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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 8 - EVERYONE WILL WORSHIP SOMEONE (REVELATION 14:9-12)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE THIRD OF THE 3 ANGELS MESSAGES.
THE FIRST TWO ANGELS GIVE US A POSITIVE MESSAGE- WORSHIP GOD BECAUSE JT
IS COME, BABYLON THE OPPONENT HAS FALLEN.  BUT THIS ANGEL GIVES A VERY
CLEAR AND NEGATIVE MESSAGE OF WARNING. LETS TURN TO REV. 14: 9-12 AND I'LL
READ THE TEXT FOR TODAY.

I. WHO HAS THE MARK
      A. ASSUME THAT YOU WERE TRAVELLING IN SOME THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.
YOU HAD JUST GOTTEN OFF THE AIRPLANE, AND YOU WERE ARRESTED WITH A
LARGE GROUP OF OTHERS FROM THE PLANE.  SUDDENLY A POLICE OFFICER
STANDS AT THE FRONT OF THE GROUP AND SAYS THAT A GROUP OF TERRORISTS
HAD PLOTTED TO HIJACK THE PLANE, AND THAT THE WAY THE TERRORISTS
RECOGNIZED EACH OTHER WAS TO WEAR SOME GREEN ON THEIR CLOTHES.  THOSE
WEARING SOME GREEN WOULD BE IMMEDIATELY TAKEN OUT AND SHOT.
            1. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU WOULD DO? DECIDE TO WRITE
A LETTER TO YOUR CONGRESSMAN BECAUSE THE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE IN THAT
COUNTRY WAS NOT UP TO SNUFF? (NO. CHECK TO SEE IF WEARING GREEN)
      B. OUR TEXT SAYS THAT TERRIBLE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN TO THOSE
WHO RECEIVE A MARK. OUR FIRST REACTION SHOULD BE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE
MARK IS AND WHETHER WE HAVE IT.
            1. SO, WHAT DO YOU SAY THE MARK IS?
            2. WHAT BASIS DO YOU HAVE FOR SAYING THAT?
      C. ASSUME THAT I AM NOT A SDA AND I'M LOOKING AT THIS CHPT, WHAT
BASIS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR STATEMENT?
            (1. YOU HAVE TWO GROUPS IDENTIFIED. ONE WORSHIPS THE "BEAST"
AND THE OTHER KEEPS THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. V.12.
            2. WHAT COMMANDMENT DID WE SEE IN THE MESSAGE OF THE FIRST
ANGEL? (SABBATH-CREATION)
            3. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT WE SEE THIS MARK GIVING BEAST. 
WE FIND HIM IN REV. 13 (ESP16&17) AND WE FIND HIM IN DAN.7&8. IN DAN. 7:25 WE
FIND THAT A HORN FROM THIS BEAST TRIES TO CHANGE THE "SET TIMES."
            4. IN PAST STUDIES WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THIS BEAST AS THE CHURCH
THAT AROSE FROM ROME. IT IS ALSO A HISTORICAL FACT THAT THIS CHURCH
CHANGED THE "JEWISH DAY" OF WORSHIP ON SATURDAY TO SUNDAY.
            THEREFORE IT IS REASONABLE TO BELIEVE THAT THE MARK OF THE
BEAST IS SUNDAY WORSHIP.)

      D. IT SURE IS CONVENIENT THAT YOU WORSHIP ON THE RIGHT DAY.  DO YOU
THINK THAT ALL YOUR SUNDAY KEEPING FRIENDS HAVE THE MARK OF THE
BEAST?
            1. WHY NOT? IS IT "OK" TO TALK ABOUT THE DOCTRINE IN THE
ABSTRACT, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T WANT
TO POINT THE FINGER?

      E. IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST SOMETHING THAT WILL COME IN THE
FUTURE?
      F. LETS TURN BACK TO REV. 13:16-17. DOES THIS TELL US MORE ABOUT THE
MARK OF THE BEAST? (IT SEEMS TO SHOW A LINKAGE.  A TIME WILL COME WHEN
YOU CANNOT BUY OR SELL UNLESS YOU HAVE THE MARK. IT SEEMS TO BE THAT
YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MARK UNTIL THE DAY THAT YOU GET IT TO BE ABLE TO
BUY OR SELL)
      G. DO YOU SEE ANOTHER PENALTY FOR NOT HAVING THE MARK? (V.15.
HAVING THE MARK IS LINKED TO WORSHIP OF THE IMAGE, AND THIS INDICATES
DEATH IF DON'T WORSHIP.)

II. THE PENALTY FOR THE MARK
      A. THE PICTURE THAT I GET IS THIS:  IF YOU WANT TO AVOID ECONOMIC
RUIN, YOU GET THE MARK.  IF ECONOMIC WELL BEING IS VERY IMPORTANT TO
YOU, THIS WILL BE A VERY TOUGH DECISION. ALSO AN INDICATION THAT YOUR
LIFE MAY BE ON THE LINE.
            1. NOW LETS LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE.  IF YOU HAVE
THE MARK, WHAT ELSE DO YOU GET BESIDES MONEY? ("DRINK OF THE WINE OF
GOD'S FURY, WHICH HAS BEEN POURED FULL STRENGTH INTO THE CUP OF HIS
WRATH.")
      B. WHAT IS THE WINE OF GOD'S FURY? (PUNISHMENT. IF LOOK AT CHPT. 15
TALKS OF SEVEN LAST PLAGUES. 15:1 SAYS THAT WITH THESE PLAGUES "GOD'S
WRATH IS COMPLETED.")
            1. LETS SNEAK INTO NEXT WEEK'S LESSON. READ 15:18-20.
            2. JESUS MADE THE GRAPEVINE ANALOGY. HE SAYS THAT HE IS THE
VINE AND WE ARE THE BRANCHES. IS THIS WHAT IS MEANT HERE?
            3. THE GRAPES IN THE WINEPRESS HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THE
VINE AND THE BRANCH, IS THAT PART OF THE PICTURE?
            4. IN IS. 63:6 IT REFERS TO JESUS HAVING TRED THE WINEPRESS ALONE.
            5. THE WINEPRESS WAS THE END OF THE GRAPE, AS A GRAPE.  I THINK
THAT IT IS A SYMBOL OF DEATH.  ESPECIALLY, THE MEN WHO WERE WALKING
AROUND IN THE WINEPRESS, GOT THE BOTTOM OF THERE GARMENTS RED, LIKE
BLOOD.
            6. DOES WINE REPRESENT BLOOD TODAY? (LAST SUPPER)

      C. WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU HAVE SOME TIME.  JESUS
COMPARES US TO HIM AS BRANCHES TO A VINE.  HE REFERS TO THE DEATH OF THE
WICKED AS THE TREADING OF GRAPES, AND HIS ANGER AS THE WINE OF HIS
WRATH.  HE ALSO SAYS THAT HE WILL NOT DRINK OF THE FRUIT OF THE VINE
UNTIL WE ARE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM.  THERE IS SOME COMMON THREAD HERE. 
THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL, BUT I HAVE NOT YET DISCOVERED IT.

      D. HOW DOES THIS WINE OF GOD'S WRATH MANIFEST ITSELF? (BURNING
SULFUR)
            1. WHY DOES GOD TELL US THAT THE WICKED ARE GOING TO BURN?
            2. WHY IS IT THAT THE WICKED DO BURN?

III. NEXT WEEK: THE HARVEST-BALANCE OF REV.14.