LESSON 12

THE TIME OF TROUBLE

Scriptures

Daniel 12:1 | Matthew 24:1-51 | Luke 17:28 | Luke 21:26 | Revelation 14:12 | Jude 1:24 | Revelation 15:1 | Revelation 15:5 | Revelation 15:6 | Psalm 91:1-16 | Revelation 16:1-21 | John 3:5 | 1 Corinthians 10:2 | Luke 22:21 | Matthew 26:26 | Matthew 26:27 | Matthew 26:28 | Exodus 30:28 | John 6:58


At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a _______________ of _______________, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).

 

This “time of trouble” occurs shortly before Jesus returns. During this time, the commandment-keeping people of God, those who have come out of spiritual Babylon, will be _______________ by all nations for Christ’s sake (Matthew 24:9). During this time, “many will be _______________, will _______________ one another, and will _______________ one another” (Matthew 24:10). “Many false _______________ will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). And this _______________ of the kingdom will be _______________ in all the _______________, as a witness to all the nations, and then the _______________ will come (Matthew 24:14).

But before Christ returns, it will be just like the days of _______________ (Matthew 24:37). “For as in the _______________ before the _______________, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark (Matthew 24:38), and did not know until the flood came and ______________________________ all away, so also will the _______________ of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:39). Just as there were doubters of God’s judgment in Noah’s day, so also there will be those doubting the coming of Christ. God's Word says that He sent the flood in Noah’s day because every _______________ of the _______________ of man’s heart was only _______________ continually (Genesis 6:5). So at the end of time, _______________ will abound, the _______________ of many will grow _______________ (Matthew 24:12).

Violence celebrated in the media, lawlessness, and a rebellion against God will continue to increase, even while many claim to be serving God! Likewise as it was also in the days of _______________: They _______________, they drank, they _______________, they sold, they _______________, they built (Luke 17:28); so will it be just before the coming of Christ. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they had become full of sexual perversion; Christ prophesied that at the end of time, sexual perversion would increase, becoming popular.

Violence celebrated in the media, lawlessness, and a rebellion against God will continue to increase, even while many claim to be serving God! 

At the same time, calamities will continue to increase, men’s _______________ failing them from _______________ and the _______________ of those things which are _______________ on the _______________, for the powers of the heavens will be _______________ (Luke 21:26). Apostate Protestantism will convince the people that these calamities—school shootings, acts of terrorism, and financial and natural disasters—are a direct result of breaking the law of God and will seek to enforce their version of Christianity as the only solution. Satan will seek to wipe out the remnant of God through a death decree, but before this can happen, God will intervene.

The ultimate goal of Satan will be to lead the Lord’s remnant people to break the law of God under pain of death, and thus show that it is impossible to keep God’s law under any circumstance. But the remnant will _______________ the _______________ of God and the _______________ of Jesus (Revelation 14:12) despite the circumstances around them. In this way, the people of God will demonstrate to the world and to the watching universe that God’s law can be kept even under the most trying circumstances, showing that there is never a reason to break God’s commandments.

Satan overcame Adam and Eve in a perfect environment, when they had no apparent reason to sin. God will use humanity, weakened by thousands of years of sin, placed in an environment of pure rebellion, in which it appears they have every reason to sin, to overcome Satan and bring about his ultimate demise, as well as silence his arguments and accusations toward God. The righteous will cling to the promise that God is able to _______________ them from _______________ (Jude 1:24).

The message of the third angel warns that all who receive the mark will suffer the wine of the wrath of God. Now, when the wicked are seeking to persecute those who have not yielded to their demands, God sends the _______________ last _______________, which are filled up with the _______________ of God (Revelation 15:1). John writes that he looked and saw the _______________ of the _______________ of the _______________ in _______________ was opened (Revelation 15:5)—and that from the temple seven angels came, having seven plagues with them (Revelation 15:6).

These plagues are directly tied to the sanctuary; they are poured out upon those who have rejected the truths found within it. The plagues are actually God’s protection over His people from those seeking to kill them. Only those who by faith dwell in the _______________ place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1); He will be our _______________ and _______________ (Psalm 91:2). God will be our shield. “You shall not be _______________ of the _______________ by night, nor of the _______________ that flies by day (Psalm 91:5), nor of the _______________ that walks in darkness, nor of the _______________ that lays _______________ at noonday (Psalm 91:6). A _______________ may fall at your _______________, and ten thousand at your _______________ hand; but it shall not come near _______________ (Psalm 91:7). Only with your _______________ shall you look and see the _______________ of the _______________. (Psalm 91:8) … No evil shall befall you, nor shall any _______________ come near your dwelling” (Psalm 91:10).

As in Noah’s day, when only those found in the ark were safe from the coming destruction, so at the end of time, only those dwelling by faith in the “secret place,” the ark of the covenant in the most holy place, will be safe from the outpouring of the seven last plagues. In fact, the seven last plagues are all directly related to the articles of furniture inside the sanctuary.

When the first plague is poured out, a foul and loathsome _______________ came upon the men who had the _______________ of the beast and who _______________ his image (Revelation 16:2). The mark is placed upon all who reject the contents of the ark. Since they have refused the Sabbath seal in their minds, they are now plagued with literal sores on their flesh.

The second angel pours out his plague on the _______________, and it became _______________ as of a _______________ man (Revelation 16:3). The waters are a symbol of baptism, as when the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; Paul wrote that they were _______________ into Moses (1 Corinthians 10:2). Since those with the beast’s mark have rejected the cleansing offered by true baptism, symbolized by the laver, the sea is now rendered useless, signifying no more opportunity to be born of _______________ and of the _______________ so that one may enter into the _______________ of God (John 3:5).

The third angel pours out his plague on the _______________ and _______________ of _______________, and they became blood (Revelation 16:4).  An angel then says, “You are righteous, O Lord … because You have judged these things. For they have _______________ the _______________ of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to _______________. For it is their just due” (Revelation 16:5–6). This third plague is poured out upon those guilty of shedding the blood of God’s people. The fountains and rivers are man’s drinking source. It is at the table of showbread where cups used for the drink offerings were stored, symbolic of Jesus, whose blood was shed for us and whose blood is the symbolic drink of the new covenant (Numbers 4:7). At the Last Supper, His disciples sat at the _______________ (Luke 22:21), where Christ took “_______________, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My _______________ of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins’ ” (Matthew 26:26–28). By rejecting the offer of Christ’s blood and, in turn, persecuting God’s people unto death, God gives His enemies true blood to drink.

The fourth angel pours out his plague on the _______________, and power was given to it to _______________ men with fire (Revelation 16:8). And men were _______________ with great _______________, and they blasphemed the name of God and they did not _______________ and give Him glory (Revelation 16:9). The altar of ______________________________ (Exodus30:28) represents the sacrifice of the Son of God and the suffering He endured for us in the fires of affliction. Since the wicked reject this offering, God gives them the sun to burn them literally.

The fifth angel pours out his plague on the _______________ of the beast, and his kingdom was full of _______________; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain (Revelation 16:10). They blasphemed God and did not repent of their deeds (Revelation 16:11). In rejecting the light of Jesus Christ, as signified by the candlestick, God grants them darkness.

The sixth angel pours out his plague on the great river _______________ , whose waters dried up. (Revelation 16:12) “I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the _______________ of the dragon, out of the _______________ of the beast, and out of the _______________ of the false prophet (Revelation 16:13). For they are spirits of demons, performing _______________, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to _______________ them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty,” to a place called Armageddon (Revelation 16:14–16). Here the people are gathered by the mouth, the words, of demons. Having rejected the intercession of Christ at the altar of incense, which would have gathered them to the throne of grace, they are given over to be gathered by seducing spirits for the final battle.

Finally, the seventh angel pours out his plague into the air—and “great _______________ from _______________ fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God … since that plague was exceedingly great” (Revelation 16:21). Having rejected the _______________ that came down from heaven (John 6:58), God instead gives them hailstones from heaven.

In rejecting the sanctuary, the wicked receive their just punishment according to every article of furniture found therein. Once these plagues are finished, Christ comes to take His people home.

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