Summary: When we decide to die for Christ we receive the promise of eternal rest and peace from all the persecution that the world has inflicted on us. We get the blessing of having our righteous deeds follow us to Heaven.
Review of the book of Revelation:
This writing unveils to us Jesus Christ – “The Beginning and the End”
This book presents 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 resurrections of a Beast-like Kingdom, 7 trumpets, and 7 reasons why we as Christians should “Be Happy” through false prophets, antichrists, worldly demonic kingdoms, war, famine, persecution and even the partial destruction of the earth by evil.
The ultimate blessing in this life which should make us smile in the trial is Jesus – The One who was! Who is! And Who is coming again!
The 7 Be Happy Blessings of Revelation
The reason why we should be happy!
The message of Revelation’s 7 Beatitudes is a message telling the church that they need to “Be Happy” because of their position and relationship with Jesus Christ.
60 years after Jesus famous “Be Attitudes” sermon he gives the suffering church another seven beatitudes in Revelation.
He tells them and us that “Happy are you if” you do the right things because there is an eternal reward coming for your faithfulness in the end.
The reason for our happiness is focused on something greater than ourselves, even greater than our lives, it’s about a eternal values, it’s about making things totally right in the end, it’s about being a part of the history of this world, it’s about being written into the Lamb’s Book of life, it’s about Jesus Christ.
The 7 “Be Happy” blessings of revelation:
1. The blessing of taking to heart God’s revelation of Jesus Christ!--Rev.1:3
2. The blessing of deeds done for Jesus Christ! -- Rev. 14:13
3. The blessing of staying awake for Christ! -- Rev. 16:15
4. The blessing of being invited to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb! -- Rev. 19:9
5. The blessing of taking part in the first Resurrection! -- Rev.20:6
6. The blessing of keeping the words of this revelation! -- Rev. 22:7
7. The blessing of washing our robes and the right to partake of the Tree of Life! -- Rev. 22:14
Scripture Text: Rev. 14:13 "Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
Thesis: When we decide to die for Christ we receive the promise of eternal rest and peace from all the persecution that the world has inflicted on us. We get the blessing of having our righteous deeds follow us to Heaven.
Opening 2 Video Illustrations: On Jim Elliot – from Bluefishtv and Cassie Bernall from Bluefishtv.
How could someone give up their life? How? Because they had a revelation of who Jesus Christ was, is, and will be. When you can see Jesus in spite of the difficulties then you can do all things through Jesus Christ.
Illustration: Perpetua’s story: Perpetua-In A.D. 202, Emperor Septimius Severus disallowed conversions to Christianity. In the wake of that act, severe persecution broke out against Christians, particularly in North Africa. Living in Carthage at the time was a young woman of nobility named Perpetua age 22. She had been arrested for converting to Christianity and going to be water baptized. When she was arrested and placed into prison she was still nursing her infant son. In March of 203 A.D. she was lead into the amphitheater. Upon entrance in the arena she started to sing some of the Psalms. Her and the others were stripped naked and placed in nets. The crowd wanted them clothed so they were given tunics to place over their bodies. The Egyptians unleashed a mad heifer on her that charged her and up ended her. Later a gladiator was sent to kill her. He struck her on the shoulder she screamed in pain then she took the gladiators hand and signaled for him to slice her throat. He did. In the writings about her they tell of a vision she had upon her arrest. …She saw a ladder going toward Heaven. On it before her she saw her pastor ahead of her. (He had been killed by a leopard prior to her killing) She said in the vision he said, ‘Perpetua, I am waiting for you. But take care; do not let the dragon bite you.’ “He will not harm me” She said,” in the name of Jesus.” Slowly, as though he were afraid of me, the dragon stuck his head out from underneath the ladder. Then, using it as my first step, I trod on his head and went up” (Christian History, Issue 27 page12-14)