Today we look into the opening of the first and second Seals and the riders on the white and red horses, as described in Revelation 6. What we see is that the Old Testament and good biblical exegesis is key to understanding how this prophecy will play out.
David addressed this song to His own heart; we remind ourselves to express thankfulness for God's favor.
On a personal note. (v.1-5)
Good reasons to worship Him. (v.6-18)
Everyone, worship God with me! (v.19-22)
How do we convince ourselves and others to worship?
Where did our sicknesses go? Matthew 8:16-17
What is God like, and what is our rejoinder? Exodus 34:5-7
Why would others be motivated to join in? Dt. 8:10-14, Is. 55:6-9
Seal Judgments: The Scripture speaks of the tribulation that the Lord would bring on those that trouble His people. These first four seal judgments will commence in the first half of the Tribulational period.
1.Inconvenience of the Cross
2. Identification With Christ
3. Ineligibility of the Crown
A. If you're faking a role/responsibility
B. Fiddling With the Rules
C. Falsifying Results
Becoming a minister is a stewardship from God. We are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful, it says in 1st Corinthians 4: 1 and 2. And so, at this time, I want to give a charge to you, Ed, and also to you, my brethren, in relation to his future ministry among us. I pray Ed's ministry will being glorifying to God and that it will edify all of Christ's dear people in this place.
There are certain things which I would have us all to remember which come to us from these words of Paul to Timothy. 1st of all – We should all remember the importance of the preaching of the word. (verses 1-4) 2nd – We should all remember to be watchful and fight the good fight of faith. (verses 5-7) And 3rd – We should all remember the crown of righteousness which Christ will give to those who are faithful. (verses 8)
The crucifixion of Jesus is undoubtedly one of the single most significant events in history (and the other is his resurrection). But what was the crucifixion all about? What was its purpose and what did Jesus experience? These are what we explore in today's sermon.
Here we have the Hallel Psalms (Praise), traditionally sung during Passover. It is very likely that the hymn Jesus and the disciples sang after the Lord Supper was Psalm 118. Here we see the glorious revelation that Jesus is the chief corner stone and consider what it must have been like for Christ to lead the disciples in this song knowing it was about to be fulfilled.
Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
We enjoyed having Bro. Kenneth McFadden with us again today. This is a good message about the crowns talked about in the New Testament. There's a race to be run, there's a victory to be won. God carries us through this journey of life by his grace and then plans to reward us in eternity for what He did through us. Bless his name!