100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #84 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 6: “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (verse 15-17)
Currently, we are in a series of messages focusing on the Second Coming of Christ and the End Times. Yesterday, we began looking at the period of time called the “Tribulation” in which the wrath of God is poured out in judgment on the Earth. I want you to listen to what the great prophecy expert and Bible teacher Tim LaHaye said about this time:
There is no question this world will yet experience a time of “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time” as predicted by our Lord. In Revelation 3:10, He promised to keep believers from “the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
Such a time will have to be worse than anything ever known in human history. Far worse than the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 in which there were one million casualties. Far worse than the Black Plague in which nine million people died. Far worse than World War I when 20 million people were killed. Far worse than the devastation of World War II and Hitler’s holocaust when six million Jews and four million Christians were killed.
The Scriptures give more space to describing the coming Tribulation period than to any other prophetic event. The Hebrew prophets mention it 39 times, calling it a “time of Jacob’s trouble”, “tribulation”, and many other titles denoting distress. The New Testament calls it “the day of the Lord”, “the wrath of God”, and the “wrath of the Lamb.” Revelation chapters 6 through 19 describe the events of that Tribulation period, the best description of this terrifying, close-at-hand time that will try the whole world.
On yesterday, we began looking at the specific judgments that will come down on the earth during the tribulation period. The first six judgments are recorded in Revelation chapter 6 and are depicted as six seals. Evangelist and professor Ed Hindson said that “with the sixth chapter, the main action of the book may be said properly to begin.” So, we are getting into this prophecy right where the action starts. We have already seen the first three of these seals, which are as follows:
1. The first seal reveals militant conquests.
2. The second seal reveals murderous conflicts.
3. The third seal reveals the presence of meager crops.
Today, we will look at the last three seals as revealed to us in Revelation 6:
1. The fourth seal reveals manifold carnage.
2. The fifth seal reveals martyred Christians.
3. Finally today, the sixth seal reveals massive cataclysms.
+ Plus, listen to Etta James singing “I’ll Fly Away” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”