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This is a major problem I have with today’s modern Charismatic Movement, based almost entirely upon signs and wonders. Jesus said, an adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…people were always trying to get Jesus to do a miracle to prove His deity… “if you’re really God, you’ll do this…or that!”…even Satan tried this on Jesus, fasting and hungry: “if you’re really God, turn these stones into bread and eat!” On the cross, the soldiers said, if you’re really Him, come down!
Jesus is not into publicity stunts…He wants people to choose Him for who He is and not what He can do!
So, we’re 1/3rd of the way thru Rev.! I know, it’s only 1 chapter, but the first division is complete…point #1: GOD’S GLORY
The next division is GOD’S GRACE. Ch’s. 2-3 is 7 letters to 7 literal churches that existed at the time of this writing. “Reading Someone Else’s Mail”…a subseries we covered a couple years ago and will summarize again soon.
And we’ll see Grace Baptist in many verses, in good light and bad, and in one particular letter, we’ll see GRACE BAPTIST practically mentioned by name! We’ll be challenged and changed as we snoop thru the mail…and while it’s got someone else’s name on it, we’ll see that God put your address on it, He knows right where we live and what we need!
Glory, ch. 1/Grace, ch. 2-3/ …
God’s Government…future events…ch’s. 4-22.
Today let’s look at a timeline of the future, an overview in 10 minutes of what we’ll study together over the next few months in the next 21 chapters of Revelation.
Here’s the big picture: This is Rev. 101…here’s the big picture painted in broad strokes:
Right now we’re living in the church age…chapters 2-3, and the next event on God’s prophetic time table is the rapture of the church…look at 4:1
An entire generation of Christians will not taste death, and I’ll be surprised if we’re not part of that generation!
By the way, what are the last 5 words of 4:1? Same as last 5 of 1:19! This definitely marks the beginning of the last division of Revelation…future events…God’s Government on Earth!
And it all begins w/ a trumpet!
I Cor. 15
51Behold, I show you a mystery; (nursery theme verse)…We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Thess. 4
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It’s true, the word rapture does not appear
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