When God's Clock Strikes Midnight (16 of 39) by James Merritt

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When God's Clock Strikes Midnight (16 of 39)
Series: The King Is Coming
Dr. James Merritt
Revelation 6:1-17

INTRODUCTION

1. WE COME NOW TO A RADICAL SHIFT IN SCENE. WE MOVE FROM A SCENE OF JOY IN CHAPTERS 4 AND 5 TO A SCENE OF JUDGMENT IN CHAPTER 6. WE MOVE FROM DISTINCTIVE WORSHIP TO DESTRUCTIVE WRATH. WE LEAVE THE MOUNTAINTOP OF SPIRITUAL ECSTACY TO ENTER THE VALLEY OF SPIRITUAL AGONY. CHAPTER 6 IS GOING TO TAKE US "WHERE THE ACTION IS."

2. WE ARE NOW USHERED INTO THAT TERRIBLE TIME KNOWN AS "THE GREAT TRIBULATION." No OTHER PERIOD IN HUMAN HISTORY WILL APPROACH THE HORROR OR THE TERROR OF THIS PERIOD OF TIME. LEST YOU THINK I OVERSTATE MY CASE WHEN I SAY THIS, DANIEL THE PROPHET, DESCRIBING THIS PERIOD OF TIME SAID, "AND THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE SUCH AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION, EVEN TO THAT TIME." (DANIEL 12:1)

3. IT IS TRUE THAT "EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." (I COR. 2:9) BUT IT COULD JUST AS WELL BE SAID THAT EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR HAS EAR HEARD WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT LOVE HIM.

4. THIS OUTPOURING OF GOD'S WRATH, CALLED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, "THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE," IS SO HORRIBLE IN ITS SCOPE THAT IT IS DESCRIBED IN THREE EXPANDABLE PHASES, EACH OF WHICH LEADS INTO THE NEXT. THERE ARE SEVEN SEALS WHICH ARE BROKEN, SEVEN TRUMPETS WHICH ARE BLOWN AND SEVEN BOWLS WHICH ARE POURED OUT. THE SEVENTH SEAL LEADS INTO THE SEVEN TRUMPETS. THE SEVENTH TRUMPET LEADS INTO THE SEVEN BOWLS, AND THE SEVENTH BOWL CULMINATES IN THAT TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD.

5. CHAPTER 6 INTRODUCES US TO THE FIRST 3-1/2 YEARS OF THIS SEVEN YEAR PERIOD KNOWN AS THE GREAT TRIBULATION. THE SCENE IS SET IN V.1 "NOW I SAW WHEN THE LAMB OPENED ONE OF THE SEALS; AND I HEARD ONE OF THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES SAYING WITH A VOICE LIKE THUNDER, 'COME AND SEE'." THUNDER IS ALWAYS WHAT YOU HEAR AS THE STORM IS APPROACHING. THIS IS GOD'S STORM ...


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