Revelation 22:18-19; Isaiah 29:11-13
Only Jesus Christ can open the seals on the book with seven seals. He is going to give us the ending of a great and glorious story. He will come and reign with a rod of iron. He is a good shepherd and He died in order that we might have life. If you reject Him, you will worship Him all the same.
We are living in an age where it seems everyone has something to report. Many are accusing others of "Fake News." It is obvious that, with all of the contradictions, someone is lying – someone is mistaken. God's truth has always been treated with suspicion, if not deliberately ignored or suppressed. Has the Son of God revealed Himself to you?
Watch Out: do not be led astray into speculating when the world will end, but rather trust Jesus, enjoy His good news, testify, and endure to the end.
Watch out: do not be led astray! (by buildings, persons, events) The end is not yet! (v.1-8)
Watch yourselves! (spread gospel, testify, trust). (v.9-11)
Endure to the end! (family may oppose you, people may hate you for Jesus' sake). (v.12-13)
What tempts us to be anxious about the end of the world?
What is our motivation for enduring all things? 1 Cor. 13:7
What are our 3 stock approaches to troubles? Romans 12:12
How is Christ an example of enduring? Hebrews 12:2
The works that Jesus did while He was on this earth were a testimony to who He is. However, the miracles of healing and turning water into wine, and commanding the winds and the sea are not the works that prove that He was the Lamb of God. The works that the Father gave Him to finish were the works that involved the Atonement for sin. We are reconciled by his death on the cross. The resurrection is the result of the Atonement for sin because death was abolished when Atonement was made. This is the work that testifies that Jesus Christ is different than any other man who has ever lived before or since.
As if in court, God confronted Babylon about their crime of swallowing up God's people like an evil whale!
Like a witness in a courtroom, Jerusalem testified about the deportations! (v.34-35)
Like a defense attorney in a courtroom, God took the case of Jerusalem! (v.36-37)
Like the judge of the courtroom, God issued the sentence against the guilty, performed their punishment, and told His people to go free! (v.38-46)
How long must we wait for God to rise and defend us?
Why will God overturn evil? Ps. 96:11-13, Rev. 18:20
What must happen for the creation to be set free? Rom. 8:18-21
Will the nations bring their glory into God's city? Rev. 21:24
Pastor Dana brings the message from God's Holy Word. He continues the series on "The Olivet Discourse". Pastor Dana's message is about preparing for the "Coming Persecution". The message is based on the New Testament Gospel of Luke, Chapter 21, verses 12-24 (Luke 21:12-24). Open up a Bible and get ready to follow!
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We are commanded by God to stand. To stand is to be on your feet, fixed, and unmovable. We fail to stand when we back down, sit down, shut up, or back up and give the mic to those who stand for what is wrong. To stand means we do not compromise on what is right and wrong, good and evil, clean and unclean, holy and profane, as it is defined by the Word of God. In this evil day God's people must not relinquish any more ground to the forces of evil. We cannot stop them, but we can still say it is wrong. "Having done all, STAND." These are our orders from God.
The final section of John 5 is a pre-trial of sorts that points ahead to the final trial of Jesus prior to His death. In this pre-trial, Jesus presents 4 witnesses that testify to who He is. Jesus has made some incredible claims in chapter 5 and at the end of the chapter, He presents the evidence that His massive claims are indeed true. This leaves us with a decision: What will we do with what Jesus says?