WEDNESDAY NIGHT 11-30-16
REVELATION 1:1-2 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw--that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I. THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
II. TO SHOW US WHAT MUST TAKE PLACE
III. MADE IT KNOWN TO JOHN THE APOSTLE
A. JOHN TESTIFIES TO EVERYTHING HE SAW
B. THE WORD OF GOD AND THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST
REVELATION 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
IV. BLESSED ARE THE ONES WHO READ THESE WORDS OF PROPHECY
V. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THIS PHOPHECY AND TAKE IT TO HEART
REVELATION 1:4-8 John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
VI. WRITTEN TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA
VII. FROM GOD WHO IS WHO WAS AND IS TO COME, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND JESUS CHRIST
A. LOVES US
B. FREED US FROM OUR SINS
C. MADE US TO BE A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS TO SERVE GOD
IX. JESUS IS COMING AGAIN AND EVERYONE WILL SEE HIM
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 12-14-16
REVELATION 1:9-11 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
I. JOHN THE APOSTLE
A. BROTHER IN CHRIST
B. COMPANION IN SUFFERING
C. WORKER IN THE KINGDOM
D. IN PATIENT ENDURANCE
II. EXILED ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS
A. BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD
B. BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS
III. WAS IN THE SPIRIT ON THE LORD’S DAY (SUNDAY)
IV. A VOICE SPEAKS TO JOHN AND TELLS HIM TO WRITE WHAT HE SEES TO 7 CHURCHES LIKE A TRUMPET
C. EPHESUS, SMYRNA, PERGAMUM, THYATIRA, SARDIS, PHILADELPHIA, AND LAODICEA
REVELATION 1:12-16 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
V. SAW 7 GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS
VI. SAW SOMEONE LIKE A SON OF MAN AMONG THE LAMPSTANDS - JESUS
A. ROBE REACHING DOWN TO HIS FEET – KING AND PRIEST
B. WITH GOLDEN SASH –MESSENGER
C. HIS HEAD AND HAIR WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL- WISDOM OF AGE, ETERNAL EXISTENCE
D. EYES LIKE BLAZING FIRE - ALL SEEING, PIERCING
E. FEET LIKE BROZE GLOWING IN A FURNACE - JUDGEMENT
F. VOICE LIKE THE OUND OF RUSHIG WATERS – AUTORITY AND POWER
VII. HELD 7 STARS IN HIS RIGHT HAND - CONTROL
VIII. OUT OF HIS MOUTH CAME A SHARP DOUBLE EDGED SWORD
IX. HIS FACE LIKE THE SHINING SUN
REVELATION 1:17-18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
X. JOHN FELL AT HIS FEET
A. HUMILITY AND WORSHIP IN THE SIGHT OF JESUS
XI. JESUS IS
A. THE FIRST AND LAST
B. THE LIVING ONE
C. HAD BEEN DEAD BUT IS ALIVE FOREVER AND EVER
D. HOLDS THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES
REVELATION 1:19-20 "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
XII. JOHN WRITES WHAT HE HAS SEEN, WHAT IS NOW, AND WHAT IS TO COME
XIII. THE SEVEN STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
XIV. SEVEN LAMPSTANDS ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 12-21-16
REVELATION 2:1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:
I. TO THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH
II. FROM JESUS WHO HOLDS THE ANGELS IN HIS HANDS AND WALKS AMONG THE CHURCHES
REVELATION 2:2-3 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
III. JESUS KNOWS OUR GOOD DEEDS
A. THEY WORK HARD
B. THEY PERSEVERE THROUGH THE HARD TIMES
C. THEY DON’T TOLERATE EVIL MEN THAT ARE PREACHING LIES
D. THEY HAVE ENURED HARDSHIPS
E. THEY HAVE NOT GROWN WEARY
REVELATION 2:4-5 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
IV. JESUS SEES WHAT WE DO WRONG
A. FORSAKEN THEIR FIRST LOVE
B. GET BUSY DOING THINGS AND FORGET GOD
V. REMEMBER WHEN YOU FIRST GOD SAVED
VI. REPENT AND DO WHAT YOU DID AT FIRST
A. BE HUNGRY FOR GOD’S WORD AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS
VII. DON’T REPENT JESUS WILL COME AND REMOVE THE CHURCH
REVELATION 2:6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
VIII. THEY HATE THE PRACTICES OF THE NICOLAITANS
A. A PRIESTLY ORDER THAT WAS TRYING TO RULE THE PEOPLE
B. A CULT BY NICOLAUS OF ANTIOCH
1. TAUGHT OTHER DOCTRINES
2. ONE MUST INDULGE IN SIN TO UNDERSTAND IT
3. GAVE THEMSELVES OVER TO SENSUALITY SAYING IT DID NOT AFFECT THE SPIRIT
REVEALTION 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
IX. LISTEN TO WHAT JESUS SAYS
X. TO HIM WHO OVERCOMES WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 12-28-16
REVELATION 2:8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
I. LEADER OF THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA
II. FIRST AND LAST, WHO DIED AND CAME TO LIFE AGAIN
A. EVERYTHING JESUS IS, IS WHAT WE WILL NEED IN LIFE.
1. IF YOU NEED COMFORT, HE IS THE COMFORTER
2. IF YOU NEED PROVISIONS, THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
3. IF YOU NEED SAVATION, JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
4. WHAT DO YOU NEED JESUS TO BE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW?
REVELATION 2:9-10 I know your afflictions and your poverty——yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
III. JESUS KNOWS YOUR PAIN
IV.. JESUS KNOWS YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION
V. JESUS KNOWS YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION
VI. JESUS KNOWS THE CONDITION OF THE LOST
VII. JESUS KNOWS THE FUTURE
A. THEY WILL BE PERSECUTED
B. THEIR FAITH IS GOING TO BE UNDER ATTACK AND SOME WILL BE PUT IN PRISON
VIII. JESUS IS OUR CHEERLEADER
A. TELLS THEM NOT TO BE AFRAID
B. TELLS THEM TO REMAIN FAITHFUL IF TO DEATH
C. TELLS THEM HE WILL GIVE THEM THE CROWN OF LIFE
REVELATION 2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
X. NOT HURT BY SECOND DEATH - SPIRITUAL DEATH SEPARATION FROM GOD