Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000025
01:12 Let's pray.
01:14 Our Father in heaven, thank you for bringing us
01:16 once again to Your house.
01:19 We anticipate great blessings from Your hands
01:23 as we open with reverent hands Your holy Word.
01:28 As we study about Armageddon, earth's last great battle,
01:32 we ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit
01:35 and we ask also that You will help us to be on the right side
01:38 in this final conflict.
01:41 We pray this in the precious name of Jesus,
01:44 Your beloved Son, Amen.
01:49 There is no battle
01:53 in the history of the world that has received more publicity
01:57 than the Battle of Armageddon.
02:00 I'd like to begin by reading the passage which deals with
02:04 the Battle of Armageddon.
02:05 It's found in Revelation chapter 16
02:09 and verses 12 through 16.
02:13 This is the sixth plague
02:18 of the seven plagues of Revelation.
02:22 And it says this:
03:18 Now in our lecture today we are not going to study
03:21 everything relating to the Battle of Armageddon.
03:26 Many many books have been written on this battle.
03:30 And by the way, most of what has been written
03:32 about this battle is flat wrong.
03:36 But as I read the books
03:39 that have been written about the
03:41 Battle of Armageddon
03:42 I am amazed to see
03:44 that the writers comment on everything in this passage
03:50 abundantly, but there's one verse which seems
03:55 to be shuffled under the rug and very little is said
03:59 about that specific verse.
04:01 You see, as I have read books
04:03 from many different denominations about the
04:06 Battle of Armageddon they have very much to say about
04:09 the waters of the Euphrates drying up
04:12 and the kings from the east and the dragon, the beast,
04:15 and the false prophet and the three evil spirits like frogs.
04:19 There's very much exposition when it comes to this,
04:23 but the verse which rarely receives much of a comment
04:29 is verse 15.
04:32 In fact, you know the interesting thing
04:34 is that this is the only time
04:37 between Revelation 3:21 and Revelation chapter 21
04:43 that Jesus clearly speaks in Revelation.
04:49 So if this is the only verse where Jesus explicitly speaks
04:55 between Revelation 3:21 and Revelation chapter 21,
04:59 it must be a very important verse.
05:04 Let's notice this verse again
05:07 because it deals with the issues involved
05:10 in the Battle of Armageddon.
05:11 It says once again in chapter 16 and verse 15,
05:16 here Jesus is speaking:
05:34 The Battle of Armageddon has everything to do
05:38 with the way in which we are dressed.
05:41 The way in which we are garbed.
05:44 You see, in the Battle of Armageddon there are going to be
05:46 two different groups of people:
05:49 those who are found with their garments on
05:54 and those who are found naked.
05:57 Now the question is: what does it mean to be
06:00 covered with the garments and what does it mean
06:04 to be naked?
06:06 We need to go back, of course, to the book of Genesis.
06:10 So go back with me to Genesis chapter 2
06:13 and I'm going to read very quickly verses 15 through 17.
06:19 Genesis chapter 2 and verses 15 through 17.
06:25 We've read this many times before, but let's read it again.
06:46 Did God give a clear commandment to Adam and Eve?
06:49 He most certainly did.
06:51 Of course here it's given to Adam, but Eve repeats it
06:53 in chapter 3... so they both understood the command of God.
06:57 Now the Bible tells us that before Adam and Eve sinned
07:03 in their state of innocence while they were still obedient
07:06 to God, there was something very interesting that
07:10 characterized them. Go with me to Genesis chapter 2
07:13 and verse 25. Genesis chapter 2 and verse 25.
07:17 And remember, this is describing Adam and Eve
07:19 while they were still obedient to God's commandment.
07:23 And we've already studied that in this one commandment
07:26 are contained all of the Ten Commandments in principle.
07:29 But I want you to notice the condition they were in
07:32 while they were obedient to God's commandments.
07:35 It says in Genesis 2 verse 25:
07:45 Now is there any connection between that verse
07:48 and Revelation 16 verse 15?
07:50 Very clearly there's a connection.
07:52 There's the idea of nakedness
07:54 and there's the idea of shame.
07:56 Two words that we noticed in Revelation 16 verse 15.
08:01 So when they are in this con- dition of obedience to God's law
08:04 the Bible tells us that they were naked and they were not
08:07 ashamed. Now after they sinned
08:10 they noticed that they were naked.
08:12 Where was the change?
08:14 Allow me to go through it very quickly.
08:17 Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
08:19 were naked with respect to human, man-made garments.
08:24 But the Bible makes it very clear that they were originally
08:27 covered with the glory of God.
08:30 They were covered with a glorious light.
08:32 And you say: "How do we know that? "
08:33 I'm only going to mention the verses because we've already
08:36 read them previously.
08:38 In Psalm 8 verses 5 and 6 we're told that when man was
08:41 created God crowned him with glory and splendor.
08:47 In other words, man was covered with God's glory.
08:51 He was covered with God's splendor
08:53 in his state of innocence.
08:55 Incidentally, the true church in Revelation 12 and verse 1
08:59 is described as a woman who is clothed with what?
09:03 She is clothed with the sun.
09:05 In other words, her garments are not artificial human garments,
09:08 they are garments of light.
09:11 We also noticed that when Jesus
09:13 was on the Mount of Transfiguration
09:15 He was transfigured. And the Bible says
09:17 that His garments glowed or shone like the light.
09:23 And by the way, the Bible tells us that the white garments
09:26 that God has are really garments of light.
09:30 Allow me to read just this one text to prove this point.
09:33 Psalm 104 and verses 1 and 2.
09:37 Psalm 104 and verses 1 and 2.
09:40 Notice how God is garbed.
09:43 What the clothing of God is when it speaks about Him
09:45 being covered with white raiment.
09:47 It says there in Psalm 104 verses 1 and 2:
09:50 "Bless the Lord, O my soul... "
10:10 So what are the white garments of God?
10:12 The white garments of God are light.
10:16 And so Adam and Eve, while they were obedient to God's law,
10:19 as they stood in their innocence the Bible says
10:22 that they were covered with a glorious robe of light.
10:27 They were naked with respect to human garments
10:29 but they were covered with the glory of God.
10:32 But then came sin.
10:34 Go with me to Genesis chapter 3 and verse 7
10:37 and notice the change that took place in Adam and Eve
10:40 when they sinned. the first consequence of their sin.
10:43 It says in Genesis 3 verse 7:
10:52 So what was the first result?
10:54 They now noticed that they are what? Naked.
10:57 So it must have been that the glorious robe of light
11:00 that covered them had left them.
11:03 And now they don't have human garments,
11:06 and they don't even have the garments of light.
11:08 And so they see that they are naked.
11:10 And notice how they try to solve the problem.
11:12 It says in verse 7... the last part of the verse:
11:23 They tried to cover their disobedience to God's law,
11:26 they tried to cover the shame of their nakedness,
11:31 with fig leaves.
11:33 With garments made by themselves.
11:37 But it's interesting to notice
11:38 that Genesis tells us that even after they covered
11:41 themselves with the fig leaves they still felt naked.
11:44 Which shows that their nakedness was not nakedness of body.
11:47 Their nakedness was nakedness of soul.
11:50 They had sinned against God.
11:52 They had broken the law of God.
11:54 The glory had left them
11:55 because they were now transgressors of God's holy law.
11:59 Notice verses 9 and 10 of Genesis 3.
12:14 At this point he wasn't naked with respect to human garments.
12:17 He had the fig leaves on him
12:20 and yet he's saying at this point that he still feels naked.
12:24 Obviously the garments that are made by human beings
12:27 could not cover the nakedness because only the glory of God
12:32 could cover the nakedness.
12:35 So as Adam and Eve stood obedient to God's law
12:38 they were covered with God's glory.
12:40 When they disobeyed God's law
12:42 they were now destitute of the glory of God.
12:46 But as we found in our study God promised them
12:49 that He was going to give them another opportunity.
12:52 The famous verse of Genesis 3 verse 15.
12:55 Let's read that again. Genesis chapter 3 and verse 15.
12:59 God promises to send a Seed to the world to restore that
13:02 which was lost. It says there in Genesis 3
13:06 and verse 15, God speaking to the serpent:
13:25 In other words, there's going to be a battle here
13:27 between Satan and the Seed of the woman.
13:29 Satan is going to bruise the Seed of the woman's heel
13:33 whereas the Seed of the woman is going to strike
13:36 and He's going to bruise the head of the serpent.
13:41 Now the question is: how was this Seed going to
13:46 give the serpent the bruise on his head?
13:50 Genesis 3:21 makes it very clear.
13:53 In order to bruise the head of the serpent, Adam and Eve
13:56 had to be restored to their original condition.
13:58 How could Adam and Eve be restored to their
14:01 original condition where they were covered, where the shame
14:05 of their nakedness was truly covered?
14:07 Notice Genesis 3 and verse 21.
14:10 Here is the secret.
14:12 It says in verse 21:
14:13 "Also for Adam and his wife
14:19 the Lord God made... " What? "tunics of skin
14:24 and clothed them. "
14:28 Who made the garments?
14:30 God did.
14:31 What did God do with the garments?
14:34 He clothed them. In other words, He covered their what?
14:38 He covered their nakedness.
14:40 What was the only way in which the nakedness of Adam and Eve
14:44 and their descendants could be covered once again
14:46 with the glory of God?
14:48 Only by the death of the Lamb of God
14:53 who takes away the sins of the world.
14:55 By the way, it says "skins" - plural -
15:01 which means that there was more than one animal involved.
15:04 There were two sinners incidentally.
15:07 In order to get the skin of an animal,
15:09 the animal has to be what?
15:11 The animal has to be slain.
15:13 In other words, there was an animal sacrifice.
15:16 And the impression you get from the Bible is that this
15:18 took place in the very Garden of Eden.
15:20 Before God cast Adam and Eve out
15:22 He said: "There's hope; I'm going to send a Seed.
15:25 He's going to bruise the head of the serpent,
15:26 and the way that He's going to do it is by dying
15:29 as the Lamb of God so that your nakedness can once again
15:33 be... " What? "so that your nakedness can be covered. "
15:37 Wasn't this a marvelous promise?
15:40 Now you say: "What does this have to do with the Battle
15:42 of Armageddon? " Well, this evening we are going to study
15:47 the story that we find in the first half of Genesis chapter 4
15:53 because it has a very close relationship with what we just
15:56 talked about: how the nakedness of man was going to be covered
15:59 by the death of lambs to cover the shame of their nakedness.
16:04 God was telling Adam and Eve: "This is the only way
16:07 in which sin can be dealt with; the head of the serpent
16:11 can be bruised; and you can be restored
16:14 to your original condition. "
16:16 Now go with me to Genesis chapter 4 and verses 1 and 2.
16:20 Genesis chapter 4 and verses 1 and 2.
16:23 This is the story of 2 brothers.
16:25 Very well known. Their names? Cain and Abel.
16:30 And in this story we're going to see
16:32 the first Battle of Armageddon in history.
16:35 In fact, it gives us an illustration of what the final
16:39 battle is all about.
16:40 Let's go to Genesis 4 verse 1.
16:56 By the way, that's a mis-translation.
16:58 The Hebrew says: "I have acquired a man... the Lord. "
17:04 What had God promised?
17:06 That He was going to send a Seed of the woman.
17:08 And so Even now thinks that this is the Seed of the woman.
17:12 And so she says: "I have acquired a Seed... the Lord. "
17:16 Little did she realize that this seed was not going to be
17:20 the Messiah. This seed was going to be the devil's seed.
17:25 Incidentally, this story shows beyond any shadow of a doubt
17:30 that the seed that you are is not determined
17:35 by your genetic makeup.
17:38 It's not determined by your birth.
17:40 It's not determined by the place you live.
17:43 It's not determined by your national identity.
17:46 Because both brothers were born from the same woman.
17:50 What this shows - this story - is that whose seed you are
17:55 depends on your character.
17:58 It does not depend on what nation you belong to,
18:01 whether you are a Jew or an Arab,
18:04 whether you are a citizen of the United States or Mexico
18:07 or wherever. The way that you determine
18:10 which seed you belong to is by the character that you possess.
18:15 Now notice Genesis chapter 4
18:18 and let's continue reading at verse 2.
18:21 It says: "Then she bore again...
18:26 this time his brother Abel. "
18:29 By the way, the name Abel means vapor.
18:33 It's the same word that is translated in Ecclesiastes
18:39 I won't get into that any more.
18:42 It says: "Then she bore again... this time his brother Abel. "
18:56 Now is there anything wrong with being a tiller of the soil?
19:00 No. Is there anything wrong with being a keeper of sheep?
19:03 Absolutely not.
19:05 Did Cain and Abel know that God required them to offer
19:10 an animal sacrifice to take care of their sins?
19:13 Do we have that in the previous chapter? Yes!
19:17 Had God said: "The only way that sin can be dealt with,
19:21 the only way in which man can be restored
19:24 to cover his nakedness is by the death of the Lamb of God
19:28 who takes away the sin of the world. " And of course,
19:30 the animals represented the coming Messiah in the future.
19:34 Did they know it? They must have
19:36 because Genesis 3:21 speaks about that.
19:40 And now I want you to notice, however, what happens here.
19:43 Genesis chapter 4 and verse 3.
19:47 Genesis 4 and verse 3. It says here:
20:04 Is that what God has asked for?
20:07 Had God asked for the fruit of the ground?
20:11 Absolutely not. What had He asked for
20:13 that could remove sin?
20:15 The sacrifice of the lamb.
20:18 So let me ask you: did Cain
20:23 bring an offering to God? Yes he did.
20:26 Did he raise an altar to God?
20:28 Did he claim to be a worshiper of God?
20:31 Yes he did.
20:32 Was he obedient to God? No!
20:36 Did he worship God on God's terms?
20:39 Did he worship God the way God said? Or did he worship
20:42 God the way he wanted to?
20:44 You see he worships as he wants.
20:46 He disobeys God and he refuses
20:50 to offer an animal.
20:52 And the Bible says that only the shedding of blood
20:56 can remit what? Only the shedding of blood
20:59 can remit sin.
21:02 And so Cain is the disobedient one.
21:06 Cain is the one who worships God as he wishes...
21:10 not as God has commanded.
21:11 Cain is the one who claims to serve the true God
21:14 but rejects the blood of the lamb.
21:17 Cain is Abel's brother.
21:21 It's not like Cain is some outsider
21:24 and Abel, his brother, is some insider
21:27 and this outsider comes to kill his brother.
21:29 They both claim to worship God.
21:31 They both raise up an altar.
21:33 They both bring an offering.
21:35 They both claim to serve God
21:38 and yet they have radically different characters
21:41 even though they claim to serve the same God.
21:44 Now you know there are some scholars,
21:46 and of course I've read lots of books on this story,
21:48 that say that the reason why God didn't accept Cain's
21:52 offering is because Cain had a nasty attitude.
21:57 It wasn't so much the offering that he brought that made
22:01 the difference, but he just had a lousy attitude
22:04 when he came to worship God.
22:06 Listen, that flies in the face of the evidence that we find
22:09 in all of scripture concerning Cain.
22:12 It was not his attitude
22:14 which led God to reject his sacrifice.
22:17 It was the act of offering the sacrifice that he did
22:21 in disobedience to God.
22:23 Worshiping God on his own terms and rejecting
22:27 the fact of shedding the blood which will ultimately cover
22:32 the nakedness of his sin.
22:34 You say: "How do we know that? "
22:35 Let me go through the evidence.
22:37 First of all, Genesis 3:21 shows us that they knew
22:41 about the sacrifice of animals to cover the nakedness.
22:44 Impossible that Adam and Eve did not tell them that.
22:48 In fact, from the point that these sacrifices were made
22:51 there's no doubt that sacri- fices were offered after this.
22:56 Furthermore... and I'm not going to read these texts,
22:58 I'm just going to mention them...
23:00 God tells Cain in chapter 4 and verse 7:
23:03 "You know, if you do good... "
23:06 Notice... not if you have a good attitude.
23:08 "If you do good, won't you be accepted?
23:12 Won't your sacrifice be accepted?
23:13 But if you do evil, sin lies at the... " What?
23:18 "Sin lies at the gate or at the door. "
23:21 In other words, clearly in Genesis 4 and verse 7
23:25 it tells us that Cain did not do good
23:29 by bringing the offering that he did.
23:31 By the way, the Bible says in James 4 verse 17
23:33 that sin consists of knowing what you're supposed to do
23:38 and not doing it. It's he who knows how to do good
23:41 and does not do it that is sin.
23:43 So was sin lying at the gate of Cain's door?
23:47 It most certainly was.
23:49 Furthermore Hebrews 11 and verse 4
23:52 very very clearly tells us that the difference was in the
23:55 sacrifice that they offered.
23:58 Notice Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 4.
24:01 This is an important verse that we need to read.
24:04 It says here in Hebrews 11 and verse 4
24:07 about the sacrifice that was made by Abel:
24:40 Where was the difference?
24:42 It was not a difference in attitude.
24:43 It was a difference in offering or in sacrifice.
24:47 Furthermore, in I John chapter 3 and verse 12
24:50 which we have read previously in other contexts
24:53 it says:
25:08 So where was the problem?
25:10 Was it with the attitude or with the actions?
25:13 The problem was with the actions.
25:17 And by the way, we're going to notice in a moment
25:19 in verse 4 that Abel offered the firstlings of his flock
25:24 and their fat.
25:26 That's very significant
25:28 because some people say: "It doesn't say in Genesis 4
25:30 that Abel offered a sacrifice. "
25:33 But it's very clear that he did, and we're going to notice that.
25:37 But what I want you to notice for now is that Cain did not
25:39 offer the firstlings or the first fruits of his flock
25:43 and he did not offer their fat to God.
25:45 Now... let's go back to Genesis chapter 4
25:48 and read verse 4. We're contrasting the attitude
25:52 of these two brothers.
25:53 Genesis chapter 4 and verse 4. It says:
26:03 Now why would Abel bring the firstborn
26:08 of his flock and why would he bring their fat?
26:13 Where would he get such an idea that he was supposed to
26:15 offer God the firstborn of his flocks
26:18 and that he was supposed to offer their fat?
26:21 Do you think he just said: "Oh, I think it would be nice
26:22 to offer God the firstborn and to offer their fat? "
26:25 Of course not.
26:27 We know very clearly from the later sacrificial service -
26:30 listen to what I'm going to say -
26:32 from the later sacrificial service in the sanctuary
26:35 that every firstborn animal
26:38 was the property of God
26:42 and was to be brought to the temple for God.
26:45 And we also know... and I'm going to mention the verses
26:48 in a moment... you can read them at your leisure,
26:50 they're on the list...
26:51 We also know that when the animal was sacrificed
26:54 the fat was separated from the animal
26:57 and was burned upon the altar.
26:59 By the way, you could not get the fat of the animal
27:01 unless you what? Unless you killed the animal.
27:04 So very clearly, God was the One who told Abel
27:08 "You should offer the firstlings or the firstborn of your flocks
27:12 and you should offer their fat. "
27:15 Because there's no way that Abel would have simply guessed that.
27:17 And besides, the later sanctuary service shows us
27:20 that God required that. Are you understanding what I'm saying?
27:24 In other words, Cain did not bring the firstborn
27:27 of his flock. Cain did not bring the fat.
27:32 Cain did not bring what God said.
27:34 He worshiped God on his own terms
27:37 and he disobeyed God. He refused to bring the blood.
27:42 Now in Hebrews 9 verse 22 it says:
27:54 So was there any satisfaction for the sins of Cain
27:58 just by bringing the fruit of the ground?
28:01 Absolutely not.
28:03 And so we find three characteristics about Cain.
28:06 Number one: he rejected Jesus by not offering an animal.
28:11 Secondly: he disobeyed God's explicit order.
28:14 He was disobedient. And number three:
28:16 he worshiped God, he brought an offering,
28:19 he raised an altar... but he worshiped God
28:21 not as God had commanded but he worshiped God
28:25 as he pleased.
28:28 Are you starting to catch a picture of the difference
28:30 between Cain and Abel?
28:32 Let me ask you: did Abel obey God's specifications
28:35 exactly? Yes he did.
28:38 Did Abel obey God, did he worship God the way
28:42 God commanded that He should be worshiped?
28:44 Absolutely! Did Abel accept the blood of Jesus
28:49 to save him from his sins?
28:51 Sure, because in Hebrews 11 verse 4 it says:
28:54 "By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. "
28:57 He looked by faith to the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
29:02 Now I want you to go back with me to Genesis chapter 4
29:05 and you're going to notice something very interesting here
29:08 in... We'll read verse 4 for the context again
29:10 and then we'll go on to verse 5. It says:
29:27 Did God accept the offering of Cain?
29:29 Why didn't He accept the offering of Cain?
29:32 Didn't Cain come to worship Him?
29:34 Didn't Cain raise an altar?
29:36 Didn't Cain place the fruit of the ground upon the altar?
29:40 Didn't he claim to worship the true God?
29:43 He most certainly did.
29:44 So why did God reject the offering of Cain?
29:48 For three reasons.
29:50 Number one: because without shedding of blood there is no
29:54 remission of sins. Number two:
29:57 Cain was disobedient to God's specific command.
30:01 And number three: Cain offered a substitute in place of what
30:04 God had asked for.
30:07 And God can take no substitutes.
30:10 When we substitute for worship
30:12 something that God has not
30:13 commanded us to offer, that is unacceptable to God.
30:18 Now how did God show that He approved Abel's sacrifice
30:22 and He did not approve of Cain's sacrifice?
30:25 You know, I find it very interesting the way some
30:27 scholars think. As I studied for this subject
30:30 I noticed that some scholars said that the way Cain knew
30:36 that Abel's sacrifice had been accepted and his not
30:39 is that the smoke from Abel's sacrifice went up
30:43 whereas the smoke of Cain's sacrifice went down.
30:46 That sounds so interesting.
30:49 But we don't have to speculate.
30:51 How did God show in the Bible that He accepted a sacrifice?
30:57 The Bible tells us how God showed that He accepted
31:01 a sacrifice. Allow me just to mention
31:03 four examples from the Old Testament.
31:06 I'll just mention them. Leviticus 9:24.
31:09 When the sanctuary was established in the wilderness -
31:12 the sanctuary service - the Bible says that the animals
31:14 were placed upon the altar of sacrifice
31:16 and God showed His acceptance by raining fire from heaven
31:20 that consumed the sacrifices.
31:23 In I Chronicles chapter 21 and verse 26
31:28 David invoked the name of the Lord and offered a sacrifice.
31:32 And God showed His approval of David's sacrifice by raining
31:35 fire from heaven and consuming the sacrifice.
31:38 When Solomon's temple was dedicated
31:41 II Chronicles chapter 7 and verse 1
31:43 Solomon prayed to God and God rained fire from heaven
31:47 and consumed the sacrifice.
31:49 In the days of Elijah, Elijah invoked the name of the Lord.
31:52 And the Bible tells us that God responded to the prayer
31:56 of Elijah by raining fire from heaven.
31:58 So what happened originally when Abel invoked the name
32:02 of the Lord... what happened is that fire came down from heaven
32:07 and consumed the sacrifice of Abel.
32:09 And the sacrifice of Cain remained on the altar without
32:14 any fire.
32:16 God was saying: "I do not accept a disobedient sacrifice.
32:20 I do not accept worship on your terms.
32:23 I do not accept an offering that does not have blood
32:26 because without the shedding of blood there is no remission
32:28 of sin. " And now we find
32:32 that Cain becomes very angry.
32:36 Notice once again Genesis chapter 4.
32:38 Genesis chapter 4
32:40 and let's read verse 5 again.
32:44 "But He did not respect Cain and his offering. "
32:55 You know in the Hebrew... Hebrew is very descriptive.
32:57 When that says that his countenance fell
33:00 it says that he became "long faced. "
33:04 He started to pout.
33:07 He was angry.
33:08 He was angry at God
33:10 because God had accepted the worship of his brother
33:14 and He had not accepted his worship.
33:17 Now folks, I want to underline again the importance of this
33:20 story. Certain points that we need to keep in mind.
33:24 They were both brothers.
33:27 This is a conflict between brothers.
33:31 They were both religious. Yes or no?
33:35 They both worshiped.
33:37 They both raised an altar.
33:40 They both brought an offering.
33:42 They both claimed to worship the true God.
33:46 Where was the difference?
33:48 Blood, obedience, and worship
33:53 on God's terms.
33:56 Now notice Genesis 4:6-7.
33:59 God tries to reason with Cain.
34:02 It says in Genesis chapter 4 and verse 6:
34:14 See... there it is: "If you do well... "
34:16 In other words, "If you bring the sacrifice that I said.
34:19 If you obey Me; if you worship on My terms... "
34:36 In other words, sin is personified here.
34:38 This is the idea of a beast that is crouching,
34:41 ready to pounce on someone.
34:43 What the Lord is saying is that "If you do well
34:45 your offering will be accepted,
34:47 but if you don't sin is lying at the door
34:50 ready to pounce of you. " And so it says:
34:53 "Its desire is for you. " In other words,
34:56 sin desires to have you but you should rule over it.
35:02 You should have sovereignty over sin by doing good,
35:06 by obeying God and worshiping God on His terms.
35:09 Then we find in verse 8
35:12 the tragic climax of this story. It says:
35:17 It looks like they got into an argument.
35:20 We don't know exactly what they talked about
35:22 but it's not hard to imagine.
35:24 I can imagine Abel saying to Cain: "Cain,
35:27 you know what God has told us that we're supposed to bring.
35:31 You know that we're supposed to worship God on His terms.
35:34 You know that we're supposed to obey God.
35:38 If you brought the right sacrifice... "
35:39 See, he's using the same logic that God did.
35:41 "If you brought the same sacrifice,
35:43 your offering would be accepted just as well as mine. "
35:47 And what does this do with Cain?
35:49 It fills him with further fury.
35:52 He says: "Who are you, my little brother, to teach me?
35:56 I'm your older brother and you should do what I say. "
35:59 And Abel says: "I do what God says. "
36:02 And so it says in verse 8:
36:15 First Battle of Armageddon in history.
36:20 The false worshiper is killing the true worshiper.
36:24 The disobedient is killing the obedient.
36:29 The one who really and truly has accepted Jesus
36:34 is rising against he who claims to serve Jesus
36:39 but does not.
36:41 Are you catching a picture of what we have here?
36:44 The first Battle of Armageddon in history.
36:49 Now I want you to notice what we find in the following verses.
36:54 Verse 9:
36:55 "Then the Lord said to Cain: 'Where is Abel your brother? ' "
36:59 By the way, the word brother is used... in the first eleven
37:02 verses is used seven times.
37:04 I think God is trying to empha- size that they were brothers.
37:07 Is it just possible that the final war is going to be
37:09 among brothers?
37:12 People who claim to worship the same God?
37:17 People who go to church?
37:21 People who worship, but one group is characterized
37:25 by worship on God's terms and by obedience to God
37:29 and by truly receiving Jesus
37:31 while the others worship God on their terms
37:34 and thus disobey God?
37:37 And though they claim to receive Jesus they are truly
37:39 rejecting Him?
37:41 The final war is going to be among brothers.
37:43 You say: "How is this possible? "
37:45 Listen folks, this is the way it's been all throughout human
37:48 history. What makes you think that it's going to be any
37:51 different at the end?
37:53 You know, we usually as Christians think: "Oh yeah.
37:56 We need to be careful about the Arabs and the Muslims
37:59 and the Russians because they're going to be the ones that are
38:01 dangerous to us. "
38:04 Scripture does not corroborate that idea.
38:06 Scripture tells us that our greatest enemies
38:10 Jesus said will be those of our own household.
38:14 The greatest enemy of Abel was his brother!
38:18 The greatest enemy of the prophets in the Old Testament
38:21 were the very people that they were sent to: religious people.
38:26 Those that crucified Christ were religious people.
38:30 Those who persecuted God's people during the 1,260 years
38:34 was the church that claimed to follow Jesus Christ.
38:38 Of course, in the end time it's going to be different.
38:40 Our enemies at the end of time are going to be the Chinese
38:43 and the Russians. Now how spiritual is that?
38:47 Let me ask you: are there good and bad Russians?
38:50 Yes. Are there good and bad
38:52 US people? Yeah.
38:54 So if you say that the battle
38:55 is between Russia and China
38:57 and the United States, you're saying the battle is
38:59 the good bad against the good bad.
39:03 The fact is that the book of Revelation shows
39:06 that the final battle will be two different kinds of people
39:09 who claim to worship the true God.
39:12 One group worships on God's terms
39:15 and obeys God to the letter.
39:17 The other group disobeys God and worships
39:21 as they wish.
39:25 Now notice Genesis 4:9-10.
39:28 Genesis chapter 4 verses 9 and 10.
39:30 We're told here this:
39:37 "Then the Lord said to Cain: 'Where is Abel your brother? '
39:40 He said: 'I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper? ' "
39:46 Is he repentant?
39:48 No... he is defiant.
39:49 Verse 10:
40:01 What was crying out?
40:05 The voice of his brother's what?
40:07 Of his blood. Was crying from where?
40:10 Was crying from the ground.
40:14 Now, notice Genesis 4:11 and then I'm going to explain
40:16 to you what this means. Genesis 4 and verse 11.
40:20 Let's add the testimony of that verse.
40:22 It says, God is speaking: "So now you are cursed
40:25 from the earth which has opened its mouth to receive
40:28 your brother's blood from your hand. "
40:31 What received the brother's blood?
40:33 The earth. By the way, this is an allusion
40:37 to the sanctuary service.
40:38 Do you know that when an animal was sacrificed
40:41 the blood was taken out of the animal
40:43 and it was poured on the ground next to the altar?
40:48 By the way, it was innocent blood
40:49 because the blood of the lamb represented the blood of Jesus.
40:53 It was poured out on the ground.
40:55 And in that sense, the ground was crying out for what?
40:59 Was crying out for justice.
41:01 By the way, when it says here that the blood of Abel is
41:04 crying out, we need to understand that blood doesn't
41:08 literally cry out. What's happening here?
41:11 What does that mean that the "blood of your brother
41:13 cries out? " It is crying out for what?
41:16 For justice.
41:18 By the way, that expression "crying out" is a legal term
41:21 in the Old Testament.
41:22 It refers to an individual who has been wronged
41:25 and who is crying out so that his case is righted by God.
41:31 Had a great injustice been performed here?
41:34 The true worshiper and the obedient one dies
41:37 and the false worshiper and the one who is disobedient
41:41 to God lives! Must justice be meted out?
41:45 Yes! That's why the blood is crying from the ground.
41:48 Because the blood has been spilt on the ground
41:50 and the blood of Abel is demanding justice
41:54 because an injustice has been committed.
41:56 And then I want you to notice what happens in Genesis 4:15.
42:01 This is where the story gets particularly interesting.
42:04 Genesis chapter 4 and verse 15. It says:
42:27 What was placed on Cain? A mark.
42:30 Was that a mark of preservation of life?
42:34 Yes it was! It says here it was a mark
42:37 to preserve his what? To preserve his life.
42:41 Now is there in the book of Revelation a mark that is placed
42:46 on the forehead and the hand which preserves life?
42:50 I'm not talking now from the perspective of God.
42:53 I'm talking from the perspective of man.
42:55 Let me ask you: what is going to happen with those -
42:58 humanly speaking - who refuse the mark of the beast?
43:01 It says in Revelation 13 that they will be what?
43:04 Killed! So what the beast is saying is:
43:07 "You receive the mark and your life will be... " What?
43:11 Your life will be spared.
43:13 And so we find in the story of Cain and Abel
43:16 a prefiguring of the mark of the beast...
43:20 the beast giving his mark to those who want their lives
43:24 preserved who don't want to die in the final crisis.
43:27 Of course, eventually the same is going to happen
43:30 with the wicked as happened with Cain.
43:32 Cain died a lost man,
43:35 and he will resurrect in what the Bible calls
43:37 the second resurrection to suffer second death.
43:42 In other words, his life was spared
43:44 only for a period of time.
43:46 Just as at the end of time those who have the mark of the
43:49 beast: their lives will be spared for a short period
43:52 of time. Now I'd like to make a brief application of this
43:57 story as we find it in the book of Revelation.
44:00 Listen, folks, the conflict in the book of Revelation
44:05 will be exactly the same as in Genesis with one difference.
44:09 And that is that in Genesis you have two individuals
44:14 that have different characters, different styles of worship,
44:18 one obedient and one disobedient.
44:20 The only difference with the end of time is that at the end of
44:23 time you are going to have two world-wide groups
44:27 who have the same characters as these two individuals
44:30 at the beginning of history.
44:31 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
44:33 In other words, these two characters will have
44:35 proliferated and filled the world
44:37 and you will have two different kinds of worshippers.
44:42 By the way, do you know that the controversy in the book of
44:44 Revelation is identical to the controversy in Genesis?
44:47 It's over the blood, it's over worship,
44:49 and it's over obedience.
44:51 You say: "How do you know that? "
44:53 Go with me to Revelation chapter 7 and verse 14.
44:56 Let's notice the blood first.
44:57 Those who are saved... What characterizes those who are
45:00 saved according to the book of Revelation?
45:02 It says in Revelation chapter 7 and verse 14
45:05 speaking about that great multi- tude which no man can number.
45:07 It says: "And I said to him:
45:09 'Sir, you know. ' So he said to me... "
45:22 Are God's true people going to have white garments made white
45:25 in the blood of the Lamb? Just like at the beginning
45:29 will the shame of their nakedness be covered
45:32 by the blood of Jesus? Yes!
45:34 But these people will be characterized by something else.
45:37 Not only because they accept the blood of Jesus
45:40 but accepting the blood of Jesus is manifested in obedience
45:44 and true worship. Notice Revelation chapter 14
45:48 verses 6 and 7... the first angel's message.
45:51 Revelation chapter 14 and verses 6 and 7.
45:54 It says: "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst
45:57 of heaven having the everlasting gospel
46:00 to preach to those who dwell on the earth.
46:02 To every nation, tribe, tongue, and people
46:05 saying with a loud voice
46:07 'Fear God and give glory to Him... ' "
46:09 Is this a world-wide message? It sure is.
46:12 "Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment
46:17 has come. " And then what does it say?
46:19 "And worship Him who made heaven and earth,
46:23 the sea, and the springs of water. "
46:25 Will God have a people at the end of time
46:27 who listen to this call and worship the Creator?
46:31 Absolutely. And what is the sign of the Creator?
46:35 The sign of the Creator is what?
46:38 The Sabbath.
46:41 Do you see why this issue is important?
46:43 The whole Christian world with- out any Biblical authority...
46:47 I shouldn't say the whole Christian world...
46:49 most of the Christian world
46:50 without any authority - any divine authority -
46:53 they say: "It's OK to worship God on the first day
46:58 of the week. " Is that acceptable in the sight of God?
47:02 That's not any better than the worship of Cain.
47:05 You say: "Why not? "
47:06 For the simple reason that Cain worshiped God on his terms
47:11 and he disobeyed God's explicit instructions.
47:14 Is not keeping the Sabbath and worshiping on a different day
47:18 the same principle as what happened with Cain?
47:22 Absolutely! Because it's being disobedient to God
47:25 and it's worshiping God on our terms instead of
47:28 on the basis of the terms that God Himself has established.
47:32 And so Revelation calls for people to worship the Creator.
47:36 Revelation speaks about those who have made their garments
47:39 white in the blood of the Lamb.
47:41 They're like Abel. They have sacrificed an animal so to speak
47:44 and their lives have been
47:45 covered with the blood of Jesus.
47:47 But they also worship the Creator.
47:49 By the way, do they also
47:51 keep the commandments of God?
47:52 Notice Revelation chapter 12 and verse 17.
47:56 Revelation chapter 12 and verse 17.
47:59 It says: "And the dragon... "
48:01 By the way, the same four elements of Genesis 3:15.
48:03 We're kind of going quickly here.
48:05 But if you notice the story of Cain and Abel
48:07 the story of Cain and Abel is actually an amplification
48:10 of Genesis 3:15.
48:12 Because that story... Do you have enmity in the story
48:14 of Cain and Abel? Yes you do.
48:16 Do you have two seeds? Yes you do.
48:19 Do you have a woman? Yes.
48:21 Do you have a serpent? Cain was of the "wicked one"
48:25 it says in I John 3.
48:26 So do you have the same elements of Genesis 3:15
48:29 in the story of Cain and Abel? Absolutely.
48:32 Do we have the same elements in the final battle?
48:34 Of course. Now if the same elements are present in the
48:37 final battle, must this final battle
48:39 be like the original battle between Cain and Abel?
48:42 Absolutely. Notice Revelation 12:17.
48:45 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman... "
48:47 See, dragon... that's the serpent.
48:49 "With the woman... " There's the woman.
48:50 "He went to make war... " That's the enmity.
48:53 "With the remnant of her seed. " There you have the seed.
48:55 And what characteristic do they have?
48:57 They keep the commandments of God
49:00 and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
49:03 Notice the end of the third angel's message.
49:06 Revelation chapter 14 and verse 12.
49:08 This is the last message that God gives to the world.
49:11 It says in Revelation 14 and verse 12:
49:14 "Here is the patience of the saints;
49:17 here are those who keep the commandments of God
49:20 and the faith of Jesus. " So much for the idea
49:23 that the commandments were nailed to the cross.
49:25 If they were nailed to the cross, why does Revelation say
49:28 that there's going to be a people who keep 'em?
49:33 You're not with me.
49:34 Why does Revelation condemn people who practice false
49:37 worship? Why is it wrong to worship the image to the beast?
49:43 That's idolatry. You say: "Because there's a commandment
49:45 that says thou shalt not make a graven image. "
49:48 "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. "
49:51 So if that's true, then the com- mandments must still be binding.
49:54 They weren't nailed to the cross if the conflict at the end
49:56 of time has to do with worship and so on.
49:59 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
50:00 The trouble is - and I need to be frank here -
50:05 what Christians are willing to say is that God crucified
50:08 the Ten Commandments and then He uncrucified nine.
50:13 Or they'll say that Christ crucified one.
50:16 You see it's the Sabbath that people want to get rid of.
50:19 And it's because the devil hates the Sabbath.
50:22 In the Old Testament he led Israel to break the Sabbath
50:24 time and again. In the times of Christ
50:27 he twisted the meaning of the Sabbath.
50:29 The Pharisees disfigured the Sabbath.
50:32 At the end of time the conflict is going to be also
50:34 over the Sabbath because the devil hates the Sabbath
50:37 because the Sabbath points to the fact that there's only one
50:40 true God: the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
50:42 And if people keep the Sabbath the devil can have nothing
50:45 to do with them because they're recognizing that there's only
50:48 one true God. Raise your hand if you understand what I'm saying.
50:53 It's an issue of whose authority you accept.
50:57 Now... let's go to Revelation 6.
51:01 This is going to get even more interesting.
51:04 Revelation 6. Remember the blood of Abel crying out?
51:09 Is that going to happen at the end of time also?
51:12 Did that happen during the 1,260 years?
51:14 Did a lot of people during the 1,260 years
51:17 die unjustly?
51:19 What did the little horn do? He persecuted whom?
51:21 The saints of the Most High.
51:23 The woman was persecuted in the wilderness.
51:25 Many of them were killed. Was there any justice in that?
51:29 No. How about the martyrs who will die near the end of time
51:32 before probation closes?
51:34 Is there any justice in that? Absolutely not.
51:38 And I want you to notice what happens as a result.
51:40 Revelation chapter 6 and verse 9.
51:42 This is the fifth seal. I wish we had the time
51:44 to study the specific context but let's notice. It says:
51:48 "When he opened the fifth seal I saw under the altar
51:50 the souls of those who have been slain
51:53 for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held. "
51:56 Some people say: "See, the souls are under the altar. "
51:58 Well, this problem can be resolved very easily.
52:01 You see the word soul, as we studied in one of our previous
52:04 lectures, is really... It says in Leviticus 17:14
52:08 that the nefesh of man is his blood. "
52:11 The word nefesh is translated many many times in the
52:14 Old Testament: soul.
52:15 In other words, the soul of man is his blood.
52:19 What it means is that the life of man is his blood.
52:22 So these souls that are crying out under the altar
52:25 they are the blood that was shed, they are the life
52:29 of these individuals that are crying out to God.
52:31 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
52:33 Don't put into the text immortal souls that are in heaven.
52:37 You know, people like to add to the text.
52:39 The text does not say that.
52:41 Now notice: they're under the altar.
52:43 Remember the blood that was poured next to the altar?
52:45 And then notice verse 10:
52:47 "And they cried with a loud voice saying:
52:50 'How long, O Lord, holy and true,
52:54 until You judge and avenge... ' What?
52:56 'our blood on those who dwell on the earth? ' "
52:59 Are they crying out for the same thing that Abel's blood
53:02 cried out for? Absolutely!
53:04 And by the way, there's two groups of martyrs.
53:06 These that are crying out are the ones who died
53:08 during the 1,260 years.
53:09 But there's going to be another group of martyrs.
53:11 Notice verse 11. It says:
53:13 "Then a white robe was given to each of them. "
53:16 Isn't that interesting?
53:17 They died overcomers. A white robe is given to each
53:20 of them. "And it was said to them
53:23 that they should rest a little while longer. "
53:26 Well I guess if they're resting then they must not be alive
53:29 under the altar.
53:32 What's crying out is their blood!
53:35 And so it says that they should rest a little while longer.
53:38 And now notice: "until both the number
53:41 of their fellow servants and their brethren
53:43 who would be killed as they were was completed. "
53:47 Is there going to be another group of martyrs that are
53:48 going to be killed? Yes. And do you know why?
53:51 Because the beast has two stages of existence.
53:55 He killed during the 1,260 years
53:57 but his deadly wound is going to be healed
53:59 and he is going to kill again.
54:02 Are you with me or are you not with me?
54:04 By the way, who are the powers that are going to try and
54:07 destroy God's people at the end time?
54:09 This is the amazing thing.
54:10 The beast represents the Roman Catholic papacy.
54:14 The false prophet represents Protestantism
54:18 as it's found in the United States of America.
54:20 You say: "How is it possible
54:22 that you could say such a thing? "
54:24 Well Abel and Cain were brothers.
54:28 And that's exactly what's going to happen at the end of time:
54:31 two kinds of worshipers...
54:33 obedient and disobedient.
54:36 Both are going to come before God.
54:39 Both attend church.
54:41 But one group are like Abel.
54:44 They follow the worship of God to the letter.
54:46 They obey God and they truly receive Jesus
54:50 as their Savior and as their Lord.
54:54 Is there going to be a mark of protection
54:56 that is placed on those who follow the beast?
55:01 The ones who have the character like Cain?
55:03 Yes. Is it a sign of preservation?
55:06 Is it a mark of preservation? Yes it is.
55:09 See, the beast and his image will say: 'Hey, folks,
55:11 you know, as long as you follow us,
55:15 as long as you worship the way we say,
55:18 as long as you obey our commands,
55:20 your life is going to be preserved.
55:23 Nobody will be able to kill you. "
55:25 But as Cain ultimately died and he will resurrect
55:29 and will be outside the Holy City,
55:31 so will be also with those who are not faithful to God.
55:37 Now do you understand what the issues are
55:39 in Revelation 16 verse 15?
55:41 Jesus said: "Behold I come as a thief.
55:45 Blessed is he that watches
55:49 and keeps his garments
55:51 lest he be found naked and they see his shame. "
55:56 You see, the issue at the end of
55:57 time is the same issue
55:58 as existed at the beginning
56:00 of time: whether you receive
56:02 the blood of Jesus, whether you are obedient to Jesus,
56:06 and whether you worship the way Jesus has commanded
56:09 that we're supposed to worship.
56:11 By the way, our final text - Matthew chapter 7-
56:15 speaks about the two kinds of Christians in the end time.
56:18 And I pray to God that we'll be the right type of Christians.
56:22 Jesus spoke in Matthew chapter 7 and verses 21-23
56:27 the following words. He says:
57:05 Are there going to be two kinds of Christians in the end time?
57:09 Yes. What type of Christian are you going to be?
57:13 The kind that worships God the way God has specified?
57:16 Those who obey God and who truly receive Jesus
57:19 or otherwise? I pray to God that you will be the right kind.