When God Says ENOUGH (21 of 39) by James Merritt

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WHEN GOD SAYS "ENOUGH" (21 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 10:1-11

INTRODUCTION

1. AS YOU ENTER THE 10TH CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF
REVELATION YOU EXPECT THE BLOWING OF THE SEVENTH
TRUMPET. WE HAVE SEEN THE BREAKING OF THE SEVEN SEALS.
WE HAVE HEARD THE SOUND OF SIX OF THE SEVEN TRUMPETS.
BUT JUST AS THERE WAS A PARENTHESIS BETWEEN THE
BREAKING OF THE SIXTH AND THE SEVENTH SEAL SO THERE IS
A PARENTHESIS BETWEEN THE BLOWING OF THE SIXTH AND THE
SEVENTH TRUMPET.

2. THESE PARENTHETICAL CHAPTERS ARE NOT ARBITRARILY
INSERTED INTO THIS APOCALYPTIC DRAMA. BUT RATHER THEY
ARE GIVEN FOR A PURPOSE. THESE CHAPTERS ARE GIVEN TO
REMIND US THAT EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE
PERIOD OF TIME THAT MAN WILL EVER KNOW, WHEN IT SEEMS
THAT RIGHT IS ON THE SCAFFOLD AND WRONG IS ON THE
THRONE; WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THE TIDAL WAVE OF EVIL HAS
FINALLY DROWNED THE FORCES OF GOOD; WHEN IT SEEMS THAT
SATAN AND ALL OF HIS DEMONS HAVE TAKEN FULL AND TOTAL
CONTROL OF THIS WORLD; WHEN IT SEEMS THAT THIS WORLD
HAS BECOME A RUN-AWAY TRAIN HEADED PELL-MELL FOR
DESTRUCTION - THESE CHAPTERS REMIND US THAT GOD IS ON
THE THRONE, HIS HAND IS ON THE THROTTLE AND HE IS IN
CONTROL.

3. NOW THIS CHAPTER REVOLVES AROUND THREE THINGS THAT
THE APOSTLE JOHN DOES. IN V.1 JOHN SAYS, "I SAW." IN
v. 4 JOHN SAYS, "I HEARD." IN V.10 JOHN SAYS, "I
TOOK." THESE THREE "I" STATEMENTS GIVE US CLUES AS TO
THE WONDERFUL MEANING OF THIS GREAT CHAPTER IN THIS
MARVELOUS BOOK. FIRST WE ARE TOLD THAT JOHN SAW -

I. A MIGHTY ANGEL

1. "AND I SAW STILL ANOTHER MIGHTY ANGEL COMING DOWN
FROM HEAVEN, CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD. AND A RAINBOW WAS
ON HIS HEAD, HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN, AND HIS FEET
LIKE PILLARS OF FIRE." (V.1) IMMEDIATELY WE ARE
CONFRONTED WITH A QUESTION: WHO IS THIS MIGHTY ANGEL?
THERE IS A DEBATE AMONG VARIOUS BIBLICAL SCHOLARS AS
TO THE IDENTITY OF THIS ANGELIC FIGURE. THERE ARE SOME
WHO SAY IT IS A PICTURE OF THE ...


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