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Revelation 21-22

Kameron DeVasher

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Kameron DeVasher

Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, Michigan Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

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  • March 29, 2014
    11:00 AM
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setting this quarter the book of Revelation and we find ourselves finally the bearing and the reveling book of Revelation twenty one and twenty two I think seeing the book of Revelation as an open the revelation of Jesus Christ and that the book written about things from the time of John that were still to come in from John's perspective it begins in his time he goes all the way to the coming of Jesus and beyond the weeks in the history of the church recounted in various symbolic way we've seen in times of difficulty and persecution we seen the last warning message given to God world and the three Angels messages in the last time you saw the destruction of Satan and the wicked and now we come to Revelation chapter twenty one and twenty two F was so well read in verse one now I thought new heaven and a new earth for the first seven and the first earth had passed away today the burden of our study will not be exhaustive of Revelation twenty one and twenty two but as an introduction to our service of recommitment at the ordinance of humility and the communion supper I would hope and pray that we would see in our study today called to recommit to Jesus Christ and understand the unity is coming very soon but before we begin our study with begin with worker Emily father I thank you so much again for a Sabbath day and for so graciously allowing us to come into your house on your day and now as we study your word we asked for your spirit to guide our minds our understanding and make application in our lives as we seek to become more like you every day we pray in Jesus name amen often times when one studies Revelation twenty one or twenty two where here's a presentation on these last two chapters of Scripture it is noted accurately so that the last two chapters of the Bible to the user of course much of the last two chapters of the book of Revelation the last chapters in all of Scripture the last the book of Revelation in very nicely with the first two chapters the very first book of the Bible Genesis one and two find their mirror image in Revelation twenty one and twenty two if you recall in the beginning says in the beginning God made the heavens and the earth and he goes on to outline the first chapter howl the Lord made them and what sequence of order he made everything and each time he would make them he would come back if it was good it was goodbye by the end of the creation week on into basics he said it was very good and of the Lord rested on the seventh day Sabbath and how it ended Revelation chapter twenty one BC verse one now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away with everything that goes in between those bookends starting in Genesis chapter three is the sin problem development in our time in the history of the world and Christ's sacrifice to redeem us from that curse of sin and to restore us to that original Eden ideal basically you have in Scripture the establishment of the Eden and an even restored it in the Scripture course Colossians chapter one if you would turn there briefly with the you can see that this is been the plan of God all along Colossians chapter one a little pack of books by the apostle Paul Galatians Ephesians Philippians and in Colossians chapter one we read in verse nineteen and twenty what is the will of God is very reconciliation would occur so it says in verse nineteen for it pleased the father that in him that is Jesus Christ all the fullness should dwell and by hand to what that word reconcile all things to himself by him whether things on earth or things in heaven having made peace through what the blood of his cross so basically what you here is the heaven and earth were an ideal situation and have been restored to that ideal situation in the thing that makes it happen is the blood of Jesus blood of Jesus which of course is a theme throughout the book of Revelation it speaks of Jesus as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world the redemption of the restoration this reconciliation that is so constantly spoken of is only done the blood of Jesus Christ so we go back to Revelation chapter twenty one and we take just a brief look at what's being offered in Revelation chapter twenty twenty one much like Revelation chapter one talk about kind of the nuts and bolts in the physical order of creation here we have in Revelation chapter twenty one the nuts and bolts of the new heavens and the new earth specifically the kingdom of God itself and it goes on to describe this new Jerusalem will start in verse nine and one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talk with me saying I will show you the bride the lamb 's wife a now if you want to put your finger interesting that go back to Revelation chapter seventeen you'll see a parallel it seems very similar Revelation seventeen and the destruction of the counterfeit city then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked to me saying to me I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters so you shown the judgment of the counter that the great harlot and her kingdom Babylon and now in Revelation chapter twenty one invitation from the same individual is given now I will show you again verse nine revolution for twenty one the bride the lamb 's wife and what is he shown interest in any carried me away in the Spirit to a great high Mountain he showed me the great city the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God having the glory of God her like precious stone like a jasper stone clear as crystal and he goes on to give the dimensions of this video to talk about the glory that will be very end oftentimes when we talk about the coming of Jesus that are going to heaven to be with him our focus is on some of the physical aspects were but enjoy streets of gold I personally want to swim with it often obviously I would like that of never done it and I would like to write like a flying visit of the plaintiff I like the freedom and provided like the piece was safety in the end and no more tears I love the habit that the physical environment Saturday or described so parallel Genesis chapter one it's even restored it's a beautiful place and the SEC the end of chapter twenty one it goes on after describes the city like pure gold in verse twenty one like transparent glass of illegals in verse twenty two but I saw no temple in it for the Lord God Almighty in the Lamb are its temple obviously the centerpiece of the kingdom is not the kingdom itself but the king of the kingdom the city had no need of the sun verse twenty three or the moon to shine in it for the glory of God illuminated the land is its length again the focus is so easy to get focused on the kingdom that you lose sight of the King but our presentation of the gospel message friends we cannot simply hold up heaven is a great place to be the launcher will be a very fine place I'm sure will be a wonderful climate I'm sure there will be no lineups I'm so glad of the streets of gold but the reason we want the kingdom is for the King 's has it right there that the land is its light then we go on to chapter twenty two and you notice that during Chapter twenty two I gather describe some of the more some of the features and see the water of life that treelike fruit that is there for healing a nation goes on to say in verse Avenue notice this repeated theme in the very last chapter of the very last book of Scripture behold I am coming what that word quickly blessed if you keep towards the prophecy of this book Mister got a verse twelve would be fine again and behold I am what I mean quickly and my reward is with me to give to everyone according to his work is done verse twenty he who testifies to these things as Shirley I am coming quickly easy the last repeated promise of not just the book of Revelation but the Bible itself is the soon coming the quick coming of Jesus Christ and as Christians we look forward to that but it is difficult if we can just be honest to proclaim the quick coming of Jesus two thousand years after it was written that is some kind of quick bit of our employed my boss would not necessarily agree with my representation thing I got there quick two thousand years late from people 's perspective in fact this was an anticipated question go to second Peter chapter three notices second Peter chapter three there in the last days we should expect this question to be asked people are saying okay Jesus said he was coming where is it that Peter chapter three verse three Scripture tells us second Peter chapter three verse three knowing this first that scoffers will come when in the last days which I believe were living in the last days because of the history of the church were not living in those earlier churches were living right there at the time of the coming of Christ after the time of persecution after the beginning of a jet fourteen you were living the last day but apparently in the last day scoffers will come walking according to their own lusts and say where is the promise of what is coming where is this province on coming quickly am coming quickly and even the last days and weeks the motive yet look at the response considered on verse eight second Peter three verse eight but beloved do not forget this one thing and I could ought to respect the Bible ever tells you to not forget something what can we do not forget it similarly if the Bible says remember something what should we do remember right and his brothers do not when you're answering this question when people are confronting you scoffing you with this concept that you say Jesus is coming it we don't clean them remember that do not forget this one thing that with the Lord one day of the thousand years in a thousand years as one day the Lord is not slack or some version say slow concerning his what his province he's not slow or at least not the way we would think of slow right notices that the Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some count slackness delegate if I were late to work I think twenty minutes Route of two thousand years my boss would start inferring things about my motive for being late no one summoned late you usually call to the minute to not reveal it within minutes I'm not sure when it was twenty minutes to thirty minutes maybe the meetings off for a minute I'm going home right at a certain point you start chipping away thing this must mean this and when we are lately was slow to something appears like we start assigning motive to that maybe they just maybe they just don't care maybe you know we start assigning noted why would they be late maybe they're just lazy maybe lazy maybe the forgetful maybe they don't care but is this the reason Christ is not returned but he's lazy and feel like it or that he doesn't care surely not why the apparent delay when the Bible says is coming quickly left the question they wanted it to look at the quest look at the risen resolution here again in verse nine the Lord is not slack concerning the promise of some counseling this but is what the network long-suffering patience towards us not willing that any should but that all should come to repentance import Amicus praise the Lord for God who takes his time to win as many as possible praise the Lord for God is not in Iraq is not in a hurry who cares in the be long-suffering cares enough to be patient but on the other domestic and I said thinking women with how long is he going will he just for ever hold out those doors of probation and the indwelling ever actually would appear that the anticipation of that question is why the next verses written look at Mister by the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise of the elements will melt with fervent heat will be in the works that are in it will be burned up the notice there is patience and long-suffering there's mercy but there is a day coming when it will be up so with that concept there are mine Christ wants to come quickly but is long-suffering and patience towards us for living on this probationary borrowed what should you be looking a question be it online have to be big eleven therefore since all these things will be dissolved the question what manner of persons ought to be in holy conduct in God ask given this quickness we know that he is coming we know what we are the prophetic sequence we know that the very next thing that happened is because the probation under less than a less politically coming of Christ to follow knowing where we are in the prophetic the question we should be asking apparently according to Scripture is what manner of persons are we being in holy conduct regardless of the verse twelve set looking for and what is that next word hastily the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be dissolved on being on fire the elements will melt with fervent heat looking for and hastening is it possible that God desires quick to be quicker and excessive than what he's waiting for is for the good beast from the seed to be worse that would affect their course up trust me Satan is going to play his role in income events we see it all around us votes I believe Revelation chapter thirteen and some of the prophetic images that are per trade in Scripture symbolically we're seeing manifested in real life and are confident I believe the worst thing in sentiments come around Satan is doing his part question is are we asking the question are we being the people we ought to be asked the question of Scripture here looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God go back over John chapter fourteen at this it seems a reasonable time to bring up this John chapter fourteen some of the most treasured passages in Scripture Johnson fourteen verses one through three countless thousands if not millions of being comforted by these very words were Jesus said to his disciples think that's us today John chapter fourteen verse one let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in the end my father 's house are many mansions if it were not so I would've told you I go to what prepare a place for you what good news is that the Jesus is going to make a way for us to be in those mentions prepare a place for us to get us to heaven if I go to prepare a place for you he says I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be also and we love the promise of Jesus preparing a place for us to friends apparently this time in Earth 's history is for us to let him prepare us for that place just as much as Christ is God through prayer a place for us he wants to do work in us to prepare us to that place and this is the purpose of our communion service crisis made provision for everyone in the world if they so choose to get into heaven but the question is do we want to fit into his we love the fact that he's going to prepare a place for us but at least a little of the faculty will prepare us now for that placement in I think about is a paradox of Scripture that's a little bit troubling that as we close on the show you these three passages link about back to Exodus chapter thirty three few would go to Exodus thirty three as we ponder what it would be like to get ready to see Jesus face to face at his coming which I believe is soon and very soon exited chapter thirty three Moses desire to see e.g. a this face-to-face chapter thirty three in verse eighteen record supports you understand the context your path is a very rough time and Moses experienced this is right after Exodus chapter thirty two golden calf incident and you discards not believe these people he said Laura wanted to be with menus wrestling with the Lord in any habits requested verse eighteen Exodus thirty three eighteen and he says please show me what your glory show me your glory responsible Lord verse nineteen ninety seven I will make all of my what's that word witness has before of course the glory of God is his goodness it's who he is it's his character is very person I will make all my goodness pass before you and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion but you said twenty you can not see what I face for no man shall see me and live I like the proposition I could tell you but I have to kill you right as I can show you but you have to die right the revealing of my raw unfiltered glory just breaking through with his regular show you why am in my character my goodness my tearing my long-suffering my patients but to see me face to face you can't do it no man shall see me in the Exodus thirty three the Lord God the same God who declares you shall not see my face and live then we go to the other end of Scripture in Revelation chapter twenty two when I called thirty three twenty two paradox the same God who exists thirty three says no man shall see my face and live as in Revelation chapter twenty two verses three and four declares the bozo will be in his kingdom and there shall be no more curse but the throne of God and the Lamb shopping at it and his servants shall serve him birth or the space shall see what his face and his name shall be on therefore the implication of that statement they shall see his face and live again I don't mention this before but there are plenty of people who are been delivered to the second coming but I don't want to merely led to the second ability through the second to see the face of God certainly consistent but I don't want to instant and die out with Segan and with how is it possible how is it possible to have that kind of confidence that when Jesus comes we won't be crawling right for the Rocky Mountains the highest but we say loans are gone we've waited for him and he said what makes that difference same author of Revelation earlier in his epistle of first John chapter two gives us I believe the resolution to the thirty three twenty two the same God who says you cannot see my face and live in and says you'll see my face I don't know whether that's a promise reverse it all depends because you know some will see his face and eyes some of the estate that will make the first John chapter two nine oh one essay that any peters part of Scripture is better than another of course not and I certainly shy away from having favorites but I tell you first John chapter two verse twenty eight is really really good that is what it says here counsel as we prepare our minds for the wardens of humility and the service will be performing in and now little children is the key up by where and him abide names to live to stay there well that's your home abide in him and none of them think the implication is abiding him now abide in him that when he appears a reference to the second coming at we may have what that word confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming what a tragedy would be to study the book of Revelation outline Bible prophecy looking for any of the revelation and step-by-step and bring us all the way is the right were living in getting ready to see the faith of Jesus and actually not be ready to see the face we need we need to understand the intelligent think we need to understand Bible prophecy we know where we are the prophetic record we need to see the nearness the signs all around us but more than that we need a preparation to see the face and presence with the service is all about the services they are to prepare our hearts to recommit ourselves to abiding in him so that when he comes in again I believe that they assume we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his desire of my heart 's bazaar my heart for you and according to Scriptures desire of the Lord for us but not one should be law that everyone should comfort this one will think with what Christ longs to see if his people is his character reflect the people who go by his name will actually represent that they can be heavenly so you can take them home and not be ashamed in preparation for the emblems of our communion service the set of data search we take seriously the command of Christ walked one another's feet as we find in John chapter thirteen he told his disciples though you've been washed you still need to have a happy need to watch another's feet and we understand that this is simply a recommitment to Christ and a humbly before him but I would take of your beseeching to meet with you don't let it become around the hall of service to you both whitewashed sepulcher just going through the motions let us have that question on our hearts day Lord what kind of people ought we to be in if there's something between us and our Savior today let's lay that aside let it be washed away and come to him clean as we partake of the emblems that follow we can have confidence and we've given everything to Jesus by the blood of the land by the word of our testimony we too can overcome and be ready to see him at this time were going to dismiss to partake in those ordinances first the ordinance of humility that Washington will reassemble here for the distribution and partaking of the emblems of Christ's body and blood ladies are going to be meeting over and decide area in this room here gentlemen you'll be across the parking lot in the gymnasium and it will reconvene reverently prayerfully as we partake of emblems the book as we dismissed let's do some heavenly father thank you so much Lord for Jesus I thank you for Jesus being our Creator without him we would not have even this first life the Lord most importantly our purposes today I thank you for Jesus being our regaining sacrificial Savior thank you for having a book of life and being willing to write our names and what thank you for promising to prepare a place for us but now the Lord is the extension fees will look at there must let us even in Jesus soon very soon and very handling a media was brought by audio errors a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more he would like to know more about our universe is more certain and www. audio person or

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