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Revelation Lesson #088 ANGEL: This is the first of seven angels in this chapter. His duty is to preach the everlasting gospel. The First Angel: He flies in mid-heaven, preaching the everlasting gospel to those who live on the earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people, declaring the fear of God and worship of the Creator (Revelation 14:6-7). The Second Angel: He follows, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Revelation 14:8). The Third Angel: He follows them warning those who worship the beast and its image and receives the mark (Revelation 14:9-10). The Fourth Angel: Not specifically mentioned in Chapter 14 but implied within the sequence of angels appearing in the chapter as "another voice" (Revelation 14:13). The Fifth Angel: This angel is mentioned indirectly through the voice from the temple, commanding the one like the Son of Man to use his sickle for the harvest of the earth, which is ripe (Revelation 14:15). The Sixth Angel: Comes out of the temple in heaven, also having a sharp sickle, and is given a command to gather the clusters of the vine of the earth (Revelation 14:17-18). The Seventh Angel: This angel has power over fire and, following the command from the altar, tells the sixth angel to gather the grapes from the earth's vineyard to be thrown into the great winepress of God's wrath (Revelation 14:18-19). ANGEL … TO PREACH: This is proof that the passage finds fulfillment in a different dispensation. In this age, angels play no part in getting out the gospel, though they "desire to look into" it. For instance, when Cornelius wan
The concept of taking up one's cross, originating from Jesus' words in the Gospels, symbolizes the willingness to endure hardship and sacrifice as a follower of Christ. Embracing the Cross in Suffering: "Take up your cross" is a powerful symbol used by Jesus to describe the commitment and sacrifice involved in following Him. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Luke 9:23-7, Luke 14:27, Acs 14:22 Moses' Decision: Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. In the context of Christian suffering, taking up one's cross emphasizes the call to embrace trials and sacrifices as integral parts of the journey of faith (or life's journey). It's not just about enduring pain but actively accepting and carrying our personal 'crosses' — our unique challenges and hardships — as a testament to our devotion to Christ and our trust in His redemptive plan. Stephen's Martyrdom: Acts 7 describes Stephen, the first recorded Christian martyr, who was stoned to death for his faith. His story illustrates the extreme form of suffering for Christ, yet he remained steadfast, even seei
Revelation Lesson # 087 THE MOUNT SION: This does not refer to Mount Sion upon the earth (Hebrews 12:18-19)—but to the heavenly Mount Sion (Hebrews 12:22-24)! Psalm 48 speaks specifically of the heavenly Mount Zion, the city of the great King. Psalm 48:1-2 Later in the chapter (verse 5), the 144,000 are said to be "before the throne of God." Thus, this entire group has been transported to Heaven before God's throne. They lived out the promise given in Psalm 91. Psalm 91:5-8 AN HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND: The exact number of those who were promised preservation show up in Heaven preserved as promised in Revelation chapter 7. That chapter views them as they are about to enter their labors, and this chapter shows them after completing their labors. Chapter 7 says they are sealed (a fact); Chapter 14 details the sealing (written). HIS FATHER'S NAME: The word "Father" is found five times in Revelation and is always associated with the relationship with the Father's relationship with the Son, not His relationship with believers. His Father (Revelation 1:5-6, 14:1) My Father (Revelation 2:27, 3:5, 3:21) refers to promises made to the overcomers. Revelation chapter 7 says that these men received a mark. The mark is identified here with the "Father's name written in their foreheads." That name could be Jehovah, Adoni, Elohim, or any title used to describe or refer to God. (The Jehovah's Witnesses, who claim to be one of the 144,000, should be able to show the Father's name written on their foreheads, but of course, it does not exist because they are a cult usurping the designation.) The Antichrist will also place a mark in and upon his followers' right hand or forehead
We have an identity crisis in our country. Society is confused about people's roles, so how should the church function during this identity crisis? In this week's sermon from Titus 2:1-2 we examine the direct call for the shepherds to teach sound doctrine and for older men to live temperate, dignified, and self-controlled lives. This follows the clear instructions from Paul in Titus 1 to set the local church in order and instruct in sound doctrine. Do our lives adorn the gospel and sound doctrine? What does it mean to live in a dignified manner? Please join us this week as we seek to glorify God through the preaching and pointing of others to the truth of His Word. Visit Salem Reformed Baptist on the web at: https://www.salemreformedbaptist.org on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/salemreformedbaptist on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/@salemreformedbaptist on SermonAudio at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/go/SalemReformedBaptist Our sermons can also be found on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Pandora, and others. This sermon was delivered on November 12th, 2023, by Pastor Gustavo "Guga" Barros at Salem Reformed Baptist in Salem, Oregon.
The approaches to the issue of suffering range from theological debate to personal experiences, each offering a unique lens through which we can try to grapple with the complex issue of why do bad things happen to good people. Perseverance Through Trials in James: James 1:2*3 This passage speaks to the value of trials in developing spiritual maturity and resilience. Peter on Sharing Christ's Sufferings: 1 Peter 4:12-13 1 Peter 4:4 Suffering is seen as a way to connect more deeply with Christ's own experiences. 1 Corinthians 10:13 While suffering remains a challenging aspect of human experience, it holds the potential for spiritual growth, deeper faith, and ultimately, a testimony to God's omniscient plan and grace. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 Faith, empathy, understanding, and personal relationships with God play a role in addressing the profound question of why suffering exists, especially among the righteous or innocent, who, while not perfect, strive to do right. The concept of taking up one's cross, originated from Jesus' words in the Gospels, symbolizes the willingness to endure hardship and sacrifice for the sake of following Christ. Embracing the Cross in Suffering: "Take up your cross" is a powerful metaphor used by Jesus to describe the commitment and sacrifice involved in following Him. This can be seen in scriptures Matthew 16:24 In the context of Christian suffering, this teaching emphasizes the call to embrace trials and sacrifices as integral parts of the journey of faith. It's not just about enduring pain but actively accepting and carrying our personal 'crosses' — our unique challenges and hardships — as a testament to our devotion to Christ and
Pray for Strength The Apostle Paul's prayer in Ephesians chapter 3 for believers is a poignant reminder that the source of our strength is not self-generated but a divine gift. These verses, often recited in prayers and sermons, capture the essence of spiritual strength and transformation: Paul articulates a comprehensive prayer for the spiritual fortitude of the Ephesian believers. God does not want us to pray rote prayers, but prayers that are from the heart. Yet, the prayers can follow a pattern of sorts. (1) Paul desired for the believers not to faint, so he prayed to that end—Faint NOT! Galatians 6:9 , 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 12:3 (2) The Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ • Paul begins by recognizing the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, highlighting the intimate connection between believers and God. • The emphasis on "Father" underscores that our strength and power come from our familial bond with God through Jesus. • This acknowledgment serves as a powerful reminder that God is not an impersonal or remote entity but a close and caring Father. • God's concern encompasses every aspect of our lives: • He is deeply involved in our present circumstances, wanting the best for us now. • He also looks ahead, guiding and securing our futures. • Today's youth face unique challenges like no other generation today: • Many people struggle with understanding and cultivating deep, meaningful relationships. • The early loss of innocence continues to worsen the problem because confusion breeds disillusion. • The premature and often inappropriate sexualization of the youth is a troubling concern. • As a Church, we need to recognize these challenges and work towards protecting
Revelation Lesson #080 REMNANT OF HER SEED: The woman represents all of Israel—both saved and lost. However, the remnant of the woman refers only to the saved Jews—those who have trusted in Christ as Saviour (after the Rapture). The Jews undoubtedly trusted Christ as Messiah and Saviour due to the preaching of God's witnesses—the 144,000, the Two Witnesses, and the angel proclaiming the everlasting gospel. KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, AND HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST: The statement about keeping the commandments has led some to teach that this proves works-based salvation. The teaching follows the line of thinking that one is dependent upon keeping the commandments, whether the Ten or as the Talmud lists: all 613, yet many of the commandments (estimated at 271) cannot be observed because of the destruction of the Temple. Keeping the commandments of God occurs thirteen times in the New Testament: • Matthew: one time • John: three times • First Corinthians: one time • First John: six times • Revelation: two times Revelation chapters 6 through 18 cover Daniel's Seventieth Week, and two verses in this section mention those who "keep the commandments of God" and refer directly to those living during those years, commonly called the Tribulation. Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. It is important always to read the Bible in context, and the context says nothing about keeping God's commandments to s
Revelation Lesson #079 REJOICE, YE HEAVENS: three times in Revelation, Heaven is told to rejoice (Revelation 12:12, 18:20, 19:7) when Satan is cast out of Heaven (here), at the destruction of Babylon, and the marriage of the Lamb. YE HEAVENS: This is the only time the plural form of "heaven" appears in the book of Revelation, which points outside the third Heaven of God's abode (2 Corinthians 12:2). At this point, Satan ceases to be the "prince of the power of the air" as the spiritual wickedness is cast out of high places down to the Earth. Ephesians 2:2, 6:12 All man's enemies are now concentrated upon the earth and no longer in the HEAVENS. The parable of the nobleman shows that he traveled to the far country to receive the kingdom BEFORE his return. Luke 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. Christ receives the kingdoms of this world BEFORE His return to Earth. In the previous chapter: Revelation 11:15 HE KNOWETH THAT HE HATH BUT A SHORT TIME: Satan knows the Bible but does not accept its truth. His "short time" is three-and-one-half years, according to verse 14. PERSECUTED: No nationality of people has experienced the persecution that Israel has. Her torments throughout the Old Testament are well documented under the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. The New Testament list of atrocities is equally notable. This persecution is partly due to her possessing the "oracles of God." The Devil's hatred for that Book is enough to provoke an attack upon those responsible for spreading its message. The Devil also hates her for bringing Christ into the world. However, most of her troubles
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. The "tongue of the learned" is not about eloquence, oratory ability, or even education but about speaking the right words at the right time to those in need. • I wish I could say I always accomplished this. • I have learned that even one sentence expressed from the flesh can start a whirlwind. B. Biblical Examples of Timely Words • Nathan the Prophet: His timely confrontation led King David to repentance, ultimately restoring him. Imagine the Bible without the influence of David. (2 Samuel 12:1-15) • Jesus with the Samaritan Woman: His words were timely and liberating, transforming a shame-filled life. (John 4:7-26) • Paul at Mars Hill: The Apostle Paul tailored his message to fit Athens's intellectual and philosophical climate, demonstrating the power of a word in season. (Acts 17:22-31) C. Practical Guidelines for Speaking a Word in Season • Be Attentive: Listen more than you speak. Sometimes, people's words, even their silence, can express their needs more clearly. Sometimes, offering a listening ear is more important than the words spoken. We need to learn to absorb what people are saying before attempting to distribute what we think they need to hear. James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: • Pray for Wisdom: James 1:5 encourages us to ask God for wisdom and trust His generous provision. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbra
Revelation Lesson #078 CAUGHT UP UNTO GOD, AND TO HIS THRONE: Jesus was caught up to the throne of God following His resurrection. He returned to Earth for forty days. After that time, he was caught up to HIS THRONE on the Father's right hand. He is the only one to go to Heaven to be enthroned. WOMAN FLED: The text traverses immediately from the birth of Christ to Daniel's Seventieth Week, entirely skipping over the Church Age. This point reinforces the truth. Attention and focus are to be upon Israel and not the Church Age during these seven years covered by Daniel's Seventieth Week. God has a place prepared in the wilderness to provide safety, shelter, and food to care for the remnant of believing Jews for the last half of Daniel's Seventieth Week. The Bible repeatedly prophesies concerning this event: there is a place prepared where no one will hurt the nation of Israel (Matthew 24:15-22; Luke 21:21). Hosea 2:14, Micah 7:14-15, Jeremiah 31:2 WILDERNESS: Moses fled to the wilderness for security from the wrath of Pharaoh. Israel fled to the wilderness as they fled from the tyranny and threats of Egypt. Elijah fled to the wilderness to escape Jezebel's wrath. The faithful Jews fled into the wilderness to escape the persecutions of the Syrian kings in the Maccabean times. Once again, Israel will flee into the wilderness. PLACE PREPARED: This "placed prepared" points to the ancient city of Petra—a rock-hewn city. Its rocky landscape is red and brown, purple and yellow. Its valley, with branching tributaries, is about 4,500 feet long and flanked on all sides by sandstone cliffs. After the possible explosion of an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) device, an invading army woul
Revelatoin Lesson #078 Reasons Why the Woman in Revelation Chapter 12 is Not the Church Origin of the Church vs. the Child The church was born out of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts chapter 2), not birthed by Mary or any other figure. The church didn't give birth to Christ; He established and empowered the church. Romans 9:4-5 emphasizes that Christ came from Israel. Christ did not come from the church; instead, the church was established through His redemptive work. Christ precedes and creates the church, not the other way around. Suffering and Rule The woman's child in Revelation 12:5 is said to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Revelation repeatedly describes Christ ruling in this manner, but the church is not described as wielding this kind of direct, authoritative power over nations in scripture. Divisions within the Entity Described Revelation 12:5, 17 describes a scenario where part of the woman's offspring (the child) is caught up to heaven, while the rest (her other offspring—the remnant) face persecution on Earth. According to New Testament teachings (1 Corinthians 12:12-27), the church is one unified body, making such a division problematic. The Bible teaches that all who believe in the death and resurrection of Christ are raptured, not based on a hierarchy of worthiness or spiritual achievement. Fleeing into the Wilderness The woman is described as fleeing into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God (Revelation 12:6). However, the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) instructs the church to go into all the world, spreading the Gospel universally, not hiding in a secluded specific, divinely-prepared ref
Introduction My prayer: we as a congregation—honor the integrity of God's word with a greater understanding of the complexities of modern geopolitical situations Romans 15:27 • Scripture Connection: Genesis 12:1-3 - God's promise to Abram and his descendants. • Present Day Context: Modern-day context of Israel, with its current political and security challenges. • Gaza Strip (SW) [circled in red on Map.] • West Bank (Central and East side)—named West Bank because Jordan named it as being on the West Bank of the Jordan River. Controlled by the Arabs which includes Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron, etc.) • Egypt (SW), • Jordan (SE), • Syria (NE) and • Lebanon (Hezbollah) (N). • NOTE: the Golan Heights, which Israel took over from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967. In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, which effectively annexed the territory to Israel. Remember, Ronald Reagan became President on January 20, 1981. Israel has been shrinking in land to appease oil-rich Arab nations. • The strategic importance of the Golan]Heights cannot be understated bc of Hezbollah in Lebanon. • Assertion that Israel's neighbors have not shrunk in land size. • Statement that the concept of "land for peace" is considered non-effective. I. Historical and Political Overview • A. Israel's Legitimacy and Historical Challenges • Scriptural Insights: Joshua 21:43-45 - God giving Israelites the land. • Balfour Declaration: The Balfour Declaration was a letter written by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lionel Walter Rothschild, expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in so-called Palestine 1. The letter was sent on November 2, 1917, during World War I, an
I am blessed to have been called to preach 40 years ago, but this calling has varied challenges. I used to preach and teach 10-12 times a week in the Rescue Mission, Nursing homes, Juvenile Detention Facilities, Jails, Prisons, and Church. The church is the most challenging, teaching me many lessons. Sometimes, all it takes is to say something wrong to offend someone, and they never return. For this reason, the preacher must be on his "A" game every Sunday and every Wednesday, but fortunately, congregations like this one bless their pastor with grace. Today's message is my 677th here. J. Spiritual leadership. With the internet, society lives in an era drowning in information yet gasping for wisdom. The greatest comforts I find are in the eternal truths of scripture. Isaiah, like every preacher, was an instrument of God's wisdom. He wrote about spiritual communication when he declared: Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. This verse captures the essence of what it means to be an effective spiritual communicator—a preacher. K. The Tongue of the Learned Isaiah mentions the "tongue of the learned." This does not simply imply an extensive vocabulary or impressive eloquence but rather emphasizes the capability to transmit God's divine wisdom. One of my favorite stories involves Solomon asking God for wisdom. This act of the new king demonstrates that godly wisdom transcends human understanding and ability. 1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so grea
Revelation Lesson #084 BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD: Leviticus 24:11-16 points out the punishment meted out for those who blaspheme the name of God. Compare also with 1 Corinthians 12:3 "... no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed." All satanic activities involve a double motive: ambition to rule and an intense hatred of God. Blasphemy against God:—many areas could be covered, but consider OMG, TGIF, using God's name in vain. The latter signifies when people get off work and attend Friday happy hour at the bar. Blaspheme His name—Satan wants people accustomed to disrespecting the holy name of God—that is why people flippantly throw out Jesus' name vainly. Blaspheme against His temple refers to the literal physical temple in Jerusalem, not today's. God dwells in the temple and tabernacle today, which is the body of believers. (1 Cor 6:19; 2 Cor 5:1,4) THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN: This beast hates everything related to God, but this may be specifically directed toward the 144,000. MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS: Daniel provides a more detailed account concerning the satanic vendetta against the saints. In Daniel, the three and a half years are said to continue until the saints possess the kingdom. This event takes place at the Second Advent. Daniel 7:21-26 During the intervening three-and-one-half years, the saints dying from Satan's attack are "the great multitude" of Revelation 7:14 and those mentioned in Revelation 6:9, who, according to Revelation 12:11, are dying THE death. ALL KINDREDS, TONGUES, AND NATIONS: The Antichrist has power over all kindreds, tongues, and nations. Therefore, Christians have warned the world about the "New World Order" for years.
Revelation Lesson # 076 I. REVELATION CHAPTER TWELVE Daniel's Seventieth Week (continued) INTRODUCTION Revelation chapters 6-11 complete the study of the seven seals and the seven trumpets and now begin the coverage of the "seven personages." Chapters 12 through 17 focus less on the outward events and conflicts covered elsewhere in Revelation. This section focuses more on the inward, unseen, supernatural forces operating and controlling the dramatic events of the end times. This chapter uses symbolic language in a rapid history of the Jews from the birth of Christ to Daniel's Seventieth Week. Although there is some overlap in the verses covering these seven persons, in general, they are found in Revelation chapters 12 and 13 as follows: The Woman (Revelation 12:1–2) The Dragon (Revelation 12:3–5) The Man child (Revelation 12:6–5) Michael (Revelation 12:7) The First Beast—Antichrist (Revelation 13:1–10) The Second Beast—False prophet (Revelation 13:11–14) The Image of the Beast (Revelation 13:14–18) OUTLINE The dragon and the woman (Revelation 12:1) A. Description of the Woman B. Description of the dragon The dragon and Michael (Revelation 12:7) C. Dragon cast out of Heaven D. Accuser of the brethren cast down to Earth Dragon on Earth (Revelation 12:12) E. Warning to inhabitants of Earth F. Dragon persecutes the Woman Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. AND: The word "and" occurs 1,174 times in Revelation. Of Revelation's 404 verses, all bu