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Part I

Knowledge Not Automatic
Commandment Not Too Hard

Part III

God Punishes His People
Why Doesn't God Cast Them Away?
"Sealed Up Treasures"
God's Declaration

Part II

The Song of Moses
The Rock
Jacob His Heritage
A Desert Land
An Eagle Stirreth Up Her Nest
Jeshurun Waxed Fat
Moved Me to Jealousy

Part IV

Ezekiel 38:18-23
The Song of the Lamb
Overcoming the Beast and Image
"It Is Your Life"

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Part IV

Ezekiel 38:18-21, 23

"When Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.

"For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

"So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence,

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    "And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

    "And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God.

" . . . Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord."

    Notice the story here. God is likened to a man who has been angered for a long time. His anger keeps building until they push Him to the limits. His fury comes up in His face.
    Just as a man who is being provoked. First the person turns red, then white and finally a purplish-white, and that is when the person explodes into action.
    Gog’s invasion into the Holy Land is like the last straw. At this point God’s wrath brings on the final Armageddon crash, in which the nations fall and following this, universal anarchy occurs. This is when the Lord unsheathes His sword and swings into judgment.
God has sworn by an oath that once His hand takes hold of that sword He will not put it back until He has meted out His full fury upon His enemies.
    Remember that there are two parts to this story of the Song of Moses and the Lamb. First God punishes His people. This is true with natural Israel and also of spiritual Israel. "Judgment must begin at the house of God." 1 Peter 4:17
    Those whom God loves He rebukes and chastens. After the punishments come the blessings. He then punishes the enemies of His people.
    All of God’s people, having been chastened and corrected, will be a blessing and praise to the nations. All of God’s dealings have an end view of bringing blessings and honor and glory to the peoples of earth.

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The Song of the Lamb

    The Song of the Lamb is recorded as we indicated in our opening text:

"And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of the saints [ages].

"Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest."
Revelation 15:3, 4

    This is not a long song, but it is to the point. When this song is finally delivered, the nations will learn a valuable lesson. They will know that God’s ways are "just and true." Most people would profess that God’s ways are "just and true." However, in practice and in their works they do not believe God’s ways are "just and true." Why should they?

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Tyndale's Persecution

They have seen the proud delivered and spreading themselves as the "green bay tree."

They have seen the righteous on the scaffold while the wicked bear the rule.

They have seen the people of God killed in every age with seeming impunity.

Why should they think God is waiting to bring about justice and truth?

    There is a big difference between what appears and what is.  Their scale of observation does not provide the proof that God will do anything about evil.
    The preachers may try to scare them with an afterlife of punishment in hell, but no one really believes it. Many know hellfire is borrowed from Greek mythology and read into the Bible. The churches score personal sins but fail to observe the Christian churches involved in the dirty politics of this world, even blessing its horrible wars. They aligned with Hitler and Mussolini in a diabolical war that destroyed some fifty million people.
    How are they different from the world? They will soon see that God will hold the Christian churches accountable for the centuries of their ruthless reign of power and evil. Just as God punished the evil among His natural people Israel, so He will punish the evil that has been done in nominal spiritual Israel.
God’s ways are equal.

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Jeremiah Persecuted

The overcomers of natural Israel were only a minority.

Yet they can be found in every period of the Jewish Age.

At times, as in the case of Jeremiah, he seemed to be one man of God against the nation.

When Elijah thought he was the only one serving God, he was told there were 7,000 who had not bowed the knee to Baal.

    The overcoming saints have always been a minority and at times may only be very small in number. So it will be when the saints come to the closing scenes of the time of trouble. The righteous blood of the overcomers of the Jewish period was finally required of the nation and His servants were finally vindicated.
   The Gospel period will be dealt with similarly. All the righteous blood spilled along with all the evil and abuse heaped upon the faithful will at last be required of this generation.
    God will vindicate His people. This is an absolute truth that you may rest in. God has sworn to avenge His faithful people. Justice will be done.
    Sometimes brethren have suggested that this world will go down in general anarchy without God manifesting His judgments against certain classes. This is not possible. Christendom will not fall simultaneously with the nations and the financial and political kings of the earth. No, for we read:

"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day [year, Reprint 2553], death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

"And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning." Revelation 18:8, 9

    Notice here that the "kings" are still around to lament her fall. They are standing afar off, not wishing to appear as among her lovers. They lament because her fall is a herald that they are next to fall.

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Overcoming the Beast and His Image

"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." Revelation 15:2


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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Have you gotten the "victory over the beast and its image?" If so, it has been oh, so easy.

Before the plagues are poured out, those who were given "the victory over the beast and over his image" are identified.

They refused like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, to bow before the "image" and the "beast."

    No, they are not taken to heaven, but rather are engaged in singing "the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb." (Revelation 15:3) That is what is recorded in the very Word of the Lord.
    They refused to bow, refused to worship, standing defiant before world, apparently victorious in defying the orders given them. It is they whom the Lord then engages to sing this song and have a part in executing the judgments written.
    The sequence of events that follow in order are:
(1) The "seven angels having the seven last plagues" (Revelation 15:1) are given seven "golden vials" [bowls] to pour out the "seven last plagues" (Revelation 15:7).
(2) The Temple is filled with God’s glory.
(3) From the Temple come the "seven angels" each pouring out his bowl in this order: upon earth, sea, rivers and fountains of water, sun, seat of the beast, Euphrates and finally upon the air.

    One last point needs clarification. Do seven messengers of the Gospel Age deliver the seven last plagues or does the seventh and last messenger’s hand accomplish this?
    In Ezekiel 9 and 10 we find the answer. The same messenger with the writer's "inkhorn" who was engaged in marking those who "sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done" (Ezek. 9:4) in the city is the same one engaged to take "coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city." (Ezek. 10:2-4)
    This teaches the seven last plagues are delivered from the same hand that penned the Harvest message. This is clearly done after the man with the "inkhorn" says, "I have done as thou hast commanded me." (Ezek. 9:11) Not at his death, but when the work of "marking" is completed. So after the sealing work is completed, then from the same hand the coals of fire are cast over the city.

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"It Is Your Life"

    Why should we spend our time studying this Song of Moses and the Lamb? Some may think it unnecessary; others may think it boring. Why bother our heads about these matters when we could dwell on more gratifying portions of God’s Word? There is a tendency to do this. It is so easy to say this part of the Lord’s Word is not necessary.
    Did God ever ask anyone to go through His Word and label what is important? I don’t know where He has done this. Certainly, we know that this Song we have been dwelling on is very important. Why? Moses tells us that this Song is important. That’s why. We read in
Deuteronomy 32:46-47:

"And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

"For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it."

    Yes, it is your life. That is pretty important. This lesson today is not something that you may take or leave at your own pleasure. It is central to our life and well being. We must understand God’s way of dealing as it pertains to His people, as well as to the enemies of God’s people.
    If we are wise, we will receive these words into our hearts and act upon them. These words, Moses reminded them, are not too hard for you. They are intended for you and me and we will be blest if we act in accordance with them.
    Another feature is intended in this Song, which is not for the overcomers of the Jewish or Gospel period, but intended for the wayward, the recalcitrant and the backsliders of both ages, who in the end show that they love the Lord after they are chastened and reproved.
    This Song was meant as a comfort to them. They may all realize that God’s intentions in afflicting them was to recover their hearts and to strengthen their purposes of good in returning to the Lord with their whole heart. Many in natural Israel have been of this disposition.
    During this Gospel period, the Great Company is a class that the Lord has dealt with and will deal with severely. It will be a great blessing for these to know that beyond their chastening God has great blessings for them. He does love them and will deal graciously with them after they have been corrected. Yes, the promise to these is:

"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
Revelation 7:17

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