Power-Packed Action

Vol.4, No.39 – September 29, 2019

Countdown to the end . . . Power-Packed Action – 26

Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come” –Revelation 6:1

The power-packed action of Revelation begins.

I like to read – both serious stuff and murder mysteries. At one time, I was enamored with westerns. Louis L’Amour penned over 100 Western novels; however, his suspense writing does not hold a candle to the Revelation drama; unforgettable drama, of the judgment days God brings to all the earth.

The large body of believers who will be raptured are not present. They are the Body of Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 gives us a view of the rapture. The previous experience before the throne of God has been one of grace; judgment is coming.

Divine judgment will fall. Four thundering Apocalypse horsemen are coming. These represent conquest, military march, attack, and battle. Genghis Khan at his worst during the Middle Ages, will also not hold a candle to what is coming.

Listen . . . can you hear the hoof beats?

The white horse with the great deceiver in the saddle is Satan’s masterpiece. After the church raptures, he attempts to come in peace. He promises victory, making treaties with the world. In just a little over three years, there follows a red horse. The red horse is representative of bloody warfare. The quick black horse is one of famine. Then there is the pale horse of death.

Four destructive forces, face the holy wrath of Almighty God.

Listen . . .  can you hear the hoof beats?

By verse twelve, five seals are broken. Now the Lamb breaks the sixth seal. Blind panic erupts. Catastrophe on  world-wide scale, never experienced before is upon the earth.

To think, we have Bible teachers and preachers that have numbed their minds so dramatically, they stutter, and utter that all these earthquakes and other supernatural convulsions must be view figuratively. That verse 12-14 are just moral and political upheavals. Just a collapse of the establishments. Just symbolic.

Listen . . . can you hear the hoof beats?

Earthquakes, they suggest, just pictures everything in society being shaken. Sort of like today, with the onslaught of political theatre. No big deal. Then disasters to the sun, moon, and stars are the downfall of governing bodies, or, on the other hand, might be the result of our not taking care of climatic change in a godly way. Quick, get a 16-year old to give the U.N. their up comings.

The completeness of the panic causes one to contemplate of a literal application, does it not? That this is real stuff that will happen. It is hard to miss that hysterical fear will take place, worldwide!

Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” –6:15-17

Pandemonium, everyone with their birds, cats, and dogs running for cover.

Listen . . . can you hear the hoof beats?

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application: Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought we be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God – 2 Peter 3:11-12

Only One is Worthy

Vol.4, No. 38 – September 22, 2019

Countdown to the end . . . Only One is Worthy – 25

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals? . . .The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, , so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals.” –Revelation 5:2, 5

When it comes to the final innings of a baseball game, the manager will bring out of the bullpen one of his very best closers to clinch the victory. When a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract is on the table, a company brings their very best to close the deal. When the prosecution and defense have all had their say, it is often the role of the judge to close the case.

“Closers” are individuals who can step-up, being qualified, and deliver when time has run out. They have the control, they have authority, they have the knowledge, they have the reliability, and they have the ability for bringing things, to a fitting conclusion.

However, none of these are fitting – no athlete who can play their best game, no business man who is a “deal cutter,” nor even a judge who is at their best to close cases are qualified to be worthy in this matter before Almighty God. This matter of bringing closure to human history. Who is it that is worthy to be there in command of the end?

Chapter five describes a scene in heaven, just prior to the final events unfolding. There is a scramble to get a proper answer to a question bouncing across God’s Heaven. Who is worthy? The short list of candidates to fill the role goes to the extreme of shortness. It is as though a panic ensues. Who is worthy? An amazing situation. There is only one; the list thins down to just One!

Why is this One, called the Lamb (and the Lion of Judah), worthy to bring closure to human history?

  • Because He was slain (verse 9).
  • Because His wounds pointed to a complete submission and obedience to God’s will
  • Because He has a lock on godly integrity!
  • Because He purchased us (redeemed us out of the slave market of sin) (verse 9).
  • Because His blood has provided widespread redemption for every person born, and to be born, all over our world
  • Because He has authority!
  • Because He has made His people a kingdom and made them priests to serve God (verse 10)
  • Because His life brings a compelling transformation into our lives
  • Because He is absolutely capable!

And in the throne room there is an eruption, a breakout of song and there is praise, for One who is worthy! Here is the only One worthy to bring closure. This One, is the one to whom we can have complete confidence—it is the Lamb, it is the Lion of Juda. He is worthy; He is the only one who is able to break the seals and open the scroll.

It is time. It is the right time. He is the only one to handle it right. He will complete the task.

Since He is worthy, because of His integrity, authority, capability, righteousness, sacrifice, and obedience to step-up and deliver at such a momentous time in our future; can I not trust Him for what is on my plate now???

Yes, I can. So can you!

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. –Philippians 2:9-11

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon to take you home to Heaven; His words are faithful and true  Revelation 22:6

Life Application

How should we live our lives, knowing that Jesus paid the ultimate price for our salvation, and is worthy to have authority over all earthly and heavenly events and needs? How do our lives reflect Him in our living, so that others will experience the truth of His worthiness in their own lives?

Only One King Left

Vol.4, No.37 – September 15, 2019, Countdown to the end . . .

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said . . .. –Revelation 4:1

Back in 1957, King Farouk, of Egypt, on the verge of losing his crown, made a gloomy prediction. “There will soon be only five kings left, He said, “The king of England, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades, and Clubs.

In reality, King Farouk, whose reign ended in a military coup, was too pessimistic. Monarchies still hold sway in a large number of countries around the world. Over 500 million people still bend their knees, or doff their hats, to Kings, queens, sultans, and sheiks. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is still a monarch, ranked as the world’s most wealthy royal. He has a small home – a 1,788 room palace featuring a dome gilded in 22-carat gold.

All that is nothing compared to what John saw in heaven.

I do not know how many of you have traveled to foreign lands; my family has traveled to several countries. I have a friend that has traveled to Thailand, another who has traveled to Nepal. I am told how strange the visit is. Language, customs, dress, temples, architecture, and even the transportation is strange.

The things John observes are strange to him; yet, awesome, exotic, unexpected, and unique. Reading the chapter, it would seem that John was somewhat ill at ease.

The door is opened, the curtain is pulled back for a view of what is coming for those who will reside with our Great God. Twelve times the throne is mentioned. The One seated on the throne in verse three has the appearance of jasper and carnelian (sardis). Is that what God is like?

How about the rainbow – full circle. I have flown thousands of miles, never seeing a rainbow. I am told that when you see one from the air that it is a full circle (I have seen pictures, but never a full circle rainbow. I wonder where the pots of gold are placed in a full circle rainbow.) Not only is the rainbow full circle, it is green, like an emerald. The picture is one of unfamiliarity to us.

Around the throne are 24 elders and 4 beasts. Why 24 elders? In 1 Chronicles 24 we read about 24 elders appointed by King David to represent the entire Levitical priesthood. The priests were many thousands in number. They could not all come together at one time, but when the 24 elders met in the temple precincts in Jerusalem, the whole priestly house was represented.

Is the picture of 24 elders in heaven symbolic of the elders of King David’s time? Perhaps – we do not know, but we will know. What we do know is that the 24 elders of Revelation represent the redeemed of all time. All are priests; all worship. (Lehman Strauss)

We do know that the elders were there to worship Him (4:10). Then there were the four beasts (cherubim). One like a lion with strength, one like an ox for service, one like a man with a face of a man, and one like a flying eagle. The portraits of Jesus Christ in the four gospels cannot exactly escape us here.

We gather, also, from our passage that in heaven, there will be continual obeisance, reverence, homage, honor, and service.

Do you feel the tugging to join this host of elders and their company as they throw their crowns at the foot of the Throne, chanting: Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon to take you home to Heaven; His words are faithful and true  Revelation 22:6

Life Application The opportunity to worship as we cast our crowns at the foot of the throne dare not escape us. It is a glorious opportunity to celebrate and honor the One who has brought salvation to an undeserving people – us. How are we handling our worship opportunities

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