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The Feast of Trumpets: A Warning Sound

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The Feast of Trumpets

A Warning Sound

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The book of Revelation has at its core what the Feast of Trumpets is all about. Let's take a look.

Sermon Notes

 We heard this morning how the Feast of Trumpets represents Christ’s coming. 

Now we want to focus on the events of that coming—not be lulled into a sense of complacency.

Mt. 24:1-9, 32-33, 45-51

Trumpets—a warning sound. Book of Revelation – revelation of what? Revelation of events prior to coming, the coming and afterwards. Trumpets sound all through Revelation – announce different events.

Revelation 1:10 Revelation 1:10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
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What you see is happening, and what will happen in the future.

Rev. 2-3  Successive Church periods to the coming of Christ – notice last Revelation 3:29 Revelation 3:29
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–at the door.

Rev. 4-5 Scene as the end time arrives – God hands Jesus Christ a scroll with planned events

Revelation 5:9 Revelation 5:9And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
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Rev. 6 Seals opened – in sets of seven – perfect number – completion

Revelation 6:1-2 Revelation 6:1-2 [1] And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. [2] And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
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  False religion – permission to conquer – Dan. 11: King of the South to push K. of North

Commentary by Ralph Peters, a prolific writer. He retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel, He spent ten years in Germany working in military intelligence Peters later became a Foreign Area Officer, specializing in the Soviet Union. He attended the Command and General Staff College. His last assignment was to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence 

2009, The War After Armaggedon.

The War after Armageddon' by Ralph Peters tells a cautionary tale about the future consequences of internal American and international relationships. America is struggling for her survival and the war between Islamist 'fanatics', Christians and politicians leads to raging war resulting in Armageddon. The novel suggests complete chaos and destruction in a 'ruthless future war' that exist in the future. Apart from America, the war suggests a chain of destructive events in Europe and the Middle East.

Newsweek claimed, "Peter's battle scenes are masterpieces of perspective...it is hard to imagine a better portrayal of modern war" and Publisher's Weekly wrote, "Military strategist Peters applies the predictions of his nonfiction Wars of Blood and Faith to this outstanding cautionary tale of a near-future war set in the Middle East.

 

Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the 21st Century – 2007

“Except in North America and northwestern Europe, the great religious wars of the last two millennia never really ended—they were only taking naps, due to the exhaustion of one party or both. The Sunni-Shiah contest is 12 centuries old—as old as, but deeper than, Islam’s struggle with the West….Now, with bewildering speed, history has come back, insisting on its durability and casting the last hundred years as an aberration. We have reentered the long river of struggles over elemental issues: God and blood. We have to reset our calendars and recalibrate our mentalities….This will be a century of contradictions. The age of supertechnologies is also the new age of superstition, of great religions reduced to cults that worship bloodthirsty begoeymen. The defining struggle of our time—the source of conflicts great and small—weill be between those who believe in a merciful God and those who worship a divine disciplinarian. This philosophical divide will kill many millions.”

 

Revelation 6:3-4 Revelation 6:3-4 [3] And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. [4] And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.
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Second Seal – Deadly Wars Increase. The second horseman is war and bloodshed. He rides on a "fiery red steed," whose color symbolizes slaughter

 Peters: “The 21st century will see an unprecedented expansion in the varieties of organized violence…And the fiercest challenges may come neither from the conventional nor irregular forces as we know them, but from governments and organizations willing to wage wars in the spheres now forbidden or still unimagined.”

 

September 11, 2009
Eight years ago today, our homeland was attacked by fanatical Muslims…Three thousand American citizens and residents died. We resolved that we, the People, would never forget. Then we forgot. We’ve learned nothing. Instead of cracking down on Islamist extremism, we’ve excused it. Instead of protecting law-abiding Americans, we reject profiling to avoid offending terrorists. So we confiscate granny’s shampoo at the airport because the half-empty container could hold 3.5 ounces of liquid. Instead of taking a firm stand against Islamist fanaticism, we’ve made a cult of negotiations — as our enemies pursue nuclear weapons; sponsor terrorism; torture, imprison, rape and murder their own citizens — and laugh at us. We’ve forgotten what we owe our dead and what we owe our children. We’ve even forgotten who attacked us. We have betrayed the memory of our dead. In doing so, we betrayed ourselves and our country. Our troops continue to fight — when they’re allowed to do so — but our politicians have surrendered. Are we willing to let the terrorists win?


Most dangerous place on earth -- Iran will have made significant progress toward a nuclear weapon by the end of this year. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran will soon have more than 7,000 centrifuges operating at Natanz, where it has already produced enough low enriched uranium for one nuclear weapon if the uranium is converted to a highly enriched form. It appears that Iran is rapidly mastering uranium enrichment as well as advancing its missile program, two of the three components of a successful nuclear weapons program. It is unclear how much progress Iran made on the third, weaponization

 

Peters: The rulers in Tehran need us as an enemy (along with Israel). A demonized foe is essential to their grip on power. And all that rhetoric about the impending end of time and the return of the Hidden Imam? A key faction -- which includes President Ahmadinejad -- believes it.

Revelation 6:5-6 Revelation 6:5-6 [5] And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and see a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. [6] And I heard a voice in the middle of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine.
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Third seal – largely a consequence of wars – famines. The third horseman is poverty and famine. He rides on a "black horse" and symbolizes the effects of war and bloodshed: sorrow, mourning, and desolation. Scales -- This amount suggests food prices about twelve times higher than normal (Beckwith, p. 520) and implies inflation and famine conditions.

 

Revelation 6:7-8 Revelation 6:7-8 [7] And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. [8] And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
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Fourth seal – pestilences. “"Pale" (chloros) denotes a yellowish green, the light green of a plant, or the paleness of a sick person in contrast to a healthy appearance. This probably refers to the death brought by pestilence, or plague, which often follows famine (Luke 21:11 Luke 21:11And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
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).

 

Revelation 6:9-10 Revelation 6:9-10 [9] And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: [10] And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
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Fifth seal – Great tribulation begins

the Greek word psyche has various meanings and probably stands here for the actual "lives" or "persons" who were killed rather than for their "souls." They are seen by John as persons who are very much alive though they have been killed by the beast.

 

Revelation 6:12 Revelation 6:12And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
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Sixth seal – Heavenly signs

 

Rev. 8-9: Seventh Seal – Seven trumpets

 

Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
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Seventh Trumpets – Seven Woes

 

Rev. 19 Coming of Christ

Real danger spots – Iran – North Korea – Europe – Treaty of Lisbon – Pope more active.

1 John 2:28-29 1 John 2:28-29 [28] And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. [29] If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him.
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  Important – trumpet sound – be alert, not groggy. Trumpets -- Protect His own. 

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