It should come as no shock to us that Revelation links the Eternal Gospel with the Judgment of sinners. Strange as that may sound, it is what the Bible explicitly states. It’s only strange to our ears if the center of our glory is not God, but man. That is why the False Prophet appeals to man even in the guise of Christianity. But when the Lamb is all the Glory we cannot escape the necessary part of Judgment in the good news. What I hope the Spirit will show us all this day is that the glory of Christ is not just our GOAL but it is our GRACE for living!
The Lamb’s Fair Army (Revelation 14:1-5)
John encourages the church with the details of heavenly worship on Mt. Zion with the Lamb that stands as a counterpoint to all the mischievous evil of the unholy Trinity – and answers to the cosmic conflict of the Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent. By doing so, the Holy Spirit indicates once again the potency of Worship in Spirit and in Truth to utterly undo our foe and the peculiar glory we reflect of Christ’s Redemption. John wants us to see that heavenly worship connects us to the conquering Christ as His conquering Army!
Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:11-18)
The second beast is the embodiment of all false prophets but even at full potential what we will see is that he falls short of divine perfection. At then end of the day the whole satanic Trinity is doing nothing more than appealing to MAN, the power and resource of man… but what we are to consider is … true wisdom searches for and is satisfied only with divine perfection!
God of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
guest Speaker Ozzie Ozgood lays out 3 comforting truths from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
Enduring the Beast by Believing the Truth (Revelation 13:1-10)
With the parallels between Christ and this Beast we are supposed to be alerted to the need for real discernment – what is worse is that Satan is allowed in a limited but still potent way, not only to deceive but to war and to conquer! He is a counterfeit with a club! That means that we are going to need more than just discernment. In fact John tells us what we are going to need … he says at the end of v.10 that in Satan’s great counterfeit Beast there is a call for two things: endurance and Faith. we need endurance and faith this side of the resurrection to fight the good fight! and the passage I believe, will teach us that the Truth of Christ is our greatest TONIC for Spiritual endurance!
How to Defeat the Devil (Revelation 12:7-17)
Our real power is triumphantly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection even to the point of death! every believer is a Serpent Slayer through the Blood of the Lamb! the blood of the Lamb wins every battle for every believer!
Love At Full Strength (Psalm 121:1-8)
Fear of the unknown is always going to provoke the question “Where am I going to find help?” That is what the Psalmist is looking for, whether it was the original song of the exiled captive, or the National song of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem as they ascended the mountains, or the ongoing song in our mouths as we face what is in front of us … we are looking for help! and this Psalm teaches us that … God’s help is not mere strength, but it is LOVE at full strength!
Dangerous Christmas (Revelation 12:1-6)
This little paragraph recounts the pattern of human history that explains Christmas. It unpacks the drama and the danger that preceded the Incarnation and the splendid accomplishment of the incarnation – but it tells the account in the TRUEST form, from the point of view of the Spiritual realities. This Christmas, I pray that you look at Christmas from this same point of view, because that is when you will be able to stabilize your faith that the Babe born 2,000 years ago is what all of history is about – that your life is caught up in Him – I want you to spiritualize your conflicts so that you can see the Battle belongs to the LORD!
He Shall Reign (Revelation 11:14-19)
What is so great about the 7th trumpet? = It ties together the reign of Jesus from his Resurrection to ours. Teaching us the glory and efficacy of Christ’s reign, subjecting all things to Himself … And showing that wherever the king is, his kingdom is too. And most of all showing us that we win in Christ, and we are winning!
Great Realities (Revelation 11:1-13)
teaches us the surety and comfort of the church as the invincible body of Christ, right along side the reality of suffering even to the point of death! John finishes off this interlude of encouragement to teach us that Christ will be faithful in conforming us to Himself!