Sunday, March 13, 2011

JESUS JUDGES THE ENEMIES AT ARMAGEDDON

I’ve been required to break this teaching into segments, because the subject matter is so EXTENSIVE.  I believe that, by now, you can see HOW MUCH Jesus is INVOLVED with God’s WRATH that’s poured out in the “Days of VENGEANCE of our God.”  This SEVEN YEAR time-frame is an ERA like NONE other before it.  As Jesus proclaimed in Matthew 24:21-22, the events of the TRIBULATION will INTENSIFY to such a degree that it will be MORE DEVASTATING then the FLOOD in the days of Noah.

Jesus said, “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION (specifically the LAST three and a half years of Daniel’s SEVENTIETH WEEK), ‘great tribulation’ such as was NOT since the BEGINNING of the world (making it WORSE than the FLOOD)--(and I REPEAT)-- “…since the beginning of the world TO THIS TIME, no, NOR EVER SHALL BE (there will NEVER be another TIME as TERRIBLE as the TRIBULATION).  And EXCEPT those days BE SHORTENED, there should NO FLESH be SAVED:  but for the elect’s (Israel’s) sake those days shall be shortened.”

I’ve been striving to show you, by scripture, that the WRATH OF THE LAMB starts when Jesus RIPS the SEALS from the SCROLL in Revelation 6.  The WRATH OF THE LAMB, therefore, covers the ENTIRE seven years of the “days of VENGEANCE of our God.”

There’s MORE.  Today’s blog will FOCUS UPON the WRATH of Jesus at the Armageddon Scene.

When Jesus arrives upon the world scene to make an END of the “Antichrist,” plus ALL the armies that are gathered WITH that “son of perdition” in the Middle East (especially in the vicinity of Jerusalem), Jesus WILL COME with FORCE and ZEAL, with the kind of RIGHTEOUS ANGER that He used against the money changers in the Jewish temple.

Let’s look at Revelation 19:11-12, verse 15, and verses 19 to21.

“And I (John) saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse:  and He (Jesus) that sat upon him (the horse) was called Faithful and True, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS He DOES JUDGE and MAKE WAR.  His eyes were as a FLAME of FIRE (judgment), and on His head were many CROWNS (diadems); and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself…And out of His mouth goes a SHARP SWORD (the SPOKEN word of God), that with it He should SMITE the NATIONS:  and He shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and He TREADS the WINEPRESS of the FIERCENESS and WRATH of Almighty God…and I saw the BEAST (the Antichrist), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the BEAST was taken, and with him the FALSE PROPHET that wrought miracles before him (the Antichrist), with which (miracles) he (the false prophet) DECEIVED them that received the MARK of the BEAST, and them that worshiped his (the Antichrist’s) image.  These both were cast into a LAKE OF FIRE (hell) burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were SLAIN with the SWORD (the SPOKEN WORD) of Him that sat upon the horse, which SWORD proceeded out of His mouth:  and all the fowls were filled with their (the armies’) flesh.”

I don’t need to ELABORATE with additional comments, concerning this portion of scripture.  The language is POTENT, pointing out the WRATH, the VENGEANCE, the “just and righteous” PUNISHMENT that Jesus PERFORMS.  The imagery is VIVID and the MEANING is OBVIOUS.  Jesus will deal ZEALOUSLY and SWIFTLY with THE ENEMIES who are about to TOTALLY destroy Israel and the whole world!

I do want to point out a parallel passage, Revelation 14:18-20.  This ties into yet another scene of Jesus PERFORMING a POWERFUL JUDGMENT and BRINGING FORTH the WRATH and the VENGEANCE of God Almighty.  In this scripture, Jesus WORKS in CONJUNCTION WITH His holy angels.

“And another angle thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the GREAT WINEPRESS of the WRATH of God.  And the WINEPRESS was TRODDEN without the city, and blood came out of the WINEPRESS, even unto the horse bridles (about 4 feet in depth), by the space of a thousand and six furlongs (describing a river of blood, an abhorrent flood).”

As we compare Old Testament prophecies SHOWING the SAME PICTURE, we gain the UNDERSTANDING that it’s NOT “just” in the vicinity of Jerusalem (and NOT “just” in the great valley of Megiddo) where the FINAL BATTLE occurs--the battle rages ACROSS the ENTIRE Middle East, involving the Euphrates River region, Iraq (Babylon), and Edom (which is Jordan).  Let’s look at Isaiah 63:1-6.

“Who is this that comes from EDOM (Jordan), with dyed garments from BOZRAH…?” (This is a REFERENCE to the RUINS of a city, also known as PETRA--where Israel will HIDE during the LAST HALF of the TRIBULATION.  When Jesus RETURNS, He goes to Petra (Bozrah) FIRST, rescuing His CHOSEN and SURVIVING nation, Who have REPENTED of their UNBELIEF by that time!)

Now let’s continue the Isaiah 63 passage--“ (Who is) THIS that is GLORIOUS in His apparel, traveling in the GREATNESS of His STRENGTH?  I, that SPEAK in RIGHTEOUSNESS, mighty to SAVE.  Wherefore ARE you RED in your APPAREL, and your GARMENTS are LIKE Him that TREADS in the WINEVAT?  I have TRODDEN the WINEPRESS alone, and of the people there was NONE with Me:  for I will TREAD them in My ANGER, and TRAMPLE them in My FURY; and their BLOOD shall be SPRINKLED upon My garments, and I will STAIN all My RAIMENT.  FOR THE DAY OF VENGEANCE IS IN MY HEART, and the YEAR of My redeemed is come.  And I looked, the there was NONE to help, and I wondered that there was NONE to UPHOLD; therefore MY OWN ARM brought SALVATION unto Me, and My FURY, it upheld Me.  And I will TREAD DOWN the people in mine ANGER, and make them DRUNK in My FURY, and I will bring down their strength to the earth (utterly demolishing the enemy armies gathered to make war).”

This scripture USES many SYMBOLS and exceedingly STRONG LANGUAGE.  The “DAY OF VENGEANCE” in the HEART of Jesus is NOTHING we want to see or face!

Notice that Jesus TREADS the WINEPRESS of the Lord God Almighty--a DIRECT PARALLEL to Revelation 14:18-20.  Notice that Jesus has garments which are STAINED with the BLOOD of His enemies as He battles against them.  COMPARE that image to Revelation 19:13--“And He was clothed with a vesture DIPPED in BLOOD…” COMPARE the imagery also to Revelation 19:15, the last part of that verse-- “and He TREADS the WINEPRESS of the FIERCENESS and WRATH of Almighty God.”

As the scripture in Revelation 15:1, concerning the BOWLS of WRATH declare, it’s IN the FINAL ACTS of JUDGMENT that the WRATH of God is FILLED UP, OVERFLOWS and is MADE COMPLETE.  This POWERFUL picture of Jesus, working in WRATH and FURY, UPHOLDS that CONCEPT!

(I remind you. The BOWLS of WRATH are NOT the START of God’s FURY.  It’s the COMPLETION of it!  The “days of VENGEANCE of our God” BEGIN with the OPENING of the SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL in Revelation 6, and is COMPLETED with the POURING OUT of the BOWLS of WRATH in Revelation 16.  These judgments END as Jesus returns with FURY to the Armageddon scene in Revelation 19.  The entire SCOPE of “the days of vengeance of our God“ is the SEVEN YEARS of Daniel’s prophecy that's given in chapter 9:24-27--a time APPOINTED to fall upon ISRAEL, and upon a WORLD which is in REBELLION.  I CANNOT repeat this OFTEN enough.  This is the SCENARIO placed in the scripture BY GOD for our DISCERNMENT, STUDY and UNDERSTANDING.  And I LABOR in TEACHING, hoping you’ll SEE the truth brought forward in all these parallels!)

In Isaiah 63, we find the MOST POWERFUL description of how THE WRATH OF THE LAMB will appear.  But BEFORE I close today’s blog, I’ll add several other Old Testament PICTURES of the Armageddon scene.

Joel 3:12-15--“Let the HEATHEN be WAKENED, and come up to the VALLEY of JEHOSHAPHAT:  for there will I SIT to JUDGE all the HEATHEN round about.  Put ye in the SICKLE, for the HARVEST is RIPE:  come, get you down, for the PRESS is FULL, the vats OVERFLOW, for their WICKEDNESS is GREAT.  Multitudes, multitudes in the VALLEY of DECISION:  for the DAY OF THE LORD is near in the VALLEY OF DECISION.  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.”

Zechariah 14:12-13, also verse 15-- “And this shall be the PLAGUE wherewith 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 against the hand of his neighbor…And so shall be the PLAGUE of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and all of the beasts that shall be in these tents, as THIS PLAGUE.”

There’s many other places where the DAY OF THE LORD is shown and DEFINED. However, I have offered enough scriptural evidence to SHOW that it’s WOE to those who DESIRE to be WITHIN that terrible time.  (See Amos 5:18.)  The only REASON that SOME sincere Christians think they will be INSIDE that TERRIBLE TIME OF TROUBLE, is because they DO NOT have a CLEAR UNDERSTANDING of what the scripture teaches.  They have NOT studied the WHOLE COUNSEL of God, but have JAMMED bits and pieces TOGETHER which they say SUPPORT their views (and OBVIOUSLY, they have made mistakes).

[A great RULE of INTERPRETATION is this:  If what you believe CONFLICTS with what God has said ELSEWHERE in scripture, your OPINIONS CANNOT be correct!]

With the PICTURE of Jesus ACTING as a JUDGE made clear, bringing the WRATH of God during the ENTIRE seven years of the TRIBULATION, we who are TRUE CHRISTIANS of a FAITHFUL CHURCH can be ASSURED that we’ll NEVER be WITHIN that DREADFUL TIME of TROUBLE!  WE won’t SEE or EXPERIENCE any of God’s WRATH!  BELIEVE IT!

In my next teaching, I want to offer a SOLID REASON why we, the BRIDE of Jesus Christ, the BLOOD-BOUGHT members of HIS BODY, will NOT be cast into the HORRENDOUS JUDGMENT of the TRIBULATION.  The whole IDEA is ANATHEMA to those of us who have ACCEPTED Jesus as our SAVIOR.  Don’t miss my next blog!

And because of IGNORANCE, STUBBORNNESS or UNBELIEF, please don’t MISS the RAPTURE!

EVEN SO, COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS.

AND WE’LL TRUTHFULLY SING--“JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD IS COME. LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING.  LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM…AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING…”


TRUE CHURCH--We will NEVER fall under the RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENTS performed by the SAVIOR OF OUR SOULS.  We’re SAVED by the EXTREMELY HIGH COST of His SHED BLOOD!

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