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The Beatitudes of Revelation- What Left Behind Missed

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland

Associate Director of HopeLives365 and World Evangelist for Adventist World Radio



  • November 1, 2014
    11:30 AM
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for him to eat his dude test time gone the Bible student in today's complex defeats for him to show him to have a one hundred with the third two thousand and fourteen theaters across North America release the movie left behind the end it begins both the movie and the series of novels that it is based on received mixed reviews from the secular and religious worlds for its portrayal of the final events of this world 's history the foundational framework of the movies and novels is the concept of a secret rapture as the movie follows the lives of several key characters millions of people across the world disappear in what is interpreted as the second coming of Jesus or the secret rapture this apocalyptic action thriller then depicts the beginning of a seven-year period called the tribulation the most trying time in Earth 's history I do commend the authors of the book and others who were trying to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ through this movie and book series however both the books and the film omits some of the most startling realities of the biblical teaching of the second coming of Jesus Christ this great omission potentially as dangerous consequences as you may actually finish the sense of urgency for individuals to make these internal decisions without delay today on it is written we will continue our study on the Beatitudes of revelation seven blessings that are announced in the book of Revelation today is the sixth of a seven part series if you've missed any of the previous shows you can go to our website it is written Canada .ca or to our YouTube Channel YouTube .com I IW Canada and there you may watch any previous programs today we will open our Bibles to Revelation twenty two and there we will find the sixth beatitude this sixth beatitude demonstrates why what you left behind omitted could be so dangerous in Revelation chapter twenty two and in verse seven we read this behold I am coming quickly blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book the book of Revelation warns that Jesus is coming quickly the greater oversight of left behind and the secret rapture is the teaching that when Jesus comes again and secretly takes everyone a way that there exists a second chance a probationary period of time were people who work ready can now get ready that we will see in just a moment that this is not true but also creates a dangerous spirit of procrastination of our preparedness for the coming of Jesus the real problem with these friends is that the secret rapture is not the biblical teaching rather it is based on the teachings of the Catholic priest by the thereof in the late sixteenth century in order to draw attention away from the Bible prophecies about the Catholic Church devoted a new system of interpreting the Bible called futurism this method of interpretation said that Bible prophecy particularly in revelation would not find its fulfillment until sometime in the distant future this new concept eventually found its way into the teachings of a John Darby who was a former Anglican priest in Ireland who would become disenfranchised with formal denominational religion Darby 's teachings were then popularized through Cyrus Scofield Cyrus Scofield was a pastor in Texas when he came under the influence of Darby 's teaching later in life Schofield gave this new theology of voice as he encapsulated in teachings into the reference notes of his tremendously popular Scofield reference Bible this improbable series of events led to the widespread promotion of this secret rapture theory so Jesus is not coming to a secret rapture how then is he coming the Bible says he's coming quickly how quickly is quickly in the blessing is pronounced on those who keep the words of this book what is that me first of all Jesus is not coming in secret my friends the Bible describes the event in first Corinthians Chapter fifteen verses fifty one to fifty four behold I tell you a mystery we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed for this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality so when this corruptible has put on incorruption and this mortal has put on immortality then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written death is swallowed up in victory this is a literal event this is not just some spiritual happening were millions of people disappear but rather it is described as an event where people are being raised from the dead and changed Jesus promised in no uncertain terms that he is preparing a place for us and he is coming again to take us there you'll remember those words of John fourteen one through four let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me in my father 's house are many mansions if it were not so I would've told you I go to prepare a place for you and if I go in prepared place for you I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am very you may be also and where I go you know in the way you know the coming of Jesus is a literal event where people will know what is happening there is no secret coming of Jesus yet the Bible also describes the second coming as an audible event Matthew chapter twenty four and in verse thirty one and he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other there are angels gathering people together from all over the world at the second coming there was a trumpet that sounds people will hear and know that Jesus has come to take his people home first Thessalonians chapter four goes on to describe the honorable feature of this coming in verse sixteen for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an Archangel and the trumpet of God do you hear the events accompanying the second coming there's a shout the voice of an Archangel and the trumpet of God there is no chance the second coming of Jesus could be a secret there's too much noise that accompanies his coming the other being a literal in an audible event the second coming of Jesus will be a visible event in fact Revelation one three informs us behold he is coming with the clouds and every night we'll see everyone on this Earth will know that Jesus is coming that will see him with their own eyes Luke seventeen verse twenty four stresses the visible nature of his return for is the lightning flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven so also the Son of Man will be in his day lightning is something that cannot be missed when it flashes across the sky Jesus is coming will be visible even an angel from heaven taught that the second coming of Jesus would be visible listen to the words of acts chapter one and in verse eleven men of Galilee why do you stand gazing up into heaven this same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you saw him go into heaven the disciples saw Jesus with their own eyes assigned to heaven it was no mystery was no secret but invisible they saw him ascend and the angel says that he will descend in the same way the second coming of Jesus also will be Annie Laurie Spivak first Thessalonians chapter four verse seventeen explains the glory of that day then we who are alive and remain shall be hot up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord friends what a glorious day that will be we will all be changed to have perfect bodies and we will meet our friends and family and neighbors who have died and have now been awakened by the second coming of Jesus no more death no more dying quite sure what happiness what blessings friends the secret rapture read old myths that choice of Jesus second coming yet the greatest oversight of the secret rapture is that Jesus is coming is an event that has final and eternal results after Jesus comes again there was no one there opportunity to choose to follow him we are right now living in the time of opportunity that Jesus has given we had his word the holy Bible to guide and to teach us the way we should go but when he comes again the time to choose will be over Revelation twenty two twelfth act goes that the attitude that we are studying today when it says and behold I am coming quickly and my weave Ward is with me to give to everyone according to his work in Matthew chapter sixteen verse twenty seven underscores this same exact point for the Son of Man will calm in the glory of his father and with his angels and then he will reward each according this works Jesus is not only coming quickly but at the time he comes he brings with him the reward the results are fine there is no second chance Jesus a second coming is a literal event is coming is an honorable event is coming is a visibly event his coming is a glorious event and is coming is an event with final results now friends is the time for office to prepare to meet Jesus second Corinthians chapter six and verse two say these words behold now is the accepted time behold now is the day of salvation now France there is no security in some opportunity down the road we have no more sureties that we will take our next breath then we have that meeting will be around for any suppose it second chance of the rapture theory and what it claims to offer the time to decide is now but dear friend Jesus wants you to be ready he doesn't want to catch you by surprise or come to you with some secretive way he wants you to know that his cup that he is coming and that he is coming soon in fact this sixth beatitude says she is coming quickly four times in the book of Revelation alone Jesus says that he is coming quickly delete times are in the very last chapter of Revelation the very last chapter of the entire Bible they are the final words of encouragement and assurance how quick is quickly the book of Revelation was written and ninety five eighty which is almost two thousand years ago that doesn't seem too quick it is important for us to remember that quick is not instant we live in a world where we have come to expect instant results instant oatmeal instant soup instant noodles etc. but instead an quick are not the same thing and in the concept of time as you think back on your life at least as you get older generally speaking time seems to go by so fast so quickly however we must also remember some critical principles taught in the Bible second Peter chapter three verses eight and nine teachers this but beloved do not forget this one thing that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day the Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some count slackness but is long-suffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance first it teaches us that God is not bound by time as we are secondly any perceived delay on his part is merely an effort to save as many of humankind as possible and Psalm ninety and verse four also stresses the concept that God is not bound by our time for a thousand years in your site are like yesterday when it is passed and like a watch in the night the second coming of Jesus is coming quickly when we think of it in the vast expanse of time Jesus is coming is going to be up same but let's take a more close look at the specific blessing we are studying today in Revelation twenty two seven blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book the sixth beatitude presents a blessing on those that keep the words of this book this word keep can be literally translated to garner to hold fast or to obey happiness and joy will be into the person that a phase this book John is undoubtedly referring to the book of Revelation so what does it mean to all pay the book of Revelation the book of Revelation begins with these words in Revelation chapter one and in verse one the revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants things which must shortly take place the book of Revelation is a warning it is a roadmap to navigate births final days to keep the words of this book is to be obedient to the counsel given to prepare us for price the book of Revelation is also about a choice throughout the chapters of Revelation there is always a choice Christ or Satan the land where the beast Jerusalem or Babylon the pride or the harlot the book of revelations goal is to have people to choose Christ's way to verses that summarize those that choose to serve God and willing door to the second coming of Christ our Revelation twelve eleven and Revelation fourteen twelve in Revelation twelve in verse eleven it speaks of overcoming the Dragon or overcoming Satan and they overcame him one of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death those who were over comers are those who made the decision to follow Jesus even if it costs them their life to be covered in the blood of Jesus means to have made a decision to fully entrust your life to him to be forgiven by him first John one nine promises that if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness in Psalm thirty two five also promises I knowledged my send to you and my iniquity I have not hidden I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord and you forgave the iniquity of my sin to be covered in the blood of Jesus means to be forgiven by him and renewed in him to live a life for him and as a result of what you will have then you have a testimony about so the first principle in keeping the words of this book is to keep your life fully to Jesus Christ the second verse that summarizes what it means to keep the words of the book of Revelation is Revelation fourteen twelve here is the patience of the saints cure those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus the word patients literally means endurance those who were able to endue her and be prepared for Jesus is soon coming are those that keep the commandments of God through life and given to Jesus and being saved by his grace we then out of our love for him are able to keep his commandments Jesus said in John fourteen fifteen if you love me keep my commandments and at first John chapter five verse three it says this for this is the love of God that we keep his commandments friends we are not safe I recommend keeping the commandment keeping demonstrates that we have been saved by him we obey out of our love for him and friends our obedience must be complete not simply picking and choosing which commandments we like and that which commandments we will obey but this group of people that will endure will not only keep the Commandments but they will also have the faith of Jesus to have the faith of Jesus is to live a life like Jesus did continue to be dependent upon the father we too must be day by day dependent upon Jesus Christ the sixth beatitude promises a blessing to the one who obeys God in the context of a loving grace -based relationship all life is fully committed to him and lives for him that person will be ready for his incoming friends of blessing is pronounced on the person who continually depends on Jesus as their source of strength and direction in life friends he will give us the strength and encouragement to finish the race he will get us to the finish line he wants us to be ready for his second coming even when we might be weak he will make a strong even when we feel that we can't carry on he will pick us up and carry us through friends his strength is perfect will he you will clean and very name is and is and is and from no name and is known me in mind I and he and Van name and her man and then clean and neat horror and the man being in a man and her new movie then there are many on the way to say man named Eileen me him and I and and and and will green and they ran is an and him will him and him and the bad man when he and he and a Bailey is in and in and will we may and will name the friends God calls us not just hearers and word tumors the book of Revelation helps us to be doing when offering the seven part series the Beatitudes of revelations are you here's the information you need to get two days off to request today's opera just log on to www. it is written Canada .ca that's www. it is written Canada .ca and select the TV program that Canadian viewers the offer will be sent free an postage-paid reviewers outside of Canada shipping charges will apply if you prefer you may call toll-free at one eighty day call I I don't than one eighty days he called why I don't call anytime lines are open twenty four hours daily that's one eight eight eight call I IW or if you wish you may write to us at Israel August twenty ten the office of Ontario L1 eight open before and thank you for your prayer requests in your generous financial support that it is written box twenty ten Oshawa Ontario one eight seven three four friends the book of Revelation is a book filled with blessings God 's people and news that shoes to center him I hope you enjoyed today's program and I invite you to join us again next until then remember it is written Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the


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