GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez
7 Judgements –
The Cross, The Bel (rebound), Bels who are evaluated after the Rapture (Bema seat), Tribulation Judgment of Gentiles & Jews, Judgement of fallen angels, and the final judgment at end of Millennium (Great White Throne).
Joe 3:8 “Also I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the sons of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans (nation of Sheba), to a distant nation,” for the LORD has spoken.
Joe 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare (qadash) a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up!
This is a reference to a military campaign prior to the judgement of the Gentiles.
Though the sense of peace will be promoted in the first few years of the Tribulation it will be a time of illusion because the leaders in charge will mount great military strength while the majority of people will focus on peace and economic growth.
Freedom is achieved and then maintained through a powerful military presence and military abilities to mobilize and conquer enemies. This is a standard inside Biblical history that will not cease until Christ returns.
Joel 3:9 – rouse the mighty men!
`uwr gibbowr – awaken, wake up the true men of valor or courage & strength.
Those who have been lulled to sleep by false peace treaties and propaganda generated by satanic forces.
Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.”
Preparation for battle means everything is available to combat the enemies and your mind needs to be strong!
Joel 3:12 Let the nations be aroused
and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
Planned in eternity past and mentioned in the sheep & goat judgement.
Joel 3:13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
The level of anti-Semitic and anti-Christian fervor is at an all-time high publicly.
Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
The Baptism of fire is at hand, the choice under this circumstance should be easy yet many will reject Jesus Christ.
The “valley of decision” means the human race (Unbels) will face this decision. And the climax of this particular situation is the judgement in the valley of Jehoshaphat where all of the Unbels are weeded out and cast into fire.
Looking into the end of the Tribulation and realizing that there are still many Unbels is almost incomprehensible. Yet the Bible is clear that no set of horrific events, angelic presence or miraculous circumstances will penetrate a soul completely consumed by the OSN.
Jhn 11:42 “I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”
Jhn 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.
When the OSN has fully engulfed a human soul it develops hardness, a callous heart (mind) that is nearly impossible to pierce even when confronted with truth it rejects it and often attacks it!
Luk 17:15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,
Luk 17:18 “Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”
Mat 13:49 “So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous,
Joe 3:15 The sun and moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness.
This is a day (24 hrs.) as the Lord is preparing to appear.
Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion
And utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel.
Rev 19:15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Joel 3:17 Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers will pass through it no more.
The time of Unbels holding Bels captive and Unbels being in the majority will no longer exist.
The OSN does not succumb to old age or secular self-help programs it simple will adapt and overcome in an effort to find a new avenue of control and arrogance to re-establish its authority in your life.
Aside from real spiritual growth there is almost no barrier or containment of the old nature for a long period of time. Many secular belief systems appear to control it, but over time it will resurface and perhaps even develop new tendencies.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.
For the Bel who rejects truth for a period of time, they will become like the Unbel and it will be difficult to differentiate between the two. They will reap what they sow and eventually face divine discipline.
For the Unbel who rejects the gospel repeatedly they will begin to feel frustration toward truth that will lead to antagonism toward God. This Unbel will replace the true God with false gods/idols or simply slip into a deeper worship of self (lust patterns).
Pro 14:14 The backslider in heart will have his fill of his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied with his.