Curtain Call

Prophecy teacher, Dave Wisen, has a three part series of messages on the end times entitled “Curtain Call, The End of the Show.”  Here is the promo for it:  At the end of the show there’s only ONE cast member that matters.  He’s looking for an audience of faithful followers who stand ready to applaud and welcome the King.

 

I will sum up each message by providing the outline and some notes that I took.  I will also have the link for each message if you would like to listen for yourself.  The first message focuses on hell, the second focuses on heaven, and the third focuses on the events preceding the return of Christ in conjunction with the Day of the LORD.

 

 

Message #1 – One Question ~ II Thessalonians 1

 

Listen to Message #1 here.

 

Two Purposes for Christ’s Return

 

1. Repay with Affliction, II Thess. 1:9

2. Grant Relief, II Thess. 1:10, I Peter 1:6-7, 4:12-13

 

Interesting quote:  You can’t fully understand grace until you understand hell,

Mark 9:38-50, Matthew 22:1-14.

 

Two Responses to Christ’s Return

 

1. Redeemed – Marvel, I Peter 4:13, Isaiah 25:9, 35:10

2. Condemned – Mourning, Matthew 24:30, Luke 21:25-28, Revelation 1:7, 6:15-17

 

Interesting quote: The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the curtain coming up.  (My own addition, the curtain came down in the garden of Eden.)

 

One Question:  Are You Worthy?

 

1. Christ alone is Worthy, Revelation 5

2. Paul’s Obsession: To be found worthy when Christ returns, I Cor. 9:24-27, Philippians 3:8-14, Matthew 10:38-29, Ephesians 1:4, 4:1

 

 

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Message #2 – Where Do We Go When We Die? 

(or I’m Dead – What Now?) ~ I Thessalonians 4:13-5:10

 

Listen to Message #2 here.

 

If you listen to this message, note that when Dave is naming off the movies at the beginning, there were images from scenes from that movie on the multimedia projector.

 

The What: What Happens When We Die? – I Thess. 4:13-18

 

1. Two Groups: Brothers and Others, I Thess. 4:13

I noticed that verse 14 could read “those who through Jesus sleep.”  That would certainly change your outlook on death.

2. Others: No hope – They sorrow, I Corinthians 15:16-19

3. Brothers: Always Rejoice with the LORD, I Thess. 4:17

 

Revelation 21:4 tells us that for believers there will be no tears, and no death.  Revelation 21:5 tells us that the LORD makes all things new.  Isaiah 55:1-2 is the invitation to take the gift for free.

 

The When – I Thess. 5:1-9

 

1. The Day of the LORD

The Day of the LORD is God’s future, cataclysmic judgment on the unrepentant.  Isaiah 13:6-13, Obadiah 10, 15

2. Thief in the Night – II Peter 3:10-13

This event catches the unrepentant by surprise, catches them off-guard.

3. But You Brothers…

…are not in darkness.  This is contrasted with the thief in the night.  Believers are to be prepared for the coming of the Day of the LORD.

4. How Do We Prepare?

We prepare by putting on the armor of God, I Thess. 5:8.

 

Great Insight:  For those who try to divorce the end of chapter four from the beginning of chapter five, there are links in the two passages which bind them together.  In 5:10 the phrase “wake or sleep” refers back to 4:13 to those who had “fallen asleep”.  5:10 also completes the thought of “living together with Him” begun in 4:17 where “we will always be with the LORD.”  So the When of I Thess. 5:1-11 refers to the rapture of I Thess. 4:13-18.

 

The choice is ours, salvation or wrath?

 

The Why– I Thess. 5:10-11

 

Encouragement

 

 

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Message #3 – What to Watch For ~ II Thessalonians 2:1-15

(or Christ is coming – What to look for)

Curtain Call = The End of the Show

 

Listen to Message #3 here.

 

Preface quote:  Dave talks about “if I were Satan”.  What would Satan’s strategies be as the return of Christ draws near.

 

The World

 

1. Carnality, Jude 18-19, II Timothy 3:1-6, II Peter 3:3-7, Ecclesiastes 8:11, Matthew 24:37-39

2. Calamity, Matthew 24:4-8, Mark 13:5-8, Luke 21:8-11

 

Note that all these are not specific things, but they describe general conditions.

 

The Church

 

1. Persecution, they hate you.  Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:9-13, Luke 21:12-19

2. Apostasy, the falling away of believers as their love grows cold.  Matthew 24:10-12, Mark 13:12, Luke 21:16

 

The Man of Lawlessness

 

1. Empowered by Satan, Revelation 13:1-2, II Thess. 2:9.

2. Healed from a fatal wound, Revelation 13:3-4, 12, 14.

3. Demands worship of the world, II Thess. 2:4, Revelation 13:7-9, Daniel 11:36-37.

Note that the phrase “abomination of desolation” from Matthew 24:15 is taken from Daniel 9:27.

4. Controls economies and commerce, Revelation 13:16-18.  Taking the mark will not be accidental, Revelation 14:9-10, since it involves worshipping the beast.  God’s wrath will be poured out on those who take the mark.

5. Wages war with believers, Revelation 13:6-7, 14-15, Matthew 24:21-27, Daniel 7:25, 12:1-2.  Believers are followers of Jesus Christ.  The time of testing ends with Christ’s return, Matthew 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28.  Persecution then cosmic signs which introduce the Day of the LORD, Isaiah 13:9-11, Joel 2:31.

6. God destroys him, II Thess. 2:8.

 

Interesting quote:  It’s a conflict, not a contest, Revelation 19:11, 19-21, 17:14.

 

The Restrainer

 

1. What I think – Michael.  Michael is seen in his prominent role in these scriptures: Daniel 10:13-21, 12:1-2, Jude 9, Revelation 12:7-9.

2. What I know – God.  God is the ultimate restrainer, Isaiah 46:9-10, whether He restrains through another personage or not.

 

Interesting quote:  Satan is on a leash.  God restrains him.

 

The Call – Stand firm as overcomers, Matthew 24:13, Mark 13:10, Luke 21:28.  Are we prepared to endure?  The question may arise during the great tribulation, “If God’s on the throne, why are we being persecuted to this extent?”  Hebrews 10:35 and I John 2:28 as encouragement.

 

These three messages were a great encouragement.

 

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

 

-The Orange Mailman

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