Ep10-Revelation chapter 4 – relating to 2020 – CONNECTED TO THE THRONE, THE MOST POWERFUL PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE by Dr John Barnett
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Welcome to the ninth of our 20 classes going through the book of Revelation and I think as we go through this section today just entering into the fourth and fifth chapters of Revelation you’re going to see why this book was the most popular of all the books of the Bible to the early church the sequence is significant we’ve been looking at the church on earth then we’re going to soon be going into the wrath of God poured out on earth but between those two is the church in heaven and what I’ve entitled this section is connected to the most powerful place in the universe now if you see the slide in front of you that’s what many of us think of when we think of grandeur and power it’s a it’s a huge spiral galaxy literally as we look at the book of Revelation discussing the end of the world the most peaceful assuring place of confidence for anyone to be when they think they’re they’re going through the tribulation which is what the early church felt they’re being hunted down and martyred which is how it’s described in the tribulation all believers are going to be hunted down and martyred and so they saw this middle section of the connection to the throne of God to be the most peaceful hope-filled concept they could have so let’s read just the opening of the fourth chapter of Revelation if you can get there in your Bibles and then let’s pray that the Lord will help us to realize why the most commanded part of our Christian life do you remember what that is what’s the only thing we’re supposed to do without ceasing what is it yeah pray without ceasing prayer is how we get connected to the most powerful place in the universe the throne of God where we see ourselves already surrounding that throne but look at this in chapter 4 after these things do you see the juncture here chapter three ended with the church on earth Laodicea and then chapter four verse one says after these things now the whole book of Revelation is like remember class one it’s like a movie script it’s like a shooting sequence of a movie where it follows it’s not like this is out of order this is a beautiful chronological view from now to forever so after these things marks this juncture I looked remember John is being taken on tour so he’s the eye the Apostle John I’ve looked and behold a door was standing open in heaven and the first voice which I heard going back to chapter 1 remember he was on Patmos and the prison collie and the Roman Empire and on the Lord’s Day heard a voice behind him see it’s the same voice so it’s the voice of the Lord which I heard like a trumpet speaking with me saying come up here and I will show you things which must take place after this after the church on earth the church is in heaven it’s it’s it’s a sequence and we’re gonna see that all the way through well that starts with verse 2 immediately I was in the spirit and behold a throne set in heaven and one sat on the throne God is on the throne God is our Heavenly Father and when we are connected to him were connected to the throne of God which is the center of everything going on in the universe let’s pray and ask the Lord to guide us lord I thank you that right now just by bowing our hearts before you just by approaching your throne in the name of Jesus we’re instantly connected to the center the the power center the ruling Center your throne Oh Lord thank you for being our Father in Heaven and you call your throne the throne of grace and mercy where we can find grace to help us in our time of need how the early church lived that out how we want to as we are in ever darkening days how we want to live connected to your throne to you as our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus we ask for that amen well as we as we go through the book of Revelation remember has 404 verses in those 22 chapters every one of the verses tie back to all the rest of the Bible and as we get into this section chapters four and five we see so much of the tie back to our Lord Jesus Christ ministry but let’s begin number one with that door see in in verse two standing open in verse two I was in the spirit and I saw this throne looking through the door that it talks about in verse one what John is learning is heaven is a real place existing at this moment it’s not like some day after everything’s over finally heaven will start no heaven exists and chapter one Jesus comes from heaven and appears to John so heaven is a place right at this moment and these next two chapters chapter 4 in chapter 5 that we study gives us a sight of what’s going on in heaven now the message to John was that heaven was real even though he was on that island a prisoner ill-treated not even knowing if he was going to ever get off that Island and and what the Lord showed him is while his whole world was this horrible time of persecution continuously going on at the same time as his persecution was all the worship that we see in these two chapters it’s it’s kind of like when you fly above a storm my wife and I flew a hundred and hundred and thirty or forty thousand miles in the last 12 months and as I think about many of the hours in those planes we would look down and see the dark clouds and the kind of like flashbulbs going off of thunderstorms so down seven miles or six miles below us there were storms going on and people wondering where those lightning bolts were gonna hit and and wondering if they’re gonna get flooded and wondering was all the storm going on but we were up there and sometimes while we were seeing storms below us we could see stars out the window of the airplane and it’s almost like while the storm is going on there’s this place of calm above it that’s exactly what John was shown it’s the book of the revelation of Jesus Christ above all else that’s what this book is about so no matter what your take on the book now remember good good believers I have all different views of Revelation there’s the covenant theology view which is it’s just a historic record of the fall of Jerusalem and kind of like a narrative that God’s gonna win in the end but none of those details are literal then there’s the dispensational view which I’m teaching you that all of this is really gonna happen but don’t let your perspective of this book keep you from the message that it’s the revelation of Jesus Christ helping us in the church right now on earth watching over and receiving the worship in heaven overseeing the writing of all wrongs that’s what the tribulation is coming back now every Christian agrees on that the nineteenth chapter they all agree on it’s the return of Christ his rule on the earth again we get into all different views on that the final judgment all believers agree on that heaven all believers agree on that so we all believe the churches on earth we believe the churches in heaven we believe is gonna right all wrongs he’s coming back he’s going to give everyone what they deserve and we are gonna get to dwell with him forever it’s the revelation of Jesus Christ now real quickly as we talk about worship now remember when when you read starting in verse 3 it starts describing this throne of Revelation 4 3 verse or around the throne or 24 elders they have these crowns verse five from the throne proceeded lightnings and thunders and voices and and all of this description now look at verse eight see this the atmosphere of heaven is worship you see how it says that they don’t rest night and day saying holy holy holy Lord God Almighty who is who was and who is to come you see that that atmosphere of worship that immediately brings us to this slide who are these worshipers that are around the throne how do you get around this Rohn how do you get to heaven see that’s that’s really what this book is all about that’s why it was so popular it explains everything let me take you back to answer that to Philippians 3:3 because and that’s you go by you know Matthew Mark Luke John acts Romans 4 2nd corinthians galatians ephesians there we go next page Philippians chapter 3 look at verse 3 for we are the circumcision who worship God in the spirit rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh who our true worshipers the Apostle Paul says people that have a circumcised heart do you remember what a couple days ago I was telling you about the fact that Ezekiel 36 talks about salvation and starting in verse 26 and through 27 it says a new heart I will give you so a new heart a new spirit out put within you I take out of you the old stony heart and I put my spirit within you that’s that’s what what is called the New Covenant the New Covenant is what we celebrate a communion the new testament or covenant that’s in my blood this new heart a new spirit is what the circumcision Paul said for we are the circumcision this is surgical transformation of the inner part of us he wasn’t talking about the physical sign of the Covenant of the Jews he said they think that physical external circumcision gets them into the kingdom of God he says actually what God says is I want to circumcise your heart not your body see this new heart we get which is the new covenant is what Paul says see Philippians 3:3 how do you know you’re the ones that have the right circumcision because you worship God in the spirit Philippians 3:3 rejoice in Christ Jesus and don’t have confidence in your flesh that’s what it takes away the old hard do it my own way going our own way like Isaiah 53 says all we like sheep have gone astray we go to our own way that’s our flesh that’s our old heart so the true worshipers are those who worship God in the spirit revelation 4 and 5 shows us a future picture of all true believers gathered in heaven as the true worshipers of God worshiping at the highest level now we worship here on earth I mean we just enjoyed Bonnie and I in our sheltering at home enjoyed watching grace community church where we were on staff way back in the 80s with John MacArthur and we watched that service and sang along with them and worship with them and then we went to Central Park by way of the television and and watched Franklin Graham speak and then we also were participating in other services and singing along with other believers now that’s wonderful worship but that’s earthly worship and we have distractions I mean even while I was sitting and watching my phone is buzzing and you know what I mean and the the heater is going on and off and they’re all different distractions but what we see in heaven is unhindered focused glorified worship what’s heavenly worship like well those in heaven our unhindered by time they’re not bothered by their flesh they’re not distracted they’re completely focused directly on the lamb and what are they doing look look what it says in Revelation 4 I love this I’ll never forget the first time I taught through this decades ago I was speaking in a church that had a main floor and a balcony and I started saying and that’s how they worship in heaven and all of a sudden I saw this elderly man get out of his chair and he disappeared and I found out later that when he saw in Revelation that they verse 10 of chapter 4 the 24 elders fall down before him who sits on the throne who lives forever in cast their crowns one of the elders told me later he was in the balcony that this gentleman first got his chair then he got on his knees and then he actually laid his head down on his hands on the floor and he said if that’s how God is worshiped in heaven I want to start doing it today think what it means to be unhindered by any distraction focused on the lamb bowing in front of his throne and most of all each of those we see in chapters 4 and 5 are glorified now glorified means finally were transformed into sinlessness now never on earth are we sinless we’re always struggling with the world that’s trying to distract us our flesh that’s trying to entice us and the devil is trying to devour us and we’re always struggling with that not in heaven no more are there human neces that that weaken us or sin or the devil to interfere anyway with our worship its worship at the highest level and that’s what we see so that leads us to this question so what kind of worship does God accept now Jesus already commented on that remember every part of the book of Revelation harkens back to somewhere else look at John chapter 4 because Jesus has already weighed in on what worship is that is acceptable to God in John chapter 4 in your Bible and verse 24 says this God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him look at this in spirit and in truth what that means is that the only way to truly worship God is to have this new heart that’s when we get the holy spirit within us our Paul says that we are dead in our trespasses and sin we walk according to our Father the devil the course of the god of this world but when we get saved this New Covenant event right here this spiritual heart surgery gives us a new heart and the holy spirit moves within and that makes it possible for us to even worship now I have my cell phone here and this this wonderful electronic device wears out in about a day of heavy use or about a day and a half of light use and it has right here the charging port now of course it also can have that I don’t even know how the one the cordless one works but I can charge it but I have to put it either connect it with a cord or put it in as cradle to recharge it because without the power it doesn’t work it’s just a kind of a heavy expensive object but it doesn’t function without a new heart we can’t worship God so Jesus said this biblical worship always has three elements think about everything you know in the Bible about worship every time worship is portrayed in the Bible it has these three elements of chapter 4 verse 24 the person that’s offering the worship that’s number one it’s their worship is not music it’s something a person offers now worship is a part of it communion is a part of it but communion is not worship preaching is not worship singing is not worship listening to music is not worship worship is number one the person offering the worship and then the offering that they’re bringing so you have to be the right kind of person you have to have the right kind of offering and thirdly the one they’re giving that offering to see there’s three parts the person that’s offer what they’re offering and who they’re sending it to and look what it says in Chapter four God is a spirit that’s the one we’re offering to and those who worship that’s the offer or the person must worship listen and spirit and truth that’s the type it has to be spiritual worship prompted by a regenerated heart and it has to be based on what is that other word in spirit and in what truth that’s what makes these two chapters some of the most valuable in the Bible this describes the worship that’s acceptable to God the content the lyrics the focus of what’s acceptable to God these three perspectives are always present in the Bible and all three elements the person the offering in the one that is being offered to has to be right or the worship is wrong and that’s what is so clearly presented in these two chapters and by the way Romans 12:1 and 2 says the only way that we can offer worship is to be surrendered that we may remember Romans 12:1 and 2 I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice that’s an offering of worship a lot toretto a spiritual service to God well God gives the eternal gospel and it connects to worship in fact worship in the Bible is submission to God very very interesting let me show you what I mean turn to Revelation 14:6 because when we get to the 14th chapter which I can’t wait to get to with you it’s kind of like the high point of the tribulation it’s just before our mageddon there are huge hailstones the Sun is scorching and water is all poisonous and so and in the Antichrist is martyring everybody that’s a believer and the two witnesses have come and 144,000 are out there ministering but look what the Lord does he sends a gospel angel preaching see what it says on your slide the eternal gospel let me read to you then I saw another angel this is revelation 14:6 flying in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation tribe tongue and people so this is the proclamation of the everlasting gospel the unchanging gospel the gospel of God so God sends a personal representative of this angel to proclaim to every person on earth what I see is this angel kind of flying like a drone over the surface of the earth and and he’s just flying around the earth non-stop beaming down speaking to every human in every language of every person on earth and look what he says in verse 7 saying with a loud voice fear God and give glory to him for the hour of judgment has come and worship Him worship Him submit to him worship Him ask him for a new heart let his spirit come within you worship him become one who has a circumcised heart and has the spirit as Paul said in Philippians 3:3 but look at the one we worship who made this verse 7 of chapter 14 heaven and earth the sea and the springs of water isn’t it interesting that when God preaches the gospel the eternal gospel is submitting to our Creator wow that Betz and worshipping him offering the worshiper the true worship he wants to the true person that he is creator well basically we can say this that worship or submission to God is the central theme of the Bible now go to the very last chapter of the Bible in your Bible if you have revelation 22 and in the very last chapter it’s fascinating there’s one more glimpse at this this event of of worshiping God and basically John is just overwhelmed at everything he’s seen and he starts talking averse eight of chapter 22 now John saw and heard these things and when I heard them I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things now he had had an angel that had been leading him around and taking him to see this in that and he was asking questions of what that meant and this meant and so John has been spending time with this angel and when he finally sees everything going on in heaven and the throne of God verse verse 8 says I fell before the feet of the angel who showed me these things and then he said to me verse 9 see that you do not do that how do you know if an angel is a pre-incarnate christophany or theophany a pre-incarnate picture of christ’s rep you know it’s Christ’s appearing as an angel how do you know it’s it’s Christ or just an angel angel what’s the difference well those who are just angels say don’t worship Me there they won’t let you but whenever you see an angel that receives worship you know it’s Christ the pre like the commander of the hosts of the Lord with Joshua for example or the one who appeared to manoa for the birth of Samson that was the Lord Jesus Christ coming before his incarnation in the form of an angel so this angel is just a normal angel and he said see that you do not do that for I am your fellow servant and of your brethren the prophets and of those who keep the words of this book what are the last two words of verse 9 we’re ship God see that slide worship or submission to God is the central theme of the Bible the whole Bible is about worship and that’s what the book of Revelation shows us the church on earth is to be worshipping God they get to heaven they spend all their time around the throne worshiping him God is sending the angel telling those on the earth that if they will submit to God and worship they can go to heaven and if they won’t they are going to face his wrath he comes to be worshiped in the second coming he sits Jesus sits on a throne in Jerusalem during the Millennium and allows the whole world to come and meet him and then they reject him and they’re cast in the lake of fire because they won’t submit to him but all who do submit to him we get to spend forever in heaven worshipping Him worship is the central theme of the Bible the foundations of true biblical worship are what we see in chapter four and five basically what chapters 4 and 5 do is give us the template kind of like the framework the paradigm what we need to know how to worship God properly and we see the content of that worship if you look in starting in chapter 4 the wording of these songs the the lyrics we could say because there are several of these songs list effect there are 14 of them 14 different worship choruses in heaven the first one is in verse 8 holy holy holy the next one is in verse 11 of chapter 4 you are worthy the next one is in chapter 5 verse 9 then another one comes in verse 12 and another one comes in verse 13 and so what we see are the the actual words the chorus the lyrics which is truly what we could call the foundations of true biblical worship what does it Center on well back to verse 2 of chapter 4 because basically what John is shown remember John is a prisoner of war in prison when Jesus shows up to him reveals his resurrection glory and then shows him the worship going on in heaven what’s the first thing he sees verse 2 of chapter 4 I was in the spirit and there’s a throne and one sat on the throne now this draws us back to the Sermon on the Mount what does it say in Matthew 5 verse 16 you can see that on the slide Matthew 5 and verse 16 and we’ll go to verse 34 Matthew 5 let me turn back there with you Jesus was always pointing people to look at this let your light Matthew 5:16 so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify what your father in heaven see the father we all need is one seated on the throne of heaven in Revelation 2 and 3 and as we enter revelation 4 and 5 we must always remember the best explanation of scripture is the scripture the Reformers called that on logia scriptura the analogy of the scriptures so let’s take some time looking at what does the scriptures say about the scripture this is what the scripture says about the scripture this is what Jesus said about the throne of God in heaven so the book of Revelation is just kind of collecting into one place what all the rest of the scriptures say about our Father in heaven keep going in chapter 5 of Matthew 2 verse 34 jesus said this but I say unto you do not swear it all neither by heaven for it is God’s throne Wow look back at the slide on the screen the father we all need is the one seated on the throne of heaven Wow we to see the throne of God most clearly we have to see it through the lens of all the other times God shows us the throne now remember we see the throne of God several times in the scriptures we see the throne of God when Moses in Exodus goes up on the mountain with the elders and they see this this crystal see then we see the throne again in first Kings when mkhaya the Prophet is standing before a hab and he says I see the Lord and all the hosts of heaven around him then we see the throne of God again in the book of Job when Satan is coming in accusing Joe then a little bit later we see in Isaiah chapter 6 especially the throne of God high and lifted up then by the time we get to Ezekiel we see the actual what we would call cherubim and Seraphim around the throne of God and then we get to Daniel and wow we really start seeing the throne of God and more details than are anywhere else in the scripture and then the next time we see the throne of God it’s right here in Matthew and there’s a lot in the book of Matthew about the throne of God and basically we could summarize it this way our Father is the one on the throne do you see on the slide verse 16 we already read verse 34 we already read keep going to chapter 5 verse 45 of Matthew and you will be sons of your father in heaven so father heaven the one on the throne always think of your father as the one seated on the throne the most powerful place in the universe the command center the control center of the universe Wow just for a moment think of the power of the one seated on the throne he spoke and he made all the stars by just saying for them to come into existence that one statement is beyond anything we can comprehend keep going to chapter six of the book of Matthew take heed that you do not your charitable deeds to be seen before men otherwise you have no reward from our Father in heaven Wow all the way through verse nine it keeps talking about that we’re supposed to be talking about our Father thinking about our father verse four your father who sees in secret verse 6 of chapter 6 our father who sees in secret and is in the secret place will reward you openly Wow and that’s the one in verse 9 that we pray to as our Father in heaven now what is he like well look at chapter 10 verse 29 he knows each hop of every bird Matthew 10:29 Jesus was in the business of introducing people to his father the one on the throne the one who is the most powerful being the creator the Redeemer and the judge Jesus God the Son revealed him as but look at 10:29 it says are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin and not one of them falls to the ground apart from your father’s will now that talks about the power of God but you know what’s really interesting looking up the Greek word for fall this isn’t talking about the sad thing that happened two days ago here we had a bird we were sitting in our chairs looking out the window and all of a sudden the bird was coming dead on to us we’ve never seen one come so hard and he hit the window and it killed him and he fell to the ground and we didn’t even know we thought he flew away until the next day and there he was sitting outside our house on the ground by the window dead that’s not what this word fall means died God knows yes when every bird dies but it’s literally the word hop God is aware of every time a bird hops on the ground have you looked out it’s springtime they’re hopping everywhere God says he knows each hop of every bird and he is the one in Chapter six that tells us how to approach him and that’s the whole essence of the Lord’s Prayer that we come to the God who is on the throne he is our Heavenly Father and in Matthew 6 he’s our connection to the center of the universe to the control center well what is the book of Revelation see the next slide it’s the map of the future God our Father has left us in his word God says I want you to be completely focused on doing what I left you on earth to do you’re headed to heaven so to be absent from the body is better by far I’m showing you where you’re going I’m gonna right all wrongs I’m going to return and rule on this world I’m going to finally meet out all the judgment for all those who have ever gotten away with it and never fully been held accountable for their sin and I’m gonna spend forever with you in heaven see that’s the map of the future and those are the events the Lord tells us about starting in verse 6 of chapter 4 and let’s let’s keep working our way through every verse remember there are 404 verses and we have to keep plowing through each one chapter 6 tells us what happens each time we worship remember I said two classes ago that Easter Sunday that that we recently celebrated there were more people worshiping God than ever in history of the universe do you know why it’s because all those who die are absent from the body and they’re present with the Lord the group around the throne is growing everyday fast and on earth it’s growing too as we share the gospel but look what happens when all of us are worshipping starting in verse six and before the throne there was a sea of glass like in the midst of thrown around the throne were four living creatures and then it describes in verse seven these are the four faced cherubim and verse eight the four living creatures have six wings they’re full of eyes they do not rest but say holy holy holy verse eight and verse nine whenever they give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne who lives for ever and ever the twenty-four elders fall down now for just a second with it what is this twenty-four elders okay what is that talking about well here’s the throne of God in heaven there are four of these cherubim that are flying around this throne I call it théo centric orbit the the throne is in the center and they’re flying around the throne like this then next directly in front of the throne there are these seven flames of fire which the Bible describes as the Archangels we know two of them Gabriel and Michael so we know Gabriel and Michael and their five others we don’t know their names so four cherubim seven Archangels throne of God then the next thing around the throne are these 24 little Thrones that are seated in a circle around this throne and these are called the 24 elders now what what would that what group is that who are they well the Bible doesn’t name them just like we don’t even know all the Archangels and certainly we don’t know the names of any chair of him except one now you know one chair of him one cherub Satan when he was Lucifer he was a cherub so we know the name of one cherub we know the name of two Archangels we know the name of none of the elders but I will give you a little little idea of who they might be because heaven has this merging of two groups of 12 there are the 12 gates of heaven and the 12 foundations and twelve foundations are the apostles and the twelve gates are the tribes of Israel so it appears the 24 represent all the gathered people of God the Old Testament the twelve tribes Israel the the chosen people of promise and the New Testament church 12 apostles so it appears these 24 represent us and why would we say that because the only time 24 occurs in the Bible is 24 courses of priests of which Zechariah John the Baptist father was one of them they’re 25 24 courses of priests in the Old Testament and then we learn from Peter that we are a chosen nation a holy priesthood so it’s almost like the 24 elders represent the holy priesthood of all believers old and new merged together around the throne but what’s amazing when these come around the throne Paul explained that we’re to set our affection on things above what’s he talking about we’re supposed to be longing to be a part of this representative worship of God seated on his throne connected to what’s going on in heaven let me just give you a little bit of the wonder of the scriptures if you go to Ezekiel chapter 1 see the slide in front of you it says God’s throne this throne right here is surrounded by clouds of raging fires that’s Hezekiah’s four through six then it says there are sparkling ones these angels here that surround the throne reflecting the light it says in Ezekiel 1:13 that out of the throne proceeded lightnings so there are lightning flashes coming out of the throne and peals of thunder now that’s what Ezekiel 1:13 2:7 teen says that’s exactly what we see in revelation 4 and 5 it’s one of those 800 allusions also it says God’s throne is surrounded in zekiel 1 18 and 19 by highly intelligent beings covered with eyes oh wait look at chapter 4 and it says in verse 6 of Revelation and around the throne there’s a sea of glass like crystal in the midst of throne around the throne were four creatures full of eyes remember the news right here these cherubim those are the same ones that are noisy kiyul verses 18 and 19 of chapter 1 and then it says that the surface that all these Thrones are sitting on and these angels are standing on is crystal and it’s reflecting all this light glistening crystal that reflects and refracts the light of his glory so we could summarize and say God’s throne is surrounded by these huge sounds all these flashes of lightning and it sparkles like a burning fire now there are a couple that’s what I just described to you is what’s here in Ezekiel chapter 1 do you know what Daniel adds to it in chapter 7 in chapter 9 in chapter 10 he talks about the fact that there is a river of fire so coming right out of the front of the throne is this river of fire it flows out from beneath the throne so pavement of glass a throne that is flashing lightning pealing with thunder surrounded by these flying angels these seven standing angels these twenty-four elders by the way the next layer right here it has all the redeemed of all time there the next row and it keeps growing then there’s a outer row now the the geography I know that explains how big this is is right here anybody recognize this state that’s the state of Michigan okay anytime you see Michigan looks like a hand am it if you took how much space it would take for hundreds of millions of people to stand far enough apart so they can get down on their faces and then get back up and keep doing that all the time on a map it would take an area about the size of the Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan that’s the geographic area the size of the area surrounding the throne so what we’re saying is this is a incomprehensibly large area why is that matter let’s go to Romans 14:10 remember all the Bible’s reflected in the book of Revelation what is Romans 14:10 say well it says that every one of us have an appointment to go to that throne and this is what it says in Romans 14 verse 10 why do you judge your brother or why do you show contempt for your brother for we shall all Parris stay me that’s the Greek word stand before the judgment seat of Christ the slide you see in front of you is the the earthly representation of that throne because the word Paul chooses to use for that throne is the word in Greek Baima so he said we’re all gonna appear before the raised Baima of Christ so this throne right there the throne of God in the Bible is called the Bema or Baima Paul says we’re all gonna appear before that place now the next slide 2nd Corinthians 5:10 tells us that we are going to appear before the judgement seat of Christ to give an account of our life and so that’s second Corinthians chapter five verse 10 and then Paul already said in 1st Corinthians 3 and 10 to 15 that this river of fire I told you about we’re gonna stand on one side and Christ is gonna stand on the other side and we get to push our shopping cart everything we’ve done in our life with the sin removed everything we’ve invested our time in all the time we spent doing anything that wasn’t sin because sin is erased so all that we did that wasn’t sin is our shopping cart that’s the works of our life and we push it into this fire it says that it will go through the fire and whatever doesn’t burn up is what we give to Jesus it’s kind of like the sum of our life Wow do you see why this throne is so important do you sweat do you see why the early church they couldn’t get enough of this they had so many messages about about the church on earth what they’re supposed to do the church in heaven we’re going to get ready for that don’t worry about all the evil in the world God’s gonna handle that Jesus is coming back he’s gonna rule he’s gonna give everybody their reward and we’re headed to our home he’s prepared for us so what do we see in heaven we see that throne with the river of fire Daniel 7 verses 9 and 10 we see the sea of glass that flat surface Revelation 4 and verse 6 we see these living and burning ones these angels we see the twenty-four elders we see the countless angels in the the concentric circles around there and then Paul said for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ did he finally receive the things done in his body your shopping cart to put into the river of fire according to what we have done whether it’s good that means that lasts or it was just worthless that means it wasn’t sin you know there’s nothing wrong collecting stamps you can’t take them to heaven they’ll burn up okay there’s nothing wrong with being a great sportsman and having all kind of trophies being a great businessman having all kinds of awards but those things aren’t the currency of heaven they were just things we could do with our life on earth the reward is what Jesus said that we did as a good and faithful servant now I want to close with this how do we get ready to stand before God’s throne I mean the whole fourth and fifth chapter this class in the next class is all about how we are gonna appear before that throne but how do we get ready for that back to Matthew let’s conclude in Matthew okay because Jesus explains it and I think most of us have not connected Matthew chapter 6 with this scene okay so how do we get ready God wants us listen to this chapter 6 of Matthew verse 9 in this manner therefore pray our Father who art in heaven now wait a minute what what does it say we’re supposed to do in our prayer number one the first thing we do every time we pray is we focus on the throne where our heavenly father is seated that’s verse 9 of Matthew 6 how do we get connected to that throne we say Lord focus me on the fact that right now you’re sitting on the throne you’re surrounded by all these angels and lightning and fire and and countless you know inexpressible as Ezekiel describes sites focus me on that focus me on the fact that you’re running the universe the that you created it all and that all you want me to do is to submit to you that’s my spiritual worship that’s the first our Father see on the screen focus me our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name number two control me thy kingdom come Martin Luther said this is a terrible petition you know what he meant he said every time you say that thy kingdom come you’re inviting God to control your life did you know we’re supposed to every day pray in this manner the Lord says after this manner verse 9 pray we’re supposed to pray without ceasing God focus me on your throne and as I’m watching that I submit to your control that’s what my worship is I say control me and then thy will be done you all know this this Lord’s Prayer it’s the most well known portion of Scripture in the Bible our Father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come Thy will be done which is another way of saying lead me number 4 nextslide supply me give us this day our daily bread notice it says daily that means I need the Lord I keep close in touch with him to supply me it’s kind of like my cell phone it wears out if I use it heavily can wear out in less than a day as a believer I need to be connected to the Lord the most powerful place in the universe for him to focus and control and lead and supply me and then notice what it says next forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us you know that is cleanse me I don’t want any sin in my life that separates me do you remember the other day I wrote down here that we can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit Wow cleanse me I don’t want to grieve or quench you and then lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one do you know what we’re supposed to constantly ask the Lord to protect us if we realize how powerful the devil is we know the only protection comes through Christ protect me from the evil one and then here’s the crescendo of the Lord’s Prayer which says for thine is the kingdom the power the glory forever you what that means it’s all about you so I want you to empty me of thinking life is all about me empty me from filling my shopping cart with all about me stuff that’s all gonna burn up because I want Jesus to be the sum of my life that’s how we stay connected to the most powerful place in the universe and that’s how we do what the Lord says that’s how we focus on our father who’s sitting on the throne and the writer of Hebrews put it this way we do not have a high priest that can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace and mercy that we can find help in our time of need Wow that’s the message of revelation 4 and 5 let’s ask the Lord to bless His Word to our hearts Father in Heaven we bow before you focus me on your throne as you sit there in the serenity and the beauty of the worship on the throne of the universe and then I pray you would control me and lead me through life supply me with the Grace and help for today because I want to need you every day cleanse me as I’m the worst sinner that I know personally in the whole world cleanse me so I don’t grieve or quench you protect me from the evil one and I pray that you would empty me so that you can fill every part of my life that’s the message that stirred the hearts of the early church and it keeps each one of us on target every day of our life that’s what we asked for in the name of Jesus and for his glory and all God’s people said amen [Music]
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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.