An examination of the Time of Jacob's Trouble - meaning the seven year, end-time tribulation period. Including an overview of the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments of Revelation 6-16 and the prophetic key to God's purposes for this period for Israel as recorded in Daniel 9.
The battle of Armageddon is really a misnomer. For no battle will actually be fought at Armageddon. Rather it is the staging area for the Antichrist and the armies of the world to gather to do battle against God Almighty. After the Antichrist and forces take Jerusalem they will move south to Bozrah in Jordan to attack the remnant hiding there. But in Bozrah their encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ will result in a bloodbath. The Antichrist and his forces will retreat north and congregate in the Kidron Valley where they will one again encounter Jesus Christ, the Warrior-King. The Antichrist and the false prophet will be captured alive and then cast into the lake of fire. His army will be decimated. Another bloodbath and carnage. In the end, only One is standing, and that is Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives. He is the ultimate VICTOR! In the end, Jesus Christ wins!! V-DAY!!
Judgment upon a God defying world. (See. Rev. 6:15-17–three series: seals, trumpets, vials).
Persecution of Israel (see Matt. 24:9, 22).
Salvation of multitudes as we saw in Rev. 7.
Rise and dominion of the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2; Rev. 13).
In today's passage Jesus explains the advantages of being a follower of Christ. It's not just that we have eternal life, we have peace in troubled times. And because the Bible tells us about God and what to expect in the future, we have the advantage of resting in God's promises and being ready for what lies ahead.
But Jesus also gives a stern warning to those that would disregard the Bible and the reality of the coming judgement. Those that choose to do so will face dire consequences.
Mankind's adversary, Satan, since the beginning has turned his anger upon the human race. He hates everything and everyone who reminds him of God, and since man is made in the image of God, he hates mankind. But not just those who believe in Jesus and are followers of Christ. But he hates all men. And during the coming tribulation period, when the fifth angel blows his trumpet, Satan will be given the keys to the abyss and will release his incarcerated demonic force who for five months will be permitted to torment men. Mankind, for five months, will experience a taste of hell here on earth. So bad will be the pain inflicted that men will seek death but death will allude them. But it is only a taste. And God will continue to give them a way out if they will only humble themselves, repent of their evil ways, and call on the name of the Lord to be saved. God takes no delight in the death of the sinful men, but is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Last year, 360 million Christians lived in places where they experienced high levels of persecution and discrimination. Over 6,000 paid the ultimate price for following Jesus by being martyred for their faith. But that is a drop in the bucket in comparison to how many will lose their lives for Jesus Christ during the future Tribulation period . When Jesus opens the sixth sealed judgment, we hear the cry of the martyrs. Who are these martyrs? How did they come to faith in Jesus Christ? What is their plea? And what does God provide for them while they wait for God to avenge their deaths. This sermon answers these questions and more as we consider The Martyrs' Cry.