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

LESSON 10 - THE CHURCH IN A HOSTILE WORLD (REVELATION 8)

I. INTRO: LETS REVIEW.  IN CHPT. 6 WE STUDIED THE SEALS, WHICH WE FOUND
WERE UNFOLDING CHPTS OF HISTORY. THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE LAST SEAL--
THE 7TH SEAL WHICH STARTS US OUT IN REV. 8.  WHILE OTHER PARTS OF REV. ARE
FREQUENTLY THE SUBJECT OF SS LESSONS, QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T RECALL
STUDYING THIS CHPT. BEFORE.  THE GREAT PART ABOUT IT IS THAT IT IS VERY
INTERESTING.  BAD PART IN THAT I COULD FIND VERY LITTLE TO STUDY ON THIS
OUTSIDE OF THE LESSON.  WE COULD SPENT HOURS ON IT. SO LETS GET STARTED.
      AS THE 7TH SEAL (CHPT) IS OPENED WE SEE A SCENE WITH 7 ANGELS WITH
7 TRUMPETS.  THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT THE FIRST 4 TRUMPETS.

II. ANGEL WITH THE CENSER
      A. READ REV. 8:1-2. GOT THE PICTURE?
      B. NOW READ V.3.  IS THIS ONE OF THE SEVEN ANGELS? (NO).
            1. LET ME READ THE REST (V.4&5) AND YOU TELL ME WHY THIS IS IN
HERE? (I THINK IT SETS THE STAGE FOR THE 7 ANGELS.  IF YOU LOOK AT V.2 YOU
HAVE THE 7 ANGELS LINED UP AND EACH IS GIVEN A TRUMPET. THEN GOD SEEMS
TO SAY, "LOOK AT THE BACKGROUND BEFORE THE PLAYING STARTS."  SO WE SEE
THE BACK GROUND IN V. 3&4. AND THEN IN V. 6 (READ) THE ANGELS GET READY
TO PLAY.)
      C.  SO WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND HERE?  WHAT ARE WE REALLY BEING
TOLD ABOUT THAT THIS ANGEL WITH THE CENSER? WHAT IS HE DOING?
            1. WHAT IS THE ALTER AND THE CENSER? ( SANCTUARY PARALLEL. 
THE "GOLDEN" ALTER IS THE ALTER OF INCENSE IN THE HOLY PLACE JUST BEFORE
THE CURTAIN. NOT BRONZE ALTER OUT IN THE COURTYARD. 
            2. IS IT SIGNIFICANT THAT A "GOLDEN CENSER WAS USED? ( YES. 
GOLDEN CENSER WAS USED ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.  AS OPPOSED TO A
SILVER CENSER ON OTHER DAYS.  IF LOOK AT LEV. 16 SEE THAT INCENSE WAS
BURNED ON THIS ALTER AND ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT THE H.P. TOOK THE
CENSER WITH HIM INTO THE MOST HOLY AND THE SMOKE OF THE INCENSE WAS TO
OBSCURE HIS VIEW OF THE COVER OF THE MERCY SEAT.) (YOU CAN SEE WHY
EARLY CHURCH FATHERS SO INTERESTED IN THE SANC. SERVICE AND REV.)
      D. LESSON INDICATES "ANGEL" IS JESUS.  NOT MUCH DOUBT.
      E. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT?
(LESSON SAYS, "YES" IN TEACHER'S HELPS. SYMBOLISM IS COMPELLING.)
            1. IF TRUE, HOW DOES 1844 FIT INTO THE HISTORICAL PICTURE? (THE
DATES GIVEN BY THE LESSON FOR THE 7 TRUMPETS DON'T TRY TO MATCH IT.)
      F. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MEANT BY THE ANGEL THROWING THE CENSER
TO THE EARTH? (IF THIS IS SYMBOL OF SANC. AND IT IS.  THIS MEANS THAT
INTERCESSION HAS CEASED. CAN'T GO INTO THE MOST HOLY W/O CENSER, AND
JESUS JUST THREW IT AWAY.)
      G. LETS LOOK CLOSER AT THIS.  TURN TO EZK.9&10. CHPT 9 OF EZK GIVES US
A JUDGMENT SCENE WITH A MAN IN LINEN MAKING THE DECISION ON LIFE OR
DEATH.  THEN IN CHPT 10, READ V. 1&2.
            1. IS THIS LIKE THE COALS OF REV 8 BEING SCATTERED? (YES. CLEAR
PARALLEL, JT. BY FIRE. MON. LESSON MAKES THE PARALLEL.)
      H. HERE IS WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT.  TURN TO EZK. 9:3-4 AND READ THE
STANDARD FOR JT. (GETS BACK TO MY OLD THEME. NICE TO FIGURE OUT AS BEST
WE CAN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN, BUT WHAT IS REALLY IMPORT. IS NOT WHEN IT
WILL HAPPEN, BUT WHETHER I'LL BE SAVED.)
            1. SO WHAT IS THE STANDARD FOR JT?  WHO WILL BE SAVED?
            2. NOT WORKS. IF LOOK AT V.6, SAYS START JT. WITH THE ELDERS. 
FACT YOU ARE AN ELDER IN THE CHURCH DOESN'T MEAN DIDLEY.
            3. LET ME ASK YOU.  DO YOU "SIGH AND CRY" OVER ALL THE SIN THAT
EXISTS?  OR DO YOU HAVE A LIVE AND LET LIVE ATTITUDE?

III. 7 TRUMPETS.
      A. NOW LETS GET TO THE SEVEN TRUMPETS.
      B. WHEN DO YOU THINK THAT THESE TRUMPETS WILL BLOW?  HAVE THEY
ALREADY BLOWN?
            1. IS A TIME FRAME SUGGESTED BY THE ANGEL WITH THE CENSER OR
THE SEAL? (I THINK SO.)(TEACHERS HELPS SUGGEST THAT THIRD SEAL IS TIME! BUT
NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT.)
            2. IS A TIME FRAME SUGGESTED BY REV. 7:1&3? (THE BLOWING OF
THESE TRUMPETS CAUSES HARM TO THE LAND AND THE SEA.  THESE VERSES OF
REV. 7 INDICATE THAT THIS HAPPENS IN THE LAST DAYS.)  
      (THE LESSON SUGGESTS THAT TRUMPETS GO BACK TO 410 AD TO BEGIN.  BUT
IS NOT DOGMATIC.  B.C. IS LESS DOGMATIC ABOUT IT.  BECAUSE THIS IS ONLY
CLASS, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT TEACHING WHAT LESSON TEACHES, BUT
CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME SEE HOW CAN CONSIDER DATES BEFORE 1844, MUCH
LESS THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, WHEN THE ACTIONS OF THE ANGEL WITH THE
CENSER CLEARLY COME DURING TIME THAT 7 ANGELS ARE SETTING UP.  THURS.
LESSON SUGGESTS THAT THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE IDEA THAT THE
FIRST 4 TRUMPETS ONLY REFER TO ACTIONS THAT HAPPENED TO ROME. BUT,
WHAT DO I KNOW?)
      C. READ 8:7 FIRST TRUMPET.  WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE TO YOU?
      D. READ V.8-9.  WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE TO YOU?
      E. READ V. 10-11. WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE TO YOU?
      F. READ V.12. WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE TO YOU?

IV.NEXT WEEK: THE NEXT TWO TRUMPETS.