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Pastor Steven Anderson The Book of Revelation Chapter 8 of 22

Now in Revelation chapter 8, we're enteringa new phase in the book of Revelation, because we are getting into God pouring out his wrath,and his judgment upon the unbelieving world. Look at verse number 1, the Bible reads quot;Andwhen he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of halfan hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seventrumpets.quot; Now it always boggles my mind how anyone can read the book of Revelation, andread these two verses, and walk away not understanding that the trumpets come after the seals. Imean, it seems pretty simple doesn't ité Because the opening of the seventh seal is characterisedby these seven angels being given seven trumpets.

So it makes absolutely no sense to say thatthe trumpets come before the seals. However, those who believe in a pretribulation rapture,that is exactly what they believe, believe it or not. When you talk to them, they willusually tell you that the sixth seal judgment is actually after the trumpets. And it justmakes absolutely no sense. Now, let me just prove this to you quickly, because I thinkthis is a really important point to make, and I'm going to explain to you why thosewho are pretrib, resist the clear and obvious truth that the trumpets follow the seven seals.And I am going to prove that a couple of different ways in a moment. But not only that, mostpeople who call themselves, quot;posttribquot;, they

call this the quot;classic historical posttribpositionquot;. They actually believe that the rapture takes place not only after what theBible calls the tribulation, but also after God pours out His wrath. They believe thatwe'll be here during God's outpouring of wrath on this earth. I don't call that positionquot;posttribquot;, I call what I believe quot;posttribulationquot;. I call what they believe quot;postwrathquot;, okayéBut honestly, that view is also based on the same mistake of believing that the trumpetsdo not follow the seals. And so by proving that the trumpets come after the seals, Iam proving that the only way that you can legitimately interpret the book of Revelation,and end times Bible prophecy, is a posttribulational,

prewrath rapture. It's the only thing thatmakes sense in light of that. Because anyone can look at this and see. Well, let's justget into it. In Revelation chapter 8, verse number 2 it says quot;And I saw the seven angelswhich stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.quot; Then if you jump down toverse 6 it says quot;And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselvesto sound.quot; Verse 7. quot;The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled withblood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up,and all green grass was burnt up.quot; And of course we are going to get into all thosejudgments and what they are. But notice, right

away, when the trumpets begin to be blown,the first thing God tells us is that fire is raining down, and that all the green grassin the earth is burned up, and that a third of the trees are burned up. That's going tobe important. Let's back up to chapter 6. And I'm going to explain to you why this isso important. You go to Revelation 6, I'm going to read to you from Matthew 24. AndI'm going to explain to you why those who believe in a pretrib rapture MUST try tosmuggle in the trumpets before the seals, or during the seals, and mix those two judgments.Let me explain to you why. Go to Revelation 6, I'll read for you the familiar verses fromMatthew 24, beginning in verse 29. quot; Immediately

after the tribulation of those days shallthe sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall fromheaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shakenquot;. Now that verse makes it VERY clearthat the sun and moon being darkened, and the stars falling comes AFTER the tribulation,doesn't ité Okay, well look down at your Bible there in Revelation chapter 6, verse 12. TheBible reads quot;And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a greatearthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; Andthe stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, whenshe is shaken of a mighty wind.quot; So right

Pastor Steven Anderson The Book of Revelation Chapter 11 of 22

Now Revelation chapter 11 verse number one,the Bible reads quot;And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood,saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is givenunto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundredand threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.� Now first of all, let's look at those twotimeframes. In verse 2 we have mention of forty and two months, and then in verse 3we have a thousand, two hundred and threescore

days. Well if you do the math on that, 1260days is 42 months of 30 days a piece. Now, there are a lot of people who will try totake the prophecies of Revelation, and they'll try to say that the 1260 DAYS represents 1260YEARS. Or that the 1290 DAYS represents 1290 years. And they'll try to make all kinds ofconnections with quot;oh, this mosque was built in this year, and Israel became a nation inthis year, and if you back up 1260 years.quot; But wait a minute; the Bible is defining itselfhere. When He says 1260 days, He MEANS 1260 DAYS, because then He redefines it as 42 months.Now, when we study the book of Revelation, and it becomes apparent that there is a sevenyear period that's dealt with in the book

of Revelation, people will often refer tothis as quot;Daniel's 70th Weekquot;, because in the book of Daniel, it is referred to as quot;a weekquot;,or a period of seven years. Well, that period is divided in half. In the midst of the week,there's a major event called quot;the abomination of desolationquot;. That's where the antichristenters into the temple and states that he is god. That's where he receives the deadlywound and so forth. So when we're looking at chapter 11, and we're dealing with a periodof 1260 days, 42 months, 3 and a half years, the first thing we want to ask ourselves isquot;are we dealing with the first three and a half years, or are we dealing with the secondthree and a half yearséquot; Well if you read

the whole chapter, we'll get to it a littlebit later in the sermon, but we see that the chapter ENDS with the seventh trumpet sounding.And we see that when the seventh trumpet sounds jump down to verse 15 if you would it saysquot;And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdomsof this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reignfor ever and ever.quot; So, when we get toward the end of chapter 11, we see that the seventhtrumpet sounds, and in chapter 10 He had said that when the seventh trumpet sounds, themystery of God should be finished as he hath declared to His servants the prophets.quot; Andthen we see the millennial reign of Christ

beginning, because it says that the kingdomsof this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. So basically it'sclear that what we're dealing with in chapter 11 is the SECOND half of the seven years,the second half of Daniel's 70th week. Now it becomes even more apparent when we lookat the events that begin chapter 11, it says in verse 2 quot;But the court which is withoutthe temple leave out and measure it not. tread underfoot 40 and 2 months.quot; Now go backif you would to Luke 21 in your Bible. And I'm going to show you that in Luke 21, theBible mentions the same event. Let's start reading in verse 21 of Luke 21 to get thecontext. It says quot;then Then let them which

are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and letthem which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countriesenter thereinto.quot; Watch verse 22 quot;For these be the days of vengeance, that all thingswhich are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to themthat give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the landquot; watch thisquot;and WRATH upon this people.quot; So the question is quot;what people is he talking about that aregoing to experience God's wrathéquot; Well, He is saying it's them which are in Judaea thatneed to flee because there is going to be great wrath on this people. Then he says this.quot;And they shall fallquot; whoé The people that

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