Ep1- Revelation Chapter 1 – relating to 2020 – COSMIC TRUTHS ABOUT EARTH’S ORIGIN, PURPOSE and DESTINY – by Dr John Barnett
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Welcome to our course and the book of the revelation that we’re going to study together for the next 20 classes from God’s Word and of course before we start anything in God’s Word we invite him the Lord Himself to open our eyes let’s pray together father in heaven I pray as you wrote in your word in Psalm 119 and verse 18 that you would open our eyes that we might behold wonderful things from your word and I pray that you would help us not just to learn facts or be amazed at all the wonders of prophecy but that we would learn truth that would transform us that would change us and that you would build through this class a hunger inside of us that can only be satisfied by time spent every day looking at your word and having our souls fed by the living and abiding Word of God we pray in Jesus name Amen well as you can see on the slide in front of you we’re looking at Revelation and we’re looking at Revelation as a part of the Bible which I entitle the book that’s not from this planet the scriptures are unique in the fact that God Himself came down on Mount Sinai to launch the first five books of the Bible he actually came down and told Moses what to write and we get Genesis Exodus Leviticus numbers and Deuteronomy basically launched from that beginning by God and then we come over here to the book of Revelation and Jesus himself came to John on Patmos so he could write the conclusion to the Bible so basically the Bible is bookmark by God coming down launching it Jesus coming down and finishing the Bible it’s like no other book in the world this 20 lesson course on the final book of the Bible has 404 verses in Revelation that we will study there are over 800 quotations to all the rest of the Bible which we’ll see in just a moment are fascinating because it connects all of these pieces into one beautiful finale there is no new doctrine by the way contained in the book of Revelation a lot of people say oh that’s a dangerous book all those strange things that are in there know everything in Revelation has already been given in the Bible it’s just put together like a movie in the book of Revelation but every piece of Revelation you’ll find somewhere else in the Bible this is the only book of the Bible Jesus came down to supervise himself as the conclusion Moses went up Jesus came down well why would we study revelation three reasons number one to get to know Jesus Christ better than ever before the book is called the revelation of Jesus Christ it’s not the revelation of John some people say well I’m studying the revelation of John it’s not at all about John it’s the revelation of Jesus Christ you can get to know him better through this book there are more attributes more descriptions of the character of Jesus Christ of exactly what he’s doing today than anywhere else in the Bible it’s the most amazing way to get to know Jesus better secondly after getting to know Jesus better the book of the revelation specifically in the first verse says that it was written for us to know God’s plans we should know God’s plans for the world around us and then we can start seeing God shaping the course of history all around us now every day I take a break I pull out my phone and I read the headlines I look at the news but I look at the news through not only the lenses of my glasses but through the lens of Scripture and as I look through what the scriptures say at the news that I read I all of a sudden see God unfolding his plans for this world finally the third reason number one get to know Jesus number two understanding God’s plans number three if we understand revelation we can begin to live confidently why because revelation explains where we came from revelation explains why we’re here and Revelation beautifully illustrates where we’re going our destiny and to live confidently it’s because we know where we came from why we’re here and where we’re headed and that’s what God teaches us for this book well let me show you what you’re gonna see here on the the slides before you first of all in the Pentateuch the first part that God came down to to explain to Moses we find some descriptions of future events that Jesus would be the seed of the woman that’s a prophecy of the virgin birth that there’s a death angel now when we get to chapter 9 I’ll cover this but did you know God had one angel he kept in a in a Biss that’s called kind of a prison when he lets him out that one angel in one evening from sunset and before sunrise in one evening he went through the entire land of Egypt he entered every home within the home he identified who the first born male child was in the home and killed him in his sleep and then he stopped at the stable outside the home and killed the firstborn of the animals in one night in every home except the Jewish homes that’s called Passover the Pentateuch reveals to us prophecies about things we can hardly comprehend with our minds also the Diaspora that’s a big theological word for the fact that God was going to cause the nation of Israel to to be punished because they rejected his rule over them that’s of course in Leviticus and in the book of Deuteronomy then in the book of Job we find out that Satan has powers that most of us don’t even realize he has power over whether he can send tornadoes he can call down fire from heaven we see that in Revelation at the end of the Bible Satan’s prophet can call down fire whenever he wants onto the earth to to overwhelm the world into thinking that he is God and also Satan has power over the nations in the book of Job he causes a tribal group living out in the desert to arm themselves and come in and attack job’s entire farm on all of his herdsmen all of his Ranchers and kill them and that was totally incited by Satan then in the historic books we find things such as a death angel again that killed 70,000 Jews in one quick sweeping motion we find that there is another angel that killed 185 thousand Assyrian troops and every time we see these events we don’t know how to piece them together until we get to Revelation when Jesus comes and explains that this is all part of Satan’s cosmic war against God’s plan and God’s people continuing and you can see in the slides in front of you in the Book of Psalms there are three Psalms Psalm 2 Jesus is ruling the whole world with a rod of iron by the way he doesn’t do that in the Gospels he doesn’t do that new epistles he never does that in the historic or prophetic or any of these books when is that it’s in the book of Revelation Psalm 83 talks about a coalition of Nations that attack Israel Psalm 102 describes what we would call the historic event the Holocaust the prophets I mean Ezekiel 36 to 39 says that that a coalition of Russia and Islamic nations was going to attack Israel in the future Daniel 9 through 12 tells us that there’s going to be a United revived returned Roman Empire most likely one that is just like the historic one one that is on both sides of the Mediterranean sidenote we’ll cover this in chapter 13 but did you know that three-quarters of the ancient Roman Empire the land area today is Islamic it’s all Muslim fascinating to think that the revived Roman Empire very much might involve the Islamic world then we have Isaiah 13 which talks about coming Babylon the the destruction of Bab chapter 14 tells the origin of Satan which exactly is is in Revelation at the end of the Bible and then chapter 24 it’s called the little apocalypse it exactly parallels Matthew 24 in its NIH’s eya 24 and then zechariah 12 to 14 the final destruction of Jerusalem by the Antichrist then in the Gospels we have prophesies a part of these 800 prophetic scenes that are that are scattered across the 1189 chapters of the Bible Matthew 24 Matthew 25 mark 13 Luke 21 all of those describe the same event what we would call the tribulation in chapters 6 through 18 of the book of Revelation and then in the epistles 1st Corinthians 3 talks about the judgement of believers first Corinthians 15 talks about the rapture the taking out of the world of believers in 2nd Corinthians 5 it’s the the judgment seat of our lives where we get our rewards vs.
Onehans for the rescue of the church from the earth 2nd Thessalonians 1 is the second coming of Christ when it says he comes in flaming fire taking vengeance on those that have rejected him and then of course second Peter 3 where Peter describes the end of the world literally he said the whole universe dissolves in his remade new by God and then the book of Jude the earliest of all the prophecies Jude tells us what Enoch in Genesis chapter 5 preached Enoch the seventh generation the seventh man from Adam taught that the Lord would come listen to this with ten thousands of his Saints the second coming of Jesus Christ to take control at the heights of the tribulation revelation 19 says all his Saints are with him Jude tells us that Enoch in Genesis way back here prophesied that 10,000th that’s myriads of his Saints come with him well all of those individual pieces those 800 quotes are combined all the pentateuch job the historic books the Psalms the Gospels and the epistles all of them are combined into one continuous movie and what we call that is the revelation of Jesus Christ all of these pieces are fit together in a chronological very visual unfolding scene almost like a movie script so what we can say is that revelation connects completes and it applies all of the Bible so revelation is the most well known but I don’t think there’s a person that’s not heard of the revelation that mysterious apocalyptic book it’s unique because it combines the rest of the Bible it’s also the most neglected unfortunately during the Reformation the key reforming teachers of the Reformation Calvin and Luther both shied away from the book of Revelation they talked about it but they didn’t fully embrace it and therefore today it’s very neglected in many churches but it’s the most vital book of the Bible because it’s the book that reveals Jesus Christ now listen we could summarize Revelation by saying this God designed the Bible so it ends with a visit back to earth by Jesus Christ Jesus comes to visit his church two generations after he ascended back into heaven God lets us see Jesus he lets us see him as he is in his risen glory remember revelation says his face is shining like the Sun his eyes are like fire and his hair is white kind of like the Ancient of Days that we see in Daniel God lets us see Jesus as the Almighty king of the universe just one last note when we look back and church history the time from the resurrection of Christ to the present those early days in church history the first three centuries actually at 300 years after the cross we have a lot of the sermons those pastors a lot of written down records of what the early church pastors taught from the Bible there have been those who’ve given their lives to actually cataloging what books of the Bible the early church preached about and they preached from the epistles a lot they loved the Gospels the Psalms were popular that covered the prophets and the historic events and the book of Job and and and of course the Pentateuch but there’s only one book of the 66 books in the Bible that you could exactly get every single verse from those sermons because they’re actually read and quoted and talked about one book the only book that’s totally reproducible from the early church sermons is like a revelation that has concluded for many church historians to think revelation was the most popular book taught in the church for the first three centuries of the church revelation is one of the least popular books taught in churches today well the book of the revelation the message of it is vital for us for this reason God tells us how to live for him in a dangerous world and we’re going to look at this chart that what you see on that slide in front of you we’re going to look at and understand how the early church understood the book of Revelation in the next slide we’re looking at what is revelations most important message for believers now on the slide it says how to live for God in a dangerous world remember the early church during what is recorded in the book of Revelation was going through the darkest hour of the church the church was being hunted down systematically imprisoned martyred they they were actually public enemy number one of the Roman Empire and so as you see in this chart here’s the chronology of what is going on in the book of Revelation and I I think that most of us if we can get a picture in our mind of what a book of the Bible is about it’ll kind of stick with us and every time we read it will kind of be able to fit it into to what’s going on here’s the cross of Jesus Christ Jesus stays around for 40 days then he ascends into heaven we have the first generation the church from about AD 30 to about AD 60 in that time period of course we have all of Paul’s missionary journeys we have the the writing of the Gospels and the epistles and we have basically to a b9t all Peter Paul and all the rest the Apostles are martyred there’s one left John and here’s John one two generations first generation second generation after the cross here’s the Apostle John captured by Rome in exile on the island of Patmos and Jesus Christ who ascended in ad 30 comes down Jesus comes down to visit first he visits all the churches seven churches and then he comes with his report to John and reports to him that’s the chronology of the book of Revelation the book of Revelation is the final book written after the gospel epistles after two generations of Christians live out everything Jesus said everything the Apostles said all of the church planting and all the training of Peter and Paul and the other apostles and Jesus comes back to check how they did Jesus looked at the health of Church that’s what Revelation chapter 1 2 & 3 is all about now looking at the next slide the book of the revelation affirms for us the incredible sermon that Paul preached you remember when Paul was going on his missionary journeys that most often he started by speaking to the Jewish proselytes and the Jewish synagogue attenders in other words Jews Paul would go to synagogues that was his normal starting place so Paul would teach there but when he gets to Athens he finds an almost completely pagan City and in acts 17 he alters the way that that he presents the gospel and he he does a public debate and and actually it’s more of a dialogue he’s going back and forth with them and in explaining to them the gospel that’s what it is on your side there Paul’s three-part outline of the Bible is in acts 17 24 to 31 and this is what he says so starting in verse 24 he said first of all I want you to know there’s a creator and he made everything he made you and the whole universe around you and that creator came down to earth and became a human and was killed by his creatures but he didn’t stay in the grave he rose and the power of the gospel is a resurrected Savior but he said he offers salvation but he’s coming back to judge the world to see if they acknowledge him as creator accept him as Redeemer or they’ll face him as judge that’s Paul’s three-part sermon creator Redeemer judge look on your slide that’s an outline of the whole Bible you could see that the entire Bible is subsumed by these three Genesis 1 and 2 is the creator Genesis 3 all the way to Revelation 5 is is the unfolding drama of redemption every sacrifice in the Old Testament every type or prophesy of Christ and then Jesus himself coming in the Gospels and then explained and preached and presented in the epistles and then finally in Revelation 5 surrounding the throne or the redeemed singing about Redemption but look what happens in revelation 6 we call it the Great Tribulation that’s the judge returning that’s an outline of the Bible the Creator Genesis 1 and 2 the Redeemer Genesis three to revelation five the judge returned that teaches us something the creator knowing him means I was designed by him everything about me Psalm 139 says he’s the one that wove me together in my mother’s womb I was designed by him that’s my origin that’s how I got here did you know everybody wonders in the back of their mind how did I get here where did I come from origins are a big big pursuit especially of the intellectual types that are trying to understand why we’re even here that leads to our purpose if if we got here by God what’s our purpose in life what what is the reason that I’m here well the Bible says that our Redeemer bought us 1st Corinthians 6 you’re bought at a price therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit which are his Redemption means my purpose in life it’s a a purpose I call it a Redemption driven life that that I know I was redeemed and that’s what dominates my choices I want to please the one who bought me who owns me who died for me but the judge means were answerable to him that’s our destiny he’s the one that determines our destiny so Revelation explains life’s purpose that the only true and reliable answer to our origin purpose and city is God Jesus is how we got here Jesus is why we have any reason to live and Jesus holds the key to where we’re going I’d like to pause for just a second because in this class you’re watching online but actually we have students here and right they’re sitting in that chair as my favorite student my wonderful wife Bonnie she’s the one that that is helping me in this classroom but you see her on that slide this is my biography on this slide I was saved at age six called the ministry at age nine when I was 19 years old I was challenged if I’m gonna teach the Bible I should understand the Bible and I was challenged to read the Bible through at least once for every year I am old and by the way this is something those of you that are taking this course for credit this is on every exam and every quiz okay how long does it take to read the Bible most people have never read the whole Bible how long does it take to read the whole Bible for a basically let me see on the slide it says for a sixth grader and I would assume most of you are older than sixth graders for a sixth grade student in school it takes 72 hours now let’s see how long do you play fortnight how long do you watch athletic events how long is a normal movie how long are basketball games soccer games you understand what I mean just take you know something that lasts two hours it takes 36 of those events to read the Bible basically it takes 15 minutes per day to read the whole Bible in one year I was challenged to read the Bible through at least once for every year I was old I’ve gotten to about a hundred and fifteen or seventeen times right now because I want to get ahead for when I can’t read anymore a pastor for 40 years married for 35 plus years to my wonderful wife Bonnie you see in the picture raised eight children and we’ve served in 70 plus countries what we do is Bonnie and I our missionaries now we’re actually home because kovat 19 but all the rest of time 11 months out of the year we circulate between what you see on the slides we train doctors and missionaries that at work in sub-sahara Africa I teach at a Seminary in the Middle East we train in Central Europe we train in the British Isles we also work in in Asia East Asia South Asia all with both frontline missionaries and next-generation missionaries one other thing all of our courses are right here you can see on that slide probably you’re watching this course on that channel of YouTube it’s called DT B M online video training now let’s begin by going to Revelation chapter 1 I want to start reading in verse 1 and just help you because we’re gonna go through all 404 verses but I just want to take apart in this class the first verse will survey the whole thing but I want you to see the first verse in your Bible your electronic Bible maybe have a paper Bible like mine that you like to mark up an underline the revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants there’s no other book in the Bible like this God the Father gave God the Son this message to show us his servants things which must shortly we’re gonna look at that in a minute fascinating word in Greek take’ like tachometer that measures speed means swift that must shortly literally swiftly take place and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John revelation 1 as we already prayed at the beginning of the class you can’t understand the Bible without the Holy Spirit’s illumination we’ve already asked him for that how do we understand the Bible look at that slide we each need a personal biblical framework to understand the Bible now let me show you what I mean I since I was a 6th grader so what would I about eleven years old or twelve years old I have been wearing glasses I see the world through a lens and when I look through that lens I can see clearly the world same thing is true about the Bible this is God’s Word every one of us have a lens through which we see God’s Word what is the proper lens to clearly see well I’ll just tell you what mine is it’s it’s a biblical framework it’s how we understand the Bible and it’s based on some choices we make the the first choice you can see on the list is that I’m an evangelist an evangelist means that people are born lost no matter how cute the baby is he is born a pagan an enemy of God in fact Jesus is even sharper than what I just said you know what Jesus said you’re of your father the devil the lusts of your father you will do Jesus said all of us are born in Satan’s family and until we’re born again we don’t get into God’s family that’s what an evangelist is what that means is people need to be saved how that works out in my life right here in my wallet I always pack the gospel track and then pray for an appointment to give that tract to someone and share the gospel with them secondly I’m an imputation Asst it’s the second part of my framework now imputation isn’t some medical procedure it’s a spiritual transaction which is straight this way Here I am dead in my sins this Bible’s like a picture all my sins waiting me down Jesus Christ comes to me and convicts me of my sin I’m drawn to him by his convicting work of the Holy Spirit he removes my sin from me when I call upon the name of the Lord an imputation means that the penalty and even the record of all my sins are gone from me and on him that means my sin is forever taken care of there’s no record of my sin in heaven I’ll never be judged for my sin but it doesn’t end there second Corinthians 5:21 says that God made Jesus who knew no sin to become my sin so I could become the righteousness of God and look the righteousness of Jesus Christ comes on me that’s why I can be called a saint now my wife is sitting out in his class I don’t think if she described me she described me as a saint I don’t think the eight children I raised would particularly think of me as a saint but what’s most important is with Christ’s righteousness imputed to my life God sees us as Saints thirdly I’m an inerrant ‘test that means I believe the Bible is inspired fourthly I’m a creationist I believe that God created everything the way he said I’ll show you what Moses tells us Moses made two stone tablets in Exodus 20 you all know what that is right the Ten Commandments there were ten commandments four Commandments directed toward God six Commandments directed toward man those Ten Commandments were written by God’s finger God’s finger actually into the stone of those tablets wrote those Ten Commandments you know what Exodus 20 says for as in six days God created the heavens and the earth and rested the seventh so you use slaves who were in Egypt now going in the Promised Land you should work six solar 24-hour days and rest the seventh the Sabbath it said the way God created the universe set the pattern for the week of every day of our life God was a creationist not an age day ever lúcia nary one but a six solar day literal creationist so that color is how you look at the scriptures God made everything as six solar days I’m a catastrophist you know what that means that’s a big word for saying I believe the Noah’s Flood and that it really happened and every inch of this planet was covered with water you can see signs of it everywhere you go also I’m a cessationist what does that mean it means that this is God’s Word and it started when God launched it with Moses on Mount Sinai and it ended when Jesus came to visit John and led him in the recording of the message of Revelation and that there aren’t any extra parts of the Bible that some prophet here and there that I’ve never heard of or I wonder about has added to the Scriptures cessationism means you have the whole Bible it was engineered by God and there is no continuing biblical flawless and errant inspired revelation number six I’m a maximalist what does that mean that means that anything the Bible says about science morals or history or ethics or anything helps the Bible says it’s true it’s not that God just wants us to be moral and good and kind of like generally he’s specifically the maximum means he verbally propositional II specifically explained what he wants and that’s very important because we live in a in an age where there are so many variables and everything is up for grabs and finally the last principle is I’m a dispensationalist so I I believe in sharing the gospel and evangelist that’s what the Bible says that I’m an imputation is that we’re all sinners in need salvation that the Bible’s inspired God breathed out every word that he created everything that flood from NOAA the catastrophe changed everything that we have the complete Word of God there are no continuing revelations and that the Lord wants us to know that whatever he says about science and history and ethics and morals is true but what’s the deme dispensationalism simply this Israel does not equal the church you say why does that even matter well there are a lot of promises in the Old Testament about God saying I’m gonna give you this land and if you do what I say you will be rich and and you’ll be the head of the nations and I will keep diseases from you and there are a lot of people that take the promises God means specifically to Israel and they try and apply them to the church that’s not even the bad part you know what the bad part is they say that God is through with Israel that there’s no that that Israel could disappear today and there would be no repercussions that’s not true God says I’ve made an unbreakable sovereign election of Israel and I am building my church to specific groups of people that’s why in heaven what do you see when you get to heaven you see heaven with the foundation being the 12 apostles and the gates being the 12 tribes it’s the twelve of Israel and the twelve of the church merged into one God’s plan distinct eternal for both that’s the framework to which I see the Bible and that’s the framework that helps me understand the Bible and I trust will help you well this is the only book of the Bible the book of Revelation that’s exclusively devoted to show Jesus Christ as he is now and forever look at the first four words the revelation of Jesus that’s what revelations about also this is the only book of the Bible exclusively given to prepare every believer for fulfilling God’s purpose their life it’s what God gave to show his servants next this is the only book of the Bible that’s written to explain the future plans of God do you remember I said the Bible all the different parts of the Bible the Pentateuch the Psalms the prophets the Gospels the epistles all of them have prophecies in them but revelation connects and illustrates and completes all the books of the Bible the things look down at your Bible verse one which must shortly take place by the way shortly take’ means swiftly it’s not a long drawn-out thing it’s a swift succession of events now how do we understand interpret the Bible the essence of what I just told you is contained in what we call the the canons or the laws or the principles of interpretation in theology these are called hermeneutics her man knew things that’s the theological Department of interpretation of the Bible the primary interpretation of the Bible is based on the historic context it’s based on the geographic context and it’s based on the scriptural context all different times and places remember history is that everything happened at some time geography is everything happens somewhere the Bible says you need to understand history at the time geography the place and then the the scriptural where it is in the flow of the Canon or the unfolding revelation of God and finally the grammatical context that’s the words themselves so the first rule of textual interpretation that means understanding the Bible is what did God mean when he spoke to the original recipients of the Word of God you see every part of the Bible the Pentateuch was written to the Jewish people coming out of Egypt the historic books were written to the nation of Israel as they went through their kings and judges the Gospels were written while Israel was an occupied nation under the Roman Empire and Jesus spoke to the ethnic national people that lived in that little Promised Land of Israel the epistles were written by Paul traveling the ancient Roman world and also John and also Peter and the other apostles and it was written to a modern cosmopolitan cultural place all of those pieces help us to understand what God meant because his primary message is what he meant to the group that received it I remember this chart the book of Revelation what did it mean it meant that all of these pieces of the Bible were explained to the early church that were two generations from the cross of Christ in this slide you can see the specific seven churches see that map of Turkey modern-day Turkey that’s the Roman province of Asia in the time of Christ and of the Apostles and that area had seven cities actually they follow the meander River the postal route of the day it starts in Ephesus go up from Ephesus you see Smyrna now go a little bit up into the right Pergamus down and to the right diet IRA a little more Sardis a little bit more down to Philadelphia then back down into the left Lea de SIA and it’s parallel right across the mountains from Ephesus that’s where those seven churches were that we’ll see in Chapter two in Chapter three now the last part of our class is looking at the rest of the chapter of chapter one I call the seven reminders from Jesus and revelation I just want to cover these with you the first thing that I told you earlier is in all the scripture nothing is said for the first time in the book of Revelation revelation as your slide said is God’s book of reminders God is reminding us of everything he already said in the Bible and the book of Revelation starts with seven previously taught trends that Jesus wanted to remind the Church of it and I’d love to remind each of you because this is what I think about when I think about what is revelation what’s the primary takeaway an application number one revelation 1:18 2:20 says this message should have top priority now do you see why in the early church as I drew revelation is the most preached about book of the Bible why because they understood it came from look at verse 18 I am he who lives and was dead and behold I am Alive for evermore I have the keys to Hades and death write these things and send them to the church jesus said this is top priority it’s kind of like getting a FedEx delivery where the delivery man sitting there with his electronic tablet he says here sign this is high urgent priority it’s you know it’s overnighted to you that’s how important revelation is so what’s the message number one it’s the only book of the Bible all about Jesus now you can find types and symbols about Christ in the Pentateuch you can find Jobe talking about his redeemer you can find David talking about the one that he was following that was his good shepherd you can find the prophets prophesied Jesus is coming you can see Jesus in the Gospels but this is the only book that’s exclusively written about Jesus Christ revelation is not about the apocalypse it’s about the apocalypsis it’s not about the destruction it’s about the unveiling apocalypse is different than apocalypsis the first word of revelation means unveiled Jesus it means open this book and get to know him better and you’ve ever known him ever before in your life second lesson revelation 1 says which God wrote to his servants we are slaves of God God said a servant is someone who does the will of their mass God says were his servants Jesus is our master that goes back to Redemption you remember when I’ve shown you about Redemption we redeem were bought at a price the book of Revelation says we’re slaves a slave does the will of another you know who goes to heaven jesus said those who do the will of my father in heaven now pause students do you surrender every day to do God’s will I thought about this morning I woke up at 5:00 a.m.
This morning pitchblack sitting on the edge of the bed before I launched off the edge of the bed and my feet hit the floor I thought about the fact that right below me is a little target and that target is where I stand and say Lord you’ve given me another day to live I want to live as your servant say how you live that’s what revelation says we should live we’ve been bought we are owned we belong to Jesus Christ that’s the message that’s the application that’s the heart of the book of Revelation number three we’re called to keep God’s Word it says in revelation 1:3 blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things which are written in them we’re called to keep God’s Word this is revelation is the only book of the Bible that you’re promised by God to be blessed if you just read it if you just hear it like listening to me quoting and reading is a blessing but God says what do we do with what we read in here we keep it Greek word Toretto you know how it’s used in other parts of the Bible outside of verse 3 of Revelation 1 it’s used for when Peter was locked in prison it says they kept him in the prison it’s used for Jesus being put into the tomb and sealed he was guarded after he was buried in the garden tomb toretto means to be placed in a spot and held on to firmly and guarded do you no the truth of God and guard it you keep it you hold it number four look what it says in verse 10 if you’re following along your Bible look at revelation 1:10 I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day what’s the Lord’s Day Sunday what’s the Sabbath day Saturday what happened the first day of the week when Jesus rose from the dead became the lord’s day it became the day the church gathered it became the gate day we celebrated Jesus rose and John even though he was in prison even though Azana and exile even though he was a prisoner of the Roman Empire still stopped on Sunday – in the spirit worship and commune with God loving Jesus Christ based on the truth of God’s Word lesson number five revelations for Christ Church verse 11 says that it says this is a letter which he wrote to his churches in Ephesus and Smyrna and Pergamus these were local Geographic groups of people revelation was written not for prophecy buffs not to be argued over or charts to be made but for the church that’s you and me number six revelation 1:13 says that Jesus was standing when John saw Jesus finally remember the book of Revelation starts with John hearing a voice like the sound of a trumpet that says in verse 9 he heard that voice like a trumpet and when he heard that voice John turns and looks and he sees Jesus standing around these menorahs there were seven of them and these menorahs represent verse 20 says the church and so Jesus is walking around between and around seven lampstands or menorah seven-branched oil lamps and john sees jesus walking around these candelabras and Jesus said you want to know what that means he said the lampstands are the churches look at the slide Jesus Christ attention at this moment is on the church a lot of people say I want to have purpose in my life well why not do what’s important to Jesus Christ what is the single most important thing in the universe to Jesus Christ his church right now all of his attention is on the church Jesus is focused on calling from darkness to light men and women and boys and girls around this world to become a part of his church that’s most important to him I have to say at age 9 I meet a decision to point my life I was called to point my life toward the church and to serve the church when I was older at 13 I dedicated my body as a living sacrifice went forward and camp and surrendered all because Jesus Christ’s attention is on his church is your attention or is that just kind of one day a week and now that we’re in you know home stay you know in isolation a lot of people haven’t been to church for weeks but is that where your heart is that’s where Jesus Christ’s heart is the last lesson of Revelation is that there’s no guessing there’s no confusion Jesus Christ top priority right now lesson 7 is not just the church but here’s the last point the health of his church when Jesus is revealed when John sees him he describes him with that sash golden sash long white robe you know the the hair that’s white actually he describes him like the high priest is described in the Old Testament do you know what priests were in the Old Testament they were the health inspectors they’re the ones that when people had leprosy they examined them when people had other sicknesses they could differentiate between clean animals unclean animals if you had anything wrong with your house mold or anything they would come in and inspect it they were totally involved with the health of the nation of Israel the church is Jesus Christ’s body he said I want you healthy Jesus top priority as a health of his church if you belong to Jesus he wants you to know two things every choice in life either pleases him or doesn’t there’s no middle ground nothing is neutral nothing is neutral Paul put it this way first Corinthians 10:31 whether therefore you eat or drink or whatever you do do all for the glory of God only two choices pleasing God not pleasing God that’s the message chapter 1 a revelation your assignment before lesson 2 need to read revelation 1 2 and 3 takes about 25 minutes to read revelation one two and three what we’ve seen today are seven reminders from Jesus from revelation one most important book in the Bible connects everything let’s bow for word of Prayer father thank you for this class thank you for these students I pray you bless them as they read your word speak to each of our hearts so we know what pleases you and that’s what we seek and what doesn’t please you and that’s what we flee from and hate thank you Lord Jesus in the name that’s above every name we pray the name of Jesus and all God’s people said amen.
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENINT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.