Maple Grove Mennonite Church
Church Office open Monday-Friday 8.00am to 12.00 noon - Telephone 717 935 2513
Sunday School: 9.30am on Sunday mornings. Worship service: 10.30am on Sunday mornings. All are welcome
Pastor: Alan Kauffman
Ministers: All members of Maple Grove
Jesus Christ Revealed! - a series from the book of Revelation
Presented by Del Glick, 4-6 April, 2018Audio files:
Session 1 (48 min, 11.3MB) Session 2 (44 min, 10.3MB) Session 3 (60 min, 14.2MB) Session 4 (54 min, 12.8MB) Session 5 (67 min, 15.9MB)
The book is the revelation (singular), the unveiling, of Jesus Christ and the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing for reading and hearing it read aloud. Revelation is saturated with worship to the Lamb.
Historical Setting (6 W's)
The Portrait of Revelation (3 S's)
The Christ vision
The Seven Churches (Revelation 2-3)
The 7 C's of the 7 Churches
The Final Hallelujah - Chapter 19
Jesus comes on the scene as God's warrior-judge (vss. 11-16), vividly described as conqueror, not a military messiah. Many crowns represent sovereign autority. He is named "The Word of God", the only time in the Bible this phrase is used. The only "weapon" needed comes from his mouth, his word! He is also named, "King of kings and Lord of lords." Jesus is not coming to be King, he is the King who is coming.
In the next paragraph (vss. 17-21) the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gather to make war on the rider on the white horse (Jesus) and his army (the church). BUt the war is all over and already won because of Christ's victory at the cross. The beast and false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire; all the rest are judged by the word of Christ (the sword that comes from his mouth).
The Final Triumph - Chapter 20
Living and reigning with Christ is highlighted in verses 4-6 which provides the setting. In verses 7-10, Satan is released so that he can take himself down to his own destruction. Evil eventually and always destroys itself. The great white throne judgment (vss. 11-15) is for everyone on the basis of what they have done. It culminates the final destruction of Death and Hades (the grave)
The millennium identified is not a future, literal 1000 years but is another symbol for the time between Christ's first and second comings.
The Final City - Chapter 21
The radiant bride, the wife of the Lamb, is magnificently portrayed (vss. 9-14) with jewels, walls, gates, angels and foundations all symbolizing the people of God. The holy city (vss. 15-21) is a perfect cube, a symbol of perfection, just like the Holy of Holies in Solomon's temple. But no temple is needed (vss. 22-27) because the New Jerusalem is all temple, filled with the presence of the Lord Almighty and the Lamb. Neither are sun or moon needed for the glory of God is its light. The gates are never shut yet the city is truly holy and pure.
The Final Paradise - Chapter 22
Now the face of God and the Lamb will be seen and God's servants who are identified as God's own will worship. There is no light, lamp or sun for God will be their light. The paradise that Adam and Eve lost has been restored with far more lavish abundance than could ever be imagined. Now the people of the New Jerusalem, the holy city, the bride of the Lamb, the two witnesses, the 144000 and the great multitude - all images and symbols of the church and the people of God - will reign forever and ever, not for a mere thousand years!
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