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

LESSON 14 - THE THREE ANGELS' MESSAGE AND YOUR LIFE

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE COME TO THE LAST LESSON OF THIS QUARTER. 
APPRECIATE GREG TEACHING FOR ME LAST WEEK WHEN WE WERE GONE. THE
INTRODUCTION TO OUR LESSON TELLS US THAT THIS WEEK WE REVIEW THE
KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR STUDY THIS PAST QUARTER. SO LETS GET INTO IT!

I. THE 144K 

     A. READ REV 14:1,4&5.  HERE IS OUR GOAL. THE GOAL OF THE THREE
     ANGELS MESSAGE THAT WE HAVE STUDIED THIS QUARTER: THOSE WHO
     ARE SAVED -- WHO WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS AND HAVE THE FAITH
     OF JESUS (14:12).

          1. WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC QUALITIES OF THE 144K THAT ARE
          LISTED IN VERSES 4 AND 5?

               a. NOT DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH WOMEN;
               b. FOLLOW LAMB WHEREVER HE GOES;
               c. PURCHASED FROM AMONG MEN;
               d. NO LIARS; AND,
               e. BLAMELESS.

     B. LETS LOOK AT THIS LIST. WHAT DOES THE FIRST MEAN, "NOT 
     DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH WOMEN?"  IF YOU THINK THIS SOUNDS BAD
     FOR MOST MEN, WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE THE WOMEN? (THIS IS
     SYMBOLIC. BABYLON, THE FALSE RELIGION, IS DEPICTED AS A WOMAN
     AND A PROSTITUTE (SEE REV 17:3-6). SO THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE
     THEOLOGICALLY CORRECT, OBEY GOD'S COMMANDS.)

     C. WHAT IS MEANT BY "FOLLOWING THE LAMB, WHEREVER HE GOES?"
     (SOMETIMES OUR CHRISTIAN WALK TAKES US PLACES THAT WE WOULD
     RATHER NOT GO.  THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT OF
     TRIBULATION (REV 15:2-4) AND I BET THEY WOULD HAVE PREFERRED
     TO AVOID THAT. AN ALTERNATIVE IS THEY HAVE SPECIAL PRIVILEGES
     IN HEAVEN (REV 7:14-17).

     D. WHY MENTION THAT THEY ARE NOT LIARS? (THE WHOLE FIGHT IS
     BETWEEN FALSE RELIGION AND TRUE RELIGION. THE DEVIL PERFORMS
     COUNTERFEIT MIRACLES TO DECIEVE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO FOLLOW A
     LIE. (2 THESS 2:9-11) (I WAS READING THE WASH POST BOOK REVIEW
     SECTION AND THEY MENTIONED A BOOK THAT I HAD READ ABOUT
     BEFORE. THIS BOOK EXPLAINS WHICH OF CHRISTS SAYINGS HE REALLY
     SAID. AS FAR REMOVED AS WE ARE IN TIME, I'VE GOT TO BELIEVE
     THIS AUTHOR IS EITHER INCREDIBLY ARROGANT OR HE KNOWS THIS IS
     ESSENTIALLY HOKUM.)

     E. HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL TO KNOW THAT THE REDEEMED ARE 
     BLAMELESS? I HAVE READ AUTHORS IN OUR CHURCH WHO SAY THAT WE
     MUST REACH THE STATE OF PERFECTION IF WE ARE TO BE SAVED.
          1. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
          
(THE CRITICAL PART IS ONE WE HAVE NOT DISCUSSED: "THEY WERE
PURCHASED." THE GREEK WORD MEANS "TO GO TO MARKET." THE IDEA IS
THAT THEY WERE REDEEMED. THEY WERE BOUGHT BY JESUS. HIS PAYMENT,
NOT THEIR OWN, REDEEMED THEM. (SEE 1COR6:20; 1PET1:18-19; GAL3:11-
14)


     F. SO IF WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT BEING BLAMELESS AS PART OF
     SALVATION, WHAT ROLE DOES IT PLAY, IF ANY?

     G. IN WORKING ON OVERCOMING SIN, DO YOU THINK IT MATTERS 
     WHETHER WE RELY ON FAITH OR WORKS? 

          1. OUR LESSON SENDS US TO PS 51:10-13, SO LETS GO THERE.
          READ.

          2. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART. 
               a. DOES THAT SOUND LIKE WORKS OR FAITH?
               b. IS THAT MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING? 
               c. OR IS THAT CORRECTING THE OLD HEART? (THIS IS 
               LIKE CREATION. GOD DOES IT AND HE MAKES IT OUT OF
               NOTHING --THAT IS WHAT CREATE MEANS.)

          3. VERSE 13 ASKS TO "RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR 
          SALVATION AND GRANT ME A WILLING SPIRIT."

               a. WHAT IS THIS?
               b. AND DOES IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE 3 ANGELS
               MESSAGE OF REV 14?
(THIS SEEMS TO SAY THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US AS A GIFT A JOY IN
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.  IF WE HAVE THIS JOY, A WILLING SPIRIT,
THEN PART OF THE JOY WOULD BE THE DESIRE TO SHARE THE 3 ANGELS
MESSAGE.  IF WE HAVE THIS ATTITUDE, WE WILL NOT BE REBELS. SEE 1
TIM1:9;HEB3:8;HOSEA 14:9)

          4. TEACH TRANSGRESSORS YOUR WAYS. WHAT DOES THIS SUGGEST?
          (AGAIN, WHEN WE HAVE THIS NEW HEART, NEW SPIRIT COUPLED
          WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE WILL HAVE JOY IN OUR SALVATION
          AND WANT TO TEACH OTHERS ABOUT GOD. SO WE SEE THIS IS A
          PROCESS IN OUR LIFE ONCE WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.)

     H. DO YOU SEE THESE THINGS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE? IF NOT, 
     THEN NEED TO CONSIDER YOUR WALK WITH GOD. AND THE GREAT GOAL
     TO BE HAD.

II. A SPIRIT FILLED PEOPLE

     A. LETS TURN TO IS 60:1-3. READ. AS YOU LOOK AT THIS TEXT, 
     WHAT ARE THE TWO MAJOR CONTRASTS? THE TWO OPPOSITES THAT ARE
     REPEATEDLY MENTIONED. (LIGHT AND DARKNESS. YOU MIGHT REMEMBER
     THAT WHEN WE STUDIED REV 18:1 WE LEARNED THAT THIS ANGEL
     ILLUMINATED THE EARTH WITH HIS SPLENDOR.)

     B. WHAT POWER DO WE GET IN THE LAST DAYS? HOW DOES OUR "LIGHT
     COME?" (THE TEXT REFERS SPECIFICALLY TO THE GLORY OF THE LORD
     ARISING FROM US.)
     
     C. READ REV 12:10-12. WHAT DOES THIS SUGGEST WILL HAPPEN TO
     THE RIGHTEOUS IN THE END TIME? (THAT THEY WILL BE A TARGET OF
     THE DEVIL.)

     D. DO YOU SEE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE TWO THINGS? THAT ON
     THE ONE HAND THE RIGHTEOUS ARE BEING ATTACKED BY THE DEVIL AND
     ON THE OTHER HAND THEY ARE LIGHTING UP THE WORLD?
     
          1. BY THE WAY, WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE RIGHTEOUS IN
          THE FACE OF THIS ATTACK? (v.11 "THEY DID NOT LOVE THEIR
          LIVES SO MUCH AS TO SHRINK FROM DEATH.") (THIS IS REAL
          WITNESS. THAT YOU ARE SO UNSELFISH THAT YOU ARE WILLING
          TO FACE DEATH. THIS IS SOME OF THE REASON WHY THE
          RIGHTEOUS WILL BE LIKE A LIGHT ILLUMINATING THE WORLD FOR
          THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SEE.)

     E. THIS IS THE REASON THESE PEOPLE TRIUMPH: THEY HAVE THE
FAITH IN GOD THAT WILL WITHSTAND THESE ATTACKS.

III. NEXT WEEK: NEW QUARTER. 1 COR 13. THE LOVE CHPT.