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

LESSON 10 - THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES (REVELATION 15:1--16:21)

INTRODUCTION: BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THIS WEEK'S LESSON, LET ME CLEAR UP A
COUPLE THINGS FROM LAST WEEK.  YOU WILL RECALL THAT PEPPY ASKED ME
ABOUT THE REFERENCE IN THE LESSON TO A "SPECIAL RESURRECTION JUST PRIOR
TO THE GENERAL RESURRECTION OF THE RIGHTEOUS?" THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO
CRUCIFIED JESUS. LOOKED UP IN THE BOOK ON 27 FUNDAMENTAL BELIEFS AND AT
P.358 IT EXPLAINS THAT THERE ARE 2 GENERAL RESURRECTIONS: RIGHTEOUS
WHEN JESUS RETURNS  AND UNRIGHTEUS AFTER THE MILLENIUM.  THAT WAS
WHAT I SAID LAST WEEK JUST BASED ON MY UNDERSTANDING WITHOUT HAVING
RESEARCHED IT LAST WEEK. 

THAT BRINGS US TO THE POINT MADE BY THE LESSON.  I FOUND NO AUTHORITY
WHATSOEVER FOR THE PROPOSITION THAT THOSE WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS WOULD
BE RAISED BEFORE THE RIGHTEOUS.  IF SOME OF YOU CAN FIND SOME, LET ME
KNOW AND I WILL BRING IT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CLASS.

AFTER THE LESSON, STANLEY ASKED ME ABOUT MY COMMENT THAT THERE WAS
NO SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR THE PROPOSITION THAT THOSE WHO CRUCIFIED
JESUS WOULD BE RAISED WITH THE RIGHTEOUS.  THIS WAS FOUND ONLY IN EGW'S
WRITINGS.  HE THOUGHT THAT I MEANT THAT I DID NOT BELIEVE WHAT EGW HAD
SAID.  NOT THE CASE.  WHAT I MEANT WAS THAT NONE OF THE SCRIPTURES CITED
IN THE LESSON SUPPORTED THE POINT MADE BY THE LESSON.  OPEN TO REV 1:7. 
THIS GIVES SOME SUPPORT, BUT COULD BE INTERPRETED TO MEAN SECOND
COMING.  IN THE G.C. P. 637 EGW CITED REV 1:7 AND SAYS THAT THIS MEANS AT
THE RESS. OF THE RIGHT. I BELIEVE THAT.  IF SOUNDED OTHERWISE. WANT IT TO
BE CLEAR.  HOWEVER, NEITHER THE SCRIPTURES CITED NOR THE CITATION TO EGW
SUPPORT THE POINT OF THE LESSON.  NOT SAYING NOT TRUE, JUST NO SUPPORT IN
THE AUTHORITIES CITED.

NOW LETS TURN TO OUR LESSON.  THIS WEEK WE ARE STUDYING THE 7 LAST
PLAGUES. 

I. RELEVANCE OF THE LAST PLAGUES.

      A.  ARE THESE 7 LAST PLAGUES RELEVANT TO US? SOMETHING THAT WE
SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT? 
      B. WHERE ARE THE RIGHTEOUS ALL THIS TIME? 
            1. ARE THEY IN HEAVEN?
            2. ON EARTH? (LESSON SAYS THAT THESE PLAGUES OCCUR BETWEEN
THE CLOSE OF PROBATION-WHEN JESUS STOPS HIS INTERCESSORY MINISTRY IN
THE MOST HOLY- AND THE SECOND COMING THAT WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK.
THAT MEANS THAT THE RIGHTEOUS ARE STILL ON THE EARTH)
      C. THE LESSON CITES NO AUTHORITY FOR THIS STATEMENT. (NOT SABB).
DOES THE BIBLE SUPPORT THIS POINT? LETS LOOK AT REV 15:1,2,5&6.
            1. WHAT IS YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SEA OF GLASS?
            2. DOESN'T THIS PRETTY CLEARLY INDICATE THAT THE RIGHTEOUS
ARE IN HEAVEN?  ESP. JOHN SAYS (V.5) "AFTER THIS" (HIS DESCRIPTION OF THE
RIGHTEOUS IN HEAVEN) THE 7 ANGELS WENT OUT?
      D. THE UNSTATED BASIS FOR THE LESSON STATEMENT IS THIS: 15:8 TALKS OF
THE TEMPLE BEING FILLED WITH SMOKE AND NO ONE IS ABLE TO ENTER. 
OBVIOUSLY JESUS IS NOT MEDIATING IF NO ONE IS INSIDE.  THEN KICK OVER TO
REV. 16:15. WE FIND A WARNING OF BEING READY AND WATCHING FOR JESUS
SECOND COMING.  REV. 17&18 THEN FOLLOW  WITH A DISCUSSION OF MATTERS
THAT ARE PRE-SECOND COMING.
      E. ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHY HAVE THIS REFERENCE TO THE SEA OF
GLASS? ( THE PICTURE OF THE SEA OF GLASS IS JUST LIKE THE INTERLUDE THAT WE
SAW IN REV 7-JUST BEFORE THE 7 LAST TRUMPETS (WHICH ARE SIMILAR TO
PLAGUES) WE HAVE AN ENCOURAGING DISCUSSION OF THE 144,000 AND THE GREAT
MULTITUDE IN HEAVEN.)
      F. SO, WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE.  DO THE PLAGUES FALL ON THE
RIGHTEOUS? (16:2 FIRST PLAGUE CLEARLY IDed AS FALLING ON THOSE WITH THE
MARK. AND THE PLAGUES ARE THE WRATH OF GOD, WHY POUR OUT ON THE GOOD
PEOPLE?  HE LOVES THEM AND NO REASON FOR JT. FOR THEM.)
            1. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WATER->BLOOD PLAGUES? (16:3&4) AND THE
SCORCHING SUN PLAGUE? (16:8-9)(THESE PLAGUES SEEM TO AFFECT ALL THOSE
AROUND. EGW IN GCpp. 628-29 SAYS, "THE PEOPLE OF GOD WILL NOT BE FREE FROM
SUFFERING...." BUT THEN GOES ON TO SAY THAT ANGELS WILL HELP AND SHIELD
THE RIGHTEOUS.)

II. PURPOSE OF THE PLAGUES.
      A. OUR LESSON MAKES PARALLELS TO THE PLAGUES OF EGYPT AND THE
SEVEN LAST TRUMPETS. DO YOU THINK THAT THE REASONS FOR THE 7 LAST
PLAGUES ARE THE SAME AS THESE OTHERS?
            1. WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE EGYPTIAN PLAGUES? 
            2. WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE 7 LAST TRUMPETS?
            3. WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE FACT THAT PROBATION HAS CLOSED
AT THE TIME OF THE 7 LAST PLAGUES? (LESSON HELPS SAY THAT THIS IS
OUTGROWTH OF THE IDEA OF JUSTICE. DEUT.19:19 EYE FOR AN EYE. THE "LEX
TALIONIS" LAW OF RETRIBUTION: WE REAP WHAT WE SOW. GAL. 6:7)
      B. DOES THIS IDEA OF RETRIBUTION BOTHER YOU?
            1. WOULD YOU BE BOTHERED IF THERE WERE NO RETRIBUTION?
(THINK OUR REACTION IS A MATTER OF CONCERN BECAUSE THE ANGEL IN CHARGE
OF THE WATERS AND THE THIRD PLAGUE TALKS ABOUT THE JUSTICE ANGLE OF
THIS (REV.16:4-6)
      C. WE SHOULD NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE CONTEXT HERE: THIS IS THE SAME
TIME FRAME AS REV.13:15 WHERE THOSE WHO DO NOT ACCEPT THE MARK OF THE
BEAST ARE TOLD THEY WILL BE KILLED. SATAN'S FORCES ARE POISED TO KILL THE
FAITHFUL, AND OUR CHAMPION INTERVENES AND DEMONSTRATES THE PENALTY
FOR SUCH AN ATTITUDE.

III. EXAMINATION OF THE PLAGUES
      A. DO YOU THINK THAT THE PLAGUES ARE LITERAL OR SYMBOLIC?
      B. HAVE HAD SO MUCH SYMBOLISM, IS THIS JUST MORE?
      C. IF NEED TIME, GO OVER SPECIFIC PLAGUES AND WHY

IV. NEXT WEEK: REV 17& 18.