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Revelation: Coming Soon Series Outlines

Revelation: Coming Soon Series

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Week 1 – Revelation of Jesus Christ

[Revelation 1]

Revelation – apokalupsis ((p-ok-al’-oop-sis) means “Unveiling,” “Uncovering,” or “Revealing.”

All about revealing the majesty of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is coming soon.

Mentions events that will take place to purify His Church

The focus when reading must be JESUS, not to grasp the end time – remember, yes the end-time battle plan for the Church is revealed, but this is first and foremost the REVELATION OF JESUS

We have hope in Him alone.

Shouldn’t be afraid of Revelation

Love Jesus

Trust Jesus

The words of Revelation are passed along from Father God to Son Jesus Christ to the Angel to John (1:1-2)

Those who read the words of Revelation, listen and obey are BLESSED (1:3)

John has a calling to prophesy about the end times

John sends the letter to seven churches to equip the Church:

Overcome compromise 

Endure persecution

Engage in partnership with Jesus Christ

Partner together with Jesus to govern earth

Revelation 1:5-6 – Love us and made us priests and kings

Loves us (freed us from our sins)

Washes us (cleansing blood of Jesus)

Exalts us (made us a Kingdom of priests for God the Father)

EVERYONE WILL SEE HIM (1:8)

He’s coming on a cloud to earth to be received as King

He will prepare the earth for God to dwell with the people again. 

“Who is to come” (1:8)

Revelation 21:3 – “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” [ESV]

Revelation 1 includes the most descriptions of Jesus 

Son of Man (1:13)

Righteous Prophet

Merciful Priest (1:13)

Sovereign King (1:17)

Faithful Witness (1:5) – speaks truth

Firstborn among the dead (1:5) – 1st resurrected

Ruler of all kings of the earth (1:5) – authority over all

Alpha and Omega – beginning and the end (1:8)

The One Who is, Who Always Was, Who is Still to Come (1:8)

Almighty One (1:8)

The First and the Last (1:17)

The Living One (1:18)

Holder of the keys of death and hades (1:18)

Symbolism in chapter

7 Stars = angels of seven churches

7 Lampstands = seven churches

IT IS A SYMBOL WHEN ITS MEANING IS REVEALED

ONLY TAKE THE WORD AS WHAT IT SAYS. 

IF IT DOESN’T SAY THAT THERE’S A MEANING, TAKE IT LITERAL. 

REMEMBER, WE ARE DIGGING DEEPER TO KNOW HIM MORE!

Philippians 3:8 – What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ

Read Revelation 1:12. What does the title Son of Man mean?

 

Read Revelation 1:12-16. John describes Jesus in this passage. What does John say to describe these parts of Jesus and what does this mean? (How does John describe Jesus & what does it mean to you and your knowledge of Jesus)

Jesus’ eyes

 

 

Jesus’ voice

 

Jesus’ hair

 

Jesus’ garments

 

Jesus’ right hand

 

Jesus’ feet 

 

Jesus’ sword

 

Jesus’ face

 

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Week 2 – The 7 Churches

[Revelation 2-3]

Jesus spoke prophetically to 7 churches, calling them to be overcomers. He identified the issues that will most challenge the end-time church. He gives instructions on how to be prepared for His coming. These letters were written to the churches in John’s generation but we can glean a lot from them individually and as a church.

Each letter provides:

Revelation of Jesus

Affirmation for faithfulness (if faithful)

Correction for compromise (if required)

Promise of reward for overcoming

“The Angel of the Church” is the leader over the church. They guard the message and make sure it is not distorted.

Church in Ephesus [2:1-7] RETURN TO 1ST LOVE

Jesus revealed as the one who walks among the seven lampstands – remember these are the seven churches (2:1)

Affirmed for their diligent work & perseverance in standing for the truth (2:6)

Corrected for lacking love for Jesus & others while ministering – neglected to cultivate their 1st Love (2:4-7)

Overcomer promised fruit from tree of life in the paradise of God (2:7)

Church in Smyrna [2:8-11] – FAITHFULNESS IN SUFFERING

Jesus revealed as First & Last, dead but now alive (2:8)

Affirmed their love & perseverance in persecution (2:9)

No correction

Overcomer promised not to be hurt by the second death (2:11)

Church in Pergamos (Pergamum) [2:12-17] – CHURCH OF COMPROMISE

Jesus revealed as one with sharp two-edged sword (2:12)

Affirmed for faithfulness in not yielding to fear in persecution (2:13)

Corrected their compromise in tolerating immorality & idolatry (2:14)

Overcomer promised to eat hidden manna and receive a white stone (2:17)

Church in Thyatira [2:18-29] – COMMITTED YET TOLERATING IMMORALITY

Jesus revealed as Son of God, eyes like flames of fire, feet like polished bronze (2:18)

Affirmed their love, their faith, their ministry service, their patient endurance (2:19)

Corrected their tolerance of immorality (2:20)

Overcomer promised to have power over the nations and to receive the morning star (2:26, 28) – Jesus is “Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16

Church in Sardis [3:1-6] – REPUTATION WITHOUT SUBSTANCE

Jesus revealed as one who has sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars (3:1)

No Affirmation

Corrected their spiritual passivity – reputation of being alive but actually dead (3:1)

Overcomer promised to receive white garments and to not have name blotted out of the Book of Life and for Jesus to confess name before Father (3:5)

Church in Philadelphia [3:7-13] – FAITHFULNESS WITH ETERNAL REWARDS

Jesus revealed as one who is holy and true, has the key of David, He opens and no one can close—He closes and no one can open (3:7)

Affirmed for their faithfulness to Jesus – obeyed word & didn’t deny (3:8)

No correction

Overcomer promised to be made a pillar in God’s temple, and to have God’s name and Jesus’ new name written on them (3:12)

Church in Laodicea [3:14-22] – SPIRITUAL PRIDE AND LUKEWARMNESS

Jesus revealed as the one who is the Amen – the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation

No affirmation

Corrected for lukewarmness & spiritual pride (3:15-17)

Overcomer promised to sit on His throne with Him (3:21)

1) Read Revelation 2:4-5 What does it mean to abandon your first love? What causes you to abandon your first love for God?

2) Read Revelation 2:9-10 & James 1:12. What is the crown of life? Is it salvation or a reward? How does this encourage us during persecution?

3) Read Revelation 2:14-16. Though Pergamos remained loyal in Satan’s city, the church allows teaching like that of Balaam within its doors. What does this mean? How can this hurt the church?

4) Read Revelation 2:28, Revelation 22:16, and 2 Peter 1:19. What is the morning star we are given? 

5) Read Revelation 3:1-2. Why is there no affirmation for the church of Sardis, and what does this mean?

6) Read Revelation 3:12, 1 Peter 2:5, and Isaiah 22:23. What do these verses say about being pillars in the Temple of God? What does this mean?

7) Read Revelation 3:17-18. What does it mean to buy gold refined by fire from Jesus? Why is this “purchase” important?

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Week 3 – Beauty of God & Exaltation of Jesus

[Revelation 4-5]

Revelation 4 – most detailed description in Scripture of God’s beauty

Revelation 5 – gives insight into God’s plan to exalt Jesus as human King over earth.

God’s vast majestic resources (Revelation 4) are committed to establishing God’s plan for Jesus (Revelation 5).

Revelation 4 – BEAUTY OF GOD

Beauty of God’s PERSON (4:3)

Beauty of God’s PARTNERS (4:4)

24 thrones of 24 elders

Clothed in white, Gold crowns

Lay down their crowns before throne & worship (4:10-11)

Beauty of God’s POWER (4:5a)

Beauty of God’s PRESENCE (4:5b-7)

Revelation 4:8-11 – Government leaders in heaven worship God and declare His transcendent beauty. They glory or boast with delight in God as they honor and thank Him.

There are 14 Hymns in Revelation

4:8; 4:11; 5:9-10; 5:12; 5:13; 7:10; 7:12; 11:17-18; 15:3-4; 16:5-6; 19:1-2; 19:3; 19:5; 19:6-8

Their foundational hymn forever magnifies God’s holiness (4:8)

Holy – Set Apart

God is separated from everything sinful, thus He is pure.

God is separated from everything He created, thus transcendent or infinitely superior to all that exists. God’s holiness points to His transcendent beauty.

Revelation 5 describes the destiny of Jesus on the earth as a Man – fully God, fully Man.

Jesus has fierceness and fearlessness of a Lion (v. 5) and tenderness and humility of a Lamb (v. 6). He will forever be a Jewish man from the Tribe of Judah (v. 5)

Because of His obedience to death, God highly exalted Jesus in heaven and on earth 

Philippians 2:8-10 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [NIV]

Daniel prophesied Israel’s Messiah would receive the leadership of the Earth forever (Psalm 2:8, Daniel 7:13-14).

Colossians 1:18 – He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. [NASB]

Scroll is the action plan

Scroll is an Action Plan to judge, cleanse, and prepare the nations for Jesus’ rule over Earth, while bringing the Church to maturity and into unity with redeemed Israel.

Scroll is the Title Deed to the Earth

By taking the scroll, He accepted responsibility to cleanse and rule Earth.

Jesus is the only Man found worthy, deserving, and capable to take scroll from Father.

7 horns = all power; 7 eyes = all wisdom

Because He possesses all power and wisdom, He is qualified to open scroll.

Who is worthy? No one.

John wept bitterly.

He hears – Lion of Tribe of Judah.

He sees – Lamb Slain

Bowls of Incense – prayers of God’s people

Redeemer related to us, willing to do it, able to pay the price.

Jesus alone can open the scroll and read it:

Deserving – Redeemer, Creator, Proven Himself by making choice for Love and Righteousness

Capable – Able to open seals and administrate God’s judgments and rule forever. No one else has wisdom, humility, and power to lead.

Worthy – Worthy of our wholehearted love, our continual praise of His beauty, our confident trust in His leadership, and sacrificial obedience to His will.

Highest government council around throne. (Living angels – angelic, elders – human)

They fell awestruck before the worthy Man and boldly proclaimed their agreement with the Father’s decree to make Jesus supreme leader of whole Earth forever.

Sang new song – prophetic song indicating changing of season in God’s purpose.

Jesus inheritance includes full authority over 7 spheres of life – power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, blessing.

Power – Political

Riches – Financial

Wisdom – Intellectual

Strength – Physical/emotional

Glory – Spiritual

Honor – Relational

Blessing – Social

1) When Jesus finishes the letters to the 7 churches, what is the 1st thing John sees (4:1)?

 

2) As we consider Revelation 4-5, what part of heaven is the focus?

 

3) As we consider Revelation 4-5, what is the main activity occurring in heaven?

 

4) Read Revelation 4:8. What does this hymn state about God?

 

5) Read Revelation 4:11. What does this hymn state about God?

 

6) Read Revelation 5:9-10. What does this hymn state about God?

 

7) Read Revelation 5:7. What does Jesus do here? What does it symbolize? Why is it important?

 

8 Read Revelation 5:4. John weeps bitterly. Did he not know that Jesus was worthy to take the scroll and open it?

 

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Week 4 – Seals of Judgment

[Revelation 6-7]

(Revelation 6 – Chronological)

The Seal of Judgments against the kingdom of darkness

The 7 seals are literal, future, and sequential

1) White Horse (6:1-2) – Antichrist

Makes peace with many nations 

Daniel 9:26-27 – And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.

2) Red Horse (6:3-4) – Bloodshed / world war

3) Black Horse (6:5-6) – Famine / economic crisis

4) Pale Horse (6:7-8) – Death and Hades – Disease / death to ¼ of the world

Hades is prison where unbelievers go before going to the Lake of Fire after Millennium

5) Prayer Movement (6:9-11) – souls of all martyred under the altar

Saints ask God to avenge their blood on those who dwell on the earth

6) Cosmic Disturbances (6:12-17) – earthquake, dark sun, red moon, stars fall, sky rolled up, mountains move

7) NEXT WEEK 

(Revelation 7 – Angelic Explanation)

The 144,000 – Jewish believers

God puts protective seal on His people before He strikes the earth (see Exodus 11:4-12:30)

Vast Crowd Too Great to Count – Gentile believers

John hears 144,000 – sees people from all nations 

Revelation 7:13-14 

Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?

These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

SOME BELIEVE DURING THE TRIBULATION

Just like Moses participated in prayer regarding God’s judgments on Pharaoh (Exodus 7-12) so the end time church will participate in prayer under Jesus leadership as He releases the great tribulation judgments on the Antichrist (Revelation 6-19).

1) What is accomplished through the Tribulation?

 

2) Read Revelation 6:9-11. 

What is different about the fifth seal compared to the first four seals?

 

Why does it say that they are under the altar?

 

3)  Read Revelation 6:15-17. 

This passage notes that the people hid themselves in caves. They cried out to the mountains asking that they fall on them and hide them from the One who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. Why do the people want to hide? Why do they fear the presence of the Lord?

 

The question is asked – “Who is able to survive?” Or “Who is able to stand?” What is the answer to this question?

 

4) Read Revelation 7:15-17. What are the ten eternal blessings mentioned?

 

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Week 5 – The Trumpet Judgments

[Revelation 8-9]

The 7th Seal includes releasing of the Trumpet Judgments on Antichrist Empire. This is in conjunction with the prayer of all the Saints (8:1-6).

Silence in heaven – ½ hour in anticipation of God’s judgments. (8:1)

Angel will be given heavenly incense to offer with the prayer of the Saints (8:3). This will provide a supernatural strengthening. Like Romans 8:26 notes, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Trumpet judgments…

Destroy Antichrist’s resources – hinder Antichrist’s empire’s spread of evil and persecution by destroying natural resources

Are supernatural acts of God that warn non-believers of increased judgment by God and rage from Satan. Provides opportunity to be saved.

Encourages the Saints to pray with unity as they see the trumpets unfold.

These trumpets are literal, future, progressive (grow in intensity), and sequential

1) Food Supply (8:7) – 1/3 earth vegetation

2) Food Supply (8:8-9) – 1/3 earth’s seas

3) Water Supply (8:10-11) – 1/3 earth’s fresh water rivers & springs

4) Light / Energy Supply (8:12) – 1/3 of earth darkens

5) Torment (9:1-12) – demonic locusts released to torment for 5 months, people will seek to die (9:6)

6) Death (9:13-21) – 1/3 people on earth killed by demonic horsemen, response to request of people begging to die, this trumpet was commissioned by angel who serves at Golden Altar of Prayer to release 4 angels of death in answer to end-time prayer movement (8:3-5, 9:13)

They still refused to repent & turn to God. (9:20)

They worshipped demons and idols.

4 Demonic Strongholds in Society (9:21)

Murder

Witchcraft / Sorcery

Sexual Immorality

Theft

7) NEXT WEEK

10 Plagues of Egypt (Ex 7-12)

Prophetic types of foreshadowing of end-time plagues of trumpets and bowls of wrath

Remember what the plagues showed Pharaoh

Exodus 14:17-18 – My great glory will be displayed through Pharaoh and his troops… When My glory is displayed through them, all Egypt will see My glory and know that I AM THE LORD!

1) Read Revelation 9:1, 11; Luke 8:31; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6. 

What does it mean in Revelation 9:1 that the fallen star was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit? Who is the fallen star?

 

2) Read Revelation 8:3-5, 9:13-14. 

Where was the angel?

 

What does the angel do at the Altar?

 

What is the result of the angel’s action?

 

3) As we read through Revelation, there are many parallels from Exodus. Consider these first five Trumpet Judgments. How do they parallel to the plagues of Egypt?

 

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Week 6 – Two Witnesses

[Revelation 10-11]

Revelation 10 – God promises to reveal new prophetic understanding (which comes through the 7 Thunders Prophetic Messages and the Two Witnesses)

Revelation 11 – The Two Witnesses will preach with great power and release God’s judgments against the Antichrist during the final 3 ½ years of Tribulation

Revelation 10 – Mighty Angel from heaven

Clothed by a cloud = glory in OT, judgment in NT

Rainbow over angel’s head = faithfulness

Face shown like sun = glory

Feet like pillars of fire = judgment

Revelation 10:2-3 

Small Scroll, Opened – perhaps the scroll Jesus opened

Stood with right foot on sea / left foot on land

Authority, sovereignty – claiming world for Jesus

Gave roar like a lion

Vengeance, lion ready to devour

Revelation 10:4 – Prophetic messengers to carry the 7 Thunders Prophetic Messages.

Thunder warns of impending judgment

Revelation 10:8-11 – Digest Word of God / Declare Word of God

John was commanded to take the open scroll

John requested it and was told to eat it

Bittersweet

Revelation 11:1-2 – Tribulation Temple? – Antichrist will use it. 

“Measure” means to evaluate carefully.

“1260 days” = 3 ½ years timeframe

The Two Witnesses are powerful prophets who will release God’s judgments on the Antichrist (like Moses did on Pharaoh’s empire).

Revelation 11:5-6 – Miraculous Powers of Two Witnesses

Calling fire down – protection

Withhold rain for 3 and ½ years

Turn water into blood

Bring plagues upon the earth

Jerusalem

Holy City – city Lord placed His name & glory (11:1)

Great City – great in importance and prominence in God’s plan (11:8)

Sodom – perversion (11:8)

Egypt – oppression (11:8)

Revelation 11:7-10 – Killed and raised from the dead before all the nations 

Nations will rejoice at their death because they see the Two Witnesses as those who torment them.

After raised from dead, called up to heaven as everyone watched

10th of the city destroyed, 7k people died, remaining people gave glory to God in heaven

Revelation 11:15 – The world has now become the Kingdom of Jesus Christ – Thanksgiving

Some scholars believe this is where Rapture occurs) – see 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

11:17 – God’s power is being proclaimed

11:18 – God’s plan is being accomplished

11:18 – God’s promise is being fulfilled

11:18 – God’s punishment is being declared

1) Read Revelation 10:9-11 and Ezekiel 3:1-3, 14. 

What happened for John & Ezekiel in these passages? 

 

Why is the message described as sweet yet bitter?

 

2) Read Revelation 11:1-2, Matthew 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, and Revelation 21:22.

What was John measuring?

 

Is this Temple in heaven or on earth?

 

3)  Read Revelation 11:3-6 and Zechariah 4:2-7. The Two Witnesses are known as the two olive trees and the two lampstands. What could this possibly mean?

 

4) Remembering the first three trumpets (Revelation 8:7-11), what is the similarity we see with the power of the Two Witnesses?

 

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Week 7 – War & Victory

[Revelation 12-14]

Revelation 12 – War in heavens between Satan and Michael the archangel

Revelation 13 – War on earth between Antichrist and the saints

Revelation 14 – Jesus intervenes to empower church to victory

Revelation 12 – The Woman and the Dragon

The Woman – Faithful remnant of Israel (v. 6)

The Child – Jesus Christ (v. 5)

The Dragon – Satan (v.9)

WAR BREAKS OUT IN HEAVEN (v. 7-12)

Between Satan and Michael

Dragon (Satan) thrown down the earth (v. 10)

Remember, Satan has access to heaven until this point.

Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

END TIME PERSECUTION OF SATAN AGAINST GOD’S PEOPLE (v. 13-17)

Dragon tossed to earth results in him pursuing the Woman (Israel) even more (v. 13)

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 – Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.

v. 14 – Israel flees into wilderness to the place where she is nourished and protected from presence of Satan for 3 ½ years.

Revelation 13 – The Beast out of the Sea

1st Beast is the ANTICHRIST (v. 1)

Another Beast is the FALSE PROPHET (v. 11)

Unholy Trinity – Satan, Antichrist, & False Prophet

SATAN WORKS THROUGH ANTICHRIST AND FALSE PROPHET

Satan gives throne to the Antichrist who is a world leader (v. 2)

He has political, military, economic alliance with the ten nations

This gives the Antichrist the largest empire & most powerful army in history

The Antichrist is fully human, but fully demonized. He will claim to be God and will demand the whole earth worship him.

He will have authority but not total domination. Some will resist.

Daniel 12:1 – At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

False Prophet is leader of future worldwide religious network to worship Antichrist.

1. Demon empowered public speeches will be backed up by miracles that will cause people to be deceived. (v. 12-13)

2. He will establish a worship system related to abomination of desolation. (v. 14-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

3. He will establish a worldwide economic system that forces nations to worship the Antichrist by the mark of the Beast on their hand or forehead to declare loyalty to the Antichrist. If mark is refused, cannot buy or sell. (v. 16-18).

Revelation 14 – Jesus intervenes

Jesus will supernaturally help the Church to come to victory.

1. 144,000 will be a model of victory for others. (v. 1-5)

John saw Jesus standing on Mt. Zion with the singers.

2. Eternal Gospel – 4 Proclamations Spirit will anoint (v. 6-13)

Glory to God (v. 7)

Judgment of the Harlot Babylon (v. 8)

Eternal Judgment (v. 9-11)

Eternal Rewards for faithfulness (v. 13)

3. 2-Fold Harvest – Salvation and Judgment (v. 14-20)

Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe (v. 15)

1. Souls (v. 14-16)

2. Judgment (v. 17-20)

Grapes loaded into great winepress of God’s wrath (v. 19-20)

All kings on earth gathered in one area. Jesus will kill them in the winepress (Revelation 19:19-21)

Judgment = river of blood runs 180 miles 

Isaiah 63:1-6

1) Read Revelation 12:10-11.

How does this passage describe the devil?

 

How does the devil accuse you?

 

Does God ever accuse you? If so, how do you react?

 

How does this passage say we overcome?

 

2) Read Revelation 13:5-6.

What does it mean to blasphemy against God?

 

How do we blasphemy God?

How should we respond when someone blasphemies God? (Read Mathew 12:22-37 for a hint.)

 

3) Read Revelation 14:1. 

Where is the Lamb standing? Why is this important?

 

What is written on the foreheads of the 144,000? What does this mean?

 

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Week 8 – 7 Bowls of Wrath

[Revelation 15-16]

Revelation 15

7 angels  Last 7 plagues to bring God’s wrath to completion

The End Time believers are victorious over Antichrist and seen standing on sea of glass in heaven, singing about the greatness of the Lord. The Temple opens in heaven and the 7 angels receive 7 bowls.

Singing Song of Moses and Song of the Lamb

Great & marvelous works

Just & true ways

Temple filled with smoke from God’s glory & power. No one could enter Temple until all 7 angels finished pouring the bowls of wrath.

Revelation 16 – 7 Bowls of Wrath

Poured out over a 30-day period as Jesus marches up through Jordan (Edom) to fight the final battle of the Armageddon campaign in Jerusalem and to rescue the unsaved remnant of Israel (Zechariah 12:1-9)

Matthew 24:15-21

Daniel 12:11 – 1,290 days (43 months) – Daniel prophesied that the abomination of desolation would last 1,290 days. The Antichrist activity continues 43 months from beginning of abomination to the time Antichrist killed.

John noted 42 months – 1,260 days. The Antichrist will persecute for 42 months, but will function for 43 months. The last month is a rally time to gather the nations to make war against Jesus. (Revelation 17:14, 19:11,19). Bowls poured out in the 43rd month.

Provision – God will provide supernaturally for Israel 1,260 days.

Prophesy – 2 Witnesses prophesy 1,260 days

Persecution – The Antichrist will persecute saints and oppress Jerusalem 1,260 days.

Sores – painful sores on those who worship the Antichrist (v. 1-2)

Food supply – destroys sea with blood & kills all within (v. 3)

Water supply – poisons earth’s fresh water with blood (v. 4-7)

Torment – sun produces scorching heat (v. 8-9)

Darkness – kingdom of the Antichrist in darkness (v. 10-11)

Euphrates dried up so kings would be gathered by demonic spirits for battle against the Lord (v. 12-16)

Demons will lure nations to gather to fight Jesus (Isaiah 24)

Annihilation – “It is Finished” – thunder, earthquake, hailstones (v. 17-21)

Islands feel (sink in ocean) & mountains fall (v. 20)

100lb hailstones – stoning for idol worship (Deuteronomy 17:2-5, Leviticus 24:16)

After 7 bowls  Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Psalm 24:7-8)

Greater Moses – Releases Judgment on Antichrist

Greater Joshua – Leads liberated ones to the Promised Land

Greater Daniel – Wins back Jerusalem, establishes Throne and Temple

Greater Elijah – Confronts Antichrist, cleanses earth of idolatry

1) Read Exodus 15:1-6 and Revelation 15:3-4. 

What are these songs called?

 

What was the purpose of these songs?

 

2) Read Revelation 15:8. Why did the smoke fill the Temple? Why could no one enter?

 

3) What happens or doesn’t happen in Revelation 16:11? How will this be different one day (see Philippians 2:6-11)?

 

4) Read Revelation 16:17-19. What happens in this passage? Where in the Bible are similarities to these happenings? What does this statement mean?

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Week 9 – Judgment

[Revelation 17-18]

Genesis 11 – Babylon – Tower of Babel. Progression in evil.

Lord scattered language which slowed down the escalation of sin until the end times.

Time before Jesus’ 2nd coming is compared to the days of Noah in Genesis 6 (Evil Continually)

Matthew 24:37 – As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Revelation 17 – Judgment of the Great Prostitute (Harlot) / The Prostitute and Beast

Most symbolic passage in Revelation

Scarlet Beast  Antichrist

Voluntary Harlot Babylon religion will be replaced by a mandatory Antichrist religion. (Revelation 13:4, 15; Revelation 17)

Revelation 17:1, 15 – “Rules over many waters.” The harlot will sit on many nations, or will have authority over the nations by seducing and controlling the world’s most powerful leaders, the kings and the merchants.

Revelation 17:3 – “Sitting on the Scarlet Beast.” The Harlot will sit on or depend on the Antichrist who will carry her or will provide significant resources, validation, and protection for her.

Revelation 17:4 – “Arrayed in purple” – to be arrayed in purple speaks of her royal status or prominence. The Harlot religion will have great prominence and will be embraced by the elite financial leaders of the earth. “Adorned with Gold “– will be the wealthiest religious network in all of history. “Golden Cup” – Harlot will have a golden cup from which she serves the nations. She will provide unprecedented humanitarian service and her service will appear golden- valuable and good. War will disappear. There will be world peace and unity (1 Thessalonians 5:3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.).

She will offer a cup full of abomination and filth. Abomination refers to idolatry. Filthiness points to moral perversion / fornication.

Revelation 17:6 – Many saints who resist Harlot will be killed

Revelation 17:10 – They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while.

Revelation 17:16 – They will burn the Harlot at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. 

The Harlot religion is the forerunner to prepare the nations for Antichrist worship.

Revelation 18 – Fall of Babylon

The seduction of Babylon’s evil religion will permeate and infiltrate all structures of society requiring that Babylon be totally destroyed.

Revelation 18:8 – Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Kings, Merchants, Captains watch her burn from a distance.

The Harlot Babylon system is the context in which the nations will reach fullness in sin 

Daniel 8:23 – “In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise.). Then a king – the Antichrist – will appear on the world stage.

The Harlot religion will be hated and destroyed by the jealousy of 10 kings who serve close to the Antichrist 

Daniel 7:7 – After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast–terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.

Daniel 7:24 – The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.

Revelation 18:19 – In a single moment it is all gone.

They will say “Where is another city as great as this?”

Revelation 18:21 – Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a millstone and threw it into the ocean. THE GREAT STONING PUNISHMENT FOR IDOLATRY

1) Read Revelation 17:6-8. What made John stare in complete amazement at the sight of the woman?

 

2) Read Revelation 17:14. This verse discusses those who go to war against the Lamb. 

Who is going with the Lamb (on his side)? 

 

Does this refer to only a select group or the entire group?

 

3) Read 18:21. What does it mean that Babylon will never be found again?

 

4)  Read Revelation 17:6 and Revelation 18:24. Why does this last verse in Revelation 18 again mention the martyrdom? 

 

5) We read that the kings, the merchants, and the captains all stood at a distance to watch the smoke rising from the burning of the remains of the Great Prostitute. What is so ironic about these people watching judgment poured out upon her?

 

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Week 10 – Jesus Makes All Things New

[Revelation 19-22]

Events in this time are the short period of time called “Day of the Lord.”

Revelation 19

Gives more detail about beauty of Jesus as Bridegroom, King, and Judge.

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem is as King 

Destroying of the armies of the Antichrist. 

Jesus will sit on an earthly throne as King over all kings. He will cast the Antichrist and False Prophet into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20). 

Eyes of fire – Zealous love and perfect knowledge 

Many crowns – Past and future victories

Name no one knows/understood

Revelation 19:14 – Jesus will desire partnership with His people even as He takes over nations.

Revelation 20

Jesus will cast Satan into prison (Revelation 20:1-3) and establish the Millennium 

Millennium – 1,000-year period in which Jesus will rule the whole world from Jerusalem in righteousness and peace. Millennium is from Latin “mille” which means a thousand.

1,000 year period of unprecedented blessing for the whole earth as Jesus establishes righteousness and prosperity. He restores agriculture, atmosphere, and animal life as originally intended in the Garden.

Revelation 20:5 – The First Resurrection – Believers 

We won’t be judged at Great White Throne – we stand before Judgment Seat of Christ. 

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Revelation 20:11-15 – Great White Throne Judgment – after millennium, all non-believers will be judged.

The earth will be cleansed by fire (2 Peter 3:10-13) but will continue forever. Psalm 37:29 – The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

Jesus will use the keys of the Kingdom to cast Satan into prison and call forth New Jerusalem to descend to the earth (Revelation 21:2, 10). Satan’s agenda is to stay out of prison.

Gog & Magog – Prophetic titles like Pharaoh and Caesar 

Satan must be released at end of Millennium to show the depth of human sin and Satan’s being incurably evil – not rehabilitated or changed. Conclusion: men love sin.

Revelation 21 – NEW HEAVEN & NEW EARTH

Jesus will establish throne in Jerusalem, give thrones to the saints, and drive Satan’s throne off the earth (Revelation 20:3). This will prepare the nations for the Father’s throne to come to earth (Revelation 21:3).

Revelation 21:10 – The New Jerusalem descends during the millennium revealing heaven coming down to earth. New Jerusalem is where saints will live. New Jerusalem will descend with Father’s throne (Revelation 21:1-8).

Revelation 22

Leaves healing of nations (22:2)

No curse (22:3)

Saints will be administering His government with authority (22: 3,5)

Isaiah 62 – Isaiah 66 (recommended reading)

1) Read Revelation 19:10. 

Why do you think John attempted to worship the angel?

 

How does the angel respond?

 

What does this phrase mean: “For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus”?

2) Read Revelation 19:9, 17; and Luke 14:16-24.

What is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? 

 

What is the Great Supper of God? 

 

Who is invited to these meals?

 

3) Read Revelation 19:19-21. 

What happens to the Beast and the False Prophet? 

 

Who did God originally prepare this place for? (See Matthew 25:41)

 

4) Read Revelation 20:5-6. There are two resurrections. What are the differences between the first and second resurrections? (See John 5:28-29)

 

5) Read Revelation 1:3, 22:7. How is the beginning and ending of Revelation similar? What is the motivation and warning of these passages?

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Stand in Awe Outline

{ASH WEDNESDAY 2017}

Stand in Awe

Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of Him. [Psalm 33:8]

Lent is a season of fasting and renewal. When you fast (stop doing something), but you also replace it with something else—something beneficial to your relationship with Jesus.

For this Lenten season, let us stand in awe and worship our God. We were made to worship God, to glorify God. But as we go through our days, we often add other things to the mix.

 

[LEVITICUS 10]

Unauthorized fire – Hebrew word “zara” means strange, from outside

 

[Leviticus 10:3]

‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.”  Aaron remained silent. [NIV]

“I must be treated as holy”

 

 

Holy is used more often as a prefix to God’s name more than any other attribute in Scripture.

 

Holy – “Set Apart” – [Exodus 3:14] I AM WHO I AM

[Revelation 22:13] He is the Alpha. The Omega. The First. The Last. The Beginning. The End.

[Revelation 1:8] He was and is and is to come.

[1 Samuel 2:2] Hannah says – “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you.”

 

As we see in this story in Leviticus, the closer you are to God – the more careful you need to be about His holiness so not to dishonor God.

 

The sad thing is not only do some people treat the things of God with contempt, but they also can cause others to follow suit, as possible with this instance with the strange fire.

 

During this Lenten season, let us ask…

 

  • What are you adding to your offering to God that isn’t meant to be there?

 

  • What is getting in the way of you fully offering yourself to Him? Fully worshiping Him as He deserves?

 

 

[Exodus 33:20] We read about Moses asking to see God’s glory….  God’s holiness is so blindingly radiant we cannot see it and live. Moses had to be hidden behind a rock for the glory of God to pass by.

 

It was this Holy Ground that required man to remove the unclean shoes and hide his face.

 

 

[Isaiah 6:1-4]

Only when we encounter God in His holiness is it possible for us to see our own self – “I am a sinful man”

This is something we must all come to recognize. I AM A SINNER!

Today, we don’t tread on the same Holy Ground as Moses. We don’t have the same need for a veil to shield us from the glory. Instead, we have the glory of God within us because of Christ.

[2 Corinthians 4:3-7] If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.  You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Our foreheads are marked tonight by ashes as we are reminded that we are but dust, that we are like fragile clay jars containing the great treasure from God Himself. We are reminded that without Jesus, we are nothing. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Our lives are marked WITH AND FOR CHRIST.

 

This should lead us to Awe * Worship * Adoration

[Isaiah 40:12-31] God has no equal

God….

  • Loves perfectly
  • Speaks perfectly
  • Creates perfectly
  • Acts perfectly
  • Chooses perfectly
  • Teaches perfectly
  • Disciplines perfectly

 

[Exodus 15:11]

Who is like YOU –

  • glorious in holiness,
  • awesome in splendor,
  • performing great wonders

 

What is keeping you from falling at his feet?

 

In Revelation 1:17, John sees Jesus and he immediately falls at His feet.

What’s keeping you from this?

What’s keeping you from the AWE?

 

A Always thankful[1 Thessalonians 5:18] CONTINUALLY THANKFUL

WWorship everywhere– IN ALL THAT YOU DO AND SAY [Colossians 3:17] – this isn’t just singing (everything you do should point to Him)

You should continually be aware of His presence everywhere.

E Eyes on Him– Eyes on Jesus [Hebrews 12:2] Perfecter of Faith

 

Consider the ashes on your forehead this evening… here’s a picture of what is coming…

[Revelation 22:3-5] No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and His servants will worship him. And they will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there–no need for lamps or sun–for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

 

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” [Revelation 4]

 

Behold the Lamb Series

Week 1 – The Lamb of God

[John 1:29, Leviticus 17:11]

Here is the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world.

  • Behold –to point something out
  • Here – to indicate a place … John is drawing attention to Jesus
  • Lamb of God – sent by God, provided by God
  • Takes Away – removes, blots out

Lamb in a Sacrificial Sense: God is holy and righteous, separate from sin

Atonement – Reconciliation – wipe clean, sacrifice that cleanses from sin

Leviticus 17:11 – For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have appointed it to you to make atonement on the altar for your lives, since it is the lifeblood that makes atonement. [CSB]

Leviticus 4:32-35 – “kipper” – make atonement, make reconciliation, to purge, to wipe clean

Leviticus 5:5-6

Leviticus 4:5-6 – The anointed priest will then take some of the bull’s blood and bring it into the tent of meeting. The priest is to dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. [CSB]

Leviticus 16:14-16 – He is to take some of the bull’s blood and sprinkle it with his finger against the east side of the mercy seat; then he will sprinkle some of the blood with his finger before the mercy seat seven times. When he slaughters the male goat for the people’s sin offering and brings its blood inside the curtain, he will do the same with its blood as he did with the bull’s blood: He is to sprinkle it against the mercy seat and in front of it. He will make atonement for the most holy place in this way for all their sins because of the Israelites’ impurities and rebellious acts. He will do the same for the tent of meeting that remains among them, because it is surrounded by their impurities. [CSB]

Hebrews 9:11-12, 16-22, 24-28

Confession / Costly / Identification / Personal

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read John 1:29. Does John the Baptist’s statement about the Lamb of God refer to sacrifice? If yes, how can you tell?

2) The phrase “sin of the world” is bold and radical. Why? How can we live this out?

3) In what sense is God’s provision of the animal sacrifice for forgiveness of sins an expression of mercy?

4) Were animal sacrifices actually adequate to atone for sin?

5) How is the Lamb of God a more sufficient sacrifice than the previous sacrificial system?

 

Week 2 – The Lamb Who Takes Our Place

[Isaiah 53]

Substitute – a person acting or serving in place of another.

Bears Our Sin (v. 4)

2 Corinthians 5:21 – He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. [CSB]

Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so Christ could make us acceptable to God. [CEV]

1 Peter 2:24-25 – and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. [NASB]

Receives Our Punishment (v.5-6)

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. [NIV]

Acts Voluntarily (v. 7)

John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. [ESV]

Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many [NLT]

 Revelation 5:6, 9-10 – Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth… And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” [NIV]

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read Isaiah 53:1-3. How was Jesus a man of sorrows? How is the description of Jesus that we read about in this passage not what was expected?

2) Read Isaiah 53:4-6. List every “our” phrase. What does the list say to you?

3) Read Isaiah 53:6. Are you one of the sheep? Even today?

4) Read Isaiah 53:7. How does this passage describe the Lamb of God?

5) Read Isaiah 53:10. Who killed Jesus? Who was to blame?

 

Week 3 – The Lamb Who Redeems Us from Slavery

[1 Peter 1:18-19, Mark 10:44-45, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20]

Intro: Last week we looked at Isaiah 53, which promised One Who was coming to redeem from their bondage to sin and death… tonight we discuss The Lamb Who Redeems Us from Slavery.

Free: Not bound, confined or detained; having no obligations; capable of moving or turning in any direction.

Slave: Held in servitude; completely subservient.

We were REDEEMED from the empty way of life

1 Peter 1:18-19 – For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. [NIV]        Redemption – deliverance from captivity by means of ransom price

With the life of Jesus given as a RANSOM for many

Mark 10:44-45 – And whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” [NASV]

We were bought with a high price, so we must HONOR GOD WITH BODY

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. [NLT]

Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

How to live free?

  1. Accept God’s Word2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. [ESV]
  2. Accept God’s GraceRomans 5:18 – Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. [ESV]
  3. Accept God’s Victory1 John 5:5 – Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. [NIV]

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read Romans 8:1-4. What does it mean that the law was weakened by the flesh? How did Jesus fulfill the law’s requirement?

2) Read Romans 8:5-9. What are the two types of people? In reading this passage, do you think it is possible for a believer to be living with the mind-set of the flesh and be hostile to God?

3) Read Romans 8:15-17. How is this passage empowering?

4) From tonight’s reading in the book of Romans, what are some of the things the Holy Spirit will help us live out if we live in the Spirit?

Week 4 – The Passover Lamb of Whom We Partake

[1 Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 12:3-14, Matthew 26:26-30]

Passover Lamb – Passover Instituted

Exodus 12:3-14 – Instructions for Passover

The Lord’s Supper Instituted

Matthew 26:26-30 – 3rd cup, Cup of Redemption

Bread – blessed, broken – “Take and eat it; this is My body.”

Cup – “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Cup of Promise – 4th cup “I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” PROMISE TO COME

Handling the Leaven

1 Corinthians 5:1-8

  1. 3 – Even though I am absent in the body, I am present in spirit.
  2. 7 – Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new unleavened batch as indeed you are. For Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed.
  3. 8 – Therefore, let us observe the feast, not with old leaven or with the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of SINCERITY and TRUTH.

Remove old yeast – sin/sinner

We are to be the new unleavened batch

  • Sincerity of mind & integrity of character (Pure inner motives)
  • Truth – divine truth / God’s Truth

Breakout Session Questions:

1) Looking at Exodus 12, in what ways did the Passover lamb protect the families of God’s people?

2) How is the Passover lamb in Exodus similar to the sacrifice of Christ?

3) Read Matthew 26:28. How could these words fill us with sorrow? Why should these words fill us with joy?

4) Read Matthew 26:29. How does the celebration of the Lord’s Supper anticipate a future celebration with Jesus? How does this give you hope?

5) Read Exodus 12:11. How is this in relation with how we approach the Lord’s Supper?

Week 5 – The Triumphant Lamb We Worship

[Revelation 5]

Jesus has fierceness & fearlessness of a Lion (v. 5) and tenderness and humility of a Lamb (v. 6).

  • Scroll is the action plan
    • Scroll is an Action Plan to judge, cleanse, and prepare the nations for Jesus’ rule over Earth, while bringing the Church to maturity and into unity with redeemed Israel.
  • Scroll is the Title Deed to the Earth
    • By taking the scroll, He accepted responsibility to cleanse and rule Earth.

Jesus is the only Man found worthy, deserving, and capable to take scroll from Father.

  • Who is worthy? No one.
  • John wept bitterly.
  • He hears – Lion of Tribe of JudahLion – boldness, strength, fierceness
  • He sees – Lamb SlainLamb – humility, gentleness, weakness, submission

He alone could redeem us:

  • He was related to us (Man of God)
  • He was willing to do it
  • He was able to pay the price

Highest government council around throne. (Living angels – angelic, elders – human)

They fell awestruck before the worthy Man and boldly proclaimed their agreement with the Father’s decree to make Jesus supreme leader of whole Earth forever.

Because of His obedience to death, God highly exalted Jesus in heaven and on earth

Philippians 2:8-10 – And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [NIV]

 Breakout Session Questions:

1) Read Psalm 96:1-9. This Psalm speaks of the King of the earth and provides reasons to worship. What are some of the reasons listed?

2) Read Psalm 96:6-12. This passage speaks of the need to “ascribe to the Lord.” What does it mean to “ascribe to the Lord”? This passage speaks of our witness. When considering this passage, what are we supposed to be sharing when we witness? In verse 10, it says, “Say among the nations,” which is again pointing to our witness. When considering this passage, what are we supposed to be sharing when we witness?

3) Read Psalm 96:11-13. How does this passage describe worship? How does this description change the way you think about worship? This Psalm ends waiting for what? How does this relate to tonight’s look at Revelation?

 

 

Handle With Care: Stain Removal

Week 1 – Stain Removal

[Genesis 14:22-23]

I will not take anything from you so that you can’t say you made Abram rich.

CARING FOR GOD’S GLORY

 

  • You were made to glorify God – Isaiah 43:7
  • No one can steal God’s glory – Isaiah 42:8
    • Satan loves when you try to steal God’s glory
  • The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of His glory – Habakkuk 2:14

 

How do we live this out?

Live By His Strength [1 Peter 4:11] – remember, THE SAME POWER

Bear Fruit [John 15:8] – remember, ABIDE IN HIM

Shine Light [Matthew 5:16] – remember, DON’T HIDE THE GOOD NEWS

Live Intentionally [1 Corinthians 10:31] – remember, KEEP PRESSING FORWARD

GLORY BE TO GOD

 

Breakout Session Questions

1) Read Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 60:1-3, and Revelation 21:22-25. What is the glory of God?

2) Read Isaiah 42:8. What does it mean that no one can steal God’s glory, if we know that often we do things to take His glory all the time?

3) Read 1 Peter 4:10-11. What have we been given to help us to live for God’s glory? Within this passage, we are given the answer to how we can do what we have been called to do – to live a life for God’s glory. What can we glean?

 

 

Handle with Care is a 6-week series focused on studying God’s Word and responding with care. The six weeks of messages may sound like instructions for laundry care — but you will soon find Handle with Care beckons you to examine within, to gauge how you truly love God and love others, and to grow inward and outward. Caring starts with the heart and pours out into the community.

 

Whatever Happens

The Bible tells us to rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16, Philippians 4:4). This is very difficult, because we often find ourselves in circumstances that are not so delightful. Nonetheless, no matter what is going on in our lives, our heavenly Father is always deserving of honor, glory, and praise. This does not change with circumstances. Whatever happens – rejoice in the Lord!

Today, remind yourself to rejoice in the Lord. Take time to praise Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He has promised. “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen” (Revelation 7:12 NLT).

“Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.” – Philippians 3:1 [NLT]

Wisdom Granter

We spend a lot of money and time trying to gain knowledge and understanding. Some of us have huge student loan debts. Some of us have shelves or tablets filled with books. I know many people who have numerous degrees in various fields. I am very thankful for my college education, and I learned a lot; however, the granter of wisdom is the Lord. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Many people spend a lifetime trying to understand life, not realizing that the LORD grants wisdom—knowledge and understanding come from His mouth! Some people dig deep into books and learn so much, yet they deny our Father. They can speak volumes of facts, but do not know the Source of all wisdom. As a result, they do not know the truth. They miss the greater revelation of Christ Jesus. It’s sad.

Today, spend some time with He Who grants wisdom. Dig into the Word. Seek His wisdom. Pray for wisdom. Ask for Him to reveal His truth to you. Ask for knowledge and understanding. He is the wisdom granter.

“For the LORD grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6 [NLT]

God is True

God is true. In a world where there are lies all around, God is true. No matter what we think or believe, God is true. No matter what someone says otherwise, God is true. It is not something to be debated. It is not something that can change. The word used here means true, reality, undeniable, something that will ultimately be shown to be fact or authentic. God is true.

What does this mean for us? First, we can rest in Him. We can trust that He is faithful and that His Word is true. Knowing that He is true and His Word is truth should cause us to boldly walk forward with Him, no matter any struggles or circumstances. Despite the lies that surround us, we can trust that He is true and unchanging. He is a sure foundation.

It also means that we do not need to try to prove that God is true. Apologetics are great, but be careful not to force the truth on someone. He is true. God is true. God never asked us to get others to accept He is true. He commanded us to share the Good News. When you speak about God, share the Good News. Revelation 12:11 speaks of a victory, a victory through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. When you share your faith, share what God is doing in your life—not why you are right and the non-believer is wrong because the person disagrees about God. You do not need to make God true for someone. He is true. The Spirit will open eyes and hearts. Share your testimony through words and action.

“Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him, ‘You will be proved right in what you say, and you will win your case in court.’” – Romans 3:4 [NLT]

Stand Between

After the rebellion of Korah, we read about Aaron standing between the dead and the living. What an interesting display. Aaron stood between the dead and the living with the incense burning to purify the people. This incense was to make the people right with the Lord. He stood between them and the plague stopped.

This display foreshadows what is to come. Jesus Christ stands between God and us sinners, just as Aaron stood between the living people and the dead people. Remember, the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So we are the dead. God is life, we are dead in our transgressions. But Jesus Christ stands between God and us. He is the Lamb of God. He is our mediator. He is our High Priest. The Bible says that “He lives forever to intercede with God on (our) behalf.” He offered a “once for all” sacrifice. This sacrifice of His blood makes us white as snow (Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 7:14). We are right with God because we are clothed in His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

Today, remember Who stands between you and God. Remember the High Priest that we have- “He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven.” Worship Him. Praise His great name. In Christ alone, my hope is found.

“He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.” – Numbers 16:48 [NLT]

“Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because He is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when He offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins.” – Hebrews 7:25-27 [NLT]

I Will Give

Even though Lot chose the land to the east, it didn’t remove the promise of God. Remember, God promised Abram descendants, land, and blessing. Lot making a choice for some land, does not cancel a promise of God. No one can take away from the Word of God. This is why it is so vital for us to have His Word written in our hearts. This is why it is so important for us to be deep in the Word, reading it, meditating on it, cherishing it. So that we know these promises. So that we know what He says, what He commands, what He desires. So that we know Him.

Abram was given these promises and these promises would stand. Abram never saw all of the promises come to fruition; his descendants did. At this moment in the narrative, as Lot goes in one direction and Abram is to go the other, it would appear as if this promise of land would now not happen. That’s how you and I think so often. Well I guess this won’t happen now. God says this, God promises that, but I’m not seeing anything appear to be moving in that direction. At this point, God told Abram to stand and walk the land He would deliver.

Arise, walk into the promise of God. That’s basically what He told Abram. Arise, walk into the promise of God. See, God promises you and I a lot. He promises you things. Look into His Word. Read His promises. Speak to Him. Through the Holy Spirit, He will reveal His Word to you. Listen. You will read of His promises. But these promises do not just fall upon you. The world will tell you they aren’t true. Some will make you think they couldn’t possibly happen. You will look around and think that it’s never going to come to fruition. Arise, walk into the promise of God. Stand up. Walk forward in faith. Embrace the promises of God. Hold onto them. Trust that He will deliver.

“Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” – Genesis 13:17 [ESV]

Humble Revelation

Aaron and Miriam appear green with envy in Numbers 12, when they begin to criticize Moses, and speak about how the Lord speaks to them also. What was so great about Moses?!? The Lord commanded the three siblings to meet at the Tabernacle. Then He spoke to them about Moses. “He is the one I trust,” He said. “I speak to him face to face,” He said. “He sees the LORD as He is,” He said.

The Bible tells us that Moses was humble. He was “very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.” Now that’s humility! If we’d look up humility in the dictionary, perhaps we’d find Moses picture. God tells the siblings that it is Moses He trusts, Moses He speaks to face to face. Then He said that Moses sees Him as He is. Imagine that. Moses saw the LORD as He is. He saw Him. How did this happen? Moses was humble. In his humility, he desired to know the LORD deeply. He realized he was nothing without God, and he lived a life devoted to Him. God rewarded his humility. God revealed Himself to Moses in an intimate way.

If you find yourself not knowing much about God, not knowing God intimately, maybe you are not approaching with a humble heart—a heart that longs for God. Jesus gave us the perfect example of the humble servant. When we are able to empty ourselves, rid ourselves of self, we can focus on Him. We can listen more closely to Him. Our hearts are more open to Him. Today, ask God to help you to rid yourself of yourself. Ask for Him to help you become more humble so you desire and seek after Him.

“(Now Moses was very humble–more humble than any other person on earth.) But not with my servant Moses. Of all my house, he is the one I trust. I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the LORD as He is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?” – Numbers 12:3, 7-8 [NLT]