Principles from the Revelation

 

“Then I saw a Lamb…”

“God’s Story of Redemption”

The Bible is God’s Story of His creation and the redemption of His people.

God created everything to reveal Himself and His Glory to His creation.

Sin brought death and destruction.  Jesus, God’s Son, brings life and eternity.

The curse is reversed for all who trust in Jesus, the Living Savior.

God’s story gives direction and purpose to our stories.

 
“God’s Prophecy: The Telling and Foretelling of God’s Story”
 
#HIStory
Isaiah 46:9-10 (Past)
“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me. 
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”

 Prophecy reveals that God confides in His people for their good and His glory.

 
 #Jesusatthecenter
Galatians 4:4-5 (Present) 
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son,
 born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law,
that we might receive adoption to sonship.” 

 Jesus Christ stands at the center of prophecy from Genesis to Revelation.

 
 #GodWins
Ephesians 1: 8b-10 (Future) 
“With all wisdom and understanding, 
he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure,
which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. 

 Fulfillment of prophecy gives us confidence as we anticipate Jesus’ return.

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“The Consummation of All Things”
 
 Why should I read Revelation?

As we #WalkinVictory, we see the goodness and greatness of God and find hope and stability for our life’s journey.

What change will Revelation bring to my life?

 As we #WatchtheLamb, we will see the vision of our eternal destiny and find hope and renewal while we wait for His return.

 “The Revelation of the Risen Christ and John’s Commissioning”
Revelation 1
 
 “Look, He is coming with the clouds,’ and ‘every eye will see him, even those who pierced him’: and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of Him.’ So shall it be! Amen.” Revelation 1:7

Believers hear and take to heart God’s Word.

Believers live out the purposes for which God saved them.

Believers live life saturated in the divine presence of Jesus Christ.

 
“Jesus Challenges the Churches”
Revelation 2:1-11
 
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
 
“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and His angels.” Revelation 3:5
 
“I am coming soon.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it.  I will write the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God: and I will also write on them my new name. ” Revelation 3:11-12

The Universal Church

Jesus loves and molds His church shaping her for fruitful service in the midst of spiritual trials and victories.

Ephesus, the Loveless Church

Jesus knows and shapes His people to teach truth and live it out in love.

Smyrna, the Persecuted Church

Jesus knows the suffering of His people and encourages faithfulness and perseverance.

Pergamum, the Compromising Church

Believers must remain faithful to the Words of Truth.

Thyatira, the Compartmentalizing Church

Believers must be able to discern, recognize and obey Truth.

Sardis, the Complacent Church

Believers must remember they are accepted and approved by God for eternal salvation.

Philadelphia, the Struggling Church

Jesus does not delete the struggle, but empowers the endurance.

Laodicea, the Wretched Church

Jesus calls believers out of the superficial into the sacrificial.

“God’s People”

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” Ephesians 4:4-6

God’s love is so outrageous that He adopts broken people.

God’s victory is so certain that He unites and mobilizes broken people.

“God’s Kingdom”

“But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever – yes,  for ever and ever. ” Daniel 7:18

Faithful kingdom citizens understand God is sovereign and directs the course of time. #HIStory

Faithful kingdom citizens remain loyal to God at personal cost. #Jesusatthecenter

Faithful kingdom citizens replace fear with God’s safe and secure hand. #HIStory

God’s Throne Room

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

How does knowing God as Sovereign, Majestic, Holy, Eternal and your Creator and your Father shape the way you see Him and the world?

True worship is discovered when God is at its center

True worship brings you closer to God resulting in God-directed daily living.

True worship results from understanding God is the ultimate and gracious power in creation and salvation.

True worship is discovered in God’s presence.

The Lamb

“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.’ ” Revelation 5:9

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is uniquely worthy because He conquered death and consummates #HIStory.

Jesus, the Lamb of God, accomplishes God’s plan of redemption and saves all creation through His sacrifice.

Jesus, the Lamb of God, is worthy to receive the eternal worship of all of His creation.

God’s Righteous Resolution… the Day of the Lord

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,where righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:13

God’s judgment is certain, horrible, and inescapable.

Repentance is the right response to God’s righteous judgment.

Holy, godly living is the only reasonable response to God’s certain judgment.

The First Six Seals

“They called to the mountains and the rocks,‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, who can withstand it?’ ” Revelation 6:16-17

#WatchtheLamb

God sovereignly controls the release and restraint of judgment.

Believers watch the sovereign hand of God

#WaitfortheLamb

God calls believers #WaitfortheLamb to resolve suffering and evil.

Believers wait on God’s perfect justice.

#WalkinVictory

God’s wrath will fall on those who refuse to call on Him for rescue.

Believers walk with assurance of God’s Victory.

Protection of God’s People

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ” Revelation 7:17

Jesus secures His people today and for eternity. #Jesusatthecenter

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, never loses His sheep. #Jesusatthecenter

The Seventh Seal and the First Six Trumpets

“As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: ‘Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!’ ” Revelation 8:13

God’s judgments deliver justice in answer to prayer.

God’s judgments proclaim a merciful warning to turn to Him, until His judgments are final.

Apart from God’s restraint, the evil that people pursue destroys them.

Victory in Life, Death, and Eternity

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign for ever and ever.’ ” Revelation 11:15

God’s people are empowered by Truth to be victorious in life.

God’s people are equipped with resurrection power over sin and death.

God’s people are affirmed that #GodWins today and for eternity.

The Woman and the Dragon

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink form death.” Revelation 12:11

God’s people trust God’s plans and purposes in the midst of great conflict. #WalkinVictory

God’s people overcome evil power with heavenly power. #WalkinVictory

God’s people expect opposition, but are equipped by God to #WalkinVictory.

The Beasts from the Sea and the Earth

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 13:8

Satan’s enslaving power is demolished by enduring faith in #God. #Jesusatthecenter

Godly wisdom defeats satanic schemes with its false ideas. #Jesusatthecenter

Perseverance in Suffering

 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

A #biblicalworldview of suffering prepares believers to endure and persevere through the pain of life. #HeisGreater

Suffering is the place to find intimacy with God. #HeisGreater

Embracing suffering moves you to the Christ-centered life. #HeisGreater

The Lamb’s People and the Harvest of the Earth

He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.’ ” Revelation 14:7

Pursuing the Gospel

The Lamb saved His followers to stand out in a sin-stained world. #WatchtheLamb #Jesusatthecenter

Proclaiming the Gospel

The Lamb is the only rescue from the wrath of God #WatchtheLamb #Jesusatthecenter

Proving the Gospel

Time is running out on the Lamb’s offer to escape God’s wrath. #WatchtheLamb #Jesusatthecenter

The Bowl Judgements

“Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” Revelation15:4

God’s Glory

God’s just judgment flow from His holy and righteous character.

God’s glory is revealed in His just and final judgment.

God’s Wrath

God’s final judgment uphold His holy and righteous character.

God’s wrath seals His just and final judgment.

God’s Perfect Justice and Mercy

“ ‘But let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”   Jeremiah 9:24

God can be trusted to make it right.

God can be trusted with my brokeness.

God can be trusted with everything.

The Woman and the Beast

“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”  Revelation 17:14

Beauty and the Beast

World systems are deadly and deceptive, yet beautiful. #WatchtheLamb

Beast and the Lamb

World systems are temporary and will self-destruct under the authority of the Lamb, #WatchtheLamb

Babylon’s Destruction and the World’s Response 

“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you.  All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered. ‘ ”  Revelation 18:14

How should we live in light of what we know about God and His plan for the consummation of History?

The worldly trust in wealth and self while the godly trust in Christ alone.  #JesusattheCenter

The worldly lament while the godly repent. #JesusattheCenter

The worldly reap justice while the godly reap joy. #JesusattheCenter

Where have you seen God calling you out of worldliness into a deeper walk with Him?

Praise for God’s Triumph

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war.”  Revelation 19:11

Heaven’s Hallelujah Chorus

Today’s Hallelujahs transcend time and transform God’s people.

Heaven’s Conquering King

Jesus is King and Lord without rival in heaven or on earth.

Jesus carried out God’s plan of redemption at the Cross… and will complete His judgment when He returns.

The Defeat of Satan and the Reign of Christ

“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection.  The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years. ” Revelation 20:6

Satan Bound!

Satan intends to lead all people to wrong beliefs that result in wrong thinking. #WalkinVictory

Christ Rules!

Believers can look forward to the freedom to love, honor, and serve Christ without Satan’s deceptions. #JesusattheCenter

Satan Defeated!

God’s Truth leads to victory; Satan’s deceit leads to ruin. #GodWins

Believers stand firm against Satan’s deception through Christ’s eternal and victorious reign.

The Final Judgment and a New Heaven and New Earth

“Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” Revelation 21:1-2

Eternal Judgment-Hell

The horror of hell testifies to the seriousness of sin. #WatchtheLamb

The reality of hell testifies to the sincerity of God’s love. #WatchtheLamb

Eternal Delight-Heaven

The delights of heaven testify to the magnitude of God’s Grace. #WalkinVictory

God’s Holy City

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. ” Revelation 21:22-23

What does it mean to live in light of eternity?

The ultimate and greatest purpose of God’s people is to delight in Him today and eternally.

Splendor of the City

The eternal city radiates the fullness and the holiness of God. #VictorywiththeLamb

Light of the City

The eternal city brings complete and perfect transformation for all of creation. #Heavenbound

Life of the City

The eternal city fully satisfies the true desires of every heart. #Heavenbound #VictorywiththeLamb

Heaven: The Believer’s Hope

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ ” Revelation 21:3-4

Heaven

Heaven reveals God’s presence with His people.

The certainty of heaven generates passionate purpose-filled living now.

Earth

Renewed Earth reveals heaven for eternity.

The  certainty of heaven fulfills God’s purpose in His creation.

Come, Lord Jesus!

“Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll. ” Revelation 22:7

Blessing comes to those who keep the truth of Revelation. #ComeLordJesus

The testimony of believers include Jesus’ coming as righteous judge. #ComeLordJesus

Believers proclaim to the world, “Jesus is coming soon!”

Amen, Come Lord Jesus!

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s love is so outrageous that He adopts

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