Summary: Since we have studied the book of Revelation, Jesus wants to make it clear that we must now urgently apply what we have learned. The stakes could not be higher. If that is true then why do we live as if it is not true? We must ask ourselves: Do we really
Purpose: To command believers to spread God's truth.
Aim: I want the listener to urgently live and proclaim God's salvation.
INTRODUCTION: You might remember an old road sign that said, "Seat belts. Not just a good idea, it's the law." You may have seen a bumper sticker spoofing that sign: "Gravity. Not just a good idea. It's the law!" Rejecting the message of this book does not make the message untrue.
Since we have studied the book of Revelation, Jesus wants to make it clear that we must now urgently apply what we have learned. In fact, Jesus began this book by telling us: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near" (Revelation 1:3).
I think we would all agree that one thing that Christians lack today is a sense of urgency. God's return to earth to forever defeat Satan and his followers, to wipe the world clean of all sin, and its effects, and to reward His followers and establish an eternal kingdom on earth is an unmistakable reality. Not only that, but it could happen very soon. The stakes could not be higher. If that is true then why do we live as if it is not true? We must ask ourselves: Do we really believe what we have learned in this book?
Notice how the Amplified Version translates Paul's words to young Timothy: "Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:2--5).
1:1-20 I. John's Vision of the Past "the things which you have seen"
2:1-5:14 II. Christ's Vision of the Present "the things which are"
Ch.6-22 III. John's Vision of the Future "things which will take places"
6-7; 12-14 A. Satan's war against God's creation- the first six seals
8-11; 13:11-18; 15-18 B. Savior's war against Satan: The wrath of God- the seventh seal
Ch.19-20 C. The worship of God
Ch.21-22:5 D. The wonder of eternal bliss
22:6-21 E. The responsibilities of those going to heaven
Vs.6-7 1. Be alert
Vs.6a a. God's message is true "words are faithful and true"
Vs.6b-7a b. God's judgment will come quickly "I am coming quickly