The Attitude of Being Ready for the Biblical End-time
Speaker: Reverend Philip Lee
Service: Moriah, Morning Service
Date: September 13, 2020
Do not fear the end time
Some believe that there is no end-time and the end-time has no relevance. However, we must realize that for each person, there is surely an individualistic death and there will surely be a universal end-time. On the other hand, there are others who consider the end-times to be fearful and terrifying. They give up everything to follow those who have a false understanding of the end-times and they fail. For those who believe in Jesus Christ, there is no fear of death because death is not the end. Our God who is our Father will not leave us to be destroyed, nor will He leave us in these end-times. Just as people guard their own children, God who is our Father too will surely protect us and keep us; this is what we believe. Those who are filled with the hope of heaven do not fear the individual death nor the universal end-time. Then, what kind of attitude and posture must the saints have to be ready for the biblical end-times?
The plague related to the seal of God is the plague of the 5th trumpet
Many plagues will arise in the end-times. Among them, the plague related to the “seal of God” is the 5th trumpet (Rev 9:1). First, there is a star that falls from heaven and opens the bottomless pit. And from the midst of that pit, there is a smoke that darkens everything. From this smoke, locusts come out and those that do not have the seal of God on their foreheads are tormented (Rev 9:4). The locusts are told not to harm the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The important lesson that we must learn is that those who do not have the seal are the ones who are tormented by the plague of the 5th trumpet. This demonstrates that we must be able to receive the seal of God before the 5th trumpet in order to receive protection from this (Rev 7:3).
Those without the seal of God will receive the plague of locusts for 5 months
We must receive God’s seal, for those who do not receive the seal will be plagued by locusts for 5 months (Rev 9:5, 10). This teaches us that the 5th trumpet, however severe it is, has a set time and torment which is 5 months. The Word of God proclaims that the days of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah (Matt 24:37). For 150 days, the floodwaters covered the earth which is exactly 5 months if you count a month as 30 days (Gen 7:24). The plague of the 5th trumpet is such a fearful plague, for on that day, men will seek death and will not find it (Rev 9:6). Although we are experiencing such difficulties with COVID19, it cannot be compared to these 5 months and we must be aware of this. During this severe affliction, God will not cast away His children for He will surely perform His work. In the midst of this plague, He will save us.
The place of God’s seal is the forehead
God places His seal on the forehead of His people and those without the seal will be afflicted (Rev 7:3; 9:4). We have many places on our bodies, but why does God place the seal on our forehead? First, the forehead represents our thoughts and ideologies and is the very front of our heads. In the time of Ezekiel, the people of Israel were filled with disobedience in the foreheads (Ezek 3:7).
The prophet Ezekiel was filled with the Word of God and the thoughts and ideologies of God filled the prophet Ezekiel. The Bible expressed Ezekiel's forehead as “emery harder than flint” (Ezek 3:9). Flint is very hard and sturdy, but emery is even harder. In Hebrew, “emery” is actually speaking of diamonds which are much harder than flint. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how hard the flint is, if it strikes against a diamond it would be shattered. This teaches us that it doesn’t matter what human thoughts or ideologies are established, or how strong they are, they can never be victorious over God’s thoughts and ideologies. Today, the Word of the History of Redemption that we have received is the Word that is like a diamond and like the emery. If we hold onto this Word, we will be able to overcome all human thoughts and ideologies.
Secondly, the forehead represents the personality or character of a person. For example, those who complain and grumble have crinkled foreheads which represents their entire heart because they hate others so much. Hatred is expressed through their wrinkled forehead, for their entire forehead is like a rock (Isa 48:4). These are the people that don’t receive the Word of God. We must be completely obedient to the Word of redemptive history. Then God will say, “Your forehead is like a diamond and like the emery.” We must receive that acknowledgment from God.
The saints are sealed by the Word of God
When we receive the Word of God, the Word of Jesus, we are receiving His seal (John 3:33). However, those who do not receive His Word are not sealed. A document that is not sealed or notarized is not recognized and is fake. We must be sealed by God to receive His acknowledgment. Jesus is the one who received God’s seal because He received the Word of the Father. When Jesus proclaims the Father’s Word and we receive that Word, we also will receive the seal (John 6:27). In these last days, as we experience these afflictions we must be those who read God’s Word, hear God’s Word, and heed His Word (Rev 1:3). And the one who does such things will overcome these afflictions.
The one who receives God’s seal will surely be protected
If we receive God’s seal on our foreheads, we will not be afflicted. We belong to our Father and the lamb because we are sealed as such, and will stand with Him on Mount Zion (Rev 7:4, 14:1). In the same way, the 144,000 were sealed with the name of the Lamb of His Father written on their foreheads (Rev 14:1). Would God cast away His own possessions? Whatever plagues may come to us in these last days, don’t be afraid, for we have received the seal of God.
The one who is prepared and ready for the biblical end-times needs to be faithful until the end, for Jesus is always with us (Matt 28:20). Some of us will be tested for ten days and will have tribulation (Rev 2:10). The number ten is a complete number or the number of completion. This refers to a tribulation that is most fearful and severe, but not eternal; it will come to an end (Matt 24:21-22). We must believe in Jesus and become the sealed ones. No matter what tribulation comes before us, we must not depart from the faith of Jesus Christ and the Word of redemptive history and be faithful until the end.