PROPHECY HEADLINES: Netanyahu warns against Iranian bases in Lebanon and Syria; South Korea extends invitation for dialogue to North Korea; China tells Japan to ‘get used to’ warplanes flying nearby
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Battle of Armageddon (Part 6)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— Seven Bowls of Wrath, Continued
The seven plagues, or seven bowls of wrath, descend upon the earth in rapid succession. Each bowl is poured out by a specific angel who is commanded by “a loud voice from the temple” to pour out the “wrath of God” on the earth.
The first bowl of wrath. The “loud voice” is not of an angel but appears to be the voice of God, as shown in Revelation 15:8, since no one—and that would include angels at this point—can enter the temple of the Lord. This is the same voice heard in Revelation 16:17. When the first bowl of wrath is poured out on the earth, “a loathsome and malignant sore” comes upon all those who have aligned themselves with the beast by taking his mark and worshipping his image. The sores are ulcers, cancerous lesions, or suppurated wounds that infect everyone on earth except the righteous. Such running, puss-like ailments seem similar to other sores described in Scripture. The descriptions imply painful or agonizing ulcers that resist healing.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: This section is titled, “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 22) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence. J.C. Ryle writes:
I say nothing as to the time when these things shall take place. I object, on principle, to all dogmatism about dates. All I insist upon is this — that there is a great change before us all — a change for the earth, a change for man, and above all, a change for the saints.
1. Hezbollah has vowed to ‘surprise Israel’ during any upcoming war, upping the war of words between the Lebanese terror group and Israel.
2. A Chinese spy ship has been sailing in international waters off the coast of Alaska for several days, having first arrived in the area shortly before the test of a US missile defense system.
3. While Russia is planning its biggest military exercise in years, its neighbor Finland is bolstering its underground emergency defenses.
4. A policy paper released this week by one of the Jewish state’s leading strategic think tanks states that Israel is anxiously observing the escalating international crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program, paying particular attention to its implications for Iranian behavior.
5. A recently released report from the Syrian Network for Human Rights has revealed that Russian airstrikes have killed just as many Syrian civilians as the Islamic State.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Jeremiah 31:2-6.
Our Second Coming quote for today is from Alexander MacLaren. He said, “The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.”
PROPHECY HEADLINES: Powerful quake shakes Philippines, killing 2; Clashes between Egyptian army and extremists leaves over 60 dead; U.S. sends spy planes, warship to Israel amid Syrian chemical weapons concern
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Battle of Armageddon (Part 5)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— Seven Bowls of Wrath
There are obvious parallels between the trumpet judgments and the bowl judgments. We have already observed these in chapter 6. The basic similarities have to do with the objects of each of the first six judgments (earth, sea, rivers, sun, darkness, Euphrates River). In both cases, the seventh judgment involves a voice announcing the finality of the judgment, followed by lightning, thunder, hail, and an earthquake.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: This section is titled, “Occupy Until I Come!” (Part 21) based on the parable of the nobleman who went away and left talents for his servants to use in his absence. J.C. Ryle writes:
There is a great change yet to come on this world, and a change we ought to keep constantly before our mind’s eye.
That change is a change of masters. That old rebel, the devil, and all his adherents, shall be cast down. The Lord Jesus, and all His saints, shall be exalted and raised to honor. “The kingdoms of this world” shall “become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ.”