The Judgment of the Living Dead, Part 12

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Judgment of the Living Dead (Part 12)

In order to fully understand the reality of the Lake of Fire, we have begun looking at the major aspects of the Lake of Fire. In other words, we are answering the question, What kind of place is the Lake of Fire? There are twelve main aspects of the Lake of Fire spoken of in the Bible. We have already looked at six of them:

1. The Lake of Fire is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
2. The Lake of Fire is a place of outer darkness.
3. The Lake of Fire is a place of multiple torments.
4. The Lake of Fire is a place of sorrows.
5. The Lake of Fire is a place of unsatisfied desires.
6. The Lake of Fire is a place of hopelessness.

Today, we are looking at the fact that the Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory. The account of the rich man in Hell shows us that people will still retain their memories. In Luke 16:25, Abraham said, “Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things…” ***
In Hell, the rich man could remember the things he had said and done on Earth.

They say that when you die, your entire life flashes before your eyes. Well, those who end up in Hell will have an eternity to contemplate those memories. Every person who enters Hell will be tormented by the memories of past sins. They will be tormented by the memory of the times they could have accepted Christ, but didn’t.

Jimmy Chapman said, “‘Remember’ is the first voice, the perpetual voice which meets every man when he steps across the threshold of earth in to the portals of hell. When men remember there, they will remember very differently from the way in which they remember here. Memories there will come swimming out of the depths of the waters of oblivion. There is no torment like an accusing memory. In Hell, forgetting is a thing impossible. The rich man did not take his money, but he took his memory.”

You might be tormented by memories today, but, in most cases, you can do something about it. If it’s something you’ve done wrong, you can confess and repent of it. If it’s something someone has done wrong to you, you can confront them. If it is a lifestyle issue or addiction, you can change the way you have been living. But in Hell, you can do nothing about your memory. You don’t want to go there.

The Lake of Fire is a place of bitter memory. You do not want to go there.

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Allow me to share with you how you can trust Jesus Christ for salvation so that you can avoid that awful place.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you

After the 1,000-Year Reign of Christ, Part 2 — The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 16

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TEXT: Revelation 20:7-10

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

After the 1,000-Year Reign of Christ, Part 2 — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 16)

It is a sad fact of life on this sin-cursed earth that there are some people who just don’t learn and just won’t change (no matter what punishment is laid upon them). Some criminals seem to have an affinity for being in prison. They get out of jail after serving some time and they go back and do the same things that got them into jail in the first place. The Bible and common sense call that foolishness, but that is the kind of situation that we have in our passage today.

Satan, after being imprisoned for 1,000 years, is released and immediately goes back to his old ways. The Bible says he “shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.” At the beginning of history, Satan was deceiving Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and here at the end of history, he is trying to deceive the whole earth. The term “four quarters” means that his deception will encompass the whole world. Everyone living under the reign of Jesus Christ will be faced with a choice: follow Satan or follow Christ? And, as we mentioned last week, that is part of God’s purpose in allowing Satan to be released — to see who truly loves Jesus Christ and follows Him in their heart and who doesn’t.

The Revelator specifically mentions that Satan will deceive “Gog and Magog.” The question has been raised as to whether this is the same Gog and Magog mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 who attack Israel in the early part of the Tribulation? Is John talking about the same war? John F. Walvoord writes that this is clearly a different war, “for in the war of Ezekiel, the armies come primarily from the north and involve only a few nations of the earth. But the battle in Revelation will involve all nations, so armies will come from all directions. Furthermore nothing in the context of Ezekiel 38-39 is similar to the battle in Revelation, as there is no mention of Satan or of millennial conditions. In Revelation, the context clearly places the battle at the end of the Millennium, whereas the Ezekiel battle takes place in connection with end-time events.”

Why, then, does John use the words “Gog and Magog”? Scholars believe that the ruler Gog and the people of Magog are being used here symbolically. They are symbols of man’s rebellion against God and man’s hatred of the people of God — in this case, both Jews and Christians. Satan takes advantage of man’s rebellion and seduces the nations into rising up against the rule of Jesus Christ.

Verse 8 reads, he will “gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” It is hard to imagine, but a vast number of earth’s population will side with Satan. They will choose evil over righteousness, crime over justice, chaos over order, and war over peace. They will be foolish enough to think that they can overthrow the King of Kings who has reigned unchallenged for 1,000 years.

Verse 9 says, “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Satan’s massive army lays siege to the “beloved city”, Jerusalem, the capital of the world. Unlike the previous battles described in Revelation, God’s people are not depicted as persecuted, on the run, or in hiding. Why would they be? They have the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah with them. They are not worried about being defeated or destroyed. Their trust is in the One who saved them and washed away their sins, the same One who ruled the world with justice and truth for a millennium.

The judgment on the rebel army is swift. In fact, there is not even a battle. The Bible says, “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” All those who sided with Satan are destroyed, eaten up by heavenly flames. And finally — finally — the only ones who remain on the earth are those who love God, who have been covered in the blood of the Lamb, and who have chosen to be faithful to Him. Nothing in the world will ever again exist that is outside of God’s will or that opposes God or God’s people.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

After the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ — The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 14

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TEXT: Revelation 20:7-10

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

After the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 14)

In the 14th century, the legendary writer Geoffrey Chaucer, widely considered to be the father of English literature, coined a phrase in one of his poems. He said, “All good things must come to an end.” That idiom has been repeated down through hundreds of years, and, on this sin-cursed earth, it is often proven to be true. Over the past few weeks, we have been examining the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the Earth. This era of peace and justice takes place after the Tribulation following Jesus’ defeat of Satan and the Antichrist at Armageddon. After a millennium of Heaven on Earth, John the revelator informs us that this good thing will also come to an end.

In summary, R.B. Sloan states, “At the conclusion of the ‘thousand years,’ the dragon is to be released. He is permitted another brief time of deception, but his time is short-lived. Following this final episode of deception at the conclusion of the thousand years, the dragon is recaptured and this time cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, ‘where the beast and the false prophet are also.’ The fate given to the beast and the false prophet at the return of Christ is also finally meted out to the dragon at the close of the reign of Christ. Then the final judgment takes place, at which all not included in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire.”

John writes in verse 7, “When the thousand years are expired.” This lets us know that he is talking about a definite time period. There is a beginning date and an end date to the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of this time period, “Satan shall be loosed out of his prison” and we are told that he “shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.”

Of course, this begs the question, Why on earth would God allow Satan to be freed from his prison after one thousand years?

While several explanations of this action can be provided, the one that looms the largest focuses on man, not Satan. You see, while the nature of the Earth changes in the Millennial Kingdom, the nature of man will not change. Man will still be capable of sinning. And millions of sinful people will be born into the world during that time period. Of course, with Jesus Christ on the throne ruling the nations with a rod of iron, there will be very minimal sinful activity. People will fear the swift punishment that will come as a result of wrong behavior. However, that does not mean that everyone will trust and love Jesus Christ completely. There will be those who want to do things their way and harbor a rebellious spirit against Jesus Christ.

When Satan is released to “deceive the nations”, he will call all those who have rebellious hearts to himself. Previously, these people would have been obedient to avoid punishment, but when they see their chance to rebel, they will seize it. You ask, Why does God allow this?

The primary reason, which many Bible scholars agree on, is that God will use this rebellion to vindicate what He has stated about man in His word — that man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Given any little chance to do evil, man will jump for it.

Sociologists have struggled for years with the question of nature vs. nurture. Is man essentially evil, or does man do evil because he comes out of a negative, less-than-ideal environment? The rebellion of man after the Millennium will prove that the former is true. Despite the perfect environment of the Millennial Kingdom and the just, fair rule of Jesus Christ, many will take this opportunity to rebel against God’s government on Earth. It will turn out that they never really loved Jesus Christ, that they were only pretending to be loyal because they knew they could not get away with their evil at the time.

The release of Satan at the end of the Millennial Kingdom is also a testament to God’s commitment to human free will. After establishing order on the Earth, Jesus could have kept it that way by forcing everyone to remain under his government indefinitely. The Millennial Kingdom could stretch on forever and ever. But, no. God gives man a choice. Essentially, by releasing Satan from his prison, God stops the ship and tells everyone who wants to do things their own way to walk off. Sadly, many people will do just that.

History can be summed up as conflict between man’s will and God’s will. God has one way of doing things, while man tries to do things his own way. The end of the Millennial kingdom will be the last chance for mankind to make the right decision — to choose whom he will serve, God or Satan.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Life Under the 1,000-year Reign of Jesus Christ, Part 3 — The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 14

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TEXT: Isaiah 2:1-4

1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Life Under the 1,000-year Reign of Jesus Christ, Part 3 — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 14)

So far, in this part of our series, we have looked at five aspects of the 1,000-year reign of Christ as shown in the Bible. Of course, there are many blessings and benefits that will take place on earth during the Millennial Kingdom. We are looking at a few of the major ones that were made plain in Scripture. We have already seen that the following will take place:

1. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Jesus Christ will be the supreme ruler of the earth.

2. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Jerusalem will be the capital of the world.

3. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, there will be no more war.

4. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, nature will be in harmony once again.

5. During the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Israel will finally gain the security that she has long sought.

John MacArthur said, “When Jesus returns, he will reconfigure the world. Eden will be restored. Paradise will be regained. This renovated earth will become the place where Jesus rules. He will sit on the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem, that great city from which He will rule the world. He will truly be the God of that age, and the whole world, in all of its economics, all of its labor, all of its social life, all of its morality, and all of its understanding, learning, opinions, thoughts, ideas, and concepts, will reflect the mind of Christ. It will be the opposite of a world like ours, which has as the god of this age Satan and everything in it reflecting him. It is this very utopia, this golden age that men have longed for. From the remotest point of antiquity, men have dreamed of a golden age, they have longed for a utopia. They have written about it. They have desired an age of righteousness, an age of peace, an age when oppression would cease and injustice would be gone and war would end. Poets have written of it, singers have sung of it, politicians have promised to bring it, prophets have predicted it, and the world has cried for it. But it doesn’t come until Jesus comes Himself.”

As we conclude this part of our series, let’s look at two more aspects of the 1,000-year reign of Christ on Earth.

First, during the 1,000-year reign of Christ, the people of earth will be devoted to God. Zechariah 13 reads, “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land… they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.”

Today, many people are worshiping everything other than God. Some worship money; some worship success; some worship celebrities; in this political season, some people (and, sadly, some Christians) have raised political candidates and political parties to the level of idol-worship. During the Tribulation, people will worship a man who sits in the rebuilt Temple and declares himself to be God. It will seem as if the whole world has gone off to worship something other than God. We often pray for revival and reformation in our land. We pray for another Great Awakening, and that people would turn back to God. That kind of wholesale repentance and turning back to God will not likely happen on this side of history. But, it will happen in the Millennial Kingdom. Everyone will acknowledge the one, true God and worship Him.

Then, finally during the 1,000-year reign of Christ, saints will be given roles of responsibility in the governmental administration of the Lord Jesus Christ. We touched a little on this a couple of weeks ago. First Corinthians 6:2 reads, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?” In his commentary on Revelation, Dr. Anthony C. Gardner said, “Revelation mentions resurrected saints who rule and reign with Christ. Many other passages, both in the Old Testament and New Testament, indicate the saints will co-rule with their Lord. Isaiah indicates a coming righteous reign where princes will rule with Messiah.” The Prophet Daniel wrote, “And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

It won’t be all fun and games in the Millennial Kingdom. We won’t just be there to have a good time. Jesus Christ will once again be on earth to be about His Father’s business. And He will have work for us to do on His behalf. Part of that work will be helping Jesus administrate His government and judge disputes that arise between people.

These details regarding the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ remind us that God is a God who cannot lie. Certain promises were made in Scripture to Jews and to Gentile Christians that have yet to be fulfilled. Those promises will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to rule over a real, physical, world-wide empire. With Satan gone and Jesus on the throne, the desire of the Jews for peace and safety in their own land will finally be fulfilled. And the prayers of Christians down through the years will be fully answered — “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Armageddon: What Happens to Satan — The Future Wars of the Nation (Part 10)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:1-3

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Armageddon: What Happens to Satan — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 10)

Last week, as we talked about the outcome of the battle of Armageddon, we saw what happened to two of the members of the satanic trinity — the Antichrist and the False Prophet. They were bound and thrown into the Lake of Fire. However, we did not deal with Satan himself. He was the instigator behind this last attempt to defy God and prevent the return of Jesus Christ. So, what happens to him? Our passage for today tells us.

John says, “I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years…” Notice a few things about this scene.

First, we have a nondescript angel. Unlike other descriptions of angels in Revelation, he is not a mighty angel, or an archangel, or an angel standing in the sun. He is just an angel come down from Heaven to deal with the devil. Neither God nor Jesus go to deal with Satan. An angel is sent to handle the world’s greatest threat. David Guzik said, “This is a dramatic declaration that Satan is not God’s opposite or equal; and that God could easily stop Satan’s activity at any time. Yet God allows Satan to continue, because even in his evil, he indirectly serves the purposes of God.” This tells us that God has been in control all along.

Now, notice the names ascribed to Satan. Just in case there is any doubt about who is being described here, he is called “the dragon, that old serpent, the Devil, and Satan.”

The term “dragon” describes his fierce nature. As the dragon, he raged against the people of God, Jews and Christians, and sought to destroy them. He is still seeking to destroy us today. This name for Satan only appears in the book of Revelation. During the last days, the devil’s anger and ferocity will be put on full display because he knows he is running out of time. He will desperately try to destroy God’s people and prevent the return of Christ. Revelation 12:12 says,” Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” After Armageddon, Satan’s ability to cause pain, suffering, and chaos on earth will end.

The name “serpent” describes his beguiling nature. It is as a serpent that he tempted Eve and Adam in the Garden and caused them to fall. In the ancient near east, the serpent was thought of as cunning and wise. Even though Satan is evil, he and his agenda can appear attractive in order to deceive humans. Satan has been doing that almost since the beginning of time, but after Armageddon, he will be revealed for what he is and his deceptions will end.

The name “devil” describes his slanderous and accusatory activity. The Bible tells us that he is called the “accuser of the brethren.” The devil accuses us of sins before God in an effort to get Him to turn against us. However, because of the blood of Jesus, all our sins have been washed away, and God dismisses the devil’s accusations against us. Still, today, the devil also tries to sow discord between believers by gossip, slander, and false accusations. Unfortunately, we are not as willing to forgive and forget as God is, and sometimes, we let Satan divide us against each other when we should be working together for the glory of God. However, after Armageddon, the devil’s slanderous activity against God’s people will end.

The name “Satan” describes the devil’s adversarial nature. The word literally means “adversary (one who opposes another in purpose or act).” Being an adversary is exactly what the devil will be doing when Jesus returns. All throughout history, he has opposed God and tried to thwart God’s plans — with humanity in the beginning, with the Jews in the Old Testament, and with the church in the New Testament. But Armageddon will put an end to all that.

Back in the passage, we are told that this angel lays hold on the devil and “casts him into the bottomless pit, and shuts him up, and sets a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more.” John goes to great lengths to describe how the devil is imprisoned. He is cast away, he is shut up, and a seal is set upon him so that he can deceive the world no more. What a glorious time that will be for the earth — when there is no satanic influence in the world.

Now, we don’t know where the bottomless pit is located, but many Bible scholars have concluded that it is in the middle of the earth. The Greek word for bottomless is “abyssos” which literally means “without depth.” Once you are in the middle of the earth, you can’t go any deeper. As Dr. Henry Morris says, “every boundary would be a ceiling.”

Wherever the devil is imprisoned, he will be unable to deceive or harm anyone on earth. He will be completely restrained. However, as John writes, this will only last “till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

The great truth for us today, as we contend with the dragon, the old serpent, the devil, and Satan, is that he is not all-powerful — far from it. We do not have to give in to temptation, evil, and sin. Nor do we have to lose hope in dark times. God is always in control, and one day soon, he will put an end to Satan’s schemes.

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 9) — Armageddon: the Defeat of the Satanic Trinity

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TEXT: Revelation 19:17-21

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 9) — Armageddon: the Defeat of the Satanic Trinity

There are certain images that are repeated throughout the Bible which seem to carry great significance in God’s plan of redemption. For example, there is the image of sacrifice throughout the Old & New Testaments. Then, there is the image of the garden — gardens are present at the most important moments in history (the fall of man, the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and the creation of the new heavenly world).

Today, we come to another of those images that appear frequently in Scripture. This is the image of a supper. In His teaching on the nature of the Gospel, Jesus Christ told a parable about a great supper that the Savior sets out and invites all people to come to. Then, just before His crucifixion, we have the Last Supper, which the church re-enacts today as Communion. The church, however, is looking forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is a celebration meal that takes place after the body of Christ is united with its Head in Heaven following the Rapture.

In our passage for today, we have another supper. This supper is called “the supper of the great God.” John writes, “I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.” The angel calls to the birds to gather at a certain location to eat at the supper of the great God. The location where they will gather is of course Armageddon in Israel. In our last message, we left off with Jesus Christ and the armies of Heaven (saints and angels) arriving on white horses in the sky. They will face off with Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet, who have drawn all the armies of earth to Israel to prevent the return of the Son of God.

Now, what is the menu at the supper of the great God? The text says it is “the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” The literal Greek actually uses the word “fleshes” — plural, which puts us in mind of ripped, torn, mangled flesh scattered across a great battlefield. And God calls the fowls of the air, saying, ‘Come, feast on the flesh of my enemies.’

Now, there are those who like to interpret this and other prophetic passages as symbolic or figurative — especially considering the gruesome, grisly scene depicted here. But this passage ought to confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are dealing with reality. There will be a real battle, real slaughter, and real death. Birds of prey (and likely other beasts, too) will be drawn to the battlefield to feast on the remains of the dead soldiers.

John turns our attention from Jesus’ side of the battle to the side of Satan and his allies in verse 19. He writes, “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” Some commentators suggest that John is speaking here of a second battle following a first conflict immediately after Jesus’ arrival. Some believe that the armies of the kings of the east and the armies of the antichrist actually gather at Armageddon to fight each other, and that when Jesus arrives they regroup, combine forces, and turn their weaponry against Christ. However, as Steve Schell said, “Whichever scenario is correct — whether it is one battle or two battles — the outcome is the same: Jesus will destroy these soldiers leaving the battlefield strewn with their dead bodies.”

John describes the outcome like this: “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

While all the soldiers in the Antichrist’s army are killed, the Antichrist himself and the False Prophet are taken alive and thrown into hell, the “lake of fire.” They get special treatment. All of the unsaved dead are raised up again to face God at the Great White Throne Judgment. But these two are thrown immediately into Hell.

That is the outcome of the battle of Armageddon — God wins. And those who oppose Him are defeated. That is why, in the words of the song writer, you need to be “on the winning side” with Jesus

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 8) — Armageddon: the Arrival of the King

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TEXT: Revelation 19:11-16

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 8) — Armageddon: the Arrival of the King

Regarding the events which the Bible says will take place at Armageddon, we left off with the armies of Earth — spurred on by Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet — assembling in the Valley of Megiddo to oppose the return of Jesus Christ. Even after severe judgment by God, we are told that they “repent not” and refuse to give glory to God. Instead, they gather to fight against Him.

John describes the arrival of Jesus Christ. He says, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” This is the second part of the Second Coming. The first part was when Jesus returned invisibly in the Rapture to call all of His children, dead and alive, out of the earth and into Heaven with Him. He rescues those who believe in Him from the seven-year Tribulation. At the end of the seven years, He returns to Earth — this time visibly, for all the world to see. Continue reading “The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 8) — Armageddon: the Arrival of the King”

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 7) — Armageddon

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TEXT: Revelation 16:12-16

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 7) — Armageddon

David Jeremiah said, “In the final showdown, all the rebellion of the prior seven years will come to a head at the Battle of Armageddon. In this battle, the Antichrist, the kings of the earth, and the pitiful souls following them will gather together one last time to try to defeat Jesus Christ.”

John MacArthur said, “Christ is coming to a hostile people who will eventually fight against him at Armageddon. So, the pretribulation rapture best pictures the king rescuing, by a rapture, His faithful followers who are trapped in a hostile world and who will later accompany Him when He returns to conquer His enemies and set up His kingdom.” Continue reading “The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 7) — Armageddon”

The Antichrists Among Us (Part 1)

TEXT: 1 John 2:18-23

As we have looked at the times of the Gentile nations, our next step is to look at the ultimate ruler of the Gentile nations in the end times — the antichrist. We know from Scripture that the antichrist will be a world ruler empowered by Satan during the seven-year Tribulation. From the Bible, the idea of an antichrist — an utterly evil but powerful person — has even entered popular culture. Numerous books such as the Left Behind series, movies such as The Omen, and TV shows such as Supernatural and The Messengers have tried to depict such a person.

The interest regarding this person has been long-running. Since the time that Jesus returned to Heaven, many have wondered about who the antichrist will be and when he will arrive on the scene. Many have thought that the antichrist was alive in their day. The Apostle John tells us that they may not be far off from the truth.

John begins this part of his epistle by saying, “Little children, it is the last time…” The Greek word translated “time” in our text is actually the word for “hour.” The phrase, “last hour”, is only used by John. Other parts of Scripture use “last days” or a different phrase which is translated in the King James Version as “last times.” However, John impresses upon his readers the urgency of his message by stating that they are living in the “last hour.”

Some would try to point to the Bible as erroneous because John wrote that he was living in the ‘last hour’, yet the world has gone on for hundreds more years. There is no contradiction, however, because John was simply looking at what was happening around him, and what he saw caused him to believe that he and his fellow Christians were indeed living in times close to the end. He was looking for Jesus to come back, and as he looked at the world, he said to himself and to others, ‘It won’t be long now.’

There have been numerous times throughout history when people have looked at what was happening around them and stated their belief that earth was entering its final days. I’m sure that those who saw the flood in Noah’s day thought they were living in the last hours of history. This past week, Japan marked 70 years since atomic bombs were dropped on its cities. I’m sure that as the mushroom clouds rose over those cities, many people in the surrounding area looked up and thought the world was coming to an end. Many who witnessed the devastating tsunami in Asia in 2005 thought the world was coming to an end; some even said so. During the Cold War, many lived with the fear that the United States and Russia would declare nuclear war against each other. Albert Einstein said that such a war would wipe out humanity. When we saw the towers fall on 9/11, I’m sure that many thought then that it was the beginning of the end. So we cannot fault John for believing that he was living in the ‘last hour.’

The Times of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

TEXT: Luke 21:20-24

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

The Times of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)

In our last message, we began looking at the times of the Gentile nations. Under God’s original plan, the Israelites were meant to be a shining light and witness to the heathen nations around them. However, they rebelled against God and did not follow His commandments consistently. So, instead of being blessed and being a blessing to the Gentile nations, they ended up being punished by God through the Gentile nations. The Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Judah, carrying the people of Israel from their land, thus beginning the times of the Gentile nations — the period in Earth’s history when Gentiles would have supremacy over the Jewish people. Continue reading “The Times of the Gentile Nations (Part 2)”