The Real Final Four
Revelation 22:13, 21
April 3, 1994
INTRODUCTION: It all began with March Madness and sixty-four teams trying to become the basketball champions of the NCAA. They call it the road to the final four. This weekend we have witnessed via television, the universities of Arizona, Florida, Duke, and Arkansas battling to become the National Champions in the sport of basketball.
Just before basketball season began, one of my dearest preacher friends and I were talking and he said to me, "Floyd, remember who told you: The road to the NCAA championship in basketball this year will go through Chapel Hill, North Carolina." (Speaking of the University of North Carolina.) I shared with him, "You are wrong this time Bucko: The road to the NCAA Championship in basketball this year will go through Fayetteville, Arkansas."
Something much more exciting and more lasting than the NCAA championship in basketball happened almost 2,000 years ago. One of the apostles, his name was John, was persecuted for his faith in Jesus Christ. He was exiled to an island called Patmos. While he was there, God revealed Jesus Christ to him as well as the future events of the world, especially the events that would take place during the final days of this earth.
In these final events, He revealed to John the various stages of the spiritual condition of the church. We see in this Revelation that the church will be taken out prior to the seven years of tribulation, in which the wrath of God will be demonstrated on the world. The first three and one-half years will be known as the Tribulation and the last three and one-half years will be known as the Great Tribulation. During this seven year period, there is a triumphant trio that seems to dominate the world. This trio is the beast known as the charismatic political leader that unites the world, the false prophet known as the Anti-Christ that receives the worship of everyone, and Satan himself. At the end of this ...
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