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

LESSON 11 - EVIL FORCES WORK DESTRUCTION (REVELATION 9)

INTRO:  I SURE HOPE THAT YOU ARE STUDYING YOUR LESSON THESE DAYS.  TO
TELL YOU THE TRUTH THIS LESSON BROUGHT ME THE CLOSEST IN TEN YEARS (OR
MORE) OF TEACHING TO SIMPLY SAY, "I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO SAY ABOUT THE
LESSON." FRANK CAME TO MY RESCUE BY LENDING ME A BOOK THAT HELPED ME
A LOT.

THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT REV. 9, AND AT THE 5TH AND 6TH TRUMPETS.

I.  NATURE OF THE TRUMPETS
      A. HELP ME SUMMARIZE, HOW WOULD YOU DESRIBE THE FIRST FOUR
TRUMPETS THAT WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK, GOOD OR BAD EVENTS? (TERRIBLE)
      B. TURN WITH ME TO REV.8:13. DO YOU GET THE FEELING THAT THE NEWS IS
ABOUT TO IMPROVE? (SEEMS THAT IT IS GOING TO GET WORSE).
      C. WE STUDIED THE 7 CHURCHES AND THE 7 SEALS AND WE WILL STUDY THE
7 PLAGUES, WHAT DOES THE FACT THAT THESE TERRIBLE EVENTS ARE CALLED
"TRUMPETS" SUGGEST TO YOU?  WHAT SENSE IS THERE IN CALLING A DISASTER A
TRUMPET? (WARNING. MAXWELL'S BOOK SAYS THE TRUMPETS ARE "WARNING
JUDGMENTS".  WARNING US ABOUT THE PLAGUES.)
            1. (ONE CONFUSING THING ABOUT THE LESSON'S TEACHERS HELPS IS
THAT IT TAKES QUOTES FROM EGW REGARDING THE PLAGUES TO ILLUSTRATE THE
TRUMPETS.)
      D. DOES IT WORK?  DO THE TERRIBLE THINGS THAT HAPPEN FROM THE
TRUMPETS CAUSE THE WORLD TO TURN AWAY TO AVOID THE PLAGUES? (REV. 9:20,
NO.)

II. THE 5TH TRUMPET.
      A. NOW LETS LOOK AT THE 5TH TRUMPET. READ REV. 9:1-3 AND 7-10.  EVER
SEE ANY LOCUSTS THAT LOOKED LIKE THAT?  EVER SEE ANY INSECT THAT
LOOKED LIKE THAT?
            1. IS THIS LITERAL OR SYMBOLIC?  WILL WE HAVE REAL LOCUSTS
THAT LOOK LIKE THIS? "SAY HARRY, WE GOT THIS BUG WITH HAIR AND LION'S
TEETH AND ITS WEARING A GOLD CROWN, HAND BE A NEWSPAPER ROLLED UP?"
            2. IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOOK OF JOEL, HE TALKS ABOUT BLOWING THE
TRUMPET (2:1) ABOUT LOCUSTS WITH "THE TEETH OF A LION" (1:6) AND WHO LOOK
LIKE HORSES (2:4 AND SOLDIERS (2:7).  WHO CAUSE THE EARTH TO TREMBLE AND
THE SUN MOON AND STARS TO BE DARKENED (2: 10). JOEL WAS TALKING ABOUT A
PLAGUE OF REAL LOCUSTS THAT WERE HEADING FOR JUDAH.
                  a. DO YOU THINK THAT THE 5TH TRUMPET DEALS WITH REAL
LOCUSTS?
            3. ON THE OTHER HAND IN IS. 7:18,19  IT SAYS, " IN THAT DAY THE LORD
WILL WHISTLE FOR FLIES FROM THE DISTANT STREAMS OF EGYPT AND FOR BEES
FROM THE LAND OF ASSYRIA." THERE THE REFERENCE IS TO REAL ARMIES AND
NOT INSECTS.
            4. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS INTENDED HERE WHEN REFER TO
LOCUSTS?
      B. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS REPRESENTED BY THE STAR THE HAD FALLEN
FROM THE SKY TO EARTH? (REFERENCE TO SATAN AS A FALLEN ANGEL)
      C. NOTICE IN V.2 THAT SATAN CAUSES "SMOKE" TO COME OUT OF THE PIT,
AND THAT THE LOCUSTS COME OUT OF THE SMOKE.  
            1. WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT SMOKE COULD REPRESENT?
            2. YOU SAY TO SOMEONE, "YOU'RE JUST BLOWING SMOKE."
( ERRONEOUS TEACHING.)
      D. HOW COULD THE LOCUSTS COME OUT OF ERRONEOUS TEACHING? IF
LOCUSTS REFER TO MEN, THEN THIS WOULD BE FOLLOWERS OF THE ERRONEOUS
TEACHING.  FIGHTERS WHICH WERE MOTIVATED BY THE ERRONEOUS RELIGIOUS
TEACHING.
            1. WHAT COMES TO MIND HERE?  (THE LESSON, URIAH SMITH MARTIN
LUTHER AND SIR ISSAC NEWTON AND OTHERS TEACH THAT THIS IS THE ISLAMIC
CONQUEST ON THE EASTERN ROMAN EMPIRE IN THE FIRST CENTURY, A.D.)
            2. ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLE PROPHECY IS THAT IT CAN HAVE
MORE THAN ONE FULFULLMENT, i.e.. JESUS' PROPHECY ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION
OF JERUSALEM AND THE END OF THE WORLD.  
                  a. DO YOU THINK THAT THE MOSLEM INVASION OF THE FIRST
CENTURY IS A WARNING TO YOU AND OTHERS IN THE END TIMES OF THE 7 LAST
PLAGUES?
                  b. IF NOT, WHAT DO SEE AS THE POSSIBLE FULFILLMENT OF THIS
PROPHECY?  SO WE SEE WARRIORS TODAY MOTIVATED BY FALSE RELIGIOUS
TEACHING?

III. THE 6TH TRUMPET.
      A. READ 9:13-16. THEN V.18&19. THE TRADITIONAL VIEW IS THAT THIS IS A
FUTHER PROGRESSION OF THE ISLAMIC ATTACK.  IN ABOUT 1000 AD TURKISH
TRIBES MOVED WEST INVADED IRAN AND BECAME MOSLEMS.  THEY FOUGHT THE
EASTERN PART OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, WON, AND TOOK CONTROL OF AN AREA
THAT THEY CALLED TURKEY (AND SO DO WE.)
      B. IF THIS INTERP OF THE PROPHECY IS CORRECT, YOU HAVE FIGHTERS ON
ALL SIDES WORSHIPED THE SAME GOD AND BELIEVED THAT THEY WERE DOING HIS
WILL.
            1. IN MATT. 7:21 JESUS TELLS US TO LOVE OUR ENEMIES.
            2. TEACHING THIS TO THOSE IN THE WORLD IS TOUGH, I WANT TO
KNOW HOW WE DO IT IN OUR FAMILIES?
            3. WILL OUR CHILDREN BECOME DEVOTE CHRISTIANS JUST BECAUSE
WE ARE?
            4. HOW DO WE TEACH THEM TO BECOME LOVING, HONEST
THOUGHTFUL AND GENEROUS?

IV. NEXT WEEK, NO INTERNET LESSON.