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Memory Text: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27).
The poet T. S. Eliot began a poem with the line: “In my beginning is my end”. However succinct, his words carry a powerful truth. In origins exist endings. We see echoes of this reality in our name, Seventh-day Adventist, which carries two basic biblical teachings: “Seventh day”, for the Sabbath of the Ten commandments, a weekly memorial of the six-day Creation of life on earth; and “Adventist”, pointing to the second coming of Jesus, in which all the hopes and promises of Scripture, including the promise of eternal life, will find their fulfillment.
However distant in time the Creation of the world (our beginning) is from the second coming of Jesus (our end, at least the end of this sinful existence), these events are linked. The God who created us (John 1:1-3) is the same God who will return and, in an instant, “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:52, NKJV), will bring about our ultimate redemption. In our beginning, indeed, we find our end.
This week, we will talk about the final of all final events, at least as far as our present world is concerned: the second coming of our Lord Jesus.
Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, June 30.
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- Newbegin Devaraj:
22 Jun 2018 He will come in a rapid and unexpected manner, like the lightning. Many would be looking for him in the desert, many in secret places; but He would come visible every eye shall see him. It is useless to look to the sky and predict where the lightning would next flash. In a moment it would blaze in an unexpected part of the heavens, and shine at once to the other part. So rapidly, so unexpectedly would be his coming. 9 In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
Further Thought: “In several places in the battle of Armageddon narrative the hideous creatures and the ugly events take the back stage for a moment and a glimpse of more personal truth appears. As we have seen, one of them is Revelation 16:15: ‘Behold, I come like a thief!
Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed’ (NIV). This text, coming right in the middle of the one place in the Bible that actually names Armageddon, echoes many New Testament passages about personal preparation for the return of Jesus and the events of the end.
“Another such text is Revelation 17:14: ‘These will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and those with him are called and chosen and faithful’ (author’s translation). Here the great war at the end engages an army of people whose primary purpose is not to destroy others with weapons, but to be faithful to their divine calling and election. This is a very different kind of battle from the ones that nations and insurgent operations still fight today. As I have said repeatedly, the battle of Armageddon is a struggle for the mind. It is also a battle for the heart — a call to heartfelt allegiance to the Lamb that was slain (Rev. 5:9-10; Rev. 5:12; Rev. 13:8)”. — Jon Paulien, Armageddon at the Door (Hagerstown, Md.: Autumn House Publishing, a division of Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2008), p. 193.
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- Newbegin Devaraj:
21 Jun 2018 What a great synopsis of our lesson study. Tucked between the lines of destruction a call for hope and victory. God of love is the only one can be constant, consistent and persistent in his call to the people. Sabbath - Mystery - Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain Revelation is book of mystery, it's hard to understand. God - Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Sunday - Wine - wine and wise does not go together Walk in a straight line test given to one who is influenced by wine. why? He thinks he is walking in straight, his mind is telling him he is walking in straight but his feet is not able to because of the influence of the drug. God - 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Monday - Babylon the GREAT is fallen - The greatness of this world will be turned in to ashes. God - Come out of her MY PEOPLE Tuesday - Armageddon - a battle for your mind, soul and body God - Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Wednesday - Armageddon and Mt Carmel 1- Power is given to deceive God's people God - Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me Thursday - Armageddon and Mt Carmel 2 - If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. But the people said NOTHING. The people knew it was not wise to demonstrate their belief in God. God's People - I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left The battle will be intensified at the end of the world and we will be made a spectacle to the world for our disobedience to the beast but the victory is sure in our Lord Jesus Christ.
- sylvia [Surname?]:
22 Jun 2018 What a wonderful exposition of the text - very uplifting and helpful. So good to have understanding of truth.
- Robert Whiteman:
22 Jun 2018 Yes, this last battle is over the right to worship God according to one's convictions, and not according to the dictates of the State, with it's endorsement and enforcement of false teachings. It's the war in heaven now taking place upon the earth, and Satan's last effort to overthrow the faith of those who remain true to the word of God by using the force of the State against any who resist the false teachings of Babylon. We can only teach others what we ourselves have studied and understand ourselves. It's not difficult to see and show the symbolic nature of these prophecies, and how literal meanings do not really fit in a book loaded with symbols. Jesus' parables are a good source for helping to understand the Revelation. To recognize Babylon's false teachings, one need only be sound in the teachings of God's Word. The Word of God is only a lamp for our feet and light for our path if we take heed to know it for ourselves and follow it's teachings in our daily life. Anything false will expose itself to any who have their lamps filled with Oil. The church becomes united with the world as it's members become united with it. The higher the percentage of members attached to the world, the more united that church will be in it's policies, practices, and sympathies. It is apparent in some congregations that the worldly mold is strong, and many institutions have become powerful influences for the world instead of Christ. Sad when this takes place. What do you do when you see it creeping into your local church? Is there a wrong way to address these issues?
You can view an in-depth discussion of “Babylon and Armageddon” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below.
Read 1 Kings 18:18-40. What happens, how does the story end, and (without pushing the parallels too far) how does this story reflect what will happen — but on a grand scale — as the great controversy climaxes at the end of time?
The battle on Mount Carmel was between Elijah, prophet of God, and the hundreds of priests of Baal. (Notice how the evil outnumbered the good.) It was a test to demonstrate who is the true God, the God who created the heavens and the earth, or Baal, just another manifestation of “the dragon” and another means by which he seeks to deceive the world (Rev. 12:9) .
The priests prayed to Baal to send fire to burn up their bull sacrifice. They shouted from morning to noon. &ldquoCry aloud” taunted Elijah. “Perhaps he is sleeping” (1 Kings 18:27, NKJV) . The priests worked themselves up into a frenzy. They slashed themselves with swords until the blood flowed freely. Weary and worn they gave up at the time of the evening sacrifice.
Elijah’s sacrifice was soaked three times, and water overflowed the trenches. Elijah prayed a simple prayer to God. God instantly burned up everything, including the stone altar and soil beneath. The power of the true God in contrast to Baal was now unmistakable.
Whatever remains unknown about Armageddon, at least for now, we know the outcome: destruction of the enemies of God and vindication for God and His saints.
|Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-2. Though the immediate context is different from Armageddon, what is the point that Paul is making, and why is that so relevant for us to remember, especially in light of what the future holds? See also Revelation 16:15, in which the context is definitely Armageddon. What, together, do these texts tell us?|
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- Newbegin Devaraj:
20 Jun 2018 Ahab said “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” The pagan religion was, in truth, so closely interwoven with all the arrangements of civil and social life, that it was not easy to separate and distinguish the barely civil or social from religious element. Many customs had really sprung from a religious source, whose connection, however, with religion has long been forgotten by the multitude, and remembered only by a few learned antiquarians, lay too far back to be called in the popular consciousness. WW Prescott - The Divine Human Family page 61 Let them continue to blaspheme us, provided only we give them no occasion for so doing by our unchristian conduct, provided they blaspheme in us only what belongs to Christianity. We should indeed, in every proper way, become all things to all men; but yet in no such sense as to become worldly to worldly men; for it is also said, "If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." WW Prescott - The Divine Human Family page 62 Our decision defines our destination
- JC Zielak:
21 Jun 2018 At last, evil will be destroyed for ever! We must turn to God's Love while we have time! And we must learn to trust Him everyday, so when the day comes we will be prepared! Not asleep!
- Nanci Mosca:
21 Jun 2018 After that great victory with the threat of death, Elijah thought because of the prevalent evil practices that he alone in service to God (1Kings 19:14). Even when things change in society for the worse, and we can't see or feel human support, with His own power and presence God will sustain His people. In times when the majority rules on the side of evil and it seems like 'everybody's doing wrong' God will always have those who love and serve Him, no matter how few in number.
- Antonette Sinclair-Degado:
21 Jun 2018 By our fruit we shall be known. There is no middle ground, let us by the grace of God purpose to serve the Lord with all our mind, body and soul for to lose out on eternal life it would have been better we were not born.
- Robert Whiteman:
21 Jun 2018 It continues to appear to my understanding that Armageddon is the great meeting of the whole family of Adam after the 2nd resurrection, where all will see that those who were persecuted for the truth are blessed and honored by God, and Jesus, "sitting on the right hand of power", who all will now acknowledge when they see the whole controversy unfolded and every argument settled at last. Satan will be revealed/exposed, having hidden himself and his purposes in order to deceive the nations who would not surrender their lives to their Maker and Redeemer. The great armies of the lost will be led to attack the city of God, until God intervenes, resulting in every knee bowing to acknowledge that God is supreme and has been just in all He has done. The wicked will then turn on Satan and all those they allowed to deceive them, as we have seen the enemies of God do often throughout history, and then the earth will be cleansed by God by fire out of heaven. The controversy will then be over for good, and the wicked will never be found again. What other "battle" could be so conclusive and involve every individual who either exercised faith or unbelief? It is at this time that the great stone of Daniel 2 destroys the nations of the earth completely and becomes a great "mountain"; the new earth. I'm finding many scriptures that seem to support this.
- Maurice Ashton:
21 Jun 2018 Quite possibly that is a lesson for us as well when we get the idea that we (our church) is standing alone for the Truth. God told Elijah that there were 7000 in Israel who had not bowed the knee to Baal. Maybe we too need to learn that there are others who stand for truth that we know nothing about.
- Nanci Mosca:
21 Jun 2018 I agree wholeheartedly...I believe God makes no distinction between His children by organizations we belong to, race, culture or any other human characteristic we find so easy and natural to use to classify others, or even make ourselves appear to be what we're not (God's only children). Remembering that God is no respector of persons is somewhat helpful in beginning to understand the love God places in us to have for one another. Surrender wholly to His Spirit Who creates the loving image of Christ in us makes us athentic and genuinely accepting of all of God's people... period.
21 Jun 2018 I didnt quite get your opinion, are you saying that there are other churches that also stand for truth? Because to the best of my knowledge, truth is absolute, especially bibilical truth, whoever doesnt follow it is on the wrong side. And as far as i know its only the adventist church that has beheld the bibilical truth.
- Maurice Ashton:
22 Jun 2018 Truth may well be absolute, but we see that truth through imperfect human eyes. Our experience is or should be one of growing into the truth. It is important to recognise that for each of us, truth is a journey, not a destination that we arrive at. In that respect, I recognise that there are other Christians, who I disagree with but who are honestly seeking truth too. Even in this blog, people express their view of the truth differently to me. That does not make one of us right and the other wrong. But together with the help of the Holy Spirit we can grow into truth. If Elijah had to learn the lesson that he was not alone, how much more important is it for us to take that lesson on board as well.
- Phil van der Klift:
22 Jun 2018 Hi Robert Just curious. In Friday's lesson you stated that "... it's not difficult to see and show the symbolic nature of these prophecies, and how literal meanings do not really fit in a book loaded with symbols...". I fully agree with this perspective. In the post above, you mention that "the earth will be cleansed by God by fire out of heaven" and "the great stone of Daniel 2 destroys the nations of the earth completely and becomes a great "mountain"; the new earth". Are you suggesting these aspects are literal details of what will happen and how, or do you believe that they too may well be symbols/metaphors and that the actuality of what takes place may be consistent in principle but different in detail?