After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
In the same way Jesus entered Jerusalem humble and riding on a donkey to the cries of the people saying, “Hosanna in the highest,” He will return to Jerusalem one day in power and glory to the same cries of the heavenly host, as all of heaven ushers Jesus back to earth to bring everything under His feet.
To learn more about the amazing discoveries in Revelation 7, please feel free to access and share the resources for Session 19 below.
Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. 4And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel.
Theories abound about the identity of the 144,000 in Revelation. Some religious organizations, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, have established entire doctrines around this enigmatic group of people.
Who are the 144,000?
Is this a merely symbolic number representing a bigger group of people? Is this referring only the Jews? Or perhaps this number represents the church?
In this next session, discover what the Scriptures say about this group of “sealed servants,” and why their role during the great tribulation will be only the beginning of what God has purposed to do.
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These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
What does genetic engineering, cloning, designer babies, and mRNA technology have to do with the days of Noah?
Much more than you can possibly imagine.
When geneticists first began to map the human genome in the early 1990s through the Human Genome Project, scientists were able for the first time “to read nature’s complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.” Initial sequencing of the human genome was accomplished in 2003 but was not considered complete until May of last year (2021).
This unprecedented discovery has opened the Pandora’s box of genetic applications that were considered science fiction merely 20 years ago. Now that geneticists have identified specific genes and the digital code that distinctly programs each one in function, the field of genetics has exploded past information theory and accelerated into clinical fields of gene therapy, engineering, and alteration.
The result has been astonishing if not terrifying altogether.
Perhaps the most revolutionary technology to date, however, is the advent of CRISPR Cas9, which has effectively changed the future of genetics. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and is basically a cut and paste gene-editing technology that allows scientists to alter and upgrade defective genes within human DNA and recode it with new information for correction.
CRISPR is efficient both in cost and application, which makes the technology most appealing to the pioneers of genetics, yet for those seeking to manipulate DNA beyond the present boundaries of human existence, CRISPR is the potential pathway to transhumanism — or the belief that biotechnology can recreate mankind into a new species altogether. Although such radical technologies initially are always justified under the guise of medical breakthrough to better humanity, the ethical implications literally are blurring the lines of what it means to be human as created in the image of God.
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
So back to my original question? What does this revolutionary technology have to do with Noah’s day?
First, Genesis 6 provides the initial framework for the original genetic corruption of God’s creation, which in turn led to the global destruction of all life — save Noah — by way of the flood. The Bible introduces us to the great supernatural rebellion in Genesis 6, which led to the forbidden transgression of God’s law and perversion of the created order itself.
The “sons of God” in Genesis 6 are the same “angels that sinned,” according to 2 Peter 2:4-5 and Jude 1:6-7, namely by leaving their proper domain in the heavenly realm and crossing over into the physical world to commit profane acts of sexual immorality that resulted in the creation of a hybrid race of giants called the Nephilim.
So gross and pervasive was this corruption of the human race in Noah’s day that God determined to destroy all genetically compromised life on earth and preserve the only human family left that had not yet been genetically tainted. It is against the backdrop of this genetic corruption that we fully understand how God saved the human race through Noah, who was “perfect and blameless in his generations” [Genesis 6:9].
The Hebrew word “blameless” in Genesis 6:9 is tamim: תָּמִים — which means to be physically pure without defect or blemish. It is the same word used of the passover lamb in the Torah, which had to pure and spotless physically — without flaw or defect.
Aside from Noah’s righteousness and spiritual integrity, he and his family by all accounts were the last true genetically intact humans on the planet, still bearing the image of God. As we see, it was not only humanity that had been corrupted prior to the flood, but also all plant and animal life seems to have been compromised, as the LORD preserved two of every “kind” of animal on the ark to ensure that the animal kingdom was not lost to genetically altered chimeras and hybrid monstrosities that did not reflect God’s original creation.
Strangely enough, the ancient mythical stories of centaurs, manticores, and griffins are more likely fact than fiction, and with the advancements in genetic engineering taking place today, we now have the potential for the same type of corruption that threatened the existence of mankind in Noah’s day.
When Jesus warned us that the last days leading to His coming judgment would be as it was in the days of Noah, He was giving us prophetic insight into a day and age when the spiritual forces of darkness would once again attempt to corrupt God’s image and pervert God’s creation by means of genetic manipulation.
We are living in that day, and like Noah … we have the responsibility to call the world to repentance before it is too late.
When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
The book of Revelation — like all prophetic Scripture — is best understood in prophetic patterns and typology. The 6th Seal of Revelation is a perfect example of how the Bible uses themes and layers to paint a picture of the end times through the lens of apocalyptic literature.
When we compare the description of the 6th Seal to the rest of Scripture, it becomes evident that it is describing the catastrophic events that precede the Day of the LORD and the return of Jesus to judge the wicked.
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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 witness they had borne.
Popular pastors and teachers in the West often persuade their congregations that God’s people will be removed from the earth prior to the great tribulation and therefore are exempt from this future time of suffering and persecution. However, suffering and martyrdom is an everyday reality for the church in the rest of the world.
Once again, the Scriptures paint an entirely different picture than the gospel-lite version of Christianity presented in dispensational theology. Not only does Jesus promise His followers tribulation and suffering in this life, but also the death of the saints is one of the most consistent and clear threads that runs throughout the book of Revelation. The witness of the church will shine the brightest against the backdrop of the darkest days in human history.
Discover more about what the church can expect and how to prepare for the coming great tribulation, and most importantly how to overcome in Christ, not loving our lives even unto death.
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Feel free to download and share the digital resources for the continuation of Session 15, as we take a closer look at the 3rd and 4th Seals of Revelation.
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
The Seals of Revelation represent the major headlines of the great tribulation — including war, violence, persecution, famine, drought, economic collapse and hyperinflation.
All of these signs will increasingly grow more frequent and intense as the labor pains of the last days lead to the agonizing distress of the greatest season of suffering the world has ever seen.
The good news is that Jesus will bring those days to an appointed end and return in power and glory to save His people and judge the wicked powers in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
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And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
The tearing of the first seal in Revelation focuses in on the ultimate counterfeit Christ and false Messiah — otherwise known as the Beast or Antichrist. Although John is given only two verses to introduce this rider on a white horse, the rest of Scripture contains an abundance of critical details within the testimony of the prophets, Apostles and Jesus Himself.
To discover more about this enigmatic character who will rise to power and ultimately be revealed near the end of the age, feel free to access and share the following digital resources for both PART 1 and PART 2 of this session.
“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to us through Scripture in a complex array of characteristics and with a myriad of faces and a variety of functions as the Son of God and Son of Man. In His humanity Jesus is revealed as the Suffering Servant, the Worthy Lamb of God who lays down His life. In His deity, Jesus is the Roaring Lion who is coming as the conquering King of kings and Judge of all the earth.
This dynamic dichotomy is seen most distinctly in Revelation 5, where Jesus takes the scroll from the right hand of the Father and rises up to accomplish God’s will and bring everything to its appointed end.
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