The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!
Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.
In Chapter 5 we were introduced to the Worthy Lamb, the only one worthy of taking the title deed to the Earth. We'll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation next by exploring the horrors of Chapters 6-7. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.
Revelation Revealed: Chapter 6
[Read Chapter 6 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]
Dr. Reagan: Chapter 6 begins with the Lamb opening the first seal of the little scroll. This action launches the first series of judgments from God's throne — the Seal Judgments. And, from this point to Chapter 19, the book is dedicated to describing a seven-year period of time called the Tribulation. Throughout these 13 chapters, Jesus is the Wrathful One, pouring out the wrath of God on those who have rejected God's love, grace and mercy.
As Chapter 6 opens, the Tribulation period begins, and we get a foretaste of what it's going to be like — a period of absolutely unparalleled horror.
Four horsemen go forth. The one on the white horse is the Antichrist who appears as an imitator of Jesus who will return at the end of the Tribulation, also riding on a white horse. The Antichrist goes forth to conquer the world.
The other three horses represent war, famine, and death. One-fourth of the earth dies in this initial pouring out of the Seal Judgments. That's one and a half billion people in today's terms! Many of those who die are those who are converted to Jesus during this Tribulation period. They are martyred for Jesus Christ, and these spirits are portrayed as being in Heaven under an altar crying out to God, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
With the opening of the Sixth Seal, we come across our first flash-forward to the end of the Tribulation. It's as if God is answering these martyrs by assuring them that He is going to pour out His wrath and that the evil people of this earth will ultimately be destroyed. And so, we get a flash-forward to the end of the Tribulation, and we begin to see how terrible that Day of the Lord will be when Jesus returns. The stars fall from the sky, the sky is split apart like a scroll, and the greatest earthquake in all of history occurs. The political leaders of the earth crawl into caves and cry out for the rocks and the mountains to fall upon them because the wrath of the Lamb of God is so terribly great.
Chapter 6 ends with a question: "Who is able to stand" before the wrath of the Lamb?
Revelation Revealed: Chapter 7
[Read Chapter 7 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]
Dr. Reagan: Chapter 7 begins by answering that question. Before we get to the answer, let me note that Chapter 7 is the first of several parenthetical passages. These are passages that interrupt the action in order to insert a word of encouragement to the reader. Chapter 7 assures the reader that there are two groups — a group of Jews and a group of Gentiles — who will be able to endure the wrath of the Lamb.
The first is a group of 144,000 born again Jewish servants who are sealed of God. They are probably going to be converted at the very beginning of the Tribulation by the Lord's supernatural destruction of the Russian army upon the hills of Israel, an event that is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
It says in verse 3 that they will be "bond-servants" of God. I think that means they will go forth as messengers of God and will preach the entire period of the Tribulation as God's missionaries to the world.
You see, the purpose of the Tribulation is not primarily punishment. The purpose is to bring people to repentance. According to 2 Peter 3:9, "God does not wish that any should perish, but that all should be brought to repentance." There is going to be a great harvest of souls during the Tribulation.
Some people will undoubtedly come to the Lord in response to the Rapture. Others will repent and accept the Lord in response to the terror of the Tribulation judgments. Others will be brought to the Lord by the preaching of the 144,000. Others will respond to the message of the two special witnesses of God that we will read about in Chapter 11. And finally, in Chapter 14 we are told there's going to be an angel who will be sent out to preach the Gospel at the end of the Tribulation to every creature on the face of the earth. Most men will reject the Gospel, but many will be saved, and most of those will be martyred.
The second group we see in Chapter 7, beginning with verse 9, is a great host of people from every nation, all tribes, all peoples, all tongues standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes. John asks who they are, and he is told in verse 14, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." I believe these are the ones who are converted by the preaching of the 144,000. They are murdered by the Antichrist and by his agents.
In the next part on this series on Revelation, we'll call our teachers back together again to discuss Chapters 4-7.
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