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Jesus Refused Political Power

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SYNOPSIS:  Jesus refused political power when Satan offered it. Should disciples presume to embrace what the Son of God refused?
Jesus refused political power when offered it by Satan. Why do today’s church leaders presume to grasp what the Son of God would not? Satan tempted Jesus by offering him “all the kingdoms of the world.” All he needed to do to attain absolute state power was to “render homage” to the Tempter (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-7).

Power and Wisdom of God

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SYNOPSIS:God’s Power and Wisdom are revealed in Christ Crucified, not in mighty signs and wonders - 1 Corinthians 1:18-24.
A lie being propagated by many deceivers within the church is that God is about to pour out mountains of miracles on His saints, causing a stupendous revival that will produce a “Great Harvest” of billions of souls. Apparently, it is the display of vast supernatural powers that will win hearts and awe souls into submission to the Kingdom.

Reign and Priesthood of the Saints

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SYNOPSIS:  The saints reign with Jesus in the present age as a “Kingdom of Priests” – Revelation 20:4-6.
Only two activities that are to occur during the thousand-year period are recorded - The imprisonment of Satan, and the reign of victorious saints. Ironically, the “rest of the dead” do not live until the “second death.” There is no mention of any temple, the city of Jerusalem, the restoration of animal sacrifices, or national Israel in Chapter 20 of the book of Revelation. Furthermore, the passage is the ONLY one in the entire Bible to refer to a thousand-year period during which the saints “reign.”

Fall of Babylon Announced

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SYNOPSIS:Two more angels appear to announce the judicial sentence of God on “Babylon” and the “inhabitants of the earth” that give homage to the Beast - Revelation 14:8-11.
The angel “flying in mid-heaven with the everlasting gospel” is followed by “another angel, a second one” who announces the fall of Babylon. In turn, “another angel, a third one” appears to pronounce a judicial sentence on all men and women who give allegiance to the Beast.

The vision in this next section incorporates language from key Old Testament passages about ancient enemies of Israel that were judged by Yahweh. This includes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the forces of Gog and Magog after invading Israel.

Announcement of the Everlasting Gospel

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SYNOPSIS:Having contrasted the followers of the Lamb with the men that pay homage to the Beast, the book presents a definitive choice with two very different and everlasting consequences - Revelation 14:6-7.
The two preceding paragraphs presented two different groups. First, the “inhabitants of the earth” that render homage to the Beast. Second, the 144,000 saints purchased from the earth who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes”  - The ones who "tabernacle in heaven." There is no third category or middle ground them (Revelation 13:6-1814:1-5).

Abyss

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SYNOPSIS:  The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, yet it is under the authority of the Lamb – Revelation 11:7
A place called the “Abyss” is introduced when the fifth trumpet sounds in Chapter 9 of the book of Revelation, a deep pit from which a horde of locust-like creatures ascends to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, this deep place is the source from which satanic agencies ascend to wage war against the “saints.” It also functions as a “prison” to hold satanic forces until their appointed time to “ascend” and wreak havoc on their victims (Revelation 9:1-2, 13:1-2, 17:8, 20:1-3, 20:7-10).