Trumpets, Troubles And Tribulations (18 of 39) by James Merritt

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TRUMPETS, TROUBLES AND TRIBULATIONS (18 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 8:1-13

INTRODUCTION

1. ONE OF MY MOST MEMORABLE CHRISTMASES CAME A COUPLE
OF YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE ALL GATHERED AROUND THE TREE
AND WAITING FOR TERESA TO OPEN HER GIFT. SHE HAD SEEN
A RING THAT SHE REALLY LIKED SEVERAL MONTHS BACK AND
HAD MENTIONED IT TO ME. I WENT AND BOUGHT IT WITHOUT
HER KNOWLEDGE AND PUT THE RING IN A LITTLE BOX, AND
THEN PUT THAT BOX IN ANOTHER BOX, AND THAT BOX IN
ANOTHER BOX, AND THAT BOX IN ANOTHER BOX ETC. UNTIL
THERE WERE ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT BOXES THAT CONCEALED
THAT RING. THE BOYS AND I, ALL DURING THIS TIME, WERE
TELLING HER WHAT A TREMENDOUS GIFT IT WAS AND HOW SHE
WAS GOING TO LOVE IT, WHICH ONLY INTENSIFIED THE
ANTICIPATION THAT SHE FELT. BY THE TIME SHE FINALLY
GOT DOWN TO THE LAST BOX SHE WAS READY TO PUT ME IN A
BOX! NOW I WAS NOT TRYING TO POSTPONE THE JOY, I WAS
SIMPLY TRYING TO PROLONG THE SUSPENSE.

2. WE HAVE SEEN HOW GOD'S JUDGMENT HAS BEEN WRAPPED UP
IN A SEVEN-SEALED SCROLL. THE FIRST SIX SEALS HAVE
BEEN BROKEN AND WITH THEIR BREAKING WE HAVE SEEN WAR,
DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND CALAMITY ON AN UNPRECEDENTED
SCALE. THOSE ON THE EARTH DURING THIS TIME WILL THINK
SURELY THE END HAS COME. BUT WITH THE OPENING OF THE
SEVENTH SEAL, RATHER THAN FINALLY EXPERIENCING THE
END) WE ARE SIMPLY USHERED INTO ANOTHER PERIOD OF
JUDGMENT INTRODUCED BY THE BLOWING OF THE SEVEN
TRUMPETS THAT IS EVEN MORE TERRIBLE AND MORE HORRIBLE
THAN THAT EXPERIENCED BY THE OPENING OF THE SEVEN
SEALS. WHEN THE SEVENTH TRUMPET IS BLOWN THERE FOLLOWS
SEVEN BOWLS OF EVEN GREATER JUDGMENT POURED OUT UPON
THIS EARTH. EACH SERIES OF JUDGMENT BECOME
INTENSIFIED.

3. NOW WHY? WHY DOES NOT GOD GET IT OVER WITH QUICKLY?
WELL IT IS NOT TO PROLONG THE AGONY, BUT RATHER IT IS
TO POSTPONE JUDGMENT. EZEKIEL 33:11 GIVES US THE
ANSWER, "SAY TO THEM: 'As I LIVE,' SAYS THE LORD GOD,
'I HAVE NO PLEASURE IN T ...


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