1. We _____________by being anxious/worrying
What does worrying accomplish in our lives? NOTHING!!!
2. There’s __________for us to be anxious /worry. Matt 6:28-34
3. It’s _____________for Christians to worry.
1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
I. Don’t _______ about anything (V6)
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matt. 6:25.
When we become anxious, fretful, and worried, we become naturally _________and vulnerable to the trials and __________ of Satan. G is in ________of our lives, and nothing is too difficult for Him to handle.
II. ______ about everything (V6b)
Do you pray about everything that happens in your life?
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22
III. Be __________ for everything (V6c)
Be thankful for everything? Are you kidding me?
IV. Enjoy God’s _______in everything (V7)
What can disturb God’s peace? (John 14:7)
What is the Millennial reign of Christ?
The period of time where Christ rules and reign.
Depending on your view of the Millennium will determine whether or not it is a literal reign on the earth, and when the millennium begins.
Views of the Millennium . . .
A literal 1,000-year reign of Christ after the second coming of Christ.
The millennium is happening now as the gospel progresses in time and history on earth that we can observe, followed by the second coming of Christ.
That the millennium reign is happening in heaven now, as we know it, where the saints are reigning with Christ spanning the time between the first coming and second coming of Jesus.
What happens during the Millennial reign?
Satan is bound for 1,000 years in the abyss. (Revelation 20:2)
For 1,000 years the nations are no longer deceived. (Revelation 20:3)
Saints come to life and reign with Christ for 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:4)
The rest of the dead do not come to life until after the thousand years are ended. (Revelation 20:5; 21:12-13))
Saints will be a kingdom and priests to God and of Christ during the thousand-year reign. (Revelation 20:6; Revelation 5:10)
At the end of the millennium, Satan will be released and will unleash one final rebellion. (Revelation 20:7-8)
Satan’s eternal demise . . .
Satan will be cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20:10)
The Great White Throne Judgment . . .
The final judgment of unbelievers. (Revelation 20:11-13)
Eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14-15
Antichrist takes his seat in the temple. (Matthew 24:15-21; Isaiah 28:18)
“Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.” Isaiah 28:18
Jerusalem is surrounded and invaded by her enemies. (Zechariah 14:1-2; Ezekiel 38:9, 11-12)
Opening of the 6th seal. (Revelation 6:12-17)
"Parousia" —gathering of the saints
Opening of the 7th seal and the Day of the Lord
War in the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2,11-14)
War against Jerusalem and Judah (Zechariah 12:2)
Fought by Judah (Zechariah 12:6); strengthened by Christ (Zechariah 14:2)
To judge the unrighteous.
To purge and purify Israel. (to put an end to sin and atone for iniquity)
To render the Antichrist useless. (2 Thessalonians 2:8)
To bring an end to the 70th week. (Daniel 9:24)
At the 7th trumpet, Jesus Christ reclaims reign over the earth from Satan.(Revelation 11:15-17)
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have take your great power and begun to reign.’” Revelation 11:15-17
Christ physical presence on earth.
Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:3-4)
The remnant of Israel that survives the 70th week of Daniel is saved.
Mount Zion (Revelation 14:1-5)
144,000 who had been sealed. (Revelation 14:1-5)
“’And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 59:20
WRATH, REWARD, AND THE FINAL BATTLE
The nations rage. (Revelation 11:18)
The pouring out God’s final wrath in the bowl judgments.
1st Bowl: Sores on all who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image (Revelation 16:2)
2nd Bowl: Blood in the sea; every living thing died that was in the sea (Revelation 16:3)
3rd Bowl: Rivers and springs of water turn to blood. (Revelation 16:4)
4TH Bowl: Sun scorches people with fire; they did not repent (Revelation 16:8-9)
5th Bowl: the kingdom of the beast plunged into darkness; they did not repent (Revelation 16:10-11)
6th Bowl: the water of the Euphrates River dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East to come to the final battle. (Revelation 16:12-16)
The Bema Seat Judgment.(Revelation 11:18; Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
For those who are in Christ.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:6-9)
All believers in Christ; the Bride has been made ready.
The final battle. (Revelation 16:12-14, 16; Psalm 2:1-2, 4-6;
The kings of the earth make war against Christ.
“And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him who was sitting on the horse and against His army.” Revelation 19:19
THE SMALL SCROLL . . . (Revelation 10)
• The small scroll speaks to the events that follow the 70th week of Daniel.
The sweetness of God’s gracious redemption of Israel.
▪ All Israel saved following the fulfillment of the time of the Gentiles (Daniel 9:24; Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25-26)
The bitterness of the final wrath of God yet to come in the bowl judgments. (Revelation 10:9-10)
Initiates the 30-day period when Christ reclaims the nation of Israel that survives the 70th week.
▪ Christ reclaims rule over earth from Satan.
▪ Christ reclaims physical possession of earth at the Battle of Armageddon.
WHERE IS THE 30-DAY PERIOD IN SCRIPTURE? . . .
“And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days.” Daniel 12:11
• Antichrist is given 42 months to exercise his authority.
360 days in the prophetic year (Hebrew calendar)
▪ 3.5 x 360= 1,260
Between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments there are three significant events that take place:
• The death and resurrection of the two witnesses. (Revelation 11:1-14)
Their time of witness was for 42 months (3 ½ years).
“And I will grant authority to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” Revelation 11:3
They will be killed at the beginning of the 30-day reclamation period.
“And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit (abyss) will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:7-8
▪ They will lay in the streets for 3 ½ days before being resurrected.
• Christ on the earth and the salvation of Israel. (Revelation 10:7; Romans 11:25-26)
In Israel’s distress, they will earnestly seek Christ. (Hosea 5:15; Zechariah 12:10-13:1)
Christ’s physical presence on the earth to save Israel.
“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:27-28
• The 7th trumpet blast and the beginning of Christ’s physical reign over the earth. (Revelation 11:15-18)
The final wrath of God
▪ Bowl judgments (Revelation 16)
THE GATHERING: ESCHATOLOGY
“Coming” (Parousia): The future visible return from heaven of Jesus to raise the dead, hold the final judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God.
The end of the age initiates the Day of the Lord.
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
Between the 6th and 7th seals . . .
The gathering (rapture) of the great multitude out of the wrath of Satan.
The sealing of the 144,000 Jews
The 7th seal initiates the Day of the Lord
“ . . . for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6:17
THE DAY OF THE LORD . . .
The Day of the Lord is when God will pour out the wrath of His judgment on the wickedness of this world.
(Zephaniah 1:14-18; 2 Peter 3:4-7, 9-10, 12)
Old Testament—judgment by water (the Flood)
New Testament—Day of the Lord; judgment by fire. (Isaiah 66:15-16; Joel 2:1,3; Zephaniah 3:8; Matthew 3:12)
Supernatural judgment of God
“So I will show My greatness and my holiness and make Myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38:23
The breaking of the 7th seal begins the Day of the Lord. (Revelation 8:1-6)
The first 6 trumpets unleash the wrath of God’s judgment that progressively grows worse.
Trumpet 1: Hail, fire, and blood; a third of the earth, and trees, and all grass burned up. (Revelation 8:7)
Trumpet 2: A third of the sea becomes blood; third of living creatures in the sea die; a third of the ships destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)
Trumpet 3: A third of the rivers/waters become bitter; many people die. (Revelation 8:10-11)
Trumpet 4: A third of the sun/moon/stars darkened; affects the light in day and night. (Revelation 8:12)
Trumpet 5: Unbearable torment for five months (Revelation 9:1-12)
Trumpet 6: Third of mankind killed by three plagues: fire, smoke, and sulfur.
WHY THE DAY OF THE LORD? . . .
To judge the unrighteous.
The consequence of rebellion against God and their unrepentance. (Revelation 9:20-21)
To purge and purify Israel. (Isaiah 1:24-28; Ezekiel 7:19-20; Malachi 3:2-3; Zechariah 13:8-9)
A third of unbelieving Israel will survive and be refined.
To render the Antichrist useless. (2 Thessalonians 2:8)
To bring an end to the 70th week; fulfillment of Daniel 9:24
Three passages we have observed and compared:
Information we have gleaned of end times timeline from observing these three passages:
Remember that in the end times, specifically during the 70th week of Daniel, deception will be at an all-time high.
The importance of inductively studying the Word or God cannot be overstated.
Therefore, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the end times is to know how to study the Word of God for yourself, and then actually do so.
When you approach the subject of ends times- or any subject matter- put aside preconceived ideas and presuppositions.
Avoid approaching the subject matter with your mind already made up but be open to hear from God as He enlightens you on what His word means.
There is danger in approaching God’s word with preconceived conclusions.
“Unfortunately, some Bible scholars, pastors, and teachers (of various theological persuasions) are strongly inclined to base their eschatology largely on the traditional interpretations of a denomination or of a particular theological school of thought and thereby fail to adequately consider whether the prewrath position may in fact be true.
When they come to a text’s plain meaning which does not fit those preconceived positions, they spiritualize it, allegorize it, culturalize it, or rationalize it—and thereby fail to accurately understand what the passage falsely means.
Unfortunately, holding to preconceived conclusions can have serious consequences. It was the rabbinical presuppositions and traditions that kept most of the Jewish religious leaders from accepting Jesus as the Messiah. It was also the disciples’ predisposition to human ideas that prevented them from believing Jesus’ predictions of His imminent arrest, affliction, death, and resurrection.”
-Robert Van Kampen, THE SIGN
Why the gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel?
Two-fold answer: (Romans 11:11-12)
1. To make Israel jealous.
2. To bring salvation to the Gentiles.
Passages to read and observe:
Romans 10 & 11
BEFORE THE 70th WEEK...
1. Widespread moral decay (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
2. Widespread spiritual decay in the church (2 Timothy 3:5; 4:3-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 13-15)
3. Widespread acceptance of evolutionary thinking (2 Peter 3:3-7; Romans 1:18-20)
The theory of evolution is a deceptive substitution for God’s creative acts, the one area in which all people are “without excuse.”
1. Jews return to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:1, 5-9) 1948
2. Control of Jerusalem regained by Jewish people (Daniel 9:24, 27b) 1967
3. Rebuilding of the Temple (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
4. Consolidation of three Japhetic nations to form a coalition of power from the north (Ezekiel 38:6, 15; Daniel 7:8, 24; Revelation 17:12-13)
THE COMING AND GATHERING...
Passages to observe and compare Mathew 24:29-31
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
2 Thessalonians 2:1-10
Record the similarities you observe in these passages:
Matthew 24:15-28: This is a parenthetical passage.
The chronological flow stops at this point as Jesus further expounds on what He has just spoken about. The chronological flow resumes in verse 29.
In Matthew 24:15, Jesus references Daniel 9:27 and 11:31.
Daniel 9:20-27 (539 B.C.)
•Israel is in captivity in Babylon
•586 B.C.- Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple (9 Av 586)
and took the Jews captive back to Babylon
•539 B.C. Babylon falls to the Medes and the Persians
•536 B.C. Cyrus, King of Persia, issues a decree to rebuild the temple.
With that decree, Zerubabbel and a group of exiles return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple
The decree in view in Daniel 9 is a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.
DISCUSSION OF 70 WEEKS:
70 weeks decreed for Jewish people and Jerusalem to:
•finish the transgression
•make an end of sin
•make atonement for iniquity
•bring in everlasting righteousness
•seal up vision and prophecy
Observations regarding the 70 weeks:
-Hebrew word for weeks is Shabuim and it means “sevens.”
There is no indication whether “sevens” refer to seven days, weeks, months or years. Seventy sevens (or weeks) is 490. So, if the six things of Daniel 9:24 were not completed within 490 days, weeks or months, it would be logical to assume that the “sevens” refers to seven sevens of years.
70 weeks of years is 490 years.
The decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was issued by King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C... (see Nehemiah 1:1-2:8).
THE GATHERING: ESCHATOLOGY
January 9, 2019
DEFINING ESCHATOLOGY . . .
The word, eschatology, is derived from two Greek words:
• meaning “last,” and meaning “word.”
• Refers specifically to the biblical doctrine of last things.
o Return of Christ at the end of the age.
o Coming judgments
o The kingdom of heaven/kingdom of God/Millennial reign
o Resurrected and glorified body
o Hell/New Heaven and New Earth
ESCHATALOGICAL TIMELINE . . .
• In the Old Testament, the last days are anticipated as the age of messianic fulfillment.
▪ Pointed to the Messiah
▪ Pointed to last things.
• In the New Testament, the writers are living in the last days, the age of the gospel.
o Pentecost fulfills Joel 2:28 (Acts 2:16-17); not just a single event, but for the age of the gospel.
o Hebrews 1:1-2
• The last days culminate in the Day of the Lord.
o Isaiah 13:10; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12
LIVING WITH THE END IN MIND . . .
• We are to live with expectant hope.
o Our future is secure in Christ.
o God is making, and will make, all things new.
▪ He is purifying His bride. (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9)
• We are to make ourselves ready for His coming.
o Revelation 19:7-9; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 24:44; Philippians 1:9-11
• We are to live with a sense of gospel urgency. (Matthew 28:19-20)