JOHN – Revelation 6
The Scroll is Opened – SEALS 1-6
- Who opens the scroll sealed with seven seals? Revelation 6:1 ________________________________________________________________
- What color horse is seen in the first seal?
What two things are given to the one on the horse?
What does he do? Revelation 6:1-2 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- What color horse is seen in the second seal?
What is he given the ability to take?
What is he given? Revelation 6:3-4 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- What color horse is seen in the third seal?
What does the rider have in his hand?
What is affected by this rider and what is not affected? Revelation 6:5-6 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- What color horse is seen in the fourth seal?
Who sits on this horse?
Who is following behind this horse?
What quantity of the earth were given into their hands? Revelation 6:7-8 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- Who does John see in the fifth seal?
Where are they?
What are they saying?
What are they told to do? Revelation 6:9-11 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
- In the sixth seal, the language of Revelation 6:12-14 was used in the Old Testament to speak of what kind of event?
- What are the mighty and powerful people on Earth hiding from?
- What is the fundamental question of the sixth seal? Revelation 6:17 ________________________________________________________________
<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> okay. We are in revelation chapter six. This evening. We’re going to begin with the questions from revelation, chapter five, go through those as a little bit of a review, and then we’ll get into chapter six. We’ll get that out of the way. Since it’s not going to work revelation chapter,
actually, let’s, let’s begin with a word of prayer, not get ahead of myself. Dear heavenly father. We thank you for this day and we thank you for its blessings. Thank you for all that you do for us on a daily basis, we pray that you be with us as we go through this period of study and be with us. As We work our way through the book of revelation,
may we focus on the fundamentals, the things of which you desire us to understand and be able to come to a grasp of this book and be able to understand it and allow it to bless our lives and comfort us as it comforted the first century church, we pray that you be with us and specifically be with those who are struggling with illnesses, struggling with medical procedures and injuries,
difficulties, pray that they will continue to get better, and they will progress back towards the desired health that they would love to have. We pray that you be with those that are dealing with very longterm illnesses, pray that you give them strength and endurance patience. In hard times, we pray for those who are lost. We pray for the world that is,
uh, striving to seek its own and provide for itself and serve itself. When instead it ought to be seeking to do what is right in your sight. We pray that we might be an influence to those who are lost influence on those around us, who are seeking the truth and do not know it pray that you will help us to be mindful of opportunities to teach the lost and encourage those that are novices encourage those that are weak.
Encourage those that are strong as well to always hold fast to the faith. All this we pray in jesus’ name. Amen. Revelation chapter five, uh, is where our questions are coming from. As we review this, before we get into the questions though, chapters one, two, and three are, what if you think of it? The way of a book would be written their introduction there,
the preface to the book. Okay. Chapters one, two, and three are the introduction preface to this writing chapter four and five begin with the, uh, significant figurative language, apocalyptic language. And they emphasize two main points. Chapter four is where we said both of these come from the book of John John chapter 14, verse one, where Jesus said,
you believe in God, believe also in me, chapter four is the throne room. And the emphasis is believe in God, the father, the one on the throne, chapter five is the lamb. The one who is found, who is worthy to open the scroll and the emphasis is believe in the Christ. Okay? So that’s where we’ve gotten to.
We’re going to get into chapter six tonight. Let’s go through the questions from chapter five, chapter five, verse one. What was in the right hand of the one on the throne? Scroll chapter five. Verse one, question two. With what was the scroll sealed? Seven seals chapter, or question three. What did John speak or excuse me? Who did John see?
Speak with a loud voice. A strong angel question four. Why did John weep no one was found worthy to open the seals of the book. Question five who told John to cease from weeping? One of the elders, question six. How does the elder described the one who prevailed to open the scroll? The lion of the tribe of Judah root of David.
All right, but question seven. What was the appearance of the lamb? Okay. Seven eyes and seven horns standing. But the appearance as though he had been slain. Okay. So the elder describes the one who’s worthy as the lion and the root. And yet John sees him as the lamb. Okay. All of that’s consistent. This is a vision.
Okay. You’re not supposed to see a vision and expect that everything’s going to work out the way you would just think reality in the sense of this physical world would, well, how can you have a lion? Who’s also a lamb. Who’s also a root. The answer is he’s Christ. The answer is because they’re all prophecies concerning the Messiah. Okay.
So then we see the golden bowls of incense, uh, chapter five, verse eight, question eight. What was in the golden bowls of incense? The odors, which were the prayers of the saints. Okay. And who, who had those bowls? You remember? The 24 elders. Okay. So before, when we saw the 24 elders in chapter four,
they were sitting on Thrones and they had their crowns on. And then when the four beasts would fall down and, or would, would, uh, speak words of glorifying God, they would fall down and they would cast their crowns down at the throne. Okay. And they would glorify God, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God almighty. While now they’re seen here with the lamb and they have they’re in their possession,
these bowls and inside the bowls, are they spiritual representation of the prayers of the saints? Interesting point back in Leviticus, chapter 10, Nate Avenue by Hugh two of the four sons of Aaron are struck dead by God for lighting the altar, with what strange fire, they’re lighting the altar with a source of fire. That wasn’t what God specified. There’s a reason.
God puts so much emphasis into the tabernacle and the elements of the worship of Israel and would not allow Israel to profane to make common what he had made Holy. And they didn’t see what that reason was. They didn’t have before them in the revelation that they had received. Why the incense had any significance? Did Israel offer incense to God simply because God needed something that smelled sweet to go with his offering?
No it’s because it had a representation that was spiritual. The book of Hebrews, which the children of Israel did not have in the old Testament. The book of Hebrews tells us that all these things had a spiritual representative in heaven. All of these things had something that was the real tabernacle in heaven. And so here you have the throne room of God,
and here are the 24 elders. And they’re coming before God with the prayers of his children. God says you don’t mess with my worship because it means more to me than you realize. Okay? Now the, uh, the people in heaven, question nine sang a new song who sang the new song, 24 elders, four living creatures. I think when you get to the,
the end of the chapter include it, you’ll also find the angels, but the specific song that they’re singing, the new song, that idea comes from Isaiah. There there’s there, there was an old song, you know, it was the song of Moses. You remember when Israel crossed the red sea and they got to the other side, what in Moses do he sang a song?
And you know, on that day, that was a new song. You see, we kind of get in our mind that there’s one new song, you know, because we sing the song in our songbooks about the new song. That there’s one, no, there was a new song on a regular basis when God in a new way, saved his people from persecution.
When they crossed the red sea, God saved his people in a way he never had before when some new calamity, but faced the Israel or faced Israel, God saved them again. And they’d have a new song and another new song. Well now here are the 24 elders who we know are overcomers. We know they’ve been given white robes. We know they have the crowns of victors,
those who have conquered. And we know they’re sitting on Thrones and they have a new song that proclaims what God has done. Okay. That’s what a new song was. It was always a new song about what God had done. Okay. So the elders for B sing this new song from how many tribes and tongues will the redeemed of the lamb come all,
okay. This song and those who are redeemed, who have part in this song come from every tribe. Okay? How many creatures declared blessing and honor, and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne and to the lamb for forever and ever every single one. You know, there was a statement that Jesus made that there was coming at a time where every knee would bow.
And that’s not a figurative statement here. You have a figure here. You have a vision of every creature, not every man, every creature proclaiming the glory, the blessing, they honor the power of the might of the lamb. Now that shouldn’t surprise us because Hebrews chapter one tells us that through Christ, all things were made. John chapter one makes it clear that without him was not anything made that was made.
And that speaking of the word, that’s speaking of Christ. So why should all creatures, even the smallest things that crawl under the earth, praise him because he’s their creator. Okay? So we close chapter five with the lambs, taken the book from the one on the throne, but the book’s not open yet. That’s chapter six. So let’s open chapter six and let’s get started.
Chapter six. Now I saw when the lamb opened one of the seals and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a loud voice like thunder coming, see here’s John, he’s watching all of this transpire. There are no chapter breaks in heaven. There are no chapter breaks. When John writes the book, either he sees the lamb, go to the throne and take the book from the one who’s on the throne.
And he sees him now open the first seal. Now, imagine in your mind, picture in your mind of a scroll and it’s got seven progressive seals. So when you open the first seal, you only see a little bit, you don’t, it’s not like a book. You just crack it open and start turning pages. It’s a seal it’s wrapped up.
So you only see what the first seal has enclosed before you get to the second seal. So this is a progressive revelation. You’re getting it a snippet at a time. So John sees the lamb and he opens one of the seals. And I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a loud voice, saying a voice like thunder saying, come and see.
And I looked and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it, had a bow. And a crown was given to him that crown again, not, diadem not the crown of a King, but the crown of an overcomer, a crown was given to him. And he went out and what does he do when he goes out? He conquers and continues conquering.
Now, there are many theories about the four horsemen of the apocalypse, which is called that here because apocalypse is the Greek word for revelation. And that’s what it was known as, before it was translated into English. So it’s the four horsemen that are in the book of revelation. That’s all it means. So if somebody says, do you believe in the four horsemen of the apocalypse say yes,
but probably not the way you do. Okay. Now here’s something interesting. 16 times in the book of revelation, the word white is used. And in 15 of them, it is indisputably talking about holiness. And yet many will come to this one, reference out of 16 in the entire book. And they’ll try and say, this is the antichrist.
This is an enemy of God. This is a persecutor. No, it’s not. You don’t take one reference. And where it’s consistently used throughout the entire book and use one reference and with no context, interpret it to mean something entirely different. What have we already seen? We’ve seen the elders in white robes. We’ve seen Christ promise to the churches you overcome.
And I will give you white robes. We’ve seen him promise those who overcame crowns, a crown of life, revelation chapter two, verse 10. We have seen the designation that Christ is the one who redeemed them. And Christ is one who does battle. So why in the world wouldn’t we understand this to be Christ? Well, some would say, well,
it can’t be Christ. Christ is the one opening the scroll that would be like saying it would be impossible for a person who has a book written about them to read the book. It’s not impossible. He’s opening a revelation about what’s to come. Why can’t the lamb open a revelation about himself? Okay. Fact of the matter is no matter how you interpret this,
some suggest this is the church. This is the Christians going out and spreading the gospel. Maybe that’s it. But I think it’s Christ. Another reason McWiggin points out is that there are only two white horses singled out in all the book of revelation. One of them is here. Now there are other white horses talked about. There’s a group of them in chapter 19,
but one is here and the other one is in chapter 19. Turn to revelation, chapter 19 revelation chapter 19 verse one. Now I saw heaven open and ball hold Oh, white horse. Now I saw heaven, open and behold, a white horse. And he who sat on him was called faithful and true. And in righteousness he judges and does what makes war.
Now what’s the one on the white horse doing in chapter six, conquering and goes out to conquer. And what is the one on the white horse in chapter 19? Do he makes war now? We shouldn’t be surprised about that. Jesus said in Mark chapter 10, that he came, or is it Matthew chapter? Maybe Matthew chapter 10, verse 34.
He said, I came not to bring peace, but what a sword. So we shouldn’t be surprised when we see a picture of Christ as a warrior. We shouldn’t be surprised when we see a picture of Christ conquering. So the only other white horse singled out in the entire book, Christ’s on it. Okay. So back to chapter six. Yes.
It’s a good question. I like that question. I didn’t say I had the answer to that question. I just said, I like the question. Um, the colors of the horses carry, meaning they carried meaning over in Zechariah. You remember that he saw four horses just a few weeks ago. We studied where Zachariah is having a vision and he sees four horses.
The colors carry with them. Representations generally have a connotation here. I think it’s holiness. Just the same way. The, uh, the color white is used throughout the entire book of revelation, whether it designates a group of people, whether it does ignites the church. I don’t know. I would say so. Okay. So, um, just one,
one passage, Clawson chapter one, verse 23 speaks concerning the gospel going out. And it went out where to all the world here Christ goes out and he conquers, but he conquers not with a physical sword, not with a physical bow, but with the sword that wins men’s hearts and minds. Okay. Now verses three and four. Second seal is opened when he opened the second seal,
I heard the second living creature saying, come and see. And another horse fiery red went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth and that people should kill one another. And there was given him, given to him a great sword. Here, you have war. War is coming red. What, what conjures up in your mind when you think of red blood here’s war coming on the earth.
Okay. And this is granted to him that this is, this is permission is being given for war destruction, animosity to come on the earth. Now we’re going to see this over in his Eagle. This is nothing new. We’re going to see this same type of idea. Then, uh, the third seal, when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying,
come and see. So I looked and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it, had a pair of scales in his hand. Now we talked about scales back over in revelation, chapter three. What were scales used for weighing things? Usually they’re used for commerce. If you wanted to buy a pound of something, you would put something that was unknown.
Quantity of weight, say a pound of something else on the other side of the scale. And when the guy measured it out and it perfectly, even, you knew you were buying a pound. So you’ve got here a symbol, I think in our modern time, scales connect more with law than they do commerce. It wouldn’t have been that way back then back then they would’ve seen that as economy.
They would’ve seen that as commerce. Okay. And so here, you’ve got the third living creature saying, come and see and looked and behold a black horse. And he who sat on it, had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying a quart of wheat for a denarius and three quarts of barley for a denarius and do not harm the oil and the line color black go back through some of the prophecies in the old Testament often was connected to famine,
pestilence, and disaster here. You’ve got another horse. This horse is going out. And the one who has air is on him has a scale in his hands and the economies be going to begin to feel the effects. And they’re going to weigh out the cost of a loaf of bread. And how much is it going to cost a day’s wages now try and feed your family on a single loaf of bread.
Here’s famine coming. Here’s the beginning impact of destruction. And I’ll a lack of supply, but notice there’s part of it. That’s not being touched. What’s not being touched the oil and the wine. Some have suggested that this is just indicating that you know where we’re at the beginning stages of famine. We’re we’re at the beginning stages of one. It’s not desperate yet.
There’s still things that are in abundance, but some things are becoming scarce. Maybe that’s it. Others have suggested that. Well, if you were poor, you could afford bread. And if you were rich, you could afford oil and wine. So here’s a famine that’s beginning to affect the poor first here’s economic struggle. That’s starting where it normally does with those who were poor,
but don’t worry. The rich are getting their judgment. That’s coming in a moment. Okay. So he sees the black horse, the one with the scales. He comes out for seal beginning in verse seven, when he opened the fourth seal, I heard a voice of the four living creatures saying, come and see. So I looked and behold a pale horse.
The idea here is a yellowish horse. Not just the idea. I don’t think, not just the idea of a light colored horse, but here is a sickly looking horse. Okay. Here’s a pale horse and the one, um, let me find it. So it looked and behold, a pale horse and the name of him who sat on it was what death and Hades followed with him.
Here comes this fourth horse coming out and he’s bringing death. We started with war. We started with destruction, but now we’re in famine. Now we’re in pestilence. Now we’re in economic struggle. And now where in out right death. But notice what we read Haiti’s followed with him and power was given to them over a fourth of the earth to kill with sword,
with hunger and with death. And by the BESE of the earth. Now I had written on a sheet of paper here, somewhere, the passage that I wanted us to turn to, and I’ll all I gotta do is fine. Hopefully it’s one of these that I actually have written down. If not, I’m going to find it for you on Sunday.
It’s over in a ZQ. Yup. I’m not going to find it. Um, so if somebody has it maybe in a cross reference or footnote, there there’s a passage in his email that speaks concerning these four things. These four soar punishments coming upon a nation at Ezekiel 1421. That sounds very right. Yes. Uh, let’s go back to verse.
Um, let’s go back to verse 12 of chapter 14 of his EQL the word of the Lord came again to me saying son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then I will stretch out my hand upon it and we’ll break the staff of, of the bread thereof and we’ll send famine upon it. And we’ll cut off man.
And beast from it though, these three men, Noah, Daniel, and job were in it. They should deliver, but their own souls by their righteousness. Say if the Lord, God, if I cause noise some beasts to pass through the land and they spoil it so that it be desolate that no man may pass through because of the bees though,
these three were in it. That is Noah, Daniel, and job though, these three were in it. As I live sayeth the Lord, God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters. They shall only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, sword, go through the land so that I cut off man,
and beast from it though, these three men were in it. As I live sayeth, the Lord gone, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send the pestilence into the land, then pour out my fury upon it in blood to cut off from it, man. And beast though, Noah,
Daniel and Joe were in it. As I live sayeth the Lord, God, they shall ne deliver neither sun nor daughter. They shall, but deliver their own souls by their own righteousness or by their rights. This four thus says the Lord God, how much more when I send my four soar judgments. Now he’s just talked about for judgments, how much more when I send my force or judgments upon Jerusalem,
the sword and the famine and the noise, some bees and the pestilence to cut it off from man and beast. Now there’s a ZQ in his day saying God is going to judge Jerusalem. Now did God bring in bees and just allow death and Hades to come run rampant over Jerusalem? Or did he bring about judgment through a nation? He brought about judgment through a nation,
but how’s it pictured. It’s pictured here in the figure in imagery and revelation pulls a Zeke Hills imagery forward to its day. It pulls it forward to God bringing judgment on another nation. But this time it’s not Jerusalem, it’s not Judah it’s Rome. So then notice what we see Hades followed with him and power was given to them over a fourth of the earth.
Anytime you see a fraction, it means a part of the whole, it’s not everybody everybody’s not wiped out. Here’s partial destruction, partial judgment, but here’s what you’re also seeing. You’re seeing it, all of these things that are transpiring what’s coming for the Christians. Okay. When he opened the fifth seal, verse nine, I saw under the alter the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held here are these Christians that because of the things going on in the earth,
because of the things that are going on in Rome, they’re becoming the brunt. You know, any time a national power, especially one ruled by a tie, radical ruler, any time there’s bad things happening. And the nation is undergoing torment. Here’s what you’ll find in history. Some group of people become the scapegoats. Some group of people get blamed for all the bad things that are happening.
And it happens to be the Christians in Rome. What did narrow do when he wanted to blame the Christians in Rome for the bad things happening in Rome, he burned Rome and then he blamed it on them. And then he lit them up and lit the streets with their bodies. Okay. Now John sees the lamb. He opens the fifth seal. And when he looks into the revelation inside the fifth seal,
he sees the souls of those who have died for the testimony of Christ. And notice what we read. He opened the fifth seal and I saw under the alter, the souls of those who had been slain. And here’s why they were slain for the word of God. And for the testimony, which they held something we need to understand about Rome, Rome didn’t care,
who you worshiped, Rome didn’t care. What gods you believed in Rome didn’t care. What you thought was the right way to worship or how you wanted to worship or what you wanted to do while you worshiped. They didn’t care. As long as you also accepted Rome and its worship and the King, the emperor Caesar and worship him. Rome didn’t care what you wanted to believe or which gods you wanted to believe in so long as you accepted Caesar as God.
But what could a Christian not do? Christian could never accept. Caesar is God. A Christian can never say the emperor is Lord God. And so these Christians died for the word of God. And for the testimony they held all the way through scripture in the new Testament, you find the word testimony, being a reference to the witnessing. That Christ was the son of God.
And they cried out. So here are the souls they’re under the altar with wait a minute. The alter, where in the throne room of God. Now you remember in the tabernacle, in the old Testament, they went into the Holy place. And as they went into the Holy place place, there was the veil. And you couldn’t go in through the veil except one day a year.
And then when you did go in through the veil, what was there at, inside the veil, the arc of the covenant, the presence of God and the mercy seat above the arch was the mercy seat. It was the throne of God revelations. No new picture revelation takes its pictures from Exodus and from a Z keel. They’ve seen all this before they opened the fifth seal.
And those under the alter had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held, they cried with a loud voice saying how long, Oh Lord, Holy and true until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth. Here’s the cry. That’s going up from these saints who have been slain, hears their requests from God,
God, how long are you going to wait until you judge these persecutors? Okay, but what’s the response. Verse 11, then a white robe was given to each of them. And it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who would be killed as they were, was completed.
Wait a minute, wait a minute. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. God has a quota of his people that have to die before he does something about it. No, you know, God told Abraham in his day that there was coming a day. When the people in the promised land that were there, right then the Canaanites and the parasites and the JV sites and the Hivites.
He said, there’s coming a day when they’ll be judged. And I’ll give this land into your hand, but it’s going to happen at a later time because their iniquity is not yet full. God says, there’s a point where my long suffering runs out and here we’re seeing it. God says, you just wait a little while you wait a little longer and you’ll see my judgment on them.
Okay? So I have not kept up verse 12. And I looked when he opened the sixth seal and behold, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair. And the moon became like blood and the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops. It’s late figs when it’s shaken by mighty wind. And this is where everyone’s interpretation goes.
Hog-wild why, because they see this the end of days, the end of time, second coming of Christ. No, not if you go read Isaiah 13, go read Isaiah 13. And you’re going to find out exactly what this is. This is the fall of a nation. Notice what we read. He says the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops.
It’s late figs. When it’s shaken by a mighty wind, then the sky receded as a scroll, when it is rolled up and every mountain that Island were moved out of his place and the Kings of the earth, the great men, the Richmond, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said the mountains and rocks fall on us.
You remember when the poor, who just tried have enough bread to eat, we’re suffering. Well, now the mighty, the rich, the Kings, the finest that earth has to offer. They’re not scraping for a penny to buy a loaf of bread. They’re hiding under the mountains and calling upon the rocks to fall on them and why fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb.
Now there’s a paradox for you, the word wrath and the lamb. Those are two, two things that don’t go together and in our world, in the physical world, but here they are. And why is the lamb so angry? Why is his judgment so fierce? Because they persecuted his church because they killed his Christians. Verse 17 for the great day of his wrath has come statement to those who had died to those Christians who died for the testimony of Christ.
You wait a little while and you’ll see it happen. And now this is the preview of it happening. Now, this is just the preview. This is, this is the starting glimpse of what’s coming here in the sec, the sixth seal, but he says for the great day of his wrath has come. And here’s the question. When that day comes,
who’s able to stand. Well, we already know it’s not the Kings. We already know. It’s not the mighty men we already know. It’s not the powerful and not the wealthy and not the rich because they’re hiding, seeking for anything to protect them from God’s judgment. But here we have a chapter break and I’m out of time anyway. So I guess we’ll have to wait and find out who can stand in the day of God’s wrath.
See told you I was out of time. I pay him good wages to wait until I’m done before he rings the bell.<inaudible><inaudible> Well, good evening and welcome to the devotional period of our Wednesday evening Bible study. It’s so good to see each of you here and, uh, what a beautiful day we’ve had today, nearly perfect. I have a few announcements concerning our sick.
We need to remember Rodale and Dorothy Wilson with her pretty much chronic problems that they have. Joan Springer is not doing well at all. She’s still suffering from a lot of her, uh, ailments and Pam chafing is recovering from back surgery. She’s doing well and, uh, progressing very nicely. So you pass had a recent nerve block and she’s with us tonight.
It’s good to see her and Janet daughter Janell Grizzard is not doing well. She has thyroid cancer. So we certainly need to keep her in our prayers. Wayne Vaughn Becky’s brother is suffering from leukemia and he too is not doing well. And having a lot of problems. Barbara Davis, Paula sister has pneumonia and high blood pressure. She, likewise is not doing very well.
Louise Lowe, uh, son ed Rogers is recovering from brain cancer surgery and her sister is as well. Louise. Uh, as you recall, has been visiting with us now for several weeks, she’s here to, uh, support her daughter, uh, who is a single mom working to, uh, support themselves here. And she has a school-aged daughter and Louise is here to kind of fill in the gap there.
So she certainly doing a good work. Peggy Cox, uh, is taking cancer treatments and Francis Wallace. Um, this is Jacob Wallis’s grandmother. And you remember, Jacob is, uh, Eric and Sheryl. So son-in-law, she is still in st. Francis. I shoot. I see you after having a stroke. Now, this is all of our sick,
uh, that we need to kind of be mindful of. Don’t forget. There’s a national wide nationwide gospel meeting, uh, call flyers are on the table back there to identify those things. And the Memphis school of preaching has an ongoing spiritual training class beginning tomorrow. There’s a flyer on the board with that. That’s all the announcements that I have. Joe will be leading us in singing tonight.
Aaron has the devotional and Terry Sanderson. We’ll close this out. The Fred, thank you all for being here. If you would Mark number 944, that would be our song of encouragement. Number nine, four, four, Dan Danby, turning to number 552 five five two. Yeah, I know<inaudible> had, I know<inaudible><inaudible> I am the clay<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> search me and tribe and master today.<inaudible> Mack,
man. Jeez<inaudible> um, the, I, uh,<inaudible> hold on. Am I being absolute?<inaudible> damn with<inaudible> living in the, And the adult class, we ended in revelation chapter six, where those who are powerful and mighty and rich and strong in the earth are seeking anything, anything at all to save them from the wrath of God,
from the wrath of the lamb, Paul wrote to the Romans about the wrath of God. And he wrote to them about who the wrath of God would come upon. It was right after he wrote that he was a debtor to the Jews and to the Gentiles to preach the gospel for the power of God was the power of the gospel was the power of God unto salvation to the Jew first and also to the Greek,
that those who were righteous, those who were just could live by faith, as Habakkuk had said in Habakkuk two verse four, but then he says in Romans chapter one, and in verse 18 for the wrath of God, is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. First accusation. First thing, first guilty stamp that Paul places upon those who will receive the wrath of God is those who in their unrighteousness will hold back the truth.
And he can’t be talking about any other truth in the context, other than the gospel, you want the wrath of God to fall on your head. You hold back the gospel. You keep people from preaching the gospel and you’ll see the wrath of God coming on you. But then he says, because what may be known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them for,
since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and gone in so that they are without excuse. He said, they don’t hold back the truth. They don’t hold back the gospel because they don’t know God exists. They hold it back because they do. They hold it back because they know he exists.
They can see it in themselves. They can see it in the world around them. They can see it everywhere. They look, they, they can’t escape the fact, but they don’t want to admit it. And they certainly don’t want to bow to his commandments because all though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor were thankful, but became futile in their faults.
And their foolish hearts were darkened professing to be wise, they became fools and changing the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness in the lusts of their heart, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator who is blessed for forever.
Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions for even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise, also the men leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust for one another men with men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves, the penalty of their error, which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,
God gave them over to a debased mind to do what, do those things, which are not fitting, being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual and morality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil mindedness. They are whispers backbiters haters of God, violent, proud boasters inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents on discerning untrustworthy,
unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful, who knowing the righteous judgment of God. Don’t miss that phrase. They’re all of these things. They have a mind that has declared God doesn’t exist. Or if a God does exist, he looks like me. Or he looks like an animal, but who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death.
Not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them. Paul says, you want the wrath of God that come down on your head, do this, know that God exists and then act like he doesn’t and then go so far as to not only say, I don’t think he exists, but to say, even if he does, and even if he is righteous,
I’m going to live for me and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure his will isn’t done. That’s what Pharaoh did. And the wrath of God came upon the nation of Egypt. And that’s what the emperor in Rome did. I’m a wrath of God came on rope and too many times. That’s what we in America are doing too. And can we imagine our days not coming,
but what are you doing? It’s not what a nation does. It’s not what a country does. It’s not what a president does. It’s not what an emperor does. It’s not what a Pharaoh does. It’s what do I do? Where are you tonight? Are you standing with nothing but the wrath of God coming in your future? Or are you standing as one who will wear a robe of white and a crown of gold?
What is your state tonight? You have need of the invitation. Why not come now? As we stand in, as we sing<inaudible><inaudible> watch, watch<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Samsung. No long nasty<inaudible> watch<inaudible> Oh, what sir?<inaudible><inaudible> A father who art in heaven. We thank you for this time. We’ve had tonight to come together to study your word in the same day.
Songs of praise unto thee, we pray that you would be with those that have been mentioned tonight. Her and I were P with her cause of illness where you pray that you were maybe with him, be with those who are taking care of them. We thank you for the teacher of the hour and the lesson that he presented. And we, we might use it to strengthen our beliefs and in you and to serve you better pray that you’d go with us,
not keep us safe. We made a gain in Christ. Now we pray. Amen.<inaudible>.