Prayer Guide - Praying For Your City

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Praying For Your City

You will need: a pen, paper and your imagination

Jesus at Your Door
It’s morning and the doorbell has woken you, “Was I meant to meet someone?” you think as you get out of bed and walk to the front door. There, standing in the doorway, is a man with a warm smile. You’ve never met Him face to face but somehow you recognize Him: Jesus has come to your home! What breakfast would you share with Him? Think of the smell, how does it taste, what would you drink? As you look across at Him is there something you want to ask Him? Why not take this opportunity…
At the end of the meal Jesus looks up and asks, “I want to see what this place is like, would you show me around?”

Use Your Imagination
Imagine you and Jesus walk out your front door and through your village, town or city. You take the journey slower than normal, every road name sticks in your head and things seem more vivid today. What do you notice about the streets and the people? Jesus knocks on a door and an elderly lady answers. He tells her that He’s heard her prayer and whispers something in her ear. Tears of joy fill her eyes. You continued your journey passing young people hanging out, Moms with their children and people going about their daily jobs. Who do you want to stop and talk to?
Who do you want to introduce to Jesus?

Jesus asks you what you know about your area. He’s particularly interested in employment, homelessness, unwanted children, other religions practiced there and how many Christians there are. Take some time to think about how you would answer Jesus and what His response would be. Pray with Him about these issues as you walk the streets.

You’ve arrived at the local Hospital or Doctor’s clinic. Jesus looks around the waiting area then sits down next to a man in the corner. As they speak color fills the man’s face, he straightens, walks out healed. Who else would Jesus visit here? Pray for the sick with Him, imagine those you know who need healing sitting in that waiting room being prayed for.

Continue your journey to places where people need Jesus’ help. Think of schools, local law enforcement, the oppressed or imprisoned. Where are the significant landmarks of your area? As you imagine taking him to each one how does Jesus respond and whom is He interested in speaking with?

You decide to take Jesus out for the evening, hoping to introduce him to your friends. Who’s out on the street as the day grows dark? You find your favorite place to hang out and introduce him to your friends. Conversation starts quickly everyone has questions and a crowd begins to gather. What would your friends ask Jesus? How would you respond to their questions? People see you sitting with Him, how do you feel about it? Are you behaving the same as you normally would or are you different tonight?

At the end of an amazing evening Jesus gives you a massive hug and thanks you for a lovely day. You wander home and think about what it would be like if He visited every day. What would change in your area and in you? Ask for
Jesus to give you the Holy Spirit and as you leave the Prayer Room ask to be Jesus’ representative bringing God’s
Kingdom with you into all the places you have been thinking about.


Spark Notes (3/11)

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Introduction to the End Times - Session 4
  1. Jesus’ Ascension and His Return
    1. Jesus’ Return and the believer’s rapture to meet Jesus in the air will be a glorious event.
      1. Jesus is coming back on a cloud.  “He (Jesus) was taken up before their eyes, and a cloud hid him…They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going…Suddenly two men in white stood beside them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven,”
      2. Jesus appearing in the sky will be a spectacular light show!  “If anyone tells you, ‘There He is, in the desert, or here He is in the inner rooms’, do not believe it.  For as lightning that comes from the east is visible in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man…Immediately after the tribulation of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky’…At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power and great glory.”  (Matt. 24:26-30)
      3. Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and His death outside Jerusalem were both surrounded by glorious events.(angels appearing and singing, bright star, darkness for 3 hours, earthquake, heavens shaken, etc.)  His second coming will be with even more glory and it will be witnessed by all humanity.  “Every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess”.  (Philippians 2:10)
  2. Jesus is Preparing a Home (Place) for His bride and He is our Great Intercessor in the waiting
    1. “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  (John 14:1-3)  Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, yet He is actively working and preparing for us to be together for all eternity.  
    2. Jesus the Great Intercessor.  “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).  Jesus is interceding for us while Satan (whose name means “accuser”) is accusing us, pointing out our sins and frailties before God. But the accusations fall upon deaf ears in heaven, because Jesus’ work on the cross paid our sin debt in full; therefore, God always sees in His children the perfect righteousness of Jesus.  Jesus is the only human mediator between God and man.  “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5)
    3. God governs the universe in intimate partnership with His people through intercession.  The governmental center of the universe is the “prayer room”; God chose intercession as the primary means in which we could govern with Him.  “You do not have because you do not ask.”  (James 4:2)  “The Lord longs to be gracious to you…He waits to have compassion on you…He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it.  He will answer you.”  (Is. 30:18-19) See also, Ezek. 22:30; Psalm 149:6-9.
  3. Jesus will take the scroll from the Father and break its seals
    1. God the Father holds the scroll (the title deed of the earth) and Jesus is the only one worthy to take the scroll and break its seals.  “Then I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll…sealed with seven seals.  I saw a mighty angel proclaim, ‘Who is worthy to take the scroll and open its seals?’ …the Lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed.  He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.  Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain…He came and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”  (Revelation 5:1-7)
    2. Jesus takes the scroll when the prayer movement has become mature and the bowls of incense are full.  “When He had taken the scroll…the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb.  Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  (Revelation 5:8-9)
    3. Jesus is the One releasing the seals, trumpets, and bowls in partnership with the praying church.  Jesus will come back by way of invitation through prayer and worship.  “You will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’.”  (Matt. 23:39)
  4. Jesus Procession
    1. Jesus’ Second Coming Procession begins in the sky with the rapture.  The saints and the angels will return with Jesus in glory.  “Behold He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him…and all the tribes will mourn because of Him.”  (Rev. 1:7) “At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all the saints.” (1 Thess. 3:13)  “Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.”  (Zech. 14:5)  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him.”  (Matt. 25:31)  Jesus will rapture the saints when the trumpet sounds.  (Matt. 24:31, 1 Thess. 4:16, Is. 27:13)  “We shall all be changed…in a moment…at the Last Trumpet.  For the Trumpet will sound, and the dead (saints) will be raised first, and we all shall be changed.”  (1 Cor. 15:51-52)
    2. Jesus Procession ends on the earth with victory over the armies of the Antichrist at Jerusalem.  (Rev. 19:11-21; Zech. 12:1-13:6, 14:1-9) “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice he judges and makes war…The armies of heaven were following him, riding white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean…Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword…the Beast and the False Prophet were thrown alive into the burning fire.  The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse.”  (Rev. 19)
  5. Jesus is Returning to Rule and Reign Permanently
    1. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully   dressed for her husband…”Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away…’it is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.’”  (Rev. 21)
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Prayer Guide - Personal Prayer

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You will need: a Bible, paper, a pen and a trash basket.

Ask God to help you pray and read the Lords prayer in Matthew 6:9-15


Read Matthew 6:9 again.

Think of all the names you’ve heard God called (if you need inspiration why not read: Genesis 21:33, Exodus 3:14, Judges 6:24, Deuteronomy 7:9, Deuteronomy 10:17, Isaiah 5:16, Psalm 136:26, Isaiah 7:14 & John 8:58.)

Which name do you most use when speaking to God?

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer

Do you use the name ‘Father’?

Read Matthew 7:9-11.

How does your identity as God’s child affect the way you approach Him now?


Read Matthew 6:10-11.

Write your name in the center of a sheet of paper.

Surround it with the people, situations and places that you want God to move in. Include anything that has been worrying you.

Ask God to teach you to pray in His will for His kingdom in each of these situations.

Make a paper airplane out of what you’ve written and as you throw it across the room thank God that He has your whole life and all your requests in His hands.


Read Matthew 6:12.

Think back through your last 24 hours, the things you’ve done the people you’ve met.

Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight things you’ve done wrong.

Next ask the Holy Spirit to show you times you should have acted and did not. 

Write everything that has come to mind on a piece of paper.  As you say sorry tear it up and throw it into the trash basket. Thank God for forgiving you. Is there someone you need to forgive today? Ask God to show you who.


Read Revelation 1:6.

Stand and speak the names of God aloud adding after each one why this is true in your life (i.e. I know you’re my

Provider because you provided for the debts I needed to pay).

Write a song or poem that expresses your love to the Father. Find inspiration from the book of Psalms and modern day worship songs.

As you leave the Prayer Room stand and say:

“I arise today through the strength of heaven….

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me

Christ in every eye that sees me

Christ in every ear that hears me”

Spark Notes (3/4)

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Introduction to the End Times                                                                                                              Session 3

I.                 3 Time Periods leading up to Jesus ‘Return

a.      The beginning of Birth Pangs.  Jesus commanded us to watch and pray during the period called the “beginning of birth pangs”.  Matt. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 give us signs to watch for as we wait for Jesus to return.  (earthquakes, pestilence, wars, rumors of war, fearful sights, commotions, nation against nation, great signs in heaven)  Theses signs will be like birth pangs; they will grow in intensity and happen more frequently.

b.      False Peace and Safety.  The period of birth pangs will end when the Antichrist signs a 7 year peace treaty with Israel.  This 7 years period is referred to in scripture as the “Tribulation”.  There will be great war in the Middle East and the Antichrist will arise as a world leader who will bring false peace. 

                                                    i.     “When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.”  (1 Thess. 5:3). 

                                                   ii.     “Then he (Antichrist) shall make a covenant (peace treaty) with many for one week (7 year period), but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice (in the Jerusalem temple, and break the covenant).”  (Dan. 9:27) The Antichrist will make a peace treaty designed for seven years, however in the middle of the seven-year period (3 ½ years later) he will break the treaty. 

1.      The signing of a 7 year peace treaty will be the key event to warn believers they are in a “false peace season” and to watch for the Antichrist to break the treaty. 

c.      The Great Tribulation.  The Great Tribulation period is the final 3 ½ year period before Jesus returns.  During this time period the Antichrist shows his hostility openly and requires all people on earth to worship him.  “There will be great Tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, nor ever shall be.”  (Matt. 24:21-22)

                                                    i.     Scriptures tell us plainly in many different ways that the Great Tribulation will be a 3 ½ year period.  It is described as:  42 months (Rev. 11:2, 13:5); 1260 days (Rev. 11:3, 12:6); Time, times, and half a time (Dan. 7:25, 12:7; Rev. 12:14); Middle of the Week (Dan. 9:27)

                                                   ii.     The purpose of the Great Tribulation is to purify God’s people, bring in the harvest and the salvation of Israel, expose false believers, demonstrate God’s power in protecting the saints (Rom. 9:17), and purge the earth from the defilement of sin (Isa. 24:4-6, Zech. 13:2). 

                                                  iii.     The Abomination of Desolation:  The primary sign of the Great Tribulation (final 3 ½ years).  “When you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by the prophet Daniel standing in the holy place…then there will be great tribulation.”  (Matt. 24:15-22). The Abomination of Desolation will occur when the Antichrist declares himself to be God.  Central to the Abomination is the image of the Beast (Antichrist) which will be a statue (image or idol) which will be in the temple (rebuilt-Jerusalem).  “He (False Prophet)…telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast (Antichrist)…He was granted power to give breath to the image so that it should speak and cause as many as would not worship the image to be killed.”  (Rev. 13:14-15) The Antichrist will require people to take a mark (mark of the Beast 666) on their right hand or forehead.  Those who refuse to take the mark will not be allowed to buy or sell necessities of life.  (Rev. 13:16-17)

d.     The timing of the Abomination of Desolation will occur in conjunction to Jesus taking the scroll and opening the seven seals found in Revelation 5:8.  When the bowls of prayer are full, Jesus opens the first seal.  In other words, when the prayer movement is mature worldwide.   The 7 seals, trumpets, and bowls are released by Jesus the Lamb of God.  (Rev. 5:5, 6:1, 8:1)  These judgments have a 3-fold purpose:  to warn God’s enemy of coming judgment, warning the lost to receive salvation, and to signal victory for God’s people.  Promise of protection for the saints (believers) in the End Times (Zeph. 2:3, Mic. 7:14-19, Isa. 11:15-16, Rev. 7:3) 

                                                    i.     Seven seals. (Rev. 6)

1.      First Seal (White Horse):  Antichrist’s political aggression

2.      Second  Seal (Red Horse):  bloodshed and World War

3.      Third Seal (Black Horse):  famine and economic crisis

4.      Fourth Seal (Pale Horse):  disease and death to ¼ of the earth

5.      Fifth Seal (Prayer Movement):  releasing God’s judgments and martyrs

6.      Sixth Seal (Cosmic Disturbances):  natural atmosphere-cosmic crisis

7.      Seventh Seal (Anointed Prayer):  angel gives incense to enhance the End-Time prayer movement that contributes to releasing the Trumpets.

                                                   ii.     Seven Trumpets. (Rev. 8-9) 

1.      First Trumpet (Food Supply):  Burning 1/3 of the earth’s vegetation

2.      Second Trumpet (Food Supply): Destroying 1/3 of the earth’s seas

3.      Third Trumpet (Water Supply): Poisoning 1/3 of the earth’s fresh water

4.      Fourth Trumpet (Light, Energy): Darkening 1/3 of the earth’s light

5.      Fifth Trumpet (Torment); Release of a locusts plague

6.      Sixth Trumpet (Death):  1/3 of the earth’s population killed

7.      Seventh Trumpet (Rev. 11) The Rapture of the Church to meet Jesus in the sky??  What is the Rapture?  “We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thess. 4:17) “The seventh angel sounded…the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord…You have taken Your power and reigned.”  The believer’s judgment is found during the seventh trumpet.  “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed…in a the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised.”  (1 Cor. 15:51-52) Immediately after the tribulation…(Matt. 24:29)  See 1 Thess. 2:1-8

                                                  iii.     Seven Bowls in Revelation 16 (Recall the ten plagues of Egypt)

1.      First Bowl:  sores to the Antichrist worshippers

2.      Second Bowl:  sea turns to blood and kills all in the sea

3.      Third Bowl:  all the fresh water turns to blood

4.      Fourth Bowl:  scorching heat and fire from the sun

5.      Fifth Bowl:  darkness on the Antichrist’s global empire

6.      Sixth Bowl:  demons lure the nations to Armageddon

7.      Seventh Bowl:  worst earthquake, 120 pound hail stones

II.               Believers are Protected and Will Overcome.  “They overcame him (Antichrist) by the blood of the Lamb, the power of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even unto death.”  Rev. 12:11

a.      God will manifest His provision and protection for His bride like He did in the Exodus.  God provided all the needs of His people as they journeyed through the wilderness.  “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them miracles.”  (Mic. 7:15)  “Do not harm the earth or the sea until we have sealed the bond servants our God.”  (Rev. 7:3) 

b.      Believers will call out to the Lord.  “Keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place.”  (Luke 21:36)

c.      VOW:  “Lord, I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, O Lord.  Revive Your works in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”  (Hab. 3:2)
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Prayer Guide - Hymns of Revelation

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Hymns of Revelation Prayer Guide 
1:5-8 Jesus Christ, the faithful witness…the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, (6) and made us KINGS AND PRIESTS TO HIS GOD AND FATHER, TO Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (7) “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,”… (8) says THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY.

4:3-8 He who sits on the Throne is like a jasper and a sardias stone; an emerald rainbow surrounds His Throne… (5) From His Throne proceeds lightnings, thundering, and voices (noises, music, choirs)… (6) Before the Throne is a sea of glass, like crystal (mingled with fire)…(8) they do not rest day or night, saying: “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, who was and is and is to come!”

4:8-11 They do not rest day or night, saying, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, who was and is and is to come!” (10) the elders fall down…and worship Him…they cast their crowns before His Throne, saying: (11) “YOU ARE WORTHY, O Lord, TO RECEIVE glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will (pleasure) they exist.”

5:9-10 They sang a new song saying: “YOU ARE WORTHY to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, (10) You have made us kings and priests to our God; we shall reign on the earth.”

5:11-13 Around the Throne are angels, (numbering 10,000 times 10,000)…saying, (12) “WORTHY IS THE LAMB who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (13) Every creature in heaven and earth said: “Blessing and honor and power and might, be to Him who sits on the Throne, and to the lamb, forever and ever!”

7:9-12 The great multitude of all nations… (10) say, “Salvation belongs to our God…and to the Lamb!”(11) The angels…fall before the Throne (12) saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might , be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

 15:2-4 On the sea of glass mingled with fire, those who have the victory… (3) say, “Great and marvelous are Your works, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY! Just and true are Your ways, O KING OF SAINTS!(4) Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? for You alone are Holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.”

19:1-7 The great multitude in heaven, say, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the LORD OUR GOD!” (2) For true and righteous are His judgments, (6) “Alleluia! For the LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT REIGNS! (7) “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

19:11-16 He is called Faithful and True, in righteousness He judges and makes war. (12) His eyes are like a flame of fire, on His head are many crowns… (13) His name is called the Word of God. (14) The armies of heaven, follow Him. (15) Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, to strike the nations with the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (16) his name is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.

22:16-20 “Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star.” (17) The SPIRIT and the BRIDE say, “COME!” let all who thirst come. (20) (The Lord says) “Surely I am coming quickly.” (the Bride says) Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Spark Notes (2/18)

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Introduction to the End Times                                                                                                   Session 2
I.                    The Day of the Lord:  Two Extremes
a.       “For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible: who can endure it?”  (Joel 2:11)
b.      “I will send you Elijah…before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.”  (Malachi 4:5)
c.       The wheat (believers, good) and the tares/weeds (unbelievers/evil) will grow to mature at the same time.  “Allow both to grow together until the harvest”  (Matt. 13:30)
II.                  Positive Events in the End Times
a.       There are many positive events prophesied in the Word that will occur in the generation the Lord returns.
b.      The gospel will be preached to all nations.  Jesus connected the timing of His return to the preaching of the gospel to all nations.  Mission organizations have joined hands in mission and now project that the gospel will be heard by every people group (6000) on the earth for the first time by 2025.  “Gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, then the end will come.”  (Matt. 24:14)
c.       The greatest revival and outpouring of the Spirit in history will occur in the generation the Lord returns and result in a victorious Church full of His glory and a great harvest of souls.  “It shall come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters will prophesy, You old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions… I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon into blood BEFORE the great and terrible day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:28-31)  “A great multitude no one could number of all the nations…coming out of the Tribulation.”  (Rev. 7:9, 14) 
d.      The salvation of Israel will occur as the Church provokes Israel to jealousy by standing with them in love and operating in the power of God.  (Romans 11:12-15, 25-26)
e.      The worship and prayer movement will operate in great authority and usher in the Coming King Jesus will songs of praise, worship, and asking Him to “Come!”  (Isaiah 24:14-16, 49:11-13, 52:8-10; Rev. 22:17))  “My house shall be a house of prayer” (Matt. 21:13, Is. 56:7) “Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night?  I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.”  (Luke 18:7-8)
f.        There will be supernatural protection for believers in the end times.  The Lord will again distinguish between His people and protect them like He did in Goshen.  (Ex. 8:22-23, 9:4-6; 10:23; 11:7) “Those who know their God will display strength and take action.  Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many.”  (Daniel 11:32-22)  “Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven.”  (Daniel 12:3) “Do not harm the earth…until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”  (Rev. 7:3)
g.       Two Witnesses and the Bride operate in authority and partnership with God.  “I will give great authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy…if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies…they have power to shut the heavens so that rain will not fall…they have power to turn the waters into blood.”  (Rev. 11:3-6)
III.                Negative Events in the End Times
a.       Persecution against believers.  There will be an increase of persecution in the generation the Lord returns.  (Dan. 7:21, 8:24, 11;33-35, 12:7; Rev. 6:9-11, 7:9, 9:21, 11:7, 13:7; Matt. 10:21-22, 24:9; Luke 12:4-7, 21:16-19)
b.      Falling away from the faith.  Many churches are seeing a massive exit from the church.  It is estimated over 75% of the youth raised in the church after leaving home stop attending church services or worship/Bible study.  (Matt. 24:9-13; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:3-5; 2 Peter 2:1-3)  “With regard to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (antichrist)…so that he takes his seat in the temple of God displaying himself as being God.”  (2 Thess. 2:1-4)
c.       There will be an increase of sin and lawlessness.  (Rev. 14:18, 17:5; Dan. 8:23)  “They did not repent of their murders, sorceries, sexual immortality, or thefts.”  (Rev. 9:21)
d.      The Great Tribulation will be the greatest time of pressure, trial, and difficulty ever seen before on the earth.  “There will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, nor ever shall be.  Unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved (physically preserved) but for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.  (Matt. 24:15,21-22)   We will look at this more in the coming sessions:  pressure comes from four sources:  the rage of Satan, the wrath of God, the evil actions of people, and convulsions in nature (storms, earthquakes, etc.)
IV.                Political and Global Events (Signs)
a.        Globalization.  An alarming trend is globalization and the manner in which finances, communication, religion, and geopolitics will converge to a more globally unified expression.  (Rev 17-18)  There will be one-world technology, economics, political cooperation, information, etc.   Global Government (Dan. 2, Ezek. 38, Rev. 13, 17)
b.      Knowledge and Travel. “Many shall run to and fro (travel) and knowledge shall increase (information age)”  (Dan. 12:4)  The internet has allowed knowledge to increase in an unprecedented way.  (knowledge doubles every 18 months)  Scientific advancements are fueling immorality (gender change, abortion, cloning, etc.)
c.        Israel becoming a nation in 1948.  The re-establishing of Israel fulfilled numerous prophesies.  The state of Israel as the center of world controversy will culminate in the end times.  (Zech. 12:1-3; 14:1-3; Luke 21:20-24) 
d.      The Abomination of Desolation requires Israel to be in the land with a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.  (Dan. 9:27, Matt. 25:15, 2 Thess. 2:4, Rev. 13:5, 15-18)
e.      World Peace and Safety.  The Antichrist will offer his solutions to the turmoil in the nations.  The Antichrist is first revealed as a man of peace who brings world peace.  “When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains (Great Tribulation) upon a pregnant woman.”  (1 Thess. 5:3)
f.        The re-establishing of the Hebrew language was prophesied by Zephaniah.  For Israel to speak Hebrew after being out of their homeland for 2000 is a sign and a wonder.  “Then I will restore the peoples a pure language that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.  (Zeph. 3:9)
g.       The increase of the spirit of fear.  Fear increase for those who do not trust in the Lord and have faith in His nature as a GOOD FATHER.  “Men will faint from fear at the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world.”  (Luke 21:26)

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