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ZNA-307 920216pm WORSHIPPING THE LAMB REV. 5 There is a place of eternal calm, unleasing tranquility, perfect peace, endless day… That place is the center of the universe, the throne of God… To that location John transports us from Patmos’ salt mines to heavens highest point… Rev. 4-5 are a calm between two storms Rev. […]
ZNA-304 920223pm APPROACHING HOOFBEATS OF APOCALYPTIC HORSEMEN REV. 6 On May 18, 1980, at ecactly 8:31 a.m., billions of pounds of rock, water and trees evaporated, molten rock, and boiling mud flattened 150 square miles surrounding Mt. St. Helens. In one millisecond, all the rumblings, clouds of grey steam, and dancing seismographs of the months […]
ZNA-302 920301PM SEAL #5 — MARTYRS REV. 6:9-11 SMYRNA Martyrdom has always fascinated Christians. Hebrews uses them as models of faith. Martyrdom of Polycarp is one of the better-known stories from the pages of early Christian history. We have no idea who the original author was, but we know Polycarp himself rather well. He was […]
ZNA-284 920517PM REVELATION 7 Commando for Christ I. Next proper event – rapture I Thess. 4 disappear A. Rev. 6 tribulation – darkness B. Flashback = Christ’s story fill in pieces event from past to fill in details II. Sealed, Commandoes v. 1-8 A. Protection – no harm B. Possession – which tribe C. Perfection […]
ZNA-256 921018PM Crowns 2-5 The Judgment Seat of Christ II Corinthians 5 Crowns #2 – 5 • Open to Phil 3:14 we must press to the prize • II Cor 5:10 Judgment seat good or bad • Revelation 4 cast crowns I. CROWNS ARE FOR CHRISTIANS. There are five. A. The Crown of life to […]
ZNA-254 921025PM REV. 9:1-12 Bottomless Pit Whenever we meet around the word of God, we need to ask and answer some key questions. Our passage tonight is Rev. 9 The key questions are: 1. Why should we study Revelation? 2. When should we study Revelation? 3. How should we study Revelation? 4. Can we really […]
ZNA-252 921101PM REV. 9:1-2 HORRORS FROM THE ABYSS Last Sunday night was crucial to our understanding of this book… If you missed it, I will share the outline, but get the tape or you will miss where we are headed! I. A PROPHETIC PERSPECTIVE (4 Parts) 1. Why study Revelation? 1:3 Blessed 2 Pet. 3:10-14 […]
ZNA-250 921108PM Satan Revelation 9:12 I. Satan is Real A. Satan is the AUTHOR of Sin. 1. He introduced sin into the universe Ezekiel 28:15 You [were] perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (NKJV) 2. He incited Adam and Eve to follow his rebellion against […]
ZNA-243 930207PM REV. 10 “SAVIOR AND SERVANT” Revelation crucial in times like these (Steadman, Revelation, p. ___): In 1955 the Rev. Billy Graham was in his mid-thirties and just gaining an international reputation as an evangelist. He was in London conducting one of his evangelistic crusades at Wembly Stadium when he received an invitation to […]
ZNA-241 930214pm REVELATION 11 God Keeps His Word I. GOD KEEPS HIS WORD * God has staked His name on one nation – Israel Jer. 31:2 – * God has also chosen a city to associate with: Jerusalem – City of Melchisadek, type of Christ and Abraham’s offering Issac – City of David – City […]
ZNA-232 930523pm Eternal Heaven and Hell REV. 14 Rev. 6-13 basically shows the world ruined by man. With all restraint removed, with passions allowed to run their course, with Satanic power unrestrained, with evil plans long held back, but to full mammon, it is awful. But from Rev. 14-20 we see a new perspective, the […]
ZNA-230 930530pm REV. 15 Song of Lamb (1) V. 1 God is never in a hurry. Gen. 6 – Rev. 6:17 day wrath – Jude 14 Enoch prophesied as 2 Pet. 3:7-9. Enoch –65– Methuselah –187– Lamech –182– Noah 365 969 777 –500– Shem, Ham and Japheth We could have wrapped this up with a […]
ZNA-225 930620pm LOCKED HEARTS PLAGUE OF PLAGUES Rev 16:1-3 1. Malignant Sores Ooze unmitigated corruption – Ex. 15:26; 23:25; Dt. 32:39 2. Sea of Death – food chains, hydrological cycle 3. Dying of Thirst – Jn. 7:37; Is. 24:4-6; Mal. 4:1 4. Taste the Blackness of Hell Forever/Black as Hell – Jn. 8:12; (cf Ex. […]
ZNA-220 930725AM REV. 16:4-7 JESUS CHRIST – SATISFIER “TO THIRST OR NOT TO THIRST” Life and life to come can be reduced to a simple common denominator. No life form known by us can exist without water. Many can live without oxygen, but none without water. God gives an unbelieving world graphic picture. No water, […]
ZNA-219 930801AM REV. 16 The Ultimate Sunburn Bowl # 4 Jesus Christ is revealed in Rev. 16 (8-9) as the Sun of Righteousness, the Liberator. Mal. 4:1-2 Sun of right/heaven Lk. 1:78 Sunrise But, Rev. 16:8-9 He is spurned Jesus Christ is liberator to all who look to Him in 3 powerful ways: 1. 2 […]
ZNA-216 930808pm BOWL #5 – DARKNESS Revelation 16:10-11 #9 Egypt Ex. 10:21-29 Gnawed Tongues The Fifth Bowl of Judgment Steadman #5 John now introduces us to the fifth angel and the fifth bowl of wrath. 16:10:11 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into […]
ZNA-214 930815PM BOWL #6 – REV. 16:12-16 1) Aim = Defeat to Satan/Triumph to Christ “The time has come for the fighting of that final war of the age, the name of which has become a byword among men since John first wrote it down–Armageddon! The Holy Land has been chosen by God as the […]
ZNA-209 931010pm REV. 17 – “THE DRAGON LADY” 1. Henry Morris (323-50) = Literal Babylon on the Euphrates see Jeremiah 51:7 and Rev. 14:8. He supports his arguments with a fine history of Nimrod (xerox on card) with six characteristics of Satan’s church. True Church vs. False Bride True Bride False Bride Jerusalem Babylon City […]
ZNA-207 931017PM Rev. 17.5 REVELATION 17:5 “THE 1ST CHURCH OF SATAN” Last week we saw that the first church of Satan is an amalgam of counterfeits of the true church. 3 Lessons: (1) Renounce (2) Avoid idolatry (3) Believe as Word Open to Romans 1 to Rev. 17 — (1) Renounce Heredity: I. This is […]
ZNA-205 931024PM REVELATION 17:6-7 “THE BLOOD OF SAINTS AND MARTYRS” HALLOWEEN 1. WHO ARE WE TO BE LIKE AS CHRISTIANS? Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (KJV) 1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient […]
ZNA-201 931114PM REVELATION 17:7-8 PART ONE ” The Book of Life” Revelation 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and […]
ZNA-200 931121AM REVELATION 17:7-8 BOOK OF LIFE PART TWO : “CITIZENS OF HEAVEN” In Revelation 20 we find the most sobering words in all the Scriptures: Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found […]
ZNA-199 931121PM REVELATION 17:7-8 BOOK OF LIFE PART THREE “A SECURE SALVATION” 1. We KNOW Satan is the Adversary. “out of the bottomless pit” 2. We ARE Citizens of Heaven. “dwell on the Earth” 3. We HAVE a Secure Salvation. “names were not…” 4. We WERE chosen by God “before the foundation…” Now, lets dig […]
ZNA-194 931226AM REVELATION 17:8 SAVED WITHOUT A DOUBT PART ONE ILLUSTRATION: Denver Fire Plastic Lifesize doll REVELATION 20:11-15 1. We KNOW Satan is the Adversary. “out of the bottomless pit” 2. We ARE Citizens of Heaven. “dwell on the Earth” > 3. We HAVE a Secure Salvation. “names were not…” 4. We WERE chosen by […]
ZNA-190 940109PM REV 17:8 PART 4 “SAVED WITHOUT A DOUBT” PART FOUR 1. We KNOW Satan is the Adversary. “out of the bottomless pit” 2. We ARE Citizens of Heaven. “dwell on the Earth” > 3. We HAVE a Secure Salvation. “names were not…” 4. We WERE chosen by God “before the foundation…” Today, Why […]
ZNA-177 940313pm REVELATION 17 The Doom of Babylon The 17th chapter of Revelation describes the Doom of Babylon. This seems to be a symbol of world religion. The counterfeit church Satan founded at Eden and works on ceaselessly. His ultimate goals are a: 1. Worldwide Political Unity [ seven heads totality rule] Revelation 13:8,16,17 “all’ […]
ZNA-175 940320PM Revelation 18 Surviving the Nineties Part One [or How To Survive The Coming Financial Meltdown] To study Revelation 18 we need to turn to Luke 12:13-48. Because Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ then we need to see what He said during His earthly ministry. Lets read this passage together. The Lord […]
ZNA-171 940410pm Revelation 18 Surviving the Nineties: Part Two [or How To Survive The Coming Financial Meltdown] Have you stopped to consider what has happened lately? • The vast swings in the stock markets. • The drop in real estate values in many parts of the country. • Floods, tornadoes and hurricane damages in staggering […]
ZNA-168 940424PM REVELATION 18 SURVIVING THE NINETIES PART THREE: CONTENTMENT Read Vietnamese Pastor’s wife story.1 Now look at Paul’s testimony: I Cor 4:9-13 II Cor 11:23-27 Phil 4:11-12 What do both have in common? CONTENTMENT Now, Open with me in your Bibles to Revelation 18:10-11, 15 and 19 we see the people of the Earth […]
ZNA-137 941030PM REVELATION 18 POINT TWO AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE the IDOLATRY of COVETOUSNESS At the end of an incredible life, John the Apostle wrote some arresting words. He had met and followed Jesus as a very young man. After those climactic days of the Crucifixion, resurection and birth of the church — John had […]
ZNA-136 941106PM Rev. 19:1-6 The Four Alleluias: A Celebration of… The Four Alleluias are part of the 140 hallals of the OT [76X Psalms; 64X in the rest. #1 A Celebration of… SALVATION Who are the Multitude? Rev. 7:9 What is Celebrated? • Salvation Luke 1:77-79 • Glory Rom. 11:36; I Cor 10:31 • Power […]
ZNA-131 941211PM Christ’s Return Revelation 19:11-21 The climax of all human history is now unfolded in our text. The purposes of God long hidden in His eternal counsels are now made clear. Jesus steps back into history, no longer the suffering servant, He is Lord of All. This passage makes two truths remarkably vivid. They […]
ZNA-118 950129PM Heaven-2 Heaven Part 2 Revelation 21-22 The sight that satisfies… The year was AD 81. The Roman Empire was ruled by Domitian. The barren and rocky island of Patmos, last stop for dangerous prisoners of the Empire. More than 50 years passed, it was now AD 81 and Domitian the Roman Emperor was […]
ZNA-120 950122PM Revelation 20 There is a new world coming In Rev. 20 we find some eternally valuable truths. God is preparing for a whole new world. Far beyond anything we could ever plan or do, He is preparing. Rev. 20 is the step between Earth as we know it and Heaven for Eternity. Lets […]
ZNA-56 990502AM Ls Experiencing Jesus In Revelation REVELATION 21:9-22:5 EXPERIENCING JESUS This morning God invites us to the greatest event of all time. The ultimate communication from God has arrived. It is a beautiful work of art, a picture of vivid color and radiance. It is a full color portrait of His Son, Jesus. God […]
030831PM Stones-22 Sardis WTB-56 FEARING THE CHASTISEMENT OF JESUS REVELATION 2:18-29 THYATIRA: Secret Sins are Costly Something was going on in Thyatira. Jesus shows up with blazing eyes and brazen feet. He walks around the homes of His children who are part of His family – the church looking back and forth, breathing warnings […]
030601PM WTB-51 STONES-17 PERGAMOS THE STONES OF GOD’S WITNESS: PERGAMOS– LESSONS IN LIVING AT THE END OF DAYS THE DANGER OF THE COMPROMISED CHRISTIAN God’s Word records that Sampson’s life pictures compromise. o Great blessing and strength in one area of our lives does not make up for neglect and weakness in another area of […]
030504PM WTB-50 Stones-16 Pergamos The stones of god’s witness: pergamos– lessons in living at the end of days Christ’ Awaits our Devotion The Danger of the COmpromised Christian SLIDE ONE: READ REVELATION 2.12-17 meet the Assembly god can grow his church anywhere! Revelation 2:12a First the Assembly – The word Pergamum […]
030112PM WTB-42 STONES-8 EPHESUS-2 REVELATION 2:1-7 THE JEALOUSY OF JESUS JESUS AS ALL I REALLY LOVE God’s Truth transcends culture and geography. God’s Word is timeless and always relevant. This evening the needs of Ephesus and the truth for the believers who lived there are exactly what we need to hear for life in Tulsa […]
050612PM WN-22 Anchored To Christ WNS-29 Anchored to Christ Matthew 24:24 Open with me to Revelation 7. Satan knows that God has plans to save “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm […]
050327AM NR4-30 ORS-06 WNS-17 “MEET THE RISEN CHRIST” THE GLORY OF JESUS REVELATION 1:9-18 Portraits 4-7 On the first Easter morning, Mary was looking at the empty tomb and met Jesus. She had come in sorrow and confusion. All the memories of Him flooded her mind. Jesus had loved her, forgiven her, and made […]
050327AM EASTER JESUS DOING TODAY 1-3 WHATS NEXT-09 NR4-29 ORS-05 WNS-16 What is Jesus Doing Today? “MEET THE RISEN CHRIST” THE GLORY OF JESUS REVELATION 1:9-18 Are you consciously, expectantly enjoying what Jesus is doing today? On the first Easter morning, Mary was looking at the empty tomb and met Jesus. She had […]
REV-40 990829AM The Lamb’s Book The death of John Wesley, the father of Methodism, occurred in his room on City Road, London. The end was very beautiful. No pain, only a growing sense of weakness, and a tranquil acceptance of the inevitable. He slept much and spoke little, but sometimes the dying flame flickered up, and the inner light that […]
REV-22 980927PM God invites us to the greatest event of all time. The ultimate communication from God has arrived. It is a beautiful work of art, a picture of vivid color and radiance. It is a full color portrait of His Son, Jesus. God presents this photograph as a gift to us. We can do […]
NR8-01 REV-47 980830AM But God has some great plans for the future of this planet. Have you studied them? The Lord is preparing to restore Paradise on Earth again. He has planned for a whole new World. Far beyond anything we could ever plan or do, He is preparing. Just a few of His plans […]
NR7-06 REV-42 980816PM There is a day on the horizon of the future. On that day a series of events will take place which will arrest every day life on planet earth. In a single moment on a single day all over the world The food supply will end, The transportation system will grind […]
NR7-05 REV-41 980816AM There is a day on the horizon of the future. On that day a series of events will take place which will arrest every day life on planet earth. In a single moment on a single day all over the world The food supply will end, The transportation system will grind to […]
NR6-02 REV-39 980809PM The True Bride of Christ Revelation 17 – Why I’m Not A Roman Catholic Aug 9, 1998 | tags: 980809pm Other congregations meet in churches, synagogues, mosques, cathedrals, and temples where organized religion stresses the achievements of humans working their way to God. This is the church of good works, self-righteousness […]
010513PM MOI-09 NR5-15 The Miracle of Israel – 9 THE MIRACLE OF ISRAEL GOD’S UNBREAKABLE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM AND THE FOUR WARS 1948-1973 Please open to Revelation 12:1-6, 13-17. In these short verses we see the infernal strategy of Satan to devour, destroy, and defeat God’s plan and His people. It is only one verse […]
010415PM MOI-08 NR5-14 The Miracle of Israel – 8 THE MIRACLE OF ISRAEL GOD’S UNBREAKABLE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM: THE CONFLICT OF THE AGES Please open to Revelation 12:1-6, 13-17. In these short verses we see the infernal strategy of Satan to devour, destroy, and defeat God’s plan and His people. It is only one verse […]
NR5-06 REV-34 980802PM Through the eyes of that faithful and true disciple of love who alone remained, heir of the apostolic band-and with his pen, tried to capture that which when Paul saw it, said it was inexpressible. ü Let us listen to the choirs of angels in numberless circles about the glassy sea and […]
NR5-05 REV-33 980802AM ü They stay secure in the face of danger for Jesus is with them. ü They stay JOYFUL in the midst of desolation for Jesus is with them. ü They stay PURE in a sea of filth for Jesus is with them. ü They stay TRUTHFUL in a World of lies for Jesus is with them. ü They stay HOPEFUL in the […]
980726PM NR5-04 REV-32 DTS # 27 THE GENUINENESS OF JESUS (13) REVELATION 13 HOW TO ESCAPE THE MARK OF THE BEAST Imagine what it would be like if a perfect leader were to step forward tomorrow. Add to that a man who appears seemingly from no where, almost a person from the past who […]
980726AM NR5-03 REV-31 DTS # 26 THE VICTORY OF JESUS REV 12 UNDERSTANDING THE CONFLICT OF THE AGES Above the softness of our blue green planet there are hostile forces poised. They range across space lurking and flying about at their master’s bidding. They are former angels. They are Satan the Dragon’s army. They […]
980719PM NR5-02 REV-30 DTS # 25 The WITNESS of Jesus REVELATION 11 THE WITNESS OF JESUS Revelation 11:1-2 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.2 “But leave out the court which is […]
980719AM NR5-01 REV-29 DTS #24 The MYSTERY of Jesus (10) REVELATION 10 THE MYSTERY OF JESUS THE BOOK The Book of the Revelation of Jesus gives God’s record of all of history from the founding of Christ’s Church through the ages until the end of the earth and the ushering in of Heaven. 9 […]
980524PM NR4-38 DTS # 11 THE JEALOUSY OF JESUS REVELATION 2:1-7 THE JEALOUSY OF JESUS JESUS AS ALL I REALLY LOVE WELCOME TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS: If you were arriving in Ephesus this morning, there is only one sight that would catch your eyes. Not the bustling harbor teeing with boats, not the roads […]
050116pm NR4-22 Standing Before Jesus STANDING BEFORE JESUS Please open to our church memory verse that we began to learn this morning. In 1st Peter 3:10-11 we learn what God says really matters in life. Listen to the voice of that wizened old fisherman, with a glowing heart of hope and joy–named Peter. He […]
NR4-06 REV-28 980823PM He waits, as every page of history is deeply stained. Un-avenged evils, from the time of the first murder until this present hour are still pending. Human history has been written in blood, tears and death. Why does Jesus wait? Why is Satan allowed to wrap his vicious, slimy, filthy, cruel […]
NR4-05 REV-27 980809AM Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without Jesus? Hitler freed Germany from their consciences and it brought the killing fields, the gas chambers and an industry of death. That was the darkest hour of the 20th century. Mankind’s unending fight with God at last brings them the freedom […]
NR4-04 REV-26 980712PM The history of planet earth may well be traced by the wars our fellow humans have so often fought. It was Babylon that first conquered in a global way. How many peace- loving boys and their dads perished to fill he coffers of their king? Then Assyrian and Persian and Greek armies […]
NR4-03 REV-25 980712AM GOD WAITS – TIME TO REPENT: (v. 1-2) This morning the scene in 8 th chapter of the Revelation explains to us one of the great mysteries of Heaven. We see how God responds to the prayers of His saints. We see into the inner court of the Lord God Almighty and […]
NR4-02 REV-24 980705PM Remember chapter 6? Who can forget the scene: somewhere beyond the starry sky there stands a herald angel with a trumpet in his hand, and by the decree of the Lord God Almighty, there is a day, there is an hour, there is a moment, there is an elected time when the […]
NR4-01 REV-23 980705AM DISCOVER THE PERFECTION OF JESUS The greatest mystery in the world today is the patience of God in allowing sin to run rampantly through this world. ü There is no village or town without its seething, and there is no human heart without its caliginous, black drop. ü There is no life […]
NR3-04 NR4-07 REV-20 980823AM Further on Jeremiah sits in rapt attention with Daniel and Isaiah as Ezekiel points out again the wonders they see about the Banquet Hall, as angelic creatures move about, choirs of angels sing and the glories of the galaxies radiating the Glory of God shine down upon the gathered saints. Interspersed […]
NR3-03 ORS-03 REV-19 980412AM the resurrection record is clear John 20 records Resurrection morn. John and the apostles were startled and ran to confirm the report of the women that the tomb was empty. Remember the events? Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9-11; John 20:10-1 8 The other women at the tomb Matthew 28:8-10 Peter […]
NR3-02 REV-18 TAB-14 980628PM There is a place of eternal calm, unleashing tranquility, perfect peace, endless day… That place is the center of the Universe, the Throne of God… To that location John transports us from Patmos’ salt mines to Heaven’s highest point… In 1989 a hurricane swept through New England, for hour […]
NR1-05 REV-05 980419AM Revelation 1:5 ” And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” NKJV Sin is a Deadly Defilement Listen to the testimony of one who experienced […]
980426PM NR1-08 REV-08 DTS# 8 THE VOICE OF JESUS.DOC DISCOVER JESUS REVEALING HIS CARE “THE VOICE OF JESUS” REVELATION. 1:15 Revelation 1:9-16 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony […]
980426AM NR1-07 REV-07 DTS # 7 THE EYES OF JESUS.DOC DISCOVER JESUS REVEALING HIS CARE THE EYES OF JESUS REVELATION. 1:14 Have you ever wondered what it must be like to look into the eyes of Jesus ? His were eyes of indisputable compassion. His were eyes of fiery judgment. There was no getting around […]
980517AM NR1-03 REV-03 DTS# 9 THE TOUCH OF JESUS.DOC DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF THE TOUCH OF JESUS REVELATION. 1:16-17 Have you ever pondered the wonder of the touch of Jesus ? HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THE POWER OF TOUCH? At this very instant as you use your senses to detect this morning’s morning message, […]
980409PM NR1-02 REV-02 MAUNDY DTS #2 PEACE OF JESUS.DOC D. MIN # 2: DISCOVER JESUS REVEALING HIS PEACE JESUS: OUR INEXAUSTIBLE PEACE REVELATION 1:4 One of the greatest gifts God has promised is His peace. On the last night, j gave this gretaest of all gifts to His disciples. This passover night is shadowed by […]
950702AM NR0-11 Rev 1.4-8 66-11 OUR INCOMPARABLE JESUS REVELATION 1:4-8 [66-11] IF GOD BECAME MAN, THEN WE WOULD EXPECT HIM TO HAVE A CASTING AND UNIVERSAL INFLUENCE 1 To be sure, the personality of Jesus Christ has made such an impact on humanity that even after 2000 years, the impact has not worn off. Each […]
MOI-22 NR4-09 NR5-24 990425PM This expectancy fired the early church into a prophetic purity. Note 1 John 3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. The purpose of prophecy is worship. The focus of prophecy is Jesus. The result of prophecy is purity. Revelation 19:10 And […]
MOI-21 NR4-08 NR5-23 990404PM So what’s the bottom line? There are seven years of history left for Israel to complete in God’s program. It’s a time like never before – demonic creatures ravage the earth; one-half of the population is horribly murdered; earth is a wasteland; mankind fiercely fights against God and tries one last […]
MOI-18 990228PM God has mapped out in the Scriptures that the Holy Land is the stage upon which two crucial events take place. One was on a mountain, and one will be on a plain. The mountain is MountCalvary. The plain is the Plain of Megiddo. Taken together these may be described as the two altars of sacrifice […]
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Wise Men Still Seek the King! LHC: Message Fifty-Two (041212AM) LHC-65 Week 52: Wise Men Still Seek the King! (Matthew 2:1–11 and Luke 2:8–20) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you become one of the King’s seekers! SUNDAY: When Life Is a Blur — Focus! “Be still, and know that […]
The First Coming of Jesus LHC: Message Fifty-One (051204AM) LHC-64 Week 51: The First Coming of Jesus (Christmas Message—Luke 1 and Matthew 2) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you ponder the First Coming of Jesus! SUNDAY: God Uses Ordinary People “There was in the days of Herod, the king […]
Experience Jesus Often LHC: Message Fifty (980927PM) LHC-63 Week 50: Experience Jesus Often (Revelation 1–22) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you experience Jesus often! SUNDAY: The Greatest Event of All Time “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants.” —Revelation 1:1a, emphasis added God […]
Fall in Love With Jesus All Over Again LHC: Message Forty-Nine (980927AM) LHC-62 Week 49: Fall in Love With Jesus All Over Again (Revelation 22:1–21) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you fall in love with Jesus all over again! SUNDAY: Jesus Is Extravagant “And I, if I am lifted […]
Behold the Wonders of Jesus LHC: Message Forty-Eight (980920PM) LHC-61 Week 48: Behold the Wonders of Jesus (Revelation 21:9–27) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you behold the wonders of Jesus! SUNDAY: The First and the Last Books “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of […]
Discover Our Marriage to Jesus LHC: Message Forty-Seven (980920AM) LHC-60 Week 47: Discover Our Marriage to Jesus (Revelation 21:1–8) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you discover our marriage to Jesus! SUNDAY: The Bride’s Perfect Home “I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from […]
Taste the Joys of Heaven LHC: Message Forty-Six (011021AM) LHC-59 Week 46: Taste the Joys of Heaven (Revelation 21–22) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you taste the joys of heaven! SUNDAY: Thoughts on Heaven “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have […]
LHC-58 050313AM Jesus spoke more of Hell than Heaven—we speak more of Heaven than Hell. Jesus warned of Hell from the start to the end of His ministry. Jesus preached about the horrors awaiting the unsaved lost ones in public, in private, with saints and with sinners. Jesus spoke much of it—we speak little of […]
Fear the Holiness of Jesus LHC: Message Forty-Five (980830PM) LHC-57 Week 45: Fear the Holiness of Jesus (Revelation 20:11–15) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to fear the holiness of Jesus! SUNDAY: The Holiness of Jesus “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart […]
Look for Paradise on Earth LHC: Message Forty-Four (980830AM) LHC-56 Week 44: Look for Paradise on Earth (Revelation 20:1–10) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you look for Paradise on earth! SUNDAY: The Real Utopia “ ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like […]
Rest in the Vengeance of Jesus LHC: Message Forty-Three (980823PM) LHC-55 Week 43: Rest in the Vengeance of Jesus (Revelation 19:11–21) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you rest in the vengeance of Jesus. SUNDAY: The Vengeance of Jesus “O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs—. . . Render punishment […]
Look for the Returning Jesus LHC: Message Forty-Two (980823AM) LHC-54 Week 42: Look for the Returning Jesus (Revelation 19:1–10) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you look for the returning Jesus! SUNDAY: Home At Last “Many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob […]
Living Contentedly for Christ: Stewardship LHC: Message Forty-One (050703PM) LHC-53 Week 41: Living Contentedly for Christ (Stewardship—Matthew 11:28–30) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to live contentedly for Christ! SUNDAY: A Lifelong Refuge for the Weary “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I […]
Giving God What Is His: Stewardship LHC: Message Forty (960901AM) LHC-52 Week 40: Giving God What Is His (Revelation 18; 2 Peter 3:10–18) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to avoid materialism and give God what is His in this life! SUNDAY: First I Give Myself “They first […]
Give All to God: Stewardship LHC: Message Thirty-Nine (960818AM) LHC-51 Week 39: Give All to God (Revelation 18; 2 Corinthians 8:5) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you give your all to God! SUNDAY: Giving God Your All “What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you […]
LHC-50 980816PM There is a day on the horizon of the future. On that day a series of events will take place which will arrest every day life on planet earth. In a single moment on a single day all over the world The food supply will end, The transportation system will grind to a […]
Live for What Is Eternal LHC: Message Thirty-Eight (980816AM) LHC-49 Week 38: Live for What Is Eternal (Revelation 18) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you live for what is eternal! SUNDAY: The Coming Global Financial Collapse “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one […]
Understand the True Bride of Jesus LHC: Message Thirty-Seven (980809PM) LHC-48 Week 37: Understand the True Bride of Jesus (Revelation 17) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you understand the true bride of Jesus! SUNDAY: The True Bride of Jesus I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I […]
Rejoice That You Have Christ LHC: Message Thirty-Six (980809AM) LHC-47 Week 36: Rejoice That You Have Christ (Revelation 16) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you rejoice that you have Christ! SUNDAY: Life Without Jesus “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you […]
LHC-46 TAB-04 991205PM Seven Keys to the Heart of God Pathway to the Most High – From the Tabernacle to God’s Throne Perhaps we all need to slow down and reflect on the following… The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower […]
Meditate on the Beauty of Jesus LHC: Message Thirty-Five (980802PM) LHC-45 Week 35: Meditate on the Beauty of Jesus (Revelation 15) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you meditate on the beauty of Jesus! SUNDAY: Slowing Down to See Jesus Be still, and know that I am God; I will […]
Feel the Compassion of Jesus LHC: Message Thirty-Four (980802AM) LHC-44 Week 34: Feel the Compassion of Jesus (Revelation 14) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you feel the compassion of Jesus! SUNDAY: The Tide Turns in the War for Planet Earth Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on […]
LHC-43 Christ and the Antichrist What’s Next for Planet Earth? The Promises and Prophecies of Christ in Matthew 24 Jun 5, 2005 | tags: 050605pm At the helm, the visible leader of the world will be the long promised man of sin, the lawless one, the beast, the Coming World Leader – commonly known […]
Marvel at the Genuine Jesus LHC: Message Thirty-Three (980726PM) LHC-42 Week 33: Marvel at the Genuine Jesus (Revelation 13) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you marvel at the genuine Jesus! SUNDAY: How to Escape the Mark of the Beast [He] is able to keep you from stumbling, and to […]
Keep Christ’s Perspective LHC: Message Thirty-Two (980726AM) LHC-41 Week 32: Keep Christ’s Perspective (Revelation 12) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you keep Christ’s perspective! SUNDAY: Space Invaders Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, […]
Remember God’s Plan of the Ages LHC: Message Thirty-One (980719PM) LHC-40 Week 31: Remember God’s Plan of the Ages (Revelation 11) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you remember the plan of the ages! SUNDAY: The Witness of Jesus Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And […]
Behold the Mystery of Jesus LHC: Message Thirty (980719AM) LHC-39 Week 30: Behold the Mystery of Jesus (Revelation 10) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you behold the mystery of Jesus! SUNDAY: The Mystery of Jesus I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. […]
LHC-38 050522PM In the past five months–we have lived through the second biggest, second deadliest, longest, and most powerful quake ever felt and measured by man. We have been warned that a rock is headed closer than any has ever been—and will be the first asteroid visible with the naked eye from earth. And this […]
Watch Christ’s Judgment LHC: Message Twenty-Nine (980712PM) LHC-37 Week 29: Watch Christ’s Judgment (Revelation 9) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you watch the judgment of Jesus! SUNDAY: Enduring Hope in Jesus “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end […]
LHC-36 050522AM Open with me again to Matthew 24, this time to verse 32. Matthew 24:32-35 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at […]
See Christ’s Patience LHC: Message Twenty-Eight (980712AM) LHC-35 Week 28: See Christ’s Patience (Revelation 8) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see the patience of Jesus! SUNDAY: A Great Mystery of Heaven When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And […]
Remember Christ’s Love LHC: Message Twenty-Seven (980705PM) LHC-34 Week 27: Remember Christ’s Love (Revelation 7) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you remember the wondrous love of Jesus! SUNDAY: The Love of Jesus “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in […]
LHC-33 050227PM As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to understand Christ’s wrath! SUNDAY: The Inexplicable Mystery [He] is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began. -Romans 16:25, emphasis added Revelation 6 […]
Understand Christ’s Wrath LHC: Message Twenty-Six (980705AM) LHC-32 Week 26: Understand Christ’s Wrath (Revelation 6) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to understand Christ’s wrath! SUNDAY: The Inexplicable Mystery [He] is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the […]
Admire Christ’s Perfect Sacrifice LHC: Message Twenty-Five (980628PM) LHC-31 Week 25: Admire Christ’s Perfect Sacrifice (Revelation 5) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you admire the perfect sacrifice of Christ! SUNDAY: Admiring Christ at the Throne of Judgment “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits […]
Adore Christ’s Loveliness LHC: Message Twenty-One (980628AM) LHC-27 Week 21: Adore Christ’s Loveliness (Revelation 4) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you adore Christ’s loveliness! SUNDAY: Adoring the Loveliness of Jesus Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off. […]
Heed Christ’s Request: The Church at Laodicea LHC: Message Twenty (980621PM) LHC-26 Week 20: Heed Christ’s Request (Revelation 3:14–22 — The Church at Laodicea) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you heed Christ’s request! SUNDAY: Welcome to Laodicea “I know your works, that you are neither cold […]
Enjoy Christ’s Approval: The Church at Philadelphia LHC: Message Nineteen (980621AM) LHC-25 Week 19: Enjoy Christ’s Approval (Revelation 3:7–13 — The Church at Philadelphia) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you enjoy Christ’s approval! SUNDAY: Flight 961 to Eternity You do not know what will happen tomorrow. […]
Know Christ Personally: The Church at Sardis LHC: Message Eighteen (980614PM) LHC-24 Week 18: Know Christ Personally (Revelation 3:1–6 — The Church at Sardis) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you make sure that you know Christ personally! SUNDAY: Professing without Possessing “Not everyone who says to […]
Honor Christ’s Holiness: The Church at Thyatira LHC: Message Seventeen (980614AM) LHC-23 Week 17: Honor Christ’s Holiness (Revelation 2:18–29 — The Church at Thyatira) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you honor Christ’s holiness! SUNDAY: Holiness Is Fearing Sin The solid foundation of God stands, having this […]
Week 16: Cling to Christ LHC-22 Living Hope for the End of Days Jun 8, 2003 | Revelation 2:12-17 tags: lhc, 030608pm This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you cling to Christ! SUNDAY: The Security of Christ’s Plan [We] are kept by the power of God through […]
Cling to Christ: The Church at Pergamos LHC: Message Sixteen (980607PM) LHC-21 Week 16: Cling to Christ (Revelation 2:12–17 — The Church at Pergamos) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you cling to Christ! SUNDAY: The Security of Christ’s Plan [We] are kept by the power of […]
Experience Christ’s Comfort: The Church at Smyrna LHC: Message Fifteen (980607AM) LHC-20 Week 15: Experience Christ’s Comfort (Revelation 2:8–11 — The Church at Smyrna) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you experience Christ’s comfort! SUNDAY: Be Ready to Listen “He who has an ear, let him hear […]
Remember Christ’s Jealousy: The Church at Ephesus LHC: Message Fourteen (980524PM) LHC-19 Week 14: Remember Christ’s Jealousy (Revelation 2:1–7 — The Church at Ephesus) This week as we approach the end of days, you can find hope as you remember Christ’s jealousy! SUNDAY: The First-Century Church I write so that you may know how you […]
Hear Christ’s Message LHC: Message Thirteen (980524AM) LHC-18 Week 13: Hear Christ’s Message (Revelation 2–3) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you hear Christ’s message in Revelation! SUNDAY: Hearing God’s Voice God, who . . . spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last […]
LHC-17 050327PM First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He was always delivering them from danger, and stilling their storms (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:23-25). Mark 6:46-48 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle […]
See the Risen Christ at Work LHC: Message Twelve (050327AM) LHC-16 Week 12: See the Risen Christ at Work (Revelation 1:9–20) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see the risen Christ at work in your life! SUNDAY: What Is Jesus Doing Today? I, John, . . . on the […]
Fear Not! For I Am With You! LHC: Message Eleven (031109AM) LHC-15 Week 11: Fear Not! For I Am with You! (Revelation 1:17–18) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, for the ultimate victory is Christ’s, and He will never leave or forsake you! SUNDAY: Troublesome […]
LHC-14 051030PM THERE ARE NO SUPER SAINTS! That is the first lesson of our look at David tonight. We all struggle with the same challenges in life—that is the message of James 5.17. James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did […]
LHC-13 051030AM Most of the Bible seems to be lived in the major key. Saints fearlessly witnessing, churches valiantly serving against all odds—and what a joy those sections are to our souls. But side-by-side with all that is the minor key. God’s Word contains true glimpses into the weaknesses and frailties that God understands and […]
See Christ’s Face and Feel His Touch LHC: Message Ten (980517AM) LHC-12 Week 10: See Christ’s Face and Feel His Touch (Revelation 1:16–17) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see Christ’s glorious face and feel His powerful touch! SUNDAY: Face-to-face with Jesus His Countenance was like the sun shining […]
Listen to Christ’s Voice LHC: Message Nine (980426PM) LHC-11 Week 9: Listen to Christ’s Voice (Revelation 1:15) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you listen to the awesome voice of Christ! SUNDAY: Listen to Your Creator His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His […]
Look Into Christ’s Eyes LHC: Message Eight (980426AM) LHC-10 Week 8: Look Into Christ’s Eyes (Revelation 1:14) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you look into the amazing eyes of Jesus Christ! SUNDAY: The Amazing Eyes of Jesus Christ His head and hair were white like wool, as white as […]
Find Hope in Christ’s Majesty LHC: Message Seven (980405AM) LHC-08 Week 7: Find Hope in Christ’s Majesty (Revelation 1:9) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you discover Christ’s majesty! SUNDAY: When You Feel Abandoned I, John, . . . was on the island . . . called Patmos for the […]
LHC-07 050703AM For centuries an archaic Old Testament system of justice laid in the dust of the past. Then Jesus stepped onto the planet. The One who was promised arrived, and the True Refuge that these temporal, insufficient refuges has heralded was visible and available. In the Old Testament a fearful fleeing Jew would be […]
Remember Christ’s Blood LHC: Message Six (980419AM) LHC-06 Week 6: Remember Christ’s Blood (Revelation 1:5–8) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you remember Christ’s blood that has washed away your sins! SUNDAY: The Cleansing Power of Christ’s Blood Jesus Christ…loved us and washed us from our sins in His own […]
Christ Is Our Refuge LHC: Message Five (050626AM) Week 5: Christ Is Our Refuge LHC-05 (Revelation 1:4) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope in the safest spot in the universe—Christ, our refuge! SUNDAY: The Safest Spot Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is […]
Get Ready to Meet Jesus LHC: Message Four (050109AM) LHC-04 Week 4: Get Ready to Meet Jesus (Revelation 1:4) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see Christ’s soon return through signs of the end of the world like widespread tribulation, tsunamis, and global travel advances! SUNDAY: The Greatest Tribulation […]
Signs the End of Days Is Near LHC: Message Three (050220AM) LHC-03 Week 3: Signs That the End of Days Is Near (Revelation 1:3) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you see the signs of His coming again! SUNDAY: Prophecy by the Numbers Blessed is he who reads and those […]
Knowing Christ’s Presence Today LHC: Message Two (030420AM) LHC-02 Week 2: Knowing Christ’s Presence Today (Revelation 1:2) As the end of days approaches, you can find genuine and lasting hope by knowing Christ’s presence! SUNDAY: Know That Christ Is Alive [John] bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, […]
Living Hope for the End of Days Study Guide Worship the Christ of Revelation LHC-01 LHC: Message One (980412PM) Week 1: Worship the Christ of Revelation (Revelation 1:1) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you continually worship Christ anew and afresh through His wonderful names in Revelation! SUNDAY: Worship the […]
EBG-16 SPC-56 981122AM American History chronicles numerous events called the “first” Thanksgiving. Perhaps the earliest recorded Thanksgiving celebration occurred 57 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1621. The first American Thanksgiving was at a small colony of French Huguenots who established a settlement near present-day Jacksonville, Florida. On June 30, 1564, their leader, Rene de Laudonniere, […]
061029PM EBG-12 Apocalyptic Evangelism Apocalyptic Evangelism— Letting All the Nations Hear at the End of Days The good news is that God is going to have a great multitude of born again Muslims worshiping around His Throne. We see that as we open to Revelation 7:9 and enter the darkest hour of earth’s history. It’s […]
David’s Spiritual Secret— Overcoming Life’s Unending Struggles Study Guide David’s Spiritual Secret DSS: Message One (060108AM) BIO-11 When we get to the end of everythingwhat is left? In other words, what will last forever? Revelation 22 ends with God, Heaven and one more el ement—servants serving God. Who are those surrounding God’s Throne? Revelation 22:3 […]
110911AM CLW-20 Sardis.doc Christ’s Last Word to His Church SERIES: Sardis: Where the Great Physician Felt their Pulse and Declared Them Dead Revelation 3:1-6 This morning Revelation 3 begins with the second shortest letter of Christ’s Seven, written to Sardis, hometown of Aesop’s Fables and Midas’ Touch. When we read these words we are […]
The last book of the Bible seems to be the most fascinating and revealing of all the books of the Bible[i]for believers. Nowhere outside of the first three chapters of Revelation is there such a concentration of church-related truth and they are the single most important source of understanding Christ’s present focus and work of any Book of God’s Word.
In the Four Gospels we find a quadrophonic symphony of Christ’s Earthly life and ministry. Acts shows what the Spirit of God, using the Word of God, can do through normal people. Romans through Jude records the doctrinal truths and foundation for everything in our new lives as believers, when we become a part of Christ’s Church.
When Jesus Christ introduces Himself to those precious and faithful saints in Revelation 3:7, He makes one of the greatest promises ever made. They, like us, lived in an uncertain world, and more than to any other church, Jesus explains His power in a way we all can grasp and hold onto today.
We each need to hear and understand and hold onto by faith:
The Most Amazing Promise
In a world of uncertainties, lurking disasters, constant unknowns, and endless potential dangers-Jesus Christ told these believers so much like us: here is truth you can hold tightly.
Most of our lives are dominated by the physical world: our health, the weather, our family, our car, our job, etc. The Holy Scriptures each of us hold, were designed to transport our minds away from our physically-dominated-world that is easiest for us to see and feel; and to transport our minds onto the spiritually-dominated world of God’s Throne.
Paul explained this process that God uses to the Colossians when he taught them to: “Set your affections on things above” (Col. 3:1). Paul was telling them that they still had to live out their life in the Roman Empire (most of them were stuck for life as slaves). But, they could live life on earth in a transformed way when they learned to focus their mind and heart on “things above”.
Do you realize how much of the theological fog and confusion that surrounds so many sincere believers each day, can be cleared up just by a simple reading and believing of the truths of Revelation 4-5?To get a very foundational view of what God has taught us, please open with me to the last 4 verses of Revelation 5.
One of the truths that we never can hear often enough is that we are each in possession of God’s Word today. God’s actual voice recorded, His actual words written down, the Divine Revelation of God is ours in the Holy Bible.
One of the most remarkable elements of Revelation is seeing into Heaven. But one of the most vital truths we learn from learning about Heaven is that God affirms that:
There is Only One Road
That Leads to Heaven
Heaven is where God is, His Throne, His perfected worship, and the way things look untainted by sin. We hardly ever get to see what something looks like that is perfect, during our earthly lives, because everything we see is marred by sin, the fall, and the rebellion of Satan swirling around us.
Please open with me in your Bibles to God’s final written communication to humanity.
God’s Final Written Communication to Humans
The Book of the Revelation is unique. These 404 verses were sent to the Earth by God the Father, through His Son: the Lord Jesus Christ. Those final written words are part of the Holy Scriptures, inspired by God, sent through His Prophets and Apostles, to us who hear His voice.
The flow of Revelation is simple to see.
• Chapter 1 is Jesus Christ showing Himself as God the Son in all His glory, like the Sun’s blazing light.
• Chapters 2 and 3 are His personal letters to the churches that bear His Name.
• Chapters 4 and 5 are His guided tour of the Throne Room of God Almighty.
Today we celebrate communion, which is the highlight of our month. We have also been studying Revelation. It is amazing that Revelation and the Celebration of Communion have a very big connection. What is also amazing is that the very same big connection can also be found in the Lord’s Prayer. Today may be one of the most amazing connections of the Bible to our every day life.
The Big Connection of The Lord’s Supper & God’s Kingdom
First, please open in your Bibles to Matthew 26:26 where we see Jesus initiating communion as an ongoing reminder of:
Christ’s Death on the Cross for us
Christ’s Burial that forever removed our sins from God’s wrath upon us
Christ’s Resurrection that declares the triumph of God’s plan, God’s Kingdom and of us His children
Satan is Leading a Global
Rebellion Against God
The only key to correctly understanding history comes from God’s Word. God’s Word explains to us the struggle going on behind the pages of history is that: Satan is a rebel.
The Book of the Revelation has always been regarded, by all who have taught it, as unlike any other of the books in the Bible.
As we open to Daniel 7, we continue to listen to God describe the worst human who will ever live.
We first met him as the Beast and the false peacemaking Rider on the White Horse in Revelation 6& 13.
Then we saw him as the One Standing in the Holy Place that Jesus says in Matthew 24 will bring the abomination that causes desolation.
Then we saw Paul’s long description of him as the Man of Sin and the Lawless One in 2 Thessalonians 2.
We went on to 1 John’s description of him as the Antichrist.
One of God’s attributes is His wrath. Last time we saw His future, ultimate, smoldering wrath as He returns to judge the world. That is His cataclysmic wrath as He pours out His fiery indignation. There is another element of God’s wrath and that is what operates all the time. It is called His consequential wrath. Cataclysmic & Consequential, both are forms of God’s wrath against sin and sinners who do not repent.
God’s consequential wrath was built into His creation of the universe. Please turn to Hebrews 11. Our Creator-God who is the All Mighty Maker of the Heavens & the Earth, spoke so much into existence at Creation that scientists have never stopped discovering, for thousands of years, more and more of what He did. Underlying all the vast parts of the Universe are laws that seem to govern everything.
This morning we are examining the Biblical Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ. This Doctrine is taught in God’s Word across over 1,800 verses, with over 300 of those verses in the New Testament.
The Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ
God’s Word is immensely prophetic.
When the Bible was written it was made up of approximately 27% prophetic material. Over the thirty-five hundred years since the Bible first began to be written down, many of the prophecies have already come true. But many prophecies are still slumbering, not yet awakened and launched into history by the Hand of God Himself. God watches over His Word to perform everything He has written (Jeremiah 1:12).
We have come this morning to the next doctrine in Revelation 6. We have come to the Day of the Lord & Christ’s Centrality to Everything.
All of human history, all of God’s Word the Bible, and the entire universe in which we live centers upon Jesus Christ, God the Son.
Paul overflowed in wonder at Christ’s glory in Romans 11:36 (NKJV) when he said:
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
This morning we enter a new chapter of the Book of Revelation. As you open with me to Revelation 7, let me explain what lies before us.
If we were doing a one-phrase-summary of each chapter of the Bible, we could summarize the main idea of Revelation 6 as: The Intense Wrath of God Against Sin.
If we did the same for Revelation 7 it would be: The Immense Love of God Towards Sinners. Back to back those seem to be polar opposites. What is amazing is that God designed this incredible contrast.
As we open to Revelation 8 today, we are going to find again that in each chapter there are incredible insights into our Great God. Each of this book’s 404 verses are like tiny windows into understanding a bit more of our All Powerful and Almighty God.
Almost every one of the seven teaching truths or “doctrines” that are presented in this chapter are tied to the same doctrines in the other books of the Bible that God has already taught us. Here is what we see taught in Reveltion 8:
This morning we arrive at the eighth chapter of Revelation. This chapter may hold one of the most impacting truths we have studied so far in this final book of God’s Word. This chapter before us contains the twin truths that explain what has happened to the prayers of every believer and saint of every age of human history. The twins truths are that God illustrates for us:
The Destination & Application of Our Prayers
Each time we pray in Christ’s Name that prayer rises before the Face of God our Father.
In Genesis 6-8, God sent the first ecological disaster of human history in the catastrophic Global Flood of Noah. It was less than 5,000 years ago, when God completely devastated the surface of the entire planet. Through 40 days of rain, plus most likely the fountains of the deep (volcanic eruptions), God drowned or buried every land animal, and every human except the eight in the Ark. That was:
The First Catastrophic Ecological Event
Before we return to Revelation 9, which would be opening to one of the darkest chapters of the Bible, we should ask ourselves why would we even want to study through this chapter? Why do we need to study what God says about Satan, demons, and the bottomless pit? Is that something that believers in the 21st century really need to know?
The answer to all those questions is the same. A resounding YES. The truth is that God has warned us about our Adversary Satan (that by the way is the meaning of the name Satan, “adversary”), and commanded us to on guard against him.
We open to what most Bible commentators over the centuries have called perhaps the most challenging chapter in the Bible, Revelation chapter 9. Before we dive in we need to step back and remember one of the most amazing features of this book: the role of the Gospel in relation to the horrors of the Tribulation.
An Invitation from God
The Bible closes with one of the greatest invitations of all, found in the final chapter, of the last book of the Bible. So, before the horrors of Rev. 9, listen to the offer of endless life from Jesus Christ to all who will listen:
Revelation 22:16-17 (NKJV) “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
One of the reasons God has left us as believers on earth is to resist the Devil and stand against Satan’s plans. God wants us aware that Satan is alive and well on planet Earth, We are to neither ignore nor fear Satan, we are to resist him. That is the truth that God wanted emphasized in the Church, and that is the theme of Revelation 9.
Satan is constantly prowling the world seeking to demote God, and derail God’s work from being accomplished on Earth among people, but we are called to resist and stand against him.
As we open to Revelation 9 this morning we come asking God to meet with us, and speak to us from His Word. That is what the Bible means when it is called the Word of God. So for each of us, for every day of our lives, we are to live not just by eating food, but by also listening from our hearts to these:
Words to Hear from Almighty God
The Bible is the Almighty God of the Universe Who desires to speak to us, and desires that we respond to Him. The Bible was sent to us by God; and God is the Subject of every part of this Book.
One of the more difficult and misunderstood topics of the Bible is the doctrine God’s Word teaches us about Hell. As we open to Matthew 25, consider the Biblical Doctrine of Hell.
There are many opinions, many disputes, and many misunderstandings. As with almost all disputes about the Bible, each can be answered by a look at the actual passages, and not merely by talking about them.
So this morning, we open to the greatest living authority on Hell, who spoke more about it than all the other writers of the Bible combined: His name is Jesus; and if you doubt that there will be an endless, conscious, horribly painful torment of un-forgiven sinners in a literal Hell, then understand that you’re protesting the clear, plain and simple teaching of Jesus Christ, and no one else.
As we open to Isaiah 14 this morning, we are viewing the spiritual realm beyond our physical world. Above all the vast reaches of the cosmos, above all the swirling galaxies, shining stars and circling planets God made some special creatures, fashioned for His own service—the angels.
And in this angelic host of the Almighty God in heaven, above the super-powerful archangels, above the fiery seraphim, and above the mighty cherubim, there was one angel that God chose to be the crown prince of them all.
As we open to Revelation 1:3 this morning, we enter the only book of the Bible that has attached to it a promised blessing from God, for any believer who reads and responds to these words from God.
God Wants to Bless each of His servants this morning
So just opening and following along today with an open and surrendered heart means we each get to experience today the blessings of God. Listen to His promise:
Rev. 1:3 (NKJV) Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
One element of John’s writing style in Revelation is his usage of sevens. There are seven stars, seven lampstands, seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, and seven angels. Beyond these seven named groups of sevens are many other sevens. There are seven beatitudes, seven spirits, seven mountains, seven lamps, seven horns, seven eyes, seven heads, seven crowns, seven thunders, seven kings, and seven last plagues.
Fifty-four sevens are noted by John in the book of Revelation. John observes and records for us that God is into sevens, or heptads. But it isn’t only in Revelation that God uses sevens, this morning, we find that the way to eternal life has seven intentional markers along the way. As we open to John 20, let me show you this amazing chain of truths about salvation.
As we start back at our look at the Gospel presentations of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels, start with me in Revelation 14:6. From cover to cover in the Bible, our Great God has revealed Himself as God the Savior.
God the Savior is Not Willing
That Any Should Perish
God is not willing that any should perish in a Christ-less and Eternal Hell.
God wants everyone to hear His truth, receive His Gospel, and repent unto life eternal.
No one understands the Gospel better than our Lord & Savior, the Author & finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ.
Today we continue on our journey through the Gospel recorded by the Apostle John.
As we open to John 5 we are listening and watching the eyewitness record of John who was closest of all the Apostles to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit uses that proximity and loving eye and ear of young John, to give the most unique of all the four Gospel accounts.
Only worshippers are in Heaven.
Worship is what the Father seeks.
Jesus came to seek and to save lost sinners, and make them worshippers of God.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The driving message of salvation is worship. Jesus tells us the only thing God seeks is worship. So, the purpose of salvation is worshiping the God of Heaven. Now, look what Revelation completes for us. The whole Bible can be summed up by the theme of worship. We have come to the final lesson from Revelation 4 & 5.
Unanswered prayers: what happens to them? As we open to Rev. 5, we find the answer to one of the great mysteries of God’s Word: Where do all our prayers go? After we prayed them, God heard them, and then what?
What Happens to
All Our Prayers
Do prayers become like deleted emails? Does God get them, see them on His screen, read them; and then just hits the trash button, and poof, they are gone?
No, that is never the image God wants in our minds.
As we open to Revelation 5: we have come to the greatest portion, of the greatest book, about the greatest place there could ever be anywhere: the Place of God’s Personal Presence called Heaven.
Today, Heaven’s worship, distilled before us in our Bibles, into words we each can understand: is the most challenging message we could ever hear to prepare us for serving God!
Worship is the offering given to God from my heart, quickened by His Spirit, unto a true awareness of my unworthiness, and His Almighty Immensity. That is how we sync with the constant atmosphere of Heaven.
Someday in the not too distant future, each of us who are born-again by the Spirit, saved from God’s wrath, justified freely by His grace, and forgiven forever: are going to join the ultimate, Heavenly Hallelujah chorus. The words for that chorus have been given to us already, written down in Revelation.
The term in English: Hallelujah Chorus, has become totally associated with an oratorio written 271 years ago in London.
It was in April, 1741 the German composer Handel was bankrupt, imperiled by paralyzing pain, betrayed by friends, and depressed. It looked like his composing career was over.
For several weeks we have been looking at the elements of worship that are so incredibly displayed in Heaven around the Throne of God. As we have examined each element there has been in the background a scroll.
As we open to Revelation 5 this morning, we have come to the merging of two themes in Scripture that often do not go together in our minds. I am talking about our worship of our Redeemer being portrayed in the very same verse as the judgments of God’s wrath being poured out upon the Earth.
We have come to the twelfth and final promise God made to Israel.
God PROMISED in His Word that: Jesus will return as Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ the Pierced Messiah will rescue the Jews at their darkest hour, after defeating all their enemies and locking up their fiercest adversary the Devil they will rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem for all the world to visit, and finally that Jesus Christ, the Son of David will sit as the Promised King on the Throne of David.
God Keeps His Promises
Each year we get to start a new fresh page.
This year that page is named 2010, and it contains 365 1/4 days, 8766 hours, 1/2 million minutes , and 31 1/2 million seconds.
But more than anything else, this new year is a new opportunity for each of us to invest as much of that time as we want to into the First Eternal Bank of Jesus Christ, located at the Throne of the Almighty Ancient of Days, at the source of the River of Life, in the center of the Crystal Sea, also commonly known as Heaven.
WNS-59 090712PM As we open to Romans 11, we all need to understand more and more about how God has worked in the past, and what He has planned for the future. One of the richest ways to do that is through a closer look at Israel and the Jewish people. God has declared that […]
One of the greatest works of God in salvation was opening our blind eyes to see.
Protecting spiritual sight is the final of the three elements we are to deliberately pursue, according to Christ’s Last Words. Jesus counsels His Church in life-long, spiritual vision-care, promoting healthy eyes.
Christ Desires Us
To See Clearly
Please open with me to Rev. 3, and listen again to Jesus, telling the church at Laodicea what they needed to have lives that pleased Him. Please give attention to the public reading of Scripture.
One of the things I love about the Lord is that He always saves the best for last. Unlike the world whose joys run out and fade, God’s path that shines brighter each day we walk it (Pr. 4:18).
Just like when Jesus turned the water into wine, all the guests said that the best had been saved for the last. Just like the promise to those who stay close to the Lord in Psalm 92, our God is the God who gives better and better joys so that those at the end surpass all others. As we turn to Rev. 3:21-22 we find that once again, our God has saved the best for last.
This morning we are looking back at where we’ve been. Much like getting home from a trip and spending time looking at the pictures that you took while traveling.
We have invested the past year, looking at the only part of God’s Word dictated by Christ, for the express purpose of: being sent to His Church, being read by His Church, and being obeyed by His Church.
There is no part of the Bible so clear, so personal, and so direct: as these three chapters. What exactly did we find in Revelation? We found that:
Posted a Picture
Last time we saw what always makes worship unacceptable to God. This week we are looking at what always makes our worship acceptable and pleasing to God.
As we read these words, think about what you are looking at as we see a picture of the 24 elders; most likely, each of these 24 men seated on the inner circle of the Throne were formerly imperfect sinners, saved by grace, cleansed each day by the sacrifice of Christ, glorified at the moment of their death, and now in Heaven offering perfected worship.
As we open to Revelation 5:9, we are analyzing the words of the first song we see ourselves singing in heaven—the song of our redemption. We who were slaves to sin, and lost sinners: were purchased by Christ’s blood. The God who so loved the world that he gave His Son to die on a cross; and shed His blood to pay the price of our sin! The message of this verse could be reduced to the simple phrase:
Redeemed: How I Love to Proclaim It. In Revelation 5:9 we see ourselves the way we will be—singing the new song of our worthy Redeemer. Please stand and follow along as we read these words:
One of the best-selling books of modern times was called the Purpose-Driven Life. Author Rick Warren hit a collective nerve in society because so many people feel aimless at times, and struggle for a clear purpose to point our lives at.
The amazing truth is that we are bought and owned by God. He tells us that the purpose that should drive us to focus upon how we use our river of time, that rushes past us at 60 minutes-per-hour.
God has declared that each of us have been forever set free. Starting in Titus 2:11 we are looking at the third and final word, that God chose to describe the wonders of redemption.
Redemption, as we’ve seen, is what God wants to motivate us to lives that glorify God, because we were bought at a price.
Redemption is also what fills our hearts, and pours forth around the Throne in the songs of our worship in Heaven.
As we enter into Revelation 4 & 5 we must always remember that the best explanation of Scripture is Scripture. So to see the Throne of God most clearly we must see it through the lens of all the other times God chooses to show The Throne to us.
In one of the most well known scenes in the Old Testament, The Throne of God surrounds Isaiah’s call.
Please turn with me to the scene of Isaiah 6, and notice it is representative of what we often see about God’s Throne: it is High, it is Holy, and because of the smoke and quaking, it is almost Distant.
THE MAP OF THE FUTURE GOD LEFT IN HIS WORD
God wrote down an inspired record of the history of the world: from the time when John was sitting on Patmos in AD 95, right up to the very end of days. That is what you are holding in your hands this morning.
The online world mourned for a few moments this week, the passing of another icon from the former, pre-cyber world of the past. After 244 years of publication, the Encyclopedia Britannica will no longer be printed on paper. Thus ended the longest published record of civilization’s knowledge.
Towering over all our daily lives and worship we offer as believers: is the Throne of our God the King.
When we pray it’s to the Throne of our Hallowed Father who is King in Heaven that we are to address our prayers.
When we struggle it is to the Throne of our King of Grace and Mercy that we cry to out for help in time of need.
When we serve it is our King who tests all our good works by His refining fire, and then passes out all rewards, that we prepare to stand before.
This morning there is just one truth I want you to hold onto, and think through, with me:
God has told us EXACTLY how He wants to be Worshipped.
That description of how God has told us He wants to be worshipped is the title of our study today: The Foundations of True Biblical Worship.
To understand this topic we need to ponder several individual concepts, the first one is:
What Kind of Worship
Does God Accept?
Heaven is the word God uses for where we as believers are headed. Heaven is mysterious to many; and a place of many fanciful speculations. But, God’s Word has given us all He wants us to know about Heaven. As we open to Revelation 4, we open to the first words of the only guided tour of Heaven found in God’s Word. Note these opening words: Revelation 4:1 (NKJV) After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. Think of what we are witnessing as we begin this morning looking through: The Door of Heaven: Standing Open
God wants us to orient every day of our lives to the truth that He is seated above each moment of our lives. Opening to Revelation 4 & 5 is much like remembering that the blazing stars of a cloudless night are always there, we just rarely see them. So, we must not let the rest of life distract us from the foundational truths that we must always remember as we open our hearts and minds to God’s Word. Every moment of every day:
Heaven is Real. God is on THE Throne; and, we are His servants.
As we open to Revelation 5, we are going to be reminded how much you and I are really in debt this morning.
I’m not talking about the trillions of dollars of our national debt; nor the trillions more dollars of credit card, auto loans, student loans, municipal bonds, and mortgage debt.
I am referring to the debt, all people owe to God, for their sins. God’s Word teaches us that:
All Sin is a
Debt Against God
The Apostle John has been in a perpetual state of amazement from chapter one onward. What he has seen has repeatedly overwhelmed him. Once again John sees such incredible sights that all he can do is fall down and again try to worship the messenger that has been guided his tour of Heaven (the last time he tried that was in 19:10). That is the context of v. 9 as John is corrected by the angel. Here we get the incredible insight that:
Worship is the Central
Theme of the Bible
Awesome has lost a bit of its meaning to us in the 21st Century. In the Bible, God is described as awesome, and when He is present there is such a sense of wonder: that it bordered on fear. This awesomeness was an overpowering sense of God’s glory that could be felt.
Our God is
An Awesome God
When Paul wrote from Corinth to the fledgling church at Rome, he sought some way that He might encourage them. They lived with all the daily load of life, plus the general excitement that came from being at the center of the world in that generation.
As we open to Revelation 3:17, we are opening to Jesus the Christ of Christmas, talking about something so timely to Christmas, so relevent to our choices this season, and so right where we are today that it is uncanny.
Jesus is addressing the condition that the believers at Laodicea had gotten themselves into. They were simply described by Christ as: loaded down with stuff.
They could afford all that stuff, they bought all those items with their hard-earned money. They stored their possessions carefully, and used them regularly. But, what the Laodiceans are confronted with by Christ is not that they had so much, but the danger that comes when we have too much stuff.
There’s only one portion of God’s Word, specifically written to the Church, by Jesus Christ: Rev. 2&3. Join me there as we to continue systematically exame Christ’s challenges to this, the seventh and final of the churches.
If you had traveled to visited friends or family in Laodicea, three things would have stood out to you in the First Century. These three unique features to this city, are the framework of Christ’s words we are examining today in Revelation 3:18. These could be called:
Laodicea’s Three Key Industries
We all need a good dose of old-fashioned “living hope”, the kind that the teaching of Christ & His Apostles caused to overflow through the hearts, minds and lives of early New Testament believers.
When Peter addressed the most heavily persecuted saints of the 1st Century living all around the area of the seven churches we are studying in Revelation, he told them a foundational truth. He told them that salvation opens to us life-long lives of hope. Look at 1 Peter 1:3.
Perhaps the most unlikely words to be uttered by the Lord Jesus Christ are in our Bibles this morning. Jesus says in modern terms of the church in Laodicea, “You make me sick!”
As we open to Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus writes a letter that all scholars conclude is the most piercing, stinging and scathing letter He ever wrote to any church. That means:
Laodicea is the Worst Church
Today, and every day of our lives, the Cross of Christ is the source of our power to live in this world of sin.
Living a life that glorifies God is called sanctified living.
Sanctification means that God is leading and controlling our lives.
As we return to Christ’s Last Words to His Church, we find that His Church at:
Laodicea was not Living in the Shadow of Christ’s Cross
For two generations, all the local churches around Laodicea had savored the truths about the Cross of Christ. Today as Christ’s Church we gather to hear again for our generation His warning to: Never stop living in the shadow of the Cross.
As we turn to Romans, think of this: Christ’s death on the Cross is the heart of our salvation. His substitutionary death paid the penalty of our sin, removed the record of our transgressions, and purchased our eternal salvation.
Christ’s life, now lived in and for us, opens to us His sanctifying power to save us from sin’s destructive power and keep us useful for his glory.
Life for us as followers of Christ is all about Listening to Jesus. Jesus said that as His sheep we need to hear Him and follow Him.
Listening to Jesus
Jesus came on an unannounced visit to a church in central Asia Minor two thousand years ago and then wrote a startling letter back to them about their deteriorating spiritual health. They really should have listened to Him.
As we open to Revelation 3:1-6 we are opening to the worst report Christ has given to any of His churches. As we saw last time, this is the only time that Jesus declares that a local church is dead, non-responsive to His plans and non-functional for His purposes.
Look back over the text of the letter Christ wrote to them, which we read last time. In those words we find in an event from Sardis’ past, a key that unlocks the message Jesus gave to the saints that were alive in Christ, and listening.
This morning we look at what should become the model for us at Calvary. Revelation 3 introduces us to the church that pleased Jesus Christ, and thus had a His blessings poured upon all that they did for Him.
Of all the seven churches, Philadelphia, the sixth church, can be described as the Faithful Church and stands out as the model. My prayer would be that we as a church here at Calvary would be seen by our Lord as a church filled with Philadelphia-like saints, who gather and live out Christ in this faithful way.
The promises Christ gave them, the insights He shares with them, and the lessons He offers to us who listen are unparalleled in any of the other letters.
Jesus taught such a comforting, hope-filled message of His return to rescue His Church before the Tribulation, that His disciples went everywhere teaching this same truth. When Paul had only a month in a pagan city where he planted a church, the Rapture was central to their doctrine.
The Rapture was First Taught by Jesus
The Rapture is a doctrine started and taught by Jesus, continued and spread by His disciples, and believed and passionately lived out by His Church. The early church heard and understood this doctrine of Christ’s any moment return, and radiantly lived, looking for ways to please Him when He came to rescue them.
As we continue through Revelation, we have come to one of the key doctrines of the Bible, the Doctrine of the wrath of God. The wrath of God is part of the absolute justice of God.
No sin can go unpunished with God’s absolute holiness and justice. So even though there may be little or no evident response from God for most of the sins being poured out by fallen and sinful humans, God’s justice has kept track of every sin ever sinned against the Infinite, All-Knowing God Almighty.
But a moment is coming when the river of humanity’s sins, piling up behind the dam of God’s patience will reach the limit, and the righteous, infinite, just wrath of Almighty God bursts forth.
All of us in Christ’s Church are called from darkness to light at salvation; and we are saved from the power of Satan; and we are being transformed into saints of God. That process in called consecration. Last week as we looked at the Church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), we saw that their consecrated lives were slipping because of compromise with sin and false doctrine.
Jesus called them to repent, to have a change of mind that would lead to a change in behavior. The letter to Thyatira is a challenge from Christ for His children of faith to do what is needed: repent of compromising their lives of sanctification.
The Bible is a consistent Book from a changeless God; and every part of God’s Word agrees with every other part.
Looking out at each of you who came to Calvary, eager to hear God’s Word and respond to Him and get blessed this morning, just thrills my heart. All week long I study the Word and minister the word to individuals, but this is the thrill of my week standing to share God’s Word with you, Christ’s body at Calvary.
In Revelation 5, each of us who are born-again believers are seeing ourselves in the future. What is it we are doing when God lets us see ourselves? Singing praises to our Redeemer, the only One who could and did pay the debt of our sins!
Biblical Worship always focuses upon the Redeemer, always praises His redemption and always comes from the Redeemed.
Redemption is the Theme of Our Worship in Heaven
There are few times that God’s Word allows us to actually see what we will be doing in Heaven and each of those views always involve us worshiping the True and Living God and His Son our Redeemer.
All around us, the winds of apostasy are blowing stronger each day. As we open to Revelation 6, let me ask you: Are you anchored in the Doctrine of Christ? More and more individuals who claim to be born-again Christians and their churches and denominations are slowly caving in to growing public opinion and societal pressures.
Satan, the god of this world is more at work than ever before. He is older, smarter and has a vast communications system of world media consumption. Our world is slowly self-defining God and His laws instead of honoring His Word. That falling away is called apostasy in the Bible from the compound Greek words: apo (from) and histemi (standing): apostasy – literally, “a leaving, from a previous standing.”
Please open your personal copy of the written down words that came directly from the Throne Room of the Universe, from the Almighty God that inhabits eternity. Those words for us this morning start in Revelation 7:9.
At the end of days, Satan empowers one man to win the world. He offers to satisfy all of mankind’s desires for peace & safety. He becomes Satan’s substitute for Jesus Christ, in the person of the antichrist. Today we are looking at how God describes the launch of this event. But why are we doing so? Because:
Revelation Shows Us: God is in Charge
Today as we open to Matthew 21, we celebrate what is traditionally called Palm Sunday and marks the time when the Real King, Jesus the Christ, was rejected.
We commemorate the day when God sent Jesus into Jerusalem as the promised Messiah and Prince of Peace who would govern the world perfectly. But Jesus was ultimately rejected as King by the people. Jesus wouldn’t give them what they wanted, so they rejected Him. The summary of what happened the week of the Triumphal entry is:
The Rejection of the Real King
God’s Word places Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as central. Everything in the Old Testament points towards the Cross, everything in the New Testament points back to the Cross.
The Centrality of Christ’s Death, Burial & Resurrection
I would invite you to open to that central event of all time and of all that ever matters. That event is recorded in John 20. Open there to see our Creator, who is crucified for His own creature’s sin, and then rises from the dead.
As we open to Revelation 6 and begin to work our way verse-by-verse through this amazing portion of God’s Word, we all need to get our minds around the big picture of what we are doing. First, let me state the obvious but vital foundational truth:
God Wrote the Entire Bible
The Bible is a complete course of study in order to graduate with proficiency in knowing, serving and pleasing our Creator. God is the instructor, His textbook is the Bible, and the Degree we have enrolled in is “Knowing God.” There are 66 courses of study; one for each book of the Bible.
Jesus sat down and shared with us His disciples the facts of earthly life. That’s how I describe the Sermon on the Mount.
The Facts of Earthly Life
Those chapters contained Jesus explaining the basics about salvation, prayer, relational dynamics and earthly treasures. We’ve studied the prayer portion at length, as well as the salvation portion. But the treasure lesson is what we’ll see today. Look at Matthew 6:19-24.
As we open to 2 Peter 3:14-17, we are coming to Peter’s fourth element in how to build an uncluttered, focused life that survives the fires of Revelation 6-19’s Return of the King.
Peter most clearly explains the Day of the Lord’s Second Coming as King, and we need to frame our understanding of Revelation 6-19 through the other Scriptures God has already given to us.
Every day we each make a big choice. Each day we choose which master we will follow. This is not about what we say, because with our mouth most believers would readily say that Christ is our Master.
Each day we point to our Master by our choices, with our time investments and with our motivations that drive our handling of money. Those are the actions that speak louder than our words. Those are the choices that clearly frame who really is the master of our lives.
For the past six weeks we have looked at how Christ’s words about the dangers of living for the temporal treasures of materialism stayed with Peter to the end of his life, even to the point of his last chapter of life, 2 Peter 3. We saw these as:
Peter’s Lessons on: the End of the World, Materialism, Contentment & the Un-Cluttered Life
But, the lessons of Peter’s last chapter are dwarfed by the even more clear and direct words of Christ’s last letter.
We were saved to serve God but Satan wants to distract us from God using the world’s allurements. One of the greatest needs in life is contentment. Contentment comes only by the application of the doctrines of God to my life.
Any lack of contentment signals a deficiency in experiencing God’s truth in my life. Just as prayerfulness reflects how much we need God, so our:
Contentment Reflects How Well We Know God
As we open to Christ’s last words, we have come to the last church He addresses in Revelation 3:19. Here in the last words to the last church we find a grand summary of the entire life of the believer, reflecting the theme of most of the New Testament epistles.
In other words, Jesus ends His words to His church asking us to live a life of constant repentence, we are to avoid getting lax about sin. V. 19 brings us to:
Challenge Seven: Jesus wants us to Repent of any Spiritual Laxity
v. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Jesus changes the tone of His Voice as we open to Revelation 3:20. After seven rebukes to the most disobedient church of the seven, Laodicea is hearing something amazing. Jesus makes them an offer that is unbelievable. Jesus invites anyone who wants to spend time with Him, face-to-face and one-on-one, to join Him for the most refreshing meal of the day: the unhurried evening meal that every laboring person longed for after a hard day’s work, and every rich person looked forward to as the best time of the day.
Last week we began looking at the Return of the King. What a scene of devastation and horror awaits the lost who continued to refuse to repent. We did a Jet Tour through:
God’s Description of the End of Days
Then we ended at 2 Peter 3. On the way back to 2 Peter, stop and look with me at 1 Peter 1. To understand 2 Peter 3, we need some perspective.
Peter is in the midst of great persecution, writing to a group of local churches facing fiery trials. Peter the Apostle has reached the end of his public ministry and, as the most visible of Christ’s followers, is being hunted down by the Emperor Nero. Peter was a big target.
Today we open to the second half of the last chapter of 2 Peter.
Peter’s Last Days
Here Peter is at the end of the road. I can just see him now with his gnarled fisherman’s hands, and the skin of his face and arms still leathery from all his years on boats in the sun, those eyes still piercingly full of zeal.
Peter never lost the wonder of Jesus. He has lived everyday with purpose. Jesus had called out to him as a young businessman and said to “Follow Me,” and Peter had.
Almighty God who sees everything, knows everything, and is infinitely wise has a plan. That plan involves ending the sin, death, evil and rebellion in this world. That plan has been written down and is ours today.
As we start our study of this next section of Revelation, it reminds us that ONLY God knows the future. No person, demon, astrologer, prophet, writer, no one but God KNOWS the future. That is one of the most amazing facets of God’s character. He is never surprised. God always knows what WILL happen; and only He knows that. We need to listen to God.
Christ’s words in Revelation 2:12-17, is addressed to the locally assembled church in the geographic place called Pergamum: a place of Satan’s seat. There we have heard Christ’s words, which contain a warning about idolatry, Satan’s plan of false worship.
From those early days after Creation, when Adam sinned and all of mankind to follow also fell into sin, God made a way for mankind to come back. The way back was to worship Him by a substitutionary, sacrificial, blood-sprinkled way.
The key to understanding all of world history since the Fall of Humanity into sin comes from God’s Word. Always remember that the only absolutely trustworthy and accurate account of the earliest days of both the Universe and the human race is found in the inspired words from God in Genesis.
As we open Revelation 1:1, stop for a moment and remember how God starts this final book. We read that:
God Wants His Servants to Understand the Future
God opens the Book of Revelation by telling us that He wrote this book “to show His servants” (Rev. 1:1) things that we need to know about the future. Only followers of God and servants of Christ have the incredible insight for living that comes from knowing for sure, what will happen in the days, months and years ahead.
As we open to Revelation 2:14-15, and see the next section of Christ’s message to the saints at Pergamum, the story behind these words actually starts way back in the book of Genesis with the life of Abraham.
Revelation 2:14-15 (NKJV) But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat thingssacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
As we open to Revelation 2:18-29, we come to the letter to the Church at Thyatira.
That term, Thyatira, is usually a bit foreign to us outside of this chapter. To get our bearings we could also say, we are opening to the geographic area that received more of the books (epistles) of the New Testament than any other geographic area of the ancient world.
Have you ever thought about where these letters we hold were first sent?
God Sent More New Testament Letters Here than Anywhere Else
Here’s the lineup if you haven’t stopped to do the math.
There was a church in the New Testament world that was doing all the right things for the Lord; but there was one problem: they were doing all the right things for the wrong reasons. Jesus addresses that problem in His first letter to the Churches in Revelation 2.
If you were arriving into the harbor to visit the church of Revelation 2 in Ephesus this morning, there is only one sight that would catch your eye. Not the bustling harbor teeming with boats, not the roads lined with the exotic spices and goods from the east. No: it would be the lustrous golden gleam of the Temple of Diana.
As we open to Revelation 2:1-7, we are reading the personal message in Christ’s last words to His Church. These verses are part of a warning about what tripped up the earliest generations of believers. Jesus wanted them, and us, to stay on the right path.
These churches were real gatherings of people 2,000 years ago. That means that Jesus saw seven different types of believers gathering at that moment in the history of His church. Have you ever thought about that?
Every believer back then was like one of these seven types of believers addressed by these seven letters we are studying. In some part of the end of the First Century AD there were Ephesian types of believers (2:1-7); Smyrna types of believers (2:8-11); Pergamos types of believers (2:12-17); Thyatira types of believers (2:18-29); Sardis types of believers (3:1-6); Philadelphia types of believers (3:7-13); and Laodicea types of believers (3:14-22).
As we open to Revelation 2:8-11 we are opening to the second of Christ’s seven personal letters to individual churches of the late First Century. We looked at them as a group, but now we are taking a look at each individual church.
As we read these words, the historical context is that the Church at Smyrna was going through the second wave of persecutions that the Early Church had to endure.
A Short History of Early Church Persecution
Someone told me this week they could save the first half hour of my messages by just “Google-ing” what I talk about, and implied they wanted me to just stick to reading the text of the Scripture. But for the rest of you that are willing, if you will bear with me, I’d like to give you a sanctified mind’s analysis of Church History: something that they could never get on Google.
As we open to Revelation 2:12-17, remember that Revelation 1-3 is all about:
Seeing Jesus Gathering with His Local Churches
Jesus wants us to know He is walking among us and watching our lives.
The simple message Jesus Christ gives us is that His Highest Priority right now is gathering with His local church. Remember where John first saw Jesus in Revelation 1:12? He was walking around His local churches (that is what v. 20 says that those lampstands represent: Christ’s local churches).
Have you ever noticed that whenever Jesus described us as His children in the Gospels, somewhere nearby He spoke of fruitfulness?
As we open to the Matthew 13 Parable of the Soils, He said His born-again believers bear three levels of fruit: some 30, some 60, and others 100-fold. Look at v.8 and then at v. 23.
In the John 15 Vine and the Branches discourse, He said that He is vitally interested in us bearing “more” fruit. In fact, John 15 states more clearly than anywhere else in the Gospels what Christ’s constant desire is for us as His children: glorifying God equals fruitful lives.
God is a Farmer, His Word calls us His field (I Cor. 3:9), and our lives are searched by Him for fruit, so He can harvest from our lives. That is what we will see as we open to Revelation 2 this morning.
Much like the farmers all around us and the many gardeners among us, if you want a good crop this year, the field needs to be prepared and worked.
Jesus desires, from each member of His Body, a life that is plowed, planted and watered, so that we produce a harvest of fruit that pleases Him.
We are part of the gathering, of all His obedient children, for Jesus asked us, as believers, to keep gathering to worship Him until He comes. So, there is perhaps no portion of Scripture more vital for us as we live out our lives on Earth than the last book of the Bible. In the final book of God’s Word we find that:
Revelation is the Culmination & Conclusion
This book comes last because it is not only the Conclusion of God’s Word, it is also the Culmination of God’s Plan. We see everything that started in Genesis: the Perfect Paradise of God, the Rebellion and Fall of the Universe into Sin, the Flood of Water Destroying the rebels, and the choosing and saving of the People of the Covenant-all in their final form in Revelation.
John is flattened on Patmos when he sees Jesus. Those flaming eyes seemed so much like the ones John had seen when Jesus cleansed the Temple of Jerusalem. But this time its not the Temple of Jerusalem, Jesus is headed towards the local churches that make up His Body, His visible presence on Earth. Jesus with piercing eyes of holiness and glowing feet of chastisement is headed to stomp out the sin that is diminishing His power in His Church.
John is staggered. The churches that received the letter Jesus sent them through John were put on notice and Church History records the results. Those churches that did not repent have gone extinct. Jesus removed their lamp from the stand and He had to find others who would stay useful in His sight.
Most of us here today hold the most powerful device in the world; it is more jam packed with unbelievable features than the one-day-coming iPhone 5. It has the most ultimate guidance, communication and efficiency apps ever possible to obtain, and it is called God’s Word. God speaks through His Word, and we have His Voice on paper before each of us today.
As we open to Revelation we open to the longest book written specifically for Christ’s Church, containing 22 chapters, and 404 verses; all with the unique target of being given by God to show Jesus Christ to the Church.
Open to the only book exclusively devoted to introducing us to what our Master and Savior Jesus is doing RIGHT NOW: the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Have you paused yet today to check in with Jesus Christ? The best way to do that is through your Bible, because Jesus Christ is revealed to us as the Word of God. He is the Word, and the Word reveals Him. Each time we open God’s Word we can hear His Voice.
At Creation God the Son, the Creator spoke and made all things; and through His Apostles and Prophets, His Word has been given. As you open to the last book of your Bibles, you open to the climactic conclusion of God’s Word written down for us.
Revelation is God lifting the lid off of Christ, or pulling back the wrapping paper on something very special about Jesus, but not yet fully seen or known. That is what the first word of this book says.
So, chapter 1 is God holding out for us: What Jesus is doing right now.
Chapters 2-3 are God showing us what Jesus sees in His Church.
Chapters 4-22 are what God wants us to know about His plans for the future.
Each of these sections of Revelation is a disclosure and an unveiling of things not yet fully seen, or even really understood.
As we open to Revelation 1:14 this is the second set of twin descriptions of Christ: His head and hair are white, like wool and snow; His eyes are like burning flames of fire.
When John turned to see who it was that spoke to him, he turned and saw the Ancient of Days Himself, in all His power, in all His holiness, and with those eyes ablaze with an inescapable and penetrating gaze. That is how Jesus Christ the Risen Lord appears at this moment, as we gather before Him. Let that sight get imprinted upon your heart:
Christ’s Flaming Eyes of Penetrating Holiness
When John saw Jesus that Sunday morning on Patmos, he collapsed and was like a dead man. It wasn’t that he was old and weak, or overcome by emotion, John had seen that look in Christ’s eyes before. When he realized what Jesus was communicating, it overwhelmed him. John saw Almighty God the Son, Jesus Christ, who was displeased with His Church.
Did you know that in less than 60 years, the original edition of Christ’s Church had gotten to the point where 70% of the local assemblies were displeasing to God? That’s right 5 out of the 7 churches that Jesus had visited were reprimanded and warned. Christ’s expressed in 5 out of 7 letters His displeasure about the way that were living out God’s plan for their lives.