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08 August 16, 2015, Revelation 9;1-12, Redeeming Judgment

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08 August 16, 2015, Revelation 9;1-12, Redeeming Judgment

  1. 1. Revelation 9:1-12 Redeeming Judgment August 16, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The Glory of God! http://cdn2.hellogiggles.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/03/Blood-Moon-photo.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFOtNWjTX5s/UdT_aGKSebI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ieKqL_IsJHg/s960/1031-wallpaper-slide-v2.gif August Memory Verse: James 1:12 NIV 12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
  2. 2. Remember To Pray For The Committee On Committees Kendall Smith - Chairman Beth Aldridge, David Gibbs, Sherye Green, Mike Lowe, Chris Maddux, Jim Merritt, Jr., Elizabeth Rich, Eddy Waller Men's Stories Every Tuesday, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM All men are invited to a great lunch and devotion Hosted by Hal Warren - First Baptist Jackson's Missions and Evangelism Pastor. Fellowship Hall East 11:15 a.m. - Lunch Line Begins 12:15 p.m. - Program Begins 12:50 p.m. - Dismiss Regular Line: $7.50 Senior Adult: $6.00 Lite Line: $5.50 French Camp Academy http://thehowellfamily.yolasite.com/resources/French%20Camp%20sign.jpg
  3. 3. Lee Thigpen, the FBJ Community Director, challenged every adult Sunday School class to be engaged in one service project in Metro Jackson before we celebrate Global Missions Week November 6-8, 2015. Lee has complied Service Project Opportunities that we as a Sunday School class can connect with. We may contact Lee Thigpen at 601-949-1932 or lthigpen@fbcj.org to discuss areas of service. Little Feet Consignment Fall Sale Friday and Saturday August 21-22 Tuesday August 25th 7-9 pm
  4. 4. We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015: http://kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’s Word in our heart. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg January verse: Romans 10:9 February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 March verse: Romans 3:23 April verse: I Peter 1:3 May verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7 June verse: Philippians 1:6 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will become a believer in 2015 as God uses you to plant seeds with that person. Luke 19:11-27 http://beavercreekchristian.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/becoming-a-disciple-maker.jpg
  5. 5. 3). Ask two Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg Sunday http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 Revelation 12:1-17 Jesus Defeats Satan August 23, 2015 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA Today’s Passage: Revelation 9:1-12 John MacArthur, Jr. (Born June 19, 1939) http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4529821671755722&w=282&h=366&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7
  6. 6. Revelation 9:1-12 NKJV Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit 1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. 7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. Revelation 9:1-12 NKJV http://idaniel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Chart-of-7000-year-history-of-mankind-page0001-e1432316430763.jpg
  7. 7. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/16/Tribulation_views.svg/375px-Tribulation_views.svg.png http://tombostudios.com/graphix/raptureTimeline.gif http://webspace.webring.com/people/ml/ladylpnsman1/tribmap.jpg
  8. 8. http://www.wlbiblechurch.org/wiki/images/9/9f/20110227-seals-trumpets-bowls.jpg http://hkbible.com/Eschatology/5.HTM2.gif http://www.churchoftherock.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Revelation-Revolution-PT2-slide-3_trumpets- details.png
  9. 9. In the future, Satan will serve God's purpose by being permitted to launch another deadly assault against the human race and that attack will come at the sounding of the fifth trumpet, during the time of God's judgment in the Great Tribulation. For millennia the heavens have declared God's glory (Ps 19:1-2), but in the future they will declare His wrath. http://raynoah.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/storms.jpg The first four trumpet judgments will all involve either objects hurtling to earth out of the sky, or, in the case of the fourth trumpet, the heavenly bodies themselves will be affected (Revelation 8:7-12). While the destruction caused by the first four trumpet judgments will be catastrophic, the remaining three will be far worse. • That was the sobering message given by "an eagle flying in midheaven" (Revelation 8:13). Revelation 8:13 NKJV 13 And I looked, and I heard an angel (eagle) flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” He pronounced a threefold message of woe (one for each of the final three trumpets) on "those who dwell on the earth" a technical term in Revelation for unregenerate people, because of the terrors the final three trumpet judgments would soon unleash.
  10. 10. The eagle's (angel) message will give people one last opportunity to repent before the rising crescendo of divine judgment reaches its apex in the final three blasts of God's holy anger. http://madmikesamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SOARING-EAGLE-1000-pixels-wide.jpg Indeed, it appears that those who go through the fifth trumpet judgment without repenting may be confirmed in their unrepentant state (cf. Revelation 9:20-21; 16:9, 11). Each of the first four trumpet judgments affect the physical universe in some way, but with the sounding of the fifth trumpet the focus will shift from the physical to the spiritual realm. The traumatic events associated with that fifth trumpet vision unfold in four scenes: 1) the pit unlocked (Rev 9:1-2), 2) the power unleashed, 3) the appearance unveiled, and 4) the prince unmasked. The Pit Unlocked Revelation 9:1-2 NKJV 1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Revelation 9:1-2 NKJV The Pit Unlocked When the fifth elite angel sounded his trumpet, John saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth. In his visions, the apostle had already seen several heavenly bodies plunge to earth (cf. Revelation 6:13; 8:8, 10). Unlike them, however, this star was not an inanimate piece of celestial matter, but an angelic being (Job 38:7).
  11. 11. This angel is viewed as a high-ranking demon in Satan's hierarchy. During the Tribulation, Satan and his demon hosts will unsuccessfully battle Michael and the holy angels. As a result of their defeat, they will be permanently cast down to the earth, Revelation 12:7-9 describes that battle scene. Revelation 12:7-9 NKJV 7 And war broke out in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in Heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:7-9 NKJV With his theater of operations now restricted to the Earth, and his time running out (cf. 12:12), Satan will seek to marshal all of his demonic hosts — those already on Earth, those cast to Earth with him, and those in prison in the bottomless pit — literally "the pit of the abyss." http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140816225528/villains/images/thumb/7/72/The_Bottomless_Pit_of_Hell.jpg/1280px -The_Bottomless_Pit_of_Hell.jpg Abussos (bottomless) appears seven times in Revelation, always in reference to the abode of incarcerated demons (cf. Revelation 9:2, 11; 11:7; 17:8).
  12. 12. Satan himself will be held prisoner there during the Millennium, chained and locked up with the other demonic prisoners (20:1, 3). http://casalitadrivesda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/The-Devil-Chained-in-the-Bottomless-Pit.jpg Scripture teaches that God has sovereignly chosen to incarcerate certain demons in that pit of punishment. http://www.gbcdecatur.org/files/InvasionFromHell.jpg 2 Peter 2:4 says that “God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.” • ("cast them into hell" is derived from the Greek noun tartarus.) The use of the term tartarus seems to convey the idea that because of the heinousness of their sin, God has imprisoned certain fallen angels in such a place of severest torment and isolation. Matthew 11:20-24 NKJV Woe to the Impenitent Cities 20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. 24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. Matthew 11:20-24 NKJV
  13. 13. Luke 20:46a-47 NKJV 46a “Beware of the scribes, 47 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” The demons incarcerated in the abyss are undoubtedly the most wicked, vile, and perverted of all the fallen angels. http://mydailydevotion.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/LakeofFire.6124047_std.jpg They remain in that place, awaiting their sentencing to final punishment in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10, 13-14). http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.Svnf6HJ3n%2bG6S/BhOnz4Cg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 That demons still fear being sent to the abyss is evident from the fact that some pled with Jesus not to send them there (Luke 8:31). • That suggests that other demons have been incarcerated there since the events of Gen 6. Other demons imprisoned in the abyss may be the ones released. So the pit is the preliminary place of incarceration for demons from which some are to be released under this judgment.
  14. 14. After one of Satan’s top ranking demons received the key to the abyss from its keeper, the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:18), he opened the bottomless pit and released some of its inmates. John Phillips comments: Picture what the world would be like if we were to open the doors of all the penitentiaries of earth and set free the world's most vicious and violent criminals, giving them full reign to practice their infamies upon mankind. However, something much worse than that lies in store for the world. • Satan, cast out of Heaven, is now permitted to summon to his aid the diabolical fiends in the abyss to act as his agents in bringing mankind to the footstool of the Beast. When the abyss opened, smoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. Smoke in Revelation is usually associated with judgment. Such a vast volume of smoke issued from the abyss that the sun and the air were darkened by it. • The smoke polluting the sky symbolizes the corruption of hell belched forth from the abyss to pollute the world. (the pit unlocked) The traumatic events associated with that fifth trumpet vision unfold in four scenes: 1) the pit unlocked (Rev 9:1-2), 2) the power unleashed (Rev 9:3-6), 3) the appearance unveiled, and 4) the prince unmasked. The Power Unleashed Revelation 9:3-6 NKJV 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. Revelation 9:3-6 NKJV
  15. 15. The Power Unleashed Out of the vast, billowing, ominous cloud of smoke that darkened the sky and caused panic among earth's inhabitants John saw a new terror emerge. Vile demons, taking on a visible form resembling locusts, swarmed out of the abyss to plague the earth. • The destructive power of locusts is noted in several Old Testament passages (Deut 28:38; 2 Chron 7:13; Ps 105:34; Joel 2:25; Nah 3:15); locust swarms consume all vegetation in their path. • The scene is reminiscent of the locust plague in Egypt (Ex 10:4-5, 12-20), and of the description of the locust plague in Joel 1:1-7; 2:1-5, but far worse. The imagery of the smoke is an apt depiction of a locust plague, since millions of the grasshopper-like insects swarm so thickly that they can darken the sky and blot out the sun, turning day into night. Locust swarms can be unimaginably huge (cf. Ps 105:34); one swarm over the Red Sea in 1889 was reported to have covered 2,000 square miles. • The destruction they can cause to crops and other vegetation is staggering (cf. 2 Chronicles 7:13). John Phillips again writes: The worst locust plague in modern times struck the Middle East in 1951-52 when in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia every green and growing thing was devoured across hundreds of thousands of square miles. Locusts eat grain, leaf, and stalk, right down to the bare ground. • When a swarm arises and flies on its way, the green field is left a desert; barrenness and desolation stretches as far as eye can see. These are not ordinary locusts, but demons, who, like locusts, bring swarming destruction. • Describing them in the form of locusts symbolizes their uncountable numbers and massive destructive capabilities. The fact that three times in the passage (vv. 3, 5, 10) their power to inflict pain is compared to that of scorpions indicates they are not actual locusts, since locusts have no stinging tail as scorpions do.
  16. 16. Scorpions are a species of arachnid, inhabiting warm, dry regions, and having an erect tail tipped with a venomous stinger. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.e%2brzgG8pkgcearR5yjZphw&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 The stings of many species of scorpions are excruciatingly painful, and about two dozen species are capable of killing humans. http://Lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0xUma2tqG94/UrnGUhAZWAI/AAAAAAAAKXY/2fURsCxVNwo/s630- fcrop64=1,000039ebfffffdd9/TheStingOfTheScorpion.jpg The symptoms of a sting from one of the deadly species, including severe convulsions and paralysis, resemble those of demon-possessed individuals (cf. Mark 1:23-27; 9:20, 26). Combining in the description of the demons both locusts and scorpions emphasizes the deadliness of the demon invasion. • But the devastating pain inflicted by these demons will be far worse than that of actual scorpions (mental also). In this judgment God brings demons into direct contact with the unrepentant people with whom they will spend forever in the lake of fire. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.tR6StuSFbSwUvXQShPGLSg&pid=15.1
  17. 17. Demons are also pictured as creatures from the animal kingdom in Rev 16, where they appear as frogs. • Sadly, even the horrifying experience of this demon infestation will not cause many to repent (cf. Revelation 9:20-21), if any. Strict limitations were placed on the activities of this demonic host. This judgment, unlike the first four trumpet judgments, is not on the physical world – now it gets personal! In fact, they were told (probably by God, Who gave the angel the key to the pit in Revelation 9:1, and Who controls everything for His purposes) that there were limits. God forbade the locust horde to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree (Revelation 8:7). That again shows that they were not actual insects, since real locusts devour plant life. The reference to the grass of the earth suggests that some time has passed since the first trumpet judgment scorched all the grass that was then in season (Revelation 8:7). http://heavenawaits.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/clip_image002_thumb.jpg The damaged grass has grown again and is to remain untouched in this plague, indicating that enough time has elapsed for a partial recovery of the earth's environment.
  18. 18. The demons' business is not with vegetation, but only with men — not all people, but only those who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. http://www.thethirdangelsmessage.com/images/seal%20of%20God.jpg Believers will be preserved, just as God sheltered Israel from the effects of the Egyptian plagues (Ex 8:22; 9:4 ff.; 10:23). http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uIJDUCdFnTk/S66uy42umRI/AAAAAAAACrY/ze4n7Oozpp8/s1600/passover.jpg Those who have the seal of God include not only the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Rev 7:3-4; 14:1), but also any of the redeemed (cf. Rev 22:4; 2 Tim 2:19). • This seal marks them as personally belonging to God and as such protected from the forces of hell. Even what the demons can do to the unregenerate is limited. • Although Satan has the power of death (Heb 2:14), its exercise is subject to God's sovereign will and power, thus these demons were not permitted to kill anyone. After millennia of captivity, the vile demons would no doubt want to give full vent to all of their pent-up evil by slaughtering people. • Certainly Satan would want to kill all the unregenerate to keep them from repenting.
  19. 19. But God, in His mercy, will give people torment for only five months (the normal life span of locusts, usually from May to September), during which they cannot die but will be given the opportunity to repent and embrace the Gospel. That five-month period will be one of intense spiritual and physical suffering inflicted on unbelievers by the judgment of God through the demon horde. http://evangelicaloutreach.org/images/wrath-of-God.jpg Unbelievers will also hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ preached by the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, the two witnesses, and other new believers. The five months will be for many people the last opportunity to repent and believe, before they die or are permanently hardened in their unbelief (Revelation 9:20-21; 16:9,11). So intense will be the torment inflicted on unbelievers that in those days (the five months of v. 5) men will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them and all hope seems gone. The Earth that people have loved and worshiped will have been utterly devastated, the land ravaged by earthquakes, fires, and volcanoes, the sea filled with the putrefying bodies of billions of dead creatures, much of the fresh water supply turned into bitter poison, the atmosphere polluted with gases and showers of heavenly debris. Then, worst of all, will come foul smoke from the pit of hell as the demons are released to spiritually and physically torment wicked people. The dream of a worldwide utopia under the leadership of Antichrist (the beast of Rev 13:1 ff.) will have died. • Driven mad by the filth and vileness of the demon infestation, people will seek relief in death — only to find that death has taken a holiday.
  20. 20. There will be no escape from the agony inflicted by the demons, no escape from divine judgment. All attempts at suicide, whether by gunshot, poison, drowning, or leaping from buildings, will fail. The traumatic events associated with that fifth trumpet vision unfold in four scenes: 1) the pit unlocked (Rev 9:1-2), 2) the power unleashed (Rev 9:3-6), 3) the appearance unveiled (Rev 9:7-10), and 4) the prince unmasked. The Appearance Unveiled Revelation 9:7-10 NKJV 7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. Revelation 9:7-10 NKJV The Appearance Unveiled Having delineated the devastation the locusts (demons) will cause, John gives a more detailed description of their appearance in the vision. They are described as locusts because they bring massive, devastating, rapid judgment from God but their exaggerated, terrifying features reveal them to be unlike any locust, scorpion, or any other creature ever before seen on earth. John can only give an approximation of what this formidable spiritual army looked like, as the repeated use of the terms “like” (used ten times in this passage) and “appeared to be” indicates. To describe the supernatural and unfamiliar demon horde, John chooses natural and familiar analogies. The general appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle.
  21. 21. They were warlike, powerful, and defiant, like horses straining at the bit and pawing the ground in their eagerness to charge forward on their mission of destruction and torment. • Joel 2:4-5 describes a locust plague in similar terms. On their heads John saw what appeared to be crowns like gold. • The crowns they wore are called stephanoi, the victors' crowns, indicating that the demon host will be invincible, unstoppable, and all-conquering. Men will have no weapon that can harm these demonic creatures and no cure for the terrible torment they inflict. • That their faces were like the faces of men indicates they are intelligent, rational beings, not actual insects. While Jeremiah 51:27 describes locusts as having bristles like hair, the description by John of their hair as being like the hair of women more likely emphasizes their seductiveness. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d5/de/a3/d5dea38dcb3108c4b8ba93f6fa677f6a.jpg The glory or beauty of a woman is her hair, which she may decorate to become more alluring. Like the Sirens of Greek mythology, these locust-like demons will lure people to their doom. Having teeth like the teeth of lions (cf. Joel 1:6), they will be far more fierce, powerful, and deadly than lions, ripping and tearing apart their victims. http://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.9%2fnvnuwxvOI3H9npnGLdAg&pid=15.1
  22. 22. Breastplates of iron, designed to protect the vital organs and preserve the life of the soldier, here symbolize the demon horde's invulnerability; they will be impossible to resist or destroy. In a further metaphor drawn from the battlefield, John, like the prophet Joel (Joel 2:4-5), compares the sound of their wings to a moving army, noting that it was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. There will be no escaping their massive, worldwide onslaught; nowhere to run or hide. • The threefold comparison of the demons to scorpions (cf. vv. 3, 5, 10) stresses that their sole mission is to hurt men. The nature of this full-scale demonic torment that drives people to seek death and not find it, to pursue death and not catch it, is not described. • However, a look at some Biblical illustrations of demonic torment offers some good insights. The maniacs of Gadara were so tormented by demons that they were insane, living in tombs (Matt 8:28). • All about Galilee Jesus encountered tormented demoniacs (Matt 4:23-24). • A centurion's servant was tormented with paralysis (Matt 8:6). A demon-possessed boy kept throwing himself into fires and water in acts of self-destruction (Mark 9:20-22). Such are the spiritual and physical torments demons can inflict. • For five months they will do such to a whole world of ungodly sinners. Eventually, God will return them to the abyss with their evil master (Revelation 20:1-3) and then send them to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.7FXWFimNZRirG5q8Fyg/lQ&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0
  23. 23. The traumatic events associated with that fifth trumpet vision unfold in four scenes: 1) the pit unlocked (Rev 9:1-2), 2) the power unleashed (Rev 9:3-6), 3) the appearance unveiled (Rev 9:7-10), and 4) the prince unmasked (Rev 9:11-12). The Prince Unmasked Revelation 9:11-12 NKJV 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. Revelation 9:11-12 NKJV The Prince Unmasked Proverbs 30:27 NKJV 27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; Unlike real locusts (cf. Prov 30:27), these demons have a king over them. John gives his title as: The Angel of the Abyss. Some identify this angel as Satan, but Satan’s domain is the heavenlies (Eph 6:12), where he is the "prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2). Satan is not associated with the abyss until he is cast into it (Rev 20:1-3). • This angel is better viewed as a high-ranking demon in Satan's hierarchy. John notes that his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. John uses both names to emphasize his impact on both ungodly Jews (Hebrews) and Gentiles (Greeks). • Both words mean "destroyer" — an apt name for the head of the devastating army of demons that rises from the abyss. Abaddon is used in the Old Testament to describe the place of eternal punishment (cf. Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12; Ps 88:11; Prov 15:11; 27:20), thus further reinforcing this angel's connection with the abyss and hell.
  24. 24. Apollyon comes from the Greek verb apollumi, which means "I destroy." These terms identify this leader as the king of the demonic death squad. Having described the first woe (Revelation 8:13; the fifth trumpet judgment in Revelation 9:1-12), John cautions that God's wrath has not run its course. http://escapetoreality.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/angry-god.jpg#god%20wrath%20276x258 Two woes (the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments, including all the bowl judgments) are still coming after these things, so there will be nothing more than a brief sigh of relief before still more fearful judgments follow on those "who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18). http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.3GyeDRJmG4E26SYcbdpkTw&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Romans 1:18 NKJV God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, http://pastorderick.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/004_the_wrath_of_god_title_graphic1.jpg
  25. 25. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
  26. 26. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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