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5.8.2022 | Revelation - Week 26
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    4790 Carlisle Rd, Dover, PA 17315, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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May 8, 2022

Welcome to Dover Assembly!
We are so glad you have chosen to attend Dover Assembly this morning. It is not by accident that you are here. We believe that God has allowed you to be here so that you might receive all that He has for you. We pray you are blessed as you allow the Lord to work in your life.

THIS WEEK

Sunday ~ Happy Mother's Day!
9:00 am ~ Coffee & Donuts
9:30 am ~ Sunday School
10:30 am ~ Worship Service
10:30 am ~ R.O.C.K. Children’s Ministry
1:00 pm ~ Spanish Service

Monday
6:00 pm ~ Deacon Board Meeting

Tuesday
6:30 pm ~ Worship Practice

Wednesday
6:30 pm ~ FAMILY NIGHT MINISTRIES

Saturday
6:30 pm ~ Spanish Service

UPCOMING EVENTS

Water Baptism Service
Our water baptism service will be on Sunday, May 22, during the morning service. The candidates will meet NEXT Sunday May 15 during the Sunday School time for teaching and instructions. If you have not yet signed up to be water baptized, it is not too late. See Pastor Jeff or Anna !

Human Life Services
We will welcome the ministry team from Human life services on Sunday, May 15 during our morning service. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us that day. If you know anyone who is in need of their assistance, invite them to join you as well!

Dover Youth
We want to welcome our new Youth Pastors, Savy & Jasmine Lopez.! Their first day will be June 1. We will have an installation service followed by a luncheon on Sunday, June 12. We encourage everyone to join us as we install Savy & Jazz into Dover’s Youth Ministry! Sign up for the luncheon is in the lower foyer.

Calling all teens - Grade 6 through Grade 12! We will be going to Lyndon Diner and then bowling on Sat., May 21 at 9:00 am - invite your friends. Parents and grandparents - invite your teens and grandkids! Please sign up in the lower foyer!

WOMEN OF PURPOSE EVENTS

Yard Sale
Women's yard sale - would any of you like to bring your treasures for an outdoor yard sale (indoor if rain)? Just trying to get a gauge of who all would be interested and if enough are interested we will choose a date where we can set up. Cost is $20 per spot (to benefit the WOP fund). More info to be provided. Please sign up in the upper foyer if interested or see Anna

Women's Breakfast
The Women's Breakfast at Bob Evans has been changed to Sat., July 2, 8:00 am - sign up in upper foyer!

Baby Shower
Rosie Nunez is having a baby boy! Anna would like to bless her with a gift from our women's ministries. If anyone would like to donate a few dollars toward a gift, please write "Rosie" on an envelope and we will let you know how much we raise and what we purchase!

Prayer Warriors!
Prayer nights continue on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Join us as we seek the Lord for Dover Assembly and our own lives!

In Sympathy
Continue to lift up Angel & Chad Landis and their families in the home-going of her father, Darl Dennis on Monday morning, May 2.

BODY NEWS

Shut Ins
Please continue to pray for those of our church family who are no longer able to join us for worship.
~ Marian T.
~ Olga K.
~ Rose K.
~ Cindy D. (Angel’s mom)
~ Beulah S.
~ Mary S.

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May 8, 2022 - Week 26 - Rev. Jeff Bender

We are continuing our study in the book of Revelation.

We ended last week halfway through chapter 13.
The beast rises to power through what the Bible calls the harlot or prostitute or the immoral woman.
This harlot is the apostate church. It’s not any one denomination or faith, but a culmination of all who deny Christ and God’s truth.

But when the beast gets to full power, he will destroy the harlot, or the false religion and set up his own satanic religion.
Back to where we left off in Revelation 13 . . .
What this is saying is that if you chose to fall into the ways of the enemy, if you chose to go into his captivity, then you will go into that captivity and stay there and receive judgment for it.

If you think that it will all work out in the end, and that somehow, everything will turn out ok, or that you will escape judgment, you are mistaken.

The NASB says it more clearly.
The law of sowing and reaping. What did Jesus say about this?
The agents of the beast will capture and kill all those who refuse the mark, but in the end, they also will be destroyed.

But it also says that those who refuse the mark cannot fight back. They probably won’t be able to anyways.
They must endure what is coming, because while their pain is real, it will be short lived but eternity will be forever.
This second beast is also called the false prophet. He will assist the beast by directing the world to worship the first beast.

He is the one who will deceive the world by performing deceptive miracles.

Notice the unholy trinity.
~ Satan-the dragon (vs. God the father)
~ The beast or anti-Christ (vs. Jesus Christ)
~ The false prophet (vs. the Holy Spirit)

It says he has horns like a lamb. He will give the impression of being gentile and caring. (again, imitating Jesus being the lamb of God).
But that is just an act.

Because he spoke with the voice of a dragon. But since he has no crowns and only horns, it means his power is not political, but religious.

This beast (false prophet) will exercise all the power and authority of the first beast (anti-Christ, which means Satan (dragon) is the source of both of their power and authority.
The false prophet will assist the anti-Christ in making the people worship him. Using the fatal wound as an example to draw people in.
Fire from heaven-what does that sound like? Elijah? Although the prophets of Baal couldn’t do it, this guy can.

This fire didn’t burn anyone up like Elijah’s, but it was demonstration designed to impress the people and convince them that he is God.

The people “belonging to the world” are those who are the unbelievers.

He will deceive all of them.
The pharisee’s asked Jesus to do miracles to prove himself, but he refused.

The false prophet will do miracles and the people will follow him.

That’s why every miracle needs to be verified and must point people to Jesus. If it doesn’t, then it’s a satanic miracle designed to draw people away.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to point people to Christ, the false prophet’s job is to point people to the anti-Christ.

He will promote an “ecumenical religion” which is a blending of all faiths and beliefs into one that will worship the anti-Christ.
Remember we said this is an imitation of the resurrection of Christ?

He only appeared to be dead and was revived, not resurrected.

This is probably similar to the one in Daniel erected by Nebuchadnezzar so the people would worship him (the statue)
But this guy sets it up in the temple that has been rebuilt in the first 3 ½ years.
We said that God is the only author of life, and all throughout the Bible, God is referred to as Creator and redeemer.

The word Hebrew “BARA” which means to create something from nothing is never used in reference to anyone other than God.

The NASB is a better translation.
That word breath, is the word pneuma which means spirit

So, when it says he was permitted to give life, it means that a possibly demon was allowed to speak through the statue. The Bible doesn’t say HOW he was allowed to do it, and since he can’t give life, this seems like a possible reason.

This will be his greatest deception.

This will allow him to claim divinity and all those who see or hear about it will agree and will worship him.

Those that don’t will be martyred.

Again, similar to Daniel.
Note also, it won’t be a Marxist or Communistic atheistic philosophy, it will be a religious one.

The biggest threat to biblical Christianity isn’t atheism, it’s false religions.

The unholy trinity will retain religion, but it will be one that exalts himself as God.
The anti-Christ will now seek to gain all economic power and authority.

The mark is more than the ability to buy stuff, it is a symbol of your allegiance to him.

It also says it will be place ON, not in. So it will be visible for all to see and attached somehow to your skin.

The word “mark” is “charagma” was used of a mark or stamp which could be engraved, etched, branded, cut or imprented.

Tattoo, or something along those lines. Not a chip inserted under the skin.

It is also irreversible. It will forever identify all those who have rejected Christ.

One more time the devil imitates God. This is the opposite of when God marked the 144,000 as being sealed for God.

Those receiving the mark are now “sealed” for the enemy.
Not happy with controlling people with religion, the devil now wants to control people thru economics.

The economic pressure will be brought to bear and this will convince many to take the mark.

We think now, it will be easy to not take it, but how long will you hold out if your child is starving to death and is certainly going to suffer if you can’t get food, water, or medicine?

The pressure will be immense.

It also means if you have a business, you won’t be able to sell your goods, so again you will lose your business and eventually starve to death.

The domination of the world economy (remember, it will be a one-world currency) will further encourage those to take the mark.
There is a lot of speculation as to what those numbers mean. Some believe that since man was created on the 6th day, 6 is the number of man.

And since 3 is the number of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), the 3 (6’s) could represent the man who declares himself to be God.

The truth is nobody can really nail down the truth of what the number means. People during that time will probably understand but we can merely speculate.

But it says that wisdom is needed.

Not to understand what that number means or who it could represent, but simply that it is “man’s number” not God’s.

All throughout history, people have tried to identify who the anti-Christ is or will be by adding up the number associated with names in Hebrew to figure it out.

Some in the early ‘60’s thought it was Nixon, before that they thought the Emperor Caligula.

God says, you need wisdom, not to try to figure it out, but simply to know that it is a man’s religion and scheme, not God’s

God’s number of perfection is 7, so they cannot claim that.

As one commentator says, “they have to settle for 666”.

This is the end of chapter 13. What we see will happen during the tribulation is happening on a smaller yet significant scale today.
An anti-Christian system is all around us and we as believers must not be a part of it.
We need to be sure that we are worshipping the true God.
What do we value more than our relationship with God?

And finally, we need to be found faithful in these last days.

Make sure we’re ready today so we won’t have to be here tomorrow.

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