Lat Sunday, we saw what is in store to the Christian immediately after the Rapture…
We saw that the chief activity in Heaven will be WORSHIP around the Throne of God… We talked about how Heaven will be PERFECT … AND … we will be PERFECTLY content, happy, and satisfied there…
BUT… WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEFT BEHIND? What will they experience immediately after the Rapture?
Well church the Bible doesn’t keep us in the dark in regards to this either… The Scriptures are very plain to let us know for certain what will take place…
If you’re LOST here this morning … OR … you’re UNCERTAIN about where you’ll be immediately after the Rapture … OR … you have some LOVED ONES who are lost … listen carefully…
These verses will make you very UNCOMFORTABLE… BUT … it’s important for you to know what lies ahead… (Amen)
Maybe through these verses TODAY, you will get prepared for the Lord’s return. OR … God will place a burden on your heart for your loved ones who are LOST…
This message can “comfort the afflicted” … AND … “afflict the comfortable”.
Revelation Chapters 4-5 tell us what will happen after the Rapture for the SAVED…
Chapters 6 and forward tells us what will happen to the LOST who are left behind...
Church, this is known as the “Tribulation Period”… and it will last for 7 years…
As we go to the Word of God the scene in Heaven now shifts from the SAVED in Heaven … to the LOST here on earth … those left behind…
6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
When the 1st seal is opened, we see the beginning of what will happen during the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period under the coming world ruler…
The “white horse” – tells us that someone will come on the scene as the “Savior of the world”…
He’s going to promise to solve all the world’s problems… and in the process bring peace, prosperity and unity to all of mankind…
I’m sure the world will be in chaos for a little while, because of the Rapture…
The disappearance of the Christians may be blamed on a terrorist attack, weapons of mass destruction or alien abduction, who knows… But I do know this… this man will have an answer and people will believe him…
Cars will crash … planes will crash into buildings … people will disappear without a trace. (Expound…)
And then someone will come and offer PEACE… BUT … NOTICE … he has a “bow” … BUT no arrows…
Do you know what this means Church? Listen, it means that it’s a FALSE peace…
This man will be a master politician… and God’s Word calls Him the ANTI-CHRIST… And no one will realize his true identity… UNTIL he reveals himself 3 ½ years later…
In Daniel Chapters 8 & 11, we are told that he will make a treaty with Israel, giving them permission and provision to rebuild their Temple… (Expound… Current location of the Moslem Dome of the rock…)
Daniel tells us that He will assure peace for Israel … AND … will rise to power with the help of the religious apostate church that is left behind…
Now I want to draw your attention to the 2nd Seal-
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The “red horse” = war … bloodshed & persecution…
There will be a FALSE peace for 3 ½ years… THEN … in the middle of the Tribulation Period, the PEACE will be over…
At this time the ANTI-CHRIST will be revealed for who he really is… THEN… comes the GREAT TRIBULATION … like the world has never seen before…
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Church, it will make WW I & II, Vietnam & Iraq seem like Disney World…
3rd Seal –
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
Inflation & famine. The “black horse” speaks of mourning & starvation…
The “balance” speaks of the scarcity of food… Food will have to be rationed … BUT … you must have the RIGHT NUMBER – Rev. 13:16-18.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
“denarius” = a days wages. $100 for a quart of wheat … or 3 quarts of barley…
In other words you won’t be able to support your family on your wages…
Listen church, even if you could buy food, the False Prophet is the one who distributes it. AND … in orders to buy you must have the “mark of the Beast”…
And if you take his mark, you are GUARANTEED to end up in Hell… BUT … without it, you will starve to death… (Expound…)
Folks I’ll never suffer this … AND YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE … I’ll be up in Heaven, praising God around His Throne! (Amen)
“see thou hurt not …” – the very rich will escape this famine. “oil” & “wine” = beauty aids, luxuries, medicine…
4th Seal –
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
“pale horse”. In the Greek, it’s a ‘pale greenish yellow’…
Church, this represents death, epidemics, famine, pestilence … wild beasts released on earth… ¼ of the population of the earth will die … even the RICH won’t be spared from this…
Now let me ask you a question this morning…
Do you still think you can survive the Tribulation if you’re left behind?
So what will cause all of this? Well let me give you a few ideas to think on…Germ warfare … weapons of mass destruction … nuclear fallout … poisoned water … AIDS?
9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were 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, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
There are many Christians who believe that that no one will be saved after the Rapture… or that only Jews can be saved after the Rapture… But I disagree with that and this is why.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Now Let’s look at the 6th Seal-
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 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;
16 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:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Now church, BEFORE THIS … everyone could explain away the disease, famine & inflation… BUT NOW … only GOD can control the forces of nature…
There will be meteorites, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions … floods… 6:14 looks like an atomic blast.
Then in 6:16 – “the wrath of the Lamb”. Now a lamb is normally gentile… And Jesus, has come to bring judgment and repentance… BUT… all it will do is harden their hearts.
Does the Word say that they fell to their knees and cryed for forgivness? Listen again to what they said “hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne…”
The 7th Seal –
8 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
The 7th Seal introduces the 7 angels with 7 trumpets… Then the Bible says there was a “silence” … like in a courtroom when a judge enters to sentence the condemned criminal…
Here we see that the 7 trumpet judgments are about to be given… Time is given for those on earth to think about God’s judgment… And Heaven stands speechless & spellbound for ½ hour… Something terrible is about to happen on earth … 8:2, 6
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
1st Trumpet –
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
This is what those left behind will experience … if not already perished…
Can you imagine how hard it will be to even breath… 1/3 of the world’s trees and grass w ill be gone… Oxygen levels will be very low…
2nd Trumpet –
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
It could be an atomic bomb … or a great burning meteor … whatever God has in mind and wants to use…
Can you begin to imagine the size of the tsunami this will create…
3rd Trumpet –
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
The fresh water is polluted … drinking water is contaminated… “wormwood” = a perennial herb … extremely bitter & destructive to the human body.
4th Trumpet –
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
The sun will lose 1/3 of it’s power … extreme cold…
Rev 8: 13
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
The Angel is saying here “Woe, woe, woe” … look out … repent … the next 3 are even worse.
5th Trumpet –
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Hell is let loose on earth… For 5 months, people will want to commit suicide to get relief … BUT … they can’t… Aren’t you glad you’re a Christian? And all God’s people said “Amen”!
Those who are left after the Rapture will literally experience “Hell on earth” … ONLY … actual Hell will be much worse!
6th Trumpet –
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
In 6:8, ¼ of the earth’s population were killed… NOW … 1/3 of those remaining are killed. ½ of the earth’s population had been killed…
NOW … the 7th Trumpet brings 7 bowls of wrath for the earth…
1st Bowl –
16 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.
2 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.
SORES … running, painful, stinking boils, ulcers…
2nd Bowl –
3 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.
NOW … death to everything in the oceans… The word soul in verse 3 is in reference to life in general… Not the soul of man… In other words everything in the sea will die…
3rd. Bowl –
9 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.
BEFORE … 1/3 of water was turned bad … NOW, ALL the water is turned to blood… They spurned the WATER OF LIFE … NOW they must taste of the WATER OF DAMNATION.
4th Bowl –
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
All this, so they might repent & turn to God. INSTEAD … 16:9.
9 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.
In the 4th Trumpet, the sun lost 1/3 power & there was COLD… NOW … the sun has increased in power and there is extreme HEAT… Boils & sores … NOW … blisters on top of them!
Remember there’s no water to satisfy their thirst or soothe their wounds… A taste of Hell to come…
5th Bowl –
10 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,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Can you imagine absolute darkness … running into things … bumping their sores & blisters … falling into the rivers of blood…
When Jesus died to take away our sins, there was 3 hours of darkness over the earth… NOW … they will suffer darkness because of their rejection of Him…
6th Bowl –
12 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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
What we see here is the preparation for the Battle of Armageddon…
7th Bowl –
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 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.
Satan’s kingdom is crumbling… The earth, Satan’s domain, has been devastated beyond all human recognition. “It is done” … “It is finished” … sound familiar?
God’s plan of salvation was completed at the cross, when Jesus said “It is finished”. NOW … for those who rejected it … “It is done”…
CONCLUSION: Do you see why this time BEFORE the Rapture is called the “Age of Grace”?
All that we read here tonight WILL HAPPEN … LITERALLY… BUT … thank God … He is the God of love and grace … and has provided a way of escape through Jesus Christ…
He is the God of LOVE … BUT … He is ALSO the God of JUSTICE.
How can you or your loved ones escape this? You must come to Christ NOW BEFORE it is eternally too late… You must TELL THEM about Jesus NOW.