Summary: Persecution, boldness, our message, courage
BEAR WITNESS BOLDY
Revelation 10 & 11 (p 866) July 14, 2013
These two chapters can be hard to understand. How can they help me in my Christian Life… first notice the main characters:
Read Revelation 10: 1-11, John is the featured character in chapter 10…but in chapter 11 we read “I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophecy for 1,260 days, clothed in sack cloth. They are the 2 olive trees and the 2 lampstands, and they stand before the Lord of the earth. ” (v5, 4)
The 2 witnesses are the featured characters in chapter 11
All three are commanded to speak the message of God, but all three discover that preaching is not all about congratulations and conversions…
Notice when John swallows God’s message its bitter…when the witnesses finish speaking their testimony, they get killed
Revelation 11: 5-7 (p866) What do I learn from this? Witnessing means telling God’s truth no matter the consequences… As Frank Smith Jr. said, “The Church must be prophetic or it will be pathetic.
I WHAT IS OUR PROPHETIC WITNESS TO THE WORLD TODAY
I wrote a blog the other day on face book after the Supreme Court struck down the DOMA about legalizing same sex marriages in California…
Here’s my blog:
I understand you cannot legislate morality…no law can be created, proposed, and signed into effect that will make people obey it. Laws are meant to be foundations and fences. Foundations, because they are solid…fences, because they protect. For those of us who believe that God’s word is an absolute authority, and foundational, and God’s Word is a protective fence…its heart breaking when…men and women create legislation that deteriorates His law. Yes we all are sinners yours truly included…Big Time…but trying to legitamize something that God says is clearly sinful...doesn’t change the fact that our authoritative foundation and fence says, “Yes, it is!” Loving people, all people doesn’t imitate the relationship in denial of sin….it goes forward seeking redemption, not ignorance. Just my thoughts about today’s Supreme Court ruling.
We live in a world today…especially when it comes to “millenniums” 16-25 year olds that people should be able to do what they want to do..The overwhelming majorities weaken this age group have non Biblical world views when it comes to social issues like abortion or homosexuality…many of my non-Christ following friends had immediate and harsh reactions to my blog…
So, what if in two or three years from now saying that homosexuality is a sexual sin, like adultery…and yet we believe Homosexuals can be redeemed and restored by the saving blood of Christ is labeled hate speech…and I’ll be fined or imprisoned for speaking those words.
Our prophetic witness for the world today is: We are all sinners…we are all broken…we are all in need of healing and rescue….Jesus died on a cross to pay for the debt my sin created between myself and God…He rose from the grave conquering Sin’s punishment: DEATH…WHETHER YOU STRUGGLES WITH HOMESEXUALITY OR PROMISCUITY… WHETHER YOU’VE HAD AN ABORTION OR COMMITTED ADULTERY…If your heart is filled with Greed and pride…God has given his son as the remedy, for our sin…won’t you Accept His Lordship….His Kingdom.