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Here meet the final of six entities accounted for in the final two chapters of John's Revelation. The Creation itself receives both a judgment-and a renewal- from its Creator. Terrible judgment......

Here meet the final of six entities accounted for in the final two chapters of John's Revelation. The Creation itself receives both a judgment-and a renewal- from its Creator. Terrible judgment purges and cleanses a crippled and polluted world, readying it for renewal under the rule of the Saints and the Chosen People of Jehovah. Consider the Creation as an almost-animate participant in the drama of End-Times.

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  • 1. hed-Earth XXXV: REVELATION AND THE CREATION f tion o c Produ OG A the sk op orksh y.com W o ennyh l www. The travail of the Creation as it awaits the redemption of its sons.
  • 2. The Creation figures, in my mind, as a sixth protagonist in the Revelation narrative . . . bit of a stretch, perhaps, but the way the Bible treats the situation of God’s Creation, it’s hard to to get a little anthropomorphic reading about what the Creation endures and receives in the End-Times. Bear with me one more time . . .
  • 3. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” This is my last appearance, since you’ve reached the end of the series and y’all won’t need me anymore.
  • 4. Basic Information LICENSING: I grant a Creative Commons license made of the following elements: You may freely share and adapt this work provided you give me credit–(website info fine!), your efforts have no commercial application and you share extracted/ redacted work with others. God bless and have fun! VISIT: skOG Workshop Headquarters at www.lennyhoy.com for other items of interest. Prophecy Series 30 Presentation Set Table of Contents IMAGES: By Subscription: http:// www.instonebrewer.com/ bpg2009/frames.htm?members/ member_page.php By Permission: Creative Commons Licensing as noted EMAIL: leonard.hoy@gmail.com
  • 5. AN OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE’S TREATMENT OF THE CREATION
  • 6. 1. A Bright Beginning “. . . let there be light .”
  • 7. 1. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. 2. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. Genesis 2:1-3 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:31
  • 8. 2. A Tragic Fall
  • 9. 17. Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; Genesis 3:17-18 The Creation And The Curse
  • 10. 3. Sin’s Lingering Legacy The Present Situation
  • 11. 19. For the anxious longing of the Creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20. For the Creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21. that the Creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22. For we know that the whole Creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. Romans 8:19-22
  • 12. 4. A Violent Cleansing http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-4273890315-hd.jpg
  • 13. For behold, the Lord will come in fire, and His chariots like the whirlwind to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with flames of fire. Isaiah 66:15 The Creation In The Tribulation http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-4273890315-hd.jpg
  • 14. 5. A Glorious Restoration http://farm1.static.flickr.com/105/267711150_465abbe4bc.jpg
  • 15. 24. “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25. The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD Isaiah 65: 24-5 http://farm1.static.flickr.com/105/267711150_465abbe4bc.jpg
  • 16. 6. A Radical Renewal “Behold, I Create All Things New.” http://son-of-encouragement.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-not-oldjerusalem-is-true-promised.html
  • 17. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass awa y with a roar and the elements will be destroyed w ith intense heat, and the earth and its works will b e burned up. II Peter 3:10 new earth; for heaven and a n I saw a new The t earth passed en and the firs the first heav sea. And I no longer any y, and there is awa salem, coming city, New Jeru saw the holy ade ready as en from God, m n out of Heav dow band. Rev 21:1-2 ed for her hus a bride adorn http://son-of-encouragement.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-not-oldjerusalem-is-true-promised.html
  • 18. 4. A Violent Cleansing But let’s look at the m at ter at hand. . . http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-4273890315-hd.jpg
  • 19. THE CREATION IN THE END-TIMES
  • 20. The Creat ion at the beginning of the 70t h Week: Jesus spe aks on the Mo unt of Oli ves http://frank.itlab.us/photo_essays/small/nov_21_3021_mt_olives.jpg
  • 21. you. it that no one misleads “See to red and said to them, lead 4. And Jesus answe the Christ,’ and will mis ‘I am e in My name, saying, are not 5. For many will com of wars. See that you mors hearing of wars and ru . 7. For many. 6. You will be that is not yet the end , but things must take place ous frightened, for those st kingdom, and in vari again st nation, and kingdom nation will rise again But all these things are kes. 8. famines and earthqua places there will be s.” eginning of birth pang merely the b Matthew 24:4-8 The Creation at the beginning of the 70th Week
  • 22. one misleads you See to it that no . 5. d rumors of wars. and said to them, “ ill be hearing of wars an ou w 4. And Jesus answered ill mislead many. 6. “Y ‘I am the Christ,’ and w My name, saying, against nation, and “For many will come in 7. “For nation will rise end. but that is not yet the things must take place, e ghtened, for those e things are merely th See that you are not fri quakes. 8. “But all thes earth e will be famines and d in various places ther m, an kingdom against kingdo beginning of birth pang s. Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Stay informed and focused on Christ, not events
  • 23. 4. And Jesus answered Christ,’ and many will come in My e misleads you. 5. “For ee to it that no on and said to them, “S ou will be hearing of w will mislead many. 6. “Y e s. ars and rumors of war re not frightened, See that you a t place, but that is not ye those things must take for e will be famines and d in various places ther kingdom, an kingdom against e against nation, and will ris the end. 7. “For nation s. beginning of birth pang things are merely the l these earthquakes. 8. “But al Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. name, saying, ‘I am th Stay informed and focused on Christ, not events 2. Don’t give in to a spirit of fear
  • 24. 4. And Jesus answered Christ,’ and will mislead or many will come in M one misleads you. 5. “F ee to it that no y name, saying, ‘I am the and said to them, “S many. 6. “You yo mors of wars. See that hearing of wars and ru will be u are not frightened, must take place, for those things dom ag against nation, and king in are merely the beginn ainst kingdom, an e d. 7. “For nation will ris t that is not yet the en bu ings es. 8. “But all these th famines and earthquak e will be d in various places ther g of birth pangs. Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Stay informed and focused on Christ, not events 2. Don’t give in to a spirit of fear 3. Realize these disasters are part of God’s plan
  • 25. saying, ‘I am the will come in My name, many misleads you. 5. “For “See to it that no one and said to them, for those things 4. And Jesus answered you are not frightened, that d rumors of wars. See be hearing of wars an many. 6. “You will Christ,’ and will mislead against nation, and 7. “For nation will rise not yet the end. but that is But all these g of birth pangs erely the beginnin things are m must take place, m, and in kingdom against kingdo earthquakes. 8. “ e will be famines and various places ther . Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 4. PREPARE for a Controlled Process– a sequence that has an end and a beginning.
  • 26. saying, ‘I am the will come in My name, many misleads you. 5. “For “See to it that no one things and said to them, t frightened, for those 4. And Jesus answered s. See that you are no war of wars and rumors of 6. “You will be hearing many. Christ,’ and will mislead e against nation, For nation will ris m, and in various om against kingdo and kingd d earthquakes. e will be famines an places ther at is must take place, but th not yet the end. 7. “ 8. “But all y the begi these things are merel nning of birth pangs. Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 4. Prepare for a PROCESS– a SEQUENCE that has an END and a BEGINNING 5. EXPECT widespread Wars and Famines and Earthquakes (note the plurals here!)
  • 27. the y name, saying, ‘I am or many will come in M 5. “F no one misleads you. to them, “See to it that gs and said ghtened, for those thin 4. And Jesus answered See that you are not fri ars. wars and rumors of w “You will be hearing of many. 6. in various places Christ,’ and will mislead against kingdom, and m ainst nation, and kingdo “For nation will rise ag at is not yet the end. 7. must take place, but th ings are merely the “But all these th of birth pangs. beginning there will be famines an d earthquakes. 8. Matthew 24:4-8 OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: 4. Prepare for a PROCESS– a SEQUENCE that has an END and a BEGINNING 5. Expect widespread WARS and FAMINES and EARTHQUAKES (note the plurals here!) 6. EXPLORE the implications of the operative metaphor for this experience: BIRTH PANGS!!
  • 28. u. at no one misleads yo to it th and said to them, “See d lead 4. And Jesus answere the Christ,’ and will mis ‘I am e in My name, saying, not 5. For many will com ars. See that you are rs of w ring of wars and rumo ea . 7. For many. 6. You will be h that is not yet the end , but things must take place s frightened, for those kingdom, and in variou ainst ation, and kingdom ag n nation will rise against But all these things are kes. 8. famines and earthqua places there will be ngs.” e beginning of birth pa merely th Matthew 24:4-8 In brief, the 70th Week opens with geological and ecological disasters which, awful though they seem, constitute only the initial contractions of a long delivery process.
  • 29. Birth pangs! One ‘pain’ after another, increasing in intensity and in frequency as time goes on! Expect to see this pattern as we continue the study. Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this slide. At least one was bemused if not somewhat annoyed.
  • 30. Oh, pilgrim, wait until you see the issue of all these things! And to what does stricken Creation give birth?
  • 31. The Creation in John’s Revelation: Enduring layers of judgmental destruction http://www.flickr.com/photos/svj/1144756696/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 32. Seal Layer: Revelation Chapter 6 The Seals In Succession: 1. Rider on the White Horse! (Christ? AntiChrist?) 2. Rider on the Red Horse: Wars and civil strifes 3. Rider on the Black Horse: Famine. 4. Rider on the Ashen Horse: Death 5. The Martyrdom of the Saints, Distress in Heaven 6. The heavens convulse, kings tcowersand f on ist o men s c e se j u d g . not so earthquakesllrumble ost a th large . . Alm ons writ ysfuncti d itself. an (post-apocalyptic?) ,silence (Hab 2:20?, Zech 7. A stunned hum he Earth nies of t 2:13?) uch ago m
  • 33. Trumpet Layer: Revel ati on Chapters 8-11 Trumpets in Succession: 1. 1/3 of earth burned up! 2. 1/3 of sea turned to blood, 1/3 of its ships sunk and 1/3 sea life killed. 3. 1/3 of fresh water turned bitter; many die. 4. 1/3 of sun, moon and stars darkened 5. Smoke from bottomless abyss darkens sun, pollutes air 6. 1/3 Nomankindtkilledjudg of tice how hese by 200,000,000 horsemen ments, whi humanlightening, earthquake andle affecting 7. Thunder, life, fall upon the E hail attend arth itself! the Last Trumpet’s blast
  • 34. o Witnesses: Rev 11 he Ministry of the Tw T These “two olive trees which stand before the Lord of the earth” validate their prophesying with signs and wonders AntiChrist cannot control! 1. Command drought at will 2. Turn water to blood at will 3. Strike the earth with plagues at will 4. Upon their resurrection and ascension, a. A great earthquake occurs b. 7000 people die (in Jerusalem?) c. 1/10 of city (Jerusalem?) falls
  • 35. the Bowls: Rev 16 The Layer of The bowls appear as a series of final, crushing blows, a violent, cleansing climax to seven years of judgment. 1. Boils cover worshippers of the AntiChrist. 2. Entire sea turned to blood; rest of its life dies. 3. Rest of fresh water becomes blood. 4. Sun scorches men with fire. 5. Beast’s kingdom is darkened. tion trucinvasion the des 6. Euphrates dries up, preparing the way for vably, complete Unbelie gments ofhe BHolyud the owl j Land. mpet judgments. T the Tru earthquake and 100-pound 7. Thunder, y tarted b lightening, its . . . s uin awa reater r still g hailstones attend the final bowl’s outpouring.
  • 36. Creation at Christ’s Return: The tablished order breaks apart. The es “The Earth will be completely laid waste . . .” http://http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3016/2550530346_94e35baf3a.jpg.flickr.com/photos/svj/1144756696/sizes/m/in/photostream/
  • 37. ste, devastates it, d lays the Earth wa 1. Behold, the Lor inhabitants. 2. And ce and scatters its distorts its surfa , the servant like his ill be like the priest the people w the buyer like the id like her mistress, master, the ma e creditor like the like the borrower, th seller, the lender tely laid waste and Earth will be comple debtor. 3. The oken this word. for the Lord has sp mpletely despoiled, co Isaiah 24:1-3 http://i.images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-2479706881-hd/Countries_of_the_World/America/Chile/Lists_of_volcanoes-Chaiten_Volcano-Chile-List_of_volcanoes_in_Chile-Volcano-hd.jpg
  • 38. world fades and rns and withers, the 4. The Earth mou earth fade away. of the people of the ithers, the exalted w habitants, for they o polluted by its in 5. The Earth is als tatutes, broke the ed laws, violated s transgress curse devours the ant. 6. Therefore, a everlasting coven guilty. Therefore, o live in it are held Earth, and those wh nd few men are Earth are burned, a inhabitants of the the left. Isaiah 24:4-6 http://i.images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-2479706881-hd/Countries_of_the_World/America/Chile/Lists_of_volcanoes-Chaiten_Volcano-Chile-List_of_volcanoes_in_Chile-Volcano-hd.jpg
  • 39. 19. The Earth is broken asunder, the Earth is split through, the Earth is shaken violently. 20. The Earth reels to and fro like a drunkard and it totters like a shack, for its transgression is heavy upon it and it will fall, never to rise again. 21. So it will happen in that day that the Lord will punish the host of Heaven on high and the kings of the Earth on Earth. Isaiah 24:19-21 http://i.images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-2479706881-hd/Countries_of_the_World/America/Chile/Lists_of_volcanoes-Chaiten_Volcano-Chile-List_of_volcanoes_in_Chile-Volcano-hd.jpg
  • 40. tribulation of those mediately after the 29. “But im e moon will not be darkened and th days the sun will from the sky, and nd the stars will fall give its light a shaken. 30. And the heavens will be the powers of n will appear in the n of the Son of Ma then the sig ” Matthew 24:29-30 sky . . . tion” inc “Crea re than ludes mo planet! just our
  • 41. ND THE ILL BE DARKENED, A ays THE SUN W ers of the e tribulation of those d ly after th m the sky, and the pow WILL FALL fro 29. “But immediate HT, AND THE STARS ITS LIG r in the sky.” Son of Man will appea OON WILL NOT GIVE M n the sign of the e shaken. 30. And the heavens will b Matthew 24:29-30 12. I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13. and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. Rev 6:12 (Sixth Seal)
  • 42. S NOT GIVE IT MOON WILL ND THE of the Son of ARKENED, A then the sign D nd SUN WILL BE vens will be shaken. 30. A se days THE a o he tribulation of th ky, and the powers of the tely after the s dia FALL from the 29. “But imme STARS WILL HE LIGHT, AND T r in the sky.” an will appea M sun became black t earthquake; and the re was a grea e sky fell to the the sixth seal, and the n He broke 13. and the stars of th me like blood; 12. “I looked whe part like a d the whole moon beca of hair, an 14. The sky was split a y a great wind. as sackcloth made v 6:12 (Sixth pe figs when shaken b sts its unri ut of their places.” Re were moved o earth, as a fig tree ca ry mountain and island up, and eve scroll when it is rolled Seal) 9-30 Matthew 24:2 19. And the temple of God which is in Heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. Rev 11:19 (Seventh and Last Trumpet)
  • 43. T, AND THE IVE ITS LIGH NOT G ” MOON WILL ear in the sky, ED, AND THE f Man will app DARKEN Son o L BE THE SUN WIL the sign of the of those days . 30. And then lation haken after the tribu vens will be s ers of the hea ut immediately e pow 29. “B the sky, and th ILL FALL from W STARS 9-30 Matthew 24:2 ade of hair, and e black as sackcloth m cam quake; and the sun be shaken by a great s its unripe figs when there was a great earth d cast Rev broke the sixth seal, an the earth, as a fig tree ed out of their places. 12. I looked when He e stars of the sky fell to n and island were mov d; 13. and th ntai e like bloo lled up, and every mou the whole moon becam e a scroll when it is ro split apart lik wind. 14. The sky was 6:12 (Sixth Seal) nant appeared in His ple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His cove 19. And the tem ls of thunder and an earthquake and a temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and pea great hailstorm. Rev 11:19 (Last Trumpet) 17. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18. And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. Rev 16:17 (Seventh and Final Bowl)
  • 44. L FALL E STARS WIL GHT, AND TH T GIVE ITS LI ON WILL NO AND THE MO DARKENED, UN WILL BE the sky, e days THE S will appear in of thos the Son of Man the tribulation iately after en the sign of 29. “But immed en. 30. “And th s will be shak heaven powers of the from the sky, and the stars of like blood; 13. and the the whole moon became d were moved cloth made of hair, an ery mountain and island became black as sack en it is rolled up, and ev rthquake; and the sun wh d there was a great ea split apart like a scroll broke the sixth seal, an wind. 14. The sky was 12. I looked when He en shaken by a great unripe figs wh , as a fig tree casts its the sky fell to the earth v 6:12 (Sixth Seal) out of their places. Re 9-30 Matthew 24:2 ng and sounds and peals of covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightni temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His 19. And the Trumpet) thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. Rev 11:19 (Last 17. Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” 18. And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. Rev 16:17 (Seventh and Final Bowl) 1. When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Rev 8:1 (Seventh and Final Seal, all heaven suspends its breath in a silent coda to the spent wrath of holy God) But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him. Habakkuk 2:20 Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused from His holy habitation. Zechariah 2:13
  • 45. Creation in The Millennium: The A restoration and a healing When the earth experiences Your judgments the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9 http://www.arteyfotografia.com.ar/contenido/objetos/0f/c5/8a/0fc58a286a404f97a6cfb4f34549b4143d4abf89/mini_500_6544_1221342376775586.jpg
  • 46. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in fr ont of Jerusalem on the east and the M ount of Olives will be split in the m iddle from east to west by a very large valle y, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other ha lf toward the south . . . Zech 14:4 And the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon so uth of Jerusalem, but Jerusalem will ris e and remain on its site from Ben jamin’s Gate to the Corner Gate and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine press. Zechariah 14:10 Now it will come about that in the last days, the mountain of house of Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains and will be raised abov e the hills and all the nations will stream to it. Isaiah 2:2 Descriptions of Millennial alterations to the Creation chiefly focus on the new world center of worship and civil administration: Jerusalem
  • 47. only e Lord will be the th; in that day th e ear e king over all th lb 14:9 And the Lord wil One. Zechariah only d His Name the One, an “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows see d, when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved.” Amos 9:13 eir eir swords into plowshares and th er th And they (the nations) will hamm and ill not lift up sword against nation nw spears into pruning hooks. Natio ah 4:3 r again will they train for war. Mic neve In the Millennial Earth, our Lord is King over all the Earth! All humanity rejoices.
  • 48. "Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?"says your God. And to what does stricken Creation give birth?
  • 49. A Peaceable Kingdom, indeed! All Creation at last knows “the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
  • 50. Finally, in the Eternal State, a radical renewal “Behold, I Create All Things New.” http://son-of-encouragement.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-not-oldjerusalem-is-true-promised.html
  • 51. THE END! . . . of the series in which I worked backwards through Revelation-from the Eternal State to the Millennium to the Tribulation. . . . of the whole set of 30 slide presentations that represent my church’s Sunday School’s investigation into Biblical prophecy. OGICAL ROAD AN ESCHATOL ge you to read “ encoura e from there, I how we get her investigation of TRIP” for an . I continue to f the End-Times ’s presentation o the Bible re events and from known futu wards engineer” ‘back ect with them. imes might conn nsider how our t co