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

LESSON 2 - THE REMNANT OF HER SEED (REVELATION 12:17)

I. INTRO: LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT THE DRAGON CHASING AFTER OTHER PEOPLE,
THIS WEEK WE STUDY REV. 12:17, WHERE IT COMES A LOT CLOSER TO HOME.
      ASSUME I SAID THAT A KILLER WAS LOOSE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, HAD
KILLED A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL, AND WAS NOW AFTER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
      A. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (LIST THESE. WARN OTHERS, SECURE
            FAMILY, ETC.)

II. DRAGON AFTER US.
      A. TURN WITH ME TO REV. 12: 17. READ
      B. IS THIS LIKE MY ILLUSTRATION? (YES. GIRL AT BRADDOCK AND 123.  THE
DRAGON IS THE DEVIL.  HE INSPIRES ALL EVIL.)
      C. WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR
FAMILY?  HAVE YOU TAKEN THE SAME STEPS THAT YOU GAVE TO ME A FEW
MINUTES AGO?
            1. IF NOT, WHY NOT?

III. OBEY GOD'S COMMANDS
      A. YOU ASSUMED THAT THE DRAGON IS AFTER YOU. WHAT MAKES YOU
            THINK SO?
      B. WHAT IS THE DESCRIPTION OF THOSE THAT HE IS FOLLOWING? (KEEP
COMMANDS OF GOD AND HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS)
      C. LETS LOOK AT THE COMMANDS OF GOD FIRST.
      D. WHY IS THE DEVIL AFTER THOSE WHO KEEP GOD'S COMMANDMENTS? 
            1.WHY ISN'T HE AFTER THOSE WHO HELP THE AFFLICTED,
                  THOSE WHO LOVE ONE ANOTHER?  
            2. WHY IS HE WORRIED BY THE OLD LEGALISTS? (THE "TOADS"
                  TO QUOTE THE REVIEW (TRADITIONAL OLD ADVENTISTS). 
            3.AREN'T THOSE THE PEOPLE HE SHOULD BE LEAST CONCERNED
                  ABOUT?
      E. DO WE KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS? WHY DO YOU SAY THAT? (WE KEEP
THE SABBATH, SO WE KEEP ALL OF THE COMMANDMENTS)
            1. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT KEEPING THE SABBATH IS WHAT IS
MEANT HERE?  IS IT ENOUGH?
      F. WHAT IS REALLY MEANT BY KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS? (READ 1
JOHN 4:7&8, AND 5:2-5 AND JOHN 14:15)
      G. IT APPEARS THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT LEGALISTS AT ALL.  WE
ARE TALKING ABOUT THOSE THAT LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
      H. SO, IS IT FAIR TO SAY, AS THE LESSON DOES, THAT WE FULFILL THIS
DESCRIPTION (IN PART) BECAUSE OF THE SABBATH?
            1. LOOK WITH ME AT REV. 14:6&7. WHAT TALKING ABOUT? (THE
SABBATH, SAME LANGUAGE AS IN EX. 20:11. THINK THAT THE POINT OF THE
LESSON IS WELL TAKEN.  THE SABBATH IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND A
CRITCAL PART HER.  BUT KEEPING SABBATH ALONE NOT QUALIFY YOU TO BE
PERSUED BY THE DRAGON.)

IV. TESTIMONY OF JESUS.
      A. WHAT IS THE SECOND CRITERIA FOR THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHASED BY
THE DRAGON? ("HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS")
      B. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
      C. VERSE 17 IS NOT THE ONLY TIME THAT THIS PHRASE OCCURS IN
            REV.
            1. LETS LOOK AT SOME OTHERS. TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK THE
                  SENSE OF IT IS IN EACH ONE:
                  a. REV. 1:2
                  b. REV. 1:9 (MAXWELL SAYS THAT THIS REFERS TO THE
DEVELOPING BODY OF SCRIPTURE (THE NT) WHICH JOHN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM
WERE WRITING UNDER THE INSPIRATION OF THE HS)
                  c. REV. 6:9
                  d. REV. 12:17
                  e. REV. 19:10
                  f. REV. 20:4
            2. A TEXT THAT MAKES IT APPEAR THAT WE ARE TALKING
                  ABOUT THE WORK OF A PROPHET IS 22:8&9 WHICH SEEMS
                  TO PARALLEL 19:10.
      D. DOES EGW PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR CLAIMING THAT OUR CHURCH IS THE
ONE IN THE LAST DAYS WHO HAS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY?
            1. HOW DOES JOEL 2: 28-32 FIT IN?  
                  
V. WHY ALLOW
      A. SO YOU CLAIM TO BE THOSE WHO IN THE LAST DAY WILL HAVE SATAN
WAR AGAINST YOU.  WHY DOES JESUS ALLOW THIS?
            1. WHY NOT PREVENT THE PERSECUTION OF HIS PEOPLE?  LIST
                  (a. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THE BATTLE AND IN A BATTLE YOU
EXPECT CASUALTIES;
                   b. GOD PERMITS THE WICKED TO REAVEAL THEIR TRUE
CHARACTER SO THAT NONE MAY BE DECEIVED;
                   c. AFFLICTION PURIFIES YOU;
                   d. A STEADFAST EXAMPLE OF THE RIGHTEOUS MAY CONVINCE
OTHERS OF THE TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. IE STEPHEN AND SAUL.)
            2. DO WE HAVE THE ANSWERS TO THIS?  DID GOD INTEND THAT WE
WOULD BE LIKE HIM AND KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING?

VI.NEXT WEEK: REV 1 RELIGIOUS TYRANNY.