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The World Church Crumbles (31 of 40)
Series: GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
June 1, 2003
We come this morning to chapter 17 in our study of GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING. So, take your Bible and join me in Revelation 17. Last time together we learned what's going to happen as God unleashes His seven final judgments upon lost mankind.
John describes them as bowl judgments. Those seven bowl judgments will be more intense than the seven trumpet judgments. And the seven trumpet judgments will be more intense than the seven seal judgments.
God will turn up the heat in order to get the attention of those left behind after the rapture of the church. And by now, you know why God will do that: for He is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
In other words, God wants everybody saved! You will never meet a person whom God does not love. You will never meet a person whom Jesus did not die for.
No one here will ever stand before God and say, "God, I wanted to be saved, I wanted to be forgiven, and yet I could not be saved." If you die lost without Jesus, it will be because you resisted and fought God all the way to Hell.
God wants everybody saved, including you! That's why Jesus came. That's why Jesus died. That's why Jesus arose.
Jesus said, "Preach the gospel to every creature." Now let me ask you a question: do you think God would send those men out to preach the gospel to every creature unless He wanted every creature to be saved? Do you believe that Jesus would tell them to preach the gospel to people without giving them the power to accept it?
Jesus said "Preach the gospel to every creature" because every creature can be saved if he will! So as time winds down, God's going to unleash 21 judgments to give those left behind after the rapture one last chance to be saved.
Now that brings us to chapter 17, another interlude, another pause. God calls "time out" becau ...
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