Summary: To show that we should be hoping for, expecting the return of the LORD with excitement any time these last days.
Are you afraid of the LORD's return?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we should be hoping for, expecting the return of the LORD with excitement any time these last days.
Hebrews 10:27 (Amplified Bible)
10:27 [There is nothing left for us then] but a kind of awful and fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment and the fury of burning wrath and indignation which will consume those who put themselves in opposition [to God].
Isaiah 26:11 (Amplified Bible)
26:11 Though Your hand is lifted high to strike, Lord, they do not see it. Let them see Your zeal for Your people and be ashamed; yes, let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them.
Thank You very much, LORD JESUS, I wait, hope for and expect Your return. I'm enabled with bravery, good courage and my heart is enduring until the coming of the LORD JESUS who will take me to be forever with Him.
GOD's enemies expect judgment
Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels - J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Fearful prospect, expectation of divine judgment and fury of burning wrath and indignation
"[There is nothing left for us then] but a kind of awful and fearful prospect and expectation of divine judgment and the fury of burning wrath and indignation"
Fearful or "phoberos" in Greek meaning:
1. inspiring fear, terrible, formidable
2. affected with fear, timid
Fear and faith cannot exist together. It must be one of them, either you fear or either you believe in faith.
Looking for or "ekdoche" in Greek meaning:
1. the act or manner of receiving from
2. reception, succession, interpretation, expectation, waiting
Judgment or "krisis" in Greek meaning:
1. a separating, sundering, separation
4. right, justice
Fiery or "pur" in Greek meaning: fire
Indignation or "zelos" in Greek meaning: excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit.
Hebrews 2:3 (Amplified Bible)
2:3 How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]? For it was declared at first by the Lord [Himself], and it was confirmed to us and proved to be real and genuine by those who personally heard [Him speak].
Hebrews 12:25 (Amplified Bible)
12:25 So see to it that you do not reject Him or refuse to listen to and heed Him Who is speaking [to you now]. For if they [the Israelites] did not escape when they refused to listen and heed Him Who warned and divinely instructed them [here] on earth [revealing with heavenly warnings His will], how much less shall we escape if we reject and turn our backs on Him Who cautions and admonishes [us] from heaven?
Matthew 8:29 (Amplified Bible)
8:29 And behold, they shrieked and screamed, What have You to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time?
Joel 2:30 (Amplified Bible)
2:30 And I will show signs and wonders in the heavens, and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke.
These signs are not for us to make us afraid, these signs shown in the heavens are for those who rejected the LORD JESUS as their own LORD, MASTER and SAVIOR. They have rejected the Grace of GOD who is CHRIST JESUS.
B. These things will consume the enemies of GOD
"which will consume those who put themselves in opposition [to God]."
Deuteronomy 32:43 (Amplified Bible)
32:43 Rejoice [with] His people, O you nations, for He avenges the blood of His servants, and vengeance He inflicts on His foes and clears guilt from the land of His people.
Psalms 68:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
68:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A song. GOD IS [already] beginning to arise, and His enemies to scatter; let them also who hate Him flee before Him!
68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish before the presence of God.
Luke 19:27 (Amplified Bible)
19:27 [The indignant king ended by saying] But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to reign over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence!