The cut and paste master is at it again. This is from last Sunday's message at Forerunner Christan Fellowship. It is from Allen Hood. It is not stealing; this stuff is available on their website
These 2 points stuck with me. I find too many paralells in today's world, especially the Revelation 9 stuff. Sin is too commonplace these days. This is just the begining, it is going to get worse.
A. The Day of the Lord
1. The Day of the Lord displays the various tensions of God’s love in a single event that will forever change the course of human history and ushers us into the next age. It is the hour when God’s nature of love will be fully manifest and clarified before the whole world. In the person of Christ the world will watch God declare His name in terms of mercy, compassion, deliverance, protection, righteousness, and justice. Jesus will declare His Father’s name again as he delivers the saints, protects and saves Israel, destroys the wicked, and binds Satan in the bottomless pit. All His manifold glory will be displayed as he vindicates His loving nature to save and to remove wickedness from the earth.
2. The generation in which the Lord returns will witness the full opposition of God against the world, the flesh, and the devil. This generation will see the Lord in the fullness of His compassion and love as He vindicates the saints with the resurrection from the dead and saves Israel in their darkest hour. They will meet the Bridegroom King in all of His passion and all of His fury. Passion towards those who are His. Fury towards those who have scorned His love, refused His tender affections, and embraced the ugly, the perverted, the wicked thirst for rebellion and iniquity. There is an appointed end when God will drive the usurper out. Our Bridegroom will come as a lion of sheer force and power against wickedness.
B. The Mystery of Iniquity
1. You cannot understand the last battles in the Armageddon Campaign without first staring at the mystery of iniquity – the stubborn refusal of humanity to submit to God’s laws and leadership and the active aggression to cast off all of God’s restraints. Psalm 2:1-2. Even as Jesus returns in the sky, marches on land, and releasess the last of the bowl judgments, men are still blaspheming God and gathering together to fight against Him. This unthinkable to us, but it is true nonetheless. When all is visible, all is manifest, humanity will still resist. Not only will they resist, they will violently oppose Jesus’ rule.
2. For three and a half years the earth witness the disastorous rule of the epitome of human strength and engenuity with God opposing and preserving humanity through the judgments. Even as the earth is in full fledged rebellion God is working to dismantle darkness, break the delusion, and bring as many people possible to the saving knowledge of Jesus with the least severe means possible. Yet, at the end of the trumpet judgments and throughout the bowl judgments the people refuse to repent and blaspheme God.
But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Rev. 9:20-21)
And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. 10 Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds. (Rev. 16:9-11)
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful." (Rev. 17:14)
Peace and God Bless,