WHEN THE SPIRIT OF GOD LEAVES
Sermon shared by Jim Twamley
Summary: What happens when God departs. A sermon on the second comming.
Audience: General adults
a. Chapter 9 (1 scribe angel marks faithful and 6 death angels)
b. Sun worshipping Priests killed 1st – then everyone without mark
c. This occurred in a heavenly vision 1st – Thy will be done on earth as it is in ______.
4. God Leaves Jerusalem (Ez. Chapters 10 & 11)
3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of the LORD rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the LORD.
Between leaving the Temple and leaving the city God kills the evil leaders of Jerusalem.
22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it. 24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me, 25 and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.
5. Aftermath of the absence of God’s presence
a. Jerusalem besieged and falls
b. Death, destruction and captivity
c. Life as they knew it vanished
i. Prosperity lost
ii. Freedom lost
iii. Their way of life was lost
6. God’s Promise
a. Remnant will return
b. God will be with them
7. Our Future (will be very much like the events in Ezekiel’s vision.)
a. God’s judgment is immanent
b. Jesus will return & rapture the church (1Thess. 4)
1 Thess. 4:13-17
13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Listen, our first stop church, is a grand supper in Revelation 19 – God knows how much you all like to eat, so He’s gonna feed you reeeeal good! But, listen, there are 2 suppers in Revelation 19 – just make sure you’re at the right one.
Rev 19:9 (The chapter of the 2 suppers)
9 Then the angel said to me, "Write: `Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’" And he added, "These are the true words of God."
i. You don’t want to be left behind
ii. What will happen if you are left behind?
Rev 19:11-19 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped
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