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August 29, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Seven Churches of Revelation: A Look Into Heaven

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Revelation, it is known
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  • as a book of mysterious signs and wonders.
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  • But the prophecy contained within speaks of more
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  • than just what is to come in the end of days.
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  • Found near the beginning of 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're actually 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 spoke directly to seven churches
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  • of antiquity, they, like the book of Revelation,
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  • are prophetic, prophetic in that by them, Christ's words
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  • speak to all churches through 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 look into the Bible and discover
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  • Christ's timeless words to his followers
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  • through the seven churches of Revelation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah, and welcome
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  • to "Turning Point."
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  • When we attend a stage play or a Broadway musical,
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  • there is one thing separating us from what we've been waiting
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  • to see, and that's the curtain.
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  • When the lights go down and the curtain goes up,
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  • our heartbeat goes up with it.
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  • And that's what I think the Apostle John felt when God,
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  • in a manner of speaking, raised the curtain on heaven.
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  • John's description of heaven is the most detailed in the Bible.
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  • Following Christ's letters to the seven churches,
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  • God showed John what the church has to look forward to,
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  • the glory of the throne room of God.
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  • This last message in our new series
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  • on the seven churches of Revelation" is entitled
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  • "A Look Into Heaven."
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  • We will look behind the curtain into heaven on today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Revelation is a mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols, portraying things seen and unseen
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  • in the world and those of the world to come,
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  • especially appearing in numbers of seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understanding of Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's, "The Revelation 7s ."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelation in the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures, along with a correlating reflection,
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  • plus featured 7s interspersed throughout
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  • this 44 page handbook to help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference tool in your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical index to search for and study
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  • specific 7s, and find a renewed desire and excitement
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  • to mine the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside, the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever-focused on God.
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  • "The Seven Churches of Revelation" Study Set,
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  • which contains, "The Revelations 7s,"
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  • all the messages featured in this current teaching series
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  • on 9 DVDs, and a correlating study guide.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The first thing we're going to learn about is
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  • the church's exit from the earth,
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  • the church's exit from the earth.
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  • Here are some reasons why we know that the church goes
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  • to heaven, if I can say it in this way,
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  • between the third chapter and the fourth chapter.
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  • Between chapter 3, where the church is
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  • on the earth, and chapter 4, where we see the church is
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  • in heaven, somehow, the church got up there.
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  • And we know how that happened, we know that takes place
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  • through what is called the Rapture.
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  • Now, how do we know that's true by studying
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  • the book of Revelation?
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  • Follow my logic, will you, as we look at the Scripture.
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  • First of all, because of the sequence
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  • of events in the book of Revelation,
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  • because of the sequence of events.
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  • The inspired outline of the book of Revelation is
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  • in the first chapter and the 19th verse.
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  • Look down at verse 19 in your Bibles
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  • of the first chapter, and notice what it says.
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  • It says here's what John's assignment was.
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  • He was to, "Write the things which you have seen,
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  • and the things which are, and then the things
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  • which will take place after this."
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  • Notice what it says in that last phrase in verse 19,
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  • "The things which shall take place after this"?
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  • Read verse 1 of chapter 4.
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  • "After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open
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  • in heaven.
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  • And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet
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  • speaking with me, saying, 'Come up here, and I will
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  • show you,'" what?
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  • The things that shall take place after this.
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  • The same phrase that is in the 19th verse
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  • of the first chapter is in the first verse
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  • of the fourth chapter, linking those two things together.
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  • The fourth chapter is the beginning of the prophecy
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  • of John under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
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  • about all the things that are going to take place after this,
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  • after what?
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  • After we go to heaven, and what's going to happen
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  • when we're in heaven, what's going to take place
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  • up there, what's going to take place down here.
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  • Now, here's another interesting thing
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  • that helps us to realize this is true, and that's the silence
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  • concerning the church in chapters 4 through 19.
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  • You would expect if the church were still on the earth
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  • during chapters 4 through 19, there would be
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  • some writing about it.
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  • Here's an amazing truth.
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  • The word "church" appears 19 times
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  • in the first 3 chapters, and from chapter 3, verse 22
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  • all the way through the rest of the book, it is not mentioned
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  • once as being on the earth.
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  • Number three, you notice that the Spirit of God has gone
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  • from the earth to heaven.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Where does the Holy Spirit live on the earth?
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  • He lives in us, right?
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  • Now, he's available, obviously, in other ways,
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  • but the basic ministry of the Holy Spirit is
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  • the Holy Spirit lives in believers.
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  • So you would expect when the believers are gone,
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  • guess what, the Holy Spirit's gone too.
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  • One of the reasons why the tribulation is hell on earth
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  • is when you take the restrainer away,
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  • there's no one left to hold back evil.
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  • What kind of things are going to happen when the Rapture
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  • takes place?
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  • Well, the Bible says the first thing that will happen
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  • is there's going to be a voice, remember?
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  • And the Bible says there will be a voice of the archangel.
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  • Read Revelation 4:1,
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  • "And the first voice I heard."
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  • 1 Thessalonians 16, "The Lord himself will descend from heaven
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  • with a shout, and with the voice of an archangel."
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  • There's a voice in the Rapture passage
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  • in 1 Thessalonians 4, and there's a voice
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  • in Revelation chapter 4.
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  • What else do we know about the Rapture?
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  • Well, along with the voice, there's going to be a trumpet,
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  • remember?
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  • "And the trump shall sound."
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  • Read Revelation chapter 4:1, "And the first voice
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  • which I heard was like a trumpet."
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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16, "The Lord himself will descend from heaven
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  • with the trumpet of God."
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  • There's a trumpet in Revelation 4;
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  • there's a trumpet in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4.
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  • What else do we know?
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  • The Bible says not only is there a voice and a trumpet,
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  • there's going to be a change.
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  • Revelation 4:2 says, "Immediately," John is speaking,
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  • "I was in the Spirit."
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  • What do we read about the Rapture
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  • in 1 Corinthians 15?
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  • "For the trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ will be
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  • raised incorruptible, and we shall be," what?
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  • "Changed, for this corruptible must put on incorruption,
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  • and this mortal must put on immortality."
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  • I am absolutely convinced that if you read
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  • the book of Revelation the way it was outlined
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  • by Almighty God himself, you will have to understand
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  • that after the third chapter, a dramatic shift takes place.
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  • The church is no longer on the earth; the church is
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  • in heaven.
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  • The tribulation is about to start on this earth,
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  • 7 years of hell on earth, which is described in detail
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  • in chapters 4 through 19.
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  • But we will not be here to experience that,
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  • for the Bible says, "There is therefore now no condemnation
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  • to those who are in Christ Jesus."
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  • We will be taken to heaven in the Rapture,
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  • which could happen, by the way, at any moment,
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  • and even before we're finished with this service,
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  • and that would be all right with me.
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  • So between chapters 3 and 4, the Rapture happens.
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  • The church is in heaven.
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  • We look through an open door now into heaven,
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  • and Revelation 4:1-11 is what John sees as he envisions
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  • this time in the future, and he looks
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  • through the open door.
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  • The first thing we've looked at is the church's exit
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  • from the earth.
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  • And now, in these first 11 verses,
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  • the church's existence in heaven.
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  • And now you can kind of follow along
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  • in your Bibles.
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  • You won't have to jump around very much, and you'll be able
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  • to see the argument that's here.
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  • Revelation 4:1 says this.
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  • John is speaking as he writes, John the apostle, as he writes,
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  • under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
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  • He said, "After these things," after what things?
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  • The things about the church that we've already studied.
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  • "After these things, I looked, and behold, a door standing open
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  • into heaven.
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  • And the first voice which I heard was
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  • like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up here,
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  • and I will show you things which must take place
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  • after this.'"
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  • The very first verse of this chapter describes
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  • an open door in heaven.
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  • The door is open into heaven only twice that I'm aware of
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  • in the book of Revelation.
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  • First of all, Revelation 4:1 says, "After these things
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  • I looked, and behold, a door standing open
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  • in heaven."
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  • In Revelation 19, verse 11, we read, "And then I saw
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  • heaven opened, and behold, a white horse."
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  • Watch carefully.
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  • In chapter 4, the door to heaven opens and somebody goes up.
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  • In chapter 19, the door to heaven opens and somebody
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  • comes down.
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  • In chapter 4, the door opens, and John is invited
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  • as a representative of the church to come
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  • up to heaven.
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  • In chapter 19, we're told, and you know this story,
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  • that one day Jesus Christ is going to come back to this earth
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  • riding on a white horse, and he's going to come back
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  • out of the door of heaven, and take control
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  • of planet earth.
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  • So the door to heaven opens twice, once when some people go
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  • up, and once when Jesus comes down.
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  • The key word in chapter 4, men and women,
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  • is the word "throne."
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  • One of the great themes of the book of Revelation is
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  • the sovereignty of God over all the world.
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  • And I love that theme, especially now, because when you
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  • look around today, it looks like nobody's in charge,
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  • everything's out of control.
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  • Every day, you read the newspaper, and it seems
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  • like it's worse than it was the day before.
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  • And you wonder where is this all going?
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  • And I just want to tell you when you look up
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  • into the heavens, when you look through the open door,
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  • there's a throne there, and Almighty God is
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  • on the throne.
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  • I'd just like you to know that.
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  • That's a great encouragement to me.
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  • There's somebody in charge that may not look
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  • like he's running things because he's granted
  • 00:11:22.250 --> 00:11:24.240
  • some space to people here to do their own thing.
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  • But he hasn't lost control, I promise you.
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  • There is a throne in heaven, and that throne is occupied
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  • by God Almighty.
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  • Psalm 103:19 says it this way, "The Lord has established
  • 00:11:35.280 --> 00:11:40.080
  • His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all."
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  • Psalm 9:7 and 8 says, "The Lord shall endure forever;
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  • He has prepared His throne for judgment.
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  • He shall judge the world in righteousness.
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  • He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness."
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  • Today in our church age here on this earth,
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:12:00.050
  • we come to the throne, don't we?
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  • We call it the throne of grace.
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  • We come to the throne of grace.
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  • The Bible tells us we're to come boldly to the throne of grace
  • 00:12:05.260 --> 00:12:08.040
  • to find help for our needs.
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  • But the throne in heaven that we're about to envision
  • 00:12:10.250 --> 00:12:14.000
  • is not a throne of grace.
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  • The day of grace is over.
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  • The church age is finished.
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  • The church is no longer in a period of grace.
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  • When we look into heaven in Revelation chapter 4
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.180
  • the age of grace is done.
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  • The day of judgment is at hand and the throne in heaven
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  • that we're about to see and describe from Revelation 4
  • 00:12:29.160 --> 00:12:33.180
  • is not the throne of grace, believe me.
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  • This is the throne of God's judgment.
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  • Now, everything from now on is about the throne,
  • 00:12:38.270 --> 00:12:43.080
  • about things that happen on the throne,
  • 00:12:43.090 --> 00:12:45.190
  • things that happen around the throne,
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  • things that happen in front of the throne.
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  • All of it's related to the throne.
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  • As you look into the door of heaven,
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:52.180
  • the one thing that just grabs your attention immediately
  • 00:12:52.190 --> 00:12:55.020
  • is there is a throne right inside the door
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  • and it's magnificent, and everything we're going to
  • 00:12:57.260 --> 00:13:00.100
  • see that's described in chapter 4 of Revelation
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  • is all about the throne.
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:05.190
  • Let's begin.
  • 00:13:05.200 --> 00:13:07.030
  • "Seated upon the throne is the triune God,"
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:10.050
  • verses 2 and 3.
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  • John says, "Immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold,
  • 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:15.090
  • a throne set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
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  • And he who sat there was like a jasper
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  • and a sardius stone in appearance."
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  • He's on this throne.
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  • And the brilliance of who he is, you can only describe it
  • 00:13:28.150 --> 00:13:31.170
  • in terms of these beautiful stones.
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  • Now, the Bible says when you look
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:36.050
  • in through the door of heaven, there is the throne of God,
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:39.070
  • and seated on the throne is the triune God, primarily
  • 00:13:39.080 --> 00:13:43.210
  • God the Father.
  • 00:13:43.220 --> 00:13:45.010
  • Notice, secondly, the Bible says surrounding the throne is
  • 00:13:45.020 --> 00:13:48.110
  • a rainbow.
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  • Verse 3, "And there is a rainbow around the throne, and it looks
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:53.260
  • like an emerald."
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  • Are you painting this picture in your head?
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  • Here is Almighty God on the throne,
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  • and this emerald rainbow surrounding the throne.
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  • And sitting around the throne are
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  • the 24 elders.
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:09.060
  • Notice verse 4, "And around the throne
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:11.240
  • were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw
  • 00:14:11.250 --> 00:14:15.010
  • twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes,
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  • and they had crowns of gold on their heads."
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  • The 24 elders seated upon the 24 thrones do not
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  • represent the angels or the 12 tribes of Israel.
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  • The elders represent the church age.
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  • They represent the saints.
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  • How do I know that?
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  • Well, let me just help you with it.
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  • First of all, I know it because of the praise that is
  • 00:14:36.200 --> 00:14:39.140
  • on their lips.
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  • The 24 elders are part of the choir of heaven.
  • 00:14:42.060 --> 00:14:46.260
  • And over in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation,
  • 00:14:46.270 --> 00:14:49.170
  • we are given an opportunity to hear them sing.
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  • And listen to these words.
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  • On the screen, you can read them.
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:55.280
  • "And when he had taken the scroll,
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:57.250
  • the four living creatures, and the twenty-four elders
  • 00:14:57.260 --> 00:15:01.060
  • fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:04.180
  • and golden bowls full of incense, which are
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:06.250
  • the prayers of the saints.
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:08.000
  • And they sang a new song, saying," listen, "you are worthy
  • 00:15:08.010 --> 00:15:12.030
  • to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain,
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:16.110
  • and have redeemed us.
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  • You have redeemed us.
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  • You have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:27.090
  • and tongue and people and nation."
  • 00:15:27.100 --> 00:15:29.000
  • Who does that sound like, people?
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:30.170
  • That sounds like the church, doesn't it?
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  • Redeemed out of every tongue and every tribe
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  • and every nation, all of our missionaries
  • 00:15:34.170 --> 00:15:36.060
  • all over the world preaching the gospel.
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:38.030
  • And out of all of these nations and all these languages,
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:40.260
  • people are coming to Christ.
  • 00:15:40.270 --> 00:15:42.010
  • And they're a part of the universal church.
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:44.080
  • And the universal church is represented in heaven
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:46.070
  • by this picture, by the 24 elders.
  • 00:15:46.080 --> 00:15:49.060
  • "Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
  • 00:15:49.070 --> 00:15:51.180
  • and you have made us kings and priests to our God,
  • 00:15:51.190 --> 00:15:55.090
  • and we shall reign on the earth."
  • 00:15:55.100 --> 00:15:57.170
  • Who is that?
  • 00:15:57.180 --> 00:15:58.180
  • That's the church.
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  • One day, the church is going to reign on the earth
  • 00:15:59.240 --> 00:16:01.290
  • with Almighty God, did you know that?
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:03.170
  • During the millennium, we are going to come back.
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  • When the Lord Jesus comes through that door
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:07.170
  • on the white horse, the Bible says
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  • at the end of the age, for the battle of Armageddon,
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:11.090
  • he's going to be accompanied by his angels
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:13.090
  • and by all the saints.
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  • That's you and me if we're Christians.
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  • We're going to come back to this earth, and we're going
  • 00:16:18.020 --> 00:16:19.190
  • to reign on this earth.
  • 00:16:19.200 --> 00:16:20.290
  • So, I'm pretty sure--in fact, I'd like to be very dogmatic
  • 00:16:21.000 --> 00:16:24.100
  • that the 24 elders who are in heaven represent
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:27.160
  • the church of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:28.260
  • And what are they doing?
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:30.060
  • They're gathered around the throne
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  • to worship God.
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  • By the praise on their lips, we know this is the church.
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:38.050
  • But next, notice, by the clothes on their bodies we know this is
  • 00:16:38.060 --> 00:16:41.220
  • the church.
  • 00:16:41.230 --> 00:16:43.020
  • Read again verse 4.
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  • Notice how the elders are dressed.
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  • "Around the throne were twenty-four thrones,
  • 00:16:47.080 --> 00:16:49.220
  • and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting,
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:52.240
  • clothed in white robes."
  • 00:16:52.250 --> 00:16:56.280
  • Notice Revelation 19, verses 7 and 8.
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  • This is what it says, "Let us be glad and rejoice
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:03.110
  • and give him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb
  • 00:17:03.120 --> 00:17:06.010
  • has come, and his wife."
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:07.270
  • Who is the wife, friends?
  • 00:17:07.280 --> 00:17:09.180
  • It's the church.
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:11.040
  • "And his wife has made herself ready.
  • 00:17:11.050 --> 00:17:13.100
  • And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
  • 00:17:13.110 --> 00:17:18.150
  • bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts
  • 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:21.270
  • of the saints."
  • 00:17:21.280 --> 00:17:23.160
  • So we know the 24 elders are the church because of the praise
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:27.020
  • that's on their lips and the clothes that's
  • 00:17:27.030 --> 00:17:29.290
  • on their bodies.
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:31.250
  • And thirdly, we know this is the church
  • 00:17:31.260 --> 00:17:34.010
  • because of the crowns that are on their heads.
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:37.040
  • Revelation 4 says, "And they had crowns of gold on their heads."
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  • Each of these three elements describe the elders who are
  • 00:17:42.060 --> 00:17:45.160
  • before the throne.
  • 00:17:45.170 --> 00:17:46.260
  • Now watch this: the praise that's on their lips,
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:49.150
  • the clothes that are on their bodies, and the crowns
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:52.100
  • that are on their heads.
  • 00:17:52.110 --> 00:17:53.260
  • We know who these people are.
  • 00:17:53.270 --> 00:17:54.270
  • This is the church of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:56.120
  • These people represent you and me.
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  • They're there in advance of us.
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  • They're there to represent us.
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  • They're there to picture us.
  • 00:18:02.130 --> 00:18:04.140
  • Now, isn't it interesting how this all ties together?
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:07.010
  • If you go back to the churches that were on earth
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:10.040
  • in chapters 2 and 3, I'll just read these to you,
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:13.190
  • and you can see how cool all this is if you study
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:15.150
  • the Bible.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:16.220
  • Revelation 3:21, "To him who overcomes I will grant
  • 00:18:16.230 --> 00:18:21.010
  • to sit with me on my throne."
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  • The church was promised a throne.
  • 00:18:24.160 --> 00:18:27.000
  • Revelation 3:18, "I counsel you to buy from me gold refined
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:29.220
  • in the fire that you may be rich; and white garments,
  • 00:18:29.230 --> 00:18:32.140
  • that you may be clothed."
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:33.180
  • The church on planet earth was given a promise
  • 00:18:33.190 --> 00:18:36.080
  • of white raiment.
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:37.140
  • And then in verse 10 of chapter 2, "Be faithful
  • 00:18:37.150 --> 00:18:40.060
  • unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."
  • 00:18:40.070 --> 00:18:44.030
  • The 24 elders represent the church.
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:46.220
  • So let's just back up for a moment and take
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:48.130
  • a breath, and notice what we've seen.
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:50.260
  • Seated upon the throne is the triune God.
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:53.130
  • Surrounding the throne is a rainbow.
  • 00:18:53.140 --> 00:18:55.250
  • Sitting around the throne are the 24 elders.
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:58.250
  • Notice verse 5, sounding forth from the throne are
  • 00:18:58.260 --> 00:19:02.240
  • lightnings and thunders and voices.
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:05.270
  • Revelation 4:5, "And from the throne proceeded
  • 00:19:05.280 --> 00:19:09.150
  • lightnings, and thunderings, and voices."
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:14.040
  • Do you remember when the Lord met with the Israelites
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:16.120
  • at Mount Sinai and gave them the law?
  • 00:19:16.130 --> 00:19:19.120
  • And Moses went up and got the law, and came down.
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:21.120
  • And do you remember what the Bible says happened
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:22.270
  • at that time?
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:24.010
  • "There were thunderings and lightnings,
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:25.210
  • and a thick cloud on the mountain,
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.020
  • and the sound of the trumpet was very loud,
  • 00:19:28.030 --> 00:19:30.090
  • so that all the people who were in the camp trembled."
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:33.050
  • That's the way it was when the law was given.
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:35.120
  • And because the law has been so immeasurably broken,
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:38.240
  • those sounds will occur again from heaven
  • 00:19:38.250 --> 00:19:41.080
  • as Almighty God is about to move to this earth
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:43.290
  • and mete out judgment upon those who have rejected him
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:47.100
  • and his Word.
  • 00:19:47.110 --> 00:19:48.190
  • Now, notice verse 6 in chapter 4.
  • 00:19:48.200 --> 00:19:51.070
  • Spread before the throne is a sea of glass.
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:55.090
  • The throne is surrounded by this incredible
  • 00:19:55.100 --> 00:19:58.190
  • translucent glass.
  • 00:19:58.200 --> 00:20:01.150
  • Notice in verses 6 through 8 that, situated
  • 00:20:01.160 --> 00:20:04.270
  • in the midst of the throne, are the four living creatures.
  • 00:20:04.280 --> 00:20:09.140
  • And the picture is getting more full.
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:12.110
  • "In the midst of the throne, and around the throne,
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:14.130
  • were four living creatures full of eyes in front
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:16.250
  • and in back.
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  • The first living creature was like a lion,
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:20.190
  • the second living creature was like a calf,
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:23.030
  • the third living creature had a face like a man,
  • 00:20:23.040 --> 00:20:25.140
  • and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
  • 00:20:25.150 --> 00:20:28.190
  • The four living creatures, each having six wings, were
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:30.270
  • full of eyes around and within.
  • 00:20:30.280 --> 00:20:32.240
  • And they do not rest day or night, saying, 'Holy, holy,
  • 00:20:32.250 --> 00:20:37.230
  • holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.'"
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:43.230
  • Standing in the midst of the throne are
  • 00:20:43.240 --> 00:20:45.240
  • four angelic beings who are about to enter
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:49.020
  • into the judgment of the world.
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:50.160
  • How many of you know that when God judges the world
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:52.240
  • during the tribulation, he uses his angels to carry out
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:56.270
  • the judgment?
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:58.140
  • Listen to this, Revelation 6:1.
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  • "Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:03.260
  • one of the four living creatures saying with a voice
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:06.240
  • like thunder, 'Come and see.'"
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:09.190
  • Revelation 6:3, "And when he opened the second seal, I heard
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:12.250
  • the second living creature saying, 'Come and see.'"
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:16.100
  • So the four living creatures are angels that do
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:18.260
  • specific things for God.
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:20.200
  • And the first thing they do is they execute judgment.
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:24.060
  • But they also lead in worship.
  • 00:21:24.070 --> 00:21:28.030
  • They are involved in one of the great scenes
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:30.040
  • in heaven, and that is singing to the one on the throne
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:34.090
  • are the creatures and the elders.
  • 00:21:34.100 --> 00:21:36.100
  • Now, watch carefully.
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:40.030
  • Revelation 4:9 through 11, "And whenever
  • 00:21:40.040 --> 00:21:42.210
  • the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to God
  • 00:21:42.220 --> 00:21:46.270
  • who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:50.090
  • the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:54.000
  • on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever,
  • 00:21:54.010 --> 00:21:57.100
  • and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:22:03.080
  • 'You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:06.030
  • and power, for you created all things, and by your will
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:10.060
  • they exist and they were created.'"
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:13.080
  • I wish I could create in my mind the awesomeness of this scene.
  • 00:22:13.090 --> 00:22:18.280
  • John is seeing all of the threatening
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  • and the thundering and the lightning.
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  • And all of a sudden, as if captured by the majesty
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  • of it, the angels began to say, "Holy, holy, holy,
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  • Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come."
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  • And the representatives of the church, the 24 elders,
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  • hear the angels begin to sing, and they fall down
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  • on their knees, and they take the crowns that they
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  • have just been given in the judgment
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  • for their faithfulness to Almighty God, and they take
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  • the crowns off of their heads, and they bring them to Jesus
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  • and to the Father.
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  • And they lay their crowns at the throne as a gift of love
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  • to the one who has loved them so much.
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  • And they throw them at the feet of God and of Christ,
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  • and they begin to sing.
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  • And this is what they sing.
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  • "You are worthy, O Lord.
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  • You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, for you
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  • created all things, and by your will they exist
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  • and they were created."
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  • I don't know about you, I don't want to be left out
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  • at that moment.
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  • I'm going to ask God to show me how to get a crown.
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  • Hope I'm working on a couple of them already,
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  • but if I'm not, I'm going to do the research I need to do
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  • because I want to be in on that ceremony.
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  • I want to be in on that ceremony.
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  • But if you're there as a part of the church,
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  • your worship and praise to God will be
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  • a lot different than the angels.
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  • They'll be singing one set of lyrics, and you'll be singing
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  • another one.
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  • They'll be singing about God, but you'll be singing to him.
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  • When it comes our turn to worship, it's not enough
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  • for us to talk about who God is in the third person.
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  • We have to fall on our faces and say, "Lord, you are worthy,
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  • you are deserving, you are the one."
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  • There's an intimacy in second person praise
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  • that goes beyond talking about who God is,
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  • describing what he is like.
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  • Second person praise is directed to God himself,
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  • and only the redeemed can do that.
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  • If you are not redeemed, you cannot know
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  • anything at all about second person praise.
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  • I do believe that the Lord inhabits the praises
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  • of his people.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Heaven is one of those biblical words
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Moses has outlived Voltaire,
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