This Armageddon Does Not Star Bruce Willis

  • Going to be a little different for the next few weeks because mark 13 is an apocalyptic book. We’ll be bouncing around, but its important to have a full overview of the whole plan
  • I want to talk about the different components, not necessarily in order, because some of the order is disputable. I’m not an end-times expert. I think most people aren’t. this is why pastors avoid it
  • But it is real. The end is coming. Christ will return. The next few weeks will prepare you for eternity and for preparing for the end times.
  • Wont have time for all the scriptures, go and find them online after.
  1. Another Possible Huge Crisis to Come: –
  • Mark 13:5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. 7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows. 8 literal translation is “race against race”- there will be race wars
  • Jesus is describing the beginning of the end of the current state of this earth- the time that will be transitional towards the ‘end times’ described in the Bible
  • These aren’t fear tactics! This isn’t the scare option to get people to repent- but it’s the TRUTH of the end of times
  • OT Prophesied the coming of Christ and it all came true- the NT prophesies his second coming and then end of all things- it will come equally true- it will happen just as the arrival of Jesus happened!
  • There is going to be and continue to be devastating events in the earth that are the beginning of the end. Armageddon  
    The rapture-
  • There are many different theories as to when the rapture of the saints will occur within the timeframe of the end times. This is what I will say- It will happen. Either, before, during , or after the tribulation
  • The tribulation is the last 7 years of history and the last 3 ½ years are the “great tribulation” this will be a time on earth that has never been seen like it before, a time of terrible distress and God’s wrath poured out on the ungodly.
  • It will be a time of hunger, thirst, exposure to elements, great suffering and tears, natural catastrophes of war, famine and death; also the antichrist will unleash demonic powers to torture and torment
  • The church may or may not go through at least a portion of the tribulation. The scriptures for this aren’t exactly clear one way or another. It is a mystery.
  • Be ready for it- Don’t be caught off guard. Stay with Jesus every day- READY
  • I am including this at the beginning because I am honestly not 100% sure when it will happen- I’m “pan-trib” it will all pan out in the end. But BE READY for the armageddon.
  • Matthew Henry inspired:
  • Those that shall be found alive will be changed.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
  • At, or immediately before, this rapture into the clouds, those who are alive will undergo a mighty change, which will be equivalent to dying in the sense of complete difference
  • This change is so mysterious that we cannot comprehend it: we know little or nothing of it,
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
  • mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies must be changed to inherit the kingdom of God, which flesh and blood in its present state are not capable of.
  • This change will be in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye in the very instant, or not long after the raising up of those that sleep in Jesus.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
  • And those who are raised, and changed, shall meet together in the clouds, and there meet with Jesus , to celebrate his coming,
  • They will receive the crown of glory, they will join him in judgment, rejoicing the sentence he will execute upon the prince of the power of the air, and all the wicked, who shall be doomed to destruction with the devil and his angels.
  • Here is the joy of the saints at that day: they shall be ever with the Lord, 1Th_4:17.
  • all the saints shall meet together, and remain together for ever; but the greatest happiness of heaven is this, to be with the Lord, to see him, live with him, and enjoy him, for ever.
  • So lets lay down the timeline of the events
  1. The “Kings of the Earth” Give Their Power to the Beast: –

There are three key players in Revelation 13

  1. the beast that comes up out the sea- this is a one world government system consisting of 10 kingdoms under the control of the antichrist;
  2. The beast that comes up out of the earth- the false prophet who leads the people to worship the sea beast and will perform many signs and wonders in order to deceive. He will die and rise again as the incarnate antichrist and will force people to worship him;
  3. The whore of Babylon- the false religious system that has corrupted the people
  • All governments will give all of their power to the antichrist- Rev 17 mentions “the whore of Babylon” symbolizing a unified false religion which will persecute the true church. This false religious system will unite with the political system of the antichrist
  • Revelation 17:12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
  • The leaders and kings of the earth will receive power with the beast, but will ultimately give all control to only one, the incarnate antichrist who will demand worship.
  • Mark 13:5 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.
  • Think UN, NATO, One World Government, Globalism. Unified governments. The non-religious want a one world government, one world currency, centralized control of the people, laws, and religion.
  • I want a one world government to usher in Jesus, but I want everyone to hear the gospel first!
  1. The Mark of the Beast Enforced by Law: –
  • Revelation 13:16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
  • There will be two types of people during this time- those who have the mark and those who don’t have the mark. You want to be the ones who don’t have the mark. Have God’s mark
  • Rev 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
  • This mark will be used for the buying and selling of Goods (think government system)- resist this mark at all costs
  1. The Three Angel’s Messages Proclaimed to the World: –
  • Prior to the choice for or against the mark of the beast, God will use the remnant of the church to send the final message to those in the world. It is a final call of mercy from God- last chance to be saved
  • Rev 14:7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
  • This TRUE GOSPEL is the TRUE Gospel message of repentance and forgiveness of sins that the true church proclaims to the world. God will give POWER to this message in the final days with the HOLY SPIRIT power behind it. Many will hear it and be delivered
  • Why not respond to the Gospel now? Why not give your life to him NOW
  1. The Final Choice for the Seal or Mark: –
  • Rev chapters 7, 14. This is the important moment in history where people make their final choice- mark or no mark. A choice to have the seal of God or the seal of the beast.
  • Economic pressure and persecution will encourage people to get the mark of the beast.
  • Mark of the beast people go to Hell, those with the seal of God inherit eternal life-=.
  1. The Door to Salvation is Closed: –
  • Revelation 22:11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
  • When the decision has been made for the mark, the door of Gods mercy will be closed and people will be judged filthy or righteous.
  • There will be no more chance to saved. Lost will be lost. Saved will be saved. Just as the door of the ark was closed in the times of Noah, so it will be during this time.
  • Those who have rejected Gods mercy will have no more chances.
  1. The Seven Last Plagues: –
  • Once the division between Jesus and the beast is complete, the Final judgments of God begin to fall upon the world in the form of the seven last plagues.
  • These plagues will be the “wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture.” as mentioned in Revelation 14:10. In other words those who receive the mark of the beast will receive the FULL wrath of God, and there will be no mercy “mixed in” with His judgments (plagues).
  • Now these plagues ONLY fall upon the lost.
  • They only fall upon those who have disobeyed God’s commandments and received the mark of the beast. They will not come near those who have the seal of God, as God’s people will be fully protected, just like the Israelites were during the 10 plagues in Egypt.
  1. The Battle of Armageddon: –
  • This is the final battle between good and evil that will happen during the end times
  • It will be a worldwide spiritual battle between Satans forces and God’s people, which has been going on since the beginning.
  • During this battle will be when Christ returns as the “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”, defeating satan, his minions and to deliver the saints of God.
  1. The Second Coming of Christ Jesus: –
  • This is THE END TIME EVENT that all of us are waiting and watching for. The second coming!
  • This second coming will be a cataclysmic event that will make all other events pale in comparison
  • Every eye will see the return of Jesus- his arrival to proclaim the righteous reign of God
  • Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
  • It will be a cosmic display of fire and flash!
  • Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
  • Matthew 24:30-31 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

What does it mean to you?

  • God has told the sinful world, in no uncertain terms, to repent Mark 6:12; Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; 17:30
  • To repent means to change your mind from loving sin and rejecting Christ to loving Christ and rejecting sin
  • If you refuse to repent, you will suffer in this life, the end times and for eternity
  • The Bible says to repent and to do it NOW- 2 cor 6:2 TODAY is the day of salvation
  • 2 Corinthians 6:2 For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
  • If you are feeling convicted of your sins, now is the time to turn to God to receive forgiveness from them
  • If you do not choose life now, you will receive judgment upon your death- and you don’t want that
  • Every day you don’t repent your heart turns harder- you will continue to sin Hebrews 3:7-8
  • Your heart will grow hard, and your conscience becomes seared 1 tim 4:2
  • There is even a point where God will stop trying to save you- Romans 1:28
  • If you deny the act of repentance, you can miss out on the blessings of repentance
  • Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
  • Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
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