Introduction: We are continuing our study on the Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. We have seen the importance of studying the words of God, the importance of reminding, and shunning man’s empty and foolish questioning of scripture.
Now we are reminded of the stability, and responsibility, that is ours.
The Stability (2 Timothy 2:19)
“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure”
The foundation (cf. Eph.2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
The unbelief of man does not make the words of God empty.
Faith may be shaken
Not so the foundation of God.
“having this seal”
Seal of ownership and authority (cf. Esther 3:12)
We are “sealed” (see Eph. 1:13)
“the Lord knoweth them that are his” (cp. John 10:14)
Only 3 people know whether saved or not (God, me, the devil—Dr. Peter Ruckman)
This is the guarantee of my salvation.
2 seals (This one; and Hebrews 13:5)
This is my eternal security.
The Responsibility (2 Timothy 2:19ff)
“Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
Received the Savior, leave the paths of sin.
This is my duty to the Savior. (cf. Luke 17:10)
Reject false doctrines wicked behavior that appeals to the flesh.
Usefulness (2 Tim 2:20)
“a great house” (cf. 1 Tim. 3:!5; Heb 3:6)
What a truly great house is our Lord’s.
“vessels of gold…silver…honour”
“vessels” people believers
“vessels” people “make-believers”
“Make-believers” could be Christian that pretends things that are so are not so; and things that are so are not so”
What makes the difference?
Difference (2 Tim. 2:21)
“If a man therefore purge himself”
Personal behavior, choice
These speaks to the false doctrine, and false teachers, that some have followed.
Separation required for purging. (Negative)
“he shall be a vessel unto honour…meet for the Master’s use”
Separated believer (Negative that brings about a positive.)
Studier of the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
Obedient to the Lord’s Leadership (Example: Acts 16:6,7,9-10)
“meet” (cf. Gen. 2:18)
Separated to the Savior (cf. Rom. 6:13,19)
“prepared unto every good work”
Preparation for service.
Run Away (2 Tim. 2:22)
“Flee also youthful lusts”
We are not to argue the point, nor stay in its neighborhood.
Run quickly like Joseph (cp. Gen. 29:7-12)
Required of a “vessel unto honor”
We are going to walk one way or the other, choose the way of the Lord.
Don’t try to live in a vacuum (Replace the negative with the positive)
“put off” “put on” (Eph 4:22,25 with 4:24; 6:11)
Avoid (2 Tim. 2:23)
“foolish and unlearned questions”
Repeated warnings show danger and avoidance needed.
Example: Genesis 3:1
Purpose is not what we are to be focused on.
Restrictions to Service (2 Tim. 2:24,25)
“must not strive”
Violation of vs. 23 will lead to violation of vs. 24
Deals with personal work, personal soul-winning or counseling. (NOT preaching)
Flip side in preaching (cf. Rom. 15:20; 1 Thess. 2:2; Tit. 1:13; 1 Tim. 2:20; 2Tim 4:2; Acts 9:29; 1 Cor 15:36; Phil 3:19; Rom 3:8)
Importance of “rightly dividing word” for right application.
Introduction: We enter now on obedience to the scripture that is changed in every so-called updated bible. This is the only place in Scripture where we are told to “study” God’s word. Who would want to remove that????
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
“Study” a work in itself (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
Previous Timothy called to suffer, now he is called to his work.
Introduction: John has seen the woman that is “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” He wonders at the sight of her and is not able to identify her at that time. The angel Then goes on to identify her to John and to us.
The Angel’s question to John. (Vs. 7)
“Wherefore didst thou marvel”: A certainty that this does not just deal with pagan Rome of John’s day.
No question as to pagan Rome’s opposition to believers in his day.
“I will tell thee the mystery of the woman…the beast”: No guess work needed, God’s words identify them both.
The identity of the beast. Vs. 8
“The beast that thou sawest was…is not…shall ascend out of the bottomless pit…go into perdition”
A person that was in the past, is not in John’s day, shall come out of hell in the future and shall return to hell.
Satan the imitator.
Judas (?) was, is not alive in John’s day, is in hell shall come out of hell and return to hell.
Judas is called a devil (John 6:70)
Judas is called the son of perdition (John 17:12 cp with 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4): direct connection to antichrist.
Judas is said to go to his own place (Acts 1:24-25)
Introduction: We have now seen how the Lord works by sevens through the Book of Revelation, 7 seals (Rev. 5), 7 trumpets (Rev. 8), 7 thunders (Rev. 10:3), 7 vials (Rev. 15). Now we come to the 7 Dooms (Larkin). We shall consider the 1st Doom beginning in Revelation 17.
Ecclesiastical Babylon (Revelation 17) “mystery Babylon the great”
Revelation 17 and 18 are not the same Babylon.
Mystery deals with religious Babylon (Rev. 17)
Identified in Revelation 17
Called mystery because hidden in OT (cf. Eph. 3:1-21)
“mystery” that Christ has a bride (cf. Eph. 5:23-32 with Rev. 21:9-10)
“mystery Babylon” is the antichrist’s bride.
Built on Euphrates, 1 of 4 rivers that flowed through the Garden of Eden.
Built by Nimrod (Gen. 10:8-10)
Headquarters of idolatry.
Idolatry of graven images, confession, priests, and nuns.
Origination of the Pontiff of Rome; worship of the queen of heaven.
John Called to “Come, hither” (Rev. 17:1)
“I will show unto thee”
One of the 7 angels that had the 7 vials.
“the judgment of the great whore”
This which John was about to see was a religious prostitute
Sold herself to the world leaders.
“sitteth upon many waters”
We will see the interpretation the “waters” in verse 15/
John Is About to See this “Whore” (Rev. 17:2)
“With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”
She is guilty of fornication with the world leaders
“the inhabitants of the world have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication”
The world is intoxicated with her.
John is “carried…into the wilderness” (Rev. 17:3)
There he sees “a woman sit on a scarlet coloured beast”
Connection to the devil (cp. Rev 12:1-4,9)
“full of the names of blasphemy”
They are both blasphemers of God and His words.
“having seven heads and ten horns” (cf. Rev 13:1)
Filthy and Filthy Rich (Rev. 17:4)
“the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls”
Is rich in the things of this world (cp. Rev. 3:17)
“purply and scarlet colour”
Colors of the Papacy.
“having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication”
Connection to Babylon (cf. Jer. 51:7)
Literal icon produced showing the queen of heaven holding the cup on the back of the beast.
Flip side the image of the Pope.
So, like the Antichrist (Rev. 17:5)
“upon her forehead was a name written”
As God marks His own (Rev. 14:1)
So, antichrist marks his own (Rev. 13:16,17)
“the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth”
Out of her come harlots and abominations.
Identified with idolatry and rebellion against God (cf. Gen. 10:10; 11:9)
Idolatry is associated with sexual immorality and wickedness.
Hatred Made Manifest (Rev. 17:6)
I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints…of the martyrs of Jesus”
She is a drunk.
See this in history: the Inquisition
“when I saw her I wondered with great admiration”
John is shocked at what he sees.
Could not just be speaking of pagan Rome of john’s day, no shock there
Shocked at religious Rome.
Mystified by John’s Marveling. (Rev. 17:7)
“the angel…Wherefore didst thou marvel?”
The angel is shocked that John does not understand.
“I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”
Four id’s about to be revealed!
Conclusion: We will pick up our study next time. What we have seen:
John is shown a woman that is seen in the OT as “the queen of heaven” (see. Jer. 7:18)
Babylon is identified with religious Rome.
A filthy religious organization and filthy rich like Laodicea.
Introduction: As we have said before, in our study on Just a Thought on Revelation, it seems we are taken through the Tribulation 4 times (like the 4 Gospels).
Here destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19 cp. Revelation 18:2; 14:8)
3 simultaneous accounts (not chronological). (under antichrist Revelation 12-14; under vials 16:19; details of the event 17-18)
Second coming of Christ not yet occurred.
Gathering the troops of the nations (Revelation 16:13-16)
Post Tribulation Rapture (Revelation 16:15)
Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
Revelation 17-18 description of Revelation 16:19.
Post-Tribulation rapture (Revelation 16:15)
Destruction of Babylon (Revelation 16:19)
Then 2nd Advent occurs (Revelation 19:11)
Revelation 17-18 describes Revelation 16:19
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Revelation 16:17-18)
Note: At the pouring out of the 7th vial, the breaking of the 7th seal, the sounding of the 7th trumpet the same things occur.
Voices, thunderings, great lightenings, great earthquake
Note: At the pouring of the 7th vial, sounding of the 7th trumpet: Great hail storm
Shows what happens at the 7th seal, trumpet, vial same period pf time
7th seal reveals, 7th trumpets announces event to come, 7th vial executes them.
7th seal broken “silence in heave; 7th trumpet and 7th vial “Great voices”
“it is done”
Christ declares from the cross “it is finished” (Finished salvation)
Could be Christ declaring that the wrath of God is finished.
“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.” (Revelation 16:19)
God pays Babylon what she is owed. (Described in Revelation 18).
“And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Revelation 16:20-21)
Mountains leveled, islands destroyed.
Change the contour and shape of Land of Palestine and surrounding changed
Introduction: Today we are going to consider “the battle of the Great God Almighty.” A battle that shall take place in Armegeddon (the hill of the crowded) and the valley of Megiddo (Valley of Esdraelon).
God’s coming gathering place for the nations of this world. (Revelation 16:16)
We will consider this scripture in light of Revelation 16:1-15.
Seen previously (Revelation 9:13-16)
Trumpets and vials are simultaneous
Middle of Tribulation (Possible last month of)
Setup (Revelation 16:12)
“the great river Euphrates dried up”
Prophesied (Isaiah 11:15-16)
Remnant of Israel from Assyria to return
Kings of the East gathered for battle against Almighty God.
Deception (Revelation 16:13)
Note the word “like” (not literal)
Sent forth from the satanic trinity
“spirits of devils” (Revelation 16:14)
Sent to deceive as Apostle Paul speaks (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
Heal, tongues, raise dead.
Example: Revelation 13:3
“to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Man is facing the unsheeted wrath the Lord God Almighty; the outraged Divine, Sovereign, Almighty God.
God “a man of war” (Exodus 15:3)
Called “captain” (Hebrews 2:10)
Timing (Revelation 16:14, 15)
Second coming of our Savior “come as a thief”
Unexpected (Luke 12:39; 1 Thessalonians 5:2)
No surprise to the believer (1 Thessalonians 5:4)
Time of no mercy (2 Peter 3:10)
Location (Revelation 16:16)
Armageddon: hill of the crowded
200 million troops crowded into the place
Prerecorded history (Joel 3:11-16)
“valley of Megiddo”: Valley Esdraelon
Perfect plain for war
Lord returns in wrath and vengeance on His enemies
Stomped under His feet, blood flows to the horses’ bridles, 160 miles down the Kishon to the Jordan River.
Conclusion: No “sweet little Jesus boy” here. Here is the man of war, the captain of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10), the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14).
Miss peace now, war is in your future. How shall you win against the Lord God Almighty? Answer, you won’t!
Introduction: God has already shown us His wrath falling on the earth in the first three vials; now we are going to see the last four vials and we are going to learn something about man in the face of the wrath of God.
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.” (Revelation 16:8)
Talk about “global warming” (cf. Isaiah 30:26)
Could this be what men are trying now to prevent then?
Imagine a world where men have nothing but blood to drink and then the sun is 7 x’s hotter.
Does someone want to change God’s plan?
But change will be unsuccessful.
“And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” (Revelation 16:9)
Why? “men scorched” as God says!
Man’s response: “blasphemed the name of God”
Blasphemed the very one that controls all the elements of nature—the foolishness of man.
Man’s response: “repented not”
Man will not change, will continue his rebellion against the Living God.
We see this today already only gets more stubborn then!
“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,” (Revelation 16:10)
Nearing the end of the Tribulation; perhaps last six months.
Repeat of Exodus 20:23: Moses.
“seat of the beast”
Ex-cathedra: where the beast sits (Revelation 2:13)
“gnawed their tongues for pain”
Extreme thirst: blood to drink, great heat
Two witnesses: Elijah and Moses
“have power to shut up heaven” (Revelation 11:6)
When we come to Revelation 16 all three:
Plagues (Revelation 16:2)
Blood (Revelation 16;3)
No water (Revelation 16:10)
“full of darkness”
Sits in darkness, in heat, no water, painful time.
“And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” (Revelation 16:11)
Man’s reaction: “blasphemed the God of heaven”
Man is stubborn.
Heart is the problem (see Jeremiah 17:9; Psalms 39:5)
See “strength of man’s will against God’s will” (Dr. Peter Ruckman)
No matter what God does man will not repent and get saved.
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)
New element appears (cf. Revelation 16:12)
“Trumpets” and “vials” simultaneous.
“kings of the east”: cavalry attack on Israel
200,000,000 strong (see Revelation 9:16)
Possibly demonic army out of hell.
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)
“unclean spirits like frogs”: Just get that picture
Compare with picture of Holy Spirit (Matthew 4)
What a contrast!!!!!
“dragon…beast…false prophet”: Satanic trinity
Typified in Old Testament: Numbers 22:41
Balak, Ballaam, Baal.
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14)
“they are spirits of devils”: Spirits sent forth to deceive: 2 Thessalonians 2:9
Unclean spirits can heal, speak in tongues raise the dead. (cf. Revelation 13:3, 14)
“the battle of that great day of God Almighty”
Not just a little war, a war that will make all other wars seem as child’s play!
Man facing off against God Almighty
Such is the arrogance of man.
Our God is called a man of war (Exodus 15:3)
Our God is called a Captain (Hebrews 2:10 with Joshua 5:14)
God says he will put hooks in their jaws (cf. Ezekiel 38:4)
God will bring man where he is forced to face “God Almighty”
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)
Intermission verse, as verse 16 is a continuation of verse 14.
Intermission that points to a mid-Tribulation rapture of Tribulation saints.
Takes place before battle of Armageddon
“I come as a thief” (cf. Matthew 24:29-30 with Matthew 24:31)
Immediately precedes Second Coming.
“keepeth his garments”: works involved (cf. Revelation 6:11; 7:14; 12:11; 14:12)
Rapture mentioned in Old Testament (see Psalms 50:3-5; Isaiah 26:12-21)
“lest he walk naked, and they see his shame”
Consider the implication
Adam and Eve’s fear in the Garden of Eden.
Imagine the shame of appearing before “God Almighty” “naked”
Conclusion: Next we are going to go on and study the battle of Armageddon
Introduction: In Dr. Peter Ruckman’s study bible this chapter is captioned as, “Another account of God’s environmental protection plan.” This is in fact a pretty good description of what is about to be dealt with herein. We are going to see how God deals with man’s “gods” in time to come. This is a reminder to all that we are to worship and serve the Creator not the creation.
The time dealt with: Second half of Daniel’s 70th week (Revelation 13:5; 12:6)
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” (Revelation 16:1)
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple…”
John the beloved is the hearer and recorder of the voice.
“out of the temple…”
Temple in heaven (Revelation 15:5)
“Go your ways”
Command to the 7 angels that were given the 7 vials of the wrath of God (Revelation 15:7)
“and pour out the vials of the wrath of God”
What is about to happen: God’s wrath is about to be unleashed on this earth.
No grace here only judgment.
“wrath” for rejecting God’s Son (John 3:36)
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” (Revelation 16:2)
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth”
The first vial poured out.
See how God strikes at what man freely worships: “the earth”
“and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast”
“noisome”: old-English word meaning malignant, or grievous; very deep, painful.
Received for taking “the mark of the beast” (cf. Revelation 13:15-18)
Leprosy, an Egyptian, North African plague seems to be the disease of the Tribulation (Leviticus 13).
Repetition of the plague of boils that struck Egypt (Exodus 9:8-12)
Caused by bad blood; literal.
Fulfilment of Revelation 14:9-11.
“and upon them which worshipped his image.”
Worship the devil and you reap the consequences.
God uses diseases to judge those that follow the corruption of this world.
Example: Herod (Acts 12:23)
Literal sores for a corrupt world.
Possible baptism will cleanse of the spot in Tribulation (cf. 1 Peter 3:21 “filth of the flesh”)—example: Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14)
Elijah and Moses, two witnesses.
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” (Revelation 16:3)
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea”
Now God strikes out at the “sea” man’s “god.”
See the identification with both Elijah and Moses in these plagues (cp Revelation 11:6; Exodus 7:17-21)
“it became as the blood of a dead man”
Imagine the corruption.
You want to live a corrupt life; God will give you corruption to live in.
“and every living soul died in the sea”
This shows plainly that the wages of sin (cp. Romans 6:23)
Imagine the loss of food supply.
“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.” (Revelation 16:4)
It’s about to get worse; God strikes at the fresh water supply
Imagine the terror that will fall on man when all there is to drink is blood!
Repetition of the first Egyptian plague (see Exodus 7:19-24)
“And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.” (Revelation 16:5)
“Angel of the waters” declares God, the living God, to be righteous in giving man blood to drink.
Our Lord is a righteous Judge, and all of his judgments are righteous and just (cf. 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 16:7)
“For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” (Revelation 16:6)
The world is drunk with the blood of the saints (cf. Revelation 17:6-7; 18:24)
God avenges the blood of the saints (Revelation 19:2)
Sowing and reaping (see Galatians 6:7)
“worthy”: deserving of
“And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.” (Revelation 16:7)
Hear the joyous cry for the justice of God exercised upon this world.
Answer to the prayers of the saints (cp. Revelation 6:10-11 with 19:2).
No mercy or grace here only justice and judgment. (Revelation 13:10)
Conclusion: Receive the mercy and grace of God in Christ Jesus today, the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Or, you will receive of the justice of God in the day of His wrath and judgment (Revelation 14:10).