SERIES: What's Next?
MESSAGE: The World's Greatest Revival
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 7

MESSAGE SUMMARY
During the earth’s greatest trial and tribulation will also come its greatest opportunity for salvation. Even after the church is raptured off the earth and ensconced in heaven, there will be gospel preaching during this time of global pain. This is the flicker of hope that will be offered to the world while God pours out His wrath on it. There are three unexpected discoveries we make about the upcoming tribulation period.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Recap: February 14, 2016
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: "The World's Greatest Revival"
Text: Revelation 7

Path

During the earth's greatest trial and tribulation will also come its greatest opportunity for salvation. Even after the church is raptured off the earth and ensconced in heaven, the gospel will be preached during this time of global pain. This is the flicker of hope that will be offered to the world while God pours out His wrath on it. There are three unexpected discoveries we make about the upcoming tribulation period:

Points

Good News in the Midst of Bad News (Revelation 6:9-11, 17)
God's Protection for God's People (Revelation 7:1-4)
Great Multitudes Experience Great Salvation (Revelation 7:9-17)
Practice

Connect Up: God never changes. His heart toward His creation is one of love. How is God's love demonstrated even in times of destruction? How can you seek God when you are in your own distressing times?

Connect In: How does revival affect you as a believer? What is the proper response to God growing His kingdom? Praise? Partnership? Both? How can we be prepared to welcome people into the local church when God works in mighty ways?

Connect Out: Take time to pray for family and friends who don't know the Lord. Develop a strategy of ministering to them, inviting them to church or providing them with the tools (books, CDs, etc.) they need to answer questions. Give them an opportunity to hear the gospel, and allow God to work a revival in the hearts of people one life at a time.

DETAILED NOTES

  1. Introduction
    1. There is a time coming in the future that will be the worst in human history physically
    2. It will also be the best time spiritually
    3. A great, incredible revival
    4. Past revivals in history
      1. The book of Acts
      2. The Great Reformation
      3. The Welsh Revival
      4. The Moravian Movement
      5. The Great Awakening
      6. D.L. Moody and Jeremiah Lanphier
      7. The Jesus Movement
      8. Modern revival currently happening in China
    5. These all pale in comparison to the worldwide response that will occur during the tribulation
      1. Will sweep the globe like never before
      2. People from every nation will be saved
      3. When the world is at its lowest
  2. Good News in the Midst of Bad News (Revelation 6:9-11, 17)
    1. Introduces us to two groups who will be able to stand in that time of tribulation
    2. The fifth seal: souls under the altar (see Revelation 6:9-11)
    3. The tribulation is going to be the worst time ever
      1. Trumpet judgments (see Revelation 8-9)
        1. Hail and fire
          1. Grass is scorched
          2. Water is dried up
        2. Hell is opened and demons are released
      2. Bowl judgments (see Revelation 16)
        1. Sores
        2. Water sources poisoned
        3. Sun scorches people
        4. Hail
    4. The tribulation period will be:
      1. A time of divine reckoning: God will show He is supreme over nature
      2. A time of demonic troublemaking: Satan and his demons will be very active
      3. A time of spiritual outpouring
        1. This is the heart of God
        2. God's heart is to save (see 2 Peter 3:9)
        3. In His wrath, remember His mercy (see 1 Timothy 2:4)
    5. How will people be saved if the church has been raptured?
      1. Two witnesses (see Revelation 11:1-14)
        1. They will come to the city of Jerusalem
        2. They will do miraculous works
        3. The whole world will be watching them
      2. 144,000 Jewish evangelists
      3. An angel will fly about the earth preaching the gospel (see Revelation 14:6)
  3. God's Protection for God's People (Revelation 7:1-4)
    1. 144,000 witnesses will consist of 12,000 Jews from each tribe of Israel
    2. The Jews have always had a special place in prophetic plan
      1. God made covenants with them throughout Scripture
      2. Three-fourths of the Bible is about the Hebrew people
      3. They are God's chosen people
      4. The prophetic calendar given to Daniel
    3. The tribulation is in part to prepare Israel to receive Jesus as their Messiah
      1. They rejected Jesus the first time
      2. All Israel will be saved
    4. The seal
      1. An imprint made by a signet ring in wax
      2. Represents ownership and protection
      3. We have been sealed (see Ephesians 1:13)
    5. The 144,000 are saved Jewish people (Revelation 14:4)
      1. Firstfruits of God
      2. Their ancestors were sealed in Egypt: Passover blood was the seal (see Exodus 12:12-13)
      3. Rahab put a scarlet thread outside her house: seal of her faith in God (see Joshua 2:17-18)
      4. Ezekiel 9:4-5
    6. They will become evangelists in the tribulation
  4. Great Multitudes Experience Great Salvation (Revelation 7:9-17)
    1. The group of people John saw were standing, unlike the elders that represent the church, who were seated
      1. Not the church; they are the now-saved people from the tribulation
      2. From all nations
      3. They wore white robes signifying sanctification
      4. Palm branches signify joy and worship
    2. God will wipe away every tear
    3. Once they are in heaven, they will no longer suffer as they did during the tribulation on earth
    4. The 144,000 will be saved largely due to the two witnesses
    5. The other group mentioned will be saved largely due to the witness of the 144,000
    6. In Matthew 24, Jesus talked about the end times and the tribulation
  5. Closing
    1. God will use the world's greatest mess to bring about the greatest revival
    2. God wants you to change your mess into something amazing
    3. Roll over your burden to the Lord

Figures referenced: Jeremiah Lanphier, D.L. Moody

Cross references: Exodus 12:12-13; Joshua 2:17-18; Ezekiel 9:4-5; Matthew 24; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 6:9-11; 8-9; 11:1-14; 14:4, 6; 16


Topic: Revival

Keywords: revival, tribulation, judgments, Satan, demons, rapture, witnesses, evangelists, evangelism, Messiah, seal, elders, the church, comfort, end times


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