The Temple And The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11)

 

  1. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Ps. 2)
  2. Revelation 11 shows they didn’t take this to heart.
  3. Before we get into it, I want you to remember a few things:
    1. Forget the “isms” and commentaries
    2. Not supposed to be a chart; not necessarily a map/timeline
    3. Like a dream with lots of symbolism
    4. Main audience is believers/church
    5. Written to comfort and bless
  4. That blessing is accomplished:
    1. With Christ speaking to churches
    2. In his judgment through seals and trumpets
    3. Through the angel faithfully preaching the word/showing God’s universal domain

 

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The Angel And The Little Scroll (Revelation 10)

 

  1. Revelation
    1. Visions of last days
    2. Largely symbolic but demonstrate God’s power
    3. Very similar to the exodus
    4. Bottom line is God’s glory / gospel
  2. So far we’ve seen John’s letter to the churches
    1. Encouragement and rebuke
    2. Ought to listen because of what’s coming
  3. Seen through throne room in heaven
    1. Seven seals
      1. Destruction
      2. Blessing because of faithfulness
    2. Trumpets 1-6
      1. Very similar
      2. Destruction yet no repentance
      3. But also sealing / answered prayer
  4. Last trumpet in chapter 11

 

But first an interlude in chapter 10…Read More »

Trumpets Five And Six (Revelation 9)

 

  1. Today we’re reading from Revelation 9
    1. In this chapter, John sees what he calls “locusts” and a great army
    2. It’s tempting to treat it like a tabloid newspaper
    3. But remember that’s it’s written for our learning
      1. The intention is to reveal Christ and the gospel
      2. In that regard, it’s no different than any other book
  2. Don’t forget that John uses a lot of symbolism
    1. We can’t take everything literally
    2. But neither should we rule out the supernatural
  3. It’s also helpful to remember that the visions might loop and repeat
    1. We shouldn’t try to nail down a specific timeline
  4. As far as Christ’s glory is concerned, we’ve seen several things about him:
    1. He is worthy to break the seals that usher in judgment
    2. He commands the angels to blow their trumpets and bring more judgment
    3. He rules the land, sea, and air
    4. He commands natural disasters
    5. He causes men to cry out in terror
    6. But he also protects his saints
      1. They cried out to him in prayer and all these things are his answer
      2. They were sealed and all accounted for
      3. Their response is worship
      4. And, no matter what happens, Revelation promises a blessing to us

 

Now we’ll continue with trumpets 5-6 (last not until chapter 11)…Read More »

The Day Of Atonement (Leviticus 16)

 

  1. Man has a problem: sin
    1. Since Adam (nature of men)
    2. Personally committed every day
    3. None righteous; no not one
    4. Righteous acts like filthy rags
  2. How does God make a people for himself who can approach in worship?
    1. Exodus and Leviticus answer
      1. Rescue from slavery
      2. Instructions for worship through priesthood / tabernacle
      3. Consecration of people through religious rites
    2. But sin must still be paid
      1. Wages of sin is death
      2. God is just    

 

Now: the Day of Atonement

Leviticus 23:26-32 gives a quick overview:Read More »

The First Four Trumpets (Revelation 8)

 

  1. Revelation
    1. Sometimes I feel like I’m in over my head
    2. There may be more than what I see
    3. The best I can do is look for Christ and his glory in the gospel
  2. We saw him in John’s vision of throne room
    1. Lamb who is worthy and breaks seals / brings devastation
    2. He sealed the 144,000 sealed / worshiped by the great multitude with seals 5-6

 

Now continue to see him in chapter eight with last seal…

  1. This seal introduces trumpets
  2. Going to cover large section for bird’s eye view
    1. Chapter 8-11 go together
    2. Chapter 8 = trumpets 1-4 (partial destruction of the land, sea, and air)
    3. Chapter 9 = trumpets 5-6 (locusts and a great army)
    4. Chapter 10 = another angel and another scroll
    5. Chapter 11 = two witnesses and trumpet 7
  3. Again, lots of description / symbolism
  4. Remember that John doesn’t necessarily go in order
    1. Overlapping loops
    2. New visions don’t necessarily mean new events / times
    3. But neither is each event exactly the same
  5. Whatever else, this is judgment through destruction
    1. It’s very similar to the exodus from Egypt
    2. Like the exodus, many events are natural disasters (not necessarily appearing supernatural)
    3. Like the exodus, the judgments progressively get worse
    4. Like the exodus, the gods and powers of the world are proved impotent
    5. Like the exodus, the wicked grow harder and refuse to repent
    6. And, like the exodus, God’s people are sealed and protected while the rest are judged
      1. All these judgments are a kept promise and validation
      2. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Lk. 21:25-28)
      3. Remember to view this as a blessing

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