to Israel and New Breed singing “Prayers of the Righteous” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Mercy in the Midst of Misery

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #85 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 7

As you know, we are in a series of messages on the end times. By the grace of God, we are marching through the book of Revelation and seeing what is in store for the world in what I believe is the very near future. We have looked at the Rapture of the church in which every believer is taken from the Earth and ushered into Heaven to be with the Lord. We have seen the rise of the antichrist and the coming of a Satanic world system and government. And, most recently, we have seen the devastating judgment of God on a world that has turned its back on Him through the opening of the six seals as related in Revelation chapter 6.

Now, you might have been thinking that we were going to deal with the seventh seal today. But we are not. In Revelation chapter 7, we have what could be called an interlude or a break in the action. The scene shifts from the wrath of God being poured out on earth to the work that God is doing in Heaven. We will see that the work that God is doing is like a light in the darkness of the tribulation; it is a beacon in the shadows of Satanic supremacy; it is a lighthouse on the shores of a dark and stormy horizon. We see in Revelation chapter seven the awesome mercy, love, and grace of God in the midst of the wrath that is being poured out on the earth. Prophecy expert Tim Lahaye writes that “this chapter shows the supernatural efforts to which God will go during that time to bring a maximum number of souls to faith in Jesus Christ.”

1. First of all, I want you to notice with me the selection of the servants.

2. Secondly, I want you to notice with me the salvation of sinners.

3. Thirdly, I want you to notice with me the suffering of the saints.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “Till the Whole World Hears” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Coming Wrath of God (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #84 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 6: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (verse 15-17)

Currently, we are in a series of messages focusing on the Second Coming of Christ and the End Times. Yesterday, we began looking at the period of time called the “Tribulation” in which the wrath of God is poured out in judgment on the Earth. I want you to listen to what the great prophecy expert and Bible teacher Tim LaHaye said about this time:

There is no question this world will yet experience a time of “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time” as predicted by our Lord. In Revelation 3:10, He promised to keep believers from “the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

Such a time will have to be worse than anything ever known in human history. Far worse than the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 in which there were one million casualties. Far worse than the Black Plague in which nine million people died. Far worse than World War I when 20 million people were killed. Far worse than the devastation of World War II and Hitler’s holocaust when six million Jews and four million Christians were killed.

The Scriptures give more space to describing the coming Tribulation period than to any other prophetic event. The Hebrew prophets mention it 39 times, calling it a “time of Jacob’s trouble”, “tribulation”, and many other titles denoting distress. The New Testament calls it “the day of the Lord”, “the wrath of God”, and the “wrath of the Lamb.” Revelation chapters 6 through 19 describe the events of that Tribulation period, the best description of this terrifying, close-at-hand time that will try the whole world.

On yesterday, we began looking at the specific judgments that will come down on the earth during the tribulation period. The first six judgments are recorded in Revelation chapter 6 and are depicted as six seals. Evangelist and professor Ed Hindson said that “with the sixth chapter, the main action of the book may be said properly to begin.” So, we are getting into this prophecy right where the action starts. We have already seen the first three of these seals, which are as follows:

1. The first seal reveals militant conquests.
2. The second seal reveals murderous conflicts.
3. The third seal reveals the presence of meager crops.

Today, we will look at the last three seals as revealed to us in Revelation 6:

1. The fourth seal reveals manifold carnage.
2. The fifth seal reveals martyred Christians.
3. Finally today, the sixth seal reveals massive cataclysms.

+ Plus, listen to Etta James singing “I’ll Fly Away” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Coming Wrath of God (Part 1)

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #83 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 6: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (verse 15-17)

Today, we are going to continue looking at the end times and what will happen on Earth after Jesus Christ raptures away the true believers. On yesterday, we saw how the days that follow the Rapture will be the darkest and most devastating days that mankind will ever see. Not only will the antichrist reign supreme and force his will on the world, but God will pour out judgment on the earth which will willingly reject the truth and embrace the lies of Satan.

This period of judgment is called the “tribulation”. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:21: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” The first phase of this judgment is recorded in Revelation chapter 6 which describes six seals. (In all, there are seven seals, but this passage deals with six of them.) Let us look at this passage and see what the first three of these seal judgments will be.

1. The first seal reveals militant conquests.

2. The second seal reveals murderous conflicts.

3. The third seal reveals the presence of meager crops.

+ Plus, listen to Twyla Paris singing “Days of Elijah” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Coming Darkness (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #82 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

During our time together on yesterday, we began talking about the coming of the darkest days in the history of the world. We talked about the appearance of the antichrist, the unrestrained spirit of evil, and Satan’s mastery over the world. Today, I want us to look at three remaining aspects of the darkness that will overtake the world in the last days which the Bible tells us about from this passage in II Thessalonians 2.

1. First of all, notice with me the misery of man.

2. Secondly, notice with me the mistreatment of the Jews.

3. Third, I want you to notice the majesty of Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Mahalia Jackson singing “When the Saints Go Marching In” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”