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Series: GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
January 26, 2003
As you are turning to Revelation chapter 9, John the revelator tells us in chapter 1:3, "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near."
In fact, in the first two verses of chapter 1 we are told that this Special Book of Blessing started with God the Father. He passed it along to God the Son who in turn passed it along to His angel who passed it along to "His servant John" who passed it along to us!
It is the only book in the Bible that you and I are promised a special blessing from God as we "read it," as we "hear it," and as we "keep those things which are written it." In other words, as we live by its principles and truths!
Now that blessing continues this morning as we come to chapter 9!
Last Sunday in chapter 8, the seventh seal was removed from the title-deed to the earth. The removal of these seals will unleash judgments upon this Christ-rejecting world after the church has been raptured or removed from the earth.
Under the seventh seal are seven trumpets. Last Sunday we saw the devastation that the first 4 trumpets will cause. And like the seal judgments, every time a trumpet will sound, it will unleash another judgment.
That tells us that chapter 9 is a continuation of chapter 8. And really, chapter 9 picks up where chapter 5 began for this period of tribulation will begin after the church is raptured up.
I love what Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:9-10, "For God did not appoint us [to put on] to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him."
I Thessalonians 1:10b, "...Jesus who delivers us from ["out of" or "out from"] the wrath to come."
Revelation 3:10, "Because you have kept My command to persevere, I ...
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