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Christ in the Midst of His Churches

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March 6, 2020
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Ever wonder what Jesus looks like? In this first message in the series The Seven Churches of Revelation; learn what Jesus’ glorified body looks like.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Revelation,
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  • it is known as a bookof mysterious signs and wonders.
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  • But the prophecy containedwithin speaks of more
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  • than just what is to comein the end of days.
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  • Found near the beginningof the book, Revelation contains
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  • a collection of seven letters,dispatches from Jesus, delivered
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  • by Revelation's human author,John.
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  • These letters aren't long.
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  • In fact, they'reactually quite brief
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  • and straight to the point.
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  • The recipients?
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  • The early Christian churches.
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  • But while these letters spokedirectly to seven churches
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  • of antiquity, they,like the book of Revelation,
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  • are prophetic, propheticin that by them, Christ's words
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  • speak to all churchesthrough all the ages.
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  • Seven churches, seven letters,seven messages
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  • for today's believers,relevant words of commendation,
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  • tender encouragement,and of warning.
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  • So join me as we lookinto the Bible and discover
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  • Christ's timeless wordsto his followers
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  • through the seven churchesof Revelation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'mDavid Jeremiah.
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  • Welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • Here's somethingthat may surprise you.
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  • When Christ began his ministry,you probably could not have
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  • picked him out of a crowd.
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  • The prophet Isaiah foretoldthere would be nothing striking
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  • about his appearance.
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  • But after Jesus ascendedto heaven, well, that's
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  • a different story.
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  • When Christ revealed himselfto the Apostle John
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  • on the island of Patmos,John knew exactly who he was.
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  • He was the Lord of the church,revealed in all of his glory.
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  • The glorified Lord of the churchis the subject
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  • of today's message,which I have entitled,
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  • "Christ in the Midstof His Churches."
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  • It's the first messagein my new series,
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  • "The Seven Churchesof Revelation."
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  • If you would like to see Christas John saw him, please join me
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  • for today's editionof "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understandingof Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's"The Revelation Sevens."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelationin the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures,along with a correlating
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference toolin your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical indexto search for and study
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside,the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • of any amount in supportof this program.
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  • And if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • "The 7 Churchesof Revelation Study Set,"
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  • which contains,"The Revelation Sevens,"
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  • all the messages featuredin this current teaching series
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What does Jesuslook like?
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  • I mean, the answer is,of course, "We don't know."
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  • None of us have ever seen him.
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  • We don't know what Jesusactually looked like, but we can
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  • make some assumptions that whenhe walked upon this earth, he
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  • was probably in his early 30swhen he began his ministry,
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  • and he would not have hadlong hair because the culture
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  • at that time would not have beenthat way for him.
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  • It's fair to assume that Jesushad a beard.
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  • He spent a lot of time outdoors,so his skin tone would likely be
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  • darker, like an olive color.
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  • It is typical of thosein the Mediterranean countries
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  • to have skin like that.
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  • If you've ever been there, younotice that immediately.
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  • Now, here'san interesting thing.
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  • How tall would he have been?
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  • How tall was a 1st-century Jew?
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  • From an analysisof skeletal remains,
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  • archeologists havefirmly established
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  • that the average buildof a Semite male at the time
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  • of Jesus was 5'1"with an average weight
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  • of about 110 pounds.
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  • The Jewish people at that timewere very small.
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  • And Jesus was not a tall man,even though we see that in many
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  • of the movies and pictures.
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  • But this picture of himfrom his time
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  • in the New Testament Scripturesand the picture we are
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  • about to study are noteven remotely similar.
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  • I mean, in this lesson, we'regonna see a picture of him
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  • in his glorified body.
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  • The picture that we viewin Revelation 1 is not
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  • the lowly Galileanof the Gospels,
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  • but rather this isthe glorified risen Christ,
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  • the Almighty God who has eyeslike a flame of fire that pierce
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  • and burn.
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  • I want to make, first of all,this point, that the vision
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  • that we are about to see wasthe vision by John that he saw
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  • while he was in exileon the island of Patmos,
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  • "I, John, both your brotherand companion in the tribulation
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  • and kingdom and patienceof Jesus Christ, I was
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  • on the island that is calledPatmos for the Word of God
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  • and for the testimonyof Jesus Christ."
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  • Now, isn't it interestingthat this most formidable book
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  • of prophecy was writtenby John while he was
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  • basically in prison?
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  • He was exiled on an island.
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  • In the book of Revelation,we discover
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  • that the Apostle John enjoyedno immunity from tribulation.
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  • Don't let anybody tell youthat great things can't come
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  • from insignificant beginnings.
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  • The insignificant beginningof John was that one day
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  • he was in his fishing boatand Jesus came along and said,
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  • "Follow me."
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  • And John followed him,and he followed him all the way
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  • to the isle of Patmos,where he gave us this book
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  • we are about to study.
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  • The Bible says that he wasbanished to Patmos, a small,
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  • barren, rocky islandin the Aegean Sea,
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  • 10 miles long, 6 miles wide,located in about 70 miles south
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  • of Ephesus.
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  • Tacitus, the historian,describes this time of trial
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  • in these words, "The sea wasthickly strewn with exiles,
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  • the crags were stainedwith the blood of victims."
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  • And so because, as we're goingto learn, of his testimony
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  • for the Lord, John was sentto this island, where they
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  • intended him to beuntil his death.
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  • They just wanted to get himout of circulation.
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  • So they banished him to the isleof Patmos.
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  • It wasin these dark circumstances
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  • on this island, isolatedfrom loved ones
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  • and all kindsof human fellowship
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  • that John receivedthe most extensive revelation
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  • of future things that'sever been shown
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  • to any man.
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  • He was shut out form the world,but he was shut up to God.
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  • The place of his banishmentbecame the place of the vision
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  • of divine glory.
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  • And John's exile from the worldgave him power over the world.
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  • He had nothing to lose.
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  • He had nothing left to give.
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  • And so, the Bible says, "He waspunished for the Word of God
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  • and the testimonyof Jesus Christ."
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  • And so, it seemed only logicalon the part of those
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  • who wanted to destroythe church that if they could
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  • get rid of the influenceof the leader, they could
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  • diminish the influenceof the church.
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  • Even though John wasthe disciple that Jesus loved,
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  • still, he becamea particular participant
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  • in tribulation and suffering.
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  • How many of you know that if Godloves you, that doesn't mean you
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  • won't go through tribulation?
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  • God loves us.He always has.
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  • He always will.
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  • But I want to tell yousomethin'.
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  • You're gonna have troubleanyway, right?
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  • Only difference is now you knowthat God's going to help you
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  • through it.
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  • But we don't get a passfrom tribulation
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  • just because we're Christians.
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  • And I want to tell yousomethin'.
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  • You don't get a pass'cause you're a pastor either.
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  • Tribulation follows us,and the Bible tells us
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  • that's the way it is.
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  • Listen to Romans chapter 5,"Not only that,
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  • but we also gloryin tribulation, knowing
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  • that tribulation producesperseverance; and perseverance,
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  • character; and character, hope.
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  • Now, hope does not disappoint,because the love of God has been
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  • poured out in our heartsby the Holy Spirit he has
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  • given us."
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  • And John 16:33 says it this way,"'In the world you will have
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  • tribulation.'"
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  • Say that with me, "'In the worldyou will have tribulation.'"
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  • But then he says, "'But beof good cheer, I have overcome
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  • the world,'" amen.
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  • So this vision was seenby John while in exile
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  • on the isle of Patmos.
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  • Number two, this vision wasreceived by John
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  • while in the spiriton the Lord's Day.
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  • Notice verse 10, he said, "I wasin the Spirit on the Lord's Day,
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  • and I heard behind me a voice,as of a trumpet."
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  • What happened to John wasthat his normal bodily condition
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  • of time and space limitationwas set aside.
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  • And now he wasin the realm of the spirit.
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  • And he was elevated so that hecould go places he'd never been
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  • before.
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  • And he could actually moveforward in time so that he could
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  • see the Day of the Lord,which is the time
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  • of Jacob's trouble,the tribulation.
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  • He could see all of thatbefore it actually would happen.
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  • Number three, the vision wasto be written by John
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  • and sent to the seven churches.
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  • And that's exactlywhat the Scripture says.
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  • Read with me again, "Saying,'I am the Alpha and the Omega,
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  • the First and the Last,'and, 'What you see, write it
  • 00:09:56.679 --> 00:09:59.582
  • in a book and send itto the seven churches
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  • which are in Asia: to Ephesus,to Smyrna, to Pergamos,
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  • to Thyatira, to Sardis,to Philadelphia,
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  • and to Laodicea.'
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  • Then I turned to see the voicethat spoke with me.
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  • And having turned I sawseven golden lampstands."
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  • Now, the Bible says this,"John turns back.
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  • He sees," and here'ssome of the symbolism
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  • of Revelation, "he seesseven golden lampstands."
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  • They appear before him.
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  • And the Bible tells uswhat they are.
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  • We don't have to wonder.
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  • The Bible tells us,"The seven golden lampstands
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  • represent the seven churches."
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  • What seven churches?
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  • The seven churches to which he'sto address these letters,
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  • each of them very significant.
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  • The Bible says, "In the midstof the lampstands he sees
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  • someone."
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  • And it says, "He sees someonelike unto the Son of Man."
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  • These seven lampstands give usa picture.
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  • They're in a circle.
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  • And in the center of the circleis the Lord Jesus.
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  • And the Bible says,"These seven lampstands
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  • which are picturesof the churches,
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  • they shine light on Jesus."
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  • How many of you knowthat every church
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  • that calls itselfan evangelical church
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  • has one major role,shine the light on Jesus, amen?
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  • When we shine the lighton Jesus, everything is right.
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  • Please note that the candlestickis not the light,
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  • but the bearer of the light.
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  • There is no inherent lightin a candlestick.
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  • If you don't put light in it,it's not gonna have any light.
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  • You light the candle.
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  • It doesn't have any lightof its own.
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  • The light is the Lord's,not the church's.
  • 00:11:28.504 --> 00:11:30.439
  • And the purpose of the light isto bring glory to the Father
  • 00:11:30.473 --> 00:11:33.776
  • who is in heaven.
  • 00:11:33.809 --> 00:11:34.810
  • We light up Jesusso that the Father will be
  • 00:11:34.844 --> 00:11:38.080
  • glorified.
  • 00:11:38.114 --> 00:11:39.014
  • You say, "Pastor, where did youread that?"
  • 00:11:39.048 --> 00:11:40.583
  • I'm glad you asked me.
  • 00:11:40.616 --> 00:11:41.884
  • Let me show you where I read it.
  • 00:11:41.917 --> 00:11:43.686
  • Matthew 5:16, "'Let your lightso shine before men, that they
  • 00:11:43.719 --> 00:11:49.258
  • may see your good works,'"and what's the rest of it?
  • 00:11:49.291 --> 00:11:51.894
  • "Glorify your Father who isin heaven.'"
  • 00:11:51.927 --> 00:11:55.064
  • Or 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For it isthe God who commanded light
  • 00:11:55.097 --> 00:11:59.869
  • to shine out of darkness,who has shone in our hearts
  • 00:11:59.902 --> 00:12:03.472
  • to give the lightof the knowledge of the glory
  • 00:12:03.506 --> 00:12:05.741
  • of God in the faceof Jesus Christ."
  • 00:12:05.775 --> 00:12:08.277
  • Now, the writer beginsto tell us that number four,
  • 00:12:08.310 --> 00:12:13.449
  • the vision is of the glorifiedrisen Son of God.
  • 00:12:13.482 --> 00:12:17.820
  • He sees, first of all,the churches.
  • 00:12:17.853 --> 00:12:20.189
  • But then, as he looksat the churches, the light
  • 00:12:20.222 --> 00:12:22.424
  • shines on what's in the center.
  • 00:12:22.458 --> 00:12:24.426
  • And what's in the center isJesus.
  • 00:12:24.460 --> 00:12:26.529
  • Notice, first of all,the position of Christ
  • 00:12:26.562 --> 00:12:29.064
  • in the vision, verse 13,"And in the midst
  • 00:12:29.098 --> 00:12:32.067
  • of the seven lampstandsone like the Son of Man."
  • 00:12:32.101 --> 00:12:36.939
  • Now, the Bible goes onto give us not just the position
  • 00:12:36.972 --> 00:12:39.575
  • of Christ in the vision,but secondly, the portrait
  • 00:12:39.608 --> 00:12:42.645
  • of Christ in the vision,and he begins with his clothing.
  • 00:12:42.678 --> 00:12:46.715
  • Notice, Revelation 1:13, "I sawone like the Son of Man, clothed
  • 00:12:46.749 --> 00:12:50.653
  • with a garment down to the feetand girded about the chest
  • 00:12:50.686 --> 00:12:54.690
  • with a golden band."
  • 00:12:54.723 --> 00:12:56.725
  • He had a long flowing robe.
  • 00:12:56.759 --> 00:12:58.994
  • That spoke of his greatness.
  • 00:12:59.028 --> 00:13:02.498
  • And here's what the Bible saysabout his head and his hair,
  • 00:13:02.531 --> 00:13:05.201
  • verse 14, "His head and hairwere white like wool,
  • 00:13:05.234 --> 00:13:08.904
  • as white as snow."
  • 00:13:08.938 --> 00:13:12.241
  • I want to pause just a momentand say there is glory
  • 00:13:12.274 --> 00:13:14.210
  • in white hair.
  • 00:13:14.243 --> 00:13:17.980
  • White hair is godly.
  • 00:13:18.013 --> 00:13:20.983
  • White hair is like Jesus'.
  • 00:13:21.016 --> 00:13:26.088
  • Don't dye it, keep it.
  • 00:13:26.121 --> 00:13:29.091
  • White hair is good for us.
  • 00:13:29.124 --> 00:13:34.296
  • Now, the white headand the white hair speak
  • 00:13:34.330 --> 00:13:37.600
  • of the eternity or durationof the Lord.
  • 00:13:37.633 --> 00:13:40.436
  • It's a picture,the snowy white hair of his head
  • 00:13:40.469 --> 00:13:42.605
  • is not the white hairof senility,
  • 00:13:42.638 --> 00:13:44.340
  • but the absolute holinessand wisdom that is the part
  • 00:13:44.373 --> 00:13:47.576
  • of a judge.
  • 00:13:47.610 --> 00:13:48.777
  • Do you know, in the old time,when a person was a judge,
  • 00:13:48.811 --> 00:13:50.813
  • they put on a hairpiecethat was white.
  • 00:13:50.846 --> 00:13:53.916
  • Why did that do that?
  • 00:13:53.949 --> 00:13:54.984
  • Because it signifiedthe solemnity of the moment,
  • 00:13:55.017 --> 00:13:57.086
  • the seriousness of the moment,and the dignity of the judge.
  • 00:13:57.119 --> 00:14:00.923
  • And then notice,he next describes his eyes,
  • 00:14:00.956 --> 00:14:04.059
  • Revelation 1:14, "And his eyeslike a flame of fire."
  • 00:14:04.093 --> 00:14:09.531
  • Now, John had seen Jesus' eyes.
  • 00:14:09.565 --> 00:14:11.867
  • He had seen Jesus' eyes filledwith tears.
  • 00:14:11.901 --> 00:14:14.470
  • He saw Jesus' eyes the day Jesuscalled him from Galilee
  • 00:14:14.503 --> 00:14:17.606
  • to be his disciple.
  • 00:14:17.640 --> 00:14:18.908
  • But now, he sees the eyesof Jesus
  • 00:14:18.941 --> 00:14:21.644
  • in his glorified future role,and the Bible says,
  • 00:14:21.677 --> 00:14:23.979
  • "When he looks and sees the eyesof Jesus, they're like fire."
  • 00:14:24.013 --> 00:14:28.284
  • His eyes penetrateinto the deepest depths
  • 00:14:28.317 --> 00:14:30.986
  • of the soul.
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:32.187
  • They see everything.
  • 00:14:32.221 --> 00:14:33.455
  • His x-ray vision and his angerare symbolized by the close-up
  • 00:14:33.489 --> 00:14:37.359
  • of his eyes.
  • 00:14:37.393 --> 00:14:40.462
  • Psalm 11:4 puts it this way,"The Lord is in holy temple,
  • 00:14:40.496 --> 00:14:44.566
  • the Lord's throne is in heaven;his eyes behold, his eyelids
  • 00:14:44.600 --> 00:14:49.471
  • test the sons of men."
  • 00:14:49.505 --> 00:14:53.709
  • What that means, men and women,is whatever you are doing
  • 00:14:53.742 --> 00:14:57.079
  • that you think God doesn't knowabout, forget it.
  • 00:14:57.112 --> 00:15:00.215
  • His eyes see everything.
  • 00:15:00.249 --> 00:15:01.717
  • His eyes pierceright through all the veneer
  • 00:15:01.750 --> 00:15:04.386
  • we put up, all the spin we giveto life, all the things we do
  • 00:15:04.420 --> 00:15:07.790
  • to try to think we're hidingfrom God.
  • 00:15:07.823 --> 00:15:09.391
  • How foolish can we be?
  • 00:15:09.425 --> 00:15:11.226
  • John sees the Lordas he really is.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:14.630
  • He sees him with firein his eyes.
  • 00:15:14.663 --> 00:15:18.634
  • And then the Scripture describeshis feet.
  • 00:15:18.667 --> 00:15:21.570
  • Revelation 1:15, "His feet werelike brass, as if refined
  • 00:15:21.603 --> 00:15:25.741
  • in a furnace."
  • 00:15:25.774 --> 00:15:27.776
  • Now, brass in the Scripturerepresents judgment.
  • 00:15:27.810 --> 00:15:30.946
  • The altarin the Jewish tabernacle,
  • 00:15:30.980 --> 00:15:33.449
  • for instance, was madeout of brass.
  • 00:15:33.482 --> 00:15:36.018
  • And the feet of brass speakof the time when he will put
  • 00:15:36.051 --> 00:15:38.787
  • all of his enemiesand every evil power
  • 00:15:38.821 --> 00:15:41.123
  • beneath his feet.
  • 00:15:41.156 --> 00:15:42.825
  • Burnished brass ismilitary brass.
  • 00:15:42.858 --> 00:15:45.527
  • And the foes of Jesus one daywill be crushed under the feet
  • 00:15:45.561 --> 00:15:49.631
  • of the Lord Jesus.
  • 00:15:49.665 --> 00:15:50.899
  • You're seeing this whole pictureof the Lord
  • 00:15:50.933 --> 00:15:53.802
  • in these first few verses.
  • 00:15:53.836 --> 00:15:55.971
  • He goes, number five,to describe his mouth.
  • 00:15:56.005 --> 00:15:59.241
  • And he has a lot to sayabout that in verses 15 and 16,
  • 00:15:59.274 --> 00:16:02.778
  • "And his voice as the soundof many waters;
  • 00:16:02.811 --> 00:16:05.914
  • and out of his mouth wenta sharp two-edged sword."
  • 00:16:05.948 --> 00:16:09.885
  • Notice, first of all,the sound of his voice.
  • 00:16:09.918 --> 00:16:12.621
  • John said that when he saw Jesusin the midst of the lampstands
  • 00:16:12.654 --> 00:16:17.226
  • with his white hair,and his burnished feet,
  • 00:16:17.259 --> 00:16:21.096
  • and his fiery eyes,all of a sudden, he spoke.
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:25.100
  • And he said, "When he spokeabove the boisterous waves,
  • 00:16:25.134 --> 00:16:29.004
  • there was the thunderous voiceof the Son of Man."
  • 00:16:29.038 --> 00:16:33.308
  • The Bible saysthat, "God's majesty in Jesus
  • 00:16:33.342 --> 00:16:35.744
  • is such that when he speaks,it reminded John of the voice
  • 00:16:35.778 --> 00:16:39.615
  • of the sound of many waters,"full of majesty, and probably
  • 00:16:39.648 --> 00:16:44.353
  • somewhat frightening.
  • 00:16:44.386 --> 00:16:47.423
  • That was the sound of his voice.
  • 00:16:47.456 --> 00:16:49.324
  • Notice, the sword of his mouth,verse 16, "And out of His mouth
  • 00:16:49.358 --> 00:16:52.661
  • went a sharp two-edged sword."
  • 00:16:52.694 --> 00:16:54.863
  • The instrument of warfare isthe two-edged sword
  • 00:16:54.897 --> 00:16:57.533
  • that proceeds from the mouthof the Lord.
  • 00:16:57.566 --> 00:16:59.768
  • This sword is the Word of God.
  • 00:16:59.802 --> 00:17:02.571
  • The Bible tells us,"The Word of God is living
  • 00:17:02.604 --> 00:17:04.540
  • and powerful, and sharperthan any two-edged sword,"
  • 00:17:04.573 --> 00:17:07.709
  • Hebrews 4:12.
  • 00:17:07.743 --> 00:17:08.911
  • And Ephesians 6:17 tells usto, "Take
  • 00:17:08.944 --> 00:17:11.447
  • the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God."
  • 00:17:11.480 --> 00:17:14.683
  • Out of his mouth camethe power of the Word of God,
  • 00:17:14.716 --> 00:17:18.654
  • cutting sharply.
  • 00:17:18.687 --> 00:17:22.524
  • And then notice his hands,verse 16, "And he had
  • 00:17:22.558 --> 00:17:27.296
  • in his right hand seven stars."
  • 00:17:27.329 --> 00:17:31.533
  • The Bible says that as hesees Jesus, Jesus is standing
  • 00:17:31.567 --> 00:17:34.703
  • there, and he's got seven starsin his right hand.
  • 00:17:34.736 --> 00:17:37.773
  • And those stars representthe pastors
  • 00:17:37.806 --> 00:17:39.942
  • of the seven churches,which in essence say
  • 00:17:39.975 --> 00:17:42.144
  • that the pastors who servethe seven churches stand
  • 00:17:42.177 --> 00:17:45.881
  • in the authorityof Jesus Christ, and he holds
  • 00:17:45.914 --> 00:17:48.150
  • them in his right hand, not onlyas a symbol of his authority,
  • 00:17:48.183 --> 00:17:51.453
  • but as a symbolof his sovereignty
  • 00:17:51.487 --> 00:17:54.223
  • and his protection.
  • 00:17:54.256 --> 00:17:55.924
  • This picture that John sees?
  • 00:17:55.958 --> 00:17:57.893
  • The seven churches surroundinghim, the Son of Man
  • 00:17:57.926 --> 00:18:01.830
  • in the center.
  • 00:18:01.864 --> 00:18:03.298
  • This majestic pictureof the Son of Man, his hair,
  • 00:18:03.332 --> 00:18:05.634
  • his feet, his mouth, his eyes.
  • 00:18:05.667 --> 00:18:09.238
  • And in the right handof the Son of Man
  • 00:18:09.271 --> 00:18:11.840
  • are the seven pastors,the seven stars
  • 00:18:11.874 --> 00:18:17.346
  • of the seven churches.
  • 00:18:17.379 --> 00:18:19.615
  • And then number seven, we readabout his face.
  • 00:18:19.648 --> 00:18:22.951
  • "He had in his right handseven stars,
  • 00:18:22.985 --> 00:18:24.820
  • and out of his mouth wenta sharp two-edged sword,
  • 00:18:24.853 --> 00:18:27.156
  • and his face, his countenancewas like the sun shining
  • 00:18:27.189 --> 00:18:30.993
  • in its strength."
  • 00:18:31.026 --> 00:18:33.562
  • I would imagine John strugglingwith the words to describe
  • 00:18:33.595 --> 00:18:36.298
  • this vision that he saw.
  • 00:18:36.331 --> 00:18:38.734
  • Let me tell you, number five,the vision paralyzed John
  • 00:18:38.767 --> 00:18:42.371
  • until he was touchedby the Lord.
  • 00:18:42.404 --> 00:18:44.873
  • Notice verse 17, "And when I sawhim, I fell at his feet as dead.
  • 00:18:44.907 --> 00:18:53.115
  • And he laid his right handon me, saying to me,
  • 00:18:53.148 --> 00:18:54.750
  • 'Do not be afraid;I am the First and the Last.'"
  • 00:18:54.783 --> 00:18:59.321
  • Even though John had knownthis Jesus personally,
  • 00:18:59.354 --> 00:19:02.491
  • had laid his headupon his breast, it is not
  • 00:19:02.524 --> 00:19:05.527
  • a surprise that he fellat Jesus' feet as dead.
  • 00:19:05.561 --> 00:19:08.263
  • He was overwhelmedby the majesty
  • 00:19:08.297 --> 00:19:10.666
  • of the glorified Son of Man.
  • 00:19:10.699 --> 00:19:14.836
  • When you see Jesusas he really is in glory,
  • 00:19:14.870 --> 00:19:20.342
  • and I can't even pretendto describe it as I should,
  • 00:19:20.375 --> 00:19:25.414
  • you will be so overwhelmedwith his glory and majesty
  • 00:19:25.447 --> 00:19:29.318
  • you will fall on your kneesbefore him and say, "Surely,
  • 00:19:29.351 --> 00:19:32.588
  • this is the Son of God."
  • 00:19:32.621 --> 00:19:35.924
  • And you will worship him.
  • 00:19:35.958 --> 00:19:37.993
  • And the Bible tells usthat as he was on his face
  • 00:19:38.026 --> 00:19:41.630
  • before the visionof the glorified Lord,
  • 00:19:41.663 --> 00:19:44.600
  • "Jesus laid his right handon him, saying to him,
  • 00:19:44.633 --> 00:19:49.538
  • 'Do not be afraid.'"
  • 00:19:49.571 --> 00:19:53.008
  • In the midst of John'sparalyzing fear, the Lord
  • 00:19:53.041 --> 00:19:55.611
  • touched him with the right handand spoke to him with the voice
  • 00:19:55.644 --> 00:19:58.413
  • who's sound was as many waters,and both the touch and the words
  • 00:19:58.447 --> 00:20:03.318
  • were used to encourage John.
  • 00:20:03.352 --> 00:20:05.520
  • Immediately following the words,"Fear not," John was given
  • 00:20:05.554 --> 00:20:08.423
  • three reasons why he should notbe afraid.
  • 00:20:08.457 --> 00:20:11.693
  • These are good reasons for us.
  • 00:20:11.727 --> 00:20:13.295
  • Number one: "'Fear not for I amthe eternal God,'" verse 17.
  • 00:20:13.328 --> 00:20:19.034
  • "John, don't be afraid.
  • 00:20:19.067 --> 00:20:20.769
  • I am the one who is,and who was, and who will be."
  • 00:20:20.802 --> 00:20:26.141
  • "Do not be afraid, I amthe First and the Last.
  • 00:20:26.174 --> 00:20:28.644
  • I am First in that no one isbefore me.
  • 00:20:28.677 --> 00:20:31.446
  • I am Last in that nonewill follow me.
  • 00:20:31.480 --> 00:20:33.882
  • I am the living one."
  • 00:20:33.915 --> 00:20:35.550
  • His name is not I was,or I will be, his name is I am.
  • 00:20:35.584 --> 00:20:41.189
  • "So, John, don't be afraid.
  • 00:20:41.223 --> 00:20:42.391
  • I'm the eternal one."
  • 00:20:42.424 --> 00:20:44.159
  • And then secondly, "John,don't be afraid because I'm
  • 00:20:44.192 --> 00:20:46.962
  • the resurrected Christ.
  • 00:20:46.995 --> 00:20:49.131
  • I was dead and behold.
  • 00:20:49.164 --> 00:20:50.532
  • I am alive forevermore."
  • 00:20:50.565 --> 00:20:52.601
  • Peter says that, "We have beenbegotten again
  • 00:20:52.634 --> 00:20:54.536
  • unto a living hopeby the resurrection
  • 00:20:54.569 --> 00:20:56.204
  • of Jesus Christ from the dead."
  • 00:20:56.238 --> 00:20:57.806
  • Christ says, "I am dead,"historical fact
  • 00:20:57.839 --> 00:21:01.009
  • of his crucifixion.
  • 00:21:01.043 --> 00:21:02.210
  • "I am living,"the continuous state
  • 00:21:02.244 --> 00:21:04.313
  • of his endless life.
  • 00:21:04.346 --> 00:21:05.447
  • And, "I was really dead.
  • 00:21:05.480 --> 00:21:07.182
  • I am really living," and thatwill be an encouragement
  • 00:21:07.215 --> 00:21:10.018
  • to anybody who understand it.
  • 00:21:10.052 --> 00:21:12.120
  • What is the one thing we fearthe most?
  • 00:21:12.154 --> 00:21:14.156
  • Death.
  • 00:21:14.189 --> 00:21:15.524
  • And here is this Lord puttinghis hand upon John on the isle
  • 00:21:15.557 --> 00:21:18.994
  • of Patmos as he seesthis incredible vision,
  • 00:21:19.027 --> 00:21:21.163
  • and saying,"John, don't be afraid.
  • 00:21:21.196 --> 00:21:24.333
  • I know this is a fearsome thingyou have seen, this vision
  • 00:21:24.366 --> 00:21:27.436
  • that you have been privilegedto see.
  • 00:21:27.469 --> 00:21:29.471
  • But don't be afraid.
  • 00:21:29.504 --> 00:21:31.773
  • I am the eternal God.
  • 00:21:31.807 --> 00:21:34.409
  • And I am the one who came backfrom the grave."
  • 00:21:34.443 --> 00:21:37.679
  • And then, thirdly, "I amthe one who has in my power
  • 00:21:37.713 --> 00:21:42.284
  • the keys of death and hell."
  • 00:21:42.317 --> 00:21:45.454
  • "Fear not," he says,"for the power over death
  • 00:21:45.487 --> 00:21:48.590
  • and the grave is in my hand,and I will protect you."
  • 00:21:48.623 --> 00:21:54.196
  • Let us walk away from herefull of the glory
  • 00:21:54.229 --> 00:21:56.832
  • of the Lord Jesus, but not fullof the fear of him.
  • 00:21:56.865 --> 00:22:01.136
  • We have nothing to fearfrom the one who loved us
  • 00:22:01.169 --> 00:22:04.039
  • and gave himself for us.
  • 00:22:04.072 --> 00:22:06.341
  • I was reading some months agothe book that Max Lucado wrote
  • 00:22:06.375 --> 00:22:09.745
  • on fear.
  • 00:22:09.778 --> 00:22:11.413
  • And I want to finishwith something that he said.
  • 00:22:11.446 --> 00:22:14.516
  • He said, "We fear being sued.
  • 00:22:14.549 --> 00:22:16.351
  • We fear finishing last.
  • 00:22:16.385 --> 00:22:18.620
  • We fear going broke.
  • 00:22:18.653 --> 00:22:20.055
  • We fear the mole on our back,the new kid on the block,
  • 00:22:20.088 --> 00:22:23.258
  • the sound of the clockas it ticks us closer
  • 00:22:23.291 --> 00:22:25.394
  • to the grave.
  • 00:22:25.427 --> 00:22:27.396
  • We sophisticateinvestment plans, create
  • 00:22:27.429 --> 00:22:29.631
  • elaborate security systems,and legislate stronger military.
  • 00:22:29.664 --> 00:22:34.302
  • Yet we dependon mood-altering drugs
  • 00:22:34.336 --> 00:22:36.471
  • more than any other generationin history.
  • 00:22:36.505 --> 00:22:38.707
  • Moreover, ordinary childrentoday are more fearful
  • 00:22:38.740 --> 00:22:41.810
  • than psychiatric patients werein the 1950s.
  • 00:22:41.843 --> 00:22:46.848
  • Fear herds us into a prisonand slams the door.
  • 00:22:46.882 --> 00:22:50.552
  • Wouldn't it be good to walk out?
  • 00:22:50.585 --> 00:22:53.922
  • This is Jesus' desire for you.
  • 00:22:53.955 --> 00:22:56.091
  • His most common command emergesfrom the, "Fear not," genre.
  • 00:22:56.124 --> 00:22:59.194
  • The Gospels listsome 125 Christ-issued
  • 00:22:59.227 --> 00:23:02.664
  • imperatives.
  • 00:23:02.697 --> 00:23:03.832
  • Of these, 21 urge us not to beafraid, or have courage,
  • 00:23:03.865 --> 00:23:07.235
  • or take heart.
  • 00:23:07.269 --> 00:23:08.403
  • The second most common command,to love God and neighbor,
  • 00:23:08.437 --> 00:23:11.106
  • appears on only 8 occasions.
  • 00:23:11.139 --> 00:23:12.841
  • The quantity is an indicatorJesus takes our fears seriously.
  • 00:23:12.874 --> 00:23:18.947
  • The one statement he mademore than any other was this:
  • 00:23:18.980 --> 00:23:22.484
  • "Don't be afraid."
  • 00:23:22.517 --> 00:23:25.487
  • Imagine your life untouchedby angst.
  • 00:23:25.520 --> 00:23:27.422
  • What if faith, not fear,was your default reaction
  • 00:23:27.456 --> 00:23:29.825
  • to threats?
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  • Envision a day, just one day,absent the dread of failure,
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  • rejection, and calamity.
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  • Can you imagine a lifewith no fear?
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  • Fear may fill our world,but it doesn't have to fill
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  • your hearts.
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  • It will always knockon your door, just don't invite
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  • it in for dinner.
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  • Let's embolden our heartwith a select number of Jesus',
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  • "Do not fear" statements.
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  • The promise of Christ is simple.
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  • We can fear less tomorrowthan we can today.
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  • And herein this wonderful passage
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  • is the final word from the Lordto John, who was overwhelmed
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  • by what he saw, "'Fear not,I am the eternal one.
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  • I have overcome the grave, and Ihold in my hands death and hell.
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  • And if you know me, if you knowme, you don't have to be
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  • afraid.'"
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return
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  • to close today's program,right after this.
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  • announcer: Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understandingof Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's"The Revelation Sevens."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelationin the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures,along with a correlating
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference toolin your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical indexto search for and study
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside,the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • "The 7 Churchesof Revelation Study Set,"
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  • which contains,"The Revelation Sevens,"
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  • all the messages featuredin this current teaching series
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  • on 9 DVDs,and a correlating study guide.
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  • Support David Jeremiahand this program and receive
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Christ will oneday appear in glory to judge
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  • all who have refused God's giftsof forgiveness and salvation.
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  • And when he does, there will beno mistaking who he is.
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  • Are you ready for that day?
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  • Why not embrace him as your Lordnow so you can meet him
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  • face to face when he comesin all his beauty and glory?
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  • If you have not yet putyour faith in Christ,
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  • my prayer is that you will do sowithout delay.
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  • As an encouragement,I would like to send you
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  • our booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Loveis really a verb.
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  • It's an action word.
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  • And the way you comeback to where you should be
  • 00:26:56.931 --> 00:26:59.300
  • is you go back to where you wereand you start doing the things
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  • you used to do.
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  • And all of a sudden, you'lldiscover that that love
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  • that kind of slipped awayis starting to come back.
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  • And you begin to rememberwhat it was like
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  • to really be in lovewith the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer:Join us next time
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's message,"Losing Your First Love,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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