Are you ready and prepared for the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? Some will be protected from the wrath of God which comes when Christ returns... some will not be protected. Now is the time for you to come into the shelter of His presence.
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The return of Jesus Christ as king of kings and lord of lords is announced by a trumpet blast. It is that amazing turning point in human history that we are here to remind ourselves of today. The feast of Trumpets is the 4th of the appointed times to be proclaimed by the servants of God.
Many exciting things happen when Christ makes His dramatic appearance: the people God has called and chosen receive the gift of eternal life, they also receive their reward, they are from that point forward at His right hand working together with Him as the bride of Christ in the family of God.
For those who are not Christ's at His return "exciting" is not the word to use... for them it will be a time of terrible distress, fear, pain, plagues, and environmental disasters. A time when God’s condemnation of humanity’s unjust governments, perverse religions and misguided cultural institutions will come to pass. These will be destroyed permanently and swept into the garbage can of the universe.
But humanity will not give up all they have created and bought into without a fight. So, there will also be a terrible and final battle in the valley of decision.
Our purpose today is to review the events, places and the key players of the Day of Christ’s return which is marked by the 4th annual holy day of God... the Feast of Trumpets.
We do not know the exact time of the return of Christ. We do know of certain significant events, signs, and circumstances that must be in place before His return. Discussing these is not our purpose today.
One detail we do know is that some of God's people will be alive at the time of Christ's return. Anyone who falls into that category will need nerves of steel, great faith in God's power to deliver, and a willingness to stand apart from the governments, religions, education, entertainments, and cultural norms of human society... These institutions are all gathered together under the name Babylon.
Christ's exhortation to His people is, "Come out of her [Babylon] my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not share in her plagues". That warning and exhortation is to you, right now . All that you see around you, will be swept away… institutions, traditions, entertainments that you may identify strongly with… they are destined for destruction.Some Are Sheltered In Christ’s Presence
We are going to jump into the flow of events in Revelation Just before Christ’ return. Let me review the setting briefly: [show handout of the seals, trumpets and woes]
- Six of the seven seals have opened
- Before the final 7th seal is opened something important happens… we are told God will shelter certain people from the effects of the 7th seal
- The 7th seal contains 7 trumpets blasts. The first 6 announce progressive stages of condemnation demonstrating God’s power over all things… AND a call to repentance!
- Some will heed the call to repentance… they will be sheltered from the outpouring of God’s wrath
Revelation 7:1-4 Revelation 7:1-4  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
American King James Version×, 9-10 none of the plagues and destruction of the final trumpets take place until these two groups of people are set apart and sealed:
- The servants of God drawn out from Israel
- A mixed multitude from all nations, tribes, and tongues... who is this mixed multitude of people dressed in white robes?
Revelation 7:13-1 Revelation 7:13-1
American King James Version×7 at this point before the opening of the seventh seal the time of great tribulation is already happening. These are people who experience it. They respond to the calling to repentance [possibly from the preaching of the two witnesses], and they repent in Christ. Note: scripture indicates there are some in the Church of God who will not be protected from the time of great tribulation. Presumably, some of them are part of this group. The description indicates many more besides them [from every nation, tribe, and tongue] are also part of this group.
These people will be sheltered from God’s wrath [specifically mentions scorching sun].The 7 Trumpets Are Sounded
Revelation chapter 8 recounts the opening of the 7th seal which contains the trumpet blasts. This chapter also records the sounding of the first 6 trumpets and the horrible stuff that happens. Then comes the sounding of the 7th and final trumpet.
Revelation 11:15-19 Revelation 11:15-19  And 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.
 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God,
 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.
 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail.
American King James Version× have you ever been grieved by the senseless violence, injustice, oppression, and deceptions you see all around you? Have you ever asked God [perhaps in frustration] when will you step in and address these horrible problems. THIS IS THE TIME.
The kingdoms of the earth have now officially been given over to Christ. Embedded in the last verse is an vision of just how He intends to rule. The heavenly throne room of God [temple] is displayed and the ark of the covenant is revealed. Within the ark of God's covenant are the tablets of the commandments.
The King of Kings and Lord of Lords will rule all the earth by the laws of God. They have not been done away with, they are eternal… yesterday, today, and in the future. They are the answer you have been praying for.Christ Appears on Earth in All His Glory
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
 Why comfort one another with these words.
American King James Version× a few details:
- Some members of God's Church will be alive in the flesh at the time Christ returns
- Christ leaves the throne room of God in heaven and comes to earth, the resurrected saints do not go to heaven, they accompany Him as He comes to earth
- All those who are His from past and present generations are raised to eternal spirit born life at the same time… in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality [1 Corinthians 15:52 1 Corinthians 15:52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
American King James Version×]
- Those resurrected at this time will be beside Him even including the final battle coming up.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 1 Thessalonians 5:9For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
American King James Version× those who are Christ’s and alive when He returns do not have to endure the wrath of God.
Revelation 14:1-5 Revelation 14:1-5  And I looked, and, see, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
American King James Version× Christ has returned and is present at Mount Zion which is in Jerusalem [refer to map]. Those who are His with Him. This group is identified as:
- those who are with him wherever He goes [1 Thessalonians 4:17 1 Thessalonians 4:17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
American King James Version×]
- those who have not defiled themselves through consorting with false religion [false churches are often characterized as women, daughters, harlots]
- the first fruits of God [which indicates those who are resurrected]
The meaning of the tie-in with the 144,000 mentioned in chapter 7 is still unclear to this day. Is this the same group previously mentioned? If so how does that fit in? Answer: we just don’t know. Note: some points of prophecy are not open to understanding or interpretation until God unveils it. We must accept the position of Daniel who was told: Go your way Daniel because the words of this prophecy are rolled up and sealed until the end time.Proclamation of Battle
Now that Christ has returned and is standing once again on earth there are three proclamations made by three angels:
1) verse 7 fear God, give Him glory and worship... the time has come for judgment
2) verse 8 Babylon is condemned and will be destroyed permanently
3) verse 9-10 you need to make a choice... that choice is known through accepting or rejecting the mark of the beast [the political power of Babylon]
Zechariah 14:1-5 Zechariah 14:1-5  Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the middle of you.
 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
 And his feet shall stand in that day on the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall split in the middle thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
 And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal: yes, you shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you.
American King James Version× previously we read that Christ was at Mount Zion. Now we read He is on the Mount of Olives. The exact geographic location of Mount Zion is obscure, but it is in Jerusalem... probably the portion of the old city of David. The Mount of Olives is a small mountain that faces the old city of David [Zion] from across the Kidron Valley which is also known as the valley of Jehoshaphat meaning YHWH judges. [refer to map of Jerusalem].
This valley is an important place… and Christ has strategically set Himself up on both sides of it.The Wrath of God Is Poured Out
In Revelation 16 God's pours out His wrath on the earth. It is finally time to hold the nations, false religions, and deceptive cultural institutions accountable for the evil they have done. God’s wrath is poured out in the form of 7 bowls; bowl 1: afflicting with sores bowl 2: afflicting the seas bowl 3: afflicting the freshwater bowl 4: scorching with heat from the sun
Revelation 16:10-11 Revelation 16:10-11  And the fifth angel poured out his vial on the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
American King James Version× - the 5th bowl pours darkness and pain out on the seat of government of the beast, also known as Babylon. In spite of seeing God’s great power and repenting this appears to rile them up.
Revelation 16:12 Revelation 16:12And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
American King James Version×-15 the 6th bowl opens up a clear path for the armies of the earth to gather themselves together to do battle with Christ. They are goaded onward by demonic spirits and false religious leaders. The nations gather their combined forces in the Valley of Meggido, a large open plain surrounded by a chain of mountains. The valley is located about 50+ miles north of Jerusalem [refer to larger map].
Joel 2:1 Joel 2:1Blow you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is near at hand;
American King James Version× the 7th trumpet serves as a calling to battle.
Joel 2:30 Joel 2:30And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
American King James Version×- 3:2a the offer of repentance is still on the table … anyone who call upon the name of the Lord will escape death… some may repent … but the armies of the nations have gathered to fight.
The battle does not take place in Meggido [there is no battle of Armageddon}. Meggido is just the staging ground where the armies muster. Prophecy indicates the armies come from this place north of Jerusalem and the battle ensues in the Kidron Valley [also known as the Valley of Jehoshaphat, YHWH judges].
Joel 2:9-17 Joel 2:9-17  They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run on the wall, they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executes his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
 Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn you even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents him of the evil.
 Who knows if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering to the LORD your God?
 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give not your heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: why should they say among the people, Where is their God?
American King James Version× where will you be? If you are part of the better resurrection then you will be with Christ, raised to everlasting life with a body composed of spirit. Also there will be those others who heeded God’s final calls to repentance and are sheltered in His strength when the battle turns hot.
Zechariah 14:12-14 Zechariah 14:12-14  And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
American King James Version× the nations gathered a huge arsenal of weapons to fight against Christ at His return. God will cause them to panic and turn their weapons of destruction upon one another.
Zechariah 14:16 Zechariah 14:16And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
American King James Version× the laws of God will rule the land... and they will be enforced. With justice and strength, but because God is the one ruling there will also be mercy, compassion, and a positive path for joy and goodness.
Isaiah 2:1-4 Isaiah 2:1-4  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
American King James Version× Jerusalem overlooks the battlefield where ultimate victory is brought to pass in a dramatic display of God's power. But Jerusalem's future is to be a source of peace. Peace which can only come about through righteous rule and understanding of God's way of life. ANd at that time both of these will radiate out from Jerusalem for the benefit of all humanity.
Psalms 2:1-12 Psalms 2:1-12  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
 Then shall he speak to them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.
 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.
 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
American King James Version× for you the time to decide is now. What side do you want to be on?