Chuck Missler Revelation Session 24 Ch-21 22 Eternity
You well this is session 24 of 24 sessions on book of Revelation we’re going to go from the Millennium of last chapter into eternity that’s mentioned mentioned in chapter 21 and the whole book is wrapped up in chapter 22 and again we’re in the field of eschatology which as you know puts into two divisions all millennial premillennial we’re obviously premillennial there are some post Millennials around but we won’t focus on that and a subdivision of a millennial is fretter ism but we also have within the premillennial camp we are also pre-trib and the people who are willing to allegorize things are on the left side of the diagram that’s most denominations denominational churches are generally in that category premillennial pre-trib czar the bible independent bible churches that what some people call the fundamentalist and really arise from hermeneutics if you take the Bible very literally very precisely very seriously as we would put it you’re on the right side of that chart if you’re if you treat it allegorically or softly so to speak you would swing to the left side probably recognize that we’re in the minority but premises that we take the Bible with great precision we think that God means what he says and says what it means we regard the originals as inerrant free of errors and that’s the big difference now it may surprise you to discover that the views we hold go back to the very early church obviously the writings of Paul but also the Epistle of Barnabas also Irenaeus is against heresies Hippolyta sin is that all of us you find in the Anton has seen father documents which are readily available Hippolyte us being a disciple of your names by the way Justin Martyr also a character by the name of Ephraim of Mississippi’s who probably wrote about the third or fourth century critics say it was probably the fifth or sixth century let’s not quibble it cleared his his sermons and so forth are very comfortably be very comfortable present here they’re pre-trib premillennial sermons in effect the other lot of other premillennial so I’ll mention just in passing from 1687 p20 vogue Doddridge John Gill James McKnight Thomas Scott all these people wrote commentaries that are premillennial pre-trib commentaries I mentioned that because there are characters around that try to say it all was invented by Darby and his gang in among the Plymouth Brethren after in the early part of the 19th century by a guy by the name of lacunae Gavin evil Edward Irving in in 1812 1816 Margaret MacDonald 1920 and Jam Darby in 1830 popularized the pre-trib premillennial view and in and because they did such a conspicuous job of popularizing many superficial scholars that are misinformed think they invented the view they just hadn’t done their homework yes they did popularize it and and had much to do with it becoming widespread in our more recent history but she’ll discover these views are views that were held by a minority as a small remnant of people all through the history of the church well we’ve been through the book of Revelation through this three major divisions and obviously the most important division in our view is that chapters 2 & 3 we’ve come a long way from there so I don’t want you to forget that if you’re going to go back and study the book focus on chapters 2 and 3 they’re the core for you and me on the book and but we have been of course we’re now wrapping up the the third of the three sections of the what I call the divine outline and obviously we’ve been very conscious of hepatic structure and as an appendix to our books and so forth we often will list literally hundreds of the sevens in the Bible and in the book of Revelation I don’t think you can exhaust them we’ve been conscious of the conspicuous winds of course as we’ve gone through the structure of the book but we’re in the final section of course we went through babbling all that the second coming of Christ with the Millennium and now we are in the last two chapters of the book yay idea why revelation has 22 chapters not 21 which is a multiple seven not 28 why 22 you have any guesses how many letters are there in the Hebrew alphabet 22 if you notice the Psalms are often organized around the letters of the alphabet and this is just another indication that somewhere along the way someone was conscious of fact that the thought that the book is in Greek but the thought patterns are in Hebrew and so I’ll let you run with that but let’s just jump in first verse of Revelation 21 I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven the first Earth were passed away and there was no more sea and this comes out of Isaiah 65 or 17 this is you know it’s it’s it’s this just it’s it’s exactly what we pray in the Lord’s Prayer to do it on earth as it is in heaven right and that’s what we’re beginning to see here and we’re the first heaven of the first earth are gone there is no more sea and the day of the Lord will come as a thief of the night Peter tells us the second letter Peter says they lords come to thieve the night in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise – I can imagine and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat and the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burnt up this is this is a nuclear physics kind of language in my mind seeing them that all these things shall be dissolved what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness the word conversation here in the Old English means behavior not conversation like that’s one of those terms it’s changed its meaning if there’s only about ten of these terms if you learn in those terms that King James is not a problem that’s one of them looking for and hasting out of the coming of the day of God wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved in the elements shall melt with a fervent heat nevertheless we according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness which is what this is all about this is where headed so in Revelation chapter 21 verse 2 John I John saw the holy city the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride for her husband and I heard a great voice out of heaven saying behold the tabernacle of God is with men and he shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with him and he be their God isn’t that what a mangle means God with us huh and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death neither sorrow nor crying neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away well now wait a minute got a little problem with that if there is no more death no more pain no more sorrow and so forth where the tears coming that God is wiping away in front why would there be tears in heaven the only thing I can think of is lost opportunities a lot that person that you didn’t talk to over the fence that person that was going away on a trip and was unsaved that anyway and he that sat upon the throne said behold I make all things new oh I’m ready for that one and he said unto me write for these words are true and faithful he said unto me it is done I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely he that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son a fresh start man verse 8’s got a very strange list a very instructive catalogue here notices but the fearful the unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all Liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone which is the second death do you notice is mention first fearful Wow and the unbelieving its fearful here and since a lack of God a lack of relaxed fear of God is obviously what’s talking about the fearful and the unbelieving people don’t believe God who don’t aren’t awed by God and then all these other there’s no surprise and it came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials or bowls full of the seven last plagues and talked to me saying come hither I will show thee the bride the Lambs wife don’t get confused with the wife and her habitat okay many people presume that the wife is the habitat no I’m going to show you the wife and he takes her to where she’s living he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me that great city the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God having the glory of God and her light was like unto a stone most precious even like a Jasper stone clear as crystal now the Jasper is is that there’s a similarity here in terms of the Hebrew words for crystal and the Hebrew word for ice it many people think that the what’s translated jasper was actually a diamond so it’s clear it’s a clear stone it would seem but in any case this leads to what we had with the New Jerusalem the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven this isn’t something built on the earth in fact doesn’t even say it comes to the earth that’s it the Isis is a diamond or opal some say an opal or topaz I think it’s a diamond they’re all kinds of hard artists renderings of what they think the New Jerusalem is this is a classic one but it doesn’t fit anything in my mind there are others that see it as a geometric shape hovering over the earth and there are several different renderings of that in the minds of some artists but it’s a it is the source of light that’s where all these missmiss in a sense to get into this subject before we get into this text of this I want to pause for a minute because I think you and I need to be sensitive to the fact that you and I tend to be myopic we tend to think of three dimensions we live in a three-dimensional world length width height right spaces with more than three are called in math and physics hyperspace spaces of more than three dimensions and they’re only two kinds of people I can deal with hyper spaces that’s mathematicians with special training and small children they have no problem with this at all now there are some insights that we can get it takes training to go up in dimensions if I start talking four or five six dimensions we’d lose everybody because it’s it’s not our experience base but we can gain some insights by going from our three dimensions down to two let’s try to imagine a two-dimensional world with two-dimensional people and see what inferences we can get there was a guy that did that Edwin Abbott the clergyman about the turn of the century I want to introduce you to mr.
And mrs. flat okay now you need to be very compassionate here because mr. and mrs. flat suffer from a very serious handicap they have only two dimensions okay so they’re flat they have length and width they have no depth is the idea I know you’ve met some people like that that’s not what I’m talking about so they live in a two-dimensional universe two-dimensional people a two-dimensional universe now if I come up to them I can put my finger as a three-dimensional being I can put my finger one millionth of an inch away from mr. flat at the same time do the same thing with mrs. flat no matter where she is I can be more intimate with both of them independent of what they’re doing with each other you follow me you see because I enjoy an additional dimensionality that’s one thing it gives me okay something else if I was going to put my finger through their two-dimensional universe what would they see well they would see what it would amount to a circle wouldn’t they you would start with a point get to a circle when I pull it back out it would shrink and disappear right if they would only be able to see that two dimensions of my three-dimensional finger you with me and so if I put a finger near misses flat she’d see a circle I put two fingers near mr.
Flat he’d see two circles so she’d go to the circle she should go to the Church of the one circle and he would go to church of the two circles and they’d argue about that okay now if a ball fell through there their two-dimensional universe it would start as a point open up to a circle close to a point of pass-through right you got the picture they would have they could only infer maybe if they’re very very clever what the shape of the ball really was but if we take tremendous insight because they only know two dimensions okay in Ephesians chapter 3 verse 17 Paul says that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith that ye being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with All Saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge that you might be filled with all the fullness of God did you catch that how many four four dimensions Paul just sort of slips that by you right one of those four is the Greek word for time okay it can be right under time so there’s four dimensions for what it’s worth well how would you communicate a three-dimensional object to a two-dimensional universe see one way to do is by a two dimension projection let’s assume I had a cube a two-dimensional cube I want to communicate that to mr.
Mrs. flat so I’ve got to get it in the two dimension I do that well one way would be to do what a craftsman would say would be a projection right that doesn’t help much here’s the three here this is a here’s a three dimensional projection of a four-dimensional hypercube there’s one of these on the Internet you can manipulate the more you manipulate it the more you realize you have no idea what’s going on so the not very useful another way I might communicate a three-dimensional object to two-dimensional people would be to unravel it so I could take that three-dimensional cube right and fold it out like a box and maybe that would try to help mr. missiles but conceive of what a three-dimensional thing might be not very useful is it there is a four dimensional cube unraveled in three dimensions okay it’s it’s it’s an it’s a four dimensional cube is called hidden cube this is a unraveled one it’s called a tesseract there’s only one place in the world I’ve ever seen it used and it really surprised me to discover this and that Salvador Dali in his painting of the crucifixion of Christ Corpus Christi he puts Christ on a four dimensional cube and I was astounded when I realized this because I had no idea that Salvador Dali was that sophisticated mathematically to know what a Hinton cube was but he did and the implications of it are astounding other than that I don’t know of a practical application of it but anyway having said all of that what I’m trying to say is I don’t pay a lot of attention to the description of the New Jerusalem because I’m not convinced it’s in three dimensions you follow me so once you have that lack of restriction let’s go through it it had a great wall high and had twelve gates and that the gates were twelve angels and the names written thereon which were the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel on the east three gates on the North three gates on the South three gates on the west three gates and the wall the city had twelve foundations now I’m a little confused I got now you know I got twelve gates and I’ve also got twelve foundations and in the names and in then the names of the Twelve Apostles well that’s kind of that’s pretty you know interesting the twelve tribes by the way suggest the encampment around the tabernacle in the Book of Numbers you can get into play games of that one a little bit if you in a kind of mood so the apostles are the foundation course Jesus Christ the chief Cornerstone the building of the wall was as of Jasper like a diamond clearer in other words if this thing is all this thing’s bathed in light the city was pure gold like unto clear glass now see that sounds confusing it’s clear it’s gold and yet it’s clear well okay and the foundations of the wall this city were garnished with all manner of precious stones I think precious stones are used in the Bible for light colored light whether it’s the breast of the high placed which has 12 stones or whether it’s the here and other places Satan was clothed with multicolored precious stones I think in close the light I think Adam and Eve were before the fall and so forth the first foundation there’s 12 however all these foundations here foundation the walled city were garnished with all manner of precious stones the first foundation was jasper the second sapphire the third chousen chalcedony the fourth an emerald the fifth sardonyx the sixth sardius the seventh chrysolite the eighth beryl the ninth a topaz the tenth the krishna process and the eleventh a jacinth and the twelfth and amethyst now there are books I’ve collected people who have tried to analyze these because everyone’s pretty confident that these twelve stones will map some way with the twelve stones on the breastplate of the high priest the twelve stones the high priest clearly linked with each of the twelve tribes of Israel do these we’re not sure the experts are unable to track these names because the names of semi-precious stones as we would label them are change throughout history the I have seen several pieces of jewelry in Israel which have the breastplate and they all researched thoroughly the rabbinical studies but if you look at them they’re different you know you’ve got two rabbis you got three opinions of course and so and it gets worse as you go through history because by time you get to Paul you’re not talking in Greek and the names are not traceable something call himself is trying to make the transpositions for you he’s making his own translations from the Hebrew to the Greek equivalents in all of this and this is also alluded to in Isaiah 54 but the breastplate of the high priest is in IX is 28 and 31 and 39 you can find it there it there is a mapping of the precious stones of the high priest to them sir on what we call the zodiac Josephus makes reference to that in Philo makes reference to that and we do deal with that in our briefing called the signs of the heavens that Hebrew mats are off it’s a very provocative study to go through that but now John’s order appears to be the reverse of the zodiacal order the sadaqa order goes from Virgo to Leo from the virgin birth to the line of the tribe of Judah naturally but John’s order is the reverse of the zodiacal order and because the lion is now in charge okay they’re also these stones are alluded to in the description of the heavenly Eden that we find in Ezekiel 28 when it’s talking about Satan which means makes it sound like the Eden that Satan was part of predates the Eden of the vegetative description of Genesis 1 but who knows or just yeah anyway the jasper is a clear stone some associate with Pisces or Tsar Simeon the Sapphire was blue presumably not necessarily foundation of God next is 24 Moffat says it’s blue planets opaque with gold specks and as other scholars agree with them it’s associated with Aquarius and also Rubin chalcedony is greenish may be a silicate of copper according to Robertson it’s associated with Capricorn enough Thalia tribes the Emerald is green typically not necessarily by the way associate with Sagittarius and a sure the sardick’s is red robertson associated it’s white with layers of red it seems the associate with Scorpio or Dan as a tribe sardius is fiery red Pliny associate would start with with Sardis associated with Libra and Levi and by others chrysolite is golden yellow and robertson says it’s like our topaz associated with Virgo or Zebulon and which is interesting because Virgo is the virgin birth Zebulon is Nazareth area so that’s kind of interesting Beryl is green robertson is like an emerald sea green and associate with Leo or Judah Leo the green is that is that the tribe of conferred for for that so the Topaz is greenish-yellow robertson says the greenish stone associate with cancer is a car and khrysta process is gold green and RC Green according to national Bible encyclopedia but it’s associate with Gemini or Benjamin and Japheth is a violet hyacinth associate with Taurus or Joseph and the amethyst is purple associate with areas or get so those that’s the list and but it’s very speculative because scholars don’t agree as you can tell you can go to many different sources they have slightly different take on these things so it’s so it’s a it’s it’s a playground for mystics that want to go play with that but let’s move on Revelation 21 verse 21 the twelve gates were twelve pearls and I remember pearls was a Gentile stone it was not kosher it was it was a very very snake um from the sea not from the earth there they grow in response to a stimuli and they grow by accretion and then they’re removed from where they grow to be an item of adornment so the pearl is an incredible idiom of the church that Christ uses in Matthew 13 but here we have 12 gates of twelve pearls and you’ll notice that Peter is not guarding a single one of them okay despite all the stories are Peter at the gate I don’t really anyway and the street in the city was pure gold as it were transparent glass there again the gold and the transparent glass are idiomatically similar in several places here I saw no temple therein for the Lord God Almighty in the lamb are the temple of it that’s consistent in Matthew 12 6 when greater than the temple is here it tells us indeed and so and the city had no need for the Sun neither of this moon to shine it for the glory of God did lighten it and the lamb is the light thereof it wouldn’t surprise me at all since there since we have a new heaven and new earth that the light on the earth is this city is illuminating the earth interestingly enough so I see this in those terms but that’s just you know one person’s imagination I’ll have to wait and see and the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day and there shall be no night there so a very different situation here and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nation’s to it and there shall no wise enter into it anything that defileth neither whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie but they which are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life are you in the plasmid or life that’s the real issue you want to be sure that you should not leave here with any doubt about that in your mind let’s go to the wrap up chapter 22 he showed me a pure river of water of life clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb and in the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river there was the tree of life which bare twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month in the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation’s and there shall be no more curse but the throne of God and of the lamb shall be in it and his servants shall serve Him and they shall see his face and his name shall be in their foreheads there shall be no night there and they need no candle neither light of the Sun for the Lord God giveth them light and they shall reign forever and ever and he said unto me these sayings are faithful and true the Lord God of the Holy Prophets and sent His angels to show unto his servants the things which must be shortly be done we weren’t sure it read implies quickly quickly then and behold I come quickly blessed is he by the way that the the word quickly here is taku it means in rapid succession if you will and a blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book this book is prophecy it says so there are people running also that the book that it’s not a book of prophecy what’s that that’s calling it’s calling him a liar and then another actually and I John saw these things and heard them and when I heard them and seen when I had heard and seen I fell down to worship the feet of the angel which showed me these things understandable response but that’s a no no John that’s a if he to me see thou do it not for I am a fellow servant I am thy fellow-servant and of thy brethren the Moffitt’s and of them which keep the sayings of this book worship god I worship me worship God you always find that the the diligence of the angel someone would try to worship and that’s what makes the last few verses of joshua v so significant because joshua encounters this man with a sword drawn who commands worship take off your shoes you’re on hard ground it’s obviously jesus christ himself it’s not some super Angelus christ himself an angel would not allow himself to be worship there’s only one angel allow himself to be worshiping he got in a big in a lot of trouble name was Lucifer and he said let me seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand that’s in contrast the book of Daniel the Book of Daniel seal up the book until the time of the end the fact that we’re now beginning to discover and understand the Book of Daniel is another sign of the end it’s a hard one to use the non-believer so we usually don’t promote that but it’s very true very true phenomenon there are discoveries the Book of Daniel that are recent years as we look at the text we realize what it’s saying that it’s a scape notice for 1719 30 years more in fact and it was sealed until the time of the end the fact that it’s becoming unsealed tells us we’re in the time of the end and there’s aspects there that are conspicuous astonishing they weren’t recognized before here he says seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand he that is unjust let him be unjust still and he that is filthy let him be filthy still he that is righteous let him be righteous still and neither be holy let him be holy still that sounds like strange advice doesn’t it and what they’ll be they’ll be is really what it’s saying and be and behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be here he identify himself I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end the first and the last you know I mentioned this when he first opened the study I’ll remind you again you know you’re right you get people to your doorbell wearing neckties and riding bicycles you know and they they want to tell you that that Jesus isn’t you know isn’t God what you want to do is take them to Isaiah 44 and 48 those places where what says the furnace to concordance where says I’m the first to last say who’s that well it’s Java God good going to 44 48 you go right you go through those who is that that’s a whole job of God you come this one I’m alpha to beta the beginning the end the first last last Jehovah God when they when they’ve gotten that a car then you take him to Revelation where I’m the first and last who was dead and him alive and live forevermore who’s that they don’t know they stumbled on that one that’s obviously Jesus Christ anyway blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have the right to that they may have right to the Tree of Life and may enter in through the gates into the city for without our dogs and sorcerers and whoremongers and murderers and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie they’re outside the city you know dogs come back from off very badly in Scripture do you realize that they were the scavengers of the ancient world and they were considered unclean and dogs were also the hebrew designation for gentiles and it was also paul’s label for the Judaizers but anyway there are seven glories of the redeemed we need to keep our lives clean because the redeemed have no curse the throne of God in the lamb his seventh servant shall serve Him as the eternal vision of his face his name will be in their foreheads they have eternal day there’s no night there and they have an eternal reign and they’re detailed here even so come Lord Jesus Oh then he get to verse 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches bear in mind you see the seven churches had a cover letter and then this book attached to it you follow me so each of the seven churches got the letter and this package with them I do have sent mine angel to testify unto you testify you these things in the churches these are going to be the whole things taught in all the churches I am the root and the offspring of David the bright and Morning Star the spirit and the bride say come where’s the bride with him at this point right the spirit of the bride say come let them that heareth say come and let him that is athirst come and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely the redemption of Jesus Christ the ability to abide with him in the holy city is available for the asking and that’s the gospel that we declare today he continues like for I testify unto every man that heareth the words of this of the prophecy of this book If any man shall add unto these things God shall add unto Him the plagues that are written in this book and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book and boy it’s my earnest prayer that in the study that we’ve done no more than point you to the text try to highlight some views about the text for your edification but if there’s anything that we want to underscore and emphasize is to do your own homework to read the book for yourself not just this book the whole Bible because we think the Bible is the commentary on itself and what’s really scary can you imagine what’s going to happen to the members of the so-called Jesus committee the Jesus Seminar that would take votes and what Jesus really said he didn’t really say that he didn’t really say that and so forth that’s what Peter 2nd Peter they are the unlearned and unstable who rest as they do also the other scriptures unto their own destruction you don’t add or take away you treat God’s Word with respect and he which testify these things say if surely I come quickly even amen even so come Lord Jesus the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all amen and so ends the book but I want to close on a little loose a little bit more here on some thoughts what you know we talk about the gospel and what’s Reese part of what we’re dealing with here is not only as the book of Revelation not taught in churches the gospel is not taught in churches you can go to a lot of churches and never hear what the gospel we use that term very loosely what do we mean by the gospel Paul defines it for you in 1st Corinthians 15 moreover brethren I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you which also you have received and wherein ye stand by which also ye are saved if you keep in memory what I preached unto you unless you have believed in vain can you believe in vain wow that’s that’s a scary thought I declare D the gospel he says for I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins according to scriptures that he was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures that’s the gospel three elements he didn’t just die he died according to hundreds of specifications he died for our sins according to the scriptures and he was buried only Paul emphasized that because he builds a case on baptism as a result of that and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures that’s the gospel and he goes on to emphasize that he was seen of Cephas and then of the twelve and then he was seen above of above five hundred brethren at once of whom the greater part remain unto this present day but some are fall asleep the people the church he’s writing to had in their congregation people that were part of that five hundred you follow me the analogy is often used is suppose I tried to tell sell you the idea that john f kennedy was killed with a bow and arrow in Dealey Plaza back in 1963 well you’d laugh at me sure because you know that’s not true I could never sell it to you because they’re people here that saw it happen look at the same thing here there were people in the Corinthian congregation that were among that 500 that’s why he can use this as a frame of reference and he goes on for after that he was seen of James and all the apostles and last of all you’ve seen of me also as one born took time but now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept and since by man came death by man also came the resurrection of the dead for an Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive but every man in his own order Christ the firstfruits and afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming and then come at the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God even the father and he shall put put down all rule and all authority and power and he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet and the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death behold I show you a mystery we shall not all sleep but we shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last Trump for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye that’s not the blink of an eye it’s the twinkle in your eye how long what’s the length of time it takes light going at 300,000 meters per second to go through the thickness of your reflected on your retina it’s about 10 to the minus 43 seconds it’s a it’s a quaint it’s a quaint tongue it’s a it’s a what’s called a Planck time anyway at the at the last Trump that’s not a trumpet judgment don’t get confused by that trumpet of God jour sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed for this in corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality so when this corruptible shall put on incorruption this mortal shall put on immortality then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written death is swallowed up in victory Oh death where is thy sting o grave where is thy victory they shocked you to know that he’s quoting Greek poets there but thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ so that’s his plan of redemption the first act of religion is recorded in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned the eyes of them were open and they knew that they were naked they sewed sigelei the fig leaves together and made themselves aprons that is not a prett covering or armor because they recognize that I believe they’re clothed with light until they fit in they fell they knew that they were naked they they covered they tried to cover themselves and God’s plan of redemption shows up verse 21 on Adam also his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins and clothed them we missed the point of that little one sentence until we I we grabbed the rest of the Torah on into our understanding what God is teaching them about the shedding of innocent blood they would be covered and and that would be on another tree in another garden place called Gethsemane there’s a scarlet thread God announces his plan of redemption to Adam go see the woman then calls Abraham and calls it tribe of juda than the dynasty of David and as God focuses his as he incrementally reveals his plan of redemption it allows Satan to focus his attack so Abram singled out in the tribe of Judah singled out and and then David his descendants were singled out then the virgin birth that all continues to another tree in another garden where he died for you and me he was crucified on a cross avoid yet he made the hill on which it stood and we could talk about the the attributes of God we can understand infinite power if you know any about a strong you going to get a feeling for that omniscience we can sort of imagine if acknowledge the creation of God manifests both of these so that everyone is without excuse but what about infinite love God knowing that man if left to choose would enter into a predicament that only the death of God would suffice to extricate and that’s exactly greater to love hath no man than he that lays his life down for his friends that’s exactly what he did for you and me there neither is there salvation any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved that’s one of the things it’s very uncomfortable for many but we need to realize that that is the one path one path just one is there’s two gates if brought as a gate and it’s crowded you got the wrong gate narrow is the gate and strange the way it leads to leads to salvation he that believeth on the son hath everlasting life it’s not going to happen you already have it he that believeth on the son hath already a lasting life and he that believeth not the son shall not see life but the wrath of God by on him now what’s the base of your faith well I’m as good as the next guy that’s your view that’s called strike one I’m doing the best I can strike two I’m going to live by the Ten Commandments turning out oh boy strike three no way if you won’t be able to you’ll discover the reason they’re given is to demonstrate you can’t do it on your own power no that’s the point according the grace of God which is given unto me as a wise masterbuilder I have laid the foundation and another buildeth thereon but let every man take heed how he buildeth thereon there for no other foundation can no man like for other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid which is Jesus Christ now if a man built on this foundation gold silver precious stones or wood hay stubble those are two different foundations every man’s work shall be made manifest the day shall declare it because it shall be revealed by fire the fire shall try every man work at what sort it is obviously the gold silver precious stones will survive the wood hay stubble does not if any man’s work abide which he had built there on he shows to receive a reward if a man’s work shall be burned he shall suffer loss but he himself shall be saved yet so as by fire very key verse here you may have all your works destroyed but if you’re saved you’re saved or not saved by a relation of Jesus Christ nobody works this is one of the key verses about the to understand that it’s worth building on the right foundation with your work so that you’ll end up getting rewards but even if you lose everything because you’ve built on the wrong crowd you’ve let but you’re working on foundation if you’re saved you’re still saved yet it just you’re saved like a refugee where everything else is lost you’ve all had me you’ve seen any many times make my little line of going from left to right where but the past is behind us we’re in the present the past is a memory the future is a hope what is your connection with eternity most of us think of eternity as sort of way off in the future that’s not that’s incorrect the future hope the past is a memory your connection with eternity is right now it’s orthogonal to right now and the yeah the past is the memory of the futures of hope and right now is a gift that’s why they call it the present okay why not your eternity is only a heartbeat away we can argue about when the rapture is going to occur what’s coming next year next month for you it could be a car crash a stray bullet an unexpected stroke you have an appointment and you are going to die on time on God’s time and you’re you need to settle this now before you leave the room there are no accidents in God’s kingdom and the question is where will you find yourself and how sure are you those are issues that are uncomfortable for many but need to be joined head-on is the most important decision of your life and what is the basis of your conviction you need to be really soft suddenly grounded than that remember jesus said not everyone that saith him the Lord Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven many shall say to me in that day Lord Lord have we not prophesied in your name and in thy name cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works oh what a sobering verse follows and then will I profess unto them I never knew you depart from me II that work iniquity boy boy boy well I want to close we talked about a lot of dark things here in this study the especially the last couple of chapters I’d like to close with just sort of a summary I’m indebted to a pastor by the name of Lockridge in San Diego that passed away four years ago but he did something that stimulated me to take this approach I borrowed heavily from him my own way in some respects but I’ll talk to you about our coming King and I want to remind us that he’s King of the Jews I just got back from a conference in fact much of the discussion the geopolitical discussion Washington really misses the point that Jesus Christ is that is a racial King he’s king of the Jews we forget that we have a Jewish Messiah we deal with a Jewish Bible from a church that was founded by Jewish leadership we need to know that we need to understand that he’s also a national King Jesus Christ is destined to be king of Israel is going to rule the world through Israel and he’s the king of all the ages he’s the king of heaven the king of glory and the king of kings and the Lord of lords and the question tonight is do you know him do you really know him he was a prophet before Moses a priest after Melchizedek he’s a champion like Joshua he’s an offering in the place of Isaac he’s a king from the line of David a wise counselor above Solomon he was beloved rejected an exalted son like Joseph yet far more the heavens declare his glory the firmament shows his handiwork he who is who was and always will be the first in the last the Alpha and the Omega the Aleph and the Tao in the Hebrew the a and the Z are alphabet he’s the firstfruits of them that slept he’s the ego Eimi the ECR ahyuck the I am that I am he’s the voice of the burning bush he’s the captain of the Lord’s host the Conqueror of Jericho he’s enduringly strong entirely sincere eternally steadfast he’s immortal II graceful imperially powerful impartial II merciful in him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily the very god of very God he’s our kinsman redeemer but he’s also our Avenger of blood and he’s also our city of refuge he’s a performing high priest our personal prophet our reigning king he’s the loftiest at Hin literature he’s the highest personality in philosophy he’s the fundamental doctrine of theology he’s the supreme problem in higher criticism he’s the miracle of all the ages and the superlative of everything good you and I are the beneficiaries of a love letter that was written in blood on a wooden cross erected in Judea some 2,000 years ago they say was crucified or a cross of wood yet he made the hill on which it stood by him are all things made that were made without him was not anything made that was made and by him were all things held together what held him that cross it wasn’t the nails at any time you could have said enough already I’m out of here it was his love for you and me that held him to the cross he was born of a woman so you and I could be born again could be born of God he humbled himself so that we could be lifted up he became a servant so that we could become joint heirs with him he suffered rejection so that we could become his friends he denied himself said he so we could freely receive all things he gave himself so that he could bless us in every way he’s available to tempted tried he blesses the young he cleanses the lepers he defends the feeble he delivers the captives he discharges the debtors he forgives the sinners he franchises the meek he guards the besieged he heals the sick he provides strength to them weak he guards the agent he rewards the diligent he serves the unfortunate he sympathizes any saves his officers are manifold his reign is righteous his promises are sure his goodness is limitless his light is matchless His grace is sufficient his love never changes his mercy is everlasting and his word is enough his milk is easy in his burden is light I wish I could describe him to you he’s he’s indescribable he’s incomprehensible he’s irresistible of course he’s invincible the heaven of heavens cannot contain him and man cannot explain him the Pharisees couldn’t stand them but soon learned they couldn’t stop him Pilate the personal representative of the ruler of the world couldn’t find fault with him the witnesses couldn’t agree against him Herod couldn’t kill him death couldn’t hand him the grave couldn’t hold him he has always been and always will be he had no predecessor and he’ll have no successor you can’t impeach him and he ain’t going to resign his name is above every name that at the name of Yeshua every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord his is the kingdom the power and the glory for ever and ever amen well that ends our study the book of Revelation where do you go from here many people ask me well I assume that you’ve already been through our product called learn the Bible in 24 hours that’s a great place to start anyway but from there or this you can go to book of Genesis it’s a great place to start you go through Genesis the whole Bible the revelation that it makes sense go right back to Genesis again because everything in Genesis that’s begun there is consummated book of Revelation and having experienced the consummation summary of the book of Revelation just is a great place to jump in but take any book that the Holy Spirit leads you going through it verse by verse preferably in a small study group if you can and it’s it’s a treasure hunt that the Holy Spirit will supervise for you if you go at it prayerfully willingly never get in the word without opening it with prayer but be ready to enter the greatest treasure end of your life and never lose sight of what it’s all revealing it’s all revealing the Lord Jesus Christ god bless you
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