TOPIC: Don’t Be Left Behind – Part 2
PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: The leader should ask the members to recount the events that will take place after the rapture.
MEMORY VERSE: And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. – Revelations 19:20
BIBLE TEXT: Revelations 13:11-18 (KJV)
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had the power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had the power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
In the first part of this series, we learnt that after the rapture, Satan will endeavour to establish a worldwide kingdom headed by the Anti-Christ who will form an alliance with the world church. The Anti-Christ will also make a covenant with Israel who will rebuild the temple in Jerusalem and start sacrifices again. Syria and Egypt will invade Israel at the instigation of Russia but the Anti-Christ will defeat them. Russia will suffer a supernatural defeat and the power of the Anti-Christ will grow so that he will break his covenant with Israel and declare that he is God and demand that everyone should worship him. In this study, we shall consider what follows next.
LESSON AIM: To examine the events that will take place after the rapture.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, members should be able to:
i. Describe the satanic activities after the rapture.
ii. And also explain how souls will still be won after the rapture.
TEXT REVIEW: REVELATIONS 13:11-18
i. We are told by the text, the event that will take place after the rapture.
ii. That everyone left after rapture would be forced to acquire a mark before he or she can buy or sell anything.
iii. And the number of the mark is 666.
TEACHING METHOD: The leader should use the teaching/lecture method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Share the teaching time using the suggested time schedule.
LESSON OUTLINES: There are two outlines:
A. IN SPITE OF ALL ACTIVITIES OF SATAN, THERE WILL STILL BE WITNESS FOR CHRIST:
As soon as the Anti-Christ declares himself as God, another man will arise to become the high priest of the Anti-Christ cult. The bible calls him the false prophet. He will develop a highly organised religious system on behalf of the Anti-Christ. But inspite of all these devilish activities, there will be active witnesses for God and Christ. Many of them will be those who were lukewarm Christians; now, who will become red-hot for God after they have missed the rapture? They will be sorely persecuted. Israel will also rebel against the Anti-Christ and their persecution will be so severe that the bible calls it “the time of Jacob’s trouble”. – Daniel 7:25, Revelations 20:4, Jeremiah 30:4-7, Zechariah 14:1-2, Jeremiah 30:7
B. THE INTENSE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PERIOD WILL CAUSE ISRAEL TO REPENT AND THEN CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN
Knowing that his time was short, the Anti-Christ will gather the armies of the world to Armageddon for a final battle. Meanwhile, the intense sufferings of the time of Jacob’s trouble will cause Israel to repent genuinely and God will cleanse them. Then Christ will return again riding on a white horse and the saints will return with Him to reign for a thousand years. Will you return with Him or will you be among those who are left behind?
Revelations 16:12-16, Psalm 2:1-12, Zephaniah 3:8, Revelations 20:4-6
ACTIVITY: Who are the believers that will be winning souls for Christ after the rapture?
SUMMARY: Please run away from sin, no matter how fascinating it may look like.
CONCLUSION: It is a terrible thing to fall into the wrath of the Lord. Now, there is still enough room for you to repent before it will be too late.
- Father, thank You for warning us against that day.
- Father, keep me holy till I meet you in heaven.
- Father, please lead Daddy G.O. and Mummy G.O. to the end.
- Father, let all RCCG members be where You are.
- Individual prayers.
ASSIGNMENT: Diligently carry out all the daily tasks outlined in the GOLDEN DIET below.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK (print or write it out so that you can participate daily):
Please use this week for your personal retreat.
Pray that you will not miss heaven. – Romans 8:35-39
God, please make me rapturable.
God, please cleanse every spot from my garment.
Joshua 24:15 – Pray that your family will end well.
Go on evangelism.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Ceaseless prayer.
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