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  • Revelation does NOT contain a secret predictive code you need to uncover.
  • Allusions or mysterious content within Revelation are tied to REAL Old Testament images and situations that the first followers of Jesus would have been very familiar with. 
  • Revelation's meaning for US must be anchored in John's meaning for THEM.

Revelation is NOT a book about WHEN Jesus will come back...

Revelation IS a book about WHY Jesus will come back

In this message we'll look at Revelation chapters 6-11. What we discover is that John will answer the question, "who can stand" when The Day of the Lord comes? And it's simple and beautiful, it's not those who resort to military power, but those who kill with kindness, who look like Jesus and love and serve their enemies, they are the ones who will stand.

Revelation 6-11

Part 4 - Who Can Stand?

Have you ever had a project you knew you needed to do but it seemed so overwhelming, or like so much work you just didn't know where to start? 

For so many christians Revelation is intimidating and it's hard to separate what's important from what's not. So we're starting small and picking away at it in order to determine what is most important for us today.

We're at that point in Revelation now where it's really easy for us to get caught in the weeds trying to discover what the meaning behind every color and number, let's not get bogged down in those weeds.

John uses the number 7 a lot:

  1. The 7 days represent resting in God's presence, or "trusting God"
  2. The number 7 represents the idea of completion or wholeness

There are 2 ways we can look at the series of 7's:

  1. A literal-linear timeline of events
  2. The same period of time between Jesus resurrection and His return
  3. Each set of 7's is nested in the previous set
  4. Each set of 7's end in exactly the same way
  5. The first 4 in each series remind the reader of some way God showed up in Israel's history

God is ABLE to bring justice to nations, no matter how big and powerful they seem

Revelation 6:12-17 ESV

12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,

13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.

14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains,

16 calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,

17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

Who can stand on The Day of the Lord?

Revelation 7:1-2, 4 ESV

1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.

2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea...

4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

Revelation 7:9 ESV

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

Revelation 9:20 ESV

20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands...

What appears to be a physical defeat cannot take away the follower's eternal victory in Jesus

Revelation 11:4 ESV

4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

In chapter one Jesus tells John that Lampstands represent churches.

Revelation 11:13 ESV

13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The MESSAGE of the Lamb's scroll reveals the MISSION of HIs army, the Church

Most people won't repent in the face of being killed, they will repent when faced with Kindness

Next Sunday: part 5 - The Signs of the Scroll (ch 12-14)

Series continues Next Sunday - July 3

A study through the book of Revelation

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