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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 8)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 8 - The Hour of Judgment
The time is coming soon for the conclusion of this world as we know it. The problems related to sin have virtually eliminated the possibility of real happiness for anyone. What is next on the schedule of life? If the world continues on its natural course, we would most likely be facing the destruction of mankind. Is there any hope for the world?
In the Revelation, the last book of the Bible, we can find prophecies of disastrous events that will bring an end to this evil world. John, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote the Revelation. In it he wrote about the prophetic visions he had regarding those events. These will be be acts of God's judgment, and occur during the seven-year Tribulation Period that is coming soon.
Before these events occur, the world will see the rise of a man known as the Antichrist. He will begin as a man of peace, being able to bring about peace in the Middle East. However, as the Antichrist grows in power, he will become a cruel dictator in control of the final world government.
Before the hour of judgment, when the final acts of God's judgment occur, warnings will be given to the world. In Chapter 14 of The Revelation, we can find prophecies having to do with those warnings. The following is taken from the Bible, in the book of Revelation, and written in modern English:
Revelation, Chapter 14, Verses 6 through 13:
I saw another angel flying in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those living on the earth, to every nation, and tribe, and people of all languages. He was proclaiming with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made heaven, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water."
Another angel followed, saying, "Babylon, that great city, has fallen because it made all nations drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
A third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, that person will drink of the wine of the wrath of God that is poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels, and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever."
"There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." This will call for the patience of the saints who keep the commandments of God, and their faith in Jesus.
I, John, heard a voice from heaven, saying to me, "Write, blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," said the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labor, and their deeds will follow them."
In the last half of the Tribulation Period, God will send an angel to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved people on earth. This will give them a final opportunity to be saved. In addition, the angel will warn people about God's final hour of judgment, referring to the remainder of the Tribulation Period. He will tell them to glorify God in this hour of judgment, and worship Him who created the heavens and the earth.
Another angel will announce that the city of Babylon will be destroyed because it is the headquarters of a one-world false religion that Satan has promoted. Satan will cause the False Prophet to compel people to join this one-world religion.
A third angel will warn people about worshipping the beast and his image, and about receiving the mark of the beast. The beast refers to the man who is the Antichrist; he will be in control of the final one-world government. The mark of the beast refers to the name of the Antichrist or the number of his name.
The Antichrist will order people to receive this mark on their right hand or forehead. The angel will warn them that if they receive this mark, they will incur the wrath of God. Then after they are judged on Judgment Day, they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. That is where they will be destroyed, and the smoke of their torment will rise forever.
During the Tribulation Period, many will turn to Jesus Christ and become Christians. They must then be patient, follow God's commandments, and remain faithful. The Antichrist will have many Christians killed, but at the end of the Tribulation Period, God will resurrect them to eternal peace and happiness.
Revelation, Chapter 14, Verses 14 through 20:
I, John, looked and saw a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like the Son of man. He had a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. Another angel came out of the temple, calling loudly to him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in your sickle and reap because the harvest of the earth is ripe and the time has come for you to reap." And he who sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. From the altar came another angel who had power over fire. He called loudly to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth because its grapes are fully ripe."
The angel thrust his sickle into the earth, and gathered the grapes of the vine of the earth. He then threw them into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Then they were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the winepress, rising as high as the horses' bridles, for a distance of 1600 furlongs.
John saw one who was like the Son of man. He had a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. This represents Jesus Christ who will return at the time of the Rapture soon after the Tribulation Period begins. The Rapture is an event that will occur when Jesus returns and takes all Christians to Heaven. The harvest of the earth represents those Christians who are alive, and those who had died. Christians who had died will be resurrected at the time of the Rapture.
John saw another angel come out of the temple in Heaven with a sharp sickle. And he saw still another one from the altar who had power over fire. He told the one with the sharp sickle to gather the ripe grapes from the earth. These angels are carrying out God's plan to avenge martyred Christians. The grapes represent all the unsaved people who follow the Antichrist and the False Prophet.
At the end of the Tribulation Period, the Antichrist will gather his army to make war against Jesus and His army of saints. This will occur at the Battle of Armageddon, where the unsaved will be killed and their blood will cover the land. The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will be destroyed.
In summary, we should all be aware of the signs regarding the end of the world. The most obvious sign is the increase of evil in the world. Then watch for the man who will bring a false sense of peace in the Middle East. The Bible calls him the "Beast" and he will eventually become a dictator in control of the final world government.
The hour of God's judgment will follow the warnings to an evil world. Those who turn to Jesus will be saved; the Beast will have them killed but they will be resurrected and have eternal life. Those who worship the Beast will be killed when Jesus returns at the Battle of Armaggedon; they will eventually be resurrected and judged on Judgment Day. They will be found guilty, and destroyed in the Lake of Fire.
Now each of us has a choice; eternal life in a new world, or eternal death after Judgment Day. The hour of judgment is approaching. Those who perpetuate evil must be destroyed. Those who follow Jesus, and believe in Him as our Savior, will be saved from destruction and have eternal life.
From the Bible:
I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. And I saw standing on the sea of glass, holding the harps of God, those who had been victorious over the beast, and his image, his mark, and the number of his name.
(Revelation, Chapter 15, Verse 2)
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