The Revelation of Jesus Christ

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Revelation 1 v 1 - 3

In this introduction Ian explains the title which corresponds to the heading of this book in the NKJV but not in all bibles. We are to keep Jesus Christ at the centre of everything we do and above our interest in knowing about the antichrist, the future, etc.
The revelation of Jesus Christ is for our encouragement and to give us hope.

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(1) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants — things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
(2) who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

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Christ's Revelation is given for YOU. Revelation 1 v 1 - 3

Do you read the book of Revelation? Many people give reasons why they don't. They may say it is too difficult to understand, all doom and gloom or of no relevance to life now on a day to day basis.
Believers are the servants (verse 1) of Jesus Christ - If you are a believer then this revelation is for you. You are blessed (verse 3) by an understanding of it.
This evening Ian looks at objections raised against Revelation and what the book says for itself.

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(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.

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Do you have peace? Revelation 1 v 4 - 8

Ian begins this evening by explaining precisely which 'John' is mentioned here.
The complete book of Revelation addresses seven churches which represent the whole church including us. It challenges and can be painful in exposing our shortcomings.
People constantly search for peace in their life and look to achieve it in a variety of ways. Grace and peace come to us from The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit - not because WE decided we would become Christians but because we put our faith and trust in Christ, knowing who He is, what He has done and what He will do.

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(4) John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
(5) and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

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The Alpha and Omega. Revelation 1 v 9 - 11

Ian summarises the contents of the book of Revelation with reference to verse 19, "the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this". This evening we begin to look at part one, 'the things which you have seen'.
John is permitted to see from God's perspective. Why does God say of Himself, "I am the Alpha and the Omega" rather than 'I WAS the Alpha and WILL BE the Omega'?

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(9) I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God
(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
(11) saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,"

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Dressed for Judgement. Revelation 1 v 12 - 20

John describes the appearance of Christ as He speaks to him.
Why is Christ dressed as He is and what is represented by the lampstands? Ian gives several references to explain judgement that is to come for everyone. Are true believers to be judged for sin like the rest of the world?

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(13) and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
(14) His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

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The Mystery of the Seven Stars. Revelation 1 v 20

The seven churches referred to in Revelation represent the entire church of Jesus Christ but who or what are the seven 'angels' of the seven churches?
What do you think of with regard to the word 'angel'? Why would God instruct John to write to angels? Ian explains that the original word 'angelos' accurately translates to the English word 'messenger'. What is the role of a messenger and how easy is it to be a messenger of God?

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(20) The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

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The letter to the church at Ephesus. Revelation 2 v 1 - 3

Ian introduces us to the city of Ephesus - a well populated port whose people were influenced by a goddess and magic.
In the forty years since Paul founded the church in this city and those who followed Christ burned their occult books and artifacts many changes have happened.
How excited the people would be when they knew a message had been brought from The Lord. The letter begins with commendations and the Lord knows their works. He KNOWS their motives - what is in their hearts - just as He knows what is in your heart.
The Lord also commends those who 'cannot bear those who are evil'. Who decides what is evil?

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(1) "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
(2) "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
(3) and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.

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Loss of First Love. Revelation 2 v 1 - 7

Further commendation is given in verse 6 and Ian explains about the Nicolaitans. One view is that these people thought they could do as they please but still be Christian, another concerns the hierarchy that has been brought into the church. Do you see Nicolaitans today?

Not all is commendation in this letter to Ephesus. Verse 4 says they "have left their first love". As a believer have you left your first love - is there still fire in your heart for Christ and the word of God? How do you maintain that fire? Can it be rekindled?
Ian gives examples of how a believer can lose that intense love and what we can do about it. The answer is in verse 5.

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(4) Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
(5) Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
(6) But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

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The Persecuted Church. Revelation 2 v 8 - 11

Do we know God in an itellectual way or do we know Him experientially? In these letters to the churches God describes himself in different ways which are all personal to them. Each description tells us something of the nature, character and person of God.
This letter is to those Christians suffering persecution for their faith and applies to all true believers who we know WILL suffer in some way. Ian explains how those who have tribulation and losses in this life are like those in Smyrna who are rich. If you are suffering, faith in Christ will bring you through.

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(8) "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
(10) Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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The Compromising Church in Pergamos. Revelation 2 v 12 - 17

Ian describes what Pergamos was like, comparable to perhaps Oxford in England as a centre of learning. Compromise was occurring in the church just as it is in 'the church' today.
You may have thought about standing firm if your life is threatened because of your faith in Christ but would you stand firm if the church you belong to is compromising on doctrine?

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(12) "And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, 'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:

(13) "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

(14) But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.

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Stumbling blocks before the children of Israel. Revelation 2 v 12 - 17

Many churches today are tolerant and accepting of what is contrary to God's word. They are compromising. They even boast of such compromise, eg. in conducting same-sex marriages and then the society we live in applauds it.
What can the church do about it?
Christ says 'repent'.
The massive problem is that many churches have leaders and teachers who do not believe the word of God. They themselves are not saved. They must recognise their false doctrines and repent. Members must not allow any with the doctrine of Balaam to have authority or influence within their church.
What is the 'white stone' that will be given to those who overcome?

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(15) Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
(16) Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
(17) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."'

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Introduction to The Corrupt Church. Revelation 2 v 18 - 29

Is there such a thing as counterfeit Christianity? The church in Thyatira is corrupt but amongst the people Christ sees His faithful remnants and they are told to 'hold fast' to His truth.
Jezebel teaches and seduces God's people in the church. Ian explains the historical Jezebel and divisiveness that is brought into the church today by the 'Jezebel system' just as it was in Thyatira.

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(20) Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

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Hold fast to the Word of God. Revelation 2 v 18 - 29

The Jezebel system of Thyatira represents the Papal Church of the dark ages in paying lip service to the word of God but having its own doctrines that are not biblical.
This evening Ian explains how this is growing today in the encouragement of multi-demoninational and interfaith 'worship'.

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(21) And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
(22) Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
(23) I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
(24) "Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.
(25) But hold fast what you have till I come.
(26) And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
(27) 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels'— as I also have received from My Father;
(28) and I will give him the morning star.
(29) "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."'

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The Dead Church. Revelation 3 v 1 - 6

A church may have a name or a reputation that suggests it is 'alive' in a relationship with God but sadly many churches become 'dead' spiritually with little left but a dry formalism. This can happen to the 'best' of churches within a generation.
This dead church at Sardis is representative of the Reformation and Ian gives an overview of how the Reformation made scripture and understanding available to people after it had been hidden and forbidden for a long time.
Grounded in the words of scripture the Protestant church formed and had a name for being alive. Can we see what went wrong in a short time?

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(1) "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

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Preventing a Church from Dying. Revelation 3 v 1 - 6

You may equate an 'alive' church to a 'lively' church. What ideas do you have about what makes a church lively or alive? This evening Ian tells us what a lively church is like in a New Testament sense.
Like Sardis many churches were once 'alive' but have died. What should we be doing to ensure that doesn't happen to us?

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(2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
(3) Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

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The Faithful Church. Revelation 3 v 7 - 8

Ian tells us of the church at Philadelphia, a church of brotherly love, love for Christ and who are teaching and keeping God's word. This is compared to the contrary doctrines seen in many of today's churches who compromise the truth.
The way we communicate with people in a manner they will understand may change but the gospel of Christ is unchanging truth.

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(7) . . . 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens":
(8) "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

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Have you kept the command to persevere? Revelation 3 v 7 - 13

Continuing with this passage, Our Lord says, "See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it". Scripture tells us that doors are opened and closed at His will. Do we recognise doors that are opened for us?
Ian also explains, 'the synagogue of Satan' and 'worship before your feet'.

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(9) Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
(10) Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

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The lukewarm church in Laodicea. Revelation 3 v 14 - 22

A prophetic interpretation of this letter to the Laodiceans tells us that in history this is the condition or general trend of the church during the period leading up to the Rapture. Spiritually this church is going cold.
The church thinks it has 'need of nothing' but Jesus says He is on the outside waiting for His voice to be heard and the door to be opened.
These are people who may well hear the full gospel but they choose what they like and discard the rest. People may see them as Christians and they may even believe themselves to be so.

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(14) "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
(15) "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

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Spiritually poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3 v 17 - 22

The Laodicean church is self satisfied and considering itself wealthy. They don't realise they have put Christ outside. This is a general trend in churches of today.
Ian examines how this comes about. It is what happens in a mixture of biblical truth and cultural influence. The church loses sight of its purpose and goal and Christ sees them as spiritually 'wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked'.
What does Christ mean when He says, "buy from Me gold refined in the fire, . . .; and white garments, . . ."?
What does the Lord promise as He continues counselling?

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(17) Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
(18) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

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The Seven Letters - Prophetically. Revelation 3

In recent weeks we have heard about the seven letters to the churches with their general explanation and this evening Ian begins explanation of the significance to us of these letters as biblical prophecy - that is history written in advance with 100% accuracy.
Most people are aware that dates recognised today as Christian festivals were once pagan. Is it good or bad that Christian believers celebrate these dates and the symbolism that originated with paganism?

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"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

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What the letters represent prophetically. Revelation 2 and 3

Ian concludes this overview of chapters two and three by describing their representation of what has happened since they were written until the present day.
Sardis represents the church of the reformation when work began by great but imperfect men of God. Continuing that work the church of Philadelphia represents the time of great revivals in the period 1740 - 1870 A.D.
Laodicea represents the end of the 19th century until the Rapture. This is 'The Church Age' - Our period with a lukewarm church in need of returning to the bible.
What happens at the end of the 'church age'?

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"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

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John is taken to Heaven and shown what is to come. Revelation 4

Revelation is in three parts; the things that have been seen, prophecy as to how the church will develop, and things that will be.
John now experiences being 'in the spirit'. He is taken to heaven and is shown what is to come with the Rapture, the Tribulation and afterwards.
Without setting dates some Christians believe in a different order of events and that we may be in the period of the Tribulation now. Ian explains why the Rapture comes first according to our interpretation of scripture.
Ian refers to signs in scripture indicating 'end times' and asks us to consider whether we can see such signs today. An event is imminent - What happens at the Rapture?

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(1) After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
(2) Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

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War is coming after the Church Age. Revelation 4 and 5

Ian gives a brief insight into the way Christians may have different views about events prophesied in Revelation. These basic views are Premillennialism, Amillennialism and Postmillennialism. As a Premillennialist Ian explains why he believes the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation rather than during or after.
Premillennialists accept Revelation as in chronological order and seeing the world as it is we should be prepared for the Rapture NOW.
Don't blame God for 'bad' things. You should consider why things are not worse than they are. When God removes His restraining hand during the Tribulation man's sin and depths of depravity surface and are driven by Satan.
War is coming - Satan and those under his control against God and His followers. Chapters 4 and 5 take us into God's war-room.

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(1) And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
(2) Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"
(3) And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

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Of Thrones and Strange Living Creatures. Revelation 4

In these passages John is trying to tell us what he sees in Heaven. Imagery is used to convey what may be almost indescribable within our earthly experience. Ian explains who John saw on the throne, why they are described as 'like a jasper and a sardius stone' and who the 'twenty-four elders' sat on thrones are.
We are also given an explanation of the strange living creatures described in verses 6 - 8 with numerous references to scripture other than Revelation.

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(3) And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
(4) Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

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The Seals, Trumpets and Bowls. Revelation 5

We are being told of the Tribulation and the Holy war to come when God's wrath will be seen. There are those who preach that the loving nature of God wouldn't allow such wrath but that is a god of their imagination. The bible has many examples of God unleashing his wrath but in each case He was patient in giving ample time for the people to repent.
The sealed scroll of these verses is God's battle plan. Who is worthy to open that plan?
Revelation informs us of all we need to know about events that are to come and we should understand the literary style used to explain these things and their chronological order. Ian explains how the seventh seal comprises the seven trumpets and how the seventh trumpet comprises the seven bowls.
The handout given of the 'scroll' is available here (pdf file)

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(1) And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
(2) Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"
(3) And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

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Understanding Revelation - Keep biblical and keep right. Revelation 5

Ian explains how and why the flow of the chronological order of Revelation is interupted by some chapters. If all God's church of believers have left the earth in the Rapture how will anyone else be saved during the Tribulation? Who will be God's witness on earth? What will happen to those saved during the terrible period of the Tribulation? How will the antichrist rule and why will people follow him?
The answers, essential information and details we need are all in God's word.
The handout given for this study is available here (pdf file)

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(5) But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."

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The First Seal - the Conqueror. Revelation 6

Before we look at what will happen during the Tribulation we consider that some Christians may be wondering what use such information is to believers who won't be there because they will have been taken in the Rapture.

The first seal is opened. Some believe that it is Christ who is sat on the white horse but Ian shows that God's word tells us it is the Antichrist who is going out to conquer the world. He will do this prior to war (of the second seal). How will he do that? Ian explains.

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(1) Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, "Come and see."
(2) And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

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The Second Seal - Conflict on Earth. Revelation 6 v 3 - 4

The Antichrist will bring a period of peace in the world but then the second seal is opened - war - why will that be? We are told something of the phases of the war, who will be involved and where it will lead.
Ian offers his opinion of the first Gog and Magog war based on reasoning from scripture.

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(3) When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come and see."
(4) Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

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The Third and Fourth Seals. Revelation 6 v 5 - 8

When the third seal is opened there will be shortages and famine with two causes.
1) The priority of man to spend on weapons in warfare, those who should be engaged in food production being moved to combat roles, displaced persons, etc. Ian mentions scenarios that would rapidly cause shortages of food resulting in high costs in survival.
2) God is in control.
In a world where only the very wealthy can afford food how will the Antichrist maintain and even increase his popularity by feeding the masses?
When the fourth seal is opened a quarter of the world population is going to die. Ian gives a probable explanation of how people will be killed 'by the beasts of the earth'.

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(5) When He opened the third seal, ... I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
(6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.
(7) When He opened the fourth seal, ...
(8) So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

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The Fifth Seal. Revelation 6 v 9 - 11

John sees, 'the souls of those who had been slain'.
Who are those believers being persecuted during the tribulation when Christ's church has been removed from the earth at the rapture? How can anyone come to belief in that period?
God will have two witnesses for three and a half years. Who are they and during which half of the tribulation will they preach?
The bible tells us there will also be a specific 144,000 plus a 'numberless multitude' brought to understanding and faith.

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(9) When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.
(10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"

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Persecution of the Saints. Revelation 6 v 9 - 11 and Ch.12 v 1 - 17

Ian looks at why believers have always been persecuted and will continue to be like never before during the tribulation. The world hates believers because the world hates Christ.
God will use this persecution as part of His plan.
What plan does Satan have? Satan knows scripture and the bible tells us he 'knows that he has a short time'. Does he believe he is soon to be gone or does he still believe he can succeed but has a short time to accomplish his own plan? How is he implementing that plan?

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(11) Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

(12) ... Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

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The Tribulation Saints. Revelation 6 v 9 - 11

How important is reading the bible to you? During the Tribulation the bible will be the most treasured, most read and most essential source of information for those who have understood the Rapture and have come to believe. The bible will enable them to recognise the political and religious kingdom of the antichrist and they will refuse to conform. Their refusals will cost their freedoms, their rights and even their life.
Others will believe the lies of the antichrist. They will believe he is the Messiah. He will be revered and worshipped. Many will happily accept him, his one world religion and his mark. They will be required to worship the abomination of desolation and this is signified by being accepting of the mark.
The Tribulation Saints will refuse. What happens to them?

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(11) Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

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The Abomination of Desolation. Revelation 6 v 9 - 11

Persecution of Christians has been brewing for some time but becomes determined and intense at the opening of the fifth seal which is at the midpoint of the seven-year Tribulation.
What is the 'Abomination of Desolation'? What form will it take? Some have seen the antichrist for who he is, others believe he is their messiah but there will still be some who are 'sitting on the fence' - undecided.
The 'beast' will demand worship. Why would anyone worship him? People will have to decide one way or the other. For those who get it wrong there will be irreversible consequences.

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(15) "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
. . .
(21) For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

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What is the Mark of the Beast? Revelation 13 v 11 - 18

Continuing from last week Ian explains what is an 'abomination' in the eyes of God and the meaning of 'desolate'. This brings us to the 'mark of the beast'.
There will be an implementation of a one world religion with the beast at its head. People will honour him and submit to him. They will willingly accept the mark. Those who do so are irreversibly branded as belonging to the beast.
They will need the mark to buy and sell, to pay bills, to access health care, it will be a driving licence, passport, personal ID, etc.
How will this be brought in on a global basis? People the world over are already being manipulated into acceptance. The mark will be a technology that people welcome.

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(15) He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
(16) He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

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The Number of The Beast? Revelation 13 v 16 - 18

If you have any 'wisdom' (verse 18) you will not look to the internet to identify the antichrist by calculating his number of 666.
Can WE work out who the antichrist is?
How can the calculation be accomplished? Are we to use our alphabet and the numbers 0-9? If not then what language do we use?

audio Listen to this sermon of 5th April 2018

(17) and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
(18) Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

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The political kingdom of the beast. Revelation 13 v 1 - 10

We really need to understand how Revelation relates to what we see happening in the world NOW both in politics and in religion which clearly indicate preparation of the 'kingdom of the beast'.
Ian reminds us of what Jesus was referring to by the 'time of the Gentiles' which lasts until Christ comes again. All the imperfect kindoms of the world will be brought to an end.
Daniel told of four kingdoms that were to come. We now recognise these kingdoms as historical fact and the latter part of the fourth will be the kingdom of the beast. The beast is both a kingdom and a man in control of the world because all others will have handed over their power.

audio Listen to this sermon of 19th April 2018

(7) It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
(8) All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

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The Power of the Roman Empire. Revelation 17 v 9 - 11

Rome - the fourth kingdom prophesied by Daniel. How can this empire hand power to the beast when history books tell us that the
Roman Empire ended in 476AD?
Ian shows that the Roman Empire still exists and how the apparent riddle of verses 9 - 11 may be interpreted.

audio Listen to this sermon of 4th May 2018

(9) "Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
(10) There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.

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The Religious Kingdom of the Beast. Revelation 17 v 1 - 9 and 15 - 18

This apostate religion is with us and is damaging the true bible believing evangelical churches by encouraging them to join them. 'Interfaith' is being promoted but if you join with them you are worshipping their gods.
Ian explains 'MYSTERY BABYLON' (no comma) and the meaning of 'MOTHER OF HARLOTS' as the origin of all false religions who have a common ancestor and originated in Babylon.
Is the Roman Catholic church the great harlot of Chapter 17?
The religious kingdom of the beast will be much more than what we see today.

audio Listen to this sermon of 10th May 2018

(5) And on her forehead a name was written:
(6) I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

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Who is the woman on the beast. Revelation 17 v 1 - 6

Ian recaps recent studies identifying the origins of the Mystery Babylon religion at Babel under Nimrod. A religion that spread throughout the world and is prevalent today.
We are told of the woman and the beast. The woman is the religious system. Who is the beast and who is in control - the woman or the beast?
Can the religion be identified as Roman Catholicism? Some suggest that the European Union is the beast. Is there any connection between the two and any connection between the EU and Babel?

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audio Listen to this sermon of 17th May 2018

(3) So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

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The Second Beast. Revelation 17 v 1 - 6 and Ch.13

The first 'beast' will become a political world leader and bring peace in the Middle East. The 'woman' seen riding the beast will be a united religion headed by the 'false prophet'.
People of different religions are encouraged to come together. Ian shows how this is happening and the way many accept it as a good thing - finding 'common ground', opening dialogue, praying for something all rational people want - world peace - an issue that can bring people together. What is wrong with all religions praying for a good thing?
What of the second beast? Appearing like a lamb but what is in his heart? People are being deceived by the doctrine of demons. He will lure people away from God with wondrous signs.
In concluding this evening we look at 2 Timothy Ch.3 v 1-9 which is a summary of how our society is today with people 'always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth' due to TV and the internet, etc. Sources they choose to believe instead of the bible.

audio Listen to this sermon of 24th May 2018

(11) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
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(13) He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

(7) always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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The Sixth Seal. Revelation 6 v 12 - 17

Recent words from a Roman Catholic Cardinal and a popular American pastor demonstrate exactly what is afoot in the coming 'one world religion' - The Cardinal worships the same god as the muslims. The pastor says Christ is not the only way to God. Both are clearly contradicting what the bible says.
Ian recaps regarding the persecution of Christians before resuming the chronological order of Revelation with the opening of the sixth seal in the second half of the Tribulation.
People are familiar with 'natural disasters' but the earthquakes, volcanoes, sunamis and great death toll that will be experienced by all people will be recognised as by the hand of God but many will still not repent.

audio Listen to this sermon of 7th June 2018

(12) I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
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(15) And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,

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Woe to the people of the earth. Revelation 8 v 1 - 13 and Ch.9 v 1 - 12

As there is no audio upload for the 14th June Ian begins by recapping that study.
'Woe, woe, woe' - terrible things are coming to the people of the earth. People don't want to hear this. If they are to listen to preachers at all they prefer to listen to someone who preaches all the cheery parts of scripture.

(Written summary to follow)

audio Listen to this sermon of 21st June 2018

(12) One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

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The Sixth Trumpet Sounded. Revelation 9 v 13 - 21 and Ch.16 v 12 - 16

Continuing with events that WILL happen in the latter parts of the seven year tribulation we know two more woes are coming.
Ian explains verse by verse the 'golden altar', the release of the 'four angels' and why the Euphrates has significance in the war that will come. The four angels were kept bound for a specific date in history and their release will cause a third of the world's population to die.
There will be unimaginable war and nuclear stikes will be followed by an army of two hundred million from the East. Which countries are capable of raising such an army and what would cause these nations to go to war?

audio Listen to this sermon of 5th July 2018

(15) So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
(16) Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.
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(18) By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.

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The Mighty Angel with a Little Book. Revelation 10

Who or what is the 'mighty angel'? Some people think this is Christ but Ian gives explanation as to why it actually is an angel sent by God. Standing on sea and land signifies God's ownership and authority over all creation.
John heard and understood the 'seven thunders' but what he heard was for him only. We too are spoken to by God as individuals.
What is the 'mystery of God' mentioned in verse seven? Ian describes the errors of those who hold to the 'kingdom now' mentality believing that they can by some means Christianise the world and so establish God's kingdom. This is not what God's word tells us. It is God who will establish His kingdom on earth. The church should be teaching the gospel and the imminent rapture.
Of course as believers we should all be doing good works but our salvation is through Christ. Recognise sin, repent, know Christ as our saviour. Sharing the gospel with others should be our primary objective.

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(2) He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,
(4) Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."
(9) So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."

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Seventh trumpet sounded - The Kingdom proclaimed. Revelation 11 v 15 - 19 (also Ch.15 - 16)

We are told there is rejoicing in heaven and "The kingdoms of this world HAVE become the kingdoms of our Lord" but although the tribulation is near the end it is not quite over and worse is yet to come. The antichrist is still on earth and an army of two hundred million is on the way leading to Armageddon. Ian explains why the kingdoms 'have become' and not 'will become'. God is sending in the 'demolition squad' to clear the place.
Christ is coming not to repair and revitalise a broken and corrupt world but to build afresh.

audio Listen to this sermon of 19th July 2018

(15) Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
(16) And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,

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Seven Bowls are poured out - the Wrath of God. Revelation 16

Ian begins by outlining his intended plan for these studies in Revelation for the next few weeks that will bring us to the end of the Tribulation and he will then have a 'Questions Evening' on what we have heard up to then. For those unable to attend please email Ian with any questions you may have.
There are churches who preach only about the love of God and become imbalanced by avoiding such as these verses in Revelation that clearly tell of the wrath of God.
Because of their lack of understanding the atheist will cite Sodom and Gomorrah or the great flood in an attempt to bring a case against the God they don't believe exists but they know nothing of God's patience with sinners and His absolute justice.
Those who are going to experience the wrath of God near the end of the Tribulation have had plenty of time to repent but they continue to blaspheme Him.
Ian gives us suggestions as to what man will see and experience by way of pain, suffering and changes taking place in, on and above the earth.

audio Listen to this sermon of 26th July 2018

(1) Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."
(2) So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
(3) Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.
(9) And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

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Identifying Babylon today. Revelation 17 - 18

What or who is Babylon? Ian gives an account of the origins from the time of Cus, Nimrod and Nebuchadnezzar and informs us as to the socio-political side and the spiritual side of Babylon which persist and prosper to this day. We read in Daniel of the prophesied fall of the Babylonian Empire to the Medes and Persians, then the Greek Empire and finally the Roman Empire. This mindset of man is anti-God and anti-Christian.
We are all living in Babylon. This is clearly seen in The European Union and Roman Catholicism and the symbols are everywhere around us.
It is not just presented blatantly in the world but 'Babylon' is also embraced by many churches today. Such churches are thought of as being Christian and they will argue that they are Christian but calling oneslf Christian does not make it so.
'Her name is written on her forehead' leaves people without excuse for refusing to recognise her and those genuine bible believers within such churches should get out.
The current 'churches together' and 'interfaith' systems are taking people into Babylon in the name of peace, unity and being helpful to all society but the way is being prepared for a one world religion and the antichrist.

audio Listen to this sermon of 2nd August 2018

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(9) "Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits.
. . .
(18) And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth."

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Babylon Today and the Coming Fall. Revelation 18

Last week Ian looked at the counterfeit religious system asect of the fall of Babylon and this evening he looks at the fall of the socio-political economic system of Babylon.
Many have suggested that the great city referred to in verses 18-19 is Rome and others suggest New York City or perhaps it is a city to come but 'Babylon' is more than just a city, it is a kingdom built on a Godless antichrist philosophy and world view. This is the kingdom of man in rebellion against God and it is already here. Babylon has been with us since the time of Nimrod and it is global.
Ian asks some important questions. Who do you think is in control in your country? Who benefits from wars? Who benefits from diseases?
The Babylon world we are in is all self, self, self, and people are manipulated in their thinking and behaviour. All is acceptable in Babylon so long as it doesn't involve God or is in accordance with God's standards.

audio Listen to this sermon of 9th August 2018

(2) And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
(18) and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What is like this great city?'
(19) "They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.'

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Armageddon. Revelation 19 v 11 - 21

This is not the apocalypse as depicted by Hollywood. We live in dangerous times with man now possessing the means of destroying mankind - will it happen?
Armageddon will happen. It is not a matter of 'if' but 'when'. Armageddon is a place in the land of Israel. Armageddon is a campaign and a final battle. Armageddon will be a world war.
With sound reasoning we can speculate about the development of the war and the number of people killed at specified stages, probably by nuclear weapons. Daniel 11 informs us that after nations welcomed the Antichrist as a bringer of peace they will turn against his dictatorship. The only way the Antichrist can maintain his power is by use of military force. He will make his headquarters in Israel and control all finances.
Ian suggests as to why The Antichrist and the nations on the attack are by this time using conventional weapons instaed of missile strikes. Two huge military forces will prepare to fight it out over who is going to have control of what is left of the world by this time and the world's resources.

audio Listen to this sermon of 16th August 2018

(11) Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
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(19) And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

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The Second Coming of Christ. Revelation 19 - 20

Ian recaps the study of last week. The war is brought to a halt by the deep darkness and this is only broken by the appearance of a bright light moving closer - the second coming of Christ. What will happen then? What promises from God still need to be kept and what prophecies fulfilled? What 'unfinished buisness' will be attended to?
We look at some of the things that have obviously not yet happened but with certainty that they will be.
Christ will restore His people Israel. He will put an end to Gentile rule and the kingdoms of man. He will judge the nations.
He will set up His throne and begin His physical thousand year reign on the earth. Fulfillment of "They kingdom come, Thy will be done".
As the nations stop warring against each other they will turn their attack against our Lord and His resurrected people.

audio Listen to this sermon of 23rd August 2018

(1) Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
(2) He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

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The Judgements to come. Revelation 19 - 20

Whether they believed in it or not many people have or have had some concept of a judgement day. True Christians know there is to be judgement but many haven't given much thought to it. Is it at the moment of death? Does judgement day come at the end of time? If at the end of time where are the dead while waiting?
We look at what Christians think about this and how they arrive at their view. As a pre-millenialist Ian identifies that there are at least three judgements to come affecting different people at different times. He explains and gives bible references.
There will be a judgement of only believers - at the Bema Seat of Christ. This takes place in heaven. It is not to see whether we are to spend eternity in heaven or hell but to 'test our works'. The 'works' are the things we have done since our conversion. The purpose is to see what reward we can be given but ALL at this judgement are saved.
There will be a judgement 'When the Son of Man comes in His glory' (Mat.25) at His second coming. This is known the 'sheep and goats' judgement. Those who are righteous remain in their mortal bodies at the start of the one thousand years reign of Christ on Earth.
There will be the 'Great White Throne' judgement (Rev.20) when the 'book of life' is opened. This will occur after the thousand years reign of Christ on Earth.

audio Listen to this sermon of 6th September 2018

(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
(12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
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(15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

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Satan is Bound for a Thousand Years. Revelation 20 v 1 - 8

Ian recaps the 'Sheep and goats' judgement at the end of the tribulation. The 'sheep' go into the 'kingdom'. Where is that kingdom?
Christians may hold one of three different views and they are known as Premillennialism, Postmillennialism and Amillennialism. To quickly summarise these views Ian reads the explanation given in the book, 'Charting the end times' by Tim Lahaye and Thomas Ice and then elaborates as to why people hold these views.
Some views hold that Satan is bound NOW but scripture and indeed what we see in our world clearly show that he is not. Satan WILL BE bound and cast into the bottomless pit. Where is the bottomless pit and who is already there?

audio Listen to this sermon of 20th September 2018

(2) He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
(3) and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

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The Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth. Revelation 20 v 4 - 6

At the start of the 1,000 years reign of Christ the only people alive on earth with Him will be the resurrected saints He brings with Him and the believers who survive the tribulation who will still have their mortal bodies.
Ian identifies who verse 4 refers to as 'they' who sat on thrones. These people will reign with Christ. Who will they reign over?

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(4) And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. . . .
. . . And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

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Prevailing Conditions during The Thousand Years. Revelation 20 v 1 - 6

Ian begins this evening by looking at what is happening in the world today. Do you see an increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters? How many children are growing up knowing nothing but war? How much of the earth's resources are abused or polluted and how does this fit with God's instruction that we are to look after His creation?
The world is a beautiful place but each of us can see something that spoils it. The bible tells us when and why it all went wrong and how it affects us all.
We look at what God's word tells us will be different during the millennium with longevity, greater knowledge, less sin and Christ will physically rule on earth. We can look forward to wonderful environmental changes, deserts will be productive and food will be plentiful for all.

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(5) But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
(6) Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

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Physical, Social and Spiritual conditions during the Millenium. Revelation 20 v 1 - 6

People in their mortal bodies will experience great physical and social changes. They will live longer and all will have peace and prosperity. Resources will not be channelled to warfare and attempts to treat disease in people and crops as they are now. These are things environmentalists dream of.
Apart from genuine born again believers the world is currently in a spiritual mess with false religions, some of them purporting to be Christian. There will be no false religions and idolatrous systems. There are those who may have a problem with what we are told in Ezekiel 45 of the reintroduction of animal sacrifice. Christ's once and forever sacrifice was sufficient for us to have forgiveness. Ian explains why this will occur and offers an opinion of why it is necessary.

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Ian provides numerous biblical references associated with this bible study.

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Satanic Rebellion is Crushed. Revelation 20 v 7 - 10

After the 'sheep and goats' judgement at the start of the millenium everyone on earth is a believer. Children will be born into a wonderful world with no devil 'devouring' them but they will be born with the same sinful nature as us. They will also need to be saved from sin just as their parents were through faith in Christ.

When Satan is released at the end of the thousand years he will find a multitude of people willing to follow him. Ian proposes reasons as to why this will happen and how Satan will be able to deceive people.

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(7) Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
(8) and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.
(9) They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
(10) The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

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The Great White Throne Judgement. Revelation 20 v 11 - 15

Ian looks at five aspects of this the last of the judgements - when, where, who, how and what.
The bible describes events in chronological order. The judgement takes place at the end of the thousand years reign of Christ on earth.
It does not take place on earth because the earth has 'fled away' therefore it must take place in the spritual realm. Who is it that is brought to judgement at this time? In the eyes of the world there will be both the small and the great.
On what basis will judgement be made? God has complete and perfect knowledge of all men. Will 'their works' be to God's standards? Who are those whose names are found written in the book of life? Is your name there? How do you know?
What is the outcome of this judgement?

audio Listen to this sermon of 8th November 2018

(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
(12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
(13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
(15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

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All Things Made New. Revelation 21 v 1 - 5

The things that all believers yearn for. A glimpse of what is to come - a wonderful world with no sin and beyond all prior experience. Having had no comprehension of this future it can be difficult to grasp but in these chapters we have metaphors to give us some understanding.
The main emphasis is on the Lord and His people. The people are likened to a city - the New Jerusalem, and as a bride - adorned for her husband. These are all God's faithful people from every generation.

audio Listen to this sermon of 15th November 2018

(1) Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
(2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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True Believers Know they will be there. Revelation 21 v 4 - 8

In this world we are surrounded by and constantly experiencing sorrow, crying, pain and death. It is hard to imagine the world that is to come without these things where there will be never ending joy.
Some people can't understand how any rational intelligent person in this day and age believes these things. Instead of wondering 'how' they should be wondering 'why' and verse 5 gives us the answer. Those who KNOW what is to come and that they will be there are identified in verse 6. Sadly there are some in the church are not thirsting for God. Ian describes how a thirsting person does not have any greater priority.
Verse 8 gives us insight as to those who will not see these things but will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

audio Listen to this sermon of 22nd November 2018

(4) And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
(5) Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
(6) And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

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Describing the Indescribable. Revelation 21 v 9 - 17

People view 'the church' as what they see but we know that many who call themselves Christians are not so. We witness this in our society. It is revealed to John as to what the true church will be like in the end but there is a problem in that John has the challenge of describing to us what is indescribable.
We the church are work in progress. Ian likens us to rough diamonds still being cut and polished towards what will be a beautiful result. The description given to us through John serves to describe the absolute beauty and remind us of the costliness - that Christ died for us while we were all still sinners.
Ian refers us to Exodus and God's precise instructions to Moses by way of explaining these verses.

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(10) And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
(11) having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
(12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
(13) three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
(14) Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
(15) And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
(16) The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
(17) Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.

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The City of Precious Stones. Revelation 21 v 22 - 27

This evening we continue to look at the city and particularly at the biblical temple. In the Old Testament it was a place of worship, it was a tent and later a fixed structure. With Christ came the church of believers. The church as a whole and individual believers in it are described in the New Testament as the temple of God.
All true believers from all generations are living stones. All being built together to form the perfection that is to come that John is trying to describe to us in Revelation. That is what we are for. The temples that were structures were models of what is to come.
What of the number twelve that is significantly mentioned so many times? Ian explains.
How can anyone who has been a vile sinner ever enter the perfect city as described? The only way into the city is by a gate and each of the gates described is a pearl which the Jews didn't regard as a precious stone. The pearl is produced due to suffering. Is this a representation of Christ? No matter where the believer originates in this world the only way into this city is through Christ.

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(22) But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
(23) The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
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(27) But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

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Eden and the River of Life. Revelation 22 v 1 - 5

There are some similarities so does this passage and Ezekial 47 v 1-12 refer to the same event as some suggest? Ian looks at a parallel with Genesis with water flowing out of Eden. How has Satan manipulated people since that time to make them doubt God's word and why are people believing of anything they want to believe instead of identifying truth and evidence for themselves?
Ian compares the perfection of the garden of Eden and of Adam prior to the fall with the perfection that is to come for believers and answers the question as to why in our perfect future with no disease and no pain there will be 'healing'.

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(1) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2) In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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The Curse and DNA. Revelation 22 v 3 - 5

What is the 'curse' (verse 3)? For those who suggest the biblical account of the garden of Eden is a myth this verse in Revelation can make no sense.The evolutionist will say that disease, ageing, etc, is all due to natural processes and that eventually all will evolve to be good. This is not a credible idea. Man and species of the world are NOT steadily improving by evolution but in fact are deteriorating with DEvolution due to DNA damages. Science recognises this and the aim now is to modify man's DNA.
When God created the world each stage was 'good' and in completion was 'very good'. There was no disease, ageing or corruption.
Ian looks at how some people calling themselves Christians try to get around what God's word tell us.
All things were created 'good' but with the fall of Adam the curse of DNA mutation began. Believers look forward to the time when everything is 'good' again.

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(3) And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
(4) They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
(5) There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

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The Time is Near - Act Accordingly. Revelation 22 v 6 - 21

God hasn't given us His word for our academic interest or to satisfy our curiousity as to what will happen in the future. It is not intended that we should be confused but that we should have understanding. To some Revelation is a closed book - little read and little preached but we need to understand and apply such understanding in our lives.
Prophecies as yet unfulfilled "must shortly take place". We should act on the knowledge that these things will soon happen.
Believers should be excited and expectant of the Groom returning for His bride. Are you excited?
We all face problems and tribulations. Verse 11 tells us how believers should respond. If you are a saint then act accordingly and be distinguishable from those of the world who do not have their faith in Christ. Does your conduct and the way you live your life show others that you belong to Christ?

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(6) Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
(11) He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."
(17) And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

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Have Access to the Tree of Life or be on the Outside? Revelation 22 v 12 - 21

We again hear of the tree of life, first mentioned in Genesis and mentioned again in this the last book of the bible. Access to the tree of life is given to those who are saved.
Ian talks about those mentioned as being on the outside. Who are the dogs? They are the sinners who never came to Christ to be cleansed. Who are the sorcerers? This refers to those using mind altering drugs and the occult. We see a culture developed over the last fifty years or so where drug taking and mysticism are embraced. There are consequences of these things not only in this life but for eternity. Who are the sexually immoral? This is sexual sin, another sin difficult to get away from. Who are murderers? This doesn't just refer to homicide but the bible tells us it means such as hatred that is a condition of the heart. Who are idolaters? Those who are devoted to their own false gods. Who are those who 'loves and practices a lie'. This is not just telling of a lie but refers to those who 'love' a lie - choosing to believe a lie such as eg. evolution. Believing such lies affects the way a person lives. For the person who believes LGBTQIA+ are acceptable there are consequences that will leave them 'on the outside' eternally.

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(14) Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
(15) But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

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A Warning, a Promise, and a Blessing. Revelation 22 v 18 - 21

We are warned about our handling of the word of God, promised that he is coming quickly and blessed by His grace.
The warning is to all who have read, heard or are aware of the gospel of Christ and is a serious issue. If we are not to add to or take away from 'this book' we must first understand exactly what 'this book' is.
When we know what we believe we must then consider whether we have a right to meddle with it. People have done just that. They have removed parts that do not fit with their own opinions or interfere with their lifestyle. Many people pick and choose what they like from God's word and disregard the rest as irrelevant. Others infer an alternative meaning to what is written so that it is more pleasing to them or they add their own words to the original.
We must not think beyond that which is written. Nothing must be added as has happened with Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and Roman Catholicism.

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(18) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
(19) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(20) He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
(21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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