Good evening, beloved brethren and friends present and those in other nations and places. Warm greetings to Missionary Miguel Bermudez Marin in Maracaibo, in the congregation of Pastor Jairo. May God bless you Miguel, Reverend Jairo and the congregation in Maracaibo.
On this occasion, we will read in Revelation chapter 11, verse 15 to 19; and it says the following:
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
May God bless our heart with His Word and allow us to understand It.
On this Friday evening, January 8th, we have the introduction to next Sunday’s Bible School which will be on January 10th, 2016.
The subject for next Sunday—which we will have the introduction of this evening—is: “THE SEVENTH SEAL AND THE END OF THE WORLD SYSTEMS.”
Next Sunday we have this important subject (The Seventh Seal and the End of the World-Systems), but tonight we will make a short introduction to it.
In the Scripture we read, God speaks to the apostle John, and shows him that: “The seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
This shows that the kingdoms of this world, which the devil or Satan offered Christ in Saint Matthew chapter 4, verses 8 to 9, will be removed. and the rule of the entire world will be given to the Messiah the Prince, in other words, the Son of Man.
Notice here that when the offer was made to Christ, if He would have taken it… what would have happened? Human beings would continue to be mortal, in other words, they would continue without receiving salvation, redemption, and eternal Life; that is why Christ came in the midst of the Hebrew people two thousand years ago, to pay the price of redemption, of salvation, and thus redeem the human being, redeem everyone whose name is written in Heaven in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Now, let’s see the moment when the kingdom or kingdoms of this world were offered to Christ for Him to become the king of the world, of all nations, of all kingdoms.
Chapter 4 of Saint Matthew, verses 8 to 11, says... this is when Christ fasted forty days, and after He fasted, the devil came to tempt Him and offered Him the kingdoms of this world. It says in chapter 4, verses 8 to 11 of Saint Matthew:
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
The kingdoms of the world. The kingdoms of the world or the kingdom of this world, are the kingdoms of the enemy. He says it there himself, he says that all those kingdoms are his and he gives them to whoever he wants. Therefore, since the fall of the human being in the Garden of Eden, the kingdoms of this world have become property of the enemy of God; and he governs all of humanity in his kingdom.
In Saint Luke chapter 4, verses 14 and on it says… from verses 5 and on, it says:
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Now, here the enemy of God, Satan or the devil, tells Jesus that the kingdoms belong to him, they are his, and he can give them to anyone he wants. Such are the kingdoms of this world: they are under the domain of the enemy of God.
But in Revelation chapter 11, it says that the kingdoms of this world will be given to Christ, to the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One. And that will happen at the Last Day, in the last stage of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once it ends, and the believers in Christ complete… the Church is completed with the believers in Christ at the Last Day, in the Age of the Cornerstone, then Christ will leave the Throne of Intercession, take the Title Deed of the Heavens and Earth, the Title Deed of Eternal Life, He will make His Reclamation in Heaven, and come in His Reclaiming Work with the saints who are in Paradise, which He has to pass through since He is in the Seventh Dimension, in the Throne of Intercession, the Throne of the Father. And when He makes the Reclaiming Work in Heaven, opening the Book of the Seven Seals, then He will pass through Paradise (the sixth dimension) where the believers in Christ are who died, the believers from past ages; they are with their own messengers, each one in a certain region.
The messengers of the Church of every age will be judged and then they will return to Earth with the believers in Christ, and Christ with them, to resurrect them in eternal and glorified bodies; and when we see them, we will be transformed and we will be here on Earth for a period of 30 to 40 days, just as Christ and the saints of the Old Testament, who resurrected with Him and then ascended with Him to Heaven. That is how it will also be at this end time for the closure of the Dispensation of Grace.
And now, Christ will be invested in Heaven, in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, as King of kings and Lord of lords; and His Church as the Queen, the Wife of Christ, because His Church is represented in a wife, in a woman. Therefore, Christ and His Church are invested in Heaven, in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb as King and Queen, to receive the Earthly Kingdom and reign during the millennium and throughout eternity.
Christ will carry out His Reclaiming Work as King, as Judge, and that Reclaiming time will be the most glorious time for the believers in Christ who died in the past, because they will be resurrected, and those of us who are alive will be changed.
The believers in Christ who died and the believers who are alive, and whom will be transformed, are the Army who make up...they form the Army that comes with Him in Revelation chapter 19. Chapter 19, verses 11 and on, where it says:
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.”
That is the new Name of the Lord as King, for He says in Revelation chapter 2, verse 17, that He has a new Name. Therefore, that will be the Name under which He will reign as King, as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. That is why He also bears the Title of “Son of David,” which He mentions Himself in Revelation chapter 22, verse 16, where it says:
“I, Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”
Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; therefore, He is the Son of David, a title which He uses as the King-Heir to the Throne and Kingdom of David, and thus, He will fulfill Revelation chapter 22, verse 16. And He will also fulfill Revelation Chapter 2, verse 26 to 29, which says:
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”
Meaning that He is the Heir to the entire planet Earth as the Son of Man. As the Son of David, He is the Heir of the Throne and Kingdom of David.
“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron…”
(In other words, He will rule them with a strong hand, with a mighty hand.)
“…As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
And I will give him the morning star.”
(The Bright and Morning Star is Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Pillar of Fire.)
Here we have a great promise for the overcomer, and it is that the overcomer is the Heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ, just as the different messengers of the ages along with the believers of every Church Age of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why it says that He has cleansed us with His Blood and has made unto God kings and priests, and we will reign upon the Earth.
In other words, the Cabinet of that Kingdom are the believers in Christ whom, from stage to stage, since the day of the apostles until this end time, form the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. They belong to God’s Kingdom, to the heavenly Kingdom, to the Order of Melchizedek and the Kingdom of Melchizedek: a kingdom that will be established on Earth; and God’s Kingdom on Earth is called David’s Kingdom. Therefore, the believers in Christ will be in that Kingdom enjoying the position of kings, queens, heirs and joint-heirs with Christ the Lord, the Savior, who will be as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, as King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the promise for the Hebrew people and for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church is the heavenly Israel, and the Hebrew people are the Earthly Israel. God has made both one, which is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the people under the New Covenant, composed of Gentiles and Jews as well.
Referring to the end of the kingdoms of this world, which is indicated as the kingdoms controlled by the wicked one, the devil or Satan, who has had control over them… although sometimes human beings don’t know this, but the enemy is the one who controls the kingdoms of this world until they are handed over to Christ. And Christ shall govern with His Church at the Last Day, which is the Millennial Kingdom.
In Daniel chapter 2, verses 44 to 45, it says:
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”
That is the interpretation of the Stone not cut by hands, which is the Second Coming of Christ in the stage of the feet of iron and clay of the Gentile Kingdom at the end time or Last Day.
In the days of the Coming of Jesus, the kingdom or the kingdoms of this world, the kingdom of this world, was at the stage of the legs of iron, which is the Roman Empire.
The kingdoms of this world or the kingdom of this world began at the time of the Gentiles, the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, represented in the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar saw and Prophet Daniel interpreted in chapter 2 of Daniel (the Book of the Prophet Daniel).
Then, the breast and arms of iron represent the Medo-Persian Empire or the kingdom that followed the Babylonian empire. Then, the third stage of the Gentile kingdom corresponds to the belly and thighs of bronze, which represents the Greek Empire with Alexander the Great. And the feet—the legs of iron: the Roman Empire of the Caesars; and the feet of iron and clay, what took place, what followed the Roman Empire of the Caesars (and still stands): the Gentile Kingdom in its last stage with ten kings, ten toes, the feet of iron and clay.
That is the kingdom of the antichrist, of the man of sin of Second Thessalonians chapter 1 and on, which will be destroyed with the Coming of the Lord, with the brightness of His Coming. Saint Paul said that the antichrist will be consumed.
The stages of the head of gold have already passed, which was the Babylonian Empire; the stage of the breast and arms of silver has already passed, which was the Medo-Persian empire; and the empire of the belly and thighs of bronze has passed, which was the Greek Empire with Alexander the Great; and the empire represented in the legs of iron passed, which was the Empire of the Caesars.
And only the stage of the feet of iron and clay is left, which is a continuation of the Roman Empire of the Caesars, which is the same beast that was wounded to death, but whose deadly wound was healed. It was wounded in the legs of iron, and healed in the feet of iron and clay; the feet of iron and clay emerged in the image that King Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel saw.
The Seventh Seal is what ends the world systems; in other words, for the time of the Seventh Seal, which is the time of the Second Coming of Christ, the Coming of the Messiah to reclaim the kingdom, the kingdoms of this world, and to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, which is the Kingdom of David with the Throne of David… and for this, as the Son of David, the Messiah the Prince will reclaim His Kingdom and His Throne, and reign for a thousand years in the midst of the Hebrew people; and Jerusalem will be the capital. And since He has the title of Son of Man, from Israel, from Jerusalem He will rule over all nations, over the entire planet Earth. And since He is also—He also has the title of Son of God, He is the King of the Heavens and the Earth. That is why we will see that the blessings will come from Heaven to the Earth in the Kingdom of the Messiah, in that Millennial Kingdom, and then it will be throughout eternity.
The Second Coming of Christ is the Coming of the Stone not cut by hands, which will mark the end of the Gentile Kingdom, which will be in the hands of the antichrist at the Last Day, at the end time; that is why there will be complications, and problems of volcanoes, tsunamis, seaquakes, and many other things that are prophesied for this end time.
But we will be updated as to everything that will be happening, because God will reveal it before it happens, so that we are ready and prepared to avoid all these things that will come, and to stand before the Son of Man. Saint Luke chapter 21, verses 24 to 36.
“THE SEVENTH SEAL AND THE END OF WORLD SYSTEMS.”
Let’s be prepared, because each year that passes is a year closer to our transformation, it’s a year closer to the revelation which will give us the faith to be changed and taken with Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Always remain steadfast, holding on tight to the Lord and with our faith always high, knowing that the transformation will be for those who are alive, it will be for us if we remain alive; and the resurrection for those who died in the Lord.
If we depart, we will resurrect in eternal bodies, if we remain alive, we will be transformed. It is that simple. Any of these two things that may happen to us will take us to the immortal, incorruptible and glorified body, to the image and likeness of Christ.
Therefore, with our faith steadfast in Christ, onward during this new year, 2016, serving Christ, loving Him, working in His Work, and always praying for all His People, His Church, and also for the Hebrew people so that the Messiah arrives soon, the One they are awaiting so eagerly and with open arms.
It has been a great privilege to be with you on this occasion, during the introduction to the subject: “THE SEVENTH SEAL AND THE END OF THE WORLD SYSTEMS,” which is the Bible Study for next Sunday, January 10 of this year, 2016 (in two days).
I told you that I would be with you next year, and here I am with you. I told you last year, at the end of last year, last Sunday, and last Friday… or the Friday before that, rather. And now here I am with you, as I said; to start (as we have done) with the introduction to the Bible Study or Bible School for next Sunday.
May God bless you and keep you and continue having a happy evening filled with the blessings of Christ our Savior.
If there is someone who has not received Christ as Savior you may do so at this time and we will pray for you so that Christ receives you in His Kingdom. Therefore, we will give a few minutes so that those who are in other countries may also have the opportunity to receive Christ as their Savior if they have not already done so.
The most important thing in life is salvation and eternal Life, that is the reason why Christ came and died on Calvary’s Cross; then He resurrected and ascended to Heaven to make intercession for everyone who would receive Him as their only and sufficient Savior (those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life).
Let’s stand up to pray for everyone in different countries who are receiving Christ as their Savior.
Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You with all these people in different countries who are receiving Christ as their only and sufficient Savior. Receive them in Your Kingdom. I pray to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And now, repeat this prayer after me:
Lord Jesus Christ, I heard the preaching of Your Gospel and Your faith was born in my soul, in my heart.
I believe in Your First Coming and I believe in Your Name as the only name under Heaven given unto men whereby we must be saved. I believe in Your First Coming and in Your Work of Salvation, of Redemption on Calvary’s Cross.
I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that I need a Savior. I give public testimony of my faith in You, and of Your faith in me, and I receive You as my only and sufficient Savior.
I pray You forgive me and may You cleanse me with Your blood from all sin and baptize me with Holy Spirit and fire after I am baptized in water in Your Name. And may You bring forth the new birth in me. I pray to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be the Glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.
I leave the minister here, Jose Benjamin Perez, and in each country I leave each minister to let you know what you must do to be baptized in water, for those who have received Christ as their only and sufficient Savior on this occasion.
May God bless you and keep you all and continue having a joyful evening filled with the blessings of Christ our Savior.
“THE SEVENTH SEAL AND THE END OF THE WORLD-SYSTEMS.”
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