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Utopia! What thoughts are conjured up with that word? This fall Fox will air a TV show with such a title, Utopia. I read the show the description from the Fox website, "Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos?"
In Revelation 20:1-10, we find the Biblical version of the perfect Utopia, one established and set up by the Lord Jesus Christ, where He will reign for one thousand years. Man has always dreamed of that perfect society, and for one thousand years, or the Millenial Reign of Jesus Christ, man will experience God's perfect Utopia.
Join Bible teacher and host, James R. Rice as he preaches-teaches Revelation 20:1-10 and deals with the Bible doctrine of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
In our study in the Book of Revelation we note it is divided into four sevens. There are the letters to the Seven Churches, then the Seven Seals, (6:1-8:5) the Seven Trumpets, (8:6-19:21) and finally the Seven Vials. (16:1-19:21) In Revelation 19 there is a definite change. Revelation 16-18 cover the Tribulation period but when we come to Rev. 19 we are moving out of this period. The scene now shifts from earth, where it has been since Rev. 6, to heaven. Remember that those chapters have shown to us God’s judgment on this sinful world. His fury began to be poured out when the Lord Jesus Christ, the rightful heir to the universe, received the title deed to the earth from His Father (5:1-14). As He opened the scroll and broke its seven seals, terrifying judgments struck the earth. The seal judgments were followed by the equally devastating trumpet and vial judgments, but now everything changes. Heaven rejoices because history is finally going to reach its culmination as the true King establishes His kingdom on earth.
With this background, our subject for this is The King is Coming! I have divided this chapter into 3 divisions for the sake of clarity and comprehension.
There is something fascinating about women, especially mysterious women. John was fascinated by this woman because in verse 6 “…when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
Revelation is a book where women appear prominently. There are three women of importance in this book: We have the WOMAN in the WILDERNESS in Revelation 12:1. We have the WIFE at the WEDDING in Revelation 19:7-8. We have the WHORE on the WATERS in Revelation 17. In my old study Bible, I have this written, “Scarlet O’Harlet. She is the mistress of Satan who represents the Devil’s apostate church in the last days.
Before us are two main figures. There is the Counterfeit Church; and the Counterfeit Christ. Mystery Babylon represents the one-world religion that is coming upon the earth. Mastery Babylon represents the one-world government that is coming upon the earth. Mystery Babylon represents the coming universal church. Mastery Babylon represents the coming universal state. This church and this state are going to become one. There will be a marriage of church and state unlike anything ever seen before in history.
As we study Scarlet O’Harlot, we are going to see religion exposed for what it really is, what it always has been, and what it always will be, which is Satan’s substitute for a real relationship with God.
In 1969, John Fogerty and Creedance Clearwater Revival wrote and produced a song which many believe depicts the end of time. The title of the song is “Bad Moon Rising.” "Bad Moon Rising" has come to mean when something bad in the foreseeable future is about to happen. John Fogerty explained in a Rolling Stone magizine article, that the lyrics were inspired by a movie called The Devil And Daniel Webster, in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where he got the idea for the words “I feel the hurricane blowin’, I hope you’re quite prepared to die.” Overall, he said the song is about the “apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us.”
In Revelation 16 we see God’s last judgment, “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. “ (v.1) The wrath of God is poured out upon this earth in seven bowls of judgment. With the pouring out of each bowl, the heat of God’s fury is intensified and the force of God’s judgment is magnified.
Join host and Bible teacher James R. Rice as he expounds Revelation 16.
In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 and verse 10 we find that Abraham was “looking for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Just as Abraham was looking for that eternal city, Christians should be looking for that city as well. The heaven born and heaven bound ought to be looking for heaven. Every Christian ought to be longing for heaven. Every Christian ought to be living for heaven. Billy Sunday said, “If we could get a real appreciation of what heaven is, we would all be so homesick for heaven the devil wouldn’t have a friend left on earth.”
Join host and Bible teacher James R. Rice as he expounds Revelation 21 through chapter 22 and verse 5. Are you "looking for that city"?
Our subject of study and exposition is the Great White Throne Judgment. There are many different kinds of judgments mentioned in the Bible. For instance, the Scriptures teach the judgments concernings saints, they teach the judgment concerning sovereignties. However there is one last judgment the book of Revelation reveals that every unsaved man or woman will be at, and it is the Great White Throne Judgment. We will be surprised who will stand at this judgment, and we'll be greatly amazed who will not stand at this judgment. Revelation 20:11-15 is a very sobering conclusion to the twentieth chapter of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Join host and Bible teacher James R. Rice as he expounds and explains Revelation 20:11-15!
We come again to that phrase “And I looked, and behold”, (v.14). This reminds us that we are to slow down. John would say today, “Stop, Look, and Listen,” if Revelation was a movie, this would be the one part you dare not miss, this would be the one time you would not want to take the “popcorn break.”
John was given a sneak preview of the greatest battle to take place in the history of mankind, the Battle of Armageddon, this battle is going to take place in a gigantic valley in the Plain of Esdraelon, called Megiddo. This gigantic plain encompasses 4,500 square miles. It is one of the most majestic sights in the land of Israel.
Keep the background of this battle in mind. Anti-Christ will be dominating the entire world, he will have taken control of the whole earth. After the beginning of that period known as the Tribulation, he will sign a treaty with the nation of Israel. In the middle of that period of time he will break that treaty. Israel will rebel and resist this evil tyrant.
Join host and Bible teacher, James Rice as he expounds the truths found in Revelation 14.
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This title is take from the very popular Monday Football segment when Dandy Don Meredith, would sing “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.” He sang it when the game was no longer in doubt. It was fun times for MNF with the trio of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Part of the title is taken from verse 23, “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee...” There is coming a day when the One who is the Light of the world, will turn out the lights of the world. The code name that is used here for the world is “Babylon.”
In Biblical thought, Babylon represents several things: It represents a Place. The city of Babylon is mentioned more than 260 times in the Bible; more than any other city with the exception of Jerusalem. It represents a Power. The city of Babylon was the headquarters of one of the greatest kings who ever lived, Nebuchadnezzar. It represents a Philosophy. The first mention of Babel is found in Genesis 11. It was man’s first attempt to establish a kingdom, a state, a religion, a way of life and thought that totally excluded God. Babylon is a picture of the spiritual, moral, intellectual and philosophical rebellion of this world against God since the beginning of time. Nimrod, the ruler of the first Babylon, is a picture, of the antichrist who will rule over the last Babylon.
In Revelation 17 we witnessed the fall of spiritual Babylon. Here in Revelation 18 we see the fall of political and economical Babylon. The Bible teaches that in the last days the economical and political sub-structure that holds this world together, will fall like a house of cards.
In Revelation 15 we are given a fresh glimpse into glory. No book in the Bible talks more about heaven than the book of the Revelation. As we study the book of the Revelation you find that you are in constantly shifting scenes. One moment you are in heaven, the next minute you are on earth. In Revelation 4 we were raptured up to heaven. In Revelation 6 we returned back to earth. In Revelation 7 we were raptured to heaven. In Revelation 8 we returned back to earth. In Revelation 12 we were raptured to heaven. In Revelation 13 we returned back to earth.
There is one major difference in the book of Revelation between heaven and earth. Heaven is a place of worship, earth is a place of wrath. Heaven is a place of joy, earth is a place of judgment. Heaven is a place of celebration, earth is a place of condemnation. In heaven the Lamb is crowned, on earth the Lamb is cursed. Heaven is filled with God’s glory. Earth is filled with man’s guilt. In every chapter we’ve studied we see the waves of God’s judgment beating more furiously against the dam of His mercy. The end is near. The time has come for God’s final judgment against a hell bound sinful world. What God started in the Garden of Eden He will finish at the Battle of Armageddon.
Join host and Bible teacher James R. Rice as he expounds Revelation 15:1-8, Glory to His Name
In Revelation 14 we have something like a brief pause in a bitter battle. It’s as if the troops have come to a summit and they look at the summit around them and they look at the valley below where the battle is going to continue. In the first five verses we have been looking at Mount Sion. It’s as if the Holy Spirit, in the midst of all of the Great Tribulation activity has given us this pause in the battle on the earth and has given us a magnificent vision of Mount Sion. Looking at the valley below, to the things which are following, he gives us a series of pictures anticipating what will take place in Revelation 14:1-20 right on in to the 19th chapter. So you have a pause, anticipating the things that are going to take place. You will discover as you read through these verse in the remaining portion of Revelation 14 that we see a flurry of angelic activity. You will notice one angel after the other. You will notice the repetition of the statement, another angel, another angel, another angel.
In ancient Greek dramas, it was impossible for them to stage everything that took place in the drama on their stages at that time. So when they would get to places that could not reasonably be portrayed on the stage, they would have a messenger. He was called an angel. The word, angel, means messenger. This angelic messenger would announce what was taking place in the drama. For instance, if the city was burned, the messenger would announce that the city had been burned. Or if there was a battle upon the sea, the messenger would announce that there was a battle on the sea. Then the drama would go forward. What you have in these verses is something similar to this. A series of angel messages.
Join us as we talk about "Angel's Tales."
A. We come to Revelation 10 and if you were expecting the seventh angel to sound the seventh trumpet, you are going to be disappointed.
You will remember between the breaking of the sixth and seventh seals we experienced an interruption. That heavenly pause allowed John to describe how God remembers mercy in the midst of wrath and seals a host of Jews and Gentiles.
We have come to another such interruption, we have another pause or parenthesis between the sixth and seventh trumpets.
The sixth trumpet has already sounded, but the seventh trumpet does not sound until Revelation 11:15.
These interruptions, or parentheses are parts of the whole. They are not unconnected segments.
B. Before the seventh angel blows his trumpet, John takes a needed break from detailing the carnage on earth. This chapter before us is very important as it brings to our attention, The Mighty Angel.
For those of you have been with us as we have moved through the Revelation, you know that the last two chapters have been dark, depressing and discouraging. We have been talking about the devil, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. We have witnessed the depths of depravity as man abandons the one true God, to worship the devil through his false Christ.
Now, we have a change of scenery! Our Lord gives us a breath of heavenly air in these verses. Only God can do that! Only God can take that which is horrible beyond words and turn it into a thing of glory. That is just what He does in these verses.
In our passage we are allowed to get a little glimpse of divine glory. We are allowed to see the Lamb of God. He is the theme of the book and He is center stage in these verses. What a blessing it would be if we could figure out how to keep Jesus at the center of everything!
In these verses we meet again the 144,000 Jewish evangelists who were saved and sealed in chapter 7. These men have preached the Gospel of the Kingdom during the darkest days of the Tribulation. They were persecuted by the Antichrist, but they were preserved by God. At some point during the Tribulation, when they have served their purpose, God will allow the 144,000 to be killed by Antichrist. These men will then join their Redeemer, the Lamb of God, in His glory in Heaven.
We are going to that today. These men have endured a terrible storm here on the earth. Now, for them at least, the storm is over and they are with the Lamb. I want to talk to you today about the Tribulation Saints.
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