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Resources from the series: Behold, A Throne

At a time of political instability around the world, when Christians are facing real pressure to compromise morally and theologically, and the future seems bleak, the book of Revelation speaks a word of confident hope.  Contrary to many popular approaches to the book, Revelation is not to be read with one eye on the daily news, as though it were a roadmap to our political future. Rather, it is as chapter 1, verse 1 puts it, "the revelation or the unveiling of Jesus Christ." When asked to give a single sentence summary of the theme of the book during his exams for ordination,  one candidate for the gospel ministry replied simply, "The Lamb Wins!" That's exactly right. The Book of Revelation rivets our gaze upon Jesus Christ, who reigns upon the throne of history, so that we might all learn to persevere through the fleeting and temporary trials of life with our eyes fixed on the finish line.

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They are the kind of questions children like to ask from the back seat on long journeys, aren’t they? “Where are we going? When will we get there? Who’s going to be there?” Actually, they’re enormously important questions to get answers to, especially when it comes to matters of eternity. As I said a moment ago, the final chapter of the book of Revelation answers those three questions...

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That was, of course, Macbeth’s despairing soliloquy, his famous commentary, on what he believed was life’s pointlessness. Tomorrow and yesterday, he says, are empty things. Life is a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Meaning and purpose are an illusion. For Shakespeare, Macbeth is a tragic figure, so fascinating precisely because in his context Macbeth was so extreme. His speech is as...

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If you would please take a copy of the holy Scriptures in your hands and turn with me to the last book of the Bible, to the prophecy of John, the book of Revelation. We’re going to read from verse 11 of chapter 19 through the end of chapter 20. Lots of somewhat intricate and important material here. A famous passage in the book of Revelation...

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“Can’t!” When we say that word we are generally concluding defeat, aren’t we? Sometimes that’s the path of wisdom of course. We need to know our limits, not try to do more than we can do. On the other hand, “I can’t do it,” or “It can’t be done,” may have less to do with our ability or capacity and more to do with our fear; a defeatist attitude. Perhaps...

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Richard Bewes, in his brilliant little commentary on the book of Revelation, tells the story of a trip he made to Sweden. He was traveling from the mainland to the islands of Tjorn and Orust. “To get there,” he said, “you have to pass over the famous and very beautiful, Tjorn Bridge. On this occasion, however, I was unable to use the bridge; it was down. A tanker...

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When I was in art school I had a friend whose specialty was tapestry and her studio was almost completely filled with an enormous loom on which she wove intricate works of art from loose threads. Now the way to really appreciate a tapestry-like that is not to pick one thread and then begin to unravel it until you see how it intersects with every other thread in...

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Well, some of you will remember, as I said before we took our break at the beginning of the summer we were working through the letters of the risen Christ to the seven churches of Asia Minor with which the book of Revelation opens. And they offered a penetrating, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of life in these seven representative congregations. These were churches struggling with false teaching. For some...

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If you would please open your Bibles at the last book of the Scriptures, the book of Revelation, chapter 3. We’re considering the words of verses 14 to 22 and you’ll find that on page 1030. We’ve come tonight to the last of the letters of Christ to the seven churches with which the book of Revelation opens. We’ll be taking a break here for the summer in...

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Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn to Revelation chapter 3 at the seventh verse. You’ll find that on page 1029 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. We have been working through the book of Revelation and studying seven messages for the churches of Asia Minor given to the Apostle John by the risen...

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Please take a copy of the holy Scriptures and turn with me in them to Revelation chapter 3. Revelation chapter 3 at verse 1. You’ll find that on page 1029 in our church Bibles. We’re reading the message of the risen Christ now to the church in the city of Sardis. You will recall, if you’ve been with us over these weeks as we’ve studied the...

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Listening is a skill that we all need to cultivate, but we all sometimes fail to deploy. Isn’t that the case? This came home to me last week when I read a story from the BBC about Mr. Mark Patterson. Mark Patterson is the stadium announcer for the Dairy City Soccer Stadium in Ireland. And as often happens, I suppose it’s part of the daily duties, the regular...

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So far we’ve considered two of the common threats to the spiritual vitality of the church addressed in this part of the book of Revelation. In Ephesus, the church had lost its first love. It had entered a period of spiritual declination. It remained theologically orthodox; it was busy serving, but its love and its passion for Christ had been obscured and lost sight of and neglected. And...

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The city of Smyrna, present day Izmir in Turkey, was built on a hill often called the “Crown of Smyrna.” Look at verse 10. Those who are faithful sufferers for Jesus in the city of Smyrna will be given a better crown, a crown of life. Jesus, you see, wants them to endure when faithfulness to Him becomes really costly. He wants them to be like rocks on...

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The book of Revelation, you will remember, opens with the remarkable vision given to John of the exalted Christ walking in the midst of the lampstands, symbolic of His presence in the midst of His Church. And He has commissioned the apostle John to write in a letter the things that he hears and sees and he is to send it to seven churches in Asia Minor. And...

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 John, you will recall, has heard a heavenly voice, a voice, verse 10 says, was “like a trumpet,” commissioning him to write what he sees and hears and send it as a letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor. And now as he turns to look for the one who is speaking to him, I want you to notice the striking way that he puts it in...

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Revelation is probably the most neglected New Testament book, I suspect for at least two reasons. First, it is frankly complex and mysterious, isn’t it, full of strange metaphors, bizarre beasts; symbolic numbers laden with rich allusions to the Old Testament and to its imagery. And quite often as a result to the casual reader in 2016, let’s be honest, it can be very difficult to understand. We...

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