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The Beatitudes of Revelation- When the Judged Are Judges

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland

Associate Director of HopeLives365 and World Evangelist for Adventist World Radio



  • November 22, 2014
    11:30 AM
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for him to be handsome dude test of time God 's will Steve in today's complex defeat him to him to the landlord in Cleveland Ohio according to court documents deal missile bliss was accused of managing his properties in an inappropriate manner in fact when his units were inspected they were said to be absolutely filthy never cracked the windows and leaky sinks black mold and countless other violations Cleveland housing court judge Ray P Young God was not happy with this landlord in order to teach him a lesson he intended that his sentence would be of significant sacrifice judge PR guff find deal admissible less than one hundred thousand dollars and sentenced him to six months house arrest but here's the catch his house arrest was to take place in one of his own dilapidated housing units following the sentencing solo questioned the fairness of the judge 's sentence that we could debate that as well and while we may find some humor in this story it is a good analogy for our subject today the issue of judgment and its fairness to the Bible tells so there is a judgment coming that will be the entire basis upon which our eternal destiny will be decided second Timothy chapter four and verse one says these words I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom Jesus is coming again and he will judge both the living and the dead however which surprised if I told you that each of you who go to heaven will also participate in the judgment it's true each of us who enter through the gates of heaven will be called to serve in a role in which we will actually participate the judging of the judgment today we continue our series the Beatitudes of revelation today is part five of the seven part series if you've missed any of the shows in this series you can go to our website it is written Canada .ca or to our YouTube Channel YouTube .com eye IW Canada and you can watch any of the archived programs there we will also give you a number at the end of the program today so you can order the entire DVD series the Beatitudes of revelation are seven blessings that we find in the book of Revelation annual event number seven is so fitting is it revelation has seven churches seven seals seven trumpets seven plagues and now we are discovering the seven blessings or beatitudes the fifth of those beatitudes is found in Revelation chapter twenty first six Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection over such the second death has no power but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years there is a lot for us to consider in this verse did you catch some of the keywords and key phrases first resurrection second death priests and a thousand years what could all of this mean for God 's people this beatitude starts off the same as all the others by saying blessed and as we've discussed before the word blessing are blessed is a word that means happiness and joy however there is more to this particular blessing than just joy and happiness in addition to being blast this verse says the last and holy this word holy carries the idea of purity or dedication to God whoever these people are that this pianist given to them they are promised happiness and to be dedicated to God what then characterizes these people what kind of activities do they participated first as they take part in the first resurrection is some might ask the question is there more than one resurrection the Bible actually indicates that there are two distinct resurrections Jesus himself taught this in John the fifth chapter in John chapter five verses twenty eight to twenty nine do not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice and come forth those were done good to the resurrection of life and those who are able to the resurrection of condemnation there are two resurrections one is for those who have done good these are God 's people throughout time they had entrusted their life to Jesus Christ and are clothed with his robe of righteousness and now they are rewarded with the resurrection of life life everlasting but there is a second resurrection the resurrection of those who don't be evil those people who have made a choice to live for themselves throughout time John five twenty four says this most assuredly I say to you he who hears my word and believes in me who sent me has everlasting life those who are part of the second resurrection are those who do not hear God 's word could you not believe in him and who ultimately had made a choice to live a life for selfish purposes rather than God 's purposes and while a casual reading of that text may seem to indicate that our salvation is based on whether we have done good or evil let's review how the Bible says we are saved the Bible is quite clear that we are saved by grace and we read that I find that in Ephesians two eight nine for by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God and not of works lest anyone should boast in Romans three twenty four being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus these texts remind us that we are saved by grace however the Bible also says that we are charged by our works Jesus himself said this in Matthew chapter sixteen in verse twenty seven for the Son of Man will come in the glory of his father with his angels and then he will reward each according to his works are good works are the fruit of all life saved in the grace of Christ in Paul's letter to Titus in Titus chapter three and verses five seven and eight he reiterates this point when he says not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us that having been justified by his grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life this is a faithful saying and these things I want to affirm to you constantly that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works as we give our lives to Jesus the holy spirit begins to work in us and good works are a natural outcome of that experience seek God 's tender recalling and he tenderly warns us about doing evil in the third John one and verse a lot beloved do not imitate what is evil but what is good he who does good is of God but he who does evil has not seen God our outward actions seem to be an indication of what is actually going on with us on the answer John five is not the only place in which the Bible speaks of two resurrections in the Old Testament in Daniel chapter twelve in verse two the angel explains it to Daniel like this and many Lucy 's dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life some to shame and everlasting contempt the first resurrection is the resurrection of the saved they raise to everlasting life is that glorious day spoken of in first Thessalonians four sixteen to eighteen when Jesus comes to take this home for the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first then we were alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and thoughts we shall always be with the Lord therefore comfort one another with these words there is a blessing for those who are in the first resurrection because that is the resurrection that leads to everlasting life in fact the beatitude we are studying this week says over such the second death has no power the second was the Bible speaking of here yes friends the Bible also speaks of two deaths a first death in the second the first death is the death that happens to each of us when we die but if we die before Jesus returns first Corinthians chapter fifteen and in verse twenty two four in Adam all die even so in Christ all shall be made alive and then in Hebrews nine twenty seven it says these words as it is appointed for men to die once however there is also a second that second step is referred to in Revelation chapter twenty and in over fourteen then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire this is the second death and anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire the second death is clearly defined here it is the final destruction of the wicked in the lake of fire that moment in time where God cleanses the earth of all sin and all suffering in that instance everything is made pure the devil and his angels and even death itself are destroyed in the lake of fire in fact first Corinthians chapter fifteen and first twenty six promise the last enemy that will be destroyed is death unfortunately there were also be some humans that are cast into the lake of fire as well hellfire is designed to deal specifically with the sin problem and the author of sin Matthew twenty five forty one states it quite clearly then he will also say to those on the left depart from me you cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels hellfire was never designed for human beings but sadly because some have chosen to do evil and not accept God 's gift of salvation that will be their final destiny we've given an extensive treatment of the subject of hellfire in our series is heading for real if you would like more information on the topic you can go to our website where our YouTube channel to watch that series or even call the number at the end of the program to request those programs friends the first resurrection is for those who receive every Ward is the reward spoken of in first Corinthians fifteen fifty one two 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 heaven will be such a peaceful place perfect health perfect happiness no more death or sickness can you imagine the text that we are looking at today this fits the attitude in Revolution twenty six that we are studying ends with these words but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years the promised blessing is that in addition to the wonderful promise of the first resurrection God 's people are to reign as priests with God for a thousand years what is this promise referring to between the first and second resurrection there is something special that happens when Jesus comes again to take his people to heaven after that first resurrection the wicked stay dead on this earth for a thousand years the devil and his angels are also confined to this Earth during that bow 's here's to contemplate their decisions and the rebellion that they had cost there will be no longer anyone left for them to attempt because everyone that was not part of the first resurrection their debt meanwhile in heaven the saved are with Jesus you don't happen as often pictured as a plump baby strumming harp on the clouds but that is not the picture that is painted by the Bible noticed what the Bible says is happening in heaven between the first and the second resurrection in Revelation chapter twenty verses four and five and I saw thrones and they sat on them and judgment was committed to them is that I saw the souls of those who would been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God who had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on therefore has more on their hands and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years but the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished this is the first resurrection the saints throughout time are you there in heaven and the Bible says that judgment is committed to them what's going on here didn't the judgment already happened Revelation twenty two twelve says speaking of Christ's return and behold I am coming quickly and my reward is with me to give every one according to his work when Jesus comes it will have already been determined who is and who is not safe to take so what Jesus has already charged with scorn on here first Corinthians chapter six verses two and three give us a little further insight on the matter do you not know that the saints will judge the world and if the world will be judged by you are you on worthy to judge the smallest matters do you not know that we shall judge angels how much more things that pertain to this life this sea of having will judge the world and the Angels in what is one of the most amazing ironies of history God is allowing deceived of all time to judge what are they charging if God has already judged between who is good and who is evil then that leaves only one thing that the Saints would be judging people prejudging thoughts charge in a most startling decision God has put his very own character on the line to be charged by the city of history sings original accusation of God was that he was not trustworthy now God makes the information available to everyone so they can have the reassurance that God is trustworthy those who have part in the first resurrection also get to serve as priests of God and of Christ a priest in Old Testament times represented the people to God the priesthood as a mediator or as an advocate between people and God in fact the Bible appeals to all believers to be priests in Exodus Chapter nineteen verse six and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and all holy nation and again in the New Testament in first Peter two and in verse nine but you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood a holy nation his own special people that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light in these instances the invitation to be a priest is not one so much in the formal sense of the word but an invitation to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and have direct contact with him but raining as a priest with God in the kingdom of heaven takes on a much greater significance at that time we are one of presenting the people before God just as the Old Testament priesthood however we will be representing the people in God 's final judgment but one winding we will have opportunity to question the theory judgment of God I once heard it said that we will be surprised by three things in heaven one will be surprised by the fact that we are there to be surprised by who is not there and thirdly we will be surprised by who is in judging the judgment we won't be able to have all those questions answered there is no doubt that at the conclusion of this investigation those who have been serving as priests of God and of Christ will be left with only one answer as a part of the song of Moses recorded in Revelation chapter fifteen they will cry out just and true are your ways okay I'll say it's difference Jesus desires that you would be part of the first resurrection don't you want to be part of it heaven will be such a glorious reunion a reunion with family and friends that have passed away it will be a reunion that will never end but most important of the reunion day will be the opportunity as a human race to be reunited with Jesus he is the one who died for us he's the one who came to save us and he is the one who today is inviting you to make a decision to open the door to him Jesus invites us into a personal relationship with him in Revelation three twenty two twenty one it records this invitation behold ice stand at the door and knock if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come to him and dine with him and he with me to him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne as I also overcame and sat down with my father on his tour Jesus is the over comer because he overcame you can overcome he is waiting will you invite him into your heart today he wants you to be a part of that glorious reunion why don't you make that decision today there the only he is a a is the time has been a him is on the dream and the floor her is those who on Iran I believe the on the Lori 's home on Iran there is all and a review and nine nine he is the him and him alone yeah that is moves the a C is the that he will go a long way is the is the need will friends the book of Revelation is filled with blessings for you today like offering the DVD set the Beatitudes of revelation here's the information you need to receive things off to request that I thought were just log onto www. 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