Sunday, December 20, 2015

Revelation 1:7-8 -- ALPHA and OMEGA (Part 1)

"Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:7-8

Pastor Danny Forshee.  Great Hills Baptist Church.  February, 16 2014:

  • Assurance:
    • The IMPORTANCE of Jesus' Second coming (v. 7)
      • Zecheriah 12:10 -- "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn."
      • Everyone on Earth who hasn't believed will regret their unbelief.
    • The REALITY of His Coming.
      • 2 Peter 3:3-4 -- "knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
      • HE.  IS.  COMING.
      • Christians should live on an eschatological precipice.
    • A CHARACTERISTIC of His Coming.
    • The SCOPE of His Coming.
    • An AFFIRMATION of His Coming.
    • The CERTAINTY of His Coming.
  • We get so messed up on the minuate of Eschatology that we miss the Big Point: JESUS CHIRST IS COMING AGAIN!!!
  • Throughout the Old Testament, God's physical presence is accompanied by clouds.
    • Exodus 13
    • Exodus 19
    • Dedication of Tabernacle and Temple.
  • God is our Cosmic LandLORD and we're the college students trashing the house.
  • If you don't believe, you'd better be right.
  • You can't read Revelation and believe in multiple Gods.
  • Norton Study Bible, Note on 1:8 -- The Lord is sovereignly guiding history toward its consummation, the victory of Christ over all.
  • "I love studying Revelation, it's a Book of so much HOPE!!!"
  • If you know God, you should have no fear of the Book of Revelation.
  • "If you know Him, it's wonderful; if you don' NEED to know Him!!!"
  • "All the tribes of the Earth..."
  • "Behold" precedes major Divine action in Revelation.
  • Those who Pierced Him = The Jewish people.
    • In the last days, many (if not all) Jews hearts will turn to Jesus.
    • Right now, God has hardened their hearts.
  • Most people do not reject Jesus based on theology.
  • "It's not that we don't know who He is, it's that we don't like what He says."
  • "There is coming a day when you know Him and you go to HEAVEN or you don't know Him and you go to HELL.

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